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Jacks Creek Speedway


Jacks Creek Rd has become a dangerous road to travel. Cars and trucks are constantly speeding up and down the road with no regard for other drivers, much less pedestrians. Some of these trucks sound like something you would hear at Monster Jam which leads me to believe there is no requirement that anybody has a muffler anymore. If you do attempt to drive a reasonable speed (45 mph is plenty fast enough for this road) you get somebody following you so closely you can read their lips in your rear view mirror. Deer and other animals are in the road almost daily and if these drivers round a blind curve and have to swerve or slam on the brakes...well, you can imagine. Not to mention the smaller side roads which are used for drag racing or just seeing how fast these morons can get their cars before they run out of straight road, or the folks that seem to enjoy doing burnouts in front of people's homes at all hours of the night. If the Highway Patrol reads this, I hope they will spend some time on Jacks Creek, for the sake of the people that don't want to be run off the road or passed in a blind curve. Thanks :)

Mitchell County Transportation Van


Have no idea who was driving the Transportation van on 4/27/16 at 5:00am from Snow Creek Rd to Wind Rd and on towards Spruce Pine, I was shocked at the care that the driver took on these roads, not to fast, not to slow, no quick jerks, I would be very happy to know if my family/friends was riding the van with this driver, the ID# on the van was 106 MV. 

Road Between Schools


What's the deal with the road that runs between Burnsville Elementary and East Yancey Middle? They paved down part of it and stopped. I assume that is all they are contracted for. What about the rest of the road? The bridge is in bad shape and lots of  heavy buses and other traffic run over it all day. The road is in terrible shape. Are they going to wait for a near tradgdy like happened at the Bald Creek bridge? 

New Road Cracked


Has anyone noticed the crack in the new pavement in front of Fred's and goes all the way to birnsville Chevrolet? If this new section is already splitting imagine what it will be in a year. Seems the base underneath the pavement is not compacted enough and not solid enough. This could mean water gets in the cracks and continues to break up I hope problems like this are addressed before the final layer of asphalt, if not then lock your hubs in we are in for another bumpy ride

Drive Safe in Burnsville


I understand how annoying the road work is in town, and that it's been going on for what seems forever. But please, try to drive safely despite all the cones, uneven lanes and construction going on. I was driving through town with my 2 year old daughter this past weekend and had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting someone who pulled right out in front of me, so they could avoid waiting. And I saw this happen several more times to other times to others. We have to be careful and think of others, not just ourselves. Don't let the aggravation of the road work push you to make poor choices while driving. It could result in wrecks, injuries, even death. Drive the way you would want someone to drive around your family and children.

Cane River Park


Why the heck are people parking in the grass at the park and nothing being done about it? Normally in the afternoons and evenings it's so bad that the walking trail is blocked. It's a DAILY THING. There's signs up that says park in designated areas only. It's getting ridiculous. Also twice in the last month someone has pulled out directly in front of me from the park. People need to remember that other people live on that road and to quit being careless. 

Thank You Yancey Hospice Volunteers


I want to shine a light on the more than 430,000 trained volunteers that gave more than 19 million hours of service last year. Who is this army of volunteers serving?  It would be hospices across the U.S. – more specifically, patients and families nearing the end of life.Right here in our community, 25 trained volunteers who are working with Yancey Hospice are giving selflessly to help people live as fully as possible, even at the end of life. Our community is a more compassionate place because of their service. April 10 – 16 is National Volunteer Week and every single volunteer deserves our appreciation and grateful acknowledgement.   Even when you're dying, there can be a lot of living to do. Hospice volunteers make more special moments possible for the patients and families they serve every day. I encourage others to learn more about hospice by contacting Yancey Hospice located at 856 George’s Fork Rd, Burnsville - 828-682-9675.

Sincerely,
Angie Higgins                                                                                                     Director of Volunteer Programs 

Define discrimination?


