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NC ATTORNEY GENERAL REFUSES TO DEFEND HOUSE BILL 2; APODACA SAYS CHARLOTTE SHOULD PAY FOR THE SPECIAL  LEGISLATIVE SESSION

NC ATTORNEY GENERAL REFUSES TO DEFEND HOUSE BILL 2; APODACA SAYS CHARLOTTE SHOULD PAY FOR THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY ANGRY WITH NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY OVER H B 2   

NC ATTORNEY GENERAL REFUSES TO DO HIS JOB AND DEFND STATE LAW

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Tuesday he would not defend North Carolina House Bill 2…which overturned a Charlotte ordinance allowing transgender individuals to use any public restroom facilities that suits their apparent gender.

The North Carolina General Assembly has been solidly critisizd by the gay and lesbian community, as well as by liberals and the mainstream news media for its overwhelming decision, in both Houses of the General Assembly, to throw out the Charlotte ordinance.

Cities with large gay and lesbian populations like San Francisco, Seattle and New York City have banned ravel for state purposes to North Carolina…and some industries say this may cost millions in trade and tourism money.

Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly are sticking by their guns on this issue.  Senator Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville has suggested that because it was their ordinance that started the whole thing, the City of Charlotte should be forced to pay the he special legislative session that threw out the ordinance…and if they don’t, their state sales tax money should be withheld to cover the cost of the special session..

The president prop tem of the State Senate, Phil Berger, says meanwhile that Attorney General Cooper, a leading Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina this year, should resign as the state’s attorney general if he refuses to defend state law and protect children's safety.

Vy Larry Freeman WHKP

 

 

 

PARDEE'S SPORTS MEDICINE AND ORTHOPEDICS TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION

PARDEE'S SPORTS MEDICINE AND ORTHOPEDICS TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION

 

Pardee Hospital announced today that Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics will open its second Hendersonville location and fifth overall location at 212 Thompson Street on Monday, April 11. The new 5,033-square-foot facility is conveniently located adjacent to Epic Theatres, Pardee Urgent Care and Pardee Rehabilitation & Wellness Center. The practice will specialize in sports medicine, general orthopedics, hand surgery and spine surgery. The location will have on-site digital X-ray and fluoroscopy technology, which obtains real-time moving X-ray images, as well as same-day appointments and a weekday morning walk-in injury clinic.

 

            "We look forward to serving patients at our beautiful new Thompson Street location in Hendersonville," said Al Wallis, CEO of Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. "The new location is larger than our previous King Street facility, so we can serve more patients, and parking is more convenient. We are also pleased to be in close proximity to Pardee Urgent Care as well as physical therapy services at Pardee Rehabilitation & Wellness Center."

 

As a department of Pardee, Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics provides comprehensive sports medicine and orthopedic care for the athletes, students and families in Western North Carolina. The practice is comprised of a team of medical professionals specializing in the treatment and care of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics treats patients at five locations, including two locations in Asheville: Turtle Creek and Mission Pardee Health Campus (MPHC); two locations in Hendersonville: Asheville Highway and Thompson Street (adjacent to Pardee Urgent Care); and Waynesville. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 233-2929 or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

 

           Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

 

RESPECT FOR LAW AND ORDER & COMMON THUGS WITH GUNS:  A WHKP STATION EDITORIAL

RESPECT FOR LAW AND ORDER & COMMON THUGS WITH GUNS: A WHKP STATION EDITORIAL

 

COMMON THUGS WITH GUNS

 

 

 

A WHKP Station Editorial

March 28, 2016

You have to wonder…WHEN are law abiding American citizens, ordinary people like you and me, who go to work every day, vote and pay our taxes…going to say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” of our police, deputies, state troopers, and all law enforcement personnel being targets in today’s society for common thugs with guns?

Officers…who put on a badge and carry a gun every day to protect OUR lives and property are being disrespected, ridiculed, falsely accused, and shot at every time some low-life outlaw, of WHATEVER race, color or creed, who cares nothing for himself…and even less for the rest of us…gets caught, questioned, looked at the wrong way, or even on a whim…decides to kill a cop.

