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HENDERSON COUNTY WILL NOT BE BUYING LAKE OSCEOLA

HENDERSON COUNTY WILL NOT BE BUYING LAKE OSCEOLA

COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S MEETING WEDNESDAY MORNING   

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Henderson County commissioners turned “thumbs down” Wednesday morning on a proposal for the county to purchase the 32-acre Lake Osceola.

Osceola owner Todd Leoni has faced a number of issues with the lake and the aging dam in recent years, and earlier this summer he offered to sell the lake to the county for $3 million.

After a brief discussion of the issue at their meeting Wednesday morning, County Commission Chairman Michael Edney said “It is a potential opportunity, but I don’t think the county is in a position to consider it.”

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Also on the agenda for commissioners Wednesday...was the issue of sewer service for the new $25 million Edneyville Elementary School.

Commissioners were also set to review emergency preparedness for the recent hurricanes.

 

 

CAMERA CLUB OF HENDERSONVILLE LIBRARY DISPLAYS

CAMERA CLUB OF HENDERSONVILLE LIBRARY DISPLAYS

The Camera Club of Hendersonville invites everyone to a September spectacular of images by club members.  This big display is being held in the Kaplan Room of the Henderson County Library. While viewing these images, the public may vote for their favorites on provided ballots. 

 

 

 

 

 

MILLS RIVER COUNCIL APPEALS TO NC DOT FOR HELP AT DANGEROUS INTERSECTION

MILLS RIVER COUNCIL APPEALS TO NC DOT FOR HELP AT DANGEROUS INTERSECTION

 THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 191 AND BUTLER BRIDGE ROAD, DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF MT. GILEAD BAPTIST CHURCH   

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Mills River Town Council and staff are appealing to NC DOT for help with the dangerous intersection of Highway 191 and Butler Bridge Road. One wreck there on the morning of the hurricane left a vehicle on its side; and yet another bad wreck occurred there this past Sunday.

Approaching Highway 191 on Butler Bridge Road, the intersection is virtually “blind” for motorists on the left, or on the Highway 280 side, at the intersection. Both a curve and an elevation issue create the hazard. NC DOT’s efforts to improve that intersection a few years ago have not helped.

That part of Butler Bridge Road is used as a frequent “connector” for parents taking kids to and from Glenn Marlow School and as a general connection to the five-lane Highway 280.

In appeals by Town Council and staff to NC DOT, we’re told that NC DOT will review the number of accident at that intersection...but “numbers” don’t tell the whole story. The danger is obvious to any motorist approaching Highway 191 on Butler Bridge Road, who tries to see back to his left around that “blind” curve and who know he has only seconds to make his turn before a vehicle, probably exceeding the 45 miles-per-hour speed limit. Comes around the curve and up the hill and is in his path at the intersection.

That intersection probably won’t qualify for a traffic signal light, although that may be the only way to slow traffic down to the speed limit along that stretch of Highway 191 or Old Heywood Road. But Mills River Town Manager Jeff wells is asking NC DOT to consider a “flashing” light that will flash and alert motorists when traffic is approaching the intersection.

Mills River Town Council discussed the issue at length at their September 14th meeting, and Mayor Larry Freeman says Town Council is committed to continuing the appeal to NC DOT and exploring every possibility to make that intersection safer.

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Some private citizens and some who attend nearby Mt. Gilead Baptist Church say they’ve taken the issue and expressed their concerns all the way to NC DOT division headquarters in Sylva.

LAUREL PARK TOWN COUNCIL HEARS OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED "COTTAGES AT ARCADIA VIEWS"

LAUREL PARK TOWN COUNCIL HEARS OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED "COTTAGES AT ARCADIA VIEWS"

PROPOSED FOR THE 2800 BLOCK OF BREVARD ROAD, HIGHWAY 64 WEST    

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About 100 residents of Laurel Park and nearby communities Hunter’s Crossing and Hawthorn Hills expressed their strong opposition on Tuesday to the proposed “Cottages at Arcadia Views".

