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HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED THURSDAY NIGHT

HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED THURSDAY NIGHT

HONORED THURSDAY NIGHT AT RECEPTION, DINNER, AND PROGRAM IN THE BOONE BUILDING, WNC AG CENTER  

FIVE NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION'S HALL OF FAME: JUNE BARNWELL, LYNN CARTER, ROBERT JOUBERT, MICHAEL PRESSLEY, AND BEVERLY WOOD    

Teachers of the Year were honored by the crowd of more than 200 people, one of the largest ever for the event    

The 2016-17 teachers of the year from all 23 Henderson County Public Schools were also honored at the Henderson County Education Foundation Hall of Fame ceremony Thursday evening.

Apple Valley Middle – Holly Kolarova

Atkinson Elementary – Suzanne Burnette

Balfour Education Center – Anthony Johnson

Bruce Drysdale Elementary – Theresa Parks

Clear Creek Elementary – Grace Quick

Dana Elementary – Aramis Mugica

East Henderson High – Carly Allman

Edneyville Elementary – Melissa Duncan

Etowah Elementary – Margaret Melonie Watts

Flat Rock Middle – Tony McMinn

Fletcher Elementary – Amy Youngblood

Glenn C. Marlow Elementary – Andrea Smith

Early College High – Tom Savage

Hendersonville Elementary – Tara Anderson

Hendersonville High – Walt Cottingham

Hendersonville Middle – Katherine Gash

Hillandale Elementary – Cody Merriman

Mills River Elementary – Holly Bader

North Henderson High – Lucy Joyce

Rugby Middle – Ashley Wellman

Sugarloaf Elementary – Ryan Mitchell

Upward Elementary – Diane Norgan

West Henderson High – Jason Livingston

Principal of the Year – Bobby Wilkins, Hendersonville High

LOCAL KIWANIS CLUB HONORS LOCAL ARTS STUDENTS

LOCAL KIWANIS CLUB HONORS LOCAL ARTS STUDENTS

STUDENTS OF BOTH FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS      

The Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville honored 25 high school students for standing out in fine and performing arts at their weekly meeting Thursday.
Honored were:

Balfour-Derrick Middleton
Kate Rivera

East-Chloe Corpening
Mackenzie Savage
Cheyenne Mccall
Hector Nieto
Jamie Jacoby
Hannah FIscher

Hendersonville-Isabel Hughes
Noell Swift
Emily Johnson
Brandon Pace
Mean Krowka

North-Alex Harper
Nathan Duckett
Lisa Arrona
Dixie Gilliam
Yanexis Lara
Alliyah Telesford

West-Madeline Hatfield
Adam Schwab
Bobby Slagle
Kasey Marsh
A.Faye Mccarson
Taylor Gladin

Catagories included dance,visual arts,band,and theatre.

CITY TIRE SERVICE TO MOVE TO THE SPARTANBURG HIGHWAY

CITY TIRE SERVICE TO MOVE TO THE SPARTANBURG HIGHWAY

A TRADITIONAL SEVENTH AVENUE BUSINESS IS LEAVING SEVENTH AVENUE   

City Tire Service, owned and operated by the Calton family, is moving.

After 65 years in the same Seventh Avenue location City Tire has announced they will be partnering with the Egolf family and moving to 1325 Spartanburg Highway on June 1st.

Carson Calton stated this new, more modern, and spacious facility will enable City Tire to serve their customers even better.

City Tire will be moving to the service side of the Egolf building 1325 Spartanburg Highway and plans open being open for business there June 1st.

 

REPORTED:  NO PROPERTY TAX INCREASE LIKELY IN HENDERSON COUNTY IN FY 17-18

REPORTED: NO PROPERTY TAX INCREASE LIKELY IN HENDERSON COUNTY IN FY 17-18

FOR HENDERSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX PAYERS.    

Henderson County’s county manager recently indicated there will be no increase in the county’s property tax rate in the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

In an interview with News 13, county manager Stevc Wyatt said the county’s tax rate would likely remain the same, 56.5 cents per $100 valuation.

County commissioners a year ago raised the county’s tax rate 10 per cent or about a nickel per $100 valuation, citing up-coming capital construction needs like the new Hendersonville High School campus, new Emergency Services building in Balfour, new Innovative Hgh School and Early College facility now under construction on the Blue Ridge Community College campus, and new $20 million law enforcement training center also to be built on the community college campus.

Since last year, the commissioners have committed to a new Edneyville Elementary School expected to cost about $24 million.

Since the county is now sitting on a reported $45 million fund balance, there had been some indication that property taxes might be rolled back in this upcoming fiscal year. In fact, the county manager said a while back it would not surprise him if the commissioners proposed such a roll back in the new fiscal year

But based on that recent prediction to News 13, it appears no cut in county property taxes is likely to be recommended by the county manager...and unless a cut is proposed by commissioners in upcomns meetings and public hearings leading up to adoption of the new county budget and the start of the new fiscal year July 1, the county’s property tax rate will stay where it is.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

TOM COOPER RECEIVES THIS YEAR'S CLIFTON J. SHIPMAN AWARD

TOM COOPER RECEIVES THIS YEAR'S CLIFTON J. SHIPMAN AWARD

RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITY SERVICE   

The Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association has honored Tom Cooper, of Cooper Construction Co., as the 2017 recipient of the Clifton J. Shipman Community Service Award.

Now operated the second and third generation, Cooper has served the general contracting, utility and HVAC needs of private and public clients in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The construction company was founded in 1967 by James W. “Tommy” Cooper, who had been one of the founders three years before of Industrial Maintenance Overflow Corp. (IMOCO) in Fletcher, a contractor that specialized in industrial and mechanical construction.

