Jim Wallis was among the lineup of speakers at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs. His talk on race in America is attracting national controversy.

Video: Did ‘Obama’s spiritual advisor’ go on ‘race rant’ in Hot Springs?

Calling Dr. Jim Wallis President Barack Obama’s “spiritual advisor,” the popular conservative news and opinion website The Daily Caller reported July 7 that the liberal evangelical leader went on a “race rant” at a recent event Hot Springs. But was it really an accusatory, racist rant, from a man “who has the ear of the leader of the free world,” as the website alleges? Or was it part of a constructive dialogue on a tough topic?

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Driving sales: Mobile businesses roll into WNC

by Alli Marshall, Rich Rennicks and Gina Smith —

Food trucks are a known entity: Those mobile dispensaries of cheap, tasty meals drove into downtown Asheville (and our hearts) in 2011. And with revised city ordinances, a dedicated lot on Coxe Avenue and regular appearances at local festivals and music venues, food trucks have only increased in number. But sandwiches aren’t the only thing that can fit into a truck.

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Poetic mayhem at Thrashville, the secret world of WNC skateboarding

Skateboarding’s stereotypical image hovers somewhere between Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the Sex Pistols. And while that would seem to make it a natural fit for the fringe-blender that is Asheville, there are challenges — including hefty fines. But beneath its surface madness, skateboarding girds itself with a subtle but very real prosody.

More than 200 bikers gathered at City County Plaza for the Summer Cycle. Photo by Jake Frankel.

‘Summer Cycle’ community ride draws hundreds of bikers

More than 200 bicyclists took to local streets June 28 for a community ride across north Asheville and the River Arts District. The annual Summer Cycle was organized by Asheville on Bikes, a volunteer group dedicated to cultivating local cycling culture. Its well-attended community rides and other advocacy work have helped get the attention of […]

Carolina Public Press: U.S. Cellular Center to issue open call to nonprofits

Here’s an excerpt from the Carolina Public Press article: According to a recent review by the city of Asheville, the U.S. Cellular Center’s program to help local nonprofits raise funds by staffing concession stands is mostly on target. The audit, conducted at the request of the facility’s general manager, also found that the effort could […]

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UPDATE: Verve Magazine will cease publication with June issue

Verve Magazine, the local, monthly publication devoted to “covering Asheville’s most fascinating women,” will cease publication with its June issue, Publisher Rimas Zailskas confirmed June 26. Launched in May 2008, Verve dished up lively features accompanied by striking photos. “So even though it is a little sad, it is an opportunity as well,” Zailskas said, […]

Workmen remove old windows and install new, energy-efficient windows in the 85-year-old Assembly Inn at Montreat Conference Center. The windows contributed to more than $70,000 in savings on energy costs. Photo courtesy of Montreat Conference Center.

85-year-old Assembly Inn at Montreat undergoes renovation

A newly completed $6.2 million renovation has brought the Montreat Conference Center’s historic Assembly Inn into the 21st century.  A June 29 rededication ceremony will celebrate the completion of the work. The directors of the Mountain Retreat Association, which manages the 85-year-old hostelry, say they wanted an update that no one would notice. “The inn is the postcard picture every visitor […]

Data prepared by the Labor & Economic Analysis Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

NC adjusted unemployment rate increases slightly from April to May, decreases since 2013

From the North Carolina Department of Commerce – Labor and Economic Analysis Division: RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, increasing 0.2 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate of 6.2 percent. The national rate remained unchanged at 6.3 percent. North Carolina’s May 2014 unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage […]