One of Western North Carolina’s major philanthropists has died. Adelaide Daniels Key was a member of the Daniels Family that once owned the Raleigh News and Observer. Following the sale of the paper she started the Adelaide Worth Daniels Foundation. She was an advocate for greater access to health care, education, community building, and the arts. She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Western Carolina University. Adelaide Daniels Key was 78.
Another big weekend of entrainment in Western North Carolina. Downtown After 5 is back on Lexington Avenue. While Rat Dog has canceled a future date in the area, a Greatful Dead tribute band is back in town.
There's Laugh Your Asheville is happening and there's lots of live theater to consider. Tony Kiss takes a l00k at some of the very busy entertainment schedule in the area, including the latest film from writer/director Woody Allen.
As you travel north on Biltmore Avenue into downtown Asheville off to your right you’re likely to see the top few floors of Asheville’s first skyscraper, The Jackson Building. The view of the New Gothic building is interrupted by a large blue construction crane. For many it’s a beautiful sign of progress coming to an area that has not enjoyed the same level of economic activity as the rest of downtown. David Hurand has our story…..
Now that Governor Pat McCrory has signed the state’s more than $21 Billion dollar budget, lawmakers and voters may shift their attention to political races. David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson about the race in the 6th Congressional District where a candidates’ post on Facebook has become the focus of the campaign……
North Carolina's budget Director Art Pope is leaving his post. Governor Pat McCrory made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. The governor said Pope's departure was anticipated and was not related to his controversial role in the McCrory Administration.
McCrory praised Pope for his public service and his knowledge of state government.
Pope said he will return to running his family's retail business, Variety Wholesalers. He declined to discuss in detail his future political plans.
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors announced Friday that Mary Grant will succeed Anne Ponder as the next Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Since 2002, Grant has been president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal arts, the designated public liberal arts college in Massachusetts, which parallels UNCA’s role in North Carolina's 17-campus statewide system.
Grant began her career in higher education as a research assistant at UMass-Boston.
WCQS afternoon host Trent Henley is leaving the airwaves to attend nursing school at Blue Ridge Community College. Trent joined WCQS in June 2006 and has been your reliable and charming afternoon voice during Fresh Air, All Things Considered, and Marketplace. In addition to hosting on WCQS, Trent has been providing music at wedding receptions and special events around Western North Carolina.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Moday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a decision that could overturn Amendment One in North Carolina. Immediately following the ruling, NC Attorney General Roy Cooper announced the state would drop its opposition to lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the statewide ban.