HIGH PROFILE: Tina Madison White speaking in Washington. Photo courtesy of Tina Madison White.

Asheville LGBTQ community to celebrate progress, call for change at Blue Ridge Pride Festival on Oct. 1

Author, transgender activist and newcomer to Asheville Tina Madison White reflects on the state of the Pride movement in 2016. White is the director of operations for Blue Ridge Pride Center, which will host its eighth annual Pride Festival Saturday, Oct. 1 in Pack Square Park in Asheville.

KNOT IN MY CITY: A growing number of Asheville residents and appointed officials are expressing concerns over the city’s current tree ordinances, which they describe as incomplete or not strong enough to protect mature trees like the sycamores cut down at the Country Club of Asheville (above) recently as part of the golf course’s ongoing renovation project. Photo special to Xpress

If a tree falls in the city: Residents push to update Asheville’s tree ordinances

Citizen activists, members of Asheville’s Tree Commission and city officials are exploring the possibility of increased oversight on how trees are managed within the city limits. But with a lack of definition in key parts of the city’s policy, and obstacles at the state level impeding regulations on private property, updating Asheville’s tree ordinances is proving to be an uphill battle.

AVIATION CAREERS: students and faculty from the A-B Tech aviation program were present for Council's recognition of careers in aviation. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Asheville Council to review more building projects citywide, especially hotels

Asheville City Council set itself up for a heavier workload with its decision to move forward on changing city ordinances to reduce the size of development projects Council will review. If the current pace of development continues, more projects will come before Council for approval. Council also signaled its intent to review all but the smallest hotel projects in response to concerns that hotel development has gotten out of hand.

Jay Harris, in Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon), a protected desert wilderness in Jordan.

Internatio­nal Asheville brings the world to main street Oct. 2

Jay Harris got his first taste of international living one horizon-broadening summer in Australia while staying on a piggery as a high school exchange student. Since then, he has worked 30 years overseas as an international education specialist for universities, advisory councils and community outreach programs, making 60 trips to Jordan alone. During the course […]

WEST ASHEVILLE: The illustration was drawn around 1883. Photo courtesy of Dr. David E. Whisnant

Tuesday History: The sulphur springs of West Asheville

This week’s Tuesday History comes courtesy of Dr. David E. Whisnant. On his blog, Asheville Junction, the historian and Asheville native revisits West Asheville prior to the Civil War. He tells the little known story of Revolutionary War veteran Robert Henry, who in 1827 discovered a sulphur spring within the present-day boundary of Malvern Hills. By […]

FIND YOUR WAY: Eliada hosts WNC’s largest Corn Maze with 100 percent of proceeds going toward caring for the Eliada kids and families. The 2016 Corn Maze and Signature Event theme is “Going the Distance for Eliada Kids!” This year’s design features an airplane, clouds, a globe, and local business and title sponsor, MB Haynes. Photo of the past Eliada corn maze courtesy of Eliada

Weekend Picks: Friday, Sept. 23 – Sunday, Sept. 25

It is the first official weekend of Autumn and there are plenty of fun adventures ripe for the picking! Whether you are off to see The Montford Player’s presentation of Pride and Prejudice, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, a Pan Harmonia concert or to get lost in Eliada’s annual corn maze, this weekend is jam packed with […]

EMBRACING CHANGE: Soil scientist Laura Lengnick will be the keynote speaker at the Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County's gardening symposium on Oct. 12. Photo by Jane Morell

Extension Master Gardeners host fall gardening events

Through information sessions, a helpline and a day-long symposium on Oct. 12, the Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County continue their mission of educating the public on good gardening practices using research-based information provided by the North Carolina State University Extension Service throughout the fall.

SOCIAL SOLUTIONS: Senior Police Officer Doug Sheehan, along with others members of the Asheville Police Department Housing Unit, attend a Johnston Elementary School ice cream social. Local officers devote time and energy to socializing and trying to build relationships in the face of broad disillusionment in black communities. Photo courtesy of APD

Culture clash: Facing up to Asheville’s troubled police-community relations

The task of establishing and/or re-establishing trust between vulnerable communities — especially people of color — and the Asheville Police Department will be a challenging one. And especially in the wake of controversial police use of force over the summer, there is vocal criticism of the department. But the way Chief Tammy Hooper sees it, the APD must rise to that challenge.

Asheville-based Avadim Technologies announced an expansion to Black Mountain. Company officials say the move will create 551 jobs and include $25 million in investments.

UPDATED: 551 jobs, $25 million in investment­s coming to Black Mountain

Asheville-based Avadim Technologies is expanding to Black Mountain in a move company officials say will create 551 jobs and bring more than $25 million in capital investment. Ben Teague, executive director of Economic Development Coalition, says it’s the largest single job announcement during his tenure, and possibly the largest in the history of Buncombe County. County […]