Dave, you've hit one of my hot buttons!!
I'm originally from Union City and my parents and sister are still there. When hubby and I go back for visits about twice a year, we always check out Hanafee Brothers Sawmill and Storey Sawmill and Lumber Yard in Troy. They are about 3 blocks apart, right along US51 through the middle of town, and their prices are right!! If you go to Hanafee, talk to Don and tell him that the Lairds sent you. When we were there in late August, we bought 4/4 FAS red oak for $1.00 bd/ft and 4/4 FAS hard maple for $2.05 bd/ft. Also, Don was nice enough to let me pick through his kiln-dry-check 2' cutoffs and I got lots of nice walnut, cherry, birch, and sassfras pieces---for nothing. Those are the pieces that they cut off while a batch is in the kiln to check for moisture content--they cut off the 2' pieces, then just stack them up. They offered them to the local high school for their woodshop program, and the school wouldn't take them unless Don would deliver them!!! So he was going to put them out for people to take for firewood!!! I have a stack of 2' cutoffs that now I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them, but I'll be darned if they'll get burned!
It's worth the drive to Troy just to see all the eye candy they have there.
BTW, welcome to our little corner of woodworking heaven.
Nancy and Dave Laird
Rio Rancho, NM
David works in the Pro Sales Divison at Woodworker's Supply.