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By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Yancey County Commissioner Michele Presnell defeated veteran state representative Ray Rapp in the General Election to represent Yancey, Madison and Haywood counties in the state legislature. Presnell, who did not seek re-election to the county board, won 18,670 to Rapp’s 17,725. Photos by Jonathan Austin/Yancey County News She credited her victory to hard work and the impact of campaign Michele Presnell counts numbers as vote tallies are called in to GOP flyers mailed to households in the headquarters in Burnsville on election night. Presnell, a county commissioner, district. defeated veteran State Rep. Ray Rapp. Above right, Democrats update the Presnell sat at a desk at GOP tally board at the party gathering election night at the Town Center. headquarters election night

crunching numbers, watching the ebb and flow of the race. She went home before any winner was obvious, and only knew of her victory when someone called to congratulate her. “I’m overwhelmed,” she said Wednesday morning at her framing shop on U.S. 19E. “I didn’t actually go to bed until about 4:30 and I didn’t get up until about 7:30, and I have hit the ground running,” she said. “I’ve already talked with people in the different counties. I want to work with the commissioners in See page 9

Perdue dedicates Yancey’s first divided four lane highway

Photo by Jonathan Austin/Yancey County News

Local and state dignitaries join Gov. Bev Perdue in cutting the ribbon for the official opening of the newly widened U.S 19.

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Gov. Bev Perdue recalled an era “of two- lane road with single lane bridges” as she stood atop Madison Mountain last week to dedicate the opening of the widened U.S. 19 from Mars Hill to near Burnsville. Growing up just 70 miles north of Burnsville in Grundy, Va., gave Perdue a rural perspective similar to that of Yancey natives, she said. “I felt like and we all felt like we paid our tax dollars but we never got any recognition,” she said. “It’s about time we did improve the road corridor through here.” Back then, “On a cold snowy day, sometimes

people would sit for hours waiting for that single lane and bridge to be cleared,” Perdue remembered. The wider and straighter federal highway that ties Yancey into the federal interstate system “means so much for this area, for the economy, health care, and for the pure mood of the people of Western North Carolina.” According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, $107.9 million was spent widened See Page 5 Your only locally owned newspaper!

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‘The quintessential great rural newspaper’

From The Institute for Rural Journalism and Moore wrote, “Susan and Jonathan are Community Issues, School of Journalism and essentially a two-person operation, which is Telecommunications University of Kentucky quite remarkable, given the comprehensive, hard-hitting, public-service journalism they Jonathan and Susan Austin of the Yancey practice in their weekly publication. I was County News are the winners of the 2012 Tom highly impressed with their strong commitment and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity and to, and practice of, the highest standards of tenacity in rural journalism. professional journalism, ethics and public The Institute for Rural Journalism and interest. They do so knowing full well that some Community Issues, based in the School of public officials may chastise and even attempt Journalism and Telecommunications at the to punish them.” University of Kentucky, presents the award Moore, a native of Hazard, Ky., concluded by in honor of the couple who published The calling the Austins “role models for other rural Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Ky., for more journalists ... They represent and symbolize the than 50 years. Tom Gish, who died in 2008, best in our noble profession, and the Yancey and his wife Pat were the first recipients of the County News is the quintessential great rural award. newspaper.” “The Austins showed courage in starting a The award committee that unanimously second newspaper in a one-newspaper town, endorsed Moore’s nomination included Ben in January 2011, then demonstrated courage, Gish, son of Tom and Pat Gish and editor of tenacity and integrity by their reporting on The Mountain Eagle. He said, “Even though it local corruption,” said Al Cross, the director occurred a few decades apart, I get the same of the institute. feeling from looking at the examples of their The weekly paper reported in its first edition work as I do when I look at copies of the Eagle about a state investigation of vote-fraud when my parents were just getting started in allegations, then analyzed records obtained the late 1950s.” from investigators to report that the county had Upon getting the news, Jonathan Austin an unusually high number of absentee ballots, said, “We are humbled and honored to receive many of which were witnessed by employees the Gish Award. Good journalists can spend of the county sheriff’s department and cast by their careers doing important work, yet criminal defendants, some of whose charges they may never receive recognition other were soon dropped. than an occasional tip of the hat from their The paper revealed that the county’s chief neighbors. To be recognized by the Institute deputy - the arresting officer in several cases for Rural Journalism and Community Issues in which the suspects immediately voted and for our work reporting on the events in Yancey were given leniency - was also pawning county- County is especially nice because the institute owned guns for personal gain. strives to strengthen the small, rural media in The Austins were nominated by Roy L. Appalachia.” Moore, dean of the College of Communication Another judge, Dr. Nancy Green, wrote, at Middle Tennessee State University in “The spirit of small community, making Murfreesboro and author of the textbook Media positive change journalism with limited Law and Ethics. He helped start the Institute resources and fearlessness in the Jonathan and for Rural Journalism when he was at Kentucky and is one of its academic partners. After an unannounced visit to the paper,


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Susan Austin entry is the essence of the Gishes’ legacy that we honor with this award.” Green is executive director of external relations for Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, Ind. The Austins’ efforts have also been honored with the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism and the highly competitive E.W. Scripps Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment. A Scripps judge wrote that the paper practiced hard-nosed journalism “in a rural county where government is entrenched, across generations in at least one office, sheriff; and with officials used to operating with a disregard for public scrutiny and accountability ...” The judge, First Amendment Center Executive Director Gene Policinski, wrote that the paper was “the first news organization in many years, if ever, to challenge those in power, and at risk to its circulation, survival and even concerns about the personal safety of its small staff.” Besides Tom and Pat Gish, other winners of the award have been the Ezzell family, publishers of The Canadian (Tex.) Record, in 2007; former publisher Stanley Dearman and Publisher Jim Prince of The Neshoba Democrat of Philadelphia, Miss., in 2008; and Samantha Swindler, editor-publisher of the weekly Headlight Herald in Tillamook, Oregon, for her work as editor of the daily Times-Tribune in Corbin, Ky., and managing editor of the Jacksonville (Tex.) Daily Progress, in 2010; and Stanley Nelson and the Concordia Sentinel of Ferriday, La., in 2011. The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues was created to help rural journalists define the public agenda in their communities, through strong reporting and commentary. It has academic partners at 28 universities in 18 states.

