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LOCAL BRIDGES OVER I-26 TO BE REPAIRED

LOCAL BRIDGES OVER I-26 TO BE REPAIRED

 

TWO HENDERSON COUNTY BRIDGES OVER I-26 SCHEDULED FOR REPAIRS

Two bridges along I-26 near mile marker 58 in Henderson County that span Macedonia Road (SR 1834) will receive improvements starting on April 11.

In conjunction with NHM Constructors LLC, the NCDOT will close one of two lanes of westbound traffic between mile markers 57 and 59 at all hours of the day in order to repair the surface of the 48-year-old bridge.

NHM Constructors have until May 16 to complete the project at a cost of $774, 890.

“They're using a tried and true method to provide a smoother surface,” assistant resident engineer Shep Cordray said in a news release Friday. “They will also work to have as little impact on traffic as possible while they're working,”

The eastbound bridge has already received several upgrades and the month-long improvement on this stretch of road will be done underneath the bridge.

Both lanes of traffic headed toward South Carolina are expected to remain open over this stretch during the improvements.

NCDOT reminds motorists along this stretch of I-26 to slow down through the work zone, stay alert while driving and obey construction and speed-limit signs. They should also allow extra time for their travel, especially heading west.

 

MOVIE ABOUT SALUDA'S MUSIC HISTORY TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE

MOVIE ABOUT SALUDA'S MUSIC HISTORY TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE

 

Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions

Oral History Film Documentary to Be Released

 

The oral history film documentary, “Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions”  will be released at a film premiere scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the Party Place and Event Center in Saluda. Admission is free and open to the public. DVDs will be available for sale.

 

The old saying is, “You can’t go home again.” But, maybe you can. The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has been collecting oral histories through audio and video since 2010, primarily from its senior citizens. A common theme relayed during the gathering of these stories is a deep nostalgia for the rich and diverse musical traditions that were once common in Saluda. The HSC has enlisted the help of the Polk County Film Initiative to take these histories, collect a few new ones, and then roll them into a fascinating oral history film documentary that portrays Saluda's rich musical heritage, where the past meets the present. Sure to delight, these recollections include tales of the old time square dances, shape note singing, legendary fiddle makers and players, the influence of the railroad, a ragtime pianist, gospel greats, ballad singers, musical miracles, African-American history, Coon Dog Day, a famous baritone crooner and more. Rolling into the present day, we feature contemporary gospel, old-time and Americana acts, like Saluda’s own Aaron Burdett and some of today's great music venues, including a visit to Studio B at Western NC's famed radio station WNCW. This film will not only appeal to Saluda's people, but to folks from all walks of life who appreciate good stories, music and history, especially from a small mountain town in Western North Carolina. By the way, who says you can’t go home again! We are proud to say that this film is partially supported by the Polk County Community Foundation’s Saluda Fund, the City of Saluda and WNCW, a media sponsor. The Chair of the Historic Saluda Committee, Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, is the Creator and Producer of the project. Associate Producers are Martin Anderson and Carolyn Ashburn with the Historic Saluda Oral History Committee.  From the Polk County Film Initiative, Cinematography and Film Editing was done by Kirk Gollwitzer.  Location Director, First Assistant Camera and Still Photography was provided by Lavin Cuddihee.

 

With a deadline of April 15th, sponsorship opportunities are available for both businesses and individuals. Film sponsors will be listed in the film credits. Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the HSC website atwww.historicsaluda.org. All proceeds go toward future projects.

 

The Historic Saluda Committee was formed by a group of concerned citizens who wished to preserve the historical integrity of the town. The grassroots effort spawned interest from Saluda City officials and in June 2010 the Saluda City Commissioners voted to make the committee an advisory committee to the city and committee members were appointed. The HSC meets on the second Friday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library. The public is welcome. For more information go to www.historicsaluda.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

THE BEARS ARE OUT EARLY THIS SPRING IN WNC

THE BEARS ARE OUT EARLY THIS SPRING IN WNC

STATE WILDIFE OFFICIAL SAY...DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU SEE ONE IN YOUR SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD

Wildlife biologists say bears in western North Carolina are out and about eaqrly this Spring

, beginning their ramblings through woods and neighborhoods ahead of schedule.

