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IT'S "BACK TO SCHOOL" MONDAY---THE HIGHWAY PATROL IS URGING SAFETY

IT'S "BACK TO SCHOOL" MONDAY---THE HIGHWAY PATROL IS URGING SAFETY

With the beginning of school, more than one million students will be attending North Carolina’s public schools.  With that brings an increase of school buses on North Carolina highways.

According to NHTSA data, from 2004 to 2013, there were 327 school-age children who died in school-transportation-related crashes; 54 were occupants of school transportation vehicles, 147 were occupants of other vehicles, 116 were pedestrians, and 9 were pedal cyclists. There were more school-age pedestrians killed between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m. than any other hours of the day.

“As we begin the school year, our Troopers will be closely monitoring school traffic.  Our number one goal is to ensure the safety of the public and particularly, our children,” said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol.  “To accomplish this goal, we must work together to educate both students and drivers on the importance of staying alert and being safe while commuting to and from school.”

In an effort to promote traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops, the Highway Patrol is advising drivers, children and parents to follow a few simple safety tips:

Drivers

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  • Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state. Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
    • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
    • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

Children

  • Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's okay before stepping onto the bus.
  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
  • Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • Walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.

Parents

  • Teach children to follow these common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer.

For more information on Pedestrian and School Bus Safety, please go to the following link: http://www.ncbussafety.org/Safety/index.html.

 

1,000 LOCAL KINDERGARTEN KIDS GET THEIR "CLASS OF 2029" T-SHIRTS THIS WEDNESDAY

1,000 LOCAL KINDERGARTEN KIDS GET THEIR "CLASS OF 2029" T-SHIRTS THIS WEDNESDAY

 It seems like a long way off, but 2029 will approach quickly for the 1,000 incoming kindergarteners starting their first ever day of school on Aug. 29. Continuing a district tradition that was revived last year, the new kindergarteners will receive a “Class of” T-shirt welcoming them into Henderson County Public Schools the week of Aug. 29.
 
After a decade hiatus, the “Class of” T-shirts have returned to HCPS, thanks to the support of local sponsors. United Federal Credit Union, the Hendersonville Community Co-Op, Hendersonville Pediatric Dentistry, Champion Comfort Experts, Mast General Store, Park Ridge Health, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office STAR Program, and NC Printing have made it possible for kindergarten students to receive “Class of 2029” shirts on their first week of school, making their transitions into education a little easier, fun and memorable.
 
Each child will have the same shirt – regardless of which middle and high schools they eventually attend – building community among the students, as well as the parents and community members who will see the bright green shirts around town. 
 
As a thank-you to our generous partners in the business community, HCPS has invited employees and representatives from each of the eight sponsor companies to the 13 elementary schools to help distribute the T-shirts and meet the students they’ll be impacting.
:
8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 @ Etowah Elementary (Visiting Sponsor: Mast General Store)
10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 @ Glenn C. Marlow Elementary (Visiting Sponsor: Park Ridge Health & Sheriff McDonald)
8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 @ Atkinson Elementary (Visiting Sponsor: Hendersonville Community Co-Op)
9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 @ Mills River Elementary (Visiting Sponsor: Hendersonville Pediatric Dentistry & Sheriff McDonald)
10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 @ Fletcher Elementary (Visiting Sponsor: Sheriff’s Office STAR Program)
10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 @ Hillandale Elementary (Visiting Sponsor: Hendersonville Pediatric Dentistry)
1:10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 @ Clear Creek Elementary (Visiting Sponsor: Champion Comfort Experts)
 

ISSUES INVOLVING THE NEW FAIRFIELD INN ON UPWARD ROAD ARE ON THE AGENDA FOR CITY' COUNCIL'S SEPTEMBER MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT

ISSUES INVOLVING THE NEW FAIRFIELD INN ON UPWARD ROAD ARE ON THE AGENDA FOR CITY' COUNCIL'S SEPTEMBER MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT

It looks like all the issues involving that new 86 room Fairfield Inn and Suite on Upward Road have not been completely resolved.  On the agenda for city coiuncil's September meeting this coming Thursday is  the possibility of refunding "system development" and tap fees to the developer.  The property was annexed into the city in their August meeting.  In connection with this, and after numerous "mis-cues" in the process of approving constructioin for that new Fairfield Inn, city council Thursday night will look at amending the ordinance that permits voluntay annexation and tapping onto city water and sewer  Although annexation and sewer tap issues have apparently been resolved, WHKP News has learned there may be other undisclosed issues that still remain before actual construction on that new Fairfield Inn can get underway.

