Randall Barnett appointed to city of Asheville Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

From a press release: Asheville, NC (September 17, 2014) – Local REALTOR®, Randall Barnett, gets appointed to city of Asheville’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee by the city council. Currently serving as the chairperson for Asheville Board of REALTORS® Affordable Housing Committee, Randall has been a key ambassador for affordable housing fairs since 2011 in the […]

Sens. Hagan & Coons introduce bill to give students a head start at a college degree

From a press release: Fast Track to College Act supports state and local efforts to establish early college high schools and other dual or concurrent enrollment programs Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (NC) and Chris Coons (DE) introduced legislation to help more low-income students access and complete a college education. The Fast Track […]

Owners Chad Oliphant and Sarah Yancey pose with several members of the Smiling Hara Tempeh team. Photo by Samantha Yancey

Smiling Hara Tempeh launches HEMPEH kickstarter, schedules tempeh barbecue for Oct. 26

From a press release: Smiling Hara Tempeh will launch a 30-day Kickstarter in October to bring HEMPEH to the marketplace—a brand new line of soy-free tempeh fortified with hemp seeds and beans from Growing Warriors, a healing farm for military veterans in Kentucky. The initial funding goal is $20,000. Smiling Hara Tempeh, makers of organic […]

Call for nominations for North Carolina’s next poet laureate underway

From a press release: RALEIGH, N.C. – Nominations for the state’s next poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will be accepted now through Oct. 14, online at www.NCDCR.gov/PoetLaureate. The timeline is short, so immediate attention to nominations is encouraged. The post, created by the General Assembly in 1935, uses the office as a […]


Smart bets: Heritage Weekend

This September marks the 34th year for Heritage Weekend, a free festival that explores traditional Appalachian customs like beekeeping, coopering, heritage toy making, broom and furniture making, spinning and natural dyeing, all sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Both Saturday and Sunday offer a full lineup of crafts, dance and mountain-inspired music with fare […]

OK GO on the set of The Writing's On The Wall

Smart bets: OK Go

Sure, vocal tracks often have an intelligible rhythm, but frontman Damian Kulash nearly drives the drum set to obsolescence with his staccato vocals in OK Go‘s latest tune, “Turn Up the Radio.” The pop number, from the band’s 2014 EP Upside Out, drifts into a stripped-down interlude only fleetingly before the Los Angeles rockers steer […]

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The Venue receives highly acclaimed awards in NC’s wedding industry

From a press release: Asheville, NC – September 12, 2014 -The Venue is pleased to announce it has received Most Popular All Inclusive Venue North Carolina of 2014 by Wedding Industry Experts, the Best Wedding Venue of 2014 by Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Awards, and 2013 Best of Weddings by The Knot. Wedding Industry Experts, […]

American Advertising Federation Asheville makes comeback, holds kickoff event Sept. 30

From a press release: Asheville, NC — The American Advertising Federation Asheville (AAFA) is regenerating, reinvigorating, rejuvenating and reviving the local chapter in response to a surge in interest among members of the local marketing community. The Kick‐Off Event takes place September 30, 2014 from 6-8 PM at Catawba Brewery, 63 Brook Street, Asheville, NC […]

The Fresh Market hosts Cupcake for a Cause Sept. 12-28 for No Kid Hungry campaign

From a press release: GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Fresh Market is proud to continue its national partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. This September, The Fresh Market will host its second annual Cupcakes for a Cause event to raise funds and awareness for No Kid Hungry, which is dedicated to ending childhood […]

AC-T: Buncombe County prepared to give Wicked Weed incentives

From Asheville Citizen-Times: By Romando Dixson Buncombe County and Wicked Weed Brewing are prepared to enter an incentive agreement for the company’s multimillion dollar expansion. Wicked Weed is guaranteeing an investment of $6.5 million and 75 full-time jobs, and the parties will enter a leasing and purchase agreement for a building at 145 Jacob Holm […]

Neighborhood Advisory Committee to hold West Asheville neighborhood meeting Sept. 22

From the City of Asheville: The Neighborhood Advisory Committee of the City of Asheville invites residents and business and property owners of West Asheville to a neighborhood meeting Monday, September 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. Please join us for this opportunity to express your ideas for improving […]

Regional farm tour showcases Appalachian farming and the future of food on Sept. 20-21

From a press release: A regional tour of over 40 family farms in Western NC takes place Sept 20 & 21, 2014. At Living Web Farms, participants will see traditional mountain agricultural techniques, learn cooking and farming skills, and can even enjoy a 4-course meal. Mills River, NC- Jeremy Griste prefers to do everything by […]


Smart bets: The Tills

Asheville four-piece The Tills could absolutely call their music “grit-pop” if they didn’t live in a region where fans might confuse that label with a culinary term. The group’s latest tunes venture from the safety of ruggedly upbeat pop phrases to less charted punk yelps and back again before the refrain, all while conveying the […]