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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.
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.
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.”
City and Elks Lodge Partner to Repair Sullivan Park
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
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.
THIS PHOTO IS OF A 2013 WINNER
Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) announced the opening of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition today and encouraged high school students in Western North Carolina to submit their best artwork for consideration.
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 11th District. The overall winner of the district competition will receive two round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to the national reception in Washington, D.C., and a $3,000 scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design. The district winner’s artwork will be displayed at the United States Capitol for one year, along with winners from across the country.
Entries must be received at one of Representative Meadows' district offices by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2014, in order to be considered in the district-wide competition.
“Celebrating talented young people in our district is a true honor,” Meadows said. “I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and giving these young artists the recognition they deserve.”
Parks and Recreation Director Tim Hopkin and Recreation Program Supervisor Laura Rice have become Certified Youth Sports Administrators (CYSA) through the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). Tim received his certification on January 9, 2014 and Laura on December 19, 2013. Only 2,000 administrators in the United States hold the CYSA certification.
This certification equips Tim and Laura with the knowledge and tools to provide safe and positive youth sports programs in Henderson County by following the National Standard for Youth Sports and NAYS Recommendations for Communities. Topics covered by the course include policies & procedures, volunteer management, child abuse prevention, risk management, parent management, and inclusive sports for children with disabilities.
Having two Certified Youth Sports Administrators in Henderson County is a valuable asset. It allows the Parks and Recreation Program to elevate the standards and practices of youth sport programs throughout the county.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF HENDERSONVILLE WOMEN’S RETREAT
Tickets are on sale now for First Baptist Church of Hendersonville’s Spring Women’s Ministry Retreat, Café Chocolat. The event will be held on Saturday, March 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ladies high school age and beyond are welcome to attend.
“Our spring event is a great opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Lynnette Raines, director of women’s ministry at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. “We are thrilled to have women from across our area come together to renew their spirit and share Christ’s love through a service project we have planned.”
Tickets are $28 per person and will be available to purchase in advance at the Hendersonville First Baptist Church office. Price includes a workbook, lunch, service project materials, snacks and more. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for the event. The church is located at 312 Fifth Avenue in Hendersonville.
For more information on this event or First Baptist Church of Hendersonville visit http://www.fbchnc.org/.
The Hendersonville Times-News reports...
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday to create designated smoking areas away from high-traffic areas on all county campuses.
Commissioners rejected an all-out ban on smoking at county properties, after hearing dissent from workers at the 1995 courthouse on North Grove Street, Emergency Medical Services facilities and board directors of the Department of Social Services . Smoking is already prohibited in county buildings and vehicles.
The commissioners also considered an option banning smoking within 50 to 100 feet of any county building entrance, since “the complaints we’ve gotten from citizens have to do with the ability to enter and exit buildings without being exposed to smoke,” said County Manager Steve Wyatt.
But those perimeters might be difficult to enforce, Wyatt said, whereas “it is very common and a normal practice to limit smoking to designated areas located away from entrance and general traffic areas; to separate the secondhand smoke from the folks who don’t care for (it), but have to do business with the county.”
Commissioner Grady Hawkins wondered whether there would be some kind of roofed shelter or ashtray available. Wyatt said his staff would work with department heads to identify areas away from entrance traffic “and put together something tasteful that would be attractive to somebody who wanted to go and smoke.”
Town of Mills River Press Release
February 18, 2014
Crime doesn’t pay, but taking the step forward to share information with investigators about one that has been committed just might in Mills River.
The Town of Mills River Council is joining two Town businesses to increase the reward being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons who fired multiple rounds into one of the Mills River Fire and Rescue substations. Nancy Lynn’s Diner and Pizzeria and Mills River Quick Lube have both committed to contribute to the reward amount in hopes that the case will soon be solved.
On Sunday, February 9, someone fired a total of 13 rounds into the substation causing approximately $20,000 worth of damage to the building and equipment. Some of the bullets made their way into the Mills River Fire and Rescue living quarters where firemen regularly spend time between calls. Fortunately, the fire station was unmanned at the time of the shooting.
