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Web of Deception?

oh what a wonderful web of deception our local government can weave. I have been to my share of commissioners meetings and have seen how the wheels of government are greased, and it is amazing how money can be shuffled around and played with. when a hammer that costs $10 dollars is billed for $200, a toilet seat that costs $35 is billed for $500 etc..... what do you think goes with the remainder of monies that are not used for what they were granted for?  if you cant put 2+2 together and see how our money is being used, then you are as guilty as the ones taking advantage of usor better yet come to the monthly meetings and ask them yourself

Inside City Limits

Seriously ?!? You couldn't believe your eyes because there were a horse in town !? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ this IS a country southern town . you may see cows , goats , sheep or any other farm animal ! I love our farms and their animals ! 

I recall several months back about the town not allowing chickens and roosters, but what are the rules about equine within city limits? I couldn't believe what my eyes saw this Sunday afternoon January 14 2018

Say It Ain't So Dolly

 Its way past time people that get offense at every thing ( liberals ) pull up your adult panties and learn HISTORY !! 


And now Dolly Parton has announced she will no longer call her horse show the Dixie Stampede, it will be Dolly Parton's Stampede. So now the word "Dixie" is offensive to liberals?I hate to see Dolly fold to this far out thinking that says everything southern is racist. I bet she will also drop the "north/south" part of the show because heaven forbid if the south were to win! I am born and raised in the south but hear this liberals "I'm not racist". I have grown up in a mixed culture and have friends who have interracial marriages. We are all people and that is how we look at it. Stop trying to blame people who were not alive during slavery for all of its wrongs. We didn't do it. But equating a word like Dixie, which is just a word meaning the South with slavery is just ignorant. (what in the world will the "Dixie Chicks" do? knowing them they will stampede to change their name too). As for all those who feel the need to march against slavery, racism, whatever you want to call it, how about you march against slavery and child trafficking that is happening today, in real time in large numbers in our state and around the world. If you are serious about "slavery" then that should be your concern, not the word "Dixie".


Yancey County and Burnsville are great places to live and visit, but why are they awarded for doing great things when there are obvious misuse of federal and/or state grants for the improvement of the county? There are projects that have been completed where the original blueprints were changed during construction that saved at least 1/4 of the budget. Where was the money spent? Why weren't property owners compensated by the county for not living up to their end of a contract? If someone has some insight on how they can get away with not spending grant money they way they originally intended, please let me know.

Bad Landlord

Let's talk about your duties as a landlord especially when your tenants are on HUD. You allow children to go over a week without water, don't return calls and never come to look at the problem? And because your a business man in this small town you think it's okay. Well I am a concerned neighbor and tax payer sir. Don't flaunt yourself as a good man or Christian when you display this behavior. It is uncalled for your tenants floors are flooded and you haven't even returned her calls or came by. It's easy call someone to come fix it. Think about it a family with children, no showers, no running water at all, no ability to wash, cook or clean properly? Now tell me why the HUD office hasn't done anything about this yet? Oh yea small town politics. Peoples health are at risk it's time to wake up Spruce Pine.

A Highway Patrolman or a Highway Nazi

 A Highway Patrolman or a Highway Nazi? On January 5, 2018, a highway patrolman by the name of S.K. Scharf pulled me over in the parking lot of Pine Hill Auto Parts in Newdale. As I got out of my truck at my business, he shouted on the loudspeaker, “Get back into the vehicle now! Get back into the vehicle now!”. Then he arrogantly tried to interrogate me. My wife, who is a witness, thought he was going to possibly shoot me. Now backing up to the beginning, I was driving along with several cars behind me when I saw a marked highway patrol car sitting on the side of the highway facing Burnsville, on the Spruce Pine side of the river bridge. By the time I drove out of sight, I saw in my rear view mirror that the patrol car still had not pulled out. By the time I pulled into the parking lot at Pine Hill, the patrolman was right on me. I had been driving the speed limit so by my estimation, for this patrolman to have closed the distance so fast, he would have had to have been going at an extremely high rate of speed of over 80 mph while passing several cars in a construction zone. (You know even if I was a criminal, it was not like I was going to get far in my big old ton and a half box truck.) And he did all of this to only accuse me of not wearing a seatbelt! This patrolman endangered and could have killed several people with his reckless behavior and should be fired. He is not cut from the same cloth that our fine local sheriff and sheriff deputies are. Instead, this patrolman would have fit in well with Hitler’s Nazi Gestapo.

