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IT'S 100 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY FOR MILLER'S FINE DRYCLEAING
2015 marks the 100th Anniversary for Millers Fine Drycleaning. To celebrate, Millers is continuing the tradition of giving back to the community. In June, Miller’s implemented two different promotions, one giving back to customers and one giving back to non-profits in Henderson County.
The promotion for customers is a drawing for a year’s worth of free dry cleaning. To enter, customers complete an entry form at either Miller’s location. One winner will be drawn from all entries in December 2015. The winner is eligible for up to $1,200.00 in free dry cleaning to be redeemed in 2016.
For the community promotion, Miller’s is giving $500 each month (June - November) to a nominated Henderson County non-profit. To vote, add Miller’s Fine Drycleaning as a friend on Facebook and follow the instructions on how to nominate. Miller’s will close the campaign at the end of each month and choose the charity that received the most posts during the month. The charity must be a registered 501(c)3 in Henderson County, North Carolina. A charity can only win one time.
The non-profit nominated the most in June and the winner of the first $500 prize is Only Hope WNC.
Only Hope exists to serve the homeless youth of WNC by providing a home and services where education, personal growth, and opportunity are supported and encouraged. Only Hope strives to promote the value of education, honor individuality and diversity, nurture respect for self and others, and provide hope for young people in need in the community.
“We are truly grateful for Miller’s consideration for the community and that OnlyHope was awarded this donation. Together we can and will end youth homelessness in Henderson County,” said Michael Absher, Executive Director of Only Hope WNC.
For more information on OnlyHopeWNC visit onlyhopewnc.org or call 828-693-5499. Miller’s Drycleaning is located at 423 N. King Street with a second location at 1620 Brevard Road. Visit millerscleaners.com.
The chaining, or “tethering”, of a dog inside the City of Hendersonville has long been an issue City Council has had to deal with. And Thursday night…Council voted unanimously to limit the amount of time a dog can be chained to no more than 2 hours in a 12 hour period.
The minimum age for chaining or tethering puppies was also raised from 4 to 6 months.
City Manager John Connet wants enforcement of the new time limit on chaining dogs delayed until January 1. Enforcement of the limit, he points out, will be mostly complaint driven and should be evaluated on a “case by case” basis.
Caroline Gunter, a board member at the Blue Ridge Humane Society, described City Council’s action Thursday night as a “….victory for animal welface”. And the society’s executive director, Lutrelle O’Cain, expressed gratitude to City Council for “…placing value on the lives of animals.”
The police department had 10 complaints of animal tethering last year, and plans to include enforcement of the new limits into their field training. Violating the time limit could involve financial repercussions or even potential jail time.
But at the urging of City Council Member Jeff Miller, the point was made that citizens will be offered some latitude.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 7/3/15 2am
Historic Hendersonville, NC
July 13, 2015
Every Monday Night
201 South Main Street
Don’t miss the 97th Annual Street Dance on Monday, July 13, featuring Walt Puckett as Caller, Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition and Mountain Thunder Cloggers. The Street Dance has been a favorite tradition in Hendersonville, ever since the citizens took to the streets to welcome home the soldiers from WWI.
Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition is a 5-piece bluegrass band based in Asheville, NC. Members are Bobby Anderson on Banjo, Jim Turpin on Mandolin, Gene Burns on Guitar, Nick Dauphinais on Bass, and Rich Inman on Fiddle. They play crowd-favorites such as “Rocky Top,” “Salty Dog,” “Tennessee Waltz,” and “John Henry.” The band incorporates some great original songs in their shows. They’re not afraid to include crossover material from artists such as Hank Williams, Bob Dylan Chuck Berry, and many others into their well-defined, classic sound.
Mountain Thunder Cloggers are Western North Carolina’s largest recreational precision clogging team. They have performed at many regional festivals including Bele Chere, the NC Mountain State Fair, Farm City Day, and the North Carolina Apple Festival.
Bring a chair; admission is free. Enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing every Monday through August 10 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Visitors Center, 201 South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Audience seating area opens after 5:30pm; early admission is strictly prohibited. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. No alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers allowed.
At 6:30 pm, caller Walt Puckett will teach audience members some basic Appalachian square dance steps, so everyone can join in the fun.
In case of inclement weather the dance will be postponed until 8:00pm; if the weather does not improve by 8:00pm the performance will be cancelled.
The Street Dance is an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.
Street Dance Sponsors:
Burger King, Firehouse Sub, & Henderson County Visitor Center
Pardee UNC Healthcare recently announced that it will be the presenting sponsor for the 1st Annual Fall into Flat Rock 5K and Family Fun day. The event, located at The Park at Flat Rock, will take place on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.
The 5K race begins at 9am and takes place on the scenic park nature trail. A fun walk is also available. To register, visit active.com. (Tshirts included!!)
The Family Fun Day will begin at 10:30 and continue through 3pm. There is no admission charge. A variety of events and entertainment will include:
Tai Chi demonstrations
“We are proud to partner with the Village of Flat Rock to support this exciting new event,” says Jay Kirby, President and CEO of Pardee. “Part of our mission at Pardee UNC Healthcare is to support activities and events that promote healthy lifestyles. The Park at Flat Rock definitely does just that. In our more than 60 years of serving this community, Pardee has played an integral role in promoting the health and well-being of Henderson County’s residents.”
