Some of what’s going around:
-The city of Asheville will change to district elections for Asheville City Council if N.C. Sen. Tom Apodoca, a Henderson County Republican, follows through on early talks of legislation to make that change, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times. Why make such a change? The newspaper reports that Apodaca tells some fellow legislators that there is a large group of south Asheville business people who feel that end of town has been historically under-represented on City Council.
–The Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park property in Maggie Valley is going up for sale, reports the Smoky Mountain News.
–A film crew in Marion is retelling the story of an unsolved McDowell County murder case, reports the McDowell News.
–A plan by a famous soul singer and her husband to turn an old Canton school into a top-notch community center is back on track, according to The Mountaineer newspaper. Songstress Gladys Knight and her husband, William “Billy” McDowell, a Canton native, hasn’t advanced far since the couple announced their intentions nearly three years ago after McDowell bought the property known as Reynolds School. Now McDowell says new architectural drawings should be ready within 90 days for a room-by-room renovation, the newspaper reports. McDowell says he an Knight plan to raise money for the work, while pledging half a million to $1 million dollars of their own money toward it.
–The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is considering building a large new mixed-use development on its Western North Carolina reservation, the Cherokee One Feather reports. Principal Chief Patrick Lambert has been touting the new development as a way to kickstart the local economy and benefit tourists and locals alike.
On June 7, tribal officials hosted representatives from the Cordish Company at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. The group talked about new entertainment, food and retail venues that could serve visitors and provide jobs, according to the report. Examples of those developments include Maryland Live and Fourth Street Live. Here’s a list of recent articles about the Cordish Company and some of its developments.
–There are a couple of clean-up events to be aware of this weekend, courtesy of Asheville Greenworks. More:
Celebrate Father’s Day than a spring-cleaning of old electronics, batteries and more at environmental nonprofit Asheville GreenWorks Hard 2 Recycle event Saturday followed by a river cleanup in collaboration with Mountain True and French Broad Chocolates Sunday. Get the little ones involved to recycle old books with Snake Rabbit and Snail Bookmobile, recycle unwanted pet items to Asheville Humane Society, e-cycle old electronics with Asheville Greenworks and One Click Fix and clean out unwanted personal care items to be up-cycled by Terracycle. A full list of what is and is not accepted can be found on GreenWorks website: www.ashevillegreenworks.org.
On Sunday, Asheville Greenworks has teamed up with Mountain True and French Broad Chocolates to host a river cleanup. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with volunteers meeting at Hominy Creek River Park. FBC owners Jael and Dan Rattigan will join the 4-mile cleanup with their two sons. The event will end around2 p.m. on Riverside Drive where shuttles will transport all involved back to their vehicles. Volunteers will receive a seasonal box of French Broad Chocolates along with a raffle ticket for the following celebration at Catawba Brewing Co.’s South Slope taproom following the cleanup. The raffle features $300 in gift certificates, including whitewater rafting trips on the French Broad River courtesy of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, French Broad Chocolates, Catawba Brewing Co., Vortex Donuts, Buxton Hall Barbecue, Burial Beer, Green Man Brewery and MountainTrue.
What: Hard 2 Recycle event with Asheville GreenWorks
When & Where: Saturday, June 18 at 108 Monticello Road, Weaverville, NC (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
More information: Contact Asheville GreenWorks at 828-254 1776
The Details (Part Two):
What: Father’s Day River Cleanup
When & Where: Hominy Creek River Park at 194 Hominy Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28806