Asheville Mardi Gras’ Cajun Cookoff paired costumes with cameraderie at the Millroom on Sunday, Jan. 25. The fundraising event, benefiting the Mardi Gras parade and Queen’s Ball (to be held Sunday, Feb. 15) as well as MANNA FoodBank, saw Cajun and zydeco fusion band Bayou Diesel playing to a decked out crowd in a venue […]
For the third year in a row, Asheville placed in Orkin’s list of the top-50 cities in the U.S. that have the biggest bed bug infestations.
The Bojangles parking lot on Merrimon Avenue was packed the morning of Jan. 24, spilling over into the adjacent lots. But it was no ordinary mad rush for biscuits that crowded the asphalt. Many of the spaces are occupied by the white decal-laden squad cars of the Asheville Police Department, as they held the first […]
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently released a report that criticizes North Carolina’s use of federal money allocated for walking and bike trails across the state.
Dierdre Gilmer, Hall Fletcher Elementary PTO president, said her organization initially looked for a grant in 2014 from the Asheville City Schools Foundation for racial equity training because they noticed parents weren’t being represented properly at PTO meetings. A new initiative could change that.
Furry Friends Film Fest may sound like something that happens at Comic-Con. However the event, now in its third year, is actually a fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Humane Society.
In 1965, with the advent of integration, the Long Ridge Rosenwald School (known since 1959 as Anderson Elementary) closed for good in Madison County — 11 years after Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, declared segregated public education unconstitutional.
It may be a closed industry event, but, having to do with books, booksellers and the publishing industry, ABA’s Winter Institute is bringing a “powerhouse of authors” to Asheville — a number of which will appear at public readings.
Lantern Fest is to the night as Slide the City is to the day, and Asheville has popped up on both festival’s tour lists. Ticket-holders for Lantern Fest (date yet to be announced) will be provided a “s’mores kit,” along with a lantern, lighter and crayons for decorating their skyward luminaries.
Asheville’s music community is coming together to support one of the city’s most beloved percussionists in the wake of a tragedy that befell his family in Ivory Coast, West Africa. Adama Dembele moved to Asheville several years ago from Ivory Coast and has since made a name for himself as a member of Zansa and […]
For those not familiar with the annual Puppy Bowl, it’s a 2-hour program every Super Bowl Sunday featuring tiny puppies running around a small, indoor “stadium,” wrestling over a football squeak-toy and stopping to take spontaneous naps on the green.
Basically, it’s the cutest thing ever — and this year, the Puppy Bowl will feature three puppies from Asheville Humane Society.
Buncombe commissioners don’t often hold marathon sessions, but on Jan. 20, their agenda started at 8:30 a.m. and took all day: By the end, they had waded through an overview of several county departments, heard preliminary funding requests from local nonprofits, taken a second vote on the changes to the Animal Control Ordinance, directed staff to look for inexpensive […]
Patrick Bowen has evaluated housing issues in hundreds of cities across the country. But he’s never seen the mix of extremely low apartment availability and high population growth that confronts Asheville.
The scarcity of jobs in Asheville, an already difficult job horizon for LGBTQ people, as well as difficult, intolerant home situations often mean unstable housing for these WNC youths. As Asheville becomes more and more an attractive and welcoming place for LGBTQ teens and young adults in the area as well as the country, the influx compounds the homeless situation.
The event centered around a discussion of the “History of Civil Rights in WNC and the Current State of Racism Affecting Black Asheville,” and featured speeches by Darin Waters and Dwight Mullen, professors at UNC Asheville. Marvin Chambers, a founding member of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality and a leader in North Carolina’s civil rights movement, served as moderator for the discussion.
“I think people don’t realize how stressful it is to be a teenager,” said Brittany Boseman. A senior at Asheville High School, Boseman was one of the roundtable leaders for Me2We’s “We Matter 2” Summit, held at the YMI Cultural Center for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The summit brought together over 40 Buncombe County students […]
Residents of the East Asheville community have voiced concerns about the proposed development, which would include more than 300 rental units in 5- and 6-story buildings with 2 percent of the project allotted to retail space. Members of the Oakley Community Association have met several times since early December to discuss the proposal.
“Don’t let Martin Luther King’s death go in vain,” Joseph Fox told the crowd gathered at Pack Square Plaza Jan. 19. He urged them to work in whatever ways they can to spread justice.
Project funding and the animal ordinance take front and center on the Buncombe commissioners’ all-day-long Jan. 20 agenda.
Today, Jan. 19, marks Martin Luther King Day. The civil rights leader delivered a local address nearly 50 years ago in Montreat as part of the Presbyterian Christian Action Conference. The Aug. 21, 1965 speech was titled “The Church on the Frontier of Racial Tension” and you can listen to it here via a video […]
Western North Carolinians will honor the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. with events happening throughout the week. Here’s a quick round up of what’s planned.