Early Easter Sunday morning, a North Carolina state trooper was backing up Lenoir County deputies after a shooting at a nightclub, that’s usually nothing but a breeding ground for violence anyway…when two males ran toward him, one with a gun, refusing to stop or to drop the weapon on the officers command…and THANK GOD…the trooper shot and killed the approaching suspect! The night before, shot had been fired in the Green Meadows community in our OWN town…thankfully it was nothing more.

That “thin blue line” that stands between us and those who rob, rape, loot and kill has gotten precious little respect, acknowledgement, support, or back-up from those currently in power in Washington…and have, in fact, be targeted and put on the defensive by officials we elected…all the way to the top.

And we wonder…WHEN will the American people have enough of this lawlessness and those who let it happen?  When their doors are broken down by home invaders?  When gun shots ring out in thieir quiet neighborhoods?  When their children and grandchildren have their young lives destroyed by drug dealers?  WHEN will the American people say…”ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”?

The FIRST question that should be asked of every candidate running for public office this year is…DO you support law enforcement officers…and will you, if elected, pledge to support their departments and the dirty, nasty, rotten jobs they have to do every day to protect us…whether its from ISIS, street gangs, or just from a common thug with a gun?

Restoring “law and order”…and respect for those who enforce it…should be our top priority this election year,  And no “politically correct” substitute for it should be accepted by any voters, for any office, this year…or ever.

As always, we invite your comments…on our comments.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

 

SHOTS FIRED IN GREEN MEADOWS; SUSPECTS SOUGHT

SHOTS FIRED IN GREEN MEADOWS; SUSPECTS SOUGHT

 

Hendersonville Police are searching for suspects in a shooting in the Green Meadows Community.

The Hendersonville Police Department says shots were fired on Towhee Drive at around 6:50 P.M. on Saturday night.

Police say 26-year-old Zachary Micah Rice of Hendersonville is wanted in connection with the shooting.

They say Rice is wanted for felony probation violation, possessing a firearm while being a felon, and driving on a revoked license.

Rice was last seen driving a newer model silver over black possible Ford Explorer SUV.

Police say Rice is a validated member of the 'Folks Nation' street gang and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities say 19-year-old Christopher Tre Bradley is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting.

They say Bradley should also be considered armed and dangerous.

Police say there are currently no pending warrants on Bradley.

Contact the Hendersonville Police Department at (828) 697-3025 or Crimestoppers at 697-STOP with any information.

 

CARRIAGE PARK DEVELOPER LIKELY FACING FORECLOSURE

CARRIAGE PARK DEVELOPER LIKELY FACING FORECLOSURE

Indications are, the properties owned by the developer of Carriage Park…Dake Hamlin…are up for foreclosure and may be sold on the courthouse steps in the very near future.

Arendale Holdings, a Florida developer and property manager, won a judgement in court recently to foreclose on Hamlin’s Carriage Park property….because Hamlin had failed to repay a $9.7 million loan on land and buildings in Carriage Park and had failed to pay property taxes on over 120 parcels of land in the planned community…the implication being that Hamlin had pocketed earnest money and failed to place it in escrow.

Records indicated Hamlin has constantly reassured Arendale that “…things were going to turn around"and they were going to start selling lots.  But Hamlin’s actual default  came in December of last year.

This foreclosure affects only the Carriage Park sales office, Hamlin’s home and some 21 lots.

Arendale is a high end developer…and an attorney indicated the lender and developer would likely buy the property at the sale.

Hamlin told the Hendersonville Lightning newspaper and web site that he intended to contest the foreclosure, but could not talk about it further.  Additional court actions are likely to come to recover the earnest money.

Carriage Park, on Highway 191, near Mountain Road, is one of the premier planned communities in Henderson County.

Arendale has invested in the western  Carolina area in a big way…including in some of The Cliff’s properties and an upscale development and golf course, High Carolinas, that once involved golfer Tiger Woods.

