Bright sunshine & noticeably less humid
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You may have heard of bike cops, but Captain Steve Carter of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is taking law enforcement cycling to a whole new level.
Captain Carter is a member of Carolina Brotherhood, an annual cycling event that provides emotional and financial support for the families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty in the Carolinas. He will ride alongside 29 other law enforcement officers and firefighters raising funds and awareness for this important cause.
“It’s a physical and emotional roller coaster because everyone we are riding for has a story,” said Carter. At the beginning of each day, the cyclists are read the stories of the people they are honoring. As they pass through towns, cyclists meet the families of the fallen heroes. “You’re taken back by what happened and it fuels you. During that leg of the ride you think about the sacrifices they made.”
Captain Carter first got involved with Carolina Brotherhood to honor Detective Shane Thomas who passed away in 2012 due to complications from an injury he sustained while taking part in mounted patrol training.
Last year Captain Carter and the Carolina Brotherhood rode a total of 588 miles. This year they will complete a 600 mile route beginning in Burlington, NC, that snakes through Yadkinville, Marion, Monroe, Manning, and Myrtle Beach before concluding in Charleston, SC. The event will take place August 3rd-8th.
Carter admits that pedaling eight hours a day for six straight days is physically demanding, but the exhaustion and hot August temperatures aren’t a deterrent because he knows he is riding for such a worthwhile cause.
100% of the money raised goes toward the families of the fallen. In order to contribute to Captain Carter’s fundraising page, visit http://participants.carolinabrotherhood.com/sponsor-a-rider/user/59/. Donations can be made through the end of the ride.
Carolina Brotherhood is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit their website at www.carolinabrotherhood.com
The John Deere Tractor dealership was recently broken into in Mills River...hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of heavy equipment was stolen...some has been recovered.
Authorities say the break-in happened early Wednesday morning. Thieves cut the fence behind the business to get in. Investigators say they stole mowers, a tractor, trailers, and even two Ford pickup trucks used to haul the equipment away.
Employees arriving to work Wednesday morning say they immediately noticed something was missing.
In fact, investigators say it was about $200,000 worth of equipment and vehicles.
Evidence of a break-in left behind at Meade Tractor, a dealership not yet two years old, but primarily known for selling the John Deere brand.
The sheriff's office has been working hard to identify suspects, and locate the items that were transported across state lines.
Major Frank Stout, Henderson County Sheriff's Office, "we've recovered a couple of trucks, couple of trailers. Zero turn mower and some other equipment. So, we are working with South Carolina authorities to try and identify suspects and recover any more property that may still be available."
Pickens and Anderson, South Carolina are where some of those were found. A tractor, mower and crossover utility vehicle are among the items investigators are still looking for.
Employees say nothing like this has ever happened here, but they're hopeful that all of the stolen merchandise will be located.
The sheriff's office says it is very unusual to see equipment like tractors and mowers, being transported in the early morning hours in a community setting.
If you may have seen something around 3am Wednesday, please contact the Henderson County Sheriff's Office at (828) 697-4596.
WHKP was recently honored with a special award for having served 50 years as "The Official Weather Observation Station" for Hendersonville and Henderson County for the U.S. National Weather Service.
Chris Horne, an official with the NWS station at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, presented the award to WHKP's News and Program Director Larry Freeman at Broadcast House.
The NWS relies on a network of "spotters" and observers in comunities all across the region, who observe current local weather conditions and report them to the NWS. As part of that role, WHKP observes and records every day's "high" and "low" temperature readings, precipitation, and other current weather conditions, 365 days every year, and reports them each day to the NWS. This not only enables the NWS to keep accrate records of local weather conditions...it also helps meteorlogists determine trends and patterns in the local weather that aid in the formulation of accurate forecasts.
