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TWO REMOVED FROM LOCAL YOUTH SPORTS; BANNED FROM JACKSON PARK

TWO REMOVED FROM LOCAL YOUTH SPORTS; BANNED FROM JACKSON PARK

SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL PROGRAMS ARE SEPARATE FROM THE COUNTY...THEY LEASE THE FIELDS   

Two men involved in Henderson County youth sports programs have been removed from their positions and banned from Henderson County parks for a year following their arrests.
According to an arrest warrant, Randy Patterson, the former president for Henderson County Youth Baseball, punched a man in the face four times, breaking his glasses and then bit him on the back on June 8.
He's charged with assault and battery and injury to personal property.

According to another arrest warrant, Steven Riddle, a former coach with Henderson County Youth Softball, threatened a board member in a text message
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Tim Hopkin is the director for Henderson County Parks and Rec.
He said the softball and baseball programs are separate entities from the county and govern themselves. They lease the fields from the county.

Hopkins told News 13, "We have a zero-tolerance policy, and we're very happy that we have the sheriff's department and deputies at work in our facilities and they're able to swiftly and efficiently and appropriately handle the situations when they do arise on our park systems," he said.

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES MILLS RIVER ARMED ROBBERY ARRESTS

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES MILLS RIVER ARMED ROBBERY ARRESTS

ARMED ROBBERY ARRESTS   
June 14, 2017

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has made arrests following an armed robbery that occurred in the Mills River area on May 11, 2017.

Michael Caldwell Angram, age 29 of 93 Harris St. in Hendersonville, was arrested on June 2, 2017, and charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Michael Angram is being held in the Henderson County Jail under an $80,000.00 secured bond.

Samuel Nathaniel Angram III, age 26 of 31 Talley Dr. in Fletcher, was arrested on June 5, 2017, and charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Samuel Angram III was held in the Henderson County Jail and released under a $5,000.00 secured bond.

Christina Leigh Robinson, age 24 of 10 Adair Court in Arden, was arrested on June 5, 2017, and charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Christina Robinson was held in the Henderson County Jail and released under a $5,000.00 secured bond.

LOCAL PRO GOLFER TOMMY TOLLES QUALIFIES FOR THE U.S. SENIOR OPEN

LOCAL PRO GOLFER TOMMY TOLLES QUALIFIES FOR THE U.S. SENIOR OPEN

SPORTS   

Henderson County,and former PGA golfer Tommy Tolles has qualified for the U.S. Senior Open tournament in Peabody Mass June 29-July 2nd.

Tolles became a qualifier at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro Monday shooting a 6 under par 65.

Tolles and his team that consisted of Richard Rhodes an d K-Dog were recent winners of the first annual Mickey Marvin Scholarship Tournament last October played at the Hendersonville Country Club.

NEW MOUNTAIN MUSIC DOCUMENTARY PREMIERS THIS MONTH

NEW MOUNTAIN MUSIC DOCUMENTARY PREMIERS THIS MONTH

A GREAT AMERICAN TAPESTRY, THE MANY STRANDS OF MOUNTAIN MUSIC   

The Center for Cultural Preservation is pleased to announce the world premiere of David Weintraub’s new film on the history of Appalachian Music titled, A Great American Tapestry, The Many Strands of Mountain Music screening at three venues in WNC in June. The documentary tells the story of the southern mountain’s musical birth and evolution through the strands of the Scots-Irish legacy, oft-overlooked African-American tradition and through the longest lived music in the Americas, the indigenous tradition.

According to Director/Producer David Weintraub, “Mountain music is often discussed as a Scots-Irish tradition that came over here by the Ulster-Scots and that’s true. It is a fascinating story. But what often gets overlooked is that the West African banjo was played in this country by blacks for nearly 100 years before it was ever picked up by white musicians. African-Americans also played a key role in developing the syncopated and rhythmic fiddle styles that symbolic of old time and bluegrass music. The blended cultural result is exactly what makes mountain music as beautiful and captivating as it is.”

The film features the leading luminaries of the ballad tradition including balladeer extraordinaires Sheila Kay Adams, Joe Penland and Bobby McMillon as well as Grammy Award winning founders of the world renowned black string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops including Rhiannon Giddens, members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, David Holt, and musicologists and historians who tell the story of the great melting pot that became Appalachian music.

According to Phil Jamison, professor of Appalachian Music at Warren Wilson College and a participant in the film, “The reality of the southern backcountry was a diverse mix of Europeans, African-American and indigenous native peoples. Not racially, culturally or economically homogeneous, it was home to wealthy landowners, poor tenant farmers, sharecroppers, merchants, subsistence farms and enslaved African-Americans.” All of them shaped the music and made it special.

