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PATRIOTIC QUILTS AT BON CLARKEN MAY 5 & 6

PATRIOTIC QUILTS AT BON CLARKEN MAY 5 & 6

Patriotic Quilts of Valor to be displayed at Quilt Show
May 5 - 6, 2017

Several members of the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild, will be showing their Quilts of Valor at the Garden of Quilts quilt show May 5-6, 2017. These patriotic quilts will later be awarded to veterans in our area. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Also, there will be quilt blocks which visitors will be able to sign to show their support. These will be made into a Quilt of Valor and also awarded to a veteran.

The show will feature over 100 quilts. Hours are: 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The location is the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC.
There will also be several fabric and arts-and-crafts vendors, a Guild boutique shop, and a variety of food items for sale at Bonclarken’s pavilion. Group tours may be available.
Admission is $5 with free regular and handicap parking. Wheel chairs and walkers welcome. Visit www.westernncquilters.org for more information.

"RHYTHM AND BREWS" RETURNS FOR ANOTHER SEASON STARTING THIS MAY

"RHYTHM AND BREWS" RETURNS FOR ANOTHER SEASON STARTING THIS MAY

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The Rhythm & Brews crew is excited to announce the 2017 Headliners for downtown Hendersonville’s premier annual concert experience! This year’s headliners run the genre gamut and, as always you can count on us to deliver high quality across the board. Whatever your musical tastes, R&B is sure to put a smile on your face and broaden your musical horizons.

Beginning in May and running through September, these free outdoor shows will ramp up the fun in downtown on the 3rd Thursday of each month; May 18th, June 15th, July 20th, August 17th and September 21st. The shows will feature local singer songwriters and opening acts at 5:00 and 6:00 with our headliners performing from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

This season opens with The Get Right Band, a three piece unit hailing from Asheville. The Get Right Band’s music combines styles from funk and rock n’ roll to reggae. Their melodies are a perfect blend of energy and fun supported by smart lyrics. The band’s newest album was released on August 5, 2016 and was recorded at famed Echo Mountain Studio with production duties assumed by Julian Dreyer, GRB frontman Silas Durocher and group. Dreyer (The Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band) also engineered and mixed the record which was mastered by six-time Grammy winner Brian Lucey (The Black Keys and Beck).

June’s show features a returning favorite from last year the six piece ensemble Major and the Monbacks hailing from Norfolk, VA. The Monbacks feature a lively horn and powerful rhythm section that merges retro 60’s rock and roll with the high energy and horn laden grit of southern soul! Think Chicago meets the Grateful Dead meets The Band and with a new album slated for release this spring, you don’t want to miss this fantastic return to the R&B stage!

July’s concert showcases one of the great Americana acts touring today, the Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. With a new album out in 2017 the band is one you won’t want to miss.

August swings us back into the world of Rock and Roll with a visit from Come Back Alice. Formed in 2012, Come Back Alice has a patently-unique sound that they've dubbed Southern Gypsy Funk, a blend of rock, soul, gypsy jazz and funk music. With improvisational influences and a love of bands known for killer live performances—including The Band, Dave Matthews, Tom Petty, and The Allman Brothers Band—even the biggest Come Back Alice fans don't know what to expect. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist (and newly-weds) Tony Tyler and Dani Jaye, the connection onstage is electric. Switching between slide guitar, B3 organ, Violin, and keys, these two have a knack for captivating audiences with a true Rock N Roll stage presence.

Finally, we close out the 2017 season with another genre buster. Backup Planet is a progressive funk-rock band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Elements of jazz, funk, roots, blues, electronic, and progressive rock all emerge during the course of their shows. While their sound draws from much of what you’ve heard before—‘70s rock and funk, high-energy improv, a touch of pop, and a sliver of metal, the band members mix and match those elements—with just a hint of modern tech—in ways that never fail to astonish. With a fantastic repertoire of original songs, they’re able to build fluid sets interspersed with improvisation.

After outgrowing our first year digs we relocated to the Main Street South location last year and plan to head back there again. Setting up between Caswell and Allen Streets along Main the event now takes advantage of a much more spacious environment to the benefit of all our fans. If you haven’t been back since we re-located be sure to mark your calendars to check out the great new set-up!

The shows will once again feature some great local brews alongside the best concert line-up in Henderson County. Featured drinks will include the craft brew stylings of Henderson County’s own Sierra Nevada and Southern Appalachian Breweries and the delectable grape creations of Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. And for cider lovers out there, Flat Rock Ciderworks and Bold Rock Cider both plan to return to the event in 2017!

A family friendly event the HandsOn! Family Zone, a kid friendly destination within the show, and the Pardee misting tent will once again round out an entertainment experience designed for the whole family!

Check out our webpage for additional information at www.downtownhendersonville.org.

