MEADOW WILL BE MEETING WITH TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS THIS WEEK
HEAR MORE DETAILS ON WHKP'S LOCAL NEWS ALL DAY AND NIGHT THIS WEDNESDAY
As the Trump Administration was announcing new, tougher immigration and deportation policies Tuesday morning, Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows was announcing, in a “live” interview on WHKP, that he has “gotten the message loud and clear” about the need for adequate farm labor from farmers in Henderson County.
Meadows told WHKP and the listening audience that he will be returning to Washington on Thursday and will be meeting with some top level Administration officials on the immigration and farm labor issues.
Local farmers on the Town of Mills River’s Agriculture Advisory Committee recently sent a letter to Meadows and to U.S. Senators Burr and Tillis from North Carolina expressing their hope for meaningful immigration reform, while stressing the need for adequate labor to plant, care for, and harvest their crops this year. Some will be growing fewer acres of crops this year, fearful that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents will raid their fields and apprehend and possibly deport farm labor that is not in this country legally.
Reassuring local growers, Meadows said Tuesday that is not going to happen.
Meadows pointed out that ICE (and the Trump Administration) are only interested in those illegals who are guilty of, or have a history of, dangerous crimes or have flagrantly over-stayed their permitted time in this country.
Meadows also said he is confident that some type of “guest worker” arrangement will be worked out to keep adequate farm labor (mainly from Mexico) on the farms and in the fields and orchards of Western North Carolina.
In a related matter, Meadows said the move to establish a refugee re-location center in Western North Carolina, probably in the Ashville area, has, at least for the time being, been squelched. Some churches in the area indicated a while back they would be interested in assisting refugees, even from such troubled countries as Syria, re-locate in this area---and that possibility caused concern among some local citizens and elected officials and resulted in a resolution by Henderson County commissioners opposing such refugee re-location.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 02/21/17 Updated 3pm
THE NEW NAME FOR THE BUSINESS WILL BE DAL KAWA HUNTER POWER SPORTS
The Hunter Automotive Group announced this week the purchase of Dal Kawa Cycle Center in Hendersonville.
Dal Kawa has been in business in Hendersonville for over 46 years and Hunter Auto has been in business here for over 76 years.
The new business will sell Kawasaki, Suzuki, Can Am, Kymco,and Sea Doo products.
The new power sports location will be 312 Kanuga Road offering sales, parts, and service.
The business will be called Dal Kawa Hunter Power Sports.
TTHE HISTORIC STILLWELL BUILDING WILL REMAIN...BUT NOT AS PART OF THE PROPOSED NEW CAMPUS...AND FUTURE USE OF THE BUILDING HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED
That proposed $53 million new campus for Hendersonville High School will take another step forward at 2pm Thursday March 2nd with what’s called a “neighborhood compatibility meeting” at the Hendersonville city operations center on Williams Street. That will be the general public’s first opportunity to comment on the controversial new campus that will occupy much of Five Points on the former Boyd property.
Preliminary site plans and renderings of the proposed new campus reportedly went to city officials last week, and city council, in their last meeting, delayed closing that portion of Ninth Avenue West where much of the new campus will be located in order to see and review more details about the new school.
The plan that will be before the public in that meeting on March 2nd calls for 225,000 square feet of new construction, a new classroom building, a practice gym, lunch room, band room, and an auditorium that will seat 900 people.
The plans calls for 225 parking spaces, and the county has taken an option on some nearby property for additional spaces.
A special use permit will be required to build the new campus, along with zoning changes, and they will ultimately require the approval of city council.
With a myriad of capital projects planned and "in the pipeline, county commissioners and staff are moving ahead with plans to level the old Balfour School building and construct an all new "Henderson County Emergency Services" building on that site.
The new building will be the headquarters for EMS, which will be moving out of its current headquarters adjacent to Pardee Hospital on Justice Street. It is likely the hospitalk will use the current EMS property for future parking. Also to be included in that new facility in Balfour is the Henderson County Rescue Squad, and the county's Emergency Management.
