Home in Henderson http://homeinhenderson.com News and views from the heart of Vance County, N.C. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:03:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Mr. President, Say Yes to Energy http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/03/02/press-release/nc/congresswoman-renee-ellmers-mr-president-say-yes-to-energy/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/03/02/press-release/nc/congresswoman-renee-ellmers-mr-president-say-yes-to-energy/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:03:37 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64316 Photo of the Week:
 

North Carolina’s Second District has received more wintry precipitation this season than usual. Driving conditions have been dangerous in many counties, so I hope all of you stayed safe and warm during last week’s snow storm.  

 

Weekly Update:
This past week, our president made the decision to place politics ahead of common-sense policy when he vetoed the Keystone Pipeline. This veto stalls an opportunity that would boost jobs and advance our nation’s economic growth- and despite rigorous environmental analyses and a series of extensive reviews, he made the baffling choice to veto. I remain disappointed by his decision, but please be assured that this fight is far from over.

The House of Representatives focused this week on enacting conservative educational reforms. As a mother, I know how important it is that we focus our attention and efforts on strengthening our educational system. This past week, the House passed H.R. 529, which helps hardworking families save for their children’s college education fund—be it technical, community, or a 4-year university. We want to reward those who play by the rules and ensure that every student in every school receives an excellent education.

I hope you and your families stay safe and warm during this winter weather.

 

Snow Scenes from Around the District:

 

 Pictured above is the First Baptist Church of Dunn. This was the gorgeous view
from our Dunn District Office one morning this past week.

 

  The Second District was transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland this week. The above photo was taken in Randolph County showing Thursday’s 8-inch snowfall in Asheboro.
Securing our Nation’s Energy Needs
I wrote an opinion piece for a publication called Roll Call, and I criticized the president for his shaky efforts in securing our nation’s energy needs. Click here to read the full piece.

 “The House of Representatives has continuously voted to promote American energy independence — only to find this administration standing in the way… If we are to reach energy independence, we have to start by enacting policies that enhance energy production from all sources and reduce regulatory hurdles. If America is going to continue as the world’s energy superpower, we must take advantage of our energy resources and move forward.”

 

Congressional Art Competition
 

 If you know a high school student in the Second District interested in
submitting their artwork for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition,  the
deadline for submissions to my office is April 3, 2015. You can find
additional information by clicking here or by contacting my Dunn office at 910-230-1910.
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Monday Open Line http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/03/02/quick-hits/open-lines/monday-open-line-176/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/03/02/quick-hits/open-lines/monday-open-line-176/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:01:35 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64314 The capital of the vanquished Confederacy was the site of the first chartered black-owned bank in the U.S., founded on this date in 1888 by former slave and Union Army veteran William Washington Browne. It was known as the Savings Bank of the Grand Fountain, United Order of True Reformers. The bank provided mortgage loans and other banking services that were difficult for African-Americans to obtain in the segregated climate after reconstruction. When the bank opened, Richmond had a population of just over 81,000 people, 32,000 of them African-American. Today, Richmond is home to some 214,000 people, just over half of them African-Americans. You can find more statistics on communities across the country by downloading the Census Bureau’s “dwellr” mobile app at <www.census.gov/mobile>.

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Date Set for VGCC Golf Tournament May 5th, 2015 http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/27/news/sports/date-set-for-vgcc-golf-tournament-may-5th-2015/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/27/news/sports/date-set-for-vgcc-golf-tournament-may-5th-2015/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:03:42 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64284 Vance-Granville Community College’s 31st Annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, presented by Union Bank, will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the Henderson Country Club. There will be morning and afternoon rounds, and meals for players. Tournament sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call Kay Currin at (252) 738-3409. ]]> http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/27/news/sports/date-set-for-vgcc-golf-tournament-may-5th-2015/feed/ 0 Butterfield Disappointed in Senator Tillis for his Vote against North Carolina’s Own Loretta Lynch for United States Attorney General http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/27/press-release/nc/butterfield-disappointed-in-senator-tillis-for-his-vote-against-north-carolinas-own-loretta-lynch-for-united-states-attorney-general/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/27/press-release/nc/butterfield-disappointed-in-senator-tillis-for-his-vote-against-north-carolinas-own-loretta-lynch-for-united-states-attorney-general/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:03:24 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64290 WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis’ vote against the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General of the United States:

