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THURSDAY NIGHT:  HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL MOVED SOME MAJOR LOCAL PROJECTS FORWARD

THURSDAY NIGHT: HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL MOVED SOME MAJOR LOCAL PROJECTS FORWARD

APPROVED SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR NEW HHS CAMPUS;   

APPROVED SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES STARTING AT 10 AM;   

APPROVED 120 UNITS AT "THE ESTATES OF BRITTANY PLACE";  

APPROVED A  M.O.U. WITH DOWNTOWN HOTEL DEVELOPER;   

In a split 3-2 vote (Council members Smith and Stephens voting "no") in the July city council meeting Thursday night,  council approved, on "second reading", the special use permit needed to clear the way for the new $53 million Hendersonville High School campus to be built on the former Boyd property on Main Street at Five Points.  A lot of concern continued to be expressed over safety issues with that new school to be built at one of the busiest intersections in town.  But this was apparently the last legal hurdle for the county, at least as far as city council is concerned.  Plans for future use of the historic Stillwell building on the current campus remain unclear at this time.  

Recent legislation passed by the General Assembly, the so-called "brunch bill", allows Sunday sales of alcohol starting at 10 am, but requires an ordinance in every municipality to permit those early Sunday sales...and Hendersonville became one of the first in the state to do just that Thursday night by adopting an ordinance and approving early Sunday alcohol sales  

By approving a special use permit Thursday night, city council cleared the way for 120 ne units to be built at "The Estates of Brittany Place" on Chimney Rock Highway.  Residents of nearby Wolfpen expressed opposition, but a compromise was apparently worked out and the permit was approved.

And a formal "Memorandum of Understanding" was approved Thursday night between the city and Belmont Sayre who has been selected by city council to develop the old Grey's Hosiery Mill property on Grove Street into a "downtown hotrel".  City Manager John Connet says we can expect to see the project move forward within the next six months to transfrom that 2.28 acres and delapidated old building into a  $13.5 million, 57-room, "boutique style" hotel for downtown Hendersonville.  The city has owned that property for about 30 years and earlier attempts to develop it into a performing arts center failed, as the property continues to deteriorate.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

 

 

MILLIONS TO BE SPENT ON HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COMING TO HENDERSON, POLK, AND TRANSYLVANIA COUNTIES

MILLIONS TO BE SPENT ON HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COMING TO HENDERSON, POLK, AND TRANSYLVANIA COUNTIES

ALMOST $7 MILLION IN HIGHAY IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTS AWARDED   

RALEIGH – Residents of Polk, Henderson and Transylvania Counties will soon experience smoother roads as a result of a $6.9 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to improve about 37 miles of state roads.

The contract awarded to Rogers Group of Nashville calls for milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction.

Improvements are on the way for nearly eight miles of N.C. 9 in Polk County between N.C. 108 and the Rutherford County line. Work will also take place on about two miles of U.S. 176 between N.C. 108 and the South Carolina state line.

Resurfacing is also planned for 14.75 miles of secondary roads in Henderson County, 7.9 miles of secondary roads in Polk County and 4.3 miles of secondary roads in Transylvania County.

Work on the project can begin as early as August 1 and will be completed by October 2018.

NEW SCAM ALERT FOR HENDERSON COUNTY

NEW SCAM ALERT FOR HENDERSON COUNTY

A MARKETING SCHEME   

Scam Advisory – Henderson County

July 6, 2017

On July 5, 2017, an Etowah business owner reported an alleged marketing scam to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. The situation involved a salesman with Triple A Marketing selling ad space in a local restaurant’s menu. Following the transaction, the business owner researched the marketing company and discovered their poor ratings online, cancelled payment and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens and business owners to do their research before giving money to soliciting advertisers. If you are approached to purchase advertising, or any other product or service, take the following steps to decrease the chances of becoming victimized by a scam:

· Research the company’s ratings and reviews online

· Check for business accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org)

· Utilize scam prevention techniques like those suggested by the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov)

If you have been the victim of a scam in Henderson County, contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4596. Citizens can also call the Sheriff’s Office to report potential scams or ask if a company has a record of fraudulent activity.

