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Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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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Henderson County News

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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Henderson County News

County seeks exemption from construction review

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Henderson County Business

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Tags: economic development | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

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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 »

Henderson County News

'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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Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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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Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about I-26 widening

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Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Tags: snowstorms | blizzard of 1993 | winter | winter 2015-16

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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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Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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

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Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

'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 »

Henderson County News

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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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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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Henderson County News

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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Henderson County News

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

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Henderson County Business

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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 »

Henderson County News

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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Henderson County Business

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 »

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Festival shuttle service moves from Jackson Park to Hunter Nissan

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'Music Man,' 'Anne Frank' headline 2016 lineup at Flat Rock Playhouse

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The Music Man, a popular crowd favorite, and The Diary of Anne Frank headline the 2016 Flat Rock Playhouse season, the Playhouse announced today, adding that the lineup comes almost entirely from patrons' input in surveys.   Read Story »

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EHHS graduate creates $25K singing scholarship at BC

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BREVARD – For recent Brevard College graduate Blake Ellege, giving back to his alma mater isn’t something he wants to wait for.Ellege, a graduate of East Henderson High School and 2014 graduate of Brevard, announced last week the creation of the Blake Ellege Endowed Vocal Scholarship, which will be awarded to a BC student majoring in vocal performance.   Read Story »

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Storyteller kicks off new mountain preservation season

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Renowned mountain music performer and storyteller Betty Smith will kick off the second season of the mountain culture preservation series on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. at Patton Building Room 150 on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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BRCC makes top 10 in student performance

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Blue Ridge Community College finished at the top compared to other community colleges in measurements of student progress and graduate rates.   Read Story »

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Messer wants board to oppose power line route

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Henderson County Commissioner Charlie Messer said he asked board Chairman Tommy Thompson to put the proposed Duke Engery transmission line on the board agenda on Tuesday, Sept. 8.   Read Story »

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Pardee reports healthy finances

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Strong numbers in admissions, urgent care visits and surgeries kept Pardee Hospital on solid financial ground through the first 10 months of its fiscal year, Pardee’s Board of Directors was told on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Howard Gap widening with bike lanes nearly finished

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Bicycle, or BMW? “The choice is harder now,” said avid cyclist Kayla Rohm, now that Howard Gap Road has been widened all the way from Fletcher to just east of Hendersonville. “When I’m driving, I look over and want to put that bike lane pavement to use.”   Read Story »

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McGrady honored as 'Friend of the Counties'

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Rep. Chuck McGrady, of Hendersonville, and Rep. Howard J. Hunter III of Hertford County were named winners of the 2015 Friend of the Counties award for their continued support of county government.   Read Story »

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Messer loses election to lead N.C. county commissioners

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Henderson County Commissioner Charlie Messer lost his bid on Saturday to become president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.   Read Story »

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Birge wins top honor of Community Foundation

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Ruth Birge, who came to Hendersonville in 2002 as publisher of the Times-News and quickly established a reputation as a leader of great spirit and compassion, was named the 2015 winner of the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award during the annual luncheon meeting of the Community Foundation of Henderson County at Kenmure Country Club on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Board of Health elects chair

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The Henderson County Board of Health introduced new members and elected officers at its Aug. 11 meeting.   Read Story »

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New charter school accepting preliminary enrollment forms

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Parents interested in enrolling children in Henderson County’s newest charter school may apply starting this week.   Read Story »

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Local residents plan to attend S.C. hearing on power line at Landrum High

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Many Henderson County opponents of the Duke Energy transmission line plan to attend a public hearing the South Carolina Public Service Commission is holding at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Landrum High School auditorium, 18818 Asheville Highway in Campobello, S.C.   Read Story »

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Letters on Duke Energy power line

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CORRECTION: Power line meeting at Blue Ridge Conference Hall at BRCC

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The Utilities Commission staff will hold a meeting on the Duke Energy transmission line at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at BRCC. The location was reported incorrectly in a story online and in the print issue. The conference hall has a capacity of 1,000.   Read Story »

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Utilities Commission public staff to hold meeting here next week

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The staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission will hold a meeting in Hendersonville next week to hear local residents’ comments and to answer questions about the proposed 45-mile power line that would cross Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: In power-line fight, history repeats itself

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County plungesinto another war Henderson County’s history of fighting disruptive land-use projects goes back to at least 1961, when the TVA hatched a plan to dam the French Broad River and create 14 large impoundments.   Read Story »

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Hoopers Creek homeowners blast power line

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FLETCHER — An overflow crowd of residents stood and applauded raucously after the Fletcher Town Council adopted a resolution Monday night that opposed a 45-mile high-power transmission line in the community, describing it as a threat to property values, mountain views, farms, camps and wildlife.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Crimes' has plenty of heart

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A story involving three sisters, their mother’s suicide, their grandfather’s mortal illness, a second attempted suicide, infidelity, a scandalous affair, sibling rivalry, an annoying busybody cousin, old wounds, new wounds and the despair of turning 30 with no husband is ripe for comedy, right?   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: NC breaks its beer-regulation system

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North Carolina picked a fine time to break its alcoholic beverage control system.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: City crew rescues kitten

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Erin Hill cuddled a green-eyed tabby kitten in her arms and marveled at how a small town had come together to save it from a drain pipe.   Read Story »

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Tax credit financing goes to Frances Road, not Oklawaha

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A Charlotte-based developer of affordable apartments has been awarded tax credit financing for its proposed 80-unit development on Frances Road in Hendersonville. Two other proposed developments, the 66-unit Oklawaha Village on North Main Street and the 72-unit Signal Ridge apartments on Signal Hill Road, did not receive authorization to finance construction through tax credits.   Read Story »

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City apologizes for 70,000 false alarms on water bills

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The city of Hendersonville is trying to figure out what caused its automated calling system to go haywire and notify all 70,000 water customers that they faced water service cutoff for unpaid bills.   Read Story »

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Bryant steps back onto center stage

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FLAT ROCK — Lisa K. Bryant is sitting at a picnic table holding a script for “Crimes of the Heart,” in which she plays Meg Magrath, one of three sisters, a wild child amid an emotional reunion of a family in the Deep South.   Read Story »

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Power line has powerful delegation feeling powerless

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Whether Duke Energy ultimately wins approval to build a 45-mile transmission line through Henderson County, it is becoming clear that local politicians are increasingly frustrated at their lack of power to influence the outcome.   Read Story »

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Housing Assistance Corporation seeks Apple Festival volunteers

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The Housing Assistance Corporation is seeking volunteers to help with its parking lot fundraiser during the North Carolina Apple Festival Sept 4-7.   Read Story »

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The other red treat is big business too

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MILLS RIVER — They’re most often red, sometimes green, sometimes yellow. Sweet and juicy, they're grown in Henderson County and shipped up and down the Eastern Seaboard.   Read Story »

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Duke Energy transmission line timeline

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Duke Energy transmission line timeline

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Farmers united in battle against power line

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Farmers who met with Duke Energy officials said they want to make sure that the utility and state regulators take the interests of agriculture as seriously as other industries and residential property owners.   Read Story »

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Saluda sets rally on power line

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Saluda, NC—A group of citizens in Saluda directly impacted by the proposed Duke Energy transmission lines has organized a community meeting to educate Saluda citizens on how the project will affect them and the Saluda economy, environment and property values.   Read Story »

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Tourism spending up 5.6% in county

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Visitors in Henderson County spent $246.41 million in 2014, an increase of 5.64 percent from 2013.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Big Muddy, 'Crimes,' 'Frozen' and Carburetors

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Kindergarteners to get 'Class of '28' T-shirts

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In addition to their first tastes of reading, writing and counting, 1,000 new kindergarteners will receive a gift welcoming them into Henderson County Public Schools next week.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Owners eye commercial use for old dealership

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Harley Stepp says an old Ford dealership at 101 East Allen Street ought to be sturdy enough for most any use. The second floor of the  Joines Motor Co. was used as a showroom.   Read Story »

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Shooting range triggers opposition in Green River

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GREEN RIVER — On an otherwise uneventful Tuesday afternoon, Green River Community Association president David Hill got a call from Jerry Rice, chief deputy of the Henderson County sheriff’s office. Sheriff Charlie McDonald wanted to come to that night’s Community Association board meeting. The topic was a shooting range.   Read Story »

