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Super snow storm Elliott has effectively forced everyone to take refuge in their homes. With a Severe Wind & Wind Chill Advisory in effect till later this afternoon, we ask please stay safe and inside. Keep your pups and kittens from getting out of the house. It’s brutal out there. Christmas holidays have a reputation for being chaotic. As we sit back and watch Mother Nature do her feats, take this moment of pause and reflect on another great year out here in the Smokey Mountains.

❤️ Katrina Morgan, Editor

In This Issue

Official "Polar Express" image from the "Explore Bryson City" state site. Screenshot.

Local Business Briefs

TACO BOY is coming to town!!

  • According to a news release, Lassonde Industries Inc., a well-known manufacturer of fruit juices and beverages, has confirmed the expansion of its Mountain Home Industrial Park location. A new facility as well as the inclusion of a new production line are also part of the $55 million project. The company presently has 135 employees, and it plans to hire 30 more permanent workers, whose average salaries will be higher than those in the county, according to the statement.
  • In order to monitor for floods that could threaten to close roadways after heavy rain, the City of Hendersonville has put four solar-powered sensors at bridges throughout the city. Stormwater Division Manager Michael Huffman explained to City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on December 1 that prior to the system, which uses radar to detect water level, Stormwater Management staff relied on weather forecasts or in-person observations to determine when roads were flooded. According to him, this resulted in the city officials communicating with the public slowly and inefficiently, closing off roads either too early or too late.
  • The new branding was unveiled by Shawn Terpack of Arnett Muldrow & Associates. It was inspired locally by the Historic Railroad Depot, current branding, the Green Meadows neighborhood, and even old high school yearbooks, and it also borrowed a little from Brooklyn, New York, which once shared the same name as the current Green Meadows neighborhood. Arnett Muldrow produced a narrative of the district in addition to logos, signs, and marketing materials. This narrative was influenced by discussions with the project’s Steering Committee, which was made up of Seventh Avenue business owners, property owners, and residents of the Green Meadows neighborhood, the Downtown Advisory Board and its subcommittee, the Community Character Board, and the public input from over 40 stakeholders in August.
  • Soon, Asheville diners won’t need to leave the mountains to go to a popular coastal Carolina restaurant. On December 20, Taco Boy will open its fourth store, its first in North Carolina, at 521 Haywood Road in West Asheville, the former location of Zia Taqueria. Taco Boy, a beachside taqueria in Charleston that opened in 2006, has been causing a stir for its abundance of tacos and Mexican-inspired food and drinks.

Local Job Postings

Plenty of jobs available

  • 150 + Positions Available at the Biltmore Estate – Biltmore is now hiring in a variety of departments across the estate, including Food & Beverage, Security, Horticulture, Retail, and more!
  • Night Auditor at the Hilton Garden Inn – Weekend Night job from 7pm to 7am Fridays to Saturdays – Closing and balancing all room account, counting cash and credit cards receipts, making adjustments or correction on accounts as needed, preparing guest folios for Express check out, ability to open and stock daily breakfast as needed.
  • Evidence and Property Technician – Receives, records, safeguards, releases and oversees the release and disposal of all types of police property and evidence. Tracks the movement and maintains chain of custody documentation for all property and evidence.
  • UNC Health Referral Coordinator – Processes physician, hospital, and outpatient referrals. Responsible for patient scheduling, obtaining insurance authorization, and providing appropriate guidance regarding insurance coverage. Essential duties and responsibilities are as follows. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Maintenance Technician at Spectrum – Asheville – Under close supervision, primarily responsible for preventative maintenance and repair of the hybrid fiber coax network (HFC), including all of its associated equipment in accordance with the company’s Engineering Standards and Network Protection Policy.


Which music is your favorite? Find the best concert for you..

  • Pimps of Pompe Live at Highland Brewery – The Pimps of Pompe specialize in jazzed-up renditions of 90s/2000s hip-hop and R&B, infusing favorites from the likes of Beyoncé and Snoop Dogg with vintage jazz to create a vibe that is equal parts swag and sophistication. ? December 23rd
  • Poetry Open Mic – at the ShakeDown Lodge, Thursday December 22nd at 7:00pm ?
  • Traditional Solstice Ceremony – Deepen Into Natural Cycles of Sacred Times December 21st from 5:00pm to 11:00pm In Weaverville ?
  • Mr.Jimmy’s Christmas Blues Special – Asheville Guitar Bar on December 23rd Mr. Jimmy is joined by special guests to cure us all from the holiday blues, Chicago Style ?
  • Preschool Story time – Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 3:30 – 4:15pm Join us for a story time designed for children ages 3 to 5 years as we share books, songs, rhymes, and activities at the Pack Memorial Library ?
  • Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet – Tuesday 20th at 4pm, This Christmas, bring the whole family back to a simpler time with NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet At the Harrah’s Cherokee Center ?
  • Karaoke Sunday Night – Sunday December 25th at 9pm at Silverados in Black Mountains ?

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