News Bulletins

Brevard College English professor launches online magazine, “Upscale Appalachia”

Press release from Brevard College: Upscale Appalachia is a new, online magazine focusing on local, mountain culture. Transylvania is a thriving mountain community and the perfect backdrop for exploring both traditional and contemporary culture. Scholar Walt Wolfram states, “It is the perfect project in the perfect setting.” Dr. Kristina Holland, Associate Professor of English at […]

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Buncombe GOP nominates Anthony Penland to fill Buncombe board seat

Press release from the Buncombe County Republican Party: Anthony Penland has been nominated to fill the unexpired term of Mike Fryar on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. Anthony Penland is a lifelong resident of the Swannanoa community in Buncombe County. He attended Swannanoa Elementary School and is a 1986 graduate of Charles D. Owen […]

Interior design icon Anthony Baratta visiting Asheville, March 5-6

Press release from Brunk Auctions: Brunk Auctions is very pleased to offer furniture and decorative art from the collection of American interior design icon and Colonial Williamsburg’s first Designer-in-Residence, Anthony Baratta. In a 2019 partnership with Williamsburg- the product licensing division of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation- noted designer Anthony Baratta reimagined and refurbished the mid-18th century […]

Concert to honor John T. West, retiring WCU School of Music professor, March 28

Press release from Western Carolina University: After a 35-year career in the School of Music, John T. West will retire from Western Carolina University as he began ― with music. A special “retirement concert” is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on campus. A reception […]

APD requesting information on armed robbery

Press release from Asheville Police Department: At approximately 7:15 p.m. on February 25 the Asheville Police Department responded to 660 Merrimon Avenue (Sole82) after reports of an armed robbery. An employee who was closing up the store reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint by a male wearing black clothing and a mask. Officers set […]

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Asheville City Council approves two greenway projects for 2020 construction

Press release from the City of Asheville: Two greenway projects got a green light from Asheville City Council this week. At their Feb. 25 meeting, Council approved execution of contracts for: The Elsie’s Bridge Greenway Connector Project; and Construction of a Reed Creek Greenway Extension. The Council action paves the way for both projects to […]

Rural WNC Wi-Fi effort receives $100,000 ARC grant

Press release from Buncombe County: A new initiative focused on increasing public Wi-Fi access and installing computers across rural Western North Carolina will help students, job seekers, and others. The Rural Downtown Wi-Fi & Jobs Project is a multi-agency effort that recently received a $100,000 boost from a grant awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission […]

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Middle-school art exhibition opens March 2 at UNCA

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville will present the annual Celebrating Middle School Success exhibition, featuring 78 works of art by students from all over Buncombe County, and an opening reception with many of the artists and area education leaders, from 4:30-6 p.m. on Monday, March 2, in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Ingles Mountain […]

Josh Stein and community health advocates

Josh Stein questions HCA over Mission Health management

“The delivery of health care is truly a life or death issue,” said the state’s attorney general in a letter to Greg Lowe, HCA’s North Carolina division president. “That is why my office took so seriously our responsibility to protect western North Carolinians as we negotiated with HCA over its purchase of Mission. I am deeply concerned about what I’ve been hearing about HCA – and I want answers.

Transition Asheville screens “Racing Extinction” on March 16

Press release from Transition Asheville: Date: Monday, March 16 Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m. Place: Fellowship Hall, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St., Asheville, NC (parking off Evelyn Alley) Presentation Topic: Racing Extinction (Documentary) Description: This Discovery Channel documentary, released in 2015, is full of beautiful and horrifying images that are not easily forgotten. From majestic […]

Tony Robles named 2020 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence

Press release from the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site: Polly Angelakis, Superintendent of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and Annette Dubrouillet, President of the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, are pleased to announce the 2020 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence, Anthony “Tony” Robles. Mr. Robles’ residency will run from Wednesday, March 18, to Wednesday, […]

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YMCA of WNC expands camp program through Omni Grove Park Inn donation

Press release from the YMCA of WNC: More local children will be able to go to camp this summer thanks to the Omni Grove Park Inn. The YMCA of Western North Carolina is one of eight local community organizations benefiting from the 27th National Gingerbread House Competition and Holiday Parking Program. The $13,000 donation will […]

Dogwood Health Trust awards over $3.7 million to 259 WNC organizations

Press release from the Dogwood Health Trust: Dogwood Health Trust has awarded more than $3.7 million to a diverse range of 259 nonprofit and government agencies from every county and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina through its Immediate Opportunities and Needs (ION) grant program. Of the 492 applicants, 53% were awarded a grant, […]

Hendersonville named 2019 Tree City USA

Press release from the Arbor Day Foundation: Hendersonville, N.C., was named a 2019 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Hendersonville achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community […]

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Black Folks Camp Too partners with Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association

Press release from Black Folks Camp Too: Black Folks Camp Too is growing its network of outdoor and RV industry leaders who support their mission to increase diversity in the great outdoors. Current partners now include Browns RV Superstore in McBee, SC; RV Connections in Panama City, FL; Mid-State RV in Byron, GA; Vancouver RV […]

New local program allows student IDs to be used as library cards

Press release from Buncombe County Public Libraries: Buncombe County Public Libraries announce an exciting partnership with Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools. Project StudentAccess, allows every public school student to use their student ID as a library card. Students will have access to both print and digital books, and can use their ID at any […]

The Underdog Dance Party to benefit Earth Fare – Westgate employees, Feb. 27

Press release from Majo John Madden:  On Thursday, Feb. 27, community members will host a dance party at the roof garden at Battery Park Senior Apartments, 1 Battle Square. The event is a fundraiser for Earth Fare – Westgate employees. Below is addition information about the gathering. There is no charge for this party, but […]

Enrollment now open for upcoming diabetes prevention program

Press release from Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency:  Did you know that rates of diabetes in North Carolina have almost doubled over the last 20 years, and that diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in our state?  Complications from diabetes can lead to serious health issues, including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, […]

Upcoming blood drives in Buncombe County

Press release from American Red Cross Blood Services: The community is invited to be the lifeline patients need this winter by donating blood. Donors can help save lives. Blood donations often decline during winter months. However, there is no substitute for donated blood. By giving now, donors can ensure lifesaving treatments are available for patients […]

Connect Beyond Festival announces initial round of 2020 artists

Press release from Connect Beyond Festival:  Following a record-setting 2019 event, Connect Beyond Festival returns to downtown Asheville, NC for its third year on April 3-5, 2020 for another three-day weekend of engaging performances, panels, film screenings, and workshops. The lineup features an extensive array of programming showcasing how the intersection of music, art, film, […]

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