Interstate 26 Connector project

The Interstate 26 Connector project has been in the works for nearly two decades. State Department of Transportation officials say they plan to announce their decision the the preferred route for the highway project in fall 2009. The connector project will create a new highway crossing the French Broad River, widen Interstate 240 in West […]

Local calendars set the pace for 2009

If it hasn’t already, that much-marked 2008 calendar of yours is about to become obsolete. But you can make plans and set schedules for 2009 in style, thanks to several local groups and artists whose calendars focus on various aspects of life in Western North Carolina. Below are several local ways to save the date […]

Mountain Xpress feels the pinch

Mountain Xpress employees will see an across-the-board pay cut of 5 to 10 percent effective Jan. 1, owner and publisher Jeff Fobes announced Dec. 19. The Asheville-based weekly has seen a recent decline in both classified and retail advertising, Fobes said. The corresponding decline in revenue, which is likely to extend into 2009, has forced […]

Commissioners postpone I-26 meeting until Jan. 6

A technicality forced the Buncombe County commissioners to postpone a meeting on their preferred route for the much-disputed Interstate 26 Connector. On Dec. 16, the commissioners narrowly voted to delay endorsing one of the four potential routes for connector, as requested by the state Department of Transportation. The controversial project has been in the works […]

APD arrests two in towing sting

Responding to complaints about predatory towing in downtown Asheville, Asheville police parked a decoy car off Lexington Avenue as bait on the night of Saturday, Dec. 20, then reeled in their catch. Police charged two men, 25-year-old Trevor Kyle Ballinger and 32-year-old Leonard Tobias Best of All-Safe Towing & Recovery, with obtaining property under false […]

Old Farmers Ball

Jordy Williams and Kristin Pandolfi contra dancing. photo by M.-J. Taylor Looking for a different way to ring in the New Year? Join the Old Farmers Ball for a Harlequin Masquerade Contra Dance starting at 8 p.m. this New Year’s Eve. The dance will be held at the Fairview Community Center, which will be transformed […]

The Green Scene

Maybe you didn’t feel the earth move recently, but the animals did. On Dec. 18, seismologists recorded at least two small earthquakes in Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Both quakes registered magnitudes less than 3, which means very little serious shakin’ went on (few humans even notice quakes below 2.5). One Xpress forum contributor, […]

Welcome to A&E

It was a very good year for new music in WNC, and by the time you read this, WNCW will have the results of its Best 100 Albums of 2009. Malcolm Holcombe The year started strong with the sophomore release from local singer/songwriter/bearded fashionite/erstwhile Band of Horses bandmate Tyler Ramsey. Ramsey’s long contributed to other […]

Dancin’ Machines

At most indie rock shows you witness them: wearing specs and tight pants, swilling PBR, playing drums on their thighs, feet planted. But maybe not this indie show. “Of Montreal wants people to dance,” says Brian Poole (otherwise known as The Late BP Helium). Of Montreal’s shows, once quieter, have evolved into hip-shaking theatrics. “We […]

That’s saying a lot

What can you say about 2008? Plenty. The past year provided no shortage of notable quotes, fueled by the struggles and successes that made headlines week by week in Mountain Xpress and every day at Consider just a smattering of the hot topics that filled our Web and print pages: the 30th annual Bele […]