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Henderson County News

Gorgeous weather on tap for Apple Festival

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Some of the best weather of the season will bless the region this weekend when thousands of visitors fill the street for the 70th annual North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

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Four charged in death of HHS graduate

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Authorities have charged four men in connection with the murder of a Hendersonville High School graduate who died in the back yard of a party in Goose Creek, S.C.   Read Story »

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Authorities reopen case of woman last seen at local motel

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A New Jersey prosecutor’s office has opened a new investigation into the death of a woman last seen alive at the Rainbow motel in Hendersonville in August 2015.   Read Story »

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Never Blue chef wins N.C. cookoff

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Creating a dish made of chef-foraged edible weeds and seven other farm products from North Carolina, Never Blue chef Jesse Roque won the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Chef Showdown Monday night in Raleigh.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Republican School Board candidates serve up red meat on education

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Four Republican candidates served up hearty helpings of conservative ideology on education issues this month in a Henderson County School Board forum that excluded four unaffiliated candidates who are also on the Nov. 8 ballot.   Read Story »

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Two School Board candidates rip commissioners for ignoring HHS recommendation

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Two Republican School Board candidates say the Henderson County Board of Commissioners overstepped its authority when it overruled the School Board’s recommendation on the future of Hendersonville High School.   Read Story »

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Playhouse's Studio 52 calls for young actors, singers

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The Flat Rock Playhouse will hold an open house at its Studio 52 youth theatre space from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to provide parents and potential students the opportunity to tour the facility, talk to the faculty and enjoy light refreshments. A general information meeting will be held at 6:30.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Nature filmfest, bike plan, garbage export ban, Big Sweep

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Fletcher News

Embezzlement case limited to manager who was charged

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Memorial service set for Lastein, Flat Rock park designer

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Investigators send Meadows inquiry to Ethics Committee

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An investigation into whether U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows improperly paid his chief of staff for 10 months after barring him from congressional offices over a personnel matter was referred last week to the House Committee on Ethics.   Read Story »

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TIMELINE: Meadows and West

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Top philanthropist gives with 'open mind and loving heart'

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KnollsCam catches baby raccoons sniffing around

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McCrory appoints Edwards to Senate

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Henderson County Business

Henderson County among big gainers in tourism

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: GOP aims to win control of School Board

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Rick Wood made a small bit of history a couple of weeks ago when he switched from the Democratic Party to unaffiliated.   Read Story »

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Applications available for King Apple parade

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Hendersonville native shot to death at party

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A 19-year-old man who grew up in Hendersonville and graduated from Hendersonville High School, was shot to death at a party early Sunday at Goose Creek, S.C., authorities said.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: I-26 widening, PFLAG in parade, tree walk, Big Sweep

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Fletcher Business

Wilsonart holding career fair

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Flat Rock News

Village agrees to explore options on playground noise

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FLAT ROCK — Confronted by a roomful of emotional and angry homeowners from Highland Golf Villas, the Flat Rock Village Council agreed to look at possible solutions to muffle noise from the town’s new playground.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Democrats add School Board candidates to forum

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Organizers of a Democratic Party forum have added Henderson County School Board candidates to the event in reaction to a Republican Party forum that snubbed half the field.   Read Story »

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HHS-Murphy game postponed until Saturday

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Hendersonville High School football opener has been rained out and postponed until 6 p.m. Saturday.   Read Story »

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Registration open for Tour d'Apple

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Registration is open for the fourth annual Tour d’Apple, a Labor Day ride that offers routes from 25 to 100 miles through Henderson County.   Read Story »

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New center will train die-cast workers

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Blue Ridge Community College announced the creation of an advanced die casting and mold training center to prepare workers for GF Linamar's drive train manufacturing plant in Mills River and for other die-casting jobs.   Read Story »

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Never Blue chef to compete in cooking Showdown

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Never Blue chef Jesse Roque heads to Raleigh next week to compete in the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Chef Showdown.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Volunteers deploy for Day of Action

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Five hundred volunteers congregated at Hendersonville High School's football stadium under an overcast sky early Friday to make sure the first day of school is a little brighter for Henderson County children.   Read Story »

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Deputies seize $217,000 worth of pot

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Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested one resident and are looking for another after seizing $217,600 worth of pot at a home on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Crowd celebrates boat ramp opening

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HORSE SHOE — Several dozen people turned out last week to celebrate the opening of the Horse Shoe Boat Access Park on Highway 64 in Horse Shoe.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP forum signals bid to control School Board

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Voters get the opportunity this week to hear how a Henderson County School Board under Republican control would run the schools.   Read Story »

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Missing 12-year-old is found safe

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EDNEYVILLE — Sheriff's deputies have located a 12-year-old boy who had been reported missing earlier today. The boy, last seen around 7:30 Wednesday night around his home on Whitehead Road in Edneyville was safely located near his home, the sheriff's office said in a news release at 11:30 a.m.   Read Story »

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Don’t this miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning

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COUNTY REJECTS CHANGE IN HHS PLAN

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An overflow crowd packed the Historic Courthouse Wednesday as the Henderson County Board of Commissioners opened a meeting that included a discussion of the future of Hendersonville High School. After four hours, people from the Bearcat Nation left disappointed. Commissioners unanimously agreed to stick with the plan to build an entirely new school.   Read Story »

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Stuff the bus with food, school supplies

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The United Way of Henderson County is encouraging people to help local students get ready for school by packing a school bus with food donations for MANNA’s Packs for Kids and school supplies for Henderson County public school students. It's part of the first Day of Action, which kicks off Friday morning at Dietz Field at Hendersonville High School.   Read Story »

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Fair adds high-flying motorcycles, brick breakers

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Motorcycles on high wires and brick-breaking martial artists are two of the new attractions at the 2016 N.C. Mountain State Fair. The fair runs Sept. 9-18 at the WNC Agricultural Center.   Read Story »

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Commissioners agree to hear HHS alumni's plan

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Hendersonville High School alumni are applauding the decision by the Board of Commissioners to hear a presentation the HHS graduates say preserves the historic classroom building for school use while saving money.   Read Story »

Tags: HHS Alumni Association | HHS replacement

Fletcher News

Fire Dept. manager pleads guilty to embezzling $333k

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The former office manager for Fletcher Fire & Rescue pleaded guilty in federal court last month to charges that she embezzled $333,000 from the department over a seven-year period.   Read Story »

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County ready for lawsuit over garbage export ban

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It’s a fight that’s less broad-based than school construction or a firing range. Even so, Henderson County leaders expect to hear from Big Garbage when they gavel open a public hearing on a stiff new trash-hauling regulation in two weeks.   Read Story »

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Buddy Holly tribute opens Thursday downtown

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Henderson County Business

Cooper Construction honored for commercial projects

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Cooper Construction has won awards for two high-profile commercial construction projects.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Arts Council gets $34,000, Playhouse $78,000 in state grants

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The Henderson County Arts Council received $34,264 and the Flat Rock Playhouse received $78,500 from a pot of $7.1 million in grant money the North Carolina Arts Council distributed through its Grassroots Arts Program.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

GE touts bright future for lighting sales

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  EAST FLAT ROCK — How many people does it take to change a light bulb?   Read Story »

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Food Lion site, Park Ridge, Van Winkle

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The old Food Lion building has sold and is on the market for lease.   Read Story »

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Apprentices to perform 'Music of the Movies'

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Flat Rock Playhouse, in conjunction with Studio 52, presents this year’s Apprentice Showcase Music on the Rock Jr.: The Music of the Movies for one night only on Sunday.   Read Story »

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City OKs redevelopment of Sugarloaf trailer park

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New owners won permission from the city to redevelop a trailer park on Sugarloaf Road for new manufactured homes.   Read Story »

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City Council OKs Fairfield Inn at Upward interchange

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday unanimously approved building plans for a new Fairfield Inn & Suites on Upward Road but not before an area landowner denounced the city’s annexation requirement as anti-growth.   Read Story »

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Hip Bones holds CD launch party at Southern App

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The Hip Bones, a funky jazz trio led by drummer Robin Tolleson of Hendersonville and woodwind man/composer Gary Schwantes, celebrates the release of its new CD, "The Moose Lodge Sessions," with a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Southern Appalachian Brewing Co.   Read Story »

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Wind sculpture honors Dr. Volk

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A sculpture that spins in the wind will now remind youngsters and their parents of a physician who advanced pediatric care in Hendersonville over the past two decades.   Read Story »

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Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

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Walk of Fame accepting nominations

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The Walk of Fame Steering Committee, a joint endeavor for the city of Hendersonville and Henderson County, has now made nomination forms available for the project that honors notable people with downtown markers.   Read Story »

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County ignoring plan that saves $30M, HHS alumni say

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Hendersonville High School alumni are amping up their campaign to save the historic HHS building for classroom use, accusing the Board of Commissioners of brushing aside an alternative the graduates claim would save $30 million.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Split board again declines to commit to tax rollback

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A divided Board of Commissioners on Monday again declined to make a formal commitment to roll back property taxes if Henderson County voters OK a local-option sales tax, defeating by the same 3-2 margin the effort by commissioners Bill Lapsley and Grady Hawkins to pass a binding pledge.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

County orders emergency plans for festivals

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Organizers of special events that attract more than 500 people will be subject to a new requirement to plan for emergency services, traffic management and other services thanks to the action of a divided Board of Commissioners.   Read Story »

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Search for DSS director ends at home

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Jerrie McFalls, who has twice stepped up on a temporary basis to lead the Henderson County Department of Social Services, has been named the director of the agency.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Annexation is right policy at Upward interchange

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There will be much caterwauling at the Hendersonville City Council meeting next week when a developer appears to ask for annexation and a zoning permit for an 84-room Fairfield Inn & Suites on Upward Road.   Read Story »

Tags: Upward Road widening | land-use planning | Development | Upward Road development

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Latin festival may be coming to Main Street

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A new festival celebrating Latin culture may be coming to Main Street in September.   Read Story »

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock residents pan proposed bridge

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FLAT ROCK — Several dozen Flat Rock residents turned out last week at the Village Hall to take a look at plans for a new bridge over Boyd Drive.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

City, contractor patch up differences over permitting snafu for Fairfield Inn

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A project that both the city and the developer want — a new 84-room hotel on Upward Road — looks to be on the way to approval. But it’s been a bumpy road so far.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Craft beer boom boosts our burg

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Even after we published 5,200 words on the craft beer boom in Hendersonville, Fletcher and Mills River, we still left a few angles on the cutting room floor.   Read Story »

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County Commission opposes refugee resettlement program

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners last week adopted a resolution urging a ban on refugee resettlement in the county after speakers condemned the resettlement program as a threat to security.   Read Story »

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$5,000 study concludes playground's not too noisy

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FLAT ROCK — Responding to complaints from residents of Highland Golf Villas, the Flat Rock Village Council spent $5,000 to find out if the town’s new playground is too noisy.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows gets spot at Trump rally

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As an early supporter of Ted Cruz's candidacy for president, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows was no fan of Donald Trump.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Ed Lastein, a 'guiding spirit' of Flat Rock's park, dies at 59

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FLAT ROCK — Edward Harold “Ed” Lastein Jr., a landscape architect who designed most of the public outdoor space, greenways and sidewalks of Flat Rock and served over the past four years as “the guiding spirit” of the new Park at Flat Rock, died suddenly Thursday of a brain aneurysm. He was 59 years old.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Local nonprofit buys residence for homeless teenage girls

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Homes For Youth, a local non-profit working to provide safe, stable and appropriate housing for homeless youth in Henderson County, has purchased a house to serve as a home for teenaged girls.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Candidate may become Sen. Edwards before Nov. 8

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Rangers issue warning on waterfalls visits

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In the wake of two fatalities of waterfalls this week in Pisgah National Forest, rangers have issued warnings to waterfalls visitors.   Read Story »

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Harrys & Piggys thanks police, firefighters this weekend

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Harry's & Piggy's wants police officers and firefighters to know they're appreciated.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Hot Dog World, Bearkitten fundraiser, Street Dance

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Church closes on post office purchase

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Man charged in theft of narcotics from hospital

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Board balks at property tax rollback

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Commissioners urge ban on refugees

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved a resolution urging a ban on refugee resettlement in the county a couple of hours after speakers condemned the resettlement program as a threat to security.   Read Story »

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Commissioners OK $13M emergency services complex

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Henderson County will be getting a new emergency management complex on the site of the old Balfour Elementary School.   Read Story »

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No, the bears aren't stolen

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The news that Renzo Maietto's bear was stolen last night was greatly exaggerated.   Read Story »

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Board taps Clarke over Warwick as TDA chair

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners appointed Shannon Clarke as chair of the Tourism Development Authority in a 3-2 vote.   Read Story »

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LIBATION NATION: Sanctuary committed to beer, people and animals

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Some businesses run a charity on the side.   Read Story »

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Extension service hosts pesticide collection day

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The Henderson County Extension Office, in cooperation with the N.C. Department of Agriculture’s pesticide disposal program, is hosting a Pesticide Collection Day on Wednesday, July 20, for residents in Henderson County and surrounding counties.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Park Ridge forms ACO in region

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Park Ridge Health has formed a strategic partnership with CHESS, a population health management company based in High Point that will guide Park Ridge's new Accountable Care Organization in the western part of the state.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIBATION NATION: Tour blends education and fun

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Gary Glancy, a certified beer expert in a locale teeming with amateurs, took the plunge with a new business that he hopes will catch craft beer’s wave of popularity.   Read Story »

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Broadcast, Carburetors ready to rock tonight

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The Broadcast, the Asheville band that amped up the crowd at the inaugural Rhythm & Brews concert in May 2013, returns to the downtown Hendersonville outdoor event on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m.   Read Story »

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LIBATION NATION: Stags Head would be fourth downtown brewery

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LIBATION NATION: Southern App blazed trail in city

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At the same time Kelly and Andy Cubbin were looking to open a brewery in Asheville, a lot of other brewers had the same idea.   Read Story »

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LIBATION NATION: County joins craft beer boom

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If there’s no single reason for the craft beer boom, there is one imperative that both beer makers and beer drinkers agree on. The beer has to taste good.   Read Story »

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Annex an option for post office move

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The U.S. Postal Service is looking for an existing building to move into when it relocates next year from the Fifth Avenue West facility it’s occupied for the past 50 years. Although he said he is looking near downtown, the postal service’s real estate specialist did not rule out converting part of the post office annex on Francis Road for public counter service.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam: Cub and big bear visit

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A bear cub and later a big adult bear visited the forest on top of Haywood Knolls.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock dedicates Bryan Playground

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Burning Can festival opens in Crab Creek

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Burning Can, the Oskar Blues festival featuring 43 brewers, food, eight bands, mountain biking and a beer relay, opens at 5 o'clock today and continues Saturday at the brewery-owned Reeb Ranch at 315 Shoals Falls Road just east of DuPont Road.   Read Story »

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'Clydesdales' challenge runners to get fit for 5K

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

In exit interview, Apodaca recounts wins, losses

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California company moving plant to Mills River

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Mickey Marvin scholarship fund is 'a chance to give back'

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Mickey Marvin, the football star who played at West Henderson High School, the University of Tennessee and in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, is being honored with a new scholarship.   Read Story »

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Town to repave Laurel Park Highway next week

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The town of Laurel Park is repairing and repaving Laurel Park Highway from White Pine Drive to Crystal Springs Drive this week.   Read Story »

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Lazy Otter Outfitters launches French Broad floats

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A popular summertime cool-off — floating the French Broad — is coming to Henderson County, as Lazy Otter Outfitters launches its river tubing rental service.   Read Story »

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Colorful and creative, Chalk It Up! turns 20

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Barbara Hughes has been getting letters from all over congratulating her on the 20th anniversary of an event that started when she sent her two kids outside her Main Street shop to draw on the sidewalk.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You will not want to miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning, our in-depth look at the craft beer industry in Henderson County, profiles of the brewers and operators and features on a brewery tours and more.   Read Story »

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Valley Hill, Council on Aging win grant for elderly fall prevention

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City hires deputy fire chief

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Darren J. Miller has been hired as the new Deputy Fire Chief for the Hendersonville Fire Department, Fire Chief Joseph Vindigni announced.   Read Story »

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Parkhill to retire as BRCC president

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Blue Ridge Community College President Molly Parkhill announced on Monday that she plans to retire from her decades-long career in higher education.   Read Story »

Green River Life

Robert Morgan interview airs Sunday on UNC-TV

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Edneyville Business

Ask Matt ... why apples grow where they grow

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Etowah Life

MOREHEADS LOOK BACK: Swift plunges into religious studies

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Henderson County Life

MOREHEADS LOOK BACK: After UNC, Wells hits the trail

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Council misses an opportunity on post office

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The Hendersonville City Council inexplicably stepped back from the batter’s box when it had the opportunity to take a couple of swings at an important development decision.   Read Story »

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'Walk a Mile in Our Shoes' returns this fall

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Safelight is bringing back the “Walk A Mile in Our Shoes” fundraiser in Downtown Hendersonville on Tuesday, Sept. 20, just prior to a comedy performance by Pam Stone at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Publix buys land for new store

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Publix has completed the purchase of seven acres of land for the supermarket it plans on Greenville Highway, its first grocery store in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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'Dirty Dancing' impact goes beyond spending

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Main Street shops and restaurants and hotels were among the recipients of nearly $1 million in direct spending from the remake of Dirty Dancing, which brought a large production crew and about a dozen stars to Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Local rider places in junior cycling nationals

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Isabella Brookshire, a rising junior at Asheville School rising junior and 2016 Junior Team member from Hendersonville, earned two podium finishes after competing in the USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals in Louisville, Ky., last weekend.   Read Story »

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Pisgah Drive man sentenced for kidnapping

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A Hendersonville man was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to second degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of stolen goods, District Attorney Greg Newman announced.   Read Story »

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Bullington Gardens announces dahlia photo contest

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Bullington Gardens is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate the dahlia.   Read Story »

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Saluda celebrates 53rd annual Coon Dog Day Saturday

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SALUDA — Saluda and dog lovers from far and wide will celebrate the 53rd annual Coon Dog Day Saturday with a walk-run, coon dog competition, the annual parade, music, food and more.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Kiwanis scholars, Songcatchers, Street Dance

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Postal official to talk about relocation Thursday

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The public can hear on Thursday night more about plans for a new post office location to serve Hendersonville.But there's no reason to get too excited yet. The post office has recently negotiated a lease extension to stay at its 427 Fifth Avenue West location until October 2017, the building’s owner said.   Read Story »

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Taylor named principal at EHHS

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Carl Taylor has been named principal of East Henderson High School, filling the vacancy created by the promotion of Scott Rhodes to senior director for human resources on July 1.   Read Story »

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Dump gets clean bill of health

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Bar Association installs 2016-17 officers

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The Henderson County Bar Association re-elected its president to a fifth term and elected other officers during its annual meeting on June 23.   Read Story »

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Brevard Music Center books stars for 80th season

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BREVARD — Brevard Music Center’s 80th anniversary season continues with an extraordinary roster of world-class artists including conductor Keith Lockhart, Mason Bates, Robert Moody, Matthias Bamert, Inon Barnatan and Nicole Cabell, complemented by a diverse offering of symphony and opera programming for music lovers of all ages.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Waterfall tips, East End Gallery, Patriot Camp

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WTZQ to broadcast fireworks soundtrack

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The Hendersonville fireworks show starts at dark tonight preceded by a special Music On Main Street Fourth of July  Concert featuring West Sound and a patriotic tribute show. The show is at the Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Two men, four wings and a dream

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Landing back home in Hendersonville after a round trip to the Pacific Ocean, vintage airplane pilot Ken Stubbs summed his trip with his good friend and copilot, Dennis Dunlap.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Budget season exposes inequity of state law

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Life is not fair. Neither are local taxes.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock to add nature center, trails to park

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FLAT ROCK — Park visitors will see a nature center, a quiet place for reflection, more trails and a couple of bridges at the Park at Flat Rock in the next year or so based on a budget the Flat Rock Village Council adopted this month.   Read Story »

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Mills River advances property purchase plan

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Council is moving ahead with an appraisal that could lead to the purchase of a 3.3-acre parcel of land for park expansion.   Read Story »

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Ingles fires latest salvo in grocery war

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Although Ingles Markets erected a chain-link fence draped with black netting around its old supermarket at 625 Spartanburg Highway, there’s no hiding what’s going up.   Read Story »

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84-room Fairfield Inn planned for Upward Road

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Upward Road will be getting a new hotel if plans submitted by a developer win city approval.   Read Story »

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Garage owner charged with pot, making potent THC

