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As Henderson County Emergency Management Co-Ordinator Rocky Hyder has said on WHKP's news, we are now in the most dangerous season of the year for forest fires, grass and woods fires, and for most all outdoor burning.
And the Asheville Citizen-Times reported a fire destroying at leat three acres in the Fletcher area late Sunday.
A brush fire was burning over 3 acres of a mountaintop on Sunday night. Fletcher Fire Department and the N.C. Forest Service were working to get in under control.
Tony Creasman, a firefighter with the forest service, said no homes were in danger from the blaze, which was reported around 6:50 p.m. He said the fire was on a mountain behind the area’s old brick plant.
He speculated it started because of a campfire and windy conditions.
Hendersonville will begin the spring leaf collection for City residents. Residents are asked to rake their leaves as close to the street, curb or sidewalk as possible without placing the leaves in the road or on the sidewalk.
Residents do not need to call for this service because our staff will continue collecting leaves for the entire month of March. Leaves will be picked up from homes approximately every 10 to 14 days but depending on the volume, the leaves could be picked up sooner or later than that time.
Please remember this collection process is separate from our brush collection. Residents should keep the brush and the leaves in separate piles. Please do not bag your leaves.
For questions about this project, please call the Public Works Department at (828) 697-3084.
SERVICES WILL BE AT 2PM SATURDAY MARCH 22ND AT THE HENDERSONVILLE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. VISITATION WILL BE AT THE CHURCH ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE SERVICE. MEMORIALS SHOULD BE MADE TO THE HAVEN SHELTER AND SERVICES, INC...P.O. BOX 1267...WARSAW, VIRGINIA 22572
Margaret Justus Prim, 84, of Hendersonville died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.
She was the widow of the late William S. "Bill" Prim, who was a former Henderson County commissioner, co-owner of Spearman and Prim Furniture Company, and a radio talk show host on WHKP Radio for many years.
Mrs. Prim was the daughter of the late Fred Justus who operated the historic Justus Pharmacy on Main Street for many years. Mrs. Prim was also was a long-time member and former deacon of the Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church. She had also volunteered over the years with the Interfaith Assistance Ministry and the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
She was a graduate of Hendersonville High School and the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. A devoted care giver, she had been involved over the years with Pardee Hospital, the Henderson County Health Department, and the original local Migrant Clinic
Arrangements for Mrs. Prim are being handled by Thomas Shepherd and Son Funeral Directors.
You've heard his dad interviewed on WHKP's local news. You've seen his photo on WHKP's web site. Now...this young WNC rock star is proving he is "ready for prime time"!
The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting...Caleb Johnson’s “American Idol” dream is still going strong.
The Asheville rock singer has survived another contestant cut on the TV talent show, and will return to sing again next Wednesday on Fox (WHNS/Channel 21).
In all, 71 million votes were cast by “Idol” viewers, host Ryan Seacrest said. Just 12 contestants now remain on the program.
Johnson has been on the “Idol” fast track since the start of the 13th season. This is his first time on the TV talent show, following unsuccessful bids in 2011 and 2012.
On Wednesday night, given the show’s prime closing slot, he wowed the judges and the studio audience with with a hot performance of “Pressure and Time” by the Long Beach, Calif., band Rival Sons.
Judge Jennifer Lopez jumped to her feet in an ovation. “You are so ready for the rock star life,” she said. “You have the goods to back it up.”
Keith Urban agreed. “That was a great song. You’ve got to figure out how to put a twist on that.”
The online media lit up with praise for Johnson’s Wednesday night performance on the show.
The website Eonline.com said Johnson “may have made the performance of the night (and he scored the coveted final spot!) with his gorgeous cover of ‘Pressure and Time.’ Welcome to the competition, Caleb!”
Meanwhile, USA Today gave Johnson an A-minus for his effort, saying he was “confident, in tune and comfortable with his choice of material.”
The City of
Apparently in the discussion stage since earlier this year, city manager John Connet says the
Connet says the existing HSAD board will soon be replaced by an "advisory committee" which will provide advice and guidance on development and other
Connet said the HSAD's current part-time executive director, Tara Ledbetter, will, under the re-structuring, no longer be an employee of the "special tax district" but will become a City of Hendersonville employee...much the same as the downtown director.
A meeting between city officials
"Special tax districts" were set up a number of years ago to raise the necessary money to better develop and promote both Downtown Hendersonville and the
Both city manager Connet and Carson Calton will be featured on WHKP's local news throughout the day on Thursday February 27th, explaining this re-structuring of
(Above photo is of HSAD's Historic Train Depot)
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman
Updated 12noon 2/26/14
This year's public school year now extended due to missed snow days...the question remains...will more days be missed?
An all new set of school calendars presented Monday to the Henderson County School Board will keep spring break intact by moving five snow makeup days to the end of the year.
Superintendent David Jones told board members the school system still has to make up five of eight days missed because of snow and ice. But he said state rules allow them to push the traditional calendar's last day of school from June 6 to June 13.
“What this allows us to do is maintain spring break,” Jones said. “It also allows us to maintain Memorial Day, and not at this time (have to) go on Saturdays.”
Jones said school administrators have signed off on the revised calendars, as well as a teacher advisory committee. The schools also conducted surveys, he said, in which they heard from “many, many parents who prefer to keep spring break intact.”
For the district's two year-round schools, Bruce Drysdale and Hendersonville elementaries, the last day of school will be June 5. Jones said principals and staff at those schools also preferred keeping spring break from April 14-18. The last day for Early College High students will be May 30.
LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBED FRIDAY NIGHT
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance to identify the suspects from an armed robbery that occurred on Friday Feb 21, 2014 at 8:57pm at the EL Chapulin convenience store located at 1726 Old Spartanburg Road in Hendersonville. The responding officers were told by the clerk that two Hispanic males had entered the store and while purchasing some items robbed him at gun point. The clerk told officers once the weapon was displayed the two suspects took him to the rear of the store, tied him up and proceeded to take an undetermined amount of money from the register along with several other items from the business.
Witnesses advised the suspects were operating an older model Ford Explorer (dark in color, possibly black or blue) with South Carolina license plates and the vehicle was last observed turning onto Upward Rd from Hwy 176. Attached are seven (7) still photographs of the suspects.
If anyone has any information about this incident or the identity of either suspect please contact Detective Johnny Duncan with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit at 828-697-4911.
NC DOT accepted public eomment at a public hearing Tuesday night on some proposed changed to the busy interchange at I-26 and Brevard Road at Biltmore Square Mall.
The state Department of Transportation is working on plans to reconfigure the Interstate 26-Brevard Road interchange near Biltmore Square Mall to ease traffic flow.
DOTengineers acknowledge it is uncertain when any construction will actually be done.
There are times when congestion slows movement from Brevard Road, numbered N.C. 191, onto I-26, and more issues are expected as traffic increases over the next 20-25 years, said Rick Tipton, DOT division construction engineer.
“You definitely don’t want to see traffic back up onto the interstate,” Tipton said. Ramps are designed with enough room for cars exiting I-26 to sit while waiting for traffic lights under current conditions, he said, “but at some point it may not be enough.”
Tipton said DOT is likely to move the traffic lights at either end of the Brevard Road bridge farther from I-26, build exit ramps in wider loops and replace the existing Brevard Road bridge with a wider one.
DOT held an April 2013 public meeting on several alternative ways to rebuild the interchange. Undrea Major, a DOT engineer in charge of the project, said a new alternative to be discussed Tuesday combines elements of previous plans.
He and Tipton said they do not expect changes to be as radical as those the state has planned or already implemented at the other two I-26 interchanges in southern Buncombe County.
All traffic getting off or on I-26 at Long Shoals Road converges at a set of traffic lights underneath the I-26 bridges over the road.
DOT also plans to rebuild the I-26-Airport Road interchange but has had difficulty getting bids it considers reasonable from contractors.
The agency is in the middle of re-examining priorities for transportation projects across the state, making it difficult to say when the Brevard Road interchange work might happen, Major said.
“The project is not funded for anything beyond the planning stage as yet,” he said. “While it’s very important and probably high in priority on people’s list, there are a couple of items we’ll have to be able to work out in order to get the funding.”
City and Elks Lodge Partner to Repair Sullivan Park
The City of Hendersonville and the officers of Hendersonville Elks Lodge 1616 are
pleased to announce that the two organizations are partnering together to repair the
restroom facilities at Sullivan Park located on Ashe Street in Hendersonville. The project
will be completed utilizing a $10,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation and
volunteer labor from the local lodge. The repairs will include wider doors, new plumbing
and fixtures. Prior to the repairs, the restrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and painted.
In addition, timed locks will be placed on the restrooms doors, similar to the Patton Park
restrooms, for added security and convenience. The project should be complete by late
The $10,000 grant application was one of 150 applications submitted to the National
Elks Foundation and one of only forty-seven funded nationally. The application was
prepared and submitted by the Elks Lodge in the fall of 2013. According to City
Manager John Connet, Frank Brady approached Mayor Volk in late summer about
finding a community project for the Elks National Foundation Grant program. Mayor
Volk inquired with City staff and determined that the Sullivan Park restrooms were the
perfect project. The restrooms had been closed for a number of years due to
vandalism, but the park was seeing a great deal of use from the Henderson County Boys
and Girls Club and the Green Meadows neighborhood. Mayor Volk stated, “We felt that
it was time to reopen these restrooms and show the neighborhood that the City had not
forgotten about them. We are very pleased to partner with the Elks Lodge on this
project.” This project is the first of several projects planned for Sullivan Park over the
next eighteen months.
THIS PHOTO IS OF A 2013 WINNER
Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) announced the opening of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition today and encouraged high school students in Western North Carolina to submit their best artwork for consideration.
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 11th District. The overall winner of the district competition will receive two round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to the national reception in Washington, D.C., and a $3,000 scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design. The district winner’s artwork will be displayed at the United States Capitol for one year, along with winners from across the country.
Entries must be received at one of Representative Meadows' district offices by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2014, in order to be considered in the district-wide competition.
“Celebrating talented young people in our district is a true honor,” Meadows said. “I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and giving these young artists the recognition they deserve.”