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Henderson County Life

Celebrities ready for red carpet in IAM fashion show

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A full line-up of local celebrities has signed up to model summer fashions to help Interfaith Assistance Ministry raise funds to purchase clothing for some of Henderson County’s most vulnerable children.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | charities | Interfaith Assistance Ministry

Henderson County Business

First Citizens announces merger with Entegra

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First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company and Entegra Financial Corp. announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sheriff adds K9 teams

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Sheriff Lowell Griffin and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office announced the addition of their three newest members.   Read Story »

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Fletcher Life

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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

Tags: Fletcher Town Council | parks and recreation

Henderson County News

Polk County commissioner announces run for state House

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Jake Johnson, the 24- year-old chairman of the Polk County Board of Commissioners, on Wednesday became the first Republican to formally announce his candidacy for the state House District 113 seat next year.    Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Walk of Fame honors 2019 inductees May 5

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The Henderson County Walk of Fame Committee will host a public celebration of the 2019 Walk of Fame inductees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Azalea parking lot on King Street at Fifth Avenue.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Real estate agent pleads guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery charge

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Henderson County News

Arbor Day participants will plant red oak in honor of Dr. Volk

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Participants will plant a red oak in memory of the late Dr. James Volk during the annual Arbor Day celebration at noon Friday, May 3, on Bearcat Loop at Hendersonville Elementary School.   Read Story »

Tags: Dr. Jim Volk | trees | James Volk

Flat Rock Life

Chefs aim to 'take the thinking out of eating well'

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Mike Phillips and Chuck Connolly figure that many people who want to eat healthier don’t know how.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Facing $1M shortfall, Brother Wolf calls for support

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Acknowledging that it overreached with plans for a farm animal sanctuary and lost support through "polarizing vegan messaging," Brother Wolf, the Asheville area no-kill shelter, said it has a $1 million funding shortfall and called on supporters for financial help.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Good Friday storm swamps city

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First responders rescued motorists trapped in high water, roads were closed at the usual flooding spots, forecasters issued a flash flood warning and power crews worked to get the lights back on as a Good Friday storm swamped Henderson County and the southern mountains.   Read Story »

Tags: floods | winter 2018-19 | 2019 apple crop

Henderson County News

AVL parking deck wins design award

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The new parking garage at Asheville Regional Airport was awarded the 2019 Commercial Airport Project of the Year  for architecture  by the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, architects Gresham Smith and the Asheville Regional Airport Authority announced.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville Regional Airport Authority | AVL parking deck project

Henderson County News

City man sentenced to 20 years for drug dealing

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A Somerset Drive man was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple drug felonies during a term of Henderson County Superior Court March 25-April 12, District Attorney Greg Newman announced.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Officer shoots fleeing suspect who pulled gun, police say

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A Hendersonville police officer shot and wounded a suspect who ran away from the officer and later pulled a gun as the officer was chasing him, the city said in a news release.   Read Story »

Tags: police use of force | officer involved shooting

Henderson County News

THEY'RE BACK ... Learn how to be 'bear wise'

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Biologist Ashley Hobbs of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will present “Being BearWise in North Carolina” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Flat Rock Square, 2698 C Greenville Highway.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

League holds forums on redistricting reform

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The League of Women Voters Henderson County will present a program on N.C. Fair District Reform on two different days this week.   Read Story »

Tags: League of Women Voters | redistricting

Henderson County News

Mills River hires interim town manager

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Council has hired a longtime Transylvania County administrator as interim town manager while it searches for a new manager.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Roger Snyder | Mark Burrows

Etowah News

Good Friday storm causes widespread flooding

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First responders rescued motorists trapped in high water, roads were closed at the usual flooding spots, forecasters issued a flash flood warning and power crews worked to get the lights back on as a Good Friday storm swamped Henderson County and the southern mountains.   Read Story »

Tags: Duke Energy | winter 2018-19 | 2019 apple crop

Henderson County News

County seeks grant to move flooded trail to higher ground

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The “duck pond” that inundates the Jackson Park segment of the Oklawaha Greenway could be fixed if the state approves a parks and recreation grant for a realignment.
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Tags: parks and recreation | greenways | Mud Creek

Henderson County News

2,536 property owners 
appealed new tax value

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Just over 2,500 property owners have appealed new assessed values under Henderson County’s 2019 reappraisal, or about 3.8 percent of the 68,000 parcels the county reappraised for tax purposes.   Read Story »

Tags: 2019 tax reassessment | 2019 reappraisal | 2019-20 county budget | 2019-20 local budgets

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Carolina Village comes out strong for Clear Creek Greenway

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The graying of the greenway movement was on display Tuesday afternoon when a crowd of senior citizens turned out to ask questions and mostly express support for the proposed Clear Creek Greenway, a three-quarter mile walking trail and bike path that would connect Carolina Village and Berkeley Mills Park.   Read Story »

Tags: greenways | Greenway Master Plan | Carolina Village

Flat Rock News

Driver fleeing deputy flips Buick in village

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FLAT ROCK — Occupants of a car that led law officers on a chase emerged uninjured and with their hands aloft after flipping their car in the center of the Village of Flat Rock on Monday afternoon. The two men face multiple charges.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | high-speed chase

Henderson County News

Tennessee man sentenced to 58 years in child sex case

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A Henderson County jury deliberated last week for two hours before finding a 25-year-old Tennessee man guilty of two counts of statutory rape.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

City invites public input on Clear Creek Greenway Tuesday

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The city of Hendersonville is hosting a public input meeting on the proposed Clear Creek Greenway from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the City Operations Center, 305 Williams Street.   Read Story »

Tags: Oklawaha Greenway | greenways | Clear Creek Greenway | Greenway Master Plan

Henderson County News

BRCC names two new trustees

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Blue Ridge Community College recently welcomed two new members to the Board of Trustees.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LOCAL BRIEFS: HHS Senior Play, Dream Breakfast, Quilts of Valor

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For nearly a century, seniors at Hendersonville High School have concluded their high school career with the Senior Play, a time to bond as a class, create a memory that will last a lifetime and leave a final mark on HHS.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | WNC Quilting Guild | HHS Senior Play | dreamers

Henderson County News

County under tornado watch as storm knocks out power to 4,030 customers

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The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 8 o'clock Sunday night and warned of high winds from a strong storm moving through the state. The tornado watch covered 49 counties in the mountains and Piedmont; a tornado warning in southeastern Burke County was in effect until 4 p.m.   Read Story »

Tags: winter 2018-19 | tornado | thunderstorms

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

David Rhode is on a roll as student president of WCU

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Answering a call on his cell phone from his hometown newspaper editor, David Rhode declared that “my head’s spinning 3,000 miles an hour.”   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Public Schools | HHS Alumni Association | Western Carolina University | David Rhode | kids from here

Henderson County News

Funeral service set for Case; fund set up for family

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Funeral services have been scheduled for Hendersonville police Lt. Jimmy Case, who died unexpectedly Thursday after collapsing at his home, the city announced.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Easter briefs: Cross walk, Jump Off Rock sunrise service, Bunny Hop

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Annual cross walk on Good Friday First United Methodist Church will lead its traditional one-mile community walk with the cross through downtown starting at 11 a.m. on Good Friday, April 19, in the church parking lot on Buncombe Street.   Read Story »

Tags: Religion | Churches | Easter | Christianity | Jesus

Henderson County News

Thin blue line grew wide when Lt. Case went down

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The thin blue line grew awfully wide on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Police Department | Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake | law enforcement | Lowell Griffin

Henderson County Business

Lapsley to help draft long-range transportation investment strategy

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As a civil engineer, Bill Lapsley drew up miles of roads. As a county commissioner, he’s heard from motorists who would like wider roads and homeowners who hate the thought of them.   Read Story »

Fletcher Business

Fletcher says no thanks to Tap Root annexation

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The proposed Tap Root residential development looks so much like a city that it ought to be in a city, Henderson County Commissioner Bill Lapsley says.   Read Story »

Tags: disruptive land uses | Tap Root Dairy | Tap Root development

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

ERA advocates embark on push for support

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FLETCHER — One by one, four women who support the Equal Rights Amendment stood up in public to share personal stories that showed the need for the ERA.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Legislature | Democratic Party | Republican Party | Equal Rights Amendment | ERA | women\\\'s rights

Henderson County News

Little change is forecast as GE completes sale of East Flat Rock plant

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A stalwart of Henderson County's manufacturing economy for more than 60 years, the General Electric plant in East Flat Rock now has a new owner. Local business organization leaders say they've been told things will remain the same. Even the name won't change, at least for now.   Read Story »

Tags: East Flat Rock | General Electric

Henderson County News

WHHS student elected state president of FCCLA

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The West Henderson High School chapter of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America attended the state FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Greensboro last week, and the high school juniors brought home multiple medals – plus a presidency.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Judge Knight appoints acting clerk while committee vets applicants for job

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Kim Gasperson-Justice, Henderson County’s clerk of Superior Court, was sworn in as the county’s newest district judge on Friday, creating a vacancy in the clerk’s office that has been filled temporarily.   Read Story »

Tags: Judicial District 29B | Clerk of Superior Court | Kim Gasperson-Justice | Peter Knight

Henderson County News

Woman sent to prison for dealing heroin

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A Somerset Drive woman was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to multiple felony drug charges, District Attorney Greg Newman announced.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

EHHS graduate wins top UNC system award for teaching

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As an associate professor of philosophy at Western Carolina University, John Whitmire grabs his students’ attention at the start of each semester by telling them that he really doesn’t care what they think.   Read Story »

Tags: East Henderson High School | County school graduates

Henderson County News

Connet honored as a Main Street Champion

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Tags: Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street Advisory Committee | John Connet

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Blue Ridge Parkway bridge project

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Tags: Ask Matt | I-26 widening project

Henderson County Business

Raumedic reshapes management team

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MILLS RIVER — The medical technology manufacturer Raumedic has re-assigned responsibilities among its top management team, naming Executive Board member Stefan Seuferling chairman of the Executive Board and shifting former chair Martin Bayer to focus on his function as CEO and President of the U.S. company and develop business in North America, the world’s largest medical technology market.   Read Story »

Tags: RAUMEDIC | manufacturing jobs | Mills River industry

Henderson County News

City water exceeds EPA standards, report says

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Tags: water quality | water issues | water system | Hendersonville water system

Henderson County News

Atkinson kids prove to be book smart

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Atkinson Elementary’s reader leaders emerged victorious in last week’s district “Battle of the Books” competition, advancing to the April 25 Regional Elementary Battle of the Books — the highest competition level currently in the N.C. School Library Media Association’s “Battle of the Books” Elementary division.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Public Schools | Atkinson Elementary School

Henderson County News

KnollsCam: Big black bear pads lightly through moss garden

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Henderson County News

City opposes truck restrictions on Berkeley Road

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Trying to stop big rigs from using Signal Hill and Berkeley roads to dodge the I-26 weigh station might redirect tractor-trailers and garbage trucks through downtown Hendersonville, City Council members said Thursday night before they voted unanimously to oppose the proposal to restrict heavy truck traffic on those roads.   Read Story »

Tags: I-26 widening project | Berkeley Road | tractor-trailers

Henderson County News

Laurelwood residents concerned about widening project taking trees

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Leaders of the Laurelwood Condo Association asked Hendersonville City Council members on Thursday to intervene with the NCDOT to reduce the number of trees that would be removed as part of the U.S. 64 widening from Blythe Street through Laurel Park.   Read Story »

Tags: U.S. 64 improvements

Henderson County News

Outdoor season kicks off downtown

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Saturday feels like the unofficial start of outdoor fun, food and frolic in downtown Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: outdoors | Historic Seventh Avenue District | Southern Appalachian Brewery | farmers markets

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Tags: greenways | Judicial District 29B | Kim Gasperson-Justice

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady files bill broadly changing state liquor laws

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RALEIGH — A bill filed Tuesday in the N.C. House would dramatically revamp how the state governs liquor sales and distribution, including a provision allowing for Sunday sales.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Federal grand jury indicts state Republican chair

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RALEIGH — A federal grand jury indicted N.C. Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, political donor Greg Lindberg of Durham, and two Lindberg associates on charges of wire fraud, bribery and making false statements to law enforcement agents.   Read Story »

Tags: NC politics | Republican Party

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Dogwood proposal unlike Sunflower, council members say

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In the coming weeks, the Hendersonville City Council expects to be looking at plans for a five- or six-story hotel on the Dogwood lot property on North Church Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.   Read Story »

Tags: downtown hotel | Sunflower

Henderson County Business

Timeline of tall buildings

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Tags: downtown Hendersonville | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | downtown hotel | Sunflower

Henderson County Business

TALL TALE: Battle over nine-story condo featured '3 amigos,' lender named Trump

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Flat Rock Business

Flat Rock interior designers recognized

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Two Flat Rock-based interior designers were honored recently by the American Society of Interior Designers at the annual Excellence in Design Awards hosted by the Carolinas Chapter of ASID.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Early childhood ed program will expand to Henderson County

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Buncombe Partnership for Children has received a $400,000 grant that will enable it to expand an early childhood education program in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County clerk of court appointed to district judgeship

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Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday appointed Clerk of Superior Court Kim Gasperson-Justice to a District Court judgeship serving Henderson Polk and Transylvania counties, the third of three judgeships to be filled in District 29B since last October.   Read Story »

Tags: Judicial District 29B | Kim Gasperson-Justice

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hoops challenge: Commissioners split in their Final Four picks

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With Duke and Carolina knocked out of the NCAA tournament, Henderson County commissioners and other officials distributed their national championship predictions among three of the Final Four remaining teams.   Read Story »

Tags: UNC basketball | college basketball | Duke basketball

Henderson County News

Record rainfall, hurricanes, mud delay new Edneyville school opening

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Two hurricanes, record rainfall and months of deep mud in 2018 delayed work at the new Edneyville Elementary School, pushing the opening from mid-August to mid-November and move-in to either the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners learned Monday night.   Read Story »

Tags: Edneyville Elementary School | winter 2018-19 | 2019-20 county budget

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

'A dream come true': Commissioners unanimously endorse greenway plan

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One county commissioner called the potential for countywide greenways "a dream come true" to enhance quality of life and serve children. Another marveled at the broad support across business, education and recreation. A third described a countywide greenway network as potentially as important a development as Jackson Park and Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County rejects rezoning for 32 homes across from Haywood Knolls

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to deny a rezoning to allow a development of 32 homes in the Haywood Park Estates subdivision west of West Henderson High School.   Read Story »

Tags: land-use planning | Haywood Knolls | disruptive land uses | NC 191 widening

Etowah News

Etowah Valley teaching pro on national team to help veterans

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Brian Oliver, teaching pro at Etowah Valley Golf Course, will serve as a National Trainer for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), a program of the Charitable Foundation for the PGA of America that helps veterans with disabilities enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.   Read Story »

Tags: golf | Etowah Valley Country Club | military veterans | golf courses | disabled veterans

Henderson County Business

Governor reappoints Eisenhauer to N.C. cancer committee

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Pardee UNC Health Care surgeon Thomas Eisenhauer has been reappointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.   Read Story »

Tags: Dr. Thomas L. Eisenhauer | Pardee Comprehensive Cancer Center | cancer

Henderson County News

LOCAL BRIEFS: HHS mock trial, police Capt. Leroy, Miss Julia, tulips, N.C. 191

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Henderson County News

City eyes grant application for Clear Creek greenway

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday was scheduled to consider a staff request authorize a grant application to help fund a $1 million greenway along Clear Creek from Carolina Village to Berkeley Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Oklawaha Greenway | greenways

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BRCC names Small Business Director

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Henderson County Business

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | downtown parking | downtown hotel | Sunflower

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Edwards seeks study of DuPont Forest admission fees

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State Sen. Chuck Edwards wants the state Agriculture Department to study ways to generate revenue at DuPont State Forest, including admission fees that would "favor North Carolina citizens," in order to create "a sustainable income stream to help preserve the protect the forest."   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck Edwards | DuPont State Forest | NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Rep. Henson won't seek re-election

