HI: 68 LOW: 36
Henderson County Elections Director Beverly Cunningham estimated late Thursday that about 2000 Henderson County voters had cast their ballots on the opening day of the early One-Stop voting.
Cunningham said Thursday's voter turn-out was similar to the turn-out for the first day of One-Stop voting in the presidential election two years ago.
She told WHKP News the largest number of voters had cast their early ballots Thursday at the election board's main office on Central Street, where she estimated the total to be about 1200 votes Thursday.
She predicted about 850 votes were cast on Thursday at the other One-Stop sites in Henderson County.
The Henderson County Sheriff's Department confirmed for WHKP News that two toddlers were found spparrntly abandoned on the side of the road in Henderson County about 12:30 Thursday afternoon.
Chief Deputy Frank Stout said a witness reported seeing a brown truck, with possibly wooden sides, drop the two little boys off on Crab Creek Road, near the Henderson County-Transylvania County line. A caller to the sheriff's department said one child had been spotted walking down a driveway, the other was in the road.
A woman later called the sheriff's office and said her children were missing in the same general area.
After interviewing the mother, deputies concluded the little boys wandered away from home while their mother was asleep.
The toddlers were safe late on Thursday and no charges have been filed in the case.
By Larry Freeman
Updated 10pm 10/23/1
FORMER MEMBER OF CONGRESS,HENDERSONVILLE ATTORNEY, AND ONE OF THE ORIGINAL STOCKHOLDERS OF RADIO HENDERSONVILLE, INC. , M.M. REDDEN, SR., STOOD ON THE STAGE OF THE CAROLINA THEATER ON OCTOBER 24, 1946 AND INTRODUCED WHKP TO THE COMMUNITY.
Friday, October 24th, RADIO HENDERSONVILLE, INC., operators of AM 1450 WHKP celebrates their 68th birthday.
President and General Manager Art Cooley, who has been with the station for the past 57 years, said the station and all of its employees are deeply grateful for the honor they have been given to serve Hendersonville and Henderson County residents - numbering some 110,000 now - over these 68 years.
The station started broadcasting from modest studios in downtown Hendersonville, in the Bowen Hotel (now demolished) in 1946 then moved to 7th Avenue East where it's studios and tower were located., in 1952 and finally to its current 'high-profile' location on Four Seasons Boulevard and Dana road, with tower facilities on Signal Hill Road in 1977.
Over these years, WHKP has been the owners/operators of several other radio properties, including WWIT in Canton, N.C.; WPNF in Brevard and WTYN in Tryon. Radio Hendersonville, Inc. also operated an FM station under the banner of WHKP-FM and WKIT-FM...fondly known as 'Kit Kountry' from 1958 until the mid-eighties when the station was sold and moved to Greenville, S. C. under the banner of MY 102.5.
Community service has been the 'beacon call' of WHKP over these many years.
According to Cooley, the station continues to employ the very latest in state-of-the-art broadcast equipment and is heavily involved in the internet and social media and features a well-visited web site at www.whkp.com. Cooley further stated that the company will stay abreast of any additional broadcast advances in order to better serve the people of Hendersonville and Henderson County.
FROST POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT...
FALLING TEMPERATURES AND DECREASED WINDS WILL LEAD TO ENHANCED
FROST POTENTIAL TONIGHT.
HENDERSON-CALDWELL MOUNTAINS-BURKE MOUNTAINS-MCDOWELL MOUNTAINS-
RUTHERFORD MOUNTAINS-POLK MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BANNER ELK...NEWLAND...ELK PARK...
CROSSNORE...SUGAR MOUNTAIN...BURNSVILLE...SPRUCE PINE...
EAST FLAT ROCK...ETOWAH
927 AM EDT THU OCT 23 2014
...FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT
* LOCATIONS...THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MOUNTAINS OF NORTH
* TEMPERATURES...LOWS IN THE UPPER 30S. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S.
* WINDS...NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH.
* IMPACTS...SENSITIVE PLANTS MAY BE KILLED OR DAMAGED BY FROST.
A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT FROST IS POSSIBLE. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR
PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.
HENDERSON COUNTY COUNTY MANAGER STEVE WYATT
Henderson County county manager Steve Wyatt and all relevant local government agencies will unveil a comprehensive plan late this week, probably on Friday, for dealing with ebola, or something like it.
Wyatt made that announcement earlier in the week to the LGCCA (Local Government Committee On Co-Operative Action), made up of mayors and council members from every municipality in Henderson County as well as county commissioners.
In addressing the group in the main courtroom in the Historic Courthouse earlier this week, Wyatt observed there are now over 330 million people in the United States and only two of them have been diagnosed with ebola. But he pointed out that local preparedness is a matter of being safe than sorry.
Components of this plan include training, equipment, and preparating local hospitals, EMS personnel, first responders. Everything, said Wyatt, will be under the statutory authority of the county health department.
There are ebola “hot lines” now in place for accessing information, but Wyatt explained that a local hot line will also be established through the county health department to provide the latest ebola information 24/7.
Special protective clothing will be provided for any health care personnel possibly coming in contact with an ebola patient; a special EMS unit or ambulance will also be designated for this purpose; and an an appropriate isolated part of the hospital will be designated for any possible patients. In a special report on WHKP on Monday, Pardee Hospital’s medical director, Dr. Robert Kiskaddon, indicated someplace behind the emergency department at Pardee Hospital would be set aside for that purpose. And also on WHKP’s news this week, Park Ridge Vice President Graham Fields indicated that Park Ridge has been working with others involved to be prepared “just in case”.
Henderson County Health Director Steve Smith and county manager Wyatt were in agreement this week on the importancs of using local resources to be prepared for such situations, no matter how unlikely.
As Dr. Kiskaddon, Wyatt and Smith pointed out this week, here at the beginning of the flu season, local residents are far more likely to come in contact with the flu than any more serious virus and they urged all local residents tol be sure an take their flu shots.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman
Updated 8am 10/23/14
The 12th Annual Bearfootin’ Public Art Auction is on the horizon. If you’ve been eyeing one of the fabulous additions to the Bearfootin’ Art catalogue as they’ve spent their summer in downtown, now is your chance to take it home! The much loved bears make their final appearance together on Main Street each fall during the Bearfootin’ Auction at the Historic Courthouse Square. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday October 25th at 4:30 pm with bidder registration and live entertainment beginning at 2:30 pm.
The auction takes place each year to raise funds for a variety of local non-profits, including the City of Hendersonville’s Main Street Program. Last year alone the Bearfootin’ Public Art Auction raised nearly $20,000 for local non-profits and the Main Street Program and we want to have an even larger impact in our 12th year! Non-profit’s represented by a Bear include everyone from Council on Aging for Henderson County to Interfaith Assistance Ministry to the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County and everything in between. Overall there are more than 20 local non-profits represented. So whether you are motivated to support downtown and your favorite local non-profit or you’ve just simply fallen in love with one of this year’s Bearfootin’ Art Bears, the Auction is for you!
THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES AND WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY SAY: IT'S IME FOR OCTOBER'S FALL COLOR
Western North Carolina's annual fall color display should draw more tourists this October than last year when a federal government shutdown stymied some travelers, according to a new study from Western Carolina University.
With the national parks open and fall colors forecast to be especially good this year, hotel occupancy rates should increase in 21 mountain counties, according to the second annual "October Tourism Forecast for Western North Carolina."
The report is developed by students in a senior-level "Tourism Strategies" class taught by Steve Morse, economist and director of the Hospitality and Tourism Program in WCU's College of Business.
"The federal government shutdown during the first 15 days of October in 2013 resulted in little growth in tourism last year because of the closure of campgrounds and visitor centers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway," Morse said.
"Our analysis indicates those who did not travel to the mountains last October may have a stronger desire this year to feed their fall foliage yearning."
The students analyzed data supplied by Smith Travel Research, a leading source of information for the hospitality industry. The students' forecast also is based on declining gasoline prices, new tourism marketing campaigns by the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau and by Smoky Mountain Host promoting WNC as an outdoors destination, improving economic conditions and "pent-up travel demand," Morse said.
Another factor, Morse said, is the improving outlook for leaf-lookers in the mountains, as WCU fall foliage forecaster Kathy Mathews, associate professor of biology, says the chances are increasing for a brilliant fall color season this year. "Brighter colors should attract even more tourists this year," Morse said.
In the tourism study, the WCU students divided 21 WNC counties into five groups; examined the total number of hotel rooms sold and the overall occupancy rates for October 2013; compared weekday and weekend occupancy rates from last October; and determined the average change in the number of hotel nights sold for October during the previous three years. The students' predictions, by region:
Region 1 – Cherokee, Clay, Graham and Macon counties: A 2.7 percent increase in October 2014 tourism compared to last October.
Region 2 – Haywood, Jackson, Transylvania and Swain counties: A 3.3 percent increase in October 2014 tourism compared to last October.
Region 3 – Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Watauga and Wilkes counties: A 2 percent increase in October 2014 tourism compared to last October.
Region 4 – Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey counties: A 1.7 percent increase in October 2014 tourism compared to last October.
Region 5 – Buncombe and Henderson counties: A 3.7 percent increase in October 2014 tourism compared to last October.
Ty Marion, a senior from Hendersonville majoring in hospitality and tourism, said the project provided a new perspective on the annual fall color show. "Since the leaves start changing colors in early October and continue for the rest of the month, tourists travel from all over, which increases everything from the demand of hotel rooms to revenue," said Marion, a 2007 graduate of East Henderson High School.
The "October Tourism Forecast for Western North Carolina" is part of a series of reports about travel trends in the mountain region to be provided by Morse and his students.
For more information about WCU's Hospitality and Tourism Program, visit the website hospitalityandtourism.wcu.edu. For a copy of the tourism forecast report, call 828-227-3386.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals will hold a session of court in Hendersonville on Monday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. The appeals court will sit in the former main courtroom (now used for meetings of the County Commissioners) of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Hendersonville, and will be open to the public.
The court session was scheduled by the Court of Appeals, which usually holds court in Raleigh, after an invitation by the Henderson County Bar Association, the local group for Henderson County lawyers. “We’re very excited that the Court has accepted our invitation to visit Hendersonville,” said Bar Association President Anderson Ellis. “This is a terrific opportunity for the residents and students of Hendersonville to experience first-hand one of the higher levels of our state judicial branch. We hope that everyone will take advantage of the visit to become familiar with how our appeals court works.”
In North Carolina, civil and criminal cases first go to trial in the District and Superior Courts, which are conducted in each county in the state. If a case is appealed from these courts, unless it is a murder case in which the death penalty is given, it is heard by the Court of Appeals. The Court reviews cases for errors of law and legal procedure, and its fifteen judges are elected and serve eight-year terms.
The three-judge panel of Judges Linda McGee, Robert Hunter, and Sanford Steelman are set to hear two cases in Hendersonville. The first case, Bottom v. Bailey (COA 14-564), is an appeal from Buncombe County and addresses the mishandling of funds involved in a “check kiting” scheme. The second case, Town of Black Mountain v. Lexon Insurance Company (COA 14-740), is also an appeal from Buncombe County, and revolves around bonds issued for the construction of a subdivision that fell through due to the recession of 2008-2009. Each case has two parties, and each party is given 30 minutes to argue; each case will take approximately one hour, and the court session will run from 1:00 p.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.
Henderson County Public Schools and Historic Johnson Farm announcethat Joy Owens of Hendersonville, NC is theFarm Director.
Owens was hired after a search and interview process, and began work at the beginning of school year 2014-15. (She succeeds Farm Director Ingrid McNair who retired August 31, 2014)
Owens is a resident of Henderson County, anda product of Henderson County Public Schools. She attended Mills River Elementary School, Rugby Middle School and West Henderson High School.
She attended Furman University in Greenville, SC, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BS Degree in Sustainability Science. During her time at Furman, she served as year-long manager of Furman Farm, an organic farm on campus. She supervised a staff of eight students in a work study program, and managed other student volunteers as well as volunteers from the Greenville community.
She also worked as an Education Intern with the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. While there she participated in the Climate Friendly Parks project, gave house tours, cared for animals, and was exposed to all aspects of the park and its education programs.
Owens is currently accepting reservations for school field trips at the farm. Since coming to Historic Johnson Farm, she has been involved in studying what the teams of farmvolunteers have done in the past. She is involved in organizing andputting her personal stamp on all the planned educational activities offered at the farm.
Owens started a Facebook page for the farm, to compliment and add to the farm website at www.historicjohnsonfarm.org.
Everyone associated with Historic Johnson Farm is looking forward to a bright future under her direction.
Historic Johnson Farm is open Tuesday – Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. There is no charge to walk the grounds. Visitors may enjoy one of the guided tours of the brick farmhouse, boarding house and other buildings at 10: am and 1:30 pm at $5 for adults, and $3 for children. Preschoolers are admitted free. It is located at 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC across from Rugby Middle School. Call 828-891-6585 for more information.
The Hendersonville Times-News reported Sunday morning...
Rick Wood, Democratic candidate for the N.C. Senate’s 48th District, says his opponent, incumbent Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Hendersonville), is avoiding engaging with him in a public discussion of the issues.
For his part, Apodaca said the two forums he’s agreed to participate in with Wood should suffice.
“I think it’s pretty clear-cut,” Apodaca said Thursday. “I’m a conservative business guy and he’s a liberal school union guy. There’s not a lot to differentiate. I think people know where we stand. Either way, I don’t think it’s going to be like the Lincoln-Douglas debates.”
Wood said he’s particularly disappointed that Apodaca is “refusing to attend” a Henderson County League of Women Voters forum scheduled for Oct. 1 at the City Operations Center in Hendersonville, since League rules prevent Wood from answering questions without his opponent there.
“I understand that incumbents sometimes want to avoid challengers,” Wood said. “I get that. But I just don’t think that serves the voters well. The League forum has such a history. I can’t remember a candidate refusing to attend one. My understanding is every other Republican candidate is going to be there.”
Apodaca said he told League representatives he had an education oversight meeting and three other important appointments in Raleigh that day and couldn’t be there.
“We’re looking at preliminary enrollment and how many teachers are needed, so I think I need to be in Raleigh,” he said. “I told them it wouldn’t fit.”
Sharon Burlingame, president of the Henderson County LWV, said she also asked Apodaca if he would be available to participate at a second forum the League is sponsoring Oct. 8, “and he said he’d be in committee meetings that day.”Apodaca’s campaign chair, City Councilman Jeff Miller, dismissed suggestions that the six-term senator and Senate rules committee chairman was avoiding debate with his Democratic rival, a former school teacher and basketball coach who serves on the Henderson County School Board.
“He is not afraid of any question that can be asked by Rick or anyone else,” Miller said. He pointed out that Apodaca has consented to two other events with Wood: a live, in-studio candidates’ forum at WHKP on Oct. 14 and a debate sponsored by the Council of Independent Business Owners in Asheville on Oct. 16.
Larry Freeman, WHKP’s news director, said the station’s Tuesday morning program “is not really a debate. It’s a typical candidates’ forum. We spend an hour with both candidates in the studio, just passing questions around and talking about the issues.”
Freeman said the first half-hour will consist of introducing the candidates to the station’s audience, beginning with questions posed by station staff.
“Then the last half-hour, we usually open it up to questions from listeners,” he said.
FORUM MAY BE EXPANDED TO TWO HOURS
Freeman said if there is sufficient interest, phone calls and questions, the Wood and Apodaca forum on October 14th may be expanded to two hours from 9 to 11am. He also said that due to the interest in the campaign, the forum will be recorded and re-aired at a yet-to-be-determined date and time before the election.
Wood said he welcomes “any opportunity to be involved,” but complained that Apodaca has chosen two environments favorable to him — radio and a “friendly business crowd” — rather than entering into an open public debate with him.
On the contrary, Miller said, “radio gives it the best chance for people to hear it. And No. 2, everything is recorded, so if you step in it, it’s like a tar baby — you can’t get it off. Every race I’ve ever been in, there’s been a radio debate. You can certainly get a lot of people listening that way.”
As for the CIBO event, Miller said he participated in the group’s debates while running against former Congressman Heath Shuler in 2010. “I found the questions to be business-oriented, but I didn’t think I got treated any better than Mr. Shuler did,” he said.
CIBO Executive Assistant Patty Beaver said the public is allowed at the group’s debate on a limited basis, but a $10 admission is required to cover the cost of the event and lunch.
WHKP TO BROADCAST SHERIFF'S FORUM TUESDAY OCTOBER 28TH
Similar to the Apodaca-Wood event, WHKP plans to broadcast a forum with Republican Sheriff Charlie McDonald and Democrat challenger Marty Katz from 9:05 to 10am on Tuesday October 28th. The format will be the same as in the Wood-Apodaca forum, and the sheriff's forum may also be expanded in there is sufficient interest and questions. The sheriff's forum will also be re-aired before the election.