Congressman McHenry Weekly Update Happy Easter! Happy Easter!Hallelujah, He is risen! Giulia, Cecelia, Rese, and I wish all of you here in the Tenth District and all across the country a very happy Easter. This year, as we gather together with family and friends to celebrate this blessed holiday, please take a moment to pray for those who have suffered a loss because of the pandemic. It is also a day to remember and pray for those who are spending time away from loved ones to help keep us safe here at home. Thank you to the brave men and women of our armed forces and our law enforcement for the sacrifices they make so we can celebrate this very special day. God bless.Happy Easter image widget
April 4, 2021
Congressman McHenry Weekly Update Happy Easter!
Hallelujah, He is risen! Giulia, Cecelia, Rese, and I wish all of you here in the Tenth District and all across the country a very happy Easter. This year, as we gather together with family and friends to celebrate this blessed holiday, please take a moment to pray for those who have suffered a loss because of the pandemic. It is also a day to remember and pray for those who are spending time away from loved ones to help keep us safe here at home. Thank you to the brave men and women of our armed forces and our law enforcement for the sacrifices they make so we can celebrate this very special day. God bless.
A Productive Week in the Tenth District
his week I had a productive week visiting with many of the great people, organizations, and businesses that call the Tenth District home. I began my week in Yadkin County with a visit to the Laurel Gray and Yadkin Valley Wine Company in Hamptonville. Viticulture is a major agricultural driver in the Yadkin Valley, and it was informative to learn about the process firsthand.
Following my visit to the Laurel Gray Vineyard, I stayed in Hamptonville for a visit with Van Hemric of Van Hemric Farms. As a grower of various crops and someone who raises broiler breeders, I appreciated the deep insight he shared on the broader agricultural industry, especially here in the Yadkin Valley.
Later that day, Unifi gave me a tour of their Yadkinville facility. Unifi is a leader in recycled performance fiber and a major job creator in the Tenth District. It was great to hear more about their innovative technology and plans for future growth. Click here to learn more about the time I spent in Yadkin County touring Unifi and at the West Yadkin Volunteer Fire Department grant presentation courtesy of the Yadkin Ripple.
I spent Tuesday in Rockingham County beginning with a visit to Rockingham Community College. Thank you to President Dr. Mark Kinlaw for hosting me on the tour. It was valuable to get an overview of the upcoming workforce development building and see their simulated hospital, a comprehensive training facility for medical personnel.
That afternoon, I had a fun visit at the Boys & Girls Club of Rockingham County. The Boys & Girls Club provides tremendous opportunities for young people and their programs have been even more vital during the COVID pandemic. Thanks to Julie Talbert for the tour and overview of programs!
Wednesday morning, I began my day with a tour of Forsyth Tech's Stokes County Campus. Thanks to Dr. Janet Spriggs for showing me this outstanding facility that is home to their trades program and the Stokes County Early College.
That afternoon, I enjoyed meeting with Forsyth County Commissioners and airport officials to discuss the exciting plans for the future of Smith Reynolds Airport.
I ended Wednesday the same way it began, with a visit to Forsyth Technical Community College. The Mazie S. Woodruff Center is nearly complete and is on site at the Smith Reynolds Airport. This state-of-the-art facility will train aviation technicians.
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Responding to the Border Crisis
We know there is a crisis at our southern border. What we don’t know is how this border crisis is impacting our state. On Monday, I sent a letter to Governor Cooper to ask how the state government is dealing with potentially COVID-19-positive illegal immigrants that are making their way across the southern border and ultimately traveling to North Carolina. With the stress placed on North Carolina’s public health and medical supplies by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that North Carolinians know how the state government is responding to this dual crisis. Click here to read the full letter.
This week I also had the opportunity to sit down with Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page to catch up with him and get an update on the challenges he is facing, including how the border crisis is affecting Rockingham County. Earlier this year, I sent the Biden Administration a letter demanding they honor the SAFE Agreement, entered into by Sheriff Page and DHS. This agreement would have required valuable input from the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office before changing immigration law. I am grateful for Sheriff Page's leadership and his dedication to keeping Rockingham County safe. While the Biden Administration has violated this agreement, I am proud to continue working with Sheriff Page to solve the problems caused by illegal immigration.
Protecting the Tenth District During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In addition to my other stops, I took time to meet with those who have been working to keep our communities safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. While in Hamptonville, it was great to visit with the men and women of the West Yadkin Volunteer Fire Department and recognize the Assistance to Firefighters Grant they recently received. The grant provides funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) that was allocated under last year's CARES Act. West Yadkin is 1 of just 23 departments in North Carolina to receive this grant. I appreciate County Commission Chairman Kevin Austin and County Manager Lisa Hughes for joining me.
It was very useful to hear from emergency operations and public health officials, County Manager Lisa Hughes, and Commissioners Kevin Austin, David Moxley, and Gilbert Hemric about the challenges they’ve faced. Thank you for taking time on Monday to share your perspective on the federal response and vaccine rollout.
On Wednesday I had a similar meeting with the good folks in Rockingham County where we discussed COVID response and vaccination efforts in their community. Thank you to County Manager Lance Metzler for organizing your team to provide feedback on the federal response and its impact on Rockingham County.
Celebrating the Opening of the Triad District Office
Last week I celebrated the opening of my Triad District Office. This office serves Tenth District constituents in the Piedmont Triad and Yadkin Valley areas including Stokes, Surry, Rockingham, and suburban areas of Forsyth Counties. I appreciate Rural Hall Mayor Tim Flinchum, Bethania Mayor Brent Rockett and Walkertown Mayor Doc Davis and other local officials for joining in a ribbon cutting for the new office. Located in Rural Hall Town Hall, constituents in the Piedmont Triad region of the Tenth District can visit my staff to discuss casework or legislative issues.
Giulia and I were saddened to learn Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force, was killed in the line of duty on Friday. Please join me in praying for the officer’s family and the second officer injured in Friday's incident. Today and everyday we are grateful for all of our brave law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.
My thoughts and prayers are with my good friend and fellow North Carolinian, Senator Thom Tillis following his cancer diagnosis. I hope for all the best during his upcoming surgery. Please join me in wishing him a full and speedy recovery.