LAUREL PARK COUNCIL LOWERS WHITE PINE DRIVE SPEED LIMIT TO 25 MPH; SELECTS MCKINLEY FOR COUNCIL SEAT

LAUREL PARK COUNCIL LOWERS WHITE PINE DRIVE SPEED LIMIT TO 25 MPH; SELECTS MCKINLEY FOR COUNCIL SEAT

You’d better watch your speeds driving through the Town of Laurel Park. Town Council lowered the speed limit from 35 to 25 miles-per-hour last week on White Pine Drive. Police Chief Bobbie Trotter said speed has been a problem with some motorists driving up to 50 miles-per-hour on White Pine Drive.

Laurel Park Town Council last week continued consideration of a possible merger of the Town’s water system with Hendersonville’s water system…an engineering consultant the Town hired said a merger makes sense for all involved.

The Town will be keeping the tax rate the same in the new fiscal year starting July 1, but water rates will go up 2 per cent.

And Hendersonville realtor and former WHKP associate Nancy McKinley was appointed to Laurel Park Town Council last week. She will serve out the unexpired term of long-time Council member Dona Manella who resigned for health reasons. McKinley will have to run for re-election to the Council seat in municipal elections this November.

 

WNC'S LINVILLE GORGE WILDFIRE DESTROYS OVER 5,500 ACRES; NOW 90% CONTAINED

WNC'S LINVILLE GORGE WILDFIRE DESTROYS OVER 5,500 ACRES; NOW 90% CONTAINED

LIGHTNING DETERMINED TO BE THE CAUSE      

MEANWHILE...WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA'S FOREST FIRE SEASON IS FAR FROM OVER   

Burnout operations were conducted on the south end of the White Creek Fire this afternoon with the objective of securing private property. The fire, which was reported Thursday March 16th, is burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The fire is now estimated at 2,750 acres and 50% contained.

The fire continues to burn within the containment lines. Atmospheric conditions this afternoon are causing smoke to lift upward before dispersing, instead of settling at ground level. This causes the smoke plume to be much more visible this evening. Smoke may impact areas close to the fire overnight.

Passing storms yesterday evening provided no measurable rainfall on the fire. The storms did produce lightning else ware in surrounding area, prompting firefighters to respond to multiple new ignitions which were extinguished at small acreages.

Tomorrow, firefighters will patrol and monitor the fire area, as well as work to extinguish any hot spots near fire lines. Minor burnout operations may occur.

154 firefighters are currently on scene. The U.S. Forest Service is leading fire response efforts, with support from the North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Burke and McDowell County Emergency Management, North Carolina Emergency Management, and local volunteer fire departments.

An area closure is in effect for all U.S. Forest Service lands east of State Road 1238 (Old NC 105 / Kistler Memorial Highway), south of Conley Cove Trail (Tr #229), south of Table Rock Picnic Area, west of Back Irish Creek Forest Service Road #118 (Blue Gravel Road) and Roses Creek Forest Service Road #99, north of Highway 126. In addition, the following trails are closed: Shortoff Trail (Tr #235), Rock Jock Trail (Tr #247), Pinch-In Trail (Tr #228), Linville Gorge Trail (Tr #231) south of Conley Cove Trail (Tr #229), Mountains to Sea Trail (Tr #440) from State Road 1238 at Pinnacles to the Table Rock Picnic Area, and any social trails existing within the closure area. Public entry is prohibited within this area.

Law enforcement officials determined lightning to be the likely cause of the fire. Yesterday's release reported a lightning strike near the area on March 6th. That information has been corrected to March 1st.

ELITE AIRWAYS TO OFFER ASHEVILLE TO VERO BEACH, FLORIDA SERVICE

ELITE AIRWAYS TO OFFER ASHEVILLE TO VERO BEACH, FLORIDA SERVICE

Elite Airways LLC today announced new nonstop flights betweenAsheville Regional Airport (AVL) in and Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) in Florida. The new flights, scheduled on Thursdays and Sundays between AVL and VRB will begin on May 25. Early-bird fares start at $179 each way* and tickets are now on sale at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50lbs, and no ticketing change fees** (see website for details). Asheville is located within North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and is known for a vibrant arts scene, national parks and hiking trails, and historic architecture. Vero Beach offers luxury beachfront living and resorts, world-class golf, dining, shopping, fine arts and cultural attractions.

"We are pleased to offer nonstop jet service between Asheville and Vero Beach with a Thursday/Sunday schedule that will be ideal for vacationers headed in either direction," said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. "We look forward to providing service in Asheville and sincerely thank airport and community leaders for their support."

"Asheville Regional Airport is growing significantly, with more passengers than ever before flying to and from western North Carolina," said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director. "We are pleased to welcome Elite Airways as the newest airline at AVL, and look forward to welcoming travelers to and from Vero Beach, Florida."

