HomeTrust Bank reaches settlement in trademark dispute with HomeTown Bank

Press Release ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTBI) (Company), today announced that its banking subsidiary, HomeTrust Bank, has reached a settlement of a trademark dispute with Roanoke, Virginia based HomeTown Bank. Dana Stonestreet, HomeTrust Bank Chairman, President and CEO commented, “We are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement […]

Annual Apple Recipe Contest will take place in Hendersonville on Aug. 29

Press Release From the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center The Annual Apple Recipe Contest will be held August 29th this year at the First Citizens’ Plaza on Main Street in Hendersonville.  As usual many generous merchants have provided prizes for the winners this year. Any interested individual may enter the contest by submitting […]

New school year ushers in programming at Youth OUTright

Press Release ASHEVILLE, NC…August 19, 2014…School is back in session, and Youth OUTright is geared up for another great year.  Programs are held every Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Asheville. Sunday 9/7 Young Voices Preview/rehearsal.  Performers for the September 11 Young Voices event will […]

The Grove Park Sunset Mountain neighborhood will hold annual Tour of Homes Sept. 7

Press Release The Grove Park Sunset Mountain Neighborhood will hold its annual Tour of Homes Showcasing  12 unique stops.  Come see a remarkable variety of homes this year from ……all situated in the beautiful Grove Park district.  Sunday, September 7, 2014 11am-5pm Advance tickets are $15 and go on sale  August 15 at The Chop […]

AC-T: Asheville area man charged in Ortega homicide

Asheville Citizen-Times By Carol Motsinger: The Asheville Police Department charged a Swannanoa man with the first degree murder of an Asheville artist Friday, after a 10-month investigation into his death. Juan Carlos Jimenez, 38, has been charged in connection with the Christopher Ortega homicide, according to warrants. Ortega was found dead in his Coleman Avenue […]

Tourism spending in N.C. reaches new record

Press Release From Governor Pat McCrory: Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory and Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that 95 of the state’s 100 counties saw increases in visitor spending in 2013. Data from the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development showed that visitor spending topped […]

AC-T: Driver charged with manslaughter in pedestrian’s death

Asheville Citizen-Times By Clarke Morrison: Maximilian Sage Alexander, 29, of Wisteria Drive, was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter, a felony, in the July 13 death of Virginia Ann Senechal. Alexander was driving on Kimberly Avenue when he lost control and his vehicle, jumped a curb and struck Senechal, who was walking on a sidewalk, Sgt. […]

Friends of the Smokies telethon raises over $200,000

Press Release From Friends of the Smokies KODAK, TN – Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised $200,250 Thursday through its 20th annual “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon thanks to hundreds of callers, online donations and help from sponsors Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Corporation, and SmartBank. Since 1995 Friends of the Smokies’ telethons […]

AC-T: Fall leaf color may not be as vibrant due to heavy rainfall this year

Asheville Citizen-Times By Sabian Warren: ASHEVILLE – Western North Carolina likely is headed toward a less-than-spectacular fall leaf season unless weather conditions become considerably drier. Consistent rain over much of the year means mountain soils are holding plenty of moisture, which is good for trees’ health overall but bad for leaf color, says Kathy Mathews, […]

A-B Tech Culinary Team wins silver medal in national competition

Press Release From A-B Tech: A-B Tech Community College’s Culinary Team recently competed in the American Culinary Federation Student Team National  “Final Four” Championship for a record eighth time.  This year’s contest was held in Kansas City in July. A-B Tech has had a team in the national finals more than any other student team […]

Universal Joint hosts pet food drive on Friday to benefit Brother Wolf

Join us, Friday night! Pet Food Drive for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. When:  Friday, August 15 from 5:30-7:30PM Where:  Universal Joint 784 Haywood Road, West Asheville What: Join us for a Dog Days of Summer night at Universal Joint.  Pet Food Drive to Benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Dogs welcome on the patio. Donations of […]


WNC farm found in violation of improper animal waste disposal

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement, video and photo gallery (link below) claiming a Western North Carolina dairy farm mistreats its animals. The video showed cows on the farm knee-deep in their own manure, trudging through the sludge while feeding, sleeping and before milking. PETA reported many of […]