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Police and County Officers/Deputies


I would like to stop and "thank" the city and county officers who put their lives on the line each day AND night so that my family and I can feel safe and secure! These positions seem to be a "thankless job" and I know they are underpaid because my uncle is a cop in another county; however, these men and women serve Yancey County with courage, honor and integrity. I appreciate Sheriff Banks and Chief Buchanan for their proven leadership skills and the hard work they put in for the citizens of Yancey County. So, "THANK YOU" for keeping drugs to a minimum and getting thugs off the streets and roads of Yancey! Keep up the great work and you are in our prayers!

Sports Practice


Coaches, please, please when you say practice time will be over at 6 let it be over then, or at least within 15 minutes from that time. We as parents make sure our children are at practice, return forms, sell school cards etc. You have our children for games, practices etc. If you as coaches say practice will end at 6, we are preparing supper, time to pick them up. We don't have time to sit in the parking lot for another hour while supper is still trying to stay warm, or keep a smaller child occupied at the school for longer than 15 mins past practice end time. we support the team, and coaches, please support our family time as well.

Traffic Problem


I know there are lots of traffic problems because of construction and we need to all be patient, that will come to an end but I think a lot of problems on the east end of town are being caused by the red light at United Community Bank. The light on 197 North gets the "Go" way too much for the amount of traffic. Traffic on 19E should get the red for much longer because of its volume. At the 197 North light most of the traffic can go "Right on Red" so that just leaves a few people who go left. Changing that light would help the massive back up every morning and evening. Can somebody tell D.O.T.

Our Town Leaders


As I watch our beautiful downtown Burnsville become a ghost town, I feel it necessary to let people know why this is happening. I am the owner of The Pink Store on Main Street and have been for the past 7 years. For all 7 years, I along with the other merchants have tried repeatedly to get some minor considerations for our town. Things like, safe cross walks, more public parking with signage, no speeding on Main Street, street cleaning more than twice a year, the Chamber marketing our wonderful town, etc. Our voices were heard but nothing was ever done. I felt hopeful when Mayor Theresa Coletta was elected as she seemed to be open to helping Burnsville get itself back on track and make it the thriving community it was. She asked us to address our concerns to the Town Council which we did several months ago. The Town Council Members agreed with us and said these issues had been going on for years and it was about time they did something about it. We asked to be put on the Town Council Meeting Agenda every month for updates. The next month we were told that we couldn't be on the agenda. The next month we were told the same thing so we asked for a written update. Nothing was being done other than speeding tickets on Main Street. Unfortunately, we soon found out that the Police Officers giving out the tickets told everyone that it wasn't their idea to give out the tickets but they were forced to because of the people at The Pink Store. Did that hurt our already failing business. Maybe, probably. Our last attempt to get some resolution on the issues addressed were met unfavorably. We even told Mayor Coletta and the Town Council Members that we were going to be forced to move our business to Asheville if things didn't change. I received a very nasty email from Mayor Coletta with her last line saying that our move to Asheville will be Asheville's loss and Burnsville's gain when we leave. All the Town Council Members, Town Officials, Business and building owners got a copy of this email and I'm more than happy to forward it to anyone who would like to read this horrific email from our Mayor. If you voted for her, please don't make that mistake again. In fact, I know several Burnsville residents that want to see her out of office NOW. I recently attended the August Town Council meeting just to hear about what was being done in regards to the issues brought to their attention months ago. Not 1 issue was even discussed. It's like these issues were never addressed. The Mayor did tell everyone that she was now asking all town officials and Burnsville residents to bring any issues to the attention of George Nero (Town Administrator) and he would meet with the necessary individuals to get a resolution on any matters addressed to him. I asked the Mayor in what period of time we could expect a response from Mr. Nero. She said no more than 1 week. It is now 6 weeks since our email to George Nero and we still have not gotten a response. I sent my concerns to Heather Hockaday who is the Town's Attorney and was told that she couldn't comment because she was the Towns attorney not mine!!! So, what do we do now? Just let our wonderful downtown Burnsville die. Obviously, our Mayor and Town Leaders don't care.
Lori Famularo The Pink Store. 

