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FROM FOX SPORTS:  After two halves full of plot twists, physical play, questionable officiating and everything else you could want in a basketball game, North Carolina is headed back to the Final Four thanks to a final-minute flurry that gave us one of the best finishes of the tournament.

The top-seeded Tar Heels held off a spirited effort from No. 2 Kentucky on Sunday in the South Regional final, getting a game-winning shot from Luke Maye with just 0.3 seconds left to win 75-73.

The shot came just seconds after Kentucky’s Malik Monk had hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 73, and that was less than a minute after Kentucky was trailing by seven. Here’s the last sequence:

 North Carolina led 38-33 at the end of a physical, contentious, foul-filled first half. Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox drove to the basket in the closing seconds, drawing a boatload of contact but getting no call, leading to a chorus of boos for the officials as the players ran off the court. The Tar Heels never trailed in the first half and led by as many as nine.

The Wildcats responded by opening the second half with a 6-0 run to seize their first edge. North Carolina pushed right back with a 6-0 run of its own, then built the lead back up to six at 47-41 with 13:42 to go.

Kentucky wouldn’t go away. A 17-6 run over the span of about five minutes gave the ‘Cats their largest lead of the game, 64-59 with 5:12 to go. But there was North Carolina again with a 6-0 run to answer and retake the lead with 3:22 to go. But the run didn’t stop there. The Heels made it a 12-0 run to go up seven with under a minute to play before Fox hit a 3-pointer to stop the bleeding.

On the ensuing inbounds play, North Carolina was whistled for a 5-second violation, giving it back to Kentucky. Malik Monk then hit a 3-pointer to trim the lead to one, but the Tar Heels got a long pass up to Justin Jackson for a layup to go back up three.

The Wildcats then turned it over, and the Heels went to the free throw line to ice the win.

It’s the 20th trip to the Final Four for North Carolina, which joins two first-timers (South Carolina and Gonzaga) and one school (Oregon) that hasn’t been there since 1939, when the tournament looked very different.




Markers honoring Hendersonville and Henderson County’s first class of honorees in the “Walk of Fame” will be unveiled on Sunday May 7th.

The event and gathering will take place at 2 pm in the Azalea Parking Lot at King Street and Third Avenue.

A spokesman for the “Walk of Fame” committee says a banquet will follow the unveiling…and the banquet will take place at Carolina Village at 6 pm. Parking for the banquet will be in the parking lot at Epic Theater and shuttle buses will provide transportation to Carolina Village.

Tickets are $25 each and will be available on sale after April 1 at the Visitor’s Center on South Main Street.

There are 17 honorees in the first “Walk of Fame” class, and markers will honor them on the streets throughout downtown Hendersonville. Honorees are those who have been significant in the growth and development of Hendersonville and Henderson County throughout our history.

Details on the first class of honorees (published by Hendersonvilde Lightning):

Jody Barber (1923-2001)

The son of Armitage Farrington Barber Sr. and Percha McCullough Barber, Jody Barber was a creative force behind many improvements in Hendersonville. Originator of the phrase “Open Me First,” which Kodak adopted to promote Christmas sales of cameras, Barber and his wife, Mary D. Barber, collected and made into slides the indispensable photographic history of Hendersonville known as the Baker-Barber Collection. An avid flyer, Barber served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and later was the first commander of the Civil Air Patrol here. A drum major at Hendersonville High School, Barber played the tuba for the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and the Hendersonville Community Band. When he died on Jan. 25, 2001, at the age of 77, an obituary praised him as a “historian, lecturer and revitalizer.”

Mary Douglass Barber (1922-2008)

Jody Barber’s lifelong partner, Mary Barber was a gracious and vibrant contributor to the community in her own right. Recruited by Kermit Edney, she broadcast shows on WHKP radio and cohosted the Merry Christmas Shopping Show. The first woman president of the Apple Festival and the only women to serve on the original Downtown Revitalization Committee, Mary Barber was a strong advocate for the flower beds and hanging baskets that would become a hallmark of Main Street. For her work downtown she was awarded a Main Street Champions Award by the North Carolina Main Street program.

