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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

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.

Phone Books

 I think the telephone companies should be charged with littering for every phone book they have thrown out. I understand not everyone can or will bend over to pick the books up at their mailboxes, but it should rest on the shoulders of the ones that throwed them out. Half the books lay there til some critter tears them up and makes a mess. Its not different than me throwing a fast food bag out the window. 


The new road is nearing completion and with the addition of all the new sidewalks it really will look great! My question is with all the new sidewalks being poured, why is there still not one from McCarty's Small Engine Repair up to Glen Raven on Main Street? Most places on the bypass and Main Street have sidewalks on both sides of the road, while this section still doesn't have one on either side. I hope this section is on the list because it is a dangerous section to walk without one. Thanks.

Downtown Burnsville

What idiot would want their young teen child hanging around a 18 or 19 yr old ,by law the 18and19 are adults that is an accident waiting to happen. I agree the kids need somewhere to go but the square isn't the answer. And if someone would build a place for the kids the locals would complain that it's changing our little small town into sin city.

The same crying was done 20 years ago when my daughter and her friends were cruising town and it's still the same today. The few who cause trouble ruin everything for everybody (this is the same even for adults!). First the blame should lie with the parents who never teach their children to respect others! Second we have law enforcement-for the town-who supposedly are intelligent enough to be able to take care of the ones who are troublemakers and let the others continue to exercise their rights as citizens. Thirdly I agree with the previous poster as to the poor example being shown the children by the business owners and patrons alike who are selling and buying the alcohol in town. This is what the people seemed to want and we WILL reap the consequences. By the people, I mean a few natives and a lot of transplants who want Yancey county to be what they left when they came here! Why not just stay where you were and let us live our quiet peaceful lives as had for generations before us! You can call me a Bible thumper if you want but God will judge us all in the end. God bless

WOW! I read all the chatter and whining about our teens gathering on the square to be close to their heritage. This has been and I hope to be a tradition for many years to come. It seems that the only amusement they can find around town (since there not old enough) to join in the free beer that is given away at some gatherings lately, is to set on the square and watch as the nobles wobble and stagger to their cars as they leave the taverns now all around the square.WHEW! That's entertainment for sure! What kind of example are we setting as we drink too much and stagger to the car and snub the local "lowlife village people" setting around the square?....just saying!...leave those kids alone!!!!!

First of all i am not a transplant, if the young people would act the way  they should when they come together there would be no problem. when they were able to park at businesses they left their litter behind, and the majority of them drive the side streets like maniacs spinning their tires, even to the point of driving off the roadway spinning up the grass damaging personal property.  NO RESPECT FOR NO ONE ELSE!                          How would you like to pick up their trash, have cars and trucks flying by your house even stopping in front of your house to do a burn out, be in fear for your children,grand- children to play in your yard for fear that they will be run over by a speeding vehicle with an inexperienced driver losing control. Maybe if they would obey the laws they would be able to have more freedom. I understand that not all the teen's do these things, however many that do spoil it for the rest. I agree that teens need something to do. Anybody got any ideas?

There is absolutely nothing for the young people of Burnsville to do. Nothing, nothing, nothing. Why is it so horrible for teenagers to be out where we can keep an eye on them, and not down some back-woods road getting into mischief because of boredom? Not all kids can be on a ball team, not all kids can or want to be involved in a school function that would take up some of their free time. Some kids would just like to hang out in their town, laugh and talk with friends, get a bite to eat, listen to music together, and just enjoy their time as a teenager. As the other submitter stated, "back in the old days" we were allowed by law enforcement, and the citizens, to ride around town, park in parking areas of businesses that has closed for the day, and be a kid whose parents had given them a little freedom. How sad it is that it's frowned upon for our teens to congregate on the square, between the court house and town hall, (sheriff's department and police department) and just sit on truck tailgates, sit in the grass, laugh and cut-up on the sidewalk, without some people being afraid to travel that route when children are out. They are children for God's sake....were you never a teenager? Lighten up...if you don't like it, then foot the bill for "A facility for young people-age 13 to 19 only-with supervision to be set up as a gathering place". 

I’m going to go off the assumption that the “Old F*rt” is not a native of Yancey County. If you are then maybe you don’t have any children or obviously did not cruise town as we did “back-in-the-day”. I find it ridiculous that the teens are no longer permitted to cruise town or even sit in a public parking lot to meet up with friends. Just what do these “transplants” expect the local kids to do in the town of Burnsville and how sitting on the square is “inappropriate”? Too bad Burnsville Town Leaders listen to the outsiders instead of the people who have been here for generations. Yancey County natives should take a stand for their kids and grandkids so they can experience the life of a small town. I love living here. I love the people and love the small town life. I just wish others would do the same instead of trying to conform it to their liking and make it to be like where they came from and tell us how we should “do things the way other towns do” (the changing of traffic flow on the square for one example).


