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NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY ENDS ITS LONG SHORT SESSION WEDNESDAY NIGHT

NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY ENDS ITS LONG SHORT SESSION WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Legislature Adjourns!

APPROVES COAL ASH CLEAN UP

APPROVES INCENTIVES FOR EVERGREEN IN HAYWOOD COUNTY

The Legislature adjourned its 2014 session Wednesday night after passing legislation addressing coal ash clean-up and a stripped-down economic incentives bill that did not include any local sales tax changes. The "sine die" adjournment means that legislators will not return to the capital for any full business sessions this year unless Governor Pat McCrory vetoes any bills or calls legislators back for a special session.
 
The session ends with the League having achieved a number of accomplishments this year. They include:
  • Repeal of a de facto moratorium on municipal environmental ordinances.
  • An additional $9.4 million in Powell Bill funding, bringing total funding to $146.3 million.
  • Repeal of a burdensome E-Verify requirement on small purchases and contracts by local government.
  • Adding $500,000 grants provided under the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.
  • Expanding uses of reclaimed water for public water supplies.
  • Requiring primary 911 centers to have back-up capabilities, but without burdening municipal taxpayers with requirements that separate facilities be built.
  • The continuation of film and TV incentives.
  • Restrictions preventing pension spiking to strengthen the integrity of the state and local government retirement system.
  • A requirement for registration of mopeds.

The legislative session did begin with the passage of legislation that would repeal the privilege license tax beginning in the next fiscal year, but legislative leaders committed to working with the League to find replacement revenue.

The adjournment came as the House rank-and-file again rejected HB1224 Local Sales Tax Options/Econ. Devpt. Changes. The League opposed this legislation because it does not represent a comprehensive approach to local funding needs and includes only one-half of the local government equation when it comes to economic development. The League was one of the very first groups to speak out against the bill, but as the legislation was resurrected this week it became much more about a battle between those for and against business recruiting incentives in the Legislature and even the electoral politics surrounding House Speaker Thom Tillis' U.S. Senate bid. League staff correctly judged that the bill was likely to fail by more than a few votes, and believed that calling on further engagement of the membership regarding the legislation might do more harm than good.

Legislators did approved SB 729 Coal Ash Management Plan of 2014 before leaving town, which includes a measure affecting groundwater compliance boundaries that should prove beneficial to municipalities in the wake of a court ruling that could have increased costs for some wasterwater systems. The incentives legislation approved on the final day of the session is intended to help Evergreen Packaging in Haywood County, with over 1,000 employees, comply with federal environmental rules.

From NC League of Municipalities

 

 

AIRPORT OPENS NEW PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY

AIRPORT OPENS NEW PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY

  

On August 20, 2014 Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) representatives used the "jaws of life" (a public safety rescue tool suitable for cutting into metal) to cut the ribbon during the commemorative ceremony to dedicate the airport's new public safety facility. The new building, which houses the airport's police, aircraft rescue and fire-fighting and communications center, opened after two years of design and construction.

 

"This state-of-the-art public safety facility was designed specifically for the needs of the airport now and into the future," said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Asheville Regional Airport's Executive Director. "As the airport has grown, so has our public safety service. More staff members and specialized emergency equipment are needed now than ever before."

As a commercial service airport, the Federal Aviation Administration requires the airport to provide specific levels of rescue and fire service, based upon the largest types of aircraft serving the airport routinely, and the number of aircraft operations at AVL. Additionally, the airport's passenger numbers continue to climb, and this upward trend is projected to continue.

 

"We now have improved access to the airfield with the new positioning of this facility," said Bleiweis. The new facility is located so that equipment and staff can respond to aircraft emergencies quickly, and emergency services personnel have access to unobstructed views of the airfield. Additionally, the facility is larger with a state-of-the-art equipment bay suitable for the newer and larger aircraft fire-fighting trucks currently in use, a centralized communications center that serves the entire airport, an emergency operations center, offices, a training room, dormitories and living space for public safety staff.

 

The airport's public safety facility was replaced for several reasons. One, the existing facility was nearing 40 years old and was built at a time when passenger numbers were lower, emergency equipment was smaller, and fewer staff and equipment were needed to provide services. Also, through the years the facility was remodeled or retro-fitted to accommodate the growing needs of the organization, and the time came to design a new facility that would meet current and future needs as the airport continues to grow.

