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Pensacola - Price’s Creek - Ramseytown - South Toe vTo be a voice, and to allow the voices of our community to be heard.v Sept. 29, 2011 W Vol. 1, No. 38

Tears shed Middle School Mash-Up for DSS

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News

Three women stood before the Yancey County Department of Social Services Board of Directors Monday night and pleaded for the right to at least see their children or stepchildren. The three all said social services had removed the children and either placed them with foster parents or at the facility at Crossnore. All three weren’t necessarily arguing that the children should be permanently returned to them; what they communicated was more for the opportunity for them or others in their families to see the children and communicate with them. “My kids have been in Crossnore for four and-a-half years,” one woman said. “My

mom can’t even call and wish them a happy birthday. Crossnore has told my youngest child their mother was bad because I smoke cigarettes.” All three women spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, and each was allotted three minutes. A good portion of that time they battled their tears to try to explain what they wanted the board to know. “I was proven never to have neglected my children but you took them,” one woman said. “Until the day I die, they will know that I have been fighting for them.” Another woman said she was speaking for her husband and her stepchildren, who she said were taken from him four years ago. See page 5

Fire Marshal surprises school with ‘real’ drill

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News

Ya n c e y C o u n t y Fire Marshal Neil McCurry slipped into Micaville Elementary School unannounced on Monday and quietly pulled an aerosol can from his pocket. Aiming it at a smoke detector, he let go with a burst of ‘canned smoke.’

The reaction was immediate and a surprise to everyone else in the school: Alarms blared, lights flashed - for all anyone knew, the beautiful rock building was burning. “Very few” people knew of the drill beforehand, he said. See page 10

Photos by Jonathan Austin/Yancey County News

Does it matter who wins when East Yancey takes on Cane River on the football field? You bet it does! See more inside.


Sept. 29, 2011



Clearmont class brings learning to life

Students in Dawn Robinson’s second grade class got a real treat last week. Dawn and her assistant, Heather England, brought the story, “Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night,” by Cynthia Rylant to life for them. In the art/music room at Clearmont they had recreated the setting of the story, Big Bear Lake, for the students. The room was dark with a campfire (electric) glowing in the center of the room. There was a tent, a Coleman lantern, ar-

tificial trees, sleeping bags, and of course marshmallows to roast. When all of the students were seated around the campfire, Ms. Robinson began discussing what happened in the story with the students. One of the first things students mentioned was that Henry and Mudge’s dad liked to sign sappy love songs while camping, so Ms. Robinson pulled out a guitar and sang Elvis’s “Love Me Tender,” asking students to sing along with her. She then gave each

of them a stick and a marshmallow to roast over the light.They discussed how to look for stars such as the Big Dipper in the night sky and how to use a compass in the woods. The final activity had students participating in a collaborative book talk. “These are the things that students remember, and Ms. Robinson and Ms. England work hard to make learning exciting and fun for their students,” said Principal Angie Anglin.

Bee Log Elementary is planning their Fall Festival

Bee Log Elementary School is preparing for their fall festival, which is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7 beginning at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4-7 p.m., and the entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. There will be an inflatable, face painting, hay rides quilting, caramel apples, the making of apple butter and apple cider demonstrations and lots of good old fashion fun.

The menu for the afternoon includes: All monies raised will go toward buying new Nachos/Barbeque/Hamburgers, baked beans, playground equipment for the school. cole slaw, dessert, chips, and drink. The price “Come join us and show you Paw pride by of the meal will be $6 or a Family Special of supporting our school. Thank you for your four for $20.    support. Special entertainment will be provided by We hope to see you there ya’ll!  the Front and Back Porch Pickers, The Barn Happy Fall!  Burners Clogging Team, and Blue Grass Band students from MHHS.

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Sept. 29, 2011



You Decide: How are jobs gains measured?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Here’s a recent headline about North Carolina’s job market: “Despite Employment Gains, Unemployment Rate Edges Up.” Huh! Was this a misprint? How could the jobless rate increase when there were more jobs? Aren’t unemployment and jobs supposed to go in opposite directions? Welcome to the sometimes confusing world of measuring the job market. Most people would think this is an easy task. Count the number of people working and count the number of people without a job but who want to work and -- bingo -- you should have the number of employed and unemployed and the unemployment rate. What’s so hard about this? But - as you might expect, or I wouldn’t be writing this column - it’s not that simple. First, the government produces no fewer than six different unemployment rates each month. The rate typically reported by the media, called the “official” or “headline” rate, considers someone unemployed if they pass three tests: they don’t have a job; they want a job; and they have looked for a job in the past month, meaning they mailed resumes, contacted employers or had job interviews. Someone who passes the first two tests but not the third is not officially considered unemployed. Economists call them “discouraged workers” because they have stopped looking for work. Also, people who are working part-time only because they can’t find full-time work, sometimes referred to as underemployed, are also not part of the official unemployment rate. It’s important to realize the government doesn’t hide these alternative categories of unemployed folks. Along with the official jobless rate published each month, the government also produces alternative unemployment rates, which include discouraged workers and underemployed workers. How much difference exists between these different unemployment rates? A lot! For example, in August the official U.S.

unemployment rate was 9.1 percent. If those without a job who have given up looking for work are included, the rate rises to 10.6 percent. Then, if those working part-time only because they can’t find full-time work are added, the jobless rate zooms up to 16.2 percent. Now let me try to explain the situation in the opening sentence, where the number of jobs can increase at the same time the unemployment rate rises. What’s going on here? The answer comes from the fact there are not one, but two job surveys done each month, and they don’t necessarily give the same results. One survey, called the household survey, goes to people’s homes and asks questions about their employment status. The various unemployment rates mentioned above are derived from this survey. The second survey, labeled the establishment survey, goes to non-farm businesses and counts the number of employees. Information is also collected about the types of businesses where people work. However, no unemployment rates are calculated from this survey. The two surveys can give different results because they include slightly different groups. The establishment survey only counts workers at non-farm businesses. No farm workers or self-employed workers are included. Also, since the establishment survey counts jobs and not people, it can include multiple jobs held by the same person. So on this basis it seems the household survey of employment is better because farm jobs are included, self-employed workers are included and multiple jobs held by the same

