Over one million Americans have signed up for ACA health insurance during special enrollment

Press release from Pisgah Legal Services: Are you missing out on new savings for quality, affordable health insurance through the HealthCare.gov marketplace? Since the special open enrollment period began on Feb. 15, more than one million Americans have gotten covered and there is still time to sign up before the Aug. 15 deadline. Thanks to […]

Entrance of Mission Hospital's Emergency Department

Patients, staff challenge quality of care at Mission Hospital under HCA management

Since investor-owned HCA Healthcare bought nonprofit Mission Health System in 2019, stories are increasingly common of long waits in the emergency room, unsanitary conditions, broken or missing equipment, patients having to lie in their own urine and feces, doctors leaving because of pay disputes and nurses weeping in the hallways because of stress and chronic understaffing.

Creative industry jobs report released

Press release from the Asheville Area Arts Council: Asheville Area Arts Council has released a new Creative Jobs Report, which provides an in-depth look at Buncombe County’s creative economy leading up to the pandemic. Arts council Executive Director Katie Cornell says the report is the first step in understanding the real impacts of the past year. […]

EBCI and TACF staff in front of EBCI greenhouse

Green in brief: American Chestnut Foundation­, EBCI plan long-term restoratio­n work

“I hope that one day in the future — 200, 500, 1,000 years from now — those generations can stand next to a 6- or 8-foot diameter chestnut tree in our mountains and be able to trace the story of that tree back to today,” said Joey Owle, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians secretary of agriculture and natural resources, in a press release announcing the agreement.

Bearfootin’ 2021 Bears to be revealed Thursday at Visitors Center stage in Hendersonville

Press release from the city of Hendersonville: The nineteenth annual Bearfootin’ Art Walk will reveal this year’s creative collection of bears from 5-7 pm on Thursday, May 13. The event will be located at the outdoor Visitors Center Stage on 201 South Main Street. Can’t make it in person? Tuning in from your couch is […]

Tourism Summit 2021 continues May 12

Press release from Explore Asheville: Explore Asheville is charting a new course for the tourism community aligned with broader community goals. These efforts are being organized around four strategic pillars that we’re discussing with community leaders and partners (shown above) in a series of four lunchtime webinars as this year’s annual Tourism Summit. Our first community […]

Warren Wilson announces new Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Strategy

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Following an extensive national search of more than 100 applicants, Warren Wilson College has announced the appointment of Dr. Kortet Mensah as the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Strategy. The newly created position is responsible for guiding the efforts to conceptualize, design, assess, nurture, and […]

Hendersonville’s roadside mowing program will begin this month

Press release from the city of Hendersonville:  Starting in early May and continuing until September, the City of Hendersonville Public Works Department will be conducting roadside mowing on City streets. Vegetation control along roadsides improves the visibility of signs, preserves sightlines for road users, and keeps sidewalks clear and free from overhanging limbs and branches.   […]

Community health assessment is underway in Buncombe County

Press release from the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services:  Over the next several weeks, residents in Buncombe County will have the opportunity to help Buncombe County Public Health identify the most critical health needs throughout our county and the region by participating in a community health survey. Buncombe County is part of […]

Smith Mill Works companies envision a resilient future Asheville

Smith Mill Works is a sprawling, formerly abandoned greenhouse complex in West Asheville. The property’s revitalization began with in 2014 with the involvement of Michael Klatt. Now home to a diverse array of resilient businesses, the facility provides insight and inspiration toward a sustainable future for Asheville and the region.