HI: 82 LOW: 65
Horse Shoe resident Ivan Gilbert, a self-employed painter who bought a scratch-off ticket for $20, learned this week that ticlet is worth one million dollars.
This is the second time Gilbert has been a winner, but he said he was not immune to the shock when he saw his winning ticket.
“I was standing there looking at it,” Gilbert said. “I called my wife and started crying. It's just amazing. I never thought I'd win the first time, now here I am again. This really helps make life easier.”
The two-time lottery winner's good luck began in May 2012 when he scratched off a $100,000 top prize in the Super Lucky 7's game.
This time, Gilbert scratched off the lucky $120 Million Cash ticket while pumping gas at the Corner Pantry on Howard Gap Road in Hendersonville on Sunday.
“The first time I won was great,” Gilbert said as he collected his latest prize on Tuesday afternoon. “That helped stabilize our lives. This one will help us purchase a home. We've been dreaming of this for years. This feels really good.”
Winners of $1 million in the game have the option of claiming it in $50,000 payments as a 20-year annuity or a one-time lump sum of $600,000. Gilbert took the cash payment and received a check for $415,206 after state and federal taxes were withheld.
Gilbert is the fourth player to win a $1 million prize in the game. As of Wednesday morning, one $3 million top prize, two $1 million prizes and two $100,000 prizes remain to be claimed.
Ticket sales have made it possible for the lottery to raise more than $3.4 billion for the state.
Net proceeds are used for prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, teachers' salaries in grades K-3, school construction, digital learning initiatives, need-based college scholarships and financial aid.
A suspect, Andrew Braymern Harder, is now being sought by authorities. Other charges are pending and should anyone have any information as to the whereabouts of Andrew Braymern Harder please contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828-697-4911.
John Allen Hill, 51, of Hendersonville, NC passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 after a lengthy illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Louise Hill and his paternal grandparents, Luther and Ella Jay Hill.
John started his career as a Henderson County Sheriff's Department Dispatcher at age 18 working for Sheriff Ab Jackson. During his career he served the Henderson County Community in many capacities: Henderson County Sheriff's Patrol (Corporal), Hendersonville Police Department (Lieutenant), returned to the Henderson County Sheriff's Department (Lieutenant), Valley Hill Fire Department (Chief). He also owned and operated Hill's Lawn Service.John was a longtime member of the Hendersonville Elks Lodge #1616 where he served as Exalted Ruler (3 terms), he also served as West District Vice President and as West District Deputy.
John loved playing golf at Crooked Creek Golf Course where he had many friends.Surviving is his loving wife Judy Hill; his father and step-mother, Bill and Carol Hill of Hendersonville; his step-daughter, Keri Gambill of the home; his step-son, Kyle Gambill of Hendersonville; three brothers, Al Hill and his wife Beverly of Hendersonville, Dwight Hill and his wife Carol of Hendersonville and Gary Hill and his wife Janie of Brevard; his step-sister, Kristie McBride and her husband Daniel of Lincolnton, NC; lifetime family friends, John and Mary Ann Cagle of Hendersonville; several loving nieces and nephews and many good friends.
A celebration of John's life will be held 11:00 am Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Chapel In The Pines of Jackson Funeral Service with Rev. Dwayne Durham officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 9: 30 am till 11:00 am prior to the service in the chapel and at other times will be at the home of Bill and Carol Hill.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hendersonville Elks Christmas Charities or the Hendersonville Elks Scholarship Program.Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793. GO REDSKINS! - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/blueridgenow/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=171817470#sthash.j3vBGa6G.dpuf
Music On Main Street
Historic Hendersonville, NC
July 25, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00 pm
Visitors Information Center
201 South Main Street
Admission is free
The Music On Main Street concert on Friday, July 25, will feature the group Sound Investment. A four-piece band from Hendersonville, Sound Investment covers classic 60s and 70s songs, with a tune or two from the 80s and 90s thrown in along the way. They specialize in rarely performed songs such as “Let’s Hang On” by Frankie Vallie, “In My Room” by the Beach Boys, and “Take It To The Limits” by the Eagles.
