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LOCAL GOP LEADER AND FORMER SHERIFF ERWIN HAS ISSUES WITH THE PARTY

LOCAL GOP LEADER AND FORMER SHERIFF ERWIN HAS ISSUES WITH THE PARTY

"Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all."  Dwight D. Eisenhower   

After former Henderson County Sheriff George H. Erwin announced in the Hendersonville Lightnng revently that he was "divorcing" himself from the Republican Party, the popular local political leader explained for WHKP News, and for our listeners, what some of his issues wih the "grand old party" are...and you'll hear that in detail on WHKP's news Monday at 7:55am, 11:55am, and 5:05pm on both WHKP AM 1450 and FM 107.7.

A former Carly Fiorina supporter for the Republican presidential nomination, Erwin said he joined his wife and became a Ted Cruz supporter once it became clear that Fiorina would not have a chance.  And through the debate pocess, Erwin says he was embarrassed for the party.  Fiorina, Dr. Ben Carson, Govenor John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Senator Lindsay Graham and others were largely ignored.  And he said the "name calling:" that came from Donald Trump and others was "like children on the playground".  Still, it's obvious now that Trump will be the party's nominee...and Erwin vowed to "hold his nose" and support the nominee.  And he's encouraging all Republicans to stick together and support the party's nominee, citing a famous line from President Dwight D. Eisenhower about pushing and pulling a string, "Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wishi. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all"  Erwin believes the next president could appoint as many as three Supreme Court justices, which is why, he says, Hillary Clinton should NOT be the one to make those appointments.

The state Republican Party, says Erwin, has always had problems and the only time you hear from them, he says, is when they swamp you with "robo" calls wanting your money. 

As for the local GOP, Erwin says they do the best they can...but again, it's all a matter of standing for something and pulling together, he says.

Even though he gave up the job as sheriff after twelve successful years that started with his upset victory over another popular sheriff, the late Albert "Ab" Jackson in 1994, Erwin has remained active in local and state GOP politics.  He was a state-wide leader in State Senator Fred Smith's unsuccessful bit for the Republican gubernatorial nomimnation a few years ago.  And he continues in leadership positions with various law enforcement organizations in North Carolina.

Erwin also remains active in his church and various out-reach and ministry causes, such as the "Summer Backpack Program" that provides food for children during the summer break from school.

His comments on the current state of the Republican Party were made in an interview with WHKP News Director Larry Freeman and can be heard on Monday's local news on WHKP/

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SHERIFF WARNS OF NEW LOCAL SCAM

SHERIFF WARNS OF NEW LOCAL SCAM

Multiple residents in and around Henderson County have experienced a series of scam calls over the last couple of days.

The scam callers are telling residents they have a federal warrant for their arrest because they failed to appear for jury duty.  The scam callers are also telling the person receiving the call if they do not immediately go to a CVS pharmacy, Walgreens or Walmart and obtain a PayPal or GreenDot card in the amount of $500 they will immediately have the Sheriff's office come and arrest them. Residents are being told once they obtain the cards they are to give the scam caller the number off the back of the card to ensure it can be logged into their system and they will not be arrested,  plus, their money will be returned once they show up for court.

Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald’s is urging residents to not respond or be taken by this latest scam. Sheriff McDonald says “these allegations and demands from the scam callers are not legitimate and have not been initiated from any court or the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.” If you are contacted by one of these scam callers you should hang up, do not give them any information and contact the Henderson County Sheriff's office at 828-697-4596 to report the call.

