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SHERIFF MCDONALD FILED FOR ELECTION

SHERIFF MCDONALD FILED FOR ELECTION

HENDERSON COUNTY SHERIFF CHARLIE MCDONALD HAS FILED FOR RE-ELECTION AS SHERIFF OF HENDERSON COUNTY.....SUBJECT TO THE SPRING REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ELECTION.  AT THIS TIME, HE FACES OPPOSITION ONLY FROM REPUBLICAN LOWELL GRIFFIN.    NO DEMOCRAT HAS FILED FOR SHERIFF SO FAR.   MCDONALD ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WHEN HE FILED FOR ELECTION:   

"The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is culturally, technically and professionally, much improved from when I became Sheriff in the turmoil of 2012. Our deputies, detention officers, telecommunicators, staff and citizen volunteers who refuse to settle for “good enough” have courageously accepted the challenges of institutional change and embraced the call to greater accountability from the top down. Their commitment to integrity and their willingness to sacrifice what was comfortable for what is right, has made the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office exceptional.

Our deputies and staff never cease to amaze me as they work and train diligently to provide responsive, innovative and compassionate service to our citizens. Unparalleled teamwork has enabled us to not only meet, but to exceed our stated crime reduction goals five years in a row. To fight drug abuse in our community we have increased prevention, education, enforcement and assistance to those addicted. Our leadership in partnering with various non-profits, volunteer groups and agencies in the region has allowed us to increase our effectiveness in working for a healthier and safer Henderson County. We have joined with others to address drug addiction, domestic violence, mental health concerns, and inmate recidivism to name a few. We are demonstrating how partnerships between law enforcement and the citizens whom we serve bring synergy, success, and hope to our community.

It has taken six challenging years to bury once and for all, the “good ol’ boy” system that leads to inefficiency and corruption. I have demonstrated the courage, integrity and the resolve to make the tough decisions. The Sheriff’s Office has responded with courage and enthusiasm and has reaped the reward of their hard work. We are equipping leaders for today and building leaders for tomorrow to better serve you.

If you approve of my vision, my record for getting difficult things done and the quality and professionalism of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, then I would ask for your prayers, your support and your vote. May God continue to bless Henderson County and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office."     

Sheriff Charles S. McDonald

COUNTY SCHOOLS TO LAUNCH SCHOOL BUS TRACKING FOR PARENTS

COUNTY SCHOOLS TO LAUNCH SCHOOL BUS TRACKING FOR PARENTS

STARTINJG IN MARCH   

HCPS Launching School Bus Tracking App for Parents in March

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 19, 2018) – Henderson County Public Schools is excited to announce the adoption of Here Comes the Bus®, an innovative mobile device app and website that allows parents to view real-time locations of their children’s school bus. The school district’s official launch date of Here Comes the Bus is March 1.

Free to use, Here Comes the Bus will allow parents to create user profiles accessible on their smartphones, tablets or computers, and receive notifications on their smartphones when the bus is nearing a customizable location radius. With Here Comes the Bus, parents will have the information they need to send their children to the bus stop at just the right time, helping to protect them from inclement weather and other roadside dangers.

With Here Comes the Bus, parents can see the location of their children’s bus(es) both before and after school, and confirm that the bus(es) have arrived at the bus stop, at school, or both. Parents of multiple children enrolled in HCPS will be able to add each child to their accounts, and track each individual child’s bus route.

When accessing Here Comes the Bus via the mobile app, parents can receive push notifications (or emails if operating through the website) when the bus they are tracking nears their stop, has been substituted, or when HCPS has important information to relay.

Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions™, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by Henderson County Public Schools to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet.

Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

To sign up or to learn more about Here Comes the Bus, visit http://www.herecomesthebus.com.

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MEADOWS STANDS FIRM ON GUN RIGHTS AND FILED FOR RE-ELECTION TO CONGRESS

MEADOWS STANDS FIRM ON GUN RIGHTS AND FILED FOR RE-ELECTION TO CONGRESS

FOR ANOTHER TERM IN THE U.S. HOUSE  MEADOWS VISITED HENDERSONVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL ON MONDAY AND SHARED HIS VIEWS ON GUN RIGHTS AND SCHOOL VIOLENCE WITH REPORTERS.  HE TOLD REPORTERS: He feels federal dollars should go to cover costs associated with increasing school security, and talked of the first bill he ever introduced as a congressman, one he feels needs a second look.

