Unemployment fell in 12 WNC counties, including Buncombe, Carolina Public Press reports

The North Carolina Department of Labor recently released the October employment numbers. Local nonprofit Carolina Public Press looks at the numbers, which show Buncombe County at 6.8 percent unemployment. Media report from Carolina Public Press Figures from the month show that, among the 18 westernmost counties, monthly unemployment fell in 12 counties between September and […]

For Nantahala, Pisgah planning, Forest Service gets input from biking group SORBA

Press release from the N.C. News Service For the first time in its history, the U.S. Forest Service is placing greater importance on watershed protection when it comes to long-term planning. In western North Carolina, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will be two of the first to have their plans revised with the new […]

N.C. approves 13.2 percent increase for dwelling property

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Insurance Agreement Reached for Dwelling Property Insurance Rates Decision Saves Policyholders $54.4 Million, Spreads Increases Over Time Note: This settlement is in relation to a January 2011 rate filing for dwelling fire and extended coverage rates; it is unrelated to and should not be confused with the […]

Carolina Public Press gains acceptance, recognition by North Carolina Press Association

Press release from Carolina Public Press The North Carolina Press Association recently admitted the nonprofit, online news service Carolina Public Press into its membership, making it the first online nonprofit news service in Western North Carolina to gain the distinction. “We’re delighted to welcome the Carolina Public Press into the N.C. Press Association,” said Beth […]

Urban News, YMI discuss race, history & Thomas Wolfe’s “The Child by Tiger” story

Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe wrote about a 1906 killing spree that took the lives of three blacks and two whites. In a discussion series hosted by the YMI, UNCA history professor Darin Waters and Wolfe scholar Joanne Mauldin will talk about Wolfe’s story, “The Child by Tiger,” on Tueday, Nov. 27, and Thursday, Nov. 29. Community […]

Whole Foods will build new Asheville store at Tunnel Road Kmart location

Press release From Whole Foods Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) announces it will open a second store in the current Kmart shopping center on Tunnel Road in Asheville. The newest store in North Carolina for the natural and organic foods supermarket will occupy approximately 35,000 square feet of retail space in the existing Kmart location. […]

Hendersonville City Manager “Bo” Ferguson takes Durham deputy city manager job

William Bowman “Bo” Ferguson — who has served about five years as Hendersonville’s city manager — has accepted the deputy city manager job for Durham. In an email that he said was “part press release, part personal thank you,” Ferguson praised Hendersonville’s city council and staff, also noting, “We will miss our friends and colleagues, […]

PIsgah Center for Wildlife Education earns environmental-education award

Press release from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, located alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County, has been recognized for excellence in environmental education. The Environmental Educators of North Carolina named the wildlife education center as its 2012 Exceptional Environmental Education Program. The award was […]

Public-private partnership helps restores hundreds of acres in Grandfather Ranger District

Press release from the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina Kristin Bail, forest supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, today announced that a coalition of conservation organizations helped to restore hundreds of acres across the Grandfather Ranger District by treating invasive plants and performing other work over the […]

New and green: Appalachian Ranger District office in Mars Hill now open, U.S. Forest Service says

Press release U.S. Forest Service MARS HILL, N.C., Nov. 13, 2012 – The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today announced that the new, environmentally friendly Appalachian Ranger District office in Mars Hill, N.C., is now open. The address is 632 Manor Rd., phone: (828) 689-9694. The Forest Service designed the facility to […]

Local educators earn Mars Hill College Alumni Leadership awards

Heidi Allison, principal of Barnardsville Elementary School in Buncombe County, and Miranda Wheeler, math teacher at Cane River Middle School in Yancey County, are the 2012 recipients of the Mars Hill College Educational Alumni Leadership Awards. The awards were presented at a banquet on October 27 on the campus of Mars Hill College. Educational Alumni […]

Mills River Presbyterian series: “Close encounters of the spiritual kind” (Christian mystics)

Press release from Mills River Presbyterian Church Mills River Presbyterian Church will host a series of two one-hour informative study classes in December entitled “Close Encounters of the Christian Kind: Christian Mystics.” The sessions are free and all adults in the Asheville and Hendersonville areas are invited to participate from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on December […]

First International American Ginseng Expo brings together enthusiasts for two-day December event

Press release from the The North Carolina Natural Products Association INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN GINSENG EXPO A TWO-DAY EVENT BRINGING TOGETHER GINSENG ENTHUSIASTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTY WHEN: Friday, December 7, 10 AM – 8 PM; AND Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 AM – 2 PM WHERE: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills […]

Join the carrotmob: ECO sponsors Thursday, Nov. 15, event to spur consumer-driven change

Press release from ECO The Environmental & Conservation Organization is organizing Hendersonville’s first Carrotmob at Jongo Java on Thursday, Nov. 15. The carrotmob movement began four years ago to help provide local businesses with the financial ability to make some solid green changes. In California, where the movement began, consumers came out in large numbers […]

Almost 3 million North Carolinians cast ballots in early voting, Civitas Institute estimates

Press release from the Civitas Institute The Civitas Institute’s NC Vote Tracker (ncvotetracker.com) allows you to analyze the trends as the final early voting statistics roll in. Every day, ncvotetracker.com updates official early voting statistics and puts them into an easy-to-use format. NC Vote Tracker illuminates the voting by county, party, legislative districts, race and […]

New evidence shows power of East Coast earthquakes, U.S. Geological Survey reports

Press release from the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought. U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research […]

Forest Service waives fees for veterans at Whiteside Mountain, Whitewater Falls on Nov. 10-12

Press release From the U.S. Forest Service The U.S. Forest Service today announced that day-use fees at Whiteside Mountain and Whitewater Falls in the Nantahala National Forest will be waived on Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12. The fee waivers are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use […]