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UNCA Men’s Basketball but Fall at Western Carolina 87-76

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Western Carolina placed four players in double figures and forced 27 UNC Asheville turnovers as the Catamounts defeated the Bulldogs 87-76 at the Ramsey Center Wednesday afternoon.

Asheville (3-8) was led by freshman guard Jaron Lane’s career-high 12 points. Freshman center D.J. Cunningham had 11 points and nine rebounds. J.P. Primm , Quinard Jackson and Sean Smith added 10 points each.

“We’re playing a little better but just made too many mistakes to beat a team as talented as Western Carolina,” stated Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach. “We had opportunities to get closer but just didn’t make plays when we needed to make them. You have to give Western Carolina credit. I thought when they had to hit a shot or had to get a stop they did. There’s a reason Western Carolina is 11-2 and have wins over Louisville and Bradley.”

The Catamounts (11-2) were led by Jake Robinson’s 25 points. The senior forward went 7-of-10 from the field and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. He scored 17 points in the first half and helped give WCU a 43-35 halftime lead. Brandon Giles chipped in 15 points, while Richie Gordon finished with 14 points. Brigham Waginger had 10 points and eight assists.

“We didn’t cover Jake Robinson a few times in the first half and every time we did he hit a three-pointer,” commented Biedenbach.

WCU took control of the game in the first half when it went on a 16-0 run to race to a 20-6 lead. Asheville helped the Catamount cause with seven turnovers in the first five minutes of the game. Robinson knocked down three long treys to spark the run.

The Bulldogs battled back. Asheville went on an 11-0 run as the Cats went ice cold from the field and cut the lead to 25-20. WCU led 43-35 at halftime. Asheville had 17 first-half turnovers that resulted in 20 Catamount points.

In the second half, the Catamounts quickly went on an 8-2 run to open the half and lead 51-37. The Bulldogs could get no closer than 10 points the rest of the game.

Asheville controlled the glass with a 43-29 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs did a great job from the free throw line as they went 30-of-37 for a season-high 81 percent.

However, Asheville struggled from the field and three-point line. The Bulldogs went 21-of-52 for 40 percent and shot 34 percent (11-of-32) from the field in the second half. Asheville shot just 21 percent from the three-point line as it went 4-of-19. The Bulldogs were 1-of-11 from beyond the arc in the second half.

UNC Asheville plays next on Saturday afternoon when the Bulldogs travel to defending Big South Conference champion Radford at 4 p.m.

Governor Perdue to Introduce New Education Initiative in January

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

RALEIGH, NC – Gov. Beverly Perdue says education will remain a top focus for her administration during 2010. She say she plans to introduce a new program called “Ready Set Go”, which she hopes will help more students graduate high school.

“There will be a way that North Carolina will continue to be a preeminent educational leader as we make sure that every kid stays on grade level and goes through our public school system on a scale, a trajectory to graduate high school, career, vocational or college ready. You’ve got to do that.”

She recently told reporters that her recent trip to China prompted a greater “sense of urgency” to fix the drop out problem. “If you take every kid in America’s school houses and dump them into a pot, we were told that the Chinese have more gifted and talented programs than all those in America,” said Perdue. “So it’s imperative for North Carolina that we don’t lose 30 percent of our children.”

She recently told reporters that her recent trip to China prompted a greater “sense of urgency” to fix the drop out problem. “If you take every kid in America’s school houses and dump them into a pot, we were told that the Chinese have more gifted and talented programs than all those in America,” said Perdue. “So it’s imperative for North Carolina that we don’t lose 30 percent of our children.”

The Grove Park Inn and Spa Sponsors Fireworks for New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The skies over downtown Asheville will light up again on New Year’s Eve as The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa sponsors the final Seasonal Sizzle for 2009. Beginning at 7 p.m., the season will sizzle with spectacle, savings and chances to splurge. Holiday magic will literally be in the air as the night sky over Asheville sparkles. The lively atmosphere will go well into the evening with events like a New Year’s Eve party at Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar and special discounts at Grove Park Inn’s award winning restaurants. Visitors are invited to view the final Seasonal Sizzle at Seven fireworks from one of many vantage points at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, including the Sunset Terrace, Blue Ridge Dining Room, Magnolia Lounge and Horizons.

