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Ore Knob Mine exhibit to open later this year at museum

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A new exhibit on the Ore Knob Mine will soon have a permanent home at the Museum of Ashe County History in Jefferson.The life-size exhibit, featuring two miners at work inside the Ore Knob Mine, and a diorama of the entire mine itself, will appropriately be housed in the old, dark and cavernous Register of Deeds vault inside the museum, which served as the Ashe County Courthouse from 1904 to 2001. There’s even going to be a battery-operated bird in a small cage to go alongside the miners - a dead bird being the miners’ signal that toxins were present in the mine-shaft.The Ore Knob Mine diorama will be similar to the “Virginia Creeper” diorama, which debuted at the museum in December 2011.

 

From Lansing to Ethiopia: Glory Rognstad’s 8,000 mile journey

A Lansing native is set to return home from Ethiopia next week, where she’s been volunteering at a school for homeless women and children for the past two months.It’s not Glory Rognstad’s first time living and working in the country of 96.6 million, located on the Horn of Africa and sandwiched between the war ravaged countries of Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.Rognstad first traveled to Ethiopia in 2010 as a requirement for her Baha’i Year of Serv...

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Ashe Commissioners approve ballot addition for sales tax

In a 4-1 vote, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners approved a ballot initiative which will allow county voters to decide if the county will levy a one-quarter cent per dollar sales tax on the ballot this November.Commissioners Judy Porter Poe, Gerald Price, Larry Rhodes and Gary Roark voted for the measure with Commissioner William Sands voting against it.“The Commissioners do not have the authority to add (the tax) alone,” said Ashe County Manager Sam Yea...

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Clayton Procter’s artwork awarded ‘best in show’ at recent gallery opening

Local artist Clayton Proctor received the art award of “Best In Show” at the annual Northwest Artist’s League’s art competition in North Wilkesboro. The opening reception was held on April 11, where show juror Raney Rogers spoke to the large crowd of artists and guests alike and announced the competition winners.Rogers spoke of how she juried this particular show and what she was looking for in making her final decisions. After perusing the shows entries thr...

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We the People meeting focuses on Boone water intake

Approximately 25 people attended a discussion on the potential of water intake from the city of Boone on the Ashe County and Watauga County border on Tuesday, April 22.The discussion, hosted by We the People of Ashe County, started at 6 p.m. at the Faith Fellowship in West Jefferson.Leading the discussion was Frank Packard, who has been to multiple meetings involving the town of Boone and followed the issue of the potential placement of a plant along the South Fork New R...

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Arts Council holds ARTifacts Yard Sale fundraiser

A temporary, deluxe thrift store popped up for a few hours in West Jefferson this past Saturday.The Ashe County Arts Council held its 20th annual ARTifacts Yard Sale Saturday, April 19 at the Early Learning Center in West Jefferson.Jane Lonon, executive director of the arts council, said the arts council was fortunate to have so many high-quality items donated for this year’s yard sale.“We were fortunate to have a lot of really nice items this year...

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Economic impact of tourism here doubles over 15 years

Tourism-related spending in Ashe County has doubled over the last 15 years, according to a presentation made by the Ashe Chamber of Commerce to the Ashe Board of Commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 21.In 2012, tourism contributed $46.55 million to the county economy, compared to $23.68 million in 1998, said Scott Ballard, chairman of the Ashe Chamber Board of Directors.“It doesn’t seem that long ago, but tourism in (Ashe) Cou...

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Walmart supports Museum’s reference library

The Walmart Foundation and the Ashe County Walmart Facility #3289 have awarded a grant through the Local Facility Giving Program in the amount of $1,500.The grant will enable the Museum of Ashe County History to continue the employment of a library specialist.Darlene Van Dyke is organizing and cataloging the museum’s collection of over 1,000 books, magazines, school yearbooks and genealogical references. Once completed, the materials will be easy to access, and wil...

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