Dr. James Steven Brown (1866-1958)

Known as a “founding spirit” of medicine in Henderson County, Dr. Brown exemplified devotion to his patients. Records showed that he delivered 6,547 babies; one was Louise Howe Bailey, who wrote that Dr. Brown was so concerned about babies dying that he set up an infirmary in his home before Hendersonville had a hospital. “This God-fearing man,” nominator Tom Orr wrote, “never refused a house call based on time, place, race, color or creed.” “He was absolutely devoted to all his patients,” Ernestine Nagell said. “He spoiled the little ones, if they were good, with rock candy or peppermint. He treated the ladies with a handful of flowers. If there was a house or barn being built, he’d roll up his sleeves and pitch in. He’d help chop firewood, plow gardens in the spring. You name it, Dr. Brown was there.”

Francis Marion Coiner (lived in Hendersonville from 1951 until his death in 2004)

A native of Newport News, Va., Coiner traveled by train in 1951 from Raleigh to Hendersonville, a town he had never seen. He quickly “felt at home with the apple farmers and packers,” his daughter, Kimberly Coiner Hempen, wrote. For legal work he sometimes accepted fresh apples, collard greens and sweet corn. He became known as a trustworthy attorney and served for 30 years as Hendersonville’s city attorney.

Kermit Edney (1925-2000)

A descendant of the earliest settlers of Henderson County, Edney began work at WHKP in the late 1940s after graduating from UNC at Chapel Hill. Greeting Hendersonville as the “Old Good Morning Man” for more than 50 years, he was also a leader of the N.C. Apple Festival, the revitalization of downtown Hendersonville and the naming and development of Four Seasons Boulevard as a major commercial artery. An avid weather watcher, he kept the weather stats at the WHKP for more than 50 years and wrote “The Weather Book,” a useful guide to weather over the years.

Raymond Robert Freeman Sr. (1912-2002)

Known as Mr. Republican, Mr. News and Mr. Politics, Bob Freeman Sr. presided over the daily deliberations on the issues of the world from his newsstand on Church Street. A newsstand, tobacco shop and barbecue joint, Freeman’s carried newspapers from across the country before the Internet. A behind-the-scenes political kingmaker, Freeman was a key figure in the rise of the local Republican Party. He chaired the GOP from 1958 to 1962, advised political leaders and presided at a smoke-filled backroom where deals were made. “They were never reserved but you could be sure at least one (and likely all the seats) would be occupied by local attorneys of the town,” Kermit Edney wrote in “Where Fitz Left Off.” “It was said that more cases were decided at Freeman’s Newsstand than in the courthouse.”

Don Godehn (died in 2002 at age 83)

Known as Mr. YMCA, Godehn moved to Hendersonville in 1946 and spent 56 years in volunteerism in his adopted hometown and his church. A native of Moline, Ill., Godehn came to the area as a manufacturing executive. He and his wife, Sally, who also was inducted into the Walk of Fame, helped found the YMCA, bringing in UNC football legend Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice to promote the effort. He was among a core of leaders who founded Pardee Hospital Foundation and was also active in the United Way, Hendersonville Rotary Club and First United Methodist Church, serving as a lay leader and in state and national posts.

Sally Godehn (1919-2010)

By the time her husband retired in 1985, Sally Godehn had been deeply involved in volunteerism for 30 years. When she saw injustice, she acted. In the early 1950s, when she became troubled by examples of what she viewed as small-town corruption, she worked for court reform. Recruiting church members, she formed a “court watch” to sit in on trials and let the court know “good citizens were watching.” Similarly, she observed elections fraud in the form of dead people voting and carloads of paid voters dropped off at the polls. Using her old Bell & Howell camera, she filmed polling places. “The shenanigans soon stopped,” her son, Dr. John Godehn, wrote. “Unknown to the operatives, the camera often had no film.” She later served on the Board of Elections and helped start the local League of Women Voters chapter and the Opportunity House. Along with her husband, she also was a founder of the Dispute Settlement Center.