BLUE RIDGE MALL UPDATE:  "THE OPEN DOOR" CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE TO CLOSE THE END OF JULY

BLUE RIDGE MALL UPDATE: "THE OPEN DOOR" CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE TO CLOSE THE END OF JULY

JC PENNEY WILL CLOSE ITS DOORS IN SEPTEMBER  

LOCALLY-OWNED SEARS REVERTS BACK TO CORPORATE EFFECTIVE THIS MONTH  

DUE TO FINANCIAL ISSUES AND LEASE DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE BLUE RIDGE MALL

A well known and long respected Christian bookstore is closing its doors by the end of the month.

The Open Door, a non-denominational family-owned store has been a tenant at Blue Ridge Mall for the past 20 years, but building financial troubles and lease agreement issues have forced both parties to part ways.

Owner Sheryl Seigler said the past few weeks have been emotional. The owners and staff now have until end of the month to sell as much inventory as possible.

The owner told News 13 this week, "It has sustained our family in a small way, but it's never been about the money. It's been about what I can do for Christ and the Kingdom of God," said Sheryl.

Over the years, the store has built a following of loyal customers
One customer observed, "The store has been more than just a place to buy items, it's also been a location where people can stop and submit prayer requests.".

Items in the sore are 25 percent off until Friday. The discount will then go up to 35-40 percent off.

GREEN MEADOW'S SHOOTING VICTIM IDENTIFIED, SUSPECT CHARGED; TWO LOCAL SHOOTINGS UNDER INVESTIGATION; COUNTY SHOOTING OCCURRED MONDAY

GREEN MEADOW'S SHOOTING VICTIM IDENTIFIED, SUSPECT CHARGED; TWO LOCAL SHOOTINGS UNDER INVESTIGATION; COUNTY SHOOTING OCCURRED MONDAY

IN THE CITY.  

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED AND CHARGED

ONE PERSON WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER A SHOOTING OCCURED ON WOODCOCK DRIVEI N THE GREEN MEADOWS COMMUNITY ON INDEPENDENC....AND POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP WITH ANY INFORMATION ON THE SHOOTING.

THE VICTIM WAS IDENTIFIED AS CHRISTOPHER TRE BRADLEY OF EAST FLAT ROCK. POLICE DID TELL REPORTERS THAT IT'S BELIEVED THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE AS A RESULT OF AN ARGUMENT OVER FIREWORKS....AND THE VICTIM WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND TAKEN TO MISSION HOSPITAL.  POLICE HAVE IDENTIFY THE SHOOTING SUSPECT AS BARBARA SINGLETON SMITH AND SHE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT WITH  A DEADLY WEAPON INFLICTING SERIOUS INJURY.

ANYONE WITH iNFORTION SHOULD COfTACT HENDERSONVILLE POLICE AT 697-3025 OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 697-STOP.

IN THE COUNTY.  

Meanwhile few details were released on a shooting that occured Monday night on Gash Road in the Mills River community.  It's being reported that two men got into a fight and one of them was shot in the leg.  That shooting victim was transported to Mission Hospital.  No other details were released by early Wednesday morning., 

 

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S ATTEMPT TO TAKE AWAY CONTROL OF HENDERSONVILLE'S WATER SYSTEM?

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S ATTEMPT TO TAKE AWAY CONTROL OF HENDERSONVILLE'S WATER SYSTEM?

LAUNCHED LAST WINTER BY COUNTY COMMISSIONER BILL LAPSLEY.

 REP. MCGRADY'S HOUSE BILL "H 718" CREATED A LEGISLATIVE STUDY COMMITTEE

AFTER BEING QUIET AND OFF THE FRONT PAGES FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS, HENDERSONVILLE’S WATER ISSUE IS NOT OVER YET

Now that this year’s work in the General Assembly is mostly over, we can expect---soon---a legislative study committee to be appointed that will look into the rates charged by municipal water systems statewide in North Carolina. That committee will also be looking into the possible transfer of public enterprises, such as local municipal water departments. That legislative committee is supposed to conclude its study and have its findings ready before the General Assembly goes back to work early in 2018.