"We're in the process of bringing that back, not only adding more money to it, but even in things you normally might not like to do, making sure you have self-closing locks on all exterior doors," Meadows said.

Meadows also discussed immigration reform with Mills River agri-business Tri-Histil on Monday.

Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) has officially filed to run for reelection to Congress in North Carolina's Eleventh District.

Through five years in Congress, Meadows has championed conservative principles such as pro-growth economic policies, fiscal responsibility, traditional values, and a strong national defense both at home and abroad. Meadows has served on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (including his Chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Government Operations), the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In November of 2016, Meadows was elected Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly 40 conservative Members of Congress dedicated to giving a voice to those who feel forgotten by their government. So far his influence in the 115th Congress has been recognized by FreedomWorks, Heritage Action, Family Research Council Action, Americans for Prosperity, and more.

Meadows released the following statement on his reelection bid:

"For the past 5 years, I've had the best job in the world representing the people of Western North Carolina in Congress, and today I'm announcing my intention to seek a fourth term. I'm more determined than ever to once again earn the confidence of Western North Carolinians and continue the fight to make Congress listen to the forgotten men and women."

STACEY CASKEY ANNOUNCES FOR SCHOOL BOARD SEAT

STACEY CASKEY ANNOUNCES FOR SCHOOL BOARD SEAT

FOR ONE OF THREE SEATS UP FOR ELECTION THIS YEAR ON THE COUNTY'S SCHOOL BOARD    

Stacey Caskey, Mills River resident, educator, small-business owner and college counselor, became the latest candidate to announce an intention to run for School Board.

In a news release Monday, Caskey said she hopes to use her experience to benefit Henderson County and its students.

Caskey, who hasn’t yet filed paperwork with the county Board of Elections, said in the release that with her more than 28 years of educational experience, she can “bring the kind of fresh ideas, solid experience and practical knowledge that will benefit Henderson County’s students and the community.”

That experience includes being recognized as Teacher of the Year by two school systems and a nomination in 1997 for Microsoft Teacher of the Year that prompted a visit from New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to Caskey’s classroom.

Caskey said she has a strong background in educational technology. She has an undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology and began teaching in 1990 in New York City. She has since earned a master’s in Education and two master’s certificates in mathematics and college counseling.

“I was very lucky to move to Western North Carolina in 2001, where I taught at Claxton Elementary School for nine years,” Caskey says in the release, noting that she was named 2007 Teacher of the Year there.

Her experience also includes grant writing, the release states, saying that Caskey has filed grant applications that have netted more than $3 million in donations from corporations to be used for technology in the classroom.

Caskey is committed to a nonpartisan partnership with other school board members. “We must make better curriculum and fiscal decisions because these directly impact our kids,” she added.

An 18-year resident of Western North Carolina, Caskey, with her husband, Brian Caskey, a Mills River councilman, opened Biltmore Tutoring eight years ago, where they have worked with more than 1,000 students to improve their grades and college admissions test scores. Caskey also volunteers with Path to College, mentoring high school students in Henderson County and helping them bridge the gap between high school, college and career.

She looks forward to introducing a new voice to the school board. “Now is the time for the board to focus on the needs of our young men and women, to ensure that they aspire to have the best possible future. We need people with real educational experience and practical know-how to enable our kids to reach their dreams.”

Caskey maintains professional friendships with many former students, celebrating their successes as they move into adulthood, the release notes. She also said she’s dedicated to the preservation and continued educational use of Henderson County’s historic landmarks, like the Stillwell Building at Hendersonville High.

“Although 93 percent of Henderson County students graduate from high school, only 28 percent go on to achieve a college degree and that is a huge disconnect,” Caskey says in the release. “Strengthening our focus on college as well as vocational tracks will benefit not just our students, but everyone who lives here. A school board that understands and promotes that vision is imperative to Henderson County’s future.”

For more information, visit www.staceycaskey.com or facebook.com/staceycaskeyforschoolboard/ or https://twitter.com/staceycaskey4nc.

