Elite Airways LLC today announced new nonstop flights betweenAsheville Regional Airport (AVL) in and Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida. The new flights, scheduled on Thursdays and Sundays between AVL and VRB will begin on May 25. Early-bird fares start at $179 each way* and tickets are now on sale at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.
Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50lbs, and no ticketing change fees** (see website for details). Asheville is located within North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for a vibrant arts scene, national parks and hiking trails, and historic architecture. Vero Beach offers luxury beachfront living and resorts, world-class golf, dining, shopping, fine arts and cultural attractions.
"We are pleased to offer nonstop jet service between Asheville and Vero Beach with a Thursday/Sunday schedule that will be ideal for vacationers headed in either direction," said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. "We look forward to providing service in Asheville and sincerely thank airport and community leaders for their support."
"Asheville Regional Airport is growing significantly, with more passengers than ever before flying to and from western North Carolina," said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director. "We are pleased to welcome Elite Airways as the newest airline at AVL, and look forward to welcoming travelers to and from Vero Beach, Florida."
"Nonstop jet service to Asheville is a unique addition at VRB, and one that has been highly sought after by passengers who would rather take a nonstop flight versus a ten hour drive. The airport is pleased to see new markets and travel opportunities open up to the area, and we thank Elite Airways for expanding its service at Vero Beach Regional Airport," said Airport Executive Director, Eric Menger.
About Elite Airways
Elite Airways LLC was founded in 2006 by airline veterans with the goal to provide passengers a better travel experience with nonstop flights, competitive prices and exceptional service. Elite Airways is a U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier and provides charter and scheduled service throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and South America. The airline's routes connect underserved communities with popular destinations that include New York City/Newark, Portland ME, Asheville NC, Orlando-Melbourne, Sarasota-Bradenton, and Vero Beach FL, and the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. Headquartered in Portland Maine, Elite Airways' maintenance operations center is located in Melbourne on Florida's Space Coast. All scheduled flights are sold and operated by Elite Airways LLC, and available for purchase at www.eliteairways.com or by calling 877-393-2510.
North Carolina State Senator Chuck Edwards from Hendersonville is keeping an open mind for now on the county commissioner's proposal to take control of Hendersonville's water system away from the City of Hendersonille, possibly through legislative action, and place that control under the North Carolina Utilities Commission. The deadline for introducing local legislation in this current session of the North Carolina General Assembly is less than a week away...and the deadline for introducing more general legislation comes in about a month. WHKP News spoke with Edwards about what he's hearing from local citizens on the issue...and where he stands on the issue at this point. His response came in an e-mail from Raleigh, which is also posted on Edward's Facebook page:
"We should not act until we are certain of all our facts..."
"Many are asking for my response since the Henderson County Board of Commissioners recently asked the State Legislature to look into the City of Hendersonville Water situation.
I continue to be in contact with both city and county officials, and Representative McGrady regarding the matter. I am working to be sure that I, and all those involved fully understand all sides of this issue as well as the all the advantages and consequences of the various actions that have been suggested. This matter is far too important for any of us to make snap judgements.
The ultimate goal here should be that we ensure all our citizens have reasonable access to affordable high quality mountain water and that we are prepared for growth.
We should not act until we are certain of all our facts and have thoroughly vetted the situation through a wide-angle lens."
Park Ridge Health is excited to announce the winner of its quarterly DAISY Award, Ryan O’Neill, RN. O’Neill is a vital member of the fully accredited Park Ridge Health Diagnostic Imaging department. She was nominated by a colleague who has seen her clinical skill and compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that Park Ridge Health patients, their families, and our staff recognize as outstanding.
Park Ridge Health is excited to have partnered with The DAISY Foundation to honor nurses who go above and beyond their daily tasks to make extraordinary differences in the lives of our patients and their families.
One recent example involved a patient who was planning to skip an appointment that was vital to her care because she couldn’t line up the transportation she would need. When Ryan heard this, she took extra steps to make sure the patient received the care she needed and then drove the patient home herself. That patient later told Ryan’s Supervisor, she was receiving the treatments she needed, and wanted the Supervisor to know that had it not been for Ryan, she was not going to follow through with treatments or the biopsy as planned.
“If nursing becomes a ministry, then it becomes a joy,” said Ryan O’Neill, RN; Park Ridge Health DAISY Award Recipient. “Patients are God’s children and I treat them as such. They are my world when it comes to working at Park Ridge Health. And I am very happy to be at a place that fosters that.”
“The spirit and dedication of the Park Ridge Health nurses, like Ryan, enables our patients to feel comfort and care on a whole-person level – body, mind and spirit,” said Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health President and CEO. “The DAISY Award is the perfect way for our patients and care teams to recognize those nurses who bring this level of excellence to the care they provide.”
The DAISY Award was created by the family of J. Patrick Barnes to thank the nurses who cared for Patrick and for them as he battled an autoimmune disease. Patrick lost his battle, but his family realized the impact his nurses had on the final days of his life. For that they are forever grateful. They wanted to create an opportunity for all families who experience the benefits of the extraordinary care of nurses to show their appreciation.