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Henderson County Business

Career Construction Day connects contractors, job seekers

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FLETCHER — Construction Career Day on Wednesday at the WNC Agricultural Center’s McGough Arena, Fanning Bridge Road, will highlight local career opportunities available in the sector.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mills River boots budget-busting ballfield bids

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MILLS RIVER — Little Leaguers and other kids and adults will have to wait another year before they can play ball at the Mills River Town Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River Town Park | construction | Mills River Town Council

Henderson County News

EHHS junior's 'Radiance' chosen as ArtScape banner

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A piece by an East Hendersonville High School junior has been chosen to represent the youth category in the upcoming reveal of the 2019 ArtScape banners in downtown Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: public art | Artscape

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

'Today is a great day for the country,' Meadows says

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Tags: Mark Meadows | U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows | President Trump | Donald Trump | 2020 presidential election | presidential campaigns

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LOCAL BRIEFS: 'Looking at Appalachia,' new Playhouse seats, Stand TALL

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Speaker will be 'Looking at Appalachia'   Roger May, whose photographic portraits of Appalachia and its people have been featured in national and international media, will display some of his work and discuss the issues involved in depicting Appalachia, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. The program is free and open to everyone.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Stand TALL

Henderson County News

NPS OKs environmental impact statement for new Parkway bridge spanning I-26

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The National Park Service has OK'd the final environmental impact statement for the replacement of the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge over I-26, part of the 22.2-mile widening of the interstate from I-40/I-240 to the U.S. 25 Connector (exit 54).   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Parkway | I-26 widening project

Henderson County News

Horse Shoe man sentenced to 16 years for child sexual offense

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A Horse Shoe man was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child, District Attorney Greg Newman announced on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: crime | Athena Brooks | child sex abuse

Flat Rock Life

New kids on the Rock

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Henderson County News

Mills River launches search for new manager

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Council expects to spend at least two months in a search for a new town manager to replace Jeff Wells, who starts a job as planning director for the town of Waxhaw, east of Charlotte, next month.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Funeral service is set Friday for Dr. Killian

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A memorial service for William David "Bill" Killian has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg Williams officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.   Read Story »

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County OKs new contract with current auditor Martin Starnes

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Big rigs keep on turning onto Berkeley road; county weighing options

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Although tractor-trailers still might be dodging the scales on I-26 by taking Signal Hill and Berkeley roads through Hendersonville, the situation is “getting a little bit better” with monitoring by sheriff’s deputies, Commissioner Charles Messer said Wednesday at the Board of Commissioners meeting.   Read Story »

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County commits to funding 287G program

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Whatever the cost, Henderson County commissioners are prepared to pay to continue partnering with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in the 287G program, which aids in identifying and deporting undocumented immigrants arrested for violating state laws. That was the clear message commissioners delivered on Wednesday to Sheriff Lowell Griffin, who has said the ICE program, once considered a way to land federal money to support local law enforcement efforts, is a burden on local taxpayers that does not pay itself.   Read Story »

Tags: immigration | Tea Party | Lowell Griffin | 287g

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Democrats gain majority
 on county elections board

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After a court fight that left local boards in limbo for months, Henderson County finally has a new Board of Elections, this time with a 3-2 Democratic majority.   Read Story »

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Professionals certified as Homegrown Leaders

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Henderson County News

Orange you into art?

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Bryant recognized for education leadership

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John Bryant, associate superintendent for administrative services with Henderson County public schools, has been honored as the 2019 Dr. Sam Houston Leadership Award recipient for the Aspiring Superintendent Program.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Tap Root developer drops apartments

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A developer seeking approval for a major subdivision on the Tap Root Dairy property has dropped plans for apartments — removing one component of the proposal that has drawn neighborhood opposition.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Mill revitalization is worth celebrating

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Construction signs were up and workers were on site at the historic Grey Hosiery Mill on Monday morning. As unremarkable as it looked, the magnitude of what had happened over the past 72 hours is impossible to overstate. This was big.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Girl Scout installs Little Free Library in church garden

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Rooted in Faith, a donation vegetable garden and ministry of First United Methodist Church, is on the receiving end of a donation from a local Girl Scout.   Read Story »

Tags: Girl Scouts | Kathryn Thomas | First United Methodist Church

Henderson County News

Cooper to visit Asheville to honor craft beer

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Gov. Roy Cooper will visit Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville on Thursday to proclaim April as NC Beer Month, marking the 7th anniversary of the N.C. Beer Month celebration.   Read Story »

Tags: craft beer industry | Gov. Roy Cooper

Henderson County News

Tractor-trailer restriction aims to reduce I-26 backups

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A new restriction on a stretch of Interstate 26 in Asheville targets improved safety and reduced congestion.   Read Story »

Tags: I-26 | car crashes | I-26 widening project | tractor-trailers | big rigs

Henderson County News

William Killian, founding president of BRCC, dies at age 96

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William R. "Bill" Killian, who as founding president led the growth of Blue Ridge Community College for 20 years, died Sunday at age 96.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mill contractor has experience renovating historic factory

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As promised, construction personnel were working at the Grey Hosiery Mill on Monday morning, three days after the city of Hendersonville announced it had finalized a deal that clears the way for the historic mill’s long-awaited redevelopment.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Tax referendum may be a long shot

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The city’s request for a quarter-cent sales tax referendum faces an uphill battle in a Legislature resistant to local tax measures.   Read Story »

Tags: taxes | 2019-20 local budgets | sales tax

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Republicans circling if Henson resigns from House

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Henderson County News

Charity event showcases 20 restaurants

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Chefs at 20 independent restaurants will showcase their cuisine during the inaugural “Hunger and Thirst” Thursday, March 21, through Saturday, March 30, in Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Mills River, Fletcher and Chimney Rock.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

In what could be his last battle, McGrady tackles redistricting, liquor laws

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RALEIGH — Glancing over a House calendar, Chuck McGrady pronounced the taking of the annual members’ photo — “it’s always like herding cats” —the most challenging part of the afternoon floor session.   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | NC Legislature | redistricting | 2020 elections | liquor laws | Tim Moffitt

Henderson County News

Bikes will be racing around Historic Seventh Avenue District on Sunday

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Bicyclists from across the region will be zipping around a tight urban course in the third annual Historic Seventh Avenue Criterium from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.   Read Story »

Tags: bicycling | Historic Seventh Avenue District | criterium racing

Henderson County News

Council declines to scale back Seventh Avenue police headquarters

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Rejecting a modest redesign that cut the cost by 5 percent, the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday endorsed the original plan for a new city police station and committed to spend $11.5 million on the two-story headquarters on Ashe Street.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Seventh Avenue District | 2019-20 local budgets

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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In return fire, Opp House asks court to dismiss lawsuit

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Firing back against a lawsuit that questions whether it’s still functioning as a nonprofit agency, the Opportunity House accused the Henderson County Community Foundation of filing “frivolous litigation … as a means to try and seize the property” of the organization.   Read Story »

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Conservancy saves Saluda land county eyed for firing range, training center

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Last month Conserving Carolina entered into a contract to purchase 81.5 acres of property on Macedonia Road north of Saluda, land targeted by Henderson County in 2018 as the proposed location for a regional police training facility. The County’s proposal prompted a strong response from Henderson and Polk County residents in the Saluda area opposed to the concept. In May 2018, the County dropped its plans to purchase and develop the forested tract, which adjoins the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s Green River Game Lands.   Read Story »

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Opportunity House faces questions about its openness and future plans

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Community Foundation asks court to determine whether former senior center is still operating as a nonprofit When Grace Etheredge cofounded the Opportunity House in 1958, she had no way of knowing it would grow into an activity center with a robust buffet of services for seniors.   Read Story »

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New seating, hearing loop debut Friday at the Playhouse

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The Flat Rock Playhouse audience will enjoy a historic Homecoming season this year thanks to significant theatre upgrades to the Leiman Mainstage that debut Friday night with the opening of The Jungle Book.   Read Story »

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Champion Hills to unveil clubhouse makeover

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County inches closer to an SRO in every school

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The Henderson County sheriff’s office has closed the gap in the county’s goal of protecting every school with an armed deputy, reducing the vacancies from 11 to five with a couple more SROs in the pipeline.   Read Story »

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Rising Leaders graduates ready for volunteer service

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After eight months of education and community service, 17 members of United Way of Henderson County’s eighth annual Rising Leaders Program have graduated and are better prepared to start making a difference as volunteers with Henderson County nonprofit organizations.   Read Story »

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City, Grey Mill developer finalize sale

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A developer and the city of Hendersonville finalized a deal on Friday that clears the way for redevelopment of the Grey Hosiery Mill as apartments. Construction is scheduled to start Monday, city officials said.   Read Story »

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Democrats call for Henson to resign

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State Rep. Cody Henson has received a copy of the criminal summons filed by the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, his attorney J. Michael Edney told Carolina Public Press late Thursday.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Kalman Sherman's trees, 'Right to Know,' Days of Caring

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Spring forward! (and check your smoke alarm batteries)

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Does your home have a smoke alarm?   Read Story »

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HCT announces honors for 2018 season

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City to seek federal grant to hire 12 firefighters

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The city of Hendersonville would substantially expand first responder service if the fire department is successful in getting a federal grant to hire 12 firefighter/EMTs.   Read Story »

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City formally asks for quarter-cent sales tax vote

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The Hendersonville City Council voted on Thursday to ask the N.C. Legislature to allow a referendum in the city on a quarter-cent sales tax.   Read Story »

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A second Democrat announces candidacy for state Senate

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Patsy Keever, a retired schoolteacher, former Buncombe County Commissioner and one-term state House member, announced on Thursday that she is running for the 48th N.C. Senate District, setting up a primary next March for the Democratic nomination.   Read Story »

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Clear Creek Road man faces drug charges

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Facing rising costs, city may seek sales tax referendum

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Hendersonville City Council members had endured two days of financial forecasts, volleyed 10 “revenue options” and seen their feedback memorialized on sticky notes a facilitator plastered onto poster board when Councilman Steve Caraker pitched his ask for the next budget get-together.   Read Story »

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Senate confirms appointment of East Flat Rock native to appeals court

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North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Senate confirmation of Allison Jones Rushing as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.   Read Story »

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Renee Kumor wins inaugural Dot Marlow Catalyst Award

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Renee Kumor, who has crusaded for programs to better the lives of women and children in Henderson County for 42 years, was named the first recipient of the Dot Marlow Philanthropic Catalyst Award Monday night.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park named a 2018 Tree City

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Honoring artists, Boy Scout volunteers; Jazz Appreciation month

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Ask Matt ... what's happening with courthouse entrance

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Q. Why doesn’t the new courthouse reopen the front entrance now that an elevator has been installed?   Read Story »

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Celebrating 50th birthday, BRCC unveils rebrand

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In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Blue Ridge Community College unveiled a new brand, Education Elevated, during a presentation to more than 200 faculty and staff today.   Read Story »

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Re-cycle: Sycamore has more parking, more room and more bikes on Locust

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Sycamore Cycles will have more parking, more floor space and more merchandise when it opens at its new location in the Historic Seventh Avenue District.   Read Story »

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Pardee donates CPR training kits to WHHS

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Pardee UNC Health Care delivered four hands-only CPR training kits to West Henderson High School on Wednesday, providing a critical tool for the state-required CPR training for high school students.   Read Story »

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LONG DAM WAIT: Now that lake is filled, homeowners hope lakeside loop will reopen

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The shores of Osceola Lake attracted walkers, joggers, bicyclists and bird watchers even with a dry bed. Now that the lake has refilled, the scenery is much improved.   Read Story »

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Sheriff's office seeks identity of car break-in suspects

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The Henderson County's sheriff's office is seeking the public's health in identifying two people investigators say were involved in several larcenies from motor vehicles in a gym parking lot in Mills River on Friday.   Read Story »

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Conservancy reaches 45,000-acre milestone in saved land

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School history researchers seek old yearbooks

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Bo Caldwell does not know Lowell Joerg. Lowell does not know Bo.   Read Story »

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Rockslide closes I-40 at state line for a week

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A rockslide that closed Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state lane on Friday night will close the highway for a week and require a 50-mile detour, the NCDOT said.   Read Story »

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Allegiant adds flight to Sarasota

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Allegiant airlines promoted introductory one-way fares as low as $59 for a limited time as it announced new nonstop service from Asheville to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.   Read Story »

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Planners endorse 33-home subdivision across from Haywood Knolls

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A new subdivision of 33 homes could go up on Haywood Road just west of West Henderson High School if the Henderson County Board of Commissioners OKs a rezoning application.   Read Story »

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AVL 'strongly opposes' Tap Root development

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Asheville Regional Airport officials are raising the alarm about the impact of a 1,200-home development at the Tap Root Dairy property, saying FAA regulations require an evaluation of the proposed development's potential to compromise air space safety.   Read Story »

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Brantley honored as top assistant manager

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Amy Brantley, assistant county manager for Henderson County, has been honored as assistant county manager of the year in North Carolina. The N.C. City and County Management Association presented the award to Brantley during its annual convention on Feb. 7 in Winston-Salem.   Read Story »

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County tentatively OKs emergency HVAC replacement at middle schools

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners moved on Wednesday to authorize an emergency expenditure of $4 million to replace failing heating and air conditioning lines at Rugby and Flat Rock middle schools so the school system can arrange for the work over the summer.   Read Story »

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DOWNTOWN VALUE SPIKES BY 42%; TAX BASE CLIMBS BY 18% COUNTYWIDE

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Henderson County's tax base increased by almost 18 percent over the past four years, the county tax assessor told county commissioners today.   Read Story »

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County concerned about scale-dodging big rigs on Berkeley Road

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A former trucker who lives in a neighborhood off North Main Street pleaded with the Board of Commissioners to do something about scale-dodging truck traffic on Berkeley Road, saying the tractor-trailers pose a danger to residents and could cause a serious accident or fatality.   Read Story »

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Commissioners rank budget priorities

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Henderson County commissioners have reviewed more than 200 funding requests and determined that $63 million worth of spending ranked as high priorities.   Read Story »

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Veterans farm, Vocational Solutions, health services win grants

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Edwards introduces bill for small business health insurance

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State Sen. Chuck Edwards joined three other senators on Tuesday to announce a proposal that they said would allow small businesses to cover employees at a lower cost.   Read Story »

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Sandburg home closed as freezing rain is forecast

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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site closed at noon on Tuesday as snow began falling.   Read Story »

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Drug squad seizes a pound of meth after traffic stop

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City has new hire in 'cease the grease' role

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The city of Hendersonvillehas hired a new Environmental Services Coordinator to replace the water department official who plans to take a year off to travel.   Read Story »

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Mills River councilman announces state Senate campaign

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Mills River Councilman Brian Caskey announced on Monday that he is running for North Carolina’s 48th Senate District, challenging Republican Chuck Edwards.   Read Story »

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Tax value appeal traffic light so far

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The reaction to new property tax values countywide last week was a watched pot. Not boiling — at least not yet.   Read Story »

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Donaldsons seek answers about the night Seth died

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Scott and Amy Donaldson can talk for a long time about their son, Seth. But they can also sum up his death in a concise tag-team narrative.   Read Story »

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City man charged with child sex abuse

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A 76-year-old Hendersonville man was jailed under a $150,000 bond after his arrest Wednesday on child sex abuse charges, the sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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Greenville Highway at Erkwood closed for construction next two weekends

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Greenville Highway at Erkwood Drive and Shepherd Street will be closed the next two weekends for construction work on a roundabout.   Read Story »

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Pat Jones, a leader in education, church and community, dies at 78

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Pat Jones would have loved the event in the Hendersonville Middle School library on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Legislator served with domestic violence order

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State Rep. Cody Henson, R-Transylvania, was served with a domestic violence protection order late last month, records from the Transylvania County Courthouse show.   Read Story »

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Donation expands DuPont State Forest by 400 acres

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Conserving Carolina has transferred 402 acres of land to the North Carolina Forest Service to expand Dupont State Recreational Forest while conserving key headwater streams and adding to a 100,000-acre corridor of conserved land.   Read Story »

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Search turns up meth, coke, pills, pot and guns

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Drug Enforcement Team charged a 41-year-old Stepp Mill Road woman with seven drug-related charges after they executed a search warrant ather home.   Read Story »

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Cooper appoints Beasley as chief justice

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Ed Foundation announces Hall of Fame inductees

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The Henderson County Education Foundation announced five recipients of the 2019 Education Hall of Fame on Tuesday.   Read Story »

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New assessed values go out Tuesday

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Reappraisal Q&A

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Council OKs talks for six-story hotel on Dogwood lot

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The Hendersonville City Council made a big stride to attract a hotel downtown when it selected a Fletcher-based hospitality management company on Thursday to develop a six-story facility on the Dogwood parking lot on North Church Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam: Young bobcat enthusiastically scent-marks tree

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A young bobcat spent 3 minutes scent-marking a tree at Thomas Brass's "stage" for wildlife in the woods on top of Haywood Knolls.   Read Story »

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City renews request for county funding of SROs

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The Hendersonville City Council is asking the county to fund four school resource officers the four county schools in the city limits, renewing (and revising) a request the Board of Commissioners rejected a year ago.   Read Story »

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'American Experience' profiles George Bond's Sealab role

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George Bond Sr. was known throughout Henderson County and especially Bat Cave for bringing health care to unserved isolated pockets of the mountains. Less is known of his role in the 1950s and 1960s in the development of Sealab, a U.S. Navy research station that sought to explore the depths of the ocean the way NASA was exploring space. Until now.   Read Story »

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Contractor in Buncombe County scandal pleads guilty

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Drug squad seizes half pound of meth

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Team and Crime Suppression Unit seized a half pound of methamphetamine after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 25 South in the Tuxedo community on Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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Where is Mary's Burritos going?

