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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. 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL DEPUTY FIRED AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

LOCAL DEPUTY FIRED AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

FORMERLY WITH ASHEVILLE POLICE  

Major Frank Stout confirmed for WHKP News Wednesday afternoon that a Henderson County sheriff's deputy had been fired from the department...after an alleged domestic violence incident.

Major Stout issued the following press release:

On July 11, 2017, at approximately 6:23pm, the Asheville Police Department responded to a domestic violence call.

Cory Thomas Burton (in the photo), age 39 of Arden, was arrested and charged with assault on a female. Burton is being held in the Buncombe County Jail.  No bond was set for Burton on Wednesday.

Burton's employment with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has been terminated.

Burton had been a Henderson County deputy for two years and was a senior deputy at the time of his termination.

 

NEW FRESH SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OPENS IN FLETCHER

NEW FRESH SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OPENS IN FLETCHER

IN ST. JOHN'S MARKETPLACE    

Surf N Brew a fresh seafood restaurant is open in Fletcher.

They feature fresh seafood everyday from oysters,and shrimp to fish of all kinds.

They offer salads,low country boils,and fresh seafood po-boy sandwiches, too

In addition to the seafood Surf n Turf features 24 beers on tap,many of them from local breweries.

You can find them open 7 days a week just off hwy 25 in Fletcher in St. Johns Marketplace.

Surf N Brew is owned by Mike Wiemers with Asta Hospitality, which also owns Dickey's BBQ on Upward Road and Huddle House in Asheville.

Surf N Brew had originally opened as Shuck N Brew Oyster Bar, but the restaurant closed briefly and re--opened in early July as Surf N Brew after an issue over trademark, etc.with an existing franchise in Wilmington, N.C.and under terms of a restraining order signed by a Superior Court judge in New Hanover County, N.C.

 

 

 

 

 

PARDEE RECEIVED $750 THOUSAND BEQUEST

PARDEE RECEIVED $750 THOUSAND BEQUEST

TO ASSURE A STEADY STEAM OF INCOME TO HELP MEET THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY   

Pardee Hospital Foundation announced today that its board of directors will honor the recent $750,000 bequest received from the late Ms. Elizabeth Warrick, a Henderson County resident, by creating a permanent legacy.
“Ms. Warrick’s gift presents an extraordinary opportunity for us,” said Amy Treece, chairman of the Pardee Hospital Foundation board. “With this gift, we will launch the Pardee Foundation Endowment Fund. The Pardee Foundation Endowment Fund will be a sustainable investment resource that will eventually create a steady stream of income to finance new and exciting opportunities for Pardee UNC Health Care far into the future.”

"We are humbled and gratified by Ms. Warrick’s gift," said Kim Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. "She quietly left a legacy of health and wellness, and as an endowment, it will serve our community for many years to come.”

By establishing the Pardee Foundation Endowment Fund, the Foundation is seeking to create permanent principal that will be invested for growth, and from which the board, each year, may direct earned income to support creative health care initiatives as they arise.

“We want to celebrate Mrs. Warrick’s generosity with thoughtful stewardship and careful investment, inspiring others to join us in developing a long-term health care funding resource for our patients and our community,” said Hinkelman. “Starting with this extraordinary gift, we hope the entire community will see the value in our Endowment Fund and contribute to its growth.”

For more information on the Pardee Foundation Endowment Fund, and how you can make a long-term investment in the health of our community, contact Jim Brewer at 828-233-2710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THURSDAY NIGHT:  HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL MOVED SOME MAJOR LOCAL PROJECTS FORWARD

THURSDAY NIGHT: HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL MOVED SOME MAJOR LOCAL PROJECTS FORWARD

APPROVED SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR NEW HHS CAMPUS;   

APPROVED SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES STARTING AT 10 AM;   

APPROVED 120 UNITS AT "THE ESTATES OF BRITTANY PLACE";  

APPROVED A  M.O.U. WITH DOWNTOWN HOTEL DEVELOPER;   

In a split 3-2 vote (Council members Smith and Stephens voting "no") in the July city council meeting Thursday night,  council approved, on "second reading", the special use permit needed to clear the way for the new $53 million Hendersonville High School campus to be built on the former Boyd property on Main Street at Five Points.  A lot of concern continued to be expressed over safety issues with that new school to be built at one of the busiest intersections in town.  But this was apparently the last legal hurdle for the county, at least as far as city council is concerned.  Plans for future use of the historic Stillwell building on the current campus remain unclear at this time.  

Recent legislation passed by the General Assembly, the so-called "brunch bill", allows Sunday sales of alcohol starting at 10 am, but requires an ordinance in every municipality to permit those early Sunday sales...and Hendersonville became one of the first in the state to do just that Thursday night by adopting an ordinance and approving early Sunday alcohol sales  

By approving a special use permit Thursday night, city council cleared the way for 120 ne units to be built at "The Estates of Brittany Place" on Chimney Rock Highway.  Residents of nearby Wolfpen expressed opposition, but a compromise was apparently worked out and the permit was approved.

