Poor People’s Campaign kicks off in Jackson County, March 24

Press release from Lucy Christopher:  The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, is sponsoring a Town Hall on Saturday March 24th from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Community Table, 23 Central Street in Sylva, NC.  The campaign originated in December 1967, and was the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated before […]


Photographer Tim Barnwell will give a talk at the Parkway Visitor Center, March 29

Press release from Blue Ridge National Heritage Area: Want to know what peaks, ridges, knobs and mountains you’re seeing from the Blue Ridge Parkway’s overlooks? Ask Asheville photographer and author Tim Barnwell during an informative talk at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Parkway Milepost 384 in Asheville. Barnwell […]

WNC Subway restaurants call for submissions in high school video contest

Press release from Subway Restaurants: Local Subway® restaurants have launched a new program focused on teenagers’ favorite pastimes: social media and creating short videos. This spring, high schools in participating areas are invited to create videos for the Subway Fresh Fit®* Video Contest. The contest encourages classrooms, clubs, teams or after-school groups to showcase how […]

Summer of Glass in Ashveille

Press release: The Summer of Glass is the coalescence of community and cultural leaders, individuals, organizations, artist studios, galleries, independent businesses, museums, and nonprofits who have all come together in a massive collaborative effort to highlight both the historical and contemporary context of glass and its talented artists in Western North Carolina.  Regional partners are […]

North Fork Dam blasting schedule announced

Press release from the city of Asheville: Construction began over the winter on the North Fork Dam Improvement Project and, as part of this project, there will be some blasting this spring, as previously announced. We now have the initial blasting schedule and information useful to nearby residents. ·         The tentative date of the first […]

Kif Scheuer speaks at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville on climate resilience, March 20

Press release from Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville:  On Tuesday night, don’t miss Kif Scheuer, Climate and Energy Program Director at the Local Government Commission, for a dialogue about climate resilience, adaptation, and engagement. Exploring findings, examples, and approaches from work across California, Kif will engage participants in a discussion about where we are with respect to […]

Haywood Community College hosts hunter safety courses

Press release from Haywood Community College: Haywood Community College’s Department of Arts, Sciences, and Natural Resources and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a hunter safety course April 16-17, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on the HCC campus in building 3300, room 3322. Participants must attend two consecutive evenings to receive their certification. More than a firearm […]

C-SPAN reveals Asheville history and highlights authors during weeklong visit

Press release from C-SPAN:  C-SPAN is visiting Asheville, NC March 18-21 to feature the history and literary life of the city on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3). In conjunction with its Spectrum cable partner, the C-SPAN Cities Tour producers will visit various literary […]

Marshall Watershed — 541-acre conservation easement

Monthly E-News of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy:  We recently worked with the Town of Marshall to permanently protect the Marshall Watershed with a conservation easement. The 541-acre, forested property in northwest Madison County filters miles of clean mountain streams that once provided drinking water to town residents. The NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund […]

Asheville City Schools reduce racial and economic segregation, new report finds

A new report from the North Carolina Justice Center shows that Asheville City Schools have made progress in reducing school segregation over the last 10 years by eliminating racially and economically isolated schools. From 2007 to 2017, the system went from one racially isolated school (in which 75 percent or more students are people of color) and […]

Young artist chosen for 2018 ArtScape banners in downtown Hendersonville

Press release from ArtScape:  Eighth-grader Sophia Beck’s piece “Self Portrait After Vincent Van Gogh” has been chosen to represent the youth category at the upcoming reveal of the 2018 ArtScape banners in downtown Hendersonville.  Beck’s work was recently on exhibit as one of 92 pieces by young artists in the Artists of Tomorrow show curated by […]

Fletcher hosts Easter Eggsplotion, March 24

Press release from Fletcher Parks and Recreation:  Join the Fletcher Parks and Recreation Department at Bill Moore Community Park (Formerly named Fletcher Community Park) on Saturday, March 24th, for the Town of Fletcher’s Easter Eggsplotion! This event will feature children inflatables, a bubble station, face painting, crafts,  photos with the bunny and more!  New this […]

Deer harvest for 2017-18 season sees eight percent increase

Press release from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission:  Results from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual deer harvest summary indicate hunters across the state reported harvesting 161,854 deer during the 2017-18 hunting season – an 8 percent increase over the 2016-17 season. Deer harvest increased in districts 2 through 9, ranging from 3.4 percent […]

Unemployment rates increased in 93 N.C. counties; Buncombe County maintains lowest rate in state

Press release from North Carolina Department of Commerce:  Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 93 of North Carolina’s counties in January, decreased in one, and remained unchanged in six. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 14.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.6 percent. Fourteen of the state’s metro areas […]

Arbor Day Foundation honors Haywood Community College with 2017 Tree Campus USA recognition

Press release from Haywood Community College: Haywood Community College was honored with 2017 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The College recently held a tree planting ceremony on campus in recognition of this accomplishment and Arbor Day. The tree selected for the planting is a […]