In addition to a film screening, several musicians participating in the film will perform at the start of each program. A brief discussion with the filmmaker and participants follows the screenings. Hendersonville’s world premiere will feature performances by Sheila Kay Adams, local old time band Rhiannon and the Relics and rising star Amythyst Kiah.

The world premiere of A Great American Tapestry will be held at the following locations/date/times:
Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 22nd
Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 29th
White Horse, Black Mountain at 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 30th
Tickets are $10 and $15.

Tickets are expected to sell out quickly so it is highly recommended that they be ordered soon on the Center for Cultural Preservation’s website at saveculture.org. For more information about the program and for group sales call the Center at (828) 692-8062.
For more information about future film screenings, online purchases of the DVD and more information about the film, contact the Center for Cultural Preservation at (828) 692-8062 or www.saveculture.org.

129 NEW MULTI-FAMILY UNITS PROPOSED FOR 1515 BREVARD ROAD

129 NEW MULTI-FAMILY UNITS PROPOSED FOR 1515 BREVARD ROAD

ON 7.89 ACRES  

REZONING REQUESTED   

A Neighborhood Compatibility Meeting will be held June 22, 2017 at 2:00PM in the City Operations Center located at 305 Williams.

PROPOSED: The City of Hendersonville has received an application from Rachel Rudiger of JEA Senior Living for the development of 129 multi-family residential units on approximately 7.89 acres.

The project is located on parcel #9568-09-5949 at 1515 Brevard Road. As part of the application, the applicant proposes to rezone the parcel to PRD, Planned Residential Development.

DEATH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES: LOCAL WOMAN FOUND DEAD AFTER BEING REPORTED MISSING

DEATH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES: LOCAL WOMAN FOUND DEAD AFTER BEING REPORTED MISSING

CAUSE OF DEATH NOT KNOWN  

BODY SENT FOR AUTOPSY   INVESTIGATION CONTINUES   

On June 12, 2017, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a missing person. Following a search of the area,

Judy Reeves was found deceased in the basement area of the residence located at 145 Stepp Mill Road.

The body of the deceased has been sent to the medical examiner’s office for a determination on cause of death. The investigation is ongoing with no further information available at this time.

LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS NAME NEW PRINCIPALS

LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS NAME NEW PRINCIPALS

Melanie Adams has been named Flat Rock Middle’s new Principal, succeeding former principal Jeff Roper who retired in January, and Bill Reedy, who served as Interim Principal for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year. Peggy Marshall has been selected for the Principal position at Apple Valley Middle left vacant by Adams’ move to Flat Rock Middle. The new Principal placements are effective July 1.

After teaching for nine years in Davie County, Adams began her Henderson County Public Schools teaching career in 2005 at Flat Rock Middle, where she continued teaching Exceptional Children and physical education. In 2009, she was named Assistant Principal at Flat Rock Middle, where she remained through 2013, when Adams became Assistant Principal at East Henderson High. In 2014, Adams was named Principal at Apple Valley Middle, where she’s served for the past three years.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge, and going back to the school where I started in Henderson County,” Adams said.

Marshall began teaching second grade at Dana Elementary in 1992, after a short time teaching in Polk County. Marshall spent 16 years at Dana Elementary as a second grade, first grade, and kindergarten teacher, as well as instructional coach. Marshall then served as Lead Teacher at Hillandale Elementary for three years, before being named Assistant Principal at Rugby Middle in 2011. She has served as Sugarloaf Elementary’s principal since 2013, was named the district’s 2015-16 Principal of the Year, and subsequently the Regional Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.

“I am excited to continue serving my students and my community,” Marshall said. “Together as a staff at Apple Valley, we will support the leadership and literacy lessons instilled in the elementary schools, and continue growing the school to reach its greatest potential.”

Marshall holds a Masters in Educational Administration from Scranton University and an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, and is National Board Certified.

Adams holds a Masters in School Administration from Western Carolina University, undergraduate degrees in Special Education and Physical Education from Winston Salem State, and Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University, and is National Board Certified.

Henderson County Public Schools will immediately begin taking applications and interviewing for the open Principal position at Sugarloaf Elementary.

