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State bar suspends Gary Kivett

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Spruce Pine attorney Gary Kivett’s law license has been suspended for four years after the North Carolina State Bar determined that he preyed on vulnerable women and court-appointed clients for sex. The order of discipline, filed Jan. 3, outlined what the bar considered a pattern of behavior that “betrayed his clients’ trust, leaving them with few options but to deal with an attorney whose attention was diverted by his personal interests in seeking a sexual relationship.” The order detailed five separate instances in which the bar said Kivett used his position to target women with “inappropriate sexual Jonathan Austin/Yancey County News comments and advances” in connection with The new Department of Social Services Building stands ready for occupancy on Pensacola Road. County his representation of them or of a family member. Kivett admitted having sex with two officials hope to get all DSS offices relocated into the location this month. See update inside. See page 5

Quiet Reflection owner: We’re still open 24/7 By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News The owner of Quiet Reflections Retreat says he and his wife have “not yet been blessed” to find a buyer for the facility, and that the deed filed at the county courthouse that shows a transfer of ownership is for a mortgage on their home to help them keep the facility afloat. “Nothing got sold,” said Guenther Penner. “My wife and I did a wraparound mortgage.” The Yancey County News reported the deed and sale in last week’s edition. Penner said he and his wife have been seeking a buyer for the property for months. “We’re looking for another ministry; it’s available for another ministry,” he said. But the deed filed in Burnsville only allows them to maintain the chapel

and property in hopes of finding that buyer. “We’re trying to do just what the Lord wants,” he said. “The only reason we got extra money is to keep it going. We want to keep the retreat debt free. We didn’t have the resources to keep it debt free, so we took on the wrap-around mortgage.” According to mortgage specialists, a wrap-around mortgage is “a mortgage to the new buyer which includes the seller’s existing first mortgage payment, plus an additional amount in proceeds that go to the seller.” Penner said the money helps “bridge the gap” until a buyer arrives. “That has to come from God. There’s somebody out there for us.” “The retreat is open 24/7,” Penner said.

DOT announces contract to resurface county roads

The Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to resurface 10 miles of roads in Yancey County. The $1.1 million project contract was awarded to Maymead Inc. of Mountain City, Tenn. Work can begin as early as March 15 and is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15. The project includes resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction along: • 4.4 miles of N.C. 197 South beginning at the Buncombe County line between Cane River Gap and Murchison; • 2.2 miles of N.C. 80 South from the Blue Ridge Parkway at the McDowell County line to South Toe River Road near

Busick; • 1.4 miles of Jacks Creek Road from John Henry Road to Sheriff Anglin Road near Burnsville; and • 2 miles of Bald Mountain Road north of U.S. 19 East near the Tennessee border. DOT said resurfacing these sections of roadway will extend the lifespan of the pavement, improve safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists. This is one of 30 contracts totaling $82.6 million awarded for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law.

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The Yancey County Board of Education honored the Cane River Rebels boys basketball team at their recent meeting as Toe River Conference and Tournament champions. The board was also recognized by Gov. Bev Perdue in January as School Board Appreciation Month. By Dr. Tony Tipton School Superintendent January is North Carolina School Board Appreciation Month. The members of the Yancey County Board of Education constantly contribute time, energy, and ideas that lead us in improving our individual schools as well as the school system as a whole. All YCS media centers have completed the conversion from Follett to Destiny Program as well as training on how to us it. This new software program will provide all our media centers with greater security and ensure we are protected in the event of a system crash. In addition, weblinks will be placed on each school’s homepage so parents and students can search their school’s media collection from home.

We appreciate the cooperation we received for last week’s Saturday school. The attendance at most schools was very good. South Toe Elementary attendance was 93 percent. One significant change made by the state legislature this year ended the option of pre-paying teachers an entire month’s pay in the August paycheck. This means the August paycheck will only be for the amount of days actually worked in August, no pre-paying as we have done in the past. Yearly pay will stay the same, it will just be pushed into June. The exception to this will be 12 months employees. Several professional groups, including the State Board of Education, NC Department of Public Instruction, NC School Boards Association, NC Association of School Administrators and NC

Association of Educators requested some technical corrections in the new law, but these were not made. The legislature also prohibited employees of local boards of education from requesting that dues and voluntary contributions to professional organizations such as NCAE be deducted directly from paychecks. This was set to begin in January, however, NCAE was granted a temporary restraining order against implementation of this new legislation. At this point nothing will change. Yancey County Schools will continue to deduct NCAE and any other dues from any employee paycheck. A reception is set Monday, Jan. 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the central office for retiring Maintenance Director Niles Howell. Everyone is invited to stop by.

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Is anyone responsible? Will anyone actually be a leader? The people of Yancey County would like to know more about the young lady in the paper, the one that was arrested by Burnsville Police for the Department of Social Services. We don’t understand how the town police have the authority to search a residence outside the city limits, without a warrant? It seems to me that, if they had found anything, she would have been arrested on the spot and not two weeks later. It’s hard to believe they arrested husband and wife on the same charged, yet he gets the lighter bail. Could it be he knows somebody? We would also like to know where the children are now. It is well-known that in this county it all depends on who you are that determines whether you are bothered by DSS or law enforcement. It seems it is the poor people

that they pick on. If you’ve got money, or are in the clique, it seems as if the powers that be turn their heads and don’t see anything. I always thought that DSS was supposed to keep families together, if at all possible. Not here. And if you go to court over a child custody battle, the judges are not in somebody’s back pocket. Not here. I always thought a judge was supposed to be neutral until all sides were heard. Not here. Likewise, the people of Yancey County wonder about the election in 2010. Most people in the county know it was corrupt. The people in the county think those responsible should be held accountable. If individuals were going out in the county voting people illegally then they and the voters should be charged with vote fraud.

The people of Yancey County also don’t understand why Tom Farmer was not charged in any way after admitting he took county guns and pawned them. Tom resigned and apologized, but is that justice? The ‘investigation’ was turned over to District Attorney Gerald Wilson, and, as usual, he did nothing. We wonder if his inaction is because the sheriff’s sister works for the district attorney? We sure would appreciate a response from DSS, the Sheriff’s Department, the Police Department and the Board of Elections. And what of the county commission and the mayor? Is corruption to be your only lasting legacy? A Burnsville resident

State, federal funds to be used for new fire department

Yancey County has been awarded a grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and North Carolina Emergency Management under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to acquire and demolish the Pensacola Volunteer Fire Department. The current fire department building has been plagued by flash flood events from Cattail Creek for many years. Once this project is complete and the VFD is moved to a new location, fire and emergency response operations will no longer be hampered by dangerous flooding. Using the grant, the county will acquire and demolish the current Pensacola VFD building, located at 80 Cattail Creek Road in Burnsville. The county will use the proceeds from the acquisition to help subsidize construction of a new facility in a


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nearby location that is safe from flooding. Once the current VFD is acquired and demolished, Yancey County will apply a deed restriction to the property to hold it in “open space in perpetuity; ” a federal regulation that guarantees that no future flood losses will occur again on that parcel. The state of North Carolina will pay the 25 percent non-federal match on this project. The Yancey County Emergency Management office states that receiving this grant will make a tremendous difference in Pensacola VFD’s ability to respond to emergencies. The grant will enable the fire department to build a new facility outside of the floodplain on property purchased in 2011. Yancey County EM and Pensacola VFD are eager to establish the new

facility that will be a one-story building with handicap access and will also be designated as a shelter for the Pensacola community during disasters. The fire department members are thankful that they will no longer be plagued with concerns about the department being flooded, interruption of fire and emergency responses, or having to move the trucks and equipment to higher ground during periods of heavy rain. A public information meeting will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 4 p.m. at the Pensacola Volunteer Fire Department. For further information, please contact Bill Davis, Yancey County Emergency Management Director at 828-678-9463.

Yancey County DSS plans to move in January from their current separate locations to their new consolidated offices located beside Brookside Rehabilitation and Care on Pensacola Road. To assure continuity of services for clients and the community, the move will be done in stages. A sign with directions to the new location will be placed at each office as it is closed for moving. An office at the Oak Crest location will remain open until the move is completed, to take calls, accept forms, and provide forms and other information. The new office will not be open for business until the move is completed. At anytime during the move, calls may be made to 682-6148. Adult and

child protective services reports and any urgent child and family services matters will be immediately referred to an intake worker or the appropriate social worker. Other messages and any forms or information dropped off will be passed along to the appropriate case manager or staff member. Your patience and understanding during this re-location process is greatly appreciated. Our mailing address and phone numbers will remain the same at the new location. Moving dates will be announced as soon as possible. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding during this relocation process! Social Services new location with its new computer and phone systems will allow access to all services at one location.

