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WCU, Eastern Band research project focuses on diabetes, mental health issues

From a Western Carolina University press release: WCU, Eastern Band research project focuses on diabetes, mental health issues CULLOWHEE – A research project that involves Western Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Sciences and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians is examining the relationship between mental health issues, such as depression, and the […]

AC-T: Work begins on downtown Asheville AC Hotel

From Asheville Citizen-Times: By Mike Cronin ASHEVILLE – Some 30 city leaders gathered Thursday morning at the intersection of Market Street and Langren Alley to celebrate the beginning of what will become the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown. The 132-room Marriott-branded hotel at 10 Broadway will be owned and managed by McKibbon, a franchise of Marriott International, […]

NC Cooperative Extension and the Turfgrass Council of NC schedule professional turfgrass course in Asheville

From NC Cooperative Extension: 2015 Certified Turfgrass Professional Short Course: This short course is sponsored by NC Cooperative Extension and the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina. Classes will be held at the Asheville School located on the right off of Smokey Park Highway North about 1 mile from I-40 exit 44. The classes will be […]

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West Asheville businesses use collaborative discounts to encourage local holiday shopping, Dec. 13

Nearly two dozen West Asheville businesses have collaborated with OnHaywood.com and the West Asheville Business Association to promote holiday shopping in the area on Saturday, Dec. 13. Each business has chosen a promotion to run the whole day or for several hours on Saturday. The event wraps up with a party at Urban Orchard Cider […]

Regulators authorize repairs to dam structure at Duke Energy coal ash impoundment

From press release: RALEIGH — State environmental regulators have given Duke Energy permission to lower the level of a coal ash storage pond to make repairs to a dam structure at the Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Thursday granted the utility authorization to lower the […]

sweetFrog yogurt shop features Christmas choir performance, fundraiser

PRESS RELEASE from sweetFrog Enterprises sweetFrog Enterprises, named by The Daily Meal as America’s Best Frozen Yogurt, has has invited local choirs into locations nationwide to create a Christmas spectacle. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, each participating store will have a choir performing Christmas favorites, including Deck the Halls, at 6 p.m. Asheville’s sweetFrog location is […]

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BlueRidgeNow: Sierra Nevada amphitheater ahead of schedule; sales, employment numbers strong

From BlueRidgeNow: Sierra Nevada amphitheater ahead of schedule; sales, employment numbers strong By Renee Bindewald Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Mills River brewery has had 5,204 guests since September, coupled with 5,311 transactions in its gift shop, which the town benefits from in sales tax, Co-Manager Stan Cooper told town council members during their meeting Thursday […]

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Hi-Wire Brewing announces expansion

Press release from the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County: In conjunction with the Buncombe County Commission, Asheville City Council, and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Hi-Wire Brewing announced today it will add 15 jobs and invest $1.62 million in a new brewing facility and equipment. Hi-Wire’s investment will increase capacity from […]

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APEX Brain Centers invites public to ‘Build Better Brains’ at open house

From a press release: Please join us in celebrating one year of helping folks from near and far ‘Build Better Brains’ – APEX Brain Centers is a revolutionary, life-changing program providing individuals of all ability levels a richer experience of life through targeted Brain Training. Light Refreshments and appetizers will be provided and guided tours and […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC celebrates National Mentoring Month

From a Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC press release: Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC celebrates National Mentoring Month Asheville, NC – Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC marks National Mentoring Month in January with a call to action to mentor and help youth become successful and productive citizens. Independent studies find Littles are […]

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A-B Tech employee decorates governor’s residence

From a press release: A-B Tech employee decorates governor’s residence Brinda Caldwell-Ramsey, Director of the Community Enrichment Programs at A-B Tech Community College, was selected as the Artistic Designer for the Governor’s Western Residence annual Christmas Open House. Members of the non-profit Governor’s Western Residence Association had witnessed Caldwell-Ramsey’s decorating talents at the college’s historic […]

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Nature Conservancy acquires 800 acres in Ashe County

From a press release: Nature Conservancy acquires 800 acres in Ashe County Property will become part of the Conservancy’s Bluff Mountain Preserve DURHAM – The Nature Conservancy has acquired 800 acres in Ashe County. The new property, which includes rare mountain bogs, will be added to the Conservancy’s Bluff Mountain Preserve. “The New River Headwaters […]

BlueRidgeNow: Testing, excavation next with NC coal ash removal

From BlueRidgeNow: Testing, excavation next with NC coal ash removal By Gary D. Robertson RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state regulator told lawmakers Wednesday that groundwater monitoring beneath Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash sites and testing of hundreds of nearby wells are key to safeguarding the public’s health and determining which ash pits must be […]

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Community Development and Housing Trust Fund applications now open

From City of Asheville website: Community Development and Housing Trust Fund applications now open The City of Asheville’s Community and Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for CDBG and HOME grant funds, and for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for FY 2015-2016. The Community and Economic Development Department manages and administers programs for Asheville […]

OnTrack WNC restructures to respond to needs

From an OnTrack WNC press release: OnTrack WNC restructures to respond to needs Asheville – OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling announced a strategic restructuring which is designed to position the agency for emerging community needs. “In the last two years, we’ve seen a gradual shift in demand and our mix of services,” said Celeste Collins, […]