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HISTORIC SEVENTH AVENUE DISTRICT TO BE ABSORBED BY THE CITY SIMILAR TO DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE

HISTORIC SEVENTH AVENUE DISTRICT TO BE ABSORBED BY THE CITY SIMILAR TO DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE

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The City of Hendersonville plans to take over the Historic Seventh Avenue District between now and the start of the new fiscal year in July.

Apparently in the discussion stage since earlier this year, city manager John Connet says the Historic   Seventh Avenue "special tax district" will be absorbed and structured in the future similar to Downtown Hendersonville, another "special tax district".

Connet says the existing HSAD board will soon be replaced by an "advisory committee" which will provide advice and guidance on development and other Seventh   Avenue East issues.

Connet said the HSAD's current part-time executive director, Tara Ledbetter, will, under the re-structuring, no longer be an employee of the "special tax district" but will become a City of Hendersonville employee...much the same as the downtown director.

A meeting between city officials and Seventh Avenue East stakeholders was held earlier in the week.

One Seventh Avenue East business and property owner, Carson Calton of City Tire Service, says he thinks this will be a positive change for Seventh Avenue. He says a great deal of re-development in that area has been accomplished in recent years...and he feels the city's resources will now enable that re-development to move forward to the next level.

"Special tax districts" were set up a number of years ago to raise the necessary money to better develop and promote both Downtown Hendersonville and the Historic   Seventh Avenue districts.

Both city manager Connet and Carson Calton will be featured on WHKP's local news throughout the day on Thursday February 27th, explaining this re-structuring of Historic   Seventh Avenue.

(Above photo is of HSAD's Historic Train Depot)

 By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

Updated 12noon 2/26/14

 

 



LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL YEAR EXTENDED BECAUSE OF SNOW DAYS

This year's public school year now extended due to missed snow days...the question remains...will more days be missed?

An all new set of school calendars presented Monday to the Henderson County School Board will keep spring break intact by moving five snow makeup days to the end of the year.

Superintendent David Jones told board members the school system still has to make up five of eight days missed because of snow and ice. But he said state rules allow them to push the traditional calendar's last day of school from June 6 to June 13.

“What this allows us to do is maintain spring break,” Jones said. “It also allows us to maintain Memorial Day, and not at this time (have to) go on Saturdays.”

Jones said school administrators have signed off on the revised calendars, as well as a teacher advisory committee. The schools also conducted surveys, he said, in which they heard from “many, many parents who prefer to keep spring break intact.”

For the district's two year-round schools, Bruce Drysdale and Hendersonville elementaries, the last day of school will be June 5. Jones said principals and staff at those schools also preferred keeping spring break from April 14-18. The last day for Early College High students will be May 30.

 

 

 

 



PUBLIC'S HELP REQUESTED IN LOCAL ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBED FRIDAY NIGHT

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance to identify the suspects from an armed robbery that occurred on Friday Feb 21, 2014 at 8:57pm at the EL Chapulin convenience store located at 1726 Old Spartanburg Road in Hendersonville.   The responding officers were told by the clerk that two Hispanic males had entered the store and while purchasing some items robbed him at gun point. The clerk told officers once the weapon was displayed the two suspects took him to the rear of the store, tied him up and proceeded to take an undetermined amount of money from the register along with several other items from the business. 

Witnesses advised the suspects were operating an older model Ford Explorer (dark in color, possibly black or  blue) with South Carolina license plates and the vehicle was last observed turning onto Upward Rd from Hwy 176.  Attached are seven (7) still photographs of the suspects.

 If anyone has any information about this incident or the identity of either suspect please contact Detective Johnny Duncan with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit at 828-697-4911.

A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD TUESDAY NIGHT AS NC DOT PLANS CHANGES AT I-26/BREVARD ROAD/BILTMORE SQUARE MALL INTERCHANGE

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NC DOT accepted public eomment at a public hearing Tuesday night on some proposed changed to the busy interchange at I-26 and Brevard Road at Biltmore Square Mall. 

The state Department of Transportation is working on plans to reconfigure the Interstate 26-Brevard Road interchange near Biltmore Square Mall to ease traffic flow.

DOTengineers acknowledge it is uncertain when any construction will actually be done.

There are times when congestion slows movement from Brevard Road, numbered N.C. 191, onto I-26, and more issues are expected as traffic increases over the next 20-25 years, said Rick Tipton, DOT division construction engineer.

