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DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS NO CRIME WAS COMMITTED:   CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST WEST HIGH COACH BRYSON

DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS NO CRIME WAS COMMITTED: CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST WEST HIGH COACH BRYSON

A VIDEO CONFIRMS THERE WAS NO ASSAUL

SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THE MATTER IS CLOSED; BRYSON WILL CONTINUE AS THE VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL COACH AT WEST HIGH   

Charges have been dropped against West Henderson High varsity boys basketball coach Joey Bryson.

Last month, Bryson was charged with misdemeanor simple assault by a parent of a North Henderson High boys’ basketball player.

“I will not prosecute cases against teachers that have not been properly and thoroughly vetted by law enforcement,” District AttorneyNewman said in a news release. “I reviewed video footage of the reported incident and I saw no evidence of any crime being committed by Coach Bryson. What I saw was that Coach Bryson was conferring with one of his players while a foul shot was taking place. The North Henderson player encroached upon their space and the coach flung the hand of the North player away.

“The charging document issued by the magistrate accused the coach of ‘pushing’ the player. I did not see any evidence of pushing. Contact was definitely made by the coach, but it does not rise to any type of criminal action,” said Newman.

The District Attorney went on to say that “there were at least two sheriff’s deputies at the game who did not believe that any crime had occurred. They were engaged with removing an irate fan from the center of the basketball court. Also, I find it significant that the referees did not call a technical foul on the West Henderson coach or bench.”

The DA added that he has explained his decision to the complainant’s mother and that the matter has also been reviewed by school officials.

 

LOWELL GRIFFIN RELEASES HIS PLATFORM FOR SHERIFF OF HENDERSON COUNTY

LOWELL GRIFFIN RELEASES HIS PLATFORM FOR SHERIFF OF HENDERSON COUNTY

Lowell Griffin announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination for sheriff of Henderson County last year. He plans to officially file for the office when filing begins next month and he wil be opposing incumbent Sheriff Charlie McDonald for the Republican nomination.  The primary election will be in the spring and so far no Democrat has announced as a candidate.  McDonald officially kicked off his re-election campaign weeks ago in a special event at Boyd Automotive.  Griffin will have his campaign kick-off Saturfday January 20th at Grand-Dad's Apples, 2951 Chimney Rock Highway, on the left and just beyond North Henderson High School...from 12 noon to 5 pm.  Griffin is currently affiliated with the Polk County Sheriff's Department, and he released the platforms of his campaign for Hendedrson County sheriff on Tuesday:

"I am revealing my campaign platform which includes my goals and strategies for addressing
the top issues I see with the current administration of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Overwhelmingly, I support the officers employed by the agency who work so hard to serve
and protect us! I hope that the people of Henderson County will take the time to digest this
platform which illustrates my desire to SERVE YOU!!"

Resource Supervisor
Currently the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office uses a paramilitary chain of command. This
creates a multi-level agency which over manages the personnel in the field. Competent officers
combined with competent field supervisors utilizing current technology, such as body worn
cameras, reduce the need for excessive oversight. The H.C.S.O. currently has over a million
dollars in annual payroll dedicated to administration who rarely interact with the public. As it
is, corporals report to sergeants who report to lieutenants who report to captains who report
to majors who report to a chief deputy who reports to the Sheriff. It is important to remember
that the H.C.S.O. is a 200 man department and not a 2000 man department. Personnel can be
reassigned to increase the efficiency of the department and make better use of our tax dollars.
Henderson County is a great county that encompasses a variety of geographical and
demographical features. Currently the H.C.S.O. is hiring senior administrative officers from
areas outside of the region at an alarming rate. A captain from the Chicago area, another
captain from the Spartanburg area, and a lieutenant from a federal agency now supervise
officers. While these folks may possess valid credentials, it is demoralizing for officers within
the agency to realize that regardless of their training and performance, their upward mobility is
limited. These top administrators hired from these other regions are not aware of any of the
issues that the residents or business owners of Henderson County face.
Given the opportunity I would put field supervisors in place and allow them to perform their
duties. I would then divide the county into four areas encompassing our communities and
REASSIGN, not hire additional, top administrative personnel to positions overseeing these
areas. The residents, business owners, and folks working in these areas, commonly called
districts, would be made aware of the supervisor serving their district. These “District Captains”
would be uniformed officers responsible for issues arising in their districts. Conversely, if a
resident or business owner faces an issue which remained unresolved, or simply had a
question, there would be a representative who is genuinely familiar with that district available
to respond. Imagine having an issue where you live and knowing exactly who to call to get the
answers you deserve".

