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Dog Law Response

In response to the director’s opinion. I’m sure you won’t have to worry about your relationship with the area hunters because they won’t support any more of your clinics. I feel sure that they will visit area...Read More

Dog Laws-Bring ‘Em On

I wish hunting with dogs was banned altogether. Not solely because they are shivering in the cold, but because the group of them tied up creates a nuisance. Barking all hours of the day and night. It...Read More

Proposed Animal Ordinances

I am writing this as myself, Renee Tomberlin, Executive Director of the Yancey Humane Society. The shelter had previously chosen to support the proposed ordinances, but not lead the charge, because we had always had a good...Read More

New Paving Upgrades, Buildings

I just wanted to take time and say thanks for leveling the utilities covers on new paved road. It does make a great difference driving upward to the square not worrying about them any more. They leveled...Read More

Animal Welfare

It may be true that “normal” people would provide reasonable care for their pets,there’s many folks that don’t fit that category.Unfortunately,drug addicts,and mentally challenged individuals quite often, aren’t humane whether caring for children or pets in their...Read More


So is the garbage going to disappear or shrink overnight? That makes about as much sense as only having one container for months at the East Yancey recycling center while the road work was going on! NO...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

WTOE & Apple Music

I am so happy you can now listen to WTOE live on Apple Music. If you launch Apple Music and type WTOE in the search bar it takes you directly to the stream of WTOE, live anywhere...Read More

Water Leak Below Mtn Heritage High

Is it just me or does anyone else wonder why the state hasn’t attempted to fix the leak out of the median below the high school??? It’s been doing that for at least 4-5 months now. Can’t...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

Good Samaritan

To the people in the white Chevy truck today, just know that I saw you stop and get that homeless man. I want you to know that that was amazing and that I had turned around to...Read More

Animal Cruelty

The demise of the german shepherd at the hands of someone who should not have been allowed animals to begin with makes me angry ! I hope that Banks will prohibit them from pet ownership forward....Read More

Yancey County Schools

We need a drastic change in the way our schools are being ran. Some members of the school board don’t seem to care about what’s best for our children....Read More

Help for Senior Citizen In Burnsville

My sister Jill Lanese just entered into a lease purchase on a lovely home in Burnsville. It is on top of a mountain and pretty much my sister’s dream to retire in such a lovely home and...Read More

Arraignment of Men in Animal Abuse Case

Calling all animal lovers. Monday June 10th the two men accused of felony animal abuse will be arraigned. Be the voice of the poor German Shepherd who lost it’s life at the hands of these monster’s. Come...Read More

I think its bo-no-mo-move on

What ever the reason for Bojangles not dropping anchor any more, is past history for this town, lets move on……its not going to happen folks! so now lets look at seeking another restaurant of short to attempt...Read More

Inmate Trash Pickup

All inmates should be forced to pickup trash and work for free as long as they are incarcerated. The only exception is if an inmate is actually on their death bed. This idea should help deter crime...Read More

Cane River Park

I to think that the park is in a bad spot Why would anyone put a park in a flood zone that floods every time it comes a heavy dew? And to all the comments Because of...Read More


So as we all keeping driving over the, not sure, graffiti, deco art/ or down the road construction? It looks like they are starting to fade out, does that mean construction will not take place soon as...Read More

Street art or Graffiti?

As we drive on back street from the square to end of 19 toward pizza hut, I am wondering have we been attacked by aliens who have drawn on the streets with drawings instead of crop drawing?...Read More

Rebuttal to Cane River Park Opinion

The reason why the county “pours” money into Cane River Park is for us ….. the community. Believe it or not there are people who enjoy spending time outdoors instead of being keyboard warriors and TV worshipers....Read More

What to put in the empty lot!

OK, I quit holding my breath for Bojangles to drop anchor or even start construction on the empty lot! So, why can we ask if Spruce Pine would like to extend their Steak House here in Burnsville,...Read More

New Business

I’m wondering where our Walmart is. That’s exactly what we need. Maybe then Ingles would decide to bring their prices in line with this area!! Weaverville and other Ingles stores have lower prices because of the competition-come...Read More

Another Boutique store!

Driving around town, noticed a new store going in the old Verizon store, and decided to take closer look to see what new business is going there. Well to my amazement, kind of laughed at first, but...Read More

Cane River Park

Has it occurred to anyone besides me that it’s about time to quit pouring money into a park that is in a flood plain? This is getting ridiculous. What is this four times this year it has...Read More