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Mission Health board members release op-ed about BCBSNC contract

Press release from Mission Health:   We don’t pick any fight lightly, and certainly not with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), our state’s overwhelmingly dominant insurer. Mission Health and BCBSNC have had a good relationship for many years.  We’ve worked together to provide exceptional care to the people of western North Carolina.   […]

Half-Mile Farm in Highlands schedules Thanksgiving festivities

PRESS RELEASE from Half-Mile Farm: (Highlands, NC) Guests of Half-Mile Farm will now be able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the dining room at Half-Mile Farm, which features panoramic farm views and a cozy fireplace. In addition to the chef-made breakfast and afternoon social hour, guests can now enjoy a complimentary Bloody Mary and […]

NAMI announces summer, fall classes for families on behavioral, mental health

From NAMI of WNC: NAMI Family-to-Family Class in Asheville FREE CLASS for families/caregivers of individuals living with a serious mental illness. These include: Major Depression Bipolar Disorder OCD Panic Disorder Schizophrenia Borderline Personality Disorder Anxiety Disorders 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.; Mondays, Aug. 28-Nov. 13, 2017 Preregistration is required. Please contact Terri Harris 828-595-3293; terri@scoharris.com The […]

APD seeks information on traffic fatality on Smoky Park Highway

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (July 21, 2017): This morning shortly before 5:00 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to the intersection of Brookside Circle and Smoky Park Highway after reports of a traffic crash. A single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle occurred knocking the driver off his bike and coming to […]

Air quality forecast for Saturday, July 22: Moderate (YELLOW)

Saturday, July 22, 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 updated forecasts over the weekend. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 […]

Asheville voted #2 Outdoor Adventure Sports Spot in U.S. by SportsEvents Magazine

Press release from SportsEvents Magazine:   The results are in for SportsEvents Magazine’s list of the “Top 12 Outdoor Adventure Sports Spots” presented by Ohio s Lake Erie Shores and Islands. After reviewing destinations from across the country, SportsEvents Editors compiled a Facebook ballot with a list of 25 outdoor sports destinations that are known […]

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic returns Aug. 19-20

Press release from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation:  Amateur and professional photographers can now register for the Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, a two-day seminar that offers presentations from outstanding photojournalists and opportunities for participants to improve their skills. The clinic, set for Aug. 19 and 20, also allows participants the rare opportunity of photographing scenic Grandfather […]

UNC Asheville staff and students take on national leadership roles in student affairs

Press release from UNC Asheville:  UNC Asheville student affairs professionals and student leaders have been active this summer in national leadership activities, and three staff members have been selected for national committees and fellowships. Stan Sweeney, director of UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Student Union and Student Activities, was selected to serve on the National Volunteer Development Team […]

Deadline extended for submissions to juried exhibition at Haywood County Arts Council

  Press release from Haywood Community College:  Deadline to participate in Haywood County Arts Council’s juried show of Haywood County alumni from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts programs has been extended to Friday, July 28. This special exhibition celebrates the joint 40th Anniversary of the Professional Crafts program at Haywood Community College and the Haywood […]

North Carolina’s June employment figures released

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Commerce: RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, decreasing 0.3 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s June 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.7 of a percentage point […]

The Fugitive Band: The Fugitives 1966. Image courtesy of Flood Gallery

‘Repurposed Found and Pirated Altered Art’ opening at Flood Galley, July 29

Press release: Guitarist Tom Johanson performs at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center with Art opening July 29th Tom Johanson will open his art exhibition titled “Repurposed Found and Pirated Altered Art at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 Hwy 70, Swannanoa, NC and performing original music influenced by folk flamenco jazz and psychedelic surf rock […]

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design announces ‘Craft After Dark’ gala and benefit, Aug. 10

Press release: Craft After Dark Gala After Party at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design Thursday, August 10, 2017 8-10 pm (following the reception and dinner honoring Stoney Lamar) $50 (artists and young professionals), $100 (general admission) Crash the gala! Following a dinner in honor of artist and board member Stoney Lamar, The Center […]

Asheville Art Museum receives an NEA grant to support reinstallation of its permanent collection

Press release: The Asheville Art Museum has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of the reinstallation of its Permanent Collection in the Museum’s renovated building, scheduled to open in late 2018. The Permanent Collection installation and first catalogue of the Museum’s Permanent Collection will consider multiple and […]

Western NC “Teachers That Shine” recipient awarded $1,000

Press release from Autobell Car Wash, Inc.:  CHARLOTTE (July 20, 2017) – Autobell® Car Wash has announced the winners of its inaugural Teachers That ShineSM contest, launched this year during May’s National Teacher Appreciation Week. Autobell developed the contest to recognize outstanding educators in each of the car wash company’s markets in North and South […]

Henderson County DSS holds foster parent training Sept. 27

From the Henderson County DSS: Foster Parent Training Class Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Hope United Methodist Church, 2443 Spartanburg Hwy. East Flat Rock, NC 28726 Loving Foster Families needed to raise hope and foster dreams! Whatever time you can commit, please join Henderson County DSS for their next Foster Parent Training […]

Air quality forecast for Friday, July 21: Moderate (YELLOW)

Friday, July 21, 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. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Friday, 07/21/2017 Last Updated: […]

YMCA swim instructors encourage day campers from the Hendersonville Boys and Girls Club to get into the pool at the Hendersonville Family YMCA. Photo courtesy of YMCA of WNC

YMCA of WNC offers swim lessons to local Boys & Girls Club campers

From the YMCA of Western North Carolina: YMCA partners with Boys & Girls Clubs to reduce risk of drowning Children learn skills and confidence that could save lives Asheville, N.C., July 20, 2017 – Every day two children in the United States die from drowning. The YMCA of Western North Carolina is dedicated to working with […]

City of Asheville names Kimberlee Archie equity and inclusion manager

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Kimberlee Archie will serve as the City’s first-ever Equity and Inclusion Manager, effective July 31, 2017. Archie’s career and experience positions her to lead City efforts to support a diverse and inclusive community. She has […]

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Film screening, panel discussion explores national defense & climate change Aug. 10 at Highland Brewing

From event organizers: Highland Brewing Event Seeks to Change Conversation about Climate On Thursday, August 10, there will be an event at Highland Brewing in Asheville that organizers hope will help overcome the divisiveness that the topics of climate and clean energy usually produce. The evening at the Highland Brewing Event Center will center around […]

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