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NC Court of Appeals upholds NC state smoking ban in private for-profit clubs

In a ruling released last week, Judge Linda Stephens wrote that the wording of the state ban creates distinct categories of social clubs, providing clear guidance on where indoor smoking is prohibited. The judge said private golf, yachting or racquet clubs can be easily distinguished from bars and restaurants. The appeal was brought on after […]

Locals question firing decision made by Henderson County Sheriff’s Office

From the Times-News: Downtown merchant Eva Ritchey is holding a public meeting this week to discuss new Sheriff Charlie McDonald’s decision not to keep a longtime employee. Ritchey is holding the meeting Tuesday at 117 South Main St. because she believes Sgt. Ben McKay was wrongfully dismissed from the department when McDonald took office earlier […]

Geological Society of America will meet in Asheville, hosted by WCU, March 31-April 2

FROM WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY (full release) Western Carolina University’s Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources will host more than 700 professional geologists and geology students during the 61st annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, which will be held Saturday, March 31, through Monday, April 2, in Asheville at the […]

Blue Ridge Parkway announce vista-clearing project, the Mountaineer reports

From the Mountaineer (Waynesville-Canton) (excerpt) …When park roads were constructed, the forests had been extensively logged and often burned in pre-park days, leaving unobstructed views in every direction, but 75 years of forest recovery has resulted in many of the scenic overlooks becoming obscured by maturing trees. Over the next few months a park contractor […]

Rainbow Recyling’s “Hard to Recycle” event honored by Carolina Recycling Association

The CRA Spotlight Award recognizes a one-time extraordinary event, person, project or program. The winners of this award must demonstrate a strong commitment to waste reduction and recycling and serve as a leader among his or her peers. The 2012 Spotlight Award winner is Rainbow Recycling’s “Hard-To-Recycle” collection event. Rainbow Recycling saw a need in […]

NPS reduces search effort for two missing hikers in Smoky Mountains National Park

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Rescuers scaled back the search today for two men reported missing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after nearly a week of dead ends. “Despite having 60 people out there, we haven’t found anything that indicates either of them was anywhere other than their cars,” park spokesman Bob […]

Amendment One forum at Unitarian Universalist Congregation 3/27

The Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council (ABCRC) and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville (UUCA) will host a community forum discussing Amendment One, Tuesday, March 27th from 7:30-9:30pm at the UUCA at 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The forum will consist of panel members the Reverend Lisa Bovee Kemper, Assistant Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of […]

Catawba County National Association of the Advancement of Colored People to welcome Bellamy

Here’s the press release from the Ballamy campaign: NEWTON, NC – Terry Bellamy, Asheville Mayor and Congressional candidate (NC-10), to visit and meet with Catawba County’s National Association of the Advancement of Colored People on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Coulter’s Grove A M E Zion Church, 4513 Startown Rd. Newton, NC 28658. […]

Patsy Keever endorsed by Women’s Campaign Fund

Here’s the press release from the Keever campaign: Rep. Patsy Keever, candidate for the U.S. House in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, has been endorsed by the Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF). “WCF is proud to endorse Patsy Keever in her race against Congressman Patrick McHenry,” said Siobhan Bennett, President/CEO of the Women’s Campaign Fund. “From […]