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Out On A Chain

I am not referring to ALL dogs on chains. I know that most hunting dogs are well taking care of. However, there are plenty of dogs out here that aren't . At least hunting dogs get exercise. Some dogs are doomed to live day in and day out on a chain. Why not build an kennel? Why have a dog in the first place? At least you built a nice house for yours as opposed to a cold plastic blue barrel.
To the person who made the "Chain" comment, sometimes it's necessary to chain a dog for their safety. We have a hunting dog that has to be chained up because if he's not, guess what, he's gone and will not come back home. He does have a nice yard, a insulated dog house which is hand built and more love and food then you could ever imagine. So if this offends you then I'm sorry. I'd rather keep my dog home and loved then running off and getting killed or injured and never to be found.

Hey, hey i see you there. I see the lights on in the house . I see the smoke rising from the chimney. I hear the laughter of my humans' voices. It looks awfully cozy and warm in there. Sure wish you would let me in . I would prove to you what a good dog i am. Yes, Yes... i do have fur, but when it's so cold it is hard to stay warm. Thank you for the house you provided for me. it gives me a little protection from the wind and cold. Could you please make sure and check my water in the morning? it always freezes overnight and i must have fresh water and food to survive. I wish i could say i was content on the end of this chain. I am grateful you feed me and mumble hello when doing so. I wish i was more than a lawn ornament to you. I can be a great protector of the family IF i am in the house. On the end of a chain , there is not a lot i can do. Did you know that as a dog my very nature is about sniffing and exploring? you know how you like to get on Facebook... well , me snifffing in the woods, going on walks , socializing with my humans, eating the occasional deer poop is my facebook? Again. thank you for the little attention you do give me. Your humble lawn ornament.... your chained dog.

Random Drug Testing for Teachers

Since most of the working public have to be drug tested at some point in their working career, why aren't teachers held to this same standard? One would think that teachers would be held to a higher standard than most since they often promote the D.A.R.E program and other drug abuse resistance programs. Why can't we be ensured that our children aren't under the influence of some drug abusing teachers?

Stand Up Against Terrorism

Having nothing to do with politics this is just a comment as an American. Today I am ashamed of our President and top officials. How they could make the decision not to go and stand in unity with 40 some other leaders from countries around the world  for freedom and against Islamic terrorism is something I will never understand. I don't know if these people don't understand the threat or just don't care. Is our President so caught up in Beyonce and Jay-Z, like alot of other Americans only paying attention to such things as "Golden Globes" or does he not believe its Islamic terrorisim?  Call it what it is. If Christians start mass murdering people or beheading them or blowing them up then it will be Christian terrorism. Right now it is Islamic terrorism. And we ALL had better wake up. And certainly our leaders need to wake up and STAND up. 


I fully agree that the protesting that we are seeing is way out of line. In my opinion it is being used as an excuse to break the law even more. What has killing innocent officers, breaking store windows, stealing and setting fires have to do with getting justice for anyone? When it comes to law enforcement they are to do exactly what their job title says, ENFORCE THE LAW! If your breaking the law, then color, gender nor age should be taken into consideration, you should get what due punishment you deserve. In their line of work they have to be ready to defend themselves and others, whatever the means, if they feel threatened. They are trained to have good judgment, and to be able to assess situations very quickly. If we take away any of the rights of our officers, then we are just asking to start burying the very ones that are giving their time to protect us. I appreciate so much, everyone of our officers. Our State Troopers, Sheriff Dept, and Town Police all do a great job. If we want our society to do and be better then it is our responsibility as citizens to each do our equal part. Where our country is going wrong is by taking God out of our country. Seems like every week I hear of somewhere else that God is being taken out of, schools, hospitals, work places, and most of all our homes. This country was founded on God and his precious Word. Looking down through history it seems that as He is gradually getting pushed out, our country is gradually getting worse. I have children and if time lasts I honestly fear for them and their future. The Godly training that once was encouraged by our schools and parents is now being oppressed by the government. I say shame on us for letting it happen. If the people that are wasting all this time protesting and causing more trouble would take the same amount of time praying for our country and teaching their children that God is the answer,instead of killing innocent people and committing more crimes, then we could start seeing a positive change. We need to go back to the times of "IN GOD WE TRUST".

Breaking the law has nothing to do with the color of your skin. I don't care what color someone is if they break the law they should be arrested. If you want to protest find an incident that is justifable. Protesting over someone being arrested when they are breaking the law is ridiculous.We should be thankful for our law enforcement.  

Road Condition

Could the DOT and Young & McQueen do any worse with the road construction? It seem everytime they work at a different spot-with huge traffic snarls-they leave it in a worse mess than the time before. I know they are trying (somewhat) to get this project done before the Lord returns but why can't they leave the road in a driveable condition? It feels like riding a wagon pulled by a team of mules when you drive over it. None of us will have a car in suitable driving condition by the time they are done. And forget trying to get up to the Banks shopping center unless you are driving a piece of heavy equipment, otherwise you will leave part of it behind. Come on guys show us you didn't just start you career yesterday and you know something about what you're trying to accomplish!

