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DEMOLITION OF THE OLD BALFOUR SCHOOL WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED LAST WEEK

DEMOLITION OF THE OLD BALFOUR SCHOOL WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED LAST WEEK

TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES HEADQUARTERS   

Those in Balfour and who drove along U.S. 25 in that area this past weekend saw a part of Henderson County’s education history being torn down.

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The old Balfour School, that dates back to 1927, was torn down to make room for Henderson County’s new Emergency Services building.

Demolition should be complete sometime this week on the old structure.

County school board member Rick Wood, who is a member of the local Education History Initiative, said former principals, teachers, students and parents associated with the old school are in the process of coming up with a way to memorialize it on the site.

The new building will be some 57,000 square feet in size and will cost county taxpayers just over $13 million.

That new structure will house county Emergency Management, EMS, and the Rescue Squad and should be complete by August of 2018.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

CITY COUNCIL HEARD PROPOSAL FOR DISC GOLF AT BERKELEY MILLS PARK; HEARS CONCERNS ABOUT WIDENING KANUGA ROAD

CITY COUNCIL HEARD PROPOSAL FOR DISC GOLF AT BERKELEY MILLS PARK; HEARS CONCERNS ABOUT WIDENING KANUGA ROAD

ADDS FOUR-WAY STOP AT WHITTED AND DALED STREETS      

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At their October meeting Thursday night, Hendersonville city council heard a proposal to install a disc golf couse at the City-owned Berkley Mills Park, Jay McCarthy of the Western North Carolina Disc Golf Association told city council the game is played much like traditional golf, only players toss a Frisbee-like disc into a metal basket rather than hit a ball into a hole. An 18-hole disc golf course would cover 18 to 36 acres. McCarthy said 50 to 100 players play at the Jackson Park course every day. City council wants to think about it, and council asked McCarthy to come back with a 9-basket option for them to consider/

City council also voted o add a four-way stop at the intersection of Whitted and Dale Streets and to allow on-street parking along the north bound lane. of South Whitted Street between Dale Street and the railroad tracks...to slow traffic down in that area.

Dozens of residents attended Thursday night’s meeting concerned about NC DOT’s plans to widen Kanuga Road. Current plans call for widening current lanes to 11 feet with an additional 4-foot paved shoulder for bikes and pedestrians. And a 5-foot wide sidewalk is proposed from Erkwood Drive to Church Street inside the city.

NC DOT’s proposals come after recent traffic deaths on Kanuga Road. And Mayor Barbara Volk said city council will likely come to a consensus on NC DOT’s plans by the end of this year.

By Larry Freeman

NEW HHS "HALL OF FAME" MEMBERS WERE INDUCTED IN THE HOMECOMING GAME TONIGHT (FRIDAY)

NEW HHS "HALL OF FAME" MEMBERS WERE INDUCTED IN THE HOMECOMING GAME TONIGHT (FRIDAY)

DURING THE HOMECOMING GAME      

Six new inductees entered the Hendertsonville High School Alumni Associations "Hall of Fame" Friday night, October 6th. 

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The induction took place during the HHS Bearcat's homecoming game Friday night against Franklin.

The new inductees are:

Mike Norman, a long-time teacher at the middle school and high school; Sharman Norman, a math teach at HHS for 30 years; Campbell "Cam" Boyd, a local car dealer and community leader; James Barnette, a founder of Barnette and Coates Insurance Agency; Daniel Tolbert, an international lawyer and registrar and prosecutor with the International Criminal Tribunal; and Don Muson, who has been the "voice" of the App State football team and the national champion Clemson Tigers and who was once a "voice" for WHKP sports. 

 

LOCAL MEDIA FLIGHTS WERE A BIG HIT ON THE EXPERIMENTAL FORD TRI-MOTOR 5-AT

LOCAL MEDIA FLIGHTS WERE A BIG HIT ON THE EXPERIMENTAL FORD TRI-MOTOR 5-AT

AT THE ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT   

ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 5TH   

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WHKP'S "Morning Man" Randy Houston and graphics expert Halle Lentini were on board a flight Thursday and said it was a beautiful day to be aboard that aircraft, which is said to be probably the first passenger airliner.  Randy took some great photos of the experience, too.  Thanks to the Asheville Regional Airport for allowing WHKP to be a part of this!

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is bringing the first-ever mass produced airliner to Asheville, NC and inviting you for a ride aboard our flight.

The Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT flew its first flight on December 1, 1928 and calls the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio home today. Today, EAA and the Liberty Aviation Museum work together to showcase the historic aircraft around the country for all to enjoy.

