NEWS & SPORTS

February 21, 2018
Election News
  Candidates have one more week to file for Local office, prior to the noon February 28th deadline. Yesterday, (Tues), Republican Incumbent Jonathan C. Jordan filed for a fifth term  as the N. C. House Representative for District 93, which includes Ashe and Watauga Counties. Democrat Ray Russell filed for the seat earlier. In the N.C. State Senate District 45 race, Republicans Shirley Blackburn Randleman and Deanna Marie Ballard along with Democrat Brandon Lynn Anderson have filed. Republican Incumbent Virginia Foxx will face Cortland J. Meader Jr. in the Primary. Jenny Marshall is the lone Democrat to file for U.S. House. Republican Tom E. Horner is seeking re-election for District 34 District Attorney.   In Local Races…Republicans Stephen Mochen, B. Phil Howell and James “Jimmy” Hendrix, along with Democrat J.E. “Bucky” Absher have filed for Ashe County Sheriff.   For County Commissioner…three Republicans, William Sands, Todd McNeill and Wayne Osborne have filed.   Republican Pam Barlow is seeking re-election for Clerk of Superior Court and Democratic Incumbent Deaett Roten has filed for Register of Deeds.                      
February 21, 2018
Foxx Remembers Reverend Billy Graham
    WASHINGTON – Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) offered the following statement in regard to the death of Reverend Billy Graham:   “Mark 16:15 of the Good Book instructs us to, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’ This is a charge that Reverend Graham took seriously and a charge which he spent a lifetime endeavoring to obey. Reverend Graham will be remembered by millions of people for millions of reasons – this is a testament to the lives he touched. From advising many Commanders-in-Chief as America’s pastor, to preaching the gospel to the masses, the Reverend Graham was compassionate and served as a blessed shepherd through the years. Reverend Graham will be remembered as a talented, inspiring and dedicated North Carolinian. While I was saddened to learn of Reverend Graham’s passing, I rejoice that he has gone to join the Lord whom he loved so dearly.”              
February 21, 2018
AP Scorecard
  AP-Scorecard Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final OT Philadelphia 3 Montreal 2 Final Tampa Bay 4 Washington 2 Final Columbus 2 New Jersey 1 Final Toronto 1 Florida 0 Final Nashville 3 Detroit 2 Final San Jose 3 St. Louis 2 Final L.A. Kings 4 Winnipeg 3 Final Boston 3 Edmonton 2 Final OT Colorado 5 Vancouver 4 — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (2) Michigan St. 81 Illinois 61 Final (16) Ohio St. 79 Rutgers 52 Final OT (18) Rhode Island 95 La Salle 93 Final (21) West Virginia 71 Baylor 60 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE — INTERLEAGUE at Arizona 3:10 p.m. — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Ottawa at Chicago 8:00 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim 10:00 p.m. Calgary at Vegas 10:30 p.m. — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Georgia Tech at (1) Virginia 7:00 p.m. DePaul at (3) Villanova 8:30 p.m. (4) Xavier at Georgetown 6:30 p.m. Louisville at (5) Duke 9:00 p.m. (7) Texas Tech at Oklahoma St. 7:00 p.m. (10) North Carolina at Syracuse 7:00 p.m. Alabama at (12) Auburn 8:30 p.m. Tulane at (13) Wichita St. 7:30 p.m. (15) Clemson at Virginia Tech 7:00 p.m. (17) Michigan at Penn St. 7:00 p.m. Florida at (19) Tennessee 9:00 p.m. San Jose St. at (20) Nevada 10:00 p.m. AP-WF-02-21-18 1306GMT
February 21, 2018
AP Sports
  Update on the latest in sports: OLYMPICS Vonn takes bronze, Goggia wins PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – Lindsey Vonn fell a little short of winning her second women’s Olympic downhill gold medal. The American came away with the bronze by finishing 0.47 seconds behind the gold medal-winning Sofia Goggia (GOH’-jah) of Italy. The 33-year-old Vonn becomes the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing at the Winter Games. Goggia finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.22 seconds to hold off Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel by 0.09 seconds. Elsewhere at the Winter Games: – The United States has won its first Olympic gold medal in women’s cross-country skiing, and Norwegian skier Marit Bjoergen has become the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time by taking bronze at the Pyeongchang Games. The Americans posted the fastest time in the semifinals to start on the front row in the finals. Jessica Diggins passed the Swedes and the Norwegians on the final lap to make history in a major upset. Sweden took silver. Bjoergen and teammate Maiken Caspersen Falla won the bronze. – Russian figure skaters Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva were the leaders after their record-setting performances in the short program. The 15-year-old Zagitova performed a flawless “Black Swan” routine to score 82.92 points inside Gangneung Ice Arena. That topped the score of 81.61 that Medvedeva put up three skaters ahead of her, a record that held for about 15 minutes. Mirai Nagasu […]