REBECCA MCCALL FILED LAST WEEK FOR COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 4 SEAT

REBECCA MCCALL FILED LAST WEEK FOR COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 4 SEAT

FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION SEAT BEING VACATED BY TOMMY THOMPSON     

Rebecca McCall Enters Henderson County Commission Race for District 4

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I declare my candidacy seeking Henderson County Board of Commissioners, District 4 seat in the 2018 election.
Our current District 4 Commissioner Tommy Thompson will retire from this seat at the end of the year and I commend him for his years of service to the county, not only as commissioner for District 4 but for his many years as Clerk of Court. Tommy clearly serves with focus on what will be of greatest benefit for all citizens of Henderson County. If elected, I will endeavor to maintain this high level of knowledge and awareness of needs in our county and for our citizens.

County Commissioners are entrusted with the care and handling of county funds. As a former business owner and corporate professional, I strongly recognize the seriousness and transparency of this responsibility.
Experience

I bring forty years of practical working experience in areas of accounting, engineering, and business management. The past 25 years of my career have been with two major Fortune 500 companies (GE Lighting & Hubbell Lighting) where I received some of the best management education available. At GE, I graduated in the first leadership class of Six Sigma specialists, trained in the use of statistical analysis to solve problems and improve processes. With Hubbell, I led multiple problem solving kaizen events to identify major cost saving opportunities. I managed multi-million dollar projects in areas of product development and facilities construction. Currently, I work as Production Manager for Norafin (Americas), Inc, where I am tasked with managing the functional details for the new factory in Mills River.

Along with my corporate experience and training, I earned degrees in Mechanical Drafting & Design from Blue Ridge Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Montreat College.
I am a Henderson County native and graduated from East Henderson High School with the Class of 1974. It was my privilege to serve as Senior Class President. My grandfather Clyde Jackson, for whom Jackson Park is named, served for 12 years on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. My other grandfather was William A Baxter, who held the office of Mayor of Laurel Park for many years.

I have been married to Ernest McCall (who also grew up in Henderson County) for 41 years. Together, we have raised three children, Ernest, Jr (Bud), Erik, and Katie (Lamb), who are all married, working and raising families in Henderson County. We have six beautiful grandchildren, four of whom are presently attending Henderson County schools. My family and I are all active members of Bethel Wesleyan Church in Flat Rock where I have attended for the past 41 years. As you can see, my roots run deep in Henderson County.

We have been incredibly blessed that our children were able to come back, find good jobs and raise their families here. We are also blessed that we live in an area where folks want to visit and move. And those are the reasons why I feel so compelled to give back my time and expertise to the place we call home.

Our county has experienced tremendous growth over the last 40 years and our quality of life and strong economy make that a trend that will almost certainly continue.
Those blessings come with challenges as they strain our existing infrastructure of roads, water, sewer, schools, law enforcement and fire fighters. And those are challenges that require leaders with the understanding of budgets, communication and collaboration; skills I have honed over the past 25 years in my professional and volunteer life.

We must work in collaboration, with our School Board, Sheriff Department, surrounding municipalities and NC DOT to make sure that we are on the same page in developing solutions. We must continue to be proactive in recruiting business and industry to our area in order to create and maintain jobs that pay well. And we must continue to be proactive in creating and maintaining those green spaces and other public areas that add to our quality of life.
As a native of Henderson County with children and grandchildren who live, work and attend school here, I have a desire to make sure that the business of the county is handled in the best interest of all citizens and that those decisions help design the future of the county for the best of all concerned.

I look forward to meeting and listening to as many of your as possible in the coming months. Please visit my website at www.rebeccamccall.com for updates and additional information about me and my campaign

NEW BANNERS GO UP IN MARCH IN DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE

NEW BANNERS GO UP IN MARCH IN DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE

HANGING ON LIGHT POLES ON MAIN STREET AND THE AVENUES DOWNTOWN    

From 177 submissions, 49 artworks were recently chosen by a two-person jury for the upcoming ArtScape Banner Project. The outdoor art exhibit of art banners hung on light posts in downtown Hendersonville and along Historic 7th Avenue will come down in March to be replaced by the 2018 exhibition. The two jurors – Paul D. Wingler and Jane Bianco – have chosen the collection of new works that will be enjoyed through 2018, which will highlight local artists.

