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News Stories for Friday Feb. 2, 2007.


UNC Asheville Offers Free Computer Literacy Classes
Registration is now open for the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement’s free computer literacy classes for underserved adults ages 50 and older. Funded through a grant from Smith Barney, the classes are designed to serve local low-income and minority seniors. Space is limited. Application deadline is Friday, March 2.Four classes are available this spring. All will meet at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus for five consecutive weeks.Two beginner classes are offered. The first will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays beginning March 12. Another will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning March 15. An advanced beginner class will meet on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. beginning March 12. An advanced special topics course will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays beginning March 15.To date, more than 440 seniors have participated in the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement’s computer literacy courses. Classes are taught by skilled UNC Asheville undergraduates who are trained and supervised by campus experts. Participants will learn basic computer skills, how to use e-mail and the Internet. They will also find out how to access free public computers in the area.

Dave Cook column: The journey unfolds
Salisbury Post
my "planned" hike. And this, after hiking up a mountain a mile - and back down again - during my birthday trip to Asheville and Tennessee in December. My wife and I even went contra dancing several times this past fall - something we never did ...

Police charge WCU basketball player, not girlfriend, in crash
... just confused. Greathouse was scheduled to appear in court Monday on the misdemeanor charge. Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,

Game Notes
ASHEVILLE, N.C.--UNC Asheville and Liberty's women's basketball teams square off in a battle for first place in the Big South Conference on Saturday afternoon at the Justice Center. The game can be seen live on and will be tape-delayed in the Asheville Area on TV-16.

After IPCC, 25 scientists speak on global warming
Earth & Sky, TX
This morning, at a press conference in Paris, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented the first of several reports to be released this year on the subject of global climate change and global warming. News of today’s IPCC’s announcement is all over the web.
Earlier this week, Earth & Sky wrote to a sampling of scientists asking, “What would like to tell the American public, right now, about global warming?”
Their answers follow. They leave little doubt. Earth is getting warmer. Humans are the most likely cause.

UNC Asheville Basketball Set to Host Winthrop Saturday Afternoon
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's basketball team hosts Big South Conference rival Winthrop Saturday afternoon at Justice Center starting at 4:30 p.m. The game will be a part of a doubleheader with the Bulldog women's team as they'll take on Liberty at 2 p.m.
Both games will be televised locally by and will be shown several times on local cable Channel 16. The men's game is scheduled to be shown Saturday night at 11 p.m. and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of next week at 9 p.m.
The Bulldogs face a tall task in hosting Winthrop. UNC Asheville (7-15, 3-5 BSC) has lost 14 straight regular-season games to the Eagles and not claimed a victory over Winthrop in the regular season since a 64-63 victory in the 1999-00 season. Asheville does have two wins over the Eagles in the post-season since that time. Winthrop downed the Dogs, 61-42 at the Winthrop Coliseum on Jan. 15.
The Eagles (18-4, 8-0 BSC) have won two straight Big South Conference championships and six out of the last eight. Winthrop is enjoying an outstanding season this year and own impressive non-conference victories over Mississippi State, East Carolina and Old Dominion, along with near-upsets of North Carolina and Wisconsin. The Eagles have won eight straight coming into Justice Center after downing VMI Wednesday night, 109-96. Winthrop is being led in scoring this year by guard Michael Jenkins. He's averaging 15.2 points per game and has knocked down 69 treys. The Eagles are holding their opponents to just 59 points per game. Winthrop held off VMI Wednesday night, 109-96.

Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring
The winter got off to a warm start in December, when U.S. temperatures were the fourth-highest on record, according to data going back to 1895 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's climate monitoring office in Asheville, North Carolina.
NOAA forecasters now expect below-average temperatures across the Midwest, Northeast and mid-Atlantic states during February.
In western Pennsylvania, the average temperature in January was 32.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.3 degree Celsius), or 5 degrees warmer than normal, said Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. The region received 3.28 inches (8 centimeters) of snow last month, less than the average of 12.3 inches.

"Pearl Diver"
The Charlotte Observer
I first saw it at the Asheville Film Festival in 2005, where I was judging features, and remembered it as an earnest and endearing first film. On second viewing ...

