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PARDEE & HANDS ON'S "MAD MOUNTAIN MUD RUN" WILL BE JUNE 3RD

PARDEE & HANDS ON'S "MAD MOUNTAIN MUD RUN" WILL BE JUNE 3RD

OVER THREE MILES---WILL FEATURE OVER 30 OBSTACLES THIS YEAR

The 2017 Mad Mountain Mud Run presented by Pardee UNC Health Care is gearing up for its muddiest season yet. The event, held on June 3, promises to have more than 30 obstacles along the three-plus mile course featuring mostly new challenges. Teams and individuals interested in participating have a few weeks left to register and can do so at madmountainmudrun.com. Registration will close mid-May or when max capacity is reached.

The course will welcome racers with a few familiar obstacles including mud pits, rolls and crawls, and some climbing challenges, but to keep things new, the mud run committee is introducing an obstacle competition. Local businesses who become obstacle sponsors will get the chance to bring their creativity to the course by creating and building their own obstacle. “This is just another way we are keeping things fresh this year,” says Heather Boeke, Executive Director of Hands On! “We don’t want our racers to expect the same obstacles every year.” After completing the course, racers will be invited to vote for their favorite obstacle created by one of the many obstacle sponsors. The winning sponsor will receive a special award to hang in their business, marketing benefits, and bragging rights.

Obstacle sponsorships are still being accepted. Businesses who would like to create an obstacle and be a part of the competition voted on by participants can contact Heather Boeke at 697-8333 or learn more and register at madmountainmudrun.com.

About Hands On!
Hands On! is a children’s museum with the mission to provide "hands on" educational exhibits and science programs that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment. They accomplish this mission teaching interactive programs and classes in schools, at community events, and with exhibits in their facility located at 318 N. Main Street. Hands On! is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00-5:00. You can visit their website at handsonwnc.org or call 697-8333 for further information on the museum.

About the 2017 Mad Mountain Mud Run
These local sponsors make the event amazing for all: Presenting sponsor and Master of Mud – Pardee UNC Health Care; Mad Mudslinger sponsor – Hunter Subaru; Mudtastic Mates Sponsors – City of Hendersonville, NC Printing, Pace Construction & Demolition, Summit Marketing, and Ingles Markets; Muddobber sponsors - Kimberly-Clark, Mast General Store, and Two Men & A Truck; and Mud Buds—Henderson Oil Company, The Home Depot, Mountain River Tap & Growlers, United Community Bank, Beverly-Hanks & Associates, BGW CPA, Breakout Training Ground, Swole Town Fitness, and Cooper Construction; Media Sponsors are Lamar Outdoors, Star 104.3, Rock 105.1, Kiss Country 99.9, WNC Woman, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, Asheville Regional Airport and WNC Magazine. The beer/cider sponsors for the event are Sierra Nevada and Flat Rock Ciderworks.

About Pardee UNC Health Care
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 Hospital 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.

LOCAL GROUP TO HOLD "LIVELY PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETING" WITHOUT MARK MEADOWS MAY 13 AT JACKSON PARK

LOCAL GROUP TO HOLD "LIVELY PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETING" WITHOUT MARK MEADOWS MAY 13 AT JACKSON PARK

ALREADY BEING TARGETED BY DEMOCRATS AND LEFT-LEANING GROUPS FROM INSIDE--AND OUTSIDE--THE DISTRICT WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE 2018 ELECTIONS  

As he rises in prominence and influence among conservative Republicans in the U.S. House, and continues to win in landslide re-elections with well over 60 per cent of the vote, Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows is being increasingly targeted by Democrats and left-leaning and "progressive" groups and organizations inside---and outside---the region.  

Asheville Democrat and progressive Matt Coffay has launched his campaign for Meadow's 11th District House seat in the 2018 general election.

And a local group called "Hendersonville Indivisible" plans an event, or what they're calling a "town hall', at a shelter in Jackson Park on May 13th.  

In an press release this week, the group said their forum "will feature speakers on healthcare, immigration and the environment. It will also howcase residents who will share their personal experiences dealing with these issues."

The press rease went on to say, "While Meadows appears on Washington-based news programs, attends local fundraisers, and visits with private businesses and media outlets, he hasn't responded to requests with the people he is supposed to represent: the constituents of North Carolina’s’s 11th Congressional District."

“Remaining silent and staying away from our district isn’t acceptable. As Mark Meadows’ constituents, we deserve the chance to hear from our congressman, but he isn’t listening,” says Jennifer Jenkins, Hendersonville Indivisible’s Group Leader.

“If Mark Meadows won’t arrange a town hall, we’ll do it for him. We believe it is
important to provide this forum to ensure our democracy functions the way it’s
supposed to. It’s just unfortunate our own Congressman doesn’t believe in those
same principles of transparency, accountability, and responsibility.”

