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Ground-breaking held for Hendersonville health center

March 20, 2015

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Officials broke ground Thursday on a 98,000-square-foot health-sciences center in Hendersonville that is a partnership of local governments, Pardee Hospital, Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University. The center will house educational programs, a cancer center and surgical offices.

Western NC ski resorts wrap up successful season

March 20, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

After a slow start in December, western N.C. ski resorts benefited from low temperatures and gas prices over the last two months. "We couldn't be more pleased from January on," Rick Bussey, co-owner of Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Mars Hill, said.

Catawba Brewing to open 2nd Asheville tasting room

March 20, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville's 19th brewery is set to open by the end of March. Catawba Brewing will open its second Asheville location in the South Slope district on March 30; the Morganton-based beer-maker already has a tasting room in Biltmore Village. 

Buncombe County buys industrial site for $6.8M

March 19, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Buncombe County will spend $6.8 million to purchase a 137-acre site it hopes will lure an unnamed economic-development prospect. David Gantt, chairman of the board of commissioners, compared the scope of the project to "Project X," which refers to GE Aviation's local expansion which spurred competition among at least 12 states in 2013.

Buncombe commissioners to discuss economic-development project

March 17, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Buncombe County commissioners will meet in a closed session Tuesday to discuss an undisclosed economic-development issue. Following the meeting, the commissioners will begin a retreat to talk about zoning and land issues, economic development and the county's 2016 budget.

Plans for upscale apartment complex stirs controversy in Asheville

March 16, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Some community leaders are expressing reservations about a proposed 140-unit apartment complex in downtown Asheville. While the complex would help address a shortage of rental units downtown, opponents worry the market-based rents proposed by the developer will be unaffordable for many people who work there.

Yadkin Bank names Lippert director of IT

March 13, 2015

(The Elkin Tribune)

Raleigh-based Yadkin Bank named Robert Lippert director of information technology. Lippert was vice president of information technology for Winston-Salem-based Allegacy Federal Credit Union and previously served as director of retail systems for Mooresville-based Lowe's. He will be based in Elkin.

PEDS Legwear celebrates Hildebran plant opening

March 12, 2015

(The News Herald, Morganton)

Gov. Pat McCrory touted the state's "Carolina Comeback" in manufacturing at the ribbon cutting for PEDS Legwear's new $16 million sock-manufacturing plant in Hildebran. Formerly Richelieu Legwear, the Canada-based company last year invested $7 million in a failing sock company and plans to create more than 205 jobs by 2018. 

Sylva's Innovation Brewing involved in trademark dispute

March 11, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A small Sylva brewing company founded in 2013 is involved in a trademark dispute with Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Bell's Brewery. Bell's filed a federal action against Innovation Brewing, which only brews about 500 barrels a year, saying its name and slogan "bottling innovation since 1985" could be confused with Bell's "inspired brewing" slogan.

Western NC faces doctor shortage

March 10, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

All 16 counties in Western North Carolina have too few health care providers to meet the needs of the population, according to the Mountain Area Health Education Center. A 2015 survey revealed that only 3% of medical-school graduates said they planned to practice in rural areas.

Sierra Nevada opens restaurant, taproom

March 10, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Sierra Nevada will open its new restaurant and taproom Tuesday in Mills River. Adjacent to its Henderson County brewery, the restaurant will seat more than 400 people. Outdoor dining will be available later this year, along with a music hall and amphitheater.

Asheville could ban electronic cigarettes

March 10, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on banning the use of electronic cigarettes on buses, in parks and in other local government buildings. If the ban is approved, violators could be fined $50.

Mission Hospital asks patients to go elsewhere

March 9, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Mission Hospital said Friday it was at capacity and asked patients – other than the critically ill – to seek medical care at primary-care physicians' offices or urgent cares if possible. The Asheville-based health system extended office hours at several primary-care locations to handle the large number of patients.

Furniture supplier eyes Morganton for 70 jobs

March 4, 2015

(The News Herald, Morganton)

City council members approved incentives for American Hospitality Furniture to bring about 70 jobs to Morganton. The company, which supplies custom furniture for hotels, would renovate and occupy a former Drexel Heritage plant and eventually could employ up to 150 people. The city will apply for a $212,500 Building Reuse and Redevelopment Grant from the state Commerce department and agreed to a 5% local match if the grant is approved.

Sierra Nevada boosts beer tourism in Western NC

March 2, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The opening of Sierra Nevada's Mills River brewery has led to increased beer tourism in the Asheville area. A brewery spokesman said there's a two-day wait for weekday tours and a monthlong wait for weekends. Other breweries in the area have reported an uptick in visitors as well.

Tanks arriving in March at New Belgium's Asheville brewery

February 27, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

New Belgium expects to receive a large shipment that includes 24 fermentation vessels and 6 tanks at its West Asheville brewery site in March. The $140 million brewery, which will be large enough to brew 500,000 barrels of beer, is expected to open by year-end.

Asheville restaurant workers look to improve work environment

February 26, 2015

(Mountain Xpress, Asheville)

Restaurant workers in Asheville want to improve working conditions in the area's booming hospitality industry. A group of workers voiced concern about having no sick days, being expected to work off the clock and being required to share tips illegally.

German manufacturer bringing 138 jobs to Mills River

February 25, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

German manufacturer Raumedic will build its first U.S. plant in Henderson County, creating 138 jobs and investing $26.3 million over five years. The company makes polymer components such as tubing and catheters for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. The new jobs will pay an average annual salary of more than $55,000.

Appalachia report shows progress, deficiencies

February 24, 2015

(News & Record, Greensboro)

A new report shows poverty rates in the Appalachian region have fallen by about half since 1965, when the Appalachian Regional Commission was established to help the 420 counties in the 13-state region. The study says the region still lags behind the rest of the country in several important measures.

 

Brevard College sheds investments in fossil fuels

February 24, 2015

(The Transylvania Times)

The Board of Trustees of Brevard College voted Friday to divest all of the school's endowments in fossil fuels and will reinvest the money into more environmentally friendly funds. The move was mostly symbolic, as only about $600,000 of the school's $25 million endowment is tied up in fossil fuels.