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Officials celebrate waterfall access, trailhead into park

1 hour 14 min ago
GERTON — Kieran Roe was thanking the multiple people involved in the creation of the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge trail system when he stopped mid-sentence, interrupted by a string of hikers with backpacks and trekking poles tromping through Wednesday's dedication ceremony.
"Oh, we have some people out here using the trail," said Roe, executive director of the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. "I don't think we staged that, did we?"
His staff assured him it was unplanned, but the impromptu appearance of a dozen hikers was affirmation for the 50 people sitting at the ceremony on folding chairs that they'd succeeded in their goal of expanding access to the gorge's growing trail network.
The ceremony along Highway 74-A was hosted by CMLC and Henderson County Parks and Recreation to celebrate several milestones: the development of a trailhead at the foot of the Florence Nature Preserve, which is now a county park, and the grand opening of 1.1 miles of trail up to Little Bearwallow Falls.
Both projects are part of a 15-mile loop trail through the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge that eventually will link a string of scenic landmarks — the 600-acre Florence Nature Preserve, Blue Ridge Pastures, Wildcat Rock, Bearwallow Mountain, Little Bearwallow Falls and Hickory Nut Gap. The loop is 60 percent complete.
"Many of these locations have had informal public access, but are relatively unknown," said Peter Barr, CMLC's director of trails and outreach. By getting more hikers out into the upper gorge, Barr said the land trust hopes people will "realize how special it is and why land conservation is such a critical need in this region."
Roe praised local landowners John Myers and Jane Lawson for selling CMLC the land necessary to create the new trailhead in 2006. Myers, Lawson and their neighbor, Mary Beth Brock, recently donated or sold another 130 acres to CMLC to protect Wildcat Rock and an adjacent tract called Chimney View.
Myers not only put up the land, Barr said, but hatched the idea of protecting and connecting significant natural areas in the upper Hickory Nut Gorge.
Henderson County was another crucial partner in the effort to create the new trailhead and 5.5-mile trail into Florence Nature Preserve, Roe said. That project was made possible with a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant, which CMLC was not eligible to receive on its own.
"So the key to this whole thing was that the county was willing to step up," Roe said.
Tim Hopkin, the county's parks and recreation director, said some saw Gerton's location on the edge of the county as "being remote, too far. But having a park out here, having this trail network, I think is very important. We're very blessed in Henderson County to have so many recreational opportunities, both passive and active."
State Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, said that if you looked at a county map 25 years ago, there was little in the way of state lands "other than a small educational forest on the way to Brevard."
Today, he said, Henderson County and its neighbors host two state parks, the state's first recreational forest and "a myriad of trails, starting out like little pieces of macaroni and slowly growing into big pieces of spaghetti that connect." He called that progress "phenomenal."
By taking a landscape perspective, CMLC, the county and its partners are "connecting them all together in a way that protects our mountain heritage, but it also drives our economy," McGrady said, adding that Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and other companies chose to locate here "because of places like this."
The work is far from over, Barr said. Trail crews from Vermont's Youth Conservation Corps will resume construction along Phase 2 of the Little Bearwallow Trail this fall, followed with more work this winter by the Carolina Mountain Club. Another stretch of the 15-mile loop will fall into place later this year when the 2.5-mile Trombatore Trail opens.
"The grand scheme, the much bigger vision, is to put trails throughout the entire Hickory Nut Gorge and connect this upper gorge loop all the way down to Chimney Rock Park, to Weed Patch Mountain, to the town of Lake Lure's Buffalo Creek Park and Rutherford County's Youngs Mountain tract," Barr said.
The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting for the trailhead, after which attendees were invited to explore the new trail to Little Bearwallow Falls. Chamber President Bob Williford lauded the new trail system as a great draw for tourists, retirees and economic development in general.
For more information, visit www.carolinamountain.org.
Reach Axtell at 828-694-7860 or than.axtell@blueridgenow.com.
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Two dead in Transylvania County wreck

1 hour 15 min ago
Two people died in a wreck Wednesday morning on Highway 64 just over the Henderson County line in Transylvania County.
Michael Carden, 43, of Brevard was traveling west on Highway 64 at 8 a.m. when he lost control of a 1995 Jeep Cherokee in a curve, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Pogue said.
The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail and then a tree. He and Melinda Ponder, 35, of Penrose, who was in the front passenger seat, died at the scene, Pogue said.
Carden was exceeding a safe speed when he entered the curve, Pogue said. Carden was wearing a seatbelt, but Ponder was not, he added.
The Jeep was the only vehicle involved, and there were no other occupants. A portion of the highway was shut down for about three hours after the wreck.
Twelve people have died in vehicle accidents in Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties since late June. With the Labor Day weekend just around the corner, Pogue said drivers should drive at a safe, comfortable speed.
"I always tell people, drive within your means," he said. "Pay attention and be cautious of your speed. Pay attention to other drivers."
The Transylvania County Sheriff's Office, Little River Fire Department, Brevard Rescue and Transylvania County EMS assisted at the scene.
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Seventh Avenue is back open

2 hours 47 min ago
Seventh Avenue was reopened Wednesday, following a two-week closure so that lines for the Jackson Park Sewer Interceptor could be laid under the roadway.
The city of Hendersonville has been working with contractor John D. Stephens Inc. to construct the sewer interceptor, which extends from North Main Street to Jackson Park and parallels Mud Creek.
The construction involved crossing Seventh Avenue near the Mud Creek bridge, which led to the closure.

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Shooting by 9-year-old girl reignites debate over guns

2 hours 49 min ago
PHOENIX — "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.
The death has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle an Uzi.
Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl Monday at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger.
Sam Scarmardo, a former Lake Havasu City Council member who operates the shooting range, said Wednesday that the girl's parents had signed waivers saying they understood the rules of the range and were standing nearby, video-recording their daughter, when the accident happened.
"I have regret we let this child shoot, and I have regret that Charlie was killed in the incident," Scarmardo said.
This isn't the first accidental shooting by a child using an Uzi. An 8-year-old boy died after shooting himself in the head at a gun expo near Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2008. Christopher Bizilj was firing at pumpkins when the Uzi kicked back.
Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most shooting ranges have an age limit and strict safety rules when teaching children to shoot. He said instructors usually have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons.
"You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," Scott said.
The instructor's death generated angry social-media comments about why a child was allowed to use an automatic weapon. Many readers expressed sympathy for the girl while questioning whether the adults at the gun range were to blame.
Scarmardo said his policy of allowing children 8 and older to fire guns under adult supervision and the watchful eye of an instructor is standard practice in the industry. The range's policies are under review, he said.
A video released by investigators shows the 9-year-old, whose identity hasn't been released, holding the stubby weapon in both hands. Vacca, standing to her left, tells her to turn her left leg forward.
"All right, go ahead and give me one shot," he tells the girl, whose back is to the camera during the entire 27-second video. He then cheers when she fires one round at the target.
"All right, full auto," Vacca says. The video, which does not show the actual incident, ends with a series of shots being heard.
Arizona has long had a strong pro-gun culture, including weapon ranges that promote events for children and families. Some of these ranges offer people the thrill of firing weapons such as the Uzi that are heavily restricted and cannot easily be obtained by members of the public.
The Scottsdale Gun Club in recent years has allowed children and families to pose with Santa Claus while holding machine guns and other weapons from the club. Children as young as 10 are allowed to hunt big game such as elk and deer in Arizona, provided they have completed a hunter safety course.
The gun range operator said he doesn't know what went wrong to cause the shooting, pointing out that Vacca was an Army veteran who had experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Scarmardo, who has been operating the gun range for more than a year and has run another for 14 years, said he hasn't had a safety problem before at his ranges.
"We never even issued a Band-Aid," Scarmardo said.
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What attendees need to know about parking, personal needs

2 hours 49 min ago
Whether you’re planning to visit the 68th annual Apple Festival for a couple hours, the day, or the entire four-day weekend, there are plenty of places to park downtown.
If you want to park close to the festival and walk to Main Street, the following metered lots will be open: Dogwood (Fourth Avenue and Church Street), City Hall (Sixth Avenue and King Street), Maple (Fifth Avenue and King Street) and Azalea (Fourth Avenue and King Street). The cost is 25 cents per hour; only quarters are accepted.
In addition, multiple parking lots around Main Street will have parking for a fee. Since these lots are usually operated by nonprofits or charities, the North Carolina Apple Festival has no control over them.
Main Street Baptist Church will be open for handicapped parking only, with no time limit.
The lot will be accessible by King Street and will be operated by Interfaith Assistance Ministry, which will accept donations.
Main Street will be closed to vehicles from Seventh Avenue to Caswell Street. Side streets in that area are blocked off starting about a half block from Main Street.
Public restrooms are available at the Visitors Information Center every day of the festival, including Labor Day. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
In addition, restroom trailers will be available at First Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Barnwell Street.
A Kimberly-Clark baby-changing station will be available during the festival, Friday through Sunday, in the 400 block of Main Street.
Pardee Hospital will have a first-aid tent at the corner of Third Avenue and Main Street.The Hendersonville Police Department will also have an outpost at the same location.
The Henderson County Rescue Squad will be set up in two locations this year: at Allen Street near the Visitors Information Center and on the lawn at the Historic Courthouse. Members of Henderson County EMS will be on bike patrol throughout the festival.
Four ATMs will be located throughout the festival.
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Participants can get up-close view of apple harvest on tour

2 hours 49 min ago
The annual apple farm tour offered by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office, taking visitors through several steps of the local apple harvest process, will take place on Saturday — instead of Friday — this year.
“This will be the first time we’ve done it on a Saturday in about 20 years,” said Marvin Owings, director of the county’s Cooperative Extension office. “We’re trying to generate a larger tour group.”
Owings will lead attendees from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Saturday, beginning at N.C. Cooperative Extension Henderson County Center in Jackson Park, at 100 Jackson Park Road.
“We’ll give them a history and basically a complete overview of the apple industry here in Henderson County,” Owings said.
The group will be transported by bus to each stop, starting with the Henderson County Apple Variety Block in Dana.
“That’s about a 2-acre orchard, and we have over 100 varieties of apples, peaches, nectarines (and) cherries,” said Owings. “We evaluate these new varieties, and when the fruit is harvested, we will do a post-harvest fruit evaluation.”
While at the variety block, visitors will also check out one of the controlled-atmosphere coolers used for long-term apple storage.
From there, Owings will take the tour to Coston Farm and Apple House in Edneyville to check out the farm’s pick-your-own orchard and learn about the retail side of growing and harvesting apples.
“It’s one of a number of direct markets in the county,” Owings said.
The tour’s final stop will be in the Fruitland area, at Justus Orchard, where visitors can purchase apples and apple products at the direct market before heading back to Jackson Park.
Owings said preregistration for the Saturday tour is preferred, and the $10 tickets are available at both the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office and the Henderson County Travel and Tourism office, at 201 S. Main St.
For more information, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office at 828-697-4891.
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Reach McGowan at molly.mcgowan@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7871.
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Organizers expect big crowd at parade

