The 20,000-square-foot facility, to be operated by A-B Tech, would “provide a pipeline of skilled workers prior to the plant opening, helping to recruit qualified candidates and pre-train and post-train employees.” The funding would come from future county bonds that would be repaid through local sales tax revenues.
Xpress talks with singer/songwriter Ryan Barber and filmmaker Kira Bursky about their latest video for Barber’s newest single, “Funk Yo Feelings.”
Sybriea Lundy counts herself lucky to have been able to participate in programs offered by Light a Path, an Asheville-based nonprofit that brings yoga and movement to underserved populations, while serving the final 2 ½ years of her sentence for drug trafficking at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women. The organization also helped Lundy reenter and connect with the Asheville community upon her release.
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated $9 million to MANNA FoodBank, the biggest gift in the nonprofit’s history. It comes not a moment too soon, as the organization faces a sudden rise in food insecurity and a facility pushed to its limits.
“Dowsing is a method of accessing and gaining entrance into one’s intuition.”
The inaugural Mighty Four Miler race in Waynesville raised $6,860 for the Riley Howell Foundation Fund, which makes grants to organizations that support victims of gun violence. Plus, grant opportunities, leadership changes and news of note among area nonprofits.
National and local issues of injustice and imparity laid bare in 2020 guided planning for the 2021 Chow Chow reboot.
Local Cloth, an Asheville-based nonprofit composed of fiber hobbyists and full-time professionals alike, is leaving its space on the South Slope and heading to the River Arts District.
The proposed tax rate of 41.3 cents appears lower than the current rate of 42.89 cents, explained city Director of Finance Tony McDowell. However, the median tax bill will still go up from $995 to $1,215 — more than 22% — due to the 27% increase in median property value for Asheville residents assessed by this year’s Buncombe County revaluation.
“I hope that one day in the future — 200, 500, 1,000 years from now — those generations can stand next to a 6- or 8-foot diameter chestnut tree in our mountains and be able to trace the story of that tree back to today,” said Joey Owle, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians secretary of agriculture and natural resources, in a press release announcing the agreement.
“The last three superintendents we’ve had here, including you, have not brought anything but mayhem to the school system,” declared Buncombe Commissioner Al Whitesides to Asheville City Schools Superintendent Gene Freeman.
Jazz, hip-hop, country, Americana and other traditions are represented across these three new local collections.
After a Biltmore Estate team spent 15 years researching, gathering and assembling items, the restored Oak Sitting Room is unveiled this month. Also, Ann Miller Woodford earns the 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Western North Carolina Historical Association; Rabbit Rabbit hosts a weekly stand-up series; and more!
Virtual fundraiser and new partnerships keep nonprofits moving forward, brewery taprooms are reopening and more local food news.
“Help us make a difference with some of our rarest species by joining thousands of visitors in the simple act of staying on trails and heeding any ‘area closed’ signs.”
“The affordable housing problems of Asheville will not be solved by destroying our heritage.”
Several Western NC counties seeing recent surge in COVID-19 cases even as willing pool of vaccine recipients dries up.