Trivia time: Evergreen Human Resources Manager Kevin Young hands out Walmart gift cards to students answering paper trivia questions.

Students at Ira Jones Elementary win $5,000 in national milk carton art creation contest

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 […]

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Cold, windy weather headed to WNC this weekend

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.

What’s our grade? School leaders anticipate release of state grades

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 […]

LET US SWIM, LET US SWIM: Goggled swimmers and their parents flowed into the Buncombe commissioners' chambers Feb. 3.  “We know because we swim [at the Zeugner Center] everyday. It needs to be shut down, but not before we have another place to swim,” said Camille Long, a sophomore at T.C. Roberson High School.

From goggles to land conservati­on, Buncombe commission­ers get an earful

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 […]

Taking a peek through one of the telescopes aimed at Venus.

Astronomy Club of Asheville educates, amazes at UNCA’s Lookout Observator­y

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 […]

What are the health insurance options for mind, body and spirit?

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 […]

NEW DIGS: Erin Dickey, left, and program director Alice Sebrell at the BMCM+AC's updated reception desk. Photo by Kyle Sherard

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center debuts revamped gallery

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 […]