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News Stories for Friday Jan. 26, 2007.


UNC Asheville Continues Philosophy Lecture Series February 6
John Henderson, a member of the Institute for Applied Philosophy, will continue UNC Asheville’s annual philosophy lecture series. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at UNC Asheville’s Kellogg Center, 11 Broyles Rd., Hendersonville. An open discussion will follow his talk. The talk is open to the public. A $5 donation will be suggested at the door.
The program is part of a year-long, nine-part series co-sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Philosophy Department and the Institute for Applied Philosophy. The series, “Great Quotes,” is designed to foster discussion of philosophically significant issues surrounding well-known quotations.
For driving directions, call the Kellogg Center at 828/890-2821. For more information about the series, call the Institute for Applied Philosophy at 828/891-5068.
Media Contacts:
Dr. Gordon Wilson, UNC Asheville Philosophy Professor, 828/251-6349
Jill Yarnall, UNC Asheville Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526

Almost 200 Atrium owners join injunction against Festiva Resorts
The Daily Herald - St. Maarten News
PHILIPSBURG--Almost 200 owners of timeshare units at Atrium Beach Resort in Simpson Bay have joined the injunction filed in the Court of First Instance in December against Festiva Resorts, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, and Atrium for what they consider an illegal increase of maintenance fees and assessments.

NASCAR Hall of Fame gets off to historic start
Fans, though, said they see something that'll last for years and cement Charlotte's status as the hub of motorsports. David Buchner, a 43-year-old stock trader, drove from Asheville with his 5-year-old son, Bradley.
"I wanted to just be part of the history of the hall of fame, to see something he'll spend the rest of his life coming to," said Buchner, whose son wore a tiny Jeff Gordon jacket. "It'll be fun, like Disney World for NASCAR fans."

UNC Asheville Celebrates Black History Month with a Variety of Programs
UNC Asheville will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a host of special events. Among the highlights will be a keynote address by acclaimed North Carolina author Timothy B. Tyson and a performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir.
North Carolina author and historian Timothy B. Tyson will discuss “Blood Done Sign My Name: An Unflinching Examination of the Civil Rights Struggle in the South” at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. This Black History Month keynote address program will also feature comments by Tyson’s father, Rev. Vernon Tyson, and a performance by noted gospel singer Mary Williams. A book signing and reception will immediately follow Tyson’s talk. Tickets are $5 at the door or free to local students.
Social activist Kemba Smith will share her personal story at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in UNC Asheville’s Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. Smith, who grew up in an affluent family, went to college at a prestigious university. While there, she fell in love with an abusive drug dealer. After a turbulent four-year relationship with this man, Smith was indicted by federal authorities on drug charges. Because of stiff mandatory drug laws, Smith, a first-time, non-violent offender, received a 24-year sentence without parole. In 2000, President Clinton granted Smith clemency and two years later she earned her bachelor’s degree.
UNC Asheville will host a dialogue between community leaders and community members at a daylong conference on “The State of Black Asheville” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Alumni Hall. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary lunch. Space is limited and registration is required. Sessions on education, health care, law enforcement and housing will be lead by local experts. Education panelists include Gene Bell, Asheville City School Board member; Dolly Jenkins-Mullen, Asheville City School Board member and chair of UNC Asheville’s Political Science Department; Robert Logan, Asheville City Schools superintendent; and Al Whitesides, Asheville City School Board member. Panelists discussing health care will include physician Dr. Charles Blair; Jim Pitts, UNC Asheville sociology professor; Marsha Stickford, Buncombe County Health Department Board chair; and Sharon West, executive director of the Institute of Parity Achievement of Asheville-Buncombe County. Law enforcement panelists will feature Theodis Beck, secretary for the North Carolina Department of Correction; Buncombe County Sherriff Van Duncan; Asheville Police Chief Bill Hogan; and Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower. Leading the discussion on housing will be Gene Bell, Asheville Housing Authority director; local activist Isaac Coleman; and Scott Dedman, Mountain Housing Opportunities executive director. Each panel will also include a member of the Asheville City Council.
For more information or to register, call UNC Asheville’s Political Science Department at 828/251-6634.
Noted African-American poet A. Van Jordan will give a reading at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in UNC Asheville’s Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. Jordan, a native of Ohio, received his master’s degree from the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers. This event is free and open to the public.
The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. This 11-member group, now in its 21st year, is one of the world’s preeminent gospel choirs, spreading a message of love, peace and harmony through music. The choir tours extensively and has performed with such artists as the Chieftains, Diana Ross, Jimmy Cliff, Lyle Lovett, Avril Lavigne and U2.
General admission tickets are $12 or $6 for local students with ID. To reserve tickets by phone, call the UNC Asheville Box Office at 828/232-5000. Tickets may also be purchased with cash or check at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville.
For more information about this performance or purchasing group tickets, call 828/251-6227.
The heroic Tuskegee Airmen will be celebrated with a Back in the Day Showcase” at 11:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Mountain Suites. Oral histories, historical documents, personal relics and fashions from the airmen and their families will be on view.

