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A CLOSER LOOK:  WHAT DOES THE PROPOSED NEW "PARTNERSHIP" AMONG HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS MEAN  FOR LOCAL HEALTH CARE PATIENTS

A CLOSER LOOK: WHAT DOES THE PROPOSED NEW "PARTNERSHIP" AMONG HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS MEAN FOR LOCAL HEALTH CARE PATIENTS

AT THIS POINT, MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS.  

PARDEE HOSPITAL UNC HEALTH CARE A PART OF THE ANNOUNCED "PARTNERSHIP"   

UNC HEALTH CARE AND CAROLINAS HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS   

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Local health care, and the county-owned Pardee Hospital, have gone through many changes in the last decade.  Most physician are now hospital-employed, and there are health care alliances, affiliations, and  "partnerships" all over the map among hospitals, physicians, universities, and other providers.  Now, a proposed new "partnership" involving two of the largest hospital systems in North Carolina (of which Pardee Hospital will be a part) will likely create one of the largest health care systems in the country.  Both systems are huge economic engines.

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"A positive move for all of us."---Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

As the UNC Health Care system, which manages Hendersonville’s Pardee Hospital under a contract agreement with Henderson County which still owns the hospital, moves toward a “partnership” with Carolinas Health Care system...there are a lot of questions about how this will affect local health care and local patients and physicians,

First of all, as we have reported, this proposed “partnership” is not a full-fledged merger...at least for now, it’s only a “partnership” between the two very large health care systems. But “partnerships” can lead to mergers.,.and if that happens with these two health care systems, the merger will create one of the largest health care systems in the country, involving more than 50 hospitals and over 90,000 employees.

The Chapel Hill-based UNC Health Care system is part of the University of North Carolina, and relies of state money for funding. For that reason alone, the announced “partnership” will likely come before the N.C. General Assembly...possibly for review, scrutiny, changes, and probably even for final approval.

A key budget writer in the legislature, State Representative Chuck McGrady from Henderson County, told WHKP News last weekend that he knew only what has been reported in the media about the "partnrtship" and he’ll have to learn more before taking a position on the “partnership”.

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McGrady did point out that clearly, health care systems are merging in advance of possible Obamacare “repeal and reform” and before any Medicaid reforms. He said he’s sure to hear from Pardee Hospital and other hospitals on this issue. As part of the process, legislators like McGrady will also be hearing from lobbyists on both sides as the “partnership” issue moves forward and towsrd the General Assembly.  And it is worth noting that former and powetful Henderson County state senator Tom Apodaca, now reportedly lobbying in Raleigh, represents the UNC Health Care system.

The “bottom line” is...at least right now, how the “partnership” will finally shape up depends on a number of factors, including what’s done in the General Assembly.

The new “partnership” will reportedly have it’s own over-all board to answer to, so it’s not clear how accountable that board and the “partnership” will be to system-managed local hospitals like Pardee and to local patients and other local stakeholders like Henderson County which owns the brick ans morotar at Pardee and the ground on which it stands.

But the day the “partnership” was announced, Pardee CEO Jay Kirby made it clear that “...we (Pardee) are a local hospital and will retain our own local board.” Kirby said, “I know there will be questions and possibly even concerns.” But in a statement to hospital employees, physicisns and to the public, he said “I want to assure you that this will be a positive move for all of us.”

The next step in this “partnership” process is apparently rounding up legislative support by both hospital systems.

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But a lot of questions about this “partnership” are still hanging out there, including where home base will be for the new arrangement. UNC Health Care is based in the Chapel Hill area, while Carolinas Health Care is in Charlotte.  The prospect of a health care "monopoly" is a legitimate concern, along with the co-mingling of state or public (UNC Health Care) with private (Carolinas Health Care) assets.  And the possible loss of local accountability as a large system grows even larger is another big concern.  

UNC Health Care has more information available at www.togetherinhealthcare.org.

By Larry Freeman, whkp.com. 

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THE FREE CLINICS NEEDS BIKES!

THE FREE CLINICS NEEDS BIKES!

BIKES FOR LIFE   

The Free Clinics will host a Bike Collection on Friday, September 22 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the parking lot at The Free Clinics, 841 Case Street in Hendersonville.

