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FALL COLOR MEANS BILLIONS (WITH A "B") TO THE ECONOMY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

FALL COLOR MEANS BILLIONS (WITH A "B") TO THE ECONOMY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

FALL COLOR EXPECTED TO BE AVERAGE OR BETTE

NOT REALLY IMPACTED MUCH BY HURRICANE IRMA

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As the leaves change color in western North Carolina, green is the big color for most businesses.

October is one of the biggest months for businesses as tourists flock to the area to view the reds, oranges and yellows of the fall.

Western Carolina University economist Steve Morse told the Asheville Citizen-Times that October is like Black Friday in mountains of western North Carolina.

A recent economic impact study from Tourism Economics found that Buncombe County attracted nearly 11 million visitors last year. Those visitors spent nearly $2 billion.

Marla Tambellini with the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau said the fall foliage season is estimated to be responsible for about 12 percent of hotel occupancy for the year. She said demand is running ahead of last year's pace.

Photosynbthesis is the big factor that determines fall leaf colorf, according to a biology professor at Western Carolina University...and Professor Beverly Collins says its been a very good year for chlorophyll and photosynthesis.

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Western North Carolina typically has one of the longest fall color seasons in the nation, due largely to the changes in elevations throughout the region...with fall color starting early (in earl;y Septembedr at some of the highest elevations) and last into late October or even early November at the lowest elevations.

Tourism from the fall color season is historically critical to the economy of Henderson County.

 

 

FALL OFFICIALLY ARRIVED IN HENDERSONVILLE AT 4:02 PM FRIDAY!

FALL OFFICIALLY ARRIVED IN HENDERSONVILLE AT 4:02 PM FRIDAY!

"Of autumn wine now drink your fill, the frost's on the pumpkin and snow's on the hill."--The Old Farmer's Almanac

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The autumnal equinox or September equinox falls on September 22. Here’s everything you need to know about the equinox and signs of the equinox in nature.

WHEN IS THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX?

Specifically, the Northern Hemisphere marks the autumnal equinox on Friday, September 22, 2017, at exactly 4:02 P.M. EDT.
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2017 Friday, September 22
2018 Saturday, September 22
2019 Monday, September 23

WHAT IS THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX?

The Autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox—is the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).
During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator” (just imagine the line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky) from north to south.
Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator. At this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.
Another definition of fall is nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights.
It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.

WHY AREN’T DAYS AND NIGHTS EQUAL?

Nights and days actually aren’t perfectly equal on the equinox, as in 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime. The split may be off by a few minutes. Why does this happen?    iTdepends on where you live. On the autumnal and vernal equinoxes, the very center of the Sun sets just 12 hours after it rises. But the day begins when the upper edge of the Sun reaches the horizon (which happens a bit before the center rises), and it doesn’t end until the entire Sun has set. Not only that, but the Sun is actually visible when it is below the horizon, as Earth’s atmosphere refracts the Sun’s rays and bends them in an arc over the horizon. According to our former Almanac astronomer, George Greenstein, “If the Sun were to shrink to a star-like point and we lived in a world without air, the spring and fall equinoxes would truly have ‘equal nights.’”  Does the Sun rise due east and set west at the equinox? See more odd equinox facts from astronomer Bob Berman!

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WHAT FALLING LEAVES INDICATE

There’s an old weather proverb that states, “If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter.” This means that leaves that hang onto the tree indicate a colder winter to come. Or, perhaps you just haven’t had enough windy days! But look on the bright side—you get to look at the beautiful autumn foliage for a little bit longer. Learn why autumn leaves change color.
See our fall foliage forecast for 2017!
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SIGNS OF FALL

In many regions of North America, the landscape silently explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange. The leaves begin to drop off the trees, providing endless hours of jumping into leaf piles for kids and raking them back up for parents!
Plants and trees are slowing down, as sunlight decreases. However, in the garden, asters and chrysanthemums bloom beautifully as orange pumpkins and corn mazes abound. Baseball season hits the homestretch, while football season is just warming up.
Halloween and Thanksgiving carry us through the season until temperatures begin to drop, nights begin to get longer, and all the woodland critters start storing up for the long haul of winter.
Of course, you can you can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets. See our sunrise/set tool for your backyard!
Also, notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day as it starts shifting south. Birds and butterflies migrate along with the path of our Sun!
How do you know that fall is coming? Share your ideas in the comments below!