Poconos to host national team-building sports showcase
Pocono Record
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Festival full of tales for young, old alike
Among the storytellers scheduled to participate are North Carolina native Donald Davis, who tells stories about his childhood and life in southern Appalachia, and folk musician John McCutcheon, who combines storytelling with music.
Cowboy poet and storyteller Chris Isaacs and Asheville, N.C., storyteller Connie Regan-Blake will also tell tales. Bobby Norfolk, a former stand-up comedian and National Park Service ranger, will bring high-energy, animated stories to the festival.


News Stories for Thursday Jan. 25, 2007.


UNC Asheville Picked Third in Preseason Baseball Poll
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The defending Big South Conference champion UNC Asheville baseball team is picked in a tie for third place in the annual preseason poll as voted by the League's Head Baseball Coaches and Sports Information Directors, it was announced today by the Conference office.
Winthrop received 14 of 16 first-place votes and 126 out of a possible 128 points to win the Big South in 2007. The Eagles enter the 2007 campaign ranked 23rd in the preseason Baseball America poll, as well as 25th by, 31st by the NCBWA and 37th in the Collegiate Baseball preseason rankings.
outfielder Kevin Mattison was second in the voting for player of the year with two first-place votes and 15 points, followed by Charleston Southern's Justin Fyle, who received two first-place votes and 14 points. Tommy Lentz, a preseason All-America selection by the NCBWA, garnered 10 first-place votes and 38 points

Western Carolina's Greathouse released from Asheville hospital
The Ledger, FL
Greathouse was a passenger in a car that hit a tree and ran into river early Wednesday. The driver of the car, Jaime Whitfield, 22, of Clyde, was charged with driving while impaired after registering a 0.15 on a breath alcohol content test, state Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Wike said. The legal limit for drivers in North Carolina is 0.08.
The car struck a tree about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday on State Road 1002 near Cullowhee, Wike said. Greathouse, a senior, was riding in the front passenger's seat. He was treated at Mission Hospital in Asheville and released around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Bitter cold expected in the Asheville N.C. mountains
News Observer
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A cold front heading toward Western North Carolina should drop temperatures into the teens while delivering below-zero wind chills in parts of the area.
Northern counties are under a winter storm warning lasting until 6 a.m. tomorrow. Winds are expected to increase in strength through the afternoon and evening today, reaching potential gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service says snowfall should peak around noon and end up piling as thick as 3 to 5 inches in the counties bordering Tennessee.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times

UNC Asheville Board of Trustees Audit Committee to Meet
UNC Asheville’s Board of Trustees’ Audit Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in UNC Asheville’s Phillips Hall room 251. Committee members will vote on UNC Asheville’s Office of Internal Audit’s charter and manual, and will hear financial audit reports.
The meeting is open to the public. Portions of the meeting may be closed to the public under provisions of the North Carolina Open Meetings Act.
For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Office of the Chancellor at 828/251-6500.

Keifer leaves East Carteret for Tuscola
The Daily News - Jacksonville, NC
"I'm very excited," Keifer told the Asheville Citizen-Times in its Wednesday edition. "The intrigue to begin with is it's such a tradition-rich football school. Any real football coach wants to be in an area where football is important 365 days a year. There are not many of those schools left in North Carolina."

RTI, Duke part of $5M Chernobyl radiation study
The research team includes members from RTI International, Duke University Medical Center, the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Research Center for Radiation Medicine of Ukraine.
Workers' health will be monitored during the construction project and afterwards for a period of time yet to be determined. Workers who experience health effects from exposure during the study will be removed from the radiation zone and provided appropriate medical treatment and counseling.

Ingles Markets, First Quarter Conference Call
PR Newswire Yahoo!
Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 197 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company also operates 74 neighborhood shopping centers, all but 18 of which contain an Ingles supermarket.

