Fred McCormick, a former Black Mountain News reporter, is preparing to launch a website covering news and events in the Swannanoa Valley. The online newspaper, to be known as The Valley Echo, will cover local government, schools, community groups and events, business news, valley sports, and more.
At a community meeting held at Moments Coffee Shop in Swannanoa on January 13, McCormick laid out his preliminary plans to a supportive crowd of about 25 Swannanoa and Black Mountain residents. Those in attendance were anxious to see more coverage of local news in the Swannanoa Valley, especially with the recent uncertainty regarding the future of the Black Mountain News. The paper no longer has a local staff, and is publishing out of the Citizen-Times in Asheville, with limited local coverage. McCormick hopes that The Valley Echo will help fill that gap. At the January 13 meeting, he emphasized his commitment to the community and his desire to bring more and better local news to valley residents.
McCormick is currently working on site development and hopes to officially launch The Valley Echo by the end of February. In the meantime, if you visit thevalleyecho.com, you’ll find this description of what’s to come:
COMING SOON! The Valley Echo is a digital media platform dedicated to covering news in the Swannanoa Valley, and surrounding areas. It is produced by Fred McCormick, a Black Mountain resident and journalist who has covered the community since 2014. The Valley Echo has a mission to accurately report the news in Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Montreat and the surrounding areas with a hyper-local approach to journalism, which connects the community through comprehensive coverage of the people, institutions and events that shape the region.
On The Valley Echo home page, you’ll find a form you can fill out to ask questions, make suggestions, or inquire about being an advertiser. For more info, you can also contact Fred McCormick at 828-231-7644 or email: fred@TheValleyEcho.com.