Dr. Jennifer Mullendore is currently the medical director for Buncombe County Health and Human Services and a member of the Western Carolina Medical Society.

Buncombe County ranks lowest for immunizations in NC

Buncombe County usually ranks high in the state for healthy behaviors and quality medical care. Unfortunately there is one area where we are dead last: immunizations. The percent of Buncombe County kindergarteners who have not received all their required immunizations is about five times higher than the North Carolina average. Most of these children’s parents claimed a non-medical reason for not vaccinating their children. Our goal at Buncombe County Health and Human Services is to assure that parents and our community understand the benefits of immunizations.

Profiles in suspicion: A book’s cover does tell you something

I just finished reading your long story on burglary in Asheville (“Home Sweet Target,” July 2 Xpress). What stood out most for me, because of its unexpectedness, was the caution against profiling from Sean Davis, identified in the story as a “community resource officer” for the Asheville Police Department. You quote him as saying, “In no way does race, gender, sexual orientation or religion make an individual suspicious.” This was in the context of advising citizens to be vigilant for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

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A Dip in Time: Retro poolwear makes a splash

Photography by Zaire Kacz Story by Melanie McGee Bianchi Styling by Sara Fields Before thong swimsuits, fringed half-shirts and other travesties of the modern seascape, beach beauties dressed with an eye for silhouette, achieving a certain sun-drenched élan. Figure-enhancing swimsuits, leisure-class sunglasses and an ankle-kissing caftan all nod to mid-century beach culture. And because of […]

Yogis Beyond Coal participants formed a message at Pack Square Park on July 12 in Asheville.

Asheville yogis partners with Sierra Club to highlight coal dangers

From the Sierra Club: On Satuday, July 12, local activist group Yogis Beyond Coal joined with Sierra Club to co-host an event in Pack Square Park in Asheville, highlighting community concerns with the local coal-fired power plant. The gathering, called Move for the Movement, sought to underscore that healthy living and clean energy are two sides of […]

Amy Thai represents the  American era of punk with her dark makeup, black and green hair and DIY ripped-up tee. Punk — a music, fashion and ideological movement that emerged in the mid-1970s — still influences musicians and fashionistas today. The hair and makeup for this look was created by Naomi Yount at Ananda Hair Salon.

Ananda Hair Salon’s “A Moment in Time” show pairs hair, fashion, makeup and history

Photos and captions by Morgan Ford If hair is the afterthought of most runway shows, Ananda Hair Salon’s upcoming fashion production, “A Moment in Time,” flips that idea on its well-coiffed head. The show, from which all proceeds benefit HandMade in America, takes place on Sunday, June 15, at The Millroom. Ananda’s stylists paired their […]

Superhero sightings: GeekOut Asheville provides opportunities for gaming, costuming, networking and meeting top fantasy artists and writers. Photo courtesy of Mutiverse Asheville

Geek squad: Local heroes and superheroes join forces for GeekOut Asheville

by John Granatino  johngrntn@gmail.com Here’s what TV would have us believe about geeks: They live sheltered lives away from the public eye, stay up all night reading “Firefly” forums and only visit each other under the fluorescent light of a “Star Trek” convention. But while they may actually do those things, today’s geeks (nerds, Trekkies, techies) […]