NC Entrepreneurship Summit to “Create a Scene” will be in Asheville Monday-Tuesday, Sept

Press release from the NC Department of Commerce More than 300 business owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders and economic developers will gather in Asheville, beginning Monday, September 24, for the 2012 North Carolina Entrepreneurship Summit. The annual conference began in 2006 as a way to bring together ideas and resources from across the state that would […]

Nearly 1.7 million North Carolinians lived in poverty last year, NC Justice Center reports

Press release From the NC Justice Center The number of North Carolinians living in poverty remained high last year despite the economic recovery, showing the continuing pain of the recession and underscoring the need for North Carolina to do more to protect children and families. Approximately 1 in 5 North Carolinians, or 17.9 percent, lived […]

Budgets cuts could affect Sandburg home, Parkway, Times-News reports

from (the Hendersonville Times-News by Nathaniel Axtell (excerpt) Federal budget cutbacks have forced the National Park Service units such as the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway to make do with less over the past decade, even as visitation has increased. The Blue Ridge Parkway had 120 maintenance workers […]

More than 3 inches of rainfall recorded at Asheville Airport, Citizen-Times reports

From the Asheville Citizen-Times by Clarke Morrision/Romando Dixon: A daily record of 3.28 inches of rain fell Tuesday at Asheville Regional Airport, and other areas throughout the mountains received a steady amount as well. The nonstop precipitation that started late Monday and carried into Tuesday afternoon caused early school closings, urban flooding and accidents. Heavy […]

Whitewater days: Nantahala Dam release means high waters on the river Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 29-30

Press release from the U.S. Forest Service The USDA Forest Service urges users on By-Pass reach of the Nantahala River — commonly referred to by paddlers as the Upper Nantahala — to be alert for rising water levels on Sept. 29-30. Water needed to generate electricity normally bypasses the river through the mountain and aqueduct […]

Byers Precision Fabricators recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for superior performance

Press release from the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development Today [Sept. 17], senior leadership from the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Shaw AREVA MOX Services, a specialty design and construction firm presented Byers Precision Fabricators with an award recognizing the operation’s work in providing exemplary equipment for use at […]

Post-Labor Day, Asheville-area gas prices continue to rise

Despite cautious forecasts that gas prices would moderate after Labor Day, pump costs continue to go up. Here’s the latest from, which reports that Asheville prices have risen 2.7 cents in the past week. Press release Asheville, September 17- Average retail gasoline prices in Asheville have risen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past […]

Asheville hosts American Chestnut Summit Friday-Sunday Oct. 19-21

Press release from the American Chestnut Foundation From October 19-21, the beautiful, trendsetting, mountain mini-city of Asheville, N.C., will host the 2012 American Chestnut Summit, a celebration of science, hope and environmental restoration. Presented by The American Chestnut Foundation and USDA Forest Service, the Summit will focus on recent developments in restoring the American chestnut […]

StateTech magazine profiles wireless upgrades at Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center

Did you know that Asheville’s civic center — now dubbed the U.S. Cellular Center — has gigabit wireless service? StateTech — a publication that “helps state and local government IT leaders evaluate and implement technology to help organizations work better, smarter and at less cost — profiles the update in a Sept. 14 post by […]

Food-psychology expert Paul Rozin will speak Tuesday, Sept. 25, at UNCA

Press release from UNCA Paul Rozin, University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology, presents “Food is Good (Not Bad) To Eat, and Natural Isn’t Always Good” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Rozin, who has studied attitudes toward chocolate, meat, water, the evolution of disgust and other related topics, will […]

Allegiant Air adds nonstop service from Asheville to Fort Lauderdale

Press release From the Asheville Regional Airport Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is pleased to announce that Allegiant Airlines will begin non-stop service to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., beginning November 15. The low-fare carrier will offer flights twice weekly on varying days. “Fort Lauderdale is one of the most requested routes by members of our region, and […]

Buncombe women organize the “power of 5” to get out the vote

Press release from the A group of Buncombe County women have embarked on a project called “The Power of 5 Women,” a campaign to support local political candidates who support women’s rights. “We’ve seen some real meanness against women and families coming out of Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly over the past […]

Equipment, liquor stolen from West Asheville bar The Get Down, WLOS reports

Early Friday morning, someone broke into The Get Down, a West Asheville bar. The thief entered through a crawlspace, breaking a water pipe that forced the owner to close Friday night. The club reports that several hundred dollars worth of liquor and thousands of dollars worth of stage and sound equipment were stolen. The Asheville […]

Police seek info on drivers of white Acura involved in Biltmore Park assault, hit-and-run

Press release from the Asheville Police Department On 09/08/12 Ian Mather was assaulted by two men driving a white Acura in front of the REI in Biltmore Park. The victim and witnesses said that Mr. Mather was walking his family across the street in the cross walk when he became involved in a verbal dispute […]

White-supremacists groups gather near Gatlinburg, Tenn., for conference

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports online today, from its media affiliate The Tennessean, that white-supremacists supporters are gathering near Gatlinburg, Tenn., for an international conference. Attendees include former presidential candidate and Ku Klax Klan leader David Dukes, who will “lead an informal nature walk through the Smokies” during the event, organized by Stormfront, a Facebook group. […]