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England won’t seek re-election

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No serious injuries were reported when this vehicle flipped and ran off the road Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 19E near the George’s Fork Road intersection. First responders said it appeared the vehicle had rolled several times before coming to rest in a driveway.

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Dale England, a first-term member of the Yancey County Board of Commissioners, will not seek re-election. “I’m not running,” England told the Yancey County News this week. “I may again in the future,” he said, but now he must focus on his real estate agency and his work as an officer with the Yancey Mitchell Board of Realtors. England becomes the second current county commissioner who will not seek the job again. Commissioner Michele Presnell announced plans late last year to challenge State Rep. Ray Rapp in the state house race. Word of England’s decision surprised her, she said. Continued on page 11

Could regional brewery create jobs for Yancey?

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the second largest privately held brewery in the nation, has selected a Western North Carolina site for its East Coast manufacturing and distribution operation. The brewer, headquartered in California, announced plans to locate its East Coast brewing, bottling, and distribution operation on 90 acres in Mills River, near the Asheville Regional Airport. The plan is expected to create 175 permanent jobs and 60 temporary jobs, and involves the investment of more than $100 million, state and company officials said. “These jobs will be created in gradual phases starting in mid-to-late 2012 and continuing through 2013,”

said Tom Alexander, Chairman of the AdvantageWest Board of Directors. “This is outstanding news for local workers and the regional economy,” said U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler. “There is no better place to do business than Western North Carolina, and I am thrilled that Sierra Nevada has recognized this by choosing Henderson County to be home to its East Coast expansion. This project will provide a muchneeded economic boon to our local manufacturing and tourism industries now and for years to come.” Sierra Nevada considered more than 200 sites east of the Mississippi River for its new facility. Continued on page 4

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USDA introduces new school nutrition rules Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined First Lady Michelle Obama and celebrity cook Rachel Ray at at a Virginia public school on Wednesday to speak with faculty and parents about the United States Department of Agriculture’s new and improved nutrition standards for school parents. “We all know that if left to their own devices, many of our kids would eat candy for breakfast, they’d follow it up with a few French fries for lunch and cookies and chips for snacks, and then they’d come home for a big chocolate sundae for dinner, right?” the First Lady said in comments to school staff, parents and students. “And we know that it is our responsibility, as adults, to make sure they don’t do that. So it’s our responsibility to make sure that they get basic nutrition that they need to stay healthy. “That’s why so many of us try so very hard to prepare decent meals at home, and to limit how much junk food they get at home, and to ensure that they have a reasonably balanced diet. And when we’re putting forth this kind of effort at home … the last thing we want is to have all these hard efforts, all this hard work undone in the school cafeteria.” The new rule implements provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It will substantially increase offerings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, reduce saturated fat, trans fats and sodium, and set sensible calorie limits based on the age of children being served. In summary, the change seeks to improve lunches and breakfasts by requiring schools to: • Offer fruits and vegetables as two separate meal components; • Offer fruit daily at breakfast and lunch; • Offer vegetables daily at lunch, including

specific vegetable subgroups weekly (dark green, orange, legumes, and other as defined in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines) and a limited quantity of starchy vegetables throughout the week; • Offer whole grains: half of the grains would be whole grain-rich upon implementation of the rule and all grains would be whole-grain rich two years post implementation; • Offer a daily meat/meat alternate at breakfast; • Offer fluid milk that is fat-free (unflavored and flavored) and low-fat (unflavored only); • Offer meals that meet specific calorie ranges for each age/grade group; • Reduce the sodium content of meals gradually over a 10-year period through two intermediate sodium targets at two and four years post implementation; • Prepare meals using food products or ingredients that contain zero grams of trans fat per serving; • Require students to select a fruit or a vegetable as part of the reimbursable meal; • Use a single food-based menu planning approach; and • Use narrower age/grade groups for menu planning. “When we send our kids to school, we have a right to expect that they won’t be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we’re trying to keep from them when they’re at home. We have a right to expect that the food they get at school is the same kind of food that we want to serve at our own kitchen tables,” Mrs. Obama said. “And let’s be clear, this isn’t just about our kids’ health. Studies have shown that our kids’ eating habits can actually affect their

academic performance as well. And I’m sure that comes as no surprise to the educators here today. Anyone who works with kids knows that they need something other than chips and soda in their stomachs if they’re going to focus on math and science, right? Kids can’t be expected to sit still and concentrate when they’re on a sugar high, or when they’re stuffed with salty, greasy food - or when they’re hungry. “And that brings me to another important point,” the First Lady said. “For many kids whose families are struggling, school meals can be their main - or only - source of nutrition for the entire day. So when we serve higherquality food in our schools, we’re not just fighting childhood obesity; we’re taking the important steps that are needed to fight child hunger as well. “And that’s why so many schools across this country have been working so hard to improve the food that they serve to our kids in school. In fact, there are many schools that have been meeting these new standards for years, long before this legislation was passed. Thousands more have made significant improvements, offering their students a whole array of healthy - and tasty, mind you - new options.” “The new school meal standards are one of the most important advancements in nutrition in decades,” said the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s nutrition policy director Margo G. Wootan. “They’re much needed, given high childhood obesity rates and the poor state of our children’s diets. Now, states, school officials, food manufacturers, food service workers, and parents need to work together with USDA to help all schools meet the new standards.”

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Plans for sales tax change brings reaction, debate challenge by Chris Fitzsimon NC Policy Watch Republican legislative leaders must be awfully worried about Governor Bev Perdue’s proposal to raise the sales tax 3/4 of a penny to restore some of the devastating budget cuts to public schools that lawmakers made last year. That’s the only plausible explanation for their puzzling statements and odd behavior in the last few days. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger held a news conference Tuesday to challenge Perdue to a public debate about her tax plan. That came just a few days after Berger called the proposal dead on arrival at the General Assembly. That doesn’t sound much like somebody interested in an actual debate. It sounds like somebody grasping for a publicity stunt to parrot his tired anti-tax talking points to avoid talking about the damage their budget has caused in classrooms across the state. Thanks to the cuts that Berger and his Republican colleagues made, thousands of teachers and teacher assistants have been fired, classes are larger, students don’t have textbooks, classrooms are short of supplies, and at-risk four-year-olds are being turned

away from vital preschool programs. Those are the facts, no matter how hard the right-wing think tanks try to deny it. No wonder Berger wants to frame this as a tax issue. He would rather not talk about education. Not to be outdone, House Speaker Thom Tillis chimed in and said he wanted to debate Perdue too. Of course he does. Then there is House Majority Leader Paul Stam, who called Perdue’s proposal a political move because he said she knew it had no chance of passing. That’s an odd claim, especially from Stam, who spent the last ten years proposing things he knew would not pass. Here’s another possibility for Stam to consider. Maybe Perdue actually believes that the Republican budget cuts are hurting public schools and she wants to reinstate part of the 2009 sales tax increase to address them. Missing from much of the coverage about this whole episode is some perspective on what Republican legislative leaders really think about public schools. Stam for example, wants to privatize them. That’s not speculation. He introduced legislation for a voucher scheme this session and said his dream is that every school is a

charter. The budget the Republicans approved included a provision that allows virtual charter schools and this week the Cabarrus County Board of Education voted to partner with K-12, Inc., a company with a questionable record that operates virtual charter schools across the country. An audit into the company’s practices in Colorado found the company was receiving money from the state for students who did not live in Colorado or were never even enrolled. Then there are the layoffs and budget cuts that dropped North Carolina to 49th in the country in per-pupil spending. The budget also abolished funding for the N.C. Teaching Fellows, a nationally recognized program that provides college scholarships for students who promise to spend at least four years teaching. Last fall Tillis said lawmakers may have made a mistake by defunding the program, but he has since backed off that statement and there has been no effort to revisit the decision. That’s their record on education and the public is catching on. Polls already show that voters support increasing the sales tax to increasing funding for public schools. Republicans ought to be worried.

