UNC Asheville to showcase undergraduate research and service learning on Dec. 1

From press release: UNC Asheville students will present more than 140 research projects at the university’s Fall Undergraduate Research, Creativity and Community Engagement Symposium, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. Also that day, UNC Asheville students will showcase their work in service learning projects and internships at a celebration with community partners from 3-5 p.m., […]

Sale, book signings to highlight GSMA’s Thanksgiving weekend activities

From press release: With the Thanksgiving weekend just around the corner, Great Smoky Mountains Association plans to say “thank you” to national park visitors with several special activities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fast becoming a much-anticipated tradition in the park, GSMA will host a three-day end-of-the-season sale on select merchandise at its Clingmans […]

HT-N: Draft forest plan adds 700,000 acres to ‘timber base’

From Hendersonville Times-News: Conservation groups are raising the alarm after the U.S. Forest Service unveiled a draft proposal to designate nearly 700,000 acres of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest as suitable for logging in its new management plan for the next 15-plus years. Environmental leaders say the proposed “suitable timber base” puts logging ahead of restoration […]

National Weather Service issues winter weather advisory

Summary from National Weather Service bulletin: The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the North Carolina mountains beginning mid-day on Monday and continuing through 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Affected areas include northern Buncombe County and surrounding counties to the north. Freezing rain could start Monday afternoon, the weather service said, and accumulations […]

MANNA Packs for Kids Program receives $25,000 from Mission Health

From press release Asheville- MANNA FoodBank announced Nov. 12 that it is the recipient of a $25,000 Community Health and Benefit Investment from Mission Health to help fund the MANNA Packs for Kids Program. The program provides emergency food assistance to public school students throughout Western North Carolina, a region in which one in four […]

Harley­Davidson of Asheville and Mission Foundation raise $2,000 for the Ladies Night Out Program

From press release:   Asheville, NC – Harley­Davidson of Asheville and the Mission Foundation hosted the 3nd Annual Breast Cancer Poker Run & Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 11th, raising $2,000 for the Ladies Night Out program. 124 Riders participated on the scenic motorcycle Poker Run, starting and ending at Harley­Davidson of Asheville. The Poker […]

Heat for Hunger program provides propane to heat to homes, benefits MANNA FoodBank

From press release The Blossman Gas, Appliance and Hearth Store located at 170 Sweeten Creek Rd in Asheville, is partnering with MANNA FoodBank in a holiday “Heat for Hunger” program. Partial proceeds of every gallon of propane gas sold from November 20 through December 20 from this branch will go to MANNA as part of […]

AC-T: Asheville’s historic Highland Hospital for sale

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: The Asheville site of a historic hospital where Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, died in a fire is for sale for $14 million. Several buildings on the site of the historic Highland Hospital in the northern Montford neighborhood are currently on the market, a realtor involved with the […]

Payments begin for North Carolina eugenics victims

From press release: Raleigh, NC – Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday that initial payments will be mailed to the victims of the Eugenics Board of North Carolina. The payments were made possible when Governor McCrory signed the budget bill that included funding championed by former Representative Larry Womble and other legislators. “Today is a day […]

Mission Health’s Fullerton Genetics Center moves to larger facility

From press release: Mission Health’s Fullerton Genetics Center, the only facility in western North Carolina offering genetic services, now has a new home. The 20,000-square-foot, brand- new, custom-built two-story building is adjacent to the Mission Children’s Hospital Reuter Outpatient Center. “The opening of this new facility will ensure that Mission is positioned to continue to […]

Hendersonville’s bears raise more than $35,000 at auction

Hendersonville Times-News: Twenty Hendersonville bears found homes  Saturday at the 12th annual Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk Auction. The 2014 class of bears was unveiled in May, and the hand-painted fiberglass pieces spent the summer next to stoplights and restaurants, displaying themes selected by their artists and the nonprofits benefitting from their auction. Despite their popularity with […]

WLOS: Overdoses, arrests reported at Saturday’s STS9 show

From WLOS ABC 13: Seven people hospitalized and others under arrest, all stemming from a rowdy night at an electronic music concert in downtown Asheville. It happened at the STS9 show at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday. Fire and rescue workers were dispatched to the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville late Saturday evening. Officials […]

Eight Buncombe County schools earn Title 1 “Reward School” designation

From press release: The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) today announced that 78 schools have been recognized as a Title 1 Reward School for 2014-15. Eight of the schools are from the Buncombe County School System. The BCS schools earning the Reward School designation are: Black Mountain Elementary School, Black Mountain Primary School, […]

AC-T: Group urges officials with strong beliefs to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: By Beth Walton Area register of deeds offices said officials would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples regardless of their own beliefs. “Same-sex marriages are against my Christian beliefs, but I have taken an oath, and I have to uphold my oath and do what the law tells me to do,” […]

City contractor session for artists changed to Oct. 27

From press release: Artists can join RiverLink and Brenda Mills on Oct. 27 to find out how to become a contractor for the city. The session was originally scheduled for Oct. 29. We are pleased to offer these special two-hour interactive FREE information sessions at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street from 10 to 12. […]

Partisan divide noted in 2014 Conservation Scorecard

From press release: North Carolina League of Conservation Voters today released its 2014 Legislative Scorecard. Environmental voting scores in the N.C. General Assembly hit a disturbing new low in 2014, punctuated by one especially jarring number: zero. That was the average score earned by Senate Republicans on the key environmental bills and amendments prioritized by […]