Friday Nov 29
National Parks Traveler
Maintenance Work Will Lead To Temporary Closures Along Blue Ridge Parkway
If you're planning to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway next month, you'll want to read this to see the schedule for temporary road closures due to routine maintenance.
Snow creates buzz
Western North Carolina escaped an early taste of winter relatively unscathed Wednesday, despite high winds, blowing snow and slick roads early in the day.
Heaviest Rain Expected Tuesday Evening
Rain continues throughout our part of the state Tuesday night. The heaviest rain is Tuesday evening, then backs off to lighter and more showery rain toward daybreak.
Commissioners approve Long Mountain conservation easement
On Nov. 19, Buncombe Commissioners voted to spend $69,000 on a conservation easement to protect 121 acres from development on Long Mountain in the Upper Hominy area.
Land along parkway protected
A conservation group bought 104 acres of property along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Jackson County it says will protect mountain views.
Wrightsville Beach Magazine
Old Wilmington Christmas
Every year at holiday time, Kathy and Don Britt head for the hills of Alleghany County.
Chestnut Hill strives for historic preservation
As a historian, I find myself coming to the defense of history, and especially where its benefits are tangible -- for instance, in architecture and neighborhoods.
The Asheville Citizen-Times
Tellabration festival today at Asheville's Folk Art Center
Four well-known storytellers will spin their tales for an afternoon of entertainment presented by the Asheville Storytelling Circle.
New parkway chief dreamed of working in the Blue Ridge
Mark Woods often looked out at the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance as a young man in his native Greenville, S.C. When he joined the park service, he always dreamed of working along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Charlotte Observer
Blue Ridge Parkway tracts protected
The Conservation Trust for North Carolina has bought 104 acres that adjoins the Blue Ridge Parkway in Jackson County, adding to a 16-acre purchase in October.
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Kenneth "Ash" Ashley
<![CDATA[Kenneth "Ash" Ashley died November 6 in Fort Collins, Colo. four weeks before his 93rd birthday. Ash was born to Ray and Alice Ashley on Dec. 10, 1920 in Oak Park, Ill. He was preceded in death by his sister Jean and his parents. Survivors include his wife Ethel, children, Jan Brunk (Ron) of Whitefish, Montana, Dave Ashley (Sandi) of Helena Mont., two grandchildren Laurie Dear (Chad) and Eric Ashley (Olivia) and two great grandchildren (Jacob Ashley and Zoe Dear). Ash graduated from Colorado A&M in 1943 with a Degree in Forestry. He became engaged to Miss Ethel Rayner, a native of Fort Collins, before enlisting in the Marines. He was a WWII Veteran serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Western Pacific seeing action at Peleliu, Angaur and Okinawa as an artillery aerial observer. He was discharged with many military honors. Ash and Ethel were married on Dec. 8, 1945 in Fort Collins. They began their married life in Walden and Gould, Colo. where they were both employed by the Michigan River Timber Company. In 1947, Ash began a career in the National Park Service as a Ranger in Yosemite where he was stationed until 1958. His career then took them to Mount Rainier NP, Yellowstone NP and Blue Ridge Parkway, Va. He retired as Chief of Operations in the Rocky Mountain Regional Office overseeing ranger activities in Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier and numerous other Park Service areas. After the children were grown Ethel went back to college to earn a teaching Degree at Radford University and taught until Ash's retirement in 1980 when they moved back to Fort Collins. From a nursery planted in 1985 at their home on South County Road #7 Ash grew and supplied trees to Fort Collins City Parks, boulevards and residences. His volunteer activities included serving as a charter driver for the SAINT program. He was a Member and Chair of the Larimer County Parks Board and headed a group that produced The County Parks Master Plan. In 1990 he was appointed by the Fort Collins City Council to a three member Task Force charged with defining a vision for the future of the Cache la Poudre River. He was a member and secretary of the Colorado Forestry Association for many years. He volunteered as a Travel Counselor at The Colorado Welcome Center from the day it opened in 2000 until 2011. Perhaps his proudest achievement was being recognized as "An Outstanding Forest Steward" by the State of Virginia for his management of a Tree Farm the family established in 1969. He and Ethel were members of Timnath Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder and as Finance Committee Chairman. Ash and Ethel's marriage of 68 years was rich with family, friends and fun. To those who knew them well, they were referred to as one, "Ash and Ethel" or "Ethel and Ash." Memorial contributions may be made to Timnath Presbyterian Church or the Nature Conservancy in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Fort Collins, CO, 80524. A Memorial Service will be held at Timnath Presbyterian Church, 4020 Main St., Timnath, on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Interment with military honors by the United States Marine Corps will be held Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery. To send online condolences to the family visit bohlenderfuneralchapel.com
Commissioners approve Long Mountain conservation easement
Image of a wetland meadow on Long Mountain via the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy On Nov. 19, Buncombe Commissioners voted to spend $69,000 on a conservation easement to protect 121 aces of land from development on Long Mountain in the Upper Hominey area.
Easement to protect parkway views
Buncombe County commissioners today approved spending $69,300 on a conservation easement on property in Upper Hominy, saying the move is important to protect views from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition open through Nov. 22
The 11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is currently open for registration and submissions.
Being true to your heritage good for economy
Our homegrown musical legend Doc Watson may have had the first and last word on authenticity.
VMNH board ponders growth
Waynesboro may not be the only worthwhile place to open a branch of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, according to officials studying the idea.
Mountain land to be added to U.S., N.C. forests
A conservation group recently sold the state 250 acres of forest in the Globe Township and is nearing completion of a sale of another 212 acres nearby to the federal government.
Incredible fall colors in the U.S.
In this Oct. 17, 2013 photo provided by Grandfather Mountain a woman stops to take a photo of the fall foliage along the bridge over Green Mountain Creek on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain in Linville, N.C. While colors in the northern, higher elevations of South Carolina are still emerging, trees are exploding with color at the ... (more)
City to add miles of sidewalks
The city is embarking on a major project to construct sidewalks along a 5.3-mile stretch of Hendersonville Road to improve pedestrian safety and access to businesses.
Diamond Brand plans new location
The store will be on Hendersonville Road, just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the Parkway Center alongside Liberty Bicycles, Starbucks and the new Fresh Market.