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Sneak peek at Nov. 22 issue, plus stories you might have missed

Let’s talk turkey: This week’s issue of Mountain Xpress is perfect for your post-meal perusal. Check out stories on Thanksgiving, fun things to do, an innovative program aimed at helping inmates re-enter society, an update on air quality and a whole lot more. Until then, check out some of our top stories from last week.

Warren Wilson College’s 1,130-acre campus includes a 625-acre forest. The College Forest is sustainably managed through the environmental studies department and the Forestry Crew. The environmental studies majors working and studying in this forest have the chance to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years through the new Advantage Program partnership with Duke University.

Warren Wilson and Duke recommit to dual enrollment program

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Environmental studies, forestry majors can graduate with bachelor’s, master’s in five years Asheville, NC – Nov. 6, 2017 – Warren Wilson College and Duke University have re-signed a decades-old commitment to expand graduate school access to undergraduate students. Part of the Warren Wilson College Advantage Program (WWCAP), the dual […]

Sierra Club presents ‘Methane, pipelines and climate change’ on Nov. 1

From Western North Carolina Sierra Club newsletter: Sierra Club presents “Methane, Pipelines, and Climate Change” Wed, Nov 1, 7pm Sierra Club’s efforts to curb methane pollution by keeping fossil fuels in the ground, to stop fracked gas pipelines, and to enact public health safeguards will be discussed by Kelly Martin, Director of Sierra Club’s national Beyond Dirty Fuels. […]

Asheville to hold workshops, launch surveys on Transit Master Plan update

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville invites everyone to participate in two community workshops as part of its recently announced Transit Master Plan update. A survey will also be available for residents who can’t make it to the workshops. Future public engagement activities will include discussion group workshops with various […]

Eblen Charities announces start of heating assistance program

Press release from Eblen Charities: Asheville, NC: The Eblen Heating Assistance Program of the Eblen Energy Project will make the first strike against the early cold weather to help families in need of heating assistance this Monday, October 29  as Eblen Charities will once again partner with the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human […]

The Isaac Coleman community investment grant program is named for community leader Coleman, who died in 2016. Dee Williams, right, is project manager for one of seven projects funded through the grant program. Photos courtesy of Coleman and Williams

County letter prompts scrutiny of Southside training program

A group that’s receiving funding from Buncombe County’s Isaac Coleman Community Investment Grants has been instructed to take corrective action after discontinuing one component of its programming, a masonry skills job training course. County staff says it is working with United Community Development to find a solution.

WestSound will headline the Asheville Sister Cities event. Photo courtesy of Asheville Sister Cities

Asheville Sister Cities to hold fundraiser for study abroad scholarships

Press release from Asheville Sister Cities: Asheville Sister Cities, Inc. (ASCI) is holding its biggest annual event, the Global Glitz, on Saturday, November 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Century Room at Pack’s Tavern in downtown Asheville. This event raises money to benefit the organization’s scholarship program, which provides area students the opportunity […]

Mission Hospital receives top marks for joint replacement program

Press release from Mission Health:   ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 23, 2017) – Mission Health today applauded the remarkable achievements of Mission Hospital and the Asheville Surgery Center as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published its Year 1 Results for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model.  Mission Hospital was one […]

Judge rules in City of Asheville’s favor in bond lawsuit

Press release from the City of Asheville: Today, Oct. 20, 2017, The Honorable Superior Court Judge William H. Coward ruled in favor of the City of Asheville in a lawsuit regarding the Nov. 8, 2016, voter-approved bond election. Judge Coward ruled that that the General Obligation Bonds at issue are valid and the City can […]

Wall Street to be decked out in yarn; installation will be complete Oct. 18

Press release from Purl’s Yarn Emporium: Downtown geeky yarn store, Purl’s Yarn Emporium, along with multi-age stitchers of Asheville, have organized once again to create a temporary yarn installation (also known as a yarn bombing or yarn-storming) on Wall Street in downtown Asheville. This is the 6th time that Wall Street has been yarn-bombed and […]

Avadim Techologies, Heath Shuler host golf tournament to benefit Eblen Charities Oct. 17

Press release from Avadim Technologies: AVADIM TECHNOLOGIES / HEATH SHULER FALL GOLF INVITATIONAL HITS THE LINKS THIS TUESDAY  (Asheville, NC) – One of western North Carolina’s most anticipated golfing event takes to the links tomorrow as the Cliffs at Walnut Cove once again hosts the Avadim Technologies  / Heath Shuler Fall Golf Invitational. More than […]

Rep. Chuck McGrady, left, and Robert Stephens, the governor’s chief legal counsel, during committee discussions on coal ash legislation this week in Raleigh. Photo by Kirk Ross, Carolina Public Press

McGrady to seek re-election to N.C. House

Announcement on Rep. Chuck McGrady’s website: Rep. Chuck McGrady announced that he will seek re-election to another term in the North Carolina House of Representatives following meetings with Henderson County business and community leaders. McGrady has served in the state House for seven years and is a former Henderson County Commissioner and Flat Rock Council […]

Image courtesy of Organic Growers School

Graduates of year-long Farm Beginnings program recognized

Press release from the Organic Growers School: Asheville, NC- On September 20th, 20 students gathered at the Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy incubator farm to receive graduation certificates for our year long farmer training program Farm Beginnings®.  The Organic Growers School launched the program with a 2015 pilot and this year’s class completed a full year […]