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Community Invited to Official Grand Opening of United Federal Credit Union’s New Fletcher Branch Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. Why: United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) will host a community celebration on Saturday, May 3, 2014, to commemorate the official Grand Opening of its new 6,400-square foot, full-service branch at 3674 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, N.C. Fletcher residents are invited to tour the new branch while enjoying food, fun and entertainment—including a bounce house for kids. The $1.5-million facility is a full-service branch, featuring multiple drive thru lanes, an ATM, safe deposit boxes, an expanded Member Service Area, as well as a community meeting room. The location also accommodates the services of a Mortgage Loan Officer and Business Service Advisor. What: Official Grand Opening of UFCU’s new Fletcher branch. Where: 3674 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, N.C. 28732 (next to the Fletcher Post Office and across from the former location of Sunshine Chevrolet).
A new arrangement between Henderson County and the City of Asheville proposed by Henderson County Commissioners last week, dating back to a failed decade old regional water agreement, has moved another step forward.
Asheville City Council on Tuesday agreed to Henderson County's plan to sell property near the French Broad River and use the funds to create a joint law enforcement training center. Even though the Justice Academy law enforcement training center in Edneyville built a new in-door firing range several years ago, all three Republican candidates for Henderson County sheriff in this year's May 6th primary election agreed this week on WHKP's "Candidates Forum" that another law enforcement training center, complete with an out-door firing range, is necessary.
Without discussion, council members unanimously approved an interlocal agreement affecting the Bent Creek property, ceded to Henderson County in a controversial 1995 water agreement.
The resolution says the mayor is also authorized to execute any and all other documents to effectuate and carry into effect the terms of the interlocal agreement.
Henderson County commissioners agreed Wednesday to sell the property and use the proceeds to construct a law enforcement training facility and firing range in partnership with Buncombe County and the city of Asheville.
Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer said proceeds from the sale of the property are not required to be used for a shared law enforcement facility, but she has had a dialog with Henderson County officials about working together and creating a joint facility.
Manheimer said Buncombe County is working hard to find an appropriate site and funding for the project. She also said the agreement is a great opportunity to bring resolution to a long-standing, unresolved issue over what to do with the property.
The 137-acre property in Buncombe County, known as the “Bent Creek” tract, has been appraised at $1.86 million.
The original regional water agreement, well over a decade ago, led to the construction of the City of Asheville's 30 million dollar "regional" water facility near the intersection of the French Broad and Mills Rivers on Highway 191 in Henderson County, just outside the Mills River town limit and only a couple of miles from the City of Hendersonville's new water facility on Mills River. The original agreement fell through when City of Asheville officials a decade ago allegedly failed to honor the terms of the original agreement and provide water for business and industry in northern Henderson County.
WHKP News has been reporting for over a year that plans are in the works for a new interchange at the i-26 and Airport Road interchange at the Asheville Regional Airport. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that work on the project will begin soon. Construction to rebuild the Interstate 26/Airport Road interchange is scheduled to begin during the second half of May and take roughly two years. The state Department of Transportation has awarded an $8.8 million contract to build new exit ramps and reroute Airport Road traffic to create what is called a "diverging diamond" interchange. Once it is completed, drivers approaching the interchange on Airport Road will veer to the left near one end of the bridge over I-26, cross above I-26 on the left side of the bridge and then either turn onto a ramp to get on I-26 or move back to the right to continue on Airport Road. Motorists making left turns at the interchange will not have to cross in front of oncoming traffic to do so. The unusual layout was first used in a Missouri interchange that opened in 2009 and has been copied elsewhere. Engineers say diverging diamond interchanges result in smoother traffic flow and are cheaper than other fixes for crowded interchanges. The interchange often gets congested during morning or afternoon rush hours. DOT says Airport Road, which is N.C. 280, averaged 32,000 cars a day northeast of the interchange and 26,000 to the southwest. "We know it's busy. That's the reason we're building this thing is to help with the congestion that's out there," said Rick Tipton, division construction engineer for DOT. The contract with Young & McQueen Grading Co. of Burnsville says workers must keep all lanes on Airport Road, I-26 and exit ramps open 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Tipton said he expects most of the work to be done in the evening or at night, reducing the impact on traffic. However, toward the end of the project, "There'll be a time, a weekend or two out there, when we have to essentially do the traffic change" and close lanes, he said. "That's something that you can't just snap your fingers and make happen." The existing bridge over I-26 dates from 1991 and will remain. Tipton said he expects through traffic on I-26 to be affected only slightly by the project.
