NEWS & SPORTS

January 27, 2020
Seventy-two Deer Donated to Hunters for The Hungry in Ashe County
  The hunters of Ashe County came through for the needy in the 2019 hunting season with 71 deer donated to Hunters for the Hungry. A single deer taken illegally was confiscated by a game warden and also donated to the program. The 72 deer is 10 more than were donated during the 2018 hunting season. “An average deer can have up to 50 pounds of meat on it, so 72 donated deer could equal more than 3,600 pounds of meat that will feed hungry families through the first part of 2020,” said Bill Burkett, coordinator of the North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry program for the Ashe County Wildlife Club. The Wildlife Club donates money each year for the donated deer to be processed and then distributed to three food banks in the county. The organizations that get the wrapped meals are Ashe Really Cares, Ashe Outreach Ministries,  and Camp New Hope. People needing the protein-rich venison can get it in wrapped packages to take home. “I hope hunters will plan on getting out in the woods more in 2020 once their own freezers are full. Once they finish hunting for their own families, they need to go back out and hunt for the hungry families we know we have in Ashe County,” said Burkett. The Ashe County Wildlife Club (www.acwlc.org) is an organization of men and women and teenagers who love the outdoors. It maintains rifle, pistol and […]
January 27, 2020
AP Entertainment
    Entertainment:   KOBE BRYANT MOURNED DURING GRAMMYS CEREMONY LOS ANGELES (AP) – “We are standing here literally heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.” With those words, Grammy host Alicia Keys summed up the feelings many had about Kobe Bryant. The former NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed yesterday when their helicopter crashed in Southern California. The fact that the Grammys were held the same night at the Staples Center, where Bryant played for 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, added to the sadness of the news. Even as music stars and ticket holders filed into the arena, the area outside was being transformed into a makeshift shrine for Bryant. Thousands of fans crowded the plaza near the Staples Center, many gazing up at a large video screen with an image of a smiling Bryant that read, “In Loving Memory of KOBE BRYANT 1978-2020.”   MUSICIANS JOIN IN MOURNING KOBE BRYANT LOS ANGELES (AP) – Even as they celebrated music’s big night, stars attending the Grammys noted the death of Kobe Bryant. Before she performed, Lizzo said, “This is for Kobe.” Host Alicia Keys said she was “crazy sad” about the news. She was joined on the Staples Center stage by Boyz II Men – and they teamed up to sing, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” Other musicians who paid homage to Bryant included Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Ross […]
January 27, 2020
Ashe County HS Athletics Schedule and Announcements – Week of January 27th
  Announcements -Please check Ashe County HS Athletic Social Media, WKSK, and the ACHS Website for the latest updates to the Athletic Schedule in case of inclement weather. -Please mark your calendars for important dates of upcoming events that are listed below the weekly schedule.   Schedule   Monday – January 27th       No Events   Tuesday –January 28th      Wrestling – Home – N. Wilkes – 6:00pm (Senior Night) Basketball – Away – N. Wilkes – 4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00pm   Wednesday –January 29th        No Events   Thursday –January 30th   No Events   Friday –January 31st       Basketball – Away – E. Wilkes – 4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00pm   Saturday – February 1st        Wrestling – Away – MVAC Championships at E. Wilkes – 9:00am Swimming – Away – 1A/2A NCHSAA West Regional at Mecklenburg Aquatic Center – 3:00pm   Upcoming Important Dates Mandatory Spring Sports Parent Athlete Meeting – February 10th at 6:00pm – ACHS Auditorium Spring Sports Practices Begin – February 12th Non-Spring Sports NCHSAA Dead Period – Feb 12th – March 3rd Winter Sports Awards Banquet – February 24th – 6:00 Refreshments/7:00 Awards in ACHS Auditorium ACHS Booster Club Prime Rib Dinner – May 2nd Heart of a Husky – May 15th – 16th NCHSAA Summer 2020 Dead Periods – June 29th – July 5th and July 20th – 26th        
January 27, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Denver 117 Houston 110 Final Toronto 110 San Antonio 106 Final New Orleans 123 Boston 108 Final New York 110 Brooklyn 97 Final L.A. Clippers 112 Orlando 97 Final Memphis 114 Phoenix 109 Final Atlanta 152 Washington 133 Final Portland 139 Indiana 129   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS San Francisco at Kansas City 6:30 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (4)San Diego St. 71 UNLV 67 (11)Michigan St. 70 Minnesota 52 (12)Oregon 96 UCLA 75 (17)Maryland 77 Indiana 76 (25)Houston 68 South Florida 49 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Cleveland at Detroit 7 p.m. Orlando at Miami 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City 8 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota 8 p.m. San Antonio at Chicago 8 p.m. Houston at Utah 9 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Washington at Montreal 7 p.m. New Jersey at Ottawa 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at Dallas 8 p.m. Toronto at Nashville 8 p.m. St. Louis at Vancouver 10 p.m. Anaheim at San Jose 10:30 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL (3)Kansas at Oklahoma St. 9 p.m. Wisconsin at (19)Iowa 8:30 p.m.     AP-WF-01-27-20 1305GMT
