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THIS WEEK IN POLITICS.  

DIANE CALDWELL FILED FRIDAY FOR HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL

THE ELECTION BOARD THIS WEEK CONFIRMED THAT 20 YEAR OLD JOHN MOORE IS TOO YOUNG AND IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO FILE AS A CANDIDATE FOR HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL.

NEBO DEMOCRAT PHILIP PRICE SAYS THE VOICES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINIANS ARE NOT BEING HEARD...SO HE IS RUNNING AGAINST MEADOWS IN 2018.   

ASHEVILLE DEMOCRAT MATT COFFAY HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL RACE AGAINST MEADOWS IN 2018 

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS  

Primary October 10, 2017
General November 7, 2017  

HENDERSON BOARD OF ELECTIONS
CRITERIA: Election: 11/07/2017, Show Contest w/o Candidate: Y CANDIDATE NAME NAME ON BALLOT PARTY FILING DATE ADDRESS

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE COUNCILMEMBER

MILLER, JEFFERY LANE Jeff Miller 07/12/2017 1105 FOREST HILL DR HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28791

ROUNDTREE, DEBBIE ONEAL Debbie Roundtree 07/07/2017 92D CEDAR BLUFFS DR HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28792
SMITH, JERRY ANDREWS JR Jerry Smith Jr. 07/07/2017 1141 WOODMONT DR HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28791
CALDWELL, DIANE RUDISILL Diane Caldwell 07/21/2017 724 ORIOLE DR HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28792

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE MAYOR


VOLK, BARBARA JEAN Barbara G. Volk 07/07/2017 1654 DRUID HILLS AVE HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28791

CITY OF SALUDA COMMISSIONER

ASHBURN, CAROLYN BYRD Carolyn Ashburn 07/12/2017 PO BOX 957 SALUDA, NC 28773
MARION, PAUL CURTIS Paul C. Marion 07/17/2017 555 CRESCENT ST SALUDA, NC 28773
OXTOBY, MARK SIMON Mark Oxtoby 07/13/2017 PO BOX 934 SALUDA, NC 28773
STEVENS, THEODORE WILLIAM Teddy Stevens 07/19/2017 PO BOX 582 SALUDA, NC 28773

CITY OF SALUDA MAYOR

BAISDEN, FREDERICK HAUGH Fred Baisden 07/13/2017 PO BOX 265 SALUDA, NC 28773
POTTER, HEATH DALE Heath Potter 07/19/2017 26 CHURCH ST SALUDA, NC 28773

TOWN OF FLETCHER COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

FRANKLIN, SHEILA ANN Sheila Franklin 07/07/2017 737 JACKSON RD FLETCHER, NC 28732

TOWN OF FLETCHER COUNCIL DISTRICT 4

HENDERSON, EDDIE SLOAN Eddie S. Henderson 07/07/2017 PO BOX 1154 FLETCHER, NC 28732

TOWN OF FLETCHER MAYOR

MOORE, WILLIAM BURTON Bill Moore 07/07/2017 PO BOX 431 FLETCHER, NC 28732
WHITESIDE, ROD A Rod A. Whiteside 07/07/2017 903 WOODHILL DR FLETCHER, NC 28732

TOWN OF LAUREL PARK COUNCIL HANSEN, A PAUL A. Paul Hansen 07/07/2017 435 UPPER LAUREL DR HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28739
MCKINLEY, NANCY PRIOR Nancy Prior McKinley 07/07/2017 295 ROBERTS DR HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28739

TOWN OF MILLS RIVER COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

CASKEY, BRIAN DAVID Brian Caskey 07/11/2017 164 GLEN EAGLES LN MILLS RIVER, NC 28759
FREEMAN, LAWRENCE BOND Larry Freeman 07/07/2017 109 MCDOWELL RD MILLS RIVER, NC 28759

TOWN OF MILLS RIVER COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

JOHNSTON, WILLIAM FRANKLIN Billy Johnston 07/12/2017 1492 JEFFRESS RD MILLS RIVER, NC 28759
MEADOWS, PAUL RICHMOND JR Paul Richmond Meadows Jr. 07/10/2017 248 CARDINAL RD MILLS RIVER, NC 28759

