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Hundreds of VW buses converge on Ashe County

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Twin Rivers Family Campground in Crumpler looked more like the parking lot at a Grateful Dead concert over the weekend, as the 18th Annual High Country Bus Festival rolled into town.Between 150 and 200 Volkswagen vans and micro-buses converged on the campground along the New River, July 20-27.The event takes place every year during the last full weekend of July at Twin Rivers.Volkswagen van and bus aficionados from as far away as Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands attended the 2014 edition of the annual event.This year, a raffle was held with the grand prize being a VW bus and all proceeds going to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.

 

Huskies release football schedule

It is less than a month until high school football games start to count, and even less time until the first practice and scrimmages of the season.Ashe County’s first regular season game will be a non-conference battle against North Surry at home on Aug. 22.Before that, fall sports practice officially fires up on Aug. 1 and the first football scrimmage will be on Aug. 11 against Surry Central at ACHS at 6 p.m.Ashe will have a final scrimmage on Aug. 15 at...

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Area real estate market seeing declining activity

After four years of incremental sales growth, the High Country real estate market is showing signs of slowing.Through the first six months of the year, realtor-assisted sales are down 3.3 percent compared to the year prior, and down 2 percent compared to the first half of 2012.Median sold prices – the midway price point of all houses sold – are also declining. They are down 5 percent from the first half of 2013, and 10 percent from that span in 2012.

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What the legislature isn’t telling you about 2015

Our lawmakers have been embroiled in contentious debates about teacher pay and Medicaid, among other issues, as they struggle to revise our $21 billion state budget. While these are undoubtedly important and deserve attention they are symptoms of a much larger problem.

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Wineberg’s junior season opens with South Florida

Junior offensive lineman Josh Wineberg will begin his junior season of football at Western Carolina on Sept. 6 at the University of South Florida.The game will be aired live on ESPN 3 at 7 p.m. ESPN 3 is the online platform that ESPN uses to show a host of games that they simply do not have room to air on their major television networks.Wineberg started 10 games for the Catamounts during his freshman season in 2012. The former Husky started seven games at right tackle an...

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Commissioners presented with airport update

The expansion of Ashe County Airport’s runway is nearing completion.During the regular scheduled meeting of the Ashe County Board of Commissioners on Monday, July 21, the Board was updated on the progress of the Ashe County Airport runway project.“We originally started this project back in 2010 with the clearing of where the extension is going now,” said James Moose, a representative of AVCON Inc., a transportation firm based in Orlando, Fla. “We ...

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ASU finalizes gameday promotions

The Appalachian State Athletic Program has completed its list of gameday promotions for each of the Mountaineer home football games this season, the school announced on Friday.ASU’s first home game on Sept. 6 against Campbell will feature two different promotional activities. This game will mark Heroes Day and Hall of Fame Day. ASU will honor and recognize all U.S. Military personnel and veterans as well as local first responders for their work in keeping the country and comm...

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Tornado watch issued for Ashe

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch effective until 1 a.m. Monday for the following counties in N.C.: Ashe, Alleghany, Surry, Yadkin, Watauga and Wilkes.In Virginia, the watch includes Grayson and Smyth counties.Stay tuned to the Jefferson Post for further updates.

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N.C. boasts top wildlife magazine

When Wildlife in North Carolina, the magazine published by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, was named recently as the nation’s best in its category, it reflected more than accolades as a quality publication.The award also reflected the determination of a dedicated staff to find business sustainability in a rapidly changing marketplace. As the magazine was presented the first-place plaque by the Association for Conservation Information (ACI) on July 10...

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Industrial League Softball begins

Teresa Laws | Jefferson PostThe annual Ashe County Parks and Recreation Industrial Softball League is underway. The Big Sticks team came away with an 11-8 win over Dr. Pepper. Pictured here, James Lefevers pitches the ball for Dr. Pepper.

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Ashe District Court decisions

The weekly session of the Ashe County District Court was held July 17, with the Honorable Michael Duncan presiding.These decisions were handed down by the court:William M. Daniels: (M) misdemeanor breaking and entering (P) no contest (J) guilty. 120 days MCP. 18 months supervised probation, restitution of $300. $100 plus CC.Lisa Davis: (T) failure to notify DMV of address change, (T) drive motor vehicle with no registration (J) guilty. 45 day...

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Scam artists calling Blue Ridge Electric members

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is warning the public about the latest scam targeting members.A cooperative member reported this week that he received a call on his cell phone from a number appearing to be Blue Ridge Electric. The imposter told the member that his electricity was going to be disconnected unless he made immediate payment by debit or credit card and asked for his information. Similar scams have required payment using a prepaid money card. Fortunately, the ...

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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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Nathan Colvard named JV basketball coach

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 stud...

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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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