“You definitely don’t want to see traffic back up onto the interstate,” Tipton said. Ramps are designed with enough room for cars exiting I-26 to sit while waiting for traffic lights under current conditions, he said, “but at some point it may not be enough.”

Tipton said DOT is likely to move the traffic lights at either end of the Brevard Road bridge farther from I-26, build exit ramps in wider loops and replace the existing Brevard Road bridge with a wider one.

The project will re-route parts of Rocky Ridge Road and Wedgefield Drive, DOT says.

DOT held an April 2013 public meeting on several alternative ways to rebuild the interchange. Undrea Major, a DOT engineer in charge of the project, said a new alternative to be discussed Tuesday combines elements of previous plans.

He and Tipton said they do not expect changes to be as radical as those the state has  planned or already implemented at the other two I-26 interchanges in southern Buncombe County.

All traffic getting off or on I-26 at Long Shoals Road converges at a set of traffic lights underneath the I-26 bridges over the road.

DOT also plans to rebuild the I-26-Airport Road interchange but has had difficulty getting bids it considers reasonable from contractors.

The agency is in the middle of re-examining priorities for transportation projects across the state, making it difficult to say when the Brevard Road interchange work might happen, Major said.

“The project is not funded for anything beyond the planning stage as yet,” he said. “While it’s very important and probably high in priority on people’s list, there are a couple of items we’ll have to be able to work out in order to get the funding.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL ELKS TO HELP REPAIR RESTROOMS IN HENDERSONVILLE'S SULLIVAN PARK

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City and Elks Lodge Partner to Repair Sullivan Park

Restrooms

The City of Hendersonville and the officers of Hendersonville Elks Lodge 1616 are

pleased to announce that the two organizations are partnering together to repair the

restroom facilities at Sullivan Park located on Ashe Street in Hendersonville. The project

will be completed utilizing a $10,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation and

volunteer labor from the local lodge. The repairs will include wider doors, new plumbing

and fixtures. Prior to the repairs, the restrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and painted.

In addition, timed locks will be placed on the restrooms doors, similar to the Patton Park

restrooms, for added security and convenience. The project should be complete by late

spring.

The $10,000 grant application was one of 150 applications submitted to the National

Elks Foundation and one of only forty-seven funded nationally. The application was

prepared and submitted by the Elks Lodge in the fall of 2013. According to City

Manager John Connet, Frank Brady approached Mayor Volk in late summer about

finding a community project for the Elks National Foundation Grant program. Mayor

Volk inquired with City staff and determined that the Sullivan Park restrooms were the

perfect project. The restrooms had been closed for a number of years due to

vandalism, but the park was seeing a great deal of use from the Henderson County Boys

and Girls Club and the Green Meadows neighborhood. Mayor Volk stated, “We felt that

it was time to reopen these restrooms and show the neighborhood that the City had not

forgotten about them. We are very pleased to partner with the Elks Lodge on this

project.” This project is the first of several projects planned for Sullivan Park over the

next eighteen months.

 

 

CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION OPEN FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN WNC

A Notification to Our Generation

THIS PHOTO IS OF A 2013 WINNER

Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) announced the opening of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition today and encouraged high school students in Western North Carolina to submit their best artwork for consideration.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 11th District.  The overall winner of the district competition will receive two round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines to the national reception in Washington, D.C., and a $3,000 scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design.  The district winner’s artwork will be displayed at the United States Capitol for one year, along with winners from across the country.

Entries must be received at one of Representative Meadows' district offices by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2014, in order to be considered in the district-wide competition.

“Celebrating talented young people in our district is a true honor,” Meadows said.  “I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and giving these young artists the recognition they deserve.”



HENDERSON COUNTY PARKS HAS CERTIFIED PARKS ADMINISTRATORS

Parks and Recreation Director Tim Hopkin and Recreation Program Supervisor Laura Rice have become Certified Youth Sports Administrators (CYSA) through the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). Tim received his certification on January 9, 2014 and Laura on December 19, 2013. Only 2,000 administrators in the United States hold the CYSA certification.

This certification equips Tim and Laura with the knowledge and tools to provide safe and positive youth sports programs in Henderson County by following the National Standard for Youth Sports and NAYS Recommendations for Communities. Topics covered by the course include policies & procedures, volunteer management, child abuse prevention, risk management, parent management, and inclusive sports for children with disabilities.

