"Whether it's Bassnectar or Tim McGraw, each band comes with their own seperate issues," says USCC general manager Chris Corl of genre-related security concerns. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Asheville, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: a look at local concert security

UNLUCKY SEVEN On Saturday, Oct. 25, Sound Tribe Sector 9 began its headlining show at the US Cellular Center without a hitch, but shortly thereafter, security personnel identified seven audience members suffering from drug-induced medical conditions. The seven were quickly transported to Mission Hospital, but over an hour later, the band’s set was stopped and the […]

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ABCCM’s fifth annual blanket drive expands to include clothing

From a press release: Insurance Service of Asheville expands Nov. 19 community blanket drive for Asheville Buncombe Christian Ministry to include Winter wearables Insurance Service of Asheville, Inc. is holding its 5th annual blanket drive to help keep Asheville warm this winter, and has expanded the drive to include winter wearables such as coats, hats, […]

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Jennie Eblen elected to board of NC Center for Nonprofits

From a press release: Raleigh, NC – Jennie Eblen, vice president at Eblen Short Stop Stores, Inc., has been elected to the statewide Board of Directors of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. Eblen currently serves on the boards of the N.C. Partnership for Children, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, Care Partners Foundation, […]

Although the band reached its $7,500 goal within one day, Tellico will continue to accept Kickstarter contributions until Nov. 17. Photo courtesy of the band

Asheville roots band Tellico cracks the Kickstarter code

The musicians comprising Tellico have been around Asheville for years, but the self-described “Appalachiacana” roots band itself is a new incarnation. Imagine each member’s astonishment when a $7,500 Kickstarter campaign supporting the band’s debut album was funded in under a day. “I am as surprised at the success as anyone,” says Anya Hinkle, who claims […]

Children’s Home Society celebrates National Adoption Awareness Month

From a press release: Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children living in foster care. In North Carolina, nearly 10,000 children are part of the foster care system, including more than 2,000 children available and […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway announces full road closure at milepost 422

From a press release: Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Full Road Closure at Milepost 422 for Rehabilitation of Devil’s Courthouse Tunnel – Detour Available Blue Ridge Parkway officials announce the closure of a small section of motor road between existing gates at Milepost 420.3 near US Forest Service Road 816 (Black Balsam Road) and Milepost 423.3 […]

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Marketing guru Karl Sakas hosts downtown business luncheon Nov. 18

From a press release: Author and Raleigh-based marketing guru Karl Sakas is bringing his unique style of marketing expertise to Asheville’s premier marketing event – the quarterly luncheon sponsored by the American Advertising Federation – Asheville (AAFA). The event takes place Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Strada Italiano in downtown Asheville (27 Broadway) from 11:30 a.m. […]

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Friday Staffing announces positive employment trends for WNC

From a press release: Employment trends in the Asheville area are following the national trend of increased hiring, according to Friday Staffing, an Asheville area staffing agency. As announced earlier this month, the national unemployment rate fell below 6% for the first time since 2008. Friday Staffing reports that permanent employment obtained through their staffing […]

The Joint…The Chiropractic Place partners with Carolina Brotherhood for Nov. 1 grand opening

From a press release: The Joint…The Chiropractic Place welcomes the first Asheville location located at 1863 Hendersonville Road in the Skyland Plaza (next to Ingle’s), with a grand opening event that aligns the Carolina Brotherhood with a new, innovative approach to health and wellness. “We are getting ready for such a special day and could […]


Smart bets: Weaverville Art Safari

Founded in 2001 by artist Lelia Canter, the Weaverville Art Safari is a free, self-guided art studio tour that “provides the exclusive opportunity to delve into the thriving artist enclave located in Weaverville and Barnardsville.” Some 47 local artists will participate in the biannual crawl this fall, showcasing handmade artwork from a multitude of craft […]