810, 2015

Duke Energy Delays Announcement

By |October 8th, 2015|Energy, North Carolina, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Duke Energy Delays Announcement

Announcement of Western Carolinas plan delayed
until November as Duke Energy tries to do the right thing.
Today was going to be the day which Duke Energy announced the route to service Asheville, which could possibly impact residents across the Upstate of South Carolina, especially the Landrum area. Sources tell PNN that Duke Energy’s delay is more about them getting the power needs accomplished in a way that does “right” by property owners. It would have been easy for Duke Energy to simply announce one of the pre-planned routes but we are told the delay has a lot to do with finalizing alternative plans, some of which include “mostly” using current right-of-ways and one of which could leave the Upstate out all together.

The following is Duke Energy’s press release:

Duke Energy working through public comments on Foothills Transmission Line; project update planned for early November

More time is needed to continue to carefully consider more than 9,000 comments received on the proposed transmission line and create a solution to deliver cleaner, reliable power to Western Carolinas.
The company is looking at all options that can meet the region’s power demand over the next 10 to 15 years – including possible alternatives to the transmission line, Campobello substation and the configuration of the proposed Asheville natural gas power plant.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In order to carefully consider the thousands of comments related to the siting of the proposed 230-kilovolt Foothills Transmission Line and Campobello substation, Duke Energy is extending its review process until early November.

“Our goal is to have the best possible plan with the least impact on property owners, the environment and the communities we serve,” said Robert Sipes, general manager of delivery operations for the Western Carolinas. “Concerns about […]

2808, 2015

Duke Energy Landrum Project

By |August 28th, 2015|Energy, North Carolina, South Carolina, State|Comments Off on Duke Energy Landrum Project

Duke Energy is receiving massive push-back
from the Landrum and Campobello communities
in the Upstate of South Carolina.

If it was not clear to Duke Energy before the meeting this evening at Landrum High School, it should be crystal clear now.

We were unable to find anyone who turned out to this meeting because they were supporting the Duke Energy initiative to build a power substation in Campobello in order to run 14 story tall high voltage towers through Landrum in an effort to feed more power to the Asheville, North Carolina area.

Approximately 1100 people turned out for the meeting which was held in Landrum High School’s auditorium. The large crowd was problem considering the auditorium only has a seating capacity for 600. As the maximum capacity was reached and the doors were closed, about half of the remaining crowd outside left while nearly 300 remained, determined to be heard. Even if they couldn’t get inside, many just wanted a chance to sign the roster so Duke Energy would know they were here.

The crowd of people which gathered in Landrum this evening (inside and perhaps even more-so for those left outside) were all very passionate and carried the same message; that Duke Energy should utilize existing right-of-ways and not litter their pristine landscape with new development.

Several legislators were there to help with their constituents needs, including State Senator Tom Corbin, and Representatives Mike Burns and Doug Brannon.

Despite some individuals attempting to discourage him, Senator Tom Corbin has put forth effort in hopes of derailing this Duke Energy project. As he left this evening, he vowed he would continue to fight on behalf of the people in the Landrum area.

606, 2015

Paying People Not to Work Doesn’t Work

By |June 6th, 2015|North Carolina, Politics, State, Subsidies, Taxes|1 Comment

In 2013, North Carolina became the first to reject federal money for extended unemployment and went the opposite direction by cutting the number of weeks people could remain on unemployment from 26 down to 20… and passed large tax cuts on top of that.  Can you imagine? It seems almost crazy to do such a thing in today’s society, but when you actually do what is proven to work and forget about all the rhetoric the main stream media spins, then great things can happen for a state like North Carolina.
On the Tax Foundation index of business conditions,
North Carolina has been catapulted to 16th from a dismal 44th since 2013.
Here is the report from the Wall Street Journal:
Four years ago North Carolina’s unemployment rate was above 10% and the state still bore the effects of its battering in the recession. Many rural towns faced jobless rates of more than 20%. But in 2013 a combination of the biggest tax-rate reductions in the state’s history and a gutsy but controversial unemployment-insurance reform supercharged the state’s economy and has even helped finance budget surpluses.

The tax cut slashed the state’s top personal income-tax rate to 5.75%, near the regional average, from 7.75%, which had been the highest in the South. The corporate tax rate was cut to 5% from 6.9%. The estate tax was eliminated.

Next came the novel tough-love unemployment-insurance reforms. The state became the first in the nation to reject ‘free’ federal payments for extended unemployment benefits and reduce the weeks of benefits to 20 from 26. The maximum weekly dollar amount of payments, $535, which had been among the highest in the nation, was trimmed to a maximum of $350 a week. As a result, tens […]

1603, 2015

NC Actress and Husband Missing

By |March 16th, 2015|General News, North Carolina, State|Comments Off on NC Actress and Husband Missing

This story has been widely reported.  For the most accurate information, we picked this up from Fox Carolina.  If you know anything, please contact authorities immediately:

ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) – Deputies say they are searching for a missing Buncombe County couple after family members said they could not make contact.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is trying to locate Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband Joseph “JT” Codd, 45.

Deputies say they were contacted March 15 by family members. The couple’s vehicles were found at their residence along with their two dogs.

Cristie Codd was a competitor on season 8 of Food Network Star on the Food Network. Cristie Codd posted a photo of herself with her teammates from “Team Alton” on her Facebook page.

Family members said the couple is expecting a child later this year. Cristie Codd is five months pregnant, according to a friend near the search site.

A friend of the Codds said that JT works as a key grip on Hollywood films and that Cristie provides catering services on film sets. The friend said the couple is sometimes away for months at a time.

A family member posted on Facebook that both Cristie and JT were scheduled to begin working on new movies on Sunday but neither made it to their destinations. The post stated that JT was scheduled to begin work in Los Angeles and that Cristie was due to begin work in Biloxi, MS.

The family member also said that the couples phones were not working and that their house “did not look normal.”

Please contact the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at 828-250-6670 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5550 with any information regarding Christie and JT Codd.

Read more: http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/28527969/deputies-search-for-missing-couple#ixzz3UZXnp7Np

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