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CLOSING OFF ONE LANE OF KING STREET FOR PARKING: A BAD IDEA
A WHKP STATION EDITORIAL
DECEMBER 4, 2014
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Look out in any open field this time of the year…on any bank, near any side ditch, in most any patch of ground that isn’t mowed or cared for…and you’ll likely see an abundance of a much maligned, mis-understood and under appreciated mountain wildflower known as Queen Anne’s Lace. Link to Full Story
FEED THE BIRDS A NUTRITIOUS MEAL THIS WINTER
Watching the cows all clustered together walking up through the field and down over the bank into a wide spot in Powder Creek that forms a cool and comfortable pool, we’re reminded that even animals that live outdoors almost 24/7 get hot in the heat of the summer and need to cool down. And there is no better “cool down” than mountain creek water that flows FROM the foothills around big Pisgah and toward the French Broad River. Link to Full Story
The Apple Festival and the WNC Mountain State Fair are over for this year and the North Carolina State Fair down in Raleigh starts in mid October. Fairs have always been mostly an agricultural thing…coming when the harvest is in, much of the field work is done, and when much of the bounty of a good growing season can be enjoyed, displayed, and generally celebrated. Today, we'll tell you about one held in Henderson County almost a century ago.Link to Full Story
If you’ve been hoping a butterfly would land on your nose and pass along good luck this summer, your chances are slim. Much of North Carolina’s butterfly population has been depleted because of a tough end of winter. Link to Full Story
DEPLORABLE DRIVEWAY CONDITIONS AT HENDERSONVILLE POST OFFICE
WHKP REPORTERS have been investigating the deplorable conditions of the driveway that goes through the property at the Hendersonville Post Office on Fifth Avenue West. A big 'gapping hole' greets visitors at the very entrance to the property on Fifth Avenue West, followed by crumbling concrete at the drop boxes to the rear of the post office and finally, more crumbling concrete in two big areas of the driveway as it re-enters Fifth Avenue West.
These 'picture composites' of deplorable driving conditions show asphalt and concrete driveway conditions that have deteriorated over the past number of months and years from total neglect.
Local Post Office officials have been advised of the conditions by post office patons as well as post office staff, for many months, according to an interview by WHKP. Interviewed post office patrons say that the driveway is 'punishing' their vehicles with these poor driveway conditions.
Post Office buildings are generally not owned by the Federal Govrenment, but rather, leased from on long-term contracts by private individuals or companies. It then becomes the responsibility of the owner-lessors of these building to keep the buildings, along with the premises, in good condition.
When and if these conditions will be corrected is not known by anyone with whom WHKP spoke. WHKP has sent pictures featured in this story, along with a letter of complaint to the Hendersonville City Council with the suggestion conditions at the post office be investigated by their Zoning Department which oversees these types of concerns reported by the public.
If the hot and humid weather hasn’t told you, the calendar will…we are now in the full blown “Dog Days” of summer. It is generally agreed that “Dog Days” begin on July 3rd and end on August 11th. Link to Full Story
Check out the APPLE FESTIVAL STORY in Dave Cooley's BLOG article.... go to www.thenandnowinhendersonville.blogspot.com
It’s one of those warm weather “summer” things that happens most every year here in the mountain of Western North Carolina, and in other places too…and it doesn’t last long…usually only about a month, or maybe a little longer. It’s time now for the lightning bugs or fire flies to make their nocturnal rise out of the corn, the rye, and the tall grass, or drop down from the poplars and the oaks and light up the early summer evenings with their silent flickering. Link to Full Story