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Henderson County News

'Crosswalk' commemorates crucifixion

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More than 60 people participated in a silent walk with a large cross through downtown Hendersonville in the annual Good Friday "Crosswalk" led by First United Methodist Church.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Long-playing 'Fantasticks' is a fresh treat

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The first conspicuous thing about "The Fantasticks" is the set, which has transformed the Playhouse Downtown into a new space.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

Flat Rock News

Village to dedicate park trail on Tuesday

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The Village of Flat Rock will dedicate the perimeter trail at The Park at Flat Rock during a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.   Read Story »

Tags: Village of Flat Rock | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County Business

Remodeling work outpaces new construction

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Residential and commercial construction in the first quarter of 2014 came in under the first quarter of 2013 while the overall construction value, boosted by a surge in home remodeling work, ticked up by 5.2 percent, the Henderson County Building Inspections Department said.   Read Story »

Tags: economy | construction

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock administrator graduates

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Village Administrator Judy Boleman graduated last week from the municipal administration program at the School of Government at UNC at Chapel Hill.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Carden earns tourism certification

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Beth Carden, executive director of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, earned certification as a Travel Marketing Professional after completing a three-year program through the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Life

Let's win this bloomin' thing!

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Volunteer gardeners are getting ready to dig, plant, water and weed ahead of Henderson County's effort to be named one of America's prettiest communities.     Read Story »

Tags: Gardening

Hendersonville News

Only minor injuries reported in huge condo fire

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A huge fire destroyed most of a condo building on West Allen Street and sent four people to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Register of Deeds forum is a sedate affair

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The only candidate forum devoted to the Henderson County Register of Deeds office was as controversial as the office title suggests.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Register of Deeds election

Henderson County News

Dr. Don Jones retires as head of Ed Foundation

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Dr. Don Jones, a spirted advocate for education and a tenacious fundraiser for student scholarships, announced his retirement as executive director of the Henderson County Education Foundation on Thursday. He has served for 14 years in all, including four years as president and the past 10 as director.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

D.A. affirms no-charge call in gun shots

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Henderson County sheriff's deputies filed no charges after shots broke out in a fight among four people, sending one to the hospital with a gunshot to the gut.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Fantasticks' opens as first theater-in-the-round show

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"The Fantasticks," the world's longest running musical, opens Thursday and runs through May 11 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Bass Pro Shops to open in Upstate

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Bass Pro Shops, the popular retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear, announced plans Wednesday to open a store in Spartanburg County in 2016.   Read Story »

Tags: retail

Henderson County News

WHHS editor runner-up in national competition

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A West Henderson High School student who had already been named the North Carolina High School High School Journalism was a runnerup for National High School Journalist of the Year and received a $1,000 scholarship.   Read Story »

Tags: West Henderson High School | Lauren Stepp

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Santa-Maria a gale force in 'Laughter'

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A year ago I walked into "The Odd Couple," the spring opener for the Flat Rock Playhouse, expecting to spend two hours wracked by gales of laughter. The show was kind of a dud.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

PBA announces endorsement in sheriff's race

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The Mountain Chapter of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association announced its endorsement in the Henderson County sheriff's election.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Register of Deeds forum set for Thursday

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Organizations are holding one campaign forum this week and two next week ahead of the May 6 primary election.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state House District 117 election | 2014 Board of Commissioners election | 2014 Register of Deeds election

Fletcher News

Alert Fletcher officer makes arrest in tractor theft

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FLETCHER — A Fletcher police officer who spotted a pickup truck hauling an excavator from the Fletcher Town Hall construction in predawn darkness thought that something didn't look right.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Bearwallow water

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Intrepid inquirer Matt Matteson answers questions for Lightning readers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

DSS honors social worker and father of 5

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday authorized a memorial to a county social worker and father of five who died unexpectedly on Jan. 21 at the age of 40.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Collis quits city Planning Board

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The Hendersonville City Council has two Planning Board appointments to make after the resignation of Jeff Collis and Fred Dutcher.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | land-use planning | Hendersonville City Councilman Jeff Collis

Henderson County News

How local leaders reached the Wingate deal

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When the proposal to renovate the old Grey Hosiery Mill for Wingate University fizzled last October, it looked like the college would pack up from its leased space on King Street and move to Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

Tags: Wingate University | Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

MossColumn: Win is a win win win win win

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Toward the end of a tour of the new Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., a photographer had a question for brewery manager Brian Grossman.       Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Community College | Pardee | Blue Ridge Community Health Services | Wingate University | Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Fireworks erupt in Lapsley-Young race

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Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young and challenger Bill Lapsley differed sharply in their portrayals of Wingate University's decision to create a pharmacy school here in the most heated conflict of the night Wednesday during a candidate forum.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Hendersonville News

Environmental groups may merge

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ECO, the Hendersonville-based conservation advocacy organization, is considering a merger with the Western Carolina Alliance, an Asheville-based organization with a similar mission.   Read Story »

Tags: ECO | environment | Environmental & Conservation Organization

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WTZQ to broadcast tonight's candidate forum

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Local radio station WTZQ AM-1600 will air tonight's Henderson County Board of Commissioners primary candidate forum live.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Lightning

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Don't miss this week's edition of Hendersonville Lightning, a record-tieing 64-page issue chock full of news, features and essential information about the upcoming May 6 primary.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Life

Marshall boys share portrait of famed jurist ancestor

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Jim, Tom and Frank Marshall, sons of Jim and Cosy Marshall and direct descendants of Chief Justice John Marshall, presented the Henderson County Heritage Museum with a portrait of their ancestor last week.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Heritage Museum | Jim Marshall Jr. | Tom Marshall | Frank Marshall

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Censorship of climate change data is 'stupidity,' McGrady says

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady fended off criticism over funding of schools last week, saying "we're going to do better" on funding. Pointing to his own rise in leadership roles, McGrady, who chairs a House committee that shapes the public education budget, pledged to use that power to help schools.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state House District 117 election

Hendersonville News

Ask Matt ... about rooftop restaurant downtown

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The Lightning's intrepid researcher answers readers' questions.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McCrory appoints Orr to fill D.A. vacancy

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Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Hendersonville native and former state Supreme Court justice Bob Orr to fill the vacant district attorney's seat serving Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Apodaca ranked 2nd in effectiveness

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca ranked second in an annual evaluation of legislators' effectiveness conducted by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state Senate race

Henderson County Business

BIG FOREST: The courtship of Sierra Nevada

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Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada prepping for visitor experience

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MILLS RIVER — During a tour of the new Sierra Nevada brewery, Brian Grossman led visitors into the brewhouse, where four magnificent kettles extended from floor to ceiling. Shaped — ironically — like an upside-down wine glass, the kettles had copper skin and curved lines.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Shedding nerves, HHS band awes Carnegie Hall audience

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Hendersonville High School's symphonic band rose to the occasion at Carnegie Hall in New York City last week, bringing the audience of students and parents to their feet for an extended ovation.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS band program

Henderson County News

State schools chief to meet Marlow's 'Shining Stars'

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State schools Superintendent June Atkinson will visit Glenn Marlow Elementary School next week as the keynote speaker for the school's Shining Star Showcase, the culmination of a 10-week program that helps girls "shine" from the inside out.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

WHHS journalist named tops in the state

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Lauren Stepp, a senior at West Henderson High School, has been named the North Carolina High School Journalist of the Year by the North Carolina Press Club and the Scholastic Media Association.   Read Story »

Tags: West Henderson High School | Lauren Stepp | Brenda Gorsuch

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 Four Seasons Politics

Sheriff's candidates spar over morale, school officers

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Candidates for Henderson County sheriff strongly agreed on one topic — the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms — and differed sharply on Wednesday night on department morale, the rate of hiring to fill openings and the need for sheriff's deputies in schools.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 sheriff election

Hendersonville Life

Lions march to fight hunger

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The Hendersonville Lions Club is inviting members of the community to join the club on Friday, April 4, for the Lions World Lunch Relay, which brings families and friends of Lions together with families and friends of Lions around the world to share a meal and celebrate the value of service.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Land conservancy holds annual meeting Sunday

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will present the Lela McBride Award for significant contributions in conservation during its annual meeting at Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6.   Read Story »

Tags: land | Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy | land conservation

Henderson County News

Local news briefs

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Military trying to ban Jesus, chaplain says

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Retired Army Chaplain Ronald W. Benzing says the military is trying to ban Jesus.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

ECO to host candidate forum on April 24

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ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization, will host primary candidates at a forum at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the City Operations Center.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election

Henderson County News

Asheville man charged with secretly taping minors

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a 41-year-old Asheville man with making images "to arouse or gratify sexual desire" and with "possessing a photographic image obtained in violation of the peeping statute," alleging that he secretly taped teen-age girls in the shower, the sheriff's department said.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

County names new public health director

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The Henderson County Board of Health has named Transylvania County public health director Steve Smith as the new public health director in Henderson County beginning May 5.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Henderson County Public Health Department | Henderson County Public Health Director Steve Smith

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County News

Appeals court grants new trial for Jason Young

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The state Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial in a sensational murder case that has a Brevard connection.   Read Story »

Tags: murder cases

Henderson County News

Mills River says yes to brewery, no to beer

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MILLS RIVER — An offer from Mills River's most high-profile employer to raise money for the Town Park with an event that sold its signature product was not enough to persuade the Town Council.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Sierra Nevada | parks and recreation

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Main Street, shabby road, family trees

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The Lightning's inquisitive researcher gets answers for readers.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Veteran drummer creates 'Spinterviews' of musical greats

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Rob Tolleson dates his start as a music journalist to age 10 when he was growing up in San Francisco in the Sixties.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | performing arts | Spinterviews | Rob Tolleson

Henderson County News

Volunteers recycle blue bins for schools to use

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Volunteers with two conservation groups finished delivering 584 blue bins to 21 Henderson County schools this week, recycling the unneeded plastic boxes for ... recycling.     Read Story »

Tags: ECO | environment

Henderson County News

Courthouse going blue for Autism Awareness

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The Historic Courthouse will be lit blue in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month starting Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Local chef wins competition

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Tea Party announces endorsements for sheriff, County Commission

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Tags: 2014 election | 2014 sheriff election | 2014 Board of Commissioners election | 2014 11th Congressional District election | 2014 10th Congressional District Election

Henderson County News

Local nominee is state Boys & Club Youth of the Year

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Aleigha Edwards of the Hendersonville club has been named the North Carolina Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Summey campaign holding barbecue, bluegrass event

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Hendersonville Business

Retail renaissance under way on city's south side

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Two expanded retail stores opened relocations in the past week as part of a retail renaissance on the south side of Hendersonville. Customers flocked into the new Stein Mart beside the Fresh Market and began shopping at a new CVS on South Main Street. A new Ingles superstore to replace the chain's older supermarket at 625 Spartanburg Highway is in the planning stages.   Read Story »

Tags: CVS South Main project | supermarkets | Southgate Shopping Center | Ingles | Fresh Market | Stein Mart

Henderson County News

Wind knocks out power for thousands

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Duke Energy reported more than 8,400 power outages in the southern mountains as high winds swept into the area Saturday night and early Sunday. By Sunday afternoon, crews had restored power most the affected homes.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

League kicks off candidate forums next week

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The League of Women Voters of Henderson County will kick off candidate forums for the 2014 primary on Wednesday night.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election

Henderson County News

Pardee ranked No. 7 nationally in patient safety

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On the heels of other reports that ranked Pardee Hospital highly for quality of care, surgery and affordability, the Henderson County-owned facility has notched a national ranking. It's one of the safest hospitals in America, Consumer Reports magazine said.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | Pardee | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Special Needs hoops and cheers

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Paige Allen lines up her cheerleading squad and shouts out the cheer.   Read Story »

Tags: Donnie Jones | Special Needs Baseball

Henderson County News

Man befriended, stole from elderly priest, deputies say

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a 41-year-old local man with stealing almost $6,000 from an elderly Catholic priest who was recovering from a broken hip.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ag commissioner launches program to save hemlocks

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CEDAR MOUNTAIN – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced the allocation of seed funding for a new effort to restore North Carolina's hemlock trees to long-term health.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Hendersonville Life

Little Theatre elects new board members

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The Hendersonville Little Theatre elected a 2014-15 Board of Directors during its annual meeting on Sunday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

YMCA to show off $700,000 renovation

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The Hendersonville YMCA is set to show off a $700,000 renovation and promote an emphasis on healthy living through exercise, better diet and education.   Read Story »

Tags: YMCA | health and fitness | Jesse Shepherd

Edneyville News

Georgia man charged with vandalizing school, church

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EDNEYVILLE — A quick response by officers from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Georgia man who vandalized Edneyville Elementary School and a church, the department said in a news release.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Sheriff's Department | burglaries

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP eyes then drops boycott of League forum

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The League of Women Voters has set campaign forums for April 2 and April 9, although it is fighting a whisper campaign among Republicans calling for a boycott.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election

Henderson County News

Local news briefs

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about snowbird count

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The Lightning's Matt Matteson gets answers to reades' questions.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Mills River Farmers Market sets vendors meeting

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Farmers Market will hold its annual vendor meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station on Fanning Bridge Road in Mills River.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Planning Board votes no on affordable housing proposal

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The Housing Assistance Corp. plans to pursue approval of a 64-unit apartment development despite a negative recommendation on rezoning from the Henderson County Planning Board.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Chamber to host election forum

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Henderson County News

Arrests expected for illegal gaming at bowling alley

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Sheriff's investigators expect to make arrests after serving a search warrant Wednesday night based on a citizen's tip of illegal gaming machines at the Tarheel Lanes bowling alley on Asheville Highway.   Read Story »

Tags: gambling

Henderson County Business

Pardee, Park Ridge ranked in NC survey

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Park Ridge Health in Fletcher ranked third in patient satisfaction and Pardee Hospital was among six smaller hospitals to make a business magazine's list of "Best Hospitals" in North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Brown opening campaign headquarters on Friday

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Hendersonville Life

Food Lion donates $2,500 to Salvation Army

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The Food Lion Charitable Foundation donated $2,500 to the Salvation Army to help buy food for needy families and individuals.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Vote for Ted is a vote for the mill?

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If Ted Alexander's longshot campaign for U.S. Senate is successful, prospects for the Grey Hosiery Mill could brighten.   Read Story »

Tags: Grey Hosiery Mill | 2014 U.S. Senate race

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Former T-N reporter seeks Nesbitt's seat

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Here's a blast from the past.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Economic development on two wheels

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To better express what's at stake, the Friends of Ecusta Trail should go ahead and change the name of the proposed greenway to the Jobs Creating Tourism Promoting Economic Development Fueling Exercise Inducing Greenway.     Read Story »

Tags: economic development | Ecusta Trail | bicycling | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

North Carolina Sports

Rumbling Bald Resort announces new golf pro

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LAKE LURE — Rumbling Bald Resort announced that it has hired Adam Bowles as its new head golf pro.   Read Story »

Flat Rock News

Two village leaders would delay new park entrance

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FLAT ROCK — Concerned about escalating construction costs and unknown operating costs, two members of the Flat Rock Village Council have suggested a moratorium on new spending and a second look at whether a new entrance is needed at a price of almost $1 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Hendersonville News

Ethlyn Byrd, a devoted teacher, dies at age 70

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Ethlyn Sims Byrd, a longtime Henderson County teacher who excelled in getting through to developmentally challenged students and pushing high achievers to their potential, died Friday at Pardee Hospital after an illness of about two months. She was 70.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Park Ridge to test DUI blood samples

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FLETCHER — Park Ridge Health is entering into agreements with local prosecutors to process blood alcohol samples taken by law enforcement officers, speeding up the process and potentially helping to catch up on a backlog of cases.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Crossroads Grille opens in Horse Shoe

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HORSE SHOE — Growing up, James Wilson learned to cook because his older brothers wanted to eat.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Horse Shoe

Fletcher Business

Gov. McCrory to visit Fletcher

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FLETCHER — Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to visit Fletcher Friday to celebrate the opening of an 80,000-square-foot expansion of the Continental Teves Inc. plant to manufacture its electronic parking brake.   Read Story »

Tags: economic development | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Gov. Pat McCrory

Mills River News

Workshops set for N.C. 280 greenway

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  MILLS RIVER — Bicycle riders and others interested in a bikeway along N.C. 280 in Mills River are invited to attend drop-in workshops this week.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | bicycling

Mills River Business

Mills River adopts 10-year building pact with Sierra Nevada

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MILLS RIVER — The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Mills River Town Council have ensured that future development on the 180-acre brewery campus will remain in the town of Mills River.   Read Story »

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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 Four Seasons Politics

Republicans choose in Senate straw poll

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Greg Brannon, a Tea Party favorite with the backing of Rand Paul, Ron Paul and talk radio firebrand Glen Beck, won a straw poll for the U.S. Senate nomination during the Henderson County Republican Party convention on Saturday.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Republican Party | 2014 U.S. Senate race

Fletcher News

Carroll Wilkie, devoted Hoopers Creek supporter, dies at age 86

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HOOPERS CREEK — Carroll Weldon Wilkie, a longtime federal agriculture agent, former state senator and devoted supporter of his community and state, died Thursday at an assisted living center in Rock Hill, S.C., at age 86.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Nine inducted into Education Hall of Fame

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The Henderson County Education Foundation enshrined nine more people into its Education Hall of Fame during the 12th annual TD Bank/HCEF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies Thursday in the Hendersonville Country Club.   Read Story »

Etowah News

Ecusta Trail advocates launch drive for support

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A simple billboard featuring an image, two words and a web address marks a major new push by Ecusta Trail supporters to raise awareness about the greenway and potentially sway voters in a crucial Transylvania County election.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | greenways | bicycling

Green River News

Schencks attend White House conference on conservation

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Missy and Sandy Schenck, executive directors of Green River Preserve, were nominated by the American Camp Association to attend the White House Champions of Change conference on Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders.   Read Story »

Tags: land conservation

Henderson County News

Happy spring! It might snow next week

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"I'm here," said spring. "Not so fast," said Old Man Winter. "You're too young to push me off stage."   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | 2013 rainfall | 2014 weather

Henderson County News

Duke gives $250,000 for brewery and winery training at BRCC

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Duke Energy awarded $249,867 to and Blue Ridge Community College to help train new and current workers in the growing brewery, winery and cider-making industry in Henderson and Transylvania counties.   Read Story »

Tags: BRCC | Sierra Nevada | Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Burntshirt Vineyards | breweries

Henderson County News

McGRAW BACKS OUT OF PLEA AGREEMENT

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COLUMBUS — Murder defendant Travis Lee McGraw backed out of a negotiated plea bargain this morning just as a special court hearing on the plea and his sentence was to start.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Shoppers flock to new Stein Mart

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Shoppers flocked to the new Stein Mart on Thursday and browsed among new lines of men's clothes and housewares in addition to women's clothing.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Southgate Shopping Center

Henderson County News

'Inequality for All' showings set Monday

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"Inequality for All," an expose by Robert Reich on America's widening income gap, will be shown at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Kaplan Auditorium of the Main Branch of the Henderson County Public Library on Washington Street.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McDonald opens campaign office

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald announced an open house for his new campaign headquarters on Friday afternoon.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 sheriff election

Henderson County News

Bar bids farewell to a friend and mentor

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FLAT ROCK — The pews of St. John in the Wilderness creak with history, which was fitting, given that on Wednesday afternoon the old church hosted a big portion of the men and women who have made history in the courtrooms of Hendersonville over the past 50 years.   Read Story »

Tags: Prince | Youngblood & Massagee | Boyd B. Massagee Jr. | Boyd B. Massagee III

Henderson County News

Huneycutt chosen to head HopeRx

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HopeRx, the communitywide initiative to fight prescription drug abuse, has hired Julie Huneycutt to serve as its director.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Lightning

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Henderson County Life

High school actors to produce, perform in WHEN

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Theater students from Henderson County public high schools will perform in the annual WHEN Project at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 21, at the HHS auditorium.   Read Story »

Tags: theater | performing arts

Flat Rock News

Kiwanians honor top cops

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A state trooper who never got his boss to a promised lunch, a Fletcher officer who works in his spare time on a program to help children with autism, a sheriff's sergeant who volunteers as a middle school track coach, a Laurel Park officer and top bicycle racer who teaches bike safety and a two-time Hendersonville Police Department officer of the year were honored last week by the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady credited for no vote on bill that helped Duke

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady got an important cameo in this week's story by the Associated Press on efforts by Duke Energy to minimize the utility's cost and exposure from coal ash pollution.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows to keynote GOP convention

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will deliver the keynote address and local Republicans will hear from three U.S. Senate candidates and members of the county's legislative delegation during the party's annual convention on Saturday at the Opportunity House.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Student and mentor reunited Saturday in HSO performance

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Growing up in Marietta, Ga., Christopher Martin studied under the guidance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which at the time included Larry Black, now the principal trumpet for the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra.   Read Story »

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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 »

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Henderson County News

BRCC giving up baseball field

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Four years after Blue Ridge Community College pulled the plug on its controversial baseball program, BRCC officials are giving up management of the most visible vestige of the short-lived Blue Ridge Bears.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mintz family hopes for answers this week

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Three years after their mother's murder, Andrew Little Gray and her sister hope for answers this week when their former stepfather appears in court in Columbus for a special hearing on the case.   Read Story »

Tags: Vanessa Mintz | Travis McGraw | murder cases

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Lapsley hosts reception, launches website

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Henderson County Board of Commissioners candidate Bill Lapsley held a campaign reception and fundraiser at the Cedars on Thursday, drawing a crowd of more than 80 people, his campaign said in a news release.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Boyd B. Massagee Jr., a 'lawyer's lawyer,' dies at age 81

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Boyd B. Massagee Jr., one of the old lions of the Henderson County Bar and a highly respected attorney who practiced in Hendersonville for more than 50 years, died Thursday at the Elizabeth House. He was 81.   Read Story »

Tags: Prince | Youngblood & Massagee | Boyd B. Massagee Jr. | Youngblood and Massagee | Boyd B. Massagee III