Weekend TV
The Charlotte Observer
NBA XXENDBOLD Charlotte at Cleveland XXENDBOLD 7:30 WISE-AM (1310, Asheville); WNMX-FM (106.1, Charlotte); WZMJ-FM (93.1, Columbia); WDNC-AM (620, Durham); WSML-AM (1200, Greensboro); WHIP-AM (1350, ...

Put Your Trust in What You Don't Know
Our man, Len, has, as usual, some sensible advice about trust. Speaking about President Bush in the Asheville Citizen-Times , syndicated columnist Chuck Raasch claims that we can't "honestly judge the ...


News Stories for Wednesday Jan. 31, 2007.

Deepdene work will complete parks rehab
GA - 36 minutes ago
Olmsted is most famous for co-designing Central Park in New York, and for creating the grounds of the US Capitol and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, ...

4imprint Awards Charities $36500 in 4th Quarter Grants, WI
... North Charleston, South Carolina -- MANNA FoodBank: Education/Youth Services Division, Asheville, North Carolina -- Nebraska Food Bank Network, Inc., ...

A Coverage Case in Point

The Meck Deck
Posted January 31st, 2007 at 9:17 AM by Jeff Taylor Here's the story on Asheville's local tax burden, third-highest in the state after Charlotte and Wilmington.

Cherokee Council Approves Expansion of Casino
WTVD Durham
... the resolution today and provide additional details about the expansion. The casino is located 50 miles west of Asheville at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's owned by the Cherokees and managed by Harrah's. It earns about ...

Mute Math Announce Extensive North American Tour
NC (Neighborhood Theatre) 3/23, Knoxville, TN (The Bijou Theatre) 3/24, Atlanta, GA (The Variety Playhouse) 3/25, Asheville, NC (Orange Peel) 3/27, Cincinnati, OH (20th Century Theater) 3/28, Chicago, IL (House Of Blues) 3/29, Cleveland, OH (House ...

Asheville station nixes Atlanta channel
Elberton Star
ElbertonNet and Comcast cable subscribers who were used to watching the ABC affiliate out of Atlanta are now forced to watch the programming from Asheville, N.C. WLOS, channel 13 out of Asheville, N.C., recently issued a cease and desist order to both cable suppliers exercising the non-duplication rules concerning cable television.
The non-duplication rules allow a station within a certain distance of the station’s city of license, 35 miles for large market areas and 50 miles for small market areas, to require carriers to only carry their programming. Although Asheville is much more than 35 miles from Elberton, the station has a hyphenated city of license. The station is licensed as Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-Anderson. Since Anderson is less than 35 miles from Elberton, WLOS can legally make the request.

Council on Aging tries to deny Mathis' unemployment
Smoky Mountain News
essential part of her duty was to properly expend grants and other funds, and that did not happen," John Hunter of Asheville, the attorney for the Council on Aging board, said in court. "What she did qualified as misconduct."

Downtown Sylva Association weighs the benefits of a taxing district
Smoky Mountain News
where will these newcomers shop? Will they buy on-line? Drive to Asheville? Support big-box chains? Or can downtown Sylva win them over? "Do we want the business of the people moving here ?" posed Joyce ...

Cherokee Council Approves $650 Million Casino Expansion
the resolution today and provide additional details about the expansion. The casino is located 50 miles west of Asheville at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's owned by the Cherokees and managed by Harrah's.

Grant from N.C. Biotechnology Center to fund new light microscopy system at WWC
Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University have received a grant of $62,010 from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for a new light microscopy system and expanded DNA analysis equipment. The grant will enhance undergraduate research at both institutions.
Directed by biology professors Paul Bartels of WWC and Sean O'Connell of WCU, biology and environmental studies students will be engaged in identifying microorganisms in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory. Bartels and a team of 20 undergraduates have found 70 new park records of tardigrade species over the past several years, including 14 that likely are new to science. (Tardigrades are sediment-dwelling micro invertebrates commonly known as water bears.) O'Connell, working with 160 undergraduates, has found 386 new bacterial species in the Smokies park.
"We're very excited about this grant from the N.C. Biotechnology Center," Bartels said. "Sean O'Connell and I have been working for several years on different organisms in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and our work should move forward much more rapidly now. Additionally, the microscope we are getting is a very powerful instrument that can do five types of microscopy, all in one system."

