POSTPONED: Asheville chapter of the National Organization for Women events calendar

THE FEB. 19 EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED: “The Asheville National Organization for Women Power Hour, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Avenue M on Merrimon Avenue, her been postponed. A new date will be announced.” — organizer Leslie Boyd, Feb. 18 From press release: FEB. 8 – Come to our 2nd Sunday monthly meeting at 2:30 […]

AC-T: Airport retaining wall work gets OK after permit obtained

From Asheville Citizen-Times: By Tonya Maxwell A construction company building a retaining wall up to four stories high at Asheville Regional Airport without a permit has been given the go-ahead to continue work, Buncombe County officials said. The contractor, Thalle Construction Co., based in Hillsborough, paid $22,274 for the permit late last week, said Matt […]

ACT’s Autumn Players to present “Any Wednesday”

Asheville Community Theatre’s Autumn Players will present Any Wednesday, a romance/comedy by American playwright and novelist Muriel Resnick on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28, at 35below; Sunday, March 1, in the Manheimer Room at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Curtain is at 2:30 p.m. and tickets are $6 (cash) at the door. From Asheville […]

AC-T: Injured hiker rescued from Catawba Falls Trail near Old Fort

From Asheville Citizen-Times: By Sabian Warren McDowell County emergency crews Sunday rescued an injured hiker who fell on the Catawba Falls Trail in western McDowell County. The incident was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the popular trail in Pisgah National Forest near Old Fort, McDowell County Emergency Medical Service Capt. Donnie Tipton said. […]

Transition Asheville Social to hear presentation on New York City’s pedestrian renaissance

Vaidila Satvika, formerly the director of the NYC Plaza Program, will speak at the Transition Asheville Social scheduled Monday, Feb. 9, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. From press release: Transition Asheville Social Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00pm Place: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Asheville Presentation Topic: Transportation, Pedestrians, and Energy: Lessons from New York City’s Pedestrian […]

UNC Asheville physics Professor Randy Booker wins national award

UNC Asheville press release: UNC Asheville Professor of Physics Randy Booker was honored for his teaching and mentorship with a national award presented Jan. 5 in San Diego at the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Booker received the 2014 Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award issued by the national Society of Physics Students […]

Trombonist Charlie Vernon to be artist-in-residence at Brevard College

Brevard College has announced that Charlie Vernon, bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a graduate of Brevard, will be artist-in-residence Feb. 10-14. Brevard College press release: Charlie Vernon, bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a graduate of Brevard College, will be Artist-in-Residence at Brevard College from February 10 through February 14, […]

Submissions accepted for Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

Submissions are being accepted for the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition The winner receives $200 and the entry will be published in storySouth. Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition press release: GREENSBORO, NC—The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is now open for submissions. The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication […]

RiverLink invites student entries for Voices of the River program

RiverLink is inviting students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade to submit are and poetry about our local rivers in its annual Voices of the River program. RiverLink press release: RiverLink’s annual program, Voices of the River, would like to invite all students (K-12) of the French Broad Watershed to participate in creating art and […]

HT-N: Fire destroys three businesses in Edneyville

  From Hendersonville Times-News (   Firefighters from nine departments battled a fire in Edneyville Tuesday  morning that destroyed three businesses, including Griffin’s Grocery. Regina Fowler, who was living in an apartment attached to the business, called 911 after her smoke detector went off around 2:30 a.m., Edneyville Fire Chief Robert Griffin said. Fowler was able […]

WLOS: Leicester 6-year-old receives heart transplant

From WLOS: LEICESTER, N.C. — A little girl was recovering Monday after receiving her second heart transplant late last week. Family says 6-year-old Olivia Landreth is making friends with all the nurses at her Atlanta hospital. Photos show the little girl – who family describes as a “firecracker” – smiling and wearing pigtails four days […]

Free financial planning offered for gay and lesbian couples in WNC

Gay and lesbian couples in Western North Carolina can take advantage of a free financial planning workshop on Feb. 4. The workshop will explore legal, tax, retirement and issuance issues. The event will be held in Brevard at Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County. Encompass Advisors press release: Encompass Advisors of Brevard will offer a free […]

AC-T: Land trust sells Sandy Mush land to Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy

From Asheville Citizen-Times: By Karen Chávez The Grateful Union Family Inc. is downsizing the family farm. Now that most of the children have moved out of state, along with the former resident peacocks, ducks, goats and turkeys, the clan elders decided to sell the mountainside land adjoining Little Sandy Mush Bald in northern Buncombe County. […]

Duke Energy assistance program available for income-qualified customers

Duke Energy says as many as 4,000 households in North Carolina may qualify for assistance with making their homes more energy efficient. Qualified customers can receive up to $10,000 in upgrades, Duke said. Duke Energy press release: RALEIGH – As many as 4,000 households may be eligible for an energy makeover, courtesy of a new […]

Observer: Officials says flu season has peaked in N.C.

From Charlotte Observer: North Carolina health officials say this winter’s unusually harsh flu season has peaked and is on the decline. The virus has been blamed for 90 deaths across North Carolina since October, and that toll will likely grow, though not as quickly as it has been in recent weeks, said state epidemiologist Megan […]

WLOS: Planned Parenthood facility opens in Asheville

From WLOS, channel 13 A new, $2.9 million dollar Planned Parenthood facility is now open in Asheville. Planned Parenthood Asheville Health Center opened its doors south of downtown Friday. It is on McDowell Street and replaces the smaller offices on Biltmore Avenue. The facility won’t be performing abortions until March as construction isn’t completely finished […]