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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

As testing ramps up, county sees cases rise

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Amid a sharp increase in testing available to the public, Henderson County is seeing a steady increase in coronavirus cases, Friday's figures showed.   Read Story »

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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

Community spread now half of covid infections here

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As the fourth month of the coronavirus pandemic gets under way, the number of covid-19 cases outside nursing homes is on the rise in Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: exercise and fitness | coronavirus | COVID-19

Henderson County Business

April jobless rate spikes in Henderson and Buncombe counties

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The unemployment rate for the Asheville metro area, the lowest in the state for 61 straight months, spiked to 15.8 percent in April as the coronavirus shutdown ground the economy to a crawl.   Read Story »

Tags: economy | unemployment | coronavirus

Henderson County News

County's covid death toll third highest in state, mortality rate highest

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The latest covid-19 update for Henderson County shows a larger percentage of cases outside long-term care facilities than had previously been the trend. State reporting shows Henderson County with the third highest number of deaths in the state among 100 counties.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus | covid-19 assisted living centers

Henderson County Business

Gaia Herbs pivots to manufacture hand sanitizer

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BREVARD — Gaia Herbs, a leading natural herbal products brand in the United States, has increased production and is using its alcohol-based operations to manufacture CDC-approved hand sanitizer in response to the covid-19 situation.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

DuPont Forest starts phased reopening

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DuPont State Recreational Forest and neighboring Holmes Educational State Forest has begun a phased reopening in Western North Carolina, although most popular waterfall viewing areas remain closed during the first phase.   Read Story »

Tags: DuPont State Forest | coronavirus | reopening post-covid

Henderson County News

Humane Society announces pet food give-away on Friday

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is partnering with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals Spay/Neuter Alliance in Asheville to provide a free pet food giveaway to those in need or affected by covid-19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Blue Ridge Humane Society storage facility, at 802 S. Grove St.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

N.C. reports county's death toll at 29

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Although Henderson County reported 218 covid-19 infections and 23 deaths in its latest coronavirus update on Friday, the state's covonavirus dashboard shows the county with 27 deaths and a state website tracking deaths in congregant care facilities reports a total of 29 deaths in four Henderson County facilities.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus | COVID-19 fatalities | covid-19 assisted living centers

Henderson County News

County climbs to 200 cases, 20 deaths

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Henderson County reached 200 covid-19 cases and 20 covid-related deaths in the latest reporting from the public health department.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus | COVID-19 fatalities | covid-19 assisted living centers

Henderson County News

Stay-at-home order forces changes in popular downtown events

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The coronavirus shutdown has forced changes in downtown Hendersonville's popular spring events, including the popular Bearfootin’ Artwalk Bear Reveal and the opening concert of the Rhythm & Brews music series.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus | Covid-19 arts cancellations | stay-home order

Henderson County News

Stuck Middle: In lockdown the chow is excellent

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I’ve lost track of the days The Empress (T.E. … she with whom I am quarantined) and I have been sequestered, as if we were tucked away on a jury for some indefinite but impactful federal case with an important issue to consider.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Coronavirus forces Playhouse to shorten season, drop big shows

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The coronavirus crisis has claimed another tradition.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County will stream updates beginning Tuesday

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Henderson County will stream live updates to county citizens on the COVID-19 situation beginning next Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

As it braces for COVID-19 surge, Pardee sees regular revenue drop

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While it ramps up unprecedented safety precautions, prepares for a surge in patients and juggles calls to 14 different vendors seeking COVID-19 test kits, Pardee/UNC Health is seeing regular patient revenue drop precipitously, the hospital board was told Wednesday.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus | COVID-19 | COVID-19 Pardee | COVID-19 medical | COVID-19 test

Henderson County News

Schools distribute hard-copy lesson plans Monday; spring break intact

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With schools remaining closed for in-person instruction until at least May 15, the Henderson County school system on Tuesday advised students and parents how to pick up lesson plans, announced updated Meals on the Bus stops and announced that spring break would remain April 13-17.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

City, county further restrict in-person visits

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Hendersonville and Henderson County further tightened access Tuesday in ongoing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

N.C. closes DuPont, Holmes forests

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N.C. Forest Service officials have temporarily closed DuPont State Recreational Forest and neighboring Holmes Educational State Forest effective at 10 p.m. today restricting public access until further notice.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Local parks add restrictions

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Five cities in Henderson County announced new restrictions on park activities on Monday, closing some features where people would be closer to one another.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Cooper extends school shutdown to May 15

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Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday extended the statewide K-12 shutdown to May 15.   Read Story »

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Pardee ER sets up check-in station; screening site temporarily closed

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The Pardee/UNC Health emergency department has set up a designated check-in station for patients experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms. Pardee also announced that it had closed the screening site at BRCC on Thursday after testing nearly 300 people.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Stuck in Late Middle: The pandemic puzzle

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Day Whatever of our forced “staycation.”   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Henderson County reports first coronavirus case

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The Henderson County Health Department was notified at 8:58 a.m. Saturday by Mission Hospital that a Henderson County resident has tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual is in isolation.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Clarifying order, state bars outdoor dining service

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Clarifying the order that shut down dine-in restaurant service, the North Carolina Department of Public Health and Human Services told local governments that outdoor service is barred as well, ending a practice that restaurants in downtown Hendersonville had been using to continue to serve customers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Planet Fitness latest gym to close

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Exercise, they say, is a good way to stay in good health and reduce stress. The amended prescription might be: Take it outside.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

