GET TESTED: Kelley Johnson, an Asheville therapist who specializes in sexual behavior, emphasizes the importance of STD testing for anyone who is sexually active. Photo by Leslie Boyd

Sexual transmissi­on of Zika, rise of STDs have health officials on alert

With numbers of sexually transmitted illnesses rising across the nation, local and state public health officials are particularly worried about the impact of a new and unique illness: the Zika virus. Zika is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, but unlike other such illnesses, it can also be transmitted by sexual contact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The […]

Kids took over the downtown streets for fun Sunday. Photo by Adam McMillan

In photos: Open Streets Asheville Festival

The inaugural Open Streets Asheville brought residents and visitors into the streets to enjoy downtown in a new way. With Battery Park Avenue, Wall Street and portions of Haywood Street, Patton Avenue and Church Street closed to automotive traffic, folks did art projects, movement-based activities, listened to buskers and relaxed with yoga and massage.

SHARE THE ROAD: Big changes are on the way for the River Arts District in the coming years, as the city of Asheville and its partners get set to begin a host infrastructure improvements aimed at improving transportation into and around the RAD and upgrading multimodal options for pedestrians and cyclists. Photo by Max Hunt

Road to redevelopm­ent: Big infrastruc­ture upgrades on RAD’s horizon

Asheville’s rustic, arts-and-industry-dominated River Arts District is on the brink of a major transformation. From road realignment, sidewalk construction and expanded bike lanes to an ambitious network of greenways with the RAD as its central hub, substantial changes will be taking place over the next few years that will improve the way residents and visitors to the city access, explore and inhabit the area.

MAKING SPACE: Residents using Lyman Street and Riverside Drive over the next few months will notice work crews clearing trees and realigning utilities in preparation for construction affliated with the RADTIP project next Spring. Photo by Max Hunt

Cutting to the chase: What’s going on with tree removal in the River Arts District?

Residents commuting down Lyman Street and Riverside Drive have most likely noticed some serious changes to the tree line around 12 Bones. Work crews have been busy removing trees from the area, a project that is expected to continue through the fall. “I’ve been out of office almost 15 years, and I’ve gotten several calls […]

Mission President and CEO Dr. Ron Paulus announces the new partnership with GE Healthcare. Photo by Leslie Boyd

Mission, GE Healthcare partnershi­p aims to reduce medical test costs

  A new partnership between Mission Health and GE Healthcare, announced at a press conference Friday morning, could save the health care system and consumers more than $40 million in unnecessary health care costs over the decadelong course of the project.The partnership calls for optimization of imaging experience and use, as well as easing patient-care […]

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Aug. 26 party celebrates release of Lillah Schwartz’s new book about back pain

A party for the release of Lillah Schwartz’s new book, Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief, will be held Friday, Aug. 26, at One Center Yoga, 120 Coxe Ave. The book offers readers the opportunity to learn the basic yoga poses used in Schwartz’s signature back course. It contains hundreds of photos […]

SUPPORT FOR MAMA: Jen Chandlee  of Homegrown Babies, left, assists Maxy Scott with breast-feeding techniques and education. Photo courtesy of Homegrown Babies

Celebratin­g National Breastfeed­ing Month

August is National Breast-feeding Month, and Asheville abounds with breast-feeding services for new and expectant mothers. Kimberly Rush, an Asheville lactation consultant, mentions some of the many resources: “We have La Leche League, breast-feeding support groups and many other ways to support and provide information.” Cheryl Orengo, director and educator at Start from Seed, notes that Mission […]

OPEN FOR BUSINESS:  Community healthcare partners joined ABCCM executive director Scott Rogers (center left) and Pharmacist/manager David Taylor (center right) to conduct the offcial ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Asheville Buncombe Community Pharmacy at the c3356 Comprehensive Care Center. Photo by Max Hunt

Asheville Buncombe Community Pharmacy aims to support free clinics with its profits

AB Community Pharmacy celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug.11. The pharmacy’s business model is unique: using profits from a retail community pharmacy, the operation will support the work of Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, which operates free health clinics staffed predominantly by volunteers that serve about half the county’s uninsured residents.

DOWN ON MAIN STREET: With housing options limited within Asheville city limits, current residents and newcomers to the mountains are increasingly looking towards the surrounding small towns and communities as a place to settle down or launch a new business. In response, towns across WNC are managing the opportunities, and challenges, that come with growth. Photo by Max Hunt

Main Street renaissanc­e: WNC’s small towns confront growth, change

Asheville may be a top dream destination for many folks, but for an increasing number of newcomers and old-timers alike, the No. 1 dream destination may be just down the road a ways. With the challenges of urbanization besetting Asheville, newcomers and locals alike are turning to surrounding towns and communities in search of cheaper […]