Press release from American Red Cross: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 5, 2016) — The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply. Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about […]
Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (July 5, 2016): The Asheville Police Department is requesting public assistance locating Chazian Heath (9/16/2000). Chazain has been missing since June 25, 2016. He is approximately 5’5” tall, weighs between 165 and 180 pounds has black hair and brown eyes. The Asheville Police Department believes that he […]
City Council will consider a light agenda at 5 p.m. on July 5. The meeting is necessary to keep a potential city bond referendum on track for inclusion on the November 8 general election ballot.
At the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on June 30, area business folk mingled, munched and meditated as they considered the state of the local business community. Awards were given and a keynote address was heard. The Omni Grove Park Inn deftly managed the sold-out crowd, though filled parking decks presented some attendees with an opportunity for a brisk walk from surface lots to the ballroom.
Press release from N.C. Conservation Network: RALEIGH – The NC House of Representatives approved a coal ash bill that environmentalists are describing as a bailout and a giveaway to Duke Energy, which will no longer be required to excavate toxic coal ash from all of its waste sites across the state. H630 was approved in […]
Natural gas will dethrone coal as the fossil fuel generating most of WNC’s electricity when Duke Energy’s new Lake Julian plant goes online in 2020. But how does natural gas get to this area, and where does it come from? Though tracing the gas molecules to their source is tricky, Xpress found that much of the area’s gas supply comes from hydraulic fracturing, and new pipeline projects are in the works to bring more fracked gas into the region.
The city of Asheville hires a professional polling firm to survey 400 registered Asheville voters on attitudes toward the proposed bond referendum and the projects it could fund.
Three North Carolina environmental nonprofits are urging state residents to weigh in newly-proposed coal ash management legislation that the groups say would severely weaken coal ash cleanup efforts. MountainTrue, the Sierra Club and the N.C. League of Conservation Voters oppose the proposed legislation, which is being pushed quickly through legislative committees.
City Council approved four rezoning requests at its regular meeting on June 28, including a 272-unit apartment complex on Mills Gap Road that generated considerable public opposition when it was first proposed. Developer Rusty Pulliam appeared to have won over many members of the community by adding traffic mitigation measures at the intersection of Mills Gap and Sweeten Creek roads, delaying construction until 2018 and by committing 15 percent of the units as affordable housing for 15 years.
Press release from Asheville Police Department: The Asheville Police Department, in partnership with the Asheville Fire Department and Buncombe County EMS, are participating in a rapid deployment exercise at the current Isaac Dickson Elementary School (90 Montford Avenue) today, June 28th, and tomorrow, June 29th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During this exercise […]
The total price tag of the rough draft for the proposed Asheville bond referendum stands at $74 million after a bond work session on Tuesday, June 28, though several Council members said they were hoping to trim that figure to an eventual bond amount of $40 to $60 million.
Statement from NC WARN Director Jim Warren: Durham, NC – In one of the strangest regulatory cases in state history, a 45-day rubber-stamp approval of a $1.1 billion gas-fired power plant in Asheville has been swamped by the subsequent 120-day battle over our right to appeal the pro-utility regulators’ ruling, a fight with no end in […]
At a rally held on Saturday, June 25 at Beaver Lake, a group of Lakeview Park residents announced that the developer of the 196-unit Cornerstone project on the ridgeline of Elk Mountain had backed out of the deal.
The Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC) at The Support Center (TSC) will host their second annual conference “Rock the World, Shape the Future” on June 30 at the US Cellular Center.
Press release from Asheville FM: “Ben Lovett’s old-school synth score evokes the retro-futurist aesthetics of fondly remembered 1970s and early ’80s sci-fi films.” – Variety (June 24, 2016 – Asheville, NC) – 103.3 Asheville FM and Fine Arts Theatre join Moog Music, Harvest Records and Echo Mountain Studios in presenting a special event screening of […]
City Council will hold two meetings on Tuesday, June 28: at 10 a.m., a work session on the proposed city bond referendum and, at 5 p.m., its regular bi-weekly meeting.
Asheville on Bikes announces a 13-mile bicycle “meander” on June 26.
Local coalition urges residents to weigh in on proposed changes to state Medicaid reform proposals and to advocate for the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina.
A candlelight vigil will take place in Asheville on Thursday, June 30 from 9 to 10 pm to express solidarity with Chinese activists who are trying to bring an end to the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China.
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County, in conjunction with Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) announces Medicare Choices Made Easy, for the third quarter of 2016. The classes will explain how Medicare works, the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties and ways to save money.
The Campaign for Southern Equality will be celebrating the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality on June 26th with the premiere of “Love Won: The Story of the We Do Campaign”.