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School system sets makeup days

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NCDOT awards contract for landslide repair

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Transportation officials recently awarded a contract to repair the landslide on U.S. 74A in Gerton.   Read Story »

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In a first, Sierra Nevada buys a brewery

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Housing starts surged by 40 percent in 2018

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Reflecting a booming construction economy, new construction surged by 27 percent while remodeling work spiked by 62.5 percent in 2018, according to values reported to the Henderson County Inspections Department.   Read Story »

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Mourners remember Ron Metzger as 'the ultimate giver'

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Shopper at Hendersonville Publix wins $2 million Powerball prize

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County to take up agreement to create 'extraordinary revitalization' of HHS

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The Henderson County commissioners on Monday night will take up a proposed agreement for the architectural services, construction management and other services for “an extraordinary revitalization” of Hendersonville High School at a cost of $59,175,605.   Read Story »

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Injured climber flown to Mission after Looking Glass Rock rescue

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One climber was flown to Mission hospital in Asheville and another emerged unhurt after the Transylvania County rescue workers responded to a call to Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest on Saturday night.   Read Story »

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Mission sale creates gigantic nonprofit

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With the sale of Mission Health System's to HCA Healthcare, Dogwood Health Trust is now officially operating as a private, nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities in Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

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Prominent real estate agent charged with misdemeanor sexual battery

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A prominent Hendersonville real estate agent has been charged with a misdemeanor sexual battery after an alleged incident that took place on New Year’s Eve or early New Year’s Day in the city.   Read Story »

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'We know it's a sacrifice,' Craven says of HHS construction hassles

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In the Craven household, the dinner table conversation sometimes journeys into the idea of sacrifice. And in the past couple of years, the battle over Hendersonville High School has been a teachable moment.   Read Story »

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PR firm, bicycle shop moving to Seventh Avenue District

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Sandburg Home reopens

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Elite team advances to regionals

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The CFC 01G Elite team members recently finished their season as the Champions of the South Carolina 18U Challenge League, the state’s highest competitive league.   Read Story »

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Southern App Super Bowl party boosts United Way

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American adds flight from AVL to Dallas

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American Airlines is adding daily nonstop service from Asheville Regional Airport to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport starting May 3, the airline and AVL announced.   Read Story »

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Schools closed today ahead of snow threat

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Flat Rock Park Foundation hires new fundraiser

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The Flat Rock Park & Recreation Foundation has hired Tracey Daniels as its new director of development, replacing Maurean Adams.   Read Story »

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Shutdown over but Sandburg Home closed for storm cleanup

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FLAT ROCK — Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site remains closed while staff continue to remove trees and limbs that fell from winter storms during the shutdown.   Read Story »

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Neighbors poised to fight 1,224-home development

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Laid out on a network of streets named for North Carolina waterways — Catawba, Yadkin, Pamlico, Hiawassee and others — River Stone is filled with nice homes with one- and two-car garages, playgrounds out back and basketball hoops in front.   Read Story »

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Rhythm & Brews transitions to two longer acts

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This year's Rhythm & Brews concerts will feature two longer performances instead of the three-band lineup the downtown music event has staged in the past.   Read Story »

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High bids force state to delay road projects

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Major road improvements in Henderson County have been pushed back by a year or more because construction bids are greatly exceeding projections, transportation planners said.   Read Story »

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Detectives seeking ID of porch furniture thief

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The sheriff's office is seeking the public's help identifying a burglar who stole furniture from two homes overnight Saturday.   Read Story »

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Drug squad seizes 2 pounds of meth in Zirconia bust

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Developer proposes 1,224 homes, apartments at Tap Root Dairy

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COUNTY OKS $60M HHS PLAN

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday morning to approve a new Hendersonville High School for $59 million, lowering the curtain on a political drama that has dragged on for more than four years.   Read Story »

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Schools closed, 'tremendous amount of wrecks' on dangerous black ice

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Black ice made roads treacherous, closed schools and caused "a tremendous amount of wrecks" throughout Henderson County early Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Stroupe trial postponed until May

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A judge agreed on Tuesday to postpone the capital murder trial of Phillip Michael Stroupe II for three months to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to review new evidence.   Read Story »

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Narnia Studios moving across Main to historic Ewbank building

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Ask Matt ... where factories could locate

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Politico profile describes Meadows as 'Trump whisperer" and 'go-to guy'

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Power outages climb but Duke projects restoration today

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A windstorm knocked out power to more than 1,600 homes and businesses in Henderson County on Sunday and wind gusts as high as 50 mph could continue to batter the area through Monday morning.   Read Story »

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New stage company competes for patrons, performers

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Jimmy Ferraro’s first paid singing gig was in a Long Island nightclub, accompanied by his parents. He was 16.   Read Story »

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Starring food and design, rooftop restaurant worth the wait

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The new Shine restaurant earns a lot of superlatives.   Read Story »

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Entegra to merge with Knoxville-based Smartbank

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SmartFinancial Inc., the parent company of SmartBank, and Entegra Financial Corp., the parent company of Entegra Bank, have signed a merger agreement under which Entegra will combine with SmartFinancial in a strategic merger of equals.   Read Story »

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Edneyville's Griffin named WNC fire chief of the year

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: What to watch in 2019

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Elections in the cities, development in downtown Hendersonville, the next steps in the pursuit of high-speed internet service, the new sheriff’s policy changes and popular uprisings against road improvements and development highlight the forecast for 2019.   Read Story »

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Mills River man charged with abuse of Doberman pincer

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a Mills River man with cruelty animals after they found a malnourished Doberman pincer at his home.   Read Story »

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Schools to train pre-K teachers in 'mental health first aid'

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Through a state Community Partners Safety Grant secured by Henderson County Public Schools and the Western Region Education Service Alliance, certified student services staff will be providing training to child- and family-focused organizations to support young children and their families in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Asheville Business

Stein blesses Mission sale after negotiating sustained rural coverage

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After negotiating changes to ensure sustained hospital facilities in rural counties and greater geographic representation of a new health care trust, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced Wednesday that he would not object to HCA’s acquisition of Mission Health System’s assets.   Read Story »

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Boards to hold joint meeting to review details of HHS plan

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Henderson County commissioners asked questions about a $59.2 million renovation-new construction plan for Hendersonville High School but otherwise reacted positively to the plan.   Read Story »

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Citing shutdown, defense seeks delay of Stroupe murder trial

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Chalk up another unintended consequence of the government shutdown. The shutdown has prevented defense lawyers representing accused murder Phillip Michael Stroupe II from receiving a potentially key piece of evidence from the federal government, a lapse in service that the public defender cites to support a request to postpone the trial for a second time.   Read Story »

Tags: murder cases | Phillip Michael Stroupe II | 2017 manhunt | public defender Paul B. Welch III

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Business

Two Pardee physicians named 'America's Best'

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Pardee UNC Health Care physicians Chris Parsons and James M. Radford have been named among the Best Doctors in America for 2017-2018. The prestigious recognition marks the second and eighth times, respectively, that Drs. Parsons and Radford have earned this honor.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Cost gap (again) provokes conflict (again) on HHS

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IAM offers to help furloughed federal employees

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AVL celebrates 1 million passengers in '18

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School Board sends county costlier — by $7 million — HHS construction plan

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The Henderson County School Board unanimously endorsed and sent on to the Board of Commissioners on Monday night a new plan for Hendersonville High School that preserves the historic Stillwell core building while adding a second large classroom building, second gym, new courtyard space and numerous security improvements.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

City may reduce buffer between dog kennels and homes

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The city could allow overnight dog boarding closer to homes if the Hendersonville City Council OKs a zoning code amendment.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

El Paso owner opens Mariscos seafood restaurant

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The first clue that Mariscos is unlike its sister restaurants is what’s missing. When you sit down, no basket of tortilla chips arrives, nor bowls of sauce. What’s up?   Read Story »

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Polk officials ID armed suspect who killed himself

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A standoff with deputies inside a secured area at the sheriff's office Columbus lasted several hours before the suspect turned the gun on himself, the Polk County sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Most homes have power back; 1,000 still in the dark

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More than 6,000 Duke Energy customers remained without power on Monday morning, with the largest outages caused by the weekend ice storm in the Kanuga, Tuxedo and Spartan Heights areas, officials said. Utility crews got the power back on to 14,000 homes and businesses on Sunday, when there was a high of 20,800 outages at noon, and with reinforcements on the ground today officials expect substantial progress getting 6,138 customers back up. By nightfall, the number of outages was down to 1,011.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

O'Cains' next chapter is for the birds

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As mayor of Laurel Park, Carey O’Cain helped guide the development of Rhododendron Lake Nature Park. The Audubon Society and National Geographic had designated 2018 as the Year of the Bird, O’Cain noted early last year as he talked about the large variety of birds visiting the lake and the bluebird boxes that attracted nesting birds. Lutrelle O’Cain’s work focused on four-legged animals, as executive director of the Blue Ridge Humane Society.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Van Winkle's Ellis makes magazine's 'Legal Elite'

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Anderson T. Ellis has been recognized as one of Business North Carolina magazine’s 2019 Legal Elite, the Van Winkle Law Firm announced. Ellis was honored in both the “Young Guns” and “Business” categories.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Cask & Vine brings stylish pub fare (plus 40 bourbons) to Main Street

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Steve Bevins has cooked everything from fast food to high-end steaks to upscale Chinese. Until recently he ran his own kitchen, as the head chef at Carolina Bistro at Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Mills River board OKs expansion that has split High Vista homeowners

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10-year plan highway contains no new projects for county

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The N.C. Department of Transportation on Thursday unveiled a draft 10-year transportation plan for 2020-2029 at the monthly Board of Transportation meeting in Raleigh. The 10-year plan includes no major new projects in Henderson County, the largest county in the 10-county Division 14.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Inez Norman, longest serving city police employee, dies at 88

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Inez Norman, who started her career as a jail matron in 1965 and continued working for the Hendersonville Police Department for 53 years, died Tuesday at age 88, the police department said.   Read Story »

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Sinkhole closes I-26 exit at U.S. 25 connector

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Deputies bust 33 in drug, larceny, domestic violence sweep

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Shots fired during high-speed chase of U-haul

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies filed multiple felony charges against a 25-year-old man who led them on a high speed chase for several miles with shots fired along the way.   Read Story »

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Family Dollar opening store in East Flat Rock

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Family Dollar is opening a new store on Spartanburg Highway in East Flat Rock next week.   Read Story »

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Here's what a new HHS would look like

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Here's what a new HHS would look like, according to an advanced planning report presented to the Henderson County School Board on Monday.   Read Story »

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Traffic stop leads to multiple drug charges

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Henderson County sheriff’s deputies charged a 26-year-old Old Holbert Road woman with multiple drug felonies after a traffic stop in the area of Morris Road and N.C. 191 on Monday night.   Read Story »

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New HHS plan wins applause

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Fletcher Business

Fletcher plant to add 68 jobs paying $47,000/year

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Mudslide closes one lane of U.S. 74A

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GERTON — A short section of U.S. 74A between Gerton and Bat Cave will be reduced to one lane for at least several weeks while NCDOT crews repair damage from a mudslide.   Read Story »

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Sheriff's office seeking robbery suspects

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in locating a 25-year-old man and 31-year-old woman wanted for an armed robbery in the Kanuga Road area.   Read Story »

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Newly rebranded AdventHealth welcomes first baby of 2019

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Brynlee Kay Puttick is the first baby for her parents Lauren Norris and Gage Puttick, the first grandbaby in her family and she is also the first baby girl born at the newly rebranded AdventHealth Hendersonville, formerly Park Ridge Health.   Read Story »

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Fletcher Business

Pardee, AdventHealth chart strategies for a changing health care market

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Among the certainties in the new year is change on the health care front, and nowhere is that change as certain as in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City to look at commercial zoning on Kanuga at State-Erkwood

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday night sent to the Planning Board a rezoning request that could lead to higher intensity development at the intersection of Kanuga Road and Erkwood Drive.   Read Story »

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NHHS announces new football coach

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Officer charged with DWI resigns

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Flat Rock News

Flat Rock imposes new rules on yard signs

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FLAT ROCK — Aiming to prevent the proliferation of issue-oriented signs in the historic town, the Flat Rock Village Council has adopted new rules on the size of signs and how long they can stay up.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Half-foot of rain closes roads, threatens homes, pushes total to record

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Separate drug busts net nine arrests

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Fugitive charged with murder is caught

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County announces New Year's Eve Ambassador to emcee Apple Rise

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The Top 10, No. 1: The war of the roads

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A proposed Highland Lake Road project turned the usually sedate Flat Rock Village Council meetings into jam-packed public forums filled with project opponents.   Read Story »

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Floodwaters to rise through Saturday

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Heavy rain throughout the day will produce flooding in Henderson County along the French Broad River, Mud Creek and tributaries, the National Weather Service said. Floodwaters are moving down the French Broad from Rosman to Blantyre and will eventually reach Fletcher. The river is expected to crest at 2 feet above flood stage by Saturday afternoon, the weather service said.   Read Story »

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Edneyville Four Seasons Politics

The Top 10, No. 2: Voters oust sheriff

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Charlie McDonald, initially reluctant to fill the job as sheriff, parlayed his 2012 appointment to the job into a strong campaign to win the job via election two years later.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Brother Wolf offers $1,500 reward for information on bow shooting of cat

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Henderson County Business

The Top 10, Nos. 4 and 3

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Henderson County Business

Construction surges in county

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Construction is surging in Henderson County, with housing starts and residential renovation projects showing double digit increases and commercial construction soaring by 116 percent.   Read Story »

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The Top 10 (10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5): Emergency HQ, big snow, Publix, 7th Avenue

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So how does Duke go about restoring power?

