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1/4 ton of bear When David Fry of Greensburg, Ind., came to Hamrick for some bear hunting last week, he probably hoped to get something worth talking about back home. He probably didn’t expect to bag a 533 pound monster bear near the Mt. Mitchell Golf Course. “There’s people that would pay thousands of dollars to kill a bear like that,” said Matthew Hopson, a friend who helped host Fry during his visit to the mountains. North Carolina boasts some of the biggest bears around, including the American record, an 880 pound male killed in Craven County. While Fry’s trophy isn’t close to that, it is definitely a keeper. Residents in the Hamrick area said the bear is probably the one that had been seen on porches and raiding bird feeders.

David Fry killed this 533-pound black bear near Hamrick last week with a crossbow.

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Data suggests a link between voting and final outcome of criminal charges By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News A Ya n c e y C o u n t y N e w s investigation suggests that numerous county residents were arrested and facing serious felony charges last year, only to later have those charges either dismissed or dramatically reduced in court. One man - charged with taking a car for a test drive and selling it while he was gone – was, according to corrections records, in prison at the time the car was taken. The individuals, most with a history of criminal convictions, had at least three things in common: their arrests were highly

publicized by law agencies, the charges were later dropped or drastically reduced, and they voted in the 2010 general election. The most serious questionable case might be from November 2010 involving then-21-yearold Bradley Dean Carpenter of Green Mountain. According to law enforcement press releases published or broadcast in local media at the time, deputies arrested Carpenter and charged him with one count of felonious obtaining property by false pretenses. ThenYancey County Chief Deputy Thomas L. Farmer said at the time that Carpenter was accused

of taking a car for a test drive at a local dealership then selling the car as if it were his own. Records from the Yancey County Clerk of Court’s office show that Carpenter was arrested Nov. 3, 2010, though the same records show that the incident had been reported 11 months earlier on Dec. 1, 2009. But North Carolina Department of Corrections records report that Carpenter was behind bars on Dec. 1, 2009, so it is difficult to reason how he could have taken and sold the car. He went to jail on July 21, 2009, when his probation was revoked, according to DOC

records, and he was behind bars until Jan, 27, 2010. Carpenter – a repeat petty criminal - later voted absentee one-stop in the general election. The felony charges were later dropped by the district attorney, court records show. In another case, deputies arrested Robbie Jean Brown, 53, and charged her with felony sale and delivery of a Schedule II prescription drug and possession with intent to sell and deliver a prescription drug. The arrest was made Sept. 30, 2010, by the chief deputy after he said she sold the Continued on page 7


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Your Community

Walkers, runners get fit together On Saturday, Oct. 15, Graham Children’s Health Services’ Couch Potato to 5K training participants participated in the Burnsville Fall Scamper. “We were pleased to see so many families and friends commit to getting fit together and the Scamper was a great way to recognize their accomplishment,” said Dr. Joe Antinori, Couch Potato to 5K Training Coordinator. For twelve weeks prior to the Scamper, Couch Potatoes joined together every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to get in shape and train for the event. The training was made possible by volunteers: Joe Antinori, Eric Deation, Rush Austin and Jeremy Gregory. “Running and walking in the 5K was a wonderful way to celebrate the group’s commitment to healthy living, and we want to invite you to

join us in adding a little more activity into your life,” said Amy Sheele, Director of Graham Children’s Health Services. The group has decided to continue to meet informally on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 5:45 p.m. at Burnsville Elementary School and Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. at Mountain Heritage High School. With this beautiful fall weather, now is the time to get outside and enjoy being more active. If you are interested in walking or running, this is a great way to get motivated and be supported by others. So, grab a friend and join in. We’ll see you at the track. If you would more information about the program or Graham Children’s Health Services call 682-7899.

Antiques Fair to benefit archive The Southern Appalachian Archives at Mars Hill College will be the beneficiary of the 65th annual Asheville Antiques Fair, to be held Nov. 4-6 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center. Proceeds from the fair will go toward meeting the requirements of a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, received by the college in November of 2006. The grant and matching funds support a full-time archivist position, and preservation and programming costs for the Archives. Dr. Karen Paar, Archivist of the Southern Appalachian Archives and Director of the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, will be among the presenters at an

Expert Lecture Series to be held as part of the Antique Fair. Paar’s topic will be “Minstrel of the Appalachians: Bascom Lamar Lunsford as Folk Music Collector.” The theme of this year’s Expert Lecture Series, sponsored by Deerfield Retirement Community, is: “Appalachian Harmonies: Collecting and Preserving Mountain Music and Crafts.” Other presenters will include:  Philip Jameson , Music Director at Warren Wilson History of Appalachian Music and Dance, who will speak on the topic:  “Mountain Music and Dance”;  and Rodney Leftwich, a nationally respected potter and author, who will speak on “Western Carolina Pottery & Pisgah Forest Pottery.”

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Oct. 27, 2011



Get ready for toll roads in the ‘good roads state’

By NC Policy Watch North Carolina’s highway system will be changing soon from one where we all pay gas taxes to build and maintain all the roads in the state to one where folks with more money can drive on better roads and get to work faster or make it to their beach house earlier on Friday afternoon. The state’s first toll road will open in December when drivers will have to pay extra to use the first section of the Triangle Expressway. When the expressway is finished, you can use it to get from Interstate 40 to Holly Springs just outside Raleigh for $2.72 if you buy a special transponder and set up a debit account. It will be $4.15 per trip if you just use the road and wait for the bill to come in the mail. Even for the transponder users, that’s more than five dollars a day if you use the expressway for your commute to work. And those are just the prices for now. They will go up in future years. For people using only part of the expressway, they will pay 14.5 cents a mile if they have a transponder and 22.2 cents a mile if they wait for the bill. If you are ten miles from work, it will cost you at least another $60 a month just to make it to your job. You don’t have to take the toll road of course. You can take the slower, longer way if you can’t find another $720 in your annual budget. And the two-tiered transportation system is not just happening in the Triangle. The N.C. Turnpike Authority is now building a toll road in Union County for people who are willing to pay more to bypass Monroe and not sit in traffic on Highway 74, a popular route to the beaches from Charlotte. That project was on hold until a federal judge this week rejected a lawsuit alleging the state had not properly considered the environmental impact of the highway. The Turnpike Authority is authorized to go ahead with as many as nine toll roads in all and the state has applied for a federal program that will allow tolls on Interstate 95 too, so there’s a

good chance tolls roads are coming your way. For now the Turnpike Authority has a list of criteria it must use when starting toll road projects, including the availability of a free, alternate route, the one the poor people can use. One Triangle commuter told the News & Observer that she was happy to the pay the tolls because she will get home from work quicker and be able to spend more time with her family. The folks who can’t afford the tolls won’t enjoy that extra time at home. That doesn’t seem to bother David Joyner, the head of the turnpike authority, who compared tolls to the emergence of cable television when people were used to watching television for free. The difference of course, is that you can choose to pay for cable but the state transportation system is supposed to work well for everybody, not just people who can pay extra for a little special treatment. And once the toll roads are established, the calls to turn them over to private companies to manage are coming next. And does anyone expect that the requirement for a free alternate route will last once the tolls start rolling and wealthy communities want their own roads? Not to mention that the tolls will make it

less likely there will be a public debate about whether we should continue to keep trying to pave our way out of our traffic problems or consider more investments in public transit and smarter planning. Then there is general philosophy of paying only for what you use. Should people without children pay less in taxes because they are not “using” the public schools? Should high admission fees be charged at state parks so only the people visiting them should pay for their upkeep? It is the same argument made to justify massive increases in tuition at the University of North Carolina, that students should pay the cost of the education they receive, not rely on the state to pick up a large portion of the cost. The ultimate goal is to sharply reduce taxes and eventually reduce, then eliminate the need for government to operate public institutions, leaving it all up to the individual and the exalted market. User fees may have some place in state government, but it is a small and distinct one. But public universities, public schools, and public highways should be accessible to everybody regardless of the ability to pay. We shouldn’t be heading down these two divided roads.

