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COMMISSIONERS SHOOT DOWN CITY PURCHASE OF ETOWAH SEWER CO.

COMMISSIONERS SHOOT DOWN CITY PURCHASE OF ETOWAH SEWER CO.

CITY-COUNTY WATER/SEWER ISSUES CONTINUE   

Facing some $500 thousand in needed repairs, Etowah Sewer Co. approached the City of Hendersonville many months ago about purchasing the company.  The city made an offer to buy the company, which serves about 400 residential and business customers in the Etowah area, for a million dollars...but county commissoonerd, led by Commissioner Bill Lapsley (a former city water department employee), said "No" this week and shot down the city's purchase of the Etowah system.

Lapsley said the purchase would give the city control over growth and development in the unincorporated Etowah area...and the other commissioners agreed.

Commissioners have been at odds with the City of Hendersonville over water since early this year when the commissioners attempted to take control away from the city of the water system the city has owned and operated for about a century.

In another issue...the county is having some software problems that could potentially effect the 2019 re-appraisal.  Commissioners hope to get another update on that in August.

Commissioners met in the Historic Courthouse Wednesday morning.

 

 

 

CITY ANNOUNCES UPCOMING STREET MAINTENANCE AND RE-PAVING

CITY ANNOUNCES UPCOMING STREET MAINTENANCE AND RE-PAVING

THIS JULY AND AUGUST   

During the months of July and August,
the City of Hendersonville will be doing maintenance on several different streets
within the City. The extent of the maintenance will vary depending on the
situation. Some streets may simply be given a new layer of asphalt overlaying
the existing surface, while other streets may be milled down before a layer of
new asphalt is applied.
Construction will begin the week of July 21st with the majority of the work to be
completed by the mid September. The paving contractor will be Tarheel Paving
of Hendersonville and they will communicate with businesses and residents
with a more specific schedule as it pertains to their street. The lists of streets
being affected are as follows:

Streets to be resurfaced:
1st Avenue from Washington to S Whitted
3rd Avenue from Fleming to Blythe
Whitted St from Dale to Hwy 64
Oak St from 1st Ave to Hwy 64
Taylor St from 3rd to 4th Ave
Ehringhaus St from 3rd to 4th Ave
Fleming from 3rd to 4th Ave
Jones St From S Whitted to 3rd Ave
S Justice from 1st to 3rd Ave
S Justice from 4th to 5th Ave
Florida Ave from Oak to Justice
Washington St from 1st Ave to Allen St
Joel Wright Dr from Hwy 225 to end maintenance.
Copper Penny St from Hwy 225 to end maintenance

For questions about this project, please call Public Works at (828) 697-3084

MAN DIES MONDAY NIGHT AT JUMP OFF ROCK

MAN DIES MONDAY NIGHT AT JUMP OFF ROCK

PRESS RELEASE FROM LAUREL PARK POLICE CHIEF BOBBIE TROTTER

After 7:00 PM on Monday night, a man entered Jump Off Rock Park and displayed a gun to other park visitors. Laurel Park Police, with back up from Henderson County Sheriff's Office, responded to the Park, where the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was injured. The man's identity is not being released, pending notification of next-of-kin.

Jump Off Rock Park will reopen on Tuesday, July 18th.

 


 

BLYTHE STREET BRIDGE WORK STARTED MONDAY; FOUR SEASONS/MLK, JR. BLVD. REPAVING CONTINUES

BLYTHE STREET BRIDGE WORK STARTED MONDAY; FOUR SEASONS/MLK, JR. BLVD. REPAVING CONTINUES

BLYTHE STREET BRITTAIN CREEK BRIDGE REPAIR WORK AND REPAVING THAT SHORT STRETCH OF BLYTHE STREET STARTED MONDAY JULY 17     

RE-SURFACING FOUR SEASONS/MLK, JR. BOULEVARD CONTINUES...SHOULD BE COMPLETE IN A FEW WEEKS.  

SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS COMING TO KANUGA   

PORTIONS OF FOUR SEASONS AND MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BOULEVARD ARE BEING RE-SURFACED.

THE WORK IS BEING DONE MOSTLY AT NIGHT (8PM to 6AM) SO AS TO NOT INTERFERE WITH TRAFFIC, AND THE WORK IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.

THE WORK IS BEING DONE FROM CAROLINA VILLAGE ROAD, ACROSS HARRIS STREET, AND TO THE BRIDGE THAT CROSSES MAPLE STREET AND THE RAILROAD TRACKS.

NC DOT ESTIMATES THE WORK WILL BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT A MONTH.

MEANWHILE...THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN A MEETING SET FOR THIS COMING TUESDAY JULY 18TH...AT WHICH TIME NC DOT WILL BE DISCUSSING WAYS, AND INVITING PUBLIC INPUT TO MAKE KANUGA ROAD SAFER...PARICULARLY THAT STRETCH OF KANUGA ROAD FROM CHURCH STREET TO LITTLE RIVER ROAD.

