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EARLY "ONE STOP" DATES, TIME, PLACES & OTHER GENERAL ELECTION DETAILS NOW AVAILABLE

EARLY "ONE STOP" DATES, TIME, PLACES & OTHER GENERAL ELECTION DETAILS NOW AVAILABLE

COMPLETE LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL RETURNS WILL BE BROADCAST "LIVE" ON WHKP AM 1450, FM 107.7, AND ON WHKP.COM (LISTEN LIVE) STARTING AT 7PM ELECTION NIGHT    

Even though the November 8th General Election is almost a full season away, the Henderson County Board of Elections has made plans for the early ONE STOP voting.

If lawsuits and court decisions don’t change anything, here’s the schedulke:

ONE STOP voting will take place at the Board of Elections at 75 East Central Street (off the Old Spartanburg Highway) on Thursday and Friday October 20th and 21st from 8:30am to 6pm; Monday through Friday October 24th through 28th 8:30am to 6pm; Saturday October 29 from 8:30am to 1pm; Monday through Friday October 31st through November 4h 8:30am to 6pm; and on Saturday November 5th 8:30am to 1pm.

Early ONE STOP voting will also be available at three additional sites:  Flat Rock Village Hall; Etowah Library; and Fletcher Library.  Voting at those locations will be Monday through Friday October 24th through 28th 10am to 6pm; Saturday October 29th from 8:30am to 1pm; Monday through Friday October 31st through November 4th 10am to 6pm; and on Saturday November 5th 8:30am to 1pm.

“Same Day” registration WILL BE allowed during early ONE STOP voting.

Voting will also be held on Election Day November 8th from 6:30m to 7:30pm at all 35 county precinct’s regular polling places.

At this point, due to pending court decisions, PHOTO ID will NOT be required for voting….subject of course to change depending on court rulings.

“Curb side”, handicapped, voting will be available throughout the process.

SALUDA GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR OCTOBER

SALUDA GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR OCTOBER

TO BENEFIT SALUDA'S HISTORIC TRAIN DEPOT   

 

Elevate your golf game at one of the most beautifully landscaped courses in the world at Polk County’s Bright’s Creek. Golfers at any level will love just being on the breath-taking course that flows naturally with the lay of the land with mountain vistas all around. Designed by renowned Tom Fazio, Bright’s Creek will host the first annual Saluda Historic Depot Golf Tournament on Monday, October 17, 2016 during one of the most colorful times of the year.

Not only will you enjoy playing on one of the “Top Residential Courses” in the US, you will have fun competing for 1st, 2nd  and 3rd place prizes plus “closest to the pin,” “fewest putts,” and “longest drive” for both men and women. There will also be two special “Hole-In-One” opportunities to win a new car, courtesy of Bryan Easler Toyota and $10,000 cash, courtesy of Mike Gilliam Agency, Nationwide Insurance in Hendersonville.

     

If you are looking for an opportunity to support the depot and promote your business, there are several sponsor level options from which to choose. Major sponsor levels are: “Engineer” for $2500, ”Conductor” for $1500 and “Brakeman” for $1000, plus Hole sponsorships for $100 and Flag/pin sponsorships for $250.  Each level includes many features and a complete description for each level is at SaludaHistoricDepot.com website under Events.

 

“We hope to make this an annual event for the depot during one of the most beautiful times of the year on one of the most breath-taking courses in the country that just happens to be in our back yard,” says Judy Ward.

 

Registration is easy by visiting SaludaHistoricDepot.com and clicking under Events. You can download the entry application and print the form and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 828-749-3490. There is a PayPal option to pay with a credit card. You can also send completed forms and payment to Saluda Historic Depot, P.O. Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773.  You may also pick up an entry form at Thompson’s Store, 24 Main Street Saluda, NC. Registration deadline is Monday, October 3. 2016

 

The Saluda depot sits on historic Main Street at the crest of the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad in the United States, and is a contributing structure on the National Register of Historic Places in the listing for the Saluda Main Street Historic District. A group of citizens formed a 501(c)3 non-profit and purchased the building in June 2016, and has created a railroad and heritage museum to celebrate and memorialize the town’s railroad history and its beginnings.  This golf tournament and other fund raisers are necessary to pay off the the loan, operate the museum, and maintain the authentic building. If you would like to climb aboard and help preserve the historic Saluda Depot for future generations, you can send donations to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All donations are tax deductible.