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Obituaries Muriel Wall Cooper Muriel Wall Cooper, 96, died on Friday, January 13, 2012, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Goyen O. and Etta Proctor Wall. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Hubert Cooper, who died in 1998, a sister, Hilda, and brothers Hack and Mal Wall. She is survived by three daughters: Ann Cooper Hall of Johnson City, Barbara Jean Cooper Newton of Asheville and Betty Cooper Hirt and husband, David, of Stone Mountain, Ga., and special friend, Jan Sparks of Burnsville. Her legacy and her pride and joy were her surviving eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.She loved and was loved by several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 20, at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, where Muriel had been a member for more that 60 years. Pastor Wes Sharpe will officiate. A reception will immediately follow the service in the Family Life Center at the church. Private family burial will be in the Academy Hill Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

T.J. Peterson T. J. Peterson, 85, of the Green Mountain Community, passed away, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Loss and Carrie Buchanan Peterson and the husband of Faye Stewart Peterson, who died in 2010. He was also preceded in death by sisters Pauline Johnson and Nadine Peterson, and an infant sister and brother: Mary and Paul Peterson. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in Germany and Austria and later served in the Air Force. He was a life-time member of the DAV and Charter Member of the Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV. T. J. spent many hours as a volunteer helping disabled American Veterans by driving the van to the Asheville VA Medical Center. Surviving are his daughters: Martha Peterson and Elaine Byrd and husband, Jerry, of Burnsville, and Ann Ruetschle and husband, Jim, of Durango, Colo.; five grandsons and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in North Bend Free Will Baptist Church of which he was a member. The Revs. Dean Murphy, Roger Laws and Norman Lovelace will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Horton Hill with military graverites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.

Mildred Fox McIntosh

Campus of Mission Hospitals. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Arcemus and Lillie Banks Fox. She was also preceded in death by sisters Grace Ball Riddle and Annie Hensley and brothers Charles, Roy, Roscoe and Coy Fox. Mildred was a retired employee of the Yancey County school system with more than 30 years of service. She was a former member of the Yancey County School Board. Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Bruce McIntosh; daughter Brenda Smith and husband, Don, of Burnsville; granddaughter Melissa Hoilman and husband, Ryan; fout great-grandsons, whom she adored: Ashton, Bryson, Dalton and Colby Hoilman; a brother: Earl Fox of Baltimore, Md., and godson Samuel Gerard Ball II. Funeral service was Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Royce Ball officiating. Burial was in the Holcombe Cemetery.

Charles Aaron Allison Charles Aaron Allison, 30, of the Jacks Creek Community, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. He was a son of Frankie and Betty Arladge Allison. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Frank and Ena Silvers Allison and maternal grandparents, James and Carrie Arladge. Surviving in addition to his parents are his fiancée, Tonya Hensley; daughter Kelley Allison; son, Collin Allison; brother Shannon Allison; two nieces, Alxes and Heidi Allison; and nephew Levi Allison. Funeral service was Wednesday in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Service with the Rev. Mitchell Woodard and the Rev. Ray Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Jack Silvers Family Cemetery.

Beulah Ledford Zirk Beulah Ledford Zirk, 91, of South Madison Street, Marion, passed away January 15, 2012, at McDowell Hospital. She was a native of Mitchell County and the daughter of the late Walter and Myrtle McKinney Ledford. She was a homemaker and a member of Freedom Baptist Church in Dundalk, Md. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Zirk, and brothers Jack, Lane, Bill, and Virgil Ledford. Survivors include her sisters, Altha Reel, of Marion, and Betty Ledford, Hope Mills, and a brother, Dean Ledford, of Baltimore, Md. Funeral was Tuesday in the chapel of Henline - Hughes Funeral Home with Jeff Duncan officiating. Entombment will be in Middle River, Md., at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of McDowell County 575 Airport Rd Marion, NC 28752.

Wilma Tinney

Wilma Howell Tinney, 81, of Howell Mildred Fox McIntosh, of the Bee Log community, went home to be with the Lord Road, Bakersville, died Monday, January Sunday, January 15, 2012, at the St. Joseph 16, 2012, at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.

Born on May 28, 1930, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Estelle Murdock Howell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers; Ted Howell, J.D. Howell and Guy Howell; and her sister; Liona Taylor. Survivors include her husband, Byrne Tinney of the home, daughters Liz Tinney and Nancy Tinney; a son; Alan Tinney and a brother; Kenneth Howell. Mrs. Tinney was a member of the Rebels Creek Baptist Church. She loved to work with senior citizens and loved to paint. Wilma attended Berea College and later in life returned to school and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill at age 52. The graveside service was Wednesday at the Rebels Creek Cemetery with the Rev. GE Freeman officiating.

Winna Lee Stines Winna Lee Stines, 88, of Mars Hill passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012. She was born May 9, 1923, in Madison County where she lived all of her life. She loved traveling and had been in 48 states; however, her happiest moments were when she returned home to her panoramic view of Mars Hill and Bailey Mountain. She was the fourth of six children born to the late Fuller H. and Bessie Fox Stines. After graduating from Mars Hill High School in 1942, she worked at the ASC office in Marshall for several years. In 1953 she became a secretary for the Woodson W. Ray Insurance Co., and later became a partner in the company. She loved her work and the customers she served. Winna had a very kind and generous spirit that only those people who received her help knew about. In 2005, she received the “Friends of Children” yearly award from The Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina. Winna was preceded in death by her parents, Fuller H. and Bessie Fox Stines; a sister, Mildred; and two special nieces, Ann Stines and Billie Lynn Roberts. Surviving are her sisters, Eloise McIntosh (Wintz) of Burnsville, Elizabeth Roberts of Marshall and Jean Stines of Arden; a brother, Fred Stines, of Morganton; nieces, Pat Franklin of Marshall, Susan Ball (Niles) of Burnsville and Karen Rocket (David) of Morganton; nephews McRae Roberts of Marshall and Harrell Stines (Connie) of Morganton; and several great-nieces and nephews. Funeral service was Wednesday in the Chapel of Madison Funeral Home with the Revs. Buddy Freeman and Eddie Fox officiating. Burial followed in the Tillery Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Madison County Neighbors in Need or Broyhill Children’s Home, 111 Sneed Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.

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State bar suspends Schools get ready for Gary Kivett’s license curriculum changes From the front clients who came to him for representation in court matters. “Clients are entitled to attorneys they can trust to act with commitment and dedication to their interests in their legal matters,” the state bar wrote. “Defendant violated the trust inherent in the attorney-client relationship by putting his sexual desires above the best interests of his clients.” Kivett, who spoke with the Yancey County News on Wednesday, said he understands the ramifications of the ruling but said the women were all adults who engaged voluntarily in any activity. He said he had known all of the women for years, and had had prior relationships with most of them. “There was nothing that wasn’t consensual,” he added. The State Bar considered a lesser punishment, but “an admonition, reprimand, or censure would not be sufficient discipline because of the gravity of the potential harm defendant’s conduct caused to the public, the administration of justice, and the legal profession,” it noted. The bar laid out a path Kivett can follow to regain his license after one year. To do so he must submit “to comprehensive psychiatric or psychological evaluations” at his own expense by “two separate psychiatrists or psychologists who specialize in treating sexual offenders in the profession.” Those psychiatrists/ psychologists must certify under oath “that in their professional opinion defendant does not suffer from any condition creating a predisposition for inappropriate sexual behavior and that defendant does not suffer from any mental, psychological, or emotional condition that significantly impairs his professional judgment.” Asked what the bar meant when it said the mental evaluation must be by practitioners who “specialize in treating sexual offenders in the profession,” Margaret Cloutier, deputy counsel for the state board, said: “The point of that language is to have practitioners with expertise in dealing with the dynamics of a lawyer-client relationship. There’s an inherent inequality there that creates a dynamic that we would want a psychiatrist or psychologist to be cognizant of.”

The bar noted five victims in its order, involving behavior dating back to 2005. According to the discipline order, Kivett repeatedly “made inappropriate comments and advances ... making it known” that he wanted to have sex. He complimented the women’s breasts and buttocks, touched them inappropriately, in one case took a client’s hand and put it over his genitals, and in another case was “masturbating in her presence.” Asked if he felt he violated a trust with his clients, Kivett replied: “That’s tough. Maybe. I don’t think they all thought the same thing.” He said the bar prohibition against a lawyer having sex with a client had not been in place for the majority of the years he has been an attorney. Asked if the women were victims, he said: “By the bar’s definition ... I guess so. I’m sorry it happened. If they felt victimized, I’m terribly sorry. But they were not indicating that, at the time.” Asked if his personal interest may have limited his representation of those clients, he was adamant. “Absolutely not. Every one of them was well represented. They all received wonderful representation. If they didn’t, why didn’t they complain to the bar? None of them complained to the bar.” Kivett said the complaints that resulted in the ruling came from a third party, and that state law enforcement expended hundreds of man hours trying to find women who would sign affidavits against him. One of those who did, he said, is currently in federal prison out of state, and he thought she might have felt that providing a statement could benefit her. So what should Kivett’s clients do? “They should ask him for their file and get a new lawyer,” Cloutier said. The suspension takes effect 30 days after the order was filed, so “if you can finish up a case that you’ve already started, you can do that.” Clients with pending matters “should be getting a certified letter” from Kivett, she said. Those with (him as an) appointed attorney will be addressed by the courts.

