Asheville makes its mark on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Press release from UNC Asheville: When Vice President Joe Biden met with a task force of governors, mayors and tribal leaders on Monday, Nov. 17, he unveiled the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit ( in response to their request for actionable information on climate adaptation at the state and local levels. In doing so, he placed […]

Asheville government offices closed for Thanksgiving Holiday; public buses won’t run

Press release from the city of Asheville: Asheville city government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Garbage and recycling collection will be suspended Thursday, Nov. 27.  Customers with Thursday garbage and recycling (B week) collection will have trash and recycling collected Friday, Nov. 28.  […]

Photos by John Penley

Photos: Michael Brown justice rally draws hundreds in Asheville

About 200 people gathered in downtown Asheville Nov. 25 in support of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer earlier this year. Unlike protests in Ferguson and some other cities, the Asheville gathering at Vance Monument was peaceful as attendees held signs with phrases such as “Hold Cops Accountable” and “Where is Justice for Black America.”

Actress and writer Kelli Cozlin, right, has been teaming up with Lexington Avenue Brewery chef Michael Fisera, left, to produce a beer dinner experience like no other  in town. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Play with your food: Kelli Cozlin wants to bring more dinner theater to Asheville

Kelli Cozlin is cooking up a new feast for the senses. The actress and writer is hoping to add dinner theater to Asheville’s lively food and entertainment mix. And based on years of experience acting in and producing shows across the country, she thinks it’s sure to be a recipe for success. “I feel like […]

October tourism in Asheville shatters previous records

Press release from the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau: ASHEVILLE, NC (Nov. 21, 2014) – Lodging demand in Buncombe County grew to a record level in October, shattering all previous monthly watermarks in the growth of tourism in the Asheville area.  The jump in lodging figures parallels the increased marketing investment made by the Asheville […]

McHenry responds to Obama’s immigration action

Rep. Patrick McHenry weighed-in on the national immigration debate Nov. 20, releasing a statement immediately after President Barack Obama announced executive actions he will take. McHenry represents District 10 in congress, which includes most of Asheville and Buncombe County. Here’s the statement from McHenry: “This evening we have once again seen a President more focused […]

Turner announces Legislative Assistant; will be sworn-in Jan. 14

Press release from the Brian Turner campaign: Asheville – Representative-Elect Brian Turner (HD-116) announced today that Anderson “Andy” Miller has accepted the position of Legislative Assistant to work with Turner when he takes office in January. “I am fortunate to have Andy as part of the team representing District 116.” Turner said. “His experience in […]

Racial Equity Initiative continues in Asheville schools

Press release from the Asheville City Schools Foundation: (ASHEVILLE)—Asheville has long struggled with racial equity issues and the Asheville City Schools (ACS) system has reflected this community wide issue.  In Asheville, racism is compounded by deep generational poverty with many of our families of color living in de facto segregated housing communities. This year, the […]

City manager announces succession plan for chief of police

Press release from city of Asheville: ASHEVILLE – Asheville Police Chief William Anderson announced Friday, November 14 his plans for retirement effective December 31.  A recruitment process is underway for his replacement. City staff expect to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) by the end of November for a high-quality professionally managed recruitment process that […]

Asheville Outlets uses helicopter to install 55 HVAC units; will open spring 2015

Press release from Asheville Outlets: Asheville, N.C. –Construction of Asheville Outlets, the 325,000 square foot outlet center on Brevard Road in Asheville, is on schedule to open in spring of 2015. As part of the transformation of the formerly enclosed Biltmore Square Mall into an open-air center, Winter Construction will use a helicopter to lift […]

AC-T: Asheville firm part of largest tech deal in WNC history

Here’s an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article: The $65-million acquisition of downtown-based DoctorDirectory by Everyday Health of New York is believed to be the largest tech-company transaction of its kind in Western North Carolina history, said Josh Dorfman, Asheville Chamber of Commerce director of entrepreneurship development. “A deal like this boosts confidence across our […]

County Boards of Election to canvass results

Press release from N.C. Board of Elections: RALEIGH, N.C. — All 100 county boards of election will meet Friday morning to authenticate results from the 2014 General Election. County-level canvass certifies results in most single-county contests. The State Board of Elections will meet Tuesday, November 25 to certify results for all federal, judicial, and multicounty […]

New report highlights progress for North Fork First Broad River, calls for more success stories

Press release from Environment North Carolina: New report highlights progress for North Fork First Broad River, calls for more success stories Raleigh, NC.-On the eve of the close of the public comment period for the new Clean Water Rule, a new report tells the story of how the bedrock environmental law has helped to restore […]

Tom Delay to headline Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner

Press release from organizers of the Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner: “The Hammer” to Headline Annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner Former Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay will be the honored guest at this year’s annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner. The 22nd annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, December 12 […]

“Forward together, not one step back!” — Rev. William Barber, Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday photo courtesy of the UCC Church

Barber visits Asheville to ‘re-energize’ progressives after election defeat

Barely a week after Democratic candidates suffered a statewide beating at the polls, Moral Monday leader Rev. William Barber will deliver a Nov. 13 pep talk to progressives in Asheville. Organizers of the event are touting it as an opportunity to “re-energize as Dr. Barber contextualizes the recent election,” according to a Facebook post promoting […]