SPARTA — The Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention, slated for Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 in Sparta, has some new additions this year.
At the West Jefferson aldermen meeting on July 9, the board voted 4-1 in favor of the Ashe County Public Library’s plan to expand its current parking. The proposed change would add another 14 parking spots to the current parking lot, but still must be cleared by the county before constructio…
At July’s West Jefferson Aldermen meeting, a presentation was given by Cody Darnell about the “future of home health care” in Ashe County. The Ashe Community Paramedics Program will be operating with the help of Ashe Memorial Hospital and will be partnering with the Ashe Campus of Wilkes Com…
On July 1, 2017, Emma Goodman was a little more than a month away from starting her freshman year of high school at Ashe County High School when she was also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowl disease that wreaks havoc on the human body and has no known cure.
WEST JEFFERSON — Saloon Studios will host a family fun day fundraiser for the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Saturday, July 21, from noon to 5 p.m., according to the venue’s entertainment director.
On July 14, Ashe County High School’s parking had a lot more visitors than other standard summer days. The Heritage Iron Club held the 17th annual Ridge Run Car & Bike Show, giving hundreds of people the platform to show pride in their rides.
The Ashe County Arts Council opened up West Jefferson on July 13 for their monthly Gallery Crawl. The event, which ran from 5-8 p.m., was hosted by 14 local galleries, each displaying works of artists from around the High Country.
CHARLOTTE — For some young adult summer reading, former Ashe County schoolteacher Harold “H.P.” Phipps has published his debut novel, “The Adventures of Tank and Pudge, Book 1: The Carnival,” through Charlotte-based Warren Publishing.
The first sin (after the Garden of Eden) was envy, and that sin led to the first murder in the Bible. Cain and Abel were brothers. Abel was a shepherd and Cain was a gardener. “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And…
One of the many things to enjoy in Ashe County is traditional, old-time music. Passing this musical tradition to the next generation is the purpose of the Ashe County Arts Council sponsored Junior Appalachian Musicians — JAM.
For everyone who has ever longed to be Indiana Jones, the Friends of the Library offers an opportunity to hear firsthand the real story of what it is like to work on an archaeological dig. Chris Arvidson and Henry Doss will share their experiences on an archeological dig in Jerusalem at the …
Look around Ashe County. Art is everywhere. For 40 years, the Ashe County Arts Council has been promoting all genres of art throughout the county with great success. But their contributions to the visual arts — seen frequently all around us — best capture the immediate attention of both loca…
Steve Hageman, professor of geology in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, which is housed in Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a 2018–19 Fulbright Scholar Program award to study the effects of global warming on marine polar Ar…
BOONE — The Hayes School of Music Faculty presents a program that explores chamber music ranging in style from the iconic piano wind quintet of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the intimate art songs of Franz Schubert, to the innovative work for clarinet and electronic music of Judith Shatin.
Mountain music and dance fans are in for an entertaining evening when the Steep Canyon Rangers and New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters take the stage Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Music Center.
WEST JEFFERSON — A proposed project to increase the safety of drivers along South Jefferson Avenue in Ashe County is in its infancy, and a public meeting for citizen input is being held at West Jefferson Town Hall Thursday, July 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.
WEST JEFFERSON — Members of the West Jefferson Woman’s Club are once again hosting the annual Card and Game Party on Wednesday, July 25, beginning at 10 a.m. in Hensley Hall at West Jefferson United Methodist Church.
WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Church of Christ invites all of Ashe County to the ninth annual Old-Fashioned Tent Meeting. The meeting will be held from July 15-20 with Guest Speaker Wesley Simons.
Educators came from near and far, including Ashe County, to the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education Conference in Chicago June 23-28.
The Wilkes Heritage Museum host Candlelight Ghost Tours in historic downtown Wilkesboro on Saturday, July 21st. Ghost tours are 90-minute walking tours that begin at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and are led by costumed guides.
Bleu Moon Productions will mark the 150th anniversary of the final trial and hanging of Tom Dooley with its 17th Season of the outdoor drama, “Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend”, by Karen Reynolds. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bleumoonproductions.com or at the gate on the night …
The Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission Head Start comprehensive early child development program is taking applications on families with children 3 and 4 years old for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
WINSTON-SALEM — Due to an emergency blood shortage, the American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types, especially type O, to donate now and help save lives.
On Saturday, July 14, “traffic” in Ashe County is going to be busier than usual. The 17th Annual Ridge Run Car & Bike Show will be held in the Ashe County High School parking lot in West Jefferson.
The big band sound is coming to the Ashe Civic Center on Saturday, July 14 with the Hickory Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Rick Cline. Concert time is 7:30 p.m..
This weekend, my staff and I will be spending a lot of time on MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain providing coverage and manning the Lost & Found/Information Booth for the annual Highland Games.
On Friday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the “arts district” of downtown West Jefferson will come alive with folks strolling the streets. Gallery Crawl provides ongoing opportunities to see new, creative and innovative works by Ashe County’s leading artists.
Landmark Baptist Church officials in Lansing have announced the dates and times of their vacation bible school. The bible school will be open to people of all ages.
WEST JEFFERSON – As a drizzly July 7 morning turned to muggy afternoon, a grizzly group of Civil War gray coats encamped on the West Jefferson Park creek bank fired volleys of blanks into the sky a warning to the Yankees positioned uphill behind the baseball field.
WEST JEFFERSON — On an overcast summer day in downtown West Jefferson, Christmas cheer brightened the dampened streets at the 32nd annual Christmas in July Festival Saturday, July 7.
This year’s Ashe County Fourth of July livestock show was about much more than just how good an animal looks or how much it can potentially breed. The show, which has been held since 1995, is about the chidlren who helped bring the animals to the show.
It was a beautiful day for music as a large crowd gathered at the Museum of Ashe County History on Sunday for a multi-generational bluegrass and country show. The headlining act was legendary guitar-makers and musicians Wayne Henderson and Herb Key, a bare-bones duo of classic musicians. Ope…
As gardeners, we all know that weeding is an essential ingredient to maintaining a well-groomed garden. Groan all you want but if you’re going to have a garden you are going to have to weed. Several books published in the late 1990s advocated letting the weeds remain, that a garden with weed…
We can not blame God for our sins. Jesus himself was sent out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. We all face temptations; some are small and some are ferocious.
Observant hikers trekking Mount Jefferson, climbing Grandfather Mountain, traversing Linville Gorge, wandering Grayson Highlands, or otherwise cruising the curves of the Blue Ridge Parkway and walking the heights of the High Country will notice that wild blueberries are busy blooming in the …