Sneaker speaker: 11-year-old Weston Whitmire is a participant in the Muddy Sneakers program, an outdoor learning curriculum. He’s working with the Southern Highlands Reserve to create a kid’s park.

The X factor: Two WNC-based TEDx events offer local platform for big ideas — Nov. 13 and 15

Though the name sounds like some sort of futuristic delivery service, TEDx is, actually, a set of conferences based on the TED model owned by private nonprofit The Sapling Foundation. TED is an acronym for Technology Entertainment and Design; the "x" represents an independently organized TED event. And this year, WNC has two. When TED […]

Hops, truffles and all things farmin’: Among many duties, researcher and author Jeanine Davis helps farmers try new crops, like hops and truffles, and find ways to stay profitable, even in tough times. photo courtesy Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center

Keeping it simple

If you live and garden in Western North Carolina, chances are good you've heard of Jeanine Davis. If you're a farmer, chances are better that you've benefited from her research, expert advice or constant efforts to improve the quality of local farming. Davis is an associate professor at N.C. State University who’s stationed at the […]

Missing in action

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the disappearance of 397 tablets of oxycodone, a prescription pain medication, from the Asheville Police Department’s property room. The APD estimated the missing tablets’ street value at $20,000. Longtime evidence-and-property manager Lee Smith resigned Feb. 18 after 21 years with the department. He was placed under investigative suspension […]

Fresh ideas

If you’re wondering what all the hoopla about TED and TEDxAsheville is (much less, what the monikers mean), ask local youth. They’re putting on a sister event to the second-annual local conference: TEDxNextGenerationAsheville, a free, four-hour conference scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28. Xpress asked 18-year-old Estella Cumberford to explain the multimedia, interactive event. One of […]