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BREAKING:  BILLY GRAHAM HAS DIED

BREAKING: BILLY GRAHAM HAS DIED

AT 99 YEARS OF AGE   

Reverend Billy Graham has passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a family spokesperson confirms.

The religious leader, known to millions around the world, died at the age of 99.

Billy Graham's spiritual journey began more than 60 years ago in 1949 with his first crusade in Los Angeles, CA. The reverend's fiery delivery launched his career as a national preacher capable of drawing large crowds. He developed his powerful speaking style after listening to tent revival preachers in the southeast. Graham grew up on his father's dairy farm in Charlotte.

Graham became the first preacher to reach millions with a new electronic pulpit. Most of his crusades, including the one in Asheville in 1977, were filmed and videotaped for national broadcasts. Over the years, Graham softened his delivery, but he never changed the gospel's message. After achieving fame and a large following, Graham remained humble. His humility reflected his belief that Christians show their faith best when they serve. At the close of many services, such as the one in Moscow in 1992, Graham said "You've come tonight to Christ, not to Billy Graham. I have no supernatural power to do anything. I'm just a man like you are. I'm only a messenger and my message is that God loves you."

Graham was not only an ambassador of faith, he was also an ambassador of his country. The reverend left his mark in American history by counseling many U.S. Presidents from Harry Truman to Barrack Obama.

Health problems began limiting Graham's international ministry in the early 1990's. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. In 1995, he collapsed during a speaking engagement in Toronto. Graham's final crusade was held in New York in 2005. That is when he told a crowd of nearly 70,000 that he does not fear death and that he's looking forward to heaven.

A woman who played such an important role in Billy Graham's ministry was his wife, Ruth. The internationally famous couple never shied away from expressing their love for each other. They firmly believed it was a marriage made in heaven. Ruth passed away in 2007.

While age limited Graham's travel at the end of his life, his conviction about the certainty of God's forgiveness never waivered. His faith allowed him to speak boldly and comfortably about life after death.

MORE RECORD-SETTING WARMTH...EVEN OVERNIGHT

MORE RECORD-SETTING WARMTH...EVEN OVERNIGHT

MONDAY WAS THE WARMEST OVERNIGHT IN ALMOST 150 YEARS   

ANOTHER RECORD HIGH OVERNIGHT LOW IS POSSIBLE FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH TEMPERATURES LINGERING IN THE LOW 60S MOST OF TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING  HENDERSONVILLE'S AVERAGE OVERNIGHT LOW FOR FEBRUARY 20-21 IS 28 DEGREES      

If you thought it was warm...even hot...overnight Monday, you’re right...it was unseasonably warm.

In fact, the National Weather Service at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport says the night of February 19-20 has never been that warm in Asheville and Hendersonville---not since weather records have been kept and that goes back 148 years.

And that came after record high temperatures were recorded for the area on two consecutive days late last week.

The following record-setting announcement was issued Tuesday on the National Weather Service Facebook page:

"RECORD HIGHEST MINIMUM (L0W) TEMPERATURE SET AT ASHEVILLE NC...

THE LOW TEMPERATURE TUESDAY AT THE ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT WAS 54
DEGREES. THIS IS THE HIGHEST MINIMUM (0VERNIGHT LOW)TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED FOR
FEBRUARY 19-20. THE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGHEST MINIMUM (LOW) TEMPERATURE FOR
THIS DATE WAS 50 DEGREES WHICH WAS RECORDED IN 1951. CLIMATOLOGICAL
RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT FOR THE ASHEVILLE AREA SINCE 1870".

Warm4 

Hendersonville’s long-term average overnight low for that date is 27 degrees...which meant that 54 degree overnight low Tuesday morning broke the old record by 4 degrees and was 27 degrees warmer than our average overnight for the date which is, oddly enough, 27 degrees...and the warmest overnight low recorded for the Asheville-Hendersonville area for February 19-20 in 148 years.

Call it global warming or just an unusual weather occurrence, most local residents were glad to feel the warmth after receiving some record high heating bills for all those bitter cold days and nights in January.

And the good news is...with spring flowers beginning to pop up out of the ground and buds swelling on some trees, above average temperatures, both day and night, will continue at least for a week with expected daytime highs about 10 degrees above normal and nighttime lows 10-20 degrees warmer than normal.

