Partners make progress in restoring Grandfather Ranger District

From a USDA press release: Partners make progress in restoring Grandfather Ranger District NEBO, N.C., Dec. 16, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service and a spectrum of partners collaborated to help restore close to 6,000 acres in the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, through the Grandfather Restoration Project over the past year. “I commend […]

WCU faculty assist with award-winning Cherokee language documentary

From a Western Carolina University press release: WCU faculty assist with award-winning Cherokee language documentary CULLOWHEE – Two Western Carolina University faculty members assisted on a recently released award-winning film that chronicles efforts to revitalize the Cherokee language in Western North Carolina. Hartwell Francis, director of WCU’s Cherokee language program, and Tom Belt, coordinator of […]

WCU, Eastern Band research project focuses on diabetes, mental health issues

From a Western Carolina University press release: WCU, Eastern Band research project focuses on diabetes, mental health issues CULLOWHEE – A research project that involves Western Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Sciences and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians is examining the relationship between mental health issues, such as depression, and the […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC celebrates National Mentoring Month

From a Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC press release: Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC celebrates National Mentoring Month Asheville, NC – Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC marks National Mentoring Month in January with a call to action to mentor and help youth become successful and productive citizens. Independent studies find Littles are […]

OnTrack WNC restructures to respond to needs

From an OnTrack WNC press release: OnTrack WNC restructures to respond to needs Asheville – OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling announced a strategic restructuring which is designed to position the agency for emerging community needs. “In the last two years, we’ve seen a gradual shift in demand and our mix of services,” said Celeste Collins, […]

Great Smoky Mountains Association completes $3.4M investment in North Carolina side of the Smokies

From a Great Smoky Mountains Association press release: Great Smoky Mountains Association completes $3.4M investment in North Carolina side of the Smokies With the opening of the Swain County Visitor Center in downtown Bryson City this past September, Great Smoky Mountains Association wrote its final check toward a $3.46 million investment in projects located in […]

WNC Food Policy Council awarded $10,000 for agribusiness and food bank training

From a WNC Food Policy Council press release: WNC Food Policy Council awarded $10,000 for agribusiness and food bank training CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) has awarded $10,000.00 to the Western North Carolina Food Policy Council (WNCFPC). The funding will coordinate multiple local efforts in agribusiness training and food […]

Red Cross needs holiday blood or platelet donations

From an American Red Cross press release: Give something that means something – Give blood or platelets Buncombe County — The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season — a lifesaving blood donation. Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday […]

WCU appoints Western Michigan’s George Brown as dean of fine and performing arts

From a Western Carolina University press release: WCU appoints Western Michigan’s George Brown as dean of fine and performing arts CULLOWHEE – The new year will begin with a new dean at the helm of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Carolina University as the WCU Board of Trustees has endorsed the […]

State’s fish to be featured on new specialty plates designed by WCU art professor

From a Western Carolina University press release: State’s fish to be featured on new specialty plates designed by WCU art professor CULLOWHEE – When it comes to fishing, Western Carolina University art professor Jon Jicha is happy angling in all kinds of waters. But recently, Jicha painted a couple of his favorite fish for the […]

Pisgah Legal offers free health care navigation help

From a United Way press release: Pisgah Legal offers free health care navigation help Pisgah Legal Services (PLS), a United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) partner agency, is a federally funded Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Care Navigator Organization. PLS seeks to help individuals and families understand their affordable health insurance options. PLS can help […]

Mission Health limits visitations for patient safety

From a Mission Health press release: Mission Health limits visitations for patient safety: Increase in flu incidence a concern ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 5, 2014) – Due to an increase in influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina, Mission Health asks that family and friends limit their visits to patients in the hospital. In particular, Mission Health […]

YMCA and Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville partner to get kids outside

From a YMCA press release: YMCA and Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville partner to get kids outside Asheville, NC: Beginning Black Friday through December 24th, 1% of all sales at Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville will go directly to supporting the YMCA of Western North Carolina’s afterschool, educational enrichment and summer learning loss programs. Holiday shoppers can […]

Asheville High School Band presents: A free community holiday concert & craft fair

From an Asheville High School press release: Asheville High School Band presents: A free community holiday concert & craft fair Proceeds from the craft fair support the students’ educational spring trip Asheville, NC – The award-winning Asheville High School band is pleased to invite the public to celebrate the joyous sounds of the season, as […]

Paddling and tree planting with the French Broad Riverkeeper

From a Western North Carolina Alliance press release: Come paddle—and plant live trees—with the French Broad Riverkeeper ASHEVILLE — Western North Carolina Alliance needs volunteers to paddle with our French Broad Riverkeeper and plant live trees along the riverbank as we go. Each tree we plant will help to restore the bank’s stability and prevent […]

HT-N: Locally-filmed sci-fi movie makes its debut

From the Hendersonville Times-News: Locally-filmed sci-fi movie makes its debut by Emily Weaver An independent science fiction suspense film, nearly two years in the making, premiered at a private showing at The Carolina Cinemas in Asheville Wednesday night to a house of 85 applauding viewers. The raucous applause came as music to the ears of […]

Duke Energy gift supports engineering

From a Western Carolina University press release: Duke Energy gift supports engineering Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology will expand hands-on learning experiences for engineering students and boost efforts to recruit and retain engineering students with a $75,000 gift from the Duke Energy Foundation. The gift, announced at WCU on Monday, […]