Asheville storm drain

Green in brief: WNC gets $100K toward charging stations, RiverLink seeks storm drain adoptions

The charging station program, funded by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality from part of the state’s allocation in the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal, partially defrays the cost of installing Level 2 infrastructure, which can recharge electric vehicles up to seven times as quickly as a standard 120-volt outlet.

Racetrack to rodeo: Taylor Earnhardt Putnam carries on family legacy in SRA finals

Putnam comes into this weekend’s Finals competition as the leading “All Around Cowgirl,” having scored more points in multiple categories than her competitors, in addition to being ranked fourth overall in barrel racing and ninth in breakaway roping. True to her family legacy, she has established herself as a top competitor in her chosen sport, translating her heritage of winning and love for speed from the asphalt to the cow-pen.

Blue Ridge Rollergirl­s season opener draws 2,000 to Ag Center

The first home bout of the 2012 season for the Blue Ridge Rollergirls, and the first in their new venue at the Western Carolina Ag Center, drew a capacity crowd of 2,000 fans and saw the team split a double header. The joy of victory is muted with the departure of ‘Sugar Magmalya,’ who has been a valued player through most of the history of the team. She is moving to Nashville soon.
(photo by Bill Rhodes)