October has been Bullying Prevention Month October has been National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus on an issue that was identified as a being a “big problem” among eight- to 15-year-olds in a national survey. Adolescents reported that bullying was a problem for them more often than racism, HIV/AIDS, or the pressure to have sex, and was as much of a problem as the pressure to use drugs or alcohol. Bullying can interfere with the important interpersonal relationships that support an adolescent’s mental health and wellbeing. Bullying is defined as repeated interpersonal behavior that is intended to do physical or psychological harm. Increasingly, schools, communities, parents, and adolescents are acknowledging that bullying is not a rite of passage, but rather a practice that can be extremely damaging to children and teens. To help address the issue in schools, the U.S. Department of Education has released best practices upon which states can model effective anti-bullying policies. Also, in March 2011, the White House held its first Conference on Bullying Prevention to discuss how we can all work together to end bullying’s status as an accepted practice, and create a safer environment for children and teens. Between 2001 and 2007, bullying was on the rise among adolescents and, in 2009, one in five high school students reported that they were bullied on school property in the past year. Approximately eight percent of high school students admit to having bullied others, and about 6.5 percent of high schoolers are both bullies and victims of bullying. The risk of cyberbullying has also increased along with the growth of technology in the lives of adolescents. Cyberbullying ranges from repeatedly making fun of another person through email or text messaging to posting something online about them that they don’t

like. Of these, adolescents are most commonly cyberbullied via text message. In 2010, one in five adolescents said that they had been cyberbullied at some point in their lives, and about the same number admit to having been a cyberbully. One in ten adolescents had been both a cyberbully and a victim. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is often crossover between being cyberbullied and being bullied in person–victims of cyberbullying were more likely to get into a physical fight at school or to be the victim of a crime than were students who were not cyberbullied. Generally, boys are more at risk of being bullied physically while girls are more frequently the victims of Internet harassment and emotional bullying, such as social exclusion. Adolescents who bully others are more likely to have been physically hurt by a family member and/or to have witnessed violence in their homes. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month—adolescents experiencing domestic violence in their home, their family members, and those that care about them can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE for help. The Office of Adolescent Health is proud to introduce our newly redesigned website, which features tips, facts and information on federal resources and initiatives related to adolescent mental health, physical health and nutrition, reproductive health, substance abuse, and healthy relationships. Stop by ash/oah to find: • The latest news about teen health and federal adolescent health initiatives •Evidence-based programs to reduce teen pregnancy and other risky sexual behaviors •Outstanding federal resources on adolescent health • Tips and strategies on how to talk to teens about sensitive topics like sex and relationships.

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Obituaries Arthur Richardson

Arthur Richardson, 81, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of Oklahoma, Arthur was an assembler at Walmart in Spruce Pine and a finisher at Henredon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 2006. Surviving are three sons; Michael Arthur Richardson of Spruce Pine, James Thomas Richardson of Michigan and Arthur Timothy Richardson of Asheville; two daughters; Carol Ann Richardson and Jeri Lynn Meanley both of Bakersfield, Calif.; a sister, Nancy Lovelis of Utah; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and stepchildren Michael Letterman of Burnsville, Sharon McCurry and Mary Ann Letterman of Burlington. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Bowditch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

Phylis A. Reid

Buchanan and fiancé, Brandon Ashe, of Candler; 15 grandchildren: Renee, Aaron, Jacob, Feleshia, Evan, Darian, Marcus, Shawn, Isaiah, Elijah, Trevor, Alexis, Kaden, Amara and Chance; two great grandchildren: Lindsay and Jocelyn. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral was Thursday with the Rev. Richard Blanton officiating. Burial followed in the Horton Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Margaret’s honor to Relay For Life, in care of Kathlene Stith, 81 McMahan Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Aiden Seth Garland

Aiden Seth Garland, infant son of Buster and Erica Garland, went home to be with the Angel’s on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Vernon Garland, who passed away in 2007, and great-grandparents Mary Bell Garland and Roda Fender Proffitt. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his sister, Skyler Garland and brother, Shane Garland; maternal grandparents Martha Cashion and husband, Steve, and Marvin King; paternal grandmother Marian Garland; great-grandparents Andy and Martha Shelton and Ethel and Edger Williams. Several aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Service. The Rev. Junior Metcalf will officiate. Burial will be in the KingProffitt Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home and other times will be at the home of Marian Garland.

Phylis Reid of Burnsville, passed away October 23, 2011, at Yancey House. She was born in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 3, 1918. Her family moved to West Palm Beach, Fla. when she was a child. She recently celebrated her 93rd birthday at Yancey House. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Reuben, in 1992. Surviving are a son, Michael and wife, Deborah, of Weaverville; a daughter, Susan Cook and husband, Donald, of Burnsville; a grandson, Donald Cook Jr. and wife, Jill, of Charlotte; and granddaughter Stephanie Cook of Gardner, Kan. Phylis volunteered many, many hours over many years with Hospice of Yancey County and with Yancey County Humane Marie Phillips Society. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. At Phylis’ request, there will Marie Pitman Phillips of Bakersville be no memorial service. Instead, please went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Oct 23, 2011, at her home surrounded by celebrate life. family. She was the daughter of the late George and Ethel Pitman, and wife of the Margaret Wilson Shade late Arnold Phillips, who passed away in Margaret Wilson Shade, 76, of Burnsville, 2008. Marie was also preceded in death was born July 16, 1935, and departed by a son, Allen Phillips; a daughter, Linda this life on Oct. 22, 2011, in St. Josephs Ballenger; a grandson, Michael Phillips; a great-grandson, Jeremy Roland; brothers:  Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was a Bruce, Jack, and B.F. Pitman; sisters; Joyce daughter of the late Mamie Young Wilson Evans, Alice Greene, and Opal Buchanan.  Marie loved to spend time with her family and Warner Wilson. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Warner “Hank” and was a Member of Cub Creek Baptist Wilson Jr. and a sister, Peggy Barnette. She Church.  Survivors are sons Arnold Phillips Jr. was an active member of Griffith Chapel and wife, Naomi, Jimmy Phillips and wife, Church, where she loved to sing. Margaret also loved to cook and visit with family Betty, of Bakersville, Randy Phillips and wife, Donna, of Spruce Pine; daughters, and friends. Survivors include a sister, Genevieve Judy Roland and husband, Horace, of Lottahall and husband, David, of Burnsville; Marion, Janice Hoilman and husband, three sons: Billy Bishop Shade and Harold, of Bakersville, Jackie Lail and wife, Carolyn, of Maine, Wyatt Minton husband, Ernie, of Hickory; brothers Shade of Burnsville and Stephen Warner Buster, Clinton, and Tommy Pitman of Shade and wife, Nola, of Burnsville; two Hickory; sisters Virginia Kanipe and Sondra daughters: Sonya Silvers and husband, Hayes of Hickory; 23 grandchildren; Edward, of Green Mountain and Katrina 45 great-grandchildren, two great-great

grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral was Tuesday and interment was in the Malone Gouge Cemetery.

Shirley Styles Phillips

Shirley Styles Phillips, 75, of 389 Orchard Road, Bakersville, died Oct. 23, 2011, at home after a long illness. She was a native of Yancey County and the daughter of the late Theodore and Zona Harris Styles.  She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Scott Phillips. Survivors include her husband Bobby E. Phillips, of the home, and her beloved daughter, Janet Kenniasty, of Columbia, Md., as well as three sisters, Teddie Styles Hall of Statesville, Erma Styles of Lynchburg, Va., and Doris Styles Laughrun of Midlothian, Va. She was valedictorian of her Burnsville High School class, a graduate of Mars Hill College and Meredith College and received a graduate degree from Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. She spent 21 years as a teacher in the post-secondary schools of Osceola County, Fla. She and her husband, Bobby, were married in Burnsville June 9, 1956. She enjoyed active membership in First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine, the Blue Ridge Red Hats, the Mitchell County Extension Homemakers, and the Mayland Writers Club. She loved painting, writing short stories and singing. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine,on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.  Following the service, the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall until 4:30 p.m.

Eula Jean McCourry

Eula Jean McCourry, 66, of Hamburg Road, Bakersville, passed away Oct. 25, 2011. She was born in Mitchell County to the late Dave and Eva Byrd Gardner. She was a homemaker and attended White Oak Baptist. She enjoyed reading and gardening.  Survivors include her husband, Harrison McCourry Jr., of the home; daughter Vickie Hughes and husband, Randy, of Spruce Pine, sons, Mike Grindstaff of Morganton, and John Paul Grindstaff of Bakersville; sisters Carlene Duvall and husband, Paul, of Bakersville, NC, Jan Poovey and husband Tom of Hickory; grandchildren Kesia Edwards and husband, Elvis, of Unicoi, Tenn.; Dakota Hughes and Emily Grindstaff of Spruce Pine; and Gabriel and Logan Grindstaff of Burnsville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Ray Grindstaff, and a brother, Douglas Byrd. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of HenlineHughes Funeral Home. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Don Ford will be officiating the service.  Interment will follow in the Silver Chapel Cemetery.

Oct. 27, 2011


Superstar Itzhak Perlman to perform with state symphony The North Carolina Symphony has announced that incomparable violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will return to the orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s scintillating Violin Concerto, capping off a program of Italianflavored masterworks. The special event concert, led by Symphony Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, takes place at Meymandi Concert Hall, in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. In recent years, he took part in the inauguration of President Barack Obama, earned a Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of the United States and performed at a state dinner for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush at the White House, among many other accomplishments. He joins the Symphony on an evening of masterworks based on Italian themes, including Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien. Perlman then launches into Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, a composition once deemed unplayable that has since become one of the most cherished and popular solos in the violin literature. Tickets to the performance are available now by phone only as part of the Symphony’s fourconcert Passport Series. Made up of programs from the Duke Medicine Classical Series Raleigh, this miniseries takes concertgoers around the world from the comfort of Meymandi Concert Hall by offering rare performances of dramatic works from four world music cultures, with featured performers

offering audience members a taste of unique national instruments. In “Passport to Hungary,” folk song-inspired masterpieces by Kodály and Bartók, as well as Kamilló Lendvay’s Concertino semplice for cimbalom, headline an exploration of a national tradition that has fueled hundreds of composers, at home and abroad, Jan. 13-14, 2012. “Tango Nuevo” brings all the passion of tango to the concert hall for a showcase of Argentine composers Ástor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov and Alberto Ginastera and a 21stcentury piece by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, Jan. 27-28, 2012. The concert features performances by bandoneón master Coco Trivisonno. Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn, joined by harpist Catrin Finch, takes orchestra audience members to his home—musically at least—with a concert of masterpieces from his native soil, Wales, in “Grant’s Postcards from Home,” April 20-21, 2012. Tickets for the four-concert Passport Series, including the performance by Itzhak Perlman, are $155 and available now by phone at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724. The Passport Series is presented in partnership with American Airlines. Any remaining individual seats to the Itzhak Perlman concerts will go on sale online and by phone on Friday, March 30, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Prices range from $75 to $140. Purchase the Passport Series today before it sells out, and take advantage of huge savings on worldclass entertainment. For complete information on the Passport Series, visit The May 15 concert will be Perlman’s fifth performance with the North Carolina Symphony. He previously performed

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra under the baton of Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann in 1990. He helped launch the Symphony’s 2001 season with a searing rendition of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor and joined Grant Llewellyn for a 2005 concert of works by Dvořák and Saint-Saëns. Perlman was last with the Symphony in September 2005, when he joined conductor Leonard Slatkin and viola/violin Pinchas Zukerman for Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major and Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins. Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children. The orchestra travels extensively throughout the state to venues in over 50 North Carolina counties. The orchestra employs 67 professional musicians under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks. Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It also holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington and individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year. For tickets, program notes, podcasts, musician profiles, the Symphony blog and more, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at Call North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

Burnsville Elementary School Fall Festival is family fun Friday, October 28th Burnsville Elementary School invites you to their annual Fall Festival from 5-8 p.m.. General admission of $5 for students and $2 for each additional child gives access to a wide variety of games and activities spread throughout the school such as putt putt, fishing, limbo and matchbox car show. Adults and children under 5 are free. A few activities such as face painting, bingo, pumpkin decorating and cake walk request an additional $1 for participation. Room 308 will also host the infamous Haunted House presented by the fifth graders as a fundraiser for their zoo trip. Admission is just $1, come in and get spooked. Our local restaurant Bubba’s Good Eats will be serving their delicious barbe-que. Just $6 provides you a plate of barbecue, beans and coleslaw or if you prefer you can grab a hotdog plate for $4. Popcorn, drinks and water are available for $1 each. While enjoying the festival games and activities be sure check out our gift basket silent auction. From sports

tickets to baby items a variety of goody filled baskets will be available for bid in the cafeteria. Here’s a few to tempt you. The vacation basket includes 4 tickets to Dollywood, the Night on the Town basket includes 2 tickets for Sunday brunch at Grove Park, the train basket includes 4 tickets to Tweetsie Railroad, the Go Orange basket contains a signed basketball, a Volmania book and other Tennessee inspire items, the Appalachian State basket contains 2 football tickets, 4 basketball tickets and more. The school conducts this auction to help raise money for additional activities for the students. Come bid on your favorite items. Bids will also be accepted by phone between 7:00-7:45 p.m. by calling 284-0247. Do you need a Burnsville Elementary

School T-shirt? How about a wristband? Stop by the PTO table at the front entrance to pick up yours as well as information about getting involved and supporting the school. T-shirts sell for children short sleeve $10 & longsleeve $12 for adults short sleeve $12 & long sleeve $15, hats sell for $10 and wristbands sell for $2. Get yours now and dress in BES style. So come for fun games and activities, a creepy haunted house, great food and incredible auction items.

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Oct. 27, 2011


UARA Racing

Alex Yontz Benefits from double points race at Newport Speedway The UARA-STARS delivered an action packed night at Newport Speedway Saturday October 22nd with Alex Yontz declared as the race winner. “Hopefully this is a little motivation for me and everyone on the team,” says the Newport winner. “We finished second last weekend at Caraway and have had some good runs here lately. It’ll be good to keep that going through the last two races now that we’ve got us a win.” With Newport being a double points race, series regulars were hungry for top positions that could have changed their entire outcome of the 2011 points season. Current Point’s leader, Brennan Poole had a good start to the night as he claimed his second Sunoco Pole of the season. Local driver Roger Powell was on the outside of the pole, with Steve Wallace in third. Newcomer Ben Rhodes and Kaleb Pressley rounded out the top five positions. Once the green flag dropped, Roger Powell jumped out in front. Powell and Poole raced side by side down the backstretch. Through the last two turns of the first lap, Powell was stronger and staged the lead early in the race. The first caution occurred during the third lap, Greg Bohanon,Jr. got loose and smacked the high side wall of turn three. His first UARA start was cut short and he parked his car for the rest of the night. On the restart, Garrett Campbell looked like he was the car to beat. As he began charging through the field, it was only a few laps later that Campbell brought out the second caution. Luckily there was no major physical damage from his spin. Wallace had a strong car and grabbed the lead from Powell on lap 52. Once Wallace got in front, he began walking away from the field. Darrick Coomer spun on the backstretch on lap 57, causing many drivers to check up and run into one another. Two drivers that had the most noticeable damage were Ronnie Bassett Jr. and David Roberts. Despite the damage, both cars persevered and finished impressively. During the second half of the race, Pressley worked his way up to second. Pressley, looking forward to a good points night for his team, got slammed to the outside wall on the backstretch.

Pressley never let up and fell back into a top five position. Hard work paid off when he came home with a fifth place finish, making it his third consecutive top-five finish. With only 20 laps to go, Wallace continued to pull away. Meanwhile, Alex Yontz was charging Poole for the second place position. The two drove hard into the corner, Yontz with the stronger car. The two made contact and Poole got spun around, ripping off the nose to his car. Poole, knowing what was at stake with a double points race, whipped his car around and continued racing without ever stopping. Wallace crossed the finish line first, but due to an intake issue he was disqualified. Alex Yontz was declared the official race winner Saturday night after post race inspection. Other awards for the night were George Miedecke with the Rookie of the Race and Holley Performer. “This one goes to my guys. Lee McCall, Jay, Seth, Zach, everyone in the shop. We wrecked so hard at Greenville and for those guys to get this car turned around the way they did for this weekend, including our other two cars, I can’t say enough for them and the amount of work they put in. I have to dedicate this Holley Performer of the race Award to them and I’m extremely grateful” Miedecke said. Not only was the race exciting for the regulars, but there were many new faces to the UARASTARS Saturday night. Drivers like Lance Gatlin, Taylor Coffman, and Dillon Bassett. Bassett, who is younger brother of UARASTARS regular Ronnie Bassett Jr., came home with a top-20 finish for his first UARA start. Young Ben Rhodes and Aussie Marcus Zukanovic both drove for Jamie Yelton and got experience behind the wheel of a late model. Tyler Worley had a good first time run, thanks to Steve Grissom who loaned him a MSD box after his car lost power during practice. This is just another aspect of the UARA teams that shows just how good they are. When a fellow competitor faces problems they step up to bat to lend a helping hand if possible. Hats off to the Grissom team for their show of good sportsmanship. The next stop for these STARS will be next weekend, October

29th at Concord Motor Speedway. This “Spooktacular” event will be sponsored by the Celebrity’s Hot Dogs of Concord along with Marcaroni Kid and B.R.A.K.E.S. All fans are encouraged to come out and be a part of the Kid’s Halloween Costume Contest and Trick or Treat portion of the night during the traditional autograph session at 6 p.m. Along with the UARA-STARS will be the Mod 4’s and Carolina Vintage racers. Newport UARA-STARS 150 Results: 1. 77 Alex Yontz 2.19 Chad Finchum 3. 7 Brennan Poole 4. 9 George Miedecke

George Miedecke at Newport.

5. 54 Kaleb Pressley 6. 21 Roger Powell 7. 31 Kyle Grissom 8. 18 David Roberts 9. 97 Lance Gatlin 10. 48 Scott Turlington 11.26 Joey Herques 12. 04 Ronnie Bassett Jr. 13. 2 Marcus Zukanovic 14. 09 Darrick Coomer 15. 59 Tyler Worley 16. 30 Taylor Coffman 17. 8 Ed Surrett 18. 72 Garrett Campbell 19. 44 Dillon Bassett 20. 4R Ben Rhodes 21. 4W Wayne Webb 22. 17 Greg Bohanon 23. 66 Steve Wallace (DQ)

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Records show troubling correlation between voting and court outcome From the front drug from her residence. Brown, who had been convicted of six previous felonies and spent time in prison in 2007 and 2008, was released from the Yancey County Detention Center after posting a $ 6,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Yancey County District Court on October 25, 2010, but the case was transferred to Superior Court and she was able to vote in person on Nov. 2. The charges were dismissed by the district attorney in May. Brown was arrested again in August 2011 on felony charges of possession, sale and delivery of drugs. Those charges have been transferred to Superior Court where she is awaiting trial. Another case involved a Green Mountain man charged June 15, 2010, with sexual battery, preparing an obscene

photograph and felony dissemination of obscene material to a minor under the age of 16. Henry Blaine Rogers, who was 20 at the time, was also charged the next month with willful injury to personal property. He appeared in court Aug. 24, 2010, where the felony charge was dropped and he was convicted of the injury to personal property charge, a m i s d e m e a n o r, a s well as misdemeanor preparing an obscene photograph. He received probation and a suspended sentence, registered to vote on Oct. 10, 2010, and voted absentee one-stop. He also avoided being listed as a sex offender. Jason Kimball C o o p e r, 3 3 , w a s charged with possession of stolen property and obtaining property by false pretenses. According to media reports at the time, Farmer said Cooper

was arrested after being accused of selling jewelry that had been stolen from a Green Mountain residence in July 2010. The jewelry items were recovered and returned to their o w n e r. C o o p e r was released on $6,000 bond, and was scheduled to appear in District Court in August 2010. Department of Corrections records show no conviction, however, and he voted absentee one-stop in the general election. Cooper was arrested again earlier this month on drug c h a rg e s a n d w a s jailed under $80,000 secured bond. Jonah David Teal, 25, was arrested on July 28, 2010, by Burnsville Police, accused of trying to pass a forged check at a local business. That charge apparently was dropped because there is no record of it in Department of Corrections records. However,

he was convicted in March on charges of breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle dating back to late October 2010. Both were misdemeanor convictions, and he voted in person on Nov. 2. Deputies arrested Ricky Eugene Foreman, 42, of Pensacola, in July 2010 and charged him with growing marijuana in his home, a felony, and felony maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance. State records show Foreman had two prior felony convictions involving marijuana. He was scheduled to appear in District Court in late August, and he registered to vote Oct. 28 and voted absentee onestop. In January the felonies were reduced to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and he was given probation. Farmer arrested

