Asheville Lyric Opera to perform ‘West Side Story’ in April

The Asheville Lyric Opera announces three performances of West Side Story at the Diana Wortham Theatre on April 24, 25 and 26. The shows will use orchestral accompaniment with no amplification. More from the Asheville Lyric Opera: Asheville Lyric Opera is excited to welcome the cast of West Side Story. This emotional drama of forbidden love and […]


Asheville Police: Biltmore Village shooting suspect surrenders to authorities

Two full days after two individuals were shot in Biltmore Village, suspect Bryant DeAngelo Sanders surrendered to authorities. Sanders, 21, allegedly shot two individuals, ages 20 and 21, around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23. The victims were in their car at the time of the crime. The shooting occurred outside Chico’s clothing store off Sweeten Creek Road.

Three out of five worker-owners of Firestorm Cafe and Books show off their new space, located at 610 Haywood Road (the space formerly occupied by Pro Bikes). Photo by Hayley Benton

Firestorm Books & Coffee’s Indiegogo campaign in its last week

Monday, March 2 marks the final day of Firestorm Books & Coffee’s Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign. As of the morning of Feb. 25, the collective had raised $11,554 of its $13,000 goal. For its new space at 610 Haywood Road, the workers’ cooperative plans to use money raised from the campaign to fund the purchase of equipment […]

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Today’s press conference on campaign contribution, corporate personhood amendment postponed

A press conference originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, on corporate personhood and the money spent on campaign contributions has been rescheduled until further notice. The conference was to be held in Press Room of the Legislative Building on W. Jones Street in Raleigh. The 28th Amendment to the Constitution would reverse the Supreme Court’s […]

Mark Singleton, who will speak at WCU's outdoor adventure speaker series, enjoys the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in Oregon.

American Whitewater Director Mark Singleton speaks at WCU’s outdoor adventure program, March 3

From Western Carolina University: CULLOWHEE – Base Camp Cullowhee, Western Carolina University’s outdoor programming organization, will launch a speaker series focused on outdoor adventure with a Tuesday, March 3, presentation featuring Mark Singleton, executive director of American Whitewater. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the theater of WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center. It […]

View across lake of Duke Energy's Lake Julian plant

Duke Energy charged with criminal violations of Clean Water Act in Asheville, 4 other plants

Update: On Friday, Feb. 20, the Associated Press reported that Duke Energy, the nation’s largest power company, has been charged with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at five North Carolina power plants, including the plant in Asheville. The AP reports that the charges are felony violations, while the News & Observer in Raleigh reports the power company […]

A caller impersonating a member of county government or law enforcement has been threatening arrest to victims if he or she does not pay a made-up amount of "owed" money. Photo by Flickr user Philippe Put

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam affecting the area

“There is absolutely no validity to this whatsoever,” the sheriff states. “If somebody calls you and tries to collect money, [saying they’re] from any government entity at the threat of arrest — [know] that [neither] the IRS nor the Sheriff’s Office call and give you an opportunity to pay … any kind of fee or fine that would result in you being arrested.”

Gary Sizer, Asheville resident, hiked 2,185.3 miles from Georgia to Maine in 2014. The Appalachian Trail took him 153 days to complete. All photos courtesy of Gary Sizer

Tales from the Trail: Walking Appalachia from Georgia to Maine

Since its initial construction in 1937, 15,524 people are said to have completed the thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail — “2,000-milers,” they’re called. Inspiration behind embarking on such a physically and mentally challenging journey varies from person to person, but deep down it satiates core human needs for renewal and a reconnection with nature.


All Things Considered focuses on former Mission Hospital nurse in ‘Injured Nurses’ series

National Public Radio’s program All Things Considered ran a piece that centered on former Mission Hospital nurse Terry Cawthorne, part of the program’s investigative series “Injured Nurses,” which intends to expose how hospitals fail to protect nursing staff from injury.

Cawthorne’s story, “Hospital To Nurses: Your Injuries Are Not Our Problem,” is the third in a series of stories about the dangers of nursing, which runs throughout the month of February.

Jonathan Feldman, City of Asheville CIO and Rajeev Chawla, CloudVelox CEO, won CIO Impact and Vendor awards for excellence in cloud computing at Frost and Sullivan's Executive MindXchange conference.

City of Asheville CIO wins Impact award for cloud computing

Whereas cloud computing is more commonly used to back up data for companies or individuals, Next City, a nonprofit and quarterly magazine based in Philadelphia, credits Asheville as being one of the first cities to use a cloud-based data recovery system — and this kind of forward-thinking is winning our city (and our CIO) awards for its use of this innovation.

Harrah’s Cherokee hosts job fair to fill 800 positions, March 16

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel, still under construction, will have space for 800 new employees at the remodeled facility — and on March 16, the casino resort will host a job fair looking for candidates. More from Harrah’s: As Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel continues with construction, recruiters are kicking off a […]

Altamont Theatre rises again, announces upcoming shows

From Altamont Theatre co-owner Sam Katz: The Altamont Theatre, a gorgeous event space and listening room in downtown Asheville, has been re-opened and is busier than ever!  Three new partners have taken over the briefly closed venue as of January 1st of this year.  Sam Katz, a local music promoter, Richard Barrett, The Altamont’s front […]

Ice build-up on cars and roads left many Ashevilleans immobile and housebound this morning. Photo by Hayley Benton

#Avl reacts: Western Carolina gets coated in ice, colder temperatur­es still to come

As grey skies turned to snow, snow turned to sleet, and sleet turned to ice pellets clinking across the windows of Western Carolinians, residents across the region turned to social media to document the ice storm that left many Ashevilleans housebound this morning, Tuesday, Feb. 17.

A layer of ice began to build up on the streets by mid-day Monday, leaving both pedestrians and drivers skidding along the sidewalks and streets. Over night, about 1,200 North Ashevilleans experienced power flickers and outages after heavy ice damaged Duke Energy equipment.