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Slower Traffic Keep Right


When we took the drivers test slower traffic should move over to the right lane on these four lane roads.When the four lane from Burnsville is finished I hope that this law is enforced.We were in McDowell County from Woodlawn to Marion and there was a tractor trailer running in the passing lane and would not move over blocking up the traffic and we saw a vehicle go into the turn off lane and passed the tractor trailer on the left in the center lane.Also we have seen passenger cars,trucks doing the same thing.Slower drivers also block off the passing lane on 226 up the mountain (Coxes Creek)to Spruce Pine.If they continue to drive in the passing lane over a half a mile they should be ticketed for this.This law needs to be enforced because it creates a hazard on our highways.Signs need to be posted on these roads -SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT. 

Legislature Money


Isn't it interesting how the legislature "finds" money to fund some things, such as FFA, when it's close to an election?

Road Construction


So while waiting in traffic today in Burnsville, I thought to myself...."Hmmm with these warm, rain less nights we have been having, why aren't the road crews setting up lights and working at night also?" I mean there could be much more work done, and it would be much cooler for the crew. All the larger cities surrounding us does it. Just a thought though.
 

Recruiting


They been recruiting sence last year. Plus coachs kids and nephews and friends get the play time playing offence and defence both. which cause more injury to players. While the rest team sit on bench. Not fair at all.
 

Dogs at Park


Please adhere to the " Dogs Must Be On Leash At All Times" sign at the Cane River Park. It pertains to ALL dogs , especially small, confrontational ones.

Traffic Lights


Does anyone have the number for the people who control our traffic lights in town? Would you please post it again? Thank you
 

Yancey County Drug Arrests June 30


On June 30, 2016, 13 indiviudals were arrested for a total of 26 felonies and 16 misdemeanor charges. This group was operating from one of the over 55 apartment communities in Burnsville. What a shame, the residents saw the comings and goings and were suspicious and afraid. Thank goodness this is over. 

Rude People at Fireworks


We really enjoyed the fireworks in Burnsville this year. I just wish there was some way of totally blocking off the traffic around the square as some people are so rude as to leave in the middle of them. When you do this you headlight all the people sitting around the square, which causes them to miss seeing the very thing they came to see. Just one car, maybe no big deal but when you have numerous cars doing this you end up missing a lot of fireworks. Besides it is just plain rude to leave interrupting others' event. The entire fireworks was only 15 to 20 minutes. You can't wait that long to keep from bothering all the other people? If it's not an emergency then don't leave, try thinking of the people who came to enjoy the event. The band was good. Thank you to all who were responsible!

Fireworks on the 4th


Well you obviously don't have to get up on Tuesday morning & go to work. Having the fireworks on Saturday is a great idea. More people will probably be cooking out that day than on Monday & watching the fireworks will just cap off the day. I hope they DON"T cancel.
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I have heard, and I do understand that the Town of Burnsville does not have alot of money and must save whenever possible. But, REALLY, IF WE CANT HAVE THE FIREWORKS ON THE 4TH, PLEASE CANCEL THEM. This is pathetic and sad?>?????????!!!

Phone Scam


There is a scammer calling and saying that you are being sued by the IRS. THIS IS A SCAM. 

Dear Hillary Supporter


 they(government)didn't find any evidence? naaaaww, they never lie, lol, lol 

Hwy 80 Accidents


Regarding the accident ( latest ) on highway 80 South. I don't know if people know this was a tragedy that happened on Buck Creek Mtn. another part of 80 South that runs to Pleasant Gardens. I think the straight in Bowditch is a dangerous part of the highway also. 
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 I think that it is time to reduce the speed limit on Hwy 80, at least parts of it. The section known as the Bowditch Straights carries a 55 mph limit; I think 45 would be better to reduce the amount of sadness incurred by the fatal accidents that have occurred there.
 

Thank you WKYK


Thank you WKYK for  playing old style real country music. The Country Music awards were unrecognizable the other night. Pit Bull , Farrell and others.Really? Are we so embarrassed to be country that we have to bring in rappers etc? I for one am proud to be country and proud to like country music. The real kind of country music not the stuff they had on the other night.

