The all new Cascade Mountain Resort is opening and booking hotel reservations as early as next weekend.
What started out back over 40 years ago as a Holiday Inn at the intersection of I-26, Highway 64 East, and Sugarloaf Road…then later became a Quality Inn…and eventually a vandalized mess of fallen-down old buildings and rubble…has now become the new 100-roomn hotel, restaurant, and water resort with a 110-foot water slide, spas, and much more.
The owners of Asheville Fun Depot purchased the property some time back and have been busy renovating it through this yer. They recently held a job fair to employ between 80 and 100 people to staff the new Cascade Mountain Resort.
What created quite a stir among new and established businesses when they were first put in place a few years ago, impact…or "system development"…fees have been suspended by the City of Hendersonville."
Those fees were put in place by Hendersonville and other cities and towns in North Carolina to cover the cost of future expansion and other expenses that develop over time associated with municipal services like water and sewer.
Some local businesses had argued the fees were excessive and discouraged new businesses and the expansion, remodeling, or relocation of existing businesses…and were, in thE long run, bad for local business and ultimately for the city. The city had earlier waived those fees for some non-profit and affordable housing projects.
In a council meeting last this summer, Hendersonville City Council dropped these fees after the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down similar impact, or system development, fees in the town of Carthage. The state supreme court also left it to the state court of appeals to decide if Carthage would have to refund the fees they had already collected.
Hendersonville’s city manager is estimating the loss of these fees this year will cost the city just over half a million dollars. And it’s being reported thet impact or "system development" fees charged to the all the Fairfield Inn and Suite on Upward Road are being refunded to the developer.
Filippo Marinoni, city councilman of Verbania, Italy, will conclude his week-long visit to Hendersonville with the presentation of a gift to Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the City Council meeting.
The most populated municipality in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, Verbania became Sister Cities with Hendersonville in 2015, and shares several similarities with its Western North Carolina sister – ¬including similar demographics, mountainous regions populated with spectacular waterfalls, and a healthy tourism industry. The coastal Italian city on the shore of Lake Maggiore is also home to several museums, botanical gardens, and the first technology park in Northern Italy.
Throughout the week of Oct. 1-7, Marinoni immersed himself in Hendersonville to experience firsthand local culture, economics, agriculture, education, and geography and share best practices in international relations. In Hendersonville, Marinoni visited local apple orchards and packing operations, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Renzo’s Ristorante, and Blue Ridge Community College, where he toured the campus and met with professors and students. While in town, Marinoni was also a special guest at Hendersonville Sister Cities’ 2016 annual meeting, held Monday. Oct. 3, at Sanctuary Brewing Company.
In the larger Henderson County area, Marinoni toured the Tri-Hishtil plant grafting collaboration with Israeli, Italian and American companies, the Van Wingerden Greenhouse Company, and Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River; Chimney Rock State Park, the Esmerelda Inn & Restaurant and pontoon boat tour in Lake Lure; Pisgah National Forest and Cradle of Forestry, fish hatchery and Blue Ridge Parkway in Brevard; and downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.
“We’re expecting Filippo’s visit to catalyze further cultural, student and business exchanges between Hendersonville and Verbania,” said Hendersonville Sister Cities President Mike Swartzlander. “Next year is Hendersonville Sister Cities’ 10th anniversary, and we’re poised to plan special events, programs and international visits to connect globally.”
On Thursday, he will attend the regular Hendersonville City Council meeting and present Hendersonville Mayor Volk with a letter from Verbania Mayor Silvia Marchionini recognizing and honoring the two cities’ sisterhood
STATUTORY RAPE CHARGES FILED
On Monday, October 3, 2016 deputies from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office responded to the Pisgah National Forest, North Mills River Campground area regarding possible missing/wanted persons. There deputies located Kenneth Dylan Whitehead age 22 of 113 Grazing Meadows Dr., Bristol, TN and a 13-year-old female juvenile. Through a criminal records check, it was discovered Whitehead was wanted out of Dent County, Missouri for kidnapping the juvenile.
These two were transported to the Henderson County Sheriff's Office for follow-up interviews by detectives. Detectives subsequently charged Whitehead with two felony counts of First-Degree Statutory Rape of a Child under 15 and the juvenile was placed in protective custody of the Henderson County Department of Social Services.
Kenneth Dylan Whitehead remains in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $1,020,000 secured bond and the juvenile has been reunited with her parental guardian.
IN MEETINGS THIS WEEK...
Henderson County's Board of Commissioners Monday night re-affirmed their commitment to a new $20 million training facility with an indoor firing range for the sheriff's department. Included in the county's FY 2016-17 budget, and moving forward after Monday's meeting, is a commitment to spend 1.29 million dollars a year for the next 20 years for the new training facility...a cost which is almost the equivalent of a full penny of the five cent property tax increase also approved by commissioners back in June.
