Asheville police say they found the body of Anthony Sawyer in the French Broad River today off of Amboy Road. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.
Eight-year-old Cody Cuthbert sat a little taller in his hospital bed when he saw two baseball players walking down the hallway. They weren’t the usual doctors, nurses and aides he sees every day. "He's been excited all morning,” said his mother Jessica Witzigman. “When they told us they were coming, it really gave him something […]
Six Asheville Tourists baseball players and Ted E. Tourist took a break from the diamond to visit kids at Mission Children’s Hospital on May 29. They played board games, built Lego houses and, of course, played a modified game of catch. (Photos by Caitlin Byrd)
While Sarah Kucharski focused on a looming deadline as special projects editor for Waynesville’s Smoky Mountain News, a blood clot in her brain stem was about to change her life forever.
Only 28, she was experiencing a stroke — but it would take weeks to find that out. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
All of the blinds are down at 8 College St., but the red awning with the words Asheville Design Center remains even though the center itself has moved. After six years at its downtown location, the ADC has found a new home in a wing at the William Randolph School. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
More than 300 participated in Asheville’s first Walk For Lupus Now event. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease disease that causes inflamation. This inflammation can damage major organs like the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin and the brain. In North Carolina alone, the disease affects about 45,000 people.
Less than one year after the state rejected their first request to relocate an endoscopy center from Asheville to Fletcher, Mission Health and Pardee Hospital are trying again. But during an almost 3-hour long public hearing held in Mills River today, not everyone understood why these health systems are applying again, or what has changed. More than 100 people attended the meeting, and about 50 people spoke during the public comment. (photo by Caitlin Byrd)
About 75 people attended this year’s annual Child Watch Tour that emphasized the importance of a child’s first 2000 days — the length of time between when a child is born and enrolls in kindergarten. Currently, 1,068 children are on the waiting list for subsidized child care in Buncombe County. (photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Throughout election day and night, Xpress reporter Caitlin Byrd aggregated tweets and photos using Storify. The emotional tweets, election projections, neat Instagram photos, and more can be found here. (photo by Caitlin Byrd)
A handwritten thank-you note dangles on the wall of the Charlotte Street office where Chelsea Kouns spends most of her time. When the 27-year-old isn’t clocking in at her two part-time jobs, she’s there working for free on her labor of love: Start From Seed, an Asheville nonprofit organization that provides free birth and postpartum […]
Holly Jones responds to the Xpress questionnaire.
Though she spends most of her time helping others at Mission and McDowell Hospitals, a local therapy dog may have her day soon. Chessie, a blind four-year-old Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, has been nominated for a 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award in the therapy dog category.
Sharon West reads from one of many case studies about health disparities and race in the United States. On Friday, April 27, she gave a presentation about health disparities as it related to race. The event was part of YWCA’s Stand Against Racism. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Buncombe County commissioners listen to the plight of the mentally ill in adult-care homes. Above, Commissioner Bill Stanley listens to the adult-care homes presentation at the April 17 meeting. (photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Due to federal budget cuts and a consistent demand for its services, the Western North Carolina AIDS Project will have a full plate this year, according to its executive director, Jeff Bachar. And Bachar wants to see community members with full plates of their own during this year's Dining Out for Life fundraiser on Thursday, […]
It’s that time again: Thursday, April 26 is Dining Out for Life. Throughout the day, more than 100 area restaurants will donate 20 percent of their gross sales to WNCAP, a public-health nonprofit that provides free HIV-related services in 18 WNC counties. (Photo courtesy of Dining Out for Life)
During the Asheville area Chamber of Commerce 2012 legislative luncheon today, April 20, the chamber presented its top priorities to a room of more than 100 people, including four state senators and seven state house representatives. The state legislators offered their thoughts on these priorities and what they think may happen during the upcoming short session. The North Carolina General Assembly will reconvene on May 12 this year.
Earlier today, the N.C. House Select Committee on CON and other Hospital Related Issues announced that they are not recommending any changes to Mission Health’s Certificate of Public Advantage at this time. The WNC Community Healthcare Initiative has released a statement on this decision.
Today at 10 a.m., two major local issues will be discussed in Raleigh: the fate of the Asheville Water System and whether Mission Hospital will continue to operate under the only Certificate of Public Advantage in the state.
During the April 19 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation about the impact of adult care homes in Buncombe County. Currently, Buncombe County has more adult care homes than any other county in the state. These are the highlights from that presentation and other business conducted tonight.
Live Twitter coverage of tonight’s Buncombe County Commissioners meeting via Caitlin Byrd (@MaryCaitlinByrd). The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. To appear in our Twitter feed, use the hashtag #avlgov.