THE ANNUAL "TULIP EXTRAVAGANZA" SET FOR DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE MARCH 15 THROUGH APRIL 15
Eight to ten thousand tulips are about to burst into bloom in downtown Hendersonville according to master gardener, Scott Johnson. “The bulbs we planted in the fall should be in full bloom the third and fourth week of March,” said Johnson recently. This annual floral display spurred Narnia Studios owner, Barbara Hughes, to the decision to invite the community to the an annual celebration she dubbed “Tulip Extravaganza”. Krista Hare of Goldcrafting by Phillips & Co. felt is was a great opportunity to welcome area residents to enjoy spring in downtown Hendersonville. “The planters and flower beds on Main Street are beautiful year round, but in the spring they are especially showy,” said Hare.
The “Tulip Extravaganza” is scheduled for March 15-April 15, which includes the week prior to Easter, April 16, and encompasses Passover, April 10-18, this year. Many of the shops will be holding their annual ‘spring cleaning’ sidewalk sale on April 7 and 8 during the height of the spring color. The downtown businesses hope residents will bring their out-of-town guests for a week of shopping and dining. “Downtown Hendersonville is such a treasure to Western North Carolina. We anticipate as many visitors as tulips!” said Barbara Hughes, owner of Narnia Studios. Hughes also said the businesses will each have unique ways to welcome the crowds and spring. “Many businesses will have tulip-themed displays in their windows as well as offering their spring specials,” Hughes added.
Also, the 15th Annual “Tulip Extravaganza” photo contest is always fun. All photos entered must be taken in downtown Hendersonville and the deadline to enter is April 14. The winners will be announced April 18.
For more information about the “Tulip Extravaganza”, call Hughes at 697-6393.
NEW STREETSCAPE ARTWORK COMING TO DOWNTOWN HENDERSDONVILLE
THE BANNERS WILL BEGING APPEARING ON MAIN STREET THE WEEK OF APRIL 2ND
Participants have been selected for ArtScapes Hendersonville 2017–Where Art Meets the Sky, Hendersonville's first ArtScape Banner exhibition planned for downtown.
The artists are: Diane Dean, Henri Boyea, Edward Morris, Susan Webb Tregay, Kathy Amspacher, Walt Cottingham, Bobbie Polizzi, Tina Duncan, Didi Salvatierra, Keith Berner, Walter Arnold, Frances Hudelson, Alexander Hall, Elizabeth McAfee, Linda Hunter, Elisa Devera, Ashley Spero, Simone Wood, Beverly Kies, Miriam Hughes, Cynthia Moser, Travis Berning, Gary Maxey, Sandee Setliff, John Anderson, Don Osterberg, Susan Barrett, Deborah Johnson, Diane Southen, Jason Lydic, Cynthia Wilson, Cathyann Burgess, Rebecca Gottesman, Marilyn Bailey, Jeff Pittman, Marian Congdon, Alison Chism, Phil Arrington, Sharon Lee and Fred McMullen.
The banners will start to appear in historic downtown Hendersonville the week of April 2, with a Grand Reveal Reception to be held Friday, April 7 from 5-7:30 p.m. at two local art galleries just down the street from one another. More details will be released at a later time.
Henderson county artists and artisans, 18 years and older, were invited to participate in this juried art competition. Selected artwork will be reproduced on 40 banners that will then hang on posts on Hendersonville’s Main Street and avenues for a year beginning in April.
The artwork will be professionally photographed and digitally transferred directly onto 36-inch-by-24-inch vinyl banners, with an image size of approximately 24-inches-by- 24-inches. The artist’s work and name will appear on both sides of the banners along with that of the sponsor of the banner.
PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT LOCATING SUSPECTS IN THE PHOTOS
FELONY AND MISDEMEANOR CHARGES OF KILLING AN ANIMAL BY STARVATION AND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
APPROXIMATELY 40 ANIMALS WERE REMOVED FROM THE RESIDENCE ON MAXWELL ROAD EARLIER THIS WEEK
Animal Enforcement deputies from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office are requesting assistance locating Sandy Jean Fore age 56 and Robert Bryan Fore age 60 of 54 Maxwell Drive, Fletcher, NC.
The Fore’s have apparently left the area with their nine-year-old grandson and maybe headed to Texas. They are charged with two felony counts each of Killing an Animal by Starvation and four felony counts each of Cruelty to Animals. They also have two misdemeanor warrants each for Cruelty to Animals with more charges possible as the investigation continues.
Sandy Fore may be using the alias of Jeannie Fore or Jeannie Hughes. Robert Bryan Fore may be using the alias of Tommy Fore. Sandy Fore surrendered 40 dogs and cats on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from the residence on Maxwell Drive.
