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CARLY ALLMAN NAMED HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOO'LS "TEACHER OF THE YEAR"

CARLY ALLMAN NAMED HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOO'LS "TEACHER OF THE YEAR"

PUBLIC SCHOOL'S "TEACHER OIF THE YEAR"    

Carly Allman, a science teacher at East Henderson High School, was named Henderson County Public Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year on Friday at the Teacher of the Year luncheon sponsored by Park Ridge Health at the Hendersonville Country Club.

Like all 23 nominees from each elementary, middle and high school, Allman was nominated by her peers for the designation of her school’s Teacher of the Year. Following extensive interviews with a selection committee comprised of an administrator, parent, board member and the previous teacher of the year, Allman was selected to represent Henderson County Public Schools as its 2017 Teacher of the Year.

When Chief Human Resources Officer Scott Rhodes introduced the HCPS Teacher of the Year on Friday, he said, “We’ve all heard the saying, ‘People don’t care about what you know until they know you care.’ This HCPS Teacher of the Year personifies these words each and every day. She is focused on building strong relationship with her students, instilling mutual trust and respect. And her love of science and her love of students have created the perfect recipe for student success.”

Allman gave credit to her mentors, many of them who were other teachers or administrators in the room, “for instilling in me the importance of loving your subject, but also having that personal connection with the kids.”

In addition to a plaque, $1,000 from Park Ridge Health, an all-expense paid trip to a state education conference, and a Teacher of the Year class ring by Jostens, Allman received a warm welcome from her students and fellow teachers when she arrived back on campus Friday. Students stood along the school’s track with handmade congratulatory signs, flower bouquets and Eagle green balloons for Allman, who was escorted to the football field by Principal Carl Taylor.

“She’s such an amazing person,” said Michelle Huerta, a senior in Allman’s anatomy class. “She’s an inspiration to me and I love her so much.”

“I’m very proud of Carly and I’m honored to work with her,” said Meghan Hare, a co-teacher in Allman’s classroom. “I’ve learned so much from her that I’m going to use in my own classroom.”

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DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

MICHAEL CALDWELL ANGRAM   

CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS   

ATTEMPT TO LOCATE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT-HENDERSON COUNTY
May 26, 2017

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Michael Caldwell Angram. 29 year old Angram has been charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon for an incident that occurred on May 11, 2017. He is known to frequent the Harris Street area in Hendersonville.

Michael Angram is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Angram is asked to immediately contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911.

"'ONLY HOPE WNC" BOARD EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR ABSHER; SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MICHAEL ABSHER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUINCY OF A MINOR

"'ONLY HOPE WNC" BOARD EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR ABSHER; SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MICHAEL ABSHER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUINCY OF A MINOR

HAS TAKEN A LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD

The board of directors of the home he founded and operates for homeless kids expressed full support for Michael Absher late this week and that board also said they are confident that he's innocent and will be acquitted.

Less that six months into his first term as an elected member of Henderson County's Boared of Public Education, Michael Absher has been arrested and is scheduled to be in court on June 30th to answer a charge of "contributing to the deliquincy of a minor".

A 27-year old graduate of East Henderson High School, Absher has reportedly taken a leave of absence from the school board. He turned himself in and made bond on the charge late Wednesday.

According to the arrest warrant, Absher knew a 15-year-old drank alcohol at his home for homeless kids — Only Hope WNC — between last November and January.

Maj. Frank Stout, of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, said the 15-year-old boy and possiblyanother boy may have also been involved.  Stout said the sheriff's office had received allegations, and the charge came after consulting with the district attorney.

Absher, once said to be a homeless teen himself, got elected to the county school board last November after running for a third time.

Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent Bo Caldwell said he could not comment on details...he said "I don't know the facts. I don't know the details."  But the school superintend added that Absher was arrested Wednesday at 3 o'clock, "...and as a school board member he has taken a leave of absence."

Absher's attorney, Doug Pearson, said he couldn't discuss any details about the case. But, he predicted, Absher would be cleared of any wrongful conduct
Absher is expected to appear in court on June 30.

