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Check it out: ADA’s “25th Anniversary Prize a Day Giveaway”

Through Friday, Aug. 10, the Asheville Downtown Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a PRIZE A DAY GIVEAWAY. Each weekday, the ADA will give away a prize through its Facebook page at Prizes include: $25 gift cards to Lexington Avenue Brewery, the Grove Arcade and Paul Taylor Custom Sandals. Plus VIP packages to […]

Two Progress Energy reps resign from merged Duke Energy board

After the controversial and reportedly forced resignation of Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson earlier this year, shakeup and dissent continue in the company’s merger with Duke Energy. from the Raleigh News&Observer Two former Progress Energy directors resigned from the Duke Energy board Friday and recommended that Duke start looking for a new CEO. The departures […]

ASU professor receives grant to analyze Asheville’s East Riverside redevelopment

Full announcement from Appalachian State University: BOONE – Dr. J. Rosie Tighe, a geography and planning professor at Appalachian State University, has received a $10,000 grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities for a project examining Asheville’s current major redevelopment plans in contrast to urban renewal programs in the past. The project focuses on Asheville’s East […]

Council will hold July 31 worksession on water system, possible merger

From City Clerk Maggie Burleson: On July 31, 2012, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the First Floor North Conference Room, City Council will be holding a worksession which will consist of the following items: (1) Director’s Report from Water Resources Director Steve Shoaf; (2) Update on the Metropolitan Sewerage District water/sewer consolidation impact study; […]

UNC Asheville Announces Faculty Promotions, New Faculty

From UNC Asheville News Services: UNC Asheville welcomes five new faculty members to campus this fall. They are: Curt Butera, assistant professor of Classics; Lyndi Hewitt, assistant professor, Sociology; Jackie Langille, assistant professor, Environmental Studies; Tiece Ruffin, assistant professor, Education; and Wiebke Strehl, associate professor and chair, Foreign Languages. In addition, a number of faculty […]

North Carolina plans to move mentally ill patients from adult-care homes

from the Associated Press via the Asheville Citizen-Times: North Carolina’s state health agency is moving ahead with the first step of a multiyear plan to help move potentially thousands of mentally ill residents from adult care homes to affordable housing and less restrictive living conditions. The state Department of Health and Human Services publicized Thursday […]

From the blogosphere: Wild-mushroom foraging with the Southern Highland Conservancy

It was the perfect storm for finding mushrooms last weekend in gorgeous Yancey County. In recent days, thunderstorms had soaked the ground, paving the way for an explosion of boletes, chanterelles, little brown mushrooms, and many others. On July 22nd, SAHC & guests were led on an intriguing excursion by Asheville myco-hunter and expert, Charlotte […]

New website tracks rise of independent money in NC politics

Here’s the press release from the Institute for Southern Studies offers first searchable database of outside spending in state races DURHAM (July 26, 2012) — With election spending in 2012 on a record-shattering pace, a new website aims to track the dramatic rise of money flowing from independent groups into North Carolina state politics. […]

Kids Voting program seeks volunteers

The Buncombe County Kids Voting program is seeking volunteers. If interested, get in touch with Director Kathi Ballard: Kathi Ballard | Director | Kids Voting Buncombe County 35 Woodfin St | Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828-775-5673 | Fax: 828-654-0704 Email: Here’s more information on the program via its website: Our Mission: Kids Voting Buncombe […]

Former Xpress, WNC Magazine ad man James Fisher moves to the Asheville Citizen-Times

Earlier today, July 26, former Mountain Xpress ad man James Fisher announced via Twitter and Facebook that he’s been hired by the Asheville Citizen-Times, a Gannett publication: I’m advertising manager at new [C-Times] weekly, Asheville Scene! Start next week, can’t wait! . Fisher, who most recently worked for WNC Magazine, is the second longtime Xpress […]

Evenings at PARI: The earth’s crust, gravity and aeromagnetics,  Friday, Aug. 10

The public is invited to a special presentation about the study of the Earth’s crust at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) Friday, August 10. The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using PARI’s optical or radio telescopes. The event is part of PARI’s monthly Evening at PARI […]