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In Yancey Times Journal August 27, 2014


School vouchers rules unconstitutional

Yancey County Schools like a majority of school systems across the state supported the lawsuit back in January to put the skids on North Carolina’s school voucher program. A judge ruled last week that the voucher program adopted by the General Assembly in 2013 violates several provisions of the state’s Constitution and permanently enjoined the state from implementing the program. Yancey school board chair Mike Orr comments on the ruling in this week’s Times Journal.

Cameras on school buses promote safety inside and out

The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the l bus.Much of the school year, students are out before daylight, making it harder for drivers to see them. Yancey County Schools operates 39 buses traveling all of the county’s roads and now they are equipped with cameras to record traffic – and license plates – around the buses.

Wilderness Society crew improves highest hiking trail in U.S.

A crew of young trail workers sponsored by the Wilderness Society and supported by Yancey’s High Peaks Trail Association recently spent nine days of hard work improving a section of the Black Mountain Crest Trail across Winter Star Mountain that has long been notorious among hikers for its steep, slippery footing.

Officials attend NC Association of County Commissioners conference

Yancey Commissioners Jim Edwards and Randy Ollis and other county officials recently attended the annual conference of the NC Association of County Commissioners that focused on economic development initiatives by providing training and education programs on cultivating economic growth.

Conscientious couple raising happy animals on their farm

Adam and Emily Young Hopson operate their newly established Happy Hens & Highlands Farm with a different philosophy. They sell pasture-raised poultry and grass-fed beef, with a twist: their animals are happy and have a good life on the farm. You can meet them at the Yancey County Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.

Shopping Fair at Town Center provides grants for teachers

Yancey County Schools Foundation is hosting its annual Shopping “A” Fair at Burnsville Town Center on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. During this event individuals doing direct sales and local vendors come together in one place to market their products. Raffle tickets for many items. Lunch available by Bubba’s Good Eats. Proceeds fund grants for teachers with innovative classroom projects.



*Parkway Playhouse presents the swashbuckling adventure Treasure Island, continuing through Sept. 6 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. For information or tickets, see parkwayplayhouse.com or call 682-4285.

*Carolina Mountain Literary Festival’s 9th event is Sept. 5-6 with dozens of authors and noted poet and performer Glenis Redmond for Saturday banquet. Free presentation of “Ivy Rowe” Friday night. Workshop slots still available. See details and public workshop schedule at cmlitfest.org.

*Young's Mountain Music presents a special show with Johnny Ellis and Chet Cutshall on Friday, Aug. 29 from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5. Family-friendly setting with live music every Saturday night off Hwy 19E at Mitchell/Yancey line. Call 675-4790 or 675-4365.

*Kirkwood’s Café presents David Wiseman performing blues, folk and ballads on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 7-9 with $5 cover. Thursday 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. Call 678-9362 for reservations.

*Yancey Theatre continues “Guardians of the Galaxy” this week. All seats $5. Call 678-3322 for show times and dates.

*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.

*Soda Chicks and Chet open house and pottery showcase with two guest patters this Labor Day weekend at Fork Mountain Pottery, nestled in the beautiful ridges below Roan Mountain north of downtown Bakersville from 10 - 6 on Saturday, Aug. 30, and 10 - 5 on Sunday, Aug. 31. See sodachicks.com

*Burnsville Wine hosts a wine tasting on Friday, Aug. 29, from 4-7 p.m. at 525 W. Main. Call 682-3456.

*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.

*Pickin’ on the Porch hosted by Ron & Minnie Powell at Proffitt-Cousins cabin on the Yancey History Association museum grounds on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 2-4 p.m. Bring your instrument and play or come and be entertained.

*Old Timey Fall Festival sponsored by Yancey History Association Sept. 27 on Town Square is seeking crafters and artists to exhibit with special incentives for those who demonstrate their crafts. Antique vehicle/tractor parade and many fun activities at this popular event. For more information, contact Dean Gates at (704) 756-3321 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

*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.

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

*TRAC’s Burnsville Gallery and Gift Shop features work by many fine local artists. 102 West Main Street. Hours 10:30-5, Tues-Sat. See toeriverarts.org, or call 682-7215.

*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 of some of the region’s best. Located at 6274 Highway 80 South, 7 miles south of Micaville.

*The Design Gallery work by many local and regional artists. South Main across from Town Center, 678-9869 or the-design-gallery.com.

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

*TRAC’s Spruce Pine Gallery features a 50-year retrospective of the work of legendary weaver Edwina Bringle through Sept. 20 at 269 Oak Avenue.

*Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville has two shows, Alternative Firings and A Response to Place. Call 828-688-3599 or see crimsonlaurelgallery.com.

*Mica Gallery features fine crafts. Call 828-688-6422, facebook/micagallerync, micagallerync.com.

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


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