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HILTON HOME2 SUITES PROPOSED FOR SUGARLOAF ROAD

HILTON HOME2 SUITES PROPOSED FOR SUGARLOAF ROAD

NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SUGARLOAF ROAD, US 64 EAST, AND I-26   

The city of Hendersonville has received an application from Sugarloaf Hospitality LLC for a four-story hotel near the I-26 and Highway 64 interchange.

According to a Times-News report, the proposed Home2 Suites By Hilton will be located on Sugarloaf Road between A Day in the County and the Ramada hotel.

Home2 Suites feature fully equipped in-suite kitchens and modular furniture. The chain also welcomes pets including dogs, cats, birds and rabbits.

Preliminary site plans submitted to the city include a 66,000-square-foot facility, with 16,500 square feet per floor and meeting space.
The project is currently zoned PCD Planned Commercial District and will not require rezoning.

A neighborhood compatibility meeting for the project is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 31 inside the City Operations Center on Williams Street.

RIBBON CUTTING THIS WEDNESDAY FOR SAMTEC AT BRCC

RIBBON CUTTING THIS WEDNESDAY FOR SAMTEC AT BRCC

WILL TRAIN WORKERS FOR GF LINAMAR NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN FERNCLIFF INDUSTRIAL PARK IN MILLS RIVER   

WELL OVER 300 MANUFACTURING JOBS TO BE CREATED   

MAY BEGIN OPERATION AS SOON AS THIS SUMMER   

Blue Ridge Community College to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Southeastern Advanced Molding Technology Education Center (SAMTEC) on Wednesday, May 24

Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Southeastern Advanced Molding Technology Education Center (SAMTEC) on Wednesday, May 24 at 9 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony is free and open to the public to attend. Carlos Vasto, general manager at GF Linamar LLC, Michael Edney, Chairman of Henderson County Commissioners, Dr. Molly Parkhill, president of BRCC, and WIll Buie, board chair of Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, will give remarks at the ceremony. Demonstrations of the SAMTEC equipment will be given after the program.

SAMTEC is located in the Advanced Technology Building, where it will use the expertise of instructors from several of BRCC advanced technology programs, including mechatronics, computer integrated machining, welding, and engineering technology. Two BRCC instructors traveled to Austria and Switzerland to receive training on equipment set-up, maintenance, and operation. SAMTEC will provide training to GF Linamar employees, as well as molding and die cast training for companies locally and across the nation. Long range plans include the development of a full associate degree program in Molding Technology.

“We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our new SAMTEC facility, which will provide essential job training for hundreds of students,” said Dr. Molly Parkhill, president of BRCC. “This new, state-of-the-art facility would not have been possible without the generous support of Georg Fischer, Linamar, the Golden Leaf Foundation, the NCCCS Customized Training Program and Henderson County.”

Fueled by a joint venture between Swiss Company, Georg Fischer (GF) and Canadian Company, Linamar, the SAMTEC job training initiative is specifically designed to meet the training needs of GF Linamar’s new high-pressure die cast facility. GF Linamar’s facility will specialize in high-pressure die casting to produce light-weight aluminum and magnesium parts for power train driveline and structural components. This venture will add 350 jobs to the region with an average annual salary estimated at $47,013.

Funding for the equipment and retrofit of the Advanced Technologies Building to accommodate the Center was provided by a $550,000 Economic Catalyst grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation and an $80,000 award from the North Carolina Community College System Customized Training Program to purchase equipment. For die cast training, GF Linamar and its equipment suppliers have donated the majority of the necessary equipment or provided equipment at a low cost, including a new die cast cell. County funds provided a retrofit of the space. The equipment in SAMTEC is valued at more than $2 million.

Currently, the southeast region of the United States is home to 25 die cast manufacturers and a wide variety of manufacturers using plastic molding processes. SAMTEC provides quality workforce training in high-pressure die cast of aluminum parts as well as training in the production of plastic molding processes. SAMTEC will also support the training needs of other area companies with plastic molding processes. These companies include Elkamet Inc., B.I.G. Adventures, Continental Automotive Systems, Meritor Inc., Raumedic and Lassonde Pappas.

DIRTY DANCING RE-MAKE THAT AIRS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 8 PM SHOWCASES KANUGA

DIRTY DANCING RE-MAKE THAT AIRS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 8 PM SHOWCASES KANUGA

MAY 24TH 8PM ON ABC TELEVISION   

On May 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC Television Network, a historic piece of Western North Carolina will appear on TV screens across the nation due in part to Lionsgate Television’s adaptation of the classic film, Dirty Dancing. Kanuga, located in Hendersonville, NC, served as the set location for half of the television event.

