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UNLAWFUL PANHANDLERS BACK AT BUSY LOCAL INTERSECTIONS

UNLAWFUL PANHANDLERS BACK AT BUSY LOCAL INTERSECTIONS

Un-lawful panhandlers were back on Tuesday of this week at the busy intersection of Highways 280 and 191 in Mills River…walking up to motorists stopping at the signal light, holding buckets up to cars windows, asking for money.

Officials with the county sheriff’s department have told these same panhandlers in the past that what they are doing is against the law and the panhandlers have been chased away and told not to come back.

But they were back again Tuesday, causing problems for traffic, and at least one was almost struck by a car.  The panhandlers have reportedly been seen getting into and out of luxury SUV's with out of state license plates.

Sheriff Charlie McDonald and Major Frank Stout with the sheriff’s department reiterated that this is against the law and said the panhandlers would again be ordered out of the area.

They sometimes panhandle at the intersection of Highway 25 and I-26 in Naples…and if they are seen panhandling anywhere in this area, they should be reported to the county sheriff’s department.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

HENDERSONVILLE FIREMEN IDENTIFYING HYDRANTS

HENDERSONVILLE FIREMEN IDENTIFYING HYDRANTS

The Hendersonville Fire Department is nearing completion of a program that will assist Firefighters in identifying fire hydrants and their flow rates during emergency incidents. Firefighters installed color-coded reflective markers on hydrants within the City to increase visibility and identify the hydrants water flow rate.

The colors are in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 291: Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants. The standard identifies painting hydrants to indicate available fire flow for emergency services while the markers convey the same information in a cost effective, reflective and easily identifiable package.
Fire Chief Joseph Vindigni said, “The hydrant markers will benefit Firefighters by making the nearest hydrant to a fire scene easier to find in the dark, which could save time and energy in an emergency.”

The standard utilizes the color system below:
• Blue – 1500+ gallons per minute
• Green – 1000-1499 gallons per minute
• Orange – 500-999 gallons per minute
• Red - < 500 gallons per minute

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW FOR FLETCHER'S ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW FOR FLETCHER'S ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF

Calling All Cooks! – Applications now available for Fletcher Chili Cook-off.

The Town of Fletcher will host its 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, January 28th from 11:30 a.m.-2p.m. at Veritas Christian Academy.

The parks and recreation department is currently seeking chefs interested in fighting for the 2016 title of best chili in Fletcher! Awards will be given in the following categories: Best Overall Chili, Best Individual Chili, Best Business Chili, Best Table Décor and People’s Choice. All types of chili will be accepted including traditional chili, white chili and vegetarian chili. If you think you have the best Chili in the Fletcher area please download an application at www.FletcherParks.org or stop by Fletcher Town Hall. Application should be returned to the parks and recreation department no later than January 20.

This event is free and the public is invited to taste all the different flavors Fletcher has to offer. Parks and Recreation staff will be on site accepting donations for the Fletcher Park Development Fund which helps improve Fletcher parks.

This event is generously sponsored by First Citizens Bank of Fletcher!

For more information on Fletcher’s Chili Cook-Off, please visit www.FletcherParks.org or call (828) 687-0751.

HIGHEST GAS PRICES IN THREE YEARS PREDICTED FOR 2017

HIGHEST GAS PRICES IN THREE YEARS PREDICTED FOR 2017

Motorists may get some sticker shock in 2017 and will shell
out $52 billion more over the course of the year compared to 2016 as the national yearly
average rises to $2.49 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s 2017 Fuel Price Outlook.
Aside from gasoline prices that are forecast to be higher than 2016, highlights include:
 $355 billion will be spent on gasoline in the U.S. over the course of the year, $52
billion more than last year. That’s a considerable jump given that motorists saved
$39 billion on gasoline in 2016 versus 2015.

 The seasonal switch from ‘winter-blend’ to ‘summer-blend’ as mandated by EPA
and the Clean Air Act will bring a spike at the pump later this winter and spring,
with the national average gas price rising between 35-60 cents between midFebruary
and a peak, likely to occur in May.

