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WORK SLOWS ON BOULEVARD RE-PAVING; SOMETHING NEW IS BEING ADDED

WORK SLOWS ON BOULEVARD RE-PAVING; SOMETHING NEW IS BEING ADDED

FROM MAPLE STREET BRIDGE TO CAROLINA VILLAGE ROAD     

The road work currently underway on Four Seasons/Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard is now in a new phase.

Milling of the old pavement has been completed, according to NC DOT...and they are now in the process of installing a new layer of fabric in between the road and the new asphalt.  DOT engineer Aaron Powell says that layer will slow down any cracking and extend the life of the new pavement.  He said that's been done extensively on roads in the eastern part of the state.  It is causing some issues, however...and that's slowing the roadwork down for a while.  In fact, he said, the whole project is "on hold" until those issues are resolved...better to stop and resolve them now, he said, than to have to re-do it.

The engineer could not say how long this slow-down will last, but once crews can resume putting down the ne asphalt, the project should take about two weeks to finish.

The milling and re-paving on "the Boulevard" is extending all the way from the Maple Street bridge out to Carolina Village Road..

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE SEPT. 26 FOR  INPUT ON DOT PLANS TO WIDEN HIGHWAY 64 WEST THROUGH LAUREL PARK

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE SEPT. 26 FOR INPUT ON DOT PLANS TO WIDEN HIGHWAY 64 WEST THROUGH LAUREL PARK

PROPOSED LAUREL PARK ROUNDABOUTS

Those who would like their opinions heard on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plans to widen U.S. 64 through Laurel Park will have the chance next month.

The NCDOT will hold a public open house Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Laurel Park to provide information and answer questions on their updated plans to add roundabouts between Laurel Park and Hendersonville.

The NCDOT is looking to widen U.S. 64 between White Pine Drive and Blythe Street to two lanes with a center median. The updated plan calls for three roundabouts along U.S. 64 at the White Pine/Windsor Drive, Pisgah Drive and Glasgow Lane intersections. Turn lanes at certain points, sidewalks and bike lanes are also set to be added.

The intersection near the Energy Fuels gas station — where Daniel Drive, Windsor Drive and Davis Circle converge — will see significant changes as well. Kit Carson Lane and Davis Circle will be cut off from Highway 64 and a cul-de-sac at Windsor Drive will replace the road’s current eastern access to the highway.

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Daniel Snyder and Corey Roberts work on the season's first batch of cider Thursday at Grandad's Apples n' Such. Roadside stands and U-Pick orchards are gearing up for a busy apple season across the county
Traffic from that neighborhood will be funneled to the Windsor Drive/White Pine Drive intersection, where the roundabout is proposed.

The updated map is available for review online on the town’s website www.laurelpark.org. The plan is also available at the Laurel Park Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Questions or comments may be directed to NCDOT Division 14 Assistant DDC Engineer Kenneth (Mac) McDowell at 828-586-2141 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR TICKETS ON SALE NOW

MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR TICKETS ON SALE NOW

AS SURE AS THE NC APPLE FESTIVAL IS ONLY A FEW WEEKS AWAY, THE NC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR AT THE WNC AG CEWNTER IN FLETCHER IS NOT FAR BEHIND   

Tickets are now on sale for the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, coming up on Sept. 8-17.

Advanced tickets are available at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher, the WNC Farmer’s Market in Asheville and participating Ingles locations. Advanced gate admissions are $7 for adults and $3 for children/seniors. Ride sheets of 21 tickets for $12 can also be bought in advance.

Deadlines are also approaching for entering competitions.

For the Division 1 general and special cooking contests, the upcoming deadlines are Aug. 25 for general exhibits and flower and garden.

In the Division 2 livestock contests, the livestock show deadline (with late fee) is Aug. 11, Aug. 4 for llama/alpaca, Aug. 11 for display livestock, Aug. 25 for the very special livestock show, and Aug. 9 for rabbits.

In Division 3, music, dance and song, the deadlines for the clogging championship is Aug. 4 for the first cut off, and Aug. 18 for the final deadline.

