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ASHE COUNTY — The High Country Association of Realtors released its report for the month of July, reporting 54 tracts of land sold for a combined value of $10.25 million, the highest value recorded in a single month in nine years.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Salon B is open and ready to provide for the hair-care needs of Ashe County’s men, women and children, according to owner Brooke Hogg.

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WEST JEFFERSON — New River Family Wellness is combining modern medicine with hometown care, according to Dr. Daniel Landon Allen during the practice’s Ashe County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, Aug. 5.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The list of confirmed cook teams for the Blue Ridge BBQ and Brew Festival continues to grow, with the list sitting at 20. Adding to that is the 26 breweries, 11 distilleries and six wineries for visitors to sample.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Salerno’s at 209 Backstreet is now open and offering a new lunch option for the town of West Jefferson.

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JEFFERSON — Members of the N.C. Cooperative Extension State Advisory Committee joined Ashe County Cooperative Extension Director Travis Birdsell to tour three locations with agricultural significance Wednesday, July 17, after the committee spent two days convened in Ashe to discuss statewide…

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LANSING — The Three Stooges variety store has clothing, knives, jewelry, hats, handbags, knick-knacks and plenty more assorted items for sale, according to owner Ann Clark.

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LANSING — For anyone wondering where Lewis Miles and his shears went after the little trailer barbershop closed down on U.S. 221 Business outside West Jefferson, find him in downtown Lansing.

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LAUREL SPRINGS — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce held its July Member Blast at Little Peak Creek Farm in Laurel Springs Thursday, July 18. The monthly event was sponsored by the Ashe County office of the North Carolina Agricultural Extension.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The sponsors have been finalized for the Blue Ridge BBQ & Brew Festival, scheduled to be held Aug. 30-31 at the Blue Ridge Theater and Events Center in Glendale Springs.

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ASHE COUNTY — Realtors sold 195 homes in Ashe County during the first six months of 2019, four houses more than the total through June 2018, according to the latest sales report from the High Country Association of Realtors.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Bryer Patch at 15 E. Second Street aims to not only expand downtown West Jefferson’s growing slate of businesses, but also inspire and engage local youth, according to store owner Donna Weaver during her business’ Ashe County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony W…

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WEST JEFFERSON — West Jefferson’s Backstreet is the new home of The Vape Shoppe, which is looking to help transition smokers from cigarettes to vape juice.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Opened just in time for Christmas in July, The Tartan Woolly has brought some Scottish heritage and a bit of plaid to West Jefferson. The store on North Jefferson Avenue specializes in Scottish and Irish-styled clothing and accessories, with plaid and real wool adorning most…

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WEST JEFFERSON — At the West Jefferson Board of Aldermen meeting July 1, the board agreed to lease a piece of town property to New River Brewing Taproom and Eatery. The leased land will give the restaurant and brewery an outdoor area for its customers to enjoy the fresh air.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Following a 38-year career with Ashe County DSS, The Bryer Patch at 15 E. Second Street is Donna J. Weaver’s next professional endeavor.

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WEST JEFFERSON — One of West Jefferson’s newest bars had its grand opening weekend Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. While Trent’s Tavern has been officially open for a few weeks, the weekend served as a celebration of what they’ve done so far.

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LANSING — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the Timber Rivers Venue Tuesday, June 18, where members celebrated the work and accomplishments of the past year. The festivities included mingling, dinner, awards and Chamber announcements.

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GLENDALE SPRINGS — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Member Blast at Glendale Springs Inn and Restaurant on Thursday, June 20, raising $170 for its high school scholarship fund.

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WEST JEFFERSON — It was announced at its annual meeting that the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce will be receiving an expansion of its West Jefferson location.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Teams of 3-8 people must work together, gather hints and solve puzzles if they want to get out of Unlock It Escape Room, according to owner Colleen Dixon during her Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting June 13.

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GLENDALE SPRINGS — The National Park Service announced the opportunity to acquire the remainder of a concession contract for retail operations at the Northwest Trading Post on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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LANSING — United Chemi-Con recognized and thanked Darrell Miller, Edie Miller and Levene Hart for their dedication and service for 50 years. G. Darrell Miller, pictured on the left, started working for United Chemi-Con on June 17, 1969. Levene S. Hart, pictured in the middle, started on July…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The newest restaurant in West Jefferson had its soft opening Wednesday, June 19. After months of work and a move from Lansing, New River Brewing opened its doors to the public.

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WEST JEFFERSON — During the Gallery Crawl Friday, June 14, visitors at Bull's Boots and Western Wear could see Burt and Liz Campbell of Liz's Leather out front making handcrafted leather pieces. People who stopped by had the chance to try it for themselves and watch the couple work their magic.

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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.