This is the result of state house bill “H 718”, introduced by Henderson County’s Representative Chuck McGrady and included in the new state budget.

“H 718”, and this legislative study, is the “end result” of the criticism leveled back in March at the Hendersonville Water Department by county commissioner, public engineer, and former water department employee Bill Lapsley. In a lengthy presentation to the full board of commissioners, Lapsley argued, back in March, that 75 per cent of Hendersonville’s water customers live outside the city and are not adequately represented in rate-setting and other water department decisions. His solution was: legislation that would put the Hendersonville Water Department under the control of the seven-member North Carolina Utilities Commission and, essentially, take control away from the elected city council and mayor.
Lapsley’s proposal was supported by three of the five county commissioners....Commissioners Hawkins, Edney, and Lapsley...who endorsed that proposed legislation. Commissioner Hawkins referred to Hendersonville’s ownership and operation of its water department as a “monopoly”.,

The proposal drew swift, strong, and vocal opposition from the City of Hendersonville, that has owned and operated its water system for about one hundred years and will soon, at the request of Laurel Park Town Council, likely be merging the two water systems.

In the three months that followed the stage being set for that epic “city-county” confrontation, no legislation was introduced to take control of the city’s water department away...and “H 718”, and the upcoming legislative study, emerged instead.

Representative McGrady recently told WHKP News in a text message, “I think the city needs to figure out some way to allow 75 per cent of its customers that are not city residents to have some say in the operation of the water department, except where the City of Asheville has water lines that are close by.”

The members of this legislative study committee will be appointed by the state house and senate, and McGrady says he expects he’ll chair that committee. McGrady adds, “There are no provisions (in H 718) related specifically to Asheville or Hendersonville...but it could produce legislation.”

The City of Hendersonville is reportedly forming an advisory group comprised of local municipalities for input on water department issues.

Much of the controversy over control of Hendersonville’s water department earlier this year goes back to a legislative attempt several years ago to strip the City of Asheville of ownership of its water department. That attempt passed in the General Assembly, but was later struck down by the courts.

So...expect that legislative study committee to be appointed and go to work soon and any recommendations or legislation relating to the City of Hendersonville’s Water Department likely won’t be forthcoming before early 2018.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman  07/05/17

 

 

NEW LEADERSHIP IN SOME COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

NEW LEADERSHIP IN SOME COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

NEW ADMINISTRATORS AT THREE LOCAL SCHOOLS   

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Jul. 3, 2017) – Henderson County Public Schools has named three new administrators for the 2017-
2018 school year, effective July 1. These include Ashley Newcomer as the new Principal of Sugarloaf Elementary, Tammy Irish
as Assistant Principal at Hendersonville High and Bruce Gilliam as Assistant Principal of Flat Rock Middle.

Newcomer, succeeding outgoing principal Peggy Marshall, has worked for Henderson County Public Schools since 1996, when
she started in personnel office support for the district’s central office. She has since served in elementary teaching and
administrative roles at Hendersonville Elementary, Edneyville Elementary and Fletcher Elementary. She has most recently served
as Fletcher's lead teacher, where she has been responsible for supervising and training staff.

Prior to serving Rugby Middle as Assistant Principal the past four years, Irish also served as Assistant Principal for Waynesville
Middle School, after teaching in Western North Carolina middle schools for 10 years. During her education career, Irish has also
served as an Athletic Director and School Improvement Team chairperson.

Gilliam began his career in 1992 as a physical education teacher at Candler Elementary, but quickly moved to Flat Rock Middle
to coach basketball, soccer and football. He remained at Flat Rock for a decade before transferring to East Henderson High to
teach physical education. Currently head basketball coach at East Henderson, Gilliam has spent the past six years of his
education career at Flat Rock Middle teaching physical education, coaching soccer and golf, serving as Athletic Director, and
sponsoring various school clubs.

All three new administrators hold Master’s Degrees from Gardner Webb University. Newcomer and Gilliam hold graduate
degrees in Education in Executive Leadership, and Irish holds a graduate degree in School Administration.

58TH ART ON MAIN FESTIVAL WANTS NON-PROFITS

58TH ART ON MAIN FESTIVAL WANTS NON-PROFITS

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 1   

The Arts Council of Henderson County is extending an invitation for nonprofit organizations to participate in the 58th annual Art on Main fine art/fine craft festival, which will be held Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, on Hendersonville’s historic Main Street. Nonprofits will have an opportunity to educate the public about their organizations. The deadline for nonprofit organizations to confirm their acceptance is Monday, August 2. The number of nonprofit spaces is limited, and therefore on a first come, first served basis.

During Art on Main, more than 80 artists from throughout the southeast region will be exhibiting and selling their work along Hendersonville’s Main Street. Demonstrations by many artists will also be part of the show. Thousands of art lovers are anticipated throughout the weekend. Hours for the festival will be from 10am-5pm both days.

Nonprofits will be assigned to a space that is approximately 10’x10’. A canopy/tent is recommended but not required. Acceptance of the invitation may be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 828-693-8504. The web address is www.acofhc.org.

Art on Main is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. In addition, the festival is supported in part by Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (www.visithendersonvillenc.org), the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, and Mast General Store.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-693-8504. The web address is www.acofhc.org.

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, and Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.

STARTED JULY 1:  GUIDED HISTORY WALKS ON HENDERSONVILLE'S MAIN STREET

STARTED JULY 1: GUIDED HISTORY WALKS ON HENDERSONVILLE'S MAIN STREET

THE HISTORY OF MAIN STREET   

Starting Saturday, July 1, at 10 a.m., and continuing at 10 every Saturday morning in July, guided history walks along Hendersonville’s Main Street will be offered. Saturday walks are on July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29. An additional Main Street Walk will be offered on Tuesday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person 10 years and older. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult. Space is limited. Reservations are suggested. Participants should meet in the lobby of Hendersonville City Hall at the Police Department entrance to sign in and begin the walk. City Hall is at the corner of Fifth Avenue East and King Street in downtown Hendersonville. Parking is available in the Police Dept. parking lot.

Participants will learn about the history of the town and its interesting architectural designs -- including stops at the Historic Courthouse, Skyland Hotel, City Hall, and other historic shops and structures along Main Street. The walks will be about 90 minutes and will be held rain or shine. Stroll with tour guide Mary Jo Padgett to answer such questions as -- who donated the land where the new town would be built, what is the age of the oldest block of buildings, what was on the third floor (and in the basement) of the old City Hall, who was the town named for, bordellos, shoot-outs, old trolley lines, and much more.

Groups of eight or more can make arrangements for private tours anytime for Guided Walks on Main Street or in Oakdale Cemetery.

To make reservations or for more information, phone Padgett at 828-545-3179 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.maryjopadgett.com and click on Guided Walks for a complete schedule. # # #

MILLS RIVER MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING METHAMPHETAMINE

MILLS RIVER MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING METHAMPHETAMINE

SENTENCED TO ELEVEN AND A HALF YEARS   

A Mills River man will spend more than eleven and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for the storage of controlled substances, and three other misdemeanor counts.

On June 26, 2017, Superior Court Judge Reuben Young sentenced Jason Robert Henderson, 41, to serve an active prison term of 140 months minimum to 186 months maximum in the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

“Our law enforcement partners are making every effort to remove those who sell methamphetamine from our streets and today’s convictions show that this office backs their efforts,” District Attorney Todd Williams said.

The Buncombe County Anti-Crime Task Force charged and investigated Henderson with possession of more than 400 grams of methamphetamine.
Evans was ordered to pay $6,145 in costs and a fine of $100,000.00.