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In Yancey Times Journal April 16, 2014
Federal indictments for child exploitation
Two Yancey County residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to sexual exploitation of a minor. The four-page indictment includes eight against two local residents, a man and woman, who were originally charged in Feb. 2013 following a Yancey Sheriff’s Department investigation that was initiated by contact from overseas law enforcement that discovered the photos online and tracked them back to a Burnsville man.
Vote online: Burnsville in ‘Great Places in NC’
Burnsville’s Town Square has been selected by the American Planning Association, NC Chapter, as a finalist in its Great Places in NC: Public Places award category. An expert panel selected Burnsville, along with six other communities, to participate in an online “People’s Choice” contest. To vote go to: ncgreatplaces.upickem.net/engine/Votes.aspx?contested=121033. Voting ends May 9 at 5 p.m. and winner is announced the week of May 12.
MHHS dropout rate lowest in school history
The Mountain Heritage High School dropout rate for the March 2013-March 2014 timeframe is the lowest in the school’s history and well below the state average.
Yancey Hospice honored with award
For the second consecutive year Yancey Hospice has been named a 2014 Hospice Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing hospice agencies providing the best patient care and caregiver experience.
Museum presented with surprise donation
Through the efforts of Lloyd Bailey a surprise presentation was made by Palma L. Bennett at the seasonal opening of the McElroy House. He donated a rifle and artifacts belonging to his great-grandfather Sam M. Bennett, the last surviving Civil War veteran of the Carolinas. He died in 1951 at age 101. Read the story of Sam Bennett, who left his home in Relief to join the Confederacy at age 13.
THINGS TO DO and ENTERTAINMENT
*The first Chamber of Commerce Mixer of the year is hosted by Toe River Arts Council,102 West Main Street, on Thursday, April 17, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. For more information call 682-7413.
*Night of Poetry at Burnsville Town Center on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. with high school students and local poets presented by the James C. Byrd Media Center at MHHS and Yancey County Public Library. Reception by Friends of the Library.
*Appalachian Java will host a Pizza Party on Friday, April 18, from 6-9 p.m. Pizza $2 per slice, all profits go to Yancey Relay for Life. Stop by.
*Burnsville Wine and… hosts its weekly wine tasting on Friday, April 18, from 4-7 p.m., featuring a Gewurztraminer and a Rose at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank.
*Kirkwood’s Café presents Brown Mountain Lights Jazz Band, formerly known at Big Ben and the Clock Towers, on Saturday, April 19, from 7-9, $5 cover. Call 678-9362 for reservations. Open Mic Night every Friday 7-9, Friday lunch music noon-2 by Typical Mountain Boys. Dinner Thurs-Sat 5-9. Game night on Thursdays. 114 E. Main in Burnsville.
*Young's Mountain Music offers 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.
*Yancey Theatre shows the latest movies. Call info line at 678-3322 for movies playing and show times. All seats $5.
*The Altapass Foundation hosts two events on Saturday, April 19, a stroll through the apple blossoms from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Then at 6:30 p.m. a benefit concert with Little Roy & Lizzie Show. Both events are free. Donations to nonprofit Altapass Foundation accepted. The Orchard opens for the regular season on Saturday, May 3.
*Burnsville Little Theater’s production of the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, Harvey, presented by Parkway Playhouse on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m.
*Yancey History Association presents a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Burnsville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25-27, in downtown Burnsville with a re-enactment on Town Square of the 1864 raid by 50 local women on the Confederate commissary in Burnsville to feed their hungry families.
*The annual Burnsville Metric takes place on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. The ride starts from the Burnsville Town Square. Registration is at the Town Center from 7:15 – 8:45 a.m. For information: burnsvillemetric.com.
*The annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta will be Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Burnsville’s Town Square.
*TRAC’s Burnsville Gallery exhibition of work by 12 new artists juried to display and sell work in its galleries. The work will be featured in the gallery through May 10. Stop by Tues-Sat 10:30-5. Call 682-7215.
*Confederate Railroad returns for a concert at Burnsville Town Center on April 25 at 8 p.m. Opening band is Road Tripp. Admission $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Town Center or online at roadtripp.com or call 208-1444.
*A 40-hour combination clay class that incorporates hand-building techniques as well as throwing on the wheel. Learn at your own pace at Yancey Center for Ceramic Art (YCCA ). Class begins May 1 at 9 a.m. Learn more or pre-register at mayland.edu and click on the Continuing Education link or call 682-7315.
*TRAC’s annual Plein Air Paint Out is May 17. See toeriverarts.org, or call 828-682-7215.
*Skating at Riverside Roller Rink on Saturdays, from 7-11 p.m. Available Mon-Fri for private parties. Questions, call 682-2651.
*The Design Gallery South Main across from Town Center. 678-9869 or the-design-gallery.com.
*Off the Beaten Path books and antiques shop at 19 W. Main in Burnsville, downstairs below The Grapevine and Yummi Yarns.
*OOAK Gallery features fine, folk and funky art and crafts in historic country store at 573 Micaville Loop four miles east of Burnsville off Hwy 19. Tues-Sat 10-5:30, Sun. noon-4. Call 675-0690.
*Mica Gallery fine crafts gallery in Bakersville is open for the season featuring work by some of the region’s most accomplished craftspeople. Call Mica at 828-688-6422, facebook/micagallerync, micagallerync.com