TURN LANES, WIDER LANES, SHOULDER IMPROVEMENTSS, AND SOME SIDEWALKS ARE ALL PART OF THE PLANS BEING CONSIDERED.

FOUR PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN RECENT ACCIDENTS ON KANUGA AND CRAB CREEK ROADS.

THE MEETING ON TUESDAY JULY 18 WILL BE AT THE CITY OPERATIONS CENTER, 305 WILLIAMS STREET.

THE TRAGEDIES OF JULY IN HENDERSON COUNTY'S HISTORY

THE TRAGEDIES OF JULY IN HENDERSON COUNTY'S HISTORY

THE THIRD WEEK IN JULY IN PARTICULAR   

Maybe it has something to do with being in the midst of Dog Days...old-timers have been ripe with speculation for generations. But the month of July, and the third week in the month in particular, is notoriously infamous in Henderson County history for tragic events:

This July is the 101st anniversary of The Great Flood of 1916. It actually began with a series of unusual weather events early in the month and culminated when an Atlantic hurricane, moving across the region, that got blocked from moving out by strong high pressure, and then literally rained itself out over the mountains of western North Carolina. With homes and cabins washed down mountain slopes, and babies literally swept from their cribs and drowned by the high and rushing waters, the Great Flood of 1916 is believed to be the most devastating weather event in Henderson County history.

This July 17th marks the 51st anniversary of Henderson County’s infamous “triple murder”...in which Charles Glass, Vernon Shipman and Louise Shumate were murdered in a most grizzly and bizarre way. After their bodies were found, in a suspiciously demonic arrangement, in a field near the banks of Lake Summit, many investigations, scores of stories, tales, and theories followed, but to this day, the “triple murder” remains officially unsolved. Old-timers “in the know” will tell you for sure...those who know the truth of the “triple murder” are all now dead with their knowledge and their secrets buried with them...and the “triple murder” will likely continue as our "coldest"...of all local “cold” cases.

This July 19th is the 50th anniversary of the collision and crash of Piedmont Flight 22 over Hendersonville, in which 82 people died. Piedmont Airline’s brand new jetliner had just taken off from the Asheville Airport late that fateful morning when a small Cessna 310 private plane flew into the big jet, with the pilot of Flight 22 attempting to land it on I-26, then both planes crashed to the ground near Camp Pinewood just off Orr’s Camp Road. A temporary morgue was set up at the National Guard Armory, as rescuers and volunteers from all over the city and county rushed to the site to help with the awful tragedy, the gruesome extent of which had never been seen before in Hendersonville. A marker, commemorating the event and naming every victim stands in the United Federal parking lot off Freeman and Jack Streets.

This July 22nd is the 50h anniversary of the death of Carl Sandburg. The poet, Lincoln biographer, folktale teller and singer of folksongs, and raiser of championship goats, died at his home “Connemara” in Flat Rock. The late Kemit Edney, in his usual rich tones and eloquent style, made the somber announcement to the community and to the world, that morning that the 1951 Pulitzer Prize winner had died. The estate “Connemara”, previously known as “Rock Hill”, had its own rich history dating back to the Civil War...and thanks to the generosity and efforts of Mrs. Sandburg and the late Congressman Roy A. Taylor, Sandburg’s legacy was preserved in what is now the “Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site” in Flat Rock.

And there were other tragic July events in our local history as well, like the devastating drought of 2007 that left crops parched and withering to death in the fields and that literally drove some local farmers out of farming.

No one can say for sure why, but July...and its third week in particular...will forever be, in the hearts and memories of many of us, a sultry, steamy, and uncomfortably tragic period, year after year, in Henderson County history.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman   July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

THREE ROUND-ABOUTS LIKELY COMING TO HIGHWAY 64 WEST IN LAUREL PARK

THREE ROUND-ABOUTS LIKELY COMING TO HIGHWAY 64 WEST IN LAUREL PARK

THAT'S ACCORDING TO NC DOT PLANS FOR BREVARD ROAD   .

Laurel Park Mayor Carey O’Cain updated the Laurel Park Town Council during ia meeting last week on recent changes to the NCDOT’s plans to widen Highway 64.

NC DOT is looking to widen the highway between White Pine Drive and Blythe Street and add bike lanes and sidewalks. Plans show that the road will remain at two lanes, but a center median with three roundabouts and turn lanes at specific points will be added.

In earlier plans, NCDOT was considering three roundabouts at Daniel Drive, Blythe Street and the entrance to Laurel Park Village shopping center. Updated plans have since shifted the roundabouts to the White Pine/Windsor Drive intersection, the Pisgah Drive intersection, with another roundabout proposed at Glasgow Lane.

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.

Traffic from that general area will be directed to the Windsor Drive/White Pine Drive intersection, where the roundabout is proposed.

NC DOT’s right-of-way acquisition will require the State Farm Insurance office at the corner of the highway and Daniel Drive to be removed. It’s likely the Energy Fuels gas station may be removed as well, although O’Cain said they are looking at ways to save it.

