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Chicken scratchers and midterms



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CNN host Brooke Baldwin dropped the hammer: “Oh, you’re not going to use the ‘mob’ word here.” Instead her media colleagues praised the chicken scratchers’ courage as a symbol for the choices everyone has in this election.

Contrast those mobs with the economic movers on the other side whose success cannot be factually denied.

The economic movers have provided the U.S. with record gross national product growth of over 4 percent, record employment for blacks, Hispanics, and women, large tax cuts for 1,000s of families giving them over $1,500 each in spendable income, and reducing 1,000s of burdensome regulations on business.

But the screaming scratchers hate these facts and the benefits they provide. Instead they attack the economic movers and officials who support them, throwing them out of restaurants, shooting them at baseball games, hassling them on sidewalks, screaming at them when they try to talk, stealing their signs, booing and hissing when they hold meetings, and verbally abusing them whenever possible.

They do this because they have nothing of benefit to offer. Not a thing.

All of which leaves us with a momentous choice this November. Do we vote with the economic movers or join the chicken scratchers?

It’s up to you.

Seven-deadly sins as public policy?


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There are two ways to go with that kind of news flash – run for the TV and a mindless sports program to escape the lapse into reality or flesh it out with more thought. From what you are about to read it can be argued I did not choose wisely.

The 7-deadly sins – like most insightful constructs coming out of Western civilization – are Biblical. That list includes pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth – and all seven are on display in today’s increasingly troubled version of the Democratic Party.

Mind if I demonstrate?

Pride is defined as “proud or disdainful behavior or treatment.” Anyone witnessing our opposition during the Kavanaugh hearing had a front-row seat to prideful times ten. If that’s not convincing, replay the last time you – as a liberal or conservative – attempted independent thinking with the organizational cadre of the liberal-progressive-socialist movement.

At first glance greed finds only imagined traction as a Democratic public policy priority – until you focus on their taxation appetites. When have you ever knows a Democratic political leader to suggest (1) people who earn their money should be able to keep most of it (2) that spending other people’s money to fix other people’s problems doesn’t seem to work very well and (3) that taxes are ever too high? Webster illuminates the greed script, “A selfish and excessive desire for more of something – such as money – than is needed.” Per their stated platform, the Democratic Party’s cravings are insatiable.

Lust is defined as “pleasure and delight.” Screen the policies of the left and there is a relentless resistance to any constraints on individual behaviors or moral values. Feeling good trumps doing good at every level and even when the mission is doing good its attached to some agenda that promises more pleasure and delight. Lust is the promise of benefit without commensurate responsibility. That’s the Democratic Party in a nutshell.

Envy is an easy one. Webster comes through again – “The painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.” The left’s reaction to President Trump’s election and the Republican majority in the House, Senate or anywhere has spawned jealousy of unprecedented levels within the Democratic Party and the media outlets supporting their movement. Turn on almost any news channel or read almost any daily, and the trend is starkly evident.

Closely akin to greed, but importantly different, gluttony involves “excessive indulgence or a serious failure in self-discipline.” It’s more about excess than food. The glutton is someone who has trouble recognizing the line in front of “enough.” Again, rerun the Kavanaugh hearings or try to discuss any political issue with a Democratic policy enthusiast, and their dedication to excess will be apparent.

Wrath, or what Mr. Webster calls “strong vengeful anger or indignation” is the foundation emotion of today’s Democratic Party. Anger has become not only a presumed right but also an addiction. The fact that anger is viewed as a virtue by the left reveals this dependency. Any student on the limitations of anger will understand what’s happening – with addiction comes denial – with denial eventually comes destruction.

Sloth is not the first word that comes to mind when you think of the passion of the liberal-progressive-socialist movement.  Yet the picture becomes clearer per the dictionary definition of “aversion to work or exertion; laziness; idleness.” Motion is not the same thing as action and passionate is not the same thing as productive.

Today’s left is lazy to the extent that try to make good things happen through bad means; use emotion as a substitute for reason; and expect the world to move aside just because they believe their mission is pure and everyone else is corrupt. Would that good outcomes comes so easily in a hard world.

Please don’t take my word for it on this unstated policy platform of the Democratic Party. All you have to do is memorize the seven and watch what our 21st century Democrat Party leaders are saying and doing. You’ll be able to check one or more boxes every time.