Let’s Not Become What We Condemn
Lowell S. Griffin, candidate for the office of Sheriff of Henderson County
Relationships with Other Agencies
Criminals do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries. A criminal may commit a crime in a town
or city, and then commit a second crime in an unincorporated area, even moving on to another
city or county. Many times investigators from multiple agencies investigate crimes and pursue
criminals independently of each other. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is one of the
largest law enforcement agencies in Western North Carolina. The Sheriff has the authority to
allow officers from other jurisdictions the authority to pursue criminals throughout the county.
In the last few years the Henderson County sheriff has abolished the H.C.S.O. / Hendersonville
Police joint narcotics task force and S.W.A.T. team.
It is time to step up to become the leading agency in the region in developing a team concept to
protect the people. In order to accomplish this we must stow the egos and create the
communication that is needed to be successful. I intend to work directly with the Police Chiefs
and Sheriffs of allied agencies to create multiple task forces. Task forces will maximize
manpower increasing efficiency of all agencies. This creates an environment which not only
helps to bring justice to victims, but fosters proactive strategies while also helping save the
taxpayers hard earned money.
Henderson County has some of the best emergency services and first responders in the
world. Prior to this administration, a strong and supportive relationship existed between other
Henderson County emergency services and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. I have
received numerous complaints from other emergency services leaders indicating that currently,
the relationship is not only strained, but continues to deteriorate. I pledge to personally
maintain dialogue and involvement while assisting all emergency services throughout the
county ensuring that during any crisis, the citizens receive the highest quality response
possible.

Narcotics Investigation
We cannot combat a problem until we choose to admit we have a problem. I pledge to assign
real resources to combat the drug issue. Under previous administrations, Henderson County
initiated and was part of numerous cases seizing millions of dollars and assets from the
criminals who poison our citizens. Today the narcotics investigators remain understaffed in the
face of the current epidemic. Currently, Henderson County Emergency Services respond to
assist patients of illicit drug overdoses at an alarming rate.
I pledge to assign real resources to combat the drug issue. Dedicating adequate resources to
the drug problem is a priority. There must be resources available to investigate drug
complaints at every level. The diversion of legal opiates to the black market is a particular issue
in Henderson County. Providing for a dedicated detective to work solely on these drug
diversion issues is paramount.

Let’s Not Become What We Condemn
Lowell S. Griffin, candidate for the office of Sheriff of Henderson County
I will also reinstate the criminal interdiction unit. I have worked with a successful group
dedicated to interdicting criminals and drug traffickers. Interdiction officers are specially
trained and experienced in road side investigations that develop information which lead to
broader investigations encompassing various crimes being committed locally, regionally, and
beyond.
As outlined before we MUST partner with other agencies and utilize ALL resources available to
include federal, state, and local officers. Drug activity typically not only crosses county lines but
routinely traverses state and national borders as well. Without developing communication and
cooperation with all of our partners, we will not realize the success that the citizens of
Henderson County deserve!

Politics in the work place / Job Security
I intend to not only to demand professionalism, but to display it as well. I will proudly wear the
same uniform as the officers that serve the county. The uniform should not be a symbol of
authority, but instead one of servitude. My servitude extends past the voters. It also
encompasses the employees of the department.
I will discontinue employing the North Carolina Statute that allows a Sheriff to terminate an
officer at will. In this day and age where the public demands and deserves professionalism, it is
imperative to secure the best officers possible to protect the greatest people in the world. I
realize that the greatest folks in the world just happen to live in Henderson County.
Unfortunately, far too many experienced officers with multiple years of training and experience
have been dismissed solely for political purposes. These dismissals have not only deprived the
citizens of extraordinary law enforcement talent, but have cost the taxpayers hundreds of
thousands of dollars in training. I will not substantially demote nor terminate employees
without a formal review process. I believe it is wrong to use my opinion and ego as the only
tools to judge any employee who serves the people. This review process will include a board of
Henderson County taxpayers who have a background in management and leadership. This will
also provide employees with a venue to provide their point of view concerning any issue they
may face. Politics can so easily become an area of self-importance. I will refuse to force an employee to swear political allegiance to anyone, including myself. The only allegiance that I will demand is to the citizens of Henderson County. I whole heartedly believe that any person employed by the sheriff should serve the people of the county and not a political entity!