TOWN OF MILLS RIVER COUNCIL DISTRICT 3

DAVIS, CHAE TRANTHAM Chae Trantham Davis 07/20/2017 91 FURZWEGO DR MILLS RIVER, NC 28759
HUMPHREY, JAMES SMITH III James Smith Humphrey III 07/07/2017 94 JAMES HUMPHREY PL MILLS RIVER, NC 28759
GARNETT, NATHAN DAVID Nathan Garnett 07/20/2017 86 DEEP WOODS RD MILLS RIVER, NC 28759

VILLAGE OF FLAT ROCK COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

JAMERSON, SHERYL ANN Sheryl Jamerson 07/17/2017 3240 GREENVILLE HWY FLAT ROCK, NC 28731

VILLAGE OF FLAT ROCK COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

POSEY, PAIGE Paige Posey 07/17/2017 47 ROBERT E LEE DR FLAT ROCK, NC 28731

VILLAGE OF FLAT ROCK COUNCIL DISTRICT 3

GOOCH, ALBERT SIDNEY JR Albert S. Gooch Jr. 07/07/2017 PO BOX 786 FLAT ROCK, NC 28731

PARDEE UNC HEALTH CARE TO BUILD NEW URGENT CARE CENTER IN MILLS RIVER

PARDEE UNC HEALTH CARE TO BUILD NEW URGENT CARE CENTER IN MILLS RIVER

A 2500 SQUAR FEET URGENT CARE FACILITY  

TO BE BUILT IN THE INGLES PLAZA NEXT TO NORTH MILLS RIVER ROAD    

Pardee UNC Health Care announced today plans to open a 2,500 square foot urgent care center in Mills River by February 2018. Construction of the facility, located in the Ingles Shopping Center at the corner of N. Mills River Road and Boylston Highway, will begin next month.

Pardee currently operates two urgent care centers in Henderson County: one in Hendersonville off Four Seasons Blvd and one in Fletcher at the Mission Pardee Health Campus.

“We are excited to see the population and industry growth in the Mills River and Etowah areas of Henderson County,” said Johnna Reed, chief administrative officer at Pardee. “As demonstrated with previous market growth, we see an increased demand for urgent care centers. Urgent care continues to play an integral role in the continuum of care and we want to make sure residents have the care they need, when and where they need it.”
According to the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, urgent care facilities fill the gap in health care that exists between the primary care provider and the emergency room. There are approximately 8,000 c

nters in the United States and another 1,200 retail clinics operating in mainstream drugstores. The difference in the two is that urgent care centers, like the one set to open in Mills River, provide a broader scope of services than a retail clinic. Wounds, injuries, fractures, asthma attacks and mild concussions can be treated, in addition to the sore throats, common cold and allergic reactions treated in retail clinics. In addition, Pardee’s urgent care center will have X-ray and lab facilities, with board-certified providers providing medical services. Pardee’s urgent care centers also offer sports physicals and pre-employment physicals and testing.

“Since our urgent care centers are part of the larger Pardee UNC Health Care system, our physicians and medical staff can make the appropriate referrals if a patient presents with something more complicated,” said Reed. “In addition, patients usually find that the average cost of a visit to an urgent care center is significantly less than to an emergency department, with much less time spent waiting for care. While urgent care centers are not meant to replace the primary care physician, we do see them as transforming how patients access care, particularly after hours when their doctor may not be available.”

In 2015, Pardee purchased 20 acres of land across from the planned urgent care center on Boylston Hwy. “We continue to evaluate the best use for the property across the street,” said Reed. “Our board and our administration want to ensure that the health care services offered are in alignment with the long-range needs of the area.” Reed notes that the opportunity for an urgent care center in the Ingles shopping center accommodated the immediate timing and needs of the community.

COMMISSIONERS SHOOT DOWN CITY PURCHASE OF ETOWAH SEWER CO.

COMMISSIONERS SHOOT DOWN CITY PURCHASE OF ETOWAH SEWER CO.

