FINGER ON THE PULSE: Alesia Carpenter, manager of Mission Hospital's simulation lab, shows students how to check the pulse of a mannequin designed to demonstrate the process of giving birth. The students are, from left, Kaylee Lorenzen, Peyton Johnson and Tabis Gore. Photo by Clarke Morrison

Program gives students chance to learn about health care careers

The high school students craned their necks to get a good look at the mechanical mannequin that was about to give birth. “She’s contracting every three minutes now,” said Alesia Carpenter, a registered nurse. As manager of the simulation lab, she led the simulated birth in a Mission Hospital suite. A monitor displayed the makeshift mom’s […]

Photo by Josh O'Conner

UPDATED: Bike Polo Takes the Ring at Carrier Park

Asheville Carolina Minor bike polo tournament is underway at Carrier Park hockey rink this weekend, Aug. 8-9, in an invitational match of teams from around the Southeast. The event is being hosted by Asheville Hardcourt Bike Polo Club. About 50-70 players are participating in 10 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and […]

THE BIG ONE THAT DIDN'T GET AWAY: Ted Kubit catches a steelhead trout after undergoing deep brain stimulation for tremors. Photo courtesy of Ted Kubit

Deep brain stimulatio­n offers hope for tremor sufferers

Desperate for something that would calm his shaking hands, Sylva resident Ted Kubit found relief in deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure that involves drilling holes in the skull and implanting a device in the chest that sends signals to electrodes anchored in the brain. “It got to the point where I couldn’t even brush my teeth anymore,” Kubit, […]

CANINE COMPLICATIONS: Our four-legged friends love greenways just like the rest of us. But a recent string of incidents has some questioning whether Hominy Creek has an issue with unleashed dogs. Photo by Max Hunt

Is Hominy Creek Greenway going to the dogs?

Residents using Hominy Creek Greenway in recent weeks may have noticed the sudden disappearance of two herds of goats, which had been put to work clearing invasive species such as Japanese Knotwood. The absence of the hardy herbivores is the result of a June 28 attack on one of the animals by an unrestrained dog and raises questions about the proper use of public spaces.