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Christian News Network says evangelists endured vile acts, assault at “perverse” Bele Chere festival

According to Christian News Network: Evangelists that visited the largest free festival in the Southeast this past weekend say that police looked on while event-goers engaged in openly lewd acts and turned hostile toward the message of the Gospel. Christians from at least nine states traveled to the Bele Chere festival in Asheville, North Carolina, […]

Grand Bohemian Hotel’s Red Stag Grill offers dishes to raise money for local children’s wishes

From the press release: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville – a Kessler Collection boutique hideaway in Biltmore Village – invites guests to experience a special three-course menu this summer at Red Stag Grill, benefiting Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina. Granting Wishes with Three Dishes will be available now – October, during the Biltmore Estate outdoor […]

CSE Director in Huffington Post column: “Chick-fil-A is not the issue”

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality, has written a column for Huffington Post using the Chick-fil-A controversy to tackle the issue of LGBT employment protections: As a CEO and private citizen, Mr. Cathy has the right to voice his beliefs on gay marriage (or any topic). And people have the […]

Asheville Chamber recognizes Steve Hill for many years’ work on Thomas Wolfe Memorial

from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce: Steve Hill received the 2012 William A.V. Cecil Tourism Leadership Award for his work of nearly 35 years at Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site. This award is named for William A. V. Cecil, whose dedication to travel and tourism exemplify the spirit of this award. Hill fell into […]

EPA and USDA announce first microbial risk assessment guideline

From the press release: WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the first-ever Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) Guideline. This new MRA Guideline lays out an overarching approach to conducting meaningful assessments of the risks to Americans posed by pathogens in food and water. Pathogens […]

Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival accepting applications for vendors

From Heather Cohen, Creative Director of Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival: Call to Artists: The Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival is looking for arts and crafts vendors for our December Festival at the Asheville Civic Center. For more information contact heathercohen16@hotmail.com. website: sacredcelebratoionsproductions.com. We are accepting applications until Nov 1, 2012.

McKibbon Hotel group will present plans for Haywood Street property Aug. 7

Full announcement from the McKibbon Hotel Group: (ASHEVILLE, NC –07/30/12) McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc. will present the first design drawings for their proposed development of the city-owned Haywood Street site, across the street from the Basilica of St. Lawrence and the U.S. Cellular Center on Tuesday, August 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular […]

Friends of MANNA FoodBank receive discount on pizza showdown benefit tickets today

From MANNA FoodBank: Special Friday, July 27 to Monday, July 30, friends of MANNA can purchase tickets for $25 each (a $5 discount off the regular price.) Ticket quantities are limited at this price and you must use this link: http://askwesternnorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2012/07/manna-food-bank-asheville-pizza.html Back by popular demand, the Asheville Pizza Showdown, which is the evolution of Asheville […]

ASAP hosts recipe contest using seasonal produce from tailgate markets

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project challenges the public to submit their favorite recipes featuring their current seasonal veggies, particulalrly okra, garlic, summer squash, tomatoes and eggplant. CONTEST: If you’re thinking that all the ingredients mentioned above go well together, you’re right! Tailgate markets have everything you need for a delicious local ratatouille except the recipe. […]

National Physical Education Institute at UNCA to Focus on Obesity Prevention

From UNC Asheville news services: Some 250 physical education teachers and administrators from across the country will gather at UNC Asheville for a five-day institute designed to help schools use limited resources to improve physical education and obesity prevention programs for grades K-12. The N.C. Center for Health & Wellness at UNC Asheville will host […]

Council will hold July 31 worksession on water system, possible merger

From City Clerk Maggie Burleson: On July 31, 2012, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the First Floor North Conference Room, City Council will be holding a worksession which will consist of the following items: (1) Director’s Report from Water Resources Director Steve Shoaf; (2) Update on the Metropolitan Sewerage District water/sewer consolidation impact study; […]