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Moffitt says legislative demands kept him away from LWV water meeting

Asheville Citizen-Times reports: Moffitt said Tuesday he wanted to attend [the Feb. 13 League of Women Voters public forum on the state House committee evaluations of a plan that might seize Asheville's drinking water system], but legislative work on groundwater contamination issues was scheduled at the same time in Raleigh. That work had to do […]

Progress Energy urges stiffer penalties for Greenpeace action

Hendersonville Times-News reports: …“We believe the laws and regulations need to be a stronger deterrent … [Greenpeace's] actions jeopardized a vital part of infrastructure that serves 160,000 in Western North Carolina,” said Martha Thompson, Progress Energy manager of community relations for the western region. However, Greenpeace Media Officer Keiller MacDuff said the group’s efforts to […]

Crowne Plaza hosts the annual N.C. Tomato Growers and a Winter Vegetable Conference, Feb. 22-23

FROM N.C. STATE: (full release) If you are a commercial vegetable grower, you don’t want to miss the 44th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Tomato Growers Association and Winter Vegetable Conference to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 22nd & 23rd, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, North Carolina. The educational […]

Sisters of Mercy funding expands math education for Middle School youth

Seventh grade math instruction at Erwin, Enka and Owen Middle Schools is going high-tech this spring, thanks to a $75,000 Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation grant awarded to Buncombe County Schools. Grant funds have enabled the district Mathematics Department to enter into a two-year partnership with Texas Instruments for the implementation of a […]

Moog Foundation needs IndiGoGo donor support to bring Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool to life

Here’s the press release from The Bob Moog Foundation: Asheville, NC – While Michelle Moog is touched by her father’s enduring legacy as the godfather of modern electronic music, she is driven to see that legacy expand by inspiring children to learn the science of sound through the magic of his music. She’s looking to […]

Local teenage Republican group seeking business sponsorship

The Asheville-Buncombe Teenage Republicans ( are seeking business sponsorship to support their group’s objectives: to bring high school students into the Republican Party and mobilize them to volunteer now and vote in November. T-shirts will be given to ABTAR members and sold at Republican events, including the upcoming Congressional forum at AB Tech. Their website, […]

Wingfield: I stand with citizens of Newland in defense of Ten Commandments

Here’s the press release from the congressional campaign of Ethan Wingfield: Arden, North Carolina – A Wisconsin-based organization is demanding the city of Newland, North Carolina, immediately remove the Ten Commandments on display outside of the clerk’s office. The Ten Commandments have been proudly presented outside of the clerk’s office since the construction of the […]

Henderson County school board backs sales tax increase

According to the Hendersonville Times-News, Henderson County School Board members voted unanimously Monday to support putting a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase referendum on the November ballot. Chairman Ervin Bazzle told board members the proposed sales tax increase would help the school system pay down its debt service in addition to providing funds for future […]

Pipe break damages Hendersonville Court House

According to the Hendersonville Times-News, A broken water line Monday inside the Historic Courthouse in downtown Hendersonville appears to have destroyed technical equipment outside the Commissioners Meeting Room, officials said, though the Henderson County Heritage Museum directly below it was spared irreplaceable damage. The pipe burst just after 10 a.m. Monday in a chaseway on […]

Privatization not on the table, Rep. Tim Moffitt says in statement

On Feb. 13, the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters held a forum that aimed to provide information to local residents concerned about the future of the local water system. The meeting was spurred, in part, because Rep. Tim Moffitt created a Statehouse committee that is considering several options, such as transferring control of the system […]

Newspaper Association urges U.S. Postal Service to adopt measures that help avoid delivery delays

The Asheville area’s U.S. Postal Service distribution center on Brevard Road is one of several hundred that may be closed around the country. Xpress has learned that closure could come this September, although no final decision has been made. Meanwhile, a number of organizations have voiced their concerns, both nationally and locally. Here’s one. FROM […]

Local orthopedic surgeon honored as national leader in field

From the press release: Local orthopaedic surgeon Gordon I. Groh, M.D., a board-certified specialist in shoulder, elbow, and hand surgery at Blue Ridge Bone & Joint, has been advanced from associate to active membership in the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, recognizing him as a national leader in the field. Membership in ASES, an educational […]

Fletcher, N.C. teen named “Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina”

Here’s the press release from the “Distinguished Young Women” organization: Fletcher, N.C. teen named Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina Statewide scholarship program awarded $22,000 in cash scholarships to participants Mobile, Ala. (February 13, 2012) – On February 4, Christina Maxwell of Fletcher, N.C. was named the Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina and awarded […]