The county has announcd plans for a NEIGHBORHOOD COMPATIBILITY meeting:
NOTICE OF MEETING
A Neighborhood Compatibility Meeting will be held February 28, 2017 at 2:00PM in the City Operations Center located at 305 Williams.
PROPOSED: The City of Hendersonville has received an application for a Special Use Permit from Henderson County to construct a 51,629 square foot building to be used as the Henderson County Emergency Services headquarters, and a 10,778 square foot storage building to be located at 2529 Asheville Highway. As part of the project the applicant is requesting the parcel to be rezoned to PID, Planned Institutional District.
The City of Hendersonville is being urged by a local landowner to begin a general SPRING CLEAN UP of the City.
Art Cooley, owner of property on Four Seasons Boulevard (now Martin King Boulevard), just a stones throw East of Ashe Street at Cherry Street has sent a letter to each Hendersonville City Council member urging them to use the City's in-place city maintenance department to remove weeds and bushes and pick up trash along Four Seasons Boiulevard, the main entrance road to the city.
In his letter to council members, Cooley contends that all city systems 'are already in place' to complete this project with little or no added cost to the ciy, by using personnel already on the city payroll.
Cooley further commented in his communication to city officials that the ditches along the boulevard are full of trash which needs to be picked up, once again making the main entrance to the City of Four Seasons more attractive. The suggestion was also offered in the letter that various civic organizations could be enlisted to participate in a city-wide clean-up program.
As a part of his suggestion, Cooley indicated that he was completing the clean-up of his 200-Foot wide lot on the boulevard at Cherry Street, closed some ten years ago by the City.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC FIELDS
All Four Henderson County high schools could have artificial turn on their athletic fields soon…if county commissioners authorize it…and the commissioner’s authorization will depend largely on what they’re told by the county’s architect, Chad Roberson.
At their meeting Wednesday, commissioners passed a motion asking the architect for as much information as possible relating to the cost and maintenance of artificial turf. Commission Chairman Michael Edney said the motion asked for the information on artificial turf versus the cost of natural grass and keeping grass on the fields all the time.
The school board has endorsed the artificial turf, if the funding for it is not needed for a higher priority.
Commissioners could get a report back from the architect, make a decision, and move to authorize the artificial turf as soon as this spring.
By Larry Freeman
Four State Troopers heroic actions saved the life of a young female in Henderson County on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Trooper Christopher Jeffries was on routine patrol when he was approached by motorist advising him they had observed a young female, possibly in her twenties, standing on the overpass of U.S. 25 which crosses over I-26. Trooper Jeffries immediately traveled to the location where he located the female, obviously distraught, standing on the southbound side of the U.S. 25 overpass.
After contacting Highway Patrol Communications requesting assistance from fellow patrol members, Jefferies approached the female. Seeing the female was upset and crying profusely, Jefferies engaged in conversation with her, attempting to calm her down. At one point during the conversation, the female sat down on the edge of the bridge while conversing with Jeffries. While attempting to develop a sense of security for the female, Jeffries stooped to both knees while continuously talking to her.
Placing his own life at risk, Jeffries seized an opportunity to grab the female’s arm to keep her from falling. Trooper Mark Corbin, who had heard the call for assistance, arrived on scene and assisted Jeffries by pulling the female to safety. Troopers Haley Onderdonk and Kyle Smith stopped the westbound traffic on I-26 during the incident. The female was placed into the custody of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office where she was provided further assistance.
“The selfless acts of heroism demonstrated by these troopers make me proud to be a member of this fine organization”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill, commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Each day, officers across our country voluntarily place themselves in danger to save the life of another.”
MORE THAN FIFTY BREWERIES WILL BE PARTICIPATING
The North Carolina Brewers Guild and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will be warming things up this spring with the second Burly Beer Fest on April 1, sampling the best rich, robust beers from more than 50 breweries.