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It starts with the forecast.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about open-box returns

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Butterworth appointed to N.C. Charter Schools Board

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Jeanette Butterworth has been appointed to the N.C. Charter School Advisory Board by the North Caolina General Assembly, Sen. Chuck Edwards announced. House Bill 1111 which passed both chambers unanimously confirmed her appointment.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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School makeup days tacked on to year end

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Having lost a full week of school last week for the big December snow, the Henderson County school year will be extended for a week and end June 14, administrators announced. The makeup days apply to traditional and Henderson County Early College calendars, with a few other minor changes to satisfy the state’s requirement of instructional hours.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Bio sketch revisions remove reference to a four-year degree for Meadows

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City honors firefighter, fire officer of the year

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Henderson County Business

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Hotel proposals encouraging sign downtown

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The city could score a home run if one of two prospects for a downtown hotel comes to pass.   Read Story »

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Third annual Apple Rise is set for New Year's Eve

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Henderson County Business

Mill developer's financing pushed to January

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Crowds turn out to hear about broadband

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Flat Rock Business

Reappraisal Q&A

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Mid-priced homes likely to see biggest appraisal spike

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There were as many tax office staffers on hand as there were taxpayers when Darlene Burgess, Henderson County’s tax administrator, convened the first public information session to explain the 2019 reappraisal. The crowds may get a lot bigger when the new home assessments hit mailboxes six weeks from now.   Read Story »

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Tale of Two Brave Women

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U.S. marshals seek suspect in first-degree murder

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U.S. marshals are seeking a 26-year-old man who is wanted for second-degree murder in Henderson County and considered armed and dangerous.   Read Story »

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Asheville Business

Edwards appointed to state Tourism Board

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State Sen. Chuck Edwards, who represents three tourism-rich counties, has been appointed to the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

White House drops Meadows for chief of staff role

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Dropped as a candidate for White House chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows issued a statement declaring his commitment to working with President Trump and representing the N.C. mountains.   Read Story »

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SCHOOLS CLOSED THURSDAY

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Community Foundation grant will help park build Tot Lot

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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This week’s Hendersonville Lightning may reach newsracks a little later than usual because of hazardous road conditions around the county. But, fortunately for all, the best newspaper in town will be on the street today and in mailboxes on Lightning Thursday — providing, by the way, another good reason to become a Lightning subscriber. Click here to subscribe.   Read Story »

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City police make arrest in bank robbery Friday

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SCHOOLS CLOSED WEDNESDAY

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Schools are closed again Wednesday as secondary roads have yet to be cleared and black ice is probable after refreezing overnight.   Read Story »

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Brothers charged with Flat Rock crime spree

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Henderson County sheriff’s office detectives charged two brothers with a crime spree in Flat Rock and East Flat Rock last month that included a break-in at the Artisan entertainment venue, theft of a car and golf cart at the Highland Lake Inn and safe cracking at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.   Read Story »

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City fire marshal appointed to state board

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Meadows said to be on short list for Trump chief of staff

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The mentioners in the Washington press corps are placing U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows high on the list of potential successors to John Kelly as President Trump's chief of staff.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Ask Matt ... about Dylan's visit with Sandburg

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Send new times for postponed events to us by noon Monday

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Organizations called off or postponed plenty of events this weekend because of the big snow. If your organization is rescheduling the event let us know by noon Monday so we can include it in this week's issue. Send the announcement to news@hendersonvillelightning.com.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

NCDOT: Hundreds of downed trees impede travel

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Henderson County News

COUNTY SCHOOLS CLOSED AGAIN; COUNTY GOV'T OFFICE DELAY OPENING

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Storm dumps up to 18 inches of snow, knocks out power for 11,903

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The winter storm that brought up to 18 inches of snow to the area was changing to freezing rain with the potential for a new round of snow and 1-2 more inches Sunday night. The snowstorm, which began Saturday afternoon and continued through Sunday morning, knocked out power for one in six Duke Energy customers in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Festival called off; Johnson Farm selling the gift baskets today

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Committee announces 2019 Walk of Fame inductees

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A joint city-county committee announced seven inductees into the Henderson County Walk of Fame on Thursday, including pioneers in the fields of education, transportation, agriculture and the law.   Read Story »

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Grand jury indicts co-worker for murder, rape in Pisgah Inn case

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ASHEVILLE — A federal grand jury issed an indictment Wednesday adding sexual assault charges to a previous murder charge against a 21-year-old Asheville man accused of killing his Pisgah Inn coworker on a Blue Ridge Parkway trail last summer.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Snow forecast ranges as high as 18 inches

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Regional council honors Connet for service as city manager

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Margaret Thomas, philanthropist and civic leader, dies at age 87

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Margaret S. Thomas, who helped manage her family's successful produce business, enjoyed bridge, traveling and Duke basketball and spent her retirement years supporting her church and community causes, died early Tuesday after a period of illness. She was 87.   Read Story »

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Post office closing means Lightning will reach homes on Friday

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Developers propose multi-story hotel on Dogwood lot downtown

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Fletcher Business

Park Ridge breaks ground on Arden urgent care practice

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sworn in as sheriff, Griffin names chief deputy, district captains

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Lowell Griffin was sworn in as Henderson County sheriff Monday night before a nearly full house at Living Water Baptist Church. Henderson County Clerk of Court Kimberly Gasperson-Justus performed the swearing-in of the all the Sheriff's employees. Retired Superior Court Judge Zoro Guice Jr. administered the oath of office for Griffin.   Read Story »

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Supporters of 287g urge county to keep ICE partnership

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Commissioners elect Hawkins as chair, thank Thompson, welcome McCall

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Elite riders will race at Jackson Park this weekend

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Command staff will come from within agency, new sheriff says

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Incoming sheriff Lowell Griffin says he plans to keep the command staff when he’s sworn in tonight, although four captains are being reassigned to lead four geographic districts that he has formed and other positions "may be moved around a little bit."   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

'Stay safe and God bless,' sheriff says as he signs off

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BRCC to award 500 $1,000 scholarships next fall

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Flat Rock News

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas opens

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Spruce Pine man dies in Parkway collision

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A 31-year-old Spruce Pine man died just before dawn today in a collision on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the National Park Service said.   Read Story »

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Laurel Park manager leaving for new job in South Carolina

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Alison Alexander, who has been town manager of Laurel Park since 2013, is leaving to take a county management position in South Carolina.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Cono Sur brings taste
 of Chile and Peru to Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — Travel from Hendersonville to Mills River and you’ll cross into the culture of Peru, Chile and even Puerto Rico.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

French Broad: A Kitchen & Wine Bar opens next week downtown

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Just over 170 years ago, river partisans and road partisans fought over where to locate the town of Hendersonville, the seat of the newly formed Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Need speed? Towns seek input on broadband network

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Your cable TV may be fine for watching the nightly news and the NFL but could it cut out or buffer less while streaming? Would you take advantage of a video call to the doctor’s office if you were suffering from a bug that didn’t seem to warrant a visit to a clinic? Would you like to work from home without having to worry about whether you could transmit a 100-mg graphic to your client?   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Planning Board endorses Walmart's color change

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Eighteen years ago, when Walmart announced its move from the Eastridge Crossing shopping center to the new Highland Square, the Hendersonville City Council held two different public meetings to discuss the look of the discount giant’s new store.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

GE agrees to sale that includes East Flat Rock plant

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Business association leaders expressed cautious optimism that a proposed sale will be OK for the General Electric East Flat Rock plant, a manufacturing stalwart that has provided good jobs with benefits for more than 60 years in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Starting Dec. 1, emission inspections end for motor vehicles here

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Blue Ridge Humane Society names new director

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Six advisory boards endorse countywide greenway plan

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Henderson County News

Junk Man’s Christmas 
concert benefits IAM

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Guitarist and singer Peter Mayer of the Peter Mayer Group and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band is bringing his 19th annual Stars and Promises Christmas Tour to Grace Lutheran Church on Friday, Nov. 30. Mayer’s band will perform timeless carols, original songs and stories from 7 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the magical Christmas season.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Symphony serves up 'Holidays at the Movies'

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The silver screen is decked out in red and green this holiday season, as the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra presents “Holidays at the Movies” Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Community College’s Concert Hall. The concert is sponsored by Carolina Village.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

New theater company moving into former Playhouse space downtown

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Henderson County Life

Event marks Carolina Special’s last run up Saluda Grade

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SALUDA — After 53 years of running from Charleston to Asheville and beyond to the mid-west, the “Carolina Special” passenger train made its final run up the Saluda Grade 50 years ago on Dec. 5, 1968.   Read Story »

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City remembers firefighter who died in pool hall fire

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Henderson County Life

Training is Wednesday evening for skating rink volunteers

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Edneyville Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Greenway plan would get county in the game

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Years from now, it might be possible for a bicyclist to complete a perimeter ride around Henderson County — pedaling from the Carl Sandburg home to Flat Rock Park, Jackson Park, Berkeley Mills Park, Westfeldt Park (optional stop at Sierra Nevada for a pint), Brevard and Hendersonville, via the Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Season of Giving: Find your passion and volunteer

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Volunteer profile: Patsy Farmer Jones, Pardee Foundation

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Volunteer profile: John Bell, Community Foundation of Henderson County

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Volunteer profile: Chuck White, Thrive

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Volunteer profile: Michael Willey, United Way

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Volunteer profile: Carla Duncan, Boys & Girls Club

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Volunteer profile: Sandy Brown, Garden Cafe, Pardee Hospital

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Volunteer profile: Gordian “Bo” Boteilho, Interfaith Assistance Ministry

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Volunteer profile: Bob Winters, The Storehouse

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Volunteer profile: Laura Cline

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Volunteer profile: Becky Varnadore

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Henderson County News

ICE KNOCKS OUT POWER FOR 4,400 CUSTOMERS

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The Lightning is on the street!

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It's an early holiday gift — before Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The Lightning is on the street Tuesday and in homes of those (smart and lucky) Lightning subscribers on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Woman sent to prison for poisoning boyfriend

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A woman who served her boyrfriend a poisonous drink that resulted in his slow death was sentenced to 15½ years in prison after she pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the case, District Attorney Greg Newman announced   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Sierra Nevada to brew Resilience to support recovery from Camp Fire

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Ethics panel raps Meadows over handling of harassment complaints against top aide

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The House Ethics Committee sanctioned U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows and ordered him to reimburse the government $42,000 in a case rising from sexual harassment complaints against the congressman's chief of staff, Kenny West.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mike's expands next door, adding beer, evening hours

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At Mike’s on Main, where you get a hefty side of nostalgia with your burger and fries, diners sometimes want to order a beer.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | downtown Hendersonville | craft beer industry

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Hendersonville singer going 'straight to Hollywood' for American Idol

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Henderson County Business

Family Dollar celebrating new store with gift cards for early birds on Nov. 24

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Family Dollar will celebrate its new store on Asheville Highway next week with giveaways and prizes and gift cards for earlybirds.   Read Story »

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Asheville Four Seasons Politics

Metcalf appointed U.S. magistrate judge

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Winter storm expected to bring sleet and freezing rain

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A winter storm bringing heavy rain, possible flooding, freezing rain and sleet is forecast tonight tonight and early Thursday. Higher elevations could see up to an inch of sleet and quarter inch of ice, raising the risk of treacherous roads and power outages.   Read Story »

Tags: snowstorms | winter 2018-19

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning, on the street now. It's a 72-page issue filled with all local information, news and people.   Read Story »

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Season of Giving in this week's Lightning

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Health Dept. investigating a case of whooping cough

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The Henderson County Department of Public Health received a positive laboratory result of whooping cough in a school-age child that had contact with other people in Henderson County and warned residents to take precautions against spread of infectious diseases.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Board of Health | whooping cough | flu

Edneyville Life

Greenway plan envisions 71-mile network of trails

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Henderson County has been talking formally and informally about greenways since the early 1990s and even had a greenway commission that adopted a map depicting 200 miles of bike and walking trails.   Read Story »

Tags: Ecusta Trail | Friends of Ecusta Trail | Oklawaha Greenway | John Mitchell | greenways | Chris Burns

Henderson County News

Sierra Nevada sets up fund for Camp Fire, which threatens its headquarters

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Potentially threatened by the devastating Camp Fire in northern California, Chico-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has set up a fund to help with recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of the fire.   Read Story »

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Edneyville Life

Local nonprofit wins grant to continue David Holt's State of Music

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Henderson County News

Laurel Park honors Lt. Hubert M. Smith, a late casualty of WWI

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In a letter to his mother from the battlefield of World War I, Hubert M. Smith showed a wisdom beyond his years.   Read Story »

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Brother Wolf waives fees for senior dogs and cats in November

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Award-winning duo
 perform old-time music Nov. 17

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City hires sheriff's office media aide as first communications manager

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Red wall in Blue Ridge blocks Democratic wave

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There was no blue wave here. Voters in reliably Republican Henderson County erected a red wall and re-elected incumbent Republicans against a hard charge by Democrats, who had fielded more candidates for the Legislature than in recent years and in several races had competed on nearly even ground with their Republican opponents.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Four steps forward after a giant leap back

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Twenty years ago, when Henderson County longed for state road money and got none, political and business leaders would have been celebrating recent news on highway funding.   Read Story »

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Petree crowned, IAM concert Monday night

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

COUNTY'S EARLY VOTING — LIKE STATE'S — SPIKES BY 70 PERCENT

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Nearly 30 percent of Henderson County’s registered voters cast ballots during the early voting period that ended at 1 p.m. Saturday, far surpassing the number of early votes cast the last mid-term election.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

KnollsCam: Bobkittens explore territory as mom patrols perimeter

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Here's the latest from Thomas Brass's Knollscam in the woods atop Haywood Knolls.   Read Story »

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Dry Falls is busy on Busy Bend

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Democrats competitive in fundraising in local races

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Although Democratic candidates have been non-competitive in partisan elections in Henderson County in recent years, several have banked impressive war chests this year.   Read Story »

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Man charged after driving off in police cruiser

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Henderson County Business

LIBATION NATION: Dry Falls brewery blazes trail on south side

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Jeff Golliher, a home brewer from Weaverville, was looking at sites for a new brewery on Seventh Avenue — including a space a couple of doors from what would become Triskelion, and another across the street. Then he crossed town to see another space.   Read Story »

Tags: microbreweries | Libation Nation | Busy Bend

Henderson County Business

LIBATION NATION: Mills River Brewing Co. breaks ground

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MILLS RIVER — Like most craft beer entrepreneurs, Mills River Brewing Co. founders Joey Soukup and Patrick McCarthy can tell you exactly where they were when they hatched idea of starting a brewery.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIBATION NATION: Seventh Avenue becoming city's Brewery District

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Knight appointment creates yet another judicial vacancy

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Thinner Kanuga project still too wide for some homeowners

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Although the NCDOT has made a series of concessions to lessen the impact of the Kanuga Road widening project, the slimmed down version still drew opposition from many homeowners who turned out for the public unveiling on Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Early voting in county exceeds 2014 number

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Rooftop restaurant has name and will open soon, owners say

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The most eagerly awaited new restaurant in downtown Hendersonville finally has a name and the promise of an opening, the owners say.   Read Story »

Etowah News

Three face charges in botched armed robbery

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Henderson County News

Conservancy saves 900 acres for hunting, hiking, mountain biking

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Nine hundred acres of Little White Oak Mountain became public land on Friday, as Conserving Carolina transferred 600 acres to the state to expand the Green River Game Lands and 300 acres to Polk County for a local park.   Read Story »

Tags: hiking | Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy | land conservation | hunting | Conserving Carolina | mountain biking

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... if journalism is dying

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Barber, in a digital appearance, rallies crowd at BRCC

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Henderson County Life

Hot dog fundraiser aids fellow court clerks hit by Florence

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When Henderson County Clerk of Superior Court Kim Gasperson Justice heard about the troubles for a fellow clerk and his staff in Eastern North Carolina, she decided to hold one of the office's specialties — a hot dog lunch.   Read Story »

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Warmth of Home features live bands, reception and raffle

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Interfaith Assistance Ministry is presenting its ninth Annual Warmth of Home Concert at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown to raise money for heating assistance for needy families.   Read Story »

Tags: non-profit organizations | snowstorms | Interfaith Assistance Ministry | Willson Moss | winter 2018-19

Henderson County News

HHS inducts five into Hall of Fame

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The mayor of Laurel Park, a golf course turf and landscape specialist, two longtime teacher-coaches and a longtime city School Board member who raised two Bearcat star athletes were inducted into the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 12 before the Bearcats homecoming game versus Smoky Mountain.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS Alumni Association | HHS Hall of Fame | HHS construction plan | HHS

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Both parties endorse in nonpartisan School Board race

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Less publicly than it did in 2016, the Republican Party is again endorsing candidates in the nonpartisan School Board election. And this time, Democrats are pulling an arrow from the Republican quiver from 2012, when the GOP urged partisans to cast a “single-shot” vote for Republican Josh Houston.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Although Sunday voting tilts left, turnout is light