A quasi-judicial public hearing was held concerning a conditional use permit for the proposed development of 28 one-story duplex residential buildings, which will be the first phase of a 5-phase plan by Ohio developer WXZ Development for some 90 acres the developer owns along Brevard Road and up Davis Mountain.

Concerns raised by speakers at the hearing included flood issues with part of the property near a floodplain, the possibility of increased crime, and higher density housing. But the over-riding concern is with the increase in traffic along Brevard Road,

Traffic studies have apparently indicated that no left-turn lane into the proposed development would be necessary, but that doesn’t convince those who oppose the development who cite an ever-increasing volume of traffic on Highway 64 west.

Laurel Park Town Council is set to vote on that conditional use permit, with additional conditions attached to it, in their work session on October 12

 

 

CITY'S FALL MULCH GIVE-AWAY TO START SEPT. 28

CITY'S FALL MULCH GIVE-AWAY TO START SEPT. 28

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MULCH AND COMPOST TO BE GIVEN AWAY   

City Mulch/Compost Giveaway Set To Begin September 28th

Hendersonville, NC, September 18, 2017: Our seasonal mulch giveaway program is set to begin the last weekend in September. Beginning Thursday September 28th, the City will have a person on site to operate the backhoe and load the material. The mulch will be given away on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 12:00 noon. We will continue to give away the mulch until November 4th. The location is at our old Waste Water Treatment Plant which is 80 Balfour Rd.

In addition to the mulch, the City will be offering composted leaves as a separate material. These are leaves that were collected during the fall of 2016, ran through a chipper several times, and composted for a year. This compost should be an excellent addition to your vegetable and flower gardens.

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For questions about this project, please call the Public Works Department at (828) 697-3084.

SERVICES FOR RETIRED ASSISTANT HENDERSONVILLE FIRE CHIEF RONALD STEPP WILL BE THURSDAY AT 2 PM AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

SERVICES FOR RETIRED ASSISTANT HENDERSONVILLE FIRE CHIEF RONALD STEPP WILL BE THURSDAY AT 2 PM AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

THREE DAYS AFTER FUNERAL SERVICES FOR RETIRED HENDERSONVILLE FIRE CHIEF" BUD" HENDRICKS, RETIRED ASSISTANT CHIEF RONALD STEPP PASSED AWAY AFTER A SHORT ILLNESS 

STEPP WAS A FOUNDER OF THE HENDERSON COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD   

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Ronald B. Stepp, 87 passed away after a short illness on September 18, 2017.

A lifelong resident of Henderson County, Mr. Stepp graduated Hendersonville High School in 1950. Mr. Stepp retired as Assistant Chief of the Hendersonville Fire Department in 1992 after 32 years of service. Mr. Stepp was a founding member of the VFW Rescue Squad, now known as the Henderson County Rescue Squad, and spent his life in service to the citizens of Henderson County. He enjoyed helping people, plain and simple; he was a man of integrity.

Mr. Stepp was a proud Navy veteran of the Korean War, with at-sea service on both an aircraft carrier and a minesweeper; his duty station being the Sea of Japan. Mr. Stepp was proud to have been accompanied by his son Ronnie on an Honor Air flight to Washington, DC this summer. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, and a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elk #1616 in Hendersonville.
He enjoyed golf, fishing, camping, hunting and a good NASCAR race, especially when Dale Earnhardt was in the winner's circle. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville and the Roy Johnson Sunday School class. In his later years, he became an active member of the renowned Piggy's "Liar's Club," which met Monday through Friday.