Letter writer ‘dismayed’ with use of herbicides to control plants in electric right-of-way

To French Broad Electric Membership Cooperative Dear Mr. Loven, It is with considerable dismay that I’ve become aware of your use of herbicides for right-of-way clearing. Regardless of the alleged savings to FBEMC, has any thought been given to the true costs to your patrons, your employees, and the planet? Our oldest son, Michael, died many years ago while awaiting a heart/lung transplant which were required as a direct provable result of his having worked on a team of right-of-way spray men employing one or more toxic herbicides. No one can kid me, lie to me, or cajole me to believe that, overall, there will be extensive losses to your patrons as a direct result of such an ill-conceived policy as you have adopted: Employee’s health, overspray drift, misapplication to valuable horticultural plant, and so forth, ad infinitum, not to mention bird and animal habitat areas.

The irony on the entire situation is that as a student at Michigan State College 66 years ago, I actively participated in the development of 2, 4, D and 2, 4, 5-T (agent orange) and other herbicides. I was studying horticulture and related fields. Mr. Loven, I don’t believe our rightof-way agreements ever anticipated such misuse and a misguided “management” policy. I will fight tooth-and-nail to get this policy reversed and your personal benign endorsement of same to be condemned for what it is – absolute folly. I will permit no FBEMC employee on my property with spray equipment in hand. I’ll resort to a restraining order, if necessary. Please inform me return mail of your future intent. I’ll not delay long in seeking and pursuing whatever action is required to stop this insanity before my allegations are proven in the field. Cyrus P. Jordan Burnsville

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Council clarifies Fire Department confusion By Mariel Williams For the Yancey County News The Burnsville Town Council voted to limit the uses of official town stationery in response to a controversy about the Fire Department last month. The Burnsville Fire Department has been looking to move to a larger location for some time. One possible option for this move is to purchase a building on U.S. Hwy. 19 from the U.S. Forest Service. At the October Town Council meeting, Charlie Hensley of the Burnsville Fire Department presented a letter written to the Forest Service expressing the town’s interest in buying the property. The council voted to send the letter, although members Ron Powell and Ruth Banks voted against it. Last Thursday night, Powell expressed concern to Mayor Danny McIntosh about the way the letter was written and sent. “A couple of problems—you

didn’t dictate this letter to [town clerk] Jeanne [Martin], we didn’t authorize you to write this letter, you just took it upon yourself,” Powell said. “I make a motion that all letters written on behalf of the town council and/or on town letterhead be prepared and preserved by the town clerk.” Council member Bill Wheeler seconded the motion. McIntosh explained that he did not personally write the letter, and that the wording of the letter was dictated by Forest Service regulations. “The letter was written by Charlie and [district ranger] Tina Tilley, and it contains the language that the Forest Service requires in order for them [to proceed],” McIntosh said. “It includes the language that we’re going forward with the purchase of the property. … The letter was written by Charlie and Tina Tilley, and I did sign it.” McIntosh went on to say that he had no objection to Powell’s motion, and it passed. Powell expressed concern that heightened emotions

at the previous meeting might have led to misunderstandings. Both he and Banks read statements explaining their support for the Burnsville Fire Department. Banks and Powell both stated that they support the Fire Department’s search for more space, but they do not want to purchase the U.S. Forest Service building in question. “The reason for my ‘no’ vote is I am worried that if we spend money on property and a building, there will be no money left for future equipment or safety needs,” Banks said. “I am interested in building on property we already own to save as much as possible for the future.” Powell read a longer statement, saying that he believes there are other, better options for the Fire Department and that the Forest Service building could be more useful to the town as a tax-paying commercial property. “I am 100 percent behind the Fire Department in their search for a location for a new Fire

Department for the town,” Powell said. Powell currently favors either rebuilding on the department’s current property or constructing a new Fire Department building on a downtown property being sold by the Briggs estate. “The Fire Department funds could help the town purchase the Briggs property and this location would give the Fire Department access to the four-lane [U.S. Hwy. 19E],” Powell said. “The use of these funds to purchase the Briggs property would also help the town secure parking for the Town Center.” The department’s current location, Powell said, could also have more than one use. “Those same Fire Department funds could be used toward building a multi-purpose building on the current location that could serve three town departments—the Fire Department, Police Department and Public Works Department.”

Burnsville council addresses downtown safety By Mariel Williams For the Yancey County News Burnsville is considering regulating sidewalk seating for downtown restaurants to improve public safety and avoid legal liability for the town. At their regular meeting last Thursday, members of the Town Council expressed concern that customers using outdoor seating could be injured in a car accident, exposing Burnsville to liability. Public works director Anthony Hensley told the council members that Santa Monica, Calif. suffered after an elderly man lost control of his vehicle and drove into a farmer’s market, killing 10 pedestrians. Hensley said that the city of Santa Monica had been sued over the incident and paid $23 million in damages. Hensley suggested that Burnsville issue permits for sidewalk cafés, requiring the restaurant owners to acquire insurance for their

outdoor seating and to submit a plan for where they will place tables and chairs. “This is a policy that will allow it to happen and it will protect not only the town but also the entity that wants to do it,” Hensley said. Mayor Danny McIntosh expressed concern that this would not be enough. In particular, he said that the outdoor seating at the old Hilltop Restaurant could be unsafe. “[At Hilltop], it’s not a question of whether somebody will drive over the sidewalk and into those tables, it’s a question of when,” McIntosh said. “Even if the restaurant has an insurance policy, the maximum limit is probably going to be $1 million.” McIntosh suggested this particular safety concern should be addressed before the Hilltop location is re-opened by a new owner. The council also discussed crime concerns with Burnsville Police Chief Brian Buchanan. Buchanan said that a meeting will be held to

discuss using neighborhood watches to prevent crime on Dec. 3. The meeting, hosted jointly by Burnsville and Yancey County, will be at the Burnsville Fire Department at 7 p.m. Council member Ron Powell asked Buchanan if his department has made any progress in solving a series of break-ins in town. Buchanan said the investigation is ongoing and he has been talking to business owners about enhancing their security. The council also voted to increase the fee for using the stage on the Town Square from $25 to $100. Hensley said that a $100 rental fee better reflects the actual cost of setting up the stage. A number of events are planned for the Burnsville Town Center in upcoming weeks, including the 10th annual Christmas Ornament Festival on Nov. 17, The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t performance on Nov. 23, and a Raymond Fairchild concert on Nov. 24.

