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LOCAL MAN DIED MONDAY IN ATV ACCIDENT

LOCAL MAN DIED MONDAY IN ATV ACCIDENT

A Sugarloaf Mountain Road man died Monday morning in an ATV accident in the area of Sugarloaf Mountain and Spicer Cove roads in Edneyville.

Mark White, 68, of Sugarloaf Mountain Road was found deceased underneath the ATV early this morning, according to Maj. Frank Stout with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office. The ATV had gone over an embankment.

Speed and foul play are not suspected, Stout said, and detectives are waiting on a report from the medical examiner's office to see if there were contributing factors.

"It appears to be just a very unfortunate accident that claimed his life," Stout said.

The 911 call came in just after 8 a.m. Monday to the area of 2214 Sugarloaf Mountain Road.

FLAT ROCK LANDSCAPER ED LASTEIN DIES UNEXPECTEDLY

FLAT ROCK LANDSCAPER ED LASTEIN DIES UNEXPECTEDLY

From Hendersonville Lightning...

Edward Harold “Ed” Lastein Jr., a landscape architect who designed most of the public outdoor space, greenways and sidewalks of Flat Rock and served over the past four years as “the guiding spirit” of the new Park at Flat Rock, died suddenly Thursday of a brain aneurysm. He was 59 years old.

“The whole community is obviously in shock and mourning,” said Flat Rock Village Administrator Judy Boleman. “He did all the landscaping for Village Hall. He was involved in the sidewalks. He was chair of the greenways committee. He’s just left his mark on this community and we’re just all so sad.”
“It’s a sad sad thing,” said Don Farr, who is the Lastein family’s neighbor in Kingwood and worked closely with him on greenways and park development for many years.
Lastein complained of not feeling well when he got up Thursday morning, friends and family members said. When he collapsed, the family called 911. Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue transported him down the steep roads of Kingwood to Kenmure’s golf course, where MAMA flew him to Mission Hospital.
“He lived long enough for all three of all three of his children to get there before he passed,” Farr said.
A native of Raritan Bay, N.J., Lastein and his wife, Sandy, wasted little time after his graduation from the George H. Cook college of Rutgers University before moving south. They made their way to Flat Rock in about 1988. Lastein is survived by his wife and three children, Teak, Kristen and Kelton, and a 13-month granddaughter, Sophia.
When the history is written of the incorporated Village of Flat Rock, Lastein’s contributions will be worthy of a long passage.
Whenever the Flat Rock Village Council talked about running a new sidewalk, planning a greenway, fighting kudzu or protecting hemlocks, Lastein was there as a knowledgeable and welcome adviser. His gentle manner and thoughtful guidance transformed ordinary public works jobs into something else, in keeping with the sensibilities of the Village of Flat Rock as a place of historical significance and a natural woodsy ambience. 

(Photo also from Hendersonville Lightning)

 

 

NEAR RECORD-SETTING HEAT TO CONTINUE; HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES CAN BE A PROBLEM

NEAR RECORD-SETTING HEAT TO CONTINUE; HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES CAN BE A PROBLEM

IF YOU ARE ELDERLY OR DISABLED AND ARE IN NEED AND THINK YOU QUALIFY,  CONTACT THE COUNCIL ON AGING OR THE SALVATION ARMY FOR FANS TO HELP PROVIDE SOME RELIEF  

 If you think it’s been hot this summer, you’re right…and National Weather Service data backs that up.

The first 23 days in July this summer were the 6th warmest on record for that time period at the Ashville-Regional Airport…where the average “mean” temperatures was 76.5 degrees.  The record at the airport for that time period was 78.2 degrees set back in 1980.

As you would expect, it’s been even hotter at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.  During the first 23 days of July, it was their 4th warmest on record for that time period with an average temperature of 82.5 degrees.

And with the heat come some air quality issues.  A “Code Orange” air quality action day was issued for the mountains this past Sunday…which means that ozone at ground levels, especially on or near the mountain tops, is, or can be, unhealthy for some people.  That “Code Orange” has shifted on down into the Piedmont of North Carolina on Monday.