According to their consemt agenda, city council will approve the job description for a school resource office, prseumably to be hired and paid by the city.

City council will also be awarding a contract to improve the sidewalks along Highway 64.

City council will also tackle the issue of naming rights on city property in exchange for donations to the city.

And...city council will likely eliminate "system development charges" for what's described as "affordable housing".

The full agenda is below:

3. Public Comment Time: Up to 15 minutes is reserved for comments from the public for items not listed on the agenda

4. Consideration of Agenda

5. Consideration of Consent Agenda: These items are considered routine, noncontroversial in nature and are considered and approved by a single motion and vote. A. Consideration of Minutes: August 4, 2016 Regular Meeting B. Consideration of Report on the Declaration of Surplus Property C. Consideration of Budget Amendments (2): i. Fire Community Fund ii. General Fund and Water/Sewer Fund – for Purchase of Property D. Consideration of Amendments to the System Development Charges Policy Relating Affordable Housing E. Consideration of Special Event Permit for the Veteran’s Mural Dedication F. Consideration of a Job Description for School Resource Officer G. Consideration of a Utility Line Extension Agreement for Cedar Terrace H. Consideration of Amendments to the Policy Governing Voluntary Annexations as a Result of Requests for Sewer Service

6. Public Hearing – Consideration of an Application from Mr. Joseph G. Walters for the Rezoning of Two Parcels Located at 461 and 303 Sugarloaf Road from R-15 Medium Density Residential to C-3 Highway Business District Presenter: Development Assistance Director Susan Frady 2

7. Public Hearing – Consideration of an Application from Ms. Molly Hernon for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Allow Equestrian Boarding Facilities as a Conditional Use in the R-15 Medium Density Residential District with Special Requirements Presenter: Development Assistance Director Susan Frady

8. Consideration of Awarding the Bid for the U.S. Highway 64 Sidewalk Improvements Project Presenter: Engineering Director Brent Detwiler

9. Presentation of N13aorth Main Street Sidewalk Recommendation Presenter: Engineering Director Brent Detwiler 

10. Discussion of Establishing a Naming and Donation Policy to Fund Public Improvements Presenter: City Manager John Connet

11. Consideration of a Request to Refund System Development Charges and Tap Fees for Upward Road Hotel Project Presenter: City Manager John Connet ]

12. Comments from Mayor and City Council Members

13. Reports from Staff a. Presentation of Contingencies Report

14. Boards and Commissions: Consideration of Appointments and Announcement of Upcoming Vacancies

15. New Business

16. Staff Request for Closed Session in accordance with NCGS 143-318(a)(5) to establish or instruct staff concerning a position to be taken on behalf of the City Council in negotiating the price of a contract for the acquisition of real property identified as PIN 9569906270

17. Adjourn

"WILD AND SCENIC" FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE THURSDAY NIGHT AT SIERRA NEVADA

"WILD AND SCENIC" FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE THURSDAY NIGHT AT SIERRA NEVADA

UNDER THE STARS AND IN THE OPEN AIR...IN SIERRA NEVADA'S NEW AMPHITHEATER ON THE BANKS OF THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER IN FERNCLIFF PARK IN MILLS RIVER

MountainTrue and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. present the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the brewery in MillsRiver on Thursday, Sept. 1. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival features the year’s best short-form nature, wilderness and outdoor adventure films.

Sponsored by Mountain Xpress, Blue Ridge Energy Systems, BorgWarner, Holly Spring Farm, JAG Construction and Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, the festival features 12 films covering a range of subjects from the story of the ancient stream-dwelling Hellbender salamander to rock climbing the Baatara gorge in Lebanon to grassroots indigenous activism in Honduras.


