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NO FIREWORKS ALLOWED THIS SUMMER IN NATIONAL FORESTS IN NC

NO FIREWORKS ALLOWED THIS SUMMER IN NATIONAL FORESTS IN NC

 As the summer season begins, the National Forests of North Carolina reminds visitors that all fireworks, exploding targets and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on all National Forest land, year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.
 
Forest Fire Management Officer Riva Duncan emphasizes that, "Fireworks can and will cause wildfires because they burn very hot. Even fireworks that seem innocent, like sparklers, can cause wildfires."
 
Regulations are strictly enforced to protect the public and natural resources.
 
 "National Forests are here for your use and enjoyment," said Forest Supervisor Allen Nicholas. "In order to ensure everyone's safety, please refrain from using any fireworks in the Forests."
 
The public is also urged to exercise caution with campfires. Never leave a campfire unattended. Make sure campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving the campsite. 

COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES TO GO UP ABOUT 10 PER CENT STARTING JULY 1

COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES TO GO UP ABOUT 10 PER CENT STARTING JULY 1

COMMISSIONERS SETTLED ON THE NEW 56.5 CENT TAX RATE MONDAY NIGHT

After long hours of discussion, debate and decision making---HendersonCounty commissioners Monday night, in a split 3 to 2 vote, settled on a five cent tax increase for county property owners and taxpayers in the new fiscal year starting July1.  The new tax rate of 56.5 cents per $100 valuation will fund a $130, 287,224 dollar budget in the new fiscal year.

More county services, three per cent pay raises for county employees totaling a million dollars, planning for a new law enforcement training center, and debt service on major buildings like a new HendersonvilleHigh School, new EMS headquarters, an Early College or "career" academy, and the new health science facility for Wingate University, Blue Ridge Community College, and Pardee Hospital appeared to be driving the need for the ten per cent increase in county property taxes which will generate about six and a half million dollars in additional revenue for the county.

Even though commissioners have turned down, for now, a request from the sheriff for an outdoor firing facility because of public opposition to it, some $1.2 million dollars a year was approved by commissioners to cover what staff estimates the cost would be for a new county law enforcement training center…and the county manager says he’s heard possible costs as high as $15 million.

Apparently, the $130 million budget and the tax increae of over a nickel will not be subject to a public hearing…one was held on the proposed budget back in May prior to any approval of a tax increase.

In addition, commissioners have gone on record supporting the quarter cent sales tax increase that will be on voter’s ballots in November.

One report says the commissioners are attributing the higher taxes and spending to the cost of growth in the county.

Property taxes in Hendersonville, Flat Rock and Laurel Park will remain where they are in the new fiscal year, while the county’s and the Town of Mills River’s will be going up.

 

 

IT'S NOW OFFICIAL:  THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH WILL BUY THE HENDERSONVILLE POST OFFICE PROPERTY THIS JULY 1

IT'S NOW OFFICIAL: THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH WILL BUY THE HENDERSONVILLE POST OFFICE PROPERTY THIS JULY 1

THE CHURCH WILL BE INVESTING $1.4 MILLION IN 141 SPACE PARKING LOT

It’s apparently a “done deal”…the Hendersonville Post Office WILL be re-located late in 2017 to the larger postal sorting facility near Sam’s Club at Highland Square and Highway 64 East.  And the current post office property WILL become a parking lot for the First Baptist Church.

First Baptist members apparently made it official in a business meeting that the church will buy the current post office property, the building and the 1.52 acre lot, and close the deal this July for just over one million dollars.  The postal service does not own the property…they lease it from private owners.

The $1,003,000 purchase will enable the church to apparently level the existing post office building and construct a 141 space parking lot on the property.  From the time of the purchase this July until the post office moves out in October of 2017, the postal service will be leasing the property from the church.

When all is said and done, the church will have invested $1.4 million in the project.

And this should put to rest speculation that the post office property might be purchased by the City of Hendersonville to build a parking deck, or perhaps for a new convention-type hotel.

What the postal service plans to do beyond October 1 2017 is not clear…if they will operate a post office out of that sorting facility near Sam’s Club or if they, as reported earlier, will eventually re-locate the Hendersonville post office to another nearby town.   

 

 

CASCADE MOUNTAIN RESORT WORK UNDERWAY; HIRING TO START SOON

CASCADE MOUNTAIN RESORT WORK UNDERWAY; HIRING TO START SOON

AT THE INTERSECTION OF SUGARLOAF ROAD, 64 EAST, AND I-26...WHAT WAS ONCE A HOLIDAY INN...THEN A QUALITY INN...AND UP UNTIL LATELY HAS BEEN A DELAPIDATED RUN DOWN JUNK PILE...IS BECOMNG THE CASCADES MOUNTAIN RESORT

This WLOS TV photo tells the story...a lot has been accomplished so far and a lotr more is still to come.  The grand opening of the new resort has been pushed back.  The owners of Cascades Mountain Resort have told reporters that they are now slated to open on August 15.

The old Quality Inn off Interstate 26 has been under renovations since April and was expected to open this month. But the owners say they're waiting on the water slide...which will be a main attraction at the resort.

The owners also say they expect to hire more workers.

"We're going to be doing a lot of hiring coming up, as well," co-owner Daniel Day said. "In July, about mid-July, we'll be looking to hire somewhere between 80 to 100 people to be a part of the new project."

Day says they're going to keep everyone updated on the project through their Facebook page, which will include job postings for positions at the resort.  

(WLOS photo)

 

 

 

A NEW INGLES ANOTHER STEP CLOSER ON SPARTANBURG HIGHWAY

A NEW INGLES ANOTHER STEP CLOSER ON SPARTANBURG HIGHWAY

MORE NEW, LARGER, MODERN CHOICES FOR GROCERY SHOPPERS

Most new Ingles Supermarkets being built in the area now are being constructed like the "model" of the large Ingles store on Highway 280 in Mills River...and it's believed the new one to be built on the Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville will be of that new, larger design.   Construction on that new Ingles came another step closer this week as the former Pizza Hut on Spartanburg Highway was demolished.

The former Pizza Hut property was purchased a while back by Ingles and will become part of the site for that new Ingles store.  The older Ingles store closed for good a few Saturdays ago and site work is expected to start soon in preparation for that large new supermarket.  Ingles recently opened a news supermarket in Enka on Hominy Creek that's similar to the Mills River store, and it's rumored that one will be constructed where an older Ingles was recently demonlished on Brevard Road across from Asheville Outlets.

The south end of Hendersonville will have a lot to offer grocery shoppers with construction of that new Ingles.

Publix is expected to start work soon on their store to be built where Atha Plaza has been fpr several generations on the Greenville Highway.  That new Publix is expected to open in the spring of next year.

And there is already a modern, large Harris-Teeter supermarket in the same area, on the north side th Spartanburg Highway.

 

OLDE ETOWAH SMOKEHOUSE BBQ TO RE-OPEN SUNDAY

OLDE ETOWAH SMOKEHOUSE BBQ TO RE-OPEN SUNDAY

 
This Sunday marks the return of a landmark in Etowah.
The Olde Etowah Smokehouse BBQ Restaurant will re-open this Sunday in the "bbq shack" location.
The menu will feature what's called "a whole hog pig pickin buffet".
With Sunday's re-opening, the Olde Etowah Smokehouse will be opened and operated by Etowah Golf and Lodge.
Also on the menua will be traditional smoked meats and all the southern sides that are favorites of southern bbq lovers.

LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS TOP SCHOLARS HONORED

LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS TOP SCHOLARS HONORED

Sixty-three of Henderson County Public Schools’ highest-achieving graduating seniors were honored May 31 during the 2015-16 Top Scholars Banquet at Blue Ridge Community College. Held annually for 12 years, the Top Scholars ceremony recognizes the academic and athletic successes and strong leadership of seniors at the top of their classes.
 
This year, three students from Early College High School, the top 15 students from Hendersonville High, West Henderson High, North Henderson High, and East Henderson High were recognized by parents, principals, senior counselors, School Board members, HCPS Administration and keynote speaker Ruth Birge (Retired Director of United Way of Henderson County) during the banquet.
 
As a group, this year’s cohort of Top Scholars received a total of $1,939,863 in college scholarships, had an average 4.78 GPA and 28.3 ACT score. Their average SAT score – 1821 – is 331 points higher than the national average SAT score. Thirty-six of the 63 Top Scholars are originally from North Carolina, and 42 are attending colleges and universities in the state.
 
Early College High 
Waverly Godwin
Ashley Mel
Ronald Monroe 
 
East Henderson High 
Wesley Culbertson
Hunter Garrison Elms
Sarah Fletcher
Mason Hardin
Tallie Inman
Brett Levi
Hannah McCullough
Sydney Morgan
Devon Mumaugh
Parth Patel
Sarah Paul
Elizabeth Reagles
Natalee Sheppard
Kenneth Tadlock
Dakota Tittle 
 
Hendersonville High
Hannah Grace Gruebmeyer
Madeleine Hatch
Tameron Hill
andrea Kolarova
Colin Mesa
Ashlee Mew
Rutledge Riddle
Karen Sanchez
Victoria Schandevel
Michael Schmidt
Emma Shock
Otherwise Madeleine
Kathryn Speese
Anna Townsend
Dawson Walker 
 
North Henderson High 
Emily Bowling
Kelly Connelly
Alyssa Corn
Lillie Davis
Josef Dewberry
Spencer Dudas
Megan Edwards
Matthew Fowler
Monica Garren
Sally Gross
Amanda Hilliard
Hunter Holbert
Silvia Ramirez Ardila
Lareshia Robinson
Pete Willingham 
 
West Henderson High
Hannah Astin
Dara Case
Samantha Creech
Isabelle Denman
Leah Dorn
Courtney Kanetzke
Alexis Morse
Rebecca Olson
Tatianna Olson
David Olvera
Rachel Raasch
Arijit Sen
Caroline Ward
MaryKent Wolff
Ellis Young 

HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET AND APPROVE THE 2016-17 CITY BUDGET THURSDAY NIGHT

HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET AND APPROVE THE 2016-17 CITY BUDGET THURSDAY NIGHT

Hendersonville City Council will hold the required public hearing…and adopt the city’s budget, capital improvement plan, and fee schedule for the new fiscal year starting July 1…at Council’s June meeting which will be this Thursday night  at 5:45 in Council’s Chambers in City Hall.