CITY-COUNTY WATER/SEWER ISSUES CONTINUE   

Facing some $500 thousand in needed repairs, Etowah Sewer Co. approached the City of Hendersonville many months ago about purchasing the company.  The city made an offer to buy the company, which serves about 400 residential and business customers in the Etowah area, for a million dollars...but county commissoonerd, led by Commissioner Bill Lapsley (a former city water department employee), said "No" this week and shot down the city's purchase of the Etowah system.

Lapsley said the purchase would give the city control over growth and development in the unincorporated Etowah area...and the other commissioners agreed.

Commissioners have been at odds with the City of Hendersonville over water since early this year when the commissioners attempted to take control away from the city of the water system the city has owned and operated for about a century.

In another issue...the county is having some software problems that could potentially effect the 2019 re-appraisal.  Commissioners hope to get another update on that in August.

Commissioners met in the Historic Courthouse Wednesday morning.

 

 

 

CITY ANNOUNCES UPCOMING STREET MAINTENANCE AND RE-PAVING

CITY ANNOUNCES UPCOMING STREET MAINTENANCE AND RE-PAVING

THIS JULY AND AUGUST   

During the months of July and August,
the City of Hendersonville will be doing maintenance on several different streets
within the City. The extent of the maintenance will vary depending on the
situation. Some streets may simply be given a new layer of asphalt overlaying
the existing surface, while other streets may be milled down before a layer of
new asphalt is applied.
Construction will begin the week of July 21st with the majority of the work to be
completed by the mid September. The paving contractor will be Tarheel Paving
of Hendersonville and they will communicate with businesses and residents
with a more specific schedule as it pertains to their street. The lists of streets
being affected are as follows:

Streets to be resurfaced:
1st Avenue from Washington to S Whitted
3rd Avenue from Fleming to Blythe
Whitted St from Dale to Hwy 64
Oak St from 1st Ave to Hwy 64
Taylor St from 3rd to 4th Ave
Ehringhaus St from 3rd to 4th Ave
Fleming from 3rd to 4th Ave
Jones St From S Whitted to 3rd Ave
S Justice from 1st to 3rd Ave
S Justice from 4th to 5th Ave
Florida Ave from Oak to Justice
Washington St from 1st Ave to Allen St
Joel Wright Dr from Hwy 225 to end maintenance.
Copper Penny St from Hwy 225 to end maintenance

For questions about this project, please call Public Works at (828) 697-3084

WHKP INTRODUCES NEW LOGO MODIFICATION

WHKP INTRODUCES NEW LOGO MODIFICATION

WHKP RADIO, now in its 71st year of broadcasting in Hendersonville, is introducing a modification to their visual broadcast identification. 

Since October of 1946, WHKP has had a variety of 'image logos' identifying the station.

The brand new logo, modified by desk-top publisher Kim McKibbin, is intended to - at a glance -  show that WHKP is a radio station with the 'wave length' swiping broadly across the call-letters which have been in place for a number of years. 

WHKP - in addition to being on the air since 1946 with an AM broadcast signal at 1450 - now, and for the past two years has a frequency on the FM radio dial at 107.7. 

The latest Nielsen national radio ratings show that WHKP is the most-listened-to local station in Henderson County with a total listening audience of some 11,000.

 

MAN DIES MONDAY NIGHT AT JUMP OFF ROCK

MAN DIES MONDAY NIGHT AT JUMP OFF ROCK

PRESS RELEASE FROM LAUREL PARK POLICE CHIEF BOBBIE TROTTER

After 7:00 PM on Monday night, a man entered Jump Off Rock Park and displayed a gun to other park visitors. Laurel Park Police, with back up from Henderson County Sheriff's Office, responded to the Park, where the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was injured. The man's identity is not being released, pending notification of next-of-kin.

Jump Off Rock Park will reopen on Tuesday, July 18th.

