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THIS YEAR'S APPLE FESTIVAL WILL CARRY A NEW LOGO

THIS YEAR'S APPLE FESTIVAL WILL CARRY A NEW LOGO

NC APPLE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES NEW FESTIVAL LOGO FOR 2017

Festival Executive Director David Nicholson announed this week that, "We are pleased to present our logo for the 71st North Carolina Apple Festival."

"This year’s logo was designed by our President, Lee Henderson-Hill, along with NC Printing of Hendersonville, NC. We will feature the logo on our limited addition t-shirts, which will be printed by NC Printing and other merchandise offerings." 

President Hill issued the following statement concerning the logo.

"We are excited to release the 2017 NC Apple festival logo. The logo captures all that North Carolina, the apple season and fall harvest is about. The red cardinal has special significance to North Carolina as the state bird but it was also my late grandmother, Reba Prince’s favorite bird so cardinals hold a special place in the heart of me and my family. The apple blossoms signify that start of the growing season and the beautiful grouping of apples reflect the abundant harvest after many weeks of laboring in the fields.
The logo harkens back to the great artwork you would find on the wooden shipping crates that were used to transport apples all across the United States. Many of you may have some dusty treasures of your grandparents somewhere in your basements.

Come join us at the 71st Annual North Carolina Apple Festival as we celebrate the bountiful, healthy harvest of delicious locally grown apples."

For additional information concerning the North Carolina Apple Festival, please contact David Nicholson, Executive Director
828-606-5628 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A PUBLIC "CELEBRATION OF LIFE" SET FOR 4-6PM TUESDAY AT THE CEDARS---FOR DR. WILLIAM A. "DOC" LAMPLEY

A PUBLIC "CELEBRATION OF LIFE" SET FOR 4-6PM TUESDAY AT THE CEDARS---FOR DR. WILLIAM A. "DOC" LAMPLEY

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED   

A PHYSICIAN WHO CARED FOR PATIENTS IN THE HENDERSONVILLE AREA FOR WELL OVER A THIRD OF A CENTURY, DR. WILLIAM LAMPLEY, HAS DIED.  A SPOKESMAN FOR THOMAS SHEPHERD AND SON FUNERAL DIRECTOR CONFIRMED FOR WHKP NEWS THAT THEY ARE HANDLING ARRANGMENTS FOR DR. LAMPLEY WHO DIED JUNE 1ST.  THE SPOKSMAN INDICATED THERE WILL BE PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICES IN ADDITION TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE ON TUESDAY.   

(WHKP Facebook and Hendersonville Lightning photos)

In a story on his life, work, and service to the Hendersonville community, the Hendersonville Times-News wrote in November 1910:

"Lampley worked as a general surgeon at Pardee Hospital from its inception in 1953 until his retirement 20 years ago.

“I run into people all the time who remember being my patient,” Lampley says. “I think that’s the most satisfying thing I get after 37 years there is to hear people are happy with the work I’ve done.”

During his career, Doc served as a Navy medical officer during World War II, as medical examiner for Henderson County and as the longtime team physician for Hendersonville High School’s basketball and football teams.

Born in Greenville, S.C., Lampley moved to Hendersonville with his family when he was 3 years old."

More from the Times-News article on Dr. Lampley from November 1980---

"Lampley stays active and full of good humor, despite losing his left leg some years ago mto arterial sclerosis.

He keeps his hands busy with woodworking, caning chairs, stamp collecting and electrical work — and has not ruled out the possibility of trying hang gliding.

“I always said I wouldn’t hang glide or sky dive — I’ve changed my mind about the hang gliding but haven’t done it yet,” Lampley says with a smile.

His passions have led him to take up flying planes, water- and snowskiing and taking photographs.

“I’ve tried a little bit of most everything,” Lampley says."

Again, long-time and much loved Hendersonville Dr., Bill Lampley...is dead...at the age of 96.  Indications are there will be private family services, but full arrangements are incomplete.

