CEO of Asheville's Mountain BizWorks steps down

November 14, 2013

(The Asheville Citizen-Times)

Shaw Canale, chief operating officer of non-profit Mountain BizWorks, has resigned. Canale will continue to work as a consultant for the 25-year-old agency, which provides loans to startups and small businesses.

Western Piedmont Community College president to retire after 40 years of service

November 13, 2013

(The Morganton News Herald)

Jim Burnett announced he will retire as president of Western Piedmont Community College effective July 31, 2014. He first joined the staff in 1973 as the coordinator for veteran's affairs and has served as president since 2006.

Asheville's Haywood Road corridor evolving

November 11, 2013

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The business community in the Haywood Road area of West Asheville is growing as more locally-owned businesses are opening there. The city of Asheville is already planning to create sidewalks and bike lanes in response to the arrival of New Belgium Brewery, which will begin primary construction in May and plans to open in 2015. 

MedWest hospitals could be sold to Duke LifePoint

November 8, 2013

(Smoky Mountain News, Waynesville)

MedWest hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties may be sold to Duke LifePoint Healthcare next spring, pending futher negotiations. Asheville-based Mission Hospital had made an earlier bid for two of the hospitals, but said regulatory concerns would prevent it from partnering with Haywood.

Former Wake school board member Debra Goldman back in local politics

November 7, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Former Wake County school board member Debra Goldman, who ran into controversy when she voted against GOP colleagues on a student assignment plan, was elected to the Ronda town commission in Wilkes County on a write-in vote.

Asheville's BB&T building to house upscale hotel

November 7, 2013

(The Asheville Citizen-Times)

The 17-story BB&T building in downtown Asheville has been sold for $7.5 million. MHG-Tower LLC, a Georgia-based partnership between Tower Associates and the McKibbon Hotel Group, plans to renovate the building and include an upscale hotel in part of the structure.

Western NC election results

November 6, 2013

(The Asheville Citizen-Times)

Esther Manheimer has been elected mayor of Asheville. Results from other Western North Carolina counties and towns are reported.


Asheville roofing company grew through recession, plans to double staff over four years

November 4, 2013

(The Asheville Citizen-Times)

Employee-owned North American Roofing,  which has been based in Asheville for the past 20 years, has become the nation's third largest commercial roofer by shifting its focus from new construction to roof repairs and replacement and increasing communication among its staff.

Asheville developer reveals plans for 14-story hotel

November 1, 2013

(The Asheville Citizen-Times)

A developer unveiled plans for a 14-story Cambria Suites hotel proposed for downtown Asheville. Tony Fraga, with Asheville-based FIRC group, said he hopes to break ground next spring on the 110,000-square-foot hotel and which could open by summer 2015.

Henderson County apple festival spending totals $12.5 million

October 29, 2013

(Hendersonville Times-News)

A study by an Asheville research consultancy found that the North Carolina Apple Festival, held Labor Day weekend in Hendersonville, generated $12.5 million in visitor spending. Attendance was estimated at 250,000 for the four-day festival, with 74 percent of attendees coming from outside of Henderson County.

Asheville land trust purchases 250 acres in Western NC

October 29, 2013

(The Asheville Citizen-Times)

An Asheville-based land trust has purchased 250 acres in the Plott Balsam Mountains, a scenic property visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway which was once slated for development. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy bought the land, which adjoins other conservation lands, for just over $569,000 with private donor funds.

Rutherfordton manufacturer will expand, add 76 jobs

October 29, 2013

(The Shelby Star)

Trelleborg Coated Systems US Inc. said last week it will expand its manufacturing operations in Rutherford County, investing $10.6 million over four years and creating 76 jobs. The company, a division of Italy-based Trelleborg Group, makes polymer-coated fabrics for industrial applications such as life rafts and aircraft evacuation slides.

Western NC farmers plant first barley crops to supply regional breweries

October 25, 2013

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Western North Carolina farmers are trying out a new crop in response to the region's growing craft beer industry: barley. If successful, growing the barley locally will save brewers transportation costs and minimize polllution. The grain, which is usually grown in cooler climates farther to the north, is processed into malt used by breweries in the beer-making process.

President of A-B Tech leaving effective Jan. 1

October 25, 2013

(The Asheville Citizen-Times)

Hank Dunn is stepping down as president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, a position he has held since March 2010, effective Jan. 1. The reason for his departure was not immediately disclosed.

Buncombe precinct chair resigns after "Daily Show" appearance

October 25, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Don Yelton, member of the N.C. Republican Party and Buncombe County precinct chair, resigned that position yesterday following an appearance in a recorded segment on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." The state GOP found Mr. Yelton's racially charged comments in the five-minute segment, which focused on North Carolina's new election law, to be "completely inappropriate and highly offensive" and called for his resignation. 

New Belgium will resume construction on Asheville brewery

October 24, 2013

(The Asheville Citizen-Times)

New Belgium Brewing, which halted construction of its Asheville brewery in May, announced it will resume site preparation in November and hopes to begin primary construction in May 2014. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based company now expects to open its expansion brewery in 2015.

Boone businessman reactivates Citizens for Change PAC

October 23, 2013

(The Watauga Democrat)

A local business owner is reviving Citizens for Change, a political action committee he formed in 2006 in response to building regulations enacted by the Boone Town Council. Jeff Templeton, who owns a  Christian travel agency, reactivated the committee which has been inactive since 2009, to promote candidates it supports for the 2013 Boone municipal elections.

Hudson furniture-parts maker experiences 300 percent growth in 2013

October 22, 2013

(News-Topic, Lenoir)

Timber Wolf Forest Products, which once manufactured furniture components for a small group of large furntiture companies including Thomasville, Broyhill and Bernhardt, found that by diversifying its offerings and launching a new website and print catalog the company was able to double its sales from 2011 to 2012, and has grown 300 percent this year, according to owner Randy Roper.

Florida developer's mixed-use project plan for Boone moves forward

October 22, 2013

(The Watuaga Democrat)

The Boone Town Council approved water allocation for Coral Gables, Fla.-based Cornerstone Campus Communities' proposed apartment and retail project on the site of the former Shadowline plant. An earlier request was denied due to concerns about the size of the project and the number of student-oriented units, but was approved last week when the company presented a new site plan for the project.

Western NC fish hatchery expands, plans tours to educate visitors on aquaculture

October 21, 2013

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Waynesville's Sunburst Trout Farm will open a second 12,000 square-foot center it plans to use for advancement in fish processing technology and also as a center for agritourism to teach people about aquaculture.