 

 

 

Mike Carraway with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission said officials started seeing the bears in the second week of March, partly because of the recent warm weather.

In addition to the bears showing up early, officials say there are a lot more of theom. Carraway said preliminary results from a study show the area’s bear population is growing. The study also shows individual bears are getting fatter and having more cubs because food is so plentiful.

 

 

 

SHERIFF SAYS THEFTS FROM LOCAL MAILBOXES IS ON THE RISE

SHERIFF SAYS THEFTS FROM LOCAL MAILBOXES IS ON THE RISE

 

As a result of increased attention paid to online and internet based frauds, some criminals are reverting to older methods of crime.   Sheriff Charles McDonald says the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has seen a rise in thefts from mailboxes.

 

Below are some recommended steps to help protect your personal and financial identity from being stolen:

 

•             Do not place checks, letters, or packages with your financial information in your mailboxes at home.  The raised flag is a sign to would-be criminals that something of value may be inside.  It is better to mail these items at USPS ‘blue box’ or at the post office. 

 

•             Have financial information or other sensitive mail delivered to a Post Office Box instead of your home mail box.  Criminals will only need to spend a few seconds outside of your home to get access to your accounts or your identity. 

 

•             Request the USPS hold your mail when away from home for extended periods.  This will help disguise your absence and not leave personal information in reach of thieves. 

 

•             Many victims do not know they have be targeted until thousands of dollars turn up missing from their accounts.  If you believe you have been a victim of theft from your mailbox, contact your financial institution so they can be alert for suspicious activity. 

 

Contact your local law enforcement or the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828.697.4911 to file a report. 

 

 

 

 

NC ATTORNEY GENERAL REFUSES TO DEFEND HOUSE BILL 2; APODACA SAYS CHARLOTTE SHOULD PAY FOR THE SPECIAL  LEGISLATIVE SESSION

NC ATTORNEY GENERAL REFUSES TO DEFEND HOUSE BILL 2; APODACA SAYS CHARLOTTE SHOULD PAY FOR THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY ANGRY WITH NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY OVER H B 2   

NC ATTORNEY GENERAL REFUSES TO DO HIS JOB AND DEFND STATE LAW

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Tuesday he would not defend North Carolina House Bill 2…which overturned a Charlotte ordinance allowing transgender individuals to use any public restroom facilities that suits their apparent gender.

The North Carolina General Assembly has been solidly critisizd by the gay and lesbian community, as well as by liberals and the mainstream news media for its overwhelming decision, in both Houses of the General Assembly, to throw out the Charlotte ordinance.

Cities with large gay and lesbian populations like San Francisco, Seattle and New York City have banned ravel for state purposes to North Carolina…and some industries say this may cost millions in trade and tourism money.

Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly are sticking by their guns on this issue.  Senator Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville has suggested that because it was their ordinance that started the whole thing, the City of Charlotte should be forced to pay the he special legislative session that threw out the ordinance…and if they don’t, their state sales tax money should be withheld to cover the cost of the special session..

The president prop tem of the State Senate, Phil Berger, says meanwhile that Attorney General Cooper, a leading Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina this year, should resign as the state’s attorney general if he refuses to defend state law and protect children's safety.

Vy Larry Freeman WHKP

 

 

 

PARDEE'S SPORTS MEDICINE AND ORTHOPEDICS TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION

PARDEE'S SPORTS MEDICINE AND ORTHOPEDICS TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION

 

Pardee Hospital announced today that Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics will open its second Hendersonville location and fifth overall location at 212 Thompson Street on Monday, April 11. The new 5,033-square-foot facility is conveniently located adjacent to Epic Theatres, Pardee Urgent Care and Pardee Rehabilitation & Wellness Center. The practice will specialize in sports medicine, general orthopedics, hand surgery and spine surgery. The location will have on-site digital X-ray and fluoroscopy technology, which obtains real-time moving X-ray images, as well as same-day appointments and a weekday morning walk-in injury clinic.

