Asheville school board stands by its man

The Asheville City Board of Education and Gene Freeman responded to news reports that highlight concerns about transparency, possible conflicts of interest and an extended absence from Freeman’s current school district. Freeman has been selected as Asheville City Schools’ new superintendent and is due to begin work here on July 1 following his June 22 retirement from Fox Chapel Area School District, which is located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Hendersonville Art Scape banner artists chosen

Press release from ArtScape: Forty outstanding artworks by adult artists – as well as pieces by eight young artists under 18 years old — were recently chosen by a distinguished juror for the upcoming 2020 ArtScape Banner Project.  The current outdoor exhibit of art banners displayed on light posts in downtown Hendersonville and along Historic […]

U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray calls Sheriff Quentin Miller’s sanctuary policies “reckless”

Press release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray: The Sheriffs of Mecklenburg and Buncombe Counties have adopted ‘sanctuary’ policies that endanger our communities and shield criminals from immigration enforcement. In 2019, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office alone failed to honor over 200 detainers issued by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), which means that more than […]

Sexual health specialist­s discuss the ins and outs of their profession

Far from simply providing instructions on Kegel exercises, sexual health professionals collaborate with patients on a wide range of topics — from the physical to the emotional, the sociocultural to the neurological. And though individual needs and treatments vary, an overarching theme connects many of these health seekers: the fear that their bodies, beliefs or desires are abnormal.

Warren Wilson College named Tree Campus USA

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Warren Wilson College earned 2019 Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Warren Wilson College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures […]

Mental hygiene: Meditation as self-care

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson’s research on the effects of meditation on brain function made waves when it was released in 2002 — and the work continues to drive growing interest in meditative practices. He’ll deliver talks at UNC Asheville on Thursday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 14, both free and open to the public. First, though, associate psychology professor Patrick Foo will lay some groundwork on the science with a presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 4.