Mars Hill College gets grant to study possible WNC sites for biofuel-production

Press release from Mars Hill College Mars Hill College has received a grant worth $43,750 from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina (www.biofuelscenter.org) to study site suitability for biofuel production in Western North Carolina. The grant proposal, written by Dr. Scott Pearson, professor of biology, is titled Modeling Site Suitability for Biofuels Production in Western […]

Ms. Wheelchair N.C. seeks contestants for April 6 pageant in Asheville

Press release (Asheville, NC) The Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina (MWNC) Pageant, a nonprofit advocacy and activism organization, is seeking contestants for its 2013 Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina Pageant. The annual pageant will be held on April 6, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Asheville. The MWNC Pageant showcases the accomplishments and achievements of women […]

NC Supreme Court: GOP doesn’t have to reveal emails about redistricting plans

From the Raleigh News&Observer: “N.C. Supreme Court decides Republicans do not have to make public lawyers’ redistricting email,” by Lynn Bonner “The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that Republican legislators do not have to make public email from lawyers who helped them draw new voting districts. Democrats, civil rights groups and nonprofits suing over redistricting […]

Rally today calling on Duke Energy to produce clean energy: Prtichard Park, 1 p.m.

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Saturday January 26th, Asheville residents will gather in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville to call on Duke Energy to include more clean energy in their 2013 Integrated Resource Plan. This is Duke’s 20 year plan for how North Carolina will get its energy, which they must present in front of the […]

What to do about flea beetles in the garden? CFSA points members to Pacific Northwest report

Garden season may seem months away, but winter’s a good time for casual gardeners and farmers alike to ponder ways to battle pests. A Carolina Farm Stewardship Association member sent out this missive: Here is an new, free, and interesting publication on organic management of flea beetles. Although it comes from the Pacific Northwest and […]

ACT: New “pockets of pollution” found at Chemtronics site in Swannanoa

The Asheville Citizen-Times’ Joel Burgess reports that new “pockets of pollution” have been found at the former Chemtronics site in Swannanoa. State and EPA officials are investigating; a Community Action Group has organized; and further cleanup action may take place — but not until 2016. For years, the companies responsible for the former military weapons […]

Warren Wilson College students plan Saturday Jan. 26 day-of-service at Hall Fletcher

Press release from WWC As part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Warren Wilson College, about 50 new students will honor King’s commitment to civic engagement with a day of service Saturday at Hall Fletcher Elementary. Freshmen and transfer students who started at Warren Wilson this semester will be joined by WWC peer […]

NCDOT: Beware black ice

Public service announcement from the N.C. Department of Transportation Wet roads, bridges and overpasses across the state have the potential to refreeze overnight and in the early morning hours Saturday, creating black ice. The N.C. Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extreme caution in these areas to stay safe. The video below explains what […]

Politico: In 2014, Dems face big race to keep Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat

Online media Politico takes a look at North Carolina politics — forecasting that in 2014, the Democrats may face a fight in defending Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat. Katie Glueck cites Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and notes the recent gains by Republicans in the state, with Pat McCrory becoming the first GOP governor “since the 1980s” […]

The band blog: ACT’s Casey Blake tracks Asheville High Band’s DC adventure

If you’re an old high-school band musician (I played flute and piccolo), or you like to keep up with some of Asheville’s adventurers, check out Casey Blake’s Asheville Citizen-Times blog. She’s tagging along with the Asheville High School marching band as it prepares to play at the president’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. Their first D.C. […]

Oskar Blues grand opening benefits kids’ enviro program, Muddy Sneakers

Press release from Oskar Blues Oskar Blues Grand Opening benefits Muddy Sneakers BREVARD, NC–Muddy Sneakers is thrilled to be the beneficiary of proceeds raised at Oskar Blues Grand Opening Hootenanny on December 31, 2012. “The mountains and forests in this part of the world are part of why we’re here, and we’re excited to support […]

Stay off US Forest Service roads till storm passes, agency asks

Press release From the U.S. Forest Service The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina is encouraging drivers to stay off all Forest Service roads in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests until the storm passes. Heavy rain has produced mudslides in the two national forests. Travel conditions are also dangerous because of the […]

Blue Ridge Toastmasters offers “Speak Up Asheville” workshop, Feb. 4-Feb. 25

Press release From Blue Ridge Toastmasters (club #8215) The Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club is presenting a four-week “Speak-Up Asheville” Public Speaking Workshop. This program is open to the public and will enhance participant’s ability to present their ideas with confidence, speak with authority, respond with poise and impact, relate to their audience, and improve their […]

WE DO campaign continues call for full federal equality for LGBT individuals

Press release From the Campaign for Southern Equality Asheville, N.C. (January 11, 2013) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples continue to request – and be denied – marriage licenses in their hometowns across the South as the WE DO Campaign grows across the South. At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 11th, LGBT couples […]

Former city staffer John Miall says he’ll run for Asheville mayor, Citizen-Times reports

from the Asheville Citizen-Times “Former Asheville official running for mayor” by Mark Barrett Former city employee John Miall announced his candidacy for mayor this morning. Miall retired from his job as city director of risk management in 2006 after working 30 years for the city in a career that also included work in human resources […]

ECO announces Sustainable Living workshops for early 2013, starts Wednesday, Jan. 23

Press release from then Environmental & Conservation Organization, Hendersonville, N.C. ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization’s Green Energy and Sustainability Committee will host a series of interesting, informative and hands-on workshops this year to help local residents learn to become more productive food growers, cut their energy footprint, and become more self-sufficient. The workshops will […]