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MILLS RIVER UPDATES ITS SIGN ORDINANCE AND TAKES STEPS TO COLLECT LONG-OVERDUE DELINQUENT TAXES

MILLS RIVER UPDATES ITS SIGN ORDINANCE AND TAKES STEPS TO COLLECT LONG-OVERDUE DELINQUENT TAXES

AT THURSDAY NIGHT'S TOWN COUNCIL MEETING   

Owed some $30 thousand in long-overdue delinquent taxes, Mills River Town Council voted Thursday night to begin foreclosure proceedings on properties with taxes unpaid for at least five years.

Town Tax Collector Aurelie Taylor and the Kania Law Firm, who represents the town and the county on delinquent tax matters, pointed out that every effort is made to work with taxpayers without putting a hardship on anyone, but allowing taxes to remain unpaid for long periods is unfair to other taxpayers who are diligent in paying their taxes on time. Mills River has a property tax collection rate consistently in the 98 to 99 per cent range, but it was pointed out that some delinquent taxes had been owed for too long.

Town council agreed, and authorized foreclosure proceedings in those extreme cases where taxes have been due for periods longer than five years and no effort has been made to pay them.

Town council also Thursday night approved some changes in the town’s sign ordinance that will allow changeable copy signs, or LED signs, to change copy every 8 seconds...which is in keeping with DOT standards for such signs. The town’s old ordinance allowed changes only once every 24 hours and had been an issue for a number of years.

Council had requested the town’s planning board to review it all and suggest appropriate changes, and the recommended changes were approved by town council Thursday night as presented by the town’s zoning and planning officer, Jesse James.

Town council also got an update on incentives for new industries in the town. And the update showed that such incentives are resulting in significant revenue for the town’s tax base.

 

 

EDUCATION FOUNDATION FALL GOLF CLASSIC PLANNED FOR OCTOBER 9TH

EDUCATION FOUNDATION FALL GOLF CLASSIC PLANNED FOR OCTOBER 9TH

SET FOR OCTOBER 9TH AT CHAMPION HILLS   

The 11th Annual HCEF Fall Golf Classic benefitting the Henderson County Education Foundation will be held on Monday, October 9th at Champion Hills. Registration begins at 11:30 with a shotgun start at 12:30 to follow. The field is limited to 100 players and last year the event was fully subscribed. The event is a favorite among golfers and every golfer will receive a complimentary box lunch as well as participation prizes. In addition, free beer and sodas will be available on the course and a snack cart with Hot Dog World’s finest will also be roving the course during play. Gold sponsorships are available for $1,000 and include a team of four golfers, lunch, beverages and dinner. Individual player signups are also

There will be a dinner prepared by the Champion Hills culinary staff and a silent auction after the tournament and non-golfers are welcome to attend. Dinner tickets are $40 per person and include complimentary beverages. The Golf Classic is the Foundation’s largest fundraising, supporting scholarship administration, implementation of the Education Hall of Fame, education fund management and the expansion of The Leader in Me model in two new elementary schools, Upward and Mills River Elementary Schools.

For more information about playing or sponsoring the tournament or attending the dinner and silent auction, visit: http://hcefnc.org/events/hcef-golf-classic/ or call the Foundation office at 828.697.5551.

The mission of the Henderson County Education Foundation is to develop resources to support educational excellence in the Henderson County Public Schools.

NEW THINGS ADDED THIS YEAR AT WNC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR

NEW THINGS ADDED THIS YEAR AT WNC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR

SEPTEMBER 7 THROUGH 17  WNC AG CENTER FLETCHER    

Roaming dinosaurs, high-diving firemen, acrobatic comedy shows...there's all kinds of entertainment this year at the N.C. Mountain State Fair!
The fair, set for September 7-17 at the WNC Agricultural Center, will include returning crowd favorites Sea Lion Splash, Kenya Safari Acrobats, the Hogway Speedway racing pigs and Dixie Starlight Express.
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In addition, this year they're adding a High Dive Fireman Show, an acrobatic comedy, features performers doing Olympic-style dives from platforms up to 80 feet tall.
Another new act, Dakota and Friends, is an interactive and educational experience featuring six types of dinosaurs.
The main attraction is Dakota, a lifelike roaming Deinonychus.