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The owner of the Grease Monkey Garage at 147A 1st Avenue East in Hendersonville was charged with multiple felony counts after Henderson County sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at the business on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Bulldog's bulldog honored with service animal law

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Raleigh, the English bulldog who sat loyally at the feet of Tom Apodaca as he rose from backbench obscurity to the second highest ranking post in the North Carolina Senate, is now memorialized in the state’s lawbooks.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Workers race to finish Health Sciences Center

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Workers are racing to finish the $30 million Health Sciences Center in time for the arrival of Blue Ridge Community College students in less than five weeks.   Read Story »

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Area hotels report vehicle break-ins

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On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 the Hendersonville Police Department responded to four area hotels for reports of vehicle break-ins.   Read Story »

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From long line of educators, Caldwell takes the top job

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Joking beforehand that he’d rather he sworn in than sworn at, Bo Caldwell took an oath to become Henderson County schools superintendent on Wednesday morning. Getting serious afterwards, Caldwell thanked everyone from his family to his first mentor and declared he was ready to go to work for a school system he loves.   Read Story »

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No charges in accidental shooting, police decide

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Hendersonville police investigators decided that no charges would be filed after they determined that a shooting at 113 S. Oak St. on June 7 was accidental.   Read Story »

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Jones honored with Long Leaf Pine award

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Retiring Superintendent David L. Jones was honored for his 38 years of service to Henderson County public schools with the North Carolina governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and a Congressional Record citation read by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows in the House of Representatives.   Read Story »

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Budget funds DuPont, crime lab, med school in WNC

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A budget agreement that state legislative leaders announced on Monday gives teachers a 4.7 percent pay raise and funds a variety of projects in Henderson, Buncombe and Transylvania counties guided by state Sen. Tom Apodaca and Rep. Chuck McGrady, both Hendersonville Republicans.     Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada impresses bloom judges

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Karin Rindal has seen plenty of green-oriented businesses in her role as a judge for the America in Bloom program, which measures among other things a community’s efforts to sustain the planet. She’s never seen a business as environmentally conscious as the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of nearly a dozen stops the judges and the local America in Bloom team will make this week.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock to dedicate playground on July 16

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The Bryan Playground for children at The Park at Flat Rock will be dedicated Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m., The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation announced.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Houston, we've got a problem

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We eagerly await the list of budget cuts Henderson County School Board members Josh Houston and Colby Coren will be recommending in support of their public condemnation of the 5-cent tax increase the Board of Commissioners approved on June 6.   Read Story »

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Main Street Center recognizes city for vitality, preservation

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Hendersonville is one of 44 towns in North Carolina that the National Main Street Center recognized for economic vitality and adherence to best-practice standards for historic preservation and community revitalization.   Read Story »

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Mills River raises taxes to cover sheriff's contract

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On Thursday night, the Mills River Town Council approved the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget.   Read Story »

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Apodaca awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine

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RALEIGH — Sen. Tom Apodaca was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in recognition of his extraordinary service to the state of North Carolina.   Read Story »

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John Humphrey has spent much of his 100 years conserving nature

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MILLS RIVER — John Humphrey had been talking a good 20 minutes about his latest battle. He tries to rid the woods surrounding his home of invasive vines and other threats that choke off the hardwoods.   Read Story »

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Mills River eyes property purchase

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Council is considering buying seven acres that would allow it to expand the town park.   Read Story »

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Mills River leaders set to quadruple town tax rate

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Mills River Town Council members say they’re resigned to quadrupling the town’s tax rate on Thursday night, calling a three-year contract for law enforcement coverage the best option available for meeting state law.   Read Story »

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Blue Ridge Bookfest shuts down

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Pardee's new MRI suite aims to make scan more peaceful

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Pardee Hospital has opened a new MRI Caring Suite designed to ease stress and anxiety and make patients more comfortable and relaxed during their scan. The new suite has wide-screen TVs, surround-sound speakers and other features to make the experience more peaceful, the hospital said in a news release.   Read Story »

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Film asks whether we learned lessons from flood of 1916

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Jennie Jones Giles recalls family stories about her forebears fleeing for high ground as the flood 1916 threatened their cabin on Bright’s Creek in Polk County. Drew Brannon remembers his grandfather’s tales about chickens and livestock floating down the French Broad River near the family farm.   Read Story »

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America In Bloom judges visit next week

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Professional volunteer judges from the America in Bloom national awards program will visit Henderson County next week to evaluate the community's strengths and opportunities for improvement in overall impression, environmental efforts, heritage, landscaped areas, urban forestry, floral displays, and community involvement.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: Dance man energizes 'Music Man'

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Dance was not the first thing that came to mind when I sat down to watch The Music Man.   Read Story »

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Couple charged with armed robbery

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Henderson County sheriff’s deputies charged a 20-year-old Mills River man and a 34-year-old Hendersonville woman after an armed robbery at a home in the Flat Rock area.   Read Story »

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School Board OKs new principal assignments

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The Henderson County School Board authorized the following changes to school principals and central office personnel for the 2016-2017 school year:   Read Story »

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Hendersonville has link to oldest person

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When Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest person, died in New York last month the title of world’s oldest person went to Emma Morano, giving Hendersonville a footnote connection. Morano lives in Verbania, Italy, one of Hendersonville’s sister cities.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Well Fargo grants $25,000 to combat homelessness

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Homeward Bound of WNC, a nonprofit based in Buncombe and Henderson counties, has received a $25,000 grant from  the Wells Fargo Foundation to be used to end homelessness in the two counties.   Read Story »

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Disc golf course attracts enthusiastic following

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The Jackson Park disc golf course has quickly gained popularity since it opened in January.   Read Story »

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Dealer charged in heroin overdose deaths

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The Henderson County sheriff’s office has charged a Michigan man with two counts of second degree murder in connection with the heroin deaths of two men in at a Hendersonville hotel in February.   Read Story »

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Summer Guide now available

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Our fourth annual Summer Fun & Festival Guide will help you navigate everything to do whether it's camping outdoors, enjoying music or taking in a festival.   Read Story »

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Unaffiliated voters outnumber Republicans

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Henderson County is no longer a Republican county — at least by party registration.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You must not miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning, which includes our annual Summer Fun and Festival Guide.   Read Story »

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Sewer line project to close Blythe Street for 11 weeks

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City crews will begin a project at the Glenbrook subdivision next Wednesday that will close Blythe Street for up to 11 weeks and close the intersection of Blythe Street and Fifth Avenue for up to two weeks.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park completes phase 2 of nature park

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Supported by a matching grant from the Legacy Tree Fund, the Town of Laurel Park planted additional trees in the Rhododendron Lake Nature Park, finishing Phase 2 of the restoration project.   Read Story »

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Pisgah rangers warn of bears at Pink Beds

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The Pisgah National Forest is warning visitors going to the Pink Beds in the Pisgah Ranger District to be on the look-out for black bears.   Read Story »

Flat Rock News

County native comes home to direct 'Music Man'

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The Music Man, starring Brian Robinson as Harold Hill and Erin Rubico as Marian Paroo, opens Thursday on the Main Stage of the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada wins platinum for environmental design

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MILLS RIVER — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s Mills River plant has become the only U.S. production brewery to earn a Platinum designation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a recognition of the site's commitment to environmental sustainability, recycling, water quality and clean air.   Read Story »

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Playhouse apprentices debut new Sandburg shows

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FLAT ROCK — The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site begins a summer of centennial fun on June 16 by hosting two brand-new theater shows on its summer stage. In partnership with the Flat Rock Playhouse Vagabond School of the Drama new works were developed, exploring a broader range of Sandburg’s Rootbaga Stories.   Read Story »

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EHHS teacher selected for business partnership

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An East Henderson High School business teacher has been selected to participate in the statewide North Carolina Business Committee for Education’s Teachers@Work program this summer, at Biltmore Company.   Read Story »

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Bearcat Nation wants to appeal decision on HHS building

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Seven weeks after the Board of Commissioners voted to build a new Hendersonville High School, the Bearcat nation continues to object.   Read Story »

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REVIEW: Elton John, Billy Joel show revs up MOTR

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Flat Rock Playhouse veteran Dustin Brayley and newcomer Kyle T. Martin get MOTR revving with the hits of Billy Joel and Elton John in the latest tribute show through June 19 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Pardee honors physician, philanthropists of the year

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Pair charged with burlgary, safecracking

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Henderson County sheriff's detectives charged a 34-year-old East Flat Rock man and a 20-year-old Asheville woman with breaking and entering, safecracking and other crimes airsing from a April 4 burglary in Fletcher.   Read Story »

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TIMELINE: The fall of Carriage Park

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Judge tosses Hamlin's 'bad faith' bankruptcy petition

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Dale Hamlin may have reached the end of the line when it comes to saving his Carriage Park development.   Read Story »

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Pat's dance school celebrates 45 years

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From humble beginnings, Pat Shepherd taught dance lessons in her parents’ house while still in high school. Forty-five years later her studio continues to be a second home for dancers.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

'Thank you for funding' news release splits School Board

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The Henderson County School Board's public statement of thanks to the Board of Commissioners for fully funding the school system's 2016-17 budget request has triggered objections from two School Board members who say they oppose the tax increase that helped fund the school budget.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Business

After bookstore closing, charitable group will find new ways to raise money

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FLAT ROCK — In a new effort to showcase history, Historic Flat Rock wants to create a museum on the ground floor of the old post office. But Ladies Aid Society members are upset that the historical society is evicting their charity-based bookstore to do it.   Read Story »

Edneyville Business

Moldavian visitors get closeup look at farming

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Alan Ward stooped to point a finger at the lower part of a merlot grape vine.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Champion Hills pro shoots two eagles in Open tryout

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Ty Harris, Hendersonville resident and the assistant golf pro at Champion Hills Club, was one of 63 golf contestants who competed in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifiers at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.   Read Story »

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Local student rides cross country for affordable housing

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While plenty of college students take road trips during their summer vacation, most travel by car, not by bike.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Suddenly they're big spenders

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Charlie Messer, who will be sworn into a fifth term as a Henderson County commissioner in December, declared on Monday that this year’s budget drafting was the toughest one he had endured. That was surprising, given that Messer is a battle-scarred veteran of the slash-and-burn budgets engineered by Tea Party crusader Bill O’Connor in 2010 and 2011.   Read Story »

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Defendants get jail time

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COUNTY OKs 5-CENT PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

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Henderson County residents will see higher taxes when they get their property tax bill this fall.   Read Story »

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'Being the best not good enough' for much-honored Boys & Girls Club

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Flanked by large signboards listing 77 major state and national awards the Boys & Girls Club has won, Executive Director Kevin Lauritsen declared that being the best is not good enough.   Read Story »

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Edneyville News

Teenagers charged in Edneyville burglary spree

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged two teenagers with three felonies after a series of break-ins early Saturday in  Edneyville.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park to get smoother ride

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LAUREL PARK — Getting around in Laurel Park — whether by foot, bike or car — should get more pleasant in the upcoming budget year.   Read Story »

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Park drives expenses in Flat Rock budget

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FLAT ROCK— Flat Rock has a nice park. Now the Village Council is wrestling with how to pay for the growing demand for park improvements and ongoing maintenance.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam: Crows warn, bobcat flushes deer

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The latest installment of Thomas Brass's KnollsCam in the woods atop Haywood Knolls is a tale of three species.   Read Story »

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Council rejects denser housing on Third Avenue

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Siding with neighbors over the property owner, the Hendersonville City Council unanimously rejected a rezoning request to allow higher density housing on the Third Avenue West property the Interfaith Assistance Ministry is selling.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Whitmire optimistic about 'donut hole' development

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State Rep. Chris Whitmire sees development of the DuPont State Forest "donut hole" as a potential job producer and catalyst for economic activity.   Read Story »

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Festival names 2016 Apple Ambassador

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High achievers earn $2M in scholarships

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Henderson County's 63 highest ranked students received a total of $1,939,863 in college scholarships and had an average 4.78 GPA, the school system said.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: Guys gone wild for affections of May

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The Flat Rock Playhouse production of “The Affections of May” features the acting talents of company artistic director Lisa Bryant. Unfortunately Bryant’s skills are handicapped somewhat by Norm Foster’s surprisingly sophomoric and predictable script.   Read Story »

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PFLAG to host transgender panel

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The Flat Rock-Hendersonville Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is co-sponsoring Cultivating Community Across the Gender Spectrum, a transgender panel discussion, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, in Pisgah Ballroom A at the Biltmore Park Hilton, 1 Town Square Blvd., Asheville. The event is free and open to the public.   Read Story »

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Area students sweep history awards

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Hendersonville students dominated the state's National History Day competition, accounting for 20 of the 23 western N.C. regional winners advancing to the national contest June 12-14 at the University of Maryland in College Park.   Read Story »

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4 SEASONS POLITICS: Whitmire wants partisan School Board elections

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Sugarloaf one of five NC schools to win national honor

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Sugarloaf Elementary School is one of five schools in North Carolina honored for its successful implementation of a transformational program that empowers students with leadership and life skills and results in measurable improvements.   Read Story »

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Community Theatre presents ‘4,000 Miles’

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The Hendersonville Community Theatre continues its 50th season with a 2nd Stage production of Amy Herzog’s award winning play “4,000 Miles.”   Read Story »

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Mountain Cascade Resort aims for summer opening

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There was something familiar about the surroundings when Roy Dickerson spoke to business leaders about a new hotel-resort in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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County wish lists could trigger 3-cent tax increase

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Henderson County taxpayers may see a tax increase of up to 3 cents in order to fund the budget requests and of wish lists of department heads, new construction and higher school spending.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: An arm patch for Mills River cops

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One of the things a consultant told Mills River Town Council members they must do if they create a police department is to design an arm patch.   Read Story »

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Barnwell named county's teacher of the year

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Teachers and administrators gathered Friday at the Hendersonville Country Club for a lunch that the school system's Human Resources director, John Bryant, promised would not include chocolate milk from a carton or chicken rings.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Accepting police coverage offer, Mills River to raise taxes by 6.76 cents

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MILLS RIVER — Ending a bitter two-year feud with Henderson County, the Mills River Town Council on Thursday voted unanimously to accept an offer from the county to provide sheriff's coverage for $775,000 a year — an operating cost that will result in a tax increase of almost 7 cents per $100 valuation by 2019.   Read Story »

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Eaton donates $20,000 to cancer center

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On Thursday afternoon, leaders from both Pardee Hospital and the Eaton Corporation came together in the construction site that will soon become Pardee’s new Comprehensive Cancer Center.   Read Story »

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County drops Pinnacle property pursuit

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It’s looking like strike 2 for Sheriff Charlie McDonald in his hunt for a large isolated site to conduct tactical training center and target practice.   Read Story »

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Garden Jubilee, veterans, music kick off summer

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Carpenter moves from board chair to counsel's office

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TDA announces tourism grants

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority awarded 12 recipients tourism promoting grants totaling $20,000 for the fiscal year starting July 1.   Read Story »

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HMS girls continue conference dynasty

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The Hendersonville Middle School Lady Bearcat Soccer team scored a 4-0 shutout victory over Waynesville to clinch the Blue Ridge Conference championship on May 16, the team's fourth straight conference championship.    Read Story »

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Area farms win agritourism grants

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Walkers, joggers and pedalers flock to greenway extension

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Walkers, joggers and bicycle riders flocked to the newly opened Oklawaha Greenway extension to Berkeley Mills Park this week, celebrating a meandering paved surface that runs along Mud Creek.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

TDA looking at another new logo

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The ink was scarcely dry on its last new logo when the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority ordered up a new design. The new edgier edition received a lukewarm reception fron board members on Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville again No. 1 for retirement

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Hendersonville again ranked at the top of a survey measuring retirement communities, ranking No. 1 in North Carolina and 23rd nationally.   Read Story »

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Missing link to open on Mountains-to-Sea Trail

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North Carolina state park officials will join Carolina Mountain Club volunteers next Saturday for the grand opening of a new 20-mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. The new trail section begins at the Blue Ridge Parkway and travels down BIA 407 for four miles through the Eastern Cherokee Reservation and then along the Blue Ridge Parkway for 16 miles to Balsam Gap.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Bon Worth marketing to younger audience

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While many shoppers were under the impression that the Bon Worth Factory Outlet had closed, the retailer's chief financial officer assured business leaders and the press that such talk was greatly exaggerated.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Spanish program es grande exito

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It’s hard to move the needle at a diverse, lower performing school with high poverty.   Read Story »

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Village boots talk of police coverage

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council has not yet made a decision on whether to try to secure a sheriff’s deputy for police coverage of the village.   Read Story »

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DuPont cleanup plan may signal 'donut hole' acquisition

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Supporters of acquiring the DuPont State Forest “donut hole” for public use are applauding as a significant step forward the filing of detailed cleanup plans by the former operators of the X-ray film manufacturer, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.   Read Story »

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No thanks, Village says to park purchase offer

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FLAT ROCK — If the Village Council ever gets fed up with the citizenry’s demands for improvements, complaints about loose dogs and jeremiads about park crime and traffic, it can always sell the town’s park.   Read Story »

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Sheriff's office seeking runaway

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile.   Read Story »

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Veterans to speak next week

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Veterans from the Korean War on will speak over two nights next week on Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25, at 6 p.m. in Kaplan Auditorium at the Henderson County Public Library,   Read Story »

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Pardee offering free sports physicals Saturday

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Pardee Hospital and the Pardee Sports Medicine program are offering free sports physicals for all Henderson County middle and high school student athletes participating or planning to participate in sports in the upcoming school year on Saturday.   Read Story »

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Second rabies case confirmed

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A raccoon that came in contact with a dog in the Bald Rock Road area on Tuesday has tested positive for the rabies virus, officials said.   Read Story »

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DuPont, Ag Center, WNC crime lab, Muddy Sneakers get money in House budget

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Funding for buildings and personnel at DuPont State Forest, a new pavilion at the ANC Ag Center, $1 million to equip the new crime lab at the WNC Justice Academy in Edneyville and money to expand a learning in nature program founded in Henderson and Transylvania counties are among the appropriations in the 2016-17 budget the state House approved and sent on to the Senate this week, Rep. Chuck McGrady said.   Read Story »

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Kiwanis Club honors leaders, prep athletes

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The Hendersonville Kiwanis Club honored a volunteer sports announcer from North Henderson High School, a Hendersonville High School football coach known for reaching into his own pockets to help kids in need and two prep state champions during the 54th annual spring All-Stars program Thursday.   Read Story »

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DuPont Forest funding advances

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Help is on the way for DuPont State Forest, the 2,200-acre hiking and biking destination endangered by its popularity.   Read Story »

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NCDOT picks I-26 connector route through Asheville

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ASHEVILLE — The North Carolina Department of Transportation cleared a major hurdle in the progress of the I-26 Connector project, with the selection of the recommended least environmentally damaging routes for the three sections of the proposed seven-mile interstate project.   Read Story »

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County scraps fire inspection fees after one year

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners scrapped its year-old fire inspection fees after commissioners received complaints from businesses about double taxation.   Read Story »

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County demands $750,000 for sheriff's coverage of Mills River

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The town of Mills River, which is currently paying $110,000 a year for a sheriff’s deputy to provide town coverage, is looking at a seven-fold increase in that cost.   Read Story »

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Gen. Blazey gives back to his adopted home

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Frank Blazey graduated from West Point in 1946, missing service in World War II, the conflict that had vaulted his country into the premier leadership role in the world.   Read Story »

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Sugarloaf raccoon tests positive for rabies

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A raccoon that came in contact with three pet dogs in the Sugarloaf Mountain Road area on Saturday has tested positive for the rabies virus, prompting a renewed warning to pet owners to keep their animals' vaccination up to date.   Read Story »

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Athena Award winner announced

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Judy Stroud was recognized Thursday as the 2016 Athena Award winner.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Less affluent Bruce Drysdale fast becoming fluent in Spanish

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Cecilia Rosello’s kindergarten class looks like a typical American classroom. But it doesn’t sound like one.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Camps, Playhouse wary of HB2 effect

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While the 2016 summer camp season is shaping up as a good one, some camp owners have concerns that HB2 over the long run could cut camp attendance.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

State House passes local bills

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A bill that would make it easier for the Hendersonville City Council to raise its pay passed the state House and went to the way to the Senate on Monday.   Read Story »

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Bicycle enthusiasts weigh in on greenway plan

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Bicycle evangelists like Joe Sanders invariably peddle a famous study that categorized the universe of bicycle riders or potential riders. Less than 1 percent are the fearless “spandex warriors," about 7 percent are confident and enthusiastic and a third are “no way no how.” The vast majority — 60 percent — are "interested but concerned" about safety.   Read Story »

