Beyond stalemate: New decision-making models foster better solutions

Can new ways of structuring the rules that govern how organizations gather information and make decisions help our community move beyond entrenched positions and polarizing rhetoric? Some local consultants say yes, and point to local organizations that are already using new tools to increase participation in developing and implementing solutions to challenging issues.

Hundreds march to remember MLK, continue civil rights work

Marching in the tradition of the civil rights movement, people of all ages set off on foot and on wheels from St. James AME Church on a bright cold MLK Day morning on Mon., January 18. The Peace March culminated in a rally at Pack Square Park. Several hundred marchers turned out to remember King’s life and legacy, sing, dance and hear remarks from community leaders.

McKibbon gets Council go-ahead for BB&T reno

Wrap up of key City Council decisions from Jan. 12 meeting, including renovation of the former BB&T building, preliminary utility fee waiver for Lee Walker Heights redevelopment for purposes of securing financing, Givens Estates Creekside redevelopment approval and the apparent end of the line for the effort to save the Collier Street Wood on Asheville’s South Slope.

New solar panel installation announced for Laurel Park church

From a press release from the First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC) of Laurel Park and Sugar Hollow Solar, of Fairview: First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC), of Laurel Park, and Sugar Hollow Solar, of Fairview, have announced that they are kicking off a project to install 60 solar panels on the church […]

Council to consider BB&T renovation­, Lee Walker Heights resolution

On Tues., January 12, City Council will turn its attention to matters including naming the second Monday in October “Indigenous People’s Day,” voting on the redevelopment of the former BB&T building as a luxury hotel and considering a resolution declaring the redevelopment of the Lee Walker Heights public housing community a “redevelopment project.”

Changes in Law Pertaining to Investigations of Child Maltreatment in Child Care 

From Buncombe County Health and Human Services press release: BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. – Effective January 1, 2016, the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) will be the sole agency investigating alleged child abuse and neglect in licensed child care settings.  These changes are included in Senate Bill 578 (  Prior to this change […]

New Isaac Dickson elementary school home to 66-million-year-old dinosaur

From Innovative Design’s press release: Discovered in 2014 by a paleontological team lead by Dr. Steve Nicklas, a professor at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville, the 66-million-year-old Hadrosaur was installed several days before Christmas in the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School. In describing the dinosaur installation, Dr. Nicklas said he believes that “This is the only […]

Buncombe #35 on list of bankruptcy rates by N.C. county

A recent analysis by Lexington Law ranks Buncombe County #35 on a list of N.C. counties by personal bankruptcy rates. With 14.16 bankruptcies per 10,000 residents from March 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015, Buncombe ranks worse than McDowell (#44) Henderson (#48), Transylvania (#60), Madison (#80) and Polk (#85) counties. Five other western counties — Avery (#90), […]

RiverLink Awarded $510,000 from NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund

From RiverLink press release: RiverLink is pleased to announce that it has received three grant awards from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF). The organization will use the funds for three projects: a research-based stormwater management project, a stream restoration project and a watershed master plan. The research-based stormwater management project will […]

Rainy Wednesday, clearing on New Year’s Eve

As you make your resolutions or set your intentions for the coming year, plan for rain off and on throughout Wednesday, Dec. 30, with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Except for possible isolated storms, the new rainfall totals won’t amount to much during the day and overnight — less than 1/2 an inch is forecast before tomorrow morning.

Biltmore landscape historian releases book on estate gardens and grounds

Landscape and forest historian Bill Alexander has released a third book. The Biltmore Estate: Gardens and Grounds uses historical photographs, including some that have never before been published, to tell the story of the conception, planning, design, construction and maintenance of the estate, which at one time encompassed 125,000 acres.

Scholarship applications being accepted by Community Foundation of Henderson Co.

From the Community Foundation of Henderson County: The Community Foundation of Henderson Countyi s now accepting applications for 2016-2017 academic year scholarships. The generosity of donors is making it possible for CFHC to offer more than 70 scholarships this coming year for individuals pursuing higher education. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m., […]

WCU selected to join national Pathways to Innovation Program

From Western Carolina University: CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University is among 14 higher education institutions in the U.S. selected to participate in a National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation program that is designed to help schools fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education. Titled the Pathways to Innovation Program, the initiative is […]