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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Andreotta's effort to defund Playhouse fails in 3-2 vote

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Tags: Covid-19 arts cancellations | COVID-19 facemasks | Daniel Andreotta | Covid misinformation

Henderson County News

Playhouse drops vax mandate, makes masks optional

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The Flat Rock Playhouse has dropped its proof-of-vaccination or negative Covid-19 test requirement for admission to performances and made masks optional.   Read Story »

Tags: Covid-19 arts cancellations | COVID-19 facemasks | Covid-19 vaccination | anti-vaxxers | Covid misinformation

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

N.C. Senate fails to override veto of bill barring mask mandate in schools

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RALEIGH — The state Senate voted Wednesday to adjourn the longest long session of the legislature in decades, effective Thursday. The adjournment resolution calls to reconvene the state legislature on April 4, then gavel out until May 4.   Read Story »

Tags: COVID-19 facemasks | Covid mandates

Henderson County News

As Covid cases decline, School Board drops mask mandate

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After hearing about a steady decline in coronavirus cases, Henderson County School Board voted on Monday to make masks in schools optional.   Read Story »

Tags: COVID-19 facemasks | Covid misinformation

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

State House speaker announces bill permitting mask opt-out

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Following the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announcement that North Carolina won’t be ending its mask mandate recommendation for public school children, N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, announced that the House would be advancing legislation to give parents the ability to opt-out of the mask requirement.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Health Department gives Covid tests, N95 masks to schools and nonprofits

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Thousands of free N95 masks and Covid-19 tests have been given to community agencies to target populations with a high need for protection.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Department of Public Health | COVID-19 facemasks | coronavirus PPE

Henderson County News

Speakers demand county defund Playhouse over vaccination 'passport'

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Speakers who compare vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany in the 1930s trained their sights on the Flat Rock Playhouse last week, urging the Board of Commissioners to defund the theater because it requires patrons to show proof of a vaccination or negative Covid test.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | COVID-19 facemasks | anti-vaxxers | vaccination incentives | Covid misinformation | Covid-19 masks

Henderson County News

School Board reinstates mask mandate

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The Henderson County School Board voted 5-2 on Monday to reinstate the mask mandate throughout the school day for students, teachers, other staffers and visitors, saying that a precipitous rise in Covid cases and quarantines puts in-person learning at risk at its current rate of acceleration.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus schools | COVID-19 facemasks | Covid misinformation | omicron

Henderson County News

As cases spike, health department recommends precautions for safe holidays

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The Henderson County Department of Public Health on Monday issued recommendations for practical precautions people can take to ensure a safe, healthy and happy holiday.   Read Story »

Tags: COVID-19 | COVID-19 facemasks | coronavirus church | Covid-19 masks

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

GOP-backed School Board candidate 'a hundred percent' for parental choice

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A young mom who is a registered nurse announced her candidacy for Henderson County School Board on Friday, declaring that masks and vaccines in schools should be a matter of parental choice and not board-imposed mandates.   Read Story »

Tags: COVID-19 facemasks | 2022 School Board election | Covid-19 masks | Alyssa Norman

Henderson County News

Citing Covid spike, School Board reinstates mask mandate through grade 6

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After hearing about a spike in coronavirus infections last week, the Henderson County School Board on Monday reversed its mask-optional rule for students, staff and visitors in pre-K through grade 6 and will require the face coverings once again starting the Monday after Thanksgiving.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Pardee employees protest vaccine mandate

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More than a hundred protesters chanting "my body my choice" while waving signs and flags marched several blocks and demonstrated on U.S. 64 on Saturday against Pardee Hospital’s employee vaccine mandate.   Read Story »

Tags: Pardee | COVID-19 facemasks | vaccination incentives | Covid misinformation | Covid mandates

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Despite threat of 'civil and criminal' action, School Board keeps mask mandate

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School Board members received expressions of gratitude and a threat of "civil and criminal" litigation on Tuesday before voting 5-2 to continue the mask mandate in Henderson County's public schools.   Read Story »

Tags: COVID-19 facemasks | Covid misinformation | Covid-19 masks

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Facemasks like football helmets, School Board is told

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LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Commissioners abdicate leadership on Covid