Anthony Robinson 

Dear Mr Gun Violence

Mr Gun violance, first of all you have nothing to do!!! Ive had guns since I was 10 yrs old, There has not been one single gun got up and shot or fired it self at any thing or any one,Plus with out America not having gun rights you would probably be in a camp working for Hitler,or one of the other ignorant leaders from a foriegn country so sit down with your Bible read it and thank god every day for Military, Police and Law abbiding citizens OR YOU COULD JUST MOVE,LIKE North Korea, Iran,Iraq THERES A FEW PLACES FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For Everything There is a Season...Even Leggings

I agree with the writer about the leggings. Leggings are meant to be worn underneath LONG tops. You might as well be wearing pantyhose as the leggings. The hind end needs to be covered. In my opinion even younger people in leggings need to be covered. 

How can you quote the bible and yet publicly criticize and JUDGE a person you do not know? It constantly amazes me the people who claim to be Christian and then act in a completely contradictory manner. It is absolutely fine for you to have your opinion. That is your right. But to publish your judgement on a public forum and quote the bible in the same article is completely hypocritical! I am not a Christian, but I have read the teachings of Christ and believe very much in his message of kindness and love. In fact I am a pagan and do not even believe in god. However, I think I act much more like a Christian than a person who preaches bible quotes and violates the teachings of Christ in one paragraph. 

I read what folks said about them leggins had to ask my doughter what they was. she said they was them reel tite stocking britches that look nasty. I saw some in town don't like um afraid some will ware to church. what are they tryin to show

 I think you should not judge any one till you have walked a mile in their shoes


A few days before Christmas, I saw a really scary sight! I was sitting in the car in a local grocery store parking lot while my husband went in to get a few things. An older woman pranced in front of our car wearing a short red top, white leggings that looked more like tights and tall boots. At first glance, I thought she may be going to a Halloween costume party, but then I remembered that it was the Christmas season. She was too old to be one of Santa's Elves. After a closer look, I realized what she was trying to do......she was trying to be "in style", wearing leggings! But, she was at least 40 years too late. The Bible tells us that "For everything there is a season", and this goes for leggings, too. Some people will say I'm just being picky and should mind my own business, or that maybe this was all she had to wear. Nope, afraid not. This dear woman had an expensive hair cut, nice makeup, jewelry and handbag, and had gotten out of an expensive car. By the way she was walking, you could tell that she honestly thought she looked "cool". Sadly, she looked ridiculous. What I'm trying to say, in a kindly way, is that it's more flattering to dress in a way that's appropriate for our age. There are leggings in navy, black or blue jean colors that look nice on older women, especially if they are worn with a longer top or shirt. My Grandpa was a farmer, not a fashion expert, but he always said, "You can't stuff 50 pounds of potatoes in a 10 pound sack!" So, ladies, take a second or third look in the mirror before wearing your granddaughter's clothes. Thanks!

Ingles Parking Lot

 The Ingles parking lot is entirely too small for the volume of business it has. Ingles and Sav-Mor are both owned by Ingles. It only makes sense for these two business to swap locations. I think this is a safety issue and well as convenience. If you agree with me, contact Ingles main office, (828)669-2941, and express your concerns. I just did. 


Tax Reform

With the corporate tax going from 35% to 21%.Will the pharmaceutical companies be reducing the price of medicine?