Mr. Stepp was preceded in death by his mother Hannie Mae Stepp and father George Odell Stepp; two brothers, Lewis and Grover Stepp, and his beloved son, Wesley Alan Stepp.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Israel Stepp of the home, and son Ronald Stepp, Jr. and friend Renee Richardson of Chapin, SC. Daughter Diane Burton (Brad) of Mills River, NC; sister in law Lawanna Stepp of Dillon, SC; and daughter in law Kim Stepp and her son and daughter in law Jerry and Hayley James of Simpsonville, SC; Grandchildren Russell Burton and Kaitlyn Burton of Charlotte, NC; Hannah Stepp of Taylors, SC; Katie Grimes (Damon) of Auburn, Alabama, Kris Stepp of Beaufort, SC. Great grand children Anderson and Ashlyn Grimes and Jakob and Brice Stepp. Several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends in the Christian Life Center after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family would request memorials to First United Methodist Church and the Henderson County Rescue Squad in Mr. Stepp's honor.

Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or to Po Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

GOP HEADQUARTERS MOVES TO FOUR SEASONS SHOPPING CENTER

GOP HEADQUARTERS MOVES TO FOUR SEASONS SHOPPING CENTER

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Who: Henderson County GOP  
What: Grand Opening, New location GOP Headquarters
Where: 170 Four Seasons Shopping Center (Behind Applebee’s)
When: September 30th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Hendersonville, NC, Sept. 18, 2017 -- The Henderson County Republican Party (HCGOP) will host a Grand Opening of the new HCGOP headquarters Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4 until 6 p.m.

The new space is located at 170 Four Seasons Shopping Center behind the Applebee’s Restaurant on Four Seasons Boulevard. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served including the HCGOP’s famous Apple Festival Apple Cobbler (while supplies last).

The new facility will be used for general HCGOP business, a place where candidates can meet with the public, and as an educational center to promote Republican positions and policies for growth.

We believe our new headquarters will enable us to further Republican policy positions, meet with more voters and provide a central location to gather to plan for the future. Our goal is to help build ‘A better America for all Americans’ .

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For more information contact Merry Guy at the HCGOP website at http://hendersoncountygop.com/ or call 828-693-6040.

 

PARK RIDGE HEALTH TO OPEN PARK RIDGE HEALTH-SOUTH ASHEVILLE SEPT. 21

PARK RIDGE HEALTH TO OPEN PARK RIDGE HEALTH-SOUTH ASHEVILLE SEPT. 21

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Open House Park Ridge Health South Asheville
Park Ridge Health & Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Welcome Public September 21, 2017
Who: Members of the media
What: Open House Park Ridge Health South Asheville
Where: 15 Skyland Inn Dr., Arden, NC 28704
When: Thursday, September 21, 5-7 p.m.

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Open House with Park Ridge Health and Blue Cross NC

Park Ridge Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) invite customers, patients and the community for an informative event at Park Ridge Health’s convenient South Asheville location.

Meet with Park Ridge Health’s professional medical staff, specializing in more than 40 specialties at more than 30 locations across Western NC.

Blue Cross NC will be on hand to meet customers and answer questions about their coverage.

The Park Ridge Health Patient Resource Team will be available to answer questions and schedule appointments.

Join us for the following activities:
⦁ Take a tour of the 30,000-square foot South Asheville medical facility
⦁ Outdoor games and demonstrations
⦁ Healthy eating activities

Visit PRHevents.com for more information and to register.

26 NEW U.S. CITIZENS SWORN IN MONDAY AT CONNEMARA

26 NEW U.S. CITIZENS SWORN IN MONDAY AT CONNEMARA

AN ANNUAL EVENT HELD AT THE AMPHITHEATER AT THE SANDBURG HOME       

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Twenty six new U.S. citizens were officially sworn in as citizens Monday, at the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flat Rock.

At the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalized 26 people.

The ceremony was an exciting day for people who have been waiting years for ththat special moment.

It was an emotional event for both them and their families. The new citizens come from 14 different countries, but they all became Americans together.

