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MAN STRUCK AND KILLED WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHILE CROSSING FOUR SEASONS BOULEVARD

MAN STRUCK AND KILLED WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHILE CROSSING FOUR SEASONS BOULEVARD

A pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing Four Seasons Boulevard shortly after dark Wednesday evening.

Hendersonville Police say a truck driver, identified as 77 year old Morris Brister from Phoenix, Arizona, had parked his truck across from Binion’s Steakhouse and was walking across the Boulevard to get something to eat.

While crossing, Brister was truck by a 2004 Pontiac driver by 85 year old Bernice Rhodes of Hendersonville,  Brister was taken to Mission Hospital in Asheville where he died from his injuries.  Rhodes was said to be shaken up but was not transported by EMS.

The incident happened about 7:30 Wednesday evening, and police say it's not still under investigation but no charges have been filed. 

 

 

FALL TRAVEL IN WNC AND ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

FALL TRAVEL IN WNC AND ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

Blue Ridge Parkway rangers and staff want to remind everyone of important tips to ensure your visit this fall is full of treats, not tricks! With so many visitors expected on the Parkway this fall, it is important to remember some behaviors that help ensure safe and memorable visits, as well as protect the park for future generations.

  • Driving on the Parkway is different than most roads. Its unique design includes many steep grades, limited sight distances, and beautiful, built in distractions.  Keep speeds within posted limits and be prepared for heavy traffic, wildlife and non-motorized users that can slow traffic further. Use pull-outs and overlooks to enjoy the views. When on the road, driving needs your full attention. 
  • Hikers are asked to stay on existing established trails; please leave no trace of your visit. Check the weather forecast before you head out for the hike. Mountain weather is often difficult to predict and can change without notice. Pack layers and light sources, especially when hiking late in the day.
  • Don’t create parking spaces where there are none; park only in designated parking spaces at Parkway visitor centers, overlooks, or on other durable surfaces like asphalt and gravel.
  • Bicyclists should keep as far to the right as possible, and allow opportunities for traffic to move around them. Multiple riders need to stay in a single file line and should avoid groups larger than 4 riders. The Parkway is not recommended for inexperienced cyclists, especially during the highest period for traffic volume. 
  • Motorcyclists need to pay special attention to tunnels where lighting and visibility can be poor. Falling leaves (especially when combined with rain) and other debris on the roadway such as branches and rocks and early icing on bridges and at higher elevations are significant hazards. Slow down and focus on the road. 

Visitors can find additional information to prepare for their Parkway adventure from a variety of sources. Park updates and information are available on social media sites including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The park website provides a real-time road closure map, facility schedules, suggested itineraries, visitor center locations, and much more at www.nps.gov/blri; and regularly updated, recorded fall foliage information is available at 828.298.0398 (press 3, once greeting begins).

In addition, as October comes to a close, Parkway staff will begin the traditional seasonal closure of visitor services in certain areas. Some concession and visitor center areas are open all year with limited services. A full schedule of this year’s seasonal schedule changes is available athttp://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/hours.htm

WNC CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS EXPEDITES FEMA RELIEF FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW VICTIMS

WNC CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS EXPEDITES FEMA RELIEF FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW VICTIMS

IN RALEIGH SUNDAY WTH FEMA OFFICIALS   

 

On Sunday, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) sent a letter to DHS FEMA Administrator Gracia B. Szczech in support of Governor Pat McCrory’s (R-NC) request for a declaration of expedited major disaster in response to Hurricane Matthew.

 

The expedited request would allow North Carolina to receive immediate disaster relief from FEMA as a result of the damages from Hurricane Matthew. Congressman Meadows and Governor McCrory both cite the “unusual severity and magnitude” of damages in North Carolina, including severe flooding, wide spread power outages, torrential rainfall, and damaged transportation infrastructure--arguing that the extent of damage warrants expediting the request. The damages include the closure or partial blockade of many major highways, roads, and interstates, with electricity providers in the area reporting up to 775,000 power outages locally.

 

Rep. Meadows, who serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, is in contact with both Governor McCrory and Administrator Szczech to ensure NC receives assistance as soon as possible.

 

 

LOCAL COMMUNITIES SCORE WELL IN "AMERICA IN BLOOM" COMPETITION

LOCAL COMMUNITIES SCORE WELL IN "AMERICA IN BLOOM" COMPETITION

LOCAL PARTICIPANTS WERE:  CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE, HENDERSON COUNTY, TOWN OF MILLS RIVER, TOWN OF LAUREL PARK, VILLAGE OF FLAT ROCK

Top honors for the prestigious 2016 America in Bloom National Awards Program were announced at the annual awards held in Arroyo Grande, CA on October 8.

