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HENDERSONVILLE & MILLS RIVER FAMILY DENTAL ARE MOVING

HENDERSONVILLE & MILLS RIVER FAMILY DENTAL ARE MOVING

Hendersonville Family Dental and their sister office Mills River Family Dental are moving.

Hendersonville Familty Dental has built an all new state of the art dental office directly behind their current offices on the Greenville Highway. This all new office is expected to open June 7th.

Mills River Family Dental is moving their offices from Boyleston Highway to the Ingles Shopping Center in Mills River right beside Ace Hardware. They expect to be open in this new location June 5th.

Currently, three dentists offer complete dental services at these dental offices.  They are Dr.Michael Stohl, Dr.Alex Jiamachello,and  Dr Adam Scott...and a 4th dentist will be arriving soon.

 

RECENT HEAVY RAINS CREATE CHALLENGES FOR LOCAL APPLE GROWERS

RECENT HEAVY RAINS CREATE CHALLENGES FOR LOCAL APPLE GROWERS

WELL OVER 17 INCHES TOTAL RAINFALL SO FAR IN 2017   

Blessing that it is, especially after being in drought for so long, all the rain we’ve had lately could cause a whole other set of problems for Henderson County apple growers.

Jason Blackwell, who is president of Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association, said recently that the appearance and price of apples and other crops could take a hit.

Henderson County received over two full inches of rain this past Sunday alone, and the total for the year for the Asheville-Hendersonville area is now well over 17 inches. All that rain finlly got us out of a drought classification, but Blackwell says the rain could effect the color of local apples and make them unappealing to customers.

It all depends, he says, on a good spray program for local growers. The fungicides they spray on the apples can be washed off by the rain. And with many orchards in the county located on slopes, the rains delay getting back into the orchards to put more spray on them.

This can also give a harmful fungus more time to grow on the young apples.

Blackwell says if heavy rains should continue to occur, about 50 orchards in the county could be affected. It all depends, he says, on how quickly growers can get back in to spray the apples.

Local growers without a good spray program, he says, could end up with a less than appealing product.

In spite of the cold snap back in March, most apple varieties dodged a bullet and are developing ok. But the next worry is hail which can wipe out a whole crop, like the extensive damage done in a late season hail storm back in 2008.

Henderson County’s apple crop last year, said to be a “good crop but not a full crop, had a value placed on it of about $40 million.

CAROLINA VILLAGE CONTINUES TO GROW

CAROLINA VILLAGE CONTINUES TO GROW

HENDERSON COUNTY'S PREMIER RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PREPARES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION   

The City of Hendersonville is looking at plans to expand the Caroina  Village retirement community.  The Village plans to expand the community by nine units, with a combination of cottage- and apartment-style housing.

“We’re getting ready to serve the next generation of retirees, the baby boomers, which is the largest demographic in some time,” said Executive Director Kevin Parries. “We’re just trying to prepare and provide those services so we can meet the needs in Henderson County.”

Part of the overall project includes 54 units of cottage-style housing west along Carolina Village Road toward Clear Creek Road. The proposed “Clear Creek Cottages” would divide the 54 units among six duplexes and seven “six-plexes.”

The cottages are aimed for independent living similar to the cottages already at Carolina Village. A clubhouse with gardens is also included in the plans.

Carolina Village is proposing to rezone the Clear Creek Cottages property from medium density residential to planned residential development. The land would also have to be annexed into the city Hendersonville.

The other side of the project calls for additions to the current campus. A four-story, 36-unit apartment building called Lakeside Apartments would be placed next to Carolina Village’s main campus building. Plans show that the building will sit by Tranquil Lake where garages currently are.

The independent living apartments are one- to two- bedroom units with their own balconies. Thirty-six parking spaces would be located under the building.

Other additions tied with Lakeside Apartments include a 10-unit garage and covered parking spaces nearby, as well as a new maintenance building near the Carolina Village entrance.

More than 500 people reside at Carolina Village. Parries said the expansion plans came from a two-year strategic planning process to see how they could meet the needs of current and future residents.

