Bladenboro Journal: Teen’s hanging death spurs march by NAACP

From the Bladenboro Journal: The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP held a march Saturday in Bladenboro to call for a thorough federal investigation of a black teen whose death was ruled a suicide. Federal officials have said they are reviewing the investigation of the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, whose body was found hanging […]

WUNC: 1,500 Christmas tree farms — most in WNC — critical to $100 million industry

From WUNC.org By DAVE DEWITT Christmas tree production in North Carolina is a $100-million-a-year industry.  There are 1,500 Christmas-tree farms, most in the  four-county area of Allegany, Ashe, Avery, and Watauga counties. Most of the Christmas tree farms are family-owned. North Carolina is second in the country in Christmas tree production, behind only Oregon. For more of […]

AC-T: Work begins on downtown Asheville AC Hotel

From Asheville Citizen-Times: By Mike Cronin ASHEVILLE – Some 30 city leaders gathered Thursday morning at the intersection of Market Street and Langren Alley to celebrate the beginning of what will become the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown. The 132-room Marriott-branded hotel at 10 Broadway will be owned and managed by McKibbon, a franchise of Marriott International, […]

Regulators authorize repairs to dam structure at Duke Energy coal ash impoundment

From press release: RALEIGH — State environmental regulators have given Duke Energy permission to lower the level of a coal ash storage pond to make repairs to a dam structure at the Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Thursday granted the utility authorization to lower the […]

Master plan to be prepared for Mountains-to-Sea State Trail

From press release: RALEIGH – A major component of the ongoing master plan for the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail will be ideas gathered from partners, stakeholders and the public, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. “As we move toward completion of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail, it’s important to have a guiding document that […]

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity to celebrate completion of subdivision in Swannanoa

From press release: Asheville – After 20 months of work by volunteers, Habitat partner families and staff, 17 homes are officially complete in Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s subdivision in Swannanoa, in the Beacon Mill area off Dennis Street. Habitat will celebrate the completion of the neighborhood and dedicate the final four homes on Tuesday, […]

Asheville Catholic School's Lego League team.

Asheville Catholic School’s Lego League team advances to state championship tournament

From press release: Asheville Catholic School’s Lego League team placed among the top teams in the regional tournament on Saturday, Dec. 6, in South Carolina. This team received the official “Golden Ticket” and will advance directly to the State Championship Tournament in March 2015. This is Asheville Catholic’s first robotic team and therefore is considered […]

The Insurance Service of Asheville Life, Health and Employee Benefits Team gathers to celebrate receiving membership in the BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) President's Club (Left-to-Right: Debra Sale, NaTosha Crooks, Matt Bradley, Pat Elliott, Debbie McCrary of BCBSNC, and Carol Owens).

Insurance Service of Asheville team awarded membership in BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s President’s Club

From press release: The Life, Health and Employee Benefits Team at local, independent insurance agency Insurance Service of Asheville (ISA) was recently awarded membership in BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s (BCBSNC) President’s Club. This distinguishes the agency for its outstanding contributions to BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina in sales and service to its customers and […]

Navy Petty Officer Caroline Taylor

Roberson High School graduate named Junior Sailor of the Year

From press release: Master-at-Arms Second Class Caroline Taylor, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSA HR) physical security manager from Asheville and a 2006 graduate of Roberson High School, was recently named NSA HR’s Junior Sailor of the Year. “The personal worth of this award means that I continue to push myself to exceed my own […]

Asheville GreenWorks: Guide to resources, information on waste reduction and recycling

From press release: Waste reduction is a major component of our work at Asheville GreenWorks. Since 1973, our staff and volunteers have worked to educate and reduce our dependance on one-use, so called “throw-away” items that simply fill up our landfills. Through recycling and compost education, we will reduce our need for landfills and through […]

W-SJ: As fracking looms, NC officials worry about road damage

From the Winston-Salem Journal: The first permits for natural gas exploration in the state could be issued in the spring, and N.C. Department of Transportation officials are trying to assess how the state’s rural roads will be affected by thousands of truckloads of chemicals, water, sand and mechanical equipment associated with hydraulic fracturing or fracking. […]

UNC Asheville to showcase undergraduate research and service learning on Dec. 1

From press release: UNC Asheville students will present more than 140 research projects at the university’s Fall Undergraduate Research, Creativity and Community Engagement Symposium, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. Also that day, UNC Asheville students will showcase their work in service learning projects and internships at a celebration with community partners from 3-5 p.m., […]

Bryson City author George Ellison will discuss his work to write a new introduction to “Our Southern Highlanders” Friday, Nov. 28, at the Swain County Courthouse, home to the ninth Great Smoky Mountains Association store location and the county’s new history museum. The third edition of “Our Southern Highlanders” was released by GSMA last month and includes eight stories by Horace Kephart never before published.

Sale, book signings to highlight GSMA’s Thanksgiving weekend activities

From press release: With the Thanksgiving weekend just around the corner, Great Smoky Mountains Association plans to say “thank you” to national park visitors with several special activities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fast becoming a much-anticipated tradition in the park, GSMA will host a three-day end-of-the-season sale on select merchandise at its Clingmans […]

HT-N: Draft forest plan adds 700,000 acres to ‘timber base’

From Hendersonville Times-News: Conservation groups are raising the alarm after the U.S. Forest Service unveiled a draft proposal to designate nearly 700,000 acres of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest as suitable for logging in its new management plan for the next 15-plus years. Environmental leaders say the proposed “suitable timber base” puts logging ahead of restoration […]

National Weather Service issues winter weather advisory

Summary from National Weather Service bulletin: The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the North Carolina mountains beginning mid-day on Monday and continuing through 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Affected areas include northern Buncombe County and surrounding counties to the north. Freezing rain could start Monday afternoon, the weather service said, and accumulations […]

MANNA Packs for Kids Program provides emergency food assistance to public school students .

MANNA Packs for Kids Program receives $25,000 from Mission Health

From press release Asheville- MANNA FoodBank announced Nov. 12 that it is the recipient of a $25,000 Community Health and Benefit Investment from Mission Health to help fund the MANNA Packs for Kids Program. The program provides emergency food assistance to public school students throughout Western North Carolina, a region in which one in four […]

Harley­Davidson of Asheville and Mission Foundation raise $2,000 for the Ladies Night Out Program

From press release:   Asheville, NC – Harley­Davidson of Asheville and the Mission Foundation hosted the 3nd Annual Breast Cancer Poker Run & Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 11th, raising $2,000 for the Ladies Night Out program. 124 Riders participated on the scenic motorcycle Poker Run, starting and ending at Harley­Davidson of Asheville. The Poker […]

Heat for Hunger program provides propane to heat to homes, benefits MANNA FoodBank

From press release The Blossman Gas, Appliance and Hearth Store located at 170 Sweeten Creek Rd in Asheville, is partnering with MANNA FoodBank in a holiday “Heat for Hunger” program. Partial proceeds of every gallon of propane gas sold from November 20 through December 20 from this branch will go to MANNA as part of […]