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Times Journal Editor Grindstaff Dies

DavidWhen David Grindstaff came to the Yancey Times Journal as editor in January 2015, he said it was his “dream job.” When David passed away on Friday morning, Sept. 27, he had spent Thursday at work preparing for this week’s Monday press deadline.

David died at his home after calling 911 around 8 a.m. Even though help arrived within six minutes, nothing could be done to save him. He died of cardiac arrest. He was 60 years old.

David had worked part-time for the Times Journal as contributing sports reporter/photographer beginning in 2008. However, he had worked in the newspaper business in this area for 30 years plus. Before coming to the Times Journal as editor, he was News Director at WKYK and WTOE radio stations for several years.

He took over the editor’s position at the Times Journal when editor Jody Higgins retired at the end of 2014.

David was a native of Mitchell County. After graduating from Harris High School in Spruce Pine he attended Haywood Community College.

He learned the business from the bottom up after he began his newspaper career at the Tri-County News in Spruce Pine as a photographer, darkroom technician and staff reporter. He was also on staff at the Mitchell Journal, Avery Post and the Mountain Times in Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties.

When Yancey Journal owner Ed Yuziuk started the Mitchell Journal in 1978, David left the Tri-County News and worked for the newly established newspaper where he worked with current Times Journal staff Pat Randolph and Anna Webb.

Among the kind words the newspaper staff has received since David’s passing, one thing stood out: many noted that he was “a good man” and “a kind and caring person.” Pat, Anna and Katie noted that David never left the building without asking about their plans for the weekend. “He always told us to have a great weekend and that he would see us on Monday.”

David, along with his son Gray and daughter Windy, have lived on Blue Rock Road for many years. He loved his children dearly and was always proud of them.



Notice of Changes to Access

The Yancey Common Times website transition phase is coming to an end. As you know, our current newspapers have been accessible online at no charge for several months. We did this in order to give subscribers who want the online edition ample time to create an account.

Beginning with the February 7th edition, newspapers will only be available to current subscribers. If you are a subscriber and have not created an account, it is an easy process. If you had an online account prior to the conversion, you must create a new account for the new system. Your new username is your email address.


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What does mean for our subscribers?

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