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SEASONAL BUT GENERALLY GOOD WEATHER FORECAST FOR WNC FOR THANKSGIVING

SEASONAL BUT GENERALLY GOOD WEATHER FORECAST FOR WNC FOR THANKSGIVING

RAY'S WEATHER SAYS GOOD WEATHER IN WNC FOR: TRAVEL ON WEEDNESDAY;THANKSGIVING DAY ON THURSDAY; BLACK FRIDAY ON FRIDAY; FRIDAY NIGHT'S HHS PLAY-OFF  GAME IN BURNSVILLE   

Really the only weather feature of note this abbreviated workweek is a cold front scheduled to pass through our region tonight. This front will promote more in the way of cloud cover today, and there could be some drizzle or sprinkles this afternoon and tonight.

1) Travel Day (Wednesday) looks quiet for most of the Lower-48. Locally, skies will be partly cloudy with seasonal temperatures.

2) Thanksgiving Day features partly to mostly sunny skies along with temperatures that will run a few degrees below normal.

3) Black Friday looks generally clear and somewhat milder by afternoon.

4) Friday night's play-off game---HHS at Mountain Heritage---45 degres in Burnsville and clear at 7:30 pm game time

For the upcoming holiday weekend, another cold front will pass through later Saturday night with little fanfare other than some extra clouds.

It will turn colder behind the front for Sunday into Monday.

HENDERSONVILLE POST OFFICE HEADED TO THE BLUE RIDGE MALL BY NEXT SPRING

HENDERSONVILLE POST OFFICE HEADED TO THE BLUE RIDGE MALL BY NEXT SPRING

TO THE SPACE IN THE MALL CURRENTLY OCCUPIED BY SEARS   

WHKP News reported about one year ago that the Sears location in the Blue Ridge Mall was being considered as a new location for the Hendersonville Post Office. The current Post Office property had been sold to the First Baptist Church for about a million dollars, probably for a new parking lot...and the US Postal Service has been looking for a smaller, but strategically located spot for the Post Office to move to.

Postal Service officials have confirmed the USPS has secured a ten year lease on the 7000 square foot Sears location in the Mall.

Sears employees have been told they’ll find out soon where Sears will be moving to, and it’s reported their new location will be in the space in the Blue Ridge Mall formerly occupied by the Pardee Signature Care Center.

It was first reported that the Post Office would be moving about a year ago, but the move was apparently delayed while a new location was being sought.

The actual move to the Mall won’t take place until 2018 and by next spring..

UPDATE: OUR DUKE ENERGY POWER BILLS TO GO UP 13 PER CENT

UPDATE: OUR DUKE ENERGY POWER BILLS TO GO UP 13 PER CENT

IN A DEAL ANNOUNCED MONDAY MORNING, DUKE ENERGY SAYS THEY'LL SETTLE FO A 13 PER CENT RATE INCREASE

AVERAGE HOMEOWNER'S BILL WILL GO UP ABOUT $18 A MONTH   

THIS WILL RAISE RATES FOR THOSE IN HENDERSONVILLE, ASHEVILLE, AND WNC   

FROM WSOC   

RALEIGH, N.C. - There was a small win Monday for customers in Duke Energy’s first push to raise customer rates.

Duke Progress agreed to ask for a slightly lower rate increase on more than 1 million Duke Progress customers.

It still wants consumers across the state to pay for coal ash cleanup.

Last summer, the company presented two separate rate cases to the N.C. Utilities Commission. One would affect Duke Progress customers in central and eastern North Carolina and in the Asheville region.

The other case would impact Duke Carolinas customers in central and western North Carolina, including the Triad and Charlotte.

Duke Energy Carolinas customers in the Charlotte area could pay 13.6 percent more.

“That’s an issue for us. We didn’t create this mess,” Amy Brown, who lives near coal ash ponds in Belmont, said.

The expert witness hearing in the Duke Progress case was supposed to start Monday, but it was postponed.

An internal document said public staff hired to represent taxpayers were discussing a partial settlement with Duke Progress.

Some called the talks “backroom deals” and questioned if the public would be properly represented.

“This continues a longstanding and outrageous pattern: The regulators cut a private deal with Duke Energy that undermines other parties’ cases and shields Duke from full and open scrutiny,” said Jim Warren, executive director of NC WARN.

“If they're meeting in a back room and that information is not available to the public, what comes out of that might not be based on good, factual information," Sam Perkins, the Catawba Riverkeeper, said.

A spokesman for Duke Energy said the settlement reached Monday isn’t binding.

