Community-listening initiative Imagine Brevard announces seven key issues, invites further comment

Press release from the nonprofit Heart of Brevard Imagine Brevard, a community listening initiative of Heart of Brevard, announced seven key issue topics to open up for further citizen input. These initial forum meetings will be held the week of September 2nd. The meetings will be held at the Imagine Brevard Center at 65 N. […]

Asheville receives $320,000 federal grant to replace bus

Press release from Sen. Kay Hagan’s office U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today announced that the City of Asheville has been selected to receive a $320,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to replace a diesel bus. The new 30-foot bus completes the City’s fleet replacement project, where 16 buses have […]

Big Cove Ridge property off Blue Ridge Parkway in Waynesville will be preserved, CTNC reports

PRESS RELEASE from the Conservation Trust of North Carolina A forested property along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waynesville has been protected forever in its natural state. The Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) purchased the land on August 14, 2012 in a charitable sale from the Ferguson family. CTNC intends to convey the Big […]

No contamination found in tests, say Buncombe County School officials

PRESS RELEASE from Buncombe County Schools On August 8 and 14, 2012, water samples were taken from a monitoring well in close proximity to the Buncombe County Schools Administration facility located at 175 Bingham Road. The samples were tested for the presence of 59 different chemicals and carcinogens by three separate laboratories. This particular monitoring […]

UNC-TV revises programming schedule for GOP National Convention

PRESS RELEASE The rescheduling of the Republican National Convention program in Tampa in response to the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac make it necessary for UNC-TV to revise the evening program schedules on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week on both UNC-TV and sister channel UNC-EX. The Republican Convention will not meet tonight, which will […]

Business owners: The U.S. Small Business Administration wants to hear your stories

Everyone has a story, and now the U.S. Small Business Administration is giving entrepreneurs a new online platform to share their stories and showcase their successful and thriving businesses. SBA today launched “Small Business Owners Speak,” an interactive platform featuring videos by entrepreneurs from across the country who have started or grown a business with […]

Fitzsimon’s “Monday Numbers” — North Carolina women in the workplace

From “Monday Numbers,” a regular feature of the NC Policy Watch blog The Fitzsimon File (by Chris Fitzsimon) (The source for all the items in this week’s edition of Monday Numbers is the “Key Findings on the Economic Status of Women in North Carolina” from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, August 2012) 59—percentage of […]

“Status of Women in N.C.” report: Significant social, economic advances, but challenges remain

PRESS RELEASE from the governor’s offce Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that preliminary findings of the 2012 Status of Women in North Carolina report indicate that women in North Carolina have made significant social and economic advances since 2000, but the need for further progress remains. The report is being prepared by the independent Institute […]

Asheville data-visualization project receives Rural Digital Advocacy grant

An Asheville program is one of six to receive funding from the Rural Digital Advocacy Grants Program, sponsored by the Rural Policy Action Partnership (“a collaboration of rural advocates and public policy institutions including the Center for Rural Strategies, Network Impact, the Institute for Emerging Issues, and MDC.) FULL PRESS RELEASE: The Rural Digital Advocacy […]

Burgerworx will host burger-eating contest Friday, Sept. 14, at the Grove Arcade in Asheville

FULL PRESS RELEASE Burgerworx, located in the Grove Arcade, will host a burger eating contest, Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. The restaurant will host the “Burgerworx Burger Bender Contest” for 10 registered participants. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and contestants will be awarded a $10 gift certificate for participating. “We are […]

N.C. State offers “Pack ‘N Cool,” a mobile-refrigeration solution for farmers

FULL RELEASE from N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute: PHHI has developed a new mobile cooling unit for farmers. The five-by-eight-feet refrigerated trailer – called the “Pack ‘N Cool” – is designed to keep fruits and vegetables at ideal temperatures during transport to and from farmers markets or as they’re harvested in farm […]

Citizen-Times: Asheville resident Paul Slagle talks about his exercise invention, the Versastick

A former Appalachian State University student, a certified health instructor and now an Asheville resident, Chad Slagle talks with the Asheville Citizen-Times about a portable exercise device. FROM THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES by Dale Neal: ““Workouts are part of my life,” said Slagle, now 38, and living in Asheville. “I couldn’t imagine not doing it.” By […]

Mayor Bellamy confronts law change for Asheville Airport board, Citizen-Times reports

FROM THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES One of the laws airport officials say bars [Asheville Mayor Terry] Bellamy from the [airport] board was passed at [Rep. Tim] Moffitt’s request shortly after action by City Council to put Bellamy there. The disagreement follows objections by City Council to legislation that passed the General Assembly June 28 that took […]

Asheville-based WNC Green Building Council takes the leed on state Green Built program

The WNC Green Building Council is now the administrator of the Green Built North Carolina Certification Program, which replaces the N.C. HealthyBuilt Homes Certification Program statewide. From 2006-2012, the WNCGBC certified 85% of the HealthyBuilt Homes in the state (over 600 homes in Western N.C.). As a result of that effort, the WNC Green Building […]

Sierra Nevada accelerates plans, new Mills River facility will be running by July 2013

Media outlet Hendersonville Lightning reports: “The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is accelerating plans to begin production in Mills River, moving the opening up from November to July of next year. In the first public presentation about the brewery and its campus on the banks of the French Broad River, brewery co-manager Stan Cooper told the […]

Senior Citizens League hosts Thursday, Aug. 23, town-hall with 11th District candidate Meadows

PRESS RELEASE: The future of retirement and retiree healthcare benefits rests in your hands. Make an informed decision in November by attending The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) Town Hall Meeting, August 23, 2012, the Clarion Inn –Airport, 550 New Airport Road in Fletcher. Voters will get an opportunity to ask questions and to learn positions […]