Henderson County News

St. Paddy's parade is Saturday on Main

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Irish eyes will be smilin' at the 2014 Parade of the Leprechauns in Downtown Hendersonville on Saturday, March 15.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Mike Edney launches campaign website

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Twenty years ago, few people were regularly using the Internet. Political campaign managers soon discovered that the Internet was a great way to bypass conventional media and tell their candidates' story directly to voters and supporters — while tacking on a handy, easy to use "Donate" button. Political websites have been common in state and national campaigns since the late '90s.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Berger hails Apodaca's (potential) coal ash fix

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N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger put state Sen. Tom Apodaca in the spotlight in the controversial Duke Energy coal ash cleanup, saying the Hendersonville legislator will draft a solution "that protects ratepayers and addresses the environmental problems presented by coal ash ponds."   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

HHS mock trial teams win awards

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The Hendersonville High School mock trial teams recently completed competition in the 2014 North Carolina Advocates for Justice Mock Trial competition, winning numerous awards.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Three Senate candidates confirmed for GOP convention

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The Henderson County Republican Party has confirmed three U.S. Senate candidates for its March 22 convention, including the two candidates tied for the lead in a poll this week.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP sets forums for local races

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The Henderson County Republican Party plans a series of Thursday night campaign forums in April that it hopes will include all 15 Republican candidates on the primary ballot for local office.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election

Hendersonville News

Veterans get free breakfast at Dixie Diner next Thursday

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Veterans can eat breakfast for free next Thursday at the Dixie Diner, thanks to Hendersonville grading contractor Jim Miller and HonorAir.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sex offender arrested for being on school grounds

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies arrested a 24-year-old local women on one count of using a social media website as a sex offender after investigators discovered she was using a social media website under a false name.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Man charged with soliciting child by computer

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A 37-year-old local man was charged Wednesday with a felony count of soliciting a child for sexual favors by computer.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Life

Fourth Avenue may be city's first bike-sharing road

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Hendersonville could get its first "bicycle boulevard" soon, thanks to the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club and the City Council.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Man charged with church burglary

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Hendersonville Business

Editor named to N.C. newspaper board

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CHAPEL HILL — Bill Moss, editor and publisher of the Hendersonville Lightning, was elected to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Press Association during the NCPA's 2014 Winter Institute and Annual Meeting last month.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Area quilters displaying their work on Saturday

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Area quilters will display their work during the National Quilt Day exhibit at Blue Ridge Mall this Saturday, March 15.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Hendersonville native brings modern dance to Asheville

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Chase Brock, the Hendersonville native who made it big on Broadway as a dancer and choreographer, will bring his dance company to Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre this month for three shows.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about snow days, R&B crowds, celebrity house

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The Lightning's Matt Matteson answers readers' questions.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

City, ECO join to give out recycling bins

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The city of Hendersonville will give out 550 recycling bins to 21 Henderson County public schools and the Henderson County Boys and Girls Club in a joint project developed by the city's Environmental Sustainability Board and the Environmental Conservation Organization.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: YouTheatre's 'Charlotte's Web' opens Friday

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Flat Rock Playhouse's YouTheatre will premiere its production of "Charlotte's Web" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

DOT awards contract for Dana bridge repair

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DANA — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for improvements to the bridge over Saconon Creek on Stepp Mill Road in Henderson County. The project includes grading, drainage, paving, installing a retaining wall and retrofitting the existing structure, which was built in 1958.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Planners vote no on Ninth Ave. business zoning

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The Hendersonville Planning Board voted 7-1 against a rezoning request that would have allowed medical offices, retail uses and other businesses on Ninth Avenue, with one board member saying he feared opening "a Pandora's box" of unknowns on the mostly residential city street.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Last-second loss a win after all

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It could have passed unnoticed, a single coaching call in a single basketball game among thousands of basketball games played on a Saturday morning in the middle of winter.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Life

Poet named Sandburg writer-in-residence

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FLAT ROCK — Poet Adam Bresson has been named the 2014 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, a program that runs from March 26 through April 15, the historic site and the Friends of Carl Sandburg Connemara announced.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

'Mills River' will be on Sierra Nevada label

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MILLS RIVER — The question had come to mind ever since the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced 26 months ago that it would build its East Coast brewery on the French Broad River in Mills River.     Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Mills River welder helps Time make skyhigh photos

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MILLS RIVER — Phil Weber has made and repaired all kinds of structural steel creations, from solar panel frames to steep-grade home foundations to the roller coaster at Ghost Town in the Sky.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Preservation group will market Grey Mill

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Developers who think they can take possession of the historic Grey Hosiery Mill and turn it into an economically sustainable, job-creating, people-attracting development may now come forth and prove it.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

The Odds of March: Snowfall ranges from dusting to 6 inches

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The Hendersonville area woke to a winter snow storm that brought widely disparate amounts of snow, from a dusting in the Hendersonville area to 2 inches in Flat Rock and Tuxedo to 6 1/2 inches on top of Sugarloaf Mountain. As if to underscore the ever-changing climate of Lion-and-Lamb March, by Saturday afternoon we'll be basking under sunny skies with highs in the mid 60s.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | 2014 snow

Henderson County News

Planners cool to historic property tax breaks

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After working for six years on a way to recognize historic landmarks, the Henderson County Historic Resources Commission sent to the Planning Board a draft ordinance that would allow the county to grant historic preservation tax breaks.     Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County History | Henderson County Historic Resources Commission | historic homes

Henderson County News

Mills River leaders oppose NC 280 median

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MILLS RIVER — When the DOT asked the Mills River Town Board what it thought about a N.C. 280 widening project with a concrete median, the board answered emphatically: No.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | road construction | roads

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Tom Hill launches another run for Congress

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Tom Hill says he will base his campaign for Congress on appealing to voters face to face.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Friend of press is friend of public

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It would have been easy for state Rep. Marilyn Avila to go along.     Read Story »

Tags: newspapers

Henderson County Business

You callin' me cheap? Thanks, Pardee says

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Alan House, the chief financial officer for Pardee Hospital, stood in front of a screen filled with logos of raters that had recognized the hospital for quality, safety and patient satisfaction: Consumer Reports magazine, the Leap Frog Group, Women's Choice, Health Grades and others.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McDonald holding BBQ fundraiser on Saturday

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald will hold a barbecue and campaign fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Apple Valley Middle School on Fruitland Road.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 sheriff election

Hendersonville Business

NCPA honors Lightning for news, editorials, website

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CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina Press Association honored the Hendersonville Lightning with six awards in the 2013 News, Editorial & Photojournalism Contest, including first place awards for investigative reporting and for its website, HendersonvilleLightning.com.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Democrats to view 'State of Conflict'

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Local Democrats are hosting a viewing of the Bill Moyers documentary, "State of Conflict," which examined the role of campaign money in the rise of the Republican Party that resulted in supermajority control of the Legislature and the election of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.     Read Story »

Henderson County News

Oldies concert Sunday will benefit HHS Carnegie Hall trip

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Friends of the Hendersonville High School band are putting on a "Bands for Carnegie" fundraiser to raise money for scholarships for the band's Carnegie Hall trip this month.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City hires deputy fire chief

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A fire captain from Rocky Mount has been named deputy fire chief for the Hendersonville Fire Department. He is filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Fire Marshal Robbie Henderson.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Companies seek tax incentives for adding 27 jobs

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Two Henderson County plants could receive tax incentives totaling $98,470 for expansions that would 27 new jobs. The Henderson County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings and take up the requests during a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

Henderson County Politics

Commissioners make board appointments

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners reappointed two members to the Recreation Advisory Board and in a split vote appointed a new board member to replace Gary Eblen, who is going off the board.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Courthouse renovation bids come in 25% over budget

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Henderson County officials sent an architect and contractor back to the drawing board after bids for work on the Grove Street courthouse came in 25-30 percent higher than projections.   Read Story »

Tags: construction | local government borrowing | Henderson County Board of Commissioners

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of the Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Education Hall of Fame announces 2014 inductees

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The Henderson County Education Foundation on March 20 will enshrine nine more people into its Education Hall of Fame for exemplary contribution to local public schools.   Read Story »

Tags: Education | Henderson County Education Foundation | Henderson County Education Foundation Hall of Fame | Don Jones

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Oldest of '19 and counting' opens for Harris

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Warming up the crowd and introducing U.S. Senate candidate Mark Harris last week was Josh Duggar, the eldest child of the "19 and Counting" couple who star in a reality television series.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Senate candidate Harris hints at impeachment

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Red meat was on the menu when Mark Harris spoke to the Republican Men's club last week.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: The right move on Seventh Avenue

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The birth pains of a new governance for Historic Seventh Avenue District were on display Monday night when city leaders and the existing Seventh Avenue board met to talk about the future.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Historic Seventh Avenue

Henderson County News

One nabbed, another flees in robbery filmed on tape

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies have obtained warrants for two men thought to have committed the armed robbery that was caught on tape on Feb. 21 at the El Chapulin store at 1726 Old Spartanburg Road. One is in jail under a $200,000 bond in Greenville, S.C., and the other fled.   Read Story »

Tags: crime

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Brown announces campaign event on Saturday

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Hendersonville News

Council could resurrect apartment proposal for mill

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The city of Hendersonville is inching closer to redevelopment of the historic Grey Hosiery Mill for rental apartments.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Sandburg home generates $5 million, report says

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FLAT ROCK — The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site attracted 93,429 visitors who spent $5,027,500 in communities near the park in 2012, helping to support 74 jobs in the area, a National Park Service report said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

BRCHS opens clinic in Spindale

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Blue Ridge Community Health Services has opened its new clinic in Spindale, offering medical and behavioral health services and a discount pharmacy. Plans are in the works to add dental services next year.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Blue Ridge Community Health Services | Affordable Care Act

Hendersonville Life

HHS band prepares for return to Carnegie Hall

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On a sunny Saturday afternoon, a hundred musicians are going over and over the pieces that they will perform in a month.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS band program | Fran Shelton

Henderson County News

Speak Out event picks $10,000 Promise winner

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Henderson County News

United Way celebrates 2013 campaign

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United Way of Henderson County (UWHC) celebrated the 2013 Campaign at its LIVE UNITED Celebration and Annual Meeting today. The event, held at and sponsored by Lake Pointe Landing, was attended by 120 volunteers, business representatives and community members.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Dana Elementary receives Honorable Mention in White House Student Film Festival

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Dana Elementary students entered the first-ever White House Student Film Festival and received an Honorable Mention for their short film, " 21st Century Techno-Leaders."   Read Story »

Hendersonville Business

Stein Mart to double in size

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Stein Mart will more than double its floor space and add men's and children's departments and home wares at South Center Shopping Center.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Lightning launches new campaign notebook

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Welcome to Four Seasons Politics.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Four Seasons Politics

McGrady launches campaign website

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady, who is one of the more communicative politicians around here, launched a new website when he filed for a third term in the state House last week.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Kilpatrick says experience preps her for deeds office

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Evona Johnson Kilpatrick says her 30 years worth of experience researching titles at the Henderson County Register of Deeds office has prepared her to run the office.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Don't miss Lightning exclusives

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: HHS band rehearses for Carnegie Hall

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On a sunny Saturday afternoon, just over a hundred musicians are going over and over the pieces that they will perform in just over a month.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS band program | Fran Shelton | performing arts

Hendersonville Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Mill appraisal is worth reading

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There is no reason for the city to have spent $4,500 on a new appraisal of the Grey Hosiery Mill if its governing body is going to ignore what the appraisal said.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Hot-selling Fox Chase adding 12 more houses

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The soundtrack of seven-day-a-week sawing and hammering is a thing of the past across most of Henderson County.     Read Story »

Tags: economy | real estate

Hendersonville Life

Rhythm & Brews flops stage, adds early show

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This year's edition of the popular Rhythm & Brews concert series will feature changes that organizers hope will ease crowded conditions, entertain early arrivers and fix the beer line problem once and for all.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Local resident appointed to Dispute Resolution board

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Henderson County resident Lucas Armena has been appointed to the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Security camera gets good images of bad guys

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A security camera recorded images of an armed robbery at a convenience store on 1726 Old Spartanburg Road and investigators are asking for help in identifying the robbers.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: More work set for park

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  FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council last week authorized a $15,411 contract for stream and creek work and tentatively committed about $150,000 to renovate the clubhouse for restrooms at the village’s new park.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Arts After Dark' debuts tonight at BRCC

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"Arts After Dark," postponed by last week's snow, debuts tonight with food from a variety of restaurants and vendors, beer and wine and musical and dramatic entertainment.   Read Story »

Hendersonville News

City, Elks partner to repair park restrooms

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The city of Hendersonville and Elks Lodge 1616 have partnered to repair restroom facilities at Sullivan Park on Ashe Street in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

And the nominees are ...

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The Speak Out for Kids campaign has announced the five finalists for its $10,000 Promise Competition for the best idea to help children succeed.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Web-based forums identify gaps in '5 Promises'

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During a discussion of early childhood education, a reading coach explained how word problems on standardized math tests had changed.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Falderal wine shop to close

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Falderal Winery, a downtown wine shop at 131 Third Ave. West, is closing next week.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail | Henderson County wine industry

Henderson County News

Veterans get free breakfast at Dixie Diner on Thursday

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If you want to take a veteran to breakfast, Thursday would be a good day. You can treat for free.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | military veterans | Jim Miller

Henderson County News

Music on the Rock presents ‘The Beatles’

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One of Music on the Rock's most popular concerts, "The Beatles," returns to the Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St., at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The show features Music on the Rock regular Ryan Guerra in a celebration of the Fab Four's music.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

State warns of powerful drug that kills

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State health officials and law officers issued a strong warning on Thursday about a powerful synthetic drug that is believed to be responsible for an overdose death last month in Transylvania County and two others across the state.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

County bans smoking at building entrances

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People who have a problem walking through a cloud of cigarette smoke on the way in and out of the county's public  buildings will get some relief and smokers will be driven further away under a modified smoke-free policy the Board of Commissioners enacted today.   Read Story »

Tags: health | Henderson County Board of Commissioners

Edneyville Business

Apple growers elect 2014 president

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Jerred Nix was re-elected president of the Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association during the organization's Winter Apple School on Feb. 5.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Reward grows in firehouse shooting

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Crime doesn't pay, but stepping forward to share information about one that has been committed just might in Mills River.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

DOT awards contract for casino bridge

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The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for construction of a bridge that will create access to a new casino in Cherokee County.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Cherokee Eastern Band | casinos | gambling

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Wood, Apodaca spar over Duke Power donations

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N.C. Senate candidate Rick Wood criticized state Sen. Tom Apodaca over a Duke Energy coal ash spill into the Dan River, saying the incumbent "would be in a better position to speak out for legislation to remove coal ash dumps if he would stop accepting campaign contributions from Duke Energy."   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state Senate race

Henderson County News

Woman in stolen ambulance leads police on chase

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A 31-year-old woman driving a stolen ambulance led police on a chase through Hendersonville for several miles before the officers used stop sticks to end her run.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Police Department | crime

Hendersonville News

Ask Matt ... about gas-guzzling emergency responders

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The Lightning's intrepid researcher Matt Matteson gets answers about local matters.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Celebration of Dr. Harley's life is set

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The family has scheduled a celebration of the life of Dr. J. Crit Harley from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Elizabeth Leigh Inn, 908 5th Avenue West.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Reward offered in firehouse shooting

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MILLS RIVER — Someone fired 13 rounds into a Mills River fire station, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Worse, the bullets could have injured or killed someone had firefighters been there at the time, Mills River Fire Chief Rick Livingston said.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

City forms advisory board for Seventh Avenue

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The Hendersonville City Council is moving the management of the Historic Seventh Avenue District under the authority of City Hall, a change that council members say will result in a sharper focus on revitalizing the area.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Dean's Deli set to reopen Monday

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FLAT ROCK — Dean's Deli is scheduled to reopen Monday after a renovation by the new owners.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Local chef picked for NC competition

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Chef Michelle Bailey and the Highland Lake Inn have been selected to compete in the annual "Got To Be NC" dining competition, Fire on the Rock.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Apodaca 'dead serious' about killing coal ash ponds

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State Sen. Tom Apodca has turned into one of the strongest voices in his party calling for immediate action to eliminate the threat of coal ash ponds to North Carolina rivers.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | environment | water quality | water issues | 2014 state Senate race

North Carolina News

NC's death toll from snowstorm climbs to five

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Two Good Samaritans helping push cars on I-40 in Raleigh were killed when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver, two people died of heart attacks shoveling snow and a fifth died after sliding on black ice into a telephone pole, the governor's office said.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 snow

Henderson County Life

United Way breakfast fundraiser is Sunday at Three Chopt

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The United Way of Henderson County is inviting supporters to enjoy a Valentines weekend breakfast and help a good cause at the same time.   Read Story »

Tags: United Way | non-profit organizations | fundraisers

Henderson County Opinion

Meadows gets an opponent, Apodaca reacts to Dan River

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CAMPAIGN NOTES: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows announced his candidacy for reelection in the 11th Congressional District, saying he needs to continue fighting for jobs and Christian values and against "excessive government spending."   Read Story »

Tags: NC 11th Congressional District | 2014 election | Mosscolumn

Henderson County News

So far, the power is staying on

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So far the power has remained on.   Read Story »

Tags: snowstorms | 2014 snow

Henderson County News

Crit Harley, ER doctor, mediator, former councilman, dies at age 66

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Dr. J. Crit Harley, an emergency room physician, former Hendersonville City Council member and marriage and family counselor who treated stress with humor and compassion, died unexpectedly at an Atlanta hospital after an illness of several weeks, friends and a Henderson County emergency management official said.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

City sets meeting for Dana residents

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Dana residents whose wells were found to be contaminated with a farm chemical can learn more about tapping onto a city water line during a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | water quality | water issues | Dana contaminated wells

Henderson County Politics

Cash donations trip up McDonald campaign

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald and his supporters were pleased when they took in thousands of dollars at a golf tournament and campaign fundraiser last Nov. 1 at Etowah Valley Country Club.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | 2014 sheriff election

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about public space, free fuel, balconectomy

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The Hendersonville Lightning's intrepid researcher answers readers' questions.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

New chief nurse starts work at Pardee

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Denise Lucas has begun her duties as the new chief nurse at Pardee Hospital.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Insurance fight helps fill Apodaca's campaign fund

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A fight between insurance giants helped fill state Sen. Tom Apodaca's campaign treasury last year.     Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | campaign finance | 2014 state Senate race

Henderson County Politics

Thompson to run for second term

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Thomas H. "Tommy" Thompson announced today that he would seek a second term as the Henderson County Commissioner for District 4, meaning all three incumbents have announced their intention to run again.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Moles to retire as register of deeds, King is first to file

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Nedra Moles, who has served as Register of Deeds since 1994, said Monday will not run for a sixth term.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | 2014 Register of Deeds election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hospitality industry honors Sen. Apodaca

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N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association, the leading association for North Carolina's $18.8 billion hospitality industry, has named Sen. Tom Apodaca as its Hospitality Champion of the Year.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | 2014 state Senate race

Henderson County Politics

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Election 2014 officially opens

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Snow could not stay candidates from their appointed round on Monday.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | 2014 sheriff election | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Hendersonville News

After spill, Apodaca seeks report on coal ash ponds

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After a coal ash spill into the Dan River posed a threat to drinking water supplies, state Sen. Tom Apodaca asked a joint environmental committee to look into all coal ash ponds in the state.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | environment | water quality | water issues

Henderson County Politics

Meadows raised less cash than fellow freshmen

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Freshman U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows raised less money than his peers in the House and has less cash on hand but it may not matter. With filing opening today, Meadows has no opponent in sight for the 2014 election.   Read Story »

Tags: NC 11th Congressional District | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows

Hendersonville Business

Friends honor flower shop owner, Edneyville '68

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A crowd of longtime friends turned out recently for a surprise retirement party for Sandra Walker, who is closing her Southern Traditions flower shop on Seventh Avenue and moving a scaled-down version to a shop at her home.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Retired deputy is first Democrat to announce for sheriff

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Martin "Marty" Katz, a retired deputy with the Broward County Sheriff's Department, plans to file for the Henderson County sheriff's job as a Democrat when filing opens today.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Donors to 'Step Into Philanthropy'

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Supporters of charitable giving will "Step Into Philanthropy" for the annual Vintage Carolina fundraiser for the Community Foundation of Henderson County next month.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Passenger traffic at AVL climbs by 7%

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The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority reported a 7 percent increase in passenger traffic in 2013 and the third highest number of total passengers in the past decade.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Vocational Solutions celebrates progress

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Vocational Solutions celebrated two job-creating successes last week with a ribbon cutting and reception.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Sieber withdraws as candidate in sheriff’s race

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Former Henderson County deputy Robert Sieber has withdrawn as a candidate for Henderson County sheriff.   Read Story »

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

Hendersonville News

City delays closing Ninth Avenue for HHS expansion

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The Hendersonville City Council postponed the closing of Ninth Avenue between Church and Oakland streets for at least a year based on a request from Henderson County schools officials.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

$1 million grant clears way for Dana water line

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State agencies have awarded the city of Hendersonville grants of almost $1 million to fund the emergency water line serving Dana residents whose drinking water supply was found to be contaminated with a farm chemical.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Historic Brookland wins landmark status

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Brookland, built in 1836 as a summer home and isolated on a 9½-acre hilltop even while surrounded by post-World War II subdivisions, is now an official historic landmark in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Sheriff seeks feedback on services

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office in partnership with Western Carolina University is mailing a community survey to 4,500 random addresses in Henderson County over the next few weeks, Sheriff Charles McDonald announced.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

More charges brought against school officer

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Former Henderson County Deputy Daniel Lee Lindsey, 27, of Hendersonville turned himself in to authorities at the Henderson County Magistrate's Office to be served with three more felony warrants late Wednesday evening.   Read Story »

Hendersonville News

City may annex Upward Road lot

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An Asheville couple is seeking to annex a .4-acre lot on Upward Road near East Henderson High School into the city of Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Planners reject City Council's order on code change