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Children learn during a Zentangle Art Workshop put on by the Henderson County 4-H club at the N.C. Cooperative Extension office at Jackson Park recently.
The famous ice cream eating contest will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 12.

Entry forms can be mailed to N.C. Mountain State Fair, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732. Make checks payable to N.C. Mountain State Fair, and call 828-687-1414 for more information.

Entertainment this year includes live music, a magic show, the sea lion splash event, acrobats, a puppet show and more.

Last year’s attendance was 182,683, according to the vendor application form. The record was in 2013 with 191,596. The fair is held at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher.

Search for N.C. Mountain State Fair on Facebook or visit www.wncagcenter.org for more information. Job postings are also listed on the website.

COUNTY WILL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER PARKS AND REC. DIRECTOR:  CHIEF DEPUTY BROWN SAYS "NO"

COUNTY WILL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER PARKS AND REC. DIRECTOR: CHIEF DEPUTY BROWN SAYS "NO"

COUNTY MANAGER SAID MONDAY THAT CHIEF DEPUTY SHERIFF JASON BROWN HAS RE-CONSIDERED AND TURNED DOWN THE JOB AS COUNTY PARKS AND REC. DIRECTOR  COUNTY MANAGER STEVE WYATT RELEASED THE FOLLOWING MEMO MONDAY AFTERNOON:  

"Recent events have given you cause to reevaluate your pending transfer to the position of
Director of Parks and Recreation. You have concluded that your highest level of contribution to
the community would be to remain as Chief Deputy and you have requested that I release you
from the pending reassignment.

I am in agreement. These past difficult, yes tragic days have made it clear to me that you are
first and foremost, a “Law Man”. While your leadership skills and abilities would serve the
organization and community well in any capa
ity, I see where your heart is at its core. I respect your decision and grant your request.

I look forward to working with you, Sheriff McDonald, and the fine men and women of the
Henderson County Sheriff’s Department in the days ahead."  

Chief Deputy Brown was involved in the extended search for fugitive Philip Michael Stroupe and the prolonged and extensive search for victim Tommy Bryson that followed Stoupe's apprehension.  

Brown is a career law enforcement officer, with an extensive background in law enforcement...and had been selected to replace Tim Hopkins as parks and rec. director by the county manager.

He was to assume his new duties Tuesday August 1...so apparently now the county will look elsewhere for a parks and rec. director.

 

 

SCOTT MILLER NAMED NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AT PARK RIDGE HEALTH

SCOTT MILLER NAMED NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AT PARK RIDGE HEALTH

NEW COO AT PARK RIDGE   

Park Ridge Health has named Scott N. Miller, MBA, MS, PT, as its new Chief Operating Officer. Miller brings more than 20 years of experience in clinical and administrative leadership to this role at Park Ridge Health. As COO, Miller will direct a variety of departments that provide direct care to patients. He will also provide administrative leadership to Park Ridge Health departments that impact care beyond our patients to include family, friends and neighbors in our communities.

“Park Ridge Health has been blessed to have more members of our growing communities turning to us for high quality, compassionate care,” said Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health President and CEO. “Scott will be a vital addition to the exemplary leadership team as Park Ridge Health moves forward with a goal to provide wholistic care to every person in our community.”

“I love working with teams to advance our faith-based mission of ‘Extending the healing ministry of Christ.’ I look forward to joining the Park Ridge Health leadership team and working to ensure our organization is positioned for success now and in the future,” said Miller. “I know every success we have at Park Ridge Health will come as a result of teamwork, dedication to mission and God’s provision.”

Miller began his career of caring for people as a Physical Therapist in 1994. He was quickly brought into leadership roles that led to innovations in care facilities and opportunities for patients. He most recently coordinated delivery of care through more than 250 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation associates across four hospital campuses in the Centura Health System located in Denver, Colorado.

When he is not helping his teams achieve success, Miller spends his time with his wife and two children. They are active in their church and support a number of mission initiatives. Scott and his family love making memories through sports and outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, camping, skiing and running. He says, “As a family, we love to travel and explore, so we look forward to discovering all that Western North Carolina has to offer.”