City Council will also likely waive the water system development fee charged for the new HealthSciencesCenter now under construction on Pardee Hospital’s campus on Sixth Avenue West.

Also on the agenda for City Council Thursday night will be a request from Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake for a new radio system for the police department.

Interfaith Assistance Ministry is building a new facility near the Blue Ridge Mall and wants to re-zone their present location at 210 Ehringhause Street from medium density to high density residential.  Council will consider that request Thursday night.

And City Council will also be hearing a presentation by Tom Orr of the Walk of Fame Steering Committee.

City Council will meet and accept public comment at 5:45 Thursday night.

SHERIFF'S DEPARMENT SPONSORING PISTOL BOX GIVE-AWAY DURING JUNE

SHERIFF'S DEPARMENT SPONSORING PISTOL BOX GIVE-AWAY DURING JUNE

In recognition of National Safety Month, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office would like to educate and remind gun owners of the responsibility that comes with gun ownership.

“Owning a firearm is a big responsibility,” said Sheriff Charles McDonald.  “Many people, and rightly so, choose to take advantage of their 2nd amendment right to protect themselves, their families and their property by owning a gun.  But every precaution should be taken to ensure their firearm doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.”

 

Beginning June 1st and throughout the month of June, the public can stop by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office lobby to pick up gun safety educational materials, a free gun lock provided by Project ChildSafe, and the chance to win an American Security Pistol Box donated by American Eagle Locksmith.

 

In addition to proper gun storage, Sheriff McDonald encourages parents to talk with their children about gun safety.  “Children should be taught what to do if they come in contact with a gun, whether there are guns kept in the house or not,” said Sheriff McDonald.  Federal statistics estimate that approximately 40% of all U.S. households contain guns.  Children can come in contact with a gun at a neighbor’s house or under other circumstances that parents aren’t able to control.  “The responsibility to secure the firearm lies on the gun owner, but ultimately, we all need to take responsibility to educate children on what they should do if they encounter a gun.”

 

Parents should talk to their children about gun safety on a regular basis.  Resources to assist parents can be found at https://eddieeagle.nra.org/ and http://www.projectchildsafe.org/.  The NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe program teaches kids four rules when it comes to guns: Stop. Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell a Grown-up.

Citizens can come to the front desk in the Sheriff’s Office lobby to receive their free Project ChildSafe cable-style gun lock while supplies last.  The Sheriff’s Office is located at 100 North Grove Street in Hendersonville and is open to the public Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.  American Eagle Locksmith, located in Fletcher, NC, donated an American Security (Model PB3) pistol box with the intention of raising awareness with regards to gun safety.  There is no fee to enter the drawing and entries will be accepted during the month of June.  Contestants must be eighteen years or older to enter. 

MOUNTAIN JEWISH FESTIVAL SET FOR HENDERSONVILLE AUGUST 21

MOUNTAIN JEWISH FESTIVAL SET FOR HENDERSONVILLE AUGUST 21

Agudas Israel Congregation is presenting its second MOUNTAIN JEWISH FESTIVAL on Sunday, August 21 from 11am to 4pm at the synagogue (505 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville).

This year’s festival will include MORE FOOD, MORE TRANSPORTATION AND MORE PARKING for your convenience.  Increased parking will be available in the area, with frequent shuttle buses to the Festival.  Handicapped parking will be in the synagogue parking lot.

This Festival will feature tidbits of Jewish food and traditions. Homemade traditional Jewish food will be served and sold including: Chicken Soup with Matzah Balls, Chopped Liver, Kugels (noodle pudding), Potato Latkes (pancakes), and Homemade Baked Goods: Mandelbread, Rugalach, Hamentashen, and braided Challahs. In addition, Pastrami, Corned Beef, Knishes, Bagels with Lox Cream Cheese, Babka (sweet yeast cake), and more, will be available for lunch and for large size purchases.

Don’t miss the opportunity to come, see and learn how we celebrate our Jewish holidays and how we observe Shabbat. Meet and greet our Rabbi Rachael Jackson as she conducts

Life Cycle events in the sanctuary. Satisfy your curiosity about the Jewish customs of a Jewish Wedding (11:30am & 2:30pm), Bar and Bat Mitzvah (12:30pm & 3:30pm), and Baby Naming/Circumcision (1:30pm). Live Music under the tent…featuring song leader, Penny White.

     FREE ADMISSION; Food tickets will be sold at the door. In addition, our Judaica Boutique will be open and stocked with beautiful new items.

Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. For questions or more information, call the synagogue office at 828.693.9838, or visit our website: www.agudasisraelsynagogue.org