“I am deeply disappointed, as I’m sure many North Carolinians are, in Senator Thom Tillis’ vote this morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Senator Tillis voted against the nomination of North Carolina’s own, Loretta Lynch, for Attorney General of the United States, despite a successful 30-year legal career as a lawyer, prosecutor, and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  Senator Tillis had an opportunity today to be on the right side of history in supporting the nomination of Ms. Lynch, who would be the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General. 

“The politics that Republicans have played with Ms. Lynch’s nomination is deplorable.  Ms. Lynch’s nomination has been pending for more than 100 days.  During this time she has been open and transparent, answering hundreds of questions requested by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Opposition to her nomination is nothing more than a political ploy by Republicans to once again use any means necessary to show their disdain for the President.

“It is disturbing that Senator Tillis is beginning his tenure in the Senate by casting such a misguided and politically calculated vote.  However, I’m confident that the full Senate will confirm Loretta Lynch, a daughter of North Carolina, as the next Attorney General of the United States.”   

  

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White House: A Free and Open Internet http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/27/press-release/white-house/white-house-a-free-and-open-internet-2/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/27/press-release/white-house/white-house-a-free-and-open-internet-2/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:02:45 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64286 Earlier Thursday, the FCC voted in favor of a strong net neutrality rule to keep the Internet free and open.

That happened, in part, because millions of Americans stood up and made their voices heard — by adding their names to petitions, submitting public comments, and talking with other people about why this matters.

The FCC just voted in favor of a strong net neutrality rule to keep the Internet open and free. That happened because millions of Americans across the country didn’t just care about this issue: You stood up and made your voices heard, whether by adding your names to petitions, submitting public comments, or talking with the people you know about why this matters. Read a special thank-you message from the President below:

Today’s FCC decision will protect innovation and create a level playing field for the next generation of entrepreneurs–and it wouldn’t have happened without Americans like you.
More than 4 million people wrote in to the FCC, overwhelmingly in support of a free and fair internet. Countless others spoke out on social media, petitioned their government, and stood up for what they believe.
I ran for office because I believed that nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change. That’s the backbone of our democracy–and you’ve proven that this timeless principle is alive and well in our digital age.
So to all the people who participated in this conversation, I have a simple message:
Thank you,
Barack Obama
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Friday / Weekend Open Lines http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/27/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-66/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/27/quick-hits/open-lines/friday-weekend-open-lines-66/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:01:14 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64292 On this date in 1872, America’s third female law student was graduated. But this third was a first. Charlotte Ray was a freeborn African-American, and the first black woman to graduate law school. With her degree from historically black Howard University, she shortly began her law practice in Washington, D.C., and was the first woman accredited to argue a case before the Supreme Court. When Charlotte Ray graduated, only some 8,500 college and professional degrees were awarded in the U.S. Today, among the 24 million African-Americans over 25 years old, some 6.8 million have bachelor’s degrees, and some 3.7 million more hold advanced degrees, including almost 400,000 doctorates. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

Saturday, February 28th. Although February is the calendar’s shortest month, it looms large in America’s history of railroad development. In 1815, the first state charter for a railroad was issued by New Jersey for a never-completed line between Trenton and New Brunswick. On this date in 1827, the famed Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was chartered to carry passengers and freight. And February 1830 saw the first charter for an interstate railroad to serve Virginia and North Carolina. The peak year for the number of railroads was 1907, with over 1,500 lines in operation, and the greatest extent of track mileage came in 1930 at nearly 430,000 miles. While the iron horse is no longer so singularly vital to transportation, nearly $16 billion worth of rolling stock are manufactured annually. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

 