Thanks Congress/Senate

We want to thank our Congressmen and Senators for looking out for us on the small Social Security raise we receive for this coming year.In turn,the raise was taken back on Medicare-so really we did not get a raise.We've had this for 8 years so when you go to the polls think of these Congressmen and Senators that looked out for you.My opinion is, the draining of the swamp is not happening fast enough.By a previous comment the Seniors need your help and it is evident why.

Thank God for Great Spruce Pine Neighbors!!

My wife and I are retired and live in wonderful Mitchell County. This morning, we woke up to snow and said, "Well, we won't be able to walk down our steep driveway to get the mail." When I opened the front door to look outside, I was so happy to see that one of our kind neighbors had scraped and cleaned our entire driveway!! Anonymously! What a wonderful Christmas blessing!!! Many thanks to this kind soul! Folks, please remember your neighbors who are older, or shut-ins and unable to do things for themselves. Your little act of kindness can mean so much!!

Senior Center Needs Your Help

Dear Editor,
How many of you have been a little extra blessed this year?  How many of you would like to be a blessing to someone in need?  Have you ever considered feeding a senior citizen?  Our seniors are the most vulnerable of our population.  Many are homebound and unable to fix a hot meal.  Many are alone with no family around or, in some cases, living.  The Yancey County Senior Center has been feeding this population for decades. 
The Yancey County Senior Center is now serving 75 people through Meals on Wheels – people who may not otherwise get a hot meal.  We currently have 74 clients who come in and eat lunch Monday through Thursday.  We also serve 21 clients through In-Home Aide and pay for 12 people to utilize Yancey Transportation to come in to the Center for meals.  No one over 60 is turned away, or ever charged for their meal.  However, our need continues to grow due to baby boomers becoming seniors.  The need grows but our funding continues to be cut.  We now have a waiting list of 15 people in need of Meals on Wheels and 15 people in need of In-Home Aide services.
If you are looking to donate somewhere this holiday season, the seniors of Yancey County would greatly benefit from your donation.  With so many good causes in the area to donate to, many times seniors are overlooked.  Our mission statement reads “To promote the quality of life and successful aging for the senior citizen population of Yancey County”.  We believe that our seniors are deserving of the security of knowing they will get at least one hot meal a day. 
Donations can be made by mail to Yancey County Senior Center, PO Box 546, Burnsville, NC 28714 or made in person at our facility located at 503 Medical Campus Drive where you can experience what our Center is all about.  All donations are tax deductible.  ANYTHING helps. 
May you be blessed this holiday season,
Yancey County Senior Center Staff

Daily Commentary

 I think Mr.Sink and WKYK do a great job, one of the most respectful radio stations on air in today's world. It would be wonderful if he didn't have to talk about all the negative things going on the world, but he tells it like it is, it would be wonderful also if we lived in a world where we could love each other 365 days a year, talk about Jesus and how he died for us and be thankful everyday....not just in December...don't ya think?

It is my opinion that Mr. Sink is doing a fine job with his commentary on the radio and a good decent man. What some call hate is reality, Mr Sink always tells it like it is, America today is a country in which we have freedom of speech. when i hear something i don't want to hear on radio or t.v. i simply change stations or put it on mute. this may be a good option for you. No disrespect intended,


 In the spirit of the Christmas season, it would truly be a blessing if Mr. Sink could focus his commentaries on the message of love, tolerance, and joy, for the month of December. His negative and polarizing political comments often take the joy out of listening to WTOE in the mornings. Let's focus on the love and forgiveness that Jesus taught as we celebrate his birth. Thank you.

Fairground Apartments

To the person who wrote about fairground apt I agree lived here a good while it has gone down hill no places to park trash everywhere people who don't work nothing wrong with them noisy neighbors loud motorcycles going fast through the neighborhood magement don't seem to care 

 Live in fairground apt a while starting to go down hill no parking trash everywhere people that don't work nothing wrong with them drugs selling drugs Tenn tags living here over 6 months noisy here people driving fast on motorcycles bad place to live now 


Why???can we not have a notice when town water SP has a water boil ?? Not everyone has time to go on computer or listen to wtoe?? Dont you know what a robo call is??