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THE LINDERS RECEIVE THE 2017 SAUER AWARD

THE LINDERS RECEIVE THE 2017 SAUER AWARD

PRESENTED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF HENDERSON COUNTY   

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It was annoiunced recently that Bernd and Toby Linder are the 2017 recipients of the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award.

As the Community Foundation of Henderson County’s most prestigious award, it recognizes community leaders who live with a focus on personal philanthropy.

Award recipients are nominated by community members who recognize those who make significant contributions toward charitable projects, dedicate extraordinary volunteer hours and provide leadership to solve community problems and meet community needs.

Determined and visionary philanthropists, the Linders stated that the inspiration behind their philanthropy is simple — “We are interested in trying to improve the quality of life for future generations in Henderson County.”

The Sauer Award is presented each year by CFHC in memory of Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer, who left the first $1 million unrestricted gift to the Community Foundation as a bequest. The award exemplifies the generosity of philanthropists who support many local charities during their lifetimes.

HENDERSON COUNTY RECEIVES TOP HONORS IN NATIONWIDE "AMERICA IN BLOOM" COMPETITION

HENDERSON COUNTY RECEIVES TOP HONORS IN NATIONWIDE "AMERICA IN BLOOM" COMPETITION

HENDERSONVILLE, MILLS RIVER, LAUREL PARK, AND FLAT ROCK WERE PARTICIPANTS IN THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION   

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Top honors for the prestigious 2017 America in Bloom National Awards Program were announced at the annual awards held in Holliston, MA on October 7.

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 received a 5-bloom rating out of a possible five blooms and special recognition for its Environmental Efforts. Additionally, Henderson County received a special award, “Best Example of Water-Wise Gardening.” Ed Hooker & Leslie Pittenger, AIB judges, visited communities of similar populations and spent two days touring each town, meeting municipal officials, residents, and volunteers. Other competitors in the 25,000 - 50,000 population category were Mansfield, OH; 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, more than 250 communities from 45 states have participated in the program and more than 22 million people have been touched by it. Registrations for the 2018 national awards program can be submitted until February 28, 2019. Eligible participants include towns, cities, college and university campuses, business districts, military installations, and recognized neighborhoods of large cities.

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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 enhancements. America in Bloom provides educational programs, resources, and the challenge of a friendly competition between participating communities across the country.

SATURDAY WAS A GREAT DAY FOR KIDS, FAMILIES, AND FARM ANIMALS---AT FARM-CITY DAY

SATURDAY WAS A GREAT DAY FOR KIDS, FAMILIES, AND FARM ANIMALS---AT FARM-CITY DAY

AN ANNUAL EVENT HELD EVERY FALL AT JACKSON PARK   

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Saturday was a great day for the kids and for the whole family at the annual Farm-City Day held at Jackson Park.

Sometimes rained out by Fall storms, it was wrm and dry this past Saturday...and the event beat the expected rain from Hurricane Nate.

Designed to bring the farm and the city together, the event featured pny rides, lots of farm animals, tractors, farm equipment and a whole lot more.

Farm-City Day is always attended by hundreds of local families and children.

AVL AIRPORT SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE "PERSON OF INTEREST" IDENTIFED AND DETAINED OVER THE WEEKEND

AVL AIRPORT SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE "PERSON OF INTEREST" IDENTIFED AND DETAINED OVER THE WEEKEND

THE SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE WAS FOUND AT 7 AM FRIDAY   

TERMINAL DRIVE WAS SHUT DOWN FOR A WHILE FRIDAY MORNING   

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The “person of interest” connection with that suspicious package found near he baggage area at the Asheville Regional Airport early Friday morning has been identified, detailed, and presumably questioned over the weekend by local and federal authorities. The “person of interest” was identified as Michael Christopher Estes.

A caller recognized him from media reports, and he was detained by the Asheville Police Department officers without incident Saturday morning along Airport Road.
The investigation is continuing and has reportedly been turned over to federal authorities.