Fairgoers can see the dinosaur move and have a photograph taken with the creature.
Children of all ages also will be able to touch dinosaurs and learn more about the work of paleontologists.

Other new attractions are The Great Atlanta Puppet Show, a specialty puppet show filled with music, action and unique puppets; The One Man Band and Son, a father-and-son duo that covers songs from the 1960s to now; Jay Mattioli Family Magic, a comedic magic show; and bluegrass instrumentalists Little Roy and Lizzie.

The N.C. Mountain State Fair will feature more than 40 rides and games on the midway. James H. Drew Exposition is bringing three new rides to the fair this year: Cherokee, a swing ride for small children; Dalmatians, a spinning ride for older children; and Surfer, an exhilarating ride for teenagers and adults.

Advance tickets for the fair are available now at participating Ingles stores, the WNC Ag Center and the WNC Farmers Market. More details are available at www.mountainfair.org.

HENDERSONVILLE'S "WALK OF FAME" NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 8

HENDERSONVILLE'S "WALK OF FAME" NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 8

HONORING THOSE WHO HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO HENDERSON COUNTY   

A Reminder -- Call for Nominations - Walk of Fame for Hendersonville and Henderson County

Nominations for the Class of 2018 are due no later than September 8, 2017.

Please complete a separate nomination form for each person you are nominating.

SELECTION CRITERIA: The purpose of the project is to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to Henderson County in any field of endeavor, e.g., agriculture, business, cultural arts, education, government, human services, industry, medicine, religion, etc. “Significant contribution” is defined as having a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life of the citizens of Henderson County.

NOMINATIONS: Nomination forms are available on the City of Hendersonville’s website: http://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/walk-of-fame-committee, the office of Henderson County Travel & Tourism, phone: 828/693-9708, Terry Wilson at Henderson County offices, phone: 828/697-4808, or Tammie Drake at City Hall, phone: 828/697-3005. Nomination forms are due by September 8.

For more information about The Walk of Fame project, nominations, and upcoming events you may visit the City website at www.hvlnc.gov or contact Tom Orr, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Walk of Fame Steering Committee, a joint endeavor for the City of Hendersonville and Henderson County, was established in December 2015 to recognize individuals who have made a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life of the citizens of Henderson County.

PACKED CROWD AT BRCC GOT ANSWERS AT MARK MEADOWS "TOWN HALL" MEETING MONDAY NIGHT

PACKED CROWD AT BRCC GOT ANSWERS AT MARK MEADOWS "TOWN HALL" MEETING MONDAY NIGHT

OVER 400 ATTENDED IN THE BO THOMAS AUDITORIUM AT BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE   

Standing by his promise to hold a town hall meeting every year, Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows answered questions Monday night from a packed crowd at the Bo Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.

Because of his leadership with the conservative Freedom Caucus and playing a key role in the on-going health care debate, Meadows has widespread support in Henderson County and throughout the region...and in spite of expected protestors, many from outside the county and outside the district, the town hall meeting was an open, straight-forward, non-eventful 90-minute “question and answer” session, complete with boos and cheers from both sides, that covered everything from health care to the economy to veterans to immigration.

With health care as the dominant issue, some in the 400-plus crowd that filled the Thomas Auditorium favored a single payer “Medicare for all” Bernie Sanders type of Obamacare repeal and replacement. And Congressman Meadows stood by his pledge not to support anything that would not lower premiums and provide coverage for pre-existing conditions.

As expected, security for the town hall meeting was tight...with plenty of plain clothes and uniformed law enforcement officers on hand. Sheriff Charlie McDonald made the point early on to the crowd that “...safety is the main concern”...and guidelines were established for signs and security checks.

NBC News sent a crew to cover the meeting, but they did not find the sort of uncontrolled, unruly and rude mis-behavior that has disrupted other town hall meetings across the country...so Monday night’s “back and forth” was not likely to get much coverage from the national “mainstream” media.

Expressing his appreciation to the crowd for being respectful, Meadows told the group....”This kind of discourse and even disagreement lets “third world” countries know that America is different.”

By Larry Freeman   

 

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE DESIGN FOR NEW EDNEYVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; HONOR ROCKY HYDER

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVE DESIGN FOR NEW EDNEYVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; HONOR ROCKY HYDER

COMMISSIONERS PASSED A RESOLUTION MONDAY NIGHT HONORING ROCKY HYDER WHO IS RETIRING AUGUST 31ST AS THE COUNTY'S LONG-TIME EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES CO-ORDINATOR.  It was announced that Hyder is being honored with the "Order of the Long Leaf Pine", signed by Governor Roy Cooper.  The order is one of the highest honors a civilian can receive in North Carolina.   

A discussion concerning the planned new $25 million Edneyville Elementary School was a main item on the agenda for county commissioners at their meeting Monday night.  And commissioners approved a new and modern design for the new school.  Commissioners instructed staff to move forward with construction of the new school, which is scheduled to be open and in operation by August of 2019.  The new school will go to bid in February of 2018.

Sewer for the current, aging Edneyville Elementary School has become an issue...and some four options for sewer facilities for the new school were also to be discussed Monday evening.  

Commissioners had hoped to have artificial turf installed on the athletic fields at East, West, and North Henderson High Schools by August 1 and in time for the start of he high school football season...and commissioners were scheduled to get n update Monday night.

From the commissioner's published agenda:

DISCUSSION

A. Edneyville Elementary School
Presentation of the Edneyville Elementary School design
B. Sewer Options for Edneyville Elementary
Discussion of sewer options to serve the new Edneyville Elementary School
C. Memorandum of Understanding and Conservation Easement
Requests the Board accept the Memorandum of Understanding and Conservation Agreement with Conserving Carolina
D. Update for High School Artificial Turf Project
Routine update on project status

By Larry Freeman

 

 

PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND'S NC APPLE FESTIVAL

PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND'S NC APPLE FESTIVAL

THE 71ST NORTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL   

Hendersonville, NC

September 1 – 4, 2017
Downtown & Surrounding Area

Hendersonville is the official home of the North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day celebration to recognize the importance of the apple industry to Henderson County and North Carolina. The Apple Festival is always held during the Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday). Festival-goers can choose from a variety of events which feature a street fair on Historic Main Street and surrounding event venues with continuous free entertainment, arts & crafts, local apple growers selling apple products, children’s & youth activities, special shows, exhibits, open houses, fun, festival food, and, to top it all off, the King Apple Parade. Capture the spirit of a hometown celebration that is family friendly, with many individual events and entertainers throughout the festival.

The Apple Festival’s Street Fair covers 8 blocks of Main Street with more than 200 vendors. Main Street is closed to traffic from 6th Avenue to Caswell Street Apple growers will be selling apples and delicious goodies throughout the festival. The Kiddie Carnival features rides and Inflatables at two locations - Wells Fargo Bank and the Visitor Center. The highlight of Labor Day is King Apple Parade filled with floats, bands, clowns, antique cars, fire engines and more traveling down Main Street from 5 Points to Caswell Street.

Some of the other festivities happening during the Apple Festival include apple breakfasts, Gem & Mineral Spectacular, children’s activities, and the Western North Carolina Air Museum Open House.

Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area.

North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina, producing 85 percent of all the apples grown in the state. The County grows more than 40 varieties of apples including; Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Stayman, Fuji and Galas. Fresh apples, cider, pumpkins, produce and many other items may be purchased at one of the many roadside apple markets located throughout Henderson County. Some orchards have fun fall activities, baked goods, cider, and also allow you to pick your own apples.