January 27, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST     SOLDIER KILLED-FLAGS Governor orders flags lowered for NC soldier killed in Syria RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered that all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff in honor of a 22-year-old soldier who died in Syria. áCooper ordered the flags be flown at half-staff starting Monday in honor of Spc. Antonio Moore of Wilmington. The Defense Department says he died Friday while conducting route-clearing operations in Syria. Moore was assigned to the 363rd Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, based in Knightdale. Flags are to remain at half-staff through sunset on Feb. 2. áOther groups are encouraged to fly flags at half-staff as a show of respect.     AP-US-RESTAURANT-SHOOTING-NORTH-CAROLINA Police: 6 people shot at party at North Carolina restaurant SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) – Police say six people were treated for gunshot wounds after a shooting inside a restaurant in North Carolina. The Salisbury Police Department said Sunday via social media that one person among the six was seriously hurt but is hospitalized in stable condition. Three people who were not shot still received medical treatment for other reasons. áThe shooting occurred shortly after midnight following a party at Thelma’s Down Home Cooking in Salisbury. No arrests have been announced.     FUEL SPILL-CRASH Officials: Overturned tanker causes ‘major fuel spill’ CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A […]
January 27, 2020
Financial News
    World shares tumble…Survey of business economists finds slight rise in optimism…Swedish watchdog says China’s a big arms producer     BANGKOK (AP) – Shares tumbled today in Europe and Asia after China announced sharp increases in the number of people infected with a potentially deadly virus. In early trading in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 1.9% while Germany’s DAX skidded 1.7%. Britain’s FTSE 100 gave up 2.2%. In Asia, many markets were closed for Lunar New Year holidays, while Australia was closed for Australia Day. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 closed 2% lower while the benchmark in Thailand dropped 3.1%. Wall Street is expected to open lower, with Dow and S&P futures both down 1.2%.   WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. business economists are slightly more optimistic about economic growth than they were three months ago, and most foresee sales at their companies remaining solid. The latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics finds that 67% of the business economists interviewed are expecting moderate economic growth of 1.1% to 2% over the coming year. That was essentially unchanged from the October survey.   COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – A Swedish arms watchdog says China is the second-largest arms producer in the world behind the United States but ahead of Russia. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said it has “identified information from 2015-17 on the value of arms sales by major Chinese arms companies.” In the past, the institute said […]
January 26, 2020
MBB: App State Never Trails in 78-58 Victory at Coastal Carolina
  CONWAY, S.C. – Isaac Johnson tied his career-high with 22 points as App State men’s basketball never trailed in a 78-58 road victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday. The 20-point victory is the largest Sun Belt road win for App State since joining the league in the 2014-15 season. Johnson also scored 22 points last season at Alabama. He drained a trio of three-pointers, while adding six rebounds and three steals in the win. The Mountaineers (11-10, 5-5 SBC) defense was tough all afternoon, limiting the Chanticleers (11-10, 4-6 SBC) to 58 points. Coastal Carolina entered the game averaging 78.9 points, which ranked second in the Sun Belt. App State also forced the Chanticleers into 18 turnovers, including 14 in the opening half, turning the 18 total misuses into 21 points. In addition, App State held Coastal Carolina to 15.4 percent (2-of-13) shooting on three-pointers. The Chanticleers entered the game ranked second in the conference, shooting 36.2 percent from deep. App State came out of the gate strong, scoring the first eight points to build an 8-0 advantage. Following a Chanticleers basket, the Black and Gold scored the next seven points to open a 15-2 edge. Following a Coastal Carolina three, the Mountaineers used treys from Justin Forrest and Johnson to take a 21-4 lead. App State opened as large of a lead as 19 points in the opening frame and took a 40-22 lead into the intermission. In the second half, Coastal Carolina […]
January 26, 2020
WBB: Little Rock 68, App State 63 (Final Stats/Recap)
  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – App State women’s basketball fell in a narrow 68-63 contest to Little Rock on Saturday afternoon in the Jack Stephens Center. The Mountaineers fall to 4-14 (1-6 SBC) on the season, while Little Rock improves to 8-11 and 6-2 in league action. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) scored 18 of her team-high 21 points in the third and fourth quarters, shooting 6-of-8 from the field in the second half. It’s the fourth 20-point outing for the senior, with all of her highest scoring performances coming on the road. Polacek posted a team-high four assists. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) poured in a season-high 19 points on six field goals, three trifectas and four free throws. Gosnell added six rebounds and dished out three assists. The junior bounced back from a 1-of-9 start to shoot 5-for-11 the rest of the game. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) rounded out the leaders with 10 points, while Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) posted eight points and grabbed nine off the glass. The Apps had the defending Sun Belt Tournament champs on the ropes, taking a lead by as much as seven in the third quarter on two occasions. App State hit three of its first four shots coming out of the break after Gosnell hit a layup, bringing the score to 35-28. However, LR answered when it held the Black and Gold scoreless for a span of 3:37 following a pair of Stanley free […]
