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Asheville News Stories for Friday Feb. 16, 2007.

Bread crumbs lead Asheville Police to cake vandals
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (UPI) -- Hansel and Gretel they weren't, but a pair of North Carolina men were busted at the end of their trail of cake crumbs.
The Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times reports Zachary Hughes, 24, and Shawn Bubacz, 34, were arrested for allegedly breaking the glass door of the police department and smearing cake on the building. Police said they found the lid to a cake box a few blocks away and learned the suspects had taken a cake following a birthday party at a restaurant.Detective Aimee Sumner told the newspaper the suspects "had cake icing on them that matched the icing on the door here at the police department" when they were arrested.

“American Idol” moves on without NC contestants
News 14 Carolina, NC
RALEIGH -- For the first time since its inaugural season, "American Idol" will hold a competition without any contestants from North Carolina.
"Idol" announced its top 24 hopefuls for its sixth season on Wednesday night's show. While North Carolina isn't represented, South Carolina has a contestant, Chris Sligh of Greenville.
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Multi-car crash backs up traffic on I-26 in near Asheville
(Fletcher, NC-AP) February 16, 2007 - Traffic is moving again on Interstate 26 in North Carolina after an accident that left two people hurt, eight cars damaged and traffic backed up for at least three miles.
The state Highway Patrol says the series of crashes happened after an earlier accident caused traffic to back up near the Fletcher exit in Henderson County.
An Arden man says his car was in the first collision that touched off the pileup. He says the driver of the sport utility vehicle in front of him swerved out of the way of a rapidly slowing car and that he couldn't.
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Wu Man to Launch Semester's Filene Series with Pipa Concert
News From Skidmore
Steeped in the Appalachian tradition of folk music, Knight grew up in the Adirondacks. In addition to the five-string banjo, he is a folk singer and storyteller, and plays various guitars, the Appalachian dulcimer, the mouth bow, the Cherokee flute and the Cherokee rattle, as well as the Native American drum.
He lives in North Carolina, where he appears regularly at the Asheville Mountain Dance and Folk Song Festival and the Lake Junaluska Folk Festival.
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Hot Chip US Tour Dates
Any Given Tuesday - Blog
As they visit the US for Coachella, Hot Chip have scheduled some US shows (maybe to buy their plane fare home?): April 20 - New York NY @ Webster Hall April 21 - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club April 22 - Asheville NC @ Orange Peel April 24 - Austin TX @ Antones April 26 - Dallas TX @ Granada Theater Apri...
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Farmer's Market Prices
Winston-Salem Journal
Like this article? Here is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products yesterday, reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and consumer Services. All livestock is state-reported.
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News Stories for Thursday Feb. 15, 2007.

