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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.

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Opinion/Outlooks

Ralph Hise updates the activities in Raleigh

Last week, the Senate passed a major education reform bill that will strengthen student literacy, improve graduation rates, increase accountability in the classroom, reward effective teachers and give parents tools to make better informed decisions about their children’s education. Senate Bill 795, the Excellent Public Schools Act, was passed following two weeks of consideration in committee and on the Senate floor and with input from teachers, principals, superintendents and parents from across the state. We all agree that, for our future – for our children’s future – we must improve public education in North Carolina. But the solution must be more than merely throwing more money at a system that does not serve our students nearly as well as it should. We must demand better results, and positive change. Here are the reforms outlined in SB 795: Improving Literacy Nearly one in four North Carolina students fails to graduate from high school and many drop out because they never mastered the ability to read by the fourth grade. We are emphasizing the importance of literacy by ending social promotion of students who can’t read at grade level by the end of third grade and adding new readingintensive instruction for students who struggle with reading. Increasing Accountability We must focus on improving our schools. But we first have to determine where those schools stand and how they need to improve. SB 795 will allow parents and the public to clearly identify high-achieving, average and failing schools by creating a transparent system to grade schools

on a scale of zero to 100, with a corresponding letter grade of A to F. This will encourage weak schools to improve, highlight schools that are making progress, and allow parents to determine the best options for their children. The bill also boosts accountability in the classroom. Under SB 795, all teachers would be employed by local boards of education through contracts of up to four years. The Excellent Education Act not only reforms a one size fits all system that does not reward outstanding teachers and does not address the problems of ineffective ones, but also allows individual school districts to better respond to the changing needs of schools and students. Limited contracts allow school administrators the flexibility they need to respond to the constantly shifting personnel needs in schools. Rewarding Our Outstanding Teachers This legislation also recognizes that North Carolina has some of the greatest teachers in the country. We want to recognize and reward the best of them with bonuses and merit-based pay increases. High-quality teachers lead to better student performance and quality of life beyond the classroom. The bill also adds three protected teacher work days and provides a $250 tax deduction for teachers who purchase classroom supplies for their students out-of-pocket. The Excellent Public Schools Act is a step in the right direction for education in North Carolina. Energy Legislation Also this week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 820, the Clean Energy and Economic Security Act, with bipartisan support. The bill outlines a

comprehensive plan to increase domestic energy production, ensure energy reliability and affordability and promote job growth. The Clean Energy and Economic Security Act will: • Empower the Environmental Management Commission, the Commission for Public Health and the Mining and Energy Commission to develop rules and regulations for shale gas exploration and development. • Authorize these regulatory bodies to develop a comprehensive framework for the safe exploration of energy resources, but prevent them from issuing permits until the General Assembly takes further legislative action. • Establish numerous consumer protections, including the most rigorous well water monitoring in the nation, to defend the rights of North Carolinians and the safety of our environment. • Create a Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Energy to provide oversight on all energy issues. North Carolina has a great opportunity to develop a vibrant energy jobs sector capable of creating thousands of new jobs, generating billions for the state economy and lowering energy bills for citizens and families. Both Governor Perdue and the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources have said they believe shale gas exploration can be done safely if the right regulations are in place. SB 820 will ensure that North Carolinians are protected as this new energy sector grows and strengthens our economy and energy portfolio. Sen. Ralph Hise Raleigh

Rep. Ray Rapp urges passage of employment legislation State Rep. Ray Rapp and colleagues are urging immediate action on two critical pieces of job-creation legislation pending in front of the General Assembly. Rapp is pushing two specific initiatives designed to create jobs in

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North Carolina. “North Carolina families are continuing to struggle and the General Assembly needs to take concrete action to help them,” said Rapp “That is why I want to re-focus the General Assembly on job creation. These two pieces of legislation take the much-needed steps toward assisting our small businesses owners so that they can hire more North Carolina workers.” The first is a bill that provides incentives to small businesses that create jobs in North Carolina. The second bill is an amendment that would give North Carolina companies preference when bidding on state and local government contracts. “North Carolina’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we should do all that we can to support them and encourage them to hire new employees,” Rapp continued. “To ensure that our taxpayer dollars stay

here and create jobs here, I want to give North Carolina companies first crack at state contracts - it makes sense for our workers and it makes sense for our business owners.” He said recent report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that North Carolina has fallen to 47th in the nation in unemployment rank. North Carolina’s unemployment is 9.4 percent, more than a full point higher than the national average. House Bill 479, which is titled Small Business New Job Creation Incentive, was filed in March of 2011, but it has not moved out of Committee since then. House Democrats announced plans to file a discharge petition on the legislation. If Rapp and his colleagues are able to collect 61 signatures on the petition, it will be forced to the House floor for a vote. Rapp was to offer the amendment this week.

Why was Farmer investigation conducted locally?

I find it absolutely ridiculous that Sheriff Gary Banks would be allowed to charge his own men with larceny by employee and willfully failing to discharge their duties. Talk about a conflict of interest. As their direct supervisor shouldn’t the high sheriff have some culpability as well? At the very least, didn’t he just prove his own inability to supervise employees? I wonder if there is a sweetheart deal in place for Farmer and Grindstaff? I bet they try

to rush their cases through the court as quietly and quickly as possible. All eyes should be on the disposition of their cases as this could potentially prove that there is corruption. If they both take a plea deal quickly, we’ll have our answer. And Banks trying to take credit for this is a slap in the face to justice. Everyone knows the only reason we know about this is because of the hard work of some very brave members of the local media. Name witheld on request

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Fans, team welcome new boy’s basketball coach From the front from West Virginia University. “His resume is pretty good. I think we went out and we got the coach our kids deserve. I think he’s got great vision,” Robinson said. But most important, Robinson, the Cougars football coach, said, is that Newson has drive, integrity and a solid core. “He’s got big shoes to fill, but I have no doubt that this is the person we were looking for. Why? Because he brings energy. He wants to start with the little kids and he wants to go all the way through the entire program, and he wants to encompass the entire program. One thing I like about him most is, he wants to embrace our community, and that is what we were looking for. He wants to be a Cougar; he wants his kids to be a Cougar, and that’s important to us.” Newson was met with loud applause, but he didn’t falter before the fans. “We are very honored and blessed to be a part of Mountain Heritage and I feel real fortunate to come to a program with the rich tradition that the Cougars have had over the years, and I know I fill big shoes. I look forward to that challenge. My wife and I want to come to a place where we can raise our family; a place that will embrace us. We’re truly blessed and honored and looking forward to working with these young men and winning some basketball games and teaching them what life is about.” Accompanying Newson were his wife, Lauren, and his parents, Randy and Karen Newson. MHHS Assistant Principal Stuart Jolley said there was no secret formula used to choose a new coach for a highly successful small program. “What do you look for? First and foremost, you look for credibility. You want a candidate that has the opportunity to come in, be a good fit for this community, to come in and build on the success. This gentleman has great credibility. Every person we spoke to said he is trustworthy, he is a go-getter, he is a great community person, he is a great family person, and he is a great human being.” A key, Jolley said, is to find a candidate who realized they must work with what comes naturally in a county. “There is not a magic formula, and you’re going to have ups and downs. You look at any program – particularly the high school level where you don’t recruit - you get young people to come in with varying abilities. You can’t just go out and get a point guard. You can’t go out and get a power forward; you can’t go out and get a center. You have to look for an individual that comes from

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Hank Newson, the new boy’s varsity basketball coach at Mountain Heritage, stands with Cougar Athletic Director Joey Robinson. Newson was the boys’ varsity coach at West Caldwell last year, where his team was 19-7. He was also the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

a program … in which there has been stability.” And they think they’ve made a good selection in choosing Newson. “We hope to continue the winning tradition that we’ve come to be so used to.” Newson, who has worked as a history teacher for several years, will fill a physical education slot at Mountain Heritage, and Jolley said the interview panel caught some candidates off guard with a question that had nothing to do with coaching basketball. “One of our questions that we asked in the interview process was, tell us what your classroom, as a physical education teacher – what a day in your classroom is going to look like. They did not expect that, in some cases. He was very good at articulating how … to reach out to those students that choose oftentimes to be less active, for various reasons. We felt that, him speaking to being inclusive – not only would we have a good fit for the basketball season, but more important, we have a good longterm fit to benefit our young people

in the classroom,” Jolley said. “You cannot have a student athlete - you cannot have a fit student - without someone who knows how to include that kid and get them involved. Hank was very articulate about being involved in these students’ lives, above and beyond just his basketball players. He has an awareness of the co-curricular aspect, and that was one of the big selling points. Yes, he has a great pedigree when it comes to coaching, but more importantly, he is coming from a family of educators. Speaking privately after the ceremony, Newson agreed. “The whole point of a physical education teacher is to help young kids like physical activity. You want to help kids to be active lifelong, and create good habits at a young age. Whatever it is, enjoy doing it and it has benefits. I’m really looking forward to teaching PE; I’m certified in history and I’ve been teaching history for eight years. (But) you have a different bond with them in the gym than you have in the classroom. You

want it to be enjoyable; you want them to get something out of it.” And as for basketball? What does he expect come time for winter sports? “I hope to bring an aggressive style of basketball here. The last two places I’ve coached, that’s what we prided ourselves on, and I’ve had great success. It’s defense oriented; we’re going to be aggressive in half-court and fullcourt defense. As any coach does, you like to run and get layups, but we’re going to have some definite set offenses that we like to run. With the size of the kids here, obviously your size is going to be a factor on the type offense you run. You’ve got to run some things that make them successful. When people come see us, they’re going to see an aggressive, hard-working group of young men on the floor who are really getting after it for four quarters. That’s how I play; that’s how I coach. That’s really the only style that I know. Everything’s going to be controlled. With the kind of kids we have here at Mountain Heritage, I think we will be successful with that style.”