The LGBT community feels discriminated against over gender preference when peeing, however if we are not allowed to discriminate then when will a pedophile scream bigotry and hate because they love a 14yr old. It's the state laws in place that put a barrier on love with AGE (18). In many other countries an old man can marry a child. So if the LGBT win their agenda of sex, how soon will a pedophile win theirs on age? If 2 same sex couples can marry in NC then we need to abolish the law that I can't marry my sister, a child, an animal, and a third person. So while the LGBT feel they have a legit argument, they can't see the forest for the trees. They are opening up a whole can of issues and this will never end for America. 

Buildings


Someone was asking about the new building on Newdale Church Road. The building is the new Pine Hill Automotive, they will be relocating from the one in Micaville to there. 
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What is being built on newdale church Rd? And also I noticed the land where the old avondale building was has been graded. Are there plans for that site? Just wondering. Thanks


 

Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance statement on House Bill 2


House Bill 2 (HB2) was passed by both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly and signed into law by the governor in just over 12 hours on March 23rd. This law eliminates the possibility of discrimination protections for LGBT people across North Carolina.
 
Sponsors of House Bill 2 said it was in response to overreach by the Charlotte City Council, which passed an ordinance that added protections for LGBT people to the city's non-discrimination policy. Charlotte's law included a provision that allowed transgender people to use restroom and other facilities according to their gender identity.
 
Supporters of HB2 claimed that this provision would allow men to enter women's restrooms and locker rooms. This claim reveals a lack of understanding of what it means to be transgender. Transgender women are women and transgender men are men. (We know this terminology is new for some people; here's a good introduction from GLAAD: http://www.glaad.org/transgender/transfaq.)
 
HB2 says that people must use the restroom that corresponds to their "biological sex," as indicated on their birth certificate. Supporters say that transgender people can get their birth certificate changed if they want. Procedures for changing birth certificates vary by state. In North Carolina, sex reassignment surgery is required. This is an expensive and difficult procedure that not all transgender people want or can afford. Birth certificate sex changes are easier in some states and not permissible at all in others.
 
In addition, HB2 has created a statewide non-discrimination policy that limits protected classes to race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex and handicap. Cities, towns and counties are no longer permitted to create non-discrimination policies that go beyond these protections. This means that protections for LGBT people are no longer allowed at the local level in North Carolina. Supporters say they don't want to discriminate against anyone, but by not including sexual orientation and gender identity in the protected classes, they have done just that.
 
There is much that is not yet known for sure about HB2 because it was introduced and passed so quickly. There appear to be some possible conflicts between HB2 and federal law, including the rights of transgender students. The ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality North Carolina and Lambda Legal have filed a lawsuit challenging HB2. You can read about it and see the lawsuit here:http://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/nc-anti-lgbt-law-lawsuit
 
We want to end with one clear message: if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in or near Mitchell County, you are not alone. If you need information or assistance related to HB2, please reach out to us. We support you and we will fight until this discriminatory law is overturned, just like North Carolina's Amendment One - the last voter-approved, anti-LGBT marriage amendment in the US - was.
 
Allison Bovée and Amy Waller
Co-founders, Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance

NC House Update 4/4/16 (Details)


 

HB2 What A surprise NOT!!!