As the Burly Beer Fest website puts it, "Come raise your goblet to pay homage to the end of winter and warm your soul with the best burly ales. We’re toasting the spiced and the barrel aged, the stouts and the barleywines, and the big-hearted men and women who love them."
More than 50 breweries, including Bell's Brewery, Mikkeller, The Lost Abbey, 21st Amendment, Adroit Theory Brewing Co., The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Allaghash Brewing Co. and many local and North Carolina-based breweries, will bring their heartiest beers for the festival, said Lee-Ann Loser, events manager at Sierra Nevada.
Those breweries will bring the best they have to offer in the "burly beer" category, which includes imperials, stouts, barleywines, porters, barrel-aged beer and more, closing out the cold times with big, warming beers.
The fest will also be a way to expose people to beer styles they may not normally drink, people who don't naturally gravitate toward imperial stouts or barleywines, Loser said.
A live band, to be announced, is also planned, and those attending can see the live cooking station put on by the brewery's taproom staff or sample the eats from several food trucks slated to attend. So far trucks on the schedule include the newly founded Thai food truck Bun Intended and the grilled cheese-focused Melt Your Heart.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the NCCBG and its North Carolina craft beer-supporting mission.
FIRST ANNUAL APPLE COUNTRY CIDER JAM SET FOR DOWNTOWN ON APRIL 22ND
Balsam Range is the lead bluegrass act for the first Apple Country Cider Jam, a hard cider festival expected to draw several hundred tasters to downtown Hendersonville on Saturday, April 22.
The festival, from 1 to 6 p.m., will be a ticketed event with cider tasting, bluegrass and food trucks. Sponsored by AgHC, the nonprofit that promotes farming in Henderson County, the festival is a cooperative effort of the city of Hendersonville and the county Tourism Development Authority.
ixteen local and regional cider producers in North Carolina have been invited to set up tasting booths. Henderson County has three hard cider makers — Bold Rock, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards and Naked Apple, which operates Flat Rock Ciderworks on Main Street.
Dr. Jan King Named New Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 14, 2017) – During its regular board meeting Monday night, the Henderson County Board of
Public Education named Dr. Jan King the new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, effective March 1, following
the retirement of Dr. Kathy Revis.
“Dr. Kathy Revis leaves big shoes to fill and I am grateful for the many years she has served as a mentor to me,” said King.
King began her 24-year education career with HCPS as a classroom teacher at Dana Elementary, Apple Valley Middle, and West
Henderson High schools, then became a specialist for the Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) programs at West
Henderson High, Hendersonville Middle, Bruce Drysdale Elementary and Edneyville Elementary schools.
King also served as an Instructional Coach for high schools, an Assistant Principal at Hendersonville High, and a Principal at
Glenn C. Marlow Elementary, during which time she won the district’s Principal of the Year award twice, and served as North
Carolina Principal of the Year during school year 2010-11.
In 2011, King moved to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction where she served as Professional Development Lead for
Region 8, and then Regional Lead for Regions 7 and 8 – where she served 37 school districts for three years. King returned to
HCPS in 2015 as Director of School Learning and Leadership Development and is currently Chief Professional Development
Officer, responsible for coordinating support for Beginning Teachers, Beginning Principals, the Aspiring Administrators program,
and ongoing professional development for teachers and administrators district-wide.
Superintendent Bo Caldwell said HCPS is lucky to have such an experienced educator serve as the district’s next Assistant
Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction.
“What other person has such a wealth of knowledge of Henderson County Public Schools and North Carolina’s education
system?” Caldwell said. “Dr. King is the epitome of a homegrown educational leader.”
“It is an honor to continue to serve the students and staff of Henderson County Public Schools, and I am appreciative to Mr.
Caldwell and our Board of Education for this opportunity,” King said. “The Curriculum and Instruction team is comprised of a
dedicated group of professional educators, and I am eager to work with them as we support and encourage the district's hardworking
In addition to a Master of Arts in School Administration from Gardner Webb University, King holds a Doctorate in Educational
Leadership from Western Carolina University, as well as her National Board teacher certification and school administrator