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Fish fans celebrate reopening of aquarium

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Fish fans and aquatic critter aficionados rushed through the door of Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium on Saturday afternoon, celebrating the reopening of the downtown fish showcase 10 weeks after a flood heavily damaged the building and killed many of the star attractions.   Read Story »

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Award-winning poet headlines Kanuga writing workshop

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Natasha Trethewey, a former Poet Laureate of the U.S. and Pulitzer Prize winner, will appear at Kanuga Conference Center for a poetry reading and discussion of the writing life during the 2016 Journal Conference Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 22.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Meet all 21 Bearfootin' Bears

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Here are today's BRCC graduates

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Blue Ridge Community College held its spring commencement on Saturday. Here are the graduates from Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties:   Read Story »

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Bearfootin' bears debut

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The Bearfootin’ Bears of 2016 made their debut Friday afternoon as an overflow crowd chuckled at and clapped for downtown’s best loved public art.   Read Story »

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A star on and off the tennis court recovers from freak accident

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A peanut and butter jelly picnic turned into a horrific accident for Annabelle Webb.   Read Story »

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Larry Young, former three-term commissioner, dies at age 75

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Larry R. Young, a three-term Henderson County commissioner who styled himself as a fiscal conservative while later endorsing a variety of major capital improvements, died early today after a period of declining health. He was 75.   Read Story »

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Two men sent to prison on drug charges

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Two defendants received prison terms after pleading guilty to drug charges in Henderson County Superior Court last week, District Attorney Greg Newman announced.   Read Story »

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Muddy Sneakers honors Hillandale teacher

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A fifth grade teacher at Hillandale Elementary School has been named Teacher of the Year by Muddy Sneakers — the organization that uses outdoor field trips to teach science.   Read Story »

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City sets sessions on bike plans

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The City of Hendersonville is holding three interactive and informational sessions next week on the development of the city’s Comprehensive Bicycle Plan to help determine the future of bicycling in and around the city.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Relay for Life, Cornhole, free bone test

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Mills River offers kayak safety course

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The Town of Mills River will sponsor a kayak and canoe safety course at its boat launch on the bank of the Mills River at Mills River Park on Saturday, June 11. Sponsored by the town, along with the Fitzpatrick Foundation, the free safety course is open to all those interested in enjoying crafts on the river.   Read Story »

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Sheriff sets church safety class

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is offering a free House of Worship Safety and Security Class for all churches. The presentation will assist church leaders and congregation members in making their place of worship a safe and peaceful place.   Read Story »

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Four Seasons hospice names foundation director

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Former sheriff divorces Republican Party

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City giving away mulch through May

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The city of Hendersonvillewill give away mulch for free to the public for the remainder of the May.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Major and the Monbacks open R&B series next week

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The city's Rhythm & Brews Music Series kicks off the 2016 season at its new location on South Main Street next to the Visitors Center on Thursday, May 19.   Read Story »

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Ag chief seeks $5 million for DuPont State Forest

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Four local men sent to prison for meth ring

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ASHEVILLE — A federal  judge sentenced four local men to prison terms ranging from five to six years in prison for their involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking ring operating in the Henderson County, U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose announced.   Read Story »

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Library closed Saturday for waterline repair

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  The Main Branch of the Henderson County Public Library will be closed on Saturday for repair of an underground water line.   Read Story »

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Oil tankers moving out of city soon

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The railroad tankers that moved last month from Flat Rock to Hendersonville will be gone entirely in the weeks ahead, City Manager John Connet told the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Blue Ridge Health Services gets grant to expand dental care

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Blue Ridge Community Health Services has been awarded a $648,000 grant from from the Health Resources and Services Administration that will enable it to improve and expand dental services at Rutherford Health Center in Spindale. The plan involves expanding from three dental exam rooms to nine. When the new space is completed, Blue Ridge anticipates being able to provide over 4,000 dental visits per year in Rutherford and surrounding counties.   Read Story »

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Lazy River Outfitters to offer French Broad floats

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HORSE SHOE — Matt Evans thinks river tourism is on the rise in Henderson County. By summertime he will have the only Henderson County-based canoe and kayaking business to take advantage of it.   Read Story »

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Gov. McCrory invites public to spring open house at WNC residence

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Gov. Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory invite the public to enjoy the warmer weather during the annual Spring Open House at the North Carolina Governor’s Western Residence from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.   Read Story »

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County eyes Pinnacle Mountain land for firing range

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Henderson County officials are looking at a large tract of land near DuPont State Forest for a firing range and law enforcement training center, say neighbors who have been told about a possible purchase.   Read Story »

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35 graduate from Sheriff's Citizens Academy

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The 20th class of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy graduated thirty-five new members at a commencement dinner on Friday.   Read Story »

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'Lookin' good:' Town repays Jose's love

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Everyone in town knows how much Jose loves them.   Read Story »

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Fletcher fire department says manager stole $325,000

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FLETCHER — The Fletcher Fire & Rescue Department is seeking to recover $325,000 from a former office manager who fire officials say embezzled the money over seven years, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Henderson County Civil Superior Court.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

No tax increase in $126M county budget

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Henderson County residents would see no tax increase under a budget County Manager Steve Wyatt presented to the Board of Commissioners on Monday night.   Read Story »

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'Forgotten' no more: HonorAir expands to Korean War veterans

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HonorAir, the Hendersonville-based organization that has flown 170,000 World War II veterans to see the National World War II Memorial, is embarking on new chapter to honor Korean War veterans.   Read Story »

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Motorcycle Meltdown heats up 7th Avenue

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Million Dollar Quartet' plays the hits and the drama

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Million Dollar Quartet details the chance meeting of four young stars at Sun Recording Studios in Memphis in 1956 – and more than just great songs, it touches on themes of jealousy, loyalty and greed.   Read Story »

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HHS grad kept Ebola caregivers safe

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Molly McKee Kellum started out in college as an English major. Then a nonfiction thriller about dangerous contagions changed her path.   Read Story »

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Nelly Belle, retired racer, succumbs

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Nelly Belle Moss, a black greyhound who raced in Florida before relocating to North Carolina, died on Monday, April 18, in Hendersonville, where she had retired. She was 12.   Read Story »

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Scrapped fee proposal could end up helping DuPont

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A funny thing happened on the way to imposing user fees for DuPont State Forest.   Read Story »

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‘Mary Poppins’ on stage this weekend at HHS

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The Hendersonville High School Class of 2016 will perform Mary Poppins as their final goodbye Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the HHS Auditorium.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Duke boosts renewable energy goal by 33%

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CHARLOTTE — Building on its dramatic growth in renewable energy, Duke Energy has raised its 2020 renewable energy goal by 33 percent.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Guitarists, 'On the Verge,' May Day concert

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'Million Dollar Quartet' re-enacts magical night of musical legends

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Nat Zegree, Jeremy Sevelovitz, Christopher Fordinal and Johnny Kinnaird star in the Flat Rock Playhouse production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet,’ playing rock’n’roll, R&B and country legends Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Flood of 1916, ice cream social, free concert

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Free Clinics Spring Salon offers music and auction

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The Free Clinics will hold its 10th annual Spring Salon Friday, April 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Biz 611 and The Landmark Apartments at 611 Church St.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Apodaca proposes referendum on HB2

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca, the second ranked Republican in the Senate, on Tuesday floated a new idea on HB2, the controversial bill that has drawn widespread protest and economic backlash. He'd put the measure on the ballot and let North Carolina voters decide.   Read Story »

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Victims' group honors county detective, court advocate

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A Henderson County sheriff's detective was one of three Western North Carolina law officers recognized as an outstanding law enforcement professional and a Henderson County court advocate was also honored by the Western North Carolina Victims Coalition and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.   Read Story »

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Woman shot dead vowed 'to do suicide by cop'

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EAST FLAT ROCK —A woman who was shot dead by Henderson County Sheriff's deputies Monday told her caregiver that "she was going to do suicide by cop" if the caregiver called the law to her house in East Flat Rock, according to the tape of a 911 call the sheriff's office released on Tuesday. The caregiver did call 911, telling a dispatcher that the woman, who was on a presciption stimulant made to treat attention deficit disorder, had tried to choke her.   Read Story »

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Legal aid agency, health clinic to collaborate

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Pisgah Legal Services and Blue Ridge Community Health Services will collaborate in a medical legal partnership to attack "the root cause of health-harming social conditions," the legal aid agency for the poor said in a news release. A $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Henderson County will fund the partnership.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady explains missed vote on HB2

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady is not ready to commit to upholding or opposing HB2, the state law that bars government from establishing or mandating transgender bathroom accommodation and makes other changes governing LGBT protections in North Carolina.   Read Story »

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Episcopal nuns honored for saving Bat Cave land

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The Community of the Transfiguration, a 118-year-old order of Episcopal nuns, was honored Sunday for its role in conserving 368 acres along the Broad River in Bat Cave.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Local craft pioneer SAB adding stage, kid zone

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Southern Appalachian Brewery is celebrating its fifth birthday by adding a new music stage, covered seating and a designated kids’ zone.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... how much property is tax exempt

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Blue Ridge Ringers to perform in May

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CiderWorks buys here, makes here, sells here

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Jim Sparks, a native of Hendersonville, prides himself on local everything when it comes to Naked Apple Hard Cider and its new tasting room downtown, Flat Rock CiderWorks.   Read Story »

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McCrory budget includes 5% teacher pay raise

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Gov. Pat McCrory announced a state budget Friday that includes a 5 percent teacher pay raise and bonuses averaging 3 percent  for all state employees and school support staff.   Read Story »

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EARTH DAY: Co-Op celebrates year of success

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One might not have thought that the Hendersonville Community Co-Op could just parachute into a well-to-do market and immediately prosper.   Read Story »

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Teachers of the year announced

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The Henderson County Education Foundation, teachers, principals, administrators and education supporters on Thursday honored teachers of the year from 23 public schools.   Read Story »

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Ed Foundation honors Hall of Fame inductees

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More than 250 people turned out on Thursday night to honor the 2016 Education Hall of Fame inductees during the 14th annual Education Celebration at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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Local man sent to prison for elaborate pot growing operation

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Bearcat Nation pans county's decision

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The county acted. The Bearcat Nation mourned.   Read Story »

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Of the three Bernies, he's the generous one

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Even someone as cheerful as Bernie Linder fought dark thoughts when he headed into a chemotherapy treatment room at Pardee Hospital.   Read Story »

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Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue adoptions up 47%

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Partnership reduces euthanasia with spay and neuter program

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Mary Cervini imagines the day local animal shelters are empty.   Read Story »

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Hawkins rips county's newest park as unneeded

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners authorized a grant application for a new park and hiking trails in Green River on Wednesday but not before Commissioner Grady Hawkins rebuked the board for committing to new public lands while other park improvements remained unfinished.   Read Story »

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Therapy dog competes for Hero Dog Award

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When she first met Sam, a six-month-old puppy that someone dropped off at the Saluda Veterinarian Hospital, Nancy Weinhagen had no way of knowing that the sad-eyed lab mix would bring so much joy and comfort to so many.   Read Story »

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Humane Society makes tails wag one adoption at a time

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Blue Ridge Humane Society provides second chances for homeless animals in Henderson County every day.   Read Story »

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BOARD CHOOSES NEW HHS OVER RENOVATION

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Hendersonville High School students in the future will attend a new school, not the historic HHS building that has turned out graduates for the past 90 years. The Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to authorize new construction on  and further decided to preserve the 1926 core building for another public use.   Read Story »

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East Flat Rock lands plant with 50 jobs

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EAST FLAT ROCK —Two years from now, any new BMA or Tesla on the road in America will be sporting an emblem on its hood, trunk lid and wheel hub made in East Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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Legislators swat down $12 admission fee at DuPont

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Henderson County legislators have successfully stalled — and may have killed — a proposal by state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler to impose admission fees at DuPont State Forest as high as $12 a car.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Allison Development Group wins advertising awards

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Allison Development Group, a Flat Rock-based marketing agency, won eight 2016 Hermes Creative Awards for advertising and other marketing work.   Read Story »

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WHHS continues run of yearbook honors

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West Henderson High School’s 2015 Westwind yearbook, “This Is What We Do,” won the Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association, which honored 42 yearbooks nationwide this month.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... where Skyland begins

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Rail tankers not subject to zoning

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Dry conditions mean high fire danger, Forest Service says

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The U.S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Forest Service are warning the public of high fire danger across North Carolina.   Read Story »

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Moms plan 'nurse-in' at Grove Street courthouse

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Breastfeeding moms plan a "nurse in" at the Henderson County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning to raise public awareness about breastfeeding after a District Court judge scolded a woman for feeding her baby in the courtoom,  television stations and social media sites reported Monday.   Read Story »

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Hillandale teacher wins grant to plant 'Reading Garden'

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Hendersonville native to lead new Pisgah Conservancy

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Representatives of a variety of Pisgah National Forest user groups, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, have formed a North Carolina non-profit corporation called the Pisgah Conservancy to work for sustainable recreational use, watershed improvement, eradication of invasive species, removal of waste, litter and graffiti, wildlife habitat improvement and education in the forest.   Read Story »

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FIREFLY TOURISM: DuPont closes trails to protect blue ghosts

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Overwhelmed by blue ghost tourists last year, DuPont State Recreational Forest is closing several trails at the High Falls Access Area to prevent damage to the rare blue ghost firefly populations. The closures will take place at night from mid-May through early June.   Read Story »

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Hamlin digs hole 'deeper and deeper,' resident says

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Carriage Park developer Dale Hamlin blocked the sale of his property on the courthouse steps last week with the filing of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on the eve of the sale.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Crowd rallies against HB2

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Upholding tradition, HHS band brings home gold

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Olivia Baer was stunned to hear her name called during Saturday’s awards ceremony after the Hendersonville High School band performance in the St. Louis Heritage Festival.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Russian singers, walking tours, WHHS grad honored

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LGBT organization to protest HB2 at Historic Courthouse

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The Flat Rock-Hendersonville Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will hold a rally protesting HB2 at 5 p.m. Friday at the Historic Courthouse.   Read Story »

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Etowah restaurant promises Eastern NC barbecue

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If you tried to get a permit for a wood-fired barbecue pit like the one at the old BBQ Shack in Etowah, you probably could not do it, Peter Rath said.   Read Story »

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16 graduate from United Way Rising Leaders program

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After eight months of education and community service, 16 members graduated from the Rising Leaders Program of the United Way of Henderson County better prepared to start making a difference as volunteers with Henderson County nonprofit organizations.   Read Story »

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Sam the Therapy Dog running for Hero Award

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When she first met Sam, a six-month-old puppy that someone dropped off at the Saluda Veterinarian Hospital, Nancy Weinhagen had no way of knowing that the sad-eyed lab mix would bring so much joy and comfort to so many.   Read Story »

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Dandelion takes over Playhouse dining hall

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Expect delays from cleanup of fiery crash on I-40

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A crash reported near Canton prompted the N.C. Department of Transportation to close all westbound lanes of I-40 West at the U.S. 23/74 Interchange at 3 a.m. today. Although the road reopened about sunrise delays were expected for a few more hours.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

New weather stations help manage apple spraying

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Apple farmers will have a new tool for watching weather conditions and planning for more efficient spraying when the Agriculture Extension Service installs six new weather stations. And they can watch the weather without going outside.   Read Story »

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Freezing temperatures, and crop damage, varied widely

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DANA — Danny McConnell's frost alarm went off Saturday night at 10:15, about when he expected it to. The next 10 hours would deliver either very bad news or not as bad and on Sunday afternoon McConnell was leaning toward the latter.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

HB-2 delivers first public blow to local tourism

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HB2, the controversial North Carolina law that withholds state anti-discrimination protections from gay, lesbian and transgender people, has cost the Henderson County tourism economy its first publicly announced loss.   Read Story »

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Mike's on Main owner honored as 'Main Street Champion'

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Patty Adamic, owner of Mike’s On Main in downtown Hendersonville, was named a Main Street Champion at the 2016 North Carolina Main Street Conference in Goldsboro.   Read Story »

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Donny Edwards puts his heart into Elvis tribute

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Even though he did not think of himself as musical, Donny Edwards had a natural connection to Elvis Presley.   Read Story »

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Pills, lack of behavorial health treatment are biggest threats

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Prescription drug abuse and poor access to mental health services are the biggest threats to the health of Henderson County residents, a new countywide health assessment says.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Mills River police department would cost $700,000 a year

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MILLS RIVER — A full police department with a chief and six officers would cost Mills River $1.5 million over the first three years and $700,000 a year when fully staffed, a consultant told the Mills River Town Council Thursday night. Based on Mills River’s tax base, an annual budget that size would require a tax increase of roughly 7 cents a year, or more than triple the current rate of 2.25 cents per $100 valuation.   Read Story »

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Zeb Kilpatrick, a jumper in heroic POW liberation, dies at age 91

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Zeb Vance Kilpatrick Jr., who participated as a young U.S. Army paratrooper in the daring airborne raid that liberated a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines, died on Wednesday at the Elizabeth House at age 91.   Read Story »

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There goes the neighborhood, residents say of railroad tankers

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FLAT ROCK — Some residents are expressing concern about a long line of black tankers that railroad operator Watco is storing on the inactive tracks from Flat Rock to Zirconia.   Read Story »

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Deputies seek ID of convenience store robber

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Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the identity of a suspect who robbed the Bonaire Convenience Store on Kanuga Road at 7:10 Saturday night.   Read Story »

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BRCC, county schools win Golden Leaf grants

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Blue Ridge Community College won a grant for $1 million to equip a simulation lab at the Health Sciences Center at Pardee Hospital and Henderson County schools received $200,000 to expand a current pilot initiative that aligns the school courses with expected growth in health care and advanced manufacturing, the Golden LEAF Foundation announced.   Read Story »

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Cold front threatens fruit, cancels Musical Mile 5k

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A cold front bringing lows this weekend in the low 30s and upper 20s threatens the young apple crop, grapes and strawberries — and it forced the cancellation of a 5k race on Saturday that was to be accompanied by woodwinds and brass instruments.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Food for fines, Laurel Park plan, Chimney Rock

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NHHS senior named state Youth of the Year

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Judgments pile up against Carriage Park owner

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If Carriage Park developer Dale Hamlin loses his property in a foreclosure sale this week, other creditors are in line to ask for money, too.   Read Story »

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Provider completes purchase for rehab facility

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MILLS RIVER — A health care company that plans to open a substance-abuse treatment facility has closed on the sale of a 12-acre parcel on Old Turnpike Road in Mills River.   Read Story »

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NCDOT to repair I-26 bridges at mile marker 58

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Lightning wins top award for Alpine Woods coverage

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The Hendersonville Lightning won the top award for public service for small weeklies during the North Carolina Press Association’s Winter Institute last month in Chapel Hill.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... what those silver convoys are hauling

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Sheriff's office seeks help finding runaway

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Social Services asked for the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile.   Read Story »

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Red Price retires clippers after 51 years

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Few people who have gone to work every day for five decades walk out the door with as many good memories as Red Price.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Tourism grants available

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Organizations seeking a grant from the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority must attend a grant workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Kaplan Auditorium at the Henderson County Public Library.   Read Story »

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Five Points property could see development

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An Etowah businessman has purchased the old Boyd Chevrolet used car lot at Five Points. Residents could see car sales there again or maybe a chain restaurant or store.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Free chamber music, tractor pull, 'Art in Bloom'

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Criminals reverting to snail mail theft, sheriff says

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Benefit concert re-creates sound of the Beatles

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FLAT ROCK — The Namaste Center for Spirituality, Healing & the Arts is holding a Music of The Beatles benefit concert at the Grand Ole Hall at Highland Lake Inn in Flat Rock at 7 p.m. Friday.   Read Story »

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Ironically, water was a very bad thing for the fish

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Ask Matt ... about The Cedars

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Cafe owner vows to fight embezzlement charges

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The owner of a Laurel Park café faces seven felony charges in connection with what investigators say was the theft of $208,463 from an elderly man who had made her the beneficiary of $2.65 million worth of investments, according to court documents.   Read Story »

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Granna retires from her Easter egg hunt

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MOUNTAIN HOME — Before she officially kicked off her annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning, Betty Robinson hollered for Joshua Robinson to come forward. The 15-year-old Joshua (no relation) walked up and dutifully stood beside her. Everyone in the large extended family of Smiths and Robinsons and Corns knows that when Betty calls, you come.   Read Story »

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Police seek two men after shots fired in Green Meadows

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Runners dash off in Bunny Hop

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About 150 joggers and walkers covered the course in the second annual Bunny Hop sponsored by the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club on Saturday.   Read Story »

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EHHS basketball coach resigns

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Bruce Gilliam, East Henderson High School varsity boys’ basketball coach, announced his resignation Thursday after 23 years coaching at the middle and high school level.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park eyes growth along U.S. 64

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Carriage Park developer faces foreclosure

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The Carriage Park property owned by developer Dale Hamlin is headed for sale on the courthouse steps next month.   Read Story »

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Kiwanis Club honors 'Caring' law officers

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Burnout is common in law enforcement.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Tom Fisch, Bookfest, History Club, Eagle Scout

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Officials warn of deadly synthetic opioids

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State health officials are alerting law enforcement and medical professionals of potent synthetic opioids, including furanylfentanyl, following at least 19 related fatalities in North Carolina since the beginning of this year.   Read Story »

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Holt and Goforth to perform and describe old-time music

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David Holt and Josh Goforth will present a concert on March 30 of mountain music in a show that will also feature the versatile musicians’ telling of how “hillbilly music” rose to become a powerful tool of remembrance.   Read Story »

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Holy week services and Easter egg hunts are set

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Contractor will fix I-26 over next 18 months

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The NCDOT has awarded a $12.5 million contract to improve a 10-mile stretch of I-26 in Henderson County. The contract went to Harrison Construction Co. of Knoxville, Tenn. Work is expected to begin in April and last until October 2017.   Read Story »

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Deputies seek S.C. man in Saluda shooting

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SALUDA — Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking the public's help locating a 30-year-old Easley, S.C., man accused of shooting another man with a .40-caliber handgun last Thursday in Saluda.   Read Story »

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Festival association honors Apple Festival website

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The North Carolina Apple Festival’s updated website was recently named the “Best Event Website” by the North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events.   Read Story »

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United Way celebrates 2015 campaign

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United Way campaign workers, board members, staff and donors celebrated a successful 2015 campaign on Monday by toasting the hardest working fundraisers and most generous contributors.   Read Story »

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Habitat wins grant for playground

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Henderson County Habitat has been awarded a grant of $20,000 from the Glass Foundation to build a nature playground at Habitat’s Dodd Meadows subdivision at Crest and Blue Ridge roads in East Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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Police investigating bank robbery

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Andrew Riddle named to '40 Under 40' in construction business

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Andrew Riddle, the vice president of family owned Riddle Construction Co., has been named to a list of “40 Under 40” construction industry leaders by Professional Builder magazine.   Read Story »

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Amazing Grace going strong at 104

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Born on February 26, 1912, in Lockport, N.Y., Grace Berray has seen plenty and has stories to tell.   Read Story »

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City police to share information on active shooter response

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The Hendersonville Police Department and Chief Herbert Blake invited residents of Hendersonville and surrounding communities to attend an informational and educational presentation this week on incidents of mass violence, specifically active shooting acts of violence.   Read Story »

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Baby Girl, a gentle nomad loved by all, dies in rescuer's arms

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Baby Girl, a gentle and elusive mid-sized dog who lived most of her life as a nomad on the streets of Hendersonville before being rescued and ushered into a life of luxury, died today at 1:30 p.m. after a sudden onset of pneumonia, her rescue mom said in an email to friends of Baby Girl. She was thought to be about 15 years old.   Read Story »

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Brevard man loses fight, wins trip to jail

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a 25-year-old Brevard man with multiple felonies after he allegedly dragged a female victim out of a house by the hair and got into a fight with the homeowner.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Vintage Carolina celebrates philanthropy

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A crowd of more than 400 people turned out on March 7 at the Hendersonville Country Club for Vintage Carolina, the annual celebration of local philanthropy hosted by the Community Foundation of Henderson County.   Read Story »

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'Dirty Dancing' remake to spend $16 million here

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The production team for a television remake of Dirty Dancing will bring up to 1,225 temporary jobs to the Hendersonville area and spend $16 million over the next 45 days, a state Commerce Department spokeswoman confirmed.   Read Story »

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Undefeated Bandidos win regional tournament

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Students take a stand against drug use

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Students from Henderson County middle and high schools are taking a stand against drug abuse.   Read Story »

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Former East standout returns to alma mater as volleyball coach

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Former East Henderson High High School and Montreat College standout Lauren Owen Ashe has returned to East Henderson as head volleyball coach, high school administrators announced Wednesday afternoon.   Read Story »

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Report boosts prospects for saving historic HHS building

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The chance that the historic core building at Hendersonville High School will be renovated — and not demolished or abandoned as classrooms — got a boost on Wednesday when construction experts delivered a report showing that the building is structurally sound.   Read Story »

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County attorney recognized for open government response

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Henderson County Attorney Russ Burrell won an award from the North Carolina Open Government Coalition for his quick and accommodating response to public records requests.   Read Story »

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Edwards wins nomination for state Senate seat

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Hendersonville businessman Chuck Edwards surged to victory in the Republican primary for the 48th state Senate District on Tuesday, turning back a spirited but underfunded challenge from Tea Party favorite Lisa Carpenter Baldwin.   Read Story »

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HSO announces Young Artist Competition winners

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Two young piano players and a cellist are winners of the 2016 Young Artist Competition, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra announced.   Read Story »

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Three-city greenway connection envisioned

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The Village of Flat Rock and the town of Laurel Park plan to work with the city of Hendersonville on a greenway plan that could connect the three municipalities.   Read Story »

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'There's education in my blood,' new superintendent says

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Play festival, train tales, piano

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Flat Rock retiree bequeaths $231,000 to park

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FLAT ROCK — The estate of a Flat Rock retiree who wanted to "share the happiness (he and his wife) had found in the Flat Rock community" has donated $230,886 to the Park at Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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Local radio stations announce Tuesday primary coverage

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Vision grads honor longtime guide

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“We’re going to hit the water plant in the morning, eat lunch at Kimberly-Clark, get a briefing down at the Courthouse, and tour the apple orchards before the day is over.” That might be John Boyd giving marching orders to another Vision Henderson County class.   Read Story »

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Girl Scout cookie bakeoff is Sunday

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Planning Board sends new festival rules to commission

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Festivals and other special events drawing more than 250 people would be subject to new permitting rules under a land-use code amendment the Henderson County Planning Board endorsed and sent to the Board of Commissioners last month.   Read Story »

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Deputies seek suspect in store robbery

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Sheriff's deputies are seeking an older white male who robbed King's Grocery at 2040 Old Spartanburg Road at 1:40 p.m. today and drove off in a black truck.   Read Story »

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New acts, old favorites highlight Rhythm & Brews season

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A brass and rhythm ensemble, an award-winning bluegrass band, the popular Mountain Heart, The Broadcast from the inaugural season and an afro-pop/indie  band will headline the shows in the fourth annual Rhythm & Brews concert series in downtown Hendersonville May through September.   Read Story »

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Fugitive rams cruiser, faces multiple charges

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EAST FLAT ROCK — A 32-year-old local man faces a series of felony charges after he rammed a Henderson County sheriff's cruiser, got his car stuck in a yard and ran away, the sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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Miller endorses Edwards for Senate

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Hendersonville City Council member Jeff Miller endorsed Chuck Edwards for state Senate on Thursday, citing Edwards’ business experience and Western North Carolina roots.   Read Story »

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Brevard High band teacher sentenced for sex with student

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A former band teacher at Brevard High School was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation after he pleaded guilty in Transylvania County Superior Court to five felony counts of Indecent liberties with a student.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Edwards is the best choice for Senate seat

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One of the most significant retirements in recent years is Tom Apodaca’s departure from the state Senate, where he has virtually rewritten the playbook as an attentive, powerful and effective representative of Hendersonville and Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Downtown vies for title as Main Street shopping area

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Downtown Hendersonville would be featured on the national stage if it wins the Best Shopping on Main Street competition sponsored by e-commerce website ShopOnMain.com.   Read Story »

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MountainTrue sets training for stream monitoring

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MountainTrue will hold volunteer training for the Stream Monitoring Information Exchange, a biomonitoring program that measures water quality by sampling aquatic insects, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.   Read Story »

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Twenty food trucks lined up for Oskar Blues festival

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CRAB CREEK — Craft beer and food lovers will have 20 food trucks to choose during Oskar Blues Brewery’s Loaded Up & Truckin’ Food Truck and Music Festival April 16 and 17 at its Reeb Ranch campground near DuPont State Forest.   Read Story »

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Barry Lynn speaking on separation of church and state

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‘James and the Giant Peach’ features 26 local youth actors

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A new musical version of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach opens Friday night at the Playhouse Downtown and plays through Sunday, March 20.   Read Story »

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Clear Creek has some very bright spellers

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Clear Creek Elementary School achieved an unprecedented perfect score and held off Fletcher Elementary School in a spelloff at the 23rd annual Kiwanis Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 20. Mills River finished third.   Read Story »

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Fountainhead is changing its name

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The Fountainhead Bookstore at 408 N. Main St. is changing its name to Novels & Novelties Bookstore.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park leashes dogs, protects birds

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LAUREL PARK — Laurel Park dog owners now must keep their dogs on a leash.   Read Story »

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Horizon Heating & Air announces $18,000 in grants

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Twenty-two agencies will receive awards of $500 or $1,000 as Horizon Heating and Air Conditioning and Trane partners with the Community Foundation of Henderson County to distribute a total of $18,000 to local non-profits.   Read Story »

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Former GOP chair endorses Baldwin for Senate

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Mills River, Henderson County drive off a cliff

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The slow-motion train wreck in Mills River would be fun to watch if the stakes were not so high.   Read Story »

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Lux Salon moves to Seventh Avenue

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Asheville again breaks record for passengers

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Asheville Regional Airport served a record number of passengers in 2015, breaking the record it had set the previous year.   Read Story »

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Apodaca endorses Chuck Edwards for his seat

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Retiring State Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) on Thursday endorsed Chuck Edwards in the Republican primary for Senate District 48 — the seat Apodaca has held since 2003.   Read Story »

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Brewing company open in Fletcher

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Summer concert series moving to Main Street

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Rhythm & Brews, the popular concert and craft beer event, has outgrown the downtown venue it’s used for three years and is moving to South Main Street, where it will take up two blocks.   Read Story »

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Towne Place developer agrees to drainage work

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Residents of Towne Place were able to extract a promise of drainage improvements from a developer seeking permission to build the last four units in the development on Greenville Highway.   Read Story »

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Senior, workforce housing may ease shortage

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Two developments are in the works that could ease Henderson County’s shortage of affordable housing.   Read Story »

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Loft Cafe & Pub opens off Greenville Highway

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Start with a little Italian and a little Mediterranean and sprinkle in local influences shepherded onto the plate by a chef with plenty of Hendersonville experience and you get the Loft  Cafe and Pub, now open at 111 Joel Wright Drive off Greenville Highway.   Read Story »

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Amy Grant headlines Brevard Music Center's anniversary celebration

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BREVARD — Six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant will headline Brevard Music Center's 80th Anniversary Spectacular on Saturday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, BMC announced.   Read Story »

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Utilities panel OKs Duke conversion, rejects backup

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The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Monday approved Duke Energy's application to replace its Lake Julian coal plant with a new gas-fired power plant but went along with the public staff in rejecting a 186-megawatt backup unit that Duke said it might need by 2023.   Read Story »

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Dandelion wins $100k grant to expand catering

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Men in suits and the director of Safelight made comments during the announcement of a big grant that will help Safelight’s Dandelion Eatery expand its commercial kitchen.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam records video of rare black coyote

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Playhouse holding auditions for 'Music Man' on Monday

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Flat Rock Playhouse will hold youth performer auditions for The Music Man on Monday, Feb. 29.   Read Story »

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BRIEFS: Bunny Hop, Scout award, Woman's Club, Saluda festival, quilt scholar

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4 SEASONS POLITICS: Democratic precinct meetings, election details

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911 call: 'He's shooting me'

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Edwards, Baldwin spar over immigration, push polls

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Lisa Carpenter Baldwin, on the campaign trail for the 48th Senate District seat, is trying to tar Chuck Edwards with a Chamber of Commerce letter that urged congressional leaders to reform U.S. immigration policy.   Read Story »

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Bungling burglar meets armed homeowner

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Joe King knew something wasn’t right when he arrived home after dark on a Friday night to find a strange pickup truck in his driveway.   Read Story »

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Aquarium flood has firefighters catching fish

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BJ Ramer woke up at 5:30 a.m. with a feeling that something was wrong.   Read Story »

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Local Cruz headquarters opening today

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Ted Cruz supporters are holding a headquarters kickoff and open house at noon today with a pizza party at 4 p.m.   Read Story »

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After bitter divorce, Mills River faces big tax increase

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River taxpayers could face a property tax increase as high as 10 cents per $100 valuation as the Town Council scrambles to provide a “core service” to replace a sheriff's contract the county is terminating.   Read Story »

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O'Cain and Penny and dogs and cats win Theatre with the Stars

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Animal lovers who voted with their dollars and a celebrity panel that judged talent propelled Lutrelle O’Cain and Lynn Penny to the top spot in the second annual Theatre with the Stars, the showcase that pairs amateur performers with  professional actors to raise money for charity.   Read Story »

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Redistricting was 'no plum assignment,' McGrady says

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady says he didn’t view his appointment to a special redistricting committee as a plum assignment because he’s never specialized in map drawing and was unenthusiastic about a week of off-season committee work in Raleigh.   Read Story »

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Schools post survey on makeup days

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Henderson County public schools are asking for parent, student and staff input on scheduling an additional make-up day for the traditional calendar due to the six days of school students missed this year because of inclement weather.   Read Story »

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Police invite public to program on active shooter threats

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The Hendersonville Police Department and Chief Herbert Blake invited citizens of Hendersonville and surrounding communities to attend an informational and educational presentation on incidents of mass violence, specifically active shooting acts of violence.   Read Story »

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OFFICIALS CELEBRATE NEW PLANT, 350 JOBS

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Celebrating one of the most prized industrial plant catches in recent decades, state and county leaders on Monday announced that an international partnership of two respected manufacturers would build a $217 million plant on a 52-acre site in Ferncliff Industrial Park in Mills River.   Read Story »

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EHHS choral director to study, conduct at Oxford

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Oxford University has announced the acceptance of East Henderson High School Choral Director Anna Marie Kuether into this summer’s Choral Institute as a full conductor, a designation meaning that Kuether will not only attend but will have the opportunity to direct the Institute’s chorus.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about landfill gas, road work, pet store

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Beloved nomad adjusting to life of luxury

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FLAT ROCK — For more than 10 years, people saw a medium-sized yellow mix wandering the streets of Hendersonville. They called her Hendo or Hendersonville or Tiger.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park making gains against water loss

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LAUREL PARK — Laurel Park officials plan to redouble efforts to detect leaks and replace bad pipes and valves and old meters in the aftermath of a water loss rate of just under 30 percent last year.   Read Story »

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Don't fraternize with friendly raccoons

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Hendersonville police have received numerous calls from residents reporting sick raccoons in their yard.   Read Story »

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Local man sent to prison for cheating IRS

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ASHEVILLE — A federal judge sentenced a 66-year-old Hendersonville man to nine months in prison for hiding money in a Swiss bank account and cheating the IRS out of taxes, the U.S. Attorney's office announced.   Read Story »

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Education Foundation announces 2016 Hall of Fame honorees

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The Henderson County Education Foundation will induct five new honorees into Henderson County’s prestigious Education Hall of Fame this spring.   Read Story »

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Volunteers in Flat Rock worth $150,000

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FLAT ROCK — Volunteerism saved the Village of Flat Rock taxpayers $150,000 last year, the Village Council learned last week.   Read Story »

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Fernleaf Charter School breaks ground

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FLETCHER - Local officials, educators, business leaders, and families gathered to officially break ground for FernLeaf Community Charter School Wednesday at the school’s 26 acre site on Howard Gap Road.   Read Story »

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4 SEASONS POLITICS: 11th Dct. Dems debate Saturday

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Arts Council presents ‘Mentors & Students’

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The Arts Council of Henderson County will present a series of exhibitions in the Mentors & Students shows through March 18 at The Art House Gallery, 5 Highland Park Road, in East Flat Rock. Celebrating the importance of art in a child’s life, the three exhibitions feature the work of Henderson County elementary students and secondary students and their art mentors.   Read Story »

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New fire chief to look at call volume, staffing

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Responding to firefighters’ concerns about increased call volume and staffing levels, new fire chief Joe Vindigni plans a full assessment of the call volume and a strategic plan for the fire service, the city says.   Read Story »

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Champion Hills hires new GM

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Champion Hills Club has hired William “Bill” Romano, of Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte, as its new general manager and chief operating officer.   Read Story »

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Homeowner shoots at burglar who pulled gun

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A 32-year-old local man picked the wrong house to rob.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: George Jones lighted the past and the future

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It is a testament to Dr. George A. Jones’s vitality that people who knew him well expressed shock when they learned of his passing on Friday.   Read Story »

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SCHOOLS CLOSED

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With icy roads continuing to create hazardous conditions, Henderson County schools officials called off school shortly before 8 a.m. today. County offices  will open at 10 a.m. BRCC is opening at 11 a.m. today.   Read Story »

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Advocates fight confusion over voter ID law

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Advocacy groups are fighting voter confusion over the new photo ID law amid a shifting landscape of the spring election season brought on by a court decision invalidating the state's congressional map.   Read Story »

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Funeral set for Dr. George A. Jones

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The funeral service for Dr. George A. Jones, who died Friday night at his home at age 95, has been set for 2 p.m. Thursday at  First Baptist Church.   Read Story »

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George A. Jones, keeper of history, dies at age 95

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George Alexander Jones, a minister, teacher, lifelong Republican, civic leader and keeper of the historic flame for Henderson County, died on Friday night at his home in Hendersonville. He was 95.   Read Story »

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Local hotel deaths believed to be overdoses

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Investigators suspect drug overdoses caused the deaths of two men in their 30s who were found dead at the Mountain Inn and Suites on Upward Road Friday morning.   Read Story »

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Apodaca, McGrady appointed to special redistricting committee

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca and Rep. Chuck McGrady have been appointed to a Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting that legislative leaders created to redraw the political boundaries if they lose their appeal of a decision that invalidated the current map.   Read Story »

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Woman faces weapons, drug charges

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What makes Hendersonville great? How can it be better?

