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Help to Keep Your Pet

Friday, June 26th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville Humane Society has created a program to help when those unplanned life hardships come your way. Their safety net program can help with your pet-related needs.

Asheville Humane found that when people experienced difficult situations, many times they had no recourse but to surrender their pets to the shelter.  To prevent this heartbreaking separation, they have formed a safety-net program to help people get the help they need.

The program includes help in financial hardship; pet food assistance; temporary re-homing; pet behavior help and more.  See the flyers below for more details about assistance and the sites of the food pantries.

To learn more about all the safety net programs, contact Emily Gelb, Safety New Coordinator at 828-250-6429 or [email protected].

They want to help you make surrendering your pet to the shelter a last resort.


Patton Avenue Downtown Asheville to be Resurfaced

Friday, June 26th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s a case of good news…and other news. Road resurfacing slows traffic and that can be a hassle. But it results in newly repaved roads, making travel easier.
Twelve Asheville streets will be resurfaced in coming months. Paving contracts go before City Council for final approval at its June 23 meeting.
“The work will be done July through November, weather permitting,” said Greg Shuler, Public Works Director.

That includes work on short but heavily traveled stretches of Patton and Lexington avenues downtown.
Patton Avenue is slated for resurfacing from College Street to Biltmore Avenue, right past Pritchard Park. A shorter portion of Lexington Avenue will be resurfaced, from College Street to Patton Avenue.
How will this affect traffic?
There will be lane closures and “we are paving Patton and Lexington at night,” according to Public Works Project Manager Robert Kun.
So get ready for a little paving pain and think of the smooth streets that will result.

Other streets slated for repaving include most of Shiloh Road, off Hendersonville Road just south of Biltmore Village, and two streets in West Asheville, Covington and Wellington streets. In the north section of town Spears Avenue, off Merrimon Avenue, is on the list as is Stone Alley. On the south side Ballantree Drive and South Oak Forest Drive will be resurfaced. Here’s a list and maps of the streets included in this year’s projects: City of Asheville Paving Projects 2015.

How are streets chosen? They get a grade, says Shuler. Much like scores for school grades, streets are rated between 0 to 100. Roads are selected for resurfacing based on their pavement condition rating, or PCR. The average for Asheville’s streets is a 52, so “you can see we have a lot of work to do,” said Shuler.

Where does the money come from for road resurfacing? It is set aside from the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.

At a glance:

  • Miles of streets to be resurfaced: 4.47
  • Cost: $2 million
  • Timetable: July through November

Photo above: Patton Avenue, from College Street at the point of Pritchard Park to Biltmore Avenue, is slated to be resurfaced sometime between July and November.


Catawba Brewing Co. and Buxton Hall Barbecue Summer Series

Friday, June 26th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – This Fourth of July, Buxton Hall BBQ and Catawba Brewing have the ultimate summer party planned. Buxton will be cooking whole-hog, all-wood barbecue, and Catawba will be serving beer as local as it gets at the beautiful new outdoor space at 32 Banks Ave. The food will go from 2pm until it’s gone, and the beer won’t stop flowing until ten at night. And yes there will be live music – lot’s of it – going from 12pm – 9pm with six different acts.

Elliott and the gang will be tending the fires and the hogs all night long on the 3rd, and then serving it up outside on the 4th where there’s picnic benches, yard games, lots of room for pooches and kiddos, and a beautifully new landscaped space thanks to the efforts of Catawba and the building owners at 32 Banks Ave. – home of Vortex Donuts, Catawba Brewing, and soon to be Buxton Hall Barbecue and Public School Bar. The first installment of this summer series was a raging success, with lots of beer, BBQ, blue skies, bellies filled, and good times had. Be sure to come out for this one, it’s gonna be even bigger.

BBQ is served at 32 Banks from 2pm on. 

The Summer Series Continues…

Part 1: Saturday, June 20th – Done and done.

Part 2: Saturday, July 4th - Independence Day, Beer, and BBQ.

Part 3: Saturday, July 25th – Final event before the doors open at Buxton Hall in August!

WCU Scientists Risk of Sea Level Rise

Friday, June 26th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – A report released Tuesday (June 23) by the U.S. Department of the Interior that predicts the risk posed to U.S. national parks by rising sea levels was co-authored by two scientists from Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines.

