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HENDERSON COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES FOR HOLIDAY RE-CYCLING

HENDERSON COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES FOR HOLIDAY RE-CYCLING

HOLIDAY RE-CYCLING IS A GREAT IDEA!

The holidays are already a very busy time for many people, and remembering what to do with each gift box, every catalog, or old Christmas lights can get complicated! Henderson County Solid Waste & Environmental Programs Divisions and several local community groups are working together to ensure holiday recycling is easy and convenient for citizens.

Holiday Recycling
The Henderson County Convenience Center, located at 265 Convenience Center Drive off of Stoney Mountain Road, accepts a wide variety of materials year-round for recycling, making it convenient for residents to reduce waste that would normally end up in the landfill. This holiday season remember to recycle your giftwrap, greeting cards, magazines, and other mixed papers in your home recycling bin or at the Convenience Center. Don’t forget to bring your flattened cardboard, as well as plastic, glass, aluminum, and steel containers. Labels and caps can be left on plastic bottles. All containers should be well rinsed and dried.

Holiday cooking can leave you with leftover cooking oil and food waste, both can be deposited for reuse at the Convenience Center. Used cooking oil is collected by the gallon and turned into biodiesel, while leftovers and food scraps are used to create compost, a valuable soil amendment.

Clean, dry grocery and sandwich bags can be recycled at most retail or grocery stores. Plastic films should never be recycled in your home recycling bin or at the Convenience Center. For more information on the types of acceptable recyclable film at retail stores, please visit https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/.

As you start up those new, shiny electronics, don’t forget to recycle old ones, batteries included! Small peripheral electronics, including cables, power strips, and remotes, can be recycled free at the Convenience Center, while televisions and computer monitors must be recycled at the Transfer Station for $15 each. Remove household batteries from small electronics before recycling them at the Convenience Center, remembering to tape over the positive terminals. Additionally, citizens can recycle mercury-containing devices and fluorescent lights Monday-Friday at the Convenience Center.

For more tips on these programs and other year-round offerings, visit www.hcrecycles.org. There you will find a recycling brochure for downloading and more detailed information about recycling programs.

The Henderson County Convenience Center and Transfer Station closes for the Christmas holiday Saturday, December 23 and Monday, December 25, 2017, reopening Tuesday, December 26, 2017. Facilities also close on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018. Regular hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Tree Recycling
MountainTrue, Kings Hardware, Henderson County Parks & Recreation, and the City of Hendersonville Public Works host their annual tree mulching on January 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Take you Christmas trees to ball field #6 at Jackson Park beginning on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. Holiday cards and nonworking strands of Christmas lights can be recycled during the event. Contact MountainTrue for more information at (828) 692-0385 or visit www.mountaintrue.org.

Christmas Light Recycling
The Henderson County 4-H Club accepts nonworking or unusable strands of Christmas lights for recycling year-round. The Cooperative Extension office in Jackson Park accepts Christmas lights Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Proceeds earned from the recycled lights are used for club activities. For more information on this program, visit https://henderson.ces.ncsu.edu/categories/4-h-youth-development/ or call Cooperative Extension at (828) 697-4891.

POLICE ANNOUNCE "HIDE, LOCK, AND TAKE" CAMPAIGN

POLICE ANNOUNCE "HIDE, LOCK, AND TAKE" CAMPAIGN

PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN   

Chief Herbert Blake would like to announce the Hendersonville Police Departments Hide, Lock and Take Campaign. The holiday season is upon us! Remind yourself and others when you leave the car to Hide your belongings in your vehicle, Lock your car doors and Take your car keys.

While out shopping, park your car in well-lit areas and lots that have security. Don't leave your windows rolled down or cracked, as this only makes it easier to break in to. Try to park nearest to street or entrances so that your vehicle is visible to people passing by.

If you see any suspicious activity in a parking lot, dial 911 immediately. Most thieves will scout an area out and park closely if possible. They will constantly look around before attempting to break into a vehicle and will often pull on many door handles to find one unlocked. Always call the police whenever you see anything suspicious.

If you are a victim of a vehicle burglary, you should always call 911 first. Be careful not to touch anything in case there are fingerprints. Try to see if you can establish what was stolen by viewing through windows and estimate a total cost of stolen items.

Just taking a few extra seconds locking your car, taking your belongings, and hiding your property can save you from being a victim of crime. This includes taking or hiding any phone or other electronic charging cords that may be inside your vehicle

Reducing Crime is Everyone's Business!
Be Proactive!
Be Smart!
Don’t leave anything in your vehicle a thief can steal!

SHERIFF RESPONDS TO TASTELESS VIDEO

SHERIFF RESPONDS TO TASTELESS VIDEO

WHKP AND WHKP.COM NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS WISHES TO MAKE IT VERY C LEAR TO ALL CONCERNED...THAT WHKP WILL GIVE NO CREDIBILITY TO ANONYMOUS, UNSIGNED MATERIAL SENT TO US THROUGH THE INTERNET...AND WILL ONLY GIVE CREDIBILITY TO VERIFIABLE MATERIAL SIGNED BY A VERIFIABLY LEGITIMATE INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP---By News Director Larry Freeman      

HENDERSON COIUNTY SHERIFF CHARLIE MCDONALD ON FRIDAY RESPONDED TO AN ANONYMOUS, UNSIGNED TASTELESS VIDEO PUBLISHED ON THE INTERNET AND E-MAILED TO NEWS OUTLETS THROUGHOUT THE AREA LATE ON THURSDAY.  THE VIDEO USED THE OPIOID CRISIS TO ATTACK THE INTEGRITY OF THE SHERIFF AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE...AND HERE'S PART OF WHAT IT SAID...

"As families struggle with the sudden loss of their sons, daughters, mothers and fathers our Sheriff in Henderson County thinks this opioid crisis is funny," an anonymous source said in an email to reporters and editors who cover Henderson County. The picture, the email writer continued, suggests "Charlie McDonald thinks these deaths are funny and by this picture thinks lives should not be saved. Time for a change in Henderson County."

SHERIFF MCDONALD WAS CONTACTED BY WHKP.COM NEWS EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AND AT THAT TIME HE WAS NOT AWARE OF THE VIDEO.  AFTER REVIEWING THE VIDEO, HE RELEASED THE FOLLOWING:

"Nothing could be further from the truth," McDonald said on Friday..

"The Henderson County Sheriff's Office has worked very hard to lead the way in combatting the devastation inflicted on our community by this nationwide crisis," he said. "We were one of the first law enforcement agencies in our area three years ago, to train and equip our deputies with this life-saving tool. To date we have over 20 reversals of opioid overdoses by Henderson County deputies and detention staff. I am aware that every person saved is someone's child, parent, spouse, neighbor or employee caught in a desperate web of addiction from which, I am certain, they desire to be free. I am well aware of the resulting heart-ache, pain and gut-wrenching despair that addiction brings to those who struggle with this disease."

As for the slide and the subordinate who included it in an email to deputies, McDonald said there's "no excuse for it, regardless of the intention ... I am told it was an attempt at dark humor but it was in no way humorous and I know it does not reflect the true heart of the actual sender." The department dealt with the issue according to its policy and guidelines, McDonald said, although he did not identify the sender nor specifiy what consequences the sender faced.

"As Sheriff, I accept the fact that this happened on my watch, in my agency, by one of my employees," he said. "It showed a lapse in judgment and has been appropriately addressed." He called the episode "an opportunity for humility, true remorse and lessons learned. I assure you that all have taken place and I apologize that in this instance there was a failure to maintain the highest standards of what I believe is 'a brotherhood in pursuit of excellence.'"

HOLIDAY PILL DROP SET FOR DECEMBER 20TH

HOLIDAY PILL DROP SET FOR DECEMBER 20TH

AT SAM'S CLUB OF HENDERSONVILLE   

Holiday Pill Collection Event
November 29, 2017

There is no school on December 20th and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies are utilizing their 'day off' to host a pill collection event! School Resource Deputies regularly utilize school holidays to contribute to Sheriff Charles McDonald’s strategic plan and help prevent opioids and other medication from falling into the wrong hands.

Sam's Club of Hendersonville will be the site of a pill take back on Wednesday, December 20th from 9am-1pm. This event provides residents a convenient and safe way to dispose of old medications. Participants can drive through and hand off their medications or visit the table manned by HCSO staff. This event is open to the public; you do not have to be a Sam’s Club member to participate.

Accepted medications include prescription pills, capsules, ointments, vitamins, liquids in their original containers, inhalers and patches. Radioactive chemotherapy medications and sharps/needles/EpiPens cannot be accepted. Disposing of unused medications in this fashion helps keep the individuals from taking expired medication or medicine that was not prescribed to them. It also helps protect the environment; flushing medication down drains puts unwanted chemicals into the area’s water supply and should be avoided.

Since Sheriff Charles McDonald instituted the drug disposal program in 2013, over 6,000 pounds of medications have been properly disposed of and kept out of the water supply and out of the hands of potential abusers. Over 1,748 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-Friday from 8am-5pm.

Pill Drop at Sam's Club
Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: Sam's Club in Hendersonville

HUMAN SKELETON FOUND NEAR MUD CREEK AND GREEN MEADOWS

HUMAN SKELETON FOUND NEAR MUD CREEK AND GREEN MEADOWS

TURNED OVER TO THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER   

On Monday, December 4, 2017 at about 3:30 in the afternoon the Hendersonville Police Department responded to a call for service that involved the discovery of what appeared to be human remains in a City of Hendersonville work area along the Oklawaha Greenway.

When detectives with the police department responded to the scene they were able to locate the remains. They determined that they were human skeletonized remains. With this determination, the area where the remains were discovered was secured as detectives began to mobilize equipment to conduct a more thorough search of the area.

Detectives worked alongside agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and members of the Henderson County Rescue Squad to search for and recover the remains.

At this point in the investigation the identity or gender of the remains are unknown. Detectives will transport the remains to the medical examiner’s office at Wake Medical Center in order to try and identify the remains and if possible determine a manner of death.

Detectives with the Hendersonville Police department continue to follow up on investigative leads. The public is asked to contact the Hendersonville Police Department at (828)-697-3025 or Henderson County Crime Stoppers at (828)-697-STOP.

 

 

IT'S A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS  AT ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT

IT'S A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS AT ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT

THANKS TO LOCAL SCHOOLS AND MUSICIANS   

This holiday season airport travelers are sure to be delighted with cheerful "Sounds of the Holidays" from numerous western North Carolina school choruses (K-12) and local musicians. The first performance can be heard on Tuesday, December 5 and the last performance on Thursday, December 28. This annual program brings enjoyment to locals and visitors alike, along their journeys.

"This is one of those feel-good events where we can invite the community into the airport and celebrate the season," said Tina Kinsey, director of marketing and public relations. "When our visitors hear these local chorus groups and other musicians, we hope they relax and enjoy their time in the airport as they make their way to their holiday destinations."

DECEMBER 2017 SCHEDULE
Glen Arden Elementary School | Glen Arden Chorus
Tuesday, December 5, 10:00am-10:30am
Rosman High School | The Rosman Highlighters
Wednesday, December 6, 11:00am-11:30am
Bruce Drysdale Elementary School | Bruce Drysdale Choir
Thursday, December 7, 11:00am-11:30am
North Buncombe Elementary School Chorus
Friday, December 8, 9:30am-10:00am
West Buncombe Elementary School | Folkways Choir
Monday, December 11, 3:30pm-4:00pm
East Henderson High School | Eagle Voices
Tuesday, December 12, 10:00am-10:30am
MUSIC IN THE AIRPORT PIANIST | Marilynn Seits
Thursday, December 13, 10:30am-12:30pm
MUSIC IN THE AIRPORT PIANIST | Mike Andersen
Thursday, December 14, 10:45am-12:45pm
Hominy Valley Elementary School | 4th Grade Chorus
Friday, December 15, 10:00am-10:30am
MUSIC ON THE FLY | Jane Kramer & Ben Phan
Friday, December 15, 2:30pm-3:30pm
North Buncombe Middle School | 7th Grade Chorus
Monday, December 18, 10:00am-10:30am
Brevard Elementary School Chorus
Monday, December 18, 3:30pm-4:00pm
WD Williams YMCA
Tuesday, December 21, 10:00am-10:30am
MUSIC ON THE FLY | TBA
Friday, December 22, 2:30pm-3:30pm
MUSIC IN THE AIRPORT PIANIST | Mike Andersen
Thursday, December 28, 10:45am-12:45pm

For more information, visit flyavl.com

Asheville Regional Airport has experienced three consecutive years of record passenger utilization, made possible by airline service and growth. AVL is one of the top-five fastest growing small hub airports in the country, offering connections to hundreds of world-wide destinations, usually with one easy connection. For more information about Asheville Regional Airport, visit flyavl.com.

FALL LEAF COLLECTIONS UPDATE:  CITY COLLECTING UP TO 200 CUBIC YARDS OF LEAVES PER DAY

FALL LEAF COLLECTIONS UPDATE: CITY COLLECTING UP TO 200 CUBIC YARDS OF LEAVES PER DAY

ANOTHER ROUND OF COLLECTIONS IS PLANNED   

During this time of year area leaf collection is the heaviest and the Public Works Department is working diligently to get the leaves picked up on all streets within the city limits as well as city parks and cemetery. Additional temporary staff has been hired and the department responsible for leaf collection has recently started working 10 hour days and will continue this for the next couple of weeks to help get through this period. We are currently removing leaves at a rate of 175 to 200 cubic yards of ground leaves per day which equates to approximately 80 to 100 tons per day depending on moisture content.

We anticipate finishing the latest round through the city (which started roughly 3 weeks ago) by mid-next week and plan to make another complete round before the end of December. Residents are asked to rake their leaves as close to the street, curb or sidewalk as possible without placing the leaves in the road or on the sidewalk. Residents do not need to call for this service because our staff will continue collecting leaves through December. Also, this collection process is separate from our brush collection crews so residents will need to keep the brush and leaves in separate piles. Residents are asked to not bag their leaves. Residents are asked not to place their leaves in the road as they could be washed down to the storm rain and cause flooding in the road.

For questions about this project, please call the Public Works Department at (828) 697-3084.

ER COMPLETE ROUND OF LEAF COLLECTIONS PLANNED IN HENDERSONVILLE  

2018 "WALK OF FAME" HONOREES ANNOUNCED

2018 "WALK OF FAME" HONOREES ANNOUNCED

HONOREES FOR 2018   

Walk of Fame 2018 Honorees

Louise Bailey

Mrs. Bailey was a local historian and author. She penned the column “Along the Ridges” for the Hendersonville Times News for 42 years. Her lasting contribution to Henderson County was leaving a recorded history of our community for generations to come.

Georgia Bonesteel

Mrs. Bonesteel is an artist and author on quilting. She is a member of the
International Community of Quilters and host of her own television program “Lap Quilting” on North Carolina Public Television and PBS. Her lasting contribution to Henderson County was giving recognition and promoting the mountain arts and crafts.

Bert Browning-- A. S. Browning, Jr.

Mr. Browning began and ran a dairy farm known as Kalmia Dairy. He went on to become a successful builder and contractor in our community. His lasting contribution to Henderson County was his work to establish the Hendersonville Housing Authority which continues to assist those in need of housing.

Dr. Kenneth Cosgrove / Eleanor Cosgrove

Dr. Cosgrove practiced internal medicine with a specialty in heart disease for over 50 years. His lasting contribution, in addition to his medical career, included founding the first Pardee Intensive Care Facility, Four Seasons Hospice, Blue Ridge Community Health Center and Carolina Village Retirement Home.
Mrs. Cosgrove served as Director Emeritus of The Blue Ridge Community College Education Foundation. Her lasting contributions to Henderson County included raising support funds and in leading the change from the Henderson County Technical Institute to The Blue Ridge Community College.
She was also instrumental in the formation of the Henderson County League of Women Voters.

Albert Edwards

Mr. Edwards was Hendersonville's longest serving mayor from 1932-1969. During this time he led our community through the Depression and World War II. His lasting contribution to Henderson County was his active support for the building of Pardee Hospital, the construction of Interstate 26, lighting for the city, and the creation of an airport.

Grace Etheredge

Mrs. Etheredge was a local artist who taught classes and encouraged art in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her lasting contribution to Henderson County was the founding of The Art League of Henderson County and helping to found the Opportunity House.

Frank Ewbank

Mr. Ewbank enlisted in the army in 1942 and after his military service ran a successful insurance business for many years. His lasting contribution was as a member of the Henderson County Board of Education. He also served as a founding trustee of Blue Ridge Community College which continues to educate students of Henderson County today.

Robroy Farquhar

Mr. Farquhar was a local actor, director, and member of the Professional
Actors Union in New York. His lasting contribution to Henderson County was the founding of The Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina, which continues to train actors and entertain people today.

Josiah Johnson

Mr. Johnson dedicated his life to agriculture and truck farming. His lasting contribution to Henderson County was paving the way for future farmers to grow, sustain and market crops in our community and across the country.

Robert Morgan

Mr. Morgan is a local author who has written books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction which have brought national attention to our community. His lasting contribution to Henderson County is through his writings depicting the southern Appalachians, the Green River area and the Blue Ridge mountains.
His literary works will influence generations to come.

Walk of Fame Sheet

• The Walk of Fame was established for the year 2016-2017. This is the second year 2017-2018
• The Walk of Fame is a joint endeavor sponsored by the City Council of Hendersonville and the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.
• The Walk of Fame Steering Committee was established to recognize outstanding contributors to the growth and development of Hendersonville and Henderson County.
• The purpose of the project is to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to Henderson County in any field of endeavor, e.g., agriculture, business, cultural arts, education, government, human services, industry, medicine, religion, etc.
• “Significant contribution” in this context is defined as having a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life of the citizens of Henderson County. It is hoped that all areas of endeavor will be represented; however, the Selection Committee will be charged with the responsibility of selecting honorees based primarily on the significance of the contribution.
• Honorees shall have demonstrated that they have made major investments of time, energy, expertise, or resources for the public good.
• On Sunday, May 6, 2018, this year's honorees will be honored at a banquet compliments of Carolina Village(CEO Kevin Parries). Other activities will take place, including a marker dedication TBA.
• Members of the Steering Committee include the following: Tom E. Orr, chair; Kaye Youngblood, vice-chair; Madeline Royes, secretary; Virginia Gambill, treasurer; and Ronnie Pepper. Tom Wooten (Public Works), ex-officio, non-voting.
The Steering Committee was charged with the following in 2016:
1 Determine the logistics of establishing a Walk of Fame in downtown Hendersonville.
2 Recognize outstanding contributors to the growth and development of Henderson County.
3 Identify the disciplines for which people would be recognized (for example-- agriculture, education, cultural arts, industry, government, health care, commerce and special services)
4 Establish the qualifications for recognition.
5 Determine a procedure for setting up a selection committee
6 Establish a means of recognition.
7 Identify a means of establishing sponsorships/funding mechanisms for expenses related to the project.
• The Committee will focus attention in 2018 on establishing a funding mechanism as well as finding ways to educate and enlighten residents and visitors alike to the significance of each honoree's contribuiton to Henderson County
• “The Selection Committee shall consist of the five voting members of the Steering Committee and two additional members, appointed by the chair, from the community who have demonstrated active involvement in the community and who have at least a minimal knowledge of Henderson County and Hendersonville history,” --By-laws

