Interstate 26 Connector project

The Interstate 26 Connector project has been in the works for nearly two decades. State Department of Transportation officials say they plan to announce their decision the the preferred route for the highway project in fall 2009. The connector project will create a new highway crossing the French Broad River, widen Interstate 240 in West […]

Commission­ers postpone I-26 meeting until Jan. 6

A technicality forced the Buncombe County commissioners to postpone a meeting on their preferred route for the much-disputed Interstate 26 Connector. On Dec. 16, the commissioners narrowly voted to delay endorsing one of the four potential routes for connector, as requested by the state Department of Transportation. The controversial project has been in the works […]

A-B Tech president to resign, cites campus discontent

Dr. Betty Young announced Dec. 23 that she will resign as president of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Hired in 2007, Young was inaugurated in May 2008. Her resignation followed a six-and-a-half-hour closed-door meeting with the college’s board of trustees the day before, which came on the heels of another closed-door session last month. Personnel issues […]

Old Farmers Ball

Jordy Williams and Kristin Pandolfi contra dancing. photo by M.-J. Taylor Looking for a different way to ring in the New Year? Join the Old Farmers Ball for a Harlequin Masquerade Contra Dance starting at 8 p.m. this New Year’s Eve. The dance will be held at the Fairview Community Center, which will be transformed […]

Welcome to A&E

It was a very good year for new music in WNC, and by the time you read this, WNCW will have the results of its Best 100 Albums of 2009. Malcolm Holcombe The year started strong with the sophomore release from local singer/songwriter/bearded fashionite/erstwhile Band of Horses bandmate Tyler Ramsey. Ramsey’s long contributed to other […]

Any reason for the season—the other new year

Once, when Asheville-based musician Andy Pond passed through customs into the Montego Bay airport, a member of the Mento band (which greets tourists) noticed his banjo case. “Going to Jamaica with a musical instrument makes people treat you differently,” Pond says. He suddenly found himself picking along with the band, welcoming fellow tourists—including the cast […]

Dancin’ Machines

At most indie rock shows you witness them: wearing specs and tight pants, swilling PBR, playing drums on their thighs, feet planted. But maybe not this indie show. “Of Montreal wants people to dance,” says Brian Poole (otherwise known as The Late BP Helium). Of Montreal’s shows, once quieter, have evolved into hip-shaking theatrics. “We […]

That’s saying a lot

What can you say about 2008? Plenty. The past year provided no shortage of notable quotes, fueled by the struggles and successes that made headlines week by week in Mountain Xpress and every day at Consider just a smattering of the hot topics that filled our Web and print pages: the 30th annual Bele […]