Blogs, breaking news atwitter: Is Bev out of the race? As we went to press Thursday, the media world was steaming with word that North Carolina Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue will not seek re-election in 2012. Many websites were chiming in with their take on the said-pending announcement. Here’s what ABC News had on it: Her decision to not seek re-election “should improve President Obama’s chances in the state next November, as Perdue is deeply unpopular, and that unpopularity could have hurt the president — and Democrats in general – in North Carolina in 2012. Perdue will make the announcement this afternoon. The North Carolina Democratic


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Party would not confirm whether Perdue had declined to run, only that an announcement would be made Thursday. “ In April, an Elon University poll showed that Perdue’s approval ratings had sagged behind Obama’s in the state. Perdue’s disapproval rating was 52 percent, while her approval rating was 33 percent. Obama, meanwhile, enjoyed a 48 percent job-approval rating and a 46 percent disapproval rating in North Carolina. While reliable polls have been hard to come by in North Carolina, since April a string of automated phone surveys have corroborated Perdue’s unpopularity. “Obama carried North Carolina in 2008, 50 percent to 49 percent for Sen. John McCain. Democrats made significant gains in North Carolina in 2006, and, along with Obama’s victory in Virginia in 2008, North Carolina gave the party hope of an expanded electoral map and newfound competitiveness in the South. “Obama’s campaign has said it would focus its efforts again on North Carolina in 2012. “We put the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in part because we believe so deeply in this map,” campaign manager Jim Messina said in aYouTube fundraising video that laid out Obama’s potential electoral strategyin late December. Had Perdue remained in office, she could have dampened the campaign efforts of President Obama, who would presumably have campaigned alongside Perdue and shared the stage with her at North Carolina events. “Perdue’s tenure saw a series of bad headlines and political disasters that sullied her image after she won the race to the governor’s mansion in 2008. “ In September, she caused a stir by suggesting that the United States suspend its congressional elections for two years. In

November, three of her aides were indicted for allegedly violating state election law in a scheme to pay a staff member $32,000 for work that was kept off the books. This month, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., launched an inquiry into whether Perdue breached government protocol by alluding to new unemployment numbers in a speech before their scheduled release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The top Republican candidate to replace Perdue is Pat McRory, who ran against Perdue and lost in 2008. Democrats do not yet have a leading candidate to step into the race, although Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx appear to be likely contenders.” The Washington Post said: “Names that are likely to be bandied about as possible Democratic replacements include Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, and former congressman Bob Etheridge. “Dalton appears to be the obvious choice, but Foxx’s profile is rising after an easy 2011 reelection win in a traditionally Republican city. And a former aide to Etheridge, who lost his 2010 reelection race, said he should be considered possibility. “Attorney General Roy Cooper immediately withdrew his name from consideration Thursday, saying he will run for reelection. “State Rep. Bill Faison was already threatening to challenge Perdue in a primary and is expected to run. He is already running TV ads... Democrats argued that their odds in

the race may improve now that Perdue is not longer running, provided that they get a capable candidate.”

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Obituaries Charlotte Phillips

Charlotte Blankenship Phillips, 85, passed away Monday, January 23, 2012, surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness. Charlotte was a true Southern lady who welcomed everyone into her home. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother and friend. She loved to read and was an outstanding cook. She was a devoted Christian and faithful member of Fairhaven United Methodist Church. Charlotte was raised in Newdale, where she graduated from Micaville High School and also played basketball. Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, O. P. and Mary Young Blankenship; her husband, Ted Phillips; and granddaughter Angela Denise Phillips. She is survived by her daughter, Janice White and husband, Dennis, of Elizabethton, Tenn.; her two sons, Mayor Dennis Phillips and wife, Bobbie, of Kingsport, Tenn. and Richard Phillips and fiancee, Brenda Compton, of Kingsport, Tenn.; grandchildren Brad Hacker of Johnson City, Tenn., Steven Hacker and wife, Traci, of Moscow, Idaho, Tracy Ramsey and husband, Brian, of Kingsport, Tenn., Pam Ratliff and husband, Kyle, of Kingsport, Tenn. and James Phillips of Kingsport, Tenn.; 12 great-grandchildren; special friends Don and Peggy Pruitt; and a special four-legged companion, Ginger. A funeral service was Thursday in the North Chapel under the direction of the Rev. TaeHun Yoon. A committal service will be held on Friday, January 27, at 11 a.m. in the Newdale

Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Newdale. Active Pallbearers will be Brad Hacker, Steven Hacker, Bryan Ramsey, Derek Ramsey, Daniel Ramsey and Kyle Ratliff. Honorary pallbearers will be the Weatherman family. Charlotte loved to be surrounded by flowers. For those who prefer, donations may be made to the Fairhaven United Methodist Church Women’s Group, 3131 W. Walnut St., Johnson City, TN 37604.

Mary Ann Curtis

Mary Ann Curtis, 78, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, January 20, 2012, at her home. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Zeb and Hattie Proffitt Randolph. She was also preceded in death by two brothers: Harold and Emmit Randolph; and, a granddaughter: Misty Curtis. Mary Ann was a member of Elk Shoal Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband of 53 years: Joe Curtis; two sons: Gene Curtis and wife, Helen, and Dale Curtis and fiancée, Angela Silvers, all of Burnsville; a brother: Morris Randolph of Waterford, Conn.; two grandchildren: Jennie Whitson and husband, Kenny, and Jessie Curtis; and, two great-grandchildren: Bentley Curtis and Callie Whitson. Funeral service was Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Stacey Elkins officiating. Burial was in Charles Stephen “Steve” Briggs January 20, 2012

Ga., originally from Burnsville, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2012, after an extended illness. He was a graduate of N.C. State University, and had retired with the U.S. Forest Service. He is survived by his wife, Millicent P. Briggs, two sons: Charles Stephen Briggs, Jr. of Lula, Ga. and Patrick Andrew Briggs of Covington, Ga., and their families. Service was January 24 in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Interment followed in the Briggs-Bailey Cemetery.

Henry Massey

Henry Mack Donald Massey, 68, of Chambers Chapel Circle, Morganton, died January 23, 2012, at his home. He was the son of the late Frank and Fannie Hughes Massey. He was retired from Great Lake Carbon in the Graphite Department. He attended Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lois Ann Massey, of the home, daughter Ronda Ann Chapman of Morganton; sons Donald Lee Massey of Elk Park and Michael Dean Massey of Marion; sisters Frankie Thomas of Morganton, Phyllis Arrwood of Raleigh, and Renda Odom, of Newland; brothers Gary Massey of Newland, Frank Massey of Morganton, and David Massey of New Jersey; and five grandchildren: Jessica Massey, Amber, Christopher, aStephanie Chapman, and Jamonti Jackson. Funeral was Wednesday with Terry Robinson and Ralph Shuffler officiating. Charles Stephen Briggs Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery Charles Stephen “Steve” Briggs, of Athens, on Hwy 126.

New industry could be opportunity for residents and farmers From the front The family-owned pioneer in craft brewing plans to create 95 full-time and 80 part-time jobs and invest $107.5 million during the next five years in Henderson County. In addition the company expects to create about 60 construction and mechanical jobs during its 24-month building phase. “We’re delighted that Sierra Nevada has chosen Mills River in Western North Carolina for their East Coast manufacturing and distribution operation,” says Tom Alexander, Chairman of the AdvantageWest Board of Directors. “I’m particularly proud of the key role AdvantageWest played in bringing them here. Our staff has worked diligently for almost a year on this project – ever since Matt Raker, AdvantageWest’s VP for Entrepreneurship & AdvantageGreen, learned about this opportunity while he was attending a renewable energy siteconsultant conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.” “Upon learning of the opportunity, we worked closely with the consultants, company officials and the 23 counties in our region to find sites that matched the requirements for this project. Originally 11 sites in five counties

from across the AdvantageWest region were submitted,” explains AdvantageWest President & CEO Scott Hamilton. “We served as the ‘go-to people’ for the company - essentially we were a one-stop shop for this project.” “As the company narrowed down their site search, AdvantageWest continued to work closely with Sierra Nevada, the Town of Mills River, Henderson County, and the N.C. Department of Commerce, doing everything we could to win this project for our region,” Hamilton said. “We are thrilled that all this effort paid off in creating new jobs and taxable investment in the AdvantageWest region, and heartily welcome Sierra Nevada to Western North Carolina.” Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada currently employs in excess of 500 dedicated employees and is the second largest privately held brewery in the United States. Salaries at the Mills River location will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $41,526 plus benefits, which exceeds the average annual wage in Henderson County. Wanda Proffitt of the local Economic Development Commission said “there are

some folks that are looking at growing hops” in the county, and local production of such a key ingredient for beer could benefit agriculture here. “I would think there is potential for people in Yancey” to work at the new brewery, she said. “Any jobs in Western North Carolina within driving distance gives potential to our work force,” she said. “The industry over here, over

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Ray Rapp denounces ‘unconscionable’ education cuts By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp appeared at the Celo Community Center Tuesday night, joking he was “the warm-up act” for President Obama’s State of the Union speech. The appearance was part of a district tour intended to give residents the opportunity to ask questions of their state representative. Rapp has represented a portion of Yancey County in the state legislature, but with the recent redistricting plan, the seat he holds will represent all of Yancey County. Rapp, a Democrat and minority whip in the state house, said recent budget cuts in Raleigh have been “devastating to education” across the state. “We are now ranked 49th in the nation in per-pupil spending in K-12 education. That’s unconscionable.” He also said budget cuts cut to the bone in higher education. “$414 million was cut out of the state university system,” or about 16 percent of the budget. That meant “9,500 of our university students receiving need-based aid have been cut off.” As a result, “at AB Tech” in Buncombe County, “over 500 students dropped out because of financial need.”