Clyde Shuford Jackson (1907-1995)

The founder of Jackson Funeral Home, Clyde Shuford Jackson sang at more than 1,000 funerals in a lifetime of service that included 12 years as chair of the county Board of Commissioners and the creation of Jackson Park. Originally bought by the county for use as a landfill, the property became a place for picnics, ballfields and children’s play thanks to Commissioner Jackson’s leadership. He was also founding organizer of the county ambulance service, oversaw the relocation of the county library to its current Washington Street home and supported the formation of Blue Ridge Community College. “It would be hard to imagine a county without the EMS, the public library and all the other contributions that Clyde Jackson left,” wrote his granddaughter, Rebecca Jackson McCall. “But, most of all, imagine Henderson County without Jackson Park.”

Ernest L. Justus (died in 1994 at age 94)

Serving the county school system for almost 60 years, Justus led great progress in the schools from the era of one-room schoolhouses to a consolidated system. As one school principal wrote of the longtime administrator, a diploma from Western Carolina University said he was a principal. “Mr. Justus taught me how to be one.” A list of men Justus mentored is itself a hall of fame of local public education: Glenn C. Marlow, Sam Reese, Neil Rogers, Tommy Williams, Malvern West, Corum Smith and Bill Barnwell. “E.L. Justus got out among his students and spoke with them and their concerns,” former NHHS principal Charles Thomas wrote of his first exposure as a student to Justus, who was East Henderson principal. “It was a common sight to encounter him traversing the campus at a jaunty gait, hair slicked back, tie blown across his shoulder and a friendly smile on his face.”

Theron Larnce Maybin (73 years old...died in 2017)

A lifelong farmer, deacon of Cedar Springs Baptist Church, U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and promoter of all things farming in Henderson County, Maybin has devoted his life to promoting Green River. He was instrumental in the founding of the public library branch, Green River Volunteer Fire Department, the Tuxedo community park and the Tuxedo tailgate market. Maybin has taught 4-H Club children “farming techniques, the need to preserve God’s land, good work ethic, perseverance and a love of the land and pride in one’s work,” nominator Betsy Copolillo wrote. “Without people like Theron Maybin we would not enjoy the agricultural benefits we now have.”

William “Bill” McKay Sr. (1925-2008)

In a career in farming, banking, public schools and politics, McKay was instrumental in the founding of many local institutions, including the Community Foundation and Blue Ridge Community College. As the Henderson County Education Foundation’s first president, McKay led efforts to acquire the Historic Johnson Farm and Bullington Gardens. He led the committee that selected the first president of BRCC and during his 21 years of service on the county School Board helped guide the construction of both East Henderson and West Henderson high schools. Active in dairy, poultry and apple farming, McKay also served as a bank executive until his retirement in 1990. He was among First Presbyterian Church members who formed Covenant Presbyterian Church in 1980, serving as an elder and Sunday school teacher.

Pierce Jones Moore Jr.

Drafted into the Army in World War II, Moore spent time in 1945 operating on amputee from the Battle of the Bulge. He opened a medical practice in Hendersonville in 1953 and did not give up his medical license until March of 2016, at the age of 96, prompting the N.C. Medical Board to note that he was the oldest active surgeon in the state. In 1953, the struggling 75-bed Fletcher hospital called on Moore to help turn the hospital around. He did, serving as surgeon, president, medical director and chief of staff. The Fletcher Town Council honored Moore for 50 years of service. He has also been honored by the old Mountain Sanitarium and Hospital (now Park Ridge) and by WLOS as a person of the week. He delivered more than 1,000 babies and performed more than 30,000 surgeries. Making house calls for $3 in the early 1950s and performing surgeries, Moore never turned anyone away for lack of insurance, wanting only “to serve his Maker and be a dedicated Christian in providing service to others,” wrote his wife, Elaine Moore.

Columbus Mills Pace (died in 1925 at age 80)

A fourth generation native of Henderson County, Pace served in the 4th North Carolina Regiment of the Confederate Army. After the war, he earned a law degree and won election as Clerk of Superior Court, a post he held for 57 years. In 1881 he presided over the first meeting of the French Broad Steamboat Co. Along with W.A. Smith, Judge Pace helped to develop Mount Echo (in what became Laurel Park) and the Dummy line trolley. He is said to be the only person memorialized by having his body lie in state at the Historic Courthouse. “Mr. Pace is a staunch, wide-awake citizen, an honorable upright gentleman whose friends are only limited by the number of his acquaintances,” one newspaper article said.

