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CHIMNEY ROCK SHUTTING DOWN BRIEFLY FOR ELECTRICAL WORK

CHIMNEY ROCK SHUTTING DOWN BRIEFLY FOR ELECTRICAL WORK

- Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will close next week for repairs to the mountain's elevator.

Park officials said Duke Power will install new electric lines to solve the parks recent power issues.

Officials said Chimney Rock will be closed from April 11 to 15.

PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR POSSIBLE NEW INDUSTRY IN EAST FLAT ROCK

PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR POSSIBLE NEW INDUSTRY IN EAST FLAT ROCK

Henderson County Board of Commissioners  met on Monday and Aprill 20 at 9 a.m. was the date and time set for a public hearing on incentives to attract a new industry to the East Flat Rock area.

The incentive will be for what's being called  "Project Bavaria."

It will be held at the county commission meeting room.

Last week, county manager Steve Wyatt said the county commission will offer a German company six-and-a-half acres as an incentive to build their plant there.

The land is located on the old fairgrounds site, near the Elkamet car parts plant.

The company would bring additional industrial investment and about 50 jobs to the area.

Wyatt said the company could make their final decision in the next several week

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS MENTAL HEALTH IS A TOP PRIORITY

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS MENTAL HEALTH IS A TOP PRIORITY

The Henderson County Department of Public Health has released the 2015 Community Health Assessment (CHA). The CHA is a profile of the current health of Henderson County residents based on socioeconomic factors, key health indicators, local data and community resources and gaps.

The following four health priorities were selected as the focus for the next three years:

  1.  Access/Quality of Mental Health Services
  2.  Substance Abuse
  3.  Obesity
  4.  Safe and Affordable Housing
The next step in the process is for county residents, local hospitals and community partners to form Community Health Assessment Action Teams. These teams will develop action plans and strategies to address the selected health priorities.

The full 2015 CHA Report can be accessed by clicking the Community Data link at www.hendersoncountync.org/health<http://www.hendersoncountync.org/health/index.html>. For information about the CHA or to volunteer to serve on one of the action teams, contact Stacy Taylor, health education director, at 828-694-6063.

LOCAL TEEN NAMED NC YOUTH OF THE YEAR

LOCAL TEEN NAMED NC YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Sarah Parker has been named the North Carolina Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

Parker is an A student at North Henderson High and has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County for the last three years.

As a club member, Parker is an active part of the Keystone Club, a teen leadership and community service group. She was also chosen as the Club's SMART Girls ambassador in

2015, and she earned a position as part of the organization's Junior Staff as well, assisting during programs with the Club's youngest members.

She plans to pursue degrees in Spanish and Art at Berea College, where she recently received the Pinnacle Scholar Award of Excellence in the area of service.

“I strive for excellence in all that I do, and I want to make a difference in the world. I want to impact those around me,” Parker said. “The Boys and Girls Club is one of the greatest places I know. I am proud to be part of it and also blessed for all it has done in my life.”

Local Youth of the Year Sponsor Hunter Subaru awarded Parker with her first $1,000 scholarship in January, after she won the Henderson County Youth of the Year title.

 
 

PARDEE FOUNDATION TO HOLD GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 2ND

PARDEE FOUNDATION TO HOLD GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 2ND

Pardee Hospital Foundation will host the 21st Annual Tournament of Champions golf tournament on Monday, May 2 at Kenmure Country Club. The entry fee is $275 per player; sponsorships are also available. Participants can enjoy 18 holes of golf in either the morning or afternoon, followed by an awards ceremony and dinner in the evening.

 

             The goal for this year's tournament is to raise $75,000 to purchase a comprehensive swallowing and voice tower for Pardee Hospital's new Comprehensive Cancer Center, set to open in fall 2016. This equipment will enhance quality of life for cancer patients, streamline the coordination of cancer, and decrease dental-related restrictions and costs.

 

            Since 1996, the Tournament of Champions has raised more than $2 million to benefit Pardee Hospital services, equipment and patient care.

