WCU honors Robert Conley, Sequoyah Professor of Cherokee Studies

Press Release Western Carolina University Noted Native American scholar and author Robert J. Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Harris Regional Hospital after a period of declining health. Conley, 73, a registered tribal member of the Cherokee Nation, was appointed to the WCU […]

UNCA’s NEMAC receives forest protection award

Press Release University of North Carolina Asheville UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) will be among an interagency team receiving a Chief’s Honor Award from U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell next month in Washington, D.C. The award comes for NEMAC’S role in the creation of ForWarn, the early warning system that […]

Caldwell Community College releases literary & arts magazine

Press Release Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute CCC&TI has announced that Branches, the college’s literary and arts magazine will be released in February. The publication features prose, poetry and artwork from both CCC&TI students and members of the community. A call for submissions was issued last spring and more than 150 literature and art […]

Asheville City Schools Foundation recognizes local volunteer champions

Here’s the press release form the Asheville City Schools Foundation: (Asheville, NC) The Asheville City Schools Foundation will honor exceptional leaders of the Asheville City Schools district at the annual Celebration for Champions, to be held at The Venue on March 29th, in downtown Asheville at 6:00 pm. The awards chosen from a group of […]

Ashvegas: John Lantzius, key figure in downtown Asheville revitalization, dies

Here’s an excerpt from the Ashvegas article: John Lantzius, a downtown property owner and nurturer of Asheville’s most eclectic district of independently owned businesses who was a key figure in a successful effort to revitalize Asheville in the 1980s, died Feb. 10. He was 83. Lantzius died in his apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia. A […]

Carolina Public Press: Federal coal ash probe expands to Asheville ponds

Here’s an excerpt from the Carolina Public Press article: Federal prosecutors have expanded their probe of the state’s oversight of Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash ponds, including two at its Asheville Power Station. A series of subpoenas issued Tuesday and obtained by news organizations through public records requests indicate not only an expanded investigation into […]

Merrill throws Feb. 21 campaign kick-off

Here’s the press release from Merrill’s campaign: What: Christina Merrill for Commissioner Campaign Kick-off Party and Fundraiser When: Friday, February 21, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm Where: Weaverville Town Hall, 30 South Main St. You are invited to join Christina Merrill, elected officials, candidates, and friends Friday night at the Weaverville Town Hall as she announces her […]

Warren Wilson hosts Feb. 26 ‘Hope for Appalachia’ presentation

Here’s the press release from Warren Wilson College: Patrick Angel, Ph.D., will give a presentation titled, “Hope for Appalachia: Returning Surface Mines to Healthy, Productive Forests,” Feb. 26 at Warren Wilson College. Angel’s talk, free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Jensen Lecture Hall. For more information call 771-3072. Angel is […]

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association prepares for next week’s Small Plate Crawl

Press Release From Words & Moore: February 19, 2014 – More than 20 members of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) are preparing for next week’s Small Plate Crawl (February 25-27) with menus as varied as their locations. While the majority of restaurants are in downtown Asheville, there are also great choices in West Asheville […]

Challenger criticizes Apodaca over Duke contributions

The Hendersonville Times-News reported Wednesday that the controversy surrounding Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds spilled over into the race for N.C. Senate District 48 this week, with Democratic challenger Rick Wood denouncing Sen. Tom Apodaca for taking campaign contributions from the utility. Wood said Apodaca, a Republican leader first elected in 2002, has received 25 […]

AC-T: Lark Books to close Asheville offices

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article: Landmark craft publishing house Lark Books will close its offices in downtown Asheville and move into parent Sterling Publishing Co.’s New York office, a spokesperson confirmed Wednesday morning. “Sterling Publishing is consolidating the operations of its Lark Books craft imprint into the New York office, effective Feb.19, […]

MacQueen officially kicks off congressional campaign

Here’s the press release from the campaign of Tate MacQueen: ASHEVILLE – High school teacher, winning soccer coach, and community leader Tate MacQueen will kick off his campaign for North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District this evening at a gathering with friends, family, and supporters. Local community leaders, elected officials, and candidates for local office will […]

DHHS issues health advisory for synthetic drug associated with three N.C. deaths this year

Press Release From The Department of Health and Human Services: Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a health advisory related to acetyl fentanyl, following at least three deaths related to the synthetic drug. Toxicologists at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner detected acetyl fentanyl in specimens associated […]

After Dan River spill, Carolina Public Press takes a closer look at Asheville’s coal-ash ponds

On Feb. 3, a busted pipe spilled thousands of gallons of coal-ash slurry into the Dan River near Eden, N.C. Asheville-based Carolina Public Press takes a closer look at the potential problems for Duke Energy’s local power plant, where about 91 acres of coal ash is held back by 90-feet-tall dams. The coal-ash ponds, built […]

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