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NANCY LYNN'S DINER AND PIZZERIA IN MILLS RIVER CLOSES; CAN'T FIND ENOUGH DEPENDABLE HELP

NANCY LYNN'S DINER AND PIZZERIA IN MILLS RIVER CLOSES; CAN'T FIND ENOUGH DEPENDABLE HELP

OWNER SAYS..."JUST CAN'T FIND ANY DEPENDABLE HELP."

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 It’s always sad to see a small business got out of business. But it’s particularly disturbing when a SUCCESSFUL small business is forced to close its doors because it can’t find enough employees.

One of the most popular eating establishments in Henderson County, Nancy Lynn’s Diner and Pizzeria in the heart of Mills River, recently closed its doors...and owner Bradley Johnston says that’s because they could not find enough dependable employees.

Established several years ago at the busy intersection of Highways 280 and 191, and sandwiched in between Triangle Stop and Mills River Creamery, Nancy Lynn’s quickly earned a reputation for quality food, from a quick “sit down” breakfast or lunch to a full dinner.

Owner Johnston also observed that the shortage of dependable employees for businesses of every size is an issue that needs to be addressed.

And the shortage of employees is not confined to small businesses like Nancy Lynn’s and fast food restaurants that are almost always looking for more employees..

Just a short distance away at the Southridge Shopping Center on McKenna Road just off Airport Road, there are yard signs all alongt he entrance advertising “NOW HIRING”, “HELP WANTED”.

Southridge includes such outlets as Lowe’s, Marshalls, Ross Dress For Less, Michaels, and others. And most every store has signs in the windows, out front, and through the parking lot advertising available jobs. Targets has raised its minimum wage and Walmart is offering flexible hours.

The nationwide unemployment rate has fallen to just over 4 per cent...and 4 per cent is historically considered to be “full” employment.

Small businesses are limited in what they can pay, but many offer flexible hours and other incentives.

Still, there are no easy answers for successful businesses like Nancy Lynn’s in Mills River...that just can’t find enough dependable employees to keep their doors open.

By Larry Freeman  

 

 

SOME MILLS RIVER RESIDENTS DISTURBED BY LOUD MUSIC FROM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER

SOME MILLS RIVER RESIDENTS DISTURBED BY LOUD MUSIC FROM BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER

THE ISSUE IS BEING ADDRESSED BY BOLD ROCK AND A RESOLUTIOIN IS EXPECTED   

THE TOWN IS GETTING CLOSER TO CELL PHONE SERVICE FOR REMOTE AREAS IN NORTH AND SOUTH MILLS RIVER

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Mills River Town Manager Jeff Wells reported at Thursday night’s Council meeting that we’re getting a lot of positive results from our contacts with cell tower companies in our challenge to get cell phone service to the most remote areas of North and South Mills River. Jeff says there are no guarantees yet, but the progress is encouraging with a number of companies expressing an interest and willing to help if possible. So STAY TUNED!

Neighbors of Bold Rock Hard Cider taproom and production facility on School House Road in Mills River turned out to the Mills River Town Council meeting Thursday, with several people telling the council that the cidery’s new outdoor music events are too loud for the quiet, pastoral landscape in the area.

 Bold Rock owner John Washburn and founding partner and president Brian Shanks were at Thursday nights meeting at the invitation.of Mills River Mayor Larry Freeman and they said they want to be a good neighbor and are sensitive to the concerns of nearby residents. They said concerts and other activities are part of their business growth plan to keep the Mills River location viable, and have vowed to move its recently constructed outdoor stage and install soundproofing measures.

The citizens expressing their concerns, and with Bold rock ownership and management hearing and addressing those concerns, a resolution of the issue is expected and council took no action on it.

Some of the same citizens Thursday night expressed concern over the new Norafin facility being constructed on School House Road. Traffic from the new manufacturing facility and its clos proximity to Mills River Elementary School were the main concerns, and council pointed out that th school had been contacted before he facility was approved and h school has no problem with the facility being close by.

The sheriff’s department gave Mills River Town Council their quarterly report on performance in the Town under their current contract, and again heard concerns about speeding on Highway 280. Sheriff’s departmnen officils offered to help address that speeding issue.

