Carolina Public Press receives $25,000 INNovation grant for News Exchange

FROM CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS: “One of the hardest jobs we have as a regional 501(c)(3) nonprofit online news organization is building relationships with our readers throughout Western North Carolina,” said Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome. “2015 is going to be an exciting year, because we’re not only continuing and expanding our News Exchange series, […]

Moffitt, Ramsey endorsed by builders group ABC

PRESS RELEASE ABC of the Carolinas Endorses 30 Candidates for NC Elections Charlotte, NC – The Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC), representing over 500 member companies from every sector of the commercial construction industry, is pleased to announce their endorsement of 30 candidates to appear on North Carolina ballots this November. These […]

NC Gov. McCrory releases statement on same-sex marriage rulings

PRESS RELEASE/STATEMENT from NC Gov. Pat McCrory Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement following the most recent court ruling on same-sex marriage: “The administration is moving forward with the execution of the court’s ruling and will continue to do so unless otherwise notified by the courts. Each agency will work through the implications of […]

CSE issues statement on same-sex marriage in NC

PRESS RELEASE/STATEMENT from the Campaign for Southern Equality Statement on Amendment One Being Struck Down Asheville, N.C.  — “LGBT families in North Carolina will now be treated as equal under the law in North Carolina –  a day that so many have fought so hard for. For two years too long Amendment One was on […]

Buncombe Register of Deeds grants same-sex marriage certificates Oct. 10

PRESS RELEASE/STATEMENT From the BUNCOMBE COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS Buncombe Register of Deeds Issues Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Buncombe County’s Register of Deeds will issue marriage licenses today to same-sex couples. “It is my honor to acknowledge the full equality and humanity of all Buncombe County citizens who seek to marry,” Drew Reisinger said. “Issuing these licenses […]

Buncombe GOP questions legality of Oct. 10 late hours at Register of Deeds

PRESS RELEASE/STATEMENT from the Buncombe County Republican Party Asheville, NC- It has come to the attention of the Buncombe County Republican Party that a group of Buncombe County Commissioners has conducted both a meeting and a vote via email messages to approve an extension of hours of operation of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds […]

‘Aim Higher Now’ questions absence of GOP candidates from local forums

PRESS RELEASE ASHEVILLE – Western North Carolina Republican state lawmakers are struggling to defend their record, so now some of them are dodging debates. A week after Rep. Michele Presnell skipped a Madison County League of Women Voters forum she previously committed to attend, Rep. Tim Moffitt dodged two debates in one day. Last week Rep. Presnell […]

Image via Carl Mumpower's Facebook page. To the right is an actual photo of the rainbow banner on city hall. To the left is a fake image of the Nazi flag on city hall Mumpower is using to emphasize he thinks City Council acted in a fascist manner.

Mumpower and Nesbitt challenge Asheville display of rainbow banner

PRESS RELEASE Former Buncombe GOP Chairman Chad Nesbitt and former Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower are challenging a decision by the Mayor and City Council of Asheville. Yesterday, the elected body of 7 instructed the City Manager to install a large rainbow banner from City Hall. The Mayor noted their motivations, “The council decided we […]

Duke Energy completes survey of drinking wells near coal ash plants

PRESS RELEASE FROM NC DENR Drinking water receptor survey shows wells near Duke Energy coal ash facilities RALEIGH – Duke Energy officials have identified 830 private and public drinking water supply wells near the company’s 32 coal ash storage ponds in North Carolina, according to an initial survey the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources […]

WWC President S. Solnick took part in Climate Leadership Conference

PRESS RELEASE from Warren Wilson College WWC PRESIDENT STEVE SOLNICK PART OF 2014 CLIMATE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT Warren Wilson College President Steven L. Solnick was among the higher education leaders attending the recent 2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership. The Summit brings together more than 250 college and university leaders from across the country to focus […]

C-T: Decision on same-sex marriage in NC could come today

FROM THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES “A federal judge based out of Asheville could make the critical decision today [Oct. 8, 2014] to effectively legalize same-sex marriage in North Carolina. A group of Charlotte and Asheville-based plaintiffs filed a motion Tuesday afternoon for an Asheville judge to immediately allow them to marry, in a case filed earlier […]

DLCC: North Carolina among the ‘states to watch’ for fall election

PRESS RELEASE from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee DLCC Announces 2014 Races to Watch Washington (October 8, 2014) – Today, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) announced its 2014 Races to Watch. The 69 state legislative races chosen represent targeted districts critical to Democratic majorities in 24 state legislatures across the United States. The full list can be found here. “With […]

Buncombe’s collaborative work to close health-equity gap gets national recognition

PRESS RELEASE BUNCOMBE COUNTY’S PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE AWARD DISTRIBUTIONS OF THE 2014 RWJF CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE Buncombe County’s Collaborative Work to Close the Health Equity Gap Gains National Recognition Asheville, North Carolina (October 7, 2014) Announced in June, Buncombe County is one of six winners of the 2014 […]

Save our fall color, and don’t bring your own firewood

PRESS RELEASE Preserve fall color – Don’t move firewood Unwitting leaf watchers may transport bug invaders Fall is a busy time in the Southern Blue Ridge, with thousands of leaf peepers traveling to see the annual display. But, that beautiful foliage could be destroyed by visitors who bring firewood from outside the area. That’s because […]

WNC’s Homeward Bound gets $2.7 million grant to help veterans

PRESS RELEASE Homeward Bound of Western NC gets $2.7 million grant to help Vets CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER, Asheville, N.C. – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald recently announced the award of $207 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grants that will help homeless Veterans and their families, and one of […]