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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.

Yadkin County residents dig in for a fight against a proposed mine near homes, elementary school

BY: - March 17, 2022

After living all over North Carolina, Terry and Joyce Long finally came home.  In 2020, they bought a tract of land in Hamptonville adjacent to property that had been in Joyce’s family for five generations. Joyce grew up in this Yadkin County town of just 6,100 people, and now she and Terry could raise their four children here, a quiet, rural idyll of forests and farms and night skies that light up with stars.