 $3 a gallon gasoline will be seen in at least the nation’s largest cities: Los Angeles,
New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Seattle, with a strong possibility of such
prices also appearing in a majority of the nation’s twenty largest metros.

“The list of factors being mixed into the yearly forecast has never been larger. This year
will see a new administration take over, perhaps the most oil-friendly in some time, and
with so many unknowns in regards to policy changes, we’ll be keeping a keen eye on such
along with taxation changes. But forecasting fuel prices, especially this year, remains a
challenging balance of science and art,” says Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst
for GasBuddy.

Additional components that have the potential to weigh on retail gasoline prices include
federal and/or state tax changes, Middle East volatility, currency fluctuations, refinery
maintenance and/or unscheduled outages, weather events, and shipping / transportation
snafus.

"In recent years the 'price at the pump' continues to garner more media attention serving
as an economic barometer on Main Street that stirs opinions from a broad swath of
consumers from coast to coast," said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst.

"Forecasting the direction of that 'barometer', the potential trouble-spots and how the
trends are likely to translate into dollars and cents affords us the opportunity to share
insights that help everyone save money, even when prices are climbing."

 

 

NC, SC, GEORGIA SNOW DEPTH TOTALS

NC, SC, GEORGIA SNOW DEPTH TOTALS

AVERAGE SNOWFALL TOTAL FOR HENDERSONVILLE SEVEN INCHES   

HERE ARE UNOFFICIAL TOTALS FOR NC, SC, AND GEORGIA   

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS
SNOWFALL OF
/INCHES/ MEASUREMENT

GEORGIA

...HABERSHAM COUNTY...
1 NNW TURNERVILLE 3.5 519 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
2 SW BALDWIN 1.0 916 PM 1/06 PUBLIC
2 W CLARKESVILLE 1.0 900 PM 1/06 SOCIAL MEDIA

...RABUN COUNTY...
CLAYTON 4.0 401 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA

NORTH CAROLINA

...ALEXANDER COUNTY...
TAYLORSVILLE 9.0 840 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
1 N TAYLORSVILLE 4.0 1237 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA

...AVERY COUNTY...
FLAT SPRINGS 6.5 700 AM 1/07 SLR 0.53 INCHES

...BUNCOMBE COUNTY...
3 E ASHEVILLE 8.5 733 AM 1/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
FAIRVIEW 8.0 908 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
1 SSE SKYLAND 7.0 848 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
2 SE WOODFIN 6.8 700 AM 1/07 ACADEMIA
BLACK MOUNTAIN 6.0 147 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
3 ENE ASHEVILLE 5.8 900 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
2 WNW SKYLAND 5.0 427 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
ASHEVILLE 3.8 1200 AM 1/07 CO-OP OBSERVER
1 SSE WOODFIN 3.0 1102 PM 1/06 AMATEUR RADIO
2 W ASHEVILLE 2.5 1039 PM 1/06 TRAINED SPOTTER
2 E SKYLAND 2.0 951 PM 1/06 AMATEUR RADIO
1 SE SKYLAND 1.5 900 PM 1/06 SOCIAL MEDIA
WEAVERVILLE 1.5 1023 PM 1/06 AMATEUR RADIO
1 NNW BENT CREEK 1.2 943 PM 1/06 AMATEUR RADIO
2 S WOODFIN 1.0 930 PM 1/06 ROADS COVERED WITH SNOW

...BURKE COUNTY...
5 WNW PLEASANT GROVE 9.0 600 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
ICARD 9.0 840 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
JONAS RIDGE 8.0 602 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
MORGANTON 7.5 546 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
GLEN ALPINE 7.0 817 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
VALDESE 7.0 345 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
2 W GLEN ALPINE 1.0 933 PM 1/06 BROADCAST MEDIA
1 NE MORGANTON 0.5 920 PM 1/06 BROADCAST MEDIA

