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A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
A WHKP Station Editorial
With issues like public schools…and in our case here, a new Hendersonville High School campus, the treasured Stillwell building, the auditorium, even the old rock gymnasium…and with a peripheral issue as pressing as the deteriorating condition at Edneyville Elementary School…emotions run high.
And when emotions run high, rhetoric and volumes tend to run even higher.
Thankfully, the holidays, and maybe even the softer, kinder “Christmas spirit”, toned all that down some. But the school issues are still here. And as commissioners, county and school staffs, school board members, alumni association members and other stakeholders begin to piece together some possibly workable solutions in this new year, we believe it’s time for the tone, the volume, the rhetoric, including the “name calling” and the harsh words…and we include our own in this…to be turned down or preferably shut off altogether.
We’re hearing that some “cooler heads” may be negotiating some possible compromise solutions, both for a new Hendersonville High School campus and for Edneyville Elementary School. If this is in the works, and it’s only rumored that it is, we’re optimistic…and we stand ready to encourage and support those cooler heads.
Whatever they come up with, and we don’t have a clue what that might be, will likely be a compromise. By definition and true to what it is, such a compromise won’t please everyone. We know our community well enough, and have enough faith in it, to believe that a common sense deal, or compromise, WILL move two badly needed projects forward…for the good of the whole community.
IF a solution is in the works, for both Hendersonville and Edneyville schools, and we are hopeful that one is, WHKP is resolved to do our part and keep the decibel level down to give those cooler heads the “quiet”, the space, and the chance they need to get the job done.
On critical issues like schools, we encourage public debate and we like to participate in it. But that’s over now, and it’s time for solutions to settle in. We hope the whole community will join us, and resolve to give these possible solutions that may be in the works a chance to succeed. That’s our “new year’s resolution”…we hope it will be the whole community’s resolution as well.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 01/08/17
HENDERSON COUNTY SCHOOLS - REVERSE THE ORDER
A WHKP STATION EDITORIAL
December 18, 2016
WE BELIEVE THE HENDERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND BOARD OF EDUCATION HAVE IT BACKWARDS.
IN THE FACE OF A LIKELY DEFEAT OF THEIR PROPOSED 53 MILLION DOLLAR HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT (PHOTO ON THE HOME PAGE) IN A RE-ZONING REQUEST BEFORE HENDERSONVILLE’S CITY COUNCIL, THE HHS PROJECT NEEDS TO BE PUT “ON HOLD” WITH AN IMMEDIATE DECISION TO RETURN TO THE SCHOOL BOARD’S ORIGINAL TOP PRIORITY WHICH WAS AND IS TO BUILD A NEW EDNEYVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (CURRENT SCHOOL PHOTO ON THIS PAGE) FIRST. THE PLANNING AND FUNDING COMMITMENT FOR THE NEW EDNEYVILLE SCHOOL , WE BELIEVE, SHOULD START EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR 2017.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION SHOULD THEN GO BACK TO THE “DRAWING BOARD”…TOGETHER…WITH THEIR ARCHITECTS AND COME TO A MEETING OF THE MINDS WITH OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS WITH IDEAS ALREADY PRESENTED THAT WILL SURELY REDUCE THE OVERALL PROJECTED $53 MILLION DOLLAR COST FOR HENDERSONVILLE HIGH BY SOME $20 MILLION DOLLARS, WITH MONEY LEFT OVER TO SAVE AND RESTORE THE HISTORIC STILLWELL BUILDING . THIS TIME, THE CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE SHOULD ALSO BE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING PROCESS FOR A NEW HIGH SCHOOL. WHOLE CITY BLOCKS ARE INVOLVED, WITH MULTIPLE OWNERS AND INTERESTS, A MYRIAD OF ZONING CHANGES WILL BE REQUIRED, AND TODAY IS A FAR CRY FROM 1926 WHEN THAT HISTORIC STILLWELL BUILDING WAS PLACED ON WHAT WAS THEN THE EDGE OF TOWN AND MUCH OF HENDERSONVILLE WAS OPEN FIELDS AND DIRT STREETS.
THAT $20 MILLION DOLLAR SAVINGS, PLUS THE NEW MONEY THAT WENT INTO THE COUNTY’S FUND BALANCE THIS YEAR, WILL BE ALMOST ENOUGH TO BUILD A BRAND NEW EDNEYVILLE SCHOOL.
CURRENT REPORTS TELL US THAT EDNEYVILLE IS, IN FACT, A SCHOOL WITH MANY DEFICIENCIES…..NO RELIABLE HEAT IN WINTER AND NO RELIABLE AIR CONDITIONINGNG, RATS EATING FOOD, ALONG WITH A VARIETY OF ELECTRICAL BREAKER PROBLEMS, SEWAGE ISSUES….AND MUCH MORE.
IF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE GOING TO KEEP EDNEYVILLE SCHOOL OPEN AND NOT RE-DRAW SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND BUS EDNEYVILLE STUDENTS TO OTHER SCHOOLS, AS HAS BEEN RUMORED, A DECISION TO BUILD A NEW EDNEYVILLE SCHOOL SHOULD BE MADE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
THIS COMMON-SENSE, NO NON-SENSE APPROACH…TO START AN ALL NEW YEAR… CAN BRING ALL GROUPS COMMITTED TO DOING THE RIGHT THING TOGETHER, CAN KEEP THE AUTHORITY AND RESPOSIBILITY FOR DOING SO WHERE IT BELONGS, CAN COOL DOWN HEATED EMOTIONS AND SOFTEN THE DIALOGUE, AND CAN PUT ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND THE BETTERMENT OF OUR CITY AND COUNTY ON THE “SAME PAGE”. AND CAN DO IT QUICKLY.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT WHKP, WHERE AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOUR COMMENTS ON OUR COMMENTS.