FAA and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) grant funds, as well as airport funds intended for aviation system improvements, covered the $4.4 million cost. The airport is not funded by local taxpayers, so no local tax funds were involved in this project.

 

"Safety is a top priority for the airport," said Bleiweis, "and this new public safety facility helps us meet that priority.  We are pleased to commemorate this building today."

 

GRAND OPENING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 4 FOR PARK RIDGE HEALTH'S NEW LONG SHOALS ROAD FACILITY

GRAND OPENING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 4 FOR PARK RIDGE HEALTH'S NEW LONG SHOALS ROAD FACILITY

 

 

Park Ridge Health South Asheville to host Grand Opening Celebration September 4

Park Ridge Health will host a grand opening celebration at its new South Asheville campus on Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Park Ridge Health South Asheville is located immediately off of I-26 at Exit 37.

                “This grand opening is going to be very exciting for both the community and for our team members,” said Graham Fields, Assistant to the President at Park Ridge Health. “Park Ridge Health’s South Asheville campus was developed with our community and our patients in focus, so we can provide them with the best possible location and the best possible experience.”

                The community is invited to drop in, meet care providers, and enjoy refreshments from Travinia Italian Kitchen, live music, tours of the new facility, a chance to meet Park Ridge Health staff and providers, prizes, giveaways and fun for the whole family.

                At Park Ridge Health’s new health campus, patients will have access to many of the region’s leading primary providers and specialists, as well as other high-demand medical services. More than 20 physicians and providers will offer care at Park Ridge Health South Asheville, with extended hours, weekend hours and same-day appointments available.               

“We’re eager to consolidate our exceptional medical practices in the South Asheville area under one extremely convenient location, all in an environment that will match Park Ridge Health’s nationally leading performance on patient engagement and patient safety,” said Jason Wells, Vice President of Physician Services at Park Ridge Health. “Our providers are looking forward to offering care in this beautiful new facility with incomparable access.”

The address for Park Ridge Health South Asheville is 15 Skyland Inn Drive, Arden, NC.

Three primary care providers accepting new patients at Park Ridge Health South Asheville campus

Park Ridge Health is pleased to welcome Steven Hauser, M.D., M.P.H., Virginia Hauser, A.R.N.P., F.N.P-B.C., M.P.H., and Katie Dager, P.A., to its new health campus in South Asheville. All three providers are accepting new patients.

Dr. Steven Hauser is an internal medicine physician accepting new patients ages 18 and over at Park Ridge South Asheville. Prior to his time at Park Ridge Health, he attended medical school and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital-University of Miami. Dr. Hauser has specific interest in health education and disease prevention. Prior to his medical training, he received a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology, the science that studies the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.  As an internist, Dr. Hauser cares for patients with an array of acute and chronic illnesses both common and complex.

 “I enjoy internal medicine because I have the opportunity to care for the whole patient, while still having sufficient knowledge to coordinate patient care with sub-specialists,” Dr. Hauser says.

Virginia Hauser, A.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C., M.P.H., is a board-certified family nurse practitioner at Park Ridge Health South Asheville. Prior to practicing as a nurse practitioner, she was a clinical educator in Women’s Health, augmenting her skills with a Masters in Public Health. Virginia completed her nursing training at the University of Miami. She has experience in oncology, primary care and women’s health.  During her career, Virginia has cared for patients in a variety of settings including private practice, university and a nationally operated walk-in center. 

“I am excited to provide quality care in a beautiful new setting, allowing patients improved access,” Virginia says.

As a family nurse practitioner, Virginia’s scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common, acute and chronic health care problems. She emphasizes patient empowerment, education and shared decision making.

Katie Dager, P.A., earned her Masters of Science as a Physician Assistant from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Va. She is relocating from Roanoke, where she provided care as a physician assistant with a special emphasis on urgent care and weight management. Dager is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and her professional interests include preventative medicine and women’s health.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Park Ridge Health family, and especially looking forward to caring for the women in our community,” Dager says.