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Obituaries Perry Hopson Perry Hopson, 57, of the Roaring Creek Community, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at his home. He was a son of Delpha Hughes Hopson of Roaring Creek and the late Rothrock Hopson. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Paulette Hughes. Surviving in addition to his mother is his loving wife, Teresa Webb Hopson; daughter Angel Dugger and husband, Andrew; sons Chad Hopson and wife, Kristen and John Hopson and wife, Julie; three grandchildren: Austin and Aaron Dugger and Savannah Hopson; sisters Brickie Pittman and husband, Joel, and Nadine Helton and husband, Jerry. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Yancey Funeral Services.

Margie Boone Margie Ann Yelton Boone, 55, of Pine Run Ridge Road, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at her home. A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of Herbert and Iva McKinney Yelton. She was an advocate of Relay for Life and she loved camping, fishing, gardening, but mostly loved her family. Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Terry Boone; daughters Veronica Buchanan and husband, Jack, of Marion and Cindy Boone of Spruce Pine; sisters Sue Taylor and husband, Steve, of Bakersville and Rita Hotchkiss and husband, Alan, of Burnsville; granddaughters Tiffany Riddle and Chelsea Deboard; nieces Dawn Gurley, Crystal Hughes and Linda Ollis; and nephew Josh Ollis. Funeral was Thursday, June 14, at Beans Creek Church of Jesus Christ. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Edwards Cemetery on Fork Mountain. Pallbearers will be: Steve Taylor, David Gurley, Justin Gurley, Jack Buchanan, Chris Robinson and Russell Roland.

Lawrence Webb Lawrence Webb, 78, of the Roaring Creek Community, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Avery County, he was a son of the late Luther and Dovie McKinney Webb. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shelton McKinney and three brothers: Port McKinney and Bernie and Charles “Rube” Webb. He loved his horses, farming, tractors, and gardening. Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years, Sue Reece Webb; six daughters: Teresa Hopson and husband, Perry, of Roaring Creek, Tammy Webb of Roan Mountain, Tenn., Imogene Cantrell and husband, Jerry, of Minneapolis, Sharon Hughes and husband, David, of Cranberry, Lisa Trivett and husband, Bill, of Isaacs Branch and Becky Buchanan and husband, Joel, of Roaring Creek; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. A graveside service was Tuesday, and burial followed in the Webb Family

Cemetery. Memorial may be made to The Gideon’s International, PO Box 163, Pineola, NC 28662 or to The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at 205 Regency Executive Park Dr, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28217 or to the American Cancer Society at 120 Executive Park, Bldg 1, Asheville, NC 28801

Elizabethton, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Jody A. Whitson, and Regina Nichole Davis; and three great-grandchildren Gabby, Bella, and Hannah Grace Davis. Funeral was Monday in the chapel of Henline - Hughes Funeral Home. Interment was Tuesday at Bennett Cemetery.

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Nell Gage Garland, 94, of Bakersville, died June 10, 2012 at Mission Hospital, Asheville. She was the oldest and longest living member of Mine Creek Baptist Church, Bakersville. She enjoyed living in Florida in the winter months after retirement from Baxter Laboratories. She also enjoyed her flowers and gardening. She was the daughter of Arnold and Bessie Gage. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl Garland, and brother Arthur Gage, of Spartanburg, S.C. Survivors include three children: Jean Garland McCourry and husband, Paul, of Bakersville, Roger Garland and wife, Cindy, of Bakersville, and Anne Hughes and husband, Haynes, of Johnson City, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Toni McCourry of Medders, Shannon McCourry and wife, Gina, of Bakersville, Jennifer Garland Miller and husband, Kurt, of Johnson City, Tenn., Stephanie Hughes Walters and husband, Mark, of Harrisburg, and Stephen Hughes and wife, Jennifer, of Delmar, Md.; seven great-grandchildren: Zachary Medders, Legend and Marley McCourry, Kylie and Jackson Miller, Leanna and Davin Hughes, and her sister, Eloise Gouge, of Bakersville. Funeral was Wednesday in the Mine Creek Baptist Church.

Mildred Boone, 85, of Green Mountain, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Ancil and Addie Woody Gortney and the wife of Clyde Boone, who died in 1996. She was a member of Covey Rock Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Linda Maltba and husband, Johnny; a son, Bill Boone and wife, Brenda; a brother, Brown Gortney; a granddaughter: Paula Smith and husband, Jeff; a grandson, Bryan Boone and wife, Kelly; great grandchildren Teah and Mikayla Thomason, and Taylor and Alex Boone; and a great-great granddaughter, Gracelyn Burnett, all of Green Mountain. Funeral was Saturday. Graveside service was Sunday in the Boone Cemetery on Plum Branch.

S.C. Laws S. C. Laws, 90, of Cane River, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at his home. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Mark and Augusta King Laws and the husband of Kitty Riddle Laws. He was also preceded in death by brothers Charles, Lloyd, Clarence, Arnold, Marcus Jr., Wayne and Rotha Laws. He was a farmer and retired from Glen Raven Mills. S.C. was a World War II Army veteran, loved to garden and was a member of Jacks Creek Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Kittie Riddle Laws; daughter Beth Ponder and husband, Donald, of Cane River; son Ernest Laws and wife, Rhonelda, of Burnsville; sister Marie Laws of Cane River; granddaughter Michelle Ponder; two great-grandchildren, Laura Hilemon Pyle and husband, Mark, and Nathan Hilemon. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral was Wednesday in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Graveside service was Thursday in the Jacks Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Eugene Whitson Eugene Whitson 81, of Byrd Creek Rd, Green Mountain, died June 9, 2012, at Erwin Healthcare. He was a son of the late Hoy and Arba Jane Gouge Whitson and a native of Mitchell County. He was employed as a truck driver. Survivors include his wife, Eloise Peterson Whitson, of the home, one son Dennis Whitson and wife, Sandra, of Green Mountain; one sister, Omega Peterson of Gray, Tenn., two brothers, Ronald Whitson of Unicoi, Tenn., and Bobby Whitson of

Nell Gage Garland

Bertha Gardner Garland Bertha Gardner Garland, 92, of Bakersville, died June 13, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Nat and Della Gardner. Bertha attended Beans Creek Church of Jesus Christ for 55 years. Bertha was a homemaker, and loved working in her garden and flowers and quilting. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank K. Garland; daughter Shirley Garland; granddaughter Bridgette Hughes; grandson Justin Garland, and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include sister Mary Gardner; brother Charles Gardner; granddaughter Judy Gardner; grandsons Scott and Larry Garland; great-grandchildren Misty Shelton and husband, Darren, Shaun Byrd and wife, Anita, Adam Garland, Tiffany Garland, Ginger Franklin and husband, Daniel, Dakota Garland, and great-great grandchildren Summer Hughes, Brock and Haylie Byrd, Aiden Garland, Brayden Garland, Seth and Rylie Franklin, Craig and Jacob Shelton. Funeral is Friday, June 15, 2012, at 8 p.m. in the Beans Creek Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. G.B. Garland, Darren Shelton, and Oscar Poore will be officiating the service. Interment will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Beans Creek Cemetery.

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Two former deputies arrested; face felony charges From the front On Monday, Sheriff Gary Banks said there is probable cause to believe that Farmer did “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did embezzle, fraudulently misapply and convert to his own use … one Sig Sauer model P226 handgun .337 Sig caliber bearing serial number U684142,

belonging to the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office.” That is the same gun identified by the Yancey County New in March 2011. County leaders later told the newspaper that Farmer admitted to taking a dozen firearms from the department and pawning them. No one has said what happened to the other

weapons he stole. According to his arrest warrant, Grindstaff, who left the department in 2011, was charged with feloniously stealing two Motorola two-way radios “which had been delivered to be kept for his employer’s use.” Both former law officers were also charged with

misdemeanor failure to discharge duties. In the warrants, Banks said he found probable cause to believe that the two neglected “the office of deputy sheriff by not upholding his oath of office” in committing the crimes for which they were charged. Both men were

fingerprinted and ordered to appear in district court on June 29. Both were released on bond. Farmer was suspended days after the Yancey County News uncovered the theft of the Sig Sauer, and he later resigned his post as chief deputy, in which he was the second in command at the department. In a statement provided last March to this newspaper by County Attorney Donny Laws, Sheriff Banks said that Farmer admitted that he “on occasions did pawn service weapons issued to him.” Farmer’s actions led County Manager Nathan Bennett to send a certified letter to District Attorney Jerry Wilson asking for a state investigation. “The assertion that an officer sworn to uphold the law would so egregiously violate that oath, placing the community at risk, is unacceptable,” Bennett wrote. “Yancey County will support prosecution of this matter if these claims are substantiated.” But months later, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice said the State Bureau of Investigation had never received a request from the district attorney to investigate the theft of the guns. “The SBI never received a request to conduct an investigation into this matter,” Spokeswoman Jennifer Canada wrote in an email to the Yancey County News. “It’s my understanding it was handled at the local level.” Banks said in a statement at the time that Farmer apologized for stealing guns from the department. Asked for comment on Monday’s arrests, Sheriff Banks wrote the Yancey County Newspaper: “I have sworn to discharge the duties of the Office of Sheriff and will supervise my staff and endeavor to take appropriate action according to law in any and all situations involving them.”

