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9/11: A Day of Remembrance and Reflection

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By Alan Bulluckabulluck@civitasmedia.comLast Thursday, the nation took time to pause and remember those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.In Ashe County, countless American flags lined most streets and adorned homes and businesses. Faith Fellowship hosted an awards ceremony and parade that evening.At the North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, song, prayer, ceremony and occasional tears marked the anniversary of 9/11.The headquarters began their duty carrying out the orders of their Commander in Chief, Gov. Pat McCrory, lowering the U.S. and North Carolina flags in recognition of Patriot Day.


Economic development director selected for Ashe County

Ashe County has a new economic development director.County Manager Sam Yearick announced he extended an offer to Cathy Barr on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The announcement came at the end of the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.“We had some really good applicants, a number of highly qualified applicants,” Yearick said. “Cathy is originally from the Lansing area. She spent a number of years here, moved to Texas and spen...

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Pathetic reactions to startling injustice

The release from prison this week of Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, two Robeson County half-brothers wrongly incarcerated for 30 years for a rape and murder they did not commit, has made national and international news and reignited the debate over the tragically flawed capital punishment system in North Carolina.It has also prompted curious reactions from top state officials.McCollum spent his 30 years behind bars on death row, awaiting his execution for the rape and mu...

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Football game ruled no contest

By Nathan Hamnham@civitasmedia.comA strong line of thunderstorms put an end to Friday night’s football game between Ashe County and Hibriten.The game will be ruled a no contest, meaning it will not count for or against either squad.The game was shaping up to be a back-and-forth offensive slug fest with both teams combining for seven touchdowns in the first two quarters before the game was called off at halftime.Hibriten leading rush...

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Courting History: Ashe County’s first hospital (Jones Memorial Infirmary)

By Sam ShumateAshe County’s first hospital was located in Lansing.In fact, if you’re traveling north on N.C. 194 just past the old Lansing School and look to your right, you can still see the building. Slow down enough and look closely, you can still read “Jones Memorial Infirmary.”Thomas Jefferson Jones studied at the Medical College of Baltimore. He completed post-graduate work at the University of Tennessee. He was licensed to practi...

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Ashe tennis sweeps Wilkes Central

By Nathan Hamnham@civitasmedia.comAshe continued its winning ways in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference with another 9-0 victory, this one over visiting Wilkes Central.“It was a great conference win for our team. I am very proud of our players,” said coach Larry Dix.Ashe won all but one set against the Eagles, and that came in the sixth seeded match where Rebecca Baker was able to take the first set over Abby Manley, 7-5. Manley bou...

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‘Most moderate’ and ‘Kay’: Do words make a difference?

First of all a warning: I am a Democrat. You cannot trust a partisan commentator to give an objective report on a political contest like a debate between candidates for the United States Senate.Now that you’ve been warned, here are two observations about last week’s first debate between current Senator Kay Hagan and her challenger, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.1. Who is the “most moderate”?

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Body of missing ASU student found Saturday

Boone Police have confirmed that a body found in woods near the Appalachian State University campus on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 is that of missing student Anna M. Smith.Officers said the body was found around 10:30 a.m. in a wooded area off Poplar Grove Road, less than half a mile from ASU’s campus. Police were summoned to the scene by a nearby resident who reported a suspicious odor. Responding officers quickly discovered Smith’s body.A North Carolina driver...

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Wildlife commission staff recognized for conservation

Two staff members with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission were honored at the 51st annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet, held in Cary on Sept. 6.The awards, presented by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, recognize those who have an unwavering commitment to conservation and an uncommon determination to safeguard the state’s natural resources.Bob Curry, chief of the Division of Inland Fisheries, was honored as Wildlife Conservatio...

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Lady Huskies still seeking first win

Early season struggles continue for the volleyball team with the squad falling to 0-7 overall and 0-4 in Mountain Valley Conference play with a pair of losses to Starmount and Wilkes Central.Starmount 3, Ashe 0The Lady Rams are now 4-4 overall after a 3-0 win over Ashe last week. Starmount won the first set, 25-9 and followed that up with 25-7 and 25-12 wins to take the match.Ashe recorded two kills from Abby Lopp and a kill each from Lynsey A...

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Alan Hodge to speak at the Friends of the Library meeting

The Friends of the Library will welcome Our State’s Quiz Editor Alan Hodge to the second event of the On The Same Page Literary Festival and the Friends monthly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m., in the Friends Community Room at the Ashe County Public Library.Mr. Hodges’ maternal family (Smith, Scots-Irish) has lived in the Belmont area since 1773. He lived there as a child, moved to Charlotte, and then returned to Belmont in 1983, living within two miles of where hi...

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Josh Roten reappointed to WCC Board of Trustees

WILKESBORO – Josh Roten of Jefferson has been reappointed to the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees.Roten was reappointed by the Ashe County Board of Commissioners this past May and has taken the oath of office for the position. He was first appointed by the Board of Commissioners in August 2011.Roten, a native of Ashe County, graduated from Ashe County High School and attended WCC before graduating from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is cur...

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Gerrymandering: The next ice bucket challenge?

Whoever came up with the ALS Ice Bucket challenge deserves to be enshrined in the Marketing Hall of Fame. It accomplished the dual purpose of focusing attention on Lou Gehrig’s disease while also raising millions of dollars for finding a cure. It caused us to ponder how we might employ a similar strategy in this year’s elections.

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Blue Ridge Parkway prepares for fall travel season

The Blue Ridge Parkway is expecting a robust fall visitor season along the 469-mile linear national park, which offers breathtaking scenic beauty and a wide variety of educational and cultural experiences.The month of October is historically one of the Parkway’s highest visitation months and park managers anticipate that tradition to continue. Leaves have already begun to visibly start changing color in Ashe County and across the High Country area.

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ACMS receives youth literacy grant from Dollar General

Earlier this week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Ashe County Middle School a youth literacy grant in the amount of $3,000 to support their Building Literacy through Science and 21st Century Skills Program.Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources needed to properly begin the school year.

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A Boone-Doggle: Boone cries wolf since 2004

The Town of Boone has been inciting fear of running out of water and flushing money down the toilet.Boone claimed they exceeded 80 percent of the capacity of their water supply requiring immediate planning for another water supply. They also claimed they were going to exceed 90 percent of capacity by 2010, requiring construction of a new intake to prevent a state moratorium on new water hookups.​It’s 2014 and North Carolina has not issued any moratorium on wa...

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Ashe, Hibriten collide in final non-conference game

A strong rushing attack will square off against a powerful passing game as Hibriten will host Ashe County this Friday.The undefeated Panthers are coming off of a 33-14 win against county rival West Caldwell last week.Senior TiShawn Daniels rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Hibriten ground attack. Teammate Devell Maxwell, another rushing threat, added a touchdown run as well.Last season, Maxwell led Hibriten with 937 yards and 14 touchdowns an...

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Ashe overpowers Alleghany, 9-0

Seven different scorers carried the Ashe County Huskies to a 9-0 mercy rule win over Alleghany in the conference season opener.The Huskies scored in the 11th minute with a header from Kendall Wagner off of a corner kick from Justin Roland.Just two minutes later, Ashe netted the second goal off of a shot from Victor Melo.Miguel Ramos scored his first of three goals in the 22nd minute to put Ashe in front, 3-0. His other tallies came in the...

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