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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In a Civitas “flash” poll of 300 Buncombe County residents Oct. 3-6, Rep. Nathan Ramsey trailed Democratic challenger John Ager by 13 points.
USA Today reports that the U.S. Supreme Court “refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage” today, Oct. 6, “leaving intact lower court rulings that will eventually lead to legalizing the practice in 11 additional states.” North Carolina is one of those states.
On Friday, Sept. 26, North Carolina League of Conservation hand delivered over 11,000 public comments to the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission — four days before the September 30 deadline.
Overall, Mission Health continues to grow. Compared to 2014, the 2015 budget includes an additional 147 positions. Unfortunately, the budget also includes the elimination of 130 caregiver positions.
Hot Springs Police Chief David Shelton confirms that a stabbing took place Saturday, Sept. 27, at the French Broad Brew Fest during an altercation, that a suspect was arrested and that the victim is at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Witnesses tell Xpress that one individual was stabbed in the groin and the suspect was held by “6-8 […]
When Council discussed ideas for renovating Pritchard Park downtown AT A DATE WORKSESSION, then-Mayor Russ Martin suggested using a 1940s trolley as a central piece to the park
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 […]
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 […]
One of the first connections I made when arriving in WNC in 1991 was with Green Line and Jeff Fobes, and right away I got the go-ahead to do a piece on the proposed passenger rail service to Asheville. Now, 20-plus years later, rail service to Asheville is still “proposed” (dream on), but Green Line […]
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, 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. This means there are no health impacts expected when air quality is in […]
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 […]
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 […]
Talk about the people. Find the drama. Look where no one else is looking. That’s what Mountain Xpress publisher Jeff Fobes told me and Neal Evans when we started covering local government in 1994. Neither of us was on staff for the nascent publication, despite what the masthead said. Seemingly there were 15 or so […]
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 […]
In 1994, the year Mountain Xpress started, I was sharing a $365/month place in Montford with my sister. It was a narrow little flat in a Victorian-era home, its backyard adjacent to the property where Zelda Fitzgerald died in a mental-hospital fire in 1948. The same apartment, no bigger but much refurbished, rents for $950 […]
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 […]