January 26, 2020
FB: Tony Petersen Tabbed as App State’s New Offensive Coordinator
  BOONE, N.C. — App State head football coach Shawn Clark has tabbed college coaching veteran Tony Petersen as offensive coordinator for the Mountaineers’ nationally ranked program. Petersen has directed some of the nation’s most exciting and prolific offenses during his 30-year college coaching career, serving as an offensive coordinator in the Big Ten, MAC, Conference USA and American prior to taking the reins of the offense in Boone.   “We are thrilled to welcome Tony and his family to App State,” Clark said. “His experience speaks for itself with the success he’s had as an offensive coordinator at several places. He is committed to a dynamic offensive attack and will help us continue to pursue championships and bowl games.”   Petersen spent the 2019 season as an offensive analyst at Missouri after three-year stints coordinating successful offenses at Marshall (2010-12), Louisiana Tech (2013-15) and East Carolina (2016-18).   “I can’t describe how fired up I am to get started at App State,” Petersen said. “There is such a great football tradition here with great coaches throughout the years, and I’m excited to be a part of the App State family.”   Petersen has helped lead his teams to 12 bowl games, seven conference championships and two FCS national championships throughout his coaching career.   A record-setting quarterback himself at Marshall, he went on to coach two different stints at his alma mater from 1991-99 and again from 2010-12. During his […]
January 24, 2020
ATH: Daniel Jeremiah Announced as Keynote Speaker for 2020 Legends Gala
  BOONE, N.C. — NFL Network analyst and App State football alum Daniel Jeremiah will serve as the keynote speaker this summer when App State Athletics hosts the Legends Gala at Camp Yonahnoka at The Eseeola Lodge for the fourth straight year.   Scheduled for Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Camp at Eseeola, the breathtaking mountain resort located at Linville Golf Club in Linville, N.C., the event will feature many legends with connections to App State and the High Country.   A table-of-six sponsorship is $4,500, while individual seats for the event are $600. A table sponsorship includes six seats and a “legend” to host your table. Register online by visiting the Legends Gala page. You can complete the online registration form, contact Jennifer Spink in the Yosef Club office to register by phone at 828-262-3109 or register by email at spinkjd@appstate.edu   RSVPs are due June 1, 2020.   Lodging is available at The Eseeola Lodge by calling 828-733-4311. Additional options are the Courtyard by Marriott at 828-265-7676, the Fairfield Inn at 828-268-0677 and the Hampton Inn & Suites at 828-386-6464.   Following in the footsteps of previous keynote speakers Mack Brown, Joe Gibbs and Bobby Cremins, Jeremiah is known for both his accomplishments as an App State quarterback from 1998-2000 as well as a leading NFL Network analyst and NFL.com writer with a focus on the NFL Draft. Following his time as an App State player, he was a college scout with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns […]
January 24, 2020
Fire Truck Delivered to Local Ashe Department After Being Awarded USDA Funds for Equipment Needs
Photo L to R: Blue Ridge Energy District Manager Tasha Rountree; Blue Ridge Energy Board member David Boone; New River Chairman of the Board Tim Porter; New River Fire Chief Leonard Houck, Blue Ridge Energy Board member James Young and Blue Ridge Energy Board member Cindy Price.   West Jefferson, North Carolina (January 24, 2020) – Four local fire departments enter 2020 with new firefighting equipment, benefiting the communities of New River (Ashe), Collettsville, Grace Chapel and Patterson (Caldwell) The fire departments were awarded a collective total of $1,408,000 in zero-interest loans for projects submitted, in coordination with Blue Ridge Energy, to the government’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program (REDLG). Local electric cooperatives like Blue Ridge Energy assist the communities they serve with quality of life and economic development efforts and the REDLG program helps facilitate the effort to support rural communities. Over many years of Blue Ridge Energy’s involvement with the REDLG program, awarded funds have supported many different initiatives all across the cooperative’s service area. REDLG funds have supported job creation or expansion; adequate and clean water projects for towns; medical equipment and health care facilities; and adequate firefighting equipment and facilities. More details on the current REDLG loans awarded locally: New River Fire Department: A $276,000 loan to assist in purchasing a 3,000 gallon water pumper truck to serve the needs of citizens living in the Crumpler area of Ashe County. Collettsville Fire Department: A […]
January 24, 2020
WKSK Person of the Week
  WKSK Person of the Week:   Lessie Blevins is the WKSK Person of the Week for Jan 24th 2020   Congratulations Lessie!        