So, what should those of us who believe the 7-deadlies really are deadly do to oppose this movement? That’s pretty simple too. There is a concept called the 7-virtues – also from the Bible. In faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice, temperance and prudence we find our contrasting compass.

A quick glance at the Republican Party’s policies and behaviors will demonstrate an imperfect but sincere reach for those virtues. It is only through continued earnestness to such that we will secure the attention and trust of the gentleman who prompted me from the sports channel.

Ephesians 6:10-12 adds power to the point – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

That sums up the Republican mission – and our opposition’s…

Whom the Gods destroy, they first make mad: Cycles of human government


By Mike Scruggs – “Those whom Jupiter would destroy, he first makes mad” is an ancient Greek proverb quoted in various forms by later Greek and Western authors. It seems to have the meaning that whom the gods would destroy, they first relieve of their common sense.

This is very close to a Greek sentence in the play, Antigone, by Sophocles (497-405 BC):

Is that not the same situation we now see in 2018 American politics? Are we not seeing a full court press of evil against traditional American values and concepts of just government? Against truth itself?

Readers of Scripture will recognize the pattern. When reverence for God prevails, truth is honored and respect for the life, liberty, and property prevails. When truth is discarded for political or social fashion, the venom of false idols, false ideologies and fashionable isms begins to destroy virtuous traditions, social cohesion, and trust. Even the concept of truth is often lost for awhile; although truth remains truth no matter how hard misguided ideologues try to bury it.

“Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again; The eternal years of God are hers;
But Error, wounded, writhes with pain, And dies among his worshippers”—William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878).

In the Russian historian and novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1973 literary sensation about the political prison camps in the Soviet Union—the Gulag Archipelago—the author relates one of his early experiences with the Soviet Communist regime and an explanation of how that regime came to power and perpetrated so much injustice and misery. Beneath the political explanation was a spiritual explanation. Solzhenitsyn was loaded on a freight car with other political prisoners headed to a Siberian political work camp. Along the way, the prisoners began to lament how such a calamity could have happened to them and to Russia. Why has this happened?” they repeatedly asked. Finally, an elderly man spoke and said, “Because we have forgotten God.”

Solzhenitsyn makes another profound point after wrestling with how the Communist State Police could commit the horrible crimes of murder, massacre, torture, and starvation that became common during Joseph Stalin’s reign over the Soviet Union—the USSR, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He believed they could only do these terrible things, because they had convinced themselves they were doing right. Of course, there was a heavy load of Communist doctrine and propaganda constantly telling them that the evil they were doing was right.

Under Communism and all its Leftist forms, truth and right are whatever advances Communism. This is actually also true of both Nazi and Islamist ideology. Whatever advances their ideology is truth and right. This is the ultimate end of all philosophies and religions in which the means are justified by the end. These terrible losses of moral compass are the result of “forgetting God,” and Solzhenitsyn means by this, forgetting the authentic God of Judeo-Christian Scripture.

This is also true of societies or religions that have dual ethical systems. Dual ethical systems proclaim peace and brotherhood within their own group, but are allowed to treat those outside the group as inferior or even sub-human. The Judeo-Christian standard, although often violated by weak humanity, is a singular ethical system “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” the “Golden Rule.” In corrupt societies, the Golden Rule is increasingly replaced by the selfish rule, the rule of fashionable isms, and the rule of the totalitarian state and the lies necessary to sustain it.

The cycle of human depravity is not inevitable, however. Truth and virtue often rise against accumulating corruption and errant philosophies, renewing authentic faith, virtue, and harmonizing culture. But the salvation of truth, virtue, and just government will not happen without revolutionary sacrifice of labor, time, and money among the people. Apathy and thinking someone else will save your country, your children, your freedom, the altars of your faith, and your dwindling rights are surrender to a dark totalitarian future.

Let me now be blatant in the truth. While many Republicans have been too weak in opposing the evils that have been corrupting and destroying our country, the Democrats have evolved from a party that once revered the Constitution and defended due process in our courts into a Stalinist-Marxist hate machine that routinely and pervasively uses character assassination, slander, lies, voter fraud, mob bullying and violence, and ignorant and hysterical demagoguery to win elections and legislative battles. They have become a house of deceivers and the lunatic Left. In economics, national security, immigration policy, and public safety, and on jobs, taxes, and healthcare, they have obviously been relieved of common sense. They are following insane doctrines and foolish isms that would surely lead the whole nation to destruction. No one outside of madhouse votes for their own destruction. Let us not be caught up with the wicked in the schemes they have devised (Psalm 10:2).

