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Asheville government holiday schedule: changes for garbage, recycling, bus, golf services

Press release via the city of Asheville: Asheville city government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26 and Jan. 1. Garbage and recycling service will operate as normal on Wednesday Dec. 24. Collection will be suspended Thursday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. Thursday trash and recycling (“B” week) customers will receive collection on […]

Rhubarb raises money for local charity Rainbow in My Tummy

PRESS RELEASE ASHEVILLE, N.C. (December 22, 2014) – In November 2014, Rhubarb celebrated its first anniversary by sharing executive chef John Fleer’s new mountain cuisine at an anniversary Sunday Supper as well as offering a commemorative dessert from pastry chef Ashley Capps for the duration of the month. Furthering its dedication to the community, Rhubarb was able to donate more than […]

Brevard College hosts free financial aid workshops for Transylvania County students

From a Brevard College press release: Brevard College hosts free financial aid workshops for Transylvania County students The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) will offer a free college financial aid workshop for Transylvania County students and their parents on January 8 at 6:00 pm in the Brevard College Porter Center. How will you pay […]

Resort Travel & Xchange and Patton Hospitality Management raise $13,000 for ABCCM’s Christmas Angel Program

From an ABCCM press release: Resort Travel & Xchange and Patton Hospitality Management raise $13,000 for ABCCM’s Christmas Angel Program In an effort to help children and families in the Asheville area have a happier holiday season, Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX) and Patton Hospitality Management (PHM) teamed up to host a casino-themed fundraising event […]

Democracy NC report: Number of unaffiliated voters growing in the state

New data released by the advocacy and research organization Democracy North Carolina found that Democrats, older Americans and African Americans all participated in greater numbers, compared to the 2010 midterm. The biggest share of new voters? Independents, explains Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina.

Shelby Stephenson named poet laureate of North Carolina

From a press release: Shelby Stephenson named poet laureate of North Carolina Raleigh, N.C. – Gov. Pat McCrory announced today the appointment of Shelby Stephenson of Benson as North Carolina’s poet laureate. Stephenson will be installed at a ceremony in February at the State Capitol. The ceremony is open to the public. “Shelby Stephenson will […]

Black holes and wormholes presentation scheduled at PARI

From a PARI press release: Black holes and wormholes presentation scheduled at PARI Rosman, NC (December 22, 2011) – The public is invited to a discussion of black holes and wormholes Friday, January 9 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI).  The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations […]

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Cybergrass: Steep Canyon Rangers and Oskar Blues Brewery announce partnership

From Cybergrass: Steep Canyon Rangers and Oskar Blues Brewery announce partnership The popular North Carolina-based bluegrass ambassadors, Steep Canyon Rangers, are proud to announce a new partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery, brewers of Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and other craft beers. This collaboration, which kicks off in January 2015, is the culmination […]

RiverLink’s successful Hike With Dave series strolls on

From a RiverLink press release: RiverLink’s successful Hike With Dave series strolls on Earlier this year, RiverLink began the monthly Hike With Dave series, lead by Volunteer Coordinator Dave Russell and designed to bring hikers out to discover the French Broad River Watershed. The hikes are free and take place on Sunday mornings. The most […]

Art classes for children, adults to be offered at WCU

From a Western Carolina University press release: Art classes for children, adults to be offered at WCU CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education will start off the new year by offering community art classes for both children and adults. Local children can stay busy on their day off from school […]

Nantahala Outdoor Center sponsors 212-mile Smoky Mountain Relay

From a Press Release: Nantahala Outdoor Center sponsors 212-mile Smoky Mountain Relay The Perfect New Year’s Resolution: The Southeast’s Hardest (and Most Beautiful) Overnight Race Bryson City, N.C. (December 19, 2014)— Registration is open now through April 10 for the Southeast’s most grueling team race: The Smoky Mountain Overnight Relay to be held April 17-18, […]

2014 Root Cause Award winners announced for excellency in the local forest products industry and sustainable forestry

From a press release: 2014 Root Cause Award winners announced for excellency in the local forest products industry and sustainable forestry (Asheville, NC)—The second annual Root Cause Awards, celebrating achievement in the local forest products industry and sustainable forestry have been announced. The three winners are: Cullowhee-based non-profit forest stewardship consulting group Forest Stewards is […]

Open (partially) Monday, Dec. 22: Asheville Regional Airport’s new entrance

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE:  Asheville Regional Airport’s new main entrance will partially open Monday, December 22     Asheville Regional Airport’s new main entrance will partially open Monday, December 22.  The relocation of the airport’s entrance is part of a North Carolina Department of Transportation project to change the traffic interchange across the I-26 bridge at Airport […]

SACE: EPA’s new coal ash rules leave ‘critical gaps’

PRESS RELEASE from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Six Years After Kingston, EPA Finally Issues Rules to Regulate Coal Ash Advocates Concerned the Rules Are Too Weak, Leaving Ash Threats in Place  Knoxville, Tenn. – Today, just days before the 6th anniversary of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s tragic coal ash disaster on Dec. 22, 2008 […]

EPA announces ‘common sense’ rules for coal ash

PRESS RELEASE from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Common sense, pragmatic rules to protect against structural failure, water and air pollution WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants. The final rule establishes safeguards to […]

Coal ash, energy opportunities top DENR’s list of top 2014 news, accomplishments

  PRESS RELEASE Expanding energy opportunities and cleaning up coal ash are among top 2014 news items for state agency RALEIGH – To help journalists with year-in-review stories, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has put together its list of the agency’s biggest news items and accomplishments for 2014. Expanding energy opportunities The N.C. Mining […]

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The Three Davids (Holt, Wilcox and LaMotte) in Concert, Feb. 21

From a press release: The Three Davids in Concert Who: David Holt, David Wilcox, and David LaMotte What: The Three David’s in Concert When: February 21, 2015 8pm Where: Diana Wortham Theatre Tickets: $35/$25 for students and children under 12 Please join three of Asheville’s favorite award-winning songwriters and entertainers, David Holt, David Wilcox, and […]