Ferguson, Missouri Protest


 I am not being insensitive but I think the local protesters on this topic is ridiculous! Why is it when this type of thing happens in our country, the cop is a racist and they always refer to the shot victim as an 18 year old boy or a teenager....yes I am aware 18 is a teen still. On the other hand I also know in this country 18 is considered a legal adult......if they aren't adults they shouldn't be allowed to vote, get loans, sign for themselves, buy tobacco products etc....let's please remember this "kid" had just robbed a store and once confronted by the officer he reaches to pull out a knife and puts it up like he is going to stab them and proceeds to move closer.....well duh of course he got shot. Everyone knows if you have a weapon and confronted by police, and are innocent you tell them your armed and put both hands in plain sight, not reach and grab your weapon and move closer. And then the protesters, trying to attack police and other personnel because they are mad over this. Now what I am about to say is going to ruffle some feathers but its MY opinion....if a white male had been shot by a black officer under the same circumstances, there wouldn't be protesting and shouts of racial prejudice, everyone (that's ALL races) would say well he was a thief and charged at an officer with a weapon, that's what he gets. You may not like it but it's true.

New Law Requiring Moped Registration


YES!!!!! Finally our lawmakers have made a move on the "likker cycles." They should have to register and tag just the same as anything else on the road. Now on to the insurance issue-MAKE THEM GET IT! Why should I be responsible for them when most of them have lost their right to be on the road in the first place? GO GOVERNOR MCCOY!!!

Road Construction and Pot Holes


 It would be great if DOT/State would fill in the pot holes at the entrance to the Wells Fargo ATM on the by-pass. It's horrible trying to turn in there. Nearly impossible to turn in without one of your wheels going into the holes since they are on both sides of the entrance.

Mistake to Bring Ebola Virus Here


This opinion is concerning EBOLA, AS An American I fully support Doctors helping with present  outbreak of the Ebola virus and support the United States helping any way they can. However these Doctors could have been treated where they were Instead of Bringing Ebola into The United States Where it had never been. One of the Doctors at the hospital where they brought the Male Doctor say THEY BELIEVED THERE WAS ONLY SLIGHT CHANCE OF THE VIRUS SPREADING IN AMERICA= Note:" SLIGHT" Some people believe what the Government says regardless. and are so narrow minded just because a government run media or organization says something IT IS THE TRUTH.  What about the smallpox virus scare a few weeks back?  I have gave this situation much Thought and Prayer and honestly believe if this had been me I would have stayed where I was because of the fear of no matter how qualified the Doctors and teams are that HUMAN ERROR Plays to big a role here by simply the smallest of holes in the suit or a glove, to the disposal of syringes, gauze, bodily fluids, how many times do we here that bio hazardous materials have been found in the wrong dumpster or the landfill HUMAN ERROR and because of my decision a  outbreak at home where hundreds maybe thousands Get EBOLA and suffer. According to the Authorized 1611 King James Bible you will find in Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. So if it is your time to die you will die in Africa or United States, or in your bed.  I do care for all people in the world I believe that no soldier be left behind. I care for The Little BABIES that are MURDERED Every day here in the United States. I also care that The United States is in The Deep Moral Decline It Is In. My Hope Is that People will Hear the Gospel Be Convicted, Believe On The LORD JESUS CHRIST AND CONFESS THEIR SINS AND COME TO KNOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND BE SAVED.  I Believe that this post is of interest to all the public ALL of it.
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Of course people are gonna be scared & saying we had no business bringing those Docs back to America. That's what the Fear Mongers on Fox News & the radio tell them to feel. Fear. It's a complex world out there & some folks just can't handle the complexity so they look to others to be told what to feel & how to think. Looking to others is much much easier than thinking for yourself.
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The panic ensuing from the decision to bring home two Dr's who have been treating patients in the Ebola stricken areas of Africa is predictable. There will always be those people for whom humanity is way down the list in the way they live their lives. These Drs are incredibly brave and selfless, I applaud them. We as a nation should take care of our citizens, just as with our soldiers, no man left behind. The measures taken to protect the healthcare workers who will be treating these to souls are second to none, and our safety will not be compromised. Read up and educate yourselves people, stop listening to the fear mongers and conspiracy theorists, this is right up their alley. Step out of your comfort zone and support your fellow Americans.
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Just wanted to express my opinion on the C.D.C. deciding to bring doctor to Atlanta to treat them, I personally believe this is a big mistake .these who were treating  the people with EBOLA no doubt taking every precaution to protect themselves but still at least one Doctor has died. I ask the public to ask themselves was this really best to bring this Disease into America? EBOLA HAS NO CURE and we hear pretty often how Different Viruses are accidently released into the population. Consider if this so - called Isolation fails in one area one item used in the treatment in Atlanta one mask one swab one glove One Human Error the EBOLA VIRUS will start killing Americans Spreading to All The United States Of America. Why Did  These People Who Made The Decision to Bring This KILLER INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? 

