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YWCA of Asheville names Beth Maczka new executive director

Here’s the press release from the YWCA: YWCA of Asheville Names New Executive Director Beth Maczka has been named Executive Director of the YWCA of Asheville. Barbara Benisch, a local non-profit management consultant, has been serving as Interim Director since January. Maczka, currently Senior Program Officer at the Community Foundation of WNC (CFWNC), has 26 […]

The American Chestnut, “king of the forest,” returns to Southern Highlands Reserve

PRESS RELEASE WHAT: A ceremonial planting of three potentially blight-resistant American chestnuts and a presentation on the status of American chestnut restoration WHERE: The Southern Highlands Reserve, Lake Toxaway, NC WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 4 to 6 pm “King of the Forest” Returns to The Southern Highlands Reserve On Saturday, June 16, from […]

Nominate a Downtown (Asheville) Hero for 2012 awards

PRESS RELEASE The Asheville Downtown Association is seeking nominations for its 2012 Downtown Heroes Awards. Downtown Heroes are individuals who have made a significant impact on downtown Asheville, have been active in its revitalization, and have contributed time and energy to improve the downtown area for businesses, residents and tourists. A nomination form is available […]

Volunteers to build wheelchair ramps for neighbors in need this Saturday

From the press release: ASHEVILLE, NC– Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO) will kick off its 18th Annual MHO Ramp Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The 18th Annual MHO Ramp Festival marks a weekend of community volunteerism and support for this important service for homeowners in Buncombe County who are elderly or disabled and have low […]

How do your tomatoes grow? Get tips on tomatoes, container gardens from Master Gardeners June 20

PRESS RELEASE On Wednesday, June 20, at 1:30pm, Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County will present a program on growing tomatoes by Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, John Hew at the Extension Office Classroom, 94 Coxe Ave. The talk, “Tomatoes III” is the final program of a series and will focus on mature plants thru […]

Morganton-based program receives five-year grant, will be demonstration model for fighting poverty

From the press release: The Family, Infant and Preschool Program (FIPP) in Morganton recently received a five-year, $375,000 grant to serve as the NC Head Start P.A.L. Family Partnerships Demonstration Site – a model hub for showcasing evidence-based, best practices for transitioning low-income families out of poverty. The North Carolina Head Start State Collaboration Office […]

Park Ridge Health announces free diabetes program for patients

From the press release from Park Ridge Health: Hendersonville, N.C. (June 7, 2012) – The Wingate University School of Pharmacy has partnered with Park Ridge Health to offer a special diabetes education program. Upon referral from his or her physician, a diabetes patient can receive one-on-one coaching and medication management assistance with a pharmacist – […]

Recent rainfall clears North Carolina drought conditions for first time in two years

PRESS RELEASE North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Recent rainfall has helped to rid North Carolina of drought conditions for the first time in almost two years. The rain the state received from Tropical Storm Beryl helped eliminate lingering moderate drought conditions in eastern North Carolina. There are still 36 central and southeastern […]

Asheville Downtown Association lays out its support for BID

Full statement from the Asheville Downtown Association: The Asheville Downtown Association supports the implementation of a Business Improvement District (BID) for Downtown Asheville. A BID will make downtown cleaner and safer — two top areas of concern for downtown business owners and residents. In less than three blocks, an ADA volunteer recently picked up a […]

PARC denounces downtown BID proposal

Full announcement from People Advocating Real Conservancy: What’s wrong with the BID? The biggest problem with the proposed Business Improvement District (BID) is that an unelected board would collect tax money and spend it as they wish. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it is. It’s modeled on the much-criticised Convention and Visitors Bureau, which […]

Sea-level legislation puts N.C. Legislature in national spotlight

Legislation to dictate what scientific data could be considered in forecasting sea-level rise on the North Carolina coast is expected to be introduced in the N.C. General Assembly today. In draft form, the proposal would eliminate all projections other than those based on straight-line historical data — dismissing the one-meter (39 inches) rise predicted by […]

North Carolina legislators, governor sign law allowing live gambling at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

FROM THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES: The General Assembly gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill that tinkered with gambling laws so that a 30-year compact the tribe and Gov. Beverly Perdue signed can be carried out. The Senate agreed to House changes to the bill by a vote of 35-11. Perdue later Wednesday signed it […]