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NC college students win high marks at robotics competition

May. 16, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Robert Brenneman didn’t know what to expect at the 2022 IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware Competition in Mobile, Alabama. As captain of the UNC Asheville’s IEEE Student Chapter, Brenneman and his 11 team members developed a robot not knowing whether it could compete at the...

Agriculture corner in Asheville brings communities together

May. 07, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A mustard seed of faith, hard work and heart are helping to cultivate a historic Asheville neighborhood. In 2014, Southside Community Garden was established as a food source for residents who lacked accessibility to grocery stores. “There...

NC music icon’s handgun returned over 43 years after theft

May. 01, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Forty-three years is a long time to wait to reclaim stolen property, but that’s how long it took for one Madison County music legend. On April 15, Sheriff Buddy Harwood presented Bobby Hicks with the pistol Hicks lost in 1978 in Greensboro. Hicks is a...

Black bear proves perfect pedestrian in downtown Asheville

Apr. 23, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A smarter-than-average bear took a tourist jaunt through downtown Asheville — even taking care to use crosswalks at intersections — before police guided it back to nature. Asheville Police say the call they received Thursday about a bear milling through...

Police: Man who stalked attorney Bakari Sellers arrested

Apr. 13, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina have arrested a man who allegedly sent dozens of threats to Black civil rights attorney and former state lawmaker Bakari Sellers. Grant Edward Olson Jr., of Asheville, North Carolina, is also accused of intimidating Sellers for...

NC court upholds Asheville's removal of Vance obelisk

Apr. 05, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A western North Carolina city's decision to remove a downtown monument honoring a Civil War-era governor was upheld Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals. An appeals panel unanimously affirmed Superior Court Judge Alan Thornburg's decision last year to dismiss...

NC sheriff's office: Boys, 15 and 10, fatally shot

Mar. 29, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

SYLVA, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina said two boys are dead after a shooting over the weekend. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a report of a shooting off Ferguson Road in Sylva on Sunday and found two boys, ages 10 and 15, shot, WLOS-TV...

Conservation group buys unlogged North Carolina forest land

Mar. 10, 2022 10:13 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A nonprofit land conservation group has purchased more than 57 acres in western North Carolina to ensure that forest land that has never been harvested will remain intact. Conserving Carolina has announced the purchase of an area known as Chestnut Hills, the...

Contractor defaults on I-40 bridge project in North Carolina

Mar. 06, 2022 14:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A contractor has defaulted on a contract to build a $12.3 million bridge replacement on Interstate 40 in North Carolina, a state agency said. The N.C. Department of Transportation said in a news release that it terminated its contract with National Bridge...

Police find abandoned animals locked in cages on roadside

Mar. 06, 2022 13:57 PM EST

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — A group of abandoned animals was found locked in cages on the side of a North Carolina road, according to police. The Black Mountain Police Department says the animals were left off Dunsmore Avenue late Tuesday or early Wednesday, news outlets reported....