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Henderson County News

Board turns down street name change

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners said no Wednesday when the family of Barbara Ann Virginia tried a second time to rename a street in Flat Rock in her honor.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Wingate plans nursing, physical therapy degrees in new building

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Henderson County and the city of Hendersonville have agreed to buy an acre of land and build a $16 million health sciences building for use by Wingate University, which plans to add a nursing school and a physical therapy program to its current curriculum at its Hendersonville campus. Pardee and Blue Ridge Community College are also partners in the agreement, commiting to use space in the building as well.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Pardee Hospital | BRCC | Hendersonville City Council | Wingate University | Jerry McGee

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: County should adopt historic tax credit

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By neglecting the work of its own volunteer advisory board, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners is poorly serving the county's rich history and failing to follow through on a mission that it set up.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Commissioners | Historic preservation | Henderson County Historic Resources Commission

Henderson County News

Board bounces budget-busting Courthouse bids

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Henderson County commissioners rejected Grove Street courthouse renovation bids that exceeded the budget by 25 percent and sent a planning team back to the drawing board to scale back the project.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Grove Street Courthouse

Henderson County News

MossColumn: Here we go again

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Commissioner Grady Hawkins says Henderson County's official flag has vanished from our fair land."I've been looking to try to find the Henderson county flag," he said Monday night at the Board of Commissioners meeting. "I guess it's in the chairman's garage."   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Mosscolumn | public art

Henderson County News

Board signals support for tax cut; pay raise possible

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Last year, Henderson County commissioners killed a proposed tax cut in a 3-2 vote. This is an election year, and it appears the idea has support to pass, especially after all three commissioners who voted no last spring indicated that they will support the 1.4-cent cut this year.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County Politics

Tim Griffin to run for County Commission

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Tim Griffin, a law enforcement officer and firefighter for 30 years, plans to run for the Henderson County Board of Commissioners seat held by Tommy Thompson.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Doubling down on power politics

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Efficiency in government this is not.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | County Commissioner Larry Young | Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins

Henderson County Business

County plans to market old fairgrounds for industry

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Henderson County has won a $175,000 grant to grade the old Fairgrounds property and market it for industrial development.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

Henderson County Politics

Commissioners make board appointments

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday made two appointments to the Heritage Museum Board and appointed a new chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | transportation | Henderson County Heritage Museum | Transportation Advisory Committee

Henderson County Business

'Hot & Cold,' 'Precept' projects in line for tax breaks

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners is looking at two proposed economic incentive agreements for new businesses or business expansions.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | industry | economic development | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

Henderson County Politics

Board re-elects Messer as chair

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Henderson County commissioners re-elected Charlie Messer as chairman on a 3-2 vote Monday night, selecting the incumbent leader over Commissioner Larry Young.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young | Henderson County Commissioner Charlie Messer

Henderson County Politics

Commissioners reject mandatory chairmanship rotation

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Three Henderson County commissioners on Wednesday again expressed opposition to changing the way the board elects its leader, although it took no vote on the question.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Sports

Artificial turf dies in cradle

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Like a grand play that looked better in the huddle than on the field, the idea of replacing grass with artificial turf at county football fields went bust before it could get started.     Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | prep sports | Henderson County capital projects

Henderson County News

County to pursue facility for Wingate

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Henderson County commissioners this morning triggered a search for a facility for Wingate University, unanimously directing the county staff to "formulate a plan to locate a facility for Wingate and to work with Wingate University in whatever direction they take."   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Commissioners boot decision on how they pick chair

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Henderson County commissioners on Monday booted a decision on the potentially divisive question of a mandatory rotation of board chairmanship — although three commissioners signaled their opposition to changing the way they select the board's leader.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County spent less, collected more than budgeted, audit says

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Henderson County underspent its fiscal year 2012-13 budget and received more revenue than projected, an audit said.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | local government borrowing | local budgets

Hendersonville News

County takes step toward HHS expansion

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It's as common as tears at Move Up and senior play cameos by Bobby Wilkins to see Hendersonville High School students cross Ninth Avenue between Highway 25 and Oakland Avenue.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Hendersonville High School | Henderson County schools

