Swapping tarmac for trails

I am a trail runner! As of recently. Very recent. Okay, just in the last few weeks, if we must be honest. Not so long ago, you would have found me plodding around my neighborhood in my slow-but-steady pace or making the occasional foray to Carrier Park or the treadmill at my local Y. But […]

Cultivating work

photos by Jonathan Welch It was a cold day in Staffordshire, England. The sleet was blowing horizontally across the field, and apprentice farmer Ian Robertson suddenly realized his hands were freezing and his knees were stuck to the burlap sack he’d been kneeling on. “I realized I could be doing this [sizing and bagging potatoes] […]

Cable vs. community

A bill that’s slated to be introduced during the N.C. General Assembly’s current short session is being touted as a boon to both cable-service providers and their customers. But opponents say the law could undermine funding for local access stations and local government data networks. And with the bill on the fast track, according to […]

Peaceful warriors

recent photos by Jodi Ford Looking back: Viola Jones Spells and Marvin Chambers shown today and in their yearbook photos from high school. Both were members of ASCORE who participated in sit-ins and other actions to combat segregation in Asheville. When four African-American college students walked into a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C., and sat down […]

Groovin’ at the fest

The Mountain Sports Festival will be jamming all weekend long, with free live music on the main stage in Festival Village beginning Friday night (see grid for schedule). Plenty of musical pedigree will be featured in a lineup that includes Jimbo Mathus (former lead singer of the Squirrel Nut Zippers), Jeff Coffin Mu ‘Tet and […]

2005 Mountain Sports Festival

Biking Biking Town Mountain Hill ClimbFestival Village 5-8 p.m. Just for kids Iron Kid Challenge Festival Village 5 p.m. 7 p.m. Kid’s Climbing Competition Montford Center 7-9 p.m. Climbing Wall Festival Village 5-9 p.m. Music City/County Plaza Gamble Brothers Band5 p.m. Geoff Achison7 p.m. Jeff Coffin Mu’tet with special guest Future Man9 p.m. Sat, Apr […]

A step back in time

What in the world were they thinking? Full circle: The ‘modern’ 1965 makeover, left, of a neoclassical building designed by well-known architect Ronald Greene in 1922, above, left it unrecognizable.The recent renovation commissioned by Asheville Savings Bank returned the building to its former glory, below, right down to recreating the intricate cornices that had been […]

The hot sheet

The local film scene is an exotic and many-tentacled beast. After countless phone calls, e-mails and “who-else-should-we-talk-to?” queries, Xpress compiled the following informal list of local filmmakers and their current film (plus a few television) projects. Though it is doubtless incomplete, the list does give some idea of the extent and diversity of local indie-film […]

Items needed for Alpha Company, 391st Engineer Battalion

AAA batteries AA batteries C batteries D batteries 9-volt batteries Toiletries sunscreen shaving cream foot powder razors toothpaste toothbrushes deodorant baby wipes (the most-needed item of all) eye drops hand sanitizer toilet paper lip balm Recreation and Morale Boosters disposable cameras phone cards film small travel games paperback books CDs portable CD players (for injured […]

A matter of principle

“I guarantee, no matter how liberal or how conservative [someone is], I can find probably at least five or six issues that person will agree with us on.” – Jennifer Rudinger, executive director, ACLU of North Carolina Jennifer Rudinger is eating hot biscuits at the home of a friend in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, […]

Message in a bottle

“I could live for probably two years on what they spent just to coax some words out of my mouth.” – Asheville activist Clare Hanrahan Local activist and writer Clare Hanrahan was out mowing her lawn in late September when ABC called, asking her to be a guest on Good Morning America the next day. […]

Candidates for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners: Carol Weir Peterson

Vote for four. The candidates are Mark Crawford, Republican; David Gantt, Democrat; Mike Harrison, Republican; Mike Morgan, Republican; Carol Weir Peterson, Democrat; Bill Reynolds, Republican; Bill Stanley, Democrat; and David Young, Democrat. Carol Weir Peterson Age: 63Address: 221 Racquet Club Road, AshevilleOccupation: Retired educatorYears in Buncombe County: 63Education: Master’s degree, University of TennesseePolitical party: DemocratPolitical […]

Candidates for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners: Mike Harrison

Vote for four. The candidates are Mark Crawford, Republican; David Gantt, Democrat; Mike Harrison, Republican; Mike Morgan, Republican; Carol Weir Peterson, Democrat; Bill Reynolds, Republican; Bill Stanley, Democrat; and David Young, Democrat. Mike Harrison Age: 58Address: 252 Martins Creek Road, BarnardsvilleOccupation: Business consultant for IBMYears in Buncombe County: 5Education: Master’s degree in science, Central Michigan […]

Candidates for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners: David Gantt

Vote for four. The candidates are Mark Crawford, Republican; David Gantt, Democrat; Mike Harrison, Republican; Mike Morgan, Republican; Carol Weir Peterson, Democrat; Bill Reynolds, Republican; Bill Stanley, Democrat; and David Young, Democrat. David Gantt Age: 48Address: 28 Troy Hill Drive, FletcherOccupation: LawyerYears in Buncombe County: 23Education: Law degree, Campbell UniversityPolitical party: DemocratPolitical experience: County commissioner […]

Easy as (apple) pie

Whoever came up with the phrase “as easy as pie” obviously never tried to make one. And, in fact, a quick Internet search for the source of the simile reveals that its original meaning may well have had nothing to do with pie (or not with the making of this estimable pastry, at any rate). […]

Stripped for justice

After seeing The Rebelles perform their debut show Through Sick and Sin last July, a friend and I were so inspired that, a few days later, we marched ourselves on up to the downtown workplace of Christine DiBenedetto, the burlesque troupe’s founder. Our mission: to beg her to please, please, let us join her troupe […]