Challenging opponent Todd Williams (left) and incumbent District Attorney Ron Moore (right) debated in front of a packed courtroom on April 11. (Mountain Xpress/Hayley Benton)

Buncombe County District Attorney debate: Challenging questions before May 6 primary election

In front of a crowded, chandeliered courtroom on the fifth floor of the Buncombe County Courthouse, incumbent District Attorney Ron Moore fought for the continuation of his elected position in a debate with challenger Todd Williams on Friday, April 11. Three debates were held during the evening: a debate between Moore and Williams for District […]

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Environmental Quality Institute seeks volunteers to sample local waterways

The Environmental Quality Institute’s Stream Monitoring Information Exchange program is currently seeking volunteers to attend a volunteer training on Saturday, March 29th, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at UNC Asheville. Once trained, volunteers work in small groups to sample a couple sites, two times per year (about 10 hours of annual service). Volunteer opportunities are open to anyone (11th grade and up) with any level of experience or identification skills.

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French Broad Chocolate Lounge announces move to new location

“For six years, residents and visitors of our fair city have come for chocolate and fellowship to French Broad Chocolate Lounge at 10 South Lexington Avenue. This, our original location, has served us very well, despite the building’s age and unique quirks. The summer of this year, 2014, will be our last in this spot! We have signed a 10 year lease to relocate French Broad Chocolate Lounge around the corner on Pack Square! This spring, we are renovating the first floor of the historic Legal Building, formally SunTrust Bank, to be our permanent home.”

SLOW AND EASY: Sara Freeman, right, a nutrition educator with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, shows her class how to prepare simple, healthy meals with a slow cooker. Attendees, including from left, Shirley Stiles, Delores Ownby, Delona Sewell, Liz Galloway, Georgia Henkhaus and Pauline Nicholson, received a new Crock-Pot slow cooker. Photo by Bill Harrah

Not so fast

The smell of healthy, home-cooked food wafts through Sharing House in Brevard. As meat simmers in the pot, the students taking Sharing House’s newest cooking class slowly add fresh produce, taking care not to boil away the nutrients. “I was just trying to think of ways to help people eat better — eat more nutritiously,” […]

Smart dog tricks: Photogenic border collie Momo not only got his couch potato owner into the great outdoors, he launched an Instagram phenomenon and a photography book. Photo by Andrew Knapp

#Dogdays

See Momo — a cute, 5-year-old border collie with a red bandanna. Now see Momo disappear into picturesque scenes captured by his owner, Andrew Knapp. Knapp and Momo were stationed in Asheville during January — a brief respite before a tour for Find Momo, Knapp’s photography book starring his canine companion. It came out March […]

NCDOT hosts open house tomorrow at the Arboretum to discuss changes to I-26/Brevard Road interchange

A public meeting will be held tomorrow, Feb. 25, from 4-7 p.m., at the North Carolina Arboretum to discuss the upcoming proposed changes to the Interstate 26/Brevard Road interchange. Though no formal presentation will be given at the meeting, maps will be on display, and NCDOT staff will be on site to answer questions and receive comments on the new design.

IN THE QUEUE? Long-awaited and oft-debated plans for the Interstate 26 connector will be in the queue of road projects for Western North Carolina. Hayley Benton

Travel plans

In between snow events that brought most state roads to a halt, the Department of Transportation held an open house in Asheville Feb. 11 to encourage public input and conversation about upcoming plans — particularly those queued for Western North Carolina, such as the long-awaited (and oft-debated) Interstate 26 connector. With a respectable showing of […]

NCDOT plans public meeting for proposed modification of I-26/Brevard Road interchange

A public meeting will be held Feb. 25, from 4-7 p.m., at the North Carolina Arboretum to discuss the upcoming proposed changes to the Interstate 26/Brevard Road interchange. Though no formal presentation will be given at the meeting, maps will be on display, and NCDOT staff will be on site to answer questions and receive comments on the new design.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph was UNC Asheville’s keynote speaker following a week of celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Among many achievements, Joseph founded Youth Speaks and co-founded Life is Living, a “series of festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip-hop arts and environmental action.”

Risk

Fingers snapped and echoed across UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Hall on Jan. 23 as Marc Bamuthi Joseph spoke in rhythm and rhyme about hate, greed, neglect and ignorance. Capping off UNCA’s weeklong Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, keynote speaker Joseph tapped his way down the aisle of the auditorium, spinning and engaging with the audience, which […]

Connecting

A North Carolina Department of Transportation engineer told a group of independent businesses owners Jan. 10 that upcoming hearings could lead to construction on Asheville's Interstate 26 connector project starting in 2020. Construction engineer Ricky Tipton gave the Council of Independent Business Owners a presentation on the current status of the controversial connector project along […]