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Henderson County News

Arboretum showcases carnivorous plants

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Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the fascinating and complex world of carnivorous plants when the North Carolina Arboretum’s newest exhibit, Savage Gardens, opens on Saturday.   Read Story »

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Mainstay wins grant for child advocacy center

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Mainstay has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Community Foundation of Henderson County to bring Mainstay and the Healing Place together and to re-establish the Child Advocacy Center.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Senate bill orders expedited review of coal plant replacement

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Taking quick action on Duke Energy's plans to replace its coal-fired plant at Lake Julian, the North Carolina Senate passed legislation Thursday that directsthe state Utilities Commission to expedite its review of the utility's construction application.The bill also extends a deadline to close coal ash impoundments at the site by three years, allowing sufficient time for the old plant to close and the new plant to be constructed.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Community to honor veterans Friday, Monday

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum in conjunction with the Veterans Service Office will honor all Henderson County veterans past and present at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Veterans Hall at the Veterans Service Office in the Henderson County Human Services Building on Spartanburg Highway.   Read Story »

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Grand jury indicts Fletcher man on sexual exploitation charges

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After an investigation by federal agents and detectives with the violent crimes unit of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, a Henderson County Grand Jury has issued bills of indictment charging a former Fletcher fire captain with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Holiday weekend brings abundance of music

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Music fans can enjoy a harvest of plenty on Memorial Day weekend, from Southern rock to acoustic to beach music to pure folk.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Commissioners endorse new charge for 'enhanced' sheriff's coverage

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Plunging again into the question of who gets what services, who pays and how much, Henderson County commissioners today ordered county administrators to offer a price list of “enhanced” law enforcement coverage to the two towns in the county with no police department.   Read Story »

Tags: local budgets

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Laurel Park sets hearing on 4-cent tax increase

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LAUREL PARK — Laurel Park residents will see their combined town and fire tax rate rise by 4 cents if Town Council adopts the $2.46 million budget it reviewed on Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Goodwill store, BGW buys Webb firm, laurels for the Laurels

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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HMS girls win 3rd straight soccer title

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The Hendersonville Middle School girls soccer team defeated Waynesville Middle 5-4 on May 7 to win the Blue Ridge Conference Championship.This was the third championships in a row for the Bearcat squad, which went 14-1 this year and outscored opponents 89-13.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Stop of wrong-way driver leads to felony arrests

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Hendersonville police officers who stopped a wrong-way driver on Church Street Sunday night recovered stolen property and charged three occupants of the vehicle with a series of felonies.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

$1 billion coal plant conversion to create 800 jobs

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In a $1 billion investment that will bring hundreds of construction jobs to the area, Duke Energy announced today that it will retire its Lake Julian coal-fired plant and replace it with a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant and solar generating facility.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: To bee or not to bee

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To bee or not to bee. That was the question.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | America In Bloom

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Pearson leaving D.A.'s office for private practice

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Longtime Assistant District Attorney Doug Pearson has joined the Hendersonville law firm of Gillett Stallings and will be representing clients in both civil and criminal legal matters, District Attorney Greg Newman announced.   Read Story »

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Underhill Rose headlines Sandburg folk festival

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County to honor veterans on Friday

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum in conjunction with Veterans Service Office will honor Henderson County veterans past and present at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, at Veterans Hall. Veterans Hall is at the Veterans Service Office in the Henderson County Human Services Building on Spartanburg Highway.   Read Story »

Tags: military affairs

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Ask Matt ... about 'cut and run' crews, Miss Makita

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Matt Matteson, the Lightning's intrepid researcher, answers readers' questions.   Read Story »

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Neighbors 'scared at all hours' of Alpine Woods crime

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Local government attorneys and a non-profit legal agency are bearing down in an effort to clean up the crime-ridden and unsafe Alpine Woods Resort.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Proposed budget keeps tax rate level, trims nonprofits

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Henderson County residents would see the county property tax rate remain the same but would pay higher fire taxes almost everywhere if the Board of Commissioners adopts a budget recommended by County Manager Steve Wyatt.   Read Story »

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HHS student's PSA on drug abuse wins NC award

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Ellis appointed chief medical officer

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Pardee Hospital has named Dr. David Ellis as chief medical officer. He had served as interim CMO since November 2014.   Read Story »

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BRCC lists springs graduates

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Blue Ridge Community College held its spring commencement ceremony on Friday.   Read Story »

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Southern roots band opens concert series

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  The Allen Thompson Band, a six-member ensemble that plays a mix of country, roots-rock, Southern soul and Appalachian folk music, opens the 2015 Rhythm & Brews concert series on Thursday, May 21.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Community honors Athena winner

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Judith Oliver Long, executive director of The Free Clinics and Affiliate Community Minister for Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, accepted the Athena Award for women’s leadership at Kenmure Country Club on Thursday, May 14, at an event that represented a high point of Henderson County’s Small Business Week.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Always ... Patsy Cline' stays true to country

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When it comes to a tribute show, the first question is how good is the music it honors? Patsy Cline? Good.   Read Story »

Laurel Park Business

Goodwill opening store in Laurel Park

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Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina will open a new retail store in Laurel Park next week.   Read Story »

Tags: thrift stores | Goodwill Industries

Henderson County News

WEEKEND TIPOFF: Relay for Life, dogs, HSO ball, Putt-Putt and a popup

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Here's a roundup of the weekend's activities:   Read Story »

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BRCC offers local history class this summer

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The Continuing Education Department at Blue Ridge Community College will offer two Henderson County History and Heritage courses this summer. Classes are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Students' research personalizes a Holocaust victim

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A law professor who always wanted to be a high school history teacher, history students who caught the detective bug, a Florida philanthropist and a letter shedding light on one life among 6 million deaths came together to make history.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Store wars continue with city approval of new Ingles

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Over the objections of adjoining property owners who warned about flooding, traffic and a disputed roadway, the Hendersonville City Council unanimously approved the development of a new Ingles supermarket on Spartanburg Highway.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Meet all 20 bears

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The newest collection of downtown bears stood silently under cloaks at the First Citizens Bank Plaza on Friday while a chatty crowd of onlookers congregated for the unveiling.   Read Story »

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Young Leaders program hires director

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Rising Leaders ready to volunteer

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After eight months of education and community service, twenty-three members of United Way of Henderson County’s fourth annual Rising Leaders Program have graduated and are better prepared to start making a difference as volunteers with Henderson County nonprofit organizations.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Chamber salutes fast-growing companies

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From well-known, established brands like Boyd Chevrolet to creative startups that are making a profit by finding a niche, the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce honored 13 businesses with its annual Blue Ridge Business Growth Awards on Monday at Southern Appalachian Brewery.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City native Jim Lampley heads to Boxing Hall of Fame

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The seed of Jim Lampley’s broadcasting career was planted at a dinner party in Laurel Park.   Read Story »

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WATCH: KnollsCam gets good video of a gray fox

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Thomas Brass and his Haywood Knolls nature cam got a good shot of a gray fox.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Pardee campaign worthy of support

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Everyone knew the news. Everyone knew “the ask” was coming. Yet everyone showed up. Well, not everyone exactly but enough to fill close to half the seats in the Bo Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about tennis court cracks, park grants

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Matt Matteson, the Lightning's intrepid researcher, gets answers to readers' questions.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County, Mills River at standoff in fight over fees

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The high stakes game of chicken over who pays for fire safety inspections in Mills River escalated when the Mills River Town Council said it won’t pay for them and Henderson County said, fine, we’ll stop doing them.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Descendants organize to save Pleasant Hill Cemetery

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The Drake family’s connection to Pleasant Hill Cemetery goes back 150 years yet just how many Drakes rest there came home to George Drake as he looked around closely.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Council slashes nonprofit requests

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The Hendersonville City Council, smarting from the loss of $360,000 in business taxes and already committed to a tax increase to balance the budget, trimmed requests by nonprofit agencies by $113,000.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Pardee announces golf tournament winners

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Pardee Hospital Foundation’s 20th Annual Tournament of Champions at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock raised more than $75,000 for the purchase of an Electronic Medical Records Computer Software program for the Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Council endorses 2-cent property tax increase

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Hendersonville residents can expect a property tax increase this year of 2 cents per $100 valuation.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

McCrory signs summer camp building code bill

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Henderson County summer camp owners are thanking state Rep. Chuck McGrady for his work on a bill that relieves the camps of what they describe as onerous and unnecessary commercial building code requirements.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Apple Festival fixes backwards note

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The North Carolina Apple Festival unveiled an updated 2015 festival logo that corrects backward facing musical notes. The Apple Festival logo had drawn some criticism for its emphasis on music rather than the apple crop.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Champion Hills to host N.C. senior championship

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The 30th Annual North Carolina Senior Amateur Championship will take place next week at Champion Hills Club.   Read Story »

Tags: golf | golf courses

Henderson County News

Rabid raccoon attack prompts warning on pet vaccinations

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The Henderson County Health Department is warning pet owners to make sure their animals are vaccinated after a raccoon that attacked two dogs in the East Flat Rock area on Monday tested positive for rabies.   Read Story »

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Fletcher Business

Pardee, Park Ridge win top grade for safety

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Pardee Hospital and Park Ridge Health each received a top grade for protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Six city officers receive advanced training

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Six Hendersonville police officers recently completed the Trilogy of Leadership classes offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executives Development Association, Chief Herbert Blake announced.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lighting

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Henderson County Business

City gets cheap rent for 'one-stop permit shop'

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Henderson County is giving the city of Hendersonville a discounted rate on a lease of space in the county building at 100 N. King St. for the city’s reorganized Development Assistance Department. The move will create “a one-stop shop for permitting and planning,” the city says.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Patsy Cline tribute returns to Playhouse stage

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The Flat Rock Playhouse opens its 2015 Mainstage season this week with the hit musical “Always…Patsy Cline.”   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Farmers Market opens Thursday

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Farmers Market will kick off the season on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Gardening | produce

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City shred day is Friday

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The city of Hendersonville will sponsor a secure Shred Day for city residents on Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the parking lot of Patton Park, 59 E. Clairmont Drive. An added feature is a partnership with the Storehouse and a request for donations of food for the needy.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Towns push back on county fees

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Henderson County administrators and the elected Board of Commissioners are quick to criticize the state Legislature when the state body delays critical decisions that affect the county budget.   Read Story »

Tags: volunteer fire departments | local budgets | local government budgets | taxes

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Blue Ridge health agency appoints new medical director

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Blue Ridge Community Health Services has appointed Richard Hudspeth as its new Chief Medical Officer.   Read Story »

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McCrorys invite public to WNC mansion on May 16

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Gov. Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory are inviting the public to enjoy the awakening of nature during the annual Spring Open House at the North Carolina Governor’s Western Residence in Asheville.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Sgt. Draper makes USA duathlon team

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WCQS names new CEO

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The Western North Carolina Public Radio Inc. Board of Directors has named David Feingold as WCQS CEO and general manager, succeeding former President and CEO Jody Evans, who resigned in December 2014.   Read Story »

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Garden Jubilee seeks volunteers

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The Henderson County Visitor Information Center is seeking volunteers to help at the Garden Jubilee Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and 24, and with setup on Friday, May 22.   Read Story »

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EHHS students' research has historic significance

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East Henderson High School is making history.   Read Story »

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Officers charge local man with bank robbery

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Henderson County sheriff’s deputies and Hendersonville Ppolice officer arrested a 21-year-old local man Sunday and charged him with a bank robbery in Laurel Park on Friday and the robbery of the Corner Pantry on April 25.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam catches a black bear

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Thomas Brass, who hunts wildlife with a camera instead of a gun, caught an image of large black bear with his Haywood Knolls video camera.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Capital campaign success nudges IAM toward groundbreaking

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Interfaith Assistance Ministry has raised $1.82 million in pledges, grants and donations in 13 months, reaching more than 70 percent of its $2.6 million capital campaign goal.   Read Story »

Tags: hunger | Interfaith Assistance Ministry

Henderson County News

Athena award honors women for mentoring women

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When she answered a want ad to handle the books for a nonprofit organization, Dianne Dinkel had no idea that she would one day be the association’s leader. After serving as fiscal director, Dinkel left to pursue a doctorate. She returned to the organization, Athena International, and has been its president and CEO since 2009.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Towns to county: Tell us the price

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Wary that they will be hit with new costs after they wrap up budget deliberations, mayors urged Henderson County officials to release a new fee schedule as soon as possible.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Alpine Woods lawsuit alleges multiple code violations

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When tenants at Alpine Woods Resort went without drinking water for 2½ months, the “landlord’s response was to provide one case of twenty-four 12-ounce bottles of water” on the office porch “for all to share." The park has 80 units.   Read Story »

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Mills River fire chief defends proposed fire tax increase

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MILLS RIVER — Although the town of Mills River would keep its tax rate level in 2015-16, a fire tax increase requested by the Mills River Fire & Rescue Department would mean higher tax bills for residents and businesses.   Read Story »

Edneyville Life

Samantha gives her birthday presents to IAM

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Samantha Tillotson’s fourth birthday came on Feb. 18, less than two months after Christmas.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

20 young actors to be cast in Broadway-bound 'Oz' show

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Twenty young actors will have the chance to audition later this year for a Broadway-bound prodction that will have its world premiere at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Cancer Center can be 'right here, right now,' Pardee says

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Marcia Caserio asked cancer patients and cancer survivors to stand up, then asked all to stand who had been caregivers, then asked all to stand who had lost a loved one or a close friend to cancer.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee | 2015 Pardee capital campaign

Henderson County News

WEEKEND TIPOFF: Horse races, Derby party, BBQ, downtown loft tour

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It's here — the time of year from late spring through early fall when there seems to be more events than a body can possibly attend. Here's a rundown of  weekend events.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Developer plans 12 townhomes on Greenville Highway

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If the Hendersonville Planning Board says OK, homebuyers will have a new close-in option in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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All but one VFD seek higher fire tax

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All but one of Henderson County’s volunteer fire departments are requesting a property tax increase for the budget year starting July 1, with many of them citing the need to replace aging equipment and hire personnel.   Read Story »

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HHS seniors set to perform 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

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Hendersonville High School’s class of 2015 continues a 93-year-old tradition when it performs the senior play Thursday through Saturday. The senior class added a Saturday matinee for the first time in decades.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS Hall of Fame | performing arts

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Ask Matt ... about Stillwell house, new Triangle Stop

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Matt Matteson, the Lightning's intrepid researcher, answers readers' questions.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Ask Matt | Triangle Stop | Erle Stillwell

Henderson County News

Headwaters land a key link in 'corridor of conservation'

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BREVARD — Six years ago, Kieran Roe got a call from a real estate agent in Transylvania County inviting him to lunch. Roe, executive director of the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, had no idea then that the meeting would lead to one of the conservancy’s most important preservation agreements.   Read Story »

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County to mark 70th anniversary of VE Day

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Henderson County will recognize the 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day throughout the week of May 3 through May 8.   Read Story »

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Local man charged with drugs and theft

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At the request of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, deputies from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant during the early Wednesday at 611 West Chestnut Drive in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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National Register approves new Historic Flat Rock designation

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The expanded Flat Rock Historic District had been added to the National Register of Historic Places.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Business

Black Forest opens downtown on Friday

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When George Ettwein opens the doors of the second Black Forest restaurant on Friday night, he will celebrate a homecoming.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

TDA allocates portion of lodging tax to Ecusta Trail

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority agreed on Tuesday to allocate a portion of the county hotel tax to construction of the Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Ecusta Trail

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Apple Festival unveils 2015 logo

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The North Carolina Apple Festival on Tuesday unveiled a 2015 logo that highlights the festival's music.   Read Story »

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Civitan Club awards five $2,000 scholarships

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The Civitan Club of Hendersonville awarded scholarships totaling $10,000 to local high school students during the annual Scholarship Day Program on Monday.   Read Story »

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Pardee to kick off $6M campaign for cancer center

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Comprehensive cancer treatment close to home, a consolidated location for surgeons and oncologists, new technology, opportunities for research and a Healing Garden to meet the emotional needs of cancer patients are among the assets Pardee Hospital leaders will emphasize when they kick off a $6 million capital campaign on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee | Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Henderson County News

Bert Browning, businessman and downtown leader, dies in Saluda

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SALUDA —Albert S. "Bert" Browning III, who drove a milk truck in Hendersonville starting at age 14 and grew up to become a successful business leader in Hendersonville, died suddenly at his home in Saluda on Monday. He was 85.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Special Needs Baseball season opens

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Tiffany Ervin sang the national anthem and WLOS news anchor Larry Blunt threw out the ceremonial first pitch on before the stars took the field.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Road bonds, HAC job

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‘Yes we can’ brew on campus, BRCC says

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When they applied for state permits to make beer at Blue Ridge Community College, college officials learned the task was harder than it sounded.   Read Story »

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Housing construction surges in first quarter

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Tedd Pearce, owner of Tar Heel Construction Inc., has seen boom and bust in the home construction business.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | economy

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Vintage motorcycles draw a crowd at SAB

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There were dogs and Hawgs, Ton-Up pale ale, a line at the food truck and a rock band as dozens of motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at Southern Appalachian Brewery on Saturday for the fourth annual Ton Up Highlands Meltdown, a vintage motorcycle show.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | Southern Appalachian Brewery

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New bears debut May 8

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The 13th annual Bearfootin' Public Art Walkwill take place on May 8 with the Bear Reveal of this year's painted Main Street mascots.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

MossColumn: It's a long way to the cow

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We had a girl in our house who drank milk.   Read Story »

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Sandburg Home to catch bears on wildlife cams

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Personnel at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will begin monitoring the travels of black bear throughout the park. The park is also seeking help from neighbors who would be willing to place a wildlife camera on their property.   Read Story »

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Ritchey rips county's 'sweetheart deal' with WHKP

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If the elected county commissioners would stop ignoring her, Eva Ritchey would stop showing up to complain about cable channel 11.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Swing Band, Bookfest,

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Here are happenings this weekend and other community events.   Read Story »

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Sandburg Home drew 82,000 visitors last year

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The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site last year attracted 82,377 visitors who spent $4.62 million in communities near the park, the National Park Service said in a new report. The visitor spending supported 75 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $5.8 million, the park service said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Essay winner overcome with emotion

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Sentinel Patriot Club leader Ron Kauffman got an unexpected response when he announced the winner of the organization's annual essay contest.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Co-Op prospers with bigger store

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The Hendersonville Community Co-op has “good problems,” said community outreach coordinator Gretchen Cummin. Sometimes the parking lot is full. Born as a buying club in 1978, the member-owned grocery is all grown up.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County youth soccer association partners with Asheville group

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The Henderson County Soccer Association has formed a partnership with the Highland Football Club, the competitive soccer division of Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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City police, firefighters rescue ducklings

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It was all in a day's work for a cop and two firefighters on Monday when they rescued two baby ducks from a storm drain.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

EHHS to perform 'The Fantasticks' this week

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East Henderson High School students will perform in the spring play, "The Fantasticks," Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Fletcher teacher wins STEM fellowship

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A Fletcher Elementary School teacher is among North Carolina educators that the Discovery Place Education Studio chose for STEM Fellowship, a three-year program that prepares local teachers for hands-on learning experiences in order to deliver high-impact lessons in science, technology, engineering and math.   Read Story »

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Cradle of Forestry celebrates migratory birds

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The Cradle of Forestry will host progams for Migratory Bird Day on Saturday including a guided bird walk, live raptor program and family-oriented activities.   Read Story »

Tags: Pisgah National Forest | Cradle of Forestry | birds

Henderson County News

Boys & Girls Club teen named N.C. Youth of the Year

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A teenager from the Henderson County Boys & Girls Club is the newest local club member to win North Carolina Youth of the Year honors.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Blue Ridge Humane in running to win cash

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Blue Ridge Humane Society made the cut twice and is among 20 animal shelters vying for the chance to receive a donation through a distillery's promotion.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Playhouse announces new board members

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The Flat Rock Playhouse announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Trustees on Monday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Bryant's new role is 'how to succeed in business'

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Lisa K. Bryant, actress, dancer, schoolteacher and director, has plunged into the role of a lifetime — making sure that the Flat Rock Playhouse survives.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Mills River retreats on affordable housing

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MILLS RIVER — Taking a tentative step toward higher density housing, the Mills River Town Board last week looked at a “middle ground” land-use proposal that would allow developments of quarter-acre lots for the first time.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | land-use planning | affordable housing

Henderson County News

Wingate eyes four-year degree options

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Rhett Brown transferred to Wingate College in the mid-1980s with the idea of staying until he “decided what to do with my life.” Except for a hiatus from the North Carolina campus to the University of Alabama to pursue a doctorate, he never left.   Read Story »

Tags: Wingate University | Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

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Bob Sherman, banker and civic leader, dies at age 85

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Bob G. Sherman, who started his business career in the family grocery store and went on to a banking career that helped propel Hendersonville's growth in the 1960s and ‘70s, died Monday in Paducah, Ky. He was 85.   Read Story »

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Co-op celebrates grand opening with new brew

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The Hendersonville Community Co-op will celebrate the opening of its new store on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony, the announcement of a craft beer created for the grand opening and the unveiling of the Sunflower Project Tables painted by local artists for the deli seating area. The event starts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, which is also Earth Day.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | Hendersonville Community Co-Op

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Ingles revives Asheville Highway Gas Express request

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Ingles is taking another crack at winning permission for a Gas Express at its Asheville Highway supermarket.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | Ingles

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Birge joins Hendersonville Lightning

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Ruth Birge, a former publisher of the Times-News and recently retired executive director of the Henderson County United Way, is joining the Hendersonville Lightning in a sales, marketing and circulation role.   Read Story »

