Mission Health Lifts Visitor Restriction Policy

From a press release: Influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina has decreased; however, Mission Health asks that family and friends continue to limit their visits to patients in the hospital. Mission Health has lifted the Visitor Restriction Policy and reinstituted the Visitor Limitation Policy, which suggests children under age 12 and people who do not […]

Western Carolina Medical Society recognizes Current Medical Services as preferred vendor

  From a press release: Kelly T. Custer, J.D., founder and CEO of Current Medical Services, announced today that they have been recognized by the Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) as a Preferred Vendor. The WCMS Preferred Vendor Program is dedicated to offering competitive prices and discounts to WCMS members on various products and services […]

Asheville City Council passes resolution opposing fracking

From a press release: On January 13th, Asheville City Council passed a resolution opposing fracking, joining a growing list of western North Carolina towns and counties, including Sylva, Weaverville, Marshall, Swain County, Jackson County and Haywood County.  With the passing of this resolution, Asheville has joined the statewide effort to keep NC frack-free, to protect […]

North Carolina spends small amount on tobacco prevention efforts in North Carolina

From a press release: RALEIGH, N.C. – According to a recent report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, North Carolina will only spend about $1.2 million of the $422 million it will receive from the 1998 Big Tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes this fiscal year on efforts to prevent kids from smoking and helping others […]

Inspire Personal Fitness has grand re-opening, Jan. 22

From a press release: “O3 Health & Fitness” Becomes “Inspire Personal Fitness” Inspire Personal Fitness will open its doors to the public for a grand re-opening event Thursday, Jan. 22, 4-8 pm. This event is to announce and celebrate the official re-branding of “O3 Health & Fitness” as “Inspire Personal Fitness.” The name and brand change […]

FORENSIC FOLKLORIST: "I'm excavating [folk] practices from older generations," says Byron Ballard, known as Asheville's village witch. Photo by Machaela Treadway

Byron Ballard keeps Appalachia­n folk magic practices alive

Known as Asheville’s village witch, Byron Ballard practices what she calls “hillfolk hoodoo,” a form of Appalachian folk magic. Ballard came by hoodoo naturally, growing up in a poor community in the mountains of Western North Carolina where hoodoo was practiced. She laments that the practice is disappearing: “Local hillfolk are no longer practicing hoodoo, […]

North Carolina falls behind in mental health funding

From  press release:  Momentum for reform of the nation’s mental health care system slowed in 2014 as a result of failure by Congress to enact comprehensive mental health care legislation and a decrease in the number of states strengthening investment in mental health services, including North Carolina, according to a report released by the National […]

Bednarek to serve as McDowell Hospital’s interim President Jan. 1

From a press release: Mission Health has announced the appointment of Bob Bednarek as interim President of McDowell Hospital, beginning January 1. Bednarek will assume this interim role upon the departure of Lynn Boggs, who has been President and CEO at McDowell since 2012.  In September Boggs announced that she would step down from her […]

New Year’s Day run to benefit WNC women with breast cancer

From a press release: Interested in a New Year’s Day activity that combines fun, philanthropy and fitness? Registration is now open for a run to benefit Western North Carolina women with breast cancer. Proceeds will benefit local journalist and cancer survivor Karen Chávez and the non-profit, Hope Chest for Women. The Karen Kicks Cancer event […]

MICROBIRTH film screening in Asheville, Dec. 14

From a press release: “Microbirth” is a new 60-minute documentary investigating the latest scientific research about the microscopic events happening during childbirth. These events could have life-long consequences for the health of our children and potentially could even impact mankind. The film will be screened on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at Asheville Brew […]

Tea and mindfulness workshop at Dobra Tea, Black Mountain, Dec. 13

From a press release: Join us for a calm and mindful tea drinking workshop at Dobra Tea, 120 Broadway St., Black Mountain, on Saturday, Dec. 13, 10-11:30 a.m. The experience will create a profound shift in how we respond to our surroundings, while giving us insights into how our mind works. Enjoy this heightened awareness. It […]

Mission Hospital named among top 50 heart hospitals in U.S.

From a press release: Hospital Spends Thousands Less Per Procedure, Releases Patients Sooner than Peers  Mission Heart has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading authority on clinical quality.  Mission Heart is the only hospital in the Carolinas to receive this recognition.  This marks the 9th time […]