Duke Energy's Lake Julian facility (Carolina Public Press)

Public hearing on proposed renewal of Duke Energy’s Title V permit

A public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 6 p.m. at the Clyde A. Erwin High School Auditorium (60 Lees Creek Road) in Asheville for individuals to comment on the announcement by the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency (WNCRAQA) of its intent to renew a Title V permit for Duke Energy’s coal-burning electric plant […]


Discover your family roots with free online class

Ever wanted to know more about where and who you came from? Now’s your chance with RootsMOOC, a free online genealogy and family history class offered through the State Library of North Carolina. The class officially starts this week but enrollment is ongoing during the course’s March 23-June 1 duration. Every two weeks a new module will be available but late […]

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Take a walk on the llama side

Llamas sometimes get a bad rap (especially as temperamental spitters) but the Southern States Llama Association hopes to correct this impression at the Walk-A-Llama Day this Sunday, March 22, from 1pm to 3pm at the Mountain Lodge and Conference Center (42 McMurray Rd.) in Flat Rock. This free event will not only feature llama walking, llama obstacle […]

Bill, Sue Elizabeth

Chocolate Fetish receives highest ranking as its 30th anniversary approaches

The Chocolate Fetish received the highest ranking any chocolate maker can hope for at the Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America Awards, a national competition conducted yearly by the International Chocolate Salon and Taste TV. A longtime fixture of downtown Asheville, the Chocolate Fetish was awarded 6 stars and received the ranking of Grand Master Chocolatier (the highest possible) and is now […]


Join Rotary Clubs of WNC in fighting hunger

Help package more than 300,000 fortified meals this Saturday, March 21, to be distributed to families in need throughout WNC by MANNA FoodBank. The Sixth Annual Rotarians Against Hunger (RAH) meal packaging event will be held at the Reuter Family YMCA and is described as a ‘fun, family friendly and immensely rewarding experience where people – individuals, families, […]

Stella Galyean, winner of the Dallas Herring Achievement Award.

Student overcomes troubled childhood to inspire others

Not only is Stella Galyean the first person in her family to earn more than a sixth-grade education but she did it despite a troubled childhood and an abusive marriage early on. Now a student at A-B Tech Community College, Galyean has been named the winner of the Dallas Herring Achievement Award, which only goes to one student from among 58 community colleges in North Carolina each year.

Brother Wolf receives kudos for serving an all-vegan menu

No, not to its animals but rather to the folks who attend any of its shelter-sponsored events. This new animal-friendly menu garnered Brother Wolfe the Shelter of the Month award from Animal Place, one of the oldest and largest farmed animal sanctuaries in the country. Here’s the full release: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue receives honors for vegan policy Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, a […]