 

            "If you're a golfer, we invite you to join our 21st Annual Tournament of Champions," said Kimerly Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. "Each year at this memorable event, participants enjoy friendly competition on one of the area's finest golf courses while giving back to their community hospital. We hope to see you there."

 

            For more information about the tournament, visit http://pardeehospitalfoundation.org/events/tournament-of-champions/ or call (828) 233-2700.

 

            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 Hospital 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 or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

APRIL 5 IS THE TIME TO SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR KINDERGARTEN

APRIL 5 IS THE TIME TO SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR KINDERGARTEN

 

Next month is kindergarten registration for children turning 5 on or before Aug. 31, and Henderson County Public Schools is co-hosting the annual Kindergarten Readiness Rally on April 5, to get parents and students on track for the start of the new school year.
 
Sponsored by Western Carolina Community Action, Smart Start of Henderson County, the Children & Family Resource Center and HCPS, the Kindergarten Readiness Rally will give parents the opportunity to confirm their designated school district, learn which documents to bring to registration, and meet their children’s teachers and administrators.
 
While the parents learn about registration, children can participate in fun learning activities parents can replicate at home to support school readiness. More than 25 local nonprofit organizations that work with children and families will host activities or provide free give-aways, including Flat Rock Playhouse, United Way, El Centro, the Hands On! children's museum, and the Mineral & Lapidary Museum.
 
A HCPS school bus will also be on site to introduce the children to school bus safety and to ease any anxieties they – or their parents – might have about riding the bus to school come August. And every kindergartner who attends can take a book home, choosing from including old favorites like, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and "Curious George" and newer books, like the "Molly Lou Melon" series.
 
Parents with a student already enrolled in school can still benefit from attending the Rally by meeting their kindergartener’s future teachers and administrators, and by asking any questions about the kindergarten program at HCPS.
 
“It’s a great opportunity to get information in preparation for kindergarten registration,” said Shannon Marlowe, HCPS director of elementary education.
 
The Rally will take place from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. 
 
Area nonprofits interested in hosting a table and activity at the Rally, or volunteers, should contact WCCA Area Manager Margit Nelson at (828)-696-6674.
 

 

LOCAL BRIDGES OVER I-26 TO BE REPAIRED

LOCAL BRIDGES OVER I-26 TO BE REPAIRED

 

TWO HENDERSON COUNTY BRIDGES OVER I-26 SCHEDULED FOR REPAIRS

Two bridges along I-26 near mile marker 58 in Henderson County that span Macedonia Road (SR 1834) will receive improvements starting on April 11.

In conjunction with NHM Constructors LLC, the NCDOT will close one of two lanes of westbound traffic between mile markers 57 and 59 at all hours of the day in order to repair the surface of the 48-year-old bridge.

NHM Constructors have until May 16 to complete the project at a cost of $774, 890.

“They're using a tried and true method to provide a smoother surface,” assistant resident engineer Shep Cordray said in a news release Friday. “They will also work to have as little impact on traffic as possible while they're working,”

The eastbound bridge has already received several upgrades and the month-long improvement on this stretch of road will be done underneath the bridge.

Both lanes of traffic headed toward South Carolina are expected to remain open over this stretch during the improvements.

NCDOT reminds motorists along this stretch of I-26 to slow down through the work zone, stay alert while driving and obey construction and speed-limit signs. They should also allow extra time for their travel, especially heading west.

 

MOVIE ABOUT SALUDA'S MUSIC HISTORY TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE

MOVIE ABOUT SALUDA'S MUSIC HISTORY TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE

 

Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions

Oral History Film Documentary to Be Released

 

The oral history film documentary, “Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions”  will be released at a film premiere scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the Party Place and Event Center in Saluda. Admission is free and open to the public. DVDs will be available for sale.

