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

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.

The 2015 award will be presented on May 14 to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in a business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and most importantly assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.
Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders. Past Henderson County Athena recipients are Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014); Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013); Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012); Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011); Pat Shepherd, Pat's School of Dance (2010); Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009); and Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008).
The deadline for 2015 nominations is April 17. A nomination form can be downloaded at For more information call 828.692.1413.

Tour gives glimpse of upstairs living

The living spaces above the shops in historic Hendersonville will be on display during downtown Hendersonville's first Loft Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.
Chartered as a town in 1847, Hendersonville still has commercial buildings in neo-classical styles of brick and stone that retain the character of the town at the height of its development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A chance to visit these lofts is an opportunity you don't want to miss.
Tickets are $15 and will be available at the Visitors Center at 201 S. Main St. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission.

Workshop focuses on how to publish

Writer, teacher and humorist Jennifer McGaha will lead a workshop on the publishing process from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, on the campus of UNC Asheville.
Submission Guidelines: How to Get Your Work Published in Literary Journals and Magazines is a one-day non-credit workshop from the university's Great Smokies Writing Program.
The workshop will focus on strategies writers can use to publish single works of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, humor and poetry. McGaha will offer guidance on finding appropriate publications, writing cover letters, tracking submissions, following up with editors and learning from rejection.
To register, contact Nancy Williams at or call 828.250.2353. The registration fee is $35.

Spirit of Women sets Day of Dance

The Pardee Spirit of Women program will host the second annual Day of Dance: Dance Through the Decades from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Pardee Signature Care Center in the Blue Ridge Mall.
The Pardee Signature Care Center will be transformed into a decade-inspired dancing frenzy. Participants are encouraged to dress and dance to their favorite decade ranging from the '60s to the '90s. Attendees can speak with various health professionals from Pardee Hospital and area health organizations about controllable risk factors, speak with specialty physicians and be entered to win a FitBit and a membership to the YMCA of WNC.
To register call the Pardee Signature Care Center at (828) 692-4600 or visit Those who pre-register are entered to win a $50 Visa gift card.

Headwaters State Forest is topic of program

BREVARD — The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will present a program on the Headwaters State Forest at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Transylvania County Library.
Cosponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, the program will cover the origins of the 8,000-acre conservation project at the East Fork Headwaters, the history of the property and how it will impact residents and visitors of Transylvania County. Project stakeholders will give an update on the current status of acquisition at North Carolina's newest State Forest as well as plans to complete the project.
Presenters include Kieran Roe, executive director of CMLC; Michael Cheek, of the North Carolina Forest Service; Bill Holman, state director of The Conservation Fund; and Justin Boner, North Carolina director of real estate of The Conservation Fund.

Mills River association serves country breakfast

MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Community Development Association will hold a Country Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Mills River Community Center, 120 School House Road. The breakfast features eggs, biscuits, grits, bacon, sausage, gravy, coffee, juice, jams and jellies. Price is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Take-outs available.

Web-based program tracks life of a child

St. James Episcopal School for Little Folks is offering a new program called LifeCubby, an online portfolio that offers parents and teachers a simple and new way to electronically chronicle a child's life from birth through the teen years.

"LifeCubby is all about leveraging the Internet and the electronic age to simplify the lives of parents and teachers," said LifeCubby founder Sue Testaguzza. "Parents crave opportunities to capture special moments in the lives of their children. Teachers are looking for easy and convenient ways to document the progress of students. We bring all these elements together in real time."

Parents become "cubby managers" by creating a private and secure site to organize and store information electronically for their children. Parents store everything from journal entries, medical records, keepsakes and school papers to videos and photos. With mobile apps, LifeCubby can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Parents can restrict their child's cubby to themselves or grant others access.
St. James Episcopal School for Little Folks, an outreach ministry of St. James Episcopal Church, is a Christian pre school, childcare and day care for ages 12 months to 5 years for St. James Parish. The program has been awarded a 5-star rating by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Joiners to perform at St. John in the Wilderness

Thomas Joiner and Anna Barbrey Joiner accompanied by Dewitt Tipton on piano will perform a concert of secular and sacred music for violin and viola at St. John in the Wilderness in Flat Rock at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.
The Joiners both serve on the music faculty of Furman University. Music director and conductor of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Joiner was invited to conduct the Masterworks Music Festival in Indiana this summer.
A professor of viola and string education at Furman University, Ann Joiner has performed in solo, duo, chamber and orchestral programs and presented workshops and clinics in more than 20 states and nine foreign countries.
Tipton, the organist and director of music at St. John in the Wilderness for the past two years, is a member of the music faculty at Furman University and performs extensively throughout the Southeast as a soloist and an accompanist in vocal and instrumental chamber music.
Admission is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Fopr information call (828) 693-9783 or visit