WCU professor of geology Rob Young, who directs the shorelines program, and coastal research scientist Katie McDowell Peek were lead authors and collaborated with National Park Service scientists to produce the report released by Sally Jewell, U.S. secretary of the interior. The report estimates that national parks infrastructure and historic and cultural resources valued at more than $40 billion are at high risk of damage from sea-level rise caused by climate change.

The report is based on an examination of 40 parks – about one-third of those considered threatened by sea-level rise – and the survey is ongoing, Jewell said.

“Climate change is visible at national parks across the country, but this report underscores the economic importance of cutting carbon pollution and making public lands more resilient to its dangerous impacts,” Jewell said. “Through sound science and collaboration, we will use this research to help protect some of America’s most iconic places – from the Statue of Liberty to Golden Gate and from the Redwoods to Cape Hatteras – that are at risk from climate change.”

Almost 40 percent of the assets (the infrastructure and historic and cultural resources) in the 40 parks examined were put in a “high exposure” category because of their risk of damage from one meter of sea-level rise. That includes the assets at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, where the current replacement value of the assets was listed at almost $1.2 billion.

WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines has received several National Park Service grants in recent years to assist the agency in identifying resources threatened by sea-level rise and producing strategies for the preservation of the parks’ infrastructure and resources. The program in an internationally known advocate for science-based coastal management policies that consider and balance economic and environmental interests.

“We are honored that Western Carolina University is playing a major role in this process, which will help preserve these parks for the next generation of Americans,” Young said. “To no small degree, the protection of our nation’s coastal heritage is being guided from Cullowhee.”

A link to a Department of the Interior news release about the report can be found online at The report is accessible through

For more information about WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, visit

RAD Form-Based Code Process Begins

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – With some 180 working artist studios in a formerly industrial district, Asheville‘s River Arts District blooms with unique flavor. While that growth has been a vibrant part of Asheville’s allure to locals and tourists alike, it comes with its own challenges.

How can the River Arts District, or RAD, evolve in a way that preserves its character and yet incorporates thoughtful urban planning?

The City of Asheville is partnering with the RAD community and the Code Studio consultant group to form consensus on a go-forward plan through a form-based code structure. Simply put, a form-based code provides a way of regulating growth and development to promote a specific form, such as a mixed-use walkable community. Building heights, setbacks, in-fill development that’s in character with the community are components of form-based code planning.

Some 60 residents attended a form-based code project kickoff meeting at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center June 17. Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio led the group through a presentation demonstrating how form-based code can be used to enhance communities challenged by change and growth. Maps of the River Arts District were posted in the lobby and City staff were on hand to talk to residents about their interests and concerns.

“We’re hearing common agreement that people want to preserve the unique character, the funkiness of the area,” said City Planner Sasha Vrtunski, who is the lead manager on this project. “Retaining affordable artist workspace is another big item we heard about.”

RAD-area builder Bill MacCurdy was among participants at the kickoff meeting. “As a property owner I have a vested interest in what happens to the River Art District,” he said. MacCurdy spoke animatedly with the consultant and City staff at the kickoff meeting. “To a great extent this form-based code will have an effect on the people interested in the neighborhood and what type of houses I will design to meet their needs;  for example, parking places, on street or off, home offices and home studios,” he said.

Here is a copy of the presentation given at the kickoff meeting.


Next steps

The RAD form-based code kickoff meeting was only a first step in a months-long process. City staff are urging everyone interested in this neighborhood to mark July 25-29 on their calendars. That’s when the consultant and the City will hold a series of workshops, informational meetings and charrettes to gather and share ideas on ways to enhance the River Arts District.

All events are open to the public. Here’s the Charrette Week schedule and description of workshops.

“We’re interested in your feedback, especially during the charrette week when the whole team is here,” Einsweiler of Code Studio said during his presentation.


Learn more

Several websites and a Facebook page offer resources to residents who want to stay involved in the process and learn more about it.

Visit the City of Asheville River Arts District Form-Based Code Project Page.

Follow the RAD form-based code Facebook page.

Check out the Code Studio RAD page.



