C-T: Decision on same-sex marriage in NC could come today

FROM THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES “A federal judge based out of Asheville could make the critical decision today [Oct. 8, 2014] to effectively legalize same-sex marriage in North Carolina. A group of Charlotte and Asheville-based plaintiffs filed a motion Tuesday afternoon for an Asheville judge to immediately allow them to marry, in a case filed earlier […]

DLCC: North Carolina among the ‘states to watch’ for fall election

PRESS RELEASE from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee DLCC Announces 2014 Races to Watch Washington (October 8, 2014) – Today, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) announced its 2014 Races to Watch. The 69 state legislative races chosen represent targeted districts critical to Democratic majorities in 24 state legislatures across the United States. The full list can be found here. “With […]

Buncombe’s collaborative work to close health-equity gap gets national recognition

PRESS RELEASE BUNCOMBE COUNTY’S PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE AWARD DISTRIBUTIONS OF THE 2014 RWJF CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE Buncombe County’s Collaborative Work to Close the Health Equity Gap Gains National Recognition Asheville, North Carolina (October 7, 2014) Announced in June, Buncombe County is one of six winners of the 2014 […]

Save our fall color, and don’t bring your own firewood

PRESS RELEASE Preserve fall color – Don’t move firewood Unwitting leaf watchers may transport bug invaders Fall is a busy time in the Southern Blue Ridge, with thousands of leaf peepers traveling to see the annual display. But, that beautiful foliage could be destroyed by visitors who bring firewood from outside the area. That’s because […]

WNC’s Homeward Bound gets $2.7 million grant to help veterans

PRESS RELEASE Homeward Bound of Western NC gets $2.7 million grant to help Vets CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER, Asheville, N.C. – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald recently announced the award of $207 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grants that will help homeless Veterans and their families, and one of […]

Office Manager Patty Levesque has worked for Xpress for 20 years (pictured here, 1st row, far right).

Twenty years, day in and day out

Having worked at Mountain Xpress for 20 years, I have seen many changes — in staff, in technology, in delegation of duties and, of course, in the growth of the paper. Back when I started in 1994, Xpress had only a dozen employees or so, and not all were full-time. Jeff Fobes, our publisher, oversaw […]

How citizen-based reporting got the news

In the early ’90s, more than 20 people filed for the Asheville City Council primary election. Instead of Mountain Xpress reporters interviewing the candidates, the paper asked for community volunteers to help. A group of volunteers met with Julian Price in an upstairs room on Page Avenue. We were given a set of questions to […]

Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Mountain Xpress, Aug. 10, 1994)

Chasing crack rabbits

Grace Slick sang, “One pill makes you larger, the other makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all,” on Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” cementing the figurative connection between Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the ’60s drug culture. Perhaps that’s why an educational anti-drug video, produced 20 […]

Tapping into the local debate

In the days before commenting on websites, Facebook and other social-media platforms, Mountain Xpress got readers talking each week. Every issue featured two, three and sometimes four commentaries, often from wildly different worldviews. The Aug. 31, 1994, Xpress featured four, including the first “Gospel According to Jerry [Sternberg].” Readers reacted strongly to Sternberg’s support for […]

The day Hazel Fobes showed me up

When I look back at the early ’90s, I can remember a lot of issues that everyone worked on. Specifically, though, when I think about Green Line and then the Mountain Xpress, I am reminded of publisher Jeff Fobes’ mother, Hazel Fobes. She attended meeting after meeting, waiting to speak her opinion on all kinds […]

An Xpress roll call

Miles Building, Elwood Miles, hot summer days, sketchy Lex Ave (Welcome to Wally World), Grey Eagle in Black Mountain, Leni Sitnick, Julian Price, Be Here Now, Gatsby’s, Danielle Truscott, Marsha Barber, phones with cords, fax paper rolls, boot leather and notebooks, Carey Watson, Wanda Edney, paper ballots for Best of WNC, Patty’s little girls roaming […]