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The Sylva Herald: Dillsboro merchants push for GSMR’s return

From The Sylva Herald: Several Dillsboro merchants are spearheading the effort to collect signatures on a petition addressed to Jackson County Commissioners. That petition supports “the increase of rail service in and out of Dillsboro to spur economic development throughout all of Jackson County.” Copies of it have been distributed throughout businesses in Dillsboro and […]

Sen. Kay Hagan: Syria atrocities require ‘strong response’

The office of North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan released a statement on Saturday on President Obama’s decision to seek Congressional approval for military intervention. Sen. Hagen says without putting U.S. troops on the ground, the “atrocities in Syria require a strong response.” Full statement follows: “It is shocking and deplorable that the Assad regime would […]

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Sept. 20-22

“Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul,” says the festival’s website. The three-day event is set for Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22, in historic downtown Bristol, which straddles the state line between Virginia and Tennessee. This year’s lineup includes Lucinda Williams, […]

Governor’s office announces $4 million in Americorps grants, including some to local groups

From the office of Gov. Pat McCrory: Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory announced today the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Services has awarded $4,409,540 in grants to 16 AmeriCorps programs across the state for the 2013-14 program year. AmeriCorps members serving with these organizations will participate in outreach efforts and activities focused […]

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital signs memorandum of understanding with Mission Health

Press release HIGHLANDS-CASHIERS HOSPITAL SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH MISSION HEALTH HIGHLANDS, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2013) ˆ Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) and Mission Health have finalized a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for HCH to become a full-member hospital of Mission Health. Mission Health is North Carolina‚s sixth-largest health system and the region‚s only not-for-profit, independent […]

Advocates launch hotline for people affected by new NC voting restrictions

Full announcement from the Advancement Project: Washington, D.C. – – Anticipating North Carolina seniors and voters of color may face difficulty casting a ballot following passage of one of the most restrictive and regressive voting measures in decades, Advancement Project and the North Carolina NAACP State Conference recently launched a voter education hotline, 1.855.NO.ID.4.US (1.855.664.3487). […]

Eater, a national food news aggregate, features Asheville restaurants

With the help of Asheville blogger Jason Sandford, Eater spotlights Asheville restaurants. The blog collects food industry and entertainment news from around the nation (and sometimes the world). Here’s an excerpt from the post: Chef alums from long-established restaurants are opening their own places (Isa’s Bistro, Bull and Beggar). Two detail-obsessed pizzerias are raising the […]