Flu Comes to Asheville - Public Urged to Receive Flu Shots
Flu has arrived in Buncombe County a month earlier than last year and health officials are predicting cases to peak in January. To be protected from the flu, residents are encouraged to get flu shots now at the Buncombe County Health Center.
“Seven cases of flu have been lab confirmed at Mission Hospitals,” said Rachel Long, Public Health Epidemiologist working at Mission Hospitals. “This may signal the start of flu in Buncombe County”, she said.
Flu is normally identified as “A” or “B” virus. “Most of the recent cases seen at Mission Hospitals this past week have been identified as influenza A virus, which is responsible for most flu cases, and is the more serious of the types,” said Long. Influenza B virus is less common and causes a milder illness, but it does have the potential to cause more severe disease.


News Stories for Wednesday Jan. 24, 2007.


Western Carolina's Greathouse in critical condition
By: Associated Press
The car driven by Whitfield struck a tree about 2:20 a.m. on State Road 1002 near Cullowhee, Wike said. Greathouse, a senior, was riding in the front passenger's seat. He was being treated Wednesday at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
"Our thoughts are with Kyle, his family and his teammates at this time,and we pray for a speedy and full recovery," Western Carolina spokesman Daniel Hooker said in a statement.

Two UNC Asheville Publications Take Home Regional Awards
Two recent UNC Asheville publications recently received top awards in the southeastern region from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the leading international organization for college advancement professionals. A calendar for prospective students won the Improvement of Design Award in the visual design category, while the UNC Asheville Annual Fund Programs’ online Flash site received the Special Merit Award.
Some 15,000 copies of the calendar were distributed to prospective students across the nation. The 2006-07 calendar contained images of the University, information about UNC Asheville, and application deadlines. Due in part to this effective new recruitment piece, the UNC Asheville Admissions Office reported a 27% increase in applications this year.

UNC-Asheville hosting Third Annual Human Rights Film Festival
UNC Asheville’s Amnesty International chapter will hold its third annual Human Rights Film Festival January 26-28. As the largest film festival of its kind in the Southeast, 11 films will be screened at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium and at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company. Most intermissions will feature short films by local documentarian Rebecca MacNeice. All films are open to the public; screenings at UNC Asheville are free while showings at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company are $2 general admission at the door.

Asheville Mall Radiothon to assist children with cancer
Hendersonville Times News, NC
ASHEVILLE -- The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is working on its first Cure the Kids radiothon to help children stricken with deadly brain tumors. Friday and Saturday, 99.9 Kiss Country will broadcast live from the Asheville Mall for 15 hours each day to raise money to find a cure for this disease.
Beverly-Hanks and Associates real estate has signed as the premier sponsor. Wachovia Bank is the tote board sponsor and Charter Communications is the Internet donation sponsor. Chick-Fil-A at the Asheville Mall is the hospitality sponsor.

Junior Boys Extend Tour Stateside, IL
According to a post on the Band's website, they'll shack up in Asheville, North Carolina's Echo Mountain Recording to lay to tape a "brand spanking new BOH ...

2007 Navy Baseball, NY
The right-handed pitcher from Asheville, NC, struck out 19 hitters in 18.2 innings during his 17 appearances as a junior last season. ...

Leslie Alexandre: NC needs Centers of Innovation
TechJournal South (press release), NC
regards as equally important is establishing satellite offices of the Biotech Center in Winston-Salem, Greenville, Wilmington, Asheville and Charlotte.

Harry Connick, Jr. comes to Asheville
Yahoo! News (press release)
FL February 27th: Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA March 1st: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC March 2nd: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, ..

Asheville student still in critical condition
WIS News 10 - Columbia
A student at Asheville High School who cracked her skull in a parking lot accident still is in the hospital in critical condition.

NC Commission gives go ahead for First Charter Merger with Gwinnett Banking
Business Wire via Yahoo Finance
CHARLOTTE, N.C.----First Charter Corporation today announced that on January 17, 2007, the North Carolina Banking Commission approved the merger of Gwinnett Banking Company of Lawrenceville, Georgia into First Charter Bank.
First Charter Corporation, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a regional financial services company with assets of $4.9 billion and is the holding company for First Charter Bank and Gwinnett Banking Company. First Charter operates 58 financial centers, four insurance offices, and 138 ATMs in North Carolina and Georgia, and also operates loan origination offices in Asheville, North Carolina and Reston, Virginia.

Community Calendar
Hendersonville Times News, NC
WNC BBQ Cook Off and Bluegrass Jam will be held March 30 and 31 at the WNC Farmers Market, Asheville.Chicken, pork or beef. Registration to enter runs ...

