Hear ye; hear ye! Residents, visitors and the noblemen and women of Western North Carolina: Today, Tuesday, May 5, is the final day to cast votes in the 2015 Best of WNC poll, naming the kings and queens of the annual Mountain Xpress Best Of Awards. Once the votes are tallied, Xpress will crown the winners, the rulers of the categories. From new picks like “best […]
Since Mountain Xpress‘ last report on people and businesses around Asheville working to aid those in need in the wake of Nepal’s devastating earthquake, efforts have redoubled, and more of those involved have become visible. Local musician Josh Phillips‘ adventures in Kathmandu have come to a close for now, and he is safely out of Nepal. He […]
The opening of a Florida-based Publix supermarket in South Asheville brought with it fresh produce, sensible prices and protesting farm workers. On May 2, just days after the new store opened, numerous individuals created a picket line along Hendersonville Road across from the market, including many members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers from Immokalee, Fla., a […]
The Tuesday, May 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting might be one for the books, as the board will discuss a new art, culture and history project that may result in the addition of a new landmark on the horizon. The board will discuss this, as well as a few environmental interests.
On May 1, activists rallied in Asheville to celebrate workers and their struggle. The modern International Workers Day, or May Day, was born out of the May 4, 1886, Haymarket riot in Chicago.
The local air agency has extended the public comment period for the proposed Duke Energy plant in Arden to May 7, 2015.
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Santos is community activist as well as a musician. This year, instead of performing his own set, he’ll be working with LEAF Schools & Streets students at the festival.
A steady stream of Buncombe County residents queued up April 7 to voice opposition to loosening restrictions on mobile homes. The concern stemmed from local media reports that the county may consider allowing manufactured housing in all residential districts, prompting discussion on whether mobile homes are actually affordable.
“Initially, we were skeptical because of the large carbon footprint — poor gas mileage, plus the need for propane when not plugged into the grid. We nearly rejected the idea entirely — until we realized we could modify the RV to better match our priorities.”
On March 17, the Asheville Housing and Community Development Committee listened to presentations from area CDBG applicants, and while many interesting and timely projects are proposed each year, those with the most potential were vetted and recommended for funding.
In the last week, Josh Phillips has stumbled into both disaster and the opportunity to help those in need. Known around Asheville for his performances with the Josh Phillips Folk Festival and Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band, Phillips happened to be visiting Kathmandu in the central region of Nepal this weekend when tragedy struck.
Duke Energy wants to put a new energy substation 300 feet away from a new LEED platinum-certified elementary school in Asheville, and parents say the mere idea of it will drive away students.
“How has the practice of qigong or tai chi changed your life?” Several local participants in World Tai Chi Day, observed April 25 at Recreational Park in East Asheville answered the question by demonstrating a pose that answers this question.
At 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, Florida-based supermarket chain Publix will open its 1,101st store — and first Asheville location — at 1830 Hendersonville Road. During a media preview of the 50,000-square-foot store on Tuesday, some of the store’s approximately 150 employees offered guided tours of the facility’s departments and samples of its products.
“Through a partnership with Homeward Bound, the city of Asheville provides support to implement the federal Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant. Homeward Bound was awarded $2.7 million in federal funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) over the next three years.”
“Some time ago, an announcement was made public that Asheville’s mayor had accepted [first lady] Michelle Obama’s challenge to end veterans’ homelessness. Since then, I have not seen or heard anything about the actual plans to do this.”
At tonight’s meeting, April 28, Asheville City Council members may agree to ask the local air agency to “strengthen” proposed limits on sulphur dioxide emissions at Duke Energy’s local power plant. The move comes ahead of a Wednesday, April 29, public hearing that the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency will hold to consider renewing the air permit for the Duke Energy plant.
It’s official. Festival season is here, marked by two favorite local spring celebrations. Both show boatloads of love for the French Broad River: RiverLink’s RiverMusic series, which began in 2012, and French Broad River Festival, now in its 18th year of raising river awareness.
“I moved here in June from West Virginia and have fallen in love with the diversity and beauty of our area. Unfortunately, part of that diversity is a disparity of economic means.”
What started out as a challenge to men to walk their talk against sexual violence is taking a step toward inclusivity. In a change of pace, Our VOICE, Buncombe County’s sexual assault and abuse support center, is asking the community this year to turn its annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event into a people’s march on Saturday, May 2.
Housing is the main agenda item at the April 28 Asheville City Council meeting.