Asheville City Council voted on July 28 to revise the city's animal ordinance, banning animal entertainment, like circuses, from occurring within the city limits. Flickr photo by Laura Bittner.

Asheville City Council gives the boot to animal entertainm­ent

After the U.S. Cellular Center decided to prohibit wild and exotic animal performances in January, the Asheville City Council decided to consider prohibiting these types of events from all city venues. A revision to the city’s animal ordinance, banning circuses and other wild animal entertainment, was passed at the Tuesday, July 28 meeting.

CANINE COMPLICATIONS: Our four-legged friends love greenways just like the rest of us. But a recent string of incidents has some questioning whether Hominy Creek has an issue with unleashed dogs. Photo by Max Hunt

Is Hominy Creek Greenway going to the dogs?

Residents using Hominy Creek Greenway in recent weeks may have noticed the sudden disappearance of two herds of goats, which had been put to work clearing invasive species such as Japanese Knotwood. The absence of the hardy herbivores is the result of a June 28 attack on one of the animals by an unrestrained dog and raises questions about the proper use of public spaces.

PRODUCING CHANGE: The Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council is making strides with the recent addition of its first paid coordinator.  The council's aim is to eradicate food insecurity in the Asheville area.

New coordinato­r takes the helm at Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council

The Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council, a volunteer-driven organization since it began in 2011, recently hired Mary Ellen Lough as its first paid employee. In her new position as coordinator of the council’s various clusters, Lough hopes to increase the organization’s effectiveness at easing Buncombe County’s food-security issues.