Area students named to WCU dean's list

A total of 2,163 students were named to the Western Carolina University dean's list for fall semester 2014. Of those 1,058 were named to the chancellor's list for the fall semester. To qualify for the dean's list, students must achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average. Students named to the chancellor's list achieved a grade-point average of 3.8 or higher.
Area deans's list recipients and chancellor's list recipients (designated as CL) were:
Adams, Victoria L., Hendersonville
Ball, Ashley L. Hendersonville NC 28739 CL
Ballard, Ashley N. East Flat Rock NC 28726 CL
Bane, Jessica H. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Barnwell, Casey N. Horse Shoe NC 28742 CL
Bennett, Amy C. Hendersonville NC 28791 CL
Bonetti, Anthony A. Mills River NC 28759
Boyer, Julia A. Etowah NC 28729 CL
Bradley, Katie L. Fletcher NC 28732 CL
Briggs, Andrew F. Hendersonville NC 28792
Brittain, Ashley M. Mills River NC 28759 CL
Brown, Seth R. Fletcher NC 28732
Browning, Jacob J. Mills River NC 28759
Bryson, Jessica E. Fletcher NC 28732 CL
Burnett, Jessica M. Hendersonville NC 28791
Burnett, Samantha D. Hendersonville NC 28739
Caldwell, Bryce R. Hendersonville NC 28792
Cook, Hailey L. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Dillin, Candace L. Hendersonville NC 28792
Duckett, Jenna A. Hendersonville NC 28791 CL
Dunn, Kimberley A. Hendersonville NC 28791 CL
Edmondson, Kristy M. Hendersonville NC 28792
Ellis, Mary E. Hendersonville NC 28792
Foster, Keaton B. Mills River NC 28759
Franklin, Zoie E. Mills River NC 28759
Garber, Jessika A. Zirconia NC 28790
Garren, Austin M. Fletcher NC 28732 CL
Gilbert, Katie M. Etowah NC 28729
Glover, Amanda M. Flat Rock NC 28731 CL
Guess, Kimberly M. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Gugni, Jeffrey D. Fletcher NC 28732
Gustafson, Emily A. Hendersonville NC 28791
Hall, Colton L. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Harris, Samantha J. Horse Shoe NC 28742 CL
Hartz, Samantha R. Mills River NC 28759 CL
Hauser, Elizabeth L. Fletcher NC 28732
Heim, Nicholas C. Hendersonville NC 28792
Hough, Daniel S. Hendersonville NC 28791 CL
Hubbard, Erin M. Hendersonville NC 28791 CL
Hungerford, Benjamin S. Etowah NC 28729 CL
James, Mariah D. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Kane, Sarah E. Hendersonville NC 28739 CL
Kay, Sonia I. Mills River NC 28759 CL
Kuznetsov, Vicki Mills River NC 28759 CL
Landreth, Ashlynn K. Mills River NC 28759 CL
Livis, Leela J. Hendersonville NC 28739 CL
Marion, Ty Hendersonville NC 28792
Martinez, Henry A. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
McHarge, James D. Hendersonville NC 28739 CL
McMurray, Kelsi R. Hendersonville NC 28739 CL
McMurray, Melanie Fletcher NC 28732
Moore, Garrett D. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Murray, Brianna L. Hendersonville NC 28739 CL
Olsen, Angelica M. Fletcher NC 28732
Pittman, Bethany K. Hendersonville NC 28791
Prince, Emily M. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Privette, Jordan R. Mills River NC 28759
Reddy, Kaitlyn Hendersonville NC 28791
Reed, Madison L. Hendersonville NC 28791 CL
Rhodes, Leah N. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Rhodes, Rachel A. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Rikard, Alston W. Hendersonville NC 28739 CL
Roberts, Matthew S. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Rogers, Caleb H. Hendersonville NC 28792
Rutan, Ryan L. Hendersonville NC 28739
Sabato, Amelia A. Hendersonville NC 28792
Sain, Ethan H. Zirconia NC 28790
Sivertsen, D'Arcy A. Hendersonville NC 28792 CL
Stephens, Stacey N. Flat Rock NC 28731 CL
Stepp, Kaci T. East Flat Rock NC 28726 CL
Suess, Melody K. Hendersonville NC 28739 CL
Taylor, Seth J. Hendersonville NC 28792
Thomas, Joshua R. East Flat Rock NC 28726 CL
Vassallo, Kristina L. Hendersonville NC 28739 CL
Vaughn, Kelsey K. Fletcher NC 28732
Waldrop, Heather N. Mills River NC 28759
Wilkerson, Curtis Fletcher NC 28732
Wilkins, Jessica P. Hendersonville NC 28792
Wisgo, Amber R. Hendersonville NC 28739