Rapp blamed the cuts on a “farright” majority that “bulldozed” dramatic policy changes through the legislature since gaining power in the 2010 general election. “This group governs from the far, far right,” he said,” and is pushing legislation to the floor without debate. He said anyone voicing a challenge is called an obstructionist. He said he feels the attitude of the majority is, “If you do not agree, you are an obstructionist.” The legislature approved repealing a 1 cent statewide sales tax, resulting in part in the education cuts statewide, he said. “We’re behind South Carolina and Mississippi on how much we are spending for our schools,” he said angrily. “This state has always valued education. Always.” Rapp, who is in his fifth term in the state house, said he has “never seen anything like what is going on down there,” and said the legislation of change has had some unintended consequences. “They cut $334 million from Medicare,” he said, which led to what may have been much larger, unintended cuts because he said the state received $2 in federal funding for every $1 spent on Medicare. So the outcome, he said, was

that “we

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State Rep. Ray Rapp speaks Tuesday night at a gathering at the Celo Community Center.

didn’t cut Medicare by $334 million. We cut Medicare by $1 billion.” Such is the outcome when debate is stifled and poorly considered bills are rammed through a compliant legislature, he said. “They’re running the state into the ground,” he said angrily. “We’ve got a 10 percent unemployment rate. We’re eating the seed corn” with education cuts. “We’ve got a social agenda”

that’s taken the front seat, he said. “What we should focus on is jobs and education.” Rapp, echoing comments made last year by school leaders, said an additional 4,000 to 4,500 school teachers “will be put on the streets” when federal education funds run out later this year. “There is no plan to how we’re going to pick those positions up.” The coming cuts will mean 17 teacher positions lost in Yancey County Schools, he said.


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Cattle grower offers affordable natural beef grown locally By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Daniel Boone won’t say anything negative about the way most of the beef in the nation makes its way to the chain grocery stores. He just says his local beef is better. Boone and his wife, Emily, operate Boone’s Farm All N a t u r a l B e e f o ff Double Island Road, and they think what they offer can’t be beaten/ With them, “You know what you’re getting. You know the grower. You can even come out and see the cow,” Daniel said. Their cattle are mostly Angus, though they are experimenting with breeding Hereford into the strain, he said. “Black Angus are easy keepers,” Daniel said. “They fatten easily, and the meat

is wonderful.” Boone takes his cattle for processing in Tennessee, then brings back all the meat in sealed freezer packs. “I have a few people who come every four months to stock up,” he said. I sell it by the pound or I sell it by the quarter, or half, or a whole steer. All the meat is USDA inspected and aged 14 days, but he can make it “however the customer wants them processed.” Daniel learned about cattle from his grandfather, who was carrying on a tradition that goes back generations. “There’s not that much money in it, but I love it.” Is it affordable? “Normal people who make normal wages can afford my beef.” The Boone’s can be reached at 675- Daniel Boone and his wife Emily operate Boone;s Farm All Natural Beef here in Yancey County. 5436. They say their locally grown beef is affordable and better than that from national processors.

UARA Racing

Drivers, crew and others gather for celebration

The UARA’s top ten drivers converged at the Crowne Plaza in Hickory. With drivers, families, sponsors and UARA staff on hand to show their support the UARA handed out a whopping $66,000 in cash, prizes and trophies to their well deserving drivers, sponsors and staff. Brennan Poole received the UARA’s highest honor as t h e 2 0 11 U A R A Champion. Poole gathered up a generous check of $10,000.00 for his seasons efforts along with a host of contingency awards. His awards included not only the Championship goodies but also awards from ARbodies, DJ Safety, Tilton, Circle Wheels, WP Racing Shocks and a prize package from Safety Kleen. Poole received a Miller Welder for being Car Owner of the Year along with

a replica diecast car from the UARA. A n n o u n c e r To n y Stevens pointed out, “Although Brennan was listed as the official car owner on the number seven team, we all know it is his father Tom who is the man backing the team”. David King received a Miller welder as well as Crew Chief of the Year and Poole’s spotter Jerry Dickerson was awarded a two way headset from Racing Electronics as spotter of the year. Second place point runner George Miedecke collected a $5500.00 point check plus $500 from Sunoco for Most Poles in 2011, a certificate from Circle Wheels and WP Racing Shocks. Not only did Miedecke collect great awards as the runner up in points but he also raked in quite a good bounty for

being proclaimed the 2011 UARA Rookie of the Year. Miedecke received awards from ARbodies, Pro Fabrication, Phantom Racing and a second award from WP Racing Shocks. Miedecke has returned to his native land, Australia and was represented at the banquet by team member David Moore. Third place finisher Kyle Grissom was presented with a check for $4,000. Grissom also received certificates from Circle Wheels and WP Racing Shocks. Fourth place finisher David Roberts received a $3,000 check along with an award certificate from Circle Wheels. Roberts was the surprise recipient of a Tiger Quick Change Rear end and was also presented with a Holley carburetor as the Holley Performer

of the Year. Roberts accomplished this by gaining 71 positions throughout the 2011. Fifth place finisher Alex Yontz received a $2,500 point check, a Circle Wheel certificate and a prize package from Safety Kleen. Sixth place finisher S c o t t Tu r l i n g t o n received a $2,000 point check and a jet pack from Holley. Turlington was the surprise recipient of a Five Star Package A Body in a random draw during the evenings festivities. Seventh place finisher Ronnie B a s s e t t J r. w a s presented with a check for $1,750 plus a Holley jet pack. He was voted by officials as the UARA Most Improved driver for 2011 and was the surprise recipient of a 4 speed transmission presented by Richard Mellentine with G Force South.

Eighth place finisher Joey Herques was unable to attend but his representative Tom Bear collected a point check of $1,500 plus a Holley jet kit for Herques. Ninth place finisher Kaleb Pressley received a check of $1250.00. Pressley was the second recipient of a Five Star Package A Body in the random draw and received a Holley jet pack. A proud moment for Pressley was when he received the UARA Most Popular Driver for 2011 trophy. This award is voted on by the fans. Te n t h p l a c e

finisher, Andy Mercer received a $1,000 points check, a Holley jet pack, four Swift springs plus a prize package from Safety Kleen. Tom Vigue of 3V Performance was the recognized as the Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Year. Vigue received a $500 product certificate from Comp Cams, a $250 check from Comp Cams and a $250 check from the UARA for his accomplishment. Announcements about 2012 contingencies and final race dates will be announced in the near future.

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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.

Harward Brothers Livestock Market, Turnersburg, NC Weighted Average Report for Monday Jan 23, 2012 Cattle Receipts: 932

Last Week: 1256

Last Year: 2131

Slaughter cows trended mostly steady, bulls trended mostly steady. Feeder cattle trended mostly 5.00 to 6.00 higher.

