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Henderson County News

Deputies investigate Dana fight

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies are currently investigating an assault with injury and a gunshot wound assault.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Apodaca stands for right to know

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

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | public notices

Henderson County News

Zoro the crime-fighting canine retires

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

Tags: dogs | Hendersonville Police Department | Sgt. Jimmy Case

Henderson County News

Publix may clear hurdle on parcel needed for store

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

Tags: supermarkets | Publix

Henderson County News

County schools continue low dropout rate

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

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Henderson County News

Like the outdoors? Flat Rock wants you

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

Tags: Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

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

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

Tags: Historic Seventh Avenue | Historic Seventh Avenue District

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Henderson County News

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

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

Tags: newspapers

Henderson County News

Play festival highlights high school actors

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

Tags: performing arts

Henderson County News

TDA OKs last cash needed for Playhouse cleanup

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

Tags: Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows praises Netanyahu, rips Obama

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

Tags: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows

Henderson County News

Upward Road development heats up

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

Henderson County News

Etowah woman lobbies on behalf of kidney patients

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

Henderson County News

Playhouse funding squeaks by in 3-2 vote

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

Henderson County News

Seven Falls value plunges again

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

Tags: Seven Falls

Henderson County News

Sierra Nevada's Taproom and Restaurant opens next week

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

Tags: restaurants | Sierra Nevada

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Church youth group packs meals for hungry

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

Tags: volunteerism | Churches

Henderson County News

Eagle projects help community

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

Henderson County News

Mills River, Fletcher drive growth in property values

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

Tags: Ingles | 2015 tax reappraisal

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What happened to record-setting cookie company?

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

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Henderson County News

Girls can pick out prom dresses next week

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows joins GOP defectors on Homeland Security funding vote

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

Tags: U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows

Henderson County News

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

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

Henderson County News

Students may lose holidays; spring break intact for now

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

Henderson County News

Laurel Park issues update on town services

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

Tags: Weather | snowstorms | winter 2014-15

Henderson County Life

Snow postpones Ruth salute

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

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

Henderson County Business

Owner plans to convert Quality Inn into senior apartments

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

Tags: Quality Inn | motels

Henderson County Business

Hearth Art created by local tradesmen

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

Henderson County News

Newman touts felony convictions

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

Tags: crime | Greg Newman | District Attorney 29B

Henderson County Business

Medical parts maker bringing 172 jobs to Mills River

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

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

Henderson County News

Round 2: Snow covers roads, closes school

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

Tags: winter 2014-15

Henderson County News

Plans filed for a Starbucks on Four Seasons Boulevard

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

Tags: retail | Four Seasons Boulevard | Starbucks

Henderson County News

Ellie Michalove, wife of former mayor, dies in Texas

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

Tags: Don Michalove | Ellie Michalove

Henderson County News

Village seeks $330,000 grant for park trails

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

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

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about calls from jail

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

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Henderson County News

MossColumn: 12 thoughts about the Siberian Express

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

Tags: Weather | snowstorms | winter 2014-15

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Industry recruiters: To be competitive, NC needs job grants

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

Tags: Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

Henderson County News

Horizon names 15 winners of grants

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

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

Henderson County Business

Credit union opens first in-school branch at WHHS

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

Tags: West Henderson High School | banking

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

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

Tags: Pardee Hospital | Athena Award

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Two appointed to AVL board

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

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport Authority | Asheville Regional Airport

Henderson County News

Day 4: Still frozen; school year extended

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

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Advisers plunge into another snipe hunt

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

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Let water trickle, city says, to avoid frozen pipes

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

Tags: snowstorms | winter 2014-15

Henderson County News

Schools closed, commissioners, TDA cancel meetings

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

Tags: winter 2014-15

Henderson County News

Assessor to release new tax values on Wednesday

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

Tags: 2015-16 local budgets | 2015 tax reappraisal

Hendersonville News

Atha Plaza tenants wonder and wait

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

Henderson County News

Publix could be catalyst for southside renaissance

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Democrats set precinct committee meetings

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

Henderson County News

Store to sell power tools, golf carts

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

Henderson County News

Forecast triggers 12:30 school dismissal

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

Tags: winter 2014-15

Henderson County News

Planners endorse Oklawaha Village

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

Henderson County News

Pisgah Legal Services adds fundraiser

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

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Carburetors reuniting for benefit concert

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

Tags: Flat Rock Cinema | Mark Warwick | Carburetors

Henderson County Business

Pool supply, outdoor store opens on Airport Road

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

Henderson County News

Time to order berry plants

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

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United Way pancake fundraiser is Sunday

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

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

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

Tags: downtown parking

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City Council votes 3-2 for Playhouse aid

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

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Global partnership breaks ground in Mills River

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

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady on crutches for six weeks

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

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature

Henderson County News

City to close Fifth Avenue for pipe repair

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

Tags: road construction | public works

Henderson County News

WTZQ to air Dean Smith tribute today

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

Henderson County News

All clear after smoke threat at Pardee, hospital says

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

Henderson County News

Arctic blast arrives Thursday

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

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Boy Scout district thanks adult leaders

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

Tags: Boy Scouts of America | Boy Scouts | Terrora District

Henderson County News

District honors Boy Scout for saving 5-year-old

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

Henderson County News

Despite traffic concerns, planners OK health-ed project

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Grady Hawkins reads to children

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

Tags: Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins | Henderson County public library

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County seeks input on East Flat Rock plan

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

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

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Corps decision delays Seven Falls work

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

Henderson County News

Third affordable housing project proposed

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

Henderson County News

Man faces first-degree burglary charge

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

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning.

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County health board honored as best in state

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

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

Henderson County News

Grant will help fight blight of hemlocks

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

Henderson County News

Playhouse to fix air quality problem in old buildings

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

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | environment | air quality

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NHHS senior nominated as Presidential Scholar

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

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Henderson County News

Quick response nets felony arrests

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

Henderson County News

WCCA receives $1.4M for childcare partnership

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

Henderson County Business

Sierra Nevada invites 50 breweries to pour hearty beers

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

Tags: Sierra Nevada | craft beer industry

Henderson County News

Mid-priced home sales drive market recovery

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

Tags: real estate | 2015 economy

Henderson County Business

Rep. Whitmire favors rail over trail

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

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Davidson River Village

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: County demands cities raise taxes

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

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | local government budgets | taxes

Henderson County News

Texas Rangers arrest local shooting suspect

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

Tags: crime | Horse Shoe

Henderson County News

Publix eyes Greenville Highway site

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

Henderson County News

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

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

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Flat Rock Life

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

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

Tags: arts | United Way | Democratic Party

Henderson County News

Is new outlet mall a threat to local stores?

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

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

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

Henderson County News

Youth soccer coach wins state honor

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

Mills River News

New manager leads Mills River in era of growth

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

Hendersonville Business

City adds fee to credit card payments

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

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

Henderson County News

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

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The Lightning responds to your questions.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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

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

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

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

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Go west, Thompson says, to find Ecusta Trail opposition

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sheriff wants a lawyer

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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

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

Henderson County News

LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS: Call for used books, volunteers

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

Henderson County News

Veteran Vagabond seeks Playhouse memories

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

Flat Rock Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Record crowd celebrates business

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

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Henderson County News

Free Clinics now stocks drug overdose antidote

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

Henderson County News

HMS Bearcats continue athletics dominance

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

Henderson County News

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

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

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Sheiry recognized

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

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Playhouse opens 2015 season with ABBA tribute

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

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Former Little League coach arrested

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Let's honor our history

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

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Mountain balladeers to perform

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

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McGrady wins key budget post

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

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Three face charges in robbery, assault

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

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AVL sets record for passengers

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

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Historic Landmarks ordinance advances

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

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Maki joins police force

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

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Ask Matt ... about Burt & Loni

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

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WNC pilots offer grants for pursuit of aviation

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

Henderson County News

Q&A: Why did AVL wall fail?

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

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Justus v. Rosner attorneys spar over fees

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

Henderson County Business

UCB ranked 14th in banking performance

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

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Foundation to reward 'Mills River Scholars'

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

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Unity Center calls minister

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Habitat hires fundraiser

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Forum is set on affordable housing

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

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Mills River in line to get 172 more jobs

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

City campaigns for historic tax credits

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

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County says no to Fletcher library

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

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Early College High School among tops in N.C.

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

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City creates a cheaper fix for Main at Allen

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

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Edney to urge support for Ecusta Trail

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

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County board tackles four-year building plan

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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County seeks bids for Seven Falls roadwork

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady files bill to limit eminent domain

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

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Community marks MLK Day

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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

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

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City urging state to resurrect historic tax credits

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

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Historic Flat Rock goes in-depth for updated nomination

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

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Sen. Tillis hunting for space in Hendersonville

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

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LETTER: McDonald firings deserve 'thumbs down'

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

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Edneyville grower debuts apple ale

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

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Playhouse consummates sale of log house

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

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Health Dept. gets suspended doctor's files

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

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

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

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Car break-in suspect surrenders

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

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Two affordable housing projects proposed in city

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

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LIGHTNING REVIEW: Young talent blooms in 'White Rose'

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

Fletcher Business

AVL traffic soared in 2014

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

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Hearing today on Erkwood roundabout

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

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Mountain Home chief thanks community after ice accident

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Pardee Foundation names major gifts officer

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

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I-26 widening, Balfour Parkway make new road plan

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

Flat Rock Life

Park offers free Sandburg home tours on MLK Day

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

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Apple course offers inside look at popular crop

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

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Midweek brings chance of freezing rain

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

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

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

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Tax collections running ahead

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

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County endorses emergency signal for Edneyville VFD

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

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Commissioners boot naming rights request

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

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Ecusta Trail advocates cite Upstate trail value

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

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McGrady not worried about Moffitt mopup

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

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BRCC honors top teachers, employees

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

Etowah News

Three charged in Etowah Park theft

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

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: We'll miss Fielding Lucas

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

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Brewery supplier opening plant in Buncombe

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

Henderson County Business

Mills River board grills AVL official on wall collapse

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

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Son charged in mother's death

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

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'48 Hours' report on Mintz murder airs Saturday

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

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Eschewing comforts, Wards go to Togo

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

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Hearing set on Erkwood-Shepherd fix

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

Henderson County Business

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Construction, pay raise, help for startups

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Authorities ask for help finding woman

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

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Dog in yard results in fight with two injuries

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

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Twitter alert: Wyatt to tweet the news

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

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Playhouse sets 'Wizard of Oz' auditions

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

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County names new library director

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

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First responders to carry overdose antidote

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

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City board appointment open

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

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Wind chill could plunge to minus-13

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

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City planners reviewing plans for health-ed project

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

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Couple found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning

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

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

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

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We all need IT goals in 2015

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

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Local readers like local authors

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

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Laughter chosen for two state panels

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

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Congress enacts law to ease HonorAir passenger loading

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

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Chimney Rock offers 'First Day' hikes

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

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THE LIGHTNING TOP 10 STORIES OF 2014

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

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Registration open for local history class

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

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Flat Rock Cinema to screen top movies of 2014

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Pardee surgeon appointed to cancer advisory panel

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

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No coal ash leak, airport says, as questions mount

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

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: What's Oklawaha?

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Mom makes a special gift for Christmas

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

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Playhouse puts YouTheatre on hiatus

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

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

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

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Local group forms to shelter homeless girls

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

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

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

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City seeks National Register spot for historic Berkeley stadium

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

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Mills River hires new town manager

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

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Early Christmas: Lightning is on the street!

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, on the street one day early this week.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Council OKs 'shalt nots' for Flat Rock park

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

Henderson County News

TDA hires development coordinator

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

Henderson County Business

Sierra Nevada to boost production by 67 percent

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

Henderson County News

Dream on: No White Christmas for us

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

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New airport entrance to open

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

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Housing agency proposes 84-unit Oklawaha Village

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

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Playhouse names new marketing director

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

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EHHS's Rhodes named WNC principal of the year

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

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Middle school absenses spike as flu ramps up

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

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Tree recycling available through Saturday

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

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Deputies charge man with sexual assault of a child

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

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Mills River Town Council OKs boat ramp

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

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Forest service announces logging at Holmes State Forest

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

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HonorAir helps veterans stay warm

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Advocates for campaign finance openness honor Apodaca

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

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Playhouse to sell and lease back log house

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

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Agencies partner with schools for Christmas

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

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HAC seeks city's OK for 84-unit development

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

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

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

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Henderson County Business

Laurel Park merchants to collect IAM donations

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

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Sheriff warns of IRS phone scam

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

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Forecast calls for chance of snow

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

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County to salute Battle of the Bulge

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

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Fletcher Business

Park Ridge marks demolition of theater

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Board unseals closed meeting minutes

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

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

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Etowah Business

Judge OKs next step in Seven Falls work

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

Henderson County Business

Bond rater affirms solid forecast for county

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

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Holiday tour showcases seven inns

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

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

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

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Deputies arrest six in two drug cases

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Bucking Boehner, Meadows votes no on budget deal

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

Flat Rock Business

Pardee to fund bus rides to Playhouse

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

NAACP seeks reform in police use-of-force

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

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McDonald foes post online petition

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Vigil set to 'Remember Newtown'

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

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Christmas Eve Reindeer Run supports scholarship

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Education runs in the Jones family.   Read Story »

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'Motown Christmas' opens downtown

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

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Former county planning director gets top regional planning post

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

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Ed Foundation names new director

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

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

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

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Two charged after drug warrant is served