February 21, 2018
Financial Markets
  Dow futures lower … Crude falls … Fed minutes TOKYO (AP) – Shares slid today in Europe after a day of gains in Asia as attention turned to minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve. Dow futures edged 0.1 percent lower to 24,933.00 and S&P 500 futures also were down 0.1 percent at 2,712.50, pointing to losses on the open in New York.   NEW YORK (AP) – Benchmark U.S. crude fell 67 cents to $61.12 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 24 cents to settle at $61.79 per barrel in New York. Brent crude shed 72 cents to $64.53 per barrel. It gained 42 cents to close at $65.25 a barrel in London. The dollar rose to 107.64 yen from 107.33 yen on Tuesday.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Investors have been bracing for signs the U.S. central bank might tighten monetary policy in minutes from its Jan. 30-31 policy meeting due out today. Jitters over inflation remain after the spate of volatility earlier this month.   CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the United States today, accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S. President Donald Trump’s softening opposition to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be up for discussion when he meets Turnbull at the White House on Friday.   PARIS (AP) – Air France says that half […]
February 21, 2018
AP Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST SPECIAL SESSION-LAWSUIT Suit challenging N Carolina special session goes to trial RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A legal challenge of a special session called by Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly to pass laws that eroded Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s powers is going to trial. Three judges scheduled arguments Wednesday from lawyers for a government reform group and state residents who argue the December 2016 session was illegal. Lawyers for the state and the legislative leaders who got sued disagree. The session occurred just weeks before Cooper took office and shortly after he narrowly beat GOP Gov. Pat McCrory. The lawsuit challenges the process that set up the special session and by which it was held. They want two wide-ranging laws passed during the session voided. The trial should last only an afternoon. The judges said previously they would aim for a quick ruling.     SCHOOL DISTRICTS After school district mergers, lawmakers study division RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Some North Carolina legislators believe it’s worth looking at whether allowing the breakup of school districts following decades of district mergers makes sense for students and local governments. A General Assembly committee studying the potential division of districts holds its first meeting Wednesday. The state has had 115 districts across its 100 counties since 2004. There were 174 districts in the 1950’s before city-county school board mergers increased […]
February 20, 2018
Financial Markets
  Update on the latest in business: FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian shares fall after US holiday, eyes on Fed notes TOKYO (AP) – Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday after a U.S. holiday. Investors were awaiting the release later in the day of minutes from the latest meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve. American markets were closed Monday for Presidents’ Day. Minutes are expected later Tuesday from the latest Federal Reserve meeting. Investors were also watching remarks in Japanese parliament from Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. Kuroda was reappointed recently for another five-year term in a show of confidence in his ultra-easy monetary policy. Benchmark U.S. crude rose above $62 per barrel. The dollar gained against the yen and the euro.   HONG KONG-EARNS-HSBC HSBC annual profit rises as Asian growth drives earnings HONG KONG (AP) – HSBC said Tuesday that profits rose on strong earnings from Asia, in the latest sign that the London-based global bank’s restructuring to focus even more on the region is paying off. The bank said pretax profit, after adjusting for one-off items and currency fluctuations, increased 11 percent to $21 billion in 2017, as adjusted revenue climbed 5 percent to $51.5 billion. Net income more than quadrupled to $10.8 billion. The bank is Europe’s biggest but Asia accounted for nearly nine-tenths of total profits last year, when HSBC completed a sweeping multiyear corporate revamp to raise profitability. The overhaul included laying off thousands of […]
February 20, 2018
AP Scorecard
