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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…

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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.

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A High Country program that has been serving students with learning challenges for more than four decades is in need of assistance, and you may be able to help.

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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.

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When if comes to what business, industry or service provider is best in Ashe County, we leave it up to you — our readers and neighbors.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. …

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One of the most important volunteer roles in our community today is acting as the voice for our most vulnerable population — children who are abused and neglected.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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First responders chomping down as many as donuts as they can might seem a bit cliche — except the first responders on this day were in a class by themselves.

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Not that there aren’t a plethora of opportunities to view fireworks in the High Country … but we know about family traditions, and home fireworks are a large part of that during this time of the year.

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When Sgt. Dillon Christopher Baldridge was killed June 10, 2017, at the age of 22 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, a large part of the High Country died with him.

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Conventional wisdom is that it takes anywhere from six to 10 years to become an expert at a craft or career. If so, retiring Ashe County Arts Council Executive Director Jane Lonon is such a master multiple times over.

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So much of what it takes to win in today’s world — and each of us has an individual concept of what winning means — can be learned from the playing field. This was again the lesson as the Ashe Post & Times co-hosted the Mountain Times Publications Best of Preps Student-Athlete Awards on June 2.

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Children and exercise go together naturally, and that’s especially so in the summer months when the term is painted with broad strokes. But if those strokes are limited to physical activity alone, your canvas is too narrow, according to studies which advocate for the importance of mental act…

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“Words fail when heroes fall.” So said Vice President Mike Pence speaking from Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 27.

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From what one High Country sheriff says are scams ranging from mild aggravations to physical threats and “anything in between,” phishing schemes are blanketing the country, including Ashe and Watauga counties, and the target is often senior citizens.

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With a North Carolina distracted driving bill, “Hands Free NC” (HB144) now before the Senate, what remains to be seen is if the bill will have the same measure of bipartisan support there as it did in passing the House 92-23 on May 7.

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We do not often comment on these pages on a letter we receive for publication; we typically choose to let the opinions of the writer become part of public discourse without our commentary.

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That spring showers are a common but unreliable High Country occurrence is one important reason to heed warnings from the N.C. Forest Service. That’s especially so during this time of the year:

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In North Carolina, a bicycle has the legal bearing of a vehicle — with all the rights and responsibilities. And now that these two-wheeled vehicles are about to begin sharing our High Country roads in earnest with the spring cycling season, it’s important that bicyclists review those rules e…