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Asheville's North Fork Water Reservoir
The North Carolina General Assembly passed a law in a recent session creating an all new regional water and sewer "authority", based around the existing Metropoilitan Sewage District which serves Asheville, Buncombe County, and some parts of northern Henderson County. The new "authority" would take control of the Asheville water system away from the City of Asheville and place it under the new "authority". The City of Asheville is taking legal action to hold on to its water system...and the Asheville Citizen- Times reports that some early court action will be coming this spring:
A judge will hear oral arguments May 23 in city government’s lawsuit seeking to block the forced transfer of its water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Attorneys for the city and state government have been trading written legal briefs in the case, which is being heard in Wake County Superior Court in Raleigh, for several weeks.
A 2013 law mandates the transfer without compensation to city government. Judge Howard Manning Jr. last year ordered that the transfer be put on hold until at least 30 days after he hears oral arguments in the case. It says Manning could extend that period if he wants more time to render a decision.
Mayor Esther Manheimer said recently that she expects whichever side loses at the Superior Court level to appeal to the state Court of Appeals.
The legislation creating the new "authority" had the backing and sponsorship of Henderson County Representative Chuck McGrady. Parts of Fletcher and Mills River inside Henderson County would be served by the new "authority".
The City of Hendersonville will sponsor a secure, Shred Day for City residents on Wednesday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the parking lot of Patton Park, 59 E. Clairmont Drive. American Security Shredding, Inc, will have their shredding truck in the parking lot to allow residents to dispose of sensitive materials. Residents of Hendersonville are invited to bring up to two boxes (or 50 lbs.) of paper items to be shredded. Suggested items to shred are financial statements, cancelled checks, credit card statements, payroll stubs, insurance forms, old tax returns, forms from doctor's offices, etc. This is not for businesses. The public can simply drop their documents off or stay and watch their documents destroyed. The event will happen rain or shine. If the shredding truck fills up before 10:30, the event will be over.
To make this part of a community outreach effort, the City is asking that residents coming to the event to bring items to donate to the Storehouse and IAM. Suggested items are canned fruits & vegetables, canned chili & beef stew, and toiletry items.
The No. 1 job of the Highway Patrol is not to be a ticket-generator, said North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Baker.
“It’s to gain compliance, so that (drivers) will slow down,” he said.
The Highway Patrol launches its annual Operation Slow Down 2014 campaign to catch excessive speeders on North Carolina’s highways April 14. The campaign will end April 20 and was created as an effort to reduce traffic collisions across the state, through enforcement and awareness.
Speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina and across the country. Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 815 fatal collisions on North Carolina highways statewide. In 208 deaths, speed contributed to the accident.
During Operation Slow Down 2013, troopers issued more than 19,581 citations for numerous traffic violations, including 8,634 speed-related charges. The total charges for Buncombe County during last year’s campaign was 439, Baker said.
Operation Slow Down 2014 enforcement efforts will be conducted across the state.
The campaign will focus on motorists exceeding the posted speed limit on interstates and major four-lane highways.
Troopers will be using marked and unmarked patrol vehicles to target the most dangerous roadways in each county.
They will also be looking for commercial motor vehicle drivers who may be committing serious traffic violations. These violations include following too closely, improper or erratic lane change, careless and reckless driving and any violation of the motor vehicle laws that can result in serious injury or death.
Motorists may report dangerous driving to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on their mobile phones from anywhere in the state.
WHAT: Pops and Patriotic Concert
WHEN: Blue Ridge Community College, Conference Hall, Flat Rock
WHEN: May 11, 2014 at 3pm
WHO: Hendersonville Community Band
Honoring our WW2 vets
Featuring Roberto Flores, baritone soloist
COST: $10 for adults
Seventy years ago this June U.S. forces landed in France for D-Day. As a salute to the men and women who served in the military during World War Two the Hendersonville Community Band (HCB) will be playing “The Homefront: Musical memories from World War II” which includes the 1940s hits: Thanks for the Memory, Bell Bottom Trousers, The White Cliffs of Dover, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me, and Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.
The HCB will be honoring three of their own World War Two veterans at this concert: Hal Beam, Win McGrath and Ralph Carter. Hal Beam fought in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He survived the battle and his time as a POW in Germany. Win McGrath served in the Pacific with the U.S. Navy and participated in the invasion of Okinawa, going ashore with the Marines. He also worked on decommissioning Japanese submarines. Ralph Carter served in the U.S. Navy (stateside) during the war. All three play in the HCB’s trumpet/cornet section. Hal Beam and Win McGrath are charter members of the band.
Other patriotic songs in the program include: Irving Berlin’s “Songs for America” (This is the Army, Mister Jones – Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor – This is a Great Country – God Bless America), “Armed Forces Salute” (Caisson Song – Semper Paratus – The Marines’ Hymn – The U.S. Air Force – Anchors Aweigh) and “God Bless The U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood.
Anyone who has ever heard Roberto Flores sing will remember his beautiful baritone voice. For this concert he will sing two solos; “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (from the Wizard of Oz) and “You Raise Me Up” by Brendan Graham and Rolf Lovland. Roberto has performed musical theatre, oratorio and opera throughout the Southeast and Europe. He has been a soloist with the Asheville Symphony, performs regularly with the Asheville Lyric Opera, and is a member of PASTYME, the premiere a capella ensemble of the western Carolinas.
The tuba section will have the chance to strut their stuff in Joe Berke’s “Tiptoe through the Tubas” lightly based on the better-known, “Tiptoe through the Tulips.”
Fans of trumpeter Russ Sena will get to hear his trumpet sing out in “Jamaican Rumba” by Arthur Benjamin and “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor.” Movie lovers will enjoy the “Hollywood Milestones” medley (arranged by John Higgins and includes music from Forrest Gump, Jaws, Beauty and the Beast, Where Do I Begin? Back to the Future and Chariots of Fire) as well as “Soaring with John Williams” which features Superman March, Cadillac of the Skies and Star Wars.
