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ON THIS PEARL HARBOR DAY, WHKP.COM REMEMBERS...

ON THIS PEARL HARBOR DAY, WHKP.COM REMEMBERS...

MARK ALEXANDER RHODES   

On this Pearl Harbor Day 2017, our family honors the memory of our late cousin Mark Alexander Rhodes.

Born in Edneyville on 7 March 1920 and a product of Edneyville schools, Mark made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country aboard the USS Arizona, sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor Honolulu Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

Mark is buried at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Hendersonville’s Hedrick-Rhodes Post 5206 of the VFW is named partially in honor of Mark’s service and sacrifice.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

ON THE BIRTHDAY OF NORTH CAROLINA'S FIRST JEWISH LEGISLATOR:  WHKP.COM HONORS HANAKKAH COMING ON DECEMBER 12TH

ON THE BIRTHDAY OF NORTH CAROLINA'S FIRST JEWISH LEGISLATOR: WHKP.COM HONORS HANAKKAH COMING ON DECEMBER 12TH

WITH HANAKKAH COMING UP ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 12, WHKP.COM WOULD LIKE TO HONOR ALL THOSE UPSTANDING MEMBERS OIF THE LOCAL JEWISH COMMUNITY WHO HAVE PLAYED SUCH MAJOR ROLES IN MAKING HENDERSONVILLE AND HENDERSON COUNTY THE "SPECIAL" PLACE IT IS TODAY.  OF COURSE, WE RECALL THE KAPLANS, AND KALINS, THE PATTERSON, THE SHERMANS, THE WILLIAMS,  AND ALL THE OTHER GREAT JEWISH FAMILES WHO HAVE BEEN OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS...AND WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COMMUNITY SO WELL.

OTHER JEWISH LEADERS IN NORTH CAROLINA HAVE STOOD UP FOR JUSTICE, FREEDOM, AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN PARTICULAR...AND TODAY WE'D LIKE TO HONOR ONE OF THE GREATEST AMONG THEM:

HONORING JACOB HENRY OF CARTARET COUNTY  (HIS HOME PICTURED HERE)...A LEADER IS RELIGIOUS LIBERTY   

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On December 6, 1809, Jacob Henry, North Carolina’s first Jewish legislator, delivered a rousing speech about religious liberty to the General Assembly. Henry represented Carteret County in 1808 and 1809, a time in which people were bound constitutionally to affirm the “truth of the Protestant religion” before holding any public office. He served his first term without incident, but in 1809 a newly-elected representative took issue with Henry’s religious affiliation and introduced a resolution to remove him from office.

The legislators decided to take up the resolution the next day, giving Henry time to prepare his defense. Without specifically mentioning Judaism, he addressed “natural and inalienable rights” and equalized religious sects with phrases such as, “the ruler of the universe.”

Ultimately Jacob Henry was allowed to retain his seat. His inspiring and eloquent speech to the 1809 General Assembly, has been published and quoted frequently ever since. It is considered a touchstone of religious rights and tolerance.

Visitors to Beaufort can see the Federal era house that he built at 229 Front Street, where it still stands today. Henry lived there with his wife, Esther Whitehurst, whom he married in 1801.

A highway marker in Carteret County honors Henry.

 

 

RURAL (RFD) FREE MAIL DELIVERY STARTED IN NORTH CAROLINA ON OCTOBER 23, 1896

RURAL (RFD) FREE MAIL DELIVERY STARTED IN NORTH CAROLINA ON OCTOBER 23, 1896

AS WHKP CELEBRATES 71 YEARS, WE HONOR OUR STATE'S HISTORY, TOO     

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On October 23, 1896, the first rural free delivery, or RFD mail service in North Carolina was established in the small community of China Grove, near Salisbury in Rowan County.

Postal service via RFD included the delivery of all postal items, free of charge, to citizens at their homes, eliminating the need to visit the local post office. Initially only two citizens were willing to accept the service. Local skepticism for the mail delivery stemmed from concerns about theft and reliability.

Postmaster J.C. Deaton, with two assistants, canvassed the area around China Grove, pleading for local residents to try the system. The new routes covered approximately 18 miles in Rowan County, and were slowly expanded as citizen began to trust the RFD system. Although development was slow, today’s postal system can be traced to this scheme first tested out in North Carolina.

Mail service began in North Carolina in the 1730s as the colonial government extended postal routes through the Carolinas to Charleston. By the 1780s, there were only four post offices in North Carolina. By 1851, the number of post offices had increased to nearly 800.00000000000000000000

AS WHKP CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE OUR 71ST YEAR, TODAY WE HONOR "REAL COUNTRY" ICON, CHRISTIAN, AND PATRIOT--- CHARLIE DANIELS ON HIS 81ST BIRTHDAY

AS WHKP CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE OUR 71ST YEAR, TODAY WE HONOR "REAL COUNTRY" ICON, CHRISTIAN, AND PATRIOT--- CHARLIE DANIELS ON HIS 81ST BIRTHDAY

READ HIS OPEN LETTER TO U.S. SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER BELOW   

BORN IN WILMINGTON NC OCTOBER 28, 1936   

Famed Musician Charlie Daniels

On October 28, 1936, musician Charlie Daniels was born in Wilmington. Daniels developed an interest in music early in life and was strongly influenced by a number of styles. He honed his skills on guitar, mandolin and fiddle in North Carolina, learning to play his first chords from his friend Russell Palmer. After graduating from Goldston High School in 1955, he formed a rock and roll band with Palmer, playing a Saturday show on a Sanford radio station.

