Habitat for Humanity International recently ranked the Asheville ReStore second in gross sales among the parent nonprofit’s nearly 800 such retail shops. Habitat’s corporate headquarters, which mentors stores in other cities, has even begun looking to Asheville for answers.
How do we build a community around another beverage that has innate healing qualities?
The upcoming restoration of the Vance monument is said to honor the memory of Zebulon Vance, Confederate military officer and wartime governor. But there’s another side to this story. By many accounts, Vance was a white supremacist who supported and profited from slavery. Many are saying that it’s important to consider what ideals and what history the momunment reflects — and also what is absent.
UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education is spearheading efforts to have a new monument constructed in Pack Square, in tribute to the contributions and history of Buncombe County’s African Americans.
At the April 7 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board split down party lines for the approval of a $6.8 million land purchase, pursuing an economic development project with an unnamed company. The purchase was approved 4 to 3, but a resolution to establish a policy for recording closed session meetings was shot down 3 to 4.
During his decadeslong career, journalist, editor and author David E. Gumpert has written about everything from food rights to entrepreneurship to family history. But in recent years, he’s focused on raw milk.
“I was, and am, extremely saddened by the closing of Katuah [Market] and have the utmost respect and appreciation to Swann for creating such a meaningful and healthy place…. But I am not convinced that it’s due to people not willing to purchase locally.”
Raw milk comes straight from the cow — it hasn’t been pasteurized (heated to high temperatures for specific lengths of time to kill potentially harmful pathogens). Though both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn against unpasteurized dairy products in no uncertain terms, the product remains in high demand.
Starting at noon on Tuesday, April 7, residents, visitors and the noblemen and women of Western North Carolina may cast their votes in a democratic election, naming the kings and queens of the annual Mountain Xpress Best Of Awards.
Smokey’s Tavern brands itself as Asheville’s oldest continuously operating bar — “same location, same name, same everything” since the 1950s, says owner Gene Masters. But after 60 years of beer and booze, Asheville’s oldest bar will close its doors forever on Wednesday, April 15.
Summer camp Girls Rock Asheville — which will take place at New Mountain Asheville June 22-26 — is looking for volunteers.
Can a community initiative rise from the ground up, with no leaders and no set agenda? The answer is yes, and it’s apparent in newly affixed “Ole Town Candler” bumper stickers and a CleanUp Candler campaign that’s taking off via a Facebook page. And on Thursday, April 9, the initiative takes another step forward with a community meeting at Enka Middle School.
Two public hearings will be held at the April 7 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, one on a Ferry Road property acquisition and the other a rezoning request for Monticello Road.
The board will then hear a resolution on recording closed sessions, the state of the Asheville Regional Airport, a new legislative update and a tax penalty waiver request.
For the 2015-2016 program year, the city of Asheville received $1,083,621 in CDBG funding, and on March 17, the Asheville Housing and Community Development Committee listened to presentations from area applicants.
Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, a brush fire caused by unknown sources in the Ridgecrest area of Buncombe County erupted across the ridgeline. Spurred by gusty winds and dry conditions, the blaze soon spread across the mountains bordering Black Mountain, destroying several homes and forcing residents to flee to safety as state and federal Park Service officials, along with firefighters from across Western North Carolina, came in droves to battle the wildfire.
When will cleanup begin at the contaminated CTS site on Mills Gap Road? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s project manager for the Superfund site— 2016.
The sun is shining on those who want more competition in the N.C. energy marketplace. A series of bills recently introduced into the state legislature aim to diversify the energy business through independent solar sources and provide incentive for energy efficiency through a tiered rate system.
An article published last month in Governing magazine examined 191 cities around the country, comparing average hourly wages with each city’s cost of living. The analysis included big cities like New York, Miami and Los Angeles, as well as smaller cities like Asheville. Xpress sifted through the numbers to find out how Asheville compares with the rest of the country.
The 3 ½ day conference brought together industry leaders and community business activists to advance local economies, and it convened dozens of breakout sessions.
This week: an aerial arts training space, a moaning art installation and a way to look out for some fuzzy friends.
From the Get It! Guide: Julie Osburne traveled the country as a busker — exchanging goods and skills with those she met. That gave her the idea to found the sharing economy website, Exchange Tree.