Christopher Elliott on Sept. 17, 2010, on charges of felony intent to sell and deliver Oxycodone, felony maintaining a vehicle to deliver Oxycodone and felony possession of Oxycodone. Seven days later the felony counts were no where to be seen as Elliott pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors: possession of a

Schedule II drug and possession of drug paraphernalia, and received a suspended sentence. He voted absentee by mail in the general election. His brother, James Ray Elliott, was charged in January 2011 with 17 counts of felony forgery and 14 counts of felony uttering forged checks. See page 11

IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION Administrator / Executor notice Having qualified as Administrator, of the estate of Phillip 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 13th day of January 2012 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This the 10th day of October 2011 Charles Carroll 45 Sensational Drive Burnsville, NC 28714

Isn’t it nice to have a newspaper in Yancey that actually gives you news to read? A paper that thinks there’s more to journalism than copying and pasting press releases onto the front page? A paper that prints news based on facts and the truth, rather than whether or not it involves their profit margin? Isn’t it nice?

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Hummingbirds all aflutter during mating season National Science Foundation Though famous for their mid-air hovering during hunting, tiny hummingbirds have another trait that is literally telltale: males of some hummingbird species generate loud sounds with their tail feathers while courting females. Now, for the first time, the cause of these sounds has been identified: a paper published in the Sep. 9, 2011 issue of Science by Christopher Clark of Yale University reveals that air flowing past the tail feathers of a male hummingbird makes his tail feathers flutter and thereby generate fluttering sounds. Male hummingbirds only produce fluttering sounds during their elaborate courtship rituals. Typically, during such a display, a male hummingbird will climb into the air five to 40 meters, and then quickly dive-bomb down past a perched female; when the courting male bird reaches the lowest point of his dive, he rapidly spreads and then closes his tail feathers. This spreading exposes the tail features to air, which causes them to flutter and generate sound. Clark’s research, which he began as a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, shows that the males of each hummingbird species have their own signature sound--largely determined by whether and how the fluttering frequencies of its different tail feathers interact with one another and blend together. For example, the fluttering of one of a hummingbird’s tail feathers may cause a neighboring feather to flutter, similar to the way that the vibrations of one tuning fork may cause another nearby tuning fork to similarly vibrate. When interacting in this way, a hummingbird’s neighboring fluttering tail feathers produce a sound that is louder - usually about 12 decibels louder - than would the two tail feathers fluttering independently of one another. What’s more, neighboring feathers that flutter at the same frequency produce a different tonal sound than neighboring tail feathers that flutter at different frequencies. Other factors, such as the size, shape, mass and stiffness of the hummingbird’s feathers, also help determine the tone of each species’ particular sound. “The sounds that hummingbird feathers can make are more

varied than I expected,” said Clark. When diving during their courtship dances, male hummingbirds exceed their usual flight speeds--with birds of at least some hummingbird species reaching their possible maximum speeds during dives. Also, the faster a male hummingbird dives, the louder his fluttering sounds become. In addition to diving during courtship rituals, a male hummingbird may also brandish showy ornaments and produce sounds from other feathers besides his tail feathers. Females choose a mate from among available males. Clark is unsure why male hummingbirds have evolved an ability to generate sounds with their tail feathers during courtship. But he offers two explanatory hypotheses. According to the first hypothesis, it could be that female hummingbirds prefer to mate with the best flyers because of their relatively high fitness and that females use the volume of a suitor’s tail feathers as a proxy for his fitness. If this were the case, perhaps males dive fast in order to increase the volume of their fluttering and thereby appeal to volume seeking female hummingbirds. The loudest males would thereby gain a selective advantage and be favored by evolution. Clark notes that common sense says fluttering sounds generated by actual flight would provide a more accurate proxy of a bird’s flying prowess than would vocal signals

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generated by mechanisms unrelated to flight. According to Clark’s second hypothesis, it could be that the sound of the hummingbirds’ tail feathers developed incidentally to the birds’ flying abilities without such sound serving any particular purpose-similar to the way that the sound of peoples’ footsteps apparently developed incidentally to the ability to walk without such sounds serving any particular purpose. At the same time, it could be that female hummingbirds prefer the loudest males for reasons not related to their flying prowess. If this were the case, the loudest males would still have a selective advantage and would be favored by evolution. “This work is an excellent example of the use of physical approaches to understand the function of biological structures, and it reveals aerodynamic - rather than vocalized - signaling during courtship,” said William Zamer, who directs NSF’s Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology program. “It is significant that the diversity of feather structures in these hummingbirds may result from sexual selection.” Clark analyzed the fluttering sounds of hummingbird feathers by measuring the fluttering feathers with a Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer - an instrument that is used to measure the vibrations of a surface and by viewing high speed videos of the tail feathers of hummingbirds in a wind tunnel. Clark notes that the aluminum wings of airplanes may also flutter as air flows over them, and in the absence of engineering controls, may even break because of such fluttering. Presumably, hummingbird feathers do not break when they flutter because they are less brittle than aluminum airplane wings, and so can bend more without being damaged. The study was co-authored by Damian Elias, of the University of California at Berkeley. Elias contributed expertise and resources, including the Doppler vibrometer to measure the vibration of the hummingbird feathers.

Free inspirational movie screening on Nov. 8

advised, as the film includes some disturbing images that depict the negative consequences of teen Graham Children’s Health alcohol and illegal drug use. Services, Yancey County Schools Church schedules golf and the Prescription Drug Abuse tournament for mission Task Force are sponsoring a free viewing of the movie “Forever The Mt.Pleasant Baptist Church Strong” on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at golf tournament will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Yancey Theatre. “ F o r e v e r S t r o n ” g i s a n Grassy Creek Golf Course on inspirational true story about a Nov. 5. The tournament, which will talented but troubled high school rugby player who loses his position benefit foreign missions to as the star of an Arizona rugby Uzhgorod, Ukraine, begins with team when he is sentenced to a a shotgun start at 1 p.m. It is Captain’s choice format, boys’ juvenile detention center. The story has a strong message and $200 per team entry fee. Prizes will be awarded, including about loyalty to family and the team, respect and honor, rising gift certificates for the pro shop. For information and registration above your mistakes, and service to others. “Forever Strong” is call 828-206-0059 or call the pro rated PG-13. Viewer discretion is shop at 828-765-7436.