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Educators honor 2015 Hall of Fame

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A librarian who ignited students’ interest in computers, an English teacher who inspired the renowned poet and author Robert Morgan, a longtime teacher and principal whose classroom sparkled with her high energy level, an elementary school teacher who taught students to “wear their thinking caps” and a middle school science teacher who “had the rare and unique ability to personally relate to each student” were honored Thursday night as this year’s inductees in the Henderson County Education Hall of Fame.   Read Story »

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20/20 to air story on Wilkie murder

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For the second time this year, the murder of a woman in Henderson County will be the topic of TV newsmagazine story.   Read Story »

Tags: domestic violence | murder cases

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Planning Board split on new Ingles

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If options now are now too few and far between, fear not.   Read Story »

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R&B acts span bluegrass to brass

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A six-piece Nashville band that plays country, roots-rock and southern soul, a country-bluegrass band that has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than a hundred times, a Southern-tinged blues band and local singers Aaron Burdett and Eric Congdon join returning headliners The Fritz for this year’s Rhythm & Brews concert series downtown.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Political briefs: Common Core, League, Democrats

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The League of Women Voters of Henderson County will hold its April meeting on Thursday, April 16, from 3-5 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. The topic is “Advocacy: Letting Legislators Hear Your Voice.”   Read Story »

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Haywood Knolls cam catches high-res video of bobcat

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Thomas Brass, the wildlife enthusiast atop Haywood Knolls, captured one of the crispest shots yet, this time of a bobcat.   Read Story »

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It's apple blossom time

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Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes the annual Apple Blossom Tour.   Read Story »

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Options are scarce for Alpine Woods tenants

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Although more than a dozen agencies and government departments are trying to help tenants of the Alpine Woods trailer park, the lack of low-priced options suggests a long road ahead, officials in the affordable housing field said.   Read Story »

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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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AVL airport wins $10 million grant for runway

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $10 million grant to the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority for its ongoing airfield redevelopment project, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows announced.   Read Story »

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CMLC honors Gerton couple

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy honored John Myers and Jane Lawson of Gerton with the 2015 Lela McBride Award for their work in preserving land for hiking and public enjoyment in the Hickory Nut Gorge.   Read Story »

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Planners OK new Ingles on Spartanburg Highway

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A divided Hendersonville Planning Board reocommended that the City Council OK a new Ingles superstore othat would replace its current store on Spartanburg Highway.   Read Story »

Fletcher Business

Sports medicine practice changing partners

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An orthopedic practice that has a relationship through sports medicine with area high schools is switching its affiliation from Park Ridge Health to Pardee Hospital.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | Pardee | health | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby | Southeastern Sports Medicine

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: McDonald-Treadway sketch tops Theatre with the Stars

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'We Were Soldiers' author headlines bookfest

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Joseph L. Galloway, a nationally known war correspondent for half a century and co-author of “We Were Soldiers Once and Young,” will be the featured presenter at the seventh annual Blue Ridge Bookfest at Blue Ridge Conference Center at BRCC on April 24-25.   Read Story »

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Loft tours showcase upstairs living downtown

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The creativity of seven interior designers will be on display during Historic Downtown Hendersonville’s Designer Showcase Saturday, April 18, through May 2.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | historic homes

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Local couple achieve RV royalty

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Henderson County Business

State champion robotics team headed to St. Louis

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Mike Murphy, the lead mentor for Henderson County’s state champion robotics team, makes it a practice not to coach from the sidelines. In a competition, he stands on the sidelines, silently cheering. It’s easy to be silent when things are going well.   Read Story »

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Brabham patients have until April 20 to retrieve records

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Former patients of Dr. Felicia B. Brabham, a Hendersonville physician who was suspended from practicing medicine last May, have until April 20 to retrieve their medical records.   Read Story »

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Hospitals face loss of $2M if tax exemption dies

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Pardee and Park Ridge hospitals would lose a combined total of more than $2 million if they start paying sales tax on supplies they buy and both are fighting a longer term threat to their finances from a proposal to deregulate the opening of new surgical clinics, the hospitals said.   Read Story »

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Church choirs to perform 'Festival of Hymns'

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Hendersonville Presbyterian Church will host “A Festival of Hymns: the Writers Tell Their Stories” by Hal Hopson, during the 10:55 a.m. service on Sunday.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about poor condition of the post office

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Q. For years the post office on Fifth Avenue has looked in dire need of maintenance. The peeling paint, rust stains and mildew are an eyesore. Who is responsible for its upkeep?   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

HLT presents 'Dreamgirls'

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Hendersonville Little Theatre will continue its 50th season with the award-winning musical Dreamgirls opening April 24 and continuing through May 10.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Conservancy to honor McGrady

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will host its annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Camp Tekoa off Crab Creek Road.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Birds of prey, CMLC, Friends of Sandburg

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Playhouse announces broad-based education programs

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Plunging into education in a big way, the Flat Rock Playhouse is launching a broad program of summer camps, intensive workshops and seminars teaching drama, musical theater and film for every age from kindergarten to adult.   Read Story »

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How are we doing? Thrift store asks

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The Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store is holding a focus group to get community feedback on the store’s practices and services.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Business

Season's chef leaving for Asheville kitchen

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Michelle Bailey, the award-winning executive chef of Season’s at Highland Lake Inn, has been named the executive chef for Smoky Park Supper Club, the riverside restaurant made from shipping containers that will open this summer in the River Arts District.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Sub shop joins beer boomlet

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Monte’s Sub Shop is the latest Hendersonville business to plunge into beer.     Read Story »

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Six get active time after convictions

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Six convicted felons received active prison sentences during the Henderson County Superior Court trial term of March 16-27.   Read Story »

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911 center restored

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Henderson County's 911 service was restored around 5:30 a.m. today after going down Tuesday afternoon.   Read Story »

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How healthy is Henderson County?

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Living in the mountains may be good for your health — at least the part of the mountains with access to health care and a higher percentage of insured people.   Read Story »

Fletcher Business

WLOS anchor accepts Park Ridge job

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WLOS-TV morning and noon anchor Victoria Dunkle has left the television station after 12 years to take the position as communications director at Park Ridge Health.   Read Story »

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Rhythm & Brews volunteers honored

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Three founding volunteers who helped create the city's wildly successful Rhythm & Brews Concert Series were honored recently at the North Carolina Main Street Conference with the Main Street Champion Award.   Read Story »

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Radio host 'Hollywood' Jones dies at age 74

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Mark Warwick played the greatest hits of co-host "Hollywood" Jones on Monday, the first show since Jones's death after a very brief illness.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Jacklin hired to lead local Homeward Bound office

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Homeward Bound of WNC, a nonprofit based in Buncombe and Henderson counties, announced that David Jacklin has joined the team as its new Henderson County Director.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: The lessons of Alpine Woods

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Sybel Lanier is a typical resident of Alpine Woods Resort, the trailer park featured in last week's issue of the Lightning.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Wind gusts can't chill Bunny Hoppers' gusto

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If it felt more like a nor'easter than Easter, the wind could not stay a couple hundred rabbit-eared runners from covering a 4K route at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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Longtime insurance man moving from city to village

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FLAT ROCK — The historic Andrews House, which has been associated with a legal livery stable and home to an illegal kennel, is closing in on a new and more sedate chapter. The Flat Rock Village Council last week authorized a permit that will allow the 130-year-old structure to become an insurance office.   Read Story »

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Students pledge to fight prescription drug abuse

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In partnership with HopeRx, students in Henderson County's six public high schools took a stand against substance abuse during a week-long "We Are Hope" campaign leading up to spring break.   Read Story »

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First Bunny Hop 4K is Saturday

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The first annual Bunny Hop 4K Fun Run sponsored by the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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Trailer park could be shut down as 'public nuisance'

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Among residents of her trailer park, Annie Foster is a veteran.   Read Story »

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No bond for man who violated restraining order

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A 46-year-old Hendersonville man was jailed without bond today after sheriff's deputies responded to a call at 12:30 a.m. about a breaking and entering that stemmed from a domestic violence situation.   Read Story »

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Council advances two affordable housing projects

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday waived $227,640 in impact fees for an 84-unit affordable housing project on North Main Street, one of two actions that could lead to lower cost rental housing.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows rips Obama's Iran agreement

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows slammed the proposed U.S. agreement with Iran over nuclear weapons, saying President Obama was relying on "blind faith and trust" to hand Iran a "huge victory."   Read Story »

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Deputies charge convicted felon with more felonies

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Henderson County sheriff's detectives and state probation officers after a month-long investigation charged a 55-year-old Hendersonville man with multiple felonies.   Read Story »

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State to preview new crime lab plans

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EDNEYVILLE — The public is invited to attend an informational session next week on plans to build a new Western Regional Crime Laboratory to provide faster more comprehensive forensic analysis of crime scene evidence to help local law enforcement solve cases, pinpoint suspects and exonerate the innocent.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Council OKs merged department for development review

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday approved a merger of two departments that review permits for development in a change that the city manager and council members said would streamline approvals.   Read Story »

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Brevard Music Center sets free concert at UNCA

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The Brevard Music Center in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presents its Sundays with Brevard Music Center concert on April 5 at 3 p.m. in the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville.   Read Story »

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City fire chief leaving for Greer, S.C.

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Hendersonville Fire Chief Dorian Flowers is leaving to become fire chief of Greer, S.C., City Manager John Connet announced today.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Pardee, schools announce sports training partnership

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Pardee Hospital has launched a partnership with the athletic training program in Henderson County schools to assist student trainers through teaching and hands-on experience.   Read Story »

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Consultants to present parking study on Monday

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Parking consultants Dixon Unlimited will present their Downtown Hendersonville Parking Study to the public at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the City Operations Center at 305 Williams St.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Park Ridge No. 1 in 'Patient Picks'

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Park Ridge Health has received the top ranking for "Patient Picks" in the Business North Carolina Best Hospitals 2015 issue.   Read Story »

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Gospel Brunch Sunday at SAB

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Todd Hoke and his band will perform at the second "Gospel Brunch" from noon to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday at Southern Appalachian Brewery on Locust Street.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Armed masked man triggers lockdown of school

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Edneyville Elementary School was locked down for 45 minutes today after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about an armed man wearing a ski mask running from a house.   Read Story »

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Wal-Mart video captures laptop theft

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The Hendersonville Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying two suspects in the larceny of a laptop computer at Wal-Mart in Hendersonville around 12:38 p.m. Monday.   Read Story »

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Tryon celebrates with 'Parade of Fools, Trashion Show'

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TRYON — There will be outhouses flying, folks dressed up like dumpsters, coconut bowling —and food and music too — during the 10th annual April Fool's Festival on Saturday in Tryon.   Read Story »

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EASTER: Egg hunts, Crosswalk, sunrise services

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From Maundy Thursday to the community cross walk Easter egg hunts to sunrise services, here are the Easter services for Holy Week:   Read Story »

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Jury duty scam is back

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The old jury duty scam is back.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Join Young Democrats, get a beer

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The Young Democrats of Henderson and Transylvania counties will hold an Open House at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Southern Appalachian Brewery for those interested in joining the group.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Roger Hill, developer and friend of youth, dies at age 68

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Roger Allyn Hill, a real estate broker and developer who expanded Cummings Cove and was an avid supporter of youth programs in Hendersonville, died Thursday, March 26, at the Elizabeth House. He was 68.   Read Story »

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N.C. quilt symposium coming to Flat Rock

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The 2015 North Carolina Quilt Symposium Inc. will be held May 28-30 at the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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City dedicates monument to officer who gave his life

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Neither the passage of time nor a strong wind could dry the tears of police officers who served with Dennie Quay Enevold.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

The muse of Izzi Hughes

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Izzi Hughes was way younger than the other contestants in Wild Wing Café's annual Acoustic Throw Down competition. Yet at age 15, she had a lot of performing under her belt.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Downtown studio helps people tell their story

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On their Harley-Davidson rides to the North Carolina mountains, Sam Uhl and her husband, Michael, had often agreed that "if we could ever move here we should."   Read Story »

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Playhouse opens music season saluting seminal rock acts

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The Flat Rock Playhouse opens its Music on the Rock series and Mainstage season this week with tribute shows of two rock 'n' roll legends.   Read Story »

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Biltmore Baptist plants new church on Upward Road

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Hundreds of people streamed from their cars down a gentle slope and entered a former NASCAR racing team headquarters Sunday for the first worship service at the brand new campus of Biltmore Baptist Church in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

MossColumn: Final thoughts on GOP convention

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The Henderson County Republican Party had a grand old time figuring out how to conduct an election on Saturday.   Read Story »

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Sandburg Home names 2015 writer-in-residence

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The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site has named Lisa Lopez Snyder its 2015 Writer-in-Residence, a program that runs April 8-29.   Read Story »

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Duke donates $100k for French Broad headwaters preservation

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Duke Energy Water Resources Fund has donated $100,000 to the Conservation Fund to buy more land to protect the headwaters of the French Broad River in Transylvania County.   Read Story »

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10,000 Easter eggs await kids at Fletcher park

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The Fletcher Parks and Recreation Department will host an Easter Egg Hunt at Fletcher Community Park on Saturday, March 28.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: eBay workshop, author speaks, Young Democrats

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The Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store is hosting a seminar on how to sell on eBay on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store, 1214 Greenville Highway.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Humane Society | Henderson County Democratic Party

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Local celebrities team with pros for Playhouse benefit

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They're hardly professionals but they are good sports.   Read Story »

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Kiwanis Club honors law officers, plus a surprise

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The 2015 Morris Kaplan Caring and Sharing Awards for local law officers were all set to go the printer when one of the award recipients called to ask if he "could do something different" with his award, Kiwanian Doug Dunlap said.   Read Story »

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Redesigned Maple lot to reopen Monday

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The redesigned and repaved Maple Parking lot on Fifth Avenue at King Street will reopen on Monday afternoon.   Read Story »

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Health clinic interpreter wins national honor

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The interpreting team leader of Blue Ridge Community Health Services has won national recognition as a 2015 Emerging Leader for his work.   Read Story »

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Vote for local 911 dispatcher for national award

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Lisha Stanley, a 9-1-1 telecommunicator and communications director for the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, is among 40 national finalists in the Smart Telecommunicator Awards, a program that recognizes and rewards 9-1-1 telecommunicators for their contributions to their 9-1-1 agency and community.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Surge in urgent care visits boosts Pardee finances

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Patients choosing convenience and instant access are driving volumes higher at Pardee's two urgent care centers — a trend that helped the county-owned hospital post strong financial numbers for a third straight month.   Read Story »

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Nine sent to prison after Superior Court trials

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Nine convicted felons received active prison time in a March 2-3 term of Superior County in Henderson County and a March 5 session in Transylvania County, District Attorney Greg Newman announced in a news release.   Read Story »

Tags: crime | Greg Newman | District Attorney 29B

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New director attends UW training

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Denise Cumbee Long, incoming executive director of United Way of Henderson County, recently attended the New Presidents Forum at United Way Worldwide in Alexandria, Va. Despite snow and cold weather, this forum attracted 81 new CEOs from around the United Way network.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP women honor Justus as 'Trailblazer'

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca presented the Trailblazer Award to former state Rep. Carolyn Justus during the Henderson County Republican Party 2014 Convention on Saturday.   Read Story »

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TDA invites nonprofits to apply for tourism promotion grants

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority has invited nonprofit organizations to apply for advertising funding through the 2015-16 budget year.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Nonprofit organization to discuss news

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The public is invited to join the nonprofit news organization Carolina Public Press for a free public meeting in Hendersonville to discuss in-depth and investigative news across Western North Carolina — especially the people, places and issues going overlooked and underreported in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Legion post collecting cell phones for soldiers

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American Legion Post 77 is partnering with Hendersonville HonorAir and the nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. to ask Henderson County residents to help troops call home by donating gently used cellular phones.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Henderson wins, Buncombe loses in sales tax proposal

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Henderson County would receive a 29.6 percent increase in sales tax revenue and Buncombe County would be among the state's bigger losers under a new sales tax distribution formula Senate leaders announced on Monday.   Read Story »

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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS: Homeless youth, giant chestnuts, fish scholarship

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Homes For Youth will hold an informational meeting for the community at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Avenue West.   Read Story »

Tags: Community | native flora | homeless youth

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Center receives $50,000 to fund early childhood screening

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The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded the Children & Family Resource Center a $50,000 grant to provide early childhood developmental, hearing and vision screenings.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | Children and Family Resource Center

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Naturalist to lead tours at Flat Rock Park

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FLAT ROCK — A naturalist will lead tours of the Park at Flat Rock at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month starting on April 4.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | Park at Flat Rock

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Ed Foundation announces 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

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A librarian, a high school English teacher, an elementary school teacher, a middle school science teacher and a principal are the 2015 inductees into the Henderson County Education Foundation Hall of Fame, the foundation announced.   Read Story »

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Area Seabee wins high honor in Navy

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A Navy Seabee from Brevard recently received a top honor for exceptional leadership of a team in the Philippines..   Read Story »

Tags: military veterans | military affairs

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Advisory panel: Exempt some development from Planning Board review

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A business advisory committee looking to streamline development rules in Hendersonville recommended a change that would eliminate Planning Board review of some new developments.   Read Story »

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GROCERY WAR: Ingles revives superstore plans

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Ingles Supermarkets has revived its development plans for a new superstore on Spartanburg Highway in a high stakes retail battle with Fresh Market and a potential Publix to the west and Harris Teeter across the road.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | retail | south gateway | Ingles

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP chair turns back challenger

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Glen Englram rehearsed his campaign speech for the Henderson County Republican Party chairmanship in front of his Welsh Corgi.   Read Story »

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Emergency housing aid reduced slightly

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The local Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program has been notified of a reduction in the national program's funding.   Read Story »

Tags: Ruth Birge | affordable housing

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West High student stacking up world records

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  A 14-year-old West Henderson High School student continues to distinguish himself with his lightning fast Sport Stacking.   Read Story »

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Pack-snatching bear closes Parkway camping area

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The U.S. Forest Service temporarily closed the Graveyard Fields area to overnight camping after a bear snatched a backpack from a tent.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Candidate challenges GOP chair at Saturday convention

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In rarity for the party, Henderson County Republicans will have a choice when they elect a new chair on Saturday.   Read Story »

Tags: Tea Party | Henderson County Republican Party | Glen Englram | Ron Kauffman

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Pardee's wound care center honored again

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Pardee Hospital's Comprehensive Wound Center received the Center of Distinction Award for a fourth consecutive year, the hospital said Thursday.   Read Story »

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State honors city's Main Street rehab project

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Hendersonville's Main Street makeover was recognized as the Best Outdoor Space Improvement during the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony at the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium in Morganton on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street makeover projects

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Pardee closing midwifery practice

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The Pardee Center of Women's Health will discontinue midwifery services on March 31, the hospital said in a news release.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

'We should never forget' groundbreaking moment

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On a bad day "to plant taters but a good day for a groundbreaking because the water has softened everything up," about 200 community leaders huddled under two tents on Thursday for the ceremonial construction start of a $32 million health sciences building to serve Pardee Hospital, Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University.   Read Story »

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County recycling center now takes mercury waste

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Henderson County Solid Waste and Environmental Programs Divisions has launched a free recycling program for residents of the county that will help reduce potentially hazardous materials from staying in the home.   Read Story »

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Vacation cottages going up in smoke

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The Hendersonville Fire Department will conduct a practice burn on Saturday, March 21, at the former Mountain Aire Cottages at 1351 Asheville Highway. The structure to be burned is located on the Haywood Road side of the property.   Read Story »

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Students take a stand against substance abuse

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Six high schools in Henderson County are joining to stand up against substance abuse in a week devoted to raise awareness right before spring break.   Read Story »

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HLT elects officers

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Cheryl Anders was elected as artistic director and Jim Walker was elected secretary during the annual meeting of Hendersonville Little Theatre on March 15.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Banta replaces Cooke on Laurel Park council

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The Laurel Park Town Council unanimously appointed George Banta to fill the vacant seat left after Town Commissioner Rich Cooke resigned in January. Banta will serve the remainder of Cooke's term, which ends in December 2015.   Read Story »

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New law exempts newer cars from emissions test

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Newer cars with low mileage will be exempt from emissions tests under a new state law.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Apodaca highlights support for Sunshine bill

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RALEIGH — A bill introduced in the Legislature would maintain the requirement that local governments publish legal notices in newspapers while also forcing newspapers to give them a discount on second publication and post the notices free online.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: New chapter opens this week

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Here's hoping that by the time officials turn a ceremonial shovel of dirt on Thursday, the five-headed creature that gave birth to the medical education building has a proper name for the project.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Buncombe to buy long-disputed Bent Creek property

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A tract of land on Bent Creek that has been the subject of a two-decade long dispute between Henderson County and the city of Asheville will go to Buncombe County in a sale that the Henderson County Board of Commissioners approved on Wednesday morning.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Carburetors reunite for benefit

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The Carburetors, a Flat Rock based Americana band, reunited for a benefit concert on Sunday, March 8, at Flat Rock Cinema.   Read Story »

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Eleanora Meloun, 'the wind beneath our wings,' dies at age 91

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Eleanora Meloun, a generous philanthropist who funded causes for children, education and the performing arts in Hendersonville, died Monday after suffering a series of medical issues in recent weeks at her winter home in Naples, Fla. She was 91.   Read Story »

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Youth baseball coach faces more charges

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies have added two more charges against a 33-year-old youth baseball coach who they say was spanking boys' bottoms in his home.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: Young actors shine in 'Oz'

