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NASHVILLE COUNTRY MUSIC STAR, GEORGE HAMILTON IV AND FRIEND OF HENDERSONVILLE DIES

NASHVILLE COUNTRY MUSIC STAR, GEORGE HAMILTON IV AND FRIEND OF HENDERSONVILLE DIES

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FAMOUS NASHVILLE COUNTRY MUSIC STAR, GEORGE HAMILTON, IV (L) pictured with the late Kermit Edney, President of WHKP RADIO in the downtown Hendersonville Gazebo during a special on-air LIVE appearance in the mid-seventies. 

Hamilton, who was still a 'regular' on the Grand Ole Opry on WSM RADIO in Nashville, Tennessee suffered a serious heart-attack last Saturday and died on Wednesday in a Nashville hospital with his family by his side.

Several local Hendersonville residents report seeing Hamilton, IV, in a special performance at the Ryman Auditorium several months ago as he appearned with his son, George Hamilton, V, and he joked that he couldn't wait until his grandson, George Hamilton, VI, would be joining them on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.

Hamilton was a native of Winston-Salem, N.C. where his father was President of the GOODY'S headache powder company.  He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and one of his first professional performances was at the NC Apple Festival here in Hendersonville in the late 1950's.

His was a soft voice that endeared him to thousands of fans throughout this country and Canada.  He won many awards over the span of his career and visited Hendersonville on several occasions, always holding this town in special reverence as to his meager beginnings in country music.  He was a good friend of the late Kermit Edney., and would appear at the 'becon call' of Edney in appreciation of his beginnings at the apple festival. 

WHKP at 1450 AM on the radio dial, will be 'celebrating his life' and accomplishments by playing some of his music over the next several days including his signature song, HOUSTON along with A ROSE AND A BABY RUTH.

 

 

 

 

 

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE PLANS FOR NEW JOINT ALLIED HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE PLANS FOR NEW JOINT ALLIED HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER

Cost of health education facility hits  35 1 million

 ON 6TH AVENUE WEST...95,000 SQUARE FEET...$32 MILLION TOTAL COST

Henderson County's Board of Commissioners gave their approval Wednesday morning to one of the most exciting, visionary, and far-reaching projects in the history of the city and county. The commissioners approved plans for the new state-of-the-art 32 million dollar, 95 thousand square foot Joint Allied Health Education Center to be constructed on the Pardee Hospital main campus on Sixth Avenue West adjacent to the existing hospital's Medical Office Building.

This venture was created earlier this year jointly by the city, the county, Wingate University, Blue Ridge Community College, and Pardee Hospital. At Wednesday mornings commissioners meeting, Dr. Molly Parkhill of the community college said the community college is proud to be part of it.

Pardee Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Kirby told the commissioners that the hospitals participation in the venture is being supported by the hospitals medical staff, board of directors, and by their partner UNC-Health Care.

The need for more space for Wingate University's Hendersonville campus was a main catalyst that helped drive the creation of the new facility and a Wingate spokesman told commissioners Wednesday morning that it is indeed something new and special for Western North Carolina.

Preliminary plans for the new facility were described for commissioners in detail by project architect, Chad Roberson, who pointed out the bottom level of the new facility will be a state-of-the-art cancer center for Pardee Hospital. Deeply tied to the Pardee main campus, the architect said the facility will create a "flow" between the hospital and both the Wingate and the community college spaces on the second and third levels...and the new facility will include such amenities as a healing garden, a roof garden, courtyard and more.

The new cancer center will include a surgical suite, infusion therapy center, oncology facilities and easy ambulance access.

Architect Chad Roberson gave the commissioners details on the cost of the new facility.

The architect also outlined for commissioners the schedule for constructing the new facility.  Work will likely begin in the spring of 2015 and most of the facility should be completed by the summer of 2016.

In response to questions from commissioners, the facility's architect explained it has been designed too for future expansion as the hospital, community college, and Wingate campus all continue to grow.

Also in response to questions from commissioners, architect Chad Roberson said the facility is being designed to accomodate the traffic on Sixth Avenue West and associated traffic issues:

At the conclusion of the architect's presentation Wednesday morning, county manager Steve Wyatt and Finance Director Carey McClelland outlined how the $32 million dollar facility will be paid for, largely by paying for itself...and Wyatt referred to the new facility as a "legacy" for the commissioners.

And after all the presentations Wednesday morning, the county commissioners wasted no time moving to approve the plans and move the new state-of-the-art health education facility forward...when Chairman Charlie Messer accepted a motion to approve the plans made by Commissioner Larry Young.

