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HENDERSON COUNTY'S MCGRADY RECEIVES THE "COMMUNITY CHAMPION" AWARD

HENDERSON COUNTY'S MCGRADY RECEIVES THE "COMMUNITY CHAMPION" AWARD

BY THE NC LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES   

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady and State Sen. Paul Newton were recognized Friday night as recipients of the N.C. League of Municipalities’ Community Champion Award.

The award was presented to each legislator for dedicated support of North Carolina cities and towns during the 2017 legislative session. The presentations took place at CityVision 2017, NCLM’s annual conference held this week in Greenville.

Representative McGrady is serving his fourth term in the N.C. House, representing Hendersonville and portions of Henderson County. A co-chair of the House Appropriations Committee, he was a key advocate for the defeat of harmful billboard legislation which the League actively opposed.

Sen. Newton is serving his first term in the state Senate, representing Cabarrus County and portions of Union County. Despite that freshman status, he played a crucial role in pursing legislation which ensured that cities and towns could continue assessing development impact fees going forward in the face of an adverse court ruling. Without the legislation, well-coordinated growth in cities and towns across North Carolina would have been threatened and costs pushed off on existing property tax payers.

“It was my honor and privilege to help,” Newton told conference attendees.

McGrady, a former Flat Rock Village Council member and Henderson County commissioner, noted that he takes as a compliment being characterized, at times, as continuing to act like a local government official.
“I so much appreciate this recognition from my kindred souls in local government,” he said.
Outgoing League President Bob Matheny, Mayor of Zebulon, praised both Newton and McGrady for their willingness to listen to and consider the concerns of municipal officials.
“We truly appreciate your work at the General Assembly and that you are willing to make the sacrifice to serve in Raleigh,” Matheny said.

About the League

The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a membership association of 540 great hometowns – representing nearly every municipality in the state. The League advocates for its members, from the largest city to the smallest village, on the full range of legislative issues that affect municipalities.

For more than 100 years, the League has promoted – and continues to promote – good government by offering non-partisan advocacy, insurance and other services – as directed by its membership.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD-North Henderson 0 at Reynolds 49 Final-Mountain Heritage 28 at Hendersonville 22 Final-Madison 29 at East Henderson 38 Final-Roberson 25 at West Henderson 28 Final

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD-North Henderson 0 at Reynolds 49 Final-Mountain Heritage 28 at Hendersonville 22 Final-Madison 29 at East Henderson 38 Final-Roberson 25 at West Henderson 28 Final

Roberson 25 at West Henderson 28 Final

Madison 29 at East Henderson 38 Final

Mountain Heritage 28 at Hendersonville 22 Final

North Henderson 0 at Reynolds 49 Final

Asheville School 53 at Statesville Christian 7 Final

Brevard 34 at Chase 26 Final

Carolina Gladiators 6 at Cherokee 53 Final

Enka 7 at Asheville High 43 Final

Erwin 51 at North Buncombe 9 4th Quarter

Franklin 42 at Owen 7 Final

Hickory 36 at McDowell 13 Final

Mitchell 41 at R-S Central 7 Final

Polk County 23 at Pisgah 22 2nd Quarter

Robbinsville 12 at Murphy 28 Final

Roberson 25 at West Henderson 28 Final

Rosman 21 at Andrews 19 Final

Smoky Mountain 22 at Tuscola 35 Final

SouthLake Christian 21 at Christ School 57 Final

NOW IS THE TIME TO ENROLL IN THE SHERIFF'S CITIZENS ACADEMY

NOW IS THE TIME TO ENROLL IN THE SHERIFF'S CITIZENS ACADEMY

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Henderson County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff’s Citizens Academy Accepting Applications for 2018
September 21, 2017

Sheriff Charles McDonald and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office would like to announce the 2018 Sheriff's Citizens Academy is now accepting applications for classes beginning January 23, 2018. The objective of the Citizens Academy is to educate the public on the duties, requirements, and responsibilities of the Office of Sheriff in Henderson County. The class is for every citizen in the county that seeks to enhance his or her knowledge of our county’s law enforcement and thus become a more supportive citizen.
There are thirteen classes scheduled, all of which take place on Tuesday evening and start promptly at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. All classes are held in the Sheriff's Office training room. Class size is limited to 40 students and classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Class topics include, but are not limited to: officer training & education requirements, criminal investigations, STAR program & school resource deputies, force on force decision making, crime prevention techniques, frauds & scams, personal safety, 911 communications process, emergency preparedness, K-9 teams, animal enforcement, bomb squad & SWAT teams, detention, civil process, courthouse security, gang information, drug prevention programs and the ‘Volunteers in Partnership’ program.

