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A rare collection of photographs taken by Asheville native, the late Isaiah Rice, are being digitized by the University of North Carolina Asheville.  Rice began taking photographs upon his return to Western North Carolina following his service in the U.S. military during World War II.  David Hurand has our story about a man who documented a period marked by segregation and the end of segregation in Asheville.

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 The approaching end of the traditional school year will also see a respected and honored Asheville  Elementary school principal leaving his position for a job with North Carolina Outward Bound.  Principal Gordon Grant spoke with David  Hurand.



Tony Kiss Weekend Update: Last Call

Mar 25, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

For nearly thirty years Asheville Citizen Times  reporter  Tony Kiss has stopped by WCQS to chat with David Hurand about some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.  This week's conversation marks the final broadcast of their quirky on-air partnership.  High on Tony's list this week  a new film starring Sally Field, Hello, My Name is Doris and Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 18, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony reports there's lots of great music to consider.  High on his list, The Moody Blue.  The band will  visit Harrah's Cherokee Event Center Saturday (3/19) night. John Lodge, Justin Hayward, and Graeme Edge have been recording and performing since the early 1960s.  In 1967 the band released the LP Days of Future Time Passed.

Breaking Down NC's Primary Results

Mar 16, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the big winners in North Carolina's primary election.  For statewide races, the election was notable for having few, if any surprises, as established candidates won up and down the ticket.  Voters also approved by a wide margin a $2 billion bond measure that largely funds higher education infrastructure projects.  WCQS's Jeremy Loeb was joined Wednesday morning by WCQS news director David Hurand and Ashvegas founder Jason Sandford to parse the results.

Former President Makes Campaign Stop in Asheville

Mar 14, 2016
David Hurand

A standing room only crowd  of over 700 was on hand at the old Boys Gym at Asheville High School to hear President Bill Clinton urge them to support his wife and former first lady Hillary Clinton for President.  Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and State House member Susan Fisher opened the evening with speeches aimed at firing up the crowd of  enthusiastic Democrats.  State Senator Terry Van Duyn introduced the featured speaker.  Clinton spoke for nearly an hour and never mentioned his wife's opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, nor did he name any of the Republican candidates running for Pre

Carolina Public Press

The Tuesday North Carolina Primary will determine who will challenge incumbent Democratic State Representative Joe Sam Queen in House District 119 and political newcomer Democrat Randy Hogsed of Andrews in House District 120 . Holly Kays is a reporter with the Smoky Mt. News. She spoke with David Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 11, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Conductor Daniel Meyer welcomes guest pianist Shen Lu Saturday night at 8 in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (3/12).  Tony Kiss says the ASO will perform selections from Romeo and Juliet composed by Hector Berlioz.  Tony is also excited about spring and the coming of St.

Spring is in the Air! Start Gardening!?

Mar 10, 2016

It may be a bit early, but the recent warm weather has gardeners in a sweat.  Agricultural Extension Agent Alison  Arnold speaks with David Hurand about getting started.

After 30 years of service, WCQS News Director David Hurand is set to leave March 31, 2016.

David joined WCQS in 1986 when it was still a start up. In the years since, the station has become a trusted and respected source of news and information in Western North Carolina.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 4, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A live theater  company takes on the big screen.  Asheville Reel Comedy features nearly two and half hours of clips from 25 films with a local connection.  The idea is the work of  the Magnetic Theater. The screenings take place at Magnetic Theater in Asheville's River Arts District,  March 10-12.  Tony Kiss says it's a big weekend  for live music.  Asleep at the Wheel takes  the stage at Isis (3/5).

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 26, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss drops in for a look at the arts and culture scene.  High on his list of things to do, the David Mamet play,  Glengarry Glen Ross with a twist.   This production features an all female cast.

NC Utilities Commission Decision Expected Today

Feb 24, 2016
Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

The deadline for a decision on the future of Duke Energy’s Lake Julian Power plant is today.  Last week the North Carolina Utilities Commission held a public meeting in Raleigh to consider Duke’s plan to phase out its coal  fired power plant.  David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press Managing Editor Frank Taylor about the hearing and the approaching deadline.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Feb 12, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Sunday is Valentine's  Day and the weekend is filled with lovely events. High on Tony's  list, a performance by well known local story-teller/actress Becky Stone at the Forum at Diana Wortham Theater. The performance is hosted by Beth and Jim Magill.

Will March 15th NC Presidential Primary Matter?

Feb 12, 2016

Presidential Primary results from New Hampshire and Iowa have some pundits predicting North Carolina's Ides of March Primary could prove to be decisive for both the Democratic and Republican parties.  Paul Johnson is a reporter  with the High Point Enterprise.   Paul spoke with David Hurand about the up-coming primaries and what maybe ahead for the candidates and North Carolina voters.

Bitter Cold: Think Spring Gardening with Alison

Feb 11, 2016

It's been bitter cold and winter has a firm grip on Western North Carolina.  It's the perfect  time to check in with Buncombe County Agriculture Extension Agent Alison Arnold.   She spoke with David Hurand.