 

The museum is open Thursday through Sundaynoon to 4pm and includes seasonal exhibits, Saluda Grade “O Grade” Diorama and “G Grade” train dioramas of the different railroad eras in Saluda.  There are also running videos of trains that came up the Saluda Grade and a gift shop.  The Saluda Historic Depot is located at 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.   For more information, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kay Garell at 321-258-9111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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UNITED WAY'S "DAY OF CARING" SET FOR SEPTEMBER 30

UNITED WAY'S "DAY OF CARING" SET FOR SEPTEMBER 30

Day of Caring Set for September 30
Friday, September 30th will be a great day to LIVE UNITED as dozens of service projects around the county will be completed to benefit Henderson County non-profit organizations during this year's Day of Caring. 
 
UWHC is currently accepting project submissions from any area non-profit organizations, schools, or government agencies. Last year, almost 300 Day of Caring volunteers spent a cumulative 1,390 hours working at 39 different projects with 30 of our local non-profit agencies. Click here for a project registration form. Project submissions from agencies must be received by Aug. 26, 2016.
 
Volunteers can register Monday, Aug. 29 - Friday, Sept. 16 on our website. 

A SEPTEMBER OF SANDBURG

A SEPTEMBER OF SANDBURG

2016 - A Celebration of the National Park Service Centennial 1916-2016

Sandburg in September

September 9 – 25

Two weeks of community events to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday. Sponsored by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara.

NANCY PEW – 674-2003  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

(All Free events are open to the public)

SEPTEMBER 9 – SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET – A SANDBURG SINGALONG WITH JIM & BETH MCGILL.  CELTIC AND CLASSICAL MUSIC FROM PAT CORN.  GAMES AND PRIZES.  FOR MORE INFORMATION

GO TO SANDBURG IN SEPTEMBER FACEBOOK PAGE OR friendsofcarlsandburg.org. or  828.708.3771

HENDERSONVILLE VISITOR CENTER AMPHITHEATER – 6-9 PM  FREE

 

SEPTEMBER 17 – CENTENNIAL & HOBO BALL.  THE FRIENDS OF CARL SANDBURG PREMIER EVENT.  A CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE 100th ANNIVERSARY AND THE 50TH BIRTHDAY OF THE CARL SANDBURG NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE.  APPETIZERS, DINNER, OPEN WINE & BEER BAR, SILENT AUCTION FOR NATIONAL PARK TRIPS, MUSIC BY KATIE CILLUFO, BILL ALTMAN AND FRIENDS.  TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ON LINE AT friendsofcarlsandburg.org  OR THROUGH FOCS BOARD MEMBERS.  TICKETS - $100.  FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 828.708.3771 

MOUNTAIN LODGE & CONFERENCE CENTER – FLAT ROCK - 6- 9:30 PM

 

SEPTEMBER 19   - THE DAY CARL SANDBURG DIED – THE ORIGINAL MOVIE BY LOCAL PRODUCER, PAUL BONESTEEL.  IT CHRONICLES THE LIFE OF OUR NOBEL PRIZE WINNING WRITER, POET, MUSICIAN AND CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE.  SEATING IS LIMITED.  CALL THE FLAT ROCK CINEMA FOR RESERVATIONS.

TICKETS - $8, includes popcorn & soda.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO friendsofcarlsandburg.org or 828.708.3771

FLAT ROCK CINEMA – FLAT ROCK – 6-7:30 PM

 

SEPTEMBER 20 – SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE POETRY WITH MOODY BLACK & CREW.  Slam poetry takes traditional verse  and makes it non-conventional to tell life stories.  Green has hosted the longest running open-mic poetry slam in Greeneville, South Carolina’s Cofffee Underground.    For more information go to friendsofcarlsandburg.org or 828.708.3771

JONGA JAVA COFFEEHOUSE – HENDERSONVILLE - 7 PM  FREE

 

SEPTEMBER 22 – SEASON’S OF SANDBURG – A RETROSPECIVE ART SHOW INSPIRED BY SANDBURG AND CONNEMARA.  OVER 13 ARTISTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS SPECIAL SHOW WHICH RUNS FOR A WEEK.    OPENING NIGHT - MUSIC, APPETIZERS, BEVERAGES.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO friends of carlsandburg.org or Sandburg in September facebook page or 828.708.3771

GALLERY AT FLAT ROCK – FLAT ROCK SQUARE - 6 PM  FREE

 

