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Robert Doughton Hodges, 89, passed away May 9, 2017 at Sunnybrook Assisted Living, Hendersonville, NC.

He was born August 11, 1927 in Watauga Co, NC to Finley P. and Carrie Miller Hodges. He was one of five children raised during the Great Depression. Known early on as "R.D.," or to many in later life as "Governor," (after Luther Hodges, NC governor), he grew up attending school taught by his grandfather in a one-room school house. The Hodges family lived on a working farm, logging and sawmilling timber by oxen in what is now the town of Boone, NC. After he finished high school, R.D. enlisted in the Army, where he earned the rank of Master Sergeant, serving in the last year of World War II, as well as the Korean Conflict. He loved the Army, teaching cooking to recruits and playing on the Army football team.

After serving in the Army, R.D. returned to Boone, where he met and married his wife, Mary Kathleen Coston, of Edneyville, N.C. They moved to Raleigh where he enrolled at N.C. State College. R.D. received his degree in animal husbandry, at which time he and Kathleen moved to Hendersonville, NC, where they made their lifelong home. On his arrival to Henderson County, R.D. taught agriculture to farm Veterans, one of the very first classes for what would become known as "Blue Ridge Technical College." R.D. also worked as a close advisor to Ms. Sadie Patton on her vision for what she wanted "Blue Ridge Tech" to become on land she donated to Henderson County for the school. R.D. worked for many years for William Francis, Sr. of Francis & Wright, for whom he had great admiration.

Later, R.D. became superintendent of International Minerals & Chemicals, a position he held for many years, serving farmers in WNC. Following that, he went to work for the NC Extension Service & Dwight W. Bennett and Grover Westmoreland as an agricultural agent until his retirement, although he continued to work for Extension even after his retirement. In the Extension Service, R.D. devoted his time to helping farmers succeed. He was instrumental in forming Farm City Day and the Master Gardener program. He presented a nightly radio program for WHKP on agriculture, led apple bus tours in Henderson County, and represented Henderson County apple growers at the NC State Fair for many, many years. R.D. was Grand Marshal of the 1983 King Apple Parade. He was also a great supporter of 4-H youth. R.D. dedicated his life to serving the farmer and citizens of Henderson County. He also enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels, working on his farm and raising Angus beef cattle. He had great joy being a member of the Roy Johnson Sunday School class and the First United Methodist Church, where he served as head usher for many, many years.

R.D. was predeceased by his daughter, Anne Hodges Woodle; a brother, Charles Hodges; sisters, Emmo Wilfong and Willie Dixon.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Coston; son, Robert E. Hodges and wife, Pam Whitmire Hodges of Flat Rock; "baby" sister, Patty Marion of Dobson, NC, as well as many nieces, nephews and their children. R.D. loved all his extended family very much.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church. Please direct any gifts or memorials to the First United Methodist Church, 204 6th Ave W., Hendersonville, NC 28739.

To offer online condolences, please visit Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family. - See more at:




Consideration and approval of a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Belmont Sayer LLC to develop the old Grey's Hosiery Building and property   

Other major items on Thursday night's agenda:

Consideration of Consent Agenda: These items are considered routine,
noncontroversial in nature and are considered and approved by a single motion and

A. Consideration of Minutes:
i. May 4, 2017 Regular Meeting
ii. May 5, 2017 Special Meeting
B. Consideration of Budget Amendments (7)
i. General Fund - End of Year Adjustment; no change in bottom line
ii. Water/Sewer Fund - End of Year Adjustment; no change in bottom line
iii. Environmental Services Fund - End of Year Adjustment and Establish
Stormwater Fund Balance, Increase of $80,300
Stormwater Fund - Establish Fund Balance; Increase of $100,000
iv. Main St. Fund - End of Year Adjustment; Increase of $23,650
7th Ave. Fund - End of Year Adjustment; Increase of $5,475
v. Walk of Fame Fund - Revenues Increase of $4,651
vi. Fire Engine Fund - Increase for Final Cost of $14,379
General Fund Transfer to cover any small equipment for new fire engine; no
change in bottom line
vii. Capital Project Funds - Adjust budgets to match financing strategy
Eastside Fund 402 - Increase of $5,100,000
Gravity Filter Fund 425 - Increase of $2,465,000
French Broad Fund 426 - Increase of $184,867
WWTP Generator Fund 445 - Increase of $1,750,000
C. Consideration of a Resolution to Amend the Makeup of the Business Advisory
D. Consideration of Petitions for Annexation and Certificates of Sufficiency for:
i. Satellite Annexation of 12.77 acres at 1630 Old Spartanburg Highway by Mr.
Robbie Allison
ii. Contiguous Annexation of a 1.0-acre parcel located off Chimney Rock Road
by the Trustees of the Hendersonville Church of God
E. Consideration of Installment Financing Agreement with Entegra in the Amount of
$655,000 for a Pierce Fire Truck
F. Consideration of Capital Project Ordinance and Reimbursement Resolutions for the
Grounds and Buildings Maintenance Facility Project
G. Consideration of Capital Project Ordinance and Reimbursement Resolutions for the
Police Headquarters Project
H. Consideration of the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision for the
Hendersonville High School Special Use Permit
I. Consideration of Waterline Extension Agreement for a proposed single family
subdivision located off Old Haywood Road / NC191 serving nine homes
J. Consideration of a Property Purchase in South Fletcher for a Pumping Station
K. Consideration of Adoption of Personnel Policy
L. Consideration of the Purchase of Trucks for the Water/Sewer Department
M. Consideration of Special Event Permit for the Henderson County July 4 Celebration
N. Consideration of Memorandum of Agreement with Hendersonville Rescue Mission
for the provision of extreme cold weather shelter for our homeless population
6. Recognitions:

