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The Kruger Brothers headline weekend of live music in Todd

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A weekend of live music featuring some of the best area musicians and an internationally renowned Americana trio hits Todd this weekend.It all begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, when Eric Ellis and the Caldwell Line perform at Cook Memorial Park.Ellis’s performance is a part of the Todd Community Preservation Organization’s (TCPO) Summer Music Series.Admission is free of charge and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chair to enjoy some good old bluegrass music. Refreshments and food will be available with all proceeds going to the TCPO.The music will continue on Sunday, July 20 at 3 p.m., when Wayne Henderson and Friends and Charles Welch warm-up the stage for The Kruger Brothers at Cook Memorial Park.


West Jefferson couple helps to monitor local bat population

If you’re ever driving the 20-mile stretch from the North Carolina/Tennessee line into Todd after sunset during the summer, and you find yourself stuck behind a car that’s cruising at a cool 20 mph, don’t flip out; chances are it’s West Jefferson residents Nancy and Stephen Shoemaker participating in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual bat count.The couple have taken part in the bat count for the past four years, according to Nancy Shoemake...

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Three bluegrass music legends to perform together at Ola Belle Reed Music Festival

Bluegrass music legends Jerry McCoury, Bobby Hicks and Terry Baucom will perform on stage together for the first time at the 9th Annual Ola Belle Reed Music Festival in Lansing.McCoury, Hicks and Baucom will be joined by friends including Ola Belle’s son, David Reed, along with Eric Hardin of the Troubadors. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.McCoury, hired by Ola Belle at 15, has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in Bluegras...

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Local artist sports a heart big enough for all animals

Oftentimes, as we drive along a stretch of busy highway, we come across a wild or domesticated animal roaming about close to traffic, most likely fearful for its life.Most of us feel pity for such animals and drive on by, hopeful for their survival, but not Hannah Lemly.Lemly, an Ashe County native and local artist whose creations are featured prominently at The Artists’ Theatre in West Jefferson, has a soft spot for all creatures great and small, which is why she ...

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Ashe Amateur Radio Club ‘Field Day’ is this weekend

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year entire regions find themselves in the dark.The Ashe County Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Westwood Elementary School on June 28-29.They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber ...

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King Bees to perform at Backstreet Park

Summer is officially here and it’s time to jazz it up.The King Bees will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the BackStreet Park as part of the West Jefferson Community Partnership’s BackStreet Park Concert Series, sponsored by WJCP member Keep Ashe Beautiful.Well known in this area, the King Bees and concert-goers always have a great time. Their history and love of music are showcased with each concert.The Bees have quite a follow...

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‘Les Miserables’ coming to Ashe County

The longest running musical to grace the Broadway limelight is coming to Ashe County.The Ashe County Little Theater is presenting the hit musical “Les Miserables,” June 28-30, at the Civic Center in West Jefferson.Performances will be held June 26, 27, 28 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m.For those unaware, “Les Miserables” is based on the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. It is set in...

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Stoltz-Dotson will wed in June

Kevin and Monika Dotson of Fleetwood announce the...

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