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 […]
From CARING for Children: From late November to mid-December, there’s a secret that keeps growing in Asheville. It started about 15 years ago with just 8 little children in a residential foster care group home. It has continued over the years – without a lot of publicity or fanfare. Last year it touched the lives […]
From the City of Asheville: The City of Asheville will collect Christmas trees according to the routine brush collection schedule. Residents are asked to remove lights, tinsel, ornaments, and stands prior to placing the trees to the curb for collection. Residents can drop off Christmas trees for recycling at the following locations: Buncombe County Landfill […]
From Lenoir-Rhyne University Dr. Amy Sturgis, adjunct professor of Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, recently published an essay entitled, “Star Wars, Remixed: George Lucas’ Universe Is a Mashup Masterpiece.” It is featured in the January 2016 issue of Reason Magazine, both in the hard-copy edition and online format. Sturgis has been a contributor to the […]
You might need headphones to hear this seven-minute audio recording of Julia Wolf speaking in 1945 with radio host Tom Breneman, but it’s worth plugging in to catch her wonderful speaking voice and accent. Wolfe, the mother of eight children including Thomas, expresses some surprising thoughts, including this one that seems to suggest an early feminist sentiment: […]
At a recent legislative briefing, Annaliese Dolph, registered lobbyist for the United Way of North Carolina, outlined the status of issues within the United Way’s focus areas of health care, education and financial stability.
When we think of helping others in need in Asheville, it’s natural to picture direct, practical actions, such as providing food, building houses, donating warm coats or mentoring young people. But speakers at a recent briefing challenged nonprofit volunteers and leaders to expand their notion of service to include advocating for public policies that address the systemic issues affecting those in need.
From the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – State environmental officials on Thursday announced that the draft stormwater permit for a Duke Energy Carolinas’ facility is available for public review and comment. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has drafted a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, permit for stormwater discharges at […]
New water resources director Jade Dundas runs an organization of almost 150 employees with an annual budget of over $35 million. But how does the Kansas native stay focused on the daily work of serving the water needs of over 124,000 customers amid the uncertainty surrounding the ownership of Asheville’s water system?
In its first full meeting since three newly-elected Council members were seated, City Council moved in new directions on a public space for a city-owned lot on Haywood Street and on including some accessory dwelling units in the city’s homestay ordinance for short-term rentals. Council also considered downtown development review standards and passed a resolution on the I-26 connector project.
Supporters of a public park on the site of a city-owned lot across the street from the Basilica of St. Lawrence and the U.S. Cellular Center are gearing up to present 4,389 signed petitions in favor of a park at the Dec. 8 meeting of City Council.
With four cranes silhouetted against the skyline, construction fencing blocking sidewalks and hundreds of construction workers on the job every day, downtown Asheville is buzzing with development activity. Despite the blazing pace of new construction, City Council has reviewed only four downtown projects since 2010. At its Dec. 8 meeting, City Council will reconsider the thresholds that trigger Council review.
The Asheville Museum of Science, the future incarnation of Asheville’s Colburn Earth Science Museum, has announced a Dec. 9 kick-off event for its upcoming fundraising campaign. Held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Catawba Brewing Co. at 32 Banks Ave., the event will feature door prizes, food, beverages and a guest speaker. In April 2016, the […]
Asheville Transportation Director Ken Putnam and transportation department staff will make a presentation to City Council about the NCDOT’s proposed alternatives for the I-26 Connector project at Council’s next meeting on Dec. 8. According to the city’s blog, the purpose of the presentation is to assist City Council in determining the Asheville’s official comments to NCDOT on the project. […]
As development pressure increases all over Asheville, the historic African-American enclave of Shiloh remains vigilant about protecting its residential character. One recent showdown over zoning demonstrated that Shiloh’s community plan, developed by neighborhood leaders and ratified by City Council in 2010, is an effective tool for fighting commercial encroachment into residential areas.
The city-owned lot facing the U.S. Cellular Center and the Basilica of St. Lawrence is more than a political hot potato for the residents of the Battery Park and Vanderbilt Apartments: it’s their front yard. Coming together as Elder & Sage: Uptown Asheville’s Senior Gardeners, residents are planting crevices and widening cracks in their urban neighborhood. The group also calls for benches, a public park, gardens, trees, traffic calming and safe sidewalks.
Newly-elected Asheville City Council members were sworn in on Dec. 1. The new Council selected Councilwoman Gwen Wisler as Vice Mayor. Mayor Esther Manheimer pronounced the short, upbeat meeting a “good start” for the new body.
Press release from Dr. Frank Moretz, Nov. 25, 2015: Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh FAIRVIEW, NC – Today, local physician Frank Moretz declared his intention to run for NC House District 115 in the 2016 General Election. Moretz shares partial ownership of Highland Brewing and serves on the Board of […]
Newly-Elected City Council members Brian Haynes, Julie Mayfield and Keith Young will take the oath of office in Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. A new Vice Mayor will be elected from the seven-member Council.
The City of Asheville Police Department (APD) and Parking Services Division are inviting residents to participate in the Volunteer Accessible (ADA) Parking Enforcement Program.
Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) invite the public to join them for observing the Geminid meteor shower. The event is scheduled at PARI Sunday, December 13, from 10 p.m. to midnight.