Henderson County Politics

Hawkins urges voter-elected chair

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Henderson County commissioners on Monday agreed to move ahead on redistricting to equalize the population of the five county commission districts but expressed less agreement on Commissioner Grady Hawkins' proposal to have voters elect the chairman of the board.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Obama's 'cowardly act' to blame for Benghazi, Hawkins says

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Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins blamed "a cowardly act of the commander in chief and the secretary of state (going) AWOL" for the deaths of four Americans one year ago at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi in a politically flavored Sept. 11 memorial on Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sept. 11 | Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins | President Obama

Henderson County Politics

Board endorses Sept. 11 tribute to Benghazi victims

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Henderson County commissioners blessed a request to use the Historic Courthouse next week for an event to commemorate the four Americans who died in the terrorist attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya — an observance that one commissioner said might "answer Secretary Clinton's request of what it really matters."   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sept. 11 | Hillary Clinton

Henderson County Politics

Messer, TDA in fight over museum funding

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A dispute over museum funding has turned into a nasty fight between the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and the Tourism Development Authority.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

County, Pardee seal deal with UNC Health Care

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners authorized Pardee Hospital to form a stronger relationship with management partner UNC Health Care that board members said best positions the county hospital for dramatic and unpredictable changes in the business of health care.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Pardee Hospital | Pardee | UNC Health Care

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: The long way to the right answer

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For a week of summer doldrums — if doldrums and monsoon can co-habitat July — our local government honorables  treated the audience to a fascinating performance.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Hendersonville City Council

Henderson County News

Commissioners appoint two of their own to Pardee board

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Henderson County commissioners appointed two of their own members to the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors today, reappointed board member Walter Carpenter and appointed Jack Summey, a former Pardee Board member.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Pardee Hospital | Pardee

Henderson County News

Commissioners make board appointments

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners made the following appointments on Monday:   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Conservatives win in budget vote

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Henderson County commissioners invested in public safety and crime prevention, granted a modest public school funding request and made good on an overdue promise to Green River this week as they finished up their work on the 2013-14 budget — all without raising taxes.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins | local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County Politics

Commissioners turn down tax cut

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Henderson County commissioners voted 3-2 to keep the current tax rate. Click here for live updates from the MossBlog: Live coverage!   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Commissioner Charlie Messer | Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins | local budgets

Henderson County News

County adds spending, delays tax cut vote

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners ratcheted up a proposed county budget by $1,029,098 on Tuesday, adding a new "peak load" ambulance crew and granting several non-profit agency requests while delaying a vote on a proposed tax cut.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | local budgets

Henderson County News

Commissioners set review of $109 million budget

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Henderson County commissioners received a budget proposal Wednesday that keeps the tax rate at 51.36 cents per $100 valuation with an option to lower the rate to 50 cents.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County News

County recognized for hazardous waste reduction

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A recycling trade association has honored Henderson County for its hazardous waste reduction program.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Recycling

Henderson County News

County drops greenway demand for Jackson Park sewer line

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Thirteen days after they made it,  Henderson County commissioners on Monday dropped a demand that Hendersonville pay for a greenway in return for the county's granting of a sewer line easement through Jackson Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Hendersonville City Council | water issues

Henderson County News

Commissioners appoint Messer, Young to new regional utility board

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday appointed two of its own members plus Mills River  Councilman Larry Freeman to a powerful board that will govern a new regional utility.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | utilities | water issues | Metropolitan Sewerage District

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Pardee better off without politics

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners bent to the reality of both the free market and the government-controlled market when it acceded to a major change designed to eradicate politics from Pardee Hospital's governance.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Pardee Hospital | UNC Health Care

Henderson County News

Commissioners to gather at Pardee after hospital board meets

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners planned to gather at Pardee Hospital tonight for an announcement after the hospital's Board of Directors meets.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Pardee Hospital | Pardee

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Solution desperately searches for a problem

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At the inaugural meeting of Henderson County's Regulation Review Advisory Committee, board members suggested they needed to get hold of the complaint file.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | land-use planning | Henderson County planning

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Board uses codebook it wants to weaken

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A landowner asked the Henderson County Board of Commissioners on April 1 to change the zoning of his 1.7-acre vacant tract on U.S. 64 in Horse Shoe to allow a Dollar General store.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | land-use planning

