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 EAST FLAT ROCK WOMAN HAD THREATENED "SUICIDE BY COP" BEFORE SHE WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY DEPUTIES LATE MONDAY

EAST FLAT ROCK WOMAN HAD THREATENED "SUICIDE BY COP" BEFORE SHE WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY DEPUTIES LATE MONDAY

THREE DEPUTIES INVOLVED...NOW ON "ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE"  

WOMAN IDENTIFIED AS 60 YEAR OLD KAY FRANCES CAMPBELL  

SBI INVESTIGATION IS ON GOING

According to tapes of the 911 call made by the woman's caregiver, there were clear indications the woman had serious issues...and apparently had threatened to commit "suicide by cop" if officers were called to her home in East Flat Rock late Monday.  The 911 call also indicated the woman had attempted to choke or asssault, her caregiver...who made the call to the sheriff's department.

60 year old Kay Frances Campbell was shot and killed late Monday in East Flat Rock in what the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department says was “an officer involved” shooting. The identity of the woman was released Tuesday morning.

Deputies were called to 422 East Blue Ridge Road just before 5pm Monday in reference to the assault in that 911 call from Ms. Campbell's caregiver..  On the scene, deputies did what’s called a “health and welfare check" on Ms. Campbell.  And the deputies determined that she should be commited.

According to reports, while the deputies were waiting on “involuntary commitment” papers to get to the scene, the woman produced what appeared to be a weapon.  Major Frank Stout says the deputies were “in fear for their lives”…and fired at the woman.  As WHKP News reported Monday night, a medical examiner had been called to the scene.

The deputies involved in the incident were not harmed.

Major Stout confirmed that there were three deputies involved, and all three had fired their weapons.  Stout said the deputies had been on the scene with the woman for over and hour trying to de-fuse the situation but unfortunately, he said, it escalated to a point "where no one wanted to go".  And he said the deputies had been placed on “administrative leave”…and following standard procedure, the State Bureau of Investigation had been called in to investigate the whole thing.

Major Stout indicated more information would be released later.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman Updated 10:30am 04/26/16

 

 

NC HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS A SUCCESSFUL "DRIVE TO LIVE" OPERATION

NC HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS A SUCCESSFUL "DRIVE TO LIVE" OPERATION

 The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live after a week-long education and enforcement campaign.  The campaign, which began on Monday, April 18th and ended on Friday, April 22nd, was focused on promoting safe driving awareness to teenage drivers.

During Operation Drive to Live, Troopers enforced all traffic laws around the state's high schools and conducted traffic safety education programs. Troopers were actively looking for violations such as speeding, following too closely, careless and reckless driving and any violation of the motor vehicle laws that can result in serious injury or death. In addition, troopers presented over 125 traffic safety education programs to students across the state.

In 2015, the Highway Patrol investigated over 58,812 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 – 19. Of those collisions, 10,501 injuries were reported and 107 resulted in one or more fatalities.

Below is a snapshot of the week-long campaign effort:

High Schools Patrolled:                                   517

Traffic Safety Education Programs Given:        125

Seatbelt Violations:                                          1,378

Speeding Violations:                                        4,189

Graduated Driver’s License Violations:             20

Other Traffic Violations:                                  4,369

Written Warnings:                                           1,470

Although the campaign has ended, troopers across the state will continue to educate and closely monitor teenage drivers with one goal in mind; to save lives.

An excel spreadsheet is being provided that illustrates each respective Troop across the state.   For statistics on a specific county, please contact that office directly. Contact information can be located at the following link: http://www.ncdps.gov/Our-Organization/Law-Enforcement/State-Highway-Patrol/Troop-Offices

For more information, please contact Sergeant Michael Baker at (919)733-5027 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS NORTH CAROLINA'S VOTER ID/ELECTION LAW; NAACP PLANS FURTHER APPEAL

FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS NORTH CAROLINA'S VOTER ID/ELECTION LAW; NAACP PLANS FURTHER APPEAL

 

THE NAACP SAYS THEY PLAN A FURTHER APPEAL   

Federal Court Upholds Voter ID, Stops Obama Justice Department Overreach

Raleigh, N.C. – A federal court has upheld North Carolina’s hugely popular photo voter ID requirement, dismissing all claims in a lawsuit filed by political opponents of the law. The order in North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP et al v. McCrory is attached.

