With the beginning of school, more than one million students will be attending North Carolina’s public schools. With that brings an increase of school buses on North Carolina highways.
According to NHTSA data, from 2004 to 2013, there were 327 school-age children who died in school-transportation-related crashes; 54 were occupants of school transportation vehicles, 147 were occupants of other vehicles, 116 were pedestrians, and 9 were pedal cyclists. There were more school-age pedestrians killed between the hours ofand between than any other hours of the day.
“As we begin the school year, our Troopers will be closely monitoring school traffic. Our number one goal is to ensure the safety of the public and particularly, our children,” said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol. “To accomplish this goal, we must work together to educate both students and drivers on the importance of staying alert and being safe while commuting to and from school.”
In an effort to promote traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops, the Highway Patrol is advising drivers, children and parents to follow a few simple safety tips:
For more information on Pedestrian and School Bus Safety, please go to the following link: http://www.ncbussafety.
It looks like all the issues involving that new 86 room Fairfield Inn and Suite on Upward Road have not been completely resolved. On the agenda for city coiuncil's September meeting this coming Thursday is the possibility of refunding "system development" and tap fees to the developer. The property was annexed into the city in their August meeting. In connection with this, and after numerous "mis-cues" in the process of approving constructioin for that new Fairfield Inn, city council Thursday night will look at amending the ordinance that permits voluntay annexation and tapping onto city water and sewer Although annexation and sewer tap issues have apparently been resolved, WHKP News has learned there may be other undisclosed issues that still remain before actual construction on that new Fairfield Inn can get underway.
According to their consemt agenda, city council will approve the job description for a school resource office, prseumably to be hired and paid by the city.
City council will also be awarding a contract to improve the sidewalks along Highway 64.
City council will also tackle the issue of naming rights on city property in exchange for donations to the city.
And...city council will likely eliminate "system development charges" for what's described as "affordable housing".
The full agenda is below:
3. Public Comment Time: Up to 15 minutes is reserved for comments from the public for items not listed on the agenda
4. Consideration of Agenda
5. Consideration of Consent Agenda: These items are considered routine, noncontroversial in nature and are considered and approved by a single motion and vote. A. Consideration of Minutes: August 4, 2016 Regular Meeting B. Consideration of Report on the Declaration of Surplus Property C. Consideration of Budget Amendments (2): i. Fire Community Fund ii. General Fund and Water/Sewer Fund – for Purchase of Property D. Consideration of Amendments to the System Development Charges Policy Relating Affordable Housing E. Consideration of Special Event Permit for the Veteran’s Mural Dedication F. Consideration of a Job Description for School Resource Officer G. Consideration of a Utility Line Extension Agreement for Cedar Terrace H. Consideration of Amendments to the Policy Governing Voluntary Annexations as a Result of Requests for Sewer Service
6. Public Hearing – Consideration of an Application from Mr. Joseph G. Walters for the Rezoning of Two Parcels Located at 461 and 303 Sugarloaf Road from R-15 Medium Density Residential to C-3 Highway Business District Presenter: Development Assistance Director Susan Frady 2
7. Public Hearing – Consideration of an Application from Ms. Molly Hernon for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Allow Equestrian Boarding Facilities as a Conditional Use in the R-15 Medium Density Residential District with Special Requirements Presenter: Development Assistance Director Susan Frady
8. Consideration of Awarding the Bid for the U.S. Highway 64 Sidewalk Improvements Project Presenter: Engineering Director Brent Detwiler
9. Presentation of N13aorth Main Street Sidewalk Recommendation Presenter: Engineering Director Brent Detwiler
10. Discussion of Establishing a Naming and Donation Policy to Fund Public Improvements Presenter: City Manager John Connet
11. Consideration of a Request to Refund System Development Charges and Tap Fees for Upward Road Hotel Project Presenter: City Manager John Connet ]
12. Comments from Mayor and City Council Members
13. Reports from Staff a. Presentation of Contingencies Report
14. Boards and Commissions: Consideration of Appointments and Announcement of Upcoming Vacancies
15. New Business
16. Staff Request for Closed Session in accordance with NCGS 143-318(a)(5) to establish or instruct staff concerning a position to be taken on behalf of the City Council in negotiating the price of a contract for the acquisition of real property identified as PIN 9569906270
UNDER THE STARS AND IN THE OPEN AIR...IN SIERRA NEVADA'S NEW AMPHITHEATER ON THE BANKS OF THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER IN FERNCLIFF PARK IN MILLS RIVER
MountainTrue and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. present the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the brewery in MillsRiver on Thursday, Sept. 1. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival features the year’s best short-form nature, wilderness and outdoor adventure films.