I think that downtown Burnsville, including the square, should be posted No Loitering-excepting for public functions, use of restaurants, churches, stores, etc. A facility for young people-age 13 to 19 only-with supervision-should be set up for a gathering place. The mixture of teens and older young adults every evening on the square is just not appropriate. Many people I know don't even like driving through the area in the evenings. A Concerned 'Old F*rt' 

New Elementary School

No one has commented on the fact that Micaville elementary school is as old as the others they are closing. Don"t the children there need a new school also? Are they going to have to wait until the new school in the west end of the county is paid for?

I agree the decision has been made. The new school WILL be built so stop complaining and accept it.

 I understand people's frustration over the changes coming to Yancey County's schools. But please try to understand that the member's on the school board have worked long and hard to find the BEST solution for you and your children. Most members of the board are retired school teachers or school officials, and they understand the long history of these small elementary schools. This could not have been an easy decision for them. To say that they already had their minds made up, they took the easy way out, or to assume they didn't look at every option and angle is ludicrous. I have been following this story from afar (all the way across the state) through this website and the Yancey Times Journal. I have read the various impact studies, and although it may not be the most convenient for you and your family at this time, it does seem that a brand new facility would meet the needs of the MOST students in the MOST economical way possible. If you haven't been to one of these schools recently, visit Bald Creek or Clearmont after a heavy rain. Many classrooms have STANDING water that flood the kid's cubbies and desks. Teachers and custodians spend hours trying to remove the water, and clean up the debris so that the kids can have a safe environment. You will also feel the drafts of cold air coming through the old windows and cracks in the walls. You can look at the collapsing ceiling tiles hanging above their heads. It's sad that nostalgia seems to be more important to some than the health and well being of their children. 

Look the schools that are mentioned in this article are old and dilapidated and I believe are located in a flood area and one of those schools has to be pumped every month because of the flood area. There is nothing that can be done about a flood area, once a flood area always a flood area. I can somewhat under stand your bus issues but it's for the better of the school system. Also the wiring in those schools are outdated and are fire hazards. Come on people your little community is changing it has to,thing don't last forever. Matter of fact the whole area needs changied and yes I live here and work here. 

Couldn't  11.5 million dollars, divided between Bee Log, Clearmont, and Bald Creek upgrade these schools, preserve our community centers, and keep our small children off the buses which they will ride on dark, curvy roads for hours each day? Please, please, let's talk some more. 

 In reference to the news article placed on the WKYK website this morning (9/20/16) - I understand the need for a new elementary school, but the distance between Clearmont, Bald Creek & Bee Log is so vast. I know a lady who has a child in kindergarten at Clearmont. She said her child has to get on the school bus at 5:50am and they only live 3 miles from Clearmont Elementary School. What time will the little children have to get on a bus that live in the Bee Log district to travel to the new school? I'm sure the persons in charge will want the new school to be close to the new four-lane, not in the Jack's Creek area that might be a central location. Has anyone thought about the length of time the children will have to be on the bus to travel to and from school? Not every parent can take their child to school and pick them up at the end of the day. Some of us do work for a living, you know...Couldn't about $300,000 be spent on each of the three current schools to fix any issues there are? $900,000 is a long way from $10 million. Please reconsider your decision...please.

Stage on square!

Please, please no stage on the square! We want our grandchildren and great grandchildren to enjoy what we have on the square. Benches are wonderful, the Rock and flowers are absolutely beautiful. We could not have a more beautiful place to enhance the beauty of our town. 

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.

New Red Lights

To expand on what has been said about the new traffic patters, the construction in general, and the near accidents, the new red-lights. In one day, on Sunday, July 31, I saw two different vehicles run the light next to the Shell station. They were both turning left on to 19E from Main St, I was driving toward UCB on 19E and my direction had the green light. This happened at two different occasions on Sunday. Where were the law enforcement monitoring the new lights??? That is just 1 scenario of many I have seen. 

Roaming Dogs in Yancey County

What the public needs to understand is that, until or unless there are leash laws outside the town limits, the Sheriff's Department nor the Humane Society can pick up dogs just because someone thinks its a stray. That dog might live just up the road and since there is no law, you would be in essence, stealing someone's dog. If the dog looks sick or hurt or is a threat to someone physically then you can call the Sheriff's Department and describe the situation and if it meets the criteria they will help you. Or you can pick up the dog yourself and take it to the shelter. But not if you know it is your neighbor's dog. If you truly don't know who the dog belongs to, take it to the shelter and they will try to reunite it with it's owner. The Humane Society cannot pick up animals under any circumstances. Their role is to care for them after they are picked up and brought in. They have no legal authority to pick up animals at large. 

Regarding roaming dogs....Yancey Humane Society is hard at work with the Sherrif's Department to create some animal ordinances. We have wanted to do this for many years, but this time we have a dialogue going, and positive attitudes on both sides. Keep your fingers crossed that we will actually accomplish something with this effort. YHS is dedicated to making life better for the unloved, abused, and discarded cats and dogs of Yancey County.