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SNOWSTORM MAKE-UP DAYS ANNOUNCED BY COUNTY SCHOOLS

SNOWSTORM MAKE-UP DAYS ANNOUNCED BY COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

Henderson County Public Schools have made adjustments to the 2015-2016 student calendars to make up for four school days missed due to inclement weather in January. Students missed Friday, Jan. 22; Monday, Jan. 25; Tuesday, Jan. 26; and Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The following student days have been added to school calendars:

Traditional School Calendar
Friday, March 25
WednesdayJune 8
ThursdayJune 9
FridayJune 10

Flex School Calendar
Monday, March 14
WednesdayMarch 16
ThursdayMarch 17
FridayMarch 18

Early College Calendar
Friday, March 4
Friday, March 25
MondayMay 23
TuesdayMay 24

Revised calendars with the added student days can be found on the Henderson County Public Schools website.

 

FIRE DESTROYED AN EAST FLAT ROCK HOME MONDAY MORNING

FIRE DESTROYED AN EAST FLAT ROCK HOME MONDAY MORNING

Firemen with the Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue were on scene of a house fire near the intersection of the Spartanburg Highway and Old Spartanburg Highway early Monday morning.

The first broke out just before 6:30 a.m. Investigators are still trying to track down the cause of the fire. 

Lee and Leigha McCarson and their three children have lived in the rental home for 8 years with their three children, ages 17, 15 and 13. 

Lee McCarson and his 17 year old son were home at the time the fire started. 

Firemen say the home is a total loss. The Red Cross has been called in to assist the family. 

No one was injured in the fire, but the remain of one family dog were found in the debris. Crews are still searching for another dog who was in the home when the fire broke out. 

Again...the cause of the fire is still under investigation and firemen were still on the scene a mid-morning Monday.

(WLOS-TV photo)

FLETCHER' POPULAR "FATHER-DAUGHTER" DANCE SET FOR THIS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6TH

FLETCHER' POPULAR "FATHER-DAUGHTER" DANCE SET FOR THIS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6TH

 

The Town of Fletcher will host its popular Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 6th at Calvary Episcopal Church.   This is a special opportunity for dads to spend time with their daughters enjoying music, dancing and refreshments.  Each daughter will receive a flower, photo by a professional photographer and the opportunity to make a valentine craft. 
 
Tickets will be on sale to Fletcher residents beginning Wednesday, January 6. Non-residents may buy tickets beginning Wednesday, January 13.  It is recommended that children 5 and under attend the 3:30 p.m. dance.
 
Tickets for Fletcher Residents are $22 per couple and $6 for each additional daughter. Non-resident ticket prices are $26 per couple and $8 for each additional daughter. Tickets may be purchased at Fletcher Town Hall. Only cash or check is accepted.  This event is sponsored by Morris Broadband.
 
For more information on Fletcher’s Father-Daughter Dance, please visit www.FletcherParks.org or call (828) 687-0751.
 

 

CITY OFFICIALS HEAR CONCERNS ABOUT WEST SIDE GROWTH

CITY OFFICIALS HEAR CONCERNS ABOUT WEST SIDE GROWTH

THE MEETING LAST SATURDAY INVOLVED WEST SIDE/NINTH AVENUE WEST STAKEHOLDERS AND CITY OFFICIALS...CONCERNS WERE EXPRESSED ABOUT GROWTH ON HENDERSONVILLER'S WEST SIDE...MOST OF THE CONCERNS WERE ABOUT PEDESTRIAN SAFETY...

City and school officials as well as local residents attended that meeting inside Hendersonville Middle School to voice their concerns about the section of the city along Ninth and Sixth avenues from the middle and elementary schools to Hendersonville High School.

Traffic is expected to increase along Sixth Avenue, also part of U.S. Highway 64, with the continued expansion of Pardee Hospital and construction of the Health Sciences Center at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Oak Street.

City Manager John Connet said the city council sees the entire block as a transition area.

He said the city’s long-range plans show the area, particularly from Sixth to Ninth Avenue, will transition from residential to a more medical and high density housing area, which is why the city asked consulting firm Kimley-Horn do a circulation study on the whole area.

“As the hospital grows and we add students and patients and folks like that, people will be looking for cut-throughs,” Connet said. “The council knows this area’s going to change and we need to deal with the circulation.”

The first half of the meeting was reserved business, school, city officials as well as the North Carolina Department of Transportation. They pinpointed several problem areas, including the intersection of Asheville Highway, N.C. Highway 191 and North Justice Street.  

One resident of the area expressed concern that growth might squeeze out the black neighborhood on Hendersonville's west side.

