Rep. Chuck McGrady, left, and Robert Stephens, the governor’s chief legal counsel, during committee discussions on coal ash legislation this week in Raleigh. Photo by Kirk Ross, Carolina Public Press

McGrady to seek re-election to N.C. House

Announcement on Rep. Chuck McGrady’s website: Rep. Chuck McGrady announced that he will seek re-election to another term in the North Carolina House of Representatives following meetings with Henderson County business and community leaders. McGrady has served in the state House for seven years and is a former Henderson County Commissioner and Flat Rock Council […]

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Graduates of year-long Farm Beginnings program recognized

Press release from the Organic Growers School: Asheville, NC- On September 20th, 20 students gathered at the Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy incubator farm to receive graduation certificates for our year long farmer training program Farm Beginnings®.  The Organic Growers School launched the program with a 2015 pilot and this year’s class completed a full year […]

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Walkable Wall Street to feature buskers and performance artists Oct. 15

Press release from the city of Asheville: October brings great weather for strolling, browsing local shops and listening to street musicians. You can do just that and more this month during the next Walkable Wall Street. On Oct. 15, the Asheville Buskers Collective, Fringe Festival and Asheville Area Arts Council will come together for an […]

Rabies confirmed in Beaver Lake raccoon

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services: Buncombe County, N.C., – Health Officials with Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) announced today that a raccoon from the Beaver Lake area has been confirmed to have rabies. The raccoon was taken to Buncombe County Animal Control on Wednesday, October 4th and was from Pine […]

Asheville police are looking for this person of interest.

UPDATE: Person of interest detained in airport explosive device investigation

Press release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Update: (October 7, 2017) The person of interest, Michael Christopher Estes has been detained. A caller recognized him from media reports and he was detained by Asheville Police Department officers without incident this morning along Airport Road. The investigation is ongoing and will be turned over to […]

Warren Wilson prof to hold teach-in at Malaprop’s on Oct. 12

Warren Wilson College Professor of Religious Studies Rima Vesely-Flad will present a teach-in at Malaprop’s Bookstore on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. The event will be based on her new book, Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice, published this summer by Fortress Press. A Facebook Event page for the program […]

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Mission Health contract with Blue Cross expires, now out-of-network

Press release from Mission Health: ASHEVILLE – October 5, 2017 – Effective today, October 5, 2017, Mission Health’s contract with Blue Cross has expired and essentially all Mission Health physicians and facilities are now out-of-network providers with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). Sadly, our contract expired without negotiations ever occurring because […]

Mayoral candidate forum for Wednesday, Oct. 4, canceled

Announcement from the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County: Asheville Mayoral Forum Canceled 10/4/17 The Asheville City Mayoral Forum for tonight has been canceled. We hope to wrap in our Mayoral forum with the Asheville City Council Candidates forum on November 1st. We apologize for the late notice and any inconvenience.

APD responds to traffic fatality on I-40W; wrong-way truck kills passenger in Ford Focus

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (October 3, 2017): On Monday, October 2 at approximately 2:44 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash on I-40 W at the 50.5 mile marker. A Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of I-40 when it collided with a […]

ROLLING ALONG: The 11th annual Tour de Pumpkin on Oct. 7 will let cyclists enjoy the countryside around Rutherfordton with tour distances of 50 or 100 kilometers. The ride is one of several cycling events that celebrate the crisp weather and brilliant colors of autumn. Photo courtesy of the Tour de Pumpkin

ICYMI: Xpress stories from the issue of Sept. 27, 2017

From the area’s largest single construction project to fall planting, Xpress has the scoop on local fall happenings. Here are some of our best stories from the previous week to keep you reading as you wait for our next issue, coming to a paper box near you on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Asheville City School Board of Education cancels Oct. 2 meeting

Notice from Asheville City School Board of Education: NOTICE OF CANCELLED MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board Meeting of the Asheville City Board of Education scheduled for Monday, October 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. The next Board meeting of the Asheville City Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, November 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at […]

As the Oct. 4 date of the termination of Mission Health's contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina approaches, other health systems are contemplating the impact of the termination on their patient volume. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Pardee Hospital comments on Mission/Blue Cross standoff

Press release from Pardee UNC Health Care: Open Letter to the Community Pardee UNC Health Care has been asked by many in our community to comment on or engage in the current impasse between Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and Mission Health. We have chosen to remain neutral on this matter, believing that both parties […]

Asheville Airport parking garage nears completion

From the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority newsletter: AIRPORT PARKING GARAGE NEARING COMPLETION Covered, easy access to the terminal is just weeks away The airport’s new five-story parking garage is in its final stages of construction. Work is now underway to install perforated metal panels that depict an image of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the […]

State AARP director releases statement in advance of Duke rate hearing in Asheville tonight

Press release from AARP: STATEMENT BY AARP NORTH CAROLINA DIRECTOR DOUG DICKERSON ON DUKE ENERGY RATE HIKE REQUEST In advance of tonight’s public hearing at the Buncombe County Courthouse, director of the 1.1 million-member AARP North Carolina said: “If the Duke rate request is approved, North Carolina small businesses; working families and retirees will owe […]

Buncombe County unemployment rate remains lowest in the state

Press release from N.C. Department of Commerce: North Carolina’s August County and Area Employment Figures Released Raleigh, N.C. — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 26 of North Carolina’s counties in August, decreased in 25, and remained unchanged in 49.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.7 percent, while Buncombe County had […]

Accounting firm JPS releases Asheville metro economic report for Q2

From the newsletter of Johnson Price Sprinkle PA: Asheville Metro Economic Report – 2017 Second Quarter Highlights: The second quarter saw a continuation of long-term growth in the four-county Asheville metro (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties). Positive monthly year-to-year job growth has continued uninterrupted for nearly seven straight years. The metro has held the […]

Duke to provide coal ash dam safety information

Following an announcement from environmental groups of plans to bring suit against Duke Energy to compel the utility to provide what the groups said was required information about coal ash dam safety plans, the company released the following statement: The following is an important update from George Hamrick, senior vice president of coal combustion products […]

Altamont property owners counter theater operators’ claims

In response to a press release from the operators of The Altamont Theatre on Sept. 21, building owners Brian and Tiffany Lee released a statement on Sept. 23: Contrary to the false implications in the Press Release issued by the current operators of the Altamont Theatre, the structure at 18 Church Street is not being […]