“We did that strategic planning, looking at our current property, what are the best uses of that property to be able to meet the growing of people who move here for retirement or move from Hendersonville into a retirement community as their needs change,” Parries said.

A neighborhood compatibility meeting for the project is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 30 at the City Operations Center on Williams Street in Hendersonville

CRITICAL IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA:  WATERFALL SAFETY

CRITICAL IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA: WATERFALL SAFETY

EMERGENCY OFFICIALS:  "THE SAFEST WAY TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE WATERFALLS IS FROM A DISTANCE."

Henderson County's Emergency Management Director Rocky Hyder made that observation on WHKP several years ago...and sadly, since then, lives have been lost around the beautiful waterfalls of Western North Carolina.

Against the backdrop of one of Transylvania County’s most iconic waterfalls – High Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest – park, forest and emergency management leaders will gather on Friday, June 2, at 11 am to spread the word about waterfall safety.

This press event is sponsored by the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority (TCTDA), which promotes tourism to the area through its “Land of Waterfalls” brand.
“Last year, we experienced six fatalities at Transylvania County’s waterfalls,” said Clark Lovelace, executive director of the TCTDA. “Even one life lost in this way is one too many.”
Earlier this year, the TCTDA began working with local leadership at Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park to develop a multi-pronged communications approach aimed at helping educate the public about the dangers associated with what is, arguably, one of western North Carolina’s most storied attractions. The campaign will utilize on-site signage and social media to get the word out.

“It’s ironic that something so beautiful can also be so treacherous,” said Steve Pagano, Park Superintendent at Gorges State Park. “But that’s part of the problem. People become so mesmerized that they don’t always think about the risks.”

The event will take place on National Trails Day, which will give forest and park superintendents the opportunity to also talk about forest safety in general.
“Often, the public doesn’t realize the incredible amount of resources that are required to respond to backcountry emergencies,” said Bobby Cooper, EMS director for Transylvania County. “More than 90% of local emergency responders are volunteers.”

With more people visiting public lands, the strain on emergency services is growing.
“We want to do our best to help prepare people so they can enjoy a forest experience safely and responsibly,” said Bruce MacDonald, a ranger at DuPont State Recreational Forest. “Unlike an amusement park, our forests are not engineered for safety. Visitors need to have that mindset going in.”

While their message is a serious one, forest and park leaders will also convey tips on how to best enjoy the county’s myriad natural resources.
“We have issues with crowding in some popular areas,” said Jeff Owenby, district recreation program manager at Pisgah National Forest. “We’re going to be sharing advice on how people can avoid some of those peak times to enjoy a better experience. We’ll also be talking about how important trail courtesy is between different user groups.”
In addition to tourism, forest and park officials, several representatives from key support groups will be on hand to show their support for the initiative, including Friends of DuPont, The Pisgah Conservancy, Friends of Gorges, Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association and others.

Media should park at the High Falls Parking Lot at DuPont State Recreational Forest where additional transportation will be provided to the event location at the High Falls Picnic Shelter. Media that have special needs or requests can contact Bruce MacDonald at (828) 877-6527 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HILTON HOME2 SUITES PROPOSED FOR SUGARLOAF ROAD

HILTON HOME2 SUITES PROPOSED FOR SUGARLOAF ROAD

NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SUGARLOAF ROAD, US 64 EAST, AND I-26   

The city of Hendersonville has received an application from Sugarloaf Hospitality LLC for a four-story hotel near the I-26 and Highway 64 interchange.

According to a Times-News report, the proposed Home2 Suites By Hilton will be located on Sugarloaf Road between A Day in the County and the Ramada hotel.

Home2 Suites feature fully equipped in-suite kitchens and modular furniture. The chain also welcomes pets including dogs, cats, birds and rabbits.

Preliminary site plans submitted to the city include a 66,000-square-foot facility, with 16,500 square feet per floor and meeting space.
The project is currently zoned PCD Planned Commercial District and will not require rezoning.

A neighborhood compatibility meeting for the project is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 31 inside the City Operations Center on Williams Street.

