In addition to budget issues, a main item on the agenda for commissioners Monday night was hearing the architect’s proposal for a new HendersonvileHigh School and moving forward with the project.
Architect Clark Nexsen is proposing a $52.58 million new school to be built on the nearby Boyd property at Five Points.
Originally scheduled for the consent agenda, the high school project was pulled from that agenda by Commissioner Mike Edney and opened it up for discussion. Edney made the motion to accept the architect’s and suggested that commissioners look at increasing the capacity of the new school. That motion passed on a 4 to 1 vote, with Commissioner Grady Hawkins voting against it…saying the increased capacity is not needed, that the Hendersonville High School student body is actually predicted to decline in coming years.
Supporters of the current Erle Stillwell designed 90 year old historic main HendersonvilleHigh School building argued against the new school Monday night. One pointed out that under state statutes, the whole thing should be the school board’s decision…not the commissioner’s. Another argues the heavy traffic at Five Points would not make it a good location for a new campus.
But in the end, commissioners stood by their decision made in their last meeting to build the new 161,500 square foot, almost $53 million dollar new Hendersonville High School.
Even though the current main building…and the iconic old rock gymnasium…will not be a part of the new school, it’s still to be determined what role they’ll play in the community going forward.
If the Henderson County commissioners vote to approve the county manager's budget proposal for the 2016-17 fiscal year that starts July 1...there will be no property tax increase for county property taxpayers.
The budget, presented to commissioners Monday night, is a $126 million budget for Henderson County...and that's up some $2.3 million over the curent year's budget.
County Manager Steve Wyatt also Monday night encouraged approval of the quarter cent sales tax, pointing out that would produce about $2.5 million in revenue for Henderson County.
With no change in the property tax rate, Henderson County's rate will continue to be among the lowest in North Carolina...with only two coastal counties in the state having a lower property tax rate.
Commissioners were also scheduled to get the Blue Ridge Community College budget proposal for the new fiscal year from President Molly Parkhill.
And commissioners were to review an architect's plans for a new Hendersonville High School, while supporters of the current 90 year old historic high school facility were scheduled to offer their suggestion for keeping the current facility in use.
Blue Ridge Honor Flight (formerly HonorAir) announced at a press conference earlier today its next mission to flyKorean War veterans and any veteran with a life-limiting illness to their memorial in the nation’s capitol. In addition, it was announced that the first flight of this next phase of Honor Flight will take place on September 24, 2016, ten years and one day after the first HonorAir flight to the World War II Memorial. The Blue Ridge Honor Flight project will be working with veterans from Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties.
HonorAir and the National Honor Flight programs have been responsible for flying over 150,000 veterans to our nation's capitol to experience their memorial. In the spring of 2011, the last Western North Carolina HonorAir flight returned home to AshevilleAirport.
“It’s always an honor to serve our veterans in this capacity,” stated HonorAir founder Jeff Miller. “And this phase of our mission is also exciting because so few Americans understand the Korean War. We hope our efforts will educate them and make it clear why these veterans deserve our thanks.”
Once again, Honor Flight is partnering with the Asheville Regional Airport to make these trips a reality. Airport Marking Director Tina Kinsey explained, “It’s an honor for us to help make the whole experience memorable and comfortable for our veterans. We look forward to working with Jeff and his board and volunteers to serve these special Americans.”
For more information about how to get involved in Blue Ridge Honor Flight, make a donation, or to get a veteran signed up for a flight, please visit the Blue Ridge Honor Flight website at blueridgehonorflight.com.
BLACK BERRY WINTER BROUGHT 5 FEET OF SNOWFALL TO THE WLOS TV TOWER ON MOUNT PISGAH MAY 7 1992
Mountain folks have known all about “blackberry winter” for generations. It’s the last of the so-called “winters”…it follows azalea winter, locust winter, and dogwood winter…all those cold snaps that separate summer from winter, and scatter unseasonably chilly weather throughout the spring. “Blackberry winter” is typically the last one before the warmth of late spring and early summer finally settles in.
It’s called “blackberry winter” because is occurs when the blackberry bushes are blooming…in fields, on hillsides, all along roadsides and a number of berry growers are growing them professionally now.
The trouble is, it’s not unusual for “blackberry winter” to bring a cold snap with frosty or freezing temperatures that can ruin the berry crop. And “blackberry winter” is always a huge concern for HendersonCounty’s apple growers. With the bloom pretty much off the trees and young apples on their way, “blackberry winter”…if it’s cold enough, and if the temperatures stay low enough, long enough…can be devastating to the county’s multi-million apple crop which represents a lion’s share of the local agricultural economy and a significant chuck of the county’s over-all economy.