On Friday, authorities with the Asheville Regional Airport said a suspicious package found curbside outside the baggage claim area.
Tina Kinsey, a spokesperson with the Asheville Regional Airport, told reporters that the package was discovered Friday morning at around 7 a.m. A portion of the terminal was evacuated, Terminal Drive was shut down, and emergency response teams were called in.

Just after 8:30 a.m., crews secured the situation and reopened the area to travelers.
The Asheville Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Asheville Regional Airport Police Department are working in coordination to further investigate this incident.

The FBI said over the weekend that additional details about the investigation will be released "when appropriate "by the FBI or the U.S. Attorney's Office.

ACCUWEATHER SAYS WNC'S WEATHER THIS WINTER WILL BE WET WITH A FEW ICE STORMS POSSIBLE

ACCUWEATHER SAYS WNC'S WEATHER THIS WINTER WILL BE WET WITH A FEW ICE STORMS POSSIBLE

THE OFFICIAL WINTER WEATHER FORECAST FROM ACCUWEATHER   

SEVERE WINTER WEATHER LIKELY FOR THE SOUTHEAST U.S.   

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Some chilly winter weather is in store for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, with January threatening to bring the coldest air of the season. Although however cold, low temperatures will pale in comparison to those in the northern Plains where the mercury is set to dip to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit at times.
Meanwhile, the southern Plains, Southwest and California can expect a milder and drier winter than last season.

2017/2018 US WINTER HIGHLIGHTS

Cold and snow to strike Northeast, mid-Atlantic
A chilly winter is in store for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, particularly when compared to last year. For most of both regions, this will translate to an above-normal snow season.
“Areas in the I-95 corridor will average close to normal, within a few inches,” AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said. “Areas away from the I-95 corridor have a better chance at a big snowfall.”
New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, may be the exceptions to this, with early predictions calling for 6 inches of snowfall or more above normal in both cities.
Areas prone to lake-effect snow will also see high totals, including Cleveland, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Buffalo, New York.
“I think this year is going to bring a good ski season in the Northeast,” Pastelok said. “And around the holidays we should have some snow for the interior Northeast.”

Severe weather may threaten Southeast, Tennessee Valley
Farther south, air temperatures will face an east-west divide.
“The Southeast is going to run above normal, especially in Florida and Georgia,” Pastelok said. Both states will be at a lesser risk for a damaging freeze this year.
Additionally, Florida will remain mostly dry — good news for those recovering from Irma’s impact in the fall. Meanwhile, western areas are more likely to receive bouts of colder weather.
“We are expecting a few ice storms to develop based on the pattern we’re seeing right now,” Pastelok said.
Two to three are predicted to hit from the Tennessee Valley to northeast Texas.Tornadoes are not out the question for either region. The area from Texas to Georgia was hit with 137 tornadoes last January. This year, frequent tornadic activity may spin up in February.

Frigid air to take hold in northern Plains
Arctic blasts are set to freeze the northern Plains this winter with temperatures sinking to subzero levels on a regular basis.
Temperatures could plummet to minus 30 F at times in the Dakotas, Pastelok said.
However, the frigid conditions are a trade-off for less snowfall.

The winter of 2016/2017 spawned colossal storms, dropping 140 percent of normal snowfall over the northern Plains and northern Rockies, according to Pastelok. This year will feature much less snow and drier conditions overall.
Temperatures to bounce back and forth across southern Plains
The southern Plains will experience back-and-forth temperatures this season, with the middle of the winter being most likely to bring chilly conditions.
“Colder air masses will bleed down and lead to freezes in later January,” Pastelok said.
Though the wintry air will be memorable, a cold winter isn’t predicted overall. Some areas, such as southwest Texas, will average above normal for the season.
Dry periods will dominate over stormy weather overall.

“We do feel there are going to be some storms in northwest Texas at times,” he said. “Southwest Texas could see some but not as frequent as in past winters.”
Dry periods will be welcomed by many following the havoc wreaked by Harvey near Houston.

