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Board releases $2,000 to Ashe Humane Society

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In an unanimous vote, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners released the $2,000 from pet licence fees to be given to the Ashe Humane Society for its spay/neuter program at their Monday, July 7 meeting.Jill Ferguson, head of the Ashe Humane Society spoke to the Board about the importance of the spay/neuter program.“There is no mystery as to how to solve the problem of overpopulation of cats and dogs in Ashe County,” she said. “It isn’t complicated, but it isn’t quick and easy either.”Ferguson said as a community, Ashe County needs to care for the current supply of unwanted animals, including discarded family pets, unwelcome litters, strays and feral cats, as best as they can.


Obamacare doomed? Don’t bet on it

The world was supposed to end in 2012 according to various misinterpretations of Mayan culture. Then, when time kept ticking along into 2013 the doomsday preachers had to recalculate. Recently, there was news that a group called the Sword of God Brotherhood has changed humanity’s end date to January 1, 2017.History tells us two things about these Cassandras who give us specifics about the Apocalypse: one, they are always wrong, and, two, being wrong will not dissuade them fro...

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ASU Women’s Soccer to open season in just over one month

Former Lady Husky soccer player Kebrina Keys and the rest of the Mountaineer soccer team will start the season with an exhibition game against N.C. State in Raleigh on Wednesday, Aug. 13.App State will host High Point on Aug. 16 in the final exhibition game.Keys is entering her junior year at App State. She scored one goal in 10 games last season.The regular season will start with nine non-conference games, including facing a pair of familiar teams. The Mounta...

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Commissioners updated on potential Ashe County YMCA

The Ashe County Board of Commissioners were updated on the potential of an Ashe County YMCA, during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 7.Curt Hazelbaker, president and CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina was at the meeting to present the findings of a feasibility study given to residents about the potential of hosting a center.“We got the results back on June 23 and presented the results to our Board of Directors on June 25, and I wanted to u...

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Green Machine wins Major League Softball title

The Alleghany Green Machine are the 2014 Tarheel League Major League Softball champions. A team roster was unavailable as of press time.The Mountain View Bandits finished as league runner-up. Team members were Mickenzie Day, Cierra Burgess, Shaylyn Ramirez, Kenadie Hudler, Lauren Edmondson, Hannah Phillips, Ava McNeill, Mckenzie Osborne, Alexis Russell, Ashley Barnes, Adriana Barnes, Sarah Corley and Kylee Gilley. The team was coached by Chad Burgess, Shawn Day, James McNeill and J...

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Preserving the monuments of a controversial past

“You see him and ask: ‘Why is the statue still here? What was it he actually stood for?’ This is the kind of debate that a public work of art makes possible. We won’t change the way people think just by getting rid of a monument.”The mayor of one of Mecklenburg’s largest municipalities is defending the refusal to remove a statue of a hero of another era, but one who today offends many residents.This raises again the question of what to...

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Wildlife commission requests help in reporting wild turkey observations

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer.From July 1 through Aug. 31, wild turkey sightings by volunteers and Wildlife Commission staff can be recorded and entered into an online database. The information gives an indication of annual wild turkey productivity, gobbler carryover and other population trends — all of which help the Commission manage the state’s turkey population.To ...

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Ashe County wreck report

The following are collision reports posted by the N.C. Highway Patrol in Ashe County the week of June 23.The reports are public record.June 24:An animal collision occurred on N.C. 16 south of Jefferson at 7:09 a.m. on June 24.According to the narrative, David Coble Sr., of Swanquarter, was traveling south on N.C. 16 when a deer entered the roadway. Coble struck the deer and the vehicle then overturned coming to a rest in the center ...

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Kendra Yearick named JV girls basketball coach

A former three-sport star at Ashe County High School is returning to her hometown to continue her dream of teaching while also taking over the junior varsity basketball program.Kendra Yearick, who excelled in basketball, volleyball and softball at ACHS, will take over for Mark Hudler, who has decided to step down after five years of coaching the team.“We all hate to see Mark go and we are certainly going to miss him,” said ACHS Head Coach Laura Foster. “...