As a footnote, commissioner Grady Hawkins pointed out the county soon will be looking at some other major capital projects in addition to this one...like a new EMS and Rescue Squad facility and a new Hendersonville High School.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

Updated 11am 9/17/14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOUR INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE BREAK-INS; STOLEN ITEMS RECOVERED FROM THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER

FOUR INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE BREAK-INS; STOLEN ITEMS RECOVERED FROM THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER

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STOLEN ITEMS RECOVERED FROM THE RIVER AT THE BLANTYRE BRIDGE

Detectives from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office have recently made several arrest’s in connection with multiple Breaking, Entering and Larcenies to residences in Henderson County. Several items have been recovered by detectives including firearms that were located and recovered in the French Broad River at the Blantyre Bridge in Transylvania County. Detectives worked closely with divers from the Henderson County Rescue Squad to recover the firearms that had been thrown in the river from the boat launch area.

The individuals listed below were charged with multiple felonies to include Felony Breaking and Entering,  Felony Larceny, Possession of Firearms by Felon, Larceny of Firearms, Conspiracy, Accessory Before and After the Fact and Possession of Stolen Property. Should anyone have information that may lead to the recovery of additional property or information concerning the individuals charged please contact Detective Sgt. John Ashe at 828-9694-2888  as the investigation continues and more charges are probable.

McArthur Blake Thomas (WM) age: 20                     Bond: $ 49,000 (secured)

249 West Poplar Drive Hendersonville, N.C.

 

Christina Michaela Nowak (WF) age: 18                  Bond: $ 32,000 (secured)

249 West Poplar Drive Hendersonville, N.C.

 

Matthew Dean Givens (BM) age: 18                          Bond: $ 15,000 (unsecured)

332 Big Oak Road Hendersonville, N.C.

 

Tyler Joseph Galloway (WM) age: 20                        Bond: $ 180,000 (secured)

210 Sentell Court Hendersonville, N.C.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE LOSES ITS MANAGING DIRECTOR

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE LOSES ITS MANAGING DIRECTOR

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The Board of Trustees of Flat Rock Playhouse announced today that managing director Hillary Hart has been tapped by the nationally recognized Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN to be their new General Manager, effective mid-October. Hart will immediately begin working with the Board and staff to ensure a smooth transition. While she will step down October 3, she will be available as a pro bono consultant as long as needed to advise on both operational and strategic planning matters.

“We have been blessed to have had Hillary with us,” said Cliff Stalter, President of the Flat Rock Playhouse Board of Trustees. “We knew when we hired her that a person of her talent and skills was likely to be courted by bigger names and theaters out there, but we were willing to take that chance.” Stalter notes the business results Hart brought to the Playhouse in her 18 month tenure have helped the Playhouse operate more like a business with greater discipline and strategic focus. “Hillary has laid a solid foundation for more sustainable operations and we are committed to build on it. We are forever grateful to Hillary for her outstanding leadership.”

Hart has step-changed results in a number of areas. She instituted increased financial rigor including the first comprehensive business and budget office system resulting in reduced expenses and a dramatic shift in financial performance. During her tenure, the Playhouse moved from a $256,000 2012 year-end operating deficit to a $238,000 year-end operating surplus in 2013. The Playhouse is currently projecting a year-end surplus again in 2014. Hart successfully renegotiated the terms of FRP's long-term debt through loan consolidation and improved union collective bargaining agreements. She also instituted a strengthened financial management process that has saved more than $200,000 in annual operating expense.

Hart also has elevated community engagement and fund-raising results. Over the past 18 months, contributed revenue increased over projections by an average of 40%. Working with Trustees and the strategic planning committee she helped restructure the Board of Trustees, including a revision to bylaws, cultivation of new board members, and a long-term multi-phase strategic plan designed to build a sustainable business model for the future. She also has been actively involved with community and government leaders.

"I have had the profound pleasure of working in one of the most unique and palpably important theatres in the southeast region and am proud of the work we've done to create a sustainable plan for the future," said Hart. "I am so grateful to the staff, the Board, and to the wonderful members of this community for so warmly embracing my family.  I firmly believe that the Playhouse is on the right track toward the next 60+ years of providing quality artistic and educational programming. The opportunity to become the General Manager at the Guthrie is a once-in-a-career opportunity for me and my family and has been one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make.”  

Near-term, Hart's duties will be transitioned to current staff in close collaboration with the board and Acting Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant. Longer-term plans for this role will be considered as part of the Board's ongoing strategic planning process.

