NCDOT: Beware black ice

Public service announcement from the N.C. Department of Transportation Wet roads, bridges and overpasses across the state have the potential to refreeze overnight and in the early morning hours Saturday, creating black ice. The N.C. Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extreme caution in these areas to stay safe. The video below explains what […]

Politico: In 2014, Dems face big race to keep Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat

Online media Politico takes a look at North Carolina politics — forecasting that in 2014, the Democrats may face a fight in defending Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat. Katie Glueck cites Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and notes the recent gains by Republicans in the state, with Pat McCrory becoming the first GOP governor “since the 1980s” […]

The band blog: ACT’s Casey Blake tracks Asheville High Band’s DC adventure

If you’re an old high-school band musician (I played flute and piccolo), or you like to keep up with some of Asheville’s adventurers, check out Casey Blake’s Asheville Citizen-Times blog. She’s tagging along with the Asheville High School marching band as it prepares to play at the president’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. Their first D.C. […]

Oskar Blues grand opening benefits kids’ enviro program, Muddy Sneakers

Press release from Oskar Blues Oskar Blues Grand Opening benefits Muddy Sneakers BREVARD, NC–Muddy Sneakers is thrilled to be the beneficiary of proceeds raised at Oskar Blues Grand Opening Hootenanny on December 31, 2012. “The mountains and forests in this part of the world are part of why we’re here, and we’re excited to support […]

Stay off US Forest Service roads till storm passes, agency asks

Press release From the U.S. Forest Service The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina is encouraging drivers to stay off all Forest Service roads in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests until the storm passes. Heavy rain has produced mudslides in the two national forests. Travel conditions are also dangerous because of the […]

Blue Ridge Toastmasters offers “Speak Up Asheville” workshop, Feb. 4-Feb. 25

Press release From Blue Ridge Toastmasters (club #8215) The Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club is presenting a four-week “Speak-Up Asheville” Public Speaking Workshop. This program is open to the public and will enhance participant’s ability to present their ideas with confidence, speak with authority, respond with poise and impact, relate to their audience, and improve their […]

WE DO campaign continues call for full federal equality for LGBT individuals

Press release From the Campaign for Southern Equality Asheville, N.C. (January 11, 2013) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples continue to request – and be denied – marriage licenses in their hometowns across the South as the WE DO Campaign grows across the South. At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 11th, LGBT couples […]

Former city staffer John Miall says he’ll run for Asheville mayor, Citizen-Times reports

from the Asheville Citizen-Times “Former Asheville official running for mayor” by Mark Barrett Former city employee John Miall announced his candidacy for mayor this morning. Miall retired from his job as city director of risk management in 2006 after working 30 years for the city in a career that also included work in human resources […]

ECO announces Sustainable Living workshops for early 2013, starts Wednesday, Jan. 23

Press release from then Environmental & Conservation Organization, Hendersonville, N.C. ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization’s Green Energy and Sustainability Committee will host a series of interesting, informative and hands-on workshops this year to help local residents learn to become more productive food growers, cut their energy footprint, and become more self-sufficient. The workshops will […]

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Views from the vortex: In Part 2, more elders evoke our town

Part 2: Several months ago, Asheville resident Jim Chatham contacted Xpress concerning a project he was leading. Inspired by Eno Publishers’ 2012 release, “27 Views of Asheville,” Chatham challenged graduates of his periodic writing seminar, “Turning Your Life Into Literature,” to take a whack at producing their own verbal snapshots of this unique community. Twenty-one of them heeded the muse and subsequently gathered to share their respective offerings. Here’s the second batch of “views” (part 1 published on Jan. 2). (photos by Max Cooper)

Ashevillage Institute launches Urban Farm School, offers student positions

Press release from the Ashevillage Institute Ashevillage Institute hosts a season-long learning experience in one of the country’s capitals of local food culture; Asheville, NC. An exciting new full-season learning opportunity for students to discover how to successfully grow local food in a living, learning laboratory at Ashevillage Institute in Asheville, NC. This hands-on, action-oriented […]

Local residents start petition to fight state takeover of water system

As of Jan. 7, nearly 800 people have signed a petition that declares their opposition to North Carolina legislators making “any mandated takeover” of “any local government infrastructure systems or assets (in this case Asheville’s 20,000 acre pristine watershed).” Last year, a state committee — chaired by Buncombe County Rep. Tim Moffitt — mandated that […]

WNCA offers six-session, climate-change discussion, starting Thursday, Jan. 24

Press release from the Western North Carolina Alliance The Western North Carolina Alliance is offering a great six-session discussion course on climate change, “Global Warming: Changing Course.” The course runs from Jan. 24-Feb 28. Participants will explore the history and science of global warming, personal values and habits as they relate to climate change, and […]

Local AdFed group relaunches Tuesday, Jan. 8, with event at Bonefish Grill

Press release from the American Advertising Federation Asheville Asheville AdFed is out to get you. With a Relaunch Party scheduled for January 8 at the Bonefish Grill, they’re certainly on the right track. The event, sponsored by PaleoSun will offer appetizers and drink specials as well as door prizes from local businesses. The new AdFed […]

North Carolina officials issue quarantine on walnut lumber, firewood, Citizen-Times reports

News report from the Asheville Citizen-Times (Jon Ostendorf) Sawmills and firewood dealers in Haywood County won’t be able to sell walnut to customers in other parts of North Carolina under a state-issued quarantine on the wood. … The N.C. Department of Agriculture quarantine applies to walnut tree material — ranging from firewood to boards and […]

NC Press Association protests private swearing-in for Gov.-elect McCrory

Press release from the North Carolina Press Association The North Carolina Press Association has joined other media organizations in asking Gov.-elect Pat McCrory to allow full public access to his private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 5. McCrory is to be sworn into office during a private ceremony in the former House chamber of the old […]