Sponsored by Mountain Xpress, Blue Ridge Energy Systems, BorgWarner, Holly Spring Farm, JAG Construction and Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, the festival features 12 films covering a range of subjects from the story of the ancient stream-dwelling Hellbender salamander to rock climbing the Baatara gorge in Lebanon to grassroots indigenous activism in Honduras.
The 2016 Wild & Scenic festival will take place under the open sky at Sierra Nevada’s new outdoor amphitheater on the banks of the French Broad River. The event begins at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. The movies are:
• Avaatara: The First Route Out - David Lama achieves first ascent of the Baatara gorge in Lebanon, a surreal ‘Avatar’-like landscape, unexploited and untouched.
• Leave it as it is - The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. But this natural masterpiece of the Colorado River faces a battery of threats.
• The Last Dragons - An intimate glimpse at North America’s Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much in myth as in reality.
• Diversity & Inclusion in our Wild Spaces - A campfire discussion on improving the diversity of both the visitation and the employment within our parks and wild spaces and brings light to important issues facing today’s conservation movement.
• Mile for Mile - A trio of professional ultrarunners travel 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild this vast landscape.
• Co2ld Waters - Five of the most respected names in the fly fishing world converge on a single creek in Montana to talk about their passion and to discuss the single biggest threat to their timeless pursuit, climate change.
• Parker’s Top 50 Favorite Things about Northwest Rivers - This fun film celebrates the best things about Northwest rivers from a kid’s perspective.
• In Current - Rowing a dory in the Grand Canyon is considered by some as the most coveted job in the world. Amber Shannon has been boating the Grand Canyon nine years, trying to work her way from the baggage boat to a dory, while spending as many days as possible in current.
• Comes with Baggage - This lighthearted history of bicycle travel in the Americas makes you want to sell all your possessions, quit your job and escape on a bike.
• Mother of All Rivers - Berta Cáceres rallied her indigenous Lenca people to wage a grassroots protest that successfully pressured the government of Honduras and the world’s largest Chinese dam builder, SinoHydro, to withdraw from building the Agua Zarca Dam. Narrated by Robert Redford.
• The Thousand Year Journey - Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia. Friend and filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher joined him for a month and a half to pose the question “why?”
• The Accidental Environmentalist - John Wathen was just an average guy until coming into contact with toxic chemicals, stumbling upon a video camera, and discovering his passion for protecting Alabama’s waters.
(All Free events are open to the public)
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Hola Carolina Magazine presents the inaugural Fiesta Hendersonville on September 25, a one-day event on Main Street will showcase the culture and contagious rhythms of Latin America through live music, dance, food, artisans, vendors and more. The family-friendly event runs from 12noon to 6pmThe event is FREE to the public.
Experience the best of all things Latino while indulging in mouthwatering, authentic culinary delights. The wide array of Latin American delicacies includes, Mexican, Dominican and Venezuelan-inspired foods lure visitors, foodies and culture aficionados from near and far to satisfy their Latino cravings.
Fiesta Hendersonville will feature something for everyone, patrons can journey through over 20 represented countries and experience their people, music, art, food and culture.
Local artisans will be participating in the event and displaying their unique creations. Merchandise vendors will be displaying and selling their wares all day.
The entertainment stage at the Hendersonville Visitor Center will be transformed into a tantalizing marketplace of Latin favorites paired with sizzling music, and all-day family fiesta for all to enjoy.
Music and dance inspired by the global rhythms that move us:
A separate stage dedicated to children and youth programming will feature Mariachi and traditional folk dance troupes, and musical performances by local artists.
"Hendersonville is a remarkably friendly yet sophisticated small town. It’s clearly a collaborative city where people work together on projects and support each other," said Adriana Chavela, publisher of Hola Carolina Magazine. "Latinos love to passionately tell our stories and share our rich cultures and traditions with people of all ages. And while sharing our stories, it allows us to learn even more about ourselves and how we can best weave ourselves into the communities where we live."
When most people are asked to use one word to describe the Latino culture, they typically say “colorful.” That is a common thread that weaves itself through the many Spanish speaking countries of the world. However, what many people perceive as one culture is in fact many. Latino people are proud of their countries which are rich in culture and they are eager to share their customs and traditions with their new friends in Henderson County.
As with any event the size of Fiesta Hendersonville, support from the community is integral to its success, and organizers are pleased with the support they've received thus far.
Ingles Markets joins Fiesta Hendersonville as title sponsor. Additional corporate sponsors include; Park Ridge Health, UNC Asheville and The Support Center. Community organizations supporting the event include: Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, City of Hendersonville, El Centro and Hendersonville Boys and Girls Club.
Sponsorship and vendor opportunities to support Fiesta Hendersonville are still available. Visit www.holacarolina.com for more information.
North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statementfollowing Gov. Pat McCrory’s appointment of Chuck Edwards to the North Carolina Senate.
Senator Berger said...
“Chuck Edwards is an embodiment of how hard work and perseverance pays off. He started working at McDonald’s while in high school, learned the business from the ground up and went on to open several of his own franchises. The North Carolina Senate and the people of the 48th District will benefit greatly from his tireless work ethic, sharp business sense and drive to tackle tough policy challenges.”
Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows is responding today to a House Ethics Committee investigation. The committee is looking into charges that Meadows paid a former staff member that he fired for a longer time than was appropriate. In an interview on WHKP News today at 7:55 and 11:55am and 505 pm, Meadows points out he terminated the staffer well over a year ago; that he himself reported this and fully co-operated with the committee; and if there was any mis-interpretation of House rules, he’ll make the whole thing right with the Congress and his constituents.
Meadows is conducting a series of events this week in HendersonCounty. Today he’s visit Hendersonville Elementary School at 8:30am. Hendersonville Elementary is one of the county’s “full time” schools and classes are already back in session.
He will be visiting the Johnson Family Farm on Kanuga Roadat Erkwood Drive at 10.
Meadows is conducting a town hall meeting at 6 in the Bo Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.
And on Thursday, Congressman Meadows will be conducting a veterans seminar from 2 to 5pm in Fletcher Town Hall. Local veterans with questions or issues are encouraged to attend.
Stations WCIV in Charleston and WLOS in Asheville are reporting:
A teenager who recently graduated from Hendersonville High School died in a shooting over the weekend in South Carolina.
Police in Goose Creek say 19-year-old Kyle David Shirlin was killed during a party near Charleston.
The responding officer describes seeing many young people in their teens and twenties hurriedly getting into cars and leaving the party, not responding to his attempts to wave them down.
One witness said Shirlin was a friend of his, and said that he and Shirlin worked as valets together at the Hyatt Hotel in Charleston.
Shirlin did not know anyone in the local area, the witness said, and had learned of the party from him.
Neighbors in the area said after hearing gunshots, they saw people running from a house in the Cherry Hill area. Authorities blocked off exits to the subdivision and identified people as they left the area. They identified 28 people leaving from the two exits from the Cherry Hill subdivision.
Family members don't have all the answers right now. Kyle's father, Dave, says his son was a great kid: personable, warm and extremely loyal to his close friends.
He was always polite, Kyle's father said, and for him to be shot and killed is just senseless.
WLOS spoke with a family friend who said Kyle was a great kid.
Family friend Dave Lee said he was kind and compassionate. "He was always the kid that stood up for the other kids," Lee said. "He was a beautiful young man with a future ahead of him."
The Berkeley County Coroner's Office has requested an autopsy which will be conducted Monday morning at the Medical University Hospital in Charleston.
GCPD investigators are actively working this case and believe it is an isolated incident.
Investigators ask anyone that was at 122 Westerfield Dr. when the shooting occurred to contact Investigator Powell at (843) 863-5200 ext. 2356 or Crimestoppers at (843) 554-1111