Persons interested in the history and heritage of Henderson County are encouraged to register online now for the fall semester courses that begin Tuesday, Aug. 25, through the Continuing Education Department at Blue Ridge Community College. The classes are open to the public.
Classes are held on Tuesdays. There is a day class and a night class that cover the same material. The day class is 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the night class is 6:30 to 8 p.m.enderson County History and Heritage I, covering prehistory to 1860, is taught the first half of the fall semester from Aug. 25 to Oct. 13.
Topics include geography and natural resources, Cherokee and Catawba history and culture, Revolutionary War and treaties with the Cherokee, early settlers and backgrounds, Appalachian culture, political and economic history, agriculture, transportation, religious history, education, early communities, black history, and noteworthy families and people in the early history of the county. Registration is $60.
Henderson County History and Heritage II, covering 1860 to the early 20th century, takes place the second half of the fall semester, from Oct. 20 to Dec. 8. Topics include the Civil War, Reconstruction, black history, Appalachian culture and stereotypes, political and economic history, industry, agriculture, transportation, religious history, education, tourism, 19th and 20th century communities, and World War I. Registration is $60.
The instructor is Jennie Jones Giles.
To register online, visit http://www.blueridge.edu/
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) announced on Thursday his Second Annual Veterans’ Solutions Seminars to provide practical assistance to veterans in Western North Carolina.
This August, Congressman Meadows, in partnership with the Charles George VA Medical Center staff and the Veterans’ Affairs Winston-Salem Regional Benefit Office, will host a series of Veterans’ Solutions Seminars across the 11th district to provide practical assistance to those who have served our nation.
Veterans will be able to meet with members of Congressman Meadows’ staff, representatives from the VA hospital, the benefit office, and the NC division of Veterans Affairs at the seminars. The veterans can learn more about available assistance with issues surrounding VA benefits, healthcare, and disability.
“Our veterans deserve the absolute best and I am committed to assisting them in any way we are able. We owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who selflessly served our nation, and this is a small way to help see that they are getting the assistance to which they are entitled,” Rep. Mark Meadows said.
“I’m grateful to the organizations that have partnered with my office to make this possible. As a nation, we still have a long way to go to ensure that our veterans are getting the proper and timely treatment that they deserve. But I’m thankful for the VA officials with whom I’ve had the opportunity to work with for their help in this process and for their commitment to our nation’s servicemen and women,” Meadows added.
See details on upcoming Veterans’ Solutions Seminars below:
Tuesday, August 18th 9 am — 12 pm
American Legion Post 47 171 Legion Drive Waynesville, NC 28786
Tuesday, August 18th 2 pm — 5 pm
North Carolina National Guard 845 Spaulding Road Marion, NC 28752
Wednesday, August 19th 9 am — 12 pm
American Legion Post 29 401 Main St NW Lenoir, NC 28645
IT'S 100 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY FOR MILLER'S FINE DRYCLEAING
2015 marks the 100th Anniversary for Millers Fine Drycleaning. To celebrate, Millers is continuing the tradition of giving back to the community. In June, Miller’s implemented two different promotions, one giving back to customers and one giving back to non-profits in Henderson County.
The promotion for customers is a drawing for a year’s worth of free dry cleaning. To enter, customers complete an entry form at either Miller’s location. One winner will be drawn from all entries in December 2015. The winner is eligible for up to $1,200.00 in free dry cleaning to be redeemed in 2016.
For the community promotion, Miller’s is giving $500 each month (June - November) to a nominated Henderson County non-profit. To vote, add Miller’s Fine Drycleaning as a friend on Facebook and follow the instructions on how to nominate. Miller’s will close the campaign at the end of each month and choose the charity that received the most posts during the month. The charity must be a registered 501(c)3 in Henderson County, North Carolina. A charity can only win one time.
The non-profit nominated the most in June and the winner of the first $500 prize is Only Hope WNC.
Only Hope exists to serve the homeless youth of WNC by providing a home and services where education, personal growth, and opportunity are supported and encouraged. Only Hope strives to promote the value of education, honor individuality and diversity, nurture respect for self and others, and provide hope for young people in need in the community.
“We are truly grateful for Miller’s consideration for the community and that OnlyHope was awarded this donation. Together we can and will end youth homelessness in Henderson County,” said Michael Absher, Executive Director of Only Hope WNC.