 

 

MAN FACING THREE FELONY COUNTS OF STATUTORY RAPE

MAN FACING THREE FELONY COUNTS OF STATUTORY RAPE

 

 

During the course of an investigation concerning a runaway juvenile,  officers from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit have now charged a man with a local address with three serious felony charges.

Horacio Perez-Solis  age 24 of 378 Adeles Way in Hendersonville with three counts of felony statutory rape and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Perez-Solis was charged late Monday after the juvenile was located at his residence.  She has been reported to local authorities as a runaway a short time earlier.

Perez- Solis is currently incarcerated in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $150,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

TELCO CREDIT UNION OPENS NEW BRANCH ON 7TH AVE. EAST NEXT TO WHKP

TELCO CREDIT UNION OPENS NEW BRANCH ON 7TH AVE. EAST NEXT TO WHKP

 

WHERE SUN TRUST USED TO BE...AT 1452 7TH AVENUE EAST...NEXT DOOR TO WHKP

Telco Community Credit Union  announces the opening of its new Hendersonville branch. Located at 1452  7th Avenue East adjacent to Highway 64/ Four Seasons Boulevard at the  Dana Road intersection, this is the first Telco branch in Henderson County.

“We  are so excited to open this branch in Henderson County,” says Rita Gentry,  President and CEO. “Telco has been chartered to serve Henderson County since  2003.  The new branch will now offer local convenience to our Henderson  County Members, and opens up new banking options to the people living and  working in the Hendersonville area.”

 

The  Telco Community Credit Union Hendersonville branch is managed by Jan Stapler..  Jan brings 20 years of Credit Union experience to Telco. “I can personally share  in the delight of opening this new branch in Hendersonville”, says Stapler. “We  have a full service branch here that is easy to get to, includes multiple  drive-thru lanes, safe deposit boxes, a night drop safe, ample parking, and  plenty of room inside to meet with our member Services Representatives and loan  officers. We are all looking forward to seeing the familiar faces of our  members, and making new friends while growing our family of members here in  Hendersonville.”

The  new branch will be open for operation beginning Monday, September  15th. The branch will be celebrating a Grand Opening on Friday,  September 26th.

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Telco  Community Credit Union has been providing financial services in Western North  Carolina since 1935, now serving residents of Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell,  Catawba, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and McDowell counties. Branches are  located in Asheville, Skyland, Leicester, Weaverville, Hendersonville,  Morganton, and Hickory, with a new branch opening in Candler later this year. In  addition to the branch locations, members have access to their accounts and many  services at over 50 local ATMs, 5,000 Shared Branch locations nationwide, online  Home Banking, mobile banking, and 24-hour Telco Teller telephone services. Telco  has become a family tradition for many members, offering comprehensive financial  products and services for consumers and small business; including savings,  interest bearing checking, credit card, auto and RV loans, mortgages, and  retirement investment.

 

Visit www.Telcoccu.org for more information.

 

 

A BUSY FALL COLOR SEASON ANTICIPATED FOR WNC AND THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

A BUSY FALL COLOR SEASON ANTICIPATED FOR WNC AND THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

 

 

The Blue Ridge Parkway is expecting a robust fall visitor season along the 469-mile linear national park which offers breathtaking scenic beauty and a wide variety of educational and cultural experiences. October is historically one of the Parkway’s highest visitation months and park managers anticipate that tradition to continue.

Visitors can find helpful information as they plan for their Parkway experience from a variety of sources. The park website provides a real-time road closure map, facility schedules, safety information, suggested itineraries, visitor center locations, and much more at www.nps.gov/blri. Recorded late season wildflower blooming and fall foliage information is available at 828.298.0398 and is updated regularly. Visitors can follow park updates on social media at www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeNPS.

Park visitors are encouraged to plan visits carefully to avoid unexpected road or weather conditions. Considering its unique design and changes in elevation, the Parkway drive is different than most and visitors are encouraged to pay extra attention when driving. The safest way to enjoy fall color is by parking at overlooks available along the motor road at regular intervals. In addition, park staff remind visitors that the Parkway is a living and fragile resource. Visitors can help protect it by following park regulations while in the park.

Parkway staff has begun making preparations for seasonal facility closures. The full listing of facilities, with 2014 closing dates if applicable, is available below and on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/hours.htm.