Farmer's Market to bring Bluegrass and BBQ to Asheville
The WNC Farmers Market, Clear Channel Radio, Carolina Farm Credit and the Farm Bureau of Asheville will present the 2nd Annual BBQ Cook Off & Bluegrass Jam on March 30 and 31, 2007 at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville, NC. Numerous bands will be providing entertainment to accompany the great food.
Performances will be provided by White Water Bluegrass Company featuring Grammy Award winner, Mark Pruitt, 2006 IBMA Album of the Year award winner & Grammy nominated, Darren Nicholson, the Red Eye Ramblers, Sons of Ralph, and Southern Crescent.
Teams to provide pork, ribs and other necessities for the competition. Space is limited, so register early. There will be 3 Categories for 2007 event:
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Thomas B. Ruff of The Biltmore Company Named Chair of North Restaurant and Lodging Association
Business Wire
In addition to his new role as NCRLA chair, Ruff chairs the NC Travel & Tourism Board and sits on the boards of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the NC Travel and Tourism Coalition. He also serves on the Hospitality Education Advisory Committee at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, the Advisory Board at the University of Delaware, and the Penn State College of Health and Human Development Alumni Board.
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Combines Hit Asheville, North Carolina
The Shrine Bowl Combines kickoff on March 24th at Richmond Senior High School located in Rockingham and continue the following weekend in Matthews at Butler High School. After a weekend off for Easter, the tour resumes for three consecutive Saturdays – Asheville (Reynolds HS), Jamestown (Ragsdale HS), and Snow Hill (Greene Central).
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UNC board approves fee increase
ASU The Appalachian Online, NC
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved Appalachian State University’s campus proposal Feb. 9 to increase fees by about 5.9 percent.
There will be no tuition increase for the 2007-08 school year, as the 5.9 percent increase strictly pertains to fees.
“The Board of Governors set a ceiling in October after the last increase that referred to resident tuition and general fees at 6.5 percent,” Greg M. Lovins, vice chancellor for Business Affairs, said.
“The ceiling did not apply to debt service fees, which pay for construction and buildings that are self-supporting, like Appalachian’s Student Recreation Center,” Lovins said.
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Child Safety Week
WWNC-AM Asheville
This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week. Safe Kids will be conducting vehicle safety clinics throughout Asheville. For more information call 1-888-347-3737...
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Asheville Firetrucks have high mileage
WWNC-AM Asheville
More people living in downtown Asheville means a higher call volume for Asheville Fire and Rescue. Fire Chief Greg Grayson says more calls and Asheville's mountain topography can take a toll on emergency vehicles. Chief Grayson says his staff has identified nine trucks that meet the standard rating system for replacement and three of those by nearly twice the recommended replacement number.
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High Point Slips Past UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Eugene Harris sank a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds left as High Point rallied for a 69-67 Big South Conference victory over UNC Asheville Wednesday night at Justice Center.
The Panthers (19-8, 9-2 BSC) trailed by 13 early in the second half and by four with less than a minute to play but scored the final six points of the game to pull out the win.
The Bulldogs (8-18, 3-8 BSC) were led by K.J. Garland and Kenny George with 14 points each. It was a career-high for George. The 7-7 center was 7-of-8 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Garland dished out a career-high nine assists. The junior guard moved into eighth place on the career assist list and now has 308.
High Point was led by Arizona Reid with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Landon Quick had nine points and seven assists.
"This is a tough one to lose," stated UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We played very well but just didn't finish the game off. We made some key turnovers in the second half and just didn't get a big rebound at the end of the game."
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Asheville News Stories for Wednesday Feb. 14, 2007.

Asheville's Biltmore Estate among 10 most visited state attractions
Triangle Business Journal
Four Triangle museums ranked among the state's top 10 most visited museum and historic attractions in 2006, according to the results of recent study. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh drew more than 549,000 visitors last year - highest among Triangle attractions and fourth highest in the state. The state's top three attractions were the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the Fort Macon State Park in Morehead City and Charlotte's Discovery Place. The Biltmore Estate in 2006 drew more than a million visitors for the first time.

UNC Asheville Men's Basketball Hosts High Point Wednesday Night
ASHEVILLE, NC - The UNC Asheville men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Wednesday night when the Bulldogs host High Point University at Justice Center starting at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WISE Radio (1310-AM) and
Asheville (8-17, 3-7 BSC) has lost three straight Big South Conference games after a frustrating 102-88 loss at VMI Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs led by 14 in the first half and within two late in game but just couldn't pull out the victory

Robert Orr, Our Governor?
Up & Coming Magazine
I wondered about this the other day when former Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr announced that he would be a candidate for governor in 2008.
Like Holshouser, Orr hails from the mountains - Pensacola Township in Yancey County, not far from Asheville.
Like Holshouser, he is modest and plainspoken. Like Holshouser, he will probably face tough, well-financed opposition in the Republican primary. Likely candidates State Senator Fred Smith and Salisbury lawyer Bill Graham have significant personal assets to apply to the campaign.