Should anyone have information concerning their whereabouts, please contact the Henderson County Sheriff's Office at 828-697-4911.
An 84-year old pilot walked away refusing medical treatment after his small plane clipped some trees and power lines just off Lanning Road near Edneyville Thursday afternoon.
The Edneyville Fire Chief said the pilot had a small landing steip nearby, and the plane was registered to Irland Brown.
Some ladies who live nearby heard the crash and went to help. The small plane had been hanging in the trees and power lines then fell to the ground, after which the pilot pushed the door open, got out and made it to his neighbor’s mailbox.
That’s the second small plane incident with no injuries in a week near Hendersonville. One made an emergency landing last Saturday on the seventh fairway at the Hendesonville County Club.
(Photo from News 13)
"THE PROBLEM IS WE'RE REALLY NOT REPEALING ALL OF OBAMACARE."
Despite increasing pressure from the White House and congressional leaders, Rep. Mark Meadows isn’t backing down from his opposition to House Republicans’ legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, seeking significant changes to bring conservatives on board.
Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, and conservative colleagues in both the House and Senate have raised major objections in the days following the release of the long-awaited health care replacement, putting in question Republicans’ ability to pass the legislation. They’ve shown no reluctance to voice their objections, publicly criticizing the bill and signaling a willingness to vote against it without fixes.
The North Carolina congressman, in an interview with RealClearPolitics in his office on Capitol Hill Wednesday, said his problems with the bill are multifaceted: he considers the tax credits to help people afford health insurance a government entitlement program; he doesn’t support leaving the Medicaid expansion in place for several years; and he doesn’t believe the bill will do much to lower insurance premiums.
RealClearPolitics' interview with Meadows, the seventh episode in RCP's The First 100 Days series, is available in a podcast here. It includes RealClearPolicy Editor Tony Mills' talk with Jonathan Rauch of the Atlantic.
“For a Republican, this looks like it’s a new entitlement program and has the potential of being the largest entitlement program that a Republican president would ever sign into law,” Meadows said. “The problem is we’re really not repealing all of Obamacare and we’re really not replacing components with any distinctions.”
Republican leaders and the White House have stepped up the pressure campaign, dispatching high level administration officials to Capitol Hill to meet with conservatives. Members of the Freedom Caucus will visit the White House next week to discuss the bill over pizza and bowling.
Leadership has also tried to blunt the opposition by painting the bill as a major victory. Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday called it a “conservative wish list” and “monumental, exciting, conservative reform.”
And in a private meeting of House Republicans Wednesday morning, whip Steve Scalise put up a picture of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi attacking Republicans’ health care bill side-by-side with a picture of Trump praising it. The message to conservatives was straightforward: a vote against this bill, when it arrives on the floor, is a vote for Obamacare.
Meadows rejected the binary as a “false choice.”
“To suggest that this is the only plan, and this is a choice, as the whip would say, between Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump ... is putting Donald Trump in a very bad place,” Meadows said. “They’re using that as a selling point, but I can tell you that the last person that wants to be in a fight with president Trump is me. Most of these people that are out there doing that, they didn’t campaign with him. I did.”
Meadows did more than a dozen events with Trump during the campaign, according to a spokeswoman, and at an event in North Carolina in July, he even led a crowd in a “lock her up” chant, according to the Washington Post. And his colleague, Rep. Jim Jordan, the former chairman of the Freedom Caucus who is also against the current GOP health care plan, campaigned with both Trump, Vice President Pence and Trump’s sons Don Jr. and Eric in Ohio.
“I find it interesting that the very people that had the biggest problem with this president are now supposedly going to point to the Freedom Caucus, when most of us — Jim Jordan and I, specifically — campaigned with the president in our homes states of Ohio and North Carolina when other members couldn’t be found,” Meadows said. “Now all of the sudden, there’s a choice between Nancy and Donald Trump? I don’t get it.”
Meadows said he has a good relationship with Trump – though he has an old cell phone number for the notoriously available president, and hasn’t tried it since his inauguration. He said several weeks ago, Trump called him out of the blue to check in, without twisting his arm over anything.
“It was a memorable moment for me just because he was willing to just pick up the phone, the most important person on the globe, calls to just check on me and had no ask,” he said. “That’s the kind of genuine guy [he is].”
