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In Yancey Times Journal Dec. 17, 2014


Altec expands plant to accommodate growth
Local officials gathered at Altec Industries last Thursday for a ribbon cutting at the plant’s new 8,600-sq. ft. design/engineering addition and new parking lot to accommodate growth at the booming Burnsville operation. Those present praised the company as a good corporate citizen that not only contributes to the economy but supports community and nonprofit projects.


Commerce lets failed Micaville Expo Center slide
A report by Carolina Journal investigates the stimulus-funded Micaville Expo Center. The NC Dept. of Commerce viewed the project as a success but the effort failed and the manager paid herself with stimulus money but did not pays thousands owed to a subcontractor.


Commissioners appoint tax assessor, revaluation begins
Yancey commissioners approved the appointment of Danny McIntosh as the new tax assessor for the county. He will replace Jeff Boone who is leaving the position he has held for four years. Boone asked to return to his previous job in the county mapping department. The appointment comes in time for McIntosh to get the 8-year property revaluation process underway this January. The revaluation will be completed by 2016.


County gets additional hours for ambulance
Susan Odom from Mission Health told commissioners at their December meeting that Yancey will get badly needed expanded ambulance service, something the county has been requesting for several years.


Burnsville SmART Public Art Plan open house Dec. 18
Burnsville Public Art Design Board, a planning board of the Town of Burnsville, invites the public to its Open House on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Burnsville Town Hall regarding the Burnsville SmART Public Art Plan, which includes gateways for the town of Burnsville.


*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.
*Yancey Theatre presents “The Hobbit” on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 and 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, at 5:30 and 9 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. Closed Dec. 25.  All seats $6. Closed Monday and Wednesday. Call 678-3322 for feature showing, times and dates.
*Kirkwood’s Café presents Crossroads, a local group, playing rock and Americana on Saturday, Dec. 20, 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 concludes for the season on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 9–12:30, in the building next to Garden Deli featuring a variety of produce, chicken, pork and beef, eggs, goat cheese, baked goods, plants, crafts and much more.
*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.
*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 shop to explore located downstairs at 19 W. Main in Burnsville. Book and antique shop with books, puzzles, art, antiques and enjoy tea while shopping. 
*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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