After months of contentious debate among the candidates, voters will choose a wide range of local, state and federal elected officials Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polls are open across North Carolina from 6:30 to 7 p.m. In recent weeks, Xpress has covered several of the most important local races, from the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners […]
Ten years ago, the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee, made up of eight city and eight county appointees from a variety of organizations, embarked on an ambitious plan to end chronic homelessness in Asheville. Now, almost precisely that amount of time later, it is coming to fruition, with a final project that cty of Asheville Homeless […]
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River announced today that it’s readying for a major hiring push to staff its new taproom and restaurant. According to an email from the company’s beer ambassador, Bill Manlely, the Chico, Calif.-based brewery is seeking to fill at total of 150 slots. “We’re looking to add an additional 150 staff members in both front-of-the-house, back-of-the-house and […]
Election Day isn’t until tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 4, but thousands of Buncombe County voters have already gone to the polls. The percentage of local residents who voted early was relatively high this year despite a new state law that reduced the number of days it was available. This year 41,746 Buncombe residents voted early, compared […]
The Syrian Civil War has left nearly 200,000 dead and 9 million displaced since it began in March 2011. Of those displaced, roughly 3 million have fled the country, settling in camps resting, in some cases, mere yards from the Syrian border. It’s these camps that are the focus of (DIS)PLACED:Life As A Tent City Refugee, an […]
Michele D’Aprix fell in love with winemaking in the late ’90s. Now, armed with a University of California-Davis degree in enology and viticulture, years of hands-on winery experience and an attitude that mixes equal parts charisma and quick wit, D’Aprix makes the perfect American ambassador to France. D’Aprix, currently the only female American winemaker in […]
Asheville made Huffington Posts’s list of the “13 Greatest Destination Food Towns in America.” “Asheville is having a major ‘moment,’ most notably for its handfuls of breweries and a used book exchange that pairs wine with literature,” reports the popular national online outlet. “Everything is innovative here — you’ll find snacks like house-made potato chips […]
Just minutes after midnight on Halloween night, the rain turned to snow, blanketing Western North Carolina in a wintery scene in the midst of the fall season.
UNLUCKY SEVEN On Saturday, Oct. 25, Sound Tribe Sector 9 began its headlining show at the US Cellular Center without a hitch, but shortly thereafter, security personnel identified seven audience members suffering from drug-induced medical conditions. The seven were quickly transported to Mission Hospital, but over an hour later, the band’s set was stopped and the […]
The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories and warnings for eleven Western North Carolina counties, effective from Friday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m., to Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. Follow #avlsnomg for updates as conditions progress.
New Belgium Brewing has released a series of entertaining short videos that spoof political attack ads to promote its beers. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based company is in the process of building a major new brewery in Asheville. Watch the series of videos below, embedded via the New Belgium YouTube channel.
Students at Warren Wilson College delivered a contentious 18 vote win to Ellen Frost in 2012, giving Democrats a one seat majority on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. She faces a rematch with Republican opponent Christina Merrill this year for control of District 2, and the two candidates returned to the decisive campus in Swannanoa for an Oct. 29 forum. (Photo by Petras Barcas)
Endorsements can be a handy tool showing which groups and individuals have publicly thrown their support behind a particular office-seeker. In this post we’ve compiled what was provided by some of the Buncombe County candidates and collected by Xpress.
It’s election season — time to pay attention to candidate platforms, get educated on the issues and let your voice be heard … right? Though many dedicated voters go to the polls term after term, hoping to bring about the world they want to see, many are still asking: Is it enough? Are “we the […]
Asheville City Council voted unanimously Oct. 28 to sell the naming rights of an outdoor public space in the heart of downtown to the North Carolina State Employee’s Credit Union Foundation. Council also considered problems at the Asheville Police Department, heard an update from Duke Energy, and appointed three members to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry and Democratic challenger Tate MacQueen sharply disagreed on a range of issues during an Oct. 27 debate at UNC Asheville. The two candidates are vying for a seat in the U.S. Congress representing District 10, which was redrawn in 2011 to include most of Asheville. The area stretches southeast to the […]
If we want a future for our grandchildren, what changes must our society make in the next few years? What can we do as individuals and as a community? Asheville was one of 15 cities across the country chosen by Rainforest Action Network for a Climate Leadership Summit, held on Oct. 25-26 at Lenoir-Rhyne University. […]
Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry and Democratic challenger Tate MacQueen will hold their first and only local debate Oct. 27 at UNC Asheville.
UNC Asheville and the YMI Cultural Center hosted the inaugural African-Americans in Western North Carolina conference on Thursday-Friday, Oct.23-24. The event, designed to discuss an overlooked historical narrative, included speeches by Asheville civil rights leaders and scholars from UNCA and other regional universities.
The Asheville Art Museum is seeking approval from Asheville City Council to sell the naming rights of its outdoor plaza in the heart of downtown to the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.
There was quite a turnout at The Grey Eagle on Thursday night for New Orleans-based Hurray For The Riff Raff. The band is the project of the magnetic, 26-year-old powerhouse singer-songwriter, Alynda Lee Segarra. The fact that the folk-blues Americana band drew such a large, very attentive and engaged audience is no surprise. In addition to opening […]