AT A REDUCED COST
City of Hendersonville offers Rain Barrels through New Program
The City of Hendersonville is pleased to announce we are now offering “Ivy” rain barrels through our new rain barrel program. The barrels will be available at a discounted price encouraging all residents to conserve precious water resources as well as to protect water quality. You may order rain barrels online at: http://www.rainwatersolutions.com/products/hendersonville
The rain barrels can be purchased directly through the program’s website using a credit card. There will also be a limited number of rain barrels on the day of the sale as a first come first served basis. The normal retail is $99.00 but through this special promotion they are only $68.00. Order now for a May 27th or May 28th pick up in Hendersonville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grey Hosiery Mill Parking Lot: 301 Fourth Ave. East, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
“The City of Hendersonville is committed to protecting our water quality and managing storm water runoff. This program is an important step toward protecting clean water in our community because it offers an inexpensive and proven option to help people make a difference in their own backyards. Rain Barrels offer a number of benefits to the community and residents including reducing storm water runoff pollution from residential lots, allowing residents to store and use rainwater for irrigation and gardening during times of drought, lowering water bills, and reducing the demand on municipal water treatment and supply.” – Michael Huffman, Stormwater Quality Specialist
The rain barrel captures rainwater from roof-tops by connecting to the homes downspout. This water would typically be sent down the storm drain carrying potential contaminants and contributing to flash flooding. The cumulative effect of rain barrels implemented throughout a geographic area can have a significant impact on storm water management and water quality. Water collected by the rain barrels can be used for gardens, lawns, and washing cars or pets.
For more information on the City of Hendersonville rain barrel program or to order a rain barrel, please visit: http://www.rainwatersolutions.com/products/hendersonville
Ivy rain barrel features:
• Made in the USA!
• 50% recycled plastic
• Dimensions 42.5”H x 22” W x 18” L
• Child proof, bug proof lid
• Best-in-class overflow set up
• 3/4" ball valve easily connects to garden hose
• Two rain barrels easily fit in the backseat of a mid-sized sedan
• All parts included and ready to set up
• Gravity fed. No pumps required
• Link two or more IVY’s together using your existing overflow hose
DELAYED FOR 30 DAYS TO FIND WAYS TO CUT THE COST
After hearing from over a dozen citizens and taxpayers concerned with the high cost, among other things, of the commissioner-approved new $20 million law enforcement training center, county commissioners Monday night voted to delay approval of schematics and final plans for the facility and instructed the architect to find ways to cut the costs of it.
Commissioner Bill Lapsley made a motion to delay approval for 100 delays…then modified his motion to delay it all for 30 days.
Lapsley shared the concern of some of those who addressed the commissioners over the $20 million price tag. He also expressed concern over the lukewarm response from other area law enforcement agencies to the county’s recent reported attempt to “market” the new facility to help pay for it. And he pointed out there had been no offers for help paying for it on the state level from Representative McGrady and Senator Edwards.
There were also some concerns expressed Monday night about building that facility on the campus at Blue Ridge Community College---the facility will contain indoor firing ranges.
In the county’s budget for the current fiscal year, the commissioners raised the county’s property tax rate by five cents and committed a penny of that increase to pay for the law enforcement training center, paying for it at the rate of $1.28 million per year for the next 20 years.
The facility, as proposed and approved earlier by commissioners, would include a 49 thousand square foot L-shaped building with indoor firing ranges, classrooms, a gym, and a one thousand square foot back-up 911 center---to be built on one acre on the community college campus.
Previous attempts to find property for an outdoor firing range all failed to win the approval of the commissioners after complaints and opposition from nearby property owners.
By Larry Freeman
NO EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND
Authorities confirmed Monday that there was no bomb in the suspicious package at the Hendersonville Walmart.
The Henderson County Sheriff's Department confirmed that deputies had responded to a "suspicious package" at the Hendersonville Walmart that city officials wanted them to check out.
Major Frank Stout says that the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team used standard procedures to check out the suspicious package.
He tells said that there were no threats with the package, but deputies were assist with x-ray and safe distance protocols until they know for sure what it is.
Some stores nearby were briefly evacuated.
A NEW $2.6 MILLION SANCTUARY
A historic Fletcher congregation prepares for major renovation. Fletcher United Methodist Church, which was founded in 1854, will break ground on a $2.6 million new sanctuary.
The ceremony is scheduled for Sunday March 12 at 4 pm near the current sanctuary at 50 Library Road, next to the Fletcher Public Library.
“The church moved to this site in 1928, where we are fortunate to have room to grow,” says the Pastor, Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray. “The new sanctuary will double the capacity of the congregation, which has been growing steadily for the past decade.”
Fletcher United Methodist Church is also home of SonShine Preschool, which provides quality early childhood education to 80 students.
The new church project was designed by Asheville’s Arca Design, with Beverly-Grant of Asheville serving as general contractor.
NO ONE WAS INJURED TWO DAYS AGO
The Valley Hill Fire Department assistant chief confirms that a pilot made an emergency landing on the grounds of a Hendersonville Country Club Saturday morning.
After taking off from the Hendersonville Airport, the plane's motor seized up. The pilot took emergency precautions and landed at the country club safely....on the seventh fairway.
No one was harmed in the incident.