In a 485-page ruling, the federal court agreed that “the changes were based on legitimate and substantial concerns of election integrity and fairness and leave an electoral system that provides generous, fair, and equal opportunity for voters of all races and ages.”

 

Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee Co-Chairmen Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Sen. Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) issued the following joint statement:

“Despite the small but shrill opposition who continue to abuse the courts in an attempt to overturn the will of the voters, another reasonable, commonsense law supported by a majority of North Carolinians has been upheld. We are glad the court recognized the law provides all voters an equal opportunity to vote and stopped this politically-motivated overreach from the Obama Justice Department.”

 THE NAACP HAS ANNOUNCED THEY PLAN TO

In spite of more than 30 other states having voter ID requirements and a similar law being upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 2008, far-left special interest groups have spent years filing duplicative lawsuits in multiple courts attempting to block the commonsense policy in North Carolina.

 

Polls – including those commissioned by groups challenging the law – consistently show the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians support voter ID. And while opponents made misleading claims and presented flawed and erroneous data from a professor hired by the Obama Justice department, they were unable to offer a single witness who would be unable to vote under the law.

 

The voter ID law continues to ensure any North Carolina citizen who wants to vote will have that opportunity. The law establishes a list of valid government-issued photo IDs that voters can present at their polling places, and allows anyone without a photo ID to obtain one at no cost through the Department of Motor Vehicles. It also brings North Carolina into the mainstream of other states on matters of same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION HONORS LOCAL "TEACHERS OF THE YEAR"

EDUCATION FOUNDATION HONORS LOCAL "TEACHERS OF THE YEAR"

HendersonCounty’s Education Foundation honored teachers from 23 local public schools this week…as “teachers of the year”.

 The teachers are:

Julie Phillips, Apple Valley Middle School; Catherine Gilbert, Atkinson Elementary School; Ted Barnett, Balfour Education Center; Ileta Silvia, Bruce Drysdale Elementary School; Terri Lyda, Clear Creek Elementary School; Brittany Pace, Dana Elementary School; Natalie Piere, Early College High School; Robert Wallace, East Henderson High School; Melissa Frees, Edneyville Elementary School; Amy Cleveland, Etowah Elementary School; Melinda Julian, Flat Rock Middle School; Amy Pace, Fletcher Elementary School; Jessica Hudgins, Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School; Elena Barnwell, Hendersonville Elementary School; Kaye Youngblood, Hendersonville High School; Nadene Rolfe, Hendersonville Middle School;  Yvonne White, Hillandale Elementary School; Brittany Praytor, Mills River Elementary School; Karen Dellinger, North Henderson High School; Lonnie Hunter, Rugby High School; Katrina Cook, Sugarloaf Elementary School; Alicia Allman, Upward Elementary School; Barry Lance, West Henderson High School.

COOK OUT FAST FOOD RESTAURANT LIKELY COMING TO HENDERSONVILLE

COOK OUT FAST FOOD RESTAURANT LIKELY COMING TO HENDERSONVILLE

The City of Hendersonville has confirmed for WHKP News that the Cook Out Fast Food chain has applied for a permit to locate a new restaurant on Chimney Rock Highway or U.S. 64 near the Golden Corral.

City Inspector Susan Frady says there are some issues that need to be worked out before Cook Out can proceed,  She says that clearing that property is the next step...some old storage buildings will have to be torn down and the older car wash on the property will have to be removed.

Frady says she's not sure how long that process will take, when final approval might come, or when construction on the new Cook Out restaurant will begin.

Cook Out features "cook oiut style" fast food.  There are two Cook Out restaurants already in Asheville---one on Patton Avenue and one on Tunnel Road.

It is believed that the grandson of former Hee-Haw star Junior Samples owns the Cook Out chain.

 

 

 

COMMISSIONERS OPT FOR A NEW HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL....AT A COST OF $50 MILLION

COMMISSIONERS OPT FOR A NEW HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL....AT A COST OF $50 MILLION

That 1926 Earl Stillwell building at Hendersonville High will not be a part of the new Hendersonville High the county plans to build on a nearby site,  The Board of Commissioners made that dcision on Wednesday in a review of county school capital construction needs..

At its meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously chose to construct a new school at the former Boyd Automotive site on Asheville Highway that the county purchaed when Boy Automotive moved their General Motors dealership to a new location on the Spartasnburg Highway.   When the Boyd family sold that Five Points property to county schools, for as new Hendersonville High School campus, they aldo made a substantiasl donation in the sale price to the county and county schools.

A 49-page report commissioned by the county and conducted by Vannoy Construction earlier this year found renovation of the building to be feasible, saying the core of the 66,000-square-foot building is in sound shape.

The report estimated the building's renovation would cost $13.5 million.

The board decided to go with the third of five construction options prepared by architectural firm Clark Nexsen and presented to the board in October.

According to that presentation, Option 3 would not incorporate any existing structures, keep a working gymnasium on campus throughout construction, would not require mobile classrooms and would be completed in 32 months.

The estimated cost for Option 3, listed in the architect's presentation, is $50.4 million.

NEW WALGREENS COMING TO LAUREL PARK VILLAGE (CORRECTION)

NEW WALGREENS COMING TO LAUREL PARK VILLAGE (CORRECTION)

 
There's been talk around town for some time of another Walgreen's Drug Store opening up in the area.
 
And word is now...from unconfirmed sources...that he new building at Laurel Park Shopping Village is a new Walgreens.
 
Sources say they have torn down the former Laurel Park Fitness Center and will build the new Walgreens there.

OLD QUALITY INN TO BECOME A NEW RESORT

OLD QUALITY INN TO BECOME A NEW RESORT

JUST OFF I-26 & SUGARLOAF ROAD

CONSTRUCTION IS ALREADY UNDERWAY

 As WLOS-TV has been reporting, he old and abandoned, graffiti-ridden hotel, on Sugarloaf Road an d just off I-26, was sold last Friday, April 15, 2016.

In a press release Tuesday, it was revealed the owners of Asheville's Fun Depot have purchased the property and construction has already begun on what will be called "The Cascades Mountain Resort".

The building will be completely renovated, and will feature indoor and outdoor water-features including a waterfall and beautiful greenery.

The indoor pool will be updated to include a water slide and a kids water area, as well as an over-sized and secluded hot tub for adults.

The Cascades will also house a cafe where guests can enjoy pizza, ice-cream and more on an outdoor slate-patio near a fire-pit.

The owners of Asheville's Fun Depot, David and Marybeth Day, say they are excited to see families and friends making new positive memories in a premier resort that economically benefits the community.

(WLOS Photo)

 

ETOWAH VALLEY SMOKEHOUSE IS RE-MODELING; NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN SOON

ETOWAH VALLEY SMOKEHOUSE IS RE-MODELING; NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN SOON

The Etowah Valley Smokehouse restaurant is making progress.They are hard at work remodeling and painting everything inside the restaurant.The new restaurant is owned by Etowah Valley Golf and Resort and will feature traditional eastern North Carolina bbq....they will also have a whole hog "pig pickin" on a regular basis and a buffet.
 
Opening day has yet to be set but it appears the last week in May is the target they are shooting for.
 
The restaurant in its hey day was the Etowah BBQ Shak...later knowns as Bad Wolf and Jbobs BBQ.
 
General manager for all of Etowah's properties Tim Rice commented "this will be one of the finest restaurants in all of Western North Carolina,and we will be able to handle groups of all sizes.
Its easy to find them there on Highway 64 West....or just roll down the window and follow the traditional wood smoke.
 

WHKP ADDS NEW SMART-PHONE "APP"---TRY IT---IT'S FREE!

WHKP ADDS NEW SMART-PHONE "APP"---TRY IT---IT'S FREE!

WHKP is committed to expanding your listening options…and we’ve done that by making an all knew “app” available for free installation on your smart-phone.

The new WHKP app will bring you, with a simple one-step click, not only 24/7 full service listening to WHKP, but it will also give you instant access to other WHKP venues like both the WHKP home page and Facebook sites.  Those sites open up a whole world of local news, sports, weather and social media inter-action.

You can install the new WHKP app on your smart-phone by clicking on your Google Play Store app, finding WHKP onit, and following a few simple steps.  If you don’t now have the Google Play App, go to the “App Store”, find it, and install it…it also is a free app.

WHKP president and general manager Art Cooley said, “Today’s technology keeps offering up new, exciting, better, and more convenient ways of delivering our “product” to you…such as the new 107.7 FM translator and now this state-of-the-art WHKP app.”  He added, “We are committed to keeping up with the times….and, as we’ve done for almost 70 years, keeping WHKP entertaining, informative and easily accessible.”