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SPECIAL WINTER THINGS COMING UP AT THE VISITOR'S CENTER

SPECIAL WINTER THINGS COMING UP AT THE VISITOR'S CENTER

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY   

Winter Getaway Card Program   
The HCTDA Winter Getaway Card is back in town! The Card is valid from November 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 and will be available at the
Visitor Center in early November. The program was designed to strengthen the local economy during our shoulder season. Visitors and
residents can take advantage of special discounts on lodging, shopping, dining and attractions. The rewards brochure includes a detachable
card to be presented at the point of purchase. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick-up a supply to hand-outs at your business.
Tourism After Five

\Join HCTDA for the November Tourism After Five hosted by
Brightwater Vacation Rentals on Thursday, November 9th from 5-
7pm. Brightwater Vacation Rentals offers 2 and 3 bedroom cabins
The cottage is located at 119 Tioga Trail off of Highway 64 West in
Hendersonville. Bring a friend!

Tourism After Five is a friendly and relaxing way to meet new
people to develop business partnerships.
Kindly RSVP to Julie Hayes at 828-693-9708 or email
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Lunch & Learn
Mark your calendar to attend Lunch & Learn on Wednesday,
November 15 at the Visitor Center at 12Noon. The guest speaker will
be Steve Cannon, District Engineer for NCDOT. He will discuss plans
for widening I-26, changes to Highland Lake & Kanuga Roads, and
new traffic patterns. Feel free to bring your lunch and beverages will
be provided.
Call Julie Hayes to reserve your spot today, this topic is excepted to
be very popular. Contact: (828) 693-9708 or via email
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Iceless Skating Rink Returns
The Iceless Skating Rink is returning to the Visitor Center during the Holiday Season. The rink will be open starting
December 19 though January 1. The synthetic ice skating rink is made from special polymers so it can be enjoyed
year-round in any temperature. The skating rink is a fundraiser for the Henderson County America in Bloom
Committee. America in Bloom is an economic driver, designating communities nationwide as desirable areas to live,
work, and visit.
The AIB Committee is seeking volunteers to help in the operation of the Skating Rink. Volunteer training will be held at the Visitor Center on
Tuesday, December 12th from 5-7pm. For information or to sign-up for the training session call Mia Freeman at (828) 698-4600 or email
Karen Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HENDERSONVILLE & MILLS RIVER FAMILY DENTAL TO HONOR VETERANS

HENDERSONVILLE & MILLS RIVER FAMILY DENTAL TO HONOR VETERANS

PROVIDING FREE DENTAL CARE FOR ALL VETERANS AT BOTH LOCATIONS NOVEMBER 10TH!

 

 

WNC'S MARK MEADOWS & CHUCK SHUMER MEET ON TAXES

WNC'S MARK MEADOWS & CHUCK SHUMER MEET ON TAXES

AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE?   

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Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer meet on taxes

HANG TOUGH, MARK!

Eliza Collins, USA TODAY Published 2:09 p.m. ET Oct. 25, 2017 | Updated 2:18 p.m. ET Oct. 25, 2017

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In this July 28, 2017, file photo, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., emerges from a House Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

Two of the most ideologically different lawmakers in Congress met Wednesday to talk tax reform: Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, and Rep. Mark Meadows, a hardline conservative in the House.

Ah, to be a fly on the wall during that meeting.

The huddle was prompted by a scathing speech the New York senator gave on Monday, during which he called the House Freedom Caucus — the conservatives in the far-right caucus Meadows leads — hypocrites for running on fiscal conservatism but being OK with a Senate budget that could allow for a tax bill that could add up to $1.5 trillion to be added to the deficit.

In an interview Monday night, USA TODAY told the North Carolina congressman that Schumer had said "the most scolding deficit hawks have morphed into deficit doves, eschewing principle for political expediency."

When USA TODAY asked for a response, Meadows replied, “I will reach out to Chuck Schumer tomorrow, you have that on good authority. I will reach out to talk to him about tax reform and maybe we can have a discussion where we can have a meeting of the minds.”