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

Henderson County News

Deputies in South Florida to interview man about Sunday murder

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

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Ask Matt ... about Publix

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New owner vows no change for Van's Chocolates

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

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School system hires new public information officer

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World-class cycling event comes to Jackson Park

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

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

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

Henderson County News

Students will 'shop with a cop' this week

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

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'Person of interest' caught in Florida

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

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Spirit reigns despite drizzle

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County employees getting $1,000 bonus

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

Henderson County News

Shoeless Byrd wings it for strong finish

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

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Council pans King Street parking proposal

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

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Henderson County News

City to study pedestrian safety around Boys & Girls Club

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

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Henderson County News

AMBUCS donates special trikes for kids

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

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Fletcher sets tree lighting, Santa visit

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

Henderson County News

Kiwanis Club honors Stroud with top sports award

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

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: HHS seniors play Medieval games

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

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Deputy nabs teen suspected of car theft, burglary

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

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Henderson County Business

Playhouse transforming space into Santa's shop

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

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Park Ridge set to demolish old cinema

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

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Donaldson to sign books at Wrinkled Egg

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Kenmure raises $31,500 to fight cancer

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

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Patriot Club, Christmas services, special trikes

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'Little Women' opens Friday at HLT

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

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Henderson County Business

King Street parking idea draws questions

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Thompson elected to lead commissioners

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McDonald takes oath, makes command staff changes

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

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Work together on Seventh Avenue

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

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Ask Matt ... about Horse Shoe Farm

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

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Nonprofit aims to start birth center

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

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Santa lights up Christmas

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Merged into one, environmental groups announce new name

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

Henderson County News

Shopping maul starts early

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

Henderson County Business

SBA program helps startups 'scale up'

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

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Henderson Oil supports Daniel Boone Council

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

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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

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Ellis steps in as Pardee chief medical officer

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Shop local, win $500

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

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Pardee participates in 'Giving Tuesday'

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McDonald sacks deputies after election

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

Henderson County News

Turkey Trot signup tops 500

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

Henderson County News

Gimme shelter: Flat Rock residents endorse park pavilion

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

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Area native wins D.A. job in western NC

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

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

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

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Concert choir dedicates show to gifted tenor

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

Henderson County News

United Way funding application deadline is Tuesday

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

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Deputies nab bank robbery suspect

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

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Henderson County Business

Wide-ranging Mex-Italy opens on Asheville Highway

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

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Ask Matt ... to talk trash

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

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Henderson County Business

Times-News owner Halifax sold for $280 million

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Our future is blue and green

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

Henderson County News

Historic mill stars in Carland's 'Shadows'

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

Flat Rock Business

Young actors eager for Mainstage debut

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

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Edneyville Business

Growers survive another year of 'playing poker'

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

DeLay, Tillis, McCrory scheduled for Taylor dinner

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

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Board cautious on Lake Summit marina idea

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

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Henderson County News

Motorist airlifted after school bus crash

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

Henderson County News

Balfour students nominate teacher for national award

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

Henderson County Business

Hundreds turn out for grand opening of nursing facility

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

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Henderson County News

Please excuse our email blast

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

Etowah News

County set to OK boat ramp on French Broad

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

Henderson County Business

'Small Business Saturday' counters Black Friday

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

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Henderson County Business

Macon Bank reports earnings

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

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada filling 150 taproom-restaurant jobs

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

Henderson County News

Locally based team brings vision to India

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

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Early College High sets Roadrunner FundRun

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

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Operation Christmas Child collection site opens Monday

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

Henderson County Business

Hunter Automotive honored for youth club support

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

Henderson County News

Hazardous enough to warrant a $93,000 stoplight?

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

Mills River News

MRFD chief exhorts council to act on affordable housing

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Keever seeks state Democratic chair

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

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

Henderson County News

Rotary Club honors Honor Guard

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

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Henderson County News

IAM needs coats for children

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

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Authorities seek child support deadbeats

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

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Library branches extend evening hours

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

Henderson County News

Forest Service sets hearing on management plan

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

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Area salutes veterans

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

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New owners to restore Mountain Lodge

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

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Concert for heating fund is Sunday

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

Henderson County Life

MossColumn: Power of One is in our DNA

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

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Bearcats state championship

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

Henderson County News

Area gets report card on beauty efforts

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

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Henderson County Business

Caraker praises mission, says it deserves voice on 7th

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

Henderson County News

Don't burn your house down

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

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Henderson County Business

Professional women honored at business conference

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

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County schools name top principal

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'Great Nurses' program recognizes Pardee nurse

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Etowah News

LOCAL BRIEFS: Etowah High, Veterans Day, music

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Authorities identify body found on Green River

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

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REPUBLICANS TURN BACK DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGERS

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

Henderson County News

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

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

Henderson County News

Rescue Mission called 'elephant in room' for redevelopment

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

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Campaign spending surges in legislative races

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

Laurel Park News

Laurel Park plans Jump Off improvements

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

Henderson County News

Tahmooressi released from Mexican prison

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

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Henderson County News

For 30 years, Mainstay has offered a lifeline

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

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Henderson County News

Sheriff issues warning about jury duty scam

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

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Web network connects residents to City Hall

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: A welcome referendum on bad ideas

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

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Supporters endorse in 2014 campaign

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Allison agency redesigns NC planners' website

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

Henderson County Business

Farm workshop covers GAP regs

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

Henderson County News

Cliffs hires Penny to market events

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

Henderson County News

Snow maybe, accumulation unlikely

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

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Law officers seeking possible assault victim

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

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Partnership recognizes Ferncliff Industrial Park creator

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

Henderson County News

DuPont logging will preserve 'Hunger Games' trees

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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David Holt to perform at BRCC

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

Henderson County News

Hagan rallies supporters to get out the vote

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

Henderson County News

Learn about Wingate's MBA program

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

Henderson County News

Health Department offers flu shots at middle schools

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

Henderson County News

Fletcher switches to rollout garbage containers

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

Henderson County News

Pushback starts on Seventh Avenue tax expansion

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

Henderson County News

Pardee Foundation elects chair, adds new members

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

CAMPAIGN FORUM: School Board

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

CAMPAIGN FORUM: State House

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

CAMPAIGN FORUM: 48th NC Senate Dct.

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Here's the early voting schedule

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

Fletcher News

Fletcher's Halloween carnival is Saturday

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

Henderson County News

Steve Ford shares inside stories of Betty and president

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

Henderson County Life

Guided by Mrs. Byrd, HES theater has soared

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

Henderson County News

Pardee Foundation honors 2014 'Women of Hope'

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

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Henderson County News

BRCC, wineries team up for festival

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

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Henderson County News

Toddlers on highway wandered away from home

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

Henderson County Life

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

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

Henderson County News

Pardee fund helps to save woman with mystery illness

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

Henderson County News

Ingles donates sweets for Trick or Treat Street

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

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Henderson County News

Schools get $1,000 checks from business partners

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Mills River should face housing issue

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

Tags: Mills River | housing | economy | economic development

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hagan to visit next week

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County GOP makes endorsements in non-partisan races

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

Henderson County News

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

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

Henderson County News

Bears go on auction block Saturday

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

Henderson County News

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

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

Henderson County News

DuPont Forest to be closed at night

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

Henderson County News

Playhouse names Lisa Bryant as artistic director

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP urges one-shot vote in School Board race

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

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Nurse anesthetists association names Apodaca top legislator

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

Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Wieners all winners at Oktoberfest

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Election campaign tests McDonald's reform theme

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

Henderson County News

N.C. Court of Appeals convenes at Historic Courthouse

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

Henderson County News

HMS goes 8-0, wins conference crown

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

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Pardee forms Ebola response team

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

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Edneyville News

Apple harvest adjusts to changing demand

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

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Henderson County News

City's new PIO wants to engage public

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

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Former prep star named player of the week

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Readers write on 2014 campaign

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

Henderson County News

Commissioners reject Obamacare kiosk at DSS

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

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning and our exclusive story on the sheriff's race.   Read Story »

Edneyville Business

Magazine lists Stepp farm as tops for apples

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

Henderson County News

Convicted arsonist charged with firing shots in city

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

Henderson County News

Family Justice Center coordinates efforts for victims

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

Henderson County News

Planners recommend Blythe Commons buildout

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

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City leaf pickup starts Oct. 20

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

NRA endorses McDonald

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

NCAE, PBA endorse Wood

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

Henderson County News

Miller joins Clinton, 'the Greatest' for national award

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

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Henderson County News

Commissioners split on museum board appointment

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

Henderson County News

Design fees double for joint med-ed building

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

Henderson County News

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

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HonorAir sends $20K check for Tahmooressi fund

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

Henderson County Business

Postero opens in former Flight space

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

Henderson County News

Man charged with exposure near school

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

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Volunteers, schoolchildren plant trees on campus

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

Henderson County News

HSO features renowned pianist for 'Fiesta'

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

Henderson County News

City Council makes appointments

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

Henderson County News

Hike on new trail promises fall color

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

Henderson County Business

Blythe Commons plans five more units

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

Green River Life

Robert Morgan appearing at Courthouse

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

Henderson County News

Johnson Farm hires farm manager

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

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Henderson County News

Village scraps park gate for now

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

Flat Rock News

Village pledges $200,000 for playground

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

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Business

AVL director to chair airports policy panel

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

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Henderson County News

PEP leery of park costs

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

Henderson County News

Parking consultants to gauge leaf season demand

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

Henderson County News

Seventh Avenue to get splash of color, 'parklets'

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

Henderson County News

United Methodist Women set Fall Bazaar

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

Henderson County Life

Oktoberfest features Dachshund races

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

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Henderson County News

Board authorizes Dana Park work

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

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Henderson County News

Museum to stage Sandburg play

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

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Henderson County News

HHS inducts six to Hall of Fame

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

State employee PAC endorses Apodaca

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

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Bankers hammer away in Habitat blitz build

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

Henderson County News

New restaurant offers variety menu

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

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Henderson County News

Series aims to 'keep fires burning'

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

Henderson County Business

Credit union opens branch on Seventh Avenue

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

Etowah News

Fluent in local government, Laughter also connected with farm culture

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

Flat Rock Life

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

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

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Henderson County Business

Macon Bank execs to ring NASDAQ bell

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

Henderson County News

City council denies higher density zoning on Ninth Avenue

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

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

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

Henderson County News

First Baptist Church calls Scoggins for a second time

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

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Henderson County News

Nonprofit formerly known as ECO names director

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

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Henderson County News

Mountain Home man charged with felony child abuse

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

League hosting candidate forum tonight

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Police organization endorses Katz, Wood

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

Henderson County Business

Seventh Avenue Bazaar features 70 artisans

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

Flat Rock Life

Comic veterans return to Playhouse stage in 'Forum'

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

Henderson County News

WCCA receives HUD grant

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

Henderson County News

Ecusta Trail advocates set information meetings

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

Henderson County Business

Highway project forcing relocation of airport entrance

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

Henderson County News

City invites comment on Berkeley Park plans

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

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about county's new brand

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

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

Etowah News

Electronic fence failure allowed dog attack, official says

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

Tags: animal control

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP to open new headquarters

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

Tags: Henderson County Republican Party

Hendersonville Business

Rooftop restaurant inches toward opening

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

Tags: restaurants | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County News

Construction value rises

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

Tags: housing | economy | construction

Hendersonville Business

City's fiscal strength earns rating upgrade

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

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

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada gift shop opens

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

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Henderson County News

Jury delivers verdict in Rosner case

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Tags: Park Ridge Health | Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Flat Rock News

Volunteers to ID park's plants and critters

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

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Flat Rock News

Village Council OKs park gate

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

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

Hendersonville Life

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

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

Tags: Music | Hendersonville Middle School | performing arts | Buddy Gudger

Hendersonville News

City Fire Department announces promotion, new hires

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The Hendersonville Fire Department promoted a firefighter to lieutenant and hired three firefighters.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, 40 pages of news, features and exclusives plus the TV book.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Murder defendant declines to put up a defense

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

Tags: Eric Wilson

Fletcher News

Rosner speaks at trial

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

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

Edneyville Business

Businesses, lenders celebrate partnership

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

Tags: Solar power | Hendersonville Community Co-Op

Laurel Park News

Laurel Park wins grant for Rhododendron Lake work

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

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

Henderson County News

Man charged in weekend assault, burglary

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

Henderson County News

Beautiful fall weather on tap this week

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

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... how fast a moped can go

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

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Henderson County News

Morse to retire from G.E.