O’Cain said the town will have to foot 20 percent of the bill for any sidewalks that are built within the town limits.

Town Manager Alison Alexander said NC DOT is scheduled to begin right-of-way acquisition in 2019, with construction beginning in 2021.

Alexander said the NC DOT has committed to holding another public input meeting on the updated plans, probably at the end of September or early October.

LAUREL PARK AND MILLS RIVER JOIN HENDERSONVILLE IN APPROVING EARLY ALCOHOL SALE ON SUNDAY

LAUREL PARK AND MILLS RIVER JOIN HENDERSONVILLE IN APPROVING EARLY ALCOHOL SALE ON SUNDAY

SUNDAY "BRUNCH BILL"  GETS LOCAL APPROVAL   

The City of Hendersonville became one of the first municipalities in the state recently to approve the sale of alcoholic beverage starting at 10am on Sundays.

The so-called Sunday "brunch bill" was approved by this year's session of the North Carolina General Assembly, but the legislation left it up to each individual municipality where alcohol sales are allowed to pass an ordinance permitting such sales starting in time for Sunday brunch at 10am on Sundays.  Previously, Sunday alcohol sales were not allowed to start until 12 noon.

The Laurel Park Town Council approved the sale at a meetiong this week, and Mills River Town Council passed an ordinance allowing the early Sunday sale at their meeting Thursday night.  Representatives from both Sierra Novada Brewery and Bold Rock Hard Cider were present at the Mills River Council meeting. 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL DEPUTY FIRED AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

LOCAL DEPUTY FIRED AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

FORMERLY WITH ASHEVILLE POLICE  

Major Frank Stout confirmed for WHKP News Wednesday afternoon that a Henderson County sheriff's deputy had been fired from the department...after an alleged domestic violence incident.

Major Stout issued the following press release:

On July 11, 2017, at approximately 6:23pm, the Asheville Police Department responded to a domestic violence call.

Cory Thomas Burton (in the photo), age 39 of Arden, was arrested and charged with assault on a female. Burton is being held in the Buncombe County Jail.  No bond was set for Burton on Wednesday.

Burton's employment with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has been terminated.

Burton had been a Henderson County deputy for two years and was a senior deputy at the time of his termination.

 

NEW FRESH SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OPENS IN FLETCHER

NEW FRESH SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OPENS IN FLETCHER

IN ST. JOHN'S MARKETPLACE    

Surf N Brew a fresh seafood restaurant is open in Fletcher.

They feature fresh seafood everyday from oysters,and shrimp to fish of all kinds.

They offer salads,low country boils,and fresh seafood po-boy sandwiches, too

In addition to the seafood Surf n Turf features 24 beers on tap,many of them from local breweries.

You can find them open 7 days a week just off hwy 25 in Fletcher in St. Johns Marketplace.

Surf N Brew is owned by Mike Wiemers with Asta Hospitality, which also owns Dickey's BBQ on Upward Road and Huddle House in Asheville.

Surf N Brew had originally opened as Shuck N Brew Oyster Bar, but the restaurant closed briefly and re--opened in early July as Surf N Brew after an issue over trademark, etc.with an existing franchise in Wilmington, N.C.and under terms of a restraining order signed by a Superior Court judge in New Hanover County, N.C.

 

 

 

 

 

PARDEE RECEIVED $750 THOUSAND BEQUEST

PARDEE RECEIVED $750 THOUSAND BEQUEST

TO ASSURE A STEADY STEAM OF INCOME TO HELP MEET THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY   

Pardee Hospital Foundation announced today that its board of directors will honor the recent $750,000 bequest received from the late Ms. Elizabeth Warrick, a Henderson County resident, by creating a permanent legacy.
“Ms. Warrick’s gift presents an extraordinary opportunity for us,” said Amy Treece, chairman of the Pardee Hospital Foundation board. “With this gift, we will launch the Pardee Foundation Endowment Fund. The Pardee Foundation Endowment Fund will be a sustainable investment resource that will eventually create a steady stream of income to finance new and exciting opportunities for Pardee UNC Health Care far into the future.”

"We are humbled and gratified by Ms. Warrick’s gift," said Kim Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. "She quietly left a legacy of health and wellness, and as an endowment, it will serve our community for many years to come.”

By establishing the Pardee Foundation Endowment Fund, the Foundation is seeking to create permanent principal that will be invested for growth, and from which the board, each year, may direct earned income to support creative health care initiatives as they arise.

“We want to celebrate Mrs. Warrick’s generosity with thoughtful stewardship and careful investment, inspiring others to join us in developing a long-term health care funding resource for our patients and our community,” said Hinkelman. “Starting with this extraordinary gift, we hope the entire community will see the value in our Endowment Fund and contribute to its growth.”

For more information on the Pardee Foundation Endowment Fund, and how you can make a long-term investment in the health of our community, contact Jim Brewer at 828-233-2710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..