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The Community Foundation awards $95,768 in focus area grants

Press release from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina:  The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) approved five focus area grants totaling $95,768 to support regional projects in Food and Farming and Natural and Cultural Resources. The Foundation’s focus areas were identified to benefit the region and enable the Foundation to work strategically […]

North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative will host a town hall in Asheville

Press release from North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative:  The North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (NC DIDI) will host a town hall entitled the “Primed and Ready: NC DIDI Western Defense Contractors and Suppliers Town Hall”  on March 20th, 2018.  Participants will discuss solutions to the challenges being faced by businesses who contract or […]

UPDATED: Transgender sensitivity training to be held in Hendersonville

Press release from PFLAG: HENDERSONVILLE — Nonbinary?  Ze?  The world of transgender! On Monday, April 9, from 6-7:30 p.m in the Kaplan Room at the Hendersonville Library, the Hendersonville PFLAG chapter will host trainers from the Campaign for Southern Equality.  To help create safer communities for transgender and gender diverse people across the South, Campaign for […]

City of Asheville files petition to order release of additional APD body-cam footage

Press release from the city of Asheville: ASHEVILLE — The city of Asheville filed a petition today under N.C. General Statute § 132-1.4A, asking the Buncombe County Superior Court to order the release of additional body-worn camera recordings of Asheville Police Department officers relating to the August 2017 arrest of Johnnie Jermaine Rush. A copy of the […]

Citizens Police Advisory Committee to hold community meeting

Press release from the city of Asheville: ASHEVILLE — The Citizens Police Advisory Committee Community Meeting scheduled for March 7 has been revised to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center Auditorium. Please note the later time and room change to allow for more space. The Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center is […]

Echofest brings 25 bands to three stages at UNC Asheville, March 31

Press release from Blue Echo Radio: Blue Echo, UNC Asheville’s student online radio station, presents its annual music festival, Echofest, free and open to everyone, with some 25 bands performing on three different stages on the university campus from noon-11 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. The music will span many genres, including pop-punk, classic rock, […]

Alzheimer’s Association hosts Dementia Education Symposium, April 25

Press release from Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter: The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter will be hosting its Dementia Education Symposium 2018 On the Journey on Wednesday, April 25. It will take place 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore (115 Hendersonville Road). The symposium will include a continental breakfast, time to […]

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Buncombe DA asks SBI to investigate use of force, video leak

On March 2, Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams wrote to the director of the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to request that the SBI reconsider its previous decision not to investigate the Asheville Police Department’s use of force against resident Johnnie Jermaine Rush on Aug. 24. The incident came to the public’s attention when the Asheville […]

Art showing featuring birds to be held in Hendersonville

Press release from Summit Marketing: HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and over 100 other national organizations have teamed up to declare 2018 as the “Year of the Bird” in order to help celebrate and draw attention to the centennial anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protects many […]

Appalachian Storytelling Extravaganza coming March 22

Press release from the Center for Cultural Preservation: HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, is proud to present an Appalachian Storytelling Extravaganza featuring Appalachian music, Jack tales, Cherokee legends and African-American stories. Storytelling and music were perhaps the Southern Appalachian’s first true social media. Through storytelling, […]

Happiest Baby classes for new and expectant parents begin March 25

  Press release from Doulas of Asheville:   The Happiest Baby classes for new and expectant parents will begin on Sunday, March 25th, from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at Nest Organics in downtown Asheville. Registration for this class, sponsored by Doulas of Asheville, is now available at: This is the first time The Happiest Baby classes […]

Asheville Yoga Festival sponsors yoga and book tour event March 24

Press release from Asheville Yoga Festival:     A special event featuring MC YOGI and his wife 10,000 Buddhas (Amanda Giacomini), renowned yoga teachers who are touring the country sharing their stories, music, and art, will be held Saturday, March 24, in Asheville.  Additionally, they are promoting MC YOGI’s new memoir, Spiritual Graffiti: Finding My True […]

UNC Health Care and Atrium Health suspend discussions

Press release from UNC Healthcare:   After months of discussions and due diligence, UNC Health Care and Atrium Health have determined that we cannot satisfy our mutual organizational goals through a proposed partnership and joint operating company. In late August, UNC Health Care and Atrium Health (Carolinas Healthcare System at the time) announced our intention […]

Friends of the Smokies reopens Asheville office

Press release from Friends of the Smokies: Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrated the reopening of its North Carolina office in downtown Asheville this week. More than 50 community members attended, including Representative Brian Turner and rangers from the National Park Service. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash and Friends of the […]

Carry Your Cross 5K set for March 31 in Candler

Press release from Western Carolina Rescue Mission: On Saturday, March 31, at 9 a.m., Pole Creek Baptist Church in Candler will host the “Carry Your Cross 5k”. All proceeds from the Carry Your Cross 5k will directly benefit Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, Asheville’s largest overnight homeless shelter. ABOUT WESTERN CAROLINA RESCUE MINISTRIES: Western Carolina Rescue Mission […]

Controlled burn planned for March 5 at Oshun Mountain Sanctuary at Richmond Hill

Press release from The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina: The Nature Conservancy is planning a nine-acre controlled burn at the Oshun Mountain Sanctuary on Monday, March 5. The Asheville Fire Department and North Carolina Forest Service will assist with the burn, which will remove leaf litter and other debris that could fuel wildfires and endanger nearby […]

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries announces change to Code Purple

Press release from Western Carolina Rescue Ministries: Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) Executive Director, Micheal Woods made the announcement on Thursday, March 1, that WCRM would be modifying its involvement with Code Purple. Code Purple was created by Pastor Woods nearly 10 years ago and occurs when the weather forecast dips below freezing (32 degrees). The […]

March 9 Evening at PARI: “A Pacific Adventure in a Gooney Bird”

Press release from Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute: Please join us on Friday, March 9, as we welcome Lieutenant Colonel William David Clarke III, USAF (retired) to our campus. Lieutenant Colonel Clarke’s presentation will cover his amazing, 13-day adventure in June 1966 across the Pacific to Saigon in a twin engine Gooney Bird aircraft (one of 53 […]

Hendersonville Family YMCA to manage Patton Park and Pool

Press release from YMCA of Western North Carolina: The City of Hendersonville is partnering with the Hendersonville Family YMCA to manage Patton Park and Pool for the next three years, effective immediately. Hendersonville residents will enjoy the same level of park access they have now, with the same hours of operation, but with more activities. […]

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