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Winter Weather Issuse: Friday, February 27th, 2015 http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/26/news/winter-weather-issuse-friday-february-27th-2015/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/26/news/winter-weather-issuse-friday-february-27th-2015/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:16:32 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64281 Please check directly with your local school, business, or government office for the most up to date information.  WRAL also has a mostly complete list you can visit at:  http://www.wral.com/weather/closings/?category=all

As of this writing for Friday February 27th, 2015:

Franklin County Schools:  Closed

Granville County Schools:  Closed

Oxford Preparatory School:  Closed

Vance Charter School:  Closed

VGCC:  All Campuses Closed

Warren County Schools:  Closed

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NCDOT Crews in Raleigh, Durham and Rest of Division 5, Start Clearing Secondary Roads http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/26/news/ncdot-crews-in-raleigh-durham-and-rest-of-division-5-start-clearing-secondary-roads/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/26/news/ncdot-crews-in-raleigh-durham-and-rest-of-division-5-start-clearing-secondary-roads/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:49:50 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64288 Raleigh – Crews from NCDOT Division 5, which includes Wake and Durham counties, as well as Franklin, Granville, Warren, Vance and Person counties, made considerable progress on clearing major highways through the day. Once the winter precipitation ended about 9 a.m., crews in all seven counties were able to begin clearing interstates and primary roads, and not have to worry about more winter weather making them do it over again.

Those major roads are mostly clear, with some slippery spots still around. It’s mostly a slushy mix in some spots on highways in Wake and Durham counties, but more icy spots for highways in counties to the north, where the snow accumulation was considerably higher. While the snowfall was less in the Triangle, there were numerous trees downed by heavy snow and freezing rain that fell. Clearing those off roadways slowed some of the clearing progress down.

As the two biggest counties in the Division in terms of road mileage, Wake and Durham crews received extra help from their counterparts in areas to the east and south that weren’t as hard hit with the winter weather. Crews from Columbus County and from counties around Wilmington, which experienced mostly rain overnight, were able to send 21 trucks and 33 employees into Wake County, which is contending with more than 4,000 lane miles of secondary roads to clear. Counties from around Greenville and New Bern contributed 12 trucks and 15 employees to cleanup efforts in Durham County.

In Wake County, crews who have been going for 24 hours and longer are being sent home early this evening. In their place overnight will be workers from the Wake County Bridge Maintenance Unit to keep an eye on the strong possibility that ice will be forming on bridges, overpasses and anywhere else that water remains on roadways. Crews in the other divisions, who have also been working all night and day, will also go home, to be replaced by smaller crews to deal with slick spots.

Full crews across the Division will return Friday morning to help contend with the ice threat. With the help of those out of town crews in Wake and Durham counties, each county expects to make significant progress on the secondary roads. Mother Nature will help as the daytime temperature should reach into the 40’s in most areas.

Because of the low temperature overnight, motorists need to remain cautious on the roads as there will be patches of ice through the morning commute. If you do venture out, allow for extra time to reach your destination, and keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you.

NCDOT offers these other safety tips for driving in icy conditions:

  • Approach bridges and overpasses them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge unless necessary;
  • If you begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car;
  • Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection in case any vehicles coming from other directions lose control of their vehicles while trying to stop.
  • If you have a cellular phone, take it with you. You can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call law enforcement by dialing 911. But please don’t call 911 to check on road conditions. That line must be kept open for emergencies.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark it to save for future use. 

You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety at http://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis. It is available for free in the AppStore for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.

 

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Butterfield Urges Support for NC Native Loretta Lynch’s Confirmation as U.S. Attorney General http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/26/press-release/nc/butterfield-urges-support-for-nc-native-loretta-lynchs-confirmation-as-u-s-attorney-general/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/26/press-release/nc/butterfield-urges-support-for-nc-native-loretta-lynchs-confirmation-as-u-s-attorney-general/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:03:39 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64268
Loretta Lynch is not only poised to be the next Attorney General of the United States, but she is also a daughter of North Carolina. Born in Greensboro. Raised in Durham. 
A North Carolinian through and through! 

