As of March 31, there were 2,386 kids in foster care in the 28 western counties. While innovative agencies and evolving state standards are making strides in streamlining the system and reuniting families, the available resources can’t keep up with the growing numbers of children needing foster care.
Western North Carolina is now home to a growing number of craft distillers making legal moonshine. Blending traditional recipes with new technology and methods, these pioneers are bringing Appalachia’s most fabled and misunderstood product into the 21st century, changing cultural perceptions even as they adapt to shifting economic realities.
A poll by Thrillist online magazine, which has previously named Asheville one of America’s most hipster cities and one of America’s best drinking cities — among others, has named Craggy Gardens, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina’s most beautiful place.
Amid escalating use and abuse of opioids nationwide, the number of local narcotics-related overdoses has increased rapidly in recent years. The drug naloxone can temporarily suspend those drugs’ effects, and the Asheville metropolitan area leads the state in confirmed cases of opioid overdose reversal, according to the N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition.
“If passed, the TPP would affect North Carolina and every other state in our country at the local, regional and state level.”
Identifying the challenges facing the Future I-26 project is fairly straightforward; implementing the needed improvements is more complicated. So how does an ordinary highway become an interstate? And when might the stretch north of downtown Asheville make the interstate grade?
In some respects, the sound recalls the musician’s early records as Portastatic, his longtime side-project away from Superchunk. That outfit saw him experimenting with four-track home recordings that made ample use of keyboards and drum machines.
North Carolina could conceivably be one of the next states to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes, according to a report by higherperspective.com.
The 1.5 million children enrolled in North Carolina’s public schools this year will not be the only ones receiving grades soon. State officials plan to release a performance-based, letter-graded report card for each school, starting Feb. 5, and for some education leaders in the Asheville area, anticipation is high. Chip Craig, vice chairman of the […]
According to a study from the The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the Budget & Tax Center, North Carolinians with the lowest income pay more than 40 percent more in taxes (as a percent of their income) compared to the state’s wealthiest residents. The ITEP even calls the state and local tax system “unfair,” […]
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for multiple Western North Carolina counties Wednesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 8. “Wednesday, cold wave likely,” reads a passage from the NWS’s report. “An arctic airmass will settle Southward across the region starting Wednesday and persist into Friday. Temperatures will likely run 10 to […]
In a Civitas “flash” poll of 300 Buncombe County residents Oct. 3-6, Rep. Nathan Ramsey trailed Democratic challenger John Ager by 13 points.
There wasn’t much tension between Nathan Ramsey and John Ager at the Council of Independent Business Owners’s early-morning debate, Friday, Aug. 29 perhaps because of a personal history. “John’s my neighbor,” said Ramsey. “I’ve known John since I was probably about two years old.” Not only are the two candidates personal acquaintances, both grew up in the […]
The Asheville Police Department estimated 3,500 people crowded into Pack Square Park at 5 p.m. on Monday, carrying signs expressing outrage against a number of local and state issues: women’s health, education, environment, water, equality and voting rights, among others.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation held a Feb. 11 open house at A-B Tech’s Enka campus to encourage public input and conversation and to discuss some of the projects queued for Western North Carolina counties.
The number of registered voters in North Carolina has increased since 2008 — but more of them are unaffiliated, with both the Republican and Democrat parties seeing losses, a study by the nonprofit Democracy North Carolina concludes. The number of registered Democrats is down significantly.
A partnership of local nonprofits has teamed up to create the Western North Carolina Vote Tracker.
The weekly protests that have condemned decisions made by the North Carolina General Assembly for almost three months at the state capital continue today with the arrival of the Moral Monday movement in Asheville. These are the tweets, photos and videos from before, during and after the Mountain Moral Monday event. (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @PlantyHamchuk)
Neither politics nor changes to state health regulations influenced either the timing of the recent survey of FemCare or the loss of the Asheville abortion clinic’s medical license, according to statements from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
After a routine survey of Asheville abortion clinic FemCare revealed multiple violations, the state Department of Health and Human Services suspended the medical license of the only clinic in the state that would currently meet the new requirements of an abortion bill signed into law earlier this week.
After serving as State Health Director and Director of the Division of Public Health for 18 months, Dr. Laura Gerald has resigned from her position effective immediately, according to a statement from Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Aldona Wos. No reason for Gerald’s resignation has been given at this time.