ALL TOGETHER: Building a better local and regional economy means being all-inclusive and grassroots. (Pictured: Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, CEO of Eagle Market Streets Development and Block-by-Block Industries, a custom sewing operation in Asheville)

Bringing It Home conference focuses on key themes: localism, diversity and innovation

Three overriding themes bolster the Bringing It Home conference: Building a strong local economy from the ground up. Seeing a strong local economy as an ecosystem that includes all income levels, races and creeds.d Embracing both existing traditional structures as well as new innovative models as keys to the new economy — with examples found in both […]

QUIRKY YET QUALIFIED: “How can we all work together to make this place stronger?” asks Jane Hartley, the animated organizer behind Asheville's Bringing it Home economic conference. Armed with decades of business experience and a stack of diplomas, Hatley hopes to get others as "jazzed up" on local economies as she is, come event day.

Sparking the local economy: Jane Hatley lights a fire with new conference

Jane Hatley‘s downtown Asheville office is more than a venue for phone calls, emails and meetings. Her view from Self-Help Credit Union‘s seventh-floor perch overlooking Wall Street allows the financial activist to cast a watchful eye over the community she’s working to strengthen. As Self-Help’s regional director for Western North Carolina, Hatley embodies the credit union’s dedication […]

Medical Marijuana took another step towards legalization yesterday when Bill H78 passed the first reading in the NC House. Photo courtesy of

North Carolina inches closer to legalizati­on of medicinal marijuana

North Carolina could conceivably be one of the next states to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes, according to a report by The website cites a bill, introduced by Representative Kelly Alexander in late January of 2015, that has passed its first reading in the North Carolina General Assembly. This comes on the heels […]

Dr. Marshall Shepherd

Shepherd addresses Asheville’s American Meteorolog­ical Society

Given the title of the talk — Zombies, Sports, and Cola: What does it mean for Communicating Weather and Climate? — Shepherd had quite a bit of explaining to do. Remarkably, however, the former NASA scientist managed to demonstrate, with these seemingly disparate subjects, how a significant portion of the public (mis)understands meteorology — and how the problem may be solved.

Set sail: Planes will tow motorless gliders toward Mount Mitchell, where they’ll be released into powerful wind waves in the hopes of soaring to great heights. Local Wave Camp organizer Sarah Arnold is pictured here being towed in a glider. Photo courtesy of Arnold.

Surfing the skies: Gliders fly high above Mount Mitchell

More than just birds are soaring the winds above Mount Mitchell. Dozens of pilots from around the country will soon attempt to fly motorless gliders over 20,000 feet above the area’s highest peak. They hope to be propelled upward by a natural phenomenon known as wind waves, which crest when air currents blow against the mountain ridge from the northwest.