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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.

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Fifty years after joining Ashe County’s medical community, Dr. E.J. Miller will throw a celebration to thank the many people who have helped him along the way.

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The West Jefferson-based coffee shop Bohemia is expected to reopen at its new location this week.

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The Harvest Cafe, a new restaurant located at 234 East Main St. in Jefferson, has been getting steady traffic since its opening on Aug. 11, according to owner Samara Ashley.

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The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Friday, Aug. 14, welcoming Grandma’s Place to the local business community.

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Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe will expand into West Jefferson this fall by opening a new shop in the old Bohemia building, according to owner Ann Rose.

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In order to find new employees for its move into the old Gates facility, American Emergency Vehicles held a job fair on Wednesday, July 22.

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The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce invited friends to help celebrate the reopening of the historic Park Vista Inn with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 22.

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Hundreds of area residents attended the 13th annual Ashe County Home Sweet Home Show held inside the Faith Fellowship building on Saturday, July 18.

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A new dog grooming business in West Jefferson called High Country K-9 Cuts LLC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 10.

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GE Aviation celebrated its new expansion with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event on Thursday, July 9, which was attended by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other local leaders.

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A new store called Martha Mae’s Emporium will open in West Jefferson by mid-July, providing the feeling of an old country store to town visitors.

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A ribbon cutting was held for Damon Bolding and Heather Blythe, the new owners of Everything Has a Story in West Jefferson, on Friday, June 26.

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The Hot Spot, a new specialty fireplace retailer, had a soft opening on Monday, June 29, and the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening on Wednesday, July 1.

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For the last few weeks, area resident Mike Eldreth has been selling his handmade cornhole boards at the Ashe County Farmers’ Market, and what began as a hobby for his retirement has become a new small business in the High Country.

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Jefferson’s own Log Homes of America Inc. has been recognized by its insurer, Forestry Mutual Insurance Company, for outstanding performance in safety, evidenced by zero losses during LHA’s participation in the Forestry Mutual Insurance Company program in 2014.

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The Park Vista Inn, which had been an icon of the Blue Ridge Parkway winding through Ashe County for many years, has reopened, restaurant and all, as of May 1.

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West Jefferson’s local hardware store, Parker Tie Co., led the world in Valspar paint sales through its Orgill distributor in 2014.