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TDA launches 'Life's Playground'

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FLAT ROCK — Henderson County Tourism Development Authority leaders formally launched a new promotional brand Tuesday night and shared their hope that the stylized depiction of mountains, rivers and leaves would become a unifying image that attracts more visitors.   Read Story »

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Organizers cancel Brew Fest

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Frustrated by what they described as confusing and vague state alcohol control regulations, organizers on Tuesday called off Saturday's Mountain Brew Fest.   Read Story »

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'Duke is listening,' regional manager says

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Duke Energy is listening to all landowners as it selects power line route.   Read Story »

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Raleigh N&O's 'Best Kept Secrets' features Hendersonville

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MossColumn: Digging into 'Life's Playground'

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Marketing is not easy.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Trinity celebrates 50th; DAV honors Mills River man

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Documentary tells story of early Jewish merchants

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The grandson of a drycleaner who came to Hendersonville around the turn of the last century, Mike Beckerman was a self-described “hoodlum” who ran around helter skelter while his grandmother worked in her alterations shop.   Read Story »

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Mills River council formally opposes power line

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MILLS RIVER — A crowd of citizens filled Mills River Town Hall Friday morning to voice their concerns about the proposed Duke Power transmission line from Campobello, S.C., to Duke Energy's Lake Julian plant in Arden.   Read Story »

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Two charged with marijuana trafficking

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Office and the Hendersonville Police Department in a collaborative drug investigation have charged two men with felony marijuana drug distribution.   Read Story »

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Duke accelerates route choice to October

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Facing a growing storm of opposition to its proposed 45-mile transmission line from Upstate South Carolina to Asheville, Duke Energy said Friday that it would announce its recommended route for the power line in early October, three months earlier than originally planned.   Read Story »

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Utilities Commission opens file on power line

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Confronted by an uproar over a proposed high-powered transmission line across Henderson County, the North Carolina Utilities Commission opened a public file on the case before Duke has filed an application, opponents of the power line learned Thursday night.   Read Story »

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Q&A: What are next steps in power line application?

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Many people following the Duke Energy transmission line story have questions about the process for reviewing and approving the project. The project would be approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission and is not subject to local planning and zoning ordinances.   Read Story »

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Buildout plan fractures Towne Place homeowners

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Siding with a developer over residents opposed to the buildout of Towne Place, the Hendersonville Planning Board recommended a zoning code change that would allow construction of the final four residential units in a vacant corner of the 9.6-acre development on Greenville Highway.   Read Story »

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Homeowners form coalition to oppose Duke’s power line

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First, homeowners in neighborhoods began banding together to oppose Duke Energy’s proposed 230-kilovolt transmission line through Henderson County. Now, neighborhoods are uniting.   Read Story »

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Homeowners form coalition to oppose Duke’s power line

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First, homeowners in neighborhoods began banding together to oppose Duke Energy’s proposed 230-kilovolt transmission line through Henderson County. Now, neighborhoods are uniting.   Read Story »

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Vinson goes to prison

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Keith Vinson, convicted as the ringleader of the Seven Falls bank fraud that cost investors and banks $23 million, has been sent to federal prison in Atlanta for prrocessing.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Realtors help Habitat; PEO, Trout scholars honored

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Ask Matt ... who's buying houses?

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Q. I have seen signs posted around the county that say “We Buy Houses” and list a phone number. What’s up with that?   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Power line review 'largely immune from political pressure,' McGrady says

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady acknowledges the obvious. A former national president of the Sierra Club and an activist in land conservation efforts in Henderson County for more than 20 years, McGrady would have plunged into the power line debate were he still a local official.   Read Story »

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Deputies arrest man for tractor theft

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies on Thursday charged a 20-year-old Chestnut Gap Road resident with the theft of a tractor.   Read Story »

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Transylvania hires Asheville native to lead DSS

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An Asheville native and mother of seven who is currently director of the Graham County Department of Social Services has been named Transylvania County’s new director of Social Services. She will begin her role on Aug. 24.   Read Story »

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Power line could hurt production, drop land values, farmers say

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In an effort to avoid the most densely populated parts of Henderson County, Duke Energy has proposed transmission line routes that cross mostly rural areas. That means farmland, and farmers are raising concerns.   Read Story »

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HHS hires band director

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Hendersonville High School has a new band director, its first since Fran Shelton arrived in 1987.   Read Story »

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Longtime Playhouse designer dies at age 60

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Bruce R. Bailey, a longtime set designer who managed theater productions at the Flat Rock Playhouse and in Southwest Florida for more than 30 years, died suddenly at his home in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday at age 60. Friends said the cause of death was heart failure.   Read Story »

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Girlfriend faces murder charge in poisoning death

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A 27-year-old Landrum, S.C., woman faces first-degree murder charges in what authorities say was the poisoning death of her 51-year-old boyfriend.   Read Story »

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Bond raters upgrade Henderson County

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Two bond rating agencies have upgraded Henderson County’s bond rating ahead of the county's plans to borrow up to $30 million for the health sciences building.   Read Story »

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Game Stop robber convicted

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A Henderson County jury on Wednesday convicted Chico Talbert on a charge of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a video game store holdup last December.   Read Story »

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City calls for voluntary water use restrictions

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The city of Hendersonville is asking residents to curtail their use of water as the city's water supply drops.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Music, art, equestrian event

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Council to take up $1.2M greenway contract

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Bicyclists, walkers and runners should be able to use a new North Main Street to Berkeley Park segment of the Oklawaha Greenway by next summer.   Read Story »

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Clinic wants short-term parking across from HHS

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The Hendersonville City Council has been asked to designate up to three two-hour parking spaces on Bearcat Boulevard across from Hendersonville High School.   Read Story »

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Rosman plant adding 30 jobs

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New Excelsior Inc., a division of Sigma Plastics Group, has announced an expansion that will result in 30 new manufacturing positions at its plant in Rosman.   Read Story »

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Apple crop looks good, though drought is a threat

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DANA — Despite an Easter morning freeze that wiped out some early varieties, Henderson County apple growers are guardedly optimistic about this year’s crop and the market price.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Transmission line puts commissioners 'in a gun fight without bullets'

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Faced with a crowd opposed to a 40-mile transmission line Duke Energy wants to run through Henderson County, county commissioners expressed frustration with their lack of power to influence the project and assured the constituents they would do what they can to minimize harmful effects.   Read Story »

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WHKP pulls out of Channel 11 agreement

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday accepted WHKP’s withdrawal from its partnership to provide background audio for the county-operated cable channel, ending a 16-year agreement.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about wrong-way funeral processions

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Q. Why do funeral processions start facing the wrong way on Church Street?   Read Story »

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Baby Girl gets a bath

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Mike and Mary Cervini, who caught the "town dog" Baby Girl five weeks ago and arranged for surgery to remove a large tumor from her belly, reported new progress for their celebrity rescue. She had a bath, is getting more sociable and is switching from a nocturnal to a daytime schedule.   Read Story »

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'Prairie Home Companion' farewell tour coming to Brevard

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A Prairie Home Companion, the long-running National Public Radio show hosted by Garrison Keillor, is coming to Brevard for its farewell tour.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Conservancy gets important win

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A horse farm owner and the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy wisely settled a bitter two-year-old fight in a way that satisfies both sides and preserves the land conservancy’s power to enforce conservation easements.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Edney rips DSS's record in reuniting kids, parents

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Michael Edney wants to know why Henderson County does a poor job reuniting children and their biological parents after social workers remove a child from the home.   Read Story »

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Property owners getting tax bills

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Property owners in Henderson County will start getting their tax bills in the mail as early as Saturday.   Read Story »

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Jones urges 'younger generation' to write history

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Dr. George A. Jones wants the younger generation to step up and take on the work of researching and chronicling local history.   Read Story »

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Kleenex spotlights Special Needs Baseball

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The story of Donnie Jones and his Special Needs Baseball League is highlighted in a 2-minute film made by Kleenex that went live on Facebook Friday.   Read Story »

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Fletcher man sentenced for Dollar General robbery

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A 31-year-old Fletcher man was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for his role in the 2013 armed robbery of a Dollar General store in Woodfin.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows move to depose speaker fractures N.C. delegation

