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Media Coverage for Cane River Athletic Events

The comment about Times Journal's coverage of middle school football fails to mention that the Cane River team received one-half page of coverage the week before. At the beginning of the season, we ran team photos of East Yancey and Cane River. Because we have one very part time sports reporter who cannot be in two locations at the same time to cover the games, he alternates covering the middle school football games and has done so since the the season started. The Times Journal provides coverage of school sports to a much greater extent than any of the small newspapers in surrounding counties, which provide little if any coverage of middle school sports. We go out of our way to give the players recognition and do the best we can with the resources we have and can afford. We work closely with the schools and coaches -- and some are more cooperative than others -- but in the end we do it for the kids.
--Jody Higgins
Yancey Common Times Journal

I think it is very sad that the Cane River Middle School sporting events do not receive the same coverage as East Yancey School events. I have noticed this "unequal representation" for several years. However, it was very evident in today's Yancey Journal when EY football received a half page of coverage and the recent CR game was not even featured at all. I think this is very unfair to CR students, staff and parents.

Editor's Note: In our coverage we try to get pictures from all the teams however we have to balance out where we are at with other events too. We welcome any and all photos sent in to us and are happy to publish them!

Handicapped Parking

I wonder how handicapped people are supposed to park and go to a Mtn Heritage game. There is no handicapped parking set aside near the entrance to the field plus a steep incline for walking in, then steps! There is really no provision for people with feet, leg or breathing problems much less a wheelchair.

Sign Near Mitchell County Line

I want to comment on the sign near the Mitchell/Yancey county line. It is attractive, meaningful, and eye-catching. I like it! It makes the point that everyone should vote, hopefully democratic.

No Parking

D-section at fairground st apt is unreal 12 parking spaces counted 22 cars park there double park always block in someone always park in your parking spot when you get home I thought it was 2 cars per family some have 4 cars I guess we will have to. Park on the grass or back yards. When you get up to go to work can't get out 532

Road Patching

Would someone tell me why that the road crew paints the road then comes by two weeks later and patches the same road and destroys the new lines.Wouldn't it make more sense to do the road work then paint the lines.this is on 80 south and isn't the first time it has happend.it is like painting a car and then doing the body work it makes no sense and is wasteful of our tax dollars.

Police and County Officers/Deputies

I would like to stop and "thank" the city and county officers who put their lives on the line each day AND night so that my family and I can feel safe and secure! These positions seem to be a "thankless job" and I know they are underpaid because my uncle is a cop in another county; however, these men and women serve Yancey County with courage, honor and integrity. I appreciate Sheriff Banks and Chief Buchanan for their proven leadership skills and the hard work they put in for the citizens of Yancey County. So, "THANK YOU" for keeping drugs to a minimum and getting thugs off the streets and roads of Yancey! Keep up the great work and you are in our prayers!

Sports Practice

Coaches, please, please when you say practice time will be over at 6 let it be over then, or at least within 15 minutes from that time. We as parents make sure our children are at practice, return forms, sell school cards etc. You have our children for games, practices etc. If you as coaches say practice will end at 6, we are preparing supper, time to pick them up. We don't have time to sit in the parking lot for another hour while supper is still trying to stay warm, or keep a smaller child occupied at the school for longer than 15 mins past practice end time. we support the team, and coaches, please support our family time as well.

Traffic Problem

I know there are lots of traffic problems because of construction and we need to all be patient, that will come to an end but I think a lot of problems on the east end of town are being caused by the red light at United Community Bank. The light on 197 North gets the "Go" way too much for the amount of traffic. Traffic on 19E should get the red for much longer because of its volume. At the 197 North light most of the traffic can go "Right on Red" so that just leaves a few people who go left. Changing that light would help the massive back up every morning and evening. Can somebody tell D.O.T.

Ferguson, Missouri Protest

 I am not being insensitive but I think the local protesters on this topic is ridiculous! Why is it when this type of thing happens in our country, the cop is a racist and they always refer to the shot victim as an 18 year old boy or a teenager....yes I am aware 18 is a teen still. On the other hand I also know in this country 18 is considered a legal adult......if they aren't adults they shouldn't be allowed to vote, get loans, sign for themselves, buy tobacco products etc....let's please remember this "kid" had just robbed a store and once confronted by the officer he reaches to pull out a knife and puts it up like he is going to stab them and proceeds to move closer.....well duh of course he got shot. Everyone knows if you have a weapon and confronted by police, and are innocent you tell them your armed and put both hands in plain sight, not reach and grab your weapon and move closer. And then the protesters, trying to attack police and other personnel because they are mad over this. Now what I am about to say is going to ruffle some feathers but its MY opinion....if a white male had been shot by a black officer under the same circumstances, there wouldn't be protesting and shouts of racial prejudice, everyone (that's ALL races) would say well he was a thief and charged at an officer with a weapon, that's what he gets. You may not like it but it's true.