The 2016 Wild & Scenic festival will take place under the open sky at
Sierra Nevada’s new outdoor amphitheater on the banks of the French Broad River. The event begins at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. The movies are:
• Avaatara: The First Route Out - David Lama achieves first ascent of the Baatara gorge in
Lebanon, a surreal ‘Avatar’-like landscape, unexploited and untouched.
• Leave it as it is - The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. But this natural masterpiece of the
Colorado River faces a battery of threats.
• The Last Dragons - An intimate glimpse at
North America’s Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much in myth as in reality.


• Diversity & Inclusion in our Wild Spaces - A campfire discussion on improving the diversity of both the visitation and the employment within our parks and wild spaces and brings light to important issues facing today’s conservation movement.
• Mile for Mile - A trio of professional ultrarunners travel 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild this vast landscape.
• Co2ld Waters - Five of the most respected names in the fly fishing world converge on a single creek in
Montana to talk about their passion and to discuss the single biggest threat to their timeless pursuit, climate change.
• Parker’s Top 50 Favorite Things about Northwest Rivers - This fun film celebrates the best things about Northwest rivers from a kid’s perspective.


• In Current - Rowing a dory in the
Grand Canyon is considered by some as the most coveted job in the world. Amber Shannon has been boating the Grand Canyon nine years, trying to work her way from the baggage boat to a dory, while spending as many days as possible in current.


• Comes with Baggage - This lighthearted history of bicycle travel in the
Americas makes you want to sell all your possessions, quit your job and escape on a bike.
• Mother of All Rivers - Berta Cáceres rallied her indigenous Lenca people to wage a grassroots protest that successfully pressured the government of
Honduras and the world’s largest Chinese dam builder, SinoHydro, to withdraw from building the Agua Zarca Dam. Narrated by Robert Redford.


• The Thousand Year Journey - Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from
Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia. Friend and filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher joined him for a month and a half to pose the question “why?”
• The Accidental Environmentalist - John Wathen was just an average guy until coming into contact with toxic chemicals, stumbling upon a video camera, and discovering his passion for protecting
Alabama’s waters.

Tickets, $15 and $10 for students, can be purchased at http://bit.ly/WSFFWNC. For more information contact Susan Bean at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-258-8737 or visit mountaintrue.org

A SEPTEMBER OF SANDBURG

A SEPTEMBER OF SANDBURG

2016 - A Celebration of the National Park Service Centennial 1916-2016

Sandburg in September

September 9 – 25

Two weeks of community events to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday. Sponsored by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara.

NANCY PEW – 674-2003  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

(All Free events are open to the public)

SEPTEMBER 9 – SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET – A SANDBURG SINGALONG WITH JIM & BETH MCGILL.  CELTIC AND CLASSICAL MUSIC FROM PAT CORN.  GAMES AND PRIZES.  FOR MORE INFORMATION

GO TO SANDBURG IN SEPTEMBER FACEBOOK PAGE OR friendsofcarlsandburg.org. or  828.708.3771

HENDERSONVILLE VISITOR CENTER AMPHITHEATER – 6-9 PM  FREE

 

SEPTEMBER 17 – CENTENNIAL & HOBO BALL.  THE FRIENDS OF CARL SANDBURG PREMIER EVENT.  A CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE 100th ANNIVERSARY AND THE 50TH BIRTHDAY OF THE CARL SANDBURG NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE.  APPETIZERS, DINNER, OPEN WINE & BEER BAR, SILENT AUCTION FOR NATIONAL PARK TRIPS, MUSIC BY KATIE CILLUFO, BILL ALTMAN AND FRIENDS.  TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ON LINE AT friendsofcarlsandburg.org  OR THROUGH FOCS BOARD MEMBERS.  TICKETS - $100.  FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 828.708.3771 

MOUNTAIN LODGE & CONFERENCE CENTER – FLAT ROCK - 6- 9:30 PM

 

SEPTEMBER 19   - THE DAY CARL SANDBURG DIED – THE ORIGINAL MOVIE BY LOCAL PRODUCER, PAUL BONESTEEL.  IT CHRONICLES THE LIFE OF OUR NOBEL PRIZE WINNING WRITER, POET, MUSICIAN AND CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE.  SEATING IS LIMITED.  CALL THE FLAT ROCK CINEMA FOR RESERVATIONS.

