The 1.5 million children enrolled in North Carolina’s public schools this year will not be the only ones receiving grades soon. State officials plan to release a performance-based, letter-graded report card for each school, starting Feb. 5, and for some education leaders in the Asheville area, anticipation is high. Chip Craig, vice chairman of the […]
According to a study from the The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the Budget & Tax Center, North Carolinians with the lowest income pay more than 40 percent more in taxes (as a percent of their income) compared to the state’s wealthiest residents. The ITEP even calls the state and local tax system “unfair,” […]
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for multiple Western North Carolina counties Wednesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 8. “Wednesday, cold wave likely,” reads a passage from the NWS’s report. “An arctic airmass will settle Southward across the region starting Wednesday and persist into Friday. Temperatures will likely run 10 to […]
In a Civitas “flash” poll of 300 Buncombe County residents Oct. 3-6, Rep. Nathan Ramsey trailed Democratic challenger John Ager by 13 points.
There wasn’t much tension between Nathan Ramsey and John Ager at the Council of Independent Business Owners’s early-morning debate, Friday, Aug. 29 perhaps because of a personal history. “John’s my neighbor,” said Ramsey. “I’ve known John since I was probably about two years old.” Not only are the two candidates personal acquaintances, both grew up in the […]
The Asheville Police Department estimated 3,500 people crowded into Pack Square Park at 5 p.m. on Monday, carrying signs expressing outrage against a number of local and state issues: women’s health, education, environment, water, equality and voting rights, among others.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation held a Feb. 11 open house at A-B Tech’s Enka campus to encourage public input and conversation and to discuss some of the projects queued for Western North Carolina counties.
The number of registered voters in North Carolina has increased since 2008 — but more of them are unaffiliated, with both the Republican and Democrat parties seeing losses, a study by the nonprofit Democracy North Carolina concludes. The number of registered Democrats is down significantly.
A partnership of local nonprofits has teamed up to create the Western North Carolina Vote Tracker.
The weekly protests that have condemned decisions made by the North Carolina General Assembly for almost three months at the state capital continue today with the arrival of the Moral Monday movement in Asheville. These are the tweets, photos and videos from before, during and after the Mountain Moral Monday event. (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @PlantyHamchuk)
Neither politics nor changes to state health regulations influenced either the timing of the recent survey of FemCare or the loss of the Asheville abortion clinic’s medical license, according to statements from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
After a routine survey of Asheville abortion clinic FemCare revealed multiple violations, the state Department of Health and Human Services suspended the medical license of the only clinic in the state that would currently meet the new requirements of an abortion bill signed into law earlier this week.
After serving as State Health Director and Director of the Division of Public Health for 18 months, Dr. Laura Gerald has resigned from her position effective immediately, according to a statement from Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Aldona Wos. No reason for Gerald’s resignation has been given at this time.
Asheville filmmaker Carly Calhoun has released a series of short documentaries on the impact of coal ash, with an eye toward doing a feature-length documentary.
A report released today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a D.C.-based nonprofit government watchdog group, names North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory as one of the “Worst Governors in America.” He is joined by 17 other governors, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
This afternoon, Gov. Pat McCrory released a statement saying he will sign the most recent abortion bill approved by the House.
If the North Carolina General Assembly passes a bill that would change the state’s requirements for abortion clinics, Asheville’s FemCare would be the only clinic in the state able to meet the proposed guidelines.
Families trickle into the Cradle of Forestry for Bug Day, an annual celebration of all things insect. A full day of crafts and bug hunts await eager children and their parents at the event, which gives community members the chance to better know oft-misunderstood arthropods — especially the subgroup of species we call “bugs.”
A report released today, Monday June 24, reveals that North Carolina still lags behind the nation in economic well-being despite making gains in education and child health in recent years. In this post, we’ve compiled a by-the-numbers look at the data.
Television host Tom Earnhardt will speak about North Carolina’s ecological past and future at WCU on Thursday, June 27.
Standing at the pull-off on a gravel road near an unmarked trail in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, geologist Rick Wooten tightens his black webbed utility belt — which holds a camera, a hammer and a Brunton compass. In the shade of his car’s open hatchback, he leans over a Panasonic Toughbook that’s displaying an […]