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If the Hendersonville City Council follows through on its pledge to repeal a parking lot requirement members described as burdensome, it will do so against the recommendation of the city Planning Board.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Tri-color flag leads in poll

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Ever wondered why Henderson County has no official flag?   Read Story »

Tags: arts | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Politics

Lapsley to challenge Young for Dct. 3 seat

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Local businessman, professional engineer and longtime community volunteer William (Bill) Lapsley announced today that he will seek election for the District 3 seat on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. The seat has been held for the past 12 years by Mr. Larry Young.   Read Story »

Tags: William G. Lapsley and Associates | 2014 Board of Commissioners election | Bill Lapsley

Henderson County News

Teachers urge commissioners to support schools

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About 30 public school teachers turned out Monday night to urge the Board of Commissioners to do more to support education in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

McDonald to kick off campaign Thursday

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The Committee to Elect Sheriff Charlie McDonald will formally kick off McDonald's election campaign at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mountain Lodge, 42 McMurray Road.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Whitmire announces re-election bid

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State Rep. Chris Whitmire, a first-term Republican who represents Transylvania, Polk and southern Henderson County, announced his intention to seek re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: 'Four Seasons' tells the tale

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The Hendersonville City Council spent most of a day this month brainstorming about Hendersonville's image.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Hendersonville City Council | tourists | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Politics

District attorney makes endorsement in sheriff's race

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District Attorney Greg Newman praised Sheriff Charlie McDonald and urged Republicans help the incumbent continue in the job.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

For veterans, there is such thing as a free meal

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Jim Miller has always been prone to buying meals for service men and women.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Whitson's next chapter set in church

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David Whitson spent his career crunching numbers, collecting tuition and paying the bills for three community colleges. In a change of pace, he took a job as assistant county manager for Henderson County, a new challenge that he found fulfilling.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Community College | Religion | Churches | David Whitson

Henderson County Politics

Former commissioner joins Griffin's team

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Henderson County Board of Commissioners candidate Tim Griffin on Friday night announced the formation of his campaign committee, including former commissioner Don Ward as the head of his steering committee.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson | 2014 Board of Commissioners election | Tim Griffin

Henderson County News

Agency extends deadline for '5 Promises' contest

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In response to requests for more time, the Children & Family Resource Center has extended the deadline for a business plan competition from to Feb. 10.   Read Story »

Tags: Children and Family Resource Center | 5 Promises campaign | Speak Out for Kids

Henderson County Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Chamber bestows top awards

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A South Florida transplant who served as a civic leader while helping lead one of Hendersonville's most productive and respected construction companies for more than three decades was honored Friday night with the G. Ray Cantrell Award, the highest award presented at the annual Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Donation for new roof 'answer to prayer' for vet program

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Donors to Hendersonville-based HonorAir came through with the final $7,000 needed to match a Veterans Administration grant and pay for a new roof at a residential rehabilitation and job-training center for homeless veterans.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Veterans Day | military veterans | military affairs | Veterans Restoration Quarters

Henderson County Politics

County GOP hopes to land big-name Senate candidates

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The Henderson County Republican Party postponed its annual convention a week in hopes of getting a good lineup of U.S. Senate candidates.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Tea Party leader set to chair GOP

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Tea Party activist Glen Englram is expected to become chairman of the Henderson County Republican Party on Feb. 10, when current Chairman Andrew Riddle files for a seat on the Board of Commissioners.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mishandling of file postpones murder trial

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A Superior Court judge ordered the Eric Cornell Wilson murder trial postponed after it came to light that defense lawyer's notes ended up in the office of the district attorney.     Read Story »

Tags: crime | Greg Newman | District Attorney 29B

Hendersonville Life

Rhythm&Brews named top new downtown event

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A year ago, Hendersonville's Rhythm & Brews Concert Series seemed like something of a high-risk idea.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Arrest warrants: SRO's sexting started before sexual relations

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The school resource officer accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student sent pictures of his anatomy to the teenager 16 times over three months, according to arrest warrants filed in Henderson County court.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City seeks applicants for business panel

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The city of Hendersonville is seeking applicants to serve on an advisory panel that the City Council formed to examine how regulations affect business.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Q&A: Newman 'will not be fearful of trying the case'

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Greg Newman is comfortable in the courtroom.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Tax incentives work

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners launched the new year with two important commitments that will lead to new jobs.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | editorials

Henderson County Politics

McDonald campaign acknowledges error in cash donations

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Sheriff Charles McDonald said today his campaign made an error in accepting cash donations of greater than $50. Under state law, individuals cannot make cash donations of more than $50. At a golf tournament fundraiser last year, some golfers had paid their entry fee in cash. The campaign had no caught the error at the time, McDonald said.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 sheriff election

Henderson County News

New cold front brings chance of snow

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The frigid air will be back Monday night and this time it could bring snow.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Speak Out for Kids launches web-based forums

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Starting Saturday, local people without leaving their home or office can participate in an effort to improve children's lives.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Father, 19, charged with breaking baby's skull

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A 19-year-old Hendersonville man was charged with felony child abuse after his three-month-old son was hospitalized with a fractured skull and extensive bruises to his face, the sheriff's department said.   Read Story »

Tags: crime | domestic violence

Henderson County Politics

McGrady promises focus on teacher pay

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady joined a growing list of incumbents calling for higher teacher pay as he announced his intention to seek a third term in state House.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | 2014 election | 2014 state House District 117 election

Henderson County News

Library celebrating 100th birthday all year long

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In celebration of 100 years of serving the community, the Henderson County Public Library has organized a series of events throughout the year leading up to its official birthday celebration in September.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County public library | Bill Snyder | Trina Rushing

Hendersonville Life

Got fruit? ECO's heritage tree sale ends Wednesday

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Looking for a great way to produce fruits and nuts in the yard or garden?   Read Story »

Tags: farming | ECO | non-profit organizations

Hendersonville Business

Local lawyer is tops for estates, magazine says

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Robert H. "Bob" Haggard, who practices in the Hendersonville office of the Van Winkle law firm, is featured this month as the top tax and estate-planning lawyer in Business North Carolina's annual survey of the profession.   Read Story »

Tags: legal profession | Robert H. Haggard | Van Winkle Law Firm

Henderson County News

After 'heat wave,' polar air coming back

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You can set aside the heavy layers, gloves and toboggan today don't stow them far.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Two sent up for 9 years for dealing meth

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Two immigrants here illegally have been sentenced to nine years in federal prison after investigators charged them with dealing methamphetamine in January 2013.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

'Why We Relay' video inspires cancer-fighting campaign

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Katie Temple got an assignment in middle school to make a report on a word and how that word affected her life. She made a video. Her word was "compassion."   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | Relay for Life

Henderson County Politics

Riddle promises tax cut, higher teacher pay

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Andrew Riddle, a Hendersonville contractor and the current Republican Party chairman, promised lower taxes and higher teacher pay Friday as he debuted a website supporting his campaign for a seat on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Expanding here, Shorewood to close Indianapolis plant

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Henderson County's gain was Indiana's loss last week when ASG-Shorewood announced that it would expand its East Flat Rock plant.   Read Story »

Tags: economic development | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Shorewood

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about drinking water safeguards

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Q. Regarding the recent chemical spill in West Virginia that made Charleston's tap water unsafe to drink, wasn't there once talk about moving the Mills River water intake upstream from the N.C. 280 bridge?   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Facing 15 new charges, school officer jailed under $1.35 million bond

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A former school resource officer who faces charges of having sex with a 16-year-old student was charged on Thursday with 15 more counts, the Henderson County Sheriff's Department said. Having bonded out on Saturday, he was jailed again on Thursday night, this time under a $1.35 million bond.   Read Story »

Tags: Sheriff Charlie McDonald | Deputy Daniel Lindsey | school resource officers

Mills River News

Mills River manager won't seek tax increase

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River Town Manager Jaime Laughter told the Town Council Thursday that she does not plan to recommend a tax increase in the 2014-15 budget.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mother of four named Mediation Center coordinator

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Angela Bryner of Hendersonville has been named the new community mediation coordinator at the Mediation Center. Bryner recently began working out of the Mediation Center's Hendersonville office at First and Grove streets.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | Mediation Center | Angela Bryner

Henderson County News

Special Needs Baseball adding basketball and cheerleading

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Henderson County Special Needs Baseball, which has attracted more than 100 handicapped children and adults to games at Jackson Park, is adding a basketball season complete with cheerleaders next month.   Read Story »

Tags: Donnie Jones | Special Needs Baseball

Henderson County News

Wyatt names new assistant county manager

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Henderson County Manager Steve Wyatt has promoted budget analyst Amy Brantley to assistant county manager, replacing David Whitson, who is leaving to become a church administrator in Candler.   Read Story »

Tags: County Manager Steve Wyatt | Assistant County Manager Amy Brantley

Henderson County News

Employee plans 2,633-mile hike for Thrive

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A staff member of the Thrive mental health agency plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in April and raise money for Thrive Clubhouse with every mile walked, Thrive Executive Director Kristen Martin announced.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sheriff's job fair attracts new candidates

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Adam Merrill finished a tour of the Henderson County's Sheriff's Department and headed out to meet his wife and children, hopeful that the steel-barred warren of the Grove Street complex might be his next workplace and the start of a stable career. He applied for a job as a detention officer.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

Thorns & Roses: Political finesse, smoking ban, cheering for Duke

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A look by the Hendersonville Lightning at the good and bad:   Read Story »

Tags: County Manager Steve Wyatt | editorials | County Attorney Russ Burrell

Hendersonville Life

Mainstay offers chocolate tasting event

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Mainstay will host a drop-in chocolate tasting event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dandelion Cafe at 127 Fifth Avenue West.   Read Story »

Tags: Mainstay | non-profit organizations

Hendersonville News

Dr. Strickland, who practiced here for 50 years, dies at age 84

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Dr. William H. "Bill" Strickland Jr., who practiced family medicine in Hendersonville for more than 50 years, delivering hundreds of babies and then doctoring them through the years, died on Saturday, which was his 84th birthday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sub-zero wind chills return this week

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The Hendersonville area will plunge back into the deep freeze starting Tuesday night with a low around 8 degrees and windchill as low as minus-9, the National Weather Service said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Community remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

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Before World War II, Bert Miller and a friend, Singleton Williams, raised a garden together. When they went downtown to sell their produce, Miller did better than Williams, Bert's son Jeff Miller said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Jennie Giles pursues mission for local history

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Jennie Jones Giles is talking about how the General Assembly stole Saluda from Henderson County by redrawing the Polk County line.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Community College | History | BRCC | Jennie Jones Giles

Henderson County Politics

Passions run high in campaigns for sheriff

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Having run the Henderson County Sheriff's Department for almost two years carrying out a pledge of reform and professional standards, Charlie McDonald might have gone into the election season confident that no one would oppose him.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | 2014 sheriff election

Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 24-hour Play Festival

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Twenty-seven high school actors teamed with mentors from the Flat Rock Playhouse on Saturday to write and perform original plays in the second annual 24-hour Play Festival.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sheriff reacts to arrest of school officer

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Investigators arrested a Balfour Education Center school resource officer on three felony charges of having sex with a 16-year-old student after the Sheriff's Department received allegations of inappropriate conduct, the Henderson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.   Read Story »

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

Henderson County News

East Flat Rock man charged with indecent liberties

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The Henderson County Sheriff's office charged a 59-year-old East Flat Rock man with taking indecent liberties with a child on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

$50,000 grant will help St. Gerard expand capacity

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St. Gerard House has been awarded a grant for $50,000 by the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation to provide salary support for clinical staff as well as general operations.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River to seek grant for ballfields, parking

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River will apply for a grant from the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to help pay for the next phase of Town Park improvements.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Apodaca will run on record of job gains, local service

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca said he plans to run on his 12-year record in the state Senate when he faces challenger Rick Wood this fall.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | 2014 election | 2014 state Senate race

Henderson County Life

Treadway stars in Little League comedy

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Popular Flat Rock actor Scott Treadway will star in the comedy "Rounding Third" at North Carolina Stage Company in Asheville Jan. 29-Feb. 23.   Read Story »

Tags: Scott Treadway | North Carolina Stage Co. | Charlie Flynn-McIver | Angie Flynn-McIver

North Carolina Politics

NC launches app for weather, traffic, disaster aid

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Gov. Pat McCrory and the state's public safety director announced the launch of a new smart phone app that contains real-time traffic and weather information, information on hazardous events and storms, phone numbers and links to all North Carolina power companies to report outages and links to websites for those who need help recovering from a disaster.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | Gov. Pat McCrory | NC Ready

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about bike lanes, alarms, road work

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AskMatt answers your questions.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Riddle kicking off campaign with Super Bowl party

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Andrew Riddle will kick off his campaign for a seat on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners with a Super Bowl party and fundraiser at Moe's Original Bar B Que downtown on Feb. 2.   Read Story »

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Fletcher Life

Moss to speak on 'Rugby Grange'

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum will host local author Bill Moss, who will present a slide show and talk on his book, The Westfeldts of Rugby Grange, at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Historic Courthouse.     Read Story »

Tags: History | Bill Moss | Henderson County Heritage Museum | historic homes | Vaughan Fitzpatrick | Westfeldt family | Rugby Grange

Henderson County News

New prosecutor sworn in for District 29B

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Asked whether his newest prosecutor would specialize in a specific area, District Attorney Greg Newman said she would "specialize in helping us."   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County OKs Boyd garage for Rescue Squad

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The Henderson County Rescue Squad needs a garage. Henderson County owns a big one it's not using. Need met opportunity Wednesday.   Read Story »

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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

Hendersonville Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Life

Students, YouTheatre collaborate as playwrights

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Henderson County high school theater classes and YouTheatre crews of the Flat Rock Playhouse are teaming up for the second annual 24-hour playwriting challenge this weekend.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

East Flat Rock packaging plant adding 50 jobs

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EAST FLAT ROCK — ASG (AGI Shorewood), a global packaging company that specializes in consumer products packaging, announced Tuesday that it plans to expand the company's East Flat Rock plant and add 50 jobs.   Read Story »

Tags: economic development | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Shorewood | East Flat Rock

Henderson County Business

ECO sets forum on environmental 'rollback'

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ECO, Environmental and Conservation Organization, will host a public forum on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 at the City Operations Center to focus on what it described as a rollback of environmental protections in North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | ECO | environment | Environmental & Conservation Organization

Henderson County News

NC A&T professor to speak at MLK event

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Blue Ridge Community College will host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20, featuring North Carolina A&T State University political science professor Derick Smith as guest speaker.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

McCrory taps Newman for DWI task force

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Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Henderson County District Attorney Greg Newman to the North Carolina Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sandburg trail section closed for repairs

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FLAT ROCK — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trail Crew will begin trail work on a portion of Memminger Trail on Tuesday.   Read Story »

Tags: hiking | Carl Sandburg National Historic Site | parks and recreation

Henderson County Politics

Wood kicks off education-centered campaign

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MILLS RIVER — Backed by a team of advisers with more than 100 years of combined teaching experience, Rick Wood kicked off his campaign for state Senate on Saturday, promising to reverse decisions he said have crippled North Carolina schools.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Rick Wood | 2014 election | 2014 state Senate race

Hendersonville News

Council grants Miller impact fee refund

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After a lengthy and at times tense discussion, the Hendersonville City Council voted Thursday to grant council member Jeff Miller a refund of $10,875 for a water impact fee he had fought for three years.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

City forms panel of business advisers

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Next time the Hendersonville City Council takes up a new water fee, regulation and large zoning amendment, the council could bounce it to a business advisory board for comment and review.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Council eases terms of $25,000 recycling grant

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday postponed a $25,000 payment that a recycling operation owner had pledged to the city for buying rollout recycling carts.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

High school senior alert: 70 scholarships available

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The Community Foundation of Henderson County is seeking applicants for 70 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Annual report details $2.5 million in local grants

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The Community Foundation of Henderson County received more than $3.6 million in contributions, had more than $77.6 million in assets and awarded more than $2.49 million in grants to nonprofits and scholarship recipients this past fiscal year, the foundation said in its annual report.   Read Story »

Tags: Community Foundation of Henderson County | Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award | non-profit organizations | philanthropy

Flat Rock News

Village opens bids for park work

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FLAT ROCK — Pace Construction and Engineering submitted the low bid for removing two buildings at the Park at Flat Rock, the new park at the former Highland Lake golf course property.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Recycling company owner reneges on grant pledge

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The recycling company owner who pledged a $25,000 grant to the city of Hendersonville for switching to rollout recycling containers wants to renege on the offer.   Read Story »

Tags: Recycling | American Recycling

Hendersonville News

Council to take up Miller's $10,875 water fee refund

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Jeff Miller the business owner got into the Hendersonville City Council race in part because he believed the city's commercial water impact fees were outrageously high.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Jeff Miller | water issues

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Politics

Citing achievements, Young declares for a fourth term

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Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young said he will seek a fourth term on the Board of Commissioners, running on what he described as a record of achievements over the past 12 years and citing projects he'd like to help shepherd to fruition in the next four.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Duke urges customers to reduce demand

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Due to extremely cold temperatures and high energy demand, Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas customers have used more energy than any previous winter day, the utility said in a news release.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Fletcher chief Summey becomes 5th sheriff's candidate

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Erik B. Summey, a former Henderson County sheriff's deputy and current Fletcher police chief, on Tuesday became the third Republican to announce plans to challenge incumbent Sheriff Charlie McDonald, who is also a Republican.   Read Story »

Tags: Sheriff Charlie McDonald | 2014 election | 2014 sheriff election | Erik Summey

Henderson County Politics

Michael Brown running for sheriff

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Michael Brown is making a third run for Henderson County sheriff.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | 2014 sheriff election

Henderson County News

Utility crews restore power to nearly all homes

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The frigid weather overnight caused widespread power outages in Henderson County and forced officials to close schools because several schools had no electricity, school administrators said. A large area in Edneyville and parts of downtown Hendersonville were blacked out before 10 a.m. but by 4 p.m. all but 121 customers had their power back on, Duke Energy said on its website.   Read Story »

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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

Hendersonville Business

WTZQ to increase power next month

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WTZQ-AM 1600 radio will increase its power to 5,000 watts from 1,000 in early February, the radio station announced.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Transitions: Towns welcome new leaders

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In the halls of government across Henderson County, 2013 was a year of transition.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Laurel Park

Henderson County News

In 2013, county mourned friends and colorful figures

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In 2013, Hendersonville residents mourned the passing of beloved townspeople who made their mark in every way from supporting their school to selling hardware to spinning tall tales.   Read Story »

Tags: Sammy Williams | B Sims | Harold McKinnish | Stephen Black | Roy Bush Laughter

Henderson County News

Five schools fall short, 12 exceed new NC standard

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Five Henderson County schools failed to meet academic improvement targets set by North Carolina's new, more rigorous testing standard, and 12 schools exceeded the standard, according to statistics released by the state Department of Public Instruction on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Mary Fitzpatrick dies unexpectedly at age 64

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Mary S. Fitzpatrick, a New Orleans cultural activist and part-time resident of Hendersonville, died Tuesday (Dec. 31) at age 64 at the Main Street condominium she shared with her husband, Vaughan Fitzpatrick. The cause of death remained undetermined on Friday.   Read Story »

Tags: Ferncliff Industrial Park | Vaughan Fitzpatrick

Henderson County Politics

Rick Wood kicking off campaign Jan. 11

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Henderson County School Board member Rick Wood will kick off his campaign for state Senate with a pancake brunch on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Mills River United Methodist Church, 137 Old Turnpike Road.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Rick Wood

Henderson County News

Year in Review: Voters re-elect Volk

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Among the pursuits that produced more bark than bite in 2013 were Henderson County's regulation review task force and its effort to start a new ABC store.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Year in Review Business: Health care, bank shares and craft beer

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In health care the fight for market share continued in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | Sierra Nevada | Boyd Chevrolet | Mountain 1st | Pardee-Mission health campus

Edneyville News

2013 rainfall beat average by 2½ feet

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Four days before Christmas, a dreary winter storm dumped 3½ inches of rain on Henderson County. More of the same came on Sunday, Dec. 29, two days before the end of the year.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Storm knocks out power for 1,097, closes schools

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A winter storm packing wind gusts of 50-60 mph knocked out power for around 1,000 Duke Energy customers in Henderson County, closed schools and sent fallen trees onto a few roads.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Best idea to help kids will win $10,000

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A business that has a great idea that would positively impact kids in Henderson County could win $10,000 if the idea is chosen in a competition.   Read Story »

Tags: Children and Family Resource Center | 5 Promises campaign | Speak Out for Kids

Hendersonville Business

Mountain 1st branches become First Citizens banks

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Mountain 1st Bank's home office and its branches got new signs over the New Year's holiday and reopened on Thursday as First Citizens Bank branches.   Read Story »

Tags: Mountain 1st | banking

Henderson County News

Tree recycling volunteers will take bad light strands, too

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Volunteers for the first time will take non-working Christmas tree lights during the annual Henderson Christmas tree recycling event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Read Story »

Tags: Recycling | ECO

Henderson County News

Sheriff names new chief deputy

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald promoted Maj. Frank Stout to chief deputy after the retirement of Rodney Raines earlier this month.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

First Presbyterian names new director of ministry

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First Prebyterian Church of Hendersonville has named a new director of ministry.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Don't miss this week's Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Opinion

Moss column: The case for Playhouse support

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  If Henderson County faced the opportunity to land a corporation that promised to bring thousands of tourists to town, would it jump at the chance?   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Vocational Solutions opens 'clean room' for sterile packing

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Vocational Solutions received touch-screen computers that will help its workforce of handicapped adults use the digital devise for the first time.   Read Story »

Tags: Vocational Solutions | Allen Combs

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about the best and worst of '13

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The Hendersonville Lightning's intrepid researcher takes a look at the best and worst of 2013.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

McCrory names Ross to landscape board

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Hendersonville landscape company owner John Ross has been named to the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects.   Read Story »