At the same time, a “heat advisory” was issued for Monday for most all counties in the state from Charlotte eastward.  High temperatures in the mid to upper 90s were forecast, which means the combination of heat and humidity, or heat “indices”, would be reaching 103 to 107 degrees.

Heat related illnesses are more likely to occur when temperatures, or “indices”, climb to those levels.  The advisory says to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight; take frequent breaks in the shade or inside an air conditioned room; and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Local temperatures may cool a degree or two later in the week, but no real break in the current weather pattern is in the short-term weather forecast for western North Carolina and for most of the tarheel state. 

By Larry Freeman  4am  07/25/16

AFFORDABLE EQUIPMENT RENTAL NEW LOCATION GRAND OPENING  SATURDAY JULY 30TH

AFFORDABLE EQUIPMENT RENTAL NEW LOCATION GRAND OPENING SATURDAY JULY 30TH

ACCESS SOON OFF FOUR SEASONS BOULEVARD
 
The new 12,000 sq ft Affordable Equipment Rental and Sales located just off Four Seasons Blvd at 117 Tracy Grove Road will have their grand opening on July 30th
 
In addition to offering 1 day discounts on Husqvarna power equipment the will fill small grill gas tanks for $9.99.There will be food-door prizes and other give aways.WHKP FM & AM will broadcast live from the grand opening beginning at 8:30am.
 
Owner Dennis Dorn will offer equipment rental-sales and repair from this all new facility.
 
Affordable Golf Carts, operated by John Lowry, is also a part of the new building.
 
Another first...this location will soon add an entrance from Four Seasons Blvd The state has okd and been paid to allow an entrance to be cut into the guard rail off Four Seasons so you can easily get into Affordable Equipment Rental.

'DOG DAYS" SHOWERS END OUR SEVERE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION; MOST LOCAL CROPS APPEAR TO BE DOING OK

'DOG DAYS" SHOWERS END OUR SEVERE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION; MOST LOCAL CROPS APPEAR TO BE DOING OK

 

 

D2 - Severe Drought

Cherokee County
Clay County
Graham County
Haywood County
Jackson County
Macon County
Transylvania CountyTotal: 7

D1 - Moderate Drought

Buncombe County
Henderson County
Madison County
Mitchell County
Swain County
Yancey CountyTotal: 6

D0 - Abnormally Dry

Avery County
Cleveland County
Gaston County
Lincoln County
McDowell County
Polk County
Rutherford County
Watauga CountyTotal: 8

"Dog Days" officially started this summer on July 3rd and will continue through August 11th.  As hot as they've been this year, and some heat records have been set this summer in the 48 contiguous states, there been enough rainfall---in spite of deficits dating back to early last winter---to keep stream flow at accepable levels and the crops growing.

Old-imers here in the mountains say if it rains on the first day of "Dog Days", it'll rain somewhere in the area everyday until "Dog Days" ends.  Even though the rain has been spotty, and has come in downpours in some areas that quickly ran off, there has been enough of it to avoid water restrictions...and to keep good crops...from hay to vegetables to apples...all growing and reasonably healthy in Henderson County.

Agriculture still accounts for a high percentage of Henderson County's economy.

Weather forecasters expect the spotty "Dog Days" weather pattern to continue for at least the next week, but there may be some modification of temperatures...with slightly cooler daytime highs in the upper 70s...by the middle of the week as a nationwide heat wave begins to loosen its grip.

Henderson County was officially taken off the "severe drought" list by the NC Drought Managemnt Advisory Council last Thursday, but wE remain in what they call "moderate" drought.  Water consevation is still being encouraged.

By Larry Freeman  6pm  07/23/16

START PLANNING NOW TO ENJOY THIS YEAR'S NC APPLE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 2ND THROUGH THE 5TH

START PLANNING NOW TO ENJOY THIS YEAR'S NC APPLE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 2ND THROUGH THE 5TH

The 2016 North Carolina Apple Festival is a short two months. 

