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Hickory Springs Road

Can something be done about the road on Hickory Springs? We love the new paving job but the first little bridge is already a mess. There is a very large pothole, right in the middle of it....Read More

Running Out of True Concern

Been following the opinions posted on here, and I am thank full there is an opportunity to post our opinion. And every one has what they feel a must vent opinion about some thing, as for me...Read More

Trash Scavenging

Why is everyone so bent out of shape because of someone digging thru the garbage? Go by the Burnsville Convenience Center on any given day and the employs will be digging like mad men, with homemade tools...Read More

Sanctuary Ordinance

In my opinion,the sanctuary ordinance should be posted and made public so that the citizens of each county can read it and decide whether it is good or bad.It should be posted on the WTOE website,newspaper,etc for...Read More

Gun Sanctuary Vote

I Would like to send praise to commissioner Johnny Riddle. In voteing no for the ” Gun sanctuary” he stood against countys passing nonsensical unneeded moot point ordenances that are nothing but political grandstanding....Read More

Gun Sanctuary

So glad Yancey County is now a gun sanctuary, I feel so much safer from poop in the river (which nothing is being said about the failed water treatment plant) and people rummaging through the trash……..yahoooooo!...Read More

Trash Article

ENOUGH! Enough with the trash despute! I don’t know the man nor the complaintants, please let it go! His business is his, if he is breaking the law, call law enforcement to settle it, and my business...Read More


Don’t anyone understand that trash scavenging is ILLEGAL and DANGEROUS to the scavenger and the community!?!? Why should I give my hard earned money to a bum going through trash? If he is able to go through...Read More

Trash Picker Upper

I really do see a problem with a man picking up trash beside the road that prisoners should be picking up. This man has been picking up trash for a couple years. And he wouldn’t have to...Read More


I can’t believe someone would talk about a person who they do not know anything about. You have no idea what has went on in this man’s life. I would stop and give him something to eat...Read More

Response to Trash Man

If you my friend think all that is here in Yancey County is trash and drugs then feel free to move on… No one will miss you! ReplyForward...Read More

Congressional Candidates

Please educate yourself on the people running for our 11th Congressional seat that is being vacated by Mark Meadows. It is my understanding that some of them are not from this area, some of them living at...Read More

Trash Man

i agree 100 percent with trash scavenger 2 who wants to drive around Burnsville and see hobos digging in trash cans like we are in Asheville and why would anybody stop to get him something to eat...Read More

Public Hearing

Why would you schedule a public hearing at 8:30 am on Tuesday ? Oh yeah, the public will be working. Maybe 2nd shift people will show up? Does it matter anyway?...Read More

Trash Scavenger 2

Was just wondering if Trash Scavenger 2 saw a man eating from a trash can did they offer to get the man something to eat ? Sounds to me like they are more concerned about making the...Read More

Local Family Needs Help

The family of Dickie Geouge of Blue Rock has had 2 family members –son and then mother—pass away within days of each other.  A GoFundMe account has been created to help Dickie Geouge, a strong, proud mountain...Read More

Lack of Foster Homes

Considering the vast majority of Mitchell County is church-going & Pro-life it was absolutely shocking to learn of the major shortage of foster homes here. Poor kids. All they want is a safe, loving home. And those...Read More

Trash Scavenger 2

Scavenging through trash is both DANGEROUS and ILLEGAL! How is the trash scavenger doing a free service for the community when I have seen him eat from trash cans? Do you realize how dangerous it is to...Read More


The state of Pennsylvania lottery.It benefits older residents,such as low cost prescriptions,rebates with property taxes, or rent. And numerous other services.Perhaps it’s time NC offers 2 lotteries....Read More

Gun Confiscation

Websters dictionary defines tyranny as harsh,absolute and unfair rule by a king or ruler;complete control.These tyrannist are destroying our second amendment right to bear arms and the rest of our constitution.These states are trying to dictate this...Read More

Trash Scavenger

I have seen in Burnsville a man several times going through the trash cans at McDonalds , Roses and Sav-Mor and placing items he found in his own personal bag. I do not know what he is...Read More

Christmas Parade Thank You

The Kiwanis Club of Spruce Pine would like to thank all the churches, businesses, civic groups, clubs and individuals who participated in the annual Spruce Pine Christmas Parade on November 30th.  Despite the inclement weather, there was...Read More

Friday Night Lights

Got off work late on Friday the 13th, about 7:30, and though tired met my wife for a trip through the wonderland that Burnsville NC . Beautiful lights ,decorations, treats, warm drinks and lots of warm smiles...Read More