A. Presentation of Hendersonville Pollinator Month and Bee City USA Proclamation
B. Recognition of John Buchanan being named a Certified Government Finance Officer
C. Recognition of Service Excellence Quarterly MVPs
D. Assistant Chief of Police Doug Jones’ 28 years of Service and Consideration of a
Resolution to Recognize Distinguished Service to the City of Hendersonville and
Awarding of Service Side Arm
7. Report on Compassionate Cities
Presenter: Ms. Pam Rogers

8. Presentation by Medical Loan Closet (per Mayor Pro Tem Caraker)
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9. Public Hearing - Consideration of Ordinance Adopting the Budget for Fiscal Year
Presenter: Assistant to the Manager Brian Pahle

10. Public Hearing – Consideration of Petition for the Contiguous Annexation from Mr. Kyle
Edney for Property located at 101 and 103 Beverly Avenue
Presenter: Development Assistance Director Susan Frady
11. Quasi-Judicial Public Hearing – Consideration of an Application for a Special Use
Permit for the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County
Presenter: Senior Planner Matt Champion

12. Consideration of a Memorandum of Understanding with Belmont Sayre, LLC to develop
the Grey Hosiery Mill Project
Presenter: City Manager John Connet

13. Consideration of a Request from Mr. Scott Bolyard to Remove 3.43 acres from the City's
Extraterritorial Planning Jurisdiction (ETJ)
Presenter: Development Assistance Director Susan Frady
14. Consideration of Request to Reimburse Housing Assistance Corporation for the
Installation of Water/Sewer Infrastructure for a Project off North Main Street and
Associated Budget Amendment
Presenter: City Manager John Connet

15. Consideration of Stream Trash Collection Project on Mud Creek
Presenter: Michael Huffman/GreenWorks
16. Comments from Mayor and City Council Members

17. Reports from Staff
18. Boards and Commissions: Consideration of (Re)Appointments, Announcement of
Upcoming Vacancies
Presenter: City Clerk Tammie Drake
19. New Business
20. Closed Session

21. Adjourn




 Hundreds of individuals will gather at the Boys & Girls Club

of Henderson County’s Celebration Dinner on Saturday June 3rd to champion the organization’s work
with local young people. Inspired by the Helen Keller quote, “Alone we can do so little. Together we
can do so much,” the evening also celebrates those who have rallied behind the Club through the
decades, enabling it to grow from serving approximately 200 young people in 1993 to over 1,300 youth
in 2016.

One of those supporters, Hunter Subaru, will headline the event as the 2017 Premier Sponsor. “Hunter
Subaru recognizes the impact the Boys & Girls Club has in our community,” said Randy Hunter of
Hunter Subaru. “They provide an invaluable service: helping young people become productive, caring,
and responsible citizens. As a business serving the Hendersonville Community for more than 75 years,
we know that an investment in this type of work is an investment in the future.”

The Celebration Dinner will be held from 6-9 p.m. and will include a cocktail hour, formal dinner and
program focused on the teamwork required to effectively serve the kids in our community who need us
most. This will be the fourth year in a row that the event is held at the Club’s 41,500 square foot, kidcentered
campus, which includes a new teen facility that opened in April.

“Throughout our tremendous growth two things remain the same: our commitment to delivering quality
programs by quality people and ensuring the Club remains accessible to all kids, regardless of any
financial barriers that may exist,” says Executive Director Julia Hockenberry. “The Club changes lives
for the better, and our outcomes and member stories prove it. There’s so much to celebrate and be
thankful for.”

In 2016, 88 percent of Club members were eligible for free or reduced lunch with most households (69
percent) having a household income of $28,000 or less. The cost of an all-inclusive Club membership
has remained the same since 1993: $5 per year, per child.

Additional event sponsors include Pardee Hospital; Dixon Hughes Goodman; Dixon Hughes Goodman
Wealth Advisors; First Citizens Bank; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Silver Fox Gallery & Interiors;
Wessel Investment Counsel LLC; Allison Development Group; Carolina Village; Champion Comfort
Experts; InStride Hendersonville Podiatry; Jan and Steve Jarrell; Joseph Laughter Clothier & Scott
Keels Design; Sky Top Orchard; Chris and Bob Smith; Charlotte and James Walsh; Paul Bakke –
Realtor, Paul and Laurie Bakke; Times-News; WNC Woman; Champagne Event Services; Ellie Navarro
Photography; Flat Rock Cider Works; Oskar Blues Brewery; and Shipman’s Catering.

