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The former CTS site on Mills Gap Road was added to the federal Superfund list in 2012. File photo

The Atlantic releases story on the CTS contamination

Contamination from the long-closed CTS site on Mills Gap Road continues to garner national attention. The latest is “Don’t Drink the Water,” a story in The Atlantic magazine by Kevin Maurer. The story reviews the history of the contamination, from reports in 1990 to the “day the EPA showed up at [Terry Rice’s] door with bottled […]


Attic Salt Theatre Company brings family-friendly show “The Tale of the Pig” to ACT, March 14

As part of its Saturdays at ACT series, Asheville Community Theatre hosts the Salt Theatre Company’s production of The Tale of the Pig. The family-friendly show is onstage Saturday, March 14, at 10 a.m. $5. Press release from ACT: This talking pig is no Wilbur! Asheville Community Theatre (ACT) will present Attic Salt Theatre Company’s […]


Carolina Public Press to hold two events on accessing public records

In coordination with Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of open government and community access to information,  Carolina Public Press is hosting two meetings on accessing public records and data from local government. The first event is a free open forum on local government practices in Western North Carolina, and will feature live interviews and question-and-answers […]

Photo of dancers Mary Quinn and Jason Bale courtesy of Bioflyer Productions

Asheville Talent Slam showcases local creatives at competitive fundraiser

Now in its fourth year, Bioflyer Productions’ Asheville Talent Slam will bring “a diversity of unique local acts—songwriters, singers, dancers and much more” to the Grey Eagle’s stage on Friday, March 20, according to organizer Rock Eblen. The Eblen Charities fundraiser calls on Western North Carolina residents of at least 13 years of age to […]

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Local company Lawn-N-Order Landscaping earns seven Angie’s List awards

Lawn-N-Order Landscaping, owned and operated by Western North Carolina native Ryan Houston, recently won seven awards for exemplary business from Angie’s List. “We accomplished this award in seven categories — landscaping, lawn and yard work, mulch and topsoil, stone and gravel, tree service, drain pipe installation-exterior and landscaping-hardscaping and pavers — by keeping our services […]


Culinary magazine Saveur spotlights five Asheville breweries, dubs city ‘undisputed king of southern craft beer’

Justin Kennedy of culinary magazine Saveur featured Asheville in an article published Tuesday, March 3, calling the city “the undisputed king of southern craft beer.” The article, entitled, “The 5 Breweries You Must Visit in Asheville, NC” cited Burial Beer, Fonta Flora of Morganton, the Funkatorium, Green Man Brewery and the Wedge as testament to […]

Photo of City Bakery's barbecue tempeh sandwich courtesy of Smiling Hara Tempeh

Smiling Hara Tempeh partners with Mother Earth Produce, vies for FedEx grant

Smiling Hara Tempeh is expanding its distribution in the Asheville area. Mother Earth Produce recently added the tempeh to its list of local and organic products available for home delivery, and City Bakery is featuring the soy-free product in the form of an Asian barbecue sandwich with Sriracha slaw and sunflower sprouts on a Hawaiian […]

Photo courtesy of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Grovewood Gallery hosts weekend sale to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue fund, April 17-18

Grovewood Gallery is hosting its annual charity sale on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, from noon until 4 p.m. each day. All items in the gallery will be marked down (from 10 percent to 50 percent off) during this time frame, and 10 percent of proceeds will benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s “Help Me Heal […]

Asheville School of Wine to hold South African tasting event with art exhibit by Sandee Johnson, March 6

Asheville School of Wine will host a happy hour this Friday, March 6, from 5-7 p.m., at MetroWines. The event features an art exhibit by Sandee Johnson, entitled “African Breezes,” in addition to a tasting of South African wines. The happy hour event is free to attend, and parking is available at the wine shop […]

10th annual Celebration Israel Festival and Expo, April 26

Celebration Israel Festival and Expo will be held on Sunday, April 26, at Congregation Beth Israel (229 Murdock Ave.) Press release from event organizers: There’s something for everyone at the annual Celebration Israel. This year, Celebration Israel has a new name: Celebration Israel Festival and Expo. The new name reflects the new array of attractions […]

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Asheville Tattoo and Arts Expo, March 13-15

The 4th annual Asheville Tattoo and Arts Expo takes place Friday-Sunday, March 13-15, at Asheville Renaissance Hotel and Asheville Masonic Temple. Food trucks, tattoos, pinups and more. Press release from event organizers: From food trucks and tattoos to hot rods and pinups, puppies and face painting to contests and vendors the 4th Annual Asheville Tattoo […]

Valerie Meiss, Mistress of Ceremonies. Photo by Indulge Images

Asheville Vaudeville returns to Toy Boat, March 14

Asheville Vaudeville announces one night (two shows) of  music, puppetry, comedy and flow art. The event takes place at Toy Boat Community Artspace (101 Fairview Road) on Saturday, March 14. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Press release from event organizers: Asheville Vaudeville continues their Spring shows at Toy Boat Community Artspace! Who: Asheville Vaudeville What: A […]

Stella Galyean, winner of the Dallas Herring Achievement Award.

Student overcomes troubled childhood to inspire others

Not only is Stella Galyean the first person in her family to earn more than a sixth-grade education but she did it despite a troubled childhood and an abusive marriage early on. Now a student at A-B Tech Community College, Galyean has been named the winner of the Dallas Herring Achievement Award, which only goes to one student from among 58 community colleges in North Carolina each year.