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Henderson County News

Open Streets program expands activities this weekend

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Downtown Hendersonville is ramping up activities for the once-a-month Open Streets weekend with sidewalk sales, free yoga, sprinklers to cool off and more outdoor seating.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | Open Streets program

Henderson County Business

Businesses air grievances with Covid-19 restrictions

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About two dozen local business owners and politicians gathered at Hannah Flanagan’s Pub on Tuesday morning in a Republican Party-orchestrated event to air grievances about the state’s business restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | covid-19 Cooper

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

Legislature again passes bill to reopen bars and gyms

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RALEIGH — A bill reopening gyms and bars and expanding seating in restaurants has cleared the General Assembly. Again.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus Cooper

Henderson County Business

Chamber launching Shop & Dine promotion

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A partnership of business organizations will soon launch a marketing campaign to boost local restaurants and shops as the economy struggles to ramp up from the coronavirus shutdown.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus restaurants

Henderson County Business

Council endorses four more 'Open Streets' weekends

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The first "Open Streets Weekend" was popular enough to keep going, Hendersonville City Council members said Thursday night as they agreed to close Main Street to motor vehicles at least four more times over the next 10 weeks.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy

Flat Rock Business

Summer camps face 'gut-wrenching' call on whether to open

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The summer camp industry was already teetering on the edge of collapse last week when state Rep. Chuck McGrady pressed the Cooper administration for answers on how camps could open.   Read Story »

Tags: summer camp industry | coronavirus economy

Henderson County News

Biltmore Estate, N.C. Arboretum announce ourdoor access, Blue Ridge Parkway to reopen

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Three popular destinations, the Biltmore Estate and the North Carolina Arboretum, announced they will permit limited access to outdoor areas on Saturday, the first day of the phase 1 reopening plan Gov. Roy Cooper laid out this week. The Blue Ridge Parkway, meanwhile, announced it would reopen to motor vehicles on Saturday.   Read Story »

Tags: North Carolina Arboretum | Biltmore Estate | coronavirus economy | Covid-19 arts cancellations

Henderson County News

Coronavirus kills Playhouse season

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In a major blow to the arts offerings of the community, the Flat Rock Playhouse announced Tuesday that it is canceling the rest of its 2020 season and shifting the Mainstage series to next year.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | Covid-19 arts cancellations

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Impatient with stay-at-home order, commissioners again seek local flexibility

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Henderson County commissioners on Monday called on Gov. Roy Cooper to give them the authority to implement their own economic reopening plan so that county residents may "pursue life, liberty and the fruits of their labor."   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus government | covid-19 Cooper

Etowah Four Seasons Politics

Business owners push back on lengthy post-covid reopening plan

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In their third meeting on reopening the county for business post-coronavirus, business owners pushed back on a phased plan they said was too rigid and time-consuming.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | COVID-19 | post-covid plan

Henderson County News

Advent to resume surgeries, other procedures next week

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AdventHealth Hendersonville on Friday announced plans to resume surgical services and dianostic exams that it had suspended weeks ago in the expectation of a coronavirus surge.   Read Story »

Tags: AdventHealth | coronavirus economy

Henderson County Business

Under stay-home order, city drops information sessions on big projects

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Count broad-based public input meetings as another casualty of the coronavirus shutdown.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy

Henderson County News

Panel on reopening for business sees guidelines for operations

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One marker of how hard the coronavirus has whacked Henderson County's economy comes from the work of the small business center at Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy

Fletcher News

Measures have helped county avoid hospital surge, AdventHealth leader says

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Henderson County has seen success limiting community spread of the coronavirus and preventing a surge of patients that would overwhelm its two hospitals, AdventHealth’s chief medical officer told community leaders Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus government | COVID-19 Pardee

Henderson County News

Radio broadcaster's donation sparks IAM Stimulus Check Challenge

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Dolph Diamond woke up one night this week with an idea.   Read Story »