“Mills River Fire and Rescue is at the heart of our Mills River community. They provide a service to the Town and those in that fire district that is necessary to our public safety and quality of life. We take the safety of the volunteers and staff there very seriously and firmly believe that those responsible for firing into the substation should be charged and justice served,” Town of Mills River Mayor Larry Freeman said.
The contributions towards the reward from the Town, Nancy Lynn’s Diner and Pizzeria and Mills River Quick Lube bring the reward offered for information leading to arrest and conviction of a suspect to a total of $1,500.
“Having two locally owned businesses participate in the reward is a great example of how cohesive the Mills River community is and how they rally to protect their own. The Town encourages anyone who may have information regarding this crime to contact Henderson County Sheriff’s Department as the investigation continues,” Mills River Town Manager Jaime Laughter said.
Hendersonville Lightning reported Monday that a 31 year old woman had stolen an EMS ambulance at Pardee Hospital, then led poliuce on a chase around town before she was stopped and arrested.
Identified at Stephanie Mae Erwin of Howard Gap Loop, the woman had been released from Pardee Hospital's emergency room when she jumped in the county EMS vehicle and drove away about 1:14 this morning, police said. Police and sheriff's deputies used stop sticks to stop the stolen ambulance on U.S. 25 at Rugby Road. Charged with multiple counts including drunken driving was Stephanie Mae Erwin, 31, of Howard Gap Loop, said Hendersonville Police Capt. Bruce Simonds. She was jailed under a $26,000 bond in Henderson County's Detention Center. Erwin "came into the hospital belligerent," he said. When she was released an hour after midnight she climbed into an ambulance parked outside and drove off. "We don't know where she went when she left," he said. Police spotted her coming back toward town on Four Seasons Boulevard and started pursuit. They chased her on Signal Hill Road, Duncan Hill Road, Berkeley Road and U.S. 25 before they laid down the spikes that stopped the ambulance at North Rugby Road. Damage to the ambulance included blown out tires and a window police shattered to reach Erwin, who locked herself in when the ambulance became disabled.
"Speeds ranged from 45 to 70 mph," Simonds said. "She only passed three vehicles. Her driving was actually pretty good." No one was injured in the incident, Simonds said. Arresting officers took Erwin to jail after they extracted her from the vehicle. Erwin was charged with driving while impaired, theft of the motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, damage to property and fleeing police to elude arrest, Simonds said.
Erwin had been taken to the ER on an overdose call, Simonds said.
"When she was released or walked out the ambulance was there idling and unlocked," he said. "She put on an EMS jacket and drove off."
Truly one of a kind! What sets Grand Harvest Awards apart from the rest? One word...Terroir. Established in 1990, it is the only wine-judging event in North America that is based on Terroir - a group of vineyards from the same region, belonging to a specific appellation, and sharing the same type of soil, weather conditions, grapes and wine making savoir-faire, which contribute to give its specific personality to the wine. www.winecompetitions.com 2013 Grand Harvest Awards
|2011||Burntshirt Vineyards Cabernet Franc North Carolina||Silver|
|2012||Burntshirt Vineyards Estate White Wine North Carolina||Silver|
|2012||Burntshirt Vineyards Sunset Sippin' North Carolina||Silver|
|2011||Burntshirt Vineyards Merlot North Carolina||Bronze|
Burntshirt Vineyards is situated in Hendersonville, NC near Asheville and features wine tastings and winery tours daily. The vineyard offers magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from patios overlooking its vineyards that are among the highest altitudes on the East Coast. Our sunsets last longer so you can savor our award winning wines that are estate grown, produced and bottled at the state of the art winery. Picnic grounds and lush gardens surround the quaint tasting room. Visit our website for more information and fun things to do at www.burntshirtvineyards.com
Above photo is of a new fermentation tank at Burntshirt Vineyards