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HABITAT ANNOUNCES MERGERS

HABITAT ANNOUNCES MERGERS

Habitat for Humanity in Henderson County and Polk County and Landrum, SC announce the merger of their organizations. The Habitat affiliates, each with a long history of helping families in their communities, are uniting to create an organization that will increase their ability to serve families in need of decent, affordable housing. Both affiliates believe the merger will enable them to more efficiently leverage donor funds and ultimately increase the number of affordable homes built and families served through their Homeownership and Neighborhood Preservation Programs.

Over 28 years ago, the two affiliates were founded independently out of local grassroots efforts to face mounting shortages of affordable housing. As the housing challenges in the area have grown more urgent over the years, the need for a united approach to those challenges has become more compelling.
“We are very excited about working together to achieve greater impact in our neighboring communities. By pooling our resources, combining our staff and board expertise, we will become more efficient and accomplish more than we would have as two separate organizations. Joining two neighboring counties will expand our capacity to acquire more land, build and renovate more homes, partner with more families, and engage more supporters.” said Ron Laughter, President & CEO of Henderson County Habitat for Humanity.

“Our two affiliates collectively have created homeownership opportunities for more than 250 families throughout our service areas and together as one Habitat affiliate we will be even more effective in our role as advocates for successful homeownership opportunities for low-income families” said Glenn Richardson, Board Chair for the newly merged Habitat.

The newly merged organization will continue to represent the unique character of its communities, and will continue to do business as Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity in Polk County and Landrum, SC and Henderson County Habitat for Humanity in Henderson County. Habitat will continue to use local resources, depend on local supporters, and serve local families.
Most of the changes resulting from the merger will not be noticeable to the community. “Our back-end systems will be streamlined to eliminate redundancies and preserve financial resources. Our united homeowner programs will retain best practices from each organization and, as a result of the merger, will expand and grow stronger” said Laughter. Office headquarters will be at 1111 Keith St., Hendersonville where Henderson County Habitat for Humanity has been since 1992.
About Henderson County Habitat for Humanity
Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, a Christian organization, builds quality affordable homes, creates strong communities, and changes lives by partnering with committed volunteers, professional staff, and eligible families living in inadequate housing. For more information about Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, please visit www.habitat-hvl.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @habitatie.

OLD DUMP SITE ON HENDERSONVILLE'S EAST SIDE RAISES CONCERN AMONG SOME RESIDENTS

OLD DUMP SITE ON HENDERSONVILLE'S EAST SIDE RAISES CONCERN AMONG SOME RESIDENTS

AN OLD, NO LONGER USED CITY DUMP IS CAUSING SOME CONCERN AMONG LINCOLN AND MARTIN CIRCLE RESIDENTS  

ABOUT A HALF DOZEN OF THEM RECENTLY MET WITH CITY OFFICIALS   

According to Hendersonville City Manager John Connet, the area around Martin and Lincoln circles was still being looked at, but no dangerous items were found..

"We have found some landfill debris under a few houses,” Connet said. "Everything has been construction debris -- concrete, asphalt, glass, things like that, metal."
But, Connet said, city officials were not done.

"This is just one phase, and, so over the next 60 days or so, we'll test what we found and we also suspect that we'll be back in there testing groundwater and other things for further results,” Connet said. "We're still evaluating the data. But, at this point, we have not discovered anything that sends off any red flags or red alarm."

According to Connet, city officials knew about an old dump site underground in the area. But, they did not think it extended into private property until the last several months—which was not soon enough for some neighbors.

The old dump site dates back prior to Hendersonville's "urban renewal" efforts, much of it in the old "Brooklyn" community on Hendersonville's east side and along the banks of Mud Creek, inb the 1960's and 70's.

 

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN AT RUGBY MIDDLE SCHOOL TUESDAY

PRECAUTIONARY LOCKDOWN AT RUGBY MIDDLE SCHOOL TUESDAY

Some things were found written on a wall at the school that implied a bomb threat...so Rudgy Middle School was placed on "soft" or precautionary lockdown for a while early Tuesday afternoon.

Major Frank Stout told WHKP News that no explosive devide was found, the students all were safe, and the lockdown was lifted around mid afternoon.

Stout also told WHKP News that a juvenile was being questioned in connection with this...an charges are pending as the investigation continues..

 

HENDERSONVILLE'S RADIO SHACK IS CLOSING JUNE 1ST

HENDERSONVILLE'S RADIO SHACK IS CLOSING JUNE 1ST

RADIO SHACKS IN WESTERN NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, ALABAMA, AND FLORIDA WILL BE CLOSING

CONTRARY TO AN EARLIER REPORT, RADIO SHACK MANAGER JIM HART CONFIRMS FOR WHKP NEWS THAT THE HIGHLAND SQUARE STORE WILL BE CLOSING ITS DOORS JUNE 1

In an e-mail to WHKP News, Hart said all products and fixtures will be sold to the public at great savings,

Affiliated with Radio Shack for a long time, Hart added...