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Henderson County’s first-ever Sunday voting attracted a Democratic-leaning turnout of 672 voters, a total that was less than the daily average for one-stop voting so far this election.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

BRCC, school system recognized as jobs recruiting 'Partners of the Year'

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The Partnership for Economic Development on Thursday night recognized Blue Ridge Community College and Henderson County Public Schools as the 2017-18 Partners of The Year for their innovative collaboration to support workforce development.   Read Story »

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N.C. historic panel clears way for Highland Lake Road work

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FLAT ROCK — The state Historic Preservation Office has ruled that an NCDOT project can encroach on the corner of Greenville Highway and North Highland Lake Road, removing one of the last hurdles before the work can start.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

ECCO's 'virgin birth' could make a splash in shark world

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Kortney Clark used a pair of ordinary looking scissors to execute an extraordinary bit of marine animal surgery. Peering through a couple of inches of aquarium saltwater, she carefully cut an egg casing the thickness of a fingernail that enclosed a baby shark. When the painstaking process was complete, so was the virgin birth — one that potentially would make a splash in the world of shark research.   Read Story »

Tags: ECCO | BJ Ramer | wildlife | aquatic life | Kortney Clark | fish

Henderson County Business

CITY OKs ROUNDABOUTS

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Motorists will see major changes at Hendersonville’s south gateway if the NCDOT completes construction plans that the City Council endorsed on Wednesday.   Read Story »

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City revises Grey Mill agreement

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The Hendersonville City Council on Wednesday authorized a new agreement designed to ensure the renovation of the Grey Hosiery Mill for 35 apartments, with seven of those guaranteed to offer affordable rent for 15 years.   Read Story »

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Sapphire man sentenced to 50 years in prison for sex offenses

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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City praises two-man crew for Hurricane Florence work

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In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the city of New Bern found that it suffered more than $100 million in damage with close to 5,000 homes and businesses being affected.   Read Story »

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Commissioners open to new plans for HHS

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Henderson County School Board members are united when it comes to the new plans for Hendersonville High School and HHS alumni and faculty have renewed confidence that the most intractable issue in local politics is on track at last. Even county commissioners say they’re open to the new plans, which they’re expecting to see in January.   Read Story »

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Playhouse announces 2019 season

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FLAT ROCK — While they didn’t have to make a big production out of it, they decided to make a big production out of it.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Music on the Rock

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

William Barber bringing 'Poor People's' campaign to Hendersonville

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William Barber II, the civil rights activist who founded the Moral Majority movement, is bringing his national Poor People's Campaign to Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: NAACP | early voting | 2018 election | civil rights | voting rights

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Cooper appoints District Court judge

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⚡️ REVIEW: They're pickin' and the audience is a'grinnin'

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Henderson County Life

James Volk, pediatrician, volunteer and city's 'First Man,' dies at age 72

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Dr. James Volk, a pediatrician who expanded children’s medical care in Hendersonville and treated hundreds of patients during numerous medical missions abroad, volunteered in civic endeavors at home and stood steadfast with Mayor Barbara Volk as Hendersonville’s First Gentleman, died early Saturday of pancreatic cancer. He was 72.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

⚡️ VOTER GUIDE: N.C. appellate court judges

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Voters will elect one state Supreme Court justice and fill three Court of Appeals seats in the Nov. 6 election.   Read Story »

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⚡️ VOTER GUIDE: One-stop voting hours

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One-stop voting is under way at the Board of Elections office, 75 East Central Street (off Spartanburg Highway behind O’Reilly Auto Parts).   Read Story »

Henderson County News

KnollsCam: Back-scratching bears, pole dancing bears, critters drinking, oh my

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⚡️ VOTER GUIDE: School Board

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⚡️ VOTER GUIDE: Board of Commissioners

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For the first time in many several cycles, voters in Republican-dominant Henderson County will elect a county commissioner in the general election. Also on the ballot without opposition are Republicans William G. Lapsley, the incumbent, and Rebecca McCall, who won the Republican primary for the seat held by Commissioner Tommy Thompson, who is retiring.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

⚡️ VOTER GUIDE: House District 113 Q&A

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⚡️ VOTER GUIDE: House District 117 Q&A

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⚡️ VOTER GUIDE: Senate District 48 Q&A

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County's polling site was busiest in state on opening day of early voting

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Henderson County News

NCDOT presents revised Kanuga plan Oct. 30

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N.C. Department of Transportation officials have revised plans for a proposed project on a Henderson County corridor in order to reduce the impact from original plans while still reducing congestion and improving safety.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Senator questions county native's experience in Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

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Alison Jones Rushing, the 36-year-old East Flat Rock native nominated for a seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, faced questions about her relative lack of experience when she sat for a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: Thom Tillis | East Henderson High School | East Flat Rock | Allison Jones Rushing | local kids made good

Flat Rock Business

ZONING BOARD DENIES PERMIT FOR DRUG TREATMENT FACILITY

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Henderson County Life

LOCAL BRIEFS: Honoring Etheredge, Train Tales, tractor pull

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: A glimmer of hope for HHS

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After too many communications breakdowns and political squabbles to count, the Henderson County School Board is off to a promising start on the Hendersonville High School construction.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

TSA to open Pre✓ center at Asheville Regional Airport

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Two charged with meth sales

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Henderson County sheriff’s deputies charged two people with multiple drug felonies after investigating a tip that methamphetamine was being distributed from a house at 3290 Asheville Highway.   Read Story »

Tags: drug abuse | drugs | methamphetamine

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Homeowners form 191 Alliance to block widening

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Residents along N.C. 191 have stepped up their opposition to a project that would transform the road into four-lane divided highway, organizing an alliance of neighborhoods and calling for a second look at the need now that the Balfour Parkway is dead.   Read Story »

Tags: road construction | nimby nation | NC 191 widening

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County News

Top Army general salutes Honor Air founders Miller and Morse

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Gen. Mark A. Milley, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, had Earl Morse and Jeff Miller chuckling when he teased that Morse had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

School Board candidates largely agree on saving Stillwell, arming teachers

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School Board candidates are broadly in agreement on the major issues the elected leaders will face in the months ahead, including support for saving the historic classroom building as part of the Hendersonville High School and opposition to allowing teachers to carry firearms.   Read Story »

Tags: school shootings | HHS construction plan | 2018 School Board election

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... if Asheville's parking meters are smarter than ours

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

FOUR SEASONS POLITICS: Campaign sign on senior steps doesn't last

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Henderson County News

At Dandelion diners come for the cause and come back for the food

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When Mainstay started the Dandelion Eatery five years ago, the founders knew they would train women who had come to the shelter to escape trauma. They knew a little bit about running a restaurant and a lot about pimento cheese and shrimp and grits. And they knew that a dandelion was a gritty little flower that grows under adverse conditions.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Kenmure raises $41,000 to help Pardee fight cancer

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Kenmure Fights Cancer Fund has donated $41,000 to Pardee Hospital Foundation — the largest gift ever given by the group.   Read Story »

Tags: Kenmure | Pardee Hospital Foundation | Kenmure Country Club | Health Sciences Center | Kenmure Fights Cancer

Henderson County News

Army chief of staff salutes Miller for Honor Flight Network

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City seeks hotel developer for Church Street parking lot

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The city of Hendersonville announced Thursday that it has invited developers to submit proposals for a hotel project on the Dogwood parking lot property downtown bounded by Fourth and Fifth avenues and Washington and Church streets.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Hendersonville underwater

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Flooding that many local people described as the worst they had seen in Hendersonville closed roads, covered farm fields and submerged cars that risked driving through high water after the edge of Hurricane Michael dropped around 6 inches of rain on the area overnight Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

MICHAEL'S RAIN FLOODS ROADS, CLOSES SCHOOL, BRCC; SHELTER OPENS

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Flat Rock Business

First Contact makes case for rehab center; zoning hearing continued

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In a second day of testimony in a zoning hearing for a drug treatment facility, First Contact Ministries officials and other witnesses explained how the facility would operate and offered assurances that it would not pose a threat to surrounding residents.   Read Story »

Tags: disruptive land uses | opioid abuse | First Contact Ministries | Mud Creek Baptist Church | Greg Mathis | Craig Halford

Henderson County News

Conserved land offers back-to-nature burials




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Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River offers a place for people to bury their loved ones or scatter their ashes, in harmony with nature.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Weather cancels Tellico at R&B for second time

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For a second time, a Rhythm & Brews show with the band Tellico has been called off.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Hearing postponed on day surgery clinic

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A certificate of need public hearing on an application from Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital to develop an ambulatory surgical facility in Mills River has been rescheduled due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Michael.   Read Story »

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Thieves steal hurricane relief supplies

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“Dadgum thieving rascals” broke into a trailer storing hurricane relief supplies and stole a pressure washer, tools, food, diapers and other donated items overnight Tuesday, officials said.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Business

Planning Board pushes back on zoning rewrite

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Hendersonville Planning Board members rejected a rewrite of the city’s zoning ordinance that would restrict numerous uses in the commercial zoning districts that cover downtown and the Historic Seventh Avenue District.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

FLORENCE RELIEF EFFORT OPEN UNTIL 5:50 P.M. WEDNESDAY

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A local group is collecting paper goods, diapers, soap, cleaning supplies, canned food, toiletries and other items for victims of Hurricane Florence in Eastern North Carolina. The collection site at old Food Lion parking lot across from the new Publix is open until 5:30 p.m. today.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

611 was meant to be for Immaculate Conception

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 Biz611, named for its 611 N. Church St. address, was first occupied on June 11, 2012. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, now the second owner of downtown’s most environmentally sustainable business property, moved in to its new space on June 11.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Gold Star mom honored 
to join veterans' flight

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A born soldier, Matthew T. Bolar died doing what a soldier does. Fighting the war. He was killed on May 4, 2007, in Iraq.   Read Story »

Tags: HonorAir | Veterans Day | military veterans | Honor Flight Network | War on Terror | Operation Iraqi Freedom

Henderson County News

FOR AND AGAINST: First Contact Ministry's treatment center

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Henderson County News

Kanuga roundabouts remain in NCDOT plans for South Gateway

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Although the Hendersonville City Council expressed a desire on Thursday to minimize roundabouts' impact, three proposed traffic circles remain alive for Kanuga Road and the Main-Church-King streets intersection.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Deer Dash Saturday benefits First Contact Addiction Ministry

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A few months after his father’s death, Rick Bryson got a call from Greg Price, his old cross country coach. Price and other schoolteachers wanted to hold a 5k to raise money in honor of Thomas A. “Tommy” Bryson, who was murdered in July 2017.   Read Story »

Tags: 2017 manhunt | Thomas Andrew Bryson | First Contact Ministries

Etowah Business

Cummings Cove
 to add 34 homes

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ETOWAH — A developer plans to add 34 units in a Cummings Cove in a combination of single-family homes and duplexes designed to appeal to down-sizers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about Lake Osceola

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

City holding five 'Council Conversations' this fall

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In an effort to improve communication between the City Council and Hendersonville residents, the City Council will be hosting five community meetings throughout the city   Read Story »

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Edneyville Business

Soul food with Jamaican accent 
is on the menu in Edneyville

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EDNEYVILLE — Raynard Walker learned the basics of cooking by watching his mother and grandmother and asking questions. Three years ago, he started cooking out of his house, promoting his roasted, fried and smoked meats on Facebook and launching a small catering business.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Once-rising star in local GOP sent to prison

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Henderson County News

Bank teller gets prison for aiding in robbery of customer

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County News

Health Board again recognized as outstanding

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The Henderson County Board of Health was recognized by the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health as an Outstanding Board of Health at Monday's meeting of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Library honored for innovation

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Henderson County Public Library received the 2018 Local Government Federal Credit Union Excellence in Innovation Award at the Henderson County Board of Commissioner’s meeting on Monday.   Read Story »

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Relief supply drive for Florence victims

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A local group is collecting paper goods, diapers, soap, cleaning supplies, canned food, toiletries and other items for victims of Hurricane Florence in Eastern North Carolina. The drive will start Thursday morning when volunteers staff a collection site at the old Food Lion parking lot.   Read Story »

Tags: hurricanes | floods | Hurricane Florence

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sheriff honored with Order of the Long Leaf Pine

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Sheriff Charlie McDonald didn’t know why he had been called to the Board of Commissioners meeting in the Historic Courthouse on Monday night but admitted that he “smelled a rat.”   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County has one of eight National Blue Ribbon schools in state

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Defendants sent to prison on felony convictions

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Henderson County Business

General Electric dumps CEO

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Glass Menagerie' is filling fall fare

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"The Glass Menagerie" is Tennessee Williams’ thinly veiled autobiographical play about the everlasting damage family members can inflict on one another even while proclaiming the noblest motives.   Read Story »

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Closing downtown stage, Playhouse touts Mainstage improvements

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The Flat Rock Playhouse announced Friday that it is closing the Playhouse downtown and moving smaller productions and the Music on the Rock shows it has staged there for seven years to the Mainstage in Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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Special Needs baseball holds first 'World Series'

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School system names Principal of the Year

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School Board picks architects promising major Stillwell renovation

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Utility line repair blocks Publix driveway, creating traffic jam

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Zoning board continues treatment center case

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What's the new brand for Henderson County farm tourism?

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Henderson County Business

Shoppers fill parking lot to sample new Publix

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

School Board likely to pick HHS architect Friday

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The Henderson County School Board will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday to hear two finalists pitch their architectural firm’s ideas for Hendersonville High School construction.   Read Story »

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Neighbors poised to fight drug rehab center

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A full house is expected Wednesday night when supporters and opponents of a drug rehab center across from Mud Creek Baptist Church make their case to the Henderson County Zoning Board of Adjustment.   Read Story »

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Publix wins permit to open Wednesday

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Publix is set to open its 50,000-square-foot Hendersonville store at 7 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a temporary certificate of occupancy allowing 90 extra days to get a federal floodplain permit.   Read Story »

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'Hello from 2018!' Here's county's time capsule letter

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World Equestrian Games wraps up

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Germany’s Simone Blum made equestrian history as she was crowned Individual World Champion in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Jumping Championship on Sunday as the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 concluded its two-week run at Tryon International Equestrian Center. It was a bright spot on the closing day of the games, which during its two-week run had its share problems made by man and Mother Nature.   Read Story »

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Time capsule shows benefits of gateway zoning

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From the mid-1980s through the mid-’90s, Hendersonville and Henderson County had endured more than a dozen controversies that centered on development, some of it unwanted.   Read Story »

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Los Colognes headlines Rhythm & Brews

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Southern App's Oktoberfest, home of weiner dog races, adds events

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The 8th annual Oktoberfest at Southern Appalachian Brewing Co. on Saturday features two new events plus the popular weiner-dog races and other traditions.   Read Story »

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County dedicates 'Charters of Freedom' at Historic Courthouse

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Henderson County officials on Wednesday dedicated the new display of America’s founding documents at the Historic Courthouse plaza with speeches, a cannon salute, an honor guard and patriotic music.   Read Story »

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Playhouse, Arts Council receive state grants

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HPD launches app for public outreach

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Solar system covers home's electricity for the year

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The verdict is on Keith Metler’s solar system. He paid nothing for electricity for the year ending May 31.   Read Story »

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Mills River Fire & Rescue celebrates 50th birthday on Saturday

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The public is invited to a big celebration of 50 years of community service by Mills River Fire and Rescue. The event is from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the main station on Schoolhouse Road.   Read Story »

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Killing Balfour casts doubt on need for NC 191 widening, opponents say

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While the Balfour Parkway may be dead, the consequences of the successful campaign to kill it live on.   Read Story »

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State sets hearing on day surgery facility application

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State regulators have set a hearing on Oct. 12 to receive comments on an application from Pardee UNC Health Care for permission to build a $16.3 million day surgery center in Mills River.   Read Story »

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SCHOOL BOARD REJECTS INCUMBENT ARCHITECT FOR HHS

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New school app has menu, policies, grades and more

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School calendar updates, district news, and student grades are all at the tip of parents’ and students’ fingers, thanks to the new HCPS Mobile app launched on Monday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

FLORENCE MONDAY: DMV office closed because of Florence

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N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles offices in most of the state will be closed on Monday due to Hurricane Florence including the Hendersonville office on Baystone Drive.   Read Story »

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FLORENCE: NWS issues flash flood warning

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The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning shortly afternoon today lasting until 5:15 p.m. and warned of dangerous flooding in the Bat Cave and Chimney Rock area, Saluda and Tryon and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Read Story »

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State confirms six deaths from Florence

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The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed additional deaths related to Hurricane Florence.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Panel endorses current county architect for new HHS plans

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A committee on Friday recommended that the Henderson County School Board stick with the county’s architect of record, ClarkNexsen of Asheville, to draw new construction plans for Hendersonville High School, a move that could break an impasse between the School Board and county Board of Commissioners over the future of HHS.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Emergency team: Prepare, be cautious, help neighbors

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Henderson County’s emergency management team had three major messages as agencies prepared for up to 15 inches of rain this weekend when the Florence reaches the mountains as a tropical cyclone:   Read Story »

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FLORENCE UPDATE: Sandburg home closing at 4 p.m.