Aiken Elected Vice Chair of UNC Bd of Governors

Jan 29, 2016

Roger Aiken of Asheville has been elected vice chair of the UNC Board of Governors.  Aiken will complete the unexpired term of Louis Bissette.  In December Bissette was elected Chairman of the Board.  Aiken works for Wells Fargo Advisors and is a former Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Education. The day Aiken was elected more than a dozen protesters were on hand callling for the removal of System President elect Margaret Spelling.   Four were arrested Aiken spoke with  David Hurand.

This week the  N.C. Superintendent  for  Public  Instruction urged state lawmakers to boost teacher pay.  The call for an across the board pay hike will likely be considered when state lawmakers return to Raleigh this spring. That’s the forecast from two area members of the State House.  David Hurand has more….

David Feingold/WCQS

North Carolina's March primary election is about seven weeks away.  While much of the press attention has been focused on the Democratic and Republican Party Presidential races,  North Carolina voters will also consider a $2 Billion Bond Proposal.  If passed, the money would be invested in education, parks, safety, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure.  Projects in 79 of the states 100 counties would be funded. 

The world's largest home furnishings trade show, which takes place annually in North Carolina,  may benefit from the lifting of U.S. sanctions against Iran.  Furniture manufacturing, along with tobacco, and textiles, once was one of the pillars of the North Carolina economy.  Foreign competition forced the closure of most furniture plants across the state.  Despite the loss of thousands of jobs, the Furniture Market has held its own.  Paul Johnson is a reporter  with the High Point Enterprise. He spoke with David Hurand about the possible return of Iranian buyers and sellers.

Oscar Controversy Continues to Brew

Jan 25, 2016

When it comes to who is or who isn’t nominated for an Academy Award, don’t expect much to change until there is a change in the make-up of the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  That’s the opinion of the founding Director of the Film and Television Production Program at Western Carolina University, Jack Sholder.   For the second consecutive year no actor of color was nominated.  Sholder spoke with David Hurand about the controversy.

Winter Weather Forces WNC Shutdown

Jan 22, 2016
David Hurand/WCQS

While nearly everything is closed because of the winter storm, there were a few places open for business, at least for some of the day.  David  Hurand stopped in at City Bakery in Asheville this morning. Some bakery staff members made it to work well before six this morning.   Brian Dennehy is the bakery's General Manager.

*City Bakery did close early this afternoon.

Snow Pounding Western North Carolina

Jan 19, 2016
Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

Snow is continuing to fall in western North Carolina.  Forecasters are calling for as much as 14 inches in some parts of the mountains. 

Thousands are without power as snow blankets the region.  For the latest, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Duke Energy spokesman Tom Williams, who spoke with us from his home in Fairview.  We asked him what conditions were like there.

Henderson County is under a state of emergency as snow amounts are averaging around 6 inches.  For more, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Major Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff's office.


Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The National Holiday was signed into law in January 1983 by President Ronald Reagon and is celebrated the third Monday of January.  Kings wife Coretta Scott King once wrote “the holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.”

Jon Elliston is a reporter and editor with W.N.C Magazinne and the on line news service, Carolina Public Press.  He spoke with David Hurand about two visits the civil rights leader made to Western North Carolina in the early 1960s.


The 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast will be held Saturday morning at the Crown Plaza Resort in Asheville.  More than 1,000 people are expected to attend. 

Direct Flights to D.C Area Coming to Avl Airport

Jan 14, 2016

The airline known for its low cost fares has announced it will begin direct air service from Asheville Regional Airport to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airpot (BWI)  starting  in May.  Asheville is one of six cities Allegiant has added to its list of direct flights to the D.C. area starting this Spring.

The airline was founded in 1997.  Tina Kinsey is Director of Marketing  and Air Service Development with the Asheville Regional Airport.  She spoke with David Hurand.

Radon Gas Poses Health Risk

Jan 12, 2016

January is Radon Awareness Month.  Radon is a dangerous gas that is emitted through rock and soil and is often found trapped in your home or business.  Ashley Featherstone is with the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency.  David Hurand spoke with her at a recent meeting of the Council of Independent Business Owners in Asheville.

The Search for Jobs and Qualified Employees

Jan 12, 2016

More than 120 employers and job placement services from across Western North Carolina were on hand for the recent Home Coming Career Fair. That's a record number for the annual fair organized by the Asheville Regional Chamber of Commerce.  This years' event was held at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center. David Hurand was there and has our story.

Common Sense Crime Prevention

Jan 8, 2016

Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan told a breakfast meeting of the Council of Independent Business Owners in Asheville that common sense could reduce vehicle break-ins by 80% .  The Sheriff delivered a mix message of good news, the county's overall crime rate is down,  and bad news, heroin is a growing problem in the county.  Following the meeting the Sheriff spoke with David Hurand.

Henderson County Pursues New Plant

Jan 6, 2016

This week the Mills River Town Council approved adding to an incentives package for a proposed Linamar Plant.   According to a report in the Hendersonville Times News Linamar  is interested in purchasing property between Sierra Nevada Brewery and the Asheville Regional Airport. Linamar is a multi-billion dollar manufacturing company with 48 facilities around the globe including one in  Buncombe County.