Local and State Headlines for Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Pisgah Inn Employee Found Dead (Canton, NC)

The FBI is calling the death of a Pisgah Inn employee a homicide.  The pantry cook from Florida was found close to a path on the Inn's property in Canton Tuesday night around three hours after she was reported missing.  Inn owner Bruce O'Connell reassured guests they were safe and called the crime random.  The FBI is in charge because the death was on federal property. 

Black Mountain Pastor Moved To House Arrest In Turkey (Black Mountain, NC)

A Black Mountain pastor imprisoned in Turkey is now under house arrest.  A Turkish court made the decision to take Andrew Brunson to his home there after he reportedly lost 50 pounds while in prison.  He's been behind bars for allegedly aiding terrorist groups.  The U.S. government is trying to have him released.  

State Senate Candidate Drops Out (Millers Creek, NC)

A state senate candidate in Western North Carolina is pulling his name from the ballot.  Democrat Brandon Anderson decided to drop out of the District 45 race to concentrate on ministry efforts.  A committee must now scramble to name a replacement to be put on the ballot.  That new candidate will take on Republican incumbent Deanna Ballard.        

Reward Offered In Hit-And-Run Death (Haywood County, NC)

One family is offering up a reward for information on who killed a Haywood County man in a hit-and-run.  Investigators believe the man was hit by a red or maroon truck while he walked along a road in Maggie Valley in late May.  The victim's mother says another son was killed in a car crash earlier this year.

Buncombe Schools Face Bus Driver Shortage (Buncombe County, NC)

Buncombe County Schools need more bus drivers with about a month to go before class starts.  There is a shortage of almost two dozen drivers.  The district has tried to make it easier for those interested by paying for licenses and training costs.  A job fair is coming up on August Seventh to fill close to 90 total vacancies in different school positions.        

LifePoint Hospitals In WNC To Be Sold (Haywood County, NC)

Three Western North Carolina LifePoint hospitals will soon be under new ownership.  Apollo Global Management is close to completing a near-seven-billion-dollar acquisition to take over hospitals in Waynesville, Sylva and Bryson City.  A Haywood County commissioner told WLOS-TV that the changes should make it easier to attract doctors.

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