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Partisan divide noted in 2014 Conservation Scorecard

From press release: North Carolina League of Conservation Voters today released its 2014 Legislative Scorecard. Environmental voting scores in the N.C. General Assembly hit a disturbing new low in 2014, punctuated by one especially jarring number: zero. That was the average score earned by Senate Republicans on the key environmental bills and amendments prioritized by […]

N.C. Health and Human Services creates Ebola web page

From press release: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has created an Ebola web page that provides information for the public and healthcare providers, updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fact sheets and a list of FAQs. Go to www.ncdhhs.gov/ebola/ The web page also incorporates the newly opened Ebola […]

80 Asheville businesses demand Duke Energy retire area’s coal-fired plant

Press release from the NC Sierra Club: Local Business Community Unites in Call for Clean Energy Economy ASHEVILLE, NC – Eighty businesses across the greater Asheville area have signed a joint letter to Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good demanding retirement of the city’s coal-fired power plant, and several of the business owners gathered to mark […]

Moffitt calls on NC Attoreny General to investigate APD corruption

Press release from the campaign of Rep. Tim Moffitt: ASHEVILLE, NC — State Representative Tim Moffitt has called upon North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper to open an investigation into recent claims by members of the Asheville Police Department (APD) regarding mismanagement, leadership problems and possible corruption. In a letter dated today, a copy of […]

Civitas Flash Poll: Moffitt edges Turner

Press release from the conservative Civitas Institute: RALEIGH – Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt leads Democratic challenger Brian Turner by one percentage point in the state House District 116 race, according to a new Flash Poll released today by the Civitas Institute. In the flash poll, 300 registered voters from the district in Buncombe County were […]

Oskar Blues Brewery Osktoberfest returns on 10/25

From a Press Release: Oskar Blues Brewery Osktoberfest returns on 10/25 Brevard, NC–Oskar Blues Osktoberfest returns to downtown Brevard on Saturday, October 25, with live music, German food, and local craft beer, including Oskar Blues’ rare specialty Osktoberfest Marzen. The party gets started around 6 p.m., after Heart of Brevard’s Halloweenfest celebration, with a rad […]

WLOS: Swain County magistrate resigns rather than officiate gay marriages

From WLOS: One of Swain County’s magistrates, Gilbert Breedlove is resigning rather than marry gay couples. Despite a state memo telling magistrates to follow their oaths of office, or face suspension or dismissal, Breedlove says same-sex marriage not only violates his religion, but he says the federal mandate violates the U.S. Constitution. Click here for […]

WNC Sierra Club endorses local state General Assembly candidates

Announcement from WNC Sierra Club Political Chair Ken Brame: After an extensive process of reviewing voting records, positions, and interviews with candidates for judicial, legislative, and county commission positions, the Sierra Club recommends the following candidates for this fall’s elections: Incumbent Sen. Terry Van Duyn in the Senate 49 race and incumbents  Chuck McGrady in […]

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James McMurtry performs at The Grey Eagle, Nov. 1

From a press release: James McMurtry performs at The Grey Eagle, Nov. 1 Saturday, Nov. 1 at The Grey Eagle Doors/Show: 8:00pm/9:00pm — Tickets: $17.00-$20.00 — with Jonny Burke James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working […]

Congressional candidates McHenry and MacQueen spar at forum

FROM THE DAILY COURIER (RUTHERFORDTON) “McHenry, MacQueen spar at forum” by Matthew Clark Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry and Democrat challenger Tate MacQueen fielded questions ranging from immigration to gun rights during a candidate forum Tuesday afternoon in Rutherfordton. The forum was sponsored by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. McHenry came out swinging […]

Carolina Public Press receives $25,000 INNovation grant for News Exchange

FROM CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS: “One of the hardest jobs we have as a regional 501(c)(3) nonprofit online news organization is building relationships with our readers throughout Western North Carolina,” said Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome. “2015 is going to be an exciting year, because we’re not only continuing and expanding our News Exchange series, […]

Brevard College cohosts former North Carolina poet laureate

From a Press Release: Brevard College cohosts former North Carolina poet laureate The Brevard College English Department and the Grace Creech West Lectureship are pleased to welcome former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti to Brevard on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. Bathanti will give a public reading of his selected works in the  […]

Oct. 25 symposium draws community into transportation planning

From a Press Release: Oct. 25 symposium draws community into transportation planning Everyone needs to get around. That’s the simple idea behind Asheville In Motion, an evolving and exciting community-based initiative designed to increase access to all forms of transportation. On October 25, the public is encouraged to participate in a symposium on Asheville’s transportation […]

AC-T: Huge sinkhole emerges on county-owned site

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: AC-T: Huge sinkhole emerges on county-owned site by John Boyle and Julie Ball ASHEVILLE – A sinkhole the size of a pickup truck opened up overnight Wednesday on a county-owned parking lot behind the former TK Tripps restaurant at College and South Charlotte streets. Heavy rains Tuesday apparently opened up the […]