The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will convene tonight, July 8, with the primary order of business being the final adoption of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget put on hold at the previous meeting on June 17. The budget estimates $280.3 million in expenditures for the county and holds the tax rate steady at current levels.
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.
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.
Following fears of increased gang activity in Asheville’s housing projects, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance announced a new initiative from the clergy, the Asheville Police Department, City Council and community members called Stop the Violence.
Asheville, we have a problem. Recent studies indicate that the city – eco-friendly, carbon-cutting Asheville – is the most dangerous city per capita for pedestrians in all of North Carolina. Cyclists here do not fare much better. How did this problem develop and what can be done to resolve it? The Asheville Green Drinks group […]
Western-theme amusement park and movie set for Dean Teaster’s 2007 film, ‘Ghost Town’, is officially opening for the season at 10:00AM on July 4th.
North Carolina’s environmental agency has ordered Duke Energy to install monitoring wells in a residential neighborhood outside Asheville to determine whether toxic chemicals from the company’s coal ash pits are contaminating homeowners’ drinking water, according to a new report by the Associated Press.
On the night of April 12 and into the early morning hours of April 13, a spate of burglaries hit Joyner Avenue, a small side street off Riverview Drive in West Asheville. The crimes highlight the underlying issues and trends.
You might celebrate Independence Day by getting up at dawn to run a 5K. Or perhaps you’re the sort who cooks veggie burgers on the grill or sips wine with fireworks exploding overhead. Whatever you’re into, we’ve got the lowdown on where to go and what to do this July Fourth. There are plenty of choices nearby and others well worth the drive.
A group of locals are mounting an effort to beat Portland for the world record of linked up tubers – and they’re hoping to do it in style: dressed as zombies. The event is set for Sept. 20 on the French Broad River, according to a new Facebook event page seeking participants. The “Tube-ocalypse: Zombie […]
In the wake of an incident that involved the band Young and In the Way spraying pig blood throughout Lexington Avenue Brewery’s Back Stage area, the venue may stop hosting live music events indefinitely. Manager Benjy Greene told Xpress June 30, “We have not made a decision whether we’re going to continue using it as a […]
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 […]
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 […]
“We’re the old dog now, in our 13th year,” says Drew Smith, owner of Westville Pub. But this old dog can learn new tricks: The West Asheville bar and restaurant recently made a major change to its front entry that not only alters the look of the place, but the atmosphere as well. When Westville […]
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, […]
The New York Times released a ranking of the hardest places to live in the United States by measuring six data points — including education, median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity — and comparing all 3,135 counties in the country together using averages of these data sets. The map paints a […]
Asheville’s bars were packed with enthusiastic soccer fans June 26, as the U.S. men’s national team faced Germany in the World Cup. The game, which took place in Brazil, started conveniently at noon, allowing people who work downtown and others to watch the game during lunch break. The U.S. lost to Germany 1-0 but fans […]
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 […]
An estimated one in 59 children living in North Carolina is diagnosed with ASD. That’s significantly higher than the national estimate, but it is, in part, because diagnosis, research and treatment options are better than in many states.
Asheville City Council unanimously approved a $147 million budget June 24, holding the property tax rate steady and committing to major new pedestrian infrastructure projects such as sidewalks and greenways.
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 […]