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SoCon hoops tourney in Asheville through '17

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5/31/2013 - SoCon hoops tourney in Asheville through '17
by Keith Jarrett

ASHEVILLE -- Five schools are out, three schools are in, and Asheville will be home to the Southern Conference basketball tournament through 2017.

A hectic few months of comings and goings, additions and subtractions may be over now for the 93-year-old Southern Conference, which will look drastically different in 2014.

For now, a busy Thursday at league meetings in Hilton Head, S.C., concluded with announcements that three new schools were joining the league and a three-year contract extension to keep the basketball tournament in Asheville has been signed.

 

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U.S. home prices posted their strongest gains since 2006, as the housing recovery continued to gain steam.

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5/29/2013 - U.S. home prices posted their strongest gains since 2006, as the housing recovery continued to gain steam.
by Les Christie @CNNMoney

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

U.S. home prices posted their strongest gains since 2006, as the housing recovery continued to gain steam.

Prices on the S&P/Case-Shiller national index rose 10.2% in the first quarter, according to the latest report.

That marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year gains, says David Blitzer, head of S&P's index division.

The strong gains over the past year may be a bit of a statistical mirage, according to Robert Shiller, a Yale economist and co-founder of the index. Foreclosure sales are down, he said, and since foreclosures sell at a steep discount, that's boosted average home prices.

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But eventually the proportion of foreclosure sales will stabilize, and that will make annual price gains less dramatic.

There's another factor arguing against continued price gains, according to Shiller. Home prices are already at what he considers "normal" levels, adjusted for inflation. Even the steep housing downturn only took prices to where they would have been if they hadn't skyrocketed during the bubble.

Related: Bernanke warns against hitting the brakes too soon

Index co-founder Karl Case worries about the pace of new-home construction, which slowed in April. New construction is a big driver of GDP, he said, so that may be a sign that the economic recovery is flagging.

Quiz: How much do you know about mortgages?

Both economists, however, are still cautiously optimistic for two main reasons. First is the fact that near-record low mortgage rates have made home buying more affordable. The second is all the pent-up demand in the housing market after years of sluggish sales.

Phoenix recorded the largest year-over-year price spike, with a 22.5% jump. San Francisco prices rose 22.2% and Las Vegas prices grew 20.6%. New York, at just 2.6%, saw a modest annual increase. 

 

 

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Asheville Metro Zero Energy District kicks off its first community meeting Thursday May 30

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5/27/2013 - Asheville Metro Zero Energy District kicks off its first community meeting Thursday May 30
by Mountain XPress - Press Release/Margaret Williams

Zero Energy Districts have been implemented in cities around the world--areas where participants aim to produce as much energy as they use each year. Participants usually start with simple, low-cost projects and proceed toward higher-tech plans. The idea arrived here with New Belgium Brewery which is a leader in the Fort Collins, Colorado, Fort ZED project. FortZED cut peak energy use by 20-30 percent in its first full year of operation. Efforts there include neighborhood competition (how fast can you save?), an annual ZED Fest, attraction of high-tech businesses and a growing sense of community commitment to a green future. Organizers here believe that a similar effort can benefit both residents and businesses and become a key piece of the River Arts District renaissance now underway.

 

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Destination: Asheville with kids

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5/27/2013 - Destination: Asheville with kids
by WRAL.com - Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my family's trip to Biltmore in Asheville. I mentioned that I planned on writing more about Asheville the next week, but I forgot how crazy this time of year is with festivals, activities and all sorts of things to fill up my time.

So, as promised ...

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Census: Asheville continues growth

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5/24/2013 - Census: Asheville continues growth
by Clarke Morrison - Asheville Citizen Times

ASHEVILLE -- New Census Bureau figures show the city is continuing its population growth at a rate of nearly 3 percent over the past two years while the region's more rural areas have seen a decline.

The figures cleared for release today estimate Asheville's population in 2012 at 85,712, an increase of 2.8 percent from 2010.

Buncombe County's projected rise is 2.6 percent to 244,490, while for Henderson County the estimated increase is 1.4 percent to 108,266.

The numbers don't surprise Mike Miller, owner of Town and Mountain Realty, who said homesales in the city are strong.

"When I get calls from people moving here, those folks are more interested in living either in the city in walkable neighborhoods or very close to the city of Asheville where it's a fairly short, convenient drive."

 

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Asheville area performing arts events.

