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The Ashe County Board of Education last evening voted to loosen the mask mandates in local schools. Masks will be optional in the High School, Middle School and Early Learning College beginning Monday, November 8th. Masks will optional in Elementary Schools beginning Monday, November 29th. Local COVID-19 cases have dropped in recent days, with AppHealthCare reporting 14 active cases in Ashe County. School Superintendent Dr. Eisa Cox will join us on this Wednesday’s HappyTime Show.


Voters that live in one of Ashe County’s three municipalities have an opportunity to vote in today’s (Tuesday) municipal election. The polls close at 7:30pm. In Jefferson…incumbents Mark Johnston, Wes Williams and Max Yates filed for three available alderman seats. The Lansing race is also uncontested, with incumbents Matt Cordell, Anita Greenwood and Teresa McCoy on the ballot. In West Jefferson…four candidates are vying for three alderman seats. Incumbents Calvin Green, John K. Reeves and Stephen Sharpe Shoemaker filed for re-election along with Brent Steele.


ZIRCONIA, N.C. (AP) – School officials in North Carolina say a school bus driver is dead and four students were taken to a hospital after a crash. Henderson County Public Schools officials say the crash happened Tuesday morning when the bus flipped as it traveled on Green River Road in Zirconia. School officials say North Carolina Highway Patrol and medics responded and determined that the driver, Tina Gordon, was dead. Officials say Gordon, a “beloved” bus driver from East Henderson High School, had been with county schools for 10 years. The cause of her death is not yet known. Officials say the four students who were on the bus at the time were taken to local hospitals for observation and evaluation.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police say three women were arrested after thefts from two North Carolina stores in which more than $1,600 in merchandise was taken. Asheville police said in a news release on Monday that officers were notified of the theft at a Walmart late Sunday night in which suspects left the store with the merchandise and fled in a vehicle. Police located the car and arrested three women and charged them each with felony larceny. One of the three women was also charged with carrying a concealed gun, while police charged another woman with possession of a stolen vehicle and financial card theft.

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina prosecutor says a man was sentenced to prison nearly two years after he shot and wounded two people at a meatpacking plant. Bladen County District Attorney Jon David said in a news release that Jaquante Hakeem Williams was sentenced to between 188 months to 250 months in prison on Monday for the attempted murder of two Smithfield Foods Inc. employees. Williams was identified as a contract employee who entered the administrative building in Tar Heel around 12:14 a.m. and shot two workers. Deputies said Williams surrendered after he ran from the plant into a wooded area.á

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the latest Republican attempt to rein in his gubernatorial powers during an emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor vetoed on Monday a measure that would have required other elected leaders to sign off on long-term emergency declarations. Many GOP officials and their allies have complained about Cooper’s directives restricting commerce and requiring masks that ensued following his coronavirus declaration in March 2020. Cooper said the bill would have discouraged decisive and quick action to respond to an emergency. Republican lawmakers are unlikely to locate the votes needed to override the veto.á

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