Thoughts going forward

Einsweiler told people at the kickoff meeting that form-based code is a tool that can be used to preserve and enhance neighborhoods. The City of Asheville used the form-based code process in its planning of West Asheville’s Haywood Road last year. That plan was adopted by City Council. Read about it here

Ultimately City Council will vote to adopt a form-based code for the River Arts District in spring 2016. Before the plan gets to city leaders, the consultant and staff will digest feedback from the charrette week.

The River Arts District has unique aspects to consider in this planning. Some of the challenges highlighted by Einsweiler:

  • How do we deal with flooding?
  • How do we find affordable artist workspace options?
  • How do we retain the character of the original components of the area?

We urge RAD residents and stakeholders to stay involved in this process. We hope to see you during the charrette week. In the meantime, if you have questions, contact City Planner Sasha Vrtunski at [email protected] or 828-259-5560.

WCU Diabetes Education Summit

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is partnering with Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital in presenting the WCU Diabetes Education Summit beginning Monday, July 13, and continuing through Friday, July 17.

The summit is designed for health professionals who interact with diabetic patients, including registered nurses, registered dieticians, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators and other health care team members.

Daily topics will cover diabetes education for health care professionals; foundations of care; glycemic targets, associated complications and management; diabetes in specific populations and settings; and diabetes expert fundamentals. The summit also will focus on resources for building a patient education program and preparing for the Certified Diabetes Educators exam.

“After conversations with local health care providers from several different disciplines, I realized that we have a deficit of certified diabetes educators,” said Judy Neubrander, director of WCU’s School of Nursing. “This weeklong conference will provide the education needed to prepare a provider for the exam. It also will provide an update for the nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or physician who wants to learn the latest in diabetes care.”

The summit will be held at the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus. Participants may attend any or all days of the event. Registration is $100 per day or $300 for the entire week.

WCU is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. CNE credit hours are available and live activity qualifies for CDR Continuing Professional Education for dieticians.

For more information or to register for the summit, visit or call WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 828-227-7397.

Run for Shindig on the Green 5K Race Fundraiser

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces Shindig on the Green, is excited to announce the fourth annual Run For Shindig on the Green, a fun and healthy way to help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and one mile Fun Walk/Run. The event takes place Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Carrier Park in Asheville with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Walk beginning at 8:35 a.m. The Run for Shindig on the Green 5K kicks off the 49th season of Shindig and is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Two overall winners will be recognized at this year’s first Shindig on the Green, on the evening of June 27th, and all race participants are encouraged to attend. The overall male and female winners of the 5K will each receive a beautiful mug featuring the Folk Heritage Committee logo and handcrafted by Mangum Pottery in Weaverville, NC. There will be additional medals and ribbons awarded to the winners of age divisions of the 5K Race. Race management timing and finish line services are performed by Right On Time Productions; race results will be available five minutes after the last runner finishes.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage CommitteeTM must raise funds to cover the costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as sound equipment and technicians. All proceeds from the June 27th 5K and Fun Walk will help to cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the GreenTM and the Mountain Dance and Folk FestivalTM in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 49th summer season is scheduled for June 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 15, 22, 29; and September 5. For more information, visit or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

Registration: Registration is open! Register for the “Run for Shindig on the Green” 5K Race and Fun Walk/Run online at Online registration closes Thursday June 25th. T-Shirts will be available for pre-registered participants only. There will be no T-shirts available for race-day registrants. Day-of-race registration is 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Carrier Park: The June 27th 5K and Fun Run fundraiser takes place at Carrier Park at the intersection of Amboy Road and Michigan Avenue in West Asheville.
From I-240 East: Take Exit 1C.
From I-240 West: Take Exit 1B. Take a left at the light and your next left after that, back onto I-240 East.  Stay on the ramp to take Exit 1C onto Amboy road. Carrier Park will be on the right after about .25 miles.

Parking: Parking is limited to 280 spaces at Carrier Park so please carpool if possible.

Loretta’s Big Hug Super Saturdays: On Saturday, June 27th, Shindig on the Green will be the beneficiary of Loretta’s Café’s Big Hug Super Saturday. Loretta’s will donate 10% of all sales on June 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to the Folk Heritage Committee. More information at


Folk Music Concert WCU

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The faculty of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop will perform a recital of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on early and folk instruments at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Cullowhee Baptist Church adjacent to the campus of Western Carolina University.