The Park Ridge Health Nursing Administration presented Ryan O’Neill, RN with a gift package including:
⦁ DAISY Award Certificate
⦁ DAISY Award Pin
⦁ “A Healer’s Touch” Sculpture
If you know of an amazing Park Ridge Health nurse you would like to nominate for a DAISY Award, simply go to myPRH.com and share your story with us.
Henderson County Agri-Business Director Mark Williams conformed for WHKP News this week what some local apple growers have been saying…that it’s the earliest varieties of apples that suffered the most damage in last week’s bitter cold overnight temperatures. Those early varieties include favorites like Granny Smiths and Fujis.
Temperatures fell into the mid teens in the early morning hours two nights in a row…and stayed in the teens for several hours….and that posed a real threat for the earliest buds on local apple trees that are as much as three weeks early this year due to the unseasonably warm temperatures over the winter and early this spring.
Like moist growers, Williams says it’s too early to tell the full extent of damage to the young apples. But he points out the cold last week may have actually slowed down the process for some of the later varieties and as he outs it, may be a blessing in disguise.
In many cases, Williams says it may even be harvest time before the full extent oif the damage is known.
Henderson County peaches though were in full bloom…those in South Carolina and Georgia were even farther along…and this year’s crop may well have been wiped out by last week’s cold.
Berries, particularly blueberries in South Carolina and Georgia also suffered extensively from last week’s cold.
Local growers know only too well…that’s still more wintry weather likely to come for western North Carolina. The long term average date for the last killing frost in Henderson County is still three weeks away on April 22nd.
And most local growers and gardeners follow the old “rule of thumb”…never plant anything in the ground until after the dogwoods bloom
By Larry Freeman
Pardee Hospital Foundation will host its fourth annual Charity Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. on the tennis courts of the Hendersonville Country Club. Registration begins at 12 p.m. The entry fee is $50 per team of two or $25 for individuals and $5 for spectators. Individual players will be matched up by tournament staff to form a team of two. Children 16 and under can attend for free. The money raised from the event will benefit cardiology patients at Pardee UNC Health Care. Cornhole enthusiasts, families and friends are encouraged to come out and enjoy the fun. This year's event will feature music, kids’ activities, food, beer, wine and soft drinks. Lead sponsors include Hendersonville Country Club, Carolina Village, Boyd Chevrolet Cadillac Buick, and Horizon Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC.
The money raised from the event will go towards the purchase of a MUSE Cardiology Information System to benefit cardiology patients at Pardee UNC Health Care. MUSE is an electronic cardiology testing system that takes cardiac stress results; EKGs and other cardiology based tests and transforms the results into an electronic format. The MUSE system helps create a clinical medical history for all cardiology based testing that will follow the patient around for a lifetime.
"This charity event, packed with activities, food and music, is fun for the whole family whether you are an experienced cornhole player or novice,” said Kim Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. “Monies raised by the event will directly benefit cardiology patients at Pardee. We hope to see you there."
Players can register in teams of two for the charity event. The competition will feature a double elimination style tournament and prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Teams can register for the tournament by visiting pardeehospitalfoundation.org or by calling the Foundation office at (828) 233-2700.
Cornhole has become a favorite tailgate and recreational game nationwide. ESPN now airs the American Cornhole Organization championship each year.
Pardee Memorial Hospital Foundation was approved as a nonprofit Foundation in January 1996. The Foundation exists to educate and inspire the community to support Pardee UNC Health Care. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $30 million in pledges and cash gifts for Pardee services. For more information, visit www.pardeehospitalfoundation.org or call (828) 233-2700.
LOCAL GROWERS SAY 95 PER CENT OF HENDERSON COUNTY'S PEACHES MAY HAVE BEEN DESTROYED IN THE FREEZE...
Last week's deep freeze in the Southeast appears to have nearly wiped out Georgia's blueberries and South Carolina's peaches.
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture said 85 percent of the state's peaches were damaged by two days of temperatures dipping into the 20s Wednesday and Thursday.
South Carolina is the second biggest producer of peaches in the U.S.
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black says up to 80 percent of the blueberry crop in the southern part of the state was destroyed.
Georgia grows early season blueberries and the crop is worth more than peaches.
Apples also suffered freeze damage in North Carolina.
While mid-March freezes aren't unusual in much of the Southeast, many crops were blooming up to three weeks early because of the unusually mild winter.
From The Associated Press
Historic Downtown Hendersonville is excited to announce that the local Main Street Program was once again, for the fourth year in a row, recognized with an “Award of Merit” during the annual NC Main Street Awards Ceremony. We were recognized for our efforts in 2016 in the area of “Best Volunteer Recruitment, Training & Recognition” program. The “Friends of Downtown Hendersonville” volunteer program is a reflection of the wonderful dedication and support that we receive from our community for downtown.
“We were grateful to receive this recognition and happy to bring attention to the nearly all volunteer crew that keeps the downtown program and the events we put on powering forward,” noted Lew Holloway Downtown Economic Development Director. In addition to the program award, the NC Main Street Conference provides programs with an opportunity to recognize their “Champions.” This year the program took advantage of that opportunity to recognize the chief “show up early and stay late” volunteer energy of Walt Slagel.