Let’s Not Become What We Condemn
Lowell S. Griffin, candidate for the office of Sheriff of Henderson County

Body Cams
The use of officer worn cameras, commonly known as body cameras, is an imperative step in
protecting BOTH the officers from unjustified accusations and ensuring public confidence.
Today’s technological advances have provided the majority of the public with the ability to
capture photographs and videos with audio just about anywhere at any time. Unfortunately,
there are people in society who are far too willing to record events from a less than ideal
perspective or only offer a partial recording in an attempt to discredit the truth. Police
recordings offer a true and accurate depiction of an event. In my experience, recordings have
positively affected officers in complaints the vast majority of the time. Furthermore, these
cameras have become a tremendous evidentiary tool for law enforcement agencies throughout
the country. McDonald has stated that he does not intend to use body cameras. I will not only
support the use of officer worn cameras but fully intend to mandate their use in any official
interaction with the public.
Municipalities
Municipalities pay county taxes . . . . . PERIOD!!! The citizens of any municipality, such as
Hendersonville, deserve basic county services. Most municipalities are required to offer
enhanced services, such as police, fire, waste disposal, etc. and do so through extra taxation.
Being located in a municipality does not mean that these residents and business owners are no
longer citizens of our county. Every taxpayer deserves the basic county services and the Sheriff
should be the Sheriff who looks out for the best interests of the people in Henderson County
regardless of demographics or geography. I will not only assist any municipality with assistance
from the animal enforcement division, but I intend to provide the services that people pay for
regardless of the location throughout the county. . . . . PERIOD!!!!!

Fiscal Responsibility
I am truly conservative. I always been conscientious of my personal finances and I am known
for trying to stretch every quarter I have past 26 cents. I realize that tax dollars are real dollars
paid by you, the public, and I pledge to be conservative with your money. I have worked on
and adhered to budgets comprised of taxpayer money for years, including budgets at the
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. When it comes to spending YOUR money we need to
consider all available options. There are current issues facing the citizens of Henderson County
and I very much realize that there is a cost to doing business. Currently the administration for
the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office collects a significantly larger salary than any previous
administration and a twenty million plus dollar training facility remains in the works. We need
to rethink and re-evaluate the needs of the county to ensure the citizens are getting what’s
needed and avoiding extravagant and unnecessary spending.

Let’s Not Become What We Condemn
Lowell S. Griffin, candidate for the office of Sheriff of Henderson County

The Committee to elect Lowell Griffin Sheriff will host a campaign kick- off at Grandad’s
Apples located at 2951 Chimney Rock Rd which is on the left just past North Henderson High.
The event will be On January 20st from noon to 5p.m. Please come enjoy a hot dog and meet
Lowell Griffin! We look forward to seeing you there!

TO BE APPEALED:  WNC CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT LINES COULD CHANGE

TO BE APPEALED: WNC CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT LINES COULD CHANGE

  WHKP NEWS HAS BEEN TOLD BY THE MOST RELIABLE SOURCES IN WASHINGTON AND IN RALEIGH...THAT THE RULING WILL BE APPEALED TO A HIGHER COURT   

  TUESDAY'S RULING BY FEDERAL JUDGES COULD EFFECT MARK MEADOW'S 11TH DISTRICT...AND MEADOW'S OFFICE SAYS THIS IS NOW ENTIRELY IN THE HANDS OF THE NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY       

  NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAS UNTIL WEDNESDAY JANUARY 24 TO RE-DRAW DISTRICT LINES  OR FILE AN APPEAL      

Acording to the Associated Press, federal judges ruled Tuesday that North Carolina's congressional district map drawn by legislative Republicans is illegally gerrymandered due to excessive partisanship that gave GOP a rock-solid advantage for most seats and must quickly be redone.

