December 1st is the swearing in date for local officials who won office in the November general election. In Yancey County the sheriff, two county commissioners, the clerk of court and soil and water supervisors will be sworn in at 10 a.m. on Monday Dec. 1 in the courtroom at the court house. A reception is planned after the ceremonies. Board of Education members who were elected will be sworn in on the same date at 6:30 p.m. at the office on School Circle.
This Saturday is National Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday encourages people to shop at our local hometown businesses before heading out of town and fighting the crowds and traffic. Merchants in our local area have a lot more to offer at more reasonable prices than most people realize and keeping the money locally not only helps the local economy but sales tax dollars fund the schools and county services. So think locally before you head out to do your Holiday shopping over the next few weeks. Take advantage of special sales tomorrow on Small Business Saturday.
The Yancey Fund and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina have joined forces to award several grants to local nonprofits in Yancey County. This year the two organizations combined to provide a total of $67,500 to the following organizations: Dig In-Yancey Community Garden-$17,500 to begin a Mobile Kitchen Demonstration project, Toe River Health District-$15,000 for their children’s summer food program, The Southern Reconciliation Ministries Inc.-$15,000 to further its food ministry program, AMY Regional Library/Toe River Food Network-$10,000 to conduct a needs assessment study to bring together agencies to work on food insecurity in the Toe River region and Penland School of Crafts which was awarded $10,000 to support its SuitCASES program which provides trained teacher artist to local schools to allow teachers time to conduct state mandated one on one reading assessments. Since its inception the Yancey Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $726,000 to 39 organizations and agencies working in Yancey County.
The Burnsville Town Council is considering a request that chickens be allowed in the town limits of Burnsville. The Planning Board recently discussed guidelines and came up with regulations for backyard chickens in the Town of Burnsville. The criteria for use by single-family residents in areas zoned C-2. C-3 and R-10 only state that five hens would be allowed per household, no roosters and the chickens must be raised for private consumption only. The chickens must be kept 20 feet from all property lines and be located in a rear yard in a coop that must meet specific guidelines. Applicants must present drawings of the coop, exercise yard and distance from the property lines with their permit application and meet inspection criteria each year to keep their permits renewed. These guidelines will now be presented to the council for approval.
The Mitchell-Yancey Farm Service Agency would like to remind farmers that the deadline to return their ballots for the 2014 County Committee Elections is December 1, 2014. To be an eligible voter, farmers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, may also be eligible to vote. For more information contact the Mitchell-Yancey FSA Office at (828)765-5049 or 682-0774.
Funding For Good will be conducting four grant-writing workshops throughout North Carolina in January and February. If you are new to grant writing or research, or find yourself with experience writing grants without receiving funding, this is the class for you. With the current economic climate, grant funding has become more competitive and vital to the success of non-profits. Visit (more)
The Mitchell-Yancey Partnership for Children will once again be selling fresh Fraser Fir wreaths as a fundraiser for the Imagination Library! Through the Imagination Library, young children in Mitchell and Yancey counties receive a FREE book in the mail, every month from birth through their 5th birthday. Since 2006, we’ve given out over 85,000 free books to local (more)
Newdale Presbyterian Church will continue their Christmas Bazaar for two more weekends on Friday and Saturday Nov. 21&22 and 28 & 29 beginning at 8 am. Lots of Christmas items and baked goodies. Stop and shop. For more info contact Anita Fortunes at 688-4067.
Noah's Blankets for Hugs is taking new or gently used blankets for V.A. hospital, Nursing homes, the infusion labs at Asheville and Spruce Pine, etc., now through November 28th. Donations can include: Quilts or Blankets, fabric to make quilts or a donation to buy items needed. Everything is greatly appreciated. This is a non-profit group who just wants to show love and help for those in need. You'll find drop boxes for donations at The Prescription Pad and Sue's Beauty Shop in Burnsville. If you have questions contact either Cindy Williams 828-208-2144 or Sarah Ray at 828-208-5551 or any member of Bible Baptist Church.
The 6th annual performance of Ogden Nash's classic "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't" by Burnsville's own Read It & Weep Repertory Theatre will be held Friday November 28th at 10:30am at the Burnsville Town Center. The play will delight all ages. It is the story of Nicholas Knock, a brave young shepherd who saves Christmas from Prince Evilard and his nasty minions. This year all proceeds benefit Hospice of Yancey. One performance only. Admission is $5 for grownups, $1 for children. For more information call Lucy Doll at 208-4731 or the Burnsville Town Center at 682-7209.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on Nov. 29. This park offers the opportunity to see a wide variety of species, including mammals, so bring binoculars if you have them and even an extra pair to share. Please dress for the weather – we’ll be going rain or shine. (more)
Santa Claus is coming to town but not without Mrs. Claus. The Market on Oak in Spruce Pine is announcing two special dates for children to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. On Saturday, November 29, 2014, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Market on Oak for Story Time and milk (more)
Brookside Rehabilitation and Care in Burnsville will be hosting the Little Miss/Mr. and Teen Mr./Miss Brookside beauty pageants. It will take place on Saturday November 29th at 2pm. All participants will receive a crown/trophy/title and a grand supreme title will be given in each category. All children ages birth-16 are invited to attend. The contestants will be judged in the following categories: evening/casual wear (no glitz dresses), talent and interview. This is not a preliminary to any other competitions but the winners will be invited to ride on Brookside’s Christmas float in the Burnsville parade. Children and parents may register beginning on Monday, October 6th at Brookside. Please call 828-682-9759and contact Derek Freeman, pageant director/Activity Director for any questions. The cost per child to enter is $10.00. These funds will be allocated to the Resident Activity fund to be used at Christmas and for resident field trips. The deadline to register is November 22nd 2014.