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Alan Bulluck

Position: Staff Writer
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 — A new gas station is scheduled to open in Ashe County in the coming months.
According to Daniel Dinsbeer with Quality Oil Company, construction on a Quality Plus, located across from McDonald's and next to CVS in West Jefferson, should be complete by February 2015.
“We're doing the Quality Plus up in West Jefferson, a

WJ Quality Plus to open in early 2015

WEST JEFFERSON — A new gas station is scheduled to open in Ashe County in the coming months. According to Daniel Dinsbeer with Quality Oil Company, construction on a Quality Plus, located across from McDonald's and next to CVS in West Jefferson, should be complete by February 2015. “We're doing the Quality Plus up in West Jefferson, a

JEFFERSON — Benjamin Nieves Tirado, an Ashe County man who is accused of killing his son, is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at the Ashe County Courthouse in Jefferson.
Tirado, 57, was arrested early Friday morning, Dec. 19 and charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Ashe County Sheriff

First court appearance set for murder suspect

JEFFERSON — Benjamin Nieves Tirado, an Ashe County man who is accused of killing his son, is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at the Ashe County Courthouse in Jefferson. Tirado, 57, was arrested early Friday morning, Dec. 19 and charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. Ashe County Sheriff

ASHE COUNTY — An Ashe County man is dead following a domestic situation that occurred early Thursday evening.
According to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams, sheriff's deputies responded to a shots fired call around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at 2859 Ripshin Road in the Big Horse Creek area of Lansing.
“Deputies arrived and found a

Ashe County man charged with murder

ASHE COUNTY — An Ashe County man is dead following a domestic situation that occurred early Thursday evening. According to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams, sheriff's deputies responded to a shots fired call around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at 2859 Ripshin Road in the Big Horse Creek area of Lansing. “Deputies arrived and found a

JEFFERSON — Renovations and an impressive expansion is underway at Margate Health and Rehab in Jefferson.
“We are currently in the process of finishing building a new rehabilitation wing with private rooms,” Scott Davis, administrator of Margate, said. “We're adding 30 new private rooms and a brand new therapy gym; a big gy

Expansion at Margate nearing completion

JEFFERSON — Renovations and an impressive expansion is underway at Margate Health and Rehab in Jefferson. “We are currently in the process of finishing building a new rehabilitation wing with private rooms,” Scott Davis, administrator of Margate, said. “We're adding 30 new private rooms and a brand new therapy gym; a big gy

ASHE COUNTY — A North Carolina tradition will continue this New Year's Day with opportunities to get out and reconnect with nature, and maybe start on a New Year's resolution, on First Day Hikes at every state park and recreation area, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
In the past three years, hikers in North Carolina h

First Day Walks at NC state parks on New Year's Day

ASHE COUNTY — A North Carolina tradition will continue this New Year's Day with opportunities to get out and reconnect with nature, and maybe start on a New Year's resolution, on First Day Hikes at every state park and recreation area, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. In the past three years, hikers in North Carolina h

WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County now has a Holiday Inn Express.
What was originally a Hampton Inn and then The Hotel of West Jefferson, is now a Holiday Inn Express.
The change became official Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.
Changes to the facade and interior are in progress and the hotel is open for business.
This story will be updated as more infor

'New' hotel in West Jefferson

WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County now has a Holiday Inn Express. What was originally a Hampton Inn and then The Hotel of West Jefferson, is now a Holiday Inn Express. The change became official Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Changes to the facade and interior are in progress and the hotel is open for business. This story will be updated as more infor

UPDATE: Dec. 22, 2014
CONCORD — Escaped inmate Christopher Church, who had been on the run since last Monday afternoon when he walked off from a work assignment at a Department of Transportation yard in Ashe County, was captured by officers with the Department of Public Safety Sunday evening, Dec. 21.
Church, 29, was located at a business i

UPDATE: Escaped inmate captured in Concord

UPDATE: Dec. 22, 2014 CONCORD — Escaped inmate Christopher Church, who had been on the run since last Monday afternoon when he walked off from a work assignment at a Department of Transportation yard in Ashe County, was captured by officers with the Department of Public Safety Sunday evening, Dec. 21. Church, 29, was located at a business i

New job opportunities are available for Ashe County residents.
GE Aviation is following through on its commitment to create 105 new jobs in West Jefferson by 2017.
The NC Works Career Center is hosting a job fair for GE Aviation from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College in West Jefferson.
“GE Aviation i

GE Aviation looking for new employees

New job opportunities are available for Ashe County residents. GE Aviation is following through on its commitment to create 105 new jobs in West Jefferson by 2017. The NC Works Career Center is hosting a job fair for GE Aviation from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College in West Jefferson. “GE Aviation i

According to an article published in The Washington Post on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Ashe County is now the largest Christmas tree producer in the United States.
The information contained in the article came from data published in the most recent USDA Agricultural Census.
In the past, Ashe County has been the largest Christmas tree producer east of

Number 1 in Christmas trees

According to an article published in The Washington Post on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Ashe County is now the largest Christmas tree producer in the United States. The information contained in the article came from data published in the most recent USDA Agricultural Census. In the past, Ashe County has been the largest Christmas tree producer east of

JEFFERSON — Greensboro-based artist William Mangum has been a hands-on advocate for the needs of North Carolina's homeless population, donating his artistic skills and publishing gifts to make the seasonal “Honor Card: program one of the most well run and leveraged charitable programs in the U.S.
Through Mangum's passionate endeavors a

Not just any Christmas card

JEFFERSON — Greensboro-based artist William Mangum has been a hands-on advocate for the needs of North Carolina's homeless population, donating his artistic skills and publishing gifts to make the seasonal “Honor Card: program one of the most well run and leveraged charitable programs in the U.S. Through Mangum's passionate endeavors a

