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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

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Protest planned at Duke rate hike hearing

Protestors are organizing a march to be held prior to the September 27 meeting of The North Carolina Utilities Commission in Asheville where comment will be taken on Duke Energy’s rate hike request.

The hearing is from 7 to 10 p.m. on September 27, at the Buncombe County Courthouse

Community Roots, an Asheville based nonprofit, is organizing a Street Theater Rally and March starting at the Vance Monument at 5 p.m. Duke Energy is requesting a 16.7 percent rate increase. Community Roots and its partners believe the public must take advantage of this opportunity to voice their opinions to the commissioners and Duke Energy.

The Street Theater performances will focus on key issues raised by Duke Energy’s requests including the $416 millions slated for the building of new infrastructure for production of electricity from gas.

In collaboration with The Sierra Club, Citizens Climate Lobby and Clean Water for North Carolina, Community Roots is organizing a training session for those who want to comment at the NCUC session. Ken Brame of The Sierra Club, one of the training session facilitators, believes “in order to influence decision makers we have to be able to talk their language.” This training will be from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, at Lenoir-Rhyne University.


Porsche Club to stop in Haywood

Members of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) will hold a stopover at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville and Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum in Maggie Valley Sept. 21 and 23 as part of national event based in Asheville.

More than 480 participants driving 250 Porsches will converge on Asheville and other parts of the Western North Carolina as part of the Sept. 20-24 Treffen (a German word meaning “to meet”) Asheville.


Maggie Valley vet gets Honor Flight

Fred Six, a Vietnam War veteran and resident of Maggie Valley, will be flying to Washington, D.C., on September 30 as a guest of Blue Ridge Honor Flight.

The Honor Flight Network is a national non-profit organization that helps veterans travel to the nation’s capital free of charge to view the monuments dedicated to their service. Blue Ridge Honor Flight is the name of the chapter based in Asheville.

Mr. Six will be accompanied for the trip by volunteer Guardian Carol W. Larsen, a resident of Waynesville. The two were matched through an application process and found they have the Marines in common: Six served in the Marines as did Larsen’s son.

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