Included will be the Dr. Robert C. Sample House, circa 1926 Spring Tour of Historic Homes Hendersonville, North Carolina Date: May 4, 2014, 1pm-5pm Tickets: $15 per person Organization: Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission This May, join us for a self-driving/walking tour through one of Hendersonville’s lovely historic districts, Hyman Heights. This year’s tour features homes built between1856 and 1930, showcasing Craftsman, Gothic, and Colonial Revival Styles. A highlight of the tour will be Killareny House, a pre-civil war home remodeled by Richard Sharp Smith in 1910 (pictured on flyer). Hyman Heights was platted in 1908 but much of the growth started in 1913 with the opening of Patton Hospital within the neighborhood. This district and its 123 contributing structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hyman Heights was designated a Local Historic District by the Hendersonville City Council in 1997. Advanced tickets will be available The Bee Hive (449 N Main), Mia’s Martketplace (241 N. Main) and City Hall (145 5th Ave East).Tickets will be available the day of the tour at Killarney House, 322 Killarney Street (off Patton Street in Hyman Heights).
Asheville's North Fork Water Reservoir
The North Carolina General Assembly passed a law in a recent session creating an all new regional water and sewer "authority", based around the existing Metropoilitan Sewage District which serves Asheville, Buncombe County, and some parts of northern Henderson County. The new "authority" would take control of the Asheville water system away from the City of Asheville and place it under the new "authority". The City of Asheville is taking legal action to hold on to its water system...and the Asheville Citizen- Times reports that some early court action will be coming this spring:
A judge will hear oral arguments May 23 in city government’s lawsuit seeking to block the forced transfer of its water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Attorneys for the city and state government have been trading written legal briefs in the case, which is being heard in Wake County Superior Court in Raleigh, for several weeks.
A 2013 law mandates the transfer without compensation to city government. Judge Howard Manning Jr. last year ordered that the transfer be put on hold until at least 30 days after he hears oral arguments in the case. It says Manning could extend that period if he wants more time to render a decision.
Mayor Esther Manheimer said recently that she expects whichever side loses at the Superior Court level to appeal to the state Court of Appeals.
The legislation creating the new "authority" had the backing and sponsorship of Henderson County Representative Chuck McGrady. Parts of Fletcher and Mills River inside Henderson County would be served by the new "authority".
The City of Hendersonville will sponsor a secure, Shred Day for City residents on Wednesday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the parking lot of Patton Park, 59 E. Clairmont Drive. American Security Shredding, Inc, will have their shredding truck in the parking lot to allow residents to dispose of sensitive materials. Residents of Hendersonville are invited to bring up to two boxes (or 50 lbs.) of paper items to be shredded. Suggested items to shred are financial statements, cancelled checks, credit card statements, payroll stubs, insurance forms, old tax returns, forms from doctor's offices, etc. This is not for businesses. The public can simply drop their documents off or stay and watch their documents destroyed. The event will happen rain or shine. If the shredding truck fills up before 10:30, the event will be over. To make this part of a community outreach effort, the City is asking that residents coming to the event to bring items to donate to the Storehouse and IAM. Suggested items are canned fruits & vegetables, canned chili & beef stew, and toiletry items. For more information, contact Lu Ann Welter, City Planning, 828-697-3088 or
The No. 1 job of the Highway Patrol is not to be a ticket-generator, said North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Baker. “It’s to gain compliance, so that (drivers) will slow down,” he said. The Highway Patrol launches its annual Operation Slow Down 2014 campaign to catch excessive speeders on North Carolina’s highways April 14. The campaign will end April 20 and was created as an effort to reduce traffic collisions across the state, through enforcement and awareness. Speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina and across the country. Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 815 fatal collisions on North Carolina highways statewide. In 208 deaths, speed contributed to the accident. During Operation Slow Down 2013, troopers issued more than 19,581 citations for numerous traffic violations, including 8,634 speed-related charges. The total charges for Buncombe County during last year’s campaign was 439, Baker said. Operation Slow Down 2014 enforcement efforts will be conducted across the state. The campaign will focus on motorists exceeding the posted speed limit on interstates and major four-lane highways. Troopers will be using marked and unmarked patrol vehicles to target the most dangerous roadways in each county. They will also be looking for commercial motor vehicle drivers who may be committing serious traffic violations. These violations include following too closely, improper or erratic lane change, careless and reckless driving and any violation of the motor vehicle laws that can result in serious injury or death. Motorists may report dangerous driving to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on their mobile phones from anywhere in the state.