JD Crowe Banjo Workshop in Asheville, North Carolina
Milton Harkey is proud to announce the 12th annual Bluegrass First Class - The Asheville Show to be held Friday and Saturday, and Sunday February 16-18, 2007 in the Grand Ballroom at the newly remodeled and luxurious Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC. A highlight will include the J.D. Crowe banjo and Bobby Hicks & Jan Johansson fiddle workshops.

Swimmer wants to study art in Asheville
Indianapolis Star, IN
She would like to study art in college, possibly at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, or closer to home at Herron School of Art. ...

Radio, Blogs and the Books
But I had to procrastinate just a little bit more - I just gave a very pleasant 30-minute interview for the Asheville (NC)community radio station about blogging, science-blogging and everything else (including the Conference and a pitch for the anthology), as a part of their Tips For Political Bloggers series. The interviewer is Paul of the Brainshrub blog. It will appear on his site next Monday morning and will air on Monday evening - I will post the links at that time.

For the Record
Hendersonville Times News, NC
Tonya Bridgett Justice, 33, of 3451 Asheville Highway, charged with possession of stolen property, held under a $2000 secured bond.

Dawn of the Dude: Release the Awesome
Western Carolinian
It's about time we had a decent ska/punk band. Here they are, folks! Originally from Asheville, the fearsome fivesome Dawn of the Dude certainly are stealing the show all over North Carolina, gathering fans at both local and out-of-state shows.

Senate Panel Opposes Troop Increase in Iraq
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-9 today to approve a non-binding resolution opposing President Bush’s plan to send additional forces to Iraq, despite Mr. Bush’s plea for support in his State of the Union speech...


News Stories for Tuesday Jan. 23, 2007.


Asheville hosts meeting of police chiefs
ASHEVILLE -- Police chiefs from around North Carolina will be meeting this week in Asheville. The state Association of Chiefs of Police is having its annual winter meeting through Wednesday.

Stauffer-MacDowell to Join the Phoenix
Elon University Phoenix Athletics - Elon,NC,USA
ELON, NC – Elon University men’s tennis coach Michael Leonard has announced the addition of Cody Stauffer-MacDowell (Asheville, NC/Carolina Day School) to ...

Guest Conductors Announced For March Performances
HULIQ - Hickory,NC,USA
Now in his second season as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Meyer has already reinvigorated the orchestra, enlivened its impact ...

Klezmer course to be at Jewish center
Hendersonville Times News - Hendersonville, NC, USA
Bring an instrument. The instructor is Andy John who teaches guitar, bass, banjo and harmonica at the Asheville Music School. He is also a freelance klezmorim.

VMI 102, UNC Asheville 97
Charlotte Observer - Charlotte, NC, USA
ASHEVILLE, NC - Reggie Williams scored 34 points to lead six VMI players in double digits Monday as the Keydets defeated UNC Asheville 102-97. ...

INN-SIDE THE SOUTH: Local luxury is focus at former Ivey's store
The Charlotte Observer - Jan 21 12:07 AM
In an earlier time, Ivey's Department Store in downtown Asheville used to have practically everything. Today, in that renovated building, the Haywood Park Hotel does, too. This small independent hotel is definitely in the luxury class, with individually decorated rooms, luxurious furnishings and niceties such as valet parking and turn-down service. The rooms are uncommonly spacious and light.

UNC-Asheville Student Attacked
ASHEVILLE -- A UNC-Asheville student says she was assaulted during a home invasion last week, when a group of masked men entered her apartment uninvited. It happened at the The Grove Apartments, just down the street from University of North Carolina Asheville. Sara Chase says she heard a knock at the door and assumed it was a friend. She, her roommate, and another friend were expecting a visitor, but got an intruder instead. When Chase looked through the peep hole, she says no one was there, but when she opened the door to get a better look, three men dressed in black masks and gloves rushed in. Chase says one of them held a gun to her face and pistol whipped her. She says the intruders left when they realized another male was in the home. Chase says she doesn't feel safe at her apartment anymore and plans to move in the near future. An Asheville police report was filed on the incident, but the intruders are still on the loose.

News Stories for Monday Jan. 22, 2007.


Forecasters Warn Western North Carolina Travelers of Icy Conditions - Raleigh,NC,USA
Forecasters issued repeated warnings to travelers from Asheville to the middle of Virginia. North Carolina drivers west of the Triad faced the worst of the ...

Florida boatmakers being lured away by business-friendly climate
TCPalm - Jupiter,FL,USA
Community leaders and economic development directors in North Carolina are making a play for boat manufacturers in Florida — offering companies lucrative ...