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Missing Burnsville woman found safe in Tennessee By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News A Burnsville woman reported missing last week has been found safe in Tennessee. Asheville police had asked for the public’s help in locating Jasmin Nicole Melton, 22, whose vehicle was found abandoned in North

Asheville. UNCA police located the car early last week at 151 W.T. Weaver Boulevard. In the car were the keys. Asheville Police Lt. Wallace Welch said Melton’s parents had checked her Burnsville residence and found a note that suggested

the young woman wanted to “disappear.” After coverage of her disappearance, “she called her sister,” Welch said. “She did see the coverage. She called her sister from Nashville, Tenn. Her sister called her father. Her father drove to Nashville and brought her back

home.” Welch said the police had received numerous tips regarding the young lady’s situation, and said his department will share that with other agencies in case any followup is needed. Meanwhile, “all’s well that ends well,” the lieutenant said.

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Womanhood: No longer a ‘pre-existing condition’

Starting with Mother’s Day, May 13, we have been observing National Women’s Health Week; the theme this year is “It’s Your Time.” We can all celebrate the women in our lives during National Women’s Health Week by encouraging them to make the time to address their own health. Healthy, strong women are essential to having healthy strong children and communities, but too often women place the needs of others before their own needs, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. Because of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, being a woman will no longer be considered a pre-existing con-

dition. Women with non-grandfathered health coverage or Medicare can now obtain preventive care, such as well-women visits, mammograms, pap smears, and cancer screenings without co-pays or other costsharing. National Women’s Checkup Day, May 14, serves as a reminder that women should schedule a visit with their doctor to discuss which screening tests they need. Regular checkups and appropriate screenings can help detect diseases early, when treatment is most effective. Also in recognition of Mother’s Day, we want to let mothers-to-be know about Strong Start, the department’s initiative to safely re-

duce the rate of early elective deliveries and reduce preterm births among women covered by Medicaid by supporting innovative ways that providers and states use enhanced prenatal care. No child should have to deal with a lifetime of health problems because mothers did not have access to the right health care. Celebrate National Women’s Health Week and encourage the women in our lives to make their health a priority. To learn more about National Women’s Health Week and to find a National Women’s Health Week event in your community, visit www.womenshealth.gov/whw.

State board chair: ‘Our schools just can’t afford more cuts’ By William C. Harrison, Ed. D. Chairman, N.C. Board of Education Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s opposition to replacing federal “EduJobs” funds set to expire next year would mean the elimination of an additional 5,400 school employees across the state. In an interview on Wednesday, Senator Berger called replacing those federal EduJobs funds with state funds “the wrong approach.” Senator Berger apparently believes that we should cut 5,400 more jobs from North Carolina schools. Superintendents, teachers and parents across North Carolina have said for months that our schools need more resources so they can prepare our children for the future. But Senator Berger’s position would actually result in more school layoffs -- our schools just can’t afford more cuts. Republicans in the General Assembly need to pass a responsible education budget that reverses the damage they did last year and invests in our children. In Guilford and Rockingham counties, the two counties that Senator Berger represents, failing to replace the EduJobs money would mean the elimination of 339 employees (256 in Guilford and 83 in Rockingham), according to

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data from the Department of Public Instruction. Last week, Gov. Bev Perdue outlined her 2012-13 budget proposal, which focuses on investing in education, investing in jobs, and standing up for veterans and military families. One of the Governor’s central priorities in her budget is reversing the deep and unnecessary school cuts Republicans in the General Assembly forced on North Carolina last year. In last year’s budget, which they passed over Gov. Perdue’s veto, the Republican-controlled General Assembly cut K-12 spending in North Carolina by approximately $459 million, or 5.8%. This year, local schools have been forced to cut 915 teachers, more than 2,000 teacher assistants, and nearly 5,000 total educators across North Carolina. As damaging as those cuts have been (one superintendent called them “a cancer in our budget”), schools were shielded from the full impact of those cuts by $258 million of temporary federal EduJobs

money. The federal EduJobs money enabled North Carolina schools to keep some of the teachers, teacher assistants and other education professionals that would otherwise have been cut. That federal money - which was designed to help states deal with declining revenue associated with the economic downturn - goes away later this year. Gov. Perdue’s budget calls for an investment in K-12 schools next year of slightly more than $8 billion, an increase of more than $562 million over what is currently planned for next year. Her budget includes $503 million to restore the LEA flex cut the Republicancontrolled General Assembly made last year. By increasing our investment in K-12 schools, Gov. Perdue’s proposal would also prevent the even deeper cuts currently scheduled for 201213, and make up for the loss of the EduJobs money. By some estimates, her proposal will save or create approximately 11,000 education positions next year.

‘Thank you’ from Judy Presnell Thank you, Yancey County, for almost 2,500 votes in my first run for school board. Our children are, indeed, the future of our county as well as our country. It is our responsibility as citizens to know what our children are being taught in school and what decisions are being made in our county government. Our society tends to believe that money is the solution to almost every problem. In too many instances we need thinking people to come up with innovative solutions rather than just more money taken from the pockets of overburdened taxpayers. I would encourage parents and citizens to be involved in PTO, county commissioner, and school board meetings. During my campaign I had people come to me voicing concerns about school related matters. I had people - on two separate occasions - ask me why students who graduated from Mt. Heritage and went on to college were unable to secure jobs as teachers upon returning to Yancey County. When issues such as this one surfaces, someone would do well to take time to review hiring policies and to see if this has been a pattern. If so, it should be brought to the attention of the school board and see what can be done to change this. We need to have a voice in the decisions that are made and that affect our community. It has been my experience that members of these governing bodies are encouraged when people take an interest in the community and

they welcome participation in this way. If we do not take advantage of these open meetings we have little right to complain after the fact. Responsibility and accountability are words that we have unfortunately left on the shelf in a dictionary for too long. Having run for public office has served to make me more aware of the positive impact one person can have in a community. A county will move in the direction people take it. I encourage you as a citizen of Yancey County to become one of those people and to get involved in our county. Sincerely, Judy F Presnell

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Mountain legends come to life in epic new play

Parkw ay P lay h o u s e w ill present the world-premiere of Gary Carden’s and Frank Lee’s award winning epic, Outlander, starting on June 2 and continuing through June 16. This new play is the recipient of the 2012 Paul Green Playwrighting Fellowship. The award is given annually to a theater in the Southeastern United States for producing new work. Paul Green (1894-1981) received the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for In Abraham’s Bosom. Other works include Johnny Johnson (music by Kurt Weill), the stage play of Richard Wright’s Native Son, and The Lost Colony - his first of 17 symphonic outdoor dramas. A prolific writer in all genres, Paul Green was an early and devoted human and civil rights activist. The Foundation was established in 1982 to carry on his work in the areas of arts and human rights. Set in the heart of theAppalachian mountains, Outlander chronicles the work of Horace Kephart: librarian, academic, author of Our Southern Highlands, and founder of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Kephart arrived in a remote area of Swain County, in 1904 and remained there until his death in an auto accident in 1931. He was welcomed by the legendary Squire of the Smokies, Granville Calhoun, a mountain legend in his own right. Calhoun was famed bear hunter of six decades as well as postmaster,

innkeeper, businessman, school committeeman, and storyteller. Calhoun was the last to leave the Hazel Creek when the residents were forced to leave the land when the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created. Although Kephart and Calhoun shared vastly different worldviews, they shared a connection and love of the land and ultimately a friendship. Spanning nearly three decades of time, Outlander is an epic and poetic play that depicts life in the Appalachians: moonshine, music, storytelling, humor and the epic quest to create the Great Smoky National Park are richly detailed in Carden’s trademark vividness. Frank Lee’s original music is steeped in mountain tradition and brings warmth, wit, and a mountain of charm to the production. C a r d e n ’s p r e v i o u s w o r k includes The Raindrop Waltz, Nance Dude, and Coy/Birdell ; all plays that are epic depictions of mountain life. All have been performed variously throughout the region and at the Parkway Playhouse. Frank Lee is an accomplished musician and is a member of The Freight Hoppers, a group that specializes in traditional music and has recorded three albums and continues to tour the country. Outlander is Lee’s first venture into theatre. The Parkway Playhouse

Horace Kephart, author of Our Southern Highlands and a founder of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Kephart, a controversial figure in Appalachian history is the subject and a character in playwright Gary Carden and composer Frank Lee’s epic new play Outlander, opening on June 2 at the Parkway Playhouse.

premiere will be directed by Parkway Playhouse Producing Artistic Director, Andrew Gall and will feature a cast that includes William Ritter, Ron Powell, Brian Bauger, Haven Jenkins, Doug Shaw, Joe Scott, and Bruce Chuvala. The cast is being led by Rob Storrs, who plays Granville Calhoun, a ficticious character who serves as both a storyteller and companion to Kephart, which is being played by Jeff Douglas Messer . Performances will be held at the Parkway Playhouse theater, located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville. Tickets range from $12 - $20 and performances

are held on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Rush Weekend tickets which range in price from $12-$15 are available for the June 2 performance as well as a 5 p.m. performance on Sunday, June 3. For more information, or to make reservations, call the Parkway Playhouse Box Office at 828-682-4285 or visit the Parkway Playhouse website at www.parkwayplayhouse.com . For more information about tickets, performances, or to make reservations please call the Parkway Playhouse at 828-682-4285 or visit www. parkwayplayhouse.com.

What about a farm bill for all of rural America?

By John Crabtree Center for Rural Affairs Recently the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the first farm bill in decades that provides no funding for rural community and economic development. Creating rural jobs and economic opportunities should be a Farm Bill priority. Without real commitment and investment, the Rural Microentrepreneur Program will shut down and stop creating jobs. Little help will be available for valueadded agriculture. Jobs that would have been created won’t be there for the people of rural North Carolina. These are tough budgetary times. But as the Senate works to tighten Farm Bill spending, they should make choices that reflect America’s priorities. Investing in jobs for people who need them and in the future of America’s rural cities and small towns is one such priority. A 2007 Center for Rural Affairs study shows how far farm and rural policy has veered off course. The U.S. Department of Agriculture spent 1.5 times as much to subsidize the 20 largest farms in each of 13 leading farm states as it invested in rural development programs to create economic opportunity for millions of people in thousands of towns in the 20 rural counties with the most out-migration in each respective state.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture spent 1.5 times as much to subsidize the 20 largest farms as it invested in rural development programs to create economic opportunity for millions of people in thousands of rural towns. Moreover, rural development funds have been slashed by a third over the past nine years. The cuts have reduced support for small town community facilities, community development and water and sewer systems. Funding was killed for the one USDA program focused on the small businesses that provide the most new jobs in many of the nation’s most rural counties. The Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program provides funding for organizations to make loans and offer business training to small, rural businesses.

Funding has also been cut by two-thirds for the Value Added Producer Grants that help farmers and ranchers improve their incomes by selling higher value crops and food products. The Senate farm bill does nothing to reverse these trends. It is underinvesting in our future while over-subsidizing the rich and powerful. Today, if one huge operation farmed all of North Carolina, USDA would pay 60 percent of their premiums for insurance against falling crop prices and yields on every single acre in every year - even with record high crop prices and skyrocketing federal deficits. The higher crop prices rise, the higher subsidies for crop insurance premiums rise. They have ballooned to 1.5 times their cost just two years ago - higher than all other farm programs. Thankfully, the Senate Agriculture Committee closed loopholes that megafarms use to evade caps on traditional farm payments. But they did nothing to rein in unlimited crop insurance subsidies and made no commitment to rural development. Let’s see – unlimited subsidies for the nation’s largest farms or investments in jobs for rural people and a brighter future for their communities? The best choice is obvious. Crabtree is the media director of the Center for Rural Affairs. He can be reached at johnc@cfra.org.


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Obituaries Walter B. Ray

Gardner of Boone; special friends: Gloria Huskins, Linda Pitman and Brenda Buchanan. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral was Wednesday in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. The Rev. Brandon Pitman officiated. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Building 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

Walter B. Ray, 69, of Rice Road, died Saturday, May 12, 2012, at his home. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Frank and Ruth Ray. He was also preceded in death by his son, Bruce Ray and four sisters: Inez Ray, Mary Frank Self, Atlas Presley and Edith Yelton. Walter was a carpenter who loved fishing, hunting, camping and playing ball with his grandson. Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Geraldine Silvers Ray; daughter, Marlene Pearson and husband, Jeff and mother-in-law, Faye McMahan, all of Rice Road; two grandsons: Shadow Ray and Brock Pearson; two brothers: Bobby Ray and wife, Connie, of Burnsville, Addison Ray and wife, Ruby, of Old Town, Fla.; five sisters: Gertrude Stone of Ga., Joyce Parham and husband, Vernon, Joncilee Davis and husband, Harold, and Elsie Gay Huff, all of Leicester, and Lucille Powell of Valdese; three brothers-in-law: William Silvers and wife, Diane, of Rice Road, Ronnie Silvers and wife, Jocelyn, of Jacks Creek and David Silvers and wife, Cathy, of Mine Branch. Nineteen nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral was Tuesday in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. His nephew, the Rev. Johnny Stone, officiated. Burial was in the Baccus Ray Cemetery. Yvonne Parker Hunter Memorial donations may be made to Yvonne Parker Hunter, 49, of Burnsville, Hospice of Yancey County, 856 George’s died Friday, May 11, 2012, at John F. Fork Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville. A native of Yancey County, she was a Patrica McClellan Patricia Lynne McClellan, 52, of Spruce daughter of the late Dolphus and Mary Pine, passed away on Thursday, May Young Parker. She was also preceded in 10, 2012 at Brian Center Health and death by a sister: Juanita Parker Young. Rehabilitation. A native of Mitchell Yvonne attended Appalachian State and County, she was a daughter to the late Cecil graduated from Mayland Community College with a degree in medical office and Sally Hoyle. Surviving are her husband, Steve technology. She was an employee of McClellan; daughter, Lyndsey McClellan Mayland Community College. Surviving are her husband, Alan Hunter; of Spruce Pine; son, Damien Woody and wife, Amanda, of Spruce Pine; sister, a son, Adrian Hunter, serving with the Sondra Waycaster and husband, Paul, of Marine Corps. stationed in California; Spruce Pine; grandchildren: Dalton and a niece, Machelle Parker, of Black Ayden Woody, Scarlett, Raven and Isabella Mountain; sisters Nelly Inabinett of Black Mountain, Pam Parker of Asheville and Boston. Memorial service was Monday in the Carol Charles of Durham; brothers Randy Parker; Ossie Parker and wife, Gail, of Chapel of Yancey Funeral Service. Burnsville; Jeff Parker and wife, Cindy, of Old Fort, Tim Parker; Dan Parker and wife, Willie Eugene Murphy Gene Murphy, 79, of Spruce Pine, Paula, of Marion and Van Parker and wife, died Monday, May 14, 2012, at the Brian Susan, of Burke County; father-in-law and Center Health and Rehabilitation. A native mother-in-law, Clarence and Emma Jean of Yancey County, he was born in the Hunter of Hampton, Va.; extended Hunter Bowditch community, a son of the late family, and, a host of nieces, nephews, Samuel and Nancy Riddle Murphy. He great nieces and great nephews. Funeral was Tuesday in Griffith Chapel was also preceded in death by brothers and sisters: John Murphy, Cecil Murphy, Church, of which she was a member and Clyde Murphy, Alma Laws, Ann Jones, member of the choir. The Revs. James Helen Hoover, Kay Piercy, Midge Lewis Staley and Richard Blanton officiated. and Hazel Woods. Gene was a member of Burial will be in the Hunter Cemetery on Beaver Creek Baptist Church and an avid Coxes Creek. fan of the North Carolina Tarheels. He Diantha Stevenson retired after 21 years of service in the Navy, Diantha Webster Stevenson died then became a police officer for 20 years with the Town of Spruce Pine, where he Thursday, May 10, 2012, at her home in was affectionately known as “Papa Smurf.” Green Mountain. She was born Sept. 8, He will always be remembered as a loving 1940 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Diantha graduated from The Stockbridge father and grandfather. Surviving are a daughter, Gabrielle School, Stockbridge Massachusetts in 1957 Gardner of Spruce Pine; grandson, Joshua and received a BA from Bard College in 1963.

After growing up in Connecticut, she lived for many years in Washington, DC, where her employers included the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation and Resources for the Future. Family responsibilities took her next to Lee, Massachusetts. Music was always important to her. She sang in the Cathedral Choir in Washington, DC, the Berkshire Lyric Chorus in Massachusetts and in several church choirs. After moving to Green Mountain in 1991, she became active with the Literacy Council and with St. Thomas Episcopal Church. She is survived by her sister, Mary Stevenson Thieme of Panama City, Fla., and her nephew, Donald M. Thieme of Valdosta, Ga. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, in St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Habitat for Humanity or a charity of your choice.

Brenda Newberry

Brenda Sue Newberry, 60, of Griffith Road, died May 13, 2012, at her home. She was a native of Mitchell County, and the daughter of the late Wade and Estelle White Hoilman. She attended Red Hill Methodist Church and was previously employed at Taylor Togs as a seamstress. Survivors include her husband George Henry Newberry, of the home, a daughter, Tonya Robinson, and a son John Newberry, both of Spruce Pine, NC, four sisters, Elizabeth Ann Leinberger, Janice K. Lamson, Glenda Jean Benedict, and Yvonne Carol Fletcher, four brothers, Kenneth Wade Hoilman, Douglas James Hoilman, Glenn Edward Hoilman, and David Lee Hoilman, and five grandchildren. A graveside service was held Wednesday at Tipton Griffith Cemetery.

Carrie Frye

Carrie Davis Frye, 94, of the Crabtree Community, died Monday, May 14, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Yancey County on August 12, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Edd and Laura McMahan Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Frye; a son, Tommy Frye; a brother, Leonard Davis; four sisters; Marie Nanney, Leona Sparks, Mae Braswell, and Dollie Smith; one grandson; and one great grandson. She was the eldest member of the Crabtree Chapel Baptist Church. She was an avid shopper and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral was Thursday at the Crabtree Chapel Baptist Church with the Revs. Dallas Renfro, David Burrell, and Fred Proctor officiating. Interment followed in the Crabtree Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Surviving are her sons; Ike Frye of Burnsville and Leon Frye of Spruce Pine; her daughters; Shirley Boone, Doris McKinney, and Irene Frye all of Spruce Pine; nine grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; one great-great-grandchild that is on the way; and many nieces and nephews.


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A Reader’s Perspective

Please ask FBEMC to mean it about saving energy and money

French Broad Electric Membership Cooperative, in its efforts to save us money on the high cost of energy, encourage us all to conserve electricity and be more efficient in our use of energy. We collectively pay the costs of providing service to all members. When people are more efficient, FBEMC sells less electricity. We have to make up the cost. The NC Energy Efficiency rider fee allows FBEMC to recoup some of the lost revenue of a more efficient membership. However, renewable energy use at home, seamlessly integrated into your regular electric service and bill (net metering), is perceived as being subsidized and must be stopped. FBEMC will not subsidize solar or wind power use by its members, but we subsidize efficiency, new geo-thermal heat pumps (for those who can afford them), fluorescent lighting, and members saving energy at home. We also subsidize the salaries of FBEMC employees, the equipment, the transmission system, the nice offices the board members meet in, and everything else. We subsidize

the whole thing, not any one part of it. That’s why it’s called a cooperative. The cheapest way for FBEMC to save on the cost of energy is net metering by it’s own members. The cost of this program is a tiny fraction of the NC Energy Efficiency rider fee ( 1/69th), or a “drop on the bucket” to FBEMC. Net metering renewable energy may actually save us all money, but FBEMC has refused to use the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), given to them by members, who use clean energy, because it “wouldn’t be worth the man hours.” FBEMC spent your money buying Renewable Energy Certificates from Duke Energy instead, in a 20-year contract. Duke Energy shareholders thank us for that. The managers of FBEMC thinks it’s OK to waste members RECs, but not to invest a dime in our community on something worthwhile, like letting members use renewable energy affordably in our homes. The board of directors just diagnosed FBEMC in good financial health, and returned $790,000 to members. Using the assets (RECs) given to FBEMC by

bill-paying net metered members could have made our bottom line even healthier. Do we want our electric co-op managers to support cleaner energy use by its members, or methods that make it more expensive? Well, it isn’t called a cooperative for nothing. Being a cooperative means WE DECIDE. Every member of the French Broad Electric Membership Cooperative can go online to Change.org and sign a petition asking that FBEMC management to allow net metering for members. Just go the Change. org website and search FBEMC. The petition will appear. As you fill out the petition you can also write a message to the FBEMC board of directors about your reasons why you support net metering. Anyone who is concerned about clean energy, clean air, clean water and stewardship of planet Earth needs to consider signing the petition to make your voices heard. David Wilson - Atomic Solar Burnsville

Many came together to fight Amendment One

People all over this country were inspired by the fight against Amendment One. 130 organizations came together to work against the amendment, one of the largest grassroots campaigns in North Carolina history. The Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance is proud to be a member of that coalition. The passage of this amendment, and the story of the people who worked so tirelessly against it, has helped to change the national conversation. May 8 is not the end of the story. May 8 was never the goal for the Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance. May 8 was just a day towards which we were working, all the while knowing that our work would not be

finished on that day. Since the amendment passed, President Obama has announced his support for marriage equality. The Campaign for Southern Equality began the third phase of its WE DO campaign here in North Carolina and has made international news. Members of the GSA participated in a WE DO action in Mitchell County on May 11. We are grateful that members of our community came together so strongly to work against the amendment. In the story of our commitment to each other, we have scored a victory. The Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance

has come a long way since our first meeting six months ago. It is now more important than ever to let LGBT people and their families, and especially LGBT youth, know that we will continue to stand up for equality. We are American citizens; we are fully equal. Our lives will not be decided at a ballot box. We will be continuing our work. We look forward to ongoing conversations, in the spirit of community and understanding, with all of our fellow citizens. We look forward to the future. Allison Bovée and Amy Waller Co-founders, Mitchell County Gay Straight Alliance

Awareness helps us manage asthma among children

May is Asthma Awareness Month, a time for us to consider what we can do better, as individuals and as a nation, in managing one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. More than 25 million Americans have asthma, including 7 million children. Children with asthma missed more than 10 million days total of school in 2008. There are also financial costs. Medical expenses associated with asthma are estimated at $50 billion annually.

Although asthma cannot be cured, it is critical to take the necessary steps to reduce asthma attacks. Successful management includes knowing the warning signs of an attack, avoiding things that may trigger an episode and following the advice of your health care provider. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working to raise awareness about asthma and to provide tools to help families and communities get the information they

need. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with communities and schools to develop the tools they need to make their environments healthier for children with asthma. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program - coordinated by the National Institutes of Health promotes improved asthma care and control through a focused outreach effort centered on written asthma

Scholarship winners On May 7 The Burnsville Men Club had their banquet at In The Garden to recognize the winners of the Carly Rise Scholarship. The guests were Suzanne Gavenus and Judge Gary Gavenus. The recipients of the Carly Rise Scholarship were Mikayla Thomason and Athena Theodorides. Mikayla Thomason, Dr.Garland Wampler and Athena Theodorides.

action plans. These plans are a recommended but underutilized tool for managing asthma long-term and handling symptoms. These efforts include coordination with other federal agencies and key stakeholders and activities to promote resources and educational materials. During National Asthma Awareness Month, join us in making the environment healthier for children and adults with asthma. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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Huskins new MHHS principal

Kevin Huskins has been hired as the principal for Mountain Heritage High School. The action occurred at the last monthly meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education. A former assistant principal at East Yancey Middle School, Huskins was the 2004-05 East Yancey Teacher of the Year. The Yancey County Board of Education also accepted / approved the following personnel items:

Retirement – Susan Hughes Mills effective June 1, 2012 Retirement – Kimberly Griffith effective July 1, 2012 Resignation – Cynthia Hollifield effective May 30, 2012 Resignation – Mandy Fender effective April 20, 2012 Leave Request – Heather Cox – 05/07/12 – 05/30/12 Leave Request – Holly Houchard – 04/16/12 – 05/30/12 & 2012-13 school year Employment – Cynthia Deyton, CTE Director Employment – Heather Babb - MHHS Band/ Choral Director Employment - Austin Reece, MHHS Science Teacher Position to Fill – Teacher, Bald Creek Position to Fill – Teacher, Burnsville Position to Fill – Teacher, Burnsville Position to Fill – Interim Assistant Principal at Burnsville Elementary Position to Fill – Interim Teacher, South Toe Position to Fill – Media Coordinator, Micaville & South Toe Elementary Position to Fill – Assistant Principal, East Yancey Middle School (full-time) Position to Fill –CTE Teacher, MHHS Position to Fill – PE Teacher, MHHS Position t0 Fill –Media Assistant, MHHS (1/2 time employment) Position to Fill – Itinerant ESL Teacher Superintendent Transfer – Sarah Delcourt – from full-time, county-wide ESL Counselor to half-time, county-wide ESL Counselor and half-time School Counselor at Burnsville Elementary School Superintendent Transfer – Jodi Antinori – from 4th grade classroom teacher to SchoolWide Instructional Coach Administrators’ Contracts ending June 30, 2012 - Recommended for Renewal Angie Anglin (4 year contract) Michele Laws (4 year contract) Recommended for Tenure April Buchanan – East Yancey Middle School Pam Gibbs – Micaville Elementary School Amanda Greene – Burnsville Elementary School Lacey Hensley – Burnsville Elementary School Brian Hill – Mountain Heritage High School John Hogan – Mountain Heritage High School Melinda Peters – Bald Creek Elementary School Susan Reecer – Cane River Middle School Cody Tipton – Cane River Middle School Recommended for Continued Employment - Probationary Teachers Bald Creek Janice Robinson – Experienced Probationary (2 of 4) Victoria Zitney – 80% Media (T) Bee Log Jamie Biggerstaff – BT Year 3 Burnsville Dusty LeeAnn Beam – BT Year 2 Jenny Grindstaff – BT Year 2 Ashley Hudgins – BT Year 2 Brinton McKinney – BT Year 1 (One Year Temp Position to Permanent) Erin McKinney – BT Year 3 Chad Rohl – Experienced Probationary (3

of 4) Clearmont Sherry Fender – 40% Media (T) Micaville Julia Fox – BT Year 3 Brian DeSua – Experienced Probationary (1 of 4) South Toe Judi Cole – 60% EC Teacher – Experienced Probationary (T) Melissa Thomas – BT Year 3 Cane River Brinkley Fox – BT Year 1 Victoria Hensley – BT Year 2 Randy Laws – Experienced Probationary (2 of 4) Keli Shuford – Experienced Probationary (3 of 4) Jessica Watts – Experienced Probationary (2 of 4) East Yancey Dawn Proffitt – BT Year 3 Joe Morrill – Experienced Probationary (2 of 4) Mountain Heritage Cathryn Hughes – BT Year 1 Jeremy Dotts – BT Year 2 (Lateral Entry – Pending Licensure Requirements) Aimee Hall – BT Year 2 Patty Hughes – BT Year 2 (Lateral Entry – Pending Licensure Requirements) Shannon Osech – BT Year 2 (Lateral Entry – Pending Licensure Requirements) Jered Pope – BT Year 2 Sallie Senseney – BT Year 2 Jeremy Burnette – BT Year 3 Lynn Honeycutt – BT Year 3 Carrie Huskins – BT Year 3 Brent Laws – BT Year 3 Teresa Robinson – BT Year 3 Jenny Tipton – Media Experienced Probationary (T) Shane Sullivan – Counselor Experienced Probationary (2 of 4) Amy Sullivan – 50% EC Teacher Experienced Probationary (T) Brandi Gilliland – Experienced Probationary (2 of 4) Central Office Jayme Fox Maire – BT Year 3 Jeanne Tyner – Experienced Probationary (T) Temporary Certified Employment Ending with 2011-2012 School Year Burnsville Rhonda Penland – 50% Counselor Cane River Karen Gurley – Temp EC Teacher East Yancey Lucy Lodge – Temp EC Teacher Central Office Patricia Fender – 40% Beginning Teacher Support Program Coordinator Temporary Classified Employment Ending with 2011-2012 School Year Burnsville Shannon Street – Temp EC Assistant Micaville Francis McMahan – Temp TA Mountain Heritage Casey Davis – Temp Part-time Media Assistant Sarah Henson – Temp Part-time ESL & YES Assistant Employment Status Change – Effective July 1, 2012 Holly Houchard – Assistant Principal, Burnsville Elementary School (restored to full-time position) Miranda Elkins – Assistant Principal, Cane River Middle School (restored to full-time position) Leslie Bryant – School Nurse (from part-time to full-time effective 08-02-12) Richard Linville – MHHS Computer Lab Technician – increase to 12 months (Assist with 1:1 initiative and county-wide technology needs) Jenny Tipton – MHHS Media Coordinator increase from 10 to 11 months (Assist with 1:1 initiative)

Silvers birthday Dawson Wesley Silvers celebrated his sixth birthday on May 2, with a dinosaur party with family and his classmates. He also enjoyed a trip to The National History Museum and the Bristol Caverns. He is the son of Rohn and Olivia Silvers of Green Mountain. Dawson has a sister named Ciara Nicole, who is 2 years old. Grandparents are Charles and Belinda Autrey of Green Mountain, and Ronnie and Ruth Silvers of Burnsville. Great-grandparents are Jay and Robbie Autrey of Burnsville. Happy Birthday Dawson!

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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 Weighted Average Report for Monday Apr 23, 2012 Cattle Receipts: 1051 Last Week: 1173 Last Year: 635. Slaughter cows trended mostly 2.00 to 6.00 lower, bulls trended mostly steady to 4.00 higher. Feeder cattle trended mostly 1.00 to 7.00 higher. Slaughter cows made up 18 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 3 percent, replacement cows 1 percent, other cows 1 percent, and feeders 78 percent. The feeder supply included 37 percent steers, 36 percent heifers, and 27 percent bulls. Near 16 percent of the run weighed over 600 lbs. WNC Regional Livestock Center, Canton. Weighted Average Report for Monday Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1 - 2 Apr 23. Slaughter cows made up 31 percent of the offering, slaughter bulls 6 percent, Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price replacement cows 12 percent, and feeders 52 percent. The feeder supply included 26 percent steers, 41 percent heifers, and 33 percent bulls. Near 23 percent of the run 3 185-190 187 225.00-262.50 242.48 weighed over 600 lbs. 2 225-245 235 230.00-247.50 238.38 Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1 - 2 6 250-295 273 200.00-217.50 209.48 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 13 305-345 330 179.00-222.00 196.91 1 210-210 210 210.00 210.00 9 350-395 380 175.00-199.00 184.20 Saluda County Stockyards, 1 265-265 265 185.00 185.00 Inc., Saluda, SC 9 400-445 423 167.00-184.00 175.61 1 305-305 305 183.00 183.00 Report for Monday Apr 23, 13 450-495 474 160.00-189.00 172.39 5 356-390 363 180.00-198.00 194.13 2012 Goats: Receipts 55 last 12 500-545 522 155.00-173.00 164.62 2 430-440 435 170.00-182.50 176.32 week 59.Kids Sel 1 40-60lbs 6 555-590 568 158.00-168.50 165.01 2 460-470 465 177.50-179.00 178.24 70.00-76.00; Sel 2 20-40lbs 1 535-535 535 170.00 170.00 17 600-645 622 147.00-161.00 152.59 50.00-58.00, 40-60lbs 62.002 580-580 580 155.00 155.00 3 650-660 657 145.00-152.00 148.34 65.00; Yearlings Sel 1 60-80lbs 1 630-630 630 140.00 140.00 3 700-740 715 130.00-135.00 133.37 90.00-100.00, one at 115.00: 1 745-745 745 125.00 125.00 2 785-795 790 127.00-129.00 128.01 Sel 2 60-80lbs 80.00-85.00 Small 1 - 2 2 815-845 830 120.00-123.00 121.53 ; Nannies Sel 1100-140lbs 1 295-295 295 125.00 125.00 115.00-120.00; Wethers Sel 2 870-885 878 118.00-121.00 119.49 Medium and Large 3 1&2 100-150lbs, one at 142.50, Small 1 - 2 1 445-445 445 160.00 160.00 150-250lbs 182.50-192.50; 5 260-290 275 119.00-162.50 144.64 1 450-450 450 145.00 145.00 Billies Sel 1 100-150lbs 6 305-340 325 110.00-173.00 155.12 Holstein Large 3 115.00-120.00,few 127.502 310-330 320 115.00-140.00 127.11 9 355-395 374 160.00-174.00 167.11 137.50, 150-250lbs 140.001 530-530 530 108.00 108.00 5 400-440 422 150.00-168.00 158.46 152.00, one at 167.50. Hogs: Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1 - 2 4 475-495 485 148.00-155.00 151.03 Receipts 16 last week 22. US Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 4 510-535 521 150.00-153.00 151.25 1-3 Barrows and Gilts 2001 185-185 185 180.00 180.00 3 565-590 577 145.00-156.00 152.25 250lbs 50.00-57.50, 250-300lbs 1 295-295 295 175.00 175.00 54.00; Boars 200-300lbs 16.002 605-635 620 130.00-140.00 134.88 2 325-325 325 170.00-182.50 176.25 17.00, 300lbs up 9.00-10.00; Medium and Large 3 8 375-385 378 176.00-182.00 177.63 Sows 300-400lbs 56.00. 4 350-380 368 154.00-175.00 167.35 2 415-420 418 150.00-163.00 156.54 Chesnee Livestock Market, 2 405-430 418 161.00-167.00 164.09 4 450-465 459 152.50-167.50 159.02 Chesnee, SC Report for 2 510-535 523 137.50-141.00 139.21 Holstein Large 3 Tuesday Apr 17, 2012 (13) 6 555-595 577 130.00-145.00 137.33 2 180-190 185 119.00-136.00 127.73 HOGS: Barrows-Gilts U S 2-4 3 615-645 635 123.00-137.50 132.82 8 205-245 229 106.00-139.00 115.19 205-355 lbs 63.00-68.00, Sows 1 670-670 670 127.00 127.00 15 250-295 273 90.00-130.00 115.00 U S 3-4 415-490 lbs 64.001 850-850 850 100.00 100.00 5 300-315 307 106.00-132.00 121.52 71.00, B B Q Pigs 145-180 lbs Small 1 - 2 62.00-66.00. 4 360-395 376 111.00-117.00 113.54 1 335-335 335 160.00 160.00 (27)GOATS: KIDS 1 20-40 15 405-443 434 100.00-128.00 120.00 Medium and Large 3 lbs 50.00-65.00, NANNIES 22 450-495 473 98.00-128.00 123.61 1 380-380 380 150.00 150.00 1 70-100 lbs 80.00-90.00, 9 515-547 535 106.00-123.00 111.49 1 410-410 410 130.00 130.00 NANNIES 1 100-140 lbs 3 450-465 457 130.00-148.00 140.26 2 920-930 925 90.00-92.00 91.01 110.00-120.00, NANNIES 1 Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1 - 2 Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1-2 140-180 lbs 140.00-155.00, Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price BILLIES 1 100-150 lbs 110.002 415-420 418 180.00-190.00 185.03 2 205-245 225 170.00-190.00 179.11 120.00, BILLIES 1 150-250 lbs 5 450-485 466 160.00-171.00 166.53 7 250-295 274 175.00-194.00 183.51 155.00-175.00. 1 525-525 525 155.00 155.00 11 300-340 329 164.00-193.00 183.07 4 550-585 571 120.00-133.00 127.83 Darlington, S.C., Friday, April 15 350-395 370 163.00-188.00 173.03 2 605-605 605 137.50 137.50 20. Goats: Receipts 170, week 24 400-445 420 150.00-186.00 159.51 6 655-683 669 127.00-137.00 130.43 ago 232. Goats sold per head, 43 450-495 473 147.00-164.00 153.60 2 720-740 730 114.00-118.00 116.03 weights estimated. Slaughter 2 765-775 770 110.00-116.00 113.02 27 500-545 524 144.00-160.00 150.39 and Replacement classes.Kids: Small 1 - 2 14 550-585 564 140.00-159.00 148.43 Selection 1 under 20 lbs 40.001 440-440 440 138.00 138.00 8 600-645 620 140.00-150.00 145.55 45.00, 20-40 lbs 50.00-60.00, 1 545-545 545 132.00 132.00 2 665-675 670 143.00-146.00 144.51 40-60 lbs 70.00-80.00, 60-80 Medium and Large 3 lbs 87.50-97.50, 80-100 lbs 1 475-475 475 120.00 120.00 Upstate Livestock Exchange, Williamston, SC 102.50-110.00; Selection 2 1 545-545 545 120.00 120.00 Report for Monday Apr 23, 2012 - Cattle under 20 lbs 30.00-35.00, 201 600-600 600 118.00 118.00 Receipts: 432 Last week: 538 Last year: 351 40 lbs 40.00-45.00, 40-60 lbs 1 680-680 680 113.00 113.00 Slaughter cows and bulls steady-3.00 higher, 45.00-62.50, 60-80 lbs 65.00Feeder steers and heifers mostly steady. 77.50, 80-100 lbs 85.00-90.00; Bred Cows Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young Slaughter cows made up 19 percent of the Selection 3 20-40 lbs 35.00Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price offering, slaughter bulls 2 percent, replacement 37.50, 40-60 lbs 40.00-42.50, 1 945-945 945 810.00 810.00 Per Head cows 6 percent, other cows 0 percent, and feeders 60-80 lbs 52.50-57.50. Does/ 1-3 Months Bred 73 percent. The feeder supply included 39 Nannies: Selection 1 50-70 lbs 1 950-950 950 975.00 975.00 Per Head percent steers, 37 percent heifers, and 24 percent 85.00-90.00, 100-140 lbs one 4-6 Months Bred bulls. Near 20 percent of the run weighed over @ 140.00; Selection 2 50-70 3 1060-1165 1098 999.00-1125.00 1044.20 Per 600 lbs. (Figures in parentheses are weighted lbs 57.50-75.00, 70-100 lbs Head 7-9 Months Bred average weights and prices for each category) 92.50-105.00. Bucks/Billies: Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged Feeder Steers: Medium and Large 1-2 200-225 Selection 1 70-100 lbs 115.001 730-730 730 550.00 550.00 Per Head lbs (212) 205.00-210.00 (206.77); 260-265 lbs 120.00, 100-150 1-3 Months Bred (263) 200.00-210.00 (205.05); 300-345 lbs lbs one @ 145.00, 150-250 lbs 2 1030-1195 1113 875.00-1150.00 1022.70 Per (326) 192.50-209.00 (199.27); 350-385 lbs 195.00-227.50; Selection 2 70Head 7-9 Months Bred (367) 195.00-203.00 (197.21); 405-445 lbs 100 lbs 90.00-100.00, 100-150 (422) 186.00-192.00 (189.10); 455-490 lbs lbs 127.50-130.00, 150-250 Slaughter Cows Breaker 70-80% Lean (472) 175.00-180.00 (177.86); 500-545 lbs lbs 150.00-175.00. Pairs: (1) Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price (524) 155.00-160.00 (156.74); 515-515 lbs Nanny 115 lbs with under 20 1 1500-1500 1500 82.00 82.00 fancy (515) 167.00-175.00 (171.00); 504-504 lbs kid 125.00 per pair. 3 1400-1490 1430 84.00-90.00 86.31 High lbs value added (504) 178.50 (178.50); 550-585 Dressing lbs (559) 149.00-166.00 (155.31); 600-640 Boner 80-85% Lean lbs (616) 129.00-160.00 (145.89); 665-675 1 715-715 715 79.00 79.00 lbs (670) 135.00-142.00 (138.53); 700-745 1 610-610 610 52.00 52.00 Low Dressing lbs (723) 125.00-135.00 (129.79); 780-785 lbs (783) 21 915-1340 1067 70.00-83.00 77.76 125.00-130.00 (127.51); 810-825 lbs (818) 120.0017 905-1370 1208 84.00-97.00 87.22 High Dressing 123.00 (121.51); 860-890 lbs (875) 110.00-122.00 1 1105-1105 1105 69.00 69.00 Low Dressing (116.10). Small 1-2 215-230 lbs (225) 190.00-200.00 3 1425-1505 1477 79.00-82.50 80.67 (195.11); 290-290 lbs (290) 197.50 (197.50); 325-340 1 1425-1425 1425 89.50 89.50 High Dressing lbs (331) 160.00-180.00 (173.64); 375-390 lbs (382) Lean 85-90% Lean 180.00-184.00 (181.65); 405-425 lbs (415) 170.003 880-1075 962 60.00-64.00 61.59 175.00 (172.44). Medium and Large 3 315-345 lbs 1 1340-1340 1340 21.00 21.00 Low Dressing (332) 155.00-177.50 (165.59); 315-315 lbs brahman x (315) 120.00 (120.00); 365-395 lbs (381) 110.00-160.00 Cows/Calf Pairs: (12) Small 1 and 2 745-890 lbs middle age cows with 125-275 lbs (142.41); 455-490 lbs (476) 140.00-150.00 (142.57); calves 925.00-1200.00 per pair. Medium 1 and 2 920-1115 lbs middle age cows with 505-535 lbs (523) 122.00-130.00 (127.20); 540-540 150lbs jersey (540) 80.00 (80.00); 550-550 lbs (550) 120.00 250 lbs calves 1125.00-1725.00 per pair. Large 1 and 2 1155-1360 lbs middle age cows (120.00); 690-690 lbs (690) 125.00 (125.00); 730-730 with 200-260 lbs calves 1425.00-1625.00 per pair. lbs (730) 105.00 (105.00). Holstein Large 3 360-360 lbs (360) 123.00 (123.00); 480-480 lbs (480) 119.00 Goats, per head: (9) Slaughter and Replacement Classes: Kids: Selection 1 20-40 lbs (119.00). Holstein Large 4 450-450 lbs (450) 93.00 47.50, 40-60 lbs 52.00; Selection 2 20-40 lbs 40.00, 40-60 lbs 50.00. Does/Nannies: (93.00). Feeder Heifers: Medium and Large 1-2 210-220 Selection 2 50-70 lbs 60.00. Wethers: Selection 1 70-100 lbs 67.50, 100-150 lbs 125.00. lbs (215) 195.00-200.00 (197.56); 250-260 lbs (255) Bucks/Billies: Selection 1 70-100 lbs 60.00-80.00. 195.00-198.00 (196.98); 300-345 lbs (321) 185.00200.00 (191.86); 355-390 lbs (374) 170.00-180.00 Source: NC Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Raleigh, NC (174.09); 400-445 lbs (423) 160.00-170.00 (164.69); 919-707-3156 www.ams.usda.gov/lsmnpubsRA_LS754.txt 455-490 lbs (470) 153.00-175.00 (164.83); 500-545 lbs (521) 144.00-148.00 (145.49); 560-597 lbs (584)

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719 115.00-125.00 120.23 Small 1 - 2 2 250-260 255 140.00-150.00 144.90 2 370-395 383 150.00-160.00 155.16 16 400-445 425 135.00-155.00 149.37 11 455-490 473 120.00-150.00 143.09 7 510-545 528 139.00-145.00 141.86 Medium and Large 3 3 215-245 233 117.50-145.00 130.43 2 315-330 323 148.00-164.00 156.19 7 365-395 386 130.00-168.00 151.99 4 420-445 435 130.00-151.00 142.22 6 450-495 473 145.00-150.00 147.45 4 505-535 519 130.00-143.00 137.54 2 555-570 563 146.00-149.00 147.48 4 685-690 688 110.00-133.00 118.98 3 700-745 730 105.00-111.00 107.04 2 775-785 780 107.00-108.00 107.50 Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1 - 2 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 37 400-445 425 150.00-179.00 165.71 31 450-495 466 155.00-173.00 161.17 20 500-545 526 145.00-160.00 154.27 13 550-590 568 152.00-160.00 156.28 7 610-635 621 146.00-157.00 148.68 4 705-740 718 126.00-135.00 129.93 4 810-835 828 99.00-119.00 111.03 Small 1 - 2 2 405-430 418 136.00-149.00 142.31 10 475-495 484 139.00-153.00 144.97 9 500-545 526 122.00-150.00 137.49 12 550-595 576 120.00-149.00 143.14 2 635-640 638 136.00-140.00 138.01 5 660-670 665 120.00-143.00 132.37 2 775-780 778 94.00-100.00 97.01 Medium and Large 3 2 400-420 410 161.00-163.00 162.02 3 450-465 455 137.00-150.00 144.07 3 575-590 582 140.00-149.00 144.36 2 610-640 625 113.00-135.00 123.74 3 650-675 667 120.00-140.00 127.85 2 725-730 728 98.00-115.00 106.53 Slaughter Cows Breaker 70-80% Lean Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price Lean 85-90% Lean 3 640-790 740 55.00-75.00 65.68 Low Dressing 18 860-1330 1075 78.00-84.00 80.09 17 805-1300 972 55.00-76.00 69.95 Low Dressing 6 1440-1555 1496 69.00-74.00 72.04 Low Dressing Other Cows Small 1 - 2 Young Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 2 725-755 740 100.00-101.00 100.49 Per Head Slaughter Bulls Yield Grade 1-2 Head Wt Range Avg Wt Price Range Avg Price 10 1000-1480 1261 98.50-109.00 103.59 8 1630-1950 1781 104.00-109.50 106.98 4 1605-1945 1781 110.00-118.50 113.47 High Dressing Cows/Calf Pairs: (3) Medium 1 and 2 880-1075 lbs middle age cows with 85-275 lbs 130.00-138.00 (132.92); 623-640 lbs (629) 130.00132.50 (131.49); 650-665 lbs (656) 130.00-134.00 (132.02); 705-720 lbs (713) 118.00 (118.00); 765-785 lbs (775) 110.00-115.00 (112.47); 915-915 lbs (915) 96.00 (96.00). Small 1-2 350-390 lbs (368) 155.00157.00 (155.71); 405-430 lbs (418) 144.00-147.00 (145.54); 455-495 lbs (475) 121.00-148.00 (133.93). Medium and Large 3 290-290 lbs (290) 130.00 (130.00); 350-395 lbs (368) 130.00-147.00 (135.62); 375-375 lbs brahman x (375) 97.00 (97.00); 405-440 lbs (425) 120.00-125.00 (122.40); 425-425 lbs brahman x (425) 87.00 (87.00); 460-485 lbs (476) 119.00-125.00 (122.84); 500-530 lbs (515) 117.00-120.00 (118.74); 590-590 lbs (590) 119.00 (119.00); 600-640 lbs (625) 113.00-123.00 (118.63); 695-695 lbs (695) 108.00 (108.00). Feeder Bulls: Medium and Large 1-2 400-445 lbs (420) 182.00-190.00 (185.25); 450-490 lbs (464) 179.00-184.00 (180.73); 500-545 lbs (525) 160.00170.00 (163.52); 555-595 lbs (575) 148.00-157.50 (150.67); 605-645 lbs (630) 139.00-145.00 (142.17); 650-680 lbs (664) 132.00-141.00 (136.78); 655-655 lbs fleshy (655) 126.00 (126.00); 710-745 lbs (728) 124.00130.00 (126.93); 805-805 lbs (805) 121.00 (121.00). Small 1-2 405-420 lbs (413) 152.00-160.00 (156.07). Medium and Large 3 420-435 lbs (428) 95.00-157.00 (132.67); 470-490 lbs (480) 130.00-156.00 (142.73); 515-530 lbs (525) 135.00-140.00 (137.01); 555-590 lbs (573) 125.00-135.00 (131.77); 780-780 lbs (780) 119.00 (119.00). Bred Cows: Medium and Large 1-2 Young 600-600 lbs (600) 640.00 per head 1-3 months bred (640.00). Medium and Large 1-2 Young 1020-1080 lbs (1052) 975.00-1100.00 per head 4-6 months bred (1028.78). 950-1115 lbs (1041) 980.00-1225.00 per head 7-9 months bred (1073.09). Medium and Large 1-2 Middle Aged 790-875 lbs (833) 690.00-810.00 per head 4-6 months bred (753.06); 960-1080 lbs (1020) 860.00900.00 per head 4-6 months bred (881.18). 1020-1195 lbs (1118) 810.00-970.00 per head 7-9 months bred (897.57). Slaughter Cows: Breaker 70-80 percent lean 1275-1345 lbs (1317) 88.00-92.00 (89.69); 1425-1580 lbs (1496) 88.00-95.00 (90.94). Boner 80-85 percent lean 995-1340 lbs (1181) 86.50-95.00 (90.66); 10751125 lbs high dressing (1098) 97.00-99.00 (98.01); 14251560 lbs (1501) 87.00-94.50 (90.59); 1455-1490 lbs high dressing (1473) 96.00-96.50 (96.25). Lean 85-90 percent lean 770-775 lbs low dressing (773) 68.00-70.50 (69.25); 895-1385 lbs (1059) 78.50-87.00 (83.51); 1120-1145 lbs high dressing (1133) 87.50-88.00 (87.75); 1120-1120 lbs low.


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MLS #24781 $365,000 Private mountain farm. This offers it all - multiple level building sites, some wooded some open, 360 degree views from top of mountain, great long range views from lower portion, 2 barns, pasture land, 3 springs, small creek and wildlife.

MLS #24436 $399,000 Top of mountain 50+ mile, 360 degree views. Good gravel road and underground utilities Several old logging roads. Good sized creek.

MLS #24562 $379,000 Commercial property located on 19E approx 1 mile east of Burnsville.

