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GOVERNOR DECLARES TRYON BBQ FESTIVAL "THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP"

GOVERNOR DECLARES TRYON BBQ FESTIVAL "THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP"

TRYON, N.C.—In a proclamation received last week, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory decreed that the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival “shall be known as a North Carolina State Championship,” and June 10-11, 2016, “shall be ‘The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival Days’ in North Carolina.” The proclamation urges all citizens to commend the observance.

 

            The proclamation marks the Festival’s 23rd year as a North Carolina State Championship and the 23rd year the event will attract thousands of people to Harmon Field in Tryon where, from 10 am–11 pm on June 10 and 11, there will be live music, the best in regional crafts, family fun in “Kiddie Land” and the opportunity to dine on the best barbecue in the nation. On Saturday only, the 6th Annual Classic Car Show will fill up the soccer field, featuring up to 200 beautifully restored/maintained vintage cars and trucks, and a grand finale fireworks show will wrap up the festivities. Admission is only $8 per person at the gate, with no charge for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Active duty military (with valid military ID) are free any time. And, again this year EVERYONE gets in FREE on FRIDAY, from 10 am until 2 pm—get in free and stay until closing if desired.

            As a special thank you to the people of Polk County and Landrum, who have supported the Festival over the years, FREE on FRIDAY will be extended for them for the full day. Polk County and Landrum (zip code 29356) residents get in FREE ALL DAY on FRIDAY just by showing ID that includes address!

Eric McKaig, chair of the Festival’s steering committee explained why the Governor’s proclamation is so important. “Each year around 90 or more of the best cookers in the country gather here to compete for more than $20,000 in titles, trophies and prizes. But the most coveted is the Governor’s Trophy, awarded to the highest scoring North Carolina team. That team will have earned the title ‘North Carolina State Champion,’ and be entitled to all the braggin’ rights that go with it,” McKaig said.

            Festivalgoers can stroll right into “Hog Heaven” and see the cook teams in action. Then they can head to the main field to chow down on award-winning barbecue—as well as grilled corn-on-the-cob, fresh-squeezed lemonade and many more selections—and be treated to one of the region’s most consistently impressive line-ups of live music on two stages. Visit www.blueridgeBBQfestival.com for the line-up and music schedule to be posted soon.  In addition, the Festival’s “Kiddie Land” has rides, games and activities for kids of all ages. Craft lovers will want to make plenty of time to browse the “The Foothills Craft Fair,” with approximately 50 carefully selected artisans representing the region’s best.

Once again, on Saturday, there will be a Hawg Run that originates at the Harley-Davidson store in Greenville and ends at the Festival. This is a motorcycle “poker run” in which participants collect one card when they sign in, then pick up another three cards—one each at three stops along the route—and draw a final card upon arrival at the Festival. The top five-card stud hand wins a cash prize.

            The Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival is an event by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the Festival help support Chamber operations, and all additional proceeds go to the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation to be returned to the community through distributions to a variety of charitable and civic programs. As always the Festival committee needs hundreds of volunteers and has begun its annual recruiting push. For further information and to volunteer, visit the website:

BlueRidgeBBQFestival.com, or call the Festival Office at 828-859-7427.

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PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR BLUE RIDGE BOOKFEST LATER THIS MONTH

PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR BLUE RIDGE BOOKFEST LATER THIS MONTH

HENDERSON COUNTY
FLAT ROCK/HENDERSONVILLE
BLUE RIDGE BOOKFEST – 8TH ANNUAL

When: April 22-23
Where: Blue Ridge Community College
Website: http://www.blueridge.edu/blueridgebookfest
The 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest theme is “Mountain Life–Then and Now.” Friday afternoon begins with a sequence of three free workshops for writers and those who want to write. Our Friday evening tradition begins with a 5:30 pm reception and mixer - our only ticketed event at $25. At 6:30 pm the doors open to a free featured author interview. Meet and get to know Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Water for Elephants, At the Water’s Edge, and  others. Saturday begins at9:00 am and concludes at 3:30 pm. Over thirty authors from around the southeast will meet the public and sign books. Twelve select authors will make classroom presentations with Q&A. Box lunches and other food will be available for purchase. A special feature will be 12:30 pm presentation on the lives and writing of Carl Sandburg and Thomas Wolfe – legendary western NC writers. Ample parking and all indoors in the TEDC building. Visit the website for more.

Don’t miss this as it will be one of our best. Those who write or have always wanted to write should start with the free workshops on Friday afternoon and stay on for Sara Gruen that evening. Get some sleep and come back for more free fun on Saturday. Bring the young readers with you.

PARK RIDGE ANNOUNCES NEW DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING CENTER

PARK RIDGE ANNOUNCES NEW DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING CENTER

Park Ridge Health is excited to announce it has teamed up with Blue Ridge Community Health Services to provide a state-of-the art Imaging Center to the underserved in our community.
 
The new Park Ridge Health Imaging Center, located at 2579 Chimney Rock Road in Hendersonville, is now open. This center brings convenient access to diagnostic imaging for people throughout Hendersonville and the surrounding communities including those with insurance, underinsured or without insurance coverage.
The goal is to provide low-cost, high-value diagnostic care to everyone in a location close to where they live. Park Ridge Health is committed to its rich history as the health care provider for these communities, dating back to 1910. 
 
The Park Ridge Health Imaging Center at Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS) will offer X-ray and Ultrasound imaging services. Guests will be able to enjoy the convenience of walk-in access to X-rays, while Ultrasounds will be offered by appointment. “When your health care provider says you need diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray or Ultrasound, we understand that it can make a person anxious and concerned,” says Todd Guffey, Park Ridge Health Director of Diagnostic Imaging. He says, “That is why we are committed to providing yet another convenient place to receive these screenings so our guests can get the answers they need and move forward with their care.”
 
The location of the Park Ridge Health Imaging Center will also provide direct access for people receiving care through Blue Ridge Community Health Services. BRCHS offers primary medical care, dental services, behavioral health care, nutrition, pharmacy and health education for both adults and children. Uninsured patients pay on a sliding scale based on income and household size.  “We’re very pleased to be able to offer imaging services to our patients on-site at Blue Ridge Community Health Services,” said Dr. Richard Hudspeth, Chief Medical Officer for BRCHS. “Access to a full spectrum of affordable health services is always our goal and we’re elated that Park Ridge Health has partnered with us in pursuit of that mission.”   
 
Park Ridge Health is pleased to have this opportunity to support the care BRCHS offers our community.
“We have made it our top priority to care for members of our community as if they are part of our family,” says Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health President and CEO. “This opportunity to bring access to crucial medical screenings closer to where our neighbors live, alongside Blue Ridge Community Health Services, is truly a privilege for the Park Ridge Health team.”
 
Park Ridge Health Diagnostic Imaging recently received national recognition for its dedication to providing exemplary care.
 

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.