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, […]

AIDS Memorial Quilt exhibit and World AIDS Day commemoration

From a Western North Carolina AIDS Project press release: AIDS Memorial Quilt exhibit and World AIDS Day commemoration Asheville, NC (November 14, 2014) – On Sunday, November 23rd a team of volunteers from the Western North Carolina AIDS Project will gather at the Renaissance Hotel, downtown Asheville, to assemble a special exhibit of the AIDS […]

WNC Farmers Market seeks input from local consumers

Press release from North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: WNC Farmers Market seeks input from local consumers ASHEVILLE — The WNC Farmers Market is looking for feedback from area residents on ways to improve the market to better serve the changing needs of Western North Carolina. From now until Nov. 23, consumers can […]

WCU selects Jackson County native to lead administration, finance division

Press release from Western Carolina University WCU selects Jackson County native to lead administration, finance division CULLOWHEE – Jackson County native Michael T. Byers, an associate vice chancellor for business affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is the next vice chancellor for administration and finance at Western Carolina University. Byers, who is […]

Oak Valley Hardwoods expanding into Graham County

Press Release from McCrory Communications: Oak Valley Hardwoods expanding into Graham County Move will result in 114 new jobs Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Oak Valley Hardwoods, Inc. is planning to expand operations into Graham County and create 114 […]

Industries for the Blind receives $950,000 from Miracles in Sight Eye Bank for expanded community outreach for the blind in WNC

Press release from Miracles in Sight: Industries for the Blind receives $950,000 from Miracles in Sight Eye Bank for expanded community outreach for the blind in WNC WHAT: Industries for the Blind is strengthening its commitment to employment, training and services for people who are blind and visually impaired with expanded services for its Community […]

UNC Asheville senior Stephanie Watkins-Cruz honored for community service

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville senior Stephanie Watkins-Cruz honored for community service UNC Asheville senior Stephanie Watkins-Cruz has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities that are committed to community engagement. Watkins-Cruz is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Student […]

WCU alumna wins regional mathematics education student award

Press release from Western Carolina University: WCU alumna wins regional mathematics education student award CULLOWHEE –Sarah Michelle Holmes, who graduated from Western Carolina University in May, has been named the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student for the western region of the state by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Now a mathematics teacher at […]

RiverLink seeks volunteers interested in watershed stewardship and conservation

Press Release from RiverLink: RiverLink seeks volunteers interested in watershed stewardship and conservation Asheville, NC — RiverLink invites those interesting in becoming volunteers to attend our monthly volunteer information sessions on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The sessions are held in the conference room of the RiverLink office at 170 Lyman […]

Adoption options expo

Adoption Options Consulting Press Release: Adoption options expo Because children need families! WHO? Adoption Options Consulting, LLC with the support of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina invites those interested in adoption to meet and speak with representatives from a variety of public and private agencies that specialize in adoption and adoption resources. WHAT? A […]

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Fighting hunger with music

WHAT: Feeding America Through Entertainment (FATE) and jam weekly food drive WHEN: Thursdays, 8pm WHERE: New Mountain, 38 N. French Broad Ave. WHY:  Feeding America Through Entertainment (FATE) is an organization that facilitates philanthropic relationships between the business community and prominent entertainers to raise money and awareness for hunger relief. So, when the owners of […]

Annual Clothesline Project at Mars Hill University on October 30

Press Release from Mars Hill University: Annual Clothesline Project at Mars Hill University on October 30 Mars Hill University’s Annual Clothesline Project will be held October 30, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in front of Pittman Dining Hall. The Clothesline project began in 1990 in Massachusetts when a small group of women wanted […]

Benefit dinner to raise funds for Kurdish Red Crescent

Press Release from Firestorm Co-op: Benefit dinner to raise funds for Kurdish Red Crescent Community responds to international appeal for humanitarian aid in Kobanê Asheville, NC – On Wednesday, November 5th, community members will host a benefit dinner at The Weinhaus. The fundraising event will feature a catered vegetarian meal with door prizes donated by […]

COMPETITIVE EDGE: Sheila Tillman, associate dean of hospitality at A-B Tech, says the school's history of participation and success in culinary competitions has boosted Asheville's visibility in the national food scene. Photo by Stewart O'Shields

Asheville’s food pioneers: A-B Tech trains tomorrow’s chefs

A-B Tech’s culinary and hospitality curricula, started in 1968 and accredited by the American Culinary Federation, were the first such programs in North Carolina. Of course, there were far fewer lodging options and high-end food destinations in Asheville back then. But some folks saw the area’s potential and felt that culinary education and tourism were […]