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Alan Bulluck

Position: Editor
E-Mail Address: abulluck@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-846-7164


About Alan Bulluck

Alan Bulluck was born and raised in Summerfield, N.C., right outside of Greensboro. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004 with a BA in History and later earned a MA in late 19th, early 20th century U.S. and British Social/Political History from High Point University. He taught U.S. History for five years at Oak Ridge Military Academy and previously wrote for The Rhinoceros Times in Greensboro.

Latest Stories by Alan Bulluck

WEST JEFFERSON — Two were injured in a three-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Frank Dillard Road and N.C. 163 in West Jefferson shortly before noon on Tuesday, April 14.
According to Trooper Jason Brown with the N.C. State Highway Patrol, a PT Cruiser was headed south on N.C. 163 waiting to make a left turn onto Frank Di

Two injured in multi-vehicle crash in West Jefferson

WEST JEFFERSON — Two were injured in a three-vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of Frank Dillard Road and N.C. 163 in West Jefferson shortly before noon on Tuesday, April 14. According to Trooper Jason Brown with the N.C. State Highway Patrol, a PT Cruiser was headed south on N.C. 163 waiting to make a left turn onto Frank Di

WEST JEFFERSON — United States Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina's senior representative in the U.S. Senate, stopped by West Jefferson Thursday, April 9 to speak before a group of members representing a new local group known as Ashe Vision 2025.
Ashe Vision 2025 consists of a group of leaders representing all facets of the community, tasked

Sen. Richard Burr visits West Jefferson

WEST JEFFERSON — United States Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina's senior representative in the U.S. Senate, stopped by West Jefferson Thursday, April 9 to speak before a group of members representing a new local group known as Ashe Vision 2025. Ashe Vision 2025 consists of a group of leaders representing all facets of the community, tasked

ASHE COUNTY — Mary Howell has a message for Ashe County teens thinking of consuming alcohol at an early age, and it's a pretty simple one: Don't do it.
Howell, an alcohol abuse education instructor and former health and physical education teacher in Ashe County Schools, recently gave presentations to students at Ashe County Middle School on

Students learn about the effects of underage drinking

ASHE COUNTY — Mary Howell has a message for Ashe County teens thinking of consuming alcohol at an early age, and it's a pretty simple one: Don't do it. Howell, an alcohol abuse education instructor and former health and physical education teacher in Ashe County Schools, recently gave presentations to students at Ashe County Middle School on

A shooting that occurred late Saturday evening landed an Ashe County woman in the hospital with critical injuries, and her neighbor in jail.
Ashe County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a home in the Clifton area shortly before midnight Saturday, April 4 after receiving a life line call-in.
According to information provided by the ACSO, Viol

Local man charged with attempted murder; victim's condition improving

A shooting that occurred late Saturday evening landed an Ashe County woman in the hospital with critical injuries, and her neighbor in jail. Ashe County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a home in the Clifton area shortly before midnight Saturday, April 4 after receiving a life line call-in. According to information provided by the ACSO, Viol

WEST JEFFERSON — Spring has finally sprung in Ashe County, bringing nourishing rains, green fields, a new generation of animals on the farm and the start of a new season for the Ashe County Farmers Market (ACFM).
The ACFM officially opens this coming Saturday, April 11. Operating hours are from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 31.

Farmers Market opens Saturday

WEST JEFFERSON — Spring has finally sprung in Ashe County, bringing nourishing rains, green fields, a new generation of animals on the farm and the start of a new season for the Ashe County Farmers Market (ACFM). The ACFM officially opens this coming Saturday, April 11. Operating hours are from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 31.

ASHE COUNTY — The following are the restaurant and facility grades for Ashe County for the month of March.
Restaurant and facilities in Ashe County are routinely inspected by the Appalachian District Health Department, which also oversees restaurants and facilities in Alleghany and Watauga counties.
The following inspections took place betw

Restaurant and facility grades for March

ASHE COUNTY — The following are the restaurant and facility grades for Ashe County for the month of March. Restaurant and facilities in Ashe County are routinely inspected by the Appalachian District Health Department, which also oversees restaurants and facilities in Alleghany and Watauga counties. The following inspections took place betw

The following are corporations/non-profits in Ashe County that registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State's office during the month of February. Items are listed by corporation's name, followed by registered agent and primary office address:
• AVIN Inc.: Mike Tobin, 148 Hardwood Hill, West Jefferson, NC 28694;
• Ballou's Pr

New Ashe County businesses registered in March

The following are corporations/non-profits in Ashe County that registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State's office during the month of February. Items are listed by corporation's name, followed by registered agent and primary office address: • AVIN Inc.: Mike Tobin, 148 Hardwood Hill, West Jefferson, NC 28694; • Ballou's Pr

WEST JEFFERSON — Members of Ashe County High School's Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) recently adopted 24 individual local foster kids and worked hard to provide them with the happiest of Easter holidays'.
Ashe County High School HOSA students created individual Easter baskets for each foster kid and delivered them recently.
A

Happy Easter from Ashe HOSA

WEST JEFFERSON — Members of Ashe County High School's Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) recently adopted 24 individual local foster kids and worked hard to provide them with the happiest of Easter holidays'. Ashe County High School HOSA students created individual Easter baskets for each foster kid and delivered them recently. A