Henderson County Business

Panel takes aim at rules that block business growth

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A 13-member committee appointed to identify county regulations that impede business growth and job creation held its organizational meeting Thursday night, hearing mostly pro-business comments in introductory remarks by the members in attendance.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | land-use planning | Henderson County planning | Regulation Review Advisory Committee

Henderson County News

Commissioners make board appointments

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners made the following appointments to advisory boards on March 4 (including the commissioner who nominated new appointees):   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

French Broad could connect new greenways

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MILLS RIVER — The French Broad River is one of the best bodies of water to fish for muskie, which is what Bryan Jeffords tried to do on a recent Sunday.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sierra Nevada | Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy | parks and recreation | French Broad Rivers | greenways

Henderson County News

Commissioners endorse historic landmark guide

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The Henderson County Historic Resources Commission finally got the stamp of approval that will allow it to go forward with plans to recognize historic landmarks.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County History | Henderson County Commissioners | Historic preservation | Henderson County Historic Resources Commission

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Damn the facts, full speed ahead

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The Henderson County ABC board and the Henderson County Board of Commissioners seem determined not to let facts sway their inexorable march toward more ABC stores.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young | Henderson County ABC Board | Beau Waddell | Henderson County Commissioner Michael Edney

Henderson County News

Minutes reveal substance of closed sessions

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners in August 2011 considered making an offer of $1.5 million for the Highland Lake Golf Course and planned to share the cost with the Henderson County Soccer Association.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sierra Nevada | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property | Tuxedo Community Park | Athletics and Activities Center

Henderson County News

Attorney general blocks payment to Christian School chief

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The state attorney general's office has blocked the former headmaster of Hendersonville Christian School from collecting any of the proceeds from the school's sale to Henderson County and ordered that a court-appointed receiver handle the money.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Hendersonville Christian School property | Skip Goldsmith

Etowah News

Road could worsen problems at Seven Falls, ECO says

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ETOWAH — Seven Falls landowners are facing an even longer delay to get answers about the future of the failed development.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | ECO | Seven Falls

Henderson County News

County now owns an Athletics and Activities Center

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Henderson County consummated the purchase of the Hendersonville Christian School property  on Thursday, nine days after the lender who held the note on the property threatened to withdraw the bank's consent to the sale.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property | Skip Goldsmith

Henderson County News

Hawkins presses case for 1.4-cent property tax reduction

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Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins urged his fellow commissioners to lower the county tax rate by a penny and a half, saying the rate reduction would free up money for businesses and help every household.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: The water smells funny

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A bad smell rose from the Hendersonville City Council's action last week to pull a resolution on the Asheville-Buncombe water war and it wasn't sewage.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Hendersonville City Council | utilities

Hendersonville News

City sees threat in regional water talk

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Henderson County legislators assured Hendersonville officials that legislation forcing a regional authority takeover of Asheville's city water system is not a threat to Hendersonville's water system, state Rep. Chuck McGrady said. The assurance has not convinced city officials that their system won't become part of a regional system.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Hendersonville City Council | regional water issues

Henderson County News

PARK GLANCE: Tuxedo Community Park

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Tuxedo Community Park   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Tuxedo | parks and recreation | Tuxedo Community Park | Tim Hopkin

Henderson County News

Hawkins proposes 2.7% tax cut

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Grady Hawkins was a new Henderson County commissioner for less than a minute before he made news.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins

Henderson County News

Messer elected chairman of Board of Commissioners

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HOOPERS CREEK — Customers wander into Charlie Messer's store in a steady stream, handing him cash or a credit card for gas, buying a soft drink and a snack, hunting for a washer to fix a bathroom sink.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Commissioner Charlie Messer

Henderson County News

County seeks $500,000 state grant for recreation

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Henderson County will apply for a $500,000 state parks grant that officials say could help pay for the Hendersonville Christian School purchase.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | recreation | parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property

Henderson County News

Sheriff's department to get eight new cruisers

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies are getting new squad cars.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald | Henderson County Sheriff's Department