TICKETS - $8, includes popcorn & soda.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO friendsofcarlsandburg.org or 828.708.3771

FLAT ROCK CINEMA – FLAT ROCK – 6-7:30 PM

 

SEPTEMBER 20 – SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE POETRY WITH MOODY BLACK & CREW.  Slam poetry takes traditional verse  and makes it non-conventional to tell life stories.  Green has hosted the longest running open-mic poetry slam in Greeneville, South Carolina’s Cofffee Underground.    For more information go to friendsofcarlsandburg.org or 828.708.3771

JONGA JAVA COFFEEHOUSE – HENDERSONVILLE - 7 PM  FREE

 

SEPTEMBER 22 – SEASON’S OF SANDBURG – A RETROSPECIVE ART SHOW INSPIRED BY SANDBURG AND CONNEMARA.  OVER 13 ARTISTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS SPECIAL SHOW WHICH RUNS FOR A WEEK.    OPENING NIGHT - MUSIC, APPETIZERS, BEVERAGES.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO friends of carlsandburg.org or Sandburg in September facebook page or 828.708.3771

GALLERY AT FLAT ROCK – FLAT ROCK SQUARE - 6 PM  FREE

 

SEPTEMBER 24 – HISTORIC 7TH AVENUE DEPOT HOBO DAYS.  A FUN FILLED DAY FOR KIDS (AND ADULTS).  MUSIC AND STORYTELLING, CRAFT MAKING, HOBO TALES, TRAIN DEPOT TOURS, FREE BANDANAS FROM MAST GENERAL STORE,  FREE LUNCH TO CHILDREN.   EVENT CO-HOSTED WITH THE APPLE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB. .  THERE WILL EVEN BE TWO OF THE SANDBURG GOATS AT THE DEPOT!  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO friendsofcarlsandburg.org or Sandburg in September facebook page or call 828.708.3771

HISTORIC 7TH AVENUE TRAIN DEPOT – HENDERSONVILLE – 10-2 PM FREE

 

SEPTEMBER 24 – DAVID NAGLER CONCERT – SANDBURG POETRY TO MUSIC.  WELL KNOWN, NEW YORK MUSICIAN, DAVID NAGLER, , SINGS SONGS FROM HIS NEW MUSICAL , CARL SANDBURG’S CHICAGO POEM’S.  HEAR THE POEMS PRESENTED IN FOLK, JAZZ AND ROCK STYLES.  TICKETS - $25.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO friendsofcarlsandburg.com or Sandburg in September facebook page or 828.708.3771

FLATROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN VENUE – HENDERSONVILLE  -  7PM

 

SEPTEMBER 25 – BOOKS AND BRUNCH – JAZZ ,BRUNCH & BOOK SALE.  A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY BRUNCH, JAZZ AND PURCHASE BOOKS FROM THE SANDBURG FAMILY COLLECTION. For more information go to friendsofcarlsandburg.org of 828.708.3771

THE GREEN ROOM CAFÉ & COFFEE HOUSE – HENDERSONVILLE 10-2 PM

WHKP'S 2016 APPLE FESTIVAL GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

WHKP'S 2016 APPLE FESTIVAL GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

70 YEARS HENDERSONVILLE AND WHKP HAVE CELEBRATED THE NC APPLE FESTIVAL
 
The 2016 edition of WHKP Peaks Publishings Apple Festival Guide is now available.
 
This 36 page color magazine highlights all the events of this year's 70th annual North Carolina Apple Festival.

Each year WHKP spotlights in our magazine a local apple farmer and this year's its local apple farmers the Waters brothers.
Lewis and Cleo Waters at ages 79 and 85 continue farm over 40 acres off St Paul Road in Edneyville...apples,peaches cabbage and more are grown by the Waters brothers with assistance from many in their family.
 
The magazines are free and available at Broadcast House here at WHKP, the Visitors Center on Main Street or from any one of over 50 merchants who have ads in this years Apple Festival Guide.
 
