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BREVARD MUSIC CENTER OFFERS FREE CONCERTS IN OCTOBER

BREVARD MUSIC CENTER OFFERS FREE CONCERTS IN OCTOBER

BREVARD MUSIC CENTER RESUMES
FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES IN OCTOBER

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2017/2018 Fall CCS Season Begins October 2
with First Mondays Concert in Brevard

Brevard Music Center (BMC), in association with Brevard College in Brevard, is pleased to announce the return of its popular and FREE Community Concert Series (CCS) on Monday, October 2 at 12:30 PM at the Porter Center (Brevard College). The “First Mondays” chamber concert features violinist Simon Gollo and pianist Jihye Chang in an all-Brahms program including “Scherzo” from the F.A.E. Sonata, as well as Sonatas No. 2 and 3 for Violin and Piano. Brevard Music Center’s free series of Brevard-based CCS concerts continue through May 2018; the Music Center’s Hendersonville-based “Chamber Music Tuesdays” concerts, in association with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, resume in March, April, and May of 2018.

October’s local First Mondays Charity Partner is Muddy Sneakers.

“After a highly successful 2017 music festival, we are delighted to continue our tradition of offering free live music in the off-season to the communities and neighborhoods that support us throughout the summer,” said Brevard Music Center President & CEO Mark Weinstein. “I invite music-lovers of all ages and means to join us in welcoming two acclaimed classical musicians to Brevard for the launch of BMC’s 2017/2018 Community Concert Series!”

For more information, full artist biographies, and directions to all Community Concert Series locations, please visit brevardmusic.org or call 828-862-2130. All Community Concert Series performances are free.

ASHEVILLE AIRPORT'S NEW PARKING GARAGE NEARING COMPLETION

ASHEVILLE AIRPORT'S NEW PARKING GARAGE NEARING COMPLETION

EXPECTED TO PARK ABOUT 1400 VEHICLES WHEN COMPLETE   

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AIRPORT PARKING GARAGE NEARING COMPLETION

Covered, easy access to the terminal is just weeks away

The airport's new five-story parking garage is in its final stages of construction. Work is now underway to install perforated metal panels that depict an image of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the exterior, to install glass windows in the stairwells, and to install the elevator.

The goal is to open the garage before the peak holiday travel periods. More information will be shared as it is available.

This is part of the airport's msajor multi-million dollar upgrade that's currenty underway...the first major upgrade in the airport's history.  A new runway is also under construction at this time.

 

 

PILL DROP-OFF & SHRED DAY SET FOR PATTON PARK OCTOBER 27

PILL DROP-OFF & SHRED DAY SET FOR PATTON PARK OCTOBER 27

GATHER UP YOUR OLD MEDICATIONS AND PAPERS TO BE SHREDDED   

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DRUG TAKE BACK / PAPER SHREDDING / FOOD DRIVE

The City of Hendersonville will sponsor a secure, Shred Day for City residents on Friday October 27, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the parking lot of Patton Park, 59 E. Clairmont Drive. Shred It, Inc, will have their shredding truck in the parking lot to allow residents to dispose of sensitive materials. Residents of Hendersonville are invited to bring up to two boxes (or 50 lbs.) of paper items to be shredded. Suggested items to shred are financial statements, cancelled checks, credit card statements, payroll stubs, insurance forms, old tax returns, forms from doctor's offices, etc. This is not for businesses. The public can simply drop their documents off or stay and watch their documents destroyed. The event will happen rain or shine. If the shredding truck fills up before 10:30, the event will be over.

During this time, the Hendersonville Police and Henderson County Sheriff’s will host a Drug Take Back stop to allow citizens to dispose of expired/unused medication, such as prescription & over the counter pills, vitamins, ointments, and patches. No chemotherapy drugs, needles or EpiPens will be accepted.

To make this part of a community outreach effort, the City is asking that residents coming to the event to bring items to donate to the Storehouse and IAM. Suggested items are canned fruits & vegetables, canned chili & beef stew, and toiletry items.

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

RETIRED MILLS RIVER DOCTOR'S GIFT PUSHES PARDEE FOUNDATION OVER THEIR $6 MILLION GOAL

RETIRED MILLS RIVER DOCTOR'S GIFT PUSHES PARDEE FOUNDATION OVER THEIR $6 MILLION GOAL

GIFT WAS FROM DR. AND MRS. BOB WEBB   

Pardee Hospital Foundation announced today that they had surpassed their capital campaign goal of $6 million, a full seven months ahead of schedule. In an announcement to the Pardee UNC Health Care board of directors on Sept. 27, executive director Kimerly Hinkelman informed the board that the campaign had finished up at just over $6.3 million - $6,374,731.35 to be exact. Hinkelman points to a handful of major gifts and close to 600 donors from the community as reasons for such a strong, early success.

