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NATURAL GAS RATES MAY GO UP---JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOME HEATING SEASON

NATURAL GAS RATES MAY GO UP---JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOME HEATING SEASON

AN AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER IN HENDERSON COUNTY COULD SEE THEIR BILL GO UP FROM $81.44 PER MONTH TO $86.61 BY THIS WINTER    

PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR AUGUST 24   7PM   BUNCOMBE COUNTY COURTHOUSE  

PSNC Energy provides natural gas service to Western North Carolina and the Triangle and they're proposing rate increase of about 10 per cent for residentialk customers.

If the rate increase is approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, it would go into effect in November..

This rate increase does not reflect the price of natural gas. In North Carolina, natural gas companies are not allowed to profit from the sale of natural gas. They profit from providing the service.

In addition to areas of WNC and the Triangle, PSNC supplies natural gas to Gastonia, Concord and Statesville. Piedmont Natural Gas services the majority of the state, including Mecklenburg County.

PSNC has not increased its rates since 2008.

If the rate increase is approved, residential customers will see energy charge increases between 9 and 11 percent, depending on the season and efficiency of equipment, according to documents filed with the utilities commission.

The average residential bill, which includes fees and state sales tax, would increase by about 7 percent overall, according to the filing.

During the winter months, the average residential customer would see an increase from $81.44 per month to $86.61 per month, according to the filing.

The utilities commission is tasked with determining whether PSNC's proposed 9.66 percent increase in revenue is a fair return on investment. PSNC would make an additional $41.5 million per year.

The commission will host public hearings as part of the process of approving or disallowing the rate increase.

In Asheville, a hearing will take place at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Buncombe County Courthouse.

FEDERAL COURT SAYS NC'S PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR VOTERS IS DISCRIMINATORY

FEDERAL COURT SAYS NC'S PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR VOTERS IS DISCRIMINATORY

4TH U.S. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS SAYS THE LAW MUST BE BLOCKED

 A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a North Carolina law requiring photo identification to cast in-person ballots was enacted "with discriminatory intent" and must be blocked.

An opinion issued by a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond reverses a lower-court's ruling that had upheld the law and ordered that contested provisions be blocked.

"In holding that the legislature did not enact the challenged provisions with discriminatory intent, the court seems to have missed the forest in carefully surveying the many trees," the panel wrote in its opinion.

The opinion later states: "We cannot ignore the record evidence that, because of race, the legislature enacted one of the largest restrictions of the franchise in modern North Carolina history,"

North Carolina's voting laws were rewritten in 2013 by the conservative General Assembly to include the ID requirement and other changes.

The U.S. Justice Department, state NAACP, League of Women Voters and others sued the state, saying the restrictions violated the federal Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.

Allison Riggs, who served as the League of Women Voters' lead lawyer on the case, said the decision will widen participation in the November elections.

"This is a strong rebuke to what the North Carolina General Assembly did in 2013. It's a powerful precedent that ... federal courts will protect voting rights of voters of color," she said.

Messages seeking comment weren't immediately returned by the state's Republican governor or legislative leaders.

CITY STREETS MAINTENANCE & RE-SURFACING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

CITY STREETS MAINTENANCE & RE-SURFACING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

During the months of July and August, the City of Hendersonville will be doing maintenance on several different streets within the City.

The extent of the maintenance will vary depending on the situation. Some streets may simply be given a new layer of asphalt overlaying the existing surface, while other streets may have a layer of tar and gravel applied before they are resurfaced with new asphalt. Construction will begin during the last week of July with the majority of the work to be completed before the end of August. The paving contractor will be Tarheel Paving. The lists of streets being affected are as follows:

Streets to be resurfaced: East Clairmont Drive from HWY 25 to Patton Park entrance Clairmont Drive from HWY 25 to Orleans Avenue Clairmont Drive from Orleans Avenue to Meadowbrook Terrace Orleans Avenue from Clairmont Drive to Higate Road Meadowbrook Terrace from HWY 25 to HWY 25 Sommerset Drive from Chelsea Street to Kingsbury Road West Lake Avenue from Wells Street to Armstrong Avenue Wells Avenue from Hebron Road to End of Maintenance Greenbriar Oval from Hebron Road around Loop Pinebrook Circle from Hebron Road around Loop Morris Lane from HWY 191 to Higate Road Shano Drive from Morris Lane to Dead End Arlington Place from Chelsea Street to Kingsbury Road Briarwood Lane from Upper Ridgewood Blvd to Ewbank Drive Upper Ridgewood Blvd from Lower Ridgewood Blvd to Higate Road Sun Vista Lane from Sylvan Blvd to Sylvan Blvd Buena Vista Lane from Sun Vista Lane to Sylvan Blvd Alta Vista Drive from Sylvan Blvd to Sylvan Blvd Justice Street from Sylvan Blvd to Haywood Road Shipp Street from Justice Street to End of Maintenance Flanders Avenue from Greenville HWY to Garden Lane Chadwick Avenue from Greenville HWY to Spartanburg HWY Hillview Blvd from South Grove Street to Nelson Street Shady Drive from Hillview Blvd to Dead End Narva Road between Chadwick Avenue and Balsam Road 2

In the event there are funds left over in the 2016 resurfacing budget, additional streets that may be considered for resurfacing this year are as follows: Garden Lane from Chadwick Avenue to Rock Hill Avenue Hillview Blvd from Nelson Street to South Grove Street Comet Drive from Dartmouth Road to City Limit Rose Street from West Allen Street to Dead End Dale Street from Spring Street to Dead End For questions about this project, please call Tom Wooten at (828) 697-3084.

 

 

AFFORDABLE EQUIPMENT RENTAL NEW LOCATION GRAND OPENING  SATURDAY JULY 30TH

AFFORDABLE EQUIPMENT RENTAL NEW LOCATION GRAND OPENING SATURDAY JULY 30TH

ACCESS SOON OFF FOUR SEASONS BOULEVARD
 
The new 12,000 sq ft Affordable Equipment Rental and Sales located just off Four Seasons Blvd at 117 Tracy Grove Road will have their grand opening on July 30th
 
In addition to offering 1 day discounts on Husqvarna power equipment the will fill small grill gas tanks for $9.99.There will be food-door prizes and other give aways.WHKP FM & AM will broadcast live from the grand opening beginning at 8:30am.
 
Owner Dennis Dorn will offer equipment rental-sales and repair from this all new facility.
 
Affordable Golf Carts, operated by John Lowry, is also a part of the new building.
 
Another first...this location will soon add an entrance from Four Seasons Blvd The state has okd and been paid to allow an entrance to be cut into the guard rail off Four Seasons so you can easily get into Affordable Equipment Rental.

FREE ICE CREAM FOR EMERGENCY WORKERS AGAIN THIS SUNDAY AT PIGGY'S

FREE ICE CREAM FOR EMERGENCY WORKERS AGAIN THIS SUNDAY AT PIGGY'S

Piggys Ice Cream on Duncan Hill Road wants all law enforcement and medical emergency and firemen to know they are appreciated.

So Piggys will give free ice cream this Sunday July 31st to all law enforcement, firemen and emergency medical workers who are in uniform or show their badge or credentials.

A spokesman for Piggy's says this is just Piggys and the Thompson family's way of showing their support for the hard work of these public servants.

 

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY--AUGUST 8--MUSIC ON THE ROCK TO PRESENT "MUSIC OF THE MOVIES"

ONE NIGHT ONLY--AUGUST 8--MUSIC ON THE ROCK TO PRESENT "MUSIC OF THE MOVIES"

Flat Rock Playhouse, in conjunction with its education program Studio 52, is proud to present this year’s Apprentice Showcase Music on the Rock Jr.: The Music of the Movies for one night only on August 8th!