person are excluded. But a fact of life for both surveys is they are not 100 percent counts. They are based on samples, just like public opinion polls. And samples have errors. Usually, the larger the sample, the more accurate is the result. It’s sample size where the establishment survey shines. Almost seven times more worksites are sampled for the establishment survey than are households for the household survey. This is why most economists like the establishment survey’s measure of jobs over the household survey’s count. So what’s the take-away from all this? I think there are three important conclusions. First, put more weight on the establishment survey’s non-farm tally of jobs each month. The error in its estimate is lower than for the household survey. S e c o n d , d o n ’t b e s u r p r i s e d i f t h e unemployment rate and non-farm job count are not always consistent because they are derived from different surveys. When there is a discrepancy, I put more weight on the job count. Third, track the other, broader, measures of the unemployment rate in addition to the official headline rate. Make sense? Still confused? I hope, the answers are “yes” and “no,” but you decide! Dr. Mike Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Professor and North Carolina Cooperative Extension economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He teaches and writes on personal finance, economic outlook and public policy.

Security staffing creating some problems? If you’ve been to the Yancey County Courthouse recently you’ve seen the new metal detector and other security measures, all implemented on a strongly worded suggestion from Senior Superior Court Judge Phil Ginn. When County Commissioners debated the installation of the measures, they noted that the courthouse is sometimes used in the evening, and if I remember correctly, they said security should be provided for those times, including for county commission meetings and other official evening meetings. But on Monday, that didn’t happen. The doors were locked and the county Department of Social Services board of directors were told they needed to meet elsewhere. Now this meeting had been announced, and the public had been told the meeting was to be in the courthouse. Signs were posted noting that the meeting was moved to the Yancey County Library, and the board did meet there. But that’s where the problems began. “We got three (meeting schedule) changes,” said board member Randy Ollis. “I’m not happy.” Board member Peter Franklin echoed the concerns. “The courthouse; it is ours. We need to send a clear message to the commissioners that we are a county board” entitled to meet in the courthouse, or at least not be apparently jerked around when staffing can’t be provided for the security machine at the door of the

courthouse. “The cost (of security) is immaterial,” said resident Ray Fox. “This is the people’s business.” Board Chair Cathy King said, “if the courthouse is closed, we don’t have the option of meeting there.” But really, the biggest concern Monday night is that to meet at the library, the DSS board had to agree to lock the door to the building once the meeting began. That act may have meant that it was no longer a public meeting. “They shouldn’t have locked the door for several reasons,” said County Manager Nathan Bennett. The library “should have made an exception there” for a county board meeting. Bennett said he was to meet with Sheriff Gary Banks, “discussing how (security) will be staffed” at the courthouse. “When this building is open to the public, it must be staffed.” Bennett said he “can see why the library did (ask for the door to be locked), but we can’t have that.” Judge Ginn said Wednesday that “how they secure the courthouse is up to them, (but) they have to comply with the open meetings law. They have to find a place that does comply with the law” so actions taken by county boards will not occur behind locked doors. I agree.

Jonathan Austin

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Obituaries Elizabeth “Jean” Fox

Elizabeth “Jean” Fox, 69, of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011, at her home. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Hattie Laws Fox. Jean was an employee of Bantam Chef for the past 37 years. She was also preceded in death by two brothers: Ross Fox and Clyde Fox; and four sisters: Lois McCurry, Jackie Runion, Hazel Fox and Thelma Hensley. Surviving are three brothers: Homer Fox and wife, Neta, and Clay Fox all of Burnsville and Albert Fox and wife, Rebecca, of Weaverville and several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral was Wednesday with the Rev. Larry Sprouse officiating. Burial was in the Academy Cemetery.

Pamela Anderson Pate

Pamela Anderson Pate, 87, of Hickory Lane, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. A native of Madison County, born to the late Dewey and Vernie Brigman Anderson Stanley, she was the adopted daughter of the late Joe and Alice Robinson. She was also preceded in death by a sister: Bernice Banks; and, brothers: Ernest, Horace and Preston Anderson. Pamela loved her family, spending time with her grandchildren, and gardening. Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Ransom L. Pate; two sons: Donald Lee Pate of the home and Gerald Pate of Micaville; a daughter: Jeanie Chrisawn and husband, Keith, of Micaville; a granddaughter, Leigh-Ann Capps and husband, Jeffrey, of Weaverville; a grandson, Alan Chrisawn and wife, Amanda, of Nebo; three great-grandchildren: Colby and Callie Capps and Joshua Chrisawn; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Kasey and Rodney Kinser.

Funeral was Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Maggie Lauderer and Dr. Bill Lindeman officiated. Burial was in the Lily Branch Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Burnsville First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 635, Burnsville, Charles Bailey Jr. NC 28714 or Caldwell County Charles Bailey Jr., 77, of Mine Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Branch, passed away Sunday, Lenoir, NC 28645. Sept. 18, 2011, at Brookside Elec Louis Hensley Rehabilitation & Care. Elec Louis Hensley, 72, of A native of Yancey County, he was a direct descendant of John Burnsville, passed away on “Yellow Jacket” John Bailey. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in the He was a son of the late Charley Brookside Rehab Center. He was and Martha Hall Bailey. Charles the son of the late Marcus David was preceded in death by three and Edna Wilson Hensley. Elec was a retired correctional children: Beth, Shannon, and Charles Christopher; brothers: officer for the State of North Perry, Ralph and J. C. Parker, Carolina. He was also preceded D. P., Nass and Bill Bailey; and, in death by his son, Dale Hensley sisters: Ginger Tipton, Jacquelene who passed away in 1975 and his Huskins and Ida Lee Silvers. brother, Yuit Hensley. Survivors include his loving He was a retired miner, an avid outdoorsman and collector of wife of 51 years, Christina Allen Hensley of the home; one Indian artifacts. Surviving are a son:, Sandy daughter, Cynthia Gail Phillips Bailey and wife, Shelly, of Green and husband, Roger, of Unicoi, Mountain; four grandchildren: Tenn.; son, Christopher Hensley Charles Joshua Bailey, Jordan of Burnsville; twin sister, Marshall, Jessi Mae Bailey Winnie Chandler and husband, and Nicholas Drew Hoilman; Jimmy, also of Burnsville; two two sisters: Ruby Miller of granddaughters, Jessica Dale Newdale and Betty Sue Parker McKinney and husband, Josh, of Bakersville; two brothers: and Autumn Lee Carroll; greatAdam and Michael Sparks of grandson, Laiken Jayce McKinney Bakersville; and, a special cousin, and great-granddaughter, Peyton Alexis McKinney. James Byrd. Funeral services for Mr. Hensley A graveside service was Monday in the Liberty Hill Baptist Church were Wednesday with the Rev. Cemetery. The Rev. Danny Dean Jerry Shelton officating. Burial followed in the Hensley Cemetery. Silvers officiated. Holcombe Brothers Funeral Lois Hopson Home is serving the Bailey family. Funeral was Sunday with the Revs. Keith Blankenship and Ricky Ray officiating. Burial was in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery at Low Gap. Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Thomas Dean McIntosh