Slaughter cows made up 23 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 3 percent, replacement cows 2 percent, other cows 2 percent, and feeders 70 percent. WNC Regional Livestock Center, Canton - Weighted Average Report for Monday The feeder supply included 33 percent steers, 36 percent Jan 23, 2012 Cattle Receipts: 128 Last Week: 179 heifers, and 31 Last Year: 47 percent bulls. Near 19 percent of the run weighed Slaughter cattle trended mostly steady. Feeder cattle Tennessee market comments 1/23: over 600 lbs. trended 6.00 to 12.00 higher. BEEF CATTLE: Fed cattle prices Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1 - 2 were $3-4 higher last week at $125Slaughter cows made up 28 percent of the offering, Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 126 in the South and $126-128 in slaughter bulls 6 percent, replacement cows 8 percent, and 2 225-230 228 165.00-180.00 172.42 the North, $202-205 dressed in a feeders 58 percent. The feeder supply included 46 percent 9 255-295 279 182.50-201.00 191.91 moderate trade. The 5 area weighted steers, 42 percent heifers, and 11 percent bulls. Near 27 16 300-345 325 150.00-202.50 182.25 average prices thru Thursday were percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs. 18 350-395 372 152.00-199.00 179.52 $125.68 live and $202.70 dressed 17 405-445 425 148.00-184.00 163.93 Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1 - 2 compared to $123.66 and $198 13 450-495 470 153.00-186.00 168.17 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price the week before. A year ago prices 14 500-545 527 149.00-170.00 162.54 1 280-280 280 210.00 210.00 were $105.51 and $170.52. Boxed 5 555-580 567 154.00-162.00 158.78 3 305-345 323 207.50-210.00 209.18 8 605-640 616 129.00-145.00 137.59 beef prices continue to drift lower. 3 365-385 377 150.00-191.00 177.42 3 725-745 735 111.00-128.00 118.08 Closing cutout prices on Friday 3 415-435 422 139.00-192.00 167.74 2 815-845 830 114.00-117.00 115.47 were $182 for Choice up .46 from 1 460-460 460 169.00 169.00 Small 1 - 2 Thursday but down 2.12 for the 4 517-530 520 165.00-168.00 165.76 2 240-245 243 120.00-160.00 139.79 week. Select was $175.56 up .32, 2 590-590 590 140.00-146.00 143.00 4 255-295 278 140.00-160.00 148.33 4 600-620 608 139.00-156.00 147.23 but a nickel lower for the week. 4 310-340 324 106.00-150.00 137.59 1 695-695 695 136.00 136.00 The Choice Select spread was 10 350-395 367 105.00-155.00 133.13 3 725-725 725 131.50 131.50 $6.44 down from $8.51 last week. 3 420-435 430 135.00-146.00 139.26 1 1075-1075 1075 108.00 108.00 With the continued decline in 5 455-490 474 140.00-152.00 144.14 Small 1 - 2 Holstein Large 3 cutout values and higher live prices 3 365-395 377 127.50-140.00 135.63 2 265-290 278 107.00-111.00 108.91 the concern is how much longer Medium and Large 3 2 300-340 320 100.00-105.00 102.66 packers will maintain this level of 1 490-490 490 100.00 100.00 2 1000-1020 1010 83.00-85.00 84.01 processing. Do not be surprised if 1 550-550 550 95.00 95.00 some packers reduce the level of Holstein Large 3 Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1 - 2 1 550-550 550 60.00 60.00 processing to reduce losses. There Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 1 1285-1285 1285 73.00 73.00 have also been questions as to 2 240-240 240 140.00-162.50 151.25 whether the cutout value plus the 5 255-295 273 130.00-151.00 144.43 Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1 - 2 hide and offal value truly reflects 8 315-345 332 140.00-164.00 151.22 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 16 350-395 378 140.00-189.00 155.39 the revenue being received for each 4 300-340 314 155.00-170.00 160.71 18 400-445 430 134.00-189.00 154.14 animal. On the TN auctions last 4 350-395 371 132.00-158.00 145.61 28 450-495 474 130.00-165.00 145.88 week, feeder steers and bulls were 1 440-440 440 130.00 130.00 23 500-545 522 128.00-141.00 136.92 $3 to 8 higher and heifers were $3 4 455-495 481 123.00-145.00 135.98 17 550-585 568 124.00-162.00 137.53 to 6 higher. Slaughter cows were 6 500-545 531 130.00-147.00 136.19 11 600-645 625 124.00-136.00 129.58 3 575-595 585 127.00-136.00 132.67 $1 to 2 higher and slaughter bulls 7 650-690 672 115.00-126.00 120.84 2 605-645 625 122.00-132.00 126.84 were steady to $3 higher. Average 5 700-735 718 109.00-124.00 114.96 3 685-695 690 121.00-138.00 127.99 receipts per sale last week were 715 2 805-825 815 104.00-105.00 104.51 Small 1 - 2 head on 11 sales, 804 on 12 sales Small 1 - 2 1 405-405 405 127.00 127.00 2 305-320 313 115.00-120.00 117.56 the week of 1/14 and 1027 on 11 1 670-670 670 94.00 94.00 Full 3 370-390 377 111.00-135.00 125.50 sales a year ago. Buyers continue Medium and Large 3 6 405-445 425 120.00-130.00 125.94 to bid aggressively with support 1 490-490 490 113.00 113.00 2 450-470 460 100.00-126.00 113.28 from higher distant cattle futures Medium and Large 3 and lower corn prices. Friday’s Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1 - 2 2 345-345 345 102.50-120.00 111.25 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price cattle on feed report was about in 2 760-760 760 100.00-110.00 105.00 2 400-430 415 160.00-166.00 163.11 line with trade expectations. Cattle 1 520-520 520 155.00 155.00 on feed January 1 in feedlots over Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1 - 2 2 580-595 588 143.00-151.00 146.95 1000 head were up 3%. Placements Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 2 650-695 673 125.00-139.00 131.77 6 310-340 335 189.00-197.50 190.31 in December were down 6%. 1 875-875 875 123.00 123.00 3 360-380 372 182.50-190.00 187.24 Marketings in December were down 2%. The marketing number Bred Cows Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young Upstate Livestock Exchange, Williamston, SC was slightly larger than the 2.8% Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price Report for Monday Jan 23, 2012 decline from a year ago which was 1 980-980 980 825.00 825.00 Per Head Cattle Receipts: 401 Last week: 651 Last 1-3 Months the trade expectation. The report is year: 1372 Slaughter cows and bulls steady-1.00 Bred probably neutral to slightly bullish. higher, Feeder steers and heifers steady.Slaughter 5 670-860 787 625.00-875.00 753.08 Per Head There continue to be significant cows made up 19 percent of the offering, 4-6 Months slaughter bulls 4 percent, replacement cows 9 placements of calves under 600 Bred percent, other cows 1 percent, and feeders 67 lbs in Texas. In total placements 1 1060-1060 1060 999.00-1150.00 1150.00 Per percent. Feeder Steers: Medium and Large 1-2 of calves under 600 lbs. were up Head 7-9 Months 220-235 lbs (227) 192.50-202.50 (196.62); 16%, while placements over 600 Bred 260-295 lbs (283) 198.00-212.50 (203.64); lbs. were down 14% from a year. 1 1275-1275 1275 999.00-1100.00 1100.00 Per

Head 7-9 Months Bred Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged 1 855-855 855 900.00 900.00 Per Head 7-9 Months Bred 1 1570-1570 1570 999.00-1075.00 1075.00 Per Head 7-9 Months Bred Slaughter Cows Breaker 70-80% Lean Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 7 1225-1385 1304 70.00-77.00 73.61 High Dressing 8 1410-1730 1511 70.00-79.00 72.81 High Dressing Boner 80-85% Lean 1 735-735 735 72.00 72.00 High Dressing 4 1030-1365 1155 64.00-67.00 65.81 5 940-1395 1150 70.00-75.50 72.46 High Dressing 4 1415-1470 1448 62.50-68.50 65.50 1 1435-1435 1435 76.50 76.50 High Dressing Lean 85-90% Lean 2 915-1090 1003 55.00-56.00 55.46 2 835-1045 940 20.00-45.00 33.90 Low Dressing Slaughter Bulls Yield Grade 1-2 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 1 1460-1460 1460 70.50 70.50 1 1170-1170 1170 85.00 85.00 High Dressing 5 1610-2105 1843 82.00-87.50 85.57 High Dressing

Goats, per head: (13) Slaughter and Replacement Classes: Kids: Selection 2 20-40 lbs 25.00-27.00, 40-60 lbs 30.00. Does/Nannies: Selection 2 50-70 lbs 30.00-45.00. Wethers: Selection 1 100-150 lbs 127.50-155.00. Bucks/Billies: Selection 1 100-150 lbs 122.50. Sheep, per head: (7) Slaughter lambs: Good 20-60 lbs 40.00-50.00; Choice & Prime 60-100 lbs 77.50-87.50, 100-140 lbs 100.00-110.00. Slaughter ewes: Utility 80-100 lbs 50.00. Source: NC Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service

300-340 lbs (320) 180.00-210.00 (195.63); 350-370 lbs (361) 181.00-200.00 (187.57); 400445 lbs (421) 170.00-185.00 (176.78); 460-495 lbs (472) 165.00-175.00 (168.62); 500-545 lbs (528) 152.00-158.00 (154.59); 560-560 lbs (560) 148.00155.00 (151.50); 600-610 lbs (604) 136.00-138.00 (136.87); 655-690 lbs (673) 124.00-125.00 (124.49); 735-735 lbs (735) 120.00-130.00 (125.00); 750-750 lbs (750) 130.00 (130.00); 800-810 lbs (805) 112.00-125.00 (119.00); 890-890 lbs (890) 118.00 (118.00); 1035-1035 lbs (1035) 90.00 (90.00). Small 1-2 255-255 lbs (255) 165.00 (165.00); 315-335 lbs (326) 142.50-167.50 (154.21); 350-390 lbs (373) 147.50-175.00 (158.47). Medium and Large 3 225-225 lbs (225) 150.00 (150.00); 250-280 lbs (265) 130.00-132.50 (131.18); 300-345 lbs (328) 130.00-140.00 (133.45); 350-375 lbs (364) 140.00-147.00 (144.28); 475-475 lbs (475) 135.00 (135.00); 500-500 lbs (500) 115.00 (115.00); 675-675 lbs jersey (675) 51.00 (51.00). Feeder Heifers: Medium and Large 1-2 220-245 lbs (233) 157.50-162.50 (159.96); 265-295 lbs (277) 165.00-175.00 (169.85); 310-345 lbs (327) 148.00163.00 (155.79); 350-395 lbs (368) 145.00-155.00 (147.85); 400-445 lbs (421) 138.00-145.00 (141.45); 455-495 lbs (482) 135.00-140.00 (136.54); 500-545 lbs (516) 132.00-137.00 (133.99); 555-598 lbs (580) 128.00-133.50 (130.99); 620-645 lbs (633) 122.00125.00 (123.52); 665-695 lbs (681) 118.00-123.00 (120.48); 700-725 lbs (713) 117.00-118.00 (117.51); 800-830 lbs (815) 104.00-115.00 (109.40). Small 1-2 220-245 lbs (233) 147.00-148.00 (147.47); 250-270 lbs (260) 137.50-145.00 (141.44); 300-315 lbs (308) 139.00-141.00 (139.98); 365-395 lbs (380) 125.00135.00 (129.93); 410-425 lbs (418) 127.00-132.50 (129.80). Medium and Large 3 300-330 lbs (309) 100.00-132.00 (123.02); 385-395 lbs (390) 104.00115.00 (109.57); 585-585 lbs (585) 122.00 (122.00); 640-640 lbs brahman x (640) 83.00 (83.00). Feeder Bulls: Medium and Large 1-2 400-445 lbs (427)

