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

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 — 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,

STATESVILLE — On Nov. 19, 2012, Walter Mark Houck was gunned down by law enforcement on his porch off Gaither Poe Road in the Laurel Springs community.
Almost two years to the day since Houck was killed, his family has filed a wrongful death suit against two Ashe County Sheriffs' deputies they believe brought his life to an end.
Houck's wid

Family sues two Ashe deputies for wrongful death

STATESVILLE — On Nov. 19, 2012, Walter Mark Houck was gunned down by law enforcement on his porch off Gaither Poe Road in the Laurel Springs community. Almost two years to the day since Houck was killed, his family has filed a wrongful death suit against two Ashe County Sheriffs' deputies they believe brought his life to an end. Houck's wid

SPARTA — A Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of a Laurel Springs man.
Jeffrey Joseph O'Connor, 66, was recently charged with felonious murder in the death of his son-in-law, Mark Anthony Hamm, 50, of Laurel Springs.
The incident, which deputies with the Alleghany Sheriff's Office (ASO) have described as being “dome

Florida man charged in Laurel Springs death

SPARTA — A Florida man has been charged with murder in the death of a Laurel Springs man. Jeffrey Joseph O'Connor, 66, was recently charged with felonious murder in the death of his son-in-law, Mark Anthony Hamm, 50, of Laurel Springs. The incident, which deputies with the Alleghany Sheriff's Office (ASO) have described as being “dome

JEFFERSON — Power was restored shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nov. 18 to approximately 513 Blue Ridge Electric members in Ashe County.
The outages were caused by high winds that moved through the area overnight, causing power lines to “slap together,” according to Renee Whitener, director of public relations for Blue Ridge

Power restored to 513 in Ashe County

JEFFERSON — Power was restored shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nov. 18 to approximately 513 Blue Ridge Electric members in Ashe County. The outages were caused by high winds that moved through the area overnight, causing power lines to “slap together,” according to Renee Whitener, director of public relations for Blue Ridge

Students and staff in Ashe County Schools got the day off due to inclement weather on Tuesday, Nov. 18, however, the makeup date is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 22.
Due to icy road conditions throughout the county following a cold front that brought snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures to the area overnight Monday and into Tuesday mornin

ACS makeup date scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22

Students and staff in Ashe County Schools got the day off due to inclement weather on Tuesday, Nov. 18, however, the makeup date is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 22. Due to icy road conditions throughout the county following a cold front that brought snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures to the area overnight Monday and into Tuesday mornin

WEST JEFFERSON — Saturday, Nov. 15 marked the launch of the second Annual Enrollment Period for individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Ashe County residents can now re-enroll or sign up for the first time for coverage effective in 2015.
The Annual Enrollment Period runs through Feb. 15, 2015. December 15, 201

Getting coverage under the ACA in 2015

WEST JEFFERSON — Saturday, Nov. 15 marked the launch of the second Annual Enrollment Period for individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ashe County residents can now re-enroll or sign up for the first time for coverage effective in 2015. The Annual Enrollment Period runs through Feb. 15, 2015. December 15, 201

WEST JEFFERSON — Sub-freezing temperatures didn't deter folks from showing up for the 2014 edition of the West Jefferson Holiday Parade, sponsored by Parker Tie Company and coordinated by the Town of West Jefferson and the West Jefferson Lions Club.
The Ashe County High School Husky Vanguard Band performed Christmas tunes along the parade ro

Ashe County welcomes the holiday season

WEST JEFFERSON — Sub-freezing temperatures didn't deter folks from showing up for the 2014 edition of the West Jefferson Holiday Parade, sponsored by Parker Tie Company and coordinated by the Town of West Jefferson and the West Jefferson Lions Club. The Ashe County High School Husky Vanguard Band performed Christmas tunes along the parade ro

Thousands of children around the world who would otherwise have no presents to unwrap during Christmas or even throughout the year, will open a shoe box filled withn surprises provided by families in Ashe County.
First Baptist Church of West Jefferson will serve this year as the local Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child, a charitable projec

National Collection Week nears for Operation Christmas Child

Thousands of children around the world who would otherwise have no presents to unwrap during Christmas or even throughout the year, will open a shoe box filled withn surprises provided by families in Ashe County. First Baptist Church of West Jefferson will serve this year as the local Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child, a charitable projec

This coming Saturday, Nov. 15, Ashe County Habitat for Humanity will begin installing electric wiring inside its latest home-building project.
The home site is located in the Buffalo Meadows subdivision off Buffalo Road, three miles from N.C. 88.
According to Construction Chairman Gerry Tygielski, Jon Parker of Parker Electric has agreed to super

Wanted: A few good electricians

This coming Saturday, Nov. 15, Ashe County Habitat for Humanity will begin installing electric wiring inside its latest home-building project. The home site is located in the Buffalo Meadows subdivision off Buffalo Road, three miles from N.C. 88. According to Construction Chairman Gerry Tygielski, Jon Parker of Parker Electric has agreed to super

The Ashe Optimist Club recently recognized and honored 13 Ashe County High School students for outstanding participation in clubs and extracurricular activities.
The following is a list of honorees:
• Mariah Martin (ACHS Marching Band)
• Joshua Adolph (HOSA, Beta Club)
• Abby Lopp (Beta Club, Dick Miller Youth Leadership Progr

