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Dennis Justice. Photo courtesy of Justice

Senate candidate, Justice, releases statement accusing opponent and chamber of commerce of misleading the public

Press release from Dennis Justice’s senate campaign: Dennis Justice, a Republican candidate for North Carolina Senate, has protested what he calls a willfully misleading political flyer from the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and has therefore announced he will boycott the upcoming Henderson County Chamber forum on Tuesday, February 16. His contention are two political […]

Dying to be Loved, an interactive murder-mystery dinner will run February 12 and 13 at the historic Nu Wray Inn located at 102 Town Square in Burnsville.

Parkway Playhouse performs Dying to be Loved at the Nu Wray Inn for Valentine’s Day

PRESS RELEASE: Dying for some Valentine’s Day excitement? Parkway Playhouse and the Nu Wray Inn are serving it up! Dying to be Loved – an interactive murder-mystery dinner is replete with a three-course, family style dinner as well as making each guest a suspect in the mystery that unravels as patrons enjoy their food. Dying […]

N.C. Rep. Brian Turner serves the western third of Buncombe County.

The stakes are high for some local movers and shakers as Sunday’s big game comes into view

As Super Bowl Sunday draws near, news of friendly wagers is being passed around. N.C. District 116 Rep. Brian Turner announced that he has joined on to an agreement between N.C. legislators and their Coloradan counterparts. The bet, regardless of outcome, will benefit the nationwide nonprofit, Habitat for Humanity. If the Panthers win the championship, as […]

Asheville Art Museum presents a workshop series on art conservation

PRESS RELEASE: The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to present a series of “Make It Last” workshops focused on the important topic of art conservation. The series is designed for collectors, artists and those who are curious about the inner workings of the art world, and includes demonstrations and discussions with Museum staff and guest […]

Storybook Characters come alive in local libraries

PRESS RELEASE: Thirty-three doll artists from Western North Carolina, Tennessee & South Carolina, have made children’s storybook characters come alive. GoFigure artists have created “one of a kind” sculpted characters like Serafina and the Black Cloak, and Dr. Seuss’s “Snort.” These characters were made to celebrate National Reading Month. Where the public can find the […]

Alisa Hove, Ph.D., biology professor, (pictured, left, with student Cora Barber) worked with fellow Warren Wilson College professor Amy Boyd, Ph.D., to secure the $129,000 National Science Foundation grant to study ecosystems’ responses to global change. Photo courtesy of Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson, UNC-A and partner schools to monitor climate-change impacts on native gardens, National Science Foundation grants to help

Updated 2/05/16, originally posted 2/04/16 Press release from UNC-Asheville UNC Asheville faculty researchers have been awarded a $316,882 grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education, for phenology, the study of seasonal biological events. Researchers will track the effects of both year-to-year climate variability and long-term environmental change on both local and global […]

Project Linus sponsors ‘Make-A-Blanket Day’ on March 12

From Eliada Homes: Project Linus is sponsoring a Make-A-Blanket Day on March 12, 2016 at Eliada Home in Asheville, 2 Compton Drive.  This national non-profit organization donates handmade blankets to children in crisis.  The local chapter donates to 12 western North Carolina counties and has distributed over 56,000 blankets. The March event will be held […]

Master Gardener plant sale has begun

From the Master Gardeners: The annual Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association plant sale has begun.  Edibles (berries, asparagus, and fruit and nut trees) and native plants (perennials to attract pollinators) are available at exceptional prices. Order forms are available at the Cooperative Extension Office on Raccoon Road; by calling the office at 828-456-3575; […]

Vision Express volunteers on a previous trip. Photo courtesy of Vision Express

Vision Express goes to India to treat cataract blindness in rural population

Press release from Rug & Home and Vision Express: For the fourth year in a row, Vision Express, a Western North Carolina-based nonprofit, and Rug & Home are teaming up to host health camps in rural villages near Varanasi, India. A team of eight volunteers from the Carolinas will leave in February to serve in various […]

Volunteers at UNC-A to help the public with tax preparations starting this Saturday

Press release from UNC Asheville: Moderate income individuals and families can once again have their income tax returns prepared for free by UNC Asheville volunteers as part of the IRS VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) program. UNC Asheville’s VITA service, now in its sixth year, will be available from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. […]

Voter ID campaign

N.C. Board of Elections launches new campaign for voter ID awareness

Press release from the N.C. State Board of Elections: The State Board of Elections today released a new public service announcement designed to educate voters on the 2016 voter Id requirements. The “Be Recognized” ads will air on local television and radio through the 2016 Election cycle, the goal is to make sure every voice is […]

Buncombe Farm Bureau supports state bond referendum

Press release from Blue Red Marketing: Buncombe  County Farm Bureau passed a resolution on February 1st that urges all North Carolinians to vote yes for the $2 billion Connect NC Bond referendum during the Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Primary Election. The resolution supports the bond’s investments in agriculture, community colleges, higher education, the National Guard, state parks […]

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City calls for final input on Livingston Street/Depot Street project

Press release from the City of Asheville: The City of Asheville is wrapping up planning to improve Livingston Street and a portion of Depot Street to make them safer and more comfortable for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.  Based on input from the community at meetings in September, the engineers have made revisions to their […]

Photo of Ruth Solis courtesy of A-B Tech

A-B Tech graduate wins Southeast Region Student Chef of the Year

PRESS RELEASE from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College: Ruth Solis, a 2014 A-B Tech Culinary Arts graduate, won the American Culinary Federation Southeast Region Student Chef of the Year title during competition January 30 at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. She will advance to national competition this July in Phoenix. As a member of A-B Tech’s […]

Rev. Joe Ingle. Photo courtesy of Mars Hill University

Rev. Joseph B. Ingle lectures on U.S. Death Penalty at Mars Hill University Feb. 15

Press release: Chaplain to Death Row Inmates to Present Lecture on the Death Penalty at Mars Hill University Rev. Joseph B. Ingle, a United Church of Christ minister and a leading voice in faith-based opposition to the death penalty, will be presenting a public lecture Monday evening, February 15, at 6pm in Belk Auditorium, Mars […]

American Red Cross calls for help to maintain blood supply

Press release: Donors urged to help the American Red Cross maintain blood supply ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2016) – The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients by giving blood this February. During the winter months, inclement winter weather and seasonal illnesses can keep regular donors from […]

Via N.C. Department of Commerce.

Unemployment figures for Dec. 2015 report mixed news for Asheville, Buncombe County

Statistics released by the North Carolina Department of commerce earlier today indicate that Buncombe County had the lowest unemployment rate among North Carolina’s 100 counties through the month of December, 2015, at 3.9 percent of the total labor force. The unemployment rate dropped .1 percent from November 2015 (4.0 percent unemployment). Of the county’s 130,871 […]

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