Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, a brush fire caused by unknown sources in the Ridgecrest area of Buncombe County erupted across the ridgeline. Spurred by gusty winds and dry conditions, the blaze soon spread across the mountains bordering Black Mountain, destroying several homes and forcing residents to flee to safety as state and federal Park Service officials, along with firefighters from across Western North Carolina, came in droves to battle the wildfire.
When will cleanup begin at the contaminated CTS site on Mills Gap Road? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s project manager for the Superfund site— 2016.
An article published last month in Governing magazine examined 191 cities around the country, comparing average hourly wages with each city’s cost of living. The analysis included big cities like New York, Miami and Los Angeles, as well as smaller cities like Asheville. Xpress sifted through the numbers to find out how Asheville compares with the rest of the country.
The 74 homes in Southside Village are not part of the CTS of Asheville Superfund site next door, say several residents of the gated community off Mills Gap Road. In two recent letters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backs up that assessment, saying it “does not believe contamination associated with the CTS of Asheville Superfund Site poses unacceptable risk to residents of SSV.”
From the Get It! Guide: Asheville GreenWorks’ new executive director may be new to Asheville. But her roots in environmental education go all the way back to childhood exploration in NYC.
Second Spring Market Garden offers fresh veggies year-round, Blue Ridge-Asheville Movement and Flow Arts Society hosts annual Waffle-Off Championship and Plant holds vegan cooking classes.
The proposed Asheville whitewater park hasn’t hit any rapids yet, as City Council showed general support for moving forward with further evaluations of the project at the March 24 meeting.
When Xpress asked local educators for ideas about the focus of the annual Kids Issue, two distinct ideas rose to the top: activism and a kid’s view of the world. This week we focused on activism.
Despite efforts to tweak the store model and cut costs, new competition in the past year from national brands like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods made it nearly impossible for Katuah Market to compete, says owner John Swann.
Form the Get It! Guide: The Coalition of Latin American Organizations seeks to raise the voice of Western North Carolina’s immigrant communities.
Asheville City Council will host a public hearing on re-zoning two pieces of property on Tuesday, March 24, as well as a presentation on the proposed River Arts District whitewater park.
Longtime downtown favorite Laurey’s Café is closing effective immediately.
From the Get It! Guide: Asheville is faced with a rising interest in transportation alternatives, but the path to greater advances seems to be lined with historic neglect and budgetary hurdles. The city still has a long walk ahead to fulfill its 2004 goal of building 108 miles of sidewalks. In the last decade, Asheville has constructed only about 18 miles worth.
On March 18, Wicked Weed brews flowed from taps set up in a Candler parking lot — the future home to the local brewery’s new, 40,000-square-foot production facility. The groundbreaking celebration began at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, with an afterparty at the Funkatorium, home to Wicked Weed’s barrel-aged sour beers.
It turns out that Asheville area children and teens are every bit as passionate about their causes and views as the adults are around here.
Local organizations, municipal bodies and citizens groups across Western North Carolina have partnered to empower community members to play a direct hand in the management and accessibility of public records, and help create a virtual landscape where responsibility for the dissemination of these records is shared by everyone.
Local bartenders to square off during Bar Wars AVL, French Broad Food Co-op seeks community input on expansion plans, the Mills River Farmers Market lines up new vendors and the Barefoot Wine founders to offer business advice at UNC Asheville workshops.
At the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ March 17 retreat, the Planning Department gave two separate presentations, each containing proposed actions to be discussed at future meetings.
For many children, the links between food supply and school lunch are murky at best. But the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Growing Minds Farm to School program aims to shine some light on the problem, helping forge connections that can lead to a lifetime of better health.
Information-technology industry group Meet the Geeks invites Asheville’s IT professionals to wander from their computer screens on Wednesday, March 25. The local nonprofit is holding its 10-year anniversary celebration at Scully’s that evening, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
If you think your day is busy, try keeping up with Keynon Lake. Lake parlayed his pro basketball and sports medicine experience into a career with Buncombe County Health and Human Services, where he is a community service navigator and prevention social worker. Driven to address the questions raised by his line of work, Lake penned the book My Daddy Taught Me That.