Clear Creek Elementary and Etowah Elementary Named Title I Reward Schools


Clear Creek Elementary and Etowah Elementary have been named Title I Reward Schools for the 2014-15 school year. Continue reading

The 2014 Golden Retriever Nationals


The 2014 Golden Retriever Nationals takes place from October 24th to November 1st in Western North Carolina. Continue reading

Local Farms Offer Plenty of Family Activities this Fall


From pumpkin patches and hayrides to apple picking and corn mazes, agritourism farms across the state are offering a bounty of fall fun for the whole family. Continue reading

Jazz Ensembles Present Fall Concert on October 30th


The Brevard College Jazz Ensembles will present a fall concert on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Porter Center. Continue reading

Bearfootin’ Public Art Auction

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If you’ve been eyeing one of the fabulous additions to the Bearfootin’ Art catalogue as they’ve spent their summer in downtown, now is your chance to take it home! Continue reading

Invoice Scam Targets Schools


Crooks are using phony invoices to try to trick schools into paying for supplies they never ordered or received. Schools SCAMaround the country, including one in North Carolina, have reported the scam. Continue reading

A Halloween Hootenanny with Kindred Spirits


On Wednesday, October 29th at the Mills River Library, 3:00 p.m. and at the Main Library in Hendersonville at 6:30 p.m., it’s back to the 60s for a Halloween Hootenanny with Kindred Spirits! Continue reading

Early Detection Saves Lives


The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. We want people to know that a yearly checkup can save your life! Continue reading

Make Faster Work of Leaf Removal


Raking leaves can be fun . . . for about 10 minutes, perhaps a bit longer for kids whose sole job is to jump into the piles their parents are making. Continue reading

Hendersonville Elementary Students Learn About Trees


The students at Hendersonville Elementary joined the Hendersonville Tree Board in a community effort planting trees along Bearcat Loop (from U.S. 64 West). Continue reading

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Color Report


It’s the middle of October and the mountain foliage is making the striking transitions to the color that brings so much attention here in the fall. Continue reading

Halloween Safety Tips


Healthy and Halloween are two words that do not usually go together. Halloween eating is usually about sugar-filled candy and how many sweets can fit into a pumpkin-shaped bucket. Continue reading

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


Flat Rock Playhouse presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum through October 26th. Continue reading

Hillandale Elementary Teacher Rebekah Pace Wins NC Bright Ideas Grant


Rebekah Pace, a first grade teacher at Hillandale Elementary, was awarded a North Carolina Bright Ideas grant through North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, which funds education grants to North Carolina teachers across the state. Continue reading

Get Local Gets in the Fall Spirit, Celebrates Apples This October


Local apples are at the core of our region’s agricultural economy. So what a better way to celebrate fall in the Southern Appalachians than with local apples? Continue reading

USDA Funds New Residence Hall at Brevard College

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Brevard College received a $6.38 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build a new residence hall. Continue reading

How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight


Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. There are many different ways to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Continue reading

State officials Announce New Drinking Water Awards Program


An environmental partnership has launched a program to recognize activities that protect sources of public drinking water in North Carolina. Continue reading

Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina


Fall is a great time to visit the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in western North Carolina to view leaves adorned in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Continue reading

Autumn Tips to Help Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy


Autumn often requires us to make changes in our lifestyle or routine due to weather, school activities, and upcoming holidays. Create habits to help you and your children stay healthy and safe throughout your lives. Continue reading

Atkinson Elementary Students Win Five Out of the Top Six In Poster Contest

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Students at Atkinson Elementary submitted artwork for the Careers in Agriculture 4-H Poster Contest. Continue reading

NC DHHS Reports First Flu Death of the Season


The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s first flu death for the 2014-2015 flu season. An elementary school-aged child in the Triangle region of the State died last week because of complications from an influenza infection. Continue reading

Tips for Eating Right

Small steps can help your family get on the road to maintaining a healthy weight. Choose a different tip each week for you and your family to try. Continue reading

The Haunted Farm Now Open


Located in Hendersonville, the Haunted Farm is the scariest halloween attraction in Western North Carolina. Continue reading

Registrations Still Available for Drive Fore! a Cause


Join fellow Flat Rock Playhouse patrons and talented golfers for an amazing day on a Gary Player Signature Designed Course, The Cliffs at Mountain Park, while supporting the valuable mission and programs of Flat Rock Playhouse and YouTheatre. Continue reading