The 16th Annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening through August 15 at the Visitor Center, 201 South Main Street in Historic Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy the music from 7:00-9:00 pm. Seating area opens after 5:30pm; early admission is strictly prohibited. Hendersonville city ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. No Alcoholic beverages, backpacks and coolers allowed. Admission is free.
In case of inclement weather the concert will be postponed until 8:00PM; if the weather does not improve by 8pm the performance will be cancelled.
The Music On Main Street concert series is an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.
Historic Hendersonville, NC
July 28, 2014
Every Monday Night
Visitors Information Center
201 South Main Street
Don’t miss the 96th Annual Street Dance on Monday, July 28, featuring Walt Puckett as Caller, Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition and Southern Connection Cloggers. The Street Dance has been a favorite tradition in Hendersonville, ever since the citizens took to the streets to welcome home the soldiers from WWI.
Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition is a 5-piece bluegrass band based in Asheville, NC. Members are Bobby Anderson on Banjo, Jim Turpin on Mandolin, Gene Burns on Guitar, Nick Dauphinais on Bass, and Rich Inman on Fiddle. They play crowd-favorites such as “Rocky Top,” “Salty Dog,” “Tennessee Waltz,” and “John Henry.” The band incorporates some great original songs in their shows. They’re not afraid to include crossover material from artists such as Hank Williams, Bob Dylan Chuck Berry, and many others into their well-defined, classic sound.
Southern Connection Cloggers are a local group, based in Hendersonville, NC. They are under the direction of Certified Judge and Certified Clogging Instructor, Chip Summey.
Bring a chair; admission is free. Enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing every Monday through August 11 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Audience seating area opens after 5:30pm; early admission is strictly prohibited. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. No alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers allowed.
At 6:30 pm, caller Walt Puckett will teach audience members some basic Appalachian square dance steps, so everyone can join in the fun.
In case of inclement weather the dance will be postponed until 8:00pm; if the weather does not improve by 8:00pm the performance will be cancelled.
The Street Dance is an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.
Street Dance Sponsors include: Burger King, Firehouse Sub, FastMed Urgent Care, Gold Standard Development & Henderson County Visitors Center
Pardee Signature Care Center, Hendersonville Fire Department and Safe Kids WNC is holding car seat inspections Monday July 28, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Mall. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will perform inspections and train parents and caregivers to install and adjust their car seats properly.
“Think of it as a private lesson in the correct use of your car seat,” says Vickie Killough, Safe Kids WNC coordinator.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children under 14. “Under North Carolina law, all children under the age of eight and 80 pounds must be restrained in an appropriate child safety seat — whether in the family car, traveling with friends or relatives, or in a rental car or taxi,” says Killough.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 73 percent of all child passenger restraints — more than 80 percent of car seats and about 40 percent of booster seats — are used incorrectly. “It’s a parent’s responsibility to make sure a child’s car seat is properly installed and adjusted. We’re here to show you how. In a crash, a child restrained incorrectly is 3.5 times more likely to be seriously injured than a child who is properly restrained,” says Killough.
The Blue Ridge Mall is located on Four Seasons Boulevard in Hendersonville. Inspections are being held on a drop-in basis.
Safe Kids WNC provides car seat inspections throughout the year as well. To find additional car seat inspection sites or certified technicians near you, call (828) 213-5548 or visit www.safekids.org. An inspection is free and usually takes 20 to 30 minutes. Bring children and the owner’s manuals for vehicle and designated car seats.
Safe Kids WNC is part of Safe Kids Worldwide, the first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury — the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. More than 300 state and local Safe Kids coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico make up the Campaign. Safe Kids WNC is led by Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville, NC.
Flat Rock, NC - Flat Rock Playhouse presents the Broadway and international hit musical, Miss Saigon, from July 24 – August 24 at The Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. As part of its “Season of Laughter and Love” presented by the Cliffs Communities, the Playhouse is pleased to offer one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time.
Winner of several Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk Awards, Miss Saigon is the story of Chris, an American GI who falls in love with a young Vietnamese girl named Kim during the final days of the Vietnam War. Their brief but powerful love affair is set against the backdrop of the turmoil that eventually led to the fall of Saigon and their tragic separation. As Chris tries to make a new life for himself in America, Kim fights impossible odds and sacrifices everything to be reunited with him. The two finally meet in Bangkok several years later for a reunion that will change both of their lives forever.