2 hours 49 min ago
Event organizers expect thousands to flock to Main Street for the 68th annual King Apple Parade on Labor Day, which annually closes out the Apple Festival.
“We generally have a crowd of 50,000 to 80,000, depending on the weather,” said John Shepherd, parade chairman. “They line up down Main Street ... about 10 deep.”
One of the largest parades in Western North Carolina, the King Apple Parade has been drawing a crowd for 67 years and, Shepherd said, “It’s probably our premiere local attraction.”
The parade follows Main Street from Five Points to Caswell Street in Hendersonville, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
While visitors can expect the entirety of Main Street to be packed for the event, Shepherd has discovered there are a few other spots that are considered prime real estate from which to watch the parade.
The slope of the hill Bruce Drysdale Elementary sits atop provides a “natural grandstand” where savvy parade-goers can have an unimpeded view of the floats and marching bands from every local high school as they pass by, Shepherd said.
In keeping with this year’s festival theme, “The Core of Our Labor Day Weekend,” professional and nonprofit floats, fire engines, antique cars and motorcycles will be decked out in apple-themed decorations.
The best nonprofit float and commercial float will be awarded trophies, Shepherd said.
“Paradise Pools usually has large, elaborate entries,” Shepherd said. “And many of the churches have outstanding floats.”
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Reach McGowan at molly.mcgowan@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7871.
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Festival offers taste of variety of music

2 hours 49 min ago
Apple Festival weekend will begin with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. Friday on the main stage in front of the Henderson County Historic Courthouse, and festival-goers can enjoy nonstop entertainment through Sunday evening.
The headliners on Friday night will be the Buddy K Big Band, playing on the stage in front of the Historic Courthouse from 7:45 to 10 p.m.
Saturday night's entertainment will feature Just Two Friends, a Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton tribute band, taking the stage at 5 p.m., followed by Da Throwback Band playing '70s hits from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
During the headliners' intermission each evening, 13-year-old Hendersonville resident Meghan Woods will perform. Woods has been working on a CD with Nashville recording artist and producer Tommy Brandt.
The entertainment Sunday evening will focus on Motown and beach music tunes with performances by The Lakeside Drive Band at 4:30 and the Carolina Soul Band at 7:15 p.m.
Following is a complete listing of the weekend's entertainment:
10 a.m., opening ceremonies
11 a.m., Henderson County Homeschool Mime Team
Noon, Black Ties Magic Show
12:15 p.m., Carolina Quartet, inspirational country
1:15 p.m., balloons and magic
1:30 p.m., Tom Fisch, variety music
2:30 p.m., Black Tie Magic Show
3 p.m., Jim Beaver School of Music rock bands
4:15 p.m., Black Tie Magic Show
4:30 p.m., Folsom Prison Gang Show, Johnny Cash tribute
5:30 p.m., balloons and magic
6 p.m., Hearts Gone South, honky tonk country band
7 p.m., Southern Lights Square Dance Team
7:45-10 p.m., Buddy K Big Band, traditional big band favorites
9:45 a.m., Pat's School of Dance
10:45 a.m., Carlos Guevara, X-Factor Top 12 finalist
11:30 a.m., Black Tie Magic
Noon, Hendersonville Community Band, traditional favorites
1 p.m., Michael Klee balloons and magic
1:30 p.m., Mark 209, country and gospel
2:30 p.m., Black Tie Magic
2:45 p.m., Appalachian Fire bluegrass band
3:45 p.m., Mike Klee balloons and magic
4 p.m., Mountain Thunder Cloggers
4:45 p.m., Jack Roper of WSPA-TV, magic
5-7 p.m., Just Two Old Friends, Kenny & Dolly tribute show
7 p.m., Jack Roper magic show
7:30-10:30 p.m., Da Throwback Band, '70s performance band
11 a.m., Merry Miller, harpist
Noon, Pure Heart gospel music
1 p.m., Releve Performing Arts, dance
1:45 p.m., Black Tie Magic Show
2 p.m., Rocky Flats Bluegrass
3 p.m., balloons and magic
3:15 p.m., Mandarin Caste Band, '70s rock and roll
4:15 p.m., Mike Klee magic show
4:30-6:30 p.m., Lakeside Drive Band, beach and shag music
7:15-10:15 p.m., Carolina Soul Band, Motown, beach and soul music
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Farmers expect to offer plenty of fruit

2 hours 49 min ago
Despite hard freezes, frost and hailstorms, Henderson County’s apple orchards emerged from all the bad weather with plenty of fruit for the N.C. Apple Festival.
“Everybody around has got different damage in different orchards,” said Jerred Nix, president of the Blue Ridge Apple Growers. “Some places, Romes are affected; other places, they’re not. Some places, Galas are affected, and others they’re fine.”
Despite the scattered damage, Nix said there will be no lack of unblemished apples in a range of varieties for sale at the Apple Festival, which starts Friday and runs through Monday, Labor Day.
“There’s going to be plenty,” he said. “One grower might be a little bit short on something, but the next two growers are likely to have it. It’s just sporadic the way the weather’s happened. It was so crazy this year.”
Most apple growers suffered some damage to their crops from sub-zero temperatures or the multiple hailstorms that pelted the county in May, but Extension Service Director Marvin Owings Jr. said it could have been much worse.
“We’re just very fortunate to have a crop this season because of the cold weather, the freezes and frost,” he said. “There are orchards north of us in Haywood County with apples and peaches that were much harder hit. They ended up with about 10 percent of a crop. We’ve got a pretty good crop.”
Apple grower Kenny Barnwell agreed Henderson County growers dodged a bullet.
“I estimate we have something like 70 percent of a full crop, but with the temperatures we had, that’s amazing,” Barnwell said. “From what I’m supposed to know about apples, we’re not supposed to have any.”
Most of the damage sustained by local growers happened in April and May, when unseasonably cold weather damaged the blooms of some apple varieties and scattered hailstorms pelted nascent fruit with BB-size ice pellets.
When temperatures plunged into the mid-20s April 14 and 15, Owings said some county orchards were hit harder than others. On Sugarloaf Mountain, for instance, mid-elevations lost more blooms to freeze damage than at low and high elevations.
A month later on May 15, another “pretty heavy frost” caused a type of damage known as “frost ring” on the stem end of the some fruits, Owings said. The ring is caused when cells are killed by intense cold, “which knocks it out of grade. You can’t sell it for fresh fruit.”
Adding insult to injury, hailstorms peppered fruit in Dana, Etowah and Clear Creek in late May. “That would knock that fruit out of the (more lucrative) fresh fruit category, and it would have to go to juice, maybe processing,” Owings said.
Unlike 2012’s disastrous frost and freezes, though, this year’s cold weather was selective in the damage it did.
“What we saw this season, it’s more of a varietal issue,” he said. “Most growers have a full crop of Galas. There should be plenty of Ginger Golds, Romes and Honeycrisps. But some of the early Fujis and the Pink Ladies, they look like they may be a little short this year.”
With the late-maturing Pink Ladies and early Fujis, “it just so happened that their bloom corresponded with the frost conditions,” Owings said. Pink Ladies aren’t harvested until after the Apple Festival, he added.
Owings said “alternate-bearing” varieties such as Golden Delicious aren’t as plentiful for another reason: “If you have a heavy crop like we did last year, typically they will come in with a lighter crop the following year.”
That’s exactly what happened at J.H. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, said owner Mike Stepp.
“Last year, we had just a terrific bloom and a great set, and it was a great crop,” Stepp said. “This year, some of the trees did not bloom as heavily. Our Cameos, Fujis and Mutsus did not bloom as good, and some of those were hit by the cold. It’s hard to tell which the culprit is, but I think it’s a combination” of freeze damage and last year’s banner bloom.
But Stepp said his orchard is in “pretty good shape as far as the festival apples.” While Honeycrisp blooms were spotty, “all in all we’ve got a good crop. We don’t have many Ginger Gold trees, but we do have a good crop. And we’ve got a good crop of Jonagold and Galas. So it’s kind of a mixed bag.”
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Reach Axtell at than.axtell@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7860.
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Erik Summey, Apple Festival president

