A capacity crowd of students attended a candidate forum at Warren Wilson College. Buncombe County Board of Commissioner candidates from left to right: Ellen Frost, Brownie Newman, Christina Merrill. Photo by Petras Barcas

Frost and Merrill debate voting rights at Warren Wilson College

Students at Warren Wilson College delivered a contentious 18 vote win to Ellen Frost in 2012, giving Democrats a one seat majority on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. She faces a rematch with Republican opponent Christina Merrill this year for control of District 2, and the two candidates returned to the decisive campus in Swannanoa for an Oct. 29 forum. (Photo by Petras Barcas)

Yonv FrenchHawk (photo by Emily Nichols)

Nagapa: A local Cherokee shares the spirit of the sweat lodge

Perhaps one of the best-known Cherokee rituals is the sweat lodge. It’s practiced in many traditions and many countries,  but for the Cherokee, says Yonv FrenchHawk, it’s a quest to harmonize one’s spirit and environment represents wellness. Raised on the reservation in Western North Carolina but now living in Asheville, FrenchHawk says the sweat lodge “was originally given […]

An artist rendering of "SECU Plaza" and proposed signage as envisioned by the Asheville Art Museum.

SECU Plaza: Asheville Council sells naming rights to State Employee’s Credit Union

Asheville City Council voted unanimously Oct. 28 to sell the naming rights of an outdoor public space in the heart of downtown to the North Carolina State Employee’s Credit Union Foundation. Council also considered problems at the Asheville Police Department, heard an update from Duke Energy, and appointed three members to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Panelist at the NCCGP Growing Garden Connections conference. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Annual gardening conference focuses on community building

Gardeners from across the state assembled for the third annual N.C. Community Garden Partners annual conference on Oct. 25, in the Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville. This year’s conference focused on “Growing Garden Connections” with panels centered on creating opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between gardens as well as community organizations.