By Larry Freeman 02/21/18

 

 

TRYON EQUESTRIAN CENTER ANNOUNCES 2018 EVENTS

TRYON EQUESTRIAN CENTER ANNOUNCES 2018 EVENTS

THE FAMOUS BLOCKHOUSE STEEPLECHASE IS SET FOR APRIL 14TH   

Tryon International Equestrian Center Announces 2018 Competition Schedule Featuring 13 FEI Jumping Weeks, One CDI Dressage Week and One Eventing Competition

Mill Spring, NC - February 19, 2018 - Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) announced its 2018 competition schedule today featuring 13 FEI jumping weeks, plus one CDI dressage and one eventing competition in its 40-week schedule spanning multiple disciplines. TIEC hosted five series of competition in 2017, which welcomed more than 2,300 riders from 45 states and 31 countries to the venue, and 2018 is poised to deliver an even more robust equestrian calendar for competitors in a variety of disciplines.

TIEC is expanding its footprint in 2018 to host competitions in all eight FEI disciplines including jumping, dressage and para-dressage, eventing, reining, driving, vaulting and endurance. For the second time, the venue will host The Fork at TIEC, a 3* eventing competition featuring a CIC 3*/2*/1* presented by Lucky Clays, and the 72nd annual Tryon Block House Races, as well as the U.S. Pony Club Championships East. New to the competition calendar is the 28th annual Carolina Classic at TIEC, the facility's inaugural reining event. Multi-discipline events and specialty horse shows are also scheduled throughout the year.

Tryon Welcome Series

The 2018 show schedule begins with the Tryon Welcome Series on March 23 with Tryon Welcome 1 and features hunter/jumper competition at the B and AA-rated classes for hunters and Level 3-4 for jumping. The schedule also includes The Fork at TIEC featuring a CIC 3*/2*/1* presented by Lucky Clays on April 4-8.

The 72nd annual Tryon Block House Races, the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina, returns for its second year as part of the TIEC family of competitions on Saturday, April 14. Tryon Spring dressage (FEI CDI 3*/FEI CPEDI 3* and National Show) occurs April 19-22 while the Tryon Welcome Series is set to conclude with Tryon Welcome 4 on April 27-29 (B-rated/Level 3).

Tryon Spring Series

The Tryon Spring Series features five weeks of FEI show jumping with a heavy focus on hunter/jumper competition at the FEI CSI 2*, 3* and 4* levels, including A and AA-rated hunter competitions and Level 4-6 Jumper competitions. Early in the Tryon Spring Series is the Carolina Classic at TIEC, hosted from May 10-13, which will be the first reining event to ever be held at TIEC. Tryon Spring 6, featuring the 90th installment of the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show (TRHC), will showcase CSI 4* AA-rated hunter competition alongside Level 6 jumper opportunities from June 6-10 to conclude the 2018 Tryon Spring Series.

Tryon Summer Series

The Tryon Summer Series, with four weeks of FEI show jumping on June 14-July 29, will feature FEI CSI 2* and CSI 3* competition, including both B and AA-rated hunter classes alongside USEF Level 3-6 jumper competition. Tryon Summer Dressage will take place from June 15-17, hosting national levels of competition for the second time during the calendar year. The Tryon Summer Series will conclude with a return of the United States Pony Club Championships East on July 26-29 for the second time in venue history.

Tryon Fall Series

The Tryon Fall Series also includes another four weeks of FEI show jumping. The series begins September 26 with five weeks of AA-rated hunter competition and USEF Level 6 jumper opportunities, which will also feature FEI CSI 2* and CSI 3* competitions, and TIEC's highlight FEI CSI 5* competition during Tryon Fall 4 on October 17-21. The 2018 Tryon Fall Series will conclude on Sunday, October 28.

Tryon Fall Festival Series

The Tryon Fall Festival Series will span November 1 through November 17 and see the return of the Young Horse Finals at TIEC, the TIEC Field Hunter Championships as part of the Festival of the Hunt, and hunter/jumper competition.

A variety of onsite lodging is available for competitors and spectators. Choose from a three or five-bedroom cabin on the river, a one-bedroom "tiny house" cabin, or a room at the Stable House Inn. RV pads with full hookups are also available for rent. Onsite restaurants are open year-round serving farm-to-table cuisine, sushi, casual favorites, and Sunday brunch. For a more intimate escape, relax at Tryon Resort's Lodge on Lake Lure and dine at its Treetops Restaurant. More information about lodging, dining and shopping can be found at www.tryon.com.

Click here to view the schedules for the 2018 season.

For onsite stabling requests, please click here or call 828-863-1005.

For onsite lodging reservations, please click here or call 828-863-1015.

More Info:

To plan your visit to Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, visit at www.tryon.com. Tryon Resort is located at 25 International Blvd. in Mill Spring, N.C. 28756. General admission to Tryon Resort and parking are both free and open to the public.