For more information about the history of the Ford Tri-Motor and our tour, please refer to the attached media kit or visit http://flytheford.org.

 

 

OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING HELD THURSDAY FOR NEW GF LINAMAR FACILITY IN MILLS RIVER

OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING HELD THURSDAY FOR NEW GF LINAMAR FACILITY IN MILLS RIVER

IN FERNCLIFF INDUSTRIAL PARK ADJACENT TO THE ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT     

WILL CREATE OVER 350 GOOD PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS   

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GOVERNOR COOPER DECLARES THIS MANUFACTURING WEEK IN N.C.   

IT IS HUGE AND HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR SEVERAL YEARS 

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BLUE RIDGE COMMUNI8TY COLLEGE THIS SPRING BEGAN "SAMTEC" TO TRAIN WORKERS FOR THE NEW FACILITY THAT WILL ULTIMATELY CREATE OVER 340 MANUFACTURING JOBS

At the end of May (see the photo), the Blue Ridge Community College opened its new education center. GF Linamar supported the development of the educational area which was specially designed to meet the training needs of the new light metal plant....which is located in between Sierra Nevada's state-of-the art Mills River craft brewery and the expanding Asheville Regional Airport and is the latest addition to Ferncliff Industrial Park in Mills River

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Southeastern Advanced Molding Technology Education Center (SAMTEC) took place on 24 May of this year at the new facility on the BRCC main campus. The education center of the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) is specially designed to meet the training needs of the new light metal plant of GF Linamar which is currently being built and soon to be complete and in operation in Mills River.

For die cast trainings, GF Linamar, its equipment suppliers and the governments, and in co-operation with the Golden Leaf Foundation, Partnership For Economic Development, and others, donated the support and the majority of the necessary equipment and funds for training. Before the opening, two BRCC instructors have received training on equipment set-up, maintenance, and operation at the current sites of GF Automotive in Austria and Switzerland.

SAMTEC provides quality workforce training, such as for the production of plastic molding processes. Courses will be offered to GF Linamar employees, as well as to companies locally and across the nation. Long term plans include the development of a full associate degree program in Molding Technology.

PUMPKIN PATCH AT FLETCHER UNITED METHODIST NOW OPEN

PUMPKIN PATCH AT FLETCHER UNITED METHODIST NOW OPEN

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Fall is officially here...and that means real pumpkins for carving up jack-o'-lanterns.

Fletcher UMC Youth Ministry is selling pumpkins starting today to raise money for their youth group & mission trips. 

Their pumpkin patch just opened this weekend, and, for now at least, has plenty of gourds for your decorating needs.

Fletcher United Methodist Church started hauling pumpkins last Saturday, officially put them out for sale Sunday.

The money raised helps fund the church's youth group's missions.

The pumpkin patch will be open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 12 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

It's at their church, on the corner of Hendersonville and Library Roads in Fletcher.

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS BRINGS THE CANDIDATES AND THE VOTERS TOGETHER

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS BRINGS THE CANDIDATES AND THE VOTERS TOGETHER

THIS TEAR'S LOCAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS   

The local League of Women Voters sponsored a “meet and greet” Monday night in the Kaplan Auditorium of the Henderson County Public Library for the public with candidates in the upcoming municipal elections.

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Following the League’s policy, there were no political speeches...just “one on one” questions and answers between the voters and the candidates.

Candidates from the City of Hendersonville, Town of Laurel Park, Village of Flat Rock, and Town of Mills River were invited to participate.

The early “one stop” voting starts at the Board of Elections on October 19th, with election day coming up at all the usual polling places on November 7th.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

SHERIFF CHARLIE MCDONALD ON THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS:"THERE ARE NO 100 PER CENT GUARANTEES"

SHERIFF CHARLIE MCDONALD ON THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS:"THERE ARE NO 100 PER CENT GUARANTEES"

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ORDERED THAT FLAGS BE FLOWN AT HALF MAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY.  

THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN AMERICAN HISTOY   

SCORES DEAD, HUNDREDS INJURED   

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A strong advocate of being prepared and of being aware of the people and circumstances around us, Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald today (Monday) called the shootings in Las Vegan Sunday night “a horrible tragedy”.

When asked how we can protect ourselves and prevent this type of tragedy from occurring, Sheriff McDonald pointed out here are “no 100 per cent guarantees”.

Again he emphasized being aware of the people and the circumstances around us at all times, and be willing to report anything suspicious to the authorities.

