News Bulletins

Fee change at Lake Powhatan: $2 per person replaces per-car fee, starting May 25

Beginning today, May 25, Lake Powhatan Recreation Area visitors will pay $2 per person, per day, to enter the park, instead of the $5 per vehicle fee. Registered campers are exempt from day-use fees, and annual passes ($30) are still available. The site’s managing concessionaire, the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, will collect […]

Registration opens for High Country Triple Crown running series

Full announcement from Appalachian State University below: BOONE – The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) at Appalachian State University announces the High Country Triple Crown, a series of three challenging and fun races covering beautiful mountain terrain. All proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of the High […]

N.C. legislators take time with prisoner health care, discuss privatization

From the Associated Press (posted on the Times-News): Legislators are trying to prevent North Carolina prison officials from privatizing inmate medical care for all of the state’s adult prisoners unless they get the express approval of the General Assembly. The full House agreed unanimously Wednesday to a Senate bill designed to set aside $205.5 million […]

Box Creek Wilderness recommended for enhanced protection

From the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina: The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Natural Heritage Program’s (NHP) Advisory Committee has recommended that the State enter into a Registry agreement with the landowner of the privately held 3,300-acre Box Creek Wilderness, a State-designated Significant Natural Heritage Area (SNHA) on the Rutherford-McDowell county line. […]

Summer skateboard camps announced

From the press release: Asheville, NC – Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, in conjunction with Push Skate Shop, will offer Skateboard Camps this summer at the Asheville SkatePark, for skaters of all skill levels, ages 6-15. Week-long camp sessions are an opportunity for beginners to learn basic skills and for more advance skaters to […]

Slow down: Blue RIdge Parkway officials drop speed limit in Asheville section

FROM BLUERIDGENOW.COM (online Hendersonville Times-News): The speed limit between Highway 74A and Highway 25 (Hendersonville Road) has been reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release. This speed limit change is aimed at improving the safety of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians through the Asheville corridor. In the past […]

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