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WHAT:           Pops and Patriotic Concert

WHEN:           Blue Ridge Community College, Conference Hall, Flat Rock

WHEN:           May 11, 2014 at 3pm

WHO:             Hendersonville Community Band

                        Honoring our WW2 vets

                        Featuring Roberto Flores, baritone soloist

COST:            $10 for adults

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Seventy years ago this June U.S. forces landed in France for D-Day. As a salute to the men and women who served in the military during World War Two the Hendersonville Community Band (HCB) will be playing “The Homefront: Musical memories from World War II” which includes the 1940s hits: Thanks for the Memory, Bell Bottom Trousers, The White Cliffs of Dover, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me, and Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.

The HCB will be honoring three of their own World War Two veterans at this concert: Hal Beam, Win McGrath and Ralph Carter. Hal Beam fought in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He survived the battle and his time as a POW in Germany. Win McGrath served in the Pacific with the U.S. Navy and participated in the invasion of Okinawa, going ashore with the Marines. He also worked on decommissioning Japanese submarines. Ralph Carter served in the U.S. Navy (stateside) during the war. All three play in the HCB’s trumpet/cornet section. Hal Beam and Win McGrath are charter members of the band.

Other patriotic songs in the program include: Irving Berlin’s “Songs for America” (This is the Army, Mister Jones – Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor – This is a Great Country – God Bless America), “Armed Forces Salute” (Caisson Song – Semper Paratus – The Marines’ Hymn – The U.S. Air Force – Anchors Aweigh) and “God Bless The U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood.

Anyone who has ever heard Roberto Flores sing will remember his beautiful baritone voice. For this concert he will sing two solos; “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (from the Wizard of Oz) and “You Raise Me Up” by Brendan Graham and Rolf Lovland. Roberto has performed musical theatre, oratorio and opera throughout the Southeast and Europe. He has been a soloist with the Asheville Symphony, performs regularly with the Asheville Lyric Opera, and is a member of PASTYME, the premiere a capella ensemble of the western Carolinas.

The tuba section will have the chance to strut their stuff in Joe Berke’s “Tiptoe through the Tubas” lightly based on the better-known, “Tiptoe through the Tulips.”

Fans of trumpeter Russ Sena will get to hear his trumpet sing out in “Jamaican Rumba” by Arthur Benjamin and “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor.” Movie lovers will enjoy the “Hollywood Milestones” medley (arranged by John Higgins and includes music from Forrest Gump, Jaws, Beauty and the Beast, Where Do I Begin? Back to the Future and Chariots of Fire) as well as “Soaring with John Williams” which features Superman March, Cadillac of the Skies and Star Wars.

The 80-member Hendersonville Community Band will perform this “Pops and Patriotic” concert under the direction of Winford Franklin on May 11, 2014 at 3pm at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock, NC.

Tickets are $10 for adults, free admission for students. Tickets are available at the Hendersonville Visitor Center, Laurel Park Wine Market and at the door. For more information call 715-797-2260 or see the band’s website,




The City of Hendersonville recently commenced construction of the Jackson Park Sewer Interceptor Project. The project extends from N Main Street to Jackson Park and parallels the Oklawaha Greenway in several locations.

The sewer construction involves clearing of trees, brush and other vegetation. In order to preserve public safety, the Greenway will be closed to the public north of Seventh Avenue beginning Monday, April 14 through the end of April.

The closure will be clearly marked and will be intermittent as construction proceeds. The Greenway will remain open during Saturdays and Sundays.

The city says, "We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we continue to make improvements to our City’s infrastructure. Please direct any questions to Brent Detwiler, City Engineer at (828) 697-3000.








Bullington Gardens, a Horticultural Education Center, will hold its annual spring plant sale on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will feature a
wide variety of native and non-native perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetable starts, and small trees and shrubs. Proceeds from the sale benefit the educational programs at Bullington Gardens. Bullington Gardens is Hendersonville’s horticultural learning center with public gardens and programs for adults and school children. In addition to the April sale, an additional plant sale will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bullington Gardens is located at 95 Upper Red Oak Trail in Hendersonville. From Highway 64, turn north onto Howard Gap Road. Proceed one mile, and turn right on Zeb Corn Road. Go 2/3 of a mile and turn right on Upper Red Oak Trail.
For more information, call Bullington Gardens at 828-698-6104 or visit the web site at



Flat Rock Playhouse presents the world’s longest running musical in the history of musicals, The Fantasticks, from April 17 – May 11 at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. Part of its "Season of Laughter and Love" presented by The Cliffs, the Playhouse is pleased to offer this installment of love, with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, loosely based on the play "The Romancers" by Edmond Rostand.

 opened in 1960 at The Sullivan Street Theatre in New York City and has the distinction of being the longest running musical in the world. This musical tells the story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised, but enlightened and they renew their vows with more maturity.

 has charmed audiences at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village, The Jerry Orbach Theatre in Times Square (and soon, The Playhouse Downtown) ever since Dwight Eisenhower was President. This production of The Fantasticks will be performed completely in the round with elaborate riggings and "old time theatre tricks" that play to the strength of the musical. Cirque style staging and props, along with "vintage meets futuristic" costumes will deliver magical moments throughout each performance.

