Hendersonville City Council will hold the required public hearing…and adopt the city’s budget, capital improvement plan, and fee schedule for the new fiscal year starting July 1…at Council’s June meeting which will be this Thursday night at 5:45 in Council’s Chambers in City Hall.
City Council will also likely waive the water system development fee charged for the new HealthSciencesCenter now under construction on Pardee Hospital’s campus on Sixth Avenue West.
Also on the agenda for City Council Thursday night will be a request from Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake for a new radio system for the police department.
Interfaith Assistance Ministry is building a new facility near the Blue Ridge Mall and wants to re-zone their present location at 210 Ehringhause Street from medium density to high density residential. Council will consider that request Thursday night.
And City Council will also be hearing a presentation by Tom Orr of the Walk of Fame Steering Committee.
City Council will meet and accept public comment at 5:45 Thursday night.
In recognition of National Safety Month, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office would like to educate and remind gun owners of the responsibility that comes with gun ownership.
“Owning a firearm is a big responsibility,” said Sheriff Charles McDonald. “Many people, and rightly so, choose to take advantage of their 2nd amendment right to protect themselves, their families and their property by owning a gun. But every precaution should be taken to ensure their firearm doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.”
Beginning June 1st and throughout the month of June, the public can stop by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office lobby to pick up gun safety educational materials, a free gun lock provided by Project ChildSafe, and the chance to win an American Security Pistol Box donated by American Eagle Locksmith.
In addition to proper gun storage, Sheriff McDonald encourages parents to talk with their children about gun safety. “Children should be taught what to do if they come in contact with a gun, whether there are guns kept in the house or not,” said Sheriff McDonald. Federal statistics estimate that approximately 40% of all U.S. households contain guns. Children can come in contact with a gun at a neighbor’s house or under other circumstances that parents aren’t able to control. “The responsibility to secure the firearm lies on the gun owner, but ultimately, we all need to take responsibility to educate children on what they should do if they encounter a gun.”
Parents should talk to their children about gun safety on a regular basis. Resources to assist parents can be found at https://eddieeagle.nra.org/ and http://www.projectchildsafe.
Citizens can come to the front desk in the Sheriff’s Office lobby to receive their free Project ChildSafe cable-style gun lock while supplies last. The Sheriff’s Office is located at 100 North Grove Street in Hendersonville and is open to the public -Friday from . American Eagle Locksmith, located in Fletcher, NC, donated an American Security (Model PB3) pistol box with the intention of raising awareness with regards to gun safety. There is no fee to enter the drawing and entries will be accepted during the month of June. Contestants must be eighteen years or older to enter.
Agudas Israel Congregation is presenting its second MOUNTAIN JEWISH FESTIVAL on Sunday, August 21 from 11am to 4pm at the synagogue (505 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville).
This year’s festival will include MORE FOOD, MORE TRANSPORTATION AND MORE PARKING for your convenience. Increased parking will be available in the area, with frequent shuttle buses to the Festival. Handicapped parking will be in the synagogue parking lot.
This Festival will feature tidbits of Jewish food and traditions. Homemade traditional Jewish food will be served and sold including: Chicken Soup with Matzah Balls, Chopped Liver, Kugels (noodle pudding), Potato Latkes (pancakes), and Homemade Baked Goods: Mandelbread, Rugalach, Hamentashen, and braided Challahs. In addition, Pastrami, Corned Beef, Knishes, Bagels with Lox Cream Cheese, Babka (sweet yeast cake), and more, will be available for lunch and for large size purchases.
Don’t miss the opportunity to come, see and learn how we celebrate our Jewish holidays and how we observe Shabbat. Meet and greet our Rabbi Rachael Jackson as she conducts
Life Cycle events in the sanctuary. Satisfy your curiosity about the Jewish customs of a Jewish Wedding (11:30am & 2:30pm), Bar and Bat Mitzvah (12:30pm & 3:30pm), and Baby Naming/Circumcision (1:30pm). Live Music under the tent…featuring song leader, Penny White.
FREE ADMISSION; Food tickets will be sold at the door. In addition, our Judaica Boutique will be open and stocked with beautiful new items.
Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. For questions or more information, call the synagogue office at 828.693.9838, or visit our website: www.agudasisraelsynagogue.org
Detectives investigate suspicious fire
On Saturday, May 28, at approximately , a structure fire was reported involving a residence on Wendy Lane in the Mountain Home community. Responding deputies and firefighters found a duplex, occupied by two families heavily damaged from the fire.
Both families, who were asleep at the time of the fire had to be relocated by the American Red Cross. All the occupants were able to escape the fire uninjured. Henderson County Fire Marshal and Henderson County Sheriff’s investigators have determined the fire was intentionally set and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time
Detectives charge one after stabbing incident in Fletcher
On Saturday, May 28, at approximately , the Henderson County 911 center received a reported assault on Fleetwood Lane in the Fletcher community.
After further investigation Henderson County detectives have charged Luis Enrique Valencia, age 28, of Sweeten Creek Road in Arden with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury after he stabbed another male with a knife during an altercation.
Valencia is currently being held at the Henderson County Jail under a $3000.00 secured bond. The victim was transported to Mission Hospital with serious injuries.
THAT LED TO HIGH SPEED CHASE ON I-26
An Etowah man was driving speeds in excess of 125 mph on Interstate 40 Saturday when he was spotted by law enforcement offices, and he then attempted to flee from the office…which led to a high speed chase on I-26..
Kevin Dean Ogle, 38 of Scarlet Oaks Drive in Etowah, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, speeding and reckless driving to endanger, according to warrants at the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office.
News reports indicate that a Buncombe County Sheriff Deputy encountered Ogle traveling eastbound on I-40 where he was driving at a speed of 127 mph in a 65 mph zone. The arrest warrant sys “…at this time the defendant was driving without caution and in a manner, which endangered other persons or property.”
The incident occurred just after midnight..
Ogle’s bond was set at 20,000 secured. He is scheduled to appear in Buncombe County District Court on Tuesday morning.
The early One-Stop voting in the June 7th Primary Election got undserway this week and will continue through June 4th.
The early voting this time is taking place only the Board of Elections office on East Central Street…from 8:3-am and 5pm weekdays and on June 4th from 8:30am until 1pm. The office will be closed and there will be no early voting on Memorial Day.
There’s not much on the ballot this time:
For Democrats, there’s the race between Tom Hill and Rick Bryson for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress and the chance to oppose Republican Mark Meadows in the General Election this November.
For Republicans, there really is no partisan race.
But a non-partisan race will be on both Republican and Democrat ballots…and that the race for a seat as an associate justice on the state supreme court. Incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds is facing three challengers…Michael Morgan, Daniel Robertson, and Sabra Jean Faires.
Election Board officials are anticipating a fairly low voter turn-out, but local Republicans are actively campaigning for Justice Bob Edmunds for the state supreme court.
And election officials remind all voters…that a photo voter I.D. is now required for voting.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXERSIZE AND ENJOY THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF TH GREENWAY---SAFELY
We can expect a formal “ribbon cutting” sometime this June or July on the latest leg to be opened up of the Oklawaha Greenway.
Already, walkers, joggers, bikers and other “exersizers” are out daily on the new 1.7 mile stretch of the greenway, that’s just off the existing part of the greenway just south of North Main Street, and that runs all the way north to the parking lot across from the old Berkley Mills baseball field.
This extension of the greenway makes it possible for runners to run, bikers to bike, or walkers to walk all the way from Jackson Park to BerkleyPark…and that’s seven and a half miles on the greenway.
In the future, these who enjoy the greenway will see some additions like benches. picnic tables, mile markers and more signage.
The greenway runs along Mud Creek on an easement the City of Hendersonville acquired when it ran a new serer line from Jackson park to the wastewater treatment plant north f town at Berkley Mills in Balfour.
Ten feet wide, the greenway of paved, meanders along the creek bank and through the scenery, and the landscaping plan called for it to be lined with 500 trees.
Paid for with a $1.2 million grant from NC DOT, a yellow center line will be painted on the greenway…and the city is working with BeeCity officials on meadows, planters, and wildflowers to further enhance the natural beauty of the greenway. And the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club provided the equipment for a pump and repaid station along the route, which a local Eagle Scout project will install.