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There's no place like home – the play's mantra is true enough. And for a little over an hour, the Flat Rock Playhouse Young Performers made us all feel that we were at home with their snappy production of Frank Baum's beloved fantasy classic, The Wizard Of Oz.   Read Story »

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Big donation moves IAM close to goal

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A church-supported nonprofit agency devoted to catching people who fall through gaps in government aid programs moved closer to breaking ground on new headquarters when it received an anonymous donation of $100,000.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Specialty tag could promote downtown

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Should Hendersonville have its own specialty license plate? Yes, says Barbara Hughes.   Read Story »

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In reversal, judge orders Rosner to pay plaintiff $500k

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The family of a patient who sued neurosurgeon Michael Rosner for damages could end up getting a lot more than the $1 a Henderson County jury awarded last fall.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Hoppy days are here at last

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Amy Huffman ordered the Side Car Amber Ale and her husband, Brad, chose a Harvest Wild Hop IPA, which suggested no ordinary taste adventure. The finale of the 2014 Harvest series, the IPA is made from a North American wild hop called neomexicanus that "imparts striking melon and apricot aromas as well as floral undercurrent and citrus-like flavor."   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County a key partner, Land of Sky chief says

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By dropping out of the Land of Sky Regional Council, Henderson County would force other jurisdictions to subsidize services the council must by law provide to towns and counties, the regional planning agency's director said.   Read Story »

Tags: land-use planning | Land of Sky Regional Council

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City Council OKs health-ed building

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Despite residents' concerns about traffic, the Hendersonville City Council last week gave its blessing to the three-story Joint Health Education Center on two acres of land on Sixth Avenue West at North Oak Street.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | BRCC | Wingate University

Henderson County Business

Meritor receives top three awards

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Meritor Inc. claimed three top awards when the United Way of Henderson County celebrated its 2014 campaign Friday.   Read Story »

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Ageless Grace creator is next 'remarkable woman'

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Denise Medved, founder and creator of Ageless Grace, author and international fitness trainer, will be the speaker for the fifth "Conversations with Remarkable Women" at5 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Dandelion Eatery, 127 Fifth Avenue West.   Read Story »

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Mills River hit with $10,000 fire inspections bill

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MILLS RIVER —Ever since it incorporated, Mills River has gotten free fire inspections from the Henderson County fire marshal's office while three other towns pay for the service. That may be about to end.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Pardee Day of Dance

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Jack Johnson, a pioneer packinghouse owner, dies

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Jack D. Johnson, a jovial packinghouse operator who built the family business into one of the largest produce distributors in the region, died peacefully on Wednesday March 4, at Mission Hospital. He was 80.   Read Story »

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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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49 adjectives for Ruth Birge

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In one-word tributes to Ruth Birge, friends and admirers wrote "dynamic," "charismatic," "caring" and "authentic" several times and many other adjectives. Birge beamed and the audience cheered and hooted at who said what.   Read Story »

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As Seven Falls plunges, some areas recover

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From a continuing decline in the failed Seven Falls subdivision to strong sales in a new Flat Rock neighborhood, the 2015 property reassessment identified many winners and losers.   Read Story »

Tags: 2015-16 local budgets | 2015 tax reappraisal

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Commissioners express tepid support for rail trail

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners expressed lukewarm support for the Ecusta Trail last week and raised the possibility of holding a countywide referendum on the 20-mile greenway.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Business

Lightning receives NCPA awards

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The Hendersonville Lightning received nine awards in the 2014 North Carolina Press Association news and editorial contest, including first place honors for news features, profiles, editorials and columns.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

United Way hires minister with a law degree

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United Way of Henderson County announced that it has named Denise Cumbee Long as its new executive director.   Read Story »

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'Heart for Jadyn' auction is set for 5-year-old

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Artists from all over have donated fine works of art in response to a Hendersonville child's need for a new heart.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | charities

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North Carolina Award accepting nominations

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 North Carolina Awards, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state and awarded by the governor, through Friday, April 24   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Dylan coming to Peace Center

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Bob Dylan will play the Peace Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m.   Read Story »

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County wins $15,000 for emergency financial help

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The Board that governs the Emergency Food and Shelter Program in Henderson County has been awarded $15,000 to assist individuals with economic emergencies.   Read Story »

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Council on Aging celebrates Meals on Wheels

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The Council on Aging announced Henderson County’s March for Meals observance in honor of Meals on Wheels.   Read Story »

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Young actors — and Toto, too — kick off Playhouse season

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The Flat Rock Playhouse opens its 2015 season on Friday with The Wizard of Oz – Young Performers Edition.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Ask Matt ... about News 13's brand placement

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

Henderson County Business

AdvantageWest picks entrepreneurs for business training

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From 67 applicants, AdvantageWest selected 15 high-growth entrepreneurial ventures for the region's first ScaleUp program, which provides intensive training, one-on-one management support, assistance in connecting with growth capital and the opportunity to strengthen connections in order to expand their businesses.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hawkins seeks to ax planning agency membership

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Although Commissioner Grady Hawkins wants Henderson County to drop its membership in a regional planning agency, other commissioners weren't sure whether the county would pay a price down the road.   Read Story »

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Trailcam catches closeup of mountain bobcat

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Thomas Brass's nature cam atop Haywood Knolls caught a great shot of a mountain bobcat.   Read Story »

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Two arrested in Dana fight

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DANA — Based on leads from Henderson County sheriff's deputies and SBI agents, South Carolina law officers on Monday arrested a suspect and charged him with shooting another man in a fight early Friday in Dana.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Apodaca stands for right to know

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca took a meaningful step on behalf of open and transparent government last week when he signed on as a primary sponsor of a bill that preserves the publication of public notices in newspapers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Zoro the crime-fighting canine retires

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Zoro, an 8-year Czech shepherd, got his retirement papers Thursday night from the Hendersonville City Council.   Read Story »

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Publix may clear hurdle on parcel needed for store

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The city of Hendersonville would eventually see thousands of dollars worth of property tax and sales tax revenue if a new Publix goes up on Greenville Highway at White Street.   Read Story »

Tags: supermarkets | Publix

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County schools continue low dropout rate

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Henderson County schools sustained their strong record of keeping students in school, reporting a 2013-14 dropout rate below the state average for a seventh straight year and approaching a rate of zero percent dropout, according to the 2013-14 Consolidated Data Report presented to the State Board of Education Thursday.   Read Story »

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Like the outdoors? Flat Rock wants you

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Like being outdoors? Are you good with people? Do you like to talk about nature? If so, the Village of Flat Rock may have a job for you. You can even bring your dog to work. The pay? Sunshine, exercise and fresh air — and a maroon vest. Maybe not the peak of fashion but attention getting.   Read Story »

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If parking is an issue, is 7th Avenue gaining mo?

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In a sign of momentum for Seventh Avenue retail, shopkeepers are starting to fuss about parking.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Seventh Avenue | Historic Seventh Avenue District

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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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In a round of job cuts, Times-News lays off photographer

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The owner of the Hendersonville Times-News ordered workforce reductions at its newly acquired properties in the South, according to news industry sources and employees of the Hendersonville newspaper.   Read Story »

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Play festival highlights high school actors

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In its sixth year, the collaborative project of Henderson County Public Schools' four high schools is presenting a showcase of 30-minute plays at 6 p.m. Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Hendersonville High School auditorium.   Read Story »

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TDA OKs last cash needed for Playhouse cleanup

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority on Tuesday authorized $35,000 in emergency funding for the Flat Rock Playhouse, the last allocation needed for a mold remediation job theater officials say must happen to save the 2015 season.   Read Story »

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Meadows praises Netanyahu, rips Obama

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows on Tuesday praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his address to a joint session of Congress and took the opportunity to rip President Obama for "the shameful politicization" of the speech and what he called a naive foreign policy.   Read Story »

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Upward Road development heats up

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A Bojangles has opened on Upward Road and the Holiday Inn Express is moving across the road to join it.   Read Story »

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Etowah woman lobbies on behalf of kidney patients

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Although she's never lobbied before, Rebecca Hooper will make a go of it this week on behalf of kidney patients like herself.   Read Story »

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Playhouse funding squeaks by in 3-2 vote

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted narrowly to appropriate $50,000 for mold removal at the Flat Rock Playhouse, throwing the theater a lifeline administrators say is needed to save the 2015 season.   Read Story »

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Seven Falls value plunges again

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Lots in Seven Falls fell in value by an additional 40 percent in the new countywide property appraisal, continuing a sharp plunge from their peak when some buyers paid more than $100,000 for a home site.   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada's Taproom and Restaurant opens next week

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will open the Taproom and Restaurant at its brewery in Mills River next week.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Church youth group packs meals for hungry

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Sharon Mendolsohn looked out at the gathering of 55 teenagers in T-shirts and jeans filling plastic bags to feed the hungry and declared it a good scene.   Read Story »

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Eagle projects help community

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Eagle Scouts built park benches, exercise equipment, a playhouse, a bell chime box and an archery stand, installed an irrigation system, collected toys, erected a sign and rehabbed trails as Eagle projects in 2014.   Read Story »

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Mills River, Fletcher drive growth in property values

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Northern Henderson County drove strong growth of property values countywide in the new appraisal numbers that will determine tax bills for homeowners, landowners and businesses for the next four years.   Read Story »

Tags: Ingles | 2015 tax reappraisal

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What happened to record-setting cookie company?

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

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Girls can pick out prom dresses next week

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Miller's Fine Dry Cleaning, the Beehive, Mainstay and Summit Marketing Group are teaming up to hold the annual "Grant Her Wish" prom dress event.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows joins GOP defectors on Homeland Security funding vote

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows joined 49 conservative Republicans on Friday in a surprise vote  that blocked the Republican leadership's attempt to extend Homeland Security funding for three weeks.   Read Story »

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Gene Staton, who built new, preserved old, dies at age 80

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Christopher Eugene "Gene" Staton Jr., a builder and banker whose chief passion after family was the preservation of local history, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, surrounded by his family at Brookland, one of the county's most historic homes. He was 80.   Read Story »

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Students may lose holidays; spring break intact for now

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Having lost six days of school this week and last, Henderson County students are at risk of losing holidays but — so far — not spring break.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park issues update on town services

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LAUREL PARK — The signficant snowfall overnight affected Laurel Park town operations. Here is a schedule update of services:   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | snowstorms | winter 2014-15

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Snow postpones Ruth salute

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In consideration of the safety and well-being of our guests, volunteers, presenters and BRCC staff with the dangerous weather conditions predicted, the UWHC Annual Meeting, LIVE UNITED Campaign Celebration and Tribute to Ruth Birge has been postponed to Friday, March 6, 2015 beginning at 4 pm.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Hurry to get your copy before the snow starts! Read about the strong growth of property values in Henderson County, the new $2.5 million McDonald's being built on Four Seasons Boulevard, the Bojangles and more new development on Upward Road as well as news about Seventh Avenue and three more pages of local business news.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Owner plans to convert Quality Inn into senior apartments

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The Quality Inn on Sugarloaf Road will become apartments for seniors if all goes according to the plans of Hendersonville investors.   Read Story »

Tags: Quality Inn | motels

Henderson County Business

Hearth Art created by local tradesmen

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When brick mason Gary Kitchen asked Alan Ward just how big a hearth he had in mind for his winery tasting room, Ward said big — like Cracker Barrel big.   Read Story »

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Newman touts felony convictions

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A murder conviction and guilty pleas resulting in prison time for a variety of felonies highlighted recent Superior Court terms in Henderson and Transylvania counties, District Attorney Greg Newman said.   Read Story »

Tags: crime | Greg Newman | District Attorney 29B

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Medical parts maker bringing 172 jobs to Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — A German company that makes  polymer components for the medical industry plans to build a 60,0000-square-foot plant and bring 172 jobs to Broadpointe Industrial Park, the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development announced today.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Broadpointe Industrial Park | RAUMEDIC

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Round 2: Snow covers roads, closes school

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For the second Tuesday in a row, the area is covered with a blanket of snow. Schools are closed today and heavier than expected snowfall had dropped more than 2 inches of snow in Hendersonville, assuring another day of closings, schedule disruptions and calls for snowplows.   Read Story »

Tags: winter 2014-15

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Plans filed for a Starbucks on Four Seasons Boulevard

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Starbucks has filed a development plan to build its first standalone store in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Four Seasons Boulevard | Starbucks

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Ellie Michalove, wife of former mayor, dies in Texas

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Eleanor Nanney “Ellie” Michalove, a former schoolteacher and wife of former Hendersonville mayor Don Michalove, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in San Antonio, Texas.   Read Story »

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Village seeks $330,000 grant for park trails

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FLAT ROCK— The Flat Rock Village Council has authorized an expenditure of up to $66,000 as 20 percent match for a potential grant of $330,000 for trails, bridges, boardwalks and culverts at the park.   Read Story »

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

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Ask Matt ... about calls from jail

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

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MossColumn: 12 thoughts about the Siberian Express

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Twelve observations about the Arctic blast of 2015:   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | snowstorms | winter 2014-15

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Industry recruiters: To be competitive, NC needs job grants

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The NC Justice Center's report, "Picking Losers: Why the majority of North Carolina's incentive projects end in failure," is, at best, incredibly biased.   Read Story »

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Horizon names 15 winners of grants

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In partnership with the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Horizon Heating & Air Conditioning has announced the winners of grants to non-profits of $500 or $1,000 during 2015.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | charities | Horizon Heating & Air | Don Poeta

Henderson County Business

Credit union opens first in-school branch at WHHS

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Mountain Credit Union has announced the grand opening of the region's first ever student-run in-school credit union branch, which is at West Henderson High School.   Read Story »

Tags: West Henderson High School | banking

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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS: WCU dean's list, loft tour, Day of Dance

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The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Morris Broadband and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are inviting nominations for the eighth annual Athena Leadership Award in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Two appointed to AVL board

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The Asheville City Council and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners have appointed members to the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport Authority | Asheville Regional Airport

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Day 4: Still frozen; school year extended

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On Day 4 of the Arctic Blast of 2015 meetings postponed from Monday and Tuesday were again postponed. Some parks were closed. The Kiwanis Club  called off its meeting. Henderson County school administrators threw in the towel for the week on Wednesday, freeing students until Monday. Students had been scheduled to attend class for a half day today. Friday was already a teacher workday. Now, they'll be in school two extra days at the end of the year — when it will be 70-80 degrees warmer than today.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Public Schools | winter 2014-15 | arctic blast Feb. 16-21 | 2015

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Advisers plunge into another snipe hunt

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The Business Advisory Committee appointed by the Hendersonville City Council is following the same tail-chasing pattern of its county predecessor, which spent nine months searching for evidence of regulatory zeal and begging for testimony on anti-business bias only to conclude that Henderson County was already business friendly.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Let water trickle, city says, to avoid frozen pipes

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Due to the extreme cold weather arriving in the area on Thursday and Friday this week, the city's public works department advised residents to let water drip at a trickle (consistent dripping) from one or two faucets inside homes or businesses. This will keep water moving through your pipes at all times which should help prevent your pipes from freezing.   Read Story »

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Schools closed, commissioners, TDA cancel meetings

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Henderson County schools are closed on Wednesday as the icy snowfall continued to cause a multitude of cancellations.   Read Story »

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Assessor to release new tax values on Wednesday

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Henderson County taxpayers will start learning their new property tax assessment as soon as Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Atha Plaza tenants wonder and wait

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Puppies yap, kittens cry and birds chirp, oblivious to the fact that moving day could be soon — even if they're not adopted.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Publix could be catalyst for southside renaissance

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Publix, the Florida supermarket juggernaut, may stimulate the next retail renaissance to the city's southern gateway.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Democrats set precinct committee meetings

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The Henderson County Democratic Party has set precinct committee meetings starting Feb. 21. Here's the schedule.   Read Story »

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Store to sell power tools, golf carts

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Buyers of hardware, chainsaws and other power equipment will have a new place to shop off Four Seasons Boulevard soon.   Read Story »

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Forecast triggers 12:30 school dismissal

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Henderson County schools will dismiss students at 12:30 p.m. today because of the forecast for snow and ice this afternoon. The National Weather Service predicts the area could get 2-5 inches of snow when the winter system moves into the area today and Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Planners endorse Oklawaha Village

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The Hendersonville Planning Board recommended that the City Council approve an 84-unit affordable housing development on North Main Street, although the advisory board asked questions about the design and quality of 18 single-family homes.   Read Story »

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Pisgah Legal Services adds fundraiser

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Pisgah Legal Services has hired a senior development officer.   Read Story »

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Carburetors reuniting for benefit concert

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FLAT ROCK — The Carburetors, the popular rockabilly band, will reunite for two benefit concerts on Sunday, March 8, at Flat Rock Cinema.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Cinema | Mark Warwick | Carburetors

Henderson County Business

Pool supply, outdoor store opens on Airport Road

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The Great Backyard Place, a Chattanooga-based retailer of pool supplies and outdoor furniture, will open a store on Airport Road on Friday.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Time to order berry plants

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Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to order strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and asparagus plants to support awards and programs for youth in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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United Way pancake fundraiser is Sunday

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Three Chopt Sandwich Shoppe will sponsor the seventh annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit United Way of Henderson County from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15.   Read Story »

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No need for more meters, parking deck, consultants tell council

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Downtown Hendersonville does not need a parking deck, more parking meters or a big investment in parking technology to solve the Main Street parking shortage, a new study says.   Read Story »

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City Council votes 3-2 for Playhouse aid

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A divided Hendersonville City Council on Friday voted to allocate $50,000 to the Flat Rock Playhouse so it can remove mold from buildings on the grounds, pitching in on a financial rescue that Mayor Pro Tem Ron Stephens said meant life or death for the 2015 season.   Read Story »

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Global partnership breaks ground in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — With the turn of frozen ground, Henderson County, Mills River, Hendersonville and agribusiness leaders marked the beginning of construction of an international plant grafting operation that will bring 125 jobs and help farmers grow higher quality fruit and vegetables at a higher yield.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River | Bert Lemkes | Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady on crutches for six weeks

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Chuck McGrady might have had reason to predict he'd get hurt on the job — just not this job.   Read Story »

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City to close Fifth Avenue for pipe repair

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The city of Hendersonville will  close Fifth Avenue West between Buncombe and Fleming streets on Monday for up to two weeks to replace a storm water pipe.   Read Story »

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WTZQ to air Dean Smith tribute today

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WTZQ-1600 AM will air an hour-long special on the life of legendary UNC Coach Dean Smith at 2 p.m. Thursday from the North Carolina News Network.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

All clear after smoke threat at Pardee, hospital says

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Firefighters swept through a patient floor at Pardee Hospital and the staff relocated patients who had been in the rooms affected by smoke after an air handler malfunctioned on Wednesday night.   Read Story »

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Arctic blast arrives Thursday

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Old Man Winter hasn't forgotten us.   Read Story »

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Boy Scout district thanks adult leaders

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The Terrora District of the Boy Scouts recognized adult leaders during its annual banquet last month.   Read Story »

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District honors Boy Scout for saving 5-year-old

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The Terrora District honored a Brevard Boy Scout who rescued a 5-year-old boy caught in a swift current and thanked adult leaders who guide Scouts in Henderson and Transylvania counties during its annual Leadership Recognition Banquet at Trinity Presbyterian Church.   Read Story »

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Despite traffic concerns, planners OK health-ed project

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Grady Hawkins reads to children

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Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins read a children's book, Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree, during the 'I Love my Library Day' at the Henderson County Public Library last week.   Read Story »

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County seeks input on East Flat Rock plan

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Henderson County planners are inviting residents, business owners and homeowners in East Flat Rock to participate in the community planning process for the area.   Read Story »

Tags: land-use planning | Henderson County planning | East Flat Rock

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Corps decision delays Seven Falls work

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ETOWAH — In the long term, a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could mean that Henderson County can get more work done at the failed Seven Falls development. In the short term, the decision means delay in roadwork that county officials hoped would start by summer.   Read Story »

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Third affordable housing project proposed

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A third developer has submitted plans for an affordable housing project in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Man faces first-degree burglary charge

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Detectives from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office have added a charge of first-degree burglary against Joshua Hugh Ellis, 25, of 126 Southbrook Road, after his arrest early Sunday for breaking into a motor vehicle.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning.

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County health board honored as best in state

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To the best climate, the best downtown, the best prep volleyball and the best World War II veteran honoring effort, citizens of Henderson County can add another reason to take pride: the best Board of Health.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | health | HopeRx | Henderson County Board of Health | tobacco

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Grant will help fight blight of hemlocks

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Western North Carolina's ailing hemlock trees will get more help to return to long-term health, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced on Tuesday.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Playhouse to fix air quality problem in old buildings

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The Flat Rock Playhouse is temporarily shutting down its oldest buildings for cleanup and repairs after an environmental assessment found poor air quality in them, the theater announced on Tuesday.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | environment | air quality

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NHHS senior nominated as Presidential Scholar

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A senior at North Henderson High has been nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program by the state-level selection committee for consideration by the Commission on Presidential Scholars at the national level.   Read Story »

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Quick response nets felony arrests

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Quick responses by deputies resulted in the felony arrest of two suspects in break-ins and attempted thefts in separate incidents over the weekend.   Read Story »

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WCCA receives $1.4M for childcare partnership

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Hendersonville-based Western Carolina Community Action Inc. has received a $1.4 million Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant to improve access to high quality early learning opportunities for infants and toddlers in low-income families, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families announced.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Sierra Nevada invites 50 breweries to pour hearty beers

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MILLS RIVER — More than 50 breweries from across the country will converge at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. on March 28 as the brewery hosts the first Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival.   Read Story »

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Mid-priced home sales drive market recovery

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Home sales rose in Henderson County last year over 2013 and the trend for real estate sales looks promising this year, real estate agents said. Home prices, however, still lag behind their peak during the pre-recession real estate boom.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Rep. Whitmire favors rail over trail

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BREVARD — An $11 million connector road could jumpstart the dormant Davidson River Village project at the old Ecusta mill site in Brevard.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: County demands cities raise taxes

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The proposal by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners to force Flat Rock to pay for the cost of law enforcement would be folly even if the discussion of the idea had not been based on a $620,000 error.   Read Story »

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Texas Rangers arrest local shooting suspect

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HORSE SHOE — Texas Rangers and police officers arrested two people wanted in the shotgun shooting of a man in Horse Shoe over the weekend.   Read Story »

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Publix eyes Greenville Highway site

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It looks like Publix is coming to Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Report card: three schools make a D, two score an A

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Athough three schools made a D on the state's new letter-grade report cards, Henderson County school administrators pointed to the system's overall high marks, including the fifth highest percentage of academic growth targets met in the state, the school system said.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS: Music, pancakes, spring planting, Democrats

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The Hendersonville Chamber Music series will present the Kontras String Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at First Congregational Church, 1735 Fifth Avenue West.   Read Story »

Tags: arts | United Way | Democratic Party

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Is new outlet mall a threat to local stores?

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Does the new Asheville Outlets shopping center pose a threat to Hendersonville retailers?   Read Story »

Tags: retail | I-26 | Hendersonville Business Advisory Committee | 2015 economy

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning. You'll find extensive business coverage this week including our story of what is leading the home sales recovery in Henderson County, a look at affordble housing, what local business leaders say about the new outlet mall opening this spring and our story and photos from the annual Chamber of Commerce awards dinner.   Read Story »

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Youth soccer coach wins state honor

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Volunteer coach Cole Renken received the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association's 2015 Boys Recreation Coach of the Year Award at the association's annual meeting in Raleigh last month.   Read Story »

Mills River News

New manager leads Mills River in era of growth

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MILLS RIVER — Jeff Wells caught a bug for planning in car rides between his rural hometown and the bigger city of Chattanooga.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Business

City adds fee to credit card payments

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City utility customers who pay their water or garbage bill with a credit card will be charged a fee starting Feb. 1.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | local budgets | 2015-16 local budgets

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... what happened to Bearcat great Sam Gash?

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The Lightning responds to your questions.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Lapsley: County needs plan to protect $235M worth of school buildings

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When it comes to capital spending, commissioners returned over and over to the theme of long-range planning.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

OOPS: Report inflates cost of Flat Rock calls by $620,000

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Two Henderson County commissioners say the Village of Flat Rock should pay for the cost of sheriff's deputies that answer calls in the town.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Go west, Thompson says, to find Ecusta Trail opposition

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His fellow commissioners listened but made no commitment when Commissioner Michael Edney urged the board to formally support of the Ecusta Trail and a $25,000 annual payment devoted to the project.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Grove Street courthouse: 'Can't do it for a million dollars'

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Although three commissioners came out strongly for renovation of the Grove Street Courthouse to tighten security and create more courtrooms and office space for  judiciary functions, the big renovation the board authorized a year ago may not come to pass soon.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sheriff wants a lawyer

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald is seeking eight new employees plus a full-time staff attorney, a position the sheriff's office lost in a round of budget cuts in 2010.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

'They have to own this,' Wyatt says of county board

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Patrice Roseler, the deputy director of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, drove from Raleigh to watch the Henderson County Board of Commissioners wrestle with numbers in its all-day budget workshop.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS: Call for used books, volunteers

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If you read it, don't shred it. The Friends of the Library Book Sale Committee is now collecting books for the annual Book Sale coming up in July. Last year people were especially interested in books from the academic and scientific collections.   Read Story »

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Veteran Vagabond seeks Playhouse memories

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The longest serving resident Vagabond is seeking submissions for a pictorial history of the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Record crowd celebrates business

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The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce honored a longtime Hendersonville business and community leader with its G. Ray Cantrell Service Award on Friday night while also recognizing top leaders in education, small business, environmental sustainability, the camping industry and other areas during its annual banquet.   Read Story »

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Free Clinics now stocks drug overdose antidote

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The Free Clinics Community Pharmacy will begin dispensing the drug antidote drug Naloxone at its 841 Case Street location.   Read Story »

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HMS Bearcats continue athletics dominance

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The Hendersonville Middle School Bearcats won the Blue Ridge conference basketball championship on Thursday night, beating Canton 37-32, to cap an undefeated season.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Henderson Oil Co. donates $500 grants to 11 county schools

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Henderson Oil Company and the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance awarded 11 schools $500 grants today for programs at the schools.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Sheiry recognized

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John Sheiry, a certified general real estate appraiser with the Trusted Appraisers Group in Asheville, will be awarded the Appraisal Institute's prestigious MAI membership designation this week.   Read Story »

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Playhouse opens 2015 season with ABBA tribute

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The Flat Rock Playhouse kicks off its 2015 Music on the Rock season on Feb. 12 with the popular tribute "The Music of ABBA" at the Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Former Little League coach arrested

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  The Henderson County Sheriff's office on Tuesday arrested a 33-year-old former Little League coach on four counts of misdemeanor assault for allegedly spanking boys under the age of 12 inappropriately, the sheirff's office said in a news release.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Let's honor our history

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Formed in 2008 to preserve the county's history, the Historic Resources Commission has worked hard to move forward on the creation of a historic landmarks ordinance.   Read Story »

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Mountain balladeers to perform

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Two eighth-generation mountain ballad singers will be featured in the "Keeping the Fires Burning" series presented by the Center for Cultural Preservation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Patton Auditorium. Donna Ray Norton and Melanie Rice Penland, both from Sodom, Madison County, will perform and discuss the history of ballad music and how it evolved as it crossed the wide sea.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady wins key budget post

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A new assignment in the state House gives Rep. Chuck McGrady a leadership role on state budget issues.   Read Story »

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Three face charges in robbery, assault

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Two men and a woman face charges arising from armed robberies and an assault on Sunday and Monday, the sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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AVL sets record for passengers

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Setting an all-time record, the Asheville Regional Airport served nearly 400,000 passengers last year as it marketed its convenience to local flyers and as discount airlines filled flights to warm-weather tourist destinations.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport Authority | Asheville Regional Airport | air travel | AVL runway project

Henderson County News

Historic Landmarks ordinance advances

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After seven years of work, a proposed Historic Landmarks Ordinance won the unanimous endorsement from the county Planning Board and goes to the Board of Commissioners.   Read Story »

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Maki joins police force

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Maky, a German Shepherd and Belgium Malinois mix, has joined the Hendersonville Police Department.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about Burt & Loni

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The Lightning's intrepid researcher Matt Matteson responds to readers' questions.   Read Story »

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WNC pilots offer grants for pursuit of aviation

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The Western North Carolina Pilots Association Educational Foundation is accepting applications for grants that aid those who are interested in the field of aviation. The grants are for those who need financial help toward reaching their goal in aviation.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Q&A: Why did AVL wall fail?

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The two highest ranking officials of the Asheville Regional Airport answered questions Jan. 8 and 9 about the Christmas Eve failure of the 40-foot-high retaining wall along Ferncliff Park Drive, the plans to repair the wall and restore wetlands damaged by runoff from the site and the risk if any from tons of coal ash used as construction fill at the airport.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Justus v. Rosner attorneys spar over fees

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In what could be their last public duel, lawyers on opposing sides of the epic Justus v. Rosner medical malpractice case argued this week over attorneys fees and a plaintiff's effort to restore a $512,000 award.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

UCB ranked 14th in banking performance

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United Community Bank was recently recognized as one of America's best performing banks by Forbes magazine.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Foundation to reward 'Mills River Scholars'

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MILLS RIVER — Vaughan Fitzpatrick, the developer of Ferncliff Industrial Park, has established three scholarships at Blue Ridge Community College in the hopes that recipients will stay in the community.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Unity Center calls minister

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Habitat hires fundraiser

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Forum is set on affordable housing

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A regional housing agency will take comments about housing issues in Henderson County and present findings from a housing market study during a forum on Tuesday, Jan. 27.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Mills River in line to get 172 more jobs

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River is in line to get a $27 million industrial plant, expanding the northern Henderson County town's economic development boom with 172 more jobs.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

City campaigns for historic tax credits

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Historic tax credits are a crucial part of the financing that makes renewal of historic properties possible, the state's top cultural resources official said Thursday as she launched a statewide public campaign to restore the tax credits.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County says no to Fletcher library

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Henderson County commissioners told the town of Fletcher that if it wants a new library, Fletcher would have to pay for it.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Early College High School among tops in N.C.

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Henderson County Early College High School is among four schools statewide honored by NC New Schools for innovative practices and academic excellence.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

City creates a cheaper fix for Main at Allen

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The city has come up with a solution to a make a downtown intersection safer — at a cost savings of $90,000.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Edney to urge support for Ecusta Trail

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The cities of Hendersonville, Laurel Park, Flat Rock and Brevard have all endorsed the Ecusta Trail. So has the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.   Read Story »

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County board tackles four-year building plan

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 The Henderson County Board of Commissioners will take its first step this week toward framing the next four years of capital spending.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

Etowah Business

County seeks bids for Seven Falls roadwork

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Henderson County has invited contractors to bid on road improvements at Seven Falls.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady files bill to limit eminent domain

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady is once again pushing a state constitutional amendment to bar the condemnation of private property except for a public use.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Community marks MLK Day

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Hendersonville residents celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with prayer, dance, song and a keynote speech by Hendersonville native Andre Briggs, a Charlotte police officer since 1987. The 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast was held at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at BRCC.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

'Raised by Hendersonville,' Charlotte cop urges hometown to help youth

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A former street cop, homicide detective and drug squad officer who now trains police officers, Andre Briggs urged an audience at the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast to honor King's dream by doing good beyond their selfish iPhone-centered lives.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

City urging state to resurrect historic tax credits

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Drawing attention to historic preservation projects that have worked in the past and a big one they hope will work in the future, the Hendersonville City Council are mounting a public effort to urge the revival of a historic tax credit program that ended on Dec. 31.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Historic Flat Rock goes in-depth for updated nomination

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock's history has been well documented in books, stories and newspaper columns for decades. Now the village is on the verge of being recognized as a large historic district.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sen. Tillis hunting for space in Hendersonville

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady said he got the idea a few weeks ago to "play matchmaker" between his former boss and his hometown. He wanted Thom Tillis, the former House speaker and newly elected U.S. senator, to open his Western North Carolina office in Hendersonville and not Asheville.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LETTER: McDonald firings deserve 'thumbs down'

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To the Lightning: In your Christmas edition, numberous thumbs up and down were assigned events of the year 2014, but you missed a big thumbs down on Sheriff McDonald's dismissal of a number of his staff without explanation other than that their services were no longer required.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Edneyville grower debuts apple ale

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Edneyville apple grower Anthony Owen decided one day last summer to plunge into a new way of marketing the apple.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Playhouse consummates sale of log house

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The Flat Rock Playhouse announced today that the sale of the property known as the Cleveland Log House has been finalized.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Health Dept. gets suspended doctor's files

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The North Carolina Medical Board has appointed the Henderson County Department of Public Health temporary custodian of the medical records of the former Hendersonville practice of Dr. Felicia B. Brabham, who was charged two years ago with insurance fraud and suspended from practicing medicine last May.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Horizon Heat & Air announces monthly donations of $1,000

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Nonprofits in Henderson County can receive a $1,000 grant if they're selected in a monthly program that Horizon Heating and Air Conditioning has launched.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Car break-in suspect surrenders

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A 28-year-old East Flat Rock man who faces 18 charges in connection with vehicle break-ins and thefts in East Flat Rock and Hendersonville turned himself in to the sheriff's department Friday night.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Two affordable housing projects proposed in city

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A construction manager for the Housing Assistance Corp. assured residents of North Main Street that the agency's proposed 80-unit development of homes and apartments would be well-managed and well maintained.     Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Young talent blooms in 'White Rose'

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Given the pint-size stature of some of the actors, the Nazi swastika armbands in the opening scene of "The White Rose" make for a startling image. If kids so young could be drawn into Hitler's vision of society, what hope is there for Germany? Well, none. Which is the idea.   Read Story »

Fletcher Business

AVL traffic soared in 2014

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The Asheville Regional Airport is on track to break its all-time record for boarding passengers in 2014, airport officials told the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority on Friday.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Hearing today on Erkwood roundabout

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State transportation engineers have proposed either a roundabout or stoplight to fix the hazardous Shepherd Street and Erkwood Drive area of Greenville Highway.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Mountain Home chief thanks community after ice accident

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Mountain Home Fire Chief Mahlon Hudgins and on-scene commander Ben Lanning thanked the community and their fellow emergency personnel for the "tremendous outpouring of concern and support for their firemen" after a Mountain Home fire truck lost traction on a slick road and slid down the mountain this morning at Carriage Park.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, chockful of scoops, features and other news.   Read Story »

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Pardee Foundation names major gifts officer

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James E. Brewer has been named major gifts officer for the Pardee Hospital Foundation. Brewer's role will be to secure major gifts in support of the Foundation's mission to support Pardee Hospital.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

I-26 widening, Balfour Parkway make new road plan

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Motorists will see remedies for two notorious traffic headaches — the misaligned Erkwood-Shepherd intersection on Greenville Highway and twice-a-day backups on N.C. 191 at Rugby Middle School and West Henderson High — in the near future. They'll enjoy a smoother ride over new pavement on parts of I-26. In more distant years, drivers will cruise on a six-lane I-26. One day even farther out they may zip along a new outer loop from U.S. 64 East to I-26 to N.C. 191.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Life

Park offers free Sandburg home tours on MLK Day

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Tours of the home at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will be free on Monday as national parks across the country honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by waiving admission fees.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Apple course offers inside look at popular crop

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Do you enjoy outdoor gardening, meeting and talking with people, learning how to propagate trees, grow fruit, prune and train tree fruits, harvest crops, lead tours and conduct taste tests?   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Midweek brings chance of freezing rain

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Weather that's just dreary cold turn hazardous Tuesday night. There's a chance of freezing rain starting after 4 a.m. Wednesday and continuing until 11 a.m. with less than a tenth of an inch forecast.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Young actors to perform 'White Rose' on Mainstage this week

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse will present the student-produced play The White Rose Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on the Mainstage in Flat Rock.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Tax collections running ahead

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Henderson County's property tax collection total as of Jan. 4 ran $1.5 million ahead of the same period one year ago, Tax Collector Stan Duncan and Collections Specialist Luke Small reported.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

County endorses emergency signal for Edneyville VFD

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Despite testimony that Edneyville's fire chief knew nothing about it, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday endorsed an emergency traffic signal at the Edneyville Fire and Rescue Station on U.S. 64.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Commissioners boot naming rights request

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TD Bank may yet get its name on the Community Room of the Historic Courthouse but that's not a prospect to bank on.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ecusta Trail advocates cite Upstate trail value

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Supporters of the proposed Ecusta Trail have cited a study showing that use of the Swamp Rabbit Trail is growing and that a quarter of its users are tourists.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady not worried about Moffitt mopup

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Nowhere was the Republican tidal wave of 2014 less evident than in Buncombe County, where voters turned out two Republican House members largely viewed as antagonistic toward the city of Asheville.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

BRCC honors top teachers, employees

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The Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation honored four employees for their service to the community, BRCC and its students.   Read Story »

Etowah News

Three charged in Etowah Park theft

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Sheriff's deputies arrested two teenagers and obtained warrants on a third man in connection with the theft of $1,000 worth of baseball equipment from Etowah Community Park on Jan. 2.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: We'll miss Fielding Lucas

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When he retired to Hendersonville in 1993 at age 70, Fielding Lucas could have lived the leisurely life. People that follow news and politics in town know that he did not.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Brewery supplier opening plant in Buncombe

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A leading brewery supplier will invest $8.1 million in a new facility that will add 56 new jobs in Buncombe County, Gov. Pat McCrory, state Commerce Secretary John Skvarla and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced on Friday.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Mills River board grills AVL official on wall collapse

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MILLS RIVER — Presenting the first full public explanation of the failure of a 40-foot-high retaining wall above Ferncliff Park Drive, the Asheville Regional Airport's second-in-command defended the wall engineering and said repairs should be done within eight weeks of receiving new wall panels.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Son charged in mother's death

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies on Thursday charged a 28-year-old man with murder in the stabbing death of his mother on Dec. 7.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

'48 Hours' report on Mintz murder airs Saturday

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The news magazine "48 HOURS" on Saturday will air its story on the murder of Vanessa Mintz, a beloved mother, wife and businesswoman who was gunned down in a family-owned mountain lodge in Saluda.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Eschewing comforts, Wards go to Togo

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Dr. Bryant Ward and his wife, Dr. Rachel Ward, had it all.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Hearing set on Erkwood-Shepherd fix

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a drop-in public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, regarding the proposed project to improve Greenville Highway at the misaligned Erkwood Drive and Shepherd Street intersections.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Construction, pay raise, help for startups

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Housing starts and new commercial projects fell during the first 11 months of 2014 compared to the same period of 2013 but renovation work and additions nudged up the value of construction by 5.7 percent, the Henderson County Inspections Department reported.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Authorities ask for help finding woman

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Authorities asked for the public's help in locating a 40-year-old woman who has not been since New Year's Day.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Dog in yard results in fight with two injuries

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An argument over a dog running at large left one person with a wound to the mouth and another at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach, the Shriff's Office said.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Twitter alert: Wyatt to tweet the news

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Anyone who can't get enough of the wit and wisdom of Steve Wyatt — and let's be honest, who can? — is in luck.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Playhouse sets 'Wizard of Oz' auditions

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The Flat Rock Playhouse announced that auditions for The Wizard of Oz, its first performance of the 2015 season, will be held Friday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Playhouse Downtown. Auditions will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Callbacks will be the week of Jan. 12.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

County names new library director

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Trina Rushing, the second in command at the Henderson County Public Library until the retirement of longtime library director Bill Snyder, has been named the library director.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

First responders to carry overdose antidote

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Since their daughter Anna died of a drug overdose on March 6, 2010, Julie and Don Huneycutt have been warriors in the fight against drug abuse and for prevention and rehabilitation efforts.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

City board appointment open

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The city of Hendersonville currently has two opportunities for service on its Board of Adjustment, which hears appeals of land use or Zoning Ordinance interpretations of the zoning administrator, provides administrative reviews, considers variances and conditional uses, imposes minimum standards for certain uses and imposes standards for bed and breakfasts.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Wind chill could plunge to minus-13

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An arctic blast could drive low temperatures down to 8 degrees with a wind chill factor below zero, the National Weather Service said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

City planners reviewing plans for health-ed project

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Architects designing the $35 million Joint Medical Education Facility have submitted applications to the city of Hendersonville for zoning approval of a 98,000-square-foot building that will dwarf the 35,000-square-foot medical office building next door.   Read Story »

Flat Rock News

Couple found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning

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FLAT ROCK — A Flat Rock couple on Friday morning was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning that investigators attributed to an older model car in their garage.   Read Story »

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Etowah News

Woman died in fire she set, sheriff's office says

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ETOWAH — A 53-year-old Etowah woman died Friday night in a trailer fire that investigators say she set herself.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

We all need IT goals in 2015

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Each late December, when the New Year is approaching, I instinctively think about goals for the coming year. Of course, that leads me to think about the resolutions I made for the current year and whether or not I accomplished them.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Local readers like local authors

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The top-selling books in 2014 at Hendersonville's bookstore tilted overwhelmingly to local and regional authors.The Fountainhead on Main Street has tallied its top sellers of 2014.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Laughter chosen for two state panels

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Jaime Laughter, Transylvania County's new manager, has been selected as a featured panelist at the North Carolina City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) Winter Seminar Feb. 4-6, in Durham.   Read Story »

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Congress enacts law to ease HonorAir passenger loading

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HonorAir, the World War II veteran-honoring program that started in Hendersonville 10 years ago, has received national recognition again, this time in the form of a new law directing the federal government to ease passenger loading at airports.   Read Story »

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Chimney Rock offers 'First Day' hikes

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CHIMNEY ROCK — Chimney Rock State Park is doing its part to help people with their New Year's exercise resolution by offering guided hikes at the park on New Year's Day.   Read Story »

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THE LIGHTNING TOP 10 STORIES OF 2014

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The big stories of 2014 are  likely to have a long-term impact.   Read Story »

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Registration open for local history class

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Online registration is open for the spring semester of courses on the history and heritage of Henderson County. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 6, through the Continuing Education Department at Blue Ridge Community College. The classes are open to the public.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Cinema to screen top movies of 2014

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Cinema presents the ninth annual Golden Globe Series beginning Saturday, Jan. 2.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, on the street a day early with our Top 10 stories of 2014, an in-depth look at the wall failure at the Asheville Regional Airport, news on the new $35 million Joint Health Education Facility at Pardee and lots more.   Read Story »

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Pardee surgeon appointed to cancer advisory panel

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Dr. Thomas L. Eisenhauer of Pardee Surgical Associates was recently appointed to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control by Gov. Pat McCrory.   Read Story »

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No coal ash leak, airport says, as questions mount

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MILLS RIVER — The calls starting coming early on the morning of Christmas Eve, and they were anything but merry.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: What's Oklawaha?

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Mom makes a special gift for Christmas

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She is a 24-year-old mom who lives at Mainstay, the shelter for victims of domestic violence.   Read Story »

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Playhouse puts YouTheatre on hiatus

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse has put its YouTheatre programs on hiatus for four months while administrators work with parents, teachers and other constituents to "make it right," the Playhouse's artistic director said last week.   Read Story »

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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS: 'Letters' at SAB, scarfs and barks

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Local news briefs for Dec. 24-31.   Read Story »

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Local group forms to shelter homeless girls

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A local group has formed a new nonprofit organization to meet the needs to young people who have no stable home. Its first goal is to establish a home for teenage girls, the population considered the most vulnerable while living on the streets.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Rain, dear, fails to foil first Jones fund run

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More than a hundred runners turned out on Wednesday morning for the first Christmas Eve Reindeer Run to support the Jones Family Scholarship for  North Henderson High School seniors.   Read Story »

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City seeks National Register spot for historic Berkeley stadium

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Hendersonville's historic Berkeley Mills Park, the public stage for the old textile league teams from 1949 to 1961 and the home field for at least one high school state championship team, could earn a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.   Read Story »

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Mills River hires new town manager

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The town of Mills River has hired Jeffrey D. Wells of Mooresville as its new town new manager, Town Manager Lee Galloway today announced.   Read Story »

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Early Christmas: Lightning is on the street!

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Council OKs 'shalt nots' for Flat Rock park

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock now has a firm set of rules governing use of its park. Whether they're too firm and too numerous sparked debate.   Read Story »

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TDA hires development coordinator

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Ben Taylor has begun a new job as development coordinator with the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada to boost production by 67 percent

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MILLS RIVER — The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is accelerating expansion plans after reaching full production quicker than it planned and continuing to post strong sales.   Read Story »

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Dream on: No White Christmas for us

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A White Christmas is out and after three days of rain so is a wet Christmas, forecasters say.   Read Story »

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New airport entrance to open

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Asheville Regional Airport's new main entrance will partially open on Monday. The relocation of the airport's entrance is part of an NCDOT project to upgrade the I-26 interchange at Airport Road.   Read Story »

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Housing agency proposes 84-unit Oklawaha Village

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Six months after Henderson County commissioners rejected its plans for low-income apartments near Laurel Park, the Housing Assistance Corp. is preparing to seek approval from the city of Hendersonville for 84 residential units on North Main Street near Mud Creek.   Read Story »

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Playhouse names new marketing director

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An actor who appeared on stage at the Flat Rock Playhouse for many years and later went into public relations has been named director of marketing and communications at the theater, Playhouse Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant announced Friday.   Read Story »

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EHHS's Rhodes named WNC principal of the year

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East Henderson High School students leapt to their feet Friday morning when Henderson County schools superintendent David Jones reminded them that their principal, Scott Rhodes, had been named county principal of the year.   Read Story »

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Middle school absenses spike as flu ramps up

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Henderson County's middle schools saw student absences spike this week as flu season gained traction.   Read Story »

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Tree recycling available through Saturday

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Henderson County offers a number of ways to recycle those gift boxes, catalogs, Christmas trees and dead strands of Christmas lights.   Read Story »

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Deputies charge man with sexual assault of a child

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a 46-year-old local man with sexually assaulting a child after an investigation by the violent crimes unit.   Read Story »

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Mills River Town Council OKs boat ramp

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MILLS RIVER — After months of discussion, the Mills River Town Council gave the OK to construction of a canoe and kayak launch on the Mills River at the rear of the town park.   Read Story »

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Forest service announces logging at Holmes State Forest

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CRAB CREEK — The N.C. Forest Service is planning to harvest timber at Holmes Educational State Forest in January.   Read Story »

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HonorAir helps veterans stay warm

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HonorAir helped provide coats, gloves, shoes and clothing for many veterans who live at the Veterans Restoration Quarters and female veterans at Steadfast House with a donation of $5,000.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Advocates for campaign finance openness honor Apodaca

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The North Carolina Voters for Clean Election Coalition honored state Sen. Tom Apodaca and four state House members with its Friend of Disclosure Award for their efforts to enact a law improving public access to campaign finance reports.   Read Story »

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Playhouse to sell and lease back log house

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The Flat Rock Playhouse intends to sell a small tract of land that contains a log home used to house acting apprentices and lease it back, the treasurer of the theater's governing board told the Flat Rock Planning Board.   Read Story »

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Agencies partner with schools for Christmas

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Thanks to the assistance of two local nonprofits and the generosity of the community, needy students in Henderson County Public Schools have received both the Christmas gifts they'd wished for and the counseling they may need during what can often be a trying season for families.   Read Story »

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HAC seeks city's OK for 84-unit development

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Six months after Henderson County commissioners rejected its plans for low-income apartments near Laurel Park, the Housing Assistance Corp. is preparing to seek approval from the city of Hendersonville for 84 residential units on North Main Street near Mud Creek.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Meadows takes aim at Obama's 'legacy of secretiveness'

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows said he plans to crack the Obama administration's "legacy of secretiveness" has the newly appointed chair of a subcommittee that could have a high-profile role in investigations of the IRS, labor issues and public unions.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Laurel Park merchants to collect IAM donations

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The Laurel Park Merchants Association is holding its annual food and clothing collection for Interfaith Assistance Ministry from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Laurel Park Shopping Center.   Read Story »

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Sheriff warns of IRS phone scam

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office is warning Henderson County residents of a current scam involvoing calls from people purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald is urging residents not to respond or give any information to these callers.   Read Story »

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Forecast calls for chance of snow

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It's beginning to a look a lot like a rain and snow mix, forecasters say.   Read Story »

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County to salute Battle of the Bulge

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On Dec. 16, 1944, 250,000 German troops attacked approximately 80,000  American troops along a thinly held line in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium. The German offensive, the last ditch Nazi offensive of World War II intended to overwhelm Allied ground forces, became known as the Battle of the Bulge.   Read Story »

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Park Ridge marks demolition of theater

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Park Ridge Health officials and community leaders marked the start of work on a medical campus with a "demolition ceremony" as crews began to clear the old Four Seasons Cinema on Seventh Avenue for medical offices.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Board unseals closed meeting minutes

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When Henderson County commissioners first talked about partnering with Wingate University, elected leaders considered Blue Ridge Community College an "ideal location" for the university.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about flags at half-staff, traffic stops

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Judge OKs next step in Seven Falls work

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Property owners at the failed Seven Falls development should know by early next year how much roadwork, utilities and other improvement would cost in an effort to make lots buildable.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Bond rater affirms solid forecast for county

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A bond rating service has affirmed ratings of AA- (double-A minus) for Henderson County financing of construction and a rating of AA for general obligation bonds.   Read Story »

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Holiday tour showcases seven inns

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The Holiday Tour of Historic Inns and Cookie Caper on Sunday features a look at seven inns all decked out for Christmas.   Read Story »

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MossColumn: It's good to have a friend for life

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From my sophomore to senior year in high school, wherever I went Parker was there. Most things I did, Parker did, too.   Read Story »

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Deputies arrest six in two drug cases

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A four-month investigation by local, state and federal agencies resulted in the arrest of four people in East Flat Rock and Hendersonville on Thursday, the sheriff's office said in a news release.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Bucking Boehner, Meadows votes no on budget deal

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Bucking the House leadership, U.S. Rep Mark Meadows voted no on the budget deal that the House passed 219-206 on Thursday night.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Business

Pardee to fund bus rides to Playhouse

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Pardee Hospital has stepped up with funding that will revive a Flat Rock Playhouse outreach program that carries public school students to plays.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

NAACP seeks reform in police use-of-force

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Members of the Hendersonville chapter of the NAACP delivered a letter to City Hall and to the Historic Courthouse last week demanding reforms to prevent excessive force by law officers.   Read Story »

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McDonald foes post online petition

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Unnamed opponents of Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald have collected 220 signatures on an online petition that seeks to "demand justice" for the firing of sheriff's deputies.   Read Story »

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Vigil set to 'Remember Newtown'

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"Remember Newtown" will observe the second year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., with a candlelight vigil at the Historic Courthouse at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.   Read Story »

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Christmas Eve Reindeer Run supports scholarship

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Education runs in the Jones family.   Read Story »

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'Motown Christmas' opens downtown

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"A Motown Christmas," the final Music on the Rock show of the Flat Rock Playhouse season, opened Thursday and plays until Dec. 21 at the Playhouse Downtown Theatre.   Read Story »

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Former county planning director gets top regional planning post

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Anthony Starr, the former Henderson County planning director and current assistant executive director of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, has been named the new executive director of the WPCOG effective Jan. 1.   Read Story »

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Ed Foundation names new director

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The Henderson County Education Foundation has hired a new executive director after a search to replace Don Jones, who retired earlier this year.   Read Story »

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I-26 widening, Erkwood-Shepherd fix on new road plan

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FLAT ROCK — The new 10-year plan for roadwork statewide would fund the widening of I-26 in Henderson County and a fix for the misaligned intersection of Shepherd Street and Erkwood Drive at Greenville Highway.   Read Story »

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Two charged after drug warrant is served

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Law offciers arrested two residents of Druid HIlls Avenue on drug charges after a  a joint investigation by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, the Hendersonville Police Department and the state State Bureau of Investigation into crack cocaine sales, the sheriff's offcie said in a news release.   Read Story »

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Deputies in South Florida to interview man about Sunday murder

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies and state SBI agents are in North Miami Beach to interview a man wanted for questioning in the death of Margaret Kelly, whose body was found by her daughter on Sunday morning.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about Publix

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New owner vows no change for Van's Chocolates

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Van's chocolates are unlike Forrest Gump's box of chocolates. You do know what you're going to get: quality handcrafted candy, whether it's a truffle, a caramel or a nut- or cream-filled mound.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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School system hires new public information officer

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World-class cycling event comes to Jackson Park

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Professional racers from around the world will flock to Hendersonville this weekend for the Hunter Subaru Grand Prix at Jackson Park.   Read Story »

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Susie Barber Coppedge, a friend to her hometown, dies at age 54

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Susan Barber Coppedge, a Hendersonville native whose bright success in the financial world never dimmed her devotion to her hometown, died Saturday at her home on Cape Cod at the age of 54.   Read Story »

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Students will 'shop with a cop' this week

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Five students from each of Henderson County Public Schools' elementary schools will be paired with a first responder Tuesday, and given $100 to spend at the Wal-Mart store in Hendersonville during the city's first "Shop With A Cop" event.   Read Story »

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'Person of interest' caught in Florida

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A 28-year-old man wanted for questioning in connection with the death of a 52-year-old woman in the Stoney Mountain community was taken into custody by authorities in Florida shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, the Henderson County sheriff's department said.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Spirit reigns despite drizzle

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Hardy spectators managed laughter and grins and spirited parade participants marched in Hendersonville's downtown Christmas Parade in a steady drizzle that grew heavier as the event wore on.     Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County employees getting $1,000 bonus

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Describing their action as a reward for county employees' dedication, efficiency and spending discipline, Henderson County commissioners delviered a surprise bonus for some 725 workers three weeks before Christmas.    Read Story »

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Shoeless Byrd wings it for strong finish

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Despite losing a shoe in the first 200 yards, Hendersonville native Catie Byrd finished 32rd in the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship on Saturday, posting the best finish ever for a Queens University runner and earning All-America honors.   Read Story »

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Council pans King Street parking proposal

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Hendersonville City Council members delivered a resounding thumbs down Thursday night on a proposal to add parallel parking to the 200 and 300 blocks of King Street. If the idea is not dead, it would take a miracle for it to recover from the severe beating it took from council members.   Read Story »

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City to study pedestrian safety around Boys & Girls Club

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The city will take a comprehensive look at traffic and pedestrian movement around the Boys & Girls Club after one City Council member suggested the need for stop signs on Ray Street at Ashe Street.   Read Story »

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AMBUCS donates special trikes for kids

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As manager of the local Bowlers Association a few years ago, Allan Berg was asked if he would be willing to help start and support a bowling league for special needs people.   Read Story »

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Fletcher sets tree lighting, Santa visit

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FLETCHER — Missed the Christmas tree lighting on Friday night in downtown Hendersonville? Can't get enough of Santa? You're in luck.   Read Story »

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Kiwanis Club honors Stroud with top sports award

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Judy Stroud, a McDowell County girl who became a two-sport athlete at Western Carolina University and excelled as a college coach and went on to the highest ranks of women's collegiate basketball officiating, was honored Thursday by the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club as the 2014 Glenn C. Marlow Athletic Achievement Award winner, the club's most prestigious sports award.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: HHS seniors play Medieval games

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Hendersonville High School's Class of 2015 arm wrestled, jousted on a saw horse and feasted on barbecued pig during the annual Medieval Banquet.   Read Story »

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Deputy nabs teen suspected of car theft, burglary

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Sheriff's deputies caught a 15-year-old who they suspect stole a car and laptop in Edneyville and later committed a burglary of Zima Wireless on Old Spartanburg Highway.   Read Story »

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Playhouse transforming space into Santa's shop

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Flat Rock Playhouse is transforming the lobby of the Playhouse Downtown into Santa's Toy Shoppe on Friday during Hendersonville's Old Fashioned Christmas.   Read Story »

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Park Ridge set to demolish old cinema

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Signaling the first tangible move in its plans to build "a significant outpatient medical campus facility" on Seventh Avenue, Park Ridge Health will host a "demolition ceremony" this month before contractors level the old Four Seasons Cinemas.   Read Story »

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Donaldson to sign books at Wrinkled Egg

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Kenmure raises $31,500 to fight cancer

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 FLAT ROCK —Kenmure Fights Cancer, a fundraising effort by the Kenmure community, presented checks for $15,311.57 each to the Pardee Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center and Park Ridge Health Cancer Services on Oct. 31. Thanks to participation in employee matching funds programs, Pardee received an additional $820 and Park Ridge an additional $50 for a total of $31,493.14 this year.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Patriot Club, Christmas services, special trikes

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'Little Women' opens Friday at HLT

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The Hendersonville Little Theatre will present the holiday family treat "Little Women," adapted from Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel, opening Friday and running through Dec. 21.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

King Street parking idea draws questions

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Although engineers are proposing a way to add 20 parking spaces downtown, the idea is sure to draw questions from the Hendersonville City Council this week.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Thompson elected to lead commissioners

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Tommy Thompson was elected the new chair of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners minutes after he was sworn into office for his second term on the board.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McDonald takes oath, makes command staff changes

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald and employees of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office were sworn in to their various positions Monday morning during a ceremony at East Henderson High School.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Work together on Seventh Avenue

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To their credit, the organizers of Joseph's Outreach Ministries have reached out to the Hendersonville Rescue Mission to explore how the two agencies can collaborate on serving the needy.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about Horse Shoe Farm

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

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Nonprofit aims to start birth center

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Given that the Asheville area is thought of as progressive, newcomers are sometimes surprised when they ask about the options for a non-hospital birth.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Santa lights up Christmas

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Merged into one, environmental groups announce new name

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Three organizations that work for conservation across Western North Carolina have given final approval to a merger and announced a new name.   Read Story »

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Shopping maul starts early

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Hendersonville shoppers got an early start on Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving Day as malls and stores opened for early bird specials.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

SBA program helps startups 'scale up'

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Small business startups can receive help on growth strategies, connecting to capital and networking under a program announced by Advantage West.   Read Story »

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Henderson Oil supports Daniel Boone Council

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The Daniel Boone Council recognized Citgo Petroleum as a Platinum Sponsor of the Be Prepared 15K during a meeting of Cub Scout Pack 602.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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More than 500 participants declared the second annual Turkey Trot a success after finishing an early morning run ahead of a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast.   Read Story »

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Ellis steps in as Pardee chief medical officer

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Shop local, win $500

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Shoppers who buy from a Henderson County merchant or dine locally may enter a drawing for a $500 gift package sponsored by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, First Citizens Bank, McDonald's and Henderson County government.   Read Story »

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Pardee participates in 'Giving Tuesday'

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Pardee Hospital Foundation on Tuesday will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to charitable giving that combines the power of social media and the generosity of people to bring about real change in their communities.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McDonald sacks deputies after election

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald sacked six deputies a week after he was overwhelmingly elected to the office for the first time, telling the employees in termination papers that their services were no longer needed.   Read Story »

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Turkey Trot signup tops 500

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The second annual Turkey Trot is shaping up to be bigger — and warmer — than the inaugural event.   Read Story »

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Gimme shelter: Flat Rock residents endorse park pavilion

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FLAT ROCK — A high school special education teacher, a middle school phys-ed teacher and a Flat Rock Planning Board member last week urged the Village Council to add a pavilion at the Park at Flat Rock.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Area native wins D.A. job in western NC

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Ashley Welch says she "was never a kid that knew really what I wanted to do."   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: This 'Christmas Carol' is merrier than most

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My standard emotion entering a performance of "A Christmas Carol" is vague dread cloaked by a thin layer of hope.   Read Story »

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Concert choir dedicates show to gifted tenor

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Wherever Sam Guberman went, singing came too. He couldn't help it.   Read Story »

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United Way funding application deadline is Tuesday

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Those requesting funding from the United Way for 2015-16 must meet the first application deadline on Tuesday, Nov. 25.   Read Story »

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Deputies nab bank robbery suspect

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies nabbed a man wanted for a bank robbery in Arkansas after a deputy on routine patrol spotted an abandoned vehicle with no tag and followed up.   Read Story »

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Wide-ranging Mex-Italy opens on Asheville Highway

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Mex-Italy has opened at 1201 Asheville Highway, offering a wide-ranging menu not just of Mexican and Italian origin but many beef, chicken and seafood dishes.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... to talk trash

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

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Henderson County Business

Times-News owner Halifax sold for $280 million

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Halifax Media Group, owner of the Hendersonville Times-News and 35 other newspapers, has been sold to the newspaper group New Media for $280 million in cash, New Media and Halifax announced today.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Our future is blue and green

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The development of a new boat launch on the French Broad River could be viewed as a boost for recreation. It is that and more.   Read Story »

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Historic mill stars in Carland's 'Shadows'

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If nothing else happens, we can always say that the historic Grey Hosiery Mill starred in a movie.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Business

Young actors eager for Mainstage debut

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When they were cast for the Mainstage production of "A Christmas Carol," 23 young actors had no idea that the acting gig required study about 19th century England, standing around a bonfire and drinking tea like high-tone ladies.   Read Story »

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Edneyville Business

Growers survive another year of 'playing poker'

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EDNEYVILLE — On a frigid morning in mid-April, Jerred Nix walked through an orchard examining tiny apples for freeze damage. The temperature had dropped to 24 degrees the night before, danger zone for the young crop.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

DeLay, Tillis, McCrory scheduled for Taylor dinner

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Former Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay will be the honored guest at the 22nd annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville.   Read Story »

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Board cautious on Lake Summit marina idea

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners waded cautiously into the idea of allowing a marina and other commercial development on Lake Summit, with two board members expressing reservations and the board on the whole stopping short of endorsing the idea.   Read Story »

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Motorist airlifted after school bus crash

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A driver was flown to Mission Hospital after she crashed into a school bus Tuesday morning at Asheville Highway and Ferenvilla Drive, WLOS reported.   Read Story »

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Balfour students nominate teacher for national award

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A Balfour Education Center teacher has been nominated for a national teaching award based on her work that urges at-risk students to graduate from high school.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Hundreds turn out for grand opening of nursing facility

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MILLS RIVER — Hundreds of residents turned out Monday to celebrate the opening of the Lodge at Mills River, a nursing care facility on N.C. 191 near the Buncombe County line that will move 50 jobs from Fletcher to Mills River.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Council | Beystone Health and Rehabilitation

Henderson County News

Please excuse our email blast

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Many recipients of Hendersonville Lightning email headlines received an unexpected blizzard of email heads today. We're sorry for the unpleasantness.   Read Story »

Etowah News

County set to OK boat ramp on French Broad

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ETOWAH — Canoers, kayakers and other boaters could get access to the French Broad River at U.S. 64 in Etowah under a collaboration of Henderson County, the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

'Small Business Saturday' counters Black Friday

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A counter movement to the big-box store and shopping mall oriented Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is gaining momentum as a holiday event to encourage shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail | Black Friday

Henderson County Business

Macon Bank reports earnings

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Entegra Financial Corp., the holding company for Macon Bank, announced earnings for the three- and nine-month periods ended Sept. 30.   Read Story »

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada filling 150 taproom-restaurant jobs

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Sierra Nevada is hiring 150 staffers for the Taproom and Restaurant opening early next year.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Locally based team brings vision to India

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For the third year in a row, Vision Express, a Western North Carolina-based nonprofit, and Rug & Home are teaming up to host health camps in rural villages near Varanasi, India.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Early College High sets Roadrunner FundRun

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The Henderson County Early College High School is hosting the first Roadrunner FundRun on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 a.m. on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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Operation Christmas Child collection site opens Monday

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Operation Christmas Child will collect shoeboxes for needy children around the globe the week of Nov. 17-24 at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church, 699 N. Grove St.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Hunter Automotive honored for youth club support

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Hunter Automotive Group recently received the North Carolina Area Council 2014 CARE (Children Are Reason for Excellence) Award.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Hazardous enough to warrant a $93,000 stoplight?