SEPTEMBER 24 – HISTORIC 7TH AVENUE DEPOT HOBO DAYS.  A FUN FILLED DAY FOR KIDS (AND ADULTS).  MUSIC AND STORYTELLING, CRAFT MAKING, HOBO TALES, TRAIN DEPOT TOURS, FREE BANDANAS FROM MAST GENERAL STORE,  FREE LUNCH TO CHILDREN.   EVENT CO-HOSTED WITH THE APPLE VALLEY MODEL RAILROAD CLUB. .  THERE WILL EVEN BE TWO OF THE SANDBURG GOATS AT THE DEPOT!  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO friendsofcarlsandburg.org or Sandburg in September facebook page or call 828.708.3771

HISTORIC 7TH AVENUE TRAIN DEPOT – HENDERSONVILLE – 10-2 PM FREE

 

SEPTEMBER 24 – DAVID NAGLER CONCERT – SANDBURG POETRY TO MUSIC.  WELL KNOWN, NEW YORK MUSICIAN, DAVID NAGLER, , SINGS SONGS FROM HIS NEW MUSICAL , CARL SANDBURG’S CHICAGO POEM’S.  HEAR THE POEMS PRESENTED IN FOLK, JAZZ AND ROCK STYLES.  TICKETS - $25.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO friendsofcarlsandburg.com or Sandburg in September facebook page or 828.708.3771

FLATROCK PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN VENUE – HENDERSONVILLE  -  7PM

 

SEPTEMBER 25 – BOOKS AND BRUNCH – JAZZ ,BRUNCH & BOOK SALE.  A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY BRUNCH, JAZZ AND PURCHASE BOOKS FROM THE SANDBURG FAMILY COLLECTION. For more information go to friendsofcarlsandburg.org of 828.708.3771

THE GREEN ROOM CAFÉ & COFFEE HOUSE – HENDERSONVILLE 10-2 PM

THE OKLAWAHA GREENWAY---LOOKING SOUTHWARD   A WHKP STATION EDITORIAL

THE OKLAWAHA GREENWAY---LOOKING SOUTHWARD A WHKP STATION EDITORIAL

THE OKLAWAHA GREENWAY---LOOKING SOUTHWARD   

A WHKP Station Editorial   

August 16, 2916   

Even before Bob Williford from the Chamber of Commerce showed up with the big gold scissors to officially cut the ribbon and open the newest expansion of the Oklawaha Greenway, plans were already in the works to extend that lush and leafy expanse even further.  This most recent “Phase Three” of the greenway won’t be it’s last one.

A group of greenway supporters are busy developing plans and gathering support to expand the greenway southward from Jackson Park to Blue RidgeCommunity College.  As it is now, this three and a quarter mile greenway, with more than 500 native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers and two acres of meadowland that’s been seeded and planted for future growth and beauty, runs parallel to Mud Creek from Jackson Park to Patton Park and on to Berkley Park, along the city’s newest sewer line easement.  Wisely, there was language included in that easement that allows for the greenway.  But any expansion southward toward the community college could possibly run along an older sewer line easement that far preceeded the popularity of greenways and contains no such language.

So, the southward expansion to the community college would require the co-operation of private landowners.  And to that end, greenway supporter Katie Breckheimer told the Times-News…”We’re slowly talking to the landowners.  We don’t have all of the landowners contacted yet and we’re not even sure exactly where the route will go.”

But whichever way the greenway extension goes, we want to say right “up front” that we fully support that expansion of it…and we’re counting on the greenway supporters to work with private landowners along the way to make it happen.

Some proposed greenways, walking trails and bike paths haven’t developed so smoothly in the past.  The Ecusta Trail is a great idea for an old, mostly abandoned rail line.  But trail supporters have had to remember the rail line is privately owned, previously by Norfolk-Southern and now by WATCO, i.e. the Blue Ridge Railroad Company.  And they must also remember there are private property owners on both sides of that rail line from one end to the other, as well as hopes for future industrial growth on the TransylvaniaCounty end of it.  Close, thoughtful, creative relationships with ALL the “players” involved from the get-go is essential…if greenways, walking trails, and bike paths on, through or even close to privately owned property are to happen co-operatively and successfully.

So, as we all enjoy and benefit from the newest expansion northward and as supporters of Oklawaha Greenway look southward with their sights set on spreading the “green” all the way to Blue Ridge Community College, it is our hope that supporters and private landowners will be “together” in each step of its development

That’s the best way to assure a smooth process and a positive “end result…that would make the native Americans proud, whose word for “muddy waters” it is that IS this swath of vegetation, that’s preserving and expanding the natural beauty of  what the late Mayor Al Edwards always called “…our community that God has so richly blessed.”.  

As always, we invite your comments…on our comments   

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman