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Gov. McCrory Land trust buys part comes to the of famed ‘Lost Cove’ mountains

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Gov. Pat McCrory came to the mountains on the first work day after his inauguration to “listen and learn” about what local leaders and residents think should be addressed in Raleigh. “I wanted my first visit to be right here,” McCrory said to a crowd at Crest Mountain in Woodfin on Monday. “This is not just to have a speech, but to have a dialogue.” McCrory was sworn in Saturday in Raleigh. In welcoming McCrory, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, whose district includes portions of the mountains, said it was notable for the new governor was visiting Asheville. Historically some in Raleigh have thought North Carolina came no further west that Interstate 77, McHenry noted, so for McCrory to make such a public statement by visiting the mountains on the Monday after taking his oath. “It is a very significant thing that our new governor” traveled directly to Western North Carolina as the first stop on a tour of the state. McCrory spent about 20 minutes greeting the crowd that turned up to see him, shaking hands and giving out hugs. Then he took the stage to share a bit of his vision for the state. See Page 6

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Some of the most breathtaking land in Yancey County is part of a parcel of historic Lost Cove that has been sold to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

The Southern Appalachian H i g h l a n d s Conservancy has purchased a 95-acre portion of Yancey County’s historic “Lost Cove” in the remote and rugged Nolichucky Gorge. Nestled near the Tennessee border, secluded Lost Cove is a ghost town with

a colorful history of self-sufficient families, railroad crews, timber, and moonshine. “The opportunity to save this significant part of Lost Cove was very important and welcome to those of us who live in its vicinity, who know personally of its speSee page 5

Thieves hit auto parts store again Burnsville Police Chief Brian Buchanan announced this week that thieves again broke into the Advance Auto Parts store on U.S 19E. “In the late evening hours of Jan. 7 or the early morning hours of Jan. 8, Advance Auto Parts in Burnsville was broken into and an undisclosed amount of cash from the business,” Jonathan Austin/Yancey County News Buchanan wrote in an email sent to area media Former Congressman Charles Taylor gave Gov. Pat outlets. “An employee opening the business on McCrory a pat on the cheek when the governor the morning of Jan. 8 found that the store had came to Western North Carolina on Monday.

been broken into and notified the Burnsville Police Department. The intruders gained entry through the back of the business. Investigators are not releasing any further details at this time due to the ongoing investigation.” The Advanced Auto Parts store was hit by safecrackers last July in a string of break-ins at several Burnsville businesses. No arrest has been made from that prior break in at the auto parts store.

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Small crowd turns out to save Micaville Post Office

By Katey Schultz I’ve heard rumblings for over a year now that our Micaville Post Office might be closed. So you can bet when I heard about Wednesday’s community meeting to help save our post office, I was going to show up. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one. After attending the meeting and doing a little research, I learned that the rumors I heard about the closing were based on a dated United States Postal Service plan - one that originally announced it might close as many as 3,700 post offices. According to CNN, that plan suggested such closures would help the USPS deal with its $20 billion deficit. But for all its damage, that plan would only save $200 million. What damage, you might ask? Up to 4,000 lost jobs; 3,700 vacant offices; and countless towns losing their identities as their names and zip codes were deleted for postal efficiency. Not to mention the added fuel use and costs for all the citizens forced to drive upwards of 40 miles (think: Montana) to mail a package. According to a study by Reuters, the closings proposed by the original USPS plan happened to zero in on rural, poor communities with unreliable broadband Internet service. For obvious reasons, those post offices were not generating as much income as, say, one located in Times Square. The study also found that about “2.9 million people live in the rural communities where the post office that may close is either the only one or one of two post offices serving their zip code area.” That’s certainly true for our Micaville post office, as every person I know down this narrow stretch of Highway 80--for at least ten miles south of 19E, and surely many more fanning other directions--uses our coveted, leaning, small, white post office adorned with old-fashioned, brass, letter-dial locks on its rental PO boxes. There was so much talk about this plan, in fact, that we lost our dear Postmaster Brian Hensley of Bald Creek (though I won’t purport to speak for him), who wisely took a job at the Barnardsville Post Office before his job and livelihood were in too much risk. Should our Micaville Post Office be closed under his tenure, he could have been relocated anywhere

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in the United States. The USPS is, after all, a national organization. We miss Brian, but I’m sure glad he found another place to work though I’m certain his commute time and costs have nearly doubled. Here’s where the rumors die out and the updated information comes in: that initial plan proposed by the USPS was modified. They did some math and listened to the outcry and, in May 2012, announced a modified plan. Patrick R. Donahoe, the Postmaster General stated to the New York Times: “We’ve listened to our customers in rural America and we’ve heard them loud and clear–they want to keep their Post Office open. We believe today’s announcement will serve our customers’ needs and allow us to achieve real savings to help the Postal Service return to long-term financial stability.” According to the press release from the USPS, “The [new] plan would keep the existing Post Office in place, but with modified retail window hours to match customer use. Access to the retail lobby and to PO Boxes would remain unchanged, and the town’s ZIP Code and community identity would be retained.” Wednesday’s meeting in Micaville reflected exactly that. Bryan Roberts, the acting manager of Post Office operations out of Asheville, announced that our post office would be saved, but the window hours reduced. Out of 329 surveys mailed (through Micaville Post Office boxes), 121 were returned - a good rate of return, Roberts told us. The results rang loud and clear: When given the choice to a) reduce window hours, b) close the post office and empower mail carriers with deliver options, c) close the post office and open a “village post office” in an already existing business location (there are only two other businesses in Micaville), or d) close the post office and commute to a nearby post office, residents were nearly unanimous. Ninety percent voted for Option A, 1% for Option B, and 9% voted for nothing at all but returned the survey blank. It’s worth noting that the Burnsville Post Office is “only 5.9 miles away” from the Micaville Post Office. But that’s an extra 12 miles round trip and for many folks in rural counties that drive trucks, that’s a gallon of gas. That means folks could end up paying $4 extra in gas just to get the post office. And although our Micaville Post Office is staying open for now - they’ll reconsider the issues and send out another survey in 1 year--the office hours have been reduced drastically. Now, we will have service Mon-Fri 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a closed lunch break from noon to 12:45 p.m. Many 9-to-5ers will be forced to take their business elsewhere. Likewise, these hours mean the post office won’t be open when, for example, loads of parents are dropping their kids off at neighboring Micaville Elementary in the mornings and it won’t be open late enough to accommodate teachers or government

