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On Thursday of last week, Huckabee was hosting North Carolina book signing events in Greensboro and Charlotte. He was also appearing last week at a bookstore in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Huckabee says the events are part of a 14-state bus tour to promote his new book, "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy." As part of the Tar Heel tour, Huckabee made stops in Raleigh, at Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg. He was also at a bookstore in Greenville, South Carolina, late last week..
Huckabee has re-emerged as a likely candidate seven years after his last bid. He recently went to Des Moines to address the Iowa Freedom Summit.
While in North Carolina, Huckabee gave an exclusive interview to WHKP AM 1450…that’s a flagship station for his daily radio commentaries heard three times each weekday. Huckabee told WHKP News Director Larry Freeman that the new book, the book tour, and giving up his weekly TV show on the Fox News Channel are likely predecessors to a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. And he’s making the decision now and expects to have a definite announcement this spring.
Huckabee, who is also a Baptist minister, has a long history of work in radio…long before politics or the ministry…going back to age 14. In the interview with Freeman, he points out his very first paid job was in radio at age 14 and he has particularly enjoyed doing a daily 3 hour radio show (which he gave up some months ago and which was heard on WHKP weeknights from 6 until 9pm), his TV show on Fox, and his daily commentaries. He said he plans to continue the daily commentaries until the time he officially announces his presidential bid.
Gov. Huckabee discussed with Freeman his recent appearance at the Freedom Summit in Iowa, where he advanced the concept of a “maximum wage” rather than “minimum wage”, explaining that a person can choose a wage level they’d like to achieve then train and prepare for it and be better able to actually accomplish it.
In the WHKP interview, Huckabee also discussed with Freeman his commitment to “positive” campaigning…referring to a chapter in his new book about “grenades in the tent”. He said this illustrates how it makes no sense to pull the pin on a grenade underneath the chair of someone in the same tent…demonstrating how Republicans can destroy their chances of eventual victory by damaging each other in primary campaigns.
The full interview with Huckabee can be heard on WHKP’s podcasts on whkp.com’s home page (Featured Audio). And his daily commentaries can be heard on AM 1450 at 8:30am, 11:05am, and 3:05pm.
DEPLORABLE DRIVEWAY CONDITIONS AT HENDERSONVILLE POST OFFICE
WHKP REPORTERS have been investigating the deplorable conditions of the driveway that goes through the property at the Hendersonville Post Office on Fifth Avenue West. A big 'gapping hole' greets visitors at the very entrance to the property on Fifth Avenue West, followed by crumbling concrete at the drop boxes to the rear of the post office and finally, more crumbling concrete in two big areas of the driveway as it re-enters Fifth Avenue West.
These 'picture composites' of deplorable driving conditions show asphalt and concrete driveway conditions that have deteriorated over the past number of months and years from total neglect.
Local Post Office officials have been advised of the conditions by post office patons as well as post office staff, for many months, according to an interview by WHKP. Interviewed post office patrons say that the driveway is 'punishing' their vehicles with these poor driveway conditions.
Post Office buildings are generally not owned by the Federal Govrenment, but rather, leased from on long-term contracts by private individuals or companies. It then becomes the responsibility of the owner-lessors of these building to keep the buildings, along with the premises, in good condition.
When and if these conditions will be corrected is not known by anyone with whom WHKP spoke. WHKP has sent pictures featured in this story, along with a letter of complaint to the Hendersonville City Council with the suggestion conditions at the post office be investigated by their Zoning Department which oversees these types of concerns reported by the public.
CLOSING OFF ONE LANE OF KING STREET FOR PARKING: A BAD IDEA
A WHKP STATION EDITORIAL
DECEMBER 4, 2014
(LISTEN TO THIS EDITORIAL ON PODCASTS..."FEATURED AUDIO"...ON WHKP'S HOME PAGE)
Check out the APPLE FESTIVAL STORY in Dave Cooley's BLOG article.... go to www.thenandnowinhendersonville.blogspot.com
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
FEED THE BIRDS A NUTRITIOUS MEAL THIS WINTER
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
The Apple Festival and the WNC Mountain State Fair are over for this year and the North Carolina State Fair down in Raleigh starts in mid October. Fairs have always been mostly an agricultural thing…coming when the harvest is in, much of the field work is done, and when much of the bounty of a good growing season can be enjoyed, displayed, and generally celebrated. Today, we'll tell you about one held in Henderson County almost a century ago.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