Jefferson Post- RSS NEWS Feed http://jeffersonpost.com/section/NEWS http://jeffersonpost.com/section/NEWS Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:20:17 EST 1800 Expansion at Margate nearing completion http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150922677/Expansion-at-Margate-nearing-completion JEFFERSON — Renovations and an impressive expansion is underway at Margate Health and Rehab in Jefferson. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:01:06 EST John Sturgill is Student of the Month for November http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150935104/John-Sturgill-is-Student-of-the-Month-for-November ASHE COUNTY — John Sturgill (center) was selected as Ashe County Ford's Automotive Tech Student of the Month from Ashe County High School for November 2014. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:41:05 EST Ski resorts of North Carolina explored in new book http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150922968/Ski-resorts-of-North-Carolina-explored-in-new-book Telling a story in pictures is “North Carolina Ski Resorts,” the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's popular Images of America series.The book, by author Donna Gayle Akers, was released on Dec. 15, 2014. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:13:06 EST Blue Ridge Electric members to receive rate reduction on January bills http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150899567/Blue-Ridge-Electric-members-to-receive-rate-reduction-on-January-bills WEST JEFFERSON – Christmas came early as a temporary rate reduction was approved for Blue Ridge Electric members on their January 2015 bills, thanks to the Board of Directors of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:21:06 EST ‘New’ hotel in West Jefferson http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150911053/New-hotel-in-West-Jefferson WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County now has a Holiday Inn Express.What was originally a Hampton Inn and then The Hotel of West Jefferson, is now a Holiday Inn Express.The change became official Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:27:03 EST Ashe County World War 2 vet honored by DAV http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150909805/Ashe-County-World-War-2-vet-honored-by-DAV ASHE COUNTY — Ashe County resident William Jeremiah is a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:09:06 EST Time for radon testing in Ashe County homes http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150856135/Time-for-radon-testing-in-Ashe-County-homes During the winter months, your home is closed up tight to keep warm, making it an excellent time to make plans for radon testing. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:21:04 EST Law enforcement officials still searching for missing convict http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150891866/Law-enforcement-officials-still-searching-for-missing-convict Update — According to a representative from the Wilkes Correctional Facility, as of 6:17 p.m., Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, law enforcement officials are still searching for escaped convict Christopher Church, who went missing from work detail... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:33:20 EST Ashe County wreck report http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150870045/Ashe-County-wreck-report ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents that occurred between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29 were reported by the N.C. Highway Patrol and are considered public record.Nov. 23Buck Mountain Road Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:56:03 EST USGS confirms 3.0 earthquake in High Country http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150881242/USGS-confirms-3.0-earthquake-in-High-Country Local social media was abuzz early Monday morning, with many Ashe County residents reporting a loud sound and their homes shaking.What most thought to be an earthquake turned out to be true. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:39:08 EST Number 1 in Christmas trees http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150877922/Number-1-in-Christmas-trees According to an article published in The Washington Post on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Ashe County is now the largest Christmas tree producer in the United States. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:27:06 EST GE Aviation looking for new employees http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150877831/GE-Aviation-looking-for-new-employees New job opportunities are available for Ashe County residents.GE Aviation is following through on its commitment to create 105 new jobs in West Jefferson by 2017. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:40:06 EST Ashe County Farm Bureau wins County of Excellence Award http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150863019/Ashe-County-Farm-Bureau-wins-County-of-Excellence-Award GREENSBORO — Ashe County Farm Bureau was named the winner of the 2014 County of Excellence Award, Division 3. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:58:06 EST Beware of scams targeting utility customers http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150853832/Beware-of-scams-targeting-utility-customers WEST JEFFERSON — Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is warning the public about continued scams targeting members. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:36:09 EST Nature Conservancy acquires 800 acres in Ashe County http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150852868/Nature-Conservancy-acquires-800-acres-in-Ashe-County DURHAM — The Nature Conservancy has acquired 800 acres in Ashe County. The new property, which includes rare mountain bogs, will be added to the Conservancy's Bluff Mountain Preserve. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:47:05 EST Not just any Christmas card http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150845679/Not-just-any-Christmas-card JEFFERSON — Greensboro-based artist William Mangum has been a hands-on advocate for the needs of North Carolina's homeless population, donating his artistic skills and publishing gifts to make the seasonal “Honor Card: program one of... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:16:04 EST Rhonda Herman is new McFarland president http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150842382/Rhonda-Herman-is-new-McFarland-president JEFFERSON — At the annual McFarland Christmas Party held at the new Boondocks Brew Haus and Events Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, Robert Franklin surprised those in attendance with the announcement that his role at the company was changing. He... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:23:13 EST Missing Avery County woman’s body found in Ashe http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150839755/Missing-Avery-County-womans-body-found-in-Ashe The body of a missing Avery County woman was discovered around midnight Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014, near Phillips Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe County. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:55:06 EST Ashe County author wins prestigious award http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150818872/Ashe-County-author-wins-prestigious-award ASHE COUNTY — Local author and photographer Dr. Douglas Butler was recently awarded the 2014 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians for his book, “North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:09:07 EST Over 1,000 items collected during annual food drive http://jeffersonpost.com/news/home_top-news/150819839/Over-1000-items-collected-during-annual-food-drive Ashe County families in need won't go hungry this holiday season thanks to a two-month food drive and generous outpouring of support from concerned local citizens. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:49:06 EST