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Steps in Heritage Stadium


Having been out to the Mountain Heritage Stadium recently I couldn't help but notice (since I almost fell) that on the left hand side of the home bleachers some of the concrete steps are crumbling. It does seem like during the "off" season these might have been easily repaired. However even now it would be much appreciated if someone could take a little cement out and pour a couple new steps. The other thought is if something is not done then there is a good possibility that when someone does fall the high school will have a lawsuit on their hands. A little cement would go a long way toward averting disaster. 

Words of Thanks for A Special Celebration


   The Mount Mitchell 100 years Celebration on August 7th was a wonderful success thanks to the involvement of numerous individuals. Sponsored by the Town of Burnsville, Yancey County, and the Chamber of Commerce, these organizations and the volunteers who joined them, made this possible with their funding and volunteer hours given to planning this event.
    The “little brown jugs” created by Pete & Kim McWhirter were the hit of the day.  A special thanks to these Yancey County craftsmen for their generosity in making this collector’s item possible for this unique celebration.
    Big Tom Wilson’s rare appearance since 1909 was due to the willingness and humor of David Boone, and the special assistance given by his wife Elaine. The task of keeping those Monarch butterflies alive and well until their musical departure to Mount Mitchell belongs only to Jamie McMahan. The wonderful ice cream cart crafted by Police Chief Brain Buchanan, with the assistance of Ronnie Tipton, was cool, and with the cloth donated by Glen Raven Mills, and finely stitched by Faye Presnell, this ice cream cart will continue to be a part of many celebrations on the Town Square. The numerous ice cream scoopers, under the directions of Jeanne Martin & Judy Buchanan, did an excellent job in seeing that FREE ice cream was served to one and all. The special appearance of our North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, is thanks to the initiative undertaken by Lucy Doll
     Finally, last but not least, starting our week of special events, we are appreciative to local authors Jonanthan Bennett and David Biddix with the release of their book, MOUNT MITCHELL, and to Bill Baker and Wanda Proffitt for coordinating free refreshments for this literary kick-off event .  Our sincere thanks to our state legislators Representative Michelle Presnell and Senator Ralph Hise, for their participation with April Riddle, Western Regional Director for Governor Pat McCrory. The Governor’s Proclamation, a lasting remembrance of this special day, was due to the guided assistance of David Grindstaff and John Anglin.  And making sure that this event was well publicized, the Mount Mitchell 100 Years Celebration Committee is especially grateful to Radio Station WKYK and to our Yancey County Times Journal.
                             Theresa Coletta, Chairman
                             Mount Mitchell 100 Years Celebration Committee
 

Mitchell High School


Come on Mitchell High, the billboard at the bottom of the school road still is from June of last school year, build some moral and refresh it for the students. We have already had some events happening and it's still on senior night awards ???? Geezzzz

Upset Over Community Survey


To the person who told it like it is, I ADMIRE YOU! I am right there with you that the powers that be are bankrupting, and taking the money for family support and educating our kids out of our reach. This town we live in is soon to be in sad shape, and art, and tourism is not feeding the hubs that have for so long held the wheel on. The citizens of this area. Commisioners Do something to regain industry and jobs !
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The recent article placed on the WKYK news site titled "Important Community Survey Underway" wanting help on "how to brand the area as an arts area and market it as such in order to help our local economy" makes me just a little upset. Please, someone, anyone, tell me how branding this area as an arts area will help the local economy? The number of empty buildings just in the city limits alone out number the buildings with a business in them. All we seem to have now are consignment shops and banks. We need jobs, people! We need jobs that can pay a wage high enough for men and women to support their families. Not someone painting a picture or making a pottery bowl and trying to sell it...We need jobs so our children don't have to leave to find work. This isn't a tourist town...this isn't an arts town...this is a place slowly dying because the people in charge, the people who can make a difference, the people with the money and influence, don't seem to want real jobs here. We need places to work that can put food on the table and clothes on our backs. We need jobs...please...just bring jobs to this area. We need to be known as a jobs area, not an arts area. 

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!!

Road Work


 I Agree with the comments about road work. I also do not think they should tie up traffic during the hours when people are trying to pick up their children from school and the school buses are trying to get the children home. Why can they not suspend the work from 2 until 4? Wednesday was a disaster ARE YOU LISTENING DOT?
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The road from Micaville to Burnsville is a disgrace.They worked on it the week before and the week of the craft fair, now they have quit again. Wednesday I observed 11 men watching one man digging a hole,that was all the work being done fron Micaville to cane river.Why can't the pavement be fixed where they have dug up the pavement to cross the road,it just keeps getting worse. What will it be like a year from now,when the road is still not finished. Where are all the state inspectors.

Loafing Dogs


I am so upset about having my cats preyed upon by DOGS. I do not own a dog, yet a big pile is left inn my yard and my cats cannot eat in peace because they are forced to run to safety while the " egg suckers " devour their food. So I think you best be aware, If you think it makes me happy to hear and see a commotion on my back porch by a loafing dog. think again! I am tired of this nonsense !! It will stop !

