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Ashe Commissioners approve ballot addition for sales tax

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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 Yearick. “It has to be voted on by the people on whether they want it.”The money generated by the county with the addition of the tax would be used to help with Ashe Memorial Hospital and Ashe Public Schools with monies they are requesting from the county.

 

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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Ashe holds off Starmount, falls to Wilkes Central

The last week of baseball for the Ashe County Huskies was a nail-biting one that included withstanding a strong comeback from Starmount to get a victory, but falling short in a comeback bid against Wilkes Central.Ashe 7, Starmount 5The Huskies jumped out to a 7-1 lead on Starmount, but had to hold on in the closing innings for the key conference victory.Ashe scored two runs in the second inning before the Rams had even recorded an out. Matthew...

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Kicking out cancer

Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post - The Lady Husky soccer team raised $400 at last week’s game against Starmount to go towards fighting breast cancer and bringing awareness to the terrible disease. The team also wore special pink jerseys for the event. Back row, left to right: Head coach Wes Rousseau, Bennet Watson, Abby Clampett, Mahala Land, Olivia Brettschneider, Bridgette Wilson, Taylor May and assistant coach Sam Piercy. Front row, left to right: Mac Church, Taylor Krips, Rosy Olvera, Al...

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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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Men’s golf ends regular season

Golf season always seems to go by the quickest and this season was no different. Ashe County wrapped up its regular season with a fifth place finish at New River Country Club last Thursday.Alleghany finished in the top spot with a team total of 167, seven strokes ahead of second place Elkin.Starmount (179) finished third, Wilkes Central (183) was fourth and Ashe was just one shot behind the Eagles.East Wilkes (189), North Wilkes (204) and West Wilkes (219) com...

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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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ACHBA’s Gun and Sports Show is this weekend

The Ashe County Home Builders Association will be hosting its Fourth Annual Gun and Sports Show at the Shatley Farms Distribution Center in Jefferson.“We’ll have everything,” said Tammie Pruitt-Coffey, executive officer of the ACHBA. “We’ll have antique firearms, assault rifles…really just guns of all kinds. We have gun boxes and safes, knives, military surplus, tactical gear and survival gear.”In addition, coins will also be for...

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Our Variety Literatureland

“Variety Vacationland.” Do you remember that slogan from our state’s past?I suggest a new one: “Variety Literatureland.”In the next few weeks I plan to provide support for my suggestion in the form of books and their authors who will be appearing on North Carolina Bookwatch.First is Krista Bremer, associate publisher of The Sun, a successful national magazine, headquartered in Chapel Hill. Bremer’s essays have been published...

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ACS art teachers engaging all students via new instructional method

Art teachers in Ashe County Schools are incorporating a new method of instruction into their curriculum, and it’s connecting well with their students.At the April 7 meeting of the Ashe County Board of Education, held at the Ashe Arts Council, in West Jefferson, several art teachers addressed the board about some of the exciting things happening in their classrooms.Each year, the board holds one regular meeting at the Arts Council as a means of expressing their appr...

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Volunteer opportunities abound for teens

Summer is on the horizon and that means come mid-June, over 3,000 elementary, middle and high school students in Ashe County will have a lot of spare time on their hands.Ashe County Volunteer Coordinator Glenda Luther said there are plenty of opportunities available for kids and teenagers to volunteer in the county during the summer months and beyond.According to Luther, lots of students enjoy volunteering with Ashe County Parks and Recreation and places like Ashe Memori...

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Men’s tennis splits pair

Ashe County wrapped up its tennis regular season last week with a victory over Starmount and a tough loss to Wilkes Central.Ashe 9, Starmount 0The Huskies made easy work of Starmount on Wednesday, sweeping all nine matches.“I think it was probably some of the best tennis we have played this season,” said Ashe’s Head Coach Larry Dix.All of this came in spite of the team not being able to practice outdoors on Monday ...

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Earth Day celebration taking place at Ashe County Library

The Ashe County Public Library will be hosting an Earth Day celebration starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.At 4 p.m., the library will host a story walk outside, allowing children to walk and look at signs which consist of the story book’s pages. Following that, Jo and Scott Wohlfeld from the Wild Crafters will teach attendees how to build their own potato towers, helping grow food in a small space.“This is an efficient way to grow potatoes and if you ha...

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Lady Huskies top Starmount, 6-1

The Lady Huskies kept its dominant conference performances going last Thursday with a 6-1 victory over Starmount.Bekah Bowers had a tremendous first half, scoring both of the team’s goals in the opening 40 minutes. Her first strike came in the seventh minute and she quickly followed that up with another tally in the 12th minute.After the halftime stoppage, the Ashe offense really came to life early. Senior striker Candi Sanchez scored in the 49th minute and Bowers ...

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County crime report

April 7 Dennis Arlie Miller, 48, of Creston was charged with simple assault and assault on a female. Bond information is unavailable. Miller was released later that day.Michael Lee Jones, 35, of Lansing was charged with non-support of a child and fraud disposal of mortgage property. Bond was set at $5,263.25. Jones has not been released.Randall Allan Phipps, 27, of Crumpler was charged with non-support of a child. Bond was set at $1,000. Phipp...

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Elkin tosses one-hitter against Ashe

Will Altemueller was simply dominant on the mound for his Elkin squad, allowing just one Ashe hit and striking out 12 Husky hitters on the way to a 9-2 victory.Ashe was held hitless until the sixth inning when Michael Elliott blooped a single to center.In spite of the great pitching, it was Ashe that got on the scoreboard first in the opening frame.Joe Richardson walked and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice grounder by Bradley Richie.Ne...

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