LOCAL SCHOOL GRADUATION TIME IS ALMOST HERE

LOCAL SCHOOL GRADUATION TIME IS ALMOST HERE

IT ALL STARTS WITH EARLY COLLEGE GRADUATION THIS THURSDAY

AND MJOE TO COME IN JUNE

Henderson Copunty public schools have annjounced the year's graduation schedule of dates, times, and places:

Thursday, May 12

Henderson County Early College: 6 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall

Friday, June 10

East Henderson High: 7 p.m. at E.L. Justus Field *

Hendersonville High: 6 p.m. at Jim Pardue Gymnasium

North Henderson High: 7 p.m. at Glenn C. Marlow Stadium *

West Henderson High: 7:30 p.m. at Johnson Field *

Balfour Education Center: 5:30 p.m. at Living Water Baptist Church

* Weather permitting; will be moved indoors in the event of rain

BACK & FORTH LAWSUITS---NC GOVERNOR FILES A LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA'S DOJ---DOJ SUES BACK

BACK & FORTH LAWSUITS---NC GOVERNOR FILES A LAWSUIT AGAINST OBAMA'S DOJ---DOJ SUES BACK

McCrory turns the tables on Obama's Justice Department...and sues the DOJ over HB 2  

Later the same afternoon th U.S. Attorney General announced the DOJ is filing a lawsuit against Northg Carolina, the Governor, and the University of North Carolina  

Billions in federal funds are at stake

Governor Pat McCrory has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice over their challenge to a controversial restroom law.

The lawsuit seeks to keep in place the law, which the U.S. Justice Department said last week violated the civil rights of transgender people against sex discrimination on the job and in education.

"The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country, not just North Carolina. This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level," McCrory said in a statement. "They are now telling every government agency and every company that employs more than 15 people that men should be allowed to use a women's locker room, restroom or shower facility."

On May 4, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to McCrory, Secretary of Public Safety Frank Perry and UNC System President Margaret Spellings that alleged violations of federal law.

McCrory's lawsuit, filed in federal court in North Carolina, asks a judge to block Justice Department action that could threaten billions of dollars in federal money flowing to the state.

The lawsuit called the law a "common sense privacy policy" and said the Justice Department's position was a "baseless and blatant overreach."

"This is an attempt to unilaterally rewrite long-established federal civil rights laws in a manner that is wholly inconsistent with the intent of Congress and disregards decades of statutory interpretation by the courts," the lawsuit said.

McCrory said on "Fox News Sunday" he was not aware of any North Carolina cases of transgender people using their gender identity to access a restroom and molest someone. Other supporters of the law cite reports elsewhere of men entering women's bathrooms -- thanks to policies allowing transgender people to enter the restrooms aligned with their gender identity -- to highlight the threat of sexual assault.

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TOWN OF MILLS RIVER TO OFFER FREE KAYAK AND CANOE SAFETY COURSE

TOWN OF MILLS RIVER TO OFFER FREE KAYAK AND CANOE SAFETY COURSE

 

THOSE WHO ENJOY THE RIVER CAN ENJOY THE TOWN'S NEW KAYAK AND CANOE LAUNCH AT THE BACK F MILLS RIVER PARK   

The Town of Mills River last year opened a new kayak and canoe launch on the bank of the MillsRiver at the back of MillsRiverPark.

And on Saturday June 11th, the Town, along with the Fitzpatrick Foundation, will be sponsoring at kayak and canoe safety course at the new launch site.  Mills River Town Manager Jeff Wells said the safety course is open to all those interested in enjoying crafts on the river and will be no charge for the course.

Wells said the course will be from 8:30 to 11:30am on June 11th…and the instructors will be Justin Blythe of the Henderson County Rescue Squad and Ricky Brown.

The course will cover the various types of crafts and the

rules for their use; hazards on the river; rescue techniques; personal protective equipment; and trip planning.

Mills River Mayor Larry Freeman said the Town decided to do the safety course after DSS Director Eric Bush, an experienced kayaker,  was killed last December 20th in an accident while kayaking on the Nolichucky River in Mitchell County.  Freeman said Mr. Vaughan Fitzpatrick and the Fitzpatrick Foundation, who had made the Town’s canoe and kayak launch possible, then stepped up to the plate and agreed to co-sponsor and underwrite the cost of the safety course.  Fitzpatrick is an active kayak and canoe enthusiast.

Freeman said, “We’re pleased to see our launch being used by so many who enjoy activities on the river. Our goal, along with the Fitzpatrick Foundation, is to provide expert safety instruction and information so that all those who use the launch and the river can enjoy them safely.”

