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FORMER TEACHER, COACH, AND PRINCIPAL DAVID SITTON DIES AT AGE 84

FORMER TEACHER, COACH, AND PRINCIPAL DAVID SITTON DIES AT AGE 84

MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE SUNDAY AT 3 PM, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH    

David E. Sitton, 84, of Hendersonville, NC passed away peacefully December 14, 2017 at Pardee Hospital. He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County and was the eldest son of the late Guy V. and Allie Bain Sitton. A brother, Elwood, preceded him in death.

David earned a Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in Education from Western Carolina University. Beginning in 1961, and for the first 12 years of his career, he taught Eighth Grade Science in the Hendersonville City School System. In 1964, he was selected to serve as the first football coach of the integrated Junior High School. In 1973, he was appointed Principal of Hendersonville Junior High School, a position he held until his retirement in 1987. David loved his career as an educator and being a mentor for his students.

He was a member of the Delta Kappa Phi Education Fraternity, and was a Past-President of the Hendersonville NCAE. He also served on the Committee for Fringe Benefits of the State NCAE. He was a former member of the NC State Science and Curriculum Committee. David was a former member of The Optimist Club.

David was a proud veteran of the Korean Conflict and he served in the Navy on Landing Ships Tank (LST's). He was an active member of the US LST Association and the Carolina's LST Chapter. He and Omie enjoyed going to annual LST Ship Reunions with his shipmates. Last year, David and his grandson Spencer went to Washington, DC on a Blue Ridge Honor Flight. The trip was one of his life's highlights and meant so much to both of them.

Survivors include his wife Omie Kent Sitton, to whom he was married in 1955, daughter and her husband, Jan Sitton Wayne and Herbert (Bo) Wayne of Hendersonville; grandchildren Spencer M. Wayne of Atlanta, Georgia and Catherine Allie Wayne of Washington, DC. He loved those two grandchildren immensely and was so proud of them. He is also survived by two brothers, Theo V. Sitton of Hendersonville, and Thomas E. Sitton and his wife Roberta of Walhalla, SC. Several beloved nieces and nephews survive.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville officiated by the Reverend Steve Scoggins and Reverend Wally Shamburger. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

A private committal service in Oak Dale Cemetery will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Honor Flight, 423 N. King Street Hendersonville, NC 28793, Hendersonville First Baptist Church 312 5th Avenue West, Hendersonville NC 28739, or Henderson County Education Foundation, PO Box 1267, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

DETOURS ON I-26 SOUTH NEAR HENDERSON-POLK COUNTY LINE; POSSIBLE TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCKS EXPLOSION AND FIRE

DETOURS ON I-26 SOUTH NEAR HENDERSON-POLK COUNTY LINE; POSSIBLE TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCKS EXPLOSION AND FIRE

I-26 PARTIALLY RE-OPENED JUST BEFORE DAYBREAK SATURDAY NEAR  HENDERSON-POLK COUNTY LINE      

Media reports and dispatchers with Polk County and the Highway Patrol confirm that Interstate 26 was shut down Friday night near Holbert Cove Road.

Unofficial reports say thieresome kind of incident involving two tractor trailers Friday night that involved some type of explosion.  The tractor trailers were reported to beon fire.

Officials said one of the tankers was hauling butane.

There's been no word on the extent of injuries.

The Department of Transportation information system estimates the interstate will be shut down until at least 1 a.m.; but dispatchers tell us there is no estimate on how long I-26 could be shut down.

A detour is in place. Motorists traveling east should take Exit 54, US-25 South to I-85 North to re-access I-26. Motorists traveling west should take Exit 19-A, I-85 South to US-25 North to re-access I-26.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE LEADS TO CAR RAMMED, SHOTS FIRED IN MILLS RIVER, AND STAND-OFF IN ARDEN; SUSPECT SURRENDERED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING

DOMESTIC DISPUTE LEADS TO CAR RAMMED, SHOTS FIRED IN MILLS RIVER, AND STAND-OFF IN ARDEN; SUSPECT SURRENDERED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING

A DOMESTIC DISPUTE SPREAD TO MILLS RIVER THEN TO ARDEN 

PAUL BRYAN KILLIAN TAKEN INTO CUSTORY BEFORE 2 AM SATURDAY MORNING   

Area media outlets are reporting that a  standoff that started as a domestic dispute Friday afternoon continued into the night Friday and then ended in the early morning hours Saturday.

