Brevard’s Pura Vida teaches canyoneering in WNC

Boulder-hopping, rappelling, cliff-jumping and stream-wading are Joe Moerschbaecher’s stock and trade.  Moerschbaecher, who owns Pura Vida in Brevard, makes a living guiding people in the art of canyoneering, according to an article in Our State North Carolina. Canyoneering has long been popular in western states like Utah, where explorers traverse narrow, dry, slot canyons from […]

NC legislative session begins Wednesday; what’s in store

“The third consecutive Republican-led legislature seems more content with measured governing rather than making splashes with early-session legislation as in 2011 and 2013,” according to a Charlotte Observer news report. The article looks at the session’s top issues: Handling the budget shortfall, raising teacher pay, improving business incentives, overhauling Medicaid, dealing with a shortage of […]

Mills River wooing $27 million industry with new 172 jobs

By offering #34,000 in economic development incentives, Mills River hopes to entice an unnamed industry, currently code-named Project Granite, to move to town, spend $27 million and bring 172 more jobs to the area, according to a report on The article notes that: The prospect of 175 new jobs would add to Mills River’s […]

Jonesborough (Tenn.) distillery, The Salt House, to open soon

Corn-mash liquor from nearby the Jonesborough, Tenn., distillery, The Salt House, will be available in a few months, according to the Johnson City Press. Owner Stephen Callahan said the combination production facility, tasting room and retail store will open sometime in February. Jonesborough is just west of Johnson City. The business is located in a […]


WNC’s Carolina Public Press seeking a managing editor

WNC’s Carolina Public Press, an online, regionally focused non-profit media outlet, is advertising for applicants to fill the 20-hour/week position of managing editor. The anticipated start date is March 1. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 6. About 70 percent of the job entails managing staff and freelance journalists, recruiting freelancers, training, story assignments and […]

Asheville places 3rd in top-10 coziest cities in US

Elle Decor magazine has revamped the criteria for its 10 “coziest cities” list and, guess what, Asheville made this years’s list. According to the article, A team of environmental scientists revamped the definition of “cozy” (a scientific panel we would love to participate in) to evaluate this year’s contenders, looking at restaurants and coffee shops […]

Avadim announces 474% revenue increase in 2014

Avadim Technologies Inc., Manufacturer of Theraworx™, announced its 2014 Financial Results last week, saying, “Continued clinical acceptance of the Theraworx Product Line [drove a] revenue increase of 474 percent,” bringing its 2014 revenue to $1.4 million, up from 2013 revenues of $244,000. Below is Avadim’s announcement: Asheville, NC (January 13, 2015)  Avadim Technologies, Inc. announced […]

Author to speak about creating resilient agriculture in face of climate change

Dr. Laura Lengnick, author of the forthcoming book Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate will speak at a free event at UNCA’s Cherrill Center Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., according an announcement fro Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. A panel discussion will follow her talk. From ASAP’s announcement: How will a changing climate […]

Avadim Technologies sends shipment of Theraworx to Africa

Asheville-based Avadim Technologies announces: Asheville, NC (January 8, 2015) — Avadim Technologies, Inc. announced the shipment of an initial container of its patented Theraworx products to its distributor in Africa to fulfill orders by various hospitals and government agencies in Ghana and other west Africa countries. The container filled with 8 pallets totaling 854 cases, was […]