Local Sierra Club political chair: ‘There are several filters to make sure there was a fair process’-attachment0

Local Sierra Club political chair: ‘There are several filters to make sure there was a fair process’

Though Political Committee Chair of the Sierra Club of Western North Carolina Group Ken Brame donated a combined $300 to three of the four local candidates that the environmental organization ultimately endorsed, he says his personal contribution did not influence the endorsement process. (Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user borman818)

Why not gear? Local companies form alliance to attract, support outdoor industry-attachment0

Why not gear? Local companies form alliance to attract, support outdoor industry

As the beer industry boomed in Western North Carolina, business owners from another sector began to think, “If beer can do it, why not gear?” Citing the Asheville Brewers Alliance as a model, the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina aims to bring more outdoor industry to the region. (Logo courtesy of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina)

Updated: Four local colleges recognized in national ‘Best Colleges’ guide-attachment0

Updated: Four local colleges recognized in national ‘Best Colleges’ guide

Four liberal arts colleges in the mountains of western North Carolina made the grade in this year’s “Best Colleges” guide by U.S. News & World Report. (A young man smiles during freshmen move-in day in 2011 at UNC Asheville. The institution maintained its ranking as seventh best public liberal arts school in the nation this year, according to the 2014 Best Colleges guide published by U.S. News & World Report today. Photo by Caitlin Byrd)

Upcoming series explores life of famous author and Asheville native Wilma Dykeman-attachment0

Upcoming series explores life of famous author and Asheville native Wilma Dykeman

For those who know the name Wilma Dykeman but don’t know much about one of Asheville’s most famous daughters, an upcoming lecture series will explore her life as an historian, journalist, environmentalist, teacher, novelist and traveler. ” (Photo of Wilma Dykeman at Carmel, Calif. in 1936 from the Wilma Dykeman Collection at D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections)

Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters invites public to mayoral candidate forum-attachment0

Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters invites public to mayoral candidate forum

In two weeks, Asheville’s three mayoral candidates will be fielding questions before members of the public for the second time since their campaigns began.
Conducted by the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County, the political discourse will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Board Room. All three candidates have confirmed their attendance. (Photos by Max Cooper)

Happy days

Day after day, Earl Grey sits in his wheelchair on Biltmore Avenue, his Veterans Affairs ID card taped to the top of a red Folgers coffee container. “Would you help a Vietnam veteran?” he asks nearly everyone who passes by. It’s raining this morning, but Grey just smiles. And though he's been posing that same […]

Asheville abortion clinic reopens after suspension

After a mid-July inspection revealed 23 violations that effectively suspended women's health care services at Asheville's Femcare, the only abortion provider in Western North Carolina, the clinic has reopened. According to employees at Femcare, which is owned by Dr. Lorraine Cummings, the clinic's official statement at this time is, “We are pleased to be back […]

Compassionate citizens aid disabled vet-attachment0

Compassionate citizens aid disabled vet

Day after day, Earl Grey sits in his wheelchair on Biltmore Avenue, his Veterans Affairs ID card taped to the top of a red Folgers coffee container. He’s been homeless for four years. But in July, some concerned locals decided to help Grey track down the missing paperwork so he could start receiving disability checks again and get off the streets. (Photo by Max Cooper)

The first face-off: Mayoral candidates debate issues affecting the city-attachment0

The first face-off: Mayoral candidates debate issues affecting the city

Voicing different ideas about funding the Asheville Art Museum, adopting the living wage ordinance and deciding downtown development, the trio of political candidates vying to be Asheville’s next mayor debated with one another for the first time on Wednesday while also revealing a shared consensus among them about the perceived relationship between the General Assembly and the City of Asheville.  (Photos by Max Cooper)

In the news

Following trends in Gannett-owned publications nationwide, the Asheville Citizen-Times laid off a total of eight staffers Aug. 14 — six of them from its newsroom, including longtime columnist Susan Reinhardt and Ashvegas reporter-blogger Jason Sandford. “It's hard when you see colleagues leaving that you've worked with for years, many years," Sandford tells Xpress. "There are […]

Collateral damage: Local veterans wrestle with the aftermath of war-attachment0

Collateral damage: Local veterans wrestle with the aftermath of war

Despite having no military base nearby, nearly 20,000 veterans call Buncombe County home — giving it the sixth-largest veteran population in the state. As local visits for PTSD, depression, substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment continues to climb at Charles George VA, three local veterans share their struggles and stories about mental health. (Cover design by Sarah Riddle)

With open hearts

When Scott Arthur saw one of his paintings hanging on the wall at the Satellite Gallery this February, he immediately sat down beneath his work and did not budge. As his peers wandered around the downtown art gallery, Arthur sat. As his teachers commented about different works on display, Arthur sat. He did not move […]