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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY OPENS MANY FACILITIES FOR BUSY WEEKEND

Source:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times/US Today Network Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional opening of the tourist floodgates on the Blue Ridge Parkway, when the entire 469-mile roadway and all facilities are open for camping, picnicking, hiking and sightseeing.  But the recent downpours, and more rain forecast for the weekend, have delayed some openings and should…

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WIDENING THE VIEW OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen Times ¨Renew The Views¨ project coming soon to the Blue Ridge Parkway… Imagine not getting a haircut for 80 years! That´s how the Blue Ridge Parkway is looking in some spots these days — a little hairy and ragged around the edges.  But in the first major project of its kind…

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I-26 WORK TO AFFECT TRAFFIC ON LAND & WATER

  SOURCE:  Mark Bennett/Asheville Citizen Times/USA Today Network ARDEN:  State engineers are considering canoes and kayaks as well as cars and trucks as they draw up plans to widen Interstate 26 from outside Asheville to near Flat Rock.  The NC Dept. of Transportation is designing a new bridge over the French Broad River between the…

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ASHEVILLE AIRPORT RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION TAKING FOREVER?

Excerpted from an article by John Boyle of the Asheville Citizen-Times – ¨Answer Man¨ ¨Question:  Why isn´t the Asheville Regional Airport runway complete?  Construction has been going on forever…?¨ Real answer:  per Tina Kinsey.  ¨Constructing a new runway and taxiway on an operable airfield is a years-long process.  The airport planned for a four-phase, five-year…

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WANT TO AVOID THE FLU WHILE FLYING? TRY A WINDOW SEAT!

SOURCE:  Mike Stobbe for AP/Asheville Citizen-Times “Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane?  Get a window seat, and don’t leave it until the flight is over….That’s what some experts have been saying for years, and it’s perhaps the best advice coming out of a new attempt to determine the risks of…

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TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, NC – ABOUT OUR COUNTY

SOURCE:  Transylvania County, NC website & Land of Waterfalls website “Transylvania County is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina, about half way between Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC.  The county seat is Brevard, NC.  The Transylvania County Courthouse, located in the heart of Brevard, is on the National Register of…

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ASHEVILLE AIRPORT UPDATE…

Excerpted from an article by Mike Cronin for the Asheville Citizen-Times. “Expanding the number of airlines and routes servicing Asheville Regional Airport requires maintaining existing relationships with legacy carriers, developing options with Allegiant Air, and further marketing of Asheville as a destination and a brand, two consultants (reporting to the Asheville Chamber Of Commerce) said…

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY BACK ON TOP….

…AND RECORDS SET FOR SMOKIES… Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times “…Just over 15 million people visited the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2015 – that’s a 7% increase over the year before for the 469-mile roadway, which stretches from Cherokee to Shenandoah in Virginia.  The warm fall and mild winter brought a lot…

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ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT TO INITIATE SERVICE TO DC…

Excerpted from article by Leah Buletti for Asheville Citizen-Times.com… “Allegiant Air has announced people will soon be able to fly directly to the Washington DC area from Asheville.  One-way fares from Asheville to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will be as low as $39, the air port said  in a news release. ” The flights…

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GUIDES TO WNC’S DIVERSE NATURAL WONDERS

Again and again, we give credit and great thanks to George Ellison, nature columnist at the Asheville Citizen-Times – this time for his short list of good guidebooks to our beautiful region. “At 250 million years of age, the Appalachians are now passing through the mature phase that such violently uplifted terrain experiences as it…

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