THE MAPLE PARKING LOT ACROSS FROM CITY HALL WAS THE FIRST FOR A RECENT MAKE-OVER AND A NEW PARKING KIOSK...NOW...
Improvements were scheduled recently for a couple of parking lots in Hendersonville are nearing completion.
The Azalea and Laughter parking lots on King Street provides public parking in the downtown area.
The city said the repaved lots will improve driver and pedestrian safety, and residents said they look a lot better, too.
The project manager says there are a couple of minor things left to do, like putting up signage and installing lights.
The lots are open and ready to be used
Stater Senator Tom Apodaca and State Representative Chuck McGrady...both from Henderson County...responded to questions in this weekend's Asheville Citizen-Times about the controversial HB 2 legislation. That legislation, passed in a special session of the N.C. General Assembly earlier this year, struck down a Chartlotte city ordinance that allowed transgender individuals to use both men and women's restrooms in public plasces.
Apodaca, a Henderson County Republican who is one of the Senate's most powerful members, said any changes would be minor, but said he would not discuss specifics because a lawsuit has already been filed challenging the law.
“HB2 came about only because of Charlotte and they knew what they were doing when they did it. It’s not discriminatory. It matches federal statute to the letter," Apodaca said. "I’m not going to get into the particulars of HB2. It’s already done, signed into law. We have said there could be some tweaks, but I don’t think it will be repealed.”
He said worries about job losses are overblown.
“They’ll [companies] come if you give them the money," he said. "The other thing I thought was funny is when PayPal announced they weren’t going to come to North Carolina, another company the same day announced expansion in Charlotte. I think it’s a concerted effort by the LGBT organizations to put North Carolina as a battleground.”
“If you read HB2 verbatim, it is definitely being used as a political football,” he said.
Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, was on a long-planned vacation during the vote on HB2 and said he’s studied neither the Charlotte ordinance nor the legislation, but would get up to speed should the General Assembly revisit the issue.
McGrady said he’s heard from a mix of constituents, some who want the law repealed, while a group he met with on Thursday night said it was a good bill that protects privacy.
“I anticipate if leadership wants to take it up, I’ll get up to speed at that point, but I’m not pushing one way or the other,”
Two more people died from the flu as flu season nears its end in North Carolina.
That’s according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The weekly report showed the two deaths during the week of March 27 through April 2.
Since mid-October, the state reported there have been 29 deaths. That’s remarkably lower than last year.
The age group most affected are those 50 years and older.
Flu season in southern states typically wraps in May.
WITH CARRIAGE PARK DEVELOPER DALE HAMLIN FACING HAVING THE OFFICE, HIS HOME, AND OVER 20 LOTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT SOLD ON THE COURTHOUSE STEPS TO SATISFY OVER #13 MILLION IN DEBTS,, CARRIAGE PARK HAS FILED FOR CHAPTER 11 RE-ORGANIATION
Carriage Park Associates LLC filed Thursday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to court documents.
AT COUNCIL MEETINGS THURSDAY NIGHT IN HENDERSONVILLE AND MILLS RIVER
When Hendersonville City Council met Thursday hight, they approved a special use permit…that paves the way for 80 apartment units of affordable housing to e built on Lakewood Road. It will be known as Lakewood Terrace.
City Council also heard from consultant Steven Stansbery with Kimley-Horne consultants aboiut anticipated increases in traffic and parking in the Ninth Avenue Wedst area that will come with completion of the new health-science center being build on the Pardee Hospital main campus. Improving crossing safety, improving walk-ability and bike-ability, improving the traffic flow on North Whitted Street, and repairing and building sidewalks were some of the solutions they recommended.
And as City Council again tackled the issue of downtown parking, the city will be making chances in permits for downtown parking. Those recommendation came from downtown director Lew Holloway. The new permits will only be offered to existing permit holders…and no new permits wikll be available during a trial period.
Meanwhile….Mills River Town Council Thursday night heard from a consultant that a police force for Mills River would cost over a million dollars. Various stages and options were included in the consultant’s report. Council members and Town staff say that’s only one option being considered to provide required “core” services…and Council passed a resolution showing the Town’s commitment to working with Henderson County on other possible options for enhanced law enforcement in the Town.
Mills River Council passed a resolution indicating the Town's desire to work with Henderson County and with the county sheriff's department, possibly on a new contract for "enhancded law enforceent" in the Town.
Another resolution unanimously approved by Council Thursday night expressed the Council's opposition to hundreds of thousands of acres in the national forests, including in Pisgah National Forest which borders the Town, being designated as "wilderness" and as so-called National Recreation Areas. Council is concered that such designations would, in reality, be harmful to the forest and to water supplies generated in the forests. All of Hendersonville, and parts of both Henderson and Buncombe counties, rely on water from Mills River which originates in Pisgah National Forest. Henderson and Transylvania county boards of commissioners had earlier passed similar resolutions opposing the proposed designations.
By Larry Freeman WHKP 04/08/16 5am
ONE OF THE OLDEST INDEPENDENT PHARMACIES STILL OPERATING IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
One of the oldest and locally owned and operated businesses in Henderson County has moved to a new location.