Thomas Dean McIntosh, 68, of Burnsville went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Tom and Ruth Jarrett McIntosh. He was a cum laude graduate of Appalachian State Teachers College where he earned a teaching degree in mathematics. During his 31 years of public school teaching, he touched many lives. Tommy was an avid member of Burnsville First Presbyterian church. Surviving are a sister, Susan Wilson and husband, Robert, of Lenoir; a brother, Ronnie Vic McIntosh and wife, Midge, of Newdale; two nieces: Tamara Coffey and Cathy Harmon of Lenoir; a nephew, Jeremy McIntosh of Newdale; two greatnieces: Kirsten Coffey and Aubrey Harmon; a great-nephew, Corbin Thomas Coffey and numerous cousins.

Lois Hopson, 87, of the Tipton Hill Community, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Lonas and Myra Bryant Tipton. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jerry Frank Hopson, brother, B. Frank Tipton and sister, Nelle Hicks. Lois was born and lived her first 14 years in Mitchell County in the Red Hill Community, but most of her married life in Unicoi County, where she was a member of Unicoi Baptist Church. She moved back to Tipton Hill in 1995. She was a homemaker who dedicated her life to raising her five children and she loved to quilt and read. She was a wonderful mother, friend and neighbor who was loved by everyone, especially her family. Surviving are her children: James K. Hopson and wife, Linda, of Unicoi, Tenn., Patsy Griffith and husband, Sherrill, of Tipton Hill, Sharon Newell and husband, Don, of Johnson City, Tenn, Linda Crichton and husband, John, of Spring Hill, Tenn, and Judy Tilson of Morristown,

Tenn; sisters: Faye Hughes of Bakersville and Peggy Huscroft and husband, Frank, of Telford, Tenn; brothers: Ralph Tipton of Greensboro, Joe Tipton and wife, Anna, of Greensboro and Wayne Tipton and wife, Carolyn, of Morristown, Tenn; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; and two step-great grandchildren. Funeral was Wednesday with the Rev. Randy Clark officiating. Burial followed in the Red Hill Methodist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey Co., 856 Georges Fork Rd., Burnsville, NC 28714.

Milam McCurry Williams

Milam McCurry Williams, 83, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Burgess and Drucilla Watts McCurry. Milam was also preceded in death by four brothers: Fred, Tilman, Sam and Bacchus; two sisters: Trula and Ruby and two great-grandchildren, Andrea Shultz and Cody Wise. Surviving are two sons: Gerald Phillips and wife, Kathey, and Greg Williams and wife, Inge, all of Burnsville; six grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; a brother: J. C. McCurry of Johnson City, Tenn; two sisters: Gladys Erwin of Erwin, Tenn., and Mary Edwards of Burnsville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral was Wednesday with the Rev. Clifton McCurry officiating. A graveside service was Thursday morning in the Watts Cemetery on Lotties Creek.

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Sept. 29, 2011


Tearful women complain to DSS board about treatment From the front “Four Christmases we haven’t seen the children,” she said. “We’ve been fighting for four years.” The woman pointed to a man sitting in the audience and said he was the father of the children. “It’s hard to see him cry himself to sleep at night,” she said. “DSS doesn’t even give him visitation.” She said she felt her husband had done nothing wrong. “We don’t drink, we don’t take drugs, we don’t party. We don’t understand.” The other woman to speak was Crista Thomas, who has been protesting on the town square, holding signs accusing DSS of profiting financially through the foster child program.

She accused the Department of Social Services of creating a climate in which unemployed residents are urged to take foster parent training because there are no jobs available. She claimed that children are being taken by DSS “without proper papers, without warrants.” She said her children were taken from her because of a criminal act committed by her former husband. She said she did nothing wrong, but said her former husband can now see the children, having served time, though “my own parents haven’t seen my children for three and-a-half years.” She said she will continue to protest on the town square. “I’m not leaving.”

Betsy Soler also spoke, complimenting the board for showing interest in what the women were saying, and relating that she felt a child she was fostering was wrongly taken from her. “I was lied to, over and over again,” she said. She said she thinks

it is the children who suffer in situations like those described by the other speakers, due to the loss of ties to parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, the community and the church. Two members of the DSS board spoke out later in the meeting

about the statements made by the women. “Every one of you have done something very brave, to take that first step,” board member Peter Franklin said. “ Yo u ’ v e t a k e n a courageous step.” Board member Randy Ollis said he

was concerned by claims that children are not able to see their families. “I intend to find out why we are not having supervised visitations. I’ve been told since 1996 that our goal is to reunite families.”

