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Duke Energy announces large-scale battery installation in Asheville area

The pace of news releases from both Duke Energy and its critics on a variety of issues continues to quicken in the run-up to public hearings on the utility’s request for a 14.9 percent rate increase overall. Duke Energy announced a $30 million battery storage facility as part of its modernization project at Asheville’s Lake Julian plant.

Construction of Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine building expected to inject millions into economy

Press release from Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce:  Asheville, N.C. (September 20, 2017) – Construction of Mission Health System’s new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine building is actively expanding the region’s patient care and medical technology footprint while remaking both the skyline and economic future of downtown Asheville. Incorporating state-of-the-art technologies that build on the hospital […]

Boys & Girls Club staffer wins national award

Press release from Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club: There’s hardly a happening at the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County in which Emily Taylor, its operations director, isn’t involved. Colleagues and kids alike say she’s one of the most energetic persons in an energy-charged organization … engaging, enthusiastic, efficient, a dependable leader who […]

Appalachian Storytelling, Sept. 30

Press release from Blue Ridge Parkway:  In Appalachia, a story is not mere entertainment. They have the power to show us who we really are, while preserving the mountains’ history and culture like no other medium.  Join storyteller Elizabeth Baird Hardy, who has performed at festivals across the Southeast, as she shares her original stories […]

Groups announce plans to sue Duke Energy for hiding coal ash dam safety information

Press release from MountainTrue: Duke Energy Violates the Law by Hiding Critical Dam Safety Information Information Withheld for Coal Ash Sites across North Carolina CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Local community groups across the country today sent Duke Energy and government authorities notices that they plan to bring enforcement actions against Duke Energy for withholding critical dam […]

Pardee to host event about managing finances when facing cancer

Press release from Pardee UNC Health Care: Pardee UNC Health Care will host a free UNC Cancer Network Lunch and Learn videoconference event for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The session, “Managing Financial Toxicity When Facing Cancer,” will take place on Friday, Sept. 29 from 12 to 1 p.m. in Pardee Hospital’s video conference room, […]

OnTrack receives $200,000 grant

Press release from he Community Foundation of Western North Carolina: In August, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina board approved its largest competitive grant to date when $200,000 was awarded to OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling to expand the SECURE program that provides financial literacy training and a three-to-one match to help low-income people […]

Aloft Asheville’s Live@Aloft Series benefits Asheville Area Arts Council, Sept. 24

Press release: The most scenic live music series in town returns on September 24th when Aloft Asheville Downtown hosts its next Sundays Live@Aloft event from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. featuring live entertainment from The Caribbean Cowboys. The official band of the Western North Carolina Parrot Head Club, the Caribbean Cowboys play a mix of […]

Mental health kiosk screenings now available in Buncombe County

Press release from Vaya Health:  Buncombe County now hosts a MindKare mental health screening kiosk, a touchscreen device that allows residents to learn about behavioral health conditions, participate in confidential assessments and find local treatment resources. Vaya Health, a public managed healthcare organization, and community partners unveiled the kiosk Tuesday afternoon at the Buncombe County […]

Madison County Equestrian Center Grand Opening to benefit MANNA FoodBank

Press release from MANNA FoodBank: The owners of The Preserve, a private, natural sanctuary community in Madison County, are demonstrating their commitment to helping those in need in Western North Carolina with a grand opening to benefit MANNA FoodBank. The Preserve is already guaranteeing a $10,000 donation to MANNA—enough to provide the food for 35,000 meals […]

Local organizations receive Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation grants to respond to termination of DACA

Press release from Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is providing $100,000 to organizations across the state in response to the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). On September 5, 2017, the President announced the termination of DACA, thereby rescinding work authorization and protection from deportation for nearly 800,000 undocumented young […]

“Listen To America” HuffPost Bus Tour in Asheville Sept. 25

Press release: What: Morning Discussion – “A conversation about women’s health and rural hospitals” Moderators: Frank Taylor, Managing editor of Carolina Public Press and Meredith Melnick, editor of The Scope and Executive health and science editor of HuffPost Panelists: Jacqueline Sitton, Family Nurse Practitioner with Park Ridge Health Pediatrics; Dr. Beth Buys, division director of […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina awarded 2019 TPA for the State Health Plan

Press release from Office of the State Treasurer: At a press conference today, State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, announced that the State Health Plan Board of Trustees has awarded the Third Party Administrator (TPA) medical claims contract to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). The TPA contract provides the State Health Plan (Plan) […]

Air quality forecast for Wednesday, Sept. 20: Moderate (YELLOW)

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 […]

Carolina Climbers Coalition and Access Fund protect Buckeye Knob and the Barn Boulders

Joint press release from Carolina Climbers Coalition and Access Fund: Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) is pleased to announce the purchase of Buckeye Knob in Watauga County, North Carolina. The purchase was made possible with a $120,000 loan from the Access Fund Climbing Conservation Loan Program. CCC and adjacent landowners also worked together to donate access and […]

City of Hendersonville mulch/compost giveaway begins Sept. 28

Press release from City of Hendersonville: Our seasonal mulch giveaway program is set to begin the last weekend in September. Beginning Thursday September 28th, the City will have a person on site to operate the backhoe and load the material. The mulch will be given away on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 PM to 7:00 […]

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