(As WHKP News has been reporting, some local apple growers (currently eight of them) now have their own individual weather stations to better anticipate and track weather conditions in their specific locations.)
Many of us remember May 5th through the 8th, 1992…that’s when about 5 feel of heavy, wet snow fell on Mount Pisgah, as show in the photo of the WLOS TV tower on Mount Pisgah, May 7, 1992.
Ray’s Weather predicts that “blackberry winter” will likely occur late this week. From the forecast published by Ray’s on the WHKP web site this Sunday morning:
We’re watching for a large and unseasonably cold upper level low pressure system to develop over the central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states during Thursday and Friday. It will be getting progressively cooler, starting on Wednesday. Intermittent showers will be around through this entire period. By Thursday and Friday, it could be cold enough for the mountaintop locations (elevations near or above 5,000 feet in elevation) to see some snowflakes. Crazy, but not unheard of in early May!
The National Weather Service currently predicts that Thursday night’s low will fall to 40 degrees in HendersonCounty. And mountain farmers know that it’s not unusual for frost to occur at 38, especially in low-lying areas and on mountain tops.
Most local growers wait until after Mother’s Day to plant tomato and pepper plants and if other crops and flowers are planted and up, they know to protect them when “blackberry winter” gets here.
The good news is…”blackberry winter” doesn’t last more than just a few days…and is typically the last of the “winters” for the spring season.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman May 1, 2016 8am
A new Civitas poll reveals how voters in NC currently feel about leading presidential and statewide candidates, including strong support for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB2).
Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “This is our first statewide poll of all likely voters in 2016 and this month’s results show that in the contest for president, while Republicans have not solidified behind a nominee, their voters have also not consolidated around candidates at the top or down ballot races in North Carolina. On the Democrat side, presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton is far less popular than her main rival and performs worse in head-to-head matchups against the two leading Republican candidates. In local North Carolina politics, voters still support the efforts of the governor and the legislature in passing House Bill 2, Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, and oppose the actions the city of Charlotte took in passing its original ordinance.”
He continued, “It should go without saying, but it is only April, November is a lifetime away in political time, and the legislature just started its short session. As the turbulence in this election cycle continues, I expect to see more swings in voters’ attitudes.”
The poll surveyed 600 likely voters, 30 percent on cell phones. The margin of error was plus/minus 4 percent. The survey was taken April 23-25, 2016.
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Civitas conducts the only regular live-caller voting in North Carolina, and we are the only organization offering independent, nonpartisan data on current opinion. In our more than a decade of polling we have provided vital insights on what North Carolina voters truly think of the leaders and issues facing the state and nation.
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra will hold open auditions on Saturday, June 4, 2016 for the positions of Associate Concertmaster and Horn 3. Musicians interested in auditioning for substitute positions with the orchestra in all sections are also welcome. Auditions are by appointment only. Interested candidates must submit an application, a one-page resume, and a deposit of $25 made payable to the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. Checks will be refunded at the time of the audition. For audition application materials and further information, please
THE HENDERSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is a 501© 3 organization that exists to enrich the Hendersonville community with live symphonic performances and instrumental music education for youth and adults. They accomplish this mission through their programs and services offered. Each year, the HSO offers five live symphonic performances during the regular season, under the artistic direction of Dr. Thomas Joiner, Conductor.
In addition to live symphonic performances, the HSO serves as a music education leader in our community with pre-classical concert talks by our Maestro and guest artists, annual education concerts for 3rd and 6th grade schoolchildren, a Young Artist Competition, a Summer Strings Workshop, and an active scholarship program. The Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras is composed of three orchestras, serving advancing students from near-beginners through age 21. The Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble providing quality vocal instruction for children ages 6-17 from across Western North Carolina.
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is located at 228 6th Avenue East, between King and Grove Streets in the HomeTrust Bank Building. Office Administrator, Turner Rouse, is available through , 9am to 5pm.
The Henderson County Public Library is excited to announce a new service for patrons at the Main Library.
Patrons can now borrow iPads for use within the Main Library. The iPads are preloaded with a variety of apps for exploring and accessing library resources, using the Internet, staying informed of the latest news and events, job searching, career building, and much more.
An iPad can be checked out and used inside the Main Library for up to 3 hours a day. Come to the library, check out an iPad, and find a comfortable place to start exploring!