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 […]
On Tuesday, June 24, Asheville City Council will vote on the annual budget, which holds the property tax rate steady and pumps millions into capital improvements such as sidewalks on Hendersonville Road, greenways at Town Branch and Clingman and a roundabout at Five Points. According to the agenda, Council will also review a rezoning request that […]
Nancy Waldrop — the wife of current Buncombe Commissioner David King — earned an unaffiliated spot on the Nov. 4 ballot and immediately launched a campaign to represent District 3 on the board of commissioners. (photo by Alicia Funderburk)
“I love to turn the switch on and have my lights just like anyone else, but at what cost?” These are the words of life-long Stokes County resident Annie Brown. She lives near the Dan River, where thousands of tons of coal ash sludge spilled into the waterway in early February after a pipe broke at a […]
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 […]
District Attorney Ron Moore released a 2011 audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence Room June 19, revealing more details about missing drugs, guns and money that caused a major scandal. In 2012, several media outlets, including Mountain Xpress, filed an unsuccessful joint lawsuit to press Moore and the city of Asheville to release the […]
Ben Teague, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, predicts a bright future for the local economy. He joined hundreds of other government and business leaders June 19 at the group’s annual meeting to celebrate recent successes and plot a path forward. The organization is a year and half ahead of schedule […]
If adopted, N.C. Senate Bill 729 would require Duke Energy to close its coal-ash dump sites. This week, the proposed legislation inched closer to adoption as it wound its way through various legislative committees, and about a dozen people attended the June 18 social-networking series, Asheville Green Drinks, to learn more and note some of the bill’s shortcomings. Julie Mayfield, co-director […]
No leaks have been discovered at Duke Energy’s Asheville plant, which runs on coal — like the one on the Dan River where a broken pipe released thousands of gallons of coal ash. But the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has ordered the company to provide its engineer’s assessment, saying that “portions of […]
Amid ongoing budget deliberations, on June 17 Buncombe County commissioners heard appeals from local schools for more funds and decided to delay contentious decisions on whether to relocate the Health and Human Services Department and build a new aquatics center.
Linda Giannasso hates to ask for help. When she broke her foot a few months ago, she figured she could handle it on her own. “I’m very independent,” she explains. “So I tried to do everything.” But the retired college professor lives alone in a house full of stairs, and getting around to do simple […]
Give all citizens a voice. Give them in-depth information to make informed decisions. To that end, Carolina Public Press has launched The News Exchange, which aims to give the 18 westernmost N.C. counties a chance to voice the issues within their own communities, get questions answered and problems solved.
On June 17, former Asheville Police Department evidence-room manager William “Lee” Smith got 10 months jail time for embezzling government property. Local media outlets, including Xpress, had sued for release of an evidence-room audit tied to the case but withheld by Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore. That report will be released on Thursday, June […]
Thousands of Asheville soccer fans came out to local watering holes June 16 to cheer on the U.S. national team as it beat Ghana in its first match of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Nearly 150 years after the end of the Civil War, one of the era’s most important historical documents was displayed in Western North Carolina for the first time ever.
Ben Scales turned in more than 7,958 verified signatures to the Buncombe County Board of Elections by the June 12 deadline, earning him an unaffiliated spot on the Nov. 4 district attorney ballot against Democrat Todd Williams.
Asheville on Bikes’ Summer Cycle, on Saturday, June 28, is definitely about bikes. The annual social ride leaves City Hall at 4 p.m., cruises for seven miles through North Asheville and ends at the Wedge Brewing Company. “The Summer Cycle is a celebration of casual urban riding through Asheville’s beautiful neighborhoods,” says a press release. But […]
Asheville housing sales lagged behind last year’s pace, comparing first quarters of 2013 with 2014, according to a report released this week by RE/MAX. The RE/MAX Carolinas Lifestyle Report 2014 examined 18 housing markets in North and South Carolina, and found that one-third of the markets had experienced an upswing in unit sales activity in […]
To help raise funds for some of the advanced features at Hall Fletcher Elementary’s new innovative playground, the West Asheville Masonic Lodge is organizing a mini-golf tournament.
Carolina Public Press reports: Lee Smith, the Asheville Police Department’s longtime evidence manager who resigned under a cloud of suspicion in early 2011 and last year pleaded guilty to stealing drug evidence, will be sentenced Tuesday, June 17, according to the federal prosecutor’s office in Charlotte. In an interview this week with Carolina Public Press, Buncombe […]
Misty Miller wants your children to eat better. The parent and PTO vice president at Hall Fletcher Elementary has been working since November 2013 with Brian Good, owner and chef at Asheville Sandwich Co., to form a Nutrition Steering Committee in cooperation with Asheville City Schools that would promote healthier, more nutritious and tastier foods for […]