The class will tour law enforcement related facilities, enjoy hands-on demonstrations, and get a close-up look at the vehicles and equipment used in the daily operations. Participants will also meet many professional deputies, office personnel and the Sheriff’s Office leadership team. There will be opportunities for students to ask questions and talk with the aforementioned personnel. It will be an educational and fun experience. The class fee is $30.00, which includes a binder, handouts, graduation meal and class recognitions at the final session.
Interested persons must pass a background check and may pick up an application at the Sheriff's Office at 100 North Grove Street in Hendersonville or download one from the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy page on the Sheriff’s Office website (http://www.hendersoncountync.org/sheriff/sheriffs_citizens_academy.html).

For more information or questions please contact Citizens Academy Director Barry Brown at (828) 694-2742 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FIESTA HENDERSONVILLE WILL BE THIS SUNDAY

FIESTA HENDERSONVILLE WILL BE THIS SUNDAY

THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE   

CELEBRATING THE BEST OF LATIN AMERICA   

Downtown Hendersonville comes alive with the sights, sounds, music, pageantry, colorful costumes and extraordinary talent of Latin America

Hendersonville, NC - FIESTA Hendersonville is Sunday, September 24th in Downtown Hendersonville (Main Street / Visitors Center.) This one-day event showcases the culture and contagious rhythms of Latin America through live music, dance, food, artisans, vendors and more. The family-friendly event runs from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The event is FREE to the public.

Experience the best of all things Latino while indulging in mouthwatering, authentic culinary delights. The wide array of Latin American delicacies includes, Mexican, Peruvian and Venezuelan-inspired foods.

FIESTA Hendersonville will feature something for everyone, patrons can journey through over 20 represented countries and experience their people, music, art, food and culture.

Local and regional Latin acts take the stage and unite festival-goers with the rhythms of Salsa, Bachata, Zamba, Tropical, and Merengue. Local artisans will be participating in the event and displaying their unique creations.

"Hendersonville is clearly a collaborative city where people work together on projects and support each other. It's vibrant cultural landscape provides the perfect backdrop for this years event,” said Adriana Chavela, Founder of Hola Media, Inc. "Latinos love to passionately tell our stories and share our rich cultures and traditions with people of all ages. And while sharing our stories, it allows us to learn even more about ourselves and how we can best weave ourselves into the communities where we live.”

For more information, contact Adriana Chavela at (828) 989-2745 or visit www.holacarolina.com
Attached press release and photos - Photo Credit: Stephen Kindland
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FALL COLOR MEANS BILLIONS (WITH A "B") TO THE ECONOMY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

FALL COLOR MEANS BILLIONS (WITH A "B") TO THE ECONOMY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

FALL COLOR EXPECTED TO BE AVERAGE OR BETTE

NOT REALLY IMPACTED MUCH BY HURRICANE IRMA

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As the leaves change color in western North Carolina, green is the big color for most businesses.

October is one of the biggest months for businesses as tourists flock to the area to view the reds, oranges and yellows of the fall.

Western Carolina University economist Steve Morse told the Asheville Citizen-Times that October is like Black Friday in mountains of western North Carolina.

A recent economic impact study from Tourism Economics found that Buncombe County attracted nearly 11 million visitors last year. Those visitors spent nearly $2 billion.

Marla Tambellini with the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau said the fall foliage season is estimated to be responsible for about 12 percent of hotel occupancy for the year. She said demand is running ahead of last year's pace.

Photosynbthesis is the big factor that determines fall leaf colorf, according to a biology professor at Western Carolina University...and Professor Beverly Collins says its been a very good year for chlorophyll and photosynthesis.

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Western North Carolina typically has one of the longest fall color seasons in the nation, due largely to the changes in elevations throughout the region...with fall color starting early (in earl;y Septembedr at some of the highest elevations) and last into late October or even early November at the lowest elevations.

Tourism from the fall color season is historically critical to the economy of Henderson County.

 

 

FALL OFFICIALLY ARRIVED IN HENDERSONVILLE AT 4:02 PM FRIDAY!

FALL OFFICIALLY ARRIVED IN HENDERSONVILLE AT 4:02 PM FRIDAY!

"Of autumn wine now drink your fill, the frost's on the pumpkin and snow's on the hill."--The Old Farmer's Almanac

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The autumnal equinox or September equinox falls on September 22. Here’s everything you need to know about the equinox and signs of the equinox in nature.

WHEN IS THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX?

Specifically, the Northern Hemisphere marks the autumnal equinox on Friday, September 22, 2017, at exactly 4:02 P.M. EDT.
Year Autumnal Equinox (Northern Hemisphere)
2017 Friday, September 22
2018 Saturday, September 22
2019 Monday, September 23

WHAT IS THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX?

The Autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox—is the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).
During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator” (just imagine the line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky) from north to south.
Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator. At this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.
Another definition of fall is nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights.
It is the summer’s great last heat,
It is the fall’s first chill: They meet.

WHY AREN’T DAYS AND NIGHTS EQUAL?

Nights and days actually aren’t perfectly equal on the equinox, as in 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime. The split may be off by a few minutes. Why does this happen?    iTdepends on where you live. On the autumnal and vernal equinoxes, the very center of the Sun sets just 12 hours after it rises. But the day begins when the upper edge of the Sun reaches the horizon (which happens a bit before the center rises), and it doesn’t end until the entire Sun has set. Not only that, but the Sun is actually visible when it is below the horizon, as Earth’s atmosphere refracts the Sun’s rays and bends them in an arc over the horizon. According to our former Almanac astronomer, George Greenstein, “If the Sun were to shrink to a star-like point and we lived in a world without air, the spring and fall equinoxes would truly have ‘equal nights.’”  Does the Sun rise due east and set west at the equinox? See more odd equinox facts from astronomer Bob Berman!

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WHAT FALLING LEAVES INDICATE

There’s an old weather proverb that states, “If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter.” This means that leaves that hang onto the tree indicate a colder winter to come. Or, perhaps you just haven’t had enough windy days! But look on the bright side—you get to look at the beautiful autumn foliage for a little bit longer. Learn why autumn leaves change color.
See our fall foliage forecast for 2017!
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SIGNS OF FALL

In many regions of North America, the landscape silently explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange. The leaves begin to drop off the trees, providing endless hours of jumping into leaf piles for kids and raking them back up for parents!
Plants and trees are slowing down, as sunlight decreases. However, in the garden, asters and chrysanthemums bloom beautifully as orange pumpkins and corn mazes abound. Baseball season hits the homestretch, while football season is just warming up.
Halloween and Thanksgiving carry us through the season until temperatures begin to drop, nights begin to get longer, and all the woodland critters start storing up for the long haul of winter.
Of course, you can you can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets. See our sunrise/set tool for your backyard!
Also, notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day as it starts shifting south. Birds and butterflies migrate along with the path of our Sun!
How do you know that fall is coming? Share your ideas in the comments below!

AUTUMN FOLKLORE AND VERSE

Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor. –Irish proverb
Trees snapping and cracking in the autumn indicate dry weather.
If, in the fall of the leaves in October, many of them wither on the boughs and hang there, it betokens a frosty winter and much snow.
Spring rain damps;
Autumn rain soaks.
Of autumn’s wine, now drink your fill; the frost’s on the pumpkin, and snow’s on the hill.
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1993
Autumn has caught us in our summer wear. –Philip Larkin, British poet (1922–86)

COUNTY PLANNING BOARD HEARD MORE THURSDAY FROM CITIZENS ABOUT THE PROPOSED 232-ACRE "FARM AT EAGLES NEST" IN ETOWAH

COUNTY PLANNING BOARD HEARD MORE THURSDAY FROM CITIZENS ABOUT THE PROPOSED 232-ACRE "FARM AT EAGLES NEST" IN ETOWAH

PLANNING BOARD HAS UNTIL NOVEMBER 14TH TO MAKE A DECISION   

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Henderson County’s Planning Board Thursday continued to hear comments from concerned neighbors and citizens about the proposed “Farm At Eagle’s Nest”. That proposed development involves some 232 acres on McKinney Road in Etowah...which will include 299 total units of single family homes, duplexes, eight-plexes, and an RV park.

Most of those who spoke at Thursday’s meeting were against the development, although there were some neighbors who support it.

The Planning Board is waiting for more information from NC DOT on the impact of the development on roads and traffic in the area. Concerns have also been raised about the ability of the Etowah Sewer Company to handle a a development that large, particularly after a recent rainfall event led to an overflow from the system of some 15,000 gallons of untreated wastewater and considering the development’s close proximity to the French Broad River.

Planning Board Chairman Steve Dozier pointed out that with R-1, or Residential 1 zoning at that site, there could potentially be as many as 928 units on that property if all the approximately 500 acres of that property is developed under that zoning classification.

The Planning Board has until November 14 to make a decision, and county planner Autumn Radcliffe says the Board should have all the information it needs, including the traffic study from NC DOT, by the Planning Board’s October 19th meeting.

Florida developer John Turchin is proposing that development along with another large development off South Rugby Road in the Horse Shoe area.

 

 

PRESERVATION COMMISSION APPROVES DEMOLITION OF THE LAMPLEY MOTORS BUILDING ON SOUTH CHURCH STREET

PRESERVATION COMMISSION APPROVES DEMOLITION OF THE LAMPLEY MOTORS BUILDING ON SOUTH CHURCH STREET

MORE CHANGE POSSIBLY COMING TO DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE   

THE LAMPLEY MOTORS BUILDING DATES BACK TO MID 1940S   

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Hendersonville's Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday approved the demolition of the old Lampley Motors building at 101 and 121 North Church Street.  A new commercial development is planned for that property.

The property, which is also the location for Southern Appalachian Coffee Company, is currently owned by Pulliam-Justus Partners and they had applied for what’s known as a “certificate of appropriateness” to level the two old buildings on that property to make room for their planned newl commercial development.

Pulliam-Justus Partners owns the .78 acre site which is valued at just under $625 thousand.

The family of the late Dr. Bill Lampley operated an automobile dealership in that building, dating back to 1945.

The building is listed as a “contributing property” in the National Register’s historic district in downtown Hendersonville.

That building was also once home to Thomas Motor Company which later moved to North Main Street...and into an auto delership building that once stood at 7th and Main, approximately where Triangle Stop is today.

 

LOCAL MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES INVOLVING A MINOR

LOCAL MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES INVOLVING A MINOR

AN INVESTIGATION GOES BACK TO EARLIER THIS MONTH   

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Felony Indecent Liberties Arrest – Henderson County
September 21, 2017

On September 5, 2017, Henderson County deputies were dispatched to a disturbance on Leisure Lane in East Flat Rock. During the course of the investigation, deputies were made aware of allegations concerning inappropriate sexual behavior toward a minor by one of the parties. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division then began an investigation which led to the arrest on September 19, 2017, of Peter Budimer Sreckovich, age 45 of Leisure Lane, East Flat Rock, NC. Sreckovich was charged with one felony count of statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15 and one felony count of indecent liberties with a child. Sreckovich remains in the Henderson County jail under a $58,000.00 secured bond.

Should anyone have additional information regarding allegations of misconduct against Mr. Sreckovich, please contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911.

LOCAL UROLOGIST DONALDSON PLANS TO RUN FOR CONGRESS

LOCAL UROLOGIST DONALDSON PLANS TO RUN FOR CONGRESS

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REPORTED THIS WEEK BY THE WAYNESVILLE MOUNTAINEER   

The Waynesville Mountaineer reported this week that Hendersonville urologist Dr. Scott Donaldson plans to file as a Democrat candidate for the 11th Congressional District seat now held by Republican Congressman Mark Meadows.

Donaldson ran an unsuccessful campaign for Henderson County commissioner in 2010.

Up to this point, the only other Democrat in the congressional race is Phillip Price.

In his 2010 run for county commissioner, Donaldson championed health care for young people with an emphasis on the fight against obesity.