New Law Requiring Moped Registration

YES!!!!! Finally our lawmakers have made a move on the "likker cycles." They should have to register and tag just the same as anything else on the road. Now on to the insurance issue-MAKE THEM GET IT! Why should I be responsible for them when most of them have lost their right to be on the road in the first place? GO GOVERNOR MCCOY!!!

Road Construction and Pot Holes

 It would be great if DOT/State would fill in the pot holes at the entrance to the Wells Fargo ATM on the by-pass. It's horrible trying to turn in there. Nearly impossible to turn in without one of your wheels going into the holes since they are on both sides of the entrance.

Mistake to Bring Ebola Virus Here

This opinion is concerning EBOLA, AS An American I fully support Doctors helping with present  outbreak of the Ebola virus and support the United States helping any way they can. However these Doctors could have been treated where they were Instead of Bringing Ebola into The United States Where it had never been. One of the Doctors at the hospital where they brought the Male Doctor say THEY BELIEVED THERE WAS ONLY SLIGHT CHANCE OF THE VIRUS SPREADING IN AMERICA= Note:" SLIGHT" Some people believe what the Government says regardless. and are so narrow minded just because a government run media or organization says something IT IS THE TRUTH.  What about the smallpox virus scare a few weeks back?  I have gave this situation much Thought and Prayer and honestly believe if this had been me I would have stayed where I was because of the fear of no matter how qualified the Doctors and teams are that HUMAN ERROR Plays to big a role here by simply the smallest of holes in the suit or a glove, to the disposal of syringes, gauze, bodily fluids, how many times do we here that bio hazardous materials have been found in the wrong dumpster or the landfill HUMAN ERROR and because of my decision a  outbreak at home where hundreds maybe thousands Get EBOLA and suffer. According to the Authorized 1611 King James Bible you will find in Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. So if it is your time to die you will die in Africa or United States, or in your bed.  I do care for all people in the world I believe that no soldier be left behind. I care for The Little BABIES that are MURDERED Every day here in the United States. I also care that The United States is in The Deep Moral Decline It Is In. My Hope Is that People will Hear the Gospel Be Convicted, Believe On The LORD JESUS CHRIST AND CONFESS THEIR SINS AND COME TO KNOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND BE SAVED.  I Believe that this post is of interest to all the public ALL of it.

Of course people are gonna be scared & saying we had no business bringing those Docs back to America. That's what the Fear Mongers on Fox News & the radio tell them to feel. Fear. It's a complex world out there & some folks just can't handle the complexity so they look to others to be told what to feel & how to think. Looking to others is much much easier than thinking for yourself.

The panic ensuing from the decision to bring home two Dr's who have been treating patients in the Ebola stricken areas of Africa is predictable. There will always be those people for whom humanity is way down the list in the way they live their lives. These Drs are incredibly brave and selfless, I applaud them. We as a nation should take care of our citizens, just as with our soldiers, no man left behind. The measures taken to protect the healthcare workers who will be treating these to souls are second to none, and our safety will not be compromised. Read up and educate yourselves people, stop listening to the fear mongers and conspiracy theorists, this is right up their alley. Step out of your comfort zone and support your fellow Americans.

Just wanted to express my opinion on the C.D.C. deciding to bring doctor to Atlanta to treat them, I personally believe this is a big mistake .these who were treating  the people with EBOLA no doubt taking every precaution to protect themselves but still at least one Doctor has died. I ask the public to ask themselves was this really best to bring this Disease into America? EBOLA HAS NO CURE and we hear pretty often how Different Viruses are accidently released into the population. Consider if this so - called Isolation fails in one area one item used in the treatment in Atlanta one mask one swab one glove One Human Error the EBOLA VIRUS will start killing Americans Spreading to All The United States Of America. Why Did  These People Who Made The Decision to Bring This KILLER INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? 

Tax Free Weekend

All of the parents who are school shopping should make a note of who our state lawmakers are. Thanks to them, if you want a tax-free weekend to shop you will have to travel to an adjoining state to find that benefit. I guess this is just another way they prove what their citizens mean to them. NOTHING! They are down there, with us paying them the big bucks, and they stab us in the back AGAIN.

Texting While Driving

 its a shame a person can be stopped for texting and given a ticket today i past a highway patrol coming up mine fork there he was with phone on top of steering wheel texting away iguess its beyond them to cause a major wreck while texting

Ebola Outbreak

 I just read some scary stuff about this on AOL news. Doctor in Africa has been tested positive for ebola! He sent his family back to their home in boone! That's right nc! They had been there living with him. Please be safe! I'm praying for him and everyone since I myself have family that still lives in nc! God bless his family but I hope they didn't bring it back with them. This is just bad.

Too Many Cats

Seriously? You're willing to drive an hour out of your way to avoid having to see a house with so many cats that obviously aren't be cared for. You should have already contacted animal control or the animal shelter. We all have a responsibility to do something when we see animals that are being neglected and/or abused. You are their voice. Pick up the phone and do the right thing. What are you waiting for? Good grief..