The Confederate Flag Issue


OK so everyone is in an uproar about the removal of the Confederate aFlag from the Statehouse grounds in SC. This fine emblem of "Heritage" was erected in the early 1960's as a protest against de-segregation in the south (known history folks), and it was past time for it to be removed. Keep flying this proud emblem of "Heritage" on your lawns and trucks all you want, as an identifier of whatever you believe. Oh and tell all the church burners and people who are putting them on the lawns of African American churches how proud you are of that heritage. Identify yourselves and be proud.

Town of Burnsville


Why bother going to Burnsville anymore when you can't drive anywhere? If I want to park my car I would prefer it be in a parking space, not on 19E. I just experienced the most infuriating afternoon trying to maneuver around Burnsville. Doesn't the town or the chamber have enough common sense to cancel road work while the crafts fair is setting up or at least delay setup until the road work is done for the day? I sure hope they've cancelled the road work for Friday andSaturday! Or you can be assured that there won't be a crafts fair next year. I guess they had to pass the liquor law just so people don't shoot each other! 

Lion King Jr Great Experience


Summer--the time to sleep in and lie in the sun, right? Nope, not for my brother and me and 25 other kids (plus the younger kids, who went half a day)--who got up early each morning for two weeks.  We packed our lunches, braved Burnsville traffic, and worked hard from 9-3 memorizing, practicing, perfecting, and "blocking" (the arrangement on stage) Disney's The Lion King Jr. (more)

River Banks


As beautiful as our River banks are I couldn't understand why, what few places that weren't posted have been littered with trash. I am a resident of Yancey County and very proud of my home. I enjoy taking my neighbor's 5 boy's along with my son and his friends for the once a week plunge. We take snacks and drinks etc, but you know what, when we pick up our trash we pick up yours too. If a fisher person comes we politely stay away. This last Sunday we visited a shallow area which I have always called the Hazel Hole some must have had a good day.They at least bagged their trash and left it. And as for some (fisher person) not all. Thank you for leaving your can corn (cans and lids) laying in the water I cut my foot. I will along with these kids, will continue to pick up your trash. I hope your parents did not teach you to litter. I doubt very seriously they did. Yancey County people are very proud and I'm of them. If you can carry it to the river then you can carry it back! 

Stealing Flowers From Graves


Its the time of year when families gather at cemetaries throughout the mountains to honor and pay their respect to loved ones who have passed away.Sadly there are some lowlife people out and about who go and STEAL the flowers that families have placed on the graves.This has happened to our family members numerous times over the past few years,We decided to take matters into our own hands to catch the Sorry Good for Nothing trash that's doing this.We are taking flowers to the graveyard this year as always but they will have a little something extra hidden inside as well a small gps locator.Dont worry about trying to find it if you steal our flowers because the arrangement will be destroyed by the time you get it out.Just saying a word to the wise don't go stealing the flowers off graves,we will catch you this time,and warrants will be taken out.Past couple years they have been stolen on Saturday night before decoration on Sunday.

Concern Over Water Bill Hike


To Mr Ron Powell:What was you thinking when you wanted board members to vote for a 15% rate hike in the water bill when a family of 2 is already paying 65 to 75.00 a month now. And to Mr H. Allen Benowitz what were you thinking with your comment in the readers forum that you agreed with him? Is Mr Wheeler and the rest of the board members the only level headed ones up there? Maybe the people that have to pay these high water bills don"t have pocketbooks like evidently you two do.

State Trash Pick Up


I live on a side road here in the county. Trash beside the road gets picked up a couple times through out the year which is great to have done. My issue is, if they are gonna take the time to have inmates bag it up the state should have enough common sense to make arrangements to have it picked up an hauled off. The past three times the trash has been bagged up its took over two weeks to get it hauled off. In the mean time possums, coon, crows, dogs, coyotes and other critters rip the bags and scatter it right back out. Why can't Dept of Transportation and Dept. of corrections get on the same page ? Kinda pointless to clean up a mess only to have the critters make another mess.

Mother Cat Killed


Being an animal lover it is very sad that the kittens have no mama, but I do not understand how people just let their animals run loose, and expect them not to get ran over, stolen etc. Doesn't make it right just because they aren't contained but people, do you let your children roam the streets unattended? No, so if you love your animals keep them supervised when they need to go out to use the bathroom or just need a second away from the wee ones. I'ts not that complicated.
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To whoever run over and killed the small black and white cat at Hilltop Lane in Spruce Pine I wanted you to know her name was Biscuit and had just given birth to 5 beautiful kittens. All they want to know is when there mom will be back and thanks to you she never will.

In God We Trust


Way to go Mitchell Commissioners!! I hope and pray our Yancey county commissioners will do the same. Trust in God was the foundation of our nation and we should never forget it!