Freeman pointed out that WHKP's service as "The Official Weather Observation Station" for Hendersonville dates back to 1964. Up until 1964, the local weather data and recorda had been kept by volunteers going back to the start of daily weather record keeping in 1899. One of the most notable early weather observers for Hendersonville was Professor Thomas Wood Valentine, who was an early educator in the Hendersonville City School System and who lived in a house that was recently torn down directly across from Hendersonville High School at the intersection of 8th Avenue West and Buncombe Street...where he observed local weather daily from 1903 through 1937. Another of the notable early Hendersonville weather observers was Dr. Lucius B. Morse who owned and developed Chimney Rock Park. Prior to WHKP's service with what was then called the "U.S. Weather Bureau", local daily records were kept by the Hendersonville Times-News. Freeman explains that because the Times-News was only staffed and published Monday through Saturday in 1964, Editor Jimmy Fain made an agreement with WHKP President and General Manager Kermit Edney for WHKP, which was operated and staffed seven days each week, to make the observations and keep the daily records...and WHKP has done it since that time.
"All in all, we have over 115 years of accurate, daily weather records for Hendersonville and Henderson County", said Freeman. "And its our goal to continue this service to the community, and to the National Weather Service, as long as we are....WHKP".
HISTORIAN, CIVIC, POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS, AND COMMUNITY LEADER...AND CHERISHED FRIEND...DR. GEORGE JONES WILL BE CELEBRATING HIS 95TH BIRTHDAY SUNDAY AUGUST 2ND.
INSTRUMENTAL IN SAVING THE HISTORIC HENDERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE, FRIENDS HAVE ORGANIZED A "BIRTHDAY PARTY" FOR HIM SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN THE 1904 "PEOPLE'S HOUSE" HE LED THE MOVEMENT TO PRESERVE.
LONG-TIME LEADER OF THE COUNTY'S HISTORICAL AND GENEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, JONES IS ALSO A RETIRED BAPTIST MINISTER. HE HAS SERVED THE COMMUNITY IN A VOLUME OF LEADERSHIP ROLES OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING SERVICE ON THE BOARDS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL AND OF MARGARET R. PARDEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.
WHKP FM 107.7 AND AM 1450 WILL BE WISHING DR. JONES A SPECIAL "HAPPY 95TH BIRTHDAY" IN AN INTERVIEW THIS SATURDAY MORNING AT 8:30 ON LARRY FREEMAN'S "POWDER CREEK ALMANAC". THE "ALMANAC" CAN ALSO BE HEARD ON THE WHKP WEB SITE, whkp.com...CLICK ON LISTEN LIVE AND ON THE WEB SITE'S PODCASTS.
Photo is from Hendersonville Lightning.
CONGRESSMAN MARK MEADOWS IS FINDING A LOT OF SUPPORT IN HENDERSON COUNTY...AS PROTESTORS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE HENDERSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE THURSDAY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR MEADOW'S MOVE TO OUST U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER FROM HIS LEADERSHIP POSITION.
Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican from Western North Carolina's Eleventh District, on Tuesday filed a resolution that is aimed at setting off what the national media is calling "a longshot maneuver" to remove House Speaker John Boehner from his post – if a committee controlled by the speaker allows it.
Meadows’s procedural move is to declare Boehner’s office vacant. While almost certain to fail, it clearly demonstrates the frustration with Boehner among conservative Republicans.
Meadows was briefly removed from a subcommittee chairmanship in June for siding against House Republican leaders on a trade vote strongly pushed by President Obama and supporty by Boehner..
Heard every Friday in a weekly update to the district, exclusively on WHKP FM 107.7 and AM 1450, Meadows is urging voters to let him know how they feel about Boehner and this move...by calling his Hendersonville office.
Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican, said he had just learned about the measure Tuesday night and didn’t have an immediate answer on whether his committee would allow Meadow's resolution to move forward..
House rules say that “a speaker may be removed at the will of the House and a speaker pro tempore appointed.”