January 24, 2020
AP Scorecard
    Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Milwaukee at Charlotte 3 p.m. Boston at Orlando 7 p.m. Memphis at Detroit 7 p.m. Toronto at New York 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Oklahoma City 8 p.m. Denver at New Orleans 8 p.m. Houston at Minnesota 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Miami 8 p.m. Sacramento at Chicago 8 p.m. Phoenix at San Antonio 8:30 p.m. Indiana at Golden State 10:30 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Marquette at (13)Butler 9 p.m.     AP-WF-01-24-20 1915GMT
January 24, 2020
AP-NC Newswatch
    Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EST     ELECTION 2020-EARLY VOTING Early voting means 2020 primary is already here for millions SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Iowa caucuses haven’t yet happened, but millions of Americans are already free to vote. Many of the Super Tuesday states that hold primaries on March 3 offer early voting. That gives campaigns a chance to bank votes before results in the first four voting contests can reshape the trajectory of the race. Early voting began in person last week in Minnesota. California, Colorado, North Carolina and Texas are expected to see a strong early voting turnout, either by mail or in person, when it opens next month.     SEA TURTLES FREEZING 120 sea turtles ‘stunned’ during North Carolina cold snap ROANOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) – Rapidly dipping ocean temperatures have been stunning sea turtles off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, causing them to float to the surface of the chilly waters and wash ashore in critical condition. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 120 sea turtles were brought to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island by Wednesday. Teams there are treating the turtles so they can be returned to the sea. Wildlife educator Karen Clark says the cold-blooded creatures can become temporarily immobile when water temperatures suddenly drop below 55 degrees. National Park Service biological technician William Thompson said water temperatures hovered around 55 degrees this week […]
January 24, 2020
Financial News
    Stocks tumble…Walmart tests higher hourly wages in 500 stores…Houston explosion kills 2   NEW YORK (AP) – Stock indexes are tumbling in afternoon trading on Wall Street amid increasing fears that a deadly virus could continue spreading globally. Airlines and other companies in the travel and tourism industries are sliding, along with health care companies. Financial stocks are also faring poorly. Falling oil prices are dragging down energy stocks. A blowout earnings report from chipmaker Intel propelled technology shares higher. That sector got an additional push from Broadcom, which landed a deal to supply wireless components to Apple.   UNDATED (AP) – Walmart says it’s testing higher wages for new hourly positions at 500 of its U.S. stores as part of an overall strategy to better empower its staff. The nation’s largest private employer says it will be raising the starting hourly wages to $12 from $11 for these new roles. These workers will help solve problems like inventory issues instead of only completing tasks given to them by managers. The moves come as Walmart, like many other retailers, are under pressure to improve customer service as they fight online behemoth Amazon.   HOUSTON (AP) – A massive explosion has leveled a warehouse in Houston, leaving at least two people dead and damaging nearby buildings and homes. It happened at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which makes valves and provides thermal-spray coatings for equipment in various industries. Police say […]
January 27, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-KOBE BRYANT KILLED Bryant, daughter die in helicopter crash UNDATED (AP) – The basketball community is mourning the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant at age 41 The former Lakers guard, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others are dead after their helicopter went down Sunday morning about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities said that nine people were aboard the helicopter and presumed dead, after earlier putting the death toll at five. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Bryant was among the victims, while another person with knowledge of the matter says his daughter, Gianna, also was killed.   Bryant won five NBA titles during a 20-year playing career spent entirely with the Lakers. He retired in 2016 as the league’s No. 3 all-time scorer and remained there until Lakers forward LeBron James passed him on Saturday. Bryant was the league MVP in 2008, captured two scoring titles and earned 12 selections to the NBA’s All-Defensive teams. Reaction to the death of Bryant was swift and numerous. Michael Jordan gave a statement commending Bryant for his fierce competitive streak and called him “one of the greats of the game.” Larry Bird issued a statement saying Bryant was not only an icon in the sports arena, he was a man of the world and touched so many lives and communities in the most positive ways. Former […]