Transgenders have been going to the restroom of their choice for years and it has never been an issue. That is because Transgender men LOOK like men and Transgender women LOOK like women. With this law, women and children will be made more vulnerable than ever to sexual predators. Before, if a person that looks like a man entered a women's restroom it would be noticed. Now it will happen all the time. What is going to stop a man from saying he is "really" a transgender female? Whose going to be the bathroom bouncers and check everyone's pants. Plus, imagine the awkward conversations we will have with our children when we have to explain why the "man" in the other stall is really a "woman" that looks like a man. Talk about confusing young children! Geez!
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More than 60% of North Carolina voters stood against same sex marriage and were walked over by the supreme court. I am so proud of our state lawmakers who have stood up for what is right. I have sent my letter of support to the governor and will continue to support the people who stand for the laws put in place by the one and only GOD from the beginning of time. He doesn't change with the times and we shouldn't either no matter what. I'm proud to be a "bible thumper" and will be until I stand before the final judge-GOD. Praise the Lord we still have some lawmakers who have both spiritual and common sense!
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Well yeah the NC Repubs pushed the HB2 bill through in emergency session, and added a lot to the language that sets this lovely state back to the stone ages. Here is an excerpt from national news. Yes we have made the national news yet again with our backwards ways "But the issue facing Charlotte is much bigger than whether the city will host the 2017 All-Star game, and it implicates far more than which restroom facilities transgender people may use. Based on the outcry thus far, beyond the bathroom provisions, HB2 undermines the ability of local and state authorities to define and protect discrimination in other arenas as well. The law, which was voted on during a one-day special session last Wednesday, changes the way discrimination is defined and requires people to pursue such claims through federal, not state, courts. It also removes the ability of city and county officials to set minimum wage standards for private employers. Further, the law curtails employment rights and protections for gay and transgender people, meaning that people can be fired for their sexual orientation or identity." Way to go NC. All because you think rapist will lurk in every bathroom. When I was a child your parents policed the bathrooms while you used them, because of the creep factor. Always been there. Nothing new, just a chance for the bible thumpers to jump in and protect us, why don't they do something about the Catholic Church, where all the pedophiles really are. Jeesh.

In Support of HB2 And Our Leaders


 I would just like to stand up and say that I, as a voting, tax paying citizen and native of Yancey County, North Carolina, am proud that our government has taken a stand for the safety and privacy of North Carolinians. What is happening to our common sense? Have we become so ungodly that anything goes? We should all be writing letters and standing up for our officials or this will be beaten down in our state. Do people not think that if everyone is allowed to use the bathroom of his/her choice or "affiliation" predators will use it to their advantage? I would not want to let my son or daughter to go to the restroom alone anywhere if this law should be overturned. I would not go to the restroom if this law were overturned. I do not want to be in the restroom with MEN. What is wrong with people? I would like to think that god-fearing, Christians are the majority in this state, so we should not let a few dictate how we live our lives and tell us who we should share a bathroom with. PLEASE STAND UP AND BE A VOICE. IF YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO, SEND LETTERS, AND SUPPORT THE ONES WHO ARE TRYING TO KEEP NORTH CAROLINA SAFE. 

Piled up Trash


To the party wanting to know who to contact concerning piled up trash, Try Yancey County Heath Department.
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Does anyone know who to contact about neighbors throwing their personal garbage into the back of their pickup trucks? There it sits until ....... Their yards are strewn with trash, there's more surrounding their trucks, they cut their grass a couple times a year whether it needs it or not. The trash mounts up so high that it covers the rear window. One neighbor threw a sofa into their non-working truck. Now they accumulate trash on their back porch before throwing it into the truck or down the bank behind their home. As a resident, I am concerned about rodents living/running around/in their trash spreading disease to other residents. We are in a neighborhood, on a paved county road, and 1.5 miles from the Yancey/Mitchell Landfill!! We also have small children and pets!!! Can anything be done about this??? Just saying.....

Feeling Unsafe


Lived in fairground apt for a while starting to feel unsafe living here now have a lot of people live here that shouldn't be here in d - section too many cars parked here to much company feel like people are doing and selling drugs here 

Trash yet again


I pick up trash daily at my house because of people who insist on littering and it is truly a shame.We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth and I will never understand the mindset it takes to destroy the beauty God has given us.
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We live in such a beautiful place why anyone would disrespect it by throwing out garbage is beyond me. It bothers me, however I will not waste my time and energy picking up some lazy persons mess because it only enables them to throw out more. Come on people let's keep Burnsville beautiful!
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How about the people complaining about the trash pick the trash up themselves! Wow...bet that never crossed their minds!
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I've seen the comments about trash on 19 W and Bald Mountain Road before and wanted to comment but declined but I am tired of hearing it. I live on Bald Mountain road. I travel 19 W every day. Yes, there is some trash but no more than any other road in this county. If it really disgusts you that bad, move or better yet go back to where you came from. 
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Now that the snow has melted , it is truly disgusting and disheartening to see how much trash has accumulated on the roads. Especially along 19 W and Bald Mountain Rd. I don't understand how people can , without a second thought ,just dump their garbage out the window. Especially when the trash facility is right down the road! Don't people have pride in where they live? We live in a truly special part of the state. We should do better to take care it.

