Paul Ridgeway, Alma Hinton and Joseph Crosswhite

From CPP: Judges block NC congressio­nal elections with current maps

A three-judge panel issued an injunction late Monday blocking use of the current North Carolina congressional district map in the 2020 election. Although not yet compelling the “coequal branch of government” to draw new maps, judges noted that legislators could proceed to do that on their own and thus avoid any disruption to the election schedule.

Buncombe and Haywood health officials working with state agency to investigate Legionnaires’ outbreak

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services: Buncombe County, N.C.- Numerous cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported to Buncombe County Health and Human Services by local medical providers over the past several days. The investigation of these cases is ongoing. The NC Communicable Disease Branch is working with Mountain State Fair organizers to […]

Asheville chamber announces events for Small Business Week April 29-May 3

Press release from Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce: Small business is big business in Asheville. That’s why we’re celebrating #avlsmallbiz during Asheville Small Business Week, April 29-May 3, 2019. Events are open to the public. Schedule of events: Tuesday, April 30 Resources for Small Business 9-10 a.m. Asheville Chamber Board Room Presentation from U.S. SBA […]

Beyond sustainabi­lity — restoring, repairing and creating resiliency in our community

“We need to have as much say as possible over the decisions that affect our lives, the money that informs our projects, the food that we eat and every system we touch,” writes Lee Warren, executive director of the Organic Growers School. “Relocalizing means taking back our power in every possible way.”

From CPP: DEQ says Asheville didn’t follow communicat­ion protocols during water problems

“They are supposed to notify the customers to boil the water and then take a sample to make sure there is no bacteria present in the water and then they lift the boil water advisory,” Kimberly Barnett, the regional manager for Asheville at the state Department of Environmental Quality, told Carolina Public Press. The city of Asheville didn’t follow that process after widespread water outages on April 1.

Generation­s of failure: A plea to reform Asheville City Schools

“Oversight in this kind of system — where the board is appointed by a body with no regulatory authority, in a process closed to school employees, families and the community as a whole — is more than a little messed up. It is completely unaccountable, open to all kinds of corruption and anti-democratic, not to mention a lousy use of resources.”