FIND YOUR WAY: Eliada hosts WNC’s largest Corn Maze with 100 percent of proceeds going toward caring for the Eliada kids and families. The 2016 Corn Maze and Signature Event theme is “Going the Distance for Eliada Kids!” This year’s design features an airplane, clouds, a globe, and local business and title sponsor, MB Haynes. Photo of the past Eliada corn maze courtesy of Eliada

Weekend Picks: Friday, Sept. 23 – Sunday, Sept. 25

It is the first official weekend of Autumn and there are plenty of fun adventures ripe for the picking! Whether you are off to see The Montford Player’s presentation of Pride and Prejudice, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, a Pan Harmonia concert or to get lost in Eliada’s annual corn maze, this weekend is jam packed with […]

EMBRACING CHANGE: Soil scientist Laura Lengnick will be the keynote speaker at the Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County's gardening symposium on Oct. 12. Photo by Jane Morell

Extension Master Gardeners host fall gardening events

Through information sessions, a helpline and a day-long symposium on Oct. 12, the Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County continue their mission of educating the public on good gardening practices using research-based information provided by the North Carolina State University Extension Service throughout the fall.

SOCIAL SOLUTIONS: Senior Police Officer Doug Sheehan, along with others members of the Asheville Police Department Housing Unit, attend a Johnston Elementary School ice cream social. Local officers devote time and energy to socializing and trying to build relationships in the face of broad disillusionment in black communities. Photo courtesy of APD

Culture clash: Facing up to Asheville’s troubled police-community relations

The task of establishing and/or re-establishing trust between vulnerable communities — especially people of color — and the Asheville Police Department will be a challenging one. And especially in the wake of controversial police use of force over the summer, there is vocal criticism of the department. But the way Chief Tammy Hooper sees it, the APD must rise to that challenge.

GET TESTED: Kelley Johnson, an Asheville therapist who specializes in sexual behavior, emphasizes the importance of STD testing for anyone who is sexually active. Photo by Leslie Boyd

Sexual transmissi­on of Zika, rise of STDs have health officials on alert

With numbers of sexually transmitted illnesses rising across the nation, local and state public health officials are particularly worried about the impact of a new and unique illness: the Zika virus. Zika is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, but unlike other such illnesses, it can also be transmitted by sexual contact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The […]