August 31st is international Overdose Awareness Day. This is a problem in our area and across North Carolina. drug overdose claims over 1100 lives in North Carolina each year and is on track to surpass motor vehicle fatalities by 2017. The majority of the overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Fentanyl and almost all are (more)
No one was harmed but it was a harrowing 69 mile chase down the Blue Ridge Parkway that began around 1 am on Friday morning, August 26th. The high-speed chase started with a man stealing a vehicle in Carter County, Tennessee. With authorities in pursuit, the suspect wrecked the vehicle in Avery County and hid in the woods until daylight. He then stole a GMC pickup and led authorities on a high-speed chase for almost two hours ending at Webb Cove Road in Asheville. After passing cars, cyclists, and motorcycles on the Parkway at excessive speeds, police were finally able to stop the truck at 8:30 a.m. using stop sticks. The Mitchell County Sheriff's Department, the Park Service and Buncombe County Sheriff's Office assisted Avery County officers. Police have not yet released the name of the suspect or what charges he will face after the chase.
This time of year a lot of hardwood species are dropping their nuts or seed. The NC Forest Service is looking to collect those seeds be it black walnut, hickory, persimmon, redbud or any other native hardwood species. They will collect the seed and send it to their nursery in Goldsboro to be used to grow more tree seedlings. Each year the NC Forest Service collects nearly 50,000 pounds of seed. It takes an abundance of seed to reach this goal due to near half of the seed collected isn’t viable. If you aren’t sure what type of tree you have, but you know it has seed on it, then give them a call and they will come out and take a look. The NC Forest Service also offers a variety of other services to private landowners. These include forest management, prescribed burning, tree planting, urban forestry advice, and much more. For seed collection or any other inquires on services call, 828-652-2636 and visit their website atwww.ncforestservice.gov.
August 31st is international Overdose Awareness Day, a time to commemorate loved ones lost from accidental drug overdose. In North Carolina, drug overdose claims over 1100 lives each year and is on track to surpass motor vehicle fatalities by 2017. The majority of the overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Fentanyl and almost all are preventable (more)
The make-up day for Substitue Teacher Training in Mitchell County will be Thursday September 1st at 1:00pm at the Mitchell County Board of Education. This training is required for all returning substitute teachers in the Mitchell County School System.
The Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing arts professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. The program is conducted by the Arts Councils of the Asheville Area, the Toe River, and Madison County and coordinated by the Toe River Arts Council. Artists working in all disciplines are (more)