Intoleranc­e is poor theology

Why is it that some religious folks are bent on inserting themselves (and their particular beliefs) into the business of government or civil matters, such as equality for all taxpaying citizens and, in this specific case, Buncombe County workers? [“What's Next, Polygamy Benefits?” March 27 Xpress.] While the county commissioners' vote approved benefits for both […]

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Asheville City Council preview: Ice ice baby

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, members of Asheville City Council will stop, collaborate and listen to decide the destiny of a dilapidated building in the River Arts District, the fate of food trucks in Biltmore Village and the word on amending the outdoor speakers ban at restaurants downtown and in the River Arts District. (Photo of the ice-house property by Bill Rhodes from 2012.)

Lobbied: Asheville City Council members may hire a lobbyist to represent their case in a number of pending issues state legislators are considering. photo by Max Cooper

The Beat

The upcoming budget year, a raise for city employees and sending a lobbyist to Raleigh were key topics in the wide-ranging discussion at Asheville City Council's annual retreat. Held Feb. 3 in UNCA's Sherrill Center, this year’s session gave Council members a chance to hear briefings by staff and ponder goals for 2012. The budget: […]

Observe and report: Asheville City Council members Gordon Smith and Chris Pelly, along with city staff, take in a report at the Jan. 10 meeting. Photo by Bill Rhodes

Food and shelter

Asheville City Council Jan. 10, 2012 meeting Charlotte Diocese offers $2 million for downtown property City considers permits for Occupy Asheville campers In a short but busy Jan. 10 session, Asheville City Council members approved a number of changes to the Unified Development Ordinance. One took center stage: allowing fresh-food markets in residential areas. The […]

The huddle: City Attorney Bob Oast, Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson, City Manager Gary Jackson and Parks and Recreation Director Roderick Simmons discuss the logistics of Occupy Asheville’s encampment near City Hall. photo by Bill Rhodes


Asheville City Council meeting Dec. 13, 2011 The Aventine apartments pass second reading First Transit contract renewed If new Asheville City Council members Marc Hunt and Chris Pelly expected their first regular meeting to be short and sweet, they were in for a surprise. Occupy Asheville protesters packed the Council chamber Dec. 13, opposing ordinances […]