Miss Saigon is an epic, daring musical based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and is filled with emotional power. The soaring score and the rich characters are set against a complex background that includes over fifty scene changes, hundreds of costumes, and stunning lighting, sound and projection designs. For theatergoers who have seen this performance before, the scene that ends with a helicopter landing on the stage is a major focus of this Playhouse summer blockbuster. Every moment of the performance, from the overwhelming whirl of the helicopter to the silent magic that accompanies Chris and Kim's first dance will be an enveloping, thrilling experience for the audience.
Vincent Marini returns to the Playhouse as Guest Director for Miss Saigon. Marini has also directed Les Miserables; For The Glory; A Few Good Men; Guys and Dolls; The Buddy Holly Story; Celtic Christmas; Our Show of Shows; Cotton Patch Gospel; Hank Williams: Lost Highway; The Fantasticks; and The Last 5 Years.
Cast members are Diana Huey, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, Eddie Egan, John Ashley Brown, Erin Mosher, Mel Maghuyop, Austin Ku, Justine Moral, Jackie Nguyen, Taylor Collins, Hansel Tan, Kenway Kua, Stephanie Lo, J. Morgan Shaffo, Sara Spadacene, Patrick Clanton, Nate Huntley, Sarah Cammarata, Avery Draper, Gabriela Gomez, Lina Lee, Nicole Sheehan, Sumire Yu, Joe Bach, Nick Morgan, Zane Phillips, Frankie Ramirez, John Rudell, and Grant Zavitkovsky.
Dive into Summer with Patton Pool. On Friday, July 25th the pool will host an 8 year old disc jockey playing poolside from 4pm -7pm. His name is D.J. Moto. At dusk the pool will be hosting a Dive-In Movie showing-
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (original version). The D.J. and the movie are included with the price of a daily pool admission. The shallow end of the pool will be open for people to swim during the movie. In addition the pool deck will be open all day.
For more information about the City of Hendersonville visit our website at www.cityofhendersonville.org.
On Saturday, September 6, the annual community-wide stream clean-up project coordinated by the Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO) is scheduled in Henderson County. Volunteers, civic organizations, Scout troops, church groups, schools, neighborhood associations, government agencies, and businesses are asked to sign up to participate. A Big Sweep coordinator is being sought, and team captains will receive instruction and materials at an upcoming meeting. Visit the ECO website at www.eco-wnc.org, or phone Seirisse Baker, ECO Water Quality Administrator, at 828-692-0385 to be placed on a team or to register a team and receive an assigned location.
ECO has hosted Henderson County‘s annual stream clean-up event since 1991 to engage citizens in environmental stewardship. This popular event brings numerous groups and individuals together to clean debris from local streams.
For the second year ECO is partnering with AmeriCorps Project Conserve, Asheville GreenWorks, RiverLink, and Western North Carolina Alliance to create a multi-county project called Blue Ridge Big Sweep. Big Sweep is a statewide program that is part of an international effort to get citizens and communities out to clear litter from streams and waterways around the globe.
ECO’s longstanding partnerships with the NC Department of Transportation, Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, and NC Big Sweep help make this annual event a success. Since 2010, ECO Big Sweep volunteers have logged over 1,200 hours to collect almost 12,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from Henderson County streams. In addition to Big Sweep, ECO’s Water Quality Committee coordinates an Adopt-A-Stream program to keep waterways clean all year.
Henderson County Library Author Appreciation
Come out and appreciate featured authors Mark de Castrique, Ann B. Ross and Robert Inman.
The Henderson County Library Author Appreciation Dinner will be held on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at The Cedars in Hendersonville. The evening will include a pre-dinner reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a formal dinner being served at 6:30 p.m., a presentation by each author and a book signing.
Ticket sales begin on Tuesday, July 1st, the cost of the dinner is $35 and tickets may be purchased at any branch library location or Fountainhead Bookstore. Limited seating is available so get your tickets early. For more information call the Main Library at 697-4725.