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As WHKP News has been reporting, Hendersonville High senior Aleigha Edwards was earlier named the local "Youth of the Year"...and now the Boys & Girls Club statewide organization named her its North Carolina Youth of the Year on Saturday in Greensboro.
Taking the highest honor a member of the local Boys & Girls Club can receive in January, Edwards was named Youth of the Year for Henderson County and moved onto state competition. Her victory at the state level was announced in an item posted on the club's Facebook page.
State winners each receive $1,000 scholarships and will go on to participate in regional competitions. The National Youth of the Year is eligible for a $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the president of the United States.
After she won her local title, Edwards described how the Boys and Girls Club helped her overcome negative peer pressure and feelings of insecurity and emerged from it, “focused, compassionate, empowered and inspired.”
She hopes to study elementary education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Photo by the Hendersonville Times-News
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The Summer Backpack Ministry of the Carolina Baptist Association, will be hosting a fund raising event at the Hendersonville Chick-fil-A on Four Seasons Blvd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1st. NO FOOLING... eat dinner on April Fool's evening and stop by the booth and learn about and help hungry children in Henderson County.
According to George H. Erwin Jr., "There are 13,500 students enrolled in Henderson County Schools and 55% (7,425) are enrolled in the free or reduced cost lunch program. Of these, roughly 700 children receive a food backpack each Friday to help feed them each weekend during the school year. During the summer, many of these 7,425 children go hungry. They do not receive the daily meals at school nor the weekend backpacks."
"The Carolina Baptist Association in partnership with the Henderson County Schools developed a comprehensive strategy to provide food to these children during the summer" Erwin said. This is the fourth year of the program and the need has continued to rise according to Erwin.
If you cannot attend the Chick-fil-A event, or want more information you can support the Summer Backpack Food Program by contacting the Carolina Baptist Association at 828.693.4274.
Gov. Pat McCrory (left) and Congressman Mark Meadows (right) congratulated plant workers and celebrated the state’s continuing economic recovery Friday, marking a $35 million expansion at the Continental Teves Henderson County plant in one of the region's fastest growing industrial areas on Boyleston Highway 280 between Fletcher and Mills River.
The auto parts manufacturer employs some 600 workers locally and plans to add another 40 jobs to the area economy.
“Today, for the first time in seven years, North Carolina is now below the national average for unemployment,” McCrory announced at the grand opening ceremony.
In February, North Carolina’s jobless rate dropped to 6.4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Last year, our unemployment was at 9.4 percent. Now down to 6.4 percent, that’s quite a drop,” McCrory said.
An improving economy — with car sales ticking back up — led to Continental’s investment in the local plant. Each week 60,000 vehicles equipped with Continental brake parts roll off the assembly lines of 25 plants around the world.
“Thanks to the growing demand for brake calipers and the overall economic turnaround in North America, we have nearly tripled our regional production at the Henderson facility over the past three years,” said Samir Salman, chief executive officer for Continental North America.
Continental announced plans for a multi-million dollar expansion as few years ago...and has honored that committment by adding more new jobs and continuing growth.
Governor McCrory, Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, and other state and local officials attended the event this past Friday at the Continental plant.
(Photo from the Hendersonville Times-News)
After a complaint was received from an elderly gentleman's family concerning stolen and forged checks, detectives from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office have arrested Daniel Lind age 43, of Bee Hive View Lane, Hendersonville on (14) felony counts of Forgery of an Endorsement, (14) felony counts Uttering a Forged Instrument and (1) count of misdemeanor Larceny.
Lind allegedly befriended the elderly gentleman, a Catholic Priest, and offered to take care his cat after a fall and broken hip required relocation out of state with family members during a period of convalescence. During this time Lind was alleged to have stolen a book of checks, forged them and cashed a total $5750.00 on the account.
Lind is currently incarcerated in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $42,500.00 bond.
Defendant Lind was arrested and charged some tome back on other charged of leaving his minor children in his care alone for a prolonged length of time.