Tax Free Weekend


All of the parents who are school shopping should make a note of who our state lawmakers are. Thanks to them, if you want a tax-free weekend to shop you will have to travel to an adjoining state to find that benefit. I guess this is just another way they prove what their citizens mean to them. NOTHING! They are down there, with us paying them the big bucks, and they stab us in the back AGAIN.

Eddie the Weatherman


I really miss Eddie that gives the Mars Hill Weather @ noon. When's he gonna be back at it ?

Editor's Note: Eddie recently had surgery and is recovering at Brookside in Burnsville. He hopes to  be back home soon and back to reporting the weather. 

Texting While Driving


 its a shame a person can be stopped for texting and given a ticket today i past a highway patrol coming up mine fork there he was with phone on top of steering wheel texting away iguess its beyond them to cause a major wreck while texting

Ebola Outbreak


 I just read some scary stuff about this on AOL news. Doctor in Africa has been tested positive for ebola! He sent his family back to their home in boone! That's right nc! They had been there living with him. Please be safe! I'm praying for him and everyone since I myself have family that still lives in nc! God bless his family but I hope they didn't bring it back with them. This is just bad.

Too Many Cats


Seriously? You're willing to drive an hour out of your way to avoid having to see a house with so many cats that obviously aren't be cared for. You should have already contacted animal control or the animal shelter. We all have a responsibility to do something when we see animals that are being neglected and/or abused. You are their voice. Pick up the phone and do the right thing. What are you waiting for? Good grief..
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I'm about ready to go about an hour out of my way to take another route to work just so I don''t have to pass by the house with all the cat's in the yard. There are about 20+ cats and kittens and they are all mostly skinny and rangy looking but the worst part is nine out of ten times I drive by there is one dead in the road. The last straw was a little black and white kitten smashed in the road. Why do people do this I don't understand? First of all if you live right on a busy road keep your pets contained, second if you can't afford to feed them and spay or neuter them you have no right owning them! The only thing I can do is contact animal control and warn people if you drive on Prices Creek road right before it turns into Hortons creek please go very slow!

Chemical Spraying of Roads


I've had trouble with my car lately and now without one for 4 days. The mechanic said that the line that carried the transmission fluid had rusted due to chemicals that the state sprayed on the road every winter. If I had not been near a garage when the line started leaking, I could had locked up the transmission. Please take note and spray the undercarrage of your cars to clean these chemicals off. He stated that he has replaced more hard lines and repaired more damage this year due to this problem then ever before. I don't know if the state will stop spraying the roads but maybe if enough people will talk to them they might change the spray for snow removal. Thank you

I would also like to thank the gentleman who recommended the mechanic and for Lil Smokies for letting my grandaughter and me sit in their restraurant with our things until my daughter could pick us up. Thank you all so much for your kindness.

Spruce Pine Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival


I am writing this comment in regards to the Spruce Pine Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival.What a great line up of entertainment,vendors,and food.Sounded like great fun in the mountains!Shame that it was labeled a family event though.My family has opted out two years in a row because the festival is so alcohol friendly as well.We will be enjoying events like these at Dollywood where it is truly family friendly and quests aren't walking around with their cups of alcohol.Shame our money is going to the state of Tennessee.Just saying.And we know there are lots of other families in our area who feel the same.The Mount Mitchel Crafts Fair doesn't serve alcohol either,and we wouldn't miss it.Funny,they have had great success without alcohol.

Poet Laureate


Governor McCrory appointed someone who simply enjoys writing poetry to the position of North Carolina Poet Laureate.  This is like awarding a Medal of Honor to someone who just joined the Army.

Being Rude to Waitresses


It is a shame that some people cannot go out to eat at a restaurant and treat the waitresses with the respect. These young people are working hard to make a living and go to school to better themselves, not lay around and let the government keep them up. Most people do not even leave a tip anymore and that is the way they make their money. Waitresses do not cook your food, complain to the manager if you are not happy with the food Or else stay home and cook your own.