employees passing through Micaville just minutes before 4:30 p.m. One helpful thing I did learn is that residents using the online services at usps.com can use the return zip code for Micaville in their address (28755 instead of 28714) and that transaction will be credited to our Micaville Post Office. The greater the number of transactions, the better our post office looks when it comes up for re-evaluation a year from now. This also means that if you tend to buy stamps all at once - say, half a dozen books of stamps at a time that is only one transaction. It’s better for our post office (at least on paper) if you break your purchases up into multiple transactions, even if it means getting back in line or purchasing stamps every week instead of every month. If you live in a rural area and your small post office is up for review, these tips will also be helpful to you. I can’t say I left the meeting feeling fantastic about the state of things. Sure, our post office is saved for one more year. Sure, we had a decent turnout. But less than half the surveys were returned. There were perhaps 40 people at the meeting--which was held at in the middle of the work day--when I know many more would have liked to attend. We still have a few more days to fill out the survey for those who missed the meeting, but you’ll have to get a copy yourself (at the post office), as they won’t mail it to you if you have a 28714 zip code even though you’re closer to the Micaville 28755 Post Office. All of that said, I’ve always been a fan of our postal service and am amazed by its accuracy and scope. After all, their website states: “The U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail.” Which reminds me of an easy solution that no one seemed to mention more today: send more mail. Write more letters. Send a gift card instead of an e-gift card with a link in an email. Send a real birthday card. A real thank you note. Sure, real mail uses paper, but most paper is recycled nowadays and now you know your money literally does count--at least in the 28755. Email, on the other hand (and this blog, for that matter), exists in “the cloud”- also known as gigantic electricitysucking data storage warehouses such as those run by Google or Amazon.com, the latter of which has recently rung up over half a million dollars in EPA violations. Sending a real letter in person at the Micaville Post Office, on the other hand, isn’t likely to land anyone in court for a violation. On the contrary, it’s more likely to land you in a delightful conversation with a friend from the area you haven’t seen in a while. Before you know it, you’ll discover you’ve been gabbing for 20 minutes and, come to think of it, don’t you need to buy some stamps? Yes. Yes you do. Katey Schultz is the author of ‘Lost Crossings’ - a book about the swinging bridges of the area - and the upcoming book ‘Flashes of War’, which is a collection of stories focusing on characters in and around the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More information is avalable at www.kateyschultz.com.


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A year chock full of outdoor opportunities My goal for this year is to experience what North Carolina has to offer the outdoorsman. This wonderful state has a unique geographical landscape that offers plenty of different and exciting opportunities and challenges that many of us never knew was right in our own backyard. For the coming year, here is what you will be able to expect from this column. I separated the wildlife into 12 categories, of which I will give due diligence to both participate in and report on over the year. They are whitetail deer, black bear, wild turkey, small game, invasive game, upland game, waterfowl, freshwater fishing, bass fishing, trout fishing, inshore fishing and offshore fishing. There are not many states that can boast such a large diversity when you break it down this way. I also want to witness the glory of each of the 17 river basins located in North Carolina. As much as I would like to hit all 17 this year, I realize there are just not enough weekends in a year to do it all. Last week I mentioned I wanted to spend time with my family and help nurture their passions as well. Luckily, I have found a way to intertwine these goals to allow them to be met. For instance, in late March my oldest son Turner and I will head down the venerable Neuse River during the height of the annual striped bass migration. It is not uncommon to bring in over 50 fish in one day with triple digit catches possible. Memories - check. Neuse River basin - check. Bass fishing - check. The opening weekend of youth turkey season will see my daughter Julianne and I head out for her first turkey hunt. Just the two of us, a blind, a few decoys, and my expert calling skills. OK, adequate calling skills. We will be warming up her bow over the next couple of months as she wants to go after the wiley gobbler with archery equipment, which could not make me happier. Memories check. Turkey hunting - check. In June, my youngest son Cooper and I are scheduled to hit the waters for bream and crappie. The old lake where I learned to fish holds some secrets that I hope are still intact some 25 years later. A few little spots around the dam, a couple of clusters of trees out in the open water, and a hidden growth of lily pads down a little known tributary could

