I realize that the Mountain Xpress has a mission to publish “alternative” information which is often excluded from more mainstream media outlets. Yet the article in the latest issue on stone healing [“Stone Medicine: Healing Power From the Earth,” Feb. 18, Xpress] is so over the top in its claims of healing efficacy that I had to […]
From Ed Whitfield’s keynote speech, “A Logical New Approach to Community Development,” to a panel on sources for local funding, there’s something for everyone at the March 18 Bringing It Home conference. Here’s a look at the main sessions and speakers.
I first discovered Publix grocery stores while visiting Florida for Thanksgiving with my family. I always found the customer service to be outstanding, and the variety and cost of food quite good. Imagine my dismay when my sister (who has a background training day care providers working with migrant farm workers) told me over Thanksgiving […]
Let me tell you about Ducatis in the big city [“Leave Your Big-city Driving Habits at Home,” Feb. 18, Xpress]. The drivers “SMOKE YOU.” On the freeway, they approach you going 120 mph. Before you even see where they are, you hear them, then they are on your “tail,” then they pass left or right, […]
At its March 3 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners plans to hear four rezoning requests — three near Weaverville and one in Swannanoa.
I read with interest the travails of runner Chris Moe, who was hit twice by cars and threatened with legal action, all during a single run on Asheville roads [“Asheville drivers should share the road with runners,” Feb. 11, Xpress]. I’m a runner myself, and in 25 years of running, much of it on roads, […]
Your paper has in recent months published a series of frankly unbelievable statements about what various people can do with various supernatural abilities — all of them presented by the reporters as simple facts, without even a hint of journalistic skepticism. I have cringed, rolled my eyes and said nothing. But the absurdity reached a […]
As you may know, Asheville is among the areas with the highest rates of unvaccinated children in the country. I’m not anti-vaccine, really I’m not. That said, I swear this whole controversy around vaccines feels to me like the secular liberal equivalent of homosexuality for conservative Christians. Of all the things the Bible in general […]
Reading Jerry Sternberg‘s opinion piece, “Gospel According to Jerry: Confessions of a Recovering Racist” [Feb. 11, Xpress], inspired a lot of feelings in me: Irritation, disgust and confusion were the big ones, but there was also a sense of relief. Here is someone with white-skin privilege talking about racism in Asheville, acknowledging that he is a recovering racist and asking about solutions.
Just because certain bureaucratic state regulations put a damper on a potentially fun warm weather event does not mean local residents can’t enjoy the slipping and sliding around the city right now in the dead of winter!
Don’t put away your coats just yet, Western North Carolina. The National Weather Service has once again issued a winter storm warning and a hazardous weather outlook for our region — predicting up to 5 inches of snow in Greater Asheville and up to 8 inches to our west and south.
Breweries continue to pop up around Asheville faster than the temperature changes this winter, and more and more often, women pull on their brewing boots and help make it happen.
No stranger to fawning lists, Asheville ranks no. 1 on this roundup. Why? Location, community and Southern culture.
Here’s a rundown of the upcoming agenda.
Asheville on Bikes wants more people to ride their bike to work, and they have a plan to achieve it. “We need to fulfill the mission of changing commuters from ‘interested but concerned,’ to ‘enthused and confident,’” said Mike Sule, director of Asheville on Bikes. Sule presented information at the group’s annual Bike Love fundraiser […]
Vacancy rates for apartments in this area were recently surveyed by a consultant as being a percentage that is even less than the amount of butterfat content in reduced fat milk.
A feasibility study report delivered this week indicates that a whitewater park could conceivably be built in Asheville’s River Arts District within four years time. Colorado based Scott Shipley’s firm, S20 Design and Engineering, delivered plans for the park on the French Broad River, which is an “in-stream” concept, having multiple channels for enthusiasts of […]
Update: On Friday, Feb. 20, the Associated Press reported that Duke Energy, the nation’s largest power company, has been charged with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at five North Carolina power plants, including the plant in Asheville. The AP reports that the charges are felony violations, while the News & Observer in Raleigh reports the power company […]
Earlier today, “Ashvegas” reported that the Slide the City slip-and-slide event is canceled, but organizers say they are doing everything they can to comply with North Carolina public pool regulations.
I enjoyed the cover article for a December issue (posted online on Dec. 24) entitled “Churches in the fall: local churches get back to their roots in a rapidly changing millennial culture” [Dec. 25, Xpress]. Howard Hanger, founder of Jubilee! definitely helps with the hanging chads left behind by more conservative expressions of orthodoxy and orthopraxy […]
“There is absolutely no validity to this whatsoever,” the sheriff states. “If somebody calls you and tries to collect money, [saying they’re] from any government entity at the threat of arrest — [know] that [neither] the IRS nor the Sheriff’s Office call and give you an opportunity to pay … any kind of fee or fine that would result in you being arrested.”