Blue Ridge Brutal cycles through Ashe on August 20

WEST JEFFERSON — The 32nd annual Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, by the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. The ride offers options of 50-, 70- and 100-mile routes, all including scenic stretches, elevation changes, and stunning long-range views throughout Ashe County. After completing one’s chosen course, riders may elect to take on the Assault on Mount Jefferson. Its 1,476-foot elevation gain within 3.4 miles that would undoubtedly make an unforgettable ending to an already memorable ride. In past...

Ashe Democrats open new headquarters in downtown West Jefferson

WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Democratic Party held a grand opening of their Headquarters located at 102 N. Jefferson Ave., in West Jefferson, on Saturday, July 16. Approximately 50 people attended, enjoyed ice cream and live music. Ralph Sorrell, party chair, said he was happy to have a headquarters back in downtown West Jefferson, where they can get their message out, which he said is lower taxes, affordable housing and health care. He also said that the community needs to fully fund public schools that promote a fact-based curriculum. The party’s plan is to be open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the November election. More information can be found at or on their Facebook page.

Mayor Sarno, Superintendent Warwick and Chief of Staff Ashe meets with Worcester State University President Barry Maloney and Springfield Empowerment Zone Co-Executive Director Matt Brunell

Mayor Sarno states, “I want to thank Matt Brunell for setting up this meeting with Worcester State President and Springfield native Barry Maloney to discuss the expansion of the early college program collaborative initiative for our Latinx student population at the High School of Commerce where we can create and cultivate a pipeline for our students into teaching careers. Superintendent Dan Warwick and I are very interested in learning more and we fully support any initiative and endeavor that would provide another opportunity for our students to advance their education and create a possible career option for them too.”

Gina Oster, Republican candidate for Knox County Commission, needs to focus on local issues | Ashe

County Commission candidate Stuart Hohl has made greenways part of his campaign in his northwest Knox County district, along with better schools, public safety and low taxes. “Greenways along with public parks are a significant and important part of our quality of life," Hohl said. "I look forward to working closely with Parks and Recreation Director Joe Mack so we can increase greenways serving the Cedar Bluff, Ridgedale and Amherst areas in northwest Knox County area as...

Ashe welcomes new shuttle service CC Rydes

WEST JEFFERSON — On Thursday, June 23, the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce held a special ribbon cutting for West Jefferson’s newest business, CC Rydes, a shuttle service to help with needs of the community when navigating the downtown area. CC Rydes was founded by Catherine Massey, known professionally as Catherine Steele, along with her husband Stan Massey. CC Rydes stands for Compassionate Commissary and it was built out of...

Ashe Shares Her Jubilant 2022 European Tour Diary

“The whole thing feels like a dream I’m gonna wake up from any day.”. No one is busier than Ashe. Fresh off the heels of touring Europe, the 28-year-old Californian singer-songwriter — who sky-rocketed to fame during the pandemic through her breezy pop songs — will barely have time to unpack her bags before hitting the road again come July. Only three weeks separate the end of her European Fault Line tour and the start of her Is It Me Or Is It Hot summer romp through the U.S.,and now, there’s something else for her to worry about. On Wednesday, Ashe announced Rae, her forthcoming sophomore effort arriving on October 14 via the acclaimed indie label Mom + Pop. The first single from the project, “Angry Woman,” kicks off the new era with a stinging, raucous wallop. And that’s only the beginning of a busy year ahead.

This week in the archives: Ashe Case Manager wins statewide award, Little Theatre cast, crew take on Les Mis and Ashe pitcher overcomes disability

Editor’s note: This article features news and photos from past editions of the Ashe Post and Times (previously the Ashe Mountain Times). June 21, 2012 Three Ashe County women attended the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence Biennial Conference to voice their opposition to domestic violence, and one of them returned home with a statewide award for her work against domestic violence. ...

Cogle beats Ashe, wins Columbus City Council District 7 seat

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – A successor has been chosen by voters to fill the shoes of a long serving member of the Columbus City Council. The seat for Columbus City Council District 7 was up for grabs with the retirement of Councilor Mimi Woodson, after 28 years of service to the community.  Both Laketha Ashe […]

Ashe and Cogle vying for District 7 City Council seat

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL ) – Two candidates are in the final push for Columbus’ District 7 City Council seat.  Councilor Mimi Woodson is retiring after 28 years of service. Two Columbus business women, Laketha Ashe and Joanne Cogle, are looking to succeed her.  It has been a long race for the political newcomers as they enter […]