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Education
2:31 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Asheville Names New School Superintendent

Dr. Pamela Baldwin

For the first time Asheville City Schools will be led by an African American woman.  Dr. Pamela Baldwin has been named system Superintendent. Dr. Baldwin was chosen from a field of  more  than one hundred candidates.  She is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction with Scotland County Schools.   Dr.

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Economy
8:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Older Entrepreneur Month

A growing number of older Americans are choosing not to retire.  Instead they are going into business  for themselves.  This week AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration held an older American job fair at A-B-Tech.  Suzanne LeFollette Black is Associate Director of AARP North Carolina.  She spoke with David Hurand.

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Arts and Culture
8:43 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Tony is looking ahead to next Wednesday and the opening of MoogFest, April 23-27 in Asheville.  But this  weekend Earth Day will be celebrated on Lexington Avenue and Highland Brewing marks its' 20th anniversary. This weekend also serves to recognize independent "Record" stores and there are lots of new movies in area theaters and the Asheville Tourists are back at McCormick field for a big weekend of baseball.

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kostova
9:35 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Elizabeth Kostova introduces American readers to Bulgarian literature

Elizabeth Kostova says she’s lost count of the number of times she’s visited Bulgaria, but she can’t forget the first time she visited as a student.

It was 1989, and she arrived just a week before the wall fell in Berlin.

“We were there in time to see the first public demonstration in the streets of Sofia in 45 years,” she said. “It was very moving.”

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salatin
5:48 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

"Lunatic Farmer" Joel Salatin brings farming gospel to WNC

 

For organic farmers, Joel Salatin is like a rock star.

One person told me he’s the best lecturer she’s ever seen. Someone else compared his talks to an old fashioned tent revival. When I mentioned that to Salatin, he laughed.

“I absolutely would be classified as a member of the religious right,” he said.

Salatin calls himself a “Christian, libertarian, environmentalist, capitalist farmer.” That may seem like a set of contradictory terms, for to Salatin, they’re exactly what he’s all about.

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Arts and Culture
8:36 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Trumpet Spectacular:  The Asheville Symphony takes the stage at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Saturday night to perform Handel's,  Music to the Royal Fireworks,  Hummel's Trumpet Concerto, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the WCU Concert Choir and the Asheville Symphony Chorus.  Also  this weekend, singer songwriter David Wilcox performs at the Altamont.  The Mother Earth News Fair  takes place in Asheville this weekend at the WNC Agriculture Center and Draft Day starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner has opened at area movie theaters.  Tony Kiss has it all.

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Politics
2:12 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote is twenty-five days  before  a scheduled election.  Therefore, the deadline to be eligible  to vote in the May 6th primary is Friday April 11th.   Buncombe County Election Services Director Trina Parker spoke explained the nuts and bolts  of registering to vote to David Hurand.

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Politics
9:33 am
Wed April 9, 2014

The Shape of the 49th State Senate District Race

Republicans will choose between  R.L. Clark, Mark Crawford, and Clarence Young to determine who will run against Democrat Terry Van Duyn to represent the 49th State Senate District.  Earlier this month Buncombe County Democrats chose Terry Van Duyn to fill the seat formerly held by the late Martin Nestbitt.  Martin died in early March at the age of 67.

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Environment
9:10 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Congress and the Coastal Barrier Resources Act

The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) was the subject of a Congressional Hearing this week in Washington.  In 1982 CBRA  garnered unanimous support in the U.S. Senate and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.  North Carolina Representatives Mike McIntyre and Walter Jones Jr.

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Arts and Culture
10:19 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Baseball is back and Tony is thrilled.   The Asheville Tourists have opened their 2014 season at McCormick Field.  There's also lots of live theater to consider including a Neil Simon play at the Flat Rock Theater.  There are a couple of  new movies in the area, including Captain America.  The Western Carolina University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines will screen the documentary film "Shored Up".  The critically acclaimed film examines how different communities are trying to cope  with rising sea levels. It will be screened at 4 pm Sunday at A.K. Hinds University Center.

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