The ruling marks the second time this decade that the GOP's congressional boundaries in North Carolina have been thrown out by a three-judge panel. In 2016, another panel tossed out two majority black congressional districts initially drawn in 2011, saying there was no justification for using race as the predominant factor in forming them. The redrawn map was the basis for a new round of lawsuits.

The latest lawsuit -- filed by election advocacy groups and Democrats -- said the replacement to the racial gerrymander also were unlawful partisan gerrymanders. Those who sued argued that Republican legislators went too far when they followed criteria designed to retain the party's 10-3 majority.

At the time of debate, according to the order, House redistricting chief Rep. David Lewis attempted to justify the criteria by saying during debate that "I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats. So I drew this map to help foster what I think is better for the country."

"We find that the General Assembly drew and enacted the 2016 plan with intent to subordinate the interests of non-Republican voters and entrench Republican control of North Carolina's congressional delegation," U.S. Circuit Court Judge Jim Wynn wrote in the majority opinion. Wynn added that the evidence shows the "plan achieved the General Assembly's discriminatory partisan objective."

Legislative

In their ruling Tuesday, the judges ordered the General Assembly to approve another set of districts by Jan. 24. Candidate filing for the November congressional elections begin Feb. 12. A majority of the judges also agreed they would also hire a redistricting expert to draw replacement boundaries if the legislature won't.

"If this holds, then this would matter for 2018. And it could mean that Mark Meadows and Patrick McHenry will be running for re-election in districts that look a little different than the districts they currently represent," Western Carolina University professor Chris Cooper said.

Through a spokeswoman, one of the legislative defendants, Sen. Ralph Hise of Mitchell County, said lawmakers plan to appeal.

There's a good chance Republicans will try to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block the ruling's enforcement until the justices rule in a similar case they heard from Wisconsin in the fall. But that case involves legislative districts, not a congressional plan.

PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL MAKE UP SNOW DAYS BY GOING EXTRA HOURS

PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL MAKE UP SNOW DAYS BY GOING EXTRA HOURS

BAD WEATHER MAKE UP PLANS ANNOUNCED  

Those days that Henderson County public school kids have missed due to bad winter weather will be made up by going to school for extra hours on early dismissal days.

At the school board meeting Monday night, school officials anounced the makeup instructional hours for students on the traditional calendar as a result of school closures on Monday and on Dec. 8.

Students will make up the lost time on Feb. 16 and March 16, both originally scheduled as early dismissal days but now planned to be full days. In addition, the Friday before spring break, March 30, will change from a half day to a full day.

John Bryant, associate superintendent for administrative services, told the School Board that extending those three early dismissal days to full days will be enough to recover the lost instructional time.

The state requires all school districts have a minimum of either 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction in a school year. Henderson County currently operates under the 1,025 hour rule.

The school system is keeping Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. day, as a day off for students and an optional workday for teachers. They are also keeping Jan. 22 as a day off for students on the traditional calendar and a required workday for teachers.

Students on the flex, or year-round, calendar, however, will leave for intersession March 21 instead of March 20 as originally planned.

PLANNING BOARD APPROVED 67 NEW HOMES ON HOWARD GAP ROAD NEAR NIX ROAD

PLANNING BOARD APPROVED 67 NEW HOMES ON HOWARD GAP ROAD NEAR NIX ROAD

"COTTAGES AT CYPRESS RUN" NOW GOES TO CITY COUNCIL FOR FINAL APPROVAL   

The City of Hendersonville’s Planning Board met Monday afternoon and approved plans for what’s being called the “Cottages At Cypress Run”. That’s a proposed development of 67 new homes on 16.6 acres on Howard Gap Road near the intersection with Nix Road.

The property is currently owned for faming by the Mountain Bean Company, but will be sold to RDV Development to build the homes and develop the site.

A number of neighbors in that area spoke against the proposed development with increased traffic and a greater risk of flooding being their main concerns.

