We’re so happy: Asheville ranks high in HuffPo happiness meter

Never mind that we’ve experienced the wettest July on record (and really, it’s got to be the wettest year ever). And never mind that the lower half of the Southeast gets dubbed “the sadness belt,” due to high unemployment and poverty, and a few other matters. In Asheville, we’re happy. At least, that’s what the Huffington Post says.

Inside story: Theater workshops give voice to those touched by mental illness-attachment0

Inside story: Theater workshops give voice to those touched by mental illness

Local poet and performer Griffin Payne, pictured above, teaches theater-workshop participants how to share their stories in new and creative ways. The weekly workshops are for people affected by mental illness, whether directly or indirectly, and is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Carolina. (Photo by Max Cooper)

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Nearly $500,000 raised to expand MAMA services

In emergency situations where every second counts, the discovery made thousands of years ago by the Greek mathematician Archimedes still holds true: The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. However, that can be difficult to find in the winding mountain roads of Western North Carolina — well, unless you’re airborne. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Area Medical Airlift)