Too few Americans realize the political and cultural disaster and the losses in freedom and prosperity that would occur if the Democrats capture the U.S. House or Senate. Because of the Democrats open door immigration plans, these losses would not easily be reversed and would be disastrous to our children and grandchildren as well as ourselves. The coming election is of critical importance to the survival of American freedom and prosperity. We are surely on the brink between victory and tragic disaster. We must every one of us vote, but we must have better sense and honor than to vote for any Democrat in this election. Patriotic, common-sense Democrats have become as rare as hens’ teeth.

On October 21, 1805, during the Napoleonic Wars, Britain was threatened by the combined French and Spanish navies. They were intercepted and confronted by a British fleet under Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar off the southwest coast of Spain. As the battle commenced, Admiral Nelson signaled from his flagship HMS Victory, this simple but courageous command to his fleet, outnumbered 41 to 33: “England expects every man to do his duty.” Using innovative maneuvers and tactics, the British fleet inflicted casualties on the French and Spanish fleets at a ratio of more than 8 to 1. Unfortunately, Nelson was killed by sniper fire from a French ship near the end of the battle, but his victory assured the dominance of British sea-power and British national security for a century. This has an application to the battle American patriots must fight in the next few weeks.

To paraphrase Nelson’s famous signal to the British fleet in terms of America’s present internal threat by powerful, deceptive, and ruthless Leftist enemies and their captive media: Let every patriotic American citizen do their duty for honor and country in the November 6 elections.

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Think safety during upland hunting season

Photo courtesy of Dennis Buchner.
Photo courtesy of Dennis Buchner.

Why is this important? When you encounter birds or rabbits things happen quickly. The idealistic picture of hunters walking in on a point is just that. Sometimes the bird holds for a point, sometimes not. They also run and can flush from any direction. Knowing where everyone is at all times helps avoid unwanted accidental gunshot wounds. Same holds for rabbit hunting. You know the rabbit is running ahead of the dogs but which path it chooses is up to the rabbit, not the dogs. Know where your hunting partners are at all times. Let them know where you are.

Again, upland hunting involves walking miles. That usually means crossing hazards. When crossing fences, unload the shotgun, put it through the fence first, and reload on the other side. When crossing large streams stepping on rocks, unload the gun. If you slip on a wet rock you no longer control the muzzle direction. A strong enough jar to the butt of a gun can cause it to discharge even if the safety is on.

One of the basic rules of gun safety is particularly important with upland game. Don’t take the safety off until you are ready to shoot. Not when you anticipate something happening. There is plenty of time when the bird flushes or rabbit appears to thumb the safety as part of the gun mount. In fact, it doesn’t hurt to practice that move at home with an unloaded gun just to make it part of your muscle memory. Also remember if the shot is not taken to put the safety back on.

Don’t always assume your hunting partners are thinking of these safety measures. It doesn’t hurt to remind a long time hunting partner when they violate one of these rules. When you hunt with someone for the first time, or are mentoring a new hunter, discuss these and other safety issues with them prior to the hunt or before leaving the vehicles. Yes, deer stand accidents get the most attention. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be safe while pursuing grouse and rabbits in the uplands. Let’s have a fun and successful upland season. It starts with safety.

‘Madam Chair’ Holt sparks new school security measures

Amy Lynn Holt
Amy Lynn Holt

Here is a synopsis on each candidate’s skill-set, and sample of their pressing school issues:

Egolf wants to apply business and budgeting sense to the board. He has conferred with all 23 principals in the local system. He realizes varying roles of elected boards with the school board most hands-on for school projects, but commissioners with taxing authority and ultimately controlling school budgets. The 1989 grad of Hendersonville High has three children in local public schools.

Beddingfield (1965) and Ward (’77) are East Henderson alums. Beddingfield wants a second school resource officers (SROs) per school, in arrival/departure times. He worked for DuPont for 28 years, held human resource posts elsewhere, did missionary stints, and is an Army Vietnam-era vet. His business administration/accounting degree enhances his ability to budget, help oversee a project such as HHS and its specific costs. He also cites his DuPont computer operations and programming experience, and dealing with industrial production systems. He coached elementary school girls in basketball, and was a PTO president.

