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EDUCATION FOUNDATION GETS A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EDUCATION FOUNDATION GETS A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Henderson County Education Foundation has hired county native Summer Stipe to lead the 30-year-old nonprofit as its new executive director.

Stipe, 33, a former Henderson County Public Schools teacher assistant, spent the last eight years working for the Children and Family Resource Center in a variety of management roles.

She has managed the Family Education and Support Center, which serves teenage parents in the Adolescent Parent Program and has helped launch and supervise a number of other initiatives that support families and children.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stipe earned a BA in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication in 2005 after graduating from West Henderson High in 2001.

A search committee comprised of HCEF board members selected Stipe from an impressive pool of candidates, said Dan Poeta, HCEF board chair and president of Horizon Heating and Air Conditioning.

Stipe stood out because of her extensive relationships in the community and her successful experience grant writing, running events and fundraising, he added.

“Summer brings a wealth of talents to the job,” Poeta said. “Her energy and enthusiasm will ignite a very positive era. Our board is excited and energized to start working with Summer, who we know will help guide the Education Foundation to new heights.”

The HCEF was founded in October 1986 to provide additional financial resources for Henderson County’s schools and scholarships for students

AFTER THE FIRES---FLOODING AND MUD SLIDES POSSIBLE FOR GATLINBURG & PIGEON FORGE

AFTER THE FIRES---FLOODING AND MUD SLIDES POSSIBLE FOR GATLINBURG & PIGEON FORGE

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR SEVIER COUNTY BURN SCARS...

.AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING PERIODS OF RAIN TO
THE AREA TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. ALTHOUGH RAINFAL TOTALS FOR THE
ENTIRE RAIN EVENT WILL GENERALLY NOT EXCEED 1.25 INCHES...THE BEST
RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS IN THE GATLINBURG AREA ARE EXPECTED DURING
TUESDAY MORNING. REMEMBER THAT BURN SCARS PROVIDE AN ABOVE NORMAL
THREAT OF FLOODING...OR MUD AND DEBRIS SLIDES...WITH EVEN MODERATE
AMOUNTS OF RAINFALL.

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NORTH SEVIER-SEVIER SMOKY MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SEVIERVILLE...GATLINBURG
309 PM EST MON DEC 5 2016

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY
AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF EAST TENNESSEE...INCLUDING
THE FOLLOWING AREAS...NORTH SEVIER AND SEVIER SMOKY MOUNTAINS.

* FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON

* RAINFALL POSSIBLY EXCEEDING ONE INCH FALLING UPON THE BURN SCAR
COULD LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING OR DANGEROUS MUD AND DEBRIS SLIDES.

* FLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS...ROADWAYS...AND STREAMS WILL BE
POSSIBLE. MOVE AWAY FROM RECENTLY BURNED AREAS. LIFE THREATENING
FLOODING OF CREEKS...ROADS AND NORMALLY DRY ARROYOS IS POSSIBLE.
THE RAINS COULD TRIGGER ROCKSLIDES...MUDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOWS
IN STEEP TERRAIN...ESPECIALLY IN AND AROUND THE BURN AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK
ACTION IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS
ISSUED. IF YOU COME TO A CLOSED OR FLOODED ROAD...TURN AROUND!
DON'T DROWN!

MCCRORY OFFICIALLY CONCEDES NC GOVERNOR'S RACE

MCCRORY OFFICIALLY CONCEDES NC GOVERNOR'S RACE

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor's race Monday, clearing the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be declared the winner nearly four weeks after Election Day.

The win by Cooper, the state's outgoing attorney general, gives Democrats an important consolation prize after a disappointing election across the country. However, Republicans retain super majorities in both legislative chambers.

In a video message from his office posted to YouTube, McCrory said, "Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken, and we now should everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper."

McCrory, who became the first sitting North Carolina governor to lose a re-election bid, was weighed down by a series of divisive laws he signed, including House Bill 2.

That law limited LGBT rights and directed transgender people to use restrooms in schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates. It led to companies, sports organizations and entertainers pulling their business from the state, costing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in spending.

With appeals drying up and postelection counts padding Cooper's narrow lead, McCrory announced he was giving up.

McCrory, who won the office by a comfortable margin four years ago, was unable to generate the same voter support that lifted Republicans Donald Trump and Richard Burr to victory in the state.

Unofficial results at the State Board of Elections showed Cooper leading McCrory by slightly more than the 10,000 votes needed to avoid an automatic recount. A total of about 4.7 million votes were cast. The state board still must officially certify the results.

Cooper was expected to speak later Monday.

Cooper has stated he wants HB2 repealed because he said it promotes discrimination and has harmed North Carolina's brand as good place to do business.

