Ko Barrett. Photo courtesy of UNC Asheville

UNCA alumna Ko Barrett to speak at 2017 commencement

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville will celebrate Spring 2017 Commencement on Saturday, May 13, with alumna Ko Barrett, deputy assistant administrator for research for NOAA, serving as commencement speaker for the morning ceremony. Barrett will receive an honorary degree, along with honorary degree recipients artist Stoney Lamar, pediatrician Olson Huff, and Cherokee elder […]

Downtown Hendersonville receives “Award of Merit” in N.C. Main Streets Awards

Press release from Historic Downtown Hendersonville: Historic Downtown Hendersonville is excited to announce that the local Main Street Program was once again, for the fourth year in a row, recognized with an “Award of Merit” during the annual NC Main Street Awards Ceremony. We were recognized for our efforts in 2016 in the area of […]

Asheville gets new locally made children’s clothing line

Press release from Looking Glass Clothing Company: Asheville, NC ­– March 20, 2017 – Two local moms join together to create a children’s clothing line inspired by, and made in, Asheville. Looking Glass Clothing Company is the newest children’s clothing line to come out of Asheville, NC. Founded and created by two local moms, Leigh Ann […]

Firefighters conduct burnout operation on White Creek Fire at Linville Gorge

Press release from the National Forests in North Carolina: NEBO, N.C., March 20, 2017- Firefighters conducted burnout operations this afternoon to reduce fuels and buffer firelines on the White Creek Fire. The fire, which was reported Thursday, is burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of […]

City installs hearing loop in Asheville Council Chambers

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville is proud to off an Audio Frequency Induction Loop (AFIL) system in Council Chamber to assist those with hearing loss. The system was generously provided by the Asheville Breakfast Rotary Club. Brad Stein, City of Asheville ADA Coordinator, states “The City is continuously working […]

Best of Asheville Comedy Showcase returns March 25

Press release from Funny Business: Asheville, NC: On Saturday, March 25th Funny Business at The Grey Eagle will present 10 of the top Asheville Comedians for 2 shows. Best of Asheville Comedy ShowcaseCome see the most popular standup comedians in Asheville perform together in one outstanding show! The Best of Asheville Showcase expands to 2 shows this […]

Carolina Day science teacher attends Climate Reality Leadership Conference

Press release from Carolina Day School: ASHEVILLE- Karla Weidner, Carolina Day Middle School and Upper School science teacher, was invited to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Conference in Denver, CO March 2-4. In a competitive selection process, nearly 900 individuals representing 40 countries from around the world were in attendance. The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organization […]

Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler announces campaign for re-election

Press release from Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler: Asheville, NC – Gwen Wisler, Vice Mayor of the Asheville City Council, will run for re-election in 2017. This will mark her second four-year term on the Council, serving as Vice Mayor since 2015. “Asheville has improved during my tenure in terms of transportation, housing, sustainability and other areas,” said […]

Air quality forecast for Tuesday, March 21: Good/Moderate (GREEN and YELLOW)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, is a code green air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County.  No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. For the ridge tops, it is a code yellow air quality forecast day.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, […]

Gov. Cooper nominates Buncombe County lawyer to Department of Transportation Board

Today, Gov. Roy Cooper appointed local attorney William Clarke to the N.C. Board of Transportation. The Roberts & Stevens partner specializes in environmental law and serves on several large boards for nonprofits serving the area including the WNC Community Foundation and the Golden LEAF Foundation. Clarke is from the most westerly county of any of Cooper’s nominees so […]

City partners with Asheville GreenWorks for “30 trees in 30 days” program

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with Asheville GreenWorks, has launched a new initiative to plant trees at all seventy-four city owned recreation facilities over the course of the next three years. The initiative is aimed at celebrating how trees enhance our environment and our […]

All the hike locations were chosen due to their moderate difficulty so that those new to hiking can get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Western North Carolina, and will be led by an experienced guide. Participants are advised to judge their own level of fitness and capacity to complete the hikes; while the hikes have been selected to be accessible to a wide range of participants, the trails are natural surface trails across varied terrain.

Get outdoors, go hiking with Buncombe County recreation services

Press release: This spring Buncombe County Recreation Services will lead several community hikes across Buncombe County.  These hikes will showcase some of our local parks hiking trails as well as some better known trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest. The hikes are open to the public and are part of the […]

The Western North Carolina Orchid Society presents the 19th Annual Asheville Orchid Festival

Press release from The North Carolina Arboretum:  The Western North Carolina Orchid Society (WNCOS) and The North Carolina Arboretum will once again jointly host one of Western North Carolina’s greatest annual plant shows, the 19th annual Asheville Orchid Festival. This will also be an American Orchid Society sanctioned judging event. The Asheville Orchid Festival is […]

LEAF presents: Legends of Africa, Cultural Arts Showcase at Orange Peel, May 15

Press release: On Monday, May 15 from 11am-12pm, LEAF invites the community to a culturally rich performance by Masankho Banda, LEAF International Rwanda and LEAF International Tanzania at The Orange Peel. This performance is a fantastic opportunity for school field trips, homeschoolers, all those who want to continue the LEAF weekend, or cannot make to […]

Increasing visibility: Asheville and Buncombe County’s Agenda for People with Disabilities

Press release from Sustain NC:  Asheville City Council is expected to soon vote on changes to city hall’s 1995 Americans with Disability’s Act (ADA) performance policy. These changes will improve ADA issue responses. People with disabilities (PwDs) and PwD stakeholders—including parents, caregivers, medical professionals, and policy evaluators—should understand these changes. To increase visibility of the […]

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