Organizing Memorial Event for Those Lost to Addiction


The Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force would like to organize a community memorial event to remember those family members, friends and neighbors who have died due to overdose. The MYSATF feels that such an event can be a powerful way to provide support and instill hope for families and honor those who have been tragically lost to addiction.(more)

 

 

Recruiting


Is Mountain Heritage changing to a Charter School. They have recruited players for all the surrounding counties. Is this legal and why is the school board letting this happen.

Politics from the Pulpit


The constitution calls for separation of church and state. I think that this means that preachers should not talk about political candidates while in their pulpits. They shouldn't endorse candidates, nor should they talk down any. It is particularly.bad when two candidates of different parties, as well as of different races are running. If the preacher endorses one candidate over another, he is playing politics, as well as playing the race card. He is breaking the law of the.land, and I don't think that God is pleased. Christians...especially preachers...should spread God's love, not prejudice. People look to preachers for leadership in spiritual matters and to political leaders for political advice. I like Angie Weatherman,.and I like Erica Griffith. A preacher shouldn't encourage voting for one over the other! Each person should make up his/her own mind.

Prisoners at the Recycling Center


What is the reasoning for having the Yancey County prisoners just standing around at the recycling center smoking cigarettes? They don't even attempt to help you get your garbage out of the vehicle and just stand there and stare at you, especially if you are a woman. If they are not going to help out, perhaps they would be better used elsewhere in the county. 

Hillary and Benghazi


There is no point in replying to someone who believes that Hillary didn't lie. Have you heard of 13 Hours? No, I guess you believe it is all a vast right wing conspiracy, 4 men dying everything all set up to try and get Hillary. The same vast right wing conspiracy that she claimed was out to get her with Monica. Please.
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This was only a lie stated by the right wing nut job media. The Benghazi hearings took place and found that there were NO evidence that Hillary lied. I am voting for Hillary Clinton. She has helped people and families over decades. I will never vote for a Republican for President. Our nation has done this three times in the past 4 decades and it has been a disaster each time. The Republicans set things back for decades, maybe centuries. Donald Trump will do the same. A man who believes America was at its last greatness in the 1920's and 1930's. Right now, America is the greatest country in the world. We definitely don't need a President who doesn't think that we are great. That is an insult to each and every one of us. He also has insulted our military by saying that they are weak. He has insulted almost every culture and race except his white supremacists own kind. He has the support of the white supremacists all over the nation. The United States has become a more diverse nation and have overcame obstacles since the 1960's. Donald Trump is trying to tear down these bridges and build walls. This isn't the right thing to do. We are not the only people in this world. If I were from another country, I would also want to come to America where people can prosper and have rights unlike other countries. The Republicans try to take away those rights and set America back. Our ancestors came here and took the land from the Native Americans. If that hadn't happened, most of us would still be in Europe. I don't see what it hurts for people to come to America to make a better life for themselves and their families. Our ancestors did. The Republicans try to cut and demolish programs like Social Security and Medicare that elderly people depend on to live. The Democrats try to save these programs. Yes, I will vote for Hillary. I believe in her and other Democrats.
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Can someone explain to me how you can support and trust Hillary Clinton when she stood over four coffins of dead Americans and told their families and the entire nation a known lie?  Just answer this one simple question about Benghazi.Just answer the question instead of changing the subject and never acknowledging this fact. 