 

 

 

TOOLEY'S CAFE OWNER INDICTED; CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING FROM AN ELDERLY CUSTOMER AND WITH EXPLOITATION OF ELDERLY ADULT

TOOLEY'S CAFE OWNER INDICTED; CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING FROM AN ELDERLY CUSTOMER AND WITH EXPLOITATION OF ELDERLY ADULT

 

LOCAL D.A. SAYS ADDITIONAL CHARGES AGAINST KIM JUSTICE EXPECTED IN COMING WEEKS; D.A. SAYS MILLIONS WERE STOLEN

Quoting from an article on the Hendersonville Times-News web site on Friday...

"The Henderson County grand jury has indicted the owner of Tooley's Cafe on several embezzlement and elder abuse charges, District Attorney Greg Newman confirmed Friday.

According to online court records, Kim Ellen Justice is charged with four felony counts of embezzlement and with three counts for exploitation of an elder adult. Newman said Justice is accused of taking millions of dollars from an elderly customer.

The indictments were handed down Wednesday, and more charges are expected to be brought in the coming weeks, Newman said.

Justice came in contact with an elderly man who would frequent Tooley's Cafe two years ago and formed a friendship with him, said a source close to the case who asked not to be named.

On Aug. 21, 2014, Thomas Byrne signed over his power of attorney rights to Justice, according to Henderson County register of deeds online records.

Then, over the next several months, Justice began transferring funds from Byrne's bank and investment accounts and taking the money, the source said.

“There are a lot of sad situations with the elderly and criminal activity,” Newman said. “If there's enough to support a charge, then the law enforcement agencies will charge someone.”

After an investigation was completed by the State Bureau of Investigation, authorities determined that there was enough information to bring charges against Justice, Newman added.

When contacted Friday by the Times-News, Justice said she did not want to comment on the charges.

The spokesperson for the State Bureau of Investigation could not be reached Friday because of the Good Friday holiday.

The Henderson County Courthouse also was closed on Friday, so court documents were not available."

 

WORK TO START LATE THIS SUMMER ON NEW PARKING DECK AT ASHEVILLE AIRPORT

WORK TO START LATE THIS SUMMER ON NEW PARKING DECK AT ASHEVILLE AIRPORT


As part of the airport's master plan, the construction of a parking garage was planned to meet projected growth and passenger needs in the future.  The "future" has arrived, and with two years of record growth and more on the horizon, the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board approved the design and construction of a new parking garage.
 
The design, created by Gresham Smith and Partners was approved by the GARAA board, and construction is projected to begin by late summer or early fall of this year and be completed within approximately one year. 
 
The garage will have 1,300 spaces (for use by customers and the rental car companies), and once complete, the airport will net approximately 800 new customer spaces.  The increased parking capacity should serve the needs of the airport well into the future. 
 
The garage will be located directly in front of the terminal (where a portion of our existing parking is located now).  The rendering shown here gives an idea of the location (near the existing toll booth) and aesthetics planned.

COMMUNITY "CROSSWALK" WILL BE THIS "GOOD FRIDAY" MARCH 25

COMMUNITY "CROSSWALK" WILL BE THIS "GOOD FRIDAY" MARCH 25

 

First United Methodist Church will lead its traditional one-mile community walk with the cross through downtown Hendersonville on Good Friday, March 25, starting at10 a.m. in the church parking lot.

 

A spokesman fo the First United Methodist Chuchs says this is the pilgrims walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) in Jerusalem. We feel called to do the same on the streets of our beloved Hendersonville. Come join us on this pilgrimage,” says Rev. Mark Ralls, Senior Minister.

 

The event is open to all, including families with children. Rain or shine, the procession begins at the Buncombe Street church parking lot, then moves in silence down Main Street, returning to the church via Washington Street. Arriving at the church’s Barber Christian Life Center, walkers will position the cross in the worship space and conclude the Crosswalk with prayer.

 

Participants can then enjoy freshly-baked Hot Cross Buns, a traditional Easter sweet roll decorated with a sugar glaze in the shape of a cross. All are invited to continue their observance with the Good Friday Service at noon in the church’s Christian Life Center.]

 

First United Methodist Church is located at 204 Sixth Avenue West, Hendersonville. Parking is available in the Buncombe Street lot. For more information, call the church at 828-693-4275 or visit www.fumchvlnc.org.

 
 
 

 

THE "LAST SUPPER" WILL COME ALIVE THIS THURSDAY NIGHT AT HENDERSONVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

THE "LAST SUPPER" WILL COME ALIVE THIS THURSDAY NIGHT AT HENDERSONVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

 

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED...SOUP AT 5:30; THE PERFORMANCES STARTS AT 6PM

The Last Supper will come to life this Easter season at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church when the congregation offers a special musical performance for the community.

“I think that it is a wonderful way to share Bible truths and events from the Bible,” Gayle Stepp, the music director at the church, said of the performance. “It brings the Bible to life. Even little children understand.”

The church will present "The Living Last Supper" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the church's sanctuary. The evening will also include a soup supper and music before the performance. The community is invited to share in the free event.

“It's an outreach. We like to give to the community,” Stepp said.

Written by Ruth Elaine Schram, "The Living Last Supper" is a dramatic musical experience based on Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of The Last Supper. It will be performed at Hendersonville Presbyterian on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper.

The performance will include actors playing Jesus and the 12 disciples seated for the Last Supper as they were portrayed in Da Vinci's work. The disciples will speak in groups of three one-by-one about their relationships with Jesus. At the end of each monologue, the speaker will question whether he is the one who betrays Jesus.

After three disciples speak, the choir will then sing before the next three speakers begin their monologues.

The choir will perform songs also written by Schram including “How Great His Love,” “Is it I?,” “King Triumphant,” “His Hands” and “You are the Bread.”

Stepp will direct the choir and provide accompaniment on the piano.

“It's a very inspirational program,” she said.

Hendersonville Presbyterian member Rhoda Suesz agreed to direct the performance at Stepp's request.

Suesz, who is a retired first-grade teacher, said her only other directing experience came in the classroom.

“Gayle said, 'Working with adults isn't much different,' ” Suesz said with a chuckle.

Rehearsals are going smoothly, and Suesz said she thinks the event will help people who attend remember the meaning of Easter.

“Hopefully, it will put people in the right frame of mind for Good Friday and the joyous occasion of Easter,” she said.

Hendersonville Presbyterian staged The Living Last Supper in 2010 in the church's fellowship hall and in 2011 in the sanctuary.

“They loved it,” she said. “It is such an inspirational experience. It transports one back in time to the actual events.”

The choir began practicing for this year's event in January, while costume preparations and script readings began in February.

The actors in this year's show have also committed themselves to making the performance as authentic as possible. Some of the men have grown beards, and one man has let his hair grown longer in an attempt to look the part of the disciples, Stepp said.

The cast at for The Living Supper includes Jason Feather as Jesus, Barry Macdonald as Simon Peter, Chip Gilbert as Andrew, Bruce Rau as James, Thomas Leonard as James – the son of Zebedee, David Garrison as Matthew, Jerry Miller as Simon the Zealot, Bob Hicks as Bartholomew, John Connet as Phillip, Josh Thomsen as Thaddaeus, John Bayne as John, Bill Nagle as Thomas, and Jay Mullinax as Judas Iscariot.

Costumes are by Anne Carlin, Marilyn Frenier, Hazel Richards and Marcia Elliot. Props are by Kathy Gagnon. The bulletin cover was designed and photographed by Marlane Reddy. Gene Burns will provide sound enhancement.

Hendersonville Presbyterian Church is located at 699 N. Grove St. in Hendersonville.

