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LOCAL BRIEFS: Pardee shots, housing panel, welcoming Fletcher chief

Pardee urges people to sign up for shot


Pardee UNC Health Care announced that it has an increased supply of COVID-19 vaccinations and appointment availability. With a recent shipment of additional Pfizer vaccines, Pardee has increased appointment availability at their vaccine clinic on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. Individuals age 16 and over are encouraged to book an appointment online via or by calling 828-694-8222.
Pardee officials encourage those who are eligible — which is nearly anyone age 16 or older — to consider getting the vaccine and be a part of the effort to reach herd immunity.
“We have so much to be optimistic about,” said Dr. David Ellis, chief medical officer, Pardee UNC Health Care, “but we should also remain intently focused on getting our community fully vaccinated so that we can return to a sense of normalcy.” Ellis also echoed what the CDC and NC DHHS officials are saying about vaccines: “The best vaccine to get is the one that is currently available to you.”

League panel focuses on affordable housing

The League of Women Voters of Henderson County will host a virtual panel discussion on affordable housing at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22. Speakers from Habitat for Humanity, the Housing Assistance Corporation and other organizations will share how housing issues are addressed by non-profit groups, local governments, and more.
Attendees will learn how the issue impacts everyone and what they can do as concerned citizens. The panel discussion is free and open to the public. For more information and to register for the Zoom event, please go to


Fletcher hosts reception for its new police chief

The Town of Fletcher will host a drop in reception for new Police Chief Dan Terry, from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Fletcher Town Hall. The reception will take place in the multipurpose room of Town Hall located on the third floor. The Town will follow all Covid-19 protocols for this indoor event. The public is invited to attend.