Tags: Interfaith Assistance Ministry | coronavirus economy | coronavirus charity

Henderson County Business

Testing crucial before reopening, retailers say

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The brand of downtown historic Hendersonville is small town, friendly and personal.   Read Story »

Tags: downtown Hendersonville | coronavirus economy | coronavirus restaurants

Henderson County News

Asheville metro among hardest hit in economy shutdown

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With 28.4 percent of its workforce operating in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, the Asheville area is the ninth most severely impacted mid-size metro by the coronavirus shutdown, a study showed.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy

Henderson County News

We're in business (if not business as usual), Realtors say

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Dave Noyes, president of the Hendersonville Board of Realtors, emphasizes that real estate sales are among the businesses declared essential, even if it isn’t business as usual.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | COVID-19

Henderson County News

Here are members of the post-Covid reopening panel

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A task force studying how to reopen the county for business when the coronavirus lockdown is modified or lifted goes to work on Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus government

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Here's the letter county wrote seeking authority to reopen business

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Reflecting their constituents' anxiety about "extraordinarily gloomy employment futures" and "real fear over the likelihood of a slow and painful economic 'recovery' from which they will not personally recover," Henderson County commissioners asked Gov. Roy Cooper for the flexibility to begin reopening the local economy.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus government | coronavirus unemployment

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Rep. Johnson endorses local authority to reopen business

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State Rep. Jake Johnson is endorsing requests by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and other local government bodies for the authority to decide how to reopen businesses at the end of the month.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus government

Henderson County News

County delays construction projects

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Henderson County will delay maintenance and repair projects that are not yet under way as it confronts a dramatic drop in sales tax revenue and a potential decline in other tax sources.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Board of Commissioners | coronavirus economy

Henderson County News

Small businesses frustrated at rollout of SBA loan program

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The owners of North Carolina’s nearly 900,000 small businesses received conflicting messages over the past week about the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, the new federal program designed to help cover payroll and other expenses during the new coronavirus pandemic, Carolina Public Press reports.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus government | corona PPP

Henderson County News

Tsunami of jobless claims overwhelms N.C.'s already slow system

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Ashley Arthur, a Raleigh resident and former software company employee, was laid off in January — before the coronavirus pandemic buried the N.C. Division of Employment Security in new claims from laid-off workers.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus unemployment

Henderson County News

The right place for a crisis

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It seems like ages ago when physicians, hospital administrators, first responders and county administrators filled a training room at the Thomas H. Thompson Emergency Services Center to talk about the coronavirus.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | COVID-19 Pardee | covid-19 Carolina Village

Henderson County News

Recession near if not already here, lawmakers are told

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RALEIGH — A recession is coming, if it’s not already here, the state budget director at the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management told lawmakers in a meeting of the House Select Committee on COVID-19.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus government

Henderson County Business

Execs take pay cut, workers put on flex schedules as Pardee's revenue drops

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Facing reduced patient revenue despite unprecedented activity in response to Covid-19, Pardee UNC Health Care is reducing pay for top executives and putting front-line workers on a schedule that will flex with demand.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | COVID-19 Pardee

Henderson County News

Liquor buy-back would give restaurants a lifeline

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N.C. Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, and the N.C. Association of ABC Boards want to allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol back to N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Commission stores.   Read Story »

Tags: ABC stores | coronavirus economy | coronavirus restaurants

Henderson County News

First checks for coronavirus job loss go out this week

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The first payments for unemployment claims related to coronavirus will begin going out this week, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Sunday.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus government

Henderson County News

County calls special meeting to consider modifying emergency order

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for 10 a.m. Friday to consider modification of the county's emergency declaration and special procedures for electronic meetings.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy | coronavirus government

Henderson County Business

Gas price drops below $2

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Gas prices in Hendersonville dropped below $2 a gallon this week as the price of crude oil continued to fall and demand plunged.   Read Story »

Tags: coronavirus economy

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 »

Tags: coronavirus | coronavirus economy