What started in 2018 as an effort to update the city’s noise ordinance has led to an impasse among different community factions concerning the specifics.
“Can we allow for growth and address our affordable housing needs while also combating climate change and maintaining the character of our neighborhoods?”
Press release from Pisgah Legal Services: Are you missing out on new savings for quality, affordable health insurance through the HealthCare.gov marketplace? Since the special open enrollment period began on Feb. 15, more than one million Americans have gotten covered and there is still time to sign up before the Aug. 15 deadline. Thanks to […]
“Does no one see these things affect each other?”
Since investor-owned HCA Healthcare bought nonprofit Mission Health System in 2019, stories are increasingly common of long waits in the emergency room, unsanitary conditions, broken or missing equipment, patients having to lie in their own urine and feces, doctors leaving because of pay disputes and nurses weeping in the hallways because of stress and chronic understaffing.
Over the course of the 2020-2021 school year, seventh graders at Asheville Middle School have worked to uncover the past as a way to better understand the present day and change the future of Western North Carolina.
Press release from the Asheville Area Arts Council: Asheville Area Arts Council has released a new Creative Jobs Report, which provides an in-depth look at Buncombe County’s creative economy leading up to the pandemic. Arts council Executive Director Katie Cornell says the report is the first step in understanding the real impacts of the past year. […]
“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.
Press release from the city of Hendersonville: The nineteenth annual Bearfootin’ Art Walk will reveal this year’s creative collection of bears from 5-7 pm on Thursday, May 13. The event will be located at the outdoor Visitors Center Stage on 201 South Main Street. Can’t make it in person? Tuning in from your couch is […]
Press release from Explore Asheville: Explore Asheville is charting a new course for the tourism community aligned with broader community goals. These efforts are being organized around four strategic pillars that we’re discussing with community leaders and partners (shown above) in a series of four lunchtime webinars as this year’s annual Tourism Summit. Our first community […]
Press release from Warren Wilson College: Following an extensive national search of more than 100 applicants, Warren Wilson College has announced the appointment of Dr. Kortet Mensah as the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Strategy. The newly created position is responsible for guiding the efforts to conceptualize, design, assess, nurture, and […]
In 1913, the Majestic Theater opened on the corner of Market and College streets. Some residents bemoaned its early productions as vile and crude, while others cheered them on.
In his latest novel, One Kind Favor, local author Kevin McIlvoy examines racial violence in a small, rural North Carolina town.
Press release from the city of Hendersonville: Starting in early May and continuing until September, the City of Hendersonville Public Works Department will be conducting roadside mowing on City streets. Vegetation control along roadsides improves the visibility of signs, preserves sightlines for road users, and keeps sidewalks clear and free from overhanging limbs and branches. […]
Press release from the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services: Over the next several weeks, residents in Buncombe County will have the opportunity to help Buncombe County Public Health identify the most critical health needs throughout our county and the region by participating in a community health survey. Buncombe County is part of […]
For many Asheville residents, seeing a bear at their trash can is a bucket-list item, the pinnacle of mountain living. But as exciting as a bear sighting can be, interactions with the furry, four-legged natives can quickly spell problems for bears and humans alike.
Smith Mill Works is a sprawling, formerly abandoned greenhouse complex in West Asheville. The property’s revitalization began with in 2014 with the involvement of Michael Klatt. Now home to a diverse array of resilient businesses, the facility provides insight and inspiration toward a sustainable future for Asheville and the region.
At 4.61 percent in 2016, North Carolina ranked 5th in the nation in its eviction rate, almost twice as high as the national eviction rate of 2.34 percent that year. Franklin resident Donna, and her partner, C., are two of the many Western North Carolina renters impacted by eviction.
Press release from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission: The warm weather means more snakes will start to show up along trails, in the woods, crossing roads and in our yards. Wildlife diversity biologists at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission request that if you see a snake, do not be alarmed, do not kill it, give […]
For now, the state’s mask mandate will remain in place, though that’s subject to change if state health officials can successfully vaccinate two-thirds of North Carolina’s population.
Ongoing habitat loss and warming temperatures present an existential threat to Western North Carolina’s only native trout species, the brook trout.