NC officials assess damage from fatal mudslides

Stock photo SALUDA — Officials in one North Carolina county are assessing damage from floods and mudslides in hopes of qualifying for federal disaster aid. The Times-News of Hendersonville reports Polk County crews and engineers with the state Transportation Department were assessing damage to homes, roads and bridges. One person died in the storms, which dumped up to 6 inches of rain in three hours Friday night. Authorities say a couple was trying to escape their home when the mudslide occurred. The husband survived being swept away while the wife was trapped between the house and a carport. Her body was recovered Saturday morning. Officials haven’t released their names. Duke… Read More

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Democratic candidates differ on Balfour Parkway, NC 191

For the first time in many years, Democratic voters have a primary election choice for a seat on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. Michelle Antalec and Patricia “Pat” Sheley, both residents of Flat Rock, are running for the nomination for the District 1 seat currently held by county commission Chairman Michael Edney, who has no opponent in the Republican primary. Antalec, a risk manager for a corporation, has a degree in political science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and a masters in finance from Louisiana State University. She has lived in Flat Rock since November 2015. Sheley is a retired psychiatric mental health nurse with 40 years of… Read More

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Stop the Balfour Parkway group issues response to NCDOT presentation

Press release from Stop the Balfour organization: Hendersonville, NC, – The Henderson County Commissioners meeting on April 18 included a workshop with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on the Balfour Parkway project. The purpose of the workshop was to allow the Commissioners to question NCDOT about the Project. As an introduction, Lyuba Zuyeva, a representative of French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Office (FBRMPO) stated that the Balfour Parkway Project is in anticipation of 52,000 residents expected to move to this area in the coming years. Kristina Miller of NCDOT subcontractor RK&K led the NCDOT presentation of the Project status. She said that the Grimesdale neighborhood is being reviewed… Read More

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Full-service independent publishing company Lioness Press launches in Hendersonville

Press release from Lioness Press: Lioness Press is a new start-up publishing company and publishing services provider owned and operated by Hendersonville resident, Williamaye Jones. Lioness Press aims to release fiction and non-fiction that feeds the soul and makes us think about ourselves and how we live in the world around us. “I like books with meat,” Ms. Jones said, “something that helps me, educates me, makes me think, something that I can relate to.”

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Distrust still weighs heavy in water issues

By Leslee Kulba – It didnt seem like a big issue. Henderson County’s Cane Creek Water and Sewer District wanted to merge with the Metropolitan Sewerage District (MSD). Cane Creek already sends the sewage it collects to the MSD’s Woodfin treatment plant. By letting the MSD take over operations, the average customer could save $8 on his monthly $38 bill. Leaving Cane Creek to build its own treatment plant would cost ratepayers considerably more.

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