By Jeanne Tyner Title I and District Initiatives for Yancey County Schools

It is an exciting time to work with public education in North Carolina! Next year, 2012 – 2013, most North Carolina subjects will change to the Common Core (English Language Arts and Math) and the North Carolina Essential Standards. Testing and resources will begin changing as well and are under development and discussion by the North Carolina State Board of Education and NC Department of Public Instruction. Common Core is the name given to national standards in English Language Arts and Math. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students for college and the workforce. Five states, Virginia, Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, and Minnesota, have not formally adopted the standards. The standards define key knowledge and skills students should experience within the K – 12 program in order to graduate from high school with college and/or career readiness skills. The Essential Standards are North Carolina specific in all other areas (Science, Social Studies, Information and Technology , World Languages, Arts Education

, Occupational Course of Study , Healthful Living, and Guidance). Eventually, all standards may move to a unified curriculum across the nation. Implementation for both Common Core and Essential Standards begins with the 2012 – 2013 school year except for Information/ Technology and English as a Second Language which transitioned during the 2011 – 2012 school year. Administrators and/or teacher-leaders are serving as guides for the new curriculum. Getting-ready workshops, sponsored by NCDPI, WRESA, and Yancey County Schools, are helping prepare for the changes. Although teachers will be ready to implement all subject areas during the 2012 – 2013 year, research shows that expert curriculum implementation takes many years. Parents may notice changes in assignments from one-dimensional activities like adding/subtracting numbers to more open-ended problems solved over time by groups or individual students. In addition, students will be reading and studying more difficult texts including pieces from classical literature and engaging in more first-hand research projects in English, Science, and Social Studies. For more information, consult the websites listed above or contact your child’s school. Web Resources acre/standards/ http://www.corestandards. org/ English Language Arts and Math – national curriculum

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UARA Racing

‘Model of consistency’ gives Poole the top finish When the UARAS TA R S s e a s o n kicked off at Hickory in March, no one realized that season opening race would be a microcosm of the season to come. E v e n t u a l 2 0 11 Champion Brennan Poole won the race, while 2011 Rookie of the Year and points r u n n e r- u p G e o rg e Miedecke mounted a hard challenge for the win but ended up in the second spot after 150 laps. Kyle Grissom ended up third and Alex Yontz fifth, just as they did in the season-ending points tally, too. Exceptional performances by the entire top five in points were a normal occurrence during 2011, but the seasons of Miedecke and Poole stood out above the rest of the competition. The first-year and third-year competitors, respectively, are both products of Fat Head Racing’s driver development programs and also piloted ARCA Racing Series cars for Venturini Motorsports during 2011 with great success. Poole started the season with a dirt floor and a building full of old, useless equipment that hadn’t been used for years. After leaving Yelton’s Fat Head team, Poole and his father Tom started their own operation. Despite claiming six wins in 2010, the Texas natives recruited the people, built the cars, and managed the finances of a single-car UARA team vying for the championship. “There was so much old junk in this building that we still have piles of scrap out back,” Poole said with a laugh. “I thought we were crazy when we were moving in with a little over a month or so left until the season started and we still didn’t really have the car even close to ready. I don’t know how some of these guys do it. It’s pretty stressful. My guys are just awesome to be able to do that and win three of the first four races of the year.” Poole had what many would consider to be a dream season 2010. He won six races, including his career first at Tri-County Motor Speedway. He missed the championship by just 28 points when Coleman Pressley claimed

the title. In 2011, he started out in even more dominating fashion than he showed in 2010. He won at Hickory and Kingsport, finished second at Newport, and visited victory lane again when the series visited Rockingham Speedway in May. “It really meant a lot to me to win at Rockingham. To have my name on the big rock out front with the names of my heroes – Pearson, Petty, Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, all of those guys – that’s pretty awesome,” Poole said. Poole visited victory lane only once more in July at Lonesome Pine Raceway, but his model of consistency made it hard for any of his pursuers to gain points on the No. 7 Midas Car Care/NOS Energy/Smokey’s Inc. Chevrolet. Up until the 12th race of the season at Greenville, Poole finished no worse than fifth all year long. At Greenville, he and Miedecke tangled on the first lap, collecting several cars and placing a hurdle in their paths for the night. Poole, ever the battle-tested Texas “bull,” soldiered on to a ninth place finish with a damaged racecar. A blown engine at the season ending race in Rockingham was his only DNF of the season after wrapping up the title a week prior at Concord. “This one’s for all of my guys. It really stung last year missing it by the little bit that we did, but this one is for them,” Poole said. “It’s hard to believe that as long as David King and the rest of this team has been around late model racing, this is their first championship of any kid. That means a lot to me, to be able to be the guy who brings that home for them. They’ve been awesome to me the past three years and I can’t think of any better way to repay them.” Poole has plans to advance up the motorsports ladder. After winning in his

very first ARCA start earlier this year, he will be piloting the No. 25 Chevrolet for Venturini Motorsports in pursuit of the ARCA Racing Series title. “I’m really excited about next year,” Poole said. “Billy and those guys have great equipment and we had a shot to win every time we unloaded this year. Next year should be unreal. We’re still going to have the late model, though. We hope to start a driver development program and maybe run a few UARA races on the off weeks from ARCA. It’d be really cool to have a driver for David King to mentor just like he did me, however. And UARA has been the best learning experience I’ve ever had in a racecar.” Poole is arguably one of the hottest prospects in all of stock car racing and will be competing at Daytona to start the 2012 season with ARCA. Kyle Grissom, David Roberts and Alex Yontz completed the top five in UARA yearend points. Scott Turlington, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Joey Herques, Kaleb Pressley and Andy Mercer completed the top ten. Poole, with four victories led the season-long win total with other victories going to Ronnie Bassett, Jr. (2), Garrett Campbell (2), Jeremy Burns (1), Kyle Grissom (1), Andy Mercer (1), Corey LaJoie (1), Lee Tissot (1), Steve Wallace (1) and Alex Yontz (1).

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Jan. 19, 2012


Doctors come together for learning

BRISTOL, Tenn. – They live and practice orthopedic medicine several thousands miles from each other, but Dr. Morgan Lorio and Dr. Jian Shang share a passion for improving the lives of patients. This mission to deliver superior health care with compassion in a healing environment was evident as these physicians treated patients together for the last two months. They have shared best practices a s D r. S h a n g p a r t i c i p a t e d in a fellowship through East Tennessee State University under the direction of Dr. Lorio. Dr. Shang has observed Dr. Lorio perform at least 100 orthopedic operations, mostly pertaining to the spine, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Meanwhile, Dr. Shang has discussed some of the ways in which physicians in his country perform procedures. Dr. Shang’s fellowship ends Tuesday, Jan. 17, and he will return to China filled with additional skills and knowledge. He said he has enjoyed his experience with Dr. Lorio in Northeast Tennessee. “Dr. Lorio and his colleagues are very friendly,” Dr. Shang said. “They have given me a lot of help. It’s my honor to study here under Dr. Lorio. I learned new skills here, and I want to use them in our hospital in China.” The fellowship was arranged through Bonovo Academic Alliance, an organization that is dedicated to enhancing the connection between Eastern and Western orthopedic surgeons. This organization’s goal is to support Chinese medical professionals who provide orthopedic care and increase their knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies, techniques and products to achieve better clinical outcomes. There are 15 sites for this program, one of which is ETSU. Dr. Lorio said he expects four to six fellows a year will participate in this program. Dr. Lorio plans to make a reciprocal visit to China. “In Asia, spine surgery is done by orthopedists, and neurosurgeons just do brain surgery,” said Dr.