January 24, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN   Gauff wins, Serena loses   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – It’s been quite a day at the Australian Open. A loss for 38-year-old Serena Williams was followed by a big win for 15-year-old Coco Gauff. And Roger Federer barely avoided an upset by edging John Millman in a fifth-set tiebreaker.   Williams was upset by Wang Qiang (wahng chee-ahng) of China in three sets, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5. It was Williams’ earliest exit from Melbourne Park since she also lost in the third round back in 2006. She has won seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles in Australia.   Gauff then upset Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 to become the youngest player in the professional era to defeat the defending women’s champion at the Australian Open. This is only the third Grand Slam tournament of Gauff’s career but already her second time reaching the fourth round.   Federer was pushed all the way before recording his 100th match win and reaching the Round of 16 at Melbourne Park for the 18th time. Federer has won six Australian championships among his record 20 major titles. The 38-year-old is the first player to record 100 match wins at two different Grand Slam tournaments. He improved his Wimbledon record to 101-13 last year.   In other action Friday:   – Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell tour at the Australian Open is over. The 2018 […]
January 24, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   MLB-NEWS   Mets make it official, announce Rojas as their new manager   UNDATED (AP) – The Mets made it official, hiring Luis Rojas as their manager to replace Carlos Beltran.   New York announced the move Thursday, a week after Beltran departed without managing a game. Rojas, who had been the Mets quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. Rojas became New York’s fourth manager in the past 2 1/2 years – and third in four months. He is to be introduced Friday at a Citi Field news conference.   Beltran was let go last week as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.   The 38-year-old Rojas is the son of former Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou and the brother of ex-big league outfielder Moises Alou, who spent his last two seasons with the Mets from 2007-08.     In other MLB news:   – The Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom says it’s possible they won’t hire a manager before pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 12 for spring training. Alex Cora was released after MLB identified him as the ringleader in a sign-stealing scheme when he was the bench coach with the Houston Astros in 2017. Investigators are also looking into whether Cora engaged in similar shenanigans after taking over the Red Sox in 2018.   -Seattle Mariners […]
January 24, 2020
WCC instructor named as the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient
  Wilkesboro, N.C. – Hardin Kennedy, chair of Transportation Technologies at Wilkes Community College, has been named as the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient by the NC State Board of Community Colleges.   This is the first time a WCC instructor has received this prestigious award since it was established by the State Board of Community Colleges in 1985. The Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by R.J. Reynolds, provides statewide recognition of faculty members who exemplify the highest quality and standards of instruction throughout the NC Community College System, which is the third-largest community college system in the nation.   Kennedy was nominated for this award as a result of his devotion, leadership, professional attitude, and desire for teaching. He is genuinely concerned and focused on creating a teaching and learning environment that fosters student success and satisfaction, critical to realizing the vision and mission of the college. He is highly respected by his students and colleagues and continually demonstrates that he cares and has concern for his students, both within and beyond the classroom.   WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox stated, “Hardin is the epitome of what a community college instructor should be. He is truly a remarkable individual who exemplifies excellence in teaching and a passionate commitment to student success.”   Kennedy first came to WCC as an instructor in 1996 and has served as the chair of Transportation Technologies since 2008. His learning and life philosophy […]
January 24, 2020
WREST: App State Shuts Out Duke Before Standing-Room-Only Crowd