James Pilgrim (died 1988)

A 1934 graduate of Stephens-Lee High School in Asheville, Pilgrim owned Pilgrim’s Funeral Home and built homes and apartments in Hendersonville. He was a deacon of the Star of Bethel Baptist Church, member of the Rising Star Masonic Lodge and national chaplain of the Funeral Directors and Mortuary Association. As the owner and operator of the only funeral home serving the black community here, Pilgrim was a leader in his church and the community, widely respected by African-American and white leaders. “He helped those in need,” nominator Ronnie Pepper wrote.

James M. “Jim” Stokes

A 1953 graduate of Hendersonville High School, Stokes directed the band at his alma mater for 20 years. He was a founder of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. In 1991, three years after he retired from HHS, he put out a call for musicians to join the new Hendersonville Community Band. He had no idea what to expect. “To his amazement and joy, 50 volunteer musicians showed up for the first rehearsal,” wrote nominator Kathy Reid, a clarinet player. Since then, the band has performed four concerts a year. “It is easy to see how Mr. Stokes’ selfless and enduring gifts to the community — 37 years’ worth — have created a legacy that will outlive us all.”

Boyce Augustus Whitmire Sr. (1905-1989)

A prominent attorney in Hendersonville for more than 50 years, Whitmire served in the N.C. House and Senate, then on the county School Board, from 1965 to 1968, and finally as Hendersonville mayor, from 1969 to 1977. As mayor he worked for the creation of Green Meadows to provide decent housing for the poor, oversaw the paving of streets and installation of streetlights, established a city parks department and led development of Patton Park. A strong supporter of the arts, he was instrumental in the state Senate designating Flat Rock Playhouse as the State Theatre of North Carolina, then served on the Playhouse Board of Trustees for 20 years. He passed on his devotion to public education to his children, who served for a combined 170 years in the county’s schools. “One would be hard pressed to categorize which of Mr. Whitmire’s contributions have had more significance, been longer lasting or contributed most to the quality of life in Henderson County,” wrote his son John F. Whitmire. “They continue to impact the lives of Henderson County residents even in 2016.”



The ArtScape Hendersonville Committee, the Art League of Henderson County, the Arts Council and Downtown Hendersonville are pleased to announce the 2017 ArtScape Banner Project and invite you to celebrate Hendersonville’s first Annual 2017 ArtScape Banners to be hung on Main Street, Seventh Avenue and downtown side streets until April, 2018!

Selected artwork will be reproduced on 40 banners that will then hang on posts on Hendersonville’s Main Street and Avenues for a year beginning in April of 2017. In providing a unique twist on an outdoor gallery experience the project’s objective is to create an outdoor gallery experience making Hendersonville an exciting and unique art destination.

The 40 artists will be at the opening reception for the show on April 7, 2017 from 5-7:30 pm at Art Mob Studios & Marketplace and at Art on 4th.
These two studios are hosting this amazing array of diverse art, with the artists, the sponsors of the banners, and refreshments available at both location right down the block on 4th Street from each other.

WHO: Forty local artists, ArtScape Committee, Arts Council of Henderson Count y and two nearby Downtown Galleries.
WHAT: Art Reception and sale celebrates our First Annual 2017 ArtScape Hendersonville - Where Art Meets the Sky Banner Project.

WHEN: April 7, 2017

WHERE: Art On 4th Gallery & Studio 125 4th Ave W. Hendersonville NC. 28792


Art MoB Studios & Marketplace 124 4th Avenue E. Hendersonville, NC 28792

TIME: 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Join us for live music, appetizers and drinks!



Patriotic Quilts of Valor to be displayed at Quilt Show
May 5 - 6, 2017

Several members of the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild, will be showing their Quilts of Valor at the Garden of Quilts quilt show May 5-6, 2017. These patriotic quilts will later be awarded to veterans in our area. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Also, there will be quilt blocks which visitors will be able to sign to show their support. These will be made into a Quilt of Valor and also awarded to a veteran.

