Around 100 supporters and activists gather at Vance Monument Nov. 20 to remember transgender people murdered in the last year due to discrimination.

Activists say transgender people still face uphill battle in Asheville

Activists who gathered Thursday night, Nov. 20, during the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TdoR) say there is ongoing danger toward transgender people living in Asheville, and it may not be an issue that is on people’s radar. “There is danger for transgender people living in Asheville. I know of transgender women who have faced danger […]

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WNC environmental groups merge into MountainTrue

The historic merger of three long-standing Western North Carolina environmental groups was unanimously approved Nov. 20 by the boards and members of Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO), the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance (J-MCA) and the WNC Alliance (WNCA). Julie Mayfield, co-director of WNCA, opened the proceedings by welcoming the members of all the organizations and the elected officials […]

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Despite funding challenges, WNC nonprofits find ways to serve

Western North Carolina is blessed with a tremendous variety of charitable nonprofit organizations, each of which contributes to the overall health of our community in various ways. These organizations help find homes for animals, protect the environment, feed and clothe the needy, advocate for vulnerable populations, encourage healthy living and help grow independent businesses. Without […]

BREWS AND DUES: At $250 per person, an Outer Banks field trip can be prohibitively expensive for FDNSC students. Brian Pesci aims to use his passion for homebrewing to reduce the financial burden on students' families. Photo courtesy of Pesci

Homebrewing teacher hopes to fund field trip with brew sale

Bucking the bake sale tradition, West Asheville’s Hops & Vines will host a “brew sale” fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 21, to benefit students of the Francine Delany New School for Children. The donation-based beer-tasting event, led by FDNSC teacher and award-winning homebrewer Brian Pesci, will help offset the cost of FDNSC’s annual sixth grade field […]

Intro to film: Nicole Hinebaugh, right, will work with Mars Hill University students, including Shamika Davidson, left, and Paige Stack, center, as they document life in Asheville's public housing communities. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Student documentary invites the public into public housing

Working in collaboration with Housing Authority residents and the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation, a group of Mars Hill University undergraduate social work students will spend a semester interviewing and filming public housing tenants before assembling their footage into a short film. The idea is to increase a sense of connection in a city where public housing communities are physically and socially isolated.

“Forward together, not one step back!” — Rev. William Barber, Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday photo courtesy of the UCC Church

Barber visits Asheville to ‘re-energize’ progressives after election defeat

Barely a week after Democratic candidates suffered a statewide beating at the polls, Moral Monday leader Rev. William Barber will deliver a Nov. 13 pep talk to progressives in Asheville. Organizers of the event are touting it as an opportunity to “re-energize as Dr. Barber contextualizes the recent election,” according to a Facebook post promoting […]

Asheville City Council during Nov. 11 session. (Jesse Farthing // Mountain Xpress)

Asheville City Council reallocates federal grants, passes rezonings

Asheville City Council breezed through a relatively short agenda before retreating into a closed session at the Nov. 11 meeting. With virtually no debate and unanimous approval, Council passed the consent agenda and the three scheduled public hearings. Council voted to follow staff recommendations for reallocating $425,000 of federal HOME grant funds for use in local community projects. The […]

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UNC Asheville 2015 Weather Calendar goes on sale

For local weather wonks, the annual Western North Carolina Weather Calendar has been a must-have for decades. The 2015 version goes on sale today, Nov. 11, and marks the 30th published by the UNC Asheville Atmospheric Sciences Department. As always, the unique 12-month calendar features an assortment of Asheville updated climatological data such as monthly […]

The color guard of Freedom High School in Morganton presents the colors on Veterans Day at McCormick Field.

Supporters gather at McCormick Field for Veterans Day walk

About 50 supporters gathered at McCormick field this morning to honor veterans and contribute to Operation Homefront of the Carolinas, a nonprofit which provides financial relief, recovery assistance and recognition to veterans and their families in the Carolinas. The color guard of Freedom High School in Morganton presented the colors, followed by a speech from […]

Left to right: Democratic candidates Cindy McMahon, John Ager and Ellen Frost celebrate their wins on election night. Photos by Halima Flynt, Jesse Farthing, Pat Barcas

A deeper dive into the Democratic blue: Analysis of Buncombe Commission, NC House elections

Despite rightward-streaming state and federal political currents, Buncombe County stood out on election night as a small sea of Democratic blue. In several important local races, Democratic candidates toppled Republican incumbents or maintained their positions of power. Here’s a look at some of those key local races, with an analysis of what happened and the consequences going forward.

From left to right, local glass-blowing guru Ethan Murray and business owner Doug Landgraf are partnering to make Instant Karma a glass collector's haven. Photo by Libby Gamble

Instant Karma’s gonna get you

After nearly two decades of ownership by Debra Wells, Instant Karma, a 60s, hippie culture-inspired accessories shop on Lexington Avenue, is undergoing a transformation. New proprietor Doug Landgraf purchased the retail store several months ago and has been managing operations and reorganizing the space ever since. BETTER GET YOURSELF TOGETHER “Our big goal is to […]

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Daydreamer on Biltmore: New mural unveiled

After years of city planning and public forums, another year of designing, sculpting and painting and a month-and-a-half of installation, Daydreamer, Asheville’s newest piece of public art, is finished. Asheville muralists Alex Irvine and Ian Wilkinson took down their scaffolding on Wednesday, Nov. 5, revealing the first unobstructed view of the new work. Daydreamer, formerly […]

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Mutual benefit: WNC farm animals, owners share deep bond

North Carolina is home to over 50,000 farm operations and in one way or another, the livelihood of many Western North Carolina families is tied to domesticated animals. But whether the objective is food, fun, health or therapy, these farmers often seem to have what amounts to a symbiotic relationship with their livestock.