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UNCA to participate in statewide tornado drill, will test emergency sirens tomorrow

From UNC Asheville News Services: In conjunction with a statewide tornado drill, UNC Asheville will conduct an intermittent, full-volume test of its emergency siren system between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The campus community as well as neighborhoods adjacent to campus may hear intermittent warning tones and spoken announcements. The test is […]

Gov. Perdue requests federal assistance for WNC storm victims

PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Bev Perdue is requesting assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration for Cabarrus, Cherokee and Mecklenburg counties following the severe weather and tornadoes that struck over the weekend. “This is the second round of devastating storms already this year,” Gov. Perdue said. “We will do everything possible to ensure that those who […]

Festiva Hospitality Group donates $7,000-plus to Pisgah Legal Services

Festiva Hospitality Group has announced that it is making a donation of more than $7,000 to Pisgah Legal Services (PLS), a community-based nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people throughout Western North Carolina. Each year, PLS helps more than 12,000 low-income people meet their most basic needs for housing, safety, health […]

Local artist Adrienne van Dooren will show work at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Local art enthusiast Roya June writes, “Adrienne van Dooren won 1st place in Asheville’s 7th Annual Creative Arts Show and Competition last Thursday. Her entry will now go forward to the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Boston, MA October 8-15. Her winning entry, “A Ribbon of Hope,” is shown here. “The timing of the […]

Mission Health offers safety tips for National Patient Safety Awareness Week

From the press release: Mission Health Recognizes Patient Safety Week with Medicine Safety Tips Asheville, N.C. – March 5, 2012 – Today marks the beginning of National Patient Safety Awareness Week and Mission Health is participating with a campaign aimed at educating patients about medication safety and reducing medication errors. “Patient engagement is a top […]

Corpening Memorial YMCA to launch diabetes prevention program in McDowell County

From the McDowell News: The Corpening Memorial YMCA was recently awarded more than $225,000 in grant money to help address the serious health problem of diabetes in McDowell. The local YMCA got grants of $175,799 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and $50,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring […]

Park Ridge Geriatrics welcomes two new physicians

From the press release: Hendersonville, N.C. (Date) – Park Ridge Geriatrics proudly announces the addition of two new physicians: Julie Iacono, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist and Benjamin Pusser, D.O., a board-certified family practitioner. For more information on scheduling either of these physicians in long-term care settings, please call 828.687.8670. Dr. Iacono completed her medical degree […]

APD investigating attempted bank robbery at Bank of America in Biltmore Village

The full release from the Asheville Police Department: ASHEVILLE – On Monday, 03-05-12 at approx. 10:02 am, Officers from the Asheville Police Department responded to an Armed Robbery call at the Bank of America located at 124 Hendersonville Rd. in Biltmore Village. A preliminary investigation reveals that a W/M or possibly H/M, “heavyset”, wearing a […]

N.C. State professor explains the science of spit in Charlotte Observer article

Meg Lowman, an N.C. State University professor and forest canopy expert who directs the Nature Research Center at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, writes in the Charlotte Observer: Saliva is essential to our health, serving an unglamorous role to clean our mouths, fight tooth decay and digest food. But doctors are now joining dentists […]

N.C. merchandise exports increased 8 percent in 2011, agency reports

FROM THE STATE NEWS WIRE service: The International Trade Administration (ITA) recently announced new data that show North Carolina merchandise exports increased 8 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, growing from $24.9 billion to $27.0 billion. “North Carolina exporters continue to sell some of the most innovative products and services to world destinations, advancing President […]

New N.C. law requires photo I.D., hopes to fight prescription drug fraud

From the McDowell News: A new law took effect Thursday that aims to help fight prescription drug fraud and abuse in North Carolina. Under Senate Bill 474, pharmacies are now required to check photo identification before filling prescriptions for certain drugs, including Oxycontin, morphine, methadone, fentanyl and Vicodin. The new requirement applies to all Schedule […]

What qualities should judges have? Judicial Nominating Commission hosts March 5 UNCA hearing

The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. North Carolinians are encouraged to attend to offer suggestions on the qualities and characteristics judges should possess. What: Judicial Nominating Commission Public Hearing Where: UNC-Asheville, Sherrill Center, Mountain View Conference Room #417 136 Campus Dr. Asheville […]