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Ashe District Court decisions

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The weekly session of the Ashe County District Court was held April 10, with the Honorable David V. Byrd presiding.These decisions were handed down by the court:James Eric Bennett: (M) assault with a deadly weapon (P) not guilty (J) guilty. 150 days suspended sentence, 24 months unsupervised probation, 72 hours CWS $100 plus CC. No contact whatsoever with victim, not be within 500 feet of victim. (M) communicating threats (P) not guilty (J) guilty. 120 days suspended sentence, 24 months unsupervised probation.Richard A. Clark: (M) possession of methamphetamine, (M) possession of drug paraphernalia (M) possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce (P) no contest (J) 90-96, 6 months supervised probation, 24 hours CWS $75 plus CC.


Ashe golfers take fifth in two tourneys

In a pair of very competitive conference matches, the men’s golf team has finished in fifth place each time on the links.On April 10 at Mountain Aire Golf Course, Alleghany came away with the win. The Trojans shot 164 as a team, good enough for a three-shot victory over Wilkes Central. Elkin took third place with a score of 170. Starmount was fourth with a 171 and Ashe was fifth with a team total of 183. East Wilkes (191), West Wilkes (201) and North Wilkes (208) rounded out ...

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Choice program deserves defense

Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, House Speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam (the main architect of the program), and other leaders won’t be defending school choice because they oppose public education. They won’t be defending school ch...

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Softball drops two MVAC games

The Lady Husky softball team lost a pair of home games last week, first to West Wilkes and then to Alleghany.West Wilkes 17, Ashe 0Blackhawk ace Courtney Lackey allowed just one hit in four innings and retired nine Ashe batters on strikes to record the win on the mound. Lackey had a good night at the plate as well with three RBI’s and two runs scored.Caitlin Shepherd added two hits, two RBI’s and three runs scored. Lakyn Rutledge h...

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Industrial League champs

Submitted photo | Jefferson Post - The annual Industrial League hosted by Ashe County Parks and Recreation came to an end two weeks ago with the Mastercraft team winning the championship. Team members were: Kevin Nichols, Jordan Nichols, Matt Nichols, Daniel Waln, Brandon Lucas, Bradley Lucas, Dustin Hamm, John Spagnolo, Tavin Holman, Tatum Lemly and Tucker Clay. All but two of the team members played at Ashe County High School at some point during their basketball careers.

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UPDATE: Three sent to Ashe Memorial Hospital following wreck on Mt. Jefferson Road

A wreck involving an Ashe County Transport shuttle and late model GMC Yukon occurred just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.The wreck happened at the intersection of Mt. Jefferson Road and Mt. Jefferson State Park Road. Also impacted was a stop sign at the intersection on Mt. Jefferson State Park Road.According to West Jefferson Police Officer Randy Bundy, the driver of the Yukon, Andrea Hicks, was traveling west on Mt. Jefferson State Park Road when she failed to stop at the inters...

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Saying thanks is not enough

We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we met veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans.They can be forgiven if they think “Thanks for your service” is an incomplete thank you, an insincere and hollow expression, showing a lack of understanding and real appreciation of what these men and women had been through.So how can we appreciate what they have done, if we have no idea about their real experiences?There is help. In 12 b...

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Garden Buddies aims to tackle food insecurity in Ashe County

There’s a new program to help Ashe County families struggling with food insecurity.“Garden Buddies: Growing in Christ’s Likeness” is a new collaborative effort aimed at tackling the issue of food insecurity and creating skilled gardeners in Ashe County. It’s a partnership between West Jefferson First Baptist Church, the Ashe Sharing Center and the following cooperating agencies: Ashe County Health Department, ACHS Agriculture Department and the N.C. Co...

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Track team competes in Porter Relays

Ashe County traveled to Lenoir for the annual Porter Relays with both the men’s and women’s track teams finishing in fourth place overall out of nine teams.The meet started with field events. Brandon Wingler finished 12th overall in the shot put. Luis Ramos finished 17th and Mitchell Brown was 23rd. Wingler ended up 10th in the discus throw while Brown was 17th and Ramos was 23rd.Ashe had four men compete in the long jump. Ronald Goodlander had the best finis...

