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COMMISSIONERS APPROPRIATE MONEY TO STUDY GREENWAY EXTENSION

COMMISSIONERS APPROPRIATE MONEY TO STUDY GREENWAY EXTENSION

POSSIBLY EXTENDING OKLAWAHA GREENWAY NORTH AND SOUTH    

In their meeting Monbday night, county commissioners agreed to put up $24 thousand in local matching funds to pay for a $120 thousand greenway study

That study will look at exteding the existing Oklawaha Greenway north from Berkeley Park to Westfeldt Park and south from Jackson Park to Blue Ridge Community College and ultimately to the Park at Flat Rock.

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WEST HIGH THEATER STUDENTS WIN REGIONAL COMPETITION

WEST HIGH THEATER STUDENTS WIN REGIONAL COMPETITION

WILL BE COMPETING IN THE STATE FESTIVAL LATER THIS MONTH   

WILL HAVE A LOCAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OF THE PLAY NOVEMBER 13 AT WEST HIGH   L

West Henderson High School's theater students performed this past weekend (Nov. 3-4) in the North Carolina Theatre Conference Regional Festival at Gardner Webb University, and won the "People's Choice Award," making them one of 2 shows advancing to the State Festival later this month.

In each of the eight Regional Festivals, two plays advance to the NCTC State High School Play Festival – the ones who win a People's Choice Award and an Adjudicator's Award.

In addition to winning the People's Choice Award, West Henderson's production of "Anatomy of Gray" won "Excellence in Ensemble," a "Best Director," a "Best Actor," "Excellence in Musical Score" and "Excellence in Lighting Design" awards.

The students will be holding a public performance of their award-winning play at West Henderson High on Monday, Nov. 13 at 5:45 p.m., where they will collect donations to help send them to State on Nov. 16.

THE OLD TUXEDO SCHOOL MAY BE SOLD AND TORN DOWN SOON

THE OLD TUXEDO SCHOOL MAY BE SOLD AND TORN DOWN SOON

RE-DESIGNED AND BUILT BACK AFTER A FIRE 87 YEARS AGO BY HISTORIC ARCHITECT ERLE STILLWELL    

LIKELY TO BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR CONDOMINIUMS   

By Larry Freeman   

Rumors have been circulating for some time concerning the possible sale of the old Tuxedo School property. Reliable sources now indicate there is a contract for the sale of that property between “buyer” and “seller”. That proposed sale is now in the “due diligence” process...and if the sale goes through, the old school will likely be torn down and condominiums and/or apartments will be built on the property.

The old Tuxedo School property is currently owned b the family of the late Clifton Shipman. Elementary school classes have not been held in the old school since 1994, and it has formerly been the site of the Tuxedo Extended Day School which was joined with the old Balfour School about 2003 to create a new “career academy”. That “career academy” and the county’s “Early College” program have a new facility currently under construction on the main campus of Blue Ridge Community College.

The old Tuxedo School was built back in 1924...and it was later re- designed by acclaimed local architect Erle Stillwell.

After Joseph Oscar Bell built the historic mill that was the heart of the Tuxedo community in 1907, he and his wife formed a school for the children of mill families that in 1957 became the property of Camp Wendy Wood. And according to Henderson Heritage, the bricks  in that first school and later for the old Tuxedo School were made in the lake bed next to Green River.

According to old records, on April 12, 1923...the Henderson County School Board purchased 6.93 acres of land from what was then the “Green River Manufacturing Company” for $1,600. In 1924, what had been the Double Springs School closed and students were moved to the Tuxedo Graded School. Construction of the Tuxedo School was completed in 1925 and students began attending here in 1926.

That new Tuxedo Graded School burned on November 22nd 1929 and it was in 1930 that architect Erle Still contracted with the county to re-design the school. Earlier schools in the community, Double Springs, Cedar Springs and Green River Schools, all eventually consolidated to form the Tuxedo Graded School, which included high school until high school students began attending Flat Rock High School in 1935. Those high school students were later moved to East Henderson High School.

The late Theron Maybin, a true Green River icon, said of the school, “We were taught family values and had family ties. It was a real close-knit community”.

The old Tuxedo School property many years later was sold to Shane Shipman, son of the late Clifton Shipman, for $225,000 and it remains in the Shipman family. Tommy Shipman reportedly said some time back that he’d love to preserve the property, but he doesn’t have the money to do so.

Few details are available about this latest contract offer to purchase the property, and there is no indication how soon something might happen.

The old school property, one if the last historic old schools in Henderson County and one of the few remaining creations of architect Erle Stillwell, has been heavily damaged by vandals in recent years and is located on U.S. 225, which was the former U.S. Highway 25 through Tuxedo.

WNC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAY-OFFS START ON FRIDAY NOV. 10

WNC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAY-OFFS START ON FRIDAY NOV. 10

#14 BREVARD AT #3 HENDERSONVILLE FRIDAY NIGHT

AREA COACHES EXPRESS FRUSTRATION...WEST HIGH WITH A 6-5 RECORD LEFT OUT OF THE PLAY-OFFS    ...

A No. 1 seed and three teams seeded No. 2 are among the highlights of the NC High School Athletic Association brackets released Saturday, which includes 18 WNC schools among the 224 schools selected for postseason play.

First-round play begins Friday, with weekly advancement for the winners until the eight state championship games on December 9, 2017.

The four classes are subdivided into eight divisions for the playoffs--the 4A and 1A classes have 48 teams each and the 3A and 2A brackets include 64 teams apiece.

From News 13 sports:

Mitchell High (10-1), a No. 1 seed in the 1-A West region, and No. 2 Cherokee (10-1) were the only local schools to receive first-round byes. They will begin play Nov. 17.
Reynolds (10-1) in the 3A West and Mountain Heritage (10-0) in the 2A West received No. 2 seeds.
Franklin (11-0) is a three seed in the 2AA West, and Hendersonville (8-3) got a No. 3 seed in the 2A West. Swain (7-4) is No. 5 seed and defending 1-A champion Murphy (9-2) is a No. 6 seed in the 1AA West.

** 3AA West – No. 15 Parkland (6-5) at No. 2 Reynolds (10-1)

No. 9 Asheville (7-4) at No. 8 Watauga (9-2)
No. 11 Erwin (6-4) at No. 6 Brown (9-2)

*3A West – No. 14 Tuscola (7-4) at No. 3 Robinson (7-4)

**2A West - No. 15 Lexington Senior (6-4) at No. 2 Mountain Heritage (10-0)
No. 14 Brevard (6-5) at No. 3 Hendersonville (8-3)
No. 9 East Montgomery (9-2) at No. 8 East Rutherford (7-4)

** 2AA West – No. 14 Smoky Mountain (5-6) at No. 3 Franklin (11-0)
No. 11 Pisgah (6-5) at No. 6 Wilkes Central (9-2)

** 1A West – No. 1 Mitchell (bye)
No. 2 Cherokee (bye)
No. 12 Rosman (2-9) at No. 5 Robbinsville (7-4)
No. 11 Hayesville (3-8) at No. 7 Union Academy (7-4)

*1AA West – No. 12 Cherryville (4-7) at No. 5 Swain County (7-4)

No.1 South Stanly (5-6) at No. 6 Murphy (9-2)

No. 9 Polk County (7-4) at No. 8 North Rowan (8-3)

State championships will be held on December 9, 2017. 1A and 1AA state championships will be held at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, 2A and 2AA state championships will be held at Chapel Hill’s Kenan Stadium, 3A and 3AA state championships will be held at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, and 4A and 4AA state championships will be held at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.

