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Motorists looking for parking spaces along Hendersonville’s Seventh Avenue East will soon see more than just semi-circles painted along that street. City Council decided Thursday night to expand the area that is currently exempt from off-street parking to cover the entire Seventh Avenue Municipal District in the future.
So the city plans to add and paint as many additional on-street parking spaces along Seventh Avenue East as possible, as soon as possible.
The city is also considering purchasing some property for more off-street parking in that area.
On the other end of town, most of the traffic lights along Fifth Avenue West and a few on Fourth and Third Avenues, will stay on “green” during the late night and early morning hours of 11pm to 5am to promote smoother traffic flow.
Side streets, such as Buncombe, Fleming, Justice, Whitted, and Washington will remain on “red”…but sensors will be installed that will immediately switch the light to “green” when a car pulls up.
And Mayor Barbara Volk read a proclamation Thursday night recognizing the City of Hendersonville’s 170th birthday. Hendersonville was officiall incorporated by the General Assembly on January 7th, 1847.
Hendersonville is the benefactor of an 11-acre cleared site on Francis Road which will contain 80 low-to-medium rent, two and three bedroom apartments. These units can currently be seen under construction from the SAMS CLUB location.
A Charlotte development company started the project in November and expects to finish by mid-summer when the units will be offered for rent by GEM Management Company. For further inquires about this project, a contact number of 704-357-6000 in Charlotte was provided to WHKP.
A spokesman for Creative Builders, Inc. of Greenville, South Carolina indicated the complex will include a clubhouse and many other amenities and will be handicap accessible.
FROM GERTON FIRE AND RESCUE CHIEF JAY ALLEY
Re: Gerton Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, Inc.
Dear Chief Alley:
Congratulations on your recent improvement to your fire suppression rating!
I commend you and your department for your dedication and commitment to making
your community a safer place to live.
I know you are proud of your department's achievement and would like to share this
news with the members of your community. I also know that the majority of
citizens may not be aware that the rating of their responding fire department
directly impacts their property insurance calculations. So I'd like to provide
you the enclosed news release to offer to your local media. Feel free to add to
it or use it as an example in creating your own. You deserve to brag a little
about the expertise of your personnel, which saves homeowners money and, most
importantly, makes their lives safer.
It was the pleasure of my staff to work with you and members of your staff during
the recent survey of your department. Chief Alley, I hope that you will take a
few minutes to review our rating process and offer any suggestions that you feel
may help us to improve our inspections program. Working together, we can continue
to make North Carolina a safer place to live and work.
With warmest personal regard, I remain,
Very truly yours,
Insurance Commissioner, State Fire Marshal
ONE OF THEIR EARLIER WINTER PUZZLES IS HANGING ON THE WALL AT MILLS RIVER TOWN HALL
LOCATED ON SCHOOL HOUSE ROAD ACROISS FROM MILLS RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY CENTER AND NEXT TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
It's national puzzle month--and a local church has big plans to celebrate it.
Soon the Mills River Presbyterian Church will begin a marathon effort.
Participants can help put together a massive castle puzzle (" 2000 pieces to go"). There will be eight tables with different 1000-piece puzzles.
All ages are welcome. Puzzle Fest 2017 is noon to 8 p.m. daily, January 22, through January 31.
The church is looking for volunteers to help with the project. Call the church at 828-891-7101 for more detail.s
AT BRCC TAUGHT BY LOCAL HISTORIAN JENNIE JONES GILES
Persons interested in the history and heritage of Henderson County are encouraged to register now for the winter/spring semester courses that begin Tuesday, Jan. 10, through the Continuing Education Department at Blue Ridge Community College. The classes are open to the public.
Henderson County History and Heritage I, covering prehistory to 1860, is taught the first half of the semester from Jan. 10 to Feb. 28. Topics include geography and natural resources, Cherokee and Catawba history and culture, Revolutionary War and treaties with the Cherokee, early settlers and backgrounds, Appalachian culture, political and economic history, agriculture, transportation,religious history, education, early communities, black history, and noteworthy families and people in the early history of the county. A day class and an evening class are offered. The day class is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the evening class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is $60.
Henderson County History and Heritage II, covering 1860 to 1920, takes place the second half of the semester, from March 7 to May 2. Topics include the Civil War, Reconstruction, black history, Appalachian culture and stereotypes, political and economic history, industry, agriculture, transportation, religious history, education, tourism, communities, and World War I. A day class and an evening class are offered. The day class is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the evening class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is $60.
Henderson County History and Heritage III is also offered in the spring semester on Thursdays from March 2 to April 27. This class covers the history of Henderson County from 1920 through the 20th century. Topics include the Roaring ‘20s, Great Depression, World War II, Korean War, the post-war era, Vietnam War and other events to the end of the 20th century. Specifics addressed will include cultural changes, minorities, political and economic history, agriculture, transportation, education, industrialization, communities and current issues. This class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is $60. It is strongly recommended that students take the first two courses as prerequisites before taking this class.
