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Asheville News Stories for Friday Feb. 23, 2007.

One Man's Home is Another Man's Advertising Opportunity
In the tradition of the wildly popular "One Red Paper Clip" and "The Million Dollar Homepage", Asheville, North Carolina resident Evan Smith has initiated a challenge that just might give him a place to call home. Daunted by trying to buy a reasonably decent house in an area where property values are skyrocketing, Smith is approaching his dilemma from another angle. The 42 year old chef/kitchen manager read about the Red Paper Clip and the Million Dollar Homepage and "thought maybe that kind of approach might work well for getting into a better house than I can afford around here."
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Lucinda Williams talks about new CD 'West'
1 hr ago | Q-Notes
but guess what? I am. And I'm not afraid to say it. -- Lucinda Williams performs at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville March 18.
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Saturday's College Basketball
St. Augustine Record
... 53 Tenn.-Martin 59, St. Peter's 58 Tennessee Tech 85, Northwestern St. 84, OT Tulane 73, Marshall 65 UNC Asheville 78, Radford 68 Union, Ky. 90, Virginia-Wise 80 Vanderbilt 83, Florida 70 Virginia 73, Florida St. 70 Virginia Union 63, N.C. Central ...
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North Carolina Wrestling titles up for grabs this weekend
News Observer
... BASKETBALL: The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association basketball tournaments are being played in the Asheville area this week. The boys and girls finals in 1-A, 2-A and 3-A are scheduled for Saturday at Asheville School. SMALLING STARTS ...
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Senate bill could eventually force Asheville city and Buncombe county school merger
RALEIGH — A state Senate proposal under consideration calls for restricting state funding in a way that could force a merger of Asheville City and Buncombe County school districts. Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand’s proposed legislation allows funding for only one school system in each county. The move would save $11 million statewide. “It seems to me like an expenditure we would be better off devoting to something else,” Rand said Thursday. Rand’s district in Cumberland County used to have a county and city system, but they merged years ago. The Senate legislation does not specifically call for a merger. But it would leave county officials with no choice but to raise taxes to support more than one school system or consolidate them into one. Should a merger occur, it is mostly likely that Asheville City Schools would be consolidated into the Buncombe County school system because Asheville is smaller.

Woman arrested for selling car she didn't own
ASHEVILLE - City police arrested a woman Thursday after she allegedly obtained a car in November from the Matthew’s Ford dealership for which she promised to pay more than $21,000 in cash for but sold the next month without delivering her payment. Joan Redmon Garrett, 46, was charged with obtaining property by fraud. The resident of Lynwood Circle was released without bond.

Seedling Sale to be Held March 2 & 3
Buncombe County Website
Hardwood seedlings sell fast – so the sooner you get your order in, the better! Some of the species of hardwoods have already sold out, but the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District still has a number of Black Walnut, Persimmon, White Oak, Red Oak, Wild Plum, Green Ash, White Ash, and White Pines. Any hardwood seedlings not sold by preorder will be available for sale on March 2 and 3, along with the white pine seedlings. The sale will be held at Jesse Israel and Sons Nursery and Garden Center, adjacent to the WNC Farmers Market.
Hardwoods sell for 75¢ and White Pines sell for 25¢ each, which a great deal! This is a great opportunity to add some trees to your land or for your group to add trees to the community. Let’s help the environment together. Place your order by calling the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District at 250-4785.

Hollywood Comes to Raleigh, NC
Cameron Bancroft (“Love and Human Remains,” TV’s “24”) stars as Dr. Evan Gibbs, who takes his 10-year-old son, Nate (Aidan Mitchell), to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina after the sudden death of his wife to cancer to set up a medical clinic in the small town of Dunn’s Rock. Through the support of the town’s mayor, Terry Hudson (Asheville native Bellamy Young, “Mission Impossible III”) and her daughter, Christina (Nichols), Gibbs and his son discover more than they expect.
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Who knows baseball? Cal does, OH - 8 hours ago
When he was old enough, Cal Ripken Jr. handled bat boy duties for the Baltimore Orioles' minor-league team in Asheville, N.C., that was managed by his father. Cal Ripken Sr. would take notes during games and share the observations with his son afterward while transcribing the thoughts onto index cards. The cards became lesson plans for the following day when Ripken Sr. would offer coaching advice to his players.
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Asheville News Stories for Tuesday Feb. 20, 2007.