And a formal "Memorandum of Understanding" was approved Thursday night between the city and Belmont Sayre who has been selected by city council to develop the old Grey's Hosiery Mill property on Grove Street into a "downtown hotrel".  City Manager John Connet says we can expect to see the project move forward within the next six months to transfrom that 2.28 acres and delapidated old building into a  $13.5 million, 57-room, "boutique style" hotel for downtown Hendersonville.  The city has owned that property for about 30 years and earlier attempts to develop it into a performing arts center failed, as the property continues to deteriorate.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

 

 

MILLIONS TO BE SPENT ON HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COMING TO HENDERSON, POLK, AND TRANSYLVANIA COUNTIES

MILLIONS TO BE SPENT ON HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COMING TO HENDERSON, POLK, AND TRANSYLVANIA COUNTIES

ALMOST $7 MILLION IN HIGHAY IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTS AWARDED   

RALEIGH – Residents of Polk, Henderson and Transylvania Counties will soon experience smoother roads as a result of a $6.9 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to improve about 37 miles of state roads.

The contract awarded to Rogers Group of Nashville calls for milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction.

Improvements are on the way for nearly eight miles of N.C. 9 in Polk County between N.C. 108 and the Rutherford County line. Work will also take place on about two miles of U.S. 176 between N.C. 108 and the South Carolina state line.

Resurfacing is also planned for 14.75 miles of secondary roads in Henderson County, 7.9 miles of secondary roads in Polk County and 4.3 miles of secondary roads in Transylvania County.

Work on the project can begin as early as August 1 and will be completed by October 2018.

NEW SCAM ALERT FOR HENDERSON COUNTY

NEW SCAM ALERT FOR HENDERSON COUNTY

A MARKETING SCHEME   

Scam Advisory – Henderson County

July 6, 2017

On July 5, 2017, an Etowah business owner reported an alleged marketing scam to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. The situation involved a salesman with Triple A Marketing selling ad space in a local restaurant’s menu. Following the transaction, the business owner researched the marketing company and discovered their poor ratings online, cancelled payment and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens and business owners to do their research before giving money to soliciting advertisers. If you are approached to purchase advertising, or any other product or service, take the following steps to decrease the chances of becoming victimized by a scam:

· Research the company’s ratings and reviews online

· Check for business accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org)

· Utilize scam prevention techniques like those suggested by the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov)

If you have been the victim of a scam in Henderson County, contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4596. Citizens can also call the Sheriff’s Office to report potential scams or ask if a company has a record of fraudulent activity.

BLUE RIDGE MALL UPDATE:  "THE OPEN DOOR" CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE TO CLOSE THE END OF JULY

BLUE RIDGE MALL UPDATE: "THE OPEN DOOR" CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE TO CLOSE THE END OF JULY

JC PENNEY WILL CLOSE ITS DOORS IN SEPTEMBER  

LOCALLY-OWNED SEARS REVERTS BACK TO CORPORATE EFFECTIVE THIS MONTH  

DUE TO FINANCIAL ISSUES AND LEASE DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE BLUE RIDGE MALL

A well known and long respected Christian bookstore is closing its doors by the end of the month.

The Open Door, a non-denominational family-owned store has been a tenant at Blue Ridge Mall for the past 20 years, but building financial troubles and lease agreement issues have forced both parties to part ways.

Owner Sheryl Seigler said the past few weeks have been emotional. The owners and staff now have until end of the month to sell as much inventory as possible.

The owner told News 13 this week, "It has sustained our family in a small way, but it's never been about the money. It's been about what I can do for Christ and the Kingdom of God," said Sheryl.

Over the years, the store has built a following of loyal customers
One customer observed, "The store has been more than just a place to buy items, it's also been a location where people can stop and submit prayer requests.".

Items in the sore are 25 percent off until Friday. The discount will then go up to 35-40 percent off.

GREEN MEADOW'S SHOOTING VICTIM IDENTIFIED, SUSPECT CHARGED; TWO LOCAL SHOOTINGS UNDER INVESTIGATION; COUNTY SHOOTING OCCURRED MONDAY

GREEN MEADOW'S SHOOTING VICTIM IDENTIFIED, SUSPECT CHARGED; TWO LOCAL SHOOTINGS UNDER INVESTIGATION; COUNTY SHOOTING OCCURRED MONDAY

IN THE CITY.  

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED AND CHARGED

ONE PERSON WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER A SHOOTING OCCURED ON WOODCOCK DRIVEI N THE GREEN MEADOWS COMMUNITY ON INDEPENDENC....AND POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP WITH ANY INFORMATION ON THE SHOOTING.

THE VICTIM WAS IDENTIFIED AS CHRISTOPHER TRE BRADLEY OF EAST FLAT ROCK. POLICE DID TELL REPORTERS THAT IT'S BELIEVED THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE AS A RESULT OF AN ARGUMENT OVER FIREWORKS....AND THE VICTIM WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND TAKEN TO MISSION HOSPITAL.  POLICE HAVE IDENTIFY THE SHOOTING SUSPECT AS BARBARA SINGLETON SMITH AND SHE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT WITH  A DEADLY WEAPON INFLICTING SERIOUS INJURY.

ANYONE WITH iNFORTION SHOULD COfTACT HENDERSONVILLE POLICE AT 697-3025 OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 697-STOP.

IN THE COUNTY.  

Meanwhile few details were released on a shooting that occured Monday night on Gash Road in the Mills River community.  It's being reported that two men got into a fight and one of them was shot in the leg.  That shooting victim was transported to Mission Hospital.  No other details were released by early Wednesday morning.,