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FORMER U.N. AMBASSDOR JOHN BOLTON WAS IN WNC SATURDAY NIGHT...TIES IRAN TO THE THREAT WITH NORTH KOREA

FORMER U.N. AMBASSDOR JOHN BOLTON WAS IN WNC SATURDAY NIGHT...TIES IRAN TO THE THREAT WITH NORTH KOREA

NORTH KOREA WILL BE DEALT WITH "SOONER THAN LATER"---AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON   

WHKP WAS THERE AT THE CHARLES TAYLOR CHRISTMAS DINNER IN ASHEVILLE   

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton  was the headline for the 25th Annual Charles Taylor Christmas Dinner held Saturday night in Asheville.

Bolton has served in several Republican administrations, and was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations by President George W. Bush. He also served as under secretary of state for arms control and international security. Bolton was an assistant to Secretary of State James Baker and was a protégé of conservative North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms.

The former U.N. ambassador delivered a message of ALARM, not only for America, but for the WORLD. He talked at length about North Korea and how for the past several decades .....TALKS WITH THEM have not generated any success. He also talked about IRAN’s involvement with North Korea....as well as Syria....and the NUCLEAR TESTS that have been going on for some years now.

Bolton continued by blaming administrations going back to Clinton, Bush and Obama for not taking action that could have prevented the build-up of the current situation.

He said that North Korea, as a ‘rogue state’, has no conscience and will sell their NUCLEAR KNOWLEDGE to any nation at the highest dollar. They do not value life as we do in this country. He also feels that China is not ‘stepping up to the plate’ to control them ...and could if they so desired.

Bolton thinks a decision on North Korea and their NUCLEAR DEVICES will be made ‘sooner rather than later’ which can be ‘disastrous’ for the entire world....but, as he re-iterated, the UNITED STATES CANNOT ALLOW NORTH KOREA TO HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS and RULE THE WORLD.

Bolton also talked at some length about the continuing ‘terrorism’ in our country, which he envisions as getting worse, rather than better due to the fact the various world religions have been working on this for many years.

Also appearing were North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore. Former Congressman Taylor has praised both the North Carolina State House, Senate and members of the Council of State for their work in moving North Carolina forward. The program also included updates from federal, state and local elected officials on important political issues.

The Christmas Dinner was held at the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville. A separate, private reception began at 5:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Room. 

A large number of GOP leaders and party loyalists from throughout the region and state attended Saturday night's event...which is a traditional highlight of the Christmas season sponsored by former Congressman, state legislator, and GOP leader Charles Taylor.

HOLIDAY PILL DROP SET FOR THIS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20TH

HOLIDAY PILL DROP SET FOR THIS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20TH

AT SAM'S CLUB OF HENDERSONVILLE   

Holiday Pill Collection Event
November 29, 2017

There is no school on December 20th and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies are utilizing their 'day off' to host a pill collection event! School Resource Deputies regularly utilize school holidays to contribute to Sheriff Charles McDonald’s strategic plan and help prevent opioids and other medication from falling into the wrong hands.

Sam's Club of Hendersonville will be the site of a pill take back on Wednesday, December 20th from 9am-1pm. This event provides residents a convenient and safe way to dispose of old medications. Participants can drive through and hand off their medications or visit the table manned by HCSO staff. This event is open to the public; you do not have to be a Sam’s Club member to participate.

Accepted medications include prescription pills, capsules, ointments, vitamins, liquids in their original containers, inhalers and patches. Radioactive chemotherapy medications and sharps/needles/EpiPens cannot be accepted. Disposing of unused medications in this fashion helps keep the individuals from taking expired medication or medicine that was not prescribed to them. It also helps protect the environment; flushing medication down drains puts unwanted chemicals into the area’s water supply and should be avoided.

Since Sheriff Charles McDonald instituted the drug disposal program in 2013, over 6,000 pounds of medications have been properly disposed of and kept out of the water supply and out of the hands of potential abusers. Over 1,748 pounds have been collected and incinerated in 2017 alone.

In addition to the on-site pill collection events, the public can bring their medications to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office lobby located at 100 North Grove Street every Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

Pill Drop at Sam's Club
Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: Sam's Club in Hendersonville

NUMBER DOUBLES IN DAYS: WHOOPING COUGH CONTINUES TO SPREAD...NOW UP TO 45 LOCAL CONFIRMED CASES

NUMBER DOUBLES IN DAYS: WHOOPING COUGH CONTINUES TO SPREAD...NOW UP TO 45 LOCAL CONFIRMED CASES

PARDEE UNC HEALTH CARE AND PARK RIDGE HEALTH IMPOSE VISITOR RESTRICTIONS   

Pertussis Outbreak Situation Report
December 12, 2017
I. Status
A. Number of Cases: 34 - Cases are throughout the community, not only in schools

B. Approximately 1,000 individuals in schools and the community have been identified as having close contact with someone who has pertussis.
II. What is Pertussis?
A. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a serious respiratory infection caused by the pertussis bacteria that affects the lungs and breathing tubes. Whooping cough is easily spread when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes.