On Wednesday morning, Meadows spokesman Ben Williamson confirmed to USA TODAY the two had met to discuss advancing tax reform.

Schumer and most of the caucus he leads are adamantly against GOP efforts to reform the tax code, because they say their plan just benefits the wealthy.

Meadows and other conservatives in the House have decided to vote for the budget bill this week even though they don’t like that it doesn’t have spending cuts. Passing a budget is the first step in tax reform, and many conservatives are holding their noses on the first vote so they can see the bill.

"I'm not happy with it, I'm not thrilled with it in the least," Rep. Scott Perry, a Freedom Caucus member, told USA TODAY in justifying his upcoming support for the budget bill. "But somehow, apparently, you can't do tax reform and save money at the same time ... If we've gotta make a choice and either have none or at least have the one then you've gotta make a choice and at least have the one."

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE OFFERING CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FOR SALE

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE OFFERING CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FOR SALE

 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS   

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City of Hendersonville
Press Release

The City of Hendersonville is selling City Christmas ornaments. The gold ornament shows the City seal with images of the mountains, City Hall and the four seasons. The ornaments are boxed and can be purchased for $5 at the payment window on the first floor of City Hall. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Henderson County.

For more information, contact Lu Ann Welter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-233-3204

SALUDA TRAIN DEPOT RECENTLY HONORED ITS VOLUNTEERS

SALUDA TRAIN DEPOT RECENTLY HONORED ITS VOLUNTEERS

SALUDA TRAIN DEPOT HONORS ITS VOLUNTEERS   

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The board of the Saluda Historic Depot is proud to honor the volunteers who give their time and energy to support Saluda’s treasured landmark. The board celebrated these volunteers with a celebration dinner at Lola’s Celebration Venue in Saluda recerntly featuring music donated by the well known rock & roll, beach music band, Sound Investment.

The historic depot is a modern icon of Saluda’s beginning and subsequent prosperity with the coming of the train bringing passengers up the Saluda Grade, the steepest grade in the country.

The depot and museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday noon to 4 and some holidays. You are invited to visit the depot and view interactive train models that will take you on a trip back in time when the railroads were our major mode of transportation. There remains a certain romance brought to mind when you hear the whistle of an engine in the distance, brought to you by the self-guided video, of course! The Saluda Historic Depot is located at 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Visit the website at SaludaHistoricDepot.com.

For more information, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WHKP RADIO CELEBRATES 71st ANNIVERSARY

WHKP RADIO CELEBRATES 71st ANNIVERSARY

Monday, October 24th, 2017 marked the actual 71st Year since WHKP RADIO SIGNED-ON the air from ceremonies held in the downtown Carolina Theatre. 

Since that time, WHKP has been a 'stalwart' of broadcasting to thousands of residents here in Henderson County. 

Over the years, the station has added listening through the advent of FM broadcasting and have owned a number of other radio stations in Western North Carolina.  Two years ago, WHKP was awarded an FM translator at 107.7 on the FM dial. 

The current staff and management take this opportunity to thank each listener who have made WHKP a success...and they look forward to many years of continued service to this area. 

 

HALLOWEEN MEANS SCAREY THINGS AT THE FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE

HALLOWEEN MEANS SCAREY THINGS AT THE FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE

"DIAL M FOR MURDER"   

OPENS OCTOBR 27TH ON THE MAINSTAGE IN FLAT ROCK   

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Halloween is just around the corner and the Playhouse is celebrating the season with the opening of a sophisticated, chillingly sinister thriller that will hold audiences spellbound with suspense! For patrons looking for some spooky seasonal entertainment, Dial M for Murder will haunt theater-lovers with the American crime mystery tale originally introduced in the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same title. Featuring Playhouse favorite Scott Treadway and a gang of veteran Vagabonds, Peter Thomasson, Willy Repoley, Vivian Smith & Michael MacCauley, Dial M for Murder will run on the Mainstage in the Village of Flat Rock from October 27th through November 11th.

In this unnerving plot, Tony Wendice (played by Treadway) has married his wife, Margot (played by Smith), for her money and enacts a plan to murder her for the very same reason. Thinking he has arranged the perfect murder and a brilliant alibi for himself, Tony blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds. Unfortunately, or fortunately for Margot, the plan goes awry, the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. In taking advantage of the opportunity to have Margot wrongly convicted of murdering the scoundrel and sentenced to execution, Tony finds himself trapped in a scene of unbearable suspense as the police inspector and an admirer of Margot discover the truth and pressure him to reveal his guilt.

“...original and remarkably good theatre – quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath.” – New York Times

“It’s a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn’t be more welcome.” – New York Herald-Tribune

With a cast of veteran Vagabonds, Dial M for Murder is stock full of talent. Scott Treadway has appeared throughout the Playhouse’s 2017 Season with memorable moments including: his standing-ovation inducing work in A Tuna Christmas, his scene-stealing performance as various ensemble characters in Annie and Amadeus, and his Elvis-inspired portrayal of the Pharoah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Peter Thomasson is also a familiar face this season after his unforgettable performances as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Annie and Baron Gottfried Van Swieten in Amadeus. However, most patrons will still be talking about his outstanding work last season as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Like Thomasson, Michael MacCauley also took the Playhouse stage this season in Annie and Amadeus, in his notable performances as the Butler and Count Franz Orsini-Rosenberg. Willy Repoley & Vivian Smith, both Playhouse favorites returning for their first appearance in the Playhouse’s 2017 season, were last seen in A Christmas Carol and Proof, respectively.

The Vagabond Players encourage patrons to celebrate the season of chills, thrills, ghouls and goblins with a story of crime, a little mystery, and a whole lot of suspense!

Directed by Angie Flynn-McIver, Dial M for Murder will feature Scenic Design by Dennis C. Maulden, Costume Design by Zach Morrison, Lighting Design by Meghan Dougherty, Sound Design by Kurt Conway, and Props by Cassidy Bowles. Stage Manager, Bill Muñoz, and Assistant Stage Manager, Lindsey Moss, make up the production’s stage management team. Adam Goodrum and Christopher Simpson will serve as Production Manager and Technical Director, respectively.

The Executive Producer of Dial M for Murder is Terry Eisenhower Signature Properties. Flat Rock Playhouse 2017 Sponsors include: Mainstage Series Sponsor, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority; Opening Night Sponsor, BMW of Asheville; Official Transportation Sponsor, Hunter Automotive Group.

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE
Dial M for Murder will run from October 27th through November 11th at the Flat Rock Playhouse Main Stage in the Village of Flat Rock. Performances Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00PM, matinees Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:00PM. Tickets are available for ­$15 - $50 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-737-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org. Flat Rock Playhouse is located at 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Flat Rock Playhouse’s Little Shop of Horrors currently playing at the Playhouse Mainstage through October 21st.

SHERIFF'S CADET CORPS WINS FIRST PLACE HONORS

SHERIFF'S CADET CORPS WINS FIRST PLACE HONORS

FIRST PLACE WINNERS   

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Cadet Corps Wins First Place in Survival Weekend
October 25, 2017

Over the weekend, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Corps competed in the annual Survival Weekend hosted by the NC Association of Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors. The competition was held at Camp Raven Knob in Mt. Airy, NC. Cadets Stephen McDonald, Alberto Gonzalez, Luz Gonzalez, Dakota Smith, Christian Bryant, Sean Griffin and Brandon Hirata competed against nine other law enforcement agency posts from across the state. Henderson County’s team won first overall for the entire competition.