The musicians and their instruments include Lisle Kulbach, Holly Maurer, Gail Ann Schroeder (violas da gamba); Valerie Austin, Jody Miller, Patricia Petersen, Gwyn Roberts and Anne Timberlake (recorders); Erik Schmalz (sackbut); Lorraine Hammond and John Maschinot (harp and folk instruments); Robert Bolyard (voice and viola da gamba); and Jack Ashworth (harpsichord and viola da gamba).

Admission to the concert is free, but donations to the Gerald R. Moore Mountain Collegium Scholarship are accepted.

The summer Mountain Collegium Early Music and Folk Music Workshop at WCU offers classes in recorder, viol, voice and other early instruments as well as classes in folk, Appalachian, Celtic, Sephardic and contemporary music. The teaching organization’s site can be found at

For more information about the concert, call workshop director Jody Miller at 404-314-1891 or email [email protected].

Writers on the Rock June 28 Chimney Rock

Friday, June 12th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – On June 28 from 1-4pm, ten renowned authors who have written about Appalachia will gather at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park to autograph books, give presentations and be available for one-on-one chats with fans. A range of books by each author will be available for sale at a table manned by event sponsor Fountainhead Bookstore of Hendersonville. Writers on the Rock is included with Park admission, which is $15 for adults, $7 for youth ages 5-15 and free for children ages 4 and under.

“Writers on the Rock give guests a unique opportunity to see their favorite authors in person and to meet new ones,” says Shannon Quinn-Tucker, Public Relations and Promotions Manager. “Appalachia is rich with history and culture, and we’ve invited authors who have made their mark in the literary world, using Appalachia as a backdrop for their stories. We’re excited to be able to offer this event to the public and give folks the chance to meet some of the authors they’ve read and loved for years.”

Bibliophiles can view the soaring cliffs and stunning valleys of Chimney Rock and the surrounding Hickory Nut Gorge as they browse dozens of titles; they can also purchase books the authors have signed. Genres ranging from memoirs to cookbooks, suspense to poetry will be available.

Fans are encouraged to come early, as authors will begin speaking shortly after 1pm.

Ken Butcher

Ken was born in Washington DC and grew up mostly in Ohio. His father was an avid reader of science fiction and would pass along stories to Ken. Ken went to Ohio State University, where he majored in engineering. In 1988, he and his wife moved to Hendersonville NC where they raised their two sons. The Middle of the Air is Ken’s first novel and is intended to be the first of a trilogy about the Colebrook family. He’s currently working on the second novel in the series with a working title of The Face of the Water. Ken’s family has been involved in many local projects, including baking the world’s largest cookie (chocolate chip, 100 feet in diameter) and hosting the Olympic swim team from New Zealand for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.

Sheri Castle

Sheri is the author of several cookbooks, including The Southern Living Community Cookbook, released in October 2014, and The New Southern Garden Cookbook, which was named the 2012 Cookbook of the Year by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association and made the New York Times list “25 More Notable Cookbooks.” Her recipes and writing have been published in The Kitchn, Garden and Gun, Epicurious, Southern Living and My Recipes. You’ll find scrumptious southern dishes both familiar and revamped in her cookbooks, such as Ozark Pudding, Peach Iced Tea Sorbet, Real Skillet Cornbread and Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings.

Julia Nunnally Duncan

Julia grew up and still lives in McDowell County in Western North Carolina. Her published books include two novels, two short story collections, and three poetry collections, which have been reviewed or featured in Our State Magazine, North Carolina Literary Review, Southern Literary Review, Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains, and many other journals and newspapers. Her fiction books are set in a WNC textile mill town based on her home town Marion, and her poetry often explores her experiences growing up in 1960′s WNC. Awards and honors include a Blumenthal Writers & Readers Series Award in Fiction; finalist in the Novello Literary Award for her novel Drops of the Night; finalist in the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry for her collection An Endless Tapestry; selected poet for Winston Salem’s POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT program; and poetry winner in the Joyce Kilmer Poetry Contest and the Carolina Woman Magazine Writing Contest. Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in scores of literary journals and anthologies for the past three decades. Julia holds a B.A. in English/Education and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She teaches English and Southern Culture at McDowell Technical Community College in Marion, NC, where she resides with her husband Steve, a wood carver, and their daughter Annie.

