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West Asheville blood drive June 2nd

Please join Calvary Baptist Church in saving lives by making an appointment to donate blood today! Appointments are available for whole blood or double red blood cell donations. Contact McKenzie Miller via Facebook, email (, or cell (828-712…-1756) to schedule your appointment. If you have questions about eligibility, please see

Asheville hotels host night of arts, creativity to raise money for Mission Children’s Hospital

From the press release: The SpringHill Suites by Marriott Asheville and the Courtyard by Marriott Asheville will host Art Escape!, Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The evening of creativity and inspiration will showcase original artwork by local artists, and all proceeds will benefit Mission Children’s Hospital. This free event is part of […]

Buncombe County Health Dept: Tempeh recall doesn’t stop the outbreak

Although Smiling Hara Tempeh products have tested positive for salmonella and have been voluntarily recalled by the company, the Buncombe County Health Department cautions that we aren’t out of the woods yet. Health Department and Smiling Hara Tempeh officials confirm that tempeh made some time between Jan 11 and April 11 is contaminated with salmonella. […]

11th District Candidate Jeff Hunt releases statement on Amendment One

PRESS RELEASE FROM JEFF HUNT’S CAMPAIGN: Today, May 1, Jeff Hunt, a candidate for the 11th District Republican nomination, participated in a press conference of District Attorneys highlighting the false advertisements being used in the Marriage Protection Amendment campaign. The anti-amendment interest groups have been spreading false information about domestic violence cases and law enforcement, […]

Mission Children’s asthma program receives EPA award

From the press release: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (May 1, 2012) – Mission Children’s Hospital’s Regional Asthma Disease Management Program today received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2012 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management for its exemplary efforts to deliver high-quality asthma care that includes environmental controls. “Receiving this award out of so many prestigious […]

Greenpeace: Activists plead guilty to trespass for Progress Energy protest

Full announcement from Greenpeace: 16 Greenpeace activists have pleaded guilty to trespass and were fined today in Buncombe County Court. The activists took part in a protest at the Asheville Progress Energy coal plant in February this year. “These activists were compelled to take action because of the great harm coal does to the community’s […]

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter to be commencement speaker at Warren Wilson

From the announcement from Warren Wilson College: Date: May 12 Time: 10 a.m. Site: Sunderland Residence Hall Lawn Main Address: Janis Ian, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Bachelor’s degree candidates: 224 (surpassing previous record of 201 in 2010) Leading majors: Environmental studies, global studies, sociology/anthropology Highest student honor: To be announced May 11 (faculty/staff vote) Graduation tradition: […]

Blue Ridge Food Ventures releases a statement regarding local salmonella outbreak

From a Blue Ridge Food Ventures press release: “Smiling Hara, which is under investigation as a possible link to the salmonella outbreak in Buncombe County, manufactures and packages tempeh in bulk at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a shared-use food production facility in Buncombe County. The company supplies frozen tempeh to local restaurants and stores. It […]

Tempeh tested positive for salmonella, says Smiling Hara Tempeh spokesman

Smiling Hara Tempeh has recalled its retail products in response to its tempeh testing positive for salmonella. The press release is below: “Tests by the NCDA&CS have confirmed that [Smiling Hara Tempeh has tested] positive for salmonella. Chad Oliphant of Smiling Hara Tempeh says that the company is initiating a voluntary recall of their retail […]

Local food company reacts to salmonella search with voluntary recall

Several local food-service operations are aiding in the search for the cause of a salmonella outbreak. Some local restaurants are also voluntarily working with health department officials to educate their employees about the bacteria and how to keep it from spreading. Though the source remains undetermined, a local tempeh company, Smiling Hara, has decided to […]

The Charlotte Observer calls Asheville a “gastronomically sublime alt-universe”

The Charlotte Observer visited the Laughing Seed, Jack of the Wood and the Thirsty Monk, among other area eateries and business. Here’s what they had to say: “Asheville ( is a funky, cultured, gastronomically sublime alt-universe whose laid-back vibe filters through the mountains that ring it and infuses smaller arts-and-crafts havens nearby, like Black Mountain, […]