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What are those weird purple triangles hanging on trees? By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News An alert YCN reader stopped in the office to mention some odd, purple, triangular boxes hanging from trees up U.S. 19W. “They’re purple triangles,” she said. “What are they there for?” A quick reconnaissance trip was needed. Armed with a camera, I drove out to find the odd item. Sure enough, there was a purple, three-sided box hanging in a tree on the edge of the river. I parked the car and walked over. The thing appeared to be a box with sticky material on its exterior. I snapped some photos, then walked around it. On one side I found a label that seems to explain its purpose. “DO NOT DISTURB” was printed at the top. It seems the box is a trap for catching the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that is spreading across the country. Back at the office, a quick Google search turned up lots of information about the borer beetle and the box traps being set out. The invasive beetle has been located in several Tennessee counties, and quarantines are in place on the removal of hardwood firewood, nursery stock and green lumber from those counties. The embargoed Tennessee counties are Claiborne, Blount, Grainger, Knox, Loudon and Sevier. The following are regulated articles: “firewood of all hardwood (non-coniferous) species; nursery stock, green lumber, and other material living, dead, cut, or fallen, including logs, stumps,roots, branches, mulch and composted and uncomposted chips of the Ash tree” and “any other article, product, or means of conveyance not listed ... may be designated as a regulated article if the Commissioner determines that it presents a risk of spreading emerald ash borer.” All true ashes such as green ash (F. pennsylvanica), white ash (F. americana) and black ash (F. nigra) are susceptible to EAB. The green ash and the white ash are native to Yancey County and other parts of Western North Carolina. Scientists believe that virtually all ash species in North America are at risk if EAB continues to spread. Emerald ash borer does not attack mountain ash (Sorbus sp.), for it is not a true member of

the Fraxinus species. According to the N.C. Forest Service, “the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) conducts an EAB detection trapping program. The traps are very noticeable and you may see them in various locations across the state.” (So that is who installed those things out on 19W!) On its website, the Forest Service reported that the traps are “purple, three-sided, about 3 feet tall, and each side is about one foot wide. These “purple traps,” which are covered with a sticky material, are hung about 20 feet high on or near ash trees throughout the summer months to attract and catch any dispersing adult EAB beetles.” This is some of what the U.S. Forest Service has to say about the borer: “In June, 2002, the emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) was identified as the causal agent in ash tree decline and mortality in the Detroit metropolitan area. For several years before this identification, homeowners and arborists in southeast Michigan attributed the loss of their ash trees to “ash yellows”. The trees exhibited a top-down crown dieback, dense sprouting from trunks (epicormic shoots), and other signs of tree stress typical of ash yellows. The infested ash trees displayed dying crowns in the second year of infestation and most died from EAB within five years. This non-native beetle was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan and neighboring Windsor, Ontario, Canada in June 2002. Before the end of the month, the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) issued a quarantine of six southeastern counties (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne) to prevent and control the spread of EAB. Under the quarantine, ash trees, branches, logs, and firewood could not be moved from the infested counties. Throughout 2002 MDA conducted extensive surveys in the quarantined counties to determine the extent of the infestation. Additional EAB detections spurred agriculture officials in

Ohio and Indiana to deploy survey teams of their own. Subsequently, EAB was detected in Ohio in February 2003 and in Indiana in April 2004. APHIS worked with states to develop strategies to detect, control and ultimately eradicate EAB. Detection efforts consisted of using sentinel trees (trap trees) for survey, federal and state quarantines were issued to control the spread of EAB, and eradication efforts focused on the removal all host trees within a half mile radius of an infested tree. Strategies to manage the pest currently focus on survey activities using a detection tool, a panel trap, along with regulatory activities and public awareness campaigns to prevent humanassisted movement. Outreach efforts have emphasized “Don’t Move Firewood,” as firewood movement is a primary method of artificial spread for this pest. APHIS continues to identify effective tools to manage and control EAB populations. This non-native pest poses an enormous threat to our urban and rural forests. EAB kills stressed and healthy trees and is so aggressive that ash trees may die within two or three years after they become infested. If it is not contained and managed, the impact of emerald ash borer beetle in North America will be similar to that of the devastation caused by two fungal diseases, Chestnut blight and Dutch elm disease, which destroyed dominant species of woodland and urban forests in the 20th century. Non-native organisms, like the emerald ash borer, are often more destructive in a new range because they do not have natural population controls such as

parasites, predators, or diseases. Host plants, innocent of previous contact with an organism, have not had time to adapt and develop effective defenses against them. Impacts of the EAB Emerald ash borer is a serious pest and quarantines are established around infestations. Larvae feed in the phloem and outer sapwood producing galleries that eventually girdle and kill the tree. This invasive pest has had a devastating impact on communities that now face significant tree removal costs associated with dead or dying ash trees that pose a threat to public safety. Ash trees are as important ecologically in the forests ... Ash trees fill gaps in the forest and provide shade for the forest floor. They are very desirable for urban tree planting because they grow well under difficult conditions. Ash wood is valued for flooring, furniture, sports equipment (e.g., baseball bats, hockey sticks, oars), tool handles, and supplies for dairies, poultry operations and beekeepers. Other repercussions include decreased property values, losses in the long-term supply of ash wood, decreased air quality, increased electricity use during hot weather, and negative impacts on Native American cultures that use ash wood for traditional crafts and ceremonies. In addition, there are other detrimental impacts on wildlife and natural ecosystems. As a vital component of forest succession, ash colonizes and stabilizes disturbed areas. In addition, ash is one of the few native trees able to outcompete weeds that prevent most other species from becoming established.”

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More of what you really need in the woods This is a continuation of 20 items every outdoorsman or woman needs from last week.

MONOPOD – Various outlets $16.99$19.99

LifeStraw I once wrote: ‘I find it as a must buy. In fact, the LifeStraw will replace the water filtration system I currently have. Not only is it great for the outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting, it provides a great tool for disaster relief and emergency management.’ The parent company liked the post so much, they put it on their website. I still feel this way. Weighing a mere 2 oz. the LifeStraw can open some valuable backpack space and clear the pounds of what a water bottle would consume. When I first reviewed it, the shelf life was 3 years with a LOG6 for bacteria. It has since been revised to a 5 year shelf life with LOG7 for bacteria. What does that mean? It means it gets a lot of stuff out of the water so you can drink safely from whatever water source you are near. 99.99999% of bacteria actually. LifeStraw has been tested to filter enough water for one human to drink for nearly a year if used correctly. Try that with a water purification tablet. LIFESTRAW – EARTHEASY.COM $19.99

Yaktrax Yaktrax is more than a cool name. It is a spring coiled attachment that fits over your shoe or boot. The coil provides the extra traction in ice, snow, and even mud to prevent slips and falls (The mud is harder to clean out of the coil, though). The rubber straps conform to the sole of the shoe or boot. The coil is at the bottom of the tread. Not only is it great for the outdoors, a set is very handy in areas hit hard by snow and ice such as the Northeast when walking back and forth from home or work to your vehicle since it is so easy to put on and remove. YAKTRAX - $20

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sling around. And of course, the paracord can be used for a variety of survival necessities as well. Just a quick Google on paracord uses brings up everything from making fishing line and fish stringers, to arm slings and tourniquets, to shoe laces, belt, or suspenders, to a bow drill for fire starting. TURKEY TOTE - CAROLINA CORDS Turkey Tote All outdoorsman and hunters know and - $10 acknowledge the usefulness of paracord Monopod items. Whether it is fashioned into a survival You didn’t see this one coming, did you? bracelet, wrist sling, necklace, eyeglass strap, or lanyard, there are individuals everywhere Well, a monopod is great for more than just selling them. Colors are abundant, making steadying a camera or camcorder. It is useful them customizable, and the knots/tying as a walking stick, clearing spider webs out patterns are as endless as the items that can of the way in the woods, or even a shooting be fashioned from the paracord. My mother stick. Just lay some clothing over the top used to macramé many of the tying patterns, of the monopod, set it at the correct height, except she did it to make plant hangers rather and rest the fore stock of the firearm on the than bracelets. I chose the turkey tote because clothing. It can even be used with a bow by I love the handle and the slip on the loop string. setting the stabilizer on the clothing. But it’s Obviously it works great for carrying a hefty main purpose is for getting a steady photo, tom over your shoulder, but it works for other and what better way to remember the beautiful small game, small twigs and sticks, basically scenery of flora and fauna than with a crisp anything that you can put a loop around and clear photograph.

Boonie Hat Everybody needs a boonie hat. These things are versatile, and with my personal tastes in hats, I just think they look good! Used by the military since the Viet Nam war, they are prized for their multiple uses. A boonie can be used as a pre-filter for water, a bucket, the top of a tee pee style shelter so shed rain, a stove mitten, and yes, of course a hat. The band around the boonie is convenient to place leaves and other foliage to break the outline and provide additional camouflage, or it can be used to hold things such as shotgun shells and fishing lures. The wide brim all around the had also provides extra protection from the sun for more than just the top of the head, such as ears and back of the neck that a baseball style cap will not. BOONIE HAT - $9.99-$19.99 Bill Howard is an avid bowhunter and outdoorsman. He teaches hunter education (IHEA) and bowhunter education (IBEP) in North Carolina. He is a member of North Carolina Bowhunters Association and Pope & Young, and is an official measurer for both. He can be reached at billhoward outdoors@ gmail.com.

The Yancey County News is giving away

free samples of the items mentioned above in Bill Howad’s column! Do you want one? Just email us you name and address, and we will hold a drawing picking random winners! Get set for your next hunting trip with something very cool, and FREE! Email us at: Jonathan@ yanceycountynews.com or drop a note to: 132 West Main St Burnsville, NC 28714

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CLASSIFIEDS FOR RENT

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Lots from 3 to 7 acres, or all 21.57 acres. Snow Hill Church Road 828-689-3939 Boxwoods for Sale. $10 each. 828.208.0406.