 

            "We look forward to serving patients at our beautiful new Thompson Street location in Hendersonville," said Al Wallis, CEO of Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. "The new location is larger than our previous King Street facility, so we can serve more patients, and parking is more convenient. We are also pleased to be in close proximity to Pardee Urgent Care as well as physical therapy services at Pardee Rehabilitation & Wellness Center."

 

As a department of Pardee, Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics provides comprehensive sports medicine and orthopedic care for the athletes, students and families in Western North Carolina. The practice is comprised of a team of medical professionals specializing in the treatment and care of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics treats patients at five locations, including two locations in Asheville: Turtle Creek and Mission Pardee Health Campus (MPHC); two locations in Hendersonville: Asheville Highway and Thompson Street (adjacent to Pardee Urgent Care); and Waynesville. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 233-2929 or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

 

           Pardee Hospital 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 or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

 

RESPECT FOR LAW AND ORDER & COMMON THUGS WITH GUNS:  A WHKP STATION EDITORIAL

RESPECT FOR LAW AND ORDER & COMMON THUGS WITH GUNS: A WHKP STATION EDITORIAL

 

COMMON THUGS WITH GUNS

 

 

 

A WHKP Station Editorial

March 28, 2016

You have to wonder…WHEN are law abiding American citizens, ordinary people like you and me, who go to work every day, vote and pay our taxes…going to say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” of our police, deputies, state troopers, and all law enforcement personnel being targets in today’s society for common thugs with guns?

Officers…who put on a badge and carry a gun every day to protect OUR lives and property are being disrespected, ridiculed, falsely accused, and shot at every time some low-life outlaw, of WHATEVER race, color or creed, who cares nothing for himself…and even less for the rest of us…gets caught, questioned, looked at the wrong way, or even on a whim…decides to kill a cop.

Early Easter Sunday morning, a North Carolina state trooper was backing up Lenoir County deputies after a shooting at a nightclub, that’s usually nothing but a breeding ground for violence anyway…when two males ran toward him, one with a gun, refusing to stop or to drop the weapon on the officers command…and THANK GOD…the trooper shot and killed the approaching suspect! The night before, shot had been fired in the Green Meadows community in our OWN town…thankfully it was nothing more.

That “thin blue line” that stands between us and those who rob, rape, loot and kill has gotten precious little respect, acknowledgement, support, or back-up from those currently in power in Washington…and have, in fact, be targeted and put on the defensive by officials we elected…all the way to the top.

And we wonder…WHEN will the American people have enough of this lawlessness and those who let it happen?  When their doors are broken down by home invaders?  When gun shots ring out in thieir quiet neighborhoods?  When their children and grandchildren have their young lives destroyed by drug dealers?  WHEN will the American people say…”ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”?

The FIRST question that should be asked of every candidate running for public office this year is…DO you support law enforcement officers…and will you, if elected, pledge to support their departments and the dirty, nasty, rotten jobs they have to do every day to protect us…whether its from ISIS, street gangs, or just from a common thug with a gun?

Restoring “law and order”…and respect for those who enforce it…should be our top priority this election year,  And no “politically correct” substitute for it should be accepted by any voters, for any office, this year…or ever.

As always, we invite your comments…on our comments.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

 

SHOTS FIRED IN GREEN MEADOWS; SUSPECTS SOUGHT

SHOTS FIRED IN GREEN MEADOWS; SUSPECTS SOUGHT

 

Hendersonville Police are searching for suspects in a shooting in the Green Meadows Community.

The Hendersonville Police Department says shots were fired on Towhee Drive at around 6:50 P.M. on Saturday night.

Police say 26-year-old Zachary Micah Rice of Hendersonville is wanted in connection with the shooting.

