Lots of sunshine & warmer for Memorial Day
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With the approach of the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer, Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald asks all citizens to join him in making this Memorial Day holiday a happy and safe time for all.
Have a safe holiday and take some time to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving our country.
Detectives investigate suspicious fire
On Saturday, May 28, at approximately , a structure fire was reported involving a residence on Wendy Lane in the Mountain Home community. Responding deputies and firefighters found a duplex, occupied by two families heavily damaged from the fire.
Both families, who were asleep at the time of the fire had to be relocated by the American Red Cross. All the occupants were able to escape the fire uninjured. Henderson County Fire Marshal and Henderson County Sheriff’s investigators have determined the fire was intentionally set and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time
Detectives charge one after stabbing incident in Fletcher
On Saturday, May 28, at approximately , the Henderson County 911 center received a reported assault on Fleetwood Lane in the Fletcher community.
After further investigation Henderson County detectives have charged Luis Enrique Valencia, age 28, of Sweeten Creek Road in Arden with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury after he stabbed another male with a knife during an altercation.
Valencia is currently being held at the Henderson County Jail under a $3000.00 secured bond. The victim was transported to Mission Hospital with serious injuries.
THAT LED TO HIGH SPEED CHASE ON I-26
An Etowah man was driving speeds in excess of 125 mph on Interstate 40 Saturday when he was spotted by law enforcement offices, and he then attempted to flee from the office…which led to a high speed chase on I-26..
Kevin Dean Ogle, 38 of Scarlet Oaks Drive in Etowah, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, speeding and reckless driving to endanger, according to warrants at the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office.
News reports indicate that a Buncombe County Sheriff Deputy encountered Ogle traveling eastbound on I-40 where he was driving at a speed of 127 mph in a 65 mph zone. The arrest warrant sys “…at this time the defendant was driving without caution and in a manner, which endangered other persons or property.”
The incident occurred just after midnight..
Ogle’s bond was set at 20,000 secured. He is scheduled to appear in Buncombe County District Court on Tuesday morning.
The early One-Stop voting in the June 7th Primary Election got undserway this week and will continue through June 4th.
The early voting this time is taking place only the Board of Elections office on East Central Street…from 8:3-am and 5pm weekdays and on June 4th from 8:30am until 1pm. The office will be closed and there will be no early voting on Memorial Day.
There’s not much on the ballot this time:
For Democrats, there’s the race between Tom Hill and Rick Bryson for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress and the chance to oppose Republican Mark Meadows in the General Election this November.
For Republicans, there really is no partisan race.
But a non-partisan race will be on both Republican and Democrat ballots…and that the race for a seat as an associate justice on the state supreme court. Incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds is facing three challengers…Michael Morgan, Daniel Robertson, and Sabra Jean Faires.
Election Board officials are anticipating a fairly low voter turn-out, but local Republicans are actively campaigning for Justice Bob Edmunds for the state supreme court.
And election officials remind all voters…that a photo voter I.D. is now required for voting.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXERSIZE AND ENJOY THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF TH GREENWAY---SAFELY
We can expect a formal “ribbon cutting” sometime this June or July on the latest leg to be opened up of the Oklawaha Greenway.
Already, walkers, joggers, bikers and other “exersizers” are out daily on the new 1.7 mile stretch of the greenway, that’s just off the existing part of the greenway just south of North Main Street, and that runs all the way north to the parking lot across from the old Berkley Mills baseball field.
This extension of the greenway makes it possible for runners to run, bikers to bike, or walkers to walk all the way from Jackson Park to BerkleyPark…and that’s seven and a half miles on the greenway.
In the future, these who enjoy the greenway will see some additions like benches. picnic tables, mile markers and more signage.
The greenway runs along Mud Creek on an easement the City of Hendersonville acquired when it ran a new serer line from Jackson park to the wastewater treatment plant north f town at Berkley Mills in Balfour.
Ten feet wide, the greenway of paved, meanders along the creek bank and through the scenery, and the landscaping plan called for it to be lined with 500 trees.
Paid for with a $1.2 million grant from NC DOT, a yellow center line will be painted on the greenway…and the city is working with BeeCity officials on meadows, planters, and wildflowers to further enhance the natural beauty of the greenway. And the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club provided the equipment for a pump and repaid station along the route, which a local Eagle Scout project will install.
It was just last August that the local Tourism Development Authority unveiled a new logo...they call it “re-branding” to promote Hendersonville, HendersonCounty, and our multi-million dollar tourism industry. That logo, or brand, created to replace the "Historic Hendersonville" theme, apparently hasn't caught on very well.
Now, according to news reports, the TDA and its board, are looking at re-branding the re-brand…with another new logo.
The current one, the one adopted last year, is of a mountain, a leaf and a river in green, blue, and brown colors with “Hendersonville, North Carolina” written underneath. The latest one being looked at by the TDA and its board is described as much simpler…with the “o” in “Hendersonville” being the dot of an exclamation mark and with “North Carolina” written underneath.
Even though the TDA board approved the concept of the new design this week, they are apparently not fully “on board” with it yet…and want to see how it goes over with the public in the future.
Another issue TDA is dealing with is some 20 thousand dollars worth of mugs, hats, shirts and other merchandise with the current logo on it all that was approved last year. They’re hoping to sell a lot of that to the two hundred thousand visitors expected for Garden Jubilee.
Other local logos and re-branding has had some issues. You’ll recall that the new North Carolina Apple Festival logo introduced last year had to be corrected to reverse a backward music note that was the centerpiece of it. Some people said that logo looked more like a Christmas tree ornament than an Apple Festival logo.