“Regulators are not bound by settlements and they are free to accept or reject them as they deem appropriate. Parties opposing settlements are free to submit testimony or comments advocating rejection of the settlement to the regulator,” spokesman Jeff Brooks. “This is not a Duke Energy issue or even a North Carolina issue. Utilities across the nation are addressing how to manage coal ash in their operations and how to comply with regulations that direct that work. Some utilities already have coal ash costs included in their rates and others have current requests to do so.”

In the settlement, Duke Energy Progress agreed to a 13 percent rate increase rather than a 14.9 percent for Duke Progress customers. It also agreed to a lower potential profit margin. The issue of whether to charge customers for coal ash cleanup has not been resolved.

“I do believe whatever decision is made for Progress, it will be the decision made for Carolina,” Brown said.

The expert witness hearing for the Progress case has been postponed to next Nov. 27.

NC HIGHWAY PATROL ANTICIPATES HEAVY HOLIDAY TRAFFIC

NC HIGHWAY PATROL ANTICIPATES HEAVY HOLIDAY TRAFFIC

A LOT OF HOLIDAY TRAFFIC EXPECTED   

State Highway Patrol Encourages Motorist To Drive Safe This Holiday Season

RALEIGH – With one of the busiest travel times of the year on North Carolina roadways approaching, the State Highway Patrol wants all motorists to focus on safety. AAA reports that approximately 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home, with 89 percent traveling by motor vehicle.

“As we approach this busy travel time across our state, we encourage everyone to think of the importance of traffic safety,” said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “The goal of our agency is to ensure everyone spends this Thanksgiving enjoying time with friends and family, while we work together to avoid the consequences of being involved in a serious vehicle collision.”

Last year, SHP investigated 1,923 collisions during the Thanksgiving Holiday time period. Among those collisions, 453 were injury related and 17 resulted in death. The focus is to combat needless collisions in hopes of reaching a zero fatality rate across the state.

In partnership with other states and in direct support of the ‘Vision Zero’ philosophy, SHP will once again be participating in the I-40 Thanksgiving Challenge. Law enforcement agencies from eight states, which included North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, teamed up last Thanksgiving travel period to push for a zero fatality rate along the 2,555 miles of I-40. Last year, North Carolina experienced zero fatalities on I-40 during the 2-day campaign.

This initiative involves stationing Troopers every 20 miles on I-40 for the most heavily traveled periods during the Thanksgiving holiday. The operation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017. The constant visibility from state to state will hopefully create a safe driving environment for all motorists and most importantly save lives and prevent injuries.

Drivers are encouraged to:

Plan ahead
Check for traffic updates prior to beginning a trip using www.drivenc.gov
Limit distractions
All occupants wear seatbelts
Obey speed limits
Take advantage of the many safe ways to get home after consuming alcohol

Travelers can contribute to highway safety reporting dangerous drivers by dialing *HP or (*47) on a cellular phone. Callers should give the description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license plate number if at all possible.

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WNC GAS PRICES DOWN---SLIGHTLY---FOR THANKSGIVING

WNC GAS PRICES DOWN---SLIGHTLY---FOR THANKSGIVING

AVERAGE IS $2.45 PER GALLON     

Average retail gasoline prices in Hendersonville and Asheville have fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.45/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 259 gas outlets in Asheville and Hendersonville. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.54/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Asheville during the past week, prices yesterday were 22.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 2.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 8.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 40.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on November 20 in Asheville have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.22/g in 2016, $2.14/g in 2015, $2.91/g in 2014, $3.29/g in 2013 and $3.39/g in 2012.

Areas near Asheville and their current gas price climate:
Spartanburg- $2.23/g, down 2.2 cents per gallon from last week's $2.25/g.
Knoxville- $2.32/g, down 5.4 cents per gallon from last week's $2.37/g.
Greenville- $2.23/g, down 4.1 cents per gallon from last week's $2.27/g.

 

 

BOOK FLIGHTS NOW FOR CHRISTMAS; NEW PARKING DECK NOW OPEN:  ASHEVILLE AIRPORT PREPARES FOR HEAVY THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

BOOK FLIGHTS NOW FOR CHRISTMAS; NEW PARKING DECK NOW OPEN: ASHEVILLE AIRPORT PREPARES FOR HEAVY THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

THE AIRPORT ANNOUNCED LATE THIS WEEK THAT THE NEW $22 MILLION PARKING GARADE IS NOW OPEN...AT LEAST THE DECK ON THE TERMINAL LEVEL   

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The remainder of the new parking garage/deck is expected to be open and in use in about a week...in time for the Thnksgiving heavy traffic anticipated at the airport...the new parking garage/deck will park over 1300 vehicles...       