 

The old saying is, “You can’t go home again.” But, maybe you can. The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has been collecting oral histories through audio and video since 2010, primarily from its senior citizens. A common theme relayed during the gathering of these stories is a deep nostalgia for the rich and diverse musical traditions that were once common in Saluda. The HSC has enlisted the help of the Polk County Film Initiative to take these histories, collect a few new ones, and then roll them into a fascinating oral history film documentary that portrays Saluda's rich musical heritage, where the past meets the present. Sure to delight, these recollections include tales of the old time square dances, shape note singing, legendary fiddle makers and players, the influence of the railroad, a ragtime pianist, gospel greats, ballad singers, musical miracles, African-American history, Coon Dog Day, a famous baritone crooner and more. Rolling into the present day, we feature contemporary gospel, old-time and Americana acts, like Saluda’s own Aaron Burdett and some of today's great music venues, including a visit to Studio B at Western NC's famed radio station WNCW. This film will not only appeal to Saluda's people, but to folks from all walks of life who appreciate good stories, music and history, especially from a small mountain town in Western North Carolina. By the way, who says you can’t go home again! We are proud to say that this film is partially supported by the Polk County Community Foundation’s Saluda Fund, the City of Saluda and WNCW, a media sponsor. The Chair of the Historic Saluda Committee, Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, is the Creator and Producer of the project. Associate Producers are Martin Anderson and Carolyn Ashburn with the Historic Saluda Oral History Committee.  From the Polk County Film Initiative, Cinematography and Film Editing was done by Kirk Gollwitzer.  Location Director, First Assistant Camera and Still Photography was provided by Lavin Cuddihee.

 

With a deadline of April 15th, sponsorship opportunities are available for both businesses and individuals. Film sponsors will be listed in the film credits. Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the HSC website atwww.historicsaluda.org. All proceeds go toward future projects.

 

The Historic Saluda Committee was formed by a group of concerned citizens who wished to preserve the historical integrity of the town. The grassroots effort spawned interest from Saluda City officials and in June 2010 the Saluda City Commissioners voted to make the committee an advisory committee to the city and committee members were appointed. The HSC meets on the second Friday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library. The public is welcome. For more information go to www.historicsaluda.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

THE BEARS ARE OUT EARLY THIS SPRING IN WNC

THE BEARS ARE OUT EARLY THIS SPRING IN WNC

STATE WILDIFE OFFICIAL SAY...DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU SEE ONE IN YOUR SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD

Wildlife biologists say bears in western North Carolina are out and about eaqrly this Spring

, beginning their ramblings through woods and neighborhoods ahead of schedule.

 

 

 

Mike Carraway with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission said officials started seeing the bears in the second week of March, partly because of the recent warm weather.

In addition to the bears showing up early, officials say there are a lot more of theom. Carraway said preliminary results from a study show the area’s bear population is growing. The study also shows individual bears are getting fatter and having more cubs because food is so plentiful.

 

 

 

SHERIFF SAYS THEFTS FROM LOCAL MAILBOXES IS ON THE RISE

SHERIFF SAYS THEFTS FROM LOCAL MAILBOXES IS ON THE RISE

 

As a result of increased attention paid to online and internet based frauds, some criminals are reverting to older methods of crime.   Sheriff Charles McDonald says the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has seen a rise in thefts from mailboxes.

 

Below are some recommended steps to help protect your personal and financial identity from being stolen:

 

•             Do not place checks, letters, or packages with your financial information in your mailboxes at home.  The raised flag is a sign to would-be criminals that something of value may be inside.  It is better to mail these items at USPS ‘blue box’ or at the post office. 

 

•             Have financial information or other sensitive mail delivered to a Post Office Box instead of your home mail box.  Criminals will only need to spend a few seconds outside of your home to get access to your accounts or your identity. 

 

•             Request the USPS hold your mail when away from home for extended periods.  This will help disguise your absence and not leave personal information in reach of thieves. 

 

•             Many victims do not know they have be targeted until thousands of dollars turn up missing from their accounts.  If you believe you have been a victim of theft from your mailbox, contact your financial institution so they can be alert for suspicious activity. 

 

Contact your local law enforcement or the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828.697.4911 to file a report.