Timothy Tyson Talks Scheduled for February 1 at UNC Asheville and Pack Memorial Library Postponed The possibility of a significant winter storm Wednesday night and Thursday has prompted organizers to postpone the two talks by noted author Timothy B. Tyson scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1. Tyson’s 12:15 p.m. talk at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium and his 7 p.m. talk at Pack Memorial Library have both been postponed. Organizers are working to reschedule these events. New dates will be announced when they become available.
Tyson, a senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, is best known as the author of the non-fiction memoir, “Blood Done Sign My Name,” which recounts his childhood as the son of a Methodist minister and his encounters with the Civil Rights

News Stories for Tuesday Jan. 30, 2007.

New York, NY -- Evil Teen Records and Warren Haynes are proud to announce the release of The Benefit Concert Vol. 2, Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Recorded live December 21, 2000, at Warren Haynes' 12th Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC, at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, The Benefit Concert Vol. 2 is the sequel to the acclaimed Wintertime Blues, the live recording from 1999's 11th Annual concert.
Warren Haynes began this great annual tradition 18 years ago at a small club in Asheville. The club, 45 Cherry Street which had a capacity of 100 people, no longer exists, but the Christmas Jam has become an annual event not to be missed. The jam now takes place at the Asheville Civic Center which holds 7200 people. Regardless of the line up the event has sold out every year. The 2006 Christmas Jam sold out in 20 minutes.

Men's Basketball Travels to Liberty Tuesday Night
The Bulldogs (7-14, 3-4 BSC) are tied with Liberty and VMI for fourth place in the league standings. The top four schools at the end of the regular season host a first-round Big South Tournament game. Every game is important.
UNC Asheville knocked off Liberty earlier this season, 84-77 back on Jan. 6 at Justice Center. However, the Flames have been playing pretty well lately and are always tough to be at the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. Liberty has won two straight, including a wild 122-117 victory over VMI Saturday night. The Bulldogs are coming off a hard-fought 53-40 victory over Charleston Southern at Justice Center Saturday afternoon.
"We played pretty good defense on Saturday but struggled some on offense," admitted UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "I thought our effort was excellent but we just need to play 40 minutes of consistent basketball. We're going to need to play very well to have any chance of winning at Liberty."

Donovan Jones Named Big South Freshman of the Week
CHARLOTTE, N.C. UNC Asheville guard Donovan Jones (Wilson, N.C.) has been named Big South Conference New Balance Freshman of the Week. The award was announced by the league office Monday morning. He becomes the first Bulldog rookie to be so honored this year. Jones averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games for the Bulldogs. He posted his first career double-double in Asheville's five-point loss to VMI with 13 points and 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action. He was 4-of-5 from the floor against the Keydets, including 2-of-2 from the arc. In Saturday's win against Charleston Southern, Jones tied a career-high with 14 points, hitting 4-of-8 field goals, while adding five steals and three assists. On the week, Jones shot .615 percent from the floor (8-of-13) and averaged 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals.

APNewsbreak: Ex-NC Supreme Court Justice Orr to run for governor
The Charlotte Observer
A Virginia native, Orr grew up in Hendersonville and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked in private practice in Asheville for 11 years and in the early 1980s served in the district office of U.S. Rep. William Hendon, R-N.C.
Gov. Jim Martin appointed him to the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission in 1985 and to the appeals court a year later. While the judicial races generally lack the intensity of other statewide campaigns, Orr is a proven winner, having won four statewide races for seats on the bench.
But he'll have to raise more money to make a serious run for the governor's office. At least two other Republicans considering a bid - state Sen. Fred Smith of Johnston County and Salisbury attorney Bill Graham - have spent significant amounts of personal money to raise their profiles.

