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In Yancey Times Journal Nov. 19, 2014
Dollar General’s new store approved
Venture Properties VII, LLC received approval of a conditional use permit to build a new Dollar General Store off Hwy 19 at Cooper Street and W. Main in Burnsville. The town’s zoning administrator and planning board recommended that town council approve the company’s application. The company originally came to the town with their standard box design but was very open to adapting to Burnsville’s guidelines for the new store but went far beyond what the town required in the downtown business district.
Deputy arrests three involved in crime spree
A Sheriff’s Office deputy located three individuals from Knoxville, Tennessee wanted in connection with a two-state crime spree and arrested them on charges for additional crimes in Yancey County. The two men and a woman had been involved in B&Es and a home invasion in Unicoi County, TN. They were charged with incidents in Yancey and face charges in other jurisdictions.
Sunday fire destroys mobile home in Pensacola
A fire Sunday morning on Country Meadows Road off Cattail Creek Road in Pensacola completely destroyed a mobile home. No one home at the time of the incident and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal.
Oil and gas rules: communities deserve better, says group
Over 30 local, regional and statewide organizations, working together as Frack Free NC to prevent fracking throughout the state, say they aren’t surprised, that despite the unprecedented 217,000 public comments, the pro-industry dominated Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) didn’t make major changes before voting to send draft to the Rules Review Commission on Nov. 14.
Shopping “A” Fair benefits local teacher projects
Yancey County Schools Foundation hosts its final Shopping “A” Fair of the year at Burnsville Town Center on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring products from more than 20 direct sale vendors. Funds raised provide grants to local teachers with innovative classroom projects.
THINGS TO DO and ENTERTAINMENT
*Burnsville’s Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. with the theme “Christmas Bells are Ringing.” Entry is free through Nov. 21 and after that a late fee of $10 will be charged. Stop by Chamber office for application or call 682-7413 for more information. Santa arrives in Burnsville on Friday evening, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Town Center and this event is free to children of all ages. Both these free events are sponsored by local businesses.
*Yancey Theatre - opening this Friday is “Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1.” All seats $5. Call 678-3322 for feature showing, times and dates.
*Parkway Playhouse Junior presents their production of Guys and Dolls, Jr. at Mountain Heritage High School on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at door: Adults $11. Parkway Playhouse Members $9, students 17 and under $5.50.
*Kirkwood’s Café presents Mr. Mikel and The Hot No-No’s on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. with $5 cover. Call 678-9362 for reservations. Open Mic Fridays 7-9, Friday noon-2 live bluegrass/traditional music. Winter schedule: closed all day Mon; closed Thurs night. Open Tues–Sun regular breakfast (8-11 a.m.) and lunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). 114 E. Main in Burnsville.
*Arthur Morgan School hosts its 33rd Scholarship Auction on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. at Burnsville Town Center to benefit its Scholarship Fund. This event always sells out so reserve your spot at a table. Call Heather at 675-4361, or go online (arthurmorganschool.org).
*Young's Mountain Music presents live traditional, bluegrass and country music in a family-friendly setting every Saturday night 7 to 11 p.m. off Hwy 19E at Mitchell/Yancey line. Call 675-4790 or 675-4365.
*Yancey Farmers Market's every Saturday, 8:30–12:30, has moved to the former Touch of Cass building next to Garden Deli until Dec. 20 featuring a variety of fall produce, chicken, pork and beef, eggs, goat cheese, baked goods, plants, crafts and much more.
*Burnsville Wine and… beer tasting Thursday, Nov. 20, from 4-6; wine tasting Friday, Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 22, from 3-6, NC High Peaks Trail Association hosts a tasting of the first wine of the season, Beaujolais Nouveau. 525 W. Main, across from TD Bank. Now collecting toys for Family Violence clients. Park in back or the bank lot. Call 682-3456.
*Burnsville’s own Read It & Weep Repertory Theatre presents its sixth annual hilarious staged reading of Ogden Nash’s The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t to benefit Hospice of Yancey on Friday, Nov. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Town Center. Admission is $1 for children and $5 for grownups.
*TRAC’s Holiday Studio Tour offers a chance to visit the studios of some of the best artists in the country on Fri-Sun, Dec. 5-7, with over 100 artists (10 new to the tour) and nine galleries welcoming the public. The meet-the-artist reception is Dec. 5 from 5 to 7. For details, visit toeriverarts.org or call 682-7215.
*TRAC Gallery in Burnsville through Dec. 15, the TRAC Gallery in Burnsville hosts “Then and Now” featuring work past and present by many of the 39 artists who opened their studios in 1993 on a weekend before the holidays for the first studio tour. For more information, visit toeriverarts.org or call 682-7215.
*TRAC’s Spruce Pine Gallery located at 269 Oak Avenue. Call 765-0520.
*Mica Gallery in Bakersville, five guest artists show their wearable artwork, adding lots of color to the scene, running through the New Year. See micagallery.com or Facebook.
* Rush Ray Museum of Yancey History, visit YHA office at 3 Academy Street in Burnsville from 10-4 p.m. Mon-Sat. Museum admission: adults $3, members and children under 12 - free. For more info or to book a group tour call 678-9587.
*OOAK Gallery features fine, folk, funky art and crafts in historic country store at 573 Micaville Loop 4 miles east of Burnsville off Hwy 19. Tues-Sat 10-5:30, Sun. noon-4. Call 675-0690.
*Skating at Riverside Roller Rink on Saturdays, from 7-11 p.m. Available Mon-Fri for private parties. Questions, call 682-2651.
*Free ukulele jam every Monday at The Music Box on West Main from 12:30 – 1:30. Bring your ukulele and a chair and join the fun. Call 678-9596 for more information.
*Toe River Crafts 40th season as an artists’ cooperative for some of the region’s best. Located at 6274 Highway 80 South, 7 miles south of Micaville.
*The Design Gallery has work by local and regional artists. S. Main, 678-9869 or the-design-gallery.com.
*Off the Beaten Path a cozy, inviting bookstore and antique shop located downstairs at 19 W. Main in Burnsville.
*Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville celebrates the multilayered functional and decorative work, and continuing to Dec. 5, of Justin Rothshank. Also work by other artists. Call 828-688-3599 or see crimsonlaurelgallery.com.
*The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center on Penland School campus. Call 828-765-6211 or penland.org/gallery.