 

 

JULY 19TH:  ONE OF THE MOST TRAGIC EVENTS IN RECENT HENDERSON COUNTY HISTORY:  COMMEMORATION SET FOR PIEDMONT FLIGHT 22 CRASH

JULY 19TH: ONE OF THE MOST TRAGIC EVENTS IN RECENT HENDERSON COUNTY HISTORY: COMMEMORATION SET FOR PIEDMONT FLIGHT 22 CRASH

ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MID-AIR COLLISION AND CRASH    

11:30AM IN FRONT OF THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE ON JULY 19TH   

82 DIED IN THE COLLISION AND CRASH   

THAT GRANITE MARKER COMMEMORATING THE CRASH AND EACH OF THE VICTIMS STANDS ABOUT 100 YARDS WEST OF SITE OF THE CRASH IN THE PARKING LOT OF UNITED FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AT 101 JACK STREET IN HENDERSONVILLE   

Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Crash of Piedmont Airlines Flight 22
July 19, 2017

Hendersonville, NC—On July 19, 1967 at 12:01pm Piedmont Airlines Flight 22, a Boeing 727, and a Cessna 310 were involved in a midair collision over Hendersonville, NC. All occupants of Flight 22, including 74 passengers and five crew members, along with the three occupants of the Cessna were killed. The Cessna disintegrated in the air and the Boeing 727 crashed in a wooded area between Interstate 26 and Camp Pinewood. Hundreds of people witnessed the collision and crash.

The rescue squad, county fire departments, police, sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel responded immediately. The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes and Rescue Squad members began the grim task of searching the dense smoke-filled woods for survivors. It quickly became apparent that there were none. The Henderson County Rescue Squad let the recovery efforts with assistance from over 400 volunteers from throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.

It was through the first responders’ sacrifice and dedication to service that Henderson County was able to recover. Federal officials gave high praise to the responding Fire and Law Enforcement departments and the Rescue Squad for their organization and professionalism. The Henderson County Rescue Squad received commendations from the US Senate, Piedmont Airlines, the US Department of Transportation and the Governor for the Volunteers’ bravery during the disaster.

The Henderson County Heritage Museum, in conjunction with the Henderson County Rescue Squad, will conduct a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the crash on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11:30am in front of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Hendersonville. The public is invited to attend this free event. Speakers will honor the 82 lives lost in the crash and also honor the emergency response from Henderson County and Western North Carolina. Paul Houle, author of The Crash of Piedmont Airlines Flight 22: Completing the Record of the 1967 Midair Collision near Hendersonville, North Carolina, will also speak about the crash and the improvements made in airline safety as a result. There will also be a display of historic photos from the event, video accounts from eye witnesses and a piece of fused metal from the crash.

According to Mark Shepherd, Captain, Henderson County Rescue Squad, “This was one of the largest disasters ever to hit Western North Carolina. It also caused one of the largest emergency responses in area history.”

The following historical photographs are available from the Associated Press per your editorial agreement: 670719020 & 6707190309.

Henderson County Heritage Museum

The Henderson County Heritage Museum, found within the Henderson County Historic Courthouse, seeks to preserve history and a sense of place. Consisting of six rooms, approximately 2000 square feet, the Museum spaces are designed for flexibility, capability, and versatility. This Museum collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits a collection of historical and cultural artifacts. This Museum promotes appreciation for the people who have created and developed this county.

The Heritage Museum partners with other organizations that focus on “history and community” and provides services, upon request, to groups and individuals. The Heritage Museum is open Wed-Sat 10-5 and Sun 1-5. Admission is free.

LOCAL HOME SCHOOL GRADUATION HONORS STUDENTS

LOCAL HOME SCHOOL GRADUATION HONORS STUDENTS

The Henderson County Homeschool Association honored their 2017 graduates in a ceremony this week at First Baptist Church. The students recognized were:

Caleb Arnold, Tristan Auman, Bayli Bayne, Emily Capps, Ellen George, Hannah Goodson, Rebecca Hart, Tiffany Katsch, Kelly McCall, Merriah McCall, Hunter McCall, Reagan Murtagh, Emily Pethtel, Victoria Raymond, Lucas Webb, Lauren Worley, Aja Yorro.