20 400-445 422 150.00-186.00 165.55 18 450-495 481 150.00-170.00 161.35 32 500-540 523 145.00-166.00 155.78 22 550-595 573 130.00-160.00 147.86 13 600-635 617 122.00-146.00 134.64 5 660-675 667 124.00-139.00 132.97 5 700-725 713 125.00-132.00 128.21 2 755-775 765 128.00 128.00 Small 1 - 2 8 405-445 428 107.00-138.00 123.58 6 455-490 477 130.00-146.00 135.71 3 652-652 652 102.00 102.00 Full Medium and Large 3 2 600-620 610 117.00-126.00 121.57 Bred Cows Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 2 920-940 930 910.00-930.00 919.89 Per Head 1-3 Months Bred 2 1220-1490 1355 970.00-1160.00 1074.47 Per Head 4-6 Months Bred Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged 3 955-1135 1037 920.00-1020.00 965.71 Per Head 7-9 Months Bred Slaughter Cows Breaker 70-80% Lean Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 13 1030-1385 1226 72.50-80.00 77.03 11 1420-1990 1663 70.00-80.50 75.29 2 1425-1545 1485 82.50-83.00 82.76 High Dressing Boner 80-85% Lean 5 810-880 844 69.00-73.50 70.94 60 900-1390 1167 68.00-81.50 73.79 3 1110-1145 1128 84.50-87.00 85.84 High Dressing 3 955-1180 1072 60.00-67.50 64.35 Low Dressing 31 1400-1860 1548 68.00-81.50 75.23 3 1470-1685 1557 81.50-85.50 83.10 High Dressing Lean 85-90% Lean 4 940-1340 1111 65.00-68.00 66.12 15 840-1375 1019 55.00-67.00 61.36 Low Dressing 5 1470-1690 1543 58.00-65.00 60.95 Low Dressing Other Cows Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 4 920-1160 1048 76.50-90.00 82.23 Small and Medium 1 - 2 Young 4 720-880 815 81.00-92.00 85.42 Small 1 - 2 Young 4 600-715 658 83.00-96.00 91.47 Slaughter Bulls Yield Grade 1-2 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 10 1035-1485 1284 72.00-93.50 84.36 4 1525-2015 1741 82.50-92.50 88.35 3 1615-2055 1857 94.50-96.00 95.30 High Dressing Cows/Calf Pairs: (1) Large 1 and 2 1290 lbs middle age cows with 170 lbs calves 1060.00 per pair. Baby Calves, per head: Holsteins 40.00-57.50. Source: NC Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service

167.00-179.00 (171.10); 450-495 lbs (472) 155.00171.00 (160.30); 505-545 lbs (527) 140.00-145.00 (142.27); 550-585 lbs (564) 136.00-142.00 (138.47); 600-640 lbs (615) 128.00-138.00 (131.64); 650-665 lbs (658) 125.00-130.00 (126.65); 915-915 lbs (915) 105.00 (105.00). Small 1-2 405-420 lbs (413) 140.00145.00 (141.63). Medium and Large 3 410-430 lbs (420) 120.00-126.00 (122.93); 475-490 lbs (481) 69.00125.00 (108.01); 515-545 lbs (529) 112.00-118.00 (114.29); 595-595 lbs (595) 110.00 (110.00); 640-640 lbs (640) 98.00 (98.00); 750-750 lbs longhorn x (750) 65.00 (65.00); 865-865 lbs (865) 78.00 (78.00); 875-875 lbs brahman x (875) 98.00 (98.00). months bred (816.41). Medium and Large 1-2 Young 1140-1160 lbs (1150) 890.00-1040.00 per head 7-9 months bred (965.65); 1270-1420 lbs (1346) 910.001080.00 per head 7-9 months bred (1028.38); 1555-1570 lbs (1563) 999.00-1050.00 per head 7-9 months bred (1044.98). Medium and Large 1-2 Middle Aged 815890 lbs (853) 680.00-700.00 per head 1-3 months bred (689.56). 930-935 lbs (933) 770.00-830.00 per head 4-6 months bred (799.92). Small 1-2 Young 600-835 lbs (683) 475.00-590.00 per head 1-3 months bred (537.45). Slaughter Cows: Breaker 70-80 percent lean 1275-1380 lbs (1324) 76.00-77.50 (76.76); 1455-1660 lbs (1540) 76.50-82.50 (78.88); 1805-1805 lbs high dressing (1805) 85.50 (85.50). Boner 80-85 percent lean 9101390 lbs (1156) 77.50-83.00 (80.87); 1015-1340 lbs high dressing (1190) 84.00-84.50 (84.17); 1200-1380 lbs low dressing (1309) 65.00-69.50 (66.61); 1410-1530 lbs (1470) 74.50-75.00 (74.76); 1430-1430 lbs high dressing (1430) 87.00 (87.00). Lean 85-90 percent lean 820-1345 lbs (1100) 70.00-78.50 (73.73); 820-1000 lbs high dressing (910) 79.00 (79.00); 820-1385 lbs low dressing (1028) 57.00-69.00 (63.29). Slaughter Bulls: Yield Grade 1-2 1120-1360 lbs (1232) 89.50-95.50 (91.84); 1315-1355 lbs high dressing (1335) 97.50-98.50 (97.99); 1055-1490 lbs low dressing (1273) 79.50-87.00 (83.89); 1740-2555 lbs (2148) 79.50-92.50 (83.83); 2005-2005 lbs high dressing (2005) 98.00 (98.00). (8)COW CALF PAIRS: Small-Medium 1-2 630-1110 lbs young-middle age cows with 85-295 lbs calves 880.001110.00 per pair. (30)GOATS: KIDS 1 20-40 lbs 45.00-55.00, KIDS 1 40-60 lbs 75.00-85.00, KIDS 1 60-80 lbs 97.50-110.00, NANNIES 1 100-140 lbs 122.50-125.00, NANNIES 1 140-180 lbs 152.50-165.00, SLAUGHTER WETHERS 100-150 lbs 120.00-137.50, BILLIES 1 70-100 lbs 125.00-145.00, BILLIES 1 100-150 lbs 152.50160.00. Source: SC Dept of Ag.


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Jan. 26, 2012

Rare shot for a tundra swan

North America’s largest waterfowl, the tundra swan, is like an angel. During the summer thousands upon thousands mate and nest in the harsh tundra of Northern Canada. Then, in one of nature’s wonderful events, the tundra swan sets to the skies and winter either on the Pacific coast or anywhere from southern New Jersey down through the Chesapeake Bay area to its southern most point, North Carolina. North Carolina is one of the few states a l l o w e d t o o ff e r permit hunts for the swan. The numbers are so great, the US Navy had to abandon plans on a landing field in Northeastern North Carolina. In an attempt to prove that a naval landing field would not cause issue with the swans, the navy had several of its jets make low flybys in the area. The result; thousands of birds erupted from the fields, blackening the sky, and making it unsafe for air traffic. Driving through

Northeastern North Carolina during the winter months, one can gaze out in the many fields and farmlands and witness the flocks grazing. From a distance, it appears as if hundreds of white trash bags are fluttering in the winds. To hunt these birds, one is usually set in a field draped in white or camouflage, and remains motionless until the birds begin to land. Trash bags can be used for decoys as a cheap alternative, or guides will usually have Canadian Geese decoys painted white with black bills. Someone accustomed to hunting the large birds can call with his mouth without using a manufactured call. The first big hunt I carried my son Turner on was for swans. We set up in a drainage canal with some 50 or more decoys about 40 yards away from us. My son, still a little nervous at the time, shot twice on the day. The first shot hit one of the birds, which I followed up

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with a shot of my on to put it down. His second shot was a tremendous blast folding the bird nearly 60 yards away. Over the last few years (5 or 6 actually) my hunting buddy, who we will call Adam as you may remember from earlier columns, has been after a swan. We drew permits together a couple of years ago, however the guide we were going with came down with the flu during the later part of January, and we ended up missing our chance.

T h i s y e a r, m y buddy we will call Adam, finally had everything set up. I knew he was excited for the hunt. Sure enough, I received a text message from him Thursday. One shot. I guess he had a little redemption from the geese we missed a couple of weeks before. Note: the reader submitted trophy photo of the fellow named ADAM holding a tundra swan is not necessarily the same hunting buddy who we just happened to call ADAM in the past few columns. Regardless, Adam can attest, the tundra swan is one beautiful creature to be given the opportunity to study, observe and hunt. It is a trophy that all water fowlers should strive for at least once. And it is also one more reason N o r t h C a r o l i n a ’s hunters and outdoorsmen should feel fortunate about the opportunities that exist in this great state.

