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LAUREL SPRINGS — Agriculture is big business in Ashe County, in 2018 it contributed $120 million to Ashe’s economy according to the Ashe County Cooperative Extension. With it being as important to the county as it is, farmers are always on the lookout for better ways to produce their products.

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Subsentio announced June 3, it has honored Carolina West Wireless by presenting the mobile service provider with the Subsentio “Safe Harbor Award” for their role in ensuring the safe rescue of two teenagers who lost their way while hiking in Stone Mountain State Park in March.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Downtown West Jefferson's newest luxury lofts were unveiled to the public and welcomed to the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, May 30th at its open house and ribbon cutting.

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JEFFERSON — A newly renovated Zaloo’s Canoes, Kayaks & Tubes is open under new management on the South Fork New River, as was announced at the river outfitter’s Ashe County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony May 15.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Twelve years after acquiring the property, Carolina Timberworks broke ground on its plot at Beaver Creek Industrial Park, as witnessed by a crowd of 40 and assisted by Ashe County Commissioners May 15.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County has a new option for people seeking health and wellness for the mind, body and spirit in Mountain Connections, which celebrated its opening with an Ashe County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting May 8.

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Home sales in the High Country remained strong in April and outpaced activity compared to one year ago, according to the latest real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Prom can be one of the most memorable moments of anyone’s high school experience and is a staple of the late teen years. The dresses and tuxedos get immortalized into photo albums and add to the special nature of the event.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Scheduled for August, the Blue Ridge BBQ & Brew Festival is supposed to be the largest competition barbecue event in North Carolina and the de facto state championship. The only issue is paying for it.

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In the April 24 edition, the story “Mountainscape Realty sponsors Member Blast at New River Inn” incorrectly stated when the event happened. It occurred in April.

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WILKESBORO — Ashe County was center stage at MerleFest 2019 on the campus of Wilkes Community College, as the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the John A. Walker Center Stage throughout the April 25-28 event.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Third Day Market is expanding, opening a second location separate from the business in Jefferson. Third Day Downtown, as it will be called to distinguish it from the original business, is located at 14 South Jefferson Ave. in West Jefferson.

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FLEETWOOD — The New River Escape Barn & Guest House provides people an ideal opportunity to slow down the pace of life and get away from everyday hustling and bustling, owners AJ and Shane Best said during their Ashe County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting April 17.

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LifeStore Financial Group Inc. reported a net income of $1,289,269 for the quarter which ended March 31, compared to $1,076,509 for the quarter which ended March 31, 2018, an increase of 19.8 percent. Net income for the nine months which ended March 31 was $3.1 million compared to $2.5 milli…

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The following information was provided by Appalachian Health Care. Restaurants and food stands are inspected one to four times per year, based on assigned risk frequency, public school lunchrooms are inspected four times per year, seasonal swimming pools are inspected once per year and hospi…

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GLENDALE SPRINGS — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Member Blast Thursday, April 18, which allowed member organizations the opportunity to mingle while celebrating the chamber’s work and growth. The event featured fun, food, news and a raffle drawing.

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West Jefferson Fire Department responded to a diesel fuel spill at the Quality Plus on South Jefferson Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 22. The gas station was temporarily closed to public access while the spill was cleaned, according to WJFD Chief Eric Miller.

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The local real estate market continues to do business, as house sales in the first quarter of 2019 increased for the ninth consecutive year, according to the monthly real estate report by the High County Association of Realtors.

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Adam Hershner, master brewer for New River Brewing (on left) works on the interior of his new brewhouse at 108 S. Third Ave in West Jefferson, which should be ready to serve customers sometime in mid- to late-May, he said.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Moving from Charlotte to West Jefferson, Mark Watson and Ed Sheehan, owners of West Jefferson Specialty Foods, aim to bring a different type of product to Ashe County, offering a twist on gourmet products. The business is located at 11 E. 2nd Street in West Jefferson.

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GLENDALE SPRINGS — It is not every day when people get to try true competition barbecue. Usually reserved for special events and with money on the line, competitive barbecuing cannot be found at every local barbecue establishment.