2 hours 49 min ago
Occupation: Fletcher Police Chief
Hometown: Hendersonville
How long, and in what capacity, have you been involved with the Apple Festival?
I have been directly involved as a volunteer with the festival for the past five years. I have been on the executive committee for the last two years.
How many years have you served as Apple Festival president? What are your duties?
The president position is a one-year term. I started in December, and my term ends this coming November. As president, I typically preside over the two meetings that we hold each month. One is for the executive committee, and the other meeting is for the Apple Festival board members. We have a tremendous group of dedicated volunteers. In addition, Executive Director David Nicholson puts in a lot of hours planning and coordinating the festival.
I'm also involved in about every decision-making process. We really work hard to make sure the festival has something for everyone and that it remains focused on our local apple growers, who provide one of the most important agricultural crops in our county.
Did you go to the festival as a kid? If so, what do you remember most?
Yes, my mom and grandmother owned a store on Fourth Avenue (Haynes Florist) between Main and Church streets. I attended the festival every year, and I have actually only missed it a couple of times because I was out of town. I always enjoyed the local artwork displays as well as the big parade at the conclusion of the festival.
What is your favorite part of the festival today?
From a volunteer's perspective, I enjoy seeing how a year's worth of planning comes together during the annual four-day weekend.
As a patron, I look forward to the variety of music and food that are available.
Do you go all four days?
Absolutely!
What is new at the festival this year?
We have a new Apple Ambassador for 2014, Ms. Emily Holbert. The grand marshal for the King Apple Parade will be Mr. Kenny Barnwell. While we have many returning regular arts and crafts vendors, we also have several new ones. In addition, we also have approximately 12 new nonprofit organizations that will be placed throughout the festival area.
Any festival favorites returning?
I think everyone who has attended the festival in the past always looks forward to visiting with their favorite apple grower to purchase local apples, pies and other apple-related foods. Pat and John Shepherd have again worked diligently to bring together a great entertainment lineup, which starts Friday morning right after the opening ceremony. They have performances from magic shows to cloggers and music from bluegrass, gospel, country, beach music, to rock 'n' roll. Of course, the big parade will be on Monday, and I think everyone looks forward to that.
What tips can you give people to make their visit to the festival enjoyable?
Allow for plenty of travel time in and around Hendersonville during the Labor Day weekend. The city does an excellent job of detouring traffic around Main Street, but it can get hectic. So, we just ask for everyone to please be patient.
Parking can be a challenge as well, but there are several businesses that donate their parking spaces to nonprofit organizations to use for festival parking. In turn, these organizations typically charge a small fee to park in the lot they are working.
Dress comfortably. The weather this time of year can typically be hot and humid in the afternoons.
We keep the Apple Festival website and Facebook page current. The new brochure with a schedule of related events is available on our website. Most questions that attendees have can be answered by going to www.ncapplefestival.org or to The North Carolina Apple Festival page on Facebook.
Anything people should remember not to do?
Animals are not permitted on Main Street during the festival, so we ask that people please do not bring their pets into the festival area. Our volunteers will have festival T-shirts that identify them as “Event Staff.” If visitors have questions or need assistance, we encourage them to feel free to just stop and ask; we'll be glad to help them out.
What do you estimate attendance will be like this year?
Good weather makes for good attendance for an outdoor festival. I believe we average around 250,000 people every year. Hopefully we'll meet that or surpass it.
— Interview by Emily Weaver
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Apples take starring role in annual recipe contest treats