The Free Clinics, with the help of volunteers, area bike clubs, and local bike shops, will refurbish the collected bikes and donate them to our neighbors in need to assist them in addressing transportation issues.

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“The Bikes for Life program has been immensely popular in its first year! In teaming up with community partners, including other non-profits, bike shops and volunteer repairmen, TFC has been able to provide bikes to a number of our community members with transportation needs,” said Emily Shock, Patient Health Advocate. “This has allowed our patients and those of our partners to increase their independence – they can access resources, get to their appointments, and enjoy a greater sense of freedom in getting around their community, while getting exercise in the process! Our recipients have been thrilled with their bikes (and the helmets and locks we provide as well) – it’s been a wonderful way to help!”

And while they are there to drop off their used bikes at The Free Clinics, the public is also invited to take part in September Wellness, which includes free flu shots and diabetes, cholesterol and BMI (body mass index) screenings. The Free Clinics’ partners include Park Ridge Health’s Wellness on Wheels van and WNCAP (Western North Carolina AIDS Project). Hours are the same as the Bike Collection.

FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL APPLE FESTIVAL AND PARADE: NEXT UP IS THE WNC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR AT THE AG CENTER IN FLETCHER

FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL APPLE FESTIVAL AND PARADE: NEXT UP IS THE WNC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR AT THE AG CENTER IN FLETCHER

SEPTEMBER 8 THROUGH 17   

The NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art and tradition that make our region great. Our mission is to create unique experiences at an exceptional value in a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.

Get your advanced tickets now through September 7, 2017 - at Ingles' stores in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, the WNC Agricultural Center and the WNC Farmer's Market .

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You may call Sandra at 828-687-1414 x200 at the WNC Agricultural Center with your MC or Visa and order tickets that will be mailed through Thursday, August 31, 2017.

You may also come to the WNC Agriculture Center till Thursday September 7th and get your Tickets. Come on in Through GATE 5 on Airport Road we are located in the Davis Event Centers Administrative Office on the right hand side of Venue.

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September 8th - 17th, 2017
TICKETS ADVANCE TICKET PRICE AT GATE
ADULT (13-64) $7.00 $9.00
SENIORS (65+and older) $3.00 $5.00
CHILDREN (6-12) $3.00 $5.00
CHILDREN (5 and under) FREE FREE
GROUP (30+people) $6.00 N/A
RIDE TICKETS-Sheet of 21tickets $12.00 $20.00
*NOTE it takes 3-4 tickets for each ride
CASH ONLY at the Gate - ATM Available!

Special Promotions and Discount Days
Friday, September 8th
FREE Gate Admission for students until 6pm for Grades K-12
Friday Night Frenzy: 9:00 pm till 1:00 am - One price admission includes unlimited rides $25.00\

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Monday, September 11th
Ride all day for $20, plus gate admission.

Tuesday, September 12th
Kids 12 and under ride all day for $20, plus gate admission.

Wednesday, September 13th
Ingles Day - FREE Gate Admission with five cans of Laura Lynn brand foods from Ingles supermarket.

Thursday, September 14th
Ride all day for $20, plus gate admission.

Friday, September 15th
FREE Gate Admission for seniors 65 & older
Friday Night Frenzy: – 9pm until 1am – One price admission includes unlimited rides $25.00

Saturday, September 16th
NC Education Lottery Day
FREE Scratch & Win promotional ticket for each adult ticket sold. Must be 18 to play
Hours:
Friday: Gates open at 9:00am; Rides open at 10:00am, close at 1:00am
Saturday: Gates open at 9:00am; Rides open at 10:00am, close at midnight
1st Sunday: Gates open at 9:00am; Rides open at 10:00am, close at 11:00 pm
2nd Sunday: Closing night; Rides, buildings, and all exhibits close at 9:00 p.m.
Monday –Thurs: Gates open at 3:00pm; Rides open at 4:00pm, close at 11:00 pm
Friday Night Frenzy: Sept. 9 & Sept. 16 9:00pm till 1:00 am

Free Parking:
FREE parking is available on fairground property. Parking is located on Highway 280 at Gate 7.

