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The following accident reports between Sept. 7 and Sept. 13 are from the N.C. Highway Patrol and are considered public record.Sept. 8Highway 221A two-vehicle accident occurred at 8:10 a.m. on Highway 221 approximately one mile from West Jefferson.According to the narrative, a vehicle driven by Minnie Grubb of Todd was traveling south when she pulled across in front of David Roush of Jefferson attempting to make a left turn onto Mt. Jefferson State Park Road.Grubb’s 2002 Toyota suffered approximately $7,000 in damages and was considered not drivable. Roush’s 2007 Kia suffered approximately $5,000 in damages and was considered not drivable.


Workers gain from freedom

When governors and state legislatures make their economies freer — through tax relief, regulatory relief, and labor-market reforms — who stands to benefit?According to labor unions and other left-wing pressure groups, the answer is obvious. Only business owners and wealthy people prosper under smaller government. Confiscatory taxes, redistributive spending, and pro-union laws are needed for everyone else to enjoy real gains in income and living standards, they say.

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Jefferson readies for second annual Oktoberfest

Jefferson will usher in the fall season this weekend with an Oktoberfest celebration and Cruise-In.The Olde Towne Jefferson Business Association (OTJBA) is hosting the second annual Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 on East Main Street in downtown Jefferson. The event will be held in conjunction with the monthly Cruise-In, which have been well attended by folks from across the High Country this summer.Admission and parking for both events is free of...

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The McCrory subplot in the Senate race

The heated battle between for a U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, has unfolded as most political observers expected.Tillis is trying at every opportunity to tie Hagan closely to President Obama, whose approval ratings are underwater in the state, a situation that’s not unusual for most incumbent presidents halfway through their second term in office.That’s ...

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Fifty-nine shooters from 13 states, coming from as far away as Maine, Wisconsin and Florida came to Ashe County last weekend for the 100 & 200 Yard National Championship for International Benchrest Shooting. The competition was held at the rifle range of the Ashe County Wildlife Club.This championship may have been the first national championship of any sport held in Ashe County. Judging from the reception of the shooters, the county and the Ashe County Wildlife Club will host more...

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Lady Huskies grab two wins

The Lady Husky tennis team won two of its three most recent matches, scoring one win over East Wilkes and another win against North Wilkes.Ashe played East Wilkes in a doubleheader of sorts last Monday. The two teams finished a pair of matches that had been suspended due to rainy weather.The rain delayed match from Aug. 19 turned into an Ashe victory by a 6-3 score. Ashe previously won four of the six singles matches and clinched the win by taking two of the three double...

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Landmark Farm participates in National Alpaca Farm Days; host fundraiser for Happy Tails Rescue

On Sept. 27 - 28, alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farms to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals and the luxury fiber they produce.

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Learning is ageless for 90-year-old woodworking student

Jean Miller, of Laurel Springs, N.C., believes that learning is an ageless process, and this 90-year-old woodworking student at Wilkes Community College is a shining example of a lifelong learner.

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New lessons from old wars

At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC-Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS.I will tell you about his response in a minute.The World War I conference was one of a series of planned events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that Great War and to learn what lessons might help us deal with present day challenges.

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2,800 DWI arrests during statewide Labor Day campaign

The Labor Day holiday ushers in the start of school, the NFL and college football seasons and signals the end of summer – marking a time many people decide to celebrate with alcohol.The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program worked closely with law enforcement officers statewide to keep drunk drivers off the road during the Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. On Tuesday, Sept. 16 they announced that approximately 2,7...

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We may never know how much our children are learning

The headlines sounded great. 56 percent of our students passed their end of grade tests, compared to just 44 percent last year. A more thorough reading reveals the 11-point gain was a result of educators relaxing the scoring scale, making the tests easier to pass. It left us questioning whether we will ever know how well our students are performing.

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WJCC checkers tournament scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20

The inaugural West Jefferson Centennial Checkers Tournament is scheduled to take place this weekend.The tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Friendly Shoe Store at 13 N. Jefferson Ave. in West Jefferson. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend. The cost of competing in the tournament is only $1.Each player will play every other player twice, according to Lynn Rees-Jones, event coordinator for the West Jefferson Centennial Commission. A win...

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Rush to war

A shadowy terrorist group with Dark Ages savagery and Digital Age media savvy beheads two journalists and posts a video. So – 13 years to the day after 9/11 – we’re off to war!Talking TV heads spin us into a frenzy. Democratic and Republican politicians race to the cameras to out-hawk each other. John McCain and Lindsay Graham talk tough. Old Reliable Dick Cheney warns us that we’d better get back to his war that worked so well over the last decade. Rick Per...

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Huskies humble Rams, 7-2

Miguel Ramos scored three goals and Cesar Ruiz scored twice as Ashe County sped past Starmount, 7-2, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference game Monday night.“It’s easy to coach when you have as many fast weapons as we have,” Ashe County Coach Wes Rousseau said. “It’s hard to contain us. We finished the opportunities we had.”“I knew how fast they were,” Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said. “I thought I knew how good M...

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Day’s Body Shop wins Twilight League

Congratulations to the 2014 Mountain Aire Twilight League Tournament Champions, Day’s Body Shop.They defeated Furches Evergreens in the final match on Monday, Sept 15Day’s Body Shop team members were Jeff Day, Brandon Day, Shawn Day, Jock Gilley, Josh Shell, Mark Little, John Shaw, and Rock Vannoy.Ashe County Builders won the regular season title earlier this year.Mountain Aire would like to thank everyone who participated in the twiligh...

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Fall offerings at the Ashe Senior Center

Ashe Services for Aging is hosting a number of events in the coming months that will benefit both the Senior Center and area seniors.Events include a Social Security seminar, free health clinic and yard sale.SSA Public Outreach Seminar“The Social Security Administration out of Wilkes is coming to do an outreach seminar to the public,” Ashe Senior Center Assistant Glenda Luther said. “We’ve not had them here in quite a w...

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Initial autopsy results on Smith death released

The Boone Police Department has received the preliminary results of an autopsy on the body of Anna M. Smith.Boone Police received the results late Tuesday, Sept. 16 and released the information to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 17.Smith, an 18-year-old freshman at Appalachian State University and High Point native, was reported missing by her roommate on Sept. 3. After an extensive county-wide search by multiple law enforcement agencies that stretched from the university...

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Absentee voting underway for this year’s election

Voting has officially begun in North Carolina for the 2014 general election.At least it has for voters planning to cast their votes using a mail-in absentee ballot. Those wishing to vote in person will have to either wait until early voting starts on Oct. 23 or until Election Day on Nov. 4.For those wishing to vote by mail though, you can now request an absentee ballot from your county board of elections. And for those who have voted mail-in absentee in the past, it̵...

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