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Town Council sets date to vote on budget By Mariel Williams For the Yancey County News The Burnsville Town Council agreed Thursday to have a special meeting to vote on the new budget June 28. There will be a public hearing on the new budget at 5:45 p.m. that day, and the council meeting will follow the hearing. Public comment The council heard a complaint from Benson Tyner about the smell and noise from the asphalt plant that supplies paving material to the U.S. Hwy. 19 project. “I have four pieces of property that are directly affected by the noise,” Tyner said. “My son Mark lives there in the house I grew up in and it is so bad that you cannot carry on a conversation in his front yard.” Tyner noted that the plant has two burners, one louder than the other. The council agreed to contact the owners of the plant to discuss the possibility of relying on the quieter equipment.

Burnsville resident Ron Westall came before the council to complain about a neighbor leaving yard waste on a property belonging to his wife. “I’m sure between city ordinances and North Carolina statutes that can be remedied,” Mayor Danny McIntosh said. Kathy Hughes of Loving Pups, a Burnsville nonprofit puppy rescue and adoption organization, asked the council to allow her organization to use the town square for a puppy adoption event. The council agreed to allow her to put up a pen full of adoptable puppies on Saturday. Financial concerns The council voted to release a tax lien on a piece of property after learning that the property is not, in fact, inside the city limits. The council discussed purchasing legal advertising from the Yancey County News. Members agreed that although the News’ prices are $2.50 per column inch cheaper than The Yancey TimesJournal, it would be better to

continue using the Journal because of its reported higher circulation numbers. “I would certainly like to be fair to both our papers,” the mayor said. “[But it] sounds like the general consensus is to stay where we are.” State statute says that the tax collector must publish a list of delinquent taxes in a newspaper of general circulation each year, after sending a notice of tax delinquency by first-class mail to the property owner stating the principal amount of unpaid taxes and the date the delinquency will be published in the newspaper. That notice gives the property owner the opportunity to pay the tax debt prior to publication. Boards & departments Public Works Director Anthony Hensley reported that the town will receive $1.2 million in funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation for the East Yancey sewer project. The council also voted to accept $250,000 from the Department of Transportation for adding and

renovating sidewalks, with the town contributing $50,000 to the project. Dean Gates of the Planning Board informed the council that the board is currently seeking public input on the new regulations it has developed, and it will present recommendations to the council soon. George Nero of the Burnsville Town Center reported that the Kentucky Headhunters will be performing at the center Friday, and Folkmoot will be coming July 24. The council voted to re-appoint Marie Nicholson to the Economic Development Committee. Schedule changes Before adjourning, the council members agreed to have a special meeting on June 18 at 5 p.m. The council also agreed to have a meeting July 31 at 6 p.m. This meeting will take the place of the regular August meeting, which would have conflicted with the annual craft fair. There will be no regular meeting in July.

‘A Night of Dolly’ to feature local singers and lots of sass The Parkway Playhouse will present a concert event titled ‘A Night of Dolly’ on June 22 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature popular area performers Debbie Phillips, Minnie Powell, Roberta Whiteside and a few special guests singing music made famous by Dolly Parton, one of the most beloved country and pop music stars of all time. The evening will also include a preview of the upcoming musical 9 to 5 which is based on the classic 1980 comedy film classic, which featured Parton in her first Hollywood role. Tickets are $10 for children 18 and under and $12 for adults with general seating. The musical will open on June 30 and features a cast of 18 performers as well as 17 songs by Parton. Tickets for the June 22 concert and the can be purchased online at www.parkwayplayhouse.com or by calling the Parkway Playhouse Box Office at 828-682-4285 For more information please contact the Parkway Playhouse at 828-682-4285 or visit

the Parkway Playhouse website at www. parkwayplayhouse.com. Outlander, the new play from Western North Carolina Playwright Gary Carden and musician Frank Lee continues one more weekend with performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm. All performances are at the Parkway Playhouse which is located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville. Tickets are $12-$20. Tickets can be purchased online at the Parkway Playhouse website at www. parkwayplayhouse.com and by contacting the Parkway Playhouse Box Office between 1pm and 5pm Thurs-Sat. Set in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains , and spanning three decades, Outlander is an epic and poetic play that chronicles the work of Horace Kephart: librarian, academic, author of Our Southern Highlanders, and founder of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Moonshine, mountains, music, storytelling, humor, and history are threaded together to form a fascinating look at two of Western North

County gets big boost from Golden LEAF The Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors approved several grants to Yancey County organizations as a result of the Community Assistance Initiative. The total amount of grants provided was $1,997,748. The projects include: • $1,200,000 to the Town of Burnsville to install 14,000 linear feet of water line and other appertunances along U.S. 19E and N.C. 80, from Windom to the Micaville Elementary School. • $697,748 to Yancey County Schools to provide support for laptops for every teacher and student at Mountain Heritage High School, technology upgrades in the classrooms, and professional development to ensure the best use of the new equipment for teaching and learning. The Golden LEAF has awarded similar grants in other school systems, including Mitchell County, “and we have confidence that Yancey is doing this in the way that gives their students the same advantages and

access that students in more affluent counties might receive,” said Dan Gerlach of Golden LEAF. 860 laptops are the main part of this grant. • $100,000 to Mayland Community College to equip the Career and Technical Center at the Yancey campus for welding, HVAC, advanced machining, and blacksmithing/decorative metall work programs. This would leverage $2 million in other funds already secured and help close the gap for skilled workers. I believe the first time that I met Senator Hise was in the facility that we helped support for welding for Altec and other employers, and this will build on that program. “These projects were recommended to us by a review committee comprised of residents of the county who participated in our process. We appreciate their work, and the involvement of literally dozens of citizens to help make progress in Yancey County.”

Carolina’s most interesting characters: Granville Calhoun; bear hunter, story teller, and renaissance man, and Horace Kephart: author and the titular ‘outlander’. The Parkway Playhouse, which has established itself as a progenitor for new works and North Carolina based artists, has seen strong response to this original play. “We are thrilled with the success of Outlander” commented Parkway Playhouse Producing Artistic Director, Andrew Gall. “It is an ambitious play and I think I speak for all of us involved when I say how deeply gratified we are that so many people have commented on how much they enjoyed it. “ The production was directed by Gall and features a cast that of powerhouse performances from local actors and musicians. The cast includes William Ritter, Ron Powell, Brian Bauger, Haven Jenkins, Doug Shaw, Joe Scott, and Bruce Chuvala. The cast is being led by Rob Storrs, who plays Granville Calhoun and Jeff Douglas Messer who portrays Horace Kephart.

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Regional Market Reports Which markets offer Yancey farmers the best return on their investment? Should they head west, east or south? Agriculture and food industries accounted for $29,057,488 in Yancey County income in 2000, or 7.77 percent of the total county income. Livestock, poultry, and their products accounted for 23 percent of the total agricultural market. So this list recounts the prices in the last week at regional farm markets. WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA Phone: (828) 253-1691 Date: June 13, 2012

