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THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF CARL SANDBURG, JULY 22ND, 1967

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF CARL SANDBURG, JULY 22ND, 1967

THE LATE KERMIT EDNEY MADE THE SOLEMN ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY ON WHKP RADIO ON JULY 22ND, 1967...THAT CARL SANDBURG HAD DIED.

THE BELOVED POET, LINCOLN BIOGRAPHER, FOLKSONG SINGER, AND RAISER OF CHAMPIONSHIP GOATS...CARL SANDBURG...DIED ON THIS DATE AT HIS HOME KNOWN AS "CONNEMARA" IN FLAT ROCK, NORTH CAROLINA.  

LARGELY THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THEN-WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSMAN ROY A. TAYLOR AND THE GENEROSITY OF MRS. SANDBURG, "CONNEMARA" BECAME WHAT IS NOW "THE CARL SANDBURG NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE."  UPON LEARNING OF SANDBURG'S DEATH, PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON JULY 22ND 1967:  

  "THE ROAD has come to an end for Carl Sandburg, my friend and the good companion of millions whose own life journeys have been ennobled and enriched by his poetry.
But there is no end to the legacy he leaves us.

Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America. We knew and cherished him as the bard of democracy, the echo of the people, our conscience, and chronicler of truth and beauty and purpose.

Carl Sandburg needs no epitaph. It is written for all time in the fields, the cities, the face and heart of the land he loved and the people he celebrated and inspired.

With the world, we mourn his passing. It is our special pride and fortune as Americans that we will always hear Carl Sandburg's voice within ourselves. For he gave us the truest and most enduring vision of our own greatness."

JULY 22ND, 2017...THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF CARL SANDBURG

Celebrate Recovery

 

"Celebrate Recovery" meets every Monday night at the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville.  Celebrate Recovery is a  Christ centered program whose aim is to help people struggling with life. First Baptist Church is located on 5th Avenue in Hendersonville, but the meeting is held in the church fellowship hall located on Buncombe Street.  Dinner is served from 6 until 6:45 pm and the meeting starts immedately after.  Come join us and let Jesus change your life.   

SPRING "TOUR DE FALLS" SET FOR MAY 13 AND 14

SPRING "TOUR DE FALLS" SET FOR MAY 13 AND 14

Friends of DuPont Forest Host Spring Tour de Falls
Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 9:00am – 2:30pm.

Tour de Falls is a family friendly guided bus tour of Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Friends of DuPont Forest volunteers will provide information about the history and natural resources within the 10,400 acre forest.

​Tickets are not required but donations are requested.
· $12 Donation (18yrs+)

· $6 Donation (6-17yrs)

All donations benefit Friends of DuPont Forest, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the public’s enjoyment of DuPont Forest while protecting it’s natural and historic resources. Friends of DuPont works with the NC Forest Service to improve and maintain 80+ miles of trail system, host educational and forest research projects, and providing funding for special projects such as the Aleen Steinburg Visitor Center.

The tour beings at the entrance off Stanton Road just south of High Falls Access Area (aka the doughnut hole entrance). Buses run every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 2:30pm and a full tour may take 3 hours or longer. Visitors are encouraged to bring snacks and water and leave pets at home.

More information
Dupontforest.com
828.713.368
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GUEST EDITORIAL: THE CONFUSING HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE

IN TWO QUASI-JUSICIAL PUBLIC HEARINGS THURSDAY AT 5:45, HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL LIKELY BE DECIDING THE FUTURE OF A PROPOSED NEW $53 MILLION CAMPUS ON THE BOYD PROPERTY AT FIVE POINTS FOR HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL.  IN A POSTING ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE, FORMER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MELISSA MAUER SUMMED UP THE FEELINGS OF A LOT OF LOCAL PEOPLE...SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, HHS STAFF AND STUDENTS, AND HHS ALUMNI...AND A LOT OF CONCERNED CITIZENS.  BECAUSE WE SHARE HER CONCERN FOR THE FUTURE OF HHS, AND THE HISTORIC STILLWELL BUILDING, WE OBTAINED HER PERMISSION...AND WE ARE SHARING HER COMMENTS WITH YOU:

 I'm so very confused by this whole thing! The school board and the commissioners agreed, several years ago, to purchase the Boyd property. This was seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity to enlarge a landlocked HHS campus. The Boyd's made some concessions. The commissioners were happy because there was no rush to start renovations and new buildings. The school board was looking at concepts ( with their chosen architects, the ones who did hillendale and mills river) which showed extending the one wing out towards the existing cafeteria, replacing the gym, etc. At no time did the school board consider abandoning the Stillwell building. At no time were there any restrictions placed on the placement of buildings. We actually spoke specifically about creating on campus parking on the new property at the time. These are facts. I was there.

Then something changed... the commissioners chose one architect to do all county building projects. No more competition between firms for projects - good and bad. Took that choice out of the school boards hands. Then this new architect came forward with three grand plans. Suddenly, the Stillwell building is uninhabitable and not worth using, according to this architect. At this point, in my opinion, the commissioners decided that they knew more than the school board, DPI, architects, the city, and the fine taxpayers of Henderson county. Suddenly this became an a contest of wills under the guise of " we are trying to do the right thing for our students" . The commissioners have completely over stepped their statutory responsibility in this whole thing.

We have an elected school board for exactly this reason! As a taxpayer, I'm astonished that they have let this get out of control! They have looked at spending an ungodly amount on a piece of property for a parking lot.... across the street.... smack in the middle of some a residential area. Why won't the commissioners and architects compromise and move the building closer to the Stillwell building? Parking would be ample on the church street side of campus while putting the buildings close enough to be utilized daily by students. No new property for parking lot would be required. The city would likely approve all aspects. So I ask.... what the heck happened!!??? What is the rest of this story?

Comments from former school board member Melissa Mauer

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BR COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS NEW BUSINESS CENTER DIRECTOR

BR COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS NEW BUSINESS CENTER DIRECTOR

Ben Kish Named Small Business Center Director at Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College has named Ben Kish as the Director of the Small Business Center (SBC) at Blue Ridge Community College. Kish succeeds Gary Heisey who retired in February.

Kish is responsible for administering the Small Business Center Program, providing counseling to existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, teaching seminars and courses, managing the business incubator, and serving as the college liaison to the small business community in both Henderson and Transylvania Counties.

Kish has served as Director of Business Training and Personal Enrichment at Blue Ridge Community College since 2012 and was instrumental in the development of new continuing education training programs in craft beer, culinary arts, entrepreneurship, outdoor recreation and leadership, as well as the addition of continuing education courses at the Fletcher Town Hall.

Kish’s professional background includes more than 30 years of experience as a business executive in numerous industries, including serving as a management consultant for Cooper’s and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and marketing director for Sara Lee Intimates. He also owned his a small business in the Triad area for 14 years.

Kish serves on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity, Fletcher Area Business Association, Vision Henderson and Transylvania Counties, Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning. He formerly served as Board Member and Board Chair for Associates in Christian Counseling. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.

To contact Ben, call (828) 694-1751, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit blueridge.edu/sbc.