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

Tags: East Flat Rock | Paul Morse | General Electric

Henderson County Business

Leaders signal greater cooperation on water issues

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Teachers rally for Wood

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

Tags: 2014 state Senate race

Henderson County Business

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Leaders strike a blow against mediocrity

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

Tags: editorials | Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Edneyville Life

In 'Glimpses,' Ruscin unearths more county history

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

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Three who made their mark

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

Tags: Hillary Hart | Ruth Birge | Paul Morse

Henderson County News

County farmers show top tom, sheep, hog

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

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Henderson County News

Foundation awards $400,000 in scholarships

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

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Henderson County Business

Health insurance costs dent bottom line at Pardee

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

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Henderson County News

Health education building grows in size and cost

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

Tags: Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Henderson County News

Man charged with rape after runaway found at home

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

Tags: crime

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Apodaca names campaign committee

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

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

Flat Rock Business

Hart leaving Playhouse for Minneapolis

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

Tags: Hillary Hart

Hendersonville Business

Co-Op will double in size

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

Tags: supermarkets | retail

Henderson County Business

State urges farmers to test corn

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

Tags: farming

Henderson County News

Shelter offers manners class for dogs

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

Tags: dogs | Henderson County Animal Shelter

Fletcher Business

Rosner defense witnesses strongly defend his work

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

Tags: Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Hendersonville Business

Ninth Avenue evolving to higher density

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

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

Henderson County News

Trailcam catches new video of fox in Haywood Knolls

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

Tags: wildlife | Thomas Brass | Haywood Knolls

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Apodaca receives top award from WCU

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

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca

Fletcher Business

Asheville wins grant for road and bikeway project

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

Tags: greenways | bicycling

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Russian visitors hear about natural resources

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

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

Henderson County News

Hunger Walk set for Saturday

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

Tags: hunger | Hunger Walk

Henderson County News

Mediation Center adds youth counselor

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

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP women host McDonald fundraiser

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

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

School rally kicks off fall campaign for Wood

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

Hendersonville Business

City Council rezones two parcels

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The Hendersonville City Council rezoned two parcels to more permissive designations during its regular meeting last week.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Ecusta Trail video hits the mark

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Don Schjeldahl has plenty of credibility when it comes to industrial development.     Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | bicycling

Fletcher News

Truth elusive in Justus v. Rosner trial

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In any span of 45 minutes in the Justus v. Rosner medical malpractice practice case, the facts seem straightforward, even unassailable.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health care | Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Henderson County News

Officials identify inmate who died in jail

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Henderson County Sheriff's Office officials say they suspect no foul play in the death of an inmate who was found unresponsive by jailers on Sunday afternoon and died 14 hours later at the hospital.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City's crime rate drops in 5 out of 6 categories

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The crime rate dropped in Hendersonville in every category except larceny from 2012 to 2013, the Police Department said.   Read Story »

Tags: crime

Henderson County Business

Sporting goods store to hire 50 people

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A sporting goods chain store opening in the Blue Ridge Mall this fall is holding a job fair this week to fill 50 jobs.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Mall | retail

Henderson County News

Ecusta Trail video touts greenway benefits

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Advocates of the proposed Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail trail have launched a campaign to educate the public about the project, using a new video that highlights the project's economic benefits.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail

Henderson County Business

Pardee buys property adjacent to campus

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Pardee Hospital has purchased a half-acre lot at the corner of Justice Street and Ninth Avenue and the medical office building of surgeons Allan D. Huffman and Thomas L. Eisenhauer on Sixth Avenue at Fleming Street. The land purchases, which closed in July, together cost just under $1 million.     Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | Pardee

Henderson County Life

Russian visitors learning about natural resource management

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Five delegates from Russia will see one American community's approach to protecting natural resources and expanding public lands during an eight-day visit to Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: land conservation

Henderson County News

Marine's mom and sister thank local supporters

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Jill Tahmooressi on Sunday thanked a roomful of residents for their support for her son, a Marine jailed in Mexico for the past 5½ months.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | military veterans | military affairs | Andrew Tahmooressi

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hill, Meadows debate at WCU

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CULLOWHEE — Democratic challenger Tom Hill and U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows engaged in their first and maybe only debate in their contest for the 11th Congressional District.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 11th Congressional District election

Hendersonville Business

Preservation group to guide mill effort

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After years of debate, plans and study, the Hendersonville City Council pulled the trigger on a decision that could lead to redevelopment of the historic Grey Hosiery Mill.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Shriners to host bicycler pedaling to Boston

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The father of a 4-year-old girl treated at a Shriners hospital will ride through Hendersonville on Friday as part of a 1,900-mile fundraising trip.   Read Story »

Tags: fundraisers | Shriners

Hendersonville Life

Donation will buy risers for concert choir

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A Hendersonville donor has made a $6,000 contribution for the purchase of new risers for the Carolina Concert Choir, Judy Meinzer, president of the concert choir, announced on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: performing arts | Carolina Concert Choir | Eleanor Meloun

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Wood kicking off fall campaign with rally for schools

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

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

Hendersonville Business

Loft apartments possible for Grey Mill

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, chockful of news coverage and scoops and North Carolina Apple Festival photos.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Vineyards, BRCC team up for fall wine festival

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Wineries and cider makers are teaming up for a new fall wine festival that could attract up to a thousand people for tastings, food and music.   Read Story »

Tags: Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Henderson County wine industry

Henderson County News

Mom of jailed Marine to visit here

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HonorAir announced today that Jill Tahmooressi, mother of imprisoned Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, will visit Hendersonville this weekend.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Jeff Miller | Andrew Tahmooressi

Henderson County News

Howard Gap section to close for two weeks

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The NC Department of Transportation on Monday will close Howard Gap Road from Brookside Camp Road to Naples Road in Fletcher. The two-week closure is necessary to lower the existing grade of a section of Howard Gap Road that is approximately one-fifth mile north of Brookside Camp Road between the two intersections of Whispering Hills Drive.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Rain fails to fall on Apple Festival

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The 68th annual North Carolina Apple Festival went into the books with the traditional King Apple parade, big crowds and an unusual absence of afternoon thundershowers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: They're off! on two wheels

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The starter might have said "Riders, start your quads and calves" today as more than 300 riders pushed off from Blue Ridge Community College and turned north into the apple country for the second annual Tour d'Apple bicycle ride.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | Tour d'Apple | bicycling

Henderson County News

Amazing trailcam video of hairless fox at Haywood Knolls

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Tags: native flora | wildlife | native fauna

Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Big crowds this year

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Apple sellers and food vendors reported brisk sales and one of the biggest crowds ever this weekend at the North Carolina Apple Festival.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Here's the King Apple Parade lineup

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Here is the 2014 King Apple Parade Line-Up:   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

McCrory to ride in King Apple parade

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For the second year in a row, Gov. Pat McCrory will ride in the King Apple parade at the North Carolina Apple Festival on Labor Day.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Elected leaders ignore farmers' biggest concern

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By most accounts, Henderson County's 2014 apple crop is high in quality and lower in quantity.     Read Story »

Tags: apple farming | editorials | Tree to Table 2014 apple series

Henderson County Business

What is this apple we celebate?

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Henderson County News

Feral kitten with rabies triggers N.C. 191 alert

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A feral kitten that tested positive for rabies likely got the disease from contact with a wild animal such as a fox or raccoon,  the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 68th NC Apple Festival opens

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Apple Festival director David Nicholson forecast good weather, big crowds and enthusiasm for new features at the 68th North Carolina Apple Festival, which opened Friday and continues through Labor Day.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | NC Apple Festival

Henderson County News

Apple Festival names UCB Farmers of the Year

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The North Carolina Apple Festival named the 2014 Apple Farmers of the Year today as the four-day festival opened under sunny skies on Hendersonville's Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | apple farming

Henderson County News

Apple Festival under way

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The 68th North Carolina Apple Festival got under way today with big crowds at the traditional kickoff breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.   Read Story »

Mills River News

Mills River cautiously endorses NC 280 bikeway

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MILLS RIVER — With as much doubt as enthusiasm, the Mills River Town Council gave a lukewarm blessing to a study for a proposed 15-mile bikeway along N.C. 280 that would cost $8 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | greenways | bicycling | NC 280 bikeway

Henderson County News

Children's advocates toast agency's 15th birthday

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If their first office was small — a spare storage room at First Citizens Bank — their vision was large. The new center would be a clearinghouse for services that help young children get as strong a start as possible.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Grand marshal 'surprised and honored' to be picked

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Kenny Barnwell, an Edneyville apple farmer, will represent the apple industry as the Grand Marshal of the King Apple Parade on Labor Day.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Readers theater play celebrates library centennial

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A Readers Theater play will portray the founding and history of the Henderson County Public Library as part of the library centennial celebration next month.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Apple Festival guide covers 2014 season

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  This week's Hendersonville Lightning salutes Henderson County's apple farming tradition with an in-depth look at the 2014 apple season. We cover what goes into apple farming from early season pruning to picking and the market.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | apple farming | Agribusiness Henderson County | Tree to Table 2014 apple series

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, a record-tying 72 pages that includes our 40-page 2014 Apple Festival guide.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Local tag agency to close for training

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The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will close its Hendersonville license plate agency on Sept. 3-4 to conduct customer service training.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WCU invites questions for Meadows-Hill debate

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CULLOWHEE — Western Carolina University's Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs are seeking questions from Western North Carolina voters to be asked during a series of debates in September and October.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 11th Congressional District election

Henderson County Life

Apple Festival launches food waste recycling project

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Henderson County and North Carolina Apple Festival officials say they expect to divert tons of food waste from the landfill this weekend through a pilot composting project.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Conservation League endorses McGrady, sits out Apodaca race

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters has endorsed state Rep. Chuck McGrady and made no call in races involving state Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Hendersonville, and Rep. Chris Whitmire, R-Brevard.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about downtown wi-fi

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

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street makeover projects | Main Street Advisory Committee | Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center | Ask Matt | Henderson County Youth Soccer Association

Flat Rock News

Welcome center bids top budget by $100K

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock park planners went back to the drawing board after construction bids for a welcome center and public restrooms came in $100,000 over budget.     Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | local budgets | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County News

Pardee cuts chaplaincy director post

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Pardee Hospital has eliminated its chaplaincy director position in a cost-cutting and administrative streamlining move.The hospital cut the fulltime position, held for many years by the Rev. Charles D. Kirby, and transferred supervision of the volunteer chaplains to its manager of auxiliary services.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee | Affordable Care Act | Pardee Hospital Auxiliary Services

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Kumor appointed to land conservation board

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Former Henderson County Commissioner Renee Kumor was appointed to the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund by Speaker Thom Tillis.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Historical Society honors Dr. George A. Jones

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Members of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society honored Dr. George A. Jones on his 94th birthday, which happened to fall on the same say of the society's annual meeting, on Aug. 2.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society | George Jones | History

Henderson County News

Local history class starts

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Although the fall semester Henderson County History and Heritage class began Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Blue Ridge Community College, the college allows late registration.   Read Story »

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

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Hendersonville trains

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

Tags: Kimberly Clark | Norfolk-Southern | Blue Ridge Southern Railroad

Henderson County News

Health board seeks broader smoking ban

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The Henderson County Board of Health is recommending a tough no-smoking rule that would ban outdoor smoking on county grounds.   Read Story »

Tags: smoking | Henderson County Board of Health | Health Director Steve Smith | Terry Hicks

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Griffin, Brown endorse Katz over McDonald

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Martin "Marty" Katz, the Democratic nominee for Henderson County sheriff, has claimed the endorsement of two Republicans — former sheriff's captain Tim Griffin and three-time sheriff's candidate Michael Brown.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 sheriff election

Henderson County Life

Carolina Concert Choir unveils new logo

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The Carolina Concert Choir is ushering in the new season with a new look. Created by Allison Development Group, the new logo and brand was designed to convey a more contemporary image while promoting awareness of the choir's long history of exceptional vocal performance and professional presentation.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Easley takes ice bucket challenge

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Former Gov. Mike Easley got dowsed with ice water behind the Henderson County Courthouse on Grove Street on Friday as part of the nationwide Ice Bucket Challenge.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Alleged pot dealer arrested

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After a traffic stop by the North Carolina Highway Patrol early Thursday, Henderson County sheriff's deputies arrested a Gerton man on charges arising out of a search warrant on July 22 of this year.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Sheriff's Department | crime

Henderson County News

Mills River hires familiar face as interim manager

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Council has hired an interim manager to take over administration when Jaime Laughter departs for her new job as Transylvania County manager, and has also settled on a search firm to find her full-time replacement.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Manager Bo Ferguson | Mills River Town Board | Lee Galloway

Hendersonville News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Edneyville Business

Apple harvest under way across county

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DANA — Henderson County apple growers have began harvesting early apples amid guarded optimism that the 2014 crop will bring favorable market prices.   Read Story »

Tags: apple farming

Henderson County News

It's time to enter apple recipes

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The annual Apple Recipe Contest at the North Carolina Apple Festival will be held on the festival's opening day at the First Citizens Plaza on Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Apple Festival | North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Henderson County Business

Industry recruiting agency fills jobs retention post

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The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development has hired Marcus R. Abernethy as director of industry relations. Abernethy assumes the lead role in managing the Partnership's existing industry program, focused on retaining and growing quality jobs in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

HHS Class of '69 holding reunion

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The Hendersonville High School Class of 1969 will celebrate its 45th Class Reunion with a Summer Send-Off Music Concert & Dance Party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Cedars.   Read Story »

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Green River Life

County breaks ground on Tuxedo park

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TUXEDO — Green River residents, Henderson County commissioners and others celebrated the groundbreaking of a long-awaited community park in Tuxedo on Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: Tuxedo | Green River-Tuxedo-Zirconia community plan | parks and recreation | Tuxedo Community Park

Henderson County Business

County tourism spending up 6.78 percent

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Tourism spending in Henderson County last year rose 6.78 percent over 2012 and the county advanced two notches among North Carolina's 100 counties in travel impact, to 15th.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Ag recruiters land a big prize

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The announcement that Henderson County's agriculture development office had landed a global partnership that uses advanced plant science to make better vegetable plants was important on a variety of levels.   Read Story »

Tags: Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County | Tri-Hishtil

Henderson County Business

Owner pursuing new ideas for Glen Cannon property

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BREVARD —A  Brevard developer said he is pursuing a number of options for the use of the former Glen Cannon Golf Course, which he acquired after the 150-acre property was sold at auction.   Read Story »

Tags: real estate | golf | golf courses

Henderson County News

City dedicates Sugarloaf fire station

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Hendersonville City Council members, firefighters and community members turned out last week for the official dedication of the city's new Fire Station No. 2 on Sugarloaf Road.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Fire Department | Hendersonville Fire Chief Dorian Flowers