The instructor is Jennie Jones Giles.
To register online, visit http://www.blueridge.edu/ceregister Persons may also register from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Continuing Education Building, Room 123, or call 694-1735.
CONSTRUCTION TIME DEPENDS ON PERMITTING AND WEATHER
THE NEW STORE WILL EMPLOY ABOUT 140 PEOPLE
Publix Supermarket spokesperson Kimberly Reynolds confirmed for WHKP News last week that their planned new store for Hendersonville is still “on target” for opening in 2017.
She pointed out that construction times vary depending on permitting and weather. And the new Publix Supermarket, scheduled to be built on the Greenville Highway where Atha Plaza has been for generations, is still resolving some of those permitting issues…most of them involve adequate storm water run-off and a nearby catch basin used in the past for diverting water on the south side during periods of flooding. Many of those issues appear to be close to resolution, and City Council has on its agenda for its February 2nd meeting a quasi-judicial public hearing to close a portion of near-by Market Street just off White Street, also connected to preparing that area for the new Publix.
The new supermarket will be built by the Halvorsen Development Corporation from Florida, and Ms. Reynolds told WHKP News that construction of one of their stores typically takes about a year and the actual “start date” for construction depends on those permitting issues.
She points out the new Publix store will be approximately 49,000 square feet in size and will employ about 140 people. She says Publix plans to hold a “job fair” one to two months prior to opening the store.
Reynolds says that the new Hendersonille Publix will feature all of Publix traditional departments including their “scratch” bakery, deli, and meat, seafood and produce departments.
The new Hendersonville Publix will also feature, she says, Publix’s “Apron’s Simple Meals”.
Another Publix source tells WHKP News that those who might want to work in the new store, who don’t want to wait for the “job fair”, can apply at other nearby Publix stores…which, said the source, allows Publix to fill staffing needs at both stores although the new store will have the greatest number of openings. Information is available on the Publix careers Facebook page and @ Publixjobs Twitter account.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 12/31/16
LOTS OF GROCERY CHOICES ON HENDERSONVILLE'S SOUTH SIDE---MORE COMING
IN ADDITION TO THREE SUPERMARKETS...THE HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY CO-OP AND THE FRESH MARKET ARE JUST A FEW BLOCKS AWAY
Local grocery shoppers have been watching construction going on on that all new and much larger Ingle’s Supermarket on the Spartanburg Highway…and wondering how soon the new store will be opening.
Ron Freeman, who is Ingle’s Chief Financial Officer, this week told WHKP News that the goal is to have that new store open this spring.
The old store was closed months ago and some nearby buildings were torn down to make way for the new store which, Freeman says, “…will be approximately the same size and have all the amenities as the Mills River and Brevard Road (across from Asheville Outlet Mall) stores. (See photos.) Those stores include Ingle’s popular Gas Express.
Freeman told WHKP News that it’s not definite yet how many people will be hired to work in the new store when it opens, and he said “job fairs” will be held when they are closer to opening date.
Ingle’s has been building and opening many new stores, and the store’s chief financial officer said “At Ingle’s, we’ve always believed in constant improvement to our stores, based on the benefit for our customers.”
Freeman added, “New stores, re-modeling, adding features are all part of achieving that goal and the path we take depends on circumstances at the time.”
That new Ingle’s will be across the Spartanburg Highway from a Harris teeter Supermarket and in close proximity to the new Publix Supermarket planned for the Greenville Highway where Atha Plaza has been for many years. A Food Lion Supermarket a few blocks away on the Greenville Highway was closed along with 112 other Food Lion stores early in 2012. The former Food Lion building is reportedly “on the market” for sale.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 12/28/16 6 PM
CONSTRUCTION CURRENTLY UNDERWAY WILL CONNECT THE NEW BOJANGLES IN MILLS RIVER TO A CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE WATER LINE
The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting that the new Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits on Highway 280 near the intersections with Jeffries and North Mills River Roads will open in early February. The restaurant, the first Bojangles' in Mills River, will be owned and operated by BOJ of WNC, LLC, and led by longtime franchisee and local businessman Jeff Rigsby (In the Citizen-Times photo).
The store will be about 3,800 square feet, according to Bojangles' PR and Media Relations Specialist Cliff Cermak. Cermak also said BOJ of WNC is closing in on 50 restaurants among North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky.
Bojangles' is a regional chain of restaurants with a focus on bone-in fried chicken, biscuits and other Southern staples.
The chain has lately worked to push an "artisan" angle like many other fast-food and fast-casual concepts. To wit: a newly built Bojangles' in Greenville, South Carolina, emphasizes scratch-made biscuits with signage and an open-kitchen concept called a “Biscuit Theater.”
