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Tired of Having a Mailbox Full of Credit Card Offers?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Are You Tired of a Mailbox Full of Credit Card Offers?ASHEVILLE NC – It’s fairly easy to stop unsolicited credit card offers. Just call or write the credit reporting agencies and restrict the sale of your credit report information. Stopping unsolicited credit card offers has an additional benefit; you’ll have fewer identity theft-sensitive documents to shred.

By using one of the following three methods, your request to opt out will be submitted to the four major Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs) of Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion. Opting out will stop most pre-approved credit card offers.

By telephone: Call 1-888-5OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688). Be sure to specify that you wish to be permanently removed from pre-approved credit card offers; otherwise you will be placed back on the recipient list in two years. To permanently opt-out, you will have to fill out a form that the CRA will mail to you.

By mail: Write a letter giving your name and address along with the statement “I am permanently opting out of the firm offers prescreening program.” Send the letter to each of the Credit Reporting Agencies listed below:

Equifax Options
P.O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374-0123

Experian Target Marketing
P.O. Box 919
Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion Corporation
P.O. Box 97328
Jackson, MS 39288

Online for electronic and mail processing:  Visit www.optoutprescreen.com. This official credit reporting industry website accepts and processes requests to opt out of the pre-approved offer system. Select the appropriate option to opt out for either 5 years or permanently.

For permanent removal, you’ll be required to complete the form online and then mail it to an address that is given after you hit the “submit” button. The two forms are similar in format but contain a slightly different confirmation statement just below the box to enter your telephone number (optional).

City Council to Hold Meeting in East Asheville

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville City Council will hold a community meeting in East Asheville Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will be held in the theater of Haw Creek Elementary School at 21 Trinity Chapel Road in East Asheville.  Area residents and city staff will share presentations on city and community initiatives in East Asheville. A public input session will follow the presentations.  City Council and the presenters will be available to answer questions and take comments at that time.

The main parking lot for the school can be accessed from Bethesda Road off Old Haw Creek Road.  Additional parking is available from Trinity Chapel Road.

For more information about the meeting, contact Marsha Stickford, City of Asheville Neighborhood Coordinator, at 259-5506 or [email protected].

Photography Workshops to be Offered at WCU

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will be offering workshops on digital camera basics and processing digital images in the coming weeks.

The first workshop, “Mastering Your Digital Camera,” is designed for the novice digital photographer and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Room 143 of the Cordelia Camp Building.

Instructor Gordon Pike will show participants how to take the best photographs possible by covering topics such as composition basics, memory cards, camera settings, exposure, resolution, compression, file formats, and color adjustments and white balance.

The workshop cost is $59, with lunch included.

The second workshop, “Digital Workflow with Adobe Lightroom,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4.

Designed for beginner and intermediate photographers, the workshop will provide information on topics such as setting up folders on a hard drive, importing and cataloging images, and sharpening and printing images. Instructor Les Saucier is a professional nature photographer who has taught across the nation for more than 30 years.

The workshop will be held in Room 137 of Camp Building and the cost is $229.

For more information on either workshop, call the Office of Continuing Education at 828-227-7397. To register for a workshop, go to http://learn.wcu.edu.

“State of the Black Student” Highlights Black History Month at UNC Asheville

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a series of events, headlined by a distinguished panel analyzing the “State of the Black Student.”

The following Black History Month events at UNC Asheville are free and open to the public:

February 8: “Hotel Rwanda” – This Oscar-nominated film tells the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed more than 1,000 Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. The screening takes place at 8 p.m. in Highsmith University Union Grotto, and is sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Black Student Association.

February 9: “State of the Black Student” – This panel discussion features:

  • Omar Tyree, author and consultant
  • Marc LaMont Hill, host of “Our World With Black Enterprise” on TV One, and affiliated faculty member, Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University
  • Eve Wright, vice president/associate general counsel of the NBA’s Miami Heat
  • Hezekiah Griggs III, founder of HG3 Media and CEO of H360 Capital

This event takes place at 7 p.m. in Humanties Lecture Hall and is presented by UNC Asheville’s Office of Multicultural Student Programs.

February 16: “Soul Café” – This live performance by Immovable Force, featuring music, poetry and spoken word, takes place at 8 p.m. in the Highsmith University Union Grotto, and is presented by UNC Asheville’s Office of Multicultural Student Programs.

February 20: “Soul Food Junkies” – Filmmaker Byron Hurt will screen and discuss his film that explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food. This event begins at 7 p.m. in Highsmith University Union room 143, and is presented by UNC Asheville’s Black Student Association.

The university’s Office of Multicultural Student Programs has also organized Black History month events for students only, including a trip to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro.

For more information, please contact Lamar Hylton, UNC Asheville Office of Multicultural Student Programs director, at 828.251.6585.

