Creators of DemocracyApps hope to lift the barrier and inspire more public involvement in local government by making it easier for citizens to understand key decisions. The interactive site provides detailed spending breakdowns and compares current expenditures with those of prior years.
With its upcoming Appalachian Food Pantry School, the WNC Food Policy Council will provide much-needed training, tools and resources to Western North Carolina’s hunger-fighting organizations.
A new exhibit at Mars Hill University’s Rural Heritage Museum, titled “How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina, 1880-1937,” documents the engineering achievements and mortal sacrifices that marked the coming of the railroad to the area.
Tickets for the second Western North Carolina Battle of the Burger are on sale this week. Plus, local restaurants and wineries have special events planned for Independence Day.
This year, Independence Day falls on a Saturday, which leaves you with more freedom to explore what this historic day has to offer.
A WNC mental-health agency faced tough questions earlier this week about its decision to limit its publicly funded services to a select group of providers. Western North Carolina’s lead mental-health agency, Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, held a community forum Tuesday, June 23, that packed Asheville’s First Baptist Church. After a brief presentation by agency staff, a question-and-answer segment […]
On June 26, community members in the Asheville area gathered at the Vance Memorial in celebration on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of equality of marriage in all 50 states.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples in all 50 states have a fundamental right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. President Barack Obama will make a speech on the ruling at 11 a.m., Friday, June 26. Live stream here.
Warner finalized the sale of his Lexington Ave. bar to husband and wife team Khio and Mindy Dinh of Morganton after a serious heath scare cemented his decision to exit the industry. Although he’s divesting his involvement, Warner’s legacy in the local club scene remains significant.
Western North Carolina is now home to a growing number of craft distillers making legal moonshine. Blending traditional recipes with new technology and methods, these pioneers are bringing Appalachia’s most fabled and misunderstood product into the 21st century, changing cultural perceptions even as they adapt to shifting economic realities.
A poll by Thrillist online magazine, which has previously named Asheville one of America’s most hipster cities and one of America’s best drinking cities — among others, has named Craggy Gardens, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina’s most beautiful place.
The publishers at Random House Publishing have partnered with Vortex Doughnuts in an effort to raise awareness of the recent removal of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner from a class reading list at A.C. Reynolds High School.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a photo book capturing Hickory Nut Gap Farm’s storied past and present, a “Barnraiser” to help the farm build a kitchen and butchery on-site and a mobile app for mental wellness information hub MindPod Network.
A controversial proposed subdivision is now becoming a reality. David Case, lead developer for Coggins Farm L.L.C., has confirmed to Mountain Xpress that his company will finalize its purchase of 169 acres of historic farmland off of Riceville Road known as Coggins Farm today at 5 p.m.
Corn Close: A Cottage In Dentdale, otherwise known as Jargon #116, debuts Thursday, June 18 at The Captain’s Bookshelf. PUSH Skateshop and Gallery debuts its second full-length skate video, Left On Red, and PUSH: A Retrospective at PUSH Gallery, an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia.
The City of Asheville will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 17, to discuss the process of adapting form-based codes in the River Arts District.
Several Parker Cove residents stood before the Buncombe County Planning Board on Monday, June 15, hoping to convince the board to deny approval for a revised plan for the subdivision called Maple Trace. However, the board decided to give the developer the go-ahead with the revised plan.
A new paradigm for community news may be emerging in Western North Carolina’s famously independent and insular rural counties, traditionally served mainly by small weekly newspapers. Thousands of people in these sparsely populated areas are now getting up-to-the-minute local news via Facebook.
Update 6/15: The canary coalition recorded the June 11th Jackson county input meeting. The group has the video of the proceedings publicly available. Today is the final day for public input on the proposed rules for accepting voter identification at polling places. Submit comments via email to email@example.com Lines are expected to lengthen at the polls […]
A local visual artist has volunteered to paint a 24-foot mural in Pack Square Park to honor Shindig on the Green’s equally enormous history. The project is being supported by local groups including Folkmoot USA and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area who are holding a fundraiser for it this Sunday.
Silver River Center for Chair Caning will be the nation’s first chair caning school and museum, bringing a centuries-old craft to Asheville’s modern-day riverside.