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Tony Floyd and Dennis King

Mars Hill and AB Tech create direct-entry admission program

Press release from Mars Hill University: AB Tech Community College graduates who want to continue their education with a bachelor’s degree now have a direct pathway to do so at Mars Hill University. Mars Hill President Tony Floyd and AB Tech President Dennis King signed paperwork this afternoon creating the Mountain Lion-Trailblazer Promise: A Direct-Entry […]

Golden LEAF Foundation launches GLOW grant initiative to build rural workforce

Press release from the office of Sen. Chuck Edwards: Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) announced today that the Golden LEAF Foundation officially launched the Golden LEAF Opportunities for Work (GLOW) initiative, a $5 million strategic grant initiative to help grow North Carolina’s available skilled workforce to meet urgent industry needs. He encourages 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, businesses, and […]

Chloe Long wood carvings

Saluda accepting applications for May 16 arts festival

Press release from the Saluda Downtown Foundation and Saluda Business Association: The annual Saluda Arts Festival held in May each year attracts many repeat artists, and 2020 will not be different. This year’s 17th annual festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, in historic downtown Saluda. Spartanburg, S.C., artist Chloe […]

Buncombe County opens Isaac Coleman grant applications Feb. 3

Press release from Buncombe County: The application process for Buncombe County’s Isaac Coleman Economic Community Investment Grants officially opens on Monday, Feb. 3. Isaac Coleman Economic Community Investment funding is available for three years and is subject to Buncombe County’s annual budget approval. Awards available range from $50,000 to $150,000. Organizations are required to apply […]

Sheriff Miller appointed to State Judicial Council by Gov. Cooper

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller to the State Judicial Council. The Council meets four times per year as “an advisory and oversight body for the Judicial Branch.” The duties of the council are laid out in NCG.S. 7A-409.1. “It’s an honor to be appointed […]

Burnsville and Canton students win national theater awards

Press release from Ravenscroft PR: Parkway Playhouse Junior student Leif Cedergren won a Freddie G Outstanding Performance by an Individual Performer award, and theater groups from Parkway Playhouse Junior in Burnsville and Music Works! Studio of Performing Arts in Canton earned praise and other recognition at the 2020 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta, which happened January […]

Closure of Duke coal plant to impact Lake Julian fish population

Press release from Buncombe County: As Duke Energy’s Lake Julian coal-fired plant shutdown approaches, Buncombe County would like to make the public aware that we do anticipate changes to the ecology of the lake once the coal plant goes offline. Lake Julian was built in the early 1960s by Carolina Power & Light, a predecessor […]

Urban Land Institute to present Asheville hotel and tourism recommendations Jan. 30

Media advisory from the City of Asheville: Following a community conversation on the impacts of hotels, the Urban Land Institute will be back in Asheville to present recommendations on best land use practices and strategies to better plan for and regulate hotel development. The meeting will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, […]

Heart & Soul exhibition opens at Grand Bohemian Gallery, Jan. 31

Press release from Grand Bohemian Gallery: Toronto-based glass artist Amber Higgins will appear with a new collection of glass jewelry at the Grand Bohemian Gallery Asheville for the annual Heart & Soul Exhibition. The opening reception and a trunk show take place Friday, January 31 and Feb 1. The exhibition will also debut River Arts […]

‘The Fantasticks’ opens next at ACT, Feb. 7

Press release from Asheville Community Theatre: Moonlight and magic, heartbreak and hope: The Fantasticks is the longest running musical in history, and for good reason – its moving tale of young lovers is both nostalgic and universal. Asheville Community Theatre’s production of The Fantasticks opens on the Mainstage February 7, 2020 and runs through March […]

WCU traditional music series features Frogtown on Feb. 6

Press release from Western Carolina University: The Mountain Heritage Center holds the next concert in its annual First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam series on Thursday, Feb. 6, starting at 7 p.m. at HomeBase on the Western Carolina University campus. Frogtown will continue the series of concerts and open jams that includes some of the […]

N.C. DOT opens public comment for Asheville-area projects Jan. 27

Press release from the N.C. Department of Transportation: Area residents will get a chance to provide input on what transportation projects they would like to see included in the next North Carolina Department of Transportation’s 10-year transportation plan for 2023-2032. With a goal of increasing safety, reducing congestion and promoting economic growth, NCDOT uses data […]

Buncombe County seeks applicants for Library Advisory Board

Press release from Buncombe County: The Library Advisory Board has vacancies for three members, one to represent each district in Buncombe County. If you live in Buncombe County and would like to apply to serve on the Library Advisory Board, please visit the Buncombe County web page to apply. Applications are also available at the […]

Piedmont Rising hosts health care town hall at Grant Center Jan. 23

Press release from Piedmont Rising: In response to recent attacks on North Carolinians’ health care, local advocates are gathering together and fighting back. Piedmont Rising, a North Carolina nonprofit advocating for lower health care costs, will host a town hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center […]

5G Global Day of Protest comes to Asheville Jan. 25

Press release from Stop 5G Asheville: This Saturday, Jan. 25, 12-2 p.m., Stop 5G Asheville will be holding a rally at Vance Monument in Pack Square Park to protest the irresponsible roll-out of 5G. The rally will be followed by a march downtown. While the media’s attention with regard to environmental issues has been captured […]

Asheville man pleads guilty to securities fraud and money laundering for $22 million ponzi scheme

Press release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of N.C., Andrew Murray: Hal H. Brown Jr., 70, of Asheville, N.C., pleaded guilty to securities fraud and transactional money laundering in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler, for orchestrating a $22 million Ponzi scheme, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the […]

Republican Wayne King gets endorsement nod from Van Duncan

Wayne King, a Republican candidate for N.C.’s 11th Congressional District has announced an endorsement from Buncombe County’s former sheriff, Van Duncan. Duncan was elected three times as a Democrat. Just before leaving office in 2018 he changed his voter registration to be unaffiliated. The Citizen-Times reported at the time that Duncan was citing “an anti-law enforcement […]

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