For more information on OnlyHopeWNC visit onlyhopewnc.org or call 828-693-5499. Miller’s Drycleaning is located at 423 N. King Street with a second location at 1620 Brevard Road. Visit millerscleaners.com.
The chaining, or “tethering”, of a dog inside the City of Hendersonville has long been an issue City Council has had to deal with. And Thursday night…Council voted unanimously to limit the amount of time a dog can be chained to no more than 2 hours in a 12 hour period.
The minimum age for chaining or tethering puppies was also raised from 4 to 6 months.
City Manager John Connet wants enforcement of the new time limit on chaining dogs delayed until January 1. Enforcement of the limit, he points out, will be mostly complaint driven and should be evaluated on a “case by case” basis.
Caroline Gunter, a board member at the Blue Ridge Humane Society, described City Council’s action Thursday night as a “….victory for animal welface”. And the society’s executive director, Lutrelle O’Cain, expressed gratitude to City Council for “…placing value on the lives of animals.”
The police department had 10 complaints of animal tethering last year, and plans to include enforcement of the new limits into their field training. Violating the time limit could involve financial repercussions or even potential jail time.
But at the urging of City Council Member Jeff Miller, the point was made that citizens will be offered some latitude.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman 7/3/15 2am
Historic Hendersonville, NC
July 13, 2015
Every Monday Night
201 South Main Street
Don’t miss the 97th Annual Street Dance on Monday, July 13, featuring Walt Puckett as Caller, Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition and Mountain Thunder Cloggers. The Street Dance has been a favorite tradition in Hendersonville, ever since the citizens took to the streets to welcome home the soldiers from WWI.
Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition is a 5-piece bluegrass band based in Asheville, NC. Members are Bobby Anderson on Banjo, Jim Turpin on Mandolin, Gene Burns on Guitar, Nick Dauphinais on Bass, and Rich Inman on Fiddle. They play crowd-favorites such as “Rocky Top,” “Salty Dog,” “Tennessee Waltz,” and “John Henry.” The band incorporates some great original songs in their shows. They’re not afraid to include crossover material from artists such as Hank Williams, Bob Dylan Chuck Berry, and many others into their well-defined, classic sound.
Mountain Thunder Cloggers are Western North Carolina’s largest recreational precision clogging team. They have performed at many regional festivals including Bele Chere, the NC Mountain State Fair, Farm City Day, and the North Carolina Apple Festival.
Bring a chair; admission is free. Enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing every Monday through August 10 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Visitors Center, 201 South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Audience seating area opens after 5:30pm; early admission is strictly prohibited. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. No alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers allowed.
At 6:30 pm, caller Walt Puckett will teach audience members some basic Appalachian square dance steps, so everyone can join in the fun.
In case of inclement weather the dance will be postponed until 8:00pm; if the weather does not improve by 8:00pm the performance will be cancelled.
The Street Dance is an event of Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.
Street Dance Sponsors:
Burger King, Firehouse Sub, & Henderson County Visitor Center
Pardee UNC Healthcare recently announced that it will be the presenting sponsor for the 1st Annual Fall into Flat Rock 5K and Family Fun day. The event, located at The Park at Flat Rock, will take place on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.
The 5K race begins at 9am and takes place on the scenic park nature trail. A fun walk is also available. To register, visit active.com. (Tshirts included!!)
The Family Fun Day will begin at 10:30 and continue through 3pm. There is no admission charge. A variety of events and entertainment will include:
Tai Chi demonstrations
“We are proud to partner with the Village of Flat Rock to support this exciting new event,” says Jay Kirby, President and CEO of Pardee. “Part of our mission at Pardee UNC Healthcare is to support activities and events that promote healthy lifestyles. The Park at Flat Rock definitely does just that. In our more than 60 years of serving this community, Pardee has played an integral role in promoting the health and well-being of Henderson County’s residents.”
Pardee 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. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information about Pardee Hospital visit www.pardeehospital.org, or visit pardeeselect.org for assistance in finding a physician.
The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina to help raise the funds required to fulfill the vision of a 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.
This week, the WHKP HOMETOWN HERO is Tom Wilson, former principal of Hendersonville High School and current apple grower in Henderson County. Link to Full Story
McDonald's is set to reopen their newly remodeled store on Four Seasons Boulevard in Hendersonville. According to the Edwards Group, local franchisee, there will be two drive-thru order stations. They are currently taking applications for additionall employees at their Spartanburg Highway location.