Security at Mtn Village Apts


There is a serious security problem at mountain village apartments. The residents are being burglarized whey are not home and someone is stalking the halls at night. No one knows how this thief or thieves are getting in to residents home but it needs to stop and our police dept has been called numerous times and have been no help at all they come take a report and leave saying call if you have any more trouble. there needs to be security cameras installed. why can the sheriff not work with management to stop this. they are not taking this serious enough.does someone have to be hurt before they take it seriously.people should not have to live in fear. listen up Sheriff Dept take this seriously

Snauzzer Look


About 2 months ago I stopped at the Dollar store in Bakersville. A matted nasty, friendly about 20 lb dog was hanging out. I asked the cleark, she said he was there when she came in. So I've cleaned him up. He's been fixed house trained, gets along w other sm dogs, hardly ever barks. Awsome dog, I don't know how old he is. I've checked FB and WKYK lost dog. I left my number w her. He sits and looks out the door as if he's waiting on you. If he's yours give me a call.828-367-0584. His new name is Sir Muck Muck 

Money for Road Delay


Ok bible thumper just because I drink a alcohol beverage with my meal does that mean that I am not respectable,of course not. The bible does say judge not lest ye be judge.
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I think giving some of the money for the road delay back to Yancey county is a great idea from Mr. Hise. However, once again the only thing on his mind is TOURISM. I am here to tell him and all the others who think this is what keeps this county going...IT IS NOT!!! What about all the businesses along the construction route that have lost money because it's virtually impossible to get to them. And then to add insult to injury there are signs saying the "downtown shops" are open during construction! WAKE UP! Downtown is dead and getting "deader" except for all the alcohol joints where no self-respecting person will be going.

Trash (again)


No sooner have the orange garbage bags been picked up, there is trash to replace it. I truly cannot comprehend the thought process that comes with throwing garbage out your car window. Is it laziness, selfishness, ignorance or all of the above? Can you truly not wait till you get home or to a gas station to dispose of it properly? Yancey county is God's country. Truly amazing in its diverse flora and fauna. Out of respect for him ,we should be doing all we can to keep it clean and healthy for generations to come. It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down. I have lived here for over 14 years and am proud to call Yancey county home. Let's keep it clean.

Feeling Unsafe


Lived in fairground apt for a while starting to feel unsafe living here now have a lot of people live here that shouldn't be here in d - section too many cars parked here to much company feel like people are doing and selling drugs here 

Animal Cruelty Hotline


North Carolinians now can report animal cruelty to the state attorney general's Animal Welfare Hotline. Under state law, acts of animal cruelty include wounding, injuring, tormenting or killing an animal, depriving an animal of nourishment or causing any of those to occur. Witnesses to animal cruelty can file reports online, over the phone or through written complaints in the mail. The General Assembly created the hotline during the 2015 session and placed it in the Attorney General's Office effective March 1. The office will review animal welfare complaints submitted through the hotline,855-290-6915, and refer them to the appropriate authority.

Clarifying how the NC Education Lottery Funds work


By: Dr. Tony Tipton, Superintendent of Yancey County Schools
 
A few weeks ago, a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery was
published both in the Yancey County Common Times Journal and on the WKYK
website. As a result, the Yancey County Schools received questions about lottery
funding. I would like to answer some of these questions and clarify how the funds from
the lottery are used in our county.
 
The January 27th North Carolina Education Lottery press release stated that last year
Yancey County Schools received $837,921 in lottery funds. It further indicated the funds
were used for teacher positions, teacher assistants, and building needs. Most of
these funds do not come directly to Yancey County but are allocated by the NC
Legislature as part of North Carolina’s total education budget.
 
Because the press release claimed the awarding of scholarships for students, I called the main office of the NC Education Lottery and requested a list of students from Yancey County who received college scholarships last year; they could not provide a list.  I then asked for a list of teacher assistants that were paid out of the lottery; again they could not. They could not because these lists do not exist.
 
A formula determines the funds allotted to specified items.  A portion of the money
allotted to Yancey County Schools goes into a pot of money shared with the other 99 counties across North Carolina to be used for prekindergarten, college scholarships, and financial aid for students going to college.  In past years, money funded teacher’s salaries. In 2015 –16, lottery allocations have been reallocated from teacher positions to support staff such as teacher assistants.
 
The NC Education Lottery website states that over the life of the lottery, which began in
March 2006, Yancey County has received more than $5,840,188. It also states that last
year Yancey County received a total of $837,921. It is important to understand that most of these funds never made it to Yancey County Schools but were set aside in Raleigh to fund public schools across the state, including Yancey County.
 