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hold the secrets to some monster sunfish and largemouth and I intend on sharing that knowledge with him. Memories - check. Tar River basin - check. Freshwater fishing check. During the summer I will also be taking my wife Susan on an adventure she has never encountered. We will pack up some supplies and head down the Cashie River for an overnight trip. We’ll stay on the river in one of the many camping platforms built by the Roanoke River Partners. The platforms are located on the water and you paddle right up to it. We will pitch the tent and watch and listen to the wildlife. If we are lucky, we may spot creatures ranging from raccoons to black bears. It is not often I can get Susan to agree to do something like this, so when I do, it gets scheduled! Memories - check. Roanoke River basin - check. Speaking of black bears, I will hit the Yancey area once again and hunt them under the shadows of the great Mount Mitchell, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. I may even run a spot and stalk on a whitetail while there during the archery season. Memories - check. Black bear - check. Whitetail deer check. Of course during all of this I will do the usual such as dove hunting, pier fishing, and swatting off mosquitoes. It is what we do as outdoorsmen. It is what we do as lovers of nature and her inhabitants. Along the way we will discuss things

important to us as far as regulations, safety, tips (take my advice, for what it is worth) and issues that present themselves. But none of these things are more important than the sharing of one little bit of heaven that God has given us here on Earth. Whether you are sharing it with family and friends, or it is just you and God’s presence, this is the most important. Bill Howard is an avid bowhunter and outdoorsman. He teaches hunter education (IHEA) and bowhunter education (IBEP) in North Carolina. He is a member of North Carolina Bowhunters Association and Pope & Young, and is an official measurer for both. He can be reached at billhoward outdoors@ gmail.com.

How much longer do I have to hold this smile? Can someone hurry up and adopt me. I think I am cute and with a smile like this how can you resist? By the way my name is Tippy!

Well, I am Milo. I may not have a million dollar smile, but I am precious. Just look at me, you can see that I am cute.

Middle schools to host parent nights this month East Yancey Middle School will host a seventh-grade “Gear Up Parent Night” on January 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. Parents of seventh graders are invited to come learn about the GEAR UP program, hear information about preparing students for college, and get resources from a representative from the College Foundation of North Carolina. Snacks and drinks will be provided! Cane River Middle School will host a

“Gearing Up for Math Night” on January 24 from 5:45-7:15. All parents are invited to attend several math-related information sessions, including one on the new GEAR UP program and preparing for college. Snacks and drinks will be provided! For more information, contact GEAR UP Family and Community Facilitator Dora Smith, 828-284-9536, dorasmith@yanceync.net.

Call the shelter at 682-9510 for more information on these or other pets, or plan to visit us at 962 Cane River School Road.

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Obituaries Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson, 69, of Little Cove Road in the Newdale community, died on Monday, January 7, 2013, at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville. Born on May 15, 1943 in McDowell County, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late James Carl and Mildred Stilwell Jackson. She was a graduate of Mayland Community College with a degree in accounting. Survivors include her daughter, Audrey Hamm and husband, Heath, of Decatur, Ala.; her son, John Garland of Rock hill, S.C.; grandchildren Katie, Alyssa, Annsleigh, and Hunter; her sisters; Carla Harper of Lynchburg, Va.; Clydia Dean Jackson of Valdese; Rebecca Jo Jackson of Greensboro; Emmaline Steir of Greensboro; and India Blue Pai of Black Mountain; her brothers; Kent Jackson of Raleigh, and Jeff Jackson of Morganton; and her former and beloved spouse; Doug Garland of Burnsville. Services were Thursday at Webb Funeral Home. The family asks that memorial donations be made to The Family Violence Coalition of Yancey County, P.O. Box 602, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Christy Woody Wilson and husband, Stewart, and Cindy Woody Wilson and husband, Denny, and a special greatgrandson: Luke Wilson all of Burnsville. A graveside service was in the Jacks Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The Revs. Denny Wilson and Charlie Carroway officiated. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Tola Cook Bolles Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Tola Cook Bolles, 80, of Bakersville, Burnsville, NC 28714. passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Nerva Sparks Cook. Tola was also preceded in death by her husbands: Britton Snyder and Albert Bolles; brothers: Roy, Fred and Cecil Cook and sisters, Elsie and Hettie. Tola was a member of the New Day House of Prayer as well as a member of the Red Hat Club and the Homemakers Club. Survivors include her sons: Robert Warren Snyder and wife Linda of Hickory, Larry Dean Snyder and wife, Kim, of Micaville, Samuel Britton Snyder and wife Pam of Nebo and Randy Lee Snyder of Spruce Pine; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Service was Monday in the Cook Family Cemetery on Cook Town Road. Mike Peterson will officiate. Memorials may be made to the New Day House of Prayer, c/o Linda Gouge, Bakersville, NC 28705. Mrs. Boone is survived by her husband, Jerry Daniel Boone; a son, Mark Randall Boone of San Francisco, Calif.; a daughter, Mira Margaret Boone and husband, Hector Samudio, of Moravian Falls; her mother, Lucille Stamey Pitman of Spruce Pine, and three grandchildren.

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Margaret Pitman Boone, 72, died Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Mountain Manor Assisted Living. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m.on Saturday January 12, 2013, at Welcome Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Collins, the Rev. Charles Edwards, and the Rev. Carl Elledge officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:30 to 12:30 at the church prior to the service. Mrs. Boone was a native of Spruce Pine. She was born Oct. 7, 1940, in Marion, to Hobart Adam and Lucille Stamey Pitman. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 1962, and taught home economics and other subjects in the Wilkes County public schools for 31 years. She was nationally recognized for her work with Future Homemakers of America, and was named Wilkes County Teacher of the Year in 1993. Mrs. Boone was a longtime member of Welcome Home Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.