DEMOCRAT SAM EDNEY FILES FOR NC HOUSE AGAINST HENSON

DEMOCRAT SAM EDNEY FILES FOR NC HOUSE AGAINST HENSON

FOR NC STATE HOUSE SEAT   

Democrat Sam Edney became the second to file for the N.C. House District 113 seat Monday, vying to represent Polk, Henderson and Transylvania counties.

In a news release Monday, Edney, a former School Board member and current vice chair of the SAFE Inc. Board of Directors, announced his filing at the Transylvania County Board of Elections and three upcoming campaign kickoff events.

Incumbent state Rep. Cody Henson, a Republican, has filed for re-election.

“In the past few months, ‘business as usual’ has been anything but ‘usual’ for Sam Edney,” Edney says int he release. “Since early October, he has been spending several hours each week, changing from work pants and boots into his signature bow tie to speak with folks in all three counties.”

The 30-year owner of Pisgah Pest Control, Edney grew up in Henderson County milking cows and picking apples. With a degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Edney has worked as an industrial engineer for 18 years, 12 of those at Ecusta, according to the release. Since buying his small business in 1998, his company has grown to three branches with 24 employees.

Edney said he commissioned a short survey of voters and met with people in the district. He found that hundreds of respondents said gerrymandering is their top concern, followed by education and health care.

“The millions of NC dollars spent defending unconstitutional redistricting is more than a waste of tax money,” Edney says in the release. “It’s weakening our democracy.”

Edney believes now is the time to invest in public education, saying in the release that it’s the key to bringing well-paying jobs back to the region. He said unemployment may be low, but so are wages.

He also wants to expand Medicaid in the state, saying in the release that it will create thousands of jobs. He feels the state needs to stop exporting tax dollars to other states, money that could be taking care of the state’s elderly and children.

“Also central to my campaign,” Edney says in the release, “is every citizen’s opportunity for a good-paying job, and their right to clean drinking water. Taking care of our environment is vital to our mountain economy.”

He announced three campaign kickoff events, one for each county in the district. Voters are invited to attend the casual get-togethers, which are open to “anyone concerned with getting the state back on track.”

The events will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Polk County Democratic Headquarters in Columbus; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 185 King St. in Brevard; and at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Historic Courthouse in Hendersonville.

To find out more, visit www.ElectSamEdney.com or www.facebook.com/SamEdney4WNC.

  TIM GRIFFIN WITHDRAWS FROM COUNTY COMMISSION RACE; SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE DON WARD OPTS TO RUN FOR COMMISSIONER INSTEAD

TIM GRIFFIN WITHDRAWS FROM COUNTY COMMISSION RACE; SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE DON WARD OPTS TO RUN FOR COMMISSIONER INSTEAD

REPUBLICANS GRIFFIN IS OUT, WARD IS IN FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER IN DISTRICT 4...THE SEAT BEING VACATED BY RETIRING TOMMY THOMPSON     

Etowah firefighter, former Hendersonville Policeman, and Republican...Tim Griffin...made it official at the Board of Elections today (Tuesday) that he is withdrawing as a candidate for the district 4 county commissioner seat currently held by Tommy Thompson, who is not running for re-election.

Griffin said a member of his family is in ill health and needs his full time support and that prompted his decision to withdraw from the commission race.  Griffin released the following statement: 

“I have had the opportunity to consult with my family and we have counseled with our pastor,” Griffin said in a statement. “It has become increasingly apparent that at this time in my life that my priorities involve my family, my church and the public service I will continue to provide in the form of fire, rescue and law enforcement protection to the great folks of Henderson County.

“These priorities will not allow for the dedication of time it would take to successfully fulfill the demands of such an important position.

“I genuinely appreciate the support that I have received during the initial stages of my candidacy. Your friendship is special and although I am no longer a candidate I ask that you continue to pray for me as I will you.”

Bdelections

As Griffin announced his withdrawal, former Henderson County commissioner Don Ward, who had already announced and filed as a candidate this year for the county school board...announced that he plans to seek the district 4 county commission seat instead. Ward made the swap and officially withdrew from the school board race this (Tuesday) morning at the board of elections office.

Wards told WHKP News that he feels he can best serve the county...and the schools...as a commissioner and he released the following statement Tuesday morning:

“I am deeply saddened that Tim Griffin will not be running for County Commission in District 4. He would have been a excellent voice for the people of Henderson County.
After talking with Tim, my family, my pastor, and others I have decided to withdraw as a candidate for the county school board and run for the county commission District 4 seat instead.

My commitment is to both the county schools and to the county in general and as a commissioner, I feel I will be in a better position to serve both. My family came to Henderson County in the early 1800’s and being a third generation commissioner, I believe I---and other commissioners---should be working with the school board co-operatively, without threats or ultimatums. I’ve done it before successfully as a commissioner and am committed to doing it again.

