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WELL KNOWN WNC RV DEALER "BOB" LEDFORD DIES AT AGE 84

WELL KNOWN WNC RV DEALER "BOB" LEDFORD DIES AT AGE 84

SERVICES WILL BE SUNDAY JUNE 4TH      

Robert Lee Ledford (Bob) passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the age of 84 at his home in Arden, North Carolina. Bob was born May 22, 1932 to Mildred Ray Ledford and Oscar Horace Ledford in Barnardsville, North Carolina. He was the second oldest of eight children. He was a dedicated father, grandfather, and entrepreneur who had a great passion for life and people.

Bob met his beautiful bride, Joan Revis Ledford, in high school in Weaverville, North Carolina. They married in June of 1951 in the Weaverville Presbyterian Church. In 1952, Bob obtained his dealer's license and began a long career in auto and RV sales. He owned and managed Bob Ledford's RV and other dealerships for more than 40 years in the Asheville area. Bob was also actively involved with his son at Bob Ledford's RV & Marine in Greer, South Carolina. He was a member of Arden Presbyterian Church. He loved his farm in Avery's Creek but his passion was sales. His outgoing personality and love for life will be missed by all. Bob will be remembered for his TV commercials, the Saturday Night Jamboree TV Show, his slogan: "Let's Make a Deal", his famous golf cart greetings and Bobs Sweet Stripes soft peppermint candies.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Joan Ledford of Arden; son, David Ledford of Inman, SC; daughter, Jennifer Ledford Cox of Charlotte; grandchildren, Autumn Ledford of Greer, SC, Kelby Ledford of Boston, MA, Bradley Ledford of Arden, Samuel Cox of Charlotte and Isaac Cox of Charlotte; great grandchildren, Eli Ledford of Asheville and Ivy Ledford of Greer. Bob is also survived by his sisters, Irene Gentry of Durham, Nell Vea of Charlotte, Ossie English of Mars Hill, Grace Sandall of New Zealand and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his son, Robert Lee Ledford, Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 4 pm at Arden Presbyterian Church, 2215 Hendersonville Road, with Reverend Ken Crabb officiating. The family will greet friends and associates at the church following the service. A private burial will be held at Shepherd Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bob's honor to either Arden Presbyterian Church Missions Faith Promise (ardenpres.org) or to Eliada Children's Home (eliada.org), both of which he supported for many years.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and a memorial guest register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/blueridgenow/obituary.aspx?n=robert-lee-ledford-bob&pid=185636336#sthash.XdHitNyy.dpuf

GREY'S HOSIERY MILL/DOWNTOWN HOTEL ON THE AGENDA FOR CITY COUNCIL THURSDAY NIGHT JUNE 1

GREY'S HOSIERY MILL/DOWNTOWN HOTEL ON THE AGENDA FOR CITY COUNCIL THURSDAY NIGHT JUNE 1

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
vote.

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
Committee
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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)
Presenter:
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9. Public Hearing - Consideration of Ordinance Adopting the Budget for Fiscal Year
2017-18
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

THIS 2017 HURRICANE SEASON POSES A THREAT FOR SOUTHEASTERN U.S.

THIS 2017 HURRICANE SEASON POSES A THREAT FOR SOUTHEASTERN U.S.

JUNE 1 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30   

2017 Atlantic hurricanes to pose threat to southeastern US despite possible onset of weak El Nino

Despite lower-than-average numbers of tropical storms and hurricanes for the Atlantic in 2017, parts of the southeastern United States are likely to be at risk for multiple major impacts.

"The Gulf of Mexico coast, especially central and eastern areas including all of Florida, will be the greatest areas of concern for direct and indirect impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes during the 2017 season," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
Static 2017 Tropical Storm Tracks

"A secondary area of concern may be from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on south," Kottlowski said.
If a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall or direct impact, it could unleash damaging winds, flooding rain and storm surge flooding. If a tropical system passes nearby offshore, locally heavy rain, gusty winds, rough surf and beach erosion could be indirect impacts.
Following direct or indirect impacts in the Southeast, tropical systems could then make their way into the northeastern United States as a heavy rain threat or stir up wind and water along adjacent coastal areas in the North Atlantic.
The key for this concern is based on an anticipated strong area of high pressure over the west-central Atlantic. This high pressure area represents a large counterclockwise flow of dry air.
"The flow is likely to guide more tropical storms and hurricanes farther west than average," Kottlowski said.
The slightly lower-than-average numbers of tropical storms and hurricanes are based on the spread of slightly cooler-than-average waters over the main part of the Atlantic basin at the start of the season as well as disruptive winds generated by the onset of a weak El Niño this summer.