County Blood Drive – January 18

Monday, January 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – There was a serious crash involving a tractor trailer and a church van in Transylvania County on December 21, which completely depleted the Red Save a life, give blood.Cross’ supply of O negative blood in the Asheville area.

It’s important to remember that a serious crash could happen at any time, anywhere – and we want to make sure blood is available when patients need it. While all blood types are needed, type O negative is always in high demand, as it can be transfused to anyone in an emergency situation like this.

Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. Blood and platelets can be used for trauma victims – due to accidents and burns – heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, when there are complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.

Can you help? Please come to Buncombe County Government’s blood drive and donate. Every pint of blood a donor gives can save three lives.

This drive is open to anyone qualified to give and it only takes around an hour.

Buncombe County Blood Drive
Wednesday, January 18
9:30a.m. to 2p.m.
Training & Development Building
199 College Street

Call Stacy Taylor at 231-3055 to schedule your appointment or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code buncombecounty.

All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for a pair of Delta Air Lines tickets!

City Announces New Police Chief

Monday, January 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – After an extensive national search, the city of Asheville announced today that William Anderson will serve as the city’s next police chief, effective March 1.

Chief Anderson brings 34 years of experience in public service to the Asheville police department with over 10 years served as a police chief.  Currently serving as Chief of Police in Greenville, NC, Anderson is highly regarded in his field.  He currently serves as the regional director for the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police and was appointed to the State Emergency Response Commission in 2011 by Governor Beverly Perdue.  Chief Anderson also served 11 years in the Coast Guard Reserves and is an active community member, serving in numerous civic and professional organizations.

“William has a proven track record of leadership in the areas we heard were most important to our community, our employees and our strategic partners.  He has a wealth of experience in tackling the challenges that come with being the police chief in a diverse and dynamic community” said City Manager Gary Jackson.  “I am confident he is capable of taking the department to the next level.”

“My family and I are thrilled to relocate to Asheville,” said Anderson.  “The Asheville police department is well known and respected throughout the state and I am excited about the opportunity to lead the department.”

Anderson is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL and a graduate of the FBI National Academy – 192nd session.

Chief Anderson’s acceptance of the offer marks the end of an extensive recruitment process which drew 109 applicants and began with input meetings with community members, police officers and community stakeholders.  The process involved a comprehensive assessment center which involved 18 assessors made up of city staff, community stakeholders and 5 law enforcement executives.  The assessment center was a series of exercises designed to view the final candidates in a variety of roles a police executive must assume.  Finally, the process concluded with in-depth interviews between the city manager and the finalists.

Women’s Heart Health Event Offered by Park Ridge Wellness

Monday, January 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s an underreported health crisis: More than 42 million women are currently living with heart disease, the leading cause of death in women. In fact, more women than men die of heart disease every year, according to The National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease. Park Ridge Wellness wants to invite you to learn more about this silent killer at the free presentation “Women’s Heart Health,” which will take place Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at The Health Adventure, located in the Biltmore Square Mall – Exit 33 from I-26.

Park Ridge Wellness Coordinator, Julie Palmer, will share how your lifestyle may be putting you at risk for heart disease, and what to do to protect your health. Pre-registration for “Women’s Heart Health” is required by Tuesday, Jan. 31. To sign up, please call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).

Ignite Asheville Aims to Inspire Ideas

Monday, January 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition and a core team of community businesses and volunteers bring Ignite Asheville to the area on Tuesday, February 21st. The open to the public, ticketed event will be held at The Grey Eagle in the River Arts District.

An event held globally, the Ignite event format follows five minute speaking segments where selected participants present their ideas and personal or professional passions, accompanied by a slideshow of 20 slides which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The aim is to inspire thinking, ideas, conversation and action about varying subject matter.

Similar to Pecha Kucha, a Japanese originated format that features 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each, the presentation is also widely referred to as “lightning talks.” Originating in Seattle, Washington (2006), Ignite was the creation of Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis in conjunction with O’Reilly Media and MAKE magazine. Since its inception, it has become a speaking phenomenon with over 50 events held annually across various international cities.

“Events such as Ignite are essential for generating ideas and creative synergy among the community,” said Pam Lewis, Director of Entrepreneurship for The Economic Development Coalition and The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber and EDC has embraced this notion and we are thankful for the tremendous support from area businesses, and the energy and time from volunteers to make this first event possible. We hope this is just the first of many.”

For more information on participation in the event, including tickets sales, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities please visit igniteasheville.org.  Presentation submission deadline is February 3rd, 2012.

Brookstone Lodge Winter Special

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Brookstone Lodge announces winter special at their Asheville accommodation: Buy 2 Nights Get 1 Free for a limited time. Good through March 31st!
Don’t wait to plan your last minute getaway!! 877-798-5888

**Based on Rack Rate and not be combined with any other offers and/or discounts***

County Offices to Close for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – All Buncombe County Government Offices and Buncombe County Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Landfill and Transfer Station will be open regular hours.