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 9am.
$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:
- Best of Show ($1,000), Ray Jones, Asheville, NC, Wood
- 1st Place, Fine Art ($500), Chris Bruner, Taylors, SC, Photography
- 1st Place, Fine Craft ($500), Paula Marksbury, Athens, TN, Glass
- 2nd Place, Fine Art ($300), Brian Kuehn, Pisgah Forest, NC, Pastels
- 2nd Place, Fine Craft ($300), Deborah Bryant, Cashiers, NC, Fiber/Leather
- Honorable Mention ($100), Beth Gaudreau, Waxhaw, NC, Fiber
- Honorable Mention ($100), John Gunther, Abingdon, VA, Fiber
- Honorable Mention ($100), Susie Murphy, Hugo, TX, Oil/Acrylic
- Honorable Mention ($100), Roberto Vengoechea, Black Mountain, NC, Jewelry
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.
Filippo Marinoni, city councilman of Verbania, Italy, will conclude his week-long visit to Hendersonville with the presentation of a gift to Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the City Council meeting.
The most populated municipality in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, Verbania became Sister Cities with Hendersonville in 2015, and shares several similarities with its Western North Carolina sister – ¬including similar demographics, mountainous regions populated with spectacular waterfalls, and a healthy tourism industry. The coastal Italian city on the shore of Lake Maggiore is also home to several museums, botanical gardens, and the first technology park in Northern Italy.
Throughout the week of Oct. 1-7, Marinoni immersed himself in Hendersonville to experience firsthand local culture, economics, agriculture, education, and geography and share best practices in international relations. In Hendersonville, Marinoni visited local apple orchards and packing operations, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Renzo’s Ristorante, and Blue Ridge Community College, where he toured the campus and met with professors and students. While in town, Marinoni was also a special guest at Hendersonville Sister Cities’ 2016 annual meeting, held Monday. Oct. 3, at Sanctuary Brewing Company.
In the larger Henderson County area, Marinoni toured the Tri-Hishtil plant grafting collaboration with Israeli, Italian and American companies, the Van Wingerden Greenhouse Company, and Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River; Chimney Rock State Park, the Esmerelda Inn & Restaurant and pontoon boat tour in Lake Lure; Pisgah National Forest and Cradle of Forestry, fish hatchery and Blue Ridge Parkway in Brevard; and downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.
“We’re expecting Filippo’s visit to catalyze further cultural, student and business exchanges between Hendersonville and Verbania,” said Hendersonville Sister Cities President Mike Swartzlander. “Next year is Hendersonville Sister Cities’ 10th anniversary, and we’re poised to plan special events, programs and international visits to connect globally.”
On Thursday, he will attend the regular Hendersonville City Council meeting and present Hendersonville Mayor Volk with a letter from Verbania Mayor Silvia Marchionini recognizing and honoring the two cities’ sisterhood
STATUTORY RAPE CHARGES FILED
On Monday, October 3, 2016 deputies from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office responded to the Pisgah National Forest, North Mills River Campground area regarding possible missing/wanted persons. There deputies located Kenneth Dylan Whitehead age 22 of 113 Grazing Meadows Dr., Bristol, TN and a 13-year-old female juvenile. Through a criminal records check, it was discovered Whitehead was wanted out of Dent County, Missouri for kidnapping the juvenile.
These two were transported to the Henderson County Sheriff's Office for follow-up interviews by detectives. Detectives subsequently charged Whitehead with two felony counts of First-Degree Statutory Rape of a Child under 15 and the juvenile was placed in protective custody of the Henderson County Department of Social Services.
Kenneth Dylan Whitehead remains in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $1,020,000 secured bond and the juvenile has been reunited with her parental guardian.
IN MEETINGS THIS WEEK...
Henderson County's Board of Commissioners Monday night re-affirmed their commitment to a new $20 million training facility with an indoor firing range for the sheriff's department. Included in the county's FY 2016-17 budget, and moving forward after Monday's meeting, is a commitment to spend 1.29 million dollars a year for the next 20 years for the new training facility...a cost which is almost the equivalent of a full penny of the five cent property tax increase also approved by commissioners back in June.
