Air quality forecast for Friday, Nov. 28: Moderate (YELLOW and GREEN)

Friday, October 28, 2016, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. For the ridge tops, it is a code green air quality forecast day.  No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, […]

Wildfire near Linville Gorge contained, Hwy 105 to reopen

Press release from National Forests in North Carolina: Firefighters have fully contained the Paddy’s Creek wildfire burning near Linville Gorge, north of Lake James in Burke County. Old NC 105 (Kistler Memorial Hwy / SR1238) will reopen at 4:00pm tomorrow, Friday, October 28. Crews are working to put out remaining hot-spots today, and will continue […]

Photo of Wyatt Edsel courtesy of Altamont Environmental

Asheville’s Wyatt Edsel named N.C. Young Engineer of the Year by ASCE

Press release from Altamont Environmental: Asheville, North Carolina—October 26, 2016—Wyatt Edsel, E.I., of Altamont Environmental, Inc. has been named 2016 Young Engineer of the Year for the North Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Located in Asheville, Altamont provides environmental consulting, engineering, and land planning services. Edsel has worked for Altamont […]

Area high schools recognized by state for high graduation rates

Press release from Henderson County Public Schools: HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 27, 2016) – Henderson County Early College, West Henderson High School, and Hendersonville High School were three of 70 North Carolina schools recognized for their exceptionally high 2015-16 cohort graduation rates by State Superintendent June Atkinson on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at a special ceremony in […]

Film highlights healing effects of music for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, Nov. 3 & 4

  Press release from Land of Sky Regional Council:   A program promoting individualized music for people living in long-term care facilities will be held in Henderson and Buncombe Counties November 3 and 4 respectively. Just Press Play: Awakening the Mind through Music is bringing the film “Alive Inside” (see a short clip at to Henderson […]

Significant progress made in fighting Sylva wildfire

Press release from U.S. Forest Service: Thursday Update on Wildfire burning near Sylva, NC FRANKLIN, NC, October 27, 2016, 10:00 AM Started: October 23, 2016 Cause: Under Investigation Containment: 80% Location: Southeast of Dicks Creek Road, Sylva, NC Fuel Type: Hardwood, Leaf Litter Terrain: Steep and Rugged Current Size: 374 Acres Summary: Firefighters made significant […]

Oct. 28 is the last day to pre-register for the North Carolina Writers’ Network fall conference

Press release from the North Carolina Writers’ Network: With some 200 writers in attendance, as well as dozens of faculty and publishing professionals, the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Fall Conference is the largest writing conference in the state and one of the biggest and most inclusive in the country. It’s a great chance for […]

Photo courtesy of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Three local orgs awarded $600,000 USDA Farm Pathways grant

Press release from Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Organic Growers School and WNC Farmlink receive federal funding to continue the Farm Pathways collaboration over the next three years. Asheville, NC – The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC), Organic Growers School (OGS), and WNC Farmlink have been awarded a $600,000 federal grant over […]

CarePartners affiliates with Hospice of McDowell

Press release from CarePartners: Members of the community in Marion gathered for a signing ceremony on Monday, Oct. 24,to recognize the affiliation of Hospice of McDowell and CarePartners Health Services. The affiliation started officially on Oct. 1. It makes use of combined experience, compassion and expertise to meet patient and caregiver needs. Hospice of McDowell […]

Summer air travel numbers at Asheville Regional Airport set all-time record

Press release from Asheville Regional Airport: Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) served more passengers in June through September 2016 than in any other summer in its history. June, July and August numbers were up year/year by 2.2%, 4.8% and 6.7% respectively. And in what is normally a “shoulder season” month with dips in passenger numbers compared to […]

Equality NC, Human Rights Campaign and Roy Cooper hold early voting rally Oct. 27

Press release from the Human Rights Campaign: RALEIGH — Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin and Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro will host an early vote rally with Roy Cooper at 7:30 P.M. TODAY, THURSDAY OCT. 27 at Hi-Wire Brewing in Asheville. The event is a part of a series of GOTV events […]

Asheville City Council proclaims Oct. 28 Hispanic Restaurateur Day

Press release: ASHEVILLE (October 25, 2016) – The Asheville City Council and Mayor Esther Manheimer recognized the contributions Hispanic people have made to Asheville’s restaurant industry and proclaimed October 28 Hispanic Restaurateur Day in Asheville at the City Council meeting Tuesday. Karla Castillo, a Mexican immigrant and aspiring chef, was there to accept the proclamation […]

Activists to demonstrate outside national law enforcement retreat at Billy Graham Center

Press release from Southerners On New Ground: “As people of conscience in the South, we have a moral and spiritual mandate to defend Black community members who are being rounded up, harassed, and killed at the hands of police.”  Asheville, NC– On Thursday members of Southerners On New Ground, the largest grassroots LGBTQ organization in […]

Air Quality Action Day for Thursday, Oct. 27, forecast: unhealthy for sensitive groups, due to Jackson County fire

Thursday, October 27, 2016, is a code orange air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Children, active adults, and those with heart or respiratory disease, including asthma, should limit outdoor activity. This also means that open burning will not be allowed tomorrow.  Burning trash and other non-vegetative material is […]

Photo Courtesy of Asheville Community Theatre

Tourism awards nearly $4 million to community projects

Press Release:  The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) awarded five community projects $3,930,000 in funding today from the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF). The funds, generated from a portion of the room tax revenues paid by overnight visitors in Buncombe County lodging accommodations, will go toward three theater projects, a WNC Farmers Market revitalization […]

Hendersonville Sister Cities holds cemetery walk on “Día de los Muertos”

Press release: Join Hendersonville Sister Cities on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in observing one of the “days of the dead” in Mexican tradition, with a walk through one of Hendersonville’s local cemeteries. Coinciding with the Catholic holidays All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the “days of the dead” are celebrated in Mexican tradition beginning on Oct. […]

Asheville Art Museum moves to a temporary location on the South Slope

Press release from the Asheville Art Museum: The Museum is undergoing an exciting transformation, with major construction about to begin on the New Asheville Art Museum! The Museum’s 2 S. Pack Square location will temporarily close beginning October 31 to allow for major construction and to keep our Permanent Collection safe and secure. We’ll be […]

Courtesy of Americans for Responsible Solutions

Bus tour stops in Asheville, calls on North Carolinians to stop gun violence

Press Release from Americans for Responsible Solutions: Gabby Giffords’ Vocal Majority bus tour, hosted by Americans for Responsible Solutions, made stops at UNC Asheville today for Early Vote events to stop gun violence. State Senator Terry Van Duyn urged North Carolinians to make sure they use their vote to reduce gun violence in this election. […]

NC’s top election official called on to investigate partisanship

Press Release from Allied Progress: Today, in a letter sent to North Carolina State Board of Elections Chairman A. Grant Whitney, Jr., Allied Progress called on the state’s top election officials to root out those motivated by partisanship and/or racial animus in the administration of state elections. The request follows a months-long investigation into North […]

Michael Jefrey Stevens Chamber Jazz Ensemble performs Sunday, Nov. 6

Press release from White Horse Black Mountain:  During his his relentlessly creative career jazz pianist Michael Jefrey Stevens has forged music alliances with an army of talented and versatile jazz players, some of whom he’s assembled for his Chamber Jazz Ensemble, infusing modern and traditional jazz styles with contemporary classical musical forms and harmonies. The […]

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