After the ceremony, which included an address by Mr. Josh Sexton as well as biographical videos of the graduates, family and friends gathered for a reception to celebrate the event. HCHA extends it congratulations to these young adults and their families for reaching this milestone in their education.

FOUR YOUNG ATHLETES GET FIRST MICKEY MARVIN SCHOLARSHIPS

FOUR YOUNG ATHLETES GET FIRST MICKEY MARVIN SCHOLARSHIPS

It was a special ceremony in Hendersonville this past week as four outstanding student athletes were awarded with the first ever Mickey Marvin scholarships, each valued at $3,000.

he students and their families gathered for the special ceremony, but the athletes didn't know until they arrived that they would be receiving the awards.

Damien Murphy from North Henderson, Alexander Browning from West Henderson, Christopher Fuge from East Henderson and Jhon Salguero from Hendersonville are this year's recipients.

All four of these student athletes represent the character of the late Mickey Marvin.

WHKP is proud to be an original sponsor of the Micket Marvin Scholarship.

 

 

CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS FY 17-18 BUDGET---CITY PROPERTY TAXES GO UP A PENNY JULY 1

CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS FY 17-18 BUDGET---CITY PROPERTY TAXES GO UP A PENNY JULY 1

COUNCIL REMAINS SPLIT ON SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR NEW HHS...3 TO 2 IN FAVOR...MUST VOTE AGAIN IN JULY  

"MOU" FOR DOWNTOWN HOTEL/GREY'S HOSIERY MILL DELAYED UNTIL JULY   

In their meetuing Thursday night, Hendersonville city council approved the a $38.7 million budget for FY 17-18. City Manager John Connet presented the new operating budget to the City Council during a meeting Thursday evening. The budget, which goes into effect at the start of the fiscal year July 1, sets the tax rate at 47 cents per $100 of property valuation, a 1-cent increase from last year.

Municipal district taxes for Main Street and Seventh Avenue will remain at 28 and 12 cents respectively per $100 of property valuation.

The budget was adopted unanimously by the council following the public hearing without discussion.

In that new budget, the city's water and sewer fund is balanced at $21 million, with a $5.7 million fund balance appropriation.

The budget includes the following water and sewer rate increases: a 1.5-percent raise for outside city limits customers and a 2-percent increase for inside customers.

This will increase water rates for the average 5,000-gallon residential user inside the city by 42 cents per month, 58 cents for sewer. Outside customers with similar usage will see a 52-cent increase per month for water, 64 cents for sewer. Commercial and industrial users will see a larger increase.

City council remains split on the issue of a special use permit for the proposed new Hendersonville High School campus., 

Similar to the May vote, the council voted 3-2 to adopt the findings of fact regarding a special use permit for the new campus.  Councilman Jerry Smith and Councilman Ron Stephens voted against, with Mayor Barbara Volk and Steve Caraker and Jeff Miller voting in favor.

But because the vote was not a 4-1 or 5-0 supermajority, the council must vote again at the July 6 meeting to adopt the document.

And a "memorandum of understanding" between the city and Belmont Sayre to develop the Grey Hosiery Mill into a downtown hotel was delayed until the council’s July meeting.  City Manager John Connet said the memorandum was not ready for the council to approve Thursday

DUKE ENERGY WANTS 15% RATE INCREASE FROM WNC CUSTOMERS

DUKE ENERGY WANTS 15% RATE INCREASE FROM WNC CUSTOMERS

One of Duke Energy’s North Carolina divisions wants to raise electricity rates by an average of 15 percent to pay for system upgrades, conversion to more natural gas and cleaning up coal ash pits.

The nation’s largest electric company filed the request Thursday with state utilities regulators for customers of Duke Energy Progress, which operates in much of eastern North Carolina and Asheville.