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The Yancey Humane Society is pleased to announce that the annual Flea Market will be held in August this year. Specific dates will be announced and the location will be announced. YHS needs your slightly-used stuff NOW. Just call the shelter at 682-9510 and ask for Jane. State workers installed new signage on N.C. 80 for the Toe River Campground earlier this spring. The old sign had been damaged. Here are UNC Asheville events taking place May 23-June 3. Some events are listed under more than one category. ART/CRAFT Through June 29 – Exhibition: Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today – An exhibition of works from nine furniture makers and sculptors who bend wood in innovative, unusual and eloquent ways. Free and open to the public, weekdays 12-5 p.m. at UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 1181 Broyles Road, Hendersonville. Info: 828/890-2050 NORTH CAROLINA CENTER FOR CREATIVE RETIREMENT May 31 - Pan Harmonia Open Rehearsal - Open rehearsal with flutist/artisti​c director Kate Steinbeck, violinist Amy Lovinger and pianist Kimberly Cann as they prepare for June concerts, Musique de la Belle Epoque. Free and open to the public.

Burnsville Health & Nutrition offers LSA (Limbic Stress Analysis) testing which looks for stresses and imbalances in the body. Donna England Daniel, a native of Yancey County became interested in natural medicine after 20 years of declining health and is a certified natural health professional. Imbalances in the body lead to cardiovascular problems, hormonal issues, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, immune dysfunction, parasites, candida, mold and fungus, heavy metals, thyroid issues, insomnia and much more… Don’t miss this opportunity coming your way May 19 – 24th! Schedule your appointment today by contacting Burnsville Health & Nutrition at (828) 682-4645.

Legal Notice IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Administrator/Executor Notice Having qualifed as Executor of the estate of Ethel Marie Robinson 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 9th day of August, 2012 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. This is the 9th day of May, 2012. Ben Hollifield 822 Moses Branch Road Burnsville, NC 28714

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The destructive propaganda of attachment By John Rosemond

The cover story in last week’s (May 21, 2012) Time Magazine is all about “why attachment parenting drives some mothers to extremes - and how Dr. Bill Sears became their guru.” That is the article’s subtitle. All I can say, somewhat hopefully, is “at last.” Because my next book, due out in the fall, contains a chapter on attachment parenting’s destructive propaganda, I have done considerable research of late on the subject. For those of you who are not familiar with this latest parenting trend, attachment parenting is all about parents and children sleeping together, mothers “wearing” their infants (constantly carrying them around in slings), breastfeeding these same children until they are two or three, and generally centering their lives on their kids in perpetuity. Supposedly, all this fuss over children is essential to making sure mother and child properly “bond.” According to the movement’s high priest, California pediatrician Bill Sears, proper bonding is supposed to enhance the mother-child relationship, nurture better emotional health, and even make the child smarter and less likely to lie.

That’s right! On his website, in an essay titled “11 Ways to Raise a Truthful Child,” Sears writes “Connected children do not become habitual liars. They trust their caregivers and have such a good Living self-image they don’t with need to lie.” In the same article, he children promises parents who choose to adopt his method that they will develop the wisdom they need to make proper decisions for their children and that their children will “turn out better” than children raised otherwise. By “turn out better” Sears means a child who is more intelligent, calm, secure, socially confident, empathic, and independent than a child raised according to prevailing Western norms. Mind you, he doesn’t support this with any evidence obtained via the scientific method (an experiment involving both a control group and an experimental group) because he can’t. There is no such evidence. To be blunt, Sears is making all this up. He’s,

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BY THE NORTH CAROLINA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY REGARDING THE FINANCING OF MULTIFAMILY HOUSING WITH THE PROCEEDS OF TAX-EXEMPT BONDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all interested persons that the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (the “Agency”) has been requested to issue its revenue bonds (the “Bonds”) for the purpose of (a) financing the acquisition, renovation, improvement, equipping and furnishing of certain multifamily residential projects and (b) paying certain fees and expenses incurred in connection with the issuance and sale of the Bonds. The facilities to be financed with the proceeds of the Bonds are located at the following locations, owned by the following entities, each of which is an affiliate of HBREM, LLC, and managed by Five Fifteen Management Company, also an affiliate of HBREM, LLC: (a) A 32-unit complex located at 160 E. Ridge Road in Bryson City, North Carolina, to be owned by New Charleston Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,225,000. (b) A 24-unit complex located at 21 Clinton Street in Weaverville, North Carolina, to be owned by New Dry Ridge Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,025,000.

(c) A 32-unit complex located at 311 Aiken Road in Asheville, North Carolina, to be owned by New Homestead Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,525,000. (d) A 24-unit complex and a 20-unit complex, both located at 20 Kyle Lane in Burnsville, North Carolina, to be consolidated and owned by New Hunters Run Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,525,000. (e) A 34-unit complex located at 1140 N. Main Street in Marshall, North Carolina, to be owned by New Mashburn Gap Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,525,000. (f) A 22-unit complex located at 1 Richmond Road in Bakersville, North Carolina, to be owned by New Mitchell House Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,025,000. (g) A 32-unit complex located at 400 West Park Avenue in Mooresville, North Carolina, to be owned by New Park Avenue Place Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,325,000. (h) A 36-unit complex located at 923 China Grove Highway in Rockwell, North Carolina, to be owned by New Ro-Well Apartments, LLC. The aggregate

principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,525,000. (i) A 32-unit complex located at 301 Moose Branch Road in Robbinsville, North Carolina, to be owned by New Sweetwater Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,150,000. (j) A 38-unit complex located at 55 Ulco Bluffs Drive in Franklin, North Carolina, to be owned by New Ulco Bluffs Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,425,000. (k) A 42-unit complex located at 353 Kent Street in Andrews, North Carolina, to be owned by New Westwind Apartments, LLC. The aggregate principal amount of Bonds to be issued for such project shall not exceed $1,725,000. Please take notice that the Agency will hold a public hearing at 3508 Bush Street in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at which time any person may be heard regarding the issuance of the Bonds. Any person wishing to comment in writing on the issuance of the Bonds should do so prior to the date of such hearing to Elizabeth I. Rozakis, Chief Financial Officer, North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, 3508 Bush Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609. NORTH CAROLINA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY By: Elizabeth I. Rozakis Chief Financial Officer

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well, let’s just say he and his mother must not have properly bonded. In fact, no unbiased research has ever affirmed any emotional or behavioral advantage to parent-child co-sleeping, extended breastfeeding, or “baby wearing.” To cite but one example, James J. McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, says that he has yet to find any benefit to parents and children sleeping together. McKenna is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on infant sleep issues. The harm of attachment parenting is testified to by numerous ex-AP parents who have shared with me horror stories about the damage done to their marriages by co-sleeping and the problems they’ve had trying to get over-dependent children as old as eight out of their beds. In an Amazon consumer review of Sears’ The Attachment Parenting Book, a mother who is trying to recover from his advice with two small children says, “This book ought to come with a warning!” When all is said and done, the only person who seems to have benefitted from attachment parenting is Dr. Bill Sears. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers questions at rosemond.com.

Healing Prayer Service

The Living Faith Chapter of the International Order of St. Luke the Physician will be conducting an inter-faith healing prayer service at First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine, 125 Tappan St. on Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. Chaplain Jack Hancox will be officiating. This healing service is held regularly every fourth Sunday of the month. For directions to the church call 765-9411. The International Order of Saint Luke is an inter-denominational religious order dedicated to the Christian healing ministry. Our purpose is to restore the ministry of healing.

Night Hunting

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission last week took another step toward implementing a rule allowing use of a light in night hunting for coyotes and feral swine. The rule allow night hunting on private lands, and the hunting of feral swine and coyotes on public lands from ½ hour after sunset to ½ before sunrise with a light by permit only. Night hunting is one means of controlling localized populations of coyotes and feral swine, both of which are non-native to North Carolina and destructive to the landscape. Legal Notice IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Administrator’s Notice Having qualified as the Administrator of the Ancillary Estate of Charles Phillip Dellinger of Yancey County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the Estate of the deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before 20 July, 2012 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. Charles R. Dellinger, Administrator 317 Hillside Drive Burnsville, NC 28714 May 17, 17, 24, and 31, 2012


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Cauliflower, a great high-nutrient veggie By Medea L Galligan MS Nutrition Cauliflower, a cruciferous vegetable, is in the same plant family as broccoli, kale, cabbage and collards. It has a compact head (called a “curd”), with an average size of six inches in diameter, composed of undeveloped flower buds. The flowers are attached to a central stalk. When broken apart into separate buds, cauliflower looks like a little tree, something that many kids are fascinated by. Surrounding the curd are ribbed, coarse green leaves that protect it from sunlight, impeding the development of chlorophyll. While this process contributes to the white coloring of most of the varieties, cauliflower can also be found in light green and purple colors. Between these leaves and the florets are smaller, tender leaves that are edible. Cauliflower traces its ancestry to the wild cabbage, a plant thought to have originated in ancient Asia Minor, which resembled kale or collards more than the vegetable that we now know it to be. The cauliflower went through many transformations and reappeared in the Mediterranean region, where it has been an important vegetable in Turkey and Italy since at least 600 B.C. It gained popularity in France in the mid-16th century and was subsequently cultivated in Northern Europe and the British Isles. The United States, France, Italy, India, and China are countries that produce significant amounts of cauliflower. The milky, sweet, almost nutty flavor of cauliflower is at its best when it’s in season and most plentiful in your local markets. The mild flavor and firm texture of cauliflower lends itself well to a variety of cooking methods, steamed, sautéed, baked, broiled or roasted, as well as a variety of recipes, from Indian to Italian. If you boil your cauliflower, however, it can become mushy and lose its natural flavor, as well its nutritional benefits. Most recently, cauliflower has been discovered as the perfect substitute for high carb/low fiber favorites like white rice and mashed potatoes. By using cauliflower instead or rice or potatoes, the caloric content is reduced and the fiber content is increased, since cauliflower contains nearly 12 grams of fiber per 100 calories. If you are looking make healthier meals, try Riced Cauliflower or Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes for a delicious, and nutritious, side dish.

dull-colored cauliflower should be avoided, as well as those in which small flowers appear. Heads that are surrounded by many thick green leaves are better protected and will be fresher. As its size is not related to its quality, choose one that best suits your needs.