RIBBON CUTTING THIS WEDNESDAY FOR SAMTEC AT BRCC

RIBBON CUTTING THIS WEDNESDAY FOR SAMTEC AT BRCC

WILL TRAIN WORKERS FOR GF LINAMAR NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN FERNCLIFF INDUSTRIAL PARK IN MILLS RIVER   

WELL OVER 300 MANUFACTURING JOBS TO BE CREATED   

MAY BEGIN OPERATION AS SOON AS THIS SUMMER   

Blue Ridge Community College to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Southeastern Advanced Molding Technology Education Center (SAMTEC) on Wednesday, May 24

Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Southeastern Advanced Molding Technology Education Center (SAMTEC) on Wednesday, May 24 at 9 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony is free and open to the public to attend. Carlos Vasto, general manager at GF Linamar LLC, Michael Edney, Chairman of Henderson County Commissioners, Dr. Molly Parkhill, president of BRCC, and WIll Buie, board chair of Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, will give remarks at the ceremony. Demonstrations of the SAMTEC equipment will be given after the program.

SAMTEC is located in the Advanced Technology Building, where it will use the expertise of instructors from several of BRCC advanced technology programs, including mechatronics, computer integrated machining, welding, and engineering technology. Two BRCC instructors traveled to Austria and Switzerland to receive training on equipment set-up, maintenance, and operation. SAMTEC will provide training to GF Linamar employees, as well as molding and die cast training for companies locally and across the nation. Long range plans include the development of a full associate degree program in Molding Technology.

“We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our new SAMTEC facility, which will provide essential job training for hundreds of students,” said Dr. Molly Parkhill, president of BRCC. “This new, state-of-the-art facility would not have been possible without the generous support of Georg Fischer, Linamar, the Golden Leaf Foundation, the NCCCS Customized Training Program and Henderson County.”

Fueled by a joint venture between Swiss Company, Georg Fischer (GF) and Canadian Company, Linamar, the SAMTEC job training initiative is specifically designed to meet the training needs of GF Linamar’s new high-pressure die cast facility. GF Linamar’s facility will specialize in high-pressure die casting to produce light-weight aluminum and magnesium parts for power train driveline and structural components. This venture will add 350 jobs to the region with an average annual salary estimated at $47,013.

Funding for the equipment and retrofit of the Advanced Technologies Building to accommodate the Center was provided by a $550,000 Economic Catalyst grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation and an $80,000 award from the North Carolina Community College System Customized Training Program to purchase equipment. For die cast training, GF Linamar and its equipment suppliers have donated the majority of the necessary equipment or provided equipment at a low cost, including a new die cast cell. County funds provided a retrofit of the space. The equipment in SAMTEC is valued at more than $2 million.

Currently, the southeast region of the United States is home to 25 die cast manufacturers and a wide variety of manufacturers using plastic molding processes. SAMTEC provides quality workforce training in high-pressure die cast of aluminum parts as well as training in the production of plastic molding processes. SAMTEC will also support the training needs of other area companies with plastic molding processes. These companies include Elkamet Inc., B.I.G. Adventures, Continental Automotive Systems, Meritor Inc., Raumedic and Lassonde Pappas.

TWO ARRESTED FOR METH TRAFFICKING, GUN CHARGES, ETC...AT LOCAL RESORT

TWO ARRESTED FOR METH TRAFFICKING, GUN CHARGES, ETC...AT LOCAL RESORT

FACING MULTIPLE SERIOUS FELONY CHARGES   

Chief Herbert Blake announced today the arrest of two suspects on drugs and weapons
violations.

On Sunday May 21st at approximately 7:01 p.m., officers of the Hendersonville Police
Department were dispatched to the 201 Sugarloaf Road (Cascades Mountain Resort) for a
report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers met with employees of the hotel that
complained of a heavy odor of burnt Marijuana coming from a room within the hotel.
Officers made contact with the occupants and gained access to the room. Officers seized
two handguns, 217 grams of Methamphetamine, 26 dosage units of Oxycodone and 2.86
grams of Marijuana. Two felony arrests were made as a result.

