Hillcrest Apartments get an organic boost from GreenWorks

(Mountain XPress) Asheville GreenWorks partnered up April 11 with volunteers to transform an empty green lot at Hillcrest Apartments into an orchard. GreenWorks received a grant to plant its sixth community orchard at Hillcrest, with 24 ball-and-burlap apple trees and 36 blueberries. The goal is to promote better access to food, greenspace, shade, community pride and jobs.

See a full photo essay on the day HERE>

RiverLink to host North Fork tours

(Photo courtesy of RiverLink.)

(Photo courtesy of RiverLink.)

(Staff Reports) Join RiverLink for a tour of the North Fork Reservoir, and discover the process by which our water is treated and distributed. The tour will last about two hours and will address watershed dynamics, filtration and chlorination, water quality testing, distribution and control operations.

They have two available tour dates: Tuesday April 7th and Tuesday April 14th. 
There will be a carpooling meet-up location at 1:30pm and the tour will start at 2pm.
If you are interested in attending one of these tours please email their education coordinator, Alex Guyton at education@riverlink.org or call (828) 252-8474 x.18 to sign-up. Spaces are limited and fill up quick!
For more information about RiverLink, click HERE>

WNC Home, Garden and Green Living Show This Weekend in Downtown Asheville

The WNC Home, Garden and Green Living Show will feature products and services for the home, garden and an eco-friendly lifestyle. Asheville home builders will display the latest in home construction techniques, materials, products, green building and more. Companies will be exhibiting home furnishings, eco-friendly transportation, lawn and garden equipment, landscaping, clean energy products, pools and spas, home financing, health & wellness, educational institutions, appliances, home security and entertainment, decorating ideas, decks and patios, sporting goods, heating and cooling equipment, pet products, green businesses, home repair and renovation, and much more.

Various Hosts from Independent Asheville Radio will be on hand for ‘elevator pitch’ recordings and conversations all weekend. Stop by our remote broadcast booth!

Learn more about the event HERE>

Get in Gear Fest celebrates WNC’s outdoors

(Asheville Citizen-Times) The outdoors scene is blowing up across the mountains and the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina is happy to be igniting part of the blast. The family-friendly festival will feature product demos, gear clinics, beer from local breweries, raffles and the opportunity to try out things you might never have done before, from a sling shot range to a pump track to a “squeeze box.” A portion of proceeds from beer sales will benefit RiverLink, a nonprofit that works to revitalize the French Broad River.

Read the full story HERE>

PROGRAM NOTE: Our very own Dale Stewart and Matt Mittan will be at the event recording syndicated broadcasts. Stop by and say hello!

Storm dumps heavy snow on Asheville area; ice threat remains

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Heavy snow that brought many government offices and businesses to a standstill Thursday had the potential to create havoc for travelers on the roads — except for one thing.

Many people apparently heeded officials’ advice and stayed home, law enforcement officers said.

But officials were advising motorists not to let their guard down on the highways Friday morning because of the potential for black ice, particularly on secondary roads.

“That’s going to be a threat tomorrow (Friday) morning,” National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Horne said.

Read the full story HERE>

Here comes more housing: 45-lot Craggy Park receives zoning approval

(Mountain XPress) A 45-lot subdivision that had a contentious public hearing over traffic congestion and density received zoning approval at the Feb. 24 Asheville City Council meeting.

The Craggy Park subdivision will be located in two phases in the Falconhurst neighborhood in West Asheville, at 95 Craggy Ave. Council voted 6-1 to approve the conditional zoning, with Council member Cecil Bothwell returning the only no vote.

The 8.58-acre wooded site has a few homes on the property currently, and a stream running through the center. David Tuch of Equinox Environmental reported that his firm’s goal is to help make the development environmentally friendly.

Read the full story HERE>

Suspect in Biltmore Village shootings surrenders

(Asheville Citizen-Times) A man wanted in connection with a double shooting in Biltmore Village surrendered to authorities Wednesday afternoon. Bryant DeAngelo Sanders, 21, turned himself in at the Buncombe County Courthouse, Asheville police Sgt. Dave Romick said.

Warrants against Sanders included two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and two counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property inflicting serious injury.

The victims and the suspect were involved in some sort of altercation right before the shots were fired, Lamb said.

According to Lamb’s account, “Multiple witnesses reported seeing a burgundy sedan pull alongside the victims’ vehicle, which was stopped in traffic in front of 10 Brook Street. Then the suspect fired into the car.”

The victims managed to drive their car to a parking lot at nearby Rezaz restaurant, 28 Hendersonville Road.

Read the full report HERE>

State task force recommends ending end-of-grade testing

(Winston-Salem Journal) North Carolina students could face fewer tests as early as next year. A state task force reviewing how and how often North Carolina public school students are tested is recommending a drastic reduction in the number of state-mandated exams. A.L. “Buddy” Collins, vice chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education, said the recommendations are still in the early stages but that the group’s first draft proposal calls for massive changes in how the state tests and calls for cutting out nearly all end-of-grade and end-of-course exams. “I don’t think anyone thinks we’re testing too little in North Carolina,” Collins said. “Everybody thinks we’re testing too much. It’s about how to accomplish the many different goals (that tests) are trying to achieve.”

Read the full story HERE>


Elderly, families struggle with when to stop driving

(Asheville Citizen-Times) A spate of recent wrecks involving older drivers, including two fatalities in Transylvania County, underscores the seriousness of the issue, with some critics asserting the elderly should be tested more often or face more stringent standards than younger drivers as their reflexes, vision and mental acuity decline. The matter will only garner more attention in the mountains, a region with a high percentage of retirees and older residents. They accounted for nearly 43,400 of Buncombe’s 248,000 residents in 2013. By 2033, projections put the number of residents age 65 and older at 73,400, a 69 percent increase, and comprising almost a third of the county’s projected population, according to the Buncombe County Council on Aging.

Read the full story HERE>

Asheville Sunday bus service gets rolling with nine routes

(Mountain XPress) Asheville’s transit system (“ART”) now has Sunday service. Buses rolled out of the Coxe Ave. downtown station at 8 a.m. today, providing 67 hours of Sunday service on nine of the city’s 17 routes. The Sunday route is expected to increase ridership by 85,000 per year. The 2012 transit master plan initiative was the genesis of the Asheville Redefines Transit moniker. Its purpose was to increase ridership and make public transit accessible to more people in the city. “I’m happy to say today that redefining takes another step today with Sunday service,” said Julie Mayfield, chair of the city’s Transit Committee. The ART system provides 120,000 rides monthly, with Sunday service boosting the total by 7,000. Funding came from $112,000 of the general fund, approved by Asheville’s City Council in October, to match a federal one year Job Access and Reverse Commute grant. “Cost was our number one hurdle in this,” said Asheville Transit Projects Coordinator Yuri Koslen. He said since it’s a one year grant, future funding will be a challenge, but if the extra day of service is a success, funding will come.

Read the story HERE>


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