As a small business owner and a farmer, I see the county sitting on a healthy but large fund balance. I know there are capital projects needed in the county, but economic growth as well as a reasonable fund balance and an up-coming re-assessment should be adequate to pay for them...without over taxing the property owners of the county. So, if elected, I will immediately ask the other commissioners to join me in cutting the county’s property tax rate with the Revenue Neutral Tax Reform Plan.

If elected, it will be my goal to work with the municipalities in the county for the betterment of the whole county, without dictating to the municipalities, charging them for services their taxpayers are already paying for, or forcing them to provide services the county is, or should be, providing.

Growth, the environment, education, health, and security for lives and property are all important issues facing the leadership of Henderson County. Good local government is, or should be, a co-operative effort on all levels. It has worked successfully in the past and I know it can work for Henderson County again...and that is why I am running for commissioner. The people need to be heard, and they need to be listened to by our elected leaders.

With your support and if elected, I will represent the people of my commission district and of the whole county in a co-operative, constructive, and fiscally conservative manner.
I look forward to your support and to again serving the people of Henderson County that God continues to generously bless.

Respectfully, Don Ward

There will be a primary for that district 4 county commission nomination...Rebecca McCall, the granddaughter of long-time county commission chairman Clyde S. Jackson has also announced as a GOP candidate in district 4. Although commission candidates are required to live inside their respective districts, they are elected county wide.  So far, no Democrat has filed for that county commission seat...filing remains open through noon on February 28th.

By Larry Freeman 02/20/18

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLETCHER POLICE LOOKING FOR MISSING MAN

FLETCHER POLICE LOOKING FOR MISSING MAN

ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE   

Fletcher, NC – Tuesday February 20, 2018: The Fletcher Police Department is requesting assistance
from the public for information leading to the whereabouts of a missing Fletcher man and his vehicle.

Eustace Terrance Stewart, 70 years old was last seen after he left his residence on Cane Creek Road the
morning of Friday February 16th. Mr. Stewart normally drives a burgundy in color 2009 Chevrolet Silverado
truck with a North Carolina registration plate of XXS4133. The vehicle also has a “UNC Tarheels” tag on the
front bumper.

Anyone with information as to Mr. Stewart’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Fletcher Police Department at
828.687.7922. ###

HABITAT PARTNERING TO BUILD A HOME IN 2018

HABITAT PARTNERING TO BUILD A HOME IN 2018

HENDERSON COUNTY HABITAT PARTNERING WITH   

Thrivent Financial, Park Ridge Health and Local 
Churches Will Partner in 2018 to Build a Home   

For the third year in a row, Henderson County Habitat
for Humanity will partner with Thrivent Financial, Park Ridge Health and twelve local churches to
build a home alongside a local family in 2018. Thrivent Financial awarded Habitat with $73,625
to buy materials to build the home. This impactful interfaith project is called Thrivent Builds.
Thrivent members and volunteers through twelve local churches and Park Ridge Health will give
of their time and financial support to assist in the home build. Seven churches have already
committed to the program in 2018 and Habitat is currently seeking five more churches to get
involved.

“The Thrivent Builds partnership is helping Henderson County Habitat increase the number of
families served in our community by helping increase our capacity,” said Ron Laughter,
President & CEO of Henderson County Habitat for Humanity. “We are so grateful for the support
of the community to build a home for a family in need of decent and affordable housing.
Together, we are building a strong foundation for a family, an opportunity on which they can
build a better life.”

Building more together
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity started in 2005 with a mission of providing affordable
housing to families – a cornerstone of becoming financially secure. It also builds meaningful
relationships within local congregations by making a difference in their community.
While volunteer labor and donations build a Habitat home, the homes are sold to families.
Families make a monthly mortgage payment on an affordable, no-interest loan, which is used to
fund other Habitat homes. They also invest hundreds of hours of labor into building their home,
called “sweat equity”, to help with construction. Last year, Missy Strong helped build her home
through the Thrivent Builds program alongside volunteers from the participating organizations.
Now, she and her daughter are living in a home of their own for the first time. “I am so grateful
for the opportunity to give my daughter a better chance in life. We are so excited to be part of
this wonderful Habitat community. I can now concentrate on finishing my degree because I don’t
have to worry about a safe place to live” said Missy.