"Nonstop jet service to Asheville is a unique addition at VRB, and one that has been highly sought after by passengers who would rather take a nonstop flight versus a ten hour drive. The airport is pleased to see new markets and travel opportunities open up to the area, and we thank Elite Airways for expanding its service at Vero Beach Regional Airport," said Airport Executive Director, Eric Menger.

About Elite Airways
Elite Airways LLC was founded in 2006 by airline veterans with the goal to provide passengers a better travel experience with nonstop flights, competitive prices and exceptional service. Elite Airways is a U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier and provides charter and scheduled service throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and South America. The airline's routes connect underserved communities with popular destinations that include New York City/Newark, Portland ME, Asheville NC, Orlando-Melbourne, Sarasota-Bradenton, and Vero Beach FL, and the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. Headquartered in Portland Maine, Elite Airways' maintenance operations center is located in Melbourne on Florida's Space Coast. All scheduled flights are sold and operated by Elite Airways LLC, and available for purchase at www.eliteairways.com or by calling 877-393-2510.

EARLY VARIETIES OF LOCAL APPLES SERIOUSLY HURT BY LAST WEEK'S COLD SNAP

EARLY VARIETIES OF LOCAL APPLES SERIOUSLY HURT BY LAST WEEK'S COLD SNAP

Henderson County Agri-Business Director Mark Williams conformed for WHKP News this week what some local apple growers have been saying…that it’s the earliest varieties of apples that suffered the most damage in last week’s bitter cold overnight temperatures.  Those early varieties include favorites like Granny Smiths and Fujis.

Temperatures fell into the mid teens in the early morning hours two nights in a row…and stayed in the teens for several hours….and that posed a real threat for the earliest buds on local apple trees that are as much as three weeks early this year due to the unseasonably warm temperatures over the winter and early this spring.

Like moist growers, Williams says it’s too early to tell the full extent of damage to the young apples. But he points out the cold last week may have actually slowed down the process for some of the later varieties and as he outs it, may be a blessing in disguise.

In many cases, Williams says it may even be harvest time before the full extent oif the damage is known.

Henderson County peaches though were in full bloom…those in South Carolina and Georgia were even farther along…and this year’s crop may well have been wiped out by last week’s cold.

Berries, particularly blueberries in South Carolina and Georgia also suffered extensively from last week’s cold.

Local growers know only too well…that’s still more wintry weather likely to come for western North Carolina. The long term average date for the last killing frost in Henderson County is still three weeks away on April 22nd.

And most local growers and gardeners follow the old “rule of thumb”…never plant anything in the ground until after the dogwoods bloom

By Larry Freeman

PARDEE'S CORNHOLE CHARITY TOURNAMENT SET FOR APRIL 8

PARDEE'S CORNHOLE CHARITY TOURNAMENT SET FOR APRIL 8

Pardee Hospital Foundation will host its fourth annual Charity Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, April 8 at 1 p.m. on the tennis courts of the Hendersonville Country Club. Registration begins at 12 p.m. The entry fee is $50 per team of two or $25 for individuals and $5 for spectators. Individual players will be matched up by tournament staff to form a team of two. Children 16 and under can attend for free. The money raised from the event will benefit cardiology patients at Pardee UNC Health Care. Cornhole enthusiasts, families and friends are encouraged to come out and enjoy the fun. This year's event will feature music, kids’ activities, food, beer, wine and soft drinks. Lead sponsors include Hendersonville Country Club, Carolina Village, Boyd Chevrolet Cadillac Buick, and Horizon Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC.

The money raised from the event will go towards the purchase of a MUSE Cardiology Information System to benefit cardiology patients at Pardee UNC Health Care. MUSE is an electronic cardiology testing system that takes cardiac stress results; EKGs and other cardiology based tests and transforms the results into an electronic format. The MUSE system helps create a clinical medical history for all cardiology based testing that will follow the patient around for a lifetime.

"This charity event, packed with activities, food and music, is fun for the whole family whether you are an experienced cornhole player or novice,” said Kim Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. “Monies raised by the event will directly benefit cardiology patients at Pardee. We hope to see you there."

Players can register in teams of two for the charity event. The competition will feature a double elimination style tournament and prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Teams can register for the tournament by visiting pardeehospitalfoundation.org or by calling the Foundation office at (828) 233-2700.

Cornhole has become a favorite tailgate and recreational game nationwide. ESPN now airs the American Cornhole Organization championship each year.

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 UNC Health Care. 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.

SOUTH CAROLINA'S PEACH CROP DEVASTATED BY LAST WEEK'S SUB-FREEZING OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES

SOUTH CAROLINA'S PEACH CROP DEVASTATED BY LAST WEEK'S SUB-FREEZING OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES

LOCAL GROWERS SAY 95 PER CENT OF HENDERSON COUNTY'S PEACHES MAY HAVE BEEN DESTROYED IN THE FREEZE...