Whitley Drugs has been on the Greenville Highway in Atha Plaza for many years. But with the new Publix store buying and coming to that location, with construction set to start late this summer of the new grocery store, Whitley Drugs has movedg right down the street to 814 Greenville Highway.
Whitley Drugs was started back in 1955 by Dr. Whitley…and over the years, Whitley’s has survived the influx of the newer, bigger, chain pharmacies. They have survived the growth and continue to succeed in such a highly competitive field due to their hometown friendly and customer service commitment.
In their new location, Flip, Mike and Jake and the whole staff at Whitley’s invite you to an “open house” and blood drive on Friday April 15th at that new 814 Greenville Highway new location.. As an indication of their commitment to the community, Whitley’s will be “teaming up” that day with The Blood Connection to sponsor a blood drive. Free food will be available during the “open house” and WHKP FM 107.7 and AM 1450 will be broadcasting “live” from Whitley’s throughout the whole day on the 15th…from 9am to 5pm.
The public is encouraged to drop by on Friday April 15th, as Whitley’s introduces you to their new location,. And as WHKP helps them celebrate their new home and 61 years of customer loyalty continued success.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 04/07/16 6am
TRYON, N.C.—In a proclamation received last week, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory decreed that the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival “shall be known as a North Carolina State Championship,” and June 10-11, 2016, “shall be ‘The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival Days’ in North Carolina.” The proclamation urges all citizens to commend the observance.
The proclamation marks the Festival’s 23rd year as a North Carolina State Championship and the 23rd year the event will attract thousands of people to Harmon Field in Tryon where, from 10 am–11 pm on June 10 and 11, there will be live music, the best in regional crafts, family fun in “Kiddie Land” and the opportunity to dine on the best barbecue in the nation. On Saturday only, the 6th Annual Classic Car Show will fill up the soccer field, featuring up to 200 beautifully restored/maintained vintage cars and trucks, and a grand finale fireworks show will wrap up the festivities. Admission is only $8 per person at the gate, with no charge for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Active duty military (with valid military ID) are free any time. And, again this year EVERYONE gets in FREE on FRIDAY, from 10 am until 2 pm—get in free and stay until closing if desired.
As a special thank you to the people of Polk County and Landrum, who have supported the Festival over the years, FREE on FRIDAY will be extended for them for the full day. Polk County and Landrum (zip code 29356) residents get in FREE ALL DAY on FRIDAY just by showing ID that includes address!
Eric McKaig, chair of the Festival’s steering committee explained why the Governor’s proclamation is so important. “Each year around 90 or more of the best cookers in the country gather here to compete for more than $20,000 in titles, trophies and prizes. But the most coveted is the Governor’s Trophy, awarded to the highest scoring North Carolina team. That team will have earned the title ‘North Carolina State Champion,’ and be entitled to all the braggin’ rights that go with it,” McKaig said.
Festivalgoers can stroll right into “Hog Heaven” and see the cook teams in action. Then they can head to the main field to chow down on award-winning barbecue—as well as grilled corn-on-the-cob, fresh-squeezed lemonade and many more selections—and be treated to one of the region’s most consistently impressive line-ups of live music on two stages. Visit www.blueridgeBBQfestival.com for the line-up and music schedule to be posted soon. In addition, the Festival’s “Kiddie Land” has rides, games and activities for kids of all ages. Craft lovers will want to make plenty of time to browse the “The Foothills Craft Fair,” with approximately 50 carefully selected artisans representing the region’s best.
Once again, on Saturday, there will be a Hawg Run that originates at the Harley-Davidson store in Greenville and ends at the Festival. This is a motorcycle “poker run” in which participants collect one card when they sign in, then pick up another three cards—one each at three stops along the route—and draw a final card upon arrival at the Festival. The top five-card stud hand wins a cash prize.
The Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival is an event by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the Festival help support Chamber operations, and all additional proceeds go to the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation to be returned to the community through distributions to a variety of charitable and civic programs. As always the Festival committee needs hundreds of volunteers and has begun its annual recruiting push. For further information and to volunteer, visit the website:
BlueRidgeBBQFestival.com, or call the Festival Office at 828-859-7427.
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BLUE RIDGE BOOKFEST – 8TH ANNUAL
Where: Blue Ridge Community College
The 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest theme is “Mountain Life–Then and Now.” Friday afternoon begins with a sequence of three free workshops for writers and those who want to write. Our evening tradition begins with a reception and mixer - our only ticketed event at $25. At the doors open to a free featured author interview. Meet and get to know Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Water for Elephants, At the Water’s Edge, and others. begins at and concludes at . Over thirty authors from around the southeast will meet the public and sign books. Twelve select authors will make classroom presentations with Q&A. Box lunches and other food will be available for purchase. A special feature will be presentation on the lives and writing of Carl Sandburg and Thomas Wolfe – legendary western NC writers. Ample parking and all indoors in the TEDC building. Visit the website for more.
Don’t miss this as it will be one of our best. Those who write or have always wanted to write should start with the free workshopsafternoon and stay on for Sara Gruen that evening. Get some sleep and come back for more free fun . Bring the young readers with you.
- Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will close next week for repairs to the mountain's elevator.
Park officials said Duke Power will install new electric lines to solve the parks recent power issues.
Officials said Chimney Rock will be closed from April 11 to 15.