Lorio, who is board-certified in orthopedics, spine and hand. “For him to get the full flavor of spine surgery in the United States, I thought we would offer both orthopedic spine care and neurosurgical approaches.” Dr. Lorio said one of the goals was for Dr. Shang to learn English better because most medical publications are written in that language. “The other goal was for him to see how we perform surgery, so he can assess the advantages and disadvantages of our techniques,” Dr. Lorio said. “He can decide firsthand whether our methods will work for him. Some of the things we do are not available in China, despite the fact that those technologies are probably made there.” Dr. Shang also learned about the way American physicians manage their patients with medication, Dr. Lorio said. Among the surgeries Dr. Lorio taught Dr. Shang are anterior lumbar interbody fusion and anterior lumbar artificial discs through the abdomen as well as endoscopic carpal tunnel release. Even though Dr. Shang did not perform operations during his fellowship, he has benefited from his participation. “If you watch a fellow physician in the operating room, you don’t necessarily have to perform the procedure to learn it,” Dr. Lorio said. “You can simply watch because you have that skill set already.” The primary difference between hospitals in the United States and China is the equipment available to the physician, Dr. Shang said. He said American physicians have more equipment at their fingertips, perhaps because the cost is more than the Chinese can afford. “Because of this, doctors in China must perform more operations and be more careful during the operation,” Dr. Shang said. “The American physician is careful during the operation, but he or she often has more

Dr. Morgan Lorio, right, and Dr. Jian Shang share a passion for improving the lives of patients.

equipment they can use.” “We can do things quicker and easier, and with less worry, because we have more specialized tools,” Dr. Lorio said. “They can do the same surgery, but they’ve got to approach it in a different manner.” Dr. Lorio said Dr. Shang’s visit was also a cultural lesson for both physicians. Dr. Lorio has adopted two Chinese children and two Vietnamese children, and he said they were excited to meet another Asian and speak Chinese with him. He said Dr. Shang taught his family how to drink tea in a more proper way.

In return, Dr. Lorio focused on showing Dr. Shang the local countryside, taking him to Asheville so Dr. Shang could experience the mountains on the round trip. “It’s been fascinating to learn the differences in medical care in our two countries, but there is a common bond between us to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients,” Dr. Lorio said. “I’m so grateful Dr. Shang and I have been able to share our common experiences and learn from each other.”

College Choral Festival to culminate in closing concert on Feb. 4 The 64th Annual J. Elwood Roberts – Mars Hill College Choral Festival will take place on the college campus February 3-4. Dr. Sandra Snow of Michigan State University, will be the guest director. Approximately 325 auditioned high school singers from 100 schools will participate in the Festival Choir. The closing concert will be on Saturday, Feb.

4, beginning at 4 p.m. in Moore Auditorium. The College Choir and Chamber Singers will open the concert followed by a combined number with the college groups and the Festival Choir participating. The concert will close with the Festival Choir. There is no admission charge for the concert. Dr. Sandra Snow holds appointments in conducting and music education at the

MSU College of Music. She is a past recipient of the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award and she conducts the Michigan State University Women’s Chamber Ensemble, a group that has appeared at consecutive conferences of the American Choral Directors. She has held a principal residency with the Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival and made guest conducting

appearances with the 2009 Texas All-State Mixed Choir, the 2010 Southern Division Honor Children’s Choir, and the New Jersey All-State Women’s Choir. Snow has appeared as a headline clinician at various American Choral Directors Association conferences, and conducted the Music Educators National Chorus (MENC) All-National Honor Mixed Choir at Kennedy

Center in June of 2011. Snow is author of the DVD “Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success” published by GIA (2009), a resource for conductor-teachers at all levels of teaching. She edits the choral music series In High Voice published by Boosey & Hawkes and is a member of the Choral Music Experience Choral Teacher Certification Board.


Jan. 19, 2012


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Jan. 19, 2012


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.

Harward Brothers Livestock Market, Turnersburg, NC Weighted Average Report for Monday Jan 16, 2012 Cattle Receipts: 1256 Last Week: 1381 Last Year: 1616 Slaughter cattle trended mostly steady. Feeder cattle trended mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher. Slaughter cows made up 17 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 3 percent, replacement cows 0 percent, other cows 1 percent, and feeders 78 percent. The feeder supply included 28 percent steers, 37 percent heifers, and 35 percent bulls. Near 22 percent of the run weighed 600+ lbs. Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1 - 2 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price

WNC Regional Livestock Center, Canton - Weighted Average Report for Monday Jan 2 175-195 185 167.50-210.00 189.90 16 - Cattle Receipts: 179 Last Week: 376 2 245-245 245 165.00-180.00 Slaughter cattle trended 2.00 to 4.00 higher. Feeder cattle 16 250-290 278 162.00-200.00 trended mostly steady. Monday Jan 16, 2012 USDA/TDA 28 300-340 318 160.00-220.00 Slaughter cows made up 30 percent of the offering, Dept Ag Market News - Tennessee 29 350-395 373 150.00-198.00 slaughter bulls 5 percent, replacement cows 5 percent, 20 405-445 421 151.00-189.00 Sheep and Goat Auction other cows 1 percent, and feeders 59 percent. The feeder 17 450-485 468 160.00-205.00 1/13/12 Tennessee Livestock supply included 22 percent steers, 52 percent heifers, and 15 500-545 520 145.00-165.00 Producers Graded Goat and Sheep 26 percent bulls. Near 34 percent of the run weighed over 10 555-595 575 137.00-155.00 Sale. 600 lbs. 7 600-638 627 142.00-145.00 Receipts: 807 (650 Goats; 157





172.50 180.19 185.31 170.81 169.96 173.51 153.06 143.92 144.01 135.45 132.66 129.19

Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1 - 2 Sheep) Last Sale 470 6 715-745 738 132.00-134.00 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price Next Sale Jan 27 5 755-770 766 126.00-132.00 1 280-280 280 200.00 200.00 Goats sold per hundred weight Small 1 - 2 2 360-390 375 185.00-195.00 189.80 (cwt) unless otherwise noted, 8 250-295 271 129.00-150.00 136.93 2 420-425 423 139.00-140.00 139.50 6 300-335 320 130.00-150.00 139.92 weights, actual or estimated. 1 470-470 470 142.50 142.50 5 350-395 366 110.00-150.00 135.79 Slaughter Classes: Kids 3 520-535 527 148.00-157.00 153.37 2 415-445 430 110.00-145.00 128.11 Selection 1 2 558-558 558 149.00 149.00 2 450-495 473 111.00-148.00 130.38 25-35 lbs 179.00 2 605-625 615 140.00-143.00 141.48 Medium and Large 3 36-50 lbs 183.00-190.00 1 690-690 690 122.00 122.00 2 325-335 330 110.00-127.00 118.63 2 740-745 743 110.00-120.00 115.02 51-65 lbs 180.00-194.50 2 365-380 373 112.50-140.00 126.53 Medium and Large 3 66-80 lbs 198.00-205.00 2 510-545 528 130.00-143.00 136.72 1 390-390 390 160.00 160.00 81-90 lbs 158.50-167.00 Holstein Large 3 Holstein Large 3 Selection 2 2 225-235 230 95.00 95.00 1 195-195 195 95.00 95.00 5 305-335 321 106.00-117.00 112.09 25-35 lbs 160.00-165.00 1 340-340 340 121.00 121.00 4 405-425 413 90.00-109.00 99.82 36-50 lbs 165.00-223.00 1 750-750 750 67.50 67.50 5 455-490 472 95.00-105.00 98.75 51-65 lbs 175.00-230.00 2 1310-1310 1310 70.00 70.00 2 825-835 830 85.00 85.00 66-80 lbs 199.00 Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1 - 2 89-113 lbs 148.00-159.00 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1 - 2 1 210-210 210 152.50 152.50 Selection 3 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 4 265-295 280 135.00-163.00 148.39 25-35 lbs 167.00-173.00 2 150-170 160 147.50-150.00 148.83 1 340-340 340 145.00 145.00 36-50 lbs 160.50-165.00 5 210-245 231 140.00-147.50 142.85 2 380-380 380 125.00-130.00 127.50 51-65 lbs 155.00-162.00 7 250-290 270 146.00-154.00 149.38 2 415-420 418 130.00-138.00 133.98 14 300-345 331 155.00-175.00 166.98 66-80 lbs 140.00-180.00 6 450-495 465 139.00-143.50 142.23 32 350-395 372 135.00-176.00 160.44 Yearlings Selection 2-3 5 500-535 517 131.00-140.00 135.57 28 400-445 425 128.00-172.00 154.74 Not well tested 5 560-590 575 122.50-134.00 129.53 43 450-495 470 135.00-164.00 148.03 Slaughter Bucks/Billies 2 605-635 620 119.00-120.00 119.49 37 500-545 521 129.00-149.00 140.70 All Wgts 110.00-145.00 2 655-665 660 97.50-113.00 105.31 24 550-595 573 128.00-145.00 136.77 11 708-708 708 119.75 119.75 Slaughter Nannies/Does 16 600-645 620 124.00-137.00 129.17 2 795-795 795 105.00-111.00 108.00 All wgts 92.00-166.00 6 650-675 663 126.00-133.00 128.49 1 845-845 845 110.00 110.00 Kids; Feeders Selection 3 9 705-735 720 113.00-118.50 117.33 2 860-880 870 92.00-107.00 99.41 28-53 lbs 131.00-169.00 2 805-815 810 101.00-112.00 106.47 1 935-935 935 102.00 102.00 Small 1 - 2 SHEEP Small 1 - 2 2 180-195 188 132.50-140.00 136.10 Slaughter Lambs-Includes all 1 430-430 430 92.50 92.50 4 255-290 265 112.50-140.00 133.25 breeds, sold per hundred weight 1 515-515 515 120.00 120.00 5 305-345 327 100.00-140.00 126.98 Choice and Prime 40-60 lbs Medium and Large 3 7 350-385 374 100.00-130.00 115.54 218.00-220.00 1 345-345 345 120.00 120.00 5 400-440 416 108.00-130.00 115.73 1 355-355 355 110.00 110.00 Brahman X Good 215.00 6 450-495 470 100.00-137.00 126.36 1 560-560 560 110.00 110.00 Choice and Prime 61-80 lbs 2 530-545 538 110.00-119.00 114.44 1 885-885 885 80.00 80.00 209.00-216.00 2 580-585 583 125.00 125.00 Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1 - 2 Good 216.00 4 650-680 669 108.00-117.00 112.68 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 3 805-835 823 90.00-98.00 94.64 Choice and Prime 81-100 lbs 1 280-280 280 172.50 172.50 Medium and Large 3 180.00-189.00 1 415-415 415 130.00 130.00 Good 164.00 3 450-495 475 150.00-160.00 154.17 Upstate Livestock Exchange, Williamston, SC Choice and Prime 100-120 lbs 4 510-540 523 132.50-150.00 143.13 Report for Monday Jan 16 - Cattle Receipts: Good 7 560-590 581 121.00-140.00 135.13 651/Last week: 914 Last year: 1049 Slaughter 1 610-610 610 135.00 135.00 Choice and Prime 120-150 lbs cows and bulls 1.00-2.00 higher, Feeder steers 2 660-690 675 127.00-129.00 128.02 166.00-170.00 and heifers 1.00-3.00 higher. Small 1 - 2 Slaughter Ewes Utility and Good: Slaughter cows made up 9 percent of the offering, 1 420-420 420 110.00 110.00 slaughter bulls 2 percent, replacement cows 4 All wgts 150.00-157.00 1 450-450 450 130.00 130.00 percent, other cows 1 percent, and feeders 84 Slaughter Rams: 1 500-500 500 130.00 130.00 percent. The feeder supply included 34 percent 1 595-595 595 117.00 117.00 steers, 46 percent heifers, and 21 percent bulls. Tennessee Dept of Ag-USDA Market Medium and Large 3 Near 17 percent of the run weighed over 600 News, Nashville, Tenn. 2 510-510 510 116.00-125.00 120.50 lbs. (Figures in parentheses are weighted average 1 630-630 630 120.00 120.00 weights and prices for each category) Bred Cows Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young Feeder Steers: Medium and Large 1-2 215-245 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price lbs (228) 215.00-220.00 (217.53); 250-295 lbs (271) 1 1170-1170 1170 999.00-1135.00 1135.00 Per Head 7-9 Months Bred 182.50-232.50 (211.06); 305-345 lbs (330) 175.00Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged 211.00 (191.14); 355-395 lbs (375) 175.00-198.00 3 980-1120 1050 750.00-975.00 868.89 Per Head 7-9 Months Bred (183.50); 403-440 lbs (419) 160.00-185.00 (170.53); 1 1265-1265 1265 999.00-1050.00 1050.00 Per Head 7-9 Months Bred 450-490 lbs (468) 150.00 -179.00 (160.73); 505-545 1 1600-1600 1600 999.00-1025.00 1025.00 Per Head 7-9 Months Bred lbs (520) 150.00-165.00 (159.20); 555-595 lbs (576) Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged 145.00-164.00 (150.47); 600-645 lbs (616) 130.001 925-925 925 600.00 600.00 Per Head 4-6 Months Bred 139.00 (133.70); 660-665 lbs (663) 125.00-127.00 Slaughter Cows Breaker 70-80% Lean (125.66); 700-715 lbs (708) 122.00-126.00 (123.75); Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 755-770 lbs (762) 118.00-121.00 (119.18). Small 1-2 2 1195-1325 1260 66.00-69.00 67.58 155-195 lbs (170) 175.00-190.00 (180.74); 200-235 1 1325-1325 1325 75.50 75.50 High Dressing lbs (213) 170.00-195.00 (181.87); 250-295 lbs (268) 3 1545-1630 1602 67.00-68.50 67.83 155.00-160.00 (158.45); 315-335 lbs (325) 150.00 5 1560-1825 1648 73.50-80.50 75.71 High Dressing -155.00 (152.50); 350-390 lbs (365) 150.00-160.00 Boner 80-85% Lean (156.43); 400-445 lbs (420) 145.00-154.00 (148.28); 1 650-650 650 61.00 61.00 455-475 lbs (460) 127.00-138.00 (132.07). Medium 1 820-820 820 71.00 71.00 High Dressing and Large 3 265-290 lbs (282) 105.00-130.00 (116.72); 1 825-825 825 56.00 56.00 Low Dressing 365-390 lbs (376) 135.00-140.00 (136.75); 415-435 14 985-1320 1203 62.00-70.00 66.55 lbs (427) 130.00-140.00 (135.30); 575-585 lbs (580) 4 1075-1230 1144 73.00-76.00 74.45 High Dressing 125.00-132.00 (128.53). 2 1030-1390 1210 48.00-55.00 50.98 Low Dressing Feeder Heifers: Medium and Large 1-2 235-245 lbs 4 1455-1605 1521 64.50-70.00 67.41 (238) 165.00-175.00 (170.00); 260-295 lbs (279) 3 1460-1765 1622 72.50-76.00 74.67 High Dressing 165.00-179.00 (171.49); 310-345 lbs (325) 145.00Lean 85-90% Lean 174.00 (158.23); 350-383 lbs (370) 140.00-162.00 3 695-730 713 20.00-40.00 28.05 Low Dressing (149.74); 400-445 lbs (421) 4 820-1330 1029 50.00-56.00 52.83 135.00-158.00 (144.64); 450-495 lbs (475) 132.004 805-1165 965 36.00-44.00 39.38 Low Dressing 148.00 (140.84); 500-540 lbs (521) 130.00-144.00 Baby Calves, per head: Holsteins 50.00-130.00. (135.96); 555-595 lbs (570) 125.00-138.50 (131.11); 600-640 lbs (622) 118.00-130.00 (124.32); 650-695 Goats, per head: (17) Slaughter and Replacement Classes: Does/Nannies: Selection 1 lbs (686) 118.00-123.00 (119.26); 710-745 lbs (721) 50-70 lbs 70.00-77.50, 70-100 lbs 120.00; Selection 2 50-70 lbs 47.50-60.00. Wethers: 115.00-125.00 (119.90); 790-795 lbs (793) 120.00Selection 1 70-100 lbs 120.00-130.00, 100-150 lbs 170.00-180.00. Bucks/Billies: 123.00 (121.50); 800-840 lbs (817) 108.00-109.00 Selection 1 70-100 lbs 70.00-90.00, 100-150 lbs 140.00, 150-250 lbs 160.00. (108.34); 900-945 lbs (923) 103.00-105.00 (104.02); Sheep, per head: (2) Slaughter lambs: Choice & Prime 20-60 lbs 55.00-72.50. 960-985 lbs (973) 93.00-104.00 (98.43). Small 1-2 210-240 lbs (228) 145.00-162.50 (153.24); 250-295 Source: NC Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Raleigh lbs (276) 140.00-150.00 (145.30); 300-340 lbs (325)

