Congressman Patrick McHenry
August 27, 2017
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update

Hearing From You

This week, I held the final three of my annual town hall meetings. They began Monday night on the campus of Isothermal Community College in Spindale which again this year served as host for my town hall meeting for constituents from Polk and Rutherford Counties.


Tuesday afternoon, I was in Buncombe County where I hosted very well attended town hall at the Land of the Sky Shrine Club in Swannanoa.


I finished this year’s town hall meetings Wednesday night in Lincolnton where I had the opportunity to discuss issues with constituents from Lincoln and Iredell Counties at the Lincoln County Senior Center. 

I'd like to thank all the Tenth District residents who took time out of their busy days to attend one of my town hall meetings over the last two weeks. These meetings are a valuable resource to me as I serve you in Washington and I'm greatly appreciative of everyone who came out. You can see additional photos from all six town hall meetings by liking my Facebook page and following me on Twitter and Instagram.

A Busy Week in NC-10

With Congress out of session for the August work period, I was pleased to spend another week back home in western North Carolina. On Monday  I started the week off by participating in an event in Ellenboro celebrating the launch of AT&T’s fixed wireless internet. This is an important first step towards providing wireless internet in Rutherford County and other rural parts of NC.

Next I had my eclipse glasses ready in Forest City where I joined with Americans throughout the country in watching the Great American Solar Eclipse.


Afterwards I went to Outdoor Colors in Rutherfordton where I met with employees and learned about the hydrographic finishing work they do.

Tuesday morning I started the day in Rutherford County where Mayor Bob Keith and the Town of Lake Lure invited me to attend a Lake Lure Breakfast Forum where I had the chance to provide an update on all that has been happening in Washington.

My next stop was in Buncombe County where I visited Montreat College and learned about their cybersecurity program and major. It was fascinating talking to students about this innovative new program aimed at confronting one of the great threats of this generation.

Afterwards I headed over to the Lakeview Center for Active Aging in Black Mountain where I had the opportunity to meet with constituents and learn more about the great services the Center provides to our area.

Wednesday, I started the day in Lincoln County by visiting the Rock Springs Campground in Denver before going to Iredell County to see the Lake Norman State Park in Troutman.

In the afternoon I toured Trilogy Lake Norman a new development in Denver aimed at seniors that will be completed soon.

I wrapped up my afternoon with a visit to Blum, Inc. where I learned about the Apprenticeship 2000 program. The program, which began in 1995, provides four year technical training apprentice programs through which graduates are guaranteed jobs after graduation.

Thursday I began the day in Gaston County where I was honored to present the Bessemer City Fire Department with their Homeland Security AFG and SAFER grant checks, which will allow them to purchase new rescue and extraction equipment as well as provide recruitment incentives and reimbursements to volunteers.

Thursday afternoon, I headed west to Cleveland County where I joined with the Internet Association to host a Small Business Crawl in downtown Shelby. On the crawl, I visited four small businesses whose use of the internet has transformed the way they do business.

I ended Thursday getting to see what it takes to be a Duke Energy lineman. It was a unique experience that included the opportunity to put on all the required safety equipment and go up in a bucket with an actual Duke Energy lineman to see firsthand the hard work they do each day.

On Friday, I was in Hickory on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College. While there, I was honored to be presented the PhRMA/ We Work For Health NC award. I was one of two North Carolina members of Congress to receive this prestigious award. 


After the award presentation, I joined the CVCC Small Business Entrepreneur Exchange Podcast as a guest. On the podcast, I had the opportunity to discuss the importance of small businesses to the economy of western North Carolina.

My next stop was Conover Station where I participated in a lunch and round table discussion with some of Catawba County's CEOs.


I finished my packed week with a tour of the Blue Ridge Molding Company in Conover. While there, I learned about Blue Ridge Molding which provides injection molding and assembly services to manufacturing companies up and down the east coast.


For additional photos from visits throughout the Tenth District, please follow me on Instagram and Twitter and like my Facebook page.

The Importance of Local Businesses

This week I had the opportunity to meet with several local Chambers of Commerce here in western North Carolina. Our small businesses are so important to our local economy and I always enjoy meeting with these business leaders during the August work period to provide them an update on what has been happening in Washington. My first meeting was with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce which I joined for lunch on Monday in Rutherfordton.

Following my Buncombe County town hall meeting Tuesday afternoon, I visited with members of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce in downtown Asheville.

Thursday, I started my day by speaking to the Gaston Chamber’s Good Morning Gaston meeting in Gastonia.

Then at lunchtime Thursday I spoke to the Cleveland County Chamber’s Congressional Luncheon in Shelby.

For additional photos from visits throughout the Tenth District, please follow me on Instagram and Twitter and like my Facebook page.

What I Have Been Reading

Navy Ends Rescue Efforts for Missing USS McCain's Sailors
USA Today

I was deeply saddened to hear about this tragic accident, the second deadly collision involving a U.S. Navy ship to occur this summer. Please join Giulia and me in praying for the families of the sailors who lost their lives while serving on the USS John S. McCain.  

'Worse than worst-case scenario for Houston': Harvey flooding catastrophic

USA Today

The level of flooding in Texas and the Houston area specifically as a result of Hurricane Harvey is simply staggering and worse could still come. In the days ahead, please keep all those in Texas in your prayers as they continue to deal with this ongoing disaster. 

Choice USA throws Gastonia Party
Gaston Gazette

Choice USA, which bottles local favorites Sun Drop and Cheerwine, recently celebrated its 100th birthday and hosted a party to celebrate where you could buy Sun Drop for a quarter. It is great to see a local company celebrating this incredible milestone by bringing the community together with good music, delicious food, and a classic muscle car show.

Wilmington Sharks Fall in Pettit Cup Final
Gaston Gazette

Gastonia has had many reasons to celebrate this August including the Gastonia Grizzlies baseball team bringing home the Petitt Cup crown for the first time since 2011. Congratulations to the Gastonia Grizzlies on their win over to the Wilmington Sharks to secure the Coastal Plain League championship.

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