NC Policy Watch: One in 5 NC households face food insecurity

From NC Policy Watch’s “Progressive Voices” blog: As Thanksgiving approaches, it is important to remember the one in five North Carolina households that face food insecurity and struggle to put wholesome meals on their dinner tables. Due to a lack of resources, on any given day, these families face difficult tradeoffs between food and other essential needs […]

UNCA/NEMAC: Asheville makes it mark on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

PRESS RELEASE FROM UNCA/NEMAC Asheville Makes its Mark on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Link to this news release: For Immediate Release: November 24, 2014 Media Contact: Steve Plever, UNC Asheville News & PR, 8282.251.6526 or Asheville Makes its Mark on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit When Vice President Joe Biden met with a […]


Despite funding challenges­, WNC nonprofits find ways to serve

Western North Carolina is blessed with a tremendous variety of charitable nonprofit organizations, each of which contributes to the overall health of our community in various ways. These organizations help find homes for animals, protect the environment, feed and clothe the needy, advocate for vulnerable populations, encourage healthy living and help grow independent businesses. Without […]

NC Board of Elections reports results of voter audit

PRESS RELEASE From THE NC BOARD OF ELECTIONS RALEIGH, N.C. — The State Board of Elections today completed an audit of more than 10,000 registered voters with questionable citizenship status. The Agency analyzed data provided by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to flag 1,425 currently registered voters […]

(photo by John Coutlakis)

The ‘power of 3′ joins Moral March to the polls

Local residents heralded the start of North Carolina’s early-voting period with a rally in downtown Asheville today, Oct. 23. The event combined the “Power of 3” initiative with the spirit of the Moral Monday rallies, complete with signs calling on people to vote. See below for the full press release from organizers, who are also […]

Congressional candidates McHenry and MacQueen spar at forum

FROM THE DAILY COURIER (RUTHERFORDTON) “McHenry, MacQueen spar at forum” by Matthew Clark Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry and Democrat challenger Tate MacQueen fielded questions ranging from immigration to gun rights during a candidate forum Tuesday afternoon in Rutherfordton. The forum was sponsored by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. McHenry came out swinging […]

Carolina Public Press receives $25,000 INNovation grant for News Exchange

FROM CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS: “One of the hardest jobs we have as a regional 501(c)(3) nonprofit online news organization is building relationships with our readers throughout Western North Carolina,” said Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome. “2015 is going to be an exciting year, because we’re not only continuing and expanding our News Exchange series, […]

Moffitt, Ramsey endorsed by builders group ABC

PRESS RELEASE ABC of the Carolinas Endorses 30 Candidates for NC Elections Charlotte, NC – The Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC), representing over 500 member companies from every sector of the commercial construction industry, is pleased to announce their endorsement of 30 candidates to appear on North Carolina ballots this November. These […]

NC Gov. McCrory releases statement on same-sex marriage rulings

PRESS RELEASE/STATEMENT from NC Gov. Pat McCrory Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement following the most recent court ruling on same-sex marriage: “The administration is moving forward with the execution of the court’s ruling and will continue to do so unless otherwise notified by the courts. Each agency will work through the implications of […]

CSE issues statement on same-sex marriage in NC

PRESS RELEASE/STATEMENT from the Campaign for Southern Equality Statement on Amendment One Being Struck Down Asheville, N.C.  — “LGBT families in North Carolina will now be treated as equal under the law in North Carolina –  a day that so many have fought so hard for. For two years too long Amendment One was on […]

Buncombe Register of Deeds grants same-sex marriage certificates Oct. 10

PRESS RELEASE/STATEMENT From the BUNCOMBE COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS Buncombe Register of Deeds Issues Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Buncombe County’s Register of Deeds will issue marriage licenses today to same-sex couples. “It is my honor to acknowledge the full equality and humanity of all Buncombe County citizens who seek to marry,” Drew Reisinger said. “Issuing these licenses […]

Buncombe GOP questions legality of Oct. 10 late hours at Register of Deeds

PRESS RELEASE/STATEMENT from the Buncombe County Republican Party Asheville, NC- It has come to the attention of the Buncombe County Republican Party that a group of Buncombe County Commissioners has conducted both a meeting and a vote via email messages to approve an extension of hours of operation of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds […]

‘Aim Higher Now’ questions absence of GOP candidates from local forums

PRESS RELEASE ASHEVILLE – Western North Carolina Republican state lawmakers are struggling to defend their record, so now some of them are dodging debates. A week after Rep. Michele Presnell skipped a Madison County League of Women Voters forum she previously committed to attend, Rep. Tim Moffitt dodged two debates in one day. Last week Rep. Presnell […]

Image via Carl Mumpower's Facebook page. To the right is an actual photo of the rainbow banner on city hall. To the left is a fake image of the Nazi flag on city hall Mumpower is using to emphasize he thinks City Council acted in a fascist manner.

Mumpower and Nesbitt challenge Asheville display of rainbow banner

PRESS RELEASE Former Buncombe GOP Chairman Chad Nesbitt and former Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower are challenging a decision by the Mayor and City Council of Asheville. Yesterday, the elected body of 7 instructed the City Manager to install a large rainbow banner from City Hall. The Mayor noted their motivations, “The council decided we […]

Duke Energy completes survey of drinking wells near coal ash plants

PRESS RELEASE FROM NC DENR Drinking water receptor survey shows wells near Duke Energy coal ash facilities RALEIGH – Duke Energy officials have identified 830 private and public drinking water supply wells near the company’s 32 coal ash storage ponds in North Carolina, according to an initial survey the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources […]

WWC President S. Solnick took part in Climate Leadership Conference

PRESS RELEASE from Warren Wilson College WWC PRESIDENT STEVE SOLNICK PART OF 2014 CLIMATE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT Warren Wilson College President Steven L. Solnick was among the higher education leaders attending the recent 2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership. The Summit brings together more than 250 college and university leaders from across the country to focus […]

C-T: Decision on same-sex marriage in NC could come today

FROM THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES “A federal judge based out of Asheville could make the critical decision today [Oct. 8, 2014] to effectively legalize same-sex marriage in North Carolina. A group of Charlotte and Asheville-based plaintiffs filed a motion Tuesday afternoon for an Asheville judge to immediately allow them to marry, in a case filed earlier […]