Buncombe County Commissioners will seek public feedback on two issues tomorrow night, Sept. 16: one involving an economic incentive deal to Wicked Weed Brewing and the other regarding Weaverville zoning.
Don’t allow fracking in Western North Carolina. That was the clear message from the nearly 90 people who spoke to members of the state Mining and Energy Commission on Sept. 12 in Cullowhee. They were voicing their concerns at the last of four public hearings on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that […]
Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, president and CEO of Eagle Market Street Development Corporation, was a 30-year veteran of “banking, finance and retail” when she switched gears and went to work for the nonprofit she now directs as an AmeriCorps intern. “I served them two years as an intern,” she said. “And then one thing led to another, […]
5th Sun Specialties chips, local maker of chips, salsas and hot sauces, is seeking additional capital to expand its operations. 5th Sun Specialties products can be found on local grocers’ shelves, such as Earth Fare, Greenlife, French Broad Food Co-op and West Village Market. The company’s owners, Michael and Adrienne Henzel, relocated to Asheville from […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features Brother Wolf’s fundraising calendar and craftsman Daniel Hart’s stringed gourd instruments.
“For years I’ve said I need to make a shepherd’s pie,” Connie Pegg says as she reveals her entry for the North Carolina Pork Council’s contest Monday night at the Mountain State Fair. With delicate swirls of both sweet and white mashed potatoes atop the dish, it’s a colorful temptation for the eye as well as […]
The Water Liars take Instagrams of album covers, muscle cars, breakfast specials and random signs. They write the kind of songs that you get instantly and understand later. From Mississippi, Water Liars was originally singer-guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster and drummer Andrew Bryant, and their combined vision. Constantly productive and constantly on the road, the duo eventually […]
In his current television ad for re-election to the state Legislature, Rep. Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe, states: “Obama has tanked our economy.” According to the Wall Street Journal, this year’s second-quarter gross domestic product expanded to 4.2 percent; banks are lending amounts not seen since the 2007 financial crisis; home sales continue to rise as do home values; inflation […]
One thing is for certain: If you want to hold an awards ceremony with some class, hold it at the Homewood Center in Montford. Over 50 people gathered in the elegant castle-like edifice on Sept. 11 for the Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Recognition Reception; the MED board handed out several awards for excellence in minority business […]
Calcast brings together a wide range of community events in one handy podcast. Hosted by Theresa Amandi of 103.3 AshevilleFM’s Bombshell-ter Radio. Weekend of September 12-14 Listen to Bombshell-ter Radio every Tuesday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. EST featuring the best trip hop, electronica, chillwave and dreampop music — only on 103.3 AshevilleFM.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Asheville today, Sept. 12, to award the city a $14.6 million federal grant to help complete an interconnected six-mile network of pedestrian, bicycle, roadway, and streetscape improvements in the River Arts District.
As the primary fundraiser for the Friends, the Hobo Ball not only raises funds for the site’s programs, it also honors the legacy of Sandburg — who often called himself “the eternal hobo.”
Ask anyone who’s lived or worked in Asheville since the ’80s or ’90s, and you’re likely to get a different answer. We offer some responses in this week’s retrospective, such as: • We faced key challenges from within local government. • We fought city hall. • We protected the environment. […]
It is difficult to read, watch or listen to the news these days because of the media’s slant on every issue. Case in point is your article last week ["Hot Seat: Buncombe Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger Takes the Heat for Snow Days," Aug. 27, Xpress]. Being in the “Hot Seat” implies that a person is in […]
If the band name To All My Dear Friends doesn’t ring familiar, the music will: It’s the indie-classical project of violinist Marc Hennessey, who performs on the streets of Asheville. He works loops and effects to create emotive melodies that soar above the busy streets. Bolstered by the passionate reactions of passersby, he decided to finance his new album, Bloom, with money earned from busking.
The ‘90s in Asheville were definitely a decade of activism — of all sorts. One of the earliest projects was the revitalization of downtown, which took courageous leadership. The Green Line (precursor of Mountain Xpress) was publishing; Asheville-Buncombe Discovery was promoting downtown; the LGBT community was awakening; the environmental movement was fighting back with protests and demonstrations. I was involved in several of these activities, so know of them first-hand.
Downtown Asheville in the 1990s had a small-town America feel reminiscent of my own rural upbringing. You could count the chain stores on one hand, and quirky, lost-in-time businesses seemingly held dark, mysterious secrets ripped from the pages of a Southern Gothic novel.