Caskey runs Biltmore Tutoring. She has been in teaching and tutoring for 28 years, starting in New York City. She taught nearby in Claxton Elementary for nine years, and was Asheville City Schools’ teacher of the year in 2007. Caskey calls for updated text books and computer labs, self-promotion skills as part of vocational training, and metal detectors at school entrances. She noted she wrote tech grants (securing over $3 million) and curriculum for reading, math and science in her districts. Caskey trained other teachers. Her husband Brian is on Mills River Town Council.

Case also has first-hand knowledge of classroom needs, as a 47-year instructor in Edneyville. She has been part of school lockdowns, sharpening her views on security. The West Henderson alum (Class of ’65) suggests HHS’ main gym be retained, as its auxiliary gym on a revamped campus. She touts “blended education” of vocational and classroom, and greater college entrance exam preparation.

Ward is a former youth baseball organizer. His safety concerns extend to what he said are harmful intercom sound frequencies. Embracing tradition, Ward is among candidates wanting HHS’ historic Erle Stillwell-designed 1926 core building retained for classroom use in addition to any new structure.

Holt is long a proponent of renovating HHS’ main building, and upgrading classrooms to still use them. She points to ongoing steps in security and technology such as equipping students with individual computers, and greater high school vocational training. Her son Connor Holt, 14, goes to the Innovative High School at Blue Ridge Community College. She calls for greater educator state pay, and an allotment to help a teacher buy supplies.

‘Madam Chair’

Mrs. Holt was first elected in 2010. Two years ago, colleagues voted her to lead their board. She was chosen over retired West Henderson principal Mary Louise Corn. Holt succeeded longtime Chairman Ervin Bazzle, who had stepped aside from the board.

“Madam chair” is what school senior staff concluded was her most appropriate title, after researching the matter. Holt said she is flexible whether she is addressed as “madam chair,” “chairperson,” “chairman” — or, she quipped — “anything else, I guess, if they’re not cussing at me.” That reflects her lighter side, and ability to deal with pressures of many pivotal budgetary and policy decisions.

Holt is versed in finances of the schools and in her family business. She has been corporate finance officer (CFO) of Champion Comfort Experts heating and cooling, for its entire 14 years. Her husband Ritchie Holt and she started and run it. They employ 30 people. Thus, she also has insights for HVAC systems in renovated schools.

“My knowing budgets — I can’t imagine the learning curve, if I did not have that knowledge going in,” she told The Tribune. “I know how debits and credits work,” and other financial facets.

Holt realizes restraints of public spending, as caretaker of tax dollars. “I have more freedom to do what I want to do, when I run my own business. In everything with government, you don’t have flexibility to move certain money. For instance, we have to go to the state, to try to get teacher raises.”

Amy Lynn Holt, 45, said “I’m a conservative individual, when it comes to spending and in general. I’m a Christian. But, I also understand that to get results you also have to spend money. If I feel the school system really needs it to move forward, I’m not afraid to ask commissioners for extra funds.”

However, she emphasizes “we’re not going to be frivolous with it. I want to stay within the budget, such as with a new Hendersonville High School. We should not build a budget around the school.” County commissioners have planned $52.6 million for a new-renovated HHS, most have targeted that for a revamped HHS plan, and they need to anticipate the preliminary cost of that and other school projects by their budget-planning sessions in January.

Working with commissioners is part of school board tasks. “A big part of chairing is developing relationships with other officials such as the commissioners and county manager, and seeing how things work,” Holt said. “I take (leadership) pretty seriously. Facilitator describes my role the best. I don’t lead the meeting with a dictatorship. Baz (Bazzle before her) didn’t either. He has a great personality. He’s someone to learn from. He is humble. You respect him. I look at myself (similarly) as a servant leader.”

As she notes, In the past two years, we’ve had a lot more on our plate than normal.” Her campaign slogan is “Proven, Passionate, Protective.” Protection starts with campus security against intrusions, in the wake of several school-related shootings across the country in recent years. One was in 2012 that killed a girl on a private school bus in Homestead, Fla., where she is from. Also in Florida, 17 people (12 inside a high school) were fatally shot by an expelled student early in February in Parkland, Fla. This year there were 11 reported school shootings nationwide in the first three weeks and 23 in the initial 21 weeks.

“We want to make campuses safer,” said Holt, a key member of the School Safety Committee that includes law enforcement and other community players. “We’re putting SROs (trained school resource officers) at every school.” She was “jumping up and down and screaming for SROs in every school,” from her first year on the board. Also, more social workers and therapists are in schools this year.

