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Board of Commissioners honors local volunteers

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Hard-working, dedicated volunteers from around the county were honored at the 29th annual Ashe County Commissioner’s Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony on Thursday, April 10 at the Ashe County High School auditorium.In addition to commissioners, in attendance were County Manager Sam Yearick, County Volunteer Coordinator Glenda Luther, members of the Chamber of Commerce and other members of the community.“I want to thank all the volunteers within our county for all they do throughout the year,” Luther said. “We are very blessed in Ashe to have such wonderful people who have the desire to help others.”

 

JV baseball update

The junior varsity baseball team has won two of its last four games, including a pair of conference victories.In a non-conference game at Watauga, the Pioneers came away with a 7-3 victory.Ashe bounced back in a big way with a 13-2 victory at Elkin and a 10-2 win over visiting Alleghany.Most recently, Ashe squared off against Starmount at home but came away on the losing end, 10-4.This week, the JV squad will be at home for three games. The Huskies ...

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Steve Wilson promoted at McFarland & Company

Stephen C. Wilson has been promoted to the position of Vice President and Editorial Director of McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, of Jefferson.Wilson joined the company as Assistant Editor in 1991, shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill summa cum laude with a degree in English. He steadily took on more responsibility in the editorial department, being promoted to editor in 1993, senior editor in 1998, Executive Editor in 2004, and Editori...

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Trout fishing waters ready for anglers

All 15 of the eligible streams for fish stocking in Ashe County have been stocked with brook, rainbow and brown trout at once already, and with several more months to go, the N.C. Wildlife Commission has released the number of trout that will be placed these bodies of water throughout the year.Approximately 103 miles of streams and rivers in Ashe were stocked this year by hatcheries.The largest such body of water is the North Fork of the New River, which makes up 20 mile...

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Lansing Aldermen visited by High Country Council of Governments

Members of the Lansing Board of Aldermen were visited by a representative from the High Country Council of Governments during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 14.Phil Trew, the director of planning and development from the organization gave an update on what the High Country Council of Governments does and wanted to discuss the plans the town has underway for the Lansing Creeper Trail Park.“We’re governed by a board of directors made up of one...

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April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and with one in 58 children in the state diagnosed with the disorder, better awareness and understanding is urgently needed.“In NC, which was one of 11 states monitored through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, the prevalence rate is one in 58 children,” Director of Marketing and Communications for the Autism Society of NC (ASNC) David Laxton said. “This is an increase of 17 percent from the 2012 report.&...

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Violence down, alcohol/drug offenses up in schools

Violent acts such as physical and sexual assaults are down in Ashe County Schools, but drug and alcohol-related crimes increased from 2011-12 through last year.The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (N.C. DPI) released its 2012-13 Report of School Crime and Violence, earlier this month. The report documents the incidents of reportable acts of crime and violence in all 115 school districts across the state.According to a press release published by the N.C. DPI, “...

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Youth wrestlers attend ACMS camp

Young wrestlers from different parts of the High Country came to Ashe County Middle School last Saturday for a one-day wrestling seminar hosted by professional MMA and wrestling coach, Jeff Bedard.Kids from elementary school up through middle school and even a few high school wrestlers from Wilkes County made the trip up the mountain to be coached up by one of the best known wrestling coaches in the United States.“I was blessed to have Coach Bedard, a good friend o...

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