Last year Yancey County Schools were allocated $164,918.00. While this is a large sum of money, it is not the $837,921 reported in the press release. The state requires that the funds that actually come to Yancey County Schools be spent on building improvements, remodeling, or new construction.  Over the past 10 years a total of $1,764,002.00 in lottery funds have been sent directly to Yancey County Schools.
 
Since four of our schools constructed in the 1930’s remain in use, facility issues are anticipated. Consequently, Yancey County Board of Education has reserved  $1,068,272 of lottery money to handle structural issues as needed. 
 
How have lottery funds sent directly to Yancey County Schools been used?  Some have been used to reroof three schools, Cane River, East Yancey, and Burnsville Elementary. A few years ago, Yancey County Schools received a grant to build two new health centers, one at each of our middle schools. Since the grant did not cover the entire cost, some of the lottery funds assisted in completing the additions. Lottery funds were also used to replace the visitor bleachers at the E.L. Briggs Stadium at Mountain Heritage High School after it was determined the existing bleachers were no longer structurally safe.
 
I appreciate the opportunity to respond to the NC Lottery press release and to clarify some of the questions raised.
 
 

Merry Christmas


I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. With all the problems there are in the world today there is still so much to be thankful for. Think about the many blessings in your personal life plus the blessing of living in our wonderful area and in the greatest, most generous country in the world. 

County Salaries in NC


below is  link to the entire state of NC counties 2015 salaries.
please post so anyone citizen can see who makes what in every county of NC.

In God We Trust


THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS FOR YOUR VOTE!! I pray our whole nation will wake up and remember that our trust in GOD is what brought us to the status of #1 in the world. Our loss of that trust and faith is what will continue to bring us down. WAKE UP AMERICA!!

Old Glory


How long before someone or some group decides that they are offended by the United States of America Flag. How long before some politician issues the order to lower Old Glory from her place above our great nation? Our nation was founded on the motto of "In God We Trust" and not on the political agendas of millionaires. We need to wake up and take a look around, our freedoms are disappearing at an alarming rate!

Banning Confederate Flag


As I have watched and listened to media reports concerning taking down The Confederate Flag in South Carolina It brings me great concern that just because some think it only symbolizes racism when it in reality is a part of American History, as well as civil war monuments. If the confederate flag has to come down because some believe it only represents racism and it offends them, then the rainbow flag representing the homosexuals for example should not be allowed either as well as many others because of what they represent that offends some. Many people according to reports by media outlets. Also as reported by media lawmakers want to stop the confederate flag from being on license plates if this happens then all other depictions of any symbol representing anything should not be allowed how silly but serious the thought of this is, for example that picture of a bear offends me because years ago a bear attacked a member of my family, silly right? I am not a racist but I believe there are some racist people, but the government or no group or individual has the right to label me as a racist because I believe the confederate flag to be a part of the History Of The United States of America. Whats Next? Stop recognizing Gettysburg and other historical battle fields as well as the valiant generals and soldiers who lead fought and the thousands who gave their life on both sides. This Is My Opinion on this Issue. I also believe that it should be of great interest to the people that this is only the beginning of the FREEDOMS we have today being taken away IT'S TIME TO TAKE A STAND!

Parking at Fairground


when is the parking issue in fairground st d section going to get better 2 parking spaces for each family have family's parking and taking up 4 and 5 spaces cars are going to be towed the cops need to address this when you leave no place to park

Cats on McKinney Gap


To those of you who stopped to offer assistance or words of encouragement, I finally got the last of the kitties on McKinney Gap (till next time). It's amazing, the people i did talk to have all found dumped animals up there. It is such a problem. Wish there was more money in the budget for animal control.

Yancey County


chickens, roosters, road construction, taxes, bars, parkway play house, illegally parked vehicle's, etc.....  I  have something to say. Who cares? the same families that run Yancey county will always run Yancey county. we will never have any more than what we already have here, which is a BIG FAT NOTHING.