The National Park Service has announced that a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe and Watauga counties will close to drivers beginning April 1.
The closure is due to needed repairs to a bridge that crosses U.S. 421 in Deep Gap. According to Leesa Brandon, public information officer for the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Parkway will be closed from

Blue Ridge Parkway closure scheduled in Ashe, Watauga counties

The National Park Service has announced that a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe and Watauga counties will close to drivers beginning April 1. The closure is due to needed repairs to a bridge that crosses U.S. 421 in Deep Gap. According to Leesa Brandon, public information officer for the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Parkway will be closed from

LANSING — An early morning structure fire badly damaged a home in the Helton community and displaced the residents on Sunday, March 29.
The fire began around 2 a.m. at a home located at 570 Jerd Branch Road.
According to Jack Reedy, assistant fire chief with Lansing Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the fire originated around the chimney area of t

Fire badly damages home in Lansing

LANSING — An early morning structure fire badly damaged a home in the Helton community and displaced the residents on Sunday, March 29. The fire began around 2 a.m. at a home located at 570 Jerd Branch Road. According to Jack Reedy, assistant fire chief with Lansing Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the fire originated around the chimney area of t

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 98 of North Carolina's counties, including Ashe, in January and decreased in two.
Ashe County's unemployment rate increased by .9 percent to 7.0 in January, up from 6.1 percent in December 2014.
Graham County had the highest unemploym

Unemployment rises in Ashe County

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 98 of North Carolina's counties, including Ashe, in January and decreased in two. Ashe County's unemployment rate increased by .9 percent to 7.0 in January, up from 6.1 percent in December 2014. Graham County had the highest unemploym

RALEIGH — Downtown West Jefferson's main drive, Jefferson Avenue, was recently recognized as a “Great Main Street” in the 2015 Great Places in North Carolina awards program, sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC).
Last week, West Jefferson's Town Planner Matthew Levi (left) and Town

Town of WJ accepts award

RALEIGH — Downtown West Jefferson's main drive, Jefferson Avenue, was recently recognized as a “Great Main Street” in the 2015 Great Places in North Carolina awards program, sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC). Last week, West Jefferson's Town Planner Matthew Levi (left) and Town

For the fourth year in a row, Ashe County experienced a small decrease in its overall population.
“Ashe saw a small reduction in population between 2013 and 2014 of 22 people,” Planning Director Adam Stumb stated via email. “This is a continuation of a small reduction in population since the 2010 Census.”
According to the

Population decline continues in Ashe County

For the fourth year in a row, Ashe County experienced a small decrease in its overall population. “Ashe saw a small reduction in population between 2013 and 2014 of 22 people,” Planning Director Adam Stumb stated via email. “This is a continuation of a small reduction in population since the 2010 Census.” According to the

A proposed law in the General Assembly would allow distilleries in North Carolina to sell liquor outside the ABC system, but it's generating stiff opposition from local ABC and government boards.
Senate Bill 24 (House Bill 107) would allow distilleries to sell a single container of liquor once a year to visitors to their distilleries. Sen. Rick Gu

Bill would allow sales at distilleries

A proposed law in the General Assembly would allow distilleries in North Carolina to sell liquor outside the ABC system, but it's generating stiff opposition from local ABC and government boards. Senate Bill 24 (House Bill 107) would allow distilleries to sell a single container of liquor once a year to visitors to their distilleries. Sen. Rick Gu

JEFFERSON — The highly anticipated Ore Knob Mine exhibit at the Museum of Ashe County History will open to the public on April 25. A private opening will be held April 10.
Lonnie Jones, president of the Museum of Ashe County's Board of Directors, informed the board of commissioners of the exhibit's debut at the board's regular meeting held M

Ore Knob exhibit to open April 25 at museum

JEFFERSON — The highly anticipated Ore Knob Mine exhibit at the Museum of Ashe County History will open to the public on April 25. A private opening will be held April 10. Lonnie Jones, president of the Museum of Ashe County's Board of Directors, informed the board of commissioners of the exhibit's debut at the board's regular meeting held M

WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen will conduct a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Town Hall in West Jefferson.
According to Town Clerk Wesley Barker, the purpose of the meeting is to begin discussion on the Town's budget for FY 2015-2016. The board will also consider two resolutions at the meeting:
•

WJ Aldermen to hold special meeting Monday, March 23

WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen will conduct a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Town Hall in West Jefferson. According to Town Clerk Wesley Barker, the purpose of the meeting is to begin discussion on the Town's budget for FY 2015-2016. The board will also consider two resolutions at the meeting: •

Update, March 25, 2015: Arrest warrants for Danny Harmon, 33, of West Jefferson, provided the incorrect age of the victim. The victim was identified as being 13 years of age when in fact she's 6. According to Carolyn Gentry with the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, the warrants will be amended according to law.
A West Jefferson man has been charged w

WJ man charged with four counts of statutory rape

Update, March 25, 2015: Arrest warrants for Danny Harmon, 33, of West Jefferson, provided the incorrect age of the victim. The victim was identified as being 13 years of age when in fact she's 6. According to Carolyn Gentry with the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, the warrants will be amended according to law. A West Jefferson man has been charged w





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