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Trout fishing waters ready for anglers

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All 15 of the eligible streams for fish stocking in Ashe County have been stocked with brook, rainbow and brown trout at once already, and with several more months to go, the N.C. Wildlife Commission has released the number of trout that will be placed these bodies of water throughout the year.Approximately 103 miles of streams and rivers in Ashe were stocked this year by hatcheries.The largest such body of water is the North Fork of the New River, which makes up 20 miles of the trout-stocked waters in the county and is stocked from the Watauga County line to Sharp Dam. At the end of April, the North Fork will have already been stocked with nearly 5,600 trout. Overall, the North Fork will have 12,725 trout placed into the water by the end of trout season.

 

Steve Wilson promoted at McFarland & Company

Stephen C. Wilson has been promoted to the position of Vice President and Editorial Director of McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, of Jefferson.Wilson joined the company as Assistant Editor in 1991, shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill summa cum laude with a degree in English. He steadily took on more responsibility in the editorial department, being promoted to editor in 1993, senior editor in 1998, Executive Editor in 2004, and Editori...

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Lansing Aldermen visited by High Country Council of Governments

Members of the Lansing Board of Aldermen were visited by a representative from the High Country Council of Governments during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 14.Phil Trew, the director of planning and development from the organization gave an update on what the High Country Council of Governments does and wanted to discuss the plans the town has underway for the Lansing Creeper Trail Park.“We’re governed by a board of directors made up of one...

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April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and with one in 58 children in the state diagnosed with the disorder, better awareness and understanding is urgently needed.“In NC, which was one of 11 states monitored through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, the prevalence rate is one in 58 children,” Director of Marketing and Communications for the Autism Society of NC (ASNC) David Laxton said. “This is an increase of 17 percent from the 2012 report.&...

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Violence down, alcohol/drug offenses up in schools

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, “...

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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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