Payments begin for North Carolina eugenics victims

From press release: Raleigh, NC – Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that initial payments will be mailed to the victims of the Eugenics Board of North Carolina. The payments were made possible when Governor McCrory signed the budget bill that included funding championed by former Representative Larry Womble and other legislators. “Today is a day […]

Mission Health’s Fullerton Genetics Center moves to larger facility

From press release: Mission Health’s Fullerton Genetics Center, the only facility in western North Carolina offering genetic services, now has a new home. The 20,000-square-foot, brand- new, custom-built two-story building is adjacent to the Mission Children’s Hospital Reuter Outpatient Center. “The opening of this new facility will ensure that Mission is positioned to continue to […]

Hendersonville’s bears raise more than $35,000 at auction

Hendersonville Times-News: Twenty Hendersonville bears found homes  Saturday at the 12th annual Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk Auction. The 2014 class of bears was unveiled in May, and the hand-painted fiberglass pieces spent the summer next to stoplights and restaurants, displaying themes selected by their artists and the nonprofits benefitting from their auction. Despite their popularity with […]

WLOS: Overdoses, arrests reported at Saturday’s STS9 show

From WLOS ABC 13: Seven people hospitalized and others under arrest, all stemming from a rowdy night at an electronic music concert in downtown Asheville. It happened at the STS9 show at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday. Fire and rescue workers were dispatched to the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville late Saturday evening. Officials […]

Eight Buncombe County schools earn Title 1 “Reward School” designation

From press release: The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) today announced that 78 schools have been recognized as a Title 1 Reward School for 2014-15. Eight of the schools are from the Buncombe County School System. The BCS schools earning the Reward School designation are: Black Mountain Elementary School, Black Mountain Primary School, […]

AC-T: Group urges officials with strong beliefs to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: By Beth Walton Area register of deeds offices said officials would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples regardless of their own beliefs. “Same-sex marriages are against my Christian beliefs, but I have taken an oath, and I have to uphold my oath and do what the law tells me to do,” […]

City contractor session for artists changed to Oct. 27

From press release: Artists can join RiverLink and Brenda Mills on Oct. 27 to find out how to become a contractor for the city. The session was originally scheduled for Oct. 29. We are pleased to offer these special two-hour interactive FREE information sessions at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 to 12. […]

Partisan divide noted in 2014 Conservation Scorecard

From press release: North Carolina League of Conservation Voters today released its 2014 Legislative Scorecard. Environmental voting scores in the N.C. General Assembly hit a disturbing new low in 2014, punctuated by one especially jarring number: zero. That was the average score earned by Senate Republicans on the key environmental bills and amendments prioritized by […]

N.C. Health and Human Services creates Ebola web page

From press release: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has created an Ebola web page that provides information for the public and healthcare providers, updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fact sheets and a list of FAQs. Go to The web page also incorporates the newly opened Ebola […]

See red in Asheville (along with yellow and orange)

From press release The Smoky Mountains host some 120 species of trees; the greatest variety in the United States. That variety gives the southern Appalachians a broader spectrum – a patchwork quilt of mountainside color, including the popular “red leaves” due to an abundance of Red Maple, Dogwood, and Sassafras trees. Experts predict that, if […]

WNC GOP lawmakers are MIA from candidate forums

From press release: ASHEVILLE – Western North Carolina Republican state lawmakers are dodging debates to avoid defending their records in Raleigh. NC House Rep. Michele Presnell is scheduled to attend a candidate forum tonight at 7PM in Mars Hill University’s Moore Auditorium, but her track record is cause for concern for anyone thinking of attending. […]

Cherokee leader to discuss Eastern Band history

  From press release:   (HENDERSONVILLE, NC, October 13, 2014) – TJ Holland, Cultural Resources Supervisor for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for its Kituwah Preservation and Education Program, will kick off the Center for Cultural Preservation’s program series KEEPING THE FIRES BURNING on Tuesday, October 21st at 7PM.  The series highlights Western North Carolina’s heritage […]

AC-T: Study shows more tourists expected for fall colors

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: By Dale Neal CULLOWHEE – Western North Carolina’s annual fall color display should draw more tourists this October than last year when a federal government shutdown stymied some travelers, according to a new study from Western Carolina University. With the national parks open and fall colors forecast to be especially good […]

Moffit named to conservation groups’ “Dirty Dozen in the States”

From press release: RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina League of Conservation Voters and the national League of Conservation Voters announced Monday that Representative Tim Moffitt has been named to LCV’s “Dirty Dozen in the States.” Modeled after LCV’s trademark federal “Dirty Dozen,” the state version highlights 12 of the most anti-environment state-level candidates from around […]

American pawpaw

Pawpaw among trees to be planted in Hendersonville

PRESS RELEASE from the Hendersonville Tree Board HENDERSONVILLE – Fruit from the American Pawpaw tree was enjoyed by Native Americans and helped early European settlers survive. It’s sort of mango-meets-the-banana … with a little hint of melon, according to one reviewer of the fruit’s taste. The pawpaw has quite a history. On NPR’s “Morning Edition,” […]