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...
• Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
• Always supervise children using solar filters.
• Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
• Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
• Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
• Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
Last weeks 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...
However, the Tribune was told that a trailer that had been abandoned for years close to the Hawkins home on Rocky Lane recently had a window air conditioner installed and has been running. Neighbors who wished not to be identified speculated that Stroupe could have been staying there, but no one has any evidence to that effect and law enforcement has not confirmed the report.
Also reported anonymously was that before the fire there were two large trash bags full of trash that had been opened and the trash was strung up and down the road and in the Hawkins driveway. Again, law enforcement has not confirmed this report.
On Saturday, investigators released the 911 tape of the calls for assistance for the blaze. In one tape, a 911 operator asks “Fire, police or medical?” The female caller says, “Fire!” is the reply. “What’s on fire ma’am?” asks the dispatcher. “My neighbor’s house,” she says. “Where at?” asks the operator. “Rocky Lane in Barnardsville.”
In another 911 call, the caller tells the dispatcher “It’s [the fire] got our whole place lit up.” The dispatcher then asks the caller if anyone is in the home and the man says, “I hear people over there screaming.” Another caller was asked the same question and he says, “I don’t have a clue...I just woke up.”
More than 10 emergency vehicles and 30 fire personnel were on the scene of the fire, which they cleared after 3 am. Assisting Barnardsville Fire were units from Mars Hill, Reems Creek, Jupiter, French Broad and Woodfin Fire Departments. The incident commander was Assistant Barnardsville Chief Roger Maney.
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...
Current Weaverville Mayor Dottie Sherrill has filed for one of the council seats. Sherrill is a familiar face on council where she has held a seat for years. However, at least two candidates are prepared to challenge the old guard for a chance to shape Weaverville’s future. The new faces in Weaverville politics are Paul Earl Valois, Jr. of Loftin Street and Thomas Parker Veasy, II of Lakeshore Drive.
Veasy recently addressed the council about his run for office saying, “My goal and mission in seeking this position is to ensure that the growth of our town (private residential, business, industrial) continues in a manner that can keep the small-town, country lifestyle intact that we have preciously loved and desired and valued and why so many other people wish to move here.”
Veasy is a member of the Lake Louise Preservation Association. The association has been critical of some of the council actions in regard to development around Lake Louise.
In Woodfin, the citizens seem content with who’s running their boards as only the incumbents have filed for the Woodfin Board of Aldermen or the Woodfin Sanitary Water & Sewer Trustee Board. Aldermen Debra Giezentanner, Jackie Bryson and Don Hensley have all filed for their seats, and Trustees Douglas C Ballentine, Donald Edward Haynes and Sarah Gassaway have done the same.
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