Oct. 27, 2011


Scouting still matters for kids

I promise to do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack. As a child, that promise really meant something. It fit right in with the Pledge of Allegiance and The Star-Spangled Banner. It built character, pride, values and achievement. It was an exciting time. At least once a week, we would see the Cub Scouts and the Brownies dressed in uniforms at school on the day of our den meetings. We were all proud to be scouts. We followed our promise, always trying to do the right thing. We studied what electives and achievements we could accomplish so we could get new belt loops, badges or beads. When camp came around, we learned things that we otherwise would have never been exposed to, and we usually did it with our parents there as well. We were happy our parents were participating with us. It was one of the few times we wanted our parents around. My youngest son Cooper is a member of Troop 89. We went on our first Cub Scout Family Campout a couple of weekends ago. Me and Cooper and several hundred other young Cub Scouts and their parents and leaders. Recipe for a migraine? Quite the contrary. Everyone had an absolute blast. The scouts were able to participate in such activities as shooting BB guns, archery, slingshots, fishing and hiking. We watched a great movie under the stars about the pinewood derby (Down and Derby) and finished off the evening roasting s’mores over the campfire. We settled in to the tents shortly after. Even with the cool weather in the 40s everyone followed another scouting motto: Be Prepared. Scouting often provides our first real taste of the outdoors. Remarkably, with all the people at the camp, no one ever had a cross word, an

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altercation, or got mad about anything. Sometimes the lines for some of the activities were long, but even with the young age groups, patience prevailed. Patience was tested mind you, but yes, in the end, it prevailed. Maybe us adults should look back on those days of our youth and remember the joy we had sharing the outdoors, sharing our relationships with

our friends and our elders, and experiencing life. You know that pledge at the beginning; even as adults, even if you were never in scouts, is not a bad thing to follow. Bill Howard is a Hunter Education and a Bowhunter Education Instructor, a wildlife representative and the BCRS program chairman for the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at billhoward outdoors@gmail. com.

Notice of Special Meeting of the Yancey County Board of County Commissioners Scheduled for 31 October 2011 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Yancey County Board of County Commissioners shall, pursuant to NC Gen. Stat. 153A-40( b) and NC Gen. Stat. 143-318.12( b)( 2) , hold a special meeting at the following designated place and time: Date of Meeting: Monday, 31 October 201 Time of Meeting: 9 a.m. Place of Meeting: Commissioners ‘ Meeting Room, Yancey County Courthouse - Burnsville, North Carolina Purpose of Meeting:Agricultural Center Update; Recreation


Data suggests link between vote and outcome in court Continued from 7 Farmer said at the time that Elliott obtained hundreds of dollars in the scheme. He was jail under a $62,000 secured bond, but the charges were reduced to four misdemeanors for which he was sentenced to probation. James Elliott had voted on Election Day, just days before Farmer said the investigation began into the forgeries. Authorities later arrested the brothers, along with 67-year-old William Daniel Elliott, on a variety of felony charges after officers said they were caught with 112 Oxycodone pills in their possession. They were supposed to have a Sept. 13. court date. One month ago, authorities identified Christopher Elliott as “one of the top (drug) dealers in the area” and arrested him at his Satinwood Drive home. He and his brother were accused of transporting Oxycodone across state lines to sell in Yancey County. Recent headlines have reported the many people arrested by county and town authorities on drug charges, and an undeniable fact in many of these cases is that the accused were willing to do turn out to cast a ballot in the 2010 general election. They include Deonna Mae Murray, Gerald Douglas Styles, Caleb Lee Black, Jennifer Nicole Fowler, David Reed Greene, Charles Cecil Burgin, Jessica Lynn Crain, Briton Lee Chaney, Murph Nathan Angel, Holly Caravano, Edd Robinson, Michael Dale Carroll, Linda Gail McCurry, Charles Robert Hensley, and Joni Boings Laws. In addition, numerous individuals on the docket for the upcoming Nov. 15 session of Superior Court share the common denominator of being arrested and having voted in 2010. They include James Tim Cooper, Jason K. Cooper, Jamie Smith Deyton, Ezra Norris Franklin, Timothy Felix Harris, Zachary James Hensley, Charles Levell Hicks, Paul Daniel Hughes, Donna Marie Huskins, Leonard Antonio McFalls, Angie Louise Noblett, John David Street, Shannon Marie Valentine, Orin John Wilson II, and Jerry Lee Woody. The last on that list is a convicted habitual felon who has served more than six years in prison, been convicted of 22 felonies, and was expected to have remained in prison until last week.

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Re-Elect DOYCE MCCLURE Burnsville Town Council “Working for the People”

• 30 years Drivers License Examiner • • 45 years Sunday School Teacher Superintendent • • Served in US Navy • • Past President and Treasurer of Lions Club • Wife - Louise McClure Son – Steve McClure Daughter – Sharon Honeycutt Grandchildren – Chrisy McClure Ray, Bryan McClure, Jake Honeycutt Great-grandchildren - Steven and Trevan Ray

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You may not change your husband’s attitude

By John Rosemond

Q: My husband w o n ’t a l l o w o u r 17-year-old daughter Living to date. She is an excellent student, very involved in with activities at school and church, and has never given us any children major problems. A rather brave boy has result in these two young tried repeatedly to ask my husband for permission people doing something to date our daughter, but my ‘Shakespearean.’ This has husband won’t even give the potential of resulting in him the time of day, despite your daughter (a) engaging in the fact that he’s a good kid deception in order to be with from a good home. We know this boy, (b) leaving home his family, and it’s become when she’s 18, (c) entering embarrassing for all of us, into an early marriage that except my husband, that is. He has a large chance of failing, refuses to even discuss it. The (d) harboring long-standing whole situation is making me feelings of resentment toward feel like I’m watching Romeo her father, or (e) all of the and Juliet. Everyone who is above. I’ve lost count of the familiar with the situation, number of times I’ve heard including my relatives, tells about a female child who was me I should ignore my husband overprotected at home and and allow my daughter and this became ‘wild’ once she went boy to date. Please help me. off to college and got out from under her parents’ repressive What should I do? A: Under no circumstances thumbs. If your husband allowed would I advise you to ignore these two young people to date, your husband and go against his wishes, no matter how irrational they would have no reason to his position concerning your be deceptive or to turn this into daughter and boys. And while a soap opera. He’s actually I’m reasonably sure he is not giving them a reason to do generally an irrational person, what he probably fears most, the fact that he won’t engage and the consequences could in discussion and bend even be very unwelcome to both a tad concerning his stand families. on your daughter and dating Having said all that, it doesn’t means he can’t defend it; sound like your husband is therefore, it’s irrational (a going to come to his senses decision or position that is any time soon, no matter what driven or determined primarily anyone says to him, and it by emotion and which is definitely sounds as if everyone not supported by objective involved has said everything evidence). Nonetheless, your that can be said. I certainly marriage is more important don’t know any magical than this issue. Keep that in words that would cause him to revisit his thinking on this mind. Being a father, I would bet matter, much less change his that your husband is genuinely mind. This is one of those concerned for your daughter’s times, therefore, when I must well-being. Fathers can and regretfully tell someone that “I should be protective of their think you?re just going to have daughters, but your husband’s to muddle through this?” protective instincts have Family psychologist John gotten the best of him here. Rosemond answers parents’ His anxieties (I’m making an educated assumption here) questions on his website at www. have overwhelmed his good sense and he is in danger of becoming his own worst enemy. As for Romeo and Juliet, one can only hope that your husband’s rigidity does not

Events at UNCA Here is a list of UNC Asheville events November 2-November 13. Some events may be listed under more than one category.