Tags: Gov. Pat McCrory | John Ross land

Flat Rock Business

Buyer wants to resurrect Braewood plan

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FLAT ROCK — A Fletcher developer who bought the 88-acre Braewood property in a foreclosure sale this month said he would like to resurrect a site plan that called for a 121-home residential development on West Blue Ridge Road next to the Mill House Lodge.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | Flat Rock Village Council | construction | Braewood

Hendersonville News

Students learn essentials of pet ownership

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Fourth-grade students from Hendersonville Elementary School recently completed the Pet Responsibility Class offered by Community Partnership for Pets. The class included information about caring for pets, pet safety, vaccinations, spay/neuter and being a lifelong advocate for animals.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Elementary School | Community Partnership for Pets

North Carolina Sports

Veazey, Hart compile memories of Dean Smith era

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Dan Veazey was on the bench when Carolina was 8 points down with 17 seconds to go. Dave Hart was there when Michael Jordan hit the shot before it became "The Shot."   Read Story »

Tags: UNC basketball

Hendersonville Life

Local couple to build houses in Haiti

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A Hendersonville couple traveling to Haiti in February to help the build houses for the poor hope are raising money for the home-building effort with a 400-mile bicycle ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway.   Read Story »

Tags: charities

Hendersonville Life

United Religions Initiative elects 2014 trustees

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The United Religions Initiatives of Henderson County elected a new Circle of Trustees during a retreat on Nov. 24.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Opinion

CEO: Pardee set to build on 2013 success

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Pardee's 60th birthday year will undoubtedly go down in the annals of our community's history as one of our most challenging but successful years.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | Pardee | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Hendersonville Opinion

'Animals' Merry Christmas' remains a classic

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Once again I have been swept up in the spirit of the season instead of the spirits of the season.   Read Story »

Tags: Bill Humleker | Stuck in the Late Middle

Hendersonville Life

Rotary awards $7,000 in grants

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The Hendersonville Rotary Club awarded grants of $300 to $1,500 to nine nonprofits for everything from reading to teeth cleaning to theater for kids.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | Hendersonville Rotary Club

Flat Rock Politics

Village Council again waives pay

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council said farewell to three veteran council members and welcomed three replacements this month.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Young musicians perform amid hardware shoppers

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Soloists and chamber ensembles from the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras performed for holiday shoppers at the Hendersonville Ace Hardware on Greenville Highway on Dec. 14.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Ask Matt ... about Main Street mosaic

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Q. What's the story behind the Rosdon Mall mosaic?   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

DON'T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS: Lightning in homes on Tuesday

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Pick up a copy of this week's Lightning to discover the Best and Worst of 2013; learn about the change in leadership in Mills River; and read about The Case for Playhouse Support.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Life

Council can't fudge on crucial vote

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It started with talk about fudge. Then it became a challenge.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Dryout, sunny days coming for Christmas

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We're not going to see a white Christmas but we won't see a wet Christmas either. In fact, we should see nice weather for test-driving shiny new bikes, bouncing new basketballs or tossing unblemished footballs from Santa's bag.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County News

Charge filed after toddlers, baby left alone

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Deputies from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office charged a 43-year-old local man with neglect after he allegedly left two toddlers and a baby alone for more than four hours.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Cargo spill slows I-40 west traffic

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The right lane of Interstate 40 westbound near Waynesville was closed until 3:30 p.m. Friday while crews cleaned up after a tractor trailer accident, the state DOT said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Two midnights' rule dims Pardee's fiscal picture

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  Pardee Hospital officials said they will have to be "judicious about hiring" and carefully manage staffing levels as a decline in emergency room visits and patient admissions depressed first quarter revenue.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care

Henderson County News

Bus driver charged with indecent liberties

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A 70-year-old Apple Country bus driver was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child who had ridden the public transportation bus.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Libby's list — * annotated

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Some people are astonished by Libby's Christmas list, in which the 11-year-old asks for a self-defense class, a job and the ability to sleep "and not be scared anymore."   Read Story »

Tags: Mainstay | domestic violence

Hendersonville Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Libby's Christmas list tells the story

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Here is a Christmas list.   Read Story »

Tags: Mainstay | domestic violence

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

Hendersonville Politics

City has openings on zoning, environment and historic boards

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The Hendersonville City Council is seeking city residents willing to serve on boards that make decisions and recommendations on zoning, environmental policy and local historic districts and properties.   Read Story »

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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

Henderson County News

In retirement, Bucher vowed to give back

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Dave Bucher said his work designing safety features for farm tractors was one of his more rewarding experiences as a design engineer for John Deere. The process was collaborative, and the farm machinery maker willingly shared the safety innovations with its competitors.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council

Flat Rock News

Davis did not ‘do things half way’

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Ron Davis's first job in retirement was to help research and write the legal documents creating the Kenmure Property Owners Association.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Wert saw a need and filled it

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Jim Wert's neighbor, Cy Highlander, recruited him to get involved in work for the Village of Flat Rock. The first elected mayor of the village, Highlander knew a good volunteer when he saw one.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council

Henderson County Sports

Local youth soccer coach wins Southern Region honor

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Henderson County Sports

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Kiwanis All Stars

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Paul Bagwell recalled a startling feature about Glenn Marlow, who was Henderson County schools superintendent when Bagwell coached and taught at West Henderson High School.     Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Kiwanis Club | Glenn C. Marlow Athletic Achievement Award

Henderson County News

HonorAir accepting donations for veterans programs

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The Henderson County HonorAir Committee in partnership with American Legion Post 77 of Henderson County is seeking donations for its annual Veterans Fund to help the Veterans Restoration Quarters and its job training programs, to buy winter clothing for veterans and to support the HonorAir program.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Boyds thank builders, welcome customers

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The father-and-son Boyd team showed off their new dealership on Spartanburg Highway last Thursday and thanked customers, contractors and others who helped make it happen.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Boyd Chevrolet | Cam Boyd | Les Boyd | auto dealerships

Henderson County News

Area students win service academy nominations

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A Hendersonville High School student and home school students from Flat Rock and Saluda are among 10 high school seniors from the 11th Congressional District nominated for military service academy appointments.   Read Story »

Tags: military affairs

Henderson County News

Mission names foundation president

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ASHEVILLE — A former banker with more than 20 years of experience in fundraising has been named the new president of the Mission Foundation, which raises money for Mission Health.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Mission Hospitals | non-profit organizations | fundraisers | Mission Health

Flat Rock News

Park at Flat Rock opens

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FLAT ROCK — So far use of the Park at Flat Rock has been light, with a few walkers and dogs sighted since the park opened on Friday, Dec. 13.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | Park at Flat Rock

Flat Rock Life

Q&A: 'Christmas Story' star has gift for stage

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When his older brother, Morgan, played in the YouTheatre production of Schoolhouse Rock, Clarke MacDonald learned the play, too.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | YouTheatre

Henderson County News

City delivering rollout carts for recycling next week

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Just in time for Christmas wrapping and cardboard boxes, Hendersonville garbage customers will be getting  rollout carts as part of the city's drive to increase recycling and reduce landfill waste.   Read Story »

Tags: Recycling

Hendersonville Business

UNC, Duke compete in health care, too

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Basketball is a game of runs. Maybe health care is too.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Affordable Care Act

Henderson County Politics

Meadows ties no vote to military retiree pay

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows voted no on the bipartisan budget deal that extends government funding through 2015 and removes the threat of a government shutdown.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

88-acre Braewood property sold at auction

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FLAT ROCK— An 88-acre tract of land that was once the site of proposed 121-home residential development sold at auction on Tuesday for just over $1 million.   Read Story »

Tags: real estate

Hendersonville Business

Moose Cafe coming to Walmart shopping center

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Moose Café, a breakfast-lunch-and-supper restaurant that specializes in a traditional Southern menu of cathead biscuits, sawmill gravy, buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens and other country-style favorites, is coming to Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | retail | Highlands Square shopping center

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Aktion Club hosts a special Christmas party

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The Hope Aktion Club hosted a Christmas party on Tuesday night for people who live with a disability in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Kiwanis Club

Henderson County News

County wins $500,000 grant for Athletics Center

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An early Christmas present has given Henderson County a big boost in its effort to develop the new Athletics and Activity Center on South Grove Street.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property | Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center

Hendersonville News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Yule favorite comes alive in 'Christmas Story'

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It's one thing to schedule A Christmas Story a year ago. It's another thing to pull it off.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse

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

Hendersonville Life

Family grateful WWII pilot was 'Not Forgotten'

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Capt. Ryan McCown, a U.S. Marine pilot shot down in the Pacific during World War II, lived on in the memory of his little brother, who lived on Page Farm Road at the foot of Tryon Mountain.   Read Story »

Tags: World War II veterans

Hendersonville Business

Mountain 1st shareholders eye lawsuit

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Mountain 1st shareholders approved the sale of the once high-flying Hendersonville bank to Raleigh-based First Citizens on Tuesday, bringing to a close a rocky chapter in local banking history.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Hang on to your hat: NWS issues wind advisory

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from noon today until 2 a.m. Wednesday with the potential for gusts of 40-50 mph in higher mountains.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Sports

Big wheels in bike racing descend on Jackson Park

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The top three U.S. professional cyclo-cross racers are among several hundred professional and amateur bicycle racers who will converge on Jackson Park this weekend for the North Carolina Grand Prix, a part of the USA Cycling Pro CX Cyclo-Cross tour.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Tim Hopkin | Jackson Park

Henderson County News

Airport safety officers earn advanced certificates

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Two officers with the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority have earned Advanced Law Enforcement Officer certificates.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport Authority | Asheville Regional Airport | Jimmy Brissie

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

Flat Rock News

Free, come get: Flat Rock seeks bids for removing buildings

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FLAT ROCK — The Village of Flat Rock is seeking bids for someone to remove two buildings from its new park property at the former Highland Lake Golf Club.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

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

Hendersonville Life

HOPE Aktion Club hosts Christmas party for disabled

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HOPE Aktion Club will have a Christmas Dance Tuesday night open to any citizen who lives with a disability.   Read Story »

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North Carolina Sports

Jackson Simmons celebrates UNC win

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I’ve been watching Carolina basketball for 50 years (yep, I can still sing the “Sail with the Pilot” jingle from the longtime Jefferson Pilot sponsorship in the ’60s).   Read Story »

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Hendersonville Christmas Parade

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Temperatures dropped from 70 degrees Friday to the 40s on Saturday for the annual Hendersonville Christmas parade. A brisk wind and nip in the air added to the Christmas spirit as bands, floats, military units, dance troupes, churches, businesses and organizations made their way along the parade route.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Christmas | Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association

Hendersonville Business

Ask Matt ... about gas prices, Atlanta Bread, 600 block

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Q. What are they going to put in the old Atlanta Bread restaurant? They are gutting the whole building from wall to wall.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Ask Matt | Highlands Square shopping center

Hendersonville News

Council orders musicians to street corners

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The city won't outlaw downtown street musicians but it will restrict where they can play.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Council OKs study for 7th Avenue development

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The Hendersonville City Council authorized a consultant affiliated with UNC at Chapel Hill to study the Seventh Avenue area and devise a strategy for redevelopment of the commercial and retail strip.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Seventh Avenue

Hendersonville Politics

Stephens elected mayor pro tem

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Mayor Barbara Volk took the oath of office for a second four-year term and newly elected council member Jeff Miller and re-elected member Jerry Smith were seated during the organizational meeting of the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday night.   Read Story »

Tags: 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County Life

Student recycles old Christmas lights for charities

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A 16-year-old high school sophomore from Hendersonville is continuing her annual project this year to collect old Christmas lights for recycling in order to keep them out of the landfills.   Read Story »

Tags: Christmas

Hendersonville Business

Mean Mr. Mustard's moving across town

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Mean Mr. Mustard's, the Beatles-themed breakfast and lunch café, has closed its doors at Fourth Avenue downtown and plans to reopen at Busy Bend in the 605 Kanuga Road space last occupied by Nib's Coffee Café.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

'O, Holy Night' portrays nativity story through music

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Flat Rock Playhouse presents the traditional holiday show O Holy Night Dec. 12-22 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.     Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | downtown Hendersonville | performing arts | Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

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

Hendersonville Business

Old Towne Market moves to Seventh Avenue

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Old Towne Market has moved from Locust Street to 310 Seventh Avenue East beside Southern Traditions Florist.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Historic Seventh Avenue

Hendersonville Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

D.A.: No charge in accidental death of 4-year-old

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District Attorney Gregory A. Newman announced on Wednesday that he will not seek an indictment against Shirley Strickland in the accidental death of her 4-year-old grandson, Lance Duncan, last May 15, 2013 in Brevard.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Holiday events put the Merry in Christmas

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The holidays are upon us and there is always lots to do. But take some time to enjoy the season, too. Here are some of this week's activities that will help make your days merry and bright:   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | Christmas

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

Hendersonville Business

Mountain 1st stock value

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Stockholder equity   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Mountain 1st timeline

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Mountain 1st timeline:   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

LIGHTNING EXCLUSIVE: The rise and fall of Mountain 1st Bank

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  Mountain 1st shareholders have received ballots to vote on merging the troubled bank with First Citizens Bank, a step that Mountain 1st directors and officers have strongly advocated.   Read Story »

Tags: economy | Mountain 1st | banking

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Town celebrates tree lighting

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Hendersonville celebrated the official kickoff of the holiday season Friday night with the traditional Christmas tree lighting on the courthouse square and the debut of a new tradition.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Christmas

Henderson County Sports

Reidsville wins again to advance to western title game

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Reidsville High School, which defeated Hendersonville High School and then knocked out Polk County in the playoffs, advanced to the 2A Western Regional Championship Friday by slipping past Lincolnton 13-10.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | prep sports

Hendersonville Politics

Apodaca to swear in Miller as new council is seated

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One of the most powerful politicians in North Carolina will be on hand Thursday night to swear in newly elected City Council member Jeff Miller.   Read Story »

Tags: Jeff Miller | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | 2013 Hendersonville city election

North Carolina Life

Top mountain flatpickers to perform

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Some of the top traditional musicians from the Blue Ridge Mountains over three generations will perform Saturday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. at the White Horse Black Mountain Music Hall in Black Mountain in a show that exhibits and teaches about "Guitar Styles of North Carolina."   Read Story »

Tags: performing arts | Blue Ridge Music Trails

Edneyville News

Edneyville High graduate honored for law work

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Joy H. Brewer, a graduate of Edneyville High School, received the Woman of Justice Award from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Beaumont known for architecture, bushwhacker shooting

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FLAT ROCK — Built in 1839, Beaumont, also known as the Johnstone-Hayne House, might well have a direct connection to Brookdale.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Beaumont | Flat Rock Historic Landmarks Commission

Hendersonville News

Brookland anchored a vast estate

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Brookland, built in 1836 as a summer home, is now surrounded by subdivisions of much newer homes yet still isolated on its own 9½-acre site atop a gentle rise.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic Flat Rock | Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission | historic homes

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 1st Turkey Trot is a big hit

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More than 400 runners turned out for the first Hendersonville Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day under blue skies with the thermometer at 20 degrees.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County Opinion

Moss column: Hurry up and chew. Black Friday is here!

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There is plenty to be thankful for this week, as long as we don't start outside.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Christmas

Henderson County Business

Here's how to avoid holiday theft, fraud

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Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald has issued tips to shoppers on ways to avoid parking lot thefts, credit card theft and gift card theft during the holdiday season.   Read Story »

Tags: retail

Henderson County Business

Chamber announces chair, new board members

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The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce announced its new officers for 2014 and named four new board members.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Chamber of Commerce | Molly Parkhill

Henderson County News

Snow showers greet area; 1-2 inches possible

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After the threat of an ice storm and flooding from heavy rain, Henderson County woke on Wednesday to heavy show showers and some accumulation on roads. The area could see 1-2 inches before the snow quits.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | 2013 rainfall

Hendersonville Business

Allison honored for symphony program

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For a second year running, the Allison Development Group received a Gold award from the MarCom Awards for its work on the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra 2013 season program, the Hendersonville marketing firm announced.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra | Erica Allison | Allison Development Group | marketing and public relations

Hendersonville Business

LIGHTNING EXCLUSIVE: Rise and fall of Mountain 1st Bank

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, on the street a day early and in homes via U.S. mail on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

No ice storm but heavy rain triggers flood warning

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The threat of an ice storm fizzled when temperatures remained too warm for freezing rain. The heavy rain prompted a flood warning for the Blantyre community along the French Broad River and a flood watch for a wider area.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Community Foundation updates website

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The Community Foundation of Henderson County launched its new website in connection with Community Foundation Week and National Philanthropy Month.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Ask Matt ... whatever happened to .... ?

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Q. What happened to the idea of a connector road and shopping center between Seventh Avenue and MLK Boulevard near Lowes?   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Historic Seventh Avenue

Henderson County News

Henderson County braces for ice storm

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The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for Henderson County and urged travelers to stay off the roads later tonight and early Tuesday.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County Life

'Bark the Herald Angels Sing' as Paws meet Claus

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They decked the halls with bow wows of holly at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards when the Blue Ridge Humane Society hosted an adoption event and fundraiser featuring photos with Santa.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Reidsville eliminates Polk County

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Hendersonville Politics

Green energy group honors Apodaca

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The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) presented North Carolina State Sen. Tom Apodaca with its Legislator of the Year award for advocacy of clean energy policies that have brought benefit to North Carolina's businesses, citizens and economy.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sheriff warns of prize scam

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office warned of a scam in which residents are told they've won a car or $2.5 million from Publishers Clearinghouse and must send cash or prepaid debit cards to claim their prize.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Hendersonville teenagers charged with burglaries

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies arrested two Hendersonville teenagers and charged them in connection with several house burglaries committed in recent weeks.   Read Story »

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Fletcher Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Christmas light show set to debut

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The "12 Days of Christmas" light show with synchronized music and a Santa's village debuts tonight at the fairgrounds at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Better get out the mittens

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If you haven't switched out your wardrobe yet, Saturday might be a good day to start. Jack Frost is heading our way.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Sammy Williams, hardware merchant, civic leader, dies at age 93

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Sammy Williams, a first generation American who took over his father's hardware store on Seventh Avenue and ran it for more than 40 years while also helping to house the poor and serve his community in other ways, died at Elizabeth House on Thursday after several weeks of declining health. He was 93.   Read Story »

Tags: Sammy Williams | Historic Seventh Avenue | Louis Williams & Sons | Danny Williams

Henderson County Business

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Green River Business

Developer pulls Tuxedo Dollar General request

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A development group that included Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson has pulled a rezoning request that could have led to a new Dollar General store in Tuxedo.   Read Story »

Tags: Tuxedo | retail | Tuxedo Community Park | Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson

Henderson County Obituaries

Ceramics pioneer Jim Dore, who helped build Selee, dies

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James E. "Jim" Dore, a pioneering ceramic engineer who helped turn the Selee Corp. into a world leader in a highly specialized manufacturing process, died on Monday. He was 86.   Read Story »

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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 Business

Consultant: County should rebrand tourism promotion

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Henderson County should amp up its tourism sales pitch, target a younger segment of the market and train its employees and Visitors Center volunteers to sell sell sell, a consultant says.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

The Green Room says ‘Thank You’ to customers and friends

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The Green Room Cafe and Coffeehouse is celebrating its first year anniversary by thanking its customers and friends.   Read Story »

North Carolina Politics

Top Senate candidates confirmed for Taylor dinner

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Three announced candidates for the Republican nominations for U.S. Senate will headline the program at the 21st annual Holiday Dinner at the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville hosted by former congressman Charles H. Taylor.   Read Story »

Tags: Thom Tillis | 2014 election | Charles H. Taylor | 2014 U.S. Senate race | U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan

Hendersonville Life

Salvation Army to honor Cosy and Jim Marshall

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The Salvation Army will honor longtime supporters Jim and Cosy Marshall on Wednesday by naming the gym for the couple.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | charities | Salvation Army | James W. Marshall Jr. | Sarah Hunsucker "Cosy" Marshall | James W. "Jim" Marshall III

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about signs, fences and concrete blocks

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The Lightning answers your questions.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Apprentice alums add energy to 'Musketeers'

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  FLAT ROCK — When Jeff Sundheim auditioned for an apprentice job at the Flat Rock Playhouse in 2012, he knew little about the regional theater.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Beware the zeal for regulatory repeal

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  It has been clear for eight weeks that Hendersonville would experience a "change election" on Nov. 5.   Read Story »

Tags: PEP | campaign finance | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County News

TOP BRASS: Two Falcons picked for Orange Bowl

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Two students at West Henderson High School will be marching in a nationally known arena in January.   Read Story »

Tags: West Henderson High School | performing arts | marching bands

Hendersonville Business

Sushi restaurant opens in Brookdale Square

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Jennifer To and her husband, Xuan Tang, searched for four years for a place in the mountains for a second sushi restaurant.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Spartanburg Highway

Hendersonville Business

Pardee marks 60th birthday

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Celebrating its 60th birthday on Friday, Pardee Hospital called on a founding physician, Dr. William Lampley, to share his memories of the early days.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTO: Kiwanis honors veterans

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Fletcher News

Fletcher rec director appointed to state panel

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FLETCHER — Fletcher Parks and Recreation Director Greg Walker has been elected to serve on the 2014 North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association Board of Directors.   Read Story »

Tags: Fletcher | Fletcher Community Park | Greg Walker | parks and recreation

Flat Rock News

Village at odds over park priorities

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FLAT ROCK — One day before the Flat Rock takes possession of its new 67-acre park land, the Village Council decided that it needed to hold a workshop to order priorities for park development.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

Little River Road will reopen Friday, DOT says

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FLAT ROCK — The new bridge over Mud Creek is expected to open by Friday night, the DOT says, opening up the 4-mile length of heavily traveled Little River Road for the first time since March.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Sports

WTZQ to broadcast HHS playoff game at Reidsville

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WTZQ will broadcast Hendersonville High School's first round playoff game against Reidsville Friday night.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park News