  AP-Scorecard Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final Minnesota 5 N-Y Islanders 3 Final Washington 3 Buffalo 2 Final OT Boston 2 Calgary 1 Final Nashville 5 Ottawa 2 Final L.A. Kings 3 Chicago 1 Final Anaheim 2 Vegas 0 — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (8) Kansas 104 Oklahoma 74 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Montreal at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington 7:00 p.m. Columbus at New Jersey 7:00 p.m. Florida at Toronto 7:00 p.m. Nashville at Detroit 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis 8:00 p.m. L.A. Kings at Winnipeg 8:00 p.m. Boston at Edmonton 9:00 p.m. Colorado at Vancouver 10:00 p.m. — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Illinois at (2) Michigan St. 7:00 p.m. Rutgers at (16) Ohio St. 7:00 p.m. (18) Rhode Island at La Salle 7:00 p.m. (21) West Virginia at Baylor 7:00 p.m. AP-WF-02-20-18 1306GMT
February 20, 2018
AP Sports
  Update on the latest in sports: OLYMPICS Canadian duo wins ice dancing; US team third PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have made ice dancing history, while an American team captured the bronze medal in the event at the Pyeongchang Games. Virtue and Moir have won the gold medal to become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with their third gold and fifth medal overall. The Canadian pair scored a record 206.07 points to beat training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France. Virtue and Moir had been tied with Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden’s Gillis Grafstrom for most medals among figure skaters. American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani took the bronze medal with a strong free skate. Also at the Pyeongchang Games: – The U.S. men’s hockey team has advanced to the quarterfinals with a convincing 5-1 win against Slovakia, leaving the Americans 2-1-1 in the tournament. The game was scoreless until Ryan Donato and James Wisniewski scored 44 seconds apart in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the second period. Donato finished with two goals and Ryan Zapolski stopped 22 shots as the United States earned the right to take on the Czech Republic. – Canadian Cassie Sharpe has given her country its first medal in Olympic freestyle halfpipe skiing. Finishing ahead of France’s Marie Martinod. American Brita Sigourney edged teammate Annalisa Drew for bronze. – Mikaela Shiffrin has produced […]
February 20, 2018
AP Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST TRUMP DATING-COUPLE Man featured on ‘Trump Dating’ site has child sex conviction GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man with a felony conviction for indecent liberties with a child was one-half of the poster couple for a new “Trump Dating” website. News outlets reported Monday that visitors to the dating site geared toward supporters of the president were greeted with the faces of Jodi and William Barrett Riddleberger, conservative activists involved in the Tea Party-inspired political action committee, Conservatives for Guilford County. The couple’s exact role with the site is unclear. State records show Riddleberger was convicted in 1995 on the charge stemming from filming sex with a 15-year-old girl. He was then 25. He told WRAL-TV that he’s “already paid (his) debt” for that charge. Records show he didn’t serve prison time. As of Tuesday morning, the site trump.dating now features a different couple.     CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST The Latest: 3rd person avoids conviction in statue toppling DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina judge has found one protester not guilty of toppling a Confederate statue, and dismissed charges against two others. Five more protesters accused of tearing down the monument in Durham last summer face trial at a later date. Judge Fred Battaglia found Raul Jimenez not guilty on Monday of three misdemeanor counts including damaging a public monument and conspiracy. […]
February 19, 2018
High Country Local First & Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture to offer $1,500 in school garden funding for Ashe & Watauga Counties
  High Country Local First & Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture to offer $1,500 in school garden funding Farm-to-school grants will be awarded to local schools and preschools interested in building or expanding their garden-based education programming.   High Country Local First and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s Lettuce Learn Program to offer grant funding to support school gardening initiatives in Ashe and Watauga Counties!   Farm-to-school grant awards will total $1,500 and will be given to local schools and preschools interested in building or expanding their garden-based education programming.   The grant program aims to support teachers, schools, and early childhood education sites as children are taught about the food they eat and how it’s grown.  High Country Local First and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will use the grants to provide resources to support the development of new and existing farm-to-school projects and increase the number of relationships between local farmers and schools.   Funds are for direct support of school garden programs, including but not limited to: Purchase of seeds, plants, supplies, or equipment Stipends for Garden Coordinators Professional development opportunities Garden curriculum Supplies and materials for projects that enhance connections between the school garden and the classroom, cafeteria, waste reduction program, or local farms and farmers.   The grant is funded and managed by a partnership between Boone-based organizations, High Country Local First and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.  For more information about the High Country Local […]