Juror Paul Wingler, based in North Carolina, is an international photographer, artist, educator, and lecturer who has been serving globally for over 25 years ...”Enhancing Your World Through Art and Imagery.” He is described as a Master Photographic Craftsman and Converging Artist due to the method and technique he has developed to create truly unique photographic works of art.

Juror Jane Bianco has been associate curator at Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, since 2014, and has served in other positions at that museum since 2010. Her list of publications and lectures covers a number of important artists and topics across the U.S.

One more banner – chosen from applicants in the youth category -- is being juried to make a total of 50 banners for the complete 2018 ArtScape exhibit. The artist chosen in that category will be named soon.

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The public is invited to the 2018 celebration/ reception/opening exhibition on Friday, April 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., to be held concurrently in two locations within easy walking distance of each other – at Art Mob Studios & Marketplace, 124 4th Avenue East, and at Art On 4th Gallery & Studio at 125 4th Avenue West, in Hendersonville. The chosen artists will be offering the artwork depicted on the banners for sale to the public. Live music, appetizers, and drinks will be provided at both locations. Sponsors of banners in the 2017 ArtScape Banner Project will receive the banners they sponsored in last year’s exhibit during the reception.

The project’s objective is to create an outdoor gallery experience making Hendersonville an exciting and unique art destination. Led by Hendersonville artist Costanza Knight, the ArtScape Hendersonville committee formed as a result of a collaboration between the Art League of Henderson County, the Arts Council of Henderson County, and Downtown Hendersonville, Inc. ArtScape Hendersonville received funding from the Community Foundation of Henderson County and Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.

For more information visit www.artscapehvl.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information is also available on Facebook at ArtScapeHendersonville. # # #

NEW TREES NOW DESIGNATED AS "HERITAGE TREES"

NEW TREES NOW DESIGNATED AS "HERITAGE TREES"

HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL DESIGNATES SIX NEW HERITAGE TREES   

 When the City of Hendersonville established its Heritage Tree program in 1990, eight trees were soon so designated in various neighborhoods around town. During the next decade, a few more applications dribbled in. Recently, however, six new Heritage Trees were approved by City Council, and another is under consideration, after applications were made by property owners where the trees are located. Most of the recently designated Heritage Trees are near or on Kanuga Street on properties with older or historically significant homes. The Hendersonville Tree Board is the agency through which the applications are screened.

“These trees are noteworthy in various ways,” said Mark Madsen, a member of the Tree Board who is currently updating the criteria for the City’s Heritage Tree designation. Last month, Madsen led a guided winter tree walk along Third and Fourth Avenues in Hendersonville’s West Side Historic District neighborhood where three registered Heritage Trees were highlighted. The combined ages of those three trees is estimated at well over 200 years.

A rating system is being fine-tuned to grade future applications for Heritage Tree status, which will include ratings for type of species, size of the tree, condition, and location.

“Large, mature, shapely trees give wonderful character to our historic neighborhoods and to our quality of life,” Madsen said. “They sometimes provide important habitat for wildlife, and they often have significant historic value to the community. Hundreds of people a day drive along downtown avenues and streets on their way to somewhere else. We rarely have a chance to really look at and appreciate the special beauty of these wonderful trees.”

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But property owners who do the paperwork to designate their trees as Heritage quality are quite aware of how special those trees are. White oaks are among our oldest and largest designated trees, but also with Heritage status are sycamores, Eastern hemlocks, and a handsome yellow buckeye at historic Hendersonville High School. A Southern red oak, recently designated, is adjacent to a historic home designed by architect Erle Stillwell and measures 47 inches in diameter. It once shaded an azalea garden that was open to the public from the 1930s to ‘50s. A healthy Norway spruce with new Heritage status is 30 inches in diameter and 80 feet tall, providing quite a majestic look along a busy thoroughfare.

