Fanciful Flea event Feb. 21 benefits Madison County’s Neighbors in Need

MADISON HAS HEArT — a volunteer group in Madison County — announces “Fanciful Flea,” a “pop up collection of curated boutiques [that] will benefit Neighbors in Need’s fuel/food assistance fund” on Saturday, Feb. 21. Here’s their announcement: The Fanciful Flea Marshal High Studios February 21, 2015 10-5 SNOW DATE Feb 28, 2015 EVENT: MADISON HAS […]

Local thinkers, doers invited to NC Natural Products networking event

From the NC Natural Products Association: Bring the Spring! Calling the new age hillbilly farmers, industry wizards, and botanical enthusiasts: prepare to answer some questions and pose them to others! The North Carolina Natural Products Association (NCNPA) would like to invite all those with an interest in Asheville’s herbal, agricultural, and botanical community to our […]


ICYMI: Visit MountainTrue’s new website

In case you missed it, check out MountainTrue‘s new website. The nonprofit recently merged the forces and memberships of three regional organizations — the Western North Carolina Allliance, the Environmental and Conservation Organization, and the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Now they’ve got a shiny new website with info, updates and calls to action. Here’s what they said […]

WNC Frack Free releases statement on Asheville Council action

Tonight, Jan. 13, Asheville City Council adopted a resolution calling on North Carolina legislators to reinstate a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking,” a technique for drilling for natural gas and oil in shale deposits). The  Buncombe County-based group WNC Frack Free released this statement on the action: Asheville City Council passes resolution opposing fracking […]

Frank Scorpiniti takes the reins as CEO for Asheville-based grocer, Earth Fare.

Earth Fare’s new CEO Frank Scorpiniti takes the reins

Asheville-based Earth Fare announced the arrival of its new CEO, Frank Scorpiniti — the former yead of Canadian drugstore company Rexall. Here’s the full announcement from Earth Fare: EARTH FARE WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO Frank Scorpiniti will lead rapidly expanding retailer through pivotal year and beyond ASHEVILLE, NC—Earth Fare, the natural and organic grocery […]

Wallethub ranks North Carolina low for teacher pay

From WTVD (Channel 11) “Using statistics compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other groups, WalletHub analyzed factors like public school per student funding, ten-year change in teacher pay, safety of schools, and teaching wage disparities. Among the study’s findings, North Carolina ranked 51st in […]

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt, left, swore in Brian Turner as the county's newest North Carolina state representative.

Brian Turner sworn in as new state representative for Buncombe

PRESS RELEASE Brian Turner sworn in as new state representative for Buncombe County Asheville, N.C. – Today, Brian Turner was officially sworn in as the new State Representative for Buncombe County’s House District 116 at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Buncombe County Commission Chair David Gantt administered the oath of office in […]

Start the new year with a Friends of the Smokies license plate

PRESS RELEASE Start the New Year with a New License Plate WAYNESVILLE, NC – Savvy drivers in North Carolina and Tennessee can kick off the New Year and join the 32,000 other vehicles with Friends of the Smokies license plates. Sales of specialty license plates in North Carolina and Tennessee support priority projects in Great Smoky […]

Betsy Polk (left) and Maggie Chotas, co-authors of Power Through Partnership – How Women Lead Better Together, will speak at UNC Asheville on Jan. 22

Co-authors Polk and Chotas to speak at UNC Asheville Jan. 22

PRESS RELEASE from UNCA “Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together” – Co-Authors Polk and Chotas to Speak at UNC Asheville Jan. 22 Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas, co-authors of Power Through Partnership – How Women Lead Better Together (Berrett-Koehler, 2014), will discuss their research about women business partnerships at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, […]

The Blue Ridge Parkway seeks comment on proposed plans for the Moses H. Cone park near Blowing Rock. Seen here: the 13,000-square foot Flat Top Manor House, currently 20-room, 13,000 square foot mansion built in 1901 in the grand Colonial Revival style.

The Manor is now the home of the Parkway Craft Center. Photo courtesy of the Blue Ridge Heritage Area

Parkway seeks input for Moses H. Cone plan

PRESS RELEASE Parkway Seeks Input for Moses H. Cone Developed Area Management Plan (Asheville)—The Blue Ridge Parkway (Parkway) is seeking public input, through February 9, 2015, on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Moses H. Cone Developed Area Management Plan (DAMP). The DAMP would guide the future development and management of the Moses H. Cone […]

Asheville ART launches Sunday bus service

PRESS RELEASE The ART launches Sunday bus service ASHEVILLE – In a move to increase accessibility to public transportation and support the City of Asheville’s multimodal transportation goals, the ART, Asheville’s transit service, launched Sunday bus service on January 4, 2015. The expansion is the largest since the City launched the Transit Master Plan in […]

Jane Sherman presents workshops for dementia caregivers

Dementia:  Embracing the Moment: A Workshop for Caregiving Improv Tools for Living in the Now Asheville, NC:     Dementia:  Embracing the Moment – Improv Tools for Living in the Now:  A three-part workshop for caregivers of  individuals with dementia is scheduled on Friday afternoon, February 6th, 13th, and 20th from 1  to 3 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church in the choir room at 2840 […]

Mission Health signs new contract with The Blood Connection

FROM MISSION HEALTH Mission Health signs new contract with The Blood Connection ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 29, 2014) – Mission Health and The Blood Connection of Greenville, S.C., have entered into an agreement through which The Blood Connection will be the sole provider of blood to Mission Health, as well as conducting local blood drives in all […]

Sylva Herald: Mission Hospital drops Red Cross contract

FROM THE SYLVA HERALD: “Mission Hospital drops Red Cross blood supply contract; might Harris Regional do the same?” by Quintin Ellison In the high-stakes business of blood, the American Red Cross is hemorrhaging regional market share as area hospitals, in search of lower prices and reliable delivery, sever decades-old relationships with the national charity. This […]

PHOTO CUTLINE: This small creek flows through the Alma Watson property on its way to the North Fork Catawba River.

Foothills Conservancy protects natural area near Linville Caverns

FROM FOOTHILLS CONSERVANCY MORGANTON, N.C. – Near Linville Caverns and the North Fork Catawba River lies a formation of dolomite rock very unusual for the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains. A recent Foothills Conservancy purchase of 54 acres helps protect and buffer this dolomite-influenced natural area within and adjoining U.S. Forest Service lands of Pisgah National […] Local, national gas prices still trending down

UPDATE FROM GASBUDDY.COM December 29- Average retail gasoline prices in Asheville have fallen 9.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.45/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 259 gas outlets in Asheville. This compares with the national average that has fallen 9.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.28/g, according […]

Mission Health restricts visitors as flu-like illnesses increase

PRESS RELEASE ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 30, 2014) – Mission Health is restricting visitors to its hospitals due to an increase in reported influenza-like illnesses throughout North Carolina. Only immediate family members over the age of 12 will be permitted in patient care areas. Mission Health is asking friends and family of patients to limit visitations based […]