After graduating from East Carolina University in 1974, Tom Cooper joined his father’s company, ascending to the role of president in 1985. After attending Brevard College, Tom’s brother, J. Michael “Mike” Cooper joined the company as executive vice president. Tom and Mike Cooper became sole owners in 1997.

ROXANNA PEPPER SURPRISED AND HONORED WITH THE ATHENA AWARD

ROXANNA PEPPER SURPRISED AND HONORED WITH THE ATHENA AWARD

ROXANNA PEPPER HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO RECEIVE THIS YEAR'S LOCAL ATHENA AWARD   

 “I am speechless, and anyone who knows me knows that doesn’t happen often,” Pepper said as she wiped tears from her eyes.

Pepper is the professional development coordinator at the Children and Family Resource Center. She’s a health and wellness instructor at the Hendersonville YMCA, a life coach, and volunteers in a number of roles.

She had prepared a speech in case her name was called, but was so overcome with emotion she decided to speak from the heart on the spot. Pepper thanked God, her family, friends and the community.

“I love my community. I live for my community. To even be in the midst of those nominated...” Pepper said, as she shook her head and wiped more tears away.

Pepper encouraged the women to always lift each other up, and themselves. She even had a bit of advice on doing so.

“I look in the mirror every morning and say to myself, ‘I look good. I feel good. I am good.’”

She then asked the hundreds of attendees packed into the dining room at Kenmure Country Club to repeat her words.

Pepper also spent 14 years as a teacher with the Head Start program, prior to joining CFRC in 2003. She provides professional development and training for the early childhood workforce in Henderson County.

She has volunteered with the African American Cultural Committee, United Way, Hendersonville First Baptist Church, United Religions Initiative and Henderson County Partnership for Health. She also mentors young women and their mothers. She and her husband mentor young couples as well.

Elisha Freeman nominated Pepper for the award, which was presented by last year’s ATHENA Award recipient, Judy Stroud.

The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. The award is co-sponsored by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.

Other nominees included Tanya Blackford, Alice Cochran, Joanne Helppie, Lynn Killian, Denise Medved, Elizabeth Moss, Dorothy Moyer, Paige Posey, Amanda Stansbury, Hollie Storrier and Fair Nabers Waggoner.

The women were nominated by fellow community members. A panel of judges from outside the county decided the winner.

WHKP ANNOUNCES ITS SCHEDULE OF 2017 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES

WHKP ANNOUNCES ITS SCHEDULE OF 2017 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES

With the all new conference alignments WHKP has some great games on tap for this fall.
It all begins August 18th when North travels to Hendersonville and the regular season will end November 3rd when Hendersonville travels to East.This year the schedule to totally new according to WHKP Sports Director Richard Rhodes...new rivalries like Franklin at Hendersonville are on the schedule,and T.C Roberson and West play each other again..this time its a conference game.
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE 2017
WHKP FM AND AM 71 YEARS OF PLAY BY PLAY

8/18 NORTH AT HENDERSONVILLE
8/25 HENDERSONVILLE AT WEST
9/1 EAST AT WEST
9/8 OWEN AT HENDERSONVILLE
9/15 MADISON AT EAST
9/22 TC ROBERSON AT WEST
9/29 ASHEVILLE AT NORTH
10/6 FRANKLIN AT HENDERSONVILLE
10/13 WEST AT NORTH
10/20 PISGAH AT HENDERSONVILLE
10/27 BREVARD AT HENDERSONVILLE
11/3 HENDERSONVILLE AT EAST

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS SET FOR JUNE 9TH

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS SET FOR JUNE 9TH

The Henderson County Board of Public Education has approved the following times, dates and locations for the five schools holding graduation ceremonies June 9:

East Henderson High: 7 p.m. at the East Henderson campus. Exact location to be determined.

Hendersonville High: 6 p.m. inside Jim Pardue Gymnasium at the school.

North Henderson High: 7 p.m. at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden.

West Henderson High: 7:30 p.m. at Johnson Stadium at the school, weather and construction permitting.

Balfour Education Center: 5:30 p.m. inside the Technology Education and Development Center Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College.

Henderson County Early College will hold its graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. May 19 at BRCC’s Technology Education and Development Center Conference Hall.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE BEGINS IT'S 80TH SEASON

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE BEGINS IT'S 80TH SEASON

STILL...THE "STATE" THEATER OF NORTH CARLINA!   

(Pictured in the photo---L-R:County Commission Chairman Michael Edney, Flat Rock Mayor and Playhouse Board Member Bob Staton, and Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk)

Flat Rock Playhouse 'kicked off' their 80th year of the VAGABONDS....

With a robust evening of delicious food and drink and special entertainment...

In their downtown Hendersonville theatre on Monday evening

DOWNTOWN'S BEARFOOTIN' "BEAR REVEAL DAY" IS THIS FRIDAY

DOWNTOWN'S BEARFOOTIN' "BEAR REVEAL DAY" IS THIS FRIDAY

WAITING TO BE REVEALED   

THIS FRIDAY   

Are you ready?

Are you ready for the bears?!covered bears photo

Bearfootin’ is an annual tradition in downtown Hendersonville that brings custom designed “Bears” to the streets of downtown from early May through late October. Mark your calendar for May 12 and come see the 2017 bears as they are revealed one-by-one at the First Citizen Bank Plaza. Music starts at 5:00 followed by the Reveal at 6:00.