This major annual event celebrates Henderson County’s principle agricultural industry, the multi-million dollar apple crop.  The festival will be held this year from September 2nd through the 5th, Labor Day….and it will include all the usual attractions that typically bring out about a quarter of a million people to enjoy and participate in the three day event.

From the “King Apple Pancake Breakfast” on the morning of opening day to the last float down Main Street in the big parade on Labor Day, this premier event is a celebration of the apple and all it means to the growers, to the local economy, and to those who enjoy the myriad of delicious varieties grown in Henderson County orchards.

And with the festival getting closer every day, it’s not too early for potential vendors to begin to sign up.  Local not-for-profits are already “in line” for the available spaces set aside for them in the downtown street fair.  Those who would like to participate in the “King Apple Parade” can also begin to sign up now.

And of course…the festival always needs volunteers.

To get more information, or applications to be a vendor, parade participant, or a volunteer, go to the apple festival web site…ncapplefestival.org.

In addition to the millions who have enjoyed the festival for well over six decades, a lot of famous people have been in town to celebrate the apple…including governors, congressmen, and famous entertainers like singers Red Foley and George Hamilton the Fourth.  And in 1958, actor Robert Mitchum, who was in western North Carolina to film “Thunderoad”, participated in the apple festival.  

Festival organizers have been busy planning this year’s event since back in the winter. Savanna Roper, a rising senior at HendersonvilleHigh School, was named about a month ago as this year’s “Apple Ambassador”.  And they say it’s not to early to plan your Labor Day weekend around the arts and crafts, the food, the music, the vendors, the fun, and the celebration of Henderson County apples…this September 2nd through the 5th.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman  07/09/16  Updated 2pm

 

 

ARTS COUNCIL'S "BRING US YOUR BEST" SET FOR AUGUST 5 AT BRCC

ARTS COUNCIL'S "BRING US YOUR BEST" SET FOR AUGUST 5 AT BRCC

The opening reception and awards ceremony for the 13th annual Bring Us Your Best art exhibition will be held Friday, August 5, from 5pm to 7pm. This all-media visual art exhibition will be on display through Friday, August 19 in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. 

 

First ($250), second ($150), and third ($100) place awards will be presented in four categories:  2-dimensional art, 3-dimensional art, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville is sponsoring and selecting the “One Planet, One World” award.  The winning artwork will be the best representation of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

 

For a fourth year, an Artist’s Choice award will be sponsored and presented by two artist patrons.  This award is selected by all artists who have work in the show. The Artist’s Choice award winner will be announced at the opening, and will receive a $300 cash prize.

 

The Starving Artist Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop is sponsoring the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on Friday, August 19, the last day of the exhibition. This award winner will be determined by the votes of all gallery visitors who will be encouraged to cast votes for their favorite piece in the show, and will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist.  Ten Honorable Mention awardees will receive $25 gift certificates from The Starving Artist at the reception.

 

All artwork displayed at Bring us Your Best is for sale. Regular gallery hours for Bring Us Your Best XIII will be 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday, and 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays. A prospectus for the show is available on the Arts Council’s website,www.acofhc.org.

 

The exhibition is sponsored by The Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

 

For more information please contact The Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-693-8504. The web address is www.acofhc.org.

 

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

 

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

PARK RIDGE HEALTH AFFILIATES WITH ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATION

PARK RIDGE HEALTH AFFILIATES WITH ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATION

Park Ridge Health is pleased to announce it has formed a strategic partnership with CHESS, a leading population health management company based in High Point, North Carolina.  This new relationship will establish Park Ridge Health as the anchor for a new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the western part of the state, one of several managed by CHESS in North Carolina. This new ACO will comprise all 140 Park Ridge Health providers and several dozen independent physicians in the region, improving coordination of care for the patients of Western North Carolina. 
 