5 300-345 318 105.00-144.00 125.90 2 370-395 383 120.00-128.00 123.87 4 400-440 415 135.00-136.00 135.51 3 500-540 525 98.00-122.00 107.93 2 550-555 553 125.00 125.00 2 620-625 623 90.00-116.00 103.05 4 660-690 670 90.00-111.00 104.33 2 720-745 733 97.00-110.00 103.61 2 805-805 805 96.00-100.00 98.00 Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1 - 2 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 2 355-395 375 170.00-177.00 173.69 32 400-445 424 148.00-187.00 164.38 44 450-495 471 140.00-184.00 158.87 36 500-545 518 138.00-160.00 147.06 36 550-595 570 134.00-159.00 143.76 27 600-645 626 129.00-147.00 135.46 17 650-690 668 126.00-136.00 130.38 17 700-740 722 119.00-131.00 125.75 2 765-795 780 118.00-127.00 122.41 Small 1 - 2 10 400-445 423 100.00-145.00 123.59 9 455-495 472 101.00-136.00 127.99 5 500-535 515 110.00-135.00 122.28 5 555-595 576 125.00-135.00 130.81 7 605-640 621 112.00-128.00 121.55 3 665-685 675 103.00-122.00 112.24 2 760-760 760 100.00-116.00 108.00 Medium and Large 3 2 450-475 463 140.00-146.00 142.92 2 510-545 528 105.00-131.00 118.43 4 560-565 564 100.00-120.00 111.27 3 615-635 627 115.00-127.00 122.40 2 755-760 758 90.00-110.00 99.97 2 810-840 825 102.00-105.00 103.47 3 850-890 875 90.00-100.00 94.69 Slaughter Cows Breaker 70-80% Lean Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 14 1020-1380 1240 71.00-80.00 75.65 20 1410-1900 1578 73.00-81.50 76.76 3 1630-1905 1745 67.50-68.00 67.84 Low Dressing Boner 80-85% Lean 4 730-890 814 70.00-80.00 73.24 51 915-1380 1153 67.50-82.00 73.98 2 930-1345 1138 84.00-90.00 86.45 High Dressing 3 1015-1335 1187 68.00-69.00 68.29 Low Dressing 19 1405-1755 1504 73.00-81.50 75.67 Lean 85-90% Lean 9 645-790 723 50.00-65.00 58.04 Low Dressing 18 800-1370 1046 65.00-70.00 66.57 24 875-1335 1019 50.00-65.00 58.44 Low Dressing 2 1425-1555 1490 65.50-68.00 66.80 2 1425-1455 1440 61.00-65.00 62.98 Low Dressing Other Cows Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 4 830-885 863 79.00-91.00 82.83 Small and Medium 1 - 2 Young 2 815-875 845 68.00-80.00 74.21 Small 1 - 2 Young 4 640-865 728 60.00-84.00 72.71 Slaughter Bulls Yield Grade 1-2 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 15 1015-1495 1235 81.00-92.00 86.29 2 1210-1245 1228 93.00-96.00 94.52 High Dressing 5 1000-1465 1241 69.00-79.50 75.48 Low Dressing 9 1520-2380 1893 85.00-90.00 88.45 4 1510-2160 1759 93.50-97.00 95.07 High Dressing Cows/Calf Pairs: (1) Small 1 and 2 745 lbs middle age cows with 65 lbs - calves 610.00 per pair. Baby Calves, per head: Holsteins 20.00-72.00.

130.00-142.00 (134.59); 355-390 lbs (373) 127.00135.00 (130.54); 410-445 lbs (427) 125.00-130.00 (126.78); 455-485 lbs (465) 125.00-129.00 (127.76); 510-545 lbs (518) 120.00-127.00 (122.56). Medium and Large 3 255-285 lbs (267) 105.00-135.00 (123.81); 345-345 lbs (345) 110.00-113.00 (111.50); 410-425 lbs (418) 105.00-120.00 (112.37); 535-540 lbs (538) 111.00-118.00 (114.52); 750-770 lbs (760) 100.00110.00 (104.93); 935-945 lbs (940) 78.00-89.00 (83.47). Feeder Bulls: Medium and Large 1-2 400-445 lbs (427) 165.00-183.00 (174.09); 450-495 lbs (470) 152.00169.00 (158.92); 500-545 lbs (519) 145.00-165.00 (153.24); 550-595 lbs (573) 137.00-153.00 (143.42); 600-640 lbs (616) 129.00-140.00 (134.21); 650-695 lbs (674) 125.00-135.00 (128.05); 720-720 lbs (720) 115.00-121.00 (119.00). Small 1-2 405-445 lbs (423) 135.00-150.00 (142.41). Medium and Large 3 470-490 lbs (480) 115.00-137.00 (126.23). Bred Cows: Medium and Large 1-2 Young 1320-1330 lbs (1325) 990.001010.00 per head 4-6 months bred (1000.04). Medium and Large 1-2 Young 985-1095 lbs (1052) 830.001000.00 per head 7-9 months bred (924.72); 1270-1325 lbs (1298) 999.00-1160.00 per head 7-9 months bred (1130.64). Medium and Large 1-2 Middle Aged 900905 lbs (903) 700.00-720.00 per head 1-3 months bred (709.97).955-995 lbs (972) 780.00-790.00 per head 7-9 months bred (783.28). Small 1-2 Young 600-660 lbs (630) 450.00-610.00 per head 4-6 months bred (526.19). Slaughter Cows: Breaker 70-80 percent lean 1250-1265 lbs (1258) 77.00-78.50 (77.75); 1400-1640 lbs (1509) 79.00-82.50 (80.15). Boner 80-85 percent lean 9401390 lbs (1196) 77.50-82.50 (80.42); 1070-1225 lbs high dressing (1144) 83.00-84.00 (83.50); 1405-1550 lbs (1478) 64.00-69.50 (66.88). Lean 85-90 percent lean 730-760 lbs low dressing (747) 50.00-59.50 (54.10); 890-1180 lbs (1004) 64.00-72.50 (69.39); 975-1060 lbs high dressing (1018) 75.00-77.00 (76.04); 860-1195 lbs low dressing (1036) 56.00-59.50 (57.25). Slaughter Bulls: Yield Grade 1-2 1155-1470 lbs (1336) 83.50-92.00 (87.34); 1450-1455 lbs high dressing (1453) 92.50-94.00 (93.25); 1650-1885 lbs (1793) 86.50-92.50 (89.83); 1655-2150 lbs high dressing (1856) 94.00-99.00 (96.16). (65)GOATS: KIDS 1 20-40 lbs 35.00-50.00, KIDS 1 40-60 lbs 60.00-80.50, KIDS 1 60-80 lbs 85.00-100.00, NANNIES 1 100-140 lbs 95.00-97.50, NANNIES 1 140-180 lbs 132.50-135.50, BILLIES 1 70-100 lbs 100.00-112.50, BILLIES 1 100150 lbs 130.00-142.50, 150-250 lbs 145.00-195.00. Source: S.C. Dept of Agriculture


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What’s to eat at elementary schools? Friday, Jan 20

Monday, Jan 23

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Friday, Jan 27

Breakfast Pancake & Sausage Stick/ Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Biscuit W/Jelly Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Waffles Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Chicken Biscuit Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Lunch Lasagna/Roll Grilled Chix S’wich Sunbutter w/Jelly S’wich/Salad Corn/Fruit Fruit Cocktail Milk

SW Chix Nachos/Mini Corn Dogs/SunBut’Tr S’Wich w/Jelly/ Carrot Stix/B. Beans/ Blueberry Apple Crisp/ Fruit Cocktail/Milk

Lunch Turkey Pie/Chix Biscuits /Sunbutter w/Jelly S’wich/ Potato Rounds/ Green Beans/Apples/ Peaches/Milk

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Jan. 19, 2012


Bassmasters Elite Series set for region lake

The Bassmasters Elite Series will be coming to a lake near you in May. “We are very excited about bringing the Bassmaster Elite Series to Douglas Lake and Jefferson County,” said Michael Mulone, Director of Event Partnerships for BASS. “While we have held other tournaments on Douglas Lake, this is the first time the Elite anglers will compete there. The fishery and the destination will be highlighted to a national audience and we are hopeful for big crowds.” The competition days on Douglas Lake that are open to the public are May 3-6, with the weigh-ins beginning each day at 3 p.m. “Fans can expect an exciting weigh in, anglers who

are accessible, music, interactive elements and of course, TV cameras which will put them and the destination on ESPN2,” Mulone said. “We are hoping for at least 10,000 people over the four-day tournament.” Douglas Lake is located just west of Newport, Tenn. The 30,400-acre lake is formed by the French Broad River and tributaries of the Nolichucky and Pigeon Rivers. “While the weigh-ins are in the mid-afternoon – we open the venues on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.,” Mulone said. “All (100) anglers fish Thursday and Friday. The field is cut to 50 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. The winner gets $100,000.”

Invitations to compete in the Bassmaster Elite Series are earned by performance in the previous year’s Elite circuit, the three Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens divisions, and the BASS Federation Nation championship. Among the 100 professional anglers are winners of more than 200 Bassmaster tournaments, 17 Bassmaster Classic championships and 21 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler-of-the-Year titles. The field includes four-time Classic champ Rick Clunn of Missouri, as well as perennial qualifier Kevin VanDam of Michigan, who also has four Classic wins (including the last two) and seven Angler-of-the-Year crowns.