Two Yancey Commissioners Support Governors Bill


On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 North Carolina state lawmakers, including Representative Michele Presnell and Senator Ralph Hise, and Governor Pat McCrory passed House Bill 2 which repealed the Charlotte ordinance that would permit men to access women’s restrooms and locker rooms as well.  In order to protect the privacy rights of children, women and business owners it was imperative that the state General Assembly and Governor McCrory take action to strike down such an ordinance. 
With that being said, let it be known to Yancey County citizens that we agree and support the actions taken by state legislatures and Governor McCrory to insure the Charlotte ordinance did not become lawful in our community.  The issue of public safety is one that we have and will continue to always keep top of mind in any and all decisions that we make.

Sincerely,
County Commissioner Byrl Ballew
County Commissioner Jeff Whitson

Sheriff Thanks Governor, Representatives


I would like to publically go on record and personally thank Governor Pat McCroy, NC Senate, NC House especially Senator Ralph Hise, and Representative Michele Presnell for supporting and signing HB 2 WHICH ENSURES MEN CANNOT USE LADIES’ BATHROOMS AND LOCKER ROOMS.
 
The Charlotte City Council passed an extremely reckless ordinance that would allow anyone(Including Registered Sex Offenders), any gender at anytime uncontrolled access to any locker room or bathroom. This at the very least creates serious safety concerns primarily for our Women and Children. A similar ordinance in Seattle resulted in a grown man going into a women’s locker room, undressing himself and watching young girls get dressed for swim practice. One of the leaders of efforts for Charlotte’s ordinance is a registered sex offender who was sentenced to ten years in prison for committing a lewd act on a minor under the age of 16.
 
This bill in no way is meant to harm the LGBT Community  it does not prohibit schools and other facilities from providing reasonable accommodations like single occupancy bathrooms for those who wish to use them. This BILL ALSO ESTABLISHES A UNIFORM STATEWIDE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY WHICH IS STRONGER THAN FEDERAL LAW.
 
I have sworn to protect the citizens and visitors of Yancey County and I do not take that oath lightly. It is great to know that we still have people in government that are willing to stand up and do what is right and not give in to the political correctness expected by some in today’s world.
 
Respectfully,
 
D. Gary Banks
Sheriff of Yancey County

New Road


When you add all the destruction that the new road has caused to our automobiles over the last few years it amounts to a lot more than that.they cant even lay down a patch that is level.if at all possible i will go to Spucepine to get whatever i need.And whoever the engineer was that thought that it would be safer to drive all the way threw town get off the road make a u turn and go back up threw town to get where you wanted to go is nuts.no turnoff lane.It must have been the same people that changed the driving pattern on the town square that now has people stopping on a hill and pulling out.And as for the tourist i don't care if they go somewhere else to vacation.they are one reason that there is no jobs in town.not everyone makes there living off of tourist.Now they have raised property taxes way beyond belief.Almost everyone i have talked to said there taxes have went up $30.000 dollars or more.I live in a 71 mobile home my taxes went up $13.000 they said it was because it had a place to put a trailer.Don't they know just how much it would cost to have this one removed or tore down and removed.As it is almost a mile from the main road.And will have to be backed out threw numerous curves and trees cut.I could have one pushed out and septic installed cheaper.They want to get rid of the locals.So they can turn it into another Cades Cove. 
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For the ones complaining about how much it is per foot etc why don't you take everything you pay for thru taxes and figure that out, keeping in mind how much you are paying for nepotistic county jobs. At least with the road we will have something to drive on to show for the money spent. By the way add a lot extra for that big tax increase on all the property!
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The original contract, as written in the Asheville Citizen's Times and the Yancey Co. Times Journal, was 42 million dollars plus utilities, for 7.5 miles. Using the math, the actual amount per foot $1060.00 /ft, not including the utilities. The damage that no one thinks about is to all the side roads these trucks use to get about the county, and are destroying our town and county. Will they be repaired?? 
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Assuming the cost and mileage quoted is correct, the cost per foot is $148.14. There are 5,280 feet in a mile. 5,280 x 7.5 equals 39,600. 5,866,677 divided by 39,600 is 148.14, not 1,111.
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The letter on the breakdown on the new road is ridiculous. Quote "if you divided it equally between each person in Yancey County they would each receive $2750" . You will be enjoying driving on this beautiful new road for the next 20, 30 or more years. Do you seriously think you could have personally spend your $2750 and gotten a nice new road? Why doesn't anyone ever point out the many jobs and thousands of dollars this road construction has already brought to our area? Not to mention tourism for the future.  The traffic has been a pain but as they say, no pain, no gain. Divide all the money up equally? I think the writer has been drinking Bernie's Kool-aid.
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I learned some interesting statistics today:
 