FULL OBITUARY FOR HENDERSONVILLE'S ALEX HOUSTON

FULL OBITUARY FOR HENDERSONVILLE'S ALEX HOUSTON

WELL KNOWN VENTRILOQUIST, CLOGGER, AND ENTERTAINER   

Walter Alexander Houston passed peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at his home with the love of his life, Sherry, by his side. A compassionate and humorous patriarch of the Houston family, Alex embraced life to the fullest. Alex was born in Hendersonville, NC to John Bell and Mary Jo Houston on June 4, 1932. Surprising his parents by throwing his voice at the age of 3, Alex entertained audiences with his ventriloquism skills for over 80 years.

While in high school and at Brevard College, Alex traveled the US, Europe and Japan with his father's dance team, the Echo Inn Cloggers. They won multiple national championships. Early in his career, Alex and his dummy partner Elmer were regulars on the "The Jimmy Dean Show" on TV from 1957-1959. Moving to Tennessee, Alex hosted his own show "The Alex and Elmer Show" for 3 years and later worked on "Hee Haw". Alex & Elmer opened for Charley Pride, Barbara Mandrell, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Conway Twitty, Alabama, Ronnie Millsap and many other country stars for over 30 years, as well as performing on the Grand Ole Opry. Alex lived out his retirement in the Smoky Mountains while still performing in several venues in Florida, with his partner/friend Jimmy Smith and his wife Emma. He also performed in Pigeon Forge theaters and other community venues.

Alex enjoyed golfing, scuba-diving, hiking, Dodgers baseball, UT sports and most of all cruising in the Caribbean. He adored his wife, Sherry, and loved his three girls deeply. His unwavering faith in God was a source of comfort and support throughout his life. Alex is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Sherry; his "little buddy" Elmer; daughters Laurie Houston Canham (Bob), Bonnie Houston Solomon (Scott), Cindy Houston Hazen, Jennifer Stidham; sons, Matthew Stidham and Sam Stidham; and grandchildren, Will Roland (Jami), Eric Clark (Ashley), Alexandria Solomon, Leighton Solomon, Brianna Bennett (John), Mykah Stidham, Alyssa Stidham, Chloe Stidham, and 5 great grandchildren. A special acknowledgement to our dear extended Stidham family. The family would like to thank the many "angels on earth" who cared for Alex with kindness and love, including the caregivers from Avalon Hospice; Michael (aka "Matthew"), Sherry's "rocks" Lisa and Peachye, our wonderful neighbors, our supportive church family, and our many friends. A very special thanks to Alex and Sherry's Pastors, Sandra Roach and Tony Roberts, and Chaplain Mark Kitts. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Avalon Hospice, Sevierville, TN.

A visitation will be held on March 17, 2018, from 1:00 p.m – 3:00 pm at Life Changers International Church in Pigeon Forge - Alex and Sherry's church.

A Celebration of Life service will begin at 3 pm at the church. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville, TN. Online condolences can be made at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com.

GROUND BREAKING FOR NEW EMERGENCY SERVICES BUILDING WAS FRIDAY

GROUND BREAKING FOR NEW EMERGENCY SERVICES BUILDING WAS FRIDAY

JIMMY BRISSIE DESCRIBED IT AS "A GREAT EVENT"   

THE OLD BALFOUR SCHOOL HAS BEEN DEMOLISHED==GROUND IS READY TO BE BROKEN FOR NEW EMERGENCY SERVICES BUILDING   

Henderson County Emergency Services Headquarters Groundbreaking Ceremony
HC-2017-49Hendersonville, NC – October 31, 2017

Henderson County residents were invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Emergency Services Headquarters on Friday, November 3rd, 11:00 a.m., at 2529 Asheville Highway (Old Balfour School site).

“The new Emergency Services Headquarters will amplify our ability to provide a high level of service for Henderson County,” said Henderson County’s new Emergency Services Director, Jimmy Brissie.

Planning for this project began in 2014. The new facility will be located on the site of the former Balfour Education Center. ClarkNexsen designed this new 57,000 square foot facility and Cooper Construction is the General Contractor. The new facility will house EMS, Emergency Management and Rescue Squad operations. Completion for this project is set for August 2018.