...CALDWELL COUNTY...
LENOIR 10.0 740 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
GRANITE FALLS 8.5 901 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
3 ENE RHODHISS 8.0 752 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
HUDSON 7.0 628 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
3 NE LENOIR 7.0 830 AM 1/07 AMATEUR RADIO
PATTERSON 7.0 541 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
1 SW LENOIR 6.8 607 AM 1/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
GAMEWELL 6.8 810 AM 1/07 PUBLIC

...CATAWBA COUNTY...
3 SSE LONGVIEW 7.5 841 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
HICKORY 7.0 731 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
CLAREMONT 7.0 531 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
MAIDEN 6.0 900 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
NEWTON 6.0 656 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
LONGVIEW 4.9 913 AM 1/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
CONOVER 2.0 1200 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA

...CLEVELAND COUNTY...
FALLSTON 7.0 351 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
LATTIMORE 6.0 909 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
MOORESBORO 6.0 546 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
BOILING SPRINGS NC 5.5 510 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
LAWNDALE 3.0 1119 PM 1/06 BROADCAST MEDIA
NW LAWNDALE 0.3 907 PM 1/06 BROADCAST MEDIA
CASAR 0.1 441 PM 1/06 PUBLIC

...DAVIE COUNTY...
FARMINGTON 6.5 741 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
SHEFFIELD 6.2 624 AM 1/07 TRAINED SPOTTER

...GASTON COUNTY...
BELMONT 3.0 722 AM 1/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
2 E GASTONIA 1.4 402 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA

...HAYWOOD COUNTY...
1 ESE LAKE JUNALUSKA 6.0 756 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
2 NW WAYNESVILLE 6.0 433 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
3 NW MAGGIE VALLEY 5.5 749 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
WAYNESVILLE 1.0 300 PM 1/06 PUBLIC

...HENDERSON COUNTY...
HENDERSONVILLE 7.0 903 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
BAT CAVE 7.0 646 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
1 SW HENDERSONVILLE 6.5 818 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
ETOWAH 6.0 1230 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
FLETCHER 5.1 100 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
1 NNW HENDERSONVILLE 4.5 1100 PM 1/06 SOCIAL MEDIA
3 WSW BAT CAVE 4.0 1054 PM 1/06 PUBLIC

...IREDELL COUNTY...
STATESVILLE 8.0 758 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
TROUTMAN 7.0 834 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
5 WNW CORNELIUS 6.0 720 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
2 E MOORESVILLE 4.0 618 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA

...JACKSON COUNTY...
CULLOWHEE 7.0 909 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
2 WSW DILLSBORO 0.2 225 PM 1/06 SHERIFF OFFICE

...LINCOLN COUNTY...
BOGER CITY 7.5 629 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
DENVER 7.0 901 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
3 SE MAIDEN 6.5 745 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
IRON STATION 6.0 628 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
8 NW LINCOLNTON 6.0 749 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
LINCOLNTON 2.0 1005 PM 1/06 PUBLIC

...MACON COUNTY...
3 SSW OTTO 6.5 725 AM 1/07 TRAINED SPOTTER
OTTO 3.0 851 PM 1/06 PUBLIC

...MADISON COUNTY...
WALNUT 2.0 1130 PM 1/06 SOCIAL MEDIA

...MCDOWELL COUNTY...
OLD FORT 8.0 614 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
MARION 7.0 731 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
DYSARTSVILLE 6.5 629 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
1 N MARION 6.2 300 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
3 SE OLD FORT 6.0 1251 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
1 W MARION 4.0 145 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
NEBO 3.5 1115 PM 1/06 BROADCAST MEDIA
4 W MARION 2.2 1025 PM 1/06 BROADCAST MEDIA

...MECKLENBURG COUNTY...
DAVIDSON 5.5 851 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
HUNTERSVILLE 5.5 813 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
1 E CHARLOTTE 0.2 415 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA

...MITCHELL COUNTY...
3 S SPRUCE PINE 4.4 127 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA

...POLK COUNTY...
SALUDA 10.1 438 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
5 E COLUMBUS 6.8 700 AM 1/07 NWS EMPLOYEE
1 N SALUDA 1.3 500 PM 1/06 COCORAHS

...ROWAN COUNTY...
SALISBURY 7.0 638 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
4 SE WOODLEAF 0.1 456 PM 1/06 TRAINED SPOTTER

...RUTHERFORD COUNTY...
4 NE FOREST CITY 6.0 745 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
9 S OLD FORT 5.0 1131 PM 1/06 TRAINED SPOTTER
8 NE FOREST CITY 0.1 519 PM 1/06 PUBLIC

...SWAIN COUNTY...
5 W DILLSBORO 5.5 312 AM 1/07 LOCAL POLICE
BRYSON CITY 3.0 859 AM 1/07 PUBLIC

...TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY...
SAPPHIRE 7.0 849 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
BALSAM GROVE 6.3 859 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
LAKE TOXAWAY 5.0 955 PM 1/06 TRAINED SPOTTER
BREVARD 3.0 842 PM 1/06 PUBLIC

SOUTH CAROLINA

...CHEROKEE COUNTY...
3 ESE CHESNEE 4.2 550 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
4 E CHESNEE 2.2 1230 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA

...GREENVILLE COUNTY...
5 N GREER 6.0 908 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
1 N GREENVILLE 4.5 742 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
3 SSE PARIS MOUNTAIN 4.5 625 AM 1/07 NWS EMPLOYEE
3 SSW PARIS MOUNTAIN 4.0 720 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
GREENVILLE 4.0 740 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
3 SW GREENVILLE 2.2 525 AM 1/07 BROADCAST MEDIA
5 N TRAVELERS REST 1.8 1130 PM 1/06 SOCIAL MEDIA
4 ENE MAULDIN 1.5 730 AM 1/07 NWS EMPLOYEE
5 SE TIGERVILLE 1.5 1002 PM 1/06 AMATEUR RADIO
BEREA 1.5 1057 PM 1/06 PUBLIC
4 E MAULDIN 1.0 600 AM 1/07 NWS EMPLOYEE
3 E MAULDIN 0.3 1250 AM 1/07 ACADEMIA
SIMPSONVILLE 0.2 1030 PM 1/06 AMATEUR RADIO

...OCONEE COUNTY...
MOUNTAIN REST 2.0 1004 PM 1/06 PUBLIC
3 WSW SENECA 1.5 800 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
7 ENE PINE MOUNTAIN 1.0 427 PM 1/06 CO-OP OBSERVER

...PICKENS COUNTY...
DACUSVILLE 5.5 902 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
3 W PICKENS 4.5 245 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
4 W PICKENS 4.5 231 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
4 WNW EASLEY 2.0 128 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
2 SSW CENTRAL 1.0 1001 PM 1/06 AMATEUR RADIO
5 N SIX MILE 0.2 838 PM 1/06 AMATEUR RADIO

...SPARTANBURG COUNTY...
LANDRUM 6.0 807 AM 1/07 NWS EMPLOYEE
3 W INMAN 5.1 700 AM 1/07 NWS EMPLOYEE
5 WSW INMAN 5.0 821 AM 1/07 NWS EMPLOYEE
INMAN 5.0 359 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
BOILING SPRINGS SC 5.0 533 AM 1/07 SOCIAL MEDIA
4 NW LYMAN 4.2 909 AM 1/07 PUBLIC
SPARTANBURG 4.0 815 AM 1/07 PUBLIC

**********************24 HOUR SNOWFALL**********************

LOCATION 24 HOUR TIME/DATE COMMENTS
SNOWFALL OF
/INCHES/ MEASUREMENT

GEORGIA

...FRANKLIN COUNTY...
1 E GUMLOG 0.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...HABERSHAM COUNTY...
10 ENE HELEN 3.8 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
6 WNW DEMOREST 2.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...RABUN COUNTY...
1 WNW RABUN GAP 4.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