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RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-3rd District, is a staunch supporter of the efforts of fellow North Carolinian Mark Meadows (11th District) to unseat House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Jones says Boehner is out of touch with Republican Party principles, rules by strong-arming members and parceling out campaign funds to favorites from his political action committee and is afflicted with pettiness. But the rest of North Carolina's congressional delegation is far from united on the second-term representative's tactical maneuver to depose the speaker this week.   Read Story »

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Museum hosts birthday party for George Jones

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum will host a drop-in celebration at the Historic Courthouse from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday honoring George A. Jones on his 95th birthday. The public is invited.   Read Story »

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Box office sales surge for James Taylor-Carole King tribute

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Big box office sales prompted the Flat Rock Playhouse to extend the Music on the Rock tribute to James Taylor and Carole King for a second week.   Read Story »

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Q&A: What to expect on transmission line

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County on sidelines for Duke transmission line debate

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Cummings Cove residents came out in force last week when Duke Energy hosted a third session to answer questions about its proposed 40-mile high-powered transmission line and to receive public input.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Music, Dark Night Studio

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Kelly Schofield, who put Dana on the map, moves to Iowa

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Atkinson and Dana elementary schools welcomed new principals this summer while an innovative leader who brought national recognition to Dana moved on to a new principalship in Iowa.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Tea Party group organizes demonstration to support Meadows

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A Tea Party-affiliated group is organizing a demonstration in Hendersonville in support of U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows "for his bold move to oust John Boehner as Speaker of the House."   Read Story »

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Historical Society to hear about parkway history

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Anne Mitchell Whisnant, author of the Blue Ridge Parkway history “Super-Scenic Motorway,” will be keynote speaker when the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society hold its annual meeting on Saturday at the Chariot.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: New Methodist minister, Harry Potter, Smokey Bear

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Meadows: Move to oust speaker is about 'broken Washington'

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One day after his move to oust House Speaker John Boehner thrust him into the center of national politics, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows described the bold action as a response to Americans' frustration with a "broken Washington."   Read Story »

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Williams to serve on food manufacturing panel

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Mark Williams, the executive director of the farm-promoting nonprofit Agribusiness Henderson County (AgHC), will have a seat at the table when state leaders explore ways to expand the agriculture industry and create jobs.   Read Story »

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Etowah, Mills River good places to start

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A financial website has ranked Etowah and Mills River tops in the state for first-time homebuyers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City's new parking ambassador is on the beat

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Sporting a lime green polo shirt with the city of Hendersonville insignia on the front and “PARKING AMBASSADOR” on the back, Jeff Wilkins is ready to make life easier for tourists and other downtown visitor.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse seeks young actors for world premiere musical

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United Way invites nonprofits to submit Day of Caring jobs

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Friday, Sept. 11, is the day to LIVE UNITED when volunteers complete dozens of projects to benefit Henderson County non-profit organizations during this year’s Day of Caring.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Elections Board members take oath

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Clerk of Superior Court Kim Gasperson-Justice administered the oath of office to all three returning Henderson County Board of Elections members during a swearing-in-ceremony Tuesday.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: St. John donations, Jewish Festival, Santa's Friends

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'Letters to God' director speaks at Mud Creek Baptist

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The Flat Rock Playhouse is bringing filmmaker David Nixon to town as part of its new Studio 52 education programming. Nixon, the director-producer of "Letters to God" who is credited with creating the Faith-Based Genre of filmmaking, will give a presentation on “How to Change the World through Movies” at Mud Creek Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Sunday. He will also teach during Faith Friendly Week, July 27-31, at the Studio 52 Education Building.   Read Story »

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Dark Night Studio borrows Vagabond tradition

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The Flat Rock Playhouse will present its annual Dark Night Revue fundraiser with a theme inspired by the longtime Vagabond tradition of a Friday late-night show not usually open to the public.   Read Story »

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Neighbors question city's action on breweries

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Lisa McDonald and Joe Dinan previewed downtown Hendersonville’s first microbrewery on a Friday night, promising a meat-free space dedicated to helping animals and slaking the craft beer crowd’s thirst for a tasty brew.   Read Story »

Tags: craft beer industry | microbreweries

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TDA gets three new members

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Three new members have been appointed to the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority to replace members who were term-limited.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Gypsy' livens up Playhouse stage

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When watching the Flat Rock Playhouse’s spirited production of “Gypsy” one must remember the context.   Read Story »

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Deputies charge man with sexual offense

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a 29-year-old convicted sex offender with indecent liberties with a child on Friday after receiving a report of suspected sexual assault the previous day.   Read Story »

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McDonald’s diet downsizes teacher

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A self-described “heart attack waiting to happen,” John Cisna had high school students rolling their eyes when he suggested a science experiment.   Read Story »

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New logo rebrands county as 'Life's Playground'

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You may not know that you’re living in “Life’s Playground.”   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Music — on Main, in the forest, by the lake

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Land conservancy, horse farm settle lawsuit over riding ring

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The owner of a horse farm and the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy have settled a two-year legal fight over what the conservancy said were violations of an agreement to preserve the property.   Read Story »

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Deputies charge merchant with selling counterfeit goods

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Following a tip that counterfeit goods were being sold, detectives from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division along with state and federal agents went to Zima Wireless at 1726 Old Spartanburg Road in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County gains $2.5M in final FY '15 tax numbers

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Henderson County got a financial lift just two weeks into the new budget year.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Mayoral candidate owes village $60,000

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If Bob Spitzen pulls off a miraculous upset to become the mayor of Flat Rock, the Village Council would face a thorny question.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Flat Rock Village Council | land-use planning | Bob Staton | 2015 municipal elections | Bob Spitzen

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Pardee makes magazine's 'Best Hospitals' list

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Brewpubs the right fit downtown

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Everyone needs to get a grip when it comes to microbreweries downtown.   Read Story »

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‘Gypsy’ opens at Playhouse

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The Tony award-winning and critically acclaimed musical Gypsy opens this week at the Clyde & Nina Allen Mainstage of the Flat Rock Playhouse and runs through Aug. 16.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Health sciences site will soon 'look like an ant farm'

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Starting a yearlong sprint to complete the $32 million Health Sciences Building, construction workers will swarm the work site on Sixth Avenue at North Oak Street.   Read Story »

Tags: economy | construction | Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

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Temp agency to fill 58 fulltime jobs

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Friday Staffing will interview candidates for 58 fulltime temporary jobs in Western North Carolina during a career fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Friday Staffing Arden office at 1944 Hendersonville Road in Asheville.   Read Story »

Tags: economy | Friday Staffing

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Sen. Tillis to open Historic Courthouse office

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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis is expected to open his western regional office in the Historic Courthouse in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Meadows joins effort to defund Planned Parenthood

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Following the release of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted human body parts, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) signed on as co-sponsor of a bill that would eliminate taxpayer funding for abortion providers under Title X.   Read Story »

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Baby Girl the town dog doing well after surgery

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Baby Girl, the roving dog that had friends up and down Grove Street, has emerged from surgery in good shape, her new owner says.   Read Story »

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Joyriders damaging golf course

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Joyriders are damaging the Etowah Valley golf course property.   Read Story »

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Sheriff's office IDs victim who died at festival

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: New chapter, new questions at Seven Falls

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Is a bankrupt developer who played a key role in assembling the property for Seven Falls the best hope for the subdivision’s salvation? Sadly, the answer may be yes.   Read Story »

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City wants Ecusta Trail on state DOT plan

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Formally requesting that regional planners add the first leg of the Ecusta Trail to the state’s long-range transportation plan, the Hendersonville City Council committed to a “financial contribution” that is “within reason.”   Read Story »

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Elks hosting free pool party for military personnel

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Hendersonville Elks Lodge 1616 is hosting a cookout and pool party for active military service members, their spouses and dependents on Saturday, July 25, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lodge on North Justice Street. Spouses and children of those deployed are also invited.   Read Story »

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Animal devotees preview first downtown brewery

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Lisa McDonald and Joe Dinan previewed downtown Hendersonville’s first microbrewery Friday night, promising a meat-free space dedicated to helping animals and slaking the craft beer crowd’s thirst for a tasty brew.   Read Story »