 

 

FLU SHOTS NOW AVAILABLE FROM LOCAL PROVIDERS

FLU SHOTS NOW AVAILABLE FROM LOCAL PROVIDERS

219 DIED IN NORTH CAROLINA FROM THE FLU LAST FLU SEASON  

FLU SHOTS AR NOW AVAILOABLE FROM LOCAL PROVIDERS...PHYSICIANS, DRUG STORES, GROCERY STORES  

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FLU SEASON TYPICALLY BEINS IN THE FALL, REACHES ITS PEAK IN DECEMBER, AND LINGERS INTO THE SPRING   

Information for 2017-2018 From the CDC   

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. This page summarizes information for the 2017-2018 flu season.

What viruses will the 2017-2018 flu vaccines protect against?

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There are many flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common. For 2017-2018, three-component vaccines are recommended to contain:

an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus
Four-component vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to be produced using the same viruses recommended for the trivalent vaccines, as well as a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.

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LOCAL HEALTH CARE EXPERTS CONFIRM:  FLU SHOTS WILL NOT GIVE YOU THE FLU

NO DECISION YET ON LAUREL PARK'S COTTAGES AT ARCADIA VIEWS

NO DECISION YET ON LAUREL PARK'S COTTAGES AT ARCADIA VIEWS

Laurel Park Town Council this week opted to wait for an NC DOT traffic study before making a decision on the proposed rental development along US Highway 64 west between Laurel Park and Shaws Creek.

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That study Is expected to be complete in just over a month.

Residents of Hunters Crossing and Hawthorn Hills have expressed concerns about traffic and density with the proposed development

Laurel Park Town Council met on Thursday.

 

 

ANOTHER SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE FOUND AT ASHEVILLE AIRPORT

ANOTHER SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE FOUND AT ASHEVILLE AIRPORT

Another suspicious package has been found at the Asheville Regional Airport.

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Officials say the alert came after an unattended bag was found inside the airport.

The airport was evacuated while authorities secured the area.

Last Friday, authorities with the Asheville Regional Airport said a suspicious package found curbside outside the baggage claim area. Turns out it was an unattended backpack and nothing dangerous was found.

FROM EARLIER REPORTS:

The man accused in connection with last Friday morning’s scare at the Asheville Regional Airport is now facing some serious charges.

Federal agents have accused Michael Christoper Estes of planting a mason jar filled with explosive chemicals and nails at the Asheville Regional Airport last week.
Court documents released Tuesday accuse Estes of attempted malicious use of explosive materials and unlawful possession of explosives at an airport.

The criminal complaint written by an FBI agent says investigators found a mason jar containing ammonium nitrate, nails and a shotgun cartridge Friday at the Asheville airport.
According to authorities, the the device left near a terminal entrance but was latr determined to be safe..

Estes was arrested Saturday, and the complaint says he acknowledged leaving the explosive device at the airport.
Estes is being held at the Buncombe County jail. He waived his right for preliminary hearing, and an arraignment will be next.
No date is announced yet for the arraignment.

According to news reports, Estes purchased materials from the Walmart and Lowes in Arden, and REI in Biltmore Park.
He used his membership card at REI, which is how authorities identified him.

That jar was discovered at the airport about 7 last Friday morning, and a part of the airport including Terminal Drive was shut down for a while during the investigation.

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN AUGUST BANK ROBBERY IN LAUREL PARK

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN AUGUST BANK ROBBERY IN LAUREL PARK

THE BANK WAS ROBBED ON AUGUST 18TH

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Suspect identified in Wells Fargo Bank Robbery

On August 18, 2017, a suspect entered the Wells Fargo Bank, demanding money and threatening to
injure the bank employees with a knife. He then fled with funds. An intense investigation by the
Laurel Park Police Department, which included video surveillance from multiple sources and witness
interviews, led to Marquis Dechane Harrison as a suspect.

A warrant was secured by the Laurel Park Police Department for Harrison’s arrest for one count of
Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Chief Trotter would like to thank the FBI, Hendersonville Police Department, Fletcher Police
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SHERIFF'S DEPT. & PARDEE/UNC HEALTH CARE TO HOLD PILL TAKE-BACK EVENT OCT. 19

SHERIFF'S DEPT. & PARDEE/UNC HEALTH CARE TO HOLD PILL TAKE-BACK EVENT OCT. 19

OCOBER 19 PARDEE'S UPPER PARKING LOT   

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Pardee UNC Health Care and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office will host a pill take-back event on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pardee’s Justice Street upper parking lot near the hospital’s main entrance. This event will provide local residents a convenient and safe way to dispose of old medications, including prescription pills, capsules, ointments, vitamins, liquids in their original containers, inhalers and patches. Radioactive chemotherapy medications as well as sharps, needles and EpiPens will not be accepted. For more information or questions, contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828-697-4596 or visit them at 100 North Grove Street in Hendersonville.