The new facility will be designed and equipped to provide tactical training, driving simulation, a back-up 911 center, indoor firing ranges, and other features all under roof and on one acre on the campus at Blue Ridge Community College. Sheriff Charlie McDonald made the case for the costly new facility with little in the way of push-back from the commissioners at their meeting on Monday. McDonald has maintained for some time that deputies are not trained enough to deal with today's challenges, and facilities at the Western Criminal Justice Center in Edneyville are inadequate. County officials have expressed the hope that other area law enforcement agencies will use the new facility as well to help off-set the costs of it.
Commissioners also Monday re-zoned about 50 acres in the Ballenger and McMurray Road area of the Dana ommunity back to residential from industrial. The propoerty had been zoned industrial in the "small area plan" process for the Dana community; property owners were losing the use and value of their property; and had threatened to sue the county over the industrial zoning, which some property owners said they found out about only after the fact.
Hendersonville City Council will meet at 5:45 Thursday evening in council chambers in City Hall for their October monthly meeting. A couple of things on their agenda are moving forward with the North Main Street sidewalk project, and a quasi-judicial public hearing on a special use permit that will clear the way for Halvorsen Development Corportion to begin construction of the new Publix Supermarket on the Greenville Highway at White Street.
128 golfers were involved Monday in the 1st annual Mickey Marvin Golf Classic playedat the Hendersonville Country Club.
In addition to the golf tournament raising funds to provide 4 annual scholarships for 4 Henderson County football players, Marvin was also honored by the Henderson County Commissioners as they officially declared Monday October 3rd 2016 Mickey Marvin Day all across Henderson County.
Mickey and his family were on hand to thank the golfers and all those who made the event poissible.
Mickey Marvin is a native of Henderson County and a 2 time Super Bowl Champion with the Oakland Raiders. A leader in the First Church of the Nazarene, he has been a positive influence in the lives of all who crossed his path.
Marvin was diagnosed with ALS in 2015 and has been struggling with the disease.
This was the 1st public welcomed golf tournament at the Hendersonville Country Club in over 50 years
CONSTRUCTION STARTED MONDAY ON THE AIRPORT'S NEW 5-STORY, $22 MILLION PARKING GARAGE.
A new construction project will displace around 400 parking spots. Vehicles parked within the construction zone will be towed in preparation for the projects start on Monday.
Drivers will not be required to pay to get their vehicles back.
Airport officials say cars parked in the short-term lot will be moved to another lot at the airport. There will be signs there, with a number to call to get your car back.
Airport officials say they have other parking options to make up for the lost spaces, such as a credit card lot with a couple hundred spots and a new pre-paid lot across the street with a 24/7 shuttle to the terminal.
The new project is adding a 5-story parking garage with more than a thousand parking spaces, including spots for rental returns. It will be located directly in front of the airport's main entrance and will have a covered walkway.
The new garage will take about a year to complete and cost $22 million.
BUT THE NEW YEAR WILL START COLD IN THE SOUTHEAST...WITH A HARD FREEZE POSSIBLE DEEP INTO FLORIDA
U.S winter forecast: Frequent snow to blast Northeast; Freeze may damage citrus crop in South
By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
September 28, 2016; 3:32 PM ET
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions stretch into spring 2017.
Meanwhile, drier and milder weather will focus on the majority of the southern half of the nation. The Southeast may mark the exception as a chilly January threatens to damage the region's citrus crop.
JUMP TO: Frequent storms to bring above-normal snowfall to northeastern US|Damaging freeze may threaten citrus crop in southeastern US | Bitter cold to grip the northern Plains, Midwest | Winter to get late start across southern Plains, Gulf Coast | Early storms to blast Northwest, northern California | Dry, warm season in store for Southern California, Southwest
Frequent storms to bring above-normal snowfall to northeastern US
Frequent storms across the northeastern U.S. this winter may lead to an above-normal season for snowfall.
