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Fracking? Not in Ashe, High Country

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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 High Country is “absurd.”

 

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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Westwood takes part in National Run at School Day

Schools across America took part in the third annual “RUN@School Day”, sponsored by the Road Runners Club of America.Westwood Elementary and all 600 of its students hit the ground running on Sept. 19, the first time the school had participated in the event.The goal for the event is to encourage all children to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and also highlight the importance of daily physical activity.“Our students and teachers were...

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Mat Monsters hosting fundraiser Friday

The Ashe County Mat Monsters youth wrestling program will be having its first fundraiser of the fall with a barbecue pork lunch this Friday, Oct. 3.The fundraiser will take place at Autozone across from the high school. Each plate will have barbecue, slaw, baked beans, roll and dessert for $7. You can come pick up your plates there or deliveries can be arranged.Head coach Alex Wray hopes that this year will be the best season yet for the youth wrestling program....

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Seven under-recognized bad decisions by the General Assembly

Most of the heated debate this fall about the decisions made by the folks in charge of the General Assembly for the last few years has focused on a handful of big issues, funding cuts to public schools, new restrictions on abortion services, lower benefits for unemployed workers, the refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the rush to allow fracking for natural gas in North Carolina, and tax cuts that primarily benefited the wealthy and large corporations.Those we...

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Ashe hands Elkin first MVAC loss

Ashe County proved any doubters wrong last week that they can play with the top tennis team in the conference.The Lady Huskies won a marathon match over previously unbeaten Elkin, 5-4.Overall, the team won three matches last week with a pair of victories coming against Avery on Monday and Alleghany on Tuesday.Ashe 9, Avery 0Grace Miller (Ashe) defeated Lindsey Wiseman (Avery) 6-2, 6-0.Maggie Witherspoon (Ashe) defeated Ke...

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Centennial Checkers Tournament announces winners

Herbert Richardson was named the First place winner in the first annual West Jefferson Centennial Checkers Tournament. Larry Davis was named the runner up.The tournament was held in the Friendly Shoe Store on Sept. 20, 2014.A day of fun was enjoyed by all participants.

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High Country Council of Governments accepting applications for Urgent Repair Program

High Country Council of Governments has been awarded $200,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) under the 2014 cycle of the Urgent Repair Program (URP). The program provides assistance to homeowners in Allegany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga Counties in the form of a forgiven loan, averaging $6,000 per home, to assist very-low and low-income households with special needs in addressing housing conditions which pose imminent threats to their life and safety. The program can also as...

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Huskies overpower Oak Hill and North Wilkes

Ashe County picked up a pair of mercy rule victories to close out last week, both 9-0 wins over Oak Hill Academy and North Wilkes.Against the Warriors on Tuesday, Cesar Ruiz opened the flood gates with a goal in the fourth minute, followed by a goal from Miguel Ramose two minutes later. Ruiz netted a hat trick in the first 11 minutes, scoring in the seventh and 11th minutes to put Ashe ahead, 4-0.Ramos scored in the 14th minute, followed by RuizR...

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Realtor sales in August hit seven-year high

BOONE – It’s been almost seven years since local realtors sold as many homes as they did in August.Sell prices were not what they were in 2007. But last month’s sales in the High Country were easily the busiest for the three-county area since the national housing market collapsed in 2008.There were 168 homes sold by realtors last month, according to the Multiple Listing Service, which records sales in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties. That’s the m...

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UPDATE: ACSO seeks help in identifying individual suspected of multiple break-ins

Updated Monday, Sept. 29 - A suspect in a number of area break-ins has been identified and interviewed by detectives with the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office.“The subject has been identified and has been interviewed concerning the break-ins,” Det. Chris Eldreth said in a statement to the media.Eldreth said there was nothing more to share regarding the case at this time.“We will be working a few more angles to thes...

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