Bill Howard is a Hunter Education and a Bowhunter E d u c a t i o n Instructor, a wildlife representative and the BCRS program chairman for the N o r t h C a ro l i n a B o w h u n t e r s Association, and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at billhoward o u t d o o r s @ g ma i l . Adam Rech and his first Tundra Swan, which he took with one shot. com.


Could three seats be open on county commission? From the front

The third commissioner up for election, Marvin L. Holland, also said news of England’s decision was unexpected. Holland himself was non-committal when asked if he was going to run again. “Can I give you a definite maybe?” he asked. He said there are “a lot of things” he would like to see completed under his watch, including the construction of the sewer system to Micaville, “recreation opportunities as a whole, completing the four-lane through Burnsville,” and the relocation of the county agriculture center. “I’m very deeply involved in that,” he said. Holland also said he also would like to see the county campground on the South Toe begin to make a profit “for the county, under county management.” But he implied that there may be reasons for him to not file. Holland, a Navy retiree and retired former postmaster, served three terms as mayor of Burnsville prior to this term on the county commission. Asked when he would know what he intends to do, he replied: “After filing starts; that’s when I’ll make my mind up.” Presnell reiterated her intent to file for higher office. “Absolutely, I am filing for the N.C. House. I’ll be there” at the board of elections to file “before the doors are unlocked on Feb. 13.” Presnell, a Republican, and Democrat Rapp are running in a newly designed district that in 2012 will include all of Yancey County, rather than just a western slice as had been the case. The county’s other current state representative, Phillip Frye, has announced his intention to retire in December after five terms in Raleigh. Frye, a Republican businessman who lives in Spruce Pine, told the Yancey County News that he’ll be “right at 70 when this term ends,” and with the consolidation of parts of his district with that of Rep. Mitch Gillespie, “I told Mitch I’m ready to retire,” Frye said. “But I’ll be there through December.” E!


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Jan. 26, 2012



Learning good manners lead to the Good Life

By John Rosemond Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of England, once said, “One of the great problems Living of our age is that we’re governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about with thoughts and ideas.” Quite so, and it is equally children accurate to say that “one of the great problems of our age is that America’s children has been in children are being raised and educated by people who care more free fall since the 1960s. Compared about their feelings than they do their with the child of then, today’s child is much more likely to become thoughts and ideas.” The child’s feelings have been seriously depressed, commit suicide, the paramount consideration in both or become a bully. And by the way, spheres since the late 1960s, when researchers have found that high parents became persuaded that they self-esteem predisposes people to should no longer take their cues depression (therefore, suicide) and is from their own upbringing, but from characteristic of bullies. How ‘bout psychologists and other mental health them apples? Feelings have the potential of professionals. As a consequence, the focus of American parenting veered greatly enriching one’s life. But sharply away from training the unless they are governed by reason, child’s character and mind toward feelings are unruly and destructive that of protecting his feelings from beasts. People who are ruled by their insult (i.e. disappointment, failure, feelings say stupid things, make embarrassment, and other basic facts stupid decisions, and fail to learn from of life) and elevating his opinion of experience. The current epidemic of “cutting” among teenagers is a prime himself. Proper parenting, the new experts example of feelings run amok. For more than a generation, said, was a matter of being sensitive children have been encouraged to to and acting in accord with the feelings that issued from one’s child. express their feelings rather than Psychologist Thomas Gordon, author taught to control them. They’ve been of Parent Effectiveness Training, the told that all feelings are valid, which best-selling parenting book of the isn’t true. The end result of this mis1970s, said that because children education in feelings is young people do not like being told what to do, who believe their feelings trump the adults should not tell them what to feelings of others. When all is said and done, the do. Children who submit to their parents’ authority, Gordon said, child mental health crisis in America grow to be adults who “fill the offices is the result of raising children of psychologists and psychiatrists.” who have lots of emotions but We now know, of course, that no emotional resilience. They’re this isn’t true. Gordon and other full of self-esteem but have little progressive parenting pundits were respect for others. This cannot lead pulling this baloney out of thin to a satisfying life. I t ’s n o t c o m p l i c a t e d : T h e air. Research psychologist Diana Baumrind’s decades-long study of emotionally sturdy person is parenting outcomes finds that the characterized by a high level of most well-adjusted children come respect for other people, not a from households presided over by high level of self-regard. Instead parents who loving but unequivocally of wanting attention from people, authoritative - parents who, in he pays attention, looking for other words, adhere to a traditional opportunities to serve. That’s what (pre-1970s, non-psychological) good manners are all about, and parenting model. It turns out that learning good manners is where the the very parenting model promoted Good Life starts, not by learning to by the mental health community recite all fifty state capitals at age 3 compromises child mental health! to applause from a roomful of adult (It is significant to note that Gordon admirers. was eventually given a Lifetime Family psychologist John Achievement Award by the American Rosemond answers questions at Psychological Association.) Indeed, the mental health of

The N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund may be able to help you save your home from foreclosure while you work to rebuild your career; train for a new job, or redesign your business. If you have experienced a job loss, income reduction, or other temporary financial hardship, please attend a free workshop in Burnsville at Higgins United Methodist Church Thursdays Feb. 16, and March 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. Advanced registration is required. Call OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling at 828255-5166 or 800-737-5485 for details. Mayland Community College will hold a special seminar entitled “Planning for Growth” on Feb. 16 from 6-9 p.m. at the Town Center in Burnsville. There is no charge for this session. The new bypass will create many challenges for Burnsville businesses, and the most difficult to deal with can be growth. This seminar will address how a highway expansion creates opportunity for existing businesses to expand and new businesses to come into a community. The seminar will also deal with modifying your marketing and advertising, operating schedules, and personnel. Graham Children’s Health Services and Higgins Memorial Methodist Church are pleased to announce Youth Group Volleyball Nights at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All youth (6th – 12th grade) and their parents are welcome. This is a great opportunity for fun, fellowship and physical activity. For more information call 682-7899 The Parkway Playhouse is having a wine tasting to kick off the 2012 year. The wine tasting is being sponsored by Burnsville Wine and … on Feb. 10, from 2-7 at Burnsville Wine and … Tickets to the wine tasting are $20 and proceeds from the ticket sales will go to benefit the Parkway Playhouse’s 2012 season. In addition to a selection of premiere wines, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase subscriptions to the 2012 season as well as win door prizes. Reservations can be made by calling the Parkway Playhouse at 828-682-4285. Tickets will be available at the door. Applications are being accepted for two residences in the clay studio. One residency will open up in March, the second in June. Deadline is Feb. 14. Call 675-5542, see us on FaceBook, or go to for more information. NC LIVE provides free access to information that may otherwise be restricted or available only by subscription. This includes comprehensive business, economic, and investment news; demographic and business data to help with marketing and competitive analysis; historical maps, diaries, and genealogical research tools; literature, poetry, book reviews, and literary criticism; homework help, etc. NC LIVE is available to any North Carolinian with a library card. Call the Yancey County Library at 682-2600.

Safe and easy Yoga

Continued from 16 Some studies have suggested that yoga may have a positive effect on learning and memory. Other researchers have been studying whether yoga can slow the aging process, increase a person’s sense of self-acceptance, or improve energy levels. Go to any yoga studio and listen to students after class. Some will even tell you that yoga can help improve marriages and relationships at work. The only way to be certain of all that yoga can do for you is to try it for yourself and see! SOURCES:

International Association of Yoga Therapists: “Health Benefits

of Yoga.” American Council on Exercise: “ACE Yoga Study.” Sarley, D. and Sarley, I. The Essentials of Yoga, The Omega Institute and Dell Publishing, 1999. “Doctors study the health benefits of yoga.”

Opening in February: FREE yoga classes at Healthy Lifestyle Concepts Nutrition and Yoga Studio, The Carriage House, 7 S. Main St., Suite 2F, Burnsville. Monday and Tuesday evenings, 5:306:30 p.m., beginner yoga. For more information, call Medea Galligan MS at (828) 989-9144 or visit www. HealthyLifestyleConcepts. com.