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The Foundation kicked off their capital campaign to support the completion of the Pardee Cancer Center in April of 2015; Pardee UNC Health Care opened the Cancer Center in December of 2016. The Foundation staff and capital campaign committee planned for a full three-year campaign, anticipating that it would take that long to raise $6 million. “Our community really stepped up and delivered,” said Hinkelman. “Through the leadership of our committee chairs, Dr. Bill Medina and Marcia Caserio, and the tireless efforts of Debbie Rouse throughout the entire campaign, we were able to cultivate amazing relationships with donors who understood the vision for the new Pardee Cancer Center and ultimately supported that vision through their generosity.”

The most recent donation to the campaign is what pushed the total raised over the $6 million mark. Using a real estate asset to facilitate a part-sale, part-donation “bargain sale” gift to the capital campaign, Dr. Bob Webb and his wife Linda, were able to make a more impactful gift than with traditional monetary donations alone.

“Bob and Linda Webb’s gift is the kind of gift that really makes an impact for all parties involved,” said Hinkelman. “Not only did their gift help us go beyond our goal, it was given by someone who knows and loves Pardee. That means so much.” The Webbs will be honored with the naming of a chapel in the Cancer Center. Dr. Webb is a retired physician with Pardee; where he practiced for many years in Mills River...he and his wife are long-time supporters of the hospital and of the Foundation’s efforts.

Hinkelman notes that the campaign had already experienced tremendous success early on with initial gifts from community members such as the late Norm Gordon and his wife, Marilyn, and Rakesh and Dolly Agarwal of Rug & Home. The campaign found renewed energy in 2016 with a $500,000 donation and $250,000 challenge gift from Brian Robinson, almost immediately propelling the campaign towards the $5 million mark. The final gift from the Webb’s came in September, bringing the campaign to an end after two years and five months.

Pardee Memorial Hospital Foundation was approved as a nonprofit foundation in January 1996. The Foundation exists to educate and inspire the community to support Pardee Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $30 million in pledges and cash gifts for Pardee services. For more information, visit www.pardeehospitalfoundation.org or call 828-233-2700.

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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HENDERSONVILLE'S VISITOR CENTER CELEBRATES 30 YEARS!

HENDERSONVILLE'S VISITOR CENTER CELEBRATES 30 YEARS!

ON SOUTH MAIN STREET   

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The Visitor Center Celebrates 30 Years!

Hendersonville, NC - It is hard to believe that the Visitor Center is turning 30 years old in October. It all began 1987, when the Henderson County Commissioners recognized the importance of tourism to the local economy, and established a Travel and Tourism Committee. The Visitor Center started in a shared space in the Chamber of Commerce’s building on King Street before moving to the small gray house at 739 North Main Street in the early 1990s. The Travel and Tourism Committee purchased the current location from Wachovia Bank, at 201 South Main Street, in 1994.

The Henderson County TDA is hosting an Open House on Thursday, October 5 from 4-7pm at the Visitor Center, South Main Street, to celebrate our 30 years. The public is invited to drop by to meet the staff and volunteers. Help the TDA ring in the next 30 years!

WNC CONGRESSSMAN MEADOWS FAVORS TAX REFORM FRAMEWORK

WNC CONGRESSSMAN MEADOWS FAVORS TAX REFORM FRAMEWORK

'IT'S TIME WE GET SERIOUS...AND PASS REAL TAX REFORM BY THANKSGIVING"   

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Rep. Meadows' Statement on Tax Plan Framework

Washington, D.C. –Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement on Republican leadership’s new tax reform proposal, presented today at a meeting among GOP conference members:

“For years, our nation has operated under a tax code that is outdated, needlessly complex, and detrimental to the growth of our economy. Americans deserve better. The framework released today by our leadership is a productive first step toward a pro-growth, pro-family tax reform plan that will allow hard-working taxpayers to succeed and small businesses to thrive. With these principles, I look forward to working with my colleagues to develop a full plan that keeps our commitments to the voters. It’s time we get serious about growing our economy and pass real tax reform by Thanksgiving.”

17-YEAR OLD PLEADS GUILTY TO PARTY ROCK FIRE; GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE

17-YEAR OLD PLEADS GUILTY TO PARTY ROCK FIRE; GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE

A 30-DAY SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR THE TEENAGER REPONSIBLE FOR THE PARTY ROCK FIRE THAT BURNED OVER 7,000 ACRES AND TOOK HUNDREDS OF FIRE FIGHTERS TO CONTROL     

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The teenager charged in connection with the Party Rock Fire last November has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of setting the fire.

The fire burned 7000 acres in Bat Cave,Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village.  It took hundreds of fire fights and many days to control, and is said to have done tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Some of the property that burned was in a North Carolina State Park.