HENDERSONVILLE ELEMENTARY IS A "STEM" SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION

HENDERSONVILLE ELEMENTARY IS A "STEM" SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION

Hendersonville Elementary has been designated a “STEM School of Distinction” by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, making it the second school in Western North Carolina – and the first elementary school in the region – to be named a “STEM School of Distinction.”

The designation follows a three-year commitment of incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) project-based learning activities into the school’s culture and curriculum, engaging parents, community members and local business partners in school-wide experiments and events such as the Duke Energy Science Night, Career Days, robotic competitions, and family STEM Nights.

Hendersonville Elementary’s successful integration of STEM (and Art, to create the “STEAM” acronym) subject content into its school culture, teacher collaboration and innovation, community partnerships, and work-based learning experiences satisfied the NCDPI’s rubric for schools applying for the “STEM School of Distinction” designation. The10 attributes include “connections to effective in- and out-of-school STEM programs,” “authentic assessment and exhibition of STEM skills,” and “alignment of student’s career pathway with postsecondary STEM program(s),” and each attribute includes four key elements, creating a total of 40 key elements of which a “STEM School of Distinction” must provide evidence.

The school first applied for the distinction in 2014, after Principal Kerry Stewart had assumed the position as the school’s new principal. She said Hendersonville Elementary’s teachers addressed a desire to pursue a focus in STEM education as part of HES’ School Improvement Plan, and the teachers, students and administration have been working toward the designation ever since.

“We knew we wanted to prepare our students for the 21st century,” Stewart said. “We believe in the 4 Super Skills: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Communication.” She added, “We pulled our NC School Report Card grade up from a ‘C’ to an ‘A+.’”

Prior to Hendersonville Elementary’s designation this May, only one other school in Western North Carolina, Nesbitt Discovery Academy in Buncombe County, has earned the “STEM School of Distinction” designation, and HES is the first elementary school in the Western Region to be designated as such.

“We’ve been so impressed by Hendersonville Elementary’s incorporation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics into everyday lessons, and fostering an innovative culture among students, teachers and staff,” said Mr. Bo Caldwell, HCPS Superintendent. “We’re excited the state has recognized the school’s commitment to educating 21st century leaders and learners.”

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ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES ELITE AIRWAYS NON-STOP SERVICE TO VERO BEACH, FLORIDA

ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES ELITE AIRWAYS NON-STOP SERVICE TO VERO BEACH, FLORIDA

Elite Airways, an airline brand new to our region, landed for the first time at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) from Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida on Thursday morning, May 25. The flight was welcomed by a water cannon arch, a tradition in aviation used to commemorate special occasions.

Once the plane taxied through the water arch and parked at the gate, AVL officials welcomed leaders from Vero Beach and Elite Airways to mark the day with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the airfield, with the Elite Airways jet nearby.

"I am so pleased to welcome our new friends from Elite Airways and Vero Beach to our mountains," said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., AVL executive director. "It's great to see this beautiful Bombardier CRJ-200 at the gate, ready to take passengers straight to Vero Beach. There are strong connections between our two communities, and I anticipate that the route between the mountains and the Treasure Coast will be embraced. I look forward to a long relationship, and to making a trip soon on Elite Airways."

"Today marks the start of nonstop jet service between Vero Beach, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina-two very popular destinations for arts, culture, music, and R&R," said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. "We have high expectations for this route, and thank city and airport officials for their support."

"Vero Beach Regional Airport is excited about this new, non-stop service from Florida to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains," said Eric Menger, Executive Director. "We know that many Florida residents will enjoy this customer-friendly airline."

The start of a new nonstop route on a new airline is certainly a special day for Asheville Regional Airport, and for the western North Carolina region. The new service will provide the tenth nonstop destination available to regional travelers from AVL, with twice-weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays.

For more information about flights, or to book a trip, visit EliteAirways.com.

For more information about Asheville Regional Airport, visit flyavl.com.

PARK RIDGE HEALTH NAMES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

PARK RIDGE HEALTH NAMES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

Park Ridge Health is excited to announce the selection of its new Chief Nursing Officer, Roland Joy, MSN, BSBA, RN. Joy has been serving in the nursing field for nearly 35 years. From caring for patients in every area of nursing, to successfully leading health care service lines, Joy has a proven record as an intuitive and decisive leader at health care systems across the Southeast and in New England.