Music on the Rock Jr.: The Music of the Movies is jam-packed with the songs that score our favorite movies, like “Over the Rainbow”, “Stayin’ Alive”, and “Let it Go”! Grab some buttery popcorn and join the energy and backbone of the Playhouse, the 2016 Apprentice Company, as they take you on a trip of the most famous movie songs from the 1940’s through today! Music on the Rock Jr.: The Music of the Movies will be performed by the Flat Rock Playhouse Apprentice Company. The 2016 Flat Rock Playhouse Apprentice Company is comprised of 16 apprentices who were featured in Chase Brock’s The Music Man earlier in the summer and are currently performing in n 9 to 5: The Musical. The 2016 Apprentice Company is comprised of Caleb Albert,  Zachary Bigelow, Anthony Bruno, Julian Burzynski, Sergio De La Espriella, Emily Fink, Nathan Fister, Iliana Garcia, Jared Goldsmith, Carli Hardon, Laurel Henning, Casey Klein, Renée La Schiazza, Resa Mishina, Kelley Norman, and Lindsay Patton.

Music on the Rock Jr.: The Music of the Movies will be directed by Apprentice Director, Ethan Andersen, whose new musical Rootabaga Express has delighted audiences at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Music on the Rock Jr.: Music of the Movies will be choreographed by Studio 52 instructor, Madison Johnson, with guest choreography by Kory Geller of this summer’s The Music Man. Joining Andersen on the production team are the 2016 Flat Rock Playhouse Interns: Natalie Carney, Piper Clement, Sarah Giordano, Megan Lampron, Laura Scheving, Brendan Warner and Rachel Yanna. Dennis C. Maulden, Resident Scenic Designer, also serves as an Apprentice Administrator.

Music on the Rock Jr.: The Music of the Moviesis presented by the Flat Rock Playhouse Apprentice Company.

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE

Music on the Rock Jr.: The Music of the Movies performs August 8th at 7:30pm on the Flat Rock Playhouse Clyde & Nina Allen Mainstage. Tickets are $5 general admission and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

The Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC.

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ARTS COUNCIL'S "BRING US YOUR BEST" SET FOR AUGUST 5 AT BRCC

ARTS COUNCIL'S "BRING US YOUR BEST" SET FOR AUGUST 5 AT BRCC

The opening reception and awards ceremony for the 13th annual Bring Us Your Best art exhibition will be held Friday, August 5, from 5pm to 7pm. This all-media visual art exhibition will be on display through Friday, August 19 in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall of the TEDC building at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. 

 

First ($250), second ($150), and third ($100) place awards will be presented in four categories:  2-dimensional art, 3-dimensional art, fine craft, and photography. In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville is sponsoring and selecting the “One Planet, One World” award.  The winning artwork will be the best representation of a world community recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of all beings, and the oneness and interdependence of all life.

 

For a fourth year, an Artist’s Choice award will be sponsored and presented by two artist patrons.  This award is selected by all artists who have work in the show. The Artist’s Choice award winner will be announced at the opening, and will receive a $300 cash prize.

 

The Starving Artist Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop is sponsoring the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on Friday, August 19, the last day of the exhibition. This award winner will be determined by the votes of all gallery visitors who will be encouraged to cast votes for their favorite piece in the show, and will receive a $250 gift certificate from The Starving Artist.  Ten Honorable Mention awardees will receive $25 gift certificates from The Starving Artist at the reception.

 

All artwork displayed at Bring us Your Best is for sale. Regular gallery hours for Bring Us Your Best XIII will be 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday, and 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays. A prospectus for the show is available on the Arts Council’s website,www.acofhc.org.

 

The exhibition is sponsored by The Wax Family Memorial Funds, the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, The Starving Artist Fine Art Supply and Custom Framing Shop, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville.

 

For more information please contact The Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-693-8504. The web address is www.acofhc.org.

 

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina. Its office is located at 401 North Main St., Ste. 302, Hendersonville, NC 28792. (Entrance on Fourth Avenue West.)

 

The Arts Council is supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; funds administered by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, and the City of Hendersonville.