Man Dies After Being Stabbed In Neck With Pool Cue
First Coast News, FL
BRYSON CITY, NC -- A 29-year-old man died after being stabbed in the neck with a pool cue during a bar fight in western North Carolina, police said. Brandon Sumner died Sunday at Mission Hospitals, a day after the fight, said his girlfriend, Valerie Moore.
Harold Frederick Nicholson, 34, of Bryson City, has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill, according to court documents. He was being held on $50,000 bond and more charges could be filed, Bryson City Police Chief Rick Tabor said.
Investigators believe Nicholson stabbed Sumner with a pool cue, but Sumner's exact cause of death hasn't been determined. Police are investigating what sparked the fight, which started sometime after 7:00 pm Saturday, Tabor said.
Moore, who was at the bar that night, said Sumner and Nicholson didn't know each other. The fight started after Nicholson's cousin was kicked out of the bar, she said.
Bryson City is about 60 miles west of Asheville.

Chimney Rock Park Sold
WYFF News 4 - Jan 29 11:08 AM
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Chimney Rock Park has been sold -- and the buyer is the state of North Carolina.
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley announced the purchase of the western North Carolina landmark Monday.
The original asking price of the park was $55 million, but the state purchased the property for $24 million. A $2 million donation allowed the state to bid above the appraisal price for the park.
Chimney Rock Park is located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, N.C. The original 64 acres of the park were purchased by Dr. Lucius B. Morse in 1902 for $5,000, according to the park's Webs site. Over the years, additional small tracts were purchased, expanding the park to nearly 1,000 acres.


News Stories for Monday Jan. 29, 2007.

UNCA Men's Basketball news
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Bryan Smithson scored 17 points and freshman Donovan Jones added 14 points as UNC Asheville held off Charleston Southern, 53-40 in Big South Conference action Saturday afternoon.The win (7-14, 3-4 BSC) by the Bulldogs was sparked by their defense. Asheville limited the Buccaneers to a season-low 40 points for a Bulldog opponent. Asheville did not allow CSU to score over the final four minutes of the game.

Eastern Band of Cherokee places members in key judicial, police positions
ANADARKO, Okla. - For the first time in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Supreme Court's short history, one of its own tribal members is now chief justice.
On Dec. 18, 2006, William Boyum was sworn in as chief justice of the seven-year-old ECN Supreme Court. A former U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina and a district attorney for Buncombe County, N.C., for the past eight years, Boyum's background also includes a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a law degree from UNC Law School in 1986. Boyum's resume also includes four years with an Asheville, N.C., law firm; four years as an Asheville, N.C., assistant district attorney; and four years with the Western District of North Carolina's Organized Crime Drug Task Force.

Women's Basketball Win at BSC
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. - UNC Asheville placed five players in double figures to lead the Bulldogs to a 72-61 Big South Conference victory over Birmingham-Southern Saturday afternoon at Bill Battle Coliseum.
The win was the Bulldogs (13-7, 4-1 BSC) eighth in their last nine games. BSC dropped to 6-13 overall and 1-4 in the league. The victory also snapped a three-game losing streak to the Panthers.
Asheville was led by Ashton Barton with 15 points, while Amanda Elder and Kyla Jones contributed 14 points each. Stacy Shepard enjoyed her second straight double-double and third in the last four games with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Williams finished with a career-best 10 points.
"It's always good to win on the road and I'm very happy to come out of here with a victory," commented UNC Asheville coach Betsy Blose. "For the second straight game, we got great play from out bench and had real nice balanced scoring. Birmingham-Southern has always been a tough team for us to beat and we're glad to get the win today."
The Bulldogs led from start to finish but had to hold off the Panthers several times in the second half. Asheville had an 11-point lead sliced to five at 50-45 with nine minutes left. The Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run over the next five minutes to push the lead back to 13 at 60-47 and BSC could get no closer. Asheville got baskets from five different players during the run.

North Carolina 911 Callers Report Seeing UFOs, Call 911
The Associated Press
Some people in the Charlotte area called 911 dispatchers and reported seeing a weird hovering light in the sky.
Emergency dispatchers answered the calls in Iredell, Lincoln, Mooresville and Huntersville Wednesday night. One Lincoln County officer reportedly saw it, and the National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina got similar calls.

Zoo enlists wines for wild time
The wines were selected in some cases because of their connection to romance and in other cases because they're good but not well known.
"There's a lot of Biltmore Estates here," Volker said, "and that's because we just did a tasting