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Pawndemonium XXIV: An Asheville-Buncombe chess tournament for kids, Saturday, May 4

Press release from the Kiwanis Club of Asheville Pawndemonium XXIV – local chess tournament for kids We in the Kiwanis Club of Asheville are convinced that learning to play chess can have a major positive influence on academic performance. U.S. educators have begun to realize that playing chess improves cognitive abilities, rational thinking and reasoning […]

Former Asheville City Council member Carl Mumpower threatens to leave GOP over water system bill

From a Facebook post by Carl Mumpower: From: Carl Mumpower, Ph.D. To: Asheville City Republicans and other concerned citizens Subj: Theft of Asheville City Water system The Republican majority in Raleigh, under the local leadership of Republican State Representatives Tim Moffitt, Nathan Ramsey, and Chuck McGrady are in the process of conducting an act of […]

Former probation officer sentenced to 17 months for extortion and drug trafficking

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office: ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A former North Carolina probation officer was sentenced on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in U.S. District Court to serve 17 months in prison for extortion and drug trafficking offenses involving persons under his supervision, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. […]

WNC EcoFest to focus on green movement, teachings at May 4 event

Press release From WNC EcoFest organizers Waynesville, NC.—The Haywood Chamber of Commerce’s newest festival, WNC EcoFest is designed to inspire you, to teach you and to entertain you in all things “green”. Enjoy a day filled with everything from homemade soap making to square foot gardening to canning and preservation, May 4, 10 am – […]

Treasury Department tags $120 million for NC development organizations

From the U.S. Department of the Treasury: Washington, DC—Building on the Obama Administration’s commitment to increase economic opportunity in distressed areas of the United States, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) today announced New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) authority for investments totaling $120 million to three North Carolina-based […]

Buncombe schools technical education director receives regional award

From Buncombe County Schools: Asheville, NC – April 25, 2013 – Buncombe County Schools Career Technical Education Director Christy Cheek has been selected as the Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year for the Western Region by the NC Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (CTE). Cheek was nominated and elected by the CTE […]

Author/illustrator to speak at Asheville School’s Founder’s Day convocation tonight

Press release From the Asheville School ASHEVILLE, N.C. (April 23, 2013) Author and illustrator Maira Kalman will speak at Asheville School’s Founders’ Day convocation on Thursday, April 25 at 7:15 p.m. in the Walker Arts Center’s Graham Theater. The event is free and open to the public with limited seating available. “Maira Kalman is enthralled […]

NAACP criticizes NC House vote on voter ID bill, releases statement

Press release From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): (WASHINGTON)— The NAACP released the following statements in response to the NC House Vote on House Bill 589. The bill was passed 81-36 and will move to the Senate. Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP: “Today the North Carolina […]

Mission Health joins forces Ingles Supermarkets to fight obesity in WNC

Press release From Mission Health Mission Health Partners with Ingles Supermarkets to Fight Obesity in Western North Carolina ASHEVILLE, N.C. (April 24, 2013) – Mission Health empowers thousands of people in western North Carolina to live healthier lives through its wellness programs and now extends these activities beyond its own walls to corporations by partnering […]

Asheville to observe National Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Awareness Day

Press release Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation Asheville, NC – Through a proclamation by Mayor Terry Bellamy, the City of Asheville joins cities, states and individuals nationwide in observing May 11th as National Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Awareness Day. It’s not a rare sight to imagine: families, friends and neighbors uniting for one […]

Buncombe County students participate in first WNC elementary-school Science Olympiad

Press release from Buncombe County Schools Buncombe County Schools Participates in First Elementary School Science Olympiad in WNC (pictured: Emma Mullins and Henry Kopp) Asheville, NC – April 24, 2013 – Congratulations to the students and coaches who participated in the very first Elementary Science Olympiad teams in Western North Carolina, and the first in […]

CJR’s Corey Hutchin keeps a wry eye on North Carolina legislation

How do you keep up with the approximately 1,700 bills pending in the North Carolina General Assembly? More particularly, how do you “keep up with the rapid pace of proposed legislation while deciding which measures merit devoted coverage and which to dismiss as hackery?” Columbia Journalism Review writer Corey Hutchins riffs on the plethora of […]

UNCA Chancellor Anne Ponder to be recognized for promoting women’s leadership opportunities

Press release From UNC Asheville News Services Kansas City, Mo. — The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) has named University of North Carolina at Asheville Chancellor Dr. Anne Ponder recipient of its inaugural Dr. Claire Van Ummersen Presidential Leadership Award. Chancellor Ponder will be recognized May 17 at a celebratory luncheon held […]

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