“Forward together, not one step back!” — Rev. William Barber, Aug. 5 Mountain Moral Monday photo courtesy of the UCC Church

Barber visits Asheville to ‘re-energize’ progressives after election defeat

Barely a week after Democratic candidates suffered a statewide beating at the polls, Moral Monday leader Rev. William Barber will deliver a Nov. 13 pep talk to progressives in Asheville. Organizers of the event are touting it as an opportunity to “re-energize as Dr. Barber contextualizes the recent election,” according to a Facebook post promoting […]

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Keever hopes to lead N.C. Democratic Party

Longtime local political activist Patsy Keever wants to lead the N.C. Democratic Party going into the important 2016 election cycle. The former Buncombe County commissioner and N.C. House representative announced Nov. 12 that she is running for chair of the state Democratic Party. She currently serves in the party’s No. 2 leadership position as 1st vice […]

Asheville City Council during Nov. 11 session. (Jesse Farthing // Mountain Xpress)

Asheville City Council reallocates federal grants, passes rezonings

Asheville City Council breezed through a relatively short agenda before retreating into a closed session at the Nov. 11 meeting. With virtually no debate and unanimous approval, Council passed the consent agenda and the three scheduled public hearings. Council voted to follow staff recommendations for reallocating $425,000 of federal HOME grant funds for use in local community projects. The […]

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UNC Asheville 2015 Weather Calendar goes on sale

For local weather wonks, the annual Western North Carolina Weather Calendar has been a must-have for decades. The 2015 version goes on sale today, Nov. 11, and marks the 30th published by the UNC Asheville Atmospheric Sciences Department. As always, the unique 12-month calendar features an assortment of Asheville updated climatological data such as monthly […]

The color guard of Freedom High School in Morganton presents the colors on Veterans Day at McCormick Field.

Supporters gather at McCormick Field for Veterans Day walk

About 50 supporters gathered at McCormick field this morning to honor veterans and contribute to Operation Homefront of the Carolinas, a nonprofit which provides financial relief, recovery assistance and recognition to veterans and their families in the Carolinas. The color guard of Freedom High School in Morganton presented the colors, followed by a speech from […]

CHILI CHAMPS: From left to right, 2013 chili champion Jerry Hubbard,   who placed third in this year's Chili and Cornbread Cook-off , is pictured with second-place chili winner Colleen Harris and this year's double winner, Robert Duncan. Photo by Jackie Kitchen

Swannanoa cook-off names chili, cornbread champ

Swannanoa native Robert Duncan nabbed both of the top prizes in Swannanoa United Methodist Church’s second annual Chili and Cornbread  Cook-off on Saturday, Nov. 8, according to a press release from event organizers. Colleen Harris of  Black Mountain won second prize in the chili category and third prize went to Jerry Hubbard  of  Hendersonville, who won last […]

NUTRITION ON WHEELS: Olufemi Lewis at the wheel of the Ujamaa Freedom Market, the rolling produce store she operates with partner Calvin Allen. Ujamaa recently received a grant from Whole Foods Market's Whole Cities Foundation. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Ujamaa Freedom Market wins grant from Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market Asheville announced on Thursday, Nov. 6, that local worker-owned mobile produce vendor Ujamaa Freedom Market was among 12 nonprofit organizations in the Southeast tapped to receive grants from Whole Foods Market’s Whole Cities Foundation. The grants were funded by money raised during the company’s quarterly 5% Day community giving event on Aug. 19. Ujamaa […]

The jury-trial ballot amendment approved by North Carolina voters on Nov. 4 "gives defendants another means of disposing their cases,” says Buncombe County's newly elected District Attorney, Todd Williams. (Photo by Jesse Farthing)

What was N.C.’s jury-trial ballot amendment about?

North Carolina voters did more than move representatives around Nov. 4: They voted on an amendment to the state constitution that could possibly have major repercussions for criminal justice procedure. But what does that amendment do? Fifty-three percent of N.C. voters approved the amendment, which, if adopted by legislators, would enable “a person accused of any […]

Left to right: Democratic candidates Cindy McMahon, John Ager and Ellen Frost celebrate their wins on election night. Photos by Halima Flynt, Jesse Farthing, Pat Barcas

A deeper dive into the Democratic blue: Analysis of Buncombe Commission, NC House elections

Despite rightward-streaming state and federal political currents, Buncombe County stood out on election night as a small sea of Democratic blue. In several important local races, Democratic candidates toppled Republican incumbents or maintained their positions of power. Here’s a look at some of those key local races, with an analysis of what happened and the consequences going forward.

From left to right, local glass-blowing guru Ethan Murray and business owner Doug Landgraf are partnering to make Instant Karma a glass collector's haven. Photo by Libby Gamble

Instant Karma’s gonna get you

After nearly two decades of ownership by Debra Wells, Instant Karma, a 60s, hippie culture-inspired accessories shop on Lexington Avenue, is undergoing a transformation. New proprietor Doug Landgraf purchased the retail store several months ago and has been managing operations and reorganizing the space ever since. BETTER GET YOURSELF TOGETHER “Our big goal is to […]

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Daydreamer on Biltmore: New mural unveiled

After years of city planning and public forums, another year of designing, sculpting and painting and a month-and-a-half of installation, Daydreamer, Asheville’s newest piece of public art, is finished. Asheville muralists Alex Irvine and Ian Wilkinson took down their scaffolding on Wednesday, Nov. 5, revealing the first unobstructed view of the new work. Daydreamer, formerly […]

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WNCA’s Forest Keepers host Saturday, Nov. 8, seminar on navigation, winter tree identification

Feeling lost? Lack a sense of direction? The Western North Carolina Alliance Forest Keepers initiative may be able to help. This Saturday, Nov. 8, a group of forest keepers will trek into the Craggy Mountains for a hands-on field workshop on orienteering and navigating in the woods (both on- and off-trail). The outing will run from 9 a.m. […]

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Mutual benefit: WNC farm animals, owners share deep bond

North Carolina is home to over 50,000 farm operations and in one way or another, the livelihood of many Western North Carolina families is tied to domesticated animals. But whether the objective is food, fun, health or therapy, these farmers often seem to have what amounts to a symbiotic relationship with their livestock.