Jackson County landowners work with Land Trust for Little Tennessee to preserve parkway viewshed

From The Land Trust for The Little Tennessee Press Release (Franklin, NC)—104 acres of forested land in the view-shed of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Jackson County are now conserved thanks to two local landowners and The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. LTLT worked with landowners Joan Byrd and George Rector to conserve the […]


All-boys middle school begins construction on riverfront facility in Woodfin

From French Broad River Academy Press Release Asheville, NC­–The French Broad River Academy (FBRA) has broken ground and started construction on its new facility along the banks of the French Broad River in Woodfin in the New Year. After securing a donation of three riverfront acres adjacent to the Riverside Business Park, architect Robert Todd […]

NC celebrates five years of smoke-free establishments

From N.C.Department of Health and Human Services Press Release RALEIGH – Friday, Jan. 2, marks the fifth anniversary of North Carolina’s smoke-free restaurants and bars law. The smoke-free law prohibits smoking in enclosed areas of most restaurants and bars, with limited exceptions for private clubs and some cigar bars. The health outcome results for this law are significant […]


Historic slideshows illustrate WNC’s changing community

After receiving a donation of thousands of photographs dating from 1884 to the mid-1990s, The Community Foundation of Henderson County decided to put the historic images on display at weekly slideshows. And though the images are in the good care of CFHC, the foundation is asking the public for help in identifying historic events, faces and […]


Low-income taxpayers pay nearly twice the rate of high-income taxpayers in NC

According to a study from the The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the Budget & Tax Center, North Carolinians with the lowest income pay more than 40 percent more in taxes (as a percent of their income) compared to the state’s wealthiest residents. The ITEP even calls the state and local tax system “unfair,” […]


Informational meetings about hiking clubs held on Jan. 15 & Jan. 22

The Swannanoa Valley Museum announces three dates of informational meetings for two different educational hiking clubs in the area: The Swannanoa Rim Hike series and the Valley History Explorer series. More from the Swannanoa Valley Museum: Thursday, January 15th & 22nd, 2015 & Thursday, February 12th, 2015 Learn about the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series and […]

Asheville player triumphs at 2014/2015 Pokémon City Championships

Press Release From Barokas PR: BELLEVUE, Wash. — December 15, 2014 — After full days of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles, Carson Goins took first place in the Senior Division at the 2014/2015 Pokémon City Championships in Fort Mill, SC and Columbia, SC. Along with the coveted titles and City Championship trophies, Carson […]

Though snow is not predicted for this week, temperatures dropping to 6 degrees will warrant the use of winter coats and mittens.

Cold front predicted to bring single digit-temperatures mid-week

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for multiple Western North Carolina counties Wednesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 8. “Wednesday, cold wave likely,” reads a passage from the NWS’s report. “An arctic airmass will settle Southward across the region starting Wednesday and persist into Friday. Temperatures will likely run 10 to […]

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 Café and Books finds a new West Asheville home

Firestorm Café and Books is coming back with a bang — revamped, refurbished — and in West Asheville. Soon to be located at 610 Haywood Road (formerly home to Pro Bikes), Firestorm Café and Books originally opened downtown in March 2008 in the Commerce Street space now occupied by the new Ethiopian restaurant Addissae. In April 2014, […]

Blue Ridge Biofuels announces expansion in 2015

Press Release From Blue Ridge Biofuels: CEO Woodrow Eaton says, “We’ll be maintaining jobs in Western North Carolina while creating new jobs at the Catawba County production facility. Under a new partnership with Peak Energy we will be opening a new biodiesel and used cooking oil collection terminal in Asheville. This terminal will support all […]

Photo by Caitlin Byrd for Mountain Xpress.

Is Asheville no longer a ‘weirdo’ city?

In a piece originally titled “Remembering Max and Rosie’s,” Katie Herzog, social editor at Grist, takes a look back at Asheville’s changing cultural landscape over the last 10-ish years. The commentary, originally written for Charlotte’s NPR station in October, shows both Herzog’s nostalgia of Asheville’s “weirdo” population from a different time and her sadness that it has evolved […]