Up from the ashes: Once slated for destruction, the Reid Center is now the site of an ambitious renovation project overseen by the Asheville Housing Authority and involving an array of nonprofits. photos by Max Cooper

Reid Center rising: Innovative training/h­iring model uses local labor

The current $4.3 million Reid Center renovation is the fruit of an ambitious alliance of local nonprofits and agencies. Once earmarked for demolition, the historic structure has played a major role in Asheville’s historically African-American Southside neighborhood since the 1920s, serving as a school for decades before becoming a community center. But bricks, mortar and […]

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Sex discrimina­tion complaint filed against ABCCM

Based on claims that the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) failed to provide female veterans with the same job training classes as their male counterparts, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a sex-discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor against ABCCM. The complaint was filed today on behalf of U.S. Army veteran Emily Bagby. (photo of Emily Bagby by Adam Taylor)

Bartending 101

With all the hype over craft brews and the movement to call Asheville "Beer City" (a sobriquet I thought reserved for Milwaukee, or at least St. Louis), I have not noticed a commensurate effort to provide good service to individual beer drinkers. I happen to like light premium beer, and how hard can it be […]

EDC releases statement, comments on New Belgium picking Asheville

PRESS RELEASE In conjunction with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), New Belgium Brewing Company announced the selection of Asheville, North Carolina, to build its first expansion brewery outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. The nation’s third-largest craft brewer plans to invest $175 million over seven years to build a state-of-the-art brewery in Asheville’s […]

Ten reasons to vote Republican in November

If you want the government to come between a woman and her doctor in personal matters of family planning; if mandating a trans-vaginal ultrasound is more important than the economy and creating jobs; if you want Raleigh to control local issues; if you want offshore drilling of the N.C. coast instead of wind power that […]

Cause for concern: Commissioner Holly Jones said she doesn’t think many of the county’s personnel policies are fair, including making new employees wait six months for health-insurance benefits. Photo by Bill Rhodes

Pay to stay

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Jan. 10, 2012 meeting Jones questions two-tiered benefits Emotional meeting abruptly concluded Tensions ran high as the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners met Jan. 10 to consider employee-compensation policy. In a memo to the commissioners and the county manager last month, as well as an email newsletter to supporters, Commissioner […]