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is reporting high numbers of scheduled passengers for the 2017 Thanksgiving travel week, and is encouraging all passengers to plan accordingly. Specifically, passengers scheduled to fly between Wednesday, November 22 and Monday, November 27, 2017 should arrive at the airport at least two hours before flight times to allow time to park, check-in, and go through security screening.

The busiest travel days during the holiday week will be Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Monday following Thanksgiving will also be a busy day.

"We typically see about 2,500 - 2,800 passengers each day at the airport during the busiest holiday travel days," said Tina Kinsey, spokesperson for the airport. "This year, depending on the day, we are seeing a 16 to 35 percent increase in passengers compared to last year."

By the numbers:
Travel Day
Scheduled Passengers (outbound and inbound)
Percent increase Year/Year
Wednesday, November 22
3,676
27%
Thursday, November 23
1,984
30%
Friday, November 24
2,852
20%
Saturday, November 25
3,432
16%
Sunday, November 26
4,066
35%

Parking
The airport has constructed a new parking garage, and hopes to have it at least partially opened before the Thanksgiving holiday. More information about the status of the parking garage will be available and released by Monday, November 20. Regardless of the status of the garage, customer parking will be available. The airport plans to open additional lots, including an additional shuttled lot, if necessary.

WHKP TO BROADCAST FRIDAY NIGHT'S GAME LIVE:  HHS TO TAKE ON THE MOUNTAIN HERITAGE COUGARS FRIDAY NIGHT IN BURNSVILLE

WHKP TO BROADCAST FRIDAY NIGHT'S GAME LIVE: HHS TO TAKE ON THE MOUNTAIN HERITAGE COUGARS FRIDAY NIGHT IN BURNSVILLE

ON AM 1450, FM 107.7, ON WHKP.COM (LISTEN LIVE), AND ON THE WHKP APP

WHKP WILL BROADCAST THE GAME LIVE...FRIDAY NIGHT...OUR TRADITION OF FULL SERVICE/FULL COVERAGE CONTINUES

AFTER THEIR BIG 56 TO 14 VICTORY OVER RED SPRINGS FRIDAY NIGHT AT DIETZ FIELD...   

No. 3 seed Hendersonville (10-3) will take their six-game winning streak "on the road" to No. 2 seed Mountain Heritage (12-0) for a quarterfinal game next Friday.

Playing its best football at the most important time of the season, Hendersonville has outscored its last four opponents 196-21.

Quarterback Alex “Bud” Williford threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two scores to pace the Bearcats.

The Hendersonville Times-News reports that the Bearcat's offense added a big-play of its own, a 97-yard scoring pass from Williford to Kalin Ensley.

Williford also had first-half scoring runs of 4 and 2 yards, and Ty’rese Hunt ran for an eight-yard touchdown.

Williford connected with Ensley for a 27-yard TD and Hunt scored on four-yard run in the second half.

WHKP's live play-by-play coverage reported that No. 11 seed Red Springs (9-4) contributed to its own demise.

In the first half the Red Devils threw three interceptions, had a touchdown pass nullified by a penalty and turned the ball over on downs three yards from the goal line.

Now it is on to Burnsville to play a team that the Bearcats have had some success against in recent years.

According to the Times-News, the Cougars are 30-2 in regular-season play over the past three seasons, and both those losses were to Hendersonville.

The Bearcats beat Heritage 48-44 in 2015 and 42-22 last season. The two teams were co-champions of the Western Highlands Conference in both those seasons.

Earlier this season, the Cougars drove for the winning touchdown in the final minute to win 28-22 at Hendersonville.

 

 

 

TDA'S "WELCOME CENTER" NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

TDA'S "WELCOME CENTER" NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED YEAR ROUND   

Hendersonville Visitor Center Is Seeking Volunteers

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If you know and love Henderson County, the perfect volunteer opportunity awaits you at the Visitor Center located in Downtown Hendersonville. This is a chance for you to share your knowledge of Western North Carolina, while also learning more through ongoing training programs and educational tours.

The Hendersonville Visitor Center is recruiting volunteers to assist travelers upon their arrival to Henderson County. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week to assist visitors by answering questions, giving maps & directions, assisting with hotel reservations and offering travel, dining and entertainment information. The Center is stocked with Hendersonville Vacation Planners, maps, and area brochures.

Volunteers are needed year-round, the Visitor Center is open 7 days weeks, closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Volunteers are also needed during Special Events to fill key positions at Garden Jubilee, Music on Main Street, Monday Night Live! and the Street Dances. Volunteers provide assistance with operations of the events, and offer hospitality to the vendors and festivalgoers.

