In the ongoing ground-water contamination case connected to the former CTS electroplating plant on Mills Gap Road in south Asheville, emails between the EPA and residents imply that agency action to get new water service was being considered last July. But municipal water hookups remain far from certain.
Asheville City Council April 10, 2012 meeting Manheimer proposes hiring Council liaisons City schedules April 24 public hearing on water system There were no presentations, no public hearings and no protests before Asheville City Council members unanimously approved an anti-Amendment One resolution April 10 (Mayor Terry Bellamy was absent). For Council member Gordon Smith, the […]
On Sunday morning, April 15, Twitter raconteur and political inside/outsider Michael Muller, who is running several current Republican campaigns, engaged 11th Congressional District candidate Cecil Bothwell, Democrat, in an exchange.
“Whatever your personal, moral or religious views might be, to write discrimination into the North Carolina Constitution is just plain wrong,” says North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue in a newly released video.
Last year’s statewide redistricting pulled voting districts into unfamiliar shapes and posed challenges to local officials.
On May 8, North Carolina voters will decide whether to add a gay-marriage ban to Article XIV of the state constitution.
After dwelling in the National Archives for 72 years (and abiding by privacy laws), the 1940 U.S. Census will be made public on Monday morning. However, the real work will begin when genealogical societies around the country begin indexing these records — including the local Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society.
The Brevard College Jazz Ensemble played in the lobby before two of the three Democratic candidates for the 11th Congressional District, Cecil Bothwell and Tom Hill, tried to hit all the right notes with voters during a March 22 debate. The third candidate, Hayden Rogers, was unable to attend. Hosted by the Brevard College Debate […]
According to a study released by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity, North Carolina gets a C- on its corruption risk report card and failed in three areas: public access to information, state budgeting processes and redistricting. The report cards are a part of the State Integrity Investigation project. (Image courtesy of the State Integrity Investigation project)
If you’re into the Hunger Games, you’ve come to the right place. In this 2-minute video, Explore Asheville takes us on a journey to some of the local spots where the movie, the Hunger Games was filmed. SPOILER ALERT: There are some spoilers in this video regarding the plot of the movie.
A temporary restraining order is being requested today to keep the N.C. Department of Transportation from permitting vegetation removal—primarily trees—under new state rules that allow larger zones and clear-cutting in the public right-of-way by outdoor advertising agencies.
Opponents of the state’s new billboard law prepared a complaint and temporary restraining order request Feb. 29, 2012, in Wake County Superior Court. The legal action by Scenic NC, Inc., is aimed at keeping the N.C. Department of Transportation from permitting vegetation removal – primarily trees – in front of billboards and other outdoor advertising under new temporary rules set to take effect March 1.
For three hours, a litany of area residents, doctors, health-care professionals and a few patients spoke out about competition and choice, giving a state legislative committee plenty to think about.
A state legislator says staff cuts will not be as severe as earlier predictions, but a Buncombe County Schools representative says that view doesn’t jibe with reality.
The proposed defense-of-marriage amendment to the N.C. Constitution took on yet another persona today when the Senate passed SB 514, formerly known as the Nutrient Management Plan.
Do you feel that your government, from the local level, all the way to Raleigh and Washington, D.C., has your best interests at heart? Do you feel that they spend your money in a completely open and honest manner, with accountability for each decision and every dollar? Do you feel that they run for election […]
If North Carolina were a home-rule state, the conventional wisdom goes, then the Legislature might keep its hands off local issues and actions.
While the all-important $19.7 billion state budget labored its way through the General Assembly en route to Gov. Bev Perdue’s historic June 12 veto (the first time a North Carolina governor has ever rejected a budget), legislators also pushed a number of other bills along the Statehouse corridors toward the June 9 crossover deadline (after […]
While budget and redistricting plans for the state are boiling in the Legislature, the back burners are currently full of legislation that has been neither enacted nor discarded this session. As a result, the rules were changed last week to stretch the crossover deadline.
All the trees on [Interstate] 40 along the sloped median strip from Exit 64 to Exit 55 are being clear-cut. Not trimmed, but totally destroyed. I do not believe road hazard — or visibility or whatever explanation the North Carolina Department of Transportation chooses to present — justifies this total destruction of the environment. Now […]
Charlotte’s Rep. Thom Tillis was tapped by the N.C. House Republican caucus yesterday to stand for speaker of the House when the General Assembly convenes in late January.