Scattered clouds early, then bright sunshine & cool
HI: 56 LOW: 38
LOCAL PARTICIPANTS WERE: CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE, HENDERSON COUNTY, TOWN OF MILLS RIVER, TOWN OF LAUREL PARK, VILLAGE OF FLAT ROCK
Top honors for the prestigious 2016 America in Bloom National Awards Program were announced at the annual awards held in Arroyo Grande, CA on October 8.
All participants were evaluated on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas, and floral displays. Additionally they were judged on their community involvement across municipal, residential, and commercial sectors. America in Bloom is the only national awards program that sends specially trained judges to personally visit participants. In addition, each participant receives a detailed written evaluation that can be used as a guide to future improvements.
Henderson County, NC received a FOUR bloom rating out of a possible five blooms.
A special award for Most Striking Public Wall Mural was also received.
In addition, they were awarded special recognition for their efforts in Landscaped Areas.
Karin Rindal and Pam Turrell, AIB judges, visited communities of similar populations and spent two days touring each town, meeting municipal officials, residents, and volunteers. Other competitors in the 30,000 to 50,000 category were Midland, MI, Saratoga, CA and St. Charles, IL.
America in Bloom executive director, Laura Kunkle, said, “America in Bloom is helping towns and cities of all sizes achieve their potential. Every year our participants raise the bar, and the accomplishments and progress shown by this year's group is again remarkable. These are, without a doubt, some of the best places to live in America.”
To date, 250 communities from 41 states have participated in the program and more than 22 million people have been touched by it.
Registrations for the 2017 national awards program can be submitted until. Eligible participants include towns, cities, college and university campuses, business districts, military installations, and recognized neighborhoods of large cities.
America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancement.
Henderson County is pleased to announce the opening of a new Emergency Medical Service (EMS) station in Fletcher. The new station is currently scheduled to operate twelve hours per day/seven days per week and was approved by the Board of Commissioners in the FY16-17 budget to address the increasing number of emergency medical calls occurring county-wide.
The new ambulance and crew are based at the Fletcher Fire and Rescue Main Station thanks to the cooperation of the Fletcher Fire and Rescue Department. Locating the new ambulance in Fletcher will help address overall EMS call volume and decrease response times to emergency calls. The additional EMS station is part of the County’s overall strategy to provide exceptional emergency services to our growing population.
With Henderson County’s business and industrial growth, new job and a strong economy, county commissioners will soon be considering economic incentives for more new industry, expanding an existing one, and bringing additional new jobs to the county.
Elkamet in East Flat Rock is looking to make a $6.5 million expansion that will create 25 new jobs. Commisioners will consider selling them some land and an economic incentive in a public hearing at 9am October 19th in the Historic Courthouse .
Norafin is a German manufacturer of non-woven protective clothing looking to locate a facility in HendersonCounty. An economic incentive for them will be considered by commissioners. Norafin will also bring new jobs to the area.
The Town of Mills River is looking to re-zone a total of about 60 acres along Banner Farm Road and in the vicinity of Bold Rock Hard Cider and Flavor First Growers and Packers to allow new industry to move into that area. It’s mostly open fields now and about 25 and a half acres of it is currently owned by the Town of Mills River. Mills River Town Council will consider the re-zoning in a public hearing on October 13th at 7pm in Town Hall.
By Larry Freeman
As expected, Hendersonville City Council Thursday night approved some changes in the original plan for the new Publix supermarket on the Greenville that will allow developer Halvorsen Development Corporation to move forward with construction of the new store where Atha Plaza is now. But Halvorsen still needs the ok of federal agency FEMA that flooding on Hendersonville’s south side will not be a problem because of the new store. Publix is still hoping for a 2017 opening for their new store.
Hendersonville City Council also passed a resolution closing the historic train depot on Seventh Avenue East to the public except during Wednesday and Saturday operating hours at the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club. Police said loitering at the depot had become an issue.
And City Council delayed for a while closing off an alley way between Seventh Avenue East and Maple Street. Stags Head Brewery had asked that the alley, which runs through their property, be closed so they could put in a beer garden and other entertainment. City Council wants to look at it further before making a final decision.
ACROSS FROM INGLES
WILL BE OPEN AND IN OPERATION BY THE END OF THIS YEAR
With all the growth in the Mills River area, it was inevitable that fast food restaurants would be moving in along with the other growth.
Bojangles of Western North Carolina tells WHKP News that before this year is over, they’ll be opening a new Bojangles in Mills River. The new “famous chicken and biscuits” Bojangles is now under construction across from the large new Ingles on the five-lane Boyleston Highway near the intersection with Jeffries Road and North Mills River Road.
The restaurant will be owned and operated by Bojangles of Western North Carolina, and a spokesman for the company says the new restaurant will feature a new design and attractive new façade similar to a Bojangles they recently opened on Long Shoals Road near Biltmore Park.
The company spokesman said the goal is to have the Mills River Bojangles complete and open shortly after Christmas…and a ribbon cutting grand opening will be held probably around the start of the new year.
That new Mills River Bojangles will employ between 40 and 45 people, and those interested in applying for a job there can get an application and more information by going to their web site, bofanatics.com.
Arrangements for that new Bojangles were completed back in the summer and site and construction work started early this fall.
The company will be opening another new Bojangles soon in Marion and one in Walhalla, South Carolina.
By Larry Freeman 10/07/16 4am
Thursday morning, at approximately 8:40an, Henderson County deputies responded to a bomb threat at West Henderson High School.
The bomb threat came in by a twitter text to the West Henderson High School’s official a twitter account page. The school was evacuated and officers began a safety sweep of the property and buildings.
During the course of the investigation, investigators identified a person of interest and subsequently arrested Carson Riley Lance age 16 of Mills River, a West High student, on one felony count of making a False Bomb Report on a Public Building.
A backpack was located at the school belonging to the student and x-rays of this backpack were inconclusive as to its actual contents. After an alert by a bomb detection K-9 on the backpack and following FBI protocols, bomb technicians from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office disrupted the backpack with high-pressure water. No bomb or explosive devices were detected when the backpack was opened. School administrators and law enforcement officials then gave the “all clear” for students to return to classes. That was aboiut2pm Thursday afternoon.
Lance has been released on a $2000 secured bond and will have his first court appearance in District Court of Henderson County Friday at.
$3,000 was awarded to artists participating in the 57th annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival, held October 1 and 2 in downtown Hendersonville. 80 artist vendors set up booths along Main Street, Hendersonville, for one of Western North Carolina’s most popular outdoor art festivals.
Awards were announced during an artists reception by Arts Council board chair, John Patrick McAfee, and Christine Mariotti, AIS manager. Diane Hopkins-Hughs, Gary Lee Huntoon, and Nancy Williamson were judges for the festival, deciding cash prizes worth a total of $3,000.
The winners were:
The Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft festival is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. Additional support was provided by the City of Hendersonville, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and Mast General Store.
The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main Street, 3rd floor (entrance on Fourth Ave. W.), Hendersonville, NC 28792.
The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.
The all new Cascade Mountain Resort is opening and booking hotel reservations as early as next weekend.
What started out back over 40 years ago as a Holiday Inn at the intersection of I-26, Highway 64 East, and Sugarloaf Road…then later became a Quality Inn…and eventually a vandalized mess of fallen-down old buildings and rubble…has now become the new 100-roomn hotel, restaurant, and water resort with a 110-foot water slide, spas, and much more.
The owners of Asheville Fun Depot purchased the property some time back and have been busy renovating it through this yer. They recently held a job fair to employ between 80 and 100 people to staff the new Cascade Mountain Resort.
What created quite a stir among new and established businesses when they were first put in place a few years ago, impact…or "system development"…fees have been suspended by the City of Hendersonville."
Those fees were put in place by Hendersonville and other cities and towns in North Carolina to cover the cost of future expansion and other expenses that develop over time associated with municipal services like water and sewer.
Some local businesses had argued the fees were excessive and discouraged new businesses and the expansion, remodeling, or relocation of existing businesses…and were, in thE long run, bad for local business and ultimately for the city. The city had earlier waived those fees for some non-profit and affordable housing projects.
In a council meeting last this summer, Hendersonville City Council dropped these fees after the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down similar impact, or system development, fees in the town of Carthage. The state supreme court also left it to the state court of appeals to decide if Carthage would have to refund the fees they had already collected.
Hendersonville’s city manager is estimating the loss of these fees this year will cost the city just over half a million dollars. And it’s being reported thet impact or "system development" fees charged to the all the Fairfield Inn and Suite on Upward Road are being refunded to the developer.