Matt Kern announces 2016 bid for Buncombe Board of Commissioners, district two

From Matt Kern: I am Matt Kern, and I am running for the Buncombe County Commission in the Second District because I believe Buncombe County is at a crossroads with many issues. Now is the time for The Commission to provide the leadership we all need. Among the many issues we face, are education and […]

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Asheville Brewing releases Ninjabread Man Porter, Oct. 31

From Asheville Brewing Company: Asheville, NC—Asheville Brewing Company will release its widely anticipated Ninjabread Man Porter for the second year on October 31, 2015, on draft and in 22-ounce bottles. The Asheville Brewing brew team works closely with the Asheville Pizza and Brewing chefs to hand-craft a concoction of fresh vanilla beans, toasted cinnamon sticks, […]


Asheville City Council general election guide

Six candidates of the original 15 remain after the Oct. 6 primary election: Brian Haynes, Marc Hunt, Rich Lee, Julie Mayfield, Lindsey Simerly and Keith Young. Of those six, only three will be elected to Asheville City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 3 — and, based off of the primary’s close numbers, it’ll likely be a fight to the finish.

Culture Vulture Film Festival to feature a mountain heritage world premiere

From Center for Cultural Preservation: (HENDERSONVILLE, NC, October 7, 2015) – The Center for Cultural Preservation, one of WNC’s premiere cultural organizations, presents a unique film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   The festival will feature the world premiere […]

Tourism Product Development Fund committee announces funding recommendations for consideration by Tourism Authority

From the Tourism Development Authority: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 21, 2015) — Six projects could receive nearly $3.9 million in funding from the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF), including $3.1 million for projects owned by the City of Asheville, following approval of recommendations made to the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA). The TPDF committee will forward […]

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Purl's Yarn Emporium yarn-bombed Wall Street, taking on the Flat Iron sculpture and even the trees. Photo by Hayley Benton

Flat Iron sculpture gets a sweater

The stealthy stitchers of Purl’s Yarn Emporium are at it again. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Wall Street was transformed with knit and crochet creations. As with their installations last spring and fall, the stitchers will be adorning many fixtures along the quaint street. This fall, however, they have added a much larger target to their yarn-bombing: the Flat Iron sculpture.


MountainTrue, Carolina Land Coalition host ‘Protect Our Land Picnic’ against Duke Energy’s modernization plan

From MountainTrue: Residents of Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina will gather for a Protect Our Land Picnic on Sunday, October 18 at the Historic Henderson County Courthouse in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The purpose of the event is to bring residents of the area together and to stand in unity against Duke Energy’s Western […]

Oralene Simmons with family and students. Photo courtest of Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University dedicates tree and plaque to first African-American student

From Mars Hill University: A weeping cherry tree and a plaque on the Mars Hill University campus mark a special spot of commemoration for Asheville resident Oralene Simmons. Ms. Simmons, who attended Mars Hill from 1961-1963, was the first African American student to enroll at the institution. The university held a dedication ceremony for the […]

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Governor McCrory expands autism insurance coverage

From Governor pat McCrory: Charlotte, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory expanded insurance coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by signing the Autism Health Insurance Coverage Act into law today at a ceremony in Charlotte. “The families and caregivers of those with autism need every tool we can provide to get their loved ones treatment,” Governor McCrory […]

Biologists to stock lake sturgeon in French Broad River

From U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: WHO: Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will stock 7,000 lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) into the French Broad River. Media are invited to attend for interviews and photo opportunities. WHEN: Approximately 3 p.m., Oct. 21, 2015 WHAT: As part of an […]

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Brian Haynes

Brian Haynes Website: Employment: Showroom assistant manager at Habitat for Humanity Party affiliation: Registered unaffiliated, votes in Democratic primaries NEW! Notable endorsements: All Souls Pizza, The Amp Shop, Appalachian Realty, Asheville Face Painting, Beauty Parade, Blue Dream Curry House, Bon Vivant, The Burger Bar, The Cork & Keg, The Double Crown, Echo Mountain Recording, Empire […]

Input wanted on River Arts District form-based code draft document

The City of Asheville has embarked on a form-based code process for the River Arts District. A form-based code provides a way of regulating growth and development to promote a specific form, such as a mixed-use walkable community. Building heights, setbacks, in-fill development that’s in character with the community are components of form-based code planning. […]