NORTH CAROLINA

...AVERY COUNTY...
1 SW LINVILLE FALLS 6.8 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 E FLAT SPRINGS 6.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 W PLUMTREE 5.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...BUNCOMBE COUNTY...
5 SW CANDLER 8.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
4 E ASHEVILLE 7.1 730 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
NNW FAIRVIEW 7.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
2 SE LEICESTER 6.7 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
6 NNW ASHEVILLE 6.6 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
6 NW ASHEVILLE 6.5 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
4 ESE ASHEVILLE 6.0 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 NNW ASHEVILLE 6.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 NNE BLACK MOUNTAIN 6.0 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
2 NE CANDLER 5.4 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
4 N WEAVERVILLE 4.8 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
BARNARDSVILLE 2 SE 4.8 700 AM 1/07 CO-OP OBSERVER
1 W WEAVERVILLE 4.5 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...BURKE COUNTY...
1 WSW GLEN ALPINE 6.7 810 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...CLEVELAND COUNTY...
3 SW MOORESBORO 5.3 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...GASTON COUNTY...
2 SSE GASTONIA 1.2 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...HAYWOOD COUNTY...
1 NW WAYNESVILLE 5.9 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 ENE WAYNESVILLE 5.8 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
3 ENE MAGGIE VALLEY 5.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
5 N LAKE JUNALUSKA 4.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...HENDERSON COUNTY...
5 NNE HENDERSONVILLE 7.5 830 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
6 W HENDERSONVILLE 7.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
6 SSW HENDERSONVILLE 7.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 WSW FLETCHER 7.0 600 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
3 SSW HENDERSONVILLE 7.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 NNE EAST FLAT ROCK 6.3 830 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 WNW MOUNTAIN HOME 4.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...IREDELL COUNTY...
1 WSW MOORESVILLE 5.7 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...LINCOLN COUNTY...
4 WSW LINCOLNTON 6.0 655 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
4 W VALE 6.0 630 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...MACON COUNTY...
3 ESE FRANKLIN 5.4 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...MADISON COUNTY...
14 NNW MARSHALL 12.0 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
8 WSW MARSHALL 5.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
2 SSE MARS HILL 4.8 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
15 NNE MARSHALL 4.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...MCDOWELL COUNTY...
5 S OLD FORT 8.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
3 W OLD FORT AG 6.0 600 AM 1/07 CO-OP OBSERVER

...MECKLENBURG COUNTY...
1 W DAVIDSON 4.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
5 E MOUNT HOLLY 1.5 730 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...MITCHELL COUNTY...
3 SE BAKERSVILLE 6.5 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
5 N BAKERSVILLE 6.4 720 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...POLK COUNTY...
1 N SALUDA 11.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
10 S RUTHERFORDTON 5.9 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...ROWAN COUNTY...
3 NW SALISBURY 6.6 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
WNW FAITH 3.5 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...RUTHERFORD COUNTY...
8 W FOREST CITY 8 W 5.6 700 AM 1/07 CO-OP OBSERVER

...SWAIN COUNTY...
2 SE WESSER 4.4 715 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY...
1 NNW BREVARD 8.1 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
3 N PISGAH FOREST 7.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
7 S BREVARD 7.1 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
2 SSW BREVARD 7.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
BREVARD COOP 5.0 700 AM 1/07 CO-OP OBSERVER

...YANCEY COUNTY...
7 SSW BURNSVILLE 5.0 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

SOUTH CAROLINA

...ANDERSON COUNTY...
5 W WILLIAMSTON 0.4 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...CHEROKEE COUNTY...
4 N COWPENS 4.5 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 SE GAFFNEY 2.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...GREENVILLE COUNTY...
4 NNE SANS SOUCI 5.6 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
9 N TRAVELERS REST 4.8 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
3 ENE SANS SOUCI 4.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
3 NE GREENVILLE 4.0 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
3 NNW TAYLORS 4.0 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
4 NE GREENVILLE 2.5 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
8 SE GREENVILLE 0.3 825 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
2 NNE SIMPSONVILLE 0.2 830 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...OCONEE COUNTY...
6 ENE SENECA 2.3 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 WNW KEOWEE KEY 1.8 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
2 WNW KEOWEE KEY 1.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
4 E SALEM 1.1 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
2 NNW SENECA 1.0 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...PICKENS COUNTY...
3 NW DACUSVILLE 4.5 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
3 W SUNSET 4.0 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
7 W PICKENS 3.5 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 ESE EASLEY 3.2 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
2 WSW PICKENS 3.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
1 ENE CLEMSON 1.2 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

