CONSERVATIVE COMRADES: Local conservative leaders Carl Mumpower, left, and Chris Peterson unfurl the flag of Rivergatia
after announcing their intent to secede from Asheville. Image via Flickr; design by Norn Cutson

HUMOR ISSUE: Peterson declares Rivergatia­, secedes from Asheville

SATIRE: In a stunning turn of events, the city of Asheville’s Riverfront Redevelopment Office announced today that it has sold the former 12 Bones property on Lyman Street back to former owner Chris Peterson. Shortly after the city made its announcement, Peterson declared that the property will secede from Asheville and form its own town, “Rivergatia.”

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Starring: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Michelle Rolla, Valentine Camax, Louis Perrault

M. Hulot’s Holiday

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In Brief: As a mere boy, I bumped into Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle on television — and didn’t like it. Many years later, I saw part of his Traffic — and didn’t like it. With that, I wrote off Tati’s work as something just not for me. And it was with that in mind that…
BUDGET TALKS: The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is getting into the thick of its budget process as it heard requests from A-B Tech and Asheville City Schools during its meeting Tuesday, May 2

Buncombe Commission­ers appoint new county manager

Press release from Buncombe County Government: Asheville, NC At their June 9 special meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners named current Assistant County Manager/Health & Human Services Director Mandy Stone as the new County Manager to be effective July 1. Ms. Stone succeeds Wanda Greene who announced her intent to retire after 20 years […]

Michael Hatch working on a parison on the punty.

Should Asheville be Craft City? Voting is open for American Craft Week’s Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers

Think Asheville deserves a reputation for more than beer? How about its thriving craft arts scene? Voting is under way to establish the Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers, via an online poll presented by American Craft Week. At the time this is being posted, tiny Seagrove, N.C. (population 228), is in the lead with […]

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Updated: Tuesday Funk Jam to bring out the funk in support of Bob Moog Foundation and Give!Local

Come on out and shake your hips to local funk music while supporting a good cause at the Asheville Music Hall’s Funk Jam Benefit for the Bob Moog Foundation on Tuesday, Dec. 13 (tonight) at 11 p.m. This special benefit edition of the well-loved weekly funk music jam offers an easy way to donate to […]

Photo of river water after chemical spill by Jemima Cook Fliss, a member of Xpress' delivery team

Updated: Chemical spill affects Laurel and French Broad rivers in Madison County

Update 4:31 p.m.: Xpress has new information that the substance reported by the French Broad Riverkeeper was not the substance that leaked from the overturned truck. While there is still question about what it actually was, water samples taken by representatives from both the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the French Broad Riverkeepers were […]

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (second from right) declaring victory, surrounded by her wife Meghann Burke (center), mother (far left) and members of her campaign team. Photo by Able Allen

Making history: Jasmine Beach-Ferrara to become first openly gay Buncombe County Commission­er

With her win in the District 1 Democratic primary, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is slated to become the first openly LGBT Buncombe County Commissioner. To get there, she had strong competition from City Councilman Gordon Smith and from another civil rights activist, Isaac Coleman. Since no Republican filed to run for the District 1 seat, Beach-Ferrara is almost certain to take office in the fall after the General Election.