Clara Belle Silvers Wheeler, 84, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013, at Madison Health & Rehabilitation. A native of Yancey County, she was the wife of Loyd Wheeler who died July 30, 1993, and the daughter of the late Bradley and Annie Silvers. She was also preceded in death by an infant son (Loyd Edward) and four brothers. Surviving are two sons: Ken and Norma of Burnsville and Gene and Audrey of Mars Hill; a daughter: Margie and Jerry Arrowood of Weaverville; three grandchildren: Curtis, Terry and Melissa; five great grandchildren; six sisters; and, two brothers. Funeral service was Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. Jim McCoy officiated. Memorials may be made to Memory Care at Hospice, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, and Care Partners Hospice, P. O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

Grace Bailey Woody Grace Bailey Woody, 93, of the Jacks Creek Community, died Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Mountain Manor Assisted Living Center. A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Margrett Griffith Bailey, and the wife of Nelson Woody who died in 1993. She was also preceded in death by a brother: Rothie Bailey and two sisters: Ruby Briggs and Irene Riddle. She attended West Burnsville Baptist Church. Grace enjoyed cooking, gardening and helping her husband on their dairy farm. Surviving are her son: Donald Woody and wife, Anna; two granddaughters,

Arthelia ‘Mickie’ Brinkley Rothrock

Arthelia (Mickie) Brinkley Rothrock, 80, of Archdale, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Duke Medical Center. She was born on April 4, 1932 in Yancey County to John Robert Brinkley and Bonnie Anderson Brinkley. She raised her family and operated the Ramble Shop clothing store in Thomasville, and later founded and operated with her daughters TSR Sweater Outlet & Ladies Apparel in Greensboro, where she continued to be a part until her death. She enjoyed serving her customers and had a love for those that worked with her. Mickie was a member of Fair Grove United Methodist Church in Thomasville for many years, and currently a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Frank Lee Rothrock. She is survived by her two daughters Tammy Rothrock and Sarah Wilson both of Archdale, two sisters Barbara Goodwin and husband Herman of Archdale, Genny Spanburg of Ft. Worth, Texas, a brother JD Brinkley and wife Frances of Mebane, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral was in Thomasville Memorial contributions be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 6499 NC Hwy 62, Trinity, N.C. 27370 or to Fair Grove United Methodist Church, 138 Fair Grove Church Road, Thomasville, N.C. 27360.

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County school to start two weeks later next year The first day of school will be two weeks later beginning this fall to comply with new state law. The Yancey County Board of Education approved the 20132014 school calendar proposed by the YCS School Calendar Committee at its regular meeting on Jan. 7. Calendar Committee Chair and Cane River Middle School Principal Alton Robinson presented the calendar to the school board. Robinson explained how the committee, made up of representatives from the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as the central office, began meeting in early November using the new, more flexible rules adopted last summer by the N.C. General Assembly. The Calendar Committee created and released a first draft of the calendar to all school system employees to review and provide feedback and suggestions.

The committee then came back together, reviewed the feedback, made modifications and, again, released a draft of the calendar to school system employees and posted the draft on the school system website for public review before finals revisions were made and presented to the Board for approval. The first day of school for Yancey County staff for the 201314 school year will be Thursday, August 15 and then all students will start school with a half-day on Monday, August 19. This is two weeks later than Yancey County has started school in the past. The new guidelines within Senate Bill 187 (Session Law 2012-145), begins with the 20132014 school year. This bill rewrites a portion of the old calendar law (General Statute 115C-84.2) that states that school systems that traditionally received a weatherrelated waiver to have an earlier

start date now cannot start before August 19th. Also, under the new Senate Bill 187, school districts may create calendars with up to 185 instructional days or at least 1,025 instructional hours. Formerly, all school districts had to schedule both 180 days and at least 1,000 hours of instruction. Across the state next school year, school systems will develop various combinations of calendars they believe best fits their systems unique needs. “The new state guidelines provide each county the option to add up to 5 days to the calendar, but in essence, the main impact for the mountain counties is it has simply shifted when we start and end the school year by about two weeks” Mr. Robinson stated. This 2013-2014 calendar has 180 instructional days, 11 holidays, 10 annual leave days, 13 optional workdays and 2 required teacher workdays. According to

Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton, “This calendar provides the system the needed flexibility that, even with the normal amount of two hour delays and early dismissal days, we will come in well above the 1,025.” Tipton added that although many districts could technically meet the 1,025 hours requirement with as few as 167 days, “As educators we have to believe that dropping below the standard 180 instructional days would hurt the integrity of our programs and the success Yancey County Schools have traditionally enjoyed. Next year, if we were to get hit with more severe winter weather than we usually do, we could decide to revise the calendar where we might go 178 or 179 days and still get out of school at the June 11th deadline. However, I believe to go well below the 180 days would do a disservice to our students and community.”

County Commission changes day, time for monthly meeting

The railroad had been the only reliable way for residents of the Lost Cove to interact with civilization. In the mid 20th Century the railroad stopped serving the cove, forcing residents to move away.