Plastics company expanding in Alamance
News Observer
Plastic components maker Nypro will expand manufacturing operations in Alamance County, investing $6.5 million and creating 60 jobs over the next three years. The company has two North Carolina plants in Graham and Asheville that make plastic components for the consumer electronics, healthcare, packaging and automotive industries.

Man's journey takes him from prison to college basketball court
By KEITH JARRETT : Asheville Citizen-Times
MONTREAT, N.C. -- Bonnie Speight had seen her oldest son in prison but never on the basketball court.
That all changed Tuesday night, when the mother of six stood in the middle of a darkened gymnasium at Montreat College and watched her son walk slowly toward her, rose in hand and a smile on his face.
She didn't cry, but she wanted to as she got a big hug from her son.
"I thought to myself, 'You've crossed a bridge. You have been through so much, but you came out on the other side,'" said Speight, who made the five-hour drive from Greenville earlier Tuesday with family members to see her son play.
The journey for Tim Lewis -- from armed robbery to prison, from a GED student to college graduate, from a life in crime to a crusader determined that others not mimic his mistakes -- was also long.

FHLBank Atlanta Awards $1.4M For Affordable Housing Development in North Carolina
Multi-Housing News
The $1.4 million will be used to build, buy or renovate 195 affordable housing units in Asheville, Haywood, Jacksonville, Tabor City, Weldon Township and Winston-Salem. The units will be reserved for area residents earning between.

Public ranks top 150 U.S. architectural works
Inman Real Estate News
... the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., aka Vanderbilt Residence, was eighth; and New York City's Chrysler Building was ninth. After the Biltmore Estate, ..

Testing planned on McClung fire debris
Knoxville News Sentinel
Barry Thomas Jones, 38, was charged Feb. 7 in Asheville, N.C., with possessing a stolen vehicle. Mark Saroff, who owns two of the three burned warehouses, reported his truck stolen...

Sound Checks Notable Shows in the Next Week
Charleston City Paper
... often referred to as "the greatest cover band in history," you come full circle. Outside the Dark Star Orchestra's Asheville gig last weekend, typical lot wares from glass beads and pipes to veggie burritos were up for sale. It's just like a ...

CFCA Teams Roll Into Semis
Dunn Daily Record, NC - 2 hours ago
The Cape Fear Christian teams will play semifinal conference tournament games Friday at Norlina with the finals set there for Saturday.
The Lady Eagles, ranked second in state independent Class 1-A standings, will draw a first round bye for next week's state tournament in Asheville. The CFCA boys, who share fifth place in the latest state ratings, stand to play a first round home game.

News Stories for Tuesday Feb. 13, 2007.


North Carolina National Forests Near Asheville Propose Fee Increase
The Associated Press
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The National Forests in North Carolina is seeking to increase user fees at several recreation sites at the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.
Officials say the fee increase is necessary to maintain the facilities in the light of high demand. They also say that 80 to 95 percent of the fees will help operate, maintain and improve the facilities and programs at the recreation sites.
The price of some user fees could double.

2007 Asheville Tourists Season Preview: (Blog)
By: Rox Girl

It's still early to know for sure where everybody is headed, so I'll probably have to change some things as the Spring develops, but after focusing so much of my attention all off-season on the big league club, I thought it might be helpful to take a look again at what's going on down on the farm.
Let's start with the Tourists, who it looks like will have a solid, underappreciated team. With Shane Lindsay being out for the season, it makes sense that somebody gets bumped up to Modesto. I'm assuming it will either be Kreidermacher (who started last season in the Nuts' pen) or Sullivan. It could also be Hynick. Or Weiser. Or possibly even Craig Baker. I'm really not sure, so if anybody has some inside info, please share. One other possibility is that Jacob Postlewait re-enters the rotation for the Nuts until one of these guys proves ready for the leap to the Cal League....


  • William Harris
  • Ethan Katz
  • Sean Jarrett
  • Pedro Strop
  • Tommy Baumgardner

These are the noteworthy ones. If Pedro Strop and Simon Ferrer are held over from late season call-ups last year, they'd obviously be in that noteworthy class too. It should be a decent pen, anyway, and very good with Ferrer and Strop.


