Those who elected to hold public fireworks displays this year called for more than a bit of creativity, and counties from Ashe to Avery and all points in between supplied the ingenuity needed to make even a global pandemic year a true Independence Day celebration.
Public fireworks will be fewer and farther between this July 4, and even at where they will be held many will opt out for the year because of the still raging global pandemic.
By the end of this year, projections indicate that about 180,000 people 65 and older will be classified as having Alzheimer’s Disease in North Carolina alone.
Few of us in the High Country can fail to notice almost daily a creek, stream, river or other body of flowing water. Whether on our morning drive, an afternoon walk or evening bike ride, our waterways are an ever-present part of the scenery.
With municipal July 4 fireworks canceled from the High Country to the shore, many of us are planning even now to prepare our own celebrations because, even shuttered publicly, Independence Day goes on.
North Carolina has an open meetings law guaranteeing that the public have access to the transparent workings of our public bodies — elected or appointed authorities, boards, commissions, councils, school administrative units and public corporations, among those.
Local newspapers, such as your Ashe Post & Times, have remained open and essential to provide valuable and trustworthy information to our community about health-related developments. In many cases, as with the AP&T, that information is provided free to fully access on our website.
Given that our libraries are temporarily shuttered due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, how ironic that the slogan of National Library Week, this week, is “Find Your Place at the Library.”
With the federal government set to release its first round of stimulus money to families across the nations this week, it’s not only you that will be waiting for a deposit or check. Scammers are waiting, too.
It may seem oxymoronic that during a time when we are importantly socially isolated, it is more vital than ever to partake in the communal business of attending the regular meetings of our governmental bodies. But this is so.
The message from the executive director of Casting Bread Food Pantry, an organization that operates and is built on the faith that is the foundation of FaithBridge United Methodist Church, is one that has been echoed from every food pantry in Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties: The need is gre…
Did you ever notice that during times of personal crisis or periods of “feeling down” that one cure-all is helping others? It seems that humans are remarkably adaptive at putting aside their own concerns to help others in need. To some, it’s merely endorphins. To many others, it’s a matter o…
Even in an era of social media and lightning-fast downloadable information, AppHealthCare is right about one thing: Word of mouth travels faster than anything else.
Newspaper awards, like those received by any business in Ashe County, are not earned in isolation — they are a realization of the hard work and commitment by the staff in conjunction with a partnership with the community.
A “willingness to work together” is a stated top priority of AppHealthCare Jennifer Greene in referencing funding needs and a service budget gap of the tri-county agency.
If you ever had the opportunity to call Maude Evelyn (McNeil) Calhoun a friend, you were a fortunate person, indeed. But even if you had never met her, it is undeniable that your life in Ashe County is better today for her efforts.
A golden opportunity that is more infrequent in the High Country than a blue moon is one that our nonprofit and governmental organizations should be preparing for now.
Second only to the effects of tobacco use, the chemically inert radioactive gas radon is the leading environmental course of lung cancer in the United States. Annually, thousands die from its effects, including hundreds of people in North Carolina.
Skating through life is not your typical path to success, but it’s working for Ashe County as the sixth annual North Carolina Downhill Race at Mount Jefferson has been designated an official World Cup Event.
Knowledge is power, the English philosopher tells us, but transmitting that knowledge often comes at a price.
A regional history of oil embargoes, skyrocketing interest rates, warm winters and the first state zoning legislation to affect the Sugar Mountain region — HB 661 was ratified by the N.C. General Assembly on June, 14, 1985 — might have deterred lesser leaders, but not Gunther Jochl.
Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.
A bustling holiday season can mean being busted following a few initiatives coming out now from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. So, all the better to watch out. …
To anyone who’s been driving our mountain roads during the past few weeks, it comes as no surprise to know that more than half of all vehicle-deer collisions occur in late fall and early winter. Across the state, that statistic equals tens of thousands of accidents, with injuries and even fa…
The upcoming holidays mean not only a break from school for Ashe students, but also more free time and social interactions for children and teens to spend on their phones, tablets and computers.
Snow in the forecast and on the ground this week means more than slippery, winter conditions, it means the first slippery, winter conditions of the season — and that means drivers need to re-acclimate to ski season in the High Country.
We’ll keep this brief, because this week is Halloween and if you’re not busy prepping costumes for your own little trick-or-treaters, you’re undoubtedly heading out to the store to battle the throng in the candy aisles.
School bus rides that can last hours, random days missed due to inclement weather and for many, poor or lack of internet connectivity are but a few of the challenges facing students of Ashe County Schools.
There is rightly a sense of pride when we look for a tag on a product and see the label, “Made in the USA” — words that mean something special to the average American.
New highways and bridges represent new directions and opportunities for us to travel. Yet, as we begin traveling the Baldridge Bridge — and many of us will, on a daily basis — let’s take a moment to reflect on the road that led us to this Deep Gap junction.
Sept. 11, 2001, will for most of us be one of those days for which we remember exactly where we were when we first learned the news of terrorism strikes on our nation.
For any driver in Ashe County, the prospect of a deer unexpectedly crossing in front of your vehicle is a real and daily possibility. For many of us — simply read the wreck reports for more information — such collisions do occur and have happened with frequency.
With tens of billions of scam and robo phone calls reaching Americans throughout the nation annually, many receivers choose — wisely — to press the decline button on their phone apps or simply not take the call if they are unsure who is attempting to contact them.
School violence, vandalism and incidents of harassment are appearing throughout the nation, and while Ashe County has been more fortunate than other communities, it is not immune.
Although autumn comes early in the High Country, there’s still plenty of summer left — but with it the need to be a bit more cautious as the seasons begin to merge and school buses will again appear on the road.