Jack Mitchell

Crowd of people who are frowning because the Yadkin County planning board is approving a rezoning for a mine

Despite overwhelming community opposition, proposed Yadkin County mine clears first hurdle

BY: - June 14, 2022

Dean Swaim, the stern chairman of the Yadkin County Planning Board, stifled an outburst with a whack of his gavel. “You will respect the board,” he told the roughly 200 people who had just released a collective groan. A vote was pending to rezone land for a controversial rock quarry, proposed for a 498-acre tract in Hamptonville — and it didn’t appear to be going the residents’ way.