Road Construction


There is such a thing as working at night. Less traffic and no "heat". Just saying.
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 I normally don't read the "opinions of others" because THANK GOD we are not all alike but, this is one thing that gets my attention. The road repair. All of you that feel like driving thru a maze, on a bumpy road, and have a detour should look at standing in HEAT for hours to keep you from running into a harmful situation. I really feel bad for the ones who stand in 80 and 90 degree heat for long hours so the roads will be improved.

Energy Exploration


We as a community need to be concerned about Fracking. We shouldn't roll over and keep our heads in the sand. There are a lot of things that we know and much more that we don't. Let's be informed and not allow our Representatives to pull the wool over our eyes. Several towns have already had meetings to discuss what can be done by ordinances to prevent Fracking in their community. We need to do the same. It's not safe. Call your Representatives and let them know where you stand, more importantly VOTE when the time comes and show them where you stand!
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Representative Presnell is either "gullible" or "Ignorant" (meaning the absent of knowledge) is she believes everything she reads, especially information from individuals who are heavily paid by large corporations either politically or under the table. NC deserves better!!!!! Shame on you Ms. Presnell. You need to do your research. Protect our environment!!!!!!!
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Rep. Presnell claims "Problems would be widespread and obvious by now. Yet, they are not."  She is wrong, and just telling you what the industry is telling her to say. There is plenty of video documentation.  But people who rely on the lamestream media, such as commercial tv like Fox "news", are not going to hear about the problems because the lobbyists and PACs who own our government now also own the mainstream media. They will do or say anything to protect their profits.  It doesn't matter if you are a Christian or not, it doesn't matter if you are a conservative or a liberal, it doesn't matter if you are straight or gay - drinking chemicals from fracked water sources is going to hurt you.  If it was so safe, why would Rep. Presnell make it a crime for healthcare professionals to tell you what made you sick?

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Mining and Energy Commission Chair Jim Womack wrote these two letters in regards to North Carolina Environmental Partnership Ads and Political Ads on Fast Track Fracking.
Letter 1
Letter 2
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Ethylene glycol has many uses, including as antifreeze in cooling and heating systems, in hydraulic brake fluids, and as a solvent.  When humans consume ethylene glycol here are the health effects: throat and upper respiratory tract irritation, central nervous system (CNS) depression, followed by cardiopulmonary effects, and later renal damage.
Boric acid and its sodium borate salts are active ingredients in pesticide products used as insecticides, acaricides, algaecides, herbicides, fungicides and as wood preservatives. It causes testicular atrophy in males and developmental toxicity in pregnant females. It kills unborn children.
 
The regulations sited say companies cannot inject “waste” water containing these chemicals horizontally under land that is not under contract to the mining company. It does not say they cannot inject them during the initial mining process, and even if they break the law and dump into your land you have to prove it and they are only convicted of a misdemeanor, like a speeding ticket………….
 ……..small fine, no jail time, no compensation for your heart attacks, kidney failure, shriveled parts, and miscarriages.
The good news is it might not happen here! It will happen in the Piedmont! We may be able to send a few folks down there to frack them and make some money! Who cares if it’s not us …..right?
 
I really hope we are better than this. Apparently our representatives are not.
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I have received quite a bit of feedback about energy exploration recently. I hope the information below will help address some concerns.
 
Energy exploration began in 1948. There are currently 38 states that are exploring for natural gas. More than a million projects have been undertaken in the United States, and 2.5 million worldwide.  Problems would be widespread and obvious by now. Yet, they are not.
 
We will not lift the moratorium on drilling until all the regulations created by the Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) are in place. Once the rule-making process is completed (which I’m told will be summer 2015), there will be 60-day waiting period. At that point, permits will be issued. The last time I saw the stack of papers, they were about an inch thick, and were filled with rules and regulations.  They are not finished yet. We will have the tightest set of rules in the nation.
 
The U.S. Geological survey says The Deep River Basin – a potential gas field – is mostly in Lee, Moore and Chatham Counties.
 
We are lagging behind in energy exploration in North Carolina.  On the issue of the chemicals, 
99.5% of the fluid is water and sand. The rest is common household items such as Sodium Chloride used in table salt, Ethylene Glycol used in household cleaners, Borate salts used in cosmetics, Sodium/Potassium Carbonate used in detergent, Guar Gum used in ice cream and Isopropanol, used in deodorant.
 
Per SB 786, we added this provision:

"§ 113-395.2. Subsurface injection of waste prohibited.
(a) Disposal of wastes produced in connection with oil and gas exploration,
development, and production, and use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing treatments
for that purpose by injection to subsurface or groundwaters of the State by means of wells is
prohibited in accordance with G.S. 143-214.2.
(b) Notwithstanding G.S. 143-214.2, a violation of subsection (a) of this section shall
constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor.
 