  BOONE, N.C. — With a standing-room-only crowd surrounding the wrestling mat in Varsity Gym, App State pitched a P5 shutout.   The Mountaineers posted a 45-0 home victory against in-state ACC program Duke on Thursday night, running their winning streak to six straight duals with a dominant performance.   Unofficially No. 28 in this week’s NWCA Coaches Poll based on their high placement in the others receiving votes category, App State (6-2) beat a Power Five-level program for the seventh time since the start of the 2015-16 season and registered a shutout win against one for the first time in at least three decades.   Thomas Flitz’s 9-4 decision against 24th-ranked Mason Eaglin at 174 pounds highlighted a sweep that included wins from App State teammates Sean Carter (125 pounds, forfeit), Codi Russell (133, second-period pin), Bradley Irwin (141, forfeit), Jonathan Millner (149, tech fall), Matt Zovistoski (157, decision), Will Formato (165, decision), Julian Gorring (184, tech fall), Paul Carson (197, decision) and Cary Miller (heavyweight, tech fall).   “Thomas Flitz, he just had a great performance tonight wrestling an opponent he had lost to earlier in the year and one that’s nationally ranked,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley, who received a commemorative plaque from Doug Gillin recognizing career win No. 100 on the same night he posted his 103rd victory with the Mountaineers.   “There’s no doubt about it, the crowd here tonight in Varsity Gym was something I […]
January 24, 2020
LifeStore Celebrates Completion of Its Jefferson Location
  West Jefferson NC: January 23, 2020 – LifeStore employees, Board of Directors, customers, Ashe Chamber of Commerce members and those who were instrumental in the remodel gathered for a Grand Re-Opening celebration Wednesday, January 22 at 840 East Main Street in Jefferson. Following the welcome by LifeStore employee Sandy Grubb and Jerry Roten, Chairman of the LifeStore Board of Directors. Joedy Eller, LifeStore Bank Chief Banking Officer, recognized all those who worked to make the project happen. Vannoy Construction of Jefferson constructed the facility in 1994 and served as the lead contractor during the remodel. Eller remarked about the quality of their work, as well as the efficiency in which they managed the project and the flexibility and customer service they exhibited. Martin Little, Ashe Market President, added that 26 years ago, LifeStore was having a similar celebration at the Jefferson Branch-it was a significant event, as it was the banks very first; stand-alone branch and first drive-thru for LifeStore, then Ashe Federal. Little introduced the employees who are now working in Jefferson commenting, “They run a gamut of experience with Life Store, from 90 days to 38 years.” Mike Johnson is LifeStore’s longest-tenured employee and is a loan officer in Jefferson; Sandy Grubb, who has spent her 21 years of employment in Jefferson and leads the deposit team; Amy Miller who recently moved from our Mt. Jefferson office to become a member of the Jefferson deposit team; Michaela […]
January 23, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN   Day 4   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – All of the top 10 seeded women have reached the third round at the Australian Open for the first time since 2007.   It’s the first time it’s happened at any Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon in 2009. No. 5 Elina Svitolina closed out Day 4 – and the second round of singles action – with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Lauren Davis of the U.S.   In other action Thursday:   – Rafael Nadal had a scary moment in his 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1 second-round win over Federico Delbonis – when his wayward forehand hit a ball kid in the head. He gave her a kiss on the cheek and apologized. She gave the thumbs up to show she was OK and Nadal gave her his headband ater the match he gave her his headband.   – Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) composed himself after a third-set lapse in which he lost five straight games to beat Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 and advance to the third round at the Australian Open.   – Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem (teem) broke local wild-card entry Alex Boult’s serve in the third game of the fifth set and advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 win.   – Seventh-seeded Alexander Zverev also advanced about the same time […]
January 23, 2020
FB: App State, Liberty to Play Home-and-Home in 2024, 2025
  BOONE, N.C. — App State and Liberty have agreed to host football games against each other in 2024 and 2025, the two schools announced Thursday.   The Mountaineers will host the Flames at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on Sept. 28, 2024, followed by a road trip to Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va., on Oct. 11, 2025.   “One of our goals in football scheduling is to play regional opponents to which our fan base can easily travel, and we’ve been able to do that with series like this one,” said App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin.   App State enjoyed a historic 2019 season in which it rolled to a 13-1 record, Sun Belt Championship, New Orleans Bowl Championship and a No. 18 final national ranking. It’s the most single-season wins and highest national ranking by a Sun Belt Conference team, as well as the most wins by an FBS team from North Carolina. The Mountaineers have made an unprecedented jump to the FBS ranks by winning five bowl games in each of their first five eligible seasons. The program has also claimed at least a share of the Sun Belt title in each of the last four years.   Liberty transitioned from the FCS to FBS ranks in 2018 and won the 2019 Cure Bowl against Georgia Southern in its first season of bowl eligibility last fall. The program does not have a conference affiliation.   The […]
