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Poetic mayhem at Thrashville, the secret world of WNC skateboarding

Skateboarding’s stereotypical image hovers somewhere between Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the Sex Pistols. And while that would seem to make it a natural fit for the fringe-blender that is Asheville, there are challenges — including hefty fines. But beneath its surface madness, skateboarding girds itself with a subtle but very real prosody.

The Duke Energy power plant near Asheville (photo by Southwings)

Coal-ash legislation heads toward compromise, Carolina Public Press reports

What to do about coal ash, the toxic byproduct of burning coal to produce electricity? The North Carolina Senate and House have dueling views on what should be done, and environmentalists say neither approach does enough to clean up existing coal-ash impoundments and prevent spills like the one that released tens of thousands of gallons into the Dan River this February.

More than 200 bikers gathered at City County Plaza for the Summer Cycle. Photo by Jake Frankel.

‘Summer Cycle’ community ride draws hundreds of bikers

More than 200 bicyclists took to local streets June 28 for a community ride across north Asheville and the River Arts District. The annual Summer Cycle was organized by Asheville on Bikes, a volunteer group dedicated to cultivating local cycling culture. Its well-attended community rides and other advocacy work have helped get the attention of […]

Carolina Public Press: U.S. Cellular Center to issue open call to nonprofits

Here’s an excerpt from the Carolina Public Press article: According to a recent review by the city of Asheville, the U.S. Cellular Center’s program to help local nonprofits raise funds by staffing concession stands is mostly on target. The audit, conducted at the request of the facility’s general manager, also found that the effort could […]

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UPDATE: Verve Magazine will cease publication with June issue

Verve Magazine, the local, monthly publication devoted to “covering Asheville’s most fascinating women,” will cease publication with its June issue, Publisher Rimas Zailskas confirmed June 26. Launched in May 2008, Verve dished up lively features accompanied by striking photos. “So even though it is a little sad, it is an opportunity as well,” Zailskas said, […]

EPA releases final risk assessment on trichloroethylene, a lead contaminant at local CTS site

From the EPA Headquarters: EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE) Agency begins process to address potential human health risks WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE). The assessment identified health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives.  It […]

Workmen remove old windows and install new, energy-efficient windows in the 85-year-old Assembly Inn at Montreat Conference Center. The windows contributed to more than $70,000 in savings on energy costs. Photo courtesy of Montreat Conference Center.

85-year-old Assembly Inn at Montreat undergoes renovation

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 […]