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FLAT ROCK — Due to Hurricane Florence, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will be closed to the public beginning at 4 p.m. Friday. Entrance gates will be locked at that time. Park managers will monitor conditions and the park will re-open when it is safe to do so.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Loren Wells, who built Bon Worth empire on polyester, dies at age 76

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Loren W. Wells, whose startup business selling ladies smocks and polyester stretch pants out of a plain brick house on Four Seasons Boulevard eventually expanded into a chain of nearly 300 retail outlets, died on Saturday after a period of declining health. He was 76.   Read Story »

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County declares emergency, will live-stream Florence briefing

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Henderson County declared a state of emergency starting at 6 p.m. Thursday as first responders and other agencies make preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Florence this weekend.   Read Story »

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State shifts personnel from Equestrian Games to hurricane response

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FLORENCE UPDATE: 6-10 inches of rain this weekend

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Hurricane Florence could bring 6-10 inches of rain to the Hendersonville area when it moves into the mountains late Saturday night, the National Weather Service says.   Read Story »

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Here's the emergency supply list

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Remembering 9/11 is chance to thank first responders

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Henderson County’s Sept. 11 commemoration was an opportunity to praise and thank the hundreds of first responders who answer the call to help their neighbors in need day and night.   Read Story »

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KnollsCam: Racoons, bear visit new watering hole

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Florence would not reach us for a week

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While Florence heads toward the North Carolina coast with category 4 fury, the N.C. mountains is a week away from feeling any impact and may escape wind and rain altogether.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

School Board will let voters fill vacant seat

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The Henderson County School Board will let the voters decide who will fill board vacancy created when Colby Coren resigned to take a teaching position in the county school system.   Read Story »

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Reverence, Remembrance, Reflection is theme of 9/11 service

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Henderson County News

Henderson County cook tops tomato contest again

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FLETCHER —A cook from Henderson County won first place for the second year in a row in the N.C. Tomato Growers Association-sponsored tomato cooking contest during the 25th N.C. Mountain State Fair.   Read Story »

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First DuPont Forest Festival is set for Sept. 22

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Farmers from county inducted into Livestock Hall of Fame

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Nichols brothers' maple nursery on PBS garden show Saturday

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Matt and Tim Nichols’ grandmother, Dolly Hill, planted rows and rows of Japanese maples, making her Tabor Road yard explode in a palate of red and green in the spring and red, yellow and orange in the fall.   Read Story »

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East Flat Rock native nominated for nation's second highest court

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EAST FLAT ROCK — On the bus ride to a mock trial competition, an East Henderson High School team member became ill and couldn’t play his role in the trial. Not to worry. Mock trial coach Virginia Haynes drafted Allison Jones to play the prosecutor and defense attorney roles.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

N.C. Transportation Board kills Balfour Parkway

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RALEIGH — The Balfour Parkway is dead.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Two county schools rated 'A' in latest state results

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The Henderson County school system is home to two “A” schools, 12 “B” schools, and eight “C” schools, accountability measures released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Instruction showed.   Read Story »

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PUBLIX SETS GRAND OPENING

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Publix has set a grand opening for its first store in Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Landowner withdraws plans for senior living development

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Tree City, back pain, mental health documentary

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Henderson County News

Local Equestrian Games announces free day for local folks

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Sept. 17 will be Community Day at the FEI World Equestrian Games with free parking and free admission for folks in nearby communities, the Organizing Committee of the games announced.   Read Story »

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Charges pending in Parkway fatality

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Strong women have fun in 'Bridesmaid'

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There is resilience in a Southern woman. Steel is the metaphor that comes to mind.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Festival honors Olive, fan of the apple

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Festival salutes Apple Farmer of the Year

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Too hot, too cold then too wet, apple crop survives challenges

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EDNEYVILLE — Having endured a series of threats to the crop this season, apple growers are ramping up for the peak harvest over the coming weeks.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Why I love the Apple Festival

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For this year’s special pullout Apple Festival section, we asked our columnists to write about what they like (or don’t like) about the festival.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Watch for bicycles on these roads on Labor Day

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Henderson County Life

The Lightning's Apple tab is on the street!

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The Hendersonville Lightning's special Apple Festival section is on the street.   Read Story »

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Best-selling author to read from horse-themed novel during Equestrian Games

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Best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe will make guest appearances to read excerpts from her newest novel, "The Summer Guests," as part of the programming courtesy of Brooke USA during the World World Equestrian Games.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

Nonprofit seeks permit for 42-bed treatment center

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A ministry of Mud Creek Baptist Church has applied for a special-use permit to build a 42-bed residential treatment facility on Erkwood Drive across from the church.   Read Story »

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Health officials confirm La Crosse encephalitis case from mosquito bite

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Murder suspect caught

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Law officers have arrested the suspect in the shooting death last week of Lavoris Jermaine Brown in Green Meadows.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Charges brought for stolen property, heroin, meth

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Three men were charged with felonies after Henderson County sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of suspicious activity at 77 Albert Drive in the Dana community on Thursday.   Read Story »

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Officers rescue bear cub from dog trap

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The Henderson County sheriff's office credits a deputy and wildlife officer for rescuing a bear cub that became trapped in a dog trap.   Read Story »

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Brevard, Lake Lure win park grants

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Polk, Henderson counties lead state in tourism gains

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Henderson County ranked third highest in the state in gains in tourism spending and tourism employment in 2017 over the previous year, the state Commerce Department reported Thursday. Polk County, where tourists are flocking to the Tryon Equestrian Center, was No. 1 in both categories. Buncombe County had the fifth largest increase in visitor spending.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

‘Mamma Mia!’ and magic parking at Playhouse

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On opening night of “Mamma Mia!” last month, I spotted Bill McKibbin striding toward the Lowndes house on the great flat rock.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LOCAL BRIEFS: Historic photos, library friends, Artscape kids contest

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Ruscin’s new book 
highlights county history   Terry Ruscin will present a slide show on his new book of early Henderson County images at the Historic Courthouse at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Democrats hope grassroots support can overcome Republican PAC money

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Democrats hoping to ride a blue wave to victory on Nov. 6 say they’re using grassroots support and lots of volunteers to boost their underdog campaigns against incumbent Republicans.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

WHHS graduate on fast track to earn pharmacy degree

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Police searching for murder suspect

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Hendersonville police officers are looking for a 22-year-old man they've charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man Thursday in Green Meadows.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Local Boy Scout council welcomes girls in Cub Scouts

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Paper or ... Harris Teeter to phase out plastic

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Local man charged with beating boxer mix puppy

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Henderson County Life

Community Foundation honors Sauer Award winner

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Picking a fresh apple is her dream come true

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Fourth generation steps up at U-pick orchard

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Cooper to appeal fed’s denial of flood damage aid

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Hungry cat gets new home after mountaintop rescue

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PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST — Brother Wolf recently rescued a cat from an unlikely locale — on top of Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest in Brevard.   Read Story »

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New Belgium event to benefit 'River Heroes' movie

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The Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center announced a partnership with New Belgium Brewing Company to help the Center make its new film on the River Heroes of Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Local foundation wins grant for Appalachian roots music show

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The Will & Deni McIntyre Foundation has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Community Foundation of Henderson County to help fund Season 4 of David Holt’s State of Music, an Emmy-nominated public television series distributed nationally by PBS.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

600 volunteers get schools ready in Day of Action

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More than 600 community volunteers came together to work on 44 service projects at 23 Henderson County schools as part of United Way of Henderson County’s annual Day of Action on Friday.   Read Story »

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Community Foundation announces new board members

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Megan’s miracle: A happy ending after a four-year medical mystery

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For four years, no one could pinpoint what was causing Megan’s mysterious stomach pain. Then her condition cascaded into a crisis that plunged her to the edge of death and led to a successful heart transplant. This is her story. * * * * *   Megan Edney remembers when she could run and play, free as the wind.   Read Story »

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Teachers to get panic buttons for emergencies

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Teachers in Henderson County public schools and Blue Ridge Community College will be equipped with panic buttons that allow them to communicate emergencies with 911 telecommunicators, on-site staff and first responders with the touch of a button, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and school administrators announced on Thursday.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Commissioners threaten to defund Sunday voting

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After threatening to withhold funding for Sunday voting before the Nov. 6 election, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners backed off and directed the county attorney to draft a letter protesting the Sunday early voting day the state elections board is requiring the county to offer.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County eyes new rules for Courthouse gatherings

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Activists gather more and more often on the Historic Courthouse plaza, exercising their right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances.   Read Story »

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'Hill Hop' band headlines tonight's Rhythm & Brews

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The Company Stores, a six-member "Hill Hop" band that blends elements of Southern music, headlines Rhythm & Brews stage at 7 tonight downtown.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

It'll be the Thomas H. Thompson emergency services headquarters

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The new emergency management headquarters will be named in honor of Tommy Thompson, who will retire in December after serving Henderson County for 40 years as clerk of Superior Court and county commissioner.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Pardee wants to build day surgery center in Mills River

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UNCA, YMCA launch after-school child care at Kellogg Center

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School Board to hire architect to explore HHS options

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Squeezed by a looming deadline and a tight budget, the Henderson County School Board voted Monday night to launch a search for an architect to evaluate options for Hendersonville High School construction in the hopes of coming up with an alternative that the board and the Board of Commissioners can accept.   Read Story »

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Deputies charge man with attempted murder

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MILLS RIVER — Henderson County sheriff’s deputies charged a 21-year-old Horse Shoe man with attempted murder after an altercation in which they also shot his dog, which had bitten a deputy, the sheriff's office said.   Read Story »

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Bold bears prompt proposed rule requiring bear-proof food containers

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Visitors to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests have experienced an increasing number of encounters with black bears exhibiting bold behavior over food in the past few years.   Read Story »

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Jury convicts Fletcher man of statutory rape

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To get a head buff, register for Tour d'Apple by Wednesday

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Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

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Chris Collins, an HHS graduate in Congress, charged with insider trading

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Here are streets the city will repave this summer

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Crews will pave 3½ miles of city streets this summer and fall as part of the city’s annual road improvement program funded by state and local money.   Read Story »

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Asheville News

Buncombe officials indicted in massive kickback scheme

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Former Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene and two assistant county managers dined on expensive meals and wine and took all-expense paid pleasure trips to Key West, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Napa Valley, and the Grand Canyon and cities abroad in kickback scheme with a county contractor, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Judge denies Schalow's double jeopardy motion

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The long and convoluted prosecution of Leonard Paul Schalow has at least one more chapter after a Superior Court judge delayed what would have been his third trial on assault charges.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County boots Boyd property sale

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday delayed the proposed sale of the Boyd property next to Hendersonville High School, issuing a stay of execution of sorts on a vote three weeks ago that HHS alumni feared would mean the end of the high school on the city campus. Now, it's back to the drawing board for the School Board, which won the commissioners' grudging consent to look at other construction options.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

What are nominations for Mills River greenway name?

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18 cottages planned for Greenville Highway

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Chimney Rock closed for road repair

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The Chimney Rock section of Chimney Rock State Park is closed to the public beginning today for work by the N.C. Department of Transportation to restore a one-lane washout of the main entrance road in the park.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about mailing kiosk, Chimney Rock elevator

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Henderson County Business

Everything's smooth at Mountain Juicery

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Ashley and Walker Covington had everything a couple could want in Raleigh — good jobs as a CPA and schoolteacher, respectively, and a big city with plenty for young people to do.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Developer shelves 132-unit Horse Shoe Farm plan

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HORSE SHOE — Developer John Turchin has begun renting Horse Shoe farm for retreats, weddings, family reunions and other events and for now is holding off on a residential development.   Read Story »

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Fletcher News

D.A. clears Fletcher officers in fatal shooting of armed suspect

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Four Fletcher Police Officers who responded to a call on July 18 of an armed suspect inside the Fletcher CVS Pharmacy and subsequently shot and killed the suspect will not face criminal prosecution, District Attorney Greg Newman announced on Friday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Greensboro man charged with soliciting 13-year-old

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Hendersonville police detectives coordinating with Homeland Security agents arrested a 23-year-old Greensboro man they say traveled to Hendersonville with the intention of meeting a 13-year-old female for sex.   Read Story »

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Unlocked cars invite theft

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Seventies are 'Stayin' Alive' at Playhouse Downtown

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TIGHT LABOR MARKET: Area has 2 jobs for every worker

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When Publix holds a jobs fair this weekend, the Florida-based supermarket chain will find that it’s hunting in a sparse field.   Read Story »

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City OKs street party for Equestrian Games fans

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday blessed a big Saturday night party that organizers hope will attract tourists from the World Equestrian Games in Mill Spring.   Read Story »

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Judge finds probable cause on murder charges

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DOWNTOWN ROUNDUP: Blue Ridge Health to move offices to King Street

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Downtown will be home on weekdays to 50 administrators and office workers, thanks to a large nonprofit health care agency's need for more space.   Read Story »

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DOWNTOWN ROUNDUP: Work to start soon on public restrooms

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When it comes to downtown, parking and bathrooms are the complaints that downtown development director Lew Holloway hears the most. After years of talk about public rest rooms downtown and where they would go, the City Council finally acted, authorizing the project in the 500 block of Fifth Avenue West next to the Dandelion restaurant.   Read Story »

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DOWNTOWN ROUNDUP: Hands On! to expand

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Since it opened 11 years ago, Hands On! Children’s Museum has served more than 250,000 kids and their parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers. And it’s done so in somewhat a hidden location, in a back condo space of the old Rosdon Mall in the 300 block of North Main. That will change when the museum moves into newly acquired space that fronts on Main.   Read Story »

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DOWNTOWN ROUNDUP: Jonga Java, Lime Leaf close; new restaurant coming

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A popular coffee shop on South Main Street has closed. So has a Thai restaurant in the 300 block of North Main. That’s the downside. A new restaurant is in the works in the 300-block by a Hendersonville couple who operate restaurants in Greenville, S.C.   Read Story »

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County library receives grant for electronic tagging

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The Henderson County Public Library has received a $97,388 grant to initiate the first year of Radio Frequency Identification tagging of its physical collection of books and other items.   Read Story »

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Seventh grader helps design 2018 Apple Festival logo

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The North Carolina Apple Festival unveiled the logo for the 72nd annual festival on Tuesday, showcasing the work of a rising seventh grader.   Read Story »

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Cooper seeks disaster declaration for May flood damage

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Gov. Roy Cooper is asking President Donald Trump to issue a major federal disaster declaration for Henderson County and 12 other Western North Carolina counties that were affected by heavy rains, flooding and mudslides in May.   Read Story »

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Heavy rain forecast all week

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Taking the script from Washington

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During an hour-long discussion before they killed the Hendersonville High School construction project — throwing away $4.8 million in taxpayer money — Henderson County commissioners tried to explain why they were giving up.   Read Story »

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Longtime HHS band director gets new gig

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After 32 years as a high school band director, Fran Shelton was ready to take up music again — as a musician and not a teacher.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Abba Dabba Doo! 'Mamma Mia' rocks Playhouse stage

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Contrary to the typical destination wedding where a group of friends join the bride and groom on the shimmering sandy beach of a Greek isle, “Mamma Mia,” the latest high energy Flat Rock Playhouse musical, is organized around a wedding where the Greek Isle in question is home.   Read Story »

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Sale of Boyd property would limit options for HHS

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Couple charged with armed robbery

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HORSE SHOE — Henderson County sheriff’s deputies charged a 32-year-old man and 22-year-old woman with armed robbery two months after responding to a call at 62 Hidden Valley Farm Drive, Horse Shoe.   Read Story »

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'Mamma Mia' a box office smash before it opens

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When it opened the season, the Flat Rock Playhouse schedule had a fill-in-the-blank for what it teased would be a "blockbuster summer musical." The marketers turned out to be right. "Mamma Mia" has already sold out its four opening weekend performances and tickets are going fast for the entire four-week run.   Read Story »

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Prosecutors say co-worker confessed to murder on Parkway trail

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Prosecutors filed federal murder charges Thursday against a 20-year-old Asheville man in the death of a female Pisgah Inn coworker on a trail near the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Read Story »

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Tails in Town features 5k, Pints for Pups, vendors

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Tails in Town, the once-a-year opportunity to celebrate the companionship, joy and unconditional love that human’s best friend brings to our lives, takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Depot on Maple Street.   Read Story »

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What roads will be repaved in Laurel Park?

