Last year Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal asked listeners to share what their economy feels like on a personal level. Local business owner Jen Swearington of Jennythreads in West Asheville responded. She was featured on the program recently. You can listen to the audio featured below.
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People with a little bit of adventure in them can start the new year off with a hike. The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation is organizing free group hikes tomorrow called "First Day Hikes." Spokesman Charlie Peek says he went on the first one four years ago and people really seemed to enjoy it.
Charlie Peek: "You get a reconnection with nature. You get a little bit of fresh air and exercise. And also, perhaps just as importantly, you get to kind of decompress after the holidays, and kind of reset a little bit for the new year."
As you may have heard, the President recently signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 into law. Among its provisions, the law extends the Charitable IRA Rollover for 2014. This means that individuals age 70 ½ or older are authorized to make tax-free distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) of up to $100,000 to qualified charitable organizations. While these Qualified Charitable Distributions are not tax deductible, they do offer substantial advantages.
The calendar indicates that winter arrived about a week ago but temperatures remain in the rather mild. That's not necessarily good news for the growing interest in winter sports in Western North Carolina. David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about the expanding financial commitment on the part of various ski areas in Western North Carolina.
The post Christmas weekend has arrived and with New Year's Eve on the horizon there is plenty to do in the region. Tony Kiss takes a look at many of the new films that have arrived at area theaters, the music scene, and live theater. Check it out.