Rep. Heath Shuler met with local business owners and area executives in the medical and insurance fields on Thursday to discuss the need for, and the lack of, health insurance for small-business employees.
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Republicans got great mileage from a political ad from the arch-conservative Club for Growth back in the 2004 presidential election that included this now-infamous and oft-paraphrased jab at the liberal elite: “Howard Dean should take his tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freakshow back to Vermont, where it belongs.” Something’s brewing: […]
They’re all over Asheville and parts hereabout: cans and jars and packages of homemade foodstuffs created for sale by locals. Most likely you’ve seen such items. Perhaps you’ve even purchased them on occasion. If so, chances are that at some point you’ve told yourself something like: “Dang, my homemade jelly tastes better than this $10 […]
With an overflow crowd in attendance on Aug. 21, City Council approved stronger rules to protect wetlands, streams and rivers from construction-related runoff, to bring the city into compliance with federal storm-water guidelines. Although city staff and some stakeholders called for a 50-foot development-free buffer along streams, Council members demurred in the face of opposition […]
The Asheville and Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Areas areas boast the lowest unemployment rates in the state.
Like a bank officer turning down a loan, Doug Stachura sat behind his desk late last week in his office at Bank of America’s main local branch, at 68 Patton Ave., with arms crossed resolutely. His gaze, while not unfriendly, spoke volumes. With two acts of protest against the Charlotte-based bank’s financing of coal companies […]
A total of 15 people will be vying for three Asheville City Council seats that will be in play this November in a nonpartisan contest.
Storm-water and erosion control, annexation and the condition of the city’s bridges are some of the key items on Council’s agenda for the meeting tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 21).
War may be hell, but for some North Carolina firms, it can also be mighty profitable. Welcome to the (sewing) machine: Workers at Asheville’s Mills Manufacturing have been serving the military since 1952. photos by Jonathan Welch Consider Buncombe County, which boasts the largest concentration of defense contractors in the western part of the state. […]
With a new filing deadline (noon, Aug. 20) for Asheville City Council elections, which reverted to nonpartisan status in the wake of a successful petition drive calling for a referendum on the issue, unaffiliated candidates are joining the race. The latest independent to throw her hat in the ring is local businesswoman Dee Williams. (For […]
Predictions: • Telecommuting links Asheville to the world • Weather/climate-data firms flourish • Natural healing and organics Predicting the future is always dicey, but trying to figure out where Asheville’s economy will be in 2027 is akin to herding cats, with so many variables that can suddenly zig when you expect them to zag, local […]
The Asheville City Council faced a packed chamber on July 24, with many there to voice their anger over the proposed involuntary annexation of three areas south and southwest of the city limits. The crowd was so big, in fact, that many were directed to an overflow room to watch the proceedings on TV. Immigration […]
Local restaurateur and civic leader throws his hat into the ring.
Council supports police chief’s suggestion not to form partnership with federal immigration agency.
With Asheville facing the possibility of a citywide referendum on partisan elections, voters may be wondering who all is actually running for City Council. In the wake of the switch to partisan elections approved by Council last month, some confusion has reigned. According to Assistant Director of Elections Marvin Hollifield, only Democrats or Republicans could […]
The Ellington—a proposed hotel and condo high-rise on Biltmore Avenue—certainly has its detractors. Some say that at 23 stories, the structure would block mountain vistas, while others contend the massive scale of the “neo-deco” building is out of character with Asheville, not to mention the block the building would call home. Two steps closer: It’s […]
With the partisan voting issue still unresolved, the final slate of candidates for Asheville City Council could grow. But for the time being, here are the eight candidates who made the July 20 filing deadline, according to Buncombe County Election Services.
At its meeting tonight, City Council will take up a host of issues, most notably annexation.
Bele Chere, the name of Asheville’s annual three-day summer blowout, roughly translates as “beautiful living,” but a lot of downtown merchants say there’s nothing pretty about what the popular festival does to their business. Blessing or curse?: It depends on who you ask — but despite the crowds, many downtown merchants say Bele Chere doesn’t […]
The Spanish-language newspaper that you may have spotted in news racks the past couple of weeks isn’t exactly new. But thanks to the publisher of the Asheville Daily Planet, the paper catering to Asheville’s vibrant Latino population—El Eco de Las Montanas (“The echo of the mountains”)—does have a new life. Back in the boxes: After […]