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Landslide kills 2 in North Carolina

The bodies of two people were found among the rubble of a home following a landslide in North Carolina. The names of the victims are being withheld until family can be notified, according to the Boone Fire Department, which responded to the incident call around 5 p.m. Wednesday. A landslide resulted in "catastrophic destruction of the structure," a single-family dwelling on Pine Ridge Drive in the Heavenly Mountain Community, the department said. There were no other occupants in the home. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office said it will be conducting the death investigation. Gov. Roy Cooper earlier on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in the western part of North Carolina after heavy rainfalls triggered mudslides. ABC News’ Devin Villacis contributed to this developing story. Please check back for updates. Source Article

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Asheville Archives: The Lost Cause narrative

MAKING HISTORY: At the October 1893 Western North Carolina Confederate Veterans’ Association reunion, Col. J.M. Ray, featured front and center, addressed a crowd of Confederate veterans. He characterized the South’s efforts not as a lost cause, but a gallant and stubborn fight. This week’s column is an accompaniment to the preview article on historian Karen Cox’s upcoming Pack Memorial Library presentation, “Confederate Monuments in the Jim Crow South” (see “Dixie’s Daughters: Historian Karen Cox confronts Confederate monuments,” May 16, Xpress). Among her many talking points, Cox will address the South’s “Lost Cause” narrative, which took shape in the aftermath of the Civil War. From textbooks to newspapers, from monuments to public orations, the Lost Cause mythology sought to present the Confederates’ wartime efforts not as one of defeat, but of heroism in the face of great odds. The campaign also aimed to reimagine slavery as both a benign and beneficial…

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Mystery man frees infant from North Carolina wreck

ASHEVILLE, NC (WHDH) — A terrifying car accident in North Carolina ended with a miracle and a mystery. An unknown man rescued a baby trapped in a BMW sedan that was wedged passenger-side down between metal supports under the awning of Sona Pharamacy and Clinic. The BMW went off the road, jumped the curb, tore through a hedge row and hit a Saturn sedan that was parked with no one inside, police said. The collision between the two cars sent the BMW airborne, flipping sideways and into a wall of glass, investigators added. “It just sounded like a big shelf falling from the pharmacy,” Sona employee Anna Teall said. “It sounded like some glass fell on the ground.” The crash left a baby and another person trapped inside the BMW. A Good Samaritan arrived and rescued the baby before taking off. “A guy come out of nowhere, jumped up, opened…

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Mental health struggles exact physical toll, say Asheville experts

Winston Janusz_2 Asheville resident and counselor Winston Janusz developed numerous physical issues after enduring stress that “just kept building and building and building. … It was a really stressful time. I was in graduate school — all this stuff, plus low on sleep because of having young kids. I’ve had chronic low back pain, tension in the shoulders, tightness … problems with digestion, stomach discomfort.” The experience brought the material he was studying in his courses home in a new way. “Though I already had training as a therapist, it’s kind of a different ballgame when you’re experiencing that personally.” Along with the physical symptoms, Janusz also experienced panic attacks. Janusz says he was able to recover and wants to share his message with others. “I was able to use my education and my resources [as well as] practicing mindfulness and exercise and seeing a good therapist,” he notes. “Not…

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New Fonta Flora State Trail system connecting Asheville to Morganton grows

Creating a new hiking trail doesn’t happen every day in Western North Carolina. Wochit (Photo: Courtesy of Foothills Conservancy) OLD FORT — The distance between Morganton and Asheville just got a little shorter, and more scenic. The ambitious Fonta Flora State Trail, which when completed will connect the two cities by foot and bike trail, got closer to its goal with the addition of 90 acres of conserved land between Black Mountain and Old Fort in McDowell County. Foothills Conservancy, a nonprofit regional land trust based in Morganton, purchased the property from Melanie Goodson for $224,000 and conveyed the property to North Carolina State Parks on April 17, said Foothills executive director Andrew Kota. The acquisition was a conservation partnership among Foothills Conservancy, Camp Grier, and Dan and Denisa Allison. “The property came on the market. We wanted 90 acres, Camp Grier wanted a part that runs through their property,…

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Biltmore’s gardens set to sprout Chihuly glass works at historic North Carolina estate

The historic gardens at the Biltmore estate in Asheville, N.C., will be a little more dazzling come May. Intricate large-scale glass creations by artist Dale Chihuly will be displayed amid the greenery at the sprawling French chateau-style home built by George Vanderbilt. Expect to see towering red reeds made of glass in the Shrub Garden, a floating boat of glass spheres in the Italian Garden, three chandeliers in the estate’s conservatory and one of Chihuly’s signature suns on the front lawn. One of Dale Chihuly’s signature suns will adorn the Biltmore’s front lawn. This one was installed at Bentonville, Ark. (Scott Mitchell Leen / Chihuly Studio) A boat filled with glass balls will be on display in Biltmore’s Italian Garden. (Scott Mitchell Leen / Chihuly Studio) By night, Chihuly’s artworks light up, on selected dates with timed entry. Buy tickets online at least a week in advance for $57 midweek…

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Asheville Area Piano Forum’s annual spring benefit concert, April 6

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Press release from the Asheville Area Piano Forum: The Asheville Area Piano Forum (AAPF) will present its 13th Annual Spring Benefit Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, on Sunday, April 8th at 3:00 PM. The program will feature solo piano works by Beethoven, Chopin, Albeniz, Schubert, and Liszt performed by 6 of the areas leading pianists: Deborah Belcher, Kimberly Cann, John Cobb, Leslie Downs, and Grace Lee.

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Ex-Asheville cop arraigned on charges he beat man over jaywalking

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A former North Carolina police officer facing criminal charges after body camera footage appears to show him beating a man suspected of jaywalking was arraigned in Buncombe County court Friday, reports CBS affiliate WSPA. Ex-Asheville Police Department officer Christopher William Hickman was charged late Thursday with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury,