Feasibilit­y study encouragin­g for River Arts District whitewater park

A feasibility study report delivered this week indicates that a whitewater park could conceivably be built in Asheville’s River Arts District within four years time. Colorado based Scott Shipley’s firm, S20 Design and Engineering, delivered plans for the park on the French Broad River, which is an “in-stream” concept, having multiple channels for enthusiasts of […]

WNC colleges return $2 billion to economy, most staying in region

Local area colleges are touting just how much they pump back into the economy: $2 billion in the 2012-2013 fiscal year through the combined impact of payroll, operational, construction and research expenditures by the universities and community colleges, and the spending habits of their students, visitors, and alumni. The data comes from a new comprehensive […]

Trauma in Ukraine: Doctors exchange ideas with Mission Hospital surgeons during visit

Asheville is very far from Eastern Ukraine in terms of geographics, culture and stability, but the worldwide fraternity of trauma surgeons crosses cultural boundaries, sharing the same mission of saving lives. Mission Hospital sought to educate four doctors from Ukraine Feb. 18 as they toured the level-two trauma center and gathered knowledge to bring back home. “Trauma […]

Décorum: What the Arts & Crafts Conference offers to locals and their homes

The DIY aesthetic is not just a product of indie craft shows. Asheville residents, always in close proximity to mountain handicrafts, were primed for the Arts and Crafts movement more than a century ago. That trend toward quality and craftsmanship came about in response to the industrialization that gripped the end of the Victorian era. […]

Students at Ira Jones Elementary win $5,000 in national milk carton art creation contest

An art project spawning a 12-foot tall giraffe made of recycled milk cartons has netted Ira B. Jones Elementary a check for a cool $5,000. Evergreen Packaging presented the check Feb. 13 at the school as part of its nationwide Made by Milk Carton Creation Contest. Ira B. Jones captured the grand prize after art teacher Vicki […]

Women at risk for cardiovasc­ular disease now more than ever before

Park Ridge Health wants people to know that heart health isn’t just a concern for geriatrics. “Our focus today is targeting younger women with education,” said Maya Kommimeni, MD, of the cardiology unit at Park Ridge Health. “Heart disease is becoming a larger problem with younger women due to diabetes and obesity.” In observance of […]

Message clear at Friends of Big Ivy meeting: no logging needed or planned

An informational meeting regarding the U.S. Forest Service’s long term plans for the Big Ivy section of the Pisgah National Forest drew about 200 people in Barnardsville Feb. 5, with another 100 waiting outside to get in. The crowd voiced strong anti-logging opinions to forest rangers, who are in the process of drafting a new long-term plan for the forest.

UNCA and Asheville City schools announce dual enrollment opportunit­y

For high school students looking to get an early feel for the college experience, UNC Asheville will be providing an opportunity for dual-enrollment starting with the fall 2015 semester. Students from Asheville High School and SILSA (School of Inquiry & Life Sciences at Asheville) are eligible, with a financial aid fund being set aside through the college’s advancement office.

Hypnosis for well-being benefits both mind and body

You are getting sleepy … very sleepy. This Hollywood hypnosis cliché — complete with a swaying pocketwatch dangling in front of a paralyzed rube — couldn’t be further from the truth. Asheville-area practitioners say facilitating well-being through hypnosis is a very real way to deal with emotional and even physical pain. Michelle Payton, founder of […]

Astronomy Club of Asheville educates, amazes at UNCA’s Lookout Observator­y

To gain perspective on one’s life, sometimes a look skyward into the inky nocturnal abyss is all it takes to realize just how small we really are. “Life is more than about just meeting a certain deadline at work,” said Dominic Lesnar, the president of the Astronomy Club of Asheville. “It’s great to see the […]

Asheville’s a welcoming place for LGBTQ youth, but homeless quandary persists

The scarcity of jobs in Asheville, an already difficult job horizon for LGBTQ people, as well as difficult, intolerant home situations often mean unstable housing for these WNC youths. As Asheville becomes more and more an attractive and welcoming place for LGBTQ teens and young adults in the area as well as the country, the influx compounds the homeless situation.