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5/22/2013 - Asheville area performing arts events.
by Asheville Citizen Times - Living

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Hendersonville Community Band "Pops & Patriotic" concert, 3 p.m. today, Blue Ridge Community College's Conference Hall, Flat Rock. Featured soloists include jazz clarinetist Joel Helfand, Russ Sena on trumpet, and trombonist Ken Kraus. $10, free for students.Call 696-2118 or visit www.hcbmusic.com.

JAM-Junior Appalachian Musicians, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. Come listen or bring your own instrument and jam. JAM includes instruction in fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin for grades 3-9 in Buncombe County. Free. Call 669-0930.

Daniel Ouellette and the Shobijin, 8 p.m. Thursday, Courtyard Gallery, 109 Roberts St., Asheville. By donation.

"A Tribute To Sting and The Police," 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and May 30-June 1, Music on the Rock series at Flat Rock Playhouse, 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville. $24. Call 693-0731 or visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

Lowdown South Band, 7 p.m. Saturday, Peacock Playhouse, 301 Church St., Hayesville. $18, $10 age 13-18, free age 12 and younger. Call 389-2787.

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, 8 p.m. May 26, Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville.

Pure Heart Ensemble featuring Richard Shulman, 8 p.m. June 1, White Horse, 105C Montreat Road, Black Mountain. $10.www.whitehorseblackmountain.com.

Johnnyswim, 8 p.m. June 1, Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. $15. Call 859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org.

Balsam Range, 7 p.m. June 13, Blue Ridge Community College's Thomas Auditorium, Flat Rock. $15. Call 694-4747 or visitwww.blueridge.edu/events.

 

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Asheville-area agencies to aid tornado victims

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5/22/2013 - Asheville-area agencies to aid tornado victims
by Sabian Warren - Black Mountain News

ASHEVILLE -- Area disaster relief agencies including the local American Red Cross chapter, Hearts With Hands and Samaritan's Purse are among organizations from across the country mobilizing to help victims of the deadly Moore, Okla., tornado.

 

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Bus for small business pulls into Asheville

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5/20/2013 - Bus for small business pulls into Asheville
by Asheville Citizen Times - Dale Neal

Turnstone tours cities with an outfitted bus, offering networking and free consulting for start-up businesses. The bus is in Asheville today.

Turnstone tours cities with an outfitted bus, offering networking and free consulting for start-up businesses. The bus is in Asheville today. / Special to the Citizen-Times

IF YOU GO

The Small Talks bus will be open to entrepreneurs 1:30-5:30 p.m. today at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. 
A "Fail Smart" discussion on the challenges of small business will be held at 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Wells Fargo building, 1 Haywood St., across from Pritchard Park. 
The events are free, but space is limited.Registration for individual sessions on the bus or the Fail Smart discussion is available athttp://failsmartasheville.eventbrite.com/

 

ASHEVILLE -- Entrepreneurs can get on board with the latest ideas and innovations when the Small Talks bus tour pulls into Pack Square today.

Turnstone, a division of the furniture manufacturer Steelcase, tours cities with an outfitted bus, offering networking and free consulting for start-up businesses. In its first foray through North Carolina, the Small Talks bus stopped in Durham and Chapel Hill last week before heading to the mountains.

 

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best beer towns in the USA

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5/8/2013 - 8 best beer towns in the USA
by Jordan Burchette and Lauren Passell, for CNN

Asheville is one of the 8 best beer towns in the USA!

 

(CNN) -- The history of beer in the United States is a rich one dating back to the colonies, when soldiers were paid in spruce beer and cider. From there beer weathered a Revolution, Prohibition and a right turn at Albuquerque before positively exploding with deregulation of the industry through the early 1980s.

Ever since, Americans have been sampling, celebrating and sophisticating the unofficial national beverage in ways previously unimaginable, and it seems nearly every town's gotten into the act.

But not all cities are carbonated equal. Some have begun to take beer personally, innovating its craft and consumption and throwing festivals to honor the finest ales and lagers -- creating a blueprint for the rest of the country to follow. Still others have been doing this all along.

This is the story of those towns, the top eight cities in America for beer explorers.

We've scored each out of 10 for history, breweries, bars and events, and would like to think every one of you will read the whole piece quietly, captions and all, nodding sagely as the indisputable truth of every line hits home. But, this is the Internet and if there's one place where froth belongs besides the top of your pint of ale, it's the comment box below. Feel free.

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