 

MILLS RIVER HIRES INTERIM MANAGER; SELECTS A FIRM TO RECRUIT A NEW PERMANENT TOWN MANAGER

MILLS RIVER HIRES INTERIM MANAGER; SELECTS A FIRM TO RECRUIT A NEW PERMANENT TOWN MANAGER

Lee Galloway, who served as Hendersonville's interim city manager, has been hired to serve the same role in Mills River.

LEE GALLOWAY HIRED AS MILLS RIVER'S INTERIM MANAGER

MILLS RIVER MAYOR LARRY FREEMAN ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT TOWN COUNCIL HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR MANAGEMENT AFTER TOWN MANAGER JAIME LAUGHTER LEAVES THE POSITION AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER. MILLS RIVER’S TOWN MANAGER FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, LAUGHTER IS LEAVING TO BECOME THE COUNTY MANAGER IN TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1.

MILLS RIVER TOWN COUNCIL MADE THE DECISION LAST THURSDAY NIGHT TO HIRE LEE GALLOWAY OF WAYNESVILLE TO SERVE AS THE TOWN’S INTERIM MANAGER. A NATIVE OF BREVARD AND FORMER TOWN MANAGER FOR WAYNESVILLE, GALLOWAY IS RETIRED AFTER ALMOST 40 YEARS IN MUNICIPAL MANAGEMENT. HE LAST SERVED AS INTERIM MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE FROM DECEMBER OF 2012 TO MAY OF 2013.

MILLS RIVER TOWN COUNCIL MADE THE DECISON THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON TO HIRE STEPHEN STRAUS AND DEVELOPMENTAL ASSOCIATES, LLC OF CHAPEL HILL TO LEAD THE SEARCH FOR A NEW PERMANENT TOWN MANAGER. THAT FIRM, SAID FREEMAN, HAS LED RECENT SUCCESSFUL SEARCHES FOR TOP MANAGEMENT FOR CHARLOTTE, RALEIGH, ASHEVILLE AND HENDERSONVILLE AND FOR DUKE, WAKE FOREST, AND NC STATE UNIVERSITIES.

CONTRACTS BETWEEN THE TOWN AND BOTH GALLOWAY AND THE SEARCH FIRM ARE BEING FINALIZED THIS WEEK AND WILL LIKELY BE APPROVED NEXT THURSDAY AT THE TOWN’S AUGUST 28TH COUNCIL MEETING.

“THE TOWN OF MILLS RIVER HAS A HIGHLY COMPETENT AND DEDICATED STAFF IN PLACE TO CARRY ON THE TOWN’S BUSINESS AFTER JAIME LEAVES”, SAID FREEMAN. “AND WITH GALLOWAY AND STRAUS COMING ON BOARD TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL TEMPORARY LEADERSHIP AND TO GUIDE THE SEARCH FOR A NEW MANAGER, THE TOWN IS WELL POSITIONED TO MOVE FORWARD.”

AS FOR HOW LONG BEFORE A NEW PERMANENT MANAGER IS HIRED, FREEMAN WOULD ONLY SAY “IT’LL TAKE AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO FIND JUST THE RIGHT PERSON, JUST THE RIGHT “FIT”, FOR THE TOWN OF MILLS RIVER”.

Lee Galloway photo by Hendersonville Lightning

 

 

 

 

SERVICES 3PM THURSDAY FOR OWNER OF SKIP'S VW SERVICE

SERVICES 3PM THURSDAY FOR OWNER OF SKIP'S VW SERVICE

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William Eugene "Skip" Skipper, 61, of Hendersonville died Saturday August 16, 2014 at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
Mr. Skipper was born February 17, 1953 in Rutherfordton County to the late William Earl Skipper and Doris Skipper Williams. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Diane Jackson.

Skip loved his wife and two daughters. He leaves a strong legacy behind. He was a hard worker, did everything with excellence, was funny, made his word county, served others, and was a good steward of his time, money, resources and business.

He always had a project going on. When he was not at the shop or working on a project, you could find him at Lake Lure, coaching his grandson in baseball, watching dance recitals, cheering on his kids and grandkids in sports, driving his classic VW's in parades, cutting grass, or enjoying time with his wife, family and friends.
He founded and was the president of the VW's Forever Club. He was an active and visible business owner in his community, having operated Skip's Volkswagen Service since 1977.Skip's family and friends remember him best and most fondly as a husband, daddy, papaw, race car driver, business owner, gardener, baseball coach, dance recital supporter. The "Lawn Ranger" captain of his pontoon boat and someone who was always willing to lend a helping hand.

He is survived by his wife Pamela Staton Skipper, daughter of Tammie Skipper Sullivan, her husband Drew and their children Lawson, Finley, and Arden Sullivan, all of Horse Shoe; daughter Tonya Skipper Malloy and her husband Randy and their children Bailey, Landon, and Maggie Malloy, all of Lake Lure; brother Mark Skipper of Mills Spring, sister Susie Gilbert of Inman, SC; other survivors include several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held 3:00 PM Thursday at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. The family will receive friends following the service.
Flowers are appreciated as well as donations that may be directed to a charity of the donor's choice.An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

SOL DRIVEN TRAIN TO PERFORM AT THURSDAY AUGUST 21 "RHYTHM AND BREWS"

SOL DRIVEN TRAIN TO PERFORM AT THURSDAY AUGUST 21 "RHYTHM AND BREWS"

Photo: Sweet band portrait painted by Chip Brown. 'Preciate ya, Chip!

        5PM THURSDAY AUGUST 21 AZALEA PARKING LOT

Sol Driven Train headlines the August edition of Hendersonville’s newest outdoor concert series. The band’s sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, afrocaribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The versatile 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. Combined with our opening act, local finger picking wizard Eric Congdon, Rhythm & Brews is ready to show you a grooving good time this coming Thursday August 21st.

The concert features food, drink and fun for the whole family, hosting the Hands On Gallery’s family zone and the ever popular Pardee misting station, the show has a variety of activities for the kids. For the adults, the show features Henderson County’s fine craft beverage producers, including Sierra Nevada Brewery, Southern Appalachian Brewery, Saint Paul’s Mountain Vineyard, Burntshirt Vineyard and Naked Apple Hard Cider. Want something to eat; we’ve got some great food vendors on-site in addition to being right next door to all the fantastic dining options in downtown Hendersonville.

The concert takes place in the Azalea Parking Lot in downtown Hendersonville which is adjacent to King Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. The lot shakes off its daytime job for an evening of fun every 3rd Thursday, May through September. Our singer-songwriter showcase begins at 5:00 pm with Tommy Davis, followed by opener Eric Congdon @ 6:00 pm and headliner’s Sol Driven Train @ 7:00 pm. Parking is available on surrounding streets, city lots @ 4th and Church St. & 5th and King St., and at the new County Courthouse on Grove St. after 5:00 pm. Designated chair areas are available, but are limited and open at 4:30 pm. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">info@downtownhendersonville.org for more information.

 

 

HS FOOTBALL SEASON STARTS THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 22ND:  EIGHT NEW COACHES IN WNC

HS FOOTBALL SEASON STARTS THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 22ND: EIGHT NEW COACHES IN WNC

            Hendersonville linebacker coach Eric Gash works with a player during a past practice.             (Photo by Times-News File)       

WHKP AND WHKP.COM HAVE A FULL SCHEDULE OF BROADCAST GAMES PLANNED STARTING AUGUST 22ND WITH THE T.C. ROBERSON @ NORTH HENDERSON GAME.  LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY OF EACH GAME WILL BE BY BEAU LOVELACE AND COMMENTARY WILL BE BY LUKE LOVELACE

               Practice has been underway now for weeks..

Tommy Pursley will be the new head football coach at Tuscola High School

Former Mountaineers coach Brandon Allen was introduced as the new coach at Morganton Freedom.

In addition, Hendersonville announced Monday that longtime coach B.J. Laughter was stepping aside to become the Bearcats' athletic director and an assistant principal. He will be replaced on the sidelines by Hendersonville alum Eric Gash, who is also the Western Highlands Conference program's girls basketball coach.

Gash and Allen's successor at Tuscola will be the seventh and eighth new coaches for Western North Carolina since last season ended in December.

Who are the others?