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Democrat rips Meadows' Rosenstein threat as 'obstruction of justice'

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows and a fellow Freedom Caucus leader launched an effort in the House on Wednesday to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, charging that he has worked to "obstruct legitimate attempts of congressional oversight."   Read Story »

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Party ID change could backfire on GOP

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RALEIGH — Chris Anglin was a relatively unknown late addition to a state Supreme Court race. The General Assembly propelled him into the spotlight by passing Senate Bill 3.   Read Story »

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Big party planned to draw Equestrian Games visitors

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When she read that the World Equestrian Games would bring thousands of well-heeled fans to Mill Spring, Darlene Das wondered what Hendersonville was doing to host them.   Read Story »

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Mills River dedicates Tommy Bryson basketball court

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MILLS RIVER — Rick Bryson quoted Dean Smith, “with apologies to State and Duke fans,” to describe the support the Mills River community had given the Bryson family.   Read Story »

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Blake finishes as runner-up for new police chief job

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Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake won't be going to Bluffton, South Carolina, as police chief, having finished as runner-up to a candidate from Arkansas.   Read Story »

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Mills River to dedicate Thomas A. Bryson basketball court today

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The Town of Mills River will dedicate the Thomas A. Bryson Memorial Basketball Court at 6 p.m. today, giving the community a last tribute to a beloved husband, father and neighbor who was murdered one year ago on Thursday. Friends of the Bryson family raised money to build the basketball court in memory of Bryson, who loved to watch basketball games that his sons coached and played.   Read Story »

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Traffic stop leads to weapons charges

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Henderson County sheriff's deputies charged a 34-year-old local man with multiple weapons felonies after a traffic stop early Monday.   Read Story »

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Young entrepreneur crusades 
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Grayson Marshall, a fresh-faced 21-year-old with brown eyes and a thick shock of dark hair, believes student debt is a national crisis —an avoidable one at that.   Read Story »

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Deputies seeking S.C. man for knife assault

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Ask Matt ... what's going up next to Fletcher park?

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I-26 in Polk to close for bridge work

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COLUMBUS – N.C. Department of Transportation project work will require the closure of Interstate 26 West for two nights next week at mile marker 67 near Columbus in Polk County so crews can safely put a bridge girder in place over the highway.   Read Story »

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‘We the people’ tackle issues, form solutions

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Eighty-five members of the Heart of Hendersonville project met recently at the City Operations Center to connect, brainstorm and identify next action steps in four issue groups.   Read Story »

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MPO asks state to kill parkway

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With no discussion, the French Broad River MPO voted last month to remove the Balfour Parkway from the state transportation improvement plan, dealing the penultimate blow to kill the project. The last step would take place when the state Board of Transportation as expected votes to eliminate the project from the STIP.   Read Story »

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Dance studio nominated for national award

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On the heels of their Walt Disney World Resort performances, staffers from Pat’s School of Dance will head to Hollywood, California for the 7th Annual Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show on Aug. 15.   Read Story »

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Intrepid explorer finds
 hundreds of waterfalls

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On an overcast day, when the sky is threatening rain, I find myself deep in the Pisgah National Forest, completely off-trail, with no sense of how to get back on. Fortunately, I am not alone.   Read Story »

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Nominations open for Apple Farmer of the Year

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United Community Bank is accepting nominations for Apple Farmer of the Year, the annual award presented at the opening ceremony of the North Carolina Apple Festival to a grower who has made significant contributions to the apple industry.   Read Story »

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Christmas Child recipient to share her story

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Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year. For many years, families in Henderson County have packed shoebox gifts for boys and girls around the world.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

District bar sends five judgeship nominees to governor

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BREVARD — Almost 100 attorneys from the judicial district covering Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties cast ballots on Wednesday to nominate five of their peers for the District Court judgeship vacated by Athena Brooks.   Read Story »

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Gaia Herbs adding 30 jobs in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — Brevard-based Gaia Herbs, which has grown from a $2,000 startup in the Boston suburbs to a $50 million supplier of herbal supplements, announced Wednesday that it would expand its operations in Mills River, creating 30 new jobs and investing $12.2 million at a new facility in Broadpointe Industrial Park for office­s, production and warehousing.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Brooks’ promotion, Powell’s retirement
 trigger turnover in judiciary

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It’s starting to look like musical benches in the Henderson County judiciary.   Read Story »

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COUNTY KILLS HHS PLAN

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday voted to pull the plug on a new Hendersonville High School, ending, at least for now, a three-year political fight that has pitted city against county and the elected commissioners against the School Board.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Let School Board decide HHS plan, mayors tell county

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Three mayors on Tuesday urged the Henderson County Board of Commissioners to defer to the School Board when it comes to the future of Hendersonville High School while another city council member’s remarks caused the county manager to scoff and walk out.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

No accord in sight ahead of HHS discussion

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners is set to take up the future of Hendersonville High School once again on Wednesday with no apparent agreement on the way forward.   Read Story »

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What should Mills River greenway be called?

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MILLS RIVER — The Town of Mills River is soliciting ideas for a name for the future N.C. 280 multi-use path that will connect the French Broad River to the heart of Mills River.   Read Story »

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East Flat Rock man charged with sex offenses

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Ask Matt ... about new sandwich shop

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Davis Mountain property among 'best homes for gardeners' in the U.S.

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Rescue dogs star in movie filmed here

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Suspect told neighbor 'there was a shooting and she was dead'

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Fence case ends suddenly when applicant walks out

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80-year-old Brightwaters Guesthouse restored and reopened

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The 80-year-old Brightwaters Guesthouse and surrounding property has been restored and reopened as rental housing.   Read Story »

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Minutes reveal county’s offer of $2.3M for firing range land

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A promoter’s vision and backlash came before street dance caught on

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School system launches app to 'Report it, Don't Ignore It'

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Megan Edney, with a new heart, is coming home

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Our elk died on I-26

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Ask Matt ... where deputies train now

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MossColumn: Village Council's vote made road safer

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Maya Richardson did not get as much ink as other commenters on the North Highland Lake Road widening project.   Read Story »

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Awaiting floodplain permit, Publix edges closer to opening

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Mills River OKs tax breaks for herbal supplement maker

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Trail length doubles at 'no excuses park'

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FLAT ROCK — The Park at Flat Rock, said Mayor Bob Staton, is one more attraction that makes the village special.   Read Story »

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Pardee board elects new officers, welcomes new members

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Residents spotting an elk that left Cataloochee herd

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Couple charged with Planet Fitness break-ins

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Senior apartments, round 2, off to rocky start

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LAUREL PARK — Nine months year after the Hendersonville City Council shot down its request for senior apartments on U.S. 64, a developer is shopping the idea in Laurel Park.   Read Story »

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Local NCDOT engineer takes promotion to Asheville post

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Pardee honors top doc, donor

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City pitches rezoning
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LIGHTNING REVIEW: Dated 'Love List' still leaves 'em laughing

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Flat Rock endorses Highland Lake project

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Rotarians climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to end polio

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Flat Rock merchants present first 'Evening in the Square'

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Local attorney sent to prison for embezzling from clients

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Behind the scenes, negotiators seek compromise on HHS

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Although a wide gulf seems to separate the warring county commissioners and School Board over Hendersonville High School, a compromise design may be closer than appearances would suggest.   Read Story »

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Spirit Airlines offering new flights to Florida

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MILLS RIVER ENDORSES 5-LANE WIDENING OF 191

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WHHS freshman, HMS students honored in national History Day finals

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Celebrity models show off fashions at IAM event

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Megan's heart transplant a success

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NCDOT awards contract to clear Bat Cave landslide

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Barr recognized for design of Wildcat Rock Trail

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A doctor and patient form a partnership on cancer journey

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Hotel out, apartments may be in for mill

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HENDERSONVILLE — If you ever dreamed of an affordable apartment in downtown Hendersonville, your dream could be close to becoming reality.   Read Story »

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Reader's Digest honors Waverly Inn as tops in N.C.

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Canadian company to grow tomatoes here under 45 acres of roof

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Man jailed under $650,000 bond for threats against courthouse

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Henderson County public schools honors Top Scholars

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Historic Johnson Farm announces docent training

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Dance school presents recitals and showcase

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United Way celebrates campaign, thanks donors

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The United Way of Henderson County celebrated the results of its 2017 campaign and thanked leadership donors and key volunteers at a celebration that drew 170 supporters to the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown on Thursday.   Read Story »

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NCDOT hopes to award landslide repair contract Friday

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Megan Edney, 14, awaiting heart transplant in Charlotte

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Megan Edney, the 14-year-old daughter of Henderson County Commission Chair Michael Edney, is critically ill and awaiting a heart transplant at a Charlotte pediatric hospital after a daylong surgery Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Commissioners again decline to fund SROs at schools in city

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners ratified its earlier decision that rejected funding police officers covering four schools in the city of Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Edneyville Four Seasons Politics

MossColumn: Why did McDonald lose?

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Ask Matt ... about new building, Etowah Smokehouse

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Apple Festival announces 2018 Apple Ambassador

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A rising senior at North Henderson High School has been named the 2018 Apple Ambassador for Western North Carolina's largest summer festival, the North Carolina Apple Festival announced.   Read Story »

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Wayfinding signs guide visitors to our attractions

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Visitors and local motorists alike can more easily find attractions, public parking, government offices, parks and other destinations thanks to the countywide wayfinding project the Tourism Development Authority has now completed.   Read Story »

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TDA awards grants to festivals

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Hendersonville native to talk about debut novel

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Flooding causes WNC Air Museum to cancel air show

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Old-time music starts Saturday night

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Congressional candidate speaks to Democratic Party

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Pardee to open urgent care clinic in Mills River

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Stroupe trial delayed until next year

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Manager of historic Jersey herd named to Ag Hall of Fame

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MILLS RIVER —Michael R. "Mike" Corn, who manages the historic Jersey dairy herd that Biltmore Estate owner George Vanderbilt brought to Asheville from New York in the late 19th century, was inducted into the Western North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame during the WNC Communities' 28th annual ceremony at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research & Extension Center.   Read Story »

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Here's roads that are closed because of flooding

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School system creates post to coordinate construction

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Closed door budget-craft eliminates amendments

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Budget includes 6.5% teacher pay raise, local appropriations

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Seven years ago, when the recession forced the Legislature to make deep budget cuts, landslide mapping in Western North Carolina was among the victims.   Read Story »

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Alberto to soak us again

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Talented cast overcomes script to deliver big fun

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Volunteers? Yep, horse event needs thousands

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Crews hustle to finish facilities

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Tourism industry braces for Equestrian Games stampede

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It’s less than four months to the opening ceremonies for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) at Tryon International Equestrian Center, and Henderson County is feeling good about the games and their projected economic impact.   Read Story »

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County honors teacher of the year

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NCDOT crew honored for dramatic rescue

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Commissioners, School Board at impasse on HHS future

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MPO VOTES TO KILL PARKWAY

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ASHEVILLE — Regional transportation planners voted on Thursday to drop the Balfour Parkway from the state plans, dealing a crucial  blow in the process to formally kill the project.   Read Story »

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Minutes show conflicting numbers on HHS cost projections

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It’s no surprise that Henderson County commissioners and School Board members are not on the same page when it comes to the cost of the new Hendersonville High School and what’s included in the $52.6 million price the county has authorized. Both boards have heard different numbers at different times, according to minutes of their meetings.   Read Story »

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Pricetag gap reignites furor over HHS

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The latest flashpoint in a contentious three-year path to a Hendersonville High School replacement has revived calls for a renovation plan instead of new construction and spilled over into the general election campaign for the seat held by the chairman of Board of Commissioners.   Read Story »

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Latino advocacy groups protest recent ICE arrests

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Stop the Parkway group 'very disappointed' in city position

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Jeter Mountain Road man charged after high-speed chase

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Henderson County sheriff’s deputies charged a 21-year-old Jeter Mountain Road man with two felonies and several other counts after a chase along Brevard Road that looped in and out of Transylvania County at speeds up to 75 mph.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

$750,000 gift jumpstarts BRCC campaign

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Not so fast, city says of killing parkway

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Police link dealer to fatal drug overdose

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Kimberly-Clark expansion will add 14 jobs

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Green River Business

Duke says sale of Tuxedo power plant preserves whitewater recreation

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Ask Matt ... How much wood can 
a wood chuck chuck?

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Sheriff's office creates safe exchange location for buyers and sellers

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Hero of Pork Chop Hill, a local veteran, dies at age 90

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Joe Clemons, a Hendersonville retiree whose heroism led to a pivotal U.S. Army victory in the Korean War, died on Tuesday at age 90 at his home, friends said.   Read Story »

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NCDOT spells out timeline for killing off Balfour Parkway

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Local course hosts mini-golf U.S. Open

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Although it’s his home course, the Champions miniature golf course is a challenge for Danny Baddley.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

State’s high court convenes in Hendersonville

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The seven black-robed justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court sat in a court session farther west than ever on Tuesday morning, giving Hendersonville a state record, if a short-lived one.   Read Story »

Henderson County Business

Bet on brewery paid big returns

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Some people criticized the Henderson County commissioners seven years ago when they agreed to tax incentives of more than a quarter-million dollars a year to recruit a prospect with the code name of Big Forest.   Read Story »

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Commissioners, School Board to meet to resolve HHS funding dispute

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Henderson County News

County rejects funding SROs at schools in city

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners turned down one commissioner's request to fund police officers in schools in the city of Hendersonville, a shift in budget policy that would have given a break to city residents who are facing a tax increase to pay for new officers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Flash flooding closes roads, set-in rain cancels concert

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COUNTY OFFICIALLY KILLS SALUDA SHOOTING RANGE

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DOT stands by 4- or 5-lane widening of NC 191

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MILLS RIVER — State transportation engineers are standing by their recommendation for a four-lane widening of N.C. 191 through Mills River even as homeowners continue to voice strong opposition to the plans. But in a concession to homeowners who want left turns out of their neighborhoods and farmers who oppose bulb-out U-turns a four-lane divided road would require, the top NCDOT engineer for the region said planners are open to a five-lane unobstructed design through the the town.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

$11 million cost overrun jeopardizes HHS construction

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Henderson County School Board members reacted with dismay on Monday to a suddenly announced $11 million  cost overrun for the new Hendersonville High School, casting the project into uncertainty and reviving the intramural conflict that has marred the project for three years.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Wyatt to board: Drop training center pursuit

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Kiwanis Club honors NHHS superfan

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Chamber announces Athena Award winner

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Edneyville Four Seasons Politics

'Our ideas came out,' Griffin says of upset win

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Lowell Griffin was in workout clothes, hoping to get to the gym on Wednesday, when a television news crew asked for an on-camera interview. The newly elected sheriff of Henderson County agreed to the sit-down — and scrambled to change into an orange plaid shirt.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Early College teacher to study water in Alaska

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McDonald and his team 'left everything on the field'