13 ACHS students honored by Ashe Optimists

The Ashe Optimist Club recently recognized and honored 13 Ashe County High School students for outstanding participation in clubs and extracurricular activities. The following is a list of honorees: • Mariah Martin (ACHS Marching Band) • Joshua Adolph (HOSA, Beta Club) • Abby Lopp (Beta Club, Dick Miller Youth Leadership Progr

Mountain View Elementary School recently earned state recognition from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at the annual Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Recognition Ceremony in Greensboro on Nov. 4, 2014.
“MVES recently has earned state recognition as a PBIS Exemplar School,” Assistant Principal Sandra

Statewide accolades for Mountain View

Mountain View Elementary School recently earned state recognition from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at the annual Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Recognition Ceremony in Greensboro on Nov. 4, 2014. “MVES recently has earned state recognition as a PBIS Exemplar School,” Assistant Principal Sandra

JEFFERSON (4:45 p.m., Nov. 10, 2014) — According to Sue Miller, human resources manager at AEV, all three employees involved in this morning's incident were released from AMH and are in good condition.
JEFFERSON (1:32 p.m., Nov. 10, 2014) — An accident at the American Emergency Vehicles (AEV) plant in Jefferson sent three to the emerge

UPDATE: Accident at AEV sends three to hospital

JEFFERSON (4:45 p.m., Nov. 10, 2014) — According to Sue Miller, human resources manager at AEV, all three employees involved in this morning's incident were released from AMH and are in good condition. JEFFERSON (1:32 p.m., Nov. 10, 2014) — An accident at the American Emergency Vehicles (AEV) plant in Jefferson sent three to the emerge

Ashe County's unemployment rate continues to decline and improve, however, among the eight counties in the High Country area, it maintains the highest rate of unemployment.
According to the latest data released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the county's unemployment rate in September was 6.8 percent. In July and August the unemploy

Unemployment rate decreases in Ashe, statewide

Ashe County's unemployment rate continues to decline and improve, however, among the eight counties in the High Country area, it maintains the highest rate of unemployment. According to the latest data released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the county's unemployment rate in September was 6.8 percent. In July and August the unemploy

Tuesday night was a banner evening for Ashe County and North Carolina Republicans.
All three Republican candidates seeking a seat on the Ashe County Board of Commissioners won election to the board, and U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R), State Sen. Dan Soucek (R) and Rep. Jonathan Jordan (R) all won reelection.
In addition, Republican House Speaker Tho

Ashe County votes

Tuesday night was a banner evening for Ashe County and North Carolina Republicans. All three Republican candidates seeking a seat on the Ashe County Board of Commissioners won election to the board, and U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R), State Sen. Dan Soucek (R) and Rep. Jonathan Jordan (R) all won reelection. In addition, Republican House Speaker Tho

Voting continues in Ashe County through 7:30 p.m. this evening, when polls close and the counting begins.
According to John Shepherd, director of the Ashe County Board of Elections, voter turnout has been “heavy” on election day.
“We've not talked to the individual precincts since this morning, but turnout has been heavy,”

Voting continues in Ashe County

Voting continues in Ashe County through 7:30 p.m. this evening, when polls close and the counting begins. According to John Shepherd, director of the Ashe County Board of Elections, voter turnout has been “heavy” on election day. “We've not talked to the individual precincts since this morning, but turnout has been heavy,”

The Jefferson Post asked candidates for the office of the Ashe County Board of Commissioners to provide a short biography and tell why they are running for the position prior to the May primary election.
With election day falling on Tuesday, Nov. 4, we're re-running the responses provided by those who made it through to the general election, for t

Ashe County Commissioner candidate profiles

The Jefferson Post asked candidates for the office of the Ashe County Board of Commissioners to provide a short biography and tell why they are running for the position prior to the May primary election. With election day falling on Tuesday, Nov. 4, we're re-running the responses provided by those who made it through to the general election, for t

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Ashe County effective from 8 p.m. this evening through 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.
The NWS is calling for heavy snowfall in the North Carolina mountains and the higher elevations of far southwestern Virginia.
A deep low pressure system from the Great Lakes is expected to bring moistu

Winter storm warning issued for Ashe County

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Ashe County effective from 8 p.m. this evening through 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The NWS is calling for heavy snowfall in the North Carolina mountains and the higher elevations of far southwestern Virginia. A deep low pressure system from the Great Lakes is expected to bring moistu

A cold and damp Halloween could give way to a snowy, wintry weekend as a cold front moves across Ashe County and the High Country late Friday, early Saturday morning.
According to the latest forecast provided by the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Blacksburg, Va., rain showers are expected to begin after 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 with rain c

1 to 4 in. of snow possible this weekend

A cold and damp Halloween could give way to a snowy, wintry weekend as a cold front moves across Ashe County and the High Country late Friday, early Saturday morning. According to the latest forecast provided by the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Blacksburg, Va., rain showers are expected to begin after 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 with rain c

WEST JEFFERSON — One business, two departments and eight individuals were recognized for their top notch customer service at the Ashe County Chamber's “Outrageously” Good Customer Service Breakfast, held Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Boondocks Brewhaus and Event Center in West Jefferson.
Creative Printers received the award for “Ou

'Outrageously' good service

WEST JEFFERSON — One business, two departments and eight individuals were recognized for their top notch customer service at the Ashe County Chamber's “Outrageously” Good Customer Service Breakfast, held Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Boondocks Brewhaus and Event Center in West Jefferson. Creative Printers received the award for “Ou





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