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Air Force Airman Tracy Poe, Jr. (Trey) graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare p…

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Baby boy Novyn Lee Combs was born at Ashe Memorial Hospital Sept. 12 to parents Shelby Flinchum and Tony Combs of Lansing, and grandparents Sandra Swiney, Mike Pope, Ann and Tony Combs. Novyn weighed 6 pounds, 14.6 ounces at birth and was 19.5 inches long.

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JEFFERSON — During the years, Ashe County’s homeless population has continued to grow, and one local teen is working to stop that problem.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Many weekend activities were canceled or postponed due to severe weather brought on by Tropical Depression Florence, but fast-paced music blared from the open garage door of Ashe CrossFit all morning and into the afternoon during the first ever Ashe Mountain Bash CrossFit co…

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Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor Art on the Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. More than 30 artists and craft persons will set up their creative wares on the grounds of the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson. Holiday gift ideas, fall theme items, unique art pieces, …

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ASHE COUNTY — The locations and routes of the Keep Ashe Beautiful's 2018 Litter Sweep have been announced, along with the business, organizations and teams who will be taking part. The litter sweep will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout Ashe County on Sept. 22, with local residents, l…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The September Gallery Crawl coincided with one of the biggest nights of the year for the Ashe County Arts Council, with the opening reception for “Best of the Blue Ridge” being held, honoring some of the best artists and their work from the area. The juror for the show was W…

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Be ready. God gave Moses a direct order to be ready in three days, because He was going to come down Himself on Mount Sinai. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third day: for the t…

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GRASSY CREEK — Among the foliage felled when Tropical Depression Florence crept through Ashe County, pouring rain and blowing wind all of Sept. 15 and 16, was the towering, ancient sycamore tree at River House Inn & Restaurant.

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Jennifer Ley of Pendle Alpacas spinning alpaca wool into yarn during the Ashe County Craft Market Friday, Sept. 14. The craft market is open from 5-8 p.m. the second Friday of each month under the Ashe County Farmers Market shelter on Backstreet, West Jefferson.

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Cooper Parsons, 10, plays a tune from ‘Star Wars’ on the fiddle at the corner outside the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce in West Jefferson Friday, Sept. 14, while his mother, Jackie, watches on.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe Shrine Club's 37th annual golf tournament, originally set for Sept. 16, has been postponed to Sunday, Oct. 14 at Mountain Aire Golf Club due to heavy rainfall expected from Hurricane Florence, according to Shriner member John Brown.

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ASHE COUNTY — Those considering temporarily relocating to higher ground due to the impending rains expected from Hurricane Florence should have little issue finding shelter, according to the North Carolina High Country Host Regional Visitor Center in Blowing Rock.

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TODD — Local dogs had a chance to experience mother nature in Todd Sept. 8, as the River Girl Fishing Company hosted Dog Paddle Tubefest.

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JEFFERSON — All different types of cars, trucks and other automobiles travel through the streets of Ashe County each and every day. However, less than 100 years ago, there was a very different method of travel in the High Country.

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Once, long ago, I fell in love with a Gardena spray nozzle. It had everything I wanted in a short water wand: It was balanced in my hand, the control wheel easily regulated the distance to be covered and the water flow, and it was relatively light weight. Alas, it came with one fault: the pl…

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Paul Pickett (foreground) directing a runner down North Third Avenue during his run through Ashe County as part of the Blue Ridge Relay Friday, Sept. 7. The relay, composed of teams of 4-12 runners, passed through West Jefferson on its way from Grayson Highlands, Virginia to Asheville, North…

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Former Ashe County pastor and World War II veteran Bill Burchett celebrates a century of living with some flowers and a proclamation from West Jefferson recognizing his 100th birthday milestone at Forest Ridge Assisted Living Monday, Sept. 3, two days after his 100th birthday.

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Guardians Ad Litem from Ashe and Alleghany counties attend a clandestine drug lab recognition program hosted by B. Phil Howell (pictured standing) in the Ashe County Library Community Room at noon Thursday, Sept. 6. Programs for Guardians Ad Litem will be held year-round all across the count…

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WEST JEFFERSON — West Jefferson was buzzing early Saturday morning, as many made their way in to visit the Ashe County Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

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JEFFERSON — Mexican cuisine is on the menu at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church cookout fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, according to congregant Bob Breton.

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WEST JEFFERSON — Back for its monthly celebration of local artistry is the Ashe County Arts Council’s September Gallery Crawl from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, according to council program director Rebecca Williams.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The annual Fall Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Forest Ridge Assisted Living. This is a new date, changed from Sept. 15, due to the impending Hurricane Florence.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe Memorial Hospital delivered baby girl Ember Rayne Phillips into the world Aug. 24, 2018, to parents Ashley Pennington and Brian Phillips of Lansing. Ashley is the granddaughter of Lester Pennington and Lesley Hatley, Pamala Phillips and Tony Harless, Billy Phillips and Amand…

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We are likened to flowers in the garden of Christ — so varied and unique, some blossoming but for a small season, some like the morning glories that close up each night and open with the new day, some dying in the bud of life (leaving an empty space that cannot be filled). Some flowers provi…

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One of the many reasons we settle in the High Country is for the spectacular views. We savor these views throughout the four seasons until the awful day comes when the neighbors' trees are blocking our view. Now one thing can be stated about trees: They grow — and it behooves us all to selec…

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The Friends of the Library joins Ashe County’s Literary Festival for its meeting Sept. 12, with guest speaker Phillip Lewis, author of the novel "The Barrowfields." Lewis will discuss this highly regarded first novel. The meeting starts at 11 a.m. and is held in the Community Room of the Ash…

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Professor Elliot Engel returns to the Ashe Arts Center on Monday evening, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of humor, literature, and enlightening entertainment. Engel’s performance will be “Blackbeard! Pirate Enemy Number One.”

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Bull’s Boots and Western Wear in downtown West Jefferson celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 1 with a barbecue, filling the streets with the smell of slow-cooked pork. The store has been open since mid-June, and had a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 15.

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The 16th annual New River Blues Festival was held at the River House Inn in Grassy Creek on Sept. 2, hosting a large crowd who wanted to listen to good music in a beautiful setting.