Members of the Asheville High-SILSA Speech and Debate Team find competition and community while learning research, writing and presentation skills that help them in the classroom and the real world.
Asheville City Council weighed concerns about private property rights, environmental impact, equitable access to public lands and “selfies with bears” before authorizing the Parks & Recreation Department to move forward on soliciting bids for the construction of the Beaucatcher Greenway.
At its regular meeting on April 12, Asheville City Council passed a strongly-worded resolution calling for the repeal of House Bill 2. Citizens and Council members reflected on the impact of the law on many aspects of life in North Carolina, striking a chord of near-unanimity in wholehearted dissent.
For the third year, Dobra Tea’s Black Mountain location will partner with local artisans and musicians to raise money for the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden.
As a young man in his 20s, Tim Powers wanted to serve as a state trooper. But when he explored the option, Powers was told he was too short and skinny. “You can’t be a State Trooper,” an officer told him. Powers took that as a challenge to prove the officer was wrong about him. […]
A proposed Asheville resolution affirming the constitutional rights and equitable treatment of all in public accommodations — such as bathrooms — appears likely to spark extensive discussion on how Asheville will respond to House Bill 2 at Council’s meeting on April 12. Other agenda items include subdivision ordinances, the Beaucatcher Greenway and the city’s legislative agenda for the upcoming short session in Raleigh.
The 18th Annual Asheville Orchid Festival is expected to be the biggest ever, thanks to a joint effort among the North Carolina Arboretum, the Western North Carolina Orchid Society (WNCOS) and the American Orchid Society. The festival — which is being held in conjunction with AOS’ 2016 national spring meeting — is expected to attract […]
In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Asheville Brewers Alliance has entered into a unique partnership with local sexual assault and prevention organization Our VOICE.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features virtuosic violinist Carl Schmid’s entertainment startup plus a permanent new home for Mechanical Eye Microcinema.
Faith and science are not mutually exclusive, and this understanding can help address the climate challenges we face today, Katharine Hayhoe told hundreds who gathered at the First Baptist Church on Oak Street in downtown Asheville Tuesday, April 5, to hear the acclaimed climate scientist present a talk titled “Science, Faith and Our Changing Climate.” […]
Continuing its history of support for undergraduate research, UNC Asheville announced this week it has received a $1.5 million grant awarded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation — to fund scholarships, fellowships and undergraduate research in chemistry and biology. The five-year grant was announced at the April 7 opening session of the National Conference on […]
Performers include South African singer Laura Reed, Congolese fire-eater Seeko and Ugandan multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Kinobe. And for $10 extra, dinner is available from The Kente Kitchen. The benefit show is at White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, April 21.
In addition to her new role as Vice Mayor, Asheville City Councilmember Gwen Wisler serves on a long list of important city boards and commissions, as well as civic organizations. Xpress talks with Wisler to find out what’s on her mind as she leads city projects from the budget to the update of the citywide comprehensive plan.
For more than 20 years, the WNC Rail Corridor Committee has worked tirelessly to prove the economic viability of restoring the historic rail link between Salisbury and Asheville. With changes in the rail industry looming and younger travelers showing increased interest in train travel, the committee is partnering with towns and municipalities and freight rail companies to pursue a new, three-pronged strategy.
Place your gear, harness up and slip on your voting shoes. You can almost smell the rocky pinnacle; the pride and respect that comes with standing tall above everyone else. The mountain is open! Voting has begun for the beloved annual Best of WNC awards. You have until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 to complete your ballot and […]
Another issue that put the commissioners’ divide on display was a resolution concerning the creation of a Utility Energy Innovation Task Force. The venture is a partnership with Duke Energy and the City of Asheville aimed at, “working to delay or avoid the construction of an additional fossil fuel powered combustion turbine electricity generating facility at the Asheville Plant site in 2023.”
Asheville organizations rely on partnerships and volunteers to offer meals to hundreds of people in need each week.
More than 150 workshops and demonstrations will cover everything from fermenting vegetables to cheesemaking, basketry and soapmaking, living off the grid, getting the most out of a small garden and raising chickens.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners slogged its way through a more than seven hour meeting while trading barbs en route to approving a resolution that reaffirms the county’s commitment to a workplace supportive of diversity, moving ahead with real estate revaluations, approving a Utility Energy Innovation Task Force and approving minutes from a contentious closed session in March, 2015. The Tuesday, April 5th, marathon meeting highlighted the ideological tension between commissioners and the public as the resolution about the county’s Personnel Ordinance became a proxy for the emotionally charged North Carolina House Bill 2 and showcased emotional pleas from both sides of the issue. Meantime, discussion about the joint task force became symbolic of the commissioners’ divisive thoughts on what constitutes transparent government.