Having two Certified Youth Sports Administrators in Henderson County is a valuable asset. It allows the Parks and Recreation Program to elevate the standards and practices of youth sport programs throughout the county.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SCHEDULES WOMEN'S RETREAT

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF HENDERSONVILLE WOMEN’S RETREAT

Tickets are on sale now for First Baptist Church of Hendersonville’s Spring Women’s Ministry Retreat, Café Chocolat.  The event will be held on Saturday, March 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Ladies high school age and beyond are welcome to attend. 

“Our spring event is a great opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Lynnette Raines, director of women’s ministry at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville.  “We are thrilled to have women from across our area come together to renew their spirit and share Christ’s love through a service project we have planned.”

Tickets are $28 per person and will be available to purchase in advance at the Hendersonville First Baptist Church office.  Price includes a workbook, lunch, service project materials, snacks and more.  Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for the event.  The church is located at 312 Fifth Avenue in Hendersonville. 

For more information on this event or First Baptist Church of Hendersonville visit http://www.fbchnc.org/.

COMMISSIONERS BAN SMOKING AT ENTRANCES TO COUNTY BUILDINGS; TO SET UP SMOKING ZONES

  In their meeting Wednesday morning, Henderson County Commissioners responded to public complaints and to a public health appeal from Dr. Robert Kiskadon, Chief Medical Officer at Pardee Hospital...and banned smoking around the entrances to all county buildings.

The Hendersonville Times-News reports...

The Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday to create designated smoking areas away from high-traffic areas on all county campuses.

Commissioners rejected an all-out ban on smoking at county properties, after hearing dissent from workers at the 1995 courthouse on North Grove Street, Emergency Medical Services facilities and board directors of the Department of Social Services . Smoking is already prohibited in county buildings and vehicles.

The commissioners also considered an option banning smoking within 50 to 100 feet of any county building entrance, since “the complaints we’ve gotten from citizens have to do with the ability to enter and exit buildings without being exposed to smoke,” said County Manager Steve Wyatt.

But those perimeters might be difficult to enforce, Wyatt said, whereas “it is very common and a normal practice to limit smoking to designated areas located away from entrance and general traffic areas; to separate the secondhand smoke from the folks who don’t care for (it), but have to do business with the county.”

Commissioner Grady Hawkins wondered whether there would be some kind of roofed shelter or ashtray available. Wyatt said his staff would work with department heads to identify areas away from entrance traffic “and put together something tasteful that would be attractive to somebody who wanted to go and smoke.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THE REWARD FUND FOR ARREST AND CONVICTION OF MILLS RIVER FIREHOUSE SHOOTERS

COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THE REWARD FUND FOR ARREST AND CONVICTION OF MILLS RIVER FIREHOUSE SHOOTERS

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Town of Mills River Press Release

February 18, 2014

Crime doesn’t pay, but taking the step forward to share information with investigators about one that has been committed just might in Mills River.

The Town of Mills River Council is joining two Town businesses to increase the reward being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons who fired multiple rounds into one of the Mills River Fire and Rescue substations. Nancy Lynn’s Diner and Pizzeria and Mills River Quick Lube have both committed to contribute to the reward amount in hopes that the case will soon be solved.

On Sunday, February 9, someone fired a total of 13 rounds into the substation causing approximately $20,000 worth of damage to the building and equipment. Some of the bullets made their way into the Mills River Fire and Rescue living quarters where firemen regularly spend time between calls. Fortunately, the fire station was unmanned at the time of the shooting.

“Mills River Fire and Rescue is at the heart of our Mills River community. They provide a service to the Town and those in that fire district that is necessary to our public safety and quality of life. We take the safety of the volunteers and staff there very seriously and firmly believe that those responsible for firing into the substation should be charged and justice served,” Town of Mills River Mayor Larry Freeman said.

The contributions towards the reward from the Town, Nancy Lynn’s Diner and Pizzeria and Mills River Quick Lube bring the reward offered for information leading to arrest and conviction of a suspect to a total of $1,500.

“Having two locally owned businesses participate in the reward is a great example of how cohesive the Mills River community is and how they rally to protect their own. The Town encourages anyone who may have information regarding this crime to contact Henderson County Sheriff’s Department as the investigation continues,” Mills River Town Manager Jaime Laughter said.

Any business or citizen interested in contributing towards the reward may contact Fire Chief Rick Livingston at (828) 891-7959. For more information, please contact Jaime Laughter at (828) 890-2901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..