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LOCAL BRIEFS: Honoring fallen soldiers, Thursday Thrift open, history walks

North Carolina Elks president Frank Brady of Hendersonville speaks at Memorial Day service. North Carolina Elks president Frank Brady of Hendersonville speaks at Memorial Day service.

Honoring fallen soldiers

North Carolina State Elks Association President Frank T. Brady participated in the Memorial Day ceremony at the Forest Lawn Veterans Cemetery in Hendersonville. On behalf of Hendersonville Elks Lodge #1616, Brady placed a wreath at the memorial in honor of the fallen soldiers who made our way of life possible. The American way of life was paid for on the shoulders of those who paid the ultimate price. Elks Lodge programs help to support homeless veterans; V.A. hospital and State Veterans Nursing home programs; and the North Carolina State Elks Association fundraisers to supply vans, TVs and other items for hospitalized veterans. 

Fletcher concert series moves to Blue Ghost


Fletcher Parks & Recreation will open its summer concert series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, with the Flashback band. This year the Summer concert series moves to a new venue in Fletcher, the Blue Ghost Brewing Co., at 125 Underwood Road in Fletcher, in the Firefly Meadow with lots of open space for everyone. The free concert is sponsored by Hunter Subaru of Fletcher. The Hungry Ghost food truck will be on site. Other acts are Tuxedo Junction on July 9 and the Super ’60s band Aug. 13.


Thursday Thrift Shop reopens


St. James Episcopal Church Hendersonville has reopened its Thursday Thrift Shop after the Covid-forced closure more than a year ago. The shop is open Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over the years, the Thursday Thrift Shop has donated over $1.6 million to area organizations including the Hendersonville Rescue Mission, IAM, The Storehouse, Housing Assistance Corporation, Feed the Kids Coalition and Homes for Youth, among others.

Three guided history walks scheduled in June

Hendersonville Guided History Walks offers 90-plus minute walks in three historic areas of town: along Main Street (Friday, June 11, 10 a.m.), in Oakdale Cemetery (Friday, June 18, 10 a.m.), and in the Historic Seventh Avenue District (Friday, June 25, 10 a.m.). Cost for each tour is $10 per person 10 years and older. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult. Appropriate guidelines for safety and health are practiced. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact history walk leader Mary Jo Padgett at 828-545-3179 or email to make a reservation.

Education Foundation awards 24 scholarships

The Henderson County Education Foundation awarded 24 scholarships worth $37,500 to graduating seniors in Henderson County public schools. Here are the 2020-21 HCEF Scholarship Award winners: Cassada/McDowell Memorial Scholarship, Vanessa Hernandez; Coach Rick Wood Scholarship, Trinity Luce; Community Tennis Association Scholarship, Bruno Saucedo-Carrasco; Community Tennis Association Scholarship, Laurel Welch; Dr. Don Jones Scholarship, Molly Gilliam; Emil F Hager Scholarship, Jazmin Lara Leon; Hendersonville Lions Club Scholarship, Cameron Bailey; Hendersonville Lions Club Scholarship, Todd Montgomery; Historic Johnson Farm Scholarship, Bryanna Laughter; John P Wold Scholarship (Hendersonville), Juliana Capps; John P Wold Scholarship (North), Christian Grant; John P Wold Scholarship (West), Emma Robinson; Jones Family Scholarship, Emily Badillo; Kate-Lee Family Scholarship, Serenity Johnson-Brown; Kathleen Leckie Memorial Scholarship, Alexis Van Hooke; Lisa Jo Mummert Memorial Scholarship, Patrick Henley; Meredith Vaughn Memorial Scholarship, Angela Tinoco-Hernandez; Mickey Marvin Memorial Scholarship (East), Emma Gilliam; Mickey Marvin Memorial Scholarship (Hendersonville), Victoria Gunning; Mickey Marvin Memorial Scholarship (North), Nathan Gordner; Mickey Marvin Memorial Scholarship (West), Hannah King; Ruby Jones King Memorial Scholarship, Iyana Peak; Ruby Jones King Memorial Scholarship, Kaitlyn McCraw; Tammy Belcher Memorial Scholarship, Joseph Sherer.