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Abundant snowfall to bury Northwest, Rockies
With a weak La Niña predicted to develop this winter, the Northwest and the Rockies are set to receive an abundance of precipitation.
“I think the Bitterroot chain all the way down to the Wasatch region in the central and northern Rockies has a good shot to be above normal on snowfall this season,” Pastelok said.
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Eldora ski patroller Adam Clifton checks the density of the snow pack in a backcountry area of National Forest land adjacent to Corona Bowl, known for its extreme skiing, at Eldora Mountain Resort, near Nederland, Colo., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

The Cascades are also predicted to benefit from abundant snowfall.
“It’s a good area to head out to if you’re a big skier,” Pastelok said.
Drier, less snowy season in the offing for California
After a big season for snowfall in central and Northern California last year, both regions are predicted to be less wet and snowy in the upcoming months.
However, it won’t spell bad news for ski season.
Ski resorts will receive enough snowfall to create good conditions, but not so much that people struggle to get to them, he said.
In the Southwest, drier and warmer weather will dominate.
According to Pastelok, warmth will bookend the winter with temperatures capable of reaching into the 90s by early 2018.

DEMOLITION OF THE OLD BALFOUR SCHOOL WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED LAST WEEK

DEMOLITION OF THE OLD BALFOUR SCHOOL WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED LAST WEEK

TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES HEADQUARTERS   

Those in Balfour and who drove along U.S. 25 in that area this past weekend saw a part of Henderson County’s education history being torn down.

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The old Balfour School, that dates back to 1927, was torn down to make room for Henderson County’s new Emergency Services building.

Demolition should be complete sometime this week on the old structure.

County school board member Rick Wood, who is a member of the local Education History Initiative, said former principals, teachers, students and parents associated with the old school are in the process of coming up with a way to memorialize it on the site.

The new building will be some 57,000 square feet in size and will cost county taxpayers just over $13 million.

That new structure will house county Emergency Management, EMS, and the Rescue Squad and should be complete by August of 2018.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

CITY COUNCIL HEARD PROPOSAL FOR DISC GOLF AT BERKELEY MILLS PARK; HEARS CONCERNS ABOUT WIDENING KANUGA ROAD

CITY COUNCIL HEARD PROPOSAL FOR DISC GOLF AT BERKELEY MILLS PARK; HEARS CONCERNS ABOUT WIDENING KANUGA ROAD

ADDS FOUR-WAY STOP AT WHITTED AND DALED STREETS      

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At their October meeting Thursday night, Hendersonville city council heard a proposal to install a disc golf couse at the City-owned Berkley Mills Park, Jay McCarthy of the Western North Carolina Disc Golf Association told city council the game is played much like traditional golf, only players toss a Frisbee-like disc into a metal basket rather than hit a ball into a hole. An 18-hole disc golf course would cover 18 to 36 acres. McCarthy said 50 to 100 players play at the Jackson Park course every day. City council wants to think about it, and council asked McCarthy to come back with a 9-basket option for them to consider/

City council also voted o add a four-way stop at the intersection of Whitted and Dale Streets and to allow on-street parking along the north bound lane. of South Whitted Street between Dale Street and the railroad tracks...to slow traffic down in that area.

Dozens of residents attended Thursday night’s meeting concerned about NC DOT’s plans to widen Kanuga Road. Current plans call for widening current lanes to 11 feet with an additional 4-foot paved shoulder for bikes and pedestrians. And a 5-foot wide sidewalk is proposed from Erkwood Drive to Church Street inside the city.

NC DOT’s proposals come after recent traffic deaths on Kanuga Road. And Mayor Barbara Volk said city council will likely come to a consensus on NC DOT’s plans by the end of this year.