Manager: Doug Sutton Reporter: Linda Franklin

Commodity Variety Containers Price Apples Red Delicious WA Traypack Carton 30.0031.50 Golden Delicious WA Traypack Carton 30.0031.50 Granny Smith WA Traypack Carton 30.0034.50 Bananas Carton (40 Lbs.) 19.50-20.00 Beans Snap Bushel Carton/Crate 22.00-23.00 Halfrunners 30.00-35.00 Beets Sack/Loose (25 Lbs.) 13.75-15.00 Blueberries Flat 12 1-Pint Container 26.50-30.00 Broccoli Carton (12s) 15.00-17.50 Cabbage Round Green Sack (50 Lbs.) 10.0012.00 Carton/Crate (50 Lbs.) 11.00-14.00 Cantaloupes Carton (9-12s) 20.00-24.00 Bin (120-140 Count) 240.00-250.00 Carrots Sack (50 Lbs.) 20.00-27.00 Cauliflower Carton (12s) 22.00-23.00 Celery Carton (36s) 24.00-26.00 Citrus Grapefruit 4/5 Bushel Carton 24.00-25.00 Navel 4/5 Bushel Carton 21.00-22.00 Lemons Carton (95s) 31.50 Carton (165s) 32.50-34.00 Limes Cartons 150/200 count 20.00 Corn Bi-color Crate 13.00-15.00 Cucumbers Long Green 1 1/9 Bushel Carton/Crate 16.00-17.00 Picklers 1 1/9 Bushel Carton/Crate 25.00-28.50 Eggplant Bushel Carton/Crate 20.00 Grapes Red Globe Carton (18 Lbs.) 28.00-31.00 Red & White Seedless Carton (18 Lbs.) 28.0035.00 Honeydews Carton (6-8s) 13.75-14.00 Kiwi Carton (39s) 10.00-10.50 Lettuce Iceburg Carton (24s) 22.00-25.00 Green Leaf Carton (24s) 16.00-17.50 Romaine Carton (24s) 19.50-21.00 Mushrooms Fancy Carton (10 Lbs.) 16.75-18.50 Nuts Mixed Sack (50 Lbs.) 60.00 Okra 1/2 Bushel 19.50-25.00 Onions Yellow Jumbo Sack (50 Lbs.) 16.00-17.00 White Jumbo 24.00-28.00 Vidalia Sack (50 Lbs.) 25.00-27.00 Sack (25 Lbs.) 14.00-15.00 Peaches Clingstone–June Gold 1/2 Bushel Basket 14.00-18.00 Pepper Green Bell XLge/Lge 1 1/9 Bushel Carton 18.00-20.00 Red 1 1/9 Bushel Carton 25.00-27.00 Jalapeno Bushel Carton/Carton 22.00-23.00 Pineapples Carton (5-8s) 12.00-14.00 Potatoes White Sack (50 Lbs.) 15.00-26.00 Red Sack (50 Lbs.) 17.00-21.00 Russet Box (50 Lbs.) 18.00-22.00 Radishes 30 6-Oz. Film Bags 14.00-14.50 Spinach 12 10-Oz. Film Bags 18.00-20.00 Squash Yellow Crookneck 3/4 Bushel Carton/Crate 14.00-16.00 Zucchini 1/2 Bushel Carton/Crate 12.00-15.00 Acorn 1 1/9 Bushel Carton/Crate 25.00 Butternut 1 1/9 Bushel Carton/Crate 32.00 Strawberries NC & SC Flat 8 1-Lb Containers 11.0013.00 CA Flat 8 1-Lb. Containers 21.50 Sweetpotatoes Orange & Red No. 1 Carton (40 Lbs.) 23.00-24.00 Orange & Red No. 2 Carton (40 Lbs.) 12.00-15.00 Tomatoes Vine Ripe Lge, Lger Carton (25 Lbs.) 12.0018.00 Green Carton (25 Lbs.) 17.50-18.00 Tomatoes Grape Flat 12 1-Pint Containers 19.50 Tomatoes Plum, Roma Carton (25 Lbs.) 18.5020.00 Turnips 25 Lb Sack/Loose 15.00 Watermelons Seeded & Seedless Each 4.50-8.00 Seededless Bin 34/45 Count 180.00-200.00 Seeded Bin 34/45 Count 140.00-200.00

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WNC Regional Livestock Center, Canton, NC Weighted Average Report for Monday Jun 11, 2012 Cattle Receipts: 245 Year: 208

Last Week: 327

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Slaughter cattle trended mostly steady. Feeder cattle trended mostly steady. Slaughter cows made up 17 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 2 percent, replacement cows 15 percent, and feeders 66 percent. The feeder supply included 40 percent steers, 34 percent heifers, and 26 percent bulls. Near 36 percent of the run Powell Livestock Market, Smithfield, NC weighed over 600 lbs. Goat and Sheep Auction Report Receipts: Goats: 189 Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1 - 2 Last Sales: Goats: 106 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Sheep: 128 Sheep: Avg Price 44 1 390-390 390 170.00 170.00 2 430-435 433 160.00-183.00 171.57 Prices are per head, weights 2 485-490 488 165.00-166.00 165.50 estimated. 5 535-540 536 162.00-170.00 168.39 Slaughter and Replacement 7 550-590 563 148.00-166.00 157.54 Classes: 13 605-630 612 130.00-148.00 145.38 Kids: Selection 1 under 20 lbs 9 650-675 672 133.00-143.00 140.81 32.50-35.00, 20-40 lbs 50.001 805-805 805 119.00 119.00 75.00, 40-60 lbs 1 930-930 930 109.00 109.00 75.00-130.00, 60-80 lbs 130.00Small 1 2 142.50; Selection 2 under 20 lbs 2 535-540 538 147.00-150.00 148.49 20.00-25.00, 20-40 lbs Medium and Large 3 37.50-50.00, 40-60 lbs 72.50, 1 280-280 280 100.00 100.00 60-80 lbs 110.00. Yearlings: Selection 1 60-80 1 530-530 530 140.00 140.00 lbs 142.50-150.00, 80-100 lbs 1 600-600 600 129.00 129.00 155.00-182.50. Holstein Large 3 Does/Nannies: Selection 1 502 245-245 245 85.00-100.00 92.50 70 lbs 85.00-90.00, 70-100 lbs 1 385-385 385 76.00 76.00 117.50-120.00, 100-140 lbs 2 430-435 433 65.00 65.00 130.00-152.50; Selection 2 501 595-595 595 60.00 60.00 70 lbs 67.50-82.50, 70-100 lbs 1 670-670 670 65.00 65.00 70.00-97.50. Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1 - 2 Wethers: Selection 1 70-100 lbs 155.00. Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Bucks/Billies: Selection 1 70Avg Price 100 lbs 125.00, 100-150 lbs 1 185-185 185 197.50 197.50 150.00-175.00, 150-250 lbs 2 200-240 220 190.00-192.50 191.36 190.00-247.50; Selection 2 701 285-285 285 197.50 197.50 100 lbs 85.00-112.50, 100-150 1 345-345 345 167.50 167.50 lbs 112.00-130.00; Selection 1 375-375 375 167.00 167.00 3 70-100 lbs 60.00. 3 415-432 426 150.00-159.00 156.08 Sheep, per head: Lambs: 2 470-480 475 149.00-153.00 151.02 Choice & Prime 20-60 lbs 55.00-115.00, 60-100 lbs 8 510-540 528 135.00-148.00 141.13 110.00-140.00. 9 575-580 578 130.00-146.25 141.83 Ewes: Good 100-200 lbs 6 610-625 621 130.00-140.00 136.70 100.00-137.50; Utility 80-100 1 675-675 675 135.00 135.00 lbs 80.00-95.00; Cull 60-120 1 795-795 795 90.00 90.00 lbs 72.50-75.00. 1 830-830 830 110.00 110.00 Carolina Stockyards, Siler City 1 905-905 905 105.00 105.00 Monday, NC Small 1 - 2 Report for Monday Jun 11, 2012 Goats, per head: (14) COLUMBIA, SC Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Slaughter and Replacement Farmers Market - Prices to Growers Columbia Farmers Classes: Kids: Selection Market - Wholesale prices paid to Growers until 1 under 20 lbs 37.50, 20-40 lbs 9:00 a.m. for South Carolina grown produce unless 45.00-55.00, 40-60 lbs 70.00; otherwise stated. Standard cartons/crates. Farmers’ Selection 2 20-40 lbs 40.00. pack not necessarily USDA grades. Prices subject to Does/Nannies: Selection 1 50change without notice. SIZES: jbo=jumbo, xlge=extra large, lge=large, med=medium sml=small 70 lbs 80.00-85.00. VOLUME SYMBOLS: TFQ = Supplies insufficient Mt. Airy Stockyards, Mt. Airy, to quote prices, VL=very light, F=few, L=light, NC Report for Tuesday Jun M=moderate, H=heavy, VH=very heavy 12, 2012 COMMODITY VOL CONTAINERS

