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Catawba County National Association of the Advancement of Colored People to welcome Bellamy

Here’s the press release from the Ballamy campaign: NEWTON, NC – Terry Bellamy, Asheville Mayor and Congressional candidate (NC-10), to visit and meet with Catawba County’s National Association of the Advancement of Colored People on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Coulter’s Grove A M E Zion Church, 4513 Startown Rd. Newton, NC 28658. […]

Patsy Keever endorsed by Women’s Campaign Fund

Here’s the press release from the Keever campaign: Rep. Patsy Keever, candidate for the U.S. House in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District, has been endorsed by the Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF). “WCF is proud to endorse Patsy Keever in her race against Congressman Patrick McHenry,” said Siobhan Bennett, President/CEO of the Women’s Campaign Fund. “From […]

Yes, this weather is weird, say farmers — but we’ll take it

The North Carolina Strawberry Association, a nonprofit association of farmers and others in the strawberry industry, sent out a press release today about the bumper crop of strawberries likely to come out of the state this year. While that’s quite good for farmers (strawberries net more than $25 million annually for the state, which ranks […]

Biodiversity-conservation lecture at Mars Hill College on Monday, March 26

FROM MARS HILL COLLEGE Dr. Nick Haddad, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Biology Department at North Carolina State University, will present a lecture titled “Landscape Corridors for Biodiversity Conservation in a Changing World,” at Mars Hill College, March 26 at 7 pm, in Room 135 of Ferguson Math and Science Center. Dr. Haddad’s […]

Buncombe County man sentenced to 10 years in prison on child pornography charges

Full announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of North Carolina: Kennedy was indicted in March 2011 for attempting to meet an individual he believed to be a 13 year old female to engage in sexual acts. Kennedy had placed solicitations on Craigslist in an attempt to entice young girls but unknowingly made contact […]

PARC endorses Keever, Bothwell and Reisinger; urges vote against Amendment One

From People Advocating Real Conservancy: Patsy Keever Patsy Keever is pro-choice; she’s taken a forceful stand against the recent Republican war on women. Her opponent in this primary, Terry Bellamy, is anti-choice. Patsy has also consistently fought for clean air and water; she has one of the strongest environmental voting records in the state legislature. […]

Buncombe GOP endorses Amendment One, promises organizing efforts

Full announcement from the Buncombe County Republican Party: Asheville: In May, our primaries will be held, and in these primaries Buncombe County voters will have the opportunity to forever preserve the definition of marriage in our State. As the only Southern State left that has not done so, we are finally getting the opportunity to […]

N.C. Students visit Statehouse on Friday, March 23, for Youth Legislative Assembly

FROM the YOUTH ADVOCACY AND INVOLVEMENT OFFICE of N.C. Students from across North Carolina will get an idea of the challenges faced by members of the General Assembly this session when they arrive in Raleigh on Friday for the 42nd annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA). The mock legislature is sponsored by the Youth Advocacy and […]

Yadkin Valley wine country tours offered through Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership

“Wine-ing Through the Yadkin Valley” takes place May 17and 18 this year. From a press release: “The fertile fields of the Yadkin Valley which wind through Yadkin and Surry Counties at the eastern edge of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area are becoming known internationally for the grapes grown and the wine made there. In […]

Leadership Asheville calls for applicants for 2012-2013 session

FROM LEADERSHIP ASHEVILLE Asheville, NC – Leadership Asheville, the region’s foremost community leadership development organization since 1982, is accepting applications for the LA 31 Program through Friday, May 18. Beginning in September, the 9-month program’s unique format makes the community the classroom, bringing people together from all sectors who are interested in strengthening their knowledge […]

BMC Museum + Arts Center presents writer’s evening with Brenda Flanagan and Joseph Bathanti

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center presents a writers’ evening on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. The BMC space is located at 56 Broadway St. Details: “Known internationally for her dramatic presentations of her stories and poems, Brenda Flanagan teaches Creative Writing, Caribbean and African American Literatures and Literary Analysis at Davidson […]

Search for missing hiker continues — NPS now looking for second lost hiker

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Rangers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park were looking for a second missing person Wednesday, a development that was straining rescue operations despite the arrival of searchers from as far away as Ohio and Alabama. Michael Giovanni Cocchini, 23, a Nashville, Tenn., resident who had been staying in Gatlinburg, was […]

Amendment One resolution will be on April 10 Asheville City Council agenda

A resolution opposing the proposed state constitutional amendment banning legal recognition for same-sex couples will be on the April 10 Asheville City Council agenda. That’s the word from Council member Gordon Smith, who tweeted the following this afternoon: Amendment One resolution will be considered at the April 10 mtg of Asheville City Council.

USA Today Travel’s Girlfriend Getaway series profiles Asheville and its “scruffy” residents

Chris Gray Faust recently visited Asheville for a girlfriend getaway, blogging about it for USA Today Travel. Faust seems rather oddly intent on focusing on the style of the residents over offering much useful detail about the city itself. Observe: “Whereas the people in Charlotte were remarkably well-groomed, Asheville residents dress more like you’d see […]

Senator Burr introduces bill to protect educational and economic impact of historic estates

Here’s the press release from the office of Senator Burr: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a bill that would amend current estate tax laws to protect historic landmarks and property from punitive taxes so that the public may continue to be enriched from the educational and historic benefits they provide. […]

Community Foundation awards first food-and-farming grant to Mitchell-Yancey project

FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF WNC There are many challenges facing small farmers across Western North Carolina. A strong alliance between Mitchell and Yancey counties will address several of these by creating a food hub for the region that will provide a shared aggregation facility, expanded access to customers, joint marketing and now, through a […]

North Carolinians urged to be aware of risks, vote on top-10 invasive plants

Gov. Beverly Perdue has declared April 1 through April 7 “Invasive Plant Awareness Week.” As part of its efforts to raise awareness about the problem, the North Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council (NC-EPPC) is urging North Carolinians to create a top 10 list of invasive plants. “As things green up and people start planting their […]