Although the band reached its $7,500 goal within one day, Tellico will continue to accept Kickstarter contributions until Nov. 17. Photo courtesy of the band

Asheville roots band Tellico cracks the Kickstarter code

The musicians comprising Tellico have been around Asheville for years, but the self-described “Appalachiacana” roots band itself is a new incarnation. Imagine each member’s astonishment when a $7,500 Kickstarter campaign supporting the band’s debut album was funded in under a day. “I am as surprised at the success as anyone,” says Anya Hinkle, who claims […]

Linamar announces additional $115 million expansion, 150 new jobs

Press release from the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County: In conjunction with the Buncombe County Commission, Asheville City Council, and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Linamar announces a $190 million investment in facilities and equipment and 400 new positions at its Arden campus. This commitment is an increase of $115 million […]

Swannanoa has more

I live in Swannanoa and was tickled to see the recent mention of Black Mountain and Swannanoa as small places you might not know about but might want to check out [“Spotlight on Small Towns,” Oct. 8, Xpress]. Then, I was not surprised to see the ONLY place in Swannanoa that appeared was Native Kitchen. […]

Spooks and spokes: Wear a bike-friendly costume and join Asheville on Bikes' annual Pumpkin Pedaller this Halloween season. Photo courtesy of Asheville on Bikes

Scary good: Halloween happenings in and around Asheville

Tricks, treats, haunted high schools, macabre masquerades, terrifying bike tours, frightening feasts, daring dance parties and maudlin makeout sessions: Xpress has hunted down the thrills and chills in and around Asheville. For more Halloween events, visit Clubland, Calendar and mountainx.com. • The Asheville Affiliates hosts a costume party at The Odditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-9 […]

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 […]