Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (second from right) declaring victory, surrounded by her wife Meghann Burke (center), mother (far left) and members of her campaign team. Photo by Able Allen

Making history: Jasmine Beach-Ferrara to become first openly gay Buncombe County Commission­er

With her win in the District 1 Democratic primary, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is slated to become the first openly LGBT Buncombe County Commissioner. To get there, she had strong competition from City Councilman Gordon Smith and from another civil rights activist, Isaac Coleman. Since no Republican filed to run for the District 1 seat, Beach-Ferrara is almost certain to take office in the fall after the General Election.

Yvonne Haarsma, owner, the Asheville Astrolodge. Photo courtesy of Send 2 Press

New spin on bed and breakfast: Astrolodge reads your star chart too

Press reprint from original syndication source, Send 2 Press: Do you ever ask yourself, “Why does this always happen to me?” Or do you simply chalk it off to fate? Yvonne Haarsma, owner of the Asheville Astrolodge, explains why coincidences do not exist and ascertains that everything happens for a reason, including problems people encounter. A […]

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Primary battles 2016: May the best candidates win

Traditionally, even-year elections in North Carolina have been held the first Tuesday in May (the primary) and the first Tuesday in November (the general). For the next cycle, however, new state law has moved the primary up six weeks to Tuesday, March 15. This change will mostly affect the presidential primaries, probably bringing more candidates to […]

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Final Big Giving Day offers prizes to Give!Local donors today

Some lucky folks are going to win some pretty great prizes Tuesday, Dec. 15, according to organizers of Give!Local, Mountain Xpress‘ end-of-year grassroots philanthropy project. Here’s the deal: Donate $10 or more during the Big Give Day via the givelocalguide.org website, and you’ll not only get Give!Local’s fantastic coupon book (with special offers from dozens of local businesses), you’ll […]

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Giving Tuesday: Big Giving Day offers prizes to Give!Local donors Dec. 1

Some lucky folks are going to win some pretty great prizes Tuesday, according to organizers of Give!Local, Mountain Xpress‘ end-of-year grassroots philanthropy project. Here’s the deal: Donate $10 or more during the Big Give Day, December 1, via the givelocalguide.orgwebsite, and you’ll not only get Give!Local’s fantastic coupon book (with special offers from dozens of local businesses), you’ll also […]

Asheville Music School Rock Band closed the event with a rendition of "Sweet Dreams." Photo by Jeff Tallman

Give!Local kickoff: Very auspicious and very Asheville

Give!Local raised nearly $1,000 in its opening day and many of the nonprofits raised additional money at the kickoff event. Thirty nonprofits, their boards, two food vendors, three bands, a dinosaur and a ghost pepper all convened along with about 200 people from the public.

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NY Times crossword 0923

NY Times crossword 0923. Oops! Regrettably, Mountain Xpress accidentally reprinted the previous week’s crossword in this week’s paper. However, in an attempt to remedy the mistake we are publishing the correct puzzle here online in a printable document format so that you can print it at home. Click the above link to get the crossword.

Gordon Smith files for District 1 seat for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

Gordon Smith announces intention to run for county commission

In the midst of a city council race in Asheville with an abnormally large number of candidates, next year’s local political races are already heating up. In the latest development on the 2016 county elections front, second term Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith is announcing a move toward candidacy for the Buncombe County Commission. Smith has focused heavily […]

Starbucks barista and campaign organizer Nicole Krieger with one of last year's recipients, Shiiquan McAlpin. Photo courtesy of Nicole Krieger.

Charlotte Street Starbucks collects donations to send kids to camp

Starbucks employees at the Charlotte Street location kick off their second year of fundraising efforts to help send Asheville kids from low-income families to summer camp. Last year the campaign raised over $1,500 via in-store collection jars and donations. The fundraiser is unique to the Charlotte Street location, which began as part of the company’s Global […]