By Larry Freeman

NEW HHS "HALL OF FAME" MEMBERS WERE INDUCTED IN THE HOMECOMING GAME TONIGHT (FRIDAY)

NEW HHS "HALL OF FAME" MEMBERS WERE INDUCTED IN THE HOMECOMING GAME TONIGHT (FRIDAY)

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Six new inductees entered the Hendertsonville High School Alumni Associations "Hall of Fame" Friday night, October 6th. 

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The induction took place during the HHS Bearcat's homecoming game Friday night against Franklin.

The new inductees are:

Mike Norman, a long-time teacher at the middle school and high school; Sharman Norman, a math teach at HHS for 30 years; Campbell "Cam" Boyd, a local car dealer and community leader; James Barnette, a founder of Barnette and Coates Insurance Agency; Daniel Tolbert, an international lawyer and registrar and prosecutor with the International Criminal Tribunal; and Don Muson, who has been the "voice" of the App State football team and the national champion Clemson Tigers and who was once a "voice" for WHKP sports. 

 

LOCAL MEDIA FLIGHTS WERE A BIG HIT ON THE EXPERIMENTAL FORD TRI-MOTOR 5-AT

LOCAL MEDIA FLIGHTS WERE A BIG HIT ON THE EXPERIMENTAL FORD TRI-MOTOR 5-AT

AT THE ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT   

ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 5TH   

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WHKP'S "Morning Man" Randy Houston and graphics expert Halle Lentini were on board a flight Thursday and said it was a beautiful day to be aboard that aircraft, which is said to be probably the first passenger airliner.  Randy took some great photos of the experience, too.  Thanks to the Asheville Regional Airport for allowing WHKP to be a part of this!

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is bringing the first-ever mass produced airliner to Asheville, NC and inviting you for a ride aboard our flight.

The Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT flew its first flight on December 1, 1928 and calls the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio home today. Today, EAA and the Liberty Aviation Museum work together to showcase the historic aircraft around the country for all to enjoy.

For more information about the history of the Ford Tri-Motor and our tour, please refer to the attached media kit or visit http://flytheford.org.

 

 

OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING HELD THURSDAY FOR NEW GF LINAMAR FACILITY IN MILLS RIVER

OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING HELD THURSDAY FOR NEW GF LINAMAR FACILITY IN MILLS RIVER

IN FERNCLIFF INDUSTRIAL PARK ADJACENT TO THE ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT     

WILL CREATE OVER 350 GOOD PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS   

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GOVERNOR COOPER DECLARES THIS MANUFACTURING WEEK IN N.C.   

IT IS HUGE AND HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR SEVERAL YEARS 

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BLUE RIDGE COMMUNI8TY COLLEGE THIS SPRING BEGAN "SAMTEC" TO TRAIN WORKERS FOR THE NEW FACILITY THAT WILL ULTIMATELY CREATE OVER 340 MANUFACTURING JOBS

At the end of May (see the photo), the Blue Ridge Community College opened its new education center. GF Linamar supported the development of the educational area which was specially designed to meet the training needs of the new light metal plant....which is located in between Sierra Nevada's state-of-the art Mills River craft brewery and the expanding Asheville Regional Airport and is the latest addition to Ferncliff Industrial Park in Mills River

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Southeastern Advanced Molding Technology Education Center (SAMTEC) took place on 24 May of this year at the new facility on the BRCC main campus. The education center of the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) is specially designed to meet the training needs of the new light metal plant of GF Linamar which is currently being built and soon to be complete and in operation in Mills River.

For die cast trainings, GF Linamar, its equipment suppliers and the governments, and in co-operation with the Golden Leaf Foundation, Partnership For Economic Development, and others, donated the support and the majority of the necessary equipment and funds for training. Before the opening, two BRCC instructors have received training on equipment set-up, maintenance, and operation at the current sites of GF Automotive in Austria and Switzerland.

SAMTEC provides quality workforce training, such as for the production of plastic molding processes. Courses will be offered to GF Linamar employees, as well as to companies locally and across the nation. Long term plans include the development of a full associate degree program in Molding Technology.