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The Hendersonville City Council decided that a Main Street intersection that can cause confusion is not hazardous enough to justify a $93,000 stoplight.   Read Story »

Mills River News

MRFD chief exhorts council to act on affordable housing

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Keever seeks state Democratic chair

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Former state representative and current North Carolina Democratic Party 1st Vice Chair Patsy Keever of Asheville announced her candidacy for party chair on Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | Democratic Party | Patsy Keever | 2016 election

Henderson County News

Rotary Club honors Honor Guard

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The Henderson County Honor Guard performs the duty of honoring veterans who have passed way.   Read Story »

Tags: Veterans Day | military affairs | Rufus "Pooch" Pace | Henderson County Honor Guard

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IAM needs coats for children

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The Interfaith Assistance Ministry said its coat closet for children from infant through age 16 is nearly empty. The nonprofit agency that serves needy families appealed for warm coats and jackets for children. IAM is at 210 Eringhaus St.   Read Story »

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Authorities seek child support deadbeats

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office and Henderson County Child Support Enforcement are teaming up in an effort to catch the most sought-after offenders in evading payments of child support in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Library branches extend evening hours

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The five Henderson County Public Library branches have extended their evening hours in response to a survey of patrons.   Read Story »

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Forest Service sets hearing on management plan

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The U.S. Forest Service will host a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13, as part of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests management plan revision.The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at McDowell Technical Community College, William Harold Smith Building (#19); Room 113, 54 College Drive, in Marion.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Area salutes veterans

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From ceremonies to discounts, musical salutes to free meals and even free dental care, area businesses and organizations will honor those who served in uniform on Veterans Day on Tuesday. The annual Henderson County Veterans Day program will be held at Forest Lawn at 11 a.m. See below for a link to About.com's 9-page list of freebies.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

New owners to restore Mountain Lodge

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FLAT ROCK — The new owners of historic Mountain Lodge plan to nurse the 1820s house back to life before using it as a summer residence and opening it up for a Historic Flat Rock fundraiser.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about road names

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Concert for heating fund is Sunday

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FLAT ROCK — The fifth annual Warmth of Home Concert to benefit Interfaith Assistance Ministry's winter heating fund will be held at the Flat Rock Cinema on Sunday at 3 p.m.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

MossColumn: Power of One is in our DNA

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When it comes to individuals who make a difference, Hendersonville has always been blessed.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Bearcats state championship

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The Hendersonville High School Bearcats won their third state championship in volleyball and their 12th overall.   Read Story »

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Area gets report card on beauty efforts

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Hendersonville narrowly missed a major national award for its downtown streetscape improvements and the community did receive a "special mention" for its landscaping overall from a national community beautification program.   Read Story »

Tags: America In Bloom

Henderson County Business

Caraker praises mission, says it deserves voice on 7th

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Two weeks after publicly raising questions about the Hendersonville Rescue Mission's potential to impede redevelopment of Seventh Avenue, City Councilman Steve Caraker very publicly reversed course, calling the facility a first class operation that deserves a seat on the advisory board guiding  redevelopment.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Seventh Avenue

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, including our coverage of Tuesday's election and charts showing who gave what in the 2014 campaign.   Read Story »

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Don't burn your house down

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With the arrival of cold weather, many North Carolinians are beginning to use their wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. The N.C. Forest Service reminds stove users to never dump hot ashes or coals into a wooded area. If you do, you're risking not only your home, but your neighbor's as well.   Read Story »

Tags: winter 2014-15

Henderson County Business

Professional women honored at business conference

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Thirty professional women and business owners received 2014 Women's Business Awards Tuesday during the fifth annual Women's Business Conference at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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County schools name top principal

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'Great Nurses' program recognizes Pardee nurse

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Etowah News

LOCAL BRIEFS: Etowah High, Veterans Day, music

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Henderson County News

Authorities identify body found on Green River

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The man who was found dead on the banks of the the Green River near the Peter Guice Bridge last week has been identified. He was reported missing and termed armed and dangerous by the Greensboro Police Department on Monday, though Henderson County sheriff's investigators do not suspect foul play in his death.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

REPUBLICANS TURN BACK DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGERS

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Republican incumbents surged to re-election on Tuesday, turning back a stronger than usual challenges in the high-profile sheriff's race and the 48th state Senate District.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

It's (almost) over: Pick up campaign signs

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The Henderson County Parks and Recreation Jackson Park office building located at 801 Fourth Avenue East has been designated as the drop-off location for all campaign signs beginning Wednesday, Nov. 5.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Rescue Mission called 'elephant in room' for redevelopment

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As city officials, an advisory committee and the Hendersonville City Council put a sharper focus on redevelopment of Seventh Avenue, the presence of homeless men and women is gaining a higher profile.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Campaign spending surges in legislative races

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Late donations boosted state Sen. Tom Apodaca's campaign war chest to $461,000 as legislative candidates in Asheville and Hendersonville piled up some of the biggest totals ever. A House race in Buncombe County has topped $1 million in spending, another was close to the million-dollar mark and eight legislative races in WNC generated more than $300,000 in campaign spending.   Read Story »

Laurel Park News

Laurel Park plans Jump Off improvements

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LAUREL PARK — True to its name, Laurel Park is getting more park-like.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Tahmooressi released from Mexican prison

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Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been released from a Mexico prison.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Andrew Tahmooressi

Henderson County News

For 30 years, Mainstay has offered a lifeline

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Renee Kumor recalled that a few courageous women harbored domestic violence victims in "secret shelters" — their homes — before Hendersonville had an agency that would do that.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sheriff issues warning about jury duty scam

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office has received several questions from citizens asking about phone calls they received from a person identifying himself as "Sgt. Michael Snyder" with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, Warrants Division.   Read Story »

Tags: crime | scams

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Web network connects residents to City Hall

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The city of Hendersonville is rolling out a web-based program aimed at encouraging residents to engage, communicate and collaborate with local decision makers and other residents on the future of the community.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: A welcome referendum on bad ideas

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Now that the Henderson County Republican Party openly owns its strategy to take control of the School Board, voters should embrace the opportunity to exercise their voice on two important issues.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Supporters endorse in 2014 campaign

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Allison agency redesigns NC planners' website

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Allison Development Group recently completed and launched a new website for the North Carolina Chapter for the American Planning Association, www.apa-nc.org.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Farm workshop covers GAP regs

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Henderson County Cooperative Extension Service will hold workshops next month on how farms can reduce food safety risks and meet marketing requirements.   Read Story »

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Cliffs hires Penny to market events

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The Cliffs has hired Lynn Llewelyn Penny as private event sales manager, responsible for expanding event sales growth in Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Snow maybe, accumulation unlikely

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Henderson County could see snow mixed with rain late Friday night but is southeast of the zone of a fall mountain snowstorm that could leave several inches of accumulation in higher elevations west of Asheville.   Read Story »

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Law officers seeking possible assault victim

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office is trying to locate a 26-year-old local man who may have been the victim of "a serious assault" on Wednesday night.   Read Story »

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Partnership recognizes Ferncliff Industrial Park creator

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CRAB CREEK — Vaughan Fitzpatrick, whose family roots in Fletcher and Mills River date to 1868, was recognized Thursday by the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development for creating the industrial park on the French Broad River that led to the recruitment of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   Read Story »

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DuPont logging will preserve 'Hunger Games' trees

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CEDAR MOUNTAIN – DuPont State Recreational Forest will be harvesting timber in November on 35 acres near the Conservation Road and Lake Julia Dam Road and on 25 acres near Joanna Road.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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David Holt to perform at BRCC

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Four-time Grammy award-winning musician, storyteller, historian and cultural preservationist David Holt will be featured in the next program of the Center for Cultural Preservation's series "Keeping the Fires Burning" on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Hagan rallies supporters to get out the vote

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U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan exhorted supporters to get out and vote, "take three people with you," to help her win re-election in a tough campaign against challenger Thom Tillis, the Republican state House speaker.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Learn about Wingate's MBA program

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Wingate University will host an information session about its MBA program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the university's downtown Hendersonville campus, 220 Fifth Avenue East.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Health Department offers flu shots at middle schools

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The Henderson County Department of Public Health will hold seasonal flu vaccine clinics for K-12 students, teachers, staff and family members ages 3 and up at each county middle school.   Read Story »

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Fletcher switches to rollout garbage containers

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FLETCHER — The Town of Fletcher will begin implementation of the new rollout cart garbage collection this week.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Pushback starts on Seventh Avenue tax expansion

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The Seventh Avenue Advisory Committee got a preview last week of what may be in store if the Hendersonville City Council acts on a recommendation to expand the Seventh Avenue tax district boundaries.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Pardee Foundation elects chair, adds new members

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The Pardee Foundation Board of Directors announced that six new members have been appointed to the board and new officers installed.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

CAMPAIGN FORUM: School Board

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The Hendersonville Lightning submitted questions to candidates for Henderson County School Board. Here are the candidates' responses.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

CAMPAIGN FORUM: State House

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Candidates for two state House seats answered questions during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

CAMPAIGN FORUM: 48th NC Senate Dct.

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican, and challenger Rick Wood, a Democrat, responded to questions during a forum last week sponsored by the Council of Independent Business Owners of Asheville. The 48th Senate District includes Henderson, Transylvania and southern Buncombe counties.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Here's the early voting schedule

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Only two days are left for early voting. Here are the locations and voting times:   Read Story »

Fletcher News

Fletcher's Halloween carnival is Saturday

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FLETCHER — Fletcher will holds its Halloween Carnival at Fletcher Community Park from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Steve Ford shares inside stories of Betty and president

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Steve Ford, keynote speaker for the annual Women Helping Women luncheon at Kenmure Country Club, had an overflow crowd of 250 people laughing at the foibles of the First Family during their time in the White House and then cheering the life and legacy of his mother, Betty, whose public battles with breast cancer and alcoholism helped women face both.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Guided by Mrs. Byrd, HES theater has soared

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Helen Byrd remembers when she first took on the assignment of directing the annual fall play at Hendersonville Elementary School. Incumbent director Kelly Schofield had applied for a teaching job at another school. She asked Byrd if she would take over.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Pardee Foundation honors 2014 'Women of Hope'

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FLAT ROCK — Three women who demonstrated this year's theme of strength, courage and hope in overcoming life-threatening cancer challenges were recognized Thursday night by the Pardee Hospital Foundation as 2014 Women of Hope during a dinner Thursday at Kenmure Country Club.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

BRCC, wineries team up for festival

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The first Blue Ridge Wine and Artisan Cider Festival will be held this weekend as area wineries team up with Blue Ridge Community College to celebrate local wine and hard cider and raise money for scholarships. The Saturday afternoon festival also features music and food.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Community College | Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Henderson County wine industry

Henderson County News

Toddlers on highway wandered away from home

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Two toddlers found in the roadway of Crab Creek Road were rescued by sheriff's deputies and social workers on Thursday afternoon, the sheriff's office said. Investigators later ascertained that the children wandered away from their nearby house.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Volunteers, donations will build Fruitland Bible's new family housing

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Students, faculty and friends of Fruitland Baptist Institute gathered on Thursday at the seminary's campus to break ground on a new family housing quadplex that one speaker said would be "a laboratory" for Christian witness and fellowship.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Pardee fund helps to save woman with mystery illness

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Jackie Austin, a 53-year-old skin care therapist from Asheville, traveled to Italy in 2008 on what was supposed to be dream vacation. It was both a bucket-list trip and visit to see her daughter, Cera McGinn, who was working on a farm.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ingles donates sweets for Trick or Treat Street

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The chocolate has arrived. Let the countdown begin. Nine days to go till Trick or Treat Street.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Schools get $1,000 checks from business partners

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The Henderson County Education Foundation on Tuesday presented checks for $1,000 to the principals of Henderson County public schools as part of the new Schools Sponsorship Program.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Mills River should face housing issue

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The Mills River Town Board last week accepted a recommendation on affordable housing like it was a hot potato.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | housing | economy | economic development

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hagan to visit next week

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U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will visit Hendersonville on Tuesday, Oct. 28, said Henderson County Democratic Party Chair Clay Eddleman.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County GOP makes endorsements in non-partisan races

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The Henderson County Republican Party announced its endorsements in non-partisan offices in the general election.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Newman: No criminal charges in Polk elections director's credit card use

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District Attorney Greg Newman has recommended no criminal investigation of former Polk County Board of Elections director Tracey Waters for using a county credit card for $2,000 personal purposes after she resigned and made restitution.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Bears go on auction block Saturday

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The 12th annual Bearfootin' Public Art Auction is scheduled for Saturday at 4:30 pm with bidder registration and live entertainment featuring Emily Bodley starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse Square.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

No same-day registration, straight party voting or photo ID

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8 upheld North Carolina's election law that abolished Election Day registration and straight party voting. Voters do not need a photo ID for the Nov. 4 election but will need one in 2016. Those are the major changes voters will see when they go the polls for the fall election starting Thursday. One-stop voting opens at at election headquarters and four locations around Henderson County.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

DuPont Forest to be closed at night

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DuPont State Recreational Forest will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily starting Nov. 2.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Playhouse names Lisa Bryant as artistic director

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FLAT ROCK — Lisa K. Bryant has been named named the fulltime artistic director of Flat Rock Playhouse, the Playhouse Board of Trustees announced on Monday. Bryant has served as the Playhouse's Acting Artistic Director since May and was Associate Artistic Director starting in 2012.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP urges one-shot vote in School Board race

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Resuming a practice it used successfully two years ago, the Henderson County Republican Party has endorsed a single candidate in the nonpartisan School Board race in which three seats are up for election.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Nurse anesthetists association names Apodaca top legislator

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For the second consecutive year, the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists has named state Sen. Tom Apodaca the Legislator of the Year.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Wieners all winners at Oktoberfest

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To be frank, it was not the meatiest of assignments.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Election campaign tests McDonald's reform theme

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Throughout his 2½-year tenure as Henderson County sheriff, Charlie McDonald has steadfastly pressed an agenda of reform.     Read Story »

Henderson County News

N.C. Court of Appeals convenes at Historic Courthouse

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Three North Carolina appeals court judges looked out at the audience at the Historic Courthouse on Monday and noticed one thing was different. The crowd was much bigger than usual for an appeals court hearing. About 90 people were seated in the seats in the assembly room of the Historic Courthouse, which went back to its roots as a courtroom.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

HMS goes 8-0, wins conference crown

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Hendersonville Middle School defeated Waynesville Middle at Dietz Field at Hendersvonville High School Thursday night to finish the season at 8-0 and win the conference title.   Read Story »

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Pardee forms Ebola response team

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Although the chance is remote that an Ebola patient will walk into Pardee Hospital, the hospital has adopted a strategy to be ready if it happens.   Read Story »

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Edneyville News

Apple harvest adjusts to changing demand

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EDNEYVILLE — Climb 18-foot ladder. Pick 50 pounds of apples. Climb down ladder. Dump apples in bin. Move ladder. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | Tree to Table 2014 apple series | Jerred Nix | Jeff Nix | 2014 apple crop

Henderson County News

City's new PIO wants to engage public

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Tara Ledbetter has begun work as the first public information officer for the city of Hendersonville, a new part-time position.   Read Story »

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Former prep star named player of the week

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Readers write on 2014 campaign

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This is an ongoing forum for letters about the 2014 election. Check back for updates and more letters.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Commissioners reject Obamacare kiosk at DSS

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners rejected a request by the county's Department of Social Services to allow the marketing of the Afford Care Act at the county's Human Services Building, saying the practice would violate a county policy against commercial sales on county property.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Edneyville Business

Magazine lists Stepp farm as tops for apples

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EDNEYVILLE — Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard off U.S. 64 in Edneyville has been chosen by Destinations Travel Magazine in its Oct. 14 issue as one of nation's best apple picking spots.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Convicted arsonist charged with firing shots in city

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A convicted arsonist and habitual offender was charged with shooting a weapon in the city and possessing a firearm as a felon last week.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Family Justice Center coordinates efforts for victims

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An emotional and volatile situation arises when a non-custodial parent meets a spouse to pick up a child for visitation. Many cities have a safe neutral place for the exchange.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Planners recommend Blythe Commons buildout

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The Hendersonville Planning Board on Monday recommended approval of a developer's plans to add five more townhomes to the Blythe Commons development on Haywood Road at Blythe Street. The advisory panel separately recommended commercial zoning for seven acres on Signal Hill Road behind the Home Depot.   Read Story »

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City leaf pickup starts Oct. 20

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The city of Hendersonville will begin its bulk fall leaf collection on Monday, Oct. 20.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

NRA endorses McDonald

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association-Political Victory Fund in the Nov. 4 election.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

NCAE, PBA endorse Wood

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Rick Wood, the Democratic nominee for the 48th Senate District, hasreceived the endorsement of the North Carolina Association of Educators and the Police Benevolent Association.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Miller joins Clinton, 'the Greatest' for national award

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Jeff Miller has won state, regional and national recognition for his role in honoring World War II veterans.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Commissioners split on museum board appointment

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Both trace their family roots to the earliest settlers of Henderson County. Both have been active in the county Heritage Museum's commemorative plays, and both have pursued a lifelong love of local history and genealogy. Only one of them could win a seat on the Heritage Museum Board.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Design fees double for joint med-ed building

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Along with the size and construction price, the Joint Medical Education Center going up in design fees, too.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Business briefs: Bank stock, privilege tax, Warm Co., BB&T

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Henderson County News

HonorAir sends $20K check for Tahmooressi fund

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The effort of Hendersonville-based HonorAir to help free a Marine stuck in a Mexican jail for crossing the border with guns has raised $20,000 to cover legal fees.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Postero opens in former Flight space

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Diners streamed into the new Postero restaurant on Thursday, the first day for the new dining establishment in the popular Flight space.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Man charged with exposure near school

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies on Monday charged a 63-year-old man with a felony count of indecent exposure after a family with children in their car drove by and saw him standing naked on his porch on Fruitland Road near Apple Valley Middle School and North Henderson High School.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Volunteers, schoolchildren plant trees on campus

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Volunteers joined more than 150 schoolchildren to plant 54 trees along Bearcat Loop at Hendersonville Elementary School today.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

HSO features renowned pianist for 'Fiesta'

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World-renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio joins the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra on Saturday for Fiesta, a performance of exceptional works by French, Brazilian and American composers.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

City Council makes appointments

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Mayor pro tem Ron Stephens replaced Councilman Jerry Smith on the Downtown Advisory Committee after Smith said his teaching schedule made the assignment difficult.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Hike on new trail promises fall color

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) on Saturday, Oct. 11, will host a guided hike on the Trombatore Trail—one of the newest trails in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Blythe Commons plans five more units

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A developer plans to add five more townhomes to the Blythe Commons development on Haywood Road at Blythe Street.   Read Story »

Green River Life

Robert Morgan appearing at Courthouse

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum will present Green River native and best-selling author Robert Morgan reading poetry and discussing his writing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the second-floor courtroom at the Historic Courthouse.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Johnson Farm hires farm manager

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Joy Owens has been named the farm director of Historic Johnson Farm.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Village scraps park gate for now

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FLAT ROCK — It's as close as the Flat Rock Village Council gets to controversy. Call it gategate.   Read Story »

Flat Rock News

Village pledges $200,000 for playground

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FLAT ROCK — John Dockendorf said as much as people enjoy the new Park at Flat Rock, they're "baffled" by one major missing feature."The playground is pretty much the first thing that goes in," he said.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, 40 pages of news, features and entertainment.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

AVL director to chair airports policy panel

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Lew Bleiweis, executive director of Asheville Regional Airport, has been elected chair of the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) U.S. Policy Board. The U.S. Policy board chair also serves as one of the five executive committee members of the ACI-NA board. He will serve a two-year term in this position.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

PEP leery of park costs

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The overwhelming majority of residents who spoke about a possible state grant for Berkeley Mills Park favored investment in the park while business lobbyist Larry Rogers cautioned that the project could produce higher taxes.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Parking consultants to gauge leaf season demand

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The consultant conducting the downtown parking study for the city of Hendersonville will return to Hendersonville Oct. 17-22 to continue field work and meet with residents, businesses and parking users, City Manager John Connet told the City Council last week.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Seventh Avenue to get splash of color, 'parklets'

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Seventh Avenue will be getting a splash of color and "parklets" — tiny park-like spaces that could be used for seating or other public use.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

United Methodist Women set Fall Bazaar

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The Mills River United Methodist Women Fall Bazaar will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the church fellowship hall, 137 Old Turnpike Road, Mills River.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Oktoberfest features Dachshund races

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Polka lessons, brats, bretzels and beer — and Dachshund races — are on tap for the fourth annual Oktoberfest at Southern Appalachian Brewery on Saturday, Oct. 18.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Board authorizes Dana Park work

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners authorized a contract of $94,833 for Allison Contractors for the phase one improvements for Dana Park including grading, walking trails and a parking lot.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Museum to stage Sandburg play

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum will present a one-act play by Steve Carlisle called "The Sandburgs of Connemara" Oct. 17-18.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Henderson County News

HHS inducts six to Hall of Fame

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Community leaders, a veteran television actor, a congressman and the hardest working hot dog man in America were inducted into the Hendersonville High School Hall of Fame on Friday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

State employee PAC endorses Apodaca

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The political action committee of the State Employees Association of North Carolina announced that it has endorsed state Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Hendersonville Republican.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Bankers hammer away in Habitat blitz build

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Bankers' hours took on a new meaning on Saturday, Sept. 27, when managers, marketing executives and tellers traded their business attire for jeans and T-shirts and picked up hammers and saws for a Habitat for Humanity blitz build at Dodd Meadows.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

New restaurant offers variety menu

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A new restaurant on Asheville Highway will serve both Mexican and Italian fare when it opens this fall.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Series aims to 'keep fires burning'

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The Center for Cultural Preservation is offering a new program on mountain culture called "Keeping the Fires Burning: Heroes of Mountain Culture."The series features musicians, authors and heritage preservation leaders who are working to keep mountain culture alive.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Credit union opens branch on Seventh Avenue

