Nancy Mercure East, a retired veterinarian from Waynesville, and her hiking partner, Air Force veteran Chris Ford of Knoxville, Tenn., set a new record for hiking all of the park’s trails on Oct. 3 with a time of 29 days, 10 hours and 12 minutes. The two shattered the previous mark of 33 days set by Knoxville trail runner Jeff Woody.
Buncombe did see its unemployment tick up from the 2.8% April rate; the May rate was also higher than the 2.8% reported for the same month last year. However, the Department of Commerce noted that all of the state’s other metro areas also saw rate increases, and the Asheville metro area actually added about 1,900 nonfarm jobs in May.
We all need friends, and public lands in Western North Carolina increasingly receive care in the form of “Friends” nonprofit groups. In an era of shrinking federal budgets for parks and forests, these organizations are stepping up to preserve and maintain public spaces.
The 60-day Give!Local campaign is over halfway completed. We are excited to have over 130 donors, with the average donation being $57. The largest donation was $1020. There will be one more Big Give Day on December 15, so if you wish to donate and be entered to win some great prizes, it is a […]
The grounds of Pack Square Park became an expo for healthful living on Sunday, Aug. 30, as the 14th annual Organicfest welcomed participants with a cornucopia of ideas, products and services for the organically oriented lifestyle. Organicfest occupied a large footprint, with vendors and festivities extending from Biltmore Avenue down to the stage at the […]