We prohibit injection and the MEC has draft rules dealing with recycling of fluids or onsite treatment.  For the water retained in the formation, these formations are below the water table (well below), so there is no risk of contamination (to wit, these rocks already are full of high salinity “formation water” that does not impact overlying potable aquifers).  MEC rules not only deal with water treatment, but they also deal with chemical disclosure and require the companies to post general chemical info on the national FracFocus registry.
 
I have heard from DENR that there will not be hydraulic fracturing anywhere in Western North Carolina. However, there is opportunity in WNC for job creators to help supply the industry.
 
I share your concerns and will do everything I can to keep our mountains safe.
 
Please email me back if you have any questions. And feel free to forward this to whoever would like more information.  
 
Thank you,
Michele (NC Representative Michele Presnell)
Further information about Hydraulic Fracking
 

19W Nascar Raceway


I didn't know 19 W has now become a Nascar Raceway! I didn't get the memo. Great, so now i too can drive 60 MPH like everyone else and pass on the double yellow line! What a relief ! I can now disregard the safety of other drivers, bicyclists , children, pets and wildlife i come across! Good , because i am constantly late to work and it's all about me getting where I need to go!

Patrols


I am so happy that I live in a crime free county! This has to be the case since there is nothing for the county deputies or town police to do at night other than sit along 19E to watch the Altec 2nd shift employees drive home from work. Most night there is 3 or 4 of them between Altec and Glen Raven.If they don't have anything more important to do I'm sure many of the taxpayers of this county would be glad to tell them where drug activity is going on in their communities and wait...and wait... and wait for them to do something about that. I work for a living so how about leaving me alone and do something about all the ILLEGAL employement in our county. I bet you wouldn't even have to leave the city limits!

President Does What He Wants


I wound like to express my opinion, as well as bring facts to the public interest. This is not concerning one being a democrat or republican, it is another example of President Obama demonstrating his Disregarding the Constitution, as well as Disregarding an order that no prisoner could be transferred before thirty days from git-mo. President Obama once again used his Presidential powers to DO WHAT HE WANTED. "which is  becoming a common thing" The very Idea That The President Of The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Sworn to uphold the Constitution Of This COUNTRY. Would make the decision to trade five seasoned Taliban fighters which has had the life mission to bring harm, death to all Americans for one Soldier who was a prisoner of war which goes against The Law of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. "that we as a nation "DO NOT NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORIST" IT was reported that the reason for the trade was the decline of the Soldier's health, I do not know what the extent of the Soldiers health problems are but if you have been able to watch the video of the exchange the Soldier was able to walk under his own power to  the Helicopter. Then it gets more sickening to me when it was reported that the five Taliban gave their word that would stay where they were advised to and other things.( I SAY HOGWASH) Myself I would not believe none of the Taliban if their tongues came notarized. President Obama has used his executive powers to much I believe "my opinion in which each one has the right to agree or disagree" It appears that the President is bound to make THIS GREAT NATION A SOCIALIST ONE. He wants to take away OUR RIGHTS, OUR Right to Bear Arms, Force us into Obama Care, make it legal for two men or two women to berecognized as a couple as well as the murder of little innocent Babies and force all the rest of us to accept it." Personally I NEVER WILL" their are many other things I would like to address but almost out of space. May I Also Give My Opinion that Some Democrats and Republicans have the same agenda's that's not favorable or for the best interest of the AMERICAN PEOPLE .It  Is Time To Wake Up And Stand And Fight This Kind Of Government. Our Nation Is one of Democracy NOT One of Dictatorship The AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTS PRESIDENT'S. CERTAINLY WE DON'T WANT A KING. 

Medicaid Denied, Help with Meds?


