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LOCAL NEWS UPDATES: SCHOOL ENROLLMENT UP, SUPERINTENDENT GETS PAY RAISE; BIG SWEEP TAKES TONS OF GARBAGE FROM LOCAL RIVERS; SPINNING WHEEL RUGS CLOSING; FAIR RE-OPENS; HIGHLAND LAKE ROAD MEETING CANCELLED; NEW COURTHOUSE MONUMENTS; HUNGER WALK; MORE...

FROM WHKP.COM LOCAL NEWS   

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

IN A RECENT COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, IT WAS LEARNED THAT EDNROLLMENT IN hENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS NOW OVER 13,000.  SUPERINTENDENT BO CLDWELL'S SALARY WAS RAISED 5 PER CENT TO KEEP HIS COMPENSATION COMPETITIVE WITH THAT OF OTHER SUPERINTENDENT IN NEIGHBORING SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

BIG SWEEP

THE 30TH ANNUAL BIG SWEEP RIVER AND STREAM CLEAN-UP RECENTLY REMOVED TONS OF GARBAGE FROM LOCAL WATERWAYS.  OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS PARTICIPATED.

SPINNG WHEEL RUGS IS SHUTING DOWN

After eight decades downtown, Spinning Wheel Rugs/Mountain Rug Works is shutting down, as a result of changing market dynamics.

Over the last two months, textile equipment has been gradually emptied from the three red brick buildings on North King Street that once housed Spinning Wheel Rugs/Mountain Rug Mills. Dye vats, frames for hooking rugs and other equipment have been bound mostly for other, functioning textile mills.

“It is with warm thoughts and sadness that we close this era of manufacturing rugs,” Gill Morgan told the Times-News.  Morgan has co-owned Mountain Rug Mills with his wife, Judy, since 1994

MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR RE-OPENED TUESDAY 

WAS CLOSED MONDAY BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER

The fair will continue through Setember 17.  

.NEW COURTHOUSE MONUMENTS

Henderson County's Historic Courthouse will soon have new monuments honoring the Charters of Freedom, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Commissioners have approved he new monuments which will be installed on the south side of the courthouse square, in front of the courthouse steps. 

HIGHLAND LAKE ROAD

MEETING CANCELLED:    NC DOT will be holding a public meeting this coming Tuesday September 12 from 4 to 7 pm in the City Operations Center on Williams Street...to discuss plans to widen and improve Highland Lak Road in the Village of Flat Rock.  The plan is to widen the road, straighten some curves, and place a greenway adjacent to Flat Rock Park.  At least two Flat Rock Council members oppose the plan, along with some members of the community who want the road preserved the way it it.  Mayor Bob Staton says the plan will happen, and he cnourages the Village Council to work with NC DOT.  MEETING WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED LATER   

HUNGER WALK SEPT. 16

Sponsored by the county Hunger Coalition, this year's walk is set for September 16th.  Registrstion will be at 8am at Shelter #1 in Jackson Park with the walk starting at 8:30am.  This yesr's goal ia to raise $100 thousand to fight hunger in our community.  The public is encouraged to participate.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Henderson County’s Board of Commissioners took no action last week on Osceola Lake owner Tony Leoni’s offer to sell the lake to the county for $3 million. At their meeting this week, commissioner’s told Leoni only that they take it under consideration and stay in contact.

Commissioners also debated the best way the provide sewer service to the new $25 million Edneyville Elementary School. Options were discussed, but no decision was made. A closer look and a study will follow-up that discussion.

And county commissioners approved re-zoning for some property in East Flat Rock from residential commercial to industrial. Commissioners and the Partnership For Economic Development pointed out that prime industrial sites in other parts of the county are becoming scarce.

LAUREL PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION CHANGE

The 58-year old Laurel Park Civic Association recently voted to dissolve itself and create a new non-profit called The Friends of Laurel Park. The vote to do this was 133 eligible voters for, and only 3 against it.

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MAIN STREET’S DAD’S COLLECTIBLES HAS MOVED TO SALUDA

Dad’s Collectibles owner Mark Ray announced recently he’ll be moving that business from North Main Street in downtown Hendersonville to Saluda.

Ray Says he been an admirer of the Saluda area for a long time, and the move will allow the business to take a more regional look at tourism.

Lasr Saturday was the last day for the store on Main Street.

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