February 19, 2018
AP Scorecard
  AP-Scorecard Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Team LeBron 148 Team Stephen 145 — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final Philadelphia 7 N-Y Rangers 4 Final Edmonton 4 Colorado 2 Final OT New Jersey 3 Carolina 2 Final Pittsburgh 5 Columbus 2 Final Toronto 3 Detroit 2 Final Winnipeg 7 Florida 2 Final San Jose 5 Dallas 2 — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (19) Wichita St. 76 (5) Cincinnati 72 Final (6) Purdue 76 Penn St. 73 Final (22) Michigan 74 (8) Ohio St. 62 Final (12) Duke 66 (11) Clemson 57 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Minnesota at N-Y Islanders 1:00 p.m. Washington at Buffalo 3:00 p.m. Boston at Calgary 4:00 p.m. Ottawa at Nashville 8:00 p.m. L.A. Kings at Chicago 8:30 p.m. Anaheim at Vegas 10:00 p.m. — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (23) Oklahoma at (13) Kansas 9:00 p.m. AP-WF-02-19-18 1305GMT
February 19, 2018
AP Sports
  Update on the latest sports NBA-ALL-STAR GAME LeBron leads his team to All-Star win LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James got the better of Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry in the NBA All-Star game at Los Angeles. James scored 10 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead, finger-roll layup with 34.5 seconds left to lead Team LeBron to a 148-145 win over Team Stephen. James was named the game MVP for the third time, and the first since the league broke with tradition by having the team captains select their rosters. Russell Westbrook hit a layup to put Team LeBron ahead by three in the closing seconds. Team Stephen couldn’t get a good look for a tying three at the buzzer. Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan each had 21 points to lead Team Stephen. NASCAR-DAYTONA 500 Dillon drives No. 3 to victory at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The No. 3 car found its way to victory lane at the Daytona 500, 20 years after Dale Earnhardt’s only victory in “The Great American Race.” Austin Dillon grabbed the lead on the final lap in overtime and took the checkered flag, 17 years to the day Earnhardt was killed in an accident on the final lap at Daytona. Dillon got a push from teammate Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. that helped him get to leader Aric Almirola. Dillon spun Almirola then whizzed on by to give his […]
February 19, 2018
AP Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST PREGNANT INMATES-RESTRAINTS N Carolina reviews policy for inmates who give birth (Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina prison officials say they’ll institute a new policy for pregnant inmates after receiving complaints that two women were restrained during delivery. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the policy now allows a prisoner to be restrained while in childbirth but not in delivery. A new policy that will go into effect soon will spell out when restraints should be removed, said Pamela Walker, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety. The review comes after an Atlanta-based organization that promotes reproductive rights for women of color and groups from North Carolina sent a letter to DPS questioning the treatment of the two unnamed inmates. SisterSong and the others in the coalition praised state prison officials for the review. Last year, 81 inmates delivered babies while incarcerated.   — AFRICAN-AMERICAN CENTER Plans in works for African-American heritage center in NC (Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/) ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – A school where African-American college learned to be teachers could become a heritage center if organizers in northeastern North Carolina are successful. The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports the “practice school” was built in 1921 on what was then the campus of Elizabeth City Normal School. Now partners that include […]
February 18, 2018
Bare Wins State Championship
    Congratulations to Junior Zach Bare who won the Class 2-A State Wrestling Championship over the weekend in Greensboro. Zach participated in the 220-pound class and won by fall over Senior Kenneth Pinnix.   

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