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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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