Jeff Elmore to run for NC Senate

January 18, 2010

North Wilkesboro Commissioner Jeff Elmore has annouced his intent to run for the NC Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Steve Goss (D-Watauga).  The seat was formerally held by John Garwood another Wilkes County native, and also a former Commissioner.  Elmore joins Dan Soucek who annouced back in 2009 his intent to run for the seat.  Soucek ran unsuccessfully for NC House against Cullie Tarelton in 2008. 

On another note, Jonathan Jordan (R-Ashe) appears to be unopposed in his run for NC House against incumbent Cullie Tarleton (D-Watauga).

Shatley Springs Saturday

September 17, 2009

The fifth district meeting will be held this Saturday at Shatley Springs Resturant at 10am in Crumpler, NC. Please join us.

Ashe Republicans Gather for Lincoln Day Luncheon

June 4, 2009

Ashe Mountain Times

By Ron Fitzwater

Ashe County Republicans gathered together Saturday, May 30 to fellowship with one another and pay homage to one of the party’s most beloved members.

The annual Lincoln Day Luncheon was held in the community building of the New River State Park’s 221 Access location. Well attended by the party faithful, the luncheon was an opportunity to begin the long trip back for Republicans from dismal state and national showings last fall.

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Ashe County Schools to Cut Four Teachers

June 3, 2009
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Written by Adam Hicks
Wednesday, June 03 2009
High Country Radio was able to catch up with Ashe County Schools’ superintendent, Donnie Johnson, to talk about how the school system is handling budget cuts.  Johnson said the system would be cutting four kindergarten teachers.

This news comes a day after Buncombe County and Hickory City Schools will reportedly cut 110 total teachers because of state budget cuts.

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Local representatives to General Assembly on listening tour

March 29, 2009

As the state legislature goes to work on the budget for the next fiscal year, forecasts are dire and cuts may be deep, explained Sen. Steve Goss and Rep. Cullie Tarleton last Friday during a visit to Ashe County. Nobody will be immune to cutbacks as the state prepares to severely tighten its fiscal belt.

Goss and Tarleton are conducting a dual listening tour throughout their constiuency to hear what the people have to say and answer questions about the state’s economic predicament. Facing a $3.5 billion shortfall in the next budget, Gov. Bev Perdue is looking at widespread appropriation of funds from available resources, including the education lottery, freezing of projects, and cutbacks wherever possible.

Down But Not Out: Ashe County Republicans Meet for Their Annual Convention

March 7, 2009

The Ashe County Republican Party met for their annual convention Saturday, Mar. 7, at the Ashe County Courthouse with the sting of last November’s national defeat still hurting. The mascot for this year’s gathering, a wounded elephant donated by Tom Graybiel from Log Cabin Motors in Warrensville, truly symbolized the state of the party, according to Chairman John Wheeler.
“That’s the state of our party right now. We have been wounded and are down, but we have the ability to come back and be better than ever. But there is a lot of work to be done,” he said.

Goss & Tarleton tell you what to do…and where to do it.

March 3, 2009

Listen to Me!

Senator Steve Goss and Representative Cullie Tarleton know (or think they do) what’s best for you.  The two legislators have decided to tell Small Business Owners that they can’t smoke in their establishments.  Regardless of personal freedom, these two continue to destory the rights of small business owners.  Email these guys and tell them now is not the time to keep hurting small business. &

State smoking ban up for a vote By Scott Nicholson  

A ban on public smoking inNorth Carolina is headed for a possible General Assembly vote, with Watauga County legislators lining up as sponsors for the bill.

Rep. Cullie Tarleton (D-93) one of 26 House of Representatives co-sponsors and Sen. Steve Goss (D-45) one of 14 Senate sponsors for the bill, which was debated by the House Committee on Health Thursday without a vote.