Piece of Lost Cove property in now protected From the front cial natural and historical significance and have long hoped it would one day be protected,” said David Ramsey, SAHC Trustee. Lost Cove is one of the most legendary ghost towns in the Eastern United States. The community was most likely founded during the Civil War era, although a few accounts hint that two families from a Daniel Boone expedition originally settled the area. The community grew into a self-sustaining, thriving agricultural community until the railroad brought timber and railroad jobs around 1910. Lost Cove became notorious for moonshining as early as 1898. Its remoteness and location along the state boundary made it difficult for tax collectors to penetrate. However, the cove’s isolation, as well as economic necessity, eventually led to the community’s demise. The last family moved out in 1957. “Lost Cove has long fired our imaginations, made us curious about our mountain surroundings and our history, and inspired many of us to dig deeper into - and ultimately care more about - our Appalachian heritage,” Ramsey said. “To me, this effort is one more example of the amazing and extremely important conservation work of the Southern

Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.” The property recently purchased by the SAHC fronts on the Nolichucky River, a Significant National Heritage Area. It is visible from this popular rafting river as well as a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Four streams originate on the property and flow into the Nolichucky, and populations of federally endangered plants have been noted on and near the property. “The offering of this property for sale presented a unique opportunity to protect an incredible recreational, environmental, and historical asset,” said Carl Silverstein, Executive Director of the SAHC. SAHC purchased the tract with the intent that it will eventually be added to the Pisgah National Forest. The organization will lead guided group hikes to Lost Cove in spring or early summer. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is a land trust created to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland and scenic beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and East Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations.

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News The Yancey County Board of Commissioners has changed the day of the month on which they hold their regular meeting. According to a statement issued by the county, the board voted unanimously to change the regular monthly meeting day to the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Commissioner beginning with the now meets regular meeting in on second January. Commission Monday of Chairman Johnny the month Riddle said the prior schedule at 6 p.m. “conflicted with a couple of different commissioners’ schedules” so the board agreed to change the date and the time. A resident who frequently speaks at the commission meetings during public comment said Wednesday that he wished the commission had better publicized the change. “I had gone on Monday” and the door was locked, said Bill Grover of the Seven Mile Ridge community. Thinking the board had switched the meeting date to Thursday, as they did the week of the general election, Grover said he came back to town Thursday, but there was no meeting. “The door was locked; everything was dark,” he said. Grover said the trip to the courthouse is 32 miles roundtrip from his house, so he drove a total of 64 miles for non-existent meetings. North Carolina law requires that the Board of Commissioners hold at least one regular business meeting each month but allows the Board to set the day and time of each month’s meeting. Asked if the 6 p.m. meeting time might impact turnout, Chairman Riddle said he hoped it wouldn’t “We weren’t trying to discourage people from coming” by scheduling the meeting an hour earlier. It just worked out best for” all the commissioners.”


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McCrory makes first trip as governor to WNC From the front

McCrory said the economy in North Carolina isn’t expanding as it should. Colleges and universities are graduating a new class every year “but kids just can’t find jobs.” “ T h e r e ’s u n l i m i t e d opportunity in North Carolina. We have to unleash that opportunity,” he said. “What we need to do is work together. We have got to learn … to have dialogue and have respect.” McCrory said “we’ve got some serious problems we

have to fix” in the state. He said his administration is reviewing policies that impact North Carolina “both good and bad.” He said he felt there is a “real breakdown” in how the operations of state government occur, and he warned that neighboring states are ready and willing to siphon off North Carolina’s industry and intellect. He said he “may have to step on some toes” to make changes, but residents, taxpayers and businesses “can move if we’re not competitive.” He also said he and other

Land Transactions

These are the land transactions recorded at the Yancey County Register of Deeds office from Dec. 1, 2012 through Dec. 18, 2012. These are only the deeds that required payment of an excise tax. To determine the transaction cost, multiply the $ amount below by 500, as tax is $2 per $1,000 in transaction. Dec. 3, 2012, $55, Reba and Jack Roberts to Nicholai Kalaschenkow, 2 acres on Arbuckle Road. Dec. 3, 2012, $306, Young Development Corp. to Naomi and Wesley McKinney, .5 acre on East Pasture Drive, Burnsville. Dec. 4, 2012, $138, Lee Robert and Hester Ann Wykle to Richard and Mary Pase, .94 a c r e o ff D o v e r ’s Branch Road, South Toe. Dec. 4, 2012, $540, Karen Brookfield to George and Alice Weimer, .6 acre and .55 acre off Westover Drive, Burnsville. Dec. 6, 2012, $365, Clairborne and Roseann Smith to John and Deborah Jenkins, unit 101 building E,

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Camps at Creekside condominiums, Mountain Air. Dec. 6, 2012, $750, John and Deborah Jenkins to Clairborne and Roseann Smith, unit 101 building I, Camps at Creekside condominiums, Mountain Air. Dec. 6, 2012, $420,Teresa Bryant to Robert and Sandra Gibbs, Unit 1K, Seven Pines Townhomes, Burnsville. Dec. 7, 2012, $190, Leroy and Megan Bishop to Joseph and Joyce Wilson, 14.75 acres and 2.23 acres in Crabtree township. Dec. 10, 2012, $2, William and Brenda Lawson to Harriett MacDougall, 1/35th interest in Edelweiss Unit 2, Alpine Village Condominium. Dec. 10, 2012, $255, Wa d e a n d C a t h y Fairey to Heritage Bluff Preserve LLC, Lot 4 of Clyde Acres. Dec. 11, 2012, $2, Zane Carney to Henry and Nylda Hueck, 1/35th interest, Cherokee, Alpine

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Heritage varsity blasts Thomas Jefferson at home The Thomas Jefferson Griffins came to town this week and ran into a buzzsaw against both the Mountain Heritage varsity boys and girls. The undefeated girls team beat Jefferson 75-31 while the boys, led by tall man Bob Taylor, beat the Griffins 75-33. The Cougars are on the road Friday night going to Mitchell, but return for a home game against Avery High on Tuesday.