I'm about ready to go about an hour out of my way to take another route to work just so I don''t have to pass by the house with all the cat's in the yard. There are about 20+ cats and kittens and they are all mostly skinny and rangy looking but the worst part is nine out of ten times I drive by there is one dead in the road. The last straw was a little black and white kitten smashed in the road. Why do people do this I don't understand? First of all if you live right on a busy road keep your pets contained, second if you can't afford to feed them and spay or neuter them you have no right owning them! The only thing I can do is contact animal control and warn people if you drive on Prices Creek road right before it turns into Hortons creek please go very slow!

Being Rude to Waitresses

It is a shame that some people cannot go out to eat at a restaurant and treat the waitresses with the respect. These young people are working hard to make a living and go to school to better themselves, not lay around and let the government keep them up. Most people do not even leave a tip anymore and that is the way they make their money. Waitresses do not cook your food, complain to the manager if you are not happy with the food Or else stay home and cook your own.

Road Construction

There is such a thing as working at night. Less traffic and no "heat". Just saying.
 I normally don't read the "opinions of others" because THANK GOD we are not all alike but, this is one thing that gets my attention. The road repair. All of you that feel like driving thru a maze, on a bumpy road, and have a detour should look at standing in HEAT for hours to keep you from running into a harmful situation. I really feel bad for the ones who stand in 80 and 90 degree heat for long hours so the roads will be improved.

19W Nascar Raceway

I didn't know 19 W has now become a Nascar Raceway! I didn't get the memo. Great, so now i too can drive 60 MPH like everyone else and pass on the double yellow line! What a relief ! I can now disregard the safety of other drivers, bicyclists , children, pets and wildlife i come across! Good , because i am constantly late to work and it's all about me getting where I need to go!

President Does What He Wants

I wound like to express my opinion, as well as bring facts to the public interest. This is not concerning one being a democrat or republican, it is another example of President Obama demonstrating his Disregarding the Constitution, as well as Disregarding an order that no prisoner could be transferred before thirty days from git-mo. President Obama once again used his Presidential powers to DO WHAT HE WANTED. "which is  becoming a common thing" The very Idea That The President Of The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Sworn to uphold the Constitution Of This COUNTRY. Would make the decision to trade five seasoned Taliban fighters which has had the life mission to bring harm, death to all Americans for one Soldier who was a prisoner of war which goes against The Law of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. "that we as a nation "DO NOT NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORIST" IT was reported that the reason for the trade was the decline of the Soldier's health, I do not know what the extent of the Soldiers health problems are but if you have been able to watch the video of the exchange the Soldier was able to walk under his own power to  the Helicopter. Then it gets more sickening to me when it was reported that the five Taliban gave their word that would stay where they were advised to and other things.( I SAY HOGWASH) Myself I would not believe none of the Taliban if their tongues came notarized. President Obama has used his executive powers to much I believe "my opinion in which each one has the right to agree or disagree" It appears that the President is bound to make THIS GREAT NATION A SOCIALIST ONE. He wants to take away OUR RIGHTS, OUR Right to Bear Arms, Force us into Obama Care, make it legal for two men or two women to berecognized as a couple as well as the murder of little innocent Babies and force all the rest of us to accept it." Personally I NEVER WILL" their are many other things I would like to address but almost out of space. May I Also Give My Opinion that Some Democrats and Republicans have the same agenda's that's not favorable or for the best interest of the AMERICAN PEOPLE .It  Is Time To Wake Up And Stand And Fight This Kind Of Government. Our Nation Is one of Democracy NOT One of Dictatorship The AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTS PRESIDENT'S. CERTAINLY WE DON'T WANT A KING. 

East Yancey Unfair to Parents and Visitors

East Yancey is the only school in the county to deny guest wireless access to parents and guest speakers/presenters. That's not 'community-friendly' and only limits the school's ability to provide education from outside sources and speakers. It's rude to both us parents and professional guests visiting the school. It may be our county's 'School To Watch' - but it's not a school that makes you feel welcome.

Alcohol in Burnsville

When Burnsville held the election to get alcohol in Burnsville there was talk of how if we got the alcohol in that there would be more restaurants come into the area. Now that we have the alcohol in and have had it in for awhile now, where is the bigger and better restaurants at?

Response on "Cold Dog"

"OH by the way dog's were made by God to live outside" Ummm, so were we. And your other comment "However the Babies killed by abortion and the children as well as adults are far more important to me than Animals." Than do something about it instead of jumping in on other peoples opinions/comments about totally different topics and slamming them for not voicing your own concerns. We have ours and you have yours, would you like it if somebody slammed your opinion/comment because it wasn't what they thought was important. Its all important, so start your own topic voicing your concerns and leave others alone.

Thanks D.O.T.

I'd like to say thanks to the DOT workers during all this snow. They got out in really bad cold weather to keep our roads as clear as possible. Thank you!