The "Bear Jam" poster from the Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Dan Pierce, Joel Anderson, and Nathan Anderson. Image courtesy of UNC Asheville

UNCA history professor & collaborators present book talk, exhibition on Great Smokies Oct. 5

From UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville History Professor Dan Pierce, Collaborating Author Nathan Anderson, and Nashville Artist Joel Anderson Present Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Book Talk and Exhibit Reception on Oct. 5 Historian Dan Pierce, National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at UNC Asheville, will present a book […]

Matt Feldhaus, program manager for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracure University, which runs the AmericaServes network of which NCServes-Western is a part; Pack Memorial Library Manager Gigi Francis; and Brandon Wilson. Photo courtesy of ABCCM

Pack Memorial Library, NCServes-Western team up to provide veterans information kiosk

From ABCCM: Pack Memorial Library, NCServes-Western Expanding Network Access for Veterans Dedicated computer kiosk to open Thursday ASHEVILLE, N.C. – NCServes-Western, a coordinated network based at Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) that connects veterans, active service members and their families in 12 Western North Carolina counties to more than 40 agencies and providers, is […]

WASTE WATCHERS: Largely unheralded, the Buncombe County Metropolitan Sewerage District ensures that the waste generated by its approximately 130,000 customers is properly treated and disposed of before it enters local waterways. The agency is currently in the midst of a $266 million capital improvement project that will upgrade its plant facilities for the future. Photo courtesy of MSD

MSD upgrades its infrastruc­ture with capital improvemen­t projects

To fulfill its critical mission and increase its capacity to deal with a growing service area and customer base, MSD is in the midst of a $266 million capital improvement project, which will help ensure that the community’s waste is properly handled and safely disposed of.

N.C. Wildlife Commission showcases birding and trout fishing at 2017 Mountain State Fair

From the North  Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission: Wildlife Commission’s Mountain State Fair Exhibit Will Showcase Birding and Trout Fishing FLETCHER, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2017) — A rare bird and mountain trout will be the focus of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s exhibit at the Mountain State Fair, which runs from Sept. 8-17. The exhibit will […]

Asheville Downtown Association seeks volunteers to help with Oktoberfest, Oct. 7

From event organizers: Volunteer at Asheville Oktoberfest WHAT: A Bavarian-inspired beer, wine and cider tasting event with live music, food vendors, games and activities WHERE: Pack Square Park WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 1-6 p.m. (Volunteer shift times vary) DETAILS: Volunteer sign ups are open for Asheville Oktoberfest, which brings 28 beer, wine and cider makers […]

Local government forum & more scheduled for inaugural Asheville Entrepreneurship Week, Sept. 5-10

From event organizers: Asheville Entrepreneurship Week Kicks Off with Government Forum Asheville, August 31, 2017 – Mayor Esther Manheimer has proclaimed September 5 through 10 as the inaugural Asheville Entrepreneurship Week. The week features a host of events, starting with a Local Government Candidate Forum on Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, September 5 at 12 p.m. at […]

Henderson County Rescue Squad among N.C. swift water teams deployed to assist in Texas

From the North Carolina Department of Public Safety: North Carolina to deploy five swift water rescue teams to Texas RALEIGH – In response to a request from Texas emergency officials, North Carolina is deploying five swift water rescue teams to assist with search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. North Carolina teams […]

Town of Hot Springs holds centennial commemoration of WWI German internment camp Sept. 15-17

From event organizers: 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of a little-known event in the WNC mountains, that brought World War I close to home when 2,200 German nationals were gathered from ports on the east coast and shipped to an internment camp in the remote town of Hot Springs. A commemorative celebration is scheduled […]

Raising Wages NC announces Labor Day activities in support of living wage

From Raising Wages NC: Raising Wages Coalition Begins Campaign In WNC In the Spring of 2017 a group of Western North Carolina organizations, labor unions and activists formed a regional coalition to support the Raising Wages NC campaign. The regional coalition supports legislation introduced in the 2017 General Assembly to increase the minimum wage. The […]

Asheville Humane Society earns Platinum Nonprofit Profile Seal for transparency

From the Asheville Humane Society: Asheville Humane Society Reaches GuideStar Platinum Allows Donors to Focus on Progress and Results Asheville, NC – Asheville Humane Society recently earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight the progress Asheville […]

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4th annual Bracken Mountain Races & Festival returns to Brevard Sept. 2

From Mountain Roots, Inc.: 4th Annual Bracken Mountain Races & Festival to be held Saturday September 2, 2017 Mountain Roots, Inc. is excited to announce the 4th annual Bracken Mountain Races & Festival on Saturday, September 2! Join the Mountain Roots crew in Brevard for a day of true mountain life, adventure and community. The […]

WCU student interns Jonathan Ledford, Riley Seyffert and Jeremy Smith working at the university’s Rapid Center have restored an old steam whistle to operating condition. Photo courtesy of WCU

WCU summer interns restore historic steam whistle

From Western Carolina University: Steam whistle once used as signal on WCU campus restored by interns CULLOWHEE – A steam whistle that had collected dust at Western Carolina University’s steam plant is now back in working order, thanks to a summer internship team with the WCU Rapid Center. The whistle once sounded at WCU’s predecessor, […]

Patrick McHenry, Republican incumbent, 10th Congressional District.

Rep. Patrick McHenry announces dates for rescheduled town hall meetings

From the office of Congressman Patrick McHenry: Congressman McHenry Announces Rescheduled Town Hall Meeting Dates for Constituents Hickory – Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) has announced the rescheduled 2017 town hall meeting dates. The rescheduled 2017 town hall meetings will be held over the next week for Tenth District constituents. At the town hall meetings, Congressman McHenry […]

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Protest organizers respond to Aug. 18 Robert E. Lee/Dixie Highway monument removal attempt, arrests

From protest organizers: COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS ANSWER NATIONAL CALL TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS Four arrested at Robert E. Lee Monument during symbolic action against White Supremacy Today at 7:43 a.m., four community activists were arrested in downtown Asheville while attempting to remove the controversial Robert E. Lee Monument that sits in front of the Vance Monument. […]

IN THE BEGINNING: Reputed to be the third oldest river in the world, the French Broad has gone from a polluted industrial dumping ground to a key cog in Western North Carolina’s outdoor and tourism industries. This renaissance is a result of government, nonprofit, and individual efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed. Photo by Mike Belleme; courtesy of Transylvania Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Development Authority

Communitie­s along Upper French Broad work to restore water quality

In this two-part series, Xpress invites you on a guided a trip down the river as we examine the work of various communities to write the next chapter in the French Broad’s history, beginning with Transylvania and Henderson counties.

Libertarian Party of North Carolina elects Susan Hogarth as new state chair

From the Libertarian Party of North Carolina: Libertarians Elect New State Chair RALEIGH (Aug. 16) – The Libertarian Party of North Carolina elected a new state chair and executive committee Sunday at its annual state convention held at the Lake Lure Inn, Lake Lure. Susan Hogarth of Raleigh is the new state chair. The other executive […]

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UNC Asheville welcomes new students; announces eclipse schedule, fall events

From UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville Celebrates 90th Academic Year with Move-in Day August 18, 2017; Fall Classes Start with Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 The University of North Carolina at Asheville celebrates 90 years of educational excellence in 2017-18, with the newest class of students moving in on August 18, 2017.  “Move-in day is […]