“Dropping off your old medication helps keep other members of the household from taking expired medication that was not prescribed to them,” said David Ellis, M.D., chief medical officer at Pardee. “We also want local residents to avoid flushing medication down the drain, which puts unwanted chemicals into the area’s water supply.”
“Through our partnerships with organizations like Pardee UNC Health Care, our county is continuing to reduce the availability of opioids by offering community pill drop events,” said Sheriff Charles McDonald. “Many of the medications being collected at these events are highly addictive. We encourage the community to join us and Pardee to prevent these drugs from falling into the wrong hands.”

Since Sheriff Charles McDonald instituted the drug disposal program in 2013, over 5,575 pounds of medications have been properly disposed of and kept out of the water supply and out of the hands of potential abusers. More than 1,000 pounds have been collected and incinerated in 2017 alone. In addition to the on-site pill collection events, the public can bring their medications to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office lobby, located at 100 North Grove Street every Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.
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THE SHRINER'S CIRCUS WAS AT THE WNC AG CENTER WEDNESDAY

THE SHRINER'S CIRCUS WAS AT THE WNC AG CENTER WEDNESDAY

THE SHRINER'S CIRCUS

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The circus came to town Wednesday afternoon.

It was the Oasis Shriners Circus for two performances, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm,

Hundreds of children from throughout the area came to the arena at the Ag Center to enjoy the animals, the clowns, the circus fun, and the cotton candy and other treats.

Thanks to the Shriners, the circus was free from kids 12 and under.

MILLS RIVER TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM HELD TUESDAY NIGHT

MILLS RIVER TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM HELD TUESDAY NIGHT

THE ELECTION IS LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY    

Henderson County’s municipal elections are now less than a month away, with the early “one-stop” voting starting on Thursday the 19th at the Board of Elections on Central Street...and with Election Day coming up on November 7th at all usual polling places in the county.

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(Pictured:  candidates Freeman, Davis, and Meadows---photo by Don Ward)  A candidate’s forum was held Tuesday night at the Mills River Community Center, sponsored by the community association, for all candidates running for Town Council  in the Town of Mills River.

Participating in Tuesday night’s forum were Jim Hunphrey and Chae Trantham Davis, candidates for Mills River Town Council District 3; Incumbent Billy Johnston and challenger Richmond Meadows, candidates for Town Council District 2; and incumbent Mayor Larry Freeman and challenger Brian Caskey, candidatefor Town Council District 1.

The two “at large” Council seats, currently held by Wayne Carland and Roger Snyder, are not up for re-election this year.

A large number of interested citizens turned out for the forum Tuesday night, as the candidates took turns answering pre-submitted questions. Questions involved the proposed 15-mile bike lane along Highway 280 from Westfelft Park into Pisgah Forest; the qualifications and backgrounds of each candidate; and each candidate’s thoughts on challenges facing the Town and the Council going forward.

All the candidates said they hoped more citizens would get involved and attend Town Council and committee meetings, and all were supportive of the Town’s agricultural heritage and optimistic about the Town’s future growth.

Henderson County District Court Judge Athena Brooks was the moderator for the forum and presented the candidates with the questions.

A  "meet and greet" for all municipal election candidates in the county was held last week in the Kaplan Auditorium of the main county public library, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

 

 

ANDREW TATE LEAVING THE LOCAL PARTNERSHIP FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

ANDREW TATE LEAVING THE LOCAL PARTNERSHIP FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

THE HENDERSONVILLE TIMES-NEWS REPORTS THIS WEEK THE LOCAL INDUSTRY SEEKER WILL GO TO WORK FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA RAILROAD COMPANY   

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The North Carolina Railroad Company has named Andrew Tate vice president of real estate.

According to the Times-News, in this position, Tate will lead the strategic focus for all of the real estate assets of the company, including income and legacy properties, company officials said in a news release.

He succeeds Charles Burnell, who retired earlier this year.

“The vice president of real estate is responsible for managing the real property assets of the company, and we are pleased Andrew is joining our organization,” President Scott Saylor said in the release. “Anna Lea Moore will continue to lead our statewide economic development rail investment strategy and related partnerships.”

“We look forward to Andrew joining our team,” said Moore, vice president of economic development. “His knowledge of economic development will be a great benefit to our company that was created for that very purpose.