Buncombe County activists will host the Move to Amend coalition‘s spokesperson and 2004 Green Party presidential candidate, David Cobb, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at Jubilee! Community’s Celebration Space in Asheville. Cobb’s stop in Asheville is part of a national tour to raise awareness about corporate influence in U.S. politics following a 2010 […]
Asheville’s booming craft beer scene continues to attract national attention. NBC’s “Today Show” featured an Oct. 18 segment spotlighting Wicked Weed and Highland Brewing companies as well as New Belgium Brewing’s investment in the area.
UNC Asheville and the YMI Cultural Center will host the inaugural African-Americans in Western North Carolina conference Oct.23-24. Organizers say the free event invites the public to hear scholars from universities throughout the region discuss a historical narrative that has been largely overlooked.
After opening for business 30 years ago in east Asheville, Bi-Lo is closing its grocery store at 801 Fairview Road. The local closure comes as part of a decision by Jacksonville, Fla.-based parent company Bi-Lo Holdings to close 23 Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores across the country. Spokesman Brian Write told Supermarket News that the […]
Today, Oct. 14, Asheville City Council approved the creation of three municipal service districts (MSD) as a way to finance redevelopment and infrastructural improvements. The three MSDs — what city officials are calling “innovation districts” — will be in the River Arts District, the South Slope Extension and Charlotte Street Corridor. “The areas that have been selected have the opportunity […]
Can you imagine Asheville’s sustainable future? Forty years from now, walking down the streets, what do you see? What are you wearing? What are you eating? What do you hear? What do you smell? What might Asheville’s most positive potential feel like? Can you imagine it? Transition Asheville members asked these questions at their fifth-anniversary potluck and community visioning, […]
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14: The tornado watch has been extended until 10 p.m. for 35 counties in North Carolina, including many counties in WNC (for full list, see below). A tornado warning was issued for Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties. The warning expired at 3 p.m. A flash flood watch has also been issued, […]
From CPP’s event page: Please join the award-winning journalists with Carolina Public Press for two meetups in Buncombe County — the eighth and ninth in The News Exchange series — to discuss in-depth and investigative news across Western North Carolina — especially the people, places and issues going overlooked and under-reported.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a California-bound visual artist and Veterans Helping Veterans.
The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville hosted the day-long conference “Everybody’s Environment” on Friday, Oct. 10. The event invited staff from local environmental and conversation groups, community organizers and the public to discuss strategies for creating a more inclusive environmental movement, with more diverse staff at environmental organizations and stronger ties to the communities they serve.
Nicknames like “Beer City USA,” “Foodtopia” and “Paris of the South” all acknowledge Asheville’s increasing significance as a food and drink haven. But for city development officials, keeping pace with the permitting needs of a burgeoning food industry has been a hard bite to swallow. THE RESTAURATEUR’S HOLY GRAIL A certificate of occupancy must be […]
As a crowd gathered at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds, the news spread on Twitter: Today could be the day that same-sex marriages take place in North Carolina. And by early evening, it was. Soon after word came that the ban had been struck down, couples started saying “I do.” And they did. Follow […]
Several representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond gathered in an A-B Tech classroom Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, to host a discussion among local business owners. “This has been a fascinating visit for us,” said bank president Jeff Lacker. “It’s a really unique part of our district and country.” The bank serves the Federal Reserve’s […]
PRESS RELEASE from the Hendersonville Tree Board HENDERSONVILLE – Fruit from the American Pawpaw tree was enjoyed by Native Americans and helped early European settlers survive. It’s sort of mango-meets-the-banana … with a little hint of melon, according to one reviewer of the fruit’s taste. The pawpaw has quite a history. On NPR’s “Morning Edition,” […]
Ever been stuck halfway in and halfway out of an overcrowded bus shelter, pelted by rain and silently cursing a bus that is running behind schedule? Ever feel at such a moment that no one from the city’s transit system much cares about your plight? Fear not, for a committee of people no different from […]
Every nonprofit director has a horror story about the perils of relying on outside funding. “It’s a house of cards,” says Jim Barrett, executive director of Pisgah Legal Services. “Stressful,” says John Lauterbach, executive director of Caring for Children. “It’s competitive every year.” “I’ve done WIC for 28 years now,” adds Georganna Cogburn, nutrition program […]
Activist, attorney, Roman Catholic nun and executive director of progressive Catholic lobbyist group Network, Sister Simone Campbell lead a discussion of “how poverty affects us all” as she delivered the keynote address at Pisgah Legal’s Poverty Forum in the Diana Wortham Theatre on Monday, Oct. 6.
USA Today reports that the U.S. Supreme Court “refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage” today, Oct. 6, “leaving intact lower court rulings that will eventually lead to legalizing the practice in 11 additional states.” North Carolina is one of those states.
Mayor Esther Manheimer delivered the annual State of the City address Oct. 1, presenting a vision for driving growth in Asheville through community engagement and infrastructure investments.
Women-owned businesses are on the rise, both nationally and in North Carolina. Locally, women owned 29.3 percent of Asheville’s 12,773 businesses, putting the city above both national and state averages (28.8 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively). Xpress profiles four local women who’ve brought the mother-child dynamic into their self-run enterprises.
Hot Springs Police Chief David Shelton confirms that a stabbing took place Saturday, Sept. 27, at the French Broad Brew Fest during an altercation, that a suspect was arrested and that the victim is at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Witnesses tell Xpress that one individual was stabbed in the groin and the suspect was held by “6-8 […]