BMN: Community benefits from 2014 Cycle to Farm to tune of $60,000

From the Black Mountain News: Community benefits from 2014 Cycle to Farm to tune of $60,000 by Fred McCormick As the dust settled from another successful ride, Cycle to Farm organizer and Black Mountain resident Jennifer Billstrom began crunching the numbers to measure the unique event’s impact on the local economy. The 62-mile ride that […]

SMN: Ahead of the CuRvE: Cullowhee group look to river park for downtown revitalization

From the Smoky Mountain News: Ahead of the CuRvE: Cullowhee group look to river park for downtown revitalization by Holly Kays Downtown Cullowhee doesn’t look much like the thriving little town Rick Bennett found when he first moved to Jackson County in 1966. In the golden era of the 1970s, he reminisces, the little town […]

Oskar Blues Brewery earns spot on Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America

From a Press Release: Oskar Blues Brewery earns spot on Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC – Oskar Blues Brewery, the first craft brewery in the country to brew and hand-can its own beer, continued explosive growth in 2014 and earned a position in the top half of […]

ConAgra to Present Check to MANNA FoodBank to Fight Childhood Hunger During Hunger Action Month

From a Press Release: ConAgra to Present Check to MANNA FoodBank to Fight Childhood Hunger During Hunger Action Month ASHEVILLE, NC: September 16, 2014. ConAgra Foods is committed
 to ending child hunger. Through the Child Hunger Ends Here program, for every code entered from participating ConAgra Foods products, the monetary equivalent of one meal – […]

Waynesville Gallery Association Presents Art After Dark

From a Press Release: Waynesville Gallery Association Presents Art After Dark Fall is in the air and The Waynesville Gallery Association is excited to announce the October edition of Art After Dark! Art and music beckon you to join us in our art stroll, Friday, October 3rd. Galleries and restaurants’ stay open late, including working […]

Best Kept Secret in Western NC: Hanging Dog for Leaf Viewing

From a Press Release: Best Kept Secret in Western NC: Hanging Dog for Leaf Viewing MURPHY, N.C., Sept. 17, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service invites visitors to take in fall’s splendor at the Hanging Dog Recreation Area. Providing year-round access to Hiwassee Lake, Hanging Dog Recreation Area will soon be ablaze in fall’s splendor. […]

CPP: Fracking brings few jobs, major destruction, mountain residents tell NC energy commission

From the Carolina Public Press: Fracking brings few jobs, major destruction, mountain residents tell NC energy commission by Paul Clark No fracking in North Carolina, a heavily partisan crowd told the state Mining and Energy Commission on Friday, Sept. 12. Speaker after speaker at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University told a three-member commission […]

Rice Creek – Protecting the View from the Appalachian Trail

Rice Creek – Protecting the View from the Appalachian Trail by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Located barely 500’ from the Appalachian Trail (AT), the beautifully wooded Rice Creek tract has been a conservation priority for the US Forest Service (USFS) and Appalachian Trail Conservancy for over 15 years. We purchased the 77-acre property near Rocky […]

Upcoming Ag demo day in Buncombe County

From a press release: Upcoming Ag Demo Day in Buncombe County (Alexander Community) The Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Service and the Buncombe Soil and Water Conservation Service are hosting a Farm Equipment Demonstration Day in cooperation with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Shared use equipment can be accessible for local farmers at a minimal cost, […]

U.S. Forest Service news alert: Permit required to collect firewood

From a press release: Permit Required to Collect Firewood ASHEVILLE, N.C., September 2014 — As temperatures begin to dip, many of us start thinking about heating our homes during the cold months. For some folks, this means stocking up on firewood for the fireplace or wood stove. The national forests in North Carolina are among […]

SMN: Fish food: Aquaponics offers full-circle farming

From the Smoky Mountain News: Fish food: Aquaponics offers full-circle farming by Holly Kays Tucked away along a squirrely offshoot of Jonathan Creek Road, Dennis “Bear” Forsythe’s 15-by-15-foot greenhouse is like his own private Eden. The small outbuilding in rural Haywood County holds 500 plants representing 58 species, everything from pineapple to pepper. “I just […]

Asheville Art Museum Hosts Opening Reception + Gallery Talk for Mary Frank: Finding My Way Home

From a Press Release: Asheville Art Museum Hosts Opening Reception + Gallery Talk for Mary Frank: Finding My Way Home Friday, September 26, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Exhibition on view September 26, 2014 – January 18, 2015 ASHEVILLE—The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to present a reception and gallery talk on Friday, September 26 at […]

Arts Council of Henderson County co-sponsoring Jamey Aebersold Concerts

From a press release: Arts Council of Henderson County co-sponsoring Jamey Aebersold Concert on October 14, 6:30-8:30 Henderson County, NC –Jamey Aebersold, internationally known saxophonist and authority on JAZZ education and improvisation, will be performing and giving workshops in WNC and Anderson, SC the week of October 12-16.  Aebersold is the recipient of the 2014 […]

Asheville Community Theatre presents The Addams Family

From a Press Release: They’re Creepy and They’re Kooky: The Addams Family Opens Asheville Community Theatre’s 69th Season Asheville Community Theatre is opening its 69th season with the WNC Premiere of the musical comedy The Addams Family. Featuring an original story with both classic and new characters, The Addams Family is the perfect Halloween treat […]

U.S. News & World Report ranks UNC Asheville as one of nation’s best

From a press release: U.S. News & World Report Ranks UNC Asheville as One of Nation’s Best UNC Asheville was ranked as the nation’s eighth best public liberal arts college in U.S. News & World Report’s new “Best Colleges 2015” rankings, released online today. UNC Asheville also is included on the U.S. News & World […]

CPP: Week before fracking hearing, Franklin forum attracts hundreds

From the Carolina Public Press: Week before fracking hearing, Franklin forum attracts hundreds by Gwen Albers FRANKLIN — When establishing rules for hydraulic fracturing, North Carolina looked at resources and other states’ best practices before determining that extracting natural gas from deep underground could be done safely, an official with the state’s Mining and Energy […]