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Dinner celebrates cancer survivors

On Thursday, June 26, approximately 100 cancer survivors met for a special dinner at Family Central’s cafeteria to celebrate their survival of the disease.“It is an opportunity for us to honor them and to let them know there is information available to help them,” said Karen Powell, one of the event organizers who is the public relations manager at Skybest. “It’s also a chance to give an update about Relay (for Life) and show that it is still very much...

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Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention gets a new sponsor

The 45th annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention will take place Friday, Aug. 1 - 2 at Ashe County Park in Jefferson, this time with a new sponsor for the first time in the event’s 44 years.The festival will run from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and continue from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.The price of admission is $10 for one day and $15 for both. Tent and limited RV camping is available on-site for a per night fee.For a while, the future o...

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Serve a different plate

As often happens at the North Carolina General Assembly, the new fiscal year has begun with the House and Senate not yet finished with a budget-adjustment bill. Medicaid funding, teacher compensation, and a few other issues continue to divide the two chambers.Call me odd — it’ll hardly be the first time — but one issue I hope doesn’t get left on the table is a provision in the House budget that would allow me to take the “First in Flight” license...

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Summer reading initiative pays off for Blue Ridge Elementary

Reading reaps dividends; just ask the staff and students at Blue Ridge Elementary School (BRES).The school recently placed first among elementary schools in the state with 350-550 students, in the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s second annual “Give Five-Read Five” campaign.“We came in first in our category,” Callie Grubb, principal at BRES, said. “All that we collected, we sent home with our students for the summer.”...

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Andrew Talansky set to compete in Tour de France

Former Lees-McRae student and standout racer Andrew Talansky has his eyes set on a yellow jersey in this year’s running of the Tour de France that got underway on Saturday.Talansky, a native of Miami, Florida, raced one year at Lees-McRae, and as a freshman, won the National Collegiate Road Race Championship.After that, it was time for a big step up in competition, heading to Europe to compete with the best road racers in the world.First off, Talansky wo...

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One man injured in Monday morning crash

A collision between a light-duty pick-up truck and dump truck in Jefferson Monday morning left the pick-up’s driver with minor injuries.According to witnesses, the unidentified driver of the GMC Canyon was travelling east on U.S. 221 business when he collided with a dump truck that was travelling west on N.C. 16/88 at the intersection.After the impact, the driver of the dump truck briefly lost control and exited the roadway ending up in the parking lot of the car w...

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Local artist sports a heart big enough for all animals

Oftentimes, as we drive along a stretch of busy highway, we come across a wild or domesticated animal roaming about close to traffic, most likely fearful for its life.Most of us feel pity for such animals and drive on by, hopeful for their survival, but not Hannah Lemly.Lemly, an Ashe County native and local artist whose creations are featured prominently at The Artists’ Theatre in West Jefferson, has a soft spot for all creatures great and small, which is why she ...

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West Jefferson water problems solved

A significant water leak that’s been plaguing the town of West Jefferson and perplexing inspectors for the past three months has finally been solved and fixed.“Everything’s fixed now,” Town Manager Brantley Price said. “We’ve stayed at the levels we want to be, 30 and 31 feet, all weekend.”A three man crew from the N.C. Rural Water Association (NCRWA) arrived on Tuesday, July 1 and discovered the leak, which was located in front ...

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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games begin July 10

Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes and tons of tartans converge in western North Carolina on July 10-13 for the 59th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.As the Games approach their sixth decade, they hearken back to the rich cultural traditions of Scotland in a setting not so different from the mountains and glens 3,600 miles away.The deep blue peaks of the 5,946-foot Grandfather Mountain tower above meadows ringed by 170 colorful tents. The color is augmented ...

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