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Friends praise a beloved teacher, mentor and director on Tom Orr Day

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A crowd of more than 120 people gathered at the Historic Courthouse plaza Saturday to listen to former students, friends, a fellow faculty member, a renowned author and others praise Thomas E. “Tom” Orr as a mentor and teacher of hundreds, an inspiring and creative theater director and a keeper of the community’s history.   Read Story »

Tags: Tom Orr | Robert Morgan | HHS auditorium | HHS alumni

Henderson County News

Friends, family and supporters holding Tom Orr Day on Saturday

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Friends of Tom Orr are holding Tom Orr Day at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Courthouse Plaza to celebrate his life and his many contributions to the community.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

School Board delays acting on naming HHS auditorium for Tom Orr

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After hearing from many former students who passionately urged the board to name the HHS auditorium for Tom Orr, the School Board delayed action in favor of a more formal process to consider nominatations from the school's students, faculty and alumni and the public.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Should auditorium be named for Tom Orr?

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After Tom Orr died, Ashley Orr Self began to hear more stories about her uncle than she had ever imagined.   Read Story »

Tags: Tom Orr | Cam Boyd | Erle Stillwell | HHS construction plan | HHS auditorium

Henderson County News

Tom Orr, leader of theater and lover of local history, dies at age 81

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Thomas E. "Tom" Orr, whose abiding love for his hometown and passion for theater and local history led him to highlight and celebrate the heartbeat of Hendersonville for five decades, died Sunday at Pardee Memorial Hospital after several weeks of failing health, friends said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Dr. Amy Pace, who never stopped teaching, dies

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Amy F. Pace, a beloved Henderson County teacher who continued to push education until the end of her life, died Saturday after an extended illness.   Read Story »

Tags: Tom Orr | St. James Episcopal Church | news obituaries | Carolina Village

Henderson County News

Apple Festival names parade grand marshal

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The 73rd North Carolina Apple Festival has named a grand marshal for the King Apple Parade, which culminates the four-day celebration at 2:30 p.m. on Labor Day.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Second class of Walk of Fame honorees announced

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Walk of Fame process could be tweaked

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The inaugural class of Henderson County’s Walk of Fame is a good start that revealed both the potential value and the pitfalls of the history-preserving effort.   Read Story »

Tags: Tom Orr | Walk of Fame

Henderson County News

'Unwrapping History' a priceless gift to community

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Who knew that a volunteer cast of amateur actors could give such a triumphant performance that delightfully portrays Henderson County history of the past 100 years?   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

History 'unwrapped' Thursday in new show

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"Unwrapping Local History," an original play showcasing Henderson County history from the early 1900s through the 1960s, premieres at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Courthouse.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Walk of Fame accepting nominations

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The Walk of Fame Steering Committee, a joint endeavor for the city of Hendersonville and Henderson County, has now made nomination forms available for the project that honors notable people with downtown markers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

New play highlights history, honors Robert Morgan

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"Sunbonnet and Straw Hat," an original play portraying Henderson County history and celebrating native-born writer and poet Robert Morgan, will debut at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Additional performances are scheduled Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Tom Orr | Historic Courthouse | Henderson County Heritage Museum | Robert Morgan | Carolyn Justus

Hendersonville News

Residents to rededicate Ninth Ave. school marker

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Residents have been invited to the rededication of a historic marker on U.S. 64 West and Valley Street in Hendersonville next week.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County schools | Ninth Avenue School | Sixth Avenue School | Tom Orr