Asheville Affiliates name beneficiar­ies for 2010

Four lucky nonprofits will receive fundraising and event-planning assistance from the Asheville Affiliates, a volunteer group of young professionals. At a Feb. 25 fundraiser at Fiore's restaurant, Affiliate board President Jessica Hunter announced the four organizations selected this year: • Beauty Through Cancer • Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy • Asheville Community Theatre • The Asheville-Buncombe […]

Multimedia editor Jason Sandford leaving Xpress for Ashvegas

After serving as Mountain Xpress' multimedia editor for the past two years, veteran local journalist Jason Sandford is moving on to pump even more lifeblood into Ashvegas, his popular blog about all things Asheville. Eye on Asheville: Xpress' outgoing multimedia editor, Jason Sandford, who's preparing to pump up the volume of his blog, Ashvegas. Photo […]

Full flavor

At the Mountain Xpress, where nothing matters more than local matters, our area's food culture is high on the menu — and we're about to spice it up even more. Cooking up the news for you: Longtime Xpress food editor Hanna Raskin (left) is stepping down to pursue food writing for AOL and other major […]

Word from the street: Asheville Street Sentinel debuts to digest news for the homeless

Last week the nonprofit Asheville Homeless Network unveiled a new weekly publication, Asheville Street Sentinel. It's a single-page newsletter devoted to sharing up-to-date information on news relevant to the city's homeless population. Takin' it to the street: David Mayeux, a volunteer with the Asheville Homeless Network, with the first issue of the Asheville Street Sentinel. […]

Asheville Grown campaign seeks to buoy local businesses

If you made your way around downtown Asheville on a Saturday night last December, you might have noticed that staff members at several local businesses were wearing the same shirt. It was no coincidence: You were witnessing the birth of Asheville Grown. Growing local business: Local merchants are supporting the Asheville Grown campaign in numerous […]

A new twist on reporting suspected "date rape" druggings

Reports of alleged local druggings that surfaced on Twitter recently have raised complex questions, and the answers are still coming in. Xpress reader Kimberly Miller first alerted us that two women had recently used the social-networking tool to spread the word that they'd been surreptitiously drugged while drinking at two different local bars. Miller, however, […]

Saving drug money

For the uninsured and underinsured, paying for medications can be as much of a challenge as finding an affordable health-care provider. Fortunately, a number of organizations and programs offer cheap or free drugs to those who qualify. Here's a roundup of some key local sources for discounted meds. (And if you know of one we […]