On what was supposed to be an off week for City Council, it will convene nonetheless in a special meeting to address concerns over local gasoline supply and, more ominously, the potential impacts to the city from the current financial-market meltdown.
A debate scheduled for tonight (Oct. 2) in Murphy between Rep. Heath Shuler and challenger Carl Mumpower has been cancelled, but both men have agreed to appear jointly for a debate in late October on WWNC-570 AM.
Diane English has held many jobs in her time. She’s been a medical technician, has sold ads and shoes, and served a stint as a newspaper graphic designer “in West-by-God Virginia,” she says. She even owned a metaphysical bookstore in St. Augustine, Fla., for 14 years. Fanny tickler: Diane English, owner of Asheville’s Great Cosmic […]
Though it’s not over, Rep. Heath Shuler cast a ‘no’ vote on a $700 billion bailout plan on Sept. 29 that supporters say is necessary to stem the economic crisis caused by the implosion of the U.S. financial industry.
For months, the area’s unemployment rate has been spiking. Add that to the local gas crisis and the supposed implosion of the U.S. economy (at least the financial sector), and it’s enough to majorly harsh your economic mellow. Well, there’s a glimmer of good news in the latest local job stats.
Stymied in his efforts to get Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler to formally debate him, Republican challenger Carl Mumpower says he’s taken matters into his own hands. The result is “Shulerman,” a cardboard cutout that Mumpower intends to tote around to various events to stand in for the incumbent. Mumpower unveiled the cutout at a Sept. […]
Free speech at the Transit Center $60 million in water improvements needed to keep pace with growth Parking on downtown Asheville’s south side could become much easier in the near future. While the Buncombe County commissioners were considering funding a large parking deck on Coxe Avenue at their Sept. 16 meeting (see county commissioners’ report […]
Sept. 16 Asheville City Council meeting
Parking on downtown Asheville’s southside could become much easier in the near future. While County Commissioners were approving plans for a 650-space parking deck on county-owned land along Coxe Avenue at their Sept. 16 meeting, City Council members gave an informal OK to a proposed mixed-use development on Biltmore Avenue that would add an additional 437 hourly and monthly spaces.
Much as FedEx revolutionized the delivery of letters and packages, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (and a growing cadre of copycats) are putting a new spin on large-scale trash removal for those without trucks or the patience to wait on their municipal curbside service or private hauler to make the rounds. Dirty work: Local 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchisee David Pennebaker and […]
For downtown residents who need something fast—be it some aspirin, feminine-hygiene products, toothpaste, batteries, film, sunglasses or even a Red Bull to power up for the drum circle across the street—the CVS drugstore at 15 Haywood St. is a godsend. Closing up shop: The CVS store on Haywood Street, a downtown fixture since the 1970s […]
Republican congressional candidate Carl Mumpower will finally get to go toe to toe in public with incumbent Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler, though the event is not exactly what Mumpower envisioned when he began challenging Shuler unsuccessfully to debate him several weeks ago. Mumpower is calling for at least eight debates between the two candidates. Instead […]
City Council will get an update on a possible solution to parking woes on Biltmore Avenue at its Sept. 16 work session.
Editor’s note: News reporting inevitably involves many judgment calls. Typically, the quest for balanced reporting would call for including comments by Carl Mumpower’s critics as well as his friends and supporters. But those critics have been vocal and their concerns widely reported, both in this paper and elsewhere. Rather than repeating them here, we have […]
While the LAAFF Festival scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7 (see “LAAFF-In” elsewhere in this issue) may be the one day a year that North Lexington Avenue gets to proudly fly its freak flag, it’s also a day when the commercial thoroughfare gets to showcase its eclectic mix of small businesses. One big, happy family: The […]
Parkside easement request postponed 20 homeless people catch a break While the future of Stewart Coleman‘s controversial Parkside condominium project remains in some doubt, the Asheville City Council took action Aug. 26 on an adjacent piece of property that could one day become the site of a new performing-arts center. The show’s the thing: City […]
The Asheville area unemployment rate jumped yet again in July, though the increase was less than in most of the rest of the state.
While Stewart Coleman‘s controversial Parkside condominium project remains in flux pending a court decision, City Council on Aug. 26 took action on another piece of property behind Coleman’s that could one day become the site for a mixed-use development, the centerpiece of which would be a long-sought state-of-the-art performing-arts center.
Much like President John F. Kennedy set a goal to go to the moon, Rep. Heath Shuler believes it’s time for the country to set its sights on another lofty goal. Hot for it: During a talk in Asheville, Rep. Heath Shuler said that a primary goal for the United States is a comprehensive, longrange […]
If you’ve ventured into any small, local business recently—whether it was a restaurant, retail store or other establishment—there’s a fair chance the proprietor or service provider got his or her start through Mountain BizWorks’ Foundations program. Cradle of business: These are just a fraction of the local businesess created locally thanks to Mountain BizWorks’ Foundations […]