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Watauga County bridge dedicated to fallen officer

March 26, 2014

(The Watauga Democrat)

The U.S. Highway 421 bridge over the South Fork New River near Boone was dedicated to the late William Mast Jr., a Watauga County Sheriff's deputy who was killed while on duty in July 2012. 

Tupelo Honey Cafe to open eighth restaurant in Atlanta

March 21, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville's Tupelo Honey Cafe will open a new location in Atlanta by fall 2015. It will be the company's eighth restaurant; others are in Asheville, Charlotte, Greenville S.C., and Tennessee. The first Tupelo Honey opened in downtown Asheville in 2000.

Everts named new chancellor at Appalachian State

March 20, 2014

(The Watauga Democrat)

Sheri Noren Everts will become the seventh chancellor of Appalachian State University July 1, succeeding Ken Peacock. Everts has been provost of Illinois State University since 2008.

Steel-related company to build plant in McDowell County

March 20, 2014

(The McDowell News)

A new company that will produce a protective application for steel products will build an 8,000-square-foot plant near Old Fort in McDowell County and create 30 jobs. XO.STEEL LLC will invest $350,000 over three years in the plant, which could expand to more than 24,000 square feet. 

New Belgium to break ground on Asheville brewery in May

March 14, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium Brewing will break ground on its Asheville brewery May 1-2, but the main construction on the project won't begin until 2015. The 133,000-square-foot brewery and a new Enka distribution center will employ up to 140 people.

Heritage Home Group lays off workers at Broyhill plant in Lenior

March 10, 2014

(Lenoir News-Topic)

Though Heritage Home Group won't disclose details, a former employee at its Broyhill Furniture plant in Lenoir said about 20 employees, mostly upholsterers, were laid off due to slow business.

Asheville's first craft brewery planning to expand

March 7, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Highland Brewing Co. is planning a major expansion that will increase the Asheville brewer's production by more than 50%. Highland is considering issuing industrial development bonds to fund the project, which would boost production from 38,000 to between 60,000 and 65,000 barrels of beer annually.

Hendersonville must decide on future for hosiery mill property

March 7, 2014

(Hendersonville Times-News)

A tax credit for potential developers of the Grey Hosiery Mill property in Hendersonville will expire later this year, forcing city council members to make a decision on the future of the historic property.

State Sen. Martin Nesbitt dies after brief battle with cancer

March 7, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State Sen. Martin Nesbitt of Asheville died Thursday, just 10 days after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. Nesbitt, who was 67, served 11 terms in the N.C. House of Representatives and five terms in the Senate.

Bag manufacturer to create 50 jobs in Forest City

March 6, 2014

(The Shelby Star)

Portland, Ore.-based Bonita Manufacturing Products will open a plant in Rutherford County and create 50 jobs. The packaging-products manufacturer will invest $2.8 million in the plant where it will make and distribute twisted-paper handles for shopping and gift bags.

HomeTrust Bancshares to acquire Charlotte-based Bank of Commerce

March 5, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Asheville-based HomeTrust Bancshares Inc. will acquire Bank of Commerce in a $10 million deal which, along with a pending acquisition of Tennessee-based Jefferson Bancshares Inc., will increase HomeTrust's assets to $2.2 billion.

Allegiant to begin nonstop service from Asheville to Palm Beach, Fla.

March 5, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Allegiant Air will begin nonstop flights from Asheville to Palm Beach, Fla. beginning in May. Las Vegas-based Allegiant has added nonstop flights to Florida destinations including Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers over the past several years.

Buncombe commissioners approve funding for Moogfest

March 5, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved a request to give $90,000 to Moogfest, the annual electronic music festival to be held in April that will expand this year to include a technology expo. Festival organizers expect a $30 million economic impact from the five-day event.

National parks made $2 billion impact on Western NC in 2012

March 4, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A National Park Service study shows that visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Carl Sandburg Home and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Western N.C. supported 23,201 jobs in 2012 and made a $2 billion economic impact on the region.

Biltmore tops list of NC tourist attractions

March 4, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Matthews-based Carolina Publishing Associates ranked Biltmore Estate in Asheville as the state's most visited attraction in 2013, ahead of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.

Kearfott to expand Buncombe County manufacturing plant

March 3, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Kearfott Corp. will add 75 jobs and invest $11.8 million over three years in an expansion of its Black Mountain plant. The New Jersey-based company makes navigation systems for drones and other military equipment.

Cherokee County businesses preparing for arrival of new casino

March 3, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Small-business owners in Cherokee County are hopeful the new Harrah's casino and hotel, scheduled to open next year, will be good for business, but they are equally concerned the project will attract more national chains to the area. Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel will invest $110 million in the county, and expects to hire 900 full-time workers.

California HVAC manufacturer to open Rutherford County plant

February 28, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

California-based Team Air Inc. will open a manufacturing plant in Rutherford County and will create 70 jobs there. The company is investing $4.2 million over the next three years at the plant, which will make custom HVAC products for commercial and industrial customers.

Festival organizers use studies to predict economic impact

February 27, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Organizers of festivals and cultural events such as the upcoming Moogfest in Asheville are commissioning economic impact studies in order to secure government and private funding and to provide a benchmark for determining whether or not an event is successful.

Duke studies impact of Cherokee casino funds on families

February 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

In a study of members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Duke University researchers concluded that cash supplements from casino profits can improve the lives of children. The study followed 1,400 people in Western N.C., including 350 Cherokees tribe members.