A separate request affecting Duke Energy Carolinas customers in Durham and western North Carolina could come before the state Utilities Commission later this year.

Duke Energy Progress last sought a rate increase in 2012, when it wanted an average 14 percent increase for households and 9 percent for commercial and industrial customers.

The utilities commission approved and the state Supreme Court allowed an average 5 percent increase.

 

 

HCSO MAKES MORE FELONY METH ARRESTS

HCSO MAKES MORE FELONY METH ARRESTS

DRUG ARRESTS – HENDERSON COUNTY
June 1, 2017

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a suspicious item being left at a local business. Detectives were able to determine the suspicious item contained approximately 12 grams of methamphetamine. Upon further investigation, the following individuals were arrested:

· Wendy Danielle Presnell (Davis), age 33 of 5554 Old Linville Road in Marion, was charged with:

Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine
Felony Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance
Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Misdemeanor Driving While License Revoked

Presnell (Davis) also had outstanding warrants out of McDowell County. She was released from the Henderson County Jail under a $22,000.00 secured bond.

· Robert William Shook, age 34 of 100 Atkinson Street in Asheville, was charged with:

Felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine
Felony Conspiracy to Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance

Shook also had outstanding warrants out of Buncombe County. He was released from the Henderson County Jail under a $20,000.00 secured bond.

BEAR SIGHTINGS UP THIS SPRING IN WNC

BEAR SIGHTINGS UP THIS SPRING IN WNC

A RECENT BEAR IN A TREE NEAR SUN TRUST BANK IN DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE MAKES THE POINT   

Caitlin Worth, a public affairs officer for the Blue Ridge Parkway, thinks it's a bit of both.
"Spring is a really busy time in our area for bears active along the parkway and our parkway communities, so it's always a good reminder as our visitation increases to remind folks of how to care for bears and care for themselves," Worth says.

The Blue Ridge Parkway tweeted a bear activity alert early this past Wednesday, reminding people to properly store and dispose of anything that might attract a bear.

Worth continues, "It's important to put away all things that smell like food, including toothpaste, soap, the things you cook with, either in a bear box in the campground or in the trunk of your vehicle. Make sure that you clean up any food scraps. Even that half of a burned hot dog in the campfire ring can attract a bear."

If visitors or residents encounter a bear, they're asked to give the creature it's space. If the bear enters a picnic area or campground, pack up all food and get in a car. Never throw food at a bear to make it leave.
Worth also says "people food" isn't good for the bears as it can prematurely rot their teeth and cause other health issues.
"It also makes them more likely to get close to places that are dangerous for them," Worth says. "They're in areas where people are routinely, like campgrounds and picnics areas, they're close to roads, they're digging through garbage."

Close encounters with bears put people at risk of being bitten.

Experts say bears can seem especially voracious this time of year because mother bears are kicking their young out of their dens, and local food sources that bears depend on may not be ready for the bears to eat.

Nantahala National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park have also issued alerts about bear activity in the last few months.

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT LOCATING SUSPECT IN MULTIPLE VEHICLE BREAK-INS

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT LOCATING SUSPECT IN MULTIPLE VEHICLE BREAK-INS

OVER A DOZEN SERIOUS FELONY CHARGES   

ATTEMPT TO LOCATE B&E SUSPECT – HENDERSON COUNTY
May 31, 2017

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Devin Simone Hale. 29 year old Hale has been charged with the following:

11 counts Felony Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle
2 counts Felony Larceny
Conspire to Commit Felonious Larceny
Felony Unlawful Obtaining Credit Card
9 counts Misdemeanor Larceny
Misdemeanor Conspiracy to Commit Financial Card Fraud

The charges stemmed from an investigation involving motor vehicle break-ins occurring on November 9, 2016 in the areas of Springside Drive, Hillcrest Circle, Maywood Road, Willow Brook Road and Lake Circle Drive.

If you have information on Devin Hale, please contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911.