A confederation of planners: Downtown Commission members and city planners talk with newspaper representatives about new, voluntary restrictions on their boxes. Photo by Bill Rhodes

Box cutter

At a June 6 meeting with local newspaper representatives, Downtown Commission members and Asheville city planners presented ideas for restricting the height, placement and configuration of newspaper boxes. The commission hopes to assess the feasibility of the voluntary rules over the next 45 days, gathering data before finalizing the proposal. Two days later, the full […]

Boxed in

At a sometimes tense Feb. 2 meeting, representatives of more than a dozen local publications (including Mountain Xpress) met with city staff concerning possible restrictions on newspaper boxes in downtown Asheville. The meeting, held at City Hall, was called by city staff and members of the Downtown Commission, who claimed they’d received many complaints, both […]

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Local Matters: Freedom of the press, council candidates and redistricting

In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporter David Forbes talks about the recent removal of newspaper boxes by the County and the recent announcement of candidates for Asheville City Council, and reporters Christopher George and Jake Frankel talk about the heated meetings around the new congressional redistricting plan. Hosted by News Editor Margaret Williams.

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WNC News Roundup

A head-on collision in Transyvlania killed six people. Guns and ammo are flying off the shelves in Mitchell County. Turkey hunting season has begun, but it was a human who was shot and killed in Wilkes County. UNCA students debate the appropriateness of giving legendary picker Arthel “Doc” Watson an honorary degree. And festival season kicks off in a big way this weekend. That’s just some of what’s been making headlines around the mountains this week.

Bad times for the local news business

Whether it’s merely a reflection of the ailing economy, the rise of the Internet or the death knell of daily print journalism, newspapers nationwide are in a severe tailspin. Asheville’s local daily, the Asheville Citizen-Times, is among those feeling the heat. Paper losses: The Asheville Citizen-Times recently announced that it’s laying off 16 people as […]

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WNC News Roundup

The gas shortage certainly grabbed the headlines this week across Western North Carolina, but there was more to the news than just that. A top mental-health official stepped down from his post after an investigation; a professor has been named “N.C. Fall Color Guy”; energy drinks may be banned from a local school system; and a jellyfish was discovered in a mountain pond.

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WNC News Roundup

Here’s a look at some of what’s been happening around WNC recently: The founder of a controversial Henderson County animal shelter faces dozens of charges of animal mistreatment; a group of school children met Jesus in Black Mountain; police are investigating an Asheville dentist who mysteriously shut down her upscale dental office; the economic engine that is the WNC Agricultural Center will soon get bigger; and there’s a big reward offered in the attempted bombing of a Boone Wal-Mart.

Reading from left to right

In a time of increasing — some would say alarming — corporate control of mass media, feisty independent local journalism appears to be thriving here in Asheville, with no less than six weekly and two monthly indie newspapers on the street. Admittedly, many are labors of love produced on shoestring budgets, but together they ensure […]