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What’s to eat at the elementary schools? Friday, Jan 11

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Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

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Lunch Turkey Pie Meatball Sub Sunbutter S’wich Glazed Carrots Green Beans Baked Apples Peaches Milk

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Lunch Hot Dog/Baked Ham/Mac&Cheese Cornbread Sunbutter S’wich Baked Beans/Slaw Pears/Apple Crisp Milk

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Food for thought for middle school Friday, Jan 11

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Lunch Pizza Stix w/marin Ham&Cheese s’wich Corn/Carrot Stix Peaches/Cranberry Crunch Milk

Lunch Toasted Cheese S’wich/ Sunbutter S’wich/Veggie Beef Soup/Mega Pizza Broccoli Fruit/Applesauce Milk

Lunch Turkey Pie BBQ Rib S’wich Baked Potatoes Glazed Carrots Mandarin Oranges Pineapple Bits Milk

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Chowing down at Mountain Heritage Friday, Jan 11

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Lunch Turkey Pie BBQ Rib S’wich Ch. Garlic Flatbread Baked Potatoes Glazed Carrots Mandarin Oranges Pineapple Bits

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Brick Rancher out in the County - Three bedrooms, one bath. MUST HAVE REFERENCES! SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. NO PETS. Call Doris @ Lunsford Realty 678-3400 For rent: Large LR with fireplace , DR, Kitchen with island, Large master Br with full bath, 2nd Br with full bath, partial basement with w/d hookup. In town of Burnsville. Has attached small (second story) one bedroom apt. with separate entrance. Would be great mother /daughter rental. $800.00 per month. References and security required. Also can be rented separately both have own utilities @$550.00 + $300.00

Available immediately. CALL 865-712-6887 FOR RENT: 3 bedrm, 1 bath, brick home on 19W, right across from the Cane River. Fenced yard, pet allowed. $675.00/month. Background check and security deposit required. CATTAIL PEAK REALTY, Burnsville. Call Jerri at 828-284-2968 for details.

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Lots from 3 to 7 acres, or all 21.57 acres. Snow Hill Boxwoods for Sale. $10 each. 828.208.0406.

Jaguar XJS, Ice Blue Convertible, 1995. 92,000 miles, FL car, excellent condition. Garaged and babied. New battery, brakes, and tires. Includes cover and charger. $10,500. Please call 321.704.4311 . 1 9 9 9 3 2 0 S M e rc e d e s , 93,000 miles, Florida car, New brakes, tires, paint, very good condition. Sun Roof, V6, runs on Regular. Asking $8,000. Please call 321.704.4311

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LEGAL NOTICE IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION EXECUTOR’S NOTICE Having qualified as the Administrator, of the Estate of Stephen Allen of Yancey County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and cooperations having claims against the Estate of the deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before the 5th day of April, 2013 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This the 10th day of January 2013. Brandi J. Foxx 80 Sunrise Lane, Apt. 2 Burnsville, NC 28714 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2013 LEGAL NOTICE IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK FILE NO. 12 E 199 EXECUTOR’S NOTICE Having qualified as the Co-Executors of the Estate of Maphria Shepherd of Yancey County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the Estate of the deceased to present them to either of the undersigned on or before 10 May, 2013 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This the 10th day of January, 2013. Ina Dean Owens, Co-Executor 11 Honeysuckle Lane Burnsville, NC 28714 Larry L. Shepherd, Co-Executor 199 River Look Drive Burnsville, NC 28714

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Mayland Community College’s BookWormz Club will discuss Vengeance by Benjamin Black on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m. on the college’s Mitchell Campus. Anyone who has read the book or who is interested in the book club is welcome. For more information call 828-766-1320.


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Dazed and confused about hydration issues?

Medea Galligan MS Nutrition, CHHC, AADP For those of you that are serious about your New Year’s resolutions and are ready start working off your Holiday pounds, or are just ready to have more energy and feel better, I’ve put together a review of the best and worst ways to stay hydrated, improve your metabolism and recover from your workouts. From Vitamin Wa t e r t o G a t o r a d e , mineral water to alkaline water, the unfounded health claims, misinformation and megamarketing campaigns abound, leaving most Americans flat out dazed and confused when it comes to hydration. But the good news is that with a little common sense and self-awareness, you can learn what beverages, and how much, is right for you. Pure water Although there is a dizzying array of sports drinks available at every gym, convenience store and supermarket, it is probably no surprise to you that clean, pure water is the cornerstone of good health and is absolutely essential to every function in your bodyregardless or your level of activity. Unfortunately, it is access to pure clean water that is the problem. It’s common knowledge that most public water supplies are loaded with hazardous contaminants, such as disinfection byproducts, fluoride, and pharmaceutical drugs, to name just a few. Nevertheless, you DO need to make water your beverage of choice if you want to be healthy - but it should be purified water. In order to ensure your water is pure, you should use a high quality water filter in your home and workplace. You can narrow down the choices by making sure the product you choose is certified by a reputable independent water certification agency. One of the best, most stringent certification is UL. If a water purifier is certified by UL, the product claims have been verified, the system is structurally sound, and the literature and labeling is not misleading. Tw o o t h e r l e s s r i g o r o u s certifications are Pace Analytical, and The Water Quality Association (WQA). My favorite filter is a reverse/osmosis filter as it will remove virtually all of the pollutants, such as disinfection by products, fluoride, arsenic, lead, drugs in the water supply, rocket fuel, bacteria, viruses, you name, it removes it. Unfortunately the down side is that it also removes minerals that should be in there. Fortunately the solution is quite simply. Add some high quality salt, like Himalayan salt, about 1/4 teaspoon for gallon.

