Ashe County offices from administration to social services will have an 846 prefix beginning Monday, Dec. 17, as well as an entirely new number. However, you can still reach these offices with the 219 prefix and current number until next June.
County Manager Dan McMillan said the reason for the change is that the county’s contract with Embarq (Sprint) is ending and the county is switching to service with SkyLine Membership Corporation.
“When we first came to the new courthouse site, we couldn’t get service with SkyLine, and we wanted to be with the hometown folks,” McMillan said. “When service became available, we decided to go with SkyLine when our contract ended with Embarq (Sprint). We had some problems in the beginning with Sprint, but we’ve had good service after those problems were solved.”
McMillan said the county is also switching its Internet service to SkyLine and is expecting faster service for county employees.
“We want to support the local cooperative,” McMillan said. “They’ve supported the county and community, and we want to show our appreciation by doing business with them.”
The county is given 90 days for the current numbers to continue working, and purchased another 90 days for the convenience of county residents.
Effective Monday, Dec. 17, new numbers for county agencies will be as shown below in the box.
New County Office Numbers
County Manager/Administration/Finance 846-5501
Building Inspections 846-5511
Emergency Management 846-5521
Sheriff’s Office/Communications 846-5600
SO Administrative Office 846-5633
Warrant executions 846-5605
Gun permits 846-5632
E-911 Addressing 846-5520
Register of Deeds 846-5575
Veterans Services 846-5575
Social Services - Adult Services 846-5719
Social Services - Child Support 846-5734
Social Services - Food Stamps 846-5719
Social Services - Energy Assistance 846-5700
Social Services - Medicaid 846-5720
Social Services - Work First 846-5719
Tag Office 846-5530
Tax Assessor 846-5554
Tax Collector 846-5577
Tax Mapping 846-5555