- The current section under construction in Yancey is 7.5 miles long
- Cost of the project, (what was bid), is $5,866,667
- That comes out to $1,111 per foot
- if you divided it equally between each person in Yancey County thy would each receive $2,750

What Happened to God


What happened to a God fearing country. God fearing county. Until we put God first in all our decisions nothing will ever work, no one will ever care, there will be no pride for the county or themselves. No one cares how they dress how they talk, anymore if F isn't the beginning of their sentence they just won't say anything..... Just saying
 

Animal Cruelty Hotline


North Carolinians now can report animal cruelty to the state attorney general's Animal Welfare Hotline. Under state law, acts of animal cruelty include wounding, injuring, tormenting or killing an animal, depriving an animal of nourishment or causing any of those to occur. Witnesses to animal cruelty can file reports online, over the phone or through written complaints in the mail. The General Assembly created the hotline during the 2015 session and placed it in the Attorney General's Office effective March 1. The office will review animal welfare complaints submitted through the hotline,855-290-6915, and refer them to the appropriate authority.

TV Programming


 I realize my choices of t.v. programs are more to the old fashioned but, does it seem to anybody else that the " sex content " of a lot of programs is seriously overdone. As well as exploiting the female body.
 

Boil Water Advisory


Why are the boil water advisories in affect every week while water bills seem to go higher and higher??

County Owned Equipment


Why is county owned mowers and other expensive equipment sitting out in the rain and snow at the park at Whittington Rd. and the Burnsville recycling center? I believe we should take care of it instead of just letting it ruin,but we could always raise peoples property taxes and buy some more...which seems to be the case in yancey county! 
 

Salaries for Local Town, County Offices?


Where can I find job descriptions and salaries paid to County Commissioners and Board of Education members? Thank you.

Political Opinions


We have received several opinions in the last several days that are related to the upcoming election. Please note rule number 4 above:
No comments on candidates for public office or political issues, within 30 days of an election (primary or general). If a political candidate is named in your comments (when it is not 30 days prior to an election), a signature is required.

Confusion Over Hospice Providers


Mistaken identity at a time of emotional stress creates confusion for families needing hospice care. It will eventually happen to all of us.  That difficult time when a loved one receives the diagnosis of a serious illness.  Not only is it overwhelming and takes time to process, but informed decisions about treatment options must be made.  Often the services of hospice is presented.  Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs.  Now imagine enrolling yourself or loved one in hospice care and finding out it is not the hospice program you wanted.  It happens frequently.
 
“My loved one was under hospice care. We “assumed” since she resided in Yancey County that it was Yancey Hospice.  Imagine our shock when we realized a neighboring hospice was providing her care.  There is only one hospice we wanted to use – Yancey Hospice – because of past family hospice experience and their wonderful reputation in the community,” shared a hospice family member.
 
