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“Pound those stakes in deep so it doesn’t get away” my neighbor called out as he walked by, I was planting a tree in a windy spot adding stakes for stability. I didn’t want to ruin his joke and explain that actually plants do move, quite a lot it turns out.

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WILKESBORO — Preparation, relevance and improvement were the themes weaving through conversations during Wilkes Community College’s Program Advisory Committees kickoff event on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Walker Center on the Wilkes Campus. Advisory committee members and WCC faculty, staff an…

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“For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” (Matt 25:29, KJV).

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Elizabeth Baez, Macie Beard, Hunter Caudle, Addison Combs, Mason Combs, Kaitlynn Cox, Hope Eastridge, Gavin Eller, Isaiah Galgano, Caleb Gonzalez, Grant Graybeal, Kylee Kennedy, Ayden Knight, Dylan Lambert, Amelia Lewis, Emily Lewis, Justin Matkins, Zoey McCarraher, Abigail Miller, Ella Mill…

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WILKESBORO – Vulcan Materials recently awarded $8,000 to Wilkes Community College to use for student scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen students enrolled in the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology.

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The Ashe County Arts Council will host a Madrigal Dinner on Friday and Saturday evening, Nov. 16 and 17 at the Jefferson Landing Club. Twelve performers will entertain with a meal catered by Chef Mathieu.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The 13th Annual Craftin’ Wanna Bees Christmas Boutique was held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at the Ashe Medics building in West Jefferson. The pop-up store featured handmade Christmas-themed crafts made by the Craftin’ Wanna Bees, a group of Ashe County women.

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Hardee’s general manager Alicia Roark (left) is presented with a plaque from Ashe County VFW Commander Bill Carter (right), as thanks for the restaurant’s $7,500 donation to the Ashe County VA. Roark, a military mom, said the money was raised, ‘by the kind heart of Ashe County.’

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JEFFERSON — Ashe Memorial Hospital delivered baby girl Kinley Grace Mahala to parents Constance and Daniel Mahala of Creston on Oct. 29, 2018. Kinley, who is the younger sister of Hayden Mahala, weighed 6 pounds, 0.1 ounces and was 19 inches long at birth. Kinley’s grandparents are Rena Maha…

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Ashe Post & Times readers from around the county celebrated Halloween, Oct. 31, and offered to share their photos. From Ashe County and beyond, the following submissions were received in our office through Nov. 4. For more photos, visit ashepostandtimes.com.

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At Jefferson United Methodist Church on Oct. 15t, four women educators, two from Ashe and two from Alleghany counties were initiated as new members of Gamma Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Membership is based on the belief that these women are outstanding educators and/or leaders. They h…

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Mountain View Elementary 5th grader Brooklyn Ham (right) dressed up SRO Stacey Carter Miller (left) this year for Halloween, and got a picture with Miller to boot.

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In October, Ashe County Middle School participated in National Bullying Prevention Month, encouraging students to stand up against bullying. Each day during the week of October 15-19, students were asked to dress up for a daily theme to show support in taking a stand against bullying behavio…

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The word tree is referenced 358 times in our Holy Scriptures, with appearances from the first through to the last chapter of the Bible. At least 45 different species of trees are specifically noted. Their first mention is with their creation in response to the voice of God, “And God said, Le…

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JEFFERSON — Foundation Forward, Inc. is gifting and installing permanent life-size replicas of our country’s founding documents known as the Charters of Freedom — the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights — in local communities across the United States. 

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ASHE COUNTY — Due to safety issues throughout the nation, Ashe County Schools made safety alterations at Mountain View Elementary, Westwood Elementary, Ashe County High School and Blue Ridge Elementary throughout the summer.

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Wilkes Heritage Museum announced that the Annual Veterans Brick Dedication Ceremony will be Saturday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the Wilkes Heritage Museum. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring a lawn chair. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved insi…

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Due to unforeseeable circumstances, the Candlelight Ghost Tours scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31 have been cancelled. The Wilkes Heritage Museum hopes to reschedule these tours later in November.