Already, campuses now limit motor access typically to one entrance, and streamline visitors’ foot traffic into the main entrance and office within policy of “contain and confirm” a valid purpose on campus before granting access.

Two new safeguards are on Holt’s mind. In the last month, each school got a master lock box of keys to provide emergency access to responders and officers. It is the Knox-Box Rapid Entry System. “The fire departments have keys to get into” the box, which in turn has keys to various buildings, Holt said.

Next in about a month, look for school buildings’ doors to be usually locked, but opened between classes and also on a need basis with electronic key cards similar to those for fancy hotel rooms. These are “magnetic locks with a timer,” Holt explained. “So when a bell rings, doors automatically lock or open.” Doors open when class lets out, then re-lock once the next class hour begins.

The doors will also still open with conventional keys, so school staff or emergency responders can get in or let someone in or out. This system is a work in progress with inevitable “hiccups,” Holt cautioned. But she and school board colleagues thought of various scenarios and exceptions, where doors need to be unlocked. This includes to let an athletic team leave early for a game, perhaps an intercom system so a student can call to get let in such as a slow-moving student on crutches after the tardy bell.

“If a kid is late, an administrator can let the student in and walk with that kid and ask why he or she is late again” and how to curb that.

Further, an initial plan is for each classroom teacher to have two key cards as electronic hall passes, Holt noted. “Kids can get from one building to another” on their own.

A safeguard against misuse is the student “signs out the key card, and signs it back in,” Holt explained. “If it’s not returned to the teacher that day, that key is ‘terminated.’ The school’s computer system will ‘kill’ that card, and issue the teacher a replacement card. Teachers will do daily safety checks on their cards.” She said such a system of auto-locking doors and key cards has been utilized at other school campuses with success.

A design and security agency under contract, Safe Haven, began last week visiting every school to audit facility and security needs. “An architect visited every facility,” Holt said. “They’ll let us know what capitally needs to be done, and make suggestions safety-wise.”

For instance, she anticipates that East, North and West Henderson high schools will have fencing around “areas where kids walk off on campus,” as a prelude to possibly putting up walls as firmer security barriers. She figures this gets phased in a school at a time, to cushion the cost impact. “We’ll figure the safest and most economic way to do this.”

Holt calls for a ten-year school plan of priority projects, going beyond the usual four years commissioners work on.

We’re updating our policies and procedures on campuses. sometimes we’re studying and changing 40 policies per month.

Holt is “resolute concerning school safety,” stated Glo Jackson Nock, retired sheriff’s sergeant and DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer who was a mentor to youths.

Nock touts Holt as caring, dedicated and energetic. “She thoroughly researches the issues…and seeks to fully understand all sides of a topic,” Nock said. “She is level-headed, and works well with a wide variety of people” and in outreach “gathers input from citizens about what has been successful” in schools and areas to improve. “She is willing to take a stand. Amy Lynn Holt believes in the value of ‘getting back to basics’ in the classroom.”

Regarding the new HHS project, Holt is proud the school board on Sept. 27 went beyond prior split votes to reach a unanimous selection of firms PFA Architects and LS3P over prior project architect Clark Nexsen. “PFA explained things so much more in depth,” Holt said. They said, ‘We can do this. We have the resources, we have the budget.’ This was a no-brainer.” As a bonus, PFA architect Scott Donald “renovated Stillwell in the Nineties. He knows that building real well.”

Feature-expense options include whether to renovate (i.e. roof, bathrooms, windows) the 1974 Jim Pardue Gym to remain as the main gym, or preferably as the next auxiliary/practice gym if a new gym is within budget. “They might say it takes only $2 million more to build a new gym altogether.”

As with Stillwell, an issue with a renovated Pardue Gym is how long it lasts compared to a new facility. Structural “life span” is a prime topic for Holt, with PFA-LS3P. “Clark Nexsen had said a new school will last so much longer than a renovated building. But PFA said it doesn’t matter if it’s new or renovated, in ten years you have to put in a new chiller. You have to completely redo the plumbing in 30 years, and the electrical in 50 years.”

Next, PFA-LS3P will present the school board not with five optional project plans but merely two, Holt said. She noted this at the board’s urging, so it can focus sharper on options and decide sooner. “We want to nail it down, and get moving on this. We’ll take to the commissioners something they can’t say ‘no’ to — a great facility, within budget.”