Out for fowl, we didn’t miss this time

Revenge is sweet. Really it is. Saturday morning sitting in the chill of the duck blind, I could not help but wonder if the geese would make an encore appearance. After all, they knew they had defeated me and my hunting buddy just one week before. Over 50 birds flying just above eye level converging in a massive flock of honks and squeals had somehow avoided five shots of steel. The wood ducks were up early, starting just before legal shooting time. Ringnecks were likely mixed in with hooded mergansers as well. Occasionally I would see several grebes swim around the corner of the trees peeking in my direction, then swim back. Off in the distance I heard a familiar sound. Far away, on the other side of the swamp was a decent sized flock formation of Canadians. Much bigger than a duck, their flight seems slow based on their actual speed and their size. A wood duck or merganser on the other hand seems to zip through the air effortlessly and with a purpose. No, not these geese. Their only purpose was to rub in my misses from the previous week. Their slow path around the circumference of the swamp was just to antagonize me. How did I miss last week to begin with? I could have swatted them down with the end of my barrel had I tried. Was it the incessant noise? I am a hunter. I do not get caught off guard and I am certainly not intimidated by the flying trash bags. I replayed that situation in my head the entire week. I was caught up in the moment. Instead of shooting where I should have, I was overcome by the size and proximity thinking subconsciously that a blast from the end of my

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double barrel would bring the bird down. And I may have been right had I been using BB shot or even 2 shot. But I was hunting ducks and was armed with 4 shot steel. If shot in the right place 4 shot would suffice. However the right place is the head and neck and I was simply putting the steel in the air knowing it was an easy shot to the body. I would not fail this time if given the chance. Still armed with 4 shot, as ducks were the main prey, secretly inside my heart, I wanted a goose. The small flock peeled away from the edge of the swamp and headed to a protected area to the south. I sat there thinking this hunt was likely over. Then, to my back, I heard it. Several cackles. There were not many, maybe two or three at the most, but they were looking

for a place to land and feed. I squatted down and peered over my right shoulder. They were getting closer. I slipped the safety off. Again, the locator honk sounded. Their path would be directly overhead. Two birds appeared just behind the pines to my rear. They were high, maybe 90 to 100 feet. Maybe more. Just as they passed overhead, I pulled the trigger. BANG! The trailing bird cupped his wings and began a decent. He was hit. The lead bird sounded his dissatisfaction in the event. I watched the trailer settle down below the tree line 100 yards to the Northwest. The lead bird turned trying to figure why its mate had decided to land. For a while, I thought it may circle back around for me to get a shot at it as well. It finally broke from its pattern and flew off to the distance. After hunting for a while longer, I drew the decoys and left the blind. I wondered if I would locate the goose. It was hit, but based on the way it was landing I was not sure if it would be mortal. I eased the boat through the swamp having to pull the trolling motor several times and use a push pole to get through the weeds. Is that it? There was black, white and gray lying on top of some swamp grass. As I got closer, I could make out the neck was folded, the head underwater. Yes, I had gotten my trophy. It appeared to be a nice shot, the steel patterning well on the head and neck. Not an instant kill, but not one that would cause suffering either. Death is something a hunter must always endure. It is the necessary end to the means of the hunt. I felt a sense of accomplishment. However, the revenge part; not so much. Yes, I had learned something from the last hunt and my instincts put me on the spot for the clean kill this time. Bill Howard is a Hunter Education and a Bowhunter Education Instructor, a wildlife representative and the BCRS program chairman for the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at billhoward outdoors@gmail. com. !



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Jan. 19, 2012



Child’s pouting calls for some parental investigation By John Rosemond

Q: According to his PE teacher (Kindergarten), our son has recently started refusing to participate in class. He sits off to the side and pouts. She said he won’t tell her what the problem is. This is a very active child who comes home and plays outside with other kids most of the afternoon. We tried to talk to him about it but like the teacher, got nowhere. What should we do?

Living with children for example, but can’t identify any specific incident that might have caused you to feel that way. Regardless, you get up and go, but you feel “under the weather” for several days. Occasional, short-lived moods of that sort are normal. After all, life has its ups and downs, and our internal lives have rhythms too. “Blue funks” of that sort become problematic only when they increase in frequency and or duration and begin to interfere with a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day responsibilities. Something along these lines may be what’s going on with your son. If so, that would explain why he is having difficulty putting his feelings into words. If you reach the conclusion that there’s nothing problematic about PE, then it’s important that your son participate. I think the application of some gentle but irresistible pressure will be enough to persuade him to do so. Tell him that not wanting to participate in PE means he must not be getting enough sleep. In that event, he can’t play outside after school and has to go to bed early every evening until the next PE class. The teacher, meanwhile, should not make a big deal of his pouting. She should simply assign him to chair off to the side of the activity and not pay any attention to him. I have a feeling that this is just one of those stumbling blocks that occasionally crop up in the course of raising a child (or, for the child, are just part of growing up) and that everyone is going to move past it fairly quickly.

A: If your son has no difficulty making friends and enjoys being active, then the first thing to do is play Sherlock Holmes to see if you can discover any clues that might explain this mystery. Start your sleuthing by talking to the PE teacher. Maybe something happened in class recently that might have caused your son embarrassment. If that conversation doesn’t help clear up the mystery, then call other mothers and ask if they’ve heard any comments about PE from their kids. Have their children said anything about your son and his refusal to participate? If there’s a way you can observe the class without your son knowing, I’d consider doing that as well. Hopefully, you’ll discover the problem and be able to do something to help solve it. He may have misinterpreted something that happened in class one day, for example, and doesn’t have the language skills to put it into words. If you come up emptyhanded, however, then the explanation may be that there is no explanation. As also happens with adults, children sometimes get into funky moods for no “good” reason. Like dark clouds passing in front of the sun, these moods hang around for a while then leave as quickly as they showed up. Most people have experienced spontaneous lows like this at times and not been able to make sense of Family psychologist John and explain the feeling. You wake up one morning and just Rosemond answers questions don’t feel like going to work, at

Habitat welcomes new home applications The family Selection Committee of Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity is hosting two informational meetings for residents of Yancey County. The meetings are for anyone interested in applying for a Habitat home. Those attending will be assisted in applying for a house and become a Habitat Partner. There will be an opportunity to fill out a form at the meeting. This will be reviewed by the Selection Committee Members. In order to qualify, you must need adequate shelter, have a job or income to make house payments every month and be willing and able to work on your house as it is being built. The income requirement for the homes is between $21,700 and $34,000. This includes salary and other forms of income. Attendee should bring with them their most recent pay stubs and a copy of their most recent income tax return. You will be told of other information needed when you call for an appointment. This will help the Selection Committee in determining your eligibility. This

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Alternative certification program for STEM teachers gets state approval College graduates interested in becoming high school science, math and technology teachers now have a new option for certification. The State Board of Education approved the North Carolina New Schools Project’s STEM Teacher Education Program (STEP) this month, and applications are now available for the lateral-entry teacher certification program. An initiative of NCNSP, the non-traditional teacher education program is supported by the federal Transitions to Teaching grant program, which supports efforts to recruit and retain highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent college graduates interested in earning a teaching license through an alternative route. NCNSP is one of 30 organizations nationwide awarded five-year grants from the U.S. Department of Education to train non-education graduates to teach in high-needs schools. “We are excited to create a cost-free opportunity for experienced STEM professionals to become skilled, innovative teachers,” said Dana Diesel Wallace, vice president of school development for NCNSP. “Students across the state will benefit from the real-world experiences these lateralentry teachers bring to the classroom.” NCNSP STEP will focus on training teachers in innovative and effective instruction of subjects now considered critical for strong high school preparation -- science, technology, engineering and math -- STEM in shorthand. Candidates in the 15-month program will receive a year of onthe-job training at an innovative school supported by NCNSP, combined with NCNSP seminars and online coursework through WIDE World, a professional development program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Initially, the teacher training programs will be conducted at the NCNSP-affiliated Learning Laboratory demonstration high schools: Caldwell Early College in Hudson; Cross Creek Early College in Fayetteville; Hillside New Tech High School in Durham; and the Wayne School of Engineering in Goldsboro. “There is a significant shortage of professionals who are skilled and experienced in the fields of science and math, but there is an even more profound shortage of educators who have the talent, interests and background to teach math and science,” said Candis Hagaman, principal of Caldwell Early College High School.


Jan. 19, 2012


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4, at 1 PM at Mayland Community College’s Yancey Campus. For more information visit and click on the Continuing Education link or call 682-7315. Reiki Certification Program (7 Hours each class; 14 Hour combined) Learn the ancient, gentle hands-on-healing technique of Reiki (ray-key) to achieve relaxation, balance and wellness. Benefits include: reduces stress - improves sleep - enhances learning - restores energy – may speed healing from illness. Taught by Germaine Galjour RMPT, Karuna R e i k i M a s t e r. A l l classes limited to 20 participants. NOTE: Both Level I & II available for $225; or individually as shown below. CLASS 1:Usui Reiki Certification Class Level I (7 Hours) Learn the history and philosophy of Usui Reiki, how to balance your 7 chakras (energy centers), and how to clear and ground energy. At the end of this class, you will be able to use the techniques you have learned to treat yourself and others. Class is limited to 20 participants. Preregistration is required. Class begins February 4, at 9:30 AM at Mayland Community College’s Yancey Campus. For more information visit and click on the Continuing Education link or call 682-7315. CLASS 2: Usui Reiki Certification Class Le ve l II (7 Hours) Gain a deeper connection to Reiki Energy, and receive a powerful attunement that will allow you to use the symbols of the Reiki System to channel healing energy to yourself and others, both in person and from a distance. Learn techniques to aid in dissolving the mental and emotional cause of illnesses. Prerequisite for this class is proof of certification of Reiki 1. Class begins February 5, at 9:30 AM at Mayland Community C o l l e g e ’s Ya n c e y Campus.

IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Administrator / Executor notice Having qualified as Executor of the estate of Frank E. Macpherson of Yancey County of North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before 19th day of April 2012 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This the 19th day of January 2012 Gwendolyn Green Macpherson Atty: Staunton Norris PA 151 Turkey Trot Lane Burnsville, NC 28714 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2012

IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Administrator / Executor notice Having qualified as Executor of the estate of Edward Francis Belmont of Yancey County of North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before 19th day of April 2012 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This the 19th day of January 2012 Brenda Dargan 3945 Heavenside Ct. Orange Park, Fla. 32073

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IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Administrator / Executor notice Having qualified as Executor of the estate of Joseph Harold Black of Yancey County of North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before 30th day of March 2012 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This the 30th day of December 2011 James A. Black 32 Anderson Road Weaverville, NC 28787

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Jan. 19, 2012


Sodium chloride is what makes salt bad

By Medea L Galligan One of the biggest challenges of eating healthy in a modern world has to do with reducing the amount of salt and sodium in our diets. According to the American Heart Association, consuming too much salt can cause high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause heart disease and other health problems, and it is not surprising that The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest reducing salt/sodium in your daily diet. What most people do not know is that the reason salt is so dangerous to our bodies is not just because of the quantity of salt, but also because of the quality of salt consumed! What we know as “salt” today has nothing to do with salt in its natural form. What remains after rock salt is processed and “chemically cleaned” is sodium chloride - an unnatural chemical form of salt that your body recognizes as something completely foreign. Table salt is actually 97.5 percent sodium chloride and 2.5 percent chemicals such as moisture absorbents, and iodine. Dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt. This form of salt is in almost every preserved product that you eat. Therefore, when you add more salt to your already salted food, your body receives more salt than it can dispose of. Typical table salt crystals are totally isolated from each other. In order for your body to try to metabolize table salt crystals, it must sacrifice tremendous amounts of energy. Inorganic sodium chloride can keep you from an ideal fluid balance and can overburden your elimination systems. When your body tries to isolate the excess salt you typically expose it to, water molecules must surround the sodium chloride to break them up into sodium and chloride ions in order to help your body neutralize them. To accomplish this, water is taken from your cells in order to neutralize the unnatural sodium chloride. This results in a less-than-ideal fluid balance in the cells. For every gram of sodium chloride that your body cannot get rid of, your body uses 23 times the amount of cell water to neutralize the salt. Eating common table salt causes excess fluid in your body tissue, which can contribute to: • Kidney and gall bladder stones • Rheumatism, arthritis and gout • Cellulite Sodium is also the part of salt that increases blood pressure. While your body needs sodium to hold water in the blood vessels and regulate water balance in all parts of the body, if too much sodium is consumed, too much water is then held in the body, and the amount of blood increases. If it increases too much, serious problems will arise. The increase in blood makes the heart work harder, which can result in high blood pressure. When high blood pressure is not controlled, it can lead to a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. How much sodium is too much? Health experts recommend 1,100 - 3,300 mg of sodium per day for healthy adults. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day for most people. The average person consumes 2,300 to 6,900 mg per day, which contributes to the prevalence of serious health issues we see today. African Americans, Hispanics, and obese individuals are especially sensitive to salt. Salt/sodium is found in most processed foods, and just one teaspoon of salt contains 2,000 mg of sodium. Just by replacing processed (including frozen) meals and snack foods with fresh foods, and making your own

soups and stews instead of buying canned, different types of sea salt and their differences you would eliminate a significant amount of in origin, taste, and uses: dangerous table salt from your diet. Italian Sea Salt Italian sea salt is produced off the coast of The Benefits of Sea Salt Sicily. It is Interesting to note that the Italian Salt is essential for life - you cannot live sea salt has less sodium chloride than table without it. However, most people salt. simply don’t realize that there are The salt is gathered in the same way as enormous differences between the regular sea salt. Its delicate flavor lends itself standard, refined table and cooking best to use as a finishing salt, to be added once salt most of you are accustomed to a dish is complete. It is wonderful in salads, using and natural health-promoting on sliced sun ripe tomatoes with a little olive salt. Unlike refined table salt, sea salt oil, or sprinkled on to meat just before serving. balances and nutrifies your body with Celtic Sea Salt minerals. While the sodium content Celtic salt is harvested from the Atlantic of table salt and sea salt are exactly Ocean off the coast of Brittany, France. The the same, sea salt in conjunction with salt is harvested as it has been for centuries, water and in the right proportion is with wooden rakes. Traditionally no metal is essential for not just the regulation of supposed to come in contact with the salt to blood pressure, but overall health and maintain the purest and most delicate flavor. vitality. It helps maintain the electrolytes in Grey Sea Salt the body, which are essential for processing Grey sea salt is a salt that is collected in information and communication of the brain the same way as Celtic sea salt and from the cells, and supplies essential minerals directly same area. It is a purplish gray color. This color to our cells to enhance and improve the body’s comes from the inclusion of clay that is found immune system and increases resistance in the salt flats where the salt is collected. against infections and bacterial diseases. Since Grey salt is one of the best quality finishing sea salt is not refined like table salt, it contains salts available. It is wonderful on salads, minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, iodine and sprinkled on flavored butters, or used on potassium. vegetables. There are other trace minerals in sea salt as Fleur de Sel well, over 100, all of which your body needs Literally “flower of the sea” Fleur de Sel to function properly. The health benefits of sea salt is made up of salt crystals that form salt are numerous, and include: naturally on the surface of the salt evaporation • Inducing proper sleep ponds. These crystals must be harvested under • Promoting efficient working of the liver, specific conditions. Most Fleur de Sel comes kidneys and the adrenal glands from Guerande, France. The flavor is unusual • Aiding in food absorption from the and delicate. It is a finishing salt used in salads, intestinal tract and maintains the level of vegetables and grilled meats, as well as to top sugar in the blood, hence reducing the risk of some desserts such as caramels. diabetes Black Salt • Playing an important role in curing the Black salt has a sulfuric flavor and is used lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, primarily in Indian cooking. The flavor is especially if you suffer from asthma or cystic reminiscent of eggs and is sometimes used by fibrosis vegans to add an eggy taste to salads and tofu • Supplies essential nutrients to the muscles dishes. In traditional Indian dishes it is used to help in prevent muscle cramps in fruit salads, chutneys, and raitas. • Acting as a strong natural antihistamine Black salt is not a sea derived salt but is by keeping the body at the right pH (this mined from the earth. It should not be used as helps by maintaining the body’s acidic level an all purpose salt because of the flavor. and preventing different health problems and Hawaiian Red Sea Salt degenerative diseases) Hawaiian Red salt is colored with natural The iodine in sea salt is helpful when iron oxide which imparts a subtle flavor to working to integrate this essential mineral this salt. It is a finishing salt that is perfect for into the diet. While it is also added to some grilled meats. The iron oxide caused the salt table salts during processing, iodine occurs to be any color from red to pink, depending on naturally in salt harvested from the sea. The the amount of the mineral in the salt. recommended daily allowance for iodine is Smoked Sea Salt 150 micrograms, and while most people easily Smoked sea salt is exactly that. It is sea salt meet or surpass this amount, individuals living that has been smoked in various ways to add in areas where this essential nutrient is lacking an additional layer of flavor. in soil and food may benefit from the iodine Himalayan Pink Salt in sea salt. Although Himalayan Pink salt is harvested There are hundreds of different brands of from the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains sea salt and all are made in much the same way it is technically a sea salt. It is a marine fossil and derived from an ocean or sea. Sea salt is salt formed eons ago. It carries numerous harvested by channeling sea water into large trace minerals and is a delicious and beautiful bins made of pure clay. The water is allowed finishing salt. Due to the purity and rich to evaporate leaving just the salt crystals. Sea mineral content, it is also our personal favorite! salt has a delicate flavor and makes a good allpurpose table salt. It normally comes in three Medea L Galligan, a local holistic health grinds, from fine to coarse. Some retailers may coach, earned her Masters of Science in sell sea salts that are fine-grained and white Nutrition from Oklahoma State University, in color. If you want to enjoy the advantages and also attended the Institute for Integrative of sea salt, be sure that the sea salt you buy Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program, is unrefined and contains the minerals and located in New York City. Since 1998, she trace minerals that your body needs. If the has helped thousands of people of all ages salt is white and flows very nicely, one must improve their health and well being through be suspicious that this salt is processed. You support and encouragement, exploring which can find a variety of unrefined sea salts at your foods are right for them, and assisting them in local health food store and at some gourmet bringing back the joy of cooking and eating. markets. Just make sure to read the label Visit www.HealthyLifestyle closely and know what you are purchasing! for more information.. Below is a brief overview of several

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