“Roland’s proven track record of leadership and strategic development give Park Ridge Health an even stronger point for growth as a leader in high-quality care,” said Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health President and CEO.

“Park Ridge Health’s integrity as an organization and the incredible people who make up the care teams are what initially drew me to this organization,” said Roland Joy, Park Ridge Health Chief Nursing Officer. “I look forward to working with the care teams to continue the Park Ridge Health dedication to excellence and innovation in health care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit.”

Joy’s primary role is to oversee and coordinate Park Ridge Health’s Nursing care teams and their daily operations. He is a key member of the senior leadership team and will be outlining and implementing best practices for nursing and patient care. Joy has extensive experience in nurse recruitment, training and advancement, development of patient care programs and cross-departmental program strategic planning.

Most of Joy’s time outside of work involves spending time with his wife, their family and friends. He loves being outdoors and looks forward to exploring the adventures awaiting him in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

HENDERSONVILLE & MILLS RIVER FAMILY DENTAL ARE MOVING

HENDERSONVILLE & MILLS RIVER FAMILY DENTAL ARE MOVING

Hendersonville Family Dental and their sister office Mills River Family Dental are moving.

Hendersonville Familty Dental has built an all new state of the art dental office directly behind their current offices on the Greenville Highway. This all new office is expected to open June 7th.

Mills River Family Dental is moving their offices from Boyleston Highway to the Ingles Shopping Center in Mills River right beside Ace Hardware. They expect to be open in this new location June 5th.

Currently, three dentists offer complete dental services at these dental offices.  They are Dr.Michael Stohl, Dr.Alex Jiamachello,and  Dr Adam Scott...and a 4th dentist will be arriving soon.

 

RECENT HEAVY RAINS CREATE CHALLENGES FOR LOCAL APPLE GROWERS

RECENT HEAVY RAINS CREATE CHALLENGES FOR LOCAL APPLE GROWERS

WELL OVER 17 INCHES TOTAL RAINFALL SO FAR IN 2017   

Blessing that it is, especially after being in drought for so long, all the rain we’ve had lately could cause a whole other set of problems for Henderson County apple growers.

Jason Blackwell, who is president of Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association, said recently that the appearance and price of apples and other crops could take a hit.

Henderson County received over two full inches of rain this past Sunday alone, and the total for the year for the Asheville-Hendersonville area is now well over 17 inches. All that rain finlly got us out of a drought classification, but Blackwell says the rain could effect the color of local apples and make them unappealing to customers.

It all depends, he says, on a good spray program for local growers. The fungicides they spray on the apples can be washed off by the rain. And with many orchards in the county located on slopes, the rains delay getting back into the orchards to put more spray on them.

This can also give a harmful fungus more time to grow on the young apples.

Blackwell says if heavy rains should continue to occur, about 50 orchards in the county could be affected. It all depends, he says, on how quickly growers can get back in to spray the apples.

Local growers without a good spray program, he says, could end up with a less than appealing product.

In spite of the cold snap back in March, most apple varieties dodged a bullet and are developing ok. But the next worry is hail which can wipe out a whole crop, like the extensive damage done in a late season hail storm back in 2008.

Henderson County’s apple crop last year, said to be a “good crop but not a full crop, had a value placed on it of about $40 million.

CAROLINA VILLAGE CONTINUES TO GROW

CAROLINA VILLAGE CONTINUES TO GROW

HENDERSON COUNTY'S PREMIER RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PREPARES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION   

The City of Hendersonville is looking at plans to expand the Caroina  Village retirement community.  The Village plans to expand the community by nine units, with a combination of cottage- and apartment-style housing.

“We’re getting ready to serve the next generation of retirees, the baby boomers, which is the largest demographic in some time,” said Executive Director Kevin Parries. “We’re just trying to prepare and provide those services so we can meet the needs in Henderson County.”