PRICES Snap 18.00 KY type 25.00 Half Runners 28.00 1/2 bubskts Roma type 15.00 Blue Lake 10.00 BEETS: VL dz bnchs Red type 17.00 25 lb sks Red type topped 12.00 BROCCOLI: VL 20 lb ctns Crown Cut 14.00 ctns bnchd 14s 14.00 Sheep, per head: (13) CABBAGE: VL 50 lb ctnsGreen type Med 10.00 Slaughter lambs: Good 20-60 Red type Med 15.00 lbs 35.00-50.00. CANTALOUPES:VL per melon Med/Lge/Xlge 1-1.75.Sml .80 24 inch bins 70-80 ct 120.00 CILANTRO: VL ctns 30s 12.00 15s 7.00 CORN,SWEEET: VL 4 dz crts/sks Yellow/White/BiColor 10.00-12.00 FOB Reports 5 dz sks White 12.00 GEORGIA Sales F.O.B. Shipping Point and/or Delivered Sales, Shipping Point Basis Per dozen White 3.00 MELONS 2012 Season CUCUMBERS:VL bucrts Pickles Sml-Med 22-25 Med-Lge/Med 12.00-20.00 ---CANTALOUPS: DEMAND MODERATE. MARKET SLIGHTLY LOWER. Includes 3/4 buctns Pickles/Long Green 15.00 palletizing and precooling. 24 inch bins Athena 110s 185.00-190.00 occas higher and lower 1/2 bubskts Pickles Sml-Med 10.00-12.00 previous commitments low as 135.00 120s 185.00-190.00 occas higher and lower previous Long Green Sml/Med 10.00 commitments low as 135.00 130s supplies insufficient to quote 140s supplies insufficient to quote 1 1/9 buctns Long Green Sel/Sml 12.00-16.00 DILL: VL ctns bnchd 24s 16.00 EGGPLANT: VL 1/2 bubskts Med/Sml 10-12.00 ---WATERMELONS: DEMAND MODERATE. MARKET 36 COUNT SEEDLESS SLIGHTLY 1 1/9 buctns Med/Sml 14.00 LOWER, OTHERS ABOUT STEADY. 24 inch bins per cwt Red Flesh Seeded Type 35s Fair Quality Lge 10.00 14.00-15.00 Red Flesh Seedless Type 36s 17.00-18.00 few 19.00 45s 18.00-19.00 few 20.00 GREENS: VL dz bnchs Collards 16.00-17.00 60s 18.00-19.00 few 20.00 Turnips 16.00 ctns bnchd Kale 24s 12.00 NORTH FLORIDA Sales F.O.B. Shipping Point and/or Delivered Sales, Shipping Point Basis 1 1/9 buctns Mustard/Turnip Salad 12.00 MELONS 2012 Season NECTARINES: VL 1/2 bubskts White Flesh 21.00 OKRA: VL 1/2 bubskts Sml-Med 25.00 ---WATERMELONS: DEMAND MODERATE. MARKET 36 COUNT SEEDLESS SLIGHTLY Lge/Med 7.00-15.00 LOWER, ONIONS, GREEN: VL 2 dz bnchs Med 9.00 OTHERS ABOUT STEADY. 24 inch bins per cwt Red Flesh Seeded Type 35s ONIONS,DRY: VL 50 lb sks Sweet type Med/ 14.00-15.00 mostly 14.00 Red Flesh Seedless Type 36s 17.00-18.00 mostly 17.00 Jbo 15.00-22.00 occas higher 45s 18.00 few 19.00 occas higher and lower 60s 18.00 few 19.00 10 5-lb sks Sweet type Med/Jbo 18.00-23.00 occas higher and lower 25 lb sks Boilers 12.00 PARSLEY: VL crts bnchd Curly & Flat type

Goats, per head: (37) Slaughter and Replacement Classes: Kids: Selection 1 20-40 lbs 50.00-67.50; Selection 2 2040 lbs 30.00-42.50, 40-60 lbs 55.00-70.00, 60-80 lbs 80.00.

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Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1 - 2 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 1 390-390 390 180.00 180.00 2 425-435 430 167.50-175.00 171.21 8 468-485 473 149.00-155.00 152.54 1 535-535 535 147.00 147.00 3 550-575 565 130.00-144.00 138.10 3 600-620 613 125.00 125.00 3 670-695 680 109.00-120.00 114.68 1 790-790 790 105.00 105.00 1 855-855 855 96.00 96.00 1 940-940 940 95.00 95.00 Small 1 - 2 1 420-420 420 150.00 150.00 1 490-490 490 109.00 109.00 1 510-510 510 120.00 120.00 3 565-590 580 110.00-125.00 119.91 1 650-650 650 125.00 125.00 Full Medium and Large 3 2 510-545 528 120.00-126.00 122.90 1 640-640 640 115.00 115.00 Brahman X Bred Cows Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 1 1285-1285 1285 999.00-1275.00 1275.00 Per Head 7-9 Months Bred Slaughter Bulls Yield Grade 1-2 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 1 1325-1325 1325 100.00 100.00 High Dressing 3 1720-1910 1812 108.00-117.00 113.45 High Dressing Cows/Calf Pairs: (28) Small 1 and 2 860 lbs middle age cows with 175 lbs calves 1000.00 per pair. Medium 1 and 2 995-1180 lbs middle age cows with 100-325 lbs calves 1350.00-2100.00 per pair. Large 1 and 2 1075-1610 lbs middle age cows with 215-450 lbs calves 1675.00-2350.00 per pair. Goats, per head: (12) Slaughter and Replacement Classes: Kids: Selection 1 20-40 lbs 50.00, 40-60 lbs 50.00-60.00; Selection 2 under 20 lbs 20.00. Does/Nannies: Selection 1 70-100 lbs 135.00; Selection 2 50-70 lbs 75.00. Bucks/ Billies: Selection 1 70-100 lbs 70.00-80.00, 150-250 lbs 220.00; Selection 2 70-100 lbs 60.00. Sheep, per head: (4) Slaughter lambs: Good 60-100 lbs 115.00-125.00. Slaughter ewes: Utility 80-100 lbs 120.00. Source: NC Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Raleigh, NC 60s 20.00 PEACHES: VL 1/2 bubskts Yellow Flesh 15-18.00 White Flesh 15.00-18.00 Donut type 18.00 1/2 buctns Yellow Flesh Ripe 12.00 1/2 buctns/bskts Washed/#2 Yellow/White 12.00-13.00 PEAS,OTHER: VL bucrts Pinkeye/Dixie Lee 20.00-22.00 Purple Hull 20.00-22.00 PEPPERS,BELL: VL 1 1/9 buctnsGreen Xlge/Jbo 16-18 Place Pack Green 48s 22.00-24.00 PEPPERS,OTHER: VL 1/2 bucrts/ctns Jalapeno 12.00 Banana Hot 15.00 1 1/9 buctns Jalapeno 18.00 PLUMS: VL 1/2 bubskts Green/Red 25.00-26.00 POTATOES: VL 1/2 bucrts/bskts Red type 10.00 Bucrts Red type 18.00 SQUASH: M 1/2 bubskts/ctns Crookneck Small 10-12 Medium 8.00 VL Straightneck Sml-Med 8.00 VL 1/2 buctns Zucchini Sml 12.00 Medium 10.00 F 3/4 buctns Crookneck Sml 14.00-15.00 Medium 10.00 VL Zucchini Sml 15.00 Medium 13.00 TOMATOES: VL 25 lb ctns Vine Ripe turning Red Extra Large & Jumbo 14.00-15.00 Medium & Large 13.00-15.00 Green Sml & Xlge 12.00-16.00 Red 12.00-14.00 1/2 bubskts Lge & Xlge 15.00 TOMATOES,GRAPE: VL 27-28 lb ctn Red type 30.00 TOMATOES,PLUM: VL 25 lb ctns Roma 11.00-13.00 TURNIPS: VL 25 lb sacks Topped 12.00 WATERMELONS: VL per melon Red Flesh Seeded 10-14 lbs 2.00 18-24 lbs 2.75-3.50 25-30 lbs 3.50-4.00 30-35 lbs 4.00-4.50 Yellow Flesh 3.75 Red Flesh Seedless 12-16 lbs 3.00 Personal Seedless 1.50 ********* OUT OF STATE PRODUCE SOLD UNDER SHEDS (Buying Wholesale)************ BEANS: VL approx. 27 lb sks Lima Green/Speckled 20.00 BLUEBERRIES: VL 12 1-pt cntrs med-Lge 30.00 CANTALOUPES: VL Per Melon Med/Lge 1.00 Jbo 2.00 24 inch bins 150ct 220.00 EGGPLANT: VL 1 1/9 buctns Medium FL 16.00 OKRA: VL 1/2 bucrts Sml-Med FL 18.00 ONIONS,DRY: VL 50 lb sks Yellow Med-Lge 14.00-15.00 Vidalia District of Georgia VL 50 lb sks Jumbo 15.00-20.00

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New TRAC exhibit invites viewers to touch this art

“Please touch.” That’s not a sign you usually see in a gallery, but it’s what wood sculptor John Moore invites people to do at his upcoming exhibit at Burnsville’s TRAC gallery. Whether the piece is an abstract figure or a piece of furniture, Moore celebrates the color, form, and texture of the wood. He likes to use local wood, especially walnut and cherry, and to sand and finish it so that the natural features of the wood accentuate the form: a line of dark grain becoming a backbone, or a knot an eye. “I’m especially happy if the wood came from the forest that surrounds my studio,” he says. Moore lives in High Cove, a green, artsoriented community in Mitchell County that he helped to create. Moore came to art after a career as a Classics professor at New College of Florida and still draws inspiration from classical mythology. Although he always loved wood, he mostly just carved small pieces for friends, using a pocketknife. He credits several outstanding instructors at Penland School with helping

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Breaking News! On deadline Thursday morning, the Yancey County News acquired a copy of an email apparently from Robert Sudy, owner of the company that organized the trip to Guatemala. See Page 15 for a complete transcript of his email.

