Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest is just a short drive outside of Brevard, one of several dozen good waterfall/hiking choices for day trippers. Photos by Max Cooper


Modern-day Brevard is like a smaller, more laid-back Asheville. You’ve got your independent record store, a few ethnic food restaurants, craft breweries and enough outdoor attractions to keep you occupied all year. Did you know? There are at least 105 named waterfalls in Transylvania County. George Vanderbilt founded the Biltmore Forest School (aka The Cradle […]

A festival to tie-dye for

Longtime local Grateful Dead cover band Phuncle Sam celebrates 10 years together in March of next year. What better way to mark this approaching milestone than to headline a new jam-band festival bearing its name? Phuncle Fest will feature more than 20 musical performances by area bands, 15 of which are from Asheville.  The festival […]

Taking flight

A few months ago, bird handler Julia Gaunt received a phone call from a woman whose friend’s son had died. The son, 37 years old, had committed suicide, and the funeral had not provided the closure her friend needed. She asked if Gaunt would be willing to come and release a few of her doves […]

Hometrust goes public

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)—HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:HTBI), the holding company for HomeTrust Bank (the "Bank"), announced today that the Company's Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 1,041,245 shares of the Company's common stock, representing 5% of the Company's outstanding shares. The shares may be purchased in […]

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Beyond Coal: Rally against Duke Energy plant brings out environmentalists, TV vampire

A few hundred people rallied under clear blue skies in Pack Square Park Saturday afternoon to call on Duke Energy to shutter its Asheville coal plant and advocate for clean energy. The event, called “Beyond Coal: A Rally for Our Future,” featured local speakers, singers and popular TV actor/vampire Ian Somerhalder. [Photo gallery at the bottom.]

Eco-Friendly Financing

An energy-efficiency lending program is now open to small businesses and nonprofits in Western North Carolina. Self-Help Credit Union announced that its Energy Loan Fund has dedicated $15 million to help small businesses, schools and other qualified borrowers to retrofit their buildings, improve efficiency and lower utility bills. “It’s exciting to have it come to […]