As approved by the Planning Board, the plan calls for 67 homes ranging from 1490 to 1820 square feet in size. The density will be four units per acre.

RDV revised their plans to address the neighbor’s concerns late last year.

“Cottages At Cypress Run” will not be a gated community.

The Planning Board’s approval now goes to Hendersonville City Council for a final ok.

MELTING ICE A DANGER IN THE NATIONAL FORESTS

MELTING ICE A DANGER IN THE NATIONAL FORESTS

BE CAREFUL WITH THE MELTING ICE IN THE FORESTS   

Asheville, NC, January 8, 2018 - Though the ice and snow of this past week has been a beautiful site, visitors to the National Forests in North Carolina should be extremely cautious around ice formations that will be thawing as temperatures increase this week.

Large slabs of hanging ice and icicles on cliffs and waterfalls will fail and fall and could cause serious injury or death to those in the immediate vicinity. Ice that had frozen over streams is thinning and is not safe to walk across in most areas.

Falling trees and branches are an ever-present hazard; the addition of snow and ice makes tree failure more likely. The freeze-thaw cycle can loosen rocks which can roll onto roads and trails. Motorists and hikers should also be aware of the potential for icy conditions on shaded areas of roads and trails. Take into account that thawing roads, roadsides, and trails are more susceptible to rutting and choose activities that minimize the potential for damage.

Many roads remain snow-covered and icy due to colder temperatures at high elevations. While gates may be open, drivers should not assume that roads are safe for travel.

Your safety is your responsibility. Take these preventive measures to help keep yourself safe:
Avoid traveling alone. If you must travel alone, share your plans. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
Know your limits and choose activities that are appropriate for your physical condition and skills.
Use appropriate tires and footwear and adjust your speed where there is snow or ice.
Carry emergency kits containing water, food, blankets, and matches.
Bring extra clothing in case you get wet.

Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r8/recreation/safety-ethics for more outdoor safety tip

SIGN UP NOW FOR THIS SPRING'S SALUDA ARTS FESTIVAL

SIGN UP NOW FOR THIS SPRING'S SALUDA ARTS FESTIVAL

SET FOR MAY 19    

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter the 15th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 19, 2018, from 10am to 4pm. Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional visual and performing artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.

The Saluda Arts Festival is now accepting applications for the prestigious spring event celebrating the town’s heritage and arts culture. The festival hosts more than 80 to 100 artists each year from all over western NC, TN, and Update of SC. Stretching along historic Main Street in Saluda, every art media is represented including paintings, pottery, metal work, jewelry, sculptures, fiber, and more.

With a very affordable exhibit fee of $100 and a non-jury event, festival organizers are expecting a large number of early entries. Some types of work (i.e. jewelry) will be accepted on a limited basis. Early entries will be given first choice of booth location.

If you are interested in participating, please download an application at http://saluda.com/saluda-arts-festival/ or email a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Performing artists featuring local and regional musicians are now being booked. If you are interested in performing at the 15th annual Saluda Arts Festival, please contact Debbie Camacho at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please contact Alexia Boyd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 817-946-1284.

"Saluda strives to make its vision of connecting its historic downtown to its beautiful natural assets and outdoor adventures a reality. It’s our duty to the heritage of Saluda to celebrate and promote its artistic culture, historic buildings, and natural beauty of our mountains and waterfalls," said spokesperson for the SBA, Cathy Jackson.

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF HENDERSON COUNTY CELEBRATES 36 YEARS

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF HENDERSON COUNTY CELEBRATES 36 YEARS

AWARDING OVER $47 MILLION IN LOCAL GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS   

Community Foundation of Henderson County (CFHC) is excited to celebrate its 36th birthday. The Foundation must, however, acknowledge its beginnings to properly celebrate where it is today. In January, 1982, in spite of discouragement from all corners, the fourteen founding board members boldly chartered and incorporated the Community Foundation of Henderson County. “The founding board was told a foundation would not be successful here because the community was too rural, too small, too poor to thrive,” says, McCray Benson, CFHC President/CEO, “and, boy, have we proved the naysayers wrong!”

