Sixteen candidates have officially thrown their hats into the ring for the Asheville City Council elections this fall. Each week, Xpress will introduce, in brief, four candidates’ backgrounds and ideas for the city. This week, we’ve got Corey Atkins, Carl Mumpower, Lindsey Simerly and Dee Williams.
Some Like It Hot to benefit The Hope Chest for Women Local businesses are coming together this week to sponsor Some Like It Hot, a foodcentric fundraiser for breast and gynecological cancer support organization The Hope Chest for Women. A smorgasbord of appetizers provided by Asheville restaurants and caterers, desserts from area supermarkets, Catawba Brewing […]
People in search of renewed opportunity flowed into the auditorium at Pack Memorial Library in Asheville on Wednesday, July 8, when lawyers and interns from Pisgah Legal Services and Legal Aid of North Carolina helped clients seek expungements of criminal records.
At least one financial services firm in Asheville — Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. — is working to make vegan-friendly investing options accessible to those whose animal-conscious ethos extend beyond the dinner table.
Partners of Regional Recycling Solutions are, legally, stuck between a rock and a hard place. By county standards, their application must first be approved by NCDENR. But RRS cannot gain approval from DENR without first receiving approval from the county — trapping the company in a paradoxical loop of permitting problems.
Traffic along many of Asheville’s major corridors has decreased in recent years, figures from the N.C. Department of Transportation reveal. DOT officials say that’s due to the Great Recession, but some transportation experts see it as evidence that the state agency overestimates the need for new highway projects.
As more and more people move to the Asheville area, the need for housing is facilitating larger-scale development in traditionally small, isolated and rural communities. But how to approach that development sustainably isn’t always easy to figure out or agree upon.
Longtime West End Bakery pastry chef Meg Schearer starts her own business, local chefs join the 2015 Competition Dining Series, Green Opportunities holds an open house and the Pisgah Field Schools offers a waterfall tour for wine lovers. Plus food writer Jonathan Ammons tells us about his favorite snack at Creekside Taphouse.
Firestorm Books & Coffee is back. And though the doors are currently open — the coffee flowing and the pages turning, the 7-year-old cooperative will host its official grand opening celebration on Sunday, July 12.
In many ways, Jacob Blankenship is a typical 23-year-old: He likes video games and anime, and he works part time at Pizza Hut. But one look at Blankenship’s sketchbook reveals that beneath his affable façade lies a talented and focused artistic soul.
In early June, Xpress reported on a controversial proposed recycling facility near Enka-Candler. On July 8, the Buncombe County Board of Adjustments will vote whether to approve the locally owned business that hopes to bring cleaner recycling practices to WNC. Read for updates from both RRS and the opposition.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a Smash Box’s expansion into a brick-and-mortar location, two locals’ efforts to empower citizens of Nepal to build resilient housing and The Village Potters’ new wood kiln project.
North Carolina’s alcohol laws are slowly changing to allow greater freedom for the state’s growing number of brewers, distillers and bar owners. However, despite the progress, local industry advocates say many key concerns remain untouched by recent reforms.
Creators of DemocracyApps hope to lift the barrier and inspire more public involvement in local government, making it easier for citizens to understand key decisions. The interactive site provides detailed spending breakdowns and compares current expenditures with those of prior years.
A new exhibit at Mars Hill University’s Rural Heritage Museum, titled “How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina, 1880-1937,” documents the engineering achievements and mortal sacrifices that marked the coming of the railroad to the area.
Our waterways have become increasingly popular with outdoor enthusiasts in the past few years. While local excursion providers, rental shops and retailers adjust to meet growing demand, increased development along the Asheville section of the French Broad River suggests recreational use of the river will stay strong for years to come.
It may be drizzling today, but the unusual lack of rainfall has pushed the state into drought for the first time in more than two years, says the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.