Tommy Hays

Tommy Hays’s first middle grade novel, What I Came to Tell You, now out in paperback, was chosen as a Fall 2013 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and was selected for the 2014 SIBA Book Award Long List as well as for the American Booksellers 2014 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog. His adult novel, The Pleasure Was Mine, was a Finalist for the SIBA Fiction Award in 2006, and has been chosen for numerous community reads, including the One City, One Book program in Greensboro and the Amazing Read in Greenville, SC. The novel was read on National Public Radio’s “Radio Reader” and South Carolina ETVRadio’s “Southern Read”. His other adult novels are Sam’s Crossing, which has been recently re-released, and In the Family Way, winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. He is Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and Lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts program at UNC Asheville. He teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Murray State University. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he received his BA in English from Furman University and graduated from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Asheville with his wife, Connie, and their children, Max and Ruth.

Carol Heilman

Carol Heilman, a coal-miner’s daughter, married a farmer’s son, her high school sweetheart, over fifty years ago. She and her husband live in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Their children and grandchildren live near the east and west coasts where they often visit. Carol enjoys traveling, reading, writing, hiking, and cooking for friends. She is a recipient of two Carrie McCray Awards for writing excellence. Carol’s debut novel, Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar, was inspired by her mother’s spunky spirit and her dad’s Appalachian humor.

Cindy McMahon

Unplanned youngest daughter of activist hippies in the turbulent South, Cindy Henry McMahon survived family violence, fire, flood, poisonous mushrooms, and an ice-cold outhouse. She now lives a decidedly normal life in Asheville, North Carolina. Cindy’s family history is a slide show of the turbulent South: a thwarted lynch mob on a Georgia preacher’s front porch; the integration of Mercer University and Macon, Georgia’s Vineville Baptist Church; Birmingham, 1963; Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march to Selma; Koinonia Farm and the germination of Habitat for Humanity; inner-city activism and counter-culture communities in the woods. After a lifetime of hearing these stories but never fully understanding them, McMahon set out with a map and tape recorder to learn three things: (1) how the Civil Rights Movement and its aftermath shaped—or misshaped—her father; (2) how growing up in a family with this embittered, violent, and then absent father shaped her; and (3) how she survived it all remarkably intact. The result is her memoir, Fresh Water from Old Wells. It weaves together the regional and national events of the volatile 1960s and 70s, her family’s tumultuous Southern saga, and the stories of her own quest, which finally allows her to unclench her fist and release years of resentment and anger.

Ann B. Ross

Ann B. Ross is the author of the popular Miss Julia series, the first of which was published in 1999. The latest and 16th book in the series, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law, was released in April of this year and prompted a 12-city tour. Last year’s Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover was a 2014 Okra Pick and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List at #10. Ann graduated Magna cum Laude from UNC-A in Literature and earned her Master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a PhD from UNC Chapel Hill in Medieval Studies. She is the proud parent of three children and grandparent of six.

The Miss Julia series is available English, Japanese, Italian and German and is can also be found on CD, e-book and in large print editions.

Randy Russell

Randy Russell is the Edgar-nominated author of six published novels, three books of short stories about ghosts in the South, and two volumes of southern Appalachian folklore. His most recent work, The Ghost Will See You Now, was published by John F. Blair in 2014. Randy regularly presents True Ghosts programs across the South and has conducted hundreds of interviews of people who have experienced ghost encounters. Randy also leads workshops on writing book-length fiction. He routinely provides story critiques for new authors shaping their work for the commercial marketplace. Randy’s most recent novel, Dead Rules, originally published by Harper Collins, has sold in translation to publishers in Germany and China. The novel received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews and was brought out in England, Australia and New Zealand by Quercus Books, Ltd. He is currently represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House in NYC. Randy and his bride Janet Barnett live with their dog Princess Grace on a haunted cove road outside of Asheville, North Carolina. “Gracie lets us know when the ghosts are up and about,” he said. “It keeps us from walking smack into one.”

Susan Snowden

An Atlanta native, Susan Snowden moved to the mountains of western NC in 1995 to have more time to write. Since then her work—fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—has been published in more than forty literary journals and anthologies. She has received seventeen honors and awards for her writing, including a gold medal in 2013 for her novel Southern Fried Lies (IPPY Award for Fiction, Southeast Region). Archer Hill Publishing is bringing out her novella and story collection, A Closet Full of Masks, in August 2015. Susan works as a freelance book editor, editing fiction and nonfiction for publishers and authors.

