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Soccer extends streak to 10

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For the Huskies, it has been nothing but check marks in the win column over the past month. Ashe has not lost since Aug. 25, a game they played without its top two leading scorers.On Monday, Ashe wrapped up the first half of Mountain Valley Conference games with a 7-0 victory at West Wilkes. This was the third consecutive shutout for the Huskies and the 10th win in a row.Gavin Woodie opened the scoring in the very first minute, but then the Blackhawk defense stood strong until late in the half when Victor Melo netted a goal in the 39th minute.Ashe would be forced to play the entire second half one player short after Eric Barcenas was red carded late in the first half.

 

Teacher shortages

Fewer young men and women want to become teachers, according to a report from the UNC system. It is easy to see why enrollments in schools of education have decreased as much as 23 percent or more over the past five years. Public education is getting beaten up from every angle. Teacher pay has been stagnant; many in the profession are demoralized. And with the ever-changing initiatives and priorities respect for educators, including teachers, has decreased.We can adopt a glass-half...

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Chills and thrills await at Tweetsie’s 25th annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival

BLOWING ROCK - When the eerie sound from the whistle of a steam locomotive pierces the peaceful quiet of an autumn High Country night, it can only mean one thing: it’s time for Tweetsie Railroad’s annual Ghost Train Halloween Festival.Starting Sept. 26, 2014 and continuing every Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 1, guests will enjoy a frightfully spooky ride as the Ghost Train howls its way through the Blue Ridge Mountains…with new frights and delights around...

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Volleyball, cross country update

Tough times continue for the varsity volleyball team as they dropped three more Mountain Valley Conference matches.West Wilkes 3, Ashe 0The Blackhawks swept Ashe in three sets by scores of 25-17, 25-11 and 25-16.Sophomore Corinne Jones and senior Abby Lopp led Ashe with two kills each.Ashe had four aces as a team. Jones, Lynsey Aldridge, Abby Miller and Cierra Sawyer each recorded one. Sawyer put all 16 of her serves in play without...

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More financial momentum for Lansing park expansion

The Town of Lansing has been awarded a $120,000 grant to construct a 3,000-foot greenway along Big Horse Creek, a crucial part of the Creeper Trail Park’s expansion.This comes on the heels of the Town being awarded a provisional grant in the amount of $282,500 from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund to purchase land for the park’s expansion, provided the Town provides matching funds.The Big Horse Creek project was one of 10 grants recently awarded by the N...

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Ashe unemployment remained unchanged in August

Ashe County’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.7 percent in August, according to the latest data released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Wednesday, Oct. 1.The county’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from July, when the rate was also at 7.7 percent. In August 2013, the unemployment rate was at 9.3 percent.According to the data provided by the Department of Commerce’s Division of Employment Security, Ashe County has a labor force ...

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Lucas Pruitt is ‘Student of the Month’ for September

Lucas Pruitt is the Ashe County High School CTE “Student of the Month” for September.Pruitt is a freshman in Mike Windish’s Technology Engineering and Design course. He was chosen as Student of the Month because he is an exemplary student. He is organized, responsible, caring and generous. He is willing to take on a leadership role in his group and is always one of the first to volunteer.

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Regions cast different votes

If Republican Thom Tillis were running for the U.S. Senate from the state of North Piedmont, he’d be clearly favored to defeat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. Alternatively, if Hagan represented the state of Trianglia, she’d be such a shoo-in that we’d all lose interest in the race.No, I’m not pining for a breakup of my native state (if back in the land of my ancestors, I’d have voted to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom). I’m delighted that Nort...

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Lady Huskies win big at Cedarbrook

Ashe County remained unbeaten in Mountain Valley Conference golf matches with a pair of nine-hole wins at Cedarbrook Country Club last Tuesday.On the front nine, Ashe finished with a score of 150, 16 strokes ahead of second place Wilkes Central. Alleghany (169) placed third, followed by Elkin (174), East Wilkes (178) and North Wilkes (187).The Lady Huskies had three of the top five individual scores in the first match. Olivia Barr took the top spot, shooting a 47. Wilkes...