The new facility will be designed and equipped to provide tactical training, driving simulation, a back-up 911 center, indoor firing ranges, and other features all under roof and on one acre on the campus at Blue Ridge Community College. Sheriff Charlie McDonald made the case for the costly new facility with little in the way of push-back from the commissioners at their meeting on Monday. McDonald has maintained for some time that deputies are not trained enough to deal with today's challenges, and facilities at the Western Criminal Justice Center in Edneyville are inadequate. County officials have expressed the hope that other area law enforcement agencies will use the new facility as well to help off-set the costs of it.
Commissioners also Monday re-zoned about 50 acres in the Ballenger and McMurray Road area of the Dana ommunity back to residential from industrial. The propoerty had been zoned industrial in the "small area plan" process for the Dana community; property owners were losing the use and value of their property; and had threatened to sue the county over the industrial zoning, which some property owners said they found out about only after the fact.
Hendersonville City Council will meet at 5:45 Thursday evening in council chambers in City Hall for their October monthly meeting. A couple of things on their agenda are moving forward with the North Main Street sidewalk project, and a quasi-judicial public hearing on a special use permit that will clear the way for Halvorsen Development Corportion to begin construction of the new Publix Supermarket on the Greenville Highway at White Street.
128 golfers were involved Monday in the 1st annual Mickey Marvin Golf Classic playedat the Hendersonville Country Club.
In addition to the golf tournament raising funds to provide 4 annual scholarships for 4 Henderson County football players, Marvin was also honored by the Henderson County Commissioners as they officially declared Monday October 3rd 2016 Mickey Marvin Day all across Henderson County.
Mickey and his family were on hand to thank the golfers and all those who made the event poissible.
Mickey Marvin is a native of Henderson County and a 2 time Super Bowl Champion with the Oakland Raiders. A leader in the First Church of the Nazarene, he has been a positive influence in the lives of all who crossed his path.
Marvin was diagnosed with ALS in 2015 and has been struggling with the disease.
This was the 1st public welcomed golf tournament at the Hendersonville Country Club in over 50 years
CONSTRUCTION STARTED MONDAY ON THE AIRPORT'S NEW 5-STORY, $22 MILLION PARKING GARAGE.
A new construction project will displace around 400 parking spots. Vehicles parked within the construction zone will be towed in preparation for the projects start on Monday.
Drivers will not be required to pay to get their vehicles back.
Airport officials say cars parked in the short-term lot will be moved to another lot at the airport. There will be signs there, with a number to call to get your car back.
Airport officials say they have other parking options to make up for the lost spaces, such as a credit card lot with a couple hundred spots and a new pre-paid lot across the street with a 24/7 shuttle to the terminal.
The new project is adding a 5-story parking garage with more than a thousand parking spaces, including spots for rental returns. It will be located directly in front of the airport's main entrance and will have a covered walkway.
The new garage will take about a year to complete and cost $22 million.
BUT THE NEW YEAR WILL START COLD IN THE SOUTHEAST...WITH A HARD FREEZE POSSIBLE DEEP INTO FLORIDA
U.S winter forecast: Frequent snow to blast Northeast; Freeze may damage citrus crop in South
By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
September 28, 2016; 3:32 PM ET
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions stretch into spring 2017.
Meanwhile, drier and milder weather will focus on the majority of the southern half of the nation. The Southeast may mark the exception as a chilly January threatens to damage the region's citrus crop.
JUMP TO: Frequent storms to bring above-normal snowfall to northeastern US|Damaging freeze may threaten citrus crop in southeastern US | Bitter cold to grip the northern Plains, Midwest | Winter to get late start across southern Plains, Gulf Coast | Early storms to blast Northwest, northern California | Dry, warm season in store for Southern California, Southwest
Frequent storms to bring above-normal snowfall to northeastern US
Frequent storms across the northeastern U.S. this winter may lead to an above-normal season for snowfall.
"I think the Northeast is going to see more than just a few, maybe several, systems in the course of the season," AccuWeather Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.
Unlike last season, in which most of winter's snowfall came from a few heavy-hitting storms, this winter will last into the early or middle part of spring and will feature frequent snow events.
According to Pastelok, accumulation may be limited in areas south of New York City, such as Philadelphia, D.C. and Baltimore. These areas will see a handful of changeover systems, where falling snow transitions to rain and sleet.
"But still, Boston, Hartford, along the coastal areas up into Connecticut and southern New England, they can still have a fair amount of snow," he said.
Overall, it's predicted that the region will total a below-normal number of subzero days, though the temperature will average 3-5 degrees Fahrenheit lower than last year.
Damaging freeze may threaten citrus crop in southeastern US
Winter will slowly creep into the Southeast this season, as very mild air hangs on throughout the month of December.
However, the new year will usher in a pattern change as a sudden burst of cold air penetrates the region.
"I am afraid that we have a shot at seeing a damaging freeze in central Florida in mid- to late January this year," Pastelok said.
The chill could spell disaster for the area's citrus farmers.
Cold air will once again retreat following January and the threat is predicted to shift to severe weather.
