A WNC mental-health agency faced tough questions earlier this week about its decision to limit its publicly funded services to a select group of providers. Western North Carolina’s lead mental-health agency, Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, held a community forum Tuesday, June 23, that packed Asheville’s First Baptist Church. After a brief presentation by agency staff, a question-and-answer segment […]
Few people spend more time on Western North Carolina’s rivers than Chris Gragtmans. Our waterways, he says, have become increasingly popular with outdoor enthusiasts in the past few years — a sentiment echoed by a number of local leaders in the paddle-sports industry. What’s more, the trend is national. And while local excursion providers, rental […]
It may be drizzling today, but the unusual lack of rainfall has pushed the state into drought for the first time in more than two years, says the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a life-sized equestrian art installation by Nora Hartlaub, Gypsy Queen Cuisine’s new brick-and-mortar home, an action-packed board game and a comic series created by three locals.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples in all 50 states have a fundamental right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. President Barack Obama will make a speech on the ruling at 11 a.m., Friday, June 26. Live stream here.
Warner finalized the sale of his Lexington Ave. bar to husband and wife team Khio and Mindy Dinh of Morganton after a serious heath scare cemented his decision to exit the industry. Although he’s divesting his involvement, Warner’s legacy in the local club scene remains significant.
Asheville City Council passed the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget yesterday that increases property taxes and fees for municipal services. The budget also gives raises to city employees. Council voted 6-1 to approve the budget, with Council member Chris Pelly voting against.
The design for a key link that will help create the longest continuous stretch of greenway in Asheville has been finalized. The roughly 1-mile section will run through the New Belgium Brewing Co. site in the River Arts District and connect with existing greenway segments.
Conservation groups are condemning the killing of a critically endangered female red wolf in the Red Wolf Recovery Area of eastern North Carolina. The killing was authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after the landowner denied the service to access the property to trap and remove the wolf.
A new program from Organic Growers School, WNC FarmLink and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy called Farm Pathways will combine peer support and land access with a structured curriculum centered around farm production and business.
Western North Carolina is now home to a growing number of craft distillers making legal moonshine. Blending traditional recipes with new technology and methods, these pioneers are bringing Appalachia’s most fabled and misunderstood product into the 21st century, changing cultural perceptions even as they adapt to shifting economic realities.
A poll by Thrillist online magazine, which has previously named Asheville one of America’s most hipster cities and one of America’s best drinking cities — among others, has named Craggy Gardens, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina’s most beautiful place.
The publishers at Random House Publishing have partnered with Vortex Doughnuts in an effort to raise awareness of the recent removal of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner from a class reading list at A.C. Reynolds High School.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a photo book capturing Hickory Nut Gap Farm’s storied past and present, a “Barnraiser” to help the farm build a kitchen and butchery on-site and a mobile app for mental wellness information hub MindPod Network.