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REPORTED:  NO PROPERTY TAX INCREASE LIKELY IN HENDERSON COUNTY IN FY 17-18

REPORTED: NO PROPERTY TAX INCREASE LIKELY IN HENDERSON COUNTY IN FY 17-18

FOR HENDERSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX PAYERS.    

Henderson County’s county manager recently indicated there will be no increase in the county’s property tax rate in the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

In an interview with News 13, county manager Stevc Wyatt said the county’s tax rate would likely remain the same, 56.5 cents per $100 valuation.

County commissioners a year ago raised the county’s tax rate 10 per cent or about a nickel per $100 valuation, citing up-coming capital construction needs like the new Hendersonville High School campus, new Emergency Services building in Balfour, new Innovative Hgh School and Early College facility now under construction on the Blue Ridge Community College campus, and new $20 million law enforcement training center also to be built on the community college campus.

Since last year, the commissioners have committed to a new Edneyville Elementary School expected to cost about $24 million.

Since the county is now sitting on a reported $45 million fund balance, there had been some indication that property taxes might be rolled back in this upcoming fiscal year. In fact, the county manager said a while back it would not surprise him if the commissioners proposed such a roll back in the new fiscal year

But based on that recent prediction to News 13, it appears no cut in county property taxes is likely to be recommended by the county manager...and unless a cut is proposed by commissioners in upcomns meetings and public hearings leading up to adoption of the new county budget and the start of the new fiscal year July 1, the county’s property tax rate will stay where it is.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

TOM COOPER RECEIVES THIS YEAR'S CLIFTON J. SHIPMAN AWARD

TOM COOPER RECEIVES THIS YEAR'S CLIFTON J. SHIPMAN AWARD

RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITY SERVICE   

The Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association has honored Tom Cooper, of Cooper Construction Co., as the 2017 recipient of the Clifton J. Shipman Community Service Award.

Now operated the second and third generation, Cooper has served the general contracting, utility and HVAC needs of private and public clients in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The construction company was founded in 1967 by James W. “Tommy” Cooper, who had been one of the founders three years before of Industrial Maintenance Overflow Corp. (IMOCO) in Fletcher, a contractor that specialized in industrial and mechanical construction.

After graduating from East Carolina University in 1974, Tom Cooper joined his father’s company, ascending to the role of president in 1985. After attending Brevard College, Tom’s brother, J. Michael “Mike” Cooper joined the company as executive vice president. Tom and Mike Cooper became sole owners in 1997.

ROXANNA PEPPER SURPRISED AND HONORED WITH THE ATHENA AWARD

ROXANNA PEPPER SURPRISED AND HONORED WITH THE ATHENA AWARD

ROXANNA PEPPER HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO RECEIVE THIS YEAR'S LOCAL ATHENA AWARD   

 “I am speechless, and anyone who knows me knows that doesn’t happen often,” Pepper said as she wiped tears from her eyes.

Pepper is the professional development coordinator at the Children and Family Resource Center. She’s a health and wellness instructor at the Hendersonville YMCA, a life coach, and volunteers in a number of roles.

She had prepared a speech in case her name was called, but was so overcome with emotion she decided to speak from the heart on the spot. Pepper thanked God, her family, friends and the community.

“I love my community. I live for my community. To even be in the midst of those nominated...” Pepper said, as she shook her head and wiped more tears away.

Pepper encouraged the women to always lift each other up, and themselves. She even had a bit of advice on doing so.

“I look in the mirror every morning and say to myself, ‘I look good. I feel good. I am good.’”

She then asked the hundreds of attendees packed into the dining room at Kenmure Country Club to repeat her words.

Pepper also spent 14 years as a teacher with the Head Start program, prior to joining CFRC in 2003. She provides professional development and training for the early childhood workforce in Henderson County.

She has volunteered with the African American Cultural Committee, United Way, Hendersonville First Baptist Church, United Religions Initiative and Henderson County Partnership for Health. She also mentors young women and their mothers. She and her husband mentor young couples as well.

Elisha Freeman nominated Pepper for the award, which was presented by last year’s ATHENA Award recipient, Judy Stroud.

The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. The award is co-sponsored by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.

Other nominees included Tanya Blackford, Alice Cochran, Joanne Helppie, Lynn Killian, Denise Medved, Elizabeth Moss, Dorothy Moyer, Paige Posey, Amanda Stansbury, Hollie Storrier and Fair Nabers Waggoner.

The women were nominated by fellow community members. A panel of judges from outside the county decided the winner.

WHKP ANNOUNCES ITS SCHEDULE OF 2017 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES

WHKP ANNOUNCES ITS SCHEDULE OF 2017 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES

With the all new conference alignments WHKP has some great games on tap for this fall.
It all begins August 18th when North travels to Hendersonville and the regular season will end November 3rd when Hendersonville travels to East.This year the schedule to totally new according to WHKP Sports Director Richard Rhodes...new rivalries like Franklin at Hendersonville are on the schedule,and T.C Roberson and West play each other again..this time its a conference game.
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE 2017
WHKP FM AND AM 71 YEARS OF PLAY BY PLAY

8/18 NORTH AT HENDERSONVILLE
8/25 HENDERSONVILLE AT WEST
9/1 EAST AT WEST
9/8 OWEN AT HENDERSONVILLE
9/15 MADISON AT EAST
9/22 TC ROBERSON AT WEST
9/29 ASHEVILLE AT NORTH
10/6 FRANKLIN AT HENDERSONVILLE
10/13 WEST AT NORTH
10/20 PISGAH AT HENDERSONVILLE
10/27 BREVARD AT HENDERSONVILLE
11/3 HENDERSONVILLE AT EAST

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS SET FOR JUNE 9TH

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS SET FOR JUNE 9TH

The Henderson County Board of Public Education has approved the following times, dates and locations for the five schools holding graduation ceremonies June 9:

East Henderson High: 7 p.m. at the East Henderson campus. Exact location to be determined.

Hendersonville High: 6 p.m. inside Jim Pardue Gymnasium at the school.

North Henderson High: 7 p.m. at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden.

West Henderson High: 7:30 p.m. at Johnson Stadium at the school, weather and construction permitting.

Balfour Education Center: 5:30 p.m. inside the Technology Education and Development Center Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College.

Henderson County Early College will hold its graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. May 19 at BRCC’s Technology Education and Development Center Conference Hall.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE BEGINS IT'S 80TH SEASON

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE BEGINS IT'S 80TH SEASON

STILL...THE "STATE" THEATER OF NORTH CARLINA!   

(Pictured in the photo---L-R:County Commission Chairman Michael Edney, Flat Rock Mayor and Playhouse Board Member Bob Staton, and Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk)

Flat Rock Playhouse 'kicked off' their 80th year of the VAGABONDS....

With a robust evening of delicious food and drink and special entertainment...

In their downtown Hendersonville theatre on Monday evening

DOWNTOWN'S BEARFOOTIN' "BEAR REVEAL DAY" IS THIS FRIDAY

DOWNTOWN'S BEARFOOTIN' "BEAR REVEAL DAY" IS THIS FRIDAY

WAITING TO BE REVEALED   

THIS FRIDAY   

Are you ready?

Are you ready for the bears?!covered bears photo

Bearfootin’ is an annual tradition in downtown Hendersonville that brings custom designed “Bears” to the streets of downtown from early May through late October. Mark your calendar for May 12 and come see the 2017 bears as they are revealed one-by-one at the First Citizen Bank Plaza. Music starts at 5:00 followed by the Reveal at 6:00.

HC EDUCTION FOUNDATION'S EDUCATION CELEBRATION AND HALL OF FAME INDUCTION IS THIS THURSDAY MAY 11TH

HC EDUCTION FOUNDATION'S EDUCATION CELEBRATION AND HALL OF FAME INDUCTION IS THIS THURSDAY MAY 11TH

MOVED THIS YEAR TO THE BOONE BUILDING WNC AG CENTER FLETCHER   

The Henderson County Education Foundation (HCEF) is pleased to
announce the 2017 Education Celebration and the selection of the recipients of its 2017 Education Hall
of Fame. This year, five inductees will be honored at the 15 th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony, presented by Pardee Hospital, to be held on May 11, 2017 at the Boone Building at the WNC Ag Center.

In addition, Henderson County’s Principal of the Year, Bobby Wilkins, and Teachers of the Year will be
honored at the event. A reception will begin at 5:30 with dinner and program to follow at 6:00.

Each year, individuals who have made significant contributions to local education are honored with the
Hall of Fame Award. Since 2003, 119 individuals have been honored with induction into HCEF Hall of
Fame. This year’s inductees include:

June Barnwell, Henderson County native, worked for 34 years as a Chemistry teacher and Math teacher
with the Henderson County Public Schools. Mrs. Barnwell’s service included a stint at Flat Rock High
School (1958 – 1962) and then she began at East Henderson High School where she taught until her
retirement in 1986. Mrs. Barnwell was a sponsor of many school activities and received several awards
during her career, including Henderson County Teacher of the Year in 1986.

Lynn Carter began her teaching career in Henderson County in 1979 after several years in the Wake &
Swain County School Systems. She taught English and Social Studies at Rugby Middle School (formerly
Rugby Junior High) from 1979 until her retirement in 2005. In 1990 Mrs. Carter received Teacher of the
Year at Rugby Middle and in 1995 she received her National Board Certification - Early
Adolescence/Language and was the first teacher in Henderson County to receive this very prestigious
honor.

Robert Joubert had an exemplary 35 year career with the Henderson County Public Schools. He started
in June 1970 as a Special Education teacher at Edneyville High school where he worked until the school
closed in 1992. Mr. Joubert worked briefly at North Henderson High School until he became Assistant
Principal at Flat Rock Middle in 1993 where he worked until his retirement in 2005. Mr. Joubert was
known for his leadership and his heart for all students.

Michael Pressley began his career in Henderson County Public Schools in 1973 as a Mathmatics teacher
at Rugby Junior High School. Mr. Pressley became Assistant Principal at Rugby from 1985 to 1988 before
becoming Principal at Fletcher Elementary School (1988 – 1991), Balfour Elementary School (1991 –
2002) and Clear Creek Elementary from 2002 until his retirement in 2009 after 35 years of service. Mr.
Pressley was recognized as a leader among his peers and received Henderson Couny Principal of the
Year two times in his tenure, 1992 and 1995.

Beverly Wood, a native of Western North Carolina, was a physical education teacher for 41 years, 19 of
those years in Henderson County Public Schools. She began at Edneyville Elementary in 1988 before
becoming the first physical educator for the new Glen C. Marlow Elementary School in 1999 until her
retirement in 2007. During her career she received number awards including 1995-1996 Edneyville
Elementary Teacher of the Year and 2002 recipient of the Kiwanis Club Lou Ann Morgan Leadership
Award.

Reservations and tickets can be purchased through the Foundation office at 414 4th Avenue West or
online at hcefnc.org/events/educationcelebration. For more information about the 2017 Education
Celebration, please contact Summer Stipe at 828.697.5551 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CITY PROPERTY TAXES LIKELY TO GO UP A PENNY JULY 1

CITY PROPERTY TAXES LIKELY TO GO UP A PENNY JULY 1

TAX INCREASE TO COVER THE COST OF ANIMAL CONTROL NO LONGER PROVIDED BY THE COUNTY AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT   

CITY COUNCIL LOOKING AT  BUILDING A NEW POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN FY 17-18     

All subject to a budget public hearing and final approval by city council, property taxes will likely increase by 1 cent for Hendersonville residents in the city’s upcoming fiscal year budget, while water and sewer rates for all customers in the county will see a 2-percent increase.

The Hendersonville City Council held a workshop Friday morning at City Hall to discuss the 2017-18 fiscal year budget.

The hiring of two animal control officers comes with a $90,000 non-recurring price tag, with $112,313 recurring costs. A penny increase on the tax rate provides $170,000 in revenue for the city.

Animal control was previously handled by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. However, the sheriff has pulled its animal control services out of Hendersonville and there are animal control issues with other municipalities in the county as well..

City Manager John Connet said patrol officers are currently detaining stray animals in their cars. The county now only steps in for extreme cases such dangerous or rabid animal as they are required by law.

Included in next year’s budget is financing for a new headquarters for the Hendersonville Police Department.

The new headquarters is estimated to cost $3 million to $4 million if the land is not currently owned by the city. Pahle said the city is exploring locations close to downtown and compatible with the existing neighborhood.

Brian Pahle, assistant to the county manager, said the city will also look at possible partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, the possibility of building a public parking deck and public space.

Moving the police into their own building would free up much-needed space at City Hall and the City Operations Center for other staff.

In addition to a police headquarters, a new Public Works maintenance building at Patton Park with public parking and restrooms is also financed in the budget.

CITY COUNCIL CLEARED THE WAY:  A NEW HHS AT FIVE POINTS WILL BE BUILT

CITY COUNCIL CLEARED THE WAY: A NEW HHS AT FIVE POINTS WILL BE BUILT

LEAVING AN UGLY TRAIL OF ULTIMATUMS, BAD FEELINGS, AND SPLIT VOTES   

Some two years after the whole process of developing a new campus for Hendersonville High School began and after deep divisions and disagreements evolved between city and county government, it now appears that it’s a “done deal”:....and the Clark Nexsen-designed new $53 million campus for Hendersonville High School will be built on the former Boyd property at Five Points.

As WHKP reported in “live” on-line internet coverage Thursday night, Hendersonville City Council tentatively approved zoning changes and the closure of a portion of Ninth Avenue West Thursday night in a 3 to 2 split vote to make room for the new campus. Then city council met again Friday afternoon to finalize the vote and reportedly to try and achieve the 4 to 1 or 5 to 0 super majority vote city ordinances reportedly require for zoning changes. City council did, in fact, vote to approve the closing and the zoning changes Friday reportedly in a 3 to 2 vote...and it’s not clear what happened with the required super majority.

City council said on Friday that they wanted a guarantee from the county that the 90-year old Stillwell building on the current Hendersonville High School campus would be saved. But in a noon meeting of the Henderson County Commissioners, commissioners voted 5 to 0 to turn down that request and give no guarantee the Stillwell building will be preserved or how it might be used going forward.

School board chairman Amy Lynn Holt was at the county commissioner’s meeting Friday and spoke in favor of an “up or down” vote on the proposed but controversial new Hendersonville High School campus with no conditions. She said the Stillwell building is owned by the school system and implied the school board would make the decisions about the future of that historic building...which, by the way, has been at the heart of the opposition to the proposed new campus from the beginning.

City Council members Ron Stephens and Jerry Smith voted Thursday night against the closing of Ninth Avenue and the zoning change; Mayor Barbara Volk and council members Jeff Miller and Steve Caraker voted in favor of them.

After a disagreement over school building priorities, the elected county school board, in a split 3 to 2 vote---and after being given an ultimatum by county commissioners---some months ago endorsed the proposed new campus...and a few weeks later county commissioners agreed to build a new $25 million Edneyville Elementary School.

A few weeks ago, Hendersonville’s Planning Board, in yet another split vote, turned down the county’s request for zoning changes and the Ninth Avenue closing for the new campus...which placed the whole issue squarely before
Hendersonville city council this week.

Even though the future of the proposed new Hendersonville High School campus is apparently resolved now, what is NOT resolved are the deep hard feelings between city and county government...and that will likely not be put to rest until some new elected officials and staff mend these tattered and bullet-riddled city-county fences at some point in the future.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman (Hendersonville High School Class of 1966)