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Buncombe County Superior Court Judge Alan Thornburg granted a motion by the City of Asheville to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group seeking to block the City’s planned removal of the Vance Monument.

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(Editor’s note: These two talks are part of an original four-part series, with the first episode having occurred earlier this spring and the last segment to take place in July. The details of the final episode will be announced at MountainTrue.org.)

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The Asheville Police Department requests assistance locating Gerald Davis, who was charged on Dec. 11 with second degree forcible rape in an incident that occurred on Aug. 3, 2008, in the area of South French Broad Avenue.

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The Asheville Christian Academy baseball team finished off a season sweep of Christ School last week in a 9-3 win on the Greenies’ home field. Two weeks ago, the Lions held on to beat Christ School, 5-4.

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In just two months since opening the doors on Feb. 19, the UNC Asheville-MAHEC COVID-19 Immunization Site has administered a total of 15,000 vaccines to community members from across Western North Carolina.

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Kanuga, a non-profit Episcopal-based camps, conference and retreat center, will hold a job fair from noon to 6 p.m., on Thursday, April 29, at 471 Kanuga Chapel Drive in Hendersonville.

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Carolina Day School senior Ashlyn Browne, a three-sport athlete, sports manager and senior sports journalist at Carolina Day, was accepted and has committed to Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee. Browne will be a member of the women's track & field and cross country teams …

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Spring 2021 classes at UNC Asheville are a combination of in-person, online or hybrid, something most students are familiar with from the fall, but this semester ushered in a new aspect with the addition of 25 Student Academic Course Ambassadors.

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The Center for Art & Entertainment (CAE) at 125 S. Main St. in Hendersonville will open its theater space on Friday, April 23, to nonprofits throughout Henderson County seeking a venue to host events to help raise funds or increase visibility for their organization.

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The secret is out — the benefits of living in Asheville and Western North Carolina are known far and wide. The WNC climate, with its four beautiful seasons, mountain vistas, pristine forests and small-town feel with big city amenities, all draw people to buy real estate in the mountains.

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UNC ASHEVILLE OFFERS SUMMER CLASSES, PROGRAMS, CAMPS

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As part of the annual in-restaurant fundraising program, the Make a Difference campaign raised nearly $6.2 million to support national organizations dedicated to affording kids the future they deserve. Over half of the funds raised ($3.4 million) are reinvested locally in communities across …

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With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential for hospital patients in need of transfusions. During April, which is designated National Volunteer Month, the American Red Cross is celebrating blood, platelet and plasma donors who help fulfill its li…

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As Earth Day 2021 approaches on Thursday, April 22, those concerned about the state of the planet look for ways to give back to Mother Nature. Whether it’s picking up litter at a local park, being extra mindful of recycling opportunities or helping out at local fairs aimed at educating peopl…

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Removal of the Vance Monument on Pack Square can now move forward with the approval of Asheville City Council and a denied court motion that sought to delay its demolition.

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The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas in Brevard, North Carolina, welcomes visitors back with exciting exhibits, including a working dog tag machine from WWII; a WWI-era organ for holding religious services in the field; and a Merchant Marine exhibit.

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Asheville Wisdom Exchange is a new virtual Zoom platform featuring a variety of topics presented by nationally known and local speakers. Presentations are every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. with no registration or fee.

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Question: What do you get when you cross art and the law? Answer: A group of dedicated individuals representing both arenas coming together to elevate Western North Carolina.

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The WNC Career Expo presented by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Mountain Area Workforce Development Board will hold a virtual hiring event April 14-16, with an additional in-person event from 11 am. to 6 p.m. April 15 at Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave in downtown Asheville.

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Asheville Wisdom Exchange presents “Judaism: On One Foot,” with guest speaker Rabbi Mathew Marko, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. The presentation will take place over Zoom and is free.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper eased up on statewide COVID-19 restrictions for businesses on March 26, citing a decline in the number of positive coronavirus cases and an increase in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Bullington Gardens, a horticultural education center and public botanical garden, plans to redesign and expand the usability of its grounds to enhance the organization’s mission.

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City of Asheville Offices to Close April 2 for Spring Break

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The S&W Market is a food hall and event space in Asheville slated to open in June. Located in the iconic 1929 S&W Building, in the heart of downtown Asheville, The S&W Market will be home to some of the best of local food and drink from Asheville’s renowned culinary community.

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The Aston Park Tennis Center will open for the 2021 season on Thursday, April 1. Facility hours will be daily, with two sessions of court availability — a morning session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an afternoon session from 3 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a one-hour break for midday cleaning.

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The Asheville Tourists 2021 coaching staff was announced by the Houston Astros Player Development Department today. Leading the way, in his first season as Manager of the Tourists and third as the High-A Manager for the Astros, is Nate Shaver.