McCrory defended signing the law and unsuccessfully tried to focus his campaign on the state's recovering economy and finances during his four years in office. Flooding after Hurricane Matthew in October also gave McCrory the opportunity to project the image of a leader as he directed recovery efforts as cameras watched.

Cooper, a former state legislator first elected attorney general in 2000 won't enter office from a position of strength. Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the legislature, making it difficult for him to push his agenda — or stop theirs.

WHAT THIS COMMUNITY GAVE---WENT FAR BEYOND THIS COMMUNITY

WHAT THIS COMMUNITY GAVE---WENT FAR BEYOND THIS COMMUNITY

WHAT THIS COMMUNITY DONATED TO FIREMEN FIGHTING WILDFIRES---STRETCHED ALL THE WAY TO PIGEON FORGE AND GATLINBURG   

Do you remember the TRACTOR-TRAILER LOAD and more of bottled water, snacks, drinks, and other supplies this generous community donated in the “water drive” a few Sundays ago…as over 200 firefighters fought that Party Rock wildfire in Bat Cave, Chimney Rock, and Lake Lure?

As we reported at the time, what was donated on that very special Sunday was taken to the Bat Cave Fire Department, and they got the supplies to the firemen up on the mountain.

But our community was SO generous and so much was donated that a lot was left over. And we want the community to know…that thanks to Bat Cave Fire and Rescue, those donated supplies are not sitting in a warehouse somewhere. Those left-over donations of bottled water, canned goods, everything from eye drops to apples…was loaded onto two trailers and a U-Haul trailer…and taken to he firefighters battling those horrible wildfires that virtually destroyed Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

We wanted you to know that the kind of generosity and community spirit that made that Sunday “water drive” a few weeks ago so successful…has a way of taking on a life of its own, reaching far beyond its original purpose and those it was initially intended to serve.

So, we say “thank you” again to Bat Cave, to the firemen, and to a compassionate and “giving” community that created a very special and memorable meaning for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season this year.

(Above photo is the Party Rock wildfire raging up the Hickory Nut Gorge and within sight of Bat Cave Baptist Church)

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

 

 

 

 

GRAND LODGE AT BEARWALLOW DESTROYED BY FIRE EARLY SUNDAY; SAID TO BE A TOTAL LOSS

GRAND LODGE AT BEARWALLOW DESTROYED BY FIRE EARLY SUNDAY; SAID TO BE A TOTAL LOSS

ON TOP OF BEARWALLOW MOUNTAIN;  OVER 100 FIREMEN FROM 20 DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED   

CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDETERMINED   

The 12,000 square foot Grand Lodge in the Grand Highlands on Bearwallow Mountain neighborhood became fully engulfed in flames in the early morning hours Sunday.

Chief Jay Alley with Gerton Fire and Rescue said when they arrived, the attic and first floor if the streucture were engulfed in flames.

He said more than 100 firefighters from 20 departments across Buncombe and Henderson counties fought the fire throughout the early morning hours, but the remote location of the fire brought it's own set of challenges.

"It was very difficult to start with because first of all, it's a long ways for all of our mutual aid companies to come, so we had to get everybody here. It took a while to get all of our ladder trucks and trucks here," said Alley.

According to a report on News 13, while the rain helped with containing the hot spots, the large fire brought another challenge for the firefighters.

"We actually ended up draining the water tank that feeds the hydrants there, so we ran out of water and had to go to a water shuttle system, so that hurt," Alley said.

There were initial reports that the fire may have been caused by an explosion, but Alley could not confirm that. He says it's still under investigation.

Alley said the last people left the building about 30 minutes before the fire erupted, but didn't report seeing any fire.

The Grand Lodge is described as a total loss.

 

 

 

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RAINFALL "NUMBERS" TELL THE STORY OF THIS DROUGHT

RAINFALL "NUMBERS" TELL THE STORY OF THIS DROUGHT

A WHKP NEWS SPECIAL REPORT   

JUST HOW DRY HAS IT BEEN? HOW “EXTREME” IS HENDERSON COUNTY’S DROUGHT? PRECIPITATION NUMBERS TELL THE STORY   

By News Director Larry Freeman   12/03/16

As you read these numbers, keep in mind they are official daily observation totals at WHKP, which is Hendersonville’s National Weather Service “observation station” for Hendersonville. Numbers that sometimes are attributed to Hendersonville in other media are actually numbers/observations/totals at the Asheville Regional Airport, which is Asheville’s NWS “observation station”…and they frequently vary significantly from Hendersonville’s actual precipitation totals.

Even after about two inches of rainfall this past week, the NC Drought Management Advisory Council still has Henderson County classified as being in “extreme” drought. Here’s why.