Confederate Flag


My great great grandfather fought for the South. I see nothing wrong with the Confederate flag. People who don't know history think the war was over slaves but it was not. Lincoln brought up the slave issue to make other countries think that so they wouldn't help the South. Th south wanted independence and that is what they fought for. My great great grandfather did not own any slaves neither did anyone around him. He wasn't racist , he wanted independence from Northern policies. The political correct people have taken a flag of Southern pride and assigned their own racist views to it. 

Mowing at Courthouse


It amazes me how soon some people forget, as far as the taxpayers paying family members It is always the same. many people maybe me or any number of people if in the same position with  the authority to hire people probably would do the same, after all many on the opposite side of the isle would not want to work for the ones 
on the other side of isle anyway because it would not look good in the eyes of the people on their side of the isle.  With all the other issues Yancey County has drugs,domestic violence,larceny just to name a few. I speaking for myself could care less who is mowing the courthouse lawn, or holding any other position as long as they are qualified and doing their job effectively. Be assured that when the one's on the other side of the isle are in charge that the taxpayers will be paying their family, that's just the way it works in Yancey as well as surrounding Counties.  This is just my opinion. 
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driving thru town this afternoon, the courthouse was getting its lawn mowed. nothing unusual about that, I know, but at a second look it shocked me to see who was mowing.  how many more family members are we the taxpayers going to pay for a made up job?

Town Design Laws


Burnsville has all these "design" rules yet why don't they make the biggest mess of all be cleaned up? Empty bank buildings all grown up and falling down. BIG EYE SORE!!! It seems to me this would be the first thing that needs to be done.

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!

White House Rainbow


Political correctness is destroying our nation. People are afraid to speak out because they are afraid they will offend someone. But I am furious that our president used the people's house, the White House, as a political statement. The White House belongs to you and me, all of us not just for promotion of the gay agenda. It is not President Obama's house. He has a house, I presume in Chicago, that he can color any color he wants. Blue, purple or plaid, I don't care. But instead he hijacked America's house for a political point. Just like the gays have hijacked the rainbow, which to Christians is a symbol of God's promise. I refuse to let the gays have my rainbow and I refuse to say nothing while people destroy America's Christian values. Read the Bible and there is no doubt but that homosexuality is a sin in God's eyes. We are called to love everyone but that does not mean that we accept the wrongdoing. What are we teaching our children by acting like it's okay?

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.

Connector Road


Everybody is complaining about the road construction and it is bad but at least we will have a nice road in the end. Nobody says anything about the terrible road that connects old 19 at Burnsville Elementary over to new 19 at East Yancey. That road is horrible and gets a lot of traffic. It now has a big hole in it. Something needs to be done about THAT road!

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.

Illegally Parked Vehicles


Some people may abuse them but you should not be so quick to judge. I look healthy but that's because you can't see my  feet and the painful places on them. Err on the side of being kind.
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Just one comment on the handicap parking issue. While I am certain that abuse and misuse occurs, we cannot always judge who is handicapped by their ability to walk a short distance. Obviously the first question would be, do they possess a handicap sign. While that doesn't guarantee the need, it does put them in compliance with the law. When my father, at a relatively young age, had serious surgery, he was able to walk only short distances during his healing process. One of his first outings was to visit a store in The Asheville Mall. He had a handicap sticker. I dropped him off at the door, and parked in a regular parking space. When I came to pick him up, I parked in a handicap space near the store an went inside to carry his purchases. As he was walking toward the car (appearing quite healthy and fit) a car circled and started yelling unkind remarks at him for taking up a handicap space. I still remember the hurt look on his face. Let's don't be so quick to judge, and try give people the benefit of the doubt. 
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as i watched ch 13 news this morning they were saying troopers were ticketing illegally parked vehicles my question is why has the shrieffs office not ben doing this for years why put up handjcapp signs if your not going ticket the person walking out of a store that you can see walking fine 

Yancey County Taxes


I don't know if everyone is aware of it or not, but I have come across the most interesting link on the Yancey County website. It is a link that you can look up yours or anyone's tax status, if paid, if not paid, past taxes paid or not paid. Anyone that is a taxpayer and is concerned how and where your tax dollars fund the services Yancey county provides, this is the site to look at. I've paid my taxes as I am sure many of you all have. I made mine in payments, but they are still paid and I am ready for the 2015 tax bills to be delivered.
 
what really amazed me is how much taxes are still owed to the county, and by whom. I know you can't name names on here, but this site is allows you to just type a name and it is shows you if their are doing their part for the county or not. One taxpayer alone owes almost $ 50,000.00. we have so many upstanding citizens that pay their fair share to the county, why does so many others not want to pay their share. Anyway I think everyone should take a look at this site to see who is contributing to Yancey County and who is not, which means if the county can't get what is owed, the tax rates will have to be raised just to be able to keep the lights on, so to speak.
 
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO SEARCH THIS SITE AND SEE IS DOING THEIR PART FOR THEIR COUNTY AND WHO IS NOT: