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,” […]

Nominations being accepted for Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

From press release: Asheville – Buncombe County nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers.  Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion […]

French Broad Crossing selected as Southern Living Inspired Community

  Western N.C. mountain river enclave described as combining natural scenic beauty with Southern charm From press release ASHEVILLE, N.C., October 3, 2014 — French Broad Crossing, a 750-acre conservation community located on the French Broad River near Asheville, NC has been selected as a Southern Living Inspired Community. Southern Living Inspired Communities are hand-picked premier […]

Charlotte Observer: Same-sex marriages may soon be legal in North Carolina

From the Charlotte Observer: By Michael Gordon A Supreme Court decision Monday could legalize same-sex marriages in North Carolina by the end of the week, said the ACLU attorney fighting the state’s ban. In a surprise decision, the nation’s highest court declined to review federal appeals court rulings in Virginia four other states. All of […]

AC-T: Warrants say two sex offenders failed to report new addresses

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: By Romando Dixson Two sex offenders — James Howard Singleton of Leicester and David Eugene Fulbright of Black Mountain — are scheduled to appear in court this month for failure to report their new addresses to authorities, according to warrants at the Buncombe County Magistrate’s Office. Read the full story here.