Henderson County News

Local rider competing for world BMX title

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Two Hendersonville brothers have made a name for themselves in mountain biking and are traveling the world among the most elite racers on the planet.   Read Story »

Fletcher Business

Attorneys present arguments in Rosner case

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Lawyers for plaintiff Billy Justus said on Monday they would prove that Dr. Michael Rosner engaged in a "civil conspiracy" when he performed unnecessary surgery on Pamela Justus in 2000 while defense attorneys countered that they would show that the neurosurgeon acted responsibly and adhered to professional standards.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health | Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Fletcher Business

ROSNER CASE: Surgeon bolsters plaintiff's case on necessity of surgeries

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The last surgeon to treat Pamela Jane Justus before her death testified Thursday that in his opinion the operations Dr. Michael Rosner performed on her were not warranted by the condition of her spine and were a contributing factor to her death 12 years later.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | health | Dr. Michael Rosner | medical malpractice cases

Henderson County Opinion

MossColumn: Make the Apple Festival hoppier

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It's too late for this year, which is fine. I'm guessing it will take more than one year of advocacy for my idea to take hold. It will have to gain traction inch by inch before it reaches critical mass, and that might still be a long way off.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Sporting goods store taking old K-Mart space

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Michigan-based Dunham's Sports will anchor the eastern end of the Blue Ridge Mall with a 65,000-square-foot space devoted to sporting goods.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Shepherd receives Sauer Charitable Leadership Award

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Thomas R. Shepherd was honored with 2014 Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award at the annual celebration for the Community Foundation Thursday at Kenmure Country Club.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Sierra Nevada offers sneak peek at brewery

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Lightning

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

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse returns to classics in 2015 lineup

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"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Gypsy" and the classic musical "Oliver!" highlight the 2015 Flat Rock Playhouse season that returns to familiar classics.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

New owner begins operating area rail line

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The new owners of the Hendersonville-to-Brevard rail line have made no commitment yet on using the rail line, which advocates of the Ecusta Trail hope would be converted into a biking and pedestrian greenway.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Watco Transportation Services | Blue Ridge Southern Railroad

Henderson County Business

Lapsley sells firm to Buie, Jones

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William G. "Bill" Lapsley, who has been involved in civil engineering, public works and industrial projects in Henderson County for more than 40 years, has sold his engineering firm to employees Will Buie and Tom Jones.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

County finishing up Seven Falls plans

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Henderson County officials are guardedly optimistic that a developer could come forward to rescue the Seven Falls development. Legal questions over ownership could complicate the scenario and nearly $6 million worth of work remains before any takeover could happen.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Timber Creek Road closed to through traffic

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Timber Creek Road will be closed to through traffic on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and Wednesday, Aug. 13.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Libertarians rally for guns and pot, against taxes

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When Shelby Mood got to the part about legalizing marijuana, he confronted his own past head on.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state House District 117 election | Libertarian Party | Shelby Mood

Henderson County News

TIMELINE: Justus v. Rosner

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

Fletcher Business

High drama, high stakes in store in malpractice case

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  Pamela Jane Justus had been suffering from pain and fatigue for many years when she first visited Dr. Michael Rosner, a neurosurgeon practicing at Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher, on June 7, 2000.   Read Story »

Tags: Park Ridge Health | Dr. Michael Rosner | Adventist Health System | Judge Zoro J. Guice Jr. | medical malpractice cases

Henderson County News

Robbers whack victim with golf club

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Two local man were jailed under bonds of more than $300,000 after Henderson County Sheriff's detectives charged them with whacking a robbery victim in the face with a golf club, holding a box cutter to his throat and forcing him to withdraw money from an ATM machine on July 30.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Sheriff's Department | crime

Henderson County Business

Asheville airport breaks ground on $65 million runway

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Asheville Regional Airport officials on Friday broke ground on a $65 million four-year construction project to build a new runway and prepare 40 acres of land suitable for aeronautical development.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport Authority | Asheville Regional Airport

Flat Rock News

Public invited to toast Marini Sunday at Playhouse

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse will host a farewell celebration honoring departing Flat Rock Playhouse director Vincent Marini's artistic leadership and achievements on Sunday  at 8 p.m. at the Mainstage.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about big bear, business taxes, airport parking

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The Lightning's intrepid researcher Matt Matteson answers readers' questions on matters great and small.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport | Ask Matt | Bearfootin' | North Carolina privilege tax

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady: 'We've got to do it right' on coal ash

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady, a lawyer by training, is one of the best explanatory writers in elective office.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | coal ash

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada debuts fall 12-pack with two new brews

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is premiering two new beers in a fall variety 12-pack that will ship from its California and Mills River breweries.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Bid for Sixth Avenue house falls through

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A $25 bid for a 100-year-old house on Sixth Avenue that must be cleared for the new health sciences education building sounded good but it was too good to be true. Hendersonville City Manager John Connet said Thursday night that the bidder backed out of the offer, which required him to clear the lot in about three weeks.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Grafting operation called 'a day to remember' in farm economy

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A global partnership's decision to locate a plant-grafting operation in Mills River was described today as a "monumental" recruitment coup and a "day to remember" for the business of farming in Henderson County and Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

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Edneyville Business

Shorter crop may bring higher prices

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EDNEYVILLE — Midway through the growing season, Jerred Nix tends the 2014 apple crop with an eye on this year's market and the harvests for years after.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

TDA names branding team

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Henderson County will soon have a new image manager to promote its attractions and new signs pointing them out.     Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County News

No freedom yet for Tahmooressi

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A Marine jailed in Mexico for four months was more optimistic about his chance of winning of freedom after a hearing Monday in Tijuana, although his fate rests with a judge who may not rule for three months.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Andrew Tahmooressi

Henderson County News

Long-serving library director to retire

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Bill Snyder, who has been Henderson County library director for 25 years, is retiring next month. In addition to his time here, he has worked with other public libraries his entire career.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County to pursue $9 million emergency services center

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday authorized County Manager Steve Wyatt to pursue plans for a new consolidated headquarters for emergency medical responders at a cost of up to $9 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Emergency Medical Service | Henderson County emergency management | Henderson County Rescue Squad

Mills River News

Laughter named Transylvania County manager

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River Town Manager Jaime Laughter, who shepherded the new town through the building of its Town Hall and Town Park and guided land-use planning while preserving the community's deep farming tradition, has been named county manager in Transylvania County. She will start the new job on Oct. 1.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Cross-USA beer festival ends in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — More than 4,000 people swarmed the grounds of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. here on a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon for the finale of the craft brewery's cross-country beer tour and the public debut of its first East Coast plant.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Attorneys argue points on conservation easement

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Attorneys for either side pressed their points last week in a court hearing on a dispute over a partially completed horse ring on a farm protected by a conservation easement.   Read Story »

Tags: Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy | land conservation | Hidden Valley Farm

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Local delegation clashes in high-profile coal ash blowup

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The collapse of a coal-ash cleanup bill late Thursday night pitted Hendersonville legislators Tom Apodaca and McGrady against one another in a fight over the high-profile bill as the 2014 legislative session came to an end.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state Senate race | coal ash

Henderson County News

Grant named chancellor of UNCA

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CHAPEL HILL  – Mary K. Grant, president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2002, has been elected chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina.   Read Story »

North Carolina Four Seasons Politics

Teacher pay raises range from .3 to 18%

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The 7 percent teacher pay raise contained in a $21.25 billion budget legislative leaders announced this week would vault North Carolina's pay ranking from 45th to 32nd nationally and raise it from ninth to fourth in the South, according to figures from the North Carolina Legislature and the National Education Association.   Read Story »

Tags: Education

Henderson County News

LOCAL BRIEFS: Running, Sandburg value, teen vaccines, HSO grant

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Tags: runners | running | Carl Sandburg National Historic Site

Edneyville Life

Mount Moriah celebrating 175th anniversary

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EDNEYVILLE — Mount Moriah Baptist Church will celebrate its 175th anniversary on Sunday during the annual homecoming service followed by dinner in the recreation building.   Read Story »

Tags: Religion | Mount Moriah Baptist Church

Henderson County News

Rain delays add week to Howard Gap closure

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Rain delays have caused the NCDOT to extend the closure of Howard Gap Road another week, until Aug. 9., as a contractor continues the $7.8 million widening project. The road closure began July 21.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Howard Gap Road project

Henderson County News

Honor Air launches campaign to help free Marine

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HonorAir founder Jeff Miller is launching a fundraising effort aimed at helping to free the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico after crossing the border in a vehicle that contained legally registered weapons.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Jeff Miller | Andrew Tahmooressi

Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada beer festival sold out

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MILLS RIVER — If Sierra Nevada officials had any doubts about the reception they'd receive in once-dry Mills River, they need not have worried. The big public debut is sold out.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Henderson County Business

WNC industry recruiter to head Appalachian agency

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Scott Hamilton, president and CEO of AdvantageWest, has been appointed executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Washington-based agency that promotes economic development in Appalachia. Hamilton starts the new job on Sept. 8.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Young spent campaign money on poll workers

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Candidates always strive to reach "likely" voters during a campaign. Larry Young figured the best place to find the likeliest of all was at the voting precincts.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WHO GAVE WHAT: Spend to win carries the day

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Candidates who raised the most money won their races during the local primary elections on May 6 in nearly every case.   Read Story »

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

Flat Rock Business

Flat Rock gets a nighttime spot

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FLAT ROCK — Dustin and Shannon Zlacki took a leap into the restaurant business after selling their home and moving here from Pittsburgh last year.     Read Story »

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Fletcher Business

Brewery supplier relocating to Fletcher

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A Hickory-based brewery supplier plans to move its Southeastern headquarters to Fletcher.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

This week will be sunny and dry

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Alex Staarmann is a volunteer at the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C. but even an amateur weather expert can make the call for this week's weather: Sunny and dry.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | 2014 apple crop

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Miss Saigon' dares to dream

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"Miss Saigon" opens in the Dreamland nightclub, the first of many sets by designer Dennis Maulden.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Vincent Marini | Flat Rock Playhouse reviews

Mills River Business

WSJ visits Sierra Nevada in Mills River

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As it opens for public tours and its fame grows, the new Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. plant and grounds in Mills River are destined to attract more national media attention.   Read Story »

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Fletcher Business

Airport buying Ferncliff land for runway project

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The Asheville Regional Airport is buying 15 acres adjacent to its property for a $64 million runway expansion.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Opinion

MossColumn: Vagabonds do Vietnam

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Trying to coax a grin out of Jerry Seago and Larry Pigg, I said, "Act like you made it home from Vietnam."   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Historic board OKs restaurant work

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The Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission last week approved work on the new Renzo's Fine Italian Ristorante that includes a new awning and three new ground floor windows with awnings on the south wall facing Fifth Avenue East.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Tax total beats target by $1.75M

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Henderson County took in $1.75 million more in property taxes than its tax assessor projected a year ago, giving county leaders a windfall as they start the new budget year.   Read Story »

Tags: local government borrowing | local budgets | Henderson County Tax Collector Stan Duncan

Hendersonville Four Seasons Politics

City has board openings

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The city of Hendersonville has openings on several boards and commissions that serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council. The city is inviting applications from city residents who might wish to serve on the following boards:   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse plans 'unforgettable' Dark Night Revue

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A gourmet picnic, live and silent auctions and a one-night-only performance by Playhouse apprentices, visiting artists and resident favorites highlight the annual Dark Night Revue Monday, Aug. 4.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

'Art' christens Little Theatre's 2nd Stage

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Hendersonville Little Theatre has opened the 2nd Stage Theatre, a space formerly known as the E Center behind the main theatre building on Washington Street.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Pardee joins Mission's accountable care network

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Pardee Hospital will become a participant organization in the Mission Health Partners Accountable Care Organization.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Kruger Brothers to play at Free Clinics fundraiser

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The Free Clinics will welcome the world-renowned bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers back to Champion Hills for the 11th annual Summer Bluegrass Concert on Aug. 17. All proceeds from the concert will help the Free Clinics provide healthcare for those in need in Henderson and Polk counties.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Deputies seek alleged pot grower

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Henderson County deputies arrested three people and are seeking the alleged grower after they executed a search warrant and found 54 pot plants growing at 6413 Bearwallow Mountain Road in Gerton.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Lightning wins 8 awards in national newspaper contest

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The Hendersonville Lightning won eight awards in the National Newspaper Association's 2014 Better Newspaper Contest, including first place honors for its feature on the drive to recruit the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to Mills River and its lookback 20 years later at the 1993 "Storm of the Century" and for its website, HendersonvilleLightning.com.   Read Story »

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North Carolina Business

Southwest NC mountains in new viticulture region

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The federal government has designated a new wine grape-growing area that includes two counties in southwestern North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Henderson County wine industry | viticulture

Henderson County News

D.A.: FATAL SHOOTING OF SUSPECT JUSTIFIED

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The fatal shooting of a suspect by Hendersonville Police officer Jennifer Drake on July 13 was a legally justified use of force to defend the life of fellow officer Kenny Hipps as well as her own life, District Attorney Greg Newman said today.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Hendersonville Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: City wades into sidewalk rules

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With the advent of sturdier barriers around outdoor dining tables, the city of Hendersonville is wading into a study of the sidewalk space and considering city code changes.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Season's chef creates award-winning dishes

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Although she loves the art of cooking now, Michelle Bailey is not one of those chefs born to the range.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Renzo promises authentic Italian

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Sitting at a corner table at the former Mrs. G & Me restaurant, Renzo Maietto can scarcely contain his enthusiasm for his new venture, Renzo's Ristorante.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: We all scream ...