2 hours 49 min ago
Crumb-topped or latticed pies? Apple tarts or cake? No matter which way you slice it, your favorite apple-centered recipe should compete in the Apple Festival’s annual recipe contest.
Judging will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the First Citizens Bank plaza, at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street. Competing cooks will deliver their treats between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Here are the 2013 winners.
Grand prize winner: First Place – Pies & Pastries
Pie:
2½ tablespoons all-
purpose flour
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar
1 unbeaten egg
1 cup sour cream
1½ teaspoons pure
Mexican vanilla
2 cups peeled and cored Jonagold or Honeycrisp apples
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell
Topping:
¹/³ cup sugar
¹/³ cup all-purpose flour
1 heaping teaspoon
cinnamon
½ slightly softened stick of butter (don’t use margarine)
Sift together the flour, nutmeg, salt and sugar. Add the egg and blend together. Then add the sour cream and vanilla. Add the apples and stir carefully. Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 35 minutes.
About 10 minutes before pie is finished, combine the topping ingredients until they are crumbly.
When pie is finished after 50 minutes total, pull it out and crumble the topping all over the top. Increase the oven to 425 degrees and bake for 10 more minutes.
Remove pie from oven and let rest for about 30 minutes before serving.
Recipe by Brundi Crawford
First Place – Breads
¾ cup skim milk
2 cups All-Bran cereal
1 cup applesauce
(homemade: ½ Wolfe River and ½
Ginger Gold apples)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 small-medium (about 1 cup) Ginger Gold apple, shredded
½ cup granulated baking Splenda
½ cup loose brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla
Heat milk in microwave until just warm and pour over All-Bran cereal in large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, stirring until thoroughly combined.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-23 minutes. Let muffins sit in pan for 5 minutes before removing to rack to cool. Eat when warm or freeze for later.
Recipe by Linda Stowers
First Place: Gluten-Free
Cake:
3½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking
powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup applesauce
2 sticks (8 ounces)
unsalted butter, room temperature
1½ cups sugar
½ cup diced sweet apples
Egg white mixture:
8 large egg whites, room temperature
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
Topping:
1 pint whipping cream
¹/³ cup sugar
1 medium sized sweet apple, peeled and sliced
½ cup pecan pieces
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease two loaf pans and place parchment paper in bottoms.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Cream the butter and 1½ cups sugar until fluffy.
Stir in the milk, applesauce, diced apples and vanilla.
Add the cake batter’s mixed dry ingredients with the mixed wet ingredients at intervals until blended. Set aside.
For the egg white mixture, beat the egg whites in a mixer with a whisk attachment. Add the cream of tartar and continue mixing until whites are fluffy. Mix until soft peaks appear.
Fold the egg white mixture into the cake batter in three intervals.
Pour into the two loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a loaf comes out clean. Remove from pans so they can cool, then refrigerate.
For topping, whip the pint of whipping cream in a mixer with a whisk attachment. When the cream is stiffening, add ¹/³ cup of sugar and whip until soft peaks appear.
Top the cakes with the whipped cream mixture. Garnish with apple slices and chopped pecans. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Jay Farris
First Place – Desserts
1½ pounds (3 cups) Ginger Gold apples, peeled, cored, cut into 8
wedges each, and sliced ¹/8-inch thick crosswise
1 tablespoon Amaretto liqueur
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking
powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 large egg plus 2 large egg yolks
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioners’ sugar
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with vegetable oil spray. Place prepared pan on rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
Place apple slices into microwave-safe pie plate, cover and microwave until apples are pliable and slightly translucent, about 3 minutes.
Toss apple slices with liqueur and lemon juice and let cool for 15 minutes.
Whisk 1 cup flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, baking powder and salt together in bowl. Whisk whole egg, oil, milk and vanilla together in second bowl until smooth.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until just combined. Transfer 1 cup batter to separate bowl and set aside.
Add egg yolks to remaining batter and whisk to combine. Using spatula, gently fold in cooled apples. Transfer batter to prepared pan; using offset spatula, spread batter evenly to pan edges, gently pressing on apples to create even, compact layer and smooth surface.
Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons flour into reserved batter. Pour over batter in pan and spread batter evenly to pan edges and smooth surface.
Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon sugar evenly over cake.
Bake until center of cake is set, toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden brown, about 1¼ hours.
Transfer pan to wire rack; let cool for 5 minutes. Run paring knife around sides of pan and let cool completely 2 to 3 hours.
Dust lightly with confectioners’ sugar. Cut into wedges and serve.
Recipe by Susan Sneeringer
First Place – Professional Entry
Makes 6 servings in a 9-inch crust
3 cups Granny Smith apples, pared and sliced
2 cups firm pears, pared and sliced
2 cups muscadine or
purple grapes, halved and seeded
2 teaspoons lemon juice
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
½ teaspoon grated lemon rind
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Crust for a 2-crust pie
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix apples, pears and grapes with lemon juice.
In a small bowl mix sugar, flour, salt, lemon rind, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss lightly.
Place in bottom crust and add top crust, then crimp. May be trimmed with a pie crust braid.
Recipe by Merri Tyndall, Mountain Pie and Cake Company
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Apple Festival events