The show will feature over 100 quilts. Hours are: 10 5 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The location is the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC.
There will also be several fabric and arts-and-crafts vendors, a Guild boutique shop, and a variety of food items for sale at Bonclarken’s pavilion. Group tours may be available.
Admission is $5 with free regular and handicap parking. Wheel chairs and walkers welcome. Visit for more information.




The Rhythm & Brews crew is excited to announce the 2017 Headliners for downtown Hendersonville’s premier annual concert experience! This year’s headliners run the genre gamut and, as always you can count on us to deliver high quality across the board. Whatever your musical tastes, R&B is sure to put a smile on your face and broaden your musical horizons.

Beginning in May and running through September, these free outdoor shows will ramp up the fun in downtown on the 3rd Thursday of each month; May 18th, June 15th, July 20th, August 17th and September 21st. The shows will feature local singer songwriters and opening acts at 5:00 and 6:00 with our headliners performing from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

This season opens with The Get Right Band, a three piece unit hailing from Asheville. The Get Right Band’s music combines styles from funk and rock n’ roll to reggae. Their melodies are a perfect blend of energy and fun supported by smart lyrics. The band’s newest album was released on August 5, 2016 and was recorded at famed Echo Mountain Studio with production duties assumed by Julian Dreyer, GRB frontman Silas Durocher and group. Dreyer (The Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band) also engineered and mixed the record which was mastered by six-time Grammy winner Brian Lucey (The Black Keys and Beck).

June’s show features a returning favorite from last year the six piece ensemble Major and the Monbacks hailing from Norfolk, VA. The Monbacks feature a lively horn and powerful rhythm section that merges retro 60’s rock and roll with the high energy and horn laden grit of southern soul! Think Chicago meets the Grateful Dead meets The Band and with a new album slated for release this spring, you don’t want to miss this fantastic return to the R&B stage!

July’s concert showcases one of the great Americana acts touring today, the Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. With a new album out in 2017 the band is one you won’t want to miss.

August swings us back into the world of Rock and Roll with a visit from Come Back Alice. Formed in 2012, Come Back Alice has a patently-unique sound that they've dubbed Southern Gypsy Funk, a blend of rock, soul, gypsy jazz and funk music. With improvisational influences and a love of bands known for killer live performances—including The Band, Dave Matthews, Tom Petty, and The Allman Brothers Band—even the biggest Come Back Alice fans don't know what to expect. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist (and newly-weds) Tony Tyler and Dani Jaye, the connection onstage is electric. Switching between slide guitar, B3 organ, Violin, and keys, these two have a knack for captivating audiences with a true Rock N Roll stage presence.

Finally, we close out the 2017 season with another genre buster. Backup Planet is a progressive funk-rock band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Elements of jazz, funk, roots, blues, electronic, and progressive rock all emerge during the course of their shows. While their sound draws from much of what you’ve heard before—‘70s rock and funk, high-energy improv, a touch of pop, and a sliver of metal, the band members mix and match those elements—with just a hint of modern tech—in ways that never fail to astonish. With a fantastic repertoire of original songs, they’re able to build fluid sets interspersed with improvisation.

After outgrowing our first year digs we relocated to the Main Street South location last year and plan to head back there again. Setting up between Caswell and Allen Streets along Main the event now takes advantage of a much more spacious environment to the benefit of all our fans. If you haven’t been back since we re-located be sure to mark your calendars to check out the great new set-up!

The shows will once again feature some great local brews alongside the best concert line-up in Henderson County. Featured drinks will include the craft brew stylings of Henderson County’s own Sierra Nevada and Southern Appalachian Breweries and the delectable grape creations of Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. And for cider lovers out there, Flat Rock Ciderworks and Bold Rock Cider both plan to return to the event in 2017!

A family friendly event the HandsOn! Family Zone, a kid friendly destination within the show, and the Pardee misting tent will once again round out an entertainment experience designed for the whole family!