"Radio Shack has been in business 90 plus years and we have had a Radio shack in Hendersonville since the late 60's first as a franchise and corporate since the late 80's."

"We moved into this location when the center was built in 2002. I have been the manager since 2003 and one of my associates has 13 years with us along with my 17 years. I am also the Market Manager for the stores in Western NC and western SC,"  Hart said those stores are closing, too..."I regret to say all of these stores along with Georgia, Alabama and Florida will also will be closing."

"I and my staff have great memories at this Store and our great and loyal customers that have made our job a pleasure working with, Many thanks to all of them".
Jim Hart MSM

GREEN MEADOW'S ROUNDTREE ANNOUNCED FOR CITY COUNCIL; ASHEVILLE DEMOCRAT COFFAY CALLS FOR "MEDICARE FOR ALL"

GREEN MEADOW'S ROUNDTREE ANNOUNCED FOR CITY COUNCIL; ASHEVILLE DEMOCRAT COFFAY CALLS FOR "MEDICARE FOR ALL"

ABOUT 150 ATTENDED A RECENT RALLY AT JACKSON PARK    

What was billed as a “Missing Mark Meadows Town Hall” drew about 150 people to a picnic shed in Jackson Park last week.

While Meadows was a target at the event, those who attended called for universal, single-payer health care coverage, Asheville Democrat Matt Coffay said he favors “Medicare for all” type coverage. Coffay, who describes himself as a community activist and former farmer, says he will be running against Meadows this year.

Meanwhile, Green Meadows resident Debbie Roundtree, who also describes herself as a community activist, said at the event that she’ll be running for one of three Hendersonville city council seats up this year. Roundtree said city council is hard of hearing---when it comes to everyone’s needs except business interests in Hendersonville. Roundtree is an NAACP member and a Democrat precinct chair. Ms. Roundtree, by the way, managed Norm Bossert’s unsuccessful campaign for state senate against Chuck Edwards last year. Bossert only got 33 per cent of the vote in Edwards landslide victory to fill the senate seat previously held by Tom Apodaca...and Bossert says he’s planning to run again.

Filing for the city council election and other municipal elections in Henderson County this year starts on July 7th and runs for two weeks through July 21st. Filing will be at the Board of Elections office on East Central Street.

NOTEWORTHY LAUREL PARK BUILDING---WITH HISTORIC TIES--GETS A NEW LOOK

NOTEWORTHY LAUREL PARK BUILDING---WITH HISTORIC TIES--GETS A NEW LOOK

STILL IN THE SAME LOCATION AT THE GATEWAY TO LAUREL PARK   

HISTORIC LAUREL PARK BUILDING ...Richardsons - 5th Avenue West at RR tracks is undergoing a re-build by new owners, Rolf Marti and his wife, natives of Switzerland and Colombia. The building interior has been totally removed, including the roof, with only front wall of structure left standing. When the building remodel is finished, it will be offered for lease.

Richardson’s in the past – was owned and operated by the Richardson family who were very active in Hendersonville and Laurel Park business and civic affairs. The business, established in the late 1940’s served as a leader in energy supplies such as coal and hardware and paint and was successfully operated for many years before closing under that name. Over the last number of years it has been home to a variety of businesses, the last of which was a garage door company, Indoors, Inc.

The new owner of the property, Rolf Marti, a native of Switzerland, came to the United States in the late 1950’s with a specialty in printing and worked for a variety of companies. He later was involved in an office cleaning business in Florida from which he retired.

He and wife came to our area two years ago and currently lives in Laurel Park.

HENDERSONVILLE'S WATER & SEWER TREATMENT PLANT SURPASSES STATE DRINKING WATER STANDARDS

HENDERSONVILLE'S WATER & SEWER TREATMENT PLANT SURPASSES STATE DRINKING WATER STANDARDS

PLANT LOCATED ON HIGHWAY 191 IN MILLS RIVER   

The Staff in the N.C. Division of Water Resources have honored 49 water treatment plants for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards.

The division’s Public Water Supply section has awarded the facilities below the prestigious N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award, which is a state effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities.

In 2016, the state recognized five facilities with the “Gold Star” honor, which is an award for systems that have received the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award for 10 consecutive years. They are Newton, Two Rivers Utilities in Gastonia, Lincolnton, Marion, and Henderson-Kerr Lake Regional Water Authority.

Awards are given each year to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles that can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Microbes are microscopic particles that occur naturally but can include harmful bacteria and viruses.
While all drinking water systems must meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, these systems met performance goals that are significantly more stringent. During 2016, nearly 3 million North Carolina residents were served by these award-winning plants.

