Blog :: 07-2009

New North Carolina Tax Credit

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7/16/2009 - New North Carolina Tax Credit
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What a great time to buy! North Carolina has just passed a new law to help residents achieve their dream of buying a new home! Home buyers who meet the income requirements and first-time home buyer guidelines may be eligible for a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC). First time Home Buyers, Buyers who have not owned a home in the past 3 years, or even current Homeowners that are looking to move to targeted areas designated by the lender may be eligible for a MCC. If you qualify for an MCC, you will be able to claim 20% of the interest you pay on your mortgage as a credit on your federal income taxes. You can save up to $2,000 EACH YEAR YOU LIVE IN YOUR NEW HOME on your federal taxes!

This program can also be combined with the new federal government's $8,000 Tax Credit, as long as you buy before December 1, 2009.

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Harrah's Cherokee Casino breaks ground on luxury tower

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7/16/2009 - Harrah's Cherokee Casino breaks ground on luxury tower
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CHEROKEE, N.C., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel today broke ground on its new 532-room luxury Tower, part of a $633 million expansion to position the property as the premier gaming destination in the Southeast and world-class entertainment and tourism destination. The Master Plan for the property is currently the largest hospitality expansion project underway in the Southeast and one of the largest in the U.S., offering the greatest number of hotel accommodations in the state.

Upon completion in 2012, the 37-acre property will have added a third tower incorporating luxury accommodations and high-end suites, a 3,000-seat events center, entertainment and VIP lounges, 16,000-square-foot spa, new state-of-the-art digital poker room, Asian gaming room, restaurant and retail outlets, and hotel and casino parking garages. Harrah's Cherokee is also renovating current casino facilities and doubling the size of its casino floor to 150,000 square feet while increasing video and table game capacity. The facilities will incorporate the Eastern Band of Cherokee's extensive and important collection of Native American art. Significant investment is being made in technology and group services, from business and conference support to elaborate catering services.

Today's groundbreaking ceremonies included Harrah's management and executives, Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal leaders, government officials and local VIPs, construction and design representatives and members of the media. The project has significant economic impact for the region, significantly increasing hospitality-related and construction jobs available in the region.

Speaking at the event were Principal Chief Michell Hicks, Eastern Band of Cherokees; Norma Moss, Chair of Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise; Lynn Minges, Assistant Secretary/Tourism, Marketing and Global Branding, North Carolina; Darold Londo, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Harrah's Cherokee; John Payne, Central Division President, Harrah's Entertainment; Ken Leach, Executive Vice President, Turner Construction.

Principal Chief Hicks said that the Tribe -- along with Harrah's Entertainment -- is proud of the massive expansion effort that will grow and transform the property into "a world-class entertainment and tourism destination." Chief Hicks noted: "Despite the economy, the expansion will position the property in perfect position -- ahead of the competition -- when the economy rebounds and we can welcome new customers anxious for world-class entertainment, accommodations and service."

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Senior/Disability Assistance

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7/15/2009 - Senior/Disability Assistance
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North Carolina excludes from property taxes the greater of twenty-five thousand six hundred dollars ($25,600) or fifty percent (50%) of the appraised value of a permanent residence owned and occupied by a qualifying owner. Claimant must be a North Carolina resident, 65 years of age or totally and permanently disabled (physician's statement required), and has a combined income of both spouses for the preceding year not to exceed $25,600. Applications must be made prior to June 1 of the year for which exemption is desired. Call (828) 250-4920.

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NC-Asheville is a "Best Buy"

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7/2/2009 - UNC-Asheville is a "Best Buy"
by Asheville Citizen Times

 UNC Asheville has been named a best buy in the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges, the school announced Wednesday. This is the 16th time UNCA has earned a spot on the list of 44 institutions.The guide praised UNCA for rigorous academics, small classes, internships, service-learning opportunities, undergraduate research and liberal studies.Professors received high marks for accessibility, passion and experience, according to the guide.The only other North Carolina public institution named to the best buy list was UNC Chapel Hill.Warren Wilson College earned a spot on the private school list.

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treet Dances Return

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7/2/2009 - Street Dances Return
by Asheville Citizen Times

HENDERSONVILLE The Street Dance has been part of that tradition in downtown Hendersonville for more than 90 years.The weekly dances with bluegrass music, square dancing and clogging return every Monday evening beginning July 6 and continuing through August.

Instructions are given to the dancers by a local caller.

At 6:30 p.m., Walt Puckett will teach audience members some basic square dancing, such as the right hand across, open the garden gate, and the shoe fly swing moves in traditional Appalachian square dancing.

The dancing takes place 7-9 p.m. Seating area opens after 5:30 p.m.; early admission is prohibited. Hendersonville city ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. Admission is free. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

In case of bad weather, the dance will be postponed until 8 p.m.; if the weather does not improve by 8 p.m., the performance will be canceled.

For more information, call 693-9708, 800-828-4244 or visit www.historichendersonville.org.

The following is the 2009 Street Dance schedule:

(Information is subject to change.)

July 6 Band: Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition. Dancers: Great Smoky Mountain Cloggers.

July 13 Band: Buncombe Turnpike. Dancers: Cole Mountain Cloggers.

July 20 Band: Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition. Dancers: Southern Mountain Smoke Cloggers.

July 27 Band: The Buddy Davis Band. Dancers: Cole Mountain Cloggers.

Aug. 3 Band: Southern Crescent Bluegrass. Dancers: Rough Creek Cloggers.

Aug. 10 Band: Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition. Dancers: Forge Mountain Cloggers

Aug. 17 Band: The Buddy Davis Band. Dancers: Forever Young Cloggers.

Aug. 24 Band: Buncombe Turnpike. Dancers: Southern Mountain Smoke Cloggers.

Aug. 31 Band: Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition. Dancers: Great Smoky Mountain Cloggers.

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reen Home Tour

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7/2/2009 - Green Home Tour
by Asheville Citizen Times

The Environmental and Conservation Organization is organizing its second annual Green Home Tour in August in conjunction with the Southern Energy and Environment Expo on Aug. 22 and is looking for green homes that showcase green technologies.The homes should be in south Buncombe, Transylvania or Henderson counties and feature a high degree of green technology in their construction or retrofit.

Examples include homes that demonstrate sustainable design in their use of energy, water and materials, and reduction in impacts on human health and the environment.

Increasingly people are realizing that green homes provide substantial savings to the homeowner in utility costs as well as health costs due to a healthier inside environment, ECO Executive Director David Weintraub said in a news release. Green Home Tour spotlights some great examples of what homeowners and builders have done to remodel or build a home that works with the natural environment, saving energy, conserving water and saving money.

The featured homes need not be new construction since ECO is interested in showing both newer homes as well as older homes that have made substantial changes to become more energy-efficient. The Green Home Tour is a fundraiser for ECO to help support its renewal energy and green infrastructure programs.

The Green Home Tour will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 22.

For more information about showing your home, to help volunteer or sponsor the program, call 692-0385 or visit on at www.eco-wnc.org.

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