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Nathan Colvard named JV basketball coach

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Former assistant coach Nathan Colvard will move into the head coaching role on the junior varsity men’s basketball team, left open by the departing Daniel Waln.Waln recently took an assistant coaching job at Lees-McRae College and the timing worked out perfectly for Colvard to take over as the JV head coach, as well as earn a teaching position at the high school. Colvard recently finished his secondary education degree at Appalachian State University and will be a social studies teacher.Colvard got his coaching start during junior league basketball season with close friend Andy Blevins a few years ago.


WCC partners with GE Aviation, Fifth-Third Bank and Sharing Center

The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, July 10, at the Alleghany Center of Wilkes Community College.Before starting the business meeting, board members toured the Alleghany Center facility. Angela Bond, liaison to the board and executive assistant to WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox, administered the oath of office to reappointed and newly appointed trustees: Sylvia Robinson, appointed by The Governor; Terry Bumgarner, appointed by the Wilkes County Commissioners...

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Credit claims are poorly scripted

When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing.Right now, for example, Democratic politicians and left-wing activists are castigating Republicans in the General Assembly for proposing a reduction or elimination of North Carolina’s tax credit for film and television production. They say that the tax break, with a state fiscal impact of $61 million a year, is critical to luring and retaining businesses that directly ...

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Ashe Chamber of Commerce issues warning over scam

The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning to area businesses to be on guard against a scam related to the production of area maps.“One member (of the Chamber) was subjected to it,” Cabot Hamilton, executive director of the Chamber, said. “She received a phone call and was led to believe this company was trying to get her to buy an ad on the map and they promised a supply of maps.”According to Hamilton, the Chamber member was contact...

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Yadkin Bank’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign underway

Students in Ashe County Schools report back to school on Monday, Aug. 18, and while most students will arrive with new school supplies in tow, some will come empty-handed.It’s not for lack of care or interest as much as it is tight economic times for them and their families, which is where the folks at Yadkin Bank and generous, caring local citizens enter into the fray.The seventh annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign, sponsored by Yadkin Bank, is currently u...

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Bassett, LMC Volleyball make schedule official

Freshman Elaina Bassett, a former member of the Lady Husky Volleyball Team, and the rest of the Lees-McRae Bobcat players had their 2014 scheduled finalized last week.The Bobcats will open the season on Sept. 5 in Winston-Salem as part of a two-day tournament where they will play four games. After that, the Bobcats stay on the road and travel to the University of South Carolina-Aiken for another two-day tourney, Sept. 12-13. The team will play four games there as well.Le...

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ACSO seeks help in locating fugitives

The Ashe County Sheriffs’ Office is requesting the public’s help in bringing two men to justice who are wanted on several charges stemming from a wide-ranging drug investigation.Anthony Duane Byers, 40, of Jefferson and Anthony Lee Day, 38, of Crumpler, are wanted on multiple felony charges, according to the ACSO.Both men have long criminal histories spanning several decades, according to information culled from the N.C. Department of Public Safety....

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Board updated on Fiddler’s Convention

The Ashe County Board of Commissioners were updated on the Ashe County Arts Council’s plans for the Ashe County Old Time and Bluegrass Fiddler’s Convention at their regular scheduled meeting Monday, July 21.“We have been putting a lot of time and thought into the infrastructure of this event,” Jane Lonon, executive director of the Arts Council, said.This is the first year the Arts Council has hosted the event. For the previous 44 years, the event ...

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West Jefferson driver wins at Friendship Speedway

Shaun Robinson waited out the rain and the long night to come away with a win in the Renegades feature race last Saturday at Friendship Speedway in Elkin.The race reached its 25-minute time limit after 11 laps and Robinson was the clear winner. This was his fifth victory of the season.Although the win did not come without controversy as opposing drivers protested the win. However, after Robinson’s engine was torn down, everything proved to be completely legal....

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Crane wreck causes road closure in Laurel Springs

A crane overturned as it was traveling along N.C. 88 East, between Ore Knob Mine and Little Peak Creek roads on Wednesday, July 23.The accident occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m. and caused a road closure that lasted until the crane was removed and the scene was cleared at approximately 6:30 p.m.No injuries occurred in the accident.First responders were the Laurel Springs Volunteer Fire Department and the N.C. State Highway Patrol.Alan Bulluck ca...

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Federal judge dismisses Gerald Price lawsuit against ACSO

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Ashe County Commissioner Gerald Price against Ashe County Sheriff James Williams and two of his deputies, has been dismissed.In May 2013, Price filed a lawsuit against Williams, deputies Randy M. Lewis and Jerry D. Lewis, Watauga County Clerk of Court Diane C. Deal, arbitrator Michael Vetro and the counsel representing CitiFinancial: Joseph Thompson IV, Amanda K. Moore and Christina C. Hughart.Price was seeking $7.5 million in da...

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Mountaineers picked seventh in Sun Belt

In its upcoming inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference, the coaches have picked Appalachian State to finish seventh out of 11 conference teams.The preseason poll was released on Saturday.The Mountaineers are one spot ahead of former Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern. The Mountaineers finished with 47 voting points while GSU had 44.Louisiana-Lafayette picked up every first place vote and is the big favorite to win the conference title.A...

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So many new voters, where did they come from?

“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in the state’s election process, DataNet gives us a sh...

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Future stars enjoy softball camp

Nathan Ham | Jefferson PostSeveral young softball players took part in the Diamond Stars Softball Camp last week at Ashe County High School. Front row, left to right: Lydia Edmonson, Becca Wonsick, Madi Roland, Brooke Vannoy, Skyler Vannoy, Kirklyn Hudler and Kenadie Hudler. Middle row, left to right: Caroline Chambers, Ashley Barnes, Jadon Jones, Jordan Jones, Tori Prichard, Rebecca Yakel, Lora Jones, Ashley Braswell, Savannah Vannoy and Caroline Wainwright. Back row, left to righ...

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Jefferson Post is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to ...

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Backstreet Concert Series continues Friday, July 25

The Backstreet Park is the place to be for fun and entertainment at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 25, when the Crooked Road Ramblers, appear for a 90-minute concert of toe-tapping, old-time, good old music, sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council.The Ramblers have appeared in the area several times, always to appreciative crowds and are rapidly gaining new followers.

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You Decide: What are the gains and gaps in our economy?

Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.Any economic forecast must begin with the national economy for the simple reason that, regardless of where you live in the country, roughly two-thirds of what happens to commerce is determined by the ups and downs of the national economy. He...

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Ashe County Wreck Report

The following are collision reports posted by the N.C. Highway Patrol in Ashe County the week of July 7.The reports are public record.July 7A two-car crash occurred on U.S. 221 near the intersection of N.C. 16 east of Jefferson at 8:30 a.m. on July 7.According to the narrative, James Wyatt, of West Jefferson, was traveling west on U.S. 221 while Herbert Wilcox, of Crumpler, was traveling east. Wilcox was attempting to turn left onto...

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