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JEFFERSON — For 15 years, Don Long served as the curator of the Museum of Ashe County History. His love of history and vast knowledge that he shared with folks of all ages will always be remembered by those that ever got a chance to meet him. Long passed away on Feb. 17 at the age of 80 at t… Read morePreserving the past: Don Long remembered for knowledge and passion for Ashe County history

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NORTH WILKESBORO — One of country music’s best-known performers, Dierks Bentley, is set to thrill race fans at the NASCAR All-Star Race on May 21 at North Wilkesboro Speedway. The platinum-selling recording artist will perform on a festival-style stage at 2:30 p.m., adding even more exciteme… Read moreMulti-Platinum entertainer Dierks Bentley to perform pre-race concert for NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway

NORTH WILKESBORO — A familiar name will return to North Wilkesboro Speedway for the track’s first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race since 1996, with the Tyson brand serving as the official sponsor of the Tyson 250 on Saturday, May 20, during NASCAR All-Star Race weekend. Read moreTyson brand named official sponsor for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at North Wilkesboro Speedway

Send your faith note item to for publication. Submission deadline for the current week of publication is 9 a.m. Friday. Times and dates are subject to change; contact the facility for the most current information. Read moreFaith Notes

The following is a list of upcoming events in Ashe County. All times and dates are subject to change. If you have an event you would like added to the calendar, email event details to by 5 p.m. on Friday. Read moreAshe County events

BANNER ELK — In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, the Lees-McRae John B. Stephenson Center for Appalachia will be hosting an event showcasing Appalachian female poets on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Two award-winning Appalachian poets, Sara Moore Wagner and… Read moreStephenson Center for Appalachia to celebrate Women’s History Month with readings from visiting poets

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