‘Being an American’ essay contest announced High school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute’s sixth annual Being an American Essay Contest. The largest contest of its kind in the country, the Being an American Essay Contest explores the Founding principles outlined in the Constitution. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, D.C. area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and Founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored by the History Channel. “This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important Founding principles communicated in our Constitution,” said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. “This context is vital to helping students see their Founding principles as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government.” Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on the Constitution by answering

the following question: “How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?” The top three student winners from each of the five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 (First Place), $500 (Second Place), and $250 (Third Place). Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100. “The contest not only honors and awards sponsoring teachers, but also equips them with free lesson plans and other supplemental materials that meet state and national academic standards so they can easily incorporate the essay contest into their classrooms. The Contest is really a tribute to the excellent work teachers do in the important task of civic education,” said Ross. Over 80,000 students have participated in the essay contest since it began in 2006. “We are pleased to support the Bill of Rights Institute’s Being an American Essay Contest,” said Dr. Libby O’Connell, SVP, Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, History Channel. “The contest encourages students

to think critically and truly makes the past relevant in their lives today.” Complete contest details can be found below. Further information, including submission criteria, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founders and the Founding principles are available at Contest.

Dream home tour coming Oct. 14-15

The Yancey County Dream Home Tour, benefitting the local campus of Mayland Community College, returns Oct. 14-15. The self-guided tour features six homes, each of which defines Yancey County in a special way. They range from modern and contemporary homes to historic farmhouses to a rustic log cabin built entirely by hand. A guidebook provides directions to the dream homes, along with other points of

interest, said event founder Bill Baker, a board member of the Mayland Community College Foundation. “We want to attract people to our county and show what it has to offer.” Registration opens each day at 9 a.m. at “A Touch of Cass,” a home accessories gallery in downtown Burnsville. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, followed by a daily reception from 5- 6:30 p.m. at A Touch of Cass.

Yancey County Transportation Authority provides shuttle service to three homes, and each home will be staffed by volunteers, including Mayland Community College staff, faculty and students. Advance one-day tickets are $25 and two-day tickets are $40 through Oct. 8. Prices increase to $35 and $50 as of Oct. 9. For info: (828) 765-7351, ext. 311, or foundation.

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Sept. 29, 2011


UARA Racing

Garrett Campbell clears pileup to win at Greenville By Kassie Hughes Garrett Campbell h e l d o ff a h a r d charging Ronnie Bassett Jr., late in the Pacific Equipment 150 at GreenvillePickens Speedway on Saturday night to claim his second U A R A - S TA R S win of the season. Campbell survived an early seven-car pileup and passed Alex Yontz for the lead in the second half of the race to beat Bassett, Toby Porter, Yontz and Andy Mercer across the finish line. George Miedecke began the night with his fourth career Suno co P ole a n d charged off on the first lap in a side-byside battle with point leader and outside polesitter Brennan Poole. Both eager to lead the first lap, the two made contact in turn three and spun in tandem in front of the entire field. Once all of the smoke had cleared, seven cars had significant damage as a result of the accident. Kyle Grissom was awarded the ARBodies Hard Luck Award for his misfortune of being caught in the incident and sustaining damage that ultimately ended his night. Other drivers involved in the turn three melee were Anthony Anders, Joey Herques, Trey Gibson and Will Burns. All four were done for the evening. “To be honest with you, it really didn’t surprise me that they wrecked in turn three,” said eventual w i nn er Campbe ll who started in fourth and had a front row seat for the incident. “We took off on the green flag and they

Garrett Campbell is on Alex Yontz’s tail at Greenville-Pickens Speedway Saturday night.

were beating and banging in turn one. I thought it was too much for the first lap so I backed off and knew something was going to happen. You can’t race like that on the first lap. I got past the wreck and was happy about that one, those were two contenders we were going to have to deal with so it certainly bettered our chances from the start.” After a lengthy cleanup, Jeremy Burns jumped out to comfortable lead over second place runner Campbell, David Roberts, Alex Yontz and Scott Turlington. The Simpsonville, S.C., driver led the pack of five to nearly a half-lap lead over the rest of the field until his car began to get tight. Yontz was able to sneak underneath the No. 5 of Burns to lead his first laps of the season, including lap 75 to claim the Marlowe Racing Chassis Halfway Leader Award. Just past halfway,

Yontz and the slower car of Justin Sorrow made contact in turn two, resulting in Sorrow spinning into the inside wall. Sorrow lost multiple laps in the pits making repairs but Yontz was able to continue unscathed. While Burns continued to fall through the field on the restart, Garrett Campbell closed in on his cousin Yontz for the race lead. On lap 90, the No. 72 of Campbell turned underneath of Yontz coming out of turn four and cleared him for the top spot off of turn two. Tw o c a u t i o n s for spins by David R o b e r t s a n d Ti m George, Jr., and one yellow flag for power steering fluid from the Scott Turlington machine, set up a short 29-lap shootout to the checkered flag. Ronnie Bassett, Jr., who had ridden most of the race in the tail of the top ten, had worked his way up to second before the brief run of cautions

and appeared to have one of the fastest cars on the racetrack at the end of the race. Reminiscent of the Tri-County event in July, Bassett worked to chase down the No. 72 of Garrett Campbell, but a soft left front tire foiled his chances at the end. Campbell motored away from Bassett to claim his third career UARA-STARS win and his first at the Greenville half-mile. “ We u n l o a d e d yesterday and you never would’ve thought we would win this race tonight. We w e r e o v e r a second off of the pace and threw everything we had at it,” said Campbell, nicknamed “Mr. Excitement,” with a large smile in victory lane after the race. “Apparently something worked. I really have to thank my team, my mom and dad and my family for getting me here. They said Bassett was coming and I knew we lost to him at Tri-County

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and I wasn’t about to let that happen again. I knew in the back of my head we had a better car than he did. The harder I drove it into the corner the better it worked and it didn’t seem to fall off any.” “I think starting back in the field hurt us, having to burn up our stuff to get by some guys,” said Bassett, a two-time winner in UARA competition this year. “If we would’ve had a better starting spot it certainly would’ve helped us. My guys worked their butts off this weekend. We had a good car but Garrett had the advantage of starting up front and being able to get out and save his tires. We only had about six pounds in the left front tire once we got done, so I’m sure that didn’t help us over the last few laps, either. It explains why it got tight on me, though.” Campbell drove his Ford crate motor to another Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race Award in his defeat of Bassett, Toby Porter, Alex Yo n t z a n d A n d y M e r c e r. M e r c e r was awarded the G-Force Shift of the Race after his 11th-

fastest qualifying time was negated when a slipping clutch required the attention of the crew for a complete rebuild before starting the Pacific Equipment 150 at the tail of the field. Kaleb Pressley followed up his career best second place finish at Lonesome Pine with a sixth at Greenville, followed by early leader Jeremy Burns, David Roberts, Holley Performer of the Race Randy Hawkins and Brennan Poole. Hawkins blew a motor in his qualifying attempt and the No. 03 Titan Industrial/Fat Head Racing team changed the powerplant in time for Hawkins to take the green flag in last place. All Greenville results are considered unofficial until the certification and technical inspection process is completed by the UARA. The UARA-STARS will take a couple of weeks off until the next scheduled event. Information regarding the rescheduling and/ or cancellation of the rain-postponed Ace Speedway event will be announced soon.

