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Severe thunderstorm warning for Henderson and Transylvania Counties until 2:15 pm

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Henderson County in western North Carolina… Transylvania County in western North Carolina… * until 215 PM EDT * at 119 PM EDT… National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail… and damaging winds in […]

Local groups join in lawsuit filed for federal coal ash protections

PRESS RELEASE From Earthjustice: Washington, D.C. – Environmental and public health groups will file a lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete its rulemaking process and finalize public health safeguards against toxic coal ash. Although the EPA has not updated its waste disposal […]

Mortimer Campground near Nebo closes due to flash-flood potential

PRESS RELEASE U.S. Forest Service, Asheville office The U.S. Forest Service today announced that 12 sites in the lower portion of Mortimer Campground will remain closed indefinitely because of the risks that potential flash flooding poses to public safety. Eleven other sites at the campground will remain open. The campground, located in the Grandfather Ranger […]

UNC-TV announces April 17 Democratic gubernatorial debate

Here’s the info from UNC-TV: The three major candidates for the Democratic Party gubernatorial nomination — Walter Dalton, Bob Etheridge, and Bill Faison — will participate in a debate being broadcast live statewide by UNC-TV on Tuesday, April 17, at 8:00 PM. Kelly McCullen, UNC-TV’s senior correspondent and host of North Carolina Now Legislative Week […]

Blackburn named NCDOT bicycle and pedestrian division director

Here’s the press release from the N.C. Department of Transportation: Blackburn Named NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Division Director Trivedi appointed Deputy Director RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has appointed Lauren A. Blackburn, AICP, as the new director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. Blackburn begins her duties on April 30 and […]

Asheville Music School holding auditions for ensembles and bands

Asheville Music School is holding auditions on April 21 for area youth vocalists and instrumentalists for Summer Performance Workshop Ensembles and year long Community Outreach Bands On Saturday April 21 the Asheville Music School will be holding auditions for its summer Performance Workshop series and year long Outreach Music ensembles. Intermediate to advanced musicians (all […]

PARI Skywatch: Five planets will be visible in the evening sky April 22

PRESS RELEASE from the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman point out opportunities starting about April 22 to spot the Moon and four of the five visible planets stretched across our the evening sky. Since the planets move at different rates depending on how far they lie from […]

NC DOT to reconsider denial of request to name Smoky Park Bridge in honor of Captain Bowen

according to WHNS-TV, Following a fatal July fire, many in Asheville and Buncombe County hoped a bridge would be named for the fallen fire captain who’s life it claimed – until state laws got in the way. But state officials said they are reconsidering the resolution. The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Road Naming Committee […]

Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters opposes Amendment One

Full announcement from the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters: The Asheville-Buncombe County League of Women Voters has joined the Coalition to Protect ALL North Carolina Families, opposing Amendment One to the N.C. Constitution. The local organization will work actively against the amendment’s passage between now and the May 8 primary election. “The League’s opposition is […]

Tomorrow’s “Hands off Buncombe’s water” press conference cancelled

Full announcement from Hands Off Buncombe’s Water campaign: The “Hands Off Buncombe’s Water” press conference, which was scheduled for 3 pm April 5 at City/County Plaza, has been cancelled in light of the news that the Governor will also be holding a press conference around that same time in West Asheville. Therefore, our press conference […]

Timothy Murphy joins Patsy Keever in pledging a clean campaign

Here’s the press release from the Patsy Keever campaign. Timothy Murphy joins Patsy Keever in pledging a clean campaign ASHEVILLE, NC—Yesterday candidate Timothy Murphy joined Patsy Keever in signing the Clean Campaign Pledge for the Democratic race for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District. “I’m really glad to have Tim […]

Allegra Print, Mail & Marketing FootPRINT Fund® to award print services to nonprofit organizati

Here’s the press release: ALLEGRA PRINT, MAIL & SIGN’S FOOTPRINT FUND® TO AWARD PRINT SERVICES TO LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS The Allegra Print, Mail & Marketing FootPRINT Fund®, launched today, will help Asheville area nonprofit organizations “leave a footprint” in the community by awarding print services for promotional and informational materials. The FootPRINT Fund will award […]

Women under 40 PAC endorses Bellamy

Full announcement from Terry Bellamy’s congressional campaign: ASHEVILLE, NC – Terry Bellamy, Asheville Mayor and Congressional candidate (NC-10), has been endorsed by the “Women Under 40” PAC (or “WUFPAC”). WUFPAC is a non-partisan organization dedicated to electing women who are forty years of age or younger seeking state or federal office. Bellamy is running for […]

Buncombe County is the 14th healthiest county in North Carolina (out of 100)

From the Citizen-Times: “The 2012 County Health Rankings, produced by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, were released today ranking Buncombe County as the 14th healthiest county in North Carolina. Buncombe’s overall health rankings have increased from No. 25 in 2010 and No. 17 in 2011 to this […]

Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute’s next “Green Monday” event focuses on Asheville’s restaurants

Restaurants employ thousands of workers, open early, close late, use millions of gallons of hot water every year, serve hundreds of meals daily, and play a very important economic role in the community. How sustainable can these resource-intensive businesses become? Asheville is close to becoming “America’s Greenest Dining Destination” due to the leadership of restaurant […]

Palliative Care & Hospice Services of MedWest Health offers grief support groups

From the press release: Clyde and Sylva, N.C. – Palliative Care & Hospice Services of MedWest Health System is hosting grief support groups in April at MedWest-Haywood in Clyde and MedWest-Harris in Sylva to give community members emotional support and help them with the grief process. The Haywood Grief Support Group will meet from 5:30 […]