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Whether you kick off your weekend with a full breakfast bar or wake up ready to run and bicycle through Henderson County, this year's Apple Festival events are sure to satisfy a variety of interests.
Be sure to bring the kiddos and give them a whirl on rides at the Kiddie Carnival, but leave pets at home. Service animals are welcome.
7-10 a.m. — Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast, First Baptist Church, Fourth Avenue and Washington Street (use Fourth Avenue entrance)
8 a.m.-noon — Apple Recipe Contest, First Citizens Bank Plaza, Main Street and Sixth Avenue; for more info, call 828-697-4891
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Apple Orchard Tour by N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association; advance registration required at 828-697-4891
10 a.m. — Apple Festival opening ceremony, Historic Courthouse, Main Street and First Avenue
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Historic Downtown sidewalk sales, Main Street and surrounding streets
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Mineral & Lapidary Museum open house/special exhibits, 400 N. Main St.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Henderson County Heritage Museum exhibits, 1 Historic Courthouse Square Suite 4
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Gem & Mineral Spectacular, Whitmire Activity Center, Lily Pond Road
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Laurel Park Village Shopping Center sidewalk sale, Laurel Park Village, U.S. Highway 64 West
10 a.m.-9 p.m. — Wells Fargo Kiddie Carnival, West Barnwell Street and Main Street
All day — North Carolina Apple Festival Downtown Street Fair, all along Main Street
All day — Apple Festival Window Display Contest
7-10:30 a.m. — Hendersonville Lions Big Apple Country Breakfast, First Baptist Church, Washington Street and Fourth Avenue
8-11 a.m. — Pardee Apple Festival 8K & Chick-fil-A Mini Moo Mile, registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at Pardee Medical Office Building, 709 N. Justice St.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. — FBC Memory Makers second annual Quilt & Craft Show, Crosswalk at First Baptist Church, 577 Buncombe St.
10 a.m.-5p p.m. — WNC Air Museum Open House and aircraft rides, Gilbert Street and Brooklyn Avenue (near Hendersonville Airport)
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Historic downtown sidewalk sales, Main Street and surrounding streets
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Mineral & Lapidary Museum open house/special exhibits, 400 N. Main St.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Henderson County Heritage Museum exhibits, 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Suite 4
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Gem & Mineral Spectacular, Whitmire Activity Center, Lily Pond Road
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Laurel Park Village Shopping Center sidewalk sale, Laurel Park Village, U.S. Highway 64 West
11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Blue Ridge T-Riders Antique Model T-Ford Club and the British Car Club of WNC car show, Laurel Park Village, U.S. Highway 64 West. Music by Quarterhouse 1-3 p.m.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. — Wells Fargo Kiddie Carnival, West Barnwell Street and Main Street
All day — Beach Day on Main, learn to Carolina shag, 500 block of North Main Street
All day — North Carolina Apple Festival Downtown Street Fair, all along Main Street
All day — Apple Festival Window Display Contest
7 a.m.-noon — Breakfast with the Elks, Elks Lodge, 546 N. Justice St.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Seventh Avenue Local Farmers' Market, in front of the Historic Depot at Seventh Avenue and Maple Street
10 a.m. — Apple Orchard Bicycle ECOTOUR, gather at 9:30 a.m. at Sycamore Cycles, 146 Third Ave. E.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Historic downtown sidewalk sales, Main Street and surrounding streets
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Mineral & Lapidary Museum open house/special exhibits, 400 N. Main St.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Gem & Mineral Spectacular, Whitmire Activity Center, Lily Pond Road
10 a.m.-9 p.m. — Wells Fargo Kiddie Carnival, West Barnwell Street and Main Street
Noon-5 p.m. — WNC Air Museum Open House and aircraft rides, Gilbert Street and Brooklyn Avenue (near Hendersonville Airport)
1-5 p.m. — Henderson County Heritage Museum exhibits, 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Suite 4
All day — North Carolina Apple Festival Downtown Street Fair, all along Main Street
All day — Apple Festival Window Display Contest
8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Tour d'Apple, Blue Ridge Community College, 180 W. Campus Drive, Flat Rock (registration at www.go-green events.com)
9 a.m.-noon — Historic downtown sidewalk sales, Main Street and surrounding streets
10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Mineral & Lapidary Museum open house/special exhibits, 400 N. Main St.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Wells Fargo Kiddie Carnival, West Barnwell Street and Main Street
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — WNC Air Museum Open House and aircraft rides, Gilbert Street and Brooklyn Avenue (near Hendersonville Airport)
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Gem & Mineral Spectacular, Whitmire Activity Center, Lily Pond Road
2:30 p.m. — King Apple Parade, Main Street from Five Points to Caswell Street
All day — North Carolina Apple Festival Downtown Street Fair, all along Main Street, smaller due to parade
All day — Apple Festival Window Display Contest
*All events and performances are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Check www.ncapplefestival.org for changes.
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Memory Makers to host quilt, craft show

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The Memory Makers Quilt Guild of First Baptist Church is sponsoring a Quilt and Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday during the Apple Festival at the Crosswalk Student Center, 577 Buncombe St., Hendersonville.
More than 50 crafters have registered for the show. The crafters will have booths to sell their wares. Crafts at the show include handmade quilts, handwoven items, stained glass, woodwork, felt, hand-woven baskets, lotions and soaps, items for children, metalwork, jewelry and more.
There will also be demonstrations.
For more information, call the church at 693-3493.
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Kiwanis, Lions, Elks plan breakfast events

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Local nonprofits make it possible for attendees to treat themselves to platefuls of Southern breakfast fare at reasonable prices, and support good causes while they chow down.
Breakfast events are planned on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Apple Festival.
u The Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church on the corner of Washington Street and Fourth Avenue.
Pancakes, bacon, grits, cooked apple slices with cinnamon and brown sugar, apple juice, coffee and milk are on the menu. The breakfast costs $7, and tickets can be purchased in advance from any Kiwanis member or at the door. Call 828-696-4267 for more information.
u On Saturday, the Hendersonville Lions Club will serve its Big Apple Country Breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m., also at First Baptist Church.
The country breakfast will feature eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, apples, gravy, juice, coffee and tea. The cost is $7 per person, with tickets available at the door. Kids age 6 and younger eat free with each paid adult. Call 828-694-3813 for more information.
u Elks Lodge No. 1616 will serve Breakfast with the Elks at the lodge, at Sixth Avenue and Justice Street, from 7 a.m. to noon.
Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, gravy, biscuits, apples, milk, coffee and juice are on the menu. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Kids younger than 6 eat free. Call 828-693-3424 for more information.
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Kiddie Carnival offers children bushels of fun

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Children and parents who attended last year's Kiddie Carnival shouldn't expect many changes this year.
Apple Festival Executive Director David Nicholson, who noted last year's event was expanded to include more rides for older children, said the same rides and games would be found this year, with a few exceptions.
“They always change out some rides,” Nicholson said, referring to Palmetto Amusements, which is again providing the rides and games. “We've kind of figured out what kids in our area like. There's always a bit of refining every year.”
Along with the rides, Palmetto Amusements will provide staff to run the rides and oversee the games. Nicholson said another three-year agreement was recently reached with the Lexington, S.C.-based company to provide entertainment for future Kiddie Carnivals.
“They're so good to work with,” Nicholson said. “They do a really good job, and we feel really safe letting the children in our area use their equipment.”
Like last year, the carnival will be held in the parking lot of the event's sponsor, Wells Fargo, on the corner of Main Street and West Barnwell Street in Hendersonville, and across West Barnwell in the parking lot of the Visitor's Center.
Nicholson said the setup would be basically the same as last year, as would the operating hours — Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to at least 4 p.m.
“There's always a couple people who want to ride the rides after the parade, and that's fine,” Nicholson said.
In an effort to expand the far northern block of Main Street — between Sixth and Seventh Avenues — Nicholson said a few more activities are slated for Saturday and Sunday, which may appeal more to older children and younger teens.
An interactive water game called Water Wars, which Nicholson described as a water balloon fight, has been added, along with a bungee trampoline.
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Kenny Barnwell King Apple Parade Grand Marshal

