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Senator Terry Van Duyn announces run for lieutenant governor

Press release from candidate’s office: Raleigh, NC: State Senator Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) has announced that she plans to run for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. In a statement released to the media, Senator Van Duyn remarked, “Today, I’m announcing my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor, where I will work closely with Governor Cooper to advance […]

UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center Singers concert rescheduled for Dec. 17

Press release from UNCA: Now celebrating 20 years as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s community chorus, the Reuter Center Singers, are directed by Chuck Taft and accompanied on piano by Nora Vetro. On Monday, Dec. 17 (RESCHEDULED FROM DEC. 10.), the Reuter Center Singers will present a free concert (with donations welcome) starting at 7 […]

NCDOT: Most roads covered with snow, some with trees

Press release from N.C. Department of Transportation: ASHEVILLE – N.C. Department of Transportation crews across western North Carolina will continue pushing snow and fallen trees from interstates and primary highways on Sunday. Clearing interstates and primary highways will remain the top priorities from the far western edges to Surry County. All interstate routes have at […]

Jill McCorkle will judge the 2019 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Press release from North Carolina Writers’ Network: Bestelling novelist Jill McCorkle, a 2018 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, will serve as the final judge for the 2019 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. The deadline is January 30, 2019. The contest, sponsored by NCWN and administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at […]

Buncombe County declares state of emergency

Text from Buncombe County declaration: The following declaration is issued by Board of Commissioners of Buncombe County: WHEREAS, Buncombe County is under imminent threat of a severe winter storm which is expected to impact the area beginning Saturday afternoon December 8, 2018. WHEREAS, Governor Roy Cooper has signed a State of Emergency declaration allowing him […]

UNC Asheville makes alternative plans for exams on Monday, Dec. 10

Press release from UNC Asheville: Due to the forecasted winter weather this weekend, UNC Asheville has made alternative plans for exams on Monday, Dec. 10. Students with exams scheduled for Monday will receive messages from their faculty about alternative plans, and in-person exams will not be held on campus that day. Residential and dining services […]

Book by WCU’s Andrew Denson wins award from Georgia Historical Society

Press release from Western Carolina University: CULLOWHEE – Andrew Denson was a graduate student at Indiana University Bloomington back in the mid-1990s when, on a drive through Georgia, he decided to make a stop at the New Echota State Historic Site, which marks the location of what was once the capital of the Cherokee Nation. […]

Pisgah Coffee Roasters to operate Bill’s Boiler House at Brevard College

Press release from Brevard College: Brevard College’s Bill’s Boiler House will become a Brevard College operated coffee shop. Previously occupied by Appalachian Coffee Company, the coffee house will now serve coffee brewed by alum Jotham Lipsi ‘05, owner of Pisgah Coffee Roasters. “We are very thankful to Appalachian Coffee for running Bill’s for the past […]

Critical need for O-negative blood for multiple traumas

Press release from the Blood Connection: Greenville, SC (December 6, 2018) –The Blood Connection has announced a critical need for O-negative blood donors in response to multiple traumas at local hospitals. O-negative blood is recognized as the universal blood type because it can be transfused to almost any patient in need. The Blood Connection is also urging healthy […]

Three Buncombe County inmates earn GED credentials

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: Asheville, NC – This morning, the Buncombe County Detention Facility held a small ceremony for three detainees that earned their General Educational Development (GED) credentials while in custody. The ceremony was held on the 3rd floor classroom on the secure side of the Buncombe County Detention Facility. Through […]

HART cancels two performances of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ adds one

Press release from HART Theater: It has been three years since HART last presented its spectacular production of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” and now it’s back.  The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visit by three ghosts is timeless and HART’s production is sure to remind audiences of the true spirit of […]

Mercy Urgent Care announces Columbus location

Press release from Mercy Urgent Care: Mercy Urgent Care is pleased to announce its newest location, in Columbus, N.C., expected to open in the Spring of 2019. For residents and visitors of Polk County and the surrounding area, this new facility means that high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries will […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville, Friday, Dec. 7: Moderate (YELLOW)

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 828-250-6777 Air Quality Forecast for Friday, […]

Asheville native and UNC student Maggie Hilderbran named Marshall Scholar

Press release from the University of North Carolina: Maggie Hilderbran, a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, a graduate studies scholarship to study at up to two United Kingdom institutions, in any field of study. Maggie is one of 40 […]

City of Hendersonville announces winter weather preparations

Press release from the City of Hendersonville: The City of Hendersonville is taking steps to be prepared ahead of this weekend’s forecasted winter weather. The Public Works Department is checking equipment to make sure trucks, spreaders and tractors are in proper working order. Sand, salt and brine are in good supply; staff will closely monitor […]

Downtown Holiday Windows Contest announces winners

Press release from the Asheville Downtown Association: The Asheville Downtown Association today announced the winners of its annual Downtown Holiday Windows Contest. Judge’s scored on creativity, originality, interpretation of theme, use of merchandise and the WOW factor. The theme is “Appalachian Holiday,” following the theme of the Asheville Holiday Parade. Winners are: Judge’s Favorite: Purl’s […]

Pardee UNC Health Care prepared for winter storm

Press release from Pardee UNC Health Care: Officials with Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that they activated their emergency operation plan (EOP) on Dec. 4 in preparation for the impending inclement weather forecasted to hit the region this weekend. In addition to staffing plans to address a potential increase in patient volumes, Pardee reports […]

Tennessee man sentenced for explosive material at Asheville airport

Press release from the U.S. Department of Justice: Michael Christopher Estes, 47, formerly of Tazewell, Tennessee, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. to 46 months in prison and two years of supervised release for unlawful possession of explosive material, in connection with the October 2017 incident at the Asheville Regional […]

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