For more information regarding the groundbreaking or the construction project, please contact the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, Terry Wilson at (828) 697-4808.

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IT'S VETERANS AWARENESS MONTH FOR COUNTY SCHOOLS

IT'S VETERANS AWARENESS MONTH FOR COUNTY SCHOOLS

THE WHOLW MONTH OF NOVEMBER THIS YEAR   

In accordance with the N.C. General Assembly’s 2017 designation of November as Veterans’ History Awareness Month in North Carolina public schools, Henderson County Public Schools’ elementary, middle, and high schools are honoring local veterans through various school activities and assemblies. Provided is a list of media-friendly activities throughout the month of November.

Please note, the following list is not for publication but to invite coverage of various events.

Unique Stories:
One of Apple Valley Middle’s teachers, John Street, is one of the few remaining Americans who participated in the Enewetak Atoll Atomic Debris Cleanup Mission in the Marshall Islands to clean up after the United States’ atomic bomb testing during the 1940s and 1050s. In his honor, the school is collecting money for Enewetak Atoll Cleanup survivors, many of who experience health challenges they attribute to radiation exposure. The 8th Grade Student Government is currently selling Atomic Fire Ball candy to support this cause. Mr. Street will be available for interviews on Monday, Nov. 13.

Fletcher Elementary’s kindergarten classes have created an American flag with student handprints (displayed in the school) and cards to be distributed at the N.C. State Veterans Home in Black Mountain. Teacher Sheena Tillery is currently coordinating when to deliver the cards, so date is TBD.

Flat Rock Middle staff and Hillandale Elementary staff will go head-to-head in a kickball fundraiser on the middle school’s softball field on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $1, and all proceeds will benefit Blue Ridge Honor Flight.

Other Events Throughout the Month:

Monday, Nov. 6 @ 7:30 a.m. – Bruce Drysdale Elementary is raising money for Blue Ridge Honor Flight, which sends veterans to Washington, DC to visit memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifices. On Monday (Nov. 6), Ms. Rodriguez’ 3rd grade class will be selling bookmarks for 10 cents to parents in the car rider line. The students have also created a bulletin board display honoring veterans for the month of November.

Wednesday, Nov. 8 @ 10 a.m. – Students in West Henderson High’s JROTC will present the Missing Man Ceremony to the student body.

Wednesday, Nov. 8 @ 1:30 p.m. – Veterans have been invited to an assembly at Sugarloaf Elementary, featuring student speakers and performers.

Wednesday, Nov. 8 @ 2 p.m. – At Glenn C. Marlow Elementary, Korean War veteran and Blue Ridge Honor Flight fundraiser Hilliard Staton will speak to students and staff about Honor Flight during the school’s “Day of Change.”

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 8 a.m. – All veterans in the community have been invited to attend a celebration at Dana Elementary during which the Jammers School Choir will perform, the East Henderson High JROTC will present the colors, “Coins for Courage” will be collected to help sponsor a Blue Ridge Honor Flight, and Korean War veteran Hilliard Staton will share his experience being sent to Washington, D.C. through Honor Flight.

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 8:30 a.m. – A Veteran’s Day Breakfast honoring Apple Valley Middle students’ family members who have served will feature the Apple Valley Middle symphonic band, strings, and chorus. Students will recite poetry and share written work, and change will be collected for the Enewetak Atoll Cleanup survivors. The 50-50 raffle at football games this year is also benefitting Blue Ridge Honor Flight.

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 8:30 a.m. – Veteran family members have been invited to a breakfast at Atkinson Elementary, followed by a school assembly at the flagpole with the presentation of colors by East Henderson High’s JROTC.

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 9:30 a.m. – Local veterans will attend an 8 a.m. breakfast at Edneyville Elementary, with a presentation in the gym at 9:30 a.m., during which students will represent each branch of the U.S. military with banners, and classes will make presentations.