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The immense gulf between conventional public health guidance to combat the spread of the coronavirus and the view of a vocal minority opposing masks and vaccinations has been displayed in dramatic fashion at meetings of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and the School Board these past three months.   Read Story »

Tags: COVID-19 facemasks | Covid misinformation | Covid-19 masks

Henderson County News

Commissioners hear mixed messages from the public, public health experts

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Henderson County schools have the funding to hire a nurse in every school, thanks to the Board of Commissioners’ endorsement of a School Board recommendation.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus schools | COVID-19 facemasks | Covid misinformation

Henderson County Life

Playhouse to stage two shows this fall with strict precautions in place

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The Flat Rock Playhouse will stage two productions this fall with conditions that require patrons wear masks and show proof of coronavirus vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test, the theater's producing artistic director, Lisa K. Bryant, and its president, Joseph Ippolito, announced to patrons on Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: Covid-19 arts cancellations | COVID-19 facemasks | Covid-19 masks

Henderson County News

'We are in danger,' Cooper warns as he tightens mask order

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Gov. Roy Cooper issued additional measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as Covid-19 cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 is effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday and runs through Friday, Dec. 11.   Read Story »

Tags: pandemic | coronavirus Cooper | covid testing | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County News

Herd immunity 'is a dangerous suggestion,' health director says

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It’s discouraging for all of us to see the current trends with increasing cases in the world, our country, state and county. Despite valid efforts by many to socially distance and wear masks along with public health efforts for testing, case investigations and contact tracing, cases are continuing to climb because we’re simply dropping our guard.   Read Story »

Tags: Steve Smith | COVID-19 facemasks | Covid-19 vaccination

Henderson County News

'This is not the time to let up’ on Covid precautions

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Steve Smith, the director of Henderson County Department of Public Health, thanks the vast majority of people who are wearing masks and staying six feet apart in public while warning that maintaining these safety measures is imperative as winter sets in.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Department of Public Health | coronavirus | Steve Smith | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Tillis extols face masks as way to save lives and jobs

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Declaring that face masks can save jobs as well as lives, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis is urging North Carolinians to wear a face covering to protect themselves and others.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Henderson County farmworkers to receive PPE

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is taking further action to prevent and respond to covid-19 outbreaks among the agricultural workforce, delivering critical personal protection equipment for use by agricultural workers across the state.   Read Story »

Tags: personal protective equipment. covid-19 | coronavirus agriculture | COVID-19 facemasks | covid-19 agriculture | PPE

Henderson County News

Here's how police are responding to complaints about face mask violations

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Hendersonville police have investigated a handful of complaints and issued no citations since the City Council directed city personnel to enforce a statewide order to wear face masks in many public settings.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus Cooper | COVID-19 facemasks

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School Board, public to see 'Return to Learn' Plan B next week

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Schools may open for in-person instruction under a plan that requires face coverings for all K-12 students, fewer children in the classroom, measures to ensure social distancing for everyone in the building and other safety protocols, Gov. Roy Cooper announced today.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus schools | covid-19 Cooper | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County News

Support reopening? Mask up

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One thing that is clear about the mandatory face mask order that Gov. Roy Cooper imposed on June 26: Nothing is clear.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Governor's order won't stop GOP from meeting

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The Henderson County Republican Party plans to resume its monthly breakfast meeting next Saturday even as a state executive order bars gatherings of more than 10 people.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus restaurants | covid-19 Cooper | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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This week's Lightning features our coverage of prep football teams practicing 6 feet apart, our report on the Hendersonville City Council's fight over face mask enforcement, aerial photos of the Hendersonville High School construction and much more.   Read Story »

Tags: prep football | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Divided City Council struggles with mask enforcement

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A sharply divided Hendersonville City Council has directed the city police department to issue citations to business owners who are repeatedly and flagrantly flouting face mask and social distancing rules, though just how that will work is unclear.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus | COVID-19 facemasks

Henderson County News

Lax facemask enforcement frustrates those who wear them

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Steve Smith, Henderson County’s director of public health for Henderson County, has trouble understanding why some people view facemasks as a threat to freedom.   Read Story »

Tags: COVID-19 facemasks