Town Council discusses expanding authority By Mariel Williams For the Yancey County News The Burnsville Town Council discussed the possibility of expanding its authority on the edges of town through Extraterritorial Jurisdiction last Thursday. Dean Gates, chairman of the Planning Board, gave the council a report on the Board’s efforts in the past month. Gates said the Board is still researching the possibility of using Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) to enhance Burnsville’s boundaries. However, Gates said the Board would not make a recommendation at this time. The ETJ will be discussed at a meeting on Nov. 19. “It’s not a question of do we need an ETJ or not; it’s a question of how do we go about it,” Gates said. He also said that some citizens may be opposed to an ETJ because they do not understand what it entails. “The meeting we had Monday [Oct.] 8th, the folks came there under total misinformation,” Gates said. “They were thinking annexation, not ETJ; they had no understanding of what ETJ is.” Gates said that he believed some opponents of an ETJ had been misinformed by people in positions of leadership in the town. He did not name anyone specifically, although Mayor Danny McIntosh asked if he (Gates) was referring to the mayor. “I’m curious what someone said I said that was wrong,” McIntosh said.

“Oh, nobody mentioned your name, mayor,” Gates replied. “I’m going on what I saw live and in person. It’s sad that political posturing has to go against what I value for this town and what we all value for this town.” A number of Burnsville citizens have complained about the noise and unpleasant smoke from the asphalt plant connected to the US Hwy. 19 project. The council noted that although the town sent a letter to the plant’s owners last month expressing its concern, they have received no reply. Gates said that there may be a way to address the environmental concerns around the plant through state regulations. The council members also voted to move forward with a plan to repair sidewalks on West Main Street and the Town Square. The North Carolina Department of Transportation had offered Burnsville $250,000 for this project, and the town had previously committed $50,000 of its own money to bring it to completion. However, the bids came in over budget, and on Thursday the council voted to add $42,000 to its commitment to meet the project’s needs. “I move that we call them and tell them to get it on, and we’ll come up with the money at the end of the year,” council member Ruth Banks said. Council member Judy Buchanan indicated that the extra money would be worth it. “It’s too hard to get money out of the state, so I agree,” she said.

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Bill Beaver Bill Beaver, 69, of Candler, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at his home. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Will and Sara Laws Beaver and the husband of Ellen Bradford Beaver who died in 2007. He had lived in Buncombe County since 1976 and was a retiree of Harris Teeter. Bill was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, and an active member of the Dahlia Society, Pigeon Club and Beagle Club. Surviving are daughters: Penny Beaver of Candler and Darlene Ponder and husband, Jon, of Asheville; a son: Gary Maney of Candler; a grandson: Reilly Ponder of Asheville; two sisters: Nell Bryant of Green Mountain and Jean Gibson of Weaverville and several nieces and nephews. Funeral was Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Allen Rash, Jim Hutchins and Jim Page officiated. Private graveside services will be held on Friday in the Hughes Cemetery on Shoal Creek. Memorials may be made to Irene Wortham Adult Day Program, 916 West Chapel Road, Asheville, NC 28802

Zelda Deyton McKinney Zelda Deyton McKinney, 95, beloved mother and grandmother,died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. She lived in Rutherford College, NC with her daughters, Lib Peterson and Janice McKinney. She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Molly Riddle Deyton and the wife of the late Rev. Paul McKinney, a Missionary Baptist Minister. She was also preceded in death by a son, Bill McKinney; sisters: Ruby Jones, Grace Jean Deyton, Buena Edwards, Anna Laws and Irene McKinney; brothers: Charles, Cecil, R.B. and Fate Deyton. Zelda McKinney’s life was one of dedication and sacrifice for her children and family. Her selfless devotion for them throughout their lives was unparalleled. A woman of generosity, her liberality was also shared with all those who knew her. She valued hard work, and as long as she had the strength, loved to garden and to tend her flowers. The “law of kindness” certainly ruled her speech; she was full of wisdom and laughter. A truly excellent woman, she was a jewel that is irreplaceable in the

hearts and lives of her family and friends. Zelda was retired from Alba-Waldensian after many years of service. Surviving are her daughters: Betty Letterman and husband, Dr. Keith D. Letterman of Denton, Mary Gardner and husband, Boyd Gardner of Rutherford College, Judy Miller and husband, Dr. T.J. Miller of Bakersville, Lib Peterson and Janice McKinney; sons: Dick McKinney and wife, Lorraine, of Fletcher, and Pastor James McKinney and wife, June of Hickory; brother Frank Deyton of Green Mountain; 21 grandchildren as well as many great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren. Funeral was Thursday in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. The Dr. T.J. Miller and Dr. Keith D. Letterman officiated. Burial will be in the McKinney Family Cemetery in Bakersville. Memorial donations may be made to Mercy Baptist Church, 105 Hwy 70 East, Hildebran, NC 28637 or Hospice of Burke County 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

Gary Wilson Gary Wilson, 59, of Bakersville, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at his home. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Horace and Elzie Biddix Wilson. He was also preceded in death by brothers: Everette Wilson, Dewayne Wilson, and Norris Wilson; sisters: Carolyn Murdock and Hazel Wyatt. Surviving are his wife, Scottie Boone Wilson, of the home; brother, Hugh Wilson and wife, Willie, of Spruce Pine; sisters: Brenda Watson and husband, Bruce, of Bakersville, Glenda Fox of Spruce Pine, Mildred Wilson and husband, Jack, of Marion, Phyllis Mannis, of Golden, MS and Irma Ann Burleson of Granite Falls. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, in the Lily Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Gene Self will officiate.

Roy W. Ollis Roy W. Ollis, 92, of the Frank Community, died on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine. A native of Avery County, he was a son of the late Luther and Margie Cooper Ollis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Buchanan Ollis, who passed away in 2010; sisters: Orpha Fascko, Pearl Gale and Esther Ward; brothers: Baxter Ollis, Ivan Ollis, and Vern Ollis. Roy was a life long member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he was a deacon and the director of the church choir, served as the church treasurer and was the leader of the Boys RA Youth League. Roy was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army. He worked at Tar Hill Mica for a number of years until his retirement. Surviving are his daughters: Carolyn Huffman and husband, Conley, of Little Squirrel Creek Road and Joan Vance and husband, Roger, of Whitaker Branch Cemetery Road; sons Paul Ollis, of

Cherokee, John Ollis and wife, Melissa, of the home; sister, Noonie “Ella” Antill, of Burnsville; brother, Lawrence Ollis, of Whitaker Branch Road; grandchildren: Keith Huffman, Cindy Turbyfill, Paul Ollis Jr., Lora Ollis, Johnsie Parker, Joseph Ollis, Crissy Vance, Jonathan Vance; thirteen great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral was Wednesday. Burial followed in the Whitaker Branch Cemetery.