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David Burnette said Hendersonville was a natural location for a new branch for Telco Community Credit Union.   Read Story »

Etowah News

Fluent in local government, Laughter also connected with farm culture

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When Jaime Laughter started her job as the Mills River town manager eight years ago, she was a 26-year-old with braces on her teeth and no experience in local government administration.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Funny Thing' lights up the Playhouse stage

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What catches the eye from the start of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is the way designer Stephen Terry has bathed the stage in light.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Macon Bank execs to ring NASDAQ bell

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Leaders of a newly formed holding company for Macon Bank will ring the closing bell on the NASDAQ this afternoon to celebrate of the financial company's trading as a public company.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

City council denies higher density zoning on Ninth Avenue

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The Hendersonville City Council unanimously shot down a zoning request that would have allowed higher density housing on Ninth Avenue near Oak Street, siding with homeowners who opposed more intense development on the residential street.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

New York Times 'p---ses off' Chuck McGrady

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That earnest and dry rite of campaign season — the candidate forum — got more juiced up than usual Wednesday night when the moderator tossed out a fat pitch to four candidates running for two state House seats.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

First Baptist Church calls Scoggins for a second time

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The Rev. Steve Scoggins strode to the chancel of First Baptist Church and for the third time on Sunday morning greeted a sanctuary full of parishioners.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Nonprofit formerly known as ECO names director

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The newly merged alliance of environmental organizations has named a director of the Hendersonville office.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mountain Home man charged with felony child abuse

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a 24-year-old Mountain Home man with felony child abuse after investigating a complaint and finding that his 4-year-old stepson had suffered bruises on his arms, face legs and back, the sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

League hosting candidate forum tonight

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The League of Women Voters of Henderson County is hosting candidate forums from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 and 8.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Police organization endorses Katz, Wood

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The Mountain Chapter of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association has endorsed Democrats Marty Katz for sheriff and Rick Wood for Senate District 48 after candidate screenings, the PBA said.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Seventh Avenue Bazaar features 70 artisans

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The annual Seventh Avenue Arts and Crafts Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Maple Street in front of the train depot in the Historic Seventh Avenue District.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Life

Comic veterans return to Playhouse stage in 'Forum'

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Veteran comic actors Scott Treadway and Nick Santa-Maria return to the Main Stage of Flat Rock Playhouse in the Tony Award-winning musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," which opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 26.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

WCCA receives HUD grant

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Western Carolina Community Action received a $61,190 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help public housing and Housing Choice Voucher residents improve their education and employment and to put them on a path to self-sufficiency, HUD said in a news release.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ecusta Trail advocates set information meetings

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The Friends of Ecusta Trail is holding Q&A sessions in Transylvania and Henderson counties this week and next.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Highway project forcing relocation of airport entrance

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Asheville Regional Airport's main entrance will close next week and remain closed until early 2015 as crews relocate the entrance drive.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

City invites comment on Berkeley Park plans

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The city of Hendersonville is inviting the public to comment on proposed Berkeley Mills Park improvements as part of an application for a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about county's new brand

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

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Ask Matt

Etowah News

Electronic fence failure allowed dog attack, official says

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ETOWAH — The three dogs that mauled a 79-year-old woman on Friday were supposed to be confined by an invisible fence that failed, a sheriff’s spokesman said.   Read Story »

Tags: animal control

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP to open new headquarters

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The Henderson County Republican Party will christen its new headquarters with a campaign kickoff rally and fundraiser from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Rooftop restaurant inches toward opening

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Bobby Rogers knows that people want to know when his Main Street restaurant will open and what kind of food it will serve.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County News

Construction value rises

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The value of construction rose by 11 percent through the first eight months of the year despite a fall in the number permits issued for new residential units, the Henderson County Inspections Office said.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | economy | construction

Hendersonville Business

City's fiscal strength earns rating upgrade

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A financial service has upgraded the fiscal strength rating for the city of Hendersonville based on its cash reserves, ability to repay debt and secure lower interest rates for borrowing.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | local government borrowing | local budgets | Lisa White

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada gift shop opens

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Sierra Nevada's gift shop is now open, offering clothing, accessories and gifts, bar supplies like glasses and tap handles and, of course, beer.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Jury delivers verdict in Rosner case

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Flat Rock News

Volunteers to ID park's plants and critters

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock park developers are calling all bird watchers — and wildflower aficionados and keen-eyed observers of critters.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Village Council OKs park gate

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FLAT ROCK — The Park at Flat Rock will be getting a gate.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: HMS to perform at NC music teachers' conference

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Longtime Hendersonville High School band director Fran Shelton stood outside the band room at Hendersonville Middle School before the morning bell on on a recent morning.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

City Fire Department announces promotion, new hires

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The Hendersonville Fire Department promoted a firefighter to lieutenant and hired three firefighters.   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, 40 pages of news, features and exclusives plus the TV book.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Murder defendant declines to put up a defense

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A 43-year-old Hendersonville man defending himself on a first-degree murder charge declined to call defense witnesses or testify on his own behalf on Tuesday as his trial neared an end after just two days.   Read Story »

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Fletcher News

Rosner speaks at trial

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For the first time since time since the North Carolina Medical Board suspended his medical license, Dr. Michael Rosner spoke publicly and at length about his career, his surgeries and the controversy and lawsuits they have brought on.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | Dr. Michael Rosner | Adventist Health System

Edneyville Business

Businesses, lenders celebrate partnership

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Lenders who helped fund the new Hendersonville Community Co-Op and a solar farm in Edneyville celebrated the partnership that is creating jobs and boosting economic development on Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park News

Laurel Park wins grant for Rhododendron Lake work

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LAUREL PARK — The Town of Laurel Park has received a $63,550 grant to improve Rhododendron Lake Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | Rhododendron Lake Park | parks and recreation

Henderson County News

Man charged in weekend assault, burglary

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Sheriff's deputies charged a 31-year-old Hendersonville man with first degree burglary, injury to real property and assault on a female after responding to a burglary in progress on Saturday.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Beautiful fall weather on tap this week

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It will feel like fall when fall arrives officially at 10:29 Monday night.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... how fast a moped can go

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

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Henderson County News

Morse to retire from G.E.

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Paul Morse, who helped expand General Electric's outdoor lighting business with innovation, greater efficiency and faster delivery, is retiring from the company after 36 years of service on Oct. 1.   Read Story »

Tags: East Flat Rock | Paul Morse | General Electric

Henderson County Business

Leaders signal greater cooperation on water issues

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Henderson County commissioners aren't pleased that non-city residents pay 60 percent more for water than Hendersonville residents. Whether they can do anything about it is in doubt.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Teachers rally for Wood

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Teachers and other educators rallied for state Senate candidate Rick Wood on Sept. 13, promising to become "Woodworkers" for the Democratic nominee running for the seat held for 12 years by Tom Apodaca.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state Senate race

Henderson County Business

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Leaders strike a blow against mediocrity

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In praise of the joint medical education building and cancer center on the Pardee Hospital campus, an architect, the new tenants and county leaders used words like transformative (twice), state of the art (many times), legacy, once in a lifetime  and even "magic."   Read Story »

Tags: editorials | Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Edneyville Life

In 'Glimpses,' Ruscin unearths more county history

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Just a year after he published "Hidden History," his first look of little known facts, miniprofiles and interesting lore about Henderson County, Terry Ruscin is out with a second volume, called "Glimpses of Henderson County, North Carolina."     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Three who made their mark

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In the span of less than a week, we learned that Ruth Birge was retiring as executive director of the United Way, Paul Morse was leaving as general manager of G.E. Lighting Systems and Hillary Hart had accepted a new theater job in Minneapolis.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County farmers show top tom, sheep, hog

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FLETCHER – Henderson County entrants took top honors in showing turkeys, sheep and hogs last week during the 2014 N.C. Mountain State Fair.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Foundation awards $400,000 in scholarships

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Through the fundraising efforts of Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Blue Ridge Community College awarded more than 280 scholarships totaling $397,848 for the 2014-15 academic year, BRCC said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Health insurance costs dent bottom line at Pardee

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Pardee Hospital plans to spend $7 million on the new cancer center at the joint health sciences building on the hospital campus, the main capital expense in a 2015 budget.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Health education building grows in size and cost

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The new health education and medical center has grown in size to a three-story, 95,000-square-foot building with a pricetag of $32 million — $6 million more than the ceiling the Henderson County Board of Commissioners set when they approved financing and double the original estimate.   Read Story »

Tags: Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Henderson County News

Man charged with rape after runaway found at home

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a 24-year-old local man with three felony counts of statutory rape and a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile after they found a 13-year-old runaway at his residence. The girl had become pregnant, arrest warrants said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Apodaca names campaign committee

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State Senator Tom Apodaca is turning to a longtime ally to chair his re-election campaign.   Read Story »

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

Flat Rock Business

Hart leaving Playhouse for Minneapolis

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Hillary Hart, who came on board during a financial crisis at the Flat Rock Playhouse and helped guide the theater toward a more stable future, is leaving her post to become general manager of the nationally recognized Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Playhouse Board of Trustees announced today.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Co-Op will double in size

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When leaders of the Hendersonville Community Co-Op began thinking seriously about a new building, they relied on a spirit that gave birth to the cooperative and has sustained it for 36 years.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

State urges farmers to test corn

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Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feed and food.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Shelter offers manners class for dogs

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The Henderson County Animal Services Center and the Obedience Club of Asheville will offer free good-manners tests and training tips to dog owners as part of Canine Good Citizen Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Henderson County Animal Services Center, 828 Stoney Mountain Road.   Read Story »

Tags: dogs | Henderson County Animal Shelter

Fletcher Business

Rosner defense witnesses strongly defend his work

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Witnesses called by the defense team for Dr. Michael Rosner strongly defended the neurosurgeon's work at Park Ridge Hospital, the hospital's vetting of his background and the overall supervision of his work.   Read Story »

Tags: Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Hendersonville Business

Ninth Avenue evolving to higher density

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Ninth Avenue shows all the signs of an area in transition.     Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Planning Board | land-use planning | Wingate University | Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Henderson County News

Trailcam catches new video of fox in Haywood Knolls

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Thomas Brass, who makes tapes of the wild animals in the upper Haywood Knolls forest, tells the Lightning that he got a new daytime video of one of his favorite visitors — a hairless Samson red fox.   Read Story »

Tags: wildlife | Thomas Brass | Haywood Knolls

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Apodaca receives top award from WCU

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Tom Apodaca, a Western Carolina University graduate and former trustee who has risen to the top ranks of the state Senate during his six terms, received one of the institution's highest honors on Friday.   Read Story »

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Fletcher Business

Asheville wins grant for road and bikeway project

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Asheville has won a $14.6 million grant to complete an interconnected six-mile network of pedestrian, bicycle, roadway and streetscape improvements.   Read Story »

Tags: greenways | bicycling

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Russian visitors hear about natural resources

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Five delegates from Russia this week have seen the community's approach to protecting natural resources and expanding public lands, hiked to waterfalls and seen public gardens.     Read Story »

Tags: Bill Wilkes | Charles H. Taylor | Open World Leadership Center | Judy Wilkes

Henderson County News

Hunger Walk set for Saturday

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The phrase, "And a child shall lead them," will never seem more appropriate than at this year's Hunger Walk. At the head of the walk will be this year's honoree, 6-year-old Janielynn Fowler.   Read Story »

Tags: hunger | Hunger Walk

Henderson County News

Mediation Center adds youth counselor

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The Mediation Center has hired a Youth Mediation Coordinator who will conduct interpersonal skill-building for court-involved youth, train students in peer mediation and mediate situations involving young people.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP women host McDonald fundraiser

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The Henderson County Republican Women's Club is sponsoring a reception and fundraiser for Sheriff Charlie McDonald at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

School rally kicks off fall campaign for Wood

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Democratic candidate Rick Wood is kicking off his fall general election campaign for the state Senate with a Public Education Rally on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the auditorium of West Henderson High School.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Business

City Council rezones two parcels

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The Hendersonville City Council rezoned two parcels to more permissive designations during its regular meeting last week.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Ecusta Trail video hits the mark

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Don Schjeldahl has plenty of credibility when it comes to industrial development.     Read Story »

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Fletcher News

Truth elusive in Justus v. Rosner trial

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In any span of 45 minutes in the Justus v. Rosner medical malpractice practice case, the facts seem straightforward, even unassailable.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Henderson County News

Officials identify inmate who died in jail

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Henderson County Sheriff's Office officials say they suspect no foul play in the death of an inmate who was found unresponsive by jailers on Sunday afternoon and died 14 hours later at the hospital.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City's crime rate drops in 5 out of 6 categories

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The crime rate dropped in Hendersonville in every category except larceny from 2012 to 2013, the Police Department said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Sporting goods store to hire 50 people

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A sporting goods chain store opening in the Blue Ridge Mall this fall is holding a job fair this week to fill 50 jobs.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Mall | retail

Henderson County News

Ecusta Trail video touts greenway benefits

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Advocates of the proposed Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail trail have launched a campaign to educate the public about the project, using a new video that highlights the project's economic benefits.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Pardee buys property adjacent to campus

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Pardee Hospital has purchased a half-acre lot at the corner of Justice Street and Ninth Avenue and the medical office building of surgeons Allan D. Huffman and Thomas L. Eisenhauer on Sixth Avenue at Fleming Street. The land purchases, which closed in July, together cost just under $1 million.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Russian visitors learning about natural resource management

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Five delegates from Russia will see one American community's approach to protecting natural resources and expanding public lands during an eight-day visit to Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: land conservation

Henderson County News

Marine's mom and sister thank local supporters

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Jill Tahmooressi on Sunday thanked a roomful of residents for their support for her son, a Marine jailed in Mexico for the past 5½ months.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | military veterans | military affairs | Andrew Tahmooressi

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hill, Meadows debate at WCU

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CULLOWHEE — Democratic challenger Tom Hill and U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows engaged in their first and maybe only debate in their contest for the 11th Congressional District.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 11th Congressional District election

Hendersonville Business

Preservation group to guide mill effort

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After years of debate, plans and study, the Hendersonville City Council pulled the trigger on a decision that could lead to redevelopment of the historic Grey Hosiery Mill.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Shriners to host bicycler pedaling to Boston

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The father of a 4-year-old girl treated at a Shriners hospital will ride through Hendersonville on Friday as part of a 1,900-mile fundraising trip.   Read Story »

Tags: fundraisers | Shriners

Hendersonville Life

Donation will buy risers for concert choir

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A Hendersonville donor has made a $6,000 contribution for the purchase of new risers for the Carolina Concert Choir, Judy Meinzer, president of the concert choir, announced on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: performing arts | Carolina Concert Choir | Eleanor Meloun

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Wood kicking off fall campaign with rally for schools

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Democratic candidate Rick Wood is kicking off his fall general election campaign for the state Senate with a Public Education Rally on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the auditorium of West Henderson High School.   Read Story »

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

Hendersonville Business

Loft apartments possible for Grey Mill

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, chockful of news coverage and scoops and North Carolina Apple Festival photos.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Vineyards, BRCC team up for fall wine festival

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Wineries and cider makers are teaming up for a new fall wine festival that could attract up to a thousand people for tastings, food and music.   Read Story »

Tags: Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Henderson County wine industry

Henderson County News

Mom of jailed Marine to visit here

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HonorAir announced today that Jill Tahmooressi, mother of imprisoned Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, will visit Hendersonville this weekend.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Jeff Miller | Andrew Tahmooressi

Henderson County News

Howard Gap section to close for two weeks

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The NC Department of Transportation on Monday will close Howard Gap Road from Brookside Camp Road to Naples Road in Fletcher. The two-week closure is necessary to lower the existing grade of a section of Howard Gap Road that is approximately one-fifth mile north of Brookside Camp Road between the two intersections of Whispering Hills Drive.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Rain fails to fall on Apple Festival

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The 68th annual North Carolina Apple Festival went into the books with the traditional King Apple parade, big crowds and an unusual absence of afternoon thundershowers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: They're off! on two wheels

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The starter might have said "Riders, start your quads and calves" today as more than 300 riders pushed off from Blue Ridge Community College and turned north into the apple country for the second annual Tour d'Apple bicycle ride.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Tour d'Apple | bicycling

Henderson County News

Amazing trailcam video of hairless fox at Haywood Knolls

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Big crowds this year

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Apple sellers and food vendors reported brisk sales and one of the biggest crowds ever this weekend at the North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Here's the King Apple Parade lineup

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Here is the 2014 King Apple Parade Line-Up:   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

McCrory to ride in King Apple parade

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For the second year in a row, Gov. Pat McCrory will ride in the King Apple parade at the North Carolina Apple Festival on Labor Day.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Elected leaders ignore farmers' biggest concern

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By most accounts, Henderson County's 2014 apple crop is high in quality and lower in quantity.     Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | editorials | Tree to Table 2014 apple series

Henderson County Business

What is this apple we celebate?

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Henderson County News

Feral kitten with rabies triggers N.C. 191 alert

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A feral kitten that tested positive for rabies likely got the disease from contact with a wild animal such as a fox or raccoon,  the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 68th NC Apple Festival opens

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Apple Festival director David Nicholson forecast good weather, big crowds and enthusiasm for new features at the 68th North Carolina Apple Festival, which opened Friday and continues through Labor Day.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | NC Apple Festival

Henderson County News

Apple Festival names UCB Farmers of the Year

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The North Carolina Apple Festival named the 2014 Apple Farmers of the Year today as the four-day festival opened under sunny skies on Hendersonville's Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County News

Apple Festival under way

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The 68th North Carolina Apple Festival got under way today with big crowds at the traditional kickoff breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.   Read Story »

Mills River News

Mills River cautiously endorses NC 280 bikeway

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

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

Henderson County News

Children's advocates toast agency's 15th birthday

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If their first office was small — a spare storage room at First Citizens Bank — their vision was large. The new center would be a clearinghouse for services that help young children get as strong a start as possible.   Read Story »

Tags: Children and Family Resource Center

Henderson County Business

Grand marshal 'surprised and honored' to be picked

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Kenny Barnwell, an Edneyville apple farmer, will represent the apple industry as the Grand Marshal of the King Apple Parade on Labor Day.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival

Henderson County News

Readers theater play celebrates library centennial

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A Readers Theater play will portray the founding and history of the Henderson County Public Library as part of the library centennial celebration next month.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Apple Festival guide covers 2014 season

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  This week's Hendersonville Lightning salutes Henderson County's apple farming tradition with an in-depth look at the 2014 apple season. We cover what goes into apple farming from early season pruning to picking and the market.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | apple farming | Agribusiness Henderson County | Tree to Table 2014 apple series

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, a record-tying 72 pages that includes our 40-page 2014 Apple Festival guide.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Local tag agency to close for training

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The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will close its Hendersonville license plate agency on Sept. 3-4 to conduct customer service training.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WCU invites questions for Meadows-Hill debate

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CULLOWHEE — Western Carolina University's Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs are seeking questions from Western North Carolina voters to be asked during a series of debates in September and October.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 11th Congressional District election

Henderson County Life

Apple Festival launches food waste recycling project

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Henderson County and North Carolina Apple Festival officials say they expect to divert tons of food waste from the landfill this weekend through a pilot composting project.   Read Story »

Tags: Recycling | NC Apple Festival

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Conservation League endorses McGrady, sits out Apodaca race

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters has endorsed state Rep. Chuck McGrady and made no call in races involving state Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Hendersonville, and Rep. Chris Whitmire, R-Brevard.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about downtown wi-fi

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

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street makeover projects | Main Street Advisory Committee | Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center | Ask Matt | Henderson County Youth Soccer Association

Flat Rock News

Welcome center bids top budget by $100K

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock park planners went back to the drawing board after construction bids for a welcome center and public restrooms came in $100,000 over budget.     Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | local budgets | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

Pardee cuts chaplaincy director post

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Pardee Hospital has eliminated its chaplaincy director position in a cost-cutting and administrative streamlining move.The hospital cut the fulltime position, held for many years by the Rev. Charles D. Kirby, and transferred supervision of the volunteer chaplains to its manager of auxiliary services.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee | Affordable Care Act | Pardee Hospital Auxiliary Services

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Kumor appointed to land conservation board

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Former Henderson County Commissioner Renee Kumor was appointed to the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund by Speaker Thom Tillis.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Historical Society honors Dr. George A. Jones

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Members of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society honored Dr. George A. Jones on his 94th birthday, which happened to fall on the same say of the society's annual meeting, on Aug. 2.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society | George Jones | History

Henderson County News

Local history class starts

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Although the fall semester Henderson County History and Heritage class began Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Blue Ridge Community College, the college allows late registration.   Read Story »

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

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Hendersonville trains

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

Tags: Kimberly Clark | Norfolk-Southern | Blue Ridge Southern Railroad

Henderson County News

Health board seeks broader smoking ban

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The Henderson County Board of Health is recommending a tough no-smoking rule that would ban outdoor smoking on county grounds.   Read Story »

Tags: smoking | Henderson County Board of Health | Health Director Steve Smith | Terry Hicks

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Griffin, Brown endorse Katz over McDonald

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Martin "Marty" Katz, the Democratic nominee for Henderson County sheriff, has claimed the endorsement of two Republicans — former sheriff's captain Tim Griffin and three-time sheriff's candidate Michael Brown.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 sheriff election

Henderson County Life

Carolina Concert Choir unveils new logo

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The Carolina Concert Choir is ushering in the new season with a new look. Created by Allison Development Group, the new logo and brand was designed to convey a more contemporary image while promoting awareness of the choir's long history of exceptional vocal performance and professional presentation.   Read Story »

