Eight private wells located near Duke Energy’s Asheville-area plant have been tested for coal-ash contamination, and preliminary results on half of them show mixed results, say North Carolina environmental officials.
Jay Weatherly likes the “side-street feel” of his new High Five Coffee location, set to open in June on Rankin Avenue in downtown Asheville. The new site lies a few feet from the backdoor, kids entrance to one of the city’s oldest businesses, Tops for Shoes.
With 50 pounds of ostrich feathers, dozens of ping-pong balls, lots of gold glitter, gallons of donated black paint and a big dose of school spirit, Asheville High School hosted its annual prom at the school last night, May 16, for the first time since (as best anyone can remember, anyway) 1979 or so.
In the bumpy post-recession landscape, these service-oriented organizations face significant challenges. Xpress asked several local nonprofit consultants to comment on what those challenges are and how they can be overcome.
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 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 […]
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 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’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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Former A-B Tech educational partnerships director Michael Dempsey has been named dean and director of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. Here’s the announcement from Lenoir-Rhyne: New Dean and Director named at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville campus ASHEVILLE, N.C. —Dr. Michael M. Dempsey was appointed in April 2015 as the Dean and Director of Lenoir-Rhyne […]
The Asheville Police Department released this caution in advance of the weekend opening of the new outlet mall off Interstate 26 at exit 33: Traffic Delays Expected as a Result of Asheville Outlet Mall Opening Asheville – In anticipation of the Asheville Outlet Mall opening this weekend, the Asheville Police Department would like to make local […]
At tonight’s meeting, April 28, Asheville City Council members may agree to ask the local air agency to “strengthen” proposed limits on sulphur dioxide emissions at Duke Energy’s local power plant. The move comes ahead of a Wednesday, April 29, public hearing that the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency will hold to consider renewing the air permit for the Duke Energy plant.
Two years ago, Asheville-based JB Media launched its comprehensive Internet marketing program for entrepreneurs, students, nonprofit leaders, media professionals and others seeking to learn more about social media, search engine optimization, online public relations, and online advertising. Soon, they’ll have a chance to do it online — day, night or weekend, at their own pace and at half the […]
On Saturday, April 25, at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop in Woodfin, local author Cynthia Yancey will read from her new book Zak and Niki: A First Look at Rising above Racism. The reading is one of many events featured in the YWCA of Asheville’s Stand Against Racism events.
Asheville-based Green Opportunities has received a $25,000 grant from financial-services company Wells Fargo. “This critical funding will increase our ability to serve Asheville’s low-wealth residents who are often left out of economic opportunities. With this support, we’ll be able to bolster our training activities and facilitate meaningful pathways to employment for our participants,”says GO’s Mission Advancement […]
The advocacy group Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for Justice & Accountability has called on the Tribal Council to rescind and return about $1 million in pay raises it says were issued illegally in 2014. The group says that in October that year, the Eastern Band’s Tribal Council gave “lump-sum payments after the passage of Resolution No. 261 in amounts […]
May is Older American Month, and Buncombe County’s Council on Aging is holding a kickoff and fundraiser on Thursday, April 23, at Rhubarb in downtown Asheville. Here are details from the Council: COUNCIL ON AGING of BUNCOMBE COUNTY HOSTS FUNDRAISER! APRIL 23rd at RHUBARB at 5:00-6:30 pm Jerry and Carrie Keller, presenting hosts, present ‘Kickoff […]
“Charlotte and Raleigh will soon have the Google gig [for high-speed Internet access], but Burnsville and Yancey [counties] are already there,” says Dean Russell of Country Cablevision. The company partnered with Yancey County’s Economic Development Commission in a five-year project that, say the partners, “has made fiber broadband internet access available to every home and business in rural […]