You might try contacting North Carolina Health Choice for insurance for your child. The contact information follows: North Carolina Health Choice Childrens Health Insurance Program PO Box 30111 Durham, NC 27702-3111 1-800- 422- 4658 http://www.healthinsurancefinders.com/healthinsurance/north-carolina/schip.html ...quote from site, "There are two plan options available. The family income will determine in which plan you are enrolled. Health Check is the Medicaid program for the lowest income families and Health Choice is available to families that are not eligible for Medicaid but meet the NCHC income guidelines". Might be worth a try. Also, the Health Insurance Marketplace might be able to help you find a policy that qualifies for incentives: http://www.healthcare.gov or 1-800-318-2596 I wish you the best.
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I know how you feel . We make enough that we don't qualify for help but even with the new health insurance it still costs more than we can afford because of medical bills from not having insurance and now we will have to pay a penalty too.  It is upsetting your child needs help..
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My husband and work 30+ every week...both have insurance.. And my son who was on medicad now is not eligible because they say we make too much a month...but yet we are barely making ends meet. My son has ADHD and has to have his meds daily.. We can't afford to put him on our insurance, or get private insurance for him. So is there anyone out there that could tell me what I need to do to get my son the meds that he needs with some assistance?

Stop Fracking in NC, Property Rights Threatened


Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting a witch’s brew of water laced with a range of toxic chemicals, including known carcinogens, and sand, which is injected down a well, under high pressure, to fracture rock. This process generates contaminated wastewater that is often pumped underground in order to get rid of it. Geologist and the journal Geophysical Research Letters have linked earthquakes in Ohio, Texas and Oklahoma to fracking. New research from the National Academy of Science leaves little doubt that drinking water near fracking sites are contaminated with toxic chemicals. Please do your own research about the dangers. The only ones saying this is safe are scientist working for gas companies. State representatives are willing to risk North Carolina's water, its land and the health of its people, by allowing hydraulic fracking for gas. All for just a 12 day national supply of gas ( the U.S. Geological Survey estimate of natural gas in N.C) . The job projections are laughable because no one knows. Those like you are saying thousands of jobs yet the the DENR report projected drilling activities in the 59,000-acre Sanford sub-basin would sustain an annual average of 387 jobs over seven years, peaking with 858 jobs in year six. Commerce chiefs noted the drilling jobs are temporary, and the demand will dry up once the maximum number of wells has been drilled. Most jobs are highly skilled and will likely be given to people from out of state. One very important fact that many people are not aware of is " Compulsory/Forced pooling". This a process whereby the Oil & Gas industry takes the property rights of citizens that refuse to sign a lease, by force of law. If your neighbors who own land leases that land to the industry and you refuse to lease your land to them, the industry takes over your property against your will. the present law in N.C. SB820, part 5, section 4a, paragraph b & b1 on page 18, states that a driller who does not have surface rights to a property can give the property owner a 30 day notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, after which time the driller can send crews to the property to survey, cut timber, put in roads, pipelines , storage tanks even locate a well on your property all against your will. To add insult to injury, paragraph b1 makes YOU responsible for the workers safety while they are on your land. The Legislature is not addressing property rights during the short session because they are afraid that they will be voted out of office if citizens realize that they are giving the Oil & Gas industry the property rights of the citizens of N.C. Compulsory/Forced Pooling is unnecessary, unwanted and un-American !! So for 12 days of gas, under 400 jobs the GOP lead state house is willing to destroy our water, risk our land and throw land owners rights out the door. Makes you wonder who the Koch Brothers got to doesn't I hear many of you complain about the rights that our national government are taking away. I say you better be just as concerned about you state GOP reps. TELL THEN NO FRACKING IN NC.

East Yancey Unfair to Parents and Visitors


East Yancey is the only school in the county to deny guest wireless access to parents and guest speakers/presenters. That's not 'community-friendly' and only limits the school's ability to provide education from outside sources and speakers. It's rude to both us parents and professional guests visiting the school. It may be our county's 'School To Watch' - but it's not a school that makes you feel welcome.

Alcohol in Burnsville


When Burnsville held the election to get alcohol in Burnsville there was talk of how if we got the alcohol in that there would be more restaurants come into the area. Now that we have the alcohol in and have had it in for awhile now, where is the bigger and better restaurants at?

Response on "Cold Dog"


"OH by the way dog's were made by God to live outside" Ummm, so were we. And your other comment "However the Babies killed by abortion and the children as well as adults are far more important to me than Animals." Than do something about it instead of jumping in on other peoples opinions/comments about totally different topics and slamming them for not voicing your own concerns. We have ours and you have yours, would you like it if somebody slammed your opinion/comment because it wasn't what they thought was important. Its all important, so start your own topic voicing your concerns and leave others alone.

Thanks D.O.T.


I'd like to say thanks to the DOT workers during all this snow. They got out in really bad cold weather to keep our roads as clear as possible. Thank you!