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National Endowment for the Arts awards $25,000 grant for Native American art exhibit at the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, Aug. 21 through Dec. 8.

Press release from the Bardo Arts Center: It is the first NEA grant awarded to the museum in its 12-year history, after opening in 2005 with a mission to serve Western North Carolina. The Fine Art Museum is located in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. “Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian […]

Air quality forecast for Thursday, June 29: Moderate (YELLOW)

Thursday, June 29, 2017, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Thursday, 06/29/2017

TO YOUR HEALTH: Jasmine Beach-Ferrara leads the 400 to 500 people at Monday's swiftly organized health care rally in William Barber's signature call-and-response chant:  "Forward together — Not one step back!" Photo by Able Allen

Rally against Senate health care bill brings hundreds to street in Asheville and fires up base

Just three days before Monday’s rally in Asheville’s Pack Square Park to oppose the U.S. Senate’s version of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Lindsay Furst, a local teacher and activist, went to a coffee shop with her fellow organizers who shared her lack of sleep, she told the crowd in front of […]

Air quality forecast for Wednesday, June 28: Moderate (YELLOW)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Wednesday, 06/28/2017

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Mountain BizWorks expands training opportunities for small businesses in Western North Carolina

Press release from Mountain BizWorks: Mountain BizWorks is pleased to announce a full roster of small business training courses designed to help start and expand small enterprises in Western North Carolina. The Mountain BizWorks Foundations Business Planning Class is geared toward aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in the start-up phase. Over the course of six weeks […]

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Hendersonville Tree Board offers Pollinator Safari at Oklawaha Greenway and viewing of educational garden plots

Press release from Hendersonville Tree Board: On Saturday, June 24, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., a Pollinator Safari will be presented along the Oklawaha Greenway. Attendees will join Bee City USA safari guide Kim Bailey for a chance to see and learn about the wide diversity of pollinators that thrive in the Greenway’s flowering meadows. The […]

Pisgah Forest Elementary teacher, Cheryl Gardner, was recognized as the Muddy Sneakers' “Teacher of the Year.”  Photo courtesy of Muddy Sneakers

Muddy Sneakers’ Teacher of the Year awarded to Pisgah Forest Elementary teacher Cheryl Gardner

Press release from Muddy Sneakers: Pisgah Forest Elementary Fifth Grade Teacher, Cheryl Gardner, was recognized as the Muddy Sneakers “Teacher of the Year” at the fifth grade awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 6. Every year, the field instructors at Muddy Sneakers select a Teacher of the Year. The award is given to an educator at […]

Asheville Police Department seeking information about June 15 Brooklyn Road shooting

Press release from APD: The Asheville Police Department is seeking information from the public on a shooting that occurred on June 15 at 1:52 p.m. on Brooklyn Road. Alfed Luther Williams Jr. was shot twice in the hands and was treated at Mission for non-life threatening injuries. If anyone has information on this incident they […]

WNC addiction expert to address rising opioid drug use among pregnant women at D.C. conference

Press release from Vaya Health: Insights into western North Carolina’s opioid drug epidemic will be shared with healthcare professionals across the country at a summit Thursday in Washington, D.C. The one-day event, “Opioid Epidemic: Crisis to Care in Medicaid,” is sponsored by the D.C.-based Institute for Medicaid Innovation. The summit will feature clinical, research and […]

City of Asheville to hold public input meeting on Neighborhood Coordinator position

Press release from the city: The City of Asheville is looking for your input on ways to improve community engagement in Asheville. Recognizing the important role of neighborhoods in the fabric of a healthy community, the City has been and remains committed to connecting with people at the neighborhood level. Over the past 10 years, […]

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Is WNC fairly represente­d on state boards and commission­s?

“We’re certainly not overrepresented,” says Republican Rep. Chuck McGrady, who’s in his fourth term representing Henderson County in Raleigh. In fact, depending on how you break down the numbers, you could say that Western North Carolina falls a little short of genuinely proportional representation on state boards and commissions, according to data obtained from the […]

Sheriff Duncan. Photo Courtesy of OLLI

Asheville Police Chief and Buncombe County Sheriff to discuss “community policing” on June 16 at UNC Asheville’s OLLI

Press release from UNCA: Asheville Chief of Police Tammy Hooper and Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan will discuss the efforts to build productive relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, in a discussion titled “Community Policing,” at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, home of the Osher […]

Monarch Butterflies at Chincua Sanctuary. Photo by Kim Bailey, courtesy of the Collider

The Collider’s monthly climate and environmental film series continues with nature documentary for pollinator celebration

Press release from The Collider: The Collider’s monthly movie night, presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring films related to climate change and the environment, continues Tuesday, June 27, at the nonprofit climate innovation center in downtown Asheville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the program begins at 7 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to […]

Shamar Dennis Powell. Photo courtesy of APD

Asheville Police Department requests public assistance locating Shamar Dennis Powell

Press release from APD: The Asheville Police Department is seeking public assistance to locate Shamar Dennis Powell. Powell currently has three open warrants for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill or Inflict Serious Injury. Shamar is described as a black male, […]

Local education, workforce development programs receive $185,000 in Duke Energy grants

Duke Energy has announced grants for more than 70 education and workforce development programs across North Carolina. The funding, which amounts to some $2.7 million, according to Grace Rountree, a Duke spokesperson, are supposed to “enhance programs and initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering and math, childhood reading proficiency and workforce training – critical building blocks […]

WNC activist groups to hold town hall on fair voting at Haywood College Auditorium June 14

Press release from North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform: Citizens of western North Carolina counties will meet Wednesday, June 14th from 7:00- 9:00 pm at Haywood College Auditorium for a Fair Vote Town Hall. The town hall will feature a panel of experts explaining the importance of redistricting and the need for nonpartisan redistricting […]

APD requests assistance identifying person who struck officers with a firecracker/explosive device

Press release from APD: On Saturday, June 10 at approximately 9:45 p.m. Housing Unit officers were conducing foot patrol in Livingston Apartments when an unknown person threw a large firecracker/explosive device at the officers, striking them. Four officers were taken to Mission Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. If anyone has any information on […]

Asheville Lyric Opera’s Summer Young Artists concert to benefit The Free Clinics

Press release from The Free Clinics: The Free Clinics will be the beneficiary of profits from the June 24 Asheville Lyric Opera’s Summer Young Artists Concert, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville (UUFH), 2021 Kanuga Road at Price Street in Hendersonville. Suggested donation is $15 and tickets may be purchased at the door.  The […]

Matt Peiken BPR's first Arts Producer. Photo courtesy of BPR

BPR names new arts journalist to cover WNC’s creative community

Press release from Blue Ridge Public Radio: Blue Ridge Public Radio continues to invest in the development of local programming and content with the hiring of Matt Peiken as the NPR station’s first Arts Producer. Peiken, whose entire journalism career has concentrated in covering arts and culture, will produce segments for Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and […]

Air quality forecast for Monday, June 12: Moderate (YELLOW)

Monday, June 12, 2017, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Monday, 06/12/2017

Non-profit status may help Hatch toward goal of serving as an entrepreneurial hub for local startups

Press release from Hatch Asheville: Hatch Asheville (Hatch), a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity in downtown Asheville, has restructured as a 501c(3) non-profit foundation. Launched in 2016, the goal of Hatch is to turn Asheville into a city known and recognized for innovative and diverse startup companies. Hatch supports this mission through Place, Programming and Partnerships. […]