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Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk, along with county officials and the mayors of other local municipalities made it official at mid-afternoon Monday: the declaration of emergency, in effect since Friday, is now over.
By all accounts, Henderson County came out of the weekend's heavy rain, from Hurricane Joaquin and another powerful weather maker, largely undamaged.
The county had ceased operations at its Emergency Operations Center for the storm on Sunday
Those colorful bears that have decorated downtown Hendersonville's Main Street throughout the summer will be rounded up and auctioned off to new homes in front if the Historic Courthouse at the annual bear auction on October 24th.
Actually all the bears will.be placed on display together for possible bidders to check out in the Historic Courthouse Square on Monday October 19th.
On the 24th, live entertainment will start in the Plaza at 2:30, and bidder registration will he held at that time.
The actual bear auction will be at 4:30.
Proceeds from the auction will go to local charities and to promote downtown Hendersonville.
After an announcement a few weeks ago that the Bounty of Bethlehem Christmas Day Dinner would not be held this year, due to a lack of volunteer support, organizers now say the decades - old community wide holiday event is still on for this coming Christmas. But volunteers will be needed to make it happen
Held in the Immaculata School Gym every Christmas for about 30 years, Bounty is a free event with the whole community invited
About 3000 usually attend, and it's all made possible by as bout 600 caring volunteers and by donated food.
If you would like to volunteer, call 693-5115
With the worst of Hurricane Joaquin apparently over in Henderson County by mid - morning Sunday, local officials announced they were closing down the "emergency operations center" at noon Sunday.
Duke Energy was reporting about 250 outages by.mid-morning in the county, with power expected to be fully restored by 5pm Sunday.
The French Broad River is expected to crest above flood stage Sunday night.
Major Frank Stout said the EOC would, however continue to be available for any water rescue and could be reactivated if conditions should worsen.
South Carolina meanwhile continues to be deluged with historic rainfall totals from Joaquin, with the Charleston area reporting more than 17 inches of rain by mid - day Sunday.
By Larry Freeman 11am 10/4/15
Hendersonville @ Madison 7pm
East Henderson @ North Henderson. 6pm Monday
Tuscola @ Brevard. 7pm Monday
Smoky Mountain @ West Henderson. 6pm Monday
Rosman @ Andrews. 7pm Monday
North Buncombe @ McDowell. 7pm Monday
Robbinsville @ Murphy. 7:30pm Monday
Hendersonville City Council members Stephens, Miller, and Caraker voted Thursday night to approve an ordinance allowing council members to be armed on city property. Mayor Barbara Volk and Councilman Jerry Smith voted against the new ordinance.
Approval of a NEW ordinance requires what is being called a "super majority" of 4 votes on its first reading. A second attempt or "second reading" will likely be on council's agenda at their November meeting.
RAINFALL TOTALS OVER THE WEEKEND COULD BE HISTORIC IN WNC
Strong upper level low pressure and an approaching hurricane Joaquin will likely Doak most North Carolina, including Henderson County, through the weekend.
National Weather Service forecasters say as much as 5 to10 inches of rain could fall, in addition to the heavy rain that has recently fallen on WNC and that has local rivers, creeks, and streams already at bank-ful.
Some rainfall totals over the weekend could be historic.
Stay with FM 107.7, AM 1450, and whkp.com for details through this potentially serious weather situation.
That new 40 foot retaining wall along the south end of the runway at the Asheville Regional Airport held up well in periods of recent heavy rain.
Water from rainstorms over - flowed the new wall last Christmas and at least one other time this year, flooding the adjacent Ferncliff Park Drive at the entrance to the new Sierra Nevada Brewery and causing some erosion issues.
Between 3 and 5 inches of rain has pounded the airport area September 25th through the 29th...with especially heavy downpours on the morning of the 29th.
Airport officials say there have been no more over - flowing or erosion problems, and corrective measures taken on the new wall appear to be working effectively.
The high wall is part of a major expansion and upgrade at the airport that is now underway.
After more than a half a century in radio, would George Beasley do it all over again? “My answer is an unequivocal yes” the Beasley Broadcast Group chairman, CEO, founder and NAB National Radio Award winner told the Radio Show crowd Wednesday, which garnered thunderous applause at the convention in Atlanta.
Beasley, who launched his company in 1961 in Fayetteville, North Carolina continued, “My belief in this medium and my passion for radio started when I was in high school and I now have a world of experience in this business. It’s been fun all the way.” The Radio Award winner added that over his 50+ years in the industry, “radio is obviously a lot different today than it was. New technologies have been invented and radio has become a better product. Changing with the times is a must if we expect to survive in this business.”
Beasley added that he now has five children, 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. “A number of them are in the radio business and are doing very well. I’m quite proud of them.”
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