Spanish Club loses trip to Guatemala; money missing

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Students who had worked two years to make a Spanish Club trip to Guatemala were “devastated” last week when it was discovered that the money for the flights was never used to buy the airline tickets. “We … know you’re out a lot more than money,” outgoing Mountain Heritage High School Principal Patricia Bennett told students and parents at a special meeting called Tuesday evening to discuss the lost trip. And despite repeated calls and attempts to find out what happened to the travel money, Bennett said representatives from the International Language Centers in Antigua, Guatemala, were not providing answers. The high school called ILC, as did the administration office, but the only thing they were told was that the language school had their accommodations ready. But the plane the students were supposed to be on had no seats for them. At that point, school officials say they contacted the ow ner o f I LC in Michigan and were told that it “was their understanding that all arrangements were complete and paid in full,” Dr. Tony Tipton, the superintendent said in a press release issued Monday. But that answer was terribly wrong. “Somebody needed to explain what happened. There needed to be a reason,” Bennett said. “There needed to be an explanation.” Trip of their lifetimes The 14 students, their parents and five chaperones had scrimped and saved for months to come up with the $24,000 needed for the trip, which was to offer

Students, parents and educators listen as Mountain Heriage High School Principal Patricia Bennett talks about the loss of the Spanish Club trip to Guatemala.

cultural immersion classes in Spanish in Antigua, then a “full social program (which) helps to ensure that you continue speaking your target language after class. Each school arranges daily activities and weekend excursions,” ILC says on its website. Becky Davis, whose daughter was going on the trip, said they were headed to Charlotte last Thursday with plans to stay in a motel and be close to the airport for the flight early Friday. “I was thrilled that my daughter was going to a foreign country,” Davis said. “They were going to learn the culture, stay in different places, see exotic animals, even see an active volcano,” she said. “We had (been given) the full itinerary, and had been told when the flight was leaving.” School officials say they had sent ILC wire transfers of differing amounts, each to cover a different aspect of the trip. The money was collected at the high

school and then carried to the administration office to be documented. A staffer took the funds to the bank each time a wire transfer was performed, and a wire transfer of $12,000 was sent for the roundtrip flights from Charlotte to Guatemala. But when it came time to download the tickets, school officials say they were told that only a $1,000 deposit had been paid on the tickets. The rest of the money for tickets had been wired to ILC, they say, but hadn’t been used to pay for the tickets. In all, the students, parents and chaperones are out the entire $26,000 they paid for the trip. “Oh, my gosh, it was surreal,” Davis said when she got that call to tell her there were no tickets for the students. “It was devastating.” The students had held fundraisers to make the trip, “selling donuts, preparing special lunches, selling brownies. They

wrote letters to friends and family asking for donations.” Some parents took on extra shifts at work and set the money aside for their child’s Guatemala trip. For some, raising the money was a hard task, and some of the students knew this was “their Christmas, birthday, graduation” and more all rolled into one. School leaders say they understand the pain and frustration the kids are feeling. “YCS is certainly upset that our students, parents and community have been victimized by the total loss of approximately $26,000, as well as the loss of this opportunity for the students,” Dr. Tipton said. “Many times, trips with classmates are a highlight for students of their high school years. We are all disappointed that - through this experience - this will now be one of their worst high school memories.” A tearful moment Donna Sink, a Mountain Heritage Spanish teacher who helped organize the

trip, said her heart was breaking as the extent of the problems became apparent last Thursday. “We kept thinking it was just a slipup,” she said. “I was looking forward to spending those 10 days with these kids, immersed in the language,” she said. She was hit hard by the loss of the trip, too, she said, because she and her husband had paid for him and their child to go on the trip as well. As the clock ticked down last week and ILC failed to respond, Sink said she “took it personally.” As she spoke about Mr. Sudy and his seeming lack of reaction last Thursday to the students and parents, the tears began again. “Whatever his role is in this, he’s dealing with it extremely poorly, and I told him so, in an email. I’m just dumbfounded, because it’s not just a business to me. This is my life. I feel personally hurt … that they (ILC) are so no communicative.”

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Flounder giggers can find the stingrays A popular pastime on the coast involves a camouflaged flat fish that is mostly deformed and nicknamed the ‘doormat,’ and the ruling weapon of choice of King Neptune himself. I had never been flounder gigging officially but it sure seemed like it would be fun. To catch you up on this whole little expedition, I am currently writing a book with a working title of “Bowfishing the Slam.” Over the next year I will be crossing the United States in search of 10 different species of aquatic targets while using my bow. This particular trip, I was after the stingray. So why is flounder gigging the topic here if I am after stingrays? Well, in my research on the stingray and where to go, there doesn’t seem to be any ‘stingray authorities.’ No guides to call that specialize in rays, no stingray genius who is well known to have taken the biggest and baddest rays there are. So I had to improvise. Who could I contact that would know something about the rays and where and when to find them? Flounder giggers. They were my best answer I could come up with. Find a flounder gigger that knows what he is doing and ask him when and where he comes across the creatures. That brought me to Jason Shi, owner of Simple Life Charters. Jason is a captain and commercial fisherman near Wrightsville Beach. After a short interview, I was convinced that he would be able to put me in the right spot. I also understood this is just like hunting; in fact it is hunting; hunting fish in water. Since it is hunting, there are no guarantees, but you try to give yourself the best odds of success. Jason and I looked at the tide tables and lunar cycles and decided on the best evening that would fit both of our schedules. The night we choose would allow us about two and a half hours of ‘hunting’ time. We had to wait for the sun to set so the lights would do their thing. To explain the whole gigging process, we are on a boat with two 100 watt light bulbs partially submerged in the water. As we poll the boat over the shallow flats just off the Intercoastal Waterway, we search for fish on the bottom. If things go correctly, a ray will take off in a flutter from the bottom and I would get a shot with the bow before it leaves the halo of

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the light. As for gigging, it consists of a poll usually 8 to 14 feet long with several points on the end. The gig poll is what Jason uses to push the boat around the flats. I explained to Jason that even though the target was the stingray, that basically anything legal I would like to attempt to harvest. Bowfishing was new to Jason. He routinely takes clients out several nights each week for gigging. He expressed his concerns about the bow and arrow. Would the arrow have enough penetration after passing through the water? Would the barbed fish point (I used the Garpoon by Cajun Archery) be sufficient to hold the prey after a successful shot? Did I know how to swim? Ok, the last question wasn’t about the equipment, but still a valid concern. And yes, I do know how to swim. After we set down the first shoal, Jason quickly spotted a flounder on the bottom. The boat gently passed over the fish. I never saw it. Jason backed the boat up and pointed to a vague half football shape. He motioned where the eyes were. It still took a moment for my brain to process what I was looking at. Then, thwack! Splash! I released the arrow quickly and in a short moment I was reeling in my first flounder by archery equipment. It surpassed the minimum legal size and weighed nearly

2 pounds. Jason felt much more at ease after seeing what the bow could do as well. We continued and spotted several small flounder, a few nice sized sheepshead, mullet, and a beautiful red drum that must have weighed over 30 pounds. Again, as I have stated before, it is remarkable what you can see while outdoors. The tide was coming in hard and the weekend boat traffic assisted in stirring the sand making many of our spots difficult to see. Jason began having second thoughts on any luck with the rays as he usually would spot 5 or 6 each trip. Hunting has a way of sneaking up on you though. While heading to another flat, Jason spotted a ray several yards away escaping the light of the boat. Just his quick shout of “RAY!” was enough to have me go from balancing myself on the front of a wobbly boat to fully drawn and finger on the release trigger. Ten yards out the arrow cut into the saltwater and the line from my bow reel screamed. Several minutes later, the target was in hand. My first ray. But the highlight of the evening was still to come. We later spotted another flounder while making our way back to the Inter-coastal Waterway. Again, Jason’s trained eyes quickly spotted what my untrained eyes quickly missed. But after Jason’s expert imaging of the fish on the bottom I released the arrow. What a fight! The flounder had taken the line 25 yards out before I could set drag to slow it up. After a good fight, I was able to bring in a superb specimen of a flounder. Jason assisted the net, as he was worried we would lose it (it is not uncommon for the flounder to wiggle free from gigs). But the Garpoon point held true and the flounder was on for good. So, in a quest for the stingray which was a success, I was also true on the new North Carolina State Bowfishing Record Flounder, breaking the old record held by Amanda Carr by 4 ounces. Nearly 2 feet in length, it was certainly a ‘doormat’ to be proud of. Bill Howard is an avid bowhunter and outdoorsman. He teaches hunter education (IHEA) and bowhunter education (IBEP) in North Carolina. He is a member of North Carolina Bowhunters Association and Pope & Young, and is an official measurer for both.

