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October tourist numbers shatter previous records

Press Release From Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau:   ASHEVILLE, NC (Nov. 21, 2014) – Lodging demand in Buncombe County grew to a record level in October, shattering all previous monthly watermarks in the growth of tourism in the Asheville area.  The jump in lodging figures parallels the increased marketing investment made by the Asheville […]

Kate DiCamillo, ambassador for young people’s literature, at Spellbound Bookshop, Dec. 8

From a press release: Kate DiCamillo, ambassador for young people’s literature, at Spellbound Bookshop, Dec. 8 Kate DiCamillo, one of the most critically acclaimed and bestselling authors of children’s literature alive today, is visiting Spellbound Children’s Bookshop on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00pm. Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (The Tale of […]

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National Register adds three WNC historic places

From a press release: National Register Adds 17 North Carolina Historic Places, including three in WNC The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that 17 individual properties and districts across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The properties below were reviewed by the North Carolina […]

October tourism in Asheville shatters previous records

Press release from the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau: ASHEVILLE, NC (Nov. 21, 2014) – Lodging demand in Buncombe County grew to a record level in October, shattering all previous monthly watermarks in the growth of tourism in the Asheville area.  The jump in lodging figures parallels the increased marketing investment made by the Asheville […]

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 […]

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WNCA, ECO, J-MCA to become ‘MountainTrue’

PRESS RELEASE Merging environmental organizations announce new name, logo ASHEVILLE—The boards and members of WNCA, ECO and the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance on Thursday night enthusiastically approved the new bylaws, board of directors, and new name and logo for their merging nonprofits. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015, these three environmental organizations will legally […]

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, […]

McHenry responds to Obama’s immigration action

Rep. Patrick McHenry weighed-in on the national immigration debate Nov. 20, releasing a statement immediately after President Barack Obama announced executive actions he will take. McHenry represents District 10 in congress, which includes most of Asheville and Buncombe County. Here’s the statement from McHenry: “This evening we have once again seen a President more focused […]

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival returns, Jan. 22-25

From a press release: Asheville Fringe Arts Festival returns, Jan. 22-25 Asheville, NC: It’s lucky number 13 for the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival! This true Asheville Oddity has been happening for 13 years, offering local and imported preforming artists the opportunity to create and showcase new, unique work. The Asheville Fringe provides artists with opportunities […]

Open Auditions for Accordion Time Machine, Dec. 2

From a press release: Open Auditions for Accordion Time Machine, Dec. 2 Open Auditions for Accordion Time Machine, Anam Cara’s experimental theatre ensemble Tuesday, Dec 2nd 8:00-10:00pm Toy Boat Community Art Space 101 Fairview Rd. Asheville, NC 28803 Accordion Time Machine, Anam Cara’s experimental theatre ensemble, is holding auditions to cast new members. Auditions will […]

The Travelin’ McCourys with Billy Nershi of String Cheese Incident at The Grey Eagle, Dec. 4

From a press release: The Travelin’ McCourys with Billy Nershi of String Cheese Incident at The Grey Eagle, Dec. 4 WHO: The Travelin’ McCourys with Billy Nershi of String Cheese Incident WHERE: The Grey Eagle Tavern – 300 E. Main St. Asheville, NC WHEN: Thursday, December 4th 7pm Doors The Travelin’ McCourys are made up […]

Ron Rash at the Earl Scruggs Center Friday, Dec. 5

From a press release: Ron Rash at the Earl Scruggs Center Friday, Dec. 5 Join us for this program with acclaimed author Ron Rash at the Earl Scruggs Center Friday, December 5, 2014, 5:00 – 6:30 pm. 103 S. Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC Free Program: Registration Recommended 704-487-6233 or www.earlscruggscenter.org 
(Exhibit Admission is not included […]

Turner announces Legislative Assistant; will be sworn-in Jan. 14

Press release from the Brian Turner campaign: Asheville – Representative-Elect Brian Turner (HD-116) announced today that Anderson “Andy” Miller has accepted the position of Legislative Assistant to work with Turner when he takes office in January. “I am fortunate to have Andy as part of the team representing District 116.” Turner said. “His experience in […]

Racial Equity Initiative continues in Asheville schools

Press release from the Asheville City Schools Foundation: (ASHEVILLE)—Asheville has long struggled with racial equity issues and the Asheville City Schools (ACS) system has reflected this community wide issue.  In Asheville, racism is compounded by deep generational poverty with many of our families of color living in de facto segregated housing communities. This year, the […]

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EPA: Relocated residents near CTS of Asheville, Inc. Superfund site to return home

From a press release by the Environmental Protection Agengy: [On Nov. 17,] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contacted the three families relocated due to elevated levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) at their residences near the CTS of Asheville, Inc. Superfund site in Asheville, N.C., to let them know they may return home, effective immediately. After […]