Get involved
For more information about how your church can get involved in Thrivent Builds, call the Habitat
office at 828-694-0340

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES BETTY TAYLOR MEMORIAL AWARD

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES BETTY TAYLOR MEMORIAL AWARD

AWARDED TO ALISON CHISM   

Hendersonville, N.C., February 20, 2018 – During a recent reception at The Gallery at Flat Rock, the Community Foundation of Henderson County and The Arts Council of Henderson County had the privilege of presenting artist Alison Chism with the Betty Taylor Memorial Award.

Alison is a life-long artist whose dedication to the medium glass began in 1986 in the San Francisco State University glass program, later moving to Seattle, she was awarded the prestigious Pilchuck Emerging Artist in Residence in 1996. After obtaining her M.F.A. in 2003 from Ohio State University, Chism landed in Maryland as an Assistant Professor at Salisbury University, before eventually making her home in Western North Carolina.
“The rich tradition of craft in Western North Carolina combined with the forward thinking attitudes in art and life are perfect ground for growth as an artist,” says artist, Alison Chism.

Currently, Chism is working at the North Carolina Glass Center and H.I.S Glassworks in preparation for the two residencies she will experience as a result of the Betty Taylor Memorial Award. Alison will spend time in Columbus, Ohio at Glass Axis working in the hot glass studio, and then at the world famous Wheaton Arts Center in Millville, New Jersey.

Betty Taylor was an artist for life after taking her first lesson at the young age of 8. Making her career as an artist, Betty understood the struggles, persistence and need for assistance all too well. After her death in 1990, her husband, Ross Taylor made arrangements with the Community Foundation of Henderson County to establish the Betty Taylor Memorial Fund to promote emerging artists in need of financial support and studying in the field of visual arts and crafts.
June 7 – 17, 2018 we look forward to welcoming Alison back to the area for a gallery show, Meaning and Object: Life in Glass, featuring pieces created during her residences, and Artist Talk on June 16th at The Gallery at Flat Rock.

Since 1982, the Community Foundation of Henderson County has been helping people transform their philanthropic dreams into reality. Donors are able to make lasting contributions to causes close to their heart through a variety of giving methods. Learn more about the Community Foundation of Henderson at www.CFHCforever.org, on the Foundation’s Facebook page, or by calling (828) 697-6224.

CITY'S MULCH GIVE-AWAY BEGINS FIRST WEEKEND IN MARCH

CITY'S MULCH GIVE-AWAY BEGINS FIRST WEEKEND IN MARCH

THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, AND SATURDAYS   

City Mulch/Compost Giveaway Set To Begin March 1st

Our seasonal mulch giveaway program is set to begin the first weekend in March. Beginning Thursday March 1st, the City will have a person on site to operate the backhoe and load the material. It will be on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 12:00 noon. We will continue to give away the mulch until May 13th or until all of it is gone. The location is at our old Waste Water Treatment Plant which is 80 Balfour Road.

In addition to the mulch, the City will be offering composted leaves as a separate material. These are leaves that were collected during the fall of 2016 and 2017, ran through a chipper several times, and composted for a year. This compost would be an excellent addition to your vegetable and flower gardens.

For questions about this project, please call the Public Works Department at (828) 697-3084.

FRIENDS OF DUPONT FOREST ARE PLANNING A FESTIVAL LATER THIS YEAR

FRIENDS OF DUPONT FOREST ARE PLANNING A FESTIVAL LATER THIS YEAR

SEPTEMBER 22ND   

Friends of DuPont Forest Will Host the First Ever DuPont Forest Festival Sept. 22, 2018
Now Accepting Forest Festival Activity Proposals

DuPont Forest, NC: On National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 22, 2018 Friends of DuPont Forest will launch the first ever DuPont Forest Festival, an event celebrating the adventure, wildness, and beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest.

“We envision a schedule of events that weave in guided tours - hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, educational lectures, and hands-on demonstrations. I think of it as an outdoor conference that shows off DuPont Forest and teaches our communities about the importance of our public lands and their role in protecting them,” says Sara Landry, executive director of Friends of DuPont Forest.

Friends of DuPont Forest is now accepting proposals for Forest Festival activities. The organization invites members of the community to share their outdoor knowledge and lead a demonstration, tour, or lecture. To put your name in the hat, visit www.dupontforest.com. The deadline to submit your proposal is March 16th, 2018.

Possible activities include:

Science Experiments

Wildlife Hike

Tree Identification Hike

Forestry Demonstration

Fly Fishing Demonstration

Horseback Riding Tour / Demonstration

Map / Compass Demonstration

Outdoor Gear Demonstration

Optimizing Avenza Map App

Mountain Bike Demonstration

Mountain Bike Tour

Demo Day at Lake Julia

Yoga at Big Rock

History Tour

Movie Tour

For questions about the proposal process and / or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sara Landry at 828.713.2368 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..