A quick response by officers from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of Ian Traxler Nelson, age 19, of 106 Holly Lakes Drive, Dublin, GA.
Deputies responded to an alarm at Edneyville Elementary School on Pace Road around 10pm last evening. As officers neared the school they discovered a white male wearing dark pants and a gray hoodie walking toward US 64 East. Deputies detained the individual who was later identified as Traxler. Upon further investigation Traxler admitted to breaking and entering into the elementary school and discharging two fire extinguishers on the gymnasium floor. He also admitted throwing a cinder block through the window of Kings Grove Baptist Church located just across the street from the school.
Officers charged Traxler with two (2) misdemeanor counts of Injury to Real Property and one (1) count of Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering. Traxler is currently incarcerated in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $2000 secured bond.
Henderson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Frank Stout reported Thursday afternoon that based upon information from a Crime Stoppers tip, officers were able to substantiate Tarheel Lanes Family Recreation Center on US 25 in Hendersonville was engaged in illegal gambling activity. During service of a search warrant last evening State and local authorities located a private room within the business where the illegal activity was occurring. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
When citizens in the community see or suspect illegal or prohibited activity, such as gambling, Sheriff Charles McDonald encourages them to continue reporting information to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers in an effort to keep these type establishments from opening or doing business in Henderson County.
ON FOUR SEASONS BOULEVARD
The Hendersonville Police Department made arrests in an early morning break in that occurred at the U.S. Cellular store located at 1900 A Four Seasons Boulevard.
According to the police department, at around 4:23 a.m. on March 26, 2014, Sergeant Brandon Staton of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department noticed activity around the U.S. Cellular store and stopped to investigate. He contacted the police department, advised them of the activity, and approached the business locating subjects inside. He took one of the individuals into custody as officers from the police department took custody of another. A third subject ran and was later caught in the area.
Police arrested and charged the following:
David Lahorace Nelson, 24, of Lawrence St. Greensboro, NC, with one count of felony breaking and entering, and one count of felony larceny. Nelson was held in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $16,000 bond.
Shawn Kelly Neal II, 22, of Hahns Lane, Greensboro, NC, with one count of felony breaking and entering, and one count of felony larceny. Neal was held in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $16,000 bond.
Antwon Bernard Richardson, 25, of Carlton Avenue, Greensboro, NC, with one count of felony breaking and entering and one count of felony larceny. Richardson was held in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $16,000 bond.
Upon investigating the incident further, detectives located in the individuals’ vehicle evidence that came from a breaking and entering in Buncombe County. Detectives with Asheville Police Department and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department are investigating those incidents and have been in contact with the Hendersonville Police Department regarding these individuals.
The walls were lined with plans inside the Mills River Town Hall Commons Room Tuesday afternoon as planners with the Alta Planning group laid out the possibilities for bike lanes down the five lane Highway 280 all the way from the Buncombe County line at ther south end of the Asheville Regional Airport runway to the Transylvania County line just east of Pisgah Forest.
The public input session Tuesday was the first of three. The next one is from 10am to 2pm at the Mills River Community Center on Schoolhouse Road. The last one this week will be from 9am to 12noon Thursday back in Mills River Town Hall. And the public is invited to hear more on the proposed possibilities at Thursday's regular meeting of Mills River Town Council in the Town Hall at 7pm.
The study currently being done by Alta Planning is the frst step in the process...which, if all works out, could lead to construction of the 10-12 foot bike and pedestrian lanes on the existing right-of-ways. A spokesman for Alta Planning says once all the public comment is collected, planners expect to have a proposal completed by early June...and that proposal will go to the French Broad Metropolitcan Planning Organization, all the local governments involved, and to NC DOT.
There is no estimate yet on how much the bike/pedestrian lanes will cost, but they will likely be paid for from a combination of both public and private sources. The bike lanes are several years away at the earliest...but bikers who attended the first public input session this week were supportive of the proposed plans and optimistic that bike lanes may become a reality for the growing number of walkers, runners, and bikers in this region.