A majority of House members present and voting would be required to oust the speaker. A series of procedural steps are required before that vote could be taken, and those would require help from House Democrats to pass. Republicans control the House 246-188.
Rep. Walter Jones, another conservative North Carolina Republican who has experienced the wrath of the leadership and who is no supporter of Boehner's, complained that the leader is “not listening to the American people.” Both Meadows and Jones have called out the House leadership for not allowing quick votes against same-sex marriage and federal money for Planned Parenthood.
Speaking of Mark Meadows, Congressman Jones says “He just has the courage to do something about it.”
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman
New principals have taken over the reins of two Henderson County Public Schools in July, school system officials announced on Thursday.
Mark Page began serving as principal of Atkinson Elementary School on July 1, and Kim Morgan was awarded the same role at Dana Elementary School effective July 27.
According to the release, Page spent eight years as assistant principal/athletic director at Rugby Middle School, while Morgan was previously serving as assistant principal at Flat Rock Middle School.
“Taking Page’s place as assistant principal/athletic director at Rugby Middle is Michael Gates, formerly an assistant principal at Apple Valley Middle,” the release stated, adding that Justin McKenzie will be joining Apple Valley Middle as its new assistant principal/athletic director.
Prior to joining Apple Valley, McKenzie had been serving as a classroom teacher and school administrator at Henderson County Early College.
“New to the HCPS system is Matthew Haney, who joined the administrative team at Flat Rock Middle as assistant principal/athletic director earlier in July,” the release stated. “Haney formerly served as assistant principal at Canton Middle and Pisgah High in Haywood County. Benita Rudi, formerly of Polk County Public Schools, will be lead teacher at Edneyville Elementary.”
The assistant principal vacancy at Flat Rock Middle School and teacher/administration vacancy at Early College have yet to be filled, according to the release.
The release stated, “Both positions will be filled and approved by the Henderson County Board of Public Education before school starts Aug. 24.”
Summer camp season is in full swing in the mountains and downtown Hendersonville loves its campers. Western North Carolina plays host to thousands of campers each summer and this year downtown and a number of those camps have discovered a way to share some of the great things happening in each
Blue Star Camps, Camp Judaea, Camp Highlander, Camp Rockmont, and Camp Hollymont are committed to creating safe summer spaces where children learn to discover their best selves, build community, and do good. We define "doing good" both as simply being kind to others AND being kind to our planet. This CampStock rain barrel project, in partnership with Conservation Generation, provides one avenue through which to raise awareness around water conservation in an effort to help heal our planet.
The camp’s kids have participated in a bit of friendly competition while bringing their own artistic embellishment to and learning about water conservation via the rain barrels. Conservation Generation, which launched the initial idea and helped bring together multiple camps by partnering with them as a forum for environmental stewardship and education, has been engaged in seeking ways to mainstream conservation by making it easy, fun and rewarding!
Mayor Volk was contacted by Conservation Generation about partnering to bring awareness to this effort. Recognizing their contributions to our community and given that we are always looking for ways to welcome our campers and their families to Hendersonville, displaying the Barrels in downtown seemed like a natural fit.
The barrels will be on display in the 400 block of Main Street from July 22nd through August 3rd. Each barrel has information about that individual project that was generated by the kids who participated. We hope you’ll visit downtown and make a point of checking out the barrels and their story while you’re here!
Rev. Dr. W. Mark Ralls has joined the ministerial staff of First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville as the Senior Pastor, effective July 1. Pastor Ralls comes to FUMC from Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem.
Ralls did his undergraduate study at UNC Chapel Hill, and received his Masters in Divinity from Duke University. He was awarded a PhD from Princeton University. He is currently completing study toward a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Sloan Business School of MIT University.
He brings a strong education and ministerial background to First United Methodist Church. “I have known about First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville for many years. Its excellence in worship and music, its passion for missions, and the creative discipleship for all ages is widely recognized,” says Mark.
