Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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More of what’s going around:

-This coming weekend could be a busy one around Asheville and Western North Carolina if Florida residents fleeing Hurricane Irma come to the mountains for refuge. Stay tuned.

Savage Race, an obstacle course race similar to the Spartan Race series, has expressed an interested in hosting an event in Asheville. Savage Race organizers have taken note of the popularity of the Spartan event held out in Swannanoa, says Demp Bradford, executive director of the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission.

-Mission Health is requiring some workers to reapply for their jobs. Anyone know how many employees are affected?

-In June 2017, the Asheville City Council created a Blue Ribbon Task Force for the purpose of discussing and ultimately advising the City Council about the creation of a new advisory board focused on human relations within the city, according to a press release. The Blue Ribbon Committee had its first meeting Aug. 23 and has the following meeting dates set:

September 6 at 5:30 p.m., Asheville Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street, First Floor Conference Room
September 20 at 5:30 p.m., Stephens Lee, 30 G.W. Carver Ave., Afterschool Room
October 4 at 5:30 p.m.
October 18 at 5:30 p.m.
November 1 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information including related documents and upcoming meeting locations, please see the Blue Ribbon Committee webpage. Please contact Jaime Matthews at [email protected] for more information or questions regarding this committee.

-Bryson City town leaders aren’t sure about allowing sales of alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays, the Smoky Mountain News reports. They’re scheduled to vote on the issue Wednesday. Meanwhile, Nantahala Brewing, which just expanded in Bryson City, is rallying supporters to come out in favor of approving the “brunch bill.”

-The Rainbow Institute, an arm of Rainbow Community School of West Asheville, is hosting its annual More than Mindfulness Conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 6-7 at the school, according to a press release. More:

The conference is intended for parents, teachers, school administrators, and other educational related professionals. CEU’s for this professional development opportunity are available. The cost is $65 for a standard Friday and Saturday ticket and $90 for a VIP ticket. Registration is limited and closes in just 3 weeks. For more information contact the event planner, West Willmore at [email protected]. Learn more about this event and all Rainbow Community School events by going here. On Facebook, go here.

-There will be a Watercolor Society of North Carolina painting demonstration in Asheville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 at First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. More:

The Western Region of WSNC invites members, and others interested in watercolor, to see a demonstration of watercolor techniques. Ann Vasilik, Judy Rider, and Al Junek will simultaneously paint and answer questions. A luncheon will follow in the church lunchroom, with time to share with fellow artists. Visitors will enjoy the architectural features of this historic building. Fee: $20 (for demonstrations and lunch). Contact: Ann Vasilik at (828) 251-2997, [email protected] Deadline for reservations is Sept 13.

-VF Outlet will host “Fall Fest” on Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to4 p.m. in their Asheville store located at the Asheville Outlets at 800 Brevard Road, Suite 850, according to a press release. More:

The event kicks off the fall fashion season with a fun shopping experience with a rock ‘n’ roll twist, while also helping to raise awareness and donations to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The day starts with our popular “Stuff-a-Bag” promotion, in which the first 25 people through the doors receive a limited-edition bag and 25 percent off all the merchandise that can fit into the bag. The number of bags are limited so we suggest shoppers arrive early. For additional information about the event or directions to the closest store, please visit

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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1 Comment

  1. Big Al September 6, 2017

    Maybe this is what you are hearing about at Mission:

    Mission is moving all cardiac telemetry (patients on portable heart monitors) monitoring stations from three separate on-campus locations to one combined Cardiac Monitoring Unit (CMU) off-campus. All current monitor technicians, as well as many new hires, are required to apply (or re-apply) to fill the positions at the CMU. This affects about 80 positions. Many of these technicians hold dual roles as CNAs, EMTs and other jobs and, if not hired by the CMU, can presumably remain at their previous positions.


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