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IT WILL BE "A FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS"

IT WILL BE "A FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS"

AT THE FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON   

Flat Rock, NC (November 17, 2017) – The holiday season, with the glow of candles and lights, gathering of families, and sense of spirit and cheer, is not always as picture perfect as the books and movies describe. Sometimes the family dog eats the apple pie, the siblings squabble and knock mom’s favorite ornament off the tree, and the Baby Jesus in the church Christmas Pageant ironically screams through the entire song, Silent Night. Join Flat Rock Playhouse’s Studio 52 Family Series for a story of those very less than perfect, but hilarious, moments of the holiday season that make Christmas... well, Christmas! With fifty local performers telling the tale of the very rambunctious Herman kids and their invasion of a church Christmas Pageant, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will tickle children and parents alike in its three week run from November 30th – December 17th at The Playhouse Downtown.

The Herdmans are an outrageous family of sibling outlaws, affectionately called, “the worst kids in the history of the word”. In The Best Christmas Pageant Ever these Herdman terrors invade church one Sunday and somehow manage to take over the annual Christmas Pageant, with no knowledge of the traditional Christmas story, Joseph, Mary or Baby Jesus. Oh my! Naturally this creates a certain level of anticipation, better described as an overwhelming sense of doom, as everyone worries that this year’s pageant will be horrible. At the very least, it will be a most unusual one that everyone will remember for years to come. Director Dave Hart emphasizes the hilarious and heartwarming nature of this production with its many memorable moments ranging from, “the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds and six very rowdy kids. Through the lens of these rough children, we watch them try to understand the Christmas story from the bible and perhaps remember, ourselves, what Christmas is truly about.”

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will provide the opportunity for fifty local performers of all ages (ranging from 4 - 60+) to take the stage, perhaps for their very first time. There will be two casts that switch off during the course of the run, which will ensure a range of interpretation and uniquely different storytelling for double the fun. From young children and students to parents and grandparents, the Studio 52 Family Series continues to bring its mission to life in providing hands-on theatrical learning experiences for all.

Directed by Hart, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will feature designs by Dennis C. Maulden (scenic), CJ Barnwell (lights), Ashli Crump (costumes), Kurt Conway (sound) and Paul Feraldi (props). Zeinab Caskey will Stage Manage with assistance from Student Stage Manager Riley Hewitt. Adam Goodrum will be the Production Manager.

The Executive Producer of this Studio 52 Family Series production is Park Ridge Health. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is also sponsored by Flat Rock Playhouse’s Downtown Series Sponsor, Rug and Home. Appropriate for all ages, this holiday-gone-awry comedy will offer fun for the whole family!

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will run November 30th through the December 17th at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. Evening performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00PM and matinées Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $12.50 - $25 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 828-693-0731 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

ROUNDABOUT LIKELY COMING TO WHITE STREET IMPROVEMENT/EXTENSION

ROUNDABOUT LIKELY COMING TO WHITE STREET IMPROVEMENT/EXTENSION

CHANGES COMING TO HENDERSONVILLE'S WHITE STREET   

The public had a chance to comment late Thursday on NC DOT plans to improve and extend White Street, at a cost of over $12 million.

DOT proposes to realign and extend White Street (S.R. 1170) from Willow Road (S.R. 1171) to U.S. 176 (Spartanburg Highway). Included in this project is replacing bridge over Mud Creek (Bridge 229).

DOT also proposess to widen the bridge over Mud Creek (Bridge 143) to five lanes along N.C. 225 from South King Street to U.S. 176.
Alternate 1 would include adding a roundabout at Kanuga Road and White Street. Alternate 2 would place the roundabout at Kanuga Road and Hebron Road.

Under those plans, White Street would be extended to the Spartanburg Highway. 

Publix has their new supermarket under construction where Atha Plaza used to be, and it's not yet clear when NC DOT will be making a final decision on White Street plans.

The project would cost about $12,670,000.

ART WALL NOW SHOWING AT COUNTY LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH

ART WALL NOW SHOWING AT COUNTY LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH

THE MAIN LIBRARY'S NEW ART WALL   

The main branch of the Henderson County Public Library unveiled its art wall, a new space devoted to celebrating local artists and their work. The current exhibit showcases paintings, graphite drawings, and pottery from regional artists and will be viewable through December 31st.

“Art has the power to inspire and transform minds,” said Sharon Arnette, Technical Services Librarian and one of the organizers of the exhibit, “The library has always been a gathering place for our community to exchange ideas and explore new topics. This exhibit space brings the talents of our local artists to a place where the public can experience them in their daily lives.” The library plans to rotate the artwork quarterly.

For more information, contact Sharon Arnette at 828-697-4725.

WNC'S MARK MEADOWS APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF TAX REFORM

WNC'S MARK MEADOWS APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF TAX REFORM

WNC CONGRESSMAN MARK MEADOWS/FOX NEWS   

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.Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“Today, the House kept its promise to pass a historic tax reform proposal—and it’s a delivery that is long overdue. Moms, dads, small business owners, and working families across the country sent us to Congress to create a simpler and fairer tax code that grows our economy, works for American families rather than D.C. special interests, and returns power from bureaucrats in Washington back to the people of Main Street. Today is an monumental step toward fulfilling those promises.

But make no mistake: we must not allow ourselves to view today’s vote as a job completed. This is not a time for extended celebration or victory laps. This task will not be finished unless both chambers, the House and the Senate, come together and send a tax reform proposal to President Trump’s desk. It’s on ALL of us to make that happen. The American people have had it with political statements or symbolic victories—they want results, and the results won’t be delivered until President Trump signs the bill into law. Congress must run through the tape and finish what we promised. No more excuses.”

THIS YEAR'S "BOUNTY OF BETHLEHEM" NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

THIS YEAR'S "BOUNTY OF BETHLEHEM" NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

A CHRISTMAS DINNER TRADITION FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY   

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COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER BY BOUNTY OF BETHLEHEM GEARING UP TO SERVE ITS 35TH YEAR IN HENDERSON COUNTY. VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ARE NEEDED

Volunteers can sign up at Immaculata Catholic School, located at 711 N Buncombe Street Hendersonville, NC 28791, on Saturday, December 2nd from 8a – 1p for their favorite way to help, be it plucking herbs or wrapping toys, decorating the gym or packing meals for the homebound. There is something for almost everyone. For those that cannot join us on this day, you can call: 828 702-1467

The Community Christmas Dinner has been hosted at Immaculata Catholic School with 100% of funds coming from our community through our fundraising and outreach efforts. Supporters are individuals and business alike. Donations can be made online at www.TheBountyofBethlehem.org or by mail to PO Box 883 Hendersonville, NC 28793 .

Since the early 1980s, Henderson County volunteers and supporters have gathered to create a tradition of providing a free The Community Christmas Dinner by Bounty of Bethlehem for anyone and everyone to enjoy, no matter who they are, how they worship, or from where they come. All are welcome to join us as an individual or a family, make new friends or meet some old friends in the middle. Meal hours are 12:30p – 5p. Over 2000 Henderson County folks are served annually. No one should be alone on Christmas Day.

WELCOME NEW PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR NOV. 27TH

WELCOME NEW PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR NOV. 27TH

MONDAY NOVEMBER 27 4 TO 6 PM   

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Parks and Recreation Welcomes Dixon with Drop-In Reception

Hendersonville, NC – November 15, 2017

Henderson County is pleased to welcome Carleen Dixon as Henderson County Parks and Recreation Director. Please join Parks and Recreation and county staff in welcoming Dixon to the Henderson County team at a drop-in reception on Monday, November 27th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse Community Room, 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville. The public is welcome to attend.

Dixon is a Brevard resident with over 18 years of experience in the field of recreation and has previously held the title of Director in Transylvania County. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University and currently holds the highest level of certification from the National Parks and Recreation Association, Parks and Recreation Executive.