  • Cherokee - Kent Briggs
  • East Henderson - Mac MacMillan
  • Hayesville - Mitch Myers
  • Hendersonville - Eric Gash
  • Mitchell - Travise Pittman
  • Polk County - Jamie Thompson
  • Roberson - Chris Deal
  • Tuscola - Tommy Pursley

Practice for NCHSAA football teams officially began Aug. 1 and the first playing date for regular-season games is Friday, Aug. 22.

WITH A FULL SCHEDULE OF GAMES INVOLVING HENDERSON COUNTY TEAMS, WHKP'S FIRST BROADCAST GAME IS AT 7PM FRIDAY AUGUST 22ND...T.C. ROBERSON AT NORTH HENDERSON HIGH SCHOOL

PLAY-BY-PLAY BEGINS ON AM 1450 AND WHKP.COM AT 7PM WITH BEAU AND LUKE LOVELACE

ALL THE SCORES FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA GAMES WILL FOLLOW WITH TYLER SAMS 

 

 

 

 

 

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE ANNOUNCES MAINTENANCE AND PAVING OF CITY STREETS

Hendersonville, NC, June, 21 2014:

During the months of July and August, the City of Hendersonville will be performing maintenance on several different streets within the City.

The extent of the maintenance will vary depending on the situation. Some streets may simply be given a new layer of asphalt overlaying the existing surface, while other streets may have a layer of tar and gravel applied before they are overlayed with new asphalt. Still other streets will have the existing surface milled down a few inches and then receive a new layer of asphalt. Construction will begin by mid-July and is scheduled to be completed within 60 days weather permitted. The paving contractor will be determined at the July 3rd bid opening.

Streets to be resurfaced: 5th Ave from Oak to Fleming Buncombe from 5th Ave to 4th Ave Washington from 5th Ave to 1st Ave 1st Ave from Washington to Grove 2nd Ave from Washington to King Grove from 1st Ave to 4th Ave Caswell from Church to Main 7th Ave from Grove to Maple Lincoln Circle beginning at Ray Ave

In the event there are funds left over in the 2014 resurfacing budget, additional streets will be considered for resurfacing as well.

For questions about this project, please call Tom Wooten at (828) 697-3084.

 

 

 

 



 

CITY SCHEDULES DAY-LONG  REVIEW THIS FRIDAY FOR 2014-15 CITY BUDGET

CITY SCHEDULES DAY-LONG REVIEW THIS FRIDAY FOR 2014-15 CITY BUDGET

 

 

Hendersonville city officials are planning a day-long city BUDGET REVIEW for the new fiscal year, 2014-15, which begins July 1.

The BUDGET REVIEW will be in City Hall all day this Friday...below is the schedulke and agenda for the meeting:

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL – SPECIAL MEETING

BUDGET REVIEW

FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014-15

MAY 16, 2014 – 8:30 A.M.

SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM IN CITY HALL 

8:00 a.m. Breakfast served

8:30 a.m. Call to Order; General Overview of Budget

9:00 a.m. Review of Requests for Special Appropriations – Round 1

9:45 a.m. General Fund Review

11:30 a.m. Environmental Services Fund Review

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Recess for Lunch

1:00 p.m. Downtown/Seventh Avenue Tax Districts Review

1:30 p.m. Water and Sewer Fund Review

2:30 p.m. Review of Requests for Special Appropriations – Round 2 (if

needed)

3:00 p.m. General Budget Discussion and Other Business

3:30 Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



2014 NC APPLE FESTIVAL...ALREADY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS

 

 

The NC Apple Festival can use Volunteers in the beverage & merchandise booths Friday through Monday in 3 hour shifts starting at 9:00 A.M.

This is GREAT fun & a good way to see the Festival with out dealing with the crowds so much, you can see a lot from the booths, out of the sun! Every one who volunteers gets a t-shirt with the current years logo and free drink coupons!

Pick someone to sign up with you, a spouse, friend, child or grandchild, IT IS A LOT OF FUN!!

The following are times that are available: 9:00-12:00, 12:00-3:00, 3:00-6:00 & 6:00-9:00 Friday through Sunday. Monday 9:00-12:00, 12:00-3:00(this shift always has a great view of the parade!! that starts at 2:30)

Contact... 
Cheryl Gudger-Thompson