 


 

BLYTHE STREET BRIDGE WORK STARTED MONDAY; FOUR SEASONS/MLK, JR. BLVD. REPAVING CONTINUES

BLYTHE STREET BRIDGE WORK STARTED MONDAY; FOUR SEASONS/MLK, JR. BLVD. REPAVING CONTINUES

BLYTHE STREET BRITTAIN CREEK BRIDGE REPAIR WORK AND REPAVING THAT SHORT STRETCH OF BLYTHE STREET STARTED MONDAY JULY 17     

RE-SURFACING FOUR SEASONS/MLK, JR. BOULEVARD CONTINUES...SHOULD BE COMPLETE IN A FEW WEEKS.  

SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS COMING TO KANUGA   

PORTIONS OF FOUR SEASONS AND MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BOULEVARD ARE BEING RE-SURFACED.

THE WORK IS BEING DONE MOSTLY AT NIGHT (8PM to 6AM) SO AS TO NOT INTERFERE WITH TRAFFIC, AND THE WORK IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.

THE WORK IS BEING DONE FROM CAROLINA VILLAGE ROAD, ACROSS HARRIS STREET, AND TO THE BRIDGE THAT CROSSES MAPLE STREET AND THE RAILROAD TRACKS.

NC DOT ESTIMATES THE WORK WILL BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT A MONTH.

MEANWHILE...THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN A MEETING SET FOR THIS COMING TUESDAY JULY 18TH...AT WHICH TIME NC DOT WILL BE DISCUSSING WAYS, AND INVITING PUBLIC INPUT TO MAKE KANUGA ROAD SAFER...PARICULARLY THAT STRETCH OF KANUGA ROAD FROM CHURCH STREET TO LITTLE RIVER ROAD.

TURN LANES, WIDER LANES, SHOULDER IMPROVEMENTSS, AND SOME SIDEWALKS ARE ALL PART OF THE PLANS BEING CONSIDERED.

FOUR PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN RECENT ACCIDENTS ON KANUGA AND CRAB CREEK ROADS.

THE MEETING ON TUESDAY JULY 18 WILL BE AT THE CITY OPERATIONS CENTER, 305 WILLIAMS STREET.

THE TRAGEDIES OF JULY IN HENDERSON COUNTY'S HISTORY

THE TRAGEDIES OF JULY IN HENDERSON COUNTY'S HISTORY

THE THIRD WEEK IN JULY IN PARTICULAR   

Maybe it has something to do with being in the midst of Dog Days...old-timers have been ripe with speculation for generations. But the month of July, and the third week in the month in particular, is notoriously infamous in Henderson County history for tragic events:

This July is the 101st anniversary of The Great Flood of 1916. It actually began with a series of unusual weather events early in the month and culminated when an Atlantic hurricane, moving across the region, that got blocked from moving out by strong high pressure, and then literally rained itself out over the mountains of western North Carolina. With homes and cabins washed down mountain slopes, and babies literally swept from their cribs and drowned by the high and rushing waters, the Great Flood of 1916 is believed to be the most devastating weather event in Henderson County history.

This July 17th marks the 51st anniversary of Henderson County’s infamous “triple murder”...in which Charles Glass, Vernon Shipman and Louise Shumate were murdered in a most grizzly and bizarre way. After their bodies were found, in a suspiciously demonic arrangement, in a field near the banks of Lake Summit, many investigations, scores of stories, tales, and theories followed, but to this day, the “triple murder” remains officially unsolved. Old-timers “in the know” will tell you for sure...those who know the truth of the “triple murder” are all now dead with their knowledge and their secrets buried with them...and the “triple murder” will likely continue as our "coldest"...of all local “cold” cases.

This July 19th is the 50th anniversary of the collision and crash of Piedmont Flight 22 over Hendersonville, in which 82 people died. Piedmont Airline’s brand new jetliner had just taken off from the Asheville Airport late that fateful morning when a small Cessna 310 private plane flew into the big jet, with the pilot of Flight 22 attempting to land it on I-26, then both planes crashed to the ground near Camp Pinewood just off Orr’s Camp Road. A temporary morgue was set up at the National Guard Armory, as rescuers and volunteers from all over the city and county rushed to the site to help with the awful tragedy, the gruesome extent of which had never been seen before in Hendersonville. A marker, commemorating the event and naming every victim stands in the United Federal parking lot off Freeman and Jack Streets.