Tags: Carolina Concert Choir

Henderson County News

Easley takes ice bucket challenge

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Former Gov. Mike Easley got dowsed with ice water behind the Henderson County Courthouse on Grove Street on Friday as part of the nationwide Ice Bucket Challenge.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Alleged pot dealer arrested

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After a traffic stop by the North Carolina Highway Patrol early Thursday, Henderson County sheriff's deputies arrested a Gerton man on charges arising out of a search warrant on July 22 of this year.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Sheriff's Department | crime

Henderson County News

Mills River hires familiar face as interim manager

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

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

Hendersonville News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, chockful of news, scops and features.   Read Story »

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Edneyville Business

Apple harvest under way across county

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DANA — Henderson County apple growers have began harvesting early apples amid guarded optimism that the 2014 crop will bring favorable market prices.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming

Henderson County News

It's time to enter apple recipes

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The annual Apple Recipe Contest at the North Carolina Apple Festival will be held on the festival's opening day at the First Citizens Plaza on Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Henderson County Business

Industry recruiting agency fills jobs retention post

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The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development has hired Marcus R. Abernethy as director of industry relations. Abernethy assumes the lead role in managing the Partnership's existing industry program, focused on retaining and growing quality jobs in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

Hendersonville Life

HHS Class of '69 holding reunion

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The Hendersonville High School Class of 1969 will celebrate its 45th Class Reunion with a Summer Send-Off Music Concert & Dance Party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Cedars.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS Alumni Association

Green River Life

County breaks ground on Tuxedo park

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TUXEDO — Green River residents, Henderson County commissioners and others celebrated the groundbreaking of a long-awaited community park in Tuxedo on Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: Tuxedo | Green River-Tuxedo-Zirconia community plan | parks and recreation | Tuxedo Community Park

Henderson County Business

County tourism spending up 6.78 percent

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Tourism spending in Henderson County last year rose 6.78 percent over 2012 and the county advanced two notches among North Carolina's 100 counties in travel impact, to 15th.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Ag recruiters land a big prize

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The announcement that Henderson County's agriculture development office had landed a global partnership that uses advanced plant science to make better vegetable plants was important on a variety of levels.   Read Story »

Tags: Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County | Tri-Hishtil

Henderson County Business

Owner pursuing new ideas for Glen Cannon property

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BREVARD —A  Brevard developer said he is pursuing a number of options for the use of the former Glen Cannon Golf Course, which he acquired after the 150-acre property was sold at auction.   Read Story »

Tags: real estate | golf | golf courses

Henderson County News

City dedicates Sugarloaf fire station

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Hendersonville City Council members, firefighters and community members turned out last week for the official dedication of the city's new Fire Station No. 2 on Sugarloaf Road.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Fire Department | Hendersonville Fire Chief Dorian Flowers

Henderson County News

Local rider competing for world BMX title

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Two Hendersonville brothers have made a name for themselves in mountain biking and are traveling the world among the most elite racers on the planet.   Read Story »

Fletcher Business

Attorneys present arguments in Rosner case

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Lawyers for plaintiff Billy Justus said on Monday they would prove that Dr. Michael Rosner engaged in a "civil conspiracy" when he performed unnecessary surgery on Pamela Justus in 2000 while defense attorneys countered that they would show that the neurosurgeon acted responsibly and adhered to professional standards.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health | Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Fletcher Business

ROSNER CASE: Surgeon bolsters plaintiff's case on necessity of surgeries

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The last surgeon to treat Pamela Jane Justus before her death testified Thursday that in his opinion the operations Dr. Michael Rosner performed on her were not warranted by the condition of her spine and were a contributing factor to her death 12 years later.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health | Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Henderson County Opinion

MossColumn: Make the Apple Festival hoppier

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It's too late for this year, which is fine. I'm guessing it will take more than one year of advocacy for my idea to take hold. It will have to gain traction inch by inch before it reaches critical mass, and that might still be a long way off.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Mosscolumn

Hendersonville Business

Sporting goods store taking old K-Mart space

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Michigan-based Dunham's Sports will anchor the eastern end of the Blue Ridge Mall with a 65,000-square-foot space devoted to sporting goods.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Mall | retail

Henderson County News

Shepherd receives Sauer Charitable Leadership Award

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Thomas R. Shepherd was honored with 2014 Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award at the annual celebration for the Community Foundation Thursday at Kenmure Country Club.   Read Story »

Tags: Community Foundation of Henderson County

Henderson County Business

Sierra Nevada offers sneak peek at brewery

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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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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse returns to classics in 2015 lineup

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"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Gypsy" and the classic musical "Oliver!" highlight the 2015 Flat Rock Playhouse season that returns to familiar classics.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse

Henderson County Business

New owner begins operating area rail line

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The new owners of the Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail line have made no commitment yet on using the rail line, which advocates of the Ecusta Trail hope would be converted into a biking and pedestrian greenway.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Watco Transportation Services | Blue Ridge Southern Railroad

Henderson County Business

Lapsley sells firm to Buie, Jones

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William G. "Bill" Lapsley, who has been involved in civil engineering, public works and industrial projects in Henderson County for more than 40 years, has sold his engineering firm to employees Will Buie and Tom Jones.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

County finishing up Seven Falls plans

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Henderson County officials are guardedly optimistic that a developer could come forward to rescue the Seven Falls development. Legal questions over ownership could complicate the scenario and nearly $6 million worth of work remains before any takeover could happen.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Timber Creek Road closed to through traffic

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Timber Creek Road will be closed to through traffic on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and Wednesday, Aug. 13.   Read Story »

Tags: road construction

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Libertarians rally for guns and pot, against taxes

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When Shelby Mood got to the part about legalizing marijuana, he confronted his own past head on.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state House District 117 election | Libertarian Party | Shelby Mood

Henderson County News

TIMELINE: Justus v. Rosner

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Tags: Park Ridge Health | Dr. Michael Rosner | Adventist Health System | medical malpractice cases

Fletcher Business

High drama, high stakes in store in malpractice case

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  Pamela Jane Justus had been suffering from pain and fatigue for many years when she first visited Dr. Michael Rosner, a neurosurgeon practicing at Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher, on June 7, 2000.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | Dr. Michael Rosner | Adventist Health System | Judge Zoro J. Guice Jr. | medical malpractice cases

Henderson County News

Robbers whack victim with golf club

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Two local man were jailed under bonds of more than $300,000 after Henderson County Sheriff's detectives charged them with whacking a robbery victim in the face with a golf club, holding a box cutter to his throat and forcing him to withdraw money from an ATM machine on July 30.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Sheriff's Department | crime

Henderson County Business

Asheville airport breaks ground on $65 million runway

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Asheville Regional Airport officials on Friday broke ground on a $65 million four-year construction project to build a new runway and prepare 40 acres of land suitable for aeronautical development.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport Authority | Asheville Regional Airport

Flat Rock News

Public invited to toast Marini Sunday at Playhouse

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse will host a farewell celebration honoring departing Flat Rock Playhouse director Vincent Marini's artistic leadership and achievements on Sunday  at 8 p.m. at the Mainstage.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about big bear, business taxes, airport parking

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The Lightning's intrepid researcher Matt Matteson answers readers' questions on matters great and small.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport | Ask Matt | Bearfootin' | North Carolina privilege tax

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady: 'We've got to do it right' on coal ash

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady, a lawyer by training, is one of the best explanatory writers in elective office.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | coal ash

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada debuts fall 12-pack with two new brews

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is premiering two new beers in a fall variety 12-pack that will ship from its California and Mills River breweries.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada

Henderson County News

Bid for Sixth Avenue house falls through

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A $25 bid for a 100-year-old house on Sixth Avenue that must be cleared for the new health sciences education building sounded good but it was too good to be true. Hendersonville City Manager John Connet said Thursday night that the bidder backed out of the offer, which required him to clear the lot in about three weeks.   Read Story »

Tags: Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Henderson County Business

Grafting operation called 'a day to remember' in farm economy

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A global partnership's decision to locate a plant-grafting operation in Mills River was described today as a "monumental" recruitment coup and a "day to remember" for the business of farming in Henderson County and Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River

Edneyville Business

Shorter crop may bring higher prices

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EDNEYVILLE — Midway through the growing season, Jerred Nix tends the 2014 apple crop with an eye on this year's market and the harvests for years after.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

TDA names branding team

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Henderson County will soon have a new image manager to promote its attractions and new signs pointing them out.     Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County News

No freedom yet for Tahmooressi

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A Marine jailed in Mexico for four months was more optimistic about his chance of winning of freedom after a hearing Monday in Tijuana, although his fate rests with a judge who may not rule for three months.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Andrew Tahmooressi

Henderson County News

Long-serving library director to retire

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Bill Snyder, who has been Henderson County library director for 25 years, is retiring next month. In addition to his time here, he has worked with other public libraries his entire career.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County public library

Henderson County News

County to pursue $9 million emergency services center

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday authorized County Manager Steve Wyatt to pursue plans for a new consolidated headquarters for emergency medical responders at a cost of up to $9 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Emergency Medical Service | Henderson County emergency management | Henderson County Rescue Squad

Mills River News

Laughter named Transylvania County manager

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

Tags: Mills River Town Board | Jaime Laughter

Mills River Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Cross-USA beer festival ends in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — More than 4,000 people swarmed the grounds of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. here on a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon for the finale of the craft brewery's cross-country beer tour and the public debut of its first East Coast plant.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada

Flat Rock News

Attorneys argue points on conservation easement

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Attorneys for either side pressed their points last week in a court hearing on a dispute over a partially completed horse ring on a farm protected by a conservation easement.   Read Story »

Tags: Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy | land conservation | Hidden Valley Farm

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Local delegation clashes in high-profile coal ash blowup

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The collapse of a coal-ash cleanup bill late Thursday night pitted Hendersonville legislators Tom Apodaca and McGrady against one another in a fight over the high-profile bill as the 2014 legislative session came to an end.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state Senate race | coal ash

Henderson County News

Grant named chancellor of UNCA

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CHAPEL HILL  – Mary K. Grant, president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2002, has been elected chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina.   Read Story »

North Carolina Four Seasons Politics

Teacher pay raises range from .3 to 18%

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The 7 percent teacher pay raise contained in a $21.25 billion budget legislative leaders announced this week would vault North Carolina's pay ranking from 45th to 32nd nationally and raise it from ninth to fourth in the South, according to figures from the North Carolina Legislature and the National Education Association.   Read Story »

Tags: Education

Henderson County News

LOCAL BRIEFS: Running, Sandburg value, teen vaccines, HSO grant

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Tags: runners | running | Carl Sandburg National Historic Site

Edneyville Life

Mount Moriah celebrating 175th anniversary

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EDNEYVILLE — Mount Moriah Baptist Church will celebrate its 175th anniversary on Sunday during the annual homecoming service followed by dinner in the recreation building.   Read Story »

Tags: Religion | Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Henderson County News

Rain delays add week to Howard Gap closure

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Rain delays have caused the NCDOT to extend the closure of Howard Gap Road another week, until Aug. 9., as a contractor continues the $7.8 million widening project. The road closure began July 21.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Howard Gap Road project

Henderson County News

Honor Air launches campaign to help free Marine

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HonorAir founder Jeff Miller is launching a fundraising effort aimed at helping to free the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico after crossing the border in a vehicle that contained legally registered weapons.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Jeff Miller | Andrew Tahmooressi

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada beer festival sold out

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MILLS RIVER — If Sierra Nevada officials had any doubts about the reception they'd receive in once-dry Mills River, they need not have worried. The big public debut is sold out.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | craft beer industry

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Business

WNC industry recruiter to head Appalachian agency

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Scott Hamilton, president and CEO of AdvantageWest, has been appointed executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Washington-based agency that promotes economic development in Appalachia. Hamilton starts the new job on Sept. 8.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Young spent campaign money on poll workers

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Candidates always strive to reach "likely" voters during a campaign. Larry Young figured the best place to find the likeliest of all was at the voting precincts.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WHO GAVE WHAT: Spend to win carries the day

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Candidates who raised the most money won their races during the local primary elections on May 6 in nearly every case.   Read Story »

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

Flat Rock Business

Flat Rock gets a nighttime spot

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FLAT ROCK — Dustin and Shannon Zlacki took a leap into the restaurant business after selling their home and moving here from Pittsburgh last year.     Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Little Rainbow Row | restaurants

Fletcher Business

Brewery supplier relocating to Fletcher

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A Hickory-based brewery supplier plans to move its Southeastern headquarters to Fletcher.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

This week will be sunny and dry

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Alex Staarmann is a volunteer at the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C. but even an amateur weather expert can make the call for this week's weather: Sunny and dry.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | 2014 apple crop

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Miss Saigon' dares to dream

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"Miss Saigon" opens in the Dreamland nightclub, the first of many sets by designer Dennis Maulden.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Vincent Marini | Flat Rock Playhouse reviews

Mills River Business

WSJ visits Sierra Nevada in Mills River

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As it opens for public tours and its fame grows, the new Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. plant and grounds in Mills River are destined to attract more national media attention.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | craft beer industry

Fletcher Business

Airport buying Ferncliff land for runway project

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The Asheville Regional Airport is buying 15 acres adjacent to its property for a $64 million runway expansion.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport | Ferncliff Industrial Park | Vaughn Fitzpatrick

Flat Rock Opinion

MossColumn: Vagabonds do Vietnam

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Trying to coax a grin out of Jerry Seago and Larry Pigg, I said, "Act like you made it home from Vietnam."   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Historic board OKs restaurant work

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The Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission last week approved work on the new Renzo's Fine Italian Ristorante that includes a new awning and three new ground floor windows with awnings on the south wall facing Fifth Avenue East.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants

Henderson County Business

Tax total beats target by $1.75M

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Henderson County took in $1.75 million more in property taxes than its tax assessor projected a year ago, giving county leaders a windfall as they start the new budget year.   Read Story »

Tags: local government borrowing | local budgets | Henderson County Tax Collector Stan Duncan

Hendersonville Four Seasons Politics

City has board openings

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The city of Hendersonville has openings on several boards and commissions that serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council. The city is inviting applications from city residents who might wish to serve on the following boards:   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council

Flat Rock Life

Playhouse plans 'unforgettable' Dark Night Revue

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A gourmet picnic, live and silent auctions and a one-night-only performance by Playhouse apprentices, visiting artists and resident favorites highlight the annual Dark Night Revue Monday, Aug. 4.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse

Hendersonville Life

'Art' christens Little Theatre's 2nd Stage

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Hendersonville Little Theatre has opened the 2nd Stage Theatre, a space formerly known as the E Center behind the main theatre building on Washington Street.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Pardee joins Mission's accountable care network

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Pardee Hospital will become a participant organization in the Mission Health Partners Accountable Care Organization.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | Mission Health

Henderson County News

Kruger Brothers to play at Free Clinics fundraiser

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The Free Clinics will welcome the world-renowned bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers back to Champion Hills for the 11th annual Summer Bluegrass Concert on Aug. 17. All proceeds from the concert will help the Free Clinics provide healthcare for those in need in Henderson and Polk counties.   Read Story »

Tags: fundraisers | Free Clinics

Henderson County News

Deputies seek alleged pot grower

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Henderson County deputies arrested three people and are seeking the alleged grower after they executed a search warrant and found 54 pot plants growing at 6413 Bearwallow Mountain Road in Gerton.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Lightning wins 8 awards in national newspaper contest

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The Hendersonville Lightning won eight awards in the National Newspaper Association's 2014 Better Newspaper Contest, including first place honors for its feature on the drive to recruit the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to Mills River and its lookback 20 years later at the 1993 "Storm of the Century" and for its website, HendersonvilleLightning.com.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | Bill Moss

North Carolina Business

Southwest NC mountains in new viticulture region

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The federal government has designated a new wine grape-growing area that includes two counties in southwestern North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Henderson County wine industry | viticulture

Henderson County News

D.A.: FATAL SHOOTING OF SUSPECT JUSTIFIED

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The fatal shooting of a suspect by Hendersonville Police officer Jennifer Drake on July 13 was a legally justified use of force to defend the life of fellow officer Kenny Hipps as well as her own life, District Attorney Greg Newman said today.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Hendersonville Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: City wades into sidewalk rules

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With the advent of sturdier barriers around outdoor dining tables, the city of Hendersonville is wading into a study of the sidewalk space and considering city code changes.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Season's chef creates award-winning dishes

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Although she loves the art of cooking now, Michelle Bailey is not one of those chefs born to the range.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Renzo promises authentic Italian

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Sitting at a corner table at the former Mrs. G & Me restaurant, Renzo Maietto can scarcely contain his enthusiasm for his new venture, Renzo's Ristorante.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: We all scream ...

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While Hendersonville has plenty of ice cream and frozen yogurt offerings, the sweet treats are now available at ice cream shops in Mills River and Etowah, too.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: What does it take?

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In Hendersonville, you can blink your eyes and miss a restaurant closing. Not to worry. Blink again and a new dining spot pops up to replace the old.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Bomb threat clears Courthouse

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The Grove Street Courthouse was evacuated after someone phoned in a bomb threat today at 2:39 p.m. The sheriff's department made a thorough search and found nothing. The public and courthouse personnel were allowed back in an hour and three minutes later.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Vietnam chopper provides visual cue of story on stage

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When a photographer asked Jerry Seago and Larry Pigg to smile like they'd made it home from Vietnam, they kept their somber looks and gazed back at the lens.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Ag chair helping Meadows harvest cash

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Although U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows faces little threat from a longshot Democrat, he is taking no chances in his first re-election bid for the 11th Congressional District seat he won in 2012.   Read Story »

Tags: campaign finance | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | 2014 11th Congressional District election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County depicts Wingate project as partnership model

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Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins pitched the unprecedented Wingate-BRCC-Pardee project as an example of intergovernmental cooperation during a presentation at the annual convention of the National Association of Counties in New Orleans July 11-14.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Rhythm & Brews kicks some brass

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Asheville-based Empire Strikes Brass marched through spectators then took the stage and burst into a 15-minute jam that had the crowd rockin' and dancin' at the third Rhythm & Brews concert of the season. Headliner The Fritz, also of Asheville, played a rock set with hot guitar, a driving bass, jamming keyboards and zesty vocals.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Howard Gap segment closing for roadwork

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close Howard Gap Road from Clear Creek Road to Massey Road starting Monday for the widening project.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park News

Hebron closed for paving July 21-22

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LAUREL PARK — Hebron Road will be closed to through traffic from Laurel Park Highway at the water tanks to Laurel Park Highway at Timber Creek on Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about newfangled interchange

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

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Mills River News

Mills River OKs more stump grinding

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

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Hendersonville News

City fire department promotes Ward

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Lifelong firefighter Jon Ward was promoted to Engineer with the Hendersonville Fire Department on July 1.Ward credits his father, Eddie Ward, for his love of the fire service.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Historic Flat Rock Tour of Homes

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Several hundred people turned out Saturday for the Flat Rock Tour of Homes, a benefit for Historic Flat Rock Inc.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Sandburg Home seeks volunteer monarch monitors

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The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is seeking volunteers to participate in a citizen science volunteer project monitoring monarch butterflies.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Railroad historian to talk about logging trains

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The Cradle of Forestry will host a program on Western North Carolina's logging train history on Saturday, July 19. Visitors will learn about the 1914 Climax logging locomotive displayed on site and explore the rich history of a time when livelihoods depended on logging trains winding their way through forest coves.   Read Story »

Tags: Pisgah National Forest | Cradle of Forestry

Henderson County Life

Edwards is next 'Remarkable Women' speaker at Dandelion

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Teresa Edwards, co-owner of McDonald's restaurants in Henderson County and Western North Carolina, will headline Mainstay's next "Conversations with Remarkable Women" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Dandelion Eatery, 127 Fifth Avenue West.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Cyclists to dedicate Bike Boulevard, ride to R&B concert

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The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club will hold a ribbon cutting for Hendersonville's first bicycle boulevard and offer a group ride to the Rhythm & Brews Concert today.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada announces food trucks for Aug. 3 event

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has announced the food trucks that will be on site when the Beer Camp Across America comes to Mills River, the last stop on the coast-to-coast craft beer celebration. The Mills River event is 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Couple sounds alarm on human trafficking

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Like a lot of people, Bob and Fran German have always enjoyed travel. Unlike most travelers, they didn't settle for sightseeing.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

THORNS & ROSES: Facebook rumors, local beauty, history

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Good news, bad news:   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Flat Rock | Special Needs Baseball | America In Bloom

Henderson County Life

Oskar Blues ready to launch BMX park

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A bicycle riding camp started by Oskar Blues founder and mountain biking enthusiast Dale Katechis plans to host a big BMX race featuring some of the most challenging jumps in mountain bike racing and drawing thousands of fans.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Flat Rock Life

Vietnam vets offered half-price seats for 'Miss Saigon'

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The Flat Rock Playhouse is thanking and honoring veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice by offering the veterans and their families half-price tickets the first week of Miss Saigon, July 24-26.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

CUTTING EDGE: Kyocera sharpens sales focus after merger

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MOUNTAIN HOME — A little noticed factory unseen from Asheville Highway is setting new sales goals for its industrial cutting tools as it goes forward after a consolidation that put its headquarters in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Kyocera | Mountain Home Industrial Park

Henderson County News

Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

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Edneyville apple farmer Kenny Barnwell, who has been active in efforts to promote the apple industry, has been named grand marshal of the 2014 Apple Festival Parade.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Board turns down street name change

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

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Henderson County News

Longtime teacher Mary Valentin