Brevard College senior Burton Hodges reports that nearly 70 people rallied in front of the Beam Administration building at school on Friday afternoon, Feb. 13, in support of a campuswide effort to divest the schools’ funding in fossil fuels.
An art project spawning a 12-foot tall giraffe made of recycled milk cartons has netted Ira B. Jones Elementary a check for a cool $5,000. Evergreen Packaging presented the check Feb. 13 at the school as part of its nationwide Made by Milk Carton Creation Contest. Ira B. Jones captured the grand prize after art teacher Vicki […]
With Sunday’s recorded high in Asheville reaching 69 degrees, it seemed as if Nibbles the groundhog, professional local meteorologist, had correctly predicted an early spring. But by mid-week, we’ll falling back into our winter groove, with possible snow flurries Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and temperatures dropping as low as 5 degrees Saturday night.
Three development public-hearings dominate Asheville City Council’s Tuesday, Feb. 10, agenda — two subdivision plans and one mixed-use building.
After a five-year run at Xpress that was filled with accomplishments and accolades, Jake Frankel will be leaving soon to accept a position as Executive Editor of The Prem Rawat Foundation, a nonprofit that works to improve lives around the world.
A recent story in Paste Magazine declared that The Bywater in Asheville is the “World’s Greatest Bar.”
The 1.5 million children enrolled in North Carolina’s public schools this year will not be the only ones receiving grades soon. State officials plan to release a performance-based, letter-graded report card for each school, starting Feb. 5, and for some education leaders in the Asheville area, anticipation is high. Chip Craig, vice chairman of the […]
The public-comment stretched nearly three hours at the Feb. 3 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, as a tsunami of local residents expressed their displeasure with two recent and highly controversial county decisions — the planned closure of the county’s only indoor aquatic center, Zeugner, and the equestrian revisions to the animal-control ordinance. Citizens — including goggled […]
The word is out: Asheville is awesome. And that means more people, more lines, longer waits and worse traffic. At the same time, our sister city, Portland, Ore., is struggling with a similar problem. That’s when a few creative Portlanders came up with a master plan: anti-tourism videos.
To gain perspective on one’s life, sometimes a look skyward into the inky nocturnal abyss is all it takes to realize just how small we really are. “Life is more than about just meeting a certain deadline at work,” said Dominic Lesnar, the president of the Astronomy Club of Asheville. “It’s great to see the […]
A tentative plan by the Forest Service calls for designating most of the Big Ivy area near Barnardsville as a timber production management area. Before finalizing the change, the Forest Service is accepting public feedback and is holding a Feb. 5 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Big Ivy Community Center.
Bar of Soap, a popular bar and laundromat in North Asheville, is closing “with a heavy heart” following a change in the building’s ownership. Bar owner Sean McNeal’s grievances, aired via Twitter and Facebook, detailed his feeling “blindsided” by being “pushed out” of the building.
Asheville City Council members unveiled their 2015 strategic operating plan Jan. 30, collecting data on three focus areas: economic growth and sustainability, affordability and economic mobility and high quality of life.
The new Publix Super Market going in at 1830 Hendersonville Road is hiring in all departments and will host a job fair from Saturday, Jan. 31 through Wednesday, Feb. 4.
The meeting this week at Hillcrest Community Center, presented by the school’s parent teacher organization (PTO), mirrored a Jan. 20 session that focused on what can be done to include every student, faculty member, staff and parent at Hall Fletcher Elementary School.
As Asheville City Council heads into an important election year, a variety of new local projects are in the works that aim to increase civic engagement.
If you seek nontraditional health care, such as integrative or complementary approaches, does insurance cover it? Although the vast majority of such services are paid out of pocket, there are some exceptions and signs of change for the future. “I know that there is a trend in that direction, when you’re talking about integrative medicine […]
The Asheville City Council has approved construction of 477 apartments in two developments — one in East Asheville, whose residents wore “Keep Oakley safe” stickers and urged denial of the project. Council members cited a demand for housing and a promise of $200,000 to improve sidewalks in the area.
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center officially reopens on Friday, Jan. 30, (following a monthlong closure and a complete gallery overhaul) with a reception for its newest exhibition, Poemumbles: 30 years of Susan Weil’s poems/images. The opening marks the completion of the first in a series of major renovations and program initiatives made […]
On Jan. 27 Asheville City Council will consider several economic incentive deals, apartment development requests and a housing study that will help shape policies for years to come.
For the third year in a row, Asheville placed in Orkin’s list of the top-50 cities in the U.S. that have the biggest bed bug infestations.