Numerous cities in the U.S., Canada, and around the world have similar Heritage Tree programs. In 2016, the Village of Flat Rock initiated its own program based largely on the criteria and methods of the Hendersonville program. Designation of a Heritage Tree is voluntary by the property owner, applications are submitted and then screened through the City’s Tree Board, and successful applications are then submitted for approval by Hendersonville City Council. A marker is installed by the City near the Heritage Tree.

On March 20, a special program – For the Love of Trees: How to Create a Garden in the Shade -- will celebrate trees and provide advice on shade gardening. The program will be at Hendersonville Public Library auditorium, 6 p.m., sponsored by Hendersonville Tree Board.

Hendersonville Tree Board is commissioned by the City of Hendersonville to provide advice on the selection and care of trees and shrubs in public places. The Tree Board also educates the public concerning the economic and aesthetic benefits of trees and shrubs for the community. The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Hendersonville as a Tree City USA for 25 years because of its high level of tree care. The city also became a Bee City USA in 2015.

To learn more about Hendersonville Tree Board and find an application and criteria for Heritage Tree designation, visit the webpage at http://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/tree-board. # # #

THIRTY NEW HOMES PROPOSED FOR DEVELOPMENT ON NORTH ALLEN ROAD

THIRTY NEW HOMES PROPOSED FOR DEVELOPMENT ON NORTH ALLEN ROAD

"WINDY KNOLL ACRES"   

On March 15, the Henderson County Planning Board will be considering plans for some thirty new homes on North Allen Road to be known as “Windy Knoll Acres”.

Smith Gilchrist Properties has submitted a development plan for the new development, which would be served by the city of Hendersonville water system and individual septic tanks.
The subdivision on 18 acres would have lot sizes of about a half-acre each and 1½ acres of common space, according to plans submitted to the Henderson County planning department.

The county Technical Review Committee recently approved the development under the county’s land-use code for major subdivisions, provided the developer receives NC DOT approval for driveway plans..

The next step in the process for “Windy Knoll Acres” will be the Planning Board meeting on March 15th.

 

 

A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DACA "DREAMERS" PREFERRED BY MOST WHKP.COM POLL RESPONDERS

A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DACA "DREAMERS" PREFERRED BY MOST WHKP.COM POLL RESPONDERS

WHKP.COM    

Readers of the WHKP web site, WHKP.com, are about as divided as the United States Congress over the DACA and immigration reform issue.

But one thing was clear in a recent WHKP.com web site poll...the vast majority of those responding are opposed to "blanket" amnesty for illegal aliens.

Over some sixty one responses to the poll, fifty seven per cent of those responding favored some type of "pathway" to citizenship for DACA "dreamers". Thirty one per cent of those who responded are opposed to any type of amnestry, or "pathway", at all.  Only two per cent of the responders favor total amnesty.

As the week ended, the Congress had been unable to take any final action on any of a variety of options for the DACA issue..  

A new poll, now on the WHKP.com web site, asks for the public's opinion on whether public school teachers should be armed in their classroms...this after the week's mass killings in Florida.

MORRIS BROADBAND COMPLETES UPGRADE, INTRODUCES NEW TECHNOLOGY

MORRIS BROADBAND COMPLETES UPGRADE, INTRODUCES NEW TECHNOLOGY

A  $40 MILLION TOTAL INVESTMENT   

Morris Broadband, LLC, since its 2009 acquisition of the system in Henderson County, has been continuously and quietly upgrading its infrastructure - fiber, fiber nodes and main line coaxial cable - to provide quality High Speed Internet service and position the company to launch advanced services. Total investment for infrastructure improvements has totaled over $40 million.

“Now that we have transitioned to an all-digital cable delivery, and completed our infrastructure upgrade, the door is open for deployment of next-gen technology that will enhance our broadband service and customer experience now and into the future” stated Tony Carter, General Manager of Morris Broadband.

“Docsis 3.1 lays the ground work for 1 GIG services via cable modem. Morris Broadband plans to launch advanced broadband packages later this year with speeds up to 500 Mb down, and significant upload speed increases, as well. However, our first priority is to increase standard speeds in our current packages for all customers in Henderson County at no extra cost to the subscriber” Carter said.

The rollout of increased standard speeds is slated to begin in April, and continue in a progressive manner throughout 2018. This same technology will also be launched in Macon, Jackson and McDowell counties later in 2018.