Partly sunny & unseasonably mild
HI: 60 LOW: 39
FESTIVAL DATE SATURDAY MAY 20, 2017
he Saluda Arts Festival is now accepting applications for the prestigious spring event celebrating the town’s heritage and arts culture. The Saluda Business Association is pleased to announce its 14th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 in historic downtown Main Street in Saluda.
The festival host more than 80 artists each year from all over western NC, TN, and Update of SC. “Stretching along historic Main Street in Saluda, every art media is represented including paintings, pottery, metal work, jewelry, sculptures, fiber, and more,” says a spokesperson for the arts festival organization.
With a very affordable exhibit fee of $100 and a non-jury event, festival organizers are expecting a large number of entries. Some types of work (i.e. jewelry) will be accepted on a limited basis. Early entries will be given first choice of booth location.
The Saluda Arts Festival has become a favorite free spring event for visitors and presents a variety of affordable art from seasoned and emerging artists. The public attending will also experience different genres of music from popular, regional musicians.
“It’s our duty to the heritage of Saluda to celebrate and promote its artistic culture, historic buildings, and natural beauty of our mountains and waterfalls," said spokesperson for the festival organizers, Cathy Jackson.
Be Active at Any Age
How much physical activity do you get every week? Do you think you get "enough"? What about your children? Are they physically active every day? Getting enough activity-about 2 ½ hours a week is recommended-may sound intimidating, but there are ways to make it simple and fun.
On Saturday, January 28, you'll have a chance to explore many of the fun things that are available right here in Henderson County. Come out and see how easy it can be to be active no matter what your age!
Who: People of all ages!
What: Be Active Day 2017
When: Saturday, January 28, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Blue Ridge Mall
How: Browse vendor tables to learn about the many activities you can take part in locally.
Pick up information, try things out, and enjoy demonstrations at Center Stage!
Why: Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces
your risk for many chronic diseases. Children can learn the life-long habit of being
Be Active Day is sponsored by the Department of Public Health, and is joined by many local agencies and businesses.
DEFEATED IN 2016 BY CHUCK EDWARDS
Norm Bossert has announced his intentions to run for the state Senate in District 48 (Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania counties) in the 2017-18 election.
Bossert, a Democrat from Pisgah Forest, said in a news release Monday that it's time to begin the hard work and planning it takes to win the district now represented by Chuck Edwards.
“Edwards has already shown the people of our district he will not work for their best interest and will vote on partisan lines regardless of what’s best for the citizens of his district," Bossert said in the release.
His recent trip to Raleigh to help fire and flood victims turned into a session that was disingenuously called to support unprecedented bills limiting the governor's authority to do his job, Bossert said, not help fire and flood victims.
"I am already convinced that Edwards is in line with the GOP, and is not concerned with the best interest of people living in his district, and that is why I have decided to challenge Edwards again," he said.
Bossert, principal at Black Mountain Elementary, ran against Edwards in 2016. He believes that redistricting efforts, recently ordered by a panel of judges, will make District 48 much more competitive in 2017.
Wells Fargo Foundation recently approved a grant of $1,000 to the Flat Rock Park & Recreation Foundation, Inc. to support educational activities for the soon to be constructed Maybank-Rhett Nature and Interpretive Center.
Brandon Wallace, Wells Fargo Market President stated, “Supporting education is a key priority of the Wells Fargo Foundation and one of the most important investments we can make in our community’s future. The innovative project in Flat Rock aligns with this priority and the partnership with local schools and organizations, such as Muddy Sneakers is a true benefit to our community.”
The grant from Wells Fargo will be used to assist in the design and fabrication of educational displays about the flora and fauna in the Park. The Nature Center will encourage school and community groups to learn more about the Park’s unique environs.
“The Park and Flat Rock Park Foundation’s partnership with many, many organizations and individuals through their charitable giving has brought the Park at Flat Rock implementation to fulfillment. The enthusiasm for both the recreational and health benefits of the Park has been phenomenal! We truly value the investment of the Wells Fargo Foundation,” stated Maurean Adams, Development Director.
The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina to help raise the funds required for signature municipal park for the community. That vision includes opportunities for recreation, health, and education for all generations while preserving the natural beauty that draws visitors from far and wide to Western North Carolina.
MEET THE TOWN'S "DESIGNATED" DEPUTIES
LEARN ABOUT "ENHANCED" LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE TOWN
The Town of Mills River will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday February 9th from5:30 until 7:30pm in the Mills River Town Hall Commons Room.
Town Manager Jeff Wells says this will be an opportunity for the people of Mills River, and any interested members of the general public, to learn about the office of Sheriff of Henderson County and to get information on various community programs offered by the department. Sheriff Charlie McDonald and members of the department will be at the meeting, said Wells, and they look forward to meeting the public.
Mills River Mayor Larry Freeman says this meeting is also to familiarize the citizens of Mills River with the “enhanced” law enforcement services provided by the sheriff’s department in the Town of Mills River. Under a contract with the county which took effect last July, the Town now has three full time deputies specifically designated for Mills River. That number will increase to five over the next three years.
By Larry Freeman