McHenry named vice chairman of House Financial Services Committee

Here’s the announcement from the office of Rep. Patrick McHenry, who represents District 10, which includes most of Asheville: Yesterday, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) was named by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling to serve as the Vice Chairman of the full committee for the 114th Congress.  During the 113th Congress, […]

Venture Asheville presents ‘Pitch for Pitchers’ Jan. 14

Aiming to cultivate entrepreneurial energy, Venture Asheville has started a new event series dubbed “Pitch for Pitchers.” An entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Venture Asheville recently got a shout-out in a Popular Mechanics story that ranked Asheville the second best start-up city in […]

Warren Wilson kicks off MLK Jr. Week with Jan. 19 Service Day

Here’s the announcement from Warren Wilson College: Warren Wilson College launches a full week of activities honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the college’s winter Service Day on Jan. 19, as new students engage in service projects at Hall Fletcher Elementary School in West Asheville. The annual Service Day on the […]

Huffington Post profiles Asheville’s Troy and Sons

Excerpt from the Huffington Post story: It was as if young Frankenstein met Old MacDonald—with a touch of Austin Powers thrown in for good measure.
Tucked away in a small barn in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, Troy Ball and her friend John McEntire were like a pair of mad scientists—mixing, boiling, adding ingredients, […]

Hendersonville Times-News has new ownership

Excerpt from the Hendersonville Times-News article: New Media Investment Group Inc. completed its purchase Friday of Halifax Media Group, which owned the Times-News and 35 other newspapers across the country. … With the purchase, GateHouse Media will operate newspapers in 27 states, reaching about 14 million people monthly. … New Media is one of the […]

Rolling Stone: Black Mountain’s Anna Joyner is the ‘millennial face’ of biblical-based environmen­talism

Joyner previously worked for the WNC Alliance and is currently working as a climate campaign consultant for the national We Are Here Now organization. She gained national attention last year for being featured in the “Years of Living Dangerously” Showtime documentary series that explored the challenges of climate change.

AC-T: Asheville could take bus to Salisbury to get to train

Excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article: The city’s first regularly scheduled passenger rail service since 1975 might actually be by bus. Amtrak is studying establishing a dedicated bus service as soon as 2016 to carry passengers between Asheville and Salisbury, where passengers could connect with trains serving several other Piedmont cities and possibly points as […]

Hominy Valley Safe Routes to School program reaches fundraising foal for safe crossing

Press release from Hominy Valley Safe Routes to School program: Candler, NC—Walking and Biking to School at Hominy Valley Elementary will soon be safer and easier for students who live near the school.  Parents and community supporters raised $8,500 as part of a match to leverage an estimated $25,000 dollars in N.C. Department of Transportation […]

Warren Wilson receives Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Warren Wilson College has joined a select group of U.S. colleges and universities in receiving the Classification for Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Warren Wilson is among 17 baccalaureate colleges nationwide to receive the classification in 2015 for the first time. Warren Wilson […]

$1 million in new grant funding available to artists who explore National Park System

Press release from National Park Service: $1 Million in New Grant Funding Available to Celebrate the Arts and National Parks National Endowment for the Arts and National Park Service team up in celebration of hallmark anniversaries WASHINGTON – “Art is the child of Nature,” said American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  A new grant initiative created […]

Buncombe County sheriff’s office now open in new location

Via the Buncombe County website: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is now open for business in its new home, the fourth floor of the Buncombe County Judicial Complex in downtown Asheville. The Sheriff’s Office administration, criminal investigations division and support operations will all be located at this location. Patrol, Crime Prevention, Reserves, SERV, Property Crime […]