Donna Kay Phillips Davis Donna Kay Phillips Davis, 50, of Bakersville, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012 in the St. Joseph Hospital after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her mother, JoAnn Stamey Burleson and father Coy Jones, and her brother, Brian Keith Burleson. Donna was a former officer with the North Carolina Department of Corrections and a school bus driver. She was also a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and she loved her little dog, Sasha. Survivors include her father, Walter Burleson of Bakersville; daughters, Nikki Rountree and husband Dennis of Jonesboro, TN, Mindy Crowder and husband Shannon and Andrea Phillips; son, Darrick McKinney all of Bakersville; sisters: Lorraine Pittman of Bakersville and Amy Dale and husband Robert of Spruce Pine; grandchildren: Kiara McMahan, Malachi McMahan and Issac Phillips; also several nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to help with funeral expenses.

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Governor dedicates section of widened U.S. 19 From the front the nearly 14 miles of U.S. 19 to four lanes with a median from Interstate 26 in Madison County to Jacks Creek Road in Yancey County. Construction began in September 2008 on the project, which has provided Yancey County with its first four-lane road, has long been a top economic development priority for the region. “This is one of the most significant rural investments in the entire state of North Carolina in terms of its impact to the economic development of a large area,” Perdue said. “This project will be a key piece of helping attract new businesses and bringing jobs back to Madison, Yancey, Mitchell and other mountain counties.” Perdue was preceded to the podium at the celebration by local and state officials, i n c l u d i n g Ya n c e y County Commission Chairman Johnny Riddle, who said it was about time for Yancey County to lose the distinction of being the only county in the state without a single foot of fourlane divided highway. Riddle said the improved road is important for many reasons, including the fact that Yancey County has no hospital, so ambulances must transport the ill or injured to facilities in Spruce Pine, or for those needing trauma treatment, Asheville. Riddle made the crowd of about 175 people laugh when he explained how County Manager Nathan Bennett would be one of the first to celebrate the road improvements after Bennett, in 2006, had to pull off the old road to deliver one of his daughters in the back seat of his car. Nathan, Riddle suggested, might have made better time to the delivery room if the road then had been as wide and smooth as the new highway. State officials attending the ceremony included State Sen. Ralph Hise

Gov. Perdue listens as County Commission Chairman Johnny Riddle speaks at the dedication.

and Representatives Ray Rapp and Phil Frye; Transportation Secretary Gene Conti, and Wanda Proffitt of Burnsville who is a member of the state board of transportation. Proffitt also spoke, and took time to thank former DOT board member Gordon Meyers. “Gordon played a very important role in getting this project started, and it is because of his vision and efforts years ago – I believe in the 1990s – that we are here today,” she said. “He brought together two people from each county … and he told us ‘Folks, if we don’t work together and prioritize strategic highways for our region, we won’t get anything.’ “I-26 was the most critical corridor for economic growth for Western North Carolina,” Proffitt said. “Highway 19 was second, as the east-west corridor between Asheville and Boone. So Gordon, we thank you for all of

your leadership. The construction involved moving more dirt and rock off Madison Mountain than was taken in the 1970s when DOT sliced through Beaucatcher Mountain in Asheville. The highway was widened, sloped and straightened, with the work being performed b y Yo u n g a n d McQueen Grading Co. of Burnsville and Taylor and Murphy Construction Co. of Asheville. Construction of the second section of the U.S. 19 widening project is under way and scheduled to be completed through Burnsville to N.C. 80 by July 2015. “When the next section is completed there will be 21 miles of U.S. 19 completed with four lanes, finally linking highway 80 all the way from I-26,” the governor said. “That’s important business for you, not just for today, but for 50 or 100 years; because if you’re like me, you understand that when the state or

the feds do a major road construction or bridge construction project in a more rural area of the state, you actually are talking about a 50 to a 100 year project,” Perdue added. “Having good connections to the interstate is really, really important as you relocate commerce and attract business. I actually do believe that some day soon, I’ll be coming back as an observer to see you cut ribbons on new jobs, manufacturing plants and new small businesses because of the access this road provides.” But Perdue said asphalt and bridges are not the only type of road with which she was concerned. “I fight like a tiger to get every dollar we can get from the federal government to build out broadband coverage in every county in North Carolina,” she said. “It was really important to me that, as we built this connector we also continued to build the information highway, which is broadband and internet for all of the people of Western North Carolina.

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Voting by precinct for county commission Precinct

Jim Edwards

Randy Ollis

Jerri M. Storie

Duane Cassida

Marvin Holland Jeff Whitson

BURNSVILLE 1,125 1,177 1,052 1,050 996 CANE RIVER 422 401 349 429 433 EGYPT 148 145 130 161 145 RAMSEYTOWN 112 115 103 110 115 GREEN MOUNTAIN 182 189 171 142 143 JACKS CREEK 515 523 454 397 390 BRUSH CREEK 136 140 130 114 106 CRABTREE 788 820 700 897 888 SOUTH TOE 657 658 625 597 579 PENSACOLA 147 169 145 180 186 PRICES CREEK 323 313 281 449 431

1,130 542 185 135 169 513 128 1,070 643 215 548

Voting by precinct for county commission PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES Choice Votes Percent Obama/Biden (DEM) 3,954 42.08% Romney/Ryan (REP) 5,249 55.86% Johnson/Gray (LIB) 141 1.50% Write-in 52 0.55% Total 9,396 STRAIGHT PARTY (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Democratic (DEM) 2,853 51.28% Republican (REP) 2,673 48.04% Libertarian (LIB) 38 0.68% Total 5,564 US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 11 (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Hayden Rogers (DEM) 4,549 48.46% Mark Meadows (REP) 4,838 51.54% Total 9,387 NC GOVERNOR (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Walter H. Dalton (DEM) 4,095 43.15% Pat McCrory (REP) 5,214 54.94% Barbara Howe (LIB) 180 1.90% Write-in 1 0.01% Total 9,490 NC LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Linda D. Coleman (DEM) 4,216 45.55% Dan Forest (REP) 5,039 54.45% Total 9,255 NC ATTORNEY GENERAL (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Roy Cooper (DEM) 5,312 100.00% Total 5,312 NC AUDITOR (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Beth A. Wood (DEM) 4,386 48.79% Debra Goldman (REP) 4,603 51.21% Total 8,989 NC COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Walter Smith (DEM) 4,167 45.48% Steve Troxler (REP) 4,996 54.52% Total 9,163 NC COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Wayne Goodwin (DEM) 4,381 48.33% Mike Causey (REP) 4,683 51.67% Total 9,064 NC COMMISSIONER OF LABOR (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent John C. Brooks (DEM) 4,260 46.77% Cherie Berry (REP) 4,849 53.23% Total 9,109 NC SECRETARY OF STATE (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Elaine Marshall (DEM) 4,448 48.83% Ed Goodwin (REP) 4,661 51.17% Total 9,109 NC SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent June Atkinson (DEM) 4,487 49.54% John Tedesco (REP) 4,571 50.46% Total 9,058

NC TREASURER (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Janet Cowell (DEM) 4,312 47.87% Steve Royal (REP) 4,696 52.13% Total 9,008 NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 47 (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Phil Feagan (DEM) 4,524 48.61% Ralph Hise (REP) 4,783 51.39% Total 9,307 NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 118 (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Ray Rapp (DEM) 4,480 47.69% Michele D. Presnell (REP) 4,914 52.31% Total 9,394 NC SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE - Newby Seat (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Sam J. Ervin IV 3,856 51.48% Paul Martin Newby 3,634 48.52% Total 7,490 NC COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE - McGee Seat (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Linda McGee 3,565 50.50% David S. Robinson 3,494 49.50% Total 7,059 NC COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE - Bryant Seat (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Wanda Bryant 3,766 53.87% Marty McGee 3,225 46.13% Total 6,991 NC COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE - Thigpen Seat (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Chris Dillon 3,982 58.43% Cressie Thigpen 2,833 41.57% Total 6,815 NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 24 - Horne Seat (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Greg Horne 4,764 100.00% Total 4,764 NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 24 - Lyerly Seat (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Alexander Lyerly 4,815 100.00% Total 4,815 NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DIST. 24 - McEntire Seat (Vote For 1) Choice Votes Percent Ted McEntire 4,642 100.00% Total 4,642 YANCEY COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT (Vote For 1) Tammy Riddle McEntyre (DEM) 6,085 100.00% YANCEY COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS (Vote For 1)

Willoree Jobe (DEM) 6,110 100.00% YANCEY COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR (Vote For 1) Edwin Fortner 3,483 47.41% Fred Woodby 3,798 51.70% Write-in 65 0.88% Total 7,346

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The Cane River Lady Volleyball team, top, and the East Yancey Panther Football team were recognized Tuesday night at the county Board of Education meeting. Both teams were Toe River Conference and Tournament Champions, and the boys had an undefeated season on the field.

Steps taken to replace visitors bleachers The Yancey County Board of Education heard from Yancey County Building Inspector Neil McCurry regarding the condition of the Visitor Bleachers in the E.L. Briggs Stadium at Mountain Heritage High School. For several years, the Yancey County School Board has been investigating options on how to best bring the current bleachers up to code. Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton and McCurry met in early October and conducted an overall inspection of the bleachers to determine this plan. McCurry gave several areas of safety concerns and code violations in and around the bleachers including a crack in the concrete foundation of the bleachers, rotting wood of the seating areas, no handicap accessibility, no handrails, no end rails and wide gaps with no caging, allowing the possibility of someone falling through the bleachers. McCurry added that as these bleachers have been in place for over 30 years with minimal maintenance and little upgrades to meet code requirements, his recommendation as Building Inspector would be a complete demolition of the current bleachers and “start from scratch”. Dr. Tipton added “During my tenure in public education, I have visited every single high school football stadium in Western North Carolina and I can easily say that Mountain Heritage High School has one of the worst visitor bleachers of

any school in the region.” Board Member Jack Tipton stated that “We may not be able to afford the best, but we definitely don’t have to have the worst.” Board Member Bill Whiteside added “This is a safety concern, not simply an aesthetic issue. These bleachers have served their purpose but no longer reflect our standards.” With McCurry’s recommendation and the fact that these bleachers do not meet NCHSAA requirements, Dr. Tipton presented two documents to the Board for approval, a Resolution to Waive Formal Advertisement for Architect Services for this project and a Contract with Mr. Mike Cox of Architectural Design Studios to explore possible options for this project. The North Carolina Education Lottery Funds will be used to fund this project. These funds are designated for school construction projects. Mr. Cox is currently the architect overseeing the construction of the Cane River and East Yancey Middle School Health Center Additions which are scheduled to be turned over to the schools at Thanksgiving and the recently-approved MHHS Softball Fieldhouse Complex which is scheduled to be completed this spring. The Board approved both documents and thanked Mr. McCurry and Dr. Tipton for their time and attention to the problem of these bleachers.

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Q: My 8-year-old son was born prematurely and weighed only three pounds. He is still too thin in my opinion, although his doctor hasn’t been worried about it. I have been trying to get him to gain weight his whole life. In preschool, kindergarten, and first grade I did not pack a special lunch for him (lunch was provided by the school.) It seemed to me that he rarely ate lunch for these three years. My mother convinced me to start packing his lunch this year. He seems to be eating a bit more, but is overall just as picky. What should I do? A: Because parent concerns about children who don’t eat much and are underweight are fairly common these days, I’ve asked the expert opinions of two pediatricians. Both tell me the same thing: First, if the child in question is healthy and active, then he or she is eating enough; second, being overweight is more of a problem than being slightly underweight (the childhood obesity problem in is perhaps America’s major childhood health issue); third, if the child’s physician has been consulted and is not concerned, then there is almost certainly no problem. It is the extremely rare child in America who suffers from malnutrition, the symptoms of