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Cougars expect a crowd for Homecoming game By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Owen is coming courting Friday for Homecoming, and the match up is critical for the Cougars’ playoff hopes. Mountain Heritage hosted Polk High School in varsity football last Friday, and the Cougar defense stood up the ranked visitors three times inside the 20 yard line. But it wasn’t enough, and Polk went away with a conference victory 26-14. The Cougars scored on the first drive of the night, steamrolling the Polk defense . The tacked on a conversion to lead by 8-0. But Polk showed their strength in the first quarter, tying the game. The teams countered and fought for the remainder of the first half, going to the locker room tied up. But some misplays let Polk hit the end zone in the second half, but Heritage Coach Joey Robinson said the Wolverines went home sore and worn out. “At the end of the game they were done,” he said. “We stopped them three times inside the 20. I thought our kids played well. He said the Cougars need to reduce the number of penalties that take away their offensive gains. “ We h a d 9 3 y a r d s i n penalties. That killed our offensive game. The only two drives we didn’t have a penalty, we scored.” Last week, Owen beat Mitchell, 26-20 in a tripleovertime battle, and Robinson thinks the Cougars can expect; a tough and rough match-up for Homecoming. Owen “plays hard anytime you play them,” he said. “They’re going to try to carry over on the big win over Mitchell.” Last year, Heritage beat Owen, 21-14, and “this is

going to be a big game,” the coach said. What formation does Robinson expect to see from Owen’s Coach Kenny Ford? “You name it. We’ve charted 30 different formations. But Robinson said that is deceptive, because the Warhorses actually run “about five basic plays” while “trying to get you distracted with the formation” changes. “We’ve just got to learn to play smart,” he said. “I couldn’t ask anymore of our boys. Big plays are what killed us” against Polk. Owen comes to town with strong rushing and defense, and their senior quarterback, Carl Patton, could be on track for a 1,000 yard season. But he has tossed six interceptions, and the Cougars need to exploit that on defense. Meanwhile, Heritage preseason all-state linebacker Austin Rice is strong on offense and defense, and scored both the Heritage touchdowns against Polk. The Asheville CitizenTimes has picked Mountain Heritage to win, but Robinson said a key will be the turnout from the fans. A victory Friday will mean a lot as the season moves into the late games, Robinson said, and victory will keep the Cougars on track to gain a playoff spot if Heritage can beat Owen and Owen can beat Polk later in the season. He said he thinks his boys came out of Friday’s game healthier than Polk, “We didn’t suffer the injuries that Polk did,” he said. He said quarterback Sam Howell is improving after injuring a finger two games ago. “The swelling is going down.” Kickoff for the Heritage Homecoming is 7:30 p.m. in the Pit.

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Cane River Middle School traveled to East Yancey Middle School this week for the annual intercounty shoot-out, and both teams scored quickly on long runs. In the end, though, Cane


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Oktoberfest 2011 Messiah of the Mountains Lutheran Church

Friday, Oct. 7, Messiah of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Micaville will host their annual Oktoberfest. Enjoy an authentic German meal of knockwurst, bratwurst, hot German potato salad, sauerkraut, apple strudel, dark German bread and a beverage. Cost: Adults $10, Children $5. Serving from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Takeouts are available. Beginning at 8 a.m. there will be a bake sale consisting of home baked goods and jellies in the main building. “Trash and treasures” and handmade crafts will be available in the Education Building beginning at 8am also. This event is sponsored by the women of the church. Profits are used for community outreach and church projects. Messiah of the Mountains Lutheran Church is located on 19-E in Micaville, near the junction of N.C. 80-S. Photo by Jonathan Austin/Yancey County News Fire trucks and crews from three departments responded to an unannounced drill at Micaville Elementary School Monday during lunch. All students were evacuated in buses in the drill, initiated by the fire marshal.

Trucks roll for drill at Micaville school

From the front None of the area fire departments had been warned, and the principal was unaware. Which is exactly how McCurry wants it when it comes to training to respond to fires at schools in the county. “I didn’t check in” at the front door, he said. “I did a perimeter check for security purposes, making sure doorways were secured. Then I went inside and sprayed my little smoke.” Michele Laws, the school principal, said she knew nothing of McCurry’s plan. The alarm notified the county dispatch of the smoke as horns blared and teachers moved students to safety. Fire crews from Newdale and South Toe were immediately dispatched, as well as a truck and crew from Burnsville. When a Newdale ranking officer arrived, McCurry told him to keep the scenario going as in real life. “Don’t say it is a drill!” he

urged. So the officer immediately said, “We’ll need ambulances,” and two EMS units were called. South Toe crews were radioed to set up water relay points at the school entrance on N.C. 80 and at the old Taylor Togs factory parking lot, while school buses were being filled and children evacuated. The school procedure is to get the student body off campus so rescue personnel and firefighters have the space and children are not at risk amidst the equipment and trucks. “They have to have emergency drivers” for the school buses, McCurry said. “They have to have emergency keys” in case the regular bus key is in the driver’s pocket far away. This was the first fire alarm for the new students at the school, Laws said. “Our little kindergartners did great,” she said.