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GF LINAMAR PLANS OPENING CEREMONY THIS OCTOBER AT NEW HENDERSON COUNTY FACILITY

GF LINAMAR PLANS OPENING CEREMONY THIS OCTOBER AT NEW HENDERSON COUNTY FACILITY

INVITATIONS ARE GOING OUT FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OCTOBER 5TH AT 11:30AM AT 490 FERNCLIFF PARK DRIVE  IN MILLS RIVER   

MAJOR CONTRACTS ARE ALREADY IN PLACE FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF LIGHT METAL AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS   

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNI8TY COLLEGE THIS SPRING BEGAN "SAMTEC" TO TRAIN WORKERS FOR THE NEW FACILITY THAT WILL ULTIMATELY CREATE OVER 340 MANUFACTURING JOBS   

At the end of May (see the photo), the Blue Ridge Community College opened its new education center. GF Linamar supported the development of the educational area which was specially designed to meet the training needs of the new light metal plant....which is located in between Sierra Nevada's state-of-the art Mills River craft brewery and the expanding Asheville Regional Airport and is the latest addition to Ferncliff Industrial Park in Mills River

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Southeastern Advanced Molding Technology Education Center (SAMTEC) took place on 24 May of this year at the new facility on the BRCC main campus. The education center of the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) is specially designed to meet the training needs of the new light metal plant of GF Linamar which is currently being built and soon to be complete and in operation in Mills River.

For die cast trainings, GF Linamar, its equipment suppliers and the governments, and in co-operation with the Golden Leaf  Foundation, Partnership For Economic Development, and others, donated the support and the majority of the necessary equipment and funds for training. Before the opening, two BRCC instructors have received training on equipment set-up, maintenance, and operation at the current sites of GF Automotive in Austria and Switzerland.

SAMTEC provides quality workforce training, such as for the production of plastic molding processes. Courses will be offered to GF Linamar employees, as well as to companies locally and across the nation. Long term plans include the development of a full associate degree program in Molding Technology.

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE ANNOUNCES "TRASH TROUT"

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE ANNOUNCES "TRASH TROUT"

ON MUD CREEK   

Aquatic trash has become a pervasive problem in freshwater environments, presenting a challenge to
water quality and habitat protection, in addition to causing aesthetic blight, ecological effects, economic
impacts, and possible public health risks.

Mud Creek has been listed as impaired on North Carolinas 303(d) list since 2006 and is the largest
conveyor of water borne trash to the French Broad River in Henderson County. After a heavy rain, the
creek can explode in volume as it sheds over 200 square miles of urban and rural areas. To address the
trash in higher flowing creeks, Asheville GreenWorks developed a device capable of withstanding
greater volumes of water, while not impairing the local ecology.

City stormwater staff, in partnership with non-profit organizations Asheville GreenWorks and Mountain
True have installed a trash collection device on Mud Creek in an effort to reduce floating trash in Mud
Creek. This project will offer opportunities for public education and outreach as well as generate public
involvement in water quality and stormwater management.

The device, named the "Trash Trout" was designed and built by the Asheville GreenWorks organization.
Its purpose is to sit in a flowing waterway and collect floatables as they move downstream with the
current. Similar devices have been successfully installed in other municipalities including Waycross,
Georgia, Evansville, Indiana and several locations in Washington D.C. This device aids in reducing the
amount of trash in our waterways and improving overall water quality for our community. Mountain
True, Asheville GreenWorks, This City of Hendersonville Stormwater Department, and various
community groups are partnering to maintain the device located at Balfour Bridge on Mud Creek.

Help us keep the Trash Trout in the water. Asheville GreenWorks is seeking volunteers to maintain this
device. Contact Eric Bradford / 828-232-7144 or Michael Huffman / 828-458-5693,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested in helping out with the Trash Trout device.

ASHEVILLE AIRPORT'S NEW PARKING GARAGE TO BE COMPLETE AND OPEN THIS FALL

ASHEVILLE AIRPORT'S NEW PARKING GARAGE TO BE COMPLETE AND OPEN THIS FALL

RISING LIKE A WHOLE NEW BUILDING ALONG HIGHWAY 280 AND AIRPORT ROAD   

Part of a multi-million dollars airport upgrade that includes an all new runway   

WHEN COMPLETE WILL PARK ABOUT 1400 VEHICLES

PARKING GARAGE CONSTRUCTION LEAPS FORWARD

It's walls are to be imprinted with mountain scenes

The crane in front of the terminal has been in significant operation during the past few weeks, and now the north walls of the parking garage are in place.

The airport says, "We are receiving positive feedback about the mountain scenes that were fabricated into the concrete panels, with area residents glad to see the nod to our region's Blue Ridge Mountains."

 The parking garage is slated to be complete by the fall of this year.