Candlelight vigil held at Beth HaTephila to demand congressional action on Voting Rights Act

From Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice:  New York, NY—As national civil rights advocates gear up for a major legislative push to restore the Voting Rights Act, nearly 50 activists from Carolina Jews for Justice, a local organization affiliated with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, gathered for a vigil at […]

Vance Monument vandalized, spray-paint reads ‘black lives matter’

Information reported on WLOS:  Last night before 2 a.m., “black lives matter” was spray-painted across the nameplate of downtown Asheville’s Vance Monument. The monument, dedicated to former governor and Civil War Confederate general Zebulon Vance, (and other Vance namesakes) have come under fire recently for the potential racial statement this honor makes. The graffiti has since been cleared […]

Asheville reverend to receive Unitarian Universalist Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Asheville Unitarian Universalist minister and advocate of racial justice Reverend Clark Olsen will receive an award for his distinguished service from the Unitarian Universalist Association, the nationwide organization for the UU religious movement. Olsen will be commended at a ceremony in front of the UUA’s General Assembly on Saturday, June 27, in Portland, Ore. From […]

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PARI hosts lightning detection presentation, July 10

WHAT: Presentation on detection and study of lightning WHERE: Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, 1 PARI Drive, Rosman, N.C. HOW MUCH: $20 adults/$15 military & seniors/children 10 & under free WHEN: Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. From PARI:  (June 22, 2015) – The public is invited to a special presentation of how scientists detect and study lightning […]


HempX comes to Highland Brewing Company, Sept. 18-19

WHAT: HempX family-friendly hemp expo WHEN: Sept. 18-19 WHERE: Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Ste. 200 HOW MUCH?: Free, though chef-event ‘A Taste of Hemp’ is ticketed MORE: “Hemp X is a three-day interactive gathering in Asheville highlighting the multiple uses and future economic opportunities of industrial hemp,” reads the group’s Facebook event […]

RESIDENTIAL WOES: Neighbors of Pond Road near Enka are worried that a proposed recycling facility may bring some serious consequences. But the property’s employment district zoning allows for offices, industry, storage, warehousing and wholesale trade. Map by Alane Mason

Recycling debated: Pond Road residents say ‘no’ to Regional Recycling Solutions

Local company Regional Recycling Solutions has big plans to open a recycling center, using “green” European technology, on Pond Road near Enka. But residents and members of the community take serious issue with not only the facility being built in their backyards but the consequences that truck-traffic on the winding roads could bring. A public hearing for the facility will be held on July 8 at noon, 30 Valley St., in Asheville.

Donation items needed for Swannanoa Valley Museum rummage sale, Aug. 1

The Swannanoa Valley Museum will host its annual rummage sale on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. While that date is still a while away, the nonprofit asks residents, in the meantime, to collect any gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, toys or furniture to donate for the sale. If there’s something you’d like to donate, […]

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Madison County Arts Council announces Mars Hill summer music series

What: Musical Concert Series Where: Ebbs Chapel Auditorium, 271 Laurel Valley Road, Mars Hill When: Sundays, June 28, July 26, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. Who: June: Clay Lunsford & Wayne Henderson ($15) July: Sheila Kay Adams ($15) August: The Kruger Brothers ($35/$30 advance) For More information: (828) 649-1301 Or From Madison County Arts Council: The Madison […]

Hemlock trees are disappearing from the Appalachian Mountains due to the non-native invasive species, the hemlock wooly adelgid. The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners agreed unanimously at the May 19 meeting to move forward with a project to preserve the hemlocks from further eradication.

Buncombe Commission­ers approve hemlock preservati­on project

At the Tuesday, May 19 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a project to protect the region’s disappearing hemlock population. They also heard budget requests from Buncombe County Schools, Asheville City Schools, A-B Tech and District Attorney Todd Williams, as well as the proposed budget for the 2016 fiscal year — all of which will come to a public hearing at the next regular meeting, on June 2.