Busy concert season for UNC Asheville Music Department

UNC Asheville’s Music Department will present a varied program of concerts on the campus this fall by student musicians with faculty and other special guests. Six performances are scheduled in October, three in November, and the series will conclude with the annual Holiday Concert in December. Admission is $5 at the door for each performance, with students and children free. October 2 – UNC Asheville Chamber Singers in Concert – Students perform under the direction of Melodie Galloway, 4 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union. October 6 – Contemporary Music Concert – Student performances of 20th and 21st century music as well as their own compositions, 7:30 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Hall, room 018. October 16 – UNC Asheville Wind Ensemble Concert – Students perform under direction of Milton Crotts. 4 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. October 20 – Jazz Combos Concert – Jazz selections presented by student combos under direction of William Bares and Brian Felix. 7:30 p.m., UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. October 23 – Jazz Band and Studio 18 Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert – Big band and jazz vocal selections presented by students.

Duncan honored with award for review of her DSS investigations Yevonne Duncan recently received recognition for a perfect review of randomly selected program integrity records selected by the State Division of Economic Services. Ms. Duncan has been the Program Integrity Investigator at Yancey County DSS for 9 years. In 2005, she helped Yancey DSS

receive the State’s recognition for the highest amount of a one-time collection from a fraudulent Medicaid claim that totaled $48,000. During the past fiscal year, Ms. Duncan has collected almost $30,000 in fraudulent Medicaid, Food and Nutrition Services (Formerly known as Food Stamps) and

Work First (Formerly known as AFDC) claims. Ms. Duncan regularly reviews federal reports that list bank accounts, l o t t e r y, c a s i n o winnings and any other financial sources that are reportable to the IRS (Internal Revenue Services) for tax purposes. These records along with reports she receives from the community at large, significantly prevent the abuse or misuse of public assistance programs. Ms. Duncan is available to take reports for any potential fraud cases by calling her @ 6826148, ext. 226.

Yevonne Duncan and Elaine Boone.

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Don’e expect taxidermist to work with nothing

You have spent the late summer and early fall planting food plots, setting trail cameras and scouting. You have honed your shooting skills to the point a military sniper would admire your technique and control. Up in the stand you see a creature that is so majestic you pause momentarily to admire its beauty before you lay the sights on the beast and gently squeeze the trigger. Yep, he is a wall hanger. This one will be a center piece in your man cave. Heck, your wife will likely be so impressed she will let it hang over the fireplace (as long as you let her go shopping for shoes or dresses or something girly like that, of course). You call several hunting buddies and have them come take a gander before you field dress him. Then, you bring out the skinning knife and start your cuts. This is where a problem could come in. You plan on putting the head on the wall, deciding to do a shoulder mount. You make a cut around the neck line. Many do not realize just how far back to make that cut. You have to be behind the front legs and shoulder for a proper shoulder mount. I spoke with Pat Nicholson of Nicholson’s Taxidermy a while back about proper care with your game you intend to display. People, especially new hunters, are unaware of the care needed to take care of the hides. Three factors spoil meat and destroy hides;

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heat, dirt, and moisture. Cool the animal down quickly using ice and field dressing the animal by removing the insides such as the intestines. Dry the hide by patting it down and add salt to soak up the moisture and preserve it. Use game bags or plastic trash bags to keep dirt from the making contact with the meat and hide. One thing I do is contact the taxidermist prior to making the cuts. Let them know what you intend on doing with the animal. They will help you on what to do and where to do it. For instance, on the alligator hunt I recently went on, I spoke with Strickland’s Outdoor

Creations prior to the hunt. She advised me what to do with the hide. I also spoke with a wildlife biologist in Georgia on how to handle the meat to prevent spoilage. If I had not spoken to both, I may have had a problem with the gator since reptiles are handled slightly different than mammals. Even trappers must learn proper field care, as a wrong cut could determine how much the fur will sale for or even if it will sale at all. The North Carolina Wildlife website ( has much information on game care for the different game animals as well as a simple search with the keywords game care for field care on the internet. Also, do not expect a taxidermist to ‘rebuild’ something that has been destroyed. As Pat Nicholson told me, if you blow every feather off a duck or turkey, do not bring him a bag full and ask him to put them back on. It took God several years to put them there; it would take him much longer to put them back. 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.

Entrepreneurial Council announces forum focusing on opportunities across WNC We make buying choices every day. These decisions are the driving force in the success or failure of a business. Increasingly, these actions are based on personal connections and a company’s ability to have a positive impact on society. On Thursday, Oct. 27, Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council, an initiative of AdvantageWest, hosts Venture Local, a forum designed to help business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and potential investors understand the growing “local” movement

in the United States and Western North Carolina and find ways to take advantage of the phenomenon. “From food to fiber and energy to technology, Western North Carolina has already experienced some great successes in local and sustainable industries,” said Matt Raker, vice president of entrepreneurship and AdvantageWest’s green-collar initiative, AdvantageGreen. “Venture Local will showcase some of these successes, highlight industry needs, and cross-pollinate businesses from across different sectors to identify new collaborative opportunities.” The event, to be held at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel, will feature a 1-5 p.m. program followed by a farm-to-table networking reception from 5-6 p.m. The first half of the Venture Local program will focus on opportunities for sustainable entrepreneurship; the second half will present creative ways to finance those opportunities. A case study will be presented on Carolina Ground, an Asheville-based organization seeks to link local grain producers, a grain mill and bakeries. The goal is to help bakers get closer to the source of production and away from the volatility of the grain market. The organization is using alternative financing methods to finance construction of the mill. “Because of efforts like Carolina Ground, a whole new economy is taking shape in the United States, and Western North Carolina is leading the charge,” said Raker. “Consumers

and business owners want to purchase items that are produced locally and farmers, craft makers and designers are trying to fill that niche.” The list of speakers for a discussion on market opportunities are: Dr. Frank King (a bison farmer), Brian Boggs (a furniture maker), Woodrow Eaton (renewable energy), Daniel Sanders (clothing manufacturer) and David McConville (media designer and technologist). A representative from the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), one of the fastest growing networks of social responsible business, will then speak on building and promoting the local ecosystem. The conference also explores how to finance a company in this emerging market. Some companies now only fund organizations that create a positive social impact. The organizations represented on a panel discussion include: Social Capital, Slow Money, Mountain BizWorks and Self-Help Credit Union. IndieGoGo, an innovative “crowdfunding” platform, will also present on how to use social media and new technology to raise capital. Registration is $20, which includes the afternoon program as well as the farm-to-table networking reception. For more information on the event, including speaker bios and registration, visit


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GARAGE SALE 9/24 & 9/25.Lots of stuff!! Dressers, End tables, Chairs, Bar Stools, Lamps, Shoes, Books, Children’s stuff, Kitchen stuff, Portable saw, old Miter saw, etc. Call (828) 682.9976 203 Lincoln Park Road. Church Street Preschool is having a HUGE Yard Sale! October 1st, 7 am to Noon, located at Church Street Church.All proceeds to benefit the Preschool.


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Family shake, shake keeps mammals develop Shake, dry and able to control body heat

Parents should a mission statement

By John Rosemond I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between Living the way I and almost everyone else in my generation (I was with born in 1947, the year the flying saucers returned…just a children coincidence) were raised and the way day, I will point out that times today’s kids are being raised. The two ways in question have always changed. But there’s reflect two entirely different no evidence that parenting has mindsets; specifically, two become increasingly stressful entirely different understandings from one generation to the next, of the responsibilities involved in not until very recently, that is. No, it’s not so much that the being a parent. As I travel the country, speaking times have changed; again, it’s in front of various audiences, I that people’s thinking about conduct frequent parent polls. children has changed. Back to the mission statement One poll simply involves the question: “As a parent, what is question: Some parents ask me your mission statement?” The what I mean, to which I respond, typical answer is a puzzled “I mean, you are engaged in a expression. That, in and of itself, project called child rearing or says a lot. It says, for example, parenting. The typical term of that many if not most parents this project is eighteen years have no coherent, long-term or more. What are you trying plan. They’re parenting by their to accomplish? What is your bootstraps, taking it a day at primary goal?” A few moments of reflection a time. That’s no way to run a business, and it’s no way to raise ensue, and then, this is the typical answer: “Well I want my child to a child either. In both cases, a clear sense be a happy and successful adult.” Bingo! That’s the essential of the meaning of the mission is essential to keeping people difference in the thinking of a focused. That focus prevents typical pre-1970s parent versus them from going off on tangents the thinking of a typical parent that are superfluous. In that today. My parents would not sense, a mission statement keeps have said they were trying to people moving in a straight line produce someone who was happy and all but guarantees far more and successful. I ask people my consistent behavior on their part. age “Do you think your parents Without a mission statement, would have said that?” The people are likely to zig and zag answer is no, always. The pre-1970s parent would all over the playing field, wasting have said something along these lots of energy and time on things that are ultimately unimportant lines: “I am trying to raise a if not counterproductive. That, I responsible citizen.” Back then, sense, is what a lot of parents are parents felt their obligation was doing these days. You want an to their neighbors and ultimately example? How about spending the culture. Their obligation to a disproportionate amount of the child was measured in those family time taking children to terms. Today’s parents feel their and watching them in activities almost exclusive obligation is to that will be completely irrelevant their child. The former parents to anything they will be doing as see the big, long-term picture. The latter have short-term tunnel adults? That zigging and zagging vision. The outcomes of these produces lots of stress. I think two very different points of view it’s safe to say that today’s will be very different, as we have parents, especially moms, are seen. Which point of view do one stressed-out bunch. Their great-grandparents were not. you think is more functional? They approached child rearing What’s your parenting mission in a calm, casual, straightforward statement? Family psychologist John fashion. And to those who at this point object that times have Rosemond answers parents’ changed since Great-Grandma’s questions on his website at www.

Science News for Kids

Mice do it. Chihuahuas do it. So do tigers, rats and pandas. These animals really know how to shake. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta last year recorded video of 40 different animals, representing 15 different species. The scientists wanted to see how wet, hairy mammals shake off water after they get drenched. What the research revealed is that animals’ s h a k i n g behavior could be described by physics the science of matter, energy and motion. The scientists say the animals oscillate at just the right frequencies to lose water droplets as efficiently as possible. Oscillate means to move back and forth, and frequency is the number of cycles movements back and forth - per second. “I think it’s pretty amazing they can do that,” David Hu told Science News. Hu is an engineer, but he’s also a mathematician and does research in biology. At his laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Hu studies the physics of fluids, which means he wants to know how fluids move and react to forces. He is particularly interested in how animals interact with water. This study was led by Andrew Dickerson, a graduate s t u d e n t i n H u ’s lab. His team calls this get-dry shake “nature’s analogy to the spin cycle of a washing machine.” Both the washing machine and shaking animals can get rid

of water quickly but animals are much more efficient than washing machines. For animals, this process helps them control heat in their bodies. “If a dog couldn’t dry itself, we calculated that it would have to use 25 percent of its

continuing to look at how animals interact with water in the natural world. In particular, the scientists want to know how water droplets interact with hair - which means investigating animals that have adapted to life in the water, like beavers and otters.

daily calories to heat its body to get rid of the water,” Hu told Science News. “Every time they got wet they would get hypothermia and die.” The bigger the animal, the slower it shakes, according to Dickerson and his team. A mouse moves its body back and forth 27 times per second, but a grizzly bear shakes only four times per second. Animals’ skin also helps them get rid of water. When the scientists placed a fluorescent straw on the back of a dog and watched the dog wiggle, they observed that the skin can move halfway down the dog’s side in either direction. Loose skin lets the dog lose more water than if the skin were tighter. The scientists are

POWER WORDS in this report frequency The number of times a specified periodic phenomenon occurs within a specified time interval. engineering The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes and systems. biology The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution. oscillate To swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm.


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Land Transactions These are land transactions recorded at the Yancey County Register of Deeds office with tax stamps from Aug. 22 through Sept. 16. The value is determined by the amount of tax paid and recorded on the deed. Aug. 22, 2011, $150,000, Susan Sanford to Katherine Bolte and Gina Paschall, two tracts of .72 acre and 1.45 acre, on Still Fork Creek. Aug. 22, 2011, $60,000, Ada Tracy to Joshua and Kristi Hasting, 35 acres in Ramseytown Township. Aug, 22, 2011, $470,000, John and Brandy Clark to James and Jeanette Pagano, Building A, Unit 2, Hemlock Bluff Villas Condominium, Mountain Air.

Aug. 23, 2011, $11,000, Ronald and Lynn Fondaw to Joseph and Catherine Balles, 2.5 acres lot 3 adn 4, Upper Crabtree Creek Cove subdivision. Aug. 24, 2011, Aug. 24, 2011, $152,000, Jeremy and Donna Sink o Barbara Jean West, .886 acre in White Oak Acres subdivision, Aug. 24, 2011, $185,000, Bald Creek Properties LLC to Y Not 7 LLC, 1.55 acre on Upper Haw Drive. Aug. 25, 2011, $125,000, Woody and Gwen Deyton to IMMI LLC, 28 acres on N.C. 197N. Aug 26, 2011, $25,000, Brent and Heather Ledford to Newdale Volunteer Fire Department, lot 2 and 3, Rivery Walk Subdivision. Aug. 26, 2011, $11,500, Susan

Hall to Fred and Della Goldsmith, 1.23 acre on Dandelion Lane off Possum Trot Road. Aug. 26, 2011, $48,000, James Pate Jr. And Sharoln Pate to John Schuler Trust, 28.5 acres in Egypt township on Hughes Ridge. Aug. 26, 2011, $25,000, Farrell and Anna Lou Hughes and F. Warren and Patti Hughes to Steven and Nancy Livaccari, lot 14, Blackberry Ridge subdivision. Aug. 30, 2011, $173,000, Howard and Jacqueline Presnell to Jordan Hayes and Tommy and Marie Biddix, .49 acre on Colbert’s Creek and 1.42 acre on NC road 1158. Sept. 2, 2011, $503,000, TD Bank to Stephen and Susan Weinstock, .09 acre, Mountain Air. Sept. 2, 2011, $80,000, Carrol and Mary McMahan to Jonathan Bainbridge and Ann Demertzis, .84 acre of Burleson Gap Road. Sept. 6, 2011, $115,000, Elizabeth Golibart to Gerald Osterberg and Rosalie Rafter, 1.318 acre, State road 1170, South Toe. Sept. 6, 2011, $170,000, Mountain Lifestyle Development Group to Robert and Barbara Sudbrink, lot 19, 1 acre at The Cove at Celo Mountain. Sept. 7, 2011, $132,500, Palmetto Marketing of South Carolina to Bill and Brenda Sparks, 2.25 acres on Halls

Chapel Road. Sept. 9, 2011, $30,000, Bald Mountain Development Corp., to Wolf Laurel Country Club, lot 7 and 8, Buck Town Section, Wolf Laurel Heights. Sept. 9, 2011, $149,000, Pamela Butler to Michael and Barbara Tunks, 3 acres, South Toe township. Sept. 12, 2011, $110,000, Miles Roy and Jonquil Roy to Richard and Louise Loveland and Erin Krauss, Michael Hall and Kathy Arturo, 5.3 acres near Roses Branch Road. Sept. 13, 2011, $125,000, Robert Blevins to Charles Blevins, 1.27 acre near Griffin Mine Road. Sept. 13, 2011, $1,500, Henry and Betty Landsberger to Douglas and Brenda Hanke, 2/35 interest in Lot G, Unit I, Alpine Village Condominium. Sept. 13, 2011, $39,000, Paul Buchanan to Antonio Jeronimo and Eduelia Ortiz, Lot 5B, Rice Road West Subdivision. Sept. 15, 2011, $3,000, Javier and Lisbet Gorquis to Randy and Karen Webb, Lot 37, Section II, Horseshoe Highlands. Sept. 16, 2011, $103,500, the estate of Martha Harrison to Aletta Martz, .53 acre on Pokemon Corner Drive, Celo. Sept. 16, 2011, $30,000, Donna Shellooe to Donna Born, .86 acre on Spring Drive, Celo.

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Humane Society plans flea market at Taylor Togs building

Lunch Sloppy joe sandwich, cheese quesadillas, mega stuffed crust pizza, California blend vegetables, spicy pinto beans, peaches, pears, milk

Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., through Sept. Riding center plans fundraiser to 24. finish facility addition The market will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on The Yancey County Humane Society will Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center is hold a giant flea market Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m Oct 2. For more information, call 682-9510. planning a fundraise on Saturday, Oct. 22, to Taylor Togs building in Micaville. raise funds in order to finish the bathrooms Donation drop-off is Wednesday and and classroom in their new addition. Spruce Pine Montessori School will have Sat., Oct 22 4-8 p.m. at Appalachian its annual fall rummage sale September Therapeutic Riding Center. 29th – October 1st. 45 family event at the Food: Pig Pickin’ with all the fixin’s. Cross Street building in downtown Spruce Vegetarian option available. Entertainment: Pine. Thursday times are 12:00 – 5:00PM storytelling, music, etc. Cost: $20 for adults in admission is $5. Free admission on Friday advance. $25 at the door. $10 for children 5-12 hours are 8:30 to 5:00PM. Free admission Tickets available at Bank’s Jewelers or at on Saturday and hours are 8:30 to 2:00PM. any of the Mayland campuses. For more information please visit our website.


Sept. 29, 2011


Students to explore health careers at Oct. 11 MAHEC conference High school students from across Western North Carolina will explore career opportunities in the fields of health care, health education and more at the 12th annual Health Careers Education Awareness Conference, “Navigating Your Journey to a Health Career,” at UNC Asheville

on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The day-long conference is organized by MAHEC’s Department of Health Careers & Diversity Education, UNC Asheville’s Career Center and the WNC Regional Advisory Committee, whose 28 members represent a range of educational and

medical institutions. “This is a challenging time for our high school students in terms of career planning and having a heightened awareness of their personal health and wellness,” said Jacquelyn Hallum, MAHEC’s Director of Health Careers & Diversity Education. “We have designed this conference to help students have a better understanding of health career opportunities, to

increase personal health awareness through education, and to increase the number of minority and economically challenged students who matriculate in the health sciences and pursue careers in the health profession.” High school students in MAHEC’s 16-county region have been invited to participate in this conference, “We want our Western North Carolina students to be prepared for the 21st century health care workforce.”

Sept. 29, 2011  
Sept. 29, 2011  

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