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Henderson County News

Mills River town clerk is 2019 Clerk of the Year

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Mills River Town Clerk Susan L. "Sue" Powell was honored on Saturday as the 2019 Clerk of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | Sue Powell

Henderson County News

Mills River hires Brevard planner as town manager

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In a broad search for a town manager, Mills River leaders found their candidate close to home.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Board | Daniel Cobb

Henderson County News

Larry Freeman, radio newscaster and former Mills River mayor, dies

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Larry Freeman, a longtime WHKP broadcaster and former mayor of Mills River, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer, the radio station reported. He was 71.   Read Story »

Tags: WHKP | Mills River Town Board | Larry Freeman | Mills River Town Council

Henderson County Business

Mills River board OKs expansion that has split High Vista homeowners

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Tags: Mills River Town Board | land-use planning | Development | disruptive land uses

Mills River News

MRFD chief exhorts council to act on affordable housing

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River Fire Chief Rick Livingston delivered a strong appeal to the Mills River Town Board on Thursday to allow higher density affordable housing, saying the fire department's response times and the community's fire rating are at risk if the squad continues to lose volunteers who can't afford to live in town.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River cautiously endorses NC 280 bikeway

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MILLS RIVER — With as much doubt as enthusiasm, the Mills River Town Council gave a lukewarm blessing to a study for a proposed 15-mile bikeway along N.C. 280 that would cost $8 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | greenways | bicycling | NC 280 bikeway

Henderson County News

Mills River hires familiar face as interim manager

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Council has hired an interim manager to take over administration when Jaime Laughter departs for her new job as Transylvania County manager, and has also settled on a search firm to find her full-time replacement.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Manager Bo Ferguson | Mills River Town Board | Lee Galloway

Mills River News

Laughter named Transylvania County manager

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River Town Manager Jaime Laughter, who shepherded the new town through the building of its Town Hall and Town Park and guided land-use planning while preserving the community's deep farming tradition, has been named county manager in Transylvania County. She will start the new job on Oct. 1.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Board | Jaime Laughter

Mills River News

Mills River OKs more stump grinding

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board has authorized a stump-grinding business on N.C. 280 at Old N.C. 191 to expand.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River reserves up to $3 million

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board in June adopted a $1.47 million budget that keeps the tax rate the same and holds the line on capital spending.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Board | local budgets

Mills River News

Mills River seeks input on multifamily housing

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The Mills River Planning Board wants to know what residents think about higher density housing.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | Mills River Town Board

Mills River News

Mills River strong in farming

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MILLS RIVER — The fertile French Broad Valley of Mills River accounts for about half of Henderson County's $800 million agribusiness economy and about 4,000 jobs, Mark Williams, executive director of Ag-HC, told the Mills River Town Council.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River | Mills River Town Board

Mills River News

Mills River explores NC 280 bike path

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MILLS RIVER — A greenway along N.C. 280 could connect new breweries, parks, rivers and other bikeways, a planning consultant says.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | Ecusta Trail | parks and recreation | greenways | bicycling

Mills River Politics

MIlls River council dumps Snyder, elects Freeman

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MILLS RIVER — In a surprise development, the Mills River Town Council passed over incumbent Mayor Roger Snyder and elected Larry Freeman as mayor on Thursday night.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Board | Roger Snyder | Larry Freeman

Mills River News

A Mills River founder, Pryor stays busy

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MILLS RIVER — When a small group of folks in the Mills River community decided to become a town, Lois Pryor joined the effort.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | Lois Pryor

Mills River Politics

Mills River candidates similar in every way but age

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MILLS RIVER — James Cantrell and Billy Johnston both have deep roots in agriculture in Mills River. Both believe the town should keep taxes low and proceed cautiously on park development. They probably have more in common than separates them.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | 2013 municipal elections

Etowah News

Etowah Valley voters switch precincts for town election

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River voters who usually vote at Etowah library will vote at Mills River United Methodist Church during the Nov. 5 municipal election.   Read Story »

Tags: Etowah | Mills River Town Board | 2013 municipal elections

Mills River News

Sierra Nevada to landscape, light roundabout

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MILLS RIVER — Sierra Nevada plans to light, dress up and maintain the roundabout that workers and visitors will see when they first approach the brewery property at Ferncliff Industrial Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | Ferncliff Industrial Park

Mills River News

Local zoning official wins state award

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Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | land-use planning | Jaime Laughter | Pat Christie

Mills River News

Mills River budget raises town salaries

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MILLS RIVER — In a rare split vote, the Mills River Town Council on Thursday adopted a $1.5 million budget that funds pay raises targeted at the town administrative functions. The council rejected one councilman's proposal to raise salaries across the board by 5 percent, instead adopting the town manager's recommendation for a broad restructuring of duties, titles and pay.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Board | Jaime Laughter | local budgets

Henderson County News

Mills River celebrates its declaration of independence

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MILLS RIVER — Residents of Mills River gathered in the Mills River Town Center Friday to celebrate the town's 10th birthday.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board | Roger Snyder

Mills River News

DOT to fix drainage after flooding on N.C. 191

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MILLS RIVER — State DOT engineers have responded quickly to a severe flooding situation that Mills River residents blamed on a nursing home construction site, a Mills River town councilman says.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | Mills River Town Board | land-use planning

Henderson County News

Old Fanning Bridge Road to close for brewery work

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Old Fanning Bridge Road at the intersection with N.C. 280 (Boylston Highway) near the Buncombe and Henderson county line at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 29, to construct road improvements for the new Sierra Nevada Brewery near the Asheville Airport. The road will be closed until June 21.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board

Mills River News

Mills River OKs new walking trail at park

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board on Thursday authorized a contract for a local construction company to build a 4,170-foot walking trail that loops from Town Hall to the edge of the Mills River at the town park.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board

Mills River News

Mills River set to add new walking trail

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MILLS RIVER —Mills River park runners and walkers will have more pavement to pound by this summer.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board

Mills River News

Growth expected to tax Mills River government

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River will see more growth in 2013 as the economy recovers, commercial businesses take advantage of a new sewer line, the new Ingles supermarket opens and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. starts making beer, town manager Jaime Laughter told the Town Council during its first 2013-14 budget work session.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | supermarkets | Ingles | Legacy at Mills River | Jaime Laughter

Mills River Business

Mills River OKs 50-bed nursing facility

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board gave the go-ahead on Thursday for a $6.8 million 50-bed nursing home on N.C. 191 in Mills River just south of the High Vista residential community.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

PARK GLANCE: Mills River Town Park

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Mills River Town Park   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board | parks and recreation

Mills River News

Mills River delays decision on nursing home

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board delayed a decision Thursday on a 34,000-square-foot 50-bed skilled care nursing home after adjoining property owners expressed concerns about stormwater runoff.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River extends park ranger coverage through winter

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Council agreed Thursday night to extend ranger coverage of the Town Park through the winter so they could keep restrooms open on weekends.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada accelerates launch schedule

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MILLS RIVER — The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is accelerating plans to begin production in Mills River, moving the opening up from November to July of next year.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | Ferncliff Industrial Park

Mills River News

Mills River adopts 1-cent tax increase

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board adopted a $1.4 million budget that increases the tax rate by 1 cent, to 2.24 cents per $100 valuation.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board

Mills River News

Mills River grants $157,000 contract for tennis courts

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MILLS RIVER — Residents should be able to play tennis at the new Mills River Town Park by this fall.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board

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