The award winners for 2016 are Burnsville, Asheville – North Fork, Asheville – William DeBruhl, Weaverville – Ivy River, Valdese, Morganton – Catawba, Newton, Andrews, Two Rivers Utilities, Mount Holly, Cherryville, Robbinsville – Rock Creek, Waynesville – Allens Creek, Maggie Valley Sanitary District, Hendersonville, Western Carolina University, Lincolnton, Lincoln County, Marion, Charlotte Water – Franklin, Charlotte Water – Lee S. Duke, Charlotte Water – Vest, Kannapolis, Broad River Water Authority, Boone, Wilkesboro, Thomasville, Louisburg, Eden – Robert A. Harris, Mayodan, Madison, Mount Airy – F.G. Doggett, Mount Airy – S. L. Spencer, Henderson – Kerr Lake Regional Water Authority, Pittsboro, Fayetteville PWC – Glenville, Harnett County Dept. of Public Utilities, Johnston County – West, Southern Pines, Orange Water & Sewer Authority, Hamlet, Raleigh—E.M. Johnson, Raleigh – D.E. Benton, Cary, Harris Nuclear Plant, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority – Wilmington, Greenville Utilities Commission – Charles Horne, Piedmont Triad Regional – John F. Kime, Johnston County – East.

For more information, contact N. C. Drinking Water Protection Program Coordinator Rebecca Sadosky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919.707.9096.

HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED THURSDAY NIGHT

HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED THURSDAY NIGHT

HONORED THURSDAY NIGHT AT RECEPTION, DINNER, AND PROGRAM IN THE BOONE BUILDING, WNC AG CENTER  

FIVE NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION'S HALL OF FAME: JUNE BARNWELL, LYNN CARTER, ROBERT JOUBERT, MICHAEL PRESSLEY, AND BEVERLY WOOD    

Teachers of the Year were honored by the crowd of more than 200 people, one of the largest ever for the event    

The 2016-17 teachers of the year from all 23 Henderson County Public Schools were also honored at the Henderson County Education Foundation Hall of Fame ceremony Thursday evening.

Apple Valley Middle – Holly Kolarova

Atkinson Elementary – Suzanne Burnette

Balfour Education Center – Anthony Johnson

Bruce Drysdale Elementary – Theresa Parks

Clear Creek Elementary – Grace Quick

Dana Elementary – Aramis Mugica

East Henderson High – Carly Allman

Edneyville Elementary – Melissa Duncan

Etowah Elementary – Margaret Melonie Watts

Flat Rock Middle – Tony McMinn

Fletcher Elementary – Amy Youngblood

Glenn C. Marlow Elementary – Andrea Smith

Early College High – Tom Savage

Hendersonville Elementary – Tara Anderson

Hendersonville High – Walt Cottingham

Hendersonville Middle – Katherine Gash

Hillandale Elementary – Cody Merriman

Mills River Elementary – Holly Bader

North Henderson High – Lucy Joyce

Rugby Middle – Ashley Wellman

Sugarloaf Elementary – Ryan Mitchell

Upward Elementary – Diane Norgan

West Henderson High – Jason Livingston

Principal of the Year – Bobby Wilkins, Hendersonville High

LOCAL KIWANIS CLUB HONORS LOCAL ARTS STUDENTS

LOCAL KIWANIS CLUB HONORS LOCAL ARTS STUDENTS

STUDENTS OF BOTH FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS      

The Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville honored 25 high school students for standing out in fine and performing arts at their weekly meeting Thursday.
Honored were:

Balfour-Derrick Middleton
Kate Rivera

East-Chloe Corpening
Mackenzie Savage
Cheyenne Mccall
Hector Nieto
Jamie Jacoby
Hannah FIscher

Hendersonville-Isabel Hughes
Noell Swift
Emily Johnson
Brandon Pace
Mean Krowka

North-Alex Harper
Nathan Duckett
Lisa Arrona
Dixie Gilliam
Yanexis Lara
Alliyah Telesford

West-Madeline Hatfield
Adam Schwab
Bobby Slagle
Kasey Marsh
A.Faye Mccarson
Taylor Gladin

Catagories included dance,visual arts,band,and theatre.

CITY TIRE SERVICE TO MOVE TO THE SPARTANBURG HIGHWAY

CITY TIRE SERVICE TO MOVE TO THE SPARTANBURG HIGHWAY

A TRADITIONAL SEVENTH AVENUE BUSINESS IS LEAVING SEVENTH AVENUE   

City Tire Service, owned and operated by the Calton family, is moving.

After 65 years in the same Seventh Avenue location City Tire has announced they will be partnering with the Egolf family and moving to 1325 Spartanburg Highway on June 1st.

Carson Calton stated this new, more modern, and spacious facility will enable City Tire to serve their customers even better.

City Tire will be moving to the service side of the Egolf building 1325 Spartanburg Highway and plans open being open for business there June 1st.