HEALTH November 4 – Fab Friday: Eye Illnesses of Seniors – Dr. Brian Smith, ophthalmologist with Asheville Eye Associates. 11:30 a.m.; lunch available in the Reuter Café; brown bags welcome. Free and open to the public, from N.C. Center for Creative Retirement at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Info: or 828/251-6140.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS November 3 – Karin Peterson: “How the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary: the Modern Eye and the Quilt as Art Form” – “Meet the Maker” lecture by Karin Peterson, UNC Asheville associate professor of Sociology, 7 p.m. in Owen Hall Conference Center, room 302, free and open to the public. Info: 828/251-6559.

November 4 – Humanities Lecture – “Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance,” Peter Caulfield, professor of Literature, and Seamus McNerney, lecturer in Humanities, 11:25 a.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Info: humanities. or 828/251-6808.

November 4 – Humanities Lecture – “Postmodern Culture/ Contemporary Art,” Brian Butler, chair and associate professor of Philosophy, 11:25 a.m., UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public. Info: or 828/2516808.

November 7 – Humanities Lecture – “Persia, Zoroastianism and Alexander the Great,” Grant Hardy, director of Humanities and professor of History, 11:25 a.m., UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public. Info: or 828/251-6808.

November 7 – Humanities Lecture – “Before the New World was New: The Americas before European Contact,” Ellen Pearson, associate professor of History, 11:25 a.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Info: or 828/251-6808.

November 11 – Humanities Lecture – “The Rise of Totalitarianism in the Interwar Years” John McClain, lecturer in Humanities, 11:25 a.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Info: or 828/251-6808.

November 11 – Fab Friday: The Coming Battle – Bill Sabo, UNC Asheville professor of Political Science, discusses the 2012 election. 11:30 a.m.; lunch available in the Reuter Café; brown bags welcome. Free and open to the public, from N.C. Center for Creative Retirement at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Info: or 828/2516140.

November 11 – Humanities Lecture – “Environmental Sustainability” Grace Campbell, lecturer in Humanities, 11:25 a.m., UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Free and open to the public. Info: humanities. or 828/251-6808.

MUSIC November 3 – UNC Asheville Percussion Ensemble Concert – Students perform under direction of Matthew Richmond. 7:30 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium, $5 at the door, students and children free. Info: 828/251-6423 or

SENIORS November 4 – Fab Friday: Eye Illnesses of Seniors – Dr. Brian Smith, ophthalmologist with Asheville Eye Associates. 11:30 a.m.; lunch available in the Reuter Café; brown bags welcome. Free and open to the public, from N.C. Center for Creative Retirement at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Info: or 828/251-6140. November 11 – Fab Friday: The Coming Battle – Bill Sabo, UNC Asheville professor of Political Science, discusses the 2012 election. 11:30 a.m.; lunch available in the Reuter Café; brown bags welcome. Free and open to the public,


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SART invites you to readings of original scripts

S A RT a c t o r s & Mars Hill College Theatre Arts students will be reading the top finalists’ original sc r ip ts from 75+ submissions, with the playwrights attending to talk about their work. The readings are Nov. 4 - 6, with evening Performances Nov. 4 & 5 at 7:30 p..m. A f t e r n o o n performances are Nov. 5 & 6, at 2 p.m. The readings are at UNC Asheville Campus, Reuter Center - Lower Level, Manheimer Room. The event is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served. It’s a weekend of new plays! Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. A TENNESSEE WALK (A Play With Music) By Rob Anderson of Orlando, Fla. In the hills of Tennessee, the art of storytelling is as rich and alive as it was back in the early days. A Tennessee Walk uses this art,


where truth and fiction blend together with no more effort than the drawing of breath, and weaves a dark Southern Gothic tale surrounding the legend of Murderous Mary, the elephant, and the effect that secrets have on an impressionable girl of ten. Saturday, November 5, 2:00 p.m. THE VANISHING POINT By Nedra Pezold Roberts of Atlanta, How do you find your way home when the land, the culture and way of life, and even the relationships of your birth are vanishing all around you? That’s the problem that haunts Pierre, an environmental engineer recently returned to Golden Meadow to head an experimental program designed to halt the loss of Louisiana’s valuable coastal wetlands. What he finds, in addition to a dangerously fragile eco-system, is a brother-T-Paul-now engaged to Pierre’s former girlfriend and determined to break

free of the trap he sees as Cajun culture, and a father-Paul-still smarting from the pain of his broken relationship with Pierre. When Paul’s shrimp boat sinks in a fiery wreck at sea, Pierre believes that replacing the vessel is the way to connect with his father and heal old wounds. But Paul wants more than a boat; he wants his son back. As questions of home and family take root in the shaky soil of longing and misunderstanding, these four characters struggle to transform loss into triumph, and find laughter and hope in the process. Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. NOT WITHOUT OUR WOMEN (A Musical) Book by Andrew Black of Athens, OH & Patricia Milton of San Leandro, Calif. Music by Caroline Altman of El Cerrito, CA Lyrics by Caroline Altman, Andrew Black & Patricia Milton Beau, a young man

dislocated after the Civil War, longs for a stable home. Abigail, an independent, educated suffragist, insists on being her own woman. In South Pass City, WY, these two pioneers struggle to find a new way to love: as equals. Not Without Our Women takes place during the fight for suffrage for women in the last half of the 19th century, as frontier society experienced radical change, shaking longheld beliefs to their foundations. Sunday, November 6, 2:00 p.m. A S S I S T E D LIVING By Rich

Rubin of Portland. When Rose Fowler, feisty retired schoolteacher, begins to show signs of progressive Alzheimer’s disease, her middle-aged children, Ben a n d S a n d y, g r o w increasingly alarmed. Ben and Sandy propose moving Rose from her apartment to an assisted living facility, but Rose is a woman who still has a mind of her own. Family tensions rise as Rose’s need to retain independence repeatedly clashes with her children’s wish to ensure her safety.

The Conference will take place in the Reuter Center, located on the north side of the UNCA campus. The Manheimer Room, #102A, is on the lower level. For a map of the campus and location of the Reuter Center, please see http://www2. about/campusmap. html. For driving directions to UNCA, please see http:// driving-directions. F o r m o r e information about ScriptFEST, please c a l l t h e S A RT business office at 828-689-1384.

Oct. 27, 2011


What’stoeatattheelementaryschools? Friday, Oct 28

Monday, Oct 31

Tues Nov 1

Wed Nov 2

Thurs Nov 3

Friday, Nov 4

Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Pancakes Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Happy Halloween! Lunch Hamburger/ Cheeseburger/Pizza Sticks w/Marinara/ Corn/Carrot Sticks/ Peaches/Blueberries Milk

Lunch Hot Dog/Baked Ham/Mac and Cheese/Cornbread/ Sunbut’r w/ Jelly San’wich/B. Beans/Cole Slaw/ Pears.B.Berry Crisp Milk

Lunch Cheesy Beef Nachos/ Ham N Cheese San’wich/SunBut’r w/Jelly San’wich/ Salad/Veggie Beans/ Fruit/Fruit Cocktail Milk

Breakfast Ham Biscuit Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk Lunch Toasted Cheese San’wich/Sunbut’r w/jelly San’wich/ Stuffed Crust Pizza/ Veggie Beef Soup/ Broccoli/Fruit/ Applesauce Milk

Lunch Beef Tacos/Fish Nuggets/Cornbread/ Salad/Spicy Pinto Beans/Pineapple Bits/Mandarin Oranges Milk

Lunch Turkey Pie/BBQ Rib San’wich/Sunbut’r w/jelly San’wich/ Baked Potatoes/ Green Beans/ Mandarin Oranges/ Pineapple Bits Milk

Food for thought for middle school Friday, Oct 28

Monday, Oct 31

Tuesday, Nov 1

Wed., Nov 2

Thurs., Nov 3

Friday, Nov 4

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Pancakes Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Pancakes Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Waffles Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Lunch Beef Tacos/ Fish Nuggets/ Chix Quesod’o/ Cornbread/Salad/ Spicy Pinto Beans/ Pineapple Bits/ Mandarin Oranges/ Milk

Breakfast Ham Biscuit Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Happy Halloween

Lunch Hot Dog/Baked Ham/Mac&Cheese/ Cornbread/Stuffed Crust Pizza/Baked Beans/Slaw/Pears/ Blueberry Apple Crisp/ Milk

Lunch Cheesy Beef Nachos/Ham N Cheese San’wich/ Chix Quesadilla/ Salad/Veggie Beans/ Fruit/Fruit Cocktail Milk

Lunch T.Cheese San’wiches/ Sunbut’r San’wich/ Stuffed Crust Pizza/ Veggie Beef Soup/ Broccoli/Fruit/ Applesauce Milk

Lunch Hamburger/ Cheeseburger/Pizza Stick w/Marinara/ Corn/Carrot Stix/ Peaches/Blueberries Milk

Lunch Turkey Pie/BBQ Rib San’wich/Chix Tenders Biscuit/ Baked Potatoes/ Green Beans/ Mandarin Oranges/ Pineapple Bits Milk

Chowing down at Mountain Heritage Friday, Oct 28

Monday, Oct 31

Tuesday, Nov 1

Wed., Nov 2

Thurs., Nov 3

Friday, Nov 4

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Biscuit w/Jelly Chix Biscuit Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Waffles Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Sausage Biscuit Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Pancakes Chix Biscuit Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Lunch Beef Tacos/ Fish Nuggets/ Chix Quesod’o/ Cornbread/Salad/ Spicy Pinto Beans/ Pineapple Bits/ Mandarin Oranges/ Milk

Happy Halloween

Lunch Hot Dog/Baked Ham/Mac&Cheese/ Cornbread/Stuffed Crust Pizza/Baked Beans/Slaw/Pears/ Blueberry Apple Crisp/ Milk

Lunch Cheesy Beef Nachos/Ham N Cheese San’wich/ Chix Quesadilla/ Salad/Veggie Beans/ Fruit/Fruit Cocktail Milk

Lunch T.Cheese San’wiches/ Sunbut’r San’wich/ Stuffed Crust Pizza/ Veggie Beef Soup/ Broccoli/Fruit/ Applesauce Milk

Lunch Turkey Pie/BBQ Rib San’wich/Chix Tenders Biscuit/ Baked Potatoes/ Green Beans/ Mandarin Oranges/ Pineapple Bits Milk

the markets to make their own operations successful. The project is a CEFS initiative that encourages consumers, businesses, institutions and agencies to spend

10 percent of their food dollars on locally produced foods. Between now and Dec. 1, city and county governments and state agencies may submit proposals to be included

in the initiative. Successful proposals will kick off with a community charrette to conceptualize the local incubator farm projects. In exchange for a rent-free place to farm,

the new farmers will be asked to give back to their communities, either by donating fresh farm products or other services for those in need, said Dr. Nancy Creamer, codirector of CEFS and North Carolina State University professor of horticultural science. CEFS will partner with municipalities, counties or state agencies to help develop up to five new incubator farms over the next two years.

Lunch Hamburger/ Cheeseburger/Pizza Stick w/Marinara/ Corn/Carrot Stix/ Peaches/Blueberries Milk

farmers, thanks to an effort by the Center for Environmental Farming Up to five North Systems. Incubator Carolina communities farms provide aspiring will receive support farmers with a place to to develop incubator learn, try their hand at farms to attract new farming and develop

Initiative to support farming


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Oct. 27, 2011


TRAC offers free old time music lessons the old time way

By Mary Charbonnet In Western North Carolina we are justifiably proud of the many things that have delighted and joined us together for generations: the sight of our beautiful mountains and hollows, the smell of applesauce cooking in an outdoor caldron, the feel of a cool river splashing against our skin in summer, the taste of barbeque right off the grill. But the most unique, and a rg u a b l y t h e b e s t , treat to our senses is the sound of our own mountain music played on traditional instruments in the oldtime, traditional way. A n d n o w, t h r o u g h the Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS), the children of our area have an opportunity to be part

session of TAPS in early 2012 school For more information, or to register for these lessons, call or email

of the chain linking future generations with music of their parents and grandparents. The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC), through a partial grant from the North Carolina Arts Council (a state agency), has arranged for well-known traditional musicians to offer our children free lessons in oldtime music on guitar, dulcimer and fiddle. And instead of being taught to read music, students will learn in the traditional way: see, watch and do! In Yancey County, old time guitar is now being taught by Ron Powell to 4th & 5th graders at Burnsville Elementary, while Don Pedi is offering dulcimer lessons at Bald Creek Elementary School. In Mitchell County, 4th-

8th grade students can study guitar with Terry and Ruth McKinney at Harris Middle School, or fiddle with Kenny Jobe at the Mitchell County Historic Courthouse. HomeSchooled students are welcome as well. These popular musicians are generously giving their time and talents because they are committed to the idea of connecting young people with their regional heritage in order to preserve the art and teaching techniques of an earlier time. Space is available in Mitchell County for the guitar and Fiddle classes. Please call TRAC to register, firstcome-first served. The classes meet one day a week afterschool for 1.5 hours and will continue until December 13. There is no fee for the

classes, but there is a $10.00, refundable deposit to use the instruments. Need based scholarships are available for the $10.00 deposit. Students may also use their own personal instruments, but should check with the instructor to make sure they are playable and in good repair. TRAC will continue to sponsor a 12 week

Ellen Dowling, TRAC Education Coordinator at (828) 682-7215 or

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