(The editorial can be heard Sunday at 6:05, 9:05, and 10:05am; Monday at 6:05, 7:05, 7:55, and 9:05am and at 3:05, 4:05, and 5:05pm on WHKP AM 1450, WHKP FM 107.7, and whkp.com (Listen Live)
Check out the APPLE FESTIVAL STORY in Dave Cooley's BLOG article.... go to www.thenandnowinhendersonville.blogspot.com
FIRST DAY OF WINTER 2016: THE WINTER SOLSTICE
DECEMBER SOLSTICE DATE, TIME, FACTS, AND FOLKLORE
(From The Old Farmer's Almanac)
In 2016, the winter solstice date is December 21. This is the astronomical start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Enjoy our solstice facts, folklore, and more!
WINTER SOLSTICE DATES
Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it always occurs around December 21 or 22. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it is around June 20 or 21.)
In 2016, the winter solstice begins at:
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 10:44 UTC
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5:44 am EST
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 4:44 am CST
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 3:44 am MST
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:44 am PST
WHAT IS THE WINTER SOLSTICE?
The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day.
At the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still. The Sun is directly overhead at “high-noon” on Winter Solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn.
Find out the changing day length in your neck of the woods with our personalized Sunrise/set tool.
Winter photo: “Marshall Point Lighthouse”
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT WINTER
Question: Why is there such a time lag between the shortest day of the year (shortest amount of daylight hours) and the lowest average daily temperature of the year?
Answer: This is the shortest day of the year, meaning the one in which we experience the least amount of daylight in 24 hours; it is also the time when the Sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky. Although this part of Earth is cooling, its great thermal mass still retains some heat from the summer and fall. As the gradual cooling process continues over the next two months, temperatures will continue to fall, and the coldest temperatures will be recorded. The same pattern holds true for the summer solstice in June, as the year’s highest temperatures are recorded later, in July and August.
Question: Was Stonehenge built to celebrate the winter solstice?
Answer: That’s one theory. Stonehenge was constructed in several phases over a period of many centuries. Due to the alignment of the stones, experts acknowledge that the design appears to correspond with the use of the solstices and possibly other solar and lunar astronomical events in some fashion. There are several theories as to why the structure was built, including that the area was used as a temple to worship the Sun; as a royal burial ground; and/or as a type of astronomical observatory. However, because none of these theories has been proven correct as yet, the true reason (or reasons) for Stonehenge remains a mystery. Read more about ancient seasonal markers.
“Little Bantam in the Snow”
WINTER FOLKLORE AND VERSE
Deep snow in winter; tall grain in summer—Estonian proverb
Visits should be short, like a winter’s day.
A fair day in winter is the mother of a storm—English proverb
Summer comes with a bound; winter comes yawning.
Onion skins very thin, mild winter coming in.
WHAT DOES WINTER MEAN TO YOU?
Winter inspires both joy and woe. Some people can’t wait for the cooler weather, snow, skiing and ice skating, curling up by a fire, and the holiday spirit. You’ll notice a peaceful sort of silence when you walk through the woods—a muffled kind of quiet.
Other people dislike the frigid temperatures, blizzards, and wild weather. In colder regions, winter often means shoveling, snowblowing, dealing with bad roads, and sometimes unbearable temperatures. In warmer regions, the winter temperatures become very mild and cool, and places such as Florida fills up with people escaping the harshness of a northern winter.
Look out in any open field this time of the year…on any bank, near any side ditch, in most any patch of ground that isn’t mowed or cared for…and you’ll likely see an abundance of a much maligned, mis-understood and under appreciated mountain wildflower known as Queen Anne’s Lace. Link to Full Story
IN THE WAKE OF THAT AWFUL MASS MURDER AT THE EMMANUEL AME CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, SOME LOCAL FOLKS, IN THE EDNEYVILLE COMMUNITY, HAVE THEIR OWN MEMORIES OF A CHURCH SHOOTING HERE...27 YEARS AGO Link to Full Story
Watching the cows all clustered together walking up through the field and down over the bank into a wide spot in Powder Creek that forms a cool and comfortable pool, we’re reminded that even animals that live outdoors almost 24/7 get hot in the heat of the summer and need to cool down. And there is no better “cool down” than mountain creek water that flows FROM the foothills around big Pisgah and toward the French Broad River. Link to Full Story
Hi - I'm Art Cooley, President and General Manager of WHKP RADIO.
Welcome to FACT OR FICTION, a name, borrowed from a long time ago when community leaders sat around a table for a MERCHANTS MEETING....and after all official business had been conducted, those in attendance each contributed to the meeting what they were HEARING ON THE STREET about rumors from various contacts. I sat in these various groups for many years.
Link to Full Story
If you’ve been hoping a butterfly would land on your nose and pass along good luck this summer, your chances are slim. Much of North Carolina’s butterfly population has been depleted because of a tough end of winter. Link to Full Story
If the hot and humid weather hasn’t told you, the calendar will…we are now in the full blown “Dog Days” of summer. It is generally agreed that “Dog Days” begin on July 3rd and end on August 11th. Link to Full Story