As seen in this Hendersonville Times-News photo, for the second time in just over a year, a woman has been killed in a car crash on the Asheville Highway in the vicinity of the Bay Breeze and Papas and Beer Restaurants.
Hendersonville Police tell WHKP News that 78 year old Arlene Dennison of 203 Tulip Trail Hendersonville died in the collision with a truck about 6:30 Wednesday evening.
A preliminary investigation shows a dark gray Ford F250 extended cab truck had pulled out of the Ingles parking lot on Asheville Highway and was heading south toward Papa’s & Beer when a gold Honda sedan, driven by Ms. Dennison, pulled out of the restaurant parking lot and into its path.
Officer Kyle Nix, who is still investigating the case, said it looks as if the driver of the sedan was attempting to pull out of the Papa’s & Beer parking lot, heading south on Asheville Highway toward Bay Breeze seafood restaurant, when the car was struck.
Ms. Dennison died at the scene. The driver of the truck was transported to Pardee Hospital and was identified as Jeffrey Collins of Hendersonville. His condition was not known overnight Wednesday.
All lanes of Asheville Highway were closed after the wreck as paramedics worked to render aid, but were reopened around 8 p.m.
The wreck occurred in the same stretch of Asheville Highway where 82 year old Gloria Ruth of Rutherfordton was killed last June when she pulled out of the Bay Breeze parking lot and collided with a delivery truck and an SUV.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 7/2/15
Photo from the Hendersonville Times-News
In addition to the Hendersonville Police Department, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Highway Patrol, Henderson County EMS, Henderson County Rescue Squad and the Hendersonville Fire Department responded.
A new Civitas Poll of registered North Carolina voters sheds light on voters’ presidential preferences more than a year ahead of the actual polling.
These questions were asked of all 600 voters, regardless of their party affiliation. The questions were open-ended, without suggesting names to respondents.
On the Republican side, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush led with 14 percent, followed by businessman Donald Trump with 10 percent and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 6 percent. More than a dozen other announced or likely candidates registered in single digits. Thirty-four percent of voters responded “don’t know.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led Democrats with 33 percent, though she too trailed “don’t know,” which was the response of 37 percent. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was the choice of 11 percent, followed by other candidates in single digits.
“These results show that name recognition is the most powerful factor in voters’ preferences at this point,” said Civitas President Francis De Luca. “That explains why the favorites are Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump.”
Trump announced his candidacy the week before the Civitas Poll was taken.
The poll surveyed 600 registered North Carolina voters, 30 percent of whom were reached on cell phones. The survey was taken June 23-25, and had a margin of error of plus/minus 4 percent.
Following* are the relevant questions, which were asked of all voters:
Thinking ahead to the elections in 2016, for a moment...
If the 2016 Presidential Election were being held today who would you like to see as the candidate for the Republican Party? (OPEN END, DO NOT READ NAMES) 14% Jeb Bush 6% Ben Carson 3% Ted Cruz -- Carly Fiorina 1% Lindsey Graham 4% Mike Huckabee 1% George Pataki 4% Rand Paul 1% Rick Perry 5% Marco Rubio -- Rick Santorum -- Mark Everson 2% Scott Walker 2% Chris Christie -- John Kasich 1% Bobby Jindal 10% Donald Trump -- Skip Andrews 6% Other (Specify) 34% Don't Know 6% Refused
If the 2016 Presidential Election were being held today who would you like to see as the candidate for the Democratic Party? (OPEN END, DO NOT READ NAMES) 33% Hillary Clinton -- Lincoln Chafee 1% Martin O'Malley 11% Bernie Sanders -- Jeff Boss -- Robby Wells 1% Willie Wilson 2% Jim Webb 5% Joe Biden 5% Other (Specify) 37% Don't Know 6% Refused
[The following question was asked of those who picked a candidate.] Now, thinking about the Republican and Democrat you've just selected... If the 2016 Presidential Election were between those candidates, and being held today, and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote between (ROTATE): (candidate selected), the Republican, and (candidate selected), the Democrat?
45% The Republican 53% The Democrat 2% Undecided -- Refused
[The following question was asked of those who selected “don’t know” or “refused” when asked about candidates.] 28B. If the 2016 Presidential Election were being held today, and you had to make a choice, for whom would you vote between (ROTATE) the Republican candidate, and the Democrat candidate?
41% The Republican 39% The Democrat 18% Undecided 1% Refused
*Totals may not equal 100 percent, because of rounding.
Crosstabs for poll here.
About the poll: This poll of 600 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted June 23-25, 2015 by National Research, Inc., of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered general election voters in North Carolina. Thirty percent of the respondents were cell phone-only users. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past two general elections (2012, 2014) or be newly registered to vote since November 1, 2014. The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.”
For more information on Civitas polling, see http://www.nccivitas.org/
The Civitas Institute – “North Carolina’s Conservative Voice” – is at 100 S. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC, 27603.