2017 Honorees:
• Theron Larnce Maybin
• R. Robert “Bob” Freeman
• James Mitchell Stokes
• William “Bill”McKay
• Kermit Edney
• Boyce A. Whitmire
• James Junious Pilgrim
• Francis M. “Frank” Coiner
• James Steven Brown, MD
• Clyde S. Jackson
• Ernest L. Justus
• Columbus Mills Pace
• PJ Moore, Jr., MD
• Joseph E. “Jody” Barber
• Mary Douglass Barber
• Donald J. Godehn
• Sally M. Godehn

2018 (see attached list) Class of 2018 will be announced on December 4 at the meeting of the HC Commissioners.

NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CRIME LAB IN EDNEYVILLE OPENED ON MONDAY

NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CRIME LAB IN EDNEYVILLE OPENED ON MONDAY

"TECHNOLOGY IN THE LAB HELPS US CONVICT THE GUILTY...."  Gov. Roy Cooper   

There was an official “opening” and ribbon cutting Monday at North Carolina’s new Western Crime Lab in Edneyville.

The opening of that new facility has been anticipated for some time, and the ribbon cutting will be attended by the state and area’s top law enforcement officials.

The facility, described as roughly twice as large as the existing Western Crime Lab in Asheville, is a new asset to help local agencies use science and forensic analysis to bring justice to guilty suspects and exonerate those who are innocent.

The facility, a pet project of then- Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson), was a lucrative undertaking over four years in the making, thanks in due part to support by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and local law enforcement. At the request of the N.C. Department of Justice and then-acting Attorney General Roy Cooper, the N.C. General Assembly allocated planning resources in 2013 and $15 million in construction investments the following year.

The new crime lab will house more forensic scientists, perform blood-alcohol and toxicology tests, firearm analysis and additional DNA tests that were, at the time, only available in the State Crime Lab in Raleigh, which will allow evidence in local cases to be examined more quickly and efficiently without the need for scientists to travel and testify in court.

At the time of the groundbreaking ceremony in Sept. 2015, Cooper was quoted by The Hendersonville Lightning in saying, “It’s critically important that we have more scientists that are closer to courts where they testify and closer to law enforcement agencies they serve and this lab will help us do that. Technology in the lab helps us to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent and I believe justice will come quicker and better with this new crime lab.”
The Western Crime Laboratory serves law enforcement in North Carolina counties that are generally west of Interstate 77.

RE-MODELED RICHARDSON'S ON FIFTH AVENUE WEST BECOMING NEW HOME FOR APPALACHIAN COFFEE COMPANY

RE-MODELED RICHARDSON'S ON FIFTH AVENUE WEST BECOMING NEW HOME FOR APPALACHIAN COFFEE COMPANY

A POSSIBLE FUTURE NAME:  APPALACHIAN COFFEE AND WINE BAR   

As WHKP.com news has been reporting, the old Richardson’s building at the railroad tracks on Fifth Avenue West is being re-modeled. The plan is for that re-modeled location to become the new home of Appalachian Coffee Company.

Owner David Schnitzer said the company’s roasting operation will be in that facility...and a possible new name will be the Appalachian Coffee and Wine Bar. Tht facility will seat up to 40 people.

Work is expected to begin soon on a new deck on that facility.

Pastries, appetizers, and beer-on-tap will be available in that re-modeled facility, and the owner is hoping the Ecusta Trail project along that old railroad line will become a reality to further enhance their business.