Handicap Parking:
There is handicap parking provided for those with valid tags next to the ticket booths at Entrance A. For the McGough Arena there is handicap parking near Entrance E.

Wheelchair, Scooter & Stroller Rental:
Wheelchair, scooter, and stroller rentals are available at two locations: Entrance A and inside Entrance “E” at Blue Barn.

Lost and Found Children/Items:
Lost and found is in the Fire & Rescue Building located next to the Davis Arena. Lost children and found items will be taken to this location.

Medical Emergencies:
Skyland Fire & Rescue will provide emergency medical services. For all first aid and medical emergencies go to the Fire & Rescue Building located next to the Davis Arena.

Security/Traffic Assistance:
Security is provided by off duty Deputies of the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department. Traffic assistance is provided by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Other Important Information:
No alcoholic beverages, drugs or firearms are allowed on the grounds.
Backpacks are subject to being checked.
No pets allowed. Only trained service dogs assisting the handicapped are allowed on the fairgrounds.
Shirt & shoes required.
RIDES, FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

SERVICES WILL BE 2 PM WEDNESDAY AT MUD CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH FOR FORMER EAST HIGH FOOTBALL COACH, HUGH "PEE WEE" HAMILTON

SERVICES WILL BE 2 PM WEDNESDAY AT MUD CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH FOR FORMER EAST HIGH FOOTBALL COACH, HUGH "PEE WEE" HAMILTON

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W. Hugh "Pee-Wee" Hamilton, 89, passed away September 1, 2017 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Viola Hamilton; brother, J.B. and wife Helen; first wife, Roma Orr Hamilton along with several aunts and uncles.

Hugh was a native of Andrews, NC. He graduated from Western Carolina University and received his Master's Degree from George Peabody College, Nashville TN. While at Western, he was Catamounts leading scorer and rusher. In 1948 he became an all North State Conference selection and added All-State honors in 1949 for Western Carolina's first ever conference football champions. He was a former Athletic Director/football coach in Andrews. While there the Andrews Wildcats were State Regional Champions in 1964, 1966 and 1967. He left Andrews in 1968 and became head football coach at Asheville High. In 1972 he came to East Henderson High in Hendersonville. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Western Carolina, Andrews High and East Henderson High. The football stadium in Andrews is named in his honor. He was a Navy Veteran serving on the submarine Sea Robin.

He is survived by wife, Mildred Arrowood Brooks; son Bill Hamilton of Hendersonville; daughter, Terry and husband Terry Paige of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Dustin and Nicole Paige, Jessica Hamilton; one great grandchild, Ryland Hunnicutt; stepchildren, Mike Brooks and wife Florence, Sherry Brooks, Sheila Reid and husband Bernard; step-grandchildren, Mathew Blythe, Steven Brooks, Michell Wally, Stephanie Brooks, Keshia Reid and five great-stepchildren.

Services will be held 2pm at Mud Creek Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Mr. Hamilton's body will lie in state in the Worship Center while the family receives friends from 12pm-1:45 in the hospitality room.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Elizabeth House, 581 S. Allen Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731 or Blue Ridge Humane Society, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
To offer online condolences please visit www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.

MONDAY: HUGE CROWDS; SUNNY SKIES; TEMPS IN THE UPPER 70S MADE A PERFECT KING APPLE PARADE!

MONDAY: HUGE CROWDS; SUNNY SKIES; TEMPS IN THE UPPER 70S MADE A PERFECT KING APPLE PARADE!

 ANOTHER APPLE FESTIVAL 'CROWD PLEASER'....KING APPLE PARADE !

Thousands crowded Main Street in Hendersonville Labor Day afternoon for the KING APPLE PARADE that 'kicked off' at 2:30 PM.

High stepping high school bands from all of the county high schools, many professional and amateur floats along with individual cars, fire trucks, horses, clowns, and politicians adorned the 'parade route' which began at Five Points and proceeded down Main to Caswell Street.. 

Weather co-operated for a near 'perfect' day for a parade.....thus concluding the 71st Annual Event.

