Buncombe County Schools operate on two-hour delay Thursday

From press release: Dr. Tony Baldwin, zuperintendent of zchools, announced Wednesday that all Buncombe County Schools will be operating on a two-hour delay Jan. 8. This decision comes as weather forecasts are predicting lows approaching 5 degrees Wednesday morning and wind chills below zero. “The fact is we transport approximately 17,000 students across Buncombe County every day. […]

“Scaling Pockets of Excellence in NC” begins work with meeting at NCCAT

From press release: CULLOWHEE–Twelve educators from Western North Carolina met over three days in December to begin planning for the “Scaling Pockets of Excellence in NC” program. They worked on the plan at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a national leader in professional development. The program is led by Ben Owens, […]

Registration continues for 2015 Appalachian Farm School for WNC farmers

From press release:     CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Registration continues and spaces are filling up for the 2015 Appalachian Farm School, a pilot program to centralize agricultural business training in a single program for farmers in the seven western counties of North Carolina. The course begins January 29 and ends April 9, 2015, and takes place […]

Comporium partners with United Way for coat drive

From press release: Comporium of Brevard and United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) are conducting a coat drive for new and gently used coats of all sizes throughout the month of January. “We are heading into the coldest period of the year,” said Comporium General Manager Frank Porter. “Warm clothing, shelter and food are necessities […]

Mission Health signs new contract with The Blood Connection

From press release ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 29, 2014) – Mission Health and The Blood Connection of Greenville, South Carolina have entered into an agreement through which The Blood Connection will be the sole provider of blood to Mission Health, as well as conducting local blood drives in all areas where Mission Health is present. This […]

H T-N: Filmmakers highlight mountain music in documentary

From Hendersonville Times-News: By Nathaniel Axtell A documentary about mountain music by a filmmaking couple from Henderson County will debut Jan. 29 on North Carolina public television, featuring four-time Grammy winning musician David Holt and opening with a shot on Bearwallow Mountain. Called “David Holt’s State of Music,” the hour-long documentary by filmmakers and photographers […]

Bladenboro Journal: Teen’s hanging death spurs march by NAACP

From the Bladenboro Journal: The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP held a march Saturday in Bladenboro to call for a thorough federal investigation of a black teen whose death was ruled a suicide. Federal officials have said they are reviewing the investigation of the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy, whose body was found hanging […]

WUNC: 1,500 Christmas tree farms — most in WNC — critical to $100 million industry

From WUNC.org By DAVE DEWITT Christmas tree production in North Carolina is a $100-million-a-year industry.  There are 1,500 Christmas-tree farms, most in the  four-county area of Allegany, Ashe, Avery, and Watauga counties. Most of the Christmas tree farms are family-owned. North Carolina is second in the country in Christmas tree production, behind only Oregon. For more of […]

AC-T: Work begins on downtown Asheville AC Hotel

From Asheville Citizen-Times: By Mike Cronin ASHEVILLE – Some 30 city leaders gathered Thursday morning at the intersection of Market Street and Langren Alley to celebrate the beginning of what will become the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown. The 132-room Marriott-branded hotel at 10 Broadway will be owned and managed by McKibbon, a franchise of Marriott International, […]

Regulators authorize repairs to dam structure at Duke Energy coal ash impoundment

From press release: RALEIGH — State environmental regulators have given Duke Energy permission to lower the level of a coal ash storage pond to make repairs to a dam structure at the Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Thursday granted the utility authorization to lower the […]

Master plan to be prepared for Mountains-to-Sea State Trail

From press release: RALEIGH – A major component of the ongoing master plan for the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail will be ideas gathered from partners, stakeholders and the public, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. “As we move toward completion of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail, it’s important to have a guiding document that […]

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity to celebrate completion of subdivision in Swannanoa

From press release: Asheville – After 20 months of work by volunteers, Habitat partner families and staff, 17 homes are officially complete in Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s subdivision in Swannanoa, in the Beacon Mill area off Dennis Street. Habitat will celebrate the completion of the neighborhood and dedicate the final four homes on Tuesday, […]

Asheville Catholic School’s Lego League team advances to state championship tournament

From press release: Asheville Catholic School’s Lego League team placed among the top teams in the regional tournament on Saturday, Dec. 6, in South Carolina. This team received the official “Golden Ticket” and will advance directly to the State Championship Tournament in March 2015. This is Asheville Catholic’s first robotic team and therefore is considered […]

Insurance Service of Asheville team awarded membership in BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s President’s Club

From press release: The Life, Health and Employee Benefits Team at local, independent insurance agency Insurance Service of Asheville (ISA) was recently awarded membership in BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s (BCBSNC) President’s Club. This distinguishes the agency for its outstanding contributions to BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina in sales and service to its customers and […]

Roberson High School graduate named Junior Sailor of the Year

From press release: Master-at-Arms Second Class Caroline Taylor, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSA HR) physical security manager from Asheville and a 2006 graduate of Roberson High School, was recently named NSA HR’s Junior Sailor of the Year. “The personal worth of this award means that I continue to push myself to exceed my own […]

Asheville GreenWorks: Guide to resources, information on waste reduction and recycling

From press release: Waste reduction is a major component of our work at Asheville GreenWorks. Since 1973, our staff and volunteers have worked to educate and reduce our dependance on one-use, so called “throw-away” items that simply fill up our landfills. Through recycling and compost education, we will reduce our need for landfills and through […]

W-SJ: As fracking looms, NC officials worry about road damage

From the Winston-Salem Journal: The first permits for natural gas exploration in the state could be issued in the spring, and N.C. Department of Transportation officials are trying to assess how the state’s rural roads will be affected by thousands of truckloads of chemicals, water, sand and mechanical equipment associated with hydraulic fracturing or fracking. […]

Barbara Sayer named interim president, CEO of WCQS

From press release: Asheville, NC (November 17, 2014) – The Board of Directors of Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. / WCQS named WCQS Program Director Barbara Sayer as Interim President and CEO, following the resignation of WCQS President and CEO Jody Evans. Evans’ last day at WCQS is December 5. WNCPR Board Chair Chuck […]