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FOUR SEASONS POLITICS: Campaign sign on senior steps doesn't last

HHS sign too close for comfort

Jay Egolf admits to planting a campaign sign at a prominent corner of Hendersonville High School and says if that was wrong he’s an equal opportunity offender.

“I planted one by every school,” he said. “I’m trying to get every school’s vote.” The campaign sign by the Senior Steps was up on Friday but gone by Monday morning. Egolf said he had heard nothing about the sign until the Lightning called. “I don’t know why they took it down.”


City sets 'Council Conversations'

In an effort to improve communication between the City Council and Hendersonville residents, the City Council is hosting five community meetings throughout the city this fall.
The “Council Conversations” will be held at strategic locations in Hendersonville.
“The Council has made it a priority to meet with our citizens to discuss our vision for the community and receive feedback about what we are doing well and what we can improve on,” Mayor Barbara Volk said. “We believe the best way to do this is to get out of City Hall and meet our residents in or near their neighborhoods.”
Each meeting will be hosted by an individual council member with City Manager John Connet and staff in attendance to help answer questions or provide information. Out of respect to everyone’s time, each “conversation” will be limited to one hour.
“We hope these meetings will be well attended, because we want to hear from our residents,” Mayor Pro Tem Ron Stephens said.

Here’s the schedule:
• Oct. 15 – Union Grove Baptist Church, 901 Robinson Terrace, – 7 p.m. Hosted by Mayor Barbara Volk.
• Oct. 29 – Hendersonville Church of Christ, 1975 Haywood Road – 7 p.m. Hosted by Mayor Pro Tem Ron Stephens.
• Nov. 5 – Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2557 Chimney Rock Road – 6 p.m. Hosted by Councilman Jeff Miller.
• Nov. 19 – Henderson County Health Sciences Center, Room 2003 – 801 Sixth Avenue West – 6 p.m. Hosted by Councilman Jerry Smith.
• Dec. 3 – Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, 204 Kanuga Road, 7 p.m. Hosted by Councilman Steve Caraker.
The City Council has made an effort to locate a meeting in close proximity to all Hendersonville residents. However, residents are welcome to attend the meeting that is most convenient for them. For more information contact Connet at (828) 233-3201.

School Board forum 
is Tuesday night

The League of Women Voters Henderson County and the Henderson County Retired Teachers Association will host a forum for the School Board candidates from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the city Operations Center, 305 Williams St.
Paul Goebel, a retired Henderson County teacher and a member of both organizations, will be the moderator. All of the candidates have been invited. The questions will address the topics of academic standards, school safety, Hendersonville High School, and the non-partisan status of the School Board election. After the questions, attendees will have time to speak individually with the candidates. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
School Board candidates have also been invited to the monthly Republican Party Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Dixie Diner in Laurel Park. Candidates will be invited to introduce themselves and say why voters should choose them. The candidates will field questions from those attending.

Appeals court candidate
 speaks at Republican club

Chuck Kitchen, a Republican candidate for the North Carolina Court of Appeals, will be the guest speaker at the Henderson Country Republican Women’s Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Cedars.
Kitchen began his legal career as assistant county attorney for Durham County following his graduation from UNC Law School. He moved to Alamance County and became the county attorney in 1986. He then returned to Durham County as county attorney in 1996 where he remained until his retirement from the county in 2009. He has practiced law for 37 years. He is running for the seat held by Judge Rick Elmore, who is retiring.
To reserve a seat at the luncheon, write a check for $15 to The Cedars and mail to HCRWC PO Box 2734, Hendersonville, NC 28793. Reservation checks must be received by Oct. 19.