Henderson County News

Commissioners move toward purchase of school campus

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Henderson County commissioners moved a significant step toward buying the old Hendersonville Christian School property, setting a special meeting for next Wednesday to authorize the purchase.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Report: county thrifty in spending, ahead in revenue

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Henderson County commissioners got news Monday that went against the general perception of government: the county was thrifty in spending and efficient in collecting taxes in the budget year that ended on June 30.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Finance Director Carey McLelland

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Someone should stand up for youth

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners confronts a couple of negative factors, several reasons for caution and at least a half dozen good reasons to buy the old Hendersonville Christian School property.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

PRINT EXCLUSIVE: County eyes purchase of Christian school campus

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners is looking at buying the 9½-acre Hendersonville Christian School property for use as playing fields, indoor recreation and potentially county offices.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | recreation | commercial property sales

Henderson County News

Strip center tenants praise DOT design change

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State DOT engineers offered a compromise today to provide left-turn access into a retail strip center near the intersection of Spartanburg Highway and Upward Road, although the engineers warned that the concession will end up causing   congestion at the busy intersection just to the east.     Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | NCDOT

Henderson County News

Commissioners relax development rules

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners quickly adopted a series of land-use amendments today  that planners said would make it easier and less costly to develop land.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County planning

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Be 'friendly' to the public, too

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The current Henderson County Board of Commissioners styles itself as the friend of business and at the same time a protector of the public's rights. It is possible to be both, the rhetoric of national politics notwithstanding.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County planning

Henderson County Business

County set to roll back development rules

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners, striving to "enhance the county's business friendly climate," is poised to roll back land development regulations.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County planning

Henderson County News

Board endorses farmers' priorities for legislation

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Henderson County Board of Commissioners sent to Raleigh eight ideas for legislation, including one request by Henderson County farmers to allow migrant workers to get drivers permits and another to exempt farmers from a law requiring employers to make electronic background checks of new hires.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County farming

Henderson County Business

County agrees to close on Boyd purchase

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Henderson County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday night to complete the purchase soon of the Boyd Chevrolet property at Five Points provided the dealer agrees to a $10,000 a month leaseback for up to 18 months.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County School Board | Boyd Chevrolet | Cam Boyd | Les Boyd

Henderson County News

Sheriff's settlement bars disclosure of details

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The agreement that settled allegations of misconduct against former sheriff Rick Davis bars Davis and a former female deputy from disclosing details of the underlying allegation, the settlement shows.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sheriff Rick Davis | NC public records law

Flat Rock Life

Playhouse pokes fun at political fuss

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse actors poked fun at the politics swirling around the theater Monday night during the annual Dark Night Revue fundraiser.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County News

County appoints leader for new Tourism Authority

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners began the process Monday of restructuring the county tourism promotion activities under a new Tourism Development Authority, appointing former county manager and current Apple Festival director David Nicholson as chairman and preserving current employees' status as county employees.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Refinancing saves $1.3 million

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Henderson County taxpayers will save $1.3 million thanks to the refinancing of a 2005 loan used to build the county Human Services building and pay for renovation and new construction of Dana Elementary School.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Finance Director Carey McLelland

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Our destructive county commissioners

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Has there ever been a time when the county's elected leaders did more damage to the best interests of their constituents than the current Henderson County Board of Commissioners is doing?   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Pardee Hospital

Henderson County News

County plans no appeal of Davis public records ruling

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Former Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis has lost an ally in his effort to keep secret a lawsuit settlement that preceded his resignation last fall.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sheriff Rick Davis | First Amendment cases

Green River News

County shoots down Flat Rock ETJ request

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FLAT ROCK — Henderson County officials have delivered a response to a request by the Village of Flat Rock to extend zoning authority beyond the village boundaries: no way.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Village of Flat Rock | Henderson County land-use plan

Henderson County Politics

They said what?!! (the Flat Rock Playhouse transcript)

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Here are excerpts from public debate, comments and interviews by the Hendersonville Lightning about the Flat Rock Playhouse and proposed occupancy tax.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

Commissioners appoint county ABC board

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Henderson County now has an ABC board. Whether it has a new liquor store may take a while.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Commissioners get personal during Playhouse debate

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The Flat Rock Playhouse tax survived to fight — and be fought over — another day.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Opinion

