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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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THEFTS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES THIRD MOST REPORTED CRIME HERE IN 2015

ALWAYS LOCK YOUR CAR

Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald calls thefts from motor vehicles a "victim assisted" crime.

He says this in no way blames the victim for the crime, but there are some things we can do to prevent thefts from our cars and trucks.

Things like always locking our vehicles and keeping valuables out of sight can make all the difference, keep thieves away, and can help keep the local crime rate down.

As WHKP News has been reporting for months, Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake has been making the same point: ALWAYS LOCK YOUR CAR OR TRUCK!

 By Larry Freeman

 

 

 

 

 

MISSION HOSPITAL RESTRICTS VISITS DUE TO FLU

A spokesman for Mission Hospital announced Friday they are restricting patient visits due to flu which is currently widespread in North Carolina.

Children under 12 in particular are encouraged to call rather than visit the hospital.

As of Friday afternoon, neither Pardee Hospital nor Park Ridge Health had announced any restrictions.

By Larry Freeman

 

Henderson County Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events Begin March 8, 2016

Henderson County Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events Begin March 8, 2016

 

The Henderson County Solid Waste Division will resume its annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections during the spring of 2016. Event dates are March 8, April 12, and May 10 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Henderson County Convenience Center, 265 Convenience Center Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28791. The 2015 events served more than 600 vehicles, collecting more than 44,000 pounds of household materials considered hazardous and regulated as universal waste by NC DEQ.

The 2016 Paint Recycling Program will operate at the Transfer Station during the same dates and times. All paint and paint-related materials (except spray paints) incur a $2 per gallon container fee, regardless of the amount within. No dried or solid paints will be accepted. Please note there is a 30-gallon per individual per event limit on paint recycling during this program. Details on paint purchasing and proper disposal outside of this program are available online at www.hcrecycles.org on the “Paint Recycling” tab.

The Solid Waste Division hosts the HHW events annually for the citizens of Henderson County to provide safe recycling and disposal of household chemicals, cleaners, pesticides, and insecticides. Mercury-containing bulbs and related items are not accepted during this event, but can be recycled at the Convenience Center for free Monday-Friday from households. For a detailed list of acceptable HHW items or mercury products, please visit www.hcrecycles.org.

Items brought to the Convenience Center during HHW events should be kept in original containers or packaging, if possible, and should be handled with utmost care.  Unlabeled items must be accompanied by a material ID form, either at the event or prior to the event through www.hcrecycles.org. Business and commercial wastes will not be accepted. Please contact Environmental Programs for proper disposal options by calling (828) 694-6524.

To provide quality service and safety during these events, residents are asked to please unload their own HHW materials at the Convenience Center and leave pets at home.  Additional questions can be directed to (828) 697-4505 or (828) 694-6524.

 

10TH Annual "Grant Her Wish" Prom Dress Event

10TH Annual "Grant Her Wish" Prom Dress Event

Miller’s Dry Cleaning Announces 10th Annual “Grant Her Wish” Prom Dress Event


(Hendersonville, NC – February 29, 2016)- Miller’s Fine Dry Cleaning, the Beehive, Mainstay and Summit Marketing Group are once again teaming up to hold the annual “Grant Her Wish” prom dress event.

Junior and Senior girls who have a Henderson County driver’s license or school report card and are interested in finding a special dress for prom are invited to the Beehive Resale Store on Main Street on Friday, March 11 from 4-7 p.m. or Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to choose a gown at no charge.

For more information on how you can help or about the event, contact Miller’s at  (828) 693-7426.

EASTER EGG HUNT AT JACKSON PARK

EASTER EGG HUNT AT JACKSON PARK

WHKP First News spoke with County Recreation Coordinator for Henderson County Parks and Recreation Bridgett Galloway about this year's Easter Egg Hunt at Jackson Park coming up March 26th from 12PM-2PM. There will also be some new add ons this year for the 34th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jackson Park.

EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION ON MASS SHOOTING

EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION ON MASS SHOOTING

WHKP First News spoke with Chief Herbert Blake on the active shooting situation presentation that they will be holding, March 21st and 23rd at the Operations Center on Williams Street. Chief Blake brought us up to date on with many details on this informational and educational presentation on mass shooting around the country as of late.