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53rd Annual Rhododendrons and Azalea show Saturday May 5th

53rd Annual Flower Show of Rhododendrons and Azaleas and Photo Print Contest Saturday, May 5, 2012 Sponsored by the Southeastern Chapter, American Rhododendron Society In conjunction with the 2012 ARS-ASA International Convention Open to the public 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville, NC To celebrate the burst of Spring’s magic and the […]

Blue Ridge Food Ventures releases a statement regarding local salmonella outbreak

From a Blue Ridge Food Ventures press release: “Smiling Hara, which is under investigation as a possible link to the salmonella outbreak in Buncombe County, manufactures and packages tempeh in bulk at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a shared-use food production facility in Buncombe County. The company supplies frozen tempeh to local restaurants and stores. It […]

Tempeh tested positive for salmonella, says Smiling Hara Tempeh spokesman

Smiling Hara Tempeh has recalled its retail products in response to its tempeh testing positive for salmonella. The press release is below: “Tests by the NCDA&CS have confirmed that [Smiling Hara Tempeh has tested] positive for salmonella. Chad Oliphant of Smiling Hara Tempeh says that the company is initiating a voluntary recall of their retail […]

Local food company reacts to salmonella search with voluntary recall

Several local food-service operations are aiding in the search for the cause of a salmonella outbreak. Some local restaurants are also voluntarily working with health department officials to educate their employees about the bacteria and how to keep it from spreading. Though the source remains undetermined, a local tempeh company, Smiling Hara, has decided to […]

The Charlotte Observer calls Asheville a “gastronomically sublime alt-universe”

The Charlotte Observer visited the Laughing Seed, Jack of the Wood and the Thirsty Monk, among other area eateries and business. Here’s what they had to say: “Asheville ( is a funky, cultured, gastronomically sublime alt-universe whose laid-back vibe filters through the mountains that ring it and infuses smaller arts-and-crafts havens nearby, like Black Mountain, […]

Dalton campaign touts fundraising, endorsements

Here’s the press release from the campaign of Walter Dalton, Democratic candidate for governor: Dalton campaign raises nearly $1.4 million Campaign garners hundreds of endorsements across all regions (RALEIGH) – Reflecting the growing momentum from recent endorsements and in surging poll numbers, the Dalton for Governor campaign today reports raising $1.395 million for the current […]

Holly Jones urges people to vote for commission candidate Terry Van Duyn in District 3

Here’s the message from commissioner (and District 1 candidate) Holly Jones, via her email newsletter: Terry Van Duyn for County Commissioner in District Three It is exciting to see the quality of candidates on the ballot in the Democratic primary in District 3 (South Asheville and Arden, Biltmore Forest, Enka, parts of Candler, Biltmore Lake, […]

Commissioner Holly Jones urges people to vote against Amendment One

Here’s the message from commissioner (and District 1 candidate) Holly Jones, via her email newsletter: Meet Gabriela, my 9 year-old daughter. Early on in life, Gabriela demonstrated a clear sense of justice. In these times, it is encouraging to see Gabriela and her friends stand up for fairness and dignity for all. The future feels […]

Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery opens “Mixed Media Mamas”

According to a press release, the May exhibit, “Mixed Media Mamas,” at Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery runs Friday, May 11 through Monday, June 4. It celebrates motherhood, “whether it’s the love between mother and child or the respect for the Earth as the mother of humanity.” Mixed media artists whose work is represented […]

County commission candidate Christina Kelley G. Merrill touts endorsements

Buncombe County Commission D-2 Candidate Christina Kelley G. Merrill favored for Election by School Board Member Elect Lisa Baldwin and the Influential Group Buncombe Forward. “Buncombe Forward is pleased to announce it has formally endorsed Candidate Christina Kelley G. Merrill – This year will be an important election for Buncombe County voters. The current county […]

No single source of salmonella yet found, Buncombe County Health Department says

The Buncombe County Department of Health reports that 5 more cases of Salmonella Paratyphi B were identified over the weekend, bringing the total to 34, as of Monday, April 30, 2012. The local health department is working with NC Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control, US Department of Agriculture and others to continue […]

Commissioner candidate Keith Young organizes “Get on the bus!” event

Here’s the press release from Democratic commissioner candidate Keith Young, who’s running in District 1, which roughly follows the borders of Asheville: Asheville, N.C.- Candidate Keith Young plans to ride the bus to victory in the May 8 Democratic primary. Young, who is running in the Democratic primary for Buncombe Co. Commissioner in District 1, […]

North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program Grant application will be posted soon

From the press release: Asheville, NC – The City of Asheville Cultural Arts Division will begin posting application forms and guidelines for the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program Grant on Friday, May 4th, 2012. All applications will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Application forms and grant guidelines will […]

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