However, water temperatures over prime development areas of the Atlantic may surge to above average, like that of 2016, and the start of El Niño could be delayed.
A slow onset of El Niño is a factor that would likely contribute to a higher number of storms overall in the season, according to AccuWeather hurricane experts. If El Niño were to form earlier, then the number of storms during the entire 2017 hurricane season could be well below average.
Even if water temperatures in key development areas of the Atlantic are below average, the water is likely to be warm enough to support some development and maintain tropical systems in most cases.
The threat for early-season tropical development exists and there is one key area to watch closely, Kottlowski stated.
"The main area to watch for a potential tropical storm or hurricane during June is likely to be centered on the northwestern Caribbean Sea," Kottlowski said.
Static Early Tropical Development Area 2017

Any system that develops near there would most likely be carried westward toward Mexico, but there is a chance of a turn toward the U.S. Gulf Coast area as well, Kottlowski stated.
This same general area could remain a prime area for development in July.
AccuWeather meteorologists are projecting the formation of 10 tropical storms, five of which may become hurricanes and three may become major hurricanes. Three tropical storms and/or hurricanes are projected to have a direct impact on the U.S.
By comparison, the National Hurricane Center is projecting 11 to 17 tropical storms, from five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes for the 2017 Atlantic season.
Static AccuWeather NHC Average Hurricane Comparison

On average there are 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes, three major hurricanes and three to four direct impacts on the U.S. per year.
Should the trend toward below-average water temperatures continue and/or if El Niño comes on faster and stronger than anticipated, the number of hurricanes, tropical storms and direct impacts could be lower than projections.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.
AccuWeather first released its Atlantic hurricane season forecast in early April 2017.

CARLY ALLMAN NAMED HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOO'LS "TEACHER OF THE YEAR"

CARLY ALLMAN NAMED HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOO'LS "TEACHER OF THE YEAR"

PUBLIC SCHOOL'S "TEACHER OIF THE YEAR"    

Carly Allman, a science teacher at East Henderson High School, was named Henderson County Public Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year on Friday at the Teacher of the Year luncheon sponsored by Park Ridge Health at the Hendersonville Country Club.

Like all 23 nominees from each elementary, middle and high school, Allman was nominated by her peers for the designation of her school’s Teacher of the Year. Following extensive interviews with a selection committee comprised of an administrator, parent, board member and the previous teacher of the year, Allman was selected to represent Henderson County Public Schools as its 2017 Teacher of the Year.

When Chief Human Resources Officer Scott Rhodes introduced the HCPS Teacher of the Year on Friday, he said, “We’ve all heard the saying, ‘People don’t care about what you know until they know you care.’ This HCPS Teacher of the Year personifies these words each and every day. She is focused on building strong relationship with her students, instilling mutual trust and respect. And her love of science and her love of students have created the perfect recipe for student success.”

Allman gave credit to her mentors, many of them who were other teachers or administrators in the room, “for instilling in me the importance of loving your subject, but also having that personal connection with the kids.”

In addition to a plaque, $1,000 from Park Ridge Health, an all-expense paid trip to a state education conference, and a Teacher of the Year class ring by Jostens, Allman received a warm welcome from her students and fellow teachers when she arrived back on campus Friday. Students stood along the school’s track with handmade congratulatory signs, flower bouquets and Eagle green balloons for Allman, who was escorted to the football field by Principal Carl Taylor.

“She’s such an amazing person,” said Michelle Huerta, a senior in Allman’s anatomy class. “She’s an inspiration to me and I love her so much.”

“I’m very proud of Carly and I’m honored to work with her,” said Meghan Hare, a co-teacher in Allman’s classroom. “I’ve learned so much from her that I’m going to use in my own classroom.”

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DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

MICHAEL CALDWELL ANGRAM   

CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS   

ATTEMPT TO LOCATE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT-HENDERSON COUNTY
May 26, 2017

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Michael Caldwell Angram. 29 year old Angram has been charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon for an incident that occurred on May 11, 2017. He is known to frequent the Harris Street area in Hendersonville.

Michael Angram is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Angram is asked to immediately contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911.

"'ONLY HOPE WNC" BOARD EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR ABSHER; SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MICHAEL ABSHER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUINCY OF A MINOR

"'ONLY HOPE WNC" BOARD EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR ABSHER; SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MICHAEL ABSHER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUINCY OF A MINOR

HAS TAKEN A LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD

The board of directors of the home he founded and operates for homeless kids expressed full support for Michael Absher late this week and that board also said they are confident that he's innocent and will be acquitted.

Less that six months into his first term as an elected member of Henderson County's Boared of Public Education, Michael Absher has been arrested and is scheduled to be in court on June 30th to answer a charge of "contributing to the deliquincy of a minor".

A 27-year old graduate of East Henderson High School, Absher has reportedly taken a leave of absence from the school board. He turned himself in and made bond on the charge late Wednesday.

According to the arrest warrant, Absher knew a 15-year-old drank alcohol at his home for homeless kids — Only Hope WNC — between last November and January.

Maj. Frank Stout, of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, said the 15-year-old boy and possiblyanother boy may have also been involved.  Stout said the sheriff's office had received allegations, and the charge came after consulting with the district attorney.

Absher, once said to be a homeless teen himself, got elected to the county school board last November after running for a third time.

Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent Bo Caldwell said he could not comment on details...he said "I don't know the facts. I don't know the details."  But the school superintend added that Absher was arrested Wednesday at 3 o'clock, "...and as a school board member he has taken a leave of absence."

Absher's attorney, Doug Pearson, said he couldn't discuss any details about the case. But, he predicted, Absher would be cleared of any wrongful conduct
Absher is expected to appear in court on June 30.

HENDERSONVILLE ELEMENTARY IS A "STEM" SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION

HENDERSONVILLE ELEMENTARY IS A "STEM" SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION

Hendersonville Elementary has been designated a “STEM School of Distinction” by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, making it the second school in Western North Carolina – and the first elementary school in the region – to be named a “STEM School of Distinction.”

The designation follows a three-year commitment of incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) project-based learning activities into the school’s culture and curriculum, engaging parents, community members and local business partners in school-wide experiments and events such as the Duke Energy Science Night, Career Days, robotic competitions, and family STEM Nights.

Hendersonville Elementary’s successful integration of STEM (and Art, to create the “STEAM” acronym) subject content into its school culture, teacher collaboration and innovation, community partnerships, and work-based learning experiences satisfied the NCDPI’s rubric for schools applying for the “STEM School of Distinction” designation. The10 attributes include “connections to effective in- and out-of-school STEM programs,” “authentic assessment and exhibition of STEM skills,” and “alignment of student’s career pathway with postsecondary STEM program(s),” and each attribute includes four key elements, creating a total of 40 key elements of which a “STEM School of Distinction” must provide evidence.

The school first applied for the distinction in 2014, after Principal Kerry Stewart had assumed the position as the school’s new principal. She said Hendersonville Elementary’s teachers addressed a desire to pursue a focus in STEM education as part of HES’ School Improvement Plan, and the teachers, students and administration have been working toward the designation ever since.

“We knew we wanted to prepare our students for the 21st century,” Stewart said. “We believe in the 4 Super Skills: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Communication.” She added, “We pulled our NC School Report Card grade up from a ‘C’ to an ‘A+.’”

Prior to Hendersonville Elementary’s designation this May, only one other school in Western North Carolina, Nesbitt Discovery Academy in Buncombe County, has earned the “STEM School of Distinction” designation, and HES is the first elementary school in the Western Region to be designated as such.

