Prescribed burns planned at Lake James State Park

Press Release From North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will conduct multiple prescribed burns at Lake James State Park in coming weeks. According to Park Superintendent Nora Coffey, the specific dates of the burns will depend on local weather conditions. The prescribed burns will […]

The Gift of Nutrition: EPA helps NC communities foster healthy food

North Carolina News Service By Stephanie Carson: ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. – Christmas came early this month for the community of Rocky Mount. It will receive assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a new farmers’ market and develop urban community gardens at former brownfield sites. It’s part of the agency’s Local Foods, […]

Sunny Side Salad: Brunch can be breakfast, it can be lunch — or it can be anything in between. Sunny Point's breakfast salad is one dish that bridges a gap between meals. Photo courtesy of Sunny Point Café

Asheville: Brunch City, U.S.A.

Walking through the streets of downtown Asheville on a chilly Sunday morning, it’s hard not to be tempted by the smell of fresh-roasted coffee wafting from inside cracked doors. Outside, eye-catching rows of sandwich boards line the sidewalk. “Lobster omelette; local eggs,” reads one. “Fresh-squeezed pomegranate mimosa,” reads another, adorned with a colorful chalk-drawing of a tasty-looking […]

Sewage leak detected along Reed Creek Greenway

Public Health Warning From Asheville GreenWorks: Local environmental non-profit Asheville GreenWorks has detected raw sewage containing human feces being piped directly into the Reed Creek along the Reed Creek Greenway. This issue has been reported to Buncombe County Health and Human Services to investigate. For the time being, we’re asking everyone using the Reed Creek Greenway to please […]


Higher elevations expect light dusting of snow, ice overnight

According to the National Weather Service, the higher elevations of Western North Carolina (especially near the Tennessee border) should expect an inch or two of snow accumulation overnight and into the morning. Residents in the valley areas may see some snow Wednesday morning, but are mainly advised to watch for slick, icy roads. “The combination […]

The Asheville area shows fewer unemployment cases than other metropolitan areas in North Carolina.

Asheville Metro Area shows lowest unemployment numbers in the state

According to the October County and Area Employment Figures, released Dec. 9 by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Asheville area shows the fewest unemployment cases for any metropolitan statistical area in the state. Buncombe County’s unemployment rate fell from 4.4 percent in the spring to 4.0 (4.1 when grouped with other counties included […]

Winging It: NC students learn about conversation through butterflies

North Carolina News Service By Stephanie Carson: FRANKLIN, N.C. – A group of students in one North Carolina community is ‘a-flutter’ about land conservation, thanks to a tiny winged species. For the past five years, fifth- and sixth-grade students in Macon County have collected data on butterflies at the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee’s […]

Asheville transforms into ‘winter squash wonderland’ in December

Press Release From Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: ASHEVILLE, NC (December 3, 2014)—Red Kuri, Blue Hubbard, and Candy Roaster are just a few of the varieties of winter squash found in the Appalachian GrownTM region. Vividly colored, they are flavorful, and brighten up fall and winter meals. From main dish to side dish to dessert, these […]

U.S. Forest Service reminds WNC to practice safety this winter

Press Release Frm the U.S. Forest Service: ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 25, 2014 — With winter fast approaching, the U.S. Forest Service urges outdoor enthusiasts to ‘Know Before You Go” and follow simple tips to stay safe when visiting the Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie and Croatan national forests during the colder months. “The forests can provide stunning […]

RiverLink seeks volunteers interested in watershed stewardship and conservation

Press Release From RiverLink: Asheville, NC — RiverLink invites those interesting in becoming volunteers to attend our monthly volunteer information sessions on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The sessions are held in the conference room of the RiverLink office at 170 Lyman Street in the River Arts District (map). Volunteers can […]

AC-T: Asheville demonstration planned in response to Ferguson decision

Asheville Citizen-Times By Carol Motsinger: A group has announced an Asheville response to the grand jury decision Monday evening in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. A grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks […]

WLOS: Erwin students suspended following LGBT disruption

From WLOS: BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — Some Erwin High School students are in hot water after an incident involving a gay pride flag got out of hand. Three students were suspended for what administrators call inappropriate behavior. Administration says it wasn’t the waving of the flag that lead to the discipline, but rather the disruption […]

Olympic Medalists come to Enka High School for RunJumpThrow Experience

WHO: USA Track & Field’s Olympic silver medalist and N.C. native Manteo Mitchell; and 2005 world champion and St. Augustine College alumnus Bershawn Jackson. WHAT: RunJumpThrow Experience, a hands-on learning program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to the basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field. Team USA […]

UNCA: Residents in area/students on campus may hear emergency siren test Thursday

From UNCA: UNC Asheville will conduct a routine test of its emergency siren system between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The campus community as well as neighborhoods adjacent to campus may hear intermittent warning tones and spoken announcements. The outdoor sirens are part of UNC Asheville’s BulldogAlert comprehensive emergency notification system. […]

Three Asheville restaurants were featured in The Washington Post's travel section.

Washington Post: Asheville’s ‘more than just the foothills’ of Southern cuisine

Asheville was recently visited by The Washington Post, spawning a post in the Post’s travel section titled “Postcard From Tom: Asheville’s more than just the foothills of Southern cuisine.” The writer, Tom Sietsema, raved about three Asheville dining locations, Ben’s Tune-Up, Rhubarb and Table. In Asheville, which the writer originally claimed was “the Jan Brady” of the Southern restaurant […]

Hendersonville lights its holiday trees at Nov. 28 event

Press Release From the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority: HENDERSONVILLE, NC – As the day’s get shorter and the temperatures drop we begin to think about one of our favorite times of year here in downtown. Fancying ourselves as your hometown we look forward to the holidays each year because it engenders such a wonderful […]