Up Against 100: The higher the index, the higher the cost of living. In green, each city’s actual average wage varies, but when adjusted by the cities’ cost of living, it begins to show just how far those dollars actually go. In Asheville and Charleston, the numbers on residents’ paychecks don’t go as far as they would in Savannah, Knoxville or Durham. Graph by Lance Wille

Asheville’s cost of living undermines workers’ pay

An article published last month in Governing magazine examined 191 cities around the country, comparing average hourly wages with each city’s cost of living. The analysis included big cities like New York, Miami and Los Angeles, as well as smaller cities like Asheville. Xpress sifted through the numbers to find out how Asheville compares with the rest of the country.

The county's industrial and pollution control financing board will consider the approval of issuing $4.2 million in industrial revenue bonds to pay for new machinery at Plasticard-Locktech International.

County’s industrial board to consider approval of industrial revenue bonds

The Buncombe County Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 31, to consider the approval of financing new machinery for the Plasticard-Locktech International facility at 605 Sweeten Creek Road. The meeting will be held at noon at 46 Valley Street in downtown Asheville.

Photo from Innovation Brewing's Facebook page.

Update: Petition against Bell’s Brewery collects 1,200 signatures in 15 hours

Innovation Brewing in Sylva reveals its legal fight over conflicting language with a much bigger company — Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The small Sylva brewer received nationwide support following the dispute, sparking both a petition and a GoFundMe page for the microbrewery’s legal fees. The petition has already reached 3,500 signatures.

FlowArts Society hosts waffle brunch, cook-off and potluck

“The Waffle-Off Championship is considered the most important event on Earth,” writes the Blueridge-Asheville Movement & FlowArts Society. The ultimate goal of the event — a waffle brunch, potluck and cook-off — is “to answer the most important question of all time: Who makes the best waffles in the universe?!” The BAMFS is dedicated to supporting the flow-arts, […]

Celtic folk band Carolina Ceili will play at White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday, March 15.

Get your shamrock on: St. Patrick’s Day events in and around Asheville

Unless you’re looking to get pinched, St. Patrick’s Day is the day for wearing green. Green shirts, green shoes, green pants — even green hair.

So put on your fake green mustache, break out your Flogging Molly tee and indulge in St. Patrick’s Day events around the area, celebrating Appalachia’s Scots-Irish heritage — and the slightly offensive stereotype of booze-loving, beer-slamming bar-goers stomping the beat for a fiddle-fronted band.

Photo courtesy of French Broad Food Co-op

French Broad Food Co-op hosts weekend Truckload Sale and event

This weekend, The French Broad Food Co-op will host a Truckload Sale, the organization’s first of what it hopes to make an annual affair. The Truckload Sale, hosted at the co-op’s 90 Biltmore Ave. address, won’t appeal to only grocery-shoppers. Three other local organizations will attend the start-of-spring sale, attracting more attention and supporting important community causes. The grocery co-op will […]

Photo from Asheville Humane Society

Asheville Humane receives grant to spay/neuter outdoor cats for free

From the Asheville Humane Society: Asheville, NC – Asheville Humane Society has received a $15,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society to help spay/neuter and vaccinate Buncombe County Cats who live or play outdoors. Spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations are free to all owners or caretakers of cats who spend time outside. Services are provided at […]

Flier courtesy of Asheville Humane Society

‘Dine to Be Kind’ to help animals at more than 60 local restaurant­s today

To show local animals you care today, all you have to do is dine out.

More than 60 local restaurants will donate 15 percent of their proceeds from Tuesday, March 10, to Asheville Humane Society for the nonprofit’s annual “Dine to be Kind” fundraiser. Funds raised at the event support the organization’s ongoing efforts to make Buncombe County a no-kill community. Click this story for a list of participating businesses.

Folk ‘Shindig’ held today during SoCon half-time in Grove Arcade

From the Folk Heritage Committee: The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces the annual events Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, announces that it will present a mini-Shindig on the Green during the Southern Conference (SoCon) OverTime event at the Grove Arcade, this Friday, March 6th, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. […]

Texas Roadhouse hosts fundraiser for nonprofit Bright Blessings of Asheville, homeless families

On March 22, Bright Blessings of Asheville, a nonprofit serving the homeless children and families of Western North Carolina, will be sponsored for one day only by the Texas Roadhouse in South Asheville. Print this notice (or call the number below for a flyer), show it with your meal, and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of your […]