Henderson and Buncombe County deputies say Paul Bryan Killian is charged with firing into an occupied vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Before he surrendered, Killian was reported to be sitting on his front porch Friday night, surrounded by a SWAT team officers who were trying to get him to surrender..

That came after hours where deputies worked their way up a hillside along Glenn Bridge Road to get to the home. Media reports indicate the officers were wearing flack jackets, carrying rifles and taking cover behind trees as they went.

The whole thing reportedly began about 3 pm Friday afternoon along Boylston Highway in Mills River. 

Killian is accused of rear-ending his estranged wife's vehicle as they drove along Fanning Fields Road near near Pepsi and Fed Ex and along Highway 280.

Deputies say it was there he got out of his vehicle and fired multiple shots, leaving shell casings scattered all along the pavement..  But Henderson County deputies indicated the woman did not suffer any injuries from all the gunshots.

The focus quickly shifted across the county line and into Arden, where the suspect started his standoff with deputies at the residence on Glen Bridge Road.

Killian reportedly surrendered to officers around 2 am Saturday morning and was taken into custory.

CAROLINA PANTHERS OWNER JERRY RICHARDSON IS "UNDER INVESTIGATION"

CAROLINA PANTHERS OWNER JERRY RICHARDSON IS "UNDER INVESTIGATION"

ALLEGATIONS OF "WORKPLACE MISCONDUCT"  

Sporting News reports that the Carolina Panthers are investigating allegations of workplace misconduct against owner Jerry Richardson, the team announced Friday.

Team spokesman Steven Drummond ensured that the Panthers are committed to the investigation around the accusations and are working toward providing a comfortable workplace environment.

"The Carolina Panthers and Mr. Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct," Drummond said in a statement.

"The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally. We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it."

The investigation will be led by an outside international law firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP. It will also be overseen by former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles.

"I have had a strong relationship with Mr. Richardson during my time with the Panthers," coach Ron Rivera said in a statement to ESPN. "I have enormous respect for the man, but will wait for the results of the investigation before making any judgment."

Since the allegations are under legal review, the Panthers cannot make public comments on any specifics surrounding the accusations.

WNC CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS PREDICTS ON WHKP THAT TAX REFORM WILL BE SIGNED INTO LAW NEXT WEDNESDAY

WNC CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS PREDICTS ON WHKP THAT TAX REFORM WILL BE SIGNED INTO LAW NEXT WEDNESDAY

FINISHING TOUCHES ARE BEING PUT ON TAX REFORM THIS WEEKEND   

By Larry Freeman   

In his weekly radio update, heard exclusively on WHKP AM and FM and on WHKP.com, Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows confirmed that the tax reform legislation, now working its way through Congress, will be on President Trump’s desk and ready for his signature into law...by this coming Wednesday.

Meadows said details of the legislation will show up over the weekend starting on Friday afternoon.

He said, “We are lowering the taxes for all of you who are listening, and getting our economy going again.”

Putting the final touches on it, Meadows said the tax reform will be better for the middle income wage earner, for the small businesses that do most of the employing, and he added, “I am excited that on Wednesday of next week, I believe the President will be signing this tax reform into law.”

Meadows also pointed out on the radio Friday that a short term spending package is now in place to keep the government operating. He said this will make sure that our military men and women get the resources they need.

Meadows said he will also be working on CHIP re-auhorization before Christmas, which helps children in need of heath care.

Meadows committed on the radio Friday to following through with the “VA Choice” program to honor the nation’s commitment to veterans and their health care needs.

He added, “I am optimistic that we’ll be able to put the finishing touches on the supplemental appropriations for hurricane relief.

As he finished his update this week, Congressman Meadows said, “It’s a wonderful time of the year to remember the real true meaning of Christmas...God Bless you and God bless America.”

Regular weekly updates o what’s happening in the nation’s Congress are heard on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays...exclusively on WHKP FM and AM and on WHKP.com.

MORE METHAMPHETAMINE ARRESTS

MORE METHAMPHETAMINE ARRESTS

THE METH PROBLEM GROWS   

On December 5, 2017, Street Crimes Detectives with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the area of McMurray and Upward roads for expired registration. A K9 alerted to the presence of the odor of a controlled substance and a search of the vehicle resulted in the location of methamphetamine. The driver, Terrence Christopher Henderson, age 32 of 3172 Hebron Road in Hendersonville, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony maintaining a vehicle for the use of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Outstanding warrants were also served on Mr. Henderson for possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Henderson County Jail on a $31,500.00 secured bond.