 

 

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PURCHASE OF LAUREL PARK WATER SYSTEM ON THE AGENDA FOR HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL THIS COMING THURSDAY EVENING

PURCHASE OF LAUREL PARK WATER SYSTEM ON THE AGENDA FOR HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL THIS COMING THURSDAY EVENING

SEPTEMBER COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE AT 5:45 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL  

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IN ADDITION TO ITEMS ON THE "CONSENT" AGENDA:   

A. Alzheimer’s Awareness Day Proclamation
Presenter: Mayor Barbara Volk
B. Report from Girl Scout Troop 1886 Regarding their "Apple Quest" Silver Award
Project

C. Service Excellence Quarterly MVP – Mike Huffman
Presenter: Mayor Volk and City Manager John Connet
D. Reminder and Invitation to the Historic Berkeley Mills Park Celebration
Presenter: HPC Chair Cheryl Jones
7. Public Hearing – Consideration of an Ordinance to Extend the Corporate Limits of the
City of Hendersonville as Petitioned by Carolina Village
Presenter: Development Assistance Director Susan Frady

8. Public Hearing – Consideration of an Application for the Rezoning of a Parcel Located
on Signal Hill Road off of Thompson Street from R-20 Low Intensity Residential to C-3
Highway Business
Presenter: Senior Planner Matt Champion
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9. Presentation of Police Department Long-Range Plan
Presenter: Police Chief Herbert Blake

10. Consideration of West Hendersonville (Buncombe Street) Stormwater Issues and Plan
Presenter: Brendan Shanahan

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11. Discussion of Purchase of Laurel Park Water System
Presenter: City Manager John Connet
12. Discussion of Naming Opportunities at Berkeley Mills Park
Presenter: City Manager John Connet

THE "PARTNERSHIP" ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK BETWEEN UNC HEALTHCARE AND CAROLNAS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS NOT A "MERGER"...AT LEAST NOT YET

THE "PARTNERSHIP" ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK BETWEEN UNC HEALTHCARE AND CAROLNAS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS NOT A "MERGER"...AT LEAST NOT YET

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HENDERSONVILLE'S PARDEE HOSPITAL IS MANAGED BY UNC HEALTH CARE

NEW PARTNERSHIP CREATES ONE OF THE LARGEST HOSPITAL NETWORKS IN THE COUNTRY    

WITH OVER 50 HOSPITALS  

AND MORE THAN 90 THOUSAND EMPLOYEES   

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SUNDAY'S RALEIGH NEWS-OBSERVER TAKEs A CLOSER LOOK:   

The partnership proposed last week between two of the state’s largest health care providers could be a prelude to a full-blown merger, says one state lawmaker.

UNC Health Care and Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System on Thursday announced a plan to create one of the largest hospital networks in the country, with some 90,000 employees and 50-plus hospitals. The executives of both organizations stressed that this was not a merger, taking care to call it a joint organization.

Under the proposal, each health system would keep its own board of directors, but would also answer to a new board that would oversee the joint company.

Republican State Sen. Jeff Tarte, a retired health care business consultant from Cornelius, said something bigger may be on the horizon.

“Basically what I see is, they’re headed down the path to see whether they would fully merge their entities at some point,” Tarte said. “It’s very close to a merger. It’s sort of a trial balloon.”

Tarte said the creation of the combined health care company would require the legislature’s involvement, because the deal involves UNC, a state-owned asset, and has sweeping implications for North Carolina’s health care sector. He predicted the combined organization would eventually be controlled by the much larger Carolinas HealthCare, which is the state’s biggest health care system with $9.8 billion in annual revenue, and noted that for UNC to control the new organization would create a “level of debt obligation the state has never seen.”


“At some point we will have to decide whether we will let UNC Health Care lead as the state entity, absorb Carolinas HealthCare and take on additional obligations,” Tarte said. “You’re talking about the state absorbing 40 hospitals, including one of the largest facilities in the state of North Carolina.”

The nation’s health care market is in the midst of a hospital consolidation wave, with mergers coming under intense scrutiny by regulators for their potentially harmful effects on costs and services. Some health care companies, like Raleigh’s WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Durham’s Duke University Health System, have opted for limited collaborations in specific areas, like heart care and cancer care, in which they can steer patients to each others’ doctors and facilities.

The UNC proposal with Carolinas HealthCare doesn’t follow the standard pattern.

