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In the Yancey Times Journal May 22, 2013
Sunday afternoon flooding ravages areas of Jacks Creek-Clearmont-Lower Jacks Creek
Amy Johnson, Anna Webb, Luke Webb, Skye Gouge, Jody Higgins and others took photos of the raging water and damage that can be seen by clicking here or going to the Photo Gallery Tab, under "News Photos"
Many folks say the heavy rain and flooding Sunday was the worst they recall seeing since the Flood of 1977. The May 19 deluge sent tiny Jacks Creek over its banks and out into roadways, fields and structures. Usually small tributary branches became raging streams that did even more damage to buildings and side roads in the area. After a sunny start to Sunday, the mid-afternoon ushered in the downpour.
In Burnsville, the town's Main Street and Pine Swamp area also experienced flooding. Several churches suffered heavy water damage and a large sinkhole appeared at the edge of Jacks Creek Presbyterian Church. Moses Branch was particularly hard-hit. Many private driveways and bridges were destroyed or heavily damaged, along with recently planted crops, nursery stock, and farmland. DOT crews were out most of Sunday night repairing roads, slide areas and road shoulders. Fire department personnel were out keeping people safe from the flooded roadways. Local officials are out assessing damage, which is expected to be in the millions.
County honors hero Larry Silver
Larry Silver was honored for his heroic efforts that saved three preschool-age children from a burning county transportation van on February 12.
Memorial Day and Hero Day events this Saturday
Memorial Day events are planned for Friday, Saturday and Monday, May 24, 25, and 27 in Burnsville. Friday events begin at 5 p.m. with crusin' on Main and a concert on town square. Hero Day on Saturday includes a parade, motorcycle ride for veterans, displays, music, food, fire department competitions, kid's activities, and more. On Monday, the DAV Chapter will conduct a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in front of the courthouse.
Deputies capture Texas fugitive
Sheriff's deputies captured a Texas fugitive in the South Toe area after responding to a domestic call. Luis Rodriguez, paroled after being convicted of murder, was wanted for parole violations. He had numerous fake identifications.
ENTERTAINMENT AND THINGS TO DO
* "Sigmund Floyd," a Pink Floyd Tribute Concert based on Dark Side of the Moon at Parkway Playhouse complete with light show this Friday and Saturday, May 24-25, at 7:30 p.m. Brandon Bailey and other local musicians. $10 advance, $15 at door. Tickets at Parkway box office (682-42-85) or Yancey Times Journal office
* Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band bring their musical expertise to the Burnsville Town Center Friday, May 24, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Saxophonist Pierce heads up this talented group that delivers favorite oldies to get you moving on the dance floor. Share a fun evening with friends. Only $10. Call 682-7209 for more information.
* Rhonda Gouge and Hillary Dirlam play old-time music, Western Swing and Blues at Mary Jane's this Saturday from 7-9, reservations suggested. 678-9362. Friday is open mic night. Great food, beer and wine. 114 E. Main.
*A wine tasting Friday, May 24, at Burnsville Wine from 5 to 7 p.m. is a benefit for Traditional Voices Group's oral history project. Tickets are $20. Call 682-9654 or 682-3456.
*Mica Gallery in Bakersville grand reopening for season May 25, from 5-8 p.m. See micagallerync.com.
*Toe River Crafts Blooming Arts Garden Show reception May 25, from 3-5 p.m., plants for sale. Hwy 8-S at Celo.
* Miner's Heritage Day at Emerald Village Mines and Mining Museum near Little Switzerland will be held on Saturday, May 25, for, from 9 to 5. Most activities are free. Mine tours, music, food, kid's activities, more. Call 765-6463 or emeraldvillage.com.
* Parkway Playhouse's 2013 season continues with "Dancing at Lughnasa" from June 1-15, Thurs-Sat, with a 5 p.m. show Sunday, June 2. Call for reservations/tickets 682-4285 or visit parkwayplayhouse.com. Tickets also available at the door.
*On May 28, Toe River Chamber Ensemble invites the public to their annual free Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Town Square. Call 682-7215.
*Carolina Mountains Literary Festival's theme for the Sept. 12, 13 and 14 is "Take Me There." Dozens of authors and literary fans descend on Burnsville. Keynote speaker prize-winning author Elizabeth Kostova. See cmlitfest.org or follow them on Facebook.
*Herring-Kivette Gallery at Yancey Library exhibit of decades of Ray/Wray family portraits and other artworks by well-known artists thru May. Check for special gallery hours for this exhibit. 682-2600. Guided tours available by calling 682-2282.
* Burnsville Wine and... wine tasting Friday, May 17, from 4-7. Call 682-3456.
*"Stevefest: for Those About to Rock," evening of outstanding bands in concert Saturday, June 1, in Bakersville. See Lavoniacrest.com.
*Toe River Arts Council's Spring Studio Tour runs Friday-Sunday, June 7-9, with 67 studios, 12 galleries, and 114 artists opening their doors to welcome the public. Map to the studios online at toeriverarts.org or call 682-7215.
*Young's Mountain Music offers live music in a family-friendly setting every Saturday night off Hwy 19E at Mitchell/Yancey line. Call 675-4790 or 675-4365.
*Switzerland Café and Zack's pub (upstairs). Check schedule on events page at switzerlandcafe.com. Live music weekends. Open mic most Fridays. Call 828-765-5289 to sign up
*Yancey Theatre, call info line at 678-3322 for movies and show times or see yancey-theatre.com. All seats $5.
*Off the Beaten Path books and antiques shop off W. Main in Burnsville has a wonderful exhibit in May: "Aprons of Mother's Past." 19 W. Main, basement below The Grapevine and Yummi Yarns' new location.