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Yancey County Commissioners

 the subject of matter is the certified bid tabulation for the mowing services for yancey countygovernment. i would like to make a comment and how the bids were handled when you have a contractor that lives in yancey county that was the lowest bidder. and the contract was awarded to somone who has a business in Mitchell county. this contractor in Yancey countyis mor than capable to do the contract work for the county. when he confronted a county commisioner he told him the reason that he was not awarded the contract the county commisioner board came to the conclusion the contractor with the lowest bid didnt have enough manpower or equipment to handle the job, without even finding out whether he did or not. This contractor has been inbusiness in yancey county for thirty years. it seems to me like one of the commisioners has a grudge or a vindetta against the contractor. from what the contractor was told was that one of the commisioners raked him through the mud with his bad mouth. it seems as though that he was the topic of discussion during thebid selection. is our county not hurting enough without bidding out jobs to people in other counties . so i ask the people of Yancey county to remember this at election time.Sincerely yours KEN WALDROP DBA ken Lawn CARE SERVICES.

Good Use for Taylor Toggs

Those are good ideas but I think what everyone is missing when they say why doesn't Burnsville have this or that and why not put this in Taylor Togs old building is that it takes money to do these things. It takes a lot of money to get a franchise for these chain restaurants. Google it and you'll find out. When people open a business they are using their own hard earned money most of the time so I think it is disrespectful to down the businesses that are here. Some open consignment shops because there is a lower amount for startup but at least they are trying instead of drawing off the government!

That's a great idea! I would also like to see a salt water pool big enough to do water aerobics and please get rid of that horrible fence around the parking lot.

My opinion is that if there was a gym with exercise classes and a place to get a healthy smoothie and protein shakes, etc, it would be a booming business!! Great location for us who live on the east side of town.

Healthcare and Pre-Existing Conditions

Myths and Facts about the MacArthur Amendment
1.       Myth: This Amendment does not cover pre-existing conditions.
FACT: The MacArthur Amendment explicitly maintains protections for pre-existing conditions.  NO STATE, under ANY circumstances, may ever obtain a waiver for guaranteed issue of coverage, guaranteed renewability of coverage, or (more)

Hickory Springs Road

Hickory Springs Rd. is in dire need of paving. Many residents use this road, to get to The Recycling Center. The road is terrible and the bridge is even worse. We are still wondering why two huge speed bumps (not sure what they are) were put in the middle of this road. Are there any plans to upgrade this road? Can anyone help get this road re-paved in Yancey County?

Republicans Are Ruining Country

many of the statements are too accusatory and need actual reliable sources it is my personal opinion that fake news comes from both sides liberal and conservatives. I encourage people to research themself how issues are voted on some people in media choose what voices they allow to be heard as well as pick and choose which topics they allow to reach the public even when they are part of public record.

Our Republican lawmakers have been at it all year long trying to ruin many great things that the American people have had access to. Everything from health insurance to overtime pay at work. But yet, they can pass a bill that​ will allow people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun. This is very concerning. Mentally ill people were ​part of who gun control was set up to prevent from (more)

Proposed Budget Threatens Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

Habitat is a wonderful organization serving a worthy cause. However my concern is that as our debt spirals out of control we have to draw lines and make cuts. I know everybody thinks their project is the most important one and wants the cuts made elsewhere. It seems to me that lots of organizations started as small charities and as they grow and get bigger soon enough they have to have paid staff and lots of workers. Then they need more funds and the next thing you know are getting government grants and now what was once a charity organization funded by people interested in the good work is now dependent upon government grants and the government is responsible for keeping it going. Maybe it is time for all these charities to go back to funding themselves then they don't have to worry about the government cutting funding. 

In 2016, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) affiliates across NC received more than $8.7M dollars in HOME funding, most of that via the NC Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) to provide zero-percent second mortgage financing to affiliates.
  This funding contributed directly to the construction of 222 new housing units.
HFH affiliates in NC received another $1.2M in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding that made possible the development of infrastructure on several projects across the state.
Under the budget currently proposed by President Trump, both sources of funding would be zeroed out, and Habitat affiliates in NC alone would be faced, in 2018, with the loss of as much as $10M in federal funding.  This funding is essential to Habitat’s home-building, primarily because every dollar of public funding generates and leverages nearly four dollars in private contributions from individuals, churches, corporations and foundations. 
Both sources of federal funds are critical to Habitat affiliates across the country.  “Their elimination will lead directly to the loss of homeownership opportunities for very low-income North Carolinians” who depend on Habitat and these funds for the few options they have now,” according to Greg Kirkpatrick, president and executive director of HFH of NC.  “The affordable housing crisis in most of NC will grow ever worse, and, without new sources of funding, that continuing affordability crisis will result in a further eroding of the quality of housing stock in the state.  Families already on the margins will be hurt. 
In Mitchell-Yancey counties, Habitat has built 21 homes since 1992 and two more homes are planned in 2017-18.  These funding sources provide Habitat a $35,000 LOAN not GRANT for each home built.  Homeowners make monthly mortgage payments to Habitat and Habitat makes a monthly payment to NCHFA to repay this LOAN.
This loss of federal housing investment in our local Habitat and North Carolina communities will be devastating.  Samuel Gunter, director of policy and advocacy at the NC Housing Coalition adds that he can’t overstate his concern.  “We will see fewer affordable housing units and more folks spending an increasing percentage of their limited incomes on food.  Rent always eats first.  The loss of these programs would have a cascading negative effect on a family’s health, on their ability to build wealth over time, and on their access to opportunity.”
Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors


Burnsville needs to do away with all the junky consignment shops and local restaurants for the most part that are bad. (Some obvious exceptions.) Tear down old rundown buildings including those banks and that old gas station! Bring in good craft stores, GOOD chain restaurants and up things to appeal to everyone. There isn't much to offer food wise; what there is usually goes downhill quickly. It really needs some serious upgrading. Appears impoverished and rundown in many respects. Take a page from Weaverville town of Burnsville. Move into the future instead of stagnating. 

Grass Mowing

The question remains, just who is responsible for keeping all this new grass mowed? I have seen where several businesses have taken it upon themselves to mow in front of their area, no doubt due to safety concerns for their customers trying to pull out and see over the tall grass and for the fact it makes their place of business look so unkempt. But I can't imagine that it is really their place to keep up grass that they didn't plant. So long term who is going to cut the grass?

 I guess the money for the "repossessed" asphalt couldn't pay for a decent mowing job either!! :) If I payed someone to mow my lawn and they left it looking the way the medians look I would be repossessing their pay. Way to go Yancey county! Those tourists are going to love that as much as all the empty falling down buildings along side the 4-lane and in town. Once again our common sense is really showing on the part of our "powers that be".

Four Lane

Why are they tearing the road up for? Are they repossessing it for money to have the grass mowed? !!! Just wondering!

Would you have expected anything else, seeing how fast they laid it, to avoid fines. The rich get richer while the poor pave the way, sorry for the pun. "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pun"

Why the heck has the NEW road being tore up AGAIN!!?! Seriously people this is ridiculous. Looks like same company doing it again also, why why why?!?

Grass and the New Sidewalks

Grass has to be mowed. Why didn't they plant flowers like the beautiful ones you see on the way to Asheville? 

I also agree that the grass needs to be maintained on the new 4 lane, it looks very bad. It is very hard to see when pulling out of Charlie Brown Rd because of the slight hill and now the tall grass. It should not have be planted in grass if it can't be kept mowed.

Lots of time, money and man-hours were spent to complete the beautiful new 4-lane road through our town. The new sidewalks were an added accent that not only are pretty, but are appreciated by those who walk for exercise, and also by those who walk to get to a specific destination. However, the sidewalks and the grassed medians would look so much better if they were mowed and trimmed. If the grass along the sidewalks and the medians aren't maintained, all the hard work for the scenic highway isn't going to look too pretty as people pass through Burnsville. I feel this needs attention soon.

Bill Allen Road Stop Light Suggestion

We do not need a light at Bill Allen Road. a. Be patient and make your turn in either direction. b. Use the turn light at East Yancey to make a safe turn. c. Do not turn out from the Trash Depot and go East. Again...use the traffic light to mitigate the situation. At 6pm, East Yancey Light needs to go Yellow. I like the timing of the lights overall the last month. New Timers are in it seems. The other day, a gentleman, turned eastbound in the Westbound lanes in a white pickup. People were driving all over the place to get a way from him. and....he turned on a Red Light to boot. Only in Yancey

Freedom Caucus

You stated in your writings that some of Trump's enemies are lobbyists. Why did he have so many lobbyists around in his inner circle? Paul Manafort, his former campaign chief was a lobbyist for Russia. Michael Flynn was a lobbyist for Turkey and possibly Russia. Carter Page was targeted by the FBI as being a foreign agent (spy) for Russia. Yes, they're his enemies alright. You people keep on thinking that way. Why does he have so many people around him that are somehow involved with Russia? He said himself that he had a great relationship with Vladimir Putin but then retracted. People need to be concerned about this but I guarantee you that they will vote for him again.