All participants were evaluated on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas, and floral displays. Additionally they were judged on their community involvement across municipal, residential, and commercial sectors. America in Bloom is the only national awards program that sends specially trained judges to personally visit participants. In addition, each participant receives a detailed written evaluation that can be used as a guide to future improvements.

Henderson County, NC received a FOUR bloom rating out of a possible five blooms.

A special award for Most Striking Public Wall Mural was also received.

In addition, they were awarded special recognition for their efforts in Landscaped Areas. 

Karin Rindal and Pam Turrell, AIB judges, visited communities of similar populations and spent two days touring each town, meeting municipal officials, residents, and volunteers. Other competitors in the 30,000 to 50,000 category were Midland, MI, Saratoga, CA and St. Charles, IL.

America in Bloom executive director, Laura Kunkle, said, “America in Bloom is helping towns and cities of all sizes achieve their potential. Every year our participants raise the bar, and the accomplishments and progress shown by this year's group is again remarkable. These are, without a doubt, some of the best places to live in America.” 

To date, 250 communities from 41 states have participated in the program and more than 22 million people have been touched by it. 

Registrations for the 2017 national awards program can be submitted until February 28, 2017. Eligible participants include towns, cities, college and university campuses, business districts, military installations, and recognized neighborhoods of large cities.

            America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancement.

NEW EMS STATION OPENS IN FLETCHER

NEW EMS STATION OPENS IN FLETCHER

Henderson County is pleased to announce the opening of a new Emergency Medical Service (EMS) station in Fletcher. The new station is currently scheduled to operate twelve hours per day/seven days per week and was approved by the Board of Commissioners in the FY16-17 budget to address the increasing number of emergency medical calls occurring county-wide.

The new ambulance and crew are based at the Fletcher Fire and Rescue Main Station thanks to the cooperation of the Fletcher Fire and Rescue Department. Locating the new ambulance in Fletcher will help address overall EMS call volume and decrease response times to emergency calls. The additional EMS station is part of the County’s overall strategy to provide exceptional emergency services to our growing population.

PROPOSED RE-ZONING AND ECONOMIC INCENTIVES WILL BRING MORE INDUSTRY AND NEW JOBS TO THE AREA

PROPOSED RE-ZONING AND ECONOMIC INCENTIVES WILL BRING MORE INDUSTRY AND NEW JOBS TO THE AREA

With Henderson County’s business and industrial growth, new job and a strong economy, county commissioners will soon be considering economic incentives for more new industry, expanding an existing one, and bringing additional new jobs to the county. 

Elkamet in East Flat Rock is looking to make a $6.5 million expansion that will create 25 new jobs.  Commisioners will consider selling them some land and an economic incentive in a public hearing at 9am October 19th in the Historic Courthouse .

Norafin is a German manufacturer of non-woven protective clothing looking to locate a facility in HendersonCounty.  An economic incentive for them will be considered by commissioners.  Norafin will also bring new jobs to the area.

The Town of Mills River is looking to re-zone a total of about 60 acres along Banner Farm Road and in the vicinity of Bold Rock Hard Cider and Flavor First Growers and Packers to allow new industry to move into that area.  It’s mostly open fields now and about 25 and a half acres of it is currently owned by the Town of Mills River.  Mills River Town Council will consider the re-zoning in a public hearing on October 13th at 7pm in Town Hall.  

By Larry Freeman

 

 

 

THERE'S STILLL A FEMA HURDLE FOR THE NEW PUBLIX TO CLEAR; LOITERING AT THE HISTORIC DEPOT ADDRESSED BY CITY COUNCIL THURSDAY NIGHT

THERE'S STILLL A FEMA HURDLE FOR THE NEW PUBLIX TO CLEAR; LOITERING AT THE HISTORIC DEPOT ADDRESSED BY CITY COUNCIL THURSDAY NIGHT

As expected, Hendersonville City Council Thursday night approved some changes in the original plan for the new Publix supermarket on the Greenville that will allow developer Halvorsen Development Corporation to move forward with construction of the new store where Atha Plaza is now.  But Halvorsen still needs the ok of federal agency FEMA that flooding on Hendersonville’s south side will not be a problem because of the new store.  Publix is still hoping for a 2017 opening for their new store.

Hendersonville City Council also passed a resolution closing the historic train depot on Seventh Avenue East to the public except during Wednesday and Saturday operating hours at the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club.  Police said loitering at the depot had become an issue.

And City Council delayed for a while closing off an alley way between Seventh Avenue East and Maple Street.  Stags Head Brewery had asked that the alley, which runs through their property, be closed so they could put in a beer garden and other entertainment.  City Council wants to look at it further before making a final decision.

