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Arts Council holds ARTifacts Yard Sale fundraiser

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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 because a lot of people are downsizing or moving,” Lonon said.

 

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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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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Walmart supports Museum’s reference library

The Walmart Foundation and the Ashe County Walmart Facility #3289 have awarded a grant through the Local Facility Giving Program in the amount of $1,500.The grant will enable the Museum of Ashe County History to continue the employment of a library specialist.Darlene Van Dyke is organizing and cataloging the museum’s collection of over 1,000 books, magazines, school yearbooks and genealogical references. Once completed, the materials will be easy to access, and wil...

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ACHBA’s Gun and Sports Show is this weekend

The Ashe County Home Builders Association will be hosting its Fourth Annual Gun and Sports Show at the Shatley Farms Distribution Center in Jefferson.“We’ll have everything,” said Tammie Pruitt-Coffey, executive officer of the ACHBA. “We’ll have antique firearms, assault rifles…really just guns of all kinds. We have gun boxes and safes, knives, military surplus, tactical gear and survival gear.”In addition, coins will also be for...

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Our Variety Literatureland

“Variety Vacationland.” Do you remember that slogan from our state’s past?I suggest a new one: “Variety Literatureland.”In the next few weeks I plan to provide support for my suggestion in the form of books and their authors who will be appearing on North Carolina Bookwatch.First is Krista Bremer, associate publisher of The Sun, a successful national magazine, headquartered in Chapel Hill. Bremer’s essays have been published...

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ACS art teachers engaging all students via new instructional method

Art teachers in Ashe County Schools are incorporating a new method of instruction into their curriculum, and it’s connecting well with their students.At the April 7 meeting of the Ashe County Board of Education, held at the Ashe Arts Council, in West Jefferson, several art teachers addressed the board about some of the exciting things happening in their classrooms.Each year, the board holds one regular meeting at the Arts Council as a means of expressing their appr...

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Volunteer opportunities abound for teens

Summer is on the horizon and that means come mid-June, over 3,000 elementary, middle and high school students in Ashe County will have a lot of spare time on their hands.Ashe County Volunteer Coordinator Glenda Luther said there are plenty of opportunities available for kids and teenagers to volunteer in the county during the summer months and beyond.According to Luther, lots of students enjoy volunteering with Ashe County Parks and Recreation and places like Ashe Memori...

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