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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF YANCEY GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION FILE NO.: 12 CVD 11 Cordella Lee Fox, Plaintiff Vs. Alvin Patrick Ayers, Defendant TO: Alvin Patrick Ayers TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above entitled action. The nature of the relief sought is as follows: Absolute divorce. You are required to make defense to such pleading not later than 7 March 2012, being 40 days from the date of the first publication of this Notice and upon your failure to do so, the Plaintiff will seek the relief sought by the pleading. This the 19th day of January, 2012. Nycole R. Howard. Attorney for Plaintiff Post Office Box 746 Burnsville, North Carolina 28714 (828) 682-4955 Published: January 26, February 2, 9, 2012. ___________________________ LEGAL NOTICE THE GREAT STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IN THE COUNTY OF YANCEY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION 11 CvD 207 YANCEY COUNTY, a Body Politic, and Corporate of the Great State of North Carolina, Plaintiff Vs. NOTICE OF SALE JANA CARPENTER, Defendant UNDER AND BY VIRTUE of that Default Judgment and Order of Sale signed by the Honorable Tammy R. McEntyre, Clerk of Superior Court for Yancey County, North Carolina, dated 11 January 2012, and entered in the above captioned proceeding, Donny J. Laws, Commissioner, will expose for sale at public auction on the 15th day of February 2012 at 2:30 o’clock p.m. at the front door of the Yancey County Courthouse in Burnsville, North Carolina, the following described real property: LOTS NUMBER 7A and 7BWeek located in of Jacks Creek township, Yancey County, North Carolina, as shown on a plat by K. O. Pankow, dated 27th of November 1972, recorded in Yancey County Map Book 1, Page 198, and reference is hereby made to such public record for a more definite description. AND BEING a portion of the land described in a Deed dated 25th of February

1972 from F. Marion Harrelson and wife, Vera Harrleson to Horseshoe Highlands, Inc., recorded in Yancey County Deed Book 148, Page 175. FOR TITLE REFERENCE: See Yancey County Deed Book 229, Page 713. THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED ABOVE shall be sold in fee simple, free and clear of all interests, rights, claims, and liens whatever except that the sale shall be subject to taxes the amount of which cannot be definitely determined at the time of the judgment referenced herein above, and taxes and special assessments of taxing units which are not parties to the action ANY SUCCESSFUL BIDDER may be required to deposit with the Clerk of Superior Court for Yancey County immediately upon the conclusion of the sale a cash deposit of twenty percent (20%) of the prevailing bid. THE SALE WILL BE MADE SUBJECT to all applicable provisions of NC Gen. Stat. 105-374 and Article 29A of the North Carolina General Statutes.

________________________________ DONNY J. LAWS, Commissioner 131 East Main Court, Suite D PO Box 397, Burnsville, NC 28714 828) 682-9645 POSTED at the door of the Yancey County Courthouse in Burnsville, North Carolina, on this the 25th day of January 2012. _______________________________ DONNY J. LAWS, Commissioner 131 East Main Court, Suite D PO Box 397, Burnsville, NC 28714 (828) 682-9645

POSTED at the door of the Yancey County Courthouse in Burnsville, North Carolina, on this the 25th day of January 2012. _______________________________ DONNY J. LAWS, Commissioner 131 East Main Court, Suite D PO Box 397, Burnsville, NC 28714 (828) 682-9645 ________________________________




NOW COMES YANCEY COUNTY, and hereby gives this Notice as an advertiseTHE GREAT STATE OF NORTH CAR- ment for sealed bids for the purchase of OLINA IN THE COUNTY OF YANCEY those particular motor vehicles declared IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUS- to be surplus property, a detailed list of TICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION the motor vehicles subject to sale may be obtained in the Yancey County Manager’s 11 CvD 206 Office in Room 11, of the Yancey County Courthouse, 110 Town Square, BurnsYANCEY COUNTY, a Body Politic, and ville, North Carolina, at any time between Corporate of the Great State of North Car- 8:30 o’clock a.m. and 5:00 o’clock p.m. olina, Plaintiff Monday through Friday, and a proposed Bid Sheet may also be obtained. All bids Vs. for the items of surplus property shall be NOTICE OF SALE by sealed bid to be opened in public in the Yancey County Commissioners’ Meeting ANN RYTHER; WILLIAM Room on the 9th day of February 2012 at H. MATTINGLEY; THE HEIRS 2:00 o’clock p.m. All bidders should be AT LAW OF QUINN M. CARDWELL, present, or have a representative present, DECEASED; THE HEIRS AT LAW at the bid opening. The highest bidder for OF ROSE M. MATTINGLEY, each item shall be awarded the bid and DECEASED, Defendants shall be required to immediately tender full payment, either in cash or by certified UNDER AND BY VIRTUE of that De- funds. Yancey County reserves the right fault Judgment and Order of Sale signed to reject any and/or all bids submitted. by the Honorable Tammy R. McEntyre, Clerk of Superior Court for Yancey This the 26th day of January 2012. County, North Carolina, dated 11 January NATHAN R. BENNETT 2012, and entered in the above captioned Yancey County Manager proceeding, Donny J. Laws, Commis110 Town Square, Room 11 sioner, will expose for sale at public aucBurnsville, NC 28714 tion on the 15th day of February 2012 at (828) 682-3971 2:00 o’clock p.m. at the front door of the Yancey County Courthouse in Burnsville, North Carolina, the following described real property: THAT TRACT or parcel of land lying and 1/30/12 - 2/5/12 being situated in Jacks Creek Township, Yancey County, North Carolina, consisting of ten tracts within English Hills subdivision, together with all appurtenances Are you looking thereto, which such property is more particularly described by metes and bounds to diversify into new in that Deed dated 4 September 1972 from operations on your C. L. Byrd, et al. to Quinn M. Cardwell small farm? Trying to and Rose M. Mattingley, recorded of record at Yancey County Deed Book 149, decide which ventures

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This the 25th day of January 2012. ________________________________ DONNY J. LAWS, Commissioner 131 East Main Court, Suite D PO Box 397, Burnsville, NC 28714 828) 682-9645

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Page 447, to which referenced is hereby made for a more particular description of the same as if set forth fully herein. THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED ABOVE shall be sold in fee simple, free and clear of all interests, rights, claims, and liens whatever except that the sale shall be subject to taxes the amount of which cannot be definitely determined at the time of the judgment referenced herein above, and taxes and special assessments of taxing units which are not parties to the action ANY SUCCESSFUL BIDDER may be required to deposit with the Clerk of Superior Court for Yancey County immediately upon the conclusion of the sale a cash deposit of twenty percent (20%) of the prevailing bid. THE SALE WILL BE MADE SUBJECT to all applicable provisions of NC Gen. Stat. 105-374 and Article 29A of the North Carolina General Statutes.

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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 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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Beans: Delicious, healthy and affordable

By Medea L Galligan Beans have made their way into a diverse array of cuisines across the globe, from zesty dips to elegant dinner salads, and for good reason. Virtually all types of beans, including kidney beans, lima beans, black beans, pinto beans, northern, and garbanzo beans, to name a few, are not only delicious, but are also nutrient powerhouses. Their protein, unlike that of animal foods, comes with lots of the water-soluble fiber shown to help lower cholesterol levels. On average, just 1/2 cup of beans contains a whopping 6 grams of fiber - that’s about a quarter of the recommended daily intake. By cooking your own dried beans, you save money, reduce sodium and get better flavor along with, surprisingly, more vitamins and minerals. Beans are an inexpensive source of highquality protein, and contain a significant amount of B vitamins, calcium, iron, vitamin E, and zinc. When eaten as part of a diet of varied vegetable proteins and/or lean animal protein, the “incomplete” protein of beans is used efficiently. Many people find that beans are easier to digest when they are soaked and sprouted, as explained below, and eaten with vegetables instead of grains. If you are not used to eating beans, start with small quantities and increase

gradually. Although this method may look time consuming, total elapsed preparation time is 15-20 minutes (the beans soak, sprout, and cook nicely without your help.) You’re rewarded with an inexpensive batch of versatile, digestible beans which will freeze well in small batches. Makes 2 ½ times the quantity used for dry beans. Enjoy a bowl with sautéed vegetables, brown rice or whole grain bread! Savory Slow-Cooked Beans Ingredients • 2-3 cups of dried beans, such as cannellini beans, black beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, great northern beans or pinto beans • 6-9 cups of water (use 3 times as much as the quantity of dry beans) • 1 stick of kombu sea vegetable (optional - available at health food stores) • 1 onion, chopped • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried • 1 bay leaf • sea salt and black pepper to taste, garnish with parsley or cilantro Preparation 1. Rinse beans to remove dirt or dust. Soak beans in enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches for 8 hours or overnight. 2. Drain beans into a colander and rinse well. If using split peas or lentils, proceed to

step 3; for all other beans, allow them to stand at room temperature. Rinse 2-3 times each day for two days or until beans just begin to sprout, showing a bump at one end of the bean. If you decide to delay cooking, refrigerate until ready. 3. Place beans, and kombu if used, in saucepan and add water to cover; bring to a boil. After 2 minutes of boiling, reduce heat to very low or transfer to a slow cooker set on low heat. 4. Add remaining ingredients and enough water to cover it all. Cover pot and cook for 8 to 24 hours, depending on size of beans and texture desired. Cook longer and stir a bit more if you’d like more “gravy”, less if you prefer a distinct, firm texture for salads or spreads. Add water as necessary during cooking to keep beans just covered. Garnish and serve. Medea L Galligan, a local holistic health coach, earned her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University, and also attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program, located in New York City. Since 1998, she has helped thousands of people of all ages improve their health and well being through support and encouragement, exploring which foods are right for them, and assisting them in bringing back the joy of cooking and eating. Visit www.HealthyLifestyle for more information..

