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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hound Flying -- Lenoir and Lake Hickory

(Part 1) This was a flight out of Lenoir around eastern Caldwell County, southern Alexander County, northwestern Catawba Country, and straddling Lake Hickory.

The plane that I flew in to take these pictures is a single seater in the front and single seat in the back. If you might be interested in going up for a flight send me an e-mail to and I will put you in contact  with the pilot who can make the arrangements to make that happen.

We were coordinating where we were going the first 5 minutes, so the video gets more productive (the lay of the land) about 5 minutes in. I was having to make some adjustments on the GPS and Ipad during those first 5 minutes.You can skip through the various parts of the video. This is raw footage. I didn't edit it. We were flying at 2,000 to 3,000 feet and between 75 to 90 mph.

20160214 - More video from Trump in Hickory

 Here are some short videos I shot of the Trump visit yesterday. The scenes basically not captured by television include a short scene of the tight security, media set up, and the three protest incidents.

Security as everyone enters the auditorium.

Public is first allowed to enter the auditorium and media setup.

1st Personal video of protest

Posted by Joe Brannock on Monday, March 14, 2016

1st Personal video of second protest

1st Personal video of third protest

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hound on the Donald Trump event in Hickory -- March 14, 2016

I've been laying low and not produced anything in a while, but the Hickory Hound was granted press credentials to the Trump event. Top notch produced event. Mr. Trump was about two hours late due to the fog that rolled into the area overnight and failed to lift until late morning. By 7am this morning the line wound around the inner campus of LR. I'd say there were 3,000 people in line at that time. We spoke with a couple of girls from Bristol, TN. There were media from all over NC present at the event. This was much more than a regional event. Trump could have easily filled LR's football stadium. Protest wise, there were very few protestors and for the most part they were peaceful. There were some people flying Mexican flags and driving around in pickups and cars flying the Mexican flag. 
Early in the Town Hall discussion with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, Trump protesters (I believe 7) three rows directly in front of us stood up and ripped open their shirts with protest writing on the t-shirts. They were quickly removed from Monroe auditorium. The interruption lasted a little over a minute and was met with USA chants. The seats were quickly replaced by some of the at least 4,000 people who stood outside hoping to find a seat. There were two more interruptions during the event, but it was obvious that security was very much on top of the situation and the subsequent folks were removed even quicker than the previous and the seats were replaced. The event was quite the spectacle. This could not be identified as a normal political event. The Trump supporters were jacked up to the max. 
The event lasted around an hour and then Mr. Trump left quickly, headed to the airport to his jet and was out of here. It was obvious that Trump hit home on incompetent politicians, bad trade deals, the negative impact that those deals have had on the area, and that those issues must be addressed if were are to turn around the area. Trump gave the people what they wanted to see. As time permits I will relate more of the happenings of this event to you. I will say it was very professionally run and police and security were very much on top of the situation and did an excellent job with disturbances.

First Protest