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New edition of “A History of African Americans in North Carolina” now available

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources announces: RALEIGH – A new, revised edition of “A History of African Americans in North Carolina” is now available from the Historical Publications Section of the N.C. Office of Archives and History. The volume covers more than 400 years from the colonial period through the early 21st century. […]

Looking for something to do tonight? How about Drag Queen Bingo to benefit Brother Wolf

From BlogAsheville, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue proudly presents the Spring Drag Queen Bingo on Friday, February 10th at the Renaissance Hotel Ballroom, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville. Hosted by Natalie Smalls and the area’s finest Drag Queens, join us for a raucous, rowdy night of drinks, snacks and fun… and of course, drama! Guaranteed to be […]

Rotarians Against Hunger annual food drive focused on WNC

From the press release: Asheville, NC – Plans for the Rotarians Against Hunger (RAH) Third Annual Food Packaging Event is well underway with strong commitments from Thermo Fisher Scientific and Asheville-based artist Jonas Gerard. The Third Annual RAH will take place April 28, 2012, when 50,000 bags (enough food for 300,000 meals) will be packaged, […]

Former Public Works director named new general manager for local ABC board

FROM THE ASHEVILLE Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (full release) The Asheville ABC Board held a special meeting on Feb. 9, voting to appoint Mark Combs as the general manager of the Asheville ABC system, which consists of 10 stores and 65 full- and part-time employees. Combs — a former Asheville Public Works director — has […]

Retired McDowell County captain dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

From the McDowell News: It was with heavy hearts that McDowell County sheriff’s deputies carried on with their duties Thursday – patrolling roads, interviewing suspects, serving papers, answering phones. They wore black bands across their badges and lowered the flag to half staff. They were in mourning over the loss of a colleague and friend. […]

Much of Cliffs Communities being sold, investors hope to restart sales

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article: A Texas couple is buying much of the assets of financially troubled Cliffs Communities, developer of the luxury housing developments The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and The Cliffs at High Carolina in Buncombe County. Buyer Steve Carlile and his wife, Penny, said this morning they will put […]

Just like Queen Elizabeth II, the Flat Rock Playhouse starts 60th year

According to the Hendersonville Times-News, The Flat Rock Playhouse is celebrating its 60th anniversary in style, with an exciting lineup of productions planned for the theater’s Flat Rock and downtown Hendersonville venues, said Vincent Marini, Playhouse producing artistic director. Last year was a banner one for the Playhouse, and high attendance numbers also boosted the […]

Patsy Keever for Congress campaign is seeking interns

Patsy Keever for Congress is now enrolling interns for our 2012 campaign. This is a unique opportunity to work on an exciting, high-paced campaign to help elect Rep. Patsy Keever to Congress in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District. These internships are ideal for intelligent, reliable and highly-motivated college students or recent graduates who are interested […]

UNC Board approves tuition and fee increase across the UNC system

From the News & Observer: A UNC Board of Governors committee today approved tuition and fee increases for 2012-13 and tuition increases for in-state undergraduates in 2013-14. If the full board passed the plan tomorrow, tuition and fees would rise on average 8.8 percent next academic year for North Carolina undergraduates across the UNC system. […]

PARC: Tell elected officials not to sell city land near Basilica to developer

Here’s the message from the People Advocating Real Conservancy group via its email newsletter: If the McKibbon Group gets its way, this view of the Basilica of St. Lawrence might soon be your best way to see it. McKibbon wants to buy several City-owned properties in front of the Basilica to build a high-rise hotel, […]

Local band Silver Machine only a few dollars shy of their Kickstarter Goal

Local “Space Rock” band Silver Machine are no longer lightyears away from their $1,500 goal to release their album. In relative terms, they’re now within lunar distance, less than $200 from hitting their target. Just to give them a little boost as they approach their zero hour on March 3, here’s the pitch. Greetings friends, […]

North Carolina’s disposal rate drops to historic low

From the full release from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – North Carolinians threw away less per capita in 2010-2011 than at any time in nearly 20 years, according to the state’s latest report and analysis of solid waste management. The 2010-2011 North Carolina Solid Waste and Materials Management Report […]