The press release gives the following information:

Who: Residents of North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District
When: Sat., May 13,, 2017, 10:00 am EDT
Where: Jackson Park, Shelter #1, Hendersonville, NC
What: A Lively Public Town Hall Meeting Full of Energy, Information and
Questions for Congressman Mark Meadows

 

ASHEVILLE "PROGRESSIVE" DEMOCRAT TO CHALLENGE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN MARK MEADOWS IN 2018

ASHEVILLE "PROGRESSIVE" DEMOCRAT TO CHALLENGE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN MARK MEADOWS IN 2018

Asheville Democrat Matt Coffay has announced that he's running against Meadows a year and a half from now..  Coffee is described as being "sponsored by a coalition of left-leaning groups".   

Meanwhie, conservative Republican Mark Meadows handily won re-election to congress from WNC's 11th district last November with 64 per cent of the vote district-wide and with 66 per cent of the vote in Henderson County.   

Meadows, chairman of the powerful House Freedom Caucus that led a move to oust former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and that singlehandedly derailed President Donald Trump’s Obamacare replacement plan back in March and is now leading a revised effort to repeal and replace Obama's Affordable Care Act, was first elected in 2012.

Since then, he’s faced only token opposition and has defeated Democrat challengers by more than 30 points and widened his margin to 63 percent in 2014 and 64 percent in 2016.

Meadows spent $5.75 per vote in 2012 on donations of $1.1 million, but spent just $332,000 to defeat Rick Bryson, D-Bryson City, in 2016.

Campaigning to a group of about 100 in Hendersonville on Tuesday, Coffay is promising "the biggest grassroots campaign that NC-11 has ever seen" leading up to the election in 2018.

 

 

NO DATE SET YET FOR PUBLIX TO START CONSTRUCTION

NO DATE SET YET FOR PUBLIX TO START CONSTRUCTION

ON THE GREENVILLE HIGHWAY IN THE OLD ATHA PLAZA LOCATION     

PUBLIX SPOKEWOMAN KIMBERY REYNOLDS THIS WEEK TOLD WHKP NEWS THAT PUBLIX IS EXCITED ABOUT THE HENDRSONVILLE STORE.  SHE ADDED,   

"We do not have a construction start date, but are working through the permitting process at this time.

Many factors affect construction including weather and permitting, so it is difficult to share how long construction will take.

We will employ approximately 140 associates at the a store and will announce a job fair closer to opening. We do not have a grand opening date set at this time.

The store will include all of the traditional Publix features our customers have come to love including our scratch bakery, deli with our famous Publix subs and fried chicken, a full service meat and seafood department, produce section with daily deliveries and a wide variety of grocery items and other services. It'll also include Publix Apron's Simple Meals where we sample recipes in-store daily."

CONSTRUCTION IS NOW UNDERWAY ON THE NEW GF LINAMAR MANUFACTURING FACILITY

CONSTRUCTION IS NOW UNDERWAY ON THE NEW GF LINAMAR MANUFACTURING FACILITY

IN FERNCLIFF INDUSTRIAL PARK IN MILLS RIVER, START OF OPERATIONS IS PLANNED FOR THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR  

INITIAL INVESTMENT OVER $100 MILLION  

WILL CREATE OVER 340 MANUFACTURING JOBS   

SITE WORK HAS BEEN GOING ON ALL WINTER; THE MANUFACTURING FACILITY IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Some months ago,GF Automotive, a division of GF, and its joint venture partner Linamar Corp. selected Henderson County (North Carolina, US) as location for GF Linamar LLC’s first light metal die-casting plant.

The official signing of the contract by the management of Linamar Corp. and GF Automotive was attended by a delegation of representatives of North Carolina which included governor (at that time)P at McCrory and elected officials from both the Town of Mills River and Henderson County.

GF Automotive and Linamar announced their joint venture named GF Linamar LLC in mid-July 2015 to combine leading expertise in casting and machining. The new plant is now under constructionb on a 57-acres site at the Ferncliff Industrial Park in Mills River. It will produce light metal components for the North American market, starting with body and structure parts for a European car manufacturer. The initial investment amounts to approx. USD 100 million. Start of operations is planned for mid-2017.

“We appreciate very much the warm welcome and the support from the state of North Carolina, the Town of Mills River, and the Henderson County authorities”, comments Yves Serra, CEO of GF. “The location is ideal for us and we look forward to a prosperous future for our joint venture in the US”. He made those remarks as plans were announced many months ago for the new plant.
The site is adjacent to the Ashville Regional Airport and will eventually create over 300 top quality, good paying manufacturing jobs.

Blue Ridge Community College began a new high-tech molding training program earlier this year to help train plant employees when the facility beginds operation.
“We are very pleased to announce that we have selected Henderson County, North Carolina, as the site of the GF Linamar LLC plant,” stated Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar. “This will be our fourth plant in North Carolina, an area where we have thrived thanks to a fantastic workforce and a great business environment. It is rapidly becoming an important hub for us to serve our customers in the southern US and North America overall.”