The body of a missing Avery County woman was discovered around midnight Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014, near Phillips Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe County.
Ashe County Sheriff James Williams confirmed Wednesday that deputies spotted an abandoned 1998 beige, four-door Toyota Camry belonging to Dorothy “Dot” Barber, 60, of Lin

Missing Avery County woman's body found in Ashe

The body of a missing Avery County woman was discovered around midnight Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014, near Phillips Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe County. Ashe County Sheriff James Williams confirmed Wednesday that deputies spotted an abandoned 1998 beige, four-door Toyota Camry belonging to Dorothy “Dot” Barber, 60, of Lin

Ashe County families in need won't go hungry this holiday season thanks to a two-month food drive and generous outpouring of support from concerned local citizens.
The Annual Canned Food Drive sponsored by the Ashe County Volunteer Initiative has officially come to a close.
“I would like to give a huge thank you to all of those who served a

Over 1,000 items collected during annual food drive

Ashe County families in need won't go hungry this holiday season thanks to a two-month food drive and generous outpouring of support from concerned local citizens. The Annual Canned Food Drive sponsored by the Ashe County Volunteer Initiative has officially come to a close. “I would like to give a huge thank you to all of those who served a

JEFFERSON — The leadership on the Ashe County Board of Education will remain the same in the coming year.
At the start of the board's regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, Charles King was reelected chairman of the board and C.B. Jones was reelected board vice chairman.
King has been the chairman of the Board of Education for many years. He re

No change in Ashe school board leadership

JEFFERSON — The leadership on the Ashe County Board of Education will remain the same in the coming year. At the start of the board's regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, Charles King was reelected chairman of the board and C.B. Jones was reelected board vice chairman. King has been the chairman of the Board of Education for many years. He re

A new Board of Commissioners for Ashe County is officially in place following the regular meeting held Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.
At the start of the meeting, now former commissioners Judy Porter Poe and Gerald Price stepped down from the dais for the last time (at least for now) to receive a plaque of appreciation for their service to Ashe County.
Bo

New Ashe commissioners sworn in

A new Board of Commissioners for Ashe County is officially in place following the regular meeting held Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. At the start of the meeting, now former commissioners Judy Porter Poe and Gerald Price stepped down from the dais for the last time (at least for now) to receive a plaque of appreciation for their service to Ashe County. Bo

Courtesy Photo | Jefferson Post
Gov. Pat McCrory (far left) stands with Charles, Peggy and son Grayson Sturgill, owners and operators of Sturgill Tree Farms, in front of the N.C. first family's Christmas tree in Raleigh on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Courtesy Photo | Jefferson Post

Gov. McCrory's Christmas tree hails from Ashe

Courtesy Photo | Jefferson Post Gov. Pat McCrory (far left) stands with Charles, Peggy and son Grayson Sturgill, owners and operators of Sturgill Tree Farms, in front of the N.C. first family's Christmas tree in Raleigh on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Courtesy Photo | Jefferson Post

The following are the restaurant and facility grades for Ashe County for the month of November 2014.
Restaurant and facilities in Ashe 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 between Nov. 1 and Nov.

Restaurant and facility grades for November 2014

The following are the restaurant and facility grades for Ashe County for the month of November 2014. Restaurant and facilities in Ashe 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 between Nov. 1 and Nov.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and a winter weather advisory for Ashe County, effective from 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, Nov. 25 through 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 26.
The winter storm warning is in effect for elevations above 3,000 feet, while the winter weather advisory is in effect for elevations below 3,000 fe

Winter storm warning issued for Ashe County

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and a winter weather advisory for Ashe County, effective from 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, Nov. 25 through 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 26. The winter storm warning is in effect for elevations above 3,000 feet, while the winter weather advisory is in effect for elevations below 3,000 fe

West Jefferson's Hometown Christmas Tree will be lit Friday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. in the Backstreet Park in downtown West Jefferson.
According to Town Clerk Wesley Barker, Santa Claus and friends will be in attendance to greet attendees. In addition, an old fashioned fire truck will be on hand to take folks on rides around town, hot chocolate will be

WJ tree lighting scheduled for Friday

West Jefferson's Hometown Christmas Tree will be lit Friday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. in the Backstreet Park in downtown West Jefferson. According to Town Clerk Wesley Barker, Santa Claus and friends will be in attendance to greet attendees. In addition, an old fashioned fire truck will be on hand to take folks on rides around town, hot chocolate will be

Three individuals were recently arrested by the Ashe County Sheriff's Office in connection with a string of property vandalisms that occurred on or around Nov. 10, 2014.
The vandalism incidents started in the Three Top area, progressing to West Buffalo, Buck Mountain and Ray Taylor roads.
In all, six mailboxes and six vehicle windshields were dam

Three arrested in vandal incidents

Three individuals were recently arrested by the Ashe County Sheriff's Office in connection with a string of property vandalisms that occurred on or around Nov. 10, 2014. The vandalism incidents started in the Three Top area, progressing to West Buffalo, Buck Mountain and Ray Taylor roads. In all, six mailboxes and six vehicle windshields were dam

WEST JEFFERSON — Black Friday, Cyber Monday…Giving Tuesday?
For years we've heard the names Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandied about around the Thanksgiving holiday, but many are more than likely unfamiliar with Giving Tuesday.
It's a global day dedicated to giving back and on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses,

'I gave 10' campaign to benefit Sharing Center, those in need

WEST JEFFERSON — Black Friday, Cyber Monday…Giving Tuesday? For years we've heard the names Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandied about around the Thanksgiving holiday, but many are more than likely unfamiliar with Giving Tuesday. It's a global day dedicated to giving back and on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses,





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