Pointing out that such horrible events tend to feed off each other, McDonald said the times are changing, and the more of these horrible events that happen the more they are likely to occur.

He warned that we must be very careful in our reaction to such tragedies. Over protecting ourselves, or trying to, he says could lead to a “police state” and no one in a free society like ours wants that, he said.

McDonald says the shootings in Los Vegas underscore the need for public and private co-operation in being diligent and doing what we can to protect ourselves and our communities.

And he points out we are fortunate and unique in our situation here, but again---the times are changing.

By Larry Freeman

HENDERSON COUNTY HAS THE TOP DETENTION OFFICER IN THE STATE

HENDERSON COUNTY HAS THE TOP DETENTION OFFICER IN THE STATE

 FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA JAIL ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION   

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the North Carolina Jail Administrators’ Association (NCJAA) awarded Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Joey Garren with the Detention Officer of the Year Award. This honor recognizes a detention officer who has made outstanding contributions to his or her Sheriff’s Office in the performance of their duties.

Nominees were submitted from across the state who demonstrated initiative in the performance of their duty or for specific meritorious service which resulted in the saving of a life or other significant act. The NCJAA Awards Committee selected Detention Officer Garren to be recognized at a banquet held in Greensboro during the NCJAA Annual Conference.

Two events led to Detention Officer Garren being nominated by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office; one incident occurring within the confines of the jail, the other occurring while he was off duty and out in the community.

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Detention Officers Joey Garren and Stephen Darnell, were passing out meal trays in special housing. They noticed an inmate had begun to bang on his cell door. The officers responded swiftly, realized the inmate was in distress and called for the door to be unsecured. As soon as the door was open, Officer Garren immediately turned the inmate around and began the Heimlich maneuver. After several thrusts, a piece of food became dislodged and the inmate began breathing normally again.

Earlier in the year, while off-duty and shopping at a home improvement store, Joey Garren came across an unfolding situation. A shoplifter became agitated when he was confronted by employees and began to swing a metal fence post at them. Joey Garren wrestled the man to the ground and detained him until Hendersonville Police Officers arrived on scene. The man was arrested and charged with felony armed robbery.

Sheriff Charles McDonald along with Jail Administrator/Captain Neal Urch, Lt. Tim Fuss and fellow Henderson County detention officers attended the ceremony honoring Garren. Regarding Officer Garren, Sheriff Charles McDonald said, “He demonstrates actions that are quick, selfless and with great regard for the safety of our inmates. We are proud of Joey’s commitment exhibited both on and off duty and we’re grateful to the NCJAA for recognizing the remarkable work of one of Henderson County’s finest.”

PARDEE WILL SEE NEW PATIENTS DUE TO MISSION HEALTH-BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD STAND-OFF

PARDEE WILL SEE NEW PATIENTS DUE TO MISSION HEALTH-BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD STAND-OFF

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY FROM PARDEE/UNC HEALTH CARE PRESIDENBT AND CEO JAY KIRBY    

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Pardee UNC Health Care has been asked by many in our community to comment on or engage in the current impasse between Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and Mission Health. We have chosen to remain neutral on this matter, believing that both parties are reasonable, respected entities who can and will eventually reach an agreement.

We value our relationships with both Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health. We know them to be fair and sensible and we strongly believe it is important for both parties to sit down and work this out, allowing patients to stay with their physician or provider of choice.

No one wants to leave their doctor to find a new one and very few of us enjoy doing so as a result of a disagreement completely out of our control. At Pardee, we believe patients should have access to care, close to home. For those currently under the care of Mission Health, we understand their desire to keep their current relationships and avoid a move.

Unfortunately, negotiations between Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health appear to be at a standstill. Until the matter can be resolved, patients will be forced to seek care where their insurance is accepted, pay higher portions of their bills, or find a new insurance plan other than Blue Cross Blue Shield. None are optimal choices, but this is the reality as of October 5th.

Pardee will see new patients because of this situation, but not as a result of opportunistic marketing efforts on our behalf. We anticipate an uptick in Blue Cross Blue Shield patients visiting our urgent care centers and physician practices during this time of transition.

We also understand and expect that these folks may want to return to their current care providers once Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health finally sort this out. When that time comes, we will quickly and efficiently share patient healthcare records with their original Mission Health providers.

Pardee is here for our region and community during this time of uncertainty. We continue to remain optimistic that a resolution will be reached between Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and Mission Health.

Sincerely,

James M. Kirby, II
President and CEO
Pardee UNC Health Care