August employment in North Carolina down 1 percent from last year but still above national average

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Civilian Labor Force • North Carolina’s August 2012 smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, at 9.7 percent, increased 0.1 of a percentage point over July 2012. The rate was 10.7 percent in August 2011. • At 9.7 percent, North Carolina’s August unemployment rate is 1.6 percentage points […]

NC Entrepreneurship Summit to “Create a Scene” will be in Asheville Monday-Tuesday, Sept

Press release from the NC Department of Commerce More than 300 business owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders and economic developers will gather in Asheville, beginning Monday, September 24, for the 2012 North Carolina Entrepreneurship Summit. The annual conference began in 2006 as a way to bring together ideas and resources from across the state that would […]

Nearly 1.7 million North Carolinians lived in poverty last year, NC Justice Center reports

Press release From the NC Justice Center The number of North Carolinians living in poverty remained high last year despite the economic recovery, showing the continuing pain of the recession and underscoring the need for North Carolina to do more to protect children and families. Approximately 1 in 5 North Carolinians, or 17.9 percent, lived […]

Rutherford Regional Health System to negotiate affiliation with Mission Health

Press Release From Mission Health ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2012) – After an extensive search to identify the best possible long-term partner for its health system and community, Rutherford Regional Health System, located in Rutherfordton, N.C., has decided to move forward to negotiate a formal affiliation agreement with Mission Health. Based upon a unanimous decision […]

Asheville High School Band and Luella’s Bar-B-Que team up to raise money for D.C. trip

The Asheville High School Band has received an invitation to play at the 2012 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. They’re raising money for their trip with a fundraiser sponsored by Luella’s Bar-B-Que tomorrow night, Friday, Sept. 21. Here are the details from their press release: Under the tutelage of William Talley III, AHS band director, […]

Transylvania Regional Hospital named among nation’s top performing hospitals

Press release From Mission Health Brevard, N.C., Sept. 19, 2012 – Transylvania Regional Hospital, a member hospital of Mission Health, has been named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. Recognized for “attaining and sustaining excellence” in […]

Park Ridge Health hires Hendersonville native as new development officer

Press release From Park Ridge Health Hendersonville, N.C. (September 19, 2012) – Park Ridge Health is pleased to welcome Sherri Holbert to the Foundation team. Holbert will serve as Development Officer for Park Ridge Health, Foundation events, the annual giving program and community-based partnerships. Holbert comes to Park Ridge Health with more than 20 years […]

Budgets cuts could affect Sandburg home, Parkway, Times-News reports

from (the Hendersonville Times-News by Nathaniel Axtell (excerpt) Federal budget cutbacks have forced the National Park Service units such as the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway to make do with less over the past decade, even as visitation has increased. The Blue Ridge Parkway had 120 maintenance workers […]

More than 3 inches of rainfall recorded at Asheville Airport, Citizen-Times reports

From the Asheville Citizen-Times by Clarke Morrision/Romando Dixon: A daily record of 3.28 inches of rain fell Tuesday at Asheville Regional Airport, and other areas throughout the mountains received a steady amount as well. The nonstop precipitation that started late Monday and carried into Tuesday afternoon caused early school closings, urban flooding and accidents. Heavy […]

Laura Winner to present “The Art of the Spiritual Memoir”

Press release From UNC Asheville News Services Lauren Winner, a writer, historian and theologian known for chronicling her own spiritual journeys, will present “The Art of Spiritual Memoir” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Winner, whose commentaries have appeared on PBS, in the Washington Post and the […]

Whitewater days: Nantahala Dam release means high waters on the river Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 29-30

Press release from the U.S. Forest Service The USDA Forest Service urges users on By-Pass reach of the Nantahala River — commonly referred to by paddlers as the Upper Nantahala — to be alert for rising water levels on Sept. 29-30. Water needed to generate electricity normally bypasses the river through the mountain and aqueduct […]

Community Foundation awards $75,000 to HandMade in America

Press release From the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (September 18, 2012) A $75,000 Preserving Natural and Cultural Resources Focus Area Grant to HandMade in America will expand technical assistance and community development efforts as part of their Economic Development program for rural communities. Using HandMade’s cultural asset-based economic development model, the expansion aims […]

Safe Kids WNC to host free car seat installation checks this weekend

Press release From MIssion Health Asheville, N.C. (Sept. 17, 2012) – Looking to curtail the number of children killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes, Safe Kids Western North Carolina, a service of Mission Children’s Hospital, will host a child safety seat inspection (Saturday) Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Certified child passenger […]

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