Filmed last spring, Kanuga’s secluded setting and rustic surroundings provided a lush backdrop for the storyline set in the 1960s. Several iconic scenes were filmed there, including the conga line from the beginning of the movie and Baby’s famous watermelon scene. Johnny’s cabin scenes were filmed at the Fox Pavilion at Camp Kanuga, while the Fox Cottage on the main campus was repurposed as the Kellerman’s cabin.

“We hope the movie provides a chance for viewers to fall in love again with Western North Carolina’s beauty,” says Michael R. Sullivan, Kanuga President. “While the movie is a fictional story, Kanuga is a place where people can truly experience a vacation filled with old-fashioned fun and relaxation.”

The three-hour filmed musical event features the story from the beloved 1987 romantic drama and instant movie classic told from a fresh perspective. Dirty Dancing stars Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) as Baby, Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) as Marjorie Houseman, Bruce Greenwood (“American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson”) as Dr. Jake Houseman, Nicole Scherzinger (“Dancing with the Stars”) as Penny, Colt Prattes (“Rock of Ages,” Pink’s music video “Try”) as Johnny, Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) as Lisa Houseman, Tony Roberts (“Annie Hall”) as Max Kellerman, Trevor Einhorn (“Mad Men”) as Neil, Shane Harper (“The Passion”) as Robbie Gould, J. Quinton Johnson (“Everybody Wants Some”) as Marco, Beau “Casper” Smart (“Perfect Match”) as Billy, Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”) as Vivian Pressman and Billy Dee Williams (“Star Wars”) as Tito. Dirty Dancing, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Productions.

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and nothing is ever the same for anyone in the Houseman family. Modernized, updated versions of the memorable, favorite songs from the original film, including “Time of My Life,” “Love Man,” “Do You Love Me,” “Hungry Eyes,” “She’s Like the Wind,” teamed with well-known songs that are new to Dirty Dancing, such as “Fever” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” are woven into the storytelling and performed by the talented and versatile cast.

To celebrate the re-imagining, Kanuga is offering a limited-time Dirty Dancing package. Available August 18-20, the package coincides with the Dirty Dancing Festival in nearby Lake Lure. Lake Lure served as the backdrop for several memorial scenes in the original movie. The package includes accommodations at Kanuga and breakfast for up to two guests; call 828-692-9136 to make reservations.

Other getaway options are also available during the summer, fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons. Designed to serve as a respite from the hectic pace of daily life, stays at Kanuga include meals, lodging at the inn or guest cottages, and activities. More information about Kanuga’s guest periods and seasonal conferences and retreats can be found online at kanuga.org

Affiliated with the Episcopal Church since 1928, Kanuga is a 1,400-acre conference, retreat and camp center in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, N.C. For more information, visit www.kanuga.org or call 828-692-9136.

TWO ARRESTED FOR METH TRAFFICKING, GUN CHARGES, ETC...AT LOCAL RESORT

TWO ARRESTED FOR METH TRAFFICKING, GUN CHARGES, ETC...AT LOCAL RESORT

FACING MULTIPLE SERIOUS FELONY CHARGES   

Chief Herbert Blake announced today the arrest of two suspects on drugs and weapons
violations.

On Sunday May 21st at approximately 7:01 p.m., officers of the Hendersonville Police
Department were dispatched to the 201 Sugarloaf Road (Cascades Mountain Resort) for a
report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers met with employees of the hotel that
complained of a heavy odor of burnt Marijuana coming from a room within the hotel.
Officers made contact with the occupants and gained access to the room. Officers seized
two handguns, 217 grams of Methamphetamine, 26 dosage units of Oxycodone and 2.86
grams of Marijuana. Two felony arrests were made as a result.

Arrested at the scene were Felix Garcia Jr. 34 of Immokalee, Florida and Martin Santos
Garza, 21 of Asheville, North Carolina. Charges for both are as follows:

Felix Garcia: Trafficking in Methamphetamine
Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purposes of Controlled Substances
Possession of Schedule 11 Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)
Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
Possession of Marijuana
2 Counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Total bond set at $62,000.00
Martin Garza: Trafficking in Methamphetamine
Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purposes of Controlled Substances
Possession of Schedule 11 Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)
Possession of Marijuana
2 Counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Total bond set at $57,000.00

The Hendersonville Police Department continues our efforts in drug enforcement and
encourages citizens to report any activity that may be related to illegal narco

DRIVER DIES IN TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK WRECK ON I-26 MONDAY MORNING

DRIVER DIES IN TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK WRECK ON I-26 MONDAY MORNING

AT THE HENDERSON-POLK COUNTY LINE   

The Higway Patrol confirms that the driver of a tractor-trailer truck that wrecked at the Henderson-Polk County line this (Monday) morning had died of his injuries.