The mission of the Civitas Institute is to facilitate the implementation of conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians. Towards that end, Civitas provides research, information and training to: • empower citizens to become better civic leaders and more informed voters; • educate emerging public leaders, enabling them to be more effective in the democratic process; and • inform elected officials about citizen-based, free-market solutions to problems facing North Carolinians.
Hendersonville Celebrates Freedom
Fourth of July events in Hendersonville, NC
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Independence Day will be celebrated in style in Hendersonville, NC. Celebrations and family events will take place throughout the day in the Historic Downtown corridor.
The Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association will sponsor an Independence Day Parade at 10am. Celebrate freedom with this family friendly event, open to all. The parade will travel form 5 Points to Caswell Street along Main Street, which will be closed to traffic.
Volunteers and participants are still being sought for the parade. Floats of any kind, decorated in red, white and blue, are welcome. There is a $10 entry fee per parade space. All proceeds will benefit the Henderson County Honor Guard.
Parade applications are available online at the Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association website, www.nchmba.com. Applications must be received by June 30th.
The Henderson County Heritage Museum will be celebrating freedom with a free ice cream social on the steps on the Historic Courthouse in Downtown Hendersonville. The community is invited to cool off with ice cream and fun immediately following the parade. The Heritage Museum will be open until 5:00pm and features exhibits and artifacts from the history of Henderson County.
The Fourth of July festivities are capped off with a special Music on Main Street Patriotic Tribute Concert at the Visitor Center stage at 201 South Main Street. The concert will feature Asheville’s 96.5 House Band, and a salute to veterans and current service members from 7-9pm. All men and women who have served in the military are invited to attend wearing a cap, t-shirt, or other source of military identification to be honored and recognized.
Henderson County will launch an Independence Day fireworks celebration at sundown. The launch site will ensure premier viewing of the display from the Music on Main Street concert area at the Visitor Center Stage. Bring a chair and enjoy the free music and fireworks. The seating area opens after 5:30pm; early admission is strictly prohibited. No animals, alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers are allowed in the event area.
Join in a hometown celebration of our nations founding with events across Hendersonville!
Independence Day Parade:
Carolyn Serrano, HCMBA
Henderson County Heritage Museum:
Knox Crowell, Museum Director
Patriotic Tribute Concert: Henderson County TDA
Summer Plays and Programs Begin at Sandburg Home
(FLAT ROCK, NC)— Carl Sandburg Home National Historic has launched into a fun summer season of theater, farm life demonstrations and historic walks. Until August 8 there is something new to see or do at Connemara.
Wednesday through Saturday mornings at 10:15 am, the amphitheater adjacent to the Sandburg Home hosts live performances of Sandburg’s words and music. Wednesday and Friday morning features The People’s Poet, a journey through the American experience of love, children, nature and social activism. Based on Sandburg’s collection of poetry and prose, the presentation is both silly and serious and enjoyable for audiences of all ages. On Thursday and Saturday morning, Rootabaga!, fills the stage with taxi cab drivers, a gold buckskin whincher, the potato face blind man and more. This zany presentation is based on Sandburg’s collection of stories for children, The Rootabaga Stories. These 30-minute performances are held rain or shine.
Wednesday through Sunday afternoons at 2:15 pm, visitors can learn how Mrs. Sandburg turned sweet fresh goat’s milk into cheese, butter, yogurt and more. These farm-life demonstrations focus on cheese-making with recipes and samples for the audience.
Monday and Tuesday mornings, beginning July 6, at 10:15 am, rangers will stroll the grounds uncovering the history of Connemara from the first residents in 1838 to the Sandburg family. This is a great opportunity to see inside buildings normally closed to the public and discover how life at Connemara changed over time.
Thanks to generous support from Eastern National (the park’s bookstore) and the Flat Rock Playhouse, Rootabaga! and the People’s Poet are offered to the public free of charge. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service. The park is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily. For more information, please telephone 828-693-4178, or visit our website at:
Historic Hendersonville, NC
July 13, 2015
Every Monday Night
201 South Main Street
Don’t miss the 97th Annual Street Dance on Monday, July 13, featuring Walt Puckett as Caller, Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition and Mountain Thunder Cloggers. The Street Dance has been a favorite tradition in Hendersonville, ever since the citizens took to the streets to welcome home the soldiers from WWI.
Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition is a 5-piece bluegrass band based in Asheville, NC. Members are Bobby Anderson on Banjo, Jim Turpin on Mandolin, Gene Burns on Guitar, Nick Dauphinais on Bass, and Rich Inman on Fiddle. They play crowd-favorites such as “Rocky Top,” “Salty Dog,” “Tennessee Waltz,” and “John Henry.” The band incorporates some great original songs in their shows. They’re not afraid to include crossover material from artists such as Hank Williams, Bob Dylan Chuck Berry, and many others into their well-defined, classic sound.
Mountain Thunder Cloggers are Western North Carolina’s largest recreational precision clogging team. They have performed at many regional festivals including Bele Chere, the NC Mountain State Fair, Farm City Day, and the North Carolina Apple Festival.
Bring a chair; admission is free. Enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing every Monday through August 10 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Visitors Center, 201 South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Audience seating area opens after 5:30pm; early admission is strictly prohibited. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. No alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers allowed.
At 6:30 pm, caller Walt Puckett will teach audience members some basic Appalachian square dance steps, so everyone can join in the fun.
In case of inclement weather the dance will be postponed until 8:00pm; if the weather does not improve by 8:00pm the performance will be cancelled.
The Street Dance is an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.
Street Dance Sponsors:
Burger King, Firehouse Sub, & Henderson County Visitor Center
Pardee UNC Healthcare recently announced that it will be the presenting sponsor for the 1st Annual Fall into Flat Rock 5K and Family Fun day. The event, located at The Park at Flat Rock, will take place on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.
The 5K race begins at 9am and takes place on the scenic park nature trail. A fun walk is also available. To register, visit active.com. (Tshirts included!!)
The Family Fun Day will begin at 10:30 and continue through 3pm. There is no admission charge. A variety of events and entertainment will include:
Tai Chi demonstrations
“We are proud to partner with the Village of Flat Rock to support this exciting new event,” says Jay Kirby, President and CEO of Pardee. “Part of our mission at Pardee UNC Healthcare is to support activities and events that promote healthy lifestyles. The Park at Flat Rock definitely does just that. In our more than 60 years of serving this community, Pardee has played an integral role in promoting the health and well-being of Henderson County’s residents.”
Pardee is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information about Pardee Hospital visit www.pardeehospital.org, or visit pardeeselect.org for assistance in finding a physician.
The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina to help raise the funds required to fulfill the vision of a signature municipal park for the community. That vision includes opportunities for recreation, health, and education for all generations while preserving the natural beauty that draws visitors from far and wide to Western North Carolina.
This week, the WHKP HOMETOWN HERO is Tom Wilson, former principal of Hendersonville High School and current apple grower in Henderson County. Link to Full Story
McDonald's is set to reopen their newly remodeled store on Four Seasons Boulevard in Hendersonville. According to the Edwards Group, local franchisee, there will be two drive-thru order stations. They are currently taking applications for additionall employees at their Spartanburg Highway location.
BURGLARIES, LARCENIES, MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS ALL DOWN IN HENDERSONVILLE IN 2014
The Hendersonville Police Department received their annual, Uniform Crime Report, from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). The SBI collects crime data through the North Carolina Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program which is part of a nationwide effort administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The UCR program’s primary objective is to generate a reliable set of criminal statistics for law enforcement operations. UCR data also gives the state and the nation information on fluctuations in the level of reported crimes. This is a voluntarily submission of data to the SBI on the crimes reported in respective jurisdictions. The UCR Program divides offenses into two classifications: Part 1 includes murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Part 1 offenses, excluding negligent manslaughter and arson, are used to calculate the Crime Index and Crime Rate. This report includes 2013 and 2014 crime data submitted by the Police Department to the SBI. The recent report shows that crime rates have dropped in all but one of the 6 categories for the city of Hendersonville.
For examples, the 2013 statistics indicated Hendersonville had 113 burglaries. The 2014 statistics reports Hendersonville had 66. The 2013 statistics for larcenies in the city were 691. The 2014 statistics reports Hendersonville had 459. Motor vehicle thefts (which include mopeds and motorcycles) indicated a reduction to 29 in 2014 from 47 in 2013.
Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake said, "An ideal community exists when the police and citizens work together to reduce crime or to prevent crime from happening in the first place. We believe we have positive relations with all of our communities. The release of this information also affords us ideal timing to convey some helpful crime prevention suggestions to our city."
Chief Blake said, " For example, just within the past weeks, some people are leaving their vehicles unlocked throughout the city. At times the vehicles’ windows are also left down; resulting in them becoming an easy target for larcenies from their vehicles. Again, public safety is a joint effort that involves the public. Citizens can refuse to be an easy victim by securing their automobiles; and by not leaving anything of value in them."
Chief Blake added, "If someone calls you and tells you that you won a prize in a contest that you did not enter, but you have to pay some sought of fee to claim the prize; you didn’t win a prize. Hang your phone up; and don’t share any personal information with that caller. Finally, to help prevent burglaries, please remember that burglars tend to look for crimes of opportunity. They pick what appears to be an easy target. So always keep your doors and windows locked day and night. Try not to leave your garage door open. Finally, bad policing by some police departments and their officers in other jurisdictions has significantly tainted how many citizens throughout our country view police today."
Blake summarized, " But Iconfidently believe that the Hendersonville Police Department is staffed with a team of very professional, well trained, and deeply committed public servants that choose to serve in this city. Along with our many observant and civic minded citizens, I think our staff’s efforts are reflected in this recent overall reduction in part one crime as reported in this latest UCR.”