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Locally focused giving: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

Retired businessman Ray Hust and a group of local forward-thinking people gave the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina its start in 1978, according to the organization’s 2008 year-end report. The group’s start-up name was “The Community Foundation of Greater Asheville,” and it enjoyed initial support from United Way and the Junior League. Operating with an […]

FREE SUPPORT SERVICES: Eating disorders are still a common experience, says Elaine O'Barr, director of T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, which served over 600 people in its support groups and help line in 2014..

Healthy Eating and Living conference educates medical profession­als

To help those with eating disorders, first you have to see the problem, and that’s a key focus of the eighth National Healthy Eating and Living Conference being held on Thursday-Friday, May 14-15, at the Hilton Asheville Hotel in Biltmore Park. One of the keynote speakers, Beth Riley, says her battle with anorexia and bulimia went unnoticed by her […]

At the May 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board voted 7-0 to heighten development restrictions to protect the views along the Blue Ridge Parkway zoning overlay.

Buncombe Commission­ers approve new art, culture and history projects, parkway preservati­on

At the Tuesday, May 5, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, three projects supporting the arts were approved 7-0 — including the go-ahead to plan a new monument outside the Buncombe County Courthouse. A resolution to protect the viewshed of the Blue Ridge Parkway passed 7-0, and a letter asking the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency to align with EPA standards was approved 4-3.

FOOD CORNER: Asheville Food Park, slated to open in June across from Carrier Park, will feature parking for three food trucks, local art, food carts, a bonfire area and a full bar.

Asheville Food Park to offer year-round food destinatio­n, social space

The floods of 2004 brought 8 feet of water into the building — previously a bar built in 1948 — sealing its fate after already being shuttered for five years. Slowly, the space hobbled back into the world of commerce as a small produce stand, but it’s now being primed to return to its former glory as a social hub, family gathering place and food spot.