Ashvegas: Citizen-Times reporters call out Carolina Public Press claim

From Ashvegas: Asheville Citizen-Times reporters present and past are calling bullshit on a Carolina Public Press video claim that there’s been a lack of investigative journalism in Western North Carolina until CPP came along. The reporters, including current newspaper reporterJohn Boyle and former Citizen-Times investigative reporter Quintin Ellison, are calling for a retraction and an apology […]

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Deadline to file candidacy for municipal elections approaches

Update: Four more candidates have filed for Asheville elections: Richard Liston, 2013 mayoral candidate John Miall, Holly Shriner and Dee Williams. And Rachel Halbert Allen filed for Black Mountain Alderman. By Thursday afternoon, 12 candidates had officially thrown their hats into the ring for the Asheville City Council elections this fall. In the surrounding Buncombe communities, an additional 20 candidates […]

Many members of the Pond Road community voiced their concern about the proposed reyclling facility’s truck traffic. These concerns are based on their experiences of frequently getting “run off the road” by vehicles (like the one pictured) that cross the center line at curves. Photo by Jim Coddington

Update: Regional Recycling Solutions responds to Pond Road neighbors’ concerns

In early June, Xpress reported on a controversial proposed recycling facility near Enka-Candler. On July 8, the Buncombe County Board of Adjustments will vote whether to approve the locally owned business that hopes to bring cleaner recycling practices to WNC. Read for updates from both RRS and the opposition.

Buncombe County hosts first District Attorney-sponsored expunction clinic

From the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office: In a new partnership, the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office, Pisgah Legal Services, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and the N.C. Justice Center will join forces Wednesday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m. at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville to host Buncombe County’s first District Attorney sponsored expunction […]

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 […]