58TH ANNUAL "ART ON MAIN FESTIVAL" SET FOR SEPT. 30 & OCT. 1

58TH ANNUAL "ART ON MAIN FESTIVAL" SET FOR SEPT. 30 & OCT. 1

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ARTS COUNCIL OF HENDERSON COUNTY PRESENTS
58th ART ON MAIN FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 30 and OCTOBER 1, 2017

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Hendersonville, NC – The Arts Council of Henderson County will present the 58th annual Art on Main fine art/fine craft festival along Hendersonville’s historic Main Street on September 30 and October 1, 2017. Festival hours will be 10am–5pm both days. One of the region’s most popular outdoor arts festivals, Art on Main will feature fine art and fine craft from local artists as well as many coming from the entire southeast region and beyond.

For the first time Art on Main will take place directly on Main Street with the street closed to vehicles. This creates a show with a layout that will be easier and safer for the artists and the public to stroll through. More than 85 juried artists have been selected for the show. In addition, there will be a great variety of artists on hand who will be demonstrating their creative processes.

Among the new artists for this year is clay artist Travis Berning. Travis is a Southern Highland Craft Guild member from Hendersonville, via Dillsboro, NC. Travis’s ceramics are clearly inspired by nature with influence from his childhood on a farm in Western Kansas. Also new to Art on Main, Hillsborough, NC resident Lynn Burcher creates glass beads and incorporates them into her jewelry. Pam Hamilton, of Knoxville, TN, brings her paintings which evoke her appreciation of nature and meditation. Layers of paint, plus hints of cracking and textured surfaces, show her respect for things as they age. Lorri Honeycutt of Austin, TX brings her special photography to Art on Main this year. Her macro photographs include miniature figures posed in clever situations. Her goal is to make you think, then smile.

Paula Marksbury, who has shown her kiln formed glass at Art on Main for several years, has had one of her glass panels, “Hypnotized,” chosen as Art on Main’s marketing image for 2017. Her glass piece will be seen on rack cards, posters and T-shirts promoting this year’s show.

Three distinguished judges will be judging the artist’s work and booths to determine winners for $3,000 in prize money. In addition to the $1,000 Best of Show Award, first place ($500), and second place ($300) prizes will be awarded in both categories of fine art and fine craft. Four Honorable Mentions of $100 each will also be awarded.

The Art on Main committee is honored to have three well qualified judges for the 58th Art on Main. Sherry Masters is a native of the Asheville, NC area, and is self-employed as owner of Art Connections Tours. Art Connections, established in 2013, is a company designed to take participants interested in experiencing the art culture of Western NC on a curated tour of artist studios, galleries and art attractions. Masters’ background includes over 20 years with Grovewood Gallery where she was involved in all aspects of the business, and was general manager and buyer for 16 years. Sherry is presently co-chairperson of American Craft Week, an annual celebration in its 7th year, created to celebrate and build awareness of the craft industry in the United States.

Katie Poterala currently lives and maintains a studio in her charming native home, Greenville, South Carolina, where she is surrounded by the influential textures, colors, places and adventures of her childhood. Katie received an MFA from Arizona State University after earning her BFA from Winthrop University. In addition to her studio work, teaching is a strong part of her artistic practice. She has taught metalsmithing and three dimensional design at all levels, from elementary through university and adult classes. She is an active member and volunteer within her field, and currently acts as Volunteer Coordinator for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Dale McEntire is a native of Western North Carolina and has been involved in the visual arts since his training at Mercer University, and has continued to evolve as an artist through private studies in the U.S. and Europe, and training at Penland School of Craft. His interest in the spiritual essence of nature can be seen in his use of color and form. Dale produces both oil and pastel paintings and sculpture (stone, steel, glass, and bronze) out of his studio in Saluda, North Carolina. Dale is a member of Mountain Sculptors in Asheville, NC and Tri State Sculptors, and teaches painting at a local community college.

Art on Main is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. In addition, the festival is supported by the Henderson County Visitors Information Center (www.historichendersonville.org), the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, Mast General Store, and media sponsor WNCW 88.7.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-693-8504. The web address is www.acofhc.org.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, and Henderson County Travel and Tourism.

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