which - lethargy, distended belly, dizziness, significant weight loss - are obvious indicators that something drastic is wrong. In all likelihood, his prematurity sensitized you to health issues and your anxiety causes you to see mountains where there are only molehills. I can only advise you to relax and trust your son’s physician where his physical well-being is concerned. Q: My daughter is in eighth grade and a straight A student. She turns 13 in a week and the iPhone 5 is on top of her wish list. She has told me that all of her friends have one. In truth, even some younger kids have them. My response was that I typically don’t do what other parents do, and I am not able to justify spending that amount of money on something she absolutely doesn’t need. What do you

think I should do? I’m thinking of giving it as gift when she graduates from middle school. But that means depriving her for another 8 months. A: A 13-year-old whose only material complaint is that she lacks an iPhone is not deprived. Four things I’ve said before in this column bear repeating: First, it is healthy and ultimately strengthening for children to not have everything their friends have. Children need to learn, and the earlier the better, that keeping up with the Jacks and Jills at school is not the key to happiness. Second, children do not need cell phones until they begin to drive (maybe). There is no evidence that they are life-saving and plenty of evidence that their use is life-threatening. Third, teens use cell phones primarily to text one another. They do not promote proper communication or a healthy social experience. Fourth, my recommendation is and will be that a child should get a cell phone when he or she can afford to buy one and pay the monthly bill. It is an extravagance that - however “normal” - isn’t necessary to a normal life. In this situation, your financial priorities should rule. Period. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers questions at

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fundraising campaign continues through the month of November. Bonnie and Clyde’s Restaurant of Loafer’s Glory will donate a portion of their daily sales and tips on Saturday, November 10. T-shirts and wristbands can be purchased at the Prescription Pad and the State Employees Credit Union of Burnsville. Raffle tickets are still being sold at the following locations: Buchanan & Young, Coopers Trading, The Prescription Pad, Bubba’s, Burnsville Chevrolet, Smokie’s, Fox Brothers, Jill’s Hairport, Sandy’s Hair and Gifts, Bonnie & Clyde’s, Wagon Wheel, Andy’s, and Prices Creek Store. This raffle has continued to grow and now contains over 30 great prizes. The drawing will be held on Saturday, November 24, at Bubba’s Good Eats but you do not have to be present to win! There will also be a benefit dinner and “open mic” night on Saturday, December 1 from 6-9 at the Broyhill Chapel of Mars Hill College.\Contact Jennifer at 678-3833 to purchase your tickets for this event.

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Understanding our respect for nature Our country is unique in many factors. Our founding fathers designed checks and balances that control our government without compromising our freedoms. This country, in a large part, has embraced the land in which we reside as the foundation to its building. Searching throughout our history, one comes to understand without the respect we have given to nature and the frontier; this country may have never survived. I have written in the past about an episode with Teddy Roosevelt when he was bear hunting in Mississippi. The story goes that President Roosevelt was pursuing a black bear and had several high ranking state officials invite and join him in the expedition. The party enlisted the help of Holt Collier who was known as the best bear hunter in the area to assist in the hunt. The gentleman also happened to be black. Roosevelt and Collier hit it off and stole the show with their tales of different hunts they had been a part of. One thing of note; Roosevelt insisted Collier be treated as a member of the hunting party rather than a servant. Later in the hunt, Roosevelt had a chance at a black bear that was beaten and worn from a ferocious battle with the hounds and Roosevelt refused to take the animal as he deemed it unethical. A newspaper cartoonist in New York picked up on the story, and tied his rendition of a bear cub strapped to a tree with Roosevelt waving off the shot to the fact that Roosevelt treated a black man in the South as a human of equal standing, titling the cartoon as ‘Drawing the Line in Mississippi.’ It became one of the hallmarks for equal rights amongst races during the time. We have also had other outdoorsmen make their marks on our history. People such as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone were indicative of our American spirit and beliefs. Not only were they more than capable of living on the land, but they served their states and our country

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with passion. Even before we became a sovereign nation, we relied on the resources our land provided. If it wasn’t for the assistance of a Native American names Squanto in Rhode Island, one of our first settlements may have gone the way of the Lost Colony story here on our own coast. Squanto assisted the Pilgrims led by John Smith through their first winter, teaching them how to fish for the native species of the region. Without Squanto’s assistance, the Pilgrims would likely have fought a battle with the local tribes and not been able to survive for lack of food. One story I find particularly interesting is that of our first President George Washington. Washington built his Mount Vernon estate on the shores of the Potomac River. There he became a proficient fisherman. He learned of the annual shad run there also. Washington constructed huge nets he could place in the river trapping the massive abundance of the darting

silver scaled fish. It provided Washington with not only a stable source of income, but actually an abundance of wealth. The winter of 1777 in Valley Forge was a typical winter for that part of Pennsylvania. Many stories tell of the harsh conditions and the picture in one’s mind is of deep unrelenting snow and wind. Actually, the winter consisted of moderate snow that would melt during the day. The constant wet is what the harsh conditions consisted of. Disease poured over the troops as there was no way to stay dry. Most meals were a flour and water mixture called fire cakes. Washington tried his best to get relief but Congress was unable to assist. Toward the tail end of winter, Washington realized the time was near for the annual shad run. Washington directed his men to construct nets and traps and place them in the nearby river. His hunch proved correct, and nourishment for his weakened and starved troops was provided by shad making their own pilgrimage. Our country has had plenty of courses that seemed to be astray, yet we continually find the right path. Adversity, tribulations, and trials have always been countered by instinct, knowledge, and love of the land and people. We have prospered from our freedoms that allow us to have the chance to develop those instincts and obtain that knowledge. And in those virtues, we further our love of our land and people. It’s great to be American and free. 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@

School board bids farewell to two strong members as Boone, Ramsey leave School Board Chair Rhonda Boone and Vice Chair Sheila Ramsey attended their final board meeting as members Tuesday night. Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton and the board recognized them for their service to the students of Yancey County. Boone and Ramsey, both former educators in Yancey County Schools, served a four-year term as chair and vice chair, respectfully. Both did not seek reelection. Boone said “It has been my honor to serve as Chair of the Yancey County Board of Education for the past four years. We are blessed to live in Yancey County were students come first. Every decision made was always with the students’ best interest in mind. The Yancey County School System has such dedicated teachers, staff, and administrators. (The) new board members, along with current members, will provide excellent leadership for our system.”