For more information, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.0050 or 828.252.2711 or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Asheville School Senior Wins Grand Prize in Video Contest

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Sixth Former Jonathan Hopkins’s video entitled “What Is Asheville School?” with music by Sixth Former Jeff Warren recently won the Best Student Video Contest. There were nearly 40 videos considered from various boarding schools.

Hopkins won $500 for himself and $500 for Asheville School, which will go into Asheville School’s annual Cody Fund.
Congratulations to Jonathan for his efforts in creating this award-winning short video. Winning a grand prize in this contest acknowledges Jonathan’s creative vision and the quality of the Asheville School’s experience. To view the video, click here.

Retired Mayo Clinic Executive Named Interim CEO at Mission

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Mission Health System Board of Directors has appointed Carleton T. Rider to serve as interim president and CEO of Mission Hospital and the health system. Rider, who retired in 2008 as a senior administrator of Mayo Clinic after a career of 31 years, will assume his new responsibilities effective January 1, 2010 and serve until the Board completes its national search for a permanent chief executive.

“Carl’s credentials and experience are outstanding, and we are pleased to have a healthcare leader of this caliber join Mission,” said Board Chair George Renfro. Added Board Vice Chair Janice Brumit, who chairs the CEO Search Committee, “Carl’s long and distinguished career has been focused on quality healthcare, and that focus will serve us well in ensuring that Mission maintains its high clinical standards and excellence in patient care during this transition.”

“I am eager to join the Asheville healthcare community, which has earned a national reputation for delivering high quality, cost-effective care,” commented Rider. “I look forward to working with Mission’s superb physicians, administration and staff to keep Mission on the leading edge.”

Rider is a senior fellow with the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. During his career at Mayo Clinic, he served in a variety of roles, including administrator of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville from its initiation in 1984 through 1993. In 1993, he was named Continuous Improvement Officer at Mayo Clinic and in that role served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2006, he was named the Distinguished Mayo Administrator.

To ensure a smooth transition, Renfro said Rider will work closely with outgoing Mission CEO Joseph F. Damore, who announced his decision to resign this past fall. “Once again, we want to express our thanks to Joe Damore for preparing Mission for the many changes and challenges ahead in healthcare,” Renfro said.

Renfro also announced that the Board has selected the national consulting firm of Korn/Ferry International to lead the recruitment effort for a new Mission chief executive. Korn/Ferry will work closely with Brumit and the 10-member CEO Search Committee, which is made up of current Board members, including three area physicians.

WCU Heritage Center Jam Series to Feature Sweet Tater Band

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

CULLOWHEE, NC – Western Carolina University’s First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series will continue Thursday, Jan. 7, with a concert by the Sweet Tater Band, followed by a jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

Composed entirely of Jackson County residents, the band will get the music started at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. Performers of old-time and bluegrass music are invited to bring their instruments and take part in the jam session that will follow the group’s performance.

The jam session series will continue at the Mountain Heritage Center on the first Thursday of each month through May, with all programs held from 7 to 9 p.m. The lineup of performers for future concerts includes Wayne Seymour, the Frogtown Four and Laura Boosinger.

The events are free and open to everyone. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, and the events also are open to those who just want to listen.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call the museum at (828) 227-7129.

First Edition of 2010 Tourists Promotional Schedule Announced!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The baseball equipment may be back in storage by now and for most people the holidays are on everyone’s mind, but that has not stopped The Asheville Tourists from beginning to plan their 2010 promotional schedule. We will continue adding more events to the 2010 season, but we wanted to give you a sneak preview of the events we have already planned. Due to the popular demand of our fans, we have secured the dates for six firework shows at McCormick Field next season. The dates for those shows are as follows: May 15th, June 18th, July 2nd, July 3rd, July 30th, and August 14th.

