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PUMPKIN PATCH AT FLETCHER UNITED METHODIST NOW OPEN

PUMPKIN PATCH AT FLETCHER UNITED METHODIST NOW OPEN

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Fall is officially here...and that means real pumpkins for carving up jack-o'-lanterns.

Fletcher UMC Youth Ministry is selling pumpkins starting today to raise money for their youth group & mission trips. 

Their pumpkin patch just opened this weekend, and, for now at least, has plenty of gourds for your decorating needs.

Fletcher United Methodist Church started hauling pumpkins last Saturday, officially put them out for sale Sunday.

The money raised helps fund the church's youth group's missions.

The pumpkin patch will be open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 12 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

It's at their church, on the corner of Hendersonville and Library Roads in Fletcher.

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS BRINGS THE CANDIDATES AND THE VOTERS TOGETHER

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS BRINGS THE CANDIDATES AND THE VOTERS TOGETHER

THIS TEAR'S LOCAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS   

The local League of Women Voters sponsored a “meet and greet” Monday night in the Kaplan Auditorium of the Henderson County Public Library for the public with candidates in the upcoming municipal elections.

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Following the League’s policy, there were no political speeches...just “one on one” questions and answers between the voters and the candidates.

Candidates from the City of Hendersonville, Town of Laurel Park, Village of Flat Rock, and Town of Mills River were invited to participate.

The early “one stop” voting starts at the Board of Elections on October 19th, with election day coming up at all the usual polling places on November 7th.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

SHERIFF CHARLIE MCDONALD ON THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS:"THERE ARE NO 100 PER CENT GUARANTEES"

SHERIFF CHARLIE MCDONALD ON THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS:"THERE ARE NO 100 PER CENT GUARANTEES"

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ORDERED THAT FLAGS BE FLOWN AT HALF MAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY.  

THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN AMERICAN HISTOY   

SCORES DEAD, HUNDREDS INJURED   

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A strong advocate of being prepared and of being aware of the people and circumstances around us, Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald today (Monday) called the shootings in Las Vegan Sunday night “a horrible tragedy”.

When asked how we can protect ourselves and prevent this type of tragedy from occurring, Sheriff McDonald pointed out here are “no 100 per cent guarantees”.

Again he emphasized being aware of the people and the circumstances around us at all times, and be willing to report anything suspicious to the authorities.

Pointing out that such horrible events tend to feed off each other, McDonald said the times are changing, and the more of these horrible events that happen the more they are likely to occur.

He warned that we must be very careful in our reaction to such tragedies. Over protecting ourselves, or trying to, he says could lead to a “police state” and no one in a free society like ours wants that, he said.

McDonald says the shootings in Los Vegas underscore the need for public and private co-operation in being diligent and doing what we can to protect ourselves and our communities.

And he points out we are fortunate and unique in our situation here, but again---the times are changing.

By Larry Freeman

HENDERSON COUNTY HAS THE TOP DETENTION OFFICER IN THE STATE

HENDERSON COUNTY HAS THE TOP DETENTION OFFICER IN THE STATE

 FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA JAIL ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION   

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the North Carolina Jail Administrators’ Association (NCJAA) awarded Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Joey Garren with the Detention Officer of the Year Award. This honor recognizes a detention officer who has made outstanding contributions to his or her Sheriff’s Office in the performance of their duties.

Nominees were submitted from across the state who demonstrated initiative in the performance of their duty or for specific meritorious service which resulted in the saving of a life or other significant act. The NCJAA Awards Committee selected Detention Officer Garren to be recognized at a banquet held in Greensboro during the NCJAA Annual Conference.

Two events led to Detention Officer Garren being nominated by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office; one incident occurring within the confines of the jail, the other occurring while he was off duty and out in the community.

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Detention Officers Joey Garren and Stephen Darnell, were passing out meal trays in special housing. They noticed an inmate had begun to bang on his cell door. The officers responded swiftly, realized the inmate was in distress and called for the door to be unsecured. As soon as the door was open, Officer Garren immediately turned the inmate around and began the Heimlich maneuver. After several thrusts, a piece of food became dislodged and the inmate began breathing normally again.

Earlier in the year, while off-duty and shopping at a home improvement store, Joey Garren came across an unfolding situation. A shoplifter became agitated when he was confronted by employees and began to swing a metal fence post at them. Joey Garren wrestled the man to the ground and detained him until Hendersonville Police Officers arrived on scene. The man was arrested and charged with felony armed robbery.

Sheriff Charles McDonald along with Jail Administrator/Captain Neal Urch, Lt. Tim Fuss and fellow Henderson County detention officers attended the ceremony honoring Garren. Regarding Officer Garren, Sheriff Charles McDonald said, “He demonstrates actions that are quick, selfless and with great regard for the safety of our inmates. We are proud of Joey’s commitment exhibited both on and off duty and we’re grateful to the NCJAA for recognizing the remarkable work of one of Henderson County’s finest.”

PARDEE WILL SEE NEW PATIENTS DUE TO MISSION HEALTH-BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD STAND-OFF

PARDEE WILL SEE NEW PATIENTS DUE TO MISSION HEALTH-BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD STAND-OFF

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY FROM PARDEE/UNC HEALTH CARE PRESIDENBT AND CEO JAY KIRBY    

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Pardee UNC Health Care has been asked by many in our community to comment on or engage in the current impasse between Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and Mission Health. We have chosen to remain neutral on this matter, believing that both parties are reasonable, respected entities who can and will eventually reach an agreement.

We value our relationships with both Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health. We know them to be fair and sensible and we strongly believe it is important for both parties to sit down and work this out, allowing patients to stay with their physician or provider of choice.

No one wants to leave their doctor to find a new one and very few of us enjoy doing so as a result of a disagreement completely out of our control. At Pardee, we believe patients should have access to care, close to home. For those currently under the care of Mission Health, we understand their desire to keep their current relationships and avoid a move.

Unfortunately, negotiations between Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health appear to be at a standstill. Until the matter can be resolved, patients will be forced to seek care where their insurance is accepted, pay higher portions of their bills, or find a new insurance plan other than Blue Cross Blue Shield. None are optimal choices, but this is the reality as of October 5th.

Pardee will see new patients because of this situation, but not as a result of opportunistic marketing efforts on our behalf. We anticipate an uptick in Blue Cross Blue Shield patients visiting our urgent care centers and physician practices during this time of transition.

We also understand and expect that these folks may want to return to their current care providers once Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health finally sort this out. When that time comes, we will quickly and efficiently share patient healthcare records with their original Mission Health providers.

Pardee is here for our region and community during this time of uncertainty. We continue to remain optimistic that a resolution will be reached between Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and Mission Health.

Sincerely,

James M. Kirby, II
President and CEO
Pardee UNC Health Care

MILLER KICKS OFF RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL

MILLER KICKS OFF RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL

Hendersonville City Councilman, Jeff Miller, opened his campaign for election to another term on city council Thursday night with a campaign function at Appalachian Brewery on Locust Street in Hendersonville. 

There were no speeches and no money raising activities. 

Miller worked the crowd of more than a hundred, throughout the evening from 5:00 til 7:00 PM thanking those who came, many of whom were county residents and unable to vote in the upcoming November city election. 

Miller has served Hendersonville for the past four years and faces competition from three other candidates. The two top vote getters in November will be elected to a four-year term.  Current city councilman Jerry Smith is one of the four contenders  seeking re-election to one of the two seats. 

 

 

 

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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