House subcommittee hears comment on target practice and marksmanship N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers testified before a U.S. House of Representatives’ subcommittee on the importance of providing safe places for recreational shooting, and marksmanship training for our military and law enforcement officers. Myers testified in support of HR 3065 on behalf of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which represents the collective voice of all 50 state fish and wildlife agencies. H.R. 3065, named “Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act,” promotes construction and maintenance of public shooting ranges. The bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) as a companion bill to a similar bill introduced in the Senate. HR 3065 provides incentives for states to develop much-needed shooting ranges on federal and nonfederal lands by increasing the amount each state could spend of its PittmanRobertson grant funds on shooting ranges. Because these funds are allocated to states on a formula basis, changing the reimbursement rate would not result in increased federal spending. Further, this bill does not require a state to use the money on ranges. Instead, it provides

incentives. All of these incentives would enhance the ability of states to build and maintain shooting ranges. Based on Fiscal Year 2011 apportionments, North Carolina would be eligible to allocate an additional $700K of its apportioned funds to build or upgrade shooting ranges in our state. “It seems fitting that this legislation is being considered as wildlife agencies, industries, and conservation groups have come together this year to mark a hallmark partnership that has led to 75 years of quality hunting, shooting, and wildlife-related recreation,” Myers said. “The Pittman-Robertson Act is the cornerstone and the life blood of one of the most significant and successful partnership approaches to fish and wildlife conservation in our nation’s history. “More and more governmental lands are being closed, and fewer and fewer outdoor ranges are being built. The effects of this pattern are amplified by increased urbanization. It is simply harder and harder to find a place to shoot.” Myers added: “In North Carolina, one of the principle impediments to shooting range development is the initial capital cost attributed to land acquisition, facility design and construction,” Myers said. “H.R. 3065

includes a combination of key incentives that significantly reduce these barriers. “Shooting sports are a part of our heritage. Further, recreational shooting is growing in numbers. To accommodate this growth, as well as to ensure that hunters continue have places to shoot and practice firearms safety, and that ranges are available to train law enforcement and members of our military, we need to provide and maintain the infrastructure necessary to support these activities.” The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons. The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and those waterfowl seasons beginning prior to Oct. 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species also will be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Comments” Comments will be accepted through June 20. Season dates will be selected at the July 12 Commission meeting. For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, visit http://www. ncwildlife.org/Hunting/waterfowl.aspx.

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It looks like the Sleep Wars have begun

By John Rosemond

Several weeks ago, in a column on attachment parenting, I wrote “James J. McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, says that he has yet to find any benefit to parents and children sleeping together.” I arrived at that conclusion after reading an online Q/A in which he wrote “The truth is that there is no one outcome (good or bad) that can be associated with co-sleeping in the form of bed-sharing, but rather a range of outcomes (from potentially beneficial to dangerous and risky) depending on the overall circumstances within which the co-sleeping takes place.” In a response at cosleeping.nd.edu, Dr. McKenna says that he firmly believes cosleeping is beneficial, as supported by his own and others’ refereed published scientific research. He has even written a blog titled “Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone,” also available at the above website. McKenna lists a number of benefits to cosleeping, including breastfeeding advantages, superior cognitive ability at age 6, and greater problem-solving independence during toddlerhood. He also claims to have found that young adults who bedshared as infants and young children were more satisfied with their bodies and had more secure gender identities. Western Highlands Network, the Local Management Entity for Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania, and Yancey counties is recruiting for a number of positions to include licensed clinical, qualified DD/MH/SA professionals and various support functions. Details of positions including qualifications and application instructions are posted with the NC Employment Security Commission and at www. westernhighlands.org. Most positions are located in Buncombe County. Western Highlands provides excellent benefits including a generous leave program, health/dental insurance, Local Government Retirement, and 401(k). An Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities are encouraged to apply. Legal Notice IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Administrator’s Notice Having qualified as the Administrator of the estate of Christina Lee Ledford of Yancey County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of the deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before the 6th day of September, 2012 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This the 6th day of June, 2012. Wanda Higgins Cooper 256 Sweetwater Road Green Mountain, NC 28740 June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2012

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Nonetheless, a 2002 study done by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavior Pediatrics found that by age 18, children who had slept with their parents as youngsters showed no advantage over children who had slept alone. The factors looked at included social skills, drug and alcohol use, antisocial behavior, and overall psychological well-being. I’m reasonably certain that study was refereed, meaning it had to pass rigorous peer review in order to be published. Dr. Alice Callahan, who writes a blog at scienceofmom.com. has carried out an extensive review of the literature pertaining to methods of training infants to fall asleep on their own and put themselves back to sleep when they wake (self-soothing). She

concludes that sleep training results in reduced bedtime struggles, fewer night wakings, and longer sleep periods for both baby and parents. Also, mothers of sleep-trained babies were less likely to experience post-partum depression. Parents reported improved baby temperament and mood, less overall parenting stress, greater confidence, and greater marital satisfaction. Callahan writes that “of all the studies of sleep training, not a single one has identified a negative effect on babies’ behavior or relationship with caregivers.” Interestingly, these results are irrespective of the form of sleep training used, including letting babies cry themselves to sleep. Since the late 1970s, I’ve been advising through this column that parents use what is now known as “graduated extinction.” This involves parents periodically calming the crying child and increasing the comforting interval over successive nights. Although the research doesn’t affirm the superiority of this method, I think most parents prefer it over letting children “cry it out.” When one looks at the total body of research into infant and child sleep, the contention that co-sleeping or bed-sharing is superior to solo sleep seems impossible to objectively defend. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers questions at rosemond.com.

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Joy Boothe of Burnsville was selected seasons. Joy is currently employed by BRRH Personal Trainer of Fitness and Rehab Center in Burnsville. the month for May NOTICE OF SERVICE 2012 by the InternaOF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION tional Fitness ProfesSTATE OF NORTH CAROLINA sionals Association. COUNTY OF YANCEY The IFPA is the only GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE ACE/NOCA/NCCA DISTRICT COURT DIVISION accredited certificaFILE NO.: 12 CVD 11 tion in the industry. Cordella Lee Fox, Plaintiff The IFPA Personal Vs. Trainer CertificaAlvin Patrick Ayers, Defendant tion was used in the development of the Physicians Fellowship Board Certification in the Fellowship in In- TO: Alvin Patrick Ayers NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief tegrative Sports Medicine. Joy holds IFPA TAKE against you has been filed in the above entitled certifications as a personal trainer, medical action. The nature of the relief sought is as follows: fitness specialist, special populations trainer, Absolute divorce. post-secondary rehab specialist and fitness You are required to make defense to such pleading facility management. Joy also holds certi- not later than 7 March 2012, being 40 days from the fications with AFAA, MAHEC and Cross date of the first publication of this Notice and upon Country Education. Joy has been in fitness your failure to do so, the Plaintiff will seek the relief for 30 years working with people of all ages sought by the pleading. and fitness levels. She also worked with the This the 14th day of June, 2012. Asheville Smoke Ice Hockey Team for three Nycole R. Howard. Legal Notice IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION FILE NO. 212 E 32 EXECUTOR’S NOTICE Having qualified as the Executrix of the Estate of Eula Adkins of Yancey County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the Estate of the deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before 17 September, 2012 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This the 7th day of June, 2012. Sandra L. Deyton, Executrix 138 Country Club Drive Unicoi, TN 37692 June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012

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Legal Notice Notice of Public Hearing A copy of the 2012-13 Yancey County Budget has been submitted to the Board of Commissioners. A copy of this draft is available for public inspection at the Yancey County Manager’s Office. Notice is hereby given to the public that the Yancey County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The hearing will be in the Yancey County Courtroom in the Yancey County Courthouse, 110 Town Square, Burnsville, NC. Purpose of this hearing is to consider the 20122013 Fiscal Year Budget. J. Jason Robinson Clerk to the Yancey County Board of Commissioners

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By Medea L Galligan MS Nutrition For those of you who adore summer fruits, and perhaps are smart enough to have cultivated your own raspberry patch (or lucky enough, like me, to have moved into a home that already had one!), you would not be surprised to learn that the delicious red raspberry is among the most popular berries grown all over the world. Fragrantly sweet with a subtly tart overtone, and almost-meltin-your-mouth texture, raspberries are not only wonderfully delicious, but they are rich source of many health promoting plant-derived nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Botanically, the plant is a small shrub belonging to the family Rosaceae, of the genus: Rubus. A member of the rose family and a bramble fruit like the blackberry, raspberries are delicately structured with a hollow core. Raspberries are known as “aggregate fruits” since they are a compendium of smaller seed-containing fruits, called drupelets, that are arranged around a hollow central cavity. The exotic berry is native to Europe, but now widely cultivated in many temperate regions all over the world (although red is most commonly seen in the stores, cultivated raspberries include black, purple, and yellow varieties). While there is limited commercial raspberry production in North Carolina, interest in raspberries continues to grow as more consumers demand a local supply of fresh, high quality fruit. Many ready-buyers for red raspberries have moved to North Carolina from other regions, such as the Northeast and Midwest, where this fruit is highly treasured. Pick Your Own? Lucky for us, commercial raspberry production is more common in western North Carolina’s mountains and foothills than in other parts of the state, although there are also many small U-pick raspberry plantings in populous areas in the piedmont region. Raspberries are not commonly grown in the piedmont and coastal plain areas, mostly because raspberry varieties are poorly suited to the warm temperatures in these areas. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service on-farm research and varietal testing efforts over the last 10 to 15 years have determined the raspberry varieties that perform the best in western North Carolina. Growers in this region