We have also secured the dates for two special appearances at McCormick Field next season. The first is former Braves all-star Dale Murphy on June 19th. Murphy was considered one of the premier players during the 1990’s. He was a seven-time all-star with the Braves who also led the National League in homeruns and RBI’s twice. Details on the appearance will come at a later date, but the former Braves player will be signing autographs at the field on Saturday, June 19th for all fans in attendance.

The second appearance is the ZOOperstars! who will entertain all fans at the game on Saturday, July 31st. For those who have not seen them, they will be one of the highlights on the promotional schedule this summer. The ZOOperstars! show features hilarious characters such as Harry Canary, Ken Giraffey Jr., Roger Clamens, and many more. They are sure to keep you laughing all night long.

Another new item to the promotional schedule this season is two Feed-Your-Face-Fridays! On these nights fans will be treated to an all-you-can-eat menu at the concessions stand that will be included in your ticket price. The menu will include all-you-can-eat hotdogs, nachos, chicken tenders, popcorn, and peanuts. Ticket prices for these games are $13 for a box seat and $10 for a general admission seat. The two Feed-Your-Face-Fridays will be May 21st and August 13th. This is an event that you are definitely not going to want to miss.

Be sure to stay updated to any new promotions we add to the 2010 season by visiting our website at www.theashevilletourists.com. Tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now if the form of season tickets, flex packages, and mini plans. If you are in need of ticket information please don’t hesitate to call the front office at 828-258-0428.

UNCA Women’s Basketball Faces Western Michigan in JMU Tournament

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team will compete in the James Madison Invitational Tournament this Tuesday and Wednesday at the JMU Convocation Center. The Bulldogs will battle Western Michigan Tuesday afternoon starting at 5 p.m. Asheville will play either Lafayette or host James Madison on Wednesday at either 5 or 7 p.m.

The tournament is a homecoming for Bulldog head coach Betsy Blose. Coach Blose played and coached at James Madison and is a native of Harrisonburg, Va. where the school is located.

“This is an exciting tournament for us to be in and for me to coach in,” commented Blose. “The tournament should provide some great competition for our team.”

Asheville played last and battled before falling to Elon at home, 73-68 on Dec. 21. The Bulldogs trailed by 18 in the second half and just missed tying the game late.

“We did a nice job coming back against Elon,” declared Blose. “Our effort was excellent, and we almost pulled it out. We just got too far behind.

“We’re still a work in progress,” added Blose. “We just need to put the pieces together.”

Asheville faces the Western Michigan Broncos on Tuesday. WMU is 4-7 on the season but has faced a tough schedule.

Junior forward Lindsey Montgomery is Asheville’s leading scorer going into the tournament. She is averaging 12 points per game and averaging 9.8 rebounds per outing. Montgomery has posted three double-doubles this season with two of them in the last three games. She has averaged 14.7 rebounds per game in the last three outings.

City Government Holiday Schedule

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville city government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 28 and Jan. 1.

Asheville Transit will provide bus service Dec. 24 until 7:30 p.m. Transit operations will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Garbage collection will take place Dec. 24 as normally scheduled.

All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – during the holiday.

It’s Easy and Free to Recycle Your Tree!

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The holiday season is almost over and cut trees have begun to dry out and must be disposed of. Each year, as many as 90 percent of cut trees are recycled. Most are chipped and turned into mulch. Others are submerged in ponds to create fish habitats or to prevent shoreline erosion.

After you remove all the decorations, lights, stand, and tinsel from your family’s cut holiday tree, give it another life with recycling. Trees will be accepted for recycling at the following locations between December 26 and January 18:

* Buncombe County Landfill

85 Panther Branch Road


Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

* Memorial Stadium (behind McCormick Field)

Hours: Trees can be dropped off any time between December 26 and January 18.