 

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS COMPLETE ON BLYTHE STREET; RE-PAVING CONTINUES ON THE BOULEVARD

BRIDGE REPAIRS COMPLETE ON BLYTHE STREET; RE-PAVING CONTINUES ON THE BOULEVARD

LOCAL ROAD WORK   

Milling and re-paving is continuing on Four Seasons and Martin Luther king, Jr. Boulevard.  The work is being done all the way from the bridge across Maple Stree out to Carolina Village Road.  Most of the work is being done at night to avoid problems ith traffic, but motorist's caution and patience is encouraged.  The work isn't finished and will take a while longer.  

Meanwhile...the bridge over Brittain Creek on Blythe Street in Hendersonville has been repaired and opened on schedule today after being closed for nearly two weeks.

The N.C. Department of Transportation closed a short stretch of the street in order to repair a small bridge over the creek.

Crews replaced the timber decking and repaved the short stretch of Blythe Street, which connects Haywood Road and Brevard Road on the western border of Hendersonville.

The work removed large bumps and improved the structural integrity of the bridge.

PARDEE UNC HEALTH CARE EXPECTS TO OPEN NEW MILLS RIVER URGENT CARE OPEN BY FEBRUARY

PARDEE UNC HEALTH CARE EXPECTS TO OPEN NEW MILLS RIVER URGENT CARE OPEN BY FEBRUARY

A 2500 SQUAR FEET URGENT CARE FACILITY  

TO BE BUILT IN THE INGLES PLAZA NEXT TO NORTH MILLS RIVER ROAD    

Pardee UNC Health Care announced today plans to open a 2,500 square foot urgent care center in Mills River by February 2018. Construction of the facility, located in the Ingles Shopping Center at the corner of N. Mills River Road and Boylston Highway, will begin next month.

Pardee currently operates two urgent care centers in Henderson County: one in Hendersonville off Four Seasons Blvd and one in Fletcher at the Mission Pardee Health Campus.

“We are excited to see the population and industry growth in the Mills River and Etowah areas of Henderson County,” said Johnna Reed, chief administrative officer at Pardee. “As demonstrated with previous market growth, we see an increased demand for urgent care centers. Urgent care continues to play an integral role in the continuum of care and we want to make sure residents have the care they need, when and where they need it.”
According to the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, urgent care facilities fill the gap in health care that exists between the primary care provider and the emergency room. There are approximately 8,000 c

nters in the United States and another 1,200 retail clinics operating in mainstream drugstores. The difference in the two is that urgent care centers, like the one set to open in Mills River, provide a broader scope of services than a retail clinic. Wounds, injuries, fractures, asthma attacks and mild concussions can be treated, in addition to the sore throats, common cold and allergic reactions treated in retail clinics. In addition, Pardee’s urgent care center will have X-ray and lab facilities, with board-certified providers providing medical services. Pardee’s urgent care centers also offer sports physicals and pre-employment physicals and testing.

“Since our urgent care centers are part of the larger Pardee UNC Health Care system, our physicians and medical staff can make the appropriate referrals if a patient presents with something more complicated,” said Reed. “In addition, patients usually find that the average cost of a visit to an urgent care center is significantly less than to an emergency department, with much less time spent waiting for care. While urgent care centers are not meant to replace the primary care physician, we do see them as transforming how patients access care, particularly after hours when their doctor may not be available.”

In 2015, Pardee purchased 20 acres of land across from the planned urgent care center on Boylston Hwy. “We continue to evaluate the best use for the property across the street,” said Reed. “Our board and our administration want to ensure that the health care services offered are in alignment with the long-range needs of the area.” Reed notes that the opportunity for an urgent care center in the Ingles shopping center accommodated the immediate timing and needs of the community.

