Stephanie Swepson-Twitty in the Sewing Department of Eagle Market Street Block-by-Block Industries

MED Week update: Social and economic improvement, one block at a time

Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, president and CEO of Eagle Market Street Development Corporation, was a 30-year veteran of “banking, finance and retail” when she switched gears and went to work for the nonprofit she now directs as an AmeriCorps intern. “I served them two years as an intern,” she said. “And then one thing led to another, […]

Nile Rodgers and his band, CHIC, were among headlining acts at the 2014 Moogfest. Photo by David J. Simchock.

Economic Impact Study: Moogfest generated $14 million

This year’s Moogfest generated $14 million for Buncombe County, according to an analysis by the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. The five-day April event injected $696,000 back into the local and state tax base, with the report concluding that Moogfest provided a return that more doubled the $180,000 in local government incentives provided […]

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Council, developer butt heads over rent rates in rezoning proposal

Contention sprung from unexpected corners at the Asheville City Council meeting on Sept. 9, as Council members and a land developer stared each other down on rental rates and safety commitments for a proposed residential development on Sardis Road. Complicating the debate was the fact that about half the development falls within the city limits. The applicant — Winston-Salem Industries […]

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Video: Meadows and Hill debate

Republican Congressman Mark Meadows faces a challenge in this year’s election from Democrat Tom Hill. They’re vying to represent District 11, which encompasses much of Western North Carolina, including western Buncombe County. They debated for the first time last night, Sept. 4 at Western North Carolina University in Cullowhee. Watch a complete video of the […]

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Video: Kristen Wiig talks Asheville on Letterman

Fresh from spending much of the Summer in Asheville, actress Kristen Wiig spent most of her Sept. 3 segment with David Letterman talking about her experiences in the city. She painted a funny picture for the national audience, describing Asheville as “a little kind of hippie town” where “people who used to follow the Grateful Dead have moved … to die.”

Forty nuns piled onto the LaZoom bus and toured Asheville for the release of the Sister Bad Habit ale, a collaboration between Asheville Brewing and Thirsty Monk. (Cindy Kunst/Mountain Xpress)

Forty Nuns + 1 Bad Habit

It sounds like the set up for the best bar joke of all time:  “40 nuns walk into a bar with one Bad Habit … ” But it’s no joke! Well, maybe it is. Seriously. Just add beer. Through a recent collaboration of LaZoom Comedy Tours, The Thirsty Monk, and Asheville Brewing Company, “Sister Bad Habit Amber […]