The counter-side "theater" has at center stage a "Bojangles’ Master Biscuit Maker," who makes the biscuits every 20 minutes, according to a release from the company. "Colored crocks replace steel warming trays to give the food display area a more inviting appearance, with increased use of glass adding to the visual appeal." the release said.
Several other existing North Carolina-based stores are slated for a similar remodel, which includes Wi-Fi, community tables and multi-device charging stations. No word yet on whether any are scheduled for the Asheville area.
The Mills River Bojangles' will be at 3591 Boylston Highway.
DESTROYED BY FIRE ON DECEMBER 4
RE-BUILDING THE LODGE EXPECTED TO COST $3 MILLION; WORK TO START ASAP
In the early morning hours of Sunday December 4th, the Grand Lodge at the Grand Highlands at Bearwallow was destroyed by fire. (The WHKP News photos show the burned out lodge.) Chief Jay Alley of Gerton Fire and Rescue said over 100 fire fighters from 20 fire departments responded. The beautiful but remote location, the great distance from the other departments (Gerton is several miles and some 2000 feel below the 4200 foot peak of Bearwallow), and the limited availability of water (Chief Alley said fighting the fire was more than the water tank could handle, it was quickly drained, and more waster had to be shuttled in) made saving that magnificent structure literally impossible.
The good news is…the Grand Lodge will be re-built. Grand Highlands developer Dean Anderson told WHKP News over the Christmas holidays that the current plan is to re-build as soon as possible; the cost to re-build the lodge will be some $3 million; and it will probably be two years before the Grand Lodge can be open and in full operation again---their web site is targeting the spring of 2019.
Fire officials were unable to pinpoint the cause of the fire, but it is believed to have started in the attic area and an explosion may have been involved.
Even though the Grand Lodge structure itself is now only a burned out hull, development is continuing and looking more beautiful than ever at Grand Highlands. There are currently 32 homes situated near the peak of Bearwallow, enjoying some of the most breath-taking panoramic views in all of western North Carolina that stretch all the way to the flat country of South Carolina in one direction, to Hendersonville, Etowah and Brevard in another, and all the way to the Balsams in yet another…and over a little ridge, all the way to Asheville and beyond on the north side. Anderson says 5 more homes are currently planned. The sale of both the lots and upscale homes continues to be great, says Anderson---10 additional homes are set for construction in 2017.
Anderson described Grand Highlands as a “very large investment” that started, said Anderson, "...with Grand Highlands paying to bring city water to the development." He said the Grand Highlands community is totally debt free and made up of 80 per cent primary residents and 20 per cent “second” and/or seasonal home owners.
Even though the Grand Lodge won’t be available again for a couple of years, Anderson says some folks are setting up tents for weddings and photos near the burned out lodge…and what’s known as “the barn” and “the old homestead” may also be available for weddings, receptions, and other special events.
The Grand Highlands at Bearwallow is accessible from the Edneyville, Hooper’s Creek and Gerton sides of the mountain.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 12/26/16 4 pm
Contact information for the Grand Highlands:
10 Autumn Sky Dr.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Horizon and Hannah Flanagan’s team up to contribute $24,000 to the local community
Hendersonville, N.C., December 30, 2016: Horizon Heating and Air Conditioning and Hannah Flanagan’s are pleased to announce a partnership which will double the charitable community awards program during 2017. Each month, Horizon and Hannah Flanagan’s will award $2,000 to one or more Henderson County nonprofits placing a total of $24,000 charitable dollars into the community for 2017.
Dan Poeta, president of Horizon Heating and Air Conditioning stated “I am excited to partner with Hannah Flanagan’s to double the awards available to the community.” Matt Johnes, Owner of Hannah Flanagan’s, said “The community has been very responsive to my business helping us grow throughout the years and I am excited to partner with Horizon Heating and Air to be able to give back.” They also welcome and encourage other small business owners to participate in the future.
Applications for the 2017 Calendar Year are being accepted January 2, 2017 through February 3, 2017 only. In order to qualify, you must be a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, operating programs in Henderson County or programs for the benefit of the residents of Henderson County. To make an application visit www.HorizonHeatAC.com or www.theoriginalhannahflanagans.com. Follow the links for the Horizon and Hannah Flanagan’s Community Fund.
Horizon Heating and Air Conditioning installs residential and commercial heating and air conditioning systems along with commercial refrigeration systems in Hendersonville, Brevard, Waynesville, Asheville and other areas of Western North Carolina.
Hannah Flanagan's Irish Pub is located on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville, NC. It offers Irish-influenced pub grub and an extensive, ever-changing beer list in a relaxed, old-world setting, with outside dining, daily drink specials and delicious Irish Pub food.
Both Horizon Heating and Air Conditioning and Hannah Flanagan’s have established charitable giving funds at the Community Foundation of Henderson County.