CALL ME HARLEY: After selling his house, most of his possessions and quitting his job, 58-year-old Henry Wasserman, under trail-name Harley, began his Appalachian journey on March 19. All photos courtesy of Wasserman.

Transforma­tive journey: Appalachia­n Trail thru-hiker reconsider­s his life path

On February 18, Xpress published “Tales from the Trail,” detailing the experiences of Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Gary Sizer. In the story, we met Henry Wasserman, who was seeking a transformative experience on the A.T. On March 19 Wasserman began his months-long trek north, trudging mile after mile through red Georgia clay.

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RiverLink hosts children’s Earth Day festival, summer camp

On April 25, RiverLink will celebrate Earth Week with a children’s festival filled with food, games and giveaways at the RiverLink Performance Park, 144 Riverside Drive. For more kids’ activities as the days grow warmer, RiverLink will be hosting a summer camp for kids going into third through eighth grade, focusing on environmental education and river recreation.

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Buncombe County approves $6.8 million land purchase for economic developmen­t investment

At the April 7 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board split down party lines for the approval of a $6.8 million land purchase, pursuing an economic development project with an unnamed company. The purchase was approved 4 to 3, but a resolution to establish a policy for recording closed session meetings was shot down 3 to 4.

Pisgah Brewing celebrates 10 years with pint nights & live music

Pisgah Brewing Company celebrates ten years of beers this month, with four special pint nights and a mini-festival on April 19 at Pisgah’s outdoor stage. Each pint night marks the 10-year anniversary of the first Pisgah keg ever sold at that location. On April 13, Pisgah comes to Barley’s. On April 14, they’ll be at Mellow Mushroom. On […]

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County Commission­ers to hear property acquisitio­n request, rezoning and legislativ­e updates

Two public hearings will be held at the April 7 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, one on a Ferry Road property acquisition and the other a rezoning request for Monticello Road.

The board will then hear a resolution on recording closed sessions, the state of the Asheville Regional Airport, a new legislative update and a tax penalty waiver request.

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‘American camper’ Horace Kephart exhibit comes to Department of Cultural Resources, Asheville

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — In 1904, a 42-year-old librarian named Horace Kephart came to western North Carolina looking for a fresh start in the southern Appalachian wilderness. Over the next 27 years, his numerous articles and books, including “Our Southern Highlanders: A Narrative of Adventure in the Southern Appalachians and a Study of Life Among the […]

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.