Civitas Poll: Ramsey slightly ahead of Wilson in Buncombe Statehouse race

Here’s the press release from the conservative Civitas Institute. Republican Nathan Ramsey has a slight lead over Democrat Susan Wilson in the Statehouse race for District 115, which covers much of eastern and northern Buncombe County, including Black Mountain and Weaverville, according to Civitas’ new poll. RALEIGH — With the 2012 legislative campaigns entering the […]

No contamination found in tests, say Buncombe County School officials

PRESS RELEASE from Buncombe County Schools On August 8 and 14, 2012, water samples were taken from a monitoring well in close proximity to the Buncombe County Schools Administration facility located at 175 Bingham Road. The samples were tested for the presence of 59 different chemicals and carcinogens by three separate laboratories. This particular monitoring […]

UNC-TV revises programming schedule for GOP National Convention

PRESS RELEASE The rescheduling of the Republican National Convention program in Tampa in response to the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac make it necessary for UNC-TV to revise the evening program schedules on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week on both UNC-TV and sister channel UNC-EX. The Republican Convention will not meet tonight, which will […]

Meadows’ RNC address rescheduled for Aug. 28

Here’s the latest update on 11th District Congressional Candidate Mark Meadows’ plans to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The Highlands developer was originally scheduled to speak on Aug. 27, but it’s been rescheduled to Aug. 28 due to tropical storm Isaac. His campaign sent out the following email newsletter Aug. 27: Dear Friends, […]

Business owners: The U.S. Small Business Administration wants to hear your stories

Everyone has a story, and now the U.S. Small Business Administration is giving entrepreneurs a new online platform to share their stories and showcase their successful and thriving businesses. SBA today launched “Small Business Owners Speak,” an interactive platform featuring videos by entrepreneurs from across the country who have started or grown a business with […]

UNCA’s second annual Well-A-Bration features talk by Dan Savage, health activities

From the press release: UNC Asheville’s second annual Well-A-Bration, September 13-15, will feature music, a sports expo, healthy cooking and exercise workshops, and a keynote talk by author, activist and sex-advice columnist Dan Savage. Savage is nationally known for his syndicated “Savage Love” column and for his role in creating the “It Gets Better Project.” […]

Commission candidate Wood holding Aug. 27 ‘Lakeside Luau’ fundraiser in Skyland

Michelle Pace Wood, a Democratic candidate for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, is having an Aug. 27 fundraiser at Lake Julian Park. Here’s the info via Facebook: It’s that time of year friends, and the election is just around the corner! On August 27th, I will be hosting an event for Michelle Pace Wood […]

Fitzsimon’s “Monday Numbers” — North Carolina women in the workplace

From “Monday Numbers,” a regular feature of the NC Policy Watch blog The Fitzsimon File (by Chris Fitzsimon) (The source for all the items in this week’s edition of Monday Numbers is the “Key Findings on the Economic Status of Women in North Carolina” from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, August 2012) 59—percentage of […]

Penland School of Crafts responds to accusations about working conditions

From the Penland School of Crafts, in response to accusations by former employee John Britt that it did not adequately pay workers for overtime: This statement is in response to recent public allegations by a former Penland School of Crafts employee regarding Penland’s past compensation practices, specifically in the area of overtime pay. Five years […]

WLOS reports missing Black Mountain doctor and husband’s bodies found in Galveston, Texas

From WLOS-TV: Henderson County deputies say the Black Mountain doctor and her husband who have been missing since Monday were found dead in Texas. Leslie and William Cargile’s bodies were found in Galveston, TX. At this time there is no further information as to the cause of death and the investigation into the circumstances surrounding […]

Opinion: Don’t let Postal reform dismantle national infrastructure in the name of ‘business’

Mark Jamison, the recently retired postmaster of Webster, N.C. — speaking for himself, and not on behalf of the Postal Service — examines the value of the Postal system as national infrastructure. Excerpted below. It’s been four years since the Great Recession began to take its toll on postal revenues, and we appear no closer […]

Triangle’s Independent Weekly sold to owners of alt-weekly Willamette Week

The Association of Alternative newsmedia reports: Steve Schewel, president of Carolina Independent Publications (CIP), announced today that the company is selling the Independent Weekly and its associated website,, to Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman. Meeker and Zusman are the owners of City of Roses Newspaper Company which publishes Willamette Week, the alternative newsweekly in […]

Buncombe Schools announce Teacher of the Year finalists

Here’s the press release from Buncombe County Schools: BCS Teacher of the Year Finalists for 2012-13 Buncombe County Schools is proud to announce the finalists for the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year Award. Teachers were selected representing each of the county’s six school districts: REYNOLDS: Cindy Dearman, A. C. Reynold Middle OWEN: Dawn Rookey, Owen […]

Keever challenges McHenry to debates

Here’s the press release from the Patsy Keever campaign. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Patrick McHenry tells Xpress that the Republican incumbent is planning to take part in three debates with Keever, including one in Buncombe County. Details are still being worked out, according to the McHenry campaign. McHenry extreme positions outside of North Carolina mainstream […]

Meadows gets endorsement from iCaucus

The conservative ICaucus organization, a group affiliated with local Tea Parties across the country, including the Asheville Tea Party, endorses Republican Mark Meadows in the 11th congressional district. Meadows is running against Democrat Hayden Rogers. Here’s the press release from iCaucus: Cheyenne, WY, August 22, 2012: Mark Meadows, North Carolina candidate for Congress in District […]

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