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WEST JEFFERSON — The 62nd Annual Meeting of SkyLine Membership Corporation is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, at Ashe County High School in West Jefferson. SkyLine customers who have active memberships in the cooperative are invited.

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WEST JEFFERSON — After less than two months operating his Taste of Chicago hot dog stand, local restaurateur Joey “Meatballs” Zugu has sold the business to an Ashe County family.

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JEFFERSON — When Pigs Fly BBQ and Wings is closing its doors Wednesday, Aug. 29, according to restaurant owner Kristin Howell, and she and her staff are making an exodus to Shatley Springs Restaurant in Crumpler, and taking the smoker with them.

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JEFFERSON — The 35,000-square-foot former Faith Fellowship building has found its new calling as the soon-to-be High Country Flea Market — the area’s first indoor year-round marketplace, according to new owner and West Jefferson native Keith Woodie.

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WEST JEFFERSON — West Jefferson’s newest addition, Bull’s Boots and Western Store, held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 15, joining both the town and the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. Located on Backstreet and connected to Mountain Outfitters, Bull’s is look…

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JEFFERSON — What was once a taco truck on Radio Hill is now a brick and mortar restaurant where Vera’s Pizza used to be.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member on Wednesday, July 25, Southern Shine Raw Juice Bar. Located at the northern end of West Jefferson’s historic downtown, Southern Shine hopes to add new, healthy options to the town’s menu.

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JEFFERSON — Construction has begun on a new Bojangles restaurant at the same lot as the present building, 158 Northview Drive, confirmed a restaurant spokesperson.

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WEST JEFFERSON — A crowd of people from Ashe County gathered outside a small white kitchen building on East Ashe Street for a ribbon cutting ceremony, and to sample the flavors of authentic Windy City street food on a drizzly Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m.

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LAUREL SPRINGS — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Horse Hugs, an organization that specializes in therapy using miniature horses, on Wednesday, July 11.

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WEST JEFFERSON — West Jefferson has a new cinematic-viewing experience. Blue Ridge Movie Lounge opened its doors to the public Thursday, July 12 for a ribbon cutting through the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce.

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Blue Ridge Energy has announced that Tasha Rountree of West Jefferson has joined the cooperative as Ashe County district manager, working in conjunction with current district manager Kay Sexton until her retirement in March 2019.

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A1 Mountain Realty has announced its newest realtor in West Jefferson, Tara Phipps. Phipps originally moved to Ashe County when she was 12 and graduated high school at the former Beaver Creek High School in West Jefferson.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Doc’s on Main, the soon to be Dr. Pepper museum and restaurant, is nearing completion and anticipating an August opening date, according to a Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant representative.

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LANSING – Pie on the Mountain has reopened and is serving pizza again after a late-night electrical fire closed the restaurant for repairs on May 17, according to the manager.

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WEST JEFFERSON — On a night of record attendance, the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce held its 2018 Annual Meeting at The Barn on New River on Tuesday, June 12.

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In 1999 the former AF Bank, now LifeStore, opened a branch office in Boone under the name, Appalachian First and in October 2004 AF Bank and Insurance moved into its new home at 1675 Blowing Rock Road. The following year, in 2005, the Boone Advisory Board was formed and Stacy C. Eggers Jr. w…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Skyline National Bank’s new branch in West Jefferson is now open to the public. This full-service branch, the bank’s first branch in Ashe County, is located at 1055 Mt. Jefferson Road.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Greg Ashley of Lifestore Insurance, in West Jefferson, has achieved the President’s Club distinction with Auto-Owners Insurance Company for 2017. The President’s Club honors the top 25 producing life, health and annuity agents nationwide for Auto-Owners Life Insurance Compan…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Rural Broadband Association recognized six rural telecommunications industry leaders for their achievements and service to the industry during the 2018 Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and EXPO in Austin, Texas, in late February, and Jimmy Blevins, SkyLine chief executive …

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SPARTA — After four years at its downtown Sparta location, Sparky’s Coffeehouse is moving to Shatley Springs in Crumpler. Sparky’s Coffeehouse is owned and operated by Jeremy & Claire Halsey.

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WEST JEFFERSON — A new attraction is headed to Ashe County, this time in the form of a “movie lounge.” Zach Fulbright, along with his wife, Kristell, plan to open the Blue Ridge Movie Lounge in downtown West Jefferson in the “summer of 2018.”

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Art studio and gallery owner Aurelien Tremblay, better known as ‘Frenchy,’ recently joined the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. Members of the Chamber of Commerce gathered outside the gallery on March 31 for a ceremonial ribbon cutting welcoming Frenchy to the chamber family.

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Ashe County’s unemployment rate decreased by .3 percentage points from July to August, dropping from 6.5 percent to 6.2 percent.

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Local Mexican restaurant Casa Garcia officially closed its doors for the last time on Saturday, Sept. 26.

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After more than a decade, Burger King will return to its original location at 798 E. U.S. Main St. in Jefferson.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, Sept. 17, to celebrate the opening of a new addition in Margate Health & Rehab in Jefferson.

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From left, Edward Hinson, the executive director of competitive operations at SkyLine, presents a $25,000 check to Ashe Memorial Hospital CEO Laura Lambeth on Sept. 15. SkyLine strategic sales supervisor Brent Keith and Skyline board of directors member Jerry Roten stand with Hinson and Lamb…

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Schuster Physical Therapy, a new clinic in Jefferson, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house event with refreshments on Friday, Sept. 4.

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A ceremonial ribbon cutting was held for Bohemia to commemorate its new location at 5 N. Jefferson Ave. on Friday, Sept. 4

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In honor of its support of “citizen warriors,” Vannoy Construction recently received the Patriot Award from the North Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.