Carolina Public Press convenes forum on higher education’s economic impact in region May 24

Press release from Carolina Public Press: Carolina Public Press will hold a free and public forum featuring a conversation with Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher, UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College President Dennis King on the impact of higher education on the economy. The forum will be held on Wednesday, […]

Asheville event to explore N.C. complicity in U.S. torture

Press release from event organizers: Asheville, NC. — Mr. Frank Goldsmith and Ms. Christina Cowger will speak June 1 in Asheville on the recently formed NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) and on North Carolina’s history in extraordinary rendition and torture by the US government. Mr. Goldsmith is Co-Chair of the Commission, and an […]

Stephanie Sullivan. Photo provided by Asheville Police Department

APD requests assistance locating Stephanie Michelle Sullivan

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (May 12, 2017): The Asheville Police Department is requesting public assistance to locate missing person, Stephanie Michelle Sullivan. Stephanie was last seen on May 5, 2017 in the area around Pisgah View Apartments. She was last known to be operating a gold 1999 Chrysler 300M with North […]

BEST AND BRIGHTEST: Participants in the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy were recognized at the May 9 meeting of City Council. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Asheville Council closes in on city budget

At its May 9 meeting, Asheville City Council grappled with the challenge of creating a city budget in a time of plenty. “Oddly,” said Mayor Esther Manheimer, this year’s budgeting process has been more difficult than during the recession. Council asked City Manager Gary Jackson to tweak his proposal to achieve a property tax rate that reflects a revenue-neutral rate plus 3.5 cents to pay for interest on the city’s $74 million bond program.

Upcoming events at Mars Hill University

Press release from Mars Hill University: May 8-21, 2017 All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Mike Thornhill, Director of Communications, (828) 689-1298, **May 5-10 **Final Examinations Friday, May 12 Pinning and Lamp Lighting Ceremony Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Broyhill Chapel Graduating nurses in the […]

Call for entries for new Lexington Avenue public artwork

Press release from the city of Asheville: A new public artwork will come to downtown Asheville, thanks to a collaboration between the Asheville Downtown Association Foundation and the City’s Public Art & Cultural Commission. The Lexington Avenue Public Art Project is intended to reflect the neighborhood identity of Lexington Avenue and to celebrate the community’s […]


City budget and policing on tap for May 9 session of Asheville Council

If you want to attend Asheville City Council’s May 9 meeting, arrive early. Between a response from the Police Department to a recent report on racial disparities in policing to the first presentation of the city manager’s proposed budget for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year, there’s a lot on the agenda that could be of interest to a variety of city residents and advocates.

An aerial shot of the 200-acre PARI campus with two telescopes installed by NASA. Photo courtesy of N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Historical marker recognizing Pisgah satellite tracking station to be dedicated May 8

Press release from N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources: RALEIGH, N.C. – At the height of space exploration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) operated a manned satellite tracking station in Pisgah National Forest. A N.C. Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated Monday, May 8, 4 p.m., to recognize the role of the […]

Grey Jones, guest editor of UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Reivew, will present his two Editor’s Choice writers, Audra Coleman (center) and Jeanne Howe (right) as part of the May 21 Writers at Home reading at Malaprop’s. CREDIT: Michael Mauney.

Authors from UNCA’s Great Smokies Review to read at Malaprop’s May 21

Press release from UNC Asheville: Contributing writers to UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Review literary magazine will share their works when the monthly Writers at Home series has its final public reading of the spring at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., in downtown Asheville. This event, hosted by UNC […]

Asheville Symphony to present Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan” May 13

Announcement from the Asheville Symphony: MASTERWORKS 7 May 13 • 8 p.m. Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Daniel Meyer, conductor Yevgeny Kutik, violin Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 Mahler Symphony No. 1 “Titan” “Gustav Mahler has always loomed large in my exploration of music. I am deeply attracted to this music that can be as world-embracing as Beethoven’s, […]

Family Business Forum holds talk on preserving family artifacts at Brunk Auctions May 18

Press release from UNC Asheville: The importance of preserving family history, heirlooms, and artifacts will be the subject of a special free public event presented by UNC Asheville’s Family Business Forum from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at Brunk Auctions in Asheville. John Capers and Andrew Brunk will be featured presenters. Capers, who found […]

Sheneika Smith announced a run for Asheville City Council on May 4. Photo by Pcho Pictures

Sheneika Smith announces run for Asheville City Council

Press release from Sheneika Smith: (* Español Abajo *) May 4, 2017 (Asheville, NC) – Today Sheneika Smith announces her campaign for a seat on Asheville City Council. She is a registered Democrat seeking one of three seats in this year’s non-partisan race. Sheneika, a fourth generation Asheville native, is the middle daughter of the […]

Chuck Edwards, Republican, NC Senate District 48. Photo courtesy of Edwards

Lines in the sand: Fight brews over Asheville districts

Sen. Chuck Edwards of Hendersonville explains some of the considerations that led him to introduce a bill that would compel Asheville to institute district elections for seats on its City Council. And Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer lays out the reasons the city plans to follow a “parallel process” that may include a referendum on the issue, despite Raleigh’s insistence that the city knuckle under by Nov. 1.

Asheville Parks & Recreation announces 2017 Movies in the Park season

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department launches the 2017 season of Movies in the Park, a free monthly movie series in Pack Square Park beginning May 12. This month’s feature presentation is the PG-rated classic time travel adventure “Back to the Future,” starring Michael J. Fox […]

ADA to host Strong Towns discussion May 16

Press release from Asheville Downtown Association: Join the Asheville Board of Realtors, Roger McGuire Fund, City of Asheville, Urban3 and the Asheville Downtown Association will host a free “Curbside Chat” presentation and discussion with Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns. The event will take place at The Collider on Tuesday, May 16 from 5:30-7pm and is […]

Energy task force to hear public proposals for energy-related programs May 12

Notice from the Deputy City Clerk of the city of Asheville: The next full Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) meeting on will be May 12,  from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the City Hall,  Sixth Floor Training Room, located at 70 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC. At this meeting, the EITF invites community members to present proposals […]