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COMMISSIONERS OPT FOR A NEW HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL....AT A COST OF $50 MILLION

COMMISSIONERS OPT FOR A NEW HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL....AT A COST OF $50 MILLION

That 1926 Earl Stillwell building at Hendersonville High will not be a part of the new Hendersonville High the county plans to build on a nearby site,  The Board of Commissioners made that dcision on Wednesday in a review of county school capital construction needs..

At its meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously chose to construct a new school at the former Boyd Automotive site on Asheville Highway that the county purchaed when Boy Automotive moved their General Motors dealership to a new location on the Spartasnburg Highway.   When the Boyd family sold that Five Points property to county schools, for as new Hendersonville High School campus, they aldo made a substantiasl donation in the sale price to the county and county schools.

A 49-page report commissioned by the county and conducted by Vannoy Construction earlier this year found renovation of the building to be feasible, saying the core of the 66,000-square-foot building is in sound shape.

The report estimated the building's renovation would cost $13.5 million.

The board decided to go with the third of five construction options prepared by architectural firm Clark Nexsen and presented to the board in October.

According to that presentation, Option 3 would not incorporate any existing structures, keep a working gymnasium on campus throughout construction, would not require mobile classrooms and would be completed in 32 months.

The estimated cost for Option 3, listed in the architect's presentation, is $50.4 million.

NEW WALGREENS COMING TO LAUREL PARK VILLAGE (CORRECTION)

NEW WALGREENS COMING TO LAUREL PARK VILLAGE (CORRECTION)

 
There's been talk around town for some time of another Walgreen's Drug Store opening up in the area.
 
And word is now...from unconfirmed sources...that he new building at Laurel Park Shopping Village is a new Walgreens.
 
Sources say they have torn down the former Laurel Park Fitness Center and will build the new Walgreens there.

OLD QUALITY INN TO BECOME A NEW RESORT

OLD QUALITY INN TO BECOME A NEW RESORT

JUST OFF I-26 & SUGARLOAF ROAD

CONSTRUCTION IS ALREADY UNDERWAY

 As WLOS-TV has been reporting, he old and abandoned, graffiti-ridden hotel, on Sugarloaf Road an d just off I-26, was sold last Friday, April 15, 2016.

In a press release Tuesday, it was revealed the owners of Asheville's Fun Depot have purchased the property and construction has already begun on what will be called "The Cascades Mountain Resort".

The building will be completely renovated, and will feature indoor and outdoor water-features including a waterfall and beautiful greenery.

The indoor pool will be updated to include a water slide and a kids water area, as well as an over-sized and secluded hot tub for adults.

The Cascades will also house a cafe where guests can enjoy pizza, ice-cream and more on an outdoor slate-patio near a fire-pit.

The owners of Asheville's Fun Depot, David and Marybeth Day, say they are excited to see families and friends making new positive memories in a premier resort that economically benefits the community.

(WLOS Photo)

 

ETOWAH VALLEY SMOKEHOUSE IS RE-MODELING; NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN SOON

ETOWAH VALLEY SMOKEHOUSE IS RE-MODELING; NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN SOON

The Etowah Valley Smokehouse restaurant is making progress.They are hard at work remodeling and painting everything inside the restaurant.The new restaurant is owned by Etowah Valley Golf and Resort and will feature traditional eastern North Carolina bbq....they will also have a whole hog "pig pickin" on a regular basis and a buffet.
 
Opening day has yet to be set but it appears the last week in May is the target they are shooting for.
 
The restaurant in its hey day was the Etowah BBQ Shak...later knowns as Bad Wolf and Jbobs BBQ.
 
General manager for all of Etowah's properties Tim Rice commented "this will be one of the finest restaurants in all of Western North Carolina,and we will be able to handle groups of all sizes.
Its easy to find them there on Highway 64 West....or just roll down the window and follow the traditional wood smoke.
 

WHKP ADDS NEW SMART-PHONE "APP"---TRY IT---IT'S FREE!

WHKP ADDS NEW SMART-PHONE "APP"---TRY IT---IT'S FREE!

WHKP is committed to expanding your listening options…and we’ve done that by making an all knew “app” available for free installation on your smart-phone.

The new WHKP app will bring you, with a simple one-step click, not only 24/7 full service listening to WHKP, but it will also give you instant access to other WHKP venues like both the WHKP home page and Facebook sites.  Those sites open up a whole world of local news, sports, weather and social media inter-action.

