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Community members come together to try and save Lowes Foods

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Ashe County citizens are trying to harness the power of social media while at the same time attempting to change the minds of those that decided to close the Lowes Foods store in West Jefferson.With roughly a month left until the closing date announced for the store (Sept. 19), a group of concerned community members decided to make a Facebook Page and titled it “Save West Jefferson’s Lowes Food.” The page was created on Aug. 17.In the first two days, the page already received over 200 “likes” from people who do not want to see their favorite grocery store close down while also trying to save the jobs of those who are faced with losing their income.


Grayson Highlands Band to perform for BackStreet Summer Concerts

Once again, enjoy music under the stars this Friday night, August 22, as the Grayson Highlands Band performs as part of the 2014 Backstreet Park Concert Series. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and listen to old-time music the way it used to be played on the streets of West Jefferson.

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Voters should be prepared for changes in this year’s elections

A lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s controversial new voting law is still ongoing, but a federal judge recently ruled that this year’s elections will proceed with that law in effect.The plaintiffs in the case, which include the League of Women Voters, the North Carolina NAACP and others, were seeking an injunction that would have blocked cuts to early voting and prevented a repeal of same-day voter registration from being implemented until a full trial is held in 201...

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Pay reform meets student needs

Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year’s state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all rather than giving large raises to early-career teachers and relatively small raises to some experienced ones.The critics are correct. Across-the-board raises would have been simpler. But that doesn’t mean they would have been the best policy. You see, North Ca...

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Huskies open season with Greyhounds

Games start to count on Friday night when the Ashe County Huskies open the 2014 football season against North Surry.The Greyhounds are a very experienced team, but not very deep with almost all of their offensive starters playing defense as well, including quarterback Hunter Snow.Snow is coming off of a big season defensively with well over 100 tackles as a linebacker, but is also the leader of the offense as a senior.In the backfield, the Greyhounds will rely...

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Gerald Price not going away

Ashe County Commissioner Gerald Price stepped down from his place on the dais to address the Board of Commissioners and county citizens, during the public comment portion of the board’s regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 18.Price said that while his term on the board will expire in November, his “oath” will not. He also took time to respond to what he described as “rumors” printed about him in recent weeks.

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Ashe knocks off rival Watauga, 3-2

Watauga has always been a tough opponent for the Huskies, particularly the recent Ashe teams that have had terrific seasons, but could never score that win over the rival Pioneers.This time, the outcome went Ashe’s way with a pair of late goals in the second half to take a 3-2 win on Tuesday.The Pioneers struck first with a shot fired from Tucker Chasteen in the 16th minute to take an early lead.Ashe answered back eight minutes later when Migu...

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Rain interrupts first tennis match

It wasn’t the perfect start East Wilkes Coach Aaron Simmons might have hoped for, but there were plenty of positives to take out of Tuesday’s suspended match with Ashe County.Before doubles play could get past warmups, a storm blew in with the Huskies leading 4-2. Simmons said the match is tentatively scheduled to be finished Sept. 3.“Considering the immense advantage they had in experience, I think we played well,” Simmons said. “I really l...

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‘Piggybacking,’ savings, veterans highlight BOC meeting

The Ashe County Board of Commissioners were schooled in “piggybacking” and learned about savings to the county and local veterans at their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 18.Scott Hurley, the county’s director of Environmental Services, presented the board with a proposal to “piggyback” a front-loader garbage truck, which would effectively save the county around $9,000.Piggybacking is a method that allows one party, in this case Ashe County,...

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We can simplify our elections

The special election in November to fill a Court of Appeals judgeship illustrates how complicated, costly and difficult we’ve made elections and how we might simplify voting.The Court of Appeals election was triggered when former Chief Judge John Martin stepped down after the May Primary Elections. Martin is a practical and seasoned jurist who understands both the letter and intent of our Constitution. We wouldn’t be surprised if he timed his retirement so as to avoid s...

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Charlotte girl reels in state record fish in Creston

It was a team effort that landed 13-year-old Victoria Navaroli a state record fish from a private pond in Creston.In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with ¼ of a nightcrawler and then handed his fishing rod to her.Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish.The fish weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and measured 12 inches in length, breaking the previous s...

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Family Fun Horse Show this Saturday

Everyone is invited to come out to enjoy a great day outdoors and join the fun at the “Family Fun Horse Show” this Saturday, Aug. 23.The horse show features fun games, classes for Traditional and Racking horses, and events for riders and non-riders of all ages.Some of the planned events are Barrel racing, Texas barrels, Pole Bending, Egg Race, Ride a “Buck”, Apple Bobbing, a Rubber Duck Race and much more.There is a $10 entry fee for sp...

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Ashe County wreck report

The following are collision reports posted by the N.C. Highway Patrol in Ashe County and are considered public record.Aug. 4JeffersonA single-vehicle accident occurred at 10:41 p.m. on Highway 221. According to the narrative, Jeremy Eggert of Lansing was traveling south when his vehicle ran off the road to the right, came back on the road, crossed the centerline and overturned.Eggert’s 2006 GMC had an estimate...

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County crime report

July 28Pamela Renee Eller, 30, of Jefferson was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. Bond was set at $4,500. Eller was released later that day.July 29Mark Anthony, 48, of Jefferson was charged with driving while impaired. Bond was set at $500. Anthony was released later that day.William Herbert Hamm, 29, of West Jefferson was charged with driving while impaired. Bond was set at $500...

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Upgrades made at Price Lake Loop Trail

Julian Price Memorial Park provides exceptional High Country recreational opportunities including, beautiful streams, waterfalls, a 47 acre lake, the largest campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway and miles of trails.On Thursday, Aug. 14, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation CEO Carolyn Ward and Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods welcomed visitors to a ribbon-cutting, celebrating significant upgrades to the Price Lake Loop Trail. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a speci...

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‘Booze It & Lose It’ marks 20 years

The N. C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program have officially kicked off the Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which runs through Sept. 1.As part of the campaign’s launch, NCDOT and GHSP held a luncheon in Charlotte on Friday, Aug. 15 to recognize the 20th anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” in North Carolina. Over the past two decades, the state has made great strides to save lives by increasing public a...

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Another loss for Ashe County workers

It was depressing to read of Lowes Foods closing its West Jefferson store.The service the employees provide to customers has been outstanding. In fact, one of the former employees won the Ashe Chamber Outstanding Service Award a few years ago.Over the years the store has been a great help to the Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Ride, which is a fundraiser for the Ashe Civic Center.After the closing of the Gates plant in Jefferson, it is sad to see another group of hard ...

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McCrory scrambling to change the budget he was ‘proud to sign’

The more days that pass since Governor Pat McCrory signed the state budget, the more confusing that budget becomes, especially when trying to figure out what it means for public schools in North Carolina.And McCrory is adding to the confusion with his private actions not matching his public words.He said last week it was a budget he was proud to sign, citing the raises it provided for teachers and the fact that it fully funded teacher assistant positions at schools acros...

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