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 […]

Timber harvest planned for 85-acre white-pine section of DuPont Forest

The North Carolina Forest Service plans to thin 85 acres of white pine in DuPont State Recreational Forest near Thomas Cemetery trail to create “a more appropriate hardwood and pine stand. …  The Thomas Cemetery natural area contains rare natural communities, rare species populations, and high quality examples of typical natural communities. Thinning of the plantation will […]

UNCA’s April 10 solar-observing event highlights NC Science Festival

Look to the sun — safely, and with expert assistance and the right devices at UNC Asheville’ main quad on Friday, April 10. Here’s the scoop: Solar observing event to highlight N.C. Science Festival at UNC Asheville UNC Asheville’s main quad will host a solar observing event, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. […]

ASAP’s 2015 Local Food Guide is here

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s annual Local Food Guide has arrived. Readers “can find nearly 700 local farms, 100 farmers tailgate markets, hundreds of restaurants, grocers and other outlets for food and farm products” in the guide. There’s new info, too — which Appalachian Grown tailgate farmers market can accept credit, debit and SNAP/EBT; and what’s happening […]

From left, Tom White spoke with Rep. John Ager while his brother, Randy White, spoke with Asheville Council Member Gwen Wisler in front of the W11-C thermal solar system at the Whitestar Energy ribbon cutting held April 7 in Asheville. The brothers are co-owners of Whitestar Energy, a company that manufactures the W11-C in Asheville.

New Asheville solar-system manufacturing facility cuts the ribbon

A new solar company’s in town: Whitestar Energy cut the ribbon on its new Asheville facility, showcasing the W11-C, which “uses solar concentrators for a highly efficient and cost-effective way of generating quantities of hot water large enough for commercial applications such as breweries, hotels, medical facilities, food processing facilities, restaurants, schools or laundries.” Here’s […]

Canary Coalition reports good turnout at SolarizeWNC forum in Franklin

A collaboration between Clean Energy for WNC and The Canary Coalition, the SolarizeWNC campaign aims to bring together solar and energy-efficiency contractors, homeowners, business owners, industries, and local government officials. The second in a series of planned forums was recently held in Franklin. Here’s the update from The Canary Coalition: Fifty-two people packed into the meeting room […]

A-B Tech establishes Entrepreneur in Residence program with grant funding

  With a $50,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a match from Buncombe County, A-B Tech Community College has established an Entrepreneur in Residence program that “supports develop, implement and manage the process of identifying local, early stage companies with high growth potential. The EIR — Tom Ryan — will “coach, mentor and advise […]

Wildlife-hazard training at Asheville Regional Airport June 25

On Thursday, June 25, Asheville Regional Airport personnel will receive training for handling wildlife hazards to aviation. The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is leading daylong workshops across the state. While the sessions are free for airport personnel, “any aviation users” are encouraged to attend. Here’s more information: Division of Aviation to […]

Lenoir-Rhyne University hosts Asheville Wordfest 2015 in May

How would you tell Asheville’s story? What’s the city’s narrative? Wordfest 2015, sponsored by Lenoir-Rhyne University, will celebrate “the many voices that make up a place” and “create spaces for people [to] tell their part” of the story. Here’s the university’s information about the event, while occurs Friday-Saturday, May 1-2: LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY PRESENTS ASHEVILLE WORDFEST […]

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Jackson County wins award for its Water Recharge Ordinance

The North Carolina Source Water Collaborative recognizes programs and agencies that support local drinking-water protection and highlights successful initiatives that can be duplicated statewide. On March 18, Jackson County earned an award for its Water Recharge Ordinance. Adopted in 2013, the ordinance establishes “standards to help assure ground water that is withdrawn by wells and […]

David Jacklin joins Homeward Bound of WNC as Henderson County director

Here’s the news from the Asheville-based Homeward Bound of WNC, which works to end the cycle of homelessness in the region: Asheville, NC (April 6, 2015): Homeward Bound of WNC, a nonprofit based in Buncombe and Henderson counties, is proud to announce that David Jacklin has joined the team as its new Henderson County Director. […]