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CIBO meeting: NCGA updates from Moffitt, Ramsey; school violence in Buncombe County

Here’s the notice from the Council of Independent Business Owners sent via the group’s email newsletter: Ring in the New Year at the CIBO Issues Meeting… CIBO ISSUES MEETING THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013 7:00 am At BILTMORE SQUARE MALL (food court area) …Agenda… (1) NC HOUSE REPORT – REP. TIM MOFFITT AND REP. NATHAN […]

Kenilworth resident takes issue with greenspace offer from developer

In response to an announcement from Riverlink last week, some Kenilworth residents have questions. By Valerie Hoh, Kenilworth resident I would like to respond to Riverlink’s announcement that the Kenilworth neighborhood is about to get some new open space as a result of a donation of 3.36 acres of land to Riverlink from Caledonia LLC, […]

Burglars strike PARI on Christmas Eve, Times-News reports UPDATE

UPDATE: From the Asheville Citizen-Times (by Sabian Warren) Transylvania sheriff’s officers have made an arrest in a Christmas Eve break-in at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, and investigators recovered most of the items stolen including rare meteorites. Charged Saturday night was Brian Thomas Koontz, 29, of Balsam Grove, Transylvania sheriff’s Det. Wade Abram said. Investigators are […]

MAIN launches new website aiming to shine light on broadband deficit

Here’s the message from MAIN via the group’s email newsletter: Dear Friends of MAIN: We are pleased to give you this “sneak preview” of a new website designed to help solve our region’s broadband deficit. Check it out and give us your feedback at: And please, if you haven’t done so already, help […]

AC-T: Asheville restaurateur Hector Diaz charged with assault

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article: City police arrested a well-known downtown restaurant owner and charged him with hitting a city parking services worker in the head. Hector Diaz, one of the city’s culinary stars, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault on a female. … He was released on a $2,000 bond. His […]

News-Record Editorial: Asheville water fight bears close watching

Editorial from the Greensboro News-Record Asheville is fighting to keep its municipal water system and avoid a soaking. But the state legislature has the last word. Other cities should tune in to this drama playing out in the water-wealthy mountain community. While Asheville operates its own water system, wastewater service is handled by a Metropolitan […]

Land-of-Sky Regional Council remembers Jim Stokoe

Press release from Land-of-Sky Regional Council Land-of-Sky Regional Council mourns the loss of our dear friend, Jim Stokoe, and celebrates his life. After a valiant fight, “Jim lifted off with amazing gentleness and peace” on December 11, 2012. After 30 years of outstanding service, Jim Stokoe retired in June 2010 from Land-of-Sky Regional Council as […]

Columnist: Election chaos at Warren Wilson could effect entire state

Here’s an excerpt from a guest column by Jay DeLancy, executive director of the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina, a right-leaning non-partisan organization that researches and advises on election law reform. His column was first published in the Chapel Hill Herald-Sun (Click the link below to read the whole thing)> A mid-December ruling by […]

Harrah’s employees pack 4,000 lbs. of rice for MANNA food bank

Announcement from Harrah’s Casino: (Cherokee, NC, December 28, 2012) – Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort HERO (Harrah’s Employees Reaching Out) Program volunteered to test an onsite project for community partner Manna Food Bank. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Manna Food Bank have partenered since 2000 on events, sponsorships and volunteer opportunities, supporting the mission of ending […]

North Carolina among states where telecom companies, legislatures limit broadband, Bloomberg reports

In “U.S> Internet Users Pay More for Slower Service,” Susan Crawford, writing for Bloomberg, outlines the state of broadband deployment and access in the United States: The tale isn’t promising, and part of the problem: Legislators and telecom companies working to block getting high-speed service to Americans. Crawford cites the case of North Carolina legislation […]

ALE head demotes himself to field agent – News and Observer

From the Raleigh News and Observer Hoping to avoid the chopping block where most department heads find themselves with the arrival of a new administration, John Ledford, director of the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement, has voluntarily returned to the ranks of field agent. Ledford requested the demotion and reassignment to his home district […]

PARI presents guide to winter night-sky Friday, Jan. 11

Press release from PARI December 26, 2012) – The public is invited to a special presentation Friday, January 11 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) concerning the wintertime night sky and celestial objects visible in Western North Carolina. The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using PARI’s […]

WNC’s Gillespie tapped for McCrory administration

Rep. Mitch Gillespie, whose legislative district includes McDowell, Mitchell and Avery counties, will join Governor-elect Pat McCrory’s administration shortly after being sworn in to his eighth term in the N.C. House in January. He will resign his elected office to become assistant secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Gillespie, who spearheaded a […]

Starting on New Year’s Day, Asheville will have holiday bus service

Full announcement from the city of Asheville: Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, ART will expand to provide partial transit services on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Expanded service on six holidays of the year is made possible with a budget approved […]

Asheville Wine Experience: bubbles, French food and views for New Year’s Eve

Looking for an elevated New Year’s Eve? This event brings together a cast of Asheville foodie-types for a 10th floor celebration. Here are the details from the press release. The Asheville Wine Experience will launch at long last on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, with the first in a series of ultimate dining experiences, […]

New brewery’s boss launches into parenthood – Hendersonville Times-News

From the Hendersonville Times-News by Gary Glancy He’s been charged with running what many in the beer industry are predicting could become the most beautiful brewery in the world when it is completed. Brian Grossman, who will comanage Sierra Nevada’s multifaceted Mills River facility currently under construction, has logged more airline miles in the past […]

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