The NCDOT is reporting one lane of Interstate-26 westbound is closed at the Henderson-Polk County line near the Macedonia Road exit.
Highway Patrol tells us the crash involves a tractor trailer and that there are injuries.

According to the NCDOT, the crash is in the median, between two bridges.

The lane of I-26 is not expected to be re-opened until mid afternoon Monday.

PRESERVATION---AND RESTORATION---REPORTEDLY ON THE WAY FOR HHS'S HISTORIC STILLWELL BUILDING

PRESERVATION---AND RESTORATION---REPORTEDLY ON THE WAY FOR HHS'S HISTORIC STILLWELL BUILDING

DESIGNED ABOUT A CENTURY AGO BY HISTORIC LOCAL ARCHITECT ERLE STILLWELL   

It’s being reported that---finally---some serious plans are in the works to preserve and restore the historic Stillwell building at the heart of the Hendersonville High School main campus.

The County has reportedly made plans to immediately undertake several steps to preserve the main portion of current Hendersonville High School building, designed almost a century ago by local architect Erle Stillwell.

The Henderson County School Board, working with the County maintenance engineer David Barry, have developed a two year list of items reportedly being given the highest priority.

In the first year, the plan is estimated to cost about $946,703 and includes a new roof, replacing the chiller and installing a new fire escape system.

The second year’s request cost is estimated at $808,646 and includes waterproofing the brick outer surface and contouring the landscape to insure proper drainage around the old building. The initial work on the roof is planned for June, after school gets out for the summer vacation which starts June 9th.

At a future date, the School Board will have the opportunity to submit another preservation request plan to the County. In total, the County has reportedly committed about $4M, over four years, for this process.

Preservation and future use of the Stillwell building has been a key issue in the controversial plan for a new HHS campus on the former Boyd property at Five Points that’s now apparently been resolved with zoning and other changes recently approved by Hendersonville city council.

PARDEE'S ORTHOPEDIC & SPORTS MEDICINE HAS NEW LINE LEADER

PARDEE'S ORTHOPEDIC & SPORTS MEDICINE HAS NEW LINE LEADER

Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that it has hired Daniel J. Hein to lead its Orthopedics & Sports Medicine program, effective April 24. As administrative director of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Hein will work with orthopedic and sports medicine providers, acute care nursing and ancillary services leadership on patient engagement, clinical quality, innovation and affordability. In this role, he will provide overall strategic leadership and oversight of clinical and business operations. He will oversee provider relationships, program quality and fiscal performance of all related services. His specific areas of responsibility include orthopedic services, the Spine Center, speech therapy, outpatient physical therapy, medical wellness, aquatic therapy, athletic training and sports medicine.

“We are pleased to announce that Daniel Hein has joined the Pardee UNC Health Care team as administrative director of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine,” said Johnna Reed, chief administrative officer at Pardee Hospital. “Daniel’s extensive leadership and management experience across numerous health care settings make him an ideal fit for this role.”

Hein joins Pardee from Mission Medical Associates, where he served as the western region director for 15 provider practices in five different municipalities. Previously, he served as CEO of large orthopedic groups in Nashville and Memphis. A native of Brevard, N.C., Hein is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he obtained his Master of Business Administration, and The Citadel, where he played varsity football.

Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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SHERIFF'S OFFICE ACCEPTING NEW VOLUNTEERS

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ACCEPTING NEW VOLUNTEERS

NOW ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS   

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications as it seeks to recruit new participants for its Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) program.

The VIP program helps support the Sheriff’s Office goals and mission by developing and strengthening partnerships and relationships with the community.
The program began in 1995 with the purpose of assisting the Sheriff’s Office. It started with just a few individuals who performed tasks which were mostly administrative in nature, but it has grown to be a valuable service to Henderson County by providing; added security to the Judicial Courthouse, security at the Historic Courthouse, front desk duty at the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Detention Center, fingerprinting services for non criminal matters, traffic control for events, funeral escorts, Meals on Wheels and patrol in Henderson County neighborhoods to name a few.

During 2016, the VIPs donated over 24,727 hours of time to the many duties to which they are assigned. The resulting value to the county was in excess of $541,089. This valuable service supports the sworn and non sworn employees of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

As Sheriff Charles McDonald has stated: “This is an opportunity for civic minded patriots who find inspiration and purpose in sharing their time, talents and experience for the good of the community. Our VIP program is one way for good citizens to serve our community and its Sheriff’s Office in a variety of ways in a non-enforcement capacity.” It also provides a unique opportunity to those who wish to pursue a career in a law enforcement type field, to see exactly what law enforcement is all about and in addition enhance their resumes when seeking future employment.