The show is directed by Producing Artistic Director for the Playhouse, Vincent Marini. In addition to producing the innovative "Music on the Rock" series, Marini has directed

 Les Miserables; For The Glory; A Few Good Men; Guys and Dolls; The Buddy Holly Story; Celtic Christmas; Our Show of Shows; Cotton Patch Gospel; and Hank Williams: Lost Highway.

Cast members are Maria Buchanan, Preston Dyar, Justin Gregory Lopez, Carly Evan Hughes, Ryan Hilliard, Richard Gang, Peter Gosik, Chris Allison, and Kelley Hinman.

Music Director is Michael Sebastian. Assistant Music Director is Alex Shields. Set design is by Dennis C. Maulden. Costume design is by Ashli Arnold. Lighting design is by Stephen Terry. Sound design is by Nick Kourtides.















The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting...

The development company who is transforming Biltmore Square Mall into an outlet center has posted some details about the transformation, including a picture of the plans.

The mall shut its doors in January, as part of its transition into an outdoor outlet center. Since then, the organization — which is now called Asheville Outlets — has selected a general contractor and demolition has begun (The demolition, however, is on the inside of the building right now and is not visible).

Winter Construction out of Atlanta is the project's general contractor, said Sharon Morgan, general manager of Asheville Outlets.  "They are now on the property," she said.

The image above is an architectural rendering of the outlet mall, she said. "It is going to be an outdoor center with various hallways open," she said. "It won't be an attached roof like you see now. … The food court will pretty much be in the same area."

The Dollar Tree, Cinebarre, Dillard's and Belk are still open.

In May, the Citizen-Times reported that a Massachusetts company has posted plans to transform Biltmore Square Mall into an outdoor outlet center. New England Development in partnership with Tremont Realty Capital plans to open the  325,000-square-foot mall in spring 2015. The mall is at 800 Brevard Road.

This is from the development company's website:

Asheville Outlets will be the destination for outlet shopping in the greater Asheville, North Carolina, market when it opens spring of 2015. This 325,000 square foot open air center will feature approximately 75 top manufacturers and retail outlets. With no other outlet center within 80 miles, the retailers at Asheville Outlets are sure to thrive from the strong residential and tourism markets.

Ideally located five miles southwest of downtown Asheville at the I-26 and Route 191 interchange, Asheville Outlets has excellent regional access. The Asheville metropolitan market is a regional and economic hub for western North Carolina and Asheville itself has a strong and growing visitor market. More than 9.35 million people visit the Asheville region each year, of which more than 3 million stay overnight.Asheville is a thriving mountain city with an eclectic downtown, which includes art galleries, a world-class culinary and craft beer scene, a burgeoning live music scene, and the awe-inspiring scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This unique city has earned national acclaim by numerous media outlets and publications as an ideal place to live, visit, and do business.


Henderson County farmers will find it a bit easier to do business this year, thanks to some code changes passed on Monday by the county board of commissioners.


Commissioners, in a 5 to 0 vote, adopted some code changes that had been recommended by the county's Regulation Review Advisory Committee.

The committee had suggested, and commissioners agreed, that all agricultural signs be exempted from code standards...and a maximum size of 32 feet on each side of the sign will now be allowed.

Commissioners also exempted housing for farm labor that is not occupied year around from the county's minimum housing code. The advisory committee found, and commissioners agreed, the county's previous standards made it too difficult for farmers who rely on seasonal labor.

Commissioners, also on a recommendation from the advisory committee, reduced road setbacks for businesses in commercial zoning districts. This change is not county-wide and only applies to a limited number of commercial districts in the county.





ARTHUR SMITH, 1921-2014


It makes us sad to realize…there’s a whole generation of young people out there today who’ll never know the home-spun routine, comfort, and sheer joy of waking up to Arthur Smith and the Crackerjacks on WHKP at 7:05 weekday mornings…singing “the top of the morning to you”. And hearing a few words of cheer and wisdom, a song…maybe a hymn, a reminder of the week’s Sunday School lesson, and of course the commercial for Bost or Bunny Bread (based in nearby Shelby) that made you enjoy your toast for breakfast and look forward to your sandwich at lunch.

A private service will be held Monday April 7th, and a public memorial service will be held Saturday April 12th at 12noon at Calvary Church in Charlotte, for Arthur Smith. He died on Thursday April 3rd…two days after his 93rd birthday. A native of Clinton, South Carolina, he became one of the greatest guitar pickers of all time. Arthur Smith started a career on the radio where many of us did…working for the late Walter Brown on WSPA in Spartanburg in 1941. And in 1943 he moved to WBT in Charlotte where he lived out his radio and TV career.

Arthur Smith did a lot of great things…with some of the most famous people in the South and in music. He wrote “Feudin’ Banjos”…which became the theme for the movie “Deliverance”. Warner Brothers changed the name to “Dueling Banjos”, tried to steal it, and Arthur had to sue them to get credit for it. He never said how much how got in the lawsuit settlement…but would point to a photo on the wall in his office of a beautiful 40-foot yacht and smile. Perhaps the original version of “Feudin’ Banjos” by Arthur Smith and Don Reno will be remembered best.

