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Look inside for... LATE UPDATE: FIRM THAT BOOKED GUATEMALA TRIP RESPONDS! 50 cents Yancey County News Brush Creek - Burnsville - Cane River Crabtree - Egypt - Green Mountain - Jacks Creek Pensacola - Price’s Creek - Ramseytown - South Toe vTo be a voice, and to allow the voices of our community to be heard.v June 14, 2012 W Vol. 2, No. 24 v Recipient of the 2011 E.W. Scripps Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment v FELONY ARRESTS FOR FARMER & GRINDSTAFF By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Two former Yancey County deputies were arrested Monday, charged with felonies after being accused of misusing department property. Thomas Lloyd Farmer, 42, and John Paul Grindstaff, 37, both also face charges of willful failure to discharge duties. Farmer, the former chief deputy for the Yancey County Sheriff’s Department, was charged in connection with the pawning of a county-owned handgun, while Grindstaff was charged in connection with the disappearance of two two-way radios. Farmer’s arrest came 15 months after this newspaper informed the sheriff that a gun owned by the department had been pawned by Farmer in Asheville. The newspaper investigation showed that the weapon - a Sig Sauer pistol bought for the sheriff’s department in 2003 - was pawned at Alan’s Pawn in late January 2011. The individual pawning the weapon identified himself as Thomas Lloyd Former Yancey County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tom Lloyd Farmer, left, and former Yancey County Sheriff’s Deputy Farmer. John Paul Grindstaff were arrested Monday and each charged with a felony involving the theft of government property. The two also face a misdemeanor charge of willful failure to discharge duties. See Page 5 Fans welcome basketball coach By Jonathan Austin A glance around the dining Yancey County News room – bedecked with team A crowd filled Bubba’s of jerseys, autographs, posters and East Main Monday evening to sports paraphernalia – should meet Hank Newson, the new have told him that some in this varsity boy’s basketball coach community take their sports for Mountain Heritage High seriously. School. “We feel fortunate,” said In his introduction, Heritage Athletic Director Joey Robinson ticked off some Robinson. “We feel like we’ve of the accomplishments that 25055 $169,000 3BR/1.5BA Ranch located on 5+ acres with exceptional views. gone out and stolen one.” proved attractive to the hiring Newson, a lanky 34-year- committee: “He was the boys’ old who was wearing a suit but varsity coach at West Caldwell probably prefers sweats, seemed last year, where his team was 19in awe that scores of residents, 7. He was the Catawba Valley parents and players would turn Athletic Conference Coach of out on a rainy evening to meet the Year.” He was on the West him and his family. Caldwell staff when they were “This is unbelievable, that state runner-up in 2010. you guys would turn out just for Prior to that, he was an assistant a high school basketball coach,” in Pennsylvania with a program Jonathan Austin/Yancey County News he said upon being introduced to that went 54-4, and graduated Mountain Heritage varsity boy’s the packed restaurant. Continued on page 3 basketball coach Hank Newson. Cancellation of school trip to Guatemala was ‘devastating’ Some Mountain Heritage students were on their way to the Charlotte airport last Thursday for an academic trip to Guatemala when they learned that $12,000 for their airline tickets had disappeared. A week later, no one can say for sure where the money went. See complete story inside 3BR/1.5BA Ranch located on 5+ acres with exceptional views. MLS #25055 728 W. Main St. - 682-9994 • Dale - 208-1881 • Jonathan - 779-1980 $169,000

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