Oklahoma Teachers Declare End to Nine-Day Strike

Most Oklahoma teachers will return to school on Friday, putting an end to a nine-day strike that resulted in pay raises and boosted state funding for education. The demonstrations, which sent teachers by the tens of thousands to the state Capitol each day schools were closed, represented the strongest labor action the conservative state has seen in several decades. The threat of a strike initially prompted legislators to give the teachers a $6,000 average raise this year and add nearly $500 million in education funding. During the subsequent walkout, the legislature passed several other revenue increases to benefit education, including a new tax on online sales and an expansion of… Read More

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Full-service independent publishing company Lioness Press launches in Hendersonville

Press release from Lioness Press: Lioness Press is a new start-up publishing company and publishing services provider owned and operated by Hendersonville resident, Williamaye Jones. Lioness Press aims to release fiction and non-fiction that feeds the soul and makes us think about ourselves and how we live in the world around us. “I like books with meat,” Ms. Jones said, “something that helps me, educates me, makes me think, something that I can relate to.” In her nearly twenty years as a freelance editor for publishing powerhouses such as Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Sterling Publishing, Lioness Press owner, Williamaye Jones, has worked on over 1200 books,… Read More

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Distrust still weighs heavy in water issues

By Leslee Kulba – It didnt seem like a big issue. Henderson County’s Cane Creek Water and Sewer District wanted to merge with the Metropolitan Sewerage District (MSD). Cane Creek already sends the sewage it collects to the MSD’s Woodfin treatment plant. By letting the MSD take over operations, the average customer could save $8 on his monthly $38 bill. Leaving Cane Creek to build its own treatment plant would cost ratepayers considerably more. Consideration of the merger goes at least back to 2012. Then, Representative Chuck McGrady (R-Hendersonville) suggested throwing the Cane Creek acquisition into a bill he and Representative Tim Moffitt (R-Buncombe) were crafting to create a regional… Read More

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Watch Deontay Wilder knock out Luis Ortiz to remain heavyweight champ

Deontay Wilder, left, fights Luis Ortiz during the third round of an WBC heavyweight championship bout Saturday, March 3, 2018, in New York. Wilder stopped Ortiz in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) UAB coach Rob Ehsan has some momentum headed into the Conference USA tournament after a win over Western Kentucky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Nate Darling scored 23 points to lead six players in double-figure scoring and UAB upended Western Kentucky 101-73 on Senior Night in its regular season finale. William Lee added 18 points, Chris Cokley and Zack Bryant had 17 apiece and Nick Norton and Lewis Sullivan had 10 each. Bryant led the team with eight… Read More

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Major quits Army and sends medals back to Queen in protest at eight inquiries into Iraqi death

Major Robert Campbell A decorated major facing his eighth investigation over the death of an Iraqi teenager 15 years ago has given his medals back and quit the Army in protest. Major Robert Campbell, who was wounded in the line of duty, became so disillusioned he returned his medals to the Queen, it has emerged. Buckingham Palace confirmed it sent the major a letter in response, which he described as “very touching”. Major Campbell, who serves in the Royal Engineers, said his decision to resign was a consequence of his career having been “poisoned” by a series of inquiries into the death of the Iraqi in 2003. Ministers are now… Read More

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108 Fourth Avenue, Hendersonville

This exquisite loft condominium in the heart of Historic Downtown Hendersonville offers easy living. With a comfortable blend of warm, rich decor and romantic flair, this loft is full of fine details. Watch the activity on Main Street from above on your private balcony. A wonderful rooftop terrace provides a private oasis. Home Details: APPROX. SQ. FT: 3,668 BED/BATH: 3/3 HALF BATH: 1 Meet the Agent: Sarah Smith Source Article

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Joan E. Tripp

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – Joan Elizabeth (Lovett) Tripp, of Hendersonville, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Elizabeth House in Hendersonville, after her year-long battle with cancer. Joan was born Sept. 18, 1959, in Dixon, and was a 1981 graduate of Duke University. She was an avid runner, compassionate educator, and accomplished musician, who enjoyed playing clarinet in the Hendersonville Community Band. A loving mother and beloved wife, Joan’s number one priority was always her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Tim; four children, Emily, Jeremy, Cameron, and Jordan; grandson, Elijah; brother, Don (Nikki); sister-in-law, Lisa; and parents, Donald and Carol Lovett. She was preceded… Read More

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As prices soar, affordable homes remain scarce

Chart shows rise in building permits issued in Henderson County. The average price of homes continued a sharp rise in 2017 and the total number of homes sold hit the second highest total since 2000 as well. That’s good news for sellers — especially those with a house on the market for under $300,000. But it’s exacerbating the county’s affordable housing shortage for working families. “With the cost of land and the cost of construction, builders just aren’t able to build at the average price,” said Noah George, an agent with Keller Williams who helped 137 clients buy or sell homes last year. “The amount of inventory under 250, it’s… Read More

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