In 1923, both the city and county questioned the fairness of certain policies in place at Mission Hospital. The scrutiny provoked the ire of The Asheville Citizen’s editorial section.
Writer, poet and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash shares with us his poem, “Good Friday, 1995, Driving Westward,” which first appeared in his 2000 poetry collection, Among the Believers.
For multiple days in August 1919, the city was without ice. During that time, the Asheville Ice Co. implored residents “to watch every possible source of waste and to make every pound of ice go as far as it can for the next two or three weeks.”
“Poetry is the language of the soul,” says local poet Mildred Barya. “Before I knew what life was, before I knew what writing was, there was poetry.”
In 1909, Asheville launched Clean-up Day, which later evolved into Clean-up Week. Residents and city officials rallied behind it, going as far as to publish a poem about the advantages of the annual happening.
Xpress continues its celebration of Poetry Month with a look at local, award-winning poet Jessica Jacobs’ work, “Because You Waited for Me to Fly Your First Kite,” from her 2019 collection, Take Me With You, Wherever You’re Going.
In 1916, the city of Asheville hired A.H. Vanderhoof as its first smoke inspector. Though an ordinance was quickly passed to reduce excess smoke, enforcement proved difficult.
Throughout April, Xpress celebrates Poetry Month with a look at works by local poets.
“We try to bring a little soul, a little blues and jazz to the conversation,” says Darin Waters, co-host of “The Waters and Harvey Show,” on BPR. “We try to show that the life of a scholar doesn’t have to be, and isn’t, boring.”
In the summer of 1933, the Negro Welfare Council was established and quickly made a positive impact in Asheville’s Black neighborhoods.
Though known primarily as the sister of Asheville author Thomas Wolfe, Mabel Wolfe Wheaton had a story of her own that was published posthumously in 1961.
In 1936, concerns over automobile injuries and deaths led local residents to launch a safety campaign. The goal was to have all county and city motorists sign a pledge card promising their commitment to safer driving practices.
Two local chefs discuss Valentine’s Day failures, successes and decor.
In the waning days of 1922, over 200 West Asheville residents signed a petition to rename Haywood Road to Main Street. Outrage ensued.
In pursuit of truthful marketing, the Asheville Advertising Club formed in 1922. The group grabbed many headlines early on, but its contributions failed to draw attention as the years progresses
As in years past, we revisit cartoonist Billy Borne‘s work as part of our latest Humor Issue. For over two decades, starting in 1907, Borne offered commentary on local, national and international matters through his illustrations, published in The Asheville Citizen. Our focus here, however, is exclusively on 1922. As readers will see, Borne’s cartoons from […]
In her latest book, Murder in the Mountains: Historic True Crime in Western North Carolina, local author Nadia Dean examines 10 deadly crimes from the region’s past.
Three local historians reflect on historical moments and projects that occurred in 2021.
Every week, Xpress proudly displays a new issue in its purple distribution boxes. Each week’s cover comes about in a unique way, as our design and editorial teams work together with local photographers and illustrators to create an eye-catching visual. Below, we’ve selected a cover from each month to highlight some of the important topics we covered […]
“The Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving seems to have but few advocates in this city or rather, none of the Asheville citizens appear to think that their gifts will be useless,” writer Tooth Barkington reported in the Dec. 15, 1912, edition of The Sunday Citizen.
In 1909, a fence disrupted a pathway in Stumptown, a Black neighborhood near Riverside Cemetery. Initial complaints eventually led to a lawsuit.