You can install the new WHKP app on your smart-phone by clicking on your Google Play Store app, finding WHKP onit, and following a few simple steps.  If you don’t now have the Google Play App, go to the “App Store”, find it, and install it…it also is a free app.

WHKP president and general manager Art Cooley said, “Today’s technology keeps offering up new, exciting, better, and more convenient ways of delivering our “product” to you…such as the new 107.7 FM translator and now this state-of-the-art WHKP app.”  He added, “We are committed to keeping up with the times….and, as we’ve done for almost 70 years, keeping WHKP entertaining, informative and easily accessible.”

IT'S PROM TIME---THE NC HIGHWAY PATROL URGES YOUNG DRIVERS TO DRIVE SAFELY

IT'S PROM TIME---THE NC HIGHWAY PATROL URGES YOUNG DRIVERS TO DRIVE SAFELY

THIS IS "DRIVE TO LIVE" WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA

With prom season here, the North Carolina the Highway Patrol will be targeting teenage drivers in hopes of saving lives.

's operation "Drive to Live" week across the state. The operation will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day.

The operation is an initiative by the Highway Patrol to reduce the number of teenage related traffic collisions and deaths.

According to National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, young drivers are significantly over represented in fatal crashes, particularly 16 and 17 year olds.

One area that is particularly concerning is distracted driving.

The youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 10% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under 20.

In 2015, the Highway Patrol investigated over 58,812 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 - 19. Of those collisions, 10,501 injuries were reported and 107 resulted in one or more fatalities.

Troopers will be enforcing all traffic laws around the state's schools and conducting traffic safety education programs at the high schools prior to the school year ending.

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FRESH STRAWBERRIES ARE BACK!  OTHER FRESH PRODUCE WILL BE COMING SOON

FRESH STRAWBERRIES ARE BACK! OTHER FRESH PRODUCE WILL BE COMING SOON

Local strawberry lovers will be glad to hear…that delicious, plump, bright red, fresh strawberries are back!  We found some this past Friday at one of our favorites seasonal road-side “stands”…on Highway 191 near West Henderson High School.

Mr. Johnson has been selling strawberries, tomatoes, and other fresh produce in that location for years…and with some new fiber optic lines being installed close to his stand, we weren’t sure he’d be back there this year…but thankfully he was, an is---most every day---until his produce is sold.

He usually brings his berries up from “Strawberry Hill” in South Carolina.  And this spring, he’s selling them for $13 a gallon.

He says there’s a new strawberry this year…plump and sweet, but he doesn’t have that new variety yet.  But the old “stand by” variety that he bring up from “Strawberry Hill” is just fine with all of us…who’ve been looking forward to those berries all winter.

Local Henderson County strawberries will be available soon, IF a late season freeze doesn’t get them. 

And we’ll be looking forward to local blueberries and black berries, too  bit later in the spring season.

Out in the fields in what’s known as the “fertile crescent” of Mills River, you’ll see streams of glistening plastic with tomatoes already growing in them.

And the county’s multi-million dollar apple crop is nearing “full bloom”. 

It’s not too early to plant corn, and lettuce and onions are already “up”.

All local growers, including flower gareners, are hoping for a good, long, and successful growing season this year.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

 

 

 

 

 

  

HENDERSONVILLE SYMPHONY BLACK & WHITE BALL MAY 21ST

HENDERSONVILLE SYMPHONY BLACK & WHITE BALL MAY 21ST

Interested in a BMW Performance Driving Experience, an African Safari, a motorcycle ride, a fabulous week on Kiawah Island SC, and many more exciting opportunities? These are some of the items in our live auction that will add excitement to an elegant evening. A welcoming glass of wine, gourmet dinner, dance music, and a chance to give back to the arts and our youth; sound enticing and exciting?  If so, the annual Black & White Ball is an event not to be missed!

This year's Black & White Ball, set for Saturday, May 21, at Kenmure Country Club, is the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra’s (HSO) premier fundraiser and social event of the year.  All proceeds from the event support the HSO, three Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, the Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir, plus youth educational activities and scholarships.

Hendersonville has a strong sense of community values that has supported symphonic music for 44 years.  The Hendersonville Symphony League uses the proceeds from the Ball to support music enrichment programs for the HSO and our community.  Your support will fund valuable programs and activities that benefit the growth, education, and creative development of our orchestras.  Bill Elder, Hendersonville Symphony League President said “your generous support helps ensure we will be able to keep fine music alive and strong in our community and continue our many youth programs”.