For tickets, applications and further information write the NC Apple Festival Office, P.O. Box 886, Hendersonville, NC 28793 or call (828) 697-4557. For times and locations of the events, check the North Carolina Apple Festival brochure or visit the web site at www.ncapplefestival.org.

For lodging or area information call the Visitor Center at 800-828-4244 or visit the web site at www.visithendersonvillenc.org.

HISTORIC BERKLEY PARK CELEBRATION SET FOR SEPTEMBER 16TH

HISTORIC BERKLEY PARK CELEBRATION SET FOR SEPTEMBER 16TH

SEPTEMBER 16 PARTY AT THE PARK   

The Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission will host a “Party at the Park” – Historic Berkeley Park Celebration. The event will be held on Saturday, September 16th.

Storytelling as available will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the picnic shelter. At 12:00 p.m. the plaque will be unveiled at the field followed by softball/baseball games on the field. There will be food, drinks and pick-up ballgames.


If you have stories to share about the mill or Berkeley Field, or are interested in participating, we want to hear from you! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828-697-3010 for more information.


(Rain date Saturday, September 23rd)

BLUE RIDGE HONOR FLIGHT PLANNED FOR SEPTEMBER 30TH

BLUE RIDGE HONOR FLIGHT PLANNED FOR SEPTEMBER 30TH

TO THE WAR MEMORIALS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.   

Blue Ridge Honor Flight’s next flight will take place Saturday, September 30. The flight will be taking World War II, Korean War veterans, and any Vietnam veteran with a life-limiting illness to visit their memorials in Washington D.C.

Honor Flight is once again partnering with the Asheville Regional Airport to make these trips a reality. Airport Marking Director Tina Kinsey said, “It’s always an honor for us to help make the whole experience memorable and comfortable for our veterans.”

Spaces are available for this flight and veterans and guardians are encouraged to fill out the applications available on www.blueridgehonorflight.com.

For more information about how to get involved in Blue Ridge Honor Flight, make a donation, or learn more about the organization please visit the Blue Ridge Honor Flight website or Facebook page.

CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO RE-ACTIVATE WATER AND SEWER ADVISORY COUNCIL

CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO RE-ACTIVATE WATER AND SEWER ADVISORY COUNCIL

IN RESPONSE TO THE COUNTY'S TAKE-OVER ATTEMPT OF THE CITY'S WATER DEPARTMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR   

Hendersonville City Council voted Thursday night to re-activate the Henderson Couty Water and Sewer Advisory Council.  That advisory council has not been active for the past 13 years, but the city is hoping the council will give city water and sewer cutomers who live outside the city more input into the operation of Hendersonville's water and sewer system.  That re-formed advisory council will be made up of one city council member, one county commissioners, one governing board members from Mills River, Flat Rock, Laurel Park, and Fletcher, a representative from industry, and one utility customer from both the city and the county.

The re-activation of th advisory board comes in response to the county's attempt earlier this year, led by county commissioner and former water department employee Bill Lapsley, to take control of the water system that the city has owned and operated for about one hundred years away from the city.  Lapsley's argument, in a lengthy presentation earlier this year, was that 75 per cent of the city system's customers live outside the city and have little or no voice in the operation of the utility.

As presented Thursday night, the re-activated Water and Sewer Advisory Council will be "advisory" only.  As City Council member Steve Caraker pointed out, "They get a say.  They don't have any power or control."  And City Council member Jeff Miller added, "Let's invite them to give this a chance and let's see where it goes.  Let's get this thing back on course."

It was clear that rate-setting authority for water and sewer customers inside and outide the city would stay with the City of Hendersonville.

City Council also Thursday night.approved an expansion of Carolina Village which includes 54 housing units in the new Clear Creek Cottages and a four-story 36-unit apartment building to be known as Lakeside Apartments.

City Council also approved a special use permit that will allow a new 98-room hotel to be built on Sugarloaf Road in between A Day In The Country and Ramada Inn.