"Places like Atlanta, Chattanooga, even up into Roanoke, they could have some severe weather," Pastelok said. "But if the storm track is a little farther east, then you're looking more like Tallahassee to Savannah and, maybe, Charleston."
Bitter cold to grip the northern Plains, Midwest
Old man winter won't hold back in the northern Plains this season with shots of brutally cold air predicted to slice through the region.
Developing snowpack in early December may contribute to even colder weather. Temperatures will plummet as the season goes on, averaging 6 to 9 degrees lower overall than last winter.
"...There are going to be some nights, especially if there's snowcover in the heart of winter, that could get down to 20 or 30 below, especially in parts of Minnesota like International Falls and Duluth and parts of the Dakotas," Pastelok said.
Cold air will also remain entrenched across the Midwest after arriving in late November. Coupled with warmer waters over the Great Lakes, an early start to lake-effect season is in store.
"I do feel we're going to kick this season off pretty quick, especially the western lakes. But I think even the eastern lakes will get involved and it will extend all the way out to January," he said.
Winter to get late start across southern Plains, Gulf Coast
Fall-like weather will linger into the winter season across the southern Plains and Gulf Coast, but a change will loom on the horizon.
"A turnaround could come into late December and January as chillier air masses work down from the north," Pastelok said.
Though the milder weather will retreat, dryness will stick around, becoming a major theme of the season.
"The area of the country that may miss out on big [snow] storms this year may be Dallas and Little Rock," he said. However, a few disruptive ice events are not out of the question.
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Early storms to blast Northwest, northern California
Winter will waste no time in the northwestern U.S. and northern California, as the season kicks off with rain and winter storms.
"They're going to start out pretty wet, especially from northern California into the Northwest coast," Pastelok said. "I think that, right off the bat in December, we start to see the snow piling up in the mountains."
November and December will see the most action, before high pressure builds in and stormy weather eases back in late January and February.
Dry, warm season in store for Southern California, Southwest
While moisture aims for the Northwest, warm and dry conditions will span much of the season for central and Southern California and the Southwest.
"December is [looking] very warm [in the Southwest] and I think we could break some record high temperatures," Pastelok said.
A few cold shots will hit areas like Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona, in January, but the warm weather will quickly rebound.
For Southern California, the pattern will exacerbate ongoing drought conditions.
"We're in a pattern that doesn't really show a lot of rain coming toward Southern California, so I don't expect too much relief," Pastelok said.
What precipitation does fall in California will aim primarily for the north, though it will fail to have the significance of last January when the region was hammered by heavy rain and snow.
"I do think in the early part of the season we're looking good anywhere from San Francisco, Sacramento and into the mountains," he said.
"...If we can get some snowpack built up in the north, we can fill up these reservoirs going into spring and summer."
NEIGHBORS SAY FIVE SHOTS WERE FIRED AT THE APARTMENT BUILDING ON SOMERSEY DRIVE IM HENDERSONVILLE TUESDAY EVENING
ONE PERSON WAS SHOT IN THE ANKLE WITH A SHOTGUN
A SECOND SUSPECT IS BEING SOUGHT; PUBLIC' HELP REQUESTED
The Hendersonville Police Department has made an arrest in a robbery and shooting that was reported to the department on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Detectives with the Hendersonville Police Department have been working on identifying both suspects in the incident since it was reported at about 7:30 pm.
Based upon that ongoing investigation detectives have identified one of the individuals and he has been taken into custody without incident. Christopher Tre Bradley of Hendersonville was taken into custody yesterday by the North Carolina Highway Patrol during a traffic stop. Bradley has been charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, three counts of kidnapping, and three counts of armed robbery. Currently Bradley is being held in the Henderson County Detention Facility in lieu of a $380,000.00 secured bond.
Currently the investigation is ongoing and detectives are following investigative leads developed from the crime scene and leads developed during the investigation to identify the second perpetrator of these crimes. If anyone has any information regarding the investigation they are asked to contact the Hendersonville Police Department or Henderson County CrimeStoppers at 828-697-STOP.
On Thursday, September 29, 2016, members of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Direct Enforcement Team conducted a drug investigation at 126 Southbrook Road in Hendersonville.
This investigation resulted in the arrest of Bruce Wayne Glover, age 48 of 242 West Poplar Road, and the seizure of Methamphetamine, Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana, Morphine, Oxycodone, Alprazolam (Xanex) and Buprenorphine Hydrochloride (Suboxone). Glover was charged with the following and remains in the Henderson County Detention Center under a $41,000 bond:
1. PWISD Methamphetamine
2. PWISD Heroin
3. PWISD Cocaine
4. Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance – Felony
5. Possession of Schedule VI – Misdemeanor
6. Three counts of Possession of Schedule II – Misdemeanor
7. Possession of Schedule III – Misdemeanor
8. Possession of Schedule IV – Misdemeanor
Amanda Genara Dillard and Douglas Wayne Sprinkle were arrested at the scene for outstanding warrants.