Dog That Was Shot

Hate it for the dog , but the owner should have had the dog on his property , about a year ago a neighbors dog came into my yard and started to attack me , on my own property , I jumped into the back of my truck , and this dog was large enough to come after me , I had 3 kids in the front yard what would I have done on my own land

Good people take good care of their animals, but the wicked know only how to be cruel. Proverbs 12:10 Why am I quoting this verse? Because my dog found one of his own today stuck on a branch in the river. A dead beagle. Where is the compassion? Compassion for the animal, the family looking for it, my family who had to deal with it on Christmas Eve, at the very least the townspeople who get their water from this river.....

I feel for the man that was charged for shooting the dog. He was on family property in a tree stand that some one had taken the time to put up on his time off work.Probably sat there for hours ,good time to see a deer. Here comes a dog scareing off every thing.Yes a little upset owners need to keep animals on their property.

Its a shame and disgrace that we live in a time where people would want someone charged with a felony crime for shooting a dog and then stand idly by, with no problem whatsoever, while countless babies are murdered every day under the name of "choice" and nothing is done to stop it. Its pitiful that people think more of an animal than they do a human being these days.

I'm so sorry to hear about your dog getting shot. I hope they charge him with a felony. This goes on way to often and nothing is ever done. Maybe if they do actually charge him it may send a message to others to leave people's pets alone!

Wonderful Christmas Play

Higgins FWB church on Cane River put on a wonderful Christmas playon Sunday night. It is wonderful to see a church with so many children, teenagers and young adults who give of their time to practice and perform these plays every year. Thanks to the adult who guide them through it and teach them the true meaning of CHRISTmas all through the year. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! Merry Christmas.

Another Heavy Frost and Another Day Off for Students

get over it people stop complaining about schools being called off or delayed. Weather in these mountains is unpredictable and our people who make the decisions do not have ESP. would YOURATHER GET A CALL SAYING YOUR CHILD WAS IN A SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT because a bus flipped over or have your child make up a few days in summer. stop griping and let people who know best make the best decisions for the safety of our precious children.

The schools will be criticized no matter what decision is made. If they run buses, someone will surely be mad because they risked kids getting hurt. If they don't, someone will be mad about that. I think the schools make the best choices they can. Just be thankful that someone cares enough about your kid to make that choice.

Days like today there wasn't much snow at my house either, the road was clear. However their was several roads in the county that were covered with snow as well as snow coming down. So it is my opinion the reason that school gets cancelled is they follow the weather reports and radar to try to make sure every kid and driver arrive at their destination unharmed, realizing that if a bus got stuck or Susie or johnny got a one inch scratch on their big toe that the LAWSUITS would fly. When I was in school the chains, blocks were under the back seat so when the snow begin to come down making roads get slick quick or the driver suddenly faced a very slick side road up some holler one of the bus garage men would show up and the bigger boys helped put the chains on sure we got our hands and clothes dirty did we or our parents mind mine didn't apparently the other boys didn't either because next time they were helping again.( I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT SOME PARENTS WOULD DO IF THEIR CHILD DID THAT NOW)  Life is not always convenient or easy. Might I suggest if people get so upset about the calling off of school move your family to a place where the snow don't  blow   THIS IS JUST MY OPINION.

What is going on with Yancey County Schools? It has gotten to the point where it seems like they call school off for nothing. Remember the day before Thanksgiving where there was no school because of a chance of snow? Im sure as I wake up today that some of the higher elevations in the county might have a little more snow than I do but it it really so bad that school couldn't have run on a 2 or even 3 hour delay. This is the reason our children have to attend school for most of the summer. I would love to know who it is making the decision to cancel school. Could it be someone who just wants a day off. This is something that the elected school board needs to look at or maybe it is time to start electing new school board members.

Thank You for Blankets

thank you all so much for the throws, and blankets that were donated to Noah's blankets for hugs. They were greatly appreciated from all who received them. May God bless you all, thank you, Noah Williams and Bible Baptist Church

Reflectors on Altapass

Altapass Road needs some kind of reflectors or flourescent lines painted or something. When it is dark or rainy it is almost impossible to see where the road is. Dept of Transporation or somebody please do something, it's dangerous.

Destruction of Jeff Neill Campaign Signs

I will begin by saying I am A staunch supporter of Sheriff Gary Banks, but it is sad to see where someone has destroyed the large campaign signs of Mr. Neill. This is very childish and also criminal. I would highly recommend that Sheriff Banks try to locate the guilty and prosecute them. If you have anything against Mr. Neill why don't you be brave enough to confront him face to face? This my opinion : LARRY PRESNELL

Loves WTOE

Just moved to Spruce Pine from Banner Elk. Radio WTOE has been a great resource of information, I listen via streaming on the computer. As a newcomer to the area, it has been great. Not to mention the Oldies are awesome and sounds good on the computer!