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ASAP, RAFI-USA launch program to increase farmers market sales

Press Release Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Two of North Carolina’s leading local food and farmer advocacy organizations have joined forces on a major new initiative to increase farmer direct sales and expand local food access. ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) and RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International) have partnered on the project, Connect2Direct. The goal for […]

Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective presents “Next Fall,” Nov. 6-22

From a press release: Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective presents “Next Fall,” Nov. 6-22 Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective is excited to announce the final production of its fourth season: Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, running November 6 through 22 at The BeBe Theatre, located at 20 Commerce St. in downtown Asheville. Showtime is Thursday […]

Program on preservation of family treasures with archivist Heather South, Oct. 29

From a press release: Program on preservation of family treasures with archivist Heather South, Oct. 29 In celebration of Archives Month, join Archivist Heather South of the Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina for a program on how to care for family treasures: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7 p.m. Liston B. Ramsey Center […]

WCU names director of International Programs and Services

From a Press Release: WCU names director of International Programs and Services CULLOWHEE – Ling Gao LeBeau, an award-winning educator experienced with leading programs that support study abroad and international scholarship, joined Western Carolina University as director of the Office of International Programs and Services on Oct. 15. At WCU, LeBeau will work to help […]

Asheville mayor to moderate panel at N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition meeting

Press release from the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition: N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition to Meet in Asheville Big city mayors to discuss strategies for creating regional economic success Asheville, NC — Mayors from North Carolina’s largest municipalities will gather to discuss strategies for creating regional economic success during their annual meeting luncheon, October 23rd at […]

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 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 […]