June 10, 2013. Mark July 12, Aug 9, Sept 13 and Oct 11 on your calendars, Gallery Crawl is back! There will be a special Christmas Crawl on Friday, Dec 6. The purpose of the crawls are to supported and promoted downtown West Jefferson businesses.
April 17, 2013. A $2.1 million contract has been awarded to Blythe Construction Inc. of Charlotte by the N.C. Department of Transportation to apply asphalt surface treatments on 79.5 miles of secondary roads in Wilkes and Ashe counties. Work can begin as early as April 29 and be completed by Oct. 1.
Dec. 5, 2012. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is pleased to announce the opening of the Jefferson Specialty Clinic in Ashe County. Located at 257 Medical Park Drive in Jefferson, the Clinic, which shares office space with Western Carolina Eye Associates, will offer cardiology and oncology services.
Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled Oct. 17, 2012 Barry Lynn Eldreth, D. Oct. 13, 2012 Mr. Barry Lynn Eldreth age 47, of Todd, the Three Top Community died on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson. Mr. Eldreth was born on October 9, 1965 in Ashe County, NC to Bluferd and Shirley Roark Eldreth. Mr. Eldreth was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Thomas Eldreth and maternal grandparents, Ray & Norma Roark. Mr. Eldreth worked with Blythe Construction Company. He loved spending time with his son Hunter taking him to Sunday school and to Tweetsie Rail Road. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Ashelawn Memorial Chapel by Rev. Ronda Rash and Rev. Denton Hart. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel. Mr. Eldreth is survived by: his son, Hunter Eldreth and mother Lisa of Todd, his parents, Rev. Bluferd and Shirley Roark Eldreth of Jefferson, two sisters, Tammie Rash and husband Ricky of Jefferson, Marlene Bledsoe and husband Mike of Fleetwood, his paternal grandmother, Ethel Eldreth …
Oct. 3, 2012. The High Country experienced over-the-year drops. Watauga County unemployment dropped .7 percent to 8.3 percent. Ashe County unemployment dropped .3 percent to 11 percent, and Avery County unemployment dropped .1 percent to 10.4 percent.
Aug. 31, 2012. Campaigning for the N.C. Senate, Roy Carter hosts a hot dog dinner on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in his hometown at West Jefferson Town Park.
BY JESSE WOOD
July 31, 2012. August 2012 is just around the corner which means so is the start of Ashe County’s Community Read, an annual county-wide engagement in the reading and discussion of a selected book. For Community Read 2012, Ashe County residents are encouraged to participate by reading the book “Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-eyed Stranger” by part-time Ashe County resident and award-winning author Lee Smith.
July 30, 2012. Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild presents the 10th Annual Quilt Fair Friday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 15 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jefferson Station, 20 East Ashe Street, West Jefferson.
July 16, 2012. Meth labs are on the rise again. If the current trend continues, this year will be another record-setting year.
BY JESSE WOOD
July 12, 2012. School bus driver training will be offered Ashe County Board of Education Annex July 17-19. Classes run from 8:30-3:00 each day. Watauga County residents wishing to become school bus drivers for the Watauga County Schools can complete their training at this Ashe County location.
June 25, 2012. The United States has more than 556 National Wildlife Refuges, and now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing one more – the Southern Appalachian Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge, which would encompass 23,000 acres scattered across 30 bog sites in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee – including ten sites in the High Country.
BY JESSE WOOD
June 25, 2012. Ashe County resident Rex William Cummings has posted a bail in excess of $100,000 following a high-speed chase and arrest Thurs, June 21.
BY ETHAN WOODHOUSE
June 20, 2012. Rep. Johnathan Jordan of District 93, which includes Ashe and Watauga counties, filed a bill in the House on June 14 titled “Disapprove New River Basin Rule,” referring to the re-classification of the state’s water quality of the Brownsville area along the South Fork of the New River. The bill is also known as the “Kill Bill.”
BY JESSE WOOD
June 11, 2012. Renowned Chef Ric Caine will be at the Ashe County Farmers Market on Saturday, June 16, 2012 -Fathers Day weekend- to do a Grilling Demonstration starting about 10:00 a.m. He will be demonstrating how to cook several different types and cuts of meat on the grill and may have some secret grilling recipes to hand out.
May 8, 2012. RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $9.6 million design-build contract to replace two bridges each in Watauga and Ashe counties, four in Avery County, one in Caldwell County and six in Wilkes County.
April 10, 2012. Correction; and Watch Video of Rally! About 125 people gathered inside Watauga High School to attend the Vote For Marriage NC rally organized by Three Forks Baptist Association and Mount Vernon Baptist Church of Boone on Tuesday.
BY JESSE WOOD
April 6, 2012. Arvel Bird, a violinist and Native American flutist, is coming to Shatley Springs next week for a free concert as part of Ashe County Appreciation Night. Arvel will be performing with Kimberly Kelley. Watch Video!
April 3, 2012. All three High Country counties – Ashe, Avery and Watauga – have recently endorsed the Marriage Protection Amendment, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
BY JESSE WOOD
Recent obituaries in Ashe County compiled on April 3, 2012.
March 20, 2012. Ashe Kids’ Market Children’s Consignment Sale will be taking place this Thursday through Saturday, March 29 to March 31, with Half Price Day on Saturday, March 31 at the Fleetwood School Community Center. Hours are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Recent obituaries in Ashe County compiled on March 27, 2012.
Recent obituaries in Ashe County compiled on March 20, 2012.
March 12, 2012. Includes Extensive List! Check here to see if you – or any of your friends or relatives – have any unclaimed cash accumulating dust and interest in the vaults of the North Carolina State Department and Treasurer.
By Ron Fitzwater March 10, 2012. BLOWING ROCK – It wasn’t even a question for Cullie Tarleton whether or not he would make a run at taking back the 93rd District seat he lost in 2010 to Representative Jonathan Jordan. “In November of 2010, when I lost, I filed in the back of my mind that I would certainly consider running again. I enjoyed it, it was a privilege for me to serve. After redistricting, they left the [93rd] District, as it was and didn’t make any changes, so it just made sense for me to do it.” Openly admitting most of it was coming from long-time supporters, some out of Raleigh, Tarleton said he received “a lot of encouragement” to run again. In reflecting on what happened in 2010 and how to prevent a repeat, Tarleton said that he was in the camp of people who believe the driving force behind the Republican/Tea Party victories across the state was one man, Art Pope. “You know, the Senate and the House, is the best Legislature that Art Pope could buy. He is personally responsible for many of the victories that occurred in 2010 by the amount of money he spent.” …