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BLUE RIDGE EXPANDS COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES INTO RUTHERFORD COUNTY

BRCHS opens new health center in Spindale

  

Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location, the Rutherford Health Center (RHC), in Spindale, NC.  RHC offers medical and behavioral health services, as well as a discount pharmacy and plans are underway to add dental services next year.  Open five days a week, the Rutherford Health Center is currently accepting new patients starting March 3rd, 2014.  Please call 828-288-2881 to make an appointment.  Walk-in patient appointments are also accepted daily for both medical and behavioral health care.

Located at 187 South Main Street in Spindale, RHC takes over the clinical space previously used by the now-closed Rutherford Community Health Center.  RHC recently underwent the renovations necessary to operate as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), including upgrades to Information Technology and Medical Equipment.  The Rutherford Health Center staff will include four medical providers, two licensed behavioral health counselors, clinical support personnel and a practice manager and while services will be focused on the residents of Rutherford County, RHC is open to those seeking a medical home in neighboring counties as well.

Just like other BRCHS locations, Medicare, Medicaid and most major insurances are accepted.  For those who are not insured, services are offered on a sliding fee discount, but no one is turned away because of their inability to pay.  Medications are offered at a discount to RHC patients through the BRCHS 340B pharmacy program and effective April 1, will be housed down the street at Spindale Drug.

“The need for access to primary care services continues to grow in our region, particularly among vulnerable, underserved populations,” said Shannon Dowler M.D. Chief Medical Officer at BRCHS. “We have positioned ourselves to be responsive to this critical need with this new site. This allows us to increase access to care for Rutherford County residents and live out our mission to provide quality healthcare that is affordable and accessible to all.”

 

 



THE MOST DANGEROUS SEASON FOR FOREST FIRES

N.C. Forest Service

THE MOST DANGEROUS SEASON

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITY SPRING LEAF PICKUP BEGINS

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.

 

 

 

MARGARET (MRS. BILL) PRIM DIED THURSDAY AT AGE 84

MARGARET (MRS. BILL) PRIM DIED THURSDAY AT AGE 84

Margaret Justus Prim

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.

 

 

 

 

 

WNC ROCK STAR CALEB JOHNSON IS READY FOR "PRIME TIME" ON "IDOL"

Asheville's Caleb Johnson has been performing on TV's 'American Idol' talent show.

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.”

HISTORIC SEVENTH AVENUE DISTRICT TO BE ABSORBED BY THE CITY SIMILAR TO DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE

HISTORIC SEVENTH AVENUE DISTRICT TO BE ABSORBED BY THE CITY SIMILAR TO DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE

History

The City of Hendersonville plans to take over the Historic Seventh Avenue District between now and the start of the new fiscal year in July.

Apparently in the discussion stage since earlier this year, city manager John Connet says the Historic   Seventh Avenue "special tax district" will be absorbed and structured in the future similar to Downtown Hendersonville, another "special tax district".

Connet says the existing HSAD board will soon be replaced by an "advisory committee" which will provide advice and guidance on development and other Seventh   Avenue East issues.

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 and Seventh Avenue East stakeholders was held earlier in the week.

One Seventh Avenue East business and property owner, Carson Calton of City Tire Service, says he thinks this will be a positive change for Seventh Avenue. He says a great deal of re-development in that area has been accomplished in recent years...and he feels the city's resources will now enable that re-development to move forward to the next level.

"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 Historic   Seventh Avenue districts.

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 Historic   Seventh Avenue.

(Above photo is of HSAD's Historic Train Depot)

 By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

Updated 12noon 2/26/14

 

 



LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL YEAR EXTENDED BECAUSE OF SNOW DAYS

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.

 

 

 

 



PUBLIC'S HELP REQUESTED IN LOCAL ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

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.

A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD TUESDAY NIGHT AS NC DOT PLANS CHANGES AT I-26/BREVARD ROAD/BILTMORE SQUARE MALL INTERCHANGE

interchange

 

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.

The project will re-route parts of Rocky Ridge Road and Wedgefield Drive, DOT says.

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL ELKS TO HELP REPAIR RESTROOMS IN HENDERSONVILLE'S SULLIVAN PARK

Elks Club logo

City and Elks Lodge Partner to Repair Sullivan Park

Restrooms

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

spring.

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.