RIDING THE RAILS: A Frieght rider waves from the front of a passing car just north of Marshall, North Carolina. He is one of an untold number of men and women traversing the country in the shadows of rail cars — despite substantial  legal and personal risks — in search of adventure, work or a new horizon. Photo by Max Hunt

Off the beaten track: Freight trains, freedom and the traveling culture

Americans love to celebrate the iconic “hobo” lifestyle, yet we’re often quick to stereotype or judge the modern-day iteration of the traveler. Despite the risk of legal repercussions and personal injury, contemporary traveling culture continues to attract people from all walks of life to the rails and the road in search of the next horizon.

CANINE COMPLICATIONS: Our four-legged friends love greenways just like the rest of us. But a recent string of incidents has some questioning whether Hominy Creek has an issue with unleashed dogs. Photo by Max Hunt

Is Hominy Creek Greenway going to the dogs?

Residents using Hominy Creek Greenway in recent weeks may have noticed the sudden disappearance of two herds of goats, which had been put to work clearing invasive species such as Japanese Knotwood. The absence of the hardy herbivores is the result of a June 28 attack on one of the animals by an unrestrained dog and raises questions about the proper use of public spaces.

Busted: Inside the Bele Chere Doggie Jail

At last year’s festival, Xpress visited Asheville’s cutest convicts at the Bele Chere Doggie Jail. A far cry (or bark) from Alcatraz, proceeds from this rather posh and comfortable hoosegow go to Animal Compassion Network, a local foster and adoption organization whose many goals include finding “lifelong, stable and loving homes” for animals. For more information about ACN, visit http://www.animalcompassionnetwork.org.

The ultimate missing dog story

This is the ultimate missing dog story, with a happy ending! Thursday morning, my girlfriend and I parted ways as she headed to work and I to the gym. I soon realized I left something at her house and went back to get it. When I [arrived], I noticed the gate to the yard was […]