Check out our webpage for additional information at



You’d better watch your speeds driving through the Town of Laurel Park. Town Council lowered the speed limit from 35 to 25 miles-per-hour last week on White Pine Drive. Police Chief Bobbie Trotter said speed has been a problem with some motorists driving up to 50 miles-per-hour on White Pine Drive.

Laurel Park Town Council last week continued consideration of a possible merger of the Town’s water system with Hendersonville’s water system…an engineering consultant the Town hired said a merger makes sense for all involved.

The Town will be keeping the tax rate the same in the new fiscal year starting July 1, but water rates will go up 2 per cent.

And Hendersonville realtor and former WHKP associate Nancy McKinley was appointed to Laurel Park Town Council last week. She will serve out the unexpired term of long-time Council member Dona Manella who resigned for health reasons. McKinley will have to run for re-election to the Council seat in municipal elections this November.






Burnout operations were conducted on the south end of the White Creek Fire this afternoon with the objective of securing private property. The fire, which was reported Thursday March 16th, is burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The fire is now estimated at 2,750 acres and 50% contained.

The fire continues to burn within the containment lines. Atmospheric conditions this afternoon are causing smoke to lift upward before dispersing, instead of settling at ground level. This causes the smoke plume to be much more visible this evening. Smoke may impact areas close to the fire overnight.

Passing storms yesterday evening provided no measurable rainfall on the fire. The storms did produce lightning else ware in surrounding area, prompting firefighters to respond to multiple new ignitions which were extinguished at small acreages.

Tomorrow, firefighters will patrol and monitor the fire area, as well as work to extinguish any hot spots near fire lines. Minor burnout operations may occur.

154 firefighters are currently on scene. The U.S. Forest Service is leading fire response efforts, with support from the North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Burke and McDowell County Emergency Management, North Carolina Emergency Management, and local volunteer fire departments.

An area closure is in effect for all U.S. Forest Service lands east of State Road 1238 (Old NC 105 / Kistler Memorial Highway), south of Conley Cove Trail (Tr #229), south of Table Rock Picnic Area, west of Back Irish Creek Forest Service Road #118 (Blue Gravel Road) and Roses Creek Forest Service Road #99, north of Highway 126. In addition, the following trails are closed: Shortoff Trail (Tr #235), Rock Jock Trail (Tr #247), Pinch-In Trail (Tr #228), Linville Gorge Trail (Tr #231) south of Conley Cove Trail (Tr #229), Mountains to Sea Trail (Tr #440) from State Road 1238 at Pinnacles to the Table Rock Picnic Area, and any social trails existing within the closure area. Public entry is prohibited within this area.

Law enforcement officials determined lightning to be the likely cause of the fire. Yesterday's release reported a lightning strike near the area on March 6th. That information has been corrected to March 1st.



Elite Airways LLC today announced new nonstop flights betweenAsheville Regional Airport (AVL) in and Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida. The new flights, scheduled on Thursdays and Sundays between AVL and VRB will begin on May 25. Early-bird fares start at $179 each way* and tickets are now on sale at 877-393-2510 and

Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50lbs, and no ticketing change fees** (see website for details). Asheville is located within North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for a vibrant arts scene, national parks and hiking trails, and historic architecture. Vero Beach offers luxury beachfront living and resorts, world-class golf, dining, shopping, fine arts and cultural attractions.

"We are pleased to offer nonstop jet service between Asheville and Vero Beach with a Thursday/Sunday schedule that will be ideal for vacationers headed in either direction," said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. "We look forward to providing service in Asheville and sincerely thank airport and community leaders for their support."

"Asheville Regional Airport is growing significantly, with more passengers than ever before flying to and from western North Carolina," said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director. "We are pleased to welcome Elite Airways as the newest airline at AVL, and look forward to welcoming travelers to and from Vero Beach, Florida."

"Nonstop jet service to Asheville is a unique addition at VRB, and one that has been highly sought after by passengers who would rather take a nonstop flight versus a ten hour drive. The airport is pleased to see new markets and travel opportunities open up to the area, and we thank Elite Airways for expanding its service at Vero Beach Regional Airport," said Airport Executive Director, Eric Menger.