Ramsey said she was “so proud to have been a part of the best school system in the state with the best students, parents and the best administrators. I am so very thankful for time on this Board and shall always be interested in the Yancey County Schools.” Dr. Tipton, in presenting Boone and Ramsey with plaques, thanked both of them for their dedication to the system and said that the Board is losing great knowledge and experience in the departure of the two. Board members Jack Tipton and Bill Whiteside both spoke of how they will miss Boone and Ramsey, and about how it was an asset to have the two former teachers on the board. Member Mike Orr was not at the meeting. New members Angie Weatherman and Norb McKinney will be sworn in at the December Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton and outgoing School Board 3 meeting. Chair Rhonda Boone and Vice Chair Sheila Ramsey.

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The DB Flyers are having a “Make and Take” on November 16. Sign-ups will be held at the Ice Cream Deck through Nov. 15. Participants will be building a Delta Dart airplane and for a $5 entry fee there will be competition on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Cane River Park at 9 a.m. First Place winners will receive $50; Second Place winners will receive $25; and Third Place winners will receive $10. Airplane kits are free, the $5 goes for the cost of the competition. Building time is Nov. 16 from 4-7pm at the Ice Cream Deck. Any other information will be posted at the Ice Cream Deck.


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Are you cooking out the nutrients?

Medea Galligan MS Nutrition These days, most of us know that what we eat (including what your food has eaten!) has a profound impact on our health. The old saying “You Are What You Eat” has never before carried such weight. Over the last 30 years, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates have all skyrocketed in direct correlation with the quantity of refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils that have been used by the packaged and fast food industires1. For those of us looking to avoid these chronic conditions through a diet of unrefined and unprocessed whole foods and a healthy lifestyle, we need to consider not just the quality of food that we buy, but what cooking methods will best preserve the nutrients in the food. While raw foods like salads have many benefits, such as maintaining the natural enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and natural fibers in the foods. Although raw foods also alkalinize and detoxify the body, which is so important in our modern world filled with a plethora of chemical toxins, most people do not find that eating a completely raw diet is a good choice for them. Although many enzymes and phytonutrients are lost at temperatures over 118 degrees, cooking can actually improve the digestibility and absorption of nutrients in many foods. For most of us, we can enjoy fruits and raw vegetables and salads as an important part of a healthy diet throughout the summer, but find that as the weather turns colder we crave heavier cooked meals that contain more good fats and protein. The vegetables of fall and winter are the hard squashes and root vegetables, which with a little know-how can be cooked in ways that maximize both their nutritional content and digestibility.

and brussel sprouts, significantly reduces their anticancer properties. The active anticancer ingredient which is destroyed by the boiling process is called gucosinolate. Glucosinolate is an important compound that converts inside the body to a cancer fighting chemical called isothiocynate which helps to remove cancer causing components from our system. When cruciferous vegetables are boiled, most of this important compound is destroyed along with the cancer protective properties.2 But do you lose all the important vitamins and nutrients from your vegetables when you boil them? The preponderance of evidence suggests there is some truth to this. It’s been shown when we boil vegetables, a considerable amount of the vitamins leech out into the cooking water are poured down the drain. This will vary depending on how much water is used in the cooking process as well as how long the vegetables are exposed to hot water- regardless What’s Wrong With Boiling? of the specifics, it certainly seems disheartening If you have already made a point of cleaning to eat your vegetables as recommended and not up your diet and have made the switch from get the full anticancer and vitamin protection! processed foods and frozen dinners to organic vegetables and hormone-free meats, then it is REALLY worth your while to make sure that you preserve as much nutrition as possible during the cooking process. Unfortunately, many people are still using cooking methods that completely destroy the nutrients found in unprocessed whole foods. Not only is it a waste of money, but with improper cooking methods, the intended health benefits of a healthier diet are completely lost! Traditional methods of cooking here in the South, such as boiling vegetables and deep frying fish and chicken, have their origins in England, but that doesn’t mean that nutrient preservation was the objective. Boiling What About Microwaving? vegetables was just the way vegetables had Since the traditional method of boiling been cooked for centuries, but that didn’t has failed us, perhaps the modern technology mean that all the other methods of how to best of microwaving has provided the answer! It retain the color, flavor, texture and nutrient would be wonderful if that was the case, but content had been tried or explored. Boiling unfortunately more and more studies since the was just the way you cooked your vegetables, invention of microwave ovens over 40 years ago and was handed down from generation to have shown otherwise. Microwaves heat food generation. But now studies have shown us by causing water molecules in it to resonate at that the valuable vitamins, antioxidants and very high frequencies and eventually turn to phytonutrients recently discovered in all types steam which heats your food. While this can of vegetable are actually destroyed through rapidly heat your food, what most people fail boiling. to realize is that it also causes a change in your A recent study conducted in the U.K. showed food’s chemical structure. boiling vegetables that are members of the The first thing you probably noticed when cruciferous family, including cabbage, broccoli, you began microwaving food was how uneven

the heating is. “Hot spots” in microwaved food can be hot enough to cause burns - or build up to a “steam explosion.” This has resulted in admonitions to new mothers about not using the microwave to heat up baby bottles, since babies have been burned by super-heated formula that went undetected. Another problem with microwave ovens is that carcinogenic toxins can leach out of your plastic or paper containers and covers, ending up in your food. The January/February 1990 issue of Nutrition Action Newsletter reported the leakage of numerous toxic chemicals from the packaging of common microwavable foods, including pizzas, chips and popcorn. Chemicals included polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, and xylene. Microwaving fatty foods in plastic containers leads to the release of dioxins (known carcinogens) and other toxins into your food.3 One of the worst contaminants is BPA, or bisphenol A, an estrogen-like compound used widely in plastic products. In fact, dishes made specifically for the microwave often contain BPA, but many other plastic products contain it as well. But the most important reason not to cook your whole foods, or your frozen organic dinner (sold in a plastic container!), in the microwave is that microwaving distorts and deforms the molecules of whatever food or other substance you subject to it. An example of this is blood products. Blood is normally warmed before being transfused into a person. Now we know that microwaving blood products damages the blood components. In fact, one woman died after receiving a transfusion of microwaved blood in 1991, which resulted in a wellpublicized lawsuit.4 I know that by now you must be asking yourself the $100,000 dollar question, “How is it that a product that sits in more than 90 percent of kitchens, as well as practically every break room in the country, would be allowed to be sold if it wasn’t safe?” Good question! Because over the last 20 years numerous excellent scientific data has been gathered regarding the detrimental effects of microwaves on the nutrients in your food. A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture5 found that broccoli “zapped” in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97 percent of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants. See next page