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Police investigating Home Trust bank robbery

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Hendersonville police officers are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at 4:04 p.m. Friday at Home Trust Bank at 228 Sixth Avenue East.   Read Story »

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Detectives charge man with first degree rape

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Detectives from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit charged a 51-year-old North Clear Creek Road man with first degree rape on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Apple Country riders pan new transfer stop

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Apple Country bus riders are giving an overwhelming thumbs down to a transfer station that moved from the Asheville Regional Airport to a park-and-ride lot at the Ag Center fairgrounds eight-tenths of a mile away.   Read Story »

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Officers arrest 73-year-old for growing pot

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Officers arrested a 73-year-old Salisbury Road man on felony drug charges after a tip led to an investigation and the discovery of more than 30 pounds of homegrown pot.   Read Story »

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Veterinarians spot dog flu in Asheville

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North Carolina veterinary officials have received confirmation of three cases of canine influenza in Asheville and Winston-Salem, and are receiving reports of suspected cases in Greensboro, the N.C. Department of Agriculture said.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Rhythm&Brews, Chalk It Up!, Craft Fair, Burning Can

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Municipal elections feature just two contested races

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The November ballot for municipal offices will feature just two contested seats.   Read Story »

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Alpine owner gives up, park goes back to seller

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The Alpine Woods Resort owner who managed what officials described as a public nuisance with high crime rates and numerous housing code violations has given the property back to previous owners and walked away.   Read Story »

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Craft beer festival coming to Seventh Avenue district

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More than 20 craft brewers, live music and local food trucks will be coming to the Seventh Avenue Historic District when MountainTrue sponsors the first Mountain Brew Fest from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.   Read Story »

Tags: ECO | Historic Seventh Avenue | craft beer industry | Mountain True

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Bicycle Club sponsoring corral at Rhythm & Brews

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The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club will offer a bike corral at the Hendersonville Rhythm & Brews concert Thursday and at the final two concerts, on Aug. 20 and Sept. 17.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Mr. Weakley directs, HHS grads star in original play

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Hendersonville High School theater teacher Todd Weakley will direct the premiere of an original play that stars two of his former students.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Commissioners boot a strong leader

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Henderson County commissioners made no explanation for the sacking of Shannon Clarke as chair of the Tourism Development Authority. They should have. The office of local government that promotes a major part of the county’s economy is now the poorer for it.   Read Story »

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Meadows rips nuclear pact as 'historic victory' for Iran

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Man charged with stealing puppies dies after fight during booking

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A 55-year-old Mountain Home man who had been arrested by Hendersonville police for trying to sell stolen puppies died after an altercation during the booking process at the Henderson County jail, the Henderson County sheriff's office said Monday night.   Read Story »

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Wingate names Hendersonville dean

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A pharmacist and fitness enthusiast is the new regional dean of Wingate University’s campus in Hendersonville. Kurt Wargo began working at Wingate this month, overseeing the university’s pharmacy, physician assistant studies and MBA programs in Hendersonville, the university announced.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Every dog has his day

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Dogs enjoyed the annual Coon Dog Day in Saluda.   Read Story »

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With new FM signal, WHKP going country

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As it nears a projected July 20 sign-on for its new 107.7 FM signal, WHKP is going country and switching its afternoon drivetime host.   Read Story »

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Mother arrested after leaving toddler in hot car

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Sheriff's deputies arrested a mother who they said left a 2-year-old in a car for nearly 45 minutes while she shopped at a supermarket on Friday afternoon.   Read Story »

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Bookstore explores outdoors in the Carolinas

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The Fountainhead Bookstore at 408 N. Main St. will explore the “Pleasures of the Outdoors in the Carolinas” in a daylong event on Saturday, July 11.Guest speakers are Mary Holcombe, Dr. Timothy Spira, Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, columnist Betty Montgomery and Neil Regan.   Read Story »

Tags: outdoors | native flora | native fauna | Fountainhead Bookstore

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady sees long slog to budget deal

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It’s not August but Chuck McGrady is feeling the dog days of the North Carolina Legislature.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING GLANCEBOXES: Fire department budgets for 2015-16

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Here are summaries of rural fire department and Rescue Squad budgets for the fiscal year that started on July 1:   Read Story »

Henderson County News

What do homeowners get for fire tax increase?

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Chief Tim Garren has to manage the payroll of Valley Hill Fire & Rescue as any CEO does.   Read Story »

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AVL entrance to close for construction

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Asheville Regional Airport's new main entrance will be temporarily closed for three to four days beginning Monday.   Read Story »

Fletcher Business

Meritor in line for incentives for $30M expansion

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners will take up a proposal next week to grant $365,940 in economic incentives for a $30 million expansion that would preserve jobs at Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems, a manufacturer of truck axles and braking systems in Fletcher.   Read Story »

Tags: economic development | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

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City's ACE team nabs burglars in stolen car

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A new “proactive” squad of the Hendersonville Police Department caught two suspects early Friday and charged them with a business break-in, burglary and car theft.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: Fine performances drive suddenly topical 'Miss Daisy'

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A year ago, when it selected “Driving Miss Daisy” for this season’s lineup, the creative team at the Flat Rock Playhouse could not have known that Ferguson and Baltimore and Charleston would propel race relations back into the news and reopen old wounds.   Read Story »

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Commissioners to memorialize Bill Francis

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners plans to honor former three-term County Commissioner and longtime feed store proprietor William “Bill” Francis Jr. during its regular meeting next week.   Read Story »

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Developer hopes to ‘clear up the mess’ at Seven Falls

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ETOWAH — The sentencing last month of Keith Vinson as the “wheel of the hub” in the fraud surrounding the Seven Falls Golf & River Club moved the property owners, bankers and Henderson County to the next phase — sorting out what’s next and how to make a go of the development.   Read Story »

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'Hendersonville's dog' rescued, living the good life

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Babygirl, a timid nomad known on Grove Street as Hendo, Hendersonville, Tiger and simply “Hendersonville’s dog,” has been caught and delivered to dog heaven.   Read Story »

Tags: dogs | Community Partnership for Pets | Mary Cervini | Mike Cervini

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No charges in fatal dog mauling, sheriff says

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After completing an investigation into the pit bull attack that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy on Tuesday, investigators have decided not to bring charges against anyone.   Read Story »

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Apple Festival names grand marshal

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Cradle of Forestry looks at night-flying critters

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PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST — The Cradle of Forestry invites nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn more about night-flying animals during a program on Winged Creatures of the Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Bring a flashlight and a sense of wonder to enjoy a special focus on nocturnal life in the summerwoods.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

TD Bank partnership benefits local youth club

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TD Bank will kick off a "Bring Change" partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County on Friday with a check presentation for $2,000.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Beach music, horses and coon dogs

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A beach music festival, Saluda's Coon Dog Day, the Songcatchers Music Series and the traditional Friday night and Monday night music events downtown highlight weekend offerings.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | Tryon International Equestrian Center

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Paving to start today on city streets

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Fifth Avenue from Fleming to Church, Fourth Avenue (the city's downtown bikeway) from Justice to Blythe and streets around Hendersonville High School are among the roads that will be repaved over the next four to five weeks.   Read Story »

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6-year-old mauled to death by pit bull

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MOUNTAIN HOME--A 6- year-old boy was mauled to death by a pit bull on Tuesday afternoon after the child climbed fence to visit a playmate, the Henderson County Sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about ridgeline development

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City clears way for microbreweries downtown

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The Hendersonville City Council last week approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance that will allow the establishment of microbreweries downtown.   Read Story »

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Schoolhouse Road closed Tuesday for water line work

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MILLS RIVER — Hendersonville’s Water and Sewer Department will close Schoolhouse Road between Banner Farm Road and Ladson Road from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday for water line construction.   Read Story »

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Blue Ridge clinic hires fundraising director

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Blue Ridge Community Health Services has named Kathryn McConnell director of philanthropy.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Filing opens for town elections

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Two mayors, two town council members and a newcomer were the first five candidates to sign up for office on Monday morning when filing opened for the 2015 municipal elections in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Flat Rock Village Council | Fletcher Town Council | Laurel Park Town Council | 2015 municipal elections

