News Bulletins

Protest of Linville Gorge Wilderness burn, featuring puppets

From SaveLGW: Say “no” to Linville Gorge Burn Join SaveLGW and Friends of the Linville Gorge Protest really, April 20, 2-4 p.m. U.S. Forest Service, 160 Zillicoa St, across from UNC-A Featuring: “Sparky the Bear” [letters from around the world] “Crackling-Flames” hand-puppet [woodland creatures in flight] Ritual Exorcism of Fire-demons [chanting and rattling] Friends of […]

Asheville Green Drinks hosts Mountains-to-Sea Trail hiker, author Danny Bernstein

Here’s the press release from Asheville Green Drinks: ASHEVILLE—Join Asheville Green Drinks at on April 24 for a presentation by local author and Mountains-to-Sea Trail thru-hiker Danny Bernstein. Asheville Green Drinks meets at Olive or Twist restaurant and bar, located at 81 Broadway. Socializing starts at 5:30 p.m., and programming begins at 6. Bernstein’s book, […]

Ramsey wins praise for supporting redistricting reform

Here’s the press release from the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform: Rep. Ramsey Hailed for support of Non-Partisan Redistricting Rep. Nathan Ramsey (R-Buncombe) joined the majority of his colleagues in the NC House of Representatives in sponsoring a bill that would change how redistricting is done in NC. Sixty-one legislators, Democrats and […]

Bothwell announces support for Scouts for Equality

From Cecil Bothwell’s campaign: Asheville, NC— City Councilmember Cecil Bothwell announces today his support of Scouts for Equality, a Boy Scouts alumni organization advocating an end to the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on homosexual members. Earlier this year, the BSA indicated that it would finally make a decision on its policy banning gay members, […]

Catawba River on list of America’s most endangered rivers

From Carolina News Service: CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Catawba River is number five on the newly released list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. American Rivers ranked the Catawba that high mainly because of concerns about the effects of coal ash pollution on water quality and recreation. The soon-to-be-closed Duke Energy Riverbend coal ash pond near […]

Pure Classical Pilates Studio celebrates Pilates Give Back Day

Here’s the press release from Pure Pilates Studio: Pure Pilates Studio, a classical Pilates certification, continuing education center, and TRX Suspension Training facility, celebrates Pilates Give Back Day by offering the community a free day of Pilates, Wellness and TRX. The studio is located at 59 Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville.   Pilates Give Back Day is […]

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates 25th anniversary

Here’s the press release fromFRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway: FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary April 17, 2013 – FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway (FRIENDS) has launched a two-year 25th anniversary celebration commemorating the volunteer-driven organization’s founding in North Carolina in 1988 and in Virginia the following year. “We […]

Bill to eliminate class size limits in public schools moves forward in N.C. General Assembly

The Senate Education Committee today approved legislation (SB 374) to eliminate class-size restrictions in public schools. Instead, the bill would give financial discretion to each school district in spending state funds for teacher positions. The legislation now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where Sen. Tom Apodaca, Republican of Henderson County, is a member. The […]

Henderson County commissioners voice concerns about new water-sewer merger

The Hendersonville Times-News reports that Henderson County commissioners have several reservations about House Bill 488, which strips Asheville of the local water system and merges it — along with a Henderson system, Cane Creek — with the Metropolitan Sewerage District. For starters, Henderson commissioner want five members on the new 15-member, water-sewer board, not three, […]

Carolina Public Press: Buncombe posts highest population growth in WNC

“With an increase of more than 6,100 people in two years, Buncombe County posted the highest population growth in the 18-county [Western North Carolina] region,” Steph Guinan reports for Carolina Public Press. “The increase is largely a result of relocation,” she adds, noting that most of those relocating are not coming from Florida. As outlined […]

Gordon Smith officially announces re-election campaign

From Gordon Smith for Asheville: Today Gordon Smith officially announces his 2013 campaign for Asheville’s City Council. Councilman Smith wants to continue to serve on City Council to grow Asheville’s middle class and to keep Asheville strong as it contends with unprecedented hostility from some state legislators. Gordon Smith joined City Council in 2009. Councilman […]

Public Schools First opposes voucher bill

From Public Schools First: Raleigh, NC—April 16, 2013—Public Schools First NC strongly opposes H.B. 944, a school voucher bill introduced last night. The bill, which aims to spend $90 million of taxpayer money over the next two years to subsidize private school tuition, takes money away from already underfunded public schools—with little accountability to taxpayers. […]

Local EMS and Mission Hospital conduct previously planned casualty exercise today

Press release From Mission Health WHAT: Mission Hospital to Conduct Previously Planned Casualty Exercise WHO: Mission Hospital and local emergency services agencies WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2013. 5:00 p.m. start time – 8:00 p.m. approximate end time WHERE: Mission Hospital Memorial Campus 509 Biltmore Ave. Asheville, NC 28801 NOTE: THIS IS ONLY A DRILL, planned […]

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