ACCUWEATHER'S OFFICIAL 2016 SUMMER FORECAST:  WNC WILL BE HOT AND HUMID

ACCUWEATHER'S OFFICIAL 2016 SUMMER FORECAST: WNC WILL BE HOT AND HUMID

2016 US summer forecast: More 90-degree days than normal to scorch East; West to battle drought, fires

 

As a strong El Niño fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store.

Rain and thunderstorms will dominate the pattern in the central and southern Plains, while the opposite occurs in California and the Northwest, and scarce rainfall leads to severe drought conditions.

JUMP TO: Northeast, mid-Atlantic: Heat to come on strong in early summer| Southeast, Gulf Coast: Tropical threats may hold off until late summer | Hot, dry pattern to grip the Midwest and northern Plains | Southern Plains, Southwest: Rain, thunderstorms may keep summer temperatures down | El Niño's aid not enough for the West; Drought to rebuild across the region

Northeast, mid-Atlantic: Heat to come on strong in early summer

Heat will come on strong in June for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, including in New York City, Boston, and Hartford, Connecticut. However, severe weather in July could turn the warm pattern on its head.

"July is a tricky month where there may be a few cooldowns from thunderstorms and back door fronts, but other than that I think June, July and August, you'll see your series of heat waves," AccuWeather Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.

For the season as a whole, numerous 90-degree days will be recorded from Boston to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Late in the season, the intense heat will lead to increasingly dry conditions, which could boost the fire threat across the Northeast.

Southeast, Gulf Coast: Tropical threats may hold off until late summer

Heat will also extend down into the Southeast and Gulf Coast; however, humidity will be higher than in areas farther north.

The lingering effects of El Niño will limit the chances of early season tropical development, but activity will ramp up during the month of August.

"With a trend toward a La Niña pattern, along with warming waters and less wind shear over the Gulf of Mexico, this can lead to impacts anywhere on the Gulf Coast and including the east coast of Florida," Pastelok said.

After heavy spring rainfall for the Gulf Coast, above-normal rain for the summer season may lead to bouts of flooding.

Hot, dry pattern to grip the Midwest and northern Plains

Dryness and heat will be another common theme in the Midwest and northern Plains states.

Heat will develop late spring and early summer across these areas and tighten its grip throughout the season.

"Actually we are seeing evidence of this in parts of the region already," Pastelok said. "If the rest of the spring works out as planned, then these areas may fall into a drought with frequent heat waves during the summer."

Indianapolis, Indiana, Chicago and Minneapolis could enter a minor to moderate drought, he said.

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Southern Plains, Southwest: Rain, thunderstorms may keep summer temperatures down

While much of the country will endure above-normal temperatures this season, the southern Plains region may be the only exception.

Rainfall and thunderstorms will be frequent over this region, keeping temperatures at bay.

"Abnormally dry conditions already present in eastern New Mexico, the northern Texas Panhandle and southwestern Kansas are expected to persist, although there will be enough chances for rain to prevent conditions from deteriorating to widespread significant drought," Pastelok said.

In the Southwest, a weaker monsoon season is forecast overall, despite a strong start in July. The pattern will quickly trail off in August, leading to normal to slightly above-normal precipitation.

Despite the rain, the risk for fires will be high due to increased wind.

CITY PROPERTY TAX RATES WILL REMAIN THE SAME IN FY 16-17; WATER RATES WILL GO UP

CITY PROPERTY TAX RATES WILL REMAIN THE SAME IN FY 16-17; WATER RATES WILL GO UP

If you are a City of Hendesonville water customer, look to pay more for that water starting July 1st

In a budget workshop Friday morning, city council approved raising water rates 3 per cent for residential users inside the city and .5 per cent for city water users outside the city.  That equals about a $1.41 per month increase for those inside the city and an increase of about 37 cents monthly for those outside of town.  Water rates are also increasing 3.5 per cent for commercial users inside the city, and 1.5 per cent for commercial users outside of town.  That’s based n 40 thousand gallons per month.

