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High Country ski resorts open for the season

November 26, 2013

(The Watauga Democrat)

Appalachian Ski Mountain plans to open Nov. 27 with nine of its 12 slopes and its ice skating rink ready for business. Sugar Mountain Resort has already opened five slopes, and Beech Mountain Resort plans to open Friday Nov. 29.

Western vineyards, wineries want to create wine trail

November 25, 2013

(Hendersonville Times-News)

A group of vineyards and wineries in Henderson and Polk counties is developing a wine trail for tourists and wine enthusiasts that will include the towns of Columbus, Flat Rock, Saluda and Tryon. Proponents are hopeful the scenic wine trail will encourage the growth of new restaurants and accomodations along its route.

Hotel group calls off deal for downtown Asheville property

November 25, 2013

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A Georgia-based hotel group notified Asheville city officials it will not move forward with plans to purchase a 0.8-acre site on Haywood St. where it had planned to build a 140-room hotel. McKibbon Hotel Group had planned to purchase the property for $2.3 million, but now says it will focus on its plans for a mixed-use development on the BB&T Building property. 

Bumper crop of apples expected in Henderson County

November 22, 2013

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Despite a labor shortage and heavier than usual rainfall, apple growers in Henderson County say this season's crops will be one of the largest in several years. According to a county official, growers are expected to harvest close to 3 million bushels.

Haywood hospital board agrees to Duke LifePoint sale

November 22, 2013

(Smoky Mountain News, Waynesville)

The Haywood Regional Medical Center board of directors voted unanimously to sell the hospital to Duke LifePoint Healthcare system following a public hearing last week where community leaders, hospital employees and others overwhelmingly supported the sale.

Asheville group urges Duke Energy to abandon coal for clean energy sources

November 21, 2013

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A petition drive sponsored by the Asheville Beyond Coal campaign displayed a 116-foot-long petition containing 1,000 names of people calling on Duke Energy to move toward more clean energy sources. The petition, along with a binder containing an additional 4,500 names of supporters, was presented to a representative from the Charlotte-based utility on Wednesday.

Banks, property owners uncertain about future of Seven Falls

November 18, 2013

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Henderson County will spend $6 million on roads, water and sewer infrastructure in the failed Seven Falls development in Etowah, but the future of the property is uncertain. Developer Keith Vinson is awaiting sentencing after being convicted last month on 13 counts of fraud, misapplication of bank funds and money laundering.

GE Aviation breaks ground on Asheville plant

November 15, 2013

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

GE Aviation held a ground-breaking Thursday for its new $125 million plant in Asheville where it will manufacture jet engine parts using an advanced lightweight material. The company expects to employ 340 workers there within five years. Asheville beat out 12 other states for the project, which was announced in June.

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.