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While Hendersonville has plenty of ice cream and frozen yogurt offerings, the sweet treats are now available at ice cream shops in Mills River and Etowah, too.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: What does it take?

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In Hendersonville, you can blink your eyes and miss a restaurant closing. Not to worry. Blink again and a new dining spot pops up to replace the old.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Bomb threat clears Courthouse

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The Grove Street Courthouse was evacuated after someone phoned in a bomb threat today at 2:39 p.m. The sheriff's department made a thorough search and found nothing. The public and courthouse personnel were allowed back in an hour and three minutes later.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Vietnam chopper provides visual cue of story on stage

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When a photographer asked Jerry Seago and Larry Pigg to smile like they'd made it home from Vietnam, they kept their somber looks and gazed back at the lens.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Ag chair helping Meadows harvest cash

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Although U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows faces little threat from a longshot Democrat, he is taking no chances in his first re-election bid for the 11th Congressional District seat he won in 2012.   Read Story »

Tags: campaign finance | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | 2014 11th Congressional District election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County depicts Wingate project as partnership model

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Henderson County Commissioner Grady Hawkins pitched the unprecedented Wingate-BRCC-Pardee project as an example of intergovernmental cooperation during a presentation at the annual convention of the National Association of Counties in New Orleans July 11-14.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Rhythm & Brews kicks some brass

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Asheville-based Empire Strikes Brass marched through spectators then took the stage and burst into a 15-minute jam that had the crowd rockin' and dancin' at the third Rhythm & Brews concert of the season. Headliner The Fritz, also of Asheville, played a rock set with hot guitar, a driving bass, jamming keyboards and zesty vocals.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Howard Gap segment closing for roadwork

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close Howard Gap Road from Clear Creek Road to Massey Road starting Monday for the widening project.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park News

Hebron closed for paving July 21-22

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LAUREL PARK — Hebron Road will be closed to through traffic from Laurel Park Highway at the water tanks to Laurel Park Highway at Timber Creek on Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about newfangled interchange

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

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Mills River News

Mills River OKs more stump grinding

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board has authorized a stump-grinding business on N.C. 280 at Old N.C. 191 to expand.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

City fire department promotes Ward

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Lifelong firefighter Jon Ward was promoted to Engineer with the Hendersonville Fire Department on July 1.Ward credits his father, Eddie Ward, for his love of the fire service.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Historic Flat Rock Tour of Homes

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Several hundred people turned out Saturday for the Flat Rock Tour of Homes, a benefit for Historic Flat Rock Inc.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Sandburg Home seeks volunteer monarch monitors

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The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is seeking volunteers to participate in a citizen science volunteer project monitoring monarch butterflies.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Railroad historian to talk about logging trains

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The Cradle of Forestry will host a program on Western North Carolina's logging train history on Saturday, July 19. Visitors will learn about the 1914 Climax logging locomotive displayed on site and explore the rich history of a time when livelihoods depended on logging trains winding their way through forest coves.   Read Story »

Tags: Pisgah National Forest | Cradle of Forestry

Henderson County Life

Edwards is next 'Remarkable Women' speaker at Dandelion

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Teresa Edwards, co-owner of McDonald's restaurants in Henderson County and Western North Carolina, will headline Mainstay's next "Conversations with Remarkable Women" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Dandelion Eatery, 127 Fifth Avenue West.   Read Story »

Tags: Mainstay | Remarkable Women series | Dandelion Cafe

Hendersonville News

Cyclists to dedicate Bike Boulevard, ride to R&B concert

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The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club will hold a ribbon cutting for Hendersonville's first bicycle boulevard and offer a group ride to the Rhythm & Brews Concert today.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Sierra Nevada announces food trucks for Aug. 3 event

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has announced the food trucks that will be on site when the Beer Camp Across America comes to Mills River, the last stop on the coast-to-coast craft beer celebration. The Mills River event is 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | craft beer industry

Hendersonville Life

Couple sounds alarm on human trafficking

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Like a lot of people, Bob and Fran German have always enjoyed travel. Unlike most travelers, they didn't settle for sightseeing.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

THORNS & ROSES: Facebook rumors, local beauty, history

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Good news, bad news:   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Flat Rock | Special Needs Baseball | America In Bloom

Henderson County Life

Oskar Blues ready to launch BMX park

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A bicycle riding camp started by Oskar Blues founder and mountain biking enthusiast Dale Katechis plans to host a big BMX race featuring some of the most challenging jumps in mountain bike racing and drawing thousands of fans.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Flat Rock Life

Vietnam vets offered half-price seats for 'Miss Saigon'

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The Flat Rock Playhouse is thanking and honoring veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice by offering the veterans and their families half-price tickets the first week of Miss Saigon, July 24-26.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

CUTTING EDGE: Kyocera sharpens sales focus after merger

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MOUNTAIN HOME — A little noticed factory unseen from Asheville Highway is setting new sales goals for its industrial cutting tools as it goes forward after a consolidation that put its headquarters in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Kyocera | Mountain Home Industrial Park

Henderson County News

Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

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Edneyville apple farmer Kenny Barnwell, who has been active in efforts to promote the apple industry, has been named grand marshal of the 2014 Apple Festival Parade.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Board turns down street name change

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners said no Wednesday when the family of Barbara Ann Virginia tried a second time to rename a street in Flat Rock in her honor.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Longtime teacher Mary Valentine Mims dies at age 90

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Mary Valentine Mims, whose 37-year teaching career spanned the era of desegregation and resulted in hundreds of girls learning how to cook and sew in home-ec, has died at age 90.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Education Foundation Hall of Fame

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

King wins Register of Deeds election

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Lee King, a Henderson County native who traces his roots back to the 18th century in the North Carolina mountains, swept to a victory in the runoff election for the county's Register of Deeds office on Tuesday in a light turnout.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Register of Deeds election | Lee King | Evona Kilpatrick

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Turbulence works in 'Boeing Boeing'

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Carried skyward by a refreshing mix of familiar faces and newcomers, "Boeing Boeing" brightens the stage at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown even as the Mainstage goes dark in the run-up to "Miss Saigon."     Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Paige Posey | Lisa K. Bryant | performing arts

Laurel Park Life

Museum exhibit highlights Laurel Park history

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum will unveil the new Golden Age II exhibit on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and celebrate with an old fashioned Ice Cream Social on the Courthouse Square until 4 p.m.   Read Story »

Green River News

County, Mills River denied park grants

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Henderson County and the town of Mills River failed to win funding in a round of 2014-15 state parks grants recommended on Friday.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Park | parks and recreation | Tuxedo Community Park | NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund

Hendersonville News

Sgt. Hipps 'resting comfortably' after surgery

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A Hendersonville police sergeant was "resting comfortably" after surgery today and was expected to be released from the hospital later this week after a stabbing Sunday afternoon that resulted in officers shooting and killing the assailant, a police spokesman said.   Read Story »

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North Carolina Four Seasons Politics

Demonstrators protest pot charges

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Demonstrating on behalf of a Fletcher man standing trial on felony charges of manufacturing marijuana, protesters at the Henderson County Courthouse on Grove Street waved signs calling for legalized marijuana and an end to "prohibition."   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

TIMELINE: Hidden Valley Farm

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Hidden Valley Farm Timeline   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Conservancy, landowner heading to court over riding ring

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FLAT ROCK — On the surface, a 100x200-foot riding ring on a horse farm hardly seems to be a big enough issue to warrant a year-long legal fight with high-powered law firms on either side.   Read Story »

Tags: Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy | land conservation | Hidden Valley Farm

Fletcher News

Fletcher celebrates new Town Hall

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FLETCHER — Mark Biberdorf recalled arriving in Fletcher almost nine years ago to interview for the job as town manager.He and his wife drove around, looking at nice neighborhoods, the impressive industrial base and extraordinary community park.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Haywood County selling its hospital

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The Haywood County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the sale of county-owned MedWest Haywood hospital, which has had a series of patient care-related and financial problems.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

City awards paving contract

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Southeastern Asphalt of East Flat Rock won the low bid for nine paving projects this summer in Hendersonville.Southeastern bid $443,779.97 followed by Tarheel Paving at $476,902. The high bidder was JLS Company, which submitted a price of $698,873.   Read Story »

Tags: road construction | transportation | roads

Henderson County News

LOCAL BRIEFS: ArtMoB, Cubcats, Parkway, kids run

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Flat Rock Life

Park service honors Sandburg goat tenders

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FLAT ROCK — The National Park Service and National Park Foundation honored Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site youth volunteers during a meeting in Washington on June 25.   Read Story »

Tags: Volunteers | volunteerism | Carl Sandburg National Historic Site

Hendersonville News

Cheap, come get: City seeks buyer who will move house

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The city of Hendersonville is seeking offers from anyone willing to move a 3,200-square-foot home from a lot on Sixth Avenue West where a new health sciences building will be going up.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Wingate University | Wingate-Pardee-BRCC campus

Henderson County Life

WUNC show featuring Heritage Museum tonight

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The UNC-TV program North Carolina Now will broadcast a story about the Henderson County Heritage Museum tonight.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Emergency personnel rescue man stuck in mud

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Hendersonville firefighters and police used a rare mud rescue on the Friday when they got a call about a 10-year-old boy and then an adult stuck in the mud at the Jackson Park sewer line project beside the Oklawaha Greenway, the Fire Department said in a news release.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Henderson County Business

Two local brews make Beer Camp 12-pack

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has released its Beer Camp Across America 12-pack ahead of a coast-to-coast craft beer tour that ends on Sunday, Aug. 3, at its new Mills River brewery. Two locally made beers made the commemorative package.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | craft beer industry

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

48th SENATE DCT: 'Why not give voters a choice?' Wood says

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A Henderson County School Board member since 2008, Rick Wood had grown increasingly frustrated with the state Legislature's treatment of public schools.   Read Story »

Tags: Rick Wood | 2014 state Senate race

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

48th SENATE DCT: Apodaca adapts to the heat

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RALEIGH — On an elevator ride after his coal ash bill sailed through a Finance Committee meeting, Tom Apodaca and his fellow passengers give wide berth to a pregnant lobbyist, joking that she may explode in the 100-degree heat that has blanketed Raleigh.   Read Story »

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

Hendersonville Four Seasons Politics

Who is Tahmooressi and why is he on this sign?

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Who is Marine Tahmooressi and why is he on Jeff Miller's sign?   Read Story »

Tags: Jeff Miller | military veterans | military affairs

Flat Rock Life

Historic homes open for Flat Rock tour

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FLAT ROCK — Six years since it last hosted a home tour, Historic Flat Rock is offering a look inside four private homes and the historic St. John in the Wilderness church and cemetery on Saturday, July 12.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River reserves up to $3 million

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board in June adopted a $1.47 million budget that keeps the tax rate the same and holds the line on capital spending.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Pardee plans cancer center in health sciences facility

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Pardee Hospital plans to create a cancer center on the first floor of the new joint health and education building on Sixth Avenue at Oak Street.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Ask Matt ... about new Flat Rock cafe

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Q. I noticed that Dean's Deli in Flat Rock has a new name. What's the deal with that?   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Auction action set for Seventh Avenue

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A Hendersonville auctioneer plans to hold auctions and liquidation sales and rent small "microstore" spaces in a block building that used to house the All Creatures Great & Small animal shelter.     Read Story »

Tags: retail | Historic Seventh Avenue

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

In a split vote, board makes airport board appointment

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In another split vote over an appointment, the Board of Commissioners named former commission chair Bill Moyer to a Henderson County seat on the restructured Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Detectives lodge felony charges after severe head trauma to toddler

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Henderson County Sheriff's deputies charged a 27-year-old East Flat Rock man with felony child abuse after getting a call that a 3-year-old had been flown to Mission hospital with severe head trauma.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

City Council OKs Foxchase expansion

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday authorized 10 more homes and a duplex in Foxchase off U.S. 64 East, brushing aside an on-street parking prohibition that some current residents wanted and the Planning Board recommended.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | Hendersonville City Council | real estate | Windsor Aughtry

Henderson County News

Six convicted, sent to prison

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District Attorney Greg Newman reported that four defendants pleaded guilty to felonies and received active prison sentences in Henderson County Superior Court during the administrative term of June 23-24. Two more accused felons were convicted in Polk and Transylvania counties and given active prison terms.     Read Story »

Tags: crime | Greg Newman | District Attorney 29B

North Carolina Life

Old-time duo kicks off Songcatchers in Pisgah

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Acclaimed old-time musicians Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth will open the annual Songcatchers Music Series at Cradle of Forestry on Sunday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Are Seventh Avenue outreach centers duplicating services?

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Anthony McMinn has operated the Hendersonville Rescue Mission for 18 years and helped thousands of homeless men and women and children. The organization recently opened a day center for the homeless offering showers, GED courses and other services.     Read Story »

Tags: Historic Seventh Avenue

Henderson County News

Accused murderer fires four attorneys

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Pages of creative jailhouse lawyering and a file handoff fumble have led to a protracted pretrial struggle and an unusual court order in an aging murder case that shows no sign of reaching a resolution.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Police Department | murder cases | Eric Wilson

Henderson County News

Breaking and entering arrest made in Henderson County

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Vernon Grant Case, 52, of Lamplighter Lane, East Flat Rock, has been charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny pursuant to breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Rainout rumor came from 'wrong end of the horse'

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Donnie Jones took the microphone at a meeting of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday to set the record straight about a Special Needs Baseball rainout two weeks ago.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Arthur brings perfect weather for Fourth of July

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If vacationers headed to the beach are keeping a wary eye on Tropical Storm Arthur, folks in the mountains have nothing to fear. In fact, by helping to draw a cool air mass across the mountains, the season's first tropical system is a big reason we'll see sunny dry weather over the Fourth of July weekend — perfect for camping, hiking, cookouts and fireworks.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | hurricanes

Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning, your one-stop shop for exclusive coverage of politics, business and news.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

County to salute veterans before music and fireworks

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Henderson County will recognize veterans and current military personnel during the annual Fouth of July celebration Friday at the Visitors Center on South Main Street.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Obama unified foes — with a 9-0 court loss, Gowdy says

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U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy challenged the crowd at a Mark Meadows campaign kickoff rally to do something to change things if they believe the country is going in the wrong direction.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Youth club staffer receives top rookie award

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Savanna Clark of Flat Rock, a rising senior at Mars Hill University, has received the North Carolina Rookie of the Year award from Boys and Girls Clubs of America.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Bankruptcy judge OKs purchase of historic Mountain Lodge

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FLAT ROCK — Historic Flat Rock expects to close July 11 on the purchase of the historic Mountain Lodge after a bankruptcy judge approved its offer of $550,000 last month.     Read Story »

Tags: Historic Flat Rock | historic homes | Mountain Lodge

Fletcher Business

Park Ridge wins recognition for patient safety

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Park Ridge Health is one of 10 hospitals in the country to receive the Premier Partnership for Patients Award for success in patient safety.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Coal ash bill puts local delegation in spotlight

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RALEIGH —Arranging a meeting on the high-profile coal ash legislation, state Sen. Tom Apodaca made sure he had his attorney, Julie Bradburn, in the room.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | environment | NC Rep. Chuck McGrady | coal ash

Hendersonville News

Friends remember Stephen Vieira, golf, buttery rolls

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Friends and family remembered Stephen Vieira for his service to his country and for his love for family, cooking, golf, buttery rolls and ice cream.   Read Story »

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Etowah Business

Sale of local rail line is set

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A Kansas-based short-line rail operator has reached a "definitive agreement" with Norfolk-Southern Corp. to buy three lines in Western North Carolina, including the Hendersonville-to-Pisgah Forest line that local advocates hope to convert into a greenway.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | greenways | Norfolk-Southern | Watco Transportation Services | Blue Ridge Southern Railroad

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows uses 'liberal attacks' as fundraising catalyst

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Mark Meadows says the liberals are out to get him, and he's turning the attacks into a fundraising campaign.   Read Story »

Tags: NC 11th Congressional District | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | 2014 11th Congressional District election

Henderson County News

Judges in town to evaluate county's beauty

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FLAT ROCK — Village of Flat Rock officials and park volunteers made a short presentation about the new Park at Flat Rock and answered questions from judges on a two-day visit to see if the community measures up to national beauty standards.   Read Story »

Tags: land-use planning | America In Bloom

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sentinel Patriot Club honors essay winners

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Winners of the Sentinel Patriot Essay Contest were honored by the Sentinel Patriot Club at a luncheon today at Bay Breeze Restaurant.   Read Story »

Fletcher News

Road project will close part of Howard Gap

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FLETCHER — The N.C. DOT will close part of Howard Gap Road north of Patty's Chapel Road and Sweet Water Oats Road in Fletcher while crews install new drainage and regrade a section of the Howard Gap.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Developers announce big equestrian center in Tryon

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Developers and a hotel company on Wednesday announced a 1,400-acre equestrian resort in Tryon that will include 500 stables, five riding arenas, miles of horseback riding trails, a hotel, sports center and other amenties.     Read Story »

Tags: land-use planning | Development | Tryon Equestrian Partners

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sentinel Patriot Club giving $10,000 to essay winners

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The Sentinel Patriot Club will announce the winners of its Young Patriot essay contest and present $10,000 in prize money for the winning essays during a luncheon on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, a 56-page issue that includes our annual Summer Guide.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Park Ridge buys cinema land for health campus

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Staking a claim on Hendersonville's busiest gateway, Park Ridge Health has purchased the old Four Seasons Cinema facility for a development that it called a health campus.     Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Acoustical guitarist to perform in Kaplan Auditorium

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Rohn Jewell, American acoustical guitarist, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in Kaplan Auditorium of the Henderson County Public Library. This is a free event.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Questions remain on Seventh Avenue

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The Hendersonville City Council has got plenty of listening to do before it decides how to proceed with Seventh Avenue redevelopment.   Read Story »

Tags: retail | Historic Seventh Avenue

Henderson County Business

Allison agency adds graphic artist

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Derek Stipe of Stipe Design has joined the marketing firm Allison Development Group as creative director, leading the team in branding and strategic web design.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

USDA official tours housing sites, meets bear

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EDNEYVILLE — USDA Rural Development Deputy Undersecretary Patrice Kunesh on Monday visited the homes of several families in the Hillcrest subdivision in Edneyville to help celebrate National Homeownership Month.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Fatz Cafe marks a peachy birthday

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Fatz Cafe is going back to its peach roots to celebrate its 25th birthday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Asheville airport wins grant for runway project

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority a $6.5 million grant to help pay for its upcoming airfield redevelopment project.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport Authority | Asheville Regional Airport | transportation

Henderson County Business

State closing two area tag offices

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North Carolina License Plate Agency locations in Asheville and Canton are closing Friday when their contracts end. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is reviewing applications for new operators in both locales.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Another homeless center in the works on Seventh Avenue

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A new ministry serving homeless adults and youth is set to open later this year on Seventh Avenue.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Seventh Avenue ideas draw mixed reviews

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Carson Calton has heard talk about what it takes to revitalize Seventh Avenue all his adult life. He's uttered a few ideas himself. In recent weeks the talk has taken on a new vigor.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Pardee names physician, philanthropist of the year

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Friends and supporters of Pardee Hospital on Saturday honored the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year and 2014 Physician of the Year during the second annual Gala fundraiser sponsored by the Pardee Hospital Foundation.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | Pardee Hospital Foundation | Dr. William Medina | Dr. James Caserio

Henderson County Life

Local veterans flying to South Korea

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About a dozen Korean War veterans and their wives are leaving for South Korea on Saturday in a trip paid for by Koreans honoring their service.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County teacher chosen for Ecuador study trip

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A Henderson County teacher is among 22 educators from across North Carolina selected for a trip to Ecuador to learn about the environment and poverty and see success stories of families moving from poverty to self-reliance.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Gala includes raffle for a big adventure

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The Pardee Hospital Foundation Annual Gala this weekend features a raffle for a big adventure.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Club offers Tour d'Apple training rides

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Four Seasons Rotary Club and Sycamore Cycles will lead a bicycling training ride from Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21. The free training rides will continue on subsequent Saturdays starting at 9 a.m. from the Blue Sky MD parking lot on King Street across from Sycamore Cycles.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Fourth of July parade called off

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The Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association called off this year's Fourth of July Parade for lack of interest.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Creek rehabilitation becomes park priority

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FLAT ROCK — Having just adopted a new $1.7 million budget that freezes new park spending for a year, the Flat Rock Village Council heard a presentation about plans to naturalize a creek that dissects the 67-acre park.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

HopeRx receives $20,000 donation

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Pardee Hospital, Park Ridge Health, Anna's Hope and Tom's Bridge to Health on Wednesday presented a $20,000 donation to help fund a communitywide effort to combat prescription drug abuse. The four groups made the presentation to HopeRx director Julie Huneycutt at the Historic Courthouse.    Read Story »

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Laurel Park News

Laurel Park to launch alert service

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LAUREL PARK - The Laurel Park Town Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a 2014-2015 fiscal year budget that raises the property tax rate by 3 cents.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Rotary Club will collect food at R&B concert

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Four Seasons Rotary is partnering with Rhythm & Brews and First United Methodist Church to collect food for the backpack program for Bruce Drysdale Elementary School students.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of the Hendersonville Lightning. You won't believe how good it is!   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Elks Lodge bans indoor smoking

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The Hendersonville Elks Lodge banned smoking at its indoors facilities on Tuesday by an overwhelmingly vote of 82-7.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Grants available to remove old house trailers

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Henderson County residents with an abandoned manufactured home on their property are invited to apply for a grant to have the home removed.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | land-use planning

Edneyville Business

TREE TO TABLE: Apple crop looks good so far

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EDNEYVILLE — A Wednesday in late April was what you might call a typical day of farming. Instead of working in the apple orchard, Jerred Nix and his father, Jeff, had driven back and forth to Greenville, S.C., to pick up a rebuilt alternator for their New Holland tractor.   Read Story »

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

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: GOP raises city dwellers' taxes

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When they were in the minority, back bench Republicans used to howl at interference from Raleigh.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Cleanup bill tags Asheville coal ash pond 'high risk'

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca, taking the lead on the state's coal ash cleanup law, filed legislation today that outlaws construction of new coal ash impoundments, requires new and stricter monitoring of groundwater around the ponds and requires utilities to file cleanup plans with the state. The bill also puts Duke Energy's Lake Julian coal ash pond high on the cleanup priority list, designating it a "high risk" impoundment.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | Duke Energy | 2014 state Senate race | coal ash

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: House cheers for 'My Fair Lady'

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Let's see here. The first note I jotted down says "DM made stage simple & deep & cloaked in purple haze." Fear not. That's no cultural reference.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Pardee CEO sought accord amid discord

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Jay Kirby's first hospital job was working as a nursing assistant in an emergency room while attending the University of South Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee Hospital | health care | Pardee | Affordable Care Act | Pardee CEO Jay Kirby

Edneyville Life

Matana reads and farms and runs

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EDNEYVILLE — Matana runs. Matana runs fast. Matana runs faster than the other girls.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Report urges city to expand Seventh Avenue tax district

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Consultants studying ways to spark redevelopment of the Historic Seventh Avenue District recommended that the city expand the district, adding 36 properties and doubling the taxable value, from $7.8 million to $15.5 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Historic Seventh Avenue | local budgets

Henderson County Business

Bojangles planned, hotel eyed on Upward Road

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Declaring that "the economic environment for new investment is awakening," developers plan to resurrect an Upward Road-I-26 interchange project that will start with a Bojangles and could include a hotel, one other restaurant and retail shops.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Upward Road widening | land-use planning

Henderson County News

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Flat Rock Life

'Sip 'n' Stroll' garden tour precedes 'My Fair Lady' opening

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse will kick off its preview opening of My Fair Lady tonight with the annual "Sip 'n Stroll" event starting on the porch of the historic Lowndes House at the Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Book Exchange reopens after repairs

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FLAT ROCK — The Book Exchange has reopened after repairs from a truck accident last month that demolished the front porch.   Read Story »

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Etowah News

Council OKs agreement for water tank land

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The Hendersonville City Council last week authorized the city staff to complete the purchase of property in Etowah for a half-million-gallon water tank that is part of a service upgrade in the community.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Sandburg tributes return for the 40th season

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FLAT ROCK — The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will host the 40th summer of live stage productions of Sandburg's works. These free shows began running at the Sandburg Home in the summer of 1974 and have been an important part of the summer visitor experience. They're made possible through the support of the park's bookstore and the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City announces summer paving program

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The city of Hendersonville will repave a number of streets downtown and in the West Side Historic District during July and August. The paving work includes parts of Grove and Washington streets but not King, Main or Church streets.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Local history course offered on line for teachers

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For the first time, a local history class will be offered on line to public school teachers in a cooperative effort announced today by the Center for Cultural Preservation and Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

Tags: History | BRCC | Jennie Jones Giles | Center for Cultural Preservation

Hendersonville News

City to share cost of Upward Road sidewalk

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The city of Hendersonville agreed to share the cost of a sidewalk serving bus riders going to the Children and Family Resource Center and the Free Clinics.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's issue of Hendersonville Lightning, 48 pages chockfull of features and news.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Foxchase expansion goes to City Council

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Foxchase, the Windsor Aughtry development that has been selling medium-priced homes at a fast clip, won a positive recommendation from the Hendersonville Planning Board to add 10 more single-family homes and a duplex on Half Moon Trail off U.S. 64 East.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Man, 70, charged with assaulting wife

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Sheriff's deputies charged a 70-year-old man with stabbing his 77-year-old wife in a domestic dispute on Tuesday morning.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

School Board announces promotions

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The Henderson County School Board on Monday approved promotions of principals and administrators during its regular meeting on Monday. The assignments were:   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Seniors set to graduate on Friday the 13th

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Four traditional high schools and Balfour Education Center have scheduled graduation ceremonies for this Friday.   Read Story »

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Mills River Life

Sierra Nevada's 'Rain Check' salutes wet summer

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Sierra Nevada is celebrating the official start of brewing at its new Mills River plant with the release of Rain Check Spiced Stout, a specialty beer named in fun for the climate challenges that were anything but fun during brewery construction last year.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Sports

North's Gahagan drafted in 40th round

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North Henderson High School shortstop Zach Gahagan was selected in the 40th round of last week’s Major League Baseball draft but that does not mean the UNC recruit will skip his college career in Chapel Hill.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Picante' with Ruben Orengo kicks off new concert series

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The new Monday Night Live! concert series opens tonight with Picante! with Ruben Orengo.   Read Story »

Tags: downtown Hendersonville | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

City Planning Board starting work on health sciences building

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The Hendersonville Planning Board will take up code amendments today needed to clear the way for construction of the new health sciences building on the Pardee Hospital campus.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Flat Rock group hopes to save Mountain Lodge

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FLAT ROCK — One of the most historic homes in Flat Rock — and also one of the most time-ravaged and costly to save — would go to Historic Flat Rock Inc. if a bankruptcy court in South Carolina approves the sale.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic Flat Rock | historic homes | Mountain Lodge

Henderson County Business

Boulders, a new gated community, markets homes with a view

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Eight years ago, grand openings for new developments were a monthly occurrence.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Boy Scouts, Rec Department launch Venturing Crew

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The Daniel Boone Council of the Boy Scouts of American and the Henderson County Parks and Recreation are  partnering to create Henderson County's only Venturing Crew. Organizers will hold an open house at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Activities and Athletics Center on South Grove Street at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Jones hunts 'mountainness' in shadow of Bearwallow

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Jeremy Jones went looking for his mountainness.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Driver OK after flipping Blazer on U.S. 64 East

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An 18-year-old Fletcher man was able to climb out of his flipped SUV shook up but otherwise unhurt on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park Business

Sidewalk art show continues Saturday in Laurel Park

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Twenty-one artists are displaying their work in the 9th annual Laurel Park Village Sidewalk Art Show Friday and Saturday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Three face 73 felony charges in Lowe's theft scheme

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies arrested three local men and filed warrants for a fourth suspect in a theft scheme in which the men allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Lowe's then returned the loot for cash or gift cards or sold it pawn shops.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Community remembers D-Day

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Henderson County residents heard Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower famous D-Day message to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines about to embark on "a great crusade" — the Normandy invasion that would "bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world."   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Club honors Boys and Girls and its founders

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Blair Craven, one of the Boys & Girls Club members, leaders and employees spotlighted on Saturday for their contributions, described his life when he first joined the club.   Read Story »

Tags: Mosscolumn | Shining Light

Henderson County News

NCDOT reopens I-40

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The NCDOT reopened I-40 Thursday evening after crews made repairs to prevent rockfalls.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Four Seasons Politics

Hendersonville, Laurel Park raising taxes by 3 cents

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The Hendersonville City Council adopted a 2014-15 budget on Tuesday that raises the tax rate by 3 cents per $100 valuation, an increase city leaders said was needed to cover this year's expanding debt payments and catch up on road paving.   Read Story »

Tags: local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County News

Events set locally for 70th anniversary of D-Day

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Operation Overlord 2014 pulls out today for Bedford, Va., for a three-day event to honor 30 local surviving D-Day members on the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | military veterans | military affairs

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Edneyville News

Senate budget funds Edneyville crime lab

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The budget approved by the Senate includes $15.4 million to build a new crime lab at the Justice Academy in Edneyville.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

WCQS adds 'State of Things' at noon weekdays

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WCQS is now airing "The State of Things," an hour-long show about North Carolina culture, music and politics, weekdays at noon.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Barley for beer has cash, timing assets

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MILLS RIVER — Amid all the talk of six-row versus two-row barley, husks per pound and extraction rates, Asheville malt maker Brent Manning uttered the most important line of the day.   Read Story »

Tags: Marvin Owings | Jason Davis | North River Farms | Cooperative Extension Office

Henderson County News

DOT to close I-40 for rockslide work

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close a portion of Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border on Thursday while crews eliminate potential rockfall hazards. NCDOT has been monitoring the area closely since Thursday after a rockfall was reported near mile marker 8 in Haywood County.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Commissioners adopt $117 million budget

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday adopted a $117 million budget, setting aside for now a $400,000 question about the county's share of state-mandated teacher pay raise.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Budget highlights

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Here are some of the highlights of the budget package being looked at by Henderson County Board of Commissioners.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: A welcome relief from rhetoric

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Anyone in search of proof that elections matter need only have watched the budget deliberations of the past four years.     Read Story »

Tags: local budgets | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hearing today on $117 million county budget

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Four years after making across-the-board cuts, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners agreed last month on the details of a new budget that fully funds the School Board's request, increases funding for the Flat Rock Playhouse, initiates work on two rural community parks and anticipates a new health education building.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Friends, family honor Don Jones

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Hendersonville Business

Main Street getting Cal-Mex restaurant

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Sol y Luna, the popular California-style Mexican restaurant in Laurel Park Village, is opening a second location in the former Cypress Cellar space below Main Street downtown.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

As Henry signs off, Warwick takes morning show mic at WTZQ

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With the departure of veteran broadcaster George Henry, WTZQ General Manager Mark Warwick will take over the station's morning show.   Read Story »

Tags: WTZQ | radio | George Henry | Mark Warwick

Henderson County Life

Apple Ambassador eager to represent industry

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Emily Rachel Holbert, who was named the 2014 Apple Ambassador by the North Carolina Apple Festival last week, says she looks forward to representing the apple industry.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Cidery eyes Mills River for new plant

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MILLS RIVER — A Virginia-based hard cider maker with a regional distribution network and aggressive growth plan has optioned land and is in the final review stages for a plant in Broadpointe Industrial Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Broadpointe Industrial Park | Bold Rock Hard Cider

Henderson County News

Teacher of the Year named

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Sloan Neuburger, a North Henderson High School teacher of exceptional children, was announced as the Henderson County Teacher of the Year at a luncheon today at the Hendersonville Country Club.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

TDA approves $30,000 in grants

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority announced grants totaling $30,000 for events that draw visitors to Henderson County and generate tourism revenue.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Life

"Chalk It Up!" registration opens Wednesday

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Henderson County News

Bill that would cost city $300,000 advances

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A bill that would cost the city of Hendersonville up to $300,000 in tax revenue advanced in the state Senate on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Four Seasons Politics

Apodaca joins leaders announcing 11% teacher pay raise

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State Sen. Tom Apodaca joined Senate leaders on Wednesday who announced a dramatic new pay proposal that would give teachers an 11 percent pay raise in exchange for giving up tenure.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 state Senate race

Hendersonville Life

In survey, Hendersonville ranks 2nd in NC

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Hendersonville's low crime rate, short commute times, relative affluence and education level have landed the city another high ranking in livability ratings.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Asheville airport names new public safety chief

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 ASHEVILLE — Kevan Smith has been promoted to chief of public safety by the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Bluegrass & BBQ at Jump Off Rock

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Henderson County News

Partnership celebrates value of Mills River

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The Mills River Partnership is sponsoring "Mills River Day" from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at North River Farms (3333 North Mills River Road).   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River

Henderson County News

Forest Service announces ginseng lottery

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The U.S. Forest Service announced the application period for harvesting ginseng in 2014 in National Forests in North Carolina.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning!   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River man charged with attempted murder

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MILLS RIVER — Sheriff's deputies charged a 41-year-old Mills River man with attempted first degree murder and other felonies after he assaulted a woman and fired five shots toward her, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Sports

Bailey Hunter spikes to the top in France

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Thanks to volleyball, Bailey Hunter had seen the world.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Foundation invites nominations for top philanthropy award

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The Community Foundation of Henderson County is currently accepting nominations for the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award, which honors a local philanthropist who makes a difference in the community by giving of their time, talent and treasures.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Blood Drive Tuesday at FUMC

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A blood drive will be held from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in the Roy Johnson Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Mountain culture nonprofit holds first fundraiser

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David Weintraub wants to preserve Appalachian history while there's still time.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Sports

'My whole deal,' says Don Jones, was seizing opportunity

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Don Jones always roots for the Carolina Panthers — and not just because he's a big football fan. He played football at Wofford College with owner Jerry Richardson, and there's a story there.   Read Story »

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

Henderson County News

Rail segment needed for Ecusta Trail is sold

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In a development closely watched by the Friends of Ecusta Trail, Norfolk Southern has sold its Hendersonville-Pisgah Forest line to a Kansas company that specializes in short line rail transportation.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Main Street shop opens wine cellar

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Sage Gourmet owners Laurie Bakke and Chrissy Filka have opened a lower-level wine cellar stocked with wines from all over the world. Many of the bottles are from small vineyards and are not available at area supermarkets.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | retail

Flat Rock Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Focus on Playhouse future

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Now that Vincent Marini has announced his resignation as creative director of the Flat Rock Playhouse, maybe the community can finally focus on the theater's future without rancor and ill will.     Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Vincent Marini

Henderson County News

Four Seasons Compassion for Life awarded $9.5 million grant

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Four Seasons Compassion for Life has been selected by the Center for Medicare and Medicare Innovation to receive a $9.5 million grant for a pilot Medicare reform program.   Read Story »

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Green River News

Board says yes to Tuxedo, Dana parks

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners committed to start this year on the first phase of Tuxedo Park and endorsed total new spending of $449,000 on parks and recreation improvements during a budget workshop on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park Life

Jump Off Rock event should be sunny

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The Laurel Park Civic Association hosts the fifth annual Bluegrass & BBQ event at Jump Off Rock on Saturday with barbecue dinners by Pit Boss Barbecue and music by Appalachian Fire, the Rocky Flats Bluegrass Band and Bobby and the Bluegrass Tradition.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | Laurel Park Civic Association | Jump Off Rock

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County Commission race left winners and losers

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  Among the organizations that had reason to celebrate the election results on May 6 were the Flat Rock Playhouse, Pardee Hospital, the schools and the Friends of Ecusta Trail.     Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County News

School system honors Career Tech scholars

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The Henderson County school leaders and guests honored 148 Career and Technical Education Scholars during an awards ceremony Wednesday in the Bo Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Garden Jubilee kicks off festival season

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Garden Jubilee, the traditional kickoff of the summer festival season in downtown Hendersonville, will offer thousands of plants and garden accessories and free talks by gardening experts.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Henderson County News

Festival names 2014 Apple Ambassador

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Emily Rachel Holbert has been named the 2014 Apple Ambassador by North Carolina Apple Festival Inc.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Bill capping local taxes would cost city $300,000

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A bill that would cost the city of Hendersonville up to $300,000 in tax revenue is back in the North Carolina General Assembly.   Read Story »

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

Flat Rock Life

Folk Music Festival set at Sandburg Home

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FLAT ROCK — Folk musicians from across the region will converge at Connemara on Memorial Day for a day of toe-tapping fun and music as Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site hosts the 28th annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Forest Service unveils trail app

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Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the traditional summer vacation kickoff, the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station unveiled the Forest Trail Explorer, a searchable web application that combines details on three popular trail systems in western North Carolina with the state-of-the-science information the SRS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit collects on the region's forests.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Chamber names Athena Award winner

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Caroline Long, a Hendersonville mom who turned her own struggles and questions about raising two children with autism into a nationally recognized school for autism treatment, was recognized as the 2014 Athena Award winner for her contributions to the community and her mentoring of other women.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Marini resigns as Playhouse director

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The Flat Rock Playhouse announced today that producing artistic director Vincent Marini will step down on May 31 to pursue new opportunities. Lisa K. Bryant, currently Flat Rock Playhouse associate artistic director, has been named interim artistic director.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Downtown Hendersonville honored as a 'Great Main Street'

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The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association has recognized downtown Hendersonville as a "Great Main Street" in the professionals' category of the 2014 Great Places in North Carolina awards program.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Deputies catch East Flat Rock murder suspect

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Sheriff's deputies arrested the suspect in a stabbing murder this afternoon after spotting him driving a stolen pickup at Upward and Allen roads. James Benjamin Charles was wanted in the stabbing murder of Michael Rondell Brown Sunday night at a home in East Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WHO GAVE WHAT: Henderson County Register of Deeds

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Register of Deeds candidate Lee King raised $6,750 and spent $6,798 in the runup to the May 6 primary, campaign finance records show.   Read Story »

Tags: campaign finance | 2014 Register of Deeds election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WHO GAVE WHAT: Henderson County Commission

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Civil engineer Bill Lapsley campaign treasury of $24,900 more than doubled Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young's donations of $10,100, according to campaign finance reports the candidates filed a week before the May 6 primary. Besides a $2,000 check he wrote to his campaign, Lapsley reported donations totaling $3,500 from his three sons.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

WHO GAVE WHAT: Henderson County sheriff

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald outraised and outspent his two challengers in the 2014 primary, campaign finance records show.   Read Story »

Tags: campaign finance | 2014 election

Hendersonville Business

MossColumn: Why I made the Lightning

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Happy birthday to us!   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | Lightning Media Inc.

Henderson County Sports

Josh stacks up again to defend world title

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A 3-3-3 stack lasts only a second and a half and the longest stacking event, called the Cycle, takes less than 6 seconds. Is there really drama in the sport of speed stacking?   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Ray Cantrell, who led Chamber and industrial growth, dies at age 84

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Glenn Ray Cantrell, who was instrumental in the growth of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce over many years and helped recruit numerous industrial plants to the county, died Saturday at the Life Care Center after a period of declining health. He was 84.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | Henderson County Chamber of Commerce

Edneyville News

Missing man found

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EDNEYVILLE — A 35-year-old man who had been missing was found walking on the road early today, cold but OK, 24 hours after the Sheriff's Office issued a silver alert for him.   Read Story »

Tags: Autism | Silver Alert

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

As crowd rallies for schools, Apodaca vows 'sizable' pay raise for teachers

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Aggrieved teachers, public school supporters and other advocates for education rallied at the Henderson County Courthouse Square on Saturday to denounce education cuts and urge the public to fight for a reversal.   Read Story »

Tags: Education | 2014 election

Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Relay walkers 'wish upon a cure'

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FLETCHER — Hundreds of cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters gathered at the Agriculture Center Friday night, walking overnight to raise money and lit candles as a memorial to cancer victims.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

'Mills River' goes worldwide on Sierra Nevada labels

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As promised, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has put Mills River, N.C., on the map — or at least on its beer labels that ship nationwide and around the world.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Marv Larson, longtime volunteer, dies at age 92

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Marvin Kenneth "Marv" Larson, who had a heart for service that inspired years of cheerful volunteerism on ballfields and in classrooms and jails, died Thursday at The Laurels, where he had been receiving medical care during several weeks of declining health. He was 92.   Read Story »

Tags: Volunteers | volunteerism | Hendersonville Kiwanis Club

North Carolina Four Seasons Politics

11th Dct. reps team up on 'Road to Nowhere' logjam

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows and the representative he replaced are joining forces in an effort to persuade the Interior Department to release $4 million the government promised Swain County when it killled the controversial "road to nowhere."   Read Story »

Tags: U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows

Henderson County News

City Council endorses 3-cent tax increase

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Hendersonville residents would see their property taxes go up by 3 cents — to 44 cents per $100 valuation — under a recommended increase that City Council members endorsed today.   Read Story »

Tags: local government borrowing | local budgets

Henderson County News

Henderson County road to close for bridge project

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SHELBY -- Beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, a portion of Stepp Mill Road in Henderson County will be closed while crews work on a project updating the bridge over Saconon Creek.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Rhythm & Brews is back

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Emily Bodley strummed the first note on a ukulele and launched into a sweet cover of Melanie's 1971 hit "Brand New Key," kicking off the second season of Hendersonville's Rhythm & Brews concert series in a blackberry winter blend of gray skies and spittin' rain.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Discount airline debuts AVL-to-Palm Beach flight

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Adding a fifth a Florida destination, Allegiant Air will celebrate the inaugural flight from Asheville to Palm Beach this afternoon.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Asheville's 'Idol' finalist rocks out again

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Caleb Johnson, the 23-year-old Asheville native and Erwin High School, killed it again on Wednesday night's American Idol show, getting a huge ovation from the Hollywood audience and kudos from the three judges.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Heavy rain on the way followed by cool down

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A cold front could bring heavy thunderstorms and up to 2 inches of rain on Thursday, giving way to a cool down and a nice weekend with highs in the mid 60s. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch until midnight Thursday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Pay raises, coal ash top agenda, McGrady says

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As the General Assembly convened its annual session, state Rep. Chuck McGrady predicted that lawmakers will fund a raise for teachers and state employees, pass legislation that orders coal ash ponds to be closed and tweak two laws that are currently under challenge in the courts — teacher tenure and school vouchers.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature | 2014 election

Henderson County Life

WHHS band to premiere tribute to 'Grandma' Clayton

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The West Henderson School High Band will premiere a piece Thursday night that is a tribute to a devoted booster the young musicians knew as "Grandma."   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Deputies bust gaming inside private home

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged two area women with possessing gaming machines after the law officers executed a search warrant at 201 Dunn Creek Bend in Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

HHS band to premiere tribute to a musical friendship

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Carl Strommen played piano and trombone. Vincent "Vinnie" Stavish played saxophone and clarinet. They were good musicians as teenagers and their paths crossed on symphonic band stages. They became lifelong friends. When they married, the couples became friends, too.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Our State' magazine features local attractions

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The Trolley Company and Hendersonville Curb Market will be featured in the June issue of Our State magazine.   Read Story »

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Fletcher Business

Cinema purchase fuels talk of Park Ridge development

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The purchase of the old Four Seasons Cinema property by commercial real estate brokers fueled speculation that Park Ridge Health is about to announce a medical-related development on the site.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

BOARD REJECTS ZONING FOR APARTMENTS

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted no on a proposed 64-unit apartment project for working families, saying that the high-density zoning was inappropriate for the area and that traffic was already hazardous. The board's vote, coming after a public hearing that lasted more than two hours, killed a $7 million Housing Assistance Corp. project that had been years in the making and was intended to fill what many human services agencies have described as the most pressing need for working families in high-priced Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City shredding event is Wednesday

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The City of Hendersonville is sponsoring a secure Shred Day for city residents on Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Patton Park, 59 E. Clairmont Drive.   Read Story »

Mills River News

Triangle Stop plunges into craft beer on tap

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MILLS RIVER — How things change. Seven years ago, Mills River was dry.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

WHKP adds morning host, new football broadcast team

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WHKP announced that it is adding longtime local broadcaster Randy Houston to its morning show and replacing its Friday night high school football game coverage with a new father-son team.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Vagabonds back in 'Vanya and Sonia'

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First things first. How do you pronounce the name of this play, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"?   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Paige Posey | Lisa K. Bryant | performing arts

Henderson County News

Remote vote could be key for housing project

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Henderson County Commissioner Tommy Thompson was standing at the Atlanta airport on Friday afternoon getting ready to board a plane to Missouri for a long-planned trip to Branson, the country music destination.   Read Story »

Tags: Housing Assistance Corp. | Rosebay Apartments proposal

Henderson County Life

American Idol sensation gets a parade in Asheville

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The homecoming is on for American Idol rock sensation Caleb Johnson.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Pardee earns an A in safety again

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Pardee Hospital has received a top grade for its record of protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County OKs $100,000 rescue for mental health

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday agreed to allocate $100,000 to expand mental health services at the county's community health agency, which is taking on some 700 patients that had been served at Pardee Hospital's out-patient clinic.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County expected to reinstitute prayer at meetings

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On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a New York town board's right to pray before meetings, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners is expected to resume invocations by Christian and non-Christian religious leaders.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Home builders to make repairs for needy

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Each year the Hendersonville Home Builders Association holds an annual TEAM Day (Together Everyone Achieves More), which provides skilled labor to repair homes for elderly low-income residents of Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | Housing Assistance Corp.

Hendersonville Life

Bears '14 to be unveiled Friday

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Twenty new bears for the 2014 season will be unveiled Friday at the First Citizens Bank Plaza on Main Street at Sixth Avenue.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River seeks input on multifamily housing

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The Mills River Planning Board wants to know what residents think about higher density housing.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | Mills River Town Board

Flat Rock Life

First quilt block hung at Flat Rock Playhouse

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The Western North Carolina Quilters Guild and the North Carolina State Theatre Garden Club unveiled the county's first quilt block at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Flat Rock farmers market offers wine tasting

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FLAT ROCK — After a successful opening week, the Flat Rock Farmers Market hosts a wine tasting by Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards and farmers and merchants selling their products this week. The market is open 3-6 p.m. Thursdays behind Little Rainbow Row.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Henderson County Business

New jingle promotes fresh local produce

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The local bluegrass group the Lonesome Road Band has donated time and talent to record a new jingle for effort to brand, market and promote Henderson County produce called Southern Mountain Fresh.   Read Story »

Tags: Agribusiness Henderson County | Southern Market Fresh

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

It's over! Take signs to Jackson Park

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Feel like pulling up campaign signs? You can. The county has come up with a way that could clear signs from roads quicker than in the past: deputize everyone as a sign puller.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Lapsley ousts Young; Edney, Thompson, McDonald win

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Longtime civil engineer Bill Lapsley ousted three-term incumbent Larry Young in Tuesday's Republican primary, and joined incumbents Michael Edney and Tommy Thompson, who survived challenges.   Read Story »

Tags: 2014 election

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Voters to choose sheriff, county commissioners in primary

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From a Republican U.S. Senate primary that has draw national attention to a county Register of Deeds office open for the first time in 16 years, Henderson County voters will choose nominees in Tuesday's primary election. For many of the offices, the primary will determine the ultimate winner because no Democrat has filed.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

PEP donors hedge bets in Young-Lapsley race

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Pro-business donors to political campaigns in Henderson County hedged their bets in the District 3 Board of Commissioners race, writing checks to both Commissioner Larry Young and challenger Bill Lapsley.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Business advisory panel launches City Hall review

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Better customer service, bigger signs, a long-range plan for water service and consistency in inspections are on the docket for a new committee advising the Hendersonville City Council on how to get business-friendly.   Read Story »

Tags: land-use planning | Hendersonville Business Advisory Committee

Hendersonville News

McCrory seeks to preserve historic tax credit

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Governor Pat McCrory said that his proposed 2014-15 budget would include a new program to replace the state's Historic Tax Credit program, which is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about election season robocalls

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

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: County should OK affordable housing project

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners has a good record in helping to create jobs. Next week, the board will get a chance to do something for the people that work those jobs.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | Housing Assistance Corp. | land-use planning

Hendersonville News

New signs point way to downtown parking

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People looking for a place to park downtown are getting a visible assist thanks to the city's new blue parking signs.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Former Sheriff Davis donates $4,000 in sheriff's race

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Seventeen current or former Sheriff's Office employees contributed money to Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald's election campaign but a donation from one departmental retiree to another candidate might have been the least expected.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Snapping turtle rescued, moved to a new home

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Maybe she was hunting for a place to nest. Big rain Tuesday night might have driven her out of Wash Creek. For whatever reason "Jeffy" the snapping turtle was on a slow journey away from her habitat, on unfamiliar ground, endanger of being run over.     Read Story »

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Edneyville News

Troop 605 barbecue is today at Puncheon Creek Camp

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FRUITLAND — The 17th annual barbecue for Edneyville Troop 605 at Puncheon Creek Camp off Clear Creek Road is set for 3-7 p.m. today.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows endorses McDonald

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows endorsed Sheriff Charlie McDonald in the 2014 election, the McDonald campaign announced in a news release on Friday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Housing agency carries on battle for 'workforce' apartments

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Advocates of affordable housing believed they had found an ideal site and chosen a well-designed attractive development that would provide apartments for 64 families.   Read Story »

Tags: housing | Housing Assistance Corp. | land-use planning

Henderson County News

Big Garage Sale under way at FUMC

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The Hendersonville First United Methodist Church is holding its 25th annual Garage Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, May 2, and 8:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 3.   Read Story »

Hendersonville Four Seasons Politics

Council appoints two members to Planning Board

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday appointed two new members to the city Planning Board, filling vacancies created by the resignations of Jeff Collis and Fred Dutcher.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Council waives fee for affordable housing project

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The Hendersonville City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to waive $175,000 worth of utility impact fees for a proposed affordable housing project on Pisgah Drive just west of Laurel Park. The gesture will be academic if, as one council member predicted, the Board of Commissioners rejects a rezoning.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Council says no to reopening Wingate pact

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Four Hendersonville City Council members shot down an effort by Councilman Jerry Smith to reopen the five-party agreement for a health sciences building on the Pardee campus, saying the city needs to honor the historic deal and move on.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Pardee shifts psych services to Blue Ridge

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Pardee Hospital shifted its outpatient mental health services to Blue Ridge Community Health Services, effective today.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

'Music Man' opens tonight at HHS

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Hendersonville High School's annual senior play opens tonight at the high school auditorium.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Village wise to slow park spending

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Politicians are not known for taking their promises seriously.   Read Story »

Tags: parks and recreation | local budgets | Park at Flat Rock

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

NRA makes endorsement in sheriff's race

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Henderson County Life

Former Miss America tells of sexual abuse

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Marilyn Van Derbur, in a keynote address for the Second Annual Celebration of Courage luncheon for the Healing Place, told of abuse she suffered at the hands of her father and urged other victims to come forward and shed any shame they carried.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about public money for Wingate

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Matt Matteson answers readers questions.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River strong in farming

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MILLS RIVER — The fertile French Broad Valley of Mills River accounts for about half of Henderson County's $800 million agribusiness economy and about 4,000 jobs, Mark Williams, executive director of Ag-HC, told the Mills River Town Council.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Merchants honor business leader of the year

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Don Holder said this year's recipient of the Clifton J. Shipman Award from the Hendersonville Merchants & Business Association's was someone who "enjoys telling people where to go."   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Prep athletics association honors Supt. David Jones

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Henderson County Schools Superintendent David L. Jones has been named the recipient of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Bob McRae Superintendent of the Year.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Fletcher mayor endorses Summey

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Fletcher Mayor Bill Moore has endorsed Henderson County Sheriff's candidate Erik Summey.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Letter from local PBA president on sheriff endorsement

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Statement by North Carolina Mountain Chapter Police Benevolent Association President Brandon McGaha on endorsement of Erik Summey.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Letter from state PBA president on Summey endorsement

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Here is a response on the PBA endorsement by North Carolina PBA president Randy Byrd.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

'At will' policy at issue in sheriff's race

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald and challenger Erik Summey disagree on using North Carolina's "employment at will" policy, which allows employers to fire employees for no reason.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County raises joint project cap by $10 million

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners last week raised the cap on the cost of a new health sciences building by $10 million, saying up to $26 million could be needed if Pardee Hospital requests all the space it is entitled to.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Henderson County lists tax liens on real property

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The Henderson County Tax Collector has advertised the annual notice of tax liens on real property for the 2013 tax year.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: WNC Wine Festival

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Nick Mossa and Courtenay Gannon made a spur-of-the-moment trip from Charleston, S.C., to Hendersonville after reading on a travel website that one of this weekend's events was the WNC Wine Festival.   Read Story »

Tags: Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Henderson County wine industry

Henderson County News

Bike club offers tips for women riders

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The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club will kick off the spring riding season with an informational meeting at REI in Biltmore Park on Wednesday, April 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Master gardener graduation picnic postponed

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A graduation picnic honoring Master Gardener graduates and volunteers has been postponed from today until May 12.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

New restaurant coming to Flight space downtown

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The old Flight restaurant property will reopen later this summer serving New American cuisine in a renovated space with a new bar.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Riddle takes down attack ad over water vote

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