You’re never to old to benefit from yoga

When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or “tight” to do yoga. The truth is you’re never too old to improve flexibility. Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits. It is a transformative, therapeutic and balancing practice with postures that are accessible to most people and adaptable to most abilities. The series of yoga poses called asanas work by safely stretching your muscles. This releases the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue. In addition, yoga increases the range of motion in joints, and also increases their lubrication. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body. Yoga stretches not only your muscles, but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of flexibility, with regular practice you will most likely see benefits in a very short period of time. In one study, participants had up to 35 percent improvement in flexibility after only eight weeks of yoga. The greatest gains were in shoulder and trunk flexibility. Yoga postures, or asanas, help you: • Improve circulation, flexibility and mobility • Establish better body mechanics to prevent injuries • Correct maladaptive

movement patterns that cause bad posture, discomfort or pain • Balance your physical and mental energy levels to improve overall health • Release emotionally-charged holding patterns lodged in the physical body • Enhance emotional wellbeing, which in turn improves your physical health. Some styles of yoga, such as ashtanga and power yoga, are more vigorous than others. Practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone. But even less-vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar or hatha, which focuses on less movement and more precise alignment in poses, can provide strength and endurance benefits. Many of the poses, such as downward dog, upward dog, and the plank pose, build upper-body strength. This becomes crucial as people age. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abdominal muscles. Poses that strengthen the lower back include upward dog and the chair pose. When practiced correctly, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles. With increased flexibility and strength comes better posture. Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength. That’s because you’re counting on your deep abdominals to support and maintain each pose. With a stronger core, you’re more likely to sit and stand “tall.” Another benefit of yoga is the increased body awareness. This heightened

awareness tells you more quickly when you’re slouching or slumping so you can adjust your posture. Most forms of yoga emphasize deepening and lengthening your breath. This stimulates the relaxation response - the opposite of the fight-or-flight adrenaline boost of the stress response. Because of the deep, mindful breathing that yoga involves, lung capacity often improves. This in turn can improve sports performance and endurance. Regular attendance at yoga classes will also help you become: • Less stressed out, calmer and more peaceful; • Less depressed, tense and/or anxious; • More in touch with your inner Self – body, mind and spirit; • Better connected to your Spiritual source; • More aware of your life’s purpose (and offer you strategies to fulfill it). Even beginners tend to feel less stressed and more relaxed after their first class. Some yoga styles use specific meditation techniques to quiet the constant “mind chatter” that often underlies stress. Other yoga styles depend on deep breathing techniques to focus the mind on the breath. When this happens, the mind calms. Among yoga’s anti-stress benefits are a host of biochemical responses. For example, there is a decrease in catecholamines, the hormones produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Lowering levels of hormone neurotransmitters - dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine

- creates a feeling of calm. Some research points to a boost in the hormone oxytocin. This is the so-called “trust” and “bonding” hormone that’s associated with feeling relaxed and connected to others. Perhaps one of the most studied areas of the health benefits of yoga is its effect on heart disease. Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Yoga was a key component to the heart disease program designed by Dean Ornish, MD. This was the first program to partly reverse heart disease through lifestyle and diet rather than surgery. On a biochemical level, studies point to a possible anti-oxidant effect of yoga. And yoga has been associated with decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as a boost in immune system function. As yoga has become more popular in the West, medical researchers have begun studying the benefits of therapeutic yoga. This is also called integrative yoga therapy or IYT. It’s used as an adjunct treatment for specific medical conditions, from clinical depression to heart disease. Yoga benefits other chronic medical conditions, relieving symptoms of asthma, back pain, and arthritis. Most worldwide clinical studies are happening outside of the U.S. But even the NIH has funded clinical trials on yoga and its health benefits for insomnia and multiple sclerosis. See page 13

16 Jan. 26, 2012 • yANCEY cOUNTY nEWS

24272 $249,000 New 3BR/3BA, 1 1/2 story, private high altitude mountain cabin with private access to USFS lands. Wrap around covered porch with private second floor balcony. Long range views.

24165 $125,000 Nice covered camper and porch overlooking a roaring creek, new well, new septic, new bridge, new road, new house seat located on 17.37 acres.

24144 $179,000 New 3BR/2BA cabin in the mountains with great views from a rocking chair porch. Attached garage, hardwood and ceramic floors, fireplace, open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, lots of wood.

24489 $179,000 Beautiful brick home on 2.2 acres with 2 car garage attached and single car detached garage. 3BR/2BA formal dining room and breakfast nook, large patio and gazebo. Easy access and paved driveway.

24264 $199,000 Great mountain retreat. 2BR/2BA, one and a half story log sided home with great wrap around deck and single drive-in basement located on 3.47 acres.

23860 $30,000 5.14 surveyed acres surrounded by 150 acres of private undeveloped land. Located in the middle of a 1950s farm/homestead. Fruit trees, rose bushes, long range views, old barn and nice creek.

24140 $259,000 3BR/3BA log cabin style home, decks, balconies and porches from three levels for enjoying some of the most exceptional views Yancey County has to offer. Closed drive-in garage with workshop in basement.

24355 $279,000 Elegant 3 story log sided home with 3BR/3BA with poss. 5BR. Fantastic long range views, large covered porch. Very quiet upscale mountain neighborhood.

24356 $465,000 Immaculate log home overlooking the rumbling Cane River. 3BR/2.5 BA w/ additional self sustaining 1BR/1BA mother-in-law quarters or apartment. Paved driveway, formal lighted entrance.

24180 $599,000 Creek front villa bordered by Price Creek trout stream. This 4BR/3.5 BA has it all. 3 stall barn, fenced pasture.

24166 $75,000 6.18 acres of very clean gentle laying property, easily accessible with great views, creek and several storage sheds.

24560 $39,000 Great investment or get-away. 17.5 acres mostly heavily wooded with water.

24172 $69,000 Remote get-away with small unique cabin, abundant wildlife, great hunting area, rumbling creek with speckled trout. 12 1/2 acres. Spring water.

24385 $2,500,000 425+/acres; 4 separate tracts contiguous with 4 separate ROWs includes one paved ROW and underground utilities through Red Wolf Run. All property has 50+ mile views. Can sub-divide.

24191 $269,000 Outdoorsman paradise! Wildlife galore on the 38.47 acre parcel. Unique selfsustaining hunting cabin, no electricity, totally gas lights, range, water heater, refrig, etc.

24143 $49,000 3.98 acre lot in Middlefork Acres Sub-Division located only 20 minutes from Asheville. Paved drive, underground utilities, private. Great views.

2 4 2 1 0 $ 8 0 , 0 0 0 Ve r y remote and peaceful. 24 acres of heavily wooded, moderate to steep slope. Located along the top of the mountain on the Yancey/Madison line.

24561 $99,000 Great investment property. 42.40 acres heavily wooded , has some old log roads t hroughout proper t y, excellent spring, great views. Owner financing available with 25% down.

24181 $150,000 12.83 acres of beautiful, manicured pasture land that borders on the crystal clear waters of Prices Creek trout stream. Great mountain and water views.

24337 $199,000 Great private mountain estate at high elevation just off the Appalachian Trail on slope of Bald Mountain. 51.07 gated acres with private USFS lands entrance.

24151 $199,000 43 acre private mountain farm, mature timber, fronts on Lower Metcalf Creek Road. Creek runs through property and additional small brook runs down 1 side.

24436 $399,000 49.38 acres with old house/barn of no value. Good sized creek runs through property. Good road and underground utilities to top of the mountain. 360 degree views.

24452 $425,000 One of largest tillable parcels in Yancey, approx. 90% flat land. Large creek runs two boundaries of 20 acre parcel. Small wooded knoll with exceptional views.

24167 $39,500 Lot with manicured river frontage and mountain views.

24273 $899,000 Remote 24276 $181,500 33 acres wilderness area, extremely that would be great for a private but easily accessible private estate. Excellent with good roads leading view, lots of wildlife/nature, into this 373 acre parcel. lots of rock outcroppings. 15 min. to I-26 and 30 min. Just 20 minutes from Wolf downtown Asheville. Laurel Golf Course. 24562 $379,000 24384 24184 Located on 19E $3,500,000 $2,500,000 approx. 1 mile 19.85 acres 85 acres. The east of Burnsville. of the last largest, most Front building commercial convenient 1,960 sq ft w/ property in commercial restroom and 384 sq ft basement Weaverville p r o p e r t y just outside city on corner of w/restroom. 40 x 80 shop in rear Burnsville has to offer. Many government related 25/70 and Monticello Road. has 3 large roll up doors, heavy lift incentives available for new business that Will subdivide, will pad ready system, designed for heavy equipment maintenance. with water and sewer. creates jobs.

Stop by and see Dale or Jonathan England for all your real estate needs. Located in the old tag office at 728 W. Main St. Office - 828-682-9994 Dale’s cell - 828-208-1881. Jonathan’s cell - 828-779-1980 - Also Leadbitter Land Surveying!

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