Wild for Life, a rehabilitation center for birds of prey, houses animals like Rufous the screech owl, who was brought to the facility after being struck by a car in October 2003. He now lives at the center as an "animal ambassador," traveling to schools and presentations discussing how humans can help prevent animal injury. Photo by Hayley Benton

Taming the Wild: Urbanization pits humans against animals

“We got a call from a lady in Horse Shoe; it was a Sunday morning,” remembers Mary Beth Bryman. “There was a Canada goose in her bedroom.”

She told them her husband had gone to church early that morning. After making herself a cup of coffee, she’d returned to her bedroom to open the blinds — and realized she wasn’t the only one there.

Horne Creek stream restoration will close Pilot Mountain State Park river access area

Press Release From North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – To accommodate a major stream restoration of Horne Creek in Surry County, Pilot Mountain State Park will close the Bean Shoals Access at the northern side of its Yadkin River section beginning Monday, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. […]

WLOS: Swain County magistrate resigns rather than officiate gay marriages

From WLOS: One of Swain County’s magistrates, Gilbert Breedlove is resigning rather than marry gay couples. Despite a state memo telling magistrates to follow their oaths of office, or face suspension or dismissal, Breedlove says same-sex marriage not only violates his religion, but he says the federal mandate violates the U.S. Constitution. Click here for […]

Mars Hill University to host Presnell/Hicks debate on Monday

Press Release From Mars Hill University: The Mars Hill University Political Science Program will host a debate between Michele Presnell and Dean Hicks on Monday, October 13th at 7:00 in Moore Auditorium. Presnell, the Republican incumbent, and Hicks, the Democratic challenger, are candidates for the 118th district seat in the N.C. House of Representatives, representing […]

Behind the Lens: Jennifer Mesk, pictured center.

Humans of Asheville captures local life in pictures

It’s a sunny day when Jennifer Mesk, the photojournalist behind Humans of Asheville, sets out across the city that serves as her muse. Spotting a group of interesting-looking characters on Patton Avenue, she motions to them, then indicates her camera. They smile curiously, and she crosses the street. “Hi,” she says, smiling. “Can I take your picture?”

Gov. McCrory proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Press Release From the State of North Carolina: Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed October 2014 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in North Carolina, urging citizens to reach out and offer safety and support to friends and family – or anyone – they believe to be in danger of abuse.  “Domestic violence is something […]

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Rhetorical Factory hosts customer appreciation party Sept. 30 with new 828isgreat collection

West Asheville’s Rhetorical Factory is hosting a customer appreciation party on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 4-9 p.m. More from a press release from 828isgreat: Celebrating four years of Rhetorical Factory in Asheville, and four months open at the new store, located at 444 Haywood Rd., they want to welcome customers and supporters to come enjoy […]

The Yes Ma’am! group busks in  downtown Asheville. Xpress file photo

AC-T: Asheville officials to hear about busking policy

Asheville Citizen-Times By Romando Dixson: ASHEVILLE – Complaints from business owners, visitors and residents caused city staff to examine policies involving panhandling, peddling and busking, city officials said Friday. City staff will present information on those issues to the city’s Public Safety Committee at 3:30 p.m. Monday on the fourth floor of the Municipal Building, […]