Christmas at Biltmore


Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday vacation destinations, Christmas at Biltmore daytime tours begin on Nov. 7, 2014, and will run through Jan. 11, 2015. Continue reading

Music Majors Perform With Asheville Lyric Opera


Several Brevard College music majors performed alongside nationally renowned singers for the Asheville Lyric Opera’s fall production of Die Fledermaus, presented at the Diana Wortham Theater. Continue reading

The Importance of Streams


Streams, headwaters and streams that flow only part of the year provide many upstream and downstream benefits. They protect against floods, filter pollutants, recycle potentially-harmful nutrients, and provide food and habitat for many types of fish. Continue reading

Garden Chores for October


This is a good time to core aerate compacted soils. If you have reseeded the lawn, it will be important to keep the tree leaves from accumulating. Continue reading

West High Senior William Hinchliffe Accepted Into U.S. Army All-American Marching Band


West Henderson High trombone player William Hinchliffe has been accepted into the U. S. Army All-American Marching Band. Continue reading

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips


Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter. Continue reading

Have Your Say About the Future of the Nanthala-Pisgah National Forests


The Forest Service will hold the next round of public meetings this October and November to share information about the proposed Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Plan. Continue reading

N.C. Museum of History Accepting Entries for Film Festival


The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is accepting entries for its inaugural Longleaf Film Festival to be held Saturday, May 2, 2015. Continue reading

Biltmore Begins Construction Planning on Estate’s Second Hotel


The Biltmore Company, which operates the National Historic Landmark Biltmore House, has begun construction planning for Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, the company’s second lodging property on the estate. Continue reading

The Origins of Halloween


Each year on October 31st, as the ghosts and goblins of Halloween parade the streets and doorsteps of our neighborhoods, we re-enact remnants of ancient folk customs that pay homage to departed ancestors as well as to the souls of our loved ones … Continue reading

29th Antique Engine and Tractor Show


The 29th Antique Engine and Tractor Show features antique tractors, hit n’ miss engines of all sizes, tractor pulls and lots of vendors selling parts. Continue reading

Why Do Leaves Change Color?


While you were playing in the hot sun during summer the trees on the streets, in the parks, and in the forests were working hard to keep you cool. Continue reading

ASAP’s 2014 Farm to School Conference


Farm to school programming connects classrooms, the cafeteria, and the community—helping children develop healthy relationships with food and enriching the overall educational experience for children and adults alike. Continue reading

Can You Eat Your Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin?


It’s fall and thoughts turn to pumpkin pie and to Halloween jack-o-lanterns. But, can you use a pumpkin for BOTH a jack-o-lantern AND for eating? Continue reading

Peak-season Soil Fee Period Announced for 2014-2015


Growers and home gardeners or landscapers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Lab by Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. to avoid upcoming peak-season fees. Continue reading

Weathering the Storms: Improving North Carolina’s Ability to Respond

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Sixty years ago, the United States was on the verge of entering the conflict in Vietnam. Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio. Godzilla premiered in Tokyo. And North Carolina experienced one of the worst weather-related disasters in its history. Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Tips for Renters and Homeowners


Renting housing from a landlord or even owning a home can be an expensive ordeal. And without taking energy efficiency precautions, your utility bills can make paying rent or a mortgage even worse. Continue reading

Leaf-peeping and Wine Go Together at Biltmore this Fall


A mix of colorful outdoor beauty, wine appreciation and sumptuous culinary offerings populate Biltmore’s fall calendar, starting in September. Continue reading

Beekeeping Tips for Beginners


Two bee colonies are the ideal number for a beginning apiarist. Expand in a couple of years after your experience and confidence grow. Continue reading

“Downton Abbey” Costumes on View at Biltmore through May 2015


Biltmore’s exhibition “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” will continue to be on display through May 25, 2015. Continue reading

Seen a Wild Turkey? Wildlife Commission Wants to Know


The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public assistance in reporting observations of wild turkeys this summer. Continue reading

What Is Smart911?


Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Continue reading

N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Provides Grants to 14 Local Governments


State officials announced the award of $4.4 million in grants from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to 14 local governments for parks and recreation projects. Continue reading

Giving Blood Saves Lives

Give the gift of life – Donate blood!  The nation’s blood banks are asking for immediate blood donations to boost already low blood supplies. Continue reading

Prevent Lead Poisoning

There are ten simple steps can help you save children from environmental hazards around the home. Continue reading