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Early voting begins in Ashe County

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Early voting is currently underway in Ashe County.One-stop absentee voting began Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Ashe County Courthouse and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 1.Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 28, voters will also have the opportunity to vote early at the Fleetwood Fire Department.The following is a list of dates and times for early voting based upon location.Ashe County CourthouseThursday, Oct. 23 - Saturday, Oct. 25 — 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 26 — noon-6 p.m.Monday Oct. 27 - Thursday, Oct. 30 — 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.Friday, Oct. 31 — 8 a.m.-8 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 1 — 8 a.m.-1 p.m.Fleetwood Fire Department


Changes won’t decide election

The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted the block on North Carolina’s election-law changes for the 2014 campaign. It was a dramatic end to months of dire warnings, raucous debate, and courtroom machinations.

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MORAVIAN FALLS – A dramatic comeback by the Ashe County Huskies clinched a third straight Mountain Valley Conference Championship on Tuesday at Wilkes Central.The Huskies trailed by two goals but scored three times in the final 15 minutes to get the win and keep its winning streak alive.Ashe pressured the eagles early and had a trio of scoring chances in the first 15 minutes of play. Ashe got a corner kick in the fourth minute but did not get a shot on goal. In the...

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Callie Grubb named ACS Principal of the Year for 2014-15

Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Callie Grubb has been named Ashe County Schools Principal of the Year for 2014-15.The selection was announced in a surprise visit to Blue Ridge Friday morning, Oct. 17 by Superintendent Dr. Todd Holden and other representatives from the ACS Central Office.Several Blue Ridge personnel and students were present in the school’s gym to congratulate Grubb.Grubb began her assignment at Blue Ridge in 2012-13. Previously, she was ...

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Voters should do their homework before heading to the polls

Not everyone likes to eat their vegetables. Certainly as kids it’s rarely fun, but even as we get older there are plenty of us who would be happy to never see a butterbean or broccoli ever again. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t good for you and won’t provide long-term benefits. The same can be said of our “civic vegetables.”

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Early reviews for NASCAR Chase format

NASCAR’s popularity has taken a hit over the last few years. Empty seats can be seen at tracks where there used to be a waiting list for tickets (Bristol, Richmond to name two of those). NASCAR has even struggled to sellout the seats for the Daytona 500.However, even casual fans are starting to take notice of the new Chase for the Cup format that has debuted this year.The elimination format started with 16 drivers and will eventually end with four drivers going aft...

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40-plus arrested in Ashe County meth sting

JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, conducted what Sheriff James Williams termed “the largest drug roundup in Ashe County history” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.Operation Witches Brew began at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. It was the culmination of an undercover narcotics operation that began in February 2012 and involved approximately 54 suspected methamphetamine dealers, cookers a...

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Hardin qualifies for state golf tourney

MOUNT AIRY – Sophomore golfer Sarah Hardin has qualified for the 1A/2A NCHSAA State Golf Championship next week in Pinehurst.Hardin placed fifth overall with a score of 92 at Cross Creek Country Club. Grace Yatawara of Salisbury took the top spot, shooting 77. She finished one shot ahead of teammate Isabella Rusher. East Surry’s Madison Moore shot an 86 and Micah Mason from Graystone Day shot a 90.Senior Olivia Barr also competed in the regional tournament bu...

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Questions about Islamic academies raise more red flags about vouchers

The more details you hear about the state’s startlingly unaccountable private school voucher scheme and the questionable schools now receiving taxpayer money, the more troubling it all seems.In an election year dominated by a back and forth over education issues, it’s baffling why the problems with the voucher program that diverts public money to private schools hasn’t received more attention.The latest revelation comes from a story this week by NC Poli...

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Ashe County wreck report

The following accidents that occurred between Oct. 5 and Oct. 11 were reported by the N.C. Highway Patrol and are considered public record.Oct. 5Highway 221A single-vehicle accident occurred at 12:25 p.m. on Highway 221 in Fleetwood. According to the accident report, an unknown driver in a 2000 Ford was traveling north and ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle overturned and came to a rest on its left side. The drive...

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North Carolina’s three-legged stool

Time was political candidates didn’t spend all their money and energies telling us what a contemptuous scoundrel their opponent was. Instead, they shared their vision for how we could be better and how they proposed to make it so. I know it is a fantasyland excursion but can we imagine a modern-day campaign based on this approach? Let’s call it North Carolina’s three-legged stool of education, jobs and health.

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County agrees to settle lawsuit over landfill expansion

JEFFERSON — Ashe County has agreed to the terms of a settlement regarding a pending lawsuit with Mooresville-based Hunter Construction Group, Inc.The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the terms of a legal settlement between the County and Hunter Construction, the firm contracted to expand the Ashe County Landfill in 2009, at the conclusion of the board’s regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 20.According to County Attorney John Kilby, all that rema...

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New wildlife t-shirts debut at state fair

For the third year in a row, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with Neuse Sport Shop to create a wildlife diversity t-shirt that will debut at the agency’s State Fair exhibit in Raleigh, Oct. 16-26.This year’s t-shirt initially will be available only in the Commission’s State Fair tent. The shirt’s front features a tundra swan flying across the agency’s wildlife logo and the back features a large rendition of the tundra swan art. The...

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Commissioners updated on new ambulance service

JEFFERSON — Almost four months have passed since Ashe Medics became the county’s ambulance service provider and judging from Director Craig Sullivan’s presentation to the Ashe County Board of Commissioners and board members subsequent comments, the transition couldn’t have gone any smoother.Sullivan delivered an ambulance service progress report to the board at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 20.Ashe Medics became the county’s ambulance ser...

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Tugfest scheduled for this weekend

Live music, games and food are just a few of the offerings that will be available at the first annual Tugfest, which is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 at Ashe Services for Aging in West Jefferson.Tugfest is named in honor of former Jefferson Mayor and Chair of the Ashe Services for Aging Board Dana Tugman, who passed away on Dec. 6, 2013.Tugman served on the Ashe Services for Aging Board from 1995 to 2013.All proceeds raised d...

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NOAA: Warm winter likely for western U.S.; South may see colder weather

Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England, according to the U.S. Winter Outlook, issued Thursday, Oct. 16 by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

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Spending has diminishing returns

One of my favorite modern historians, the late Rufus Fears at the University of Oklahoma, was fond of saying that “ideas make history.” University of Chicago professor and North Carolina native Richard Weaver expressed a similar view in his famous 1948 book Ideas Have Consequences.Sounds obvious, I know, but both men were challenging the orthodoxy of scholars, usually but not always Marxists, who believed that inexorable social forces determined the outcome of history. ...

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Sheriff provides update on several meth cases

On the heels of an early morning meth lab bust in Warrensville on Wednesday, Oct. 15, Ashe County Sheriff James Williams updated the media on several other cases involving methamphetamine, which were reported in the Jefferson Post over the past several months.Last Wednesday, Samuel Omar Hunt, 46, of Warrensville, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of meth precursor chemicals. His next court appearance on those charges is scheduled for Oct. 30...

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