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January 19, 2018
Boone Water Project Update
On Feb. 13, 2017 the Harper Corporation and Garney Construction Company, Inc. were provided with the Notice to Proceed on the Boone Water Line, Water Treatment Plant, Intake and Booster Pump Station Project. The following is a project update and notice of any upcoming road closures. There are currently 218 days remaining in the project contracts. The Harper Corporation continues to complete items at the water treatment plant, the water intake site and at the Brownwood Road booster pump station. Dewatering systems remain in place and in operation at the intake site. Measures have been implemented to mitigate any noise caused by the dewatering process. Road construction into the intake site is nearing completion. A section of poor soils was encountered and subgrade remediation was required. Preparation and excavation for the wet well at the intake is underway. Stone excavated from the wet well area was used to stabilize the subgrade of the intake road rather than just hauling it off site. The Garney Construction Company has completed all pipe installation along Brownwood Road, Hwy 421 and New River Hills. Crews continue working on trenchless crossing 5 near the New River bridge at HWY 421.
January 19, 2018
Today’s Weather
Today–Sunny, with a high near 45. West wind 8 to 10 mph. Tonight–Clear, with a low around 26. West wind around 9 mph. Saturday–Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Saturday Night–Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 7 to 9 mph. Sunday–Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Sunday Night–Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Monday–A chance of showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Monday Night–Showers, mainly before 5am. Low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Tuesday–A chance of showers before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tuesday Night–Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Wednesday–Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Wednesday Night–Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Thursday–Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
January 19, 2018
NC News
AP-NC–2nd Right Now Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST REDISTRICTING-NORTH CAROLINA Supreme Court: NC doesn’t have to redraw maps by next week RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state’s congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines. The justices announced their decision late Thursday after legal briefs were filed for and against the GOP legislators’ request for a delay. Their lawyers successfully argued that a three-judge panel’s ruling last week declaring the state congressional map an illegal partisan gerrymander should be put on hold while similar cases from Wisconsin and Maryland before the Supreme Court are settled. Voter advocacy groups and Democratic voters who sued over the map – heavily weighted toward Republicans – argued no delay was necessary because it would be struck down however the justices rule in the other cases. AMAZON-HQ2 Amazon releases finalist cities for second headquarters NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast. Amazon, based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses. Cities are in fierce competition to lure Amazon, which has revolutionized the way people shop. The […]
January 19, 2018
National College Scholarships Available through SkyLine
WEST JEFFERSON, N.C.–Area high school seniors whose parents are telephone service subscribers of SkyLine Membership Corporation and SkyBest Communications may apply for national scholarships available through Foundation for Rural Service (FRS). FRS was established in 1994 by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which SkyLine is a member. The FRS promotes, educates and advocates rural telecom issues in order to sustain and enhance the quality of life within communities throughout rural America. Through its various programs and initiatives, the foundation strongly supports the continuing education of rural youth. This year, 30 one-time, $2,500 FRS scholarships will be awarded to rural high school seniors: one per geographic region of the NTCA membership and one to a student sponsored by a NTCA associate member. The remaining 19 awards will be distributed proportionate to the number of applications received per region. FRS will fund $2,000 of each scholarship, with the sponsoring cooperative of each winning student providing a $500 match. Additional scholarships to be awarded through this program include the following: Four $5,000 FRS Staurulakis Family Scholarships. Students who are majoring in math, science, engineering or medicine will be given preference. Two $1,500 TMS Scholarships. One $7,000 Everett Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship. Three $500 Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarships. According to the FRS, more than two-thirds of rural Americans with postsecondary degrees never return to their rural communities, so this program gives particular emphasis to those students who plan to […]