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Knox takes helm of Van Winkle law firm

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The Van Winkle law firm, a 109-year-old Asheville-based firm with 38 attorneys, has reached into its smallest office to tap a new president.   Read Story »

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Mills River vows crackdown on stoplight panhandlers

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MILLS RIVER — In Mills River, motorists stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of N.C. 191 and N.C. 280 had complained about the pesky problem of panhandling.   Read Story »

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Noah the rescued pitbull becomes link in chain of love

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Noah could smell his future getting brighter this morning when Brian Walker gave a $1,000 check to the Blue Ridge Humane Society to help with the rescued dog’s medical expenses.   Read Story »

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$75M gas pipeline project under way

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It’s a construction job that’s long and narrow — very narrow — and mostly unseen. And it’s nothing like the Duke Energy transmission line that consumed the public last summer.   Read Story »

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Crashes, falls multiply as black ice covers county

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Cars were sliding off the road and crashing into each other as freezing rain caused black ice and very hazardous road conditions on Monday. Henderson County court officials called off the 1:30 p.m. session of criminal District Court and Henderson County announced that it would close its offices at 3 o'clock. Henderson County schools were closed, too.   Read Story »

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D.A.: No charges in death of man who died after jail scuffle

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District Attorney Greg Newman announced today that no criminal charges will be brought against law enforcement personnel as a result of the death of an overweight man who passed out and later died after a scuffle at the jail.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park eyes leash law, for dogs AND cats

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LAUREL PARK — The Laurel Park Town Council will take up a leash law after postponing action at its Jan. 19 meeting.   Read Story »

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Kimberly-Clark chooses local contractor for expansion job

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Kimberly-Clark Corp. has chosen a local contractor to construct a plant expansion.   Read Story »

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Public health agency to hold emergency drill

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The Henderson County Department of Public Health will conduct an emergency preparedness full-scale exercise on Wednesday to test its ability to respond to the simulated release of a biological agent in the community.   Read Story »

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A little snow, a lot of cold in store this week

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Casting call for 'Anne Frank,' 'Music Man'

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Flat Rock Playhouse will hold youth performer auditions for the upcoming productions of The Music Man and The Diary of Anne Frank this season.   Read Story »

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Zoos, pols, music festivals, make Super Bowl bets

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Zookeepers wearing the winning team's jerseys, N.C. barbecue vs. a Colorado steak and Colorado-made Osprey backpacks vs. North Carolina turkeyburgers have been are on the line as the Carolina Panthers meet the Denver Broncos Sunday in Super Bowl 50.   Read Story »

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Big Block Dodge headlines fundraiser for Nepal at SAB

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Hendersonville native Kristian Gaylord had been visiting Nepal and hiking around Mt. Everest for about three weeks when he read about a poor village in desperate need of medicine and other aid in the aftermath of the April earthquake.   Read Story »

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Son charged in father's murder

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A 40-year-old man has been charged with his father's murder after the victim's body was found Thursday morning, the sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

No fireworks in '16 short session, McGrady predicts

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady predicts the upcoming legislative session will be free of political fireworks and legislators will come home in time for the real fireworks.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Council drops effort to arm itself in City Hall

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Reversing course on the issue of arming itself at City Hall, the Hendersonville City Council dropped an effort Thursday night to allow council members to bring weapons to council meetings.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Chamber honors Fred Pittillo, Edneyville leader and adaptable farmer

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Fred W. Pittillo, a longtime Edneyville civic leader who has transitioned twice in his farming career to adapt to economic conditions, was honored as the winner of the G. Ray Cantrell Award on Thursday night during the 93rd annual Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at BRCC.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Four candidate forums announced

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Board OKs $10M emergency services facility

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Over the objection of one commissioner who called the project too expensive, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners authorized an architect to move ahead with plans for a $10 million emergency services headquarters on the Balfour school property on Asheville Highway.   Read Story »

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County seeks exemption from construction review

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Career Fair offers jobs with benefits

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Stars pair with pros to perform for charity

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Eight celebrity amateurs will pair with professional actors in the second annual Theatre with the Stars performance for charity at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown in a matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 20.   Read Story »

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Foundations donate $350,000 to Pardee

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James H. Cummings Foundation awarded $200,000 and the Cannon Foundation awarded $150,000 to support recent operating room renovations as part of the Pardee Hospital's Comprehensive Cancer Center Capital Campaign, Pardee Hospital Foundation announced Monday.   Read Story »

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Snow makeup days extend school year

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The Henderson County traditional calendar students lost Good Friday and had their school year extended by three days to make up the four days lost because of the Jan. 21 snowstorm.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Mills River may get plant employing 26 people

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Henderson County may be getting a new manufacturing plant that would employ 26 people after investing $3.2 million in construction and equipment.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Tax Aide, trunk show, Tapestry center

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Fletcher Business

Housing starts up by 82%

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Showing strong signs of recovery, housing starts shot up by 82 percent and new commercial work rose 42 percent in 2015 over the previous year.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Haywood Road pizzeria promises new taste, new shape

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Hendersonville has a new dining choice with the opening today of Pi-Squared Pizza, a family-friendly restaurant featuring world-famous, authentic Detroit-style pizza.   Read Story »

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'America's First Forest' premieres Wednesday

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America’s First Forest, the first full-length, in-depth documentary film ever made about legendary forester and educator Carl Schenck, will have its broadcast premiere on UNC-TV at 8 p.m. Wednesday.   Read Story »

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NC 191 bridge work creates one-lane passage over French Broad

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Barry Manilow tribute kicks off Music on the Rock

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Flat Rock Playhouse will launch its 2016 Music on the Rock concert series with “The Music of Barry Manilow” on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam: Gray fox on white snow

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Thomas Brass's wildlife camera in the woods at the top of Haywood Knolls caught a good shot of a gray fox after last weekend's snowstorm.   Read Story »

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Movie starring Josh Brolin filming in area

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A production crew has been in Hendersonville off and on over the past several weeks filming a movie starring Josh Brolin and Danny McBride.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about eye in the sky

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Forest closes soggy single-track trails

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The N.C. Forest Service has closed all single-track trails in DuPont State Recreational Forest temporarily because recent snow and wet conditions make the trails extremely susceptible to damage. Forest roads and two-track trails such as Triple Falls, High Falls and Hooker Falls trails will remain open.   Read Story »

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Henderson Oil awards $7,000 to schools

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Henderson Oil Company awarded a total of $7,000 in ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grants to 14 Henderson County public schools on Thursday, supplying elementary, middle and high school principals with extra funds for necessary materials and programming.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Asheville Tea Party sets candidate event

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The Asheville Tea PAC, the political action committee of the Asheville Tea Party, is hosting a candidate fair at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Road, in Asheville.   Read Story »

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Deputies looking for shooter in East Flat Rock incident

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows endorses Cruz

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows on Wednesday endorsed Ted Cruz for president, calling the Texas senator "the best-positioned leader to restore power to the people and uphold the Constitution."   Read Story »

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Veteran Valley Hill firefighter loses house in fire

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Valley Hill firefighters responding to a house fire learned that the home belonged to one of their own.   Read Story »

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No, the Carolina Panthers did not take our snowplows

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Five days after the big snow, rumors about plowing roads flew more furiously than the snow itself.   Read Story »

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Neill transferred from federal to state prison

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Sam Neill, the disbarred Hendersonville attorney sentenced to six to eight years in prison for embezzling from estates he was entrusted to safeguard and distribute, was released from federal prison last week and transferred to a state prison in Salisbury.   Read Story »

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Chopper crew rescues man from Mt. Pisgah

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Members of the North Carolina Helo-Aquatic Rescue Team, known as NCHART, rescued a man Monday night who was stranded near the top of Mt. Pisgah after the cable car used to transport him to and from the transmitting equipment stopped working, leaving him about 400 feet down an embankment in more than two feet of snow.   Read Story »

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Watch amazing drone video of a snow-covered Main Street

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Check out a cool video of a snow-covered Main Street 1st Lt. Tracey Cox of the Hendersonville Police Department made on Friday.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sheriffs honor Apodaca as 'Defender of Public Safety'

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New network gives library users access to 5M resources

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The Henderson County Public Library’s computer system will be unavailable this week while the library transitions to a cooperative statewide network and a new online catalog.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Twice postponed tourism conference needs 'a snow date for the snow date'

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The Henderson County Tourism Conference has been canceled for the second time in five days because of the snowstorm.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about I-26 widening

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25 restaurants participating in 'Food for Thought' benefit

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On Tuesday, Jan. 26, more than 25 restaurants, diners, coffee shops and other food businesses in Henderson County will participate in the Henderson County Education Foundation’s first Food for Thought: Dine Out for Education event.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Building costs raise choice of sales tax v. property tax

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It would be impossible to avoid a property tax increase to fund more than $100 million in capital projects unless voters OK a quarter-cent local option sales tax, Henderson County officials say.   Read Story »

Fletcher Four Seasons Politics

Senate, House candidates make their pitch

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No one would have predicted that in a political season with no marquis local races several dozen loyal Republicans would brave black ice and freezing temperatures for a cattle call at the Fireside restaurant.   Read Story »

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SCHOOLS CLOSED TUESDAY

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CLOSINGS: Pound, dump, library

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If you want to read, stay home. Adopt a dog, stay home. Recycle, ditto. All of those are a wait till Monday proposition as the big snowstorm resulted in closing of all those county facilities. Given that the weather is continuing to cause unsafe conditions on roadways, those optional visits can wait, the county said in a news release.   Read Story »

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AVL reports 13-inch record snow

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Kiwanis Club honors Glenn Marlow Award winner

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Craig Long, who was managing the Mr. Gatti's Pizza in Hendersonville when he first met Henderson County schools superintendent Glenn Marlow, was honored on Thursday with the Glenn C. Marlow Athletic Achievement Award for his 33-year career as a teacher and coach at West Henderson High School.   Read Story »

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GOOD NEWS (SO FAR): Light wind, no ice

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Emergency officials have two words of advice as the big snowstorm socked Henderson County: Stay home.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Candidates, Junior Welfare Club, DAR winners

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Pardee offers cancer education series

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Pardee Hospital Foundation invites the public to attend "Right Here, Right Now: A Cancer Education Series" each Monday in February from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Highway.   Read Story »

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Board orders new review of HHS renovation cost

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In split vote, county OKs EMS project

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Commissioners eye taxes, garbage fee

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Henderson County commissioners, crunching numbers in a daylong budget retreat in the Historic Courthouse, uttered the T word several times and talked about assessing a $20 annual fee on property owners to offset losses at the county landfill.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

St. John dedicates cross honoring slave cemetery

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For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.’ 1 Corinthians 13:12 FLAT ROCK — Shortly before he ascended the pulpit of St. John in the Wilderness Church on Sunday afternoon, the Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor had learned a relevant piece of church history.   Read Story »

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Brush with racism is turned to good

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Erik Dowdy, one of the top real estate sales agents in Atlanta, could have been scarred for life from his first brush with racism at age 11.   Read Story »

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HEALTH BRIEFS: Laborde honored, cancer center donation, Baby Place

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Restaurant roundup: HenDough to serve chicken and donuts

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Restaurant roundup: Brandy's taking Square Root space

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The 100 block of South Main Street in Hendersonville is a neglected spot no more. Once a frontier that drew little foot traffic, the block is lively now thanks to pioneers like West First and the Poe House. Never Blue and Jonga Java benefit from the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Restaurant roundup: Pi-Squared to open

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Servicemen who came home to Detroit after World War II wanted pizza in a deep pan like they had gotten in Europe.   Read Story »

North Carolina Four Seasons Politics

Whitmire endorses Henson in GOP primary

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State Rep. Chris Whitmire on Saturday endorsed Rosman resident Cody Henson for the 113th state House seat Whitmire is vacating at the end of his second term a year from now.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Senate candidates differ on trail, bond issue

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Henderson County Life

West Henderson earns Safe Sports School award

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West Henderson High School won the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its entire athletic program.   Read Story »

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Healing Place, Mainstay merge

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The Healing Place and Mainstay have combined to form one organization.   Read Story »

Flat Rock News

St. John dedicates cross honoring slave cemetery

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FLAT ROCK — The Rev. John Morton stood at the foot of a pine-covered slope and prayed for the souls that lay underneath plain fieldstones and unmarked crosses.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about Uber

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Greenway IS jobs creator

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We’re glad to see that the Ecusta Trail has become an issue that distinguishes candidates in two legislative races in the Henderson County area. It should.   Read Story »

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New brewpubs tapping into craft popularity

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Entrepreneurs are tapping into the popularity of craft beer with plans for two new microbreweries downtown plus a hard cider tasting room this year.   Read Story »

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Law officers link stolen Blazer to tractor thefts

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Detectives from the Henderson County Sheriff’s office are seeking information about a gray Chevrolet Trailblazer they suspect was used in a stolen tractor ring in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.   Read Story »

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Police seek suspect in Triangle Stop robbery

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Hendersonville police detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who is believed to have robbed the Triangle Stop store at 2545 Chimney Rock Road around 2 p.m. today.   Read Story »

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Agencies merge to create a safe haven for children

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Until now, children in Henderson County thought to be victims of abuse had to go to Asheville to be examined, adding to the trauma.   Read Story »

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Man charged in Easy Street stabbing

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Ferguson says trail 'right tool for the job' on economy

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Allegiant adds Washington area flight for $39

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Discount airline Allegiant will begin flying from Asheville to the Baltimore/Washington area this spring and offer one-way fares as low as $39.   Read Story »

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Jones to retire as schools superintendent

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Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent David L. Jones has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year, effective July 1, after nearly four decades of service.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

BRCC would receive $3M from bond issue

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Blue Ridge Community College would receive almost $3 million if voters approve a $2 billion bond issue for state universities, community colleges, water and sewer systems, parks, agriculture and National Guard facilities.   Read Story »

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Sheriff invites 5th graders to name new K9s

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is inviting Henderson County fifth grade STAR students to suggest names for the two newest K9 members of the force.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Republican-turned-Democrat seeks House seat

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After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Maureen Copelof faced a dismal job market in a sour economy that critics blamed on Jimmy Carter’s “misery index” — high inflation, high interest rates and high unemployment.   Read Story »

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Beekeeping short course is set

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Honey bees are very important to North Carolina. Each year honey bees kept by N.C. beekeepers produce over $6 million worth of delicious honey and bee products. Some of the most popular honeys produced here are sourwood, black locust and tulip poplar. Even though honey is a popular food product, it is not the real reason for the importance of the honey bee.   Read Story »

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'Rainbows' hits the (yellow brick) road

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The maker of "Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz," Tina Marie Casamento Libby watched each performance like a nervous mom.   Read Story »

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Lantern shines light on Charleston-style fare

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Cutline In the galley of a Coast Guard ship, Casey Maness cooked like a cook and cooked like a chef.   Read Story »

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4 SEASONS POLITICS: GOP breakfast, Henson kickoff

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Henderson County Business

CITY OKs PUBLIX ON GREENVILLE HIGHWAY

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday authorized a developer to build a new Publix store on Greenville Highway at White Street, the first Henderson County store for the Lakeland, Fla.-based grocer that has thrived for decades on a reputation for customer service and an up-to-date shopping experience.   Read Story »

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Operation Toasty Toes standing down

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After 13 years of shipping socks, caps and slippers to warm military personnel in war zones across the globe, Operation Toasty Toes is standing down.   Read Story »

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Blue Ridge getting new CEO in April

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The medical director of Blue Ridge Community Health Services will become CEO of the nonprofit health care provider on April 1 when CEO Jennifer Henderson transitions to a senior development role, BRCHS announced on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Targeted enforcement reduces burglaries, sheriff says

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Targeted enforcement produced a substantial drop in home and business burglaries in 2015, Sheriff Charlie McDonald says.   Read Story »

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Murder suspects caught

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A couple wanted in the Dec. 3 murder of a 28-year-old Fletcher man were apprehended ion Old Fort and jailed in Hendersonville on Wednesday. Detectives with the Hendersonville Police Department and law officers with the U.S. Marshal's Service, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion Police Department found the suspects Old Fort around 5:30 p.m. Charged with Deque DeAngelo Taylor's murder are Shawn C. Hollifield, 23, and Savannah Rose Walker, 21.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Baldwin touts conservative credentials in Senate race

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Lisa Carpenter Baldwin traces her political inspiration to her fifth great-grandfather from the 18th century.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Lisa Baldwin announces NC Senate campaign

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Fiscal and social conservative, Lisa Carpenter Baldwin, has announced that she will run for the Senate District 48 seat previously held by Tom Apodaca.   Read Story »

Henderson County Opinion

EDITORIAL: Environmentalists won't take yes for an answer

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When Duke Energy does its work efficiently, it’s not just a manager down the line or the investors above who get rewarded. The ratepayers do, too. In other words, all of us.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

BRCC's new Professional Development Institute offers business courses

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Blue Ridge Community College is offering a series of seminars on business management this spring as part of its new Professional Development Institute.   Read Story »

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Community Theatre holding volunteer fair

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The Hendersonville Community Theatre will hold a Volunteer Fair on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m.   Read Story »

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Registration open for local history course

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Persons interested in the history and heritage of Henderson County are encouraged to register online now for the fall semester courses that begin Tuesday, Jan. 12, through the Continuing Education Department at Blue Ridge Community College. The classes are open to the public.   Read Story »

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Realtor, former Asheville mayor to speak at MLK events

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Blue Ridge Community College will host its 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 18.   Read Story »

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Missing girl is safely returned to DSS custody

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A 15-year-old Hendersonville girl who was reported missing last week has been found and is safely back in the custody of the DSS, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

UPDATE: Hawkins, Wyatt call it right

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Floodwaters damage Mills River boat launch

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MILLS RIVER — Three days of downpours last week heavily damaged Mills River’s new boat launch at the town park.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

County, Mills River OK incentives for 350-job factory

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MILLS RIVER — The Henderson County Board of Commissioners and Mills River Town Council on Monday authorized tax incentives worth up to $7.26 million in hopes of landing a factory that would invest $217 million and hire 350 people.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Calling chili chefs, scholarship time, HLT rebrands

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Commissioners endorse Duke Energy plan

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday endorsed Duke Energy's plans to build a power plant capable of generating up to 750 megawatts of electricity to replace its Lake Julian coal plant, saying supplying energy was important for the region's future.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Business

Firefly Craft Gallery opens in Flat Rock

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FLAT ROCK — As soon as shoppers walk into her Firefly Craft Gallery, Karen Kennedy is promoting local artists.   Read Story »

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Bill Pace, trombone player and loyal Rotarian, dies at 93

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EAST FLAT ROCK — William Lee “Bill” Pace, a Henderson County native who played trombone in local ensembles for more than 80 years and never missed a Hendersonville Rotary Club meeting in more than 60, died on Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Elizabeth House surrounded by his loving family. He was 93.   Read Story »

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Florida woman faces numerous burglary, check forgery charges

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Henderson County sheriff’s detectives have lodged 21 charges against a 45-year-old Florida woman they say was responsible for numerous car burglaries and check forgeries after stealing checks in northern Henderson County in November.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Business

Dragonfly Cafe to open in Flat Rock on New Year's Day

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The Dragonfly Café is set to open on New Year’s Day, offering everything from appetizers to five different macaroni and cheese dishes.   Read Story »

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Felons get prison time

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A Hendersonville man was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison after his conviction in Henderson County Superior Court on felony charges of selling and delivering illegal narcotics, District Attorney Greg Newman said.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Commissioners appoint interim tax assessor

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners appointed the county’s internal auditor as interim assessor and tax collector on Monday to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Tax Assessor Stan Duncan on Dec. 31.   Read Story »

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Racquet Club kicks off indoor soccer season

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The Hendersonville Racquet Club opens its winter indoor soccer season on Monday at The Bull Ring.   Read Story »

Edneyville News

Reindeer Run raises money for NHHS scholarship

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Some 85 runners tolerated rain on a warm Christmas Eve morning for the second annual Reindeer Run to support the Jones Family Scholarship through the Henderson County Education Foundation.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Local soccer team finishes 18-1-1

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The Furman United Soccer Club 99G Purple HVL team finished its fall season playing in the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association’s Presidents Medal Soccer League.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Forbes features Lightning as 'future of local print journalism'

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Forbes magazine features the Hendersonville Lightning in its current issue as a successful weekly newspaper startup in a crowded media landscape.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Housing ought to be on Mills River docket

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Sometime in 2017, if things go as industrial recruiters hope, the town of Mills River will once again celebrate a plant opening that marks a major coup in new job creation.The Hendersonville Lightning reported last week that a partnership of Swiss and Canadian manufacturers may invest at least $217 million and hire 350 workers at a new automotive parts plant in Ferncliff Industrial Park over the next six years if the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and Mills River Town Council approve economic development incentives totaling $7.25 million over 14 years.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Pardee buys 20 acres in Mills River for $1.75M

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MILLS RIVER — Pardee Hospital has bought 20 acres on N.C. 280 in Mills River as part of what the hospital’s CEO described as a “measured, strategic approach to planning for the health care needs” in fast-growing northern Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Clean Water fund to protect Reems Creek

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The N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund granted $330,000 to help protect an emergency drinking water supply for the town of Weaverville in the headwaters of Reems Creek, a tributary to the French Broad River.   Read Story »

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Saluda group to premiere George A. Jones film

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SALUDA — The Saluda Historic Depot and the Historic Saluda Committee will host the premiere of a 40-minute film on the life of Saluda native, lingtime Baptist minister and historian Dr. George Alexander Jones on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W. Main St. in Saluda.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Congress restores Charitable Rollover

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IRA Charitable Rollover is back and now is the time to make a charitable gift.   Read Story »

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Racquet Club holding tennis camp this week

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The Hendersonville Racquet Club is having a three-day youth Holiday Tennis Camp this week. The camp for ages 14 to 18 will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 28-30. Drilling and match play will highlight the days.   Read Story »

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Santa's gonna need pontoons

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The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the French Broad River at Blantyre in Henderson and Transylvania counties from 4 p.m. today through 1 p.m. Sunday and the rest of the area remained under a flood watch. Forecasters say the Christmas deluge will continue through Christmas Day.   Read Story »

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Merry Christmas from the Lightning!

