News Bulletins

Rabbi Phil Bentley to address gay rights at Democratic Men’s Discussion Club

Here’s the press release: “Gay Marriage as a First Amendment Right” is the topic to be addressed by Rabbi Phil Bentley at the monthly Democratic Men’s Discussion Club breakfast to be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11 in the upstairs meeting room at Mike’s on Main in downtown Hendersonville. Rabbi Bentley has served congregations […]

“Frack Activism” comes to WNC (fundraising event this Friday in Black Mountain)

Here’s the press release from Clean Water for NC: Join Clean Water for NC, the White Horse Black Mountain, NC Interfaith Power and Light, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley for food, music, and an introduction to the impacts of “fracking” for natural gas. The program includes the Academy Award-nominated documentary GASLAND, […]

Savory mountain delicacies offer a taste of authentic Cherokee culture

Here’s the press release: CELEBRATE SPRING’S ARRIVAL WITH THE CHEROKEE Savory Mountain Delicacies Offer a Taste of Authentic Cherokee Culture CHEROKEE, N.C. (March 26, 2012) – Mountain trout and wild ramps take center stage at the annual Rainbow and Ramps festival on Sat., March 31, at 10 a.m. at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. Hosted […]

Biographer of Tryon-born Civil Rights figure Nina Simone to speak at UNCA

From the press release: Nadine Cohodas, biographer of Nina Simone, will discuss the Tryon-born singer, pianist and civil rights movement figure, in a lecture at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, Mountain Suites. The lecture is free and open to the public. Born in 1933 as Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Simone […]

Former WCU Chancellor will receive $280,000 this year for research project

From the Smoky Mountain News: John Bardo, former chancellor of Western Carolina University, is being paid $280,000 this year to retool for a return to the classroom and to conduct academic research. Bardo wrote that his research concerns the relationships between higher education, the economy and community development. The theme is a familiar one that […]

APD seeks help identifying suspect who used a brick to rob convenience store

The full release from the Asheville Police Department: ASHEVILLE – On 03-24-12 at approx. 11:58 am, Officers with the Asheville Police Department responded to a Robbery call at the Montford Convenience Store located at 231 Montford Ave., in North Asheville. According to witnesses, the suspect entered the store and approached the counter to purchase an […]

Leading NC conservative opposes marriage amendment

John Hood, the president of the conservative John Locke Foundation, has weighed in against the constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages. … Here’s an excerpt from the News Observer article: “I think amending North Carolina’s constitution to forbid gay and lesbian couples from receiving any future legal recognition, including civil unions, is unwise and unfair,” […]

Looking for the blue-eyed vireo (and other birding adventures at Chimney Rock)

An early spring is causing wintering birds in the Southern U.S., including Blue-headed Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, to migrate north ahead of their normal migration schedule, says local expert Simon Thompson. Birds that typically migrate to Western North Carolina from the Tropics in the spring, however, will most likely be on time. To learn more […]

Spring fashion event planned for Thursday, proceeds will go to Beauty Through Cancer

From the press release: Asheville, N.C. – The TreeHouse Lounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore and The Shops at Biltmore Village are teaming up to present Spring! Into Village Fashion, a spring fashion and food showcase on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit Beauty Through Cancer, […]

Last chance to register for the Appalachian Regional Commission’s food-economy forum

How can local leaders, economic developers, funders, farmers, food producers, processors and distributors all work together to grow the economy across the AdvantageWest region? The multi-state Appalachian Regional Commission’s food economy forum, held Tuesday-Wednesday, April 3-4, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, will focus on how communities can expand the role that food assets and sustainable […]

Warren Wilson student named a Newman Civic Fellow

From the press release: Boston, MA – Campus Compact’s member college and university presidents from across the country have nominated 162 college student leaders for the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows. These students are demonstrating a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities. Through service, community-based research, and advocacy, […]

Anti-Amendment One group raises $1.1 million

Announcement from the Coalition to Protect All NC Families: Raleigh, N.C. – On Tuesday, March 27, the Coalition to Protect All NC Families announced that the campaign referendum committee had raised $1.1 million to defeat Amendment One, a constitutional amendment on the May 8, 2012, North Carolina primary ballot that would threaten heath care benefits […]

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