For more information about The Living Last Supper, contact the church at 692-3211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NEW VOTER PHOTO ID LAW WORKED WELL IN RECENT PRIMARY ELECTION

NEW VOTER PHOTO ID LAW WORKED WELL IN RECENT PRIMARY ELECTION

 

FROM THE CAROLINA JOURNAL

The law, requiring voters to present a state-authorized photo identification document at the polls, went into effect for the first time in Tuesday’s primary elections. Critics have condemned the requirement as a misguided policy that would lead to voter suppression, and railed against changes in early voting times as designs to diminish minority and Democratic votes.

State officials rebut those contentions with Tuesday’s turnout results and early voting numbers.

“More voters participated in Tuesday’s election than in any prior primary. Early voting was also a huge success, surpassing 2008 and 2012,” said Josh Lawson, the elections board’s general counsel. A total of 2.3 million voters cast primary ballots, which was 35.3 percent of registered voters.

“With more than 2,700 precincts across the state, data we have so far indicates our efforts surrounding voter ID were successful,” Lawson said, while acknowledging that there were some issues requiring issuance of provisional ballots.

“Current data also indicates that two-thirds of those who voted provisional ballots did so for reasons unrelated to photo ID,” Lawson said. That included a number of voters attempting to vote for candidates in several parties, and casting ballots in a party primary for which they were not registered, he said.

While some voters did have to wait longer than usual at some sites, Lawson said he could not determine whether that was caused by many people flooding the polls at specific times or shortly before the voting places closed.

Complete data, including how many provisional ballots were issued and for what reasons, should be available by Tuesday after precincts complete their tabulation, Lawson said. The process takes longer in some areas because information is recorded on paper and still is being documented.

Lawson said there is no objective way to compare North Carolina’s new voter ID requirement to the behavior in other states that have made a similar change. State requirements differ, so it would be difficult to establish a uniform measurement, he said.

The Advancement Project, a civil rights organization, issued a news release Wednesday acknowledging that early turnout surpassed recent records, but saying voters had fewer days to cast a ballot because a 2013 election reform law reduced the early voting period from 17 days to 10.

A March 2 press release from the elections board stated that a record number of early voting sites would be available, and the election law encouraged local election boards to have those sites open longer hours.

The organization blamed congested polling sites that caused some voters in Wake County, Durham, and Winston-Salem to wait hours in line Tuesday on the shortened voting period.

“We are seeing in North Carolina the exact type of electoral chaos that happens when politicians manipulate the voting system for their own gain,” said the Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP. “The right to vote should be constitutional, not confusing.”

The Advancement Project represents the NC NAACP and individual plaintiffs in a lawsuit to overturn the election reforms. That lawsuit, pending in federal court, challenges other elements of the law in addition to the voter ID provision.

Those include eliminating same-day registration, banning the counting of ballots cast out of precinct, and cutting a program allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to register before they are eligible to vote.

“The confusion faced by voters attempting to cast a ballot — in large part due to misinformation from poll workers — is exactly why we call this a monster voter suppression law: It affects each step of the voting process, making it harder and more confusing along the way,” said Penda Hair of the Advancement Project.

Bob Hall, executive director of the progressive organization Democracy NC, also criticized the new law, citing information collected by 700 volunteers in key precincts in 40 counties.

He issued a news release claiming that poll workers at sites across the state seemed to lack training, were overworked, and enforced the voter ID law in a disparate manner. Some voters were refused a provisional ballot when problems surfaced, he said, predicting worse issues in the general election.

“The complaints documented during the primary show the senseless bureaucratic burden of the new ID requirement, as well as the urgent need for greater investment in poll-worker training, equipment and a modernized election system,” Hall said.

Lawson pushed back against those claims.

“For three years, the State Board has educated and assisted voters to prepare the state for voter ID. That effort was funded at about $1 million a year, and included mailings to every household, poll worker training, television ads, and targeted assistance to voters,” Lawson said.

“While we are carefully reviewing ways to shorten wait times, we are proud of the work counties did to ensure voters’ voices were heard at the polls,” and will continue seeking ways to improve the process during the June 7 congressional primary election and the Nov. 8 general election, Lawson said.