January 29, 2018
Ashe County Wildlife Club Featured in National Sporting Clays Magazine
Last August 26 the Ashe County Wildlife Club hosted its first tourney sanctioned by the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA). Sixty-one shooters from around North Carolina visited the county to shoot clays at the stations scattered around the club. The on-line magazine for NSCA, Clay Target Nation, featured news coverage of the event in its October 2017 issue. The article and photo can be found at: http://www.claytargetnation-digital.com/November2017#&pageSet=8&contentItem=0.          ”Our first National Sporting Clays Association registered shoot was a success far above our expectations. We would have thought we had done well with 30 shooters. We drew 61, more than double our expectations. The membership turned out in force to support the event, and the Ashe County Wildlife Club can be very proud of its accomplishment. Guest shooters from out of the area were treated to a great breakfast and lunch, challenging but fun targets worthy of a tournament event, pleasant mountain weather, and the hospitality of Ashe County. What could be better? Many local shooters broke out their quail and grouse and duck guns and got their first taste of competition shotgun shooting,” said Jerry Seaman, who organized the event for the Club. Sporting Clays is a shotgun sport that emulates bird hunting with clays being thrown from machines set up around the Club’s hilly and wooded terrain about 12 miles east of Jefferson. The Ashe County Wildlife Club will sponsor two NSCA tourneys in 2018, Saturday, August 25, and Saturday, September 29. Club membership is $175 for […]
January 29, 2018
Husky Athletic Schedule
  Monday – January 29   Tuesday – January 30 JV/Varsity Basketball    @ Wilkes Central    4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00pm   Wednesday – January 31 Indoor Track    @ West Wilkes    4:00pm   Thursday – February 1   Friday – February 2 JV/Varsity Basketball    Home vs East Wilkes    4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00pm   ** This night is Play4Kay Night – Pink Night – Breast Cancer Awareness   ** We will also introduce ACMS Winter Sports Athletes — At Girls Varsity halftime we will introduce 7/8 girls basketball players, cheerleaders, and coaches — At Boys Varsity halftime we will introduce 7/8 boys basketball players, wrestlers, and coaches.  ** ACMS winter sports athletes and coaches will be admitted free by list.
January 29, 2018
AP Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EST TEEN DIES-FIRE 13-year-old North Carolina boy dies in fire ELKIN, N.C. (AP) – A 13-year-old North Carolina boy has died in a house fire. Local media reported the fire started shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. C.C. Camp Volunteer Fire Chief Lanny Whitaker said four fire departments responded to the blaze near the Elkin Municipal Airport. Whitaker said it took about 45 minutes to control the fire. Officials say the child’s mother had gone outside to do some chores and returned to see the living room was on fire where the 13-year-old boy was. The mother and people passing tried to rescue the boy but were unable to do so. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. The boy’s name has not been released. The State Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine the cause of the fire.   WINTER WEATHER-NORTH CAROLINA 3 inches of snow possible in North Carolina mountains RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow is possible in the mountains of western North Carolina. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for six counties from 7 p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday. Forecasters say up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow is possible around Boone, Banner Elk and Mars Hill by Tuesday morning. Forecasters say isolated amounts of 5 inches […]
January 29, 2018
AP Sports
  AP-Sports Right Now Update on the latest in sports: COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL     Virginia moves closer to top ranking UNDATED (AP) – No. 2 Virginia has pulled closer to its first No. 1 ranking in 35 years. The Cavaliers received 17 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel in the AP Top 25 released on Monday. Villanova remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week, receiving 47 first-place votes. Virginia (20-1, 9-0 ACC) shut down one of the nation’s top offenses in a 65-63 win over Duke last week and held No. 18 Clemson to 36 points. Purdue remained at No. 3 and No. 4 Duke held its spot despite the loss to Virginia. Michigan State moved up a spot to round out the top 10. Kentucky returned to the poll at No. 21 after dropping out for the first time in four years.     WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL UConn again on top NEW YORK (AP) – UConn continues to lead the way in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The Huskies (20-0) are once again the unanimous No. 1 team, receiving all 32 votes from the national media panel Monday. UConn cruised to easy wins over Memphis and Tulane. Next up is a trip to South Carolina on Thursday to face the No. 7 Gamecocks. The top five remained unchanged this week with Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville and Notre Dame following UConn. Stanford moved back […]
