Hendersonville Elementary Students Learn About Trees

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The students at Hendersonville Elementary joined the Hendersonville Tree Board in a community effort planting trees along Bearcat Loop (from U.S. 64 West). Continue reading

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Color Report

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It’s the middle of October and the mountain foliage is making the striking transitions to the color that brings so much attention here in the fall. Continue reading

Halloween Safety Tips

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Healthy and Halloween are two words that do not usually go together. Halloween eating is usually about sugar-filled candy and how many sweets can fit into a pumpkin-shaped bucket. Continue reading

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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Flat Rock Playhouse presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum through October 26th. Continue reading

Hillandale Elementary Teacher Rebekah Pace Wins NC Bright Ideas Grant

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Rebekah Pace, a first grade teacher at Hillandale Elementary, was awarded a North Carolina Bright Ideas grant through North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, which funds education grants to North Carolina teachers across the state. Continue reading

Get Local Gets in the Fall Spirit, Celebrates Apples This October

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Local apples are at the core of our region’s agricultural economy. So what a better way to celebrate fall in the Southern Appalachians than with local apples? Continue reading

USDA Funds New Residence Hall at Brevard College

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Brevard College received a $6.38 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build a new residence hall. Continue reading

How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight

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Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. There are many different ways to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Continue reading

Bearfootin’ Public Art Auction

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The 12th Auction is on the horizon. If you’ve been eyeing one of the fabulous additions to the Bearfootin’ Art catalogue as they’ve spent their summer in downtown, now is your chance to take it home! Continue reading

State officials Announce New Drinking Water Awards Program

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An environmental partnership has launched a program to recognize activities that protect sources of public drinking water in North Carolina. Continue reading

Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina

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Fall is a great time to visit the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in western North Carolina to view leaves adorned in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Continue reading

Autumn Tips to Help Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy

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Autumn often requires us to make changes in our lifestyle or routine due to weather, school activities, and upcoming holidays. Create habits to help you and your children stay healthy and safe throughout your lives. Continue reading

Atkinson Elementary Students Win Five Out of the Top Six In Poster Contest

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Students at Atkinson Elementary submitted artwork for the Careers in Agriculture 4-H Poster Contest. Continue reading

NC DHHS Reports First Flu Death of the Season

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s first flu death for the 2014-2015 flu season. An elementary school-aged child in the Triangle region of the State died last week because of complications from an influenza infection. Continue reading

Tips for Eating Right

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Small steps can help your family get on the road to maintaining a healthy weight. Choose a different tip each week for you and your family to try. Continue reading

The Haunted Farm Now Open

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Located in Hendersonville, the Haunted Farm is the scariest halloween attraction in Western North Carolina. Continue reading

Registrations Still Available for Drive Fore! a Cause

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Join fellow Flat Rock Playhouse patrons and talented golfers for an amazing day on a Gary Player Signature Designed Course, The Cliffs at Mountain Park, while supporting the valuable mission and programs of Flat Rock Playhouse and YouTheatre. Continue reading

Christmas at Biltmore

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Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday vacation destinations, Christmas at Biltmore daytime tours begin on Nov. 7, 2014, and will run through Jan. 11, 2015. Continue reading

Music Majors Perform With Asheville Lyric Opera

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Several Brevard College music majors performed alongside nationally renowned singers for the Asheville Lyric Opera’s fall production of Die Fledermaus, presented at the Diana Wortham Theater. Continue reading

Local Farms Offer Plenty of Family Activities this Fall

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From pumpkin patches and hayrides to apple picking and corn mazes, agritourism farms across the state are offering a bounty of fall fun for the whole family. Continue reading

The Importance of Streams

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Streams, headwaters and streams that flow only part of the year provide many upstream and downstream benefits. They protect against floods, filter pollutants, recycle potentially-harmful nutrients, and provide food and habitat for many types of fish. Continue reading

Garden Chores for October

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This is a good time to core aerate compacted soils. If you have reseeded the lawn, it will be important to keep the tree leaves from accumulating. Continue reading

West High Senior William Hinchliffe Accepted Into U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

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West Henderson High trombone player William Hinchliffe has been accepted into the U. S. Army All-American Marching Band. Continue reading

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips

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Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter. Continue reading