 

Butterfield Expresses Support for Loretta Lynch's Confirmation
Butterfield Expresses Support for Loretta Lynch’s Confirmation
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Craft Beer Lovers Rejoice: NC Beer Months Returns for Third Year http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/26/tourism/craft-beer-lovers-rejoice-nc-beer-months-returns-for-third-year/ http://homeinhenderson.com/2015/02/26/tourism/craft-beer-lovers-rejoice-nc-beer-months-returns-for-third-year/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:03:29 +0000 http://homeinhenderson.com/?p=64273 RALEIGH, N.C. (February 25, 2015) ? The flavors of North Carolina’s beerscape will be on tap during the state’s third annual NC Beer Month, taking place throughout April 2015.

Presented by Visit North Carolina and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, NC Beer Month showcases the state’s thriving beer scene, inspiring travelers to explore the craftsmanship of 125 breweries and brewpubs and the destinations that sustain them.

“North Carolina pairs the best in beer with appealing experiences,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. “Just as our award-winning brew masters cover the spectrum of styles, our menu of activities covers prime choices for outdoor adventure, exceptional dining and lively culture.”

The rewards of North Carolina beer travel reach new heights in 2015. Trips to celebrated craft beer destinations are being offered as sweepstakes prizes. A new Pint Hound Brewery Challenge invites travelers to download a passport and collect stamps at participating breweries to claim prizes such as keychains, T-shirts and customized Freakers, the ultimate beer accessory from Wilmington-based Freaker USA. Festival tickets and merchandise await for social media engagement.

The inaugural Burly Beers and Barleywines Festivals jump-starts NC Beer Month on March 28 at Sierra Nevada Brewing in Mills River, home of the craft beer titan’s newly opened East Coast operation. Sierra Nevada and the Craft Brewers Guild have invited more than 50 breweries to pour their heartiest beers at the daylong event.

The Beer Month celebration continues throughout April, inviting consumers to revel in regional beer culture with festivals and events, special-edition beers, lodging packages, beer dinners and educational panels. Highlights include:

  • Meet the Maker: Event hosted by Our State magazine features a panel of six brewers plus food and beer pairings (April 2 in Chapel Hill).
  • Kinston Beer Weekend: Three-day event includes a beer dinner pairing of Vivian Howard (PBS’s “A Chef’s Life”) with award-winning Mother Earth Brewing, a Brews Cruise and a downtown Barbecue, Oysters and Beer Bash (April 3-5 in Kinston).
  • Beards & Beers: Pop-up dinner features six James Beard-recognized chefs paired with their favorite local brewers to create unique beer and food pairings (April 4 in Raleigh).
  • Frontstretch Fest: The Stoneybrook Steeplechase adds an infield festival celebrating beer, bourbon and bites (April 4 in Raeford).
  • World Beer Festival Raleigh and Brewgaloo: An international beer fest with more than 250 brews to sample (April 11) joins a locally focused event featuring North Carolina craft brews, food trucks and entertainment (April 25 in Raleigh).
  • Hickory Hops: Festival features handcrafted North Carolina beer from more than 50 microbreweries and the Carolinas Championship of Beer (April 25 in Hickory).
  • Mountain lodging packages: Travel deals sweeten stays at hotels, vacation rentals and storied inns such as Jarrett House and Balsam Mountain Inn.
  • Sweet sweepstakes: Three separate sweepstakes offer a chance at exceptional prizes: the Kinston Beer Lovers’ Getaway, with a stay at the The O’Neil, a VIP experience at Mother Earth Brewing, dinner at Vivian Howard’s Chef & The Farmer; the Raleigh Brewmasters Sweepstakes featuring a weekend of food, music and crafting a 900-gallon batch of beer; and Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, a beer lover’s dream come true.

Sweepstakes entry forms will be posted on NCBeerMonth.com, which also includes travel tips, event details, a brewery map and other information. Follow NC Beer Month on Twitter to stay up-to-date on news and developments throughout April.

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