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BMN: Home occupation amendment passed by planning board

From the Black Mountain News: Home occupation amendment passed by planning board by Fred McCormick At Monday night’s Black Mountain Planning Board meeting, members sought to reach a consensus regarding the proposed amendment to the home occupations section of the land use code. After discussion between members of the board, town staff, and local residents, […]

ACT: House candidates debate school funding

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: House candidates debate school funding by Mark Barrett ENKA – Candidates for state House seats representing Buncombe County differed sharply over state education spending but found more agreement on keeping restrictions on municipal annexation in place during a debate Friday. Republican incumbents Nathan Ramsey of Fairview and Tim Moffitt of Skyland […]

HTN: Residents offer praise, suggestions for improvement with Sheriff’s Office

From the Hendersonville Times-News: Residents offer praise, suggestions for improvement with Sheriff’s Office by Emily Weaver Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald made a bold move last year when he announced his plan to poll the community on how well his department was doing, according to those around him. McDonald said he would share the results […]

SMN: Evergreen gets its green: Lawmakers approve $12 million for natural gas upgrades in Canton

From the Smoky Mountain News: Evergreen gets its green: Lawmakers approve $12 million for natural gas upgrades in Canton by Jeremy Morrison In a last-minute turnaround, North Carolina lawmakers wrapped up their short session last week with passage of a bill granting Evergreen Packaging’s paper mill in Canton $12 million for natural gas upgrades. The […]

BMN: Hunger Fighters: Bounty and Soul provides for community

From the Black Mountain News: Hunger Fighters: Bounty and Soul provides for community by Barbara Hootman Bounty and Soul, a local non-profit organization run by volunteers, strives to help create healthier communities by providing fresh, healthy food, nutritional literacy, and health and wellness resources to those that need a fresh food supply. It is fighting […]

HTN: Former Hendersonville doctor assisting in Ebola outbreak

From the Hendersonville Times-News Former Hendersonville doctor assisting in Ebola outbreak by Amy B. McCraw A former Hendersonville doctor is leading a medical team fighting the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Dr. Lance Plyler is the leader of the disaster response team sent by the international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to battle […]

SMN: Having a cow: PETA accuses local dairy of animal cruelty; inspectors say otherwise

From the Smoky Mountain News Having a cow: PETA accuses local dairy of animal cruelty; inspectors say otherwise by Holly Kays Swarming flies. Cows trudging through knee-deep manure. Lame legs, an overgrown hoof, blood oozing from a nose. Bones protruding from emaciated bodies. There’s no denying that the picture painted in a recently released video […]

The Harris Brothers

Harris Brothers perform at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, Sept. 17

From a press release: Harris Brothers perform at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, Sept. 17 Wednesday, Sept. 17 Isis Restaurant and Music Hall 743 Haywood Rd. $8 in advance / $10 at door. General Admission. Doors 5pm, Show 8:30pm, 828-575-2737 (for reservations) Seated concert with limited tables available with dinner reservations. There is also theater- […]

The Cheese Store of Asheville hosting French wine, cheese and honey night tonight

Press Release From The Cheese Store of Asheville: FRENCH FRIDAY FLIGHTS Friday, August 29 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. As part of Friday Night Flights at the Weinhaus, The Cheese Store of Asheville is partnering with Asheville Bee Charmer to offer a tasting with a French flair – French wine, French cheese and French honey! This […]

State environmental agency details actions on coal ash in letter to citizens group

PRESS RELEASE from N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is addressing all known violations of the Clean Water Act at Duke Energy’s 33 coal ash impoundments and has been acting on the problem aggressively since Governor Pat McCrory took office, an official with the […]

AC-T: Tourism board backs Asheville Art Museum renovation

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article: A Buncombe County board voted unanimously Wednesday to continue its funding commitment to Asheville Art Museum’s renovation plans after an official said fundraising is going well and construction should begin next year. The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority voted unanimously to extend its agreement to give $1.5 […]