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North Carolinians urged to be aware of risks, vote on top-10 invasive plants

Gov. Beverly Perdue has declared April 1 through April 7 “Invasive Plant Awareness Week.” As part of its efforts to raise awareness about the problem, the North Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council (NC-EPPC) is urging North Carolinians to create a top 10 list of invasive plants. “As things green up and people start planting their […]

Rockslide cleanup completed on U.S. 129 in Blount County, Tennesee

FROM the Tennessee Department of Transportation: On Tuesday evening, Tennessee Department of Transportation maintenance crews completed cleanup of a rockslide on U.S. 129 in Blount County, Tennessee, approximately nine miles from the North Carolina border. The road is now open to traffic in both directions. TDOT geotechnical engineers will continue to conduct evaluations of the […]

CarePartners receives statewide recognition for excellence in Healthcare

From the press release: North Carolina – NC Governor, Bev Perdue, presented the Governor’s Award of Performance Excellence in Healthcare for 2011 to CarePartners at the NC Hospital Association’s Winter Membership Meeting in Raleigh on Feb. 16, 2012. Tracy Buchanan, president and CEO of CarePartners, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. “This is […]

Field hospital to be set up at WNC Ag Center in disaster drill

According to the Henderson Times-News, The nation’s only full-service civilian mobile hospital will be mobilized and set up today at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center in Fletcher to test deployment skills for the hospital’s logistical support personnel and provide valuable training for surgeons, and volunteers. The National Mobile Disaster Hospital is a federally owned […]

Speaker of NC House TIllis will hold town hall meeting 3/22

Speaker of the House Thom Tillis Invites you to join him for a Legislative Town Hall Meeting Thursday, March 22, 2012 5:00 p.m. – Town Hall Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College – Enka Campus Haynes Conference Center – Large Conference Room – 200 1459 Sand Hill Road Candler, NC 28715 RSVP requested ~ reply to (

Stolen scooter found

A few days ago Mike McWilliams asked the public to find his stolen scooter. It must have worked, it has been found… Says McWilliams on facebook, Someone found my scooter in their backyard near the intersection of Mildred and Herron avenues (in that wooded area near where that new house with the blue tarp over […]

Asheville biologist Mark Cantrell named a national “recovery champion”

Announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Mark Cantrell U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Asheville, North Carolina Mark Cantrell’s leadership, research, and collaboration with partners during dam relicensing processes, severe droughts, and projects to secure minimum flows in streams has benefited endangered and threatened aquatic species such as the Appalachian elktoe, spotfin chub, and […]

VIDEO: Obama campaign releases video featuring Asheville

The Obama reelection campaign produced a video that features the opening of its Asheville office. Here’s the video and the info included on its YouTube page: Get involved: We were there when the Asheville office opened in western North Carolina. In this video, supporters share why they’re motivated to get North Carolina ready for […]

Grassroots Farm Team endorses Reisinger for Register of Deeds

Here’s the press release from the Grassroots Farm Team PAC: GRASSROOTS FARM TEAM ENDORSES REISINGER FOR REGISTER OF DEEDS The Grassroots Farm Team PAC is excited to announce its first endorsement in the 2012 election cycle, Drew Reisigner for Buncombe County Register of Deeds. Since taking office last year, he has modernized the office, saving […]