products. States have their own regulations, which vary greatly state by state. Bottled water represents, b y f a r, t h e f a s t e s t growing segment of the beverage industry with annual sales exceeding $11 billion. How has the bottled water industry created such a demand for a commodity that’s available for free? By slick marketing tactics and taking advantage of lax governmental regulations. Playing the message that bottled water is cleaner, and therefore healthier, the bottled water industry has successfully created one of the most incredulous scams of the century. Here’s how you’ve been duped: 1. Studies reveal that about 40 percent of bottled water is actually regular tap water with possibly no additional filtering treatment. 2. The EPA standards that apply to public water supplies do not apply to bottled water. 3.There are no restrictions protecting against a source of bottled water being located near industrial facilities or waste dumps. 4. Overall, bottled water is less regulated than tap water. A recent Environmental Working Group test uncovered 38 contaminants in 10 brands of bottled water, including DBPs, nitrate, caffeine, arsenic, Tylenol, bacteria and industrial chemicals. So what you are paying for is often no different, or even worse, than the water that comes out of your faucet. When you factor in other elements, like the chemicals that can leach from the plastic bottle and its impact on the environment, bottled water becomes a losing proposition no matter how you look at it. According to the Container Recycling Institute, in the U.S. alone, more than 67 million plastic water bottles are discarded each day. Not easily degraded, empty plastic water bottles have become a major contributor to worldwide pollution. The waste issue is not the only problem. According to the Sierra Club, the U.S. alone uses 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce all the water bottles we toss each year. And along with oil, comes unwanted toxins. The processing of plastic water bottle releases toxic compounds such as nickel, ethylbenzene, ethylene oxide, and benzene into the environment. When drinking bottled water you need to think not only about the water but also about the bottle itself. Plastic is not an inert substance as its manufacturers would like you to believe. It contains chemicals like BPA and phthalates, which mimic hormones in your body. Anytime you drink from a plastic bottle you risk exposure, but if you leave your bottle of Bottled water water in a hot car or reuse it, your Unfortunately, there is no exposure is magnified because heat national regulation of water and stress increase the amount of

chemicals that leach out of the plastic. So what should you drink? One you realize that many sources of bottled water is: 1. No safer than tap water. 2. Extremely expensive. 3. Often contaminated by plastics chemicals. 4. Contributing to massive environmental harm. … the choice to stop using it becomes simple. Fortunately, the alternative to having pure water is also simple: filter your own at home. I believe that the best way to protect you and your child against the uncertainty of drinking water outside your home is to pack clean water you trust from home. And, of course, you want pure and clean water in a safe, non-toxic, and reusable container. My personal favorite, and the kind I use myself, is glass. Glass is non-toxic and does not leach any undesirable contaminants.

Is Alkaline Water Healthier? Beyond water filtration, there’s also the issue of pH - alkaline versus acidic water. There are quite a few astonishing health claims being made about alkaline water, but are they true? Most of them are not. The theory behind alkaline water is, in a nutshell, that alkaline (ionized) water is a powerful antioxidant with surplus electrons that can “mop up” the dangerous free radicals you have coursing through your veins. Marketers claim alkaline water can correct excess acidity in your tissues, which can then prevent or reverse cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases. According to Dr. Mercola, the tireless health advocate for the past 25 years and the creator of Mercola. com, the world’s most respected website on health and nutrition, “the scientific justification for these water systems is absent and these consumers have merely fallen under the spell of a skilled marketer who selectively misused pseudoscientific information, and twisted it around to scare them into buying their product.” While there is no lack of testimonials and so-called scientific studies on the Internet claiming alkaline water will cure your every ill, many consumers, struggling to make sense of the scientific jargon, eventually throw up their hands in frustration. “In truth, there are very, very few legitimate scientific studies about the effects of alkaline water on human health” states Dr. Mercola. Complicating matters is the fact that most water ionizers and alkalizers are being marketed by multi-level marketing (MLM) companies with less than stellar ethics. They sell you a very expensive machine, for which you get a good discount if you sign up as a rep, and once you’re part of the MLM, you can’t very well change your mind about its benefits (especially if you’re going to sell the units) - even if you realize that

the alkaline water is no longer “working” for you. Dr. Mercola states “I have no doubts that many people do notice improvements in their health when they initially start drinking alkaline water, but I believe there are other reasons for this, and I am convinced that this is not a healthful strategy in the long run, so it is my strong recommendation to avoid alkaline water ionizers. Some people experience an initial “high” when they start drinking alkaline water. This can easily be attributed to detoxification, and the fact that they are likely just becoming better hydrated. Detoxification is about the only benefit of this type of water, and this benefit is limited to very short term use (no more than a week or two).” It is my opinion that despite the increased popularity of these water ionizers and alkalizers, many people don’t really understand how complicated the body is and how pH really works. I have been told that many people have gotten kidney stones after drinking alkaline water consistently for two years, showing that alkaline water can create a mineral imbalance in the body. It is far healthier and wiser to change your DIET by eliminating refined sugars, flours, artificial sweeteners and chemicals and replace them with organic whole foods that are designed to balance your body’s pH AND support your total health, then to look for a quick fix to your health problems by buying a very expensive machine based on questionable science that could negatively impact your health. What zre my choices? If you have read this column for any length of time, you would know what ingredients you should always avoid, regardless of where you find them: refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda), saccharine (Sweet-n-Low), all artificial colors, all artificial preservatives, and anything else that you can’t pronounce! Needless to say, most bottled beverages, including sports drinks like Gatorade, contain at least one, if not several, of the aforementioned toxins- regardless of the “healthy” marketing hype that is written all over the bottle. Vitamin Water and other flavored waters that contain synthetic vitamins and “natural” flavors are not any better for youif you want the benefit of vitamins and anti-oxidants, eat REAL food! Basically, anything that comes from a vending machine or is sold at a convenience store is loaded with a concoction of sugars, chemicals, or both- including Snapple, Red Bull, Arizona Iced Teas with Ginseng, etc, the list goes on. Not only are they not as “healthy” as their label says, but with huge amounts or sugar, high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and See next page


