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As predictable as the mountain laurel and rhododendron, an American Red Cross appeal for blood blossoms each spring and summer — a need that arises annually from increased demand and hundreds of fewer blood drives and donors than at other times of the year due to holidays and vacations.

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With more than 1,000 bicyclists expected to converge on our roadways early Saturday, there are two things to remember.

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We have seen the future — on Sunday, June 3, actually — and the future is strong, fast, gifted, intellectually sharp and most of all, willing to give selflessly to those in need.

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It’s no secret that some scammers are more brazen than others, but those who not only impersonate law enforcement officers, but do so under the names of real local officers, top the list.

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While we won’t say for sure that spring is finally here — as gardeners know, local lore advises you always have a chance of frost until mid-May — what we do know is that the warmer weather has prompted the beginning of bicycling season, and that always presents a challenge to High Country dr…

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Your right to vote is one of the most important rights you will ever exercise. It’s that right which gives you a voice in who will make the governmental decisions which affect the lives of you and your family. Moreover, it’s your right, your vote: walking into a voting booth and casting your…

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North Carolina has a law governing open meetings and public records, a law that is important in protecting citizens’ right to know how public employees and officials conduct the people’s business.

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How do you thank a person for spending more than four decades mentoring, teaching, tutoring and assisting hundreds of children on and off the court?

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Simply, the best — that’s not only what was on display Jan. 29 at the Ashe Post & Times hosted its annual Best of Ashe County business during an awards luncheon in West Jefferson. That’s what is on display every day of the year at each of the businesses who earned the honor.

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For Ashe County’s 13 Girl Scout troops, today, Jan. 24, is the day the cookie begins to crumble — and that’s just the way they like it.

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With nearly a dozen reported and responded to structure fires in the High Country since Jan. 1, the question each family needs to answer is an important one: What is your plan?

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Myriad are Santa’s helpers this time of year, and one good example is the work being done by the partnership of Broken Chains Ministry, local churches and area businesses.

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Virginia O’Hanlon, age 8, 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.

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“Giving Tuesday” just happened, on Nov. 28, but thousands of people living in the High Country weren’t surprised by the date, were you? After all, so many of us have not only given, but keep on giving — even without a special day to do so on.

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One of the most telling and important statements made by Josh Stein on Oct. 16 while speaking to a group of students at Appalachian State University was this: “Whether you know it or not, you have friends that are struggling with addiction right now.”

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Laws dating back to the earliest days of our state mandate that legal notices be made public via the most trusted, most consumed and most permanent media source available. And, since those earliest days, that source has been the newspaper of record in the community it serves.

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With too many reports — and, one is too many — containing, alluding or outright exhibiting the word “fake” next to the word “news,” it’s important to recognize that you have, in your hand, the tool you need to discern real news from … just about anything else.

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There’s a hot topic spreading throughout Ashe County and the rest of the nation this week, and it’s one we would all do well to pay attention to.

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When it comes to the issue of protecting your right to know such things as what our government officials are up to before they get up to it, there are no clearer heads than many of the N.C. House representatives of our rural counties. And among those, Rep. Jonathan Jordan (R-Watauga, Ashe) h…

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The Blue Ridge Relay — a 200-mile road relay of which more than half of those miles are run in the High Country — annually fields hundreds of teams and thousands of runners in a race that is a rarity for its kind in the nation based on the sheer mileage, inclines and declines during the cour…

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Unlike seasons past, thanks to a wet summer, Western North Carolina is not in a drought situation. And while that’s certainly good news for the High Country, it’s also news that has the potential to dampen our perspective on the upcoming fall wildfire season.

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Cell phones during an emergency are a lifeline, and few are the parents who don’t feel at least some measure of security knowing that their teenager is in constant contact.

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Thumbs-up: to how to do … a lot of different things, as myriad children and families learned Saturday during Ashe County Library’s inaugural “How To Festival.” Through a joint effort of local organizations, entertainers, volunteers and craftsman dozens of activities, displays and demonstrati…

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A large group — a very large group, befitting the ceremony — gathered at Ashe County High School a little more than four weeks ago for a solemn occasion: the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Dillion Christopher Baldridge. The Ashe County hero was laid to rest after suffering gunshot wounds in Afgha…