Laurel Park thanks Ball, welcomes Melnikova

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LAUREL PARK — Lee Galloway recalled Alison Melnikova's arrival at Waynesville City Hall as a young college intern. She had a gift for government management that he began to cultivate from the start.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | Laurel Park Town Manager Jim Ball | Laurel Park Town Manager Alison Melnikova

Fletcher Life

'Hell and Mr. Fudge' to be shown at Lelia Patterson Center

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"Hell and Mr. Fudge," a little story about a big lie, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Lelia Patterson Center, 1111 Howard Gap Road.   Read Story »

Fletcher Life

Christmas light show coming to WNC fairgrounds

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FLETCHER — A Christmas show featuring thousands of lights synchronized to Christmas music is coming to the fairgrounds at the WNC Ag Center.   Read Story »

Tags: WNC Ag Center | Christmas | Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

Hendersonville Business

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Hendersonville Politics

LIGHTNING CHARTS: Who gave what in city election

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Challenger Jeff Miller reported a total campaign treasury of $17,089 for the Hendersonville City Council race, the most of any city candidate.   Read Story »

Tags: campaign finance | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County News

Dana wins another national award

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Kelly Schofield, principal of Dana Elementary, is one of 20 elementary and middle school principals from across the nation selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals to receive a "Champion Creatively Alive Children" school grant.   Read Story »

Tags: Dana Elementary School | Kelly Schofield

Henderson County News

It's 11-12-13: It might snow

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The area could see a little snow by mid-afternoon and early evening. Although that's not a certainty, this is: It's going to get cold tonight and Wednesday will feel like a winter day. If the cold coincides with an expected shower, we could see a little early November snow by sundown.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Council OKs first phase of Park at Flat Rock

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FLAT ROCK — A new entrance from Highland Lake Road, restrooms and a sheltered picnic pavilion are among the first improvements residents will see at the new Park at Flat Rock.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Henderson County News

Snow or no? Speranza makes winter prediction

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Hendersonville News

HonorAir donates $40,000 for homeless veterans

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More than 200 homeless veterans will have shelter from the cold, job training and a chance to set foot on a career ladder thanks to $40,000 donation HonorAir presented on Veterans Day.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Dean's Deli changes hands but not style

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FLAT ROCK — Like Kathy and Richard Dean before them, Shannon and Dustin Zlacki decided to uproot from home, buy a business in little Flat Rock, N.C., and work side by side long hours six days a week.       Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

The national debt — without spin

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Some politicians talk about the need for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution because of our ever-growing national debt, now at over $17 trillion.   Read Story »

Tags: Ron Davis | U.S. politics

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Musketeers' is sword-fighting fun

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In the fading light of fall, a swash-buckling adventure livens up the stage at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Barbara Bradshaw | Lisa K. Bryant | performing arts | Lightning reviews | Ralph Redpath | Andrew Hampton Livingston

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Kellogg, fiberglass bears and auto parts

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Matt answers your questions.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail | Main Street Advisory Committee | Ask Matt | Kellogg Center | Bearfootin' | Asheville Highway

Mills River Business

Visitors gaze upon thousands of poinsettias

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Van Wingerden's Holiday Open House on Sunday showed hundreds of visitors the greenhouse operation's signature Christmas poinsettia.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Van Wingerden Greenhouses | Mark Williams | Kelly Cantrell | Southern Market Fresh

Henderson County Business

WHKP adds morning show co-host

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WHKP has added veteran broadcaster Jerry Mac to its "Good Morning, Morning Hendersonville" show from 6 to 10 a.m.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

WNC fundraisers honor HHS grad with top youth award

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ASHEVILLE — The Association of Fundraising Professionals Western North Carolina Chapter will give a 2013 Hendersonville High School graduate its top award for youth when it honors nonprofit contributors and volunteers next week.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

$40 fares fill new AVL-to-Punta Gorda flights

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The new Allegiant airline route from Asheville to Punta Gorda was made to order for Donna Stout, who owns the White Squirrel gift shop in Brevard and also has a home in the southwest Florida city.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Asheville Regional Airport Authority | Asheville Regional Airport | air travel

Henderson County News

City scraps ineffective Christmas parking promotion

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Hendersonville City Council members said "bah, humbug" to free parking for Christmas shoppers. Except they weren't being Scrooge. Free parking didn't work.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Christmas | downtown parking

Hendersonville Politics

Election aftershock: Divided council puts Collis on Planning Board

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A divided Hendersonville City Council on Thursday appointed Jeff Collis to the city Planning Board in a surprise post-election move that drew strong criticism from two council members and heightened the political ill will left over from the hard-fought campaign.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Government regs cost dealership $486,000, Boyd says

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Boyd Chevrolet spent $486,000 on stormwater treatment, erosion control, landscaping, sidewalks and other improvements the city of Hendersonville required for its new dealership on Spartanburg Highway, L.C. "Cam" Boyd II said in a letter to Mayor Barbara Volk and the City Council.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Boyd Chevrolet | water issues

Henderson County News

Local schools rank 12th in new NC assessment

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Students in Henderson County public schools scored the 12th highest overall performance on the new state assessments out of the 115 school districts across the state.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

Moss column: Hypocrisy on parade

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Charges and countercharges of partisan influence in Hendersonville's election were unsurprising. Both sides exercised or at least plotted to exercise influence over the election. It didn't make much difference because the tactics were poorly carried out and nonsensical.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County politics | Henderson County Republican Party | Henderson County Democratic Party | Robert Danos | Andrew Riddle | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County News

Sheriff seeks child support deadbeats

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The Henderson County sheriff's department is trying to round up 46 fathers and mothers who have failed to pay court-ordered child support.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

GOP chair Riddle to challenge Edney

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Henderson County Republican Party chair Andrew Riddle plans to run against Michael Edney next year for the District 1 seat on the Board of Commissioners.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioner Michael Edney | Andrew Riddle | 2014 election

Hendersonville News

Residential costlier option for Grey mill, report says

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A report on the possible sale of the Grey Hosiery Mill suggests developing the historic property for residential use would cost more than using it for commercial or industrial use.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Grey Hosiery Mill | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Hendersonville News

City to take up fee waiver for dealership, Dana homes

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A day after an election sure to tilt the Hendersonville City Council in a pro-business direction, council members will take up a request to waive an impact fee for the new Boyd Chevrolet dealership on Spartanburg Highway and waive the charge for up to 80 Dana households with contaminated wells that will be offered city water.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Boyd Chevrolet | water issues | Dana contaminated wells

Hendersonville Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County News

Events, park admission honor veterans

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Chimney Rock State Park and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site are offering free admission, Fletcher  honors veterans on Saturday afternoon and the Hendersonville Rotary Club honors its veteran next week. Here's a roundup of Veterans Day events:   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Veterans Day | military veterans | military affairs | Chimney Rock State Park

Green River Business

Dollar General eyes Tuxedo

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TUXEDO — If everything falls into place, residents of southern Henderson County could be getting a Dollar General store.   Read Story »

Tags: land-use planning | Tuxedo | retail | Tuxedo Community Park | Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson

Henderson County Politics

Volk re-elected, Miller tops council field

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Mayor Barbara Volk easily turned back a challenge from Councilman Ron Stephens to win a second term as Hendersonville mayor in a city election that saw record spending and a lively debate over city spending and regulations.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Local schools join Subway's healthy eating campaign

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Fletcher Elementary School and Hendersonville Elementary School are among the area schools participating in a healthy eating program sponsored by Subway.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Elementary School | health | health and fitness | Fletcher Elementary School

Henderson County News

DuPont Forest model shows waterfalls

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CEDAR MOUNTAIN — DuPont State Recreational Forest is installing a three-dimensional scale model of its major waterfalls in the Aleen Steinberg Center.   Read Story »

Henderson County Politics

Voters choose city leaders, decide bond issue today

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Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. for today's elections.   Read Story »

Tags: 2013 municipal elections | local government borrowing | 2013 Hendersonville city election

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

McCrory names NHHS teacher to advisory committee

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: City voters test appetite for parks

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Outside of Hendersonville, this year's municipal campaigns have been relatively sedate and free of rancor.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Local news briefs

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ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization, is hosting the fifth annual Environmental Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m. at the Hendersonville Little Theatre, 229 South Washington St.   Read Story »

Tags: ECO | Flat Rock Cinema | DuPont State Forest | Blue Ridge Literacy Council

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

Henderson County Opinion

Letters to Lightning: Readers endorse candidates

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Hendersonville Life

Rotary Club's videos honor veterans

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The Hendersonville Rotary Club is observing Veterans Day with a series of video profiles that highlight Rotarians' military service in a broad way, including a son who followed his father's example, a longtime teacher in military schools abroad, a combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War and an Army draftee who served as a conscientious objector.   Read Story »

Tags: Veterans Day | Hendersonville Rotary Club

Henderson County News

Health board names interim director

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The Henderson County Board of Public Health has named Betsy Alexander the interim public health director beginning Monday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Patty's Chapel at Howard Gap to close for a week

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Patty’s Chapel Road at the intersection of Howard Gap Road in Fletcher starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, to grade and realign the intersection. The road is scheduled to reopen by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Howard Gap Road project

Henderson County News

Clint Thompson, a Community Foundation founder, dies at age 96

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Robert Clinton "Clint" Thompson, one of the founders of Community Foundation of Henderson County, died Oct. 29, 2013 at the age of 96.   Read Story »

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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 »

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Henderson County Business

Labor exodus could cost $100 million

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Panelists at a forum on immigration reform said the nation's immigration policy is irrevocably broken and needs to be fixed for economic and moral reasons.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | apple farming | green industries | Bert Lemkes | Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County

Henderson County News

Briefcase bomb scare prompts review

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  The briefcase bomb scare has caused the Henderson County Sheriff's Department to review the process at the security check at the Courthouse entrance.   Read Story »

Tags: Sheriff Charlie McDonald | Grove Street Courthouse

Henderson County Politics

Meadows sees no repeat of shutdown

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There's nothing like a Shriners pancake breakfast to put the ill wind of Washington behind a battle-scarred congressman.     Read Story »

Tags: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | 2013 government shutdown

Henderson County News

DuPont to log 46 acres at Guion Farm

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CEDAR MOUNTAIN — DuPont State Recreational Forest will conduct a timber harvest on 46 acres at Guion Farm starting around Nov. 1, the N.C. Agriculture Department said.   Read Story »

Tags: environment | DuPont State Forest | native flora | logging

Henderson County Business

Survey says Apple Festival generated $12.5 million

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The North Carolina Apple Festival said Monday this year's festival brought an economic impact of $12.5 million and contributed to the local economy beyond the festival itself.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | North Carolina Apple Festival

Henderson County Politics

Voicing public school support, Edwards challenges McGrady

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A retired law officer who says the North Carolina Legislature handed out $50 million in private school vouchers while cutting classroom teaching assistants, the State Highway Patrol and other services, is running for the Republican nomination for the state House seat held by Rep. Chuck McGrady.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | 2014 election

Hendersonville News

Cary Booker dies, was city native and father of newly elected Sen. Cory Booker

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Hendersonville native Cary Booker, father of Cory Booker, the newly elected U.S. senator from New Jersey, died on Oct. 10 after suffering from Parkinson's disease for several years.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Cary Booker | Cory Booker

Hendersonville Politics

Candidates split on Berkeley bond promo

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Candidates for Hendersonville City Council and mayor differ over whether the city should have sent out water bills promoting the proposed Berkeley Mills Park as "a nice, safe place to talk, ride bikes, take dogs, play ball ... or enjoy the scenery."       Read Story »

Tags: water issues | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Hendersonville Politics

Email, former candidate suggest GOP involvement

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Hendersonville City Council member Jeff Collis, embroiled in a dispute over whether the Henderson County Republican Party is attempting to influence the nonpartisan city elections, released an email Saturday that he says shows the GOP's fingerprints on electioneering.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Politics

Stephens voted yes then no on $3M fire station contract

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  Hendersonville mayoral candidate Ron Stephens said he didn't remember voting for a $3 million fire station contract and questioned Mayor Barbara Volk's leadership for failing to control spending.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Ron Stephens | local government borrowing | 2013 Hendersonville city election | Barbara Volk

Hendersonville Politics

Candidates spar over partisanship; Freeman endorses Volk

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Hendersonville City Council member Jeff Collis has riled challenger Jeff Miller with a charge that the Henderson County Republican Party has injected partisanship into the race.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Halloween fun abounds this weekend

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From a Halloween Carnival in Fletcher to beer and brats Saturday night in Brevard to a haunted farm there's plenty of Halloween fun starting this weekend. Hendersonville's popular Trick or Treat Street is on Halloween night on Oct. 31.     Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | Brevard | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Halloween

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 'Snow White' opens tonight

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Helen Byrd says people come to Hendersonville Elementary School's annual fall play expecting to see "a refrigerator box set and trash can costumes." Instead, they're stunned by the quality of the sound, lighting, costumes and most of all the actors on stage.   Read Story »

Tags: theater | Henderson County Public Schools | Hendersonville Elementary School | performing arts | Helen Byrd

Henderson County Life

Women praise women who help and heal

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Gathered to raise money to fight breast cancer, women and men recognized a survivor who in her own fight against cancer exhibited this year's theme of "grace under pressure."   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Politics

Hendersonville candidates Q&A

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  Here are the answers of Hendersonville City Council and mayoral candidates to questions at a forum sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 17.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Jobs posse names Partner of the Year

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A congregation of contractors, factory managers and developers seldom comes to the conclusion that the state Department of Transportation is a friend to economic development.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Nathan Kennedy | Chip Gould | Andrew Tate

Henderson County News

Duo debuts song for 'Warmth of Home' benefit

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The fourth annual Warmth of Home Concert will be held at the Flat Rock Cinema on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Cinema | Howard Molton | non-profit organizations | charities | Tom Fisch

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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North Carolina Politics

Apodaca reappointed to legislative research panel

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Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger has reappointed Sen. Tom Apodaca as the Senate chairman of the Legislative Research Commission for the 2013-14 biennium.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca

Henderson County News

Berry good: County honors Dana farmers

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DANA — Like his father before him, Larry Stepp Sr. raised apples, keeping at it until back trouble made it impossible to drive a tractor.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about the bridges of Henderson County

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Q. When will they finish replacing the bridge on Little River Road?   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | bridges | Ask Matt | I-26

Henderson County Politics

Former deputy files for sheriff

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A former Henderson County sheriff's deputy has filed papers to run for the Republican nomination for sheriff.   Read Story »

Tags: Sheriff Charlie McDonald | 2014 election

Henderson County News

Valley Hill warns of texting while driving

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The Valley Hill Fire & Rescue Department has launched a new campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of texting while driving.   Read Story »

Tags: Valley Hill Fire and Rescue | texting and driving

Hendersonville Politics

Franks endorses Stephens in mayoral race

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Retired District Court Judge Steve Franks, who placed third in the Oct. 8 primary, endorsed runnerup Ron Stephens over Mayor Barbara Volk.   Read Story »

Tags: 2013 municipal elections | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County News

Bear auction set for Saturday

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The 11th annual Bearfootin' Art Auction at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Henderson County Courthouse plaza in downtown Hendersonville features the sale of the 2013 edition of the Main Street Bears.     Read Story »

Tags: downtown Hendersonville | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | bears | Bearfootin'

Flat Rock Life

Flat Rock High School marks history

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FLAT ROCK — Former students and teachers gathered Saturday, Oct. 5, to celebrate the history of Flat Rock High School and dedicate a historic marker.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | History | Henderson County Education History Initiative | Boyce Whitmire

Henderson County Life

Finding a helping hand in a Walmart aisle

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Walmart advertises low prices and a wide selection but in 2009 the aisles of the supermarket offered Janae Howard much more — a saving grace.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Carl Sandburg site reopens

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FLAT ROCK — Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site re-opened to visitors on Thursday, one day after Congress passed and President Obama signed an agreement to end the 17-day government shutdown.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Sports

Former HHS soccer standout wins conference honor

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 TOLEDO, OHIO — Former Hendersonville High School soccer standout Ahmad Jarrar, now playing at Owens Community College in Toledo, has been named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) men's soccer player of the week.   Read Story »

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Etowah Business

Seven Falls value has dropped by $45 million

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ETOWAH — As they watch what could be the final chapter of developer Keith Vinson's role in the collapsed Seven Falls project, property owners are looking ahead at what might happen to the subdivision and the possibility that one day someone might resurrect it.   Read Story »

Tags: real estate | Seven Falls | Keith Vinson

Hendersonville Politics

Stephens, Volk trade fire over city spending

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Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk and challenger Ron Stephens traded shots today over the cost of a new city fire station, with Stephens saying he never voted for a $3.6 million construction contract and Volk insisting that he had.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

YMCA to get $800,000 renovation

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The Hendersonville YMCA will get a facelift of its lobby, an open floor plan on the ground floor and renovation of the wellness center in an $800,000 project to update the aging facility.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about a local pronunciation

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The Lightning responds to your questions.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Agency fights stigma, helps clients thrive

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At the Clubhouse, adults with mental health needs take minutes of house meetings, put out a newsletter, handle cooking and cleanup in the kitchen, do simple bookkeeping and mow the grass.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | Thrive

Hendersonville Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's Lightning. It contains an exclusive story on what really happened during the briefcase bomb scare last week, a new candidate for sheriff and a profile of the singer who plays Hank Williams in the current Playhouse show.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Singer survives opening week crisis to star as Hank

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A friend drove Andy Christopher to Lubbock to try out for "The Buddy Holly Story," although why either thought he'd have a shot at a national touring production role is a bit of a mystery.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse

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

Henderson County Politics

Commissioners hear about shutdown costs

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Go to the MossBlog for coverage of the discussion by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners of the government shutdown. http://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/blog/2013/uncategorized/commissioners-discuss-government-shutdown/     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Blues legend headlines Thrive event

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Blues legend Mac Arnold and his band, Plate Full O' Blues, will headline the second annual Bids & Blues fundraiser to benefit Thrive Saturday at the Bo Thomas Auditorium on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | Thrive

Laurel Park Politics

Laurel Park candidates spar over park cost

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LAUREL PARK — Laurel Park Town Council candidates debated the cost of the new Lake Rhododendron Park, spiraling health insurance costs and the importance of training a new town manager during a candidates forum Tuesday night at First Congregational Church.     Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | Rhododendron Lake Park | Laurel Park Town Council

Henderson County Politics

N.C. antes up to reopen Great Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which has been closed due to the partial federal shutdown, will reopen Wednesday thanks to a funding by North Carolina and Tennessee.   Read Story »

Tags: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Gov. Pat McCrory | 2013 government shutdown

Henderson County Politics

Shutdown threatens daycare for 551 local children

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Working parents will be without subsidized child care and daycare center operators fear they may have to lay off employees or even close because the government shutdown has cut off the federal child care subsidy program.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Moyer to serve 3rd term as Pardee chair

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The Pardee Hospital Board of Director unanimously re-elected Bill Moyer as chairman after changing the bylaws to allow him to serve a third year as the board's leader.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee | Fielding Lucas | Bill Moyer

Henderson County Politics

Citing NC's 'race to the bottom,' Wood will challenge Sen. Apodaca

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Henderson County School Board member Rick Wood said today he is running against state Sen. Tom Apodaca in an effort to turn around what he called the Legislature's "race to the bottom" in education funding.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County politics | NC Legislature | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Rick Wood | 2014 election

Hendersonville Politics

Chamber sets campaign forum on Thursday

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The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce will host a campaign forum for the Hendersonville City Council and the mayoral election 8-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the chamber headquarters, 204 Kanuga Road.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Bush Laughter, a mountain original, left his mark

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Family and friends remembered Roy Bush Laughter as a practitioner and preserver of the old mountain ways, a storyteller who always had a quip and most of all a father and grandfather who put his family first.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Valley Hill Fire and Rescue | Roy Bush Laughter

Henderson County Business

Coming attractions: Rooftop dining, El Paso III, cafes

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Rooftop dining downtown, a bar and grill run by the owners of the El Paso Mexican restaurants, a café on Chadwick Avenue and a soup and sandwich shop in Saluda are all getting ready to open.   Read Story »

Tags: Saluda | restaurants | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County News

Reunited Casuals, Mandarin Caste perform today at HHS

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Two bands well known by local teenagers in the '60s reunited for Hendersonville High School's Class of '68 reunion on Saturday. The bands are playing a benefit concert today at the HHS Auditorium.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS Alumni Association

Henderson County News

Law officers begin roundup in meth crackdown

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies, Hendersonville police and the State Bureau of Investigation began a roundup of 29 people indicted after an investigation into a large scale methamphetamine distribution and conspiracy.     Read Story »

Tags: crime

Henderson County News

HHS inducts four to Hall of Fame

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A prominent architect whose designs include Hendersonville City Hall and many local schools, a U.S. congressman and two longtime educators will be inducted into the Hendersonville High School Hall of Fame today.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS Alumni Association | HHS Hall of Fame

Hendersonville Sports

UPDATE: Local dentist competes in Iron Man in Hawaii

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Nigel Morgan, a busy dentist with three children under 9 years old, swims at the YMCA during lunch, takes long bike rides on weekends and runs "while my children are asleep." He makes time to train for triathlons.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Father-son team named Farmers of the Year

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Father-and-son farmers who have converted their farm from apple production to berries, asparagus and greenhouse flowers were named Farmers of the Year last weekend during Farm City Day.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Pipe work to close Howard Gap Road for a day

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Howard Gap Road from Nix Road to Old Holbert Road between Hendersonville and Fletcher from 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, to install a pipe culvert.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Howard Gap Road project

Henderson County News

Haz Mat spill closes Continental Teves

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At approximately 3:50 AM emergency responders were advised of a hazardous materials spill involving hydrochloric acid at the Continental Teves plant off of NC 280 between Mills River and Fletcher.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Bears get out of school early

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Three bears that climbed high into a persimmon tree on the campus of Hendersonville High School climbed down and walked away shortly after noon today, ending the morning excitment that had closed off Oakland Avenue and the school yard.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | bears | wild

