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Apocalypse now? Prepare now as cataclysm looms, preppers forewarned
Thursday, 04 May 2017 13:08
By JOHN NORTH
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WAYNESVILLE — Two speakers warned that there is no time like the present to prepare for possible catastrophes during their speeches at Heritage Life Skills VI Weekend on the evening of April 21 at the Folkmoot Center.

“Hundreds” attended the April 21-23 program, making it the best-attended in its history, according to event organizer Jan Starrett, who declined to be more specific. She  co-owns, with her husband Bill, Carolina Readiness Supply, which sponsored the weekend program.

The event featured about 30 classes in a variety prepper interest areas, ranging from suturing to tactical radio communications. On April 22, the evening’s program included a musical performance by Spencer Two Dogs and a talk focusing on the North Korea crisis by Dr. William Forstchen, a Montreat College history professor who  perhaps is best-known as the author of the New York Times bestseller “One Second After.” 

“Enemies, an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse), economic collapse, natural disasters, even our government” going rogue — all could happen and pose threats to American’s way of life, one of the speakers, SouthernPrepper1, told a crowd of about 200 people in the center’s auditorium.

However, those who are prepared will tremendously increase their chances of survival, especially in the case of “a grid-down situation,” said SouthernPrepper1.

He spoke on the topic of “Protect Your Home” for more than an hour. (SouthernPrepper1 uses only his YouTube name, professes the motto of “Don’t be scared — be prepared” and is based near Pickens, S.C.) 

Southern1Prepper1 also spoke of the importance of having as many “trigger-pullers” of guns in one’s prepper group as possible, as those lacking food and supplies — and morals — inevitably will attack the group and must be repelled.

“In a worse-case event, we need every trigger-puller we can get,” he said. “Ladies are just as capable of doing what a guy can do” with a gun. If they (the enemy) take me out, the next one (left) is my wife…. We need to start training you women to be very proficient” with guns.

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Kapoor challenges Edwards to debate; shift to district system bill clears hurdle
Thursday, 04 May 2017 13:06

From Staff Reports

City Council candidate Vijay Kapoor has challenged state Sen. Chuck Edwards, R-Hendersonville, to hold a public debate with him on the pros and cons of Edwards’ bill to switch Asheville from at-large elections for city council seats to a district system.

Meanwhile, Edwards’ bill to split Asheville into six districts cleared its first committee on the night of April 25.

Most area legislators — as well as council members — oppose the hotly contested measure. Edwards represents a small portion of South Asheville.

Voters in the six districts could vote for only those running in their district. The mayor would still be elected at-large.

“I neither support the bill, nor do I agree with the manner in which Senator Edwards is proceeding,” Kapoor wrote in a March 26 guest column in the Asheville Citizen-Times. 

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