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Charlotte girl reels in state record fish in Creston

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It was a team effort that landed 13-year-old Victoria Navaroli a state record fish from a private pond in Creston.In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with ¼ of a nightcrawler and then handed his fishing rod to her.Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish.The fish weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and measured 12 inches in length, breaking the previous state record, held since 2008 by Sean Vanderburg, by 1 ounce.While some brothers might not appreciate the irony of handing over a rod and reel to watch a sibling reel in a state record fish, Jack was very excited for her, according to Victoria.

 

‘Piggybacking,’ savings, veterans highlight BOC meeting

The Ashe County Board of Commissioners were schooled in “piggybacking” and learned about savings to the county and local veterans at their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 18.Scott Hurley, the county’s director of Environmental Services, presented the board with a proposal to “piggyback” a front-loader garbage truck, which would effectively save the county around $9,000.Piggybacking is a method that allows one party, in this case Ashe County,...

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We can simplify our elections

The special election in November to fill a Court of Appeals judgeship illustrates how complicated, costly and difficult we’ve made elections and how we might simplify voting.The Court of Appeals election was triggered when former Chief Judge John Martin stepped down after the May Primary Elections. Martin is a practical and seasoned jurist who understands both the letter and intent of our Constitution. We wouldn’t be surprised if he timed his retirement so as to avoid s...

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Family Fun Horse Show this Saturday

Everyone is invited to come out to enjoy a great day outdoors and join the fun at the “Family Fun Horse Show” this Saturday, Aug. 23.The horse show features fun games, classes for Traditional and Racking horses, and events for riders and non-riders of all ages.Some of the planned events are Barrel racing, Texas barrels, Pole Bending, Egg Race, Ride a “Buck”, Apple Bobbing, a Rubber Duck Race and much more.There is a $10 entry fee for sp...

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Ashe County wreck report

The following are collision reports posted by the N.C. Highway Patrol in Ashe County and are considered public record.Aug. 4JeffersonA single-vehicle accident occurred at 10:41 p.m. on Highway 221. According to the narrative, Jeremy Eggert of Lansing was traveling south when his vehicle ran off the road to the right, came back on the road, crossed the centerline and overturned.Eggert’s 2006 GMC had an estimate...

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County crime report

July 28Pamela Renee Eller, 30, of Jefferson was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. Bond was set at $4,500. Eller was released later that day.July 29Mark Anthony, 48, of Jefferson was charged with driving while impaired. Bond was set at $500. Anthony was released later that day.William Herbert Hamm, 29, of West Jefferson was charged with driving while impaired. Bond was set at $500...

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Upgrades made at Price Lake Loop Trail

Julian Price Memorial Park provides exceptional High Country recreational opportunities including, beautiful streams, waterfalls, a 47 acre lake, the largest campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway and miles of trails.On Thursday, Aug. 14, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation CEO Carolyn Ward and Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods welcomed visitors to a ribbon-cutting, celebrating significant upgrades to the Price Lake Loop Trail. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a speci...

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‘Booze It & Lose It’ marks 20 years

The N. C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program have officially kicked off the Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which runs through Sept. 1.As part of the campaign’s launch, NCDOT and GHSP held a luncheon in Charlotte on Friday, Aug. 15 to recognize the 20th anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” in North Carolina. Over the past two decades, the state has made great strides to save lives by increasing public a...

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Another loss for Ashe County workers

It was depressing to read of Lowes Foods closing its West Jefferson store.The service the employees provide to customers has been outstanding. In fact, one of the former employees won the Ashe Chamber Outstanding Service Award a few years ago.Over the years the store has been a great help to the Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Ride, which is a fundraiser for the Ashe Civic Center.After the closing of the Gates plant in Jefferson, it is sad to see another group of hard ...

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McCrory scrambling to change the budget he was ‘proud to sign’

The more days that pass since Governor Pat McCrory signed the state budget, the more confusing that budget becomes, especially when trying to figure out what it means for public schools in North Carolina.And McCrory is adding to the confusion with his private actions not matching his public words.He said last week it was a budget he was proud to sign, citing the raises it provided for teachers and the fact that it fully funded teacher assistant positions at schools acros...

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Frank James Memorial Tournament a big success

The 2014 Frank M. James Memorial Golf Tournament held recently at Jefferson Landing brought in over $56,000 for money to be used by Ashe Memorial Hospital.The proceeds from the tournament are being used to purchase three bedside monitors for the Emergency Department, a C-Arm for the Imaging Department, a Choledocho Fiberscope for the Endoscopy Suite, and a Sterrad Unit for the Operating Room.Ralph Davis, a native of Ashe County, began an early teaching career under the l...

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Ashe/Alleghany, most dangerous for traffic in High Country

Tractor-trailer drivers winding their way through Ashe County would be wise to proceed with extreme caution and care.AAA Carolinas recently released its annual rankings of the most dangerous counties for traffic in North Carolina, and Ashe clocks in at number three in the state in terms of the best chance for tractor-trailer drivers to be involved in a fatal crash.Nearby Alleghany and Alexander counties were ranked respectively at numbers two and three in terms of the be...

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2014 Cutest Kids contest top prize awarded

Gabrien (center) was the overall winner of the 2014 Jefferson Post Cutest Kids Contest.Gabrien was the top vote getter in the newborn-12 months age category, and came out as the overall winner with 2,107 votes, out of 14,301 votes cast in this year’s contest, which was sponsored by Vannoy Construction and Walmart.The top vote getter was awarded $100, courtesy of Vannoy Construction. The winner in the toddler category is awarded $50, courtesy of Walmart.D...

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Cobb leaves ASU for Georgia State

As students, staff and faculty get ready for another academic year at Appalachian State University, the school will have to start searching for a new athletics director.Charlie Cobb, who held the position since 2005, has chosen to take the same position at Georgia State University. The school announced this decision on Thursday.“It is with mixed emotions that I accept the resignation of athletic director Charlie Cobb who has accepted the position of director of ath...

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AEV purchases Gates facility

American Emergency Vehicles (AEV) has purchased the Gates Corporation facility in Jefferson.AEV President and CEO Mark Van Arnam made the announcement of the acquisition in a statement released Wednesday, Aug. 15.“AEV is pleased to announce that we have acquired the Gates facility in Jefferson, North Carolina,” Van Arnam said in the statement. “Gates will continue to occupy the facility until they have terminated all local activities by the end of the y...

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WCC offers new animal science program beginning this Fall Semester

Beginning in the fall 2014 semester, Wilkes Community College will offer a new animal science program.The program will offer an associate degree in Applied Animal Science Technology as well as a diploma and certificate in applied animal science.The associate degree program will begin through Career & College Promise and be offered at North Wilkes and East Wilkes high schools. The certificate option will be offered on WCC’s Wilkes Campus and require two semesters of...

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Ohio band coming to Todd this weekend

The 2014 Todd Community Preservation Organization (TCPO) Summer Music Series continues this Saturday, Aug. 16 at Cook Memorial Park in Todd, when The Tillers take to the stage at 6 p.m.Admission is free of charge. There will be food off the grill, snacks and beverages for sale and all proceeds earned will go towards the TCPO. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

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County crime report

July 21Toni Leigh Wilson, 31, of Warner Robbins, Georgia, was charged with trafficking and conspiring to sell methamphetamine. Bond was set at $1,000,000. Wilson has not been released.July 22Jeffery Neil McCoy, 44, of Lansing was charged with fleeing/eluding arrest in a motor vehicle and resisting a public officer. Bond was set at $1,000. McCoy was released later that day.July 23Timothy C...

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