His appointment to this church brings him back to the mountains he loves. Several years ago, when Ralls served St. Timothy UMC in Brevard, he and his wife, Jennifer, would visit Hendersonville and frequently comment “Wouldn’t it be great if one day we were appointed to First Methodist?” With this appointment, “I feel like I’ve just won the clergy sweepstakes,” he says with a grin.
Visit www.fumchvlnc.org to hear recorded sermons by Pastor Ralls and all FUMC ministers, and for more information
FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER, DARK NIGHT STUDIO
Re-vamped Playhouse Fundraiser Takes Stage August 3rd
Flat Rock, NC (July 16, 2016) – It’s that time of year! The Flat Rock Playhouse will present its annual Dark Night Revue fundraiser, but this time with a twist! This year’s theme, inspired by a longtime Vagabond tradition, calls for a re-naming of the event. On August 3, the Supporting Players Guild of Flat Rock Playhouse will present Dark Night Studio!
Dark Night Studio gets its name from the weekly cabaret hosted for everyone in the Flat Rock Playhouse Company, “Midnight Studio.” Midnight Studio is a chance for apprentices, Actors Equity Association cast members and those who work behind the scenes to come together and perform fun, exciting and heartfelt songs, dances or anything else they want to share! Each Midnight Studio ends with a reading of poetry by Carl Sandburg referred to as, “A Walk in the Woods.” Dark Night Studio is an opportunity for the public to be a part of that special unity that distinguishes Flat Rock Playhouse from so many other theatres while enjoying some great food and helping support the theatre.
“What an honor and thrill it is to chair this annual fundraiser,” says Flat Rock Playhouse Supporting Player, Dale Llewelyn. “I say thrill, as I have had the privilege of playing a part in presenting to you, our patrons, our new and exciting Dark Night Studio. We guarantee a production, a glimpse “Backstage,” from the moment you arrive at 6:30 until the stage lights dim at 9:45. All while enjoying drinks, dinner by the bite from small plate food stations and our unparalleled silent auction, then into the theatre for our Vagabond “Midnight Studio” inspired Revue and Live Auction.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s event,” says Ashley Pirsig, Director of Development for Flat Rock Playhouse. “Our committee of incredible volunteers is working so hard to ensure this event is not only unforgettably fun, but that it also raises a significant amount of money for the programs and mission of Flat Rock Playhouse.”
Dark Night Studio begins at 6:30PM with Dinner by the Bite along with demonstrations and a silent auction. The performances and live auction will occur from 8:45PM – 9:45 PM.
Catering is provided by Cuisine Team, Renzo’s Ristorante, Food Experience, Season’s at Highland Lake Inn and Hubba Hubba Smokehouse. Flowers by An English Flower Cottage.
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
Dark Night Studiowill be presented on Monday, August 3rd from 6:30PM – 9:45 on the Flat Rock Playhouse Grounds. Ticket prices range from $40 - $125 and are as follows:
$125 – Access to VIP lounge, dinner by the bite and reserved preferred theatre seating
$100 – Dinner by the bite, and preferred theatre seating
$40 – reserve theatre seating
Suggested Attire: Backstage Black Chic
To reserve your spot for this truly unforgettable event, call the Flat Rock Playhouse Box Office at 828.693.0731. Please be prepared with guests’ names and phone numbers. All proceeds benefit Flat Rock Playhouse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. 60% of the ticket price is tax deductible.
Henderson County Residents Invited to Complete Library Survey
County residents are invited and encouraged to help shape the future of the Henderson County Public Library System by completing our brief survey, now available online at www.henderson.lib.nc.us.
The survey is designed to provide both library users and non-users alike the opportunity to share ideas and opinions on topics such as materials, programming, locations, and services. Survey results will assist the library system in shaping our current services and making better plans for the future.
Residents who are unable to complete the survey online may obtain a printed copy at any of the branch library locations throughout the county. The survey will be available until July 31st.