have the most varieties (14 in all) that perform of vitamin-C, which is also a powerful the best; this is because summer temperatures natural anti-oxidant. 100 g berries provide in the mountains and foothills are cooler, and 26.2 mg of vitamin C. Consumption of the winter temperatures are also consistently fruits rich in vitamin C helps body develop cool and stay cool long resistance against infectious agents, counter enough to satisfy the inflammation, and scavenge harmful free chilling requirement of radicals. most raspberry varieties. Raspberry contains anti-oxidant vitamins In the mountains of North like vitamin A, and vitamin E. In addition Carolina, it is possible to the above mentioned antioxidants, is to select varieties and also rich in many other health promoting use growing techniques flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as that would allow almost lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta carotene in small a continuous harvest of amounts. Altogether, these compounds help raspberries from late June act as protective scavengers against oxygenuntil early October. derived free radicals and reactive oxygen So what does this mean for you? It means species (ROS) that play a role in aging and that you have access to fresh, delicious, various disease process. And for those of nutrient-packed, and locally-grown raspberries you that are familiar with ORAC values, for more than 4 months of the year! There Raspberry has an ORAC value (oxygen radical are numerous farms right here in our county absorbance capacity) of about 4900 per 100 and region that allow you to pick your own grams, crediting it among the top-ranked raspberries, as well as purchase them at ORAC fruits. Farmer’s Markets. A great way to find out Raspberries contain good amount of which local farms cultivate raspberries, as minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, well as other fresh produce and farm-fresh iron and magnesium. Potassium is an important foods, is to visit Local Harvest, a national component of cell and body fluids that helps on-line resource for farms, farmer’s markets, controlling heart rate and blood pressure. and CSAs (community supported agriculture), Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor and people who want the very freshest and for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide locally produced foods. You can find them dismutase. Copper is required in the production on the web at www.localharvest.org. Simply of red blood cells. They are rich in B-complex enter the product you are looking for (such as group of vitamins and vitamin K. Contain raspberry) and your zip code, and all the farms very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, that offer u-pick, sell at markets, and offer riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins are CSA shares will appear, allowing you a way function as co-factors and help body in the to support your health, your local farmers, and metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats. your environment all at the same time. And lastly, raspberries contain xylitol, Health Benefits of Raspberries a natural low-calorie sugar substitute. A So why are these wonderful little berries teaspoonful of xylitol contains just 9.6 calories so good for you? For starters, delicious as compared to equivalent to that of sugar, raspberries are low in calories but are rich which has 15 calories. Xylitol absorbs more source of dietary fiber and anti-oxidants.100 g slowly in the intestines than sugar and does not berries provide just 52 calories but contain 6.5 contribute to high glycemic index, and thus, g of fiber. They also have significantly high can be helpful in diabetics. levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals So make a point of picking, or buying, some (such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid (tannin), locally grown -raspberries Week of 6/18/12 6/24/12 this summer, and quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, both delicious flavor AND unmatched health catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid). benefits to your meals! A bowl of raspberries Recent scientific studies now show that with hormone-free organic yogurt or kefir is these antioxidant compounds in these berries a perfect way to start the day, or put in in a have potential health benefits against cancer, blender for a high protein, low sugar smoothie aging, inflammation, and neuro-degenerative for breakfast or an afternoon snack. diseases. Fresh raspberries are an excellent source See next page

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Raspberries From page 14 Chilled raspberries on a little organic ice cream or gelato makes a wonderfully refreshing and light summer desert, and for all the chocoholics out there, try dipping fresh raspberries in melted raw organic chocolate for an exquisitely nutrientpacked experience that is off the charts! Sources North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Horticulture Information Leaflet 8204. Raspberries for the Home Garden. USDA National Nutrient Database: Raspberries A r t h r i t i s To d a y : Benefits of Berries “Cancer Prevention Research”; Black Raspberries Inhibit Intestinal Tumorigenesis Apc1638+/’ And Muc2’/’ Mouse Models Of Colorectal Cancer; Bi Xiuli et al.; November 2010 Berry Health Benefits Network; Health and Healing Fact Sheets: Red Raspberries; Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commision “The Post and Courier”; Your Health: Juicy News on Berries; Julie Deardorff; April 5, 2011 Since 1998, Medea L Galligan has helped thousands of people of all ages improve their health and well being t hrou gh suppor t a n d encouragement, exploring which foods are right for them, and assisting them in bringing back the joy of cooking and eating. Visit www.HealthyLifestyle Concepts.com for more information. Sources: Smokefree.gov Online Quit Guide w w w. c a n c e r. o r g / H e a l t h y / StayAwayfromTobacco/ GuidetoQuittingSmoking Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. Lawrence Robinson, and Melinda Smith, M.A.

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BREAKING NEWS FROM THURSDAY MORNING! Late Thursday morning the Yancey County News received this email from Yancey County Schools. This is an email - apparently from Robert Sudy, owner of the International Language Centers, regarding the Spanish Club trip. This email was sent to a teacher at the high school. SEE STORY ON PAGE 10. From: International Language Centers Hello, It was a lot to mull over, and I did not want to call you late. But I did want to get back to you today, and in any event it might be easier to get into written down. This was an email I sent to some students who reserved and paid in advance, who have been to the school many times before in previous years: “Due to a misappropriation of funds, and series of setbacks such as sabotage of our web site for many months we have come to realize, as well as an excessive number of cancellations, and last minute withdrawal of interest from an investor and bank that I have been working on and whom both previously ensured me a positive result, after 12 years we will likely have to close within a couple weeks. Normally I would cover any shortfall as I have in years past when necessary, but current personal circumstances as well make it impossible to continue. It is truly unfortunate that everything negative came at once. Not for me, though this decision has affected me greatly, but the staff who have depended on me and the school for their livelihood, and our numerous students such as you that return to us year after year. I truly apologize, and if you have made advanced payment for your stay I will endeavor to return the funds as soon as is possible.” I do appreciate your messages, and you understanding even though you have people to answer to. Last week I should have called you and apologize. But I opted for an email as everything was quite crazy and I am the type that funds it easier to deal with writing things down, and when I saw your message Friday around 11 I wrote you back within a couple hours after I looked into things. I then had a lot of research to do and as I am sure you know it was quite hectic. I am still stunned and find myself stuck at every turn. I am sorry you were given incorrect or old numbers. But I thought your school had our email and US phone, as I know you did, and I never received any message from them at all. My parents got a call around the time I was on the phone calling lawyers and communicating with the school. I received a call from them with a number to call in Burnsville (not sure who it was) and said I would call back in half an hour. But within 20 minutes is when I got another call saying the police were at my parent’s place. So this all happened within a space of a few hours. I spoke to two lawyers and both said the situation is a bit unusual. I mentioned about providing refunds whenever I could and I was asked why, since we are going bankrupt. I informed the lawyer that it was an ethical decision, and though it may take a very long time to reach everyone it was the correct thing to do. Our assets are meager and would only cover immediate salaries of teachers and staff. Normally we have less than $2,000 at any time to refund, from last week we have over 4 times this much, plus your group of course. My plan last week was to find and secure a job, of which I should be able to find from my extensive experience and credentials, and use any excess besides lodging and food to pay our student back, with your group the top of the list. I am not sure what will happen now if there are going to be judgments against me. I checked last week and my police records were clean, not even speeding ticket in 10 years, but of course this does not mean they will be in the future so I am applying now at several jobs. Another setback was a group cancelling due to lack of budget and another that is just not making a trip this year. The only good thing from all this is that is this means your group is the only major client owed money. While we had 20% of the reservations the last few months as compared to previous years, I thought there would be still no issues. Perhaps I was overly optimistic as I am by nature, but if any of the above one or two things happened it could have been dealt with, but when they were all lumped together it spelled disaster. As Murphy’s law would have it, the last few days have seen a number of reservations come in, as well as a group of 30 interested in coming end of the year, and another interested as well, which would be huge. I am hesitant to book anyone though considering what happened. I just informed these people that we are restructuring at the moment and not accepting payments, so as not to lose their business but if they have to book this instant that we would recommend another school to them. I am tempted to use these reservation and have them pay in order to start setting things straight, making sure only one person is responsible and having strict controls in place, using only the profit of each to avoid a similar situation. While I am sure this would work, I am still very hesitant to do this as I just simply do not want anything else bad to happen. I still have to think on this. In the meantime I have put word out to the clients who have worked for us for years that we could appreciate some assistance and hopefully things will turn out. Right now we are still scheduled to close, although some teachers and staff want to start a new school as a cooperative. The only reason we have not already is that we have the rest of the month for rent, and Take charge! are letting current month bills fall behind, in order that students already there can continue as long as possible, thus lessening our A Wellcase total future refund obligations. Emergency No matter what happens, I will not pay any bill or debt from the Medical past until you are all refunded every penny you paid. Right now Info Card I have no idea on the timeline and I am sure it will be a hassle as it will be in increments at a time, but this is something that I gives medical personnel quick access do want to do. I have no problem when either I get a job and to your personal health profile for star to make things right, or some miracle happens and we get life-saving emergency information. an investor or the like, to either send to your school’s account The LOW COST card contains all and they can handle things, or to send to you directly as I am sure that you will be honest and fair in your dealings with the medical data, including chronic conditions, advanced directives, medicastudents. Once again I am so very sorry for everything, and besides an tions, allergies, surgical history, etc. eventual return of funds I hope to make things additionally right somehow in the future. I can still call you anytime, just let me Call Whit Adams - 828-215-3116 WellCase independent sales representative know, and of course if any positive news comes in I will notify you immediately. whitadams2@gmail.com

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