Linamar Corp. was founded in 1966 by the Hasenfratz family and is listed at the Toronto Stock Exchange. With its 48 worldwide manufacturing facilities and a workforce of 19 500 employees the company generated sales of CHF 3.1 billion (CAD 4.2 billion) in 2014. Its reputation is built upon its expertise in precision machining of metallic powertrain products for the automotive industry.
GF Automotive is one of the leading automotive suppliers worldwide and specializes in lightweight solutions for the automotive industry. It produces more than 600 000 tons of iron, aluminum and magnesium components at nine production plants in Germany, Austria and China. With 5 000 employees, GF Automotive generated sales of about CHF 1.4 billion in
2014.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FOUNDATION TO EXPAND "THE LEADER IN ME" PROGRAM

PUBLIC SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FOUNDATION TO EXPAND "THE LEADER IN ME" PROGRAM

In partnership with Henderson County Public Schools, the Henderson County Education Foundation (HCEF) is launching a campaign to bring “The Leader in Me” program to more elementary schools in Henderson County.

Two Henderson County schools, Sugarloaf Elementary and Dana Elementary, currently incorporate “Leader in Me,” FranklinCovey’s process that transforms and uplifts an entire school. The nationally acclaimed program teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.

HCEF is hosting breakfast tours for the community to learn more about “Leader in Me” at Sugarloaf Elementary on two different dates: Friday, April 28 and Friday, May 19, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Last year, Sugarloaf Elementary was named a Lighthouse School by the FranklinCovey Institute, the highest honor a “Leader in Me” school can achieve.

To RSVP for one of the breakfast tours or to learn more about “The Leader in Me” program, visit http://hcefnc.org/ourwork/leaderinme/ or contact HCEF Executive Director Summer Stipe at 828.697.5551 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The mission of the Henderson County Education Foundation is to develop resources to support educational excellence in the Henderson County Public Schools.

 

 

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SELL "THE CLUBHOUSE" ON SIXTH AVENUE WEST

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SELL "THE CLUBHOUSE" ON SIXTH AVENUE WEST

In their meeting Wednesday morning, Henderson County Commissioners sold the former “Clubhouse” property on Sixth Avenue West to Dr. Leon El1iston for $286,000. Dr. Elliston had originally offered 172,000 for the 112-year old house that had previously been used by a mental health provider. But the upset bid process required by state law raised the final sale price for the county-owned house and the entire tract of land across from the new Health-Science Center to $286,000.

Commissioners were also scheduled to get updates Wenesday morningfrom the Asheville Regional Airport and from the Henderson County Department of Social Services.

 

 

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ATHENA AWARD NOMNINEES

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ATHENA AWARD NOMNINEES

ATHENA Award Nominees Announced

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the following nominees for the 10th Annual ATHENA Award presented in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz by Pardee Hospital, Morris Broadband and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance:

Tanya Blackford, Alice Cochran, Joanne Helppie, Lynn Killian, Denise Medved, Elizabeth Moss, Dot Moyer, Roxanna Pepper, Paige Posey, Amanda Stansbury, Hollie Storrier, and Fair Nabers Waggoner.

The nominees will be honored at a reception presented by Judy Stroud and State Farm Insurance on Tuesday, May 2nd. The winner of the 10th Annual ATHENA Award presented in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz will be announced at the Business and Professional Women’s Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10th at Kenmure Country Club. The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. The award is co-sponsored by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on the ATHENA Award or to make your reservation to the Business and Professional Women’s Luncheon, please call the Chamber at 828-692-1413.

ARMED ROBBERIES AND HIGH SPEED CHASES:  DEPUTIES ANNOUNCE ARRESTS

ARMED ROBBERIES AND HIGH SPEED CHASES: DEPUTIES ANNOUNCE ARRESTS

 earn old Sarah Davidson, 24 year old Nathan Turner, 27 year old Chase Washington, and 16 year old Stacy Ward of Henderson County have all been charged with a recent armed robbery.  Deputies sat they may he charged with other recent robberies.

22 year old Benjamin Boaz is facing a number of serious charges after a high speed chase out Sugar Loaf Road all the way to the end of World's Edge Road.

 

 

 

RE-OPENING LATER THIS WEEEK; LOCAL CHICK FIL A MAKE-OVER TO BE COMPLETE BY APRIL 21ST

RE-OPENING LATER THIS WEEEK; LOCAL CHICK FIL A MAKE-OVER TO BE COMPLETE BY APRIL 21ST

MAKE-OVER ALMOST COMPLETE.  

Local folks looking for some good chicken and fixin's are having to look somehwere other than the Chick Fil A in Highland Square for a while.  

A major make-over, inside and outside the restaurant, is currently taking place...and plans are to have it all ready for re-opening on April 21st.  

Meanhile... Chick Fil A folks, on their Facebook page, are saying "thanks"...for a little help from their friends...

"So far our friends at McFarlan Bake Shop and Hubba Hubba BBQ have helped us surprise and delight the crew working on your Chick-fil-A of Hendersonville remodel while it's closed. A happy crew works harder and will keep us on schedule. It's worth a shot anyway don't you think?
We know these guys and gals work hard and do not get to enjoy this place we get to call home. So we thought we would do our best to bring home to them throughout the process. They loved the donuts and breakfast treats, and went on and on about the barbecue lunch that was catered by Starr and his crew. Make plans soon to enjoy lunch with them, you will not be disappointed."

Again, renovation should be complete by April 21st.

By Larry Freeman