After being off the radar for years, both the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and Asheville City Council are voting to push the Asheville section of Interstate 26 connector forward. This new push is in part the result of a small group of local officials and leaders who have met to draft a new resolution and make some sort of I-26 overhaul a reality.
As local leaders wrestle with different ideas about which route is best for an Interstate 26 connector through downtown Asheville, the N.C. Department of Transportation has put together a series of maps and charts to help inform the public about the options.
Last year, relations between the North Carolina General Assembly and the city of Asheville were marked by hostility, public wars of words and even a lawsuit. At a special meeting yesterday, March 18, however, multiple Asheville City Council members expressed a desire to improve things this year, even though looming legislation could cost the city further revenue. They also signed off on efforts to better coordinate the city’s own lobbying efforts in Raleigh.
Despite concerns over its longterm implications, Buncombe County commissioners voted unanimously March 18 to pass a resolution that calls on the N.C. Department of Transportation to construct a new $230 million Interstate 26 connector. (photo by Alicia Funderburk)
Today Asheville City Council appointed Robin Currin as the new city attorney, formally swearing her in at a special meeting. Currin, a Raleigh-based attorney with experience in local government, land and zoning law, will take office on May 1. Photo by Alicia Funderburk.
About 100 people gathered tonight for a forum updating locals on the dispute over the fate of the city’s water system from local government and activists. Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer said the public has given city leaders a clear mandate to continue its lawsuit and fight to preserve local control of the water system against state legislation seeking to seize it and turn it over to a regional authority.
Tourists spend about $1.5 billion in Buncombe County every year and the fourth annual Creative Sector Summit will explore opportunities for local artists to raise that number and better benefit from it. The series of panel discussions, workshops and other events will unfold Thursday-Sunday, March 20-23, at venues throughout downtown Asheville.
Ten food trucks are lined up at the lot at The Masonic Temple, 80 N. Broadway, for the Food Truck Showdown to compete for the title of Asheville’s best food truck.
Donations of canned goods for MANNA FoodBank and pet supplies for Asheville Humane Society are encouraged.
The race for Buncombe County District Attorney is heating up, with incumbent Ron Moore touting his accomplishments to a local business group (and taking to Twitter), while challenger Todd Williams accumulating endorsements from some local politicians and judges. Photo by Alicia Funderburk
Today, the city of Asheville began demolishing an abandoned parking garage and retail building on Haywood Street. Photos by Carrie Eidson.
“For six years, residents and visitors of our fair city have come for chocolate and fellowship to French Broad Chocolate Lounge at 10 South Lexington Avenue. This, our original location, has served us very well, despite the building’s age and unique quirks. The summer of this year, 2014, will be our last in this spot! We have signed a 10 year lease to relocate French Broad Chocolate Lounge around the corner on Pack Square! This spring, we are renovating the first floor of the historic Legal Building, formally SunTrust Bank, to be our permanent home.”
Dr. Juliette Sterkens gave a presentation March 10 at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church on the benefits of the hearing loop technology. The event drew dozens of people, many of them older adults, and some of them audiologists.
Buncombe County commissioners will meet March 18 to consider a measure that calls on the NC Department of Transportation to construct a new $230 million I-26 connector.
A new survey by the N.C. Bar Association rates the performance of local judges, shedding light on elected officials that are often hard for voters to evaluate. Judge Ed Clontz received the lowest scores of any Buncombe County District Court justice. And he’s the only incumbent facing a fight to keep his seat on the bench.
The Council of Independent Business Owners has been called a lot of things over the years.
Few could argue that the nonprofit — whose members serve on such powerful public bodies as Asheville’s City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission, the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency’s board and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners — lacks influence. But how far does it reach? And does the group still have the kind of impact that it did in the past?
“Recovering psychologist” Dr. Laurel Reinhardt is now a life/dream/joy coach with Inner Landscaping. She spoke with Xpress about the upcoming Vernal Equinox forum.
In our new feature, area growers introduce their gardens. This week Jackie Dobrinska tells us about the functional herb garden she founded as part of The Lord’s Acre community garden in Fairview.
Our Farm & Garden section has returned to the pages of MX and will run from March to October. As in our inaugural year, we will be bringing you a weekly feature, as well as our gardening calendar that will provide a run-down of area events. But this year, we want to do more, and we’d like your help.
On a recent Thursday night in a downtown Asheville church, a group of residents gathered to discuss “Coming Out of the Shadows” — what it’s like to be a “Dreamer’ one of the estimated 1.7 million youth who grew up here but were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.
Several Buncombe County Commissioners are facing challengers in the May 6 primary election. Here’s a basic rundown of the candidates and the races, broken down by district.
This past Ash Wednesday, Episcopal priests and clergy left their churches and convened on the streets of downtown Asheville, West Asheville and at the High Smith Student Union at UNCA to offer passers-by an ashen cross on their forehead, a traditional rite of Ash Wednesday.