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Help daughters resolve their own problems

By John Rosemond Q: How can we help our 7-year-old twin girls stop fighting? They constantly provoke and antagonize each other. We thought this was just normal sibling conflict, but it seems to be developing into actual resentment. One of them is now saying we love the other one more, and the other one bullies and intimidates her when we’re not looking. We seem to be doing nothing but mediating their fights. Help! A: As long as you referee their squabbles, this is only going to get worse. Even the most well-intentioned referee (who’s only trying to level the playing field) ends up identifying one child as the villain and the other child as the victim. In effect, the victim wins. The supposed villain must apologize, give the toy back, or do whatever the parent-referee thinks is necessary to make matters right again. No matter what the particulars of any given conflict situation are, the villain always ends up feeling unjustly convicted. She begins, therefore, to plot and look for ways of evening the score. The victim, meanwhile, begins looking for opportunities to set up the other child to look like the villain again. And around and around they, and you, go.

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Parents need to understand that the “book” of sibling conflict cannot be judged by its cover. It may seem as if the child who most often occupies the role of victim is suffering abuse, but she is actually willing to endure insult and even pain in order to obtain the perverse satisfaction of seeing her sibling humiliated and punished. In the long run the role of victim becomes increasingly incorporated into her social behavior and she begins playing it with other children. The only way to solve this problem is to put both children in the same boat; to hold them, in other words, equally responsible for the problem. That requires that you stop

refereeing, that you stop assigning the roles of villain and victim, no matter what the situation looks like on the surface. Tell them that from now on, they are responsible for solving their problems. If they get you involved by complaining, tattling, or creating a loud ruckus that attracts your attention, both of them will sit in separate chairs, in separate areas of the house, for one hour. That’s the “warning shot” across the bow. The second such offense on any given day results in both of them being confined to separate areas of the home for the rest of the day and early bedtime. In that event, make sure that the separate areas are equally boring. Must be fair, you know. Done consistently and dispassionately, that will motivate them to solve their problems without involving you. This plan may also greatly improve their relationship (not right away, mind you, but eventually) because it requires them to cooperate and collaborate. In effect, you become the villains, and their job is to keep you off their backs. A more peaceful home is just around the corner! Family psychologist John Rosemond answers questions at rosemond.com.

‘Just water’ can bring some serious health issues From page 10 cells) -- are like seawater and other chemicals, these drinks are require a high concentration of one of the fastest ways to pack properly balanced electrolytes in on the pounds, harm your liver, order for our bodies to function and put you on the fast track to properly. The major electrolytes type 2 diabetes! So don’t fool are: sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), yourself - these drinks are not one chloride (Cl-), calcium (Ca2+), bit healthier for you than regular magnesium (Mg2+), bicarbonate or diet soda! (HCO3-), phosphate (PO42-), and So what are your healthy drink sulfate (SO42-). Electrolytes are choices that can keep you hydrated important because they are what before, during, or after a workout? your cells (especially nerve, heart, It is a well-known fact that we muscle) use to maintain voltages need more than water to stay across their cell membranes and hydrated - we need electrolytes, to carry electrical impulses (nerve but few people know why they impulses, muscle contractions) are important. Electrolyte is a across themselves and to other “medical/scientific” term for cells. Your kidneys work to keep salts, specifically ions. The term the electrolyte concentrations electrolyte means that this ion is in your blood constant despite of 1/14/13 - 1/20/13 electrically-chargedWeek and moves changes in your body. For example, to either a negative (cathode) when you exercise heavily, you or positive (anode) electrode: lose electrolytes in your sweat, ions that move to the cathode particularly sodium and potassium. (cations) are positively charged These electrolytes must be and ions that move to the anode replaced to keep the electrolyte (anions) are negatively charged. concentrations of your body fluids Our body fluids -- blood, plasma, constant. Because of this, many interstitial fluid (fluid between sports drinks have sodium chloride

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Flu shots still viable

There is still time to protect your children and yourself from the flu in what remains of a severe influenza season. “Everyone seems to know that the elderly are particularly vulnerable, but so too are children,” says William Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Severe complications are most common in children under age

How much should I drink? While the old standard was 8 glasses a day, my best advice is to learn to pay attention to your body and to drink when you are thirsty. When you eliminate processed and refined foods from your diet and replace them with whole foods that contain more water, vitamins and minerals, as well as good fats, your body becomes more naturally hydrated. Make pure filtered water your first choice and you will feel better throughout you day and you will reap the rewards of healthy hydration. Sources: Mercola.com FitandHealth.com Medea L Galligan earned her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University, and also attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program, located in New York City. Since 1998, she has helped thousands of people of all ages improve their health and well being through support and encouragement, exploring which foods are right for them, and assisting them in bringing back the joy of cooking and eating. Visit www.HealthyLifestyle Concepts. com for more information. 2, and all children ages 6 months and older should be immunized.” Currently, 43 states are reporting widespread flu outbreaks, with the District of Columbia and remaining s t a t e s — Wa s h i n g t o n , O r e g o n , California, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and Missouri—reporting localized outbreaks. People are generally immunized in the fall, but they can still get protection from the flu for what remains of the flu season.


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