BOONE — Hospitality House recently launched a campaign to more than double the size of its existing food pantry, according to a press release from the regional nonprofit housing and hunger relief agency that serves Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Avery, Alleghany, Mitchell and Yancey counties.
LAUREL SPRINGS — New River State Park rangers set the forest on fire at the park's U.S. 221 Access area Wednesday, March 20, but had good reason for doing so, according to NRSP Superintendent Joseph Shimel.
WEST JEFFERSON — With 60 participants in the inaugural event, the Boondocks Brewing Poker Walk encouraged community members and visitors alike to support local businesses in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Saturday, March 16.
WEST JEFFERSON — An aroma of sausage and flapjacks floated around Florence Thomas Art School Saturday, March 16, as the fifth annual Flapjack Fundraiser featured pancakes, locally made syrup, locally grown blueberry syrup, grips and locally raised and produced sausage.
Mason Combs has been selected by Walter Pugh as CTE Student of the month for March, 2019. Combs is currently in Carpentry 2 Honors and has taken numerous courses in CTE. He is planning a career in electrical. Combs is willing to help other students that are struggling in the classroom or sho…
WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce announced Schuster Physical Therapy as the 2019 Small Business of the Year at the award luncheon Tuesday, March 19, at West Jefferson United Methodist Church’s Hensley Hall.
Arts education in North Carolina Schools includes four separate and distinct disciplines: dance, music, theatre arts and visual arts - each with its own body of knowledge and skills. The N.C. School Board of Education and Superintendent jointly issued a proclamation in support of Arts in Our…
WEST JEFFERSON — Song writing is an art form that puts it all out there: The writer’s fear, loves, regrets and passions all being put to paper and then music can be both liberating and a challenge.
WEST JEFFERSON — Applications are available for youth leadership programs sponsored locally by SkyLine Membership Corporation, including the Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour and Cooperative Leadership Camp, according to SkyLine Public Relations Administrator Karen Powell.
The Christmas in July Festival, one of the High Country’s most famous summer events, is gearing up for its 33rd year in West Jefferson. The festival committee is busy planning the annual event that has been a staple in Ashe County and the town of West Jefferson since its inaugural event in 1987.
Ashe County Arts Council welcomes the Raleigh Flute Choir to the Gallery of the Ashe Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday March, 23. The concert will include selections “Simple Gifts,” “Appalachian Suite,” “Memories of East Tennessee” and more.
WEST JEFFERSON — Award-winning musician Molly Tuttle (center) performs at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, March 15, playing her heartfelt mix of folk and bluegrass in a concert sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council. Tuttle is the only woman to have won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, w…
We have all experienced the wind this week; therefore, let us look into the scriptures to learn of the significance of the wind. Of the 113 times that we find wind in the Bible, the first time is when Noah was in the ark. “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle t…
A packet of seeds, intended to catch my eye, arrived in the mail. A seed company in a far away state, trying to get my business, wants me to look at their catalogue. Their strategy backfired. I’m not happy with their little gift, in fact I’m rather huffy about it.
WEST JEFFERSON — New River Conservancy and New River State Park are about 80 percent finished with the first phase of re-wilding Elk Shoals after acquiring the 270-acre plot in December 2018, according to NRC President George Santucci.
WILKESBORO — The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, March 6 at the Walker Center. The business session began with approval of the minutes from the January 2019 Board of Trustees meeting.
HIGH COUNTRY — Spring is eagerly anticipated, as many people look forward to enjoying the great outdoors once more. Spring is also a special time of year for practicing Christians.
It’s been a wet season, but with the coming spring’s warm breezy days, your property may be at risk from a wildfire, especially if the structures are closely surrounded by woods and brush, according the NC Forest Service. The following are some steps that can be taken to protect your home an…
WILKESBORO — The fifth annual Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival, winner of the coveted IBMA Momentum Event of the Year Award, continues its tradition of celebrating the heritage of western North Carolina on Sept. 20 and 21.
BALDWIN — Compared to the other four convenience centers in Ashe County, Baldwin Convenience Center along U.S. 221 receives more than twice as much trash as the next most used one, prompting the need for a sixth location for Ashe County residents to deposit their trash, according to Ashe Cou…
JEFFERSON — Flu season continues as usual in Ashe County, with Ashe Memorial Hospital expecting to continue seeing flu patients through May, according to Ashe Memorial Hospital CEO Laura Lambeth.
WEST JEFFERSON — In the newest St. Patrick’s Day tradition, Eric Christoferson and Boondocks Brewing have organized a Poker Walk to take place from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 16.
WEST JEFFERSON — Longtime area physician Dr. Don Teater will speak on the topic of treating pain safely with fewer opioids and better results during a free program with dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in the Midway Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
With registration under way for Vision Northwest North Carolina, the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce announced SkyLine/Skybest and Carolina West Wireless will serve as presenting sponsors for the event.
Ashe County real estate sales soared to an unprecedented high in 2018, with 608 properties sold — a 79 percent increase above the 2012 sales total of $61.2 million, with Regency Properties of downtown West Jefferson at the forefront of those sales, according to owner and broker-in-charge And…
Losing a loved one is the hardest things we have to go through in this life. Whether it is after a long illness, old age or an unexpected accident, death is heartbreaking. As Christians, we cling with all of our hearts to the promise of seeing loved ones on the other side — in heaven.
JEFFERSON — Ashe Memorial Hospital delivered baby girl Myla Dunn to mother Brandy Cheek and father Eric Dunn of Jefferson. Baby Myla is the little sister of Valor Dunn, and the granddaughter of Sherrie Ashley, Jean-Claude and Leigh Lyall.
WEST JEFFERSON — Coffee House Live! returned Saturday, March 9 at West Jefferson United Methodist Church. Performers such as Rob Falvo and Scott Kallestad (pictured) serenaded guests with soothing melodies and a calming atmosphere.
WEST JEFFERSON — Work to install single-stream recycling compactors at the county’s convenience centers proceeded as expected the past few months, and Ashe County Environmental Services Director Scott Hurley said he expects simplified recycling services to be available in early spring, as in…
WEST JEFFERSON — When people file into the Ashe Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, they won’t be there to see a raucous bluegrass band or a wild stage production. Sitting up on the stage will just be a woman named Molly Tuttle and her guitar.
BOONE — The New River Conservancy and Appalachian State University will host the 2019 New River Symposium at ASU on April 11-12, according to NRC Communication Coordinator Summer Rich.
The magnetic allure of our mountain communities is so attractive that now even fictional creations are migrating here from the Florida coast.
“I had no idea.” “Everyone on the planet needs to experience this!” “You are an active learner … you walk in the shoes of someone with dementia.” “My mom struggled with dementia for 12 years, but it wasn’t until I experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour that I truly understood what her world w…
The cold weather has kept me indoors for weeks and I’m frantic to get out into the garden — to do something, anything. My tools are clean and sharp so I’m scouting for pruning projects.
WEST JEFFERSON — Breakfast is being served at the Florence Thomas Art School for its fifth Annual Flapjack Fundraiser, featuring pancakes, locally made syrup, locally-grown blueberry syrup, grits and locally raised and produced sausage from 8:30-11 a.m. March 16. For the second year, the eve…
WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College hosted the SkillsUSA Northwest Region Rally & Career Showcase on Feb. 25. This annual educational and professional development activity is open to all SkillsUSA members and advisors, Career and Technical Education students, business and industry part…
ASHE COUNTY — Hurricanes, rampant cases of the flu, harsh winds, large amounts of snowfall and icy roads have all led to Ashe County Schools closing their doors during the 2018-19 school year.