Hendersonville received above average rainfall in both June and July. June’s total was 6.94, while Hendersonville’s long-tern average for June is 5.55. We also had above average rainfall in July…our average is 5.75 inches of rainfall and this July we received 8.04. Even the first two weeks in August this year saw above average rainfall. In the first half of August, we measured 5.66, while 5.90 is the long-term average for the whole month. And we typically go into the last two weeks of August, late summer, and early fall, anticipating above average precipitation from “tropical” weather, such as tropical storms and hurricanes. But that didn’t happen this year and all the “tropical” weather flooded eastern and coastal North and South Carolina. And a weather factor known as “La Nina” kicked in instead.

Hendersonville normally receives an average of 4.40 inches of rainfall in September. This September, our rainfall total for the month was only .53…that’s 3.87 inches below normal.

In October, Hendersonville’s long-term average total for the month is 4.18. This October, we received only .69 and that’s almost three and a half inches (3.49 inches to be exact) below normal rainfall for the month.

November is typically a “dry” month in Hendersonville, just before winter precipitation kicks in with a long-term average of 3.68 inches of rainfall in the month. This November, we measured 1.64 inches for the month…just over 2 inches (2.04 to be exact) below average in a “dry” month.

So, if you total up the rainfall deficits in September through November alone, Hendersonville is left with an annual deficit of almost 10 full inches (9.40 inches to be exact).

Looking at our precipitation situation for the whole year up to this point, Hendersonville’s long-term average total for the year “to date”, through the end of November, is 52.77 inches of rainfall. Factoring in other scattered precipitation deficits throughout the year 2016, Hendersonville began the last month of the year with less than 40 inches total precipitation for the year, as we said, 10 inches at least below the long-term average for Hendersonville.

That deficit is compelling enough all by itself, and helps explain “tinder dry” conditions, no or little late-season grass, hay, or other silage crops, lack-luster fall leaf color, and the horrific wildfire season we’ve experienced this year.

Weather forecasters are predicting that La Nina will continue to dominate precipitation, of the lack there of, in our area until about the middle of January. And there are hopeful indications that it’s beginning to loosen its grip on our weather, as moisture gets swept up from the Gulf of Mexico and pumps some badly needed precipitation, be it rain ir snow,m kinto the moluntains of western North Carolina.

This special report will be heard on WHKP's LOCAL NEWS Monday December 5...7:55 am, 11:55 am, 5:05 pm

 

 

70 LOCAL SCHOOL KIDS WILL BE CHRISTMAS "SHOPPING WITH A HERO" ON MONDAY

70 LOCAL SCHOOL KIDS WILL BE CHRISTMAS "SHOPPING WITH A HERO" ON MONDAY

LOCAL KIDS TO “SHOP WITH A HERO”

Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake says 70 kids from Henderson County’s 14 elementary schools will be teamed up with a local “first responder” at the Hendersonville Walmart Store..

Each child will be given $100.00 to shop for their family for Christmas.

Lunch will be provided by the First Restoration SAervices in Fletcher.

“Shop With A Hero” is being funded by a grant from the Walmart and Sam’s Club Community Foundations, by the local Elk’s Lodge, by Carolina ACE Hardware, and by the Hendersonville Police Department’s Needy Person’s Fund.

This will take place Monday morning and the kids will be back on their buses returning to school by 1:L30 Monday afternoon.

ICE SKATING COMES TO TOWN THIS WINTER!

ICE SKATING COMES TO TOWN THIS WINTER!

Ice Skating Comes to Downtown Hendersonville

 

Hendersonville, NC - An exciting new attraction is happening this holiday season in Downtown Hendersonville.  Lace up your skates and take to the ice skating rink located at the Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street.  The rink opens Tuesday, December 20 and runs through Sunday, January 1 from 10am – 8pm. Bring the family to the rink on Christmas and New Years Day from 1pm-5pm.

 

The synthetic ice skating rink is made from special polymers so it can be enjoyed year-round in any temperature. Beginners can learn to skate easily on the synthetic surface with more control than on refrigerated ice. The capacity of the rink is 40 people per 45-minute session.

 

The skating rink is a fundraiser for the Henderson County America in Bloom Committee.  America in Bloom is an economic driver, designating communities nationwide as desirable areas to live, work, and visit.  Cities, municipalities, and counties are evaluated on strict judging criteria, based on their location’s climate, environmental conditions, and population. Henderson County received 4 Blooms out of a possible 5, or 79% of possible points in 2016.  Participating municipalities included: Hendersonville, Mills River, Laurel Park, and Flat Rock.

 

Price of admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Group rates for 10 or more are available. 

