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Valet Gourmet schedules mobile food drive for MANNA FoodBank

From a press release: Valet Gourmet’s first annual Driving with a Cause Valet Gourmet is making it easier than ever to help ease hunger in Western North Carolina. Asheville’s premier restaurant delivery service in collaboration with MANNA FoodBank is launching the first annual “Valet Gourmet Food Drive” and customers will be able to donate food […]

Asheville Travel Blog: Local businesses honored as finalists by Martha Stewart American Made

From Asheville Travel Blog: Local businesses honored as finalists by Martha Stewart American Made Out of thousands of nominees in the categories of craft, design, food and style, eight Asheville-area businesses have been named finalists for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. The local finalists are: Appalatch Outdoor Apparel Company Blue Kudzu Sake Company Hey […]

Peter Krauss named CEO of Plasticard Locktech International

From a press release: Peter Krauss named CEO of Plasticard Locktech International Asheville, NC – [One highlight of Plasticard Lockteck International’s recent holiday party] was the announcement that Peter Krauss had been appointed CEO of the growing company. Mr. Krauss has held the positions of Chief Sales & Marketing Officer and COO, and in those […]

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Local start-up Plum Print seeks votes to advance in Dream Big America competition

Ashevillean moms Carolyn Lanzetta and Meg Ragland launched Plum Print in response to growing piles of their children’s artwork. The company “transforms overwhelming piles of children’s artwork into digital archives and prints elegant coffee- table books and other merchandise,” according to the two entrepreneurs. Plum Print was currently featured on Dream Big America’s weekly start-up […]

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A-B Tech student starts Asheville’s first womencentric beer blog

A-B Tech student Anita Riley has started Asheville’s first beer blog focusing on women in the brewing industry. Brewing Up a Storm will be featured on the MetroWines website, where Riley previously blogged about wine topics. The writer, currently studying Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation through A-B Tech, published her first post last Monday, Dec. 8. […]

AC-T: The numbers behind the Christmas Jam

From Asheville Citizen-Times: The numbers behind the Christmas Jam By Carol Motsinger Warren Haynes Presents: The 26th Annual Christmas Jam returned Saturday night to the U.S. Cellular Center, and acts like Jason Isbell and Gov’t Mule played for thousands of fans in downtown Asheville. This year, the organization donated a record-breaking $500,000 [to Habitat for […]

NC Cooperative Extension and the Turfgrass Council of NC schedule professional turfgrass course in Asheville

From NC Cooperative Extension: 2015 Certified Turfgrass Professional Short Course: This short course is sponsored by NC Cooperative Extension and the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina. Classes will be held at the Asheville School located on the right off of Smokey Park Highway North about 1 mile from I-40 exit 44. The classes will be […]

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West Asheville businesses use collaborative discounts to encourage local holiday shopping, Dec. 13

Nearly two dozen West Asheville businesses have collaborated with OnHaywood.com and the West Asheville Business Association to promote holiday shopping in the area on Saturday, Dec. 13. Each business has chosen a promotion to run the whole day or for several hours on Saturday. The event wraps up with a party at Urban Orchard Cider […]

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BlueRidgeNow: Sierra Nevada amphitheater ahead of schedule; sales, employment numbers strong

From BlueRidgeNow: Sierra Nevada amphitheater ahead of schedule; sales, employment numbers strong By Renee Bindewald Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Mills River brewery has had 5,204 guests since September, coupled with 5,311 transactions in its gift shop, which the town benefits from in sales tax, Co-Manager Stan Cooper told town council members during their meeting Thursday […]

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APEX Brain Centers invites public to ‘Build Better Brains’ at open house

From a press release: Please join us in celebrating one year of helping folks from near and far ‘Build Better Brains’ – APEX Brain Centers is a revolutionary, life-changing program providing individuals of all ability levels a richer experience of life through targeted Brain Training. Light Refreshments and appetizers will be provided and guided tours and […]

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A-B Tech employee decorates governor’s residence

From a press release: A-B Tech employee decorates governor’s residence Brinda Caldwell-Ramsey, Director of the Community Enrichment Programs at A-B Tech Community College, was selected as the Artistic Designer for the Governor’s Western Residence annual Christmas Open House. Members of the non-profit Governor’s Western Residence Association had witnessed Caldwell-Ramsey’s decorating talents at the college’s historic […]

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Nature Conservancy acquires 800 acres in Ashe County

From a press release: Nature Conservancy acquires 800 acres in Ashe County Property will become part of the Conservancy’s Bluff Mountain Preserve DURHAM – The Nature Conservancy has acquired 800 acres in Ashe County. The new property, which includes rare mountain bogs, will be added to the Conservancy’s Bluff Mountain Preserve. “The New River Headwaters […]

BlueRidgeNow: Testing, excavation next with NC coal ash removal

From BlueRidgeNow: Testing, excavation next with NC coal ash removal By Gary D. Robertson RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state regulator told lawmakers Wednesday that groundwater monitoring beneath Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash sites and testing of hundreds of nearby wells are key to safeguarding the public’s health and determining which ash pits must be […]