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 […]

Area closure issued for portions of Linville Gorge Wilderness, due to forest fire

Press release from National Forests in North Carolina: March 17, 2017- For the protection of public health and safety, the following area is closed to the public due to fire suppression activities on the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.  This closure is effective from March 17, 2017 until further notice.   AREA CLOSURE   All […]

U.S. Cellular’s “Community Connections” supports local youth organizations

Press release from U.S. Cellular:  U.S. Cellular announced today that its “Community Connections” program is back for the third consecutive year to provide sponsorship support to local youth organizations. Since the program launched in 2015, the company has awarded nearly $900,000 in sponsorship dollars to more than 2,200 school groups and youth sports teams. Beginning […]

N.C. Main Street Champions honored

Press release from N.C. Department of Commerce-Public Affairs:  Main Street Champions, individuals who work and advocate for downtown revitalization across the state were recognized for their commitment this morning at an awards ceremony breakfast in Shelby. Thirty-six individuals received honors for their contributions in 2016. “Downtown districts are important economic engines in our state,” said […]

Public input phase continues for Transylvania school facilities

Press release from Transylvania County Schools:  Transylvania County residents have another chance, on March 20 at Rosman Elementary School, to address the Board of Education about the facilities needs and master plan for Transylvania County Schools. The Board’s regularly scheduled meeting begins Monday night at 6:30, with a one-hour discussion on the findings of the […]

Utility and heating assistance still available at Eblen Charities

Press release from Eblen Charities:  Asheville, NC: For those families still seeking help in keeping warm this winter and in need of utility assistance, Eblen Charities still has Federal heating funds available through it’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program through the end of March or until funds are depleted. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program […]

White Creek Fire burning in Linville Gorge wilderness area

News alert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture:  The White Creek Fire was reported at 4:00 pm Thursday and is burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge, on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The fire is estimated at 75 acres and 0% contained. Last night, firefighters worked to […]

High school students compete to qualify for FIRST North Carolina State Championship

Press release from FIRST North Carolina:  High-school students from across North Carolina will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work after an intense six weeks of designing and building an original robot in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition ( This week at The Kimmel Arena at UNC […]

Crews respond to wildfire in Linville Gorge area

News alert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture:  Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service are responding to a wildfire burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge, on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service is issuing an emergency closure of the Shortoff Trail (Trail #235) and […]

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