The ACO model, which focuses on high quality care, improved patient satisfaction and reduced cost of care, is very consistent with the Park Ridge Health tradition of providing the highest quality care to patients at the greatest value. Through the relationship with CHESS, Park Ridge Health and its fellow ACO providers will join the 2300+ providers aligned with CHESS throughout the state. CHESS has achieved great success in working with health systems to better manage the care of their patient population, including meeting exceptional quality standards and realizing savings for participating entities. One of its clients, Cornerstone Health Care, was recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as the 6th top performing ACO in the country on quality measures (#1 for quality in North Carolina) and achieved significant cost savings in the last reporting year. As a result, Cornerstone was selected as one of only 21 ACOs to move to the Next Generation ACO model (this innovation model encourages expanded integration with care providers, such as skilled nursing facilities, who meet high quality standards). 
 
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“By partnering with one of the largest and most successful population health organizations in the state, we believe we will be able to enhance the benefits we offer to patients throughout our community,” said Jason Wells, Chief Operating Officer Park Ridge Health Physician Enterprise. “We will be driving access to even more comprehensive care, meeting our commitment to continuously improve quality, focusing on providing the right care at the right time and place, and bringing an unprecedented scope of care to our region.  By collaborating with leading health care providers across the state, we will now be able to offer our patients more options designed to meet all of their health care needs.”  
 
"Partnering with CHESS will cement Park Ridge Health’s abilities to stay at the head of health care reform changes while maintaining our excellent quality of care,” said Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health CEO. “We will be working with CHESS partners like Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center which has a proven track record in shifting reimbursement methods to payment models based on quality, outcomes and cost.”
 
“We are going to make it easier for people to access health care,” said Bruce Perlman, M.D., Medical Director for Clinical Integration at Park Ridge Health. “Rather than concentrating exclusively on treating disease after it has occurred (the way the health care world has worked historically), , the ACO model provides a more proactive approach to care, focusing on prevention and identifying health issues before they become critical. Park Ridge Health has always been passionate about keeping people healthy, supporting them when they are sick, but also when they are well. We are excited to collaborate with the providers of CHESS who embrace this same approach to care.”
 
Park Ridge Health remains an independent community health resource for Western North Carolina as it has for the past 106 years. This new partnership brings the expertise of CHESS and the resources of this expansive network of successful Accountable Care Organizations to our local community. 
 
“CHESS seeks out health care organizations that have solid histories of providing quality care. Park Ridge Health has one of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the state, making this partnership the right move for everyone involved,” said James Hoekstra, M.D., CHESS Chief Business Development Officer. “We look forward to working with the providers and staff who make up Park Ridge Health’s network in Western North Carolina.”
 
CHESS has assisted a number of health systems in central and western North Carolina in making the transformation to value by implementing innovative care models and establishing value-based contracts with insurance carriers. CHESS transformation clients include Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Catawba Valley Medical Group, Cornerstone Health Care and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 
 

COUNTY'S MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM INCLUDES "BAT BOXES" THIS SUMMER

COUNTY'S MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM INCLUDES "BAT BOXES" THIS SUMMER

 Henderson County's mosquito contro program can help this summer of you have a problem with disease-carrying mosquitos..

County Manager Steve Wyatt says the county has purchased two dozen bat boxes that bats can live in.

While the county will continue to spray for the insects, officials hope bats will also help control the mosquito population.
 
One bat can feast on up to a thousand mosquitoes every night.
 
Wyatt also said the county is encouraging residents and businesses to get their own bat boxes and to remove any standing water on their property.Henderson County bought bat boxes for $20, and they are due to arrive next week.
 

THE NUMBER OF HANDGUNS INTERCEPTED BY THE TSA AT ASHEVILLE AIRPORT IS UP THIS YEAR

THE NUMBER OF HANDGUNS INTERCEPTED BY THE TSA AT ASHEVILLE AIRPORT IS UP THIS YEAR

The Transportation Security Administration recentlky displayed some 900 pounds of weapons and hazardous materials seized at TSA checkpoints at the AshevilleRegionalAirport during the past 12 months.

TSA officials say the most common banned items were those with blades, like knives.  But four handguns have been intercepted at Asheville Airport checkpoints already this year…only one gun was found last year.

Even a chainsaw was intercepted by the TSA at the Asheville Airport.

Statewide, 85 guns have been confiscated at airports in North Carolina so far this year.  1,546 guns have been seized by the TSA at airports nationwide so far this year…the number of expected to be up significantly over last year.