Gordon Smith, Asheville City Councilman, files for run for County Commission

Second-term Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith has filed his candidacy for Buncombe County Commission. In August, Smith announced his intent to seek election to the District 1 seat that will open up next year as Commissioner Holly Jones runs for Lieutenant Governor. A second District 1 seat will likely also be up for grabs as Commissioner Brownie Newman seeks the Chair […]

Packed agenda for Nov. 17 City Council meeting: utility substation­s, Homestay ordinance and more

The Asheville City Council meeting scheduled for Nov. 17 boasts a full agenda featuring two hot topics – utility substations and changes to the city’s Homestay ordinance. Citizens wishing to comment on those issues may want to arrive at the Council chamber on the second floor of City Hall earlier than the 5 p.m. start time, as a full house seems likely.

UNC Asheville Named a 2016 Military Friendly® School

From UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville has been named a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, now in its seventh year of publishing Military Friendly® rankings of schools. “UNC Asheville is an excellent choice for military members because it provides an exceptional Liberal Arts education at a public institution price,” according to […]

Power shift: Asheville, Duke Energy find common ground on clean energy framework

The name sounds less than exciting – the Community Clean Energy Policy Framework – but Asheville’s new joint agreement with Duke Energy is the first of its kind in this region. The newly-approved Framework establishes the groundwork for the city and the utility provider to work collaboratively toward the goal of a clean energy future.

Ski and snowboard program for teens announced; five Fridays this winter

From City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department: Ski and Snowboard Program for Teens The City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department will begin accepting registrations for the 2016 Teen Ski and Snowboard program on Monday, November 30 at 8:00 a.m. online at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks.  Designed for 12 to 17 year olds, the program package is a great holiday […]

PRO(TECH)T wins regional InnovateHER competition, will compete nationally

From Mountain BizWorks: Announcing the 2015 WNC Winner: PRO(TECH)T A hearty congratulations to the winner of the regional InnovateHER competition: PRO(TECH)T, a social enterprise focused on reducing sexual assault on college campuses with the push of a button through tech wristbands. As WNC’s winner, PRO(TECH)T now has the opportunity to compete in the national SBA InnovateHER […]

Farmer and Chef Asheville cookbook reprinted, on sale

From Farmer and Chef, LLC: Reprint Demand For Farmer and Chef Asheville Independently produced and published cookbook sells close to 3000 books in less than a year; announces “Black Friday-Cyber Monday Promotion” Farmer and Chef South (Farmer and Chef, LLC) announce a reprint on their independently produced, locally focused cookbook, Farmer and Chef Asheville. The […]

Final run of first season of Race to the Taps on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Brevard

From Race To The Taps at Oskar Blues: Final Beer Run BREVARD – There’s one more chance to cross the finish line and celebrate your achievement with a craft brew.  The inaugural season of The Race To The Taps ends this Saturday, Nov. 14, with a four-mile event along the Brevard Greenway around Oskar Blues Brewery. The race was […]

Race and police practices forum sponsored by area Jewish organization, congregations

From Carolina Jews for Justice: Carolina Jews for Justice/West, Congregation Beth Israel and Congregation Beth HaTephila are co-sponsoring a program addressing race and police practices on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Avenue in Asheville.  The program will begin at 6:30 P.M. with a screening of the documentary film, “Ferguson: A […]

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara announces candidacy for Buncombe County Commissioners

The Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara announced Nov. 12 that she will run for a District 1 seat on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. Other candidates who have declared an intent to stand for election for District 1 include Asheville City Councilmen Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith and civil rights activist Isaac Coleman. From Beach-Ferrara’s press release: […]

Short Street Cakes throws cake sale, just in time for the holiday

From Jodi Rhoden of Short Street Cakes: Short Street Cakes Throws 7th Annual Cakesgiving Cake Sale! From Friday, November 20 through Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 25th,  Short Street Cakes will host their seventh annual Cakesgiving Cake Sale.  Cakesgiving features five of the best-loved cake flavors at a reduced price and available for pick up without an advance order. […]

Council approves Eagle Market loan modificati­ons; agrees to fewer affordable units

At its Nov. 11 meeting, City Council approved a request to alter terms of the city’s support for a troubled mixed-use development on Eagle and Market Streets. As part of the modification, the city agreed to allow the developer to make 24-30 of the project’s 62 units into workforce housing. Originally, all 62 units were designated affordable housing.

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City council to consider Eagle Market Place modificati­ons; Shiloh storage facility

At its Tuesday, Nov. 10 meeting, city council will hear public input on a proposed self-storage facility rejected by the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission. Council also will consider a request from the Eagle Market Place housing project to modify the terms of city loans to enable the project to obtain additional bank financing.

Duke Energy changes power plans, drops new transmissi­on lines

Responding to a major public outcry against all of the routes proposed for the transmission lines, Duke has reconfigured its plans for upgrading the coal-fired power plan in Skyland. The revised plans eliminate the need for a Campobello, S.C. substation and a high-voltage transmission line connecting that plant with the Asheville facility.