This fall, watch for a new way for Western North Carolinians to give back to their communities. Xpress is pleased to announce Give!Local, a new end-of-year giving campaign based on the idea that giving should be fun and rewarding — for all of us.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina tourism generated record visitor spending in 2014 with a total of $21.3 billion, a 5.4 percent increase over 2013. Additionally, tourism industry supported employment topped 200,000 jobs for the first time. From the press release: “Nearly 50 million people from across the United States visited North Carolina […]
Blue Ridge Biofuels announced its plan to expand to Catawba County and move its production facility there. The company will keep its headquarters in Asheville. The expansion will allow Blue Ridge to increase its production and expand services to new areas such as Charlotte. The new facility will be housed in the Catawba County-Appalachian State […]
Monday, May 4, 2015, is a code YELLOW air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville. This means that unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. For the ridge tops, it is a code GREEN air quality forecast day. No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. WNC […]
David Feingold was named WCQS CEO and general manager last week by the WCQS board of directors. Feingold will succeed former President and CEO Jody Evans, who resigned in December 2014. Feingold will join the WCQS staff this summer. David Feingold is currently the assistant general manager for content at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, where he […]
Burley tobacco revolutionized the industry in east Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Agricultural experts Billy Yeargin and Christopher Bickers take a nostalgic look at the historic rise of burley tobacco and its gradual decline in A History of Burley Tobacco in East Tennessee & Western North Carolina, published by The History Press. What started from two […]
The 2015 Collegiate Road Nationals is coming to the Asheville area this weekend, May 8-10. The three-day championship event is expected to bring together 400 riders from 115 schools across 48 states.
The City of Hendersonville will sponsor a secure, Shred Day for City residents on Friday, May 8, from 9 – 10:30 a.m., in the parking lot of Patton Park, 59 E. Clairmont Drive. American Security Shredding, Inc, will have a shredding truck in the parking lot to allow residents to dispose of sensitive materials. Residents […]
TC Retro Rentals, opening in May, is ready to rent vintage campers for festivals, weddings, weekend getaways and temporary mini-guest housing for out-of-town friends. The company, operated by Tom and Charlene Pagano, will deliver rental units to customers within 30 miles of Asheville. However, the rentals are not available for customers to tow themselves. “We […]
The local air agency has extended the public comment period for the proposed Duke Energy plant in Arden to May 7, 2015.
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Calling all WNC Collectors & Pickers Folkmoot organizers say, “After 32 years of collecting trinkets, old desks, unique chairs, foam mattresses, bed frames and used kitchen equipment, Folkmoot USA invites WNC collectors to the old Hazelwood School to cash in on our spring-cleaning fundraiser, Saturday, May 2nd, from 8a.m. […]
After starting her business with one sewing machine in 2008, Mary Lynn Schroeder grew her enterprise, In Blue Handmade, to employ 10 “leather working magicians” today, she says. In Blue Handmade now ships a half-million dollars in goods annually. On April 21, FedEx awarded her the $25,000 grand prize in its Small Business Grant Contest. […]
A traveling Smithsonian exhibit of will be on display in Asheville from May 1 through July 3 at Asheville BookWorks. The Wood Engravers’ Network Triennial Exhibition is the second juried exhibition sponsored by the Wood Engravers’ Network. Juror Joan Boudreau, curator of the Graphic Arts Collection at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History, […]
Wicked Weed will pre-sell its second bottled sour beer, Golden Angel, starting at noon on May 2. Sales will be online. The beer was aged 10 months in the barrel with apricots, and will sell for $18.95 per bottle. If experience is any guide, the the brewery’s first sour offering sold out online in one […]
The Hendersonville Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at CVS Pharmacy located at 2001 Spartanburg Highway on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8 p.m. The suspect entered the business and stated he was there to drop off a prescription, according to the Police Department. While at the drop off counter, the […]
A new entertainment venue, the Crest Mountain Dinner Show, located 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, will bring mid-week entertainment and concerts to locals and visitors. The venue is previeing two April preview events. The program includes buffet dinner catered by M7 (full bar available) and live music by local and regional performers, surrounded by panoramic […]
Grammy winning finger-picking guitarist Pat Donohue from “A Prairie Home Companion” qill play at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, in the Mountain Spirit Acoustic series, on April 15 from 7-9 p.m. Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard. His renditions of blues, swing and R&B (and originals) echo the tones of Robert […]
Ramps are one of the most beloved foods of Western North Carolina and the wider Appalachian region, inspiring chefs, captivating adventurous home cooks, and marking a rite of spring for people who grew up foraging ramps in the mountainous landscape they and their ancestors called home, say the folks at Appalachian Food Storybank, who have […]
Youth OUTright will hold a forum and panel discussion on LGBTQ youth homelessness on Tuesday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, downtown Asheville. The program will include: Welcome by Joe Hoffman, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of […]
Bring a brown bag lunch to the Third Floor Conference Room of the Self-Help Building, say organizers of Stand Against Racism. A Power Point presentation entitled “North Carolina’s Minority Credit Union Movement” will be followed by discussion. Self-Help will provide cookies and iced tea. This gathering is one of a series of YWCA Stand Against […]
“Explore the ancient forests and cascading creeks of Big Ivy that you have helped protect!” says Big Ivy Community’s Bob Bowles. Friends of Big Ivy is partnering with MountainTrue to host spring ecology hikes on five different trails in Big Ivy, each led by five ecologists. All five hikes will take place simultaneously—and all are free. […]