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.

City announces neighborhood plan workshop Nov. 7

In a press release, the city of Asheville has announced a workshop to provide information and gather neighborhood input for the city’s upcoming Comprehensive Plan update.   City of Asheville | Communication & Public Engagement Division Contact:       Marsha Stickford, Neighborhood Services Coordinator Phone:  828-259-5506 Email:  mstickford@ The Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods […]

Man with a plan: Okolichany takes the helm as Asheville’­s planning director

“There are no one-size-fits-all solutions in planning: Each place is very different,” says Todd Okolichany, who began work as Asheville’s new planning director Sept. 8. “That’s a key value for me as a planner: recognizing the differences and uniqueness of each place.” Okolichany, 36, comes to Asheville from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was principal […]

Down to business: CIBO city council candidate forum

The final six candidates in the race for Asheville’s city council are by now veterans of many forums and panel discussions. Wednesday’s Council of Independent Business Owners (CIBO) forum emphasized issues of particular interest and importance to Asheville’s business community, yielding some answers frequently heard on the campaign trail and some that moved into more wonkish territory.

City Council candidate forum du jour: League of Women Voters

Though they share many of the same policy positions and goals for Asheville, each of the six city council candidates still in the race must now highlight for voters the qualities and experiences that make him or her unique. At the latest candidate forum, candidates worked to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

League of Women Voters presents City Council candidate forum Oct. 20

In partnership with four other community agencies, the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County will present a public information forum on October 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wesley Grant, Sr. Center at 285 Livingston Street in Asheville. All six city council candidates — Julie Mayfield, Brian Haynes, Marc Hunt, Keith Young, Lindsey […]