Moving back to Wilmington, Daniels began playing with an R&B group, The Rockets. Their recording of “Jaguar” was picked up for national distribution by Epic in 1957. Throughout the 1960s he gained more national attention, co-wiritng a song performed by Elvis Presley and playing with Bob Dylan.

In 1970, he formed the Charlie Daniels Band, which gained fame for playing its acclaimed melding of rock, country, blues, bluegrass and gospel. The band’s hits include “Uneasy Rider,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do it Again” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Daniels’s many musical accolades include membership in the Grand Ole Opry; induction into the N.C. Music Hall of Fame; and several Grammy, CMA and Gospel Music Association awards.

 An Open Letter to Senator Charles Schumer

Sen. Schumer, I don't live in your constituency but in the larger picture, you live in mine and every other legal, taxpaying American citizen who is affected by the power you hold in your political party, your blind allegiance to it and the obstructionist posture to anything that doesn't directly benefit it.

There's something sinister about seeing you bent over the lectern in the Senate Chamber, your countenance resembling what I would imagine Edgar Allen Poe's would look like reciting one of his macabre tales of doom and gloom, as if there is not one drop of happiness in your life, forecasting a dismal future for America if anything President Trump proposes passes both houses and becomes law.

I know you're disappointed, I know you had the balloons ready to fall and the corks halfway out of the champagne bottles election night and I know you just can't face the truth that what happened in the election was exactly the same thing you continue to do, you forgot about the working people, you forgot about the empty factories of the rust belt, you took for granted the high crime, low employment inner cities you've made unkept promises to for decades.

Instead of looking inward at the real cause for your party's loss you had to find a scape goat and if it hadn't have been Russia it would have been something else.

Sen. Schumer, will you do me and America a favor, will you lay your hand on a Holy Bible and tell America that you believe in your heart that Donald Trump has actually colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russian Government to the detriment of the United States of America.

You see sir, everything you've come up with so far, and you've been at it since well before the election, has been superficial, and I believe that anything your special counsel will come up with will also be superficial, guilt by association, the fires of trivially fanned and proliferated by a tilted, hate filled media and super partisan politicians.

Sen. Schumer, what goes around truly does come around and if, or should I say when, this pendulum starts swinging back the other way, do you realize that Mr. Mueller could actually find a lot more dirt on prominent democrats than they do Trump and his staff.

You have opened Pandora's Box, sir, and basically thrown away the lid.

Now it’s time to chop the log and let the chips fall where they will.

If President Trump has actually colluded with the Russians or any other foreign government, or sold out my beloved nation in any way, I definitely want to know about it, and if he has he should be impeached and thrown out of office in disgrace, but right now you're a hell of a long way from proving even one little iota of your accusations.

Now let's turn this coin over.

Did or did not Hillary Clinton allow Russia to purchase up to 20% of American uranium reserves?

Who leaked the classified information that started this ball rolling? For the investigation to be valid, that has to come out.

Did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's State department through incompetence, indifference or both allow four American citizens to die in Benghazi?

Careful how you answer this one because the jury and some explosive evidence are still out there and could well be brought to light in a few months.

Did or did not Hillary, by using an unsecured internet server and allowing Huma Abedin to email copies to her husband, Anthony Weiner, expose classified documents?

Was there collusion between the Obama administration and the IRS to disallow tax free status to conservative organizations?

If not, why did Lois Lerner plead the Fifth Amendment and retire with full benefits?

You see sir, Pandora is neither a Democrat or a Republican and what is revealed in the coming months could well be a two-edged sword.

Careful what you wish for.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

— Charlie Daniels

"HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD, TOM DOOLEY"...DULA CONVICTED OF MURDER OCTOBER 21, 1866

"HANG DOWN YOUR HEAD, TOM DOOLEY"...DULA CONVICTED OF MURDER OCTOBER 21, 1866

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AS WHKP CELEBRATES NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY...AND OUR 71ST YEAR   

Tom Dula: Poor Boy Was Bound to Die

On October 21, 1866, Tom Dula was convicted of the murder of Laura Foster. It was at daybreak that the jury returned the verdict in the Iredell County Courthouse, where it had been moved from Wilkes County. The jury had not received their orders from the judge until about midnight the night before. They deliberated during the night. The defense moved for an arrest of judgment, which was overruled and the judge pronounced sentence: that Thomas Dula be hanged by the neck until dead on November 9, 1866. Former Governor Zebulon B. Vance represented Dula pro bono.

Speculation abounded as to Vance’s reasons for taking the case, one of the few he ever lost before a jury. Regardless of his motives, he gave a spirited defense and succeeded in twice taking the case to the North Carolina Supreme Court. The crowds of spectators and reporters that appeared in the courtroom were as likely there to see the charismatic Vance as they were to hear the sensational testimony. Ultimately, however, the High Court upheld the conviction and Dula was hanged for the crime in May 1868.

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