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Kenny Barnwell is a spokesman for the agricultural industry — specifically the apple industry. He is the owner of Kenny Barnwell Orchards and a co-owner of Ridgeview Apple Packers. His community involvement includes the N.C. Apple Growers Association, Agribusiness Henderson County, Henderson County Agriculture Advisory Board and the Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Board.
How did you get started in apple farming?
My family has grown apples for a long time. It’s been a good five generations, but my mother and father were educators. They taught school and then daddy was assistant superintendent of the county schools. Then on the other side, my mother-in-law’s family came from a farming background, so it was kind of in my blood. When I went off to college, truly, the last thing I thought I’d be was be an apple farmer. I had no intentions of coming back and growing fruit after I went to school. (Barnwell left Henderson County to pursue a degree in biology and chemistry from Greensboro College.)
What brought you back?
I came back for a little while after I got out of school before I found a job, and I kind of decided I liked it. I like the lifestyle. I love living up here where I am at. Farming is a good life. I really enjoy what I do.
How often do your studies in chemistry and biology come into play as a farmer?
Almost every day — I understand when we’re working with some of our apple diseases, a lot of our funguses. I had an excellent microbiology teacher.
What are the changes you’ve noticed to the local apple industry?
It has changed so much in the little over 30 years that I’ve been involved with it. When I first came back in 1980, there were 33 packing houses in Henderson County, about 10,000 acres of apples. Now we’ve got at best five packing houses and about 6,000 acres of apples, but that’s because they’re making a resurgence. We got down to the volume of fruit that we can realistically move every year, and we’re doing a better job growing it. We’ve developed some programs that work on the fruit and the varieties that grow well in this area, and it’s made a lot of difference.
What has changed on the business side of things?
The old method was pick, pack, ship. I mean, hit it and get done with them, but now we have got a lot more bins, a lot more cold storage and we pick our apples and we market our apples. We do a real good job with this “buy local” and producing apples. We’ve got plenty of population within 200 miles of us to use every apple that we could ever hope to grow in Henderson County. There’s a lot of new trees going in. We unload a lot of nursery trees here for myself and for other people. I think our apple industry is growing after almost 30 years of decline; it is back now growing.
How many apples do you produce each year, and what does it take to do that?
I’ve got 150 acres of apples, and we produce in a normal year between 90,000 and 100,000 bushels of fruit. I’ve got four full-time employees, and we get the vast majority of all of the work done. Because of the way I’ve got them planted, there’s only two short windows that I bring in outside help to pick with, and one short window that we bring in outside help to prune with. The rest of it is all done by my full-time help.
What’s the biggest change from when you were younger to now?
There for a long time, the majority of what we produced either went to a chain store or a big processor. There were some roadside markets, but nowhere near the volume that sold. There were very limited numbers of roadside markets up and down (Highway) 64. Agritourism is a big change — making a day of it.
Favorite apple:
Galas early in the season and Pink Ladies for later.
Favorite apple dish:
Mama’s fried apple pies.
— Interview by Renee Bindewald
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Hendersonville license plate agency to close for two-day training next week

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RALEIGH — The Hendersonville license plate agency will be closed for two days next week to conduct customer service training Sept. 3 and Sept. 4, according to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is currently holding statewide customer service training courses for all of its office locations. The Hendersonville agency will reopen 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5.
While the training is going on next week, area agencies will remain open to provide vehicle registration services. The following locations will be open during the training in Asheville, Canton and Pisgah Forrest:
Asheville
85 Tunnel Road, Suite 16B
828-252-8526
780 Hendersonville Road, Suite 8
828-277-7767
Canton
478 Champion Drive
828-646-3406
Pisgah Forest
69 New Hendersonville Highway, Suite 8
828-883-3251
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NC judge agrees agent's firing should be upheld

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The firing of a State Bureau of Investigation agent who was linked to dozens of misreported state crime lab results should be upheld because his supervisors acted appropriately and with just cause, an administrative law judge ruled Tuesday.
Former SBI Agent Duane Deaver had petitioned the Office of Administrative Hearings to get his job back after the bureau dismissed him in early 2011, citing three reasons. Among them was a motion from a state innocence commission accusing Deaver of perjuring himself in a hearing that eventually led to a man's exoneration on murder charges.
Deaver's dismissal letter also said he violated policy while he was on leave by correcting an ethics complaint filed against another law enforcement officer and in commenting "that's a wrap, baby" at the end of a video recording of a bloodstain recreation.
Temporary Administrative Law Judge James Conner, who held hearings on Deaver's request for reinstatement and back pay last April, determined it was defensible for supervisors to fire Deaver.
The state "met its burden of proof that it had just cause to dismiss (Deaver) for unacceptable personal conduct without prior warning or disciplinary action," Conner wrote.
Conner's ruling is essentially a recommendation.
The case now goes to the North Carolina State Human Resources Commission, where more documents will be filed and possibly oral arguments heard before the personnel panel makes the final decision. The panel's decision could be appealed to Superior Court.
"We look forward to the next step in the process," said Philip Isley, one of Deaver's attorneys.
Conner wrote that Deaver's attorneys presented little evidence to support their theory that Deaver was fired as a scapegoat for the SBI, which had suffered at the time following an outside independent review of the crime lab where Deaver had worked. The review covered a 16-year period ending in 2003.
As for the internal investigation that led to Deaver's firing, Conner wrote, "the decision process was remarkable for being deliberate, thorough, careful and open to dissenting voices."
Isley declined to comment directly about Conner criticizing Deaver's response to the perjury and contempt allegations. Deaver, "through counsel, exhibited a tasteful disregard for the judicial system of this state," Conner wrote.
Until earlier this month, the State Bureau of Investigation was under the state Department of Justice, which is led by Attorney General Roy Cooper. The department also was named in Deaver's complaint. Department spokeswoman Noelle Talley declined comment on Conner's ruling. The state crime lab remains in the department but had been recently separated from the SBI.
The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, a state panel that investigates potentially wrongful convictions, previously accused Deaver of misleading the panel based on comments he gave to a commission investigator and testimony at a hearing into the murder conviction of Greg Taylor. The commission recommended that Taylor's case go to a three-judge panel, which declared Taylor innocent in 2010.
Deaver's testimony related to blood tests led to the outside lab review that concluded SBI analysts had frequently misstated or falsely reported blood evidence.
The commission requested a court hearing to decide whether Deaver should be held in criminal contempt. The contempt allegation was ultimately dismissed after Deaver acknowledged his testimony was confusing.
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Brevard Academy considers former country club for new campus