2014 FALL/WINTER FACILITY SCHEDULE:

CAMPGROUNDS (Reservations before Oct. 24, 2014 visit recreation.gov. Camping on walk-in basis between Oct. 26 - Nov. 1, 2014)

MILEPOST

CAMPGROUND

OPEN THROUGH

NOTES

60.8

Otter Creek Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

167.1

Rocky Knob Campground

2-Nov

Two loops open for season; Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

239.2

Doughton Park Campground

2-Nov

RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season; Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

296.9

Price Park Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

316.4

Linville Falls Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

408.8

Mt. Pisgah Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

CONCESSION FACILITIES

MILEPOST

CONCESSION

OPEN THROUGH

NOTES

85.6

Peaks of Otter Lodge

30-Nov

Open through lunch on Sun., November 30, 2014; Open weekends & holidays through the winter; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Country Store

31-Oct

Open Wednesday through Sun., 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

176.2

Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop

2-Nov

Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.

258.7

Northwest Trading Post

31-Oct

Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information

294

Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor

30-Nov

Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Visit craftguild.org for more information.

296.9

Price Park Boat Rental

Staggered beginning Sept. 30

Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. through September 30, 2014. Open weekends, weather permitting, Fri. through Sun. through October 26, 2014; visit wix.com/pricelakeboatrentals/blueridgeparkway for more information.

382.2

Folk Art Center

Open Year Round

Visit craftguild.org for seasonal hours, special events, and more information.

408.8

Pisgah Inn & Restaurant

2-Nov

Open through breakfast on Sun., November 2, 2014; visit pisgahinn.com for more information.

PICNIC AREAS (Restrooms available at all picnic areas. Picnic Areas close for the season at dusk on Sun., November 2, 2014.)

MILEPOST

PICNIC AREA

OPEN THROUGH

NOTES

8.5

Humpback Rocks Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

63.6

James River Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

85.6

Peaks of Otter Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

120.4

Roanoke Mtn. Day Use Area

2-Nov

Last concert of the season on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

154.5

Smart View Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

169

Rocky Knob Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

188.8

Groundhog Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

217.5

Cumberland Knob Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

241.1

Doughton Park Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

271.9

Jeffress Park Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

296.4

Price Park Picnic Area

Open Year Round

Portable toilets only after November 2, 2014.

316.4

Linville Falls Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

367.6

Craggy Gardens Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

407.8

Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST

MILEPOST

VISITOR CTR/ AREA

OPEN THROUGH

NOTES

6

Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

2-Nov

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

6

Humpback Rocks Farm

26-Oct

Seasonal cultural and farmlife demonstrations daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. After Oct. 26, grounds open year round for self-guided tour.

63.6

James River Visitor Center

2-Nov

Open Wed. - Sun., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center

2-Nov at 4:00 p.m.

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

85.6

Johnson Farm

6-Oct

Open Th. - Mon.,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Grounds open year round for self-guided tour.

169

Rocky Knob Visitor Center

26-Oct

Weekends only, Sat. - Sun., 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

176.2

Mabry Mill Exhibits

Cultural demonstrations through Oct. 26, 2014

Grounds open year round for self-guided tour.

213

Blue Ridge Music Center

2-Nov

Visitor Center & Roots of American Music Exhibit close November 2, 2014. Mid Day Music also concludes Nov. 2. Last outdoor concert of the season Sat., October 11, 2014; visit blueridgemusiccenter.com for more information.

238.5

Brinegar Cabin

26-Oct

Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

294

Moses Cone Manor House

2-Nov

Visitor Center open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. Manor House Tours conclude for the seaon on October 19, 2014. Estate grounds open year round for self-guided tour.

304.4

Linn Cove Visitor Center

2-Nov

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

316.4

Linville Falls Visitor Center

11-Nov

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with full utilities through Nov. 2, 2014, Portable toilets on site from November 3 - 11, 2014.

330.9

North Carolina Museum of Minerals

Open Year Round

Open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Closed daily for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. beginning November 2, 2014.

364.5

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center

11-Nov

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with full utilities through Nov. 2, 2014, Portable toilets on site from November 3 - 11, 2014.

382.2

Folk Art Center

Open Year Round

Seasonal hours: Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m through December; Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. January through March.

384.5

Asheville Visitor Center

Open Year Round

Open Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

451.2

Waterrock Knob Visitor Center

2-Nov

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 * Please note, schedule subject to change.

 

 

PART OF HOWARD GAP ROAD TO BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY SEPT. 15TH THRU SUNDAY THE 21ST

PART OF HOWARD GAP ROAD TO BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY SEPT. 15TH THRU SUNDAY THE 21ST

 

 

 

Beginning Monday, Sept. 15, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close Howard Gap Road from Brookside Camp Road to Naples Road in Fletcher. The closure is necessary to lower the existing grade of a section of Howard Gap Road that is approximately one-fifth mile north of Brookside Camp Road between the two intersections of Whispering Hills Drive.