January 29, 2018
AP Scorecard
  Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events: — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Charlotte at Indiana 7:00 p.m. Minnesota at Atlanta 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Memphis 8:00 p.m. Philadelphia at Milwaukee 8:00 p.m. Miami at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Boston at Denver 9:00 p.m. — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Notre Dame at (4) Duke 7:00 p.m. (7) Kansas at Kansas St. 9:00 p.m. Northwestern at (24) Michigan 7:00 p.m. AP-WF-01-29-18 2015GMT
January 30, 2018
AP Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST   SAVINGS RESERVE   Saving target means hundreds of millions more dollars needed RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina government’s top fiscal analysts have officially set a goal for the state’s rainy-day reserve fund that once met should help fill large shortfalls encountered during most recessions. A law approved last year requires a set percentage of annual revenue growth be transferred to the reserve, which already has more than $1.8 billion. The law directs the state budget office and the legislature’s Fiscal Research Division to come up with an annual target. That target is a percentage of the previous year’s revenues – meaning for now reaching the goal would require increasing the fund by roughly $700 million over time. State Budget Director Charlie Perusse told legislators in a memo the target percentage may change over time as revenue data increase.     DIABETIC TEST STRIP SHOOTING   Police: N Carolina couple shot, robbed during transaction(Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com) GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Police say a North Carolina couple was shot during a diabetic test strip transaction. Greensboro police Capt. Nathaniel Davis told The News & Record of Greensboro on Monday that 52-year-old Emmanuel Alexander and 52-year-old Wanda Alexander had agreed to meet a man on Jan. 23 to buy or sell the test strips, but were instead shot and robbed. Emmanuel Alexander was killed in […]
January 30, 2018
AP Sports
  AP-Sports Right Now Update on the latest in sports:   DOPING-SAMPLE BOTTLES IOC ‘concerned’ that doping sample bottles can be opened LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The IOC says it is “very concerned” about claims that the new doping sample bottles for next month’s Pyeongchang Games can be opened. The bottles were introduced last year to increase security after investigators found Russians were able to surreptitiously open bottles at the Sochi Olympics and exchange dirty urine samples with clean ones previously provided the same athlete. However, the World Anti-Doping Agency is now examining the new bottles after receiving reports from a laboratory that the bottles can be opened manually when frozen. The International Olympic Committee says in a statement it is “very concerned about this issue” and has asked WADA to ensure the integrity of drug testing in Pyeongchang. The IOC adds it has “full confidence” WADA can “find a solution.”   RUSSIAN DOPING-PUTIN Putin says Russia hopes to turn page on doping at Olympics MOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Putin says he hopes Russia can soon leave behind years of doping scandals. With 168 Russians due to compete at next month’s Pyeongchang Olympics under a neutral flag as punishment for past doping offenses, Putin says the games could mark the end of the country’s doping problems. At an election campaign event, the Russian president says “I hope that this page will be turned.” Putin also called on Russian athletes to […]
January 30, 2018
AP Scorecard
  AP-Scorecard Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Indiana 105 Charlotte 96 Final Atlanta 105 Minnesota 100 Final Memphis 120 Phoenix 109 Final Milwaukee 107 Philadelphia 95 Final Miami 95 Dallas 88 Final Boston 111 Denver 110 — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (4) Duke 88 Notre Dame 66 Final (7) Kansas 70 Kansas St. 56 Final (24) Michigan 58 Northwestern 47 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Oklahoma City at Washington 7:00 p.m. Brooklyn at N-Y Knicks 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Toronto 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at New Orleans 8:00 p.m. Orlando at Houston 8:00 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit 8:00 p.m. Denver at San Antonio 8:30 p.m. Golden State at Utah 9:00 p.m. Portland at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m. — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Minnesota at Columbus 7:00 p.m. San Jose at Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m. Florida at N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m. Anaheim at Boston 7:00 p.m. Ottawa at Carolina 7:00 p.m. New Jersey at Buffalo 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay at Winnipeg 8:00 p.m. Montreal at St. Louis 8:00 p.m. Chicago at Nashville 8:00 p.m. L.A. Kings at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Vegas at Calgary 9:00 p.m. Colorado at Vancouver 10:00 p.m. — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (6) Xavier at St. John’s 8:30 p.m. (11) Auburn at Mississippi 9:00 p.m. Baylor at (12) Oklahoma 9:00 p.m. Indiana at (17) Ohio St. 7:00 p.m. (19) North Carolina at (20) Clemson 7:00 p.m. Vanderbilt at (21) Kentucky 9:00 p.m. […]
January 30, 2018
Mountain Fever Records Releases First Single From New Album by Claybank
  WILLIS, Virginia—Mountain Fever Records is elated to announce the release of brand new music from newly signed ClayBank. “Queen of Carolina” is available to radio and consumers today, and is the first single from the upcoming album, No Escape, due for release April 27. Take yourself back to the 1970’s and 80’s when you first heard the sounds of J.D. Crowe and the New South and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Remember what you felt when you heard this fresh sounding bluegrass with deep roots and vocalists that reached for those high lonesome notes throughout the make up of the song? Now close your eyes and listen to ClayBank’s new single, “Queen of Carolina,” and you’ll find yourself in a time warp of excited emotion four decades later. That’s what listening to ClayBank will do every time. Although half the band is not yet in their 20s, they somehow manage to emulate the great bands of that era while making it sound all their own. “Queen of Carolina” is the first single from their upcoming album, No Escape, produced by Danny Roberts. Sung by the band’s mandolinist, Zack Arnold, and written by banjo-player Tyler Thompson, the single speaks of the oft-told story of being on the road away from the one you love: So hammer down and don’t let go Won’t stop for rain, sleet, or snow I’ve been gone too long and I’m coming home To see my Queen of Carolina Consumers may purchase a digital download of “Queen of […]
January 31, 2018
AP Newswatch
  Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST RAPE CONVICTION EXONERATION N. Carolina man absolved of rape conviction gets settlement (Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man who was exonerated after serving nearly four years in prison on a rape conviction has received a financial settlement from the state. The Rocky Mount Telegram reports that the North Carolina Industrial Commission awarded 47-year-old Knolly Brown statutory damages during a hearing on Monday. Brown pleaded no contest to a second-degree rape charge in October 2009 in connection with the January 2008 attack on a 12-year-old girl who identified him as her attacker. The state forensics determined a hair sample found on the girl’s body matched Brown. Brown was released in June 2013. A three-judge panel voted unanimously that Brown had proved he was innocent after testing of DNA samples excluded Brown as the culprit. Brown’s lawyers have not disclosed the settlement amount. — FATAL BUS CRASH-LAWSUIT Tire company settles lawsuit in 2013 bus crash that killed 8 (Information from: Statesville Record & Landmark, http://www.statesville.com/index.htm) STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A lawsuit over a 2013 crash that killed six members of a North Carolina church and two others has been settled, just before opening statements were set to begin. The attorney for the 12 survivors of the crash and the estates of five victims, Brandon Peak, tells The Statesville Record & Landmark […]
January 31, 2018
AP Sports
  Update on the latest in sports: DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT Gymnastics doctor to return to court for another sentence LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Larry Nassar, the sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls, will be confronted again this week by scores of victims as he faces another prison sentence for molesting gymnasts, this time at an elite Michigan club run by an Olympic coach. Judge Janice Cunningham has set aside several days for roughly 60 people who want to confront Nassar or have their statement read in court. The event could unfold much the same as a hearing last week in another county that ended with Nassar getting sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison – what a different judge described as signing the doctor’s “death warrant.” NFL-PATRIOTS-GRONKOWSKI Patriots’ Gronkowski expects to play in Super Bowl BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) – New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski says he expects to play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gronkowski has been in the league’s concussion protocol after taking a hit from Jacksonville’s Barry Church in the AFC championship game. He made his first public appearance on Tuesday night while playing former teammate and current Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount in a game of “Madden 18” at the Mall of America. Gronkowski said he’s still in the concussion protocol and would leave his status up to the doctors. In other NFL news: – […]