The requirements to become a VIP are: be at least 18 years old, be an American citizen or permanent legal resident, have a social security number and pass a criminal background check.

Persons interested in volunteering can obtain additional information by visiting the VIP webpage at http://www.hendersoncountync.org/sheriff/vip.html or our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/hcsovip/. They can also call the VIP Office at (828) 698-5055 and request additional information or make an appointment for a visit. The public may also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain additional information.

NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE SAUER CHARITABLE LEADERSHIP AWARD

NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE SAUER CHARITABLE LEADERSHIP AWARD

PRESENTED ANNULLY BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF HENDERSON COUNTY     

Community Foundation of Henderson County is currently accepting nominations for the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award. The award is presented yearly by the Community Foundation at the Annual Luncheon to honor a local philanthropist who makes a difference in our community by giving of their time, talent and treasures by providing outstanding leadership through their personal philanthropic efforts.

The Sauer Award is the only and most prestigious award presented by the Community Foundation of Henderson County. The award, first given in 1994, is named after Richard and Vina Sauer, who generously supported many local charities in our area.

Criteria for nominees include: Provides outstanding leadership through personal philanthropic efforts, primarily focusing on personally engaged philanthropy; they must be living residents of Henderson County; and may not include committees, corporations or organizations. The committee is looking for those who give beyond traditional volunteer hours to those who have made significant contributions toward raising funds for charitable projects, providing leadership to solve community problems or to meet community needs.

Past Sauer Award recipients include Frank Ewbank, Kenneth Youngblood, Morris Kaplan, Kermit Edney, William E. “Jamie” Jamison, William “Bill” Stokes, Jr., Marcia Caserio, Eleanora Meloun, Tom and Sue Fazio, Frank Byrd, Colin E. Thomas, Dot Marlow, Duane and Peggy McKibbin, Jeff Miller, the Dr. Kathleen McGrady Family, Robert and Doris Ecklund, Teddi Segal, Marian Lowry, Dr. Stuart and Carola Cohn, Mary Garrison, Thos. R. Shepherd, Ruth B. Birge and Phyllis Rothrock.

Nominees must be living residents of Henderson County, and may not include committees, corporations or organizations. Nomination forms are available at the Community Foundation office, located at 401 North Main Street, Suite 300 in Downtown Hendersonville or can be found on the website at http://www.cfhcforever.org/SauerAward. Nominations are due by June 30, 2017 in the Community Foundation office. The Community Foundation will make a $1,500 grant in honor of the recipient to the charity of the recipient’s choice.

Since 1982, the Community Foundation of Henderson County has offered people a variety of ways to touch our community through philanthropic giving. We accept gifts from individuals, families, business and organizations to create a pool of charitable dollars from which grants are awarded to address community needs. To learn more about the Community Foundation, call (828) 697-6224 or visit www.CFHCforever.org. You can also find CFHC on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

FLAT ROCK PARK LAUNCHES TRAIL CAMPAIGN

FLAT ROCK PARK LAUNCHES TRAIL CAMPAIGN

A $300 THOUSAND CAMPAIGN TO COMPLETE THE PARK'S TRAILS  

In June, the Flat Rock Park Foundation, in concert with the Village of Flat Rock, will begin a $300,000 campaign to complete the trails included in the Village’s recently updated Park Master Plan. At the monthly meeting of the Flat Rock Park Foundation board of directors, a unanimous vote supported the one-for-one matching program for donor gifts to the upcoming trails campaign.

“Our community in Flat Rock and Henderson County has generously supported the Park at Flat Rock’s development in the early stages. Now more and more individuals and businesses have the opportunity to see this park fully develop into a world-class place,” said Duncan Fraser, president of the Flat Rock Park Foundation board of directors. “Richard Eppler’s generous estate gift was made with the hope of seeing it grow to support the park. Our board is pleased to announce that the planned trails expansion campaign will utilize up to $150,000 of Mr. Eppler’s gift to match donations from the community.”

“I walk in the park almost every morning and know, for myself as well as others, the benefits of walking and using the perimeter trail. The expansion of the trails will provide ways for me and others to cross through other areas of the park. That’s going to be a huge benefit for many people who may have physical limitations,” said Marcia Caserio, development chair. “The Flat Rock Park Foundation is committed to making the trail expansion a reality. The first of our efforts will be ‘Feast and Frolic,’ a dinner and dancing fundraising event on Aug. 12 at Kenmure.”

If you would like further information about how to be involved and attend the Aug. 12 event, contact Maurean Adams, 828-697-8100.

The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by the Village of Flat Rock, N.C., to help raise the funds required for the signature municipal park for the community. That vision includes opportunities for recreation, health, and education for all generations while preserving the natural beauty that draws visitors from far and wide to Western North Carolina.
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