For more information or if you would like to volunteer call Mia’s Marketplace at (828) 698-4600.   Visit Henderson County’s America In Bloom’s Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/HendersonCountyAmericaInBloom

COLDEST WEATHER SINCE LAST FEBRUARY BY WEEK'S  END; ***BURNING BAN CANCELED FRIDAY AFTERNOON***; CITY'S WEEKLY DROUGHT UPDATE;  STILL "EXTREME" DROUGHT;

COLDEST WEATHER SINCE LAST FEBRUARY BY WEEK'S END; ***BURNING BAN CANCELED FRIDAY AFTERNOON***; CITY'S WEEKLY DROUGHT UPDATE; STILL "EXTREME" DROUGHT;

RAIN...MAYBE A LITTLE SNOW SUNDAY...THEN RAY'S WEATHER SAYS:

Monday brings a brief break with milder temperatures ahead of the stronger wave arriving from the southwest Tuesday morning. Rain redevelops Monday night leading into Tuesday. Tuesday will be cool and gray.

We get another brief break Wednesday with milder temperatures again. Any thought of "mild" ends Thursday as an arctic front sweeps through sending temperatures into a nosedive. Timing of the front remains the biggest question in this forecast, but we have good confidence in the sequence of events: rain showers (possibly ending as flurries). Friday will be the coldest day we have seen since February. It's time to find all the cold-weather gear.

Drought Update
City of Hendersonville

ember 2, 201U.S. Drought Monitor Status – Extreme Drought - N.C. Drought Monitor

NOAA 10 Day Precipitation Forecast – Additional rainfall is expected for early next week. National Weather is forecasting La Nina conditions through late January. For more information on the long range forecast and La Nina go to The National Weather Service.
River Levels – Mills River
Normal Flow > 65 cubic feet per second (cfs).
Current Flow – > 75cfs (Flow exceeded 120cfs during rain event, but is now normalizing and expected to drop back below 65cfs prior to Sunday).

Current System Status (Water Shortage Response Plan) – Stage 1 Water Shortage Advisory - Voluntary Conservation - Water Shortage Response Plan Link. Next Level – Stage 2A Water Shortage Alert, Level 1 – Mandatory conservation can be triggered if Mills River reaches 30cfs for seven consecutive days.

WTP Production Level (Total Plant Capacity – 12 MGD)
Title: WTP Finished Water Flow, MGD
· WTP Production has been reduced by 10.23% since implementing Stage 1 on October 17, 2016 TARGET for Stage 1 = 10% reduction.

French Broad River Emergency Intake Status Report
· State of Emergency declaration by Secretary of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is required to make emergency intake fully operational.
· Evaluating temporary intake placement and design for highest efficiency.
· Currently securing temporary pumps.
· Pad for temporary pumps has been installed.
· Pipe connections and fittings for pump placement are in warehouse.

Action Steps for Next Fourteen Days
· Obtain 401 Environmental and Floodplain Permits for emergency intake.
· Finalize pump provider contract.
· Continue evaluation of emergency water supply agreements between City of Hendersonville and City of Asheville.
· Move forward with solicitation of engineering proposals for the permanent intake on French Broad River.
· Continue public education on importance of water conservation.
· Continue to prepare emergency intake.
·

Conference Call Information Next call Friday, December 18, 2016 at 9:45AM
Phone Number (712) 775-7031 Access Code 431079

HEALTH DEPARTMENT GETS GRANT FOR CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

HEALTH DEPARTMENT GETS GRANT FOR CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY

Health Department awarded grant for child passenger safety program


Hendersonville, NC (December 2, 2016) – The Department of Public Health has been awarded a
grant of $5,000.00 for the Child Passenger Safety Program by the Community Foundation of
Henderson County. Kaye Brownlee, health educator and certified child passenger safety
technician, who leads the program made the announcement.


According to Brownlee, the grant will be used to purchase car seats for those with financial
needs. “From 2011 – 2015, 301 parents learned how to keep their children safe while traveling,
and 327 car seats/boosters were provided to participants who completed the instruction.”
Evidence indicates that child restraint systems are the most effective way to protect young
children involved in motor vehicle crashes,” Brownlee said. “The grant from the Community
Foundation of Henderson County will give us additional resources for our program, and we are
grateful for their help.”


The Child Passenger Safety Program covers North Carolina child restraint recommendations and
laws that apply to children ages newborn to eight years. After completing instruction on car
seat usage and proper installation, parents and caregivers of children who are facing financial
hardship receive a free car seat.


The Child Passenger Safety Program is one of many programs the Health Department offers as
part of its mission to promote, protect and advance the health and wellness of our community.
Visit hendersoncountync.org/health to learn more.
For more information or to register for a class, contact Brownlee at (828) 694‐6066