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Antibiotic-resistant superbugs may be closer to home than we think

A deadly pathogen can make it around the globe in 24 hours or less, and in just eight hours, one E. coli bacterium can generate more than 16 million clones that make their host very, very sick — particularly if the mother strain is one of a growing number of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that have health leaders on alert from Asheville to Beijing.

#MYFIRSTDAY: From new pencils to greetings from the mascot and educators like K-12 Curriculum director April Dockery, Hall Fletcher Elementary students started their first day of school July 16. Photo by Margaret Williams

Hall Fletcher Elementary moves forward with year-round school

On a cool, foggy July morning, more than 300 children bustle past a row of blooming sunflowers and into Hall Fletcher Elementary as teachers hand out new pencils, the principal greets them by name, and the UNC Asheville mascot poses with them for photos. But it’s only midsummer: Why are these students filing through the doors about a month before their peers at other city schools?

CTS Corp. has created a website about the Superfund site at Mills Gap Road, where the Elkhardt-Ind.-based company ran an electroplating operation from 1959-1986.

CTS Corp. creates website for Superfund site on Mills Gap Road

On the homepage of its website,, CTS — the company which owned and operated an electroplating operation on Mills Gap Road from 1959-1986 — says it’s “committed to effectively, efficiently and ethically addressing the site conditions at the property known as the Mills Gap Road Site or the CTS of Asheville site.”

Blue Ridge Community Health Services names Richard Hudspeth new chief medical officer

Dr. Richard Hudspet is Blue Ridge Community Health Services’ new chief medical officer.  He has been practicing in Henderson County as faculty in the MAHEC Hendersonville Family Practice Residency program at Hendersonville Family Health Center, as well as at the Henderson County Health Department and Pardee Hospital for nearly 10 years. Also, Dr. Hudspeth most recently […]

UNC Asheville, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sign agreement

UNC Asheville and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Sign Agreement Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) will have new opportunities to attend UNC Asheville as part of an instructional credit agreement that was signed today on the university’s campus in both English and Kituwah Cherokee syllabary. With members of the campus and […]

National Register adds NC locations, adjusts Flat Rock Historic District

Eighteen individual properties and districts across North Carolina have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in Western North Carolina, the boundaries for the Flat Rock Historic District — which includes Carl Sandburg’s home, Connemara — were adjusted. Here are the details from the NC Department of Cultural Resources.: National Register adds 18 North Carolina places, […]

Hall Fletcher hosts first annual District-Wide Girls’ Chess Summit June 4

Hall Fletcher Elementary hosts first annual District-Wide Girls’ Chess Summit June 4 Asheville, NC, April 30, 2015: Hall Fletcher Elementary’s Pawnstorm Chess Team invites all Kindergarten through 5th Grade girls in in Asheville City Schools to come play chess at their first annual Girls’ Chess Summit, sponsored by Short Street Cakes. The Girls’ Chess Summit will […]

Park Ridge Health Foundation hosts ‘Experience Scotland’ gala May 14

Park Ridge Health Foundation’s annual “Experience Scotland” gala this year will held pay for “a transformation” of the hospital’s second-floor Behavioral Services, which includes “a full range of women’s programs for inpatient psychiatric treatment.” Here are full details on the Thursday, May 14, event, which will be held at Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain: Park Ridge Health […]

Diamond Brand hosts May 9 presentation, short hike on Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Mountains-to-Sea Trail Program Saturday, May 9, at 1:30 pm Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville Walt Weber and Les Love will discuss in words and pictures the history of the trail as well as present and future plans. Walt is author of the popular trail guide “Trail Profiles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail”. Les is the long-time organizer […]

Local fire departments, state partner to educate, give out fire alarms in Leicester area May 2

In every five home-fire deaths, three result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Recently, there have been two home-fire fatalities in the Leicester Fire district, and on Saturday, May 2, state officials and local fire departments will canvass the area to educate residents about fire safety and to […]

History professor (and chairman of the department) Dan Pierce has been selected to serve as the university’s National Endowment of the Humanities Distinguished Professor, a three-year appointment.

Dan Pierce picked for humanities distinguished professorship at UNCA

UNC Asheville’s Dan Pierce may be best known as a NASCAR historian and a book on moonshining, but now he’s been picked to serve as the university’s  National Endowment of the Humanities Distinguished Professor for the next three years. Here’s more about Prof. Pierce, his scholarship and his books: Professor Dan Pierce Selected for the National Endowment of […]