 

HENDERSONVILLE'S FIRST "FIESTA HENDERSONVILLE' SET FOR SEPTEMBER 25TH

HENDERSONVILLE'S FIRST "FIESTA HENDERSONVILLE' SET FOR SEPTEMBER 25TH

Hola Carolina Magazine presents the inaugural Fiesta Hendersonville on September 25, a one-day event on Main Street will showcase the culture and contagious rhythms of Latin America through live music, dance, food, artisans, vendors and more. The family-friendly event runs from 12noon to 6pmThe event is FREE to the public.

Experience the best of all things Latino while indulging in mouthwatering, authentic culinary delights. The wide array of Latin American delicacies includes, Mexican, Dominican and Venezuelan-inspired foods lure visitors, foodies and culture aficionados from near and far to satisfy their Latino cravings.

Fiesta Hendersonville will feature something for everyone, patrons can journey through over 20 represented countries and experience their people, music, art, food and culture. 

Local artisans will be participating in the event and displaying their unique creations. Merchandise vendors will be displaying and selling their wares all day. 

The entertainment stage at the Hendersonville Visitor Center will be transformed into a tantalizing marketplace of Latin favorites paired with sizzling music, and all-day family fiesta for all to enjoy.

Music and dance inspired by the global rhythms that move us:

UltimaNota
UltimaNota fuses new with old, English with Spanish, and tropical rhythms with pop to create a fresh and modern sound unlike anything else. This versatile band was founded in 2009 with members from Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico and El Salvador. With a repertoire that spans from Buena Vista Social Club to Bob Marley to Hector Lavoe.Brazilian Fusion Dance Company 
RIO comes to Hendersonville! Brazilian Fusion Dance Company represents Brazilian culture and Carnival through costume, music, and dance. Founded by the artistic director Andreia Walker, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the finest samba dancer of the Carolinas, who are passionate about Brazil and its contagious rhythms.Magneto "The Champion Boy" 
Anthony L. Calderon better known as Magneto "The Champion Boy" is from Teques, Venezuela. His music crosses the borders within the music world, creating a hybrid where sound and cultures collide in a thrilling new genre known as Urbano. Urbano means you play for the street, what the street wants. Magneto's collaboration with Juno "The Hit Maker" on the hit single "Together" has catapulted his career and opened doors to this up and coming Latin artist.Liley Arauz
Liley Arauz is a singer/songwriter, born and raised in David, Chiriquí, Panama. He is best known for his romantic ballads, with love and passion for Bachata, Salsa and Worship music. Liley is blessed with a melodic touch which makes him a sensation to see and hear. Liley has performed with Marc Anthony, Sin Bandera, Fonsecca, Chayanne and Danilo Montero on the hit Latin TV show “Vive La Musica” in Panama.  His first record release entitled "Incondicional" is available on iTunes, Amazon Music, YouTube, Spotify, Google play and many more. 


A separate stage dedicated to children and youth programming will feature Mariachi and traditional folk dance troupes, and musical performances by local artists. 

"Hendersonville is a remarkably friendly yet sophisticated small town. It’s clearly a collaborative city where people work together on projects and support each other," said Adriana Chavela, publisher of Hola Carolina Magazine. "Latinos love to passionately tell our stories and share our rich cultures and traditions with people of all ages.  And while sharing our stories, it allows us to learn even more about ourselves and how we can best weave ourselves into the communities where we live." 

When most people are asked to use one word to describe the Latino culture, they typically say “colorful.”  That is a common thread that weaves itself through the many Spanish speaking countries of the world.  However, what many people perceive as one culture is in fact many.  Latino people are proud of their countries which are rich in culture and they are eager to share their customs and traditions with their new friends in Henderson County.

As with any event the size of Fiesta Hendersonville, support from the community is integral to its success, and organizers are pleased with the support they've received thus far.

Ingles Markets joins Fiesta Hendersonville as title sponsor. Additional corporate sponsors include; Park Ridge Health, UNC Asheville and The Support Center.  Community organizations supporting the event include: Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, City of Hendersonville, El Centro and Hendersonville Boys and Girls Club.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities to support Fiesta Hendersonville are still available.  Visit www.holacarolina.com for more information.

