Governor McCrory announces appointments

Press release from Governor McCrory: Raleigh, N.C. – The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today: North Carolina State Building Commission Michael Benson (Pitt County) – Benson is the president of Pitt Electric Inc. The commission develops procedures to direct and guide the state’s capital facilities development and management program. The term […]

Governor McCrory authorizes $376 million of improvements at six UNC system campuses

Press release from Governor McCrory: Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill this afternoon that authorizes approximately $376 million of improvements that will directly benefit students at six University of North Carolina (UNC) institutions. Funds to pay for these projects will come from various fees, receipts, grants and fund raising income and not from tuition or […]

CPP: Asheville housing authority to meet with residents about overhaul concerns

From the Carolina Public Press: Amid an ongoing debate about the future of public housing, leaders of the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville have agreed to a number of demands put forward by a coalition of residents and local nonprofits. The requests involved concerns about transparency and representation as the agency pursues a major […]

AC-T: Eating fish from Upstate’s waters poses a health hazard

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: As the methods for testing fish to find potentially harmful toxins has improved, the state has added seven new waterways to its fish consumption advisories. The state health department has added advisories for the Catawba River, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Great Pee Dee River, Lake Wateree, Lake Wylie and […]

Governor McCrory signs legislation allowing hemp oil extract treatment

Press release from Governor McCorory: Governor McCrory Signs Legislation Allowing Hemp Oil Extract Treatment  Raleigh, NC – A rare treatment that includes cannabidiol oil from hemp plants to treat drug-resistant epilepsy, which is particularly prevalent in children, will now be available in clinical trials in North Carolina thanks to legislation signed into law today by Governor Pat […]

NC Health News: Lawmakers call for action on reducing suicides

From North Carolina Health News:   The North Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing legislative staff to study ways to prevent suicide among minors and veterans in the state. Lawmakers listened as Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Charlotte), one of the resolution’s sponsors, struggled to contain her emotions as she described her son’s struggle […]

RiverLink will host two free information sessions on ‘how to be a city art contractor’

Press release from RiverLink: CALLING ALL ARTISTS: LEARN HOW TO BE A CITY ART CONTRACTOR Join RiverLink and Brenda Mills to find out how as an artist you can become a contractor for the city. We are pleased to offer these special two hour interactive FREE information sessions at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street […]

CPP: WNC unemployment inches up in May

From the Carolina Public Press:   The latest countywide joblessness figures from the N.C. Department of Commerce show that unemployment increased slightly between April and May for all but two of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina. The largest month-over-month increase occurred in Madison County, which increased by 1 percentage point. The two counties […]

Brit electronic duo Plaid will perform at Asheville Music Hall as part of the Visionarium series.

The Visionariu­m series at Asheville Music Hall

Even after the Fourth of July fireworks fade from view, Asheville Music Hall will keep the show going with The Visionarium — “a July filled with projection mapping, visual performances and cutting-edge musical talent,” according to a press release. The series “aims to unite light, sound, talent and passion to create true magic” for six […]

Board-certified hospitalist joins Park Ridge Health

Press release from Park Ridge Health: Board-Certified Hospitalist Joins Park Ridge Health Hendersonville, N.C. (July 2, 2014)—With over 30 years of providing patient care, William Frank McKemie, Jr., M.D., physician board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, is now serving patients at Park Ridge Health as a hospitalist. In his role, Dr. McKemie will focus on the […]

The WNC AIDS Project announces 2014 Raise Your Hand art competition winner

Press release from the Western North Carolina AIDS Project:  The Western North Carolina AIDS Project Announces 2014 Raise Your Hand Signature Piece Winner Mark Bettis  The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) is gearing up for their annual Raise Your Hand fundraising auction & gala set for Saturday, October 11, at the Doubletree Hotel, Biltmore. This […]

Paul Vest and Gibbie Harris at Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado accepting the RWJF Culture of Health Prize from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO.

For your health: local wellness news and events

Buncombe County receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Buncombe County was recently announced as a recipient of the 2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The prize honors communities that are harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners and stakeholders to help residents live healthier lives, and […]

CPP: NC House approves blocking charter school employees’ names with pay level

From the Carolina Public Press: The N.C. House approved legislation Thursday that would block charter school employees’ names from being disclosed with their pay, acting on an amendment introduced by Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Huntersville. The revised bill now goes back to the Senate, which earlier approved a version that requires disclosure of names, salaries and all […]

The Healing Revolution Summit brings nationally known speakers to Asheville

Press release from King Bio:   Unique Natural Health Conference Educates Doctors and the Public on Toxins, Cancer, Mental Health and More   ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 27, 2014) – Dr. Frank King, founder and president of King Bio, has organized a three-day, natural health event, featuring numerous doctors and speakers, to be held at the […]

Sterilization victims office received 630 claim forms ahead of statutory deadline

Press release from the Office for Justice Sterilization Victims: Sterilization Victims Office Received 630 Claim Forms Ahead of Statutory Deadline RALEIGH – June 27, 2014 As of June 26, 2014, the Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims (Office) has received 630 claim forms from potential Eugenics Board sterilization victims. 465 of those claim forms have been […]