News Bulletins

“Costume Drama: A Fashion Show” needs designers

Asheville Community Theatre, known for staging theatrical dramas and comedies, is producing something a little different: “Costume Drama: A Fashion Show.” According to a press release, it “will feature wearable garments created from one of four categories of materials: feathers, floral, tape, or paper.” And here’s the best part: ACT is putting out a call […]

Hoop Jam Returns to Pritchard Park

Dust off your hula hoop — Hoop Jam returns to Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville tonight and every Tuesday through Aug. 28. “Instruction is provided by Melanie MacNeil, widely recognized as one of Asheville and the Southeast’s finest fire and hoop performers,” says a press release from the Asheville Downtown Association. Hoop Jam is part […]

ECO, Clean Water of N.C. will host forum on fracking, Thursday, May 31

FROM ECO (press release) Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is currently illegal in North Carolina, but that could change in a matter of days. Fracking is a method of horizontal drilling that’s used for the exploration and production of shale gas that involves the high-pressure injection of water and chemicals to draw out the gas. Although […]

Gas prices are 7.9 cents lower this week

FROM ASHEVILLEGASPRICES.COM Average retail gasoline prices in Asheville have fallen 7.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/g, according to gasoline price website AshevilleGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Asheville during […]

Associated Press: Great Smoky Mountains National Park has third-worst smog levels for U.S. parks

From the Associated Press (reported in the Asheville Citizen-Times): … It’s a problem in a handful of the nation’s 52 parks that are monitored constantly for ozone, including Joshua Tree National Park in California’s Mojave Desert and North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There were 12 days monitors recorded violations in the Smokies last […]

Downtown resident releases list of concerns about proposed Business Improvement District

Statement from Inge Durre on the proposed Business Improvement District for downtown Asheville: Your input is important: The Asheville City Council is said to hold a public hearing on the establishment of a downtown Asheville BID on June 12, 2012, and may vote on this matter at the same meeting. We believe that the opinion […]

Reminder: City government offices, public transportation closed today

From the press release: City government offices closed Monday, May 28 ASHEVILLE – Asheville city government offices will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Garbage collection schedules will continue as normal over the holiday. All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal […]

CNN Travel names Asheville one of best places in the world to celebrate gay pride

From CNN.com: “Politics will mix with partying this Pride season as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies around the world celebrate President Barack Obama’s support for same-sex marriage and protest North Carolina’s passage of constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. When planning a Pride vacation, pick a destination where the scale of the […]

“Security Amendment” under consideration by Buncombe Republican Party

Here’s the full text of a “Security Amendment” under consideration by the Buncombe County Republican Party. The party’s executive committee decided to table the measure May 21 meeting, however, may decide to take it up again at a later date. AMENDMENT TO BUNCOMBE COUNTY GOP PLAN OF ORGANIZATION WHEREAS: Successful political parties apply a well […]

Historic preservationists call VA landmark building ‘a place that matters’

Well over eighty members and guests of the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County gather for the Annual Griffin Awards for historic preservation at the NC Department of Cultural Resources Western Office. While there, these preservationists show that the historic Nurses Dormitory (built 1930) on the Charles George VA Medical Center is a Place […]

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