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In Yancey Times Journal Oct 15, 2014

MHHS has sixth highest graduation rate in NC

State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson presented Yancey County Schools with a Top Ten in the State Award for having the sixth highest high school graduation rate in the state. This marks the first time in Yancey County Schools’ history that the graduation rate has been recognized for such an accomplishment. The 2014 graduation rate was 92.1 percent has steadily, which has increased over the past few years.

Presnell skips forum to accept forestry award

NC Representative Michele Presnell caught flack for skipping a League of Women Voters forum in Marshall on Oct. 9 to meet with Dean Hicks, her challenger in the November election for the District 118 House seat. She previously accepted the invitation for the forum but bailed out to accept the NC Forestry Association’s Friend of Forestry Award at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.

Meadows seeking access to USFS land other than Locust Creek

Congressman Mark Meadows told the more than 50 people, mostly bear hunters, attending a meeting last Monday that opening the gates through Locust Creek to U.S. Forest Service lands to hunters and hikers may not be possible because it would infringe on private property rights. He said he is working with USFS to find another access point and said he will pursue federal funding if one can be found.

Supreme Court says new NC voting procedures enforceable

With the Oct. 10 deadline to register to vote in the November election behind us, voters who have not registered are out of luck. The US Supreme Court ruled that NC’s new voting laws eliminating same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting are lawful. Yancey voters can vote early beginning Oct. 23 through Nov. 1 at the Board of Elections office located in Area C of Burnsville Town Center, 6 South Main. One-stop voting hours are Oct. 23 and 24 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. – noon; office closed Oct. 26; Oct. 27 – 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. For more information, call 682-3950.

Mountain Heritage’s outdoor classroom in the works

An outdoor classroom project at the high school is a collaboration between Mountain Heritage High School, the school system, state and federal agencies, and other groups and is on its way to becoming a reality for students. The school began working with the NC Division of Water Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to develop the project with other groups almost five years ago. The project is being funded with grants.

Six arrested on multiple B&E, larceny charges

The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office arrested six individuals for breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods and other charges. Four of the individuals were age 17.

Program by YHA and Asheville and Buncombe Preservation Society

The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC) is partnering with the Yancey History Association (YHA) to present a full day of mountain history featuring Burnsville, Yancey County, and the tragic legend of “Frankie and Charlie” that deals with the famous 1833 murder. Program begins at 10 a.m. with a tour of the historic Yancey Library building, talk at 10:30, tour of the YHA museum at noon, and a self-guided downtown walking tour. Call YHA at 678-9587 for more information.


*The Danish gymnastics team arrives in Burnsville for a performance on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at Mountain Heritage High School, preceded by two days of workshops with the high school and middle schools. Tickets ($6 for adults/$4 for students/free under 5, plus tax) are available at the door. Call TRAC at 682-7215 for more information.

*Kirkwood’s Café presents the Adam Pope Band, a four-piece storytelling country/rockabilly band from Nashville on Saturday, Oct. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. with $5 cover. Call 678-9362 for reservations. On Thursday come and play Scrabble and enjoy music of the 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.

*The Darren Nicholson Band takes the stage Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Burnsville Town Center. This group of award-winning musicians delivers world-class picking and songs that blends bluegrass, folk, gospel, rockabilly and swing into a new American acoustic music experience. Tickets are $10. Call 682-7209.

*Yancey Theatre features the latest movies. 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.

*The 100-year old Wilson Store (now Quality Upholstery) in Pensacola is the location of the annual Christmas in October on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with 12 vendors and a flea market and bake sale. The 100-year birthday cake for Wilson Store will be cut at noon.

*Join Burnsville Wine and… and Katie from the Cheese House in Asheville for a wine and cheese tasting on Friday, Oct. 17, from 4-7. Located at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank. Park in back or the bank lot. Call 682-3456 for more information.

*Award-winning representational artist Jeremy Sams is the guest artist and speaker at Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild’s meeting on Oct. 20 at Burnsville Town Center at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome.

*Mountain Heritage High School Music Department presents two fall concerts. The band concert is Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students; all proceeds will support the department. The Audition Choir presents their fall concert on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Town Square with free admission but canned food items will be collected for donation to Reconciliation House.

*TRAC Gallery features an exhibit of work by Billie Ruth (nationally known basket maker) and Doug Sudduth show “Fiber Optics” basketry and photography. West Main off Town Square. Call 682-7215.

*TRAC’s Spruce Pine Gallery opening this Friday, Oct. 17, Makes Sense to Me, an exhibition and installation of the works of seven women artists with a reception the following Friday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. 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.

*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 behind Burnsville Town Center, huge variety of local 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. Three shows featured this month: Figurative sculptural work by Lisa Clague and David Robinson; Lynn Duryea, a ceramic professor at ASU; and ceramicists 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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