Asheville celebrates diversity at the Unsung Hero Awards

The inaugural Unsung Hero Awards ceremony took nearly a year to plan, according to Rasheeda McDaniels of the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services, one of three sponsors. The others were UNC Asheville and Date My City. “It was worth every minute,” McDaniels said as the nearly three-hour program ended Sunday evening. The […]

Third Annual African Americans in WNC Conference happens next week

The third annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 27-30 at the YMI Cultural Center downtown and the University of North Carolina Asheville Sherrill Center. The conference activities are free and open to everyone, and include a reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, panel discussions and documentary films […]

Sexual transmissi­on of Zika, rise of STDs have health officials on alert

With numbers of sexually transmitted illnesses rising across the nation, local and state public health officials are particularly worried about the impact of a new and unique illness: the Zika virus. Zika is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, but unlike other such illnesses, it can also be transmitted by sexual contact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The […]

Mission, GE Healthcare partnershi­p aims to reduce medical test costs

  A new partnership between Mission Health and GE Healthcare, announced at a press conference Friday morning, could save the health care system and consumers more than $40 million in unnecessary health care costs over the decadelong course of the project.The partnership calls for optimization of imaging experience and use, as well as easing patient-care […]

Finally, a route for I-26 through Asheville

A route has finally been chosen, but numerous details about the long-delayed I-26 Connector through Asheville — including the scope of the project and how the new roadway will affect nearby residents — remain unclear. After decades of debate, the N.C. Department of Transportation has settled on a route for the Interstate 26 project through […]

This is the weekend to buy yarn in WNC

Yarn aficionados will be out in force this weekend for the Western North Carolina Yarn Crawl. With 11 locally owned yarn shops participating, knitters, crocheters and weavers likely will find everything they’re looking for. In preparation for the event, Purl’s Yarn Emporium owner Elizabeth Schell was out on Wall Street in downtown Asheville on Monday […]

Changing Together gives felons second chance

Asheville based Changing Together is one of a growing number of crime deterrence programs aimed at helping felons avoid ending up back in prison. A project of The SPARC Network, a nonprofit with branches in Charlotte and Asheville, Changing Together works in partnership with local law enforcement to help offenders find work and move forward with their lives after they have completed their sentences.