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RESERVE DEPUTY FIRED, CHARGED FOR FIRING AT FLEEING PICKUP

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The reserve deputy who fired a shotgun at a suspected drunk driver fleeing from law officers has been fired and charged with a felony, Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald announced today.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: History winners, shooting star, Sunday Savings Club

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Acclaimed musicians kick off Songcatchers in forest

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PISGAH FOREST — Acclaimed musicians Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth will open the annual Songcatchers Music Series Cradle of Forestry in America’s at 4 p.m. on Sunday.   Read Story »

Tags: bluegrass | performing arts | Pisgah National Forest

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Ministers set Awake WNC revival July 17-19

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The public is invited to join area pastors, ministry leaders and intercessors July 17-19 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville in seeking spiritual awakening in Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

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TDA support boosts trail momentum

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Friends of Ecusta Trail board member Chris Burns thanked the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority last week for its decision to allocate a half-cent of the county’s 5-cent occupancy tax, which will total roughly $70,000, to support the proposed Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Ecusta Trail | greenways | bicycling

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Atkinson hires new principal

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Mark Page has been named principal Atkinson Elementary School, succeeding Matthew Johnson.   Read Story »

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Selee acquisition, Pardee finances, United Way adds staffers

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County, towns show off for Bloom round 2

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Don’t let the name fool you.   Read Story »

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‘Developer’s dream’ on the market

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Mills River again grills AVL exec on drainage

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MILLS RIVER — For the second time in six months stormwater runoff from the Asheville Regional Airport temporarily blocked Ferncliff Park Drive — the road to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Empire Distributors — and for the second time in six months the Mills River Town Council summoned airport executives to find out why.   Read Story »

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Cub Scout camp is for the birds… and BBs

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Pardee to spend $1 million on new parking lot

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Mills River again rips higher priced sheriff's contract

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River Town Council members on Thursday roundly criticized a $38,000 increase in the cost of a sheriff’s department contract before narrowly approving the agreement on a split vote.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Mex-Italy restaurant closes after eight months

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Mex-Italy restaurant, which tried to appeal to local diners with a wide-ranging cross-continental menu, has closed after eight months.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Celebrate the Fourth at home or away

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Here's your roundup of where to celebrate the Fourth of July — from Lake Lure to the Tryon Equestrian Center to downtown Hendersonville to Etowah Valley, from Friday through Sunday:   Read Story »

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Overflow crowd hears advice on church safety

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The slaughter of nine churchgoers in Charleston raised new questions about safety in churches.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Crowd cheers Meadows for bucking Boehner

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A month ago, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows announced that a national figure would headline his second annual Faith and Freedom Rally at the WNC Agriculture Center.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... what's up with Boyd property

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Q. What’s going to happen to the old Boyd Chevrolet property next to Hendersonville High School? Are they going to close Ninth Avenue next to the high school?   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Eagle Scout traveling the world this summer

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In the summertime some kids work at the pool, some dip ice cream and some wait tables. Still others gaze all day at their smartphone screen.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Equestrian Center buys the Lodge on Lake Lure

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Tryon Equestrian Partners has acquired the Lodge on Lake Lure, a lakefront lodge with 17 guest rooms that began as a retreat for North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers and their families in 1937 and opened to the public in 1990. The lodge is within 18 minutes of the newly opened Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Alive@25 aimed at safe driving for teens

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The Hendersonville Police Department will teach the Alive@25 Young Drivers Safety Course on Wednesday, July 1, at 2 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe Street.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Sierra Nevada takes it outside

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MILLS RIVER — Building on what a spokesman called the "humbling success" of its Mills River brewery, Sierra Nevada is opening its back deck, beer garden and other outdoor spaces at the Taproom this week.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: AVL contractors need a redo on storm drainage

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After a Monday afternoon downpour caused a huge wave of water to overtop the Asheville airport retaining wall and flood Ferncliff Park Drive, engineers made the surprising assessment that the new stormwater management system worked as it was designed to.   Read Story »

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Eye level signs point way to avenue shops

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When he first came to town five years ago to lead Hendersonville’s Main Street development, Lew Holloway heard a lot about the signs that pointed to businesses down the perpendicular avenues.   Read Story »

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Housing starts ramped up in spring

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Housing starts jumped 81 percent in the first five months of this year and are running 21 percent ahead in the first 11 months of the fiscal year that ends on June 30, the Henderson County Building Inspections records show.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Huckabee, Meadows coming to Harry's & Piggy's

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Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will greet voters at Harry's and Piggy's restaurant and ice cream parlor from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon.   Read Story »

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Lake Pointe exec, Ecusta Trail endorsed, Bar president

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Henderson County Life

WEEKEND TIPOFF: Craft beer and horses, yoga and bicycles

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Here are this weekend's events in and around Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

County adds twang to the bang

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Henderson County is adding a bluegrass show at the Historic Courthouse to the growing lineup of activities on the Fourth of July downtown.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Cops nab bank robber

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ETOWAH — Officers from five agencies teamed up on Thursday to nab a bank robbery suspect after a $13,000 heist at the First Citizens Bank at 6534 Brevard Road in Etowah.   Read Story »

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Inspectors bust local Dollar General for scanning errors

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If you shop at the Spartanburg Highway Dollar General, it would be a good idea to check your receipt. State regulators have fined the discount retailer's unit for excessive price-scanning errors.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

In stunning reversal, Meadows gets gavel back

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In a stunning reversal of a retaliatory move that had made U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows a hero of the right, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday reinstated the 11th District second termer to his chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Government Operations.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Prayer service set for Charleston shooting victims

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The Henderson County NAACP has invited people of all faiths and good will to a prayer service for the victims of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church at noon Monday at First Congregational Church on Fifth Avenue at White Pine Street in Laurel Park.   Read Story »

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'Lies come easily to this defendant,' U.S. says

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ASHEVILLE — Keith Arthur VInson, officially declared "the hub of the wheel" of the massive fraud that cost Seven Falls investors, banks and home site buyers $23 milion and sank two banks, was sentenced in federal court today to 18 years in prison.   Read Story »

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Pests attacking red oaks, poplars

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The N.C. Forest Service is reporting outbreaks of two forest pests that have already had significant impacts on trees in Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Commissioners replace TDA chair

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners booted Shannon Clarke from the chairmanship of the county Tourism Development Board on Wednesday and replaced him with David Nicholson, the former county manager who cast the only no vote when the TDA agreed to fund the proposed Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

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Dot Marlow shares 'a remarkable life'

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Ever since she read Norman Vincent Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking at age 14, Dot Marlow has tried to live one of the book’s themes — “If I think I can, I can.”   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about fancy chocolate

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

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Fox Chase resident concerned about street parking

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Bob Partridge loves his new retirement home at Fox Chase, a Windsor Aughtry development off U.S. 64 East.   Read Story »

Fletcher News

Fletcher adopts $6.1 million budget

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FLETCHER — The Fletcher Town Council adopted a $6.1 million budget that raises the town tax rate by 1½ cent because of the Fletcher fire district increase of the same amount.   Read Story »

Flat Rock News

Village budget contributes $25,000 to Playhouse

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council on Monday adopted a $2.13 million budget that raises the tax rate by 2.6 cents per $100 valuation, sets aside $554,200 for improvements at the Park at Flat Rock and contributes $25,000 to the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Pardee honors physician, philanthropist of the year

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Pardee Hospital donors and supporters celebrated the hospital's doctor of the year and philanthropist of the year at the third annual Pardee Hospital Foundation Gala on Friday night.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

AVL storm runoff again blocks road to brewery

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MILLS RIVER — A thunderstorm that dumped more than 2 inches of rain in 30 minutes at the Asheville Regional Airport caused stormwater runoff to flow from the airport site and cross Ferncliff Park Drive on Monday afternoon. The silt-laden runoff from the airport runway area was reminiscent of the retaining wall collapse on Christmas Eve that sent muddy water across the same road and into the French Broad watershed, resulting in the road's closure for a shirt time and a citation from state water quality regulators.   Read Story »

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Equestrian Center brings back craft beer festival

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MILL SPRING — After attracting 10,000 people to its grand opening and craft beer festival three weeks ago, the Tryon International Equestrian Center is doubling down on the appeal of craft beer.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Leadership boots Meadows from committee chair

