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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

TWO FAMILIES ESCAPE FROM FIRE OF SUSPICIOUS ORIGIN

TWO FAMILIES ESCAPE FROM FIRE OF SUSPICIOUS ORIGIN

Detectives investigate suspicious fire

 

On Saturday, May 28, at approximately 3:00AM, a structure fire was reported involving a residence on Wendy Lane in the Mountain Home community. Responding deputies and firefighters found a duplex, occupied by two families heavily damaged from the fire.  

 

Both families, who were asleep at the time of the fire had to be relocated by the American Red Cross. All the occupants were able to escape the fire uninjured. Henderson County Fire Marshal and Henderson County Sheriff’s investigators have determined the fire was intentionally set and the investigation is ongoing.

 

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time 

ONE CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND STABBING IN FLETCHER

ONE CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND STABBING IN FLETCHER

Detectives charge one after stabbing incident in Fletcher

 

On Saturday, May 28, at approximately 2:55AM, the Henderson County 911 center received a reported assault on Fleetwood Lane in the Fletcher community.

 

After further investigation Henderson County detectives have charged Luis Enrique Valencia, age 28, of Sweeten Creek Road in Arden with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury after he stabbed another male with a knife during an altercation.

Valencia is currently being held at the Henderson County Jail under a $3000.00 secured bond.  The victim was  transported to Mission Hospital with serious injuries.

ETOWAH MAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING 127 MPH ON I-40

ETOWAH MAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING 127 MPH ON I-40

THAT LED TO  HIGH SPEED CHASE ON I-26    

An Etowah man was driving speeds in excess of 125 mph on Interstate 40 Saturday when he was spotted by law enforcement offices,  and he then attempted to flee from the office…which led to a high speed chase on I-26..

Kevin Dean Ogle, 38 of Scarlet Oaks Drive in Etowah, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, speeding and reckless driving to endanger, according to warrants at the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office.

News reports indicate that a Buncombe County Sheriff Deputy encountered Ogle traveling eastbound on I-40 where he was driving at a speed of 127 mph in a 65 mph zone.   The arrest warrant sys “…at this time the defendant was driving without caution and in a manner, which endangered other persons or property.”

The incident occurred just after midnight..

Ogle’s bond was set at 20,000 secured. He is scheduled to appear in Buncombe County District Court on Tuesday morning.

EARLY ONE-STOP VOTING NOW UNDERWAY FOR JUNE 7TH PRIMARY ELECTION

EARLY ONE-STOP VOTING NOW UNDERWAY FOR JUNE 7TH PRIMARY ELECTION

The early One-Stop voting in the June 7th Primary Election got undserway this week and will continue through June 4th.

The early voting this time is taking place only the Board of Elections office on East Central Street…from 8:3-am and 5pm weekdays and on June 4th from 8:30am until 1pm.  The office will be closed and there will be no early voting on Memorial Day.

There’s not much on the ballot this time:

For Democrats, there’s the race between Tom Hill and Rick Bryson for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress and the chance to oppose Republican Mark Meadows in the General Election this November.  

For Republicans, there really is no partisan race. 

But a non-partisan race will be on both Republican and Democrat ballots…and that the race for a seat as an associate justice on the state supreme court.  Incumbent  Justice Bob Edmunds is facing three challengers…Michael Morgan, Daniel Robertson, and Sabra Jean Faires.

Election Board officials are anticipating a fairly low voter turn-out, but local Republicans are actively campaigning for Justice Bob Edmunds for the state supreme court.

And election officials remind all voters…that a photo voter I.D. is now required for voting.

NEW 'LEG" OF THE OKLAWAHA GREENWAY HAS MUCH TO OFFER

NEW 'LEG" OF THE OKLAWAHA GREENWAY HAS MUCH TO OFFER

AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXERSIZE AND ENJOY THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF TH GREENWAY---SAFELY   

We can expect a formal “ribbon cutting” sometime this June or July on the latest leg to be opened up of the Oklawaha Greenway.

Already, walkers, joggers, bikers and other “exersizers” are out daily on the new 1.7 mile stretch of the greenway, that’s just off the existing part of the greenway just south of North Main Street, and that runs all the way north to the parking lot across from the old Berkley Mills baseball field.

This extension of the greenway makes it possible for runners to run, bikers to bike, or walkers to walk all the way from Jackson Park to BerkleyPark…and that’s seven and a half miles on the greenway.

In the future, these who enjoy the greenway will see some additions like benches. picnic tables, mile markers and more signage.  

The greenway runs along Mud Creek on an easement the City of Hendersonville acquired when it ran a new serer line from Jackson park to the wastewater treatment plant north f town at Berkley Mills in Balfour.

Ten feet wide, the greenway of paved, meanders along the creek bank and through the scenery, and the landscaping plan called for it to be lined with 500 trees.

Paid for with a $1.2 million grant from NC DOT, a yellow center line will be painted on the greenway…and the city is working with BeeCity officials on meadows, planters, and wildflowers to further enhance the natural beauty of the greenway.  And the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club provided the equipment for a pump and repaid station along the route, which a local Eagle Scout project will install.