All charges against activists Mark and Deborah Kuhn, arrested July 25 in an incident involving alleged flag desecration, are being dropped, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan announced on Aug. 2. Free at last: The arrests of Deborah Kuhn, left, and her husband Mark touched off a storm of controversy. “We have conferred with the district […]
All charges in the case of activists Mark and Deborah Kuhn are being dropped, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan announced this afternoon. An internal investigation of the arrests is continuing. NOTE: Reporter David Forbes will discuss the case at 6 p.m. this afternoon (Friday, Aug. 3) on the WCQS-88.1 radio program “Byline.”
The July 25 arrest of a West Asheville couple for desecrating the flag has sparked a storm of controversy, including doubts about the constitutionality of the rarely enforced state statute. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the handling of the matter, and Sheriff Van Duncan has expressed regrets about the incident, telling Mountain Xpress […]
Predictions: • A larger, denser downtown with taller buildings • Outlying urban “clusters” in Woodfin, Biltmore Park, Waynesville and other areas • Viable mass transit—or huge traffic problems It’s hard to live in Asheville without confronting development. In one form or another, it seems to be a concern to folks across the political spectrum as […]
The Buncombe County Board of Elections announced this afternoon that the petition to put partisan elections in the city of Asheville to a referendum had succeeded by a narrow margin, getting 5,022 signatures — just barely passing the 5,000 required.
Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan says he regrets the turn of events surrounding recent flag-desecration arrests. Meanwhile, Xpress has learned the flag law was declared unconstitutional in a 1971 N.C. district court ruling.
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office arrested activists Mark and Deborah Kuhn in West Asheville Wednesday morning after a complaint that the couple was desecrating an American flag. They say a deputy invaded their home and used excessive force.
Now that Let Asheville Vote has reportedly submitted more than 6,000 petition signatures, the city may be holding a referendum on partisan elections sometime between Sept. 16 and Nov. 16. If the Buncombe County Board of Elections declares at least 5,000 of those signatures valid, it will put City Council’s June decision to switch to […]
A bill co-sponsored by state Sen. Martin Nesbitt would boost funding for public-access channels like Asheville’s URTV while increasing broadband and Internet access throughout the state. Funding for local public-access channels was limited last year when the state took control of local cable franchises away from local governments. Some of those franchise fees are later […]
After years of infighting and stalled proposals, a $20 million plan aimed at revitalizing “The Block,” a historically African-American downtown neighborhood, calls for adding new commercial space and 52 condominiums within the next two years. The plan, a partnership between a nonprofit arm of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and the Landmark Group, a […]
A bill now before the General Assembly that would place sharp restrictions on the local governments’ ability to offer broadband and wireless services has come under fire from municipalities across the state. The Local Government Fair Competition Act, which had just passed the House Public Utilities Committee at press time, would require municipalities providing Internet […]
For just more than a decade, Future Visions, at 37 Wall St. in downtown Asheville, has provided statues, candles, incense, artwork and other items from around the globe. But at the end of May, the store will close its doors forever. “She loved that store”: Future Visions, a shop on Wall Street for more than […]
If you’ve picked up a newspaper or tuned into an Asheville City Council meeting in recent months, you’ve probably run into the word: socialism. Workers of the world … debate: City Council member Carl Mumpower, left, says he see socialist impulses behind some city policies. Fellow Council member Brownie Newman was described by one critic […]
The town of Woodfin has been perched on Asheville’s northern border since 1971, when it incorporated to avoid annexation by the city. High on the mountaintop: Reynolds Mountain, which has raised the ire of some activists, as seen from Woodfin. The developer will own and fund much of Woodfin’s new downtown. photos by Jonathan Welch […]
Political activism is alive and well among Asheville/Buncombe’s substantial cohort of conservatives and libertarians. Organized by groups such as the Buncombe County Republican Action Club, given voice by outlets such as The Asheville Tribune and conservative blogs, and energized by the efforts of individual activists, these folks tend to oppose what many see as the […]
“I grew up here: I went to private school here, I was a cheerleader, I rode in the Christmas Parade. … I’ve been really disappointed in this city, in how it’s treated me since I’ve become homeless.” — homeless woman Billie Riddell Asheville native Billie Riddell had run out of gas. She is homeless, and […]
“If a minority student were to … ask me if they should come to UNCA … I would tell them to pack up and take their money somewhere else.” — UNCA junior Rachael Williams UNCA junior Rachael Williams was sitting in a humanities class when she heard the remark. “A nontraditional student who was right […]