For more information, please contact Erin Hendrix at 828-697-4884, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 HENDERSONVILLE'S GE LIGHTING SYSTEMS FACILITY IS FOR SALE

HENDERSONVILLE'S GE LIGHTING SYSTEMS FACILITY IS FOR SALE

ONE OF HENDERSON COUNTY'S OLDEST AND LARGEST JOB PROVIDERS AND INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS IS REPORTEDLY "ON THE MARKET" FOR SALE   

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Word was received Tuesday afternoon that the GE Lighting facility is for sale, including the Henderson County facility.

Bob Williford, president of Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, said someone from GE called Monday and said the company is actively looking for a buyer for the entire division. It's unclear what will happen to the Henderson County facility, whether or not another company buys the lighting division.

It's also unclear how long it will take to find a buyer for the entire division, Williford said. GE would not say why it is selling.
Some 400-500 workers are employed at the Henderson County facility, which manufactures outdoor LED lighting and light fixtures, Williford said.

He said GE Henderson County is talking with employees.

The Henderson County facility went up for sale in late 1990s, and GE eventually stopped looking for buyer, Williford said.

 

FROM NATIONAL NEWS TODAY

General Electric is getting rid of the light bulb, the most iconic product of GE's 125-year existence.

Unveiling GE's roadmap, new CEO John Flannery said that the company would focus on its health, power and aviation businesses. Lighting didn't make the cut to be part of GE's future.

The news itself isn't a shock: The company said in July that it was looking to sell its lighting business. Lighting is by far GE's smallest division, making up just under 2% of the company's overall revenue. And light bulb sales have fallen 66% so far this year.

THIS THURSDAY: ANOTHER AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREE TO BE PLANTED AT BRUCE DRYSDALE SCHOOL

THIS THURSDAY: ANOTHER AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREE TO BE PLANTED AT BRUCE DRYSDALE SCHOOL

ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16   

Another American Chestnut Tree to be Planted at Bruce Drysdale Elementary   

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(HENDERSONVILLE, NC, November 8, 2017) – Already, three American chestnut trees grow well and strong on the campus of Bruce Drysdale Elementary School in downtown Hendersonville. On Thursday, November 16, another will be carefully and enthusiastically planted by fifth graders who have been chosen to help with the chore. Wes Burlingame, a nurseryman and member of Hendersonville Tree Board, and Ben Jarrett, southeast regional science coordinator for American Chestnut Foundation, will supervise. The two-foot high sapling is provided by the Tree Board and the American Chestnut Foundation. Bruce Drysdale Principal BJ Laughter said he is pleased to add yet another chestnut tree to the grove on school property.

“The students at Bruce Drysdale are educated about the value of trees and we use our campus as an outdoor classroom for environmental studies and experiential learning. We are thrilled to work with the American Chestnut Foundation as their constant research hopes to bring back the grand trees that once thrived here in the mountains,” Laughter said.

The American Chestnut Foundation, a nonprofit organization with national headquarters in Asheville, conducts basic and applied research to develop a blight-resistant American chestnut tree (Castanea dentata) for reintroduction into forest ecosystems within the native range of this species. At the beginning of the 20th century, the fungal pathogen responsible for chestnut blight was accidentally imported into the U.S. from Asia. It was first detected in New York in 1904, spreading rapidly throughout the eastern forests. By 1950, the fungus had eliminated the American chestnut as a mature forest tree. Before the species was devastated by the chestnut blight, it was one of the most important forest trees throughout its range, and it was generally considered the finest chestnut tree in the world.

Hendersonville Tree Board provides the American chestnut to Bruce Drysdale at no charge through its NeighborWoods project. Over the years, approximately 50 trees have been planted at the school through this program. The Tree Board’s program aims to assist residents, businesses, and public entities to plant and maintain trees for health, beauty, wildlife, and to increase our urban forest coverage. In this case, the research at the American Chestnut Foundation is also being supported.