Part of the overall project includes 54 units of cottage-style housing west along Carolina Village Road toward Clear Creek Road. The proposed “Clear Creek Cottages” would divide the 54 units among six duplexes and seven “six-plexes.”

The cottages are aimed for independent living similar to the cottages already at Carolina Village. A clubhouse with gardens is also included in the plans.

Carolina Village is proposing to rezone the Clear Creek Cottages property from medium density residential to planned residential development. The land would also have to be annexed into the city Hendersonville.

The other side of the project calls for additions to the current campus. A four-story, 36-unit apartment building called Lakeside Apartments would be placed next to Carolina Village’s main campus building. Plans show that the building will sit by Tranquil Lake where garages currently are.

The independent living apartments are one- to two- bedroom units with their own balconies. Thirty-six parking spaces would be located under the building.

Other additions tied with Lakeside Apartments include a 10-unit garage and covered parking spaces nearby, as well as a new maintenance building near the Carolina Village entrance.

More than 500 people reside at Carolina Village. Parries said the expansion plans came from a two-year strategic planning process to see how they could meet the needs of current and future residents.

“We did that strategic planning, looking at our current property, what are the best uses of that property to be able to meet the growing of people who move here for retirement or move from Hendersonville into a retirement community as their needs change,” Parries said.

A neighborhood compatibility meeting for the project is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 30 at the City Operations Center on Williams Street in Hendersonville

CRITICAL IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA:  WATERFALL SAFETY

CRITICAL IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA: WATERFALL SAFETY

EMERGENCY OFFICIALS:  "THE SAFEST WAY TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE WATERFALLS IS FROM A DISTANCE."

Henderson County's Emergency Management Director Rocky Hyder made that observation on WHKP several years ago...and sadly, since then, lives have been lost around the beautiful waterfalls of Western North Carolina.

Against the backdrop of one of Transylvania County’s most iconic waterfalls – High Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest – park, forest and emergency management leaders will gather on Friday, June 2, at 11 am to spread the word about waterfall safety.

This press event is sponsored by the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority (TCTDA), which promotes tourism to the area through its “Land of Waterfalls” brand.
“Last year, we experienced six fatalities at Transylvania County’s waterfalls,” said Clark Lovelace, executive director of the TCTDA. “Even one life lost in this way is one too many.”
Earlier this year, the TCTDA began working with local leadership at Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park to develop a multi-pronged communications approach aimed at helping educate the public about the dangers associated with what is, arguably, one of western North Carolina’s most storied attractions. The campaign will utilize on-site signage and social media to get the word out.

“It’s ironic that something so beautiful can also be so treacherous,” said Steve Pagano, Park Superintendent at Gorges State Park. “But that’s part of the problem. People become so mesmerized that they don’t always think about the risks.”

The event will take place on National Trails Day, which will give forest and park superintendents the opportunity to also talk about forest safety in general.
“Often, the public doesn’t realize the incredible amount of resources that are required to respond to backcountry emergencies,” said Bobby Cooper, EMS director for Transylvania County. “More than 90% of local emergency responders are volunteers.”

With more people visiting public lands, the strain on emergency services is growing.
“We want to do our best to help prepare people so they can enjoy a forest experience safely and responsibly,” said Bruce MacDonald, a ranger at DuPont State Recreational Forest. “Unlike an amusement park, our forests are not engineered for safety. Visitors need to have that mindset going in.”

While their message is a serious one, forest and park leaders will also convey tips on how to best enjoy the county’s myriad natural resources.
“We have issues with crowding in some popular areas,” said Jeff Owenby, district recreation program manager at Pisgah National Forest. “We’re going to be sharing advice on how people can avoid some of those peak times to enjoy a better experience. We’ll also be talking about how important trail courtesy is between different user groups.”
In addition to tourism, forest and park officials, several representatives from key support groups will be on hand to show their support for the initiative, including Friends of DuPont, The Pisgah Conservancy, Friends of Gorges, Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association and others.

Media should park at the High Falls Parking Lot at DuPont State Recreational Forest where additional transportation will be provided to the event location at the High Falls Picnic Shelter. Media that have special needs or requests can contact Bruce MacDonald at (828) 877-6527 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..