Animal Welfare

In response to the response of the directors opinion. As a shelter employee myself, our concern is for the animal and that they get a rabies vaccine whether it be from us or a veterinarian. Your statement...Read More

County Recycle

In my opinion,it does not matter which county puts trash in the bins because it would be better to have it there than on the roadsides,in our yards,in the ditches,in the streams,in the rivers,Also visitors to the...Read More

County recycling

I have heard that the recycling areas are going to start closing early due to so much garbage. Madison County,Erwin and Buncombe counties all require permits that are visible on the windshields of their vehicles. This might...Read More

Proposed Animal Ordinances

Yes, there are state laws guiding animal welfare. However, out of 100 counties in NC, we are one of 11 counties that have no local ordinances that go above and beyond the basic state guidlines. The ordinances...Read More

Animal Ordinance

I’m sure that the Yancey county sheriff’s department is thrilled to be the new dog catcher’s. Please stop this ordinance! There are already state laws that protect animals. Don’t let these people who care more about animals...Read More

Animal Ordinance

This animal ordinance is completely ridiculous. I’m sure the sheriffs department has so much extra time and resources to drive around inspecting dog houses and measuring dog lots and dog chains. Not to mention the fact that...Read More


I agree with the other posters about the beautiful telescope. I for the life of me could not figure out what it was supposed to be and then my mom told me it was supposed to be...Read More

New school

Can someone tell me why the yard at the new school has not been mowed? It looks like a good stand of grass so I really don’t see how mowing could hurt it. It’s over ankle high....Read More

Speed Signs 2

That’s right I never seen a speed limit sign keep people from speeding, and I’ve yet seen one give out a ticket. I’m not the fool that is speeding on Double Island road, I just don’t like...Read More


well i just drooped my son off at school at mountain heritage. To my surprise to see road an parking lot at kids drop of still not fixed pot holes least the state could do is patch...Read More

Double Island Road

The 35 mph speed limit signs were erected because too many people speed on this twisting, curvy road. How often have you been endangered by another driver speeding and driving over the double yellow line?...Read More

Speed Signs

Who’s idea was it to put 35 mph signs on Double Island Rd. All you have done is gobbed up the road with ugly metal. Who ever did this and messed up our scenery is probley the...Read More


talking about the art on west burnsville .sorry but it looks like something u would see at a gas station!...Read More

Not Sure It’s Art

I agree with this person. I am not the greatest person on art, but looking at what Spruce Pine has and even the art at the Federal Building in Asheville the art in Burnsville has a lot...Read More

Michelle Presnell’s Disappointed with Gov Cooper

Sorry you are so disappointed with Gov. Cooper, I can say the same about Mitch McConnell blocking several gun legislation bills…..and your backing of the silly, “waste the taxpayers money” bathroom bill, and your stand on fracking….guess...Read More

Not sure its art!

I am not sure folks driving thru our town and looks at the art(telescope) both day time and night can really say its art! And even come close to looking like a telescope! I have spoken to...Read More

Anything New

I love the way anything that this town gets everyone is so negative about it. The sidewalks when the new road was built everyone complained about them Then complained about the art work beside new ray inn...Read More

Pinebridge Inn Project

Taxpayer money should not be used for this type of funding. When the Inn becomes profitable will money be returned to the county? This is similar to the referendum on last election ballot, Mitchell County citizens voted...Read More

Who is Paying for Corner Art?

Good question! is that a going to be there for good? What is it? looks like an old child toy telescope that changes color as you turn it looking into the light! Not sure, but is this...Read More

New Art

Who is paying for the new art installation at the intersections?...Read More

Department of Social Services

I am trying to understand something and maybe someone can help me to? I am a taxpaying citizen, and am paying into the system so that one day I might be able to retire and live the...Read More

Opinion Editor Note

We have received many comments about the Yancey County School Board Superintendent Selection.  In keeping with the Opinion Posting Guidelines, “You may comment on elected officials, public offices, government bodies, public figures. You can comment on the...Read More

Prayer at graduation

No you are not wrong! School staff cannot initiate or lead any religious activity, but the students have the right to do so as long as it is not a disruption of classroom time. School staff can...Read More

Prayer at Graduation

When did we stop saying a student lead prayer at graduation? I know the school officials can not pray but I thought they could have a student lead prayer during the ceremony. Was I wrong in thinking...Read More