AUTUMN FOLKLORE AND VERSE

Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor. –Irish proverb
Trees snapping and cracking in the autumn indicate dry weather.
If, in the fall of the leaves in October, many of them wither on the boughs and hang there, it betokens a frosty winter and much snow.
Spring rain damps;
Autumn rain soaks.
Of autumn’s wine, now drink your fill; the frost’s on the pumpkin, and snow’s on the hill.
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1993
Autumn has caught us in our summer wear. –Philip Larkin, British poet (1922–86)

COUNTY PLANNING BOARD HEARD MORE THURSDAY FROM CITIZENS ABOUT THE PROPOSED 232-ACRE "FARM AT EAGLES NEST" IN ETOWAH

COUNTY PLANNING BOARD HEARD MORE THURSDAY FROM CITIZENS ABOUT THE PROPOSED 232-ACRE "FARM AT EAGLES NEST" IN ETOWAH

PLANNING BOARD HAS UNTIL NOVEMBER 14TH TO MAKE A DECISION   

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Henderson County’s Planning Board Thursday continued to hear comments from concerned neighbors and citizens about the proposed “Farm At Eagle’s Nest”. That proposed development involves some 232 acres on McKinney Road in Etowah...which will include 299 total units of single family homes, duplexes, eight-plexes, and an RV park.

Most of those who spoke at Thursday’s meeting were against the development, although there were some neighbors who support it.

The Planning Board is waiting for more information from NC DOT on the impact of the development on roads and traffic in the area. Concerns have also been raised about the ability of the Etowah Sewer Company to handle a a development that large, particularly after a recent rainfall event led to an overflow from the system of some 15,000 gallons of untreated wastewater and considering the development’s close proximity to the French Broad River.

Planning Board Chairman Steve Dozier pointed out that with R-1, or Residential 1 zoning at that site, there could potentially be as many as 928 units on that property if all the approximately 500 acres of that property is developed under that zoning classification.

The Planning Board has until November 14 to make a decision, and county planner Autumn Radcliffe says the Board should have all the information it needs, including the traffic study from NC DOT, by the Planning Board’s October 19th meeting.

Florida developer John Turchin is proposing that development along with another large development off South Rugby Road in the Horse Shoe area.

 

 

PRESERVATION COMMISSION APPROVES DEMOLITION OF THE LAMPLEY MOTORS BUILDING ON SOUTH CHURCH STREET

PRESERVATION COMMISSION APPROVES DEMOLITION OF THE LAMPLEY MOTORS BUILDING ON SOUTH CHURCH STREET

MORE CHANGE POSSIBLY COMING TO DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE   

THE LAMPLEY MOTORS BUILDING DATES BACK TO MID 1940S   

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Hendersonville's Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday approved the demolition of the old Lampley Motors building at 101 and 121 North Church Street.  A new commercial development is planned for that property.

The property, which is also the location for Southern Appalachian Coffee Company, is currently owned by Pulliam-Justus Partners and they had applied for what’s known as a “certificate of appropriateness” to level the two old buildings on that property to make room for their planned newl commercial development.

Pulliam-Justus Partners owns the .78 acre site which is valued at just under $625 thousand.

The family of the late Dr. Bill Lampley operated an automobile dealership in that building, dating back to 1945.

The building is listed as a “contributing property” in the National Register’s historic district in downtown Hendersonville.

That building was also once home to Thomas Motor Company which later moved to North Main Street...and into an auto delership building that once stood at 7th and Main, approximately where Triangle Stop is today.

 

LOCAL MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES INVOLVING A MINOR

LOCAL MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES INVOLVING A MINOR

AN INVESTIGATION GOES BACK TO EARLIER THIS MONTH   

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Felony Indecent Liberties Arrest – Henderson County
September 21, 2017

On September 5, 2017, Henderson County deputies were dispatched to a disturbance on Leisure Lane in East Flat Rock. During the course of the investigation, deputies were made aware of allegations concerning inappropriate sexual behavior toward a minor by one of the parties. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division then began an investigation which led to the arrest on September 19, 2017, of Peter Budimer Sreckovich, age 45 of Leisure Lane, East Flat Rock, NC. Sreckovich was charged with one felony count of statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15 and one felony count of indecent liberties with a child. Sreckovich remains in the Henderson County jail under a $58,000.00 secured bond.

Should anyone have additional information regarding allegations of misconduct against Mr. Sreckovich, please contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911.

LOCAL UROLOGIST DONALDSON PLANS TO RUN FOR CONGRESS

LOCAL UROLOGIST DONALDSON PLANS TO RUN FOR CONGRESS

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REPORTED THIS WEEK BY THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER   

The Waynesville Mountaineer reported this week that Hendersonville urologist Dr. Scott Donaldson plans to file as a Democrat candidate for the 11th Congressional District seat now held by Republican Congressman Mark Meadows.

Donaldson ran an unsuccessful campaign for Henderson County commissioner in 2010.

Up to this point, the only other Democrat in the congressional race is Phillip Price.

In his 2010 run for county commissioner, Donaldson championed health care for young people with an emphasis on the fight against obesity.