Applicants should possess good communication skills, knowledge of Henderson County & Western North Carolina, and an eagerness to interact with the public. Volunteers work a four-hour shift each week, from 9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm.

Volunteer opportunities include area familiarization tours, meaningful friendships, occasional complimentary tickets to area attractions, and volunteer parties.

Please consider becoming an ambassador for our community by volunteering your time at the Visitor Center. Stop by and pick-up an application at 201 South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville or download an application at www.visithendersonvillenc.org/visitors-information-center-volunteer-program. The Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays from 10:00am-5:00pm. For additional information call (828) 693-9708.

EAST FLAT ROCK COMMUNITY PLAN NOW READY FOR COMMISSIONER'S APPROVAL

EAST FLAT ROCK COMMUNITY PLAN NOW READY FOR COMMISSIONER'S APPROVAL

IT TOOK WELL OVER A YEAR TO COMPLETE, BUT THE SMALL AREA PLAN FOR THE EAST FLAT ROCK COMMUNITY IS NOW OIN ITS WAY TO THE FULL BOARD OIF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND LIKELY APPROVAL  

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The community planning group responsible for the East Flat Rock Community Plan submitted its draft to the Planning Board recently, which voted to forward it on to the county Board of Commissioners for final approval.

Since September, county staff has been conducting more outreach in the community, Mitchell said, and have updated the plan’s history section after receiving more feedback.

The more than 50-page plan, if approved, will serve in an advisory role to the Board of Commissioners, recommending specific planning policies and action strategies for each element based on input from the public, county staff and relevant experts.

Those elements include natural and cultural resources, agriculture, housing, community facilities and public services, transportation, economic development, land use and development and community character and design.

The draft plan is available on the county’s website, included with the planning board’s Nov. 16 agenda at www.hendersoncountync.org/planning/pb/11-16-17PlBd.htm.

IT WILL BE "A FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS"

IT WILL BE "A FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS"

AT THE FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON   

Flat Rock, NC (November 17, 2017) – The holiday season, with the glow of candles and lights, gathering of families, and sense of spirit and cheer, is not always as picture perfect as the books and movies describe. Sometimes the family dog eats the apple pie, the siblings squabble and knock mom’s favorite ornament off the tree, and the Baby Jesus in the church Christmas Pageant ironically screams through the entire song, Silent Night. Join Flat Rock Playhouse’s Studio 52 Family Series for a story of those very less than perfect, but hilarious, moments of the holiday season that make Christmas... well, Christmas! With fifty local performers telling the tale of the very rambunctious Herman kids and their invasion of a church Christmas Pageant, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will tickle children and parents alike in its three week run from November 30th – December 17th at The Playhouse Downtown.

The Herdmans are an outrageous family of sibling outlaws, affectionately called, “the worst kids in the history of the word”. In The Best Christmas Pageant Ever these Herdman terrors invade church one Sunday and somehow manage to take over the annual Christmas Pageant, with no knowledge of the traditional Christmas story, Joseph, Mary or Baby Jesus. Oh my! Naturally this creates a certain level of anticipation, better described as an overwhelming sense of doom, as everyone worries that this year’s pageant will be horrible. At the very least, it will be a most unusual one that everyone will remember for years to come. Director Dave Hart emphasizes the hilarious and heartwarming nature of this production with its many memorable moments ranging from, “the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds and six very rowdy kids. Through the lens of these rough children, we watch them try to understand the Christmas story from the bible and perhaps remember, ourselves, what Christmas is truly about.”

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will provide the opportunity for fifty local performers of all ages (ranging from 4 - 60+) to take the stage, perhaps for their very first time. There will be two casts that switch off during the course of the run, which will ensure a range of interpretation and uniquely different storytelling for double the fun. From young children and students to parents and grandparents, the Studio 52 Family Series continues to bring its mission to life in providing hands-on theatrical learning experiences for all.

Directed by Hart, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will feature designs by Dennis C. Maulden (scenic), CJ Barnwell (lights), Ashli Crump (costumes), Kurt Conway (sound) and Paul Feraldi (props). Zeinab Caskey will Stage Manage with assistance from Student Stage Manager Riley Hewitt. Adam Goodrum will be the Production Manager.

The Executive Producer of this Studio 52 Family Series production is Park Ridge Health. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is also sponsored by Flat Rock Playhouse’s Downtown Series Sponsor, Rug and Home. Appropriate for all ages, this holiday-gone-awry comedy will offer fun for the whole family!

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will run November 30th through the December 17th at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. Evening performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00PM and matinées Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $12.50 - $25 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 828-693-0731 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.