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Board of Commissioners honors local volunteers

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Hard-working, dedicated volunteers from around the county were honored at the 29th annual Ashe County Commissioner’s Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony on Thursday, April 10 at the Ashe County High School auditorium.In addition to commissioners, in attendance were County Manager Sam Yearick, County Volunteer Coordinator Glenda Luther, members of the Chamber of Commerce and other members of the community.“I want to thank all the volunteers within our county for all they do throughout the year,” Luther said. “We are very blessed in Ashe to have such wonderful people who have the desire to help others.”

 

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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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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UPDATE: Three sent to Ashe Memorial Hospital following wreck on Mt. Jefferson Road

A wreck involving an Ashe County Transport shuttle and late model GMC Yukon occurred just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.The wreck happened at the intersection of Mt. Jefferson Road and Mt. Jefferson State Park Road. Also impacted was a stop sign at the intersection on Mt. Jefferson State Park Road.According to West Jefferson Police Officer Randy Bundy, the driver of the Yukon, Andrea Hicks, was traveling west on Mt. Jefferson State Park Road when she failed to stop at the inters...

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Garden Buddies aims to tackle food insecurity in Ashe County

There’s a new program to help Ashe County families struggling with food insecurity.“Garden Buddies: Growing in Christ’s Likeness” is a new collaborative effort aimed at tackling the issue of food insecurity and creating skilled gardeners in Ashe County. It’s a partnership between West Jefferson First Baptist Church, the Ashe Sharing Center and the following cooperating agencies: Ashe County Health Department, ACHS Agriculture Department and the N.C. Co...

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Boondocks, West Jefferson celebrate N.C. Beer Month

April has been declared North Carolina Beer Month, and...

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