Have Your Say About the Future of the Nanthala-Pisgah National Forests

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The Forest Service will hold the next round of public meetings this October and November to share information about the proposed Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan. Continue reading

NC DHHS Confirms Enterovirus D68 Has Reached North Carolina

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, in six patients from North Carolina. Continue reading

N.C. Museum of History Accepting Entries for Film Festival

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The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is accepting entries for its inaugural Longleaf Film Festival to be held Saturday, May 2, 2015. Continue reading

Biltmore Begins Construction Planning on Estate’s Second Hotel

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The Biltmore Company, which operates the National Historic Landmark Biltmore House, has begun construction planning for Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, the company’s second lodging property on the estate. Continue reading

The Origins of Halloween

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Each year on October 31st, as the ghosts and goblins of Halloween parade the streets and doorsteps of our neighborhoods, we re-enact remnants of ancient folk customs that pay homage to departed ancestors as well as to the souls of our loved ones … Continue reading

29th Antique Engine and Tractor Show

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The 29th Antique Engine and Tractor Show features antique tractors, hit n’ miss engines of all sizes, tractor pulls and lots of vendors selling parts. Continue reading

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

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While you were playing in the hot sun during summer the trees on the streets, in the parks, and in the forests were working hard to keep you cool. Continue reading

ASAP’s 2014 Farm to School Conference

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Farm to school programming connects classrooms, the cafeteria, and the community—helping children develop healthy relationships with food and enriching the overall educational experience for children and adults alike. Continue reading

Can You Eat Your Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin?

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It’s fall and thoughts turn to pumpkin pie and to Halloween jack-o-lanterns. But, can you use a pumpkin for BOTH a jack-o-lantern AND for eating? Continue reading

Peak-season Soil Fee Period Announced for 2014-2015

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Growers and home gardeners or landscapers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Lab by Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. to avoid upcoming peak-season fees. Continue reading

Weathering the Storms: Improving North Carolina’s Ability to Respond

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Sixty years ago, the United States was on the verge of entering the conflict in Vietnam. Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio. Godzilla premiered in Tokyo. And North Carolina experienced one of the worst weather-related disasters in its history. Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Tips for Renters and Homeowners

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Renting housing from a landlord or even owning a home can be an expensive ordeal. And without taking energy efficiency precautions, your utility bills can make paying rent or a mortgage even worse. Continue reading

Leaf-peeping and Wine Go Together at Biltmore this Fall

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A mix of colorful outdoor beauty, wine appreciation and sumptuous culinary offerings populate Biltmore’s fall calendar, starting in September. Continue reading

Beekeeping Tips for Beginners

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Two bee colonies are the ideal number for a beginning apiarist. Expand in a couple of years after your experience and confidence grow. Continue reading

“Downton Abbey” Costumes on View at Biltmore through May 2015

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Biltmore’s exhibition “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” will continue to be on display through May 25, 2015. Continue reading

Seen a Wild Turkey? Wildlife Commission Wants to Know

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer. Continue reading

What Is Smart911?

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Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Continue reading

N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Provides Grants to 14 Local Governments

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State officials announced the award of $4.4 million in grants from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to 14 local governments for parks and recreation projects. Continue reading

Giving Blood Saves Lives

Give the gift of life – Donate blood!  The nation’s blood banks are asking for immediate blood donations to boost already low blood supplies. Continue reading

Prevent Lead Poisoning

There are ten simple steps can help you save children from environmental hazards around the home. Continue reading

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

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Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them? Continue reading

A Recycling Truck Made from Recyclables

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Green Toys is a California company turning milk jugs into children’s toys. One of their popular items is a big, green recycling truck. The truck has a movable bed and an open and shut rear door. Plus, it has no metal axles, so … Continue reading

Henderson County Library Mobile App Now Available

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The Henderson County Public Library is now mobile. With our new mobile app, you can browse or search for titles, place holds, access your account, and contact any of our branches with just a few taps. Using Boopsie technology, the library’s app is … Continue reading

EPA’s Lead-Safe Certification Program Important for Consumers

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Home repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to poison your child and put your family at risk. Continue reading

Receive 2-week Start Kit from QuitlineNC!

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We would like to make you aware of an exciting initiative sponsored by QuitlineNC. Continue reading

Are You a Good Leader?

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Maybe, maybe not. It depends, are you kind? Did you know that to be a successful leader you need to be kind? Continue reading