Arrested at the scene were Felix Garcia Jr. 34 of Immokalee, Florida and Martin Santos
Garza, 21 of Asheville, North Carolina. Charges for both are as follows:

Felix Garcia: Trafficking in Methamphetamine
Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purposes of Controlled Substances
Possession of Schedule 11 Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)
Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
Possession of Marijuana
2 Counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Total bond set at $62,000.00
Martin Garza: Trafficking in Methamphetamine
Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purposes of Controlled Substances
Possession of Schedule 11 Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)
Possession of Marijuana
2 Counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Total bond set at $57,000.00

The Hendersonville Police Department continues our efforts in drug enforcement and
encourages citizens to report any activity that may be related to illegal narco

DRIVER DIES IN TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK WRECK ON I-26 MONDAY MORNING

DRIVER DIES IN TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK WRECK ON I-26 MONDAY MORNING

AT THE HENDERSON-POLK COUNTY LINE   

The Higway Patrol confirms that the driver of a tractor-trailer truck that wrecked at the Henderson-Polk County line this (Monday) morning had died of his injuries.

The NCDOT is reporting one lane of Interstate-26 westbound is closed at the Henderson-Polk County line near the Macedonia Road exit.
Highway Patrol tells us the crash involves a tractor trailer and that there are injuries.

According to the NCDOT, the crash is in the median, between two bridges.

The lane of I-26 is not expected to be re-opened until mid afternoon Monday.

PRESERVATION---AND RESTORATION---REPORTEDLY ON THE WAY FOR HHS'S HISTORIC STILLWELL BUILDING

PRESERVATION---AND RESTORATION---REPORTEDLY ON THE WAY FOR HHS'S HISTORIC STILLWELL BUILDING

DESIGNED ABOUT A CENTURY AGO BY HISTORIC LOCAL ARCHITECT ERLE STILLWELL   

It’s being reported that---finally---some serious plans are in the works to preserve and restore the historic Stillwell building at the heart of the Hendersonville High School main campus.

The County has reportedly made plans to immediately undertake several steps to preserve the main portion of current Hendersonville High School building, designed almost a century ago by local architect Erle Stillwell.

The Henderson County School Board, working with the County maintenance engineer David Barry, have developed a two year list of items reportedly being given the highest priority.

In the first year, the plan is estimated to cost about $946,703 and includes a new roof, replacing the chiller and installing a new fire escape system.

The second year’s request cost is estimated at $808,646 and includes waterproofing the brick outer surface and contouring the landscape to insure proper drainage around the old building. The initial work on the roof is planned for June, after school gets out for the summer vacation which starts June 9th.

At a future date, the School Board will have the opportunity to submit another preservation request plan to the County. In total, the County has reportedly committed about $4M, over four years, for this process.

Preservation and future use of the Stillwell building has been a key issue in the controversial plan for a new HHS campus on the former Boyd property at Five Points that’s now apparently been resolved with zoning and other changes recently approved by Hendersonville city council.

PARDEE'S ORTHOPEDIC & SPORTS MEDICINE HAS NEW LINE LEADER

PARDEE'S ORTHOPEDIC & SPORTS MEDICINE HAS NEW LINE LEADER

Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that it has hired Daniel J. Hein to lead its Orthopedics & Sports Medicine program, effective April 24. As administrative director of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Hein will work with orthopedic and sports medicine providers, acute care nursing and ancillary services leadership on patient engagement, clinical quality, innovation and affordability. In this role, he will provide overall strategic leadership and oversight of clinical and business operations. He will oversee provider relationships, program quality and fiscal performance of all related services. His specific areas of responsibility include orthopedic services, the Spine Center, speech therapy, outpatient physical therapy, medical wellness, aquatic therapy, athletic training and sports medicine.

“We are pleased to announce that Daniel Hein has joined the Pardee UNC Health Care team as administrative director of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine,” said Johnna Reed, chief administrative officer at Pardee Hospital. “Daniel’s extensive leadership and management experience across numerous health care settings make him an ideal fit for this role.”

Hein joins Pardee from Mission Medical Associates, where he served as the western region director for 15 provider practices in five different municipalities. Previously, he served as CEO of large orthopedic groups in Nashville and Memphis. A native of Brevard, N.C., Hein is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he obtained his Master of Business Administration, and The Citadel, where he played varsity football.

Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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Brittney Storm Rankin