The Holts, high school “sweethearts,” have lived in Henderson County for 21 years. They live in the Valley Hill fire district. Their elder sons Kyle, 23. and Christian, 19, are HHS grads. Their daughter Aliyah Faith is six, and their foster daughter Brooklynn is three. Their sole grandchild, Elle, is 20 months young.

Her online campaign site is via Facebook, as Amy Lynn Holt for School Board.

Henderson County jail administrator recognized with innovations award

Capt. Neal Urch, left, of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office was recently recognized for "Jail Innovations of the Year."
Capt. Neal Urch, left, of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office was recently recognized for “Jail Innovations of the Year.”

At the 2018 North Carolina Jail Administrators’ Association Conference, Captain Neal Urch of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office was recognized for Jail Innovations of the Year. This award recognizes a detention professional who has created a new and innovative program that has significantly improved the facility’s operation.

“Captain Neal Urch came to our agency as a proven Jail Administrator with a reputation for thinking out of the box, challenging established but ineffective paradigms, and blending accountability with support and encouragement from his jail team,” said Sheriff Charles McDonald. “His blend of leadership accountability with compassion and common sense, has resulted in a much improved and safer jail.”

Captain Urch joined the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility in April 2017. He brought with him 35 years of law enforcement experience with his most recent position being Jail Administrator of the Spartanburg County Detention Facility in South Carolina.

During his tenure in Spartanburg, Urch was very successful in establishing a Behavioral Management Unit and Special Operations Group inside the facility. In addition, he created many community partnerships in developing opportunities for inmates while incarcerated to better themselves as they prepared to be reintegrated back into the community. His efforts were recognized in Spartanburg County and he is applying many of those same successful strategies here in Henderson County.

In only a year and a half, Captain Neal Urch has made great strides and innovations in the Henderson County Jail. The Behavioral Management Unit holds inmates accountable for their actions while ensuring they are treated in a firm, fair and consistent manner. The Special Operations Group created in the facility has equipped personnel with additional training and increases officer and inmate safety within the facility.

Captain Urch has taken the stance of viewing the detention facility as a ‘community’ within Henderson County. He has created various partnerships with Blue Ridge Community College, Family Preservation Services, Henderson County Literacy Council and other organizations to provide services and opportunities for inmates to better themselves to be a contributing member of the bigger community.

The awards banquet for the NC Jail Administrators’ Association was held on September 26, 2018 in Greensboro, NC. Captain Urch was sick and unable to attend the ceremony; the award was accepted on his behalf by Lieutenant Tim Fuss. During a staff meeting on October 9, 2018, Sheriff Charles McDonald revealed to Urch that he had been nominated by his peers and awarded with this prestigious award.

Hendersonville Community Band “Fall Colors” Concert


The Hendersonville Band, conducted by Winford Franklin, comprises 75 Musicians who enjoy playing concerts for the community.

The first of the season’s concerts, “Fall Colors” will be on Sunday, October 14 at 3p.m.in the Conference Hall of Blue Ridge Community College, Campus Drive, Flat Rock.

The program will showcase how the “colors” of different sections of the band and various musical styles express the colors of life; melancholy, joie de vivre, nostalgia, character and whimsy, to name a few.

Among the selection, a lyrical, bittersweet air, mourning the loss of a young life and its potential, “As Summer was just beginning” a song for James Dean.

Tap your feet, hold onto your hats, let’s dance! “Danzon” from “Fancy Free” is a solo dance performed by a sailor to woo a girl, while ”Danzas Cubanas” celebrates the fiery vivacity of Afro-Cuban music.

Even if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, you’ve heard of Lord of the Rings. Movement 1 from De Meij;’s “Symphony #1 Lord of the Rings,” features Gandalf, Wizard and leader of the Fellowship of the Ring. He’s depicted as stately, unpredictable and capricious and riding on his steed Shadowfax.

“The Melody Shop March” was written by Karl King while he was a circus band musician and director – don’t expect slow and stately.
“Dixieland Jam,” featuring our fine jazz musicians; “Chorale and Alleluia,” beautiful and emotionally expressive and “The Typewriter” round out the selection. Watch for the guest appearance of an “antique performer.”

You won’t want to miss this colorful performance. The hall has open seating and there is plenty of free handicap accessible parking behind the hall. Tickets are $10, students free, available from Hendersonville Visitors Information Center on Main St., the Crate Wine Market, Laurel Park and at the door on the day.
For more information Visit www.hcbmusic.com-
Or call: 828 676 0595