January 23, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest sports   NBA-SCHEDULE   Raptors win to keep division lead   UNDATED (AP) – The Toronto Raptors have stayed atop the NBA’s Atlantic Division while ending the Philadelphia 76ers’ four-game winning streak.   The Raptors picked up their fifth straight win as Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) provided 18 points and 15 rebounds to a 107-95 downing of the Sixers. Fred VanVleet had 22 points for Toronto, which has won its last 15 home games against the 76ers.   The Raptors had six players score at least 16 points and stayed a half-game ahead of the second-place Boston Celtics in the division race.   Ben Simmons had 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the 76ers, but he had just two points and one board in the fourth quarter.   The Celtics cruised to a 119-95 rout of the Grizzlies but finished without Jayson Tatum, who scored 23 points before leaving the game in the third quarter with a groin injury. Daniel Theis (tys) had 14 points and Enes Kanter provided 13 with eight rebounds to help Boston win its second straight since a season-worst three-game losing streak.   Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:   – Pelicans forward Zion Williamson capped his long-awaited NBA debut by scoring 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of a 121-117 loss to the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, […]
January 22, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   MLB-NEWS   Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to Hall of Fame   UNDATED (AP) – Derek Jeter and Larry Walker will be giving speeches in Cooperstown, New York, this summer.   Jeter was a near-unanimous selection for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Yankees shortstop and longtime team captain appeared on all-but one of the 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Ex-teammate Mariano Rivera is the Hall’s only unanimous first-ballot selection.   Walker will join Jeter on the induction stage after being elected in his 10th year on the ballot. Walker was named on 76.57% of the ballots, just above the required 75%.   Jeter won five World Series while batting .310 with 260 home runs and 1,311 RBIs in a 20-year career spent entirely with the Yankees. Walker spent 17 seasons in the majors, hitting .313 with 383 home runs and 1,311 RBIs for the Expos, Rockies and Cardinals.   Pitcher Curt Schilling was third with 278 votes to fall short of the 75% mark in his eighth ballot appearance.   In other MLB news:   – The Braves and free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) have worked out a one-year, $18 million deal that puts him on the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October. Ozuna hit .429 with two home runs for the Cardinals in their five-game win over Atlanta […]
January 21, 2020
Follow up to Hwy 221 Standoff
  Sheriff B. Phil Howell releases additional details from the standoff in the Fleetwood area. At 5:59 pm on January 15th, 2020 our 911 center received information related to a welfare check in the Fleetwood area. As officers arrived on scene, Landwell Vance McCall, a 50 year old male from Lenoir shot at Ashe County Deputies. Multiple shots were fired by the suspect during their initial approach to the camper, pinning the officers in place for a short time. At approximately 7:00 pm, law enforcement from surrounding counties were requested to bring resources that may be needed throughout the night. As teams began entering our command post, we prepared evacuations of surrounding homes. Using armored vehicles from neighboring counties, we were able to safely evacuate the homes around the active shooter. During this and the entire time, negotiations were taking place with Mr. McCall. The subject was threatening to shoot any law enforcement officer on scene and would only allow limited negotiations. McCall stated several times he would blow up his camper and nearby homes using explosives. After speaking with him over several hours, we believed this to be uncredible. A robot that was controlled by the NC SBI was deployed to the camper. The robot was being used instead of a having an officer go face to face in this situation. The robot allowed law enforcement to view the area and have communications with Mr. McCall. At 1:40 am, […]
January 21, 2020
WCC instructors complete CORE training
(l to r) Front:  Amber Arnder, Frank Blevins, Justin Shore, and Iva McNeil.  Back:  Annie Woodford, Matthew Greene, and Jon Howle.  Not pictured:  Rebecca Chaffee.   Wilkesboro, N.C. – Eight WCC instructors completed a semester of professional development entitled CORE (Collaborative Online Reflection Experience) during fall 2019.  CORE is focused on best practices in online teaching and CORE sessions are led by WCC online instructors who serve as Peer Mentors. Fall 2019 Peer Mentors were Meret Burke, Donna Brooks, Natasha Harris, Melonie Kilby, and MaryBeth Knight, Ashe.   Once instructors complete CORE, they are eligible to participate in an online instructor certification process.  CORE and Online Instructor Certification are part of WCC’s QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan), a SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) initiative. WCC was reaffirmed by SACSCOC in 2016.   Instructors completing CORE during fall 2019 were: Amber Arnder, Advertising and Graphic Design Lead Instructor Frank Blevins, Animal Science/Horticulture Instructor Rebecca Chaffee, Political Science Adjunct Instructor, Ashe Matthew Greene, Animal Science Lead Instructor Jon Howle, Director of Faculty and Staff Development Iva McNeil, Math Lead Instructor Justin Shore, Business and Public Service Technologies Adjunct Instructor Annie Woodford, English Instructor   Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs […]