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BREVARD — Brevard Academy's board of directors is considering the site of former Glen Cannon Country Club for a new location, after operating out of the Brevard Music Center for 14 years.
Glen Cannon's new owner, Josh Leder of Leder Properties, is prepared to lease the clubhouse, tennis court and pool area, which he says has existing infrastructure suitable for a brand-new campus.
“On the main site, it already has five tennis courts, a 6,000-square-foot pool with changing facilities and showers,” Leder said.
The 10,500-square-foot clubhouse has a fully stocked commercial kitchen, and the campus has a 200-car parking lot that could be redeveloped to accommodate a 20,000- to 30,000-square-foot school building, he said.
“It's got onsite room for car lanes for drop-off and pickup,” Leder said, adding that the entrance is covered. “Currently when kids get dropped off at the music center, there's no overhang.”
Leder, who purchased the property in May and has renamed it "Le Parc," said at least $3.5 million of the property's $5 million tax value is due to its infrastructure alone, of which he hopes Brevard Academy can make good use.
“Right now, we are seriously considering the property,” said Frank Prince, former chair of the Brevard Academy Board of Directors and current member. “We have not entered into a formal agreement, but we are performing our (due) diligence.”
Prince said the board decided Monday to hire an engineer to survey the Le Parc property, particularly the utilities connected to the clubhouse.
Were Brevard Academy to establish its permanent campus at Le Parc, Prince said the school would be able to take on more students — and more comfortably accommodate those it already serves.
“We've experienced considerable growth over the last three years,” with enrollment increasing from 140 students to 250, Prince said. “A number of our classes were waitlisted this year. We'd be able to accept more students.”
A new campus would also mean an end to Brevard Academy shuffling in and out of the Brevard Music Center's classrooms, Leder said.
“Right now, Brevard Academy runs from the music center and they're only allowed to be there for eight months of the year,” he said.
The school has to move out of the classrooms when the music center's summer programming begins, and, Leder said, “They basically have a week to re-set up the classrooms before school starts.”
“For the last two-and-a-half years, they've been scouring Brevard for another location,” he added. “This particular site at Glen Cannon was never an option ... because it was still operating as a golf course.”
Whether or not Brevard Academy decides to lease the clubhouse and surrounding facilities, Leder said the 150-acre golf course could potentially be redeveloped into a park for use by the surrounding Glen Cannon community.
“This particular property has not restrictions and no zoning, so it could be anything,” Leder said.
Golf courses are closing all over the country because the generation that played the sport have aged out, he added, and the younger generation isn't playing as much.
“Golf is a really expensive sport, that requires significant capital to operate and maintain,” Leder said. “The demographics haven't changed since the golf club closed, and it closed because not enough people supported it.”
Reach McGowan at molly.mcgowan@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7871.
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Community Briefs: Aug. 27

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Convertibles needed for Apple Festival Parade
Convertibles and their owners are needed to participate in the Apple Festival Parade Monday to escort festival celebrities, dignitaries, queens, veterans and others.
Meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the former Boyd Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac dealership on Asheville Highway, across from the VFW and Hendersonville High at Five Points. Cars will be staged there and magnetic signs will be affixed to the cars indicating the rider. The parade begins at Five Points and proceeds down Main Street past Wells Fargo Bank.
For more information, call 329-4971 or email noirs@aol.com.
Ache Around the Lake registration continues
Registration is open for the annual Ache Around the Lake road races in Tryon, consisting of an 8k (the Ache) and 2-mile (the Ouch) run/walk. The Ache benefits local St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation, an organization that raises funds for nonprofit St. Luke’s Hospital.
Registration cost for each race is $25 before Sept. 5 and then $30 until race morning. T-shirts will go to the first 200 registered participants.
Both races will be professionally timed. Only the 8K is USATF-certified. Handmade pottery will be given to the top three overall and masters and age groups for the Ache. A Top Dog award will go to fastest canine-human team.
This year, funds will benefit the Discretionary Fund at St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation. The newly established fund will enable the foundation to exercise discretionary spending when evaluating and purchasing small equipment items, facilitating required equipment repairs, or accommodating other unplanned expenses that develop during the course of the hospital’s fiscal year.
Visit www.achearoundthelake.org to register or learn more.
Meetings
The Hendersonville Elementary School Improvement Team will meet at 3:20 p.m. today in Mrs. Lawson's room.
The Mills River Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. today in the conference room of Town Hall.
Mills River Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.
Events
A Marty Katz for Sheriff Campaign fundraiser and office grand opening will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Katz's campaign office in the New Town Center, 2560 Asheville Highway (next to Hunter Subaru). Get yard signs, bumper stickers, buttons and more fun stuff. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 702-2396 or email martykatz4sheriff@gmail.com.
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