"I think the Northeast is going to see more than just a few, maybe several, systems in the course of the season," AccuWeather Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.
Unlike last season, in which most of winter's snowfall came from a few heavy-hitting storms, this winter will last into the early or middle part of spring and will feature frequent snow events.
According to Pastelok, accumulation may be limited in areas south of New York City, such as Philadelphia, D.C. and Baltimore. These areas will see a handful of changeover systems, where falling snow transitions to rain and sleet.
"But still, Boston, Hartford, along the coastal areas up into Connecticut and southern New England, they can still have a fair amount of snow," he said.
Overall, it's predicted that the region will total a below-normal number of subzero days, though the temperature will average 3-5 degrees Fahrenheit lower than last year.
Damaging freeze may threaten citrus crop in southeastern US
Winter will slowly creep into the Southeast this season, as very mild air hangs on throughout the month of December.
However, the new year will usher in a pattern change as a sudden burst of cold air penetrates the region.
"I am afraid that we have a shot at seeing a damaging freeze in central Florida in mid- to late January this year," Pastelok said.
The chill could spell disaster for the area's citrus farmers.
Cold air will once again retreat following January and the threat is predicted to shift to severe weather.
"Places like Atlanta, Chattanooga, even up into Roanoke, they could have some severe weather," Pastelok said. "But if the storm track is a little farther east, then you're looking more like Tallahassee to Savannah and, maybe, Charleston."
Bitter cold to grip the northern Plains, Midwest
Old man winter won't hold back in the northern Plains this season with shots of brutally cold air predicted to slice through the region.
Developing snowpack in early December may contribute to even colder weather. Temperatures will plummet as the season goes on, averaging 6 to 9 degrees lower overall than last winter.
"...There are going to be some nights, especially if there's snowcover in the heart of winter, that could get down to 20 or 30 below, especially in parts of Minnesota like International Falls and Duluth and parts of the Dakotas," Pastelok said.
Cold air will also remain entrenched across the Midwest after arriving in late November. Coupled with warmer waters over the Great Lakes, an early start to lake-effect season is in store.
"I do feel we're going to kick this season off pretty quick, especially the western lakes. But I think even the eastern lakes will get involved and it will extend all the way out to January," he said.
Winter to get late start across southern Plains, Gulf Coast
Fall-like weather will linger into the winter season across the southern Plains and Gulf Coast, but a change will loom on the horizon.
"A turnaround could come into late December and January as chillier air masses work down from the north," Pastelok said.
Though the milder weather will retreat, dryness will stick around, becoming a major theme of the season.
"The area of the country that may miss out on big [snow] storms this year may be Dallas and Little Rock," he said. However, a few disruptive ice events are not out of the question.
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Early storms to blast Northwest, northern California
Winter will waste no time in the northwestern U.S. and northern California, as the season kicks off with rain and winter storms.
"They're going to start out pretty wet, especially from northern California into the Northwest coast," Pastelok said. "I think that, right off the bat in December, we start to see the snow piling up in the mountains."
November and December will see the most action, before high pressure builds in and stormy weather eases back in late January and February.
Dry, warm season in store for Southern California, Southwest
While moisture aims for the Northwest, warm and dry conditions will span much of the season for central and Southern California and the Southwest.
"December is [looking] very warm [in the Southwest] and I think we could break some record high temperatures," Pastelok said.
A few cold shots will hit areas like Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona, in January, but the warm weather will quickly rebound.
For Southern California, the pattern will exacerbate ongoing drought conditions.
"We're in a pattern that doesn't really show a lot of rain coming toward Southern California, so I don't expect too much relief," Pastelok said.
What precipitation does fall in California will aim primarily for the north, though it will fail to have the significance of last January when the region was hammered by heavy rain and snow.
"I do think in the early part of the season we're looking good anywhere from San Francisco, Sacramento and into the mountains," he said.
"...If we can get some snowpack built up in the north, we can fill up these reservoirs going into spring and summer."