Events included mock felony vehicle stops, push-ups, sit-ups, relay race, two-mile survival run, tug-of-war, obstacle course, piggy back race and dodge ball. HCSO won the following awards:

Survival Run: 1st Place
Standard Relay Race: 1st Place
Piggyback Relay: 1st Place
Sit-ups (Male): 1st and 2nd Place
Sit-ups (Female): 3rd Place
Mock Felony Vehicle Stop: 2nd Place
Obstacle Race: 2nd Place
The Cadet Corps is currently recruiting young men and women who are interested in serving their community and have a desire to learn more about law enforcement. Those who have completed the eighth grade, and are 14 to 22 years of age are eligible to apply. The Cadet Program exposes young men and women to various aspects of law enforcement, provides a hands-on program for those interested in a law enforcement career, and provides quality candidates for future law enforcement related occupations.

Contact Program Director Deputy James Hurn at 828-697-2937 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information can be found at http://www.hendersoncountync.org/sheriff/cadet_program.html.

EAST FLAT ROCK PROJECT GETS TOP NC HOUSING HONORS

EAST FLAT ROCK PROJECT GETS TOP NC HOUSING HONORS

HOUSING NORTH CAOLINA AWARDS   

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A neighborhood for working families along with apartments for seniors, formerly homeless individuals and adults with developmental disabilities were honored today with Housing North Carolina Awards for excellence in affordable housing. Located in Charlotte, East Flat Rock, Greensboro and Greenville, these developments were the latest in the awards’ 28-year history to be recognized.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, the awards pay tribute to outstanding home ownership, rental and supportive housing developments that serve as models for other communities. Winners were honored at a luncheon during the NC Affordable Housing Conference, which hosted nearly 1,000 housing industry professionals at the Raleigh Convention Center,

Winning developments were selected for affordability, design, sustainability, community contribution, resident services and creative partnerships. They are:
Mother Teresa Villa, Charlotte, a home for adults with developmental disabilities that was created by the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corporation with support from the City of Charlotte and co-sponsored by InReach, a local nonprofit that provides residential support for people with disabilities.
Dodd Meadows, East Flat Rock, a single-family home neighborhood developed by Henderson County Habitat for Humanity with support from the City of Asheville.
Hope Court, Greensboro, a permanent supportive housing facility for formerly homeless individuals, persons with disabilities and working families developed by Affordable Housing Management with support from the City of Greensboro.
Parkside Commons, Greenville, a rental development offering 98 apartments for Greenville’s seniors, developed by Taft Development Group with support from the City of Greenville.

The NC Housing Finance Agency is a self-supporting public agency that has financed more than 255,000 affordable homes and apartments. The Agency hosts the NC Affordable Housing Conference, Oct. 25-26, in partnership with the Community Investment Corporation of the Carolinas and the NC Housing Coalition.

CITY RESIDENT EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER ESSENTIAL SERVICES STILL "DOWN"

CITY RESIDENT EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER ESSENTIAL SERVICES STILL "DOWN"

 CREWS WERE MAKING PROGRESS GETTING POWER AND OTHER ESSENTIAL SERVICES RESTORED LATE ON TUESDAY 

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POWER OUTAGES IN HENDERSON COUNTY WAS DOWN TO 190 BY DAYBREAK WEDNESDAY MORNING   

A RESIDENT OF HILLPARK DRIVE EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT SOME SERVICES STILL "DOWN" AND E-MAILED WHKP.COM NEWS ON TUESDAY:   

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Mr. Freeman-

The Hendersonville residents on Hillpark Drive, a dead end street off 3rd Ave West, are in the second day of no access or egress1. Making matters worse, the power has been off since noon yesterday. A tree fell across the road effectively blocking all traffic in or out, including emergency vehicles, and knocked down power, phone, and cable lines. Duke Energy’s website2 doesn’t reflect the dozens of customers affected, including a group home for the disabled. I have E-Mailed the mayor and city manager with no response. Perhaps mentioning this story over the air and on your website would help to at least get the street opened so we can get to food and shelter.

Anything you can do will be appreciated.

Yours truly,

Eric Pfeifer