10 reasons to support the Playhouse tax

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Ten reasons why the Henderson County Board of Commissioners should raise the occupancy tax and direct the money to the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Flat Rock Business

Facing questions, Playhouse leaders defend funding request

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FLAT ROCK — Facing hostile fire from a Henderson County commissioner and questions from the public, Flat Rock Playhouse leaders are defending the hotel tax funding that the organization could receive if the Board of Commissioners goes along.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | 2012 occupancy tax increase

Hendersonville News

Hotel tax wins approval

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The Legislature has passed the bill that will raise Henderson County's hotel tax provided county commissioners go along.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Rep. Chuck McGrady | Sen. Tom Apodaca

Henderson County Politics

Justice closes campaign account

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FLETCHER — Dennis Justice, the unsuccessful candidate for District 2 of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, closed his campaign account after reporting that he raised $1,013.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Pardee Hospital | Park Ridge Health | Pardee-Mission joint venture | Mission Hospitals

Henderson County News

Commissioners adopt budget in 4-1 vote

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Henderson County commissioners voted 3-2 Monday night to adopt a $107.5 million budget, ending a contentious process that saw board members raise their voices and exchange accusations.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Smiley's a big donor to O'Connor

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Grady Hawkins raised $1,876 and loaned his campaign $3,000 in his successful bid to unseat incumbent Commissioner Bill O'Connor on May 8, campaign reports show.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Raise tourism tax for Playhouse

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners, the county's tourism arm and the Hendersonville City Council should endorse a proposal to direct hotel tax money to support the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Hendersonville City Council

Flat Rock Business

Citing 'urgent cash need,' Playhouse launches fundraising blitz

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FLAT ROCK — Citing an "an urgent need for cash to support its operations," the Flat Rock Playhouse has launched a 30-day fundraising blitz to raise $300,000.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners

Flat Rock Business

Playhouse defends economic impact figures

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse officials are defending the economic impact data they have been using in their appeal to local governments for funding in the upcoming budget year.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Hendersonville City Council

Flat Rock Business

Young rejects hotel tax for Playhouse

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Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young, who also chairs the county Travel and Tourism agency, opposes adding a penny to the county's current 5 percent hotel tax.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners

Henderson County Politics

O'Connor pitches pay raise, rips colleagues as 'Democrats'

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Commissioner Bill O'Connor on Tuesday harshly criticized the Henderson County school system and his fellow commissioners, saying they were "overspending" like Democrats.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County politics | Henderson County Commissioners

Mills River Opinion

EDITORIAL: Budget blues

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It's budget season, the time for panic, self-preservation and posturing.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County politics | Henderson County Commissioners | Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board

Henderson County News

County budget keeps tax rate flat

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Henderson County Manager Steve Wyatt on Wednesday recommended a $105 million budget for the new fiscal year that is lower than the current year's spending plan — by $385.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County politics | Henderson County Commissioners

Henderson County Politics

Commissioners, School Board on bumpy road toward funding

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After a heated dialogue at a meeting last week, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and School Board could be edging closer to détente and an agreement for higher school funding next year.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

County poised to fund brewery roads

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MILLS RIVER — Henderson County will make its first sizable cash investment in the Sierra Nevada brewery if the Board of Commissioners follows a staff recommendation.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Sierra Nevada

Henderson County Business

DOT 'compromise' gets lukewarm reception

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DOT engineers offered a compromise design that could help retailers along Spartanburg Highway near Upward Road but Henderson County commissioners sounded less than placated.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | NCDOT | road construction | Spartanburg Highway | Upward Road widening

Henderson County News

Early voting picks up

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More than 1,000 Henderson County voters turned out for the first two days of early voting last week and the pace seemed to be picking up on Monday, Henderson County Elections Director Beverly Cunningham said. Click here to view sample ballots   Read Story »

Tags: politics | Henderson County politics | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Board of Elections | Beverly Cunningham

Edneyville News

Commissioners approve solar farm application

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After a month-long study that resulted in a 47-page Planning Department report, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners wound up back where it started and authorized a new solar farm that a property owner requested.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County | Edneyville | Energy | Solar power | Henderson County Commissioners