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Detectives with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit conducted a traffic stop in the New Hope Road area. Detectives deployed K9 Maik who alerted to the odor of a controlled substance. During the search of the vehicle, methamphetamine and numerous unidentified pills contained in a fried chicken box were located. The pills have been sent to the crime lab for additional analysis.

John Odell Vanhoy Jr., age 43 of His Way Lane in Hendersonville, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Henderson County Jail on a $2,000.00 secured bond. Additional charges may be possible depending on the outcome of the investigation.

Also arrested during the traffic stop was Donnie Lee Parker Jr., age 44 of 64 Haliburton Rd. in Fletcher, on outstanding warrants for resisting a public officer, misdemeanor larceny and failure to appear.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED THURSDAY NIGHT ON HIGHWAY 280 IN MILLS RIVER

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED THURSDAY NIGHT ON HIGHWAY 280 IN MILLS RIVER

HIGHWAY 280 NEAR TURNPIKE ROAD   

DECEASED PEDESTRIAN IDENTIFIED

Steven Vaughn Frsnklin, age 62 of Msrshsll, was struck by s csr and killed while walking along the busy five-lane Highway 280 in Mills River was hit by a car and killed Thursday evening.

The incident happened about 8 pm Thursday night near the intersection with Turnpike Road.

State troopers say the man was walking along the road when a female driver reportedly hit him. Troopers say the woman had no idea what she hit until investigators were on the scene and found the man deceased

Speaking of the woman, 1st Sgt. Jeremy Ledford of the Highway Patrol said, “Obviously, she’s shaken up. In this situation, anyone would be shaken up. But she was driving east on N.C. 280, and she didn't know what it was in the road. And she hit her brakes, tried to avoid it and could not. And she later found out it was a person," the trooper said.

The state trooper also said the man was in the lane closest to the center turn lane when he was struck. 

It had been dark in that area for several hours when the man was struck. And speed limits along Highway 280 were recently lowered to 45 miles-per-hour from the Turnpike Road intersection to Old Haywood Road/Highway 191.

Thursday night, officials were trying to determine why the man was in the road when he was struck.

UPDATE: WHOOPING COUGH CONTINUES TO SPREAD...NOW UP TO 45 LOCAL CONFIRMED CASES

UPDATE: 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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COUNCIL MEMBERS SWORN IN THURSDAY IN LAUREL PARK AND MILLS RIVER

COUNCIL MEMBERS SWORN IN THURSDAY IN LAUREL PARK AND MILLS RIVER

MILLS RIVER BREWERY BUYS LAND ON BANNER FARM ROAD 

LAUREL PARK POLICE SWITCH FROM COUNTY TO CITY FOR DISPATCH   

A VOTE ON COTTAGES AT ARCADIA VIEWS SET FOR DECEMBER 19  

In meetings on Thursday, Mills River Town Council voted to sell a parcel of land on Banner Farm Road to Mills River Brewery for an all new facility. Town Council also elected new Council member Chae Davis as mayor, and other new Council members Brian Caskey and Richmond Meadows were sworn into office.

Also on Thursday, Laurel Park Town Council swore in members Nancy McKinley and Paul Hansen. Laurel Park Council also voted to switch dispatching for the Laurel Park Police Department from Henderson County to the Hendersonville Police Department. A new computer-assist system will also be used for dispatching Laurel Park Police.

And December 19th was set as the date for Laurel Park Council to vote on a “conditional use” permit for the proposed Cottages at Arcadia Views. That meeting will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday the 19th and will be held at the First Congregational Church. Proposed to be developed between Brevard Road and Davis Mountain Road, that development has drawn opposition from residents of Hunter’s Crossing and Hawthorn Hills and a final decision on it has been pending traffic impact studies.

SPECIAL NEEDS CRAFT FAIR RE-SCHEDULED FOR THIS SUNDAY

SPECIAL NEEDS CRAFT FAIR RE-SCHEDULED FOR THIS SUNDAY

2 TO 5 PM 619 SPARTANBURG HIGHWAY   

The event had to be re-scheduled because o the snow.

This benefits 100 or moiré special needs kids from five area counties by introducing them to baseball and creating a league just for them.

The public is encouraged to stop by and buy something...to encourage these kids and those who are working so hard to help them.