“We’ve been so impressed by Hendersonville Elementary’s incorporation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics into everyday lessons, and fostering an innovative culture among students, teachers and staff,” said Mr. Bo Caldwell, HCPS Superintendent. “We’re excited the state has recognized the school’s commitment to educating 21st century leaders and learners.”

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ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES ELITE AIRWAYS NON-STOP SERVICE TO VERO BEACH, FLORIDA

ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES ELITE AIRWAYS NON-STOP SERVICE TO VERO BEACH, FLORIDA

Elite Airways, an airline brand new to our region, landed for the first time at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) from Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida on Thursday morning, May 25. The flight was welcomed by a water cannon arch, a tradition in aviation used to commemorate special occasions.

Once the plane taxied through the water arch and parked at the gate, AVL officials welcomed leaders from Vero Beach and Elite Airways to mark the day with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the airfield, with the Elite Airways jet nearby.

"I am so pleased to welcome our new friends from Elite Airways and Vero Beach to our mountains," said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., AVL executive director. "It's great to see this beautiful Bombardier CRJ-200 at the gate, ready to take passengers straight to Vero Beach. There are strong connections between our two communities, and I anticipate that the route between the mountains and the Treasure Coast will be embraced. I look forward to a long relationship, and to making a trip soon on Elite Airways."

"Today marks the start of nonstop jet service between Vero Beach, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina-two very popular destinations for arts, culture, music, and R&R," said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. "We have high expectations for this route, and thank city and airport officials for their support."

"Vero Beach Regional Airport is excited about this new, non-stop service from Florida to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains," said Eric Menger, Executive Director. "We know that many Florida residents will enjoy this customer-friendly airline."

The start of a new nonstop route on a new airline is certainly a special day for Asheville Regional Airport, and for the western North Carolina region. The new service will provide the tenth nonstop destination available to regional travelers from AVL, with twice-weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays.

For more information about flights, or to book a trip, visit EliteAirways.com.

For more information about Asheville Regional Airport, visit flyavl.com.

PARK RIDGE HEALTH NAMES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

PARK RIDGE HEALTH NAMES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

Park Ridge Health is excited to announce the selection of its new Chief Nursing Officer, Roland Joy, MSN, BSBA, RN. Joy has been serving in the nursing field for nearly 35 years. From caring for patients in every area of nursing, to successfully leading health care service lines, Joy has a proven record as an intuitive and decisive leader at health care systems across the Southeast and in New England.

“Roland’s proven track record of leadership and strategic development give Park Ridge Health an even stronger point for growth as a leader in high-quality care,” said Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health President and CEO.

“Park Ridge Health’s integrity as an organization and the incredible people who make up the care teams are what initially drew me to this organization,” said Roland Joy, Park Ridge Health Chief Nursing Officer. “I look forward to working with the care teams to continue the Park Ridge Health dedication to excellence and innovation in health care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit.”

Joy’s primary role is to oversee and coordinate Park Ridge Health’s Nursing care teams and their daily operations. He is a key member of the senior leadership team and will be outlining and implementing best practices for nursing and patient care. Joy has extensive experience in nurse recruitment, training and advancement, development of patient care programs and cross-departmental program strategic planning.

Most of Joy’s time outside of work involves spending time with his wife, their family and friends. He loves being outdoors and looks forward to exploring the adventures awaiting him in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

HENDERSONVILLE & MILLS RIVER FAMILY DENTAL ARE MOVING

HENDERSONVILLE & MILLS RIVER FAMILY DENTAL ARE MOVING

Hendersonville Family Dental and their sister office Mills River Family Dental are moving.

Hendersonville Familty Dental has built an all new state of the art dental office directly behind their current offices on the Greenville Highway. This all new office is expected to open June 7th.

Mills River Family Dental is moving their offices from Boyleston Highway to the Ingles Shopping Center in Mills River right beside Ace Hardware. They expect to be open in this new location June 5th.

Currently, three dentists offer complete dental services at these dental offices.  They are Dr.Michael Stohl, Dr.Alex Jiamachello,and  Dr Adam Scott...and a 4th dentist will be arriving soon.