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In apparent reprisal for his votes that impeded their aims for moving legislation, House leaders have stripped U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows of a subcommittee chairmanship he has used to champion government reform and attack the IRS.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam gets amazing story of a raccoon mother's love

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In one of his best videos yet — and one that made for an amazing tale of a mother’s protective love — wildlife enthusiast Thomas Brass recorded a forest scene of three baby raccoons, apparently motherless, and their rescue and adoption by another mother raccoon.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'How to Succeed' is likely to succeed

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“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is a light Fifties-ish musical comedy pushed merrily along by 20 hummable songs —exactly why it’s a safe bet to sustain the strong box office numbers the resurgent Flat Rock Playhouse has delivered so far in 2015.   Read Story »

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Balfour rescues a student and then watches her rise

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Her teachers now are not surprised at Sydney Singleton’s achievements. But two years ago, few would have predicted her success, starting with Sydney herself.   Read Story »

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Local students excel at National History Day

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COLLEGE PARK,Md. — Twenty-two students from Hendersonville won in several categories at the 2015 National History Day Contest June 15-18 in College Park, Md.   Read Story »

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Alpine Woods timeline

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Bugs, Fun Day, United Way

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Local briefs on a new women's clinic, Cradle of Forestry's bug day, ROTC winner, Flat Rock Fun Day, United Way and Covenant Presbyterian youth choir event:   Read Story »

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County raises tipping fee, adds recycling charges

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As part of the 2015-16 budget, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners added fees to several recycled items and raised the tipping fee at the landfill effective July 1.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville's Midnight Burn runnerup for NC barbecue crown

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Rocky Top Barbeque claimed its second Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival Grand Championship in three years — and its second Grand Championship in two weeks, after capturing the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour event just last weekend in Asheville.   Read Story »

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Rae's Kitchen gives moms the night off

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Rachel Massagee Brackett knows what it’s like to be a busy young mom who wants to put a good hearty meal on the table. She is betting that everyone else’s appetite for a home-cooked meal is big enough to make her new business thrive.   Read Story »

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Deputies charge local man with sex assault of runaway

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 46-year-old local man who they said sexually assaulted a 14-year-old female runaway while displaying a machete.   Read Story »

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CA's Cheesecakes opens on Main Street

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When Carol-Ann Bagnulo first tasted a chocolate Kahlua cheesecake, she just had to get the recipe and make one herself. Her version was as good as the original — maybe better.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Music every day

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Here are entertainment highlights of the weekend:   Read Story »

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Job recruiters forecast need for industrial land

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The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development can count a long list of successful courtships of industrial prospects: Sierra Nevada, Empire Distributors, Elkamet, Legacy Paddlesports, Raumedic and more.   Read Story »

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Boys & Girls Club inducts seven into Founders Circle

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The halls of the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County vibrated with laughter, creativity and joy on Saturday night.     Read Story »

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Fletcher cool to charter school's request for land

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FLETCHER — Parents who support a new charter school in northern Henderson County encountered skepticism when they asked the Fletcher Town Council to give them land for a schoolhouse.   Read Story »

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City to celebrate joy of bee-ing

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The City Council made it official. And now it’s officially recognized with a sign.   Read Story »

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Tenants drop claims in return for promise of repairs

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It amounted to a bit of good news at a trailer park that sees precious little good news.   Read Story »

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Smoke forces evacuation of county building

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Firefighters think a burned-out elevator fan caused smoke that forced the evacaution of the Henderson County office building at 100 N. King St. shortly before noon today.   Read Story »

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MossColumn: Partying like it's '07

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Not that I necessarily expect politicians to display inspiration, ambition and craftiness when it comes to the annual drama of budget work. But I would say that this year’s performance has been a particularly dismal show.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: 'Neighsayers' have a point

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When American Pharaoh galloped across the finish line to become the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown, it felt as if Mark Bellissimo had won, too.   Read Story »

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BGW accountants honor and thank Todd Webb

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Coworkers, clients and friends thanked Todd Webb for his civic volunteerism last week while also celebrating a changing of the guard at the King Street accounting firm.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... whether the earth moved

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

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Volunteers erect shelter for summer lunch program

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Many hands made light work Saturday to make sure that there is such thing as a free lunch.   Read Story »

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WHHS celebrates the Class of '15

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West Henderson High School celebrated the graduation of the class of 2015 on Friday night.   Read Story »

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NHHS celebrates the Class of '15

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North Henderson High School celebrated the graduation of the class of 2015 on Friday night.   Read Story »

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EHHS celebrates the Class of '15

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East Henderson High School celebrated the graduation of the class of 2015 on Friday night.   Read Story »

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Early College celebrates the Class of '15

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Henderson County Early College celebrated the graduation of the class of 2015 on Friday night.   Read Story »

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Balfour celebrates the Class of '15

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Balfour High School celebrated the graduation of the class of 2015 on Friday night.   Read Story »

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HHS celebrates the Class of '15

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Hendersonville High School celebrated the graduation of the class of 2015 on Friday night.   Read Story »

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County, towns win in Senate's sales tax proposal

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Henderson County would come out a big winner and the county's five towns would gain at least 10 percent more in sales tax revenue in a new distribution formula contained in a budget the Senate unveiled this week.   Read Story »

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Health agency honored for patient-centered care

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Blue Ridge Community Health Services has received an award for quality patient-centered care.   Read Story »

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Twenty onlookers watch girls fight at Alpine Woods

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The Henderson County Sheriff's Department has identified 40 Alpine Woods Resort residents or visitors who would be evicted or barred from the property under the terms of a settlement of the local government bodies brought against the troubled trailer park.   Read Story »

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Overturned tractor-trailer blocks Greenville Highway

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FLAT ROCK — A tractor-trailer veered off Greenville Highway into a ditch, clipped a power pole and flipped on its side at 9:10 a.m. today, completely blocking the road for hours.   Read Story »

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Mills River honors firefighter for rescue

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MILLS RIVER — When a call came out for a house fire at 15 Independent Lane, Mills River firefighter Donnie Kilpatrick swung quickly into action.   Read Story »

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Mills River yields on higher sheriff payment

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MILLS RIVER — Conceding they had no choice if they wanted to maintain law enforcement coverage, Mills River Town Council members adopted a new budget Thursday that increases the town's payment for a dedicated sheriff’s deputy by more than 50 percent.   Read Story »

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Store in 600 block getting two new Coca-Cola murals

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Mark Ray thinks two new Coca-Cola murals could mark one more step toward the revitalization of the 600 block of North Main Street.   Read Story »

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Raccoon attacks three dogs; one put down

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Officials with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Animal Enforcement Division and the Department of Public Health urged residents to make sure their pet’s rabies vaccination is current after a raccoon attacked three dogs in the Dana/Sugarloaf on Tuesday afternoon.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Turtles star, Pat's dance recitals, wine tasting

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Local briefs cover sea turtle movie, wine tasting, remembering Newtown and Pat's dance recitals:   Read Story »

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City dumps public review of some development

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In what it described as an effort to streamline land-use regulations, the Hendersonville City Council eliminated Planning Board review of mid-sized development projects that don’t require rezoning.   Read Story »

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Alpine faces water cutoff for unpaid bill

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The ambitious effort by the city of Hendersonville and Henderson County Board to temporarily take over and clean up Alpine Woods Resort has given way to a scaled back effort to enforce housing codes and evict criminals.   Read Story »

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Pardee sponsoring first Fall into Flat Rock Fun Day

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Pardee UNC Healthcare has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the first Fall into Flat Rock 5K and Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 17, at The Park at Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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Sheriff seeks help finding missing woman

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a 54-year-old woman who was last seen at about 3 a.m. Saturday  at 19 Heather Lane in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Burglaries, thefts drop by more than 33% in city

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Crime dropped in five out of six categories in Hendersonville from 2013 to 2014, according to figures complied by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.   Read Story »

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Apple Festival announces 2015 Ambassador

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A rising senior at North Henderson High School has been named this year's Apple Ambassador.   Read Story »

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City imposes $50 business registration fee

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The Hendersonville City Council authorized a new annual fee for businesses that would raise a fraction of the revenue the city lost in the repeal of the privilege license tax.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Music on land, turtles at sea and BBQ

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Here's your quick glance at this weekend's festivals, performing arts and other events in and around Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Box office sales up at Playhouse

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The Flat Rock Playhouse has staged plenty of smash hits and logged successful seasons throughout its 52-year-history.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You don't want to miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Defendants get prison time

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Superior Court judges Zoro Guice and Alan Thornburg handed down the following sentences during the recently concluded three-week term of court:   Read Story »

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Nine HHS musicians chosen for European tour

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Nine students from Hendersonville High School and one HHS graduate will join the North Carolina Ambassadors 2015 European Music Tour, which will take 93 of North Carolina’s top youth musicians to play in concerts in seven European nations this summer.   Read Story »

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Storm knocks out power, triggers flood warning

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A band of severe thunderstorms dumped more than three inches of rain in the area, knocked out power on Main Street in Hendersonville and triggered a flash flood warning.   Read Story »

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Playhouse actor donates $318K for new ed program

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An Atlanta-based actor who has performed on stage at the Flat Rock Playhouse since the early '90s has donated $318,000 to underwrite the theater’s newly formed educational program, Flat Rock Playhouse Studio 52.   Read Story »

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WATCH: Bobcat rolls, purrs on KnollsCam

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Thomas Brass's KnollsCam has struck again.   Read Story »

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Blue Ridge BBQ Festival opens Friday

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The Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival this weekend showcases the official North Carolina barbecue championship, music on the Main Stage and Riverside Stage, a classic car show on Saturday, carnival rides, the Blue Ridge Craft Fair and of course barbecue with the trimmings.   Read Story »

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Publix developer files site plan for Greenville Hwy.

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A developer that builds shopping centers for Publix has filed an application for permission to build a 49,000-square-foot supermarket on Greenville Highway at White Street.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 1,000 pedal Fletcher Flyer

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BREVARD — A thousand riders pushed off at 8 a.m. Sunday for the Fletcher Flyer, a series of bike rides that started and finished at Oskar Blues Brewery.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Thousands turn out for opening of horse center

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Well, they couldn’t have planned that any better.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Over the River' balances family and fun

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A delightfully bittersweet comedy written by Joe Dipietro and directed by veteran Flat Rock Playhouse performer Scott Treadway, “Over The River And Through The Woods” has nothing to do with Little Red Riding Hood. It is, however, about going to grandmother’s house.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows lands national name for annual rally

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows landed a national name for his second annual Faith and Freedom Rally.   Read Story »

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Fran Shelton to retire as HHS band director

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A Disney tribute show at Hendersonville High School Sunday afternoon drew more than the usual number of past band boosters, longtime HHS band followers and friends of Fran Shelton, the band’s longtime director.   Read Story »

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Council poised to OK Asheville Hiway Gas Express

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday is poised to approve plans that will enable Ingles Markets to add a Gas Express at its Asheville Highway location.   Read Story »

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Purse snatcher flees in stolen car

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Henderson County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a 25-year-old man they say snatched a shopper’s purse from a supermarket buggie and drove away in a stolen Buick.   Read Story »

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New charter school clears state hurdle

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The Board of Education gave the initial OK on Thursday to a K-7 charter school that plans to open in northern Henderson County in August 2016.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Playhouse announces new director of education

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Flat Rock Playhouse announced today that Sue Carpenter Fair has assumed the position of Director of Education forthe newly formed Flat Rock Playhouse Studio 52, a division of the Vagabond School of Drama.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Bluegrass and folk, poetry and spokes

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There's music day and night for three days through Monday. It all starts with the first Music on Main show of the season Friday night. The beat goes on during Celebrate Flat Rock on Saturday, the Fletcher Flyer (for bike riders) at Oskar Blues in Brevard on Sunday and the first Monday Night Live! show.   Read Story »

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Gordon family donates $175K for healing garden

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Norm Gordon recalls a traumatic time when his mother fell ill in 1961.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Seven Falls defendants sent to prison

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Five of the eleven defendants charged in connection to a scheme involving the development of Seven Falls, a golf course and luxury residential community in Etowah, were sentenced on Tuesday, Jill Westmoreland Rose, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, announced.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Park scholarship, McCartney show, 'Remarkable Woman'

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St. James foundation seeks grant applications

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League celebrates 50 years

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The League of Women Voters of Henderson County recognized past presidents, honored two 50-year members and celebrated five decades of civic service and voter education during an annual meeting May 21 at The Cedars.   Read Story »

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Sierra Nevada ready to boost production

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MILLS RIVER — Sierra Nevada will increase production by 40 percent in about a month when it finishes installation of 10 new fermenting tanks.   Read Story »

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'Over the River' opens downtown on Thursday

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Flat Rock Playhouse 2015 season will continue with the hit comedy "Over the River and Through the Woods," opening Thursday and running through June 21 at the Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Commissioners adopt $122M budget

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday adopted a $121 million budget on Monday night that keeps the county tax rate level while authorizing fire tax increases in all but one rural fire district.   Read Story »

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County commission restores human services funding

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The chairman of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners announced Monday night that the board would fund nonprofit agencies at their current level, quelling what promised to be a storm of protest during a public hearing on the county’s $121 million 2015-16 budget.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Hendersonville, Brevard both make 'Best Small Towns' list

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Hendersonville and Brevard both made the list of the 100 Best Small Towns compiled by Livability.com, a website that ranks cities in a variety of categories.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: A day in the life of Rep. Meadows

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Quizzed by students, Meadows talks politics and spin

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Mark Meadows started his day cutting a ribbon for a new crosswalk at an elementary school in Candler and ended it that night at an event promoting the National Day of Prayer.   Read Story »

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Sheriff shows off $3.6 million 911 center

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When parts gave out in Henderson County’s old 911 center, the sheriff’s department had a hard time getting replacements.   Read Story »

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WHHS, NHHS girls are MVPs in WNC conference

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Soccer players from North Henderson and West Henderson high schools have won WNC Athletic Conference defensive and offensive player of the year honors respectively.   Read Story »

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Chimney Rock reopens popular long-vista spots

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The Subway, Grotto and Pulpit Rock, long-time popular features on the Outcroppings trail at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, have reopened after being closed for repairs since 2008.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Dana kids win grant to visit Sandburg kids

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Dana Elementary School has been awarded a Kids in Parks grant to visit the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site on Monday, May 29, for a Service Learning Project.   Read Story »

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Monte's Taproom, BlueSky MD

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Product of school system is its Teacher of the Year

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A graduate of the local school system, an emotional Katie Bradley looked out at the audience that had just given her a standing ovation as Henderson County’s teacher of the year.   Read Story »

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Mills River OKs canoe launch

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MILLS RIVER — Paddlers will have the opportunity to access the Mills River from a boat dock at Mills River Town Park later this summer.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McDonald, Thompson defend price increase for Mills River deputy

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MILLS RIVER —Sheriff Charlie McDonald defended a new higher-priced contract the county has offered Mills River for law enforcement coverage, saying an analysis showed "we really aren't getting fair compensation" for the full-time deputy.   Read Story »

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WEEKEND TIPOFF: Mud, Mills River, Disney magic

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Playing in the mud and playing along the river — those are two different events — are among the events people can enjoy this weekend. Here’s a roundup:   Read Story »

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School system honors top scholars

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Henderson County schools honored 64 of its highest-achieving graduating seniors Tuesday during the 2014-15 Top Scholars Banquet at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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Airport, hospitals, first responders to conduct drill

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Asheville Regional Airport is conducting an emergency training exercise Thursday that involves first responders and hospitals reacting to an airplane "incident" with injuries.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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HHS band 'gives back' with free concert of Disney music

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Hendersonville High School musicians won’t have their hands out when they perform a concert of Walt Disney classics at 3 p.m. Sunday. The concert is free and this time there’s no “ask.”   Read Story »

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Honoring Guthridge like 'trying to describe a sunset,' Veazey says

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Dr. Dan Veazey, a Hendersonville native who served as a basketball manager at UNC under coach Dean Smith and longtime assistant Bill Guthridge, was one of four people to eulogize Guthridge during a funeral service on Monday.   Read Story »

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A veteran salutes his war hero

