A revitalized volunteer push is underway to rescue Western North Carolina’s oldest known African-American cemetery from the ravages of neglect and obscurity. The effort includes a new website that features an interactive map of the cemetery and a digital guide to each of its graves.
Since being named the “new freak capital of the U.S.” by Rolling Stone 14 years ago, Asheville has arguably only gotten weirder. And on Sept. 1, Travel + Leisure Magazine further burnished the town’s eccentric credentials, naming Asheville the No. 1 “Quirky Town” in America.
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Food trucks are a known entity: Those mobile dispensaries of cheap, tasty meals drove into downtown Asheville (and our hearts) in 2011. And with revised city ordinances, a dedicated lot on Coxe Avenue and regular appearances at local festivals and music venues, food trucks have only increased in number. But sandwiches aren’t the only thing that can fit into a truck.
Give all citizens a voice. Give them in-depth information to make informed decisions. To that end, Carolina Public Press has launched The News Exchange, which aims to give the 18 westernmost N.C. counties a chance to voice the issues within their own communities, get questions answered and problems solved.
Nearly 150 years after the end of the Civil War, one of the era’s most important historical documents was displayed in Western North Carolina for the first time ever.
Never underestimate what a few talented women can do. Mars Hill University’s Rural Life Museum’s exhibit and guided tour, “Interwoven: Coverlets, Ballads and America’s Discovery of Madison County Folklife,” explores cottage industries and the history of female independence.
Walking down Haywood Road (or Biltmore) (or Lexington), you stop by your usual hangout. Nearly everyone there greets you by name, and the tourists in the corner booth ask about your latest jaunt up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your waitress asks, “The usual?” as she sets your favorite Asheville-brewed IPA down on your table. This […]
In the last six months, dozens of Asheville travelers have visited Cuba, creating growing connections between the local area and the island nation. And on April 22 members of those local delegations are hosting an event that aims to help bridge the divide between our different cultures and communities. Featuring live Cuban music and art […]
Wilderness therapy “gave me my son back — and better,” says Stephen Mace. His son, Christian, age 15, participated in the wilderness program at SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort last year. SUWS is one of several local and regional organizations that use wilderness therapy. Sarah “Salli” Lewis, an Asheville-based clinical scientist, has conducted several […]
Caregivers don’t always think of themselves as such. They are simply the husbands, wives and children of loved ones who are ill and need help. But the truth is that caregivers are often spread so thin that they need a little help themselves.
If you thought kids were only interested in playing video games and texting, then think again.
A little kindness by Fox Smith The Learning Community School fifth grade The week of the big snow, I went and asked my neighbor if I could go sledding on his hill. Not only did he say “yes” but he came out and played with me. I love living in Asheville because of how kind […]
Community service by Julie Hollifield. 11th grade, Owen High School Last semester, my English class participated in a community service project. We were writing persuasive essays on environmental issues. This led us to want to get involved in helping our local environment. We took a field trip to the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden here […]
Family by Matthew Griffith Community High School Wanna know what CHS means to me? Family. I feel like CHS is a family that backs one another to the end. My view on school has changed since I moved to CHS. I moved from a school that judges people by their appearance. To them I was […]
For our annual Kids Issue, Xpress sought out local kids’ takes on what community means to them. In short: a lot. Here are a few of their essays on local heroes.
The Life of a paintbrush by Meadie Jernigan The Learning Community School Fifth grade A fuzzy tip hovers over the canvas. Should it paint a farm with fields of cows sheep and chickens? Maybe abstract with thousands of lines stuck together? Or possibly a forest with life and wonder? Even painting a bear in a […]
Asheville By Loren Fun Old, special Exciting, Interesting, Amazing An extremely creative city Asheville Asheville By: Anonymous Weird, bizarre Drumming, expressing, entertaining The people, places and hippies Carolina Asheville By: Lola Special place Unique, creative Thinking, saying, doing Stay weird Asheville Lake Toxaway By: Katt Magical, mysterious Hiking, camping, climbing Beautiful sunsets between the mountains […]
Nurses are my heroes My mom is a nurse. She helps us not get sick. She works in the emergency department in the hospital, so she helps a LOT of different people, at different times. During the snowstorm, she stayed at the hospital for 3 days to take care of people! She helps people not […]
Roxann Colwell knows the challenges of raising a child with special needs firsthand. Colwell, who has a 30-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, created the Family Support Network of Western North Carolina 15 years ago as a parent-to-parent support and mentoring program for caregivers of children with special needs. The organization offers a community resource guide, hosts support groups for families and establishes support networks for parents whose children have received similar diagnoses. From July 2012 to July 2013 the Family Support Network served 901 families.
Each week, horticultural therapist April Peterson volunteers in a classroom of students with intensive special needs at Fairview Elementary School. As a part of the therapy program, students plant seeds, write in their nature journals, water the outdoor gardens and more. “It’s a break for them,” says Peterson. “It’s something that takes the stress out […]
Powerlifter Jennifer Payne pushes her limits in life and sport. Photos by Josh Vaughn