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The Hendersonville Lightning is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.   Read Story »

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Recycling center reopens Saturday

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The Henderson County recycling center is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will reopen for regular hours on Saturday, Dec. 26, to recycling all those boxes and wrapping paper.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Pardee adds Southeastern practices on Jan. 1

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Pardee Hospital will add to its orthopedics service line when Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics comes on board on Jan. 1, the hospital announced.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Park parking, UNCA grads

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Pat's School of Dance team performs tonight in Holiday Bowl

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Excited energy filled the studio Thursday night as 36 dancers moved in unison to Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright.”   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 1

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LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 2

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LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 3

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LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 4

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LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 5

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LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 6

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LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 7

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LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 8

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THE LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 9

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THE LIGHTNING TOP 10: No. 10

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Conservation groups oppose part of Duke coal plant conversion

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Conservation groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center are challenging part of Duke Energy's application for the conversion of the Lake Julian power plant from coal to natural gas.   Read Story »

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St. John memorial honors resting place of slaves

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FLAT ROCK — The Rev. John Morton stood at the foot of a pine-covered slope and prayed for the souls that lay underneath plain fieldstones and unmarked crosses.   Read Story »

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Accused killers still on the run

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The suspects in the murder of a 28-year-old Fletcher man remain at large three weeks after they sped away from the spot on Ninth Avenue where their victim was thrown from a Jeep.   Read Story »

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Meadows joins Cruz against PLO office

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows joined Sen. Ted Cruz in urging the Obama administration to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization's office from Washington, suggesting that it supports terrorism against Israel.   Read Story »

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With job boom, Mayor Freeman sees need for housing

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A partnership of Swiss and Canadian manufacturers plans to invest at least $217 million and hire 350 workers at a new automotive parts plant in Mills River over the next six years, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and Mills River Town Council said in public notices this week.   Read Story »

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Lightning strikes early this week!

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The Hendersonville Lightning is on the street early this week and in mailboxes for subscribers one day sooner too. So it will be Lightning Wednesday and instead of Lightning Thursday for in-county home delivery subscribers. It's an issue you won't want to miss.   Read Story »

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DSS board names interim director

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The Henderson County Board of Social Services on Monday selected an interim director to fill the vacancy created by the death of director Eric Bush.   Read Story »

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Buncombe candidate files for Senate (and it's not Tim Moffitt)

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Lisa Carpenter Baldwin, a former one-term Buncombe County School Board member, filed for the 48th state Senate District on Monday, creating a three-way primary for the Republican nomination.   Read Story »

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Jongo Java is best decorated downtown

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Jongo Java took first place as best decorated downtown storefront followed by Christmas Garden and Dad’s Collectibles as part of the Home for Holidays promotion by the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.   Read Story »

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Bounty calls for cash, toys, volunteers

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The Bounty of Bethlehem will happen this year but organizers say they're still about $20,000 short of their $50,000 fundraising goal and they're asking folks to keep in mind donations of toys and supplies this week and show up to volunteer. After a large donation on Saturday by Wal-Mart and Toys for Tots, Bounty has plenty of toys for volunteers to wrap.   Read Story »

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Construction follow-up drives School Board race

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Incumbents running for re-election to the Henderson County School Board cite a big unfinished job as a reason for staying on for another term.   Read Story »

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Former mayor Fred Niehoff dies

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Former Hendersonville mayor Fred Niehoff died early Sunday at his home in Bluffton, S.C., where he and his wife, Caroline, had moved after his retirement from elective office.   Read Story »

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DSS director dies in kayaking accident

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Floyd Eric Bush, the director of the Henderson County Department of Social Services, drowned in a father-and-son kayaking accident on the Nolichucky River in Mitchell County on Friday, leaving behind his wife of 32 years and his three children and stunned coworkers at the social services agency.   Read Story »

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School Board field grows to eight

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Michael Absher is making a fourth run for the Henderson County School Board, joining a crowded field of eight that includes all four incumbents. Filing closes at noon Monday. The election is on Nov. 8, 2016.   Read Story »

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Shooter commits suicide after night of mayhem

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MILLS RIVER — A heavily armed Mills River man took his own life after shooting up a house and setting it on fire and leading law officers on a chase from Henderson to Transylvania County and back before finally stopping on N.C. 191, where officers surrounded him, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Where have all the women gone?

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With less than a week to go in the filing period for the 2016 elections, we once again confront an obvious and substantial gender gap.   Read Story »

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Retired Navy captain files for state House

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A retired Navy captain who switched to the Democratic Party last summer has filed to run for the state House seat currently held by state Rep. Chris Whitmire, who is retiring from the Legislature.   Read Story »

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Graduates win degrees at BRCC

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A hundred and fifty-two students graduated from Blue Ridge Community College during the school's winter  commencement ceremony on Friday.   Read Story »

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GOP House candidates no fans of Ecusta Trail

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The two candidates running for the 113th state House District are both young Republicans who serve in the military and call economic development their highest priority. They even have the same first name, though spelled differently.   Read Story »

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Tax assessor retiring on Dec. 31

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Stan Duncan, Henderson County’s tax assessor for the past 12 years, is retiring on Dec. 31.   Read Story »

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Reindeer Run returns on Christmas Eve

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The second annual Reindeer Run 5k will be held at 9 a.m. on Christmas Eve at North Henderson High School.   Read Story »

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Deadline near for Education Hall of Fame nominations

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Bike club commits $10,000 to Ecusta Trail

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The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club has set aside $10,000 for the proposed Ecusta Trail, with $5,000 representing Transylvania County and $5,000 representing Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Sugarloaf's Marshall named regional principal of the year

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Sugarloaf Elementary School principal Peggy Marshall has been named Regional Wells Fargo Principal of the Year and is in the running for the 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Cub scouts, water safety, Frostbite Run

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Playhouse sets auditions for youth productions

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Flat Rock Playhouse Studio 52 will hold auditions next month for the spring production of James and the Giant Peach.   Read Story »

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Rudnick Foundation gives $50k for Pardee Cancer Center

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The Perry N. Rudnick Endowment has donated $50,000 to support the Pardee Comprehensive Cancer Center Campaign, Pardee Hospital Foundation announced today.   Read Story »

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Council re-elects Freeman as mayor

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The Mills River Town Board re-elected Larry Freeman as mayor and Shanon Gonce as mayor pro tem on Tuesday night.   Read Story »

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Mills River town board OKs rehab facility

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The Mills River Town Board voted Tuesday night to permit a health care company to open drug and alcohol treatment center in a large house on Old Turnpike Road — a disappointment to a roomful of neighbors who had spent six hours over two nights urging the board to deny the zoning permit.   Read Story »

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Apodaca at the top in business votes

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca was among the top members of the North Carolina Legislature in business-friendly votes, the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation said in a news release.   Read Story »

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WHHS principal to retire in January

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West Henderson High School will have a new principal shortly after Christmas break.   Read Story »

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Publix 'full speed ahead' to groundbreaking next year

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A Publix supermarket on Greenville Highway at White Street moved closer to reality Monday with a unanimous recommendation from the city Planning Board to grant variances and a rezoning that would clear the way for groundbreaking.   Read Story »

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Neighbor sues over 'event barn' permit

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What might have seemed on the surface like a benign request — asking the county’s permission to hold weddings and birthday parties in a barn — has turned into a lawsuit that has pitted neighbor against neighbor in Cimarron Forest.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Rotary golf, Antique Car Club, Gutbusters comics

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Starbucks lease, new surgeon, Champion credit union

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Cyclocross racers circle Jackson Park

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Pro and amateur racers warmed up on a course at Jackson Park on Friday in preparation for the two-day North Carolina Cyclocross Series that will attract several hundred riders and pro support teams.   Read Story »

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Sinatra and Streisand together at last

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Although Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand never performed together — unless you count taping a duet in separate recording sessions — it’s tantalizing to think of the iconic performers together in a Christmas concert.   Read Story »

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Mills River may get more business on NC 280

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River could see more development in an area of N.C. 280 that has already seen the farm community's most robust retail growth.   Read Story »

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Neighbors rip proposed rehab facility in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — Emotional and angry residents on Thursday night exhorted the Mills River Town Council to reject a zoning permit for a residential substance abuse treatment program in a large house on Old Turnpike Road during a contentious zoning war that will continue next week. After more than three hours of testimony and comments, council members called a timeout, saying they had too many unanswered questions and would resume the case next Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Valley Hill station move to lower insurance cost for some

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CRAB CREEK — Crab Creek residents are getting faster response time for both fire and emergency medical calls thanks to a new fire station further west and new EMS station and crew. The move also means some Crab Creek homeowners with poor fire protection ratings will get a better rating and cheaper fire insurance.   Read Story »

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Publix zoning request goes to city Planning Board

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Publix fans who have been looking forward to the grocery chain's first Hendersonville store can take heart. It's not dead.   Read Story »

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Two charged with murder in body dumped on Ninth Avenue

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Hendersonville police have issued murder warrants for a 23-year-old man and 20-year-old woman in the death of Deque DeAngelo Taylor, the 28-year-old Fletcher man who was dumped out of a Jeep on Ninth Avenue last week.   Read Story »

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Clifton Shipman award winner named

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Miller on Senate run: 'Hell no'

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There's one thing Jeff Miller wants voters to know about the political season.   Read Story »

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CHRISTMAS BRIEFS: Advent, Bounty, light show, Sandburg

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Friday Staffing holding career fair

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Friday Staffing is holding a Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Pack Memorial Library in Downtown Asheville, 67 Haywood Street.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam: Bobcat catches dinner

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Commissioners stay with current leadership

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners is standing pat with the leadership it has had for the past year.   Read Story »

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Board endorses Middleton Road closing

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FLAT ROCK — The Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to allow the closing of a segment of Middleton Road, meaning the state would give up maintenance of the road and abandon plans to replace the Middleton Road bridge over Mud Creek.   Read Story »

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Deputies say S.C. men operated mobile meth lab

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Henderson County sheriff’s deputies charged two people with operating a mobile meth lab after they stopped their Jeep on an isolated area near DuPont State Forest.   Read Story »

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Bryson City Democrat files for 11th District seat

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Describing himself as a fiscally conservative "mountain Democrat," Bryson City Alderman Rick Bryson announced his candidacy for 11th District congressional seat on Monday.   Read Story »

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Todd Thompson, a friendly restaurateur and antique collector, dies

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Stephen Todd Thompson, a sociable front-of-the-house host and storyteller and avid collector of classic signs and other relics of the Old South, died on Saturday of a heart attack after several weeks of poor health, family members said. He was 59.   Read Story »

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Eighth Air Force veterans remember Pearl Harbor

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The Eighth Air Force Historical Society met a week after Veterans Day, the national observation inspired by the surrender on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 to end “the war to end all wars.”   Read Story »

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Watchdog warns Laurel Park on water fund

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LAUREL PARK — The Laurel Park Town Board adopted a plan to make up a shortfall in its water system revenue after the state’s local government watchdog warned the town that its water fund was running a deficit.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Christmas Parade 2015

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Bounty of Bethlehem volunteer signup is Saturday

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Chief deputy retiring

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Jerry Rice, a road deputy who worked his way up through nearly every division before being named chief deputy a year ago, is retiring from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office next week.   Read Story »

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Kanuga leader wins national honor

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Stanley B. Hubbard Jr., the president of Kanuga Conferences Inc. since 2005, will be presented the Dean’s Cross for Servant Leadership in Church and Society Award during a service in Alexandria, Va., on Sunday.   Read Story »

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Craft brewers toast McGrady

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Apodaca served his town

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When the 2002 reapportionment created a Hendersonville-centric state Senate seat, few surveyors of the political landscape would have pointed to Tom Apodaca as a likely candidate.   Read Story »

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Motorist saw a person hanging out of Jeep

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A motorist who was driving behind the Jeep thought to be involved in the bizarre Ninth Avenue murder case said she saw what looked like a struggle as the SUV traveled on N.C. 191 and Asheville Highway with a wide open passenger-side door Thursday afternoon.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Christmas Parade lineup announced

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The Hendersonvillle Christmas parade kicks off at this Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m.   Read Story »

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First P.A.s from Wingate's King Street campus to graduate

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The first students to enroll in Wingate’s physician assistant program at the Hendersonville campus will graduate on Friday at the George A. Batte Jr. Fine Arts Center in Wingate.   Read Story »

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ELECTION 2016: Incumbent commissioners, judges file

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Henderson County commissioners Charlie Messer and Grady Hawkins filed for re-election on Wednesday, the second day of the campaign qualifying period for the 2016 elections. Also filing were District Court judge Athena Brooks and Emily Cowan.   Read Story »

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Shop local, win a prize

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Residents who shop and dine at Henderson County stores and restaurants through Dec. 18 can enter a drawing to win a gift package.   Read Story »

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Pardee Home Health, upscale gun range, commercial zoning

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Duke grant will help Mills River watershed

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Duke Energy announced Wednesday that it had made more than $1 million worth of grants to improve natural areas in North Carolina and South Carolina, including a $100,000 donation to Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy to protect a creek in the Mills River watershed.    Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Chasing Rainbows' was born here

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Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz opens with a brief glimpse of the end, which is a good thing. The road to Oz is mighty hard for Judy Garland and company. It’s good to know ahead of time that she makes it.   Read Story »

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Chuckin' it: Filing opens amid departures

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Things are rockin' in the new early signup period for local and state elections.   Read Story »

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Rep. Whitmire won't run for re-election

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State Rep. Chris Whitmire is leaving his state House seat to take a civilian job related to his Air Force background.   Read Story »

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Chuck Edwards files for state Senate

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Chuck Edwards, a Hendersonville business owner and past president of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday filed for the  state Senate seat incumbent Tom Apodaca plans to vacate at the end of his seventh term.   Read Story »

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APODACA BOWING OUT

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca, a political novice who rose over the past 14 years from back bench anonymity to become one of the most powerful legislators ever to serve from Hendersonville, announced on Monday that he is not running for re-election next year.   Read Story »

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Singleton Centre is now Flat Rock Square

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FLAT ROCK — The Singleton Centre has been bought by a commercial real estate broker who promises improved signage and more coordinated shopping events by the center’s tenants.   Read Story »

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St. Gerard House 'Expanding Hope' in new space

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St. Gerard House has launched a campaign to raise $935,000 to expand autism programs in a house it bought across the street from its Grotto School.   Read Story »

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Coroner issues cause of death in festival fatality

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Neill restitution varies widely

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Before he died in 2009, Barry E. Clemo signed his name to a will that would help take care of the people and creatures he and his wife, Tracy, cared about the most.   Read Story »

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Meadows expresses thanks for the givers

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Mark Meadows scooped a substantial mound of spaghetti onto a paper plate. His district director, Wayne King, ladled on a serving of sweet corn. Field representative Jenny Maybin added the tossed salad.   Read Story »

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HOLIDAY BRIEFS: Chorale, Sandburg shows, Bullington wreaths

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Program focuses on historic flood of 1916

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The Center for Cultural Preservation’s next program, on the historic flood of 1916, asks the question, “What have we learned?”   Read Story »

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Catie Byrd wins All America honor in DII nationals

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In ‘Chasing Rainbows,’ creators shoot for Broadway

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FLAT ROCK — Looking for a theater to launch “Chasing Rainbows,” the story of Judy Garland’s rise to fame as a young actress, Tina Marie Casamento Libby had something specific in mind.   Read Story »

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S.C. man sentenced to 29 years for statutory rape

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A Landrum, S.C., man who befriended an underaged girl in order to have sex with her was sentenced to 29 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of statutory rape and one counting of solicting a child by computer, District Attorney Greg Newman said in a news release.   Read Story »

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Trio charged with three robberies

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McGrady to run for re-election

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady plans to seek re-election to a fourth term in the North Carolina House, ending speculation that he might retire after the long 2015 legislative session.   Read Story »

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Home sales tilting toward seller's market

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A sizzle in real estate sales is moving Henderson County into a seller’s market for the first time in nine years, real estate agents say.   Read Story »

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Cattle farmer, landowners want to close Middleton Road segment

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FLAT ROCK — A lightly used dirt road would be closed from Crail Farm Road to Old Town Way if the Henderson County Board of Commissioners goes along with a petition of property owners who support the closure.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Community Thanksgiving service, Boy Scout grant, art show

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Highway budget advances local projects

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State transportation funding reforms have accelerated the Balfour Parkway from U.S. 64 East to N.C. 191, widening of N.C. 191 from Hendersonville to Mills River, a White Street improvement and upgrade of Highland Lake Road from Greenville Highway to Spartanburg, Rep. Chuck McGrady announced Thursday.   Read Story »

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Doris Eklund, community activist and volunteer, dies

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Doris Anderson Eklund, a businesswoman, volunteer and longtime community activist, died on Wednesday at the life care center at Lake Pointe Landing after a period of declining health.   Read Story »

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Widespread power outage affects city

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A power outage affected 1,593 customers in central Hendersonville including Pardee Hospital, the Grove Street Courthouse and the Blue Ridge Mall.   Read Story »

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St. Gerard House wins $173,000 grant

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The state has awarded St. Gerard House a $173,000 to enhance its autism treatment programs in Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada adds a new year-round beer

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is launching Otra Vez, a German-style ale that will join the brewery’s year-round lineup.   Read Story »

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'Season of Giving' covers value of nonprofits

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The Hendersonville Lightning is pleased to announce the publication of a 56-page special section this week that chronicles the value of nonprofits, features volunteers in the community and lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities.   Read Story »

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HHS senior: Why 1926 building matters to me

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I am student of the Class of 2016 and I am also a fourth generation Bearcat.   Read Story »

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Signup under way for Turkey Trot

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The third annual Turkey Trot 5k sponsored by the city of Hendersonville is set for Thanksgiving morning.   Read Story »

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McGrady, Apodaca still mum on re-election

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Speaking to a business group last week, State Rep. Chuck McGrady touted the achievements of this year’s legislative session, predicted a shorter and less substantive session next year and stopped short of answering the question most on the minds of political spectators.   Read Story »

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Alumni president: Renovation cheaper, safer than new school

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The president of the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association says cost comparisons between renovation of HHS and a brand new school leave out the unknown pricetag of renovating the 1926 building for another use.   Read Story »

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Coren would charge Bearcats for cost overrun

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Saying that he was elected as “a representative and voice for the entire county,” School Board member Colby Coren last week cautioned that decision makers should “look at look at the next hundred years, not dwell on the last hundred” years of Hendersonville High School history.   Read Story »

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Cooper honored, Pardee sets job fair on Monday

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N.C. schools chief, McGrady to get 'muddy sneakers'

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State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson and state Rep. Chuck McGrady of Hendersonville will trade their suits in for sneakers Monday as they accompany Sugarloaf Elementary students on a learning expedition in DuPont State Recreational Forest as part of the school’s participation in Muddy Sneakers’ environmental education program.   Read Story »

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Roman Gabriel III brings alcohol abstinence program to schools

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Roman Gabriel III, a former pro football player and son of former Los Angeles Rams and N.S. State quarterback Roman Gabriel, will visit Henderson County middle school students Monday and Tuesday to promote alcohol abstinence and character development.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Ringers, Immaculata, grant schedule

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City unveils winning recycling insignia

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Hendersonville City Manager John Connet said city employees were sitting in an office talking about ways to publicize the city's recycling effort when a recycling truck passed by. It had a big white space on the side. A blank slate was born.   Read Story »

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Meadows helping to draft 'Contract with America II'

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows is one of the drafters of a new Contract with America that conservative House members plan to introduce.   Read Story »

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Veterans vet academy applicants

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If he was intimidated to be in the presence of seven high-ranking officers with distinguished military careers, Isaac Nicholson didn’t show it.   Read Story »

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Horseback chief retires

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Wallace Mooney, longtime director of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol, is retiring from his post at the age of 75, after serving on horseback for 16 years, the sheriff's office announced.   Read Story »

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IAM breaks ground on $2.6M headquarters

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With the turn of six shovels, leaders of the Interfaith Assistance Ministry celebrated the groundbreaking for a new $2.6 million home for the 32-year-old agency that feeds and clothes the poor and intervenes in crisis to rescue families in times of need.   Read Story »

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JROTC captain stitches quilt for WWII hero

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Dudley Brown was cruising toward high school graduation in New Jersey in the winter of 1941. “There were three of us,” he said. “After Japan hit Pearl Harbor we said we’ve got to do something about this.”   Read Story »

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Maybank, Rhett families to fund nature center at park

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Two families have committed pledges and gifts itotaling $40,000 to help develop the nature center at the Park at Flat Rock, the Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. announced on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Bull takes sports project by the horns

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Chris Bull is wasting no time making good on his pledge to upgrade the Hendersonville Racquet Club.   Read Story »

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NHHS band director Sigmon honored for excellence

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North Henderson High School band director Stephen Sigmon received the “Award of Excellence” on Monday from the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, a division of the North Carolina Music Educators Association.   Read Story »

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SCHOOL BOARD PICKS RENOVATION OVER NEW HHS

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In a split vote, the Henderson County School Board recommended to the county commissioners that they move forward with a construction option that preserves the 1926 Hendersonville High School as a classroom building.   Read Story »

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Detectives think blue car was at scene of burglaries

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Catie Byrd again named D-II Southeast runner of the year