January 21, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   AUSTRALIAN OPEN MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Six-time champion Roger Federer plays his second-round match against Filip Krajinovic at the Australian Open on Day 3. Defending and seven-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic plays Japanese wild-card entry Tatsuma Ito.   Serena Williams takes another step to what she hopes will be her record 24th Grand Slam singles title when she plays Tamara Zidansek.    No. 1-ranked Ash Barty will continue her quest for a second major title when she plays Polona Hercog.    In Tuesday action:   – Rafael Nadal had a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 win over Hugo Dellien in his first competitive match back on Rod Laver Arena since losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic last year.   – Maria Sharapova has lost in the first round at three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments for the first time in her career. The 32-year-old owner of five major titles bowed out quickly at the Australian Open thanks to some sloppy play against Donna Vekic. Sharapova once was ranked No. 1 but she now will tumble outside of the top 350.   – Alexander Zverev will donate $10,000 for every match he wins at the Australian Open to go toward the bushfire recovery effort. If he wins the Australian Open title, the seventh-seeded Zverev is promising to donate all his prize money. He is already committed to $10,000 after overcoming a frustrating […]
January 20, 2020
AP Sports
    Update on the latest in sports:   AUSTRALIAN OPEN-DJOKOVIC’S BAD SET   Djokovic cedes Australian Open set in 1st Rd; 1st since 2006   MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has started his bid for a record eighth Australian Open title by doing something he hadn’t done in 14 years: He dropped a set in the first round in Melbourne. The defending champion recovered from that blip to get past 37th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff in four sets – 7-6 (5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.   Djokovic says he is OK with the performance because he likes to get a test in the first round at a Grand Slam tournament.   Djokovic last ceded a set in an Australian Open opener all the way back in 2006, during a loss to Paul Goldstein. Since then, the 16-time Grand Slam champ had produced 13 consecutive straight-set wins in the hard-court tournament’s first round; add in the initial pair of sets against Struff, and the streak was at 41.   In other action on opening day:   – Stefanos Tsitsipas thrilled his vocal Greek supporters with a 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 win over Salvatore Caruso at Margaret Court Arena. Tsitsipas has been adopted by the large local Greek population in Melbourne and even has a souvlaki named after him at his favorite restaurant, with all proceeds doing to the charity appeal for the local wildfires that have hit the region.   – […]
January 20, 2020
Ashe County HS Athletics Schedule and Announcements – Week of January 20th
  Ashe County HS Athletics Schedule and Announcements – Week of January 20th     Announcements -Please check Ashe County HS Athletic Social Media, WKSK, and ACHS Website for the latest updates to the Athletic Schedule in case of inclement weather. -This Friday during our home basketball games, we will recognize the ACMS basketball teams and cheerleaders.  The girls teams and cheerleaders will be recognized during halftime of the Women’s Varsity game and the boys teams will be recognized during halftime of the Men’s Varsity game.   Schedule   Monday – January 20th       Basketball –Home – East Wilkes – 4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00pm   Tuesday –January 21st        Basketball – Away – Alleghany – 4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00pm   Wednesday –January 22nd       Swimming – Away – Last Chance Meet at Reeves Center in Mt. Airy – 5:00pm   Thursday –January 23rd Indoor Track – Away – MVAC Championship Meet at JDL – 5:00pm   Friday –January 24th      Wrestling – Away – Starmount – 6:00pm Basketball – Home – Starmount – 4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00pm   Saturday –January 25th       No Events   Upcoming Important Dates Mandatory Spring Sports Parent Athlete Meeting – February 10th at 6:00pm – ACHS Auditorium Spring Sports Practices Begin – February 12th Non-Spring Sports NCHSAA Dead Period – Feb 12th – March 3rd Winter Sports Awards Banquet – February 24th – 6:00 Refreshments/7:00 Awards in ACHS Auditorium ACHS Booster Club Prime Rib Dinner – May 2nd Heart of a Husky – May […]

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