...SPARTANBURG COUNTY...
4 WNW LYMAN 5.0 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
5 NW MOORE 2.0 800 AM 1/07 COCORAHS
5 WSW SPARTANBURG 1.8 700 AM 1/07 COCORAHS

HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL DEALT WITH SIGNAL LIGHTS, PARKING---AND A BIRTHDAY THURSDAY NIGHT

HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL DEALT WITH SIGNAL LIGHTS, PARKING---AND A BIRTHDAY THURSDAY NIGHT

Motorists looking for parking spaces along Hendersonville’s Seventh Avenue East will soon see more than just semi-circles painted along that street. City Council decided Thursday night to expand the area that is currently exempt from off-street parking to cover the entire Seventh Avenue Municipal District in the future.

So the city plans to add and paint as many additional on-street parking spaces along Seventh Avenue East as possible, as soon as possible.

The city is also considering purchasing some property for more off-street parking in that area.

On the other end of town, most of the traffic lights along Fifth Avenue West and a few on Fourth and Third Avenues, will stay on “green” during the late night and early morning hours of 11pm to 5am to promote smoother traffic flow.

Side streets, such as Buncombe, Fleming, Justice, Whitted, and Washington will remain on “red”…but sensors will be installed that will immediately switch the light to “green” when a car pulls up.

And Mayor Barbara Volk read a proclamation Thursday night recognizing the City of Hendersonville’s 170th birthday. Hendersonville was officiall incorporated by the General Assembly on January 7th, 1847.

80 NEW APARTMENTS COMING TO HENDERSONVILLE

80 NEW APARTMENTS COMING TO HENDERSONVILLE

Hendersonville is the benefactor of an 11-acre cleared site on Francis Road which will contain 80 low-to-medium rent, two and three bedroom apartments. These units can currently be seen under construction from the SAMS CLUB location. 

A Charlotte development company started the project in November and expects to finish by mid-summer when the units will be offered for rent by GEM Management Company. For further inquires about this project, a contact number of 704-357-6000 in Charlotte was provided to WHKP.

A spokesman for Creative Builders, Inc. of Greenville, South Carolina indicated the complex will include a clubhouse and many other amenities and will be handicap accessible. 

 

 

 

GERTON GETS IMPROVED FIRE RATING

GERTON GETS IMPROVED FIRE RATING

FROM GERTON FIRE AND RESCUE CHIEF JAY ALLEY   

Re: Gerton Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, Inc.

Dear Chief Alley:

Congratulations on your recent improvement to your fire suppression rating!
I commend you and your department for your dedication and commitment to making
your community a safer place to live.

I know you are proud of your department's achievement and would like to share this
news with the members of your community. I also know that the majority of
citizens may not be aware that the rating of their responding fire department
directly impacts their property insurance calculations. So I'd like to provide
you the enclosed news release to offer to your local media. Feel free to add to
it or use it as an example in creating your own. You deserve to brag a little
about the expertise of your personnel, which saves homeowners money and, most
importantly, makes their lives safer.

It was the pleasure of my staff to work with you and members of your staff during
the recent survey of your department. Chief Alley, I hope that you will take a
few minutes to review our rating process and offer any suggestions that you feel
may help us to improve our inspections program. Working together, we can continue
to make North Carolina a safer place to live and work.

With warmest personal regard, I remain,
Very truly yours,
Wayne Goodwin
Insurance Commissioner, State Fire Marshal

REGISTER NOW FOR WINTER/SPRING HISTORY OF HENDERSON COUNTY CLASSES

REGISTER NOW FOR WINTER/SPRING HISTORY OF HENDERSON COUNTY CLASSES

AT BRCC TAUGHT BY LOCAL HISTORIAN JENNIE JONES GILES   

Persons interested in the history and heritage of Henderson County are encouraged to register now for the winter/spring semester courses that begin Tuesday, Jan. 10, through the Continuing Education Department at Blue Ridge Community College. The classes are open to the public.

Henderson County History and Heritage I, covering prehistory to 1860, is taught the first half of the semester from Jan. 10 to Feb. 28. Topics include geography and natural resources, Cherokee and Catawba history and culture, Revolutionary War and treaties with the Cherokee, early settlers and backgrounds, Appalachian culture, political and economic history, agriculture, transportation,religious history, education, early communities, black history, and noteworthy families and people in the early history of the county. A day class and an evening class are offered. The day class is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the evening class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is $60.

Henderson County History and Heritage II, covering 1860 to 1920, takes place the second half of the semester, from March 7 to May 2. Topics include the Civil War, Reconstruction, black history, Appalachian culture and stereotypes, political and economic history, industry, agriculture, transportation, religious history, education, tourism, communities, and World War I. A day class and an evening class are offered. The day class is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the evening class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is $60.

Henderson County History and Heritage III is also offered in the spring semester on Thursdays from March 2 to April 27. This class covers the history of Henderson County from 1920 through the 20th century. Topics include the Roaring ‘20s, Great Depression, World War II, Korean War, the post-war era, Vietnam War and other events to the end of the 20th century. Specifics addressed will include cultural changes, minorities, political and economic history, agriculture, transportation, education, industrialization, communities and current issues. This class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is $60. It is strongly recommended that students take the first two courses as prerequisites before taking this class.

The instructor is Jennie Jones Giles.
To register online, visit http://www.blueridge.edu/ceregister Persons may also register from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Continuing Education Building, Room 123, or call 694-1735.

NEW HENDERSONVILLE PUBLIX SUPERMARKET STILL ON TARGET FOR 2017 OPENING

NEW HENDERSONVILLE PUBLIX SUPERMARKET STILL ON TARGET FOR 2017 OPENING

CONSTRUCTION TIME DEPENDS ON PERMITTING AND WEATHER  

THE NEW STORE WILL EMPLOY ABOUT 140 PEOPLE   

 Publix Supermarket spokesperson Kimberly Reynolds confirmed for WHKP News last week that their planned new store for Hendersonville is still “on target” for opening in 2017.

She pointed out that construction times vary depending on permitting and weather. And the new Publix Supermarket, scheduled to be built on the Greenville Highway where Atha Plaza has been for generations, is still resolving some of those permitting issues…most of them involve adequate storm water run-off and a nearby catch basin used in the past for diverting water on the south side during periods of flooding. Many of those issues appear to be close to resolution, and City Council has on its agenda for its February 2nd meeting a quasi-judicial public hearing to close a portion of near-by Market Street just off White Street, also connected to preparing that area for the new Publix.

The new supermarket will be built by the Halvorsen Development Corporation from Florida, and Ms. Reynolds told WHKP News that construction of one of their stores typically takes about a year and the actual “start date” for construction depends on those permitting issues.

She points out the new Publix store will be approximately 49,000 square feet in size and will employ about 140 people. She says Publix plans to hold a “job fair” one to two months prior to opening the store.

Reynolds says that the new Hendersonille Publix will feature all of Publix traditional departments including their “scratch” bakery, deli, and meat, seafood and produce departments.

The new Hendersonville Publix will also feature, she says, Publix’s “Apron’s Simple Meals”.

Another Publix source tells WHKP News that those who might want to work in the new store, who don’t want to wait for the “job fair”, can apply at other nearby Publix stores…which, said the source, allows Publix to fill staffing needs at both stores although the new store will have the greatest number of openings. Information is available on the Publix careers Facebook page and @ Publixjobs Twitter account.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 12/31/16