An increasing number of families are reaching out to us in frustration because they thought they were under the care of Yancey Hospice, only to find out that they are actually with another hospice provider.  We believe patients and families have the right to choose and should be given absolute peace of mind when they select a hospice program, knowing fully that there is more than one hospice and understanding the differences.  The comments “hospice is hospice,” or “we’re all the same” are misleading and far from the truth.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues the Hospice Conditions of Participation. The COP’s are the standard health and safety requirements that all hospices are required to meet.  While all hospice providers are required to meet these standards, the manner in which care is delivered varies greatly between hospice providers.
 
At the time of a diagnosis of a serious illness, you owe it to yourself to explore every treatment option.  Likewise, when it’s time to receive compassionate hospice care, you deserve to understand that there are different hospice providers.  You have the right to ask questions to make informed decisions regarding your choice of hospice providers. You have the right to choose those who provide your care.
 
We hope that patients and families realize that services and quality of care differ greatly from hospice to hospice.  So it’s best to ask, “Is this THE Hospice we want – Yancey Hospice?”  If the response you get is “we serve Yancey County”, then you want to ask more questions as we will always respond emphatically with “Yes, we are Yancey Hospice.”  We understand that is not always the case with other providers.
 
With deep community roots, we’ve had the privilege of serving our home, Yancey County and surrounding counties for 34 years.  Many families have come to know and trust Yancey Hospice to provide exceptional care.  We hope that you know where to turn and can select your hospice provider with total confidence and peace of mind.  Regardless of what you’ve been led to believe, after all these years we remain a viable local independently managed 501(c) (3) non-profit community based organization; same name, same organization and we remain unaffiliated with any other hospices by ANY name other than Yancey Hospice.
 
“Hospice Matters.  The end of life deserves as much beauty, care and respect as the beginning.”  Our staff is available to clarify information or address questions you may have.  Please call our office 828.682.9675 with a request for a Hospice and/or Palliative Care referral or consult. 

Ronnie Gregory/Executive Director
Yancey Hospice

Clarifying how the NC Education Lottery Funds work


By: Dr. Tony Tipton, Superintendent of Yancey County Schools
 
A few weeks ago, a press release from the North Carolina Education Lottery was
published both in the Yancey County Common Times Journal and on the WKYK
website. As a result, the Yancey County Schools received questions about lottery
funding. I would like to answer some of these questions and clarify how the funds from
the lottery are used in our county.
 
The January 27th North Carolina Education Lottery press release stated that last year
Yancey County Schools received $837,921 in lottery funds. It further indicated the funds
were used for teacher positions, teacher assistants, and building needs. Most of
these funds do not come directly to Yancey County but are allocated by the NC
Legislature as part of North Carolina’s total education budget.
 
Because the press release claimed the awarding of scholarships for students, I called the main office of the NC Education Lottery and requested a list of students from Yancey County who received college scholarships last year; they could not provide a list.  I then asked for a list of teacher assistants that were paid out of the lottery; again they could not. They could not because these lists do not exist.
 
A formula determines the funds allotted to specified items.  A portion of the money
allotted to Yancey County Schools goes into a pot of money shared with the other 99 counties across North Carolina to be used for prekindergarten, college scholarships, and financial aid for students going to college.  In past years, money funded teacher’s salaries. In 2015 –16, lottery allocations have been reallocated from teacher positions to support staff such as teacher assistants.
 
The NC Education Lottery website states that over the life of the lottery, which began in
March 2006, Yancey County has received more than $5,840,188. It also states that last
year Yancey County received a total of $837,921. It is important to understand that most of these funds never made it to Yancey County Schools but were set aside in Raleigh to fund public schools across the state, including Yancey County.
 
Last year Yancey County Schools were allocated $164,918.00. While this is a large sum of money, it is not the $837,921 reported in the press release. The state requires that the funds that actually come to Yancey County Schools be spent on building improvements, remodeling, or new construction.  Over the past 10 years a total of $1,764,002.00 in lottery funds have been sent directly to Yancey County Schools.
 