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Catie Byrd, a North Henderson High School graduate and senior at Queens University in Charlotte, was named the regional runner of the year for a second straight year after finishing third in the Southeast NCAA Division II cross country championship in Wingate on Saturday.   Read Story »

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Contractors unite to repair homes

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The Henderson-Transylvania Home Builders Association is celebrating 10 years of TEAM Day — Together Everyone Achieves More — as it partners with Housing Assistance Corporation to repair homes this month.   Read Story »

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Bargain Barn offers 'open-box' returns

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MOUNTAIN HOME — Although the Mountain Home Bargain Barn sells stuff for less, a shopper would not mistake it for a thrift shop.   Read Story »

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Bearcat Nation fights for school

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Shannon Meadows Allison stood up in Hendersonville High School’s auditorium, a beloved place for HHS alumni, and explained why she hopes county leaders preserve the core of the school.   Read Story »

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Arson suspected in Alpine Woods trailer fire

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Henderson County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a suspicious fire that occurred at 26 Warrens Run Drive in the troubled Alpine Woods mobile home park off Howard Gap Road.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Council divided on gun regulations

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The Hendersonville City Council members agreed that the city needs a broad security plan on guns and the threat of a shooter on city property. They don't agree on how to get there.   Read Story »

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Flooding causes sewage to spill into Mud Creek

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About 12,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled from a manhole at the city sewage treatment plant on Balfour Road Monday because of heavy rainfall and flooding, the city said in a news release.   Read Story »

Edneyville Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Duke not too big to listen

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The announcement Wednesday that Duke Energy had pulled the plug on a 40-mile transmission line through Henderson County as part of its Western Carolinas Modernization Plan marked a logical end to a saga that has gripped the southern mountains for 120 days.   Read Story »

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United Way launches process for 2016 funding

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United Way of Henderson County in the coming weeks will be accepting applications from agencies seeking funding for the 2016-17 fiscal year.   Read Story »

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State rejects local park grants

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At a meeting last Thursday of recreation directors and recreation boards from across Henderson County, the talk centered on how to better coordinate park development.   Read Story »

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'The process worked,' Duke says of reversal

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Duke Energy announced on Wednesday that it has dropped plans to run a high-voltage transmission line through Henderson County, citing the community's overwhelming opposition, and calling for regionwide cooperation on reducing energy.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville incumbents win; Staton routs challenger

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Hendersonville City Council incumbents Steve Caraker and Ron Stephens won re-election and Flat Rock Mayor Bob Staton routed challenger Bob Spitzen in the only contested races Tuesday as voters trickled to the polls across Henderson County on Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Pardee honors auxiliary members

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Hed shot of Karla Reese Barbara Gregory, who has Grace, and Barbara Glassman, who brings Bella, are pet therapy volunteers. It’s clear from their teasing that Pardee CEO Jay Kirby and auxiliary volunteer B.J. Alison know one another well.   Read Story »

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Local kids are cast in 'Chasing Rainbows'

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Flat Rock Playhouse, the developmental house for Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, announced the casting for the world premiere that chronicles the life of a young Judy Garland. The cast includes 20 local kids.   Read Story »

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County takes tentative step toward greenway

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Treading cautiously toward a commitment for a greenway extension, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners directed the county staff to look at running a bike and pedestrian trail through Jackson Park.   Read Story »

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Masked men rob Dollar General

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying two masked men dressed in black who robbed the Dollar General on N.C. 191 of an disclosed amount of cash on Sunday night.   Read Story »

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Babysitter charged in shooting death of toddler

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The young mother who was babysitting the 2-year-old accidentally shot to death last week was charged on Monday with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the child's death.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Catfish Moon' shines light on friendship

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The conflict in “Catfish Moon” is based on the preposterous premise that a married man divorced by his wife for having an affair is justified in being possessive of the ex when someone else falls for her.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam: Dancing bear is back

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Thomas Brass's dancing bear is back, this time in the daylight.   Read Story »

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Carland aims for pickup of TV pilot

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FLAT ROCK — As Ben Carland watches a computer monitor, two actors playing sheriff’s deputies drag Matt Burke out of a cabin and handcuff him to a porch rail. The actor strains at the short chain of the handcuff.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Sports

Pickleball players medal in Senior Games

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Pickleball players from Henderson and Transylvania counties won medals at the North Carolina Senior Games in Concord.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Preserve HHS building for HHS

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Leaving a Henderson County Board of Commissioners meeting last week, Hall Waddell tried to digest the discussion about Hendersonville High School. One might have gathered from the scary looking estimates on the time and cost of a renovation that the 89-year-old building is beyond salvation.   Read Story »

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County receives grant to restore creek

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Henderson County won a $57,800 grant to help the Henderson Soil and Water Conservation District remove a small dam on Greer Creek and restore 300 feet of the former stream channel, the governor's office announced.   Read Story »

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Funeral set for 2-year-old victim of shooting

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A funeral service for Abagail Joanna Newman, the 2-year-old girl who died in an accidental shooting on Monday, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home with the Rev. Curtis Pace officiating. Burial will follow in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.   Read Story »

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At 40, she thought, 'I'm going to die'

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Cancer survivors and supporters of screenings and treatment for women with cancer on Friday honored three “Women of Hope” who demonstrated courage and grace when they were diagnosed and treated for cancer.   Read Story »

Fletcher Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: The scariest house in town

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FLETCHER — Standing amid skeletons, hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns, spider web-draped trees and grinning zombies covered in blood, Jody Chandler declares, “I’m afraid of the dark.”   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows votes for Ryan

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City to pitch Dogwood lot as hotel, parking deck

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Lew Holloway has become a collector of facts about on old hotels.   Read Story »

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Man shot by deputies is charged with murder

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies shot a man after he led law officers on a pursuit from Buncombe County to Polk County, pointed a gun at other motorists, drove more than 20 milies on flat tires after racing through stop sticks and pointed a gun at officers after running away, the sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Mountain voices movie, winter forecast, recycling

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Pardee in top 5% for patient safety

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Pardee Hospital was named among the top 5 percent in the nation for patient safety in 2015 by Healthgrades, an  online resource that helps consumers research and choose doctors and hospitals.   Read Story »

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Grymes joins United Way as development director

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The United Way of Henderson County has announced the hiring of Sarah Grymes as director of resource development.   Read Story »

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Homeowner charged in shooting death of toddler

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CRAB CREEK — Henderson County sheriff's investigators have charged the homeowner with involuntary manslaughter in the accidental shooting that killed a 2-year-old girl Monday.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about Saluda Grade, gateway art

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Duke to acquire Piedmont Natural Gas

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Duke Energy will acquire Piedmont Natural Gas for approximately $4.9 billion in cash and $1.8 billion in debt, the Charlotte-based companies announced Monday.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Volunteers attack weeds in Laurel Park

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LAUREL PARK — Good weeds and bad weeds was the theme of the day as volunteers and AmeriCorps workers deployed to two town parks and a sod field on Sunday.   Read Story »

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Festival organizers push back on county regs

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Efforts to tighten permitting of outdoor festivals drew opposition last week from landowners who objected to what they described as burdensome site plans, unreasonable restrictions on noise and police intrusion on private events.   Read Story »

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Neurosurgeon not linked to fraud case, attorney says

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Dr. Michael J. Rosner, who faces 31 medical malpractice lawsuits over surgeries he performed at Park Ridge Health, has no connection to the fraud that led the hospital’s corporate owner to settle a whistleblower lawsuit for $118 million, an attorney for Park Ridge said in court last week.   Read Story »

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FernLeaf Charter School to locate in Fletcher

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FLETCHER — FernLeaf Community Charter School will locate its school on 26 acres of land on Cane Creek across the road from Fletcher Community Park, the school announced Thursday.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

City water system not like Asheville situation, McGrady says

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FLETCHER — Although Hendersonville still owns its water system, the prospect that the city utility could be forced into a regional authority surfaced when the state Legislature acted to take Asheville’s water system without compensation.   Read Story »

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County improves score in outdoor beauty

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Henderson County received a score of “4 Blooms” from the America in Bloom national program for 2015, an increase of  9 percent from last year’s score of “3 Blooms."   Read Story »

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Downtown hosts 'Trick or Treat Street'

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Downtown Hendersonville hosts the annual Trick or Treat Street on Halloween featuring costume contests for ages 3 and up, DJ Sid the Surf and candy from merchants.   Read Story »

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Bicycle Club, city install bike fix-it station on greenway

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The city of Hendersonville and Blue Ridge Bicycle Club teamed up to install a bicycle Fixit station at Patton Park on the Oklawaha Greenway Trail.   Read Story »

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Commissioners divided over future of HHS

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Henderson County commissioners are sharply divided on how to move ahead with a construction project to replace or renovate Hendersonville High School, an 89-year-old structure that is deeply tied to the city’s history and culture.   Read Story »

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Conservancy seeks volunteers to 'make a difference'

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and AmeriCorps Project Conserve are seeking volunteers for Make a Difference Day on Sunday, Oct. 25.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sustainable Energy group honors McGrady

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady received the Legislator of the Year award from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association during the organization’s annual Making Energy Work event in Raleigh on Oct. 6.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Duke charts a new play

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Duke Energy surprised opponents of the 45-mile transmission line through Henderson County two weeks ago when it booted a promised decision to announce its preferred power line route.   Read Story »

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HHS-Owen game to air on WMYA

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The Hendersonville High School Bearcat football team will play its first televised game this week.   Read Story »

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Apple Country restores stop at AVL

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Apple Country Transit has found a temporary fix for a bus transfer location that riders described as inconvenient and hazardous.   Read Story »

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COLD WAR: Frozen custard shop to open

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Whit’s Frozen Custard is joining the cold war in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Beam to compete in Miss Teen pageant

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Kathlene Beam of Hendersonville has been selected to participate in the 2015 Miss Teen pageant competition on Sunday, Nov. 15.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

N.C. Tea Party members reject front-runners

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Trump and Fiorina were out. So was incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.   Read Story »

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Miller's names September winner of $500

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Man charged with indecent liberties

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After an investigation that began late Sunday evening, detectives from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit charged a 59-year-old Hendersonville man with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.   Read Story »

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Armed robber sent to prison

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A Brevard man was sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for his role in a robbery and assault in July 2013.   Read Story »

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Bears go on auction block Saturday

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The 13th annual Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk comes to a close with the annual Bearfootin’ Art Walk Auction on Saturday.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Ladies Aid Society, piano performance at BRCC

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Appalachian Trail thru-hike is topic at library

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Hiker, author and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Trails and Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr will present a slideshow movie on his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Henderson County Public Library Kaplan Auditorium, 301 N. Washington St.   Read Story »

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Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards wins 10 medals at State Fair

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Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards won two Double Gold Medals, the highest medal designation awarded to wine, and a total of 10 at the State Fair.   Read Story »

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Buster is lost ... and found

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Janice Villalon had lived through enough heartache. She didn’t need to lose Buster, too.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Village allocates $512K for playground, pavilion

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John Dockendorf, who runs an adventure company that takes teenagers on challenging outdoor trips, likes to quote studies showing that kids spend eight hours a day looking at electronic devices.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

206-unit Eastside Meadows clears planning hurdle

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A 21-acre development that would include 206 apartments and eventually an urban village on North Main Street is a step closer to city approval.   Read Story »

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Post WWII, HHS class of 1950 enjoyed peace, prosperity, pranks

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Driving from Florida to his hometown of Hendersonville, Barry Kalin was trying to pinpoint why he was looking forward to seeing his high school classmates from 65 years ago.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: North Main becomes a priority

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The proposal announced by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to widen the back way from Four Seasons Boulevard to the Balfour area of Asheville Highway was puzzling for a couple of reasons and sensible for another.   Read Story »

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Peggy Marshall of Sugarloaf named principal of the year

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Peggy Marshall, principal at Sugarloaf Elementary School, was named the 2015-16 Principal of the Year for Henderson County Public Schools on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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County could lose Capitol clout

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After years of political famine, Henderson County has feasted for two years on power. The county has an unusual supply of clout, thanks to the seniority and position of Sen. Tom Apodaca and the fast rise of state Rep. Chuck McGrady.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

WEEKEND: Forest Festival, Alzheimer's Walk, student play

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Beware of hunting in national forests

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Outside of developed recreation areas, hunting is permitted throughout national forests in North Carolina.   Read Story »

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John McCutcheon to perform at Trinity

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John McCutcheon will perform at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville on Nov. 6 for the Project We Care organization.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Mayoral candidate settles $60,000 zoning fine

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock resident and mayoral candidate Bob Spitzen has settled a zoning dispute that led to a five-year court battle and a $60,000 fine.   Read Story »

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Highland Lake Villas frets about park runover

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FLAT ROCK — Residents of Highland Lake Villas say they’re seeing unwanted traffic from the Park at Flat Rock and fear crime could follow.   Read Story »

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League hosts candidate meet and greet

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The League of Women Voters of Henderson County will host a candidate meet-and-greet on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the City Operations Building.   Read Story »

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County mulls stricter rules for outdoor festivals

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A death at one festival and a beer permit snafu at another last July have prompted Henderson County planners to propose tighter rules for large outdoor concerts and festivals where alcohol is served.   Read Story »

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'Bamba' LaTourette, 102, dies

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FLAT ROCK — Isabella D. LaTourette, affectionately known by her family and many friends as “Bamba,” died peacefully at her summer home in Winter Harbor, Maine, on Sept. 28, after a short illness.   Read Story »

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MountainTrue honors recycler Rick Burt

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Rick Burt, an environmental leader in Hendersonville, received the Esther Cunningham Award for his work on recycling and other areas in the annual awards presented last week by MountainTrue.   Read Story »

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Defendants receive prison terms

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District Attorney Greg Newman announced numerous convictions resulting in active prison sentences during the Sept. 21-Oct. 2 terms of Henderson County Superior Court.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam captures black bear 'pole dancing'

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Thomas Brass and his wildlife camera on top of Haywood Knolls captured a 2½-minute video of a black bear looking for all the world like it's performing a pole dance.   Read Story »

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Online drivers license renewal goes statewide

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Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that online driver license renewal will now be available statewide through the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. The improvement is part of the governor’s “Driving Change” initiative which is focused on improving customer service at the DMV through technology and increased efficiencies.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: H2O to go

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Two tractor-trailer loads carrying 90,000 bottles of fresh water pulled out of Cason Builders Supply in East Flat Rock at 10 a.m. Monday en route to Columbia, S.C., to quench the thirst of flood victims.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

NCDOT holds road hearing Wednesday

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Berkeley Road, Signal Hill Road and Thompson Street need to be widened because heavy trucks are using that route to avoid Four Seasons Boulevard, the NCDOT says.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Whistleblower settlement opens new avenue for Rosner plaintiffs

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A $118 million payment by Adventist Health Systems to settle whistleblower claims that it paid kickbacks for referrals, encouraged overutilization and filed false insurance claims has opened a new line of attack for plaintiffs suing a Park Ridge surgeon for what they described as unnecessary procedures.   Read Story »

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DUKE WILL LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES TO POWER LINE

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Acknowledging an overwhelming wave of concern about the potential impact on tourism and mountain views, Duke Energy announced today that it was delaying the announcement of its preferred route for the 45-mile 230-kilovolt Foothills Transmission Line until early November and looking at alternatives to the power line.   Read Story »

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Sky Top, Stepp's apple orchards among 10 best in U.S.

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Sky Top in Flat Rock and Stepp's Hillcrest  in Edneyville have been named top 10 apple orchards in America in a USA Today fall travel feature.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Walking Guys sing for their lunch at Hubba Hubba

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FLAT ROCK — The Walking Guys carry a sign.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Water drive draws steady response

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Local residents and officials streaming into Jackson Park today to donate water and money to flood victims were greeted by the top executives of Hendersonville and Henderson County government, each taking their turn to load cases of water.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Ecusta Trail, HLT, 'Green drinks'

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Sheriff says lockdown creates model for crisis response

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The woman who carried a gun onto the campus of the Apple Valley Middle School never became a shooter. She never even got into a school building.   Read Story »

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Early College, WHHS praised for graduation rates

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Henderson County Early College High School and West Henderson High School were among 61 North Carolina schools recognized for their exceptionally high 2014-15 graduation rates during a special ceremony in Durham.   Read Story »

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Court upholds taking of Asheville's water system

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The city of Asheville has lost its battle with the state Legislature over the transfer of its water system to a regional utilities authority — an outcome that increases Henderson County's power in the management of water resources.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Speaker urges reversal of 'In God We Trust' sign on courthouse

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A Hendersonville resident who described himself as an ordained Baptist minister and person of strong faith urged Henderson County commissioners on Monday night to reverse their decision to post "In God We Trust" on the front of the county's two courthouses.   Read Story »

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Edneyville, Balfour top school construction list

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A new Edneyville Elementary School and a combined campus at Blue Ridge Community College for the Henderson County Early College and Balfour Education Center top the county School Board's priority list for major construction, School Board chairmanErvin Bazzle told the county Board of Commissioners on Monday.   Read Story »

Edneyville News

Edney: Don't change name of Edneyville school

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It was only logical that Commissioner Michael Edney was the one to ask the question.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Playhouse progress more than make-believe

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With the summer season in the books and 2016 season ticket sales off to a record start, things are looking up at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Power line opponents to hold picnic at Courthouse Plaza

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Opponents of the proposed 45-mile transmission line from Campobello, S.C., to Asheville are holding a Protect Our Land Picnic on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Historic Courthouse Plaza in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Fletcher Business

BorgWarner to add jobs paying $60K/year

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BorgWarner Thermal Systems Inc. is expected to move ahead with an $8.2 million expansion that would add 31 good-paying jobs at its Fletcher plant after the Henderson County Board of Commissioners authorized economic development incentives for the project.   Read Story »

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HHS to induct four to Hall of Fame

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A successful Division 1 college basketball coach, a high-ranking Episcopal bishop, a longtime Henderson County School Board member and a sports journalist will enter the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame during the annual Induction Ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday at the HHS auditorium.   Read Story »

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Report on local economy endorses manufacturing jobs

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A new report on the local economy supports the current emphasis by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners to invest in incentives that result in new manufacturing jobs.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Pump Boys and Dinettes' serves up laughs, Moonpies

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You may only be there for a fill-up or a bite to eat on the way down Highway 57 but before you leave you’ll get a big helping of laughs, be reminded of some of the important things in life, and, if you’re lucky, win an automobile air freshener and a Moon Pie.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Floodwaters remain, no major damage reported

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The one-two punch of an upper level low pressure system fed by moisture from Hurricane Joaquin was a whiff in terms of major flooding, property damage and injuries in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Asheville man charged with setting man on fire

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EDNEYVILLE — Sheriff’s deputies charged a 37-year-old Asheville man with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill after he allegedly doused a man with gasoline and set him on fire.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

High water closes roads

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Flash flooding occurred on the Green River in southern Henderson County, Mud Creek is rising fast and law officers and NCDOT crews are closing roads across the county as the big rain event of 2015 doused the area.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City Council advances change allowing members to pack heat

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A shooter who wanted to do harm at Hendersonville’s City Hall might not encounter a gun-free zone.   Read Story »

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Sheriff's office seeks help finding teenager

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Forecasters add high wind warning; weekend festivals called off

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Forecasters added a high wind watch to a potentially hazardous weekend of bad weather that also includes heavy rain and a flood warning along the French Broad River. The bad weather forced the cancellation of Farm City Day and Art on Main.    Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Health Sciences Center topped off

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Forty-five minutes before a ceremony to celebrate the “topping off” of the joint health education building and Pardee cancer center, the sun broke through a thick cloud cover.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville adds sister city in Italy

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Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk and Vice Mayor Marinella Franzetti of Verbania, Italy, signed agreements on last week to become official international sister cities. The signing ceremony took place Wednesday in City Hall in Verbania, with about 50 people attending.   Read Story »

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Hurricane Joaquin could bring area 7 inches of rain

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The combination of an upper low pressure system moving across the Deep South and tropical moisture from Hurricane Joaquin is likely to produce a very wet weekend.   Read Story »

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Grace Lutheran kicks off yearlong centennial

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Grace Lutheran Church launches a year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary on Sunday with the theme of Psalm 33:11, “… the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”   Read Story »

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Flat Rock residents spot something new: the train

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Residents of Highland Lake Villas last week saw something they had not seen in a long time last week. Trains were running on the railroad tracks past their homes.   Read Story »

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Cradle of Forestry celebrates mountain traditions

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PISGAH FOREST — The Cradle of Forestry will celebrate the heritage of Western North Carolina and the founding of forestry in America during the annual Forest Festival Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Read Story »

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New Alpine Woods owners promise improvements

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Seven months ago, sub-zero degree weather froze water lines at Alpine Woods resort and left tenants with no running water for weeks.   Read Story »

Fletcher News

FernLeaf sets public information session

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FLETCHER — Continued interest by families considering enrolling in Henderson County's newest charter school prompted FernLeaf Community Charter School to add another public information session.   Read Story »

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HonorAir launches free wings for vets night

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Reaching out to working veterans, Jim Miller and HonorAir have added a nighttime event offering free chicken wings to those who served or are currently enlisted in the military.   Read Story »

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NWS issues flash flood watch

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The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the mountains Tuesday as a rain system continued to blanket the region. Forecasters said there was a 90 percent chance of rain today with additional accumulation of up to an inch by Wednesday morning.   Read Story »

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County may reopen front doors at Courthouse

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The side entrance to the Grove Street courthouse, created as a temporary fix for security reasons, could be a thing of the past at the 1995 building where the civil and criminal judicial system resides.   Read Story »

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Woman charged with having gun on Apple Valley campus

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A 25-year-old woman who deputies say carried a handgun onto the Apple Valley Middle campus Thursday morning has been charged with a felony count of possessing a firearm on school property, the Henderson County sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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Historic Johnson Farm gets Blue Ridge Heritage sign

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A new Blue Ridge National Heritage Area sign was installed today at Historic Johnson Farm.   Read Story »

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In strong market, apple growers will pick in the rain

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Four days of rain with more on the way has broken the drought, saving parched apple orchards and recharging water levels of the Mills River.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: They're off!

