Join Moira Bradford’s eighth-grade class from Asheville Middle School this evening at Malaprop’s, as they provide readings from their own stories on character transformation. Details within.
Rep. Patsy Keever of Asheville circulates an e-newsletter, “A Page from Patsy,” to report on developments in the statehouse. The latest edition reveals a decidedly frustrated lawmaker. Read Keever’s assessment of our state legislature (then ask yourself: Would I want this job?).
A short essay in tweets and pics.
Do the holidays leave you feeling knocked out? Deflated? Overwhelmed? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Find some tips for coping within. Photo by Calvin Allen.
With the Thanksgiving crowds far away, it was a clear and cool day on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville on Nov 24. This scene: the Cowee Mountains Overlook, with its southward view not far from Waynesville. (photo by Margaret Williams)
For me, Thanksgiving will always be tied with Asheville. Later in December, that’s for traveling back to see my old haunts and my kin. Thanksgiving is something else.
Xpress staffer Arenda Manning turns the tables on the Question of the Day, asking you for ideas for future questions. The winning question will be used in a future video, and will land the creator two tickets to the Mountain Xpress Best of Bash at the Orange Peel in Asheville on Dec. 2, 2011.
Xpress staffer Arenda Manning asks what famous or historical figure you’d invite to break bread with you and yours this Thanksgiving.
It was a gorgeous fall day Saturday, November 5, so hubby and I got out the bikes and rode downtown with our nine-year-olds to catch a session of Occupy Asheville’s General Assembly. It’s not your textbook parliamentary procedure, mind you, but there’s an organic flow that works; and there’s something for everyone in this movement.
This is not a statement of support for or opposition to the A-B Tech quarter-cent sales-tax referendum. It is an endorsement of fair campaigning and unsullied hands.
A citizen votes. Always.
As Anne Fitten Glenn noted in her latest “Brews News” column: “Munich-based beer lovers have celebrated Oktoberfest for more than two centuries.” The Asheville Downtown Association introduced it to our town back in 2009. Here are scenes, shot by Xpress photographer Jonathan Welch, of the Oct. 8 festival.
With rumors flying about local governments’ closed sessions on economic development (a New Belgium brewery?), government incentives for private business are once again in the news. Whether they’re spat on as “corporate welfare” or lauded as “job creation,” they remain controversial as ever.
I have two pressing questions today: How did I get on the email list of the United Soybean Board, and is a deal with New Belgium Brewing the latest economic-development incentive package being discussed in closed session by both the Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners?
Students headed back to school last week in the wake of an ABCs of Public Education report that gave local school systems mixed grades. What do you think of those grades? And what grade would you give your child’s school?
Where do you go when you need short reprieve from the daily grind, nothing too big, just a one-off thing? Where do you go to get away? Share those ideas with your digital neighbors, and let’s get the getaway conversation going.
A man committed suicide by jumping off the Smokey Park Bridge this week. Should Xpress have published his name?
In early July, we heard that World Magazine, a Christian publication, was moving from its longtime location at Innsbruck Mall on Tunnel Road near downtown Asheville. Readers (and tweeters) subsequently asked whether the mall might be closing. Assigned to look into it, I decided to first take a tour.
Sometimes you just can’t take another fluffy and out-of-touch Asheville travel piece.
Scenic summertime photos around Western North Carolina.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
According to a post from this past Wednesday on the city of Asheville’s blog, the city is partnering with AT&T and Curbside Management for a phone-book recycling drive at each of Asheville’s 11 community centers. The drive is also a contest between the centers to see who can recycle the most phone books. All of that sounds great. How many outdated phone books are out there just waiting for the day when some bored soul throws them out after deciding on a whim to do a little spring cleaning? In 2011, who really uses phone books anymore?