The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18 in Hensley Hall at the West Jefferson United Methodist Church.Each year, the Chamber solicits nominations for small businesses considered worthy of recognition. The nominees must have been in operation for at least 3 years, have fewer than 25 full-time employees and provide a quality product.These businesses must also contribute to community projects, programs or other initiatives demonstrating their desire to enhance the quality of life in Ashe County. The member Services Committee of the Chamber chooses the winner representing these values from the nominated businesses.
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) turns 30 this month.What began as a meeting of 50 concerned citizens at the Mission House of the Holy Trinity Church, in Glendale Springs, on March 15, 1984, has burgeoned into a widespread grassroots movement that includes over 60 chapters in six states.“We cover a lot of different issues in six different states, but we started out as a single-issue group concerned about our mountain home here in the High Country...
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Houck of Fleetwood announce the engagement of their daughter Chandra Leigh Houck to Benjamin Zachary Gragg of Banner Elk.Chandra is a graduate of Appalachian State University and is employed with Appalachian Regional Healthcare Systems.Ben is the son of Doug Gragg and Brenda Nidiffer. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and is self-employed.The couple will be married May, 31 2014 at 2 p.m. at Bald Mountain Baptist Church in We...
The winter is almost over and spring will be here soon, but one bean remains in Creston resident Joe Mullis’s jar.For Mullis and others who follow his weather predictions, the bean means there will one more snowfall before winter is over.“We have one more big snow,” Mullis said. “There might be some flurries, but I have got one big bean left. Springtime’s coming, and I’m ready for it.”Starting in March, Mullis starts l...
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Ashe County Planning Board focused on residential development, housing and subdivisions.It was the first meeting of six, focusing on specific topics of the Ashe County land use survey.Kicking off the meeting, was discussing affordable housing throughout the county.“Maintaining affordability is one of the issues,” Planning Director Adam Stumb said. “The solution at this point, since I felt like there were...
The Ashe County Board of Commissioners were updated on the state of the Ashe County Public Library at its scheduled meeting on Monday, March 3.According to data presented by Ashe County Librarian Suzanne Moore, 101,813 walked through the Ashe County Public Library’s doors during the 2012-13 fiscal year.“We do a lot of outreach programs as well, so there are higher numbers,” Moore said.Various outreach projects done by the Ashe County Public L...
I catch myself joining folks complaining about the terrible winter we’re having. Then I think back some 54 years when we were digging out of 81 inches of snow.Snowfall in 1960 set a record for Ashe and surrounding counties. Thirty inches fell in February and 51 more in March. Other snowfalls for the year brought the total to 112 inches.
Horses have become the latest victims of a struggling economy and harsh winter.In January, Ashe County Animal Control officers received and responded to approximately 130 calls concerning the suspected abuse and neglect of horses.“As the economy gets worse, the problem gets worse,” Ann Lisk, co-owner of Southern Sun Farm Sanctuary, an animal rescue outside of Jefferson, said. “We have people struggling just to feed themselves.”According...
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