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In Yancey Times Journal Dec. 10, 2014


Zoning changes, fire dept. property, development
The town council adopted amendments to the zoning rules and new maps with little fanfare and during the council’s regular meeting last Thursday. Council also directed the fire department to finalize negotiations to purchase property for a new fire station, and heard updates on several business construction projects in town.

Yancey remains Tier 2 in DOC economic rankings
Yancey County remains at Tier 2 in economic development rankings released last week for 2015 by the NC Department of Commerce. Tier 1 is the most distress and Tier 3 the least. Yancey’s ranking still provides for a variety of funding opportunities to assist in economic development.

Judge Horne replaces Ginn on Superior Court
Gov. McCrory appointed Chief District Court Judge Gregory Horne to the Superior Court vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge C. Philip Ginn in Superior Court District 24. After the Times Journal went to press, the governor appointed District Court Judge Ted McEntyre to Horne’s position as Chief District Court Judge.

School board members take oath of office
At the regular meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education on Dec. 1, Clerk of Court Tammy McEntyre conducted the swearing-in ceremony for incumbent school board member Mike Orr and newly-elected member Jeanne Tyner.

Arts Branding Project coordinator hired
Toe River Arts Council has hired Robert Heffron as Projects Coordinator for the Toe River Arts Branding Project and Arts Resource Center (ARC).  In the grant-funded position he will work with professional consultants and local artists, coordinating efforts to improve the quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, and foster economic development in Mitchell and Yancey counties through branding and way-finding signage for the region. He will also serve as coordinator for the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine.

Police investigate break-in at Habitat construction site
Officers with Burnsville Police Department responded to a report of a breaking and entering incident on Celo Street at a Habitat for Humanity home under construction. Tools and equipment had been taken but was recovered because the suspects left a “calling card” behind.


*Parkway Playhouse concludes its 2014 Theatre Season with Joe Landry’s family friendly adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Dec. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Burnsville Town Center. Tickets available at door and range from $10 - $15.
*Yancey Theatre presents special showings of “Frozen” on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. and admission is $5. “The Hobbit” begins a run on Tuesday with a showtime of 7 p.m. All seats $6. Call 678-3322 for feature showing, times and dates.
*Kirkwood’s Café presents virtuoso mandolinist Chris Emerson and award winning singer-songwriter Ty Bennett as they make a much anticipated stop at Kirkwoods Café in Burnsville on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. with $5 cover. Call 678-9362 for reservations. Open Mic Fridays 7-9, Friday noon-2 live bluegrass/traditional music. Winter schedule: closed all day Mon; closed Thurs night. Open Tues–Sun regular breakfast (8-11 a.m.) and lunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). 114 E. Main in Burnsville.
*Yancey Winter Farmers Market's continues on Saturday, 9–12:30, in the building next to Garden Deli until Dec. 20 featuring a variety of produce, chicken, pork and beef, eggs, goat cheese, baked goods, plants, crafts and much more.
*Toe River Chamber Ensemble will perform their annual free holiday concert of Christmas classics on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on the square in Burnsville.
*TRAC Gallery in Burnsville 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 for the first studio tour. For more information, visit toeriverarts.org or call 682-7215.
*Young's Mountain Music presents live traditional, bluegrass and country music in a family-friendly setting every Saturday night 7 to 11 p.m. off Hwy 19E at Mitchell/Yancey line. Call 675-4790 or 675-4365.
*Toe River Arts Council presents a memorial exhibition of glass and neon work by Alexander Miles Dreyer at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery from Dec. 17 - 27 with an opening reception from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. Located at 102 W. Main, call 682-7215.
*Burnsville Wine and… has finished up with regular wine tastings for the year but check the Facebook and web page for activities after the first of the year. A wine club is being formed; if interested, call 682-3456.
*TRAC’s Spruce Pine Gallery located at 269 Oak Avenue. Call 765-0520.
 * Rush Ray Museum of Yancey History office and genealogy archives at 3 Academy Street in Burnsville is open 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.
*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.
*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.
*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 has work by local and regional artists. S. Main, 678-9869 or the-design-gallery.com.
*Off the Beaten Path a cozy, inviting bookstore and antique shop located downstairs at 19 W. Main in Burnsville.
*Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville has special shows and work by other artists. 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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