 

POLICE STILL SEEKING THE PUBLIC'S HELP; FORCED ENTRY IN THE COUNTY FRIDAY MORNING; TEMPORARY LOCK-DOWN OF MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY SCHOOL

POLICE STILL SEEKING THE PUBLIC'S HELP; FORCED ENTRY IN THE COUNTY FRIDAY MORNING; TEMPORARY LOCK-DOWN OF MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY SCHOOL

 

DEPUTIES ARE CONTINUING THE SEARCH FOR THE SUSPECTS IN THIS CASE  

Friday morning at approximately 7:09 am, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking and entering at a residence located in the area of Hope Creek Lane in Hendersonville. The caller stated two males wearing masks forced entry into their apartment. One was armed with a gun, and both fled the scene on foot after being confronted by the caller.

Deputies responded and were able to track the suspects to an area off New Hope Road where they believe the suspects were picked up.  It is believed the suspects were dropped off by someone driving a dark in color Saturn sedan prior to the incident.

Due to the close proximity of the altercation, a precautionary lockdown was issued for Mountain Community School that was lifted at approximately 9:10 am.

Anyone with information on the suspects or dark colored Saturn sedan is asked to contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911 or Crimestoppers at (828) 697-STOP.  The investigation is continuing.

 

 

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE KICKS OFF "MUSIC ON THE ROCK" SEASON

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE KICKS OFF "MUSIC ON THE ROCK" SEASON

 

Flat Rock Playhouse will launch its 2016 Music on the Rock concert series with “The Music of Barry Manilow” on February 11th at the Playhouse Downtown.  This highly requested tribute will feature such hits as Mandy, Copacabana, I Write the Songs, Looks Like We Made It and Can’t Smile Without You.

Flat Rock Playhouse regular Guy LeMonnier (Celtic Christmas, Music of the Night) returns to star in this musical celebration of one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, backed by the Flat Rock Chorus under the direction of Diane David.

 

LeMonnier is a New York based actor and singer hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is most widely known as an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with whom he has toured the globe garnering an impressive following of fans. Most recently, he has appeared in roles on the hit TV shows: Gotham, Quantico, Broad City and Power. Additionally, he tours during the holiday season as a showcased artist for the Wizards of Winter and The Kings of Christmas. Theater credits include the Off-Broadway production of Around the World in 80 Days, Ragtime for Sacramento Music Circus, and the title role in the national tour of Jekyll & Hyde.

 

Alex Shields is the Music Director for The Music of Barry Manilow and will also play the keyboard with Paul Babelay on drums, Charles Holland on bass, David Gaines on synthesizer and Music on the Rock favorite Ryan Guerra on guitar.

 

Music on the Rock: The Music of Barry Manilow will run from February 11 - 14 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.  Evening performances Thursday at 7:30 PM, and Friday and Saturday at 8 PM.  Matinee perfomances  Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org

 

The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown is located at 125 South Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.

 

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO RE-CONSIDER FIRE INSPECTION FEES

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO RE-CONSIDER FIRE INSPECTION FEES

 

Henderson County Commissioners will take another look at how it charges for fire inspections, after a recently changed fee schedule drew the ire of some business owners. 

During the county's recent budget work session, Commissioner Charlie Messer added the fees to the agenda late in the meeting, saying he's heard a lot of feedback on the issue.

The county changed its fee schedule for fire inspections in June, creating a system that charges businesses $100 for a facility of 10,000 square feet or smaller, $300 for a business of between 10,000 and 50,000 square feet, and $500 for buildings larger than 50,000 square feet.

But inspections, and therefore the fees, must be applied to each separate use, even in the same building, and in some cases that means new expenses for businesses.

In cases like Smiley's Flea Market in Fletcher, the new fee schedule racked up a bill of $16,000, according to county Emergency Services Director Rocky Hyder, who explained the process to commissioners Wednesday.

Ben Campen Jr., owner of Smiley's Flea Markets, which also has locations in Georgia and Florida, said this is the first fee for fire inspections that he's ever encountered, and that it will place an undue burden on his vendors.

“Quite honestly, I was utterly shocked,” he said. “It's going to create a huge burden to ourselves and to our vendors that operate their small businesses.”

Campen, a 12-year member and incoming president of the National Flea Market Association, said this is the first he's heard of a fee like this anywhere in the country, and plans on talking about it with the NFMA.

But he called the fire inspection fee “another tax burden,” and said “some people are going to lose the motivation to be in business for themselves.”

The original idea for the fee was to cover some of the county’s costs for providing the service, said Commissioner Bill Lapsley.

Rocky Hyder, County Emergency Services director, said that cost is around $200,000.

So far, the county has billed out $106,900 for 745 inspections, Hyder told commissioners Wednesday, and $62,000 has been collected.

“According to state law in North Carolina, every business requires a fire inspection, and in Henderson County, we choose to do that on an annual basis,” Hyder said.

At Smiley’s, 160 small businesses, all under 10,000 square feet, means 160 $100 charges, Hyder said. 

The board has a lot of options, Hyder said, including changing the fee structure or eliminating the fees altogether.