Brothers Ralph and Sonny have been dead for years…and the “Arthur Smith Radio Show”, which woke us up every morning on WHKP at 7:05am right before Kermit and Charlie and the “Old, Old Good Morning Man Show” for over 30 years, is only a cherished memory.

George Hamilton IV, a native of Winston Salem, is a great country music star in his own right. He’s been in Hendersonville twice to help us celebrate the Apple Festival.  And he said of Arthur Smith…”He was a childhood hero who lived up to his legend. He was the real deal. He connected with people. He was a man who walked his talk.”

This week, in those memorial services for Arthur Smith, there will without a doubt be a lot of tear-filled eyes. But we’re willing to bet there’ll be some foot stompin', too…at the greatest musical accomplishment of Arthur Smith’s career…maybe they’ll play “Guitar Boogie”, which Arthur Smith loved to introduce each time himself.

Even though we grew up on it, and as much a part of our life as it was, we never got to say good-bye to the old “Arthur Smith Radio Show”, we were off somewhere, doing something. But today, with these few words on a radio station he was on for 30 years, we’ll say good-bye to Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith. He was the epitome of a true “southern gentleman”…and a musician and entertainer in the true vein of Doc Watson and Andy Griffith. But George Hamilton IV described him best when he said of Arthur Smith…simply…”He was a “good, decent man”.

Arthur Smith…brothers Ralph and Sonny and all the Crackerjacks…we’ll miss you for sure, knowing there will never be any others quite like you.  

By Larry Freeman


NOTE:  You can hear this tribute at 7:05am, 11:05am, and 3:05pm Monday April 7th on AM 1450 WHKP, on (Listen Live), and on WHKP's podcasts also at












It's being called a "game changer" by County Manager Steve Wyatt...and it will help re-shape health care and the education of health care providers in our community for many years to come. Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, Wingate University, Blue Ridge Community College and Pardee Hospital have all partnered to create an all new "allied health facility"...that will be constructed where a house is now located at 747 Sixth Avenue West.

It all started several years ago...when Wingate University decided to locate a campus in Hendersonville to train pharmacy students...and that has grown to include MBA and physician assistant students. Wingate has outgrown their original Hendersonville facility in the former Coldwell Banker building on Fifth Avenue East at King Street...and a search has been underway for sometime for a new and larger location for Wingate.

That search led to a co-operative agreement on this new "allied health facility".

Dr. Jerry McGee is President of Wingate University...and when the announcement of the new facility was made Friday morning in the Historic Courthouse, he explained how it all came about.

The new allied health facility will built around close co-operation in the training of health care professionals with Blue Ridge Community College...and college president Dr. Molly Parkhill said Friday morning she is looking forward to the new facility and the new arrangement.

Another key player in this new allied health facility will be Pardee Hospital. In fact, the new Sixth Avenue West facility will be build next to Pardee's Medical Office Building, and will become part of the Pardee-UNC Health Care campus. Pardee president and CEO Jay Kirby gave much of the credit for the new facility to city manager John Connet and county manager Steve Wyatt.

The announcement of the new facility was made at a special called joint meeting of Hendersonville city council and the Henderson County Commissioners Friday morning in the Historic Courthouse. And as he introduced the speakers and outlined the plan and the new facility, county manager Steve Wyatt told the's all because Henderson County is such a great and unique place to live, learn and work.

The house on Sixth   Avenue West is currently occupied...but will be leveled to make room for this all new allied health facility.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

11am 4/4/14





In their regular monthly meeting Thursday night, Hendersonville city council extended the deadline for a major Upward Road project until May 3rd of next year. The Upward Road Development Group LLC has a special use permit from the city to construct a three-story hotel, a 6,000 square foot restaurant, a retail shop, a bank building, and more. A developer is reportedly set to start work on one third of the property; another company is interested in part of the property; but a spokesman for the group said he doubts all five buildings, as originally planned, will be developed.

City council approved a plan Thursday night that will allow city employees with at least 27 years of service to retire early by cashing in their unused sick days. The new arrangement is strictly voluntary.

City council officially designated Fourth Avenue from Laurel Park to Jackson Park as the city’s first bicycle boulevard. There will be lane-sharing markings posted on that boulevard.

Council members can attend meetings by electronic means..but must notify the mayor and city manager no later than 48 hours in advance of a meeting if he or she plans to do so. Council members votes by electronic means are legal.

And the month of April was declared Autism and Parkinson’s Awareness Month…and like with the Historic Courthouse, Hendersonville City Hall will be illuminated with blue lights for the month.



Oakdale Cemetery staff are preparing for our annual spring cleanup event at Oakdale Cemetery. If family

members have artificial flowers that are in poor condition, potted flowers, or baskets in place at a

grave that they want to keep, please remove them by April 18.

Any items not removed by April 18

will be removed up and disposed of by city staff. Permanent items such as vases that are part of the

grave marker will not be removed by staff. As a reminder, shrubs, bushes, trees, and perennial

flowers are prohibited from being planted in the cemetery and will be removed at the City’s


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