MEN OF THE LAW: The North Carolina Room’s description of this photo reads, "Portrait of three Asheville policemen around 1908. LtoR: J. L. Ballenger, Capt. John Page and E. M. (Edgar Marcillus) Lyda."

Tuesday History: Impression­s of Asheville, Part III

We continue with W.A. Shafor’s 1911 investigation into Asheville. For those who missed the previous posts, click here for Part I & Part II. As always, follow along with us each week to learn about different time periods in our city’s history, from various unique perspectives and views. Our continued thanks to Pack Memorial Library’s Special Collections, North Carolina […]

Entrepreneur, author and speaker Josh Linkner delivered the keynote address at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting at the Omni Grove Park Inn on July 30. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Chamber celebrates strong year, recognizes member accomplish­ments

At the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on June 30, area business folk mingled, munched and meditated as they considered the state of the local business community. Awards were given and a keynote address was heard. The Omni Grove Park Inn deftly managed the sold-out crowd, though filled parking decks presented some attendees with an opportunity for a brisk walk from surface lots to the ballroom.

PIPE DREAMS: Natural gas fuels a third of the nation’s electricity generation and heats half of America’s homes. Natural gas supplier Williams would like to see those numbers climb even higher. Historically low gas prices driven by shale gas production through hydraulic fracturing are behind thousands of miles of new gas pipeline projects. Photo courtesy of Williams

Duke Energy’s planned power plant tied to fracking

Natural gas will dethrone coal as the fossil fuel generating most of WNC’s electricity when Duke Energy’s new Lake Julian plant goes online in 2020. But how does natural gas get to this area, and where does it come from? Though tracing the gas molecules to their source is tricky, Xpress found that much of the area’s gas supply comes from hydraulic fracturing, and new pipeline projects are in the works to bring more fracked gas into the region.

Christopher and shovels. Photo by Cindy Kunst

How Christophe­r Mello sows peace and community in his West Asheville garden

by Bill Torgerson Christopher’s garden sits down the hill from Harvest Records and across from the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in West Asheville. Flanked by two tall hedges, the garden fills the diamond-shaped space at the corner of Waynesville Avenue and Westwood Place. With hundreds of shovel blades perched on lengths of rebar poking […]

BIG DREAMS: Adriana Chavela, publisher of the Spanish lifestyle magazine Hola Carolina, says, “The American dream is alive and well within the Western North Carolina Latino community."

Latino entreprene­urs gain ground in local business community

Although the overall numbers are still relatively small, there’s a growing desire in the local Hispanic community to own a business. Accordingly, Mountain BizWorks is now offering classes conducted in Spanish and designed to help potential business owners navigate the American entrepreneurial landscape. The local nonprofit also makes loans to promising startups and existing enterprises.

Family and friends gathered around Councilman Keith Young to hear a resolution honoring the life of community activist Isaac Coleman. From left, former Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, LaFredia Brown Morris, Keith Young, Gene Bell, Isaac Coleman, Jr. and Wanda Coleman. Photo by Virginia Daffron

City Council remembers Isaac Coleman, approves Mills Gap apartments

City Council approved four rezoning requests at its regular meeting on June 28, including a 272-unit apartment complex on Mills Gap Road that generated considerable public opposition when it was first proposed. Developer Rusty Pulliam appeared to have won over many members of the community by adding traffic mitigation measures at the intersection of Mills Gap and Sweeten Creek roads, delaying construction until 2018 and by committing 15 percent of the units as affordable housing for 15 years.

Ken Hanke (in front) and Justin Souther in 2011

One less Crank[e] amongst us: On the passing of Ken Hanke

The inimitable Ken Hanke died yesterday evening. He had been ailing from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for some years and was feeling ill in the last few days. Ken informed, entertained, challenged, irritated and enthralled readers for years with his movie reviews, thousands of them. He was also an inspiring force behind the Asheville Film […]