The Ashe Post & Times is an award-winning weekly publication that serves Ashe County, as well as the surrounding communities of the Western North Carolina High Country. The newspaper was formed by joining the resources of Ashe Mountain Times and the Jefferson Post on Dec. 1, 2017.
The Ashe edition of the Mountain Times was formed in 1993 as an extension of The Mountain Times in Watauga County. Within just a few years, the newspaper was catering more to the local community and focusing on the people and places of Ashe County. In 2002, it was purchased by a community-focused newspaper organization, Jones Media Inc., of Greeneville, Tenn.
While the Jefferson Post can directly trace its founding to 1988, the twice-weekly newspaper’s roots go back even farther. The newspaper was the result of a merger between Ashe County’s historic weekly newspapers The Skyland Post and a competing weekly of 10 years, the Jefferson Times.
The Skyland Post got its name from an early slogan for mountainous Ashe County, “The Land of the Sky.” The Skyland Post was purchased in the 1930s by Ed M. Anderson, whose newspaper empire included The Alleghany News in Sparta, the Spindale Sun in Spindale, the Transylvania Times in Transylvania County and the Courier in Forest City. Stella W. Anderson was editor of The Skyland Post from her husband’s death until the early-1980s, when it was purchased by Patty Wheeler, and her husband, Al.
In October 1988, The Skyland Post merged with the Jefferson Times, which had been competing with the Post since August 1978.
On Sept. 1, 2016, Jones Media's assets, including Ashe Mountain Times, were sold to the family-owned Adams Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis, Minn., and chaired by Steve Adams.
On Nov. 1, 2017, Adams Publishing Group acquired a Mount Airy, N.C., group of newspapers, which included the Jefferson Post.
Through the merging of the two newspapers, one constant remains: Keeping a local focus is the priority of the newspaper.
Today, the Ashe Post & Times is a widely read publication published on Wednesday, covering local news, crime, sports, education and obituaries. The weekly Calendar of Events, Notes of Interest and Faith Times keep residents and visitors up to date on what is happening in the area.
Whether you’re interested in county commissioner meetings, who has achieved what honor or the recent Ashe County Huskies’ sports news, you can read about it in the Ashe Post & Times.
For local business owners, we offer advertising that reaches across the county. As a sister paper to publications in surrounding counties, we are also able to offer great pricing on advertising in several different newspapers, from classified to retail advertising.
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