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New Four Lane

People are driving like maniacs on the new road. Slow down people and stop the cutting in and out. It's very dangerous because some people are confused at the turning places and get over into the oncoming lanes. When the cones are put out I  do wish they would keep them out of the lane you are suppose to be driving in. Sometimes you can barely squeeze by them.

Since when do we even have a four lane. Have you driven through from Jacks Creek to Micaville since they were supposed to open up the new road.if you do not drive slow you will plow right through yellow cones.IT IS STILL A BIG MESS.When is it really going to be opened up?

The new 4-Lane highway going through Burnsville is great; however, drivers need to STAY OUT OF THE FAST LANE IF THEY ARE GOING TO GO BELOW THE SPEED LIMIT. Apparently people have no idea how to drive on a major highway. I would suggest that the DOT put up signs "slower traffic stay the right lane" or something to that effect. 

Smoke in the Air

 If the smoke in the air is bad for our health, tell me why in the world school is letting these kids go outside and play?

Paved Road

 It sure would be nice to have fresh paved road to drive on on west side of main street! like the east side anyone know if it will ever happen?


I would like to know if the east end of the county will ever have a nice park/walking area like the west end has. It would be great to have a nice place to walk away from the traffic without having to drive 10 or more miles to get to Cane River. Yes the sidewalks are great but that would be much better and I feel we deserve it also.

Hwy 19

The road is wonderful as I knew it would be when finished. Thank you for the sidewalks. Many people will walk now that they have been built. Now we need a nice big fancy restaurant to put our town on the map.

Old Theatre

Does anyone know anything about the old theater going toward spruce pine on 19? I guess they will be tearing it down. Thanks

Sex Education in Schools


Town Center Brewery

Since the town council seems intent on polluting our county with alcohol perhaps it is time for those in the county who oppose it to boycott the town center until such time as they reverse their decision to lease to the brewery.

What Bible are these people reading exactly? Alcoholic beverages appear in the Bible, both in usage and in poetic expression. The Bible considers it a blessing from God that brings merriment. Alcohol was also used for medicinal purposes in biblical times, and it appears in that context in several passages as an oral anesthetic, a topical cleanser and soother, and a digestive aid. Most of these negative posts must be from ignorant, sheltered people that don't want to see Burnsville grow. Get to get a life!

We have nothing for our grand kids unless they have a certain last name,we had chance for lowes and a wallmart in town but no certain people kept that from happening. IIts clear unless you have a certain last name or born with a silver spoon in your mouth your nothing in this town.As far as the brewery it's a local person but here goes the bible thumpers again.Yancey county has been wet for many years(home made hooch) so what's the problem.,wine was mentioned many times in the bible.

The BURNSVILLE TOWN CENTER leased to a brewery....ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! The mayor and town council members that voted for this should be "RAN OUTTA TOWN ON A RAIL".

Well just one more move to prove that Burnsville is on a fast trip to hell in a hand basket. The town center would have been a great place for local private use but now it will be just another tool for the devil! Thank you Shannon Peterson and Ruth Banks for still having a sense of morality in this world that is headed for a judgement that will be so sad. What is our county going to have for our children and grandchildren to be proud of? A brewery?? I think not!! God help us.


 To whomever is dumping cans in the little falls on Silas Branch, please stop. You may think no one on this road cared, but I assure you we do. It's disgraceful and pretty rude. 

Micaville Loop

Why in the world are so many people still going to the Spruce Pine end of Micaville loop to go towards Burnsville?Its not safe!You have a red light on the Burnsville end,please use it.Almost every morning on our way home we witness a close call{near miss}after we take our son to school.Is it going to take a serious accident,loss of life even before you people go use the red light.Maybe just Maybe D.O.T.will make the Spruce Pine side a no left turn.I don't want to see a bad wreck here.

Dog Attacks

I was surprised to see the newspaper report that after a dog attacked Katie Callahan in English Woods "nothing could be done" and she would have to pay her own medical bills. They also said there were "several vicious dog attacks in the past month" Were any of these attacks by the same dog? The dog owner can be liable for "negligence" since the attack happened on a public road. There are lawyers that specialize in these cases and will work on contingency. I know that there is one dog owner that had two vicious dogs that went to a neighbors house and attacked their dog on their own front porch. Those dogs had attacked different dogs several times. I was walking with my dog (in front of the vicious dog house) and a woman came out of the house screaming that I couldn't walk on that road and could not stand in front of the house. You think they don't know these dogs are vicious? Because of who the person is and the "old boy system" nothing was done about him. If I am ever attacked by these idiots dogs I will definitely get the most aggressive lawyer I can find. It is always the same people who have aggressive dogs. They stake them out on a chain with no love, comfort or companionship. A better solution is to ban idiots from keeping dogs! I encourage Ms Callahan to find a really nasty lawyer.