Still, even while tourism and festival officials deal with their logos and re-branding, tourism has been strong, and hopefully will be again this year…bringing millions of dollars into the local economy.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 05/25/16 5am
On , as many as 200 beautifully restored classic cars and trucks are expected to fill the soccer field at Harmon Field during the annual Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival. Proud owners will have the opportunity to show off their restoration handiwork to thousands of Festival guests, who each year come to re-live scenes from their younger days or, perhaps, imagine a grandpop in his younger days when these vehicles were all the vogue. In the late afternoon, prizes and trophies will be awarded, based on participant voting in several categories including Best of Show – Car and Truck.
Dennis Nagle, chairman of the Festival Car Show Committee, said this event draws such a large number of entries because the car owners enjoy coming to the Festival. “This is an outing their families love, because there is so much to do all day and into the night.”
Entry fee is only $20 per car and includes admission to the Festival for two people—there is no admission fee for children 12 and under.
The Classic Car Show is sponsored by First Citizens Bank and hosted by The Carolina Classic Car Club (Spartanburg, SC). Registration is from . Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony which begins around . Best of Show Car and Truck will be chosen, and trophies will be award to the top 20 cars and trucks (plus GM, FOMOCO, MOPAR and Non Big 3). There will also be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.
Download a registration/information form at www.BlueRidgeBBQFestival.com. If you have questions about displaying a car at the Festival, contact the BBQ Office, at 828-859-7427.
The 23rd Annual Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival will be held at Harmon Field in Tryon, NC, on June 10 and 11. It includes not only a cooking competition--sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society--and great music on two stages; but also a juried craft fair with up to 50 crafters displaying, demonstrating and selling their art; carnival rides and games for kids of all ages; interesting and informative sponsor displays and, of course, some of the best food to be had anywhere. Saturday’s special events include the Classic Car Show and a “Hawg” Run (motorcycle poker run) originating in Greenville and ending at the Festival. And, last but not least, a grand finale Fireworks display on Saturday night.
A special feature again this year is FREE ADMISSION for everyone from on FRIDAY ONLY. Guests get in free and stay all day if they wish. Residents of Polk County and Landrum (zip code 29356) get in free ALL DAY on FRIDAY. Other times, tickets are $8 at the gate, with kids 12 and under always free with a paying adult. Active duty military are also ALWAYS free with military ID. Gates open at and close at both days.
The Festival is operated each year by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds help support Chamber operations, and additional funds go to the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation to be returned to the community through distributions to a variety of charitable and civic programs and projects throughout the county. For further information, call the Festival office at 828-859-RIBS (7427) or visit BlueRidgeBBQFestival.com.
Flat Rock Playhouse will continue its 2016 season with The Affections of May, running May 26th through June 4th on the mainstage in Flat Rock. Norm Foster’s most widely produced romantic comedy, The Affections of May is a heartwarming play which centers on May Henning, the owner of a bed and breakfast in a small resort town. When her husband leaves her, she amusingly and adorably finds herself quite the center of attention and entangled in a hilarious romantic triangle.
The cast for The Affections of May includes Flat Rock Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant in the title role of May. Flat Rock favorite funny man Scott Treadway will play the role of Hank, the polished and charming banker vying for May’s affections. Grayson Powell, last seen in last year’s hit production of Crimes of the Heart, plays May’s other suitor, Quinn, an unkempt handy man who moves into her bed and breakfast after his motor home catches on fire. Flat Rock Playhouse regularPreston Dyar rounds out the cast as May’s husband, Brian, who leaves her for his mistress and his former life in New York City.
“I absolutely adore this simple, but sweet play and I’m sure our audiences will do the same,” says Bryant. “Just exactly who will win May’s hand and escort her to a costume party will be revealed in this light hearted, wry romantic comedy that is sure to tickle your funny bone and tug at your heartstrings.”
The Affections of May will be directed by Paige Posey, who returns to helm Foster’s light-hearted comedy after starring as May the 1998 Flat Rock Playhouse production. Chris Mueller will be designing the set with Resident Costume Designer Ashli Arnold providing the costumes. Meghan Dougherty will design the lights for The Affections of May; sound design by Kurt Conway.
TICKETS AND SCHEDULE
The Affections of Mayperforms May 26th through June 4th on the Flat Rock Playhouse Clyde and Nina Allen Mainstage. Performances and evening at , and evening at , matinees , , and at . Tickets are $15 - $40 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
Flat Rock Playhouse is located at 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC.
Even though WHKP News has been told numerous times by the regional office of the U.S. Postal Service in Charlotte in the last couple of years that there are no plans to close or move the Hendersonville post office, it is now being reported that the Fifth Avenue West Hendersonville post office WILL be moving to another location sometime in 2017.
That larger sorting facility near Walmart and Sam’ Club has reportedly left the Fifth Avenue facility with very little to do…and the USPS plan is to replace it with what’s described as a “smaller storefront location” in a nearbvy town that’s yet to be determined.
It is also being reported that the Hendersonville First BaptistChurch is in the market to acquire the post office property for church parking.
It’s also rumored that the City of Hendersonville is considering the property for a possible hotel and/or parking deck.
There had been some talk by City of Hendersonville Public Works a while back that a new turn lane would be built by the city into the post office parking lot off Fifth Avenue as part of the Fifth Avenue West ugrade, but that never materialized.
As WHKP News has reported, the post office parking lot has been in bad need of repairs in recent years and had a huge pothole on one side f the facility a while back. The owner of the property said it was the postal service’s responsibility…and they apparently fixed the pothole and made some other repairs on the property..
It is not clear when in 2017 the post office will be moving out and vacating the Fifth Avenue West property....or where that new smaller USPS facility might be located.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 05/20/16 7pm