The winter is almost over and spring will be here soon, but one bean remains in Creston resident Joe Mullis’s jar.For Mullis and others who follow his weather predictions, the bean means there will one more snowfall before winter is over.“We have one more big snow,” Mullis said. “There might be some flurries, but I have got one big bean left. Springtime’s coming, and I’m ready for it.”Starting in March, Mullis starts looking at different signs to predict the number of winter snowfalls in Ashe County.Most notably, everyday in August, Mullis will go to a secret spot at 3:45 a.m., to see how clear the skies are.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Houck of Fleetwood announce the engagement of their daughter Chandra Leigh Houck to Benjamin Zachary Gragg of Banner Elk.Chandra is a graduate of Appalachian State University and is employed with Appalachian Regional Healthcare Systems.Ben is the son of Doug Gragg and Brenda Nidiffer. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and is self-employed.The couple will be married May, 31 2014 at 2 p.m. at Bald Mountain Baptist Church in We...
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Ashe County Planning Board focused on residential development, housing and subdivisions.It was the first meeting of six, focusing on specific topics of the Ashe County land use survey.Kicking off the meeting, was discussing affordable housing throughout the county.“Maintaining affordability is one of the issues,” Planning Director Adam Stumb said. “The solution at this point, since I felt like there were...
The Ashe County Board of Commissioners were updated on the state of the Ashe County Public Library at its scheduled meeting on Monday, March 3.According to data presented by Ashe County Librarian Suzanne Moore, 101,813 walked through the Ashe County Public Library’s doors during the 2012-13 fiscal year.“We do a lot of outreach programs as well, so there are higher numbers,” Moore said.Various outreach projects done by the Ashe County Public L...
I catch myself joining folks complaining about the terrible winter we’re having. Then I think back some 54 years when we were digging out of 81 inches of snow.Snowfall in 1960 set a record for Ashe and surrounding counties. Thirty inches fell in February and 51 more in March. Other snowfalls for the year brought the total to 112 inches.
Horses have become the latest victims of a struggling economy and harsh winter.In January, Ashe County Animal Control officers received and responded to approximately 130 calls concerning the suspected abuse and neglect of horses.“As the economy gets worse, the problem gets worse,” Ann Lisk, co-owner of Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary, an animal rescue outside of Jefferson, said. “We have people struggling just to feed themselves.”According...
March is the kickoff month for a new program at the Division of Employment Security (DES).Unemployed individuals who are receiving unemployment insurance benefits and receive their FIRST unemployment benefit payment on or after March 1, 2014, are required by law to attend an Employability Assessment Interview (EAI) as a condition of continuing eligibility for receiving unemployment insurance. Beginning on March 17, DES will begin issuing letters to inform claimants of their schedul...
All aspiring and practicing area gardeners are invited to Ashe Family Central on Saturday, March 15, to the High Country Seed Swap.The event features a day-long open exchange of seeds, plus a workshop on apple tree grafting taught by area experts. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., gardeners will be able to display their own surplus seeds and view the offerings of others on tables set up in the cafeteria space.The seed swap will continue throughout the day. Coffee and food locally ...
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