Come out to the Monte Vista Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6-8 p.m. to find out which tree took the top prize in the annual Deck the Trees benefit for Swannanoa Christian Ministries. Photo courtesy of the organizers.

Weekend Picks: Friday, Dec. 9 – Sunday, Dec. 11

Check out this list of weekend highlights and visit the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar for a complete list of weekend events! FRIDAY Deck the Trees Benefit libbafairleigh@gmail.com, facebook.com/montevistahotel FR (12/2) through SU (12/25), 10am-9pm – Proceeds from donations at this exhibition of unique hand-decorated Christmas trees benefit the Swananoa Valley Christian Ministry Fuel Fund. Awarding of […]

Nearly 30 city residents, most of whom said they live in South Asheville, turned out for a public meeting on the city's comprehensive planning process. Photo by Virginia Daffron

City residents weigh in on comprehens­ive plan

Residents of South Asheville shared their ideas about city priorities in a public input session held at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the South Buncombe Library. The session was one of five hosted in different parts of the city on Dec. 6 and 7 by the city’s planning and urban design department as part of the city’s comprehensive plan process.

NEW PLANS, NEW CONCERNS: Members of the Swannanoa community met with Community Advisory Group members, federal and state environmental officials Thurday, Dec. 1 to discuss future plans for the Chemtronics Superfund site. Photo by Max Hunt

For the record: EPA reviews 2016 Record of Decision, presence of new contaminan­ts at Chemtronic­s site

Swannanoa residents met with members of the Community Advisory Group, federal and state environmental protection officials Thursday evening to review the 2016 Record of Decision for the Chemtronics Superfund site. The EPA also revealed the presence of a new contamination detection on the property.