Evan Williams

Evan’s book One Apple at a Time was born of family history which spans 240 years in the Henderson County area. His forthcoming novel, Ripples, features Chimney Rock, Lake Lure and the surrounding region as its setting. Evan still lives on the forty acres of orchard that has been home to multiple generations of his family. He often feels he grew up in a Grant Wood painting, experiencing rural America at its finest. An author, novelist and poet, Evan holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University, Charlotte and currently lives a self-described schizophrenic life, torn between his two passions – writing and cultivating heirloom apple trees.

About Fountainhead Bookstore

Locally owned and operated, Fountainhead Bookstore can be found at 408 North Main Street in Hendersonville, NC. Fountainhead carries an eclectic mix of books, including quality local and regional authors in both fiction and nonfiction, outdoor sports particular to the Western North Carolina region, general fiction and nonfiction, mysteries, science, history, books for tweens and children, notecards, gifts and more. Fountainhead is a member of the American Booksellers Association and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and reports to the New York Times Bestsellers Department. Find Fountainhead online at

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock can be accessed via a 491-step Outcroppings Trail or a 26-story elevator and offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species. The Rumbling Bald section of the greater State Park off of Boys Camp Road in Chimney Rock is the only other area of the Park that is currently open to the public. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Chimney Rock section of the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at

New Moped Registration Law

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, an estimated 17,000 mopeds are being operated on North Carolina roads.

Beginning July 1, 2015, a new law, G.S. 20-53.4, requires moped drivers to register their mopeds and pay the same fees as motorcyclists. A moped, by definition, cannot exceed 30 miles per hour on a level surface and cannot possess an engine larger than 50 cubic centimeters.

The new law does not mandate that drivers be licensed to operate a moped vehicle, but does require owners to pay $40 for a title and at least $15 to register their scooters and get a license plate from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

In order to be registered with the DMV and operate on a highway or public vehicular area (PVA), a moped must meet the following requirements:

  • The moped must have manufacturer’s certificate of origin.
  • The moped must be designed and manufactured for use on highways or PVAs.

According to the new law, if owners do not have a certificate of origin, they must submit an affidavit stating why they do not have the certificate and attest that they are entitled to registration.


Traffic laws

A person at least 16 years of age who is wearing a safety helmet may lawfully drive a moped on public roadways in North Carolina without the need to have a driver’s license or automobile liability insurance.

Despite the fact that mopeds are motorized vehicles, they are treated more like bicycles than automobiles for the purpose of North Carolina’s motor vehicle laws. The only “rules of the road” that apply to mopeds are those that apply to all vehicles:

  • Prohibiting driving while impaired
  • Requiring that vehicles be driven on the right half of the highway
  • Stopping at stop signs
  • Obeying speed limits



The issue of mopeds parking on city sidewalks has been a concern for some time now. Asheville Police Department (APD) officers are unable to ticket the illegal parking of these vehicles, due to a lack of registration. Without knowing who the “vehicle” belongs to, a citation cannot be issued. The only repercussion would be to issue a written warning. The City of Asheville has been working diligently to identify additional parking specific to mopeds. We hope this will improve both the pedestrian experience and pedestrian safety.

Over the course of the last 12 months (May 2014 – April 2015), APD has received reports of 73 moped thefts. Officers have a very difficult time tracing something to an owner with no registration. The new laws will make this much easier. In addition, the City is also researching devices that will allow drivers to secure their mopeds.



The Asheville DMV Title & Registration Office is at 780 Hendersonville Road, Suite 8, in the South Forest Shopping Center. For more information, visit


Moped safety tips

  • A moped should travel using the right-hand side of the lane. To pass a moped you must stay at least two feet to the left.
  • North Carolina law requires all drivers and passengers mopeds to wear a motorcycle safety helmet that complies with federal law.
  • The same DWI laws that apply to the drivers of other motor vehicles also apply to moped operators.
  • Stay out of traffic, as much as possible.
  • Do not share lanes with other vehicles.
  • Make sure other drivers can see you – wear light or brightly colored clothing.
  • At an intersection, never “squeeze” between parked cars and moving traffic.
  • If possible, install electric turn signals on your moped. Otherwise, be sure to use hand signals when you turn or stop.