Surprise visit: After spending part of the morning in the playroom on the pediatric floor at Mission Children’s Hospital, Asheville Tourist baseball players visited children in their hospital rooms.

Out of the park

Eight-year-old Cody Cuthbert sat a little taller in his hospital bed when he saw two baseball players walking down the hallway. They weren’t the usual doctors, nurses and aides he sees every day. "He's been excited all morning,” said his mother Jessica Witzigman. “When they told us they were coming, it really gave him something […]

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Mission makes new case for Fletcher endoscopy center, but public opposition remains

Less than one year after the state rejected their first request to relocate an endoscopy center from Asheville to Fletcher, Mission Health and Pardee Hospital are trying again. But during an almost 3-hour long public hearing held in Mills River today, not everyone understood why these health systems are applying again, or what has changed. More than 100 people attended the meeting, and about 50 people spoke during the public comment. (photo by Caitlin Byrd)

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Labor of love

A handwritten thank-you note dangles on the wall of the Charlotte Street office where Chelsea Kouns spends most of her time. When the 27-year-old isn’t clocking in at her two part-time jobs, she’s there working for free on her labor of love: Start From Seed, an Asheville nonprofit organization that provides free birth and postpartum […]

Pay it forward: More than 100 restaurants will participate in this year’s Dining Out for Life benefit on Thursday, April 26. Twenty percent of each bill will be donated the the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Courtesy of WNCAP

Eat (with) your heart out

Due to federal budget cuts and a consistent demand for its services, the Western North Carolina AIDS Project will have a full plate this year, according to its executive director, Jeff Bachar. And Bachar wants to see community members with full plates of their own during this year's Dining Out for Life fundraiser on Thursday, […]

Asheville Chamber of Commerce presents legislative priorities, hears from legislators

During the Asheville area Chamber of Commerce 2012 legislative luncheon today, April 20, the chamber presented its top priorities to a room of more than 100 people, including four state senators and seven state house representatives. The state legislators offered their thoughts on these priorities and what they think may happen during the upcoming short session. The North Carolina General Assembly will reconvene on May 12 this year.