UPDATED AT 1AM WEDNESDAY 3/26/14
Here are some unofficial snowfall totals in Western North Carolina, as reported by spotters for the National Weather Service, in the snow event Monday night through Tuesday night
********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************
LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
TAYLORSVILLE 0.1 955 AM 3/25 COUNTY OFFICIAL
E FLAT SPRINGS 4.5 217 PM 3/25 TRAINED SPOTTER
NEWLAND 4.0 405 PM 3/25 911 CALL CENTER
LINVILLE 1.0 637 AM 3/25 MODERATE SNOW FALLING
2 W ASHEVILLE 2.0 816 PM 3/25 TRAINED SPOTTER
FAIRVIEW 1.5 712 PM 3/25 TRAINED SPOTTER
LEICESTER 1.0 930 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
2 NW ASHEVILLE 0.5 730 AM 3/25 TRAINED SPOTTER
AVL AIRPORT 0.3 842 PM 3/25 OTHER FEDERAL
1 S MORGANTON 0.5 1109 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
HILDEBRAN 0.2 903 AM 3/25 BROADCAST MEDIA
2 NNE UPTON 2.0 800 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
N PATTERSON 0.2 1032 AM 3/25 ACCUMS JUST ON GRASS
4 N BELWOOD 0.1 1053 AM 3/25 AMATEUR RADIO
CASAR T 850 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
CANTON 4.5 747 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
WAYNESVILLE 4.0 800 AM 3/25 TRAINED SPOTTER
LAKE JUNALUSKA 4.0 900 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
COVE CREEK 3.8 845 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
MAGGIE VALLEY 3.0 608 AM 3/25 STILL SNOWING HEAVILY.
UNION GROVE T 800 AM 3/25 FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
SYLVA 0.5 830 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
MARS HILL 4.0 101 PM 3/25 PUBLIC
MARSHALL 2.0 415 PM 3/25 911 CALL CENTER
2 SW SPRING CREEK T 430 PM 3/25 FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
4 S OLD FORT 1.0 846 PM 3/25 TRAINED SPOTTER
5 N BAKERSVILLE 8.0 500 PM 3/25 4.5 INCHES PAST 9 HRS.
2 S SPRUCE PINE 3.0 800 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
SPRUCE PINE 2.0 757 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
3 SE SPRUCE PINE 0.5 656 PM 3/25 TRAINED SPOTTER
SALUDA 1.9 852 AM 3/25 TRAINED SPOTTER
5 E COLUMBUS T 1208 PM 3/25 NWS EMPLOYEE
3 SW CHEROKEE 1.5 848 PM 3/25 TRAINED SPOTTER
BURNSVILLE 5.0 1000 AM 3/25 PUBLIC
The spring fire season has arrived, and federal officials are asking visitors to the national forests and neighbors to help prevent the next wildfire. The USDA Forest Service (USFS) National Forests in North Carolina urges residents throughout the state to keep safety in mind and exercise caution during the spring fire season that typically lasts until late April to mid-May.
Nine out of 10 wildfires in North Carolina are started by humans. Residents and visitors to the state are urged to be extremely careful during this time period that is often characterized by dry and/or windy conditions.
In the spring, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris. In North Carolina, more than 40 percent of all wildfires are caused by careless debris burning - the number one cause of wildfires in the state. Private landowners who cause wildfires may be liable for fire suppression costs on state and national forest land if a fire originates on their property.
For people who choose to burn debris, the N.C. Forest Service offers the following tips to protect property and prevent wildfires:
Studies have shown that taking these and other measures can greatly reduce wildfires and the loss of property associated with them. Also, take time now to prepare your home against wildfires. Tips on protecting your property can be found at www.firewise.org.
Additionally, campfires can be a source of wildfires. Follow these guidelines to help prevent wildfires:
Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.
Learn more about fire safety at www.smokeybear.com. Remember....only YOU can prevent wildfires.