WCU selected to join national Pathways to Innovation Program

From Western Carolina University: CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University is among 14 higher education institutions in the U.S. selected to participate in a National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation program that is designed to help schools fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education. Titled the Pathways to Innovation Program, the initiative is […]

After the big day, City to collect Christmas trees curbside

From the City of Asheville: The City of Asheville will collect Christmas trees according to the routine brush collection schedule. Residents are asked to remove lights, tinsel, ornaments, and stands prior to placing the trees to the curb for collection. Residents can drop off Christmas trees for recycling at the following locations: Buncombe County Landfill […]

Star Wars in academia: local prof writes on blockbuster

From Lenoir-Rhyne University Dr. Amy Sturgis, adjunct professor of Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, recently published an essay entitled, “Star Wars, Remixed: George Lucas’ Universe Is a Mashup Masterpiece.” It is featured in the January 2016 issue of Reason Magazine, both in the hard-copy edition and online format. Sturgis has been a contributor to the […]

“He was a genius”: Julia Wolfe talks about her son Thomas

You might need headphones to hear this seven-minute audio recording of Julia Wolf speaking in 1945 with radio host Tom Breneman, but it’s worth plugging in to catch her wonderful speaking voice and accent. Wolfe, the mother of eight children including Thomas, expresses some surprising thoughts, including this one that seems to suggest an early feminist sentiment: […]

Fix the system: nonprofits urged to become policy advocates

When we think of helping others in need in Asheville, it’s natural to picture direct, practical actions, such as providing food, building houses, donating warm coats or mentoring young people. But speakers at a recent briefing challenged nonprofit volunteers and leaders to expand their notion of service to include advocating for public policies that address the systemic issues affecting those in need.

State seeks public input on stormwater permit for Duke Energy’s Asheville Plan

From the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: RALEIGH – State environmental officials on Thursday announced that the draft stormwater permit for a Duke Energy Carolinas’ facility is available for public review and comment. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has drafted a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, permit for stormwater discharges at […]

City Council to take steps on expanding Homestays, planning for park

In its first full meeting since three newly-elected Council members were seated, City Council moved in new directions on a public space for a city-owned lot on Haywood Street and on including some accessory dwelling units in the city’s homestay ordinance for short-term rentals. Council also considered downtown development review standards and passed a resolution on the I-26 connector project.

City Council to take fresh look at downtown developmen­t

With four cranes silhouetted against the skyline, construction fencing blocking sidewalks and hundreds of construction workers on the job every day, downtown Asheville is buzzing with development activity. Despite the blazing pace of new construction, City Council has reviewed only four downtown projects since 2010. At its Dec. 8 meeting, City Council will reconsider the thresholds that trigger Council review.

Asheville Museum of Science announces fundraising campaign fund kick-off event

The Asheville Museum of Science, the future incarnation of Asheville’s Colburn Earth Science Museum, has announced a Dec. 9 kick-off event for its upcoming fundraising campaign. Held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Catawba Brewing Co. at 32 Banks Ave., the event will feature door prizes, food, beverages and a guest speaker. In April 2016, the […]

Asheville Transportation Department to give I-26 Connector presentation to Council

Asheville Transportation Director Ken Putnam and transportation department staff will make a presentation to City Council about the NCDOT’s proposed alternatives for the I-26 Connector project at Council’s next meeting on Dec. 8. According to the city’s blog, the purpose of the presentation is to assist City Council in determining the Asheville’s official comments to NCDOT on the project. […]

At home in Shiloh: Venerable community fights encroachme­nt

As development pressure increases all over Asheville, the historic African-American enclave of Shiloh remains vigilant about protecting its residential character. One recent showdown over zoning demonstrated that Shiloh’s community plan, developed by neighborhood leaders and ratified by City Council in 2010, is an effective tool for fighting commercial encroachment into residential areas.

Grassroots campaign cultivates beauty, community

The city-owned lot facing the U.S. Cellular Center and the Basilica of St. Lawrence is more than a political hot potato for the residents of the Battery Park and Vanderbilt Apartments: it’s their front yard. Coming together as Elder & Sage: Uptown Asheville’s Senior Gardeners, residents are planting crevices and widening cracks in their urban neighborhood. The group also calls for benches, a public park, gardens, trees, traffic calming and safe sidewalks.

Dr. Frank Moretz to run for N.C. House District 115

Press release from Dr. Frank Moretz, Nov. 25, 2015: Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh FAIRVIEW, NC – Today, local physician Frank Moretz declared his intention to run for NC House District 115 in the 2016 General Election. Moretz shares partial ownership of Highland Brewing and serves on the Board of […]