  MAHINDRA ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS IN HENDERSON COUNTY

MAHINDRA ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS IN HENDERSON COUNTY

MAHINDRA WILL UPFIT AN EXISTING BUILDING JUST SOUTH OF FLETCHER, AND JUST OFF OF BRICKYARD ROAD  

THAT WILL BE DONE IN COMING MONTHS AND MAHINDRA WILL OCCUPY THAT FACILITY SOON AFTERWARDS   

Mahindra Vehicle Sales and Service, Inc. (MVSS) announced their North American office headquarters today in Henderson County, North Carolina. Mahindra has an established reputation for their farm equipment brand in the US, and is gaining attention for their internationally-recognized presence in the automotive sector. The MVSS location will support planned growth as the company integrates new product into the US market. The company will employ 22 people at the headquarters, primarily salespersons and office support functions, with average wages exceeding $100,000/year.

Mahindra was established in India in 1945 during World War II when they began production of the Willys Jeep. Mahindra made their US entry in 1994, locating a tractor manufacturing operation in Texas. The Mahindra North American Technical Center was established in Troy, MI in 2013, as the company announced their intent to expand their global vehicle development in the US.

The MVSS location in Henderson County is in response to this growth trend and desire to sell on and off-road vehicles in the US. “A location in the southeastern automotive market, and the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, is ideal for our company to accelerate our growth in the automotive sector. With great transportation assets like I-26 and the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), we plan to cover a lot of ground from Henderson County,” shared Luc de Gaspe Beaubien, MVSS Vice President of Sales.

“Henderson County has a track record of success in supporting businesses in the automotive sector. We are excited to see growth in the professional business services sector, and we are happy to welcome Mahindra to North Carolina,” shared Michael Edney, Chairman of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.

About Mahindra: The Mahindra Group is a USD 19 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It has a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defense and two-wheelers. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 200,000 people across 100 countries. Learn more about Mahindra at www.mahindra.com and @MahindraRise.

For more information about the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development and its role in protecting and building a strong local economy, visit www.hcped.org.

 

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS APPROVES THE "EVENTS BARN"

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS APPROVES THE "EVENTS BARN"

HIGHWAY 191 NEAR BRADLEY ROAD

"EVENTS BARN" UPDATE:  THE COUNTY'S ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT GAVE FINAL APPROVAL TO THE "EVENTS BARN" IN A 3 TO 2 VOTE ON WEDNESDAY

For both sides in the “events barn” controversy, the issue is now apparently resolved.

The 3000 to 4000 square foot “barn”, being constructed on property on Highway 191 near Bradley Road, had drawn strong opposition from people in that residential neighborhood, led by resident Stan Shelley,

The ZBA granted the Cranes, who own the “barn”, a special use permit for it...but Shelley and others say he “barn” is not appropriate for their neighborhood, is in direct conflict with their residential zoning...and the issue has caused a “temporary hold” to be placed on new special use permits until their uses in residentially zoned neighborhoods can be reviewed.

The Jun 28th meeting of the ZBA was to consider a possible revocation of that special use permit, which it’s been determined the ZBA has the authority to do, but the Board was unable to make a final decision...and decided to visit the site of the “barn”.  The ZBA then set a vote on the barn's special use permit at the ZBA meeting for this Wednesday July 26th.

The Cranes say the “barn”, which is within sight and sound of West Henderson High School, Rugby Middle School, and the Historic Johnson Farm, will be for weddings and other special events.

 

 

 

NEW NAME AND LEGAL STATUS PROPOSED FOR THE LAUREL PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION

NEW NAME AND LEGAL STATUS PROPOSED FOR THE LAUREL PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION

CHANGE POSSIBLE LATE THIS SUMMER OR EARLY THIS FALL   

The 183 members of what's been known for the last six decades as the "Laurel Park Civic Association, Inc." are being mailed ballots and asked to approve changing both the name and the legal and IRS status of the organization.

The association has long supported the Town of Laurel Park in ways ranging from flower beds and walking trails to the Music At Jump Off Rock festival.

Supporters of the changes, incluing Laurel Park Mayor Carey O'Cain and current association president Mark Morse,  say it will enable the new organization, proposed to be called "Friends of Laurel Park", to function as a non-profot  and accept tax deductible donations.  Opponenents of the changes, including the the past president of the association, Dn McIntyre, favor keeping the association as it is and adding the additional new "Friends of Laurel Park".

Over two dozen interested people attended a recent meeting where both side of the issue were presented.