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 Asked for his reaction to his stunning re-election loss on Tuesday, Sheriff Charlie McDonald repeated an interviewer’s question.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GRIFFIN STUNS McDONALD; MCCALL EDGES WARD

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Carriers will collect food donations at mailbox Saturday

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In judicial role, town boards have limited fexibility

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Coming off a contentious and emotional public hearing on a widely opposed zoning application, Laurel Park Town Council members got a tutorial from its attorney on their role as decision-makers in judicial-like setting.   Read Story »

Henderson County Life

Town dedicates reborn Rhododendron Lake Park

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LAUREL PARK — From written or filmed history, Carey O’Cain recalled the resort-like amenities that Laurel Park founder Walter H. Smith built around Rhododendron Lake.   Read Story »

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COUNTY VOTES TO KILL BALFOUR PARKWAY

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Hendersonville one-stop voting site is second busiest

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NC 191 N. widening, last I-26 segment picked as priorities

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Years from now, when homeowners along N.C. 191 from N.C. 280 to Long Shoals Road demand to know the origins of a four-lane widening project, someone may refer them to a little-noticed meeting of the Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee on April 18, 2018.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Democratic candidates differ on Balfour Parkway, NC 191

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For the first time in many years, Democratic voters have a primary election choice for a seat on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.   Read Story »

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Edneyville News

Retirement benefit would help volunteer firefighter recruiting

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Robert Griffin, chief of Edneyville Fire & Rescue, knows it’s tough to recruit and keep volunteer firefighters and knows one big reason why.   Read Story »

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Green River Business

Mama Coe's Tacos opening in Tuxedo

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TUXEDO — Colleen Raulerson had spent weeks mulling a name for her taco shop when she had an epiphany. Her boys had done it for her.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Tiny homes selling big on Orchard Road

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Flat Rock names new administrator

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FLAT ROCK — The village of Flat Rock has a new administrator, just the second one in its history.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: They won't take yes for an answer

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Henderson County News

Two face felonies for having firearms at Rugby campus

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Deputies charge four teens with vehicle break-ins

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Playhouse, and its leader, fight back and survive

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Local students winners in 11th Congressional District art contest

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HMS teacher is N.C.'s nominee for national award

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Hendersonville Chorale presents spring concert Sunday

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64-year-old charged with sexual abuse over 22-year span

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Schalow faces third trial and 20 felonies

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A 50-year-old Hendersonville man whose attempted second-degree murder conviction was thrown on appeal is back in jail and facing 20 felony charges of assault and child abuse.   Read Story »

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Newman, Hollocker 
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Dct. 4 candidates oppose parkway, Saluda firing range

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Rebecca McCall recalled that in 1974 “a 17-year-old high school was invited to be part of a planning committee to develop what we now know as Jackson Park.” The new park was named for three-term Henderson County Commissioner Clyde Jackson, McCall’s grandfather, a primary supporter of the park. “That girl was me. It was that year that I set a goal for myself to one day hold the office of county commissioner,” she said during a candidate forum. “That was very forward thinking as no woman had ever held that office.”   Read Story »

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Local student wins Morehead-Cain scholarship

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Sheriff's candidates diverge on training center, animal control, body cams

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Middle school student in custody for threat

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Meeting on fate of Highland Lake project called off

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Sheriff's office seeks owners of recovered stolen property

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Ask Matt ... about tourism and Tar Heel signs

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Laurel Park to celebrate new Rhododendron Lake park

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You can sign a Barbara Bush registry at Shepherd funeral home

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Local author Heather Bell Adams on Bookwatch Sunday

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Leaders reject training center in Polk County

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County poised to kill Saluda shooting range

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Recommended county budget includes no tax increase

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Firing range, Balfour opponents pack courthouse

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Saluda residents plot battle plan against firing range

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LIVE COVERAGE: Sheriff's debate

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East Flat Rock man charged with drug, weapons felonies

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Latino community on edge over ICE busts, protesters say

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The Latino community in Henderson County was plunged into fear and apprehension by ICE officers’ detention of several people over the past three days, demonstrators outside ICE’s Hendersonville office said.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Ward blasts board over county manager bonuses

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Henderson County Life

Hendersonville native's debut novel wins acclaim

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WHKP to air sheriff's debate

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NCDOT engineers to meet with Balfour Parkway opponents

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International chef gives historic inn a makeover

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BIG CROWD PROTESTS SHOOTING RANGE

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County moves firing range meeting to Grove Street Courthouse

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Laurel Park holds work day for park

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Former BRCC president seeking NC Senate seat on coast

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David Sink, who served as president of Blue Ridge Community College for 20 years, is running for the state Senate in Brunswick County on the coast south of Wilmington.   Read Story »

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Saluda residents call meeting to oppose firing range

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SALUDA — Saluda citizens have called a communitywide meeting for Monday night to organize opposition to a sheriff's office firing range, two days before Henderson County commissioners are likely to confront a roomful of shooting range opponents. The community meeting is at 6:30pm at the Saluda Fire Department and invite everyone to attend to hear more about the plans that Henderson County is proposing.   Read Story »

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NCDOT sets meeting on I-26 widening

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IAM opens Working Women’s Clothing Closet

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Foes deliver 1,600 signatures against Highland Lake widening

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FLAT ROCK — The Cultural Landscape Group Flat Rock presented 1,595 petition signatures in opposition to the North Highland Lake Road project to the Flat Rock village council during the public comment period of the April 12 regular council meeting.   Read Story »

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Crowds flocking to coffee shop/taproom/wine bar

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Avery Ross caught a rare break on a recent afternoon at 4 o’clock as he stood behind the bar at Appalachian Coffee Co.   Read Story »

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Political salvation at undisclosed location

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Flat Rock News

Village to see revised widening plan on Friday

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Training center divides District 4 candidates

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Sex offender gets 65 year prison term

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Jennifer Pharr Davis digs deep for 'Endurance'

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Jennifer Pharr Davis, the Hendersonville native who held the fastest known time for hiking the Appalachian Trail, has a new book out on personal strength and perseverance.   Read Story »

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Round 4: Saluda residents fight sheriff's shooting range

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SALUDA — Residents near the Macedonia Road site Henderson County officials have targeted for a shooting range and law enforcement training center are organizing to stop the project.   Read Story »

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Two charged with felony child abuse

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Bank teller charged in robbery of cash withdrawer

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Playhouse announces its big summer musical

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Ward opposes law enforcement training center

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Activists make case for arming schoolteachers

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Thirty-eight people turned out for a “school safety education and awareness afternoon” on Saturday put on by activists who want the Henderson County School Board to authorize teachers to carry firearms in the classroom.   Read Story »

Flat Rock Business

Village Café & Pub closes

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City to build police station in Seventh Avenue District

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The Hendersonville City Council moved on Thursday to buy property on Ashe Street for a new police station and at the same time make a major investment in the revitalization of the Historic Seventh Avenue District.   Read Story »

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City taxpayers to foot bill for school safety

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Debt 'keeps me up at night,' Tillis says

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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis pulled no punches last week in a wide-ranging business roundtable that covered local, national and world issues — and, of course, President Trump.   Read Story »

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Home search yields drugs, felony charges

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First Cider, Wine & Dine is this weekend

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Three full days of events are on tap at Hendersonville’s cideries and wineries during the inaugural Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend April 20-22.   Read Story »

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McDonald thanks commissioners for OK on training center

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Ward comes out against Balfour Parkway

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Detectives find meth, make arrests in Etowah

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Henderson County News

Boomer helps rescue abandoned bear cub

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Thanks to Boomer the rescue lab, an abandoned bear cub was itself rescued, is under the care of wildlife biologists and should be released in the wild in about a year.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County finds 'remote site' for training center, kills BRCC option

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Crowd protests Balfour Parkway

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Man sent to prison for sexual abuse of 13-year-old

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Sandburg site has new superintendent

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Top DOT engineer seeks a path to save projects

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When they got their first look earlier this month at plans for the widening of N.C. 191, many homeowners reacted with anger, bewilderment and a blood vow to do everything in their power to stop the project.   Read Story »

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Transportation planners open survey on road projects

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The French Broad River MPO has opened a survey on transportation projects that are currently being considered for funding through the State of North Carolina’s Prioritization Process.   Read Story »

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Mud Creek ‘firmly in support’
 of treatment center, pastor says

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Community leaders gather to address opioid crisis

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Residents organize to oppose treatment center

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Easter services set

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Tulip photo contest 
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Henderson County Business

Planners rewrite food truck rules

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Flu, heart caths, new knees boost Pardee revenue

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Opponents step up campaign to kill Balfour Parkway

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Parkway ranger seeks comments from bicyclists on Friday

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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Hundreds march for school safety and gun control

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

POLITICS BRIEFS: Training center, lunch & learn, Democratic convention

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Did Grady Hawkins just offer Sheriff Charlie McDonald cover to recast the purpose (and slash the cost) of a controversial training center?   Read Story »

Henderson County News

DRIVER IN FATAL CRASH SENT TO PRISON

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Budget 'embraces polar opposite' of conservative goals, Meadows says

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Bathroom wall scrawl triggers Rugby lockdown

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For-profit HCA reaches deal to buy Mission

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Law officers make major cocaine bust in county

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Henderson County News

Commissioners to meet with NCDOT on Balfour Parkway

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Henderson County commissioners will hold a work session next month to hear details about the proposed Balfour Parkway from the engineers who are designing it.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

County warns of tax increase to cover school security

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Henderson County News

County recognizes 'We Are Hope' antidrug abuse effort

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Post office moving day is May 19

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Flat Rock News

Flat Rock rebuts arguments of widening project foes

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FLAT ROCK — The Village of Flat Rock Village is defending its past actions in support of the Highland Lake Road widening and rebutting the arguments of the project’s opponents.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Student-led March for Our Lives set for Saturday

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Deputies charge 19-year-old with burglary

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Deputies arrest alleged drug dealers

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Ask Matt ... how the Laughters keep track of cars

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Historic Flat Rock calls for timeout on roadwork

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Blue wave more like a ripple, GOP is told

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Republican leaders in Washington sweat about a blue tide in November. Talking heads on (non-Fox) cable TV news predict Democrats will take control of Congress. Court rulings threaten legislative maps gerrymandered to ensure a supermajority of safe seats for the Republican Party. The leader of the party is a polarizing figure who infuriates opponents and bewilders allies with a steady stream of White House tweets.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

4 SEASONS POLITICS: Forums set, Progressive Women, student walk

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Henderson County News

Man charged in Harper Drive shooting

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

SCHOOL SAFETY: 'They're asking parents to parent'

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Propelled into action by the Parkland High School shootings and a rise in threats to schools here, Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald, elected officials, school administrators and parents on Thursday announced broad and aggressive strategies to make schools safe.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

School security now No. 1 priority

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Griffin: Shift training center cost to school security

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Trash pickup in Laurel Park postponed to Friday

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M&M opens Seafood & Country Market

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Ronald Henderson put tomatoes, onions, kale and other fresh produce on display outside his brand new Seafood and Country Market about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. A couple hours later, "I came back down here and my stuff is freezing." Plus, it was snowing.   Read Story »

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Ville to Ville Relay sends runners through town

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Henderson County News

Two 16-year-olds charged with assaulting teacher

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Balfour Parkway maps on display at library

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Ask Matt ... what can be done about eyesore

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WHHS students charged in third school threat this week

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Spring forward — even if winter is back

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Henderson County Business

Pardee offering CNAs $3,000 signing bonus

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Restaurant Week features top eateries

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Bent Creek Bistro opening at N.C. Arboretum

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YMCA promises more rec programs at Patton Park

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City of Hendersonville and Hendersonville Family YMCA officials say residents will have more recreation opportunities now that the City Council has authorized the Y to manage Patton Park and Pool.   Read Story »

Henderson County News

NCDOT extends Balfour Parkway comment period

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Penrose woman charged with drug, weapons felonies

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

School Board candidate banned from schools

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Henderson County Business

Fresh Market event features local vendors

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Don Ward names campaign steering committee

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Legislators talk jobs, schools and mental health

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Woody Durham was a friend of Hendersonville through WHKP broadcasts

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Newman to bring new charges in attempted murder case

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Top Raumedic executive moving to Mills River

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14-year-old charged with threat that forced lockdown

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Dana gets a Little Free Library

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Fletcher teen charged with threat against Rugby Middle

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State officials break ground on $110M Apodaca science building

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County GOP meets on Saturday

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City names finance director

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YMCA to manage Patton Park and Pool

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Council OKs Sylvan Terrace rezoning

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U.S. 64 at Valley getting high-visibility crosswalk

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Two sentenced for car break-ins in national forest

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Forecast calls for high winds, low of 29

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Long appointed to N.C. United Way board

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Ask Matt ... about identity of found body

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Lightning wins eight awards at NCPA

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RALEIGH — The Hendersonville Lightning received eight awards during the North Carolina Press Association’s annual Winter Institute, including recognition for its coverage of the murder of Thomas Bryson, the fight over Hendersonville High School, news obits of prominent community figures and editorials.   Read Story »

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‘Only the Brave’ screenwriter has local ties

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Saint Paul winery opens Flat Rock tasting room

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Bar reprimands attorney for neglecting estate

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Marco's Pizza opens on Seventh Avenue

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Cook Out on U.S. 64 East before end of the year

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Pardee thanks Dr. Albers for 36 years of service

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Volunteers needed for bicycle races on Sunday

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Homeowners pan Balfour Parkway corridor

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House candidate against gerrymandering, for Medicaid expansion

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Meadows, state treasurer headline GOP convention

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Escapee dies after crashing stolen pickup

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Henderson Oil Co. gives schools $500 grants

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Henderson Oil Co. awarded a total of $7,500 in ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grants to 15 Henderson County public schools on Jan. 29, giving elementary, middle and high school principals extra funds for necessary materials and programming.   Read Story »

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THE NEXT BIG THING: Balfour Parkway maps debut Tuesday

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At 101, Lou Miller has the key to aging

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McMinn honored for 25 years of service

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In its first 11 years, the Hendersonville Rescue Mission had 11 directors — simple enough arithmetic to arrive at an average tenure of one year and an average stress factor of a lot.   Read Story »

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Sheriff McDonald joins Trump in White House school safety talk

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Sheriff's deputies seek shooter in Holbert Road murder

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Sheriff’s deputies are seeking a suspect in a shooting that killed a 28-year-old Hendersonville man.   Read Story »

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Pieces selected for second annual Artscape exhibit

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A two-person jury chose 49 works of art from 177 submissions for the upcoming ArtScape Banner Project.   Read Story »

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Commission rejects long-term solution for Edneyville sewage service

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Laurel Park also puts heat on Waste Pro

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LAUREL PARK — Facing a 30-day window from the county to fix widespread service problems, Waste Pro is also responding to complaints of poor service in the town of Laurel Park, where it has a contract to serve 1,265 households.   Read Story »

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McGrady still pushing regional water solution

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady infuriated Hendersonville City Council members last year when he filed a bill in the Legislature that would put the city water system under state control.   Read Story »

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Bearcat Jayvees win Mountain Six title

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In a surprise, Meadows picks up a primary opponent

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Democratic House candidate raps 'unconstitutional redistricting'

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New app lets parents track child's school bus

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Stacey Caskey to run for School Board

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WCU sets groundbreaking for $110M Tom Apodaca Science Building

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CULLOWHEE – Although ground technically was broken last summer during preliminary site preparation for a facility to replace Western Carolina University’s outdated Natural Sciences Building, a ceremonial groundbreaking officially marking the beginning of construction on the Tom Apodaca Science Building is set for Friday, March 2.   Read Story »

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Ask Matt ... about banks changing hands

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Windy Knoll Acres would add 30 homes on N. Allen Road

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Planners recommend quarter-acre lots at Sylvan Terrace project

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Neighbors are concerned that a rezoning to allow up to six single-family homes would add traffic to the winding and narrow Sylvan Boulevard.   Read Story »

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Developer peeling back history on East Allen Street

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What’s old is new again in the 100 block of East Allen Street, where contractors have literally peeled back history.   Read Story »

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MAKE WAY FOR SHARKS: Team ECCO getting new tank on Monday

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Education Hall of Fame announces 2018 inductees

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Coren won't seek re-election to School Board