Early in-person voting wrapped up Saturday for Tuesday's North Carolina primary.
Early-voting sites in all 100 counties closed at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Polls opened March 3, marking the first time most voters had to show photo identification before they could cast ballots.
On the first day of early voting in 2016, polls saw nearly 60,000 voters. Less than 20,000 voters came out 4 years ago.
Some folks also say the convenience of early voting brought them out this week.
Henderson County voters has the option of voting early at the Board of Elections, at the libraries in Etowah and Fletcher, at Flat Rock Villge Hall and at the Edneyville Community Building.
Close to 490,000 had cast ballots in North Carolina as of Friday morning, in-person or through the mail. That represents 7.5 percent of the state's 6.5 million registered voters.
Mail-in ballots must be turned in or postmarked by Tuesday to count.
If you missed early voting, visit the NC State Board of Elections Polling Place website to find your precinct for Tuesday's primary.
An event kicked off Friday that provides juniors and seniors with free prom dresses.
It's the 10th annual Grant Her Wish prom dress event at the Beehive Resale Shop on Main Street in Hendersonville.
Girls who cannot afford a prom dress can stop in and get one for free Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A student at Henderson High School, Juliet Townsend, was the luckiest of them all, finding what she was looking for on her 17th birthday.
"I found two dresses in my size and went in the back and I ended up liking them both," Townsend said.
However, this event gives the girls more than dresses to wear. It gives them confidence and the opportunity to go to prom.
"I feel pretty good, feel like I'm going to go walk the runway," Waters said.
Miller's Fine Dry Cleaning, the Beehive Resale Shop, and Summit Marketing Group have been partnering now for several years to make this event possible.
The Rhythm & Brews crew is excited to announce the 2016 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. Whether you love old time bluegrass or the funky stuff, R&B will 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; , , , . The shows will feature local singer songwriters and opening acts at with our headliners performing from .
This season opens with the eight 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!
June’s show features Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time. Larry is a blue grass legend whose more recent honors include a nomination for “Recorded Event of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association for “Against the Grain” by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time featuring Garth Brooks. Garth represents only the most recent in a long list of bluegrass and country legends who this fabulous musician and talented songwriter has worked with.
July’s concert brings back the band who got this whole thing started way back in May of 2013, The Broadcast who continue to wow audiences with their Grace Slick meets Led Zeppelin sound. Breaking new ground with an infectious energy and authentic approach to rock & roll, the Broadcast and front woman Caitlin Krisko are not to be missed!
August welcomes the return of another Rhythm & Brews favorite Mountain Heart. Fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played Mountain Heart has become synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music since the group’s creation in 1999. Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity, unmatched energy, and keen sense of entertainment dynamics have helped them to forge a highly unique sound and stage show which appeals to an ever growing variety of musical tastes. Come see if that includes you!
Finally, we close out the 2016 season with something new. The Hip Abduction, a sextet hailing from St. Petersburg, Fl, is an afro-pop/indie rock band that mixes reggae bass lines with traditional African stringed instruments for a funky high energy performance. With a breezy, good time groove-and-sway sound, mixing flavors of reggae, roots, funk, and Afro-beat into an intoxicating brew they are a perfect match for closing out our 2016 season.
The shows, which are moving to Main Street this year, will once again feature some great local brews alongside the fantastic beats. 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. Flat Rock Ciderworks will once again be returning and new this year is Bold Rock Cider!
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!
FREE BBQ FESTIVAL ADMISSION
for Polk County and Landrum residents ALL DAY !
The Steering Committee of the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival announced that admission to the 2016 Festival will be free all day to all residents of Polk County and Landrum (zip code 29356) with ID that shows home address.
“It’s time to recognize the countless ways the local people have contributed to the success of the Festival over the years,” said Chairman Eric McKaig. “We started ‘FREE from ’ three years ago for the general public, and we are still going to do that this year. But if you live in Polk County or Landrum, you get in free until we close ,” he said.
