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In Yancey Times Journal Oct 29, 2014


Rush of early voters in Yancey, election next Tuesday

One-stop voting began Oct. 23 and continues through Nov. 1 for the Nov. 4 General Election when those who haven’t taken advantage of early voting at Yancey County Board of Elections office go to the polls in their precincts. The BOE reports at the end of the day Tuesday 1,832 voters cast one-stop ballots and had received 470 absentee ballots from the nearly 1,000 mailed out to date. Early voting continues Oct. 29 – Oct. 30 from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Oct. 31 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Board of Elections office is located in Area C on the south end of Burnsville Town Center, 6 South Main. If you have questions, call 682-3950.

Candidate profiles in this week’s issue of the Times Journal

Read the Times Journal this week for profiles of candidates for local offices and the sample ballot. Jeff Neill, a deputy and detective with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, is challenging Incumbent Sheriff Gary Banks. Democrat commissioners Johnny Riddle, Jill Austin and Jim Edwards are being challenged by Byrl Ballew, Jeannette Maddox and Earl Tipton. State Representative, District 118, fellow Yancey County resident Dean Hicks is challenging Michele Presnell.

Halloween activities downtown, at theatre, and at football game

Trick or Treat at downtown businesses and on Town Square Friday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. Businesses will be handing out treats and others will be set up on Town Square with activities and inflatables. Yancey Theatre is showing a kid-friendly movie Friday at 6:30; wear your costume and you can enter a raffle to win a gift certificate, then at 9:30 the theatre will show a scary movie for Halloween night.

Mountain Heritage High School along with local businesses and community groups, will host the first annual Mountain Scaritage Trick-or-Treating and Fall Festival from 6:30 p.m. through half-time of the football game. Kids 12 and under in costumes admitted free with paying adult.  Enjoy a fun and safe Halloween evening.

Sheriff’s Sex Offender arrests two Yancey residents

In two separate cases, the Yancey County Sheriffs Office Sex Offender Unit charged a Yancey man, a registered sex offender, with being on the property of Cane River Middle School, a felony. A Burnsville resident for three months, who is a registered sex offender in New York, was charged with failing to register with the Yancey Sheriff’s Office as a sex offender.


*Kirkwood’s Café presents Sarah Louise Henson, performing hauntingly beautiful Appalachian-style folk tunes on Saturday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7 p.m. with $5 cover. Check her out at: sarahlouise.bandcamp.com/ Call 678-9362 for reservations. On Thursday come and play Scrabble and enjoy songwriter’s gathering 6-9 p.m. Open Mic Fridays 7-9, Friday noon-2 live bluegrass/traditional music. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet 10:30-2. 114 E. Main in Burnsville.

*Yancey Theatre features the latest movies. Friday, Halloween night, kid-friendly movie at 6:30 (wear costume and you can enter a drawing for a gift certificate), then a scary movie at 9 p.m. All seats $5. Call 678-3322 for feature showing, times and dates.

*Young's Mountain Music presents live traditional, bluegrass and country music in a family-friendly setting every Saturday night off Hwy 19E at Mitchell/Yancey line. Call 675-4790 or 675-4365.

*Join Burnsville Wine and… hosts a tasting of “freaky” good wines on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. (note different time for Halloween evening. Located at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank. Park in back or the bank lot. Call 682-3456 for more information.

*Jazz in the Spotlight show on Friday, Nov.7, featuring pianist Brian Turner and singer Debbie Phillips performing some traditional jazz favorites, pop and sacred jazz arrangements. Enjoy decadent desserts to sweeten the deal. Begins at 7:30 p.m. in Family Life Center behind Higgins Memorial UMC, 101 N. Main in Burnsville.  General admission with no advance tickets, and donations go toward the purchase of a new furnace for the church. 

*TRAC Gallery in Burnsville beginning Nov. 8 through Dec. 15, the TRAC Gallery in Burnsville hosts “Then and Now” featuring work past and present by many of the 39 artists who opened their studios in 1993 on a weekend before the holidays for the first studio tour. For more information, visit toeriverarts.org or call 682-7215.

*TRAC’s Spruce Pine Gallery exhibit Makes Sense to Me, an exhibition and installation of the works of seven women artists. Located at 269 Oak Avenue. Call 765-0520.

*Antique Quilt Show at Rush Ray Museum of Yancey History dating from 1700s to the 1950s. Visit YHA office at 3 Academy Street in Burnsville from 10-4 p.m. Mon-Sat. Museum admission: adults $3, members and children under 12 - free. For more info or to book a group tour call 678-9587.

*Mitchell County Animal Rescue’s Fourth Annual Wine and Whiskers fundraiser is Saturday, Nov. 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the Pizza Shop and Dry County Brewing Company, 585 Oak Street, in Spruce Pine.

*OOAK Gallery features fine, folk, funky art and crafts in historic country store at 573 Micaville Loop 4 miles east of Burnsville off Hwy 19. Tues-Sat 10-5:30, Sun. noon-4. Call 675-0690.

*Toe River Crafts 40th season as an artists’ cooperative for some of the region’s best. Located at 6274 Highway 80 South, 7 miles south of Micaville.

*The Design Gallery new exhibit “The Moon Up Above” features work by Ana Demertzis and Barbara Kahn, through Nov. 8. Gallery has work by local and regional artists. S. Main, 678-9869 or the-design-gallery.com.

*Mica Gallery in Bakersville, work by artist/photographer Dana Moore through Nov. 14. See micagallery.com or Facebook.

*Yancey Farmers Market's every Saturday, 8:30–12:30, moves to Town Square indoors at the former Touch of Cass building next to Garden Deli for two months featuring a variety of fall produce, chicken, pork and beef, eggs, goat cheese, baked goods, plants, crafts and much more.

*Skating at Riverside Roller Rink on Saturdays, from 7-11 p.m. Available Mon-Fri for private parties. Questions, call 682-2651.

*Free ukulele jam every Monday at The Music Box on West Main from 12:30 – 1:30. Bring your ukulele and a chair and join the fun. Call 678-9596 for more information.

*Off the Beaten Path a cozy, inviting bookstore and antique shop located downstairs at 19 W. Main in Burnsville.

*Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville celebrates the multilayered functional and decorative work, opening Nov. 1 and continuing to Dec. 5, of Justin Rothshank. Also continuing to Dec. 5 shows featured this month: work by Lisa Clague, David Robinson, Shadow May and Jerilyn Virden. Call 828-688-3599 or see crimsonlaurelgallery.com.

*The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center on Penland School campus. Call 828-765-6211 or penland.org/gallery.

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