Pardee is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information about Pardee Hospital visit www.pardeehospital.org, or visit pardeeselect.org for assistance in finding a physician.
The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina to help raise the funds required to fulfill the vision of a signature municipal park for the community. That vision includes opportunities for recreation, health, and education for all generations while preserving the natural beauty that draws visitors from far and wide to Western North Carolina.
This week, the WHKP HOMETOWN HERO is Tom Wilson, former principal of Hendersonville High School and current apple grower in Henderson County. Link to Full Story
McDonald's is set to reopen their newly remodeled store on Four Seasons Boulevard in Hendersonville. According to the Edwards Group, local franchisee, there will be two drive-thru order stations. They are currently taking applications for additionall employees at their Spartanburg Highway location.
BURGLARIES, LARCENIES, MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS ALL DOWN IN HENDERSONVILLE IN 2014
The Hendersonville Police Department received their annual, Uniform Crime Report, from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). The SBI collects crime data through the North Carolina Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program which is part of a nationwide effort administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The UCR program’s primary objective is to generate a reliable set of criminal statistics for law enforcement operations. UCR data also gives the state and the nation information on fluctuations in the level of reported crimes. This is a voluntarily submission of data to the SBI on the crimes reported in respective jurisdictions. The UCR Program divides offenses into two classifications: Part 1 includes murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Part 1 offenses, excluding negligent manslaughter and arson, are used to calculate the Crime Index and Crime Rate. This report includes 2013 and 2014 crime data submitted by the Police Department to the SBI. The recent report shows that crime rates have dropped in all but one of the 6 categories for the city of Hendersonville.
For examples, the 2013 statistics indicated Hendersonville had 113 burglaries. The 2014 statistics reports Hendersonville had 66. The 2013 statistics for larcenies in the city were 691. The 2014 statistics reports Hendersonville had 459. Motor vehicle thefts (which include mopeds and motorcycles) indicated a reduction to 29 in 2014 from 47 in 2013.
Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake said, "An ideal community exists when the police and citizens work together to reduce crime or to prevent crime from happening in the first place. We believe we have positive relations with all of our communities. The release of this information also affords us ideal timing to convey some helpful crime prevention suggestions to our city."
Chief Blake said, " For example, just within the past weeks, some people are leaving their vehicles unlocked throughout the city. At times the vehicles’ windows are also left down; resulting in them becoming an easy target for larcenies from their vehicles. Again, public safety is a joint effort that involves the public. Citizens can refuse to be an easy victim by securing their automobiles; and by not leaving anything of value in them."
Chief Blake added, "If someone calls you and tells you that you won a prize in a contest that you did not enter, but you have to pay some sought of fee to claim the prize; you didn’t win a prize. Hang your phone up; and don’t share any personal information with that caller. Finally, to help prevent burglaries, please remember that burglars tend to look for crimes of opportunity. They pick what appears to be an easy target. So always keep your doors and windows locked day and night. Try not to leave your garage door open. Finally, bad policing by some police departments and their officers in other jurisdictions has significantly tainted how many citizens throughout our country view police today."
Blake summarized, " But Iconfidently believe that the Hendersonville Police Department is staffed with a team of very professional, well trained, and deeply committed public servants that choose to serve in this city. Along with our many observant and civic minded citizens, I think our staff’s efforts are reflected in this recent overall reduction in part one crime as reported in this latest UCR.”
In an effort to deal with crime and neighborhood dis-orders on Hendersonville's east side, along Seventh Avenue East, in Green Meadows, and along Woodcock Avenue...Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake has announced what he calls an "ACE Initiative", meaning Aggressive Community Enhancement.
Chief Blake says the police department has been responding to many calls in that area in recent months. The calls, he says, involve everything from domestic violence, to drugs, to gunshots being fired, to loitering. Blake said he had been reluctant to take more aggressive police action, and had been hoping the community itself would be able to clean it up. But, says Blake, the community has not done so...so the police will become more aggressive there.
This ACE Initiative, he says, involves assigning four or five Hendersonville Police offciers especially to the neighborhood for enhanced patroling and visibility.
The chief said this had been requested for some time by businesses and others on the east side. And he said already, the initiative is getting results. These "assigned" officers and the Aggressive Community Enhancement has enabled police to catch those in that specific community with warrants currently out of them, with stolen vehicles, those who are involved in various narcotics violations, and others.
Chief Blake said the initiative is working...and he told WHKP News that it will continue indefinitely.
By Larry Freeman
The City of Hendersonville, Historic Seventh Avenue District, and The Hendersonville Rescue Mission are working together to improve the conditions for the day-labor workers.
Beginning this week all day-labor workers will be directed to wait for pick up from local contractors at, The Christian Outreach Ministries located at 628 7th Avenue East in Hendersonville.
This move will provide the day-labor workers with restrooms and cover in poor weather conditions. All contractors are encouraged to look for the workers at the new center.
For questions or additional information please contact the City at 828-697-3025