 

 

 

 

HENDERSON COUNTY WILL NOT BE BUYING LAKE OSCEOLA

HENDERSON COUNTY WILL NOT BE BUYING LAKE OSCEOLA

COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S MEETING WEDNESDAY MORNING   

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Henderson County commissioners turned “thumbs down” Wednesday morning on a proposal for the county to purchase the 32-acre Lake Osceola.

Osceola owner Todd Leoni has faced a number of issues with the lake and the aging dam in recent years, and earlier this summer he offered to sell the lake to the county for $3 million.

After a brief discussion of the issue at their meeting Wednesday morning, County Commission Chairman Michael Edney said “It is a potential opportunity, but I don’t think the county is in a position to consider it.”

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Also on the agenda for commissioners Wednesday...was the issue of sewer service for the new $25 million Edneyville Elementary School.

Commissioners were also set to review emergency preparedness for the recent hurricanes.

 

 

CAMERA CLUB OF HENDERSONVILLE LIBRARY DISPLAYS

CAMERA CLUB OF HENDERSONVILLE LIBRARY DISPLAYS

The Camera Club of Hendersonville invites everyone to a September spectacular of images by club members.  This big display is being held in the Kaplan Room of the Henderson County Library. While viewing these images, the public may vote for their favorites on provided ballots. 

 

 

 

 

 

MILLS RIVER COUNCIL APPEALS TO NC DOT FOR HELP AT DANGEROUS INTERSECTION

MILLS RIVER COUNCIL APPEALS TO NC DOT FOR HELP AT DANGEROUS INTERSECTION

 THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 191 AND BUTLER BRIDGE ROAD, DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF MT. GILEAD BAPTIST CHURCH   

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Mills River Town Council and staff are appealing to NC DOT for help with the dangerous intersection of Highway 191 and Butler Bridge Road. One wreck there on the morning of the hurricane left a vehicle on its side; and yet another bad wreck occurred there this past Sunday.

Approaching Highway 191 on Butler Bridge Road, the intersection is virtually “blind” for motorists on the left, or on the Highway 280 side, at the intersection. Both a curve and an elevation issue create the hazard. NC DOT’s efforts to improve that intersection a few years ago have not helped.

That part of Butler Bridge Road is used as a frequent “connector” for parents taking kids to and from Glenn Marlow School and as a general connection to the five-lane Highway 280.

In appeals by Town Council and staff to NC DOT, we’re told that NC DOT will review the number of accident at that intersection...but “numbers” don’t tell the whole story. The danger is obvious to any motorist approaching Highway 191 on Butler Bridge Road, who tries to see back to his left around that “blind” curve and who know he has only seconds to make his turn before a vehicle, probably exceeding the 45 miles-per-hour speed limit. Comes around the curve and up the hill and is in his path at the intersection.

That intersection probably won’t qualify for a traffic signal light, although that may be the only way to slow traffic down to the speed limit along that stretch of Highway 191 or Old Heywood Road. But Mills River Town Manager Jeff wells is asking NC DOT to consider a “flashing” light that will flash and alert motorists when traffic is approaching the intersection.

Mills River Town Council discussed the issue at length at their September 14th meeting, and Mayor Larry Freeman says Town Council is committed to continuing the appeal to NC DOT and exploring every possibility to make that intersection safer.

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Some private citizens and some who attend nearby Mt. Gilead Baptist Church say they’ve taken the issue and expressed their concerns all the way to NC DOT division headquarters in Sylva.

LAUREL PARK TOWN COUNCIL HEARS OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED "COTTAGES AT ARCADIA VIEWS"

LAUREL PARK TOWN COUNCIL HEARS OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED "COTTAGES AT ARCADIA VIEWS"

PROPOSED FOR THE 2800 BLOCK OF BREVARD ROAD, HIGHWAY 64 WEST    

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About 100 residents of Laurel Park and nearby communities Hunter’s Crossing and Hawthorn Hills expressed their strong opposition on Tuesday to the proposed “Cottages at Arcadia Views".

A quasi-judicial public hearing was held concerning a conditional use permit for the proposed development of 28 one-story duplex residential buildings, which will be the first phase of a 5-phase plan by Ohio developer WXZ Development for some 90 acres the developer owns along Brevard Road and up Davis Mountain.

Concerns raised by speakers at the hearing included flood issues with part of the property near a floodplain, the possibility of increased crime, and higher density housing. But the over-riding concern is with the increase in traffic along Brevard Road,

Traffic studies have apparently indicated that no left-turn lane into the proposed development would be necessary, but that doesn’t convince those who oppose the development who cite an ever-increasing volume of traffic on Highway 64 west.

Laurel Park Town Council is set to vote on that conditional use permit, with additional conditions attached to it, in their work session on October 12