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Healthy ways to cook

From page 13 A 1999 Scandinavian study of the cooking of asparagus spears found that microwaving caused a reduction in vitamin C6. In a study of garlic, as little as 60 seconds of microwave heating was enough to inactivate its allinase, garlic’s principle active ingredient against cancer7. And in a Japanese study by Watanabe showed that just 6 minutes of microwave heating turned 30-40 percent of the B12 in milk into an inert (dead) form8. It is this study has been cited by Dr. Andrew Weil as evidence supporting his concerns about the effects of microwaving. Dr. Weil wrote: “There may be dangers associated with microwaving food... there is a question as to whether microwaving alters protein chemistry in ways that might be harmful.” These are just a few of the thousands of studies showing the adverse effects of cooking in a microwave, not to mention concerns about the radiation exposure (while its running it can expose you to upwards of 400 milliGauss, and a mere 4 milliGauss has been firmly linked to leukemia), and microwave ovens were actually banned in Russia in 1976 following 20 years of extensive research.

So what method is healthy? If boiling and microwaving your food destroys the nutrients, how are you supposed to cook it? Well, there are actually several different ways to prepare and cook delicious and satisfying meals and benefit from the quality of the food that you’re eating! The first and perhaps easiest is cooking in a slow-cooker or crockpot, perfect this time of year for hardy soups and stews. While you may be using water or stock to cook your vegetable and meat in, the liquid, and all the vitamins and antioxidants, are retained in the broth. Another plus is the low temperatures that slow-cookers cook at, much like grandma’s special soup that would cook all day, except that you can turn it on, go to work, and have a delicious hot and healthy meal for the family when you get home! Another easy way to cook vegetables, chicken, fish and beef is to bake it in the oven in your favorite sauce, what most of us would call a casserole. Baking allows the foods to cook in their own moisture and take on the flavors of the sauce and other foods; the combinations are endless, and probably every ethnic group has their own favorite baked dish. Baking meals can also free up your time while dinner is in the oven, and encourage you to make enough for lunch the next day. Sweet potatoes, squashes and parsnips are all lovely fall foods that become full of their sweet flavor through baking. And after the casserole comes out of the oven you can pop in a healthy dessert, like apples cored and filled with

honey, nuts and cinnamon (baked apples!). For stove-top cooking, using a metal or bamboo steaming basket is another way to cook vegetables without losing all the nutrients in the water. Although the temperature is higher for steaming (240 degrees) instead of boiling (212 degrees), you steam for a much shorter time, usually only 3-4 minutes max depending on the vegetable, but you do have to make sure that you don’t over-cook your vegetables. Grilling is another option, but in the winter it is more difficult without out filling the kitchen with smoke. Stir-frying is another popular way to cook both vegetables and meats. Cooking at a very high temperature for a very short time locks in the flavors and juices of the foods, preserving the texture and freshness of the food. When stir-frying, however, you must make sure you have a healthy high temperature oil like organic unrefined coconut oil and a thick bottomed stainless steel wok or skillet (yes - Teflon is also very bad for you and leaches chemicals into your food!). One method for keeping moisture in your meal involves using waterless cookware. I’m involved with a company that produces American made waterless cookware, but there are many brands. G e n e r a l l y, a l l w a t e r l e s s cookware is constructed in such a way that it’s layers of metal hold the heat and cook the food from all sides at once- each pot is much like a Dutch oven with a specially designed cover that keeps all the moisture in. You cook at a lower temperature, always medium-low, for a shorter cooking time (3-4 minutes) with no water. Vegetables, meat, and fish cook in their own water, not only eliminating need to boil or steam vegetables, but it also eliminates the need to fry with unhealthy oils. Meat and potatoes can cook all the way through on your stovetop, in a dead dry skillet, in about 12 minutes. For more information on a variety of ways to cooking and eating healthy visit www. Happy cooking this winter! Sources 1. Jeffry Gerber M.D., http:// 2. Kristie Leong M.D., http:// 3. Watanabe F, Takenaka S, Abe K, Tamura Y, and Nakano Y. J. Agric. Food Chem. Feb 26 1998;46(4):1433-1436 4. NEXUS Magazine, Volume 2, #25 (April-May ‘95) 5. Vallejo F, Tomas-Barberan F A, and Garcia-Viguera C. “Phenolic compound contents in edible parts of broccoli inflorescences after

Butternut squash, kale & white bean soup Compliments of

This is one of my favorite delicious and hearty fall soups that you can enjoy for dinner, lunch, or freeze up a batch for when you don’t have time to cook. I use Homemade Chicken Stock in this recipe; in fact, I like to keep a few jars of stock in my freezer at all times. You could also use a homemade vegetable stock if that’s what you have on hand. 2 tablespoons organic unrefined coconut oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 3 to 4 cups cooked cannellini beans 2 to 3 cups chopped kale freshly ground black pepper and sea salt to taste Heat a 6-quart pot over medium heat. Add the coconut oil, then add the onions; sauté for 5 to 10 minutes until translucent. Then add the celery, butternut squash, stock, and rosemary. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Then add the cooked beans, chopped kale, pepper, and sea salt. Simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings if necessary. Serve and enjoy! domestic cooking” State University and attended the 6. Kidmose U and Kaack K. Institute of Intergrative Nutrition Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica B located in New York City. She 1999:49(2):110-117 is a Board Certified Holistic 7. Song K and Milner J Health Coach and member of the A. “The influence of heating Amercian Association of Drugless Week of 11/12/12 - 11/18/12 on the anticancer properties of Practicioners, with over 15years garlic,” Journal of Nutrition of experience in Holistic Health 2001;131(3S):1054S-57S Coaching. She has worked with 8. 8 Watanabe F, Takenaka thousands people of all ages S, Abe K, Tamura Y, and Nakano over the years, helping them Y. J. Agric. Food Chem. Feb 26 reach and maintain their health 1998;46(4):1433-1436 and wellness goals. You can Medea L Galligan MS, CHHC, reach her at her website www. AADP earned her Masters of or Science in Nutrition at Oklahoma by phone at (828)989-9144.


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