On June 30, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 762 (the 2022 Farm Bill) with language distinguishing marijuana from hemp, and Governor Roy Cooper signed it. That might have seemed to be the end of the hemp industry’s woes. But local businesses say it would be premature to stop there.
While current city ordinances place some restrictions on panhandling, in most instances it is a legal means of making money. Bill Davis, spokesperson for Asheville Police Department, says police had received 95 calls for panhandling this year as of Aug. 17, the majority of which were requests for wellness checks out of concern for those in need.
Before the noise ordinance was passed last September, most noise complaints were called in to the Asheville Police Department nonemergency line. While APD still handles nighttime noise complaints and those that might come with safety risks, the city’s Development Services Department resolved 71% of complaints over the past year.
Stephanie Morgan, Marisa Blake and Mike Capra discuss navigating the niche industry.
This month local comedian Morgan Bost and friends discuss ideas for how they’d spend the proposed $70 million bond money, ways to avoid romantic partners during this leaf season and the quintessential WNC festival that is not currently being produced.
The McDowell County town adds its second beer producer and CiderFest NC returns after a two-year hiatus.
This installment of WTF explains what regional councils are and what they do by exploring the impact of Western North Carolina’s Land of Sky Regional Council on the area.
The Asheville Music Video awards will have an audience for the first time since 2019. Plus, a local authors looks back at his time with John Lennon, ColorFest returns to Dillsboro and Tyger Tyger Gallery highlights the sun in new show.
Rural northern Buncombe County is the first area in the county to see the result of the American Rescue Plan Act’s quest to expand reliable broadband access. Buncombe is one of 81 NC counties that have received state funding to improve internet service.
“City Council candidate Maggie Ullman Berthiaume realizes that housing stability is the foundation for everything else in our daily lives.”
Xpress recently held its latest Best Of WNC party at Highland Brewing Co. Local business owners, artists, city leaders and readers joined us for an evening of great music, food and beer. Below are a few highlights we managed to snap amid the celebration. All photos by Susan Hutchinson, except if otherwise noted. Thanks to […]
“Why isn’t this in local news, especially after confiscation of rainbow fentanyl in Cherokee?”
Asheville VeganFest convenes at Pack Square Park, Sunday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Also: Ginger’s Revenge celebrates the opening of its second location; Bears Bees + Brews Festival celebrates at Rabbit Rabbit; and more!
“What are the options for replacement of funds for the Metropolitan Sewerage District that are currently provided by the dam?”
“Hopefully, the analysis will include more options than just remove entirely versus leave as is.”
“The time has come to ask ourselves: Why do we push children to succeed so tirelessly? And what does ‘success’ mean, anyway?”