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Chuck Edwards Campaign/NC Senate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican already running in November to succeed former Sen. Tom Apodaca will now serve the remainder of Apodaca's term through the end of the year.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed business owner Chuck Edwards to the 48th Senate District seat covering Henderson and Transylvania counties and part of Buncombe County. Local GOP activists last week picked Edwards to complete Apodaca's two-year term after Apodaca resigned July 15. Apodaca had already announced last year he wasn't seeking re-election.

Ken Thomas

 

When we think about the Appalachian Mountains, what often comes to mind for many Americans is their natural beauty, their small towns, huge forests, their dueling banjos and the unique locals that pick away at them – whatever it is that comes to mind, it’s the product of a distinct culture and heritage, all its own—and for the last thirteen years, a private non-profit in Western North Carolina has worked to preserve just those things, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

 

 

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival sponsors a Fringe night performance at Asheville's Crow & Quill on Lexington Avenue Wednesday evening at 8. The show will feature the wild improv dance group, The Accidentals.  Jim Julien of Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and Raj Bowers-Racine of The Accidentals were in the studio with Dick Kowal to talk about the performance and this January's 15th annual Festival.

Mountain Xpress

It's been an exciting week at WCQS, and the jewel in the crown was being named the #1 Local Radio Station (non-commercial)  in the Mtn X Best of WNC 2016. Thanks to the readers of Mountain Xpress for selecting WCQS, for the second year in a row! We are honored to serve the people of Western North Carolina. You will hear our thanks every day.

Congratulations to Eve Layman of Asheville! Eve is the winner of the 5th Annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle!  Our Grand Prize winner had the choice of either a 2016 Audi A3 or Q5. Eve selected the A3 and she's over the moon with her good fortune.

Our Grand Prize winner was selected at random and announced on air August 17, 2016. Our thanks to last year's winner, Mark Medlin, Audi Asheville manager, Charlie Shieren, WCQS General Manager, David Feingold and WCQS reporter, Helen Chickering for doing the honors.

  The Brevard Community Band, under the direction of Jamie Hafner, performs Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College.  The concert is titled "Music for a Festival," and features saxophone soloist Joel Helfand  in addition to guest artists Timothy Shepherd, organ, and brass players from the Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass.

Jamie Hafner visited our studios to speak about the concert with Dick Kowal.

Davin Eldridge

 

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods." - John Muir

 

Every year in the Smoky Mountains another visitor’s death makes the local news.

 

“What a scary experience, Gabriel Alexander was attacked while in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

 

  Asheville Community Theatre will present the Pulitzer prize winning play Crimes of the Heart, opening Friday, August 12th. Cast members Sarah Billings and Julianne Arnall were in the WCQS studios to talk with Dick Kowal about the play.

Thanks to everyone who entered the Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle. The raffle is now closed. We will announce the winner during the 5 o'clock hour of All Things Considered on August 17th.

WCQS General Manager, David Feingold, Audi Asheville Manager, Charlie Schieren, and last year's Grand Prize Winner, Mark Medlin will select the winner at random. Stay tuned for the drum roll!

Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

An opponent of the Duke Energy plan to convert its coal-fired plant in Asheville to natural gas says the plan would be a disaster in the fight against climate change.  Dr.

WCU

 

With the help of on-campus voting sites, college students in Western North Carolina are disproving the age-old notion that they just don’t vote.

 

TIGHAR

 

  

   An Asheville climate scientist is preparing for an expedition to the remote islands of the central Pacific where he’ll study the environment - and work to help solve one of history’s most famous aviation mysteries – the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. 

Earhart, first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic Ocean, mysteriously disappeared while flying over the Pacific in 1937.

The Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is in high gear and we have an Early Bird Prize-winner!

The winner of the mountain getaway and adventure from the Sourwood Inn and Curtis Wright Outfitters is Tricia Franck of Weaverille! Tricia is still in the running for the Grand Prize - the winner's choice of an Audi A3 or Audi Q5 from Audi Asheville!

US Drought Monitor

It’s summertime in the mountains, and along with high temperatures, the season has also brought drought conditions to the region. 

Believe it or not, Western North Carolina is experiencing a drought at the moment, despite the heavy rains and powerful storms that have passed through in recent weeks—its impact is being felt throughout many mountain communities.

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Logan Wallace is a Hillary Clinton supporter and a delegate representing western North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.  The 22-year-old Franklin native is a lifelong Democrat who's been very active in local politics in Macon County.  Now he's attending his first presidential convention.  Wallace told me he got behind Clinton because of her experience and track record of getting things done.  He said that polls showing many voters find Clinton untrustworthy is largely a product of negative coverage by the media.  But he says once voters get a chance

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