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 […]

Lenoir-Rhyne names Michael M. Dempsey new dean, director at Asheville campus

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 […]

Expect delays, heavy traffic at outlet mall opening, says APD

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 […]

View across lake of Duke Energy's Lake Julian plant

UPDATE: Asheville City Council asks local agency to toughen SO2 standard on Duke Energy plant

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.

Asheville’s JB Media takes its Internet marketing program online

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 […]

Green Opportunities gets $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo

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 […]

Group calls for Eastern Band of Cherokee to rescind pay raises

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 […]

Buncombe’s Council on Aging announces Thursday, April 23, fundraiser at Rhubarb

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 […]

Fiber-optics project gives Yancey top countywide broadband speeds in NC

“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 […]

Gran-fondo bike ride kicks off at Mountain Sports Festival May 24

On Sunday, May 24, the North Carolina Outward Bound School will sponsor the Collier Lilly Ride — a gran-fondo cycling event — on the last day of the annual Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville. That’s “gran fondo” for “great foundation,” and it can mean “great distance” and “great endurance.” The rides are mass-participation cycling events […]

Asheville’s Mission Health makes top 15 in Truven Health Analytics takings

For the fourth consecutive year, Asheville-based Mission Health has been named a top-15 system in the country by Truven Health Analytics, a health-care analytics company with office in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver and Chicago. In the annual rankings, Truven analyzes “public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient […]

HTI Employment Solutions will host Tuesday, April 21, job fair at WNC Ag Center

HTI Employment Solutions is recruiting for more than 25 manufacturing jobs in Western North Carolina. On Tuesday, April 21, the Greenville, S.C.-based company will host a job fair at the WNC Agricultural Center. The company’s recruiting for “Production Associates, Material Handlers, CNC Machinists, and Machining Associates for great manufacturing companies in Western NC like BorgWarner,” it […]

Princeton Review names Warren Wilson top ‘green’ college in South

Warren Wilson College landed at No. 17 in The Princeton Review‘s annual top-50 green colleges. More than 350 colleges are profiled in the publication’s Guide to Green Colleges each year. “It’s great to see ‘green’ going mainstream in higher education,” says Stan Cross, interim director of Warren Wilson’s Environmental Leadership Center. “But no one does it like WWC has […]

Billboard wars again? NC House proposes new rules

Billboard regulation has been a hot topic in Asheville, from the 2012 fight over a digital display on Merrimon Avenue to 2004 disputes over the size and removal of the outdoor advertisements. This year, North Carolina legislators dive into the controversy again with House Bill 304, which would “restrict the ability of local governments and state […]

Shooting range on Cold Mountain closed April 13-17 for maintenance

The Wayne E. Smith Shooting Range, located on Cold Mountain Game Land south of Waynesville, will close April 13-17 for routine maintenance and repairs. Here’s the release from the North Wildlife Resources Commission: Wildlife Commission reminds visitors to Cold Mountain Shooting Range of temporary closure WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (April 10, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will […]

Asheville’s Albermarle Inn earns AAA’s ‘Four Diamond Award’ (again)

Built in 1907, the Albemarle Inn shows off more than its history in one of Asheville’s oldest neighborhoods — it has once again earned AAA’s “Four Diamond Award.” Here are the details: The Albemarle Inn Receives AAA Four Diamond Award yet again! Fabrizio and Rosemary Chiariello, owners of the Albemarle Inn in Asheville, have just received […]

Asheville workers join April 15 coast-to-coast ‘Fight for $15′ workers protest

Coast-to-coast protests and rallies will launch in the United States on April 15, starting with Boston, including Asheville, and stretching from “Pittsburgh to Pasadena,” say organizers. It’s the Fight for $15 movement, which launched in New York City in November 2012, when 200 cooks and cashiers walked off their jobs demanding $15 an hour and union rights. The […]

Conservancy nonprofit hosts state-forest presentation April 15 in Brevard

How did the 8,000-acre conservation project at the East Fork Headwaters near Brevard get its start? What’s the history of the property, and how how does it benefit residents and visitors of Transylvania County? The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will hold a presentation and panel discussion about North Carolina’s newest state forest on Wednesday, April 15, […]

Smokies Life Magazine hosts April 23 reception for 900-milers

Have you hiked 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Lacing up your boots and getting started on the path to join the 900-Miler Club? Then Smokies Life Magazine invites you to a Thursday, April 23, reception in Gatlinburg during the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. Here’s the details: 900 Miler Club to […]