 

EXCEL SPORTSPLEX IN NAPLES DAMAGED BY HEAVY SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND

EXCEL SPORTSPLEX IN NAPLES DAMAGED BY HEAVY SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND

The Hendersonville Times-News reports Monday that EXCEL Sportplex in Naples was damaged when a potion of the roof caved in over the weekend in the heavy snowfall.

That record snowfall has created a weighty problem for one local business. Part of the roof at Xcel Sportsplex in Fletcher collapsed around 10 p.m. Saturday. Snow damaged the lower gym, said Tiffany Lowrance, facility director at Xcel Sportsplex. Lowrance showed up right after the roof caved in and was stunned. “I was in shock at first because it's part of my life and part of a lot of people's lives,” she said Monday morning.

“Once we figured out everything, we felt good that nobody was in there.” Fletcher Fire & Rescue responded to the call late Saturday, said Chief Greg Garland. “A portion of the end of the building caved in,” he said. “No one was at the facility when it actually happened.” Fletcher Fire & Rescue had received no other snow­related calls since the storm began on Wednesday, Garland said.

Snowfall totaled 13.4 inches at Asheville Regional Airport by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C. Xcel staff thinks that snow might have drifted from the higher buildings in the complex onto the lower gym, causing the roof to collapse, Lowrance said. The Henderson County fire marshal and Building Code Supervisor Gary Lance assessed the damage and determined that Xcel could reopen the unaffected areas of the complex. Xcel was set to open at 2 p.m. Monday with regular business hours the rest of the week. “There was a lot of damage,” Lance said. “When it collapsed, it wrinkled a couple of the exterior walls.” Additionally, there was extensive water damage to the area that contains two basketball courts, three volleyball courts and bleachers.

The affected area, which will have to be completely remodeled, is primarily used for tournaments and the complex's home­school program, Lowrance said. “Hopefully we'll be able to get everything under control and up and running in a timely manner,” she said. 

Times-News story and photo

 

 

HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY STARTS NEW CATALOG SYSTEM THIS WEEK

HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY STARTS NEW CATALOG SYSTEM THIS WEEK

 

On January 28th, 2016, the Henderson County Public Library system will become the newest member of NC Cardinal and will also make the switch to Evergreen as our online catalog.  Both of these changes will dramatically increase the number of resources available to county residents and will greatly improve the library patron’s overall catalog experience.

 

NC Cardinal is a growing consortium of public libraries in 27 counties across North Carolina dedicated to sharing resources and expanding opportunities through the use of a single online catalog. Henderson County library cardholders will have free access to over five million library items available from all consortium libraries.  Other benefits to NC Cardinal will include an increased limited of 25 items on hold per library card account, receipt of notices via email, text, or by mail including pre-overdue courtesy notices, and an option to opt in to saving the history of your past check outs.

 

Our computer system will be unavailable the week of January 25th. Patrons will be limited to checking out three items at a time from Monday, January 25th through Wednesday, January 27th. Patrons must have their library cards in hand. Library staff will not have access to library card information or have the ability to create new library cards during this time.

 

To complete the migration, all library locations will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27th and re-open on Thursday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m.

 

NC Cardinal is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

 

We look forward to the new services NC Cardinal will allow us to offer to the residents of Henderson County beginning Thursday, January 28th.

 

HENDERSONVILLE'S ST. GERARD HOUSE EXPANDS AUTISM SERVICES

HENDERSONVILLE'S ST. GERARD HOUSE EXPANDS AUTISM SERVICES

 

 A surge in funding has allowed a Henderson County nonprofit to expand services for people with Autism at a time when diagnosis is at an all time high.

St. Gerard House in Hendersonville has purchased a two-story home across the street from its current facility at 620 Oakland St. to expand services for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The agency has been looking for additional space since 2011.

"We're really busting out of the seams," said Executive Director and Founder Caroline Long. "We had children this past year that had we had the space, we could have continued to serve, but they had to move on to a different setting because we couldn't accommodate them."

The current focus at St. Gerard House is on providing services to younger children on the Autism spectrum, but the expansion will allow the agency to serve children of all ages and adults, Long said.

It will cost the St. Gerard House $935,000 to support the move and two years of programming, Long said. Nearly 30 percent of the funds have already been raised, she added.

In recent months, the nonprofit received $65,000 to support its Expanding Hope Campaign. Grants from the Cannon Foundation, the Community Foundation of Henderson County and the James H. Cummings Foundation, in addition to gifts from private supporters, have helped pay for the expansion.

"We really need ten buildings the size of this new building," she said. "We are doing this because the need is so great. We are trying to grow at a responsible rate, but our goal is to really get the people the services they need."

The reason for the increase isn't fully understood, said Long. But, insurance reform in North Carolina has afforded more families the opportunity to seek care.

Get Involved

The Wild Wing Cafe, 65 Long Shoals Road in Arden, is hosting a Mardi Gras themed fundraiser for St. Gerard House Feb. 9. Visit www.stgerardhouse.org for more information, or call 828-693-4223

From The Asheville Citizen-Times