COUNTY'S MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM INCLUDES "BAT BOXES" THIS SUMMER

COUNTY'S MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM INCLUDES "BAT BOXES" THIS SUMMER

 Henderson County's mosquito contro program can help this summer of you have a problem with disease-carrying mosquitos..

County Manager Steve Wyatt says the county has purchased two dozen bat boxes that bats can live in.

While the county will continue to spray for the insects, officials hope bats will also help control the mosquito population.
 
One bat can feast on up to a thousand mosquitoes every night.
 
Wyatt also said the county is encouraging residents and businesses to get their own bat boxes and to remove any standing water on their property.Henderson County bought bat boxes for $20, and they are due to arrive next week.
 

CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS BRINGS CHAIRMAN OF HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE TO VISIT THE G.E. PLANT

CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS BRINGS CHAIRMAN OF HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE TO VISIT THE G.E. PLANT

This morning Chairman Pete Sessions of the House Committee on Rules and Congressman Mark Meadows toured the General Electric facility in East Flat Rock, North Carolina. This facility is home to one of the largest LED plant in the world. In addition to contributing to technological advances internationally, it has created more than 500 local jobs and invests more than $10 million in the facilities annual operations.

 

“In the past eight years our economy has be strained by onerous regulations and restrictive policies resulting in the lowest labor force participation rate since I was in high school and lackluster GDP growth. It is refreshing and inspiring to see communities like East Flat Rock thriving under conservative leadership and creating jobs for hard working Americans in an environment that fosters innovation and growth. I was delighted to join my dear friend Congressman Meadows in visiting his beautiful district and learning more about the opportunities made possible because of his hard work and leadership,”  said Chairman Sessions.

 

“General Electric continues to set the standard for cutting edge manufacturing in our country, and Western North Carolina is privileged to host one of its facilities. I want to thank my friend Chairman Pete Sessions for going out of his way to tour one of GE’s plants in East Flat Rock with me today as we received a firsthand look at some of the exciting new work occurring in the industry,” said Congressman Meadows. “Moving forward, we are excited to work with GE to create an environment that will allow manufacturing to thrive.”

 

 

'DOG DAYS" SHOWERS END OUR SEVERE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION; MOST LOCAL CROPS APPEAR TO BE DOING OK

'DOG DAYS" SHOWERS END OUR SEVERE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION; MOST LOCAL CROPS APPEAR TO BE DOING OK

 

 

D2 - Severe Drought

Cherokee County
Clay County
Graham County
Haywood County
Jackson County
Macon County
Transylvania CountyTotal: 7

D1 - Moderate Drought

Buncombe County
Henderson County
Madison County
Mitchell County
Swain County
Yancey CountyTotal: 6

D0 - Abnormally Dry

Avery County
Cleveland County
Gaston County
Lincoln County
McDowell County
Polk County
Rutherford County
Watauga CountyTotal: 8

"Dog Days" officially started this summer on July 3rd and will continue through August 11th.  As hot as they've been this year, and some heat records have been set this summer in the 48 contiguous states, there been enough rainfall---in spite of deficits dating back to early last winter---to keep stream flow at accepable levels and the crops growing.

Old-imers here in the mountains say if it rains on the first day of "Dog Days", it'll rain somewhere in the area everyday until "Dog Days" ends.  Even though the rain has been spotty, and has come in downpours in some areas that quickly ran off, there has been enough of it to avoid water restrictions...and to keep good crops...from hay to vegetables to apples...all growing and reasonably healthy in Henderson County.

Agriculture still accounts for a high percentage of Henderson County's economy.

Weather forecasters expect the spotty "Dog Days" weather pattern to continue for at least the next week, but there may be some modification of temperatures...with slightly cooler daytime highs in the upper 70s...by the middle of the week as a nationwide heat wave begins to loosen its grip.

Henderson County was officially taken off the "severe drought" list by the NC Drought Managemnt Advisory Council last Thursday, but wE remain in what they call "moderate" drought.  Water consevation is still being encouraged.

By Larry Freeman  6pm  07/23/16