The first fund was established in April, 1982 by The Henderson County Wildlife Club, and the second, the Charlie Renfrow (Of WHKP Radio) Scholarship followed in September. In 1984 the Foundation awarded its first scholarship and published its first annual report. For the next several years the Foundation continued to flourish and grow, managing 96 charitable funds by 1992 and distributing over $300,000 to the community that year. 1992 marked the first decade of Community Foundation of Henderson County and with it the first cumulative $1 million awarded. In 1997 the Foundation awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships from 35 funds, and in 1999 annual awards surpassed the $1 million mark.

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WHKP's long-time "Old Good Morning Man", former president and general manager of WHKP, the late Kermit Edney, was one of the founders of the Community Foundation and he remained active in the mission of the Foundation until his death in 2000.  Edney recruited the first presidet and CEO of the Foundation, Priscilla Cantrell, wife of the late Chamber of Commerce president Ray Cantrell.

2003 saw the Foundation turn 20, and in 2005 the Perry N. Rudnick Foundation created an advised endowment that became a permanent component of CFHC. Vintage Carolina started in 2006; in 2007 the Foundation was certified by the Council on Foundations after meeting rigorous national standards. In 2011 the Foundation awarded more than $2.4 million in grants and in 2012 celebrated its 30th anniversary.

At 36 years, the Foundation is rightly proud of its work, with over $3 million awarded in grants and scholarships in the most recent fiscal year, 526 established funds, 60 known bequests, 11 years of Vintage Carolina, and a cumulative award total of over $47 million. “Our Foundation would not be what it is today without the dedication of our board members, both past and present, staff, and most of all the generosity of donors within our community. We are grateful for donors who recognize the importance of planning for the future and supporting needs and causes we cannot foresee,” says Benson.

Since 1982, the Community Foundation of Henderson County has been helping people transform their philanthropic dreams into reality. Donors are able to make lasting contributions to causes close to their heart through a variety of giving methods. Learn more about the Community Foundation of Henderson at www.CFHCforever.org, on the Foundation’s Facebook page, or by calling (828) 697-6224.

HENDERSONVILLE GUIDED WINTER TREE WALK SET FOR JANUARY 21ST

HENDERSONVILLE GUIDED WINTER TREE WALK SET FOR JANUARY 21ST

SPONSORED BY THE HENDERSONVILLE TREE BOARD     

January 21, the walk will begin at 2 p.m. Space is limited for the 90-minute walk. Reservations must be made by Friday, January 19, by phoning Judy Frank at 828-713-6807. Details will be provided. The walk is open to the public at no charge. This neighborhood stroll continues a popular series of guided tree walks sponsored by Hendersonville Tree Board.

Mark Madsen, a member of the Tree Board and an ISA Certified Arborist, will lead the walk, describing the shapes and characteristics of wintertime oaks, maples, apple trees, hemlocks and other urban trees, some of which are 100-plus years old. He will identify the registered Heritage Trees on the route and discuss proper care to maintain health of older trees.

“Large, mature, shapely trees give wonderful character to our historic neighborhoods, especially when they are bare,” Madsen said. “Hundreds of people a day drive along these two avenues on their way to somewhere else. This walk gives us a chance to really look at and appreciate the special beauty of these wonderful trees in this old-time neighborhood.”

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.

Phone Tree Board member Judy Frank at 828-713-6807 by Friday, January 19, to make a reservation. To learn more about Hendersonville Tree Board and its projects, visit the webpage at http://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/tree-board. # # #

THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS TREES WERE RE-CYCLED SATURDAY

THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS TREES WERE RE-CYCLED SATURDAY

IN SPITE OF THE BITTER COLD ON SATURDAY...

Hendersonville Public Works, Henderson County Parks and Receration, MountainTrue and Kings Hardware hosted the annual Christmas tree mulching event at Jackson Park Saturday.

Residents dropped off trees to be recycled as mulch during the day. The mulcher was provided by King Hardware and Rental with city and county personnel overseeing the work.

About 350 trees were taken, about half of the 700 taken last year.

Christmas lights and gift cards also were taken for recycling. The lights were to be recycled by the Henderson County Cooperative Extension as a 4-H Project.