Event Saturday will benefit Will and Etta Byers Shehee

May. 15, 2014 @ 04:09 AM

The IGA Adventure Center is holding a Shehee/Byers Flip a-Thon and Open house on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

The event is a fundraiser for the family of Will and Etta Byers Shehee, Ugandan missionaries who lost their 5-week-old daughter Lydia Rose in a vehicle accident in Uganda on Jan. 29. Etta sustained significant injures and is still recovering. 

“We never had a fundraiser here before but we wanted to do this,” Perry Hughes, IGA co-owner. “Nancy (his wife) and I wanted to do this. We gave some of our own finances and wanted to give more. We want to use the resources we have to raise more money.” 

IGA students have been getting sponsors to pledge an amount per flip, a one-time donation or both. During the open house, the students will come to the gym and perform flips for up to 30 minutes. Flip counters will be available to county and record student flips.

Students will log the amount of completed flips on the pledge form and collect the money from sponsors.

The student who raises the most money in support of the Shehee Byers family will receive a 1.5 hour party in the gym for 15 of their friends. 

The money raised will help with the family’s medical expenses.

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They are currently living in Pensacola, Fla. with their three other children and family. Byers injuries are expected to be healed by January 2015, a year after the accident, her mother Cindy Byers said.

Etta grew up in Rutherford County and is a graduate of R-S Central High School. She and Will met while students at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. 

Saturday’s open house will also include free giveaways every hour, free hotdogs and free playtime in the gym. Community members will have the chance to tour the facility and learn more about it’s programs. 

For more information about the  family visit www.sheheebyersflipathon.com. The website has updates, pictures and writings from Will Shehee.

The gym is located at 340 Industrial Park Road in Rutherfordton. If you are interested in sponsoring a student or donating to the cause, call the gym at 828-288-3547. All money is due May 28. 


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Who: Music at Mills Bluegrass & Arts Festival

When: Friday & Saturday 

Where: Union Mills Learning Center, Hudlow Road

Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at door; under 12 free.



Music at the Mills Bluegrass & Arts Festival

subhead: features Merlefest musicians

UNION MILLS — Musicians fresh off their appearance at Merlefest will be among performers at this weekend’s Music at the Mills Bluegrass & Arts Festival.

Bluegrass/Roots duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge will headline the second annual festival on Saturday, May 17 at the Union Mills Learning Center. They are scheduled to perform at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. They will also host a workshop at the Pickin’ Shack from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday with the band members.

The pre-festival kick-off event for ticket holders is Friday as doors open at 5 p.m. Music runs from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Box Creek Wilderness, festival sponsor, is hosting a hike Saturday at 9 a.m. in Box Creek Wilderness Area, which is less than 10 minutes from the learning center. 

Festival promoters encourage musicians to bring their instruments to join in jam sessions and also to attend workshops that will be offered from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pickin’ Shack.

The festival will also include local cultural exhibits, workshops, arts and crafts, retail vendors, and some of the best barbecue this side of the Appalachian Mountains, said one of the promoters.

Musicians on tap Friday night are Blue Haze, Homegrown, Bluegrass Mix, Destination Bluegrass and a late night jam.

Saturday performances being at 9 a.m. and continue all day.

Among performers are Homegrown,J.Creek Coggers, Mountain Oaks, Rocky Creek, Crystal River, New 5 Cents, Travis Frye & Blue Mtn. Crooked Pine, Roan Mountaineers, Most Wanted Bluegrass, Shady Oak Ramblers and a Most Wanted Midnight Jam that begins at 11 p.m.

Dennis Jones, technical director and music host at WNCW at Isothermal Community College in Spindale will emcee Saturday’s festival.

All early ticket holders will receive a free festival poster.

For more information, or to apply for booth space visit www.unionmillslearningcenter.org/Festival and fill out the online application, or call 828-748-7956. 

For more information visit www.unionmillsleanringcenterorg/Festival

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the educational programs at the Union Mills Learning Center.

Raptor Toga 5K and Fun Run 

LAKE LURE— The Lake Lure Community Education Foundation (LLCEF) will host the third annual “Raptors Toga 5K and Fun Run” which is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Morse Park in Lake Lure. Proceeds will benefit LLCEF and its mission to promote and financially support the expansion of eduction and sustainable learning in Lake Lure and the surrounding community.

Part of the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition Race Series, this event continues to grow and attracts avid runners and outdoor enthusiasts from western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.

“This is always a great time for everyone of all athletic abilities. We also have the fun factor where we dress up in Greek togas,” explains Race Director Todd Morse. 

After the race, there will be refreshments for the runners, medals for age group winners and prizes for the best togas. In addition to the race, runners and their families can stay for Lake Lure Classical Academy’s Annual Spring Fling at Morse Park to enjoy games, bounce houses and a hot dog lunch at the park. There is a cost for spring fling food and activities because its a school fundraiser.

Spring Fling follows Raptor Toga Run

LAKE LURE — The PTO of LLCA is hosting the Spring Fling that kicks off at 11 a.m. and goes until  3 p.m. at Morse Park in Lake Lure.  

The Spring Fling will offer festival fun at every level including inflatable area, train rides, musical chairs, hula hoop and cake eating contests, relay races, silly string wars and much more.

The PTO will sell $5 wristbands for all-day access to the inflatables and the train. Local vendors and LLCA teachers and staff will display arts and crafts.

Lunch options are available.

In addition to fun and games, organizers have put together great raffle prize packages. Tickets are for sale from LLCA students and staff.

Spring Fling Schedule of Events:

10:30 - 11:00am Toga Run Winner Announcements

11:00am - noon Elementary School performances with Ms. Staley

noon - 12:45pm Middle School Drama Performance

12:45- 1:00pm Cake Eating Contest

1:00 - 1:30pm Hula Hoop Contest; Musical Chairs

1:30 - 2:00pm Raffle Contest Winners Drawn

2:00 - 2:30pm LLCA Rock n Roll Club & Village Band

2:30- 3:00pm High School Drama Performance