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.

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Update: Petition against Bell’s Brewery collects 1,200 signatures in 15 hours

Innovation Brewing in Sylva reveals its legal fight over conflicting language with a much bigger company — Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The small Sylva brewer received nationwide support following the dispute, sparking both a petition and a GoFundMe page for the microbrewery’s legal fees. The petition has already reached 3,500 signatures.

FlowArts Society hosts waffle brunch, cook-off and potluck

“The Waffle-Off Championship is considered the most important event on Earth,” writes the Blueridge-Asheville Movement & FlowArts Society. The ultimate goal of the event — a waffle brunch, potluck and cook-off — is “to answer the most important question of all time: Who makes the best waffles in the universe?!” The BAMFS is dedicated to supporting the flow-arts, […]

Celtic folk band Carolina Ceili will play at White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday, March 15.

Get your shamrock on: St. Patrick’s Day events in and around Asheville

Unless you’re looking to get pinched, St. Patrick’s Day is the day for wearing green. Green shirts, green shoes, green pants — even green hair.

So put on your fake green mustache, break out your Flogging Molly tee and indulge in St. Patrick’s Day events around the area, celebrating Appalachia’s Scots-Irish heritage — and the slightly offensive stereotype of booze-loving, beer-slamming bar-goers stomping the beat for a fiddle-fronted band.