Can new ways of structuring the rules that govern how organizations gather information and make decisions help our community move beyond entrenched positions and polarizing rhetoric? Some local consultants say yes, and point to local organizations that are already using new tools to increase participation in developing and implementing solutions to challenging issues.
Marching in the tradition of the civil rights movement, people of all ages set off on foot and on wheels from St. James AME Church on a bright cold MLK Day morning on Mon., January 18. The Peace March culminated in a rally at Pack Square Park. Several hundred marchers turned out to remember King’s life and legacy, sing, dance and hear remarks from community leaders.
A capacity crowd of nearly 1,200 attendees filled the largest ballroom at Asheville’s Crowne Plaza Resort to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sat., January 16. Dedicated to the memory of Clara Jeter, the theme of the 35th annual event was “A Call to Service.” View the photo slideshow.
Local leaders reflect on King’s influence and legacy nearly half a century after his assassination on April 4, 1968. Whether or not they were alive during King’s lifetime, all agree that his work and example had a profound impact on American society that continues today. Here’s what they had to say, along with some compelling quotes from King himself.
Wrap up of key City Council decisions from Jan. 12 meeting, including renovation of the former BB&T building, preliminary utility fee waiver for Lee Walker Heights redevelopment for purposes of securing financing, Givens Estates Creekside redevelopment approval and the apparent end of the line for the effort to save the Collier Street Wood on Asheville’s South Slope.
Oralene Simmons founded Asheville’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast in 1982 for residents of the neighborhood surrounding the Montford Recreation Center. It quickly grew into an Asheville tradition that’s still going strong as Simmons plans this year’s 35th community commemoration of Dr. King’s life and legacy.
From a press release from the First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC) of Laurel Park and Sugar Hollow Solar, of Fairview: First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC), of Laurel Park, and Sugar Hollow Solar, of Fairview, have announced that they are kicking off a project to install 60 solar panels on the church […]
In conjunction with the opening of its latest art show, ZaPow gallery has put out a first-ever call to artists wishing to contribute artwork to a memorial shrine honoring the late artist David Bowie. ZaPow invites artists to contribute pieces following these guidelines: Bring or ship your art to ZaPow from noon to 7 p.m. on January […]
On Tues., January 12, City Council will turn its attention to matters including naming the second Monday in October “Indigenous People’s Day,” voting on the redevelopment of the former BB&T building as a luxury hotel and considering a resolution declaring the redevelopment of the Lee Walker Heights public housing community a “redevelopment project.”
Rev. Dr. William Barber outlined a joint campaign launched by the North Carolina NAACP and Democracy NC to empower voters through supporting access to voting and providing education on key issues.
From Buncombe County Health and Human Services press release: BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. – Effective January 1, 2016, the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) will be the sole agency investigating alleged child abuse and neglect in licensed child care settings. These changes are included in Senate Bill 578 (www.ncleg.net). Prior to this change […]
From Innovative Design’s press release: Discovered in 2014 by a paleontological team lead by Dr. Steve Nicklas, a professor at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville, the 66-million-year-old Hadrosaur was installed several days before Christmas in the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School. In describing the dinosaur installation, Dr. Nicklas said he believes that “This is the only […]
A recent analysis by Lexington Law ranks Buncombe County #35 on a list of N.C. counties by personal bankruptcy rates. With 14.16 bankruptcies per 10,000 residents from March 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015, Buncombe ranks worse than McDowell (#44) Henderson (#48), Transylvania (#60), Madison (#80) and Polk (#85) counties. Five other western counties — Avery (#90), […]
From RiverLink press release: RiverLink is pleased to announce that it has received three grant awards from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF). The organization will use the funds for three projects: a research-based stormwater management project, a stream restoration project and a watershed master plan. The research-based stormwater management project will […]
As you make your resolutions or set your intentions for the coming year, plan for rain off and on throughout Wednesday, Dec. 30, with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Except for possible isolated storms, the new rainfall totals won’t amount to much during the day and overnight — less than 1/2 an inch is forecast before tomorrow morning.
While there are as many approaches to environmental stewardship as there are churches dotting our region, more and more local faith communities are investing time, money and effort to align their buildings and practices with their spiritual commitment to caring for creation.
Will you allow today’s rivers of rain to turn your holiday cheer to drear? We hope not, because the forecast is for wet, wet and more wet all day Christmas Eve and into Dec. 25. At 10:30 a.m. the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch, advising that some locations in the southern North Carolina […]
Landscape and forest historian Bill Alexander has released a third book. The Biltmore Estate: Gardens and Grounds uses historical photographs, including some that have never before been published, to tell the story of the conception, planning, design, construction and maintenance of the estate, which at one time encompassed 125,000 acres.
From the Community Foundation of Henderson County: The Community Foundation of Henderson Countyi s now accepting applications for 2016-2017 academic year scholarships. The generosity of donors is making it possible for CFHC to offer more than 70 scholarships this coming year for individuals pursuing higher education. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m., […]
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 […]
From CARING for Children: From late November to mid-December, there’s a secret that keeps growing in Asheville. It started about 15 years ago with just 8 little children in a residential foster care group home. It has continued over the years – without a lot of publicity or fanfare. Last year it touched the lives […]