Arboretum to add Olmsted sculpture, preserve tree

Press release from the NC Arboretum: A combination of thoughtful planning and fortunate circumstances has ushered in 2015 as an exciting time of growth and preservation for The North Carolina Arboretum. In the coming months, the organization will embark upon projects of historical and contemporary importance that honor the vision and integrity of landscape architecture. […]

New biofuels testing lab opens at A-B Tech

Excerpt from the article at the Renewable Energy website: The first biofuels testing lab in the Southeast has opened at the Enka, North Carolina, campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech ). Researchers at the lab “will provide convenient, cost-effective testing of biodiesel to assure quality products are going to market,” says Sam Brake, […]

New plan puts North Carolina in the crosshairs for offshore oil drilling and exploration

Announcement from the Environment North Carolina advocacy group: Raleigh, NC- Today, Secretary Sally Jewel and the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) released the five-year draft plan for offshore oil drilling, and North Carolina is front and center. “From Kitty Hawk to Cape Hatteras, the Outer Banks are one of North Carolina’s shining gems,” […]

NCDOT is investigating pedestrian safety in Asheville

Announcement from the N.C. Department of Transportation: The N.C. Department of Transportation is collaborating with the city of Asheville to improve pedestrian safety along Merrimon Avenue and throughout the city. NCDOT will be working with the city and an engineering firm to conduct a study on pedestrian safety. The study will analyze available data and identify trends and patterns to determine primary […]

Community group near toxic CTS site hosts Valentine letter writing campaign in Asheville

Announcement from organizers: ASHEVILLE — This Valentine’s Day, area residents and friends will call on CTS officials to “have a heart” by immediately cleaning up all the poisons the corporation left in Arden decades ago. POWER Action Group will deliver signed Valentine’s cards, video messages and a petition with more than 1,200 signatures to CTS […]

New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer & Film Tour seeks submissions

Announcement from New Belgium Brewing: Approximately 20 Short Films Will Make the Cut for the Coast-to-Coast Tour Ft. Collins, Colo., – January 23, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing is now accepting film submissions for its 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour. Selected films will travel to about 20 cities across the U.S., starting in May; […]

Asheville Angels announces its first investment in local startup, Plum Print

Here’s the announcement from the Venture Asheville entrepreneurship initiative. The news was recently reported on the popular national Tech Crunch website.  Asheville Angels, a group of angel investors formed in 2014 to invest in startups and high-growth companies in Asheville and across the Southeast, today announces that it has made its first investment, which is […]

Law enforcement leaders to discuss minority community policing at UNC Asheville

Announcement from UNC Asheville: Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan and Asheville Deputy Police Chief Wade Wood will present Policing and Minority Communities at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 in UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. This lecture and discussion comes in the wake of months of protest and unrest across the United States following police killings […]

Pedestrian safety rally set for Jan. 24 at corner of Merrimon and Coleman avenues

Organizers announced via Facebook that they’re holding a Jan. 24 rally at the corner of Merrimon and Coleman avenues to draw attention to pedestrian safety issues. It begins at noon. Here’s their message via the “5 Points for Pedestrian Safety” Facebook event: The hazards of crossing Merrimon – caused mainly by a crosswalks that are […]

Civitas unveils new website ‘exposing vast left-wing activist network in NC’

Announcement from the conservative Civitas Institute: Civitas Unveils New Website Exposing Vast Left-Wing Activist Network in NC “Mapping the Left” project shines a bright light on coordination between more than 140 liberal organizations in the state RALEIGH – The Civitas Institute today launches a new website that will, for the first time, expose the full […]

New study outlines pedestrian safety issues on NC streets

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a nonprofit organization that improves the quality of life for kids and communities by promoting active, healthy lifestyles and safe infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking. The group recently produced a report outlining pedestrian safety issues on North Carolina streets and highways. Here’s an excerpt: In the […]

City of Asheville celebrates Black History Month

Announcement from the city of Asheville: Asheville, NC – February is Black History Month.  In recognition, the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department is producing a number of events at recreation centers across the city.  Below is a list of activities for the month of February. All events are free and the public is […]

UNC Asheville partners with ABIPA, African-American churches, to promote health

Press release from UNC Asheville: Promoting exercise, encouraging healthier eating, and increasing participation in health screening programs among members of Asheville’s African-American community are the goals of a new program undertaken jointly by UNC Asheville, ABIPA (the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement) and many area churches. The new program is supported by a $25,000 […]