Last week's deep freeze in the Southeast appears to have nearly wiped out Georgia's blueberries and South Carolina's peaches.

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture said 85 percent of the state's peaches were damaged by two days of temperatures dipping into the 20s Wednesday and Thursday.

South Carolina is the second biggest producer of peaches in the U.S.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black says up to 80 percent of the blueberry crop in the southern part of the state was destroyed.

Georgia grows early season blueberries and the crop is worth more than peaches.

Apples also suffered freeze damage in North Carolina.

While mid-March freezes aren't unusual in much of the Southeast, many crops were blooming up to three weeks early because of the unusually mild winter.

From The Associated Press

 

 

 

DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE AGAIN RECEIVES AN "AWARD OF MERIT"

DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE AGAIN RECEIVES AN "AWARD OF MERIT"

Historic Downtown Hendersonville is excited to announce that the local Main Street Program was once again, for the fourth year in a row, recognized with an “Award of Merit” during the annual NC Main Street Awards Ceremony. We were recognized for our efforts in 2016 in the area of “Best Volunteer Recruitment, Training & Recognition” program. The “Friends of Downtown Hendersonville” volunteer program is a reflection of the wonderful dedication and support that we receive from our community for downtown.

“We were grateful to receive this recognition and happy to bring attention to the nearly all volunteer crew that keeps the downtown program and the events we put on powering forward,” noted Lew Holloway Downtown Economic Development Director. In addition to the program award, the NC Main Street Conference provides programs with an opportunity to recognize their “Champions.” This year the program took advantage of that opportunity to recognize the chief “show up early and stay late” volunteer energy of Walt Slagel.

Walt has been working with the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville for a little over a year and half, but has used that time to make a big splash. Dalleen Jackson, Downtown Promotions Coordinator shares that, “Whether it is tearing down at R&B in a late evening rain storm or showing up on a cold morning to hang Christmas lights, Walt has found a lot of ways to make our lives easier!”

We couldn’t do the work of downtown without the energy and enthusiasm we get from our volunteers and Walt is an example of a much broader trend. At the conclusion of 2016 we recognized our volunteers for a contribution of over 1,800 hours of volunteer time, a number that reflects a doubling of contributed time since 2014. We want to thank all of our Friends for helping us achieve this program award!

If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville, visit our webpage at downtownhendersonville.org for more information or contact us at 828.233.3205.
Below are the NC State Dept. of Commerce press releases for the Awards and for the Champions, please reference them for additional information

MCGRADY SAYS HE'S LOOKING AT "ALL THE OPTIONS" IN THE HENDERSONVILLE WATER ISSUE

MCGRADY SAYS HE'S LOOKING AT "ALL THE OPTIONS" IN THE HENDERSONVILLE WATER ISSUE

SAYS HE DOES NOT SEE THIS AS A "TAKE OVER"  

THE DEADLINE FOR INTRODUCING THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION COMES EARLY NEXT WEEK   

Henderson County State Representative Chuck McGrady says his mind is not made up yet…and that he’s considering all the options…regarding the Hendersonville water system.

County commissions last week indicated that McGrady is the main one they’ll be turning to to take control of the water system away from the city that owns and operates it…and put control under the North Carolina utilities Commission.

McGrady has shown support for such a move…as he puts it…to keep water rates more equal for city residents and for water customers who live outside the city. On his way back to Raleigh Sunday afternoon, McGrady said the local news media is off bas calling this a “take over”…he said he sees it as “protecting” water customers outside the city.

The whole thing, says McGrady, started with his attempt, along with former State Representative Tim Moffit of Buncombe County, to fix problems and inequities with the Asheville water system…a legislative attempt that was rejected by the state Supreme Court a few days before Christmas last year.,

Any legislation involving Hendersonville’s water system, says McGrady, will be different…and he’s looking at all the options…has really committed to nothing at this point…but he says he does not want to go back to the way it was or is. Hendersonville’s mayor, city council, and city manager have all expressed strong opposition to losing control of the city water system; county commissioners in a 3 to 1 vote adopted a resolution last week in favor of the city losing control…and McGrady says he’s hearing from them all…but still is looking at all possible options.

Time is running out though…the deadline for introducing legislation to do this with Hendersonville’s water system is early next week. If legislation is introduced in the House, it’ll also have to pass in the state Senate and be signed into law by Governor Cooper. And indications are, if all that happens, the city of Hendersonville will likely go to court to keep control of its water system. That failed attempt to take over the Asheville water system, by the way, cost water customers and taxpayers a million dollars in legal fees.

By Larry Freeman 03/19/17 Updated 4 pm