MCCRORY OFFICIALLY APPOINTED EDWARDS THIS WEEK; BERGER WELCOMES EDWARDS TO NC SENATE

MCCRORY OFFICIALLY APPOINTED EDWARDS THIS WEEK; BERGER WELCOMES EDWARDS TO NC SENATE

 North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statementTuesday following Gov. Pat McCrory’s appointment of Chuck Edwards to the North Carolina Senate.

 

Senator Berger said...

“Chuck Edwards is an embodiment of how hard work and perseverance pays off.  He started working at McDonald’s while in high school, learned the business from the ground up and went on to open several of his own franchises. The North Carolina Senate and the people of the 48th District will benefit greatly from his tireless work ethic, sharp business sense and drive to tackle tough policy challenges.”

 

 

 

MEADOWS RESPONDS TO ETHICS COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION; HAS FULL SLATE OF EVENTS IN HENDERSON COUNTY THIS WEEK

MEADOWS RESPONDS TO ETHICS COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION; HAS FULL SLATE OF EVENTS IN HENDERSON COUNTY THIS WEEK

Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows is responding today to a House Ethics Committee investigation.  The committee is looking into charges that Meadows paid a former staff member that he fired for a longer time than was appropriate.  In an interview on WHKP News today at 7:55 and 11:55am and 505 pm, Meadows points out he terminated the staffer well over a year ago; that he himself reported this and fully co-operated with the committee; and if there was any mis-interpretation of House rules, he’ll make the whole thing right with the Congress and his constituents.

Meadows is conducting a series of events this week in HendersonCounty.  Today he’s visit Hendersonville Elementary School at 8:30am.  Hendersonville Elementary is one of the county’s “full time” schools and classes are already back in session.

He will be visiting the Johnson Family Farm on Kanuga Roadat Erkwood Drive at 10.

Meadows is conducting a town hall meeting at 6 in the Bo Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.

And on Thursday, Congressman Meadows will be conducting a veterans seminar from 2 to 5pm in Fletcher Town Hall.  Local veterans with questions or issues are encouraged to attend.

THE SON OF A HENDERSONVILLE REALTOR WAS SHOT AND KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND IN SOUTH CAROLINA

THE SON OF A HENDERSONVILLE REALTOR WAS SHOT AND KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Stations WCIV in Charleston and WLOS in Asheville are reporting:  

A teenager who recently graduated from Hendersonville High School died in a shooting over the weekend in South Carolina.

Police in Goose Creek say 19-year-old Kyle David Shirlin was killed during a party near Charleston.

Sunday at approximately 12:50 a.m., authorities dispatched to party's location for excessive cars parked near the party were advised that a shooting had taken place.
 
On arrival, officers found Shirlin in the back yard, with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. Medics responded, and Shirlin was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
The incident report says he was wearing a backpack, and that a witness at the scene describes two black males with dreadlocks trying to "get" Shrlin's backpack. The witness said he shouted at them to leave and said police were coming, and they left.

The responding officer describes seeing many young people in their teens and twenties hurriedly getting into cars and leaving the party, not responding to his attempts to wave them down.

One witness said Shirlin was a friend of his, and said that he and Shirlin worked as valets together at the Hyatt Hotel in Charleston.

Shirlin did not know anyone in the local area, the witness said, and had learned of the party from him.

Neighbors in the area said after hearing gunshots, they saw people running from a house in the Cherry Hill area. Authorities blocked off exits to the subdivision and identified people as they left the area. They identified 28 people leaving from the two exits from the Cherry Hill subdivision.

Family members don't have all the answers right now. Kyle's father, Dave, says his son was a great kid: personable, warm and extremely loyal to his close friends.

He was always polite, Kyle's father said, and for him to be shot and killed is just senseless.

WLOS spoke with a family friend who said Kyle was a great kid.

Family friend Dave Lee said he was kind and compassionate. "He was always the kid that stood up for the other kids," Lee said. "He was a beautiful young man with a future ahead of him."

The Berkeley County Coroner's Office has requested an autopsy which will be conducted Monday morning at the Medical University Hospital in Charleston.

GCPD investigators are actively working this case and believe it is an isolated incident.

Investigators ask anyone that was at 122 Westerfield Dr. when the shooting occurred to contact Investigator Powell at (843) 863-5200 ext. 2356 or Crimestoppers at (843) 554-1111