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Soggy but rested, more than 1,100 bicyclists pedaled off from Jackson Park on their way to Shelby, the second leg of the 475-mile Mountains to Coast ride.   Read Story »

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Playhouse, Pardee partner to stage 'Wit'

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The Flat Rock Playhouse and Pardee Hospital Foundation have partnered to produce a one-night-only staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Wit” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Free Clinics giving free shots Monday

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The Free Clinics will offer free flu shots and a variety of preventative health screenings to the community from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.   Read Story »

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Movie fans can become critics for a day

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Local film lovers for the first time here can be part of an international viewing and judging experience when Flat Rock Cinema presents the 18th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 27-28.   Read Story »

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Storehouse moves to bigger quarters

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Founded 15 years ago to feed needy older folks, the Storehouse has expanded over the years to serve families, providing food, coats and blankets.   Read Story »

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Whitley Drugs moves down Greenville Hwy.

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Joining the exodus of merchants and other tenants ahead of a bulldozer, Whitley Drugs has moved across and down the street.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about Kellogg Center, 'Green River,' rental store

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

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Cross-state bicycle tour overnights here

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Neither rain nor a frosty morn nor downhill hairpin turns stayed more than a thousand intrepid riders from finishing the first leg of the Mountains to Coast bicycle tour, pedaling from Waynesville to Hendersonville on Sunday.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Local GOP applauds Meadows role in speaker's demise

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While it’s impossible to predict exactly how the leadership battle to replace House Speaker John Boehner will play out, one thing is clear. The speaker’s resignation, announced Friday morning, has vindicated the effort by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows to remove the speaker and vaulted the second-term 11th District representative into a very powerful position.   Read Story »

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Garbage truck catches fire on I-26

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The driver escaped injury when a garbage truck carrying recycled cardboard caught fire and became fully engulfed in flames on I-26 just east of the Upward Road interchange on Thursday afternoon.   Read Story »

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Power line foes challenge Duke's energy demand forecast

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Based on research that challenges Duke Energy's electric usage projections, an Edneyville group issued a 12-page report on Thursday asserting that the utility's proposed foothills transmission line is unnecessary.   Read Story »

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Woman with gun being evaluated

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A woman who was taken into custody for having a gun on the campus of North Henderson High School and Apple Valley Middle School has been taken to Pardee Hospital for evaluation, the sheriff's spokesman said.   Read Story »

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Chamber selects 2015-16 Junior Leaders

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The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce has chosen 22 juniors from five Henderson County high schools as its Class of 2015-16 Junior Leaders. The juniors attended orientation Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Park Ridge owner agrees to $115M fine

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The corporate owner of Park Ridge Health has agreed to pay a $115 million fine for filing false or inflated insurance claims and paying kickbacks to physicians for hospital referrals in violation of state and federal law, according to a settlement agreement filed Monday in a whistleblower case originally brought by three Park Ridge employees.   Read Story »

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Dachshunds to race again at SAB's Oktoberfest

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Dachshund races, German food, local craft beer and hard cider, polka music, games, lederhosen and a good cause are in store for the fifth annual Oktoberfest at Southern Appalachian Brewery from 1 to 6 p.m. at Southern Appalachian Brewery on Sunday, Sept. 27.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Tour de Falls, piano concert, Art on Main

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Bullington Gardens highlights dahlias

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Bullington Gardens will host the special fall program Dahlia Daze next week when dahlias are at their peak.   Read Story »

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Missing man found dead at crash scene

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A 20-year-old man who had been missing since Sunday died in a crash off N.C. 191, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Andrew Woodring had been last seen when he left work at a Burger King in Fletcher.    Read Story »

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Birders are invited to Flock to the Rock

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Chimney Rock Park will host Flock to the Rock, a fall migration birding event, on Saturday, Sept. 19.   Read Story »

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Dispatch center launches Text 911

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  The Henderson County Sheriff's Office now has the ability to provide residents and visitors with Text to 9-1-1, a program that allows people to send text messages to emergency services as an alternative to placing a phone call.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt...about the Blue Ridge Conference Hall

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Q. How is the Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College doing in terms of what was expected when it was built?   Read Story »

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Stephens says county could run park programs for city

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Hendersonville Mayor Pro Tem Ron Stephens says the city should explore a partnership with Henderson County to run recreation programs at the city’s Berkeley Mills Park or even take it over and make improvements.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park Council awards park contract

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The Laurel Park town council awarded a $94,500 contract on Tuesday to Revis Grading of Zirconia for work to complete phase II of the Rhododendron Lake Nature Park project.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park clears way for breweries

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LAUREL PARK — Laurel Park could be the next place where craft beer fans can quaff a local brew.   Read Story »

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Library is not 'repository of all of Western civilization'

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Endorsing the ability of the professional staff to evaluate the public library’s books and choose which ones to discard, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday directed library director Trina Rushing to proceed with a pruning process that drew heavy emotional fire during two meetings over the past week.   Read Story »

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N.C. budget brings benefits to area

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More doctors-in-training for Western North Carolina, money to solve the “doughnut hole” in DuPont State Forest, preserving historic tax credits, land conservation funding and the possibility of construction money for community colleges are among the positives for Henderson County in the state budget and bond issue as the state legislative session winds down, local lawmakers said.   Read Story »

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Planning agency seeks input on transportation plan

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The French Broad River MPO is taking public input on a 25-year regional transportation plan update.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Patron-picked lineup propels Playhouse sales

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A lineup of plays heavily influenced by patrons’ input, deeper discounting and a broad-based marketing campaign helped drive the Flat Rock Playhouse to record opening day ticket sales.   Read Story »

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‘Fly’ taps into Tuskegee story

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“Fly,” the story of the Tuskegee airmen, would have been worth a $40 ticket if it had ended after four minutes.   Read Story »

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County to place 'In God We Trust' on courthouses

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“In God We Trust,” the U.S. motto, will be prominently displayed on the front of Henderson County’s two courthouses, the county Board of Commissioners decided today.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Disco ‘Stayin’ Alive’ at Playhouse Downtown

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The unforgettable three-part harmony of the Bee Gees comes to life when the popular tribute show opens this week at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Habitat, charter school, R&B, Co-Op

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Family sets service for Chief Fisher

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The family of retired Laurel Park Police Chief Don Fisher has set a Life Celebration at Mud Creek Baptist Church on Thursday. Open visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. with a service beginning at 6 p.m. All are invited and welcome to attend.   Read Story »

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Local veterinarian inducted into Livestock Hall of Fame

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Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler inducted a Henderson County large-animal veterinarian and a longtime livestock show volunteer into the N.C. Mountain State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame on Friday.   Read Story »

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Sheriff launches emergency alert system

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Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has launched a Community Notification System that will provide community advisories and alert residents by phone and text about emergencies. The service could provide county residents with information on everything from snow storms to road closure to hazardous waste spills to missing persons.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows' 'Meet the Press' spot cut to 11 seconds

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When U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows made a procedural move six weeks ago to oust John Boehner as speaker of the House, it looked as if he may have bought himself a ticket to political exile — a bold but careless explorer never to be heard from again.   Read Story »

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Cold front will bring gorgeous weather

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A cold front will send overnight temperatures into the mid-40s by Sunday night and usher in a run of fall-like days with highs in the 70s under sunny skies, the National Weather Service says.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt...How did Rugby get its name?

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Rugby School is a 450-year-old prep school in a town in Warwickshire, England, that bears the same name.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

City adopts resolution on power line

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Bolstering a letter it wrote last month to Duke Energy, the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for an independent review of the need for a 45-mile transmission line through Henderson County and asking the utility to make concessions on the size and nature of the infrastructure.   Read Story »

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Commissioners block library's effort to discard books

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A project to trim the number of books at the main library is based on an evaluation of each book’s condition, use and relevance and is not intended to clear shelves of classic works of literature and poetry as two speakers proclaimed Tuesday night at a meeting of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, the county’s library director said Wednesday.   Read Story »

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New kiddie rides, mini-horses coming to fair

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New rides, attractions and exhibits are in the lineup at the N.C. Mountain State Fair, which opens Friday and runs through Sept. 20 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher.   Read Story »

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Green River Four Seasons Politics

MossColumn: Power line tougher than firing range

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Opponents of disruptive land uses have had little to celebrate during this summer of discontent. That changed suddenly and dramatically on Tuesday night when the Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to kill a shooting range and law enforcement center at the former Camp Flintlock in Green River.   Read Story »

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'Fly' ready for takeoff at Playhouse

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HonorAir, retired Brig. Gen. Frank Blazey and the Carl Sandburg Home park ranger who was formerly posted at the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site are teaming up to support the Flat Rock Playhouse production of “Fly,” the story of Tuskegee airmen.   Read Story »

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COMMISSIONERS SHOOT DOWN FIRING RANGE

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Henderson County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to kill a proposed Green River firing range, a stunning turn of events that abruptly pulled the plug on the plan by Sheriff Charlie McDonald to create a training center for law officers and rescue personnel.   Read Story »

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County seeks independent study of power line

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Under pressure from homeowners opposed to a proposed transmission line crossing the county, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday formally asked for an independent review of the need for the power line and called on Duke Energy to use single-pole infrastructure, follow existing rights of way, bury the line where possible and work with local government to allow a greenway under the lines.   Read Story »

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Apple Festival crowd said to be a record

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Word on the (very crowded) street this weekend was that the 2015 North Carolina Apple Festival was one of the busiest ever.   Read Story »

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West Nile death triggers health warning

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North Carolina's first confirmed death this year from the mosquito-borne West Nile virus prompted state officials to warn residents to take precautions against mosquito bites.   Read Story »

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Officials break ground on new crime lab

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says investigators will be able to solve crime quicker and better thanks to a new $15 million Western Regional Crime Laboratory at the Larry T. Justus Western Justice Academy in Edneyville.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Anti-Washington candidates dominate local straw poll

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Anti-Washington candidates Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina blew away the competition in a presidential primary straw poll cast by Apple Festival visitors Friday through Sunday, the Henderson County Republican Party said.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Apple Festival 2015

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Missing 15-year-old found safe

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office canceled a missing persons report it issued Saturday after a 15-year-old East Henderson High School student was found safe.   Read Story »

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Upscale convenience, Pardee financials, radio signal

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If there’s such a thing as an upscale convenience store, this is it.   Read Story »

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County to honor 9/11 victims

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Reverence, Remembrance, Reflection is the theme of a Patriot Day program on Friday to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.   Read Story »

Edneyville News

Justice Department to break ground on new crime lab

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EDNEYVILLE — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and the N.C. Department of Justice will break ground on the new Western Regional Crime Laboratory on Tuesday at the Larry T. Justus Western Justice Academy near the gymnasium.   Read Story »

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APPLE FESTIVAL: Spoke folk pedal off in Tour d'Apple

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Now in its third year, the Tour d’Apple is gaining in popularity.   Read Story »

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APPLE FESTIVAL: Most farmers too busy for fun

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Trey Enloe won’t be at the North Carolina Apple Festival. Like most apple growers, he’s too busy.   Read Story »

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Winery opens tasting room on Main Street

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Just in time for the Apple Festival, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards has opened a tasting room at Scarlet boutique at 122 N. Main St. called Wines of the East Coast.   Read Story »

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Sheriff's deputies seek Asheville man in paving scams

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies are seeking a 25-year-old Asheville man in connection with a series of scams in which he allegedly charged $3,000 for a driveway sealing job he sold as a repaving.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Southside shuffle: Kelsey's closes, El Paso moving

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You know that saying about change being the only certainty? It’s never truer than when it comes to restaurants. Hendersonville’s ever-evolving dining landscape is changing again.   Read Story »

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APPLE FESTIVAL: 5 (other) things to do

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Here are five other things to do while you're in town for the Apple Festival.   Read Story »

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APPLE FESTIVAL: Farmers market, Learning Adventure, no dogs

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APPLE FESTIVAL: Grower of the year honored

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Tillis opens district office in Historic Courthouse

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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis announced today that he is locating his Western North Carolina constituent service office in the Historic Courthouse in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Asked and answered: Duke defends power line proposal

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Duke Energy officials on Thursday night explained and defended their plans for a new power plant at Lake Julian and a 45-mile high-voltage transmission line linking the South Carolina Upstate and Western North Carolina, enduring a smattering of hoots before a crowd that mostly listened without interrupting the speakers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County commissioners put power line on agenda

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners for the first time has scheduled the Duke Energy transition line as a discussion agenda at a board meeting.   Read Story »

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Local students win state writing awards

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Students from Hendersonville High School and Hendersonville Middle School have won first place honors in statewide poetry and literature contests.   Read Story »

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APPLE FESTIVAL: Wet and cool

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The North Carolina Apple Festival is likely to see periods of light rain off and on especially over the weekend. The good news is cloudy skies will keep temperatures in the mid 70s to low 80s.   Read Story »

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APPLE FESTIVAL: Grand marshal set up, kept up, cleaned up for 31 years

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For 31 years, "Big John" John Rhinehart “always took care of whatever was the city’s business to make the Apple Festival happen,” including sanitation, water, and electricity.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows writes check to cover aide's improper mileage payment

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows wrote a personal check for $400 to reimburse the government for what he said were improper mileage reimbursements payments to his former chief of staff, the news site Politico reported.   Read Story »

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Stepp's, Sky Top nominated as best orchards in U.S.

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Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard in Edneyville and Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock have been nominated as the best apple orchards in America in  USA Today’s 10 Best Readers' Choice travel award contest.   Read Story »

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Sheriff's deputies investigating paving scam

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible scam after two men took a $3500 check from a homeowner for a driveway sealing job they sold as a repaving.   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada to hold Oktoberfest

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Sierra Nevada is hosting its inaugural Oktoberfest at the brewery in Mills River on Oct. 24.   Read Story »

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Power line foes plan protest next week

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MILLS RIVER — Duke transmission line opponents plan a protest from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Valley Ag on Highway 280 in Mills River.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don’t this miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning, a record setting 80 pages!   Read Story »

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Lightning's 2015 Apple Festival Guide sets record

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You'll want to pick up a copy of the 2014 North Carolina Apple Festival Guide in this week's Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Brevard chamber endorses Ecusta Trail

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The Board of Directors of the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the Ecusta Trail, saying the proposed greenway would be an economic development asset.   Read Story »

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2016 Playhouse ticket sales off to fast start

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Ticket sales for the newly announced 2016 Flat Rock Playhouse season got off to a roaring start today, with the box office selling more than $20,000 in the first two hours.   Read Story »

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Defendants get prison time

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District Attorney Greg Newman announced the following case dispositions from Superior Court terms in Polk, Transylvania and Henderson counties:   Read Story »

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Flat Rock to celebrate welcome center at park

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The Village of Flat Rock will celebrate the grand opening of the Welcome Center at The Park at Flat Rock at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.   Read Story »

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Former Laurel Park police chief dies at age 55

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Don Fisher, the former Laurel Park police chief who had also served as an officer for the Hendersonville police department and Henderson County sheriff’s department, died suddenly of a heart attack on Sunday, Laurel Park town officials and friends of Fisher said. He was 55.   Read Story »

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Apple Ambassador has missed lots of festivals

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A committee interviewing candidates for the North Carolina Apple Ambassador title stumped Kayce Lancaster when it asked, “What’s your favorite part of the Apple Festival?”   Read Story »

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City asks Duke to partner on greenway in corridor

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The city of Hendersonville has become the first town in Henderson County to tell Duke Energy that it could bring the controversial transmission line through the city, adding requests that the utility work to minimize harm, use single-pole structures and partner with the city to build a greenway in the power line easement.   Read Story »

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Check out amazing stills from the KnollsCam

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Wildlife enthusiast Thomas Brass has posted a montage of terrific stills from his wildlife camera at the top of Haywood Knolls. Brass uses a motion-triggered Browning camera mounted at a clearing in the woods to get the images of bears, foxes, bobcats, raccoons, coyotes and other animals.   Read Story »

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Utilities Commission public staff will question Duke on power line

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The North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff said it will question Duke Energy officials Thursday night about the timeline and criteria of their decision-making process for a 45-mile transmission line from the South Carolina Upstate to the Lake Julian, the public staff said in a statement.   Read Story »

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Sanctuary Brewing Co. opens on East 1st Avenue

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Hendersonville's first downtown brewery, Sanctuary Brewing Company, opened on Friday night, drawing a big crowd for craft beer, food, music and adoptable puppies.   Read Story »

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Death of young bride devastates family, friends

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Heather Waterman Huneycutt, a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and the wife of Hendersonville native Mark Huneycutt, died Sunday, Aug. 23, of injuries she suffered when her motorcycle ran off the road and hit a tree. She was 26.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Duke may adjust corridor, Meadows says

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Forecasting “some pretty good news” on the proposed Duke Energy transmission line through Henderson County, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows told a Town Hall gathering Friday night that Duke officials may adjust the corridor based on widespread opposition to the options it has identified.   Read Story »

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Farm agency urges Duke to consider options

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Henderson County's farm-promoting agency has appealed to Duke Energy to consider other options before running overhead transmission lines that the farm community says would devalue land, threaten agricultural production and harm a growing agri-tourism industry.   Read Story »

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Power line foes produce report advocating underground line

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An Edneyville-based group opposing Duke Energy’s proposed 45-mile transmission line through Henderson County has produced a seven-page report rebutting the utility’s public statements on the cost and feasibility of running the line underground.   Read Story »

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Rugby named 'School to Watch'

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Rugby Middle School has been named a “School to Watch” for the fourth year in a row by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. It is one of six middle schools nationwide to achieve the designation.   Read Story »

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Donation will fund Flat Rock playground

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The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. announced that construction of a children’s playground at The Park at Flat Rock will begin soon thanks to a generous donation by Kendall Gibson Bryan and Eleanor deSaussure Bryan for their children: Josephine deSaussure Bryan, Kendall Gibson Bryan, Jr., Eleanor Charlton Bryan Mathews and Sarah Huger Bryan Holyer.   Read Story »

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'Virgin birth' draws fish world to ECCO aquarium

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Last week, when ECCO founder and executive director BJ Ramer was away, Kortney Clark was making the rounds of the 400-gallon fish tank at the Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium on Main Street.   Read Story »

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Overflow crowd in Landrum opposes power line

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CAMPOBELLO, S.C. — An overflow crowd of more than 800 people turned out Thursday to urge South Carolina utility regulators to deny Duke Energy’s request to build a 45-mile transmission line from Campobello to the Lake Julian power plant in Arden.   Read Story »

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Deputies charge teenagers with Cragslist robbery

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged two Hendersonville teenagers with armed robbery after they allegedly set up two Craiglist buyers and robbed them at gunpoint.   Read Story »

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Family sets 'Midnight Studio' tribute to Bruce Bailey

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Family members have announced a “Midnight Studio” tribute to Bruce Roma Bailey, the longtime Flat Rock Playhouse technical director who died  unexpectedly on Aug. 2 at his home in Fort Myers, Fla, at age 60.   Read Story »

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Miller's announces July charity winner

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Miller’s Fine Drycleaning has named the second winner of its 100th birthday event that donates $500 each month to a non-profit organization in Henderson County.   Read Story »</