Jul 312015

After 61 years and a coveted ISO 4 rating, Providence Volunteer Fire Department went out on its last call a few minutes before midnight Tuesday.

A hundred or more supporters, neighbors and fellow firefighters met in the Hemby Road station late that evening for closing ceremonies. Last week a judge ordered Providence out of the station before July 29. Weddington residents talked about their outrage, campaign promises new and old and legal action. PVFD fire fighters showed real grief as their last moments of employment with the department hurried along.

Chief Kenny Schott was absent from the activity in the department’s main bay for most of the evening. He was pacing around while on his cell phone or standing away from the crowds to smoke a morale-boosting cigarette.

PVFD board members Jack Parks, John Houston and Scott Robinson greeted people as they arrived. Their brief smiles faded into a concerned frown when asked what was next for the department. (continued)

Read full story at the Enquirer Journal — PVFD answers its last call

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Jul 292015

The town ended its fire service agreement with PVFD in April and contracted instead with Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department to cover the municipal limits. Wesley Chapel VFD would also operate a substation out of the Hemby Road building, which used to belong to Providence VFD. But Providence gave the town ownership of the building in exchange for funding costly renovations.

On July 13, the town signed a lease with WCVFD that included an option to buy the Hemby Road station.

Last week, Union County Superior Court Judge David Lee granted Weddington’s injunction to order PVFD out of the Hemby Road station July 29 so WCVFD could begin providing service under the new agreement. Both parties met again in court Monday to take up an injunction by PVFD filed to keep Providence in the building.

Lee issued a temporary restraining order blocking Weddington from selling the building until August 10. On that date, the courts will hear a motion for injunction to block sale of the building until Providence’s breach of contract lawsuit is dispensed in court.

The plaintiff’s supporting memorandum included affidavits by PVFD board chairman Jack Parks, former Weddington mayor Nancy Anderson and Kenneth Lankford, who volunteers for PVFD but also applied for a job at WCVFD.

In the memorandum, PVFD attorneys argue that WCVFD and Weddington officials colluded to take PVFD over.

Providence VFD supporters oppose sale of the Hemby Road station.

“Once the property is sold, for all intents and purposes, there is no going back,” Anderson stated in her affidavit.

Providence VFD moved out of the Hemby Road station by the Tuesday night deadline called for by Weddington’s preliminary injunction.

Source: Firehouse sale blocked by judge Enquirer Journal

There is little doubt that the Weddington taxpayers have been abused by Town Council majority who orchestrated this travesty leading to last night’s midnight departure of the men and apparatus  of the Providence Volunteer Fire Dept. There maybe justice for them in court in the near future, but for the Weddington citizens justice will only come at the ballot box. You’ve been lied to,  purposely deceived and your safety imperiled.

Weddington's new tenants.

Weddington’s new tenants.


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Republican Leadership Failures Caused Donald Trump’s Rise – Erick on the Radio

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Jul 242015

The number one thing you hear when you ask any Republican about Donald Trump is this — he fights. You hear it from Rush Limbaugh. You hear it from other talk radio show hosts. You hear it from the base. You hear it even from some Democrats. And in all cases, you hear it somewhat admirably. They may not like or endorse Trump, but they respect that he just doesn’t give a crap and fights.

If you need any further proof that Republican leadership in Washington created the conditions through which Donald Trump has risen, the Pew Poll has more.

The current survey finds that positive views of the GOP among Republicans have declined 18 percentage points since January, from 86% to 68%. Independents also view the Republican Party less favorably; 29% today, compared with 37% six months ago.

Now, consider what the Republican Party has done in that time.

  • They’ve refused to pass a late-term abortion bill in the House because a handful of members objected.
  • They gave Barack Obama a blank check to raise the debt limit.
  • They punted on Obamacare fights.
  • They’ve refused to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • They’ve taken retaliatory actions against conservative members who’ve stood up for Republican Party principles.
  • They’ve worked to fund the Export-Import Bank.
  • They have refused to stop Barack Obama’s ongoing assault against the free market.
  • They have passed the buck to courts to stop Obama on immigration, etc.

In short, the GOP has not fought. They have not been aggressive. They have been so scared of being disliked that they have become disliked. That is the reality.

Source: Republican Leadership Failures Caused Donald Trump’s Rise – Erick on the Radio

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