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PUBLIX COMING TO ATHA PLAZA; WHITLEY DRUGS HAS MOVED

PUBLIX COMING TO ATHA PLAZA; WHITLEY DRUGS HAS MOVED

Halvorsen Development in Florida has plans in place for the new market on the Greenville Highway where Atha Plaza is now.

One of the oldest businesses in the neighborhood, Whitley Drugs, has been there for about 6 decades..and has already moved farther down on Greenville Highway.

Halvorsen says work will start soon on the new Publix and it should be open early in 2017.

 

"RHYTHM AND BREWS" WILL MOVE TO SOUTH MAIN STREET THIS SUMMER

"RHYTHM AND BREWS" WILL MOVE TO SOUTH MAIN STREET THIS SUMMER

The popular summer concert series, complete with brews and portajohns, will be moving to a couple of blocks on south Main Street this summer.

Rhythm and Brews has been held in the Azalea parking lot off King Street.

Downtown Director Lee Holloway says the south Main Street location will allow more room and parking for the concerts this year.

The concert series will open in May and continue through August this year. 

 

 

EARLY ONE STOP VOTING NOW UNDERWAY

EARLY ONE STOP VOTING NOW UNDERWAY

The early one stop voting for the March 15 primary is now underway and will continue through March 12

Voters are reminded that photo ID is now required.

One stop voting is taking place at the Board of Elections on Central Street.  Also in Etowah, Fletcher and Edneyville.

The congressional primary has been delayed, due to redistricting issues, until June 7th.

 

 

 

STATE ENCOURAGING WILD TURKEY HUNTING

Wild turkey hunting season in North Carolina comes in April and May.

And the NC Wildlife Commission says the states wild turkey population is now about  260,000.

So...happy hunting this spring.

Flocke of wild turkeys have again become a familiar sight in WNC.

FOREST SERVICE WARNS ABOUT SPRINGTIME BURNING

FOREST SERVICE WARNS ABOUT SPRINGTIME BURNING

There may be an urge to get outdoors and burn trash and debris in the early springtime, but Forest Service officials say its not always a good idea.

Until things begin to "green up" in the spring, the Forest Service warns the danger of fires getting out of control and spreading is high when burning. outdoors..

There is an abundance of fossil fuels in this season that can easily trigger and spread fires.

Burning in the national forest is not a good idea until the "green up" begins in late March and April.

And any burning on private property should be carefully controlled and monitored.

By Larry Freeman

 

 

ATHLETIC TRAINERS NOW REQUIRED TO ATTEND ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS GAMES AND PRACTICES

ATHLETIC TRAINERS NOW REQUIRED TO ATTEND ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS GAMES AND PRACTICES

It is a policy that Henderson County schools have followed for about 30 years...now the state board of education is requiring it statewide.

Trainers and others involved were recognized and applauded on the steps if the Historic Courthouse on Tuesday.

Pardee Hospital and sports medicine will continue working with county schools snd trainers to support the program.

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NEW STATE TAX ON CAR REPAIRS AND OTHER SERVICES STARTED TUESDAY

If you have vehicle repairs of $200, you will be paying about $15 more starting on Tuesday.

The NC General Assembly voted last year to tax the labor on your vehicle repairs.

The impact of the cost on consumers will be determined by the sales tax charged in individual counties.  Sales tax in the state varies and is between 6 and 7.5 percent.

North Carolina tire dealers have expressed concern with the new tax.

Republicans, who control both the state house and senate as well as the governors office, say the tax is part of overall tax reform which ultimately will save taxpayers money.

Gov. Pat McCrory says he opposed the tax, but he signed the budget bill that makes it laiw.

By Larry Freeman

 

SPRING LEAF COLLECTION STARTED TUESDAY IN HENDERSONVILLE

SPRING LEAF COLLECTION STARTED TUESDAY IN HENDERSONVILLE

 

Public Works Director Tom Woote says the spring leaf pickup will start this Tuesday.

Leaf pickup should last a couple of weeks.

Be sure your leaves are piled up and ready and not blocking the curb.

If  you have any questions or special requests call city Public Works.

The leaves will be ground up into mulch and it will be available to the public.

 

 

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WOULD GET $2.9 MILLION IF VOTERS APPROVE BOND ISSUE

Blue Ridge Community College has plans for four special new projects if voters approve the $2 billion bond issue that will be on voters ballots in the March 15 primary election.

Western Carolina University, UNC-A, and the university system all stand to benefit if the referendum is approved.

The bond issue contains NO money for public school construction, while Henderson County is facing about $100 million in local public school construction and renovation needs.

Money for public school construction was deleted from the proposed bond issue by the state senate last year.

By Larry Freeman

 

NEW DIRTY DANCING TV MOVIE TO BE FILMED IN WNC

A three hour Dirty Dancing tv movie will revive the Patrick Swayze classic filmed originally in the Lake Lure area and in other parts of WNC.

Governor Pat McCrory announced this past week that three new movies are slated to be made in North Carolina.

More details are expected to be announced soon.

 By Larry Freeman

 

 

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