Local and State Headlines for Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Shooting Causes School Lockdowns (Asheville, NC)

Two school lockdowns in Asheville yesterday are being blamed on gunshots in the Livingston Heights area.  Officers were looking for two suspects who reportedly ran towards A-B Tech.  Both Asheville High School and A-B Tech went into lockdown for more than an hour.  The school system says no one was in danger.    

Injured Deputy Back At Home In Caldwell County (Caldwell County, NC)

A Caldwell County sheriff's deputy shot in the line of duty is back home.  A procession of deputies accompanied Jordan Sherill after he left Charlotte's Carolinas Medical Center yesterday.  He was shot during a traffic stop more than a week ago.  The main suspect was later shot and killed during gunfire exchange with SWAT agents.    

School Bond Referendum Going On Transylvania Ballot (Transylvania County, NC)

Transylvania County officials are hoping residents will approve a bond referendum that will go towards schools.  Commissioners gave the go-ahead to place the 68-million-dollar plan on the November ballot.  The money would be used for projects at Brevard and Rosman High Schools, along with Rosman Middle School.  

Police Chief To Remain In Hendersonville (Hendersonville, NC)

Hendersonville's police chief is staying in his position.  Herbert Blake was seeking to move close to the South Carolina coast, where he and his wife both grew up.  The town of Bluffton listed Blake as one of two finalists, but chose the other.  He's been chief in Hendersonville for ten years.      

Schools Superintendent Reorganizes Department (Raleigh, NC)

North Carolina's schools superintendent is making big changes in the Department of Public Instruction.  Mark Johnson says four new deputy superintendents will head the department.  He cited the need for more efficiency and innovation as part of his decision.   

Veterans Cemetery Receives Grant For Improvements (Black Mountain, NC)

An expansion is coming to the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.  The Department of Veterans Affairs decided to provide a three-million-dollar grant for infrastructure improvements.  Almost six-thousand veterans and family members are buried at the cemetery.  It's located close to I-40 on Old U.S. 70 Highway.

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