The roughly one-tenth mile portion of Howard Gap Road will close at 7 a.m. and the closure will remain in place until Sunday, Sept. 21.

A signed detour will be in place advising motorists to take Brookside Camp Road to U.S. 25, and then Naples Road back to Howard Gap Road.

The work is part of a $9.3 million contract to widen Howard Gap Road from Jackson Road in Fletcher to just south of Brookside Road in Henderson County. Tennoca Construction Co. of Candler is the project contractor.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. 

 

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR TO BE PART OF FARM-CITY DAY OCTOBER 4 IN JACKSON PARK

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR TO BE PART OF FARM-CITY DAY OCTOBER 4 IN JACKSON PARK

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Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald & Emergency Manager Rocky Hyder

 

want to help citizens be prepared.  They are inviting residents to learn valuable life-saving skills at a FREE Emergency Preparedness Fair. The fair will be held in conjunction with Farm City Day. 

Date:  Saturday, October 4th

Time:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location:  Jackson Park - 801 4th Avenue East, Hendersonville

Disasters can happen at any time, so why not prepare for them? Weather events, local disasters, economic crisis, and personal incidents can all be greatly minimized by having a little extra on hand and knowing what you can do to better prepare your family.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Come and learn from disaster management experts how you and your family can be prepared for the next emergency. See what you should have on hand to help you prepare for the unexpected.

A spokesman for the sheriff's department said, our community has a wealth of knowledge and resources to help you and your family get through emergency situations with a little knowledge and preparation. 

Our mission is to bring the Emergency Preparedness Fair to our area to support and assist agencies and organizations dedicated to preparing the people of Western North Carolina for emergencies and disasters which could affect us in the future.

Our goal is to help those living in our area receive the information, resources and skills needed to protect themselves, their families and the community and to learn to be self-sufficient in the event of a disaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWNTOWN BEARS GO ON THE AUCTION BLOCK OCTOBER 25TH

DOWNTOWN BEARS GO ON THE AUCTION BLOCK OCTOBER 25TH

You just can’t “bear” to pass this up!

Downtown Hendersonville’s Bears up for auction.

Hendersonville, NC, August 6, 2014– Since 2003, the Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk has helped raise funding for Historic Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local non-profits. In addition to their ability to fund-raise, the Bears offer a window into the variety of good work being done by non-profits and community organizations in Henderson County.

This year Hendersonville’s artistic mascots benefit: Blue Ridge Humane Society, Hendersonville High School Scholarship Fund, Bruce Drysdale Elementary, Pardee Hospital Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Mainstay, Smart Start, Housing Assistance Corporation, Child & Family Resource Center, Toys for Tots, Kiwanis, Monday Night Street Dance, Medical Loan Closet, Hospice, Open Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center, Interfaith Assistance Ministry, Henderson County Education Foundation Fund, St. James School for Little Folks, Council on Aging and Friends of Downtown. The bears have become so popular that Downtown Hendersonville prepares a walking map brochure that explains the program and describes each bear. Brochures are available at the Henderson County Visitor Center in Downtown Hendersonville, City Hall and at several North Carolina Welcome Centers.

Downtown Director Lew Holloway noted, “At the 2013 auction, several bears received 4-figure bids with the highest selling for $4,800. Downtown has seen this enthusiasm for the bears continue, enjoying renewed sponsor interest in Bearfootin’  2014 and fielding support for 20 additions to the bear catalogue this year. We will have limited sponsorship opportunities for our 2015 collection and encourage you to contact us if you’d like to be involved in next year’s Bearfootin’ Art Walk.” 

Of course, you still have an opportunity to take home your favorite 2014 bear. I’m talking about the great Bear Auction, scheduled for October 25th! Although it’s a day that we say goodbye to our bear friends as they move off the street and on to their permanent homes, many of you are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to take one home! Last year would-be buyers voiced disappointment that they were unable to attend the auction. In an effort to reach a broader audience pre-bids on the bears are being accepted in advance of the October 25th auction date. At the auction, bids will start at $700 (the cost of the bear before the artists bring the bears to life) unless a higher pre-bid has been placed in advance of the auction date. Bears that receive pre-bids will be auctioned starting at the highest pre-bid on record and will be bid up in increments of $100 from there.

For more information or to place a pre-bid on your favorite, contact Dalleen Jackson at 828-233-3205 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">djackson@cityofhendersonville.org. Bids will be accepted up until 12:00 pm on October 23.