“This particular partnership is a step beyond what we’ve seen recently,” said Republican Rep. Nelson Dollar of Wake County. “This is at a new level where they’re creating a separate overall board.”

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Legislative support sought

The partnership could be reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission if it raises significant concerns, and could take at least a year to come to fruition. But support from the state legislature also is widely seen as essential to the joint company’s acceptance, and lawmakers will be closely monitoring the partnership as it develops.

Bill Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care, notified key lawmakers about the deal in the days leading up to the public announcement.

“The legislature is of great interest to us,” Roper said Wednesday during an interview at The News & Observer. “We want to have their support and encouragement for this project.”

UNC spokesman Alan Wolf on Saturday emphasized the proposal is not a merger. “UNC Health Care will continue to exist as created by statute,” Wolf said. “While we will operate together, neither organization is going away and no assets are changing hands.”

Lawmakers are ultimately responsible for UNC Health Care. The state-owned 12-hospital system is under the UNC system’s board of governors, whose members are appointed by the legislature. Roper and Carolinas HealthCare CEO Gene Woods said the new joint company would turn UNC into an academic research powerhouse that will be able to recruit the best national talent, and compete for federal grants to fund prestigious research projects.

Dollar said any changes to UNC Health Care’s status as a state-owned entity would likely require legislative changes, but whether or not lawmakers could block the deal would require a legal analysis.

He noted that lawmakers have various options to express their will. While he declined to offer specifics, in the past two years, the UNC board of governors pushed out then-UNC president Tom Ross, and the Republican-led legislature defunded the UNC Center on Poverty and is now seeking to ban the UNC Center for Civil Rights from filing lawsuits.

Some lawmakers said in interviews last week that they are for the proposed partnership. They say they are encouraged by the promise made to increase health care options in the state’s rural regions, which are struggling economically and have a shortage of doctors and services.

“For long-term strength in an uncertain health care world, this is a good move,” said Sen. Tommy Tucker, a Union County Republican who previously co-chaired the Senate Health Care Committee. “They’re taking a very aggressive position to help the rural areas, which of course is fairly key to the health of the state.”

UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare signed a letter of intent last week to begin discussions on how to combine operations, a process that will play out over the coming months. The two groups expect questions about their company’s effect on health care access and competition in the state, and say all concerns will be addressed so that the proposal can move forward.

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For others, the proposal raised questions about the potential of a mega-sized hospital network to dominate the state’s health care market and steer patients away from competing hospitals and their medical practices.

“People are concerned about control and about monopolies,” said Republican Rep. Gregory Murphy, a urology surgeon from Greenville. “It would be the biggest health care system in the state and possibly a monopoly.”

Tarte, whose consulting work for hospitals specialized in strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions, said understanding the nature of this business relationship may come down to figuring out which of the two partners will ultimately come out on top.

“I can tell you, in 95 percent of these deals, there is no equals,” Tarte said. “Someone ends up being the dominant player, and their executives tend to get the corporate positions.”

Tarte said the legislature is likely to assign this matter to at least one oversight committee to assess the partnership’s benefits and implications for the state, and to understand the legislature’s fiduciary responsibility and stewardship role.

“This has got to be one of the biggest health care quote ‘potential mergers’ – or headed that way – in the entire country in years,” Tarte said. “Especially to blend a $9 billion entity with a major medical center – that’s almost never done.”

The health care partners have not yet selected a name for their joint company or the location of its headquarters.

Roper will chair the new board and Woods will be chief executive, but the executive management team has not been assembled. Each organization will continue to employ its own workforce, but the facilities will be rebranded under the banner of the joint company.

For now, lawmakers say they have lots of unanswered questions about the deal, mostly about its benefits for the residents of North Carolina and about the rationale for undertaking such an ambitious venture.

“The verdict is still out whether this is going to be good or not for North Carolinians,” said Democratic Sen. Don Davis of Greenville, a sociology instructor at Lenoir Community College. “Everybody who gets engaged don’t necessarily need to get married. And everybody who gets married don’t need to be married.”