To learn more about the NeighborWoods project and how individuals and organizations can participate, or to make a donation to the NeighborWoods Tree Fund, visit the Tree Board website at www.hvlnc.gov/neighborwoods-projects or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information on American Chestnut Foundation is at www.acf.or

HENDERSONVILLE'S "SISTER CITIES" CELEBRATES 10 YEARS THIS SATURDAY

HENDERSONVILLE'S "SISTER CITIES" CELEBRATES 10 YEARS THIS SATURDAY

LAUNCHING A STUDENT TRAVELSCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM   

Celebrating Hendersonville Sister Cities’ 10th anniversary and officially launching the organization’s student travel scholarship program, HSC is hosting “Italian Inspirations,” an evening of Italian opera and cuisine, at the Champion Hills Club on Saturday, Nov. 18.

The ticketed event will include Italian fare and opera by Amici Music, in honor of Hendersonville’s Sister City of Verbania, Italy. Featuring Amanda Horton (soprano), John Kaneklides (tenor), Jonathan Ross (baritone), and Daniel Weiser (piano), Amici Music will present “Appassionata,” a program of opera scenes, arias, and Neapolitan songs.

Ticket proceeds and funds raised at the event will benefit a new international cultural opportunity for Henderson County students, the “Hendersonville Student Ambassador” Travel Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to provide assistance to students with residency in Henderson County to travel internationally for the purposes of education, internship, or work study, in an effort to facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture globally, and to foster awareness and appreciation of international relations among Henderson County youth.

Scholarships may be awarded for Spring, Summer, or Fall semester travel, and are open to high school, college, or graduate students between the ages of 16-26 who are in the process of applying to or have been accepted for a study abroad, internship, or work study program.

Additional details about the scholarship will be announced at the “Italian Inspirations” gala. The $75 tickets for the event will be available for purchase through Friday, Nov. 10., and include entertainment, dinner, & nonalcoholic drinks; alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the Hendersonville City Hall payment office (145 5th Avenue E., Hendersonville) or online at http://www.hendersonvillesistercities.com/.

About Sister Cities
Hendersonville Sister Cities is part of Sister Cities International – a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities to increase global cooperation. Hendersonville Sister Cities currently has “sister cities” in Verbania, Italy, and Almuñécar, Spain.

TRIBUTE WAS PAID TO LOCAL VETERANS SATURDAY AT FOREST LAWN

TRIBUTE WAS PAID TO LOCAL VETERANS SATURDAY AT FOREST LAWN

ONE LOCAL VETERAN...HENDERSON COUNTY/EDNEYVILLE NATIVE MARK RHODES...DIED WHILE SERVING ON THE USS ARIZONA IN THE 1941 ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR      

Saturday’s Veterans Day ceremony, described as a very emotional event, paid tribute to those who’ve served and continue to serve, as well as those who lost their lives in defense of the country.

“It’s to honor those who served and to also memorialize those we’ve lost,” said R. Shuford Edmisten, past state commander of the American Legion, who was also the main speaker and master of ceremonies at the event.

While Americans have often honored their veterans, Edmisten said that is especially true during times of conflict, noting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well the threats looming with North Korea.

“Americans are always looking for ways to honor and to assist our veterans,” he said. “In times of war, patriotism gets really high.”

The event opened with an invocation by the chaplains of Legion Post 77, followed by the national anthem, performed by the North Henderson High School Choir. After the pledge of allegiance, led by Post 77 Commander Drew Lacey, the West Henderson High Army JROTC Falcon Battalion presented a flag-folding ceremony. The ceremony culminated in the presentation of wreaths and a benediction.

By Larry Freeman   

An emotional President and Mrs. Trump recently paid tribute to the USS Arizona...and one from Henderson County who died on the Arizona was remembered by his family on Veteran's Day this past Saturday.

Mark Alexander Rhodes was born in Edneyville on 7 March 1920. A product of Edneyville schools, Mark made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country aboard the USS Arizona, sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor Honolulu Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

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Mark is buried at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Hendersonville’s Hedrick-Rhodes Post 5206 of the VFW is named partially in honor of Mark’s service and sacrifice.