HHS junior describes what school is like now

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Along with the widespread fear relating to the coronavirus, high school students, and students of all ages, are now working to navigate school work entirely from home.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Here's list of restaurants feeding kids for free

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The Henderson County school system has expanded its feeding program with buses delivering lunches to feeding sites. Numerous restaurants are also feeding kids for free.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Council of State members question Cooper's restaurant shutdown order

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RALEIGH — On St. Patrick’s Day, Cary’s Carolina Ale House — garishly decorated with Irish food and drink ads — wasn’t teeming with its usual swarm of thirsty, hungry customers.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus | restaurant shutdown

Henderson County News

Running list of cancellations, postponements (free content)

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Here is a roundup of the latest cancellations or changes. We add to the list as new cancellations and announcements arrive, so the newest are at the top.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Government pauses, or goes on 6 feet apart, or under a picnic shelter

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners had time-urgent business to conduct Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

No positive tests so far

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More widespread testing has resulted in no positive tests so far for the coronavirus in Henderson County, Pardee UNC Health said Wednesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Let's help restaurants stay afloat

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Restaurants and craft breweries, the enduring lifeblood of downtown Hendersonville, stopped serving sit-down meals and pouring pints at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, casting an eerie quiet on the usually bustling Main Street.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Cooper orders restaurants to end dine-in service

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Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to issue an executive order today directing restaurants and bars to close for for dine-in service while allowing takeout and delivery orders.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Schools launch plans for remote learning, childcare and takeout lunch

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Forty-nine hours after they plunged into an all hands on deck planning process, Henderson County public school administrators on Monday rolled out a massive emergency plan to teach children remotely, run daycare centers at 13 schools and feed everyone who needs a meal.   Read Story »

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City restricts visits to city hall, closes Whitmire Center

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The city of Hendersonville is restricting visits to City Hall and other city facilities, closing the Whitmire Center and taking other precautions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The City Council is also holding a special meeting Friday to discuss continuity of operations of city services and consider other measures.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

IAM makes adjustments to continue crisis services

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Interfaith Assistance Ministry will continue to serve struggling Henderson County residents with crisis services by implementing precautionary measures to keep our neighbors, volunteers and staff as safe as possible during this rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

A splendid 'Charlotte's Web' has a short run

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Despite mounting concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, the Flat Rock Playhouse most recent production opened with optimistic numbers.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

First positive case of coronavirus is person who visited Asheville last week

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A person who visited Asheville last week is the first reported coronavirus case in Western North Carolina, the Buncombe County Health and Human Services said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

County, Pardee announce drive-thru coronavirus test site at BRCC

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In a partnership with Pardee/UNC Health, Henderson County has set up a drive-thru COVID-19 and influenza testing center for county residents at Blue Ridge Community College, Board of Commissioners Chairman Grady Hawkins announced. The site is the result of a quick cooperative effort direction of the county, Pardee and other community partners, including the Henderson County Department of Public Health, Henderson County EMS and the Mountain Area Healthcare Preparedness Coalition.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

In coronavirus caution, Mills River Town Board moves meeting outdoors

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As communities begin to feel the impact of the coronavirus, the Town of Mills River is closely monitoring the situation and taking precautionary steps to protect the health of the public, employees and the community.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Playhouse suspends performances until April 23

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Adhering to the latest North Carolina state government restrictions of public gatherings, the Flat Rock Playhouse suspended all programming until April 23 after the Sunday matinee performance of "Charlotte's Web."   Read Story »

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Families will receive Learn from Home materials Tuesday

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Families will receive Learn from Home materials on Tuesday as Henderson County public schools execute the remote education model during the two-week closure. Gov. Roy Cooper on Saturday ordered all K-12 public schools to close for two weeks in an effort to blunt the spread of the coronavirus. Local schools officials are also making plans to ensure children continue to receive meals.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Governor closes schools, bans gatherings of more than 100

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced an executive order on Saturday directing K-12 public schools across the state to close for two weeks starting Monday. The order also banned mass gatherings of more than 100 people.   Read Story »

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Numerous churches cancel public worship services

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Numerous churches in the area canceled services Sunday, including at least two large downtown and the six campuses of Biltmore Church.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Parking lot full, toilet tissue shelves empty as shoppers stock up

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The parking lot was full and the toilet paper shelf empty at Harris Teeter on Friday as people reacting to a potential coronavirus outbreak filled their buggies.   Read Story »

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Blue Ridge Honor Flight postpones May trip

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Blue Ridge Honor Flight postponed its May 16 trip to Washington, saying veterans' health and safety was a foremost consideration.   Read Story »

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Running list of cancellations, postponements (free content)

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Most entertainment venues announced cancellations of live performances Thursday and Friday as concerns mounted over the potential spread of the coronavirus.   Read Story »

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Playhouse taking steps to guard against coronavirus

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The Flat Rock Playhouse is taking steps to ensure the public that the theater will be disinfected and hand sanitizer available for patrons.   Read Story »

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Coronavirus tests more widely available

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Previously available only through the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health and CDC, testing for COVID-19 is now available through private testing companie the Henderson County Department of Public Health announced.   Read Story »

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These people are protecting us from coronavirus

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Steve Smith, the director of the Henderson County Public Health Department, was in a coffeeshop on Tuesday when he met a fellow coffee drinker with a science background, retired from the pharmaceutical industry.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

An American in Shanghai: Under coronavirus threat, city of 24 million grinds to a halt

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It is a Sunday afternoon in February in Shanghai.   Read Story »

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