Wheels4Hope celebrates Asheville launch; provides worthy recipient with used car

Nikita Smart drove away in her own car last week, a recently donated and repaired 1996 Honda Accord, following a ceremony for Wheels4Hope, which is celebrating its recent launch in Asheville. The car recipient, along with her 11-year old daughter, were referred to Wheels4Hope by Community Action Opportunities. Reliable transportation matters and many in our […]

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N.C. solar-energy prospects could dim soon, says Duke University report

“Just seven years ago, North Carolina produced virtually no solar energy. But solar-friendly policies at the state and federal levels and a robust group of investors, developers, contractors and manufacturers have created rapid changes,” say Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin in a commentary that appeared recently in the Charlotte Observer. They continue, “A report released […]

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Allow short-term rentals in residential areas? Asheville Council to hear community views Wednesday

City Council will host a community conversation about short-term rentals — which include bed and breakfasts and Airbnb rentals — on Wednesday, March 25 in the banquet room of the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. While areas zoned residential generally do not allow lodging, the zoning code provides exceptions for homestays and bed and […]


And again! Governor names Tryon’s Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival a Carolina State Championship

Tryon’s Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival is on a roll: Once again, the governor of North Carolina has decreed that the annual Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival, “shall be known as a North Carolina State Championship,” and that the days of the festival “shall be ‘The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival Days’ in North […]

Huffington Post declares Asheville the fourth most romantic city in the South

Do you get dreamy thinking of visiting these nine cities: Savannah, Charleston, Miami, Asheville, New Orleans, Charlottesville, Louisville, Oxford, and Knoxville? “Take a look, book a trip, and take off with your lover!” declares Huffington Post’s Travel writer Carly Ledbetter in her March 14 post listing her favorite Southern cities. The Asheville entry links to […]

Biltmore Estate included in Endless Vacation’s list of top botanical gardens in the world

Endless Vacation’s spring 2015 “Top Botanical Gardens Around the World” lists 10 notables, from Suzhou, China, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and nestled among them is the Biltmore Estate, which the list describes as: This 8,000-acre estate is home to six formal gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who played a key role in creating […]

Local filmmaker Industrious Productions wins two Asheville Addy awards

Asheville-based Industrious Productions won two ADDY awards in late February in the category of Best Local Television Ads: They won a Silver for stop-motion animation for their Ad for Diamond Brand, and a Gold for Frugal Backpacker. Both Ads were commissioned by Market Connections and the awards are printed by the American Advertising Federation Asheville. […]

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Public invited to comment on Asheville ‘mobility’ plans for walking, biking, driving

Members of the public interested in the city’s transit plans are invited to get updates and make comments at charrettes running March 11-13 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville. The city is engaged in a multi-stage planning initiative called Asheville in Motion, which began gathering public comments earlier in October at the U.S. Cellular […]

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New Belgium founder Kim Jordan to deliver Warren Wilson commencement address

New Belgium Brewing Company CEO, Kim Jordan, will deliver this year’s commencement address at Warren Wilson on May 16. “We think she exemplifies many of the values we share as a community,” explained Warren Wilson President Steve Solnick.  “She has overseen the growth of New Belgium into a company with a strong commitment to environmental […]