MONDAY UPDATE: GAS SUPPLIES--STILL THE BIG WORRY AS LABOR DAY WEEKEND ENDS;  SOME AREA STATIONS SOLD OUT OR LIMITING SALES

MONDAY UPDATE: GAS SUPPLIES--STILL THE BIG WORRY AS LABOR DAY WEEKEND ENDS; SOME AREA STATIONS SOLD OUT OR LIMITING SALES

IN THE RAIN LATE LAST WEEK---AT LOCAL STATIONS---HENDERSONVILLE  MOTORISTS WERE "TOPPING OFF"AND FILLING UP GAS CANS THURSDAY AFTERNOON   

MOST LOCAL STATIONS ARE OK, BUT SOME IN ASHEVILLE, ETOWAH, AND THE HORSE SHOE AREE WERE OUT EARLY IN THE WEEKEND   

THE CONTINENTAL PIPELINE SHUT DOWN DUE TO FLOODING IN TEXAS   SOURCES HAD HOPED THE PIPELINE WOULD BE AT LEAST PARTIALLY BACK IN SERVICE BY SUNDAY   

REPORT SUSPECTED GAS PRICE GOUGING TO 1-877-5-NO-SCAM   

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A spokeswoman with AAA Carolinas said last week that Hendersonville,Asheville and other year-round tourist destinations, such as Wilmington "are the markets that always have the higher prices."

AAAs spokeswoman Tiffany Wright said the whole region was seeing a gas price spike right now because retailers were raising prices in anticipation that distributors were going to raise prices on upcoming deliveries.

"They’re going up because retailers are panicking and thinking their distributors are going to pump their prices up. So they’re protecting themselves," Wright said.

North Carolina or South Carolina could avoid shortages, she said. That's because the nation has a five-year high of fuel inventory. Meanwhile, refiners in the Northeast are sending fuel toward the South to make up for disruptions in the Colonial Pipeline that brings gas, diesel and aviation fuel from the Houston and St. Charles, Louisiana areas up through the South and into the Northeast.

One thing that could cause stations to run out of gas is if motorists make a run on the pumps, Wright said, something she urged people not to do. That means not topping off tanks unnecessarily and not filling up second or third cars or extra fuel cans.

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Meanwhile...Gov. Roy Cooper issued executive orders last Thursday that hopefully will help maintain gasoline supplies for North Carolina in anticipation of shortages caused by Hurricane Harvey.

“Hurricane Harvey’s damage to refineries in Texas and Louisiana could ripple throughout the Southeast, causing gasoline shortages and rising prices,” Cooper said in a news release. “I’m taking action to make it easier to get gasoline into our state so North Carolinians who need gas can get it.”

According to media reports, Cooper signed Executive Order No. 19, declaring a State of Emergency to temporarily waive the cap on maximum hours of service restrictions for fuel vehicles traveling in and through North Carolina. The order will help gasoline move in and through the state more easily and quickly in response to delivery problems caused by Harvey.

Earlier last week, Cooper asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to waive certain federal regulations to keep gasoline supplies moving throughout North Carolina. The waivers were granted Wednesday.

The governor’s Executive Order also helps support disaster response efforts by making it easier for vehicles transporting emergency relief supplies to travel through North Carolina.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those suffering from Harvey and its aftermath, and North Carolina is doing everything we can to help,” Cooper said in the news release. "This executive order will help essential supplies get to flood victims as soon as possible, while also keeping fuel flowing here in North Carolina.”

Earlier last Thursday, Cooper signed Executive Order No. 18, declaring an abnormal market disruption for gasoline in North Carolina based on the temporary shutdown of Texas and Louisiana fuel refineries due to Hurricane Harvey. As a result, North Carolina’s price gouging law against overcharging in a time of crisis is now in effect statewide for the next 45 days.

North Carolinians who spot potential gas price gouging may report it to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office at ncdoj.gov or 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.

