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Violence down, alcohol/drug offenses up in schools

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Violent acts such as physical and sexual assaults are down in Ashe County Schools, but drug and alcohol-related crimes increased from 2011-12 through last year.The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (N.C. DPI) released its 2012-13 Report of School Crime and Violence, earlier this month. The report documents the incidents of reportable acts of crime and violence in all 115 school districts across the state.According to a press release published by the N.C. DPI, “The total number of acts of school crime and violence was the lowest reported since 2008-09, while the number of students in N.C. public schools was at an all-time high — 1.5 million.”

 

Youth wrestlers attend ACMS camp

Young wrestlers from different parts of the High Country came to Ashe County Middle School last Saturday for a one-day wrestling seminar hosted by professional MMA and wrestling coach, Jeff Bedard.Kids from elementary school up through middle school and even a few high school wrestlers from Wilkes County made the trip up the mountain to be coached up by one of the best known wrestling coaches in the United States.“I was blessed to have Coach Bedard, a good friend o...

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‘Southern Justice’ offers one aspect of county reality

Let’s be honest; when it was announced several months ago that a film crew representing the National Geographic Channel was in Ashe County filming the daily interactions between the public and the sheriff’s department, did you really think the scenes recorded would be a rosy portrayal of traditional life here? Of course not.Did you imagine the scenes of law enforcement officers performing their daily, and occasionally dangerous, duties in keeping the citizenry safe woul...

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Ashe District Court decisions

The weekly session of the Ashe County District Court was held April 10, with the Honorable David V. Byrd presiding.These decisions were handed down by the court:James Eric Bennett: (M) assault with a deadly weapon (P) not guilty (J) guilty. 150 days suspended sentence, 24 months unsupervised probation, 72 hours CWS $100 plus CC. No contact whatsoever with victim, not be within 500 feet of victim. (M) communicating threats (P) not guilty (J) guilty. 120 days susp...

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Ashe golfers take fifth in two tourneys

In a pair of very competitive conference matches, the men’s golf team has finished in fifth place each time on the links.On April 10 at Mountain Aire Golf Course, Alleghany came away with the win. The Trojans shot 164 as a team, good enough for a three-shot victory over Wilkes Central. Elkin took third place with a score of 170. Starmount was fourth with a 171 and Ashe was fifth with a team total of 183. East Wilkes (191), West Wilkes (201) and North Wilkes (208) rounded out ...

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Choice program deserves defense

Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, House Speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam (the main architect of the program), and other leaders won’t be defending school choice because they oppose public education. They won’t be defending school ch...

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Softball drops two MVAC games

The Lady Husky softball team lost a pair of home games last week, first to West Wilkes and then to Alleghany.West Wilkes 17, Ashe 0Blackhawk ace Courtney Lackey allowed just one hit in four innings and retired nine Ashe batters on strikes to record the win on the mound. Lackey had a good night at the plate as well with three RBI’s and two runs scored.Caitlin Shepherd added two hits, two RBI’s and three runs scored. Lakyn Rutledge h...

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Industrial League champs

Submitted photo | Jefferson Post - The annual Industrial League hosted by Ashe County Parks and Recreation came to an end two weeks ago with the Mastercraft team winning the championship. Team members were: Kevin Nichols, Jordan Nichols, Matt Nichols, Daniel Waln, Brandon Lucas, Bradley Lucas, Dustin Hamm, John Spagnolo, Tavin Holman, Tatum Lemly and Tucker Clay. All but two of the team members played at Ashe County High School at some point during their basketball careers.

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