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By Clint Parker

Weaverville – “This morning I took my children with me to the library to pick up our free pairs of eclipse safety glasses. I was surprised to see the long line down the sidewalk when we arrived,” said parent Jennifer Banks.

Indeed, while Weaverville is not on the direct path to see the total eclipse, we’re so close (about 99% obscurity will be seen in Weaverville based on NASA’s total eclipse tracker) you’ll hardly know the difference. Monday’s (Aug 21) eclipse will start at 1:08 pm with the maximum eclipse at about 2:37 pm and ending at 4:01 pm. The eclipse entire time from start to finish will be two hours and 53 minutes.

People wanting the full 100% of the eclipse will have to travel west past Waynesville to get the full effect of the eclipse. Here are some tips from NASA’s website for watching the once in a lifetime event:

“The only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers (link is external) page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.” Read more...


Last week’s headlines


Fire destroys suspect’s home


By Clint Parker

Barnardsville – In what can only be described as a bizarre turn of events, the home of three people arrested in relation to fugitive prisoner Phillip Michael Stroupe II went up in a blaze Thursday evening (Aug. 3) in Barnardsville.

On Friday morning fire investigators were at the scene of the home of Jennifer Hawkins on Rocky Lane with a K-9 going over the charred remains of the home. The Barnardsville Fire Department, along with several other units from the area, responded to the call, which came in about 11:28 pm. Jennifer Hawkins along with Larry Jay Hawkins, III, 23, and Frederick Aurther Badgero, Jr., 45, were arrested recently and charged with felony harboring an escapee.

According to Buncombe County Sheriff Public Information Officer Natalie Bailey, “There is a fire investigation at Rocky Lane in Barnardsville. The investigation into this incident is in the very preliminary stages. The scene is being processed, and the Asheville-Buncombe arson task force is on scene. There is no further information to release regarding this incident at this time from the Sheriff’s Office.”

Bailey then directed the Tribune to contact Breena Williams with the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force for future updates, but after contacting Williams the Tribune was redirected back to Bailey who said she was sorry for the confusion and would be checking with Lt. Eaton who was handling the investigation, but that there was no additional information as of press time. Read more...


Past headlines


Mayor unopposed, council race not


By Clint Parker


Weaverville – With the deadline to file for office passed – it ended July 21st at noon – and with only one candidate vying for the seat of mayor in Weaverville, the one candidate is a shoo-in. The person is a familiar face on the council and in the mayor’s seat, but hasn’t been seen recently in either.


Weaverville lawyer Al Root will be Weaverville’s next mayor by virtue as the only candidate running (barring a write-in campaign) for the office. Root is a former mayor of the town and a former member of the council. He has been seen recently at council meetings and has continued to be involved on town boards since he left the council a few years ago.


However, with only two seats open on the town council and four candidates running for those two seats, the final decision on who will take the two positions on the board will be decided by the voters of Weaverville in November.



The two seats that are up for reelection this year are those of Doug Jackson and Doug Dearth. Jackson filed to run and retain his seat, while Dearth failed to register by the deadline. A couple of weeks ago Dearth told the Tribune that he had not decided whether he would run or not. Read more...


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