Top MLB draft-eligible players, PA
Justin Jackson, SS Roberson High School, Asheville, N.C. Scouting report: Plus defensive shortstop with a 7 arm (on the 2-to-8 scale) and a short swing that should lead to high averages.
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McDowell County deputy violated policy in fatal crash
WBT-AM Charlotte
District Attorney Brad Greenway will decide whether Watson should face criminal charges. Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times.
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Chargers eye return to final
Cary News, NC
Now the Chargers (25-4) are looking to guide their destiny toward avenging last year’s tournament final loss. The first and second rounds of the NCISAA 3-A tournament are scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Christ School in Arden, while the final will be held at Asheville School on Saturday.
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Lindsey Buckingham Announces Third Leg of U.S. Solo Tour to Begin March 7
Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues March 15 Mobile, AL Saenger Theater March 17 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theater March 19 Asheville, NC Orange Peel March 20 Baltimore, MD Rams Head March 21 Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theater March 23 Westbury, NY North Fork

No offence?
Guardian Unlimited, UK
This fact was brought home to me this weekend when I visited Asheville, North Carolina. It's a liberal town and the high street bookstore was correspondingly full of anti-Bush books and paraphernalia (including a rather cool clock counting down how many days, hours and minutes until the Presidential handover in January 2008). The most effective indictment of the current climate in the USA, however, was a stand dedicated to all the books that have recently been banned in various parts of the country.
It was a bizarre and unsettling collection, largely made up of classic books deemed dangerous for a baffling variety of reasons. Among them were Harry Potter (demons), Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer's The Phantom Tollbooth (more demons), Huckleberry Finn (racist), The Catcher In The Rye (drugs, swearing, prostitutes), Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (explicit sex), and, perhaps most shocking of all, The Diaries Of Anne Frank (titillating and "a real downer"). Fahrenheit 451 isn't on the pile yet, but that's not for want of trying. The irony-blind parents of 15-year-old schoolgirl Diana Vern recently tried to get the anti-book burning novel withdrawn from their district's school curriculum because of its bad language.
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News Stories for Monday Feb. 19, 2007.

Spartans Edge Bulldogs, 4-3 on Sunday
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville won the doubles point and got victories from Rob Nunnery and Mauricio Correa but fell to UNC Greensboro, 4-3 in men's college tennis at the Asheville Racquet Club Sunday evening.
"We battled and played well but just couldn't get past a good UNC Greensboro team," commented Asheville coach Larry Hubbard. "We're getting better with each match."
The Bulldogs fell to 0-2 on the young season and will be in action again this Friday afternoon at Big South Conference rival High Point.
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Environmental Groups Say Pigeon River Still Dirty
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Two environmental groups have issued a report disputing the decision by North Carolina environmental regulators to lift all health warnings at the Pigeon River below the Blue Ridge Paper Products mill.
State officials declared all the river's fish safe to eat last month - ending nearly two decades of bans and health warnings.
But Clean Water for North Carolina and Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee say the river is far from clean. The groups have finalized a report arguing that Blue Ridge hasn't taken steps to decrease pollution and that state regulators haven't held the mill to sufficient standards.
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Highest January Temperature on Record
NCDC -- The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the highest for any January on record, according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The most unusually warm conditions were in the mid- and high-latitude land areas of the Northern Hemisphere.
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UNC-Asheville's Kyla Jones Named Big South Freshman of the Week for Third Time
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--UNC Asheville freshman Kyla Jones has been named the Big South New Balance Freshman of the Week for the third time this season. Radford's Kelli Darden was named the Choice Hotels Player of the Week by the conference office.
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NC High School Basketball Playoffs Schedule
Charlotte Observer, NC
Wednesday (semifinals, at higher seed, 7p.m.)
Sectional 4: S. Point (4-16) at Burns (7-16); N. Buncombe (16-11) at Olympic (12-12); SW Randolph (12-12) at St. Stephens (24-3); Forestview (12-12) at Asheville (17-9).
Thursday (semifinals, at higher seed, 7p.m.)
Sectional 4: S. Point (8-13) at R-S Central (15-11); N. Buncombe (20-6) at Waddell (3-18); Fred T. Foard (15-8) at Hickory (26-0); Asheville (16-11) at Hunter Huss (10-11).
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