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Construction continues on a new Amato Dentistry building behind the CVS on Crescent Lane in West Jefferson. Dr. Francis X. Amato III and his staff will move their practice from Jefferson to the new building when it is completed sometime in July, according to office staff.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Business Association hosted its Spring Business Expo at the Ashe County Arts Center Thursday, March 28. The event allowed the public and business owners to see what local businesses have to offer and supported networking opportunities. The Hotel Tavern, Li…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce held its March Member Blast Thursday, March 21 at Saloon Studios in West Jefferson, celebrating the chamber’s growth and accomplishments in recent months. The event featured fun, food, news and a raffle drawing; and brought together dozens…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce announced Schuster Physical Therapy as the 2019 Small Business of the Year at the award luncheon Tuesday, March 19, at West Jefferson United Methodist Church’s Hensley Hall.

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High Country home sales for the first two months of 2019 have been the busiest in a decade, according to the latest monthly report from the High Country Association of Realtors.

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NORTH WILKESBORO — Wilkes County and Vaya Health have announced plans to use $1.4 million in state funding to expand and add new services at a North Wilkesboro crisis center that provides mental health and substance use treatment to individuals living throughout northwestern North Carolina, …

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WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County’s Saloon Studios has announced its next group of shows, including The Woodstock Experience 2019. The venue has not featured a show for the public since a Nov. 3, 2018, performance from Cane Mill Road.

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ASHE COUNTY — Agriculture contributed $120 million to the Ashe County economy in 2018 — representing a $10 million industry increase from 2017, according to the Ashe County Cooperative Extension program impact report, which was distributed at the extension’s advisory board meeting Thursday, …

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Ashe County real estate sales soared to an unprecedented high in 2018, with 608 properties sold — a 79 percent increase above the 2012 sales total of $61.2 million, with Regency Properties of downtown West Jefferson at the forefront of those sales, according to owner and broker-in-charge And…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Regency Properties has two new agents — Ashe natives Brandi Hurley and Melinda Poe, according to the realty office in West Jefferson.

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Less than a year after finding new ownership, Blue Ridge Theater & Events Center has re-established itself as a premier location for Ashe County concerts, conferences, festivals, dances and — in 2019, and for years to come — even more, according to owner Steve Mochen.

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Established in 1951 as a member-owned cooperative, SkyLine/SkyBest has been providing people in northwest North Carolina and east Tennessee the ability to communicate for decades. The telecommunications provider has been expanding since its founding, now offering gig-capable fiber networks, …

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JEFFERSON — During the Ashe County Board of Commissioners’ Monday, Feb. 18 meeting, the owners of Carolina Timberworks apologized to the county for leaving a parcel vacant and undeveloped since purchasing it in 2007, and presented a plan to build their new facilities at Beaver Creek Industri…

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ASHE COUNTY — An Innovative Integrated Pest Management Grant is available to help High Country fruit and vegetable farmers explore and employ biological and biorational pest control strategies, according to N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent Richard Boylan, who serves Ashe and Watauga Counties.

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WEST JEFFERSON — LifeStore Financial Group Inc. reported a net income of $801,102 for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2018, compared to $685,165 for the quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2017, or an increase of 16.9 percent.

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WEST JEFFERSON — At the West Jefferson Aldermen meeting Feb. 4, ABC store general manager Haskell McGuire reported on the most recent fiscal quarter and the continued growth of the store’s economic footprint and size. The months covered in the report were October, November and December, the …

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WEST JEFFERSON — The year 2018 was a whirlwind for the Blue Ridge Theater and Event Center. From new ownership to a new look and big artists coming in, the center is looking to carry momentum into 2019 and establish itself as a marquee location in Ashe County.

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JEFFERSON — With nowhere in Ashe County to sell livestock, local farmers transport their herds off the mountain on selling day, grazing profits and shepherding money away from the local economy, according to Ashe County N.C. Cooperative Extension Livestock Agent Micah Orfield.