Carrie Rollwagen, author of The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local and Take Back the American Dream

‘The Localist’ author Carrie Rollwagen at Malaprop’s March 25

Blogger and bookstore co-owner Carrie Rollwagen visits Asheville Wednesday, March 25, to discuss localism and to promote her book, The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local and Take Back the American Dream. The Localist — Rollwagen’s first book — resulted from a year of blog posts about choosing independently owned shops instead of big box stores in […]

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.

The numbers are in: from left to right, A-B Tech President Dennis King, UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant, and WCU Chancellor David Belcher.

WNC colleges return $2 billion to economy, most staying in region

Local area colleges are touting just how much they pump back into the economy: $2 billion in the 2012-2013 fiscal year through the combined impact of payroll, operational, construction and research expenditures by the universities and community colleges, and the spending habits of their students, visitors, and alumni. The data comes from a new comprehensive […]

A caller impersonating a member of county government or law enforcement has been threatening arrest to victims if he or she does not pay a made-up amount of "owed" money. Photo by Flickr user Philippe Put

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam affecting the area

“There is absolutely no validity to this whatsoever,” the sheriff states. “If somebody calls you and tries to collect money, [saying they’re] from any government entity at the threat of arrest — [know] that [neither] the IRS nor the Sheriff’s Office call and give you an opportunity to pay … any kind of fee or fine that would result in you being arrested.”

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New study cites increased sulphur dioxide emissions at Duke’s Asheville plant

Beyond Coal and the Sierra Club released a study today, Feb. 19, indicating that Duke Energy’s Asheville plant may be exceeding federally regulated levels of sulphur dioxide, a toxin that aggravates asthma and causes other health problems. “Somewhere in the Asheville area, that [federal] standard is being exceeded about once every three to four days,” said Howard Gebhart of Air […]

Gary Sizer, Asheville resident, hiked 2,185.3 miles from Georgia to Maine in 2014. The Appalachian Trail took him 153 days to complete. All photos courtesy of Gary Sizer

Tales from the Trail: Walking Appalachia from Georgia to Maine

Since its initial construction in 1937, 15,524 people are said to have completed the thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail — “2,000-milers,” they’re called. Inspiration behind embarking on such a physically and mentally challenging journey varies from person to person, but deep down it satiates core human needs for renewal and a reconnection with nature.

Conference homes in on WNC’s local economy

The Self-Help Credit Union, in conjunction with dozens of local sponsors, is hosting a conference on our local economy. Entitled “Bringing it Home: Building a Local Economy for Everyone,” the daylong conference will explore local-centric ways to grow the Western North Carolina economy. The event will be held at the Harvey L. Haynes Conference Center […]

Jonathan Feldman, City of Asheville CIO and Rajeev Chawla, CloudVelox CEO, won CIO Impact and Vendor awards for excellence in cloud computing at Frost and Sullivan's Executive MindXchange conference.

City of Asheville CIO wins Impact award for cloud computing

Whereas cloud computing is more commonly used to back up data for companies or individuals, Next City, a nonprofit and quarterly magazine based in Philadelphia, credits Asheville as being one of the first cities to use a cloud-based data recovery system — and this kind of forward-thinking is winning our city (and our CIO) awards for its use of this innovation.

Ice build-up on cars and roads left many Ashevilleans immobile and housebound this morning. Photo by Hayley Benton

#Avl reacts: Western Carolina gets coated in ice, colder temperatur­es still to come

As grey skies turned to snow, snow turned to sleet, and sleet turned to ice pellets clinking across the windows of Western Carolinians, residents across the region turned to social media to document the ice storm that left many Ashevilleans housebound this morning, Tuesday, Feb. 17.

A layer of ice began to build up on the streets by mid-day Monday, leaving both pedestrians and drivers skidding along the sidewalks and streets. Over night, about 1,200 North Ashevilleans experienced power flickers and outages after heavy ice damaged Duke Energy equipment.

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Update: Buncombe County Commission­ers meeting on budget requests canceled

UPDATE: The Buncombe County Board of Commissioner’s workshop for 9 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 17, has been canceled due to the potentially dangerous weather expected through the night. The workshop will be rescheduled. Check here for updates on the meeting’s status or follow the Board on Twitter at @BuncombeGov. Forty-five local nonprofits are scheduled to present budget […]