For more information, visit or call 828-693-9444, ext. 124.




Leapin’ lizards! For the very first time, America’s favorite red headed orphan will be gracing the stage at Flat Rock Playhouse in the Broadway hit sensation, Annie. Do not miss what is considered one of the best family musicals ever written, running June 9th through July 2nd on the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage located in the Village of Flat Rock.

The cast & crew of Annie thinks “you’re gonna like it here...” at the State Theatre of North Carolina! The Tony Award-winning musical, Annie, will make its debut and entertain audiences on the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage with its purely delightful and heartwarming tale of a plucky orphan who gets a second chance at a family. Premiering in 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera House, Annie became an instant classic. The role of Annie was originated on Broadway by Andrea McArdle, who went on to receive a Tony nomination for her performance. In its first year on Broadway, Annie received 7 Tony Awards and another 7 Drama Desk Awards. Annie has also seen 2 Broadway revivals and 3 film adaptations, the most recent in 2014. From the start, Annie has been an undeniable sensation that Flat Rock Playhouse is now proud to finally present with all of its legendary tunes including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” and of course, “Tomorrow.”

“A triumph of the spirit!” – The Australian
“Spectacular on every count.” – Newsweek
“Overflowing! Big, warm-hearted and funny!” – New York Post

Annie stars Broadway’s Carly Gendell in the title role of Annie. Gendell debuted on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock as the original Marcy. This is Gendell’s third time playing Annie and says, “[Annie is] a role that I have always felt deeply connected with.” Gendell is only 12 years old, yet she has racked up quite the resume. She began acting when she was only 6 years old, and has played Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical, the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical, Gretl in The Sound of Music, Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, Gavroche in Les Miserables, and The Boy in The Velveteen Rabbit, just to name a few!

Gendell’s canine counterpart is Macy playing the role of Sandy, who just recently completed the National Tour of Annie. Macy was trained by William Berloni, an American Animal Behaviorist and Humanitarian. He has received the 2011 Tony® Honoree for Excellence in Theatre. Recipient of 2014, Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award and the 2017 Drama League Award for Unique Contribution to the Theater. Berloni found and trained the Original Sandy in Annie. Broadway Credits: Annie (Original Company, 20th, 30th and 35th Anniversary revivals), The Crucible, Living on Love, The Audience, Bullets Over Broadway, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, A Christmas Story, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Legally Blonde, Camelot, Frankenstein, The First, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver!, Anything Goes, Nick and Nora, La Bete, The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz, Dinner at Eight, Double Feature (New York City Ballet), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Woman in White, Awake and Sing, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

Sean Cooper co-stars as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks and Flat Rock favorite Marcy McGuigan returns to the Mainstage, this time, as the infamous Miss Hannigan. Joining Gendell, Cooper and McGuigan are Preston Dyar, Tim Ellis, Maddie Franke, Tauren Hagans, Lara Hayhurst, Michael MacCauley, Lindsay O’Neil, Stephen Sheffer, Peter Thomasson and Scott Treadway.

Annie also features a cast of local young actors alternating the roles of America’s most beloved orphans, and members of the 2017 Apprentice Company performing in the ensemble.

Annie will be directed and choreographed by Amy Jones, director of last year’s summer hit, 9 to 5: The Musical. Ethan Andersen will serve as Music Director, Bill Muñoz as Stage Manager, and Lindsey A. Moss as Assistant Stage Manager. Designers and Technical Staff also include Adam Goodrum as Production Manager, Chris Simpson as Technical Director, Dennis C. Maulden as Resident Scenic Designer, and Paul Feraldi as Props Master. Light, Sound, and Costumes will be designed by CJ Barnwell, Kurt Conway, and Ashli Arnold respectively.

The Executive Producers of Annie are Blue Ridge Humane Society, Asheville Regional Airport and Morris Broadband. Annie is also presented by The Flat Rock Playhouse Main Stage Series Sponsor, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (, Opening Night Sponsor, BMW of Asheville, and Transportation Sponsor, Hunter Automotive Group.

Annie will run from June 9th through July 2nd at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. Performances Wednesday and Thursday evening at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00PM, matinees Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00PM. Tickets are available for $15 - $50 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-737-8008 or online at Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Celebrate Recovery


"Celebrate Recovery" meets every Monday night at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville.  Celebrate Recovery is a  Christ centered program whose aim is to help people struggling with life. First Baptist Church is located on 5th Avenue in Hendersonville, but the meeting is held in the church fellowship hall located on Buncombe Street.  Dinner is served from 6 until 6:45 pm and the meeting starts immedately after.  Come join us and let Jesus change your life.