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Commissioners approve resolution for Todd water study

In a 4-0 vote by the Ashe County Board of Commissioners, a resolution requesting a technical assistance grant for a study for Todd water and waste-water facilities was approved.The technical assistance grant will be used to fund a preliminary engineering report.If approved by the state, the county would receive a $50,000 grant for the study from the N.C. Department of the Environment and Natural Resources. Of that money, $45,000 would go to an engineering report while $5...

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Ashe tennis beats Oak Hill, falls to Elkin

Ashe County split a pair of tennis matches late last week. The Huskies easily handled non-conference foe Oak Hill Academy, 6-0, but came up on the losing end at Elkin, 9-0.Oak Hill brought only four players so the teams played four singles matches and two doubles matches.“Although we only played six matches, it provided more match experience for those that played. The more they play, the most consistent they become,” said Ashe County Head Coach Larry Dix....

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It appears winter is finally over

At last, the long winter seems to be behind us.With several days of clear skies and warming temperatures, folks have ventured out in significant numbers over the last week.This past weekend was a perfect example of the so-called “pent-up demand” for a break in the weather.In nearly every corner of the county, folks were out and about enjoying the excellent conditions.

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Ashe schools asking county for $4.8 million for 2014-15

At the April 7 regular meeting of the Ashe County Board of Education, the board unanimously approved requesting approximately $5 million from the county government for the 2014-15 fiscal year.The funding, if received, will be for operational expenses and capital improvements.Superintendent Dr. Todd Holden and Associate Superintendent Phyllis Yates met with County Manager Sam Yearick last week to discuss the details of the request. According to Holden, the meeting lasted ...

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Alleghany gets past Huskies, 6-4

Alleghany scored two runs in the ninth inning to spoil another stellar pitching effort from Ashe County’s Joseph Lowder and deal Ashe its seventh loss of the season.Lowder pitched eight innings and surrendered four runs (one earned) on six hits with six walks but recorded a whopping 17 strikeouts.Ashe scored first on an RBI triple from Hunter Barnes in the bottom of the first. Barnes then scampered home on a wild pitch to make the score 2-0.The Trojans t...

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Ashe County Democrats hold county convention

The Ashe County Democratic Party held its annual convention at the Ashe County Courthouse on Saturday, April 5.N.C. Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin stopped by on his way to the Allegheny County Democrats’ convention.Goodwin was not scheduled to speak, but contacted county party chairperson Melba Jones to ask if he could on his way to Allegheny County.Goodwin thanked those in attendance and encouraged them to start organizing in advance of the upc...

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Women’s soccer shuts out Alleghany

Melissa Ramos scored a hat trick to help the Lady Huskies put an early end to its match against Alleghany with a 9-0 mercy rule win.The game ended in the 50th minute with the team’s fifth goal of the second half.Taylor May started the game with a goal in the ninth minute.Ramos netted back-to-back goals in the 15th minute and the 26th minute to put Ashe in front, 3-0.In the closing minute of the half, an unfortunate defensive miscue for Allegha...

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ASU Men’s Basketball names new coach

Many people thought Jim Fox was staying on at Davidson to take over for long-time head coach Bob McKillop down the road.However, the chance to be a head coach right now was something he could not pass up. Fox was named the 16th head coach of the Appalachian State University Men’s Basketball program last Tuesday by ASU Director of Athletics, Charlie Cobb.Fox, 40, started his tenure at Davidson in 2001 and coached there for 13 seasons, which included the last two yea...

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You Decide: Where is the growth?

Economists love numbers – some might call it an occupational hazard. Numbers are our window into the workings of the economy. Without numbers, we’d have a difficult time understanding how the economy is changing, both in positive and negative ways.But all economic numbers aren’t created equally. For example, many of the economic statistics released monthly – such as the job numbers – are based on statistical samples. This means they are not 100 percent...

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