Henderson County Sports

EHHS inducting 'Pee Wee' Hamilton to new Hall of Fame

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East Henderson High School is kicking off its Eagle Hall of Fame during homecoming Friday with the induction of Coach Hugh "Pee Wee" Hamilton.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park Politics

League sets Laurel Park candidates forum

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The League of Women Voters of Henderson County will sponsor a candidate forum for the Laurel Park Town Council election at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the First Congregational Church.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | Laurel Park Town Council member Dona Mennella | Laurel Park Town Council | Laurel Park Town Council member Paul Hansen

Hendersonville News

Renowned town bands reunite for HHS '68 reunion

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The Casuals, made up of Hendersonville teenagers, achieved regional fame as a tight and enthusiastic beach music band in the 1960s.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Estate targets Neill's Lake Summit boathouse

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A Lake Summit boat dock owned by convicted attorney Sam Neill is headed for auction on the courthouse steps as payment to one of the estates Neill was convicted of defrauding.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Politics

Volk, Miller top Hendersonville primary

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Hendersonville City Council member Ron Stephens won the right to face Mayor Barbara Volk in the Nov. 5 general election and challenger Jeff Miller emerged as the top vote getter among six candidates in Tuesday's primary election.   Read Story »

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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 News

Strangely wrapped briefcase forces courthouse shutdown

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A threatening-looking briefcase that turned out to be harmless forced the evacuation of the Grove Street Courthouse and a three-hour shutdown on Monday.   Read Story »

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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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Hendersonville Life

Operation Christmas Child kicks off 2013 planning

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Operation Christmas Child will host a celebration and information session Wednesday to kick off the 2013 effort to collect shoeboxes for children the world over.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Blue Ridge Mall

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Q. I have heard rumors that Kohl's department store is moving into the K-Mart space at the Blue Ridge Mall. True or false?   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

After rainy Monday, it'll feel like fall

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A cold front is expected to bring 1-2 inches of rain to the mountains on Monday and after that it will feel like fall with highs in the 60s and lows in the mid 40s.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | apple farming | 2013 rainfall

Hendersonville News

City to dedicate fountain, Main Street makeover

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The city of Hendersonville has set a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the third segment of the Main Street makeover and dedicate the "Mountain Memory" fountain at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street makeover projects

Hendersonville News

Wingate pulls out of mill development

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The developer chosen by a divided Hendersonville City Council to renovate the historic Grey Hosiery Mill announced Thursday that negotiations to land Wingate as a longterm tenant had fallen through.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Three indicted for video gaming violations

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies and Hendersonville police officers executed search warrants at two 777 Sweepstakes video gaming parlors in Henderson County on Thursday and arrested a Hendersonville couple and a store operator from Greer, S.C.   Read Story »

Hendersonville News

Miller helps veterans get access to memorial

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Jeff Miller, the co-founder of the program that flies World War II veterans to Washington to visit the National World War II Memorial, knew that the government shutdown could ruin veterans' trips to Washington this week.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Wingate deal in doubt

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The Hendersonville City Council could find itself back to the drawing board one more time if the latest proposal for a Grey Hosiery Mill redevelopment fizzles.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Balfour Parkway tops list as a traffic solution

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Six months behind schedule, the Upward Road widening is expected to be finished next spring. Work on the Howard Gap Road straightening, leveling and widening continues, though it's only 11 percent complete. The DOT is repairing numerous bridges. The I-26 widening, derailed by a lawsuit 12 years ago, is still a long ways off. And Balfour Parkway, the city's long-awaited outer loop bypass, though nothing more than a line on paper now, ranks high as a long-range traffic solution.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Event celebrates history of Flat Rock High School

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FLAT ROCK — Green River native and nationally renowned author Robert Morgan will speak, alumni can thumb through a book listing every graduate from 1925 to 1960 and all can join hands and sing the alma mater when people gather to celebrate the old Flat Rock High School from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Flat Rock Middle School.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

DeViese resigns as YMCA executive director

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Tim DeViese, executive director of the Henderson County YMCA for the past 13 months, has resigned to return to Jacksonville, Fla. The YMCA of Western North Carolina will look nationally for a new director of the Hendersonville branch, the organization said in a statement.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Business

Don't miss this week's Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of the Hendersonville Lightning.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

HopeRx to fight prescription drug abuse

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As they had done many times before, Julie and Don Huneycutt stood to testify. Their credential as expert witnesses? A lifetime of grief over the death of a child.   Read Story »

Tags: HopeRx | Henderson County Partnership for Health

Flat Rock News

Shutdown closes Sandburg site, furloughs 14

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FLAT ROCK — Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is among 401 sites the National Park Service has closed because of the government shutdown.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Flat Rock High School to mark history

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FLAT ROCK — Green River native and nationally renowned author Robert Morgan will speak, alumni can thumb through a book listing every graduate from 1925 to 1960 and all can join hands and sing the alma mater when people gather to celebrate the old Flat Rock High School on Saturday.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Education History Initiative

Etowah News

Sheriff's deputies nab pizzeria robber

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ETOWAH — Sheriff's deputies arrested a local man who held up an Etowah pizza restaurant Friday night after someone spotted the robber later that night at another store, the sheriff's department said.   Read Story »

Tags: crime

Henderson County Business

Tasters toast first mountain wine festival

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Several hundred tasters sampled wine from the area's new wineries and enjoyed music under beautiful fall weather at the first Mountain Wine & Music Festival on Saturday.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Fresh Market unveils new look, food-to-go options

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Fresh Market, the popular upscale grocery store anchoring Southgate shopping center, on Saturday officially unveiled its newly remodeled and enlarged space that includes more prepared food to go, locally made products and expanded food sections.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail | Southgate Shopping Center | Fresh Market

Henderson County News

Deckard selected for professional program

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Kendall Deckard, a lead teacher at St. James School for Little Folks, was one of two candidates selected to engage in an exceptional professional development program throughout Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Coalition launching fight against prescription drug abuse

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A coalition of health care providers, nonprofit agencies, educators and concerned parents will launch a countywide initiative next week to fight prescription abuse in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | non-profit organizations | crime | drug abuse | mental health

Henderson County News

Four Seasons wins $1.4 million grant for end-of-life care

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Hendersonville-based Four Seasons Compassion for Life has received a $1.4 million grant to help provide improved end-of-life care to rural and medically underserved populations in eight mountain counties.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Four Seasons hospice

Hendersonville Politics

HVL CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Candidates mix it up

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A Lightning clearinghouse of political announcements, campaign statements and candidate comments on the current Hendersonville City Council and mayoral election.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Officials celebrate Mission Pardee collaboration

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FLETCHER — Fletcher on Wednesday seemed far away from the pitched battle over Obamacare in Washington.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse eyes budget cuts to close gap

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse is making budget cuts and widening its fundraising reach to shore up finances in a second straight challenging year.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park News

New manager looks foward to Laurel Park job

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LAUREL PARK — The new town manager of Laurel Park says she looks forward to working for a town "filled with people that want to be there and want it to be a nice place to live."   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Sunshine will clear the air

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All the noise over the Hendersonville City Council's procedure for going into a closed meeting has missed the greater point of whether the discussion should have been outside public view to start with.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Regulators fine camp for pesticide overspray

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The N.C. Pesticide Board approved a settlement agreement for a Hendersonville Christian camp that regulators said had improperly applied herbicide.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Housing construction up 29% in 2013

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The value of new residential construction is up 29 percent so far in 2013 while commercial building is running behind last year's level, Henderson County building inspections records show.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | economy | economic development | construction

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Balfour's Parent has already won

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Five months ago, when he proposed renaming Balfour Education Center, principal Kent Parent said he wanted to make sure that students weren't stigmatized.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Public Schools | Balfour Education Center | Kent Parent

Henderson County Business

Farmers can apply for grants

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Farmers using new ideas for crops can apply for grants that reward diversifying.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Healing Place moves to Fifth Avenue West

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The Healing Place has moved into the space that had been occupied by the United Way.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Politics

City: No legal basis for nonresident voting

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Hendersonville officials Monday said attorneys had researched a proposal to allow all property owners to vote on the $6 million park bond issue and determined that such an approach is not an option under state law.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

McGrady gets legislative oversight posts

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady has been appointed to committees that will provide oversight of education, environment, transportation and workforce development issues and may introduce legislation on those topics when the Legislature reconvenes in 2014.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | transportation

Henderson County Business

Burntshirt crushes grapes for 2013 vintage

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In what may have been a first since Prohibition, a winery started the process of making wine in Henderson County from its own locally grown grapes.     Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County wine industry | Burntshirt Vineyards

Henderson County Life

Grape Expectations: Wineries launch inaugural festival

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Henderson County's fledgling wine industry hopes to make the first Mountain Wine & Music Festival a catalyst for wine tourism.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Henderson County wine industry | Burntshirt Vineyards | Agribusiness Henderson County

Henderson County Life

Honor Flight thanks Greatest Generation's veterans

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The old soldiers arrived before sunup. Now in their late 80s and early to mid-90s, they don't sleep in.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Jeff Miller | World War II veterans | Veterans Day

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Pioneer Blue Ridge health clinic celebrates 50 years

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There were two vacation winners at the Blue Ridge Community Health Center gala Saturday night — one official and one unofficial.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Rain forecast moves peace celebration inside

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Organizers have moved today's International Day of Peace Celebration inside because of a 90 percent chance of rain.The event will be held in the Community Room on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse. People can enter by the front entrance or from the north side of the building on Second Street, where there is an elevator.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Bond issue divides City Council candidates

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Hendersonville City Council candidates differ sharply on the $6 million bond issue for Berkeley Park improvements, with challengers saying they oppose it and three incumbents defending the public vote.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Posing as home aide, woman stole money and drugs, detectives say

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A 25-year-old Hendersonville woman who worked as a home health aide was charged with larceny, identity theft and forging prescriptions while working in homes in Henderson and Transylvania counties, authorities said.     Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Sheriff's Department | crime | drug abuse | prescription drug abuse

Henderson County News

City receives grant to extend Oklawaha Greenway

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The city of Hendersonville has been awarded a $1.2 million to extend the Oklawaha Greenway from Patton Park on Asheville Highway to Berkeley Park on Balfour Road.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Life

Sandburg goats win at mountain fair

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Shamrock and Shadow, Toggenburg dairy goats from Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, won first and second place respectively for Best in Class, intermediate doe kid class, at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair on Sept. 7.   Read Story »

Tags: Carl Sandburg National Historic Site | livestock | Lillian Sandburg | Sandburg goats

Flat Rock News

UPDATE: DOT attacks the problem

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The hornet's nest in a Greenville Highway traffic signal will be coming down. The state Department of Transportation last week sprayed the nest with wasp killer and will come back, probably next week, to take it down, a traffic engineer said.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | bees | hornets | wasps

Henderson County Life

Tebow's mom to deliver keynote at Open Arms event

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Pam Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow, will be the featured speaker for Open Arms Pregnancy Center's 2013 Gala at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Lelia Patterson Center in Fletcher.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

UNC chancellor getting to know NC mountains

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Carol Folt, the new chancellor of UNC at Chapel Hill, visited UNC Asheville, spoke to UNC alumni at a meet-and-greet event and met with community leaders during a visit to Asheville and Hendersonville Wednesday and Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: UNC Board of Governors | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | University of North Carolina

Henderson County News

County included in N.C. disaster declaration

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Although Henderson County is one of 13 North Carolina counties included in a disaster declaration because of rain damage to crops, any aid beyond low-interest loans is uncertain, the county's farm-business advocate said.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | 2013 rainfall | Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County

Laurel Park Life

FallFest set for Jump Off Rock

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The Laurel Park Civic Association is sponsoring its second annual FallFest Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Historic Jump Off Rock.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Big Sweep river cleanup takes place Saturday

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The Environmental and Conservation Organization of Hendersonville, Asheville GreenWorks, RiverLink and the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) will hold a multi-county stream cleanup event in conjunction with NC Big Sweep on Saturday, Sept. 21. It's the first time the environmental organizations have joined together to make a regional event.   Read Story »

Tags: environment | Environmental & Conservation Organization | water quality | water issues | French Broad River

Hendersonville Politics

LIGHTNING CHARTS: Who gave what in city election

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Hendersonville City Council candidate Jeff Miller blew away the competition in fundraising for the Hendersonville city election in a campaign that is shaping up as an unusually high-spending one.   Read Story »

Tags: campaign finance | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of the Hendersonville Lightning and the exclusive reporting and photos of the 300th Honor Flight, from Greenville, S.C., and coverage of the Hendersonville City Council election.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

AdvantageWest honored for communications work

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AdvantageWest, the regional economic development partnership for Western North Carolina, won five awards for excellence in communications presented by the Southern Economic Development Council.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Howard Gap

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Q. I heard that we are getting another roundabout. Where is that one going?   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Howard Gap | NCDOT | Ingles | transportation | Ask Matt | Howard Gap Road project

Henderson County News

Volks, breweries honored as 'Friends of the River'

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The Land-of-Sky Regional Council presented "Friends of the River" Awards during the 36th annual "Friends of the River" Dinner in Asheville.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | environment | water quality | water issues | breweries | French Broad River | Barbara Volk | Dr. Jim Volk

Fletcher Life

Fair boasts record crowd, 13 newborns

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FLETCHER — Nice weather helped the 2013 N.C. Mountain State Fair draw a record crowd. The final count was 191,596 people, 75 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts used for Krispy Kreme burgers and 13 newborns.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Mountain State Fair

Hendersonville Life

Boys & Girls Club receives Taco Bell grant

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More than 100 local teenagers from the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County will benefit from a $10,300 grant awarded by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.   Read Story »

Tags: Boys & Girls Club | non-profit organizations

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock wins $475,000 grant for park purchase

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The Village of Flat Rock has won a $475,000 grant that will cover just under half the purchase price of the town's new  park.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | Highland Lake Golf Course | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee

Flat Rock News

'Les Miz' lead enjoyed Flat Rock run

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Rob Evan, the "Les Miserables" lead who has played the role before thousands on Broadway and beyond, says the size of the theater stage and the intimate family atmosphere made the Flat Rock Playhouse experience memorable. "It was different and wonderful and interesting and it was great," he said in an interview.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Rug & Home owner sets fundraiser for vision charity

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Rakesh Agarwal, the CEO of Rug & Home, has led two trips to India to provide cataract surgery and other health care services to the poor in rural India. Agarwal has set a benefit show on Sunday at the Flat Rock Playhouse to help pay for another trip.   Read Story »

Tags: Rakesh Agarwal | Rug & Home | Vision Express

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

Henderson County News

Balfour paves path to success

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In a mechatronics class, students used wheels, scissors, tape and their imaginations to create "sail cars." Tested with 10 seconds of wind from a box fan on the floor, the exercise teaches the students something about dynamics.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County School Board | Henderson County schools | Balfour Education Center | Kent Parent

Henderson County News

Balfour's Kent Parent named principal of the year

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Balfour Education Center principal Kent Parent last week was named the 2014 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for the Henderson County public schools.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Volunteers hammer, paint and weed in Day of Caring

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Almost 300 volunteers fanned out across Henderson County on Friday to put in more than 1,800 hours of volunteer work during the United Way's annual Day of Caring.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Still plenty to do at the Mountain State Fair

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The Mountain State Fair enters its final weekend today at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Fruitland area churches to celebrate Block Blast

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Several churches in the Fruitland/Edneyville communities will host the 19th Annual Block Blast from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the field behind Fruitland Baptist Church, 150 College St., directly across from the Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, Gilliam Road off of Fruitland Road. The Block Blast is an event for the entire family.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Music for all tastes set this weekend

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From bluegrass to big band, there's something on tap in the area to please everyone this weekend.   Read Story »

Hendersonville News

Council lowers water rate

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Residents of Brightwater and adjoining neighborhoods will see a reduction in their water bills of almost $10 a month under a new funding agreement the Hendersonville City Council approved last week.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | water issues

Henderson County News

Mountain State Fair has record attendance as it enters final weekend

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FLETCHER – Good weather and a good cause drew a record number of fairgoers to the N.C. Mountain State Fair Wednesday for Ingles Day. The fair had 13,924 people come through the gates donating about 16,000 pounds of food to MANNA Food Bank.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

‘Celebrate Jesus’ is set for Sept. 15

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"Celebrate Jesus," an event focusing on the love and goodness of God, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in Jackson Park.   Read Story »

Henderson County Opinion

Moss column: Every morning is Sept. 11

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Inevitably, people will say that we're in danger of forgetting Sept. 11.   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

Hendersonville Business

Don't miss Lightning exclusives

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Don't miss this week's issue of the Hendersonville Lightning and the exclusive look at the campaign finance numbers for the Hendersonville City Council race, the City Council's decision to rollback the water surcharge for Brightwater residents and the editor's column on Sept. 11.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

NHHS junior named to prep athletics panel

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Ellie Caldwell, a junior at North Henderson High School, has been selected to co-represent the Western North Carolina region for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Student Athlete Advisory Council.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Meadows to vote no on Syria strike

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said today he will oppose the authorization of U.S. military intervention in Syria.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Click here to take city parking survey

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The city of Hendersonville has invited residents to take a survey about downtown parking.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | downtown parking

Henderson County News

Holt defends superintendent's pay raise

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Henderson County School Board member Amy Lynn Holt on Monday night delivered a spirited defense of the $26,000 raise the board gave superintendent David Jones last month and Jones later declined to respond when the chairman of the county Republican Party asked him to turn down the raise and hire a teacher assistant instead.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Public Schools | Henderson County School Board

Hendersonville Business

Mountain 1st sale would close sour banking chapter

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First Citizens Bank's purchase of Mountain 1st Bank & Trust Co. would bring to a close a sour chapter of local banking history if Mountain 1st shareholders and federal regulators approve the transaction.   Read Story »

Tags: Mountain 1st | banking | First Citizens Bank

Henderson County Business

Pardee, Mission set to open Fletcher campus

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Riding the momentum of a strong financial year, an extended agreement with UNC Health Care and a top ranking in surgeries, Pardee Hospital is set to launch new services at the Mission Pardee Health Campus in three weeks.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Pardee | Pardee-Mission health campus

Henderson County Business

SPECIAL REPRINT: Lightning's 'Big Forest' in racks now

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By popular demand, the Hendersonville Lightning issued a reprint of its coverage of how Henderson County landed the Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Race to the fee line to see 'Cats'

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Here is what I say about "Cats."   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Playhouse Downtown | Lisa K. Bryant | performing arts | Jennifer Jancuska

Hendersonville Life

'Getting paid to eat ice cream,' fiddler finds his passion

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A classical violinist who played for the Seattle Symphony and other ensembles, Jamie Laval had a secret life.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra | performing arts

Flat Rock Life

Viral video vaults vocalist to key singing role in 'Cats'

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Hannah Rose DeFlumeri, at 21 a two-year veteran of a national touring show, "The Rocky Horror Show" at Flat Rock Playhouse and New York club singing, owes her discovery to a YouTube video of her stunning performance in a high school play.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Playhouse Downtown | performing arts

Hendersonville Life

HSO opener features famed Celtic fiddler

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The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Thomas Joiner, will present a concert entitled "A Celtic Celebration" on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Concert Hall at BRCC.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra | performing arts

Hendersonville News

New schedule slashes city's commercial impact fees

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Reacting to election-year criticism that the city's impact fees hinder economic development, the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday endorsed a dramatic rewrite of the schedule that shifts the burden of impact fees from new businesses to new homes.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | utilities | water issues

Hendersonville News

Time for repairs

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Volunteer clock fixers took apart the historic McClintock clock at Main Street and Fourth Avenue on Thursday and began the process of repairing the clock with new electronic control box and other parts.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Famed tall ship is skipper's topic at BRCC

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The Arts and Humanities Series at Blue Ridge Community College will present "U.S.S. Constitution: A Most Unfortunate Ship" on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Patton Auditorium.     Read Story »

Tags: History

Henderson County Business

Playhouse announces 2014 lineup

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The show must go on, and even the announcement of the show must go on. So when the air conditioning goes kaput, well, announce away.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss Lightning exclusives

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning with exclusive coverage of the sale of Mountain 1st Bank and loss that its shareholders will see, Pardee Hospital's plans to expand its footprint in northern Henderson County and an interview with one of the stars of "Cats" at the Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Legislature overrides veto of farm labor bill

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The N.C. Legislature has overridden Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that Henderson County farmers would help ensure an adequate supply of labor to pick this season's bumper crop of apples.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming

Hendersonville News

Contractor lowers 'speed bump' crosswalks

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Crews on Tuesday took up the unintentional brick speed bumps on Main Street and replaced them with crosswalks at grade.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street makeover projects

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 News

McCrory defends immigration bill veto

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On a visit to Hendersonville Monday to ride in the parade that honors the apple, Gov. Pat McCrory defended his veto of a bill that apple growers say they need to ensure an adequate supply of harvest labor.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | apple farming | Gov. Pat McCrory

Henderson County News

N.C. thanks Miller for honoring WWII veterans

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Gov. Pat McCrory came to Hendersonville Monday and presented the state's top civilian award to Honor Air founder Jeff Miller before riding in the King Apple Parade.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Jeff Miller | Gov. Pat McCrory

Hendersonville News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: King Apple Parade 2013

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The North Carolina Apple Festival's King Apple Parade featured the usual lineup of fire trucks, bands and floats and this year a governor, which has not happened in a long, and a smattering of protesters holding signs about women's rights, voting rights and teacher pay.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Apple Festival draws a crowd

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Though Labor Day weekend was at the mercy of Mother Nature, the 67th annual Apple Festival proved to be resilient enough to outlast showers.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | North Carolina Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County News

'You'll shoot your eye out': Playhouse seeks 'Ralphie'

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Flat Rock Playhouse is holding auditions for children's roles for two upcoming productions, "Disney's Mulan Jr." and "A Christmas Story," including the classic role of Ralphie, the 10-year-old who dreams of owning an "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle."   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | YouTheatre

Flat Rock Business

Summer musicals boost box office at Playhouse

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FLAT ROCK — Placed on deathwatch by critics a year ago, the Flat Rock Playhouse emerged from its pivotal 10-week run of big-stage musicals with strong ticket sales and momentum for the last third of the season, theater officials said.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Vincent Marini | performing arts