Walt has been working with the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville for a little over a year and half, but has used that time to make a big splash. Dalleen Jackson, Downtown Promotions Coordinator shares that, “Whether it is tearing down at R&B in a late evening rain storm or showing up on a cold morning to hang Christmas lights, Walt has found a lot of ways to make our lives easier!”
We couldn’t do the work of downtown without the energy and enthusiasm we get from our volunteers and Walt is an example of a much broader trend. At the conclusion of 2016 we recognized our volunteers for a contribution of over 1,800 hours of volunteer time, a number that reflects a doubling of contributed time since 2014. We want to thank all of our Friends for helping us achieve this program award!
If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville, visit our webpage at downtownhendersonville.org for more information or contact us at 828.233.3205.
Below are the NC State Dept. of Commerce press releases for the Awards and for the Champions, please reference them for additional information
SAYS HE DOES NOT SEE THIS AS A "TAKE OVER"
THE DEADLINE FOR INTRODUCING THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION COMES EARLY NEXT WEEK
Henderson County State Representative Chuck McGrady says his mind is not made up yet…and that he’s considering all the options…regarding the Hendersonville water system.
County commissions last week indicated that McGrady is the main one they’ll be turning to to take control of the water system away from the city that owns and operates it…and put control under the North Carolina utilities Commission.
McGrady has shown support for such a move…as he puts it…to keep water rates more equal for city residents and for water customers who live outside the city. On his way back to Raleigh Sunday afternoon, McGrady said the local news media is off bas calling this a “take over”…he said he sees it as “protecting” water customers outside the city.
The whole thing, says McGrady, started with his attempt, along with former State Representative Tim Moffit of Buncombe County, to fix problems and inequities with the Asheville water system…a legislative attempt that was rejected by the state Supreme Court a few days before Christmas last year.,
Any legislation involving Hendersonville’s water system, says McGrady, will be different…and he’s looking at all the options…has really committed to nothing at this point…but he says he does not want to go back to the way it was or is. Hendersonville’s mayor, city council, and city manager have all expressed strong opposition to losing control of the city water system; county commissioners in a 3 to 1 vote adopted a resolution last week in favor of the city losing control…and McGrady says he’s hearing from them all…but still is looking at all possible options.
Time is running out though…the deadline for introducing legislation to do this with Hendersonville’s water system is early next week. If legislation is introduced in the House, it’ll also have to pass in the state Senate and be signed into law by Governor Cooper. And indications are, if all that happens, the city of Hendersonville will likely go to court to keep control of its water system. That failed attempt to take over the Asheville water system, by the way, cost water customers and taxpayers a million dollars in legal fees.
By Larry Freeman 03/19/17 Updated 4 pm
THE $20 MILLION FACILITY WAS APPROVED BY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LAST YEAR AND WILL BE PAID FOR OVER 20 YEARS WITH A FULL PENNY EACH YEAR OF THE FIVE CENT PROPERTY TAX INCREASE ALSO APPROVED BY COMMISSIONERS LAST YEAR
As work begins this week to scale back the cost of a planned $20-million law enforcement training center planned for Blue Ridge Community College, Sheriff Charles McDonald says any significant changes could also decrease training opportunities.
A meeting is scheduled for early this week with “architect of record” Clark Nexsen to look at ways to reduce the cost. County Engineer Marcus Jones said that as the project progresses, staff will be able to narrow the budget and eliminate some of the unknowns, which many times can lower the price tag.
The proposed $20 million facility is to be paid for over a 20 year period with a full penny each year of the five-cent property tax increase imposed by county commissioners last year.
Meanwhile, Sheriff McDonald will be explaining the need for the new facility in a public meeting Monday March 27th at 6 pm in the Kaplan Auditorium of the county’s main public library. That presentation will include a “question and answer” period.
Citizens have raised concerns about the cost and the scope of the proposed new facility. Some see it as a duplication of the state’s western criminal justice training center in Edneyville. And according to media reports, recent attempts to “market” the new facility to other law enforcement agencies in the area have been met with only “lukewarm” response.
After hearing citizen's concerns, county commissioners put the proposed facility "on hold" and instructed that ways be found to cut the cost.
SATURDAY UPDATE FROM SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
12-year-old Zoee Bishop-Cantrell has been located in Jackson County Georgia.
She is safe and in protective custody awaiting transportation back to North Carolina. Her mother, Selena Bishop, has been taken into custody on felony child abduction
FROM LATE FRIDAY:
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing/abducted child.
The child, Zoee Bishop-Cantrell, age 12, was taken from school by a non-custodial parent on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Zoee is believed to be in the company of her biological mother, Salena Bishop, age 28, who is wanted for felony abduction of a child.
They may be in the Athens, GA area. Should anyone have any information concerning the whereabouts of Zoee Bishop-Cantrell or Salena Bishop please contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828-697-4911.