Store uncooked cauliflower in a paper or plastic bag in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to a week. To prevent moisture from developing in the floret clusters, store it with the stem side down. If you purchase pre-cut cauliflower florets, consume them within one or two days as they will lose their freshness after that. Since cooking causes cauliflower to spoil quicker, consume it within two to three days of placing in the refrigerator after cooking.

Numerous Health Benefits Besides being a delicious and versatile vegetable, cauliflower is something you should add to your regular diet because of its multiple health benefits. All cruciferous vegetables, including cauliflower, provide integrated nourishment across a wide variety of nutritional categories, as well as provide broad support for a wide variety of body systems. Cauliflower is a good natural source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that supports the immune system and appears to help combat cancer, proving it’s more nutritious than its white appearance would have you believe. Just 1 cup of cauliflower can give you 55 mg of vitamin C. Cauliflower contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine) and B9 (folic acid), and it serves as a good source of proteins, phosphorus and potassium. Cauliflower also contains high amounts of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids, which help decrease inflammation. A cup of cauliflower contains about 11 micrograms of vitamin K and 0.21 g omega-3 fatty acids. Cauliflower, like other cruciferous vegetables, contain phytochemicals, called indoles, which may stimulate enzymes that block cancer growth. There are several dozen studies linking cauliflower-containing diets to How to Select and Store cancer prevention, particularly with respect to When purchasing cauliflower, look for a the following types of cancer: bladder cancer, clean, creamy white, compact curd in which breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, the bud clusters are not separated. Spotted or and ovarian cancer. This connection between

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cauliflower and cancer prevention should not be surprising, since cauliflower provides special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. These three systems are (1) the body’s detox system, (2) its antioxidant system, and (3) its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system. Chronic imbalances in any of these three systems can increase risk of cancer, and when imbalances in all three systems occur simultaneously, the risk of cancer increases significantly. Detox Support Provided by Cauliflower The detox support provided by cauliflower includes antioxidant nutrients to boost Phase 1 detoxification activities and sulfurcontaining nutrients to boost Phase 2 activities. Cauliflower also contains phytonutrients called glucosinolates that can help activate detoxification enzymes and regulate their activity. Three glucosinolates that have been clearly identified in cauliflower are glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian. While the glucosinolate content of cauliflower is definitely significant from a health standpoint, cauliflower contains about one-fourth as much total glucosinolates as Brussels sprouts, about one-half as much as Savoy cabbage, about 60% as much as broccoli, and about 70% as much as kale. If we fail to give our body’s detox system adequate nutritional support, yet continue to expose ourselves to unwanted toxins through our lifestyle and our dietary choices, we can place our bodies at increased risk of toxinrelated damage that can eventually increase our cells’ risk of becoming cancerous. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to bring cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables into our diet on a regular basis. Cauliflower’s Antioxidant Benefits As an excellent source of vitamin C, and a very good source of manganese, cauliflower provides us with two core conventional antioxidants. But its antioxidant support extends far beyond the conventional nutrients into the realm of phytonutrients. Betacarotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, quercetin, ruin, and kaempferol are among cauliflower’s key antioxidant phytonutrients. This broad spectrum antioxidant support helps lower the risk of oxidative stress in our cells. Chronic oxidative stress - meaning chronic presence over overly reactive oxygen-containing See Page 15


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Cauliflower, a marvelous health benefit in the garden

From page 14 molecules and cumulative damage to our cells by these molecules - is a risk factor for development of most cancer types. By providing us with such a great array of antioxidant nutrients, cauliflower helps lower our cancer risk by helping us avoid chronic and unwanted oxidative stress. Anti-inflammatory Benefits As an excellent source of vitamin K, cauliflower provides us with one of the hallmark anti-inflammatory nutrients. Vitamin K acts as a direct regulator of our inflammatory response. In addition, one of the glucosinolates found in cauliflower - glucobrassicin can be readily converted into an isothiocyanate molecule called ITC, or indole-3-carbinol. I3C is an anti-inflammatory compound that can actually operate at the genetic level, and by doing so, prevent the initiation of inflammatory responses at a very early stage. Like chronic oxidative stress and chronic weakened detox ability, chronic unwanted inflammation can significantly increase our risk of cancers and other chronic diseases (especially cardiovascular diseases). Potentially, regular cauliflower consumption can help decrease the risk of inflammation-mediated diseases such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes mellitus, inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis. Cardiovascular Support Scientists have not always viewed cardiovascular problems as having a central inflammatory component, but the role of unwanted inflammation in creating problems for our blood vessels and circulation has become increasingly fundamental to an understanding of cardiovascular diseases. The antiinflammatory support provided by cauliflower (including its vitamin K and omega-3 content) makes it a food also capable of providing cardiovascular benefits. Of particular interest is its glucoraphanin content.

Glucoraphanin is a glucosinolate that can be converted into the isothiocyanate (ITC) sulforaphane. Not only does sulforaphane trigger anti-inflammatory activity in our cardiovascular system - it may also be able to help prevent and even possibly help reverse blood vessel damage. In atherosclerosis, there is chronic inflammation of the blood vessel, and the deposition of lipids and white blood cells eventually leads to a decrease in their diameter. This decrease in diameter leads to decreased blood flow to essential organs like the brain (which could lead to stroke), heart (which could lead to heart attack) and kidneys (which could lead to kidney failure). By decreasing chronic inflammation, cauliflower is able to maintain the patency of the blood vessels and keeps excellent blood flow to essential organs of the body. Cauliflower & Digestive Support The fiber content of cauliflower makes this cruciferous vegetable a great choice for digestive system support. You’re going to get nearly half of the fiber Daily Value from 200 calories’ worth of cauliflower (a cup of cauliflower delivers about 3.35 g of dietary fiber), which helps clean your digestive system and gets rid of unnecessary substances. Yet the fiber content of cauliflower is only one of its digestive support mechanisms. Researchers have determined that the sulforaphane made from a glucosinolate in cauliflower (glucoraphanin) can help protect the lining of your stomach. Sulforaphane provides you with this health benefit by preventing bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in your stomach or too much clinging by this bacterium to your stomach wall.

Other Health Benefits The anti-inflammatory nature of glucosinolates/isothiocyanates and other nutrients found in cauliflower has been the basis for new research on inflammationrelated health problems and the

Plan ahead for food preparation By Denise Baker The flavor and quality of fresh summer garden vegetables make us look forward to summer meals. Local families are planting gardens to include favorite vegetable varieties for eating this summer with plans to preserve some of the extra harvest through canning and freezing. According to the USDA, we can save

one half the cost of commercially canned food by canning home produced vegetables if we do not count the value of our time. To have enough of a vegetable supply for summer eating and food preservation, it is important to plan ahead for the vegetable quantities to plant in our garden. For example, many local families preserve snap beans.

An average bushel of snap beans will yield 12-20 quarts when preserved. And according to Jeremy DeLisle, Area Agricultural Agent, one-half pound of seeds planted in a row that is fifty feet long should produce approximately a bushel of snap beans. So,if you figure up about how many quarts of snap beans your family will eat

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower is the perfect low-carb, high fiber vegetable that when “riced” makes a wonderful substitute for white rice. You can also use it as the base for the Southern favorite Dirty Rice. Simply sauté onions, garlic, celery, green pepper, until soft, then add the cauliflower rice and spices. If you favor offal (giblets), boil, drain, and chop into small pieces, adding them to your rice, along with cooked and drained sausage and stock.

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower 2 Tbs unrefined organic coconut or extra virgin olive oil sea salt, garlic, ginger, curry, garlic or freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 1. Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until it has a grainy rice-like consistency. 2. Pre-heat a heavy skillet on low, add the oil and then add additional seasonings desired, such as garlic, ginger, curry, or just a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3. Then stir in the cauliflower rice and cover for 3-4 minutes, allowing it to soften and warm, absorbing the flavors of the spices. Serve instead of white rice or pasta with fish, beef, or chicken, or with steamed or sautéed vegetables and beans for a delicious meat-free meal.

potential role of cauliflower in their prevention. While current studies are examining the benefits of cruciferous vegetables as a group rather than cauliflower in particular, promising research is underway that should shed light on the potential benefits of cauliflower in relationship to our risk of the following inflammation-related health problems: Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, insulin resistance, irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic syndrome, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and ulcerative colitis. Since 1998, Medea L Galligan 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 Concepts. com for more information. Sources Ambrosone CB, Tang L. Cruciferous vegetable intake and cancer prevention: role of per week, you can plant a bean crop accordingly. So, plan ahead for different vegetables for year round enjoyment. Great resources for planning for food preservation with home gardens is the “USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning” and the Cooperative Extension publication “Home Vegetable Gardening: AG-06” which are both available online. For more information on food preservation

nutrigenetics. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa). 2009 Apr;2(4):298300. 2009. Antosiewicz J, Ziolkowski W, Kar S et al. Role of reactive oxygen intermediates in cellular responses to dietary cancer chemopreventive agents. Planta Med. 2008 Oct;74(13):1570-9. 2008. Brat P, George S, Bellamy A, et al. Daily Polyphenol Intake in France from Fruit and Vegetables. J. Nutr. 136:2368-2373, September 2006. 2006. Fowke JH, Morrow JD, Motley S, et al. Brassica vegetable consumption reduces urinary F2-isoprostane levels independent of micronutrient intake. Carcinogenesis, October 1, 2006; 27(10): 2096 - 2102. 2006. Higdon JV, Delage B, Williams DE, et al. Cruciferous Vegetables and Human Cancer Risk: Epidemiologic Evidence and Mechanistic Basis. Pharmacol Res. 2007 March; 55(3): 224-236. 2007.

or home gardening, contact the Yancey County Center at 6826186. Canning Basics Classes are scheduled May 21-23 at Mitchell and Yancey County Extension Centers. The lecture-only sessions will provide an overview on the basics of water-bath and pressure canning research-based best practices. Sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. - noon ; 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; and 5:30-8 p.m.

Preserving Jams and Jellies classes May 28-29 at Mitchell and Yancey County Extension Centers. The demonstration sessions will provide an overview on preserving jams and jellies with researchbased best practices. Sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. - noon; 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; and 5:30-8 p.m. $5. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call the Center at 682-6186.


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