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 powerof5nc.org 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. […]

Candidates respond to survey asking whether they would ratify the ERA amendment

Incumbent Sen. Martin Nesbitt, Reps. Chuck McGrady and Susan Fisher joined other Western North Carolina candidates in saying “yes” when asked in a survey, “If elected, will you cosponsor and vote for the resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment?” Two other local candidates also said yes to the survey, sponsored by the Equal Rights […]

Mountain Credit Union hosts voter-registration drives, Sept. 18-19

Mountain Credit Union, in conjunction with the North Carolina Credit Union League, will be holding Voter Registration Drives at four of our branches in Candler, Asheville, Fletcher and Waynesville. Dates are as follows: Tuesday, September 18 1453 Sand Hill Rd, Candler 8:30-11:30 am 721 N Main St, Waynesville 1-4 pm Wednesday, September 19 219 Haywood […]

Wildlife Resources Commission tries to breed the endangered Eastern hellbenders in Marion

Press release From the N.C. Wildlife Commission Breeding Eastern hellbenders — a large salamander — in captivity isn’t for the faint of heart. For one thing, these odd-looking animals, also called “water dogs” or “snot otters,” are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. For another, they’re relatively hard to find in the wild, including North […]

LAAFF organizers face $10,000+ shortfall, Citizen-Times reports

On Sept. 5, the Ashvegas blog reported that Arts2People — organizers of the annual Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival — were asking for donations on its Facebook page. Today, Sept. 6, blogger and Asheville Citizen-Times staff Jason Sandford report: The nonprofit that produces one of the city’s most unique downtown festivals needs to raise […]

Ten Thousand Villages celebrates 20 years in fair-trade business

Press release from Ten Thousand Villages Ten Thousand Villages CEO, Doug Dirks, and original volunteers who founded the store will visit and participate in celebrations of local nonprofit Ten Thousand Villages store. (Asheville, NC) –Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade store in Asheville is celebrating its 20th anniversary of doing fair trade business all this year. […]

Join Friends of the Smokies for a waterfall hike on Big Creek, Thursday, Sept. 20

(Enjoy the clear cool waters at Midnight Hole while hiking with Friends of the Smokies along Big Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park — photo by Danny Bernstein) Press release from Friends of the Smokies Discover beautiful waterfalls and a choice swimming hole while hiking with Friends of the Smokies in Great Smoky Mountains […]

Labor Day gas prices: North Carolinians, most states will see highest gas prices so far this year

Press release from GasBuddy.com For Labor Day weekend, American consumers in 45 states will likely see the highest fuel prices they’ve ever seen at this time of year. Only motorists in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming will be spared from record-high prices at the pump. “The average motorist will be laboring a bit […]

Eastern Band of the Cherokee’s Hall Mountain tract awarded federal conservation grant

Press release From the U.S. Forest Service he U.S. Forest Service announced today $3.5 million in grants as part of a new program to support jobs and healthy forests in communities across the U.S. The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program provides financial assistance grants to local governments, tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations working […]

WNC Historical Association offers Sept. 15 tour to Cherokee

Press release from the WNC Historical Association The Western North Carolina Historical Association has organized a tour to Cherokee, NC, to explore the history and the culture of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Saturday, September 15, 2012. The tour, designed to be informational and educational will begin with a brief meeting with the […]

Rising gas prices, gloomy weather may deter Labor Day travel, AAA Carolinas predicts

Press release from AAA Carolinas Escalating gas prices and gloomy weather predictions due to Hurricane Isaac are expected to dampen Labor Day holiday travel this weekend by North Carolinians, according to AAA Carolinas. An expected 926,300 North Carolina residents will travel more than 50 miles from home during the five-day Labor Day holiday travel period […]

Land-of-Sky presents 2012 “Friends of the River” awards

Press release from the Land-of-Sky Regional Council The Land-of-Sky Regional Council presented “Friends of the River” Awards on August 29, 2012, at the 35th Annual “Friends of the River” Dinner in Asheville. These awards recognize individuals, private organizations, civic groups, and/or public agencies in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties who have made significant contributions […]