  • 1B: Jeff Kindel
  • 2B: Daniel Mayora
  • SS: Hector Gomez
  • 3B: Matt Repec?
  • C: Michael McKenry / Brian Aguailar
  • RF: Victor Ferrante
  • CF: Anthony Jackson
  • LF: Jay Cox?


  • Josh Banda
  • Ramon Rodriguez
  • Bret Berglund
  • Geoff Strickland
  • Spence Nagy
  • Steve Boggs

Accordion: It's not just for cartoons and sight gags anymore
Spartanburg Herald Journal
From Hungary to Asheville
After intermission, the orchestra returned to present a substantial closing selection, Bela Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra." While this Hungarian composer continued the international flair of the evening, his concerto has connections to the United States, and to our own area of the country. By 1943, Bartok had fled Nazi Europe for New York City, where he found himself beset by health and financial problems. American supporters arranged the commission of the concerto as a means of restoring the composer's physical and financial well-being, and Bartok quickly wrote the piece, which he then orchestrated in the winter of 1943-44 in Asheville, N.C.

UNCA's O'Dell to start against Gators
Tallahassee Democrat, FL
Bo O'Dell pitched only four innings in his controlled start Sunday. But it was enough for the sophomore to earn another start - against Florida on Feb. 20, a Tuesday. Ryan Strauss, who was in the starting rotation against Tennessee, returns to the Sunday spot against Hofstra.
O'Dell gave up just two hits and no runs in four innings against UNC-Asheville and picked up his first win as a Seminole. College rules allow a coach to notify the official scorer before the game that the starter will pitch for less than the usual minimum of five innings, and the starter can still pick up the win. Martin noted that the practice is not uncommon.

UNC Asheville Swept by Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Tenth ranked Florida State jumped out early and cruised to a 15-1 victory and a series sweep of UNC Asheville on Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium. Elliott Arrington went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the seventh inning to drive in the Bulldogs (0-3) lone run. In the three games, Arrington went 5-for-13 with three RBI to lead all Asheville hitters.
Florida State (6-0) scored in double-figures in all three games. The Seminoles got on the board early against UNC Asheville starter Ben Buchanan (0-1) scoring four runs in the first and second innings and then scoring three runs in each of the third and fourth innings to build a 14-0 lead after four innings.
The Bulldogs made three errors in the early innings as Buchanan gave up 11 runs but only five were earned in 2.2 innings. The Seminoles added a run in the fifth before the Bulldog bullpen held FSU scoreless for the final three innings.

Hendley has Record Day as UNC Asheville Defeat Coastal 74-46
CONWAY, S.C. - Brittany Hendley tied a school record with six made three-pointers and broke the school record for career three-pointers to lead UNC Asheville to a 74-46 Big South Conference women's basketball victory at Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
Hendley scored 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting from three-point range to tie Ashley Woods' 1991 record which was also set against Coastal Carolina. Hendley has now made 142 three-pointers in her career passing the mark of 141 set by Emily Hill from 1996-2001.
Rachel Williams scored 10 points, Ashton Barton had a career-high 13 rebounds, and Ana Baker had a career-high 10 assists for the Bulldogs who improve to 14-9 overall and 5-3 in the Big South......

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta to Award $1.4 Million for Housing in North Carolina
PR Newswire
FHLBank Atlanta will award the funds as part of its 2006 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) second round offering. Local community developers, in partnership with FHLBank Atlanta member institutions, will use the awards to build, buy or renovate 195 affordable housing units in Asheville, Haywood, Jacksonville, Tabor City, Weldon Township, and Winston-Salem.
"The Bank's AHP awards have become a vital resource for developers that want to build or preserve housing that is affordable to North Carolina's residents earning $20,000 to $30,000 a year," said Lynn Brazen, FHLBank Atlanta director of Community Investment Services.