Division of Employment Security adds new security features to website

Press release from the Division of Employment Security: RALEIGH — The Division of Employment Security (DES) will be changing how customers sign in to its website beginning on March 28. This new sign-in procedure will allow claimants and employers to create their own user- names and passwords rather than using Social Security Numbers (SSNs) or […]

Asheville City Schools calls special meeting of Board of Education for March 27

Announcement from Asheville City Schools Superintendent Office: Notice is hereby given that a Special Called Meeting of the Asheville City Board of Education will be held as follows: DATE:                       Monday, March 27, 2017 TIME:                        4:00 P.M. PLACE:                     ASHEVILLE CITY […]

Buncombe County Democratic Party reports record turnouts at precinct meetings

Press release from Our Revolution AVL: Asheville, NC–The Buncombe County Democratic Party reported record turnouts at precinct meetings that occurred during the past few weeks. With over 1,200 reported people in attendance, 77 out of the county’s 80 precincts are now organized. Many new participants in the party assumed leadership through elected precinct officer positions. […]

MARGINALIZED: Confronting the largest disparity between the performance of black and white students in the state, outgoing Asheville City Schools Superintendent Pam Baldwin says that shifting the system toward greater equity “is not ‘another thing’: It is the only thing.” Photo by Jack Sorokin

Asheville City Schools take aim at racial disparitie­s

State data show that the gap in academic achievement between white and black students in the Asheville City Schools is the largest in North Carolina. The district is launching a new initiative to address the persistent problem — but only time will tell whether this effort will succeed where so many have failed to show results.

Bus transport from Asheville to April 29 People’s Climate March in Washington available

Press release from the Sierra Club: Ride the bus to the People’s Climate March on April 29 in Washington DC! The bus will leave the night of April 28 and return the morning of April 30. You will not need a hotel because the bus will be traveling through the night. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite.com: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-climate-march-bus-asheville-to-dc-tickets-32859388315 Your […]

Alli Marshall and Deno Trakas featured in Writers at Home on April 9

Press release from UNC Asheville: Alli Marshall and Deno Trakas will offer a free reading of their works at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. Marshall, arts and entertainment editor for Mountain […]

City seeks input on Jake Rusher Park upgrades

Press release from city of Asheville: The City of Asheville is holding three community meetings to seek input from park users regarding improvements to Jake Rusher Park. City staff will incorporate the input received on the general park concept into the design. Input opportunities are available on the following dates: Wednesday, April 5from 11:30 a.m. […]

Asheville City Schools Foundation announces annual Celebration of Champions honorees

Press release from Asheville City Schools Foundation: Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF) honors community members in annual Celebration of Champions. 2017 Champion honorees highlight the work of community to enhance equity and support the achievement of all children. May 6t​ h​ at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center with registration and silent auction beginning at 5:15pm […]

Big Creek. Photo courtesy of Friends of the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies to host Big Creek hike on April 11

Press release from Friends of the Smokies: Enjoy Springtime in the Mountains with Friends of the Smokies WAYNESVILLE, NC – Experience Friends of the Smokies’ Classic Hike to Big Creek on Tuesday, April 11 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The ten-mile round-trip hike will follow the trail lined with blooming wildflowers, sparkling cascades and clear […]

Ambassador Sarah Mendelson, who President Obama nominated to be U.S. Representative to the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council, is the featured speaker April 6 at Warren Wilson College’s Global Impact Forum. Photo courtesy of Sarah Mendelson

Former diplomat headlines Warren Wilson Global Impact Forum

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Asheville, NC — March 21, 2017 — As President Barack Obama neared the end of his presidency, Ambassador Sarah Mendelson continued to do the work he hired her to do. From human rights violations in Mosul, Iraq, and North Korea to Russia’s occupation of Crimea, Mendelson was at the […]

SBA: deadline nears for drought-related disaster loan applications

Press release from the U.S. Small Business Administration: ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that April 18 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain in North […]

Spring turkey hunting workshop offered at Pisgah Center on April 1

Press release from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission: BREVARD, N.C. (March 21, 2017) – Just in time for the spring gobbler season, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free workshop for turkey hunters of all skill levels at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on April 1. “Talking Turkey,” which will be held from 9 […]

Amanda Wolfe. Photo courtesy of UNC Asheville

UNCA chemist named Cottrell Scholar, with $100,000 award

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville’s Amanda Wolfe has been named a 2017 Cottrell Scholar, an honor that comes with a $100,000 prize from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). The funding will be used to support Wolfe’s chemistry research and teaching over three years. Wolfe, an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, leads […]

Ko Barrett. Photo courtesy of UNC Asheville

UNCA alumna Ko Barrett to speak at 2017 commencement

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville will celebrate Spring 2017 Commencement on Saturday, May 13, with alumna Ko Barrett, deputy assistant administrator for research for NOAA, serving as commencement speaker for the morning ceremony. Barrett will receive an honorary degree, along with honorary degree recipients artist Stoney Lamar, pediatrician Olson Huff, and Cherokee elder […]

Downtown Hendersonville receives “Award of Merit” in N.C. Main Streets Awards

Press release from Historic Downtown Hendersonville: Historic Downtown Hendersonville is excited to announce that the local Main Street Program was once again, for the fourth year in a row, recognized with an “Award of Merit” during the annual NC Main Street Awards Ceremony. We were recognized for our efforts in 2016 in the area of […]

Asheville gets new locally made children’s clothing line

Press release from Looking Glass Clothing Company: Asheville, NC ­– March 20, 2017 – Two local moms join together to create a children’s clothing line inspired by, and made in, Asheville. Looking Glass Clothing Company is the newest children’s clothing line to come out of Asheville, NC. Founded and created by two local moms, Leigh Ann […]

Firefighters conduct burnout operation on White Creek Fire at Linville Gorge

Press release from the National Forests in North Carolina: NEBO, N.C., March 20, 2017- Firefighters conducted burnout operations this afternoon to reduce fuels and buffer firelines on the White Creek Fire. The fire, which was reported Thursday, is burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of […]

City installs hearing loop in Asheville Council Chambers

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville is proud to off an Audio Frequency Induction Loop (AFIL) system in Council Chamber to assist those with hearing loss. The system was generously provided by the Asheville Breakfast Rotary Club. Brad Stein, City of Asheville ADA Coordinator, states “The City is continuously working […]

Best of Asheville Comedy Showcase returns March 25

Press release from Funny Business: Asheville, NC: On Saturday, March 25th Funny Business at The Grey Eagle will present 10 of the top Asheville Comedians for 2 shows. Best of Asheville Comedy ShowcaseCome see the most popular standup comedians in Asheville perform together in one outstanding show! The Best of Asheville Showcase expands to 2 shows this […]