There’s good news for city property taxpayers…the city’s tax rate will remain at 46 cents and will not go up in the news fiscal year starting July 1.

Main Street district taxes will remain at 28 cents, while Seventh Avenue East district taxes will stay at 12 cents. 

SHERIFF TO OFFER HOUSE OF WORSHIP SAFETY AND SECURITY TRAINING

SHERIFF TO OFFER HOUSE OF WORSHIP SAFETY AND SECURITY TRAINING

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office will be offering a House of Worship Safety and Security Class free of charge for any and all churches to attend. This presentation will assist church leaders and congregation members in making their place of worship a safe and peaceful place. 

 

Topics to be discussed will include the types of threats facing churches today, how to develop an action plan, and what to do in the event of an incident or attack.  The two hour training session will include a question and answer portion and guidance on how to develop plans and procedures appropriate to the participants’ individual organization.

 

The public has two opportunities to attend this training.  Classes have been scheduled for Thursday, May 26 and Thursday, June 9. Both classes will be held from 6-8pm at the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office located at 100 North Grove Street.  Representatives from each interested organization are asked to reserve spots for themselves and their attendees by following the instructions below.  Please RSVP no later than one week before the scheduled class.

Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include:

  • ·Name
  • ·Church/Organization Name
  • ·Total number of attendees
  • ·Contact telephone number
  • ·Contact email address
  • ·Date you/your group are planning on attending

A reservation form can also be accessed on the Sheriff’s Office webpage at: http://www.hendersoncountync.org/sheriff/documents/SCOREClassRSVPForm.pdf

ALE TARGETS GAMING DEVICES IN 20 WNC STORES WITH 115 SEARCH WARRANTS STATEWIDE

ALE TARGETS GAMING DEVICES IN 20 WNC STORES WITH 115 SEARCH WARRANTS STATEWIDE

 GAMING DEVICES REMOVED FROM CONVENIENCE STORES...AND FRON STORES IN HENDERSONVILLE

 Alcohol Law Enforcement agents removed gaming machines from Western North Carolina convenience stores during statewide gambling crackdown on Thursday, according to an ALE spokesperson.

Norm's Minit Mart stores on Old Spartanburg Highway and Dana Road in Hendersonville as well as Time Out Market on Old Balsam Road in Waynesville were involved in the raid. There may have been more mountain convenience stores involved.

The raid was part of a statewide operation to remove illegal gaming machines with 115 search warrants executed on Thursday, ALE spokesperson Shannon O'Toole said.

O'Toole saiid tips from members of the community led to certain stores being raided.

Stores with illegal gaming machines are often prone to robberies, attract drug activity, and make customers feel "uncomfortable," O'Toole said.

"No arrests were made [on Thursday], but there will be arrests in the future," O'Toole said. 

Investigations will continue into the accusations made against the conventicle store owners.

COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WANTS LAPTOPS FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS...AND EVENTUALLY FOR ALL MIDDLE GRADE STUDENTS

COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WANTS LAPTOPS FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS...AND EVENTUALLY FOR ALL MIDDLE GRADE STUDENTS

 In a budget workshop Wednesday at the Mills RiverAcademy, the Henderson County School board was presented with a plan to buy laptop computers for all high school students in the county system…and eventually for all middle grade students.

HendersonCounty commissioners will be asked by the school board to provide $600 thousand per year for the net four years to purchase those Google Chrombooks.

The school board asked for $1.5 million last year to buy computers for all high school seniors…and the commissioners denied that request because it would have required a property tax increase.

The school board’s preliminary budget for the new fiscal year starting July 1is $25.9 million…that includes money for the computers…and  that’s up $1.3 million over the current fiscal year’s county school budget.

This comes with the county facing $100 million in capital construction needs, much of it for schools, and after the county manager proposed to commissioners this week a county budget for next year with NO property tax increase.

But the implication was clear that if the proposed quarter cent sales tax is not approved by voters this November, a property tax increase is probably inevitable.

By WHKP Ndews Director Larry Freeman