This July 22nd is the 50h anniversary of the death of Carl Sandburg. The poet, Lincoln biographer, folktale teller and singer of folksongs, and raiser of championship goats, died at his home “Connemara” in Flat Rock. The late Kemit Edney, in his usual rich tones and eloquent style, made the somber announcement to the community and to the world, that morning that the 1951 Pulitzer Prize winner had died. The estate “Connemara”, previously known as “Rock Hill”, had its own rich history dating back to the Civil War...and thanks to the generosity and efforts of Mrs. Sandburg and the late Congressman Roy A. Taylor, Sandburg’s legacy was preserved in what is now the “Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site” in Flat Rock.

And there were other tragic July events in our local history as well, like the devastating drought of 2007 that left crops parched and withering to death in the fields and that literally drove some local farmers out of farming.

No one can say for sure why, but July...and its third week in particular...will forever be, in the hearts and memories of many of us, a sultry, steamy, and uncomfortably tragic period, year after year, in Henderson County history.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman   July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

THREE ROUND-ABOUTS LIKELY COMING TO HIGHWAY 64 WEST IN LAUREL PARK

THREE ROUND-ABOUTS LIKELY COMING TO HIGHWAY 64 WEST IN LAUREL PARK

THAT'S ACCORDING TO NC DOT PLANS FOR BREVARD ROAD   .

Laurel Park Mayor Carey O’Cain updated the Laurel Park Town Council during ia meeting last week on recent changes to the NCDOT’s plans to widen Highway 64.

NC DOT is looking to widen the highway between White Pine Drive and Blythe Street and add bike lanes and sidewalks. Plans show that the road will remain at two lanes, but a center median with three roundabouts and turn lanes at specific points will be added.

In earlier plans, NCDOT was considering three roundabouts at Daniel Drive, Blythe Street and the entrance to Laurel Park Village shopping center. Updated plans have since shifted the roundabouts to the White Pine/Windsor Drive intersection, the Pisgah Drive intersection, with another roundabout proposed at Glasgow Lane.

The intersection near the Energy Fuels gas station — where Daniel Drive, Windsor Drive and Davis Circle converge — will see significant changes as well. Kit Carson Lane and Davis Circle will be cut off from Highway 64 and a cul-de-sac at Windsor Drive will replace the road’s current eastern access to the highway.

Traffic from that general area will be directed to the Windsor Drive/White Pine Drive intersection, where the roundabout is proposed.

NC DOT’s right-of-way acquisition will require the State Farm Insurance office at the corner of the highway and Daniel Drive to be removed. It’s likely the Energy Fuels gas station may be removed as well, although O’Cain said they are looking at ways to save it.

O’Cain said the town will have to foot 20 percent of the bill for any sidewalks that are built within the town limits.

Town Manager Alison Alexander said NC DOT is scheduled to begin right-of-way acquisition in 2019, with construction beginning in 2021.

Alexander said the NC DOT has committed to holding another public input meeting on the updated plans, probably at the end of September or early October.

LAUREL PARK AND MILLS RIVER JOIN HENDERSONVILLE IN APPROVING EARLY ALCOHOL SALE ON SUNDAY

LAUREL PARK AND MILLS RIVER JOIN HENDERSONVILLE IN APPROVING EARLY ALCOHOL SALE ON SUNDAY

SUNDAY "BRUNCH BILL"  GETS LOCAL APPROVAL   

The City of Hendersonville became one of the first municipalities in the state recently to approve the sale of alcoholic beverage starting at 10am on Sundays.

The so-called Sunday "brunch bill" was approved by this year's session of the North Carolina General Assembly, but the legislation left it up to each individual municipality where alcohol sales are allowed to pass an ordinance permitting such sales starting in time for Sunday brunch at 10am on Sundays.  Previously, Sunday alcohol sales were not allowed to start until 12 noon.

The Laurel Park Town Council approved the sale at a meetiong this week, and Mills River Town Council passed an ordinance allowing the early Sunday sale at their meeting Thursday night.  Representatives from both Sierra Novada Brewery and Bold Rock Hard Cider were present at the Mills River Council meeting.