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Fracking? Not in Ashe, High Country

Don’t anticipate natural gas companies or independent “wildcatters,” for that matter, to come drilling for natural gas in Ashe County or the High County anytime soon, if ever. That’s according to an assistant professor of geology at Appalachian State University.Dr. Sarah Carmichael, who specializes in fluid-rock geochemistry and biomineralogy, said firmly via email on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, the idea that fracking would occur in the Blue Ridge Mountains or ...

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N.C. Wildlife Commission issues archery hunting safety reminders

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends some guidelines when hunting with archery equipment, including crossbows.“The safety considerations for using a crossbow, longbow or compound bow are similar to other hunting methods,” said Travis Casper, state hunting education coordinator. “Hunting safety is exercising caution, obeying regulations and putting into practice what you’ve learned in hunter educa...

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Rev. Reeves Jones honored for 50 years at Scottville Baptist Church

In August 1964, the Rev. Reeves Jones was elected pastor of Scottville Baptist Church in Laurel Springs.Recently, Jones and fellow church members celebrated 50 years of his continuous leadership of the Scottville congregation.Jones announced his call to preach at the age of 19 and received his license to preach in May 1952. He was ordained on Sunday morning, Nov. 29, 1953 and became pastor of Fairview Baptist Church, beginning 63 years in the pulpit.

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Ashe County wreck report

The following accident reports between Sept. 14 and Sept. 20 are from the N.C. Highway Patrol and are considered public record.Sept. 16Highway 194A single vehicle accident took place at 7:35 p.m. On Highway 194 approximately three miles from Lansing. According to the narrative, Cindy Price of Lansing was traveling north when the car traveled left of center and off the roadway. Price’s vehicle collided with a culvert and ...

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Registration deadline nears for N.C. voters

Voting in Scotland dominated the headlines recently, with Scottish citizens casting ballots to determine the fate of their independence. Closer to home, North Carolina voters will be going to the polls in November to elect a whole slate of candidates — but only if they are registered to vote by Oct. 10.This year the voter registration deadline is even more important than it has been for the last few election cycles. That’s because same-day voter registration, which prev...

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County crime report

Aug. 18Kristopher Michael Greer, 41, of Fleetwood was charged with communicating threats. Bond was set at $500. Greer was released on Aug. 20.Aug. 20Neil Tyler Thompson, 35, of Newland was charged with misdemeanor larceny. Bond was set at $500. Thompson was released later that day.Jonathan Gale Calloway, 43, of Jefferson was charged with driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license. Bond was set at $1,0...

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Natural gas pipeline won’t impact Ashe

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline that would extend from Harrison County, W. Va. across Virginia, down to Robeson County, N.C. would have no direct impact on Ashe County.Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources announced formal plans for the pipeline project earlier this month.The project was originally proposed by Virginia-based Dominion Energy as the “Southeast Reliability Project” back in Apri...

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Ashe tops Alleghany, 28-7

In the battle of unbeatens, the Huskies prevailed with a strong defensive effort and a big day receiving for senior Jacob Blevins.Connor Bowers tossed three touchdown passes, all to Blevins and the defense held Alleghany to its lowest scoring output of the season to cap off a 28-7 victory.“Their (Alleghany’s) game plan was to basically control the ball. They’re a good running team, they’re tough up front, we knew we had to take advantage of our op...

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AMH receives $255,000 grant

Ashe Memorial Hospital (AMH) announced on Friday, Sept. 26 they have received a grant worth approximately $255,048, over the next three years, to implement Mission HeartStart.According to its mission statement, Mission HeartStart project is designed to harness the strength of Ashe County’s large faith community to focus on early recognition of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), early and effective bystander CPR or CCC and decrease in “Down to Defibrillation” time.

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