ENERGETIC DEDICATION: Operations Director Emily Taylor was chosen for the Maytag Dependable Leader Award from the Boys & Girls Club. Photo courtesy of Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club staffer wins national award

Press release from Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club: There’s hardly a happening at the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County in which Emily Taylor, its operations director, isn’t involved. Colleagues and kids alike say she’s one of the most energetic persons in an energy-charged organization … engaging, enthusiastic, efficient, a dependable leader who […]

Pardee to host event about managing finances when facing cancer

Press release from Pardee UNC Health Care: Pardee UNC Health Care will host a free UNC Cancer Network Lunch and Learn videoconference event for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The session, “Managing Financial Toxicity When Facing Cancer,” will take place on Friday, Sept. 29 from 12 to 1 p.m. in Pardee Hospital’s video conference room, […]

CANDIDATE LINEUP: Asheville City Council candidates at a Sept. 18 forum at UNCA. From left: Kim Roney, Andrew Fletcher, Gwen Wisler, Dee Williams, Pratik Bhakta, Jeremy Goldstein, Cecil Bothwell, Vijay Kapoor, Adrian Vassallo, Sheneika Smith, Rich Lee and Jan (Howard) Kubiniec and moderator Tim Hussey. Photo by Carolyn Morrisroe

Race, housing take center stage in Council candidate forum

Who can afford to live here and how can we all live together? Those questions formed the crux of the conversation among Asheville City Council candidates at a Sept. 18 forum where two issues garnered strong and varying viewpoints: the lack of affordable housing and persistent racial tensions in Asheville.

OnTrack receives $200,000 grant

Press release from he Community Foundation of Western North Carolina: In August, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina board approved its largest competitive grant to date when $200,000 was awarded to OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling to expand the SECURE program that provides financial literacy training and a three-to-one match to help low-income people […]

CLIMATE LECTURE: CNN columnist John Sutter, left, and author Dr. Katharine Wilkinson and  will be the featured speakers at Earth Equity Advisors’ fourth annual free lecture series on Oct. 3. Photos courtesy of Earth Equity Advisors

Author, columnist to speak on climate change

Press release from Earth Equity Advisors: Responsible investment firm Earth Equity Advisors announced that acclaimed climate change author Dr. Katharine Wilkinson and CNN climate change columnist John Sutter will be the featured speakers in their fourth annual lecture series this October. “Reversing Global Warming: A Conversation with Katharine Wilkinson and John Sutter” will feature the two thought leaders […]

BUDDING COMPOSER: Mac Waters performs original music during an Asheville School Fine Arts production. Photo courtesy of Asheville School

Composition by Asheville School senior selected for festival

Press release from Asheville School: Asheville School senior Mac Waters (Banner Elk, N.C.) is dedicated to music and committed to strengthening and broadening his compositional portfolio. The young composer has attended two sessions of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Composers Program and regularly writes and performs original music at Asheville School. This summer, Waters […]

PROTECTING THE PICNIC BASKET: Friends of the Smokies received $4,000
from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to support repairs to food
storage systems along the A.T. Photo courtesy of Friends of the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies receives grant to promote bear safety

Press release from Friends of the Smokies: Friends of the Smokies and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will continue their partnership to assist Great Smoky Mountains National Park with proactive bear management. The ATC’s North Carolina specialty license plate grant program awarded Friends of the Smokies $4,000 to support repairs of food storage cables at campsites […]

WILDLIFE WATCH: Some deer in North Carolina are afflicted with hemorrhagic disease, but biologists say it is cyclic and typically dies off after the first frost. Photo by Carolyn Morrisroe

Hemorrhagic disease reported in Southern Appalachian deer

Press release from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission: After receiving multiple reports of dead, dying or sick deer in the Southern Appalachians, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said that hunters may see dead deer this hunting season but that the recent outbreak of hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer is cyclic and the population will rebound. […]

Evergreen Community Charter School to host Adventure Demo Day

Press release from Evergreen Community Charter School: Evergreen Community Charter School in Asheville is hosting the inaugural Evergreen Adventure Demo Day, a family-friendly event that is open to the public. On Saturday, Oct. 7, we will be showcasing our adventure programs, and we invite everyone to come have fun climbing our climbing wall, exploring the […]

FUN IN FLETCHER: Inflatables will be among the family-friendly entertainment in Fletcher on Sept. 23, finished off with fireworks. Photo courtesy of the Town of Fletcher

Fletcher Family Festival offers fun, fireworks

Press release from Town of Fletcher Parks and Recreation Department: The Town of Fletcher will be hosting its Fourth Annual Fletcher Family Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23. This event will include inflatables, touch-a-truck, a musical performance by Caribbean Cowboys and Carolina Rex, food trucks and more. New to this year’s event, the Town of Fletcher has […]

State vet encourages livestock owners to vaccinate against rabies

Press release from N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: State Veterinarian Doug Meckes is encouraging North Carolina livestock owners to consider having their animals vaccinated against rabies. “This year we have seen five cases of rabies in livestock,” Meckes said. “Horses, cattle and goats are naturally curious animals, which puts them at risk for […]

On a 2007 trip to Bangladesh, volunteers taught residents how to make compost. Photo courtesy of Winrock International

Local volunteer wins service award

Press release from Winrock International: Winrock International announced it has awarded Andrew Goodheart Brown from Asheville with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service. Established in 2003, the award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer […]