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Voting for Best Of WNC 2015 ends at midnight tonight

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 […]

BETTER CONDITIONS FOR FARM WORKERS: As Publix rapidly expands throughout North Carolina, farmworkers are calling on the supermarket to join the Fair Food Program, a social responsibility program that ensures basic human rights for farm workers in its tomato supply chain.

Farm workers to Publix: Join Fair Food Program

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 […]

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Buncombe Commission­ers to discuss parkway preservati­on, historical art project, air quality concerns

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.

COUNTY LANDS: Following the March 17 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners retreat, word spread that the county may consider lifting restrictions on mobile homes in R-1 and R-2 districts. Graphic by Anna Whitley & Kyle Kirkpatrick

Boon or bane: Buncombe residents speak out against manufactur­ed housing

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.

READY FOR BUSINESS: Asheville's first Publix supermarket opens Wednesday, April 29, on Hendersonville Road.

In photos: A sneak peek at the new Publix supermarke­t

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.

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Letter writer: City of Asheville works with partners to house veterans

“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.”

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UPDATE: Asheville City Council asks local agency to toughen SO2 standard on Duke Energy plant

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.