LOCAL RESCUE TEAM UPDATE:  HENDERSON COUNTY RESCUERS--THE TECHNICAL RESCUE TEAM---NOW IN FLOOD-RAVAGED TEXAS

LOCAL RESCUE TEAM UPDATE: HENDERSON COUNTY RESCUERS--THE TECHNICAL RESCUE TEAM---NOW IN FLOOD-RAVAGED TEXAS

CONTINUING COVERAGE OF OUR LOCAL TEAM IN TEXAS  

HENDERSON COUNTY'S RESCUE SQUAD SWIFT WATER RESCUE TEAM HAS JOINED OTHERS FROM NORTH CAROLINA PROVIDING MUCH NEEDED SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORTS IN TEXAS.  ONE MEMBER OF THE LOCAL RESCUE TEAM, WHKP CHIEF ENGINEER ED MCDADE, REPORTED ON FRIDAY HE HAD BEEN BITTEN BY A TEXAS FIRE ANT...IT WAS NO FUN AND UNCOMFORTABLE...BUT ALL ARE CONTINUING THEIR RELIEF WORK

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The Henderson County Technical Rescue Team has arrived to the staging area in College Station, TX along with the other North Carolina Swift Water Teams.

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The Henderson County Technical Rescue Team (HCTRT) departed for Eastern Texas with an 18-person Swift Water Rescue Strike Team on August 31, 2017, to join in the Hurricane Harvey response and recovery effort. Blue Ridge, Etowah Horse Shoe, Fletcher, Saluda, and Valley Hill Fire and Rescue Departments, and the Henderson County Rescue Squad and Office of Emergency Management are all providing Strike Team personnel to the mission. HCTRT is joining rescue teams from departments from Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, and Raleigh, for a total of 92 personnel, assigned to provide assistance out of College Station, TX. North Carolina is responding to Texas Emergency Management's assistance request. NC's swift water rescue program is organized by North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) which supports the teams with training and funding. Teams are prepared to conduct operations including using small boats and other equipment to respond to a variety of needs in a flooding event.

FROM EARLIER REPORTS:

The Henderson County Technical Rescue Team (HCTRT) departed for Eastern Texas with an 18-person Swift Water Rescue Strike Team on August 31, 2017, to join in the Hurricane Harvey response and recovery effort.

Blue Ridge, Etowah Horse Shoe, Fletcher, Saluda, and Valley Hill Fire and Rescue Departments, and the Henderson County Rescue Squad and Office of Emergency Management are all providing Strike Team personnel to the mission. HCTRT is joining rescue teams from departments from Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, and Raleigh, for a total of 92 personnel, assigned to provide assistance out of College Station, TX.

North Carolina is responding to Texas Emergency Management's assistance request. NC's swift water rescue program is organized by North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) which supports the teams with training and funding. Teams are prepared to conduct operations including using small boats and other equipment to respond to a variety of needs in a flooding event.

WE EXPECT FURTHER UPDATES FROM ED ON OUR LOCAL TEAM IN TEXAS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE RIDGE HUMANE SOCIETY HELPING PROVIDE RELIEF FOR HURRICANE HARVEY ANIMALS

BLUE RIDGE HUMANE SOCIETY HELPING PROVIDE RELIEF FOR HURRICANE HARVEY ANIMALS

SEVERAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP   

The devastation that hurricane Harvey has wreaked on the Texas and Louisiana coast has been heartbreaking. One can’t help but be moved by the photos of owners and rescuers trying to save all the animals affected by this historic storm. The Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store wants to help.

The BRHS Animal Shelter recently received the designation of Transport Partner from the ASPCA. The ASPCA focuses on three areas, and they are "care for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals, and serving victims of animal cruelty." The ASPCA has a Disaster Response Team that consists of search and rescue, sheltering and relocation teams that assists in disasters like Harvey. Since we are now partners, the Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store will be donating 10% of the total daily sales from Tuesday, September 5th through Saturday, September 9th to the ASPCA.

You can help in two ways. You can come in and shop on any or all of those five days. You can also make a donation in the store by giving it to one of the store’s cashiers. It will be rung up as a donation and included in the total amount sent to the ASPCA.

The Blue Ridge Humane Society is a 501(c)-3 nonprofit animal welfare organization. The thrift store is the most consistent source of revenue for the care of the animals in our shelter. The Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store sells gently-used donated items such as furniture, artwork, housewares, clothing, shoes, jewelry, linens, craft items, antiques, vintage items, and collectibles. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. We offer free pickups for larger items. Call the store at 692-3503 for more information.

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