TRANSILIENT: Former Asheville resident Basil Soper will stop in Asheville as part of the Transilient project, co-founded with Johanna Case.

‘Transilient’ project comes to Asheville June 7-8

Former Asheville resident, activist and writer Basil Soper will bring a new project to Asheville June 7-8: Transilient. The photo documentary, co-founded with Johanna Case, will help show that transgender people “deserve to be seen as living, breathing, feeling humans who have experienced many of the same things that cis [people who identify with the gender assigned to them at birth] people do,” says Soper.

Image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs may be closer to home than we think

A deadly pathogen can make it around the globe in 24 hours or less, and in just eight hours, one E. coli bacterium can generate more than 16 million clones that make their host very, very sick — particularly if the mother strain is one of a growing number of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that have health leaders on alert from Asheville to Beijing.

#MYFIRSTDAY: From new pencils to greetings from the mascot and educators like K-12 Curriculum director April Dockery, Hall Fletcher Elementary students started their first day of school July 16. Photo by Margaret Williams

Hall Fletcher Elementary moves forward with year-round school

On a cool, foggy July morning, more than 300 children bustle past a row of blooming sunflowers and into Hall Fletcher Elementary as teachers hand out new pencils, the principal greets them by name, and the UNC Asheville mascot poses with them for photos. But it’s only midsummer: Why are these students filing through the doors about a month before their peers at other city schools?

CTS Corp. has created a website about the Superfund site at Mills Gap Road, where the Elkhardt-Ind.-based company ran an electroplating operation from 1959-1986.

CTS Corp. creates website for Superfund site on Mills Gap Road

On the homepage of its website,, CTS — the company which owned and operated an electroplating operation on Mills Gap Road from 1959-1986 — says it’s “committed to effectively, efficiently and ethically addressing the site conditions at the property known as the Mills Gap Road Site or the CTS of Asheville site.”

UNC Asheville, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sign agreement

UNC Asheville and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Sign Agreement Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) will have new opportunities to attend UNC Asheville as part of an instructional credit agreement that was signed today on the university’s campus in both English and Kituwah Cherokee syllabary. With members of the campus and […]

National Register adds NC locations, adjusts Flat Rock Historic District

Eighteen individual properties and districts across North Carolina have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in Western North Carolina, the boundaries for the Flat Rock Historic District — which includes Carl Sandburg’s home, Connemara — were adjusted. Here are the details from the NC Department of Cultural Resources.: National Register adds 18 North Carolina places, […]

Hall Fletcher hosts first annual District-Wide Girls’ Chess Summit June 4

Hall Fletcher Elementary hosts first annual District-Wide Girls’ Chess Summit June 4 Asheville, NC, April 30, 2015: Hall Fletcher Elementary’s Pawnstorm Chess Team invites all Kindergarten through 5th Grade girls in in Asheville City Schools to come play chess at their first annual Girls’ Chess Summit, sponsored by Short Street Cakes. The Girls’ Chess Summit will […]