They say Rice is wanted for felony probation violation, possessing a firearm while being a felon, and driving on a revoked license.

Rice was last seen driving a newer model silver over black possible Ford Explorer SUV.

Police say Rice is a validated member of the 'Folks Nation' street gang and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities say 19-year-old Christopher Tre Bradley is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting.

They say Bradley should also be considered armed and dangerous.

Police say there are currently no pending warrants on Bradley.

Contact the Hendersonville Police Department at (828) 697-3025 or Crimestoppers at 697-STOP with any information.

 

CARRIAGE PARK DEVELOPER LIKELY FACING FORECLOSURE

CARRIAGE PARK DEVELOPER LIKELY FACING FORECLOSURE

Indications are, the properties owned by the developer of Carriage Park…Dake Hamlin…are up for foreclosure and may be sold on the courthouse steps in the very near future.

Arendale Holdings, a Florida developer and property manager, won a judgement in court recently to foreclose on Hamlin’s Carriage Park property….because Hamlin had failed to repay a $9.7 million loan on land and buildings in Carriage Park and had failed to pay property taxes on over 120 parcels of land in the planned community…the implication being that Hamlin had pocketed earnest money and failed to place it in escrow.

Records indicated Hamlin has constantly reassured Arendale that “…things were going to turn around"and they were going to start selling lots.  But Hamlin’s actual default  came in December of last year.

This foreclosure affects only the Carriage Park sales office, Hamlin’s home and some 21 lots.

Arendale is a high end developer…and an attorney indicated the lender and developer would likely buy the property at the sale.

Hamlin told the Hendersonville Lightning newspaper and web site that he intended to contest the foreclosure, but could not talk about it further.  Additional court actions are likely to come to recover the earnest money.

Carriage Park, on Highway 191, near Mountain Road, is one of the premier planned communities in Henderson County.

Arendale has invested in the western  Carolina area in a big way…including in some of The Cliff’s properties and an upscale development and golf course, High Carolinas, that once involved golfer Tiger Woods.

 

 

 

TOOLEY'S CAFE OWNER INDICTED; CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING FROM AN ELDERLY CUSTOMER AND WITH EXPLOITATION OF ELDERLY ADULT

TOOLEY'S CAFE OWNER INDICTED; CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING FROM AN ELDERLY CUSTOMER AND WITH EXPLOITATION OF ELDERLY ADULT

 

LOCAL D.A. SAYS ADDITIONAL CHARGES AGAINST KIM JUSTICE EXPECTED IN COMING WEEKS; D.A. SAYS MILLIONS WERE STOLEN

Quoting from an article on the Hendersonville Times-News web site on Friday...

"The Henderson County grand jury has indicted the owner of Tooley's Cafe on several embezzlement and elder abuse charges, District Attorney Greg Newman confirmed Friday.

According to online court records, Kim Ellen Justice is charged with four felony counts of embezzlement and with three counts for exploitation of an elder adult. Newman said Justice is accused of taking millions of dollars from an elderly customer.

The indictments were handed down Wednesday, and more charges are expected to be brought in the coming weeks, Newman said.

Justice came in contact with an elderly man who would frequent Tooley's Cafe two years ago and formed a friendship with him, said a source close to the case who asked not to be named.

On Aug. 21, 2014, Thomas Byrne signed over his power of attorney rights to Justice, according to Henderson County register of deeds online records.

Then, over the next several months, Justice began transferring funds from Byrne's bank and investment accounts and taking the money, the source said.

“There are a lot of sad situations with the elderly and criminal activity,” Newman said. “If there's enough to support a charge, then the law enforcement agencies will charge someone.”

After an investigation was completed by the State Bureau of Investigation, authorities determined that there was enough information to bring charges against Justice, Newman added.

When contacted Friday by the Times-News, Justice said she did not want to comment on the charges.

The spokesperson for the State Bureau of Investigation could not be reached Friday because of the Good Friday holiday.

The Henderson County Courthouse also was closed on Friday, so court documents were not available."