Pardee UNC Health Care announces two new board members

Press Release from Pardee UNC Health Care: Hendersonville, N.C. — Pardee UNC Health Care announced today two new members of its 15-person board of directors: John Bryant, Ed.D., associate superintendent for administrative services of Henderson County Public Schools, and Chip Gould, president and owner of Cason Companies, Inc. Bryant and Gould will fill seats left […]

Local activists will protest Duke Energy on July 4

Press release from Community Roots: Asheville — This Independence Day, July 4, 2017, climate activists and concerned citizens will peacefully protest Duke Energy’s construction of a gas-fired power plant in Arden, NC. Local nonprofit, Community Roots are organizing the lake-based event to ask that the City of Asheville and Buncombe county be powered by 100% […]

Conscious Party: “Powering the People” benefit concert for Isaac Dickson Elementary

WHAT: A concert to benefit Isaac Dickson Elementary School WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 7-11 p.m. WHERE: Altamont Theatre WHY: Community members have come together to demand power over their power supply: Parents and community members will hold a benefit concert at the Altamont Theatre Saturday to raise money for Isaac Dickson Elementary School’s new solar […]

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation announces new 2017 projects

Press Release from Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation: Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation announces new projects for enhancements and programs on the Parkway Nonprofit celebrates 20 years of service and selects fresh initiatives at Craggy Gardens, Waterrock Knob, Sharp Top Shelter, and additional sites In 1997, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation started as a simple idea: Give […]

Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests designated treasured landscape

Press Release from the National Forest Foundation: National Forest Foundation Designates Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests as Treasured Landscape Designation will advance critical restoration projects aimed at improving forest health and recreational opportunities on National Forests. ASHEVILLE — As part of its national Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences conservation program, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) has […]

Attorney General Josh Stein discusses opioid crisis in WNC

State Attorney General Josh Stein visited Asheville on June 6 to discuss the region’s efforts to combat the far-reaching effects of the opioid crisis. While not alone among North Carolina counties in dealing with drug abuse, overdoses and drug-related deaths, Buncombe County’s problem is significant, local representatives and Stein said.

Volunteers needed for Ingles Independence Day celebration

Press Release from the Asheville Downtown Association: Asheville Downtown Association puts on free community events like Downtown After 5 and the Ingles Independence Day Celebration, a volunteer-powered, free community event, featuring live music, beer, food, air dog competitions, bouncy houses, fireworks and more. ADA seeks additional help on July 4, and volunteers can earn great perks […]

North Carolina sportsmen write letter, urging to keep public lands in public hands

Press Release from North Carolina News Service: CHARLOTTE, N.C. – More than 35 hunting, fishing and outdoor groups today sent a letter to the members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation calling on them to defend public lands in the state and the rest of the country. The demand from organizations representing more than 100,000 stakeholders […]

North Carolina National Guard conducts Operation Vigilant Catamount at Guion Farm

Press Release from North Carolina National Guard: HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) and state and federal public safety agencies will conduct a domestic and homeland security exercise on Thursday June 8, 2017, at Guion Farm. NCHART (North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team) will conduct helicopter search and rescue training at […]

Local food resilience programs plan for future disasters

A coalition of local food activists, resilience planners and city of Asheville staffers are asking a hard question: In the event of a major disaster that disrupts the food supply for more than a few days, what will people in Western North Carolina eat? A recent workshop looked for answers to that question and brainstormed strategies for collaborative solutions for securing the region’s food supply in hard times.

Asheville and Buncombe County pay tribute to fallen veterans and emergency responders

Despite gray skies and sporadic rain showers, a crowd of more than 200 gathered in Pack Square Park on May 29 to pay tribute to fallen veterans and local emergency responders. Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair Brownie Newman and representatives from different branches of the military, as well as local police and fire departments, presented a wreath to honor the fallen.

Parkway Playhouse announces both new play “39 Steps” and new free outreach performance

Press Release from the Parkway Playhouse: BURNSVILLE, NC — “Mom, I’m BORED,” are the words you won’t have to hear this summer! “Reading is Alive,” a new theatre outreach program created through Parkway Playhouse, kicks off in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties in June. The family friendly musical, A Year with Frog and Toad will […]

Bluff Mountain Bio-Blitz offers participants opportunity to document diverse ecosystem June 3

Press Release from MountainTrue: BLITZ THE BLUFF WITH MOUNTAINTRUE Second Annual Bluff Mountain Bio-Blitz To Inventory Diverse Ecosystem Hot Springs, N.C. — Join MountainTrue on the second annual Bluff Mountain Bio-blitz happening on Saturday, June 3 in the Pisgah National Forest near Hot Springs, North Carolina. During the Bio-blitz, expert and amateur naturalists will work […]

“Powering the People” benefit will raise funds for Isaac Dickson solar panels, June 17

Press Release from the Alliance for Energy Democracy: “Powering the People” Benefit for Isaac Dickson Elementary School Solar Project Major Donor commits to match $110,000. Asheville, NC — WNC Green Building Council’s initiative “Appalachian Offsets” and the Alliance for Energy Democracy (AED) present a benefit and celebration to power Isaac Dickson Elementary School with solar […]