B. Symptoms
1. Can begin up to 21 days after exposure
2. Start much like the common cold with sneezing, runny nose, mild cough
3. Coughing fits that may cause vomiting and make it hard to breathe can begin 1-2 weeks after first symptoms and can last for months.

C. Who is at Risk
1. Anyone can get whooping cough. Even those who have been fully vaccinated can get the infection but will have milder symptoms.
2. Whooping cough is especially dangerous for infants, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.

D. What should I do?
1. If you have been notified that you or a family member may have been exposed:

a) If the person who had contact with a case has symptoms, STAY HOME TO KEEP OTHERS FROM GETTING SICK and contact your doctor for appropriate care.

(1) If the doctor thinks you may have whooping cough and gives you an antibiotic, you should stay home until you finish taking the medication.

b) If the person who had contact does NOT have symptoms but has an infant, pregnant woman or someone with a weakened immune system in their home, contact the health department or school nurse.

2. If you have NOT been notified that you or a family member may have been exposed and you have symptoms, STAY HOME TO KEEP OTHERS FROM GETTING SICK and contact your doctor for appropriate care.
III. Key Messages
A. Whooping cough is very dangerous, especially to infants, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems.

B. It can be spread easily person to person.

C. Anyone can get whooping cough. Even if you have been vaccinated protection can lessen over time. If you have been vaccinated against whooping cough you may have milder symptoms.

D. The symptoms often start off mild, like a cold - runny nose, sneezing, mild cough.

E. Pertussis is not the only respiratory illness in our community. It is also Flu Season. As with all respiratory illnesses, if you are sick - please stay home to keep others from getting sick, and reach out to your doctor for appropriate care.

F. If your doctor thinks you have whooping cough and treats you with an antibiotic, you should stay home until you have finished the medication.
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BLUE RIDGE HONOR FLIGHT TO HOST SPECIAL BOOK SIGNING

BLUE RIDGE HONOR FLIGHT TO HOST SPECIAL BOOK SIGNING

THURSDAY DECEMBER 21  4 TILL7 PM   

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE   

Blue Ridge Honor Flight Hosts Book Signing

(Hendersonville, NC- December 15, 2017) -Blue Ridge Honor Flight will host a book signing with author Jill Tahmooressi, mother of United States Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who was jailed in Mexico for 214 days.

In her book, When Light Prevails, Jill shares the actions and emotions she went through to secure her son’s release. For Jill, the book serves to recognize and extend gratitude towards the many, big and small alike who reached out to support and help during the tremendously scary and painful ordeal.

For those who followed Andrew’s fight for freedom back in 2014 on television, radio &/ media outlets or for those just hearing about it for the first time, the book is intensely riveting and revealing.

“I am sincerely grateful to the Western Carolina folks who stepped up mightily to help secure Andrew’s freedom with Jeff Miller championing the collective effort. The letters the community sent Andrew, as well as the enormous financial support garnered of $20,000 to help with the legal bills will forever be remembered and cherished,” stated Tahmooressi.

The book signing will take place at the Henderson County Historic Courthouse on Main Street from 4-7pm on Thursday, December 21, 2017.

Blue Ridge Honor Flight is honored to now be flying WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to their memorials in Washington, DC. The organization is now accepting applications for their April 28, 2018 flight from the Greenville Spartanburg Airport in conjunction with Honor Flight Upstate. Applications are available at blueridgehonorflight.com.

For more information about how to get involved in Blue Ridge Honor Flight, make a donation, or to get a veteran signed up for a flight, please visit the Blue Ridge Honor Flight website at blueridgehonorflight.com.

HENDERSONVILLE CHORALE TO START REHEARSALS IN JANUARY

HENDERSONVILLE CHORALE TO START REHEARSALS IN JANUARY

FOR THEIR SPRING CONCERT    

Rehearsals for Chorale’s Spring Concert begin January 8

The Hendersonville Chorale invites all who love to sing to join them as
they begin rehearsals for their Spring Concert to be held on April 29, 2018.
This marks the beginning of the 44th season for the Chorale, which has
the distinction of being the oldest continually performing choral group in
Henderson County.

The number of choristers in the group varies from season to season, but
generally ranges from 70-90 non-auditioned singers. They represent a
wide range of age and skill levels, but what they do have in common is
they love to sing!

Chorale Director Michael S. Brannon said the group welcomes new members,
“They don’t have to be singing ‘pros,’” he said, “just willing to come
out and do their best and have fun doing it.” He added that while all are
welcome, men are especially needed.

Rehearsals for the Spring concert will begin January 8. They are held on
Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at First United Methodist Church in
Hendersonville (Church St. and 6th Avenue). Enter on the Buncombe
Street side. There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee.
For more information about the Chorale, please visit:
HendersonvilleChorale.com