WHAT: Pops and Patriotic Concert
WHEN: Blue Ridge Community College, Conference Hall, Flat Rock
WHEN: May 11, 2014 at 3pm
WHO: Hendersonville Community Band
Honoring our WW2 vets
Featuring Roberto Flores, baritone soloist
COST: $10 for adults
MORE INFO: Ruthie Rosauer
Seventy years ago this June U.S. forces landed in France for D-Day. As a salute to the men and women who served in the military during World War Two the Hendersonville Community Band (HCB) will be playing “The Homefront: Musical memories from World War II” which includes the 1940s hits: Thanks for the Memory, Bell Bottom Trousers, The White Cliffs of Dover, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me, and Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.
The HCB will be honoring three of their own World War Two veterans at this concert: Hal Beam, Win McGrath and Ralph Carter. Hal Beam fought in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He survived the battle and his time as a POW in Germany. Win McGrath served in the Pacific with the U.S. Navy and participated in the invasion of Okinawa, going ashore with the Marines. He also worked on decommissioning Japanese submarines. Ralph Carter served in the U.S. Navy (stateside) during the war. All three play in the HCB’s trumpet/cornet section. Hal Beam and Win McGrath are charter members of the band.
Other patriotic songs in the program include: Irving Berlin’s “Songs for America” (This is the Army, Mister Jones – Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor – This is a Great Country – God Bless America), “Armed Forces Salute” (Caisson Song – Semper Paratus – The Marines’ Hymn – The U.S. Air Force – Anchors Aweigh) and “God Bless The U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood.
Anyone who has ever heard Roberto Flores sing will remember his beautiful baritone voice. For this concert he will sing two solos; “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (from the Wizard of Oz) and “You Raise Me Up” by Brendan Graham and Rolf Lovland. Roberto has performed musical theatre, oratorio and opera throughout the Southeast and Europe. He has been a soloist with the Asheville Symphony, performs regularly with the Asheville Lyric Opera, and is a member of PASTYME, the premiere a capella ensemble of the western Carolinas.
The tuba section will have the chance to strut their stuff in Joe Berke’s “Tiptoe through the Tubas” lightly based on the better-known, “Tiptoe through the Tulips.”
Fans of trumpeter Russ Sena will get to hear his trumpet sing out in “Jamaican Rumba” by Arthur Benjamin and “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor.” Movie lovers will enjoy the “Hollywood Milestones” medley (arranged by John Higgins and includes music from Forrest Gump, Jaws, Beauty and the Beast, Where Do I Begin? Back to the Future and Chariots of Fire) as well as “Soaring with John Williams” which features Superman March, Cadillac of the Skies and Star Wars.
The 80-member Hendersonville Community Band will perform this “Pops and Patriotic” concert under the direction of Winford Franklin on May 11, 2014 at 3pm at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock, NC.
Tickets are $10 for adults, free admission for students. Tickets are available at the Hendersonville Visitor Center, Laurel Park Wine Market and at the door. For more information call 715-797-2260 or see the band’s website, www.hcbmusic.com
(HENDERSONVILLE TIMES-NEWS PHOTOS)
Detectives with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting that occurred around 5:30 p.m. Friday at 1166 Brooklyn Ave.
At approximately 5:38 PM Friday, officers from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office responded to an altercation at 1166 Brooklyn Avenue in East Flat Rock.
When officers arrived thay found Fabian Serna, age 25 with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was immediately transported by ground ambulance to Mission Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. His condition is not available at this time.
Officers identified Colby West, age 20 as the probable shooter and after interviews with detectives he was not charged pending further investigation.
Officers were able to establish that a fight had taken place between four (4) individuals at the residence and it escalated to the point gunfire. The investigation is continuing and will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office to see if charges will be brought in regards to this incident.