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 1:30 p.m. – Veterans and families have been invited to a Hendersonville Elementary assembly during which a local veteran will speak and HES students will perform. The school is also collecting money for Blue Ridge Honor Flight.

Ongoing through November – Students at the Henderson County Career Academy are writing thank-you letters to local veterans, and the letters will be delivered by Hendersonville City Councilman Jeff Miller on November 16 at the monthly gathering of veterans at the Dixie Diner in Laurel Park.

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PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST GREENWAY FRIENDS

PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST GREENWAY FRIENDS

PUBLIC LIBRARY & "FRIENDS OF THE OKLAWAHA GREENWAY"   

Henderson County Public Library to Host Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway

Hendersonville, NC – November 2, 2017

On Wednesday, November 15 at the Fletcher Library and Monday, December 4 at the Etowah Library, Katie Breckheimer of the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway will speak on the benefits of greenways to communities. Both talks will begin at 5:30 p.m., lasting about 30 minutes with time for questions.

“Why Greenways?" is an informational talk using photos and supportive data to explain the importance of greenways in promoting economic growth, building community, protecting the environment, and cutting health care costs. The presentation also includes maps of three new Greenway proposals in different parts of Henderson County. The Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway is a group of local organizations and area residents who work to protect, promote, and expand the Oklawaha Greenway.

The Fletcher Library is located at 120 Library Road, 828- 687-1218. The Etowah Library is located at 101 Brickyard Road, 828-891-6577. Both events are free and open to the public with no registration required.

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ESCAPED HABITUAL FELON CAPTURED IN BILTMORE PARK

ESCAPED HABITUAL FELON CAPTURED IN BILTMORE PARK

ESCAPED HABITUAL FELON MICHAEL CALLOWAY HAS BEEN CAPTURED AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN BILTMORE PARK   

(News 13 photo Thursday morning) 

ESCAPEE IS AN "HABITUAL FELON" WITH CRIMINAL HISTORY      

From earlier:   

Just before dark Wednesday night and continuing into this (Thursday) morning , authorities were searching for an inmate who escaped custody Wednesday afternoon in Asheville.

A Buncombe County Sheriff's Office transport deputy contacted Communications at 1:28 p.m. to say an inmate had escaped custody in the area of 1117 Hendersonville Road.

Michael Calloway, 42, is a white man with long, salt and pepper hair, long reddish beard and blue eyes. He is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 175 pounds.
Calloway wass believed to be in the Hendersonville Road/Deerfield area. Anyone with information regarding Calloway's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 828-250-6670.

Biltmore Forest Police advised residents to not approach the escapee and to call 911 if you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

Calloway was scheduled to appear in court Jan. 1 on multiple charges, including breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, and being a habitual felon.

In 2014, Calloway escaped from prison in Watauga County. Calloway, who was serving a 12-year sentence for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, walked away from his work assignment and was captured a short time later.

Law enforcement in Biltmore Forest released a warning to residents on Wednesday to stay inside as they searched for Calloway. Authorities also called for Roberson District schools to temporarily go under lockdown.
Buncombe County Schools later announced on Twitter that law enforcement lifted the lock down, and parents were able to pick up students.

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK FOR EARLY "ONE STOP" VOTING

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK FOR EARLY "ONE STOP" VOTING

 FOR THIS YEAR'S LOCAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS   

EARLY VOTING ONLY AT THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS ON CENTRAL STREET   

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NOVEMBER 7, 2017   
GENERAL ELECTIONS   

(Elections will be held for City of Hendersonville, Village of Flat Rock, Town 
of Fletcher, Town of Laurel Park, Town of Mills River and City of Saluda)   

ONE STOP EARLY VOTING SITE
HOURS at the Board of Elections
for all six municipalities   

Board Lobby is the only one stop site
for all municipalities   

75 E. Central St.
Hendersonville, NC
828 697 4970   

October 30-Nov 3 (Monday – Friday) 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
November 4 (Saturday) 8:30 am-1pm