The Chairman went on to explain that at all other times admission will be $8 for adults, and kids 12 and under get in free with a paying adult. Active duty military men and women are always free with military ID. Admission includes parking, shuttle to the gate, and all concerts
The Festival will be held from and , at Harmon Field in Tryon. Both days will feature music on two stages, Carnival rides and games, an exceptional juried Craft Fair, and some of the best BBQ to be had anywhere—plus a wide variety of other foods and beverages. there will also be the 5th annual Classic Car Show, with approximately 200 beautifully restored cars and trucks; a “HOG Run to Fun” motorcycle poker run beginning at Harley Davidson in Greenville and ending at the Festival; and, at the end of the day, the Grand Finale Fireworks show by Zambelli Fireworks.
In an effort to be “family friendly,” vendors this year will be offering smaller, less expensive portions as well as their regular menu items, and there will be many choices besides BBQ. Kids’ Ride Bracelets will be available again this year—that is, unlimited rides for just $15 in two sessions each day: from the time the gates open until and from 4pm until 10pm.
For more information about this year’s Festival, go frequently to the website: BlueRidgeBBQFestival.com. Names of entertainers, food vendors, BBQ championship contestants and Craft Fair participants will be added as they become available.
A 65 year old Penrose man has died from burns over 90 per cent of his body Monday while fighting a brush fire near his home that got out of control.
Firemen warn of the danger every spring until things begin to "green up" and the danger from winter fossil fuels, along wuth low dew points and gusty winds, subsides.
The fire Monday blackened just over an acre.
The man...65 year old Wayn Mull...was transported to Mission Hospital but later transferred to a burn unit in Winston-Salem where he diedP
The out of control brush fire was just outside Henderson County and firemen from Little River and Cedar Mountain responded.
By Larry Freeman
In their meeting Monday night, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution expressing their support for the $2 billion statewide bond issue that will be on voters ballots in the March 15th primary election.
The county is facing about $100 million in public school construction and renovation needa. But the state bond allocates NO money for local public school construction. Instead, the bulk of the state bond money will go to the UNC system and to local community colleges. Blue Ridge Community College stands to gain some $2.9 million in improvements and new facilities if voters approve the bond issue.
Hendersonville City Council has already gone on the record supporting the bond issue
County Commissioners also Monday night did more work re-allocating office space in the 1995 court house.
By Larry Freeman
After some complaints about dogs not on leashes when off their own property, Laurel Park Town Council made it law: dogs must be on leashes when not on their own property.
Mayor Carey O'Cain said earlier there had been enough complaints about roaming dogs to cause some concern and to justify the leash requirement.
Laurel Park Council also decreed this week that birds in the Town will be protected...and voted to declare Laurel Park a bird sanctuary.
By Larry Freeman
When local Republicans met at Opportunity House this past weekend for their annual county convention, they chose Ted Cruz as their favorite for the GOP presidential nomination.
The Texas senator got 52 per cent of the total vote In that local straw poll.
Ohio Governor John Kasich came in second. Donald Trump was third.
North Carolina's presidential primary will be on March 15.
Hear complete local election returns starting at 7:30pm on the 15th on WHKP FM 107.7 and AM 1450...brought to you by Morris Broadband.
By Larry Freeman
Blue Ghost Brewery officially began pouring their brew this past Friday.
Henderson County's newest brewery is located south of Airport Road and they already have four brews on tap.
Blue Ghost owners are Fletcher residents and they say they are happy to now be in full operation.
By Larry Freeman
Due to a significant increase in the number of local flu cases, Pardee Hospital and Park Ridge Health have imposed visitor restrictions.
No under age 18 will be allowed to visit patients in he hospital.
Visitors will be restricted to immediate family and clergy.
Shorter visits will be encouraged.
Mission Health imposed visitor restrictions due to flu a week ago.