UNION DAYS: Approximately 90 workers and organizers of the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees of America, Local Div. No. 128 pose for a picture in April 1913. Despite North Carolina’s status as one of the least unionized states in the country, current-day local union chapters such as ATU 128, have a long history of organizing and advocating for workers’ rights in the Southern Highlands. Photo via the Norh Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville North Carolina

Labor pains: WNC unions at a crossroads

In Western North Carolina and across the country, labor unions seem to be a dying breed these days, and many local residents don’t seem overly concerned about it. Yet WNC’s complex history of unionization stretches back to the late 19th century. From high-profile labor disputes and the emergence of “right to work” laws to the […]

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Friends of the Smokies kicks off 2017 Classic Hike series with a trip up Mingus Creek

From the Friends of the Smokies: Hike Mingus Creek and Experience the Smokies Behind the Scenes WAYNESVILLE, NC – Friends of the Smokies’ 2017 Classic Hike Series kicks off on Tuesday, March 14 with a hike at Mingus Creek. Hikers will trek four miles round-trip to see a historic cemetery with Danny Bernstein, creator of […]

Jewish Family Services of WNC receives over $140,000 in grants to support community programs

From Jewish Family Services of WNC: Jewish Family Services of WNC Received over $140,000 in Grants Asheville, NC — Jewish Family Services of WNC, Inc. (JFS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is proud to announce the largest grant funding year in the history of the social service agency, with generous awards from seven funders totaling more […]

N.C. State Highway Patrol implements “Blue Alert System” for law enforcement agencies

From the North Carolina Department of Public Safety: Blue Alert System for Law Enforcement Agencies Statewide RALEIGH – The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons, which is overseen by the State Highway Patrol, is proud to announce the implementation of the N.C. Blue Alert system. The system is used to notify the public when any law […]

2017 Mini Challenge Winner Just a Bite by Cynthia Moser. Image courtesy of the Art League of Henderson County

Art League of Henderson County announces winner of “Mini Challenge”, Jan. and Feb. Artists of the Month

From the Art League of Henderson County: Art League of Henderson County Announces Winners in Three Shows ALHC Long-Delayed January Winners Selected at February Meeting Hendersonville, NC – The January Art League of Henderson County member show was to include the much anticipated Mini Challenge, along with the monthly regular member art exhibit. Unfortunately, the […]

Environmental activists, community groups speak out against proposed Duke Energy coal ash permits

From the Southern Environmental Law Center: Proposed Permits Allow Duke Energy to Discharge Unlimited Amounts of Pollutants into North Carolina Rivers and Lakes CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — On behalf of the Roanoke River Basin Association and Appalachian Voices, the Southern Environmental Law Center submitted comments on proposed permits for leaking, unlined Duke Energy coal ash […]

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Brevard College campus minister Sharad Creasman to offer opening prayer at U.S. Senate March 2

From Brevard College: Brevard College Campus Minister to Open U.S. Senate in Prayer March 2 BREVARD – Brevard College’s recently appointed Campus Minister is headed to the United States Senate. Sharad Creasman will be the Guest Chaplain opening the Senate floor on Capitol Hill Thursday, March 2. The prayer will be broadcast live and online […]

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Hendersonville Police Department investigating sexual assault on West Lake Drive, offers safety tips to joggers

From the Hendersonville Police Department: For Immediate Release: Contact: Detective Bruce Darrah Phone: (828) 697-3043 Fax: (828) 697-3009 The Hendersonville Police Department is currently investigating a reported and suspected sexual assault of a jogger that occurred on West Lake Drive between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. the morning hours of Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  If […]

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Mountain Bizworks announces fifth ScaleUp WNC Cohort for Spring 2017 session

From Mountain Bizworks: Mountain BizWorks Announces the Fifth ScaleUp WNC Cohort Fifteen high-potential WNC small businesses accepted into the intensive growth planning and mentorship program (Asheville, NC): Mountain BizWorks is very pleased to announce 15 small businesses throughout the region with strong potential for growth and job creation to participate in the fifth cohort of […]

Henderson County activists meet with Senator Tillis’ State Director, answer questions Feb 23

From event organizers: 4:15PM This Thursday, February 23 The leaders of the grassroots movement, Progressive Organized Women (POW) will meet Senator Thom Tillis’ State Director, Jordan Shaw, to discuss concerns at the first meeting of its kind since the arrival of the new administration.   The meeting is expected to take 45 minutes after which the POW leaders Jayne Jennings and […]

UNC Asheville hosts symposium on ethics March 3

From UNC Asheville: Emphasis on Ethics: Bridging Traditions and Disciplines – UNC Asheville to Host Symposium March 3 UNC Asheville will host a full-day symposium – Emphasis on Ethics: Bridging Traditions and Disciplines – 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at Karpen Hall in the Laurel Forum. This event, and the featured talks by […]

Asheville residents hold rally to support Affordable Care Act Feb. 25

From event organizers: Rally Defending Affordable Care Act on Saturday, February 25, Downtown Asheville Senators Burr and Tillis and Congressmen Meadows and McHenry invited to attend Asheville, NC—Our Revolution Asheville is joining forces with Indivisible Asheville/WNC and other Asheville organizations to hold a rally on Saturday, February 25, at Pack Square in downtown Asheville in […]

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Carolina Concert Choir performs “Only Mozart” 2017 Spring Concert April 8

From event organizers: CAROLINA CONCERT CHOIR’S 2017 SPRING CONCERT “ONLY MOZART” Choral Performance with Orchestra. Reception will follow the concert. “Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to conduct the Mozart Requiem with a variety of musicians from college students to professional ensembles. The most humbling, impactful performance took place on September 11, 2002 […]

Canary Coalition releases video from Feb. 17 General Strike demonstration in Sylva

The Sylva-based nonprofit environmental watchdog group Canary Coalition has released the following video of a demonstration outside of Congressman Mark Meadows Waynesville office on Friday, February 17. Demonstrators gathered as part of the National General Strike, observed by individuals and communities across the country Feb. 17. Strike demands included a call to oppose the immigration […]

APD: Silver Alert cancelled after missing man found

From the Asheville Police Department: UPDATE: Thomas Long Newton Has been safely located, as of 7:48 p.m., February 17, 2017, according to Christina Hallingse, Public Information Officer for APD. Original Silver Alert: City of Asheville Asheville Police Department Silver Alert Issued for Thomas Long Newton Asheville, NC (February 17, 2017): A silver alert has been […]

Asheville High School hosts United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus March 18

From event organizers: The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will play a free concert at Asheville High School on Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Asheville High School Band Director Emily Talley considers the the Army Field Band and Chorus “one of the finest military ensembles in the country.” As the band […]

North Carolina DEQ calls for public input on Duke Energy facility draft closure plans

From the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality: State seeks public input on draft closure plans for high priority Duke Energy facilities RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is asking the public to weigh in on proposed draft closure plans for coal ash impoundments at four Duke Energy facilities deemed high priority by the […]

Asheville Helicopter Tours offers bird’s eye view of city, mountains beginning March 15

From Oasis Helicopter Tours: Newnan, Georgia – Corporate Aircraft Solutions announced today the expansion of the Oasis Helicopter Tour operations into Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville Helicopter Tours is scheduled to open March 15, 2017 with the fixed base operations (FBO) at the Asheville Regional Airport in Fletcher, North Carolina. The inaugural set of tours include […]