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Ten years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Jerry Reiser watched World War II unfold from the family farm in Michigan. In the young boy’s eyes, Uncle Bob was a war hero. He hit the beach at Normandy on D-Day and fought in the pivotal Battle of the Bulge.   Read Story »

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Tailgate art honors veterans and war dead

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When Charlie Hardin decided he wanted a scene of Arlington National Cemetery on his pickup tailgate, he thought of RuthEllen Boerman, a family friend and a professional artist.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: The best hope for Alpine Woods

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Henderson County and the city of Hendersonville have invented a sensible and practical proposal for cleaning up Alpine Woods Resort and making the homes habitable for tenants.   Read Story »

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Boys & Girls Club wins national honor for sports and rec

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The Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County received an Honor Award for Program Excellence in Sports, Fitness and Recreation during the 109th national conference of Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Chicago.   Read Story »

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Take time to honor veterans and those who gave all

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Frank Blazey, West Point graduate, retired Army brigadier general and leader of men in combat in two wars, urged 165 people gathered at a Salute to Veterans on Friday to remember the reason for the Memorial Day weekend.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: It's back! Rhythm & Brews kicks off busy weekend

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The Rhythm & Brews concert series kicked off its third season Thursday night with the Allen Thompson band and a good-sized crowd on a gorgeous spring night.   Read Story »

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Arboretum showcases carnivorous plants

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

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Mainstay wins grant for child advocacy center

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Senate bill orders expedited review of coal plant replacement

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

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Community to honor veterans Friday, Monday

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

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Grand jury indicts Fletcher man on sexual exploitation charges

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

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Holiday weekend brings abundance of music

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Laurel Park sets hearing on 4-cent tax increase

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

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

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HMS girls win 3rd straight soccer title

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

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Stop of wrong-way driver leads to felony arrests

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

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$1 billion coal plant conversion to create 800 jobs

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

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: To bee or not to bee

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

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

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

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Underhill Rose headlines Sandburg folk festival

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County to honor veterans on Friday

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

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

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

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Neighbors 'scared at all hours' of Alpine Woods crime

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Proposed budget keeps tax rate level, trims nonprofits

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

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HHS student's PSA on drug abuse wins NC award

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Ellis appointed chief medical officer

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

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BRCC lists springs graduates

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

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Southern roots band opens concert series

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

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Community honors Athena winner

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

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

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

Laurel Park Business

Goodwill opening store in Laurel Park

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

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

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

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BRCC offers local history class this summer

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

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Students' research personalizes a Holocaust victim

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

Henderson County Business

Store wars continue with city approval of new Ingles

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning.

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Meet all 20 bears

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

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Young Leaders program hires director

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Rising Leaders ready to volunteer

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

Henderson County Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Chamber salutes fast-growing companies

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

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City native Jim Lampley heads to Boxing Hall of Fame

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

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WATCH: KnollsCam gets good video of a gray fox

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

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Pardee campaign worthy of support

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

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

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County, Mills River at standoff in fight over fees

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

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Descendants organize to save Pleasant Hill Cemetery

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

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Council slashes nonprofit requests

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

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Pardee announces golf tournament winners

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Council endorses 2-cent property tax increase

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

Henderson County Business

McCrory signs summer camp building code bill

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

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Apple Festival fixes backwards note

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

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Champion Hills to host N.C. senior championship

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

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Rabid raccoon attack prompts warning on pet vaccinations

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

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Pardee, Park Ridge win top grade for safety

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

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Six city officers receive advanced training

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

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

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

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Patsy Cline tribute returns to Playhouse stage

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

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Flat Rock Farmers Market opens Thursday

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

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City shred day is Friday

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Towns push back on county fees

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

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Blue Ridge health agency appoints new medical director

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

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McCrorys invite public to WNC mansion on May 16

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

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Sgt. Draper makes USA duathlon team

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WCQS names new CEO

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

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Garden Jubilee seeks volunteers

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

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EHHS students' research has historic significance

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East Henderson High School is making history.   Read Story »

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Officers charge local man with bank robbery

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

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KnollsCam catches a black bear

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

Henderson County Life

Capital campaign success nudges IAM toward groundbreaking

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

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Athena award honors women for mentoring women

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Towns to county: Tell us the price

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

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Alpine Woods lawsuit alleges multiple code violations

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

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Mills River fire chief defends proposed fire tax increase

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

Edneyville Life

Samantha gives her birthday presents to IAM

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

Henderson County News

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

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

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Henderson County News

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

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

Tags: Pardee | 2015 Pardee capital campaign

Henderson County News

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

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

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Developer plans 12 townhomes on Greenville Highway

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

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All but one VFD seek higher fire tax

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

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HHS seniors set to perform 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

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

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

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

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

Henderson County News

Headwaters land a key link in 'corridor of conservation'

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

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County to mark 70th anniversary of VE Day

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

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Local man charged with drugs and theft

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

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National Register approves new Historic Flat Rock designation

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

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Henderson County Business

Black Forest opens downtown on Friday

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

TDA allocates portion of lodging tax to Ecusta Trail

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

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Apple Festival unveils 2015 logo

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

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Civitan Club awards five $2,000 scholarships

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

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Pardee to kick off $6M campaign for cancer center

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

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Bert Browning, businessman and downtown leader, dies in Saluda

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

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Special Needs Baseball season opens

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

Henderson County Business

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Road bonds, HAC job

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‘Yes we can’ brew on campus, BRCC says

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

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Housing construction surges in first quarter

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

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Vintage motorcycles draw a crowd at SAB

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

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New bears debut May 8

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

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MossColumn: It's a long way to the cow

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

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Sandburg Home to catch bears on wildlife cams

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

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Ritchey rips county's 'sweetheart deal' with WHKP

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

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Swing Band, Bookfest,

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

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Sandburg Home drew 82,000 visitors last year

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

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Essay winner overcome with emotion

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

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Co-Op prospers with bigger store

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

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County youth soccer association partners with Asheville group

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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City police, firefighters rescue ducklings

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

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Henderson County News

EHHS to perform 'The Fantasticks' this week

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

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Fletcher teacher wins STEM fellowship

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

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Cradle of Forestry celebrates migratory birds

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

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Henderson County News

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

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

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Blue Ridge Humane in running to win cash

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

Henderson County News

Playhouse announces new board members

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

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

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

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Henderson County Business

Mills River retreats on affordable housing

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

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Henderson County News

Wingate eyes four-year degree options

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

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Henderson County News

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

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

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Co-op celebrates grand opening with new brew

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

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Henderson County News

Ingles revives Asheville Highway Gas Express request

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

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Henderson County Business

Birge joins Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Educators honor 2015 Hall of Fame

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

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Henderson County News

20/20 to air story on Wilkie murder

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Planning Board split on new Ingles

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

Henderson County News

R&B acts span bluegrass to brass

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Political briefs: Common Core, League, Democrats

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

Henderson County News

Haywood Knolls cam catches high-res video of bobcat

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

Henderson County News

It's apple blossom time

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

Henderson County News

Options are scarce for Alpine Woods tenants

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

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Business

AVL airport wins $10 million grant for runway

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

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CMLC honors Gerton couple

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

Henderson County News

Planners OK new Ingles on Spartanburg Highway

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

Fletcher Business

Sports medicine practice changing partners

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

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

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Henderson County Life

'We Were Soldiers' author headlines bookfest

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

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Loft tours showcase upstairs living downtown

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

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Henderson County Life

Local couple achieve RV royalty

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Henderson County Business

State champion robotics team headed to St. Louis

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

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Brabham patients have until April 20 to retrieve records

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

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Hospitals face loss of $2M if tax exemption dies

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

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Church choirs to perform 'Festival of Hymns'

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

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

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

Henderson County Life

HLT presents 'Dreamgirls'

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

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Conservancy to honor McGrady

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

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

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Playhouse announces broad-based education programs

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

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How are we doing? Thrift store asks

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

Flat Rock Business

Season's chef leaving for Asheville kitchen

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

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Sub shop joins beer boomlet

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

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Six get active time after convictions

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

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911 center restored

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

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How healthy is Henderson County?

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

Fletcher Business

WLOS anchor accepts Park Ridge job

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

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Rhythm & Brews volunteers honored

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

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Radio host 'Hollywood' Jones dies at age 74

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

Henderson County Business

Jacklin hired to lead local Homeward Bound office