Guests will also enjoy looking over dozens of attractive items and gift certificates for goods and services included in a silent auction. A live auction will be directed by Hendersonville's Tommy Thompson, Chair of the County Board of Commissioners.  Among the auction offerings will be several wonderful get-away vacations, an HSO guest conductor opportunity, art by well-known local artists and much more.

The evening features fine dining and wines, silent auction and cocktails  beginning at 6 pm and a live auction beginning about 8:30. Guests will dance to the music of Dino and the Dreamers throughout the evening, and dancing will continue until 11:00 PM, or beyond!

Invitations have been mailed to past orchestra supporters. Additional invitations may be requested by calling Galen Reuther (828) 698-9380 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We invite you to join the festive celebration for the HSO.  If you can’t attend but still want to help, contact Bill Elder at (828) 230-8448 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

The Black and White Ball promises to be an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and lively bidding.  Come, join the excitement

CHIMNEY ROCK IS OPEN AGAIN

CHIMNEY ROCK IS OPEN AGAIN

THE ELEVATOR IS STILL OUT

Chimney Rock is now open, three days earlier than anticipated after it was originally closed this week to allow power lines to be run through the park to the top of the mountain. Duke Power had anticipated that the work would take a week to complete, but a determined crew and nice weather shortened the time by half.

Five crews consisting of 25-30 men from Duke Power’s Sumter Utilities Inc. worked for 26 hours, completing the project in just two days, said Tim Smeardon, contractor specialist for Duke Power, who oversaw the work.

“We’re looking forward to the day that we can announce to our guests and industry partners that the elevator is back in service,” said Mary Jaeger-Gale, general manager of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. “At this time, we have no timeframe for when this will happen, but will post updates at chimneyrockpark.com as we get them. We feel fortunate that the state is dedicated to continuing to provide this unique access to the mountain for folks of all abilities.”

 

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOST DISNEY INSTITUTE MAY 4

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOST DISNEY INSTITUTE MAY 4

Blue Ridge Community College's Professional Development Institute announced today that there is a limited amount of tickets remaining for Disney Institute on Wednesday, May 4 from8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College's Hendersonville campus. Tickets are $395 per person to attend this one-day professional development seminar entitled Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence, and include all course materials, lunch and parking. Additionally, companies can register for a table of six and receive the sixth ticket free. Register online at blueridge.edu/disney or contact M.C. Gaylord at(828) 694-1779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Throughout this one-day course, participants will discover insights that drive the Disney organization. They will practice adapting these insights to strengthen their organization to obtain long-term results. Attendees can expect to:

  • Adapt time-tested Disney business insights to assess and improve their organization.
  • Develop a leadership vision that inspires dedication and commitment among employees.
  • Apply key elements of the Disney employee engagement strategy to strengthen their culture.
  • Develop an organization that supports consistent delivery of exceptional quality service.
  • Foster a collaborative environment that draws on the creative resources of their entire organization.
  • Incorporate time-tested principles for building and fortifying brand loyalty.

The cost to attend a Business Excellence seminar at Disney Institute in Florida would cost $1,320, plus travel and lodging. Blue Ridge Community College's Professional Development Institute is able to offer Disney Institute here in Western North Carolina for $395 per person, including lunch and parking, a savings of $925 plus travel and lodging costs.

“We are pleased to offer business leaders in our community the opportunity to learn Disney’s extremely successful business model right here in Hendersonville, without the need to travel to Florida,” said Molly A. Parkhill, Ed.D., president of Blue Ridge Community College. “This seminar will teach you how to effectively lead your organization, motivate your employees and build long-term customer loyalty. We hope to see you there.”

Blue Ridge Community College hosted Disney Institute five years ago, with that course focusing on customer service. The course offered on May 4 is focused on Business Excellence.

      Register online at blueridge.edu/disney or contact M.C. Gaylord at (828) 694-1779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Disney Institute:

For three decades, Disney Institute has provided timely and relevant learning opportunities that bring the Disney approach to life and inspire practical adaptations back in an organization’s own environment. As one of the most recognized names in business solutions and professional development, Disney Institute is the only training company that empowers organizations to create lasting change through their time-tested model for cultural transformation.