About Elite Airways
Elite Airways LLC was founded in 2006 by airline veterans with the goal to provide passengers a better travel experience with nonstop flights, competitive prices and exceptional service. Elite Airways is a U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier and provides charter and scheduled service throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and South America. The airline's routes connect underserved communities with popular destinations that include New York City/Newark, Portland ME, Asheville NC, Orlando-Melbourne, Sarasota-Bradenton, and Vero Beach FL, and the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. Headquartered in Portland Maine, Elite Airways' maintenance operations center is located in Melbourne on Florida's Space Coast. All scheduled flights are sold and operated by Elite Airways LLC, and available for purchase at or by calling 877-393-2510.



North Carolina State Senator Chuck Edwards from Hendersonville is keeping an open mind for now on the county commissioner's proposal to take control of Hendersonville's water system away from the City of Hendersonille, possibly through legislative action, and place that control under the North Carolina Utilities Commission.  The deadline for introducing local legislation in this current session of the North Carolina General Assembly is less than a week away...and the deadline for introducing more general legislation comes in about a month.  WHKP News spoke with Edwards about what he's hearing from local citizens on the issue...and where he stands on the issue at this point.  His response came in an e-mail from Raleigh, which is also posted on Edward's Facebook page:

"We should not act until we are certain of all our facts..."

"Many are asking for my response since the Henderson County Board of Commissioners recently asked the State Legislature to look into the City of Hendersonville Water situation.

I continue to be in contact with both city and county officials, and Representative McGrady regarding the matter. I am working to be sure that I, and all those involved fully understand all sides of this issue as well as the all the advantages and consequences of the various actions that have been suggested. This matter is far too important for any of us to make snap judgements.

The ultimate goal here should be that we ensure all our citizens have reasonable access to affordable high quality mountain water and that we are prepared for growth.

We should not act until we are certain of all our facts and have thoroughly vetted the situation through a wide-angle lens."



Park Ridge Health is excited to announce the winner of its quarterly DAISY Award, Ryan O’Neill, RN. O’Neill is a vital member of the fully accredited Park Ridge Health Diagnostic Imaging department. She was nominated by a colleague who has seen her clinical skill and compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that Park Ridge Health patients, their families, and our staff recognize as outstanding.

Park Ridge Health is excited to have partnered with The DAISY Foundation to honor nurses who go above and beyond their daily tasks to make extraordinary differences in the lives of our patients and their families.

One recent example involved a patient who was planning to skip an appointment that was vital to her care because she couldn’t line up the transportation she would need. When Ryan heard this, she took extra steps to make sure the patient received the care she needed and then drove the patient home herself. That patient later told Ryan’s Supervisor, she was receiving the treatments she needed, and wanted the Supervisor to know that had it not been for Ryan, she was not going to follow through with treatments or the biopsy as planned.

“If nursing becomes a ministry, then it becomes a joy,” said Ryan O’Neill, RN; Park Ridge Health DAISY Award Recipient. “Patients are God’s children and I treat them as such. They are my world when it comes to working at Park Ridge Health. And I am very happy to be at a place that fosters that.”

“The spirit and dedication of the Park Ridge Health nurses, like Ryan, enables our patients to feel comfort and care on a whole-person level – body, mind and spirit,” said Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health President and CEO. “The DAISY Award is the perfect way for our patients and care teams to recognize those nurses who bring this level of excellence to the care they provide.”

The DAISY Award was created by the family of J. Patrick Barnes to thank the nurses who cared for Patrick and for them as he battled an autoimmune disease. Patrick lost his battle, but his family realized the impact his nurses had on the final days of his life. For that they are forever grateful. They wanted to create an opportunity for all families who experience the benefits of the extraordinary care of nurses to show their appreciation.

The Park Ridge Health Nursing Administration presented Ryan O’Neill, RN with a gift package including:
⦁ DAISY Award Certificate
⦁ DAISY Award Pin
⦁ “A Healer’s Touch” Sculpture

If you know of an amazing Park Ridge Health nurse you would like to nominate for a DAISY Award, simply go to and share your story with us.