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Facing South blog continues to question Civitas data base of Moral Monday arrestees

From Facing South, a weekly blog by the Institute for Southern Studies NC protester database now disclosing public employee salaries Civitas’ database of Moral Monday arrestees expanded this week to include salaries of those who are public employees. The conservative group that launched a website last week publicizing details about people who’ve been arrested during […]

Children First launches photo petition campaign over education cuts

From Children First NC: (Asheville, NC) In the face of potential state budget cuts, more than 100 North Carolinians have shown their support for education funding via the Success Equation Facebook page ( The Success Equation (an initiative of Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County) created the photo petition asking people to pose with […]

July 16 WNC Regional Air Quality Agency agenda

From WNCRAQA: WNCRAQA BOARD OF DIRECTORS TENTATIVE AGENDA JULY 16, 2013 BOARD MEETING Public Comment Protocol Announcement Adjustment and approval of agenda Consent Agenda: Approval of minutes from May 14, 2013. Unfinished Business: Director’s Report: Ozone Monitoring Station Update Grant for Retrofitting Fire Engines in partnership with Reems Creek Fire Dept. Gas Can Swap Facility […]

Asheville Chamber of Commerce announces new board of directors

From a Chamber of Commerce press release: ASHEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2013-2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has named its 2013-2014 board of directors and appointed Dana Stonestreet of HomeTrust Bank as chair. Stonestreet was inducted during the Chamber’s 116th Annual Meeting held June 27 at the U.S. Cellular […]

McHenry announces $1 million Homeland Security Grant to Buncombe fire departments

Here’s the press release from the office of Rep. Patrick McHenry: U.S. Department of Homeland Security awards Assistance to Firefighter Grant funds to local departments WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $1 Million in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to local fire departments in the Tenth Congressional District. The Skyland […]

Conference of Superior Court Judges convenes in Asheville

Here’s the press release from the Conference of Superior Court Judges: The North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges met in Asheville for three days, beginning Wednesday, June 19. Approximately 127 regular judges, special judges, emergency judges, retired judges, and appellate court judges and justices attended the meeting. The chief justice of the Supreme Court […]

NC News Service: What does the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage mean for the state?

From the North Carolina News Service SCOTUS Ruling on Same Sex Marriage: What Does it Mean for NC? NC Marriage Equality Advocates Look to Washington for Help Stephanie Carroll Carson ASHEVILLE, N.C. – It will take federal action before North Carolina same-sex couples benefit from the U.S. Supreme Court decisions handed down on Wednesday overturning […]

Mission Hospital and Blue Ridge Regional Hospital receive 5-star hospital designation

Press release From Mission Health Mission Hospital Receives Cleverley Five-Star Community Value Award Award based on financial strength, cost of care, pricing and quality Asheville, N.C. (June 27, 2013) – Mission Hospital is the recipient of the 2013 Community Value Five- Star Hospital by Cleverley + Associates, representing the ninth time in the last 10 […]

Buncombe County native wins scholarship and chance to work with NCWRC and USFS

Press release from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission: Buncombe County native Allison Bryan won a $3,000 scholarship and the privilege to work this summer with fisheries biologists from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Forest Service after being selected to participate in the 2013 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program sponsored by the American […]