The 80-member Hendersonville Community Band will perform this “Pops and Patriotic” concert under the direction of Winford Franklin on May 11, 2014 at 3pm at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock, NC.
Tickets are $10 for adults, free admission for students. Tickets are available at the Hendersonville Visitor Center, Laurel Park Wine Market and at the door. For more information call 715-797-2260 or see the band’s website, www.hcbmusic.com
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Detectives with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting that occurred around 5:30 p.m. Friday at 1166 Brooklyn Ave.
HENDERSONVILLE'S OKLAWAHA GREENWAY
The City of Hendersonville recently commenced construction of the Jackson Park Sewer Interceptor Project. The project extends from N Main Street to Jackson Park and parallels the Oklawaha Greenway in several locations.
The sewer construction involves clearing of trees, brush and other vegetation. In order to preserve public safety, the Greenway will be closed to the public north of Seventh Avenue beginning Monday, April 14 through the end of April.
The closure will be clearly marked and will be intermittent as construction proceeds. The Greenway will remain open during Saturdays and Sundays.
The city says, "We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we continue to make improvements to our City’s infrastructure. Please direct any questions to Brent Detwiler, City Engineer at (828) 697-3000.
Flat Rock Playhouse presents the world’s longest running musical in the history of musicals, The Fantasticks, from April 17 – May 11 at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. Part of its "Season of Laughter and Love" presented by The Cliffs, the Playhouse is pleased to offer this installment of love, with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, loosely based on the play "The Romancers" by Edmond Rostand.
opened in 1960 at The Sullivan Street Theatre in New York City and has the distinction of being the longest running musical in the world. This musical tells the story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised, but enlightened and they renew their vows with more maturity.
has charmed audiences at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village, The Jerry Orbach Theatre in Times Square (and soon, The Playhouse Downtown) ever since Dwight Eisenhower was President. This production of The Fantasticks will be performed completely in the round with elaborate riggings and "old time theatre tricks" that play to the strength of the musical. Cirque style staging and props, along with "vintage meets futuristic" costumes will deliver magical moments throughout each performance.
The show is directed by Producing Artistic Director for the Playhouse, Vincent Marini. In addition to producing the innovative "Music on the Rock" series, Marini has directed
Les Miserables; For The Glory; A Few Good Men; Guys and Dolls; The Buddy Holly Story; Celtic Christmas; Our Show of Shows; Cotton Patch Gospel; and Hank Williams: Lost Highway.
Cast members are Maria Buchanan, Preston Dyar, Justin Gregory Lopez, Carly Evan Hughes, Ryan Hilliard, Richard Gang, Peter Gosik, Chris Allison, and Kelley Hinman.
Music Director is Michael Sebastian. Assistant Music Director is Alex Shields. Set design is by Dennis C. Maulden. Costume design is by Ashli Arnold. Lighting design is by Stephen Terry. Sound design is by Nick Kourtides.
The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting...
The development company who is transforming Biltmore Square Mall into an outlet center has posted some details about the transformation, including a picture of the plans.
The mall shut its doors in January, as part of its transition into an outdoor outlet center. Since then, the organization — which is now called Asheville Outlets — has selected a general contractor and demolition has begun (The demolition, however, is on the inside of the building right now and is not visible).
Winter Construction out of Atlanta is the project's general contractor, said Sharon Morgan, general manager of Asheville Outlets. "They are now on the property," she said.
The image above is an architectural rendering of the outlet mall, she said. "It is going to be an outdoor center with various hallways open," she said. "It won't be an attached roof like you see now. … The food court will pretty much be in the same area."
The Dollar Tree, Cinebarre, Dillard's and Belk are still open.
In May, the Citizen-Times reported that a Massachusetts company has posted plans to transform Biltmore Square Mall into an outdoor outlet center. New England Development in partnership with Tremont Realty Capital plans to open the 325,000-square-foot mall in spring 2015. The mall is at 800 Brevard Road.
This is from the development company's website:
Asheville Outlets will be the destination for outlet shopping in the greater Asheville, North Carolina, market when it opens spring of 2015. This 325,000 square foot open air center will feature approximately 75 top manufacturers and retail outlets. With no other outlet center within 80 miles, the retailers at Asheville Outlets are sure to thrive from the strong residential and tourism markets.
Ideally located five miles southwest of downtown Asheville at the I-26 and Route 191 interchange, Asheville Outlets has excellent regional access. The Asheville metropolitan market is a regional and economic hub for western North Carolina and Asheville itself has a strong and growing visitor market. More than 9.35 million people visit the Asheville region each year, of which more than 3 million stay overnight.Asheville is a thriving mountain city with an eclectic downtown, which includes art galleries, a world-class culinary and craft beer scene, a burgeoning live music scene, and the awe-inspiring scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This unique city has earned national acclaim by numerous media outlets and publications as an ideal place to live, visit, and do business.
Commissioners, in a 5 to 0 vote, adopted some code changes that had been recommended by the county's Regulation Review Advisory Committee.
The committee had suggested, and commissioners agreed, that all agricultural signs be exempted from code standards...and a maximum size of 32 feet on each side of the sign will now be allowed.
Commissioners also exempted housing for farm labor that is not occupied year around from the county's minimum housing code. The advisory committee found, and commissioners agreed, the county's previous standards made it too difficult for farmers who rely on seasonal labor.
Commissioners, also on a recommendation from the advisory committee, reduced road setbacks for businesses in commercial zoning districts. This change is not county-wide and only applies to a limited number of commercial districts in the county.