 

 

BOJANGLES "FAMOUS CHICKEN AND BISCUITS" TO OPEN NEW RESTAURANT IN MILLS RIVER

BOJANGLES "FAMOUS CHICKEN AND BISCUITS" TO OPEN NEW RESTAURANT IN MILLS RIVER

ACROSS FROM INGLES  

WILL BE OPEN AND IN OPERATION BY THE END OF THIS YEAR    

With all the growth in the Mills River area, it was inevitable that fast food restaurants would be moving in along with the other growth.

Bojangles of Western North Carolina tells WHKP News that before this year is over, they’ll be opening a new Bojangles in Mills River.  The new “famous chicken and biscuits”  Bojangles is now under construction across from the large new Ingles on the five-lane Boyleston Highway near the intersection with Jeffries Road and North Mills River Road.

The restaurant will be owned and operated by Bojangles of Western North Carolina, and a spokesman for the company says the new restaurant will feature a new design and attractive new façade similar to a Bojangles they recently opened on Long Shoals Road near Biltmore Park.

The company spokesman said the goal is to have the Mills River Bojangles complete and open shortly after Christmas…and a ribbon cutting grand opening will be held probably around the start of the new year.

That new Mills River Bojangles will employ between 40 and 45 people, and those interested in applying for a job there can get an application and more information by going to their web site, bofanatics.com.

Arrangements for that new Bojangles were completed back in the summer and site and construction work started early this fall.

The company will be opening another new Bojangles soon in Marion and one in Walhalla, South Carolina.  

By Larry Freeman   10/07/16  4am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEST HENDERSON HIGH STUDENT CHARGED WITH THURSDAY'S BOMB THREAT

WEST HENDERSON HIGH STUDENT CHARGED WITH THURSDAY'S BOMB THREAT

 

Thursday morning, at approximately 8:40an, Henderson County deputies responded to a bomb threat at West Henderson High School.

 

The bomb threat came in by a twitter text to the West Henderson High School’s official a twitter account page. The school was evacuated and officers began a safety sweep of the property and buildings.

 

During the course of the investigation, investigators identified a person of interest and subsequently arrested Carson Riley Lance age 16 of Mills River, a West High student, on one felony count of making a False Bomb Report on a Public Building.

 

A backpack was located at the school belonging to the student and x-rays of this backpack were inconclusive as to its actual contents. After an alert by a bomb detection K-9 on the backpack and following FBI protocols, bomb technicians from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office disrupted the backpack with high-pressure water.  No bomb or explosive devices were detected when the backpack was opened. School administrators and law enforcement officials then gave the “all clear” for students to return to classes.  That was aboiut2pm Thursday afternoon.

 

Lance has been released on a $2000 secured bond and will have his first court appearance in District Court of Henderson County Friday at 9am.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN 57TH ANNUAL "ART ON MAIN" FESTIVAL

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN 57TH ANNUAL "ART ON MAIN" FESTIVAL

$3,000 was awarded to artists participating in the 57th annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival, held October 1 and 2 in downtown Hendersonville.  80 artist vendors set up booths along Main Street, Hendersonville, for one of Western North Carolina’s most popular outdoor art festivals.

Awards were announced during an artists reception by Arts Council board chair, John Patrick McAfee, and Christine Mariotti, AIS manager.  Diane Hopkins-Hughs, Gary Lee Huntoon, and Nancy Williamson were judges for the festival, deciding cash prizes worth a total of $3,000.

The winners were:

  • Best of Show ($1,000),  Ray Jones, Asheville, NC, Wood
  • 1st Place, Fine Art ($500), Chris Bruner, Taylors, SC, Photography
  • 1st Place, Fine Craft ($500), Paula Marksbury, Athens, TN, Glass
  • 2nd Place, Fine Art ($300), Brian Kuehn, Pisgah Forest, NC, Pastels
  • 2nd Place, Fine Craft ($300), Deborah Bryant, Cashiers, NC, Fiber/Leather
  • Honorable Mention ($100), Beth Gaudreau, Waxhaw, NC, Fiber
  • Honorable Mention ($100), John Gunther, Abingdon, VA, Fiber
  • Honorable Mention ($100), Susie Murphy, Hugo, TX, Oil/Acrylic
  • Honorable Mention ($100), Roberto Vengoechea, Black Mountain, NC, Jewelry

The Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft festival is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband.  Additional support was provided by the City of Hendersonville, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and Mast General Store.

For more information contact The Arts Council at 828-693-8504 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The web address is www.acofhc.org.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and Western North Carolina.  Its office is located at 401 North Main Street, 3rd floor (entrance on Fourth Ave. W.), Hendersonville, NC 28792.

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; several funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Government, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.