Since four of our schools constructed in the 1930’s remain in use, facility issues are anticipated. Consequently, Yancey County Board of Education has reserved  $1,068,272 of lottery money to handle structural issues as needed. 
 
How have lottery funds sent directly to Yancey County Schools been used?  Some have been used to reroof three schools, Cane River, East Yancey, and Burnsville Elementary. A few years ago, Yancey County Schools received a grant to build two new health centers, one at each of our middle schools. Since the grant did not cover the entire cost, some of the lottery funds assisted in completing the additions. Lottery funds were also used to replace the visitor bleachers at the E.L. Briggs Stadium at Mountain Heritage High School after it was determined the existing bleachers were no longer structurally safe.
 
I appreciate the opportunity to respond to the NC Lottery press release and to clarify some of the questions raised.
 
 

USPS


Since the postal hub in Asheville,NC has been switched to Greenville,SC-has anyone noticed that their mail and packages are delayed several days and taking longer to receive than it was from Asheville.Were there not any representatives to keep these jobs in North Carolina instead of South Carolina.Who do they represent NC or SC?Would it not cause North Carolina lost Revenue and jobs because of this.

Merry Christmas


I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. With all the problems there are in the world today there is still so much to be thankful for. Think about the many blessings in your personal life plus the blessing of living in our wonderful area and in the greatest, most generous country in the world. 

County Salaries in NC


below is  link to the entire state of NC counties 2015 salaries.
please post so anyone citizen can see who makes what in every county of NC.

In God We Trust


THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS FOR YOUR VOTE!! I pray our whole nation will wake up and remember that our trust in GOD is what brought us to the status of #1 in the world. Our loss of that trust and faith is what will continue to bring us down. WAKE UP AMERICA!!

Old Glory


How long before someone or some group decides that they are offended by the United States of America Flag. How long before some politician issues the order to lower Old Glory from her place above our great nation? Our nation was founded on the motto of "In God We Trust" and not on the political agendas of millionaires. We need to wake up and take a look around, our freedoms are disappearing at an alarming rate!

Banning Confederate Flag


As I have watched and listened to media reports concerning taking down The Confederate Flag in South Carolina It brings me great concern that just because some think it only symbolizes racism when it in reality is a part of American History, as well as civil war monuments. If the confederate flag has to come down because some believe it only represents racism and it offends them, then the rainbow flag representing the homosexuals for example should not be allowed either as well as many others because of what they represent that offends some. Many people according to reports by media outlets. Also as reported by media lawmakers want to stop the confederate flag from being on license plates if this happens then all other depictions of any symbol representing anything should not be allowed how silly but serious the thought of this is, for example that picture of a bear offends me because years ago a bear attacked a member of my family, silly right? I am not a racist but I believe there are some racist people, but the government or no group or individual has the right to label me as a racist because I believe the confederate flag to be a part of the History Of The United States of America. Whats Next? Stop recognizing Gettysburg and other historical battle fields as well as the valiant generals and soldiers who lead fought and the thousands who gave their life on both sides. This Is My Opinion on this Issue. I also believe that it should be of great interest to the people that this is only the beginning of the FREEDOMS we have today being taken away IT'S TIME TO TAKE A STAND!

Parking at Fairground


when is the parking issue in fairground st d section going to get better 2 parking spaces for each family have family's parking and taking up 4 and 5 spaces cars are going to be towed the cops need to address this when you leave no place to park

Cats on McKinney Gap


To those of you who stopped to offer assistance or words of encouragement, I finally got the last of the kitties on McKinney Gap (till next time). It's amazing, the people i did talk to have all found dumped animals up there. It is such a problem. Wish there was more money in the budget for animal control.

Yancey County


chickens, roosters, road construction, taxes, bars, parkway play house, illegally parked vehicle's, etc.....  I  have something to say. Who cares? the same families that run Yancey county will always run Yancey county. we will never have any more than what we already have here, which is a BIG FAT NOTHING.