Henderson County News

Rain chance back up to 60%

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The chance of showers and thunderstorms climbs to 60 percent through Monday as the North Carolina Apple Festival brings thousands of visitors to downtown Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Apple Festival opens

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Mildred Lyda was named the United Community Bank Apple Farmer of the Year, a drizzly morning gave way to a sunny afternoon and apple growers praised this year's crop as the 67th  annual North Carolina Apple Festival kicked off on Friday.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Gov. McCrory to ride in King Apple Parade

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Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to ride in the King Apple parade at the North Carolina Apple Festival Monday, the first time in 21 years that an incumbent governor has visited Hendersonville for the festival.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | Gov. Pat McCrory

Hendersonville News

'H'ville lights new gateway sign

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Unnoticed amid the fuss over the fountain on the corner of Sixth and Main, the city moved ahead with two new gateway signs on westbound Seventh Avenue. One of the two signs was lighted for the first time on Thursday night, just in time for the 67th annual North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street makeover projects

Henderson County News

Local man charged with injuring baby

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A 24-year-old Hendersonville man was charged with felony child abuse after an investigation that started when a woman told a deputy conducting a traffic stop "about an infant being hurt and needing an ambulance."   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Mountain fountain pricetag comes in at $183,000

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The pricetag for Hendersonville's Main Street mountain fountain has come in at $183,284.59 — a $100,000 cost overrun attributable in part to an underground pump system that the artist had not anticipated.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street makeover projects

Henderson County News

Apple Festival 2013: Bicyclists ready to tackle 100-miler

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The Four Seasons Rotary Club is launching the first Tour d'Apple event on Labor Day in conjunction with the North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Maggie's Backyard Bash Friday, Sept. 6

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Henderson County News

Apple Festival 2013: Festival dares to cross the street

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At 67, the North Carolina Apple Festival is old enough to cross the street.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Apple Festival 2013: Apple facts

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Henderson County News

Apple Festival 2013: Apple agent honored as grand marshal

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Marvin A. Owings Jr. has devoted his career to promoting the apple industry, honoring farmers for the job they do. This weekend the apple industry is honoring him.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County News

Apple Festival 2013: Ambassador proud of her apple heritage

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As Labor Day approached, Madison Vaughn looked forward to her role as the 2013 Apple Ambassador of the 67th North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County News

Apple Festival 2013: Crop looks good

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A year ago, apple growers limped into Labor Day weekend with a very short crop after suffering the second spring freeze in five years. The April freeze followed by summer hailstorms wiped out about 60 percent of the county's signature farm commodity.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County News

DMV unit offers license renewals at festival

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The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will offer drivers the opportunity to renew their driver licenses when it brings its mobile unit to the 600 block of North Main Street during the North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Under eviction threat, TDA complies with county demand

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority today agreed to the terms of an agreement on Heritage Museum funding and future ownership of assets under what board members described as an ultimatum and a threat of eviction.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Hendersonville News

Paving project completed in time for festival

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The 600 block of North Main Street and the repaving of Seventh Avenue (U.S. 64 west) were completed early today in time for Friday's opening of the North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street makeover projects | Trace Co. | Todd Trace

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

Hendersonville News

Mourners say farewell to Stephen Black

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People want to label everyone, said the Rev. Steve Jones.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

First Citizens, Mountain 1st to merge

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First Citizens Bank and Hendersonville-based Mountain 1st Bank announced a merger on Wednesday under which Mountain 1st will receive $10 million. Of the total, $8 million will be used to repay a TARP loan and exit the 2008 bank rescue program and $2 million will go to Mountain 1st shareholders, or 38 cents a share.   Read Story »

Tags: finance | banking

Henderson County News

Don't miss Lightning exclusives

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Get a copy of this week's Hendersonville Lightning for exclusive coverage of the final cost of the downtown mountain fountain, the fight over Heritage Museum funding and the proliferation of street musicians in downtown Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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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 »

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Hendersonville Business

Don't miss the Lightning's NC Apple Festival guide!

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Don't miss the Hendersonville Lightning's guide to the 67th annual N.C. Apple Festival including a full-color map of the festival, entertainment schedule, food and crafts vendor list, features on the 2013 grand marshal and Apple Ambassador and our special look at "33 Things to Do" at the Apple Festival and beyond.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Local news briefs

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Henderson County Politics

McDonald announces run for sheriff

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Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald made it official today. He will seek election to the position he earned by appointment in February 2012 following the resignation of Sheriff Rick Davis.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Housing agency grant will fund urgent repairs

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The Housing Assistance Corporation of Hendersonville has been awarded a $25,000 state grant to pay for urgent repair work on homes of low-income families.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | economy | Housing Assistance Corp.

Henderson County News

Graveside service set for Stephen Black

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A graveside funeral service for longtime Times-News columnist Stephen M. Black has been set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Hendersonville practice among fastest growing companies

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Inc. magazine has ranked Hendersonville-based Blue Sky MD No. 1320 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, a measure of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | health | Blue Sky MD | Dr. David LaMond

Henderson County News

Growers begin 2013 apple harvest

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DANA — Doug Marshall used a tractor and a lift to load boxes of apples on to a truck, grinding deep into the soft brown mud and enduring one more rainy day in a summer of record rain.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | 2013 rainfall

Flat Rock Business

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Deathtrap' keeps audience guessing

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"Deathtrap" is tense from the start.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Longtime columnist Stephen Black dies at age 68

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Stephen M. Black, a hard-living ex-Marine whose weekly Times-News column provoked outrage from readers of all political persuasion but also had the power to bring a laugh and a tear, died Friday morning after a long period of health challenges and a week of more serious medical problems. He was 68.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

I-26 lane closures at exit 49 start Sunday

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close lanes in both directions of Interstate 26 at Exit 49 (Hendersonville/Bat Cave/U.S. 64) for bridge maintenance and repairs from Sunday, Aug. 25, until the morning of Friday, Sept. 6, weather permitting.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | transportation

Henderson County Business

Delegation forecasts votes to override farm labor veto

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The General Assembly likely has the votes to override Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that Henderson County farmers strongly support as a stopgap fix to ensure an adequate labor supply, local legislators said.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | farming | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County Life

WEEKEND EVENTS: Robert Morgan, Saluda Grade concert

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SALUDA — Saluda native Aaron Burdett and his band will play at Saluda's free Top of the Grade concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday after the Saluda Tailgate Market.   Read Story »

Tags: Saluda | Music | History | Saluda Grade | Robert Morgan

Hendersonville Life

'CATS' will surround audience in downtown show

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Flat Rock Playhouse is preparing to surround the theater audience with the action in CATS, the long-running Broadway musical based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and featuring a musical score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Playhouse Downtown | performing arts

Henderson County News

Local group soaks up bicycle culture in Minneapolis

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Area bicycling enthusiasts, planners and hospital representatives who soaked up the two-wheeled passion of Minneapolis say they see the potential for more bike use back home.   Read Story »

Tags: transportation | greenways | bicycling

Henderson County Business

Fresh produce is just a click away

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Need locally grown tomatoes for supper? Want to know which apples are now ripe? Want to buy locally ground sausage or a T-bone steak?   Read Story »

Tags: farming | AgHC | Mark Williams

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: McCrory to farmers: Drop dead

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Farmers began harvesting the 2013 apple crop last week. If they have trouble getting help, they can thank Gov. Pat McCrory.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Hendersonville Lightning | Lightning editorials | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County News

Visitation, services set for McKinnish

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The Rev. Harold Lloyd McKinnish, a beloved Baptist minister who mentored dozens of young ministers, shepherded thousands of church-goers and praised Christ through bluegrass and gospel music over six decades, died Wednesday after a period of declining health. He was 80.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

County ABC board votes to disband

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Members of Henderson County's ABC Board voted today to disband, saying that a year of research, discussion and study had clearly showed there was no need for a new store and no appetite among three city boards for merging.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

'Ask Matt': How come our meters cost more than Asheville's?

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Q. Why did Hendersonville's new water meters cost twice as much as Asheville's?   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | supermarkets | retail | water issues | Ask Matt

Henderson County Politics

Meadows rips Obamacare before friendly crowd

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said a proposal to block the money for Obamacare is different from 40 previous House votes to repeal it because the defunding question would force a vote in the Senate.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Affordable Care Act | President Obama

North Carolina Life

Chimney Rock catching fire over Hunger Games sequel

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Ahead of the Nov. 22 release of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, Chimney Rock State Park next month is showing the blockbuster first movie, The Hunger Games, on a 35-foot outdoor screen and offering other movie-themed activities.   Read Story »

Tags: DuPont State Forest | Chimney Rock State Park | performing arts | Hunger Games

Henderson County News

Overnight work at I-26/I-40 starts Tuesday

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Overnight closures will take place starting Tuesday on Interstate 26 West at Exit 31B in Asheville as crews perform rehabilitation work on the bridge over I-40.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Dana School again receives national honor

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Dana Elementary School has won national recognition again.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Public Schools | Dana Elementary School | Kelly Schofield

Hendersonville Business

Consumer Reports ranks Pardee surgeries No. 1 in N.C.

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Pardee Hospital was one of only two hospitals in North Carolina to receive the highest rating based on a review by Consumer Reports magazine of 27 types of surgeries, the hospital's medical chief of staff told the Board of Directors.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

'Deathtrap' opens Thursday at Playhouse

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Deathtrap, which holds the record for the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play, opens Thursday at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage.   Read Story »

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Green River Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Robert Morgan returns to 'Gap Creek'

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Fourteen years after the phenomenal success of his novel Gap Creek, Robert Morgan has come home again.His newest novel, The Road from Gap Creek, picks up the story of Julie and Hank Richards, who we first met through Julie's eyes in Gap Creek.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City reimburses landowner after 2-year water leak

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The city of Hendersonville will reimburse Haywood Road property owners for work they had done to protect their property from a city water leak.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | water issues

Henderson County News

Green home tour features energy saving models

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Environmental & Conservation Organization will showcase the energy and water saving features of five homes and a business during the 6th annual Green Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Miss print, miss a lot

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Don't miss this week's edition of the Hendersonville Lightning to read about the beginning of apple harvest in Henderson County, the widespread crop damage from flooding and why farmers are upset with Gov. Pat McCrory. Read the Lightning's exclusive coverage, too, of the Flat Rock Playhouse ticket sales for "Les Miserables" and "Evita."   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Bike club promotes ride to R&B concert tonight

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Bicycle enthusiasts are encouraging people to ride their bikes tonight from Laurel Park to the summer's last Rhythm & Brews concert, where they can safely park their bikes in a corral.   Read Story »

Tags: Rhythm & Brews concert series | bicycling | Blue Ridge Bicycle Club

Henderson County News

Highs falling into 60s starting Thursday

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Unseasonably cool weather but little relief from the never-ending train of afternoon showers is in the forecast.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County News

'Behind the scenes' volunteer wins top philanthropy award

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FLAT ROCK — The Community Foundation of Henderson County on Wednesday presented its top philanthropy leadership award to a longtime volunteer at Johnson Farm, supporter of the Flat Rock Playhouse and active worker for many civic organizations.   Read Story »

Tags: Community Foundation of Henderson County | Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award | non-profit organizations | Mary Garrison

Henderson County News

Mills River to take up incentives for beer distributor

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board will take up a request to grant incentives of up to $21,000 to help recruit a $20 million beer distributor across the French Broad River from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County hires DSS director from Eastern N.C.

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F. Eric Bush, the director of Social Services in Duplin County since 2010, has been named director of the Henderson County Department of Social Services.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Amid budget cuts, School Board grants chief 19% raise

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In their first meeting of the new school year Monday night, members of the Henderson County School Board criticized the state Legislature for budget cuts and then granted the county schools superintendent a 19 percent pay increase.   Read Story »

Tags: schools | Henderson County Public Schools | Henderson County School Board | Henderson County schools superintendent David Jones

Henderson County News

First council forum focuses on Seventh Avenue

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Five candidates for the Hendersonville City Council and three for mayor expressed broad support for redevelopment of Seventh Avenue with the few differences in their approaches coming down to government versus private sector as the driver.   Read Story »

Tags: 2013 municipal elections | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County News

First responders win grant to expand radio coverage

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Fourteen area fire departments and rescue squads will benefit from a $554,360 FEMA grant to enhance radio communications from Tryon to Cedar Mountain, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows announced Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Henderson County fire service

Hendersonville Life

City shrinks seating area for last R&B concert

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Organizers of the popular Rhythm & Brews Concert series have asked patrons to leave their folding chairs at home for the final concert this week.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Rhythm & Brews concert series

Henderson County Business

County tourism spending rose in 2012, report says

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Henderson County saw a 4.3 percent increase in tourism spending in 2012 over the previous year, the state Commerce Department said.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

State slashes AdvantageWest funding by 70%

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AdvantageWest, the industry-recruiting agency that serves 23 counties in Western North Carolina, plans to identify new revenue sources and use cash reserves to survive a 70 percent cut in state money.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | economic development | AdvantageWest

Henderson County Politics

Meadows to host ObamaCare panel

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will join a FreedomWorks public policy official this month in "an honest discussion of the future of ObamaCare" at a town hall meeting in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Budget cuts force craft center's move from Kellogg

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The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is moving from the Kellogg Center in Hendersonville to downtown Asheville, a victim of budget cuts at UNC-Asheville.   Read Story »

Tags: UNC Board of Governors | Kellogg Center | Center for Craft | Creativity & Design

Henderson County Business

Home sales surge by 22%

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Home sales in Henderson County surged by 22 percent in the first half of 2013 and days on the market is falling, signs that the county's important residential real estate market is recovering.   Read Story »

Tags: economy | real estate | Henderson County Board of Realtors | Bill Fishburne

Henderson County News

Habitat wins grant for Dodd Meadows homes

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Henderson County Habitat for Humanity will receive a $150,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta to help build 12 homes in its Dodd Meadows development in East Flat Rock, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan announced.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Hendersonville Housing Authority awarded $508,379 grant

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The Hendersonville Housing Authority has been awarded a $508,379 grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that will be used to make major large-scale improvements to public housing units.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

More delays coming at 'Malfunction Junction'

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Contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin rehabilitation work on the bridge on Interstate 26 West at Exit 31B over I-40 at the I-26/I-40/I-240 junction in Asheville starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

WTZQ kicks off music showcase at Moe's BBQ

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Moe's Original BBQ and WTZQ AM-1600 are launching a new singer/songwriter showcase the third Thursday of every month from 8 to 9 p.m. upstairs at Moe's in downtown Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | restaurants | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County News

DOT work to close Howard Gap Road for two days

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Howard Gap Road at Blooming Laurel Drive in Fletcher starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, to install a pipe culvert. The road is scheduled to reopen by 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Howard Gap Road project

Flat Rock News

Playhouse narrowly in the black so far

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse managing director Hillary Hart told the Flat Rock Village Council on Thursday she projects the theater will finish with a $19,000 budget surplus.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Leak wastes millions of gallons

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Dr. Chris Coleman was puzzled that the road in front of his veterinary clinic on Haywood Road seemed perpetually wet even during dry spells.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Towns cool to sharing cost of law enforcement

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Charlie Messer jolted the usually collegial gathering of county and town officials this month when he suggested that towns should pitch in to help fund the Sheriff's Department budget.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

New construction rises by 24 percent

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Residential building construction rose by 47.6 percent and commercial work climbed by 44.9 percent in the fiscal year ending June 30 over the previous fiscal year, the Henderson County inspections department reported.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Center schedules triathlon training

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FLETCHER — The Lelia Patterson Fitness Center (LPC) along with Carolina Gold Fitness is offering several free activities to help those interested in preparing for the LPC Triathlon on Aug. 18 held at the LPC.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Carolina Alliance Bank and Forest Commercial Bank announce merger

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ASHEVILLE – Carolina Alliance Bank and Forest Commercial Bank jointly announced an agreement to merge and form a full-service community bank serving customers principally in upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Eddleman to lead Democratic Party after chair resigns

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Clay Eddleman was elected the chairman of the Henderson County Democratic Party on Aug. 3, just three months after the party had elected Blair Jenkins at its annual convention.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Smith says there are 'more important issues' than signs

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Hendersonville City Council candidate Jeff Miller on Tuesday challenged his competitors to consider delaying the posting of campaign signs until after Labor Day.   Read Story »

Tags: 2013 Hendersonville city election

Mills River Business

Beer distributor eyes $20 million Mills River facility

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MILLS RIVER — In the first sign of a major spinoff from the new Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, an Asheville beer distributor is expected to announce plans to locate a distribution center on Old Fanning Bridge Road across the river from the beer-maker.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Empire Distributors

Flat Rock News

Neighbors grumble about Flat Rock vacation cottage

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FLAT ROCK — Like it or not, Stonebridge neighbors are powerless to stop a homeowner from renting a cottage to vacationers.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | real estate | Flat Rock Village Council | land-use planning

Henderson County News

County tax collections show $1.7 million gain

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Henderson County gained $1.66 million more in property taxes for the 2012-13 budget year than it had projected, the county tax assessor reported in July.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Publix coming to Asheville

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Publix Super Markets Inc. announced Friday it is opening a store on Hendersonville Road in south Asheville, a move that could add to the speculation that the popular Florida-based supermarket will next target Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail

Henderson County News

Council chips in $1500 for clock repair

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Hendersonville City Council granted a $1,500 donation to help fund restorations to the McClintock Clock on Main Street at a meeting Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | McClintock clock

Hendersonville News

Council caps water hookup charge

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Under election year pressure from business interests and at least two challengers, the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday approved a cap on initial hookup fees for large commercial water users.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | 2013 Hendersonville city election

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

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EXCLUSIVE: City water leak wastes 8 million gallons

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning for exclusive stories on Henderson County's proposal to charge towns for the sheriff's budget and on a city water line leak that wasted an estimated 8 million gallons of treated water over two years. You gotta get a copy because it's only in the Lightning and it's only in print.   Read Story »

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Fletcher News

Continental to expand plant, add 40 jobs

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FLETCHER — Continental Automotive Systems Inc. announced today a $35 million 88,000-square-foot plant expansion that will add 40 new jobs at its Fletcher plant. The average wage associated with the new jobs will exceed $40,000 a year, compared to the Henderson County average wage of $32,500 a year, the company said.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Nathan Kennedy | Continental Automotive Systems

Henderson County News

Neill victim acquires Lake Summit property

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Lake Summit property owned by Sam Neill, now serving federal prison time for income tax evasion, has been acquired by one of the estates he was convicted of stealing from.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Community Foundation taps new directors

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The Community Foundation of Henderson County recently elected officers for 2013-14 and new members of its governing board.   Read Story »

Tags: Community Foundation of Henderson County | Randy Romeo | Lauretta Sthreshley | John Bell | Steve Greene | David Marshall | Jana Johnson-Humleker

North Carolina Politics

Meadows gets ink for opposing Obamacare

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, the newly elected Republican who represents the southern N.C. mountains, is popping up in Washington coverage this week for his role in trying to block Obamacare.   Read Story »

Tags: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Affordable Care Act

Henderson County News

N.C. budget will harm schools, teachers say

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Henderson County teachers say they're fearful that state budget cuts will set back public education in North Carolina. A  Republican representative who represents the area voted no because the budget contained provisions that were "worse than I ever imagined." Both reactions were part of the fallout from the newly adopted 2013-14 state budget that has been panned across the state by teachers and praised by Republican leaders as a long-needed step toward reform.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

United Way names new marketing coordinator

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The United Way of Henderson County has named Kristen Freeman as the new marketing and communications coordinator.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

HHS graduate wins prestigious UNC-Duke scholarship

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A 2013 Hendersonville High School graduate is among 29 students from around the globe who have accepted invitations to become Robertson Scholars, receiving full scholarships for either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Duke University plus summer enrichment programs.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Judge orders pay for teachers, cuts lawyer's fee

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A Superior Court judge ordered full back pay for former Hendersonville Christian School teachers who had filed claims and slashed a lawyer's fee by a third in a ruling that could close the books on a chapter of local education history.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Christian School property

Henderson County News

Transylvania County to dedicate new animal shelter

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Transylvania County will dedicate its new animal shelter with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the facility on Old Rosman Highway.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Life

HSO names executive director, new president

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The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra has named Bill Humleker as its first executive director and Turner Rouse as office administrator and expanded its Board of Directors to 21 members, the symphony announced.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra | Bill Humleker | Jules Hagymassy

Henderson County News

'Ask Matt': Lightning columnist answers your questions

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Hendersonville Lightning readers have questions. The Lightning has answers!   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center | Ask Matt | Matt Matteson

Hendersonville Politics

SBI probed candidate's spending as council member

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Former Hendersonville City Council member Diane Caldwell says she wrote a check to the district attorney as repayment for a trip to Memphis after the SBI questioned her about the travel money.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Memories of Robroy: Playhouse founder set a high standard

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The elaborate production of "Les Miserables" on the main stage of the Flat Rock Playhouse is a long way from the summer stock that Alan Sader remembers from 50 years ago.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | History | performing arts | Robroy Farquhar | Alan Sader

Mills River News

Rain delivers 'worst year in four generations'

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MILLS RIVER — U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows told farmers whose crops have been wiped out by heavy rain and flooding that he has explored what kind of relief is available even as politics stalls the farm bill renewal.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | Flavor 1st | Kirby Johnson | 2013 rainfall

Henderson County News

Mail theft suspect arrested in Henderson County

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After receiving reports of mail thefts in mid July from residents in the South Rugby Road area of Henderson County, investigators have arrested Wayne Richard Ashton, 29, of Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Sheriff's Department | crime

Hendersonville News

City Council OKs $6 million bond issue for park

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Hendersonville City Council members on Thursday gave the go-ahead for a $6 million bond issue to develop Berkeley Park and ranked improvements they said residents could expect to see if voters approve the bond issue.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | parks and recreation | Berkeley Park | local government borrowing

Henderson County Life

Religion on public square is topic of panel discussion

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The role of religion on the public square is the topic of a panel discussion at 8 p.m.  Thursday, Aug. 8, at Thomas Auditorium at BRCC.   Read Story »

Tags: Religion

Henderson County News

Ruscin explores county’s ‘Hidden History’

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Henderson County Life

'Sunbonnets and Straw Hats' premieres Friday

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Tom Orr was being Tom Orr, which meant channeling his days as the Hendersonville High School drama teacher directing the senior play, which meant pulling his hair out.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Heritage Museum

Henderson County Business

Miss print, miss a lot

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Don't miss this week's edition of the Hendersonville Lightning. It takes you behind the scenes of the biggest economic partnership in Henderson County in a generation. You've got to get a copy because it's only in the Lightning and it's only in print.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Lots of familiar packages printed in East Flat Rock

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Consumers know the products instantly. It's a safe bet that few buyers know the packages are printed in East Flat Rock, N.C. — and most people here don't know it.   Read Story »

Tags: Shorewood | AGI-Shorewood Group

Henderson County News

Transylvania blocks biomass plant for one year

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BREVARD — Transylvania County commissioners approved a one year moratorium that prohibits construction of a bio-mass plant in a 3-2 vote at the Monday night meeting.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Sheriff wins $3.6 million grant for 911 center upgrade

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The North Carolina 911 Board has awarded Henderson County Sheriff'sDepartment a $3.6 million grant to relocate the Henderson County E-911 Center to the Henderson County Law Enforcement Center and replace all outdated equipment.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Sheriff's Department | local budgets

Fletcher News

Deadline nears for Mountain fair contest signups

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FLETCHER — Aspiring chefs hoping to earn a blue ribbon in one of the cooking contests at the 2013 N.C. Mountain State Fair must submit applications by Aug. 2.   Read Story »

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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 Life

New play highlights history, honors Robert Morgan

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"Sunbonnet and Straw Hat," an original play portraying Henderson County history and celebrating native-born writer and poet Robert Morgan, will debut at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Additional performances are scheduled Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Tom Orr | Historic Courthouse | Henderson County Heritage Museum | Robert Morgan | Carolyn Justus

Hendersonville Life

SLIDESHOW: R&B III bigger than ever

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Nine weeks ago, nobody would have known that Hendersonville could pack an out-of-the-way parking lot with hundreds of people for a concert that didn't involve an oldies playlist or an Elvis set.   Read Story »

Tags: downtown Hendersonville | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Rhythm & Brews concert series

Hendersonville Life

Literacy Council wins $150,000 grant

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The Blue Ridge Literacy Council has won a three-year grant of $150,000 to enhance its programs that teach adults to read.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | Blue Ridge Literacy Council

Henderson County News

Warrant squad tracks down accused rapist

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A 26-year-old accused rapist was jailed on a $100,000 bond Tuesday after Henderson County deputies arrested him for failing to appear in court in April.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Politics

ELECTIONS SET: Eight vie for Hendersonville council; Fletcher incumbents unopposed

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The field is set for the fall municipal elections in Henderson County led by a crowded field vying for two seats on the Hendersonville City Council and a three-way race for mayor of the county's largest city.   Read Story »

Tags: 2013 municipal elections | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Hendersonville Politics

Ron Stephens files for mayor

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Saying Hendersonville is on the verge of "a new Golden Age" that needs a strong city partnership, City Council member Ron Stephens has filed to run for mayor.   Read Story »

Tags: Ron Stephens | 2013 municipal elections | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Hendersonville Life

City braces for big crowd at Rhythm & Brews tonight

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Hendersonville Main Street director Lew Holloway said the "anecdotal evidence" he's gotten so far signals a big crowd will turn out for the third concert of the new Rhythm & Brews series, which has proved to be a popular Thursday night event.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Rhythm & Brews concert series

Henderson County Life

Michael Jackson tribute opens at Playhouse Downtown

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"A Tribute to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5" opened a two-week run Wednesday at the Playhouse Downtown.Starring Los Angeles performer Alfred Jackson, the Music on the Rock tribute features the singer and dancer who became the dominant voice and focus of The Jackson 5 and went on to a sensational solo career.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Music on the Rock | Playhouse Downtown

Etowah News

Sheriff's deputies charge man with neglect of horse, donkeys and goats

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ETOWAH — The Henderson County sheriff's department charged a 39-year-old local man with cruelty to animals after finding a horse, two donkeys and six goats in poor condition at a barn in Etowah.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Opinion

Moss column: Crowded dance floor, parking are good problems to have

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Even in the summer of rain, tourists and local folks stroll up and down Main Street and diners wait 45 minutes for a table. Parking, I hear, is a crisis.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | downtown parking

Henderson County Life

Boys & Girls Club eyes big addition

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The Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County is looking at an expansion of its campus in Green Meadows to add a two-story building containing classrooms, a computer lab, offices and large multipurpose room.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Trader Joe's sets Asheville opening for Sept. 27

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Trader Joe's, the specialty food store known for its discount wine and creative snacks, plans to open its new Asheville store on Sept. 27.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

DSS board appoints interim director

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The Henderson County Board of Social Services on Mondayappointed a top department deputy as interim director of the agency from Aug. 1 until a new director starts.   Read Story »

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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 »

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Henderson County News

Hendersonville documentary project wins grant

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The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded a $9,000 grant to a Hendersonville-based project that seeks to collect and preserve oral histories of Southern Appalachian people and their lifestyles.   Read Story »

Tags: History | David Weintraub | Connecting with Elders | Southern Appalachian culture

Hendersonville Politics

Miller files for council seat instead of mayor

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Jeff Miller, the local dry cleaner who says he wants to make city policies more business friendly, filed this morning to run for the Hendersonville City Council instead of mayor.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

NC to collect property tax along with tag renewal

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The state of North Carolina has figured out one more way to make taxes certain.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Teachers confront Christian School lawyer over fee

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Former Hendersonville Christian School employees and board members confronted the school's attorney over his fee for helping sell the school, saying his proposed $51,000 payment would deprive teachers of a fair settlement.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | Hendersonville Christian School property | Skip Goldsmith

Henderson County News

McCrory appoints Cecil to NC Economic Development Board

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Henderson County News

Unemployment insurance changes to be discussed

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The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Hendersonville JobLink and Henderson County JobLink offices to offer information concerning the recent unemployment insurance changes that have taken place in North Carolina.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Sierra Nevada to brew across USA on way to Mills River

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is celebrating the opening of its new Mills River brewery by bringing revered craft brewers to North Carolina via a cross-country festival path in 2014.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Receiver recommends $51,000 for Christian School lawyer

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An attorney who served as the last headmaster of Hendersonville Christian School would receive a fee of $51,000 if a judge approves a receiver's recommended distribution of the school's remaining cash today.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Playhouse lives large with 'Les Miserables'

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When the Flat Rock Playhouse announced its ambitious 2013 lineup last summer, some of us wondered how the theater would manage to stage "Les Miserables."   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Vincent Marini

North Carolina Politics

McCrory rebuts N.Y. Times 'demolition derby' editorial

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Gov. Pat McCrory is rebutting a New York Times editorial that castigates the Republican agenda in Raleigh, saying his "focus on pragmatic problem-solving is now fueling North Carolina's comeback to prosperity."   Read Story »

Tags: NC politics | NC Legislature | Gov. Pat McCrory

Henderson County News

Local man charged after baby found in cardiac arrest

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a 23-year-old Mountain Home man with felony child abuse after emergency personnel responded to an emergency call about a baby in full cardiac arrest, a report said.   Read Story »

Henderson County Politics

Newman, appointed D.A., promises more active court role

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Greg Newman, a veteran Hendersonville defense attorney and former Hendersonville mayor who had served as a prosecutor in Ohio and Kentucky, has been appointed district attorney for the judicial district made up of Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

‘Les Miserables’ opens at Flat Rock Playhouse

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Flat Rock Playhouse presents its biggest musical of the season, "Les Miserables," from July 10 through Aug. 18 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. The production stars Rob Evan from "Les Miserables" on Broadway.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

World War II to the Dodgers, Flat Rock retiree brushed history

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FLAT ROCK — Lt. Guy Wellman and the rest of the men in his infantry unit got what sounded like good news in March of 1945. An American division had captured the bridge at Remagen, leading to a huge opportunity for the Allied forces to cross the Rhine and drive into the heart of Germany in the final weeks of World War II.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Southern gateway expanding

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Crews demolished the old Mr. Gatti's Pizza restaurant and three other buildings to make way for a new $1 million CVS drug store at 522 S. Main St.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Life

New shop opens in Flat Rock

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FLAT ROCK — Unique furniture, jewelry, gifts, art and more can be found at Hamilton Hill Home, a new store in Flat Rock.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

City Council to vote on $6 million bond issue

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Hendersonville voters will decide in November whether the city can borrow $6 million to develop Berkeley Park and make other parks and recreation improvements if the City Council approves the steps needed for a referendum.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | parks and recreation | Berkeley Park | local government borrowing

Henderson County Business

Farmers may seek disaster aid for flood damage

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The deluge of rain this summer has caused widespread damage to Henderson County crops, delayed construction work and put campgrounds underwater.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | apple farming | Marvin Owings | 2013 rainfall

Hendersonville News

Clock club seeks $5,000 to repair Main Street timekeeper

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The Hendersonville City Council will take up a request to spend up to $5,000 to repair the historic McClintock clock on the side of the Trust Building on East Fourth Avenue at Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County News

Facing challenge, City Council puts water fee on agenda

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Facing an election campaign that could focus attention on the city's commercial water charges, the Hendersonville City Council is scrambling to revise its one-time hookup charge for businesses.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | 2013 municipal elections | water issues | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County News

County ABC board ready to drop pursuit of store

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It looks like Henderson County will pass on building a new liquor store — for now.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Politics

Miller eyes run for Hendersonville mayor

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It looks like Hendersonville may have a mayor's race.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | 2013 municipal elections

Hendersonville Life

Carolina Concert Choir names new director

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The Carolina Concert Choir has hired a longtime college choir director as conductor and artistic director.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | performing arts | Carolina Concert Choir

Henderson County News

Rainfall total exceeds year's worth already

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The area is far exceeding the normal rainfall totals. Henderson County has already received more than the usual amount of rain for a whole year, records show.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | farming | 2013 rainfall

Saluda Life

SALUDA SLIDESHOW: Every dog has his day

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SALUDA — Organizers caught a rare window of clear weather and welcomed hundreds of visitors, tourists and local folks to the 50th Coon Dog Day in Saluda on Saturday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Fuss erupts over Music on Main

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Large crowds for Music on Main at the new stage at the Visitors Center have led to a big fuss.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | tourism | Music on Main | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County News

Fletcher incumbents file for re-election

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The mayor of Fletcher and two council members filed on Monday to run for reelection in the 2013 municipal elections.      Read Story »

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Henderson County News

HHS class of '14 embarks on senior tradition

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Nothing defines the start of the final leg toward graduation from Hendersonville High School like the annual senior steps project.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Candidates set to file for city seats

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The campaign season for city offices officially opens at noon Friday when candidates can sign up to run. A handful of local council members and mayors have announced their plans.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Parking solutions include signage, smart meters, employee spaces

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Wayfinding. Log it in. It's the newest buzzword to solve downtown parking problems.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail | downtown parking

Henderson County News

Flat Rock, county move to recognize historic landmarks

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Henderson County folks wear the cloak of history.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic preservation | Flat Rock Village Council | Henderson County Historic Resources Commission

Hendersonville News

Events still on, so far, despite heavy rain, flood warnings

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The Hendersonville fireworks show was still scheduled as of 6:30 tonight despite heavy rain in parts of Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: downtown Hendersonville | Fourth of July | Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association | Parade

Henderson County News

NWS issues flood watch, forecasts rain through the Fourth

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The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Henderson County and all of Western North Carolina, predicting two to three more inches of rain through 8 p.m. Wednesday and 80 percent chance of rain on Independence Day.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Waynesville dealer buys Egolf Chrysler

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A Waynesville car dealer has bought the Egolf Chrysler dealership in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

New principals announced at EHHS, two elementary schools

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Henderson County schools administrators have announced promotions and moves that have installed new principals at East Henderson High School and Mills River and Edneyville elementary schools.   Read Story »

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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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Hendersonville Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Is Wingate best choice for mill property?

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The developer who won the right to renovate the old Grey Hosiery Mill for an expanded Wingate University campus downtown seems well qualified and well intentioned.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Grey Hosiery Mill | CathFord Wingate proposal | Robert Englander Jr. | Wingate College

Hendersonville Life

SLIDESHOW: Big crowd celebrates Pardee's 60th

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Pardee Hospital Foundation recognized the annual philanthropist of the year and its first physician of the year during a Diamond Jubilee dinner and dance that marked the hospital's 60th birthday at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at BRCC.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Big Bang' delivers big fun

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They start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, to borrow from a higher minded musical.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Amy Jones | Julian Brightman

Hendersonville Politics

Jerry Smith announces re-election campaign

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Hendersonville City Councilman Jerry Smith announced Friday that he will seek re-election to the council, joining incumbent Mayor Barbara Volk and Mayor pro tem Jeff Collis in seeking another term.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Hendersonville City Councilman Jerry Smith | 2013 municipal elections

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 Politics

LIGHTNING EXCLUSIVE: Treadway interview on 'Big Bang'

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Julian Brightman, who has been an actor in New York for 20 years, knew of the Flat Rock Playhouse before he arrived to perform in the comedy "The Big Bang."   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway

Henderson County Life

Dedication set for pedestrian bridge, visitors center at DuPont

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DUPONT STATE FOREST — High-ranking North Carolina officials will be on hand for the dedication Monday of the new Hooker Falls pedestrian bridge and the new visitors center at DuPont State Recreational Forest.     Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | parks and recreation | DuPont State Forest | NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Henderson County Business

NC cuts worse than Obamacare, Pardee CEO says

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Pardee Hospital's CEO told the hospital Board of Directors on Wednesday that cuts by North Carolina leaders had done more to harm the county-owned hospital than the federal Affordable Care Act, which he suggested has shouldered the greater blame in the eyes of the public. Obamacare could cost Pardee $5.6 million a year, he said, while state cuts could chop the hospital's revenue by $8.2 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Affordable Care Act | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Henderson County Business

GENERATION NEXT: Professionals

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Will Penny became Burt Reynolds' driver, gofer and script editor when the Hollywood star came to the Flat Rock Playhouse to perform a one-man show in 1991.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Will Penny | Penny Insurance Agency | Generation Next | fathers day | Dr. Bill Garrison | Dr. Patrick Garrison | Pryor Insurance | Jason Bryor | Nick Pryor | Bill Penny | Tate Apodaca | Brandon Apodaca

Henderson County Business

GENERATION NEXT: Apples, C-stores, home decor

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EDNEYVILLE — Apple trees dot the landscape below the Nix family home on Peaceful View Lane as far as the eye can see. Jerred Nix, 26, can look out on the trees, some old and some new.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County | Generation Next | fathers day

Henderson County Business

GENERATION NEXT: Construction Companies

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Affectionately nicknamed "Tom Thumb" as a toddler, James Wallace "Tommy" Cooper started work in 1964 and founded his own construction company three years later.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County | Cooper Construction Co. | Sammy Williams | Generation Next | fathers day | Tom Cooper | Zach Cooper | Kelly Cooper Ford | Mike Cooper | Riddle Construction | Andrew Riddle | Sam Riddle | Louis Williams & Sons | Danny Williams

Henderson County Business

GENERATION NEXT: Car dealers

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It all began in 1940 when a father and his two sons bought a car dealership.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County | Boyd Chevrolet | Cam Boyd | Les Boyd | Jay Egolf | Egolf Motors | Hunter Automotive Group | Randy Hunter | Generation Next | fathers day | Tom Hunter | David Hunter | Coleman Freeman | Chris Freeman | Cliff Freeman | Jeff Egolf

Henderson County News

Contractor 'tops out' Fletcher's new Town Hall

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FLETCHER — The Fletcher Town Council and mayor and USDA and Cooper Construction officials celebrated the "topping out" of the new Town Hall today in Fletcher.   Read Story »

Tags: Fletcher | Fletcher Town Council | Heart of Fletcher

Henderson County News

Lots to see and hear on the Fourth

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Parades, festivals and fireworks will take center stage across the region this Fourth of July. Here is a roundup of events.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

'Roll models' to get free frozen yogurt treat

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Safe bicycle riding and skateboarding in Hendersonville could earn kids a free dessert.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Police Department | parks and recreation | Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake | bicycling

Henderson County Business

LIGHTNING EXCLUSIVE: Tax breaks, Wingate reaction, Treadway interview

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Don't miss this week's print issue of the Hendersonville Lightning for an interview with Scott Treadway and Julian Brightman as they open "The Big Bang," new tax breaks for historic landmarks and the Lightning editorial on another idea for the Grey Hosiery Mill property.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Pinecrest honoring veterans on Sunday

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FLAT ROCK — Pinecrest Presbyterian Church will hold its annual patriotic Independence Day worship service on Sunday, June 30, at 10:55 a.m.   Read Story »

Tags: Fourth of July

Etowah Life

Etowah Golf Club holding couples golf tourney, fireworks

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ETOWAH — Etowah Valley Golf Club & Lodge will host an Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 5, including a couples golf tournament and a fireworks celebration in the evening.   Read Story »

Tags: Etowah | Fourth of July | Etowah Valley Country Club

Henderson County News

Pardee celebrates 60th birthday

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Sixty years ago, construction was under way on a new hospital on Sixth Avenue between Justice and Fleming streets.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Pardee Hospital | Pardee Hospital Foundation

Flat Rock Business

She'd 'get out of sick bed' to sell books

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FLAT ROCK — Jinny Bell was horrified when a customer expressed surprise that the Flat Rock Book Exchange was open. The customer told her she heard it was going to close.   Read Story »

Tags: Little Rainbow Row | Village of Flat Rock | Flat Rock Book Exchange | Saint John in the Wilderness | Ginny Bell

Hendersonville Opinion

Can anyone around here drive?

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My wife and I moved to Hendersonville a year ago and have found this to be a friendly little city that's easy to live in.   Read Story »

Tags: transportation

Flat Rock Life

Flat Rock mayor, HHS honor are reunited

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Bob Staton has no idea how his Carolina Cup got discarded but he is glad to be reunited with the award after 59 years.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | Flat Rock Village Council | Bob Staton

Fletcher Business

Park Ridge names nurse of the year

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Park Ridge Health announced that Debra Williams has been selected as "Nurse of the Year."   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care

Henderson County Sports

County dedicates new gym

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The first summer camp at Henderson County's new gym tipped off today with a boys basketball camp run by Hall of Fame prep coach John Whitmire.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Hendersonville Christian School property | Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center

Hendersonville Business

Frozen yogurt shop coming to Main Street

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Frozen yogurt is coming to Hendersonville's Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County News

Penrose biomass plant foes plan forum

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BREVARD — People for Clean Mountains, a group opposed to a proposed waste-to-energy plant in Penrose, will sponsor the "Think B.I.G." Economic Forum from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Rogow room of the Transylvania County Library.   Read Story »

Tags: Penrose | waste-to-energy plants

Henderson County News

Flat Rock hopes for Round 2 funding for park

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FLAT ROCK — Although the Flat Rock Village Council missed state funding in May to help pay for the purchase of the Highland Lake Golf Course for a park, the village still has a shot at the money.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | parks and recreation | Highland Lake Park Exploratory Committee | land conservation

Saluda News

Saluda folks celebrate saving of Twin Lakes

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SALUDA — About 150 land conservation supporters gathered at Twin Lakes Saturday to celebrate the saving of the property for public use.   Read Story »

Tags: Saluda Community Land Trust | Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy | Twin Lakes Saluda | land conservation | Bill Wilkes

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

Henderson County News

Suits, ties and security ... but no governor

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There were lots of suits. Heavy security. Black SUVs pulled up and disgorged the important looking people. Shopkeepers on Main Street watched as dozens of mucketymucks climbed the steps of the Historic Courthouse. Word spread. The governor was in town.   Read Story »

Tags: Jeff Hunt

Henderson County News

Fernandez awarded Sparks Memorial Scholarship

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Keren Fernandez, a 2013 graduate of Hendersonville High School, was awarded the Connie and Ricky Sparks Memorial Scholarship by the Henderson County Education Foundation Inc.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Life

SLIDESHOW: Big crowd enjoys R&B II

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The Rhythm & Brews concert in downtown Hendersonville drew a big crowd for the second time for an all-girl folk band from Asheville and the hot licks of the headliner, the Lefty Williams Band.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Rhythm & Brews concert series

Hendersonville Life

Symphony wins grant from Community Foundation

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The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra will improve its computer system thanks to a grant of $8,000 from the Community Foundation of Henderson County   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra | Community Foundation of Henderson County

Henderson County News

K-C and the sunshine band: United Way celebrates move

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The United Way of Henderson County held an open house and anniversary celebration Tuesday at its new office inside the Kimberly-Clark Berkeley Mills facility on Smyth Avenue.   Read Story »

Tags: United Way | Kimberly Clark

Laurel Park News

No new taxes budget in Laurel Park raises water bills by 2.5%

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LAUREL PARK — The Laurel Park Town Council adopted a $2.15 million no-new-taxes budget for 2013-14 on Tuesday with a warning that pending legislation in Raleigh could raise costs or trim projected town revenue.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | local budgets | Laurel Park Town Manager Jim Ball

Henderson County News

County Bar elects new officers

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The Henderson County Bar Association elected new officers on June 12.   Read Story »

Tags: Anderson Ellis | Henderson County Bar Association | legal profession | Prince | Youngblood & Massagee

Henderson County News

Neill reports to prison in Jesup, Ga.

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Sam Neill is in prison. Neill, the disbarred Hendersonville attorney convicted in state and federal courts of embezzlement and tax evasion, reported last week to the Federal Correctional Institute in Jesup, Ga., to begin serving a three-year term he received on the federal tax evasion charges on April 24, authorities said.   Read Story »

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

Hendersonville Sports

Bailey Hunter on USA team for China tour

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