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WILKESBORO — The Wilkes Heritage Museum will hold its annual “Po Man’s Luncheon” fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. The menu includes pinto beans, cole slaw, cornbread, dessert and a drink for $7.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe Early College held a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26, just outside of the hallway they occupy on the Wilkes Community College Ashe campus. The school, which is three months into its first year, is an alternative high school that offers highe…

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Toward the end of the 20th century, homeowners noticed a new winter houseguest: the Asian lady beetle. Confusion arose because many of us assumed that this was our beloved native ladybug that had never expressed any desire to spend winter with us.

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Jorge Ledezma (left) has been selected by James Burgess (right) as CTE Student of the Month for October 2018. Jorge is currently enrolled in Drafting 1 and Career Management. Jorge is an excellent student who works hard and ensures that all projects or classwork is completed. He plans to pur…

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GRASSY CREEK — The last of a massive four-trunk sycamore tree is still standing at River House Inn & Restaurant, having endured tropical storm weather from Hurricane Michael less than a month after wind and rain from Hurricane Florence felled its other three trunks on Sept. 16.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Democratic Party held its October meeting at Smoky Mountain Barbecue at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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CRESTON — The Ashe County Republican Party held its October meeting at the Creston Volunteer Fire Department at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Watauga-based bluegrass group Cane Mill Road will be putting on a show at West Jefferson’s Saloon Studios on Saturday, Nov. 3. The rising stars will be joined by guitar man Wayne Henderson and Ashe County’s Aubreana Lovell.

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LANSING — It was a cold, wet October night in Lansing, and the gremlins, ghouls and youth of Ashe County gathered at Creeper Trail Park to go trunk-or-treating.

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HELTON — A fish fry to support the renovations to the Helton Community Building raised $1,315 Saturday, Oct. 20.

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CRESTON — Drizzling rain canceled the North Fork New River car rally, but barbecue, basketball and a bake sale persisted nonetheless at the Riverview Community Center from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

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The Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Hayes Chamber Artists on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Ashe Arts Center. The ASU Hayes School of Music faculty member ensemble includes Nancy Bargerstock, violin; Junie Cho, piano; Eric Koontz, viola; and Priscilla Porterfield, mezzo-soprano.

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Everyone knows family and/or friends who have served our country. I myself am a proud Army mom, and understand how hard it is to be separated from loved ones, especially in times of war. But this year Veterans Day means so much more to me, having been involved in Ashe Public Library’s Vetera…

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JEFFERSON — Ashe Memorial Hospital delivered baby girl Lisa Diana Nicole Hamm to parents Joshua Hamm and Lakeshia Poster of Ashe County Oct. 18. Lisa weighed 6 pounds and was 19 inches long at birth. Her older sibling is Karson, and her grandparents are Lisa and Curtis Kimbrough and James an…

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WEST JEFFERSON — At the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees meeting in the John A. Walker Center on Oct. 11, the board heard from two success stories who came through the high school equivalency program. One was Joshua Knapp, whose unorthodox journey through education has led him thro…

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Have you ever noticed that no matter how bad a day you’re having, when a smiling person comes your way, like the mail-carrier or an old acquaintance, you instantly feel better all over? Your day seems brighter, because you have had a “kind encounter” and have somehow forgotten to grumble and…

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WILKESBORO — The Student Government Association at the Wilkes Campus of Wilkes Community College has named the following officers to serve for the 2018-2019 school year: Michael Davis, president; Kaitlyn Murphy, vice president; Gregorio Rosales-Navarro, secretary; John W. Johnson, public inf…

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HIGH COUNTRY — Above-average temperatures and a pair of hurricanes are among the contributing factors to faded leaf colors in the High Country this autumn, according to the latest fall color prognostication from Appalachian State University Biology Professor Dr. Howard ‘Fall Color Guy’ Neufeld.