Why does Congress care what the Freedom Caucus wants? Should they not ask the American People what we want instead? Who is the Freedom Caucus and who funds them? After watching in earnest over the last few weeks and as a constituent I can only see one thing that came out of the Mark Meadows Freedom Caucus’s band standing. We still have Obama Care and its rising premiums and failures. We can thank Mark Meadows and his Freedom Caucus for that. This brings up a question for me who is the Freedom Caucus and where do they get their funding? Answer-The Freedom Caucus receives funding and advertising from some very influential lobbyists that hide behind 501- C 4 organizations. Heritage action is one of these and interesting enough they are located in our state. Their Chief Executive is Michael A Needham a rabid known public critic of President Trump. Following the money you also find Heritage Action is also funded by none other than Globalists billionaires Koch Brothers. These two men are known for their animus disdain for our newly elected president and have been also linked to George Soros as of lately. The Koch Brothers hide behind 501(c) 4 status so they can fund rabid groups like Heritage Action and Club for Growth in order to wage war on our President’s agenda while hiding under the premise of principals and under the banner of conservatism. But conservatism and principals are not the Koch Brothers real agenda. Their goal is a globalist utopia governed and controlled by few. This is not the same agenda that the people of this Country voted for in unprecedented numbers and also across party lines in November. Some of President Trump biggest enemies are Lobbyists. So whose side is Mark Meadows on? Is he on the side of the forgotten man and woman that have been destroyed by Globalists like Koch Brothers and Needham or does he just do their bidding. Why does Congress care what the Freedom Caucus wants should they not be asking the American People instead? The people of this country sent a very strong message to the status quo of Washington in November. We are fed up with obstructionists like Mark Meadows and his Freedom Caucus and we want you to work for the interests of the American People not your lobbyist Globalist donors by the name of Koch and Heritage Action.
Cindie Harman Hot Springs NC – Spring Creek 

Great Opportunity

What an opportunity we have in the loss of the Cane River championship to teach our children some important lessons. First of all, people and their feelings are what matter most (letting a special needs child be a part of the team is more important than winning). Second, always be honest, even if it means giving up something. Third, we don't always get the trophy. Fourth, forgive people. Mistakes were made, forgive them. These are some of life's most important lessons. These kids are already winners, they won the season, they won the championship. Learn these lessons and they will be winners in life. 

Please Pave Road

Please, Please dept. of transportation will you please repave or fill in the terrible holes and ruts in the little road between East Yancey and Burnsville school. All the buses have to use it now that go into Burnsville elementary . Just begging... Have a nice day !!!

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??

Town Center Brewery

as for us needing a Brewery in our country that is the last thing for our grandchildren's future then I pray we will be able to leave this country. you know so many people in this town are all about their self, never thinking about one day you won't matter anymore except what you stand for and what we leave our loved child /grandchild to live in when we had the best days and times to have born and raised. we didn't need a brewery to make a living. My father was a carpenter/ and a block/ stone Maison and we ate what we grew and we knew it was clean and pure good for our health. I have sat and thought of what do we need to leave behind. We that were born and breed in theses Mountains know what a special place to be born and raised close to the heavens. we also know there was a day that nearly everyone in this country was out working unless you were an infant. we didn't have a brewery or a soda industry. only a plant or two, but we always had everthing we needed and some of what wanted, We worked as a family in the garden for our food and grown tobacco to make a little extra money for us big family of 12 children and 14 counting the parents to have a loving Christmas with not many boxes under the tree for us . We would get 1 or 2 new things each year and we were so happy as if we had everthing in the world. And come to find out as I got older that I would love to go back to those days with my grandchildren. We had respect for our parents , we loved each other and happy to be running through the woods , swinging on a grape vine , playing in the creek water . we never stayed indoors unless it was to cold or it was time for supper with the whole familey. not one in their bedroom eating and one in the family room watching watching TV. not at the home of the family that was very blessed. I feel for our young today. No respect , do what they want , talk back to their parents , they rule todays parents. They nare in no way to blame . A child only knowes what they are tought. We need not a brewery instead a town, county that have our young in our best intrest. if we dont get something in this county for our youth then they dont have much of a start and lessions on how to surive in this would today. we need places for them to go hang out with people of their own age and not sitting on our town square dinking beer right there in the face of our law inforcement. All they have in this once a place where you were blessed to be born in sush a small peise of God's creation. WE need Jobs we need new business places for everone no matter the age to go to have fun with friends , something to do rather than drink beer a other sprits and lets the worse DRUGS. People dont seem to understand that bordem will push our youth that is sitting on the squaer of our town are also are more likely are using drug's and then we send them off o rehabe while we the elders are out brewing beer for them to go but and brag about their parents making the one thing thay have to do in the town they live. we may as well go buy it for them and wait for that deradful day when the phone rings and it is your child this time, Leaving town squera drunk and run off the road or even take anoyher life that will cause them to do drugs if they live so looking at the bigger picture I love this place i have lived all my life . Im 52 and I have had a burden for our youth . Yhey deserve to be happy and places to go and not have to drive 80 miles to do something. If i had the money as a lot of people here and our seasional homeowners have I could open a business for all age groups expecily the youth in hopes that I made a diffrence in their life and they wont have to work in a place its almost certian they will becone an addicted to our mountain hom brew beer and any drud they seek. I mean really is your imegition no bigger tand a mug of brew a suckie job cause their is no where to go for work. And you know what ? I love the second handed clothing stores . some of us mountain folk has enough seince not to pay for a pair of jeans just to say i got them at the mall that someone who had money to burn paid 100 bucks for them wore them for a year maby and I went into the consignment store and got for 5.00 to 10.00 bucks. that is useing the brain our creatior gave us . 

But at least we're enjoying the ride


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.