After the plea, the 17-year-old was sentenced to a 30-day suspended sentence, probation, and community service.

Despite the size of the fire, no homes or other structures were burned.

CLEAR CREEK & ETOWAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS QUALIFY FOR DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL RECOGNITION

CLEAR CREEK & ETOWAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS QUALIFY FOR DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL RECOGNITION

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HIGH STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RECOGNIZED  

For the fifth year in a row, Clear Creek and Etowah elementary schools have received recognition as top ranking Title I schools and are eligible for consideration for representing North Carolina as the National Title I Distinguished School Award in the “high performance” category.

Each year, two Title I schools from North Carolina are chosen to represent the state as National Title I Distinguished Schools in the “sustained achievement” and “high performance” categories. This year, both Clear Creek Elementary and Etowah Elementary have met the eligibility requirements for consideration for the National Title I Distinguished School award in the “high performance” category.

The National Title I Distinguished School designation recognizes high student achievement in schools that have substantial poverty rates, high end-of-grade success rates, and significant growth in scores.

Approximately 10 percent of Title I schools in North Carolina are eligible to be included in the Distinguished Schools process; schools in the top 10 percent of those eligible schools – the top 1 percent of Title I schools statewide – are asked to submit portfolios for consideration for the prestigious National Title I Distinguished School Awards.

In 2016-17, the school year in which student results were analyzed for this award, there were 1,443 Title I schools in North Carolina. Of that number, only 140 Title I schools met the criteria to be considered for the award, and only 14 of those schools – including Clear Creek and Etowah elementaries – were asked to submit portfolios for the National Title I Distinguished School Awards.

About the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program
The National Title I Distinguished Schools Program recognizes Title I schools that hold students to high standards and demonstrate exemplary school effectiveness in teaching and learning based on state curriculum; implementing research-based professional development; using research-based instructional strategies; providing opportunities to all students to achieve; establishing partnerships with parents, families, and the community; and modeling success for other schools.

HENDERSONVILLE POLICE ARREST TWO FOR VEHICLE BREAK-INS

HENDERSONVILLE POLICE ARREST TWO FOR VEHICLE BREAK-INS

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FOOTAGE HELPED IDENTIFY THE SUSPECTS  

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As part of an ongoing investigation into several reported vehicle breaking and entering as well as several fraudulent financial card incidents, the Hendersonville Police Department has taken two individuals into custody.

While investigating the reported offenses at businesses on the west side of Hendersonville, detectives were able to locate surveillance footage of the suspected offenders. Members of the police department’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team based upon previous investigations, identified the individuals. With the suspects identified, officers with the police department located the suspects immediately following another reported breaking and entering. Lindsay Chan Daniel and Phiffer Brandon Houch, both of Hendersonville, were taken into custody without incident following the most recent reported breaking and entering.

Phiffer and Houch have both been charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and larceny, financial transaction card theft, financial transaction card fraud, identity theft, and numerous traffic offenses. Both are being held in the Henderson County Detention Center.

Detectives with the Hendersonville Police Department continue to follow up on investigative leads. The public is asked to contact the Hendersonville Police Department at (828)-697-3025 or Henderson County Crime Stoppers at (828)-697-STOP if they have information regarding these ongoing investigations.

LOCAL "HOMETOWN HEROES" WERE HONORED ON MONDAY

LOCAL "HOMETOWN HEROES" WERE HONORED ON MONDAY

SPONSORED BY HUNTER AUTOMOTIVE GROUP AND THE NC AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION   

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Sixteen local first responders were honored on Monday as “Hometown Heroes”. The recognition of Hendersonville police, sheriff’s, EMS, Fire, Rescue Squad, Laurel Park police, and the state Highway Patrol is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association and by the Hunter Automotive Group.

Tom Hunter is chairman of the state association and owner of the Hunter Automotive Group. He presented the honors at a special “appreciation day” event at Hunter Nissan to:

Adrian Berry with EMS, Jon Ward with the Herndersonville Fire Department, David Williams with the state Highway Patrol, Michael Capps with Laurel Park Police, Strephen Darnell with the sheriff’s office, Tony Durall with EMS, Mike Edney with the Rescue Squad, Joey Garren with the sheriff’s office, Trae Laws with Hendersonville Police, Aaron Lisenbee with the sheriff’s office, Jared Morgan with Hendersonville Police, Peggy Pack also with Hendersonville Police, Michael Pearson with the Hendersonville Fire Department, Nathan Silvers with EMS, Billy Stroup with the Rescue Squad, and Liz Nix who you hear often giving the “Morning Report” on WHKP for the Hendersonville Police Department.

Tom Hunter said each one honored improves the life of every resident in our community every day.