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In Yancey Times Journal April 23, 2014
Guilty verdict in overdose death case
A Yancey County jury deliberated just two hours April 17 and found John Pritchard, a former substance abuse counselor, guilty of second-degree murder after he illegally sold prescription morphine pills to Jonathan Whitson, 29, who died from an overdose on March 6, 2011. The prosecution had to prove that Pritchard was reckless in his actions, knowing that the morphine had the potential to cause death.
Water is flowing for Lincoln Park residents
For years, residents of the Lincoln Park community have lived with extremely low water pressure – to the point they that had to call neighbors if they planned to wash clothes or take a shower. Last Thursday, grateful residents came out to celebrate their new pump station and thank Burnsville’s public works director Anthony Hensley and town council members for putting resolution of the situation as the top of their priority list.
Broadband and health care via telemedicine
Dr. Steve North conducted a house call from the Yancey County Technology Center using high-speed broadband via Country Cablevision and equipment from AMD Global Telemedicine. The event was held to demonstrate how telemedicine technology and the new broadband service that will soon be available to nearly 100% of the population in Yancey and Mitchell counties could be used to help deliver clinical healthcare in rural communities.
One-stop voting and absentee ballot requests
Yancey County Board of Elections is taking requests for absentee ballots for the May 6 Primary Election. One-stop voting starts Thursday, April 24, and continues through May 2 with office open until 6:30 daily and until 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Stop by or call the Board of Elections if you have questions about the one-stop voting schedule or other questions about the upcoming election. Phone 682-3950.
Battle of Burnsville takes place this weekend
Yancey History Association extends a special invitation to the community to attend the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Burnsville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25-27, in downtown Burnsville. (See the schedule and more about this exciting Civil War commemoration weekend in our newspaper and watch for more info on the “Yancey Times Journal” Facebook page).
THINGS TO DO and ENTERTAINMENT
*Confederate Railroad returns for a concert at Burnsville Town Center on Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. Opening band is Road Tripp. Admission $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Town Center or online at roadtripp.com or call 208-1444.
*Burnsville Little Theater’s production of the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, Harvey, presented by Parkway Playhouse on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Sunday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m.
*Yancey History Association presents a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Burnsville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25-27, in downtown Burnsville with a re-enactment on Town Square of the 1864 raid by 50 local women on the Confederate commissary in Burnsville to feed their hungry families.
*Thistle Dew performs their Appalachian-Celtic sound, along with music from local band Ragged But Right, during a Sunday evening dessert social from 7-9 p.m. that benefits the Traditional Voice Group’s ongoing oral history project. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Town Center. Come out for a relaxing evening.
*The annual Burnsville Metric bicycle ride takes place on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. The ride starts from the Burnsville Town Square. Registration is at the Town Center from 7:15 – 8:45 a.m. For information: burnsvillemetric.com.
*Burnsville Wine and… hosts its weekly wine tasting with wines from Country Vintner on Friday, April 23, from 4-7 p.m. at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank.
*Kirkwood’s Café presents the Adam Pope Band, on Saturday, April 26, from 7-9, $5 cover. Call 678-9362 for reservations. Open Mic Night every Friday 7-9, Friday lunch music noon-2 by Typical Mountain Boys. Dinner Thurs-Sat 5-9. Game night on Thursdays. 114 E. Main in Burnsville.
*Young's Mountain Music offers traditional, bluegrass and country music in a family-friendly setting every Saturday night off Hwy 19E at Mitchell/Yancey line. Call 675-4790 or 675-4365.
*Yancey Theatre shows the latest movies. Call info line at 678-3322 for movies playing and show times. All seats $5.
*The annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta will be Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Burnsville’s Town Square.
*Come out and play, or just watch a fun ball game on May 3. A Men’s Softball Tournament will be held at Cane River Softball Field to benefit MHHS Boy’s Basketball Program. Entry fee is $150 per team. Register before April 30 by contacting Loren at 284-7399 or Evan at 208-1785.
*Toe River Arts Council hosts its first indoor Cluster Arts Market at the Spruce Pine Gallery at 269 Oak Avenue on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
*Parkway Playhouse opens the adaptation of Clyde Edgerton’s Walking Across Egypt on May 10 at the historic theatre in Burnsville and concludes on Friday, May 23. Tickets are available by calling 682-4285; at the box office between 1 and 5 p.m. Thurs-Sat; or at parkwayplayhouse.com.
*TRAC’s Burnsville Gallery exhibition of work by 12 new artists juried to display and sell work in its galleries. The work will be featured in the gallery through May 10. Stop by Tues-Sat 10:30-5. Call 682-7215.
*A 40-hour combination clay class that incorporates hand-building techniques as well as throwing on the wheel. Learn at your own pace at Yancey Center for Ceramic Art (YCCA ). Class begins May 1 at 9 a.m. Learn more or pre-register at mayland.edu and click on the Continuing Education link or call 682-7315.
*TRAC’s annual Plein Air Paint Out is May 17. See toeriverarts.org, or call 828-682-7215.
*Skating at Riverside Roller Rink on Saturdays, from 7-11 p.m. Available Mon-Fri for private parties. Questions, call 682-2651.
*The Design Gallery South Main across from Town Center. 678-9869 or the-design-gallery.com.
*Off the Beaten Path books and antiques shop at 19 W. Main in Burnsville, downstairs below The Grapevine and Yummi Yarns.
*OOAK Gallery features fine, folk and funky art and crafts in historic country store at 573 Micaville Loop four miles east of Burnsville off Hwy 19. Tues-Sat 10-5:30, Sun. noon-4. Call 675-0690.
*Mica Gallery fine crafts gallery in Bakersville is open for the season featuring work by some of the region’s most accomplished craftspeople. Call Mica at 828-688-6422, facebook/micagallerync, micagallerync.com