Federal prosecutor Westmoreland to speak at JA ethics lunch on April 12

Press release: On Tuesday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at the Crowne Plaza Resort and Spa in Asheville, high school students from across the region (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Polk) with gather together with business leaders from the community in a roundtable style discussion on the topic of Ethics in Justice. This is the […]

Foreclosure rates in Asheville decrease 

Press release: CoreLogic data reveals that the rate of Asheville area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 0.54 percent for January 2016, a decrease of 0.16 percentage points compared with January 2015 when the rate was 0.70 percent. Foreclosure activity in Asheville was lower than the national foreclosure rate, which was 1.15 percent for January […]

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Molly Barker, Girls on the Run founder, to speak in Asheville on April 8 

Press release: Girls on the Run founder, Molly Barker, will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel in Asheville.  The 10,000 Girls Limitless Potential Breakfast, sponsored by Rhinehart Fire Services, will be held on Friday, April 8th from 8:00am until 9:30am at the DoubleTree. The breakfast is being held to celebrate the […]

RiverLink earns national recognition as an accredited land trust

Press release: RiverLink, a regional non-profit working to revitalize the French Broad River Watershed, today announced it has achieved accreditation — a mark of honor in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that RiverLink lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts across the country have permanently conserved more than […]

Emergency Services Director Jerry VeHaun has led Buncombe County’s disaster preparedness and response for 43 years. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Prepper paradise: WNC survivalis­ts prize community, readiness

Preppers — those who focus on preparing themselves and their families for disruptions or disasters — are a diverse group. From those who plan for the possibility of a three-day power outage to others who store many years’ worth of food against a global apocalypse, Western North Carolina’s preppers employ a wide range of strategies for hedging their bets against an uncertain future.

Public empowerment forum to focus on fracking and climate crisis March 30

Press release from NCWARN: Fracking Gas, Duke Energy, and Climate Crisis are Focus of Public Empowerment Forums Experts to discuss the climate and economic impacts of a massive expansion of natural gas by the nation’s largest electric utility Duke Energy, already the nation’s worst polluting utility, is planning a giant build-out of up to 15 large fracking […]

County health rankings offer annual data snapshot of Buncombe’s health

Press release: Buncombe County, N.C. – The County Health Rankings offer a snapshot of how healthy we are today and how healthy we will be in the future by giving us an idea of where we compare to other counties, the State, and the top-performing areas of the nation. The Rankings consider factors such as such as high school […]

Air quality officials to brief press and public on WNC air quality

Press release: Air Quality Officials to Brief Press and Public on Air Quality Conditions, Trends and Emission Control Programs in Western North Carolina WHAT: Ozone Season Kickoff Event and Press Conference Local and State Air Quality Officials will brief the media and public on air quality conditions, trends and stationary and mobile source emission control […]

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Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble to play at Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Press release: The Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble, directed by Elizabeth DiSavino, will perform in concert at on at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville, Sunday, March 20, 3:00. P.M. The Ensemble will present a diverse program of music, including Appalachian, Shape Note, Celtic, African-American, and original works by group members and […]

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Another Asheville senior resident experience­s difficulty obtaining photo ID from NCDMV

Another Asheville resident has had a frustrating experience trying to obtain a photo ID for voting. After a time-consuming trip to the DMV, and wrangling with poll workers at the Buncombe County Board of Elections office, 68-year-old Juliet Burke succeeded in casting an early vote in the primary, but she still lacks a photo ID.

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson to participate in People for Bikes ride from Asheville

Press release: NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will be joining PeopleForBikes on its annual fundraising and awareness ride, the Ride on Atlanta, later this month. The Ride on Atlanta will pedal from Asheville to Atlanta over the course of five days. On March 30 (day 1 of the ride), Jimmie will join vice president of PeopleForBikes, cyclocross […]

Tangled by Susan Fakhoury. Photo provided by UNC Asheville

UNC Asheville Celebrates Women’s History Month

Press release: During March, Women’s History Month, UNC Asheville will present a variety of events with the theme, “Our History is Our Strength.” From deconstructing social gender roles, to examining wage disparities and the intersectionality of feminist movements, these events are presented by UNC Asheville’s Multicultural Student Programs and the university’s Women, Gender and Sexuality […]