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Buncombe County Health: Tests confirm salmonella culture has Maryland source

FROM THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT: The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting that the Asheville salmonella outbreak has been traced to a tempeh culture provided by a Maryland company. Here’s the official release yesterday from the Buncombe County Health Department: Today Buncombe County Department of Health received final test results from the NC Department of Public […]

Latest on Salmonella outbreak: 68 infected, according to NC Dept. of Health

From the Buncombe County Department of Health: Today Buncombe County Department of Health received final test results from the NC Department of Public Health laboratory confirming that the unopened bag of culture that was added to the tempeh tested positive for the matching strain of Salmonella Paratyphi B linked to the current disease outbreak. The […]

FairVote report highlights ‘Dubious’ Elections in U.S. House elections in North Carolina

Here’s the press release from FairVote FairVote Report Highlights ‘Dubious’ Elections in U.S. House Elections in North Carolina Analysis of Congressional Elections in North Carolina Shows History of Uncompetitive Elections Changed in 2010 Washington, DC – 5/9/2012 – A new report by FairVote shows that, due to winner-take-all voting rules, congressional elections in North Carolina’s […]

APD seeks help finding missing woman

Full announcement from the Asheville Police Department: ASHEVILLE – On Tuesday, 05-09-12, at approx. 6:30 pm; Officers with the Asheville Police Department responded to the station and met with the parents of Jasmin Nicole Melton of Burnsville. The parents advised that they wanted to report her missing after not hearing from her since 05-08-12 at […]

Tonight at the Asheville Art Museum: Discussion with esteemed Motherwell scholar, Mary Ann Caws

Here’s the press release: Asheville Art Museum (East Wing, Upper Level) $5 for Members $7 + Museum Admission for Non-Members Learn more here. A personal friend and colleague of artist Robert Motherwell during his lifetime, Dr. Mary Ann Caws has written a number of biographies on the artist, including Robert Motherwell: With Pen and Brush. […]

Loss raises questions about Asheville mayor’s future

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article: That Mayor Terry Bellamy would lose in her effort to win a seat in Congress came as a surprise for some. That she would suffer such a walloping loss left political observers stunned enough Wednesday to question Bellamy’s political future despite her determined rise from childhood poverty […]

AVL 2nd Saturday May 12, 2012

Wow, AVL 2nd Saturday is big this month. There are Mother’s Day themed events @ The Village Potters, Odyssey Studios & Desert Moon Designs Gallery… Fast Lane Electric Bikes Grand Opening… glass blowing & electricity music workshops, demos on paper mache, wheel throwing as well as a ton of open studios down in the River […]

Clean Air Excellence Awards being presented on Monday, May 14th

From a WNCRAQA press release Since 2004, the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency (WNCRAQA) has been giving special recognition to local businesses and other organizations that have gone above and beyond air quality rules and regulations to implement voluntary, innovative programs that reduce air pollution in our region. This year, with the assistance […]

LAB looks for new head brewer, has plenty of beer in the meantime

The founding brewer of the Lexington Avenue Brewery resigned today, the Citizen-Times reports. The brewer, Ben Pierson has been at the LAB since it opened, a left due to contract dispute, the AC-T says. Here’s more: “Pierson, who previously worked at Asheville’s Green Man Brewing Co., said he will ‘immediately’ begin looking for another job. […]

Grandfather Mountain offers “Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble” tours June 2-17

The showy rose-lavender blooms that decorate Grandfather’s slopes and indicate the beginning of another breathtaking summer on the mountain have arrived early this year. The mild winter that brought an early advent for other floral mountain displays will likely move this year’s spectacular showcase of rhododendron on the Mountain forward as well. The “Remarkable Rhododendron […]

Asheville Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty, tickets available now

From the press release from Asheville Ballet: A spectacular professional production of the full original ballet from Imperial Russia interpreted and performed by Asheville’s own, and only, Professional Resident Ballet Company, directed by Ann Dunn. As part of its 52nd Season performing for Western North Carolina audiences, The Asheville Ballet performs Sleeping Beauty at Diana […]

Wildlife commission reminds people to leave young wildlife alone — no matter how cute

From the press release from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission: RALEIGH, N.C. (May 8, 2012) — Pups, cubs, chicks, kits and other young wildlife are an important —and welcome — harbinger of spring in North Carolina. But the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that feeding them can hurt the wildlife and jeopardize […]