On Tuesday, November 9, the Pack Square Conservancy will present the Asheville premiere of a new documentary about Frederick Law Olmsted and America’s urban parks. Olmsted, a world-famous landscape architect and urban planner, designed Central Park in New York City, the landscape around the United States Capitol, and the grounds of the 120,000 acre Biltmore Estate — his last great project before his death in 1903. Pictured here is Olmsted.
Two Asheville residents have been named as semi-finalists in Mutual of Omaha’s recent “Aha Moment” contest — Patti Digh and Adelaide Key were chosen from more than 1,000 entrants in the insurance giant’s search for “real people with real stories” to feature in national TV commercial spots that will air next fall. Shown here is Key in her video, “Hospitality House.” Image courtesy of Mutual of Omaha
Nypro, a global plastics manufacturer, announced today that it will be expanding its Asheville plant with an $83 million investment in facilities, equipment and the addition of 156 new production and engineering positions. Shown here is Mayor Terry Bellamy, one of the many elected officials at today’s announcement. Photo by Michael Muller
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” — Bern Williams. Photo by Leia Cator
I’ve been to a lot of Gay Prides in my time….but ya know what? For me, this one was the best. It wasn’t the biggest or the most outrageous or even the most…gay. But it was full of love and full of joy and beauty and full of well…Pride. I was proud to be there. I was proud of my friends. And I was really, really proud of Asheville. So anyway…lots of super gay photos after the jump! (Warning: extremely happy and attractive people. May be disturbing for some viewers)
Hunt the Cure, a local cancer charity that was associated with a recent controversial fundraiser held by the local GOP — which, as it turns out, raised a total of $310 — has declined any donations from the event. John Boggs, the group’s founder, cites a rash of bad publicity and harassing phone calls from Democrats and “people posing as journalists” for the decision.
As elective positions go, it’s not very glamorous, and it’s rarely in the news. In fact, most people couldn’t even tell you what the clerk of superior court does, much less who’s seeking the office this year. But there may be no other race in the current election cycle whose winner will directly touch more […]
Xpress has learned that Sir Elton John will perform live in concert at the Asheville Civic Center on November 16, 2011 at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 4th at 10am. Photo courtesy eltonjohn.com
Mary Greenwood, widow of the late Bob Greenwood, enjoys a happy memory Thursday evening at the dedication of the Asheville Motor Speedway Memorial at Carrier Park. The Greenwoods were the original owners of the property and they paved the first racetrack back in 1960. More photos and audio of the dedication after the jump. Photo by Michael Muller
Larry Pierson, deputy chief of the Swannanoa Fire Department, says that no one at the department was informed that a recent fundraiser held by the Buncombe County Republican Party was political in nature or that it would directly benefit that party’s get-out-the-vote efforts.
The men who chair the local Democratic and Republican Party organizations are a study in contrasts. Charles Carter and Chad Nesbitt couldn’t be more different — in their manner and their respective approaches to this year’s campaigns. But in many ways, both have come to personify the organizations they lead. Here’s a closer look at […]
The two men who chair the local Democratic and Republican Party organizations are a study in contrasts. Charles Carter and Chad Nesbitt couldn’t be more different, in their manner and in their respective approaches to this year’s campaign season. But in many ways, both have come to personify the very organizations they lead. After the jump is the full text of a recent interview with the Buncombe County Democratic Party Chairman, Charles Carter. Nesbitt, the GOP chair, refused to be interviewed by Xpress.
Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell changed his party affiliation from Republican to Unaffiliated this afternoon at the offices of the Buncombe County Board of Elections. “My job on council is non-partisan by nature,” he told Xpress. “Party politics has recently become more of a distraction than anything positive.”
Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, McDowell and Avery counties to benefit from a $15 million stimulus grant awarded to ERC Broadband.
You’d never know it from the kids splashing around the fountain or the young couples playing Frisbee on the lawn, but a decade ago, the 6.5 acres comprising downtown Asheville’s City/County Plaza was a mishmash of thoroughfares — three lanes of Patton Avenue traffic cut eastward past the Vance Monument, merging onto College Street — […]
When I first walk into Mark Olson's small River Arts District print shop (191 Lyman St.), it’s hard to tell whether anybody’s home. Steel cabinets and old wooden tables fill the cramped space, and stacks of handmade papers, party invitations and greeting cards cover every available surface. A comforting smell of machine oil hangs lightly […]
The old glass doorway at 38½ Battery Park Ave. opens onto a worn flight of stairs going to an even darker hallway. The electric switch doesn’t work, and what light does find its way in seems to come from dusty windows in an unseen wall. The place smells musty and forgotten, and knocks on all […]
A stunning sunrise over the mountains south of Asheville this morning. Photo by Leia Cator. For more of her work, visit Mo’s Way Sunrise.
Ed Sheary, Director of the Buncombe County Library System, gives Xpress readers a tour of the Pack Memorial Library and an update on its renovations. Video by Michael Muller
This post provides twitter-based coverage of the 11th Annual Asheville Metro Economic Outlook, which took place Wednesday evening, July 28, 2010. Above: A graph showing the rate of employment change since January 2007. According to local economist Tom Tveidt, the area is only 600 jobs away from experiencing positive growth.