Find your power: Growing Goddesses teaches girls empowerment through personal responsibility

Updated 2020 WNC camp listings

Mountain Xpress‘ original guide to 2020 summer camps appeared in the March 18 issue, but many camps have since made adjustments to follow state guidelines for COVID-19. In light of the changes, Xpress has updated the guide below to reflect which camps have been postponed, canceled or gone virtual. Because the health considerations continue to […]

Neeraj Kebede at Addissae Ethiopian Restaurant

Biz briefs: Buncombe continues to see high COVID-19 unemployme­nt, business closures

The county, North Carolina’s seventh-most populous, was fifth on the state’s list of counties by number of pandemic-related first-time unemployment insurance claimants in April. Of those claims, 21.7% were from workers in the leisure and hospitality industries, while 15.6% were from the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

Biz in brief: Buncombe TDA grants, Salute to Small Business Week

Local businesses are bringing creativity to bear on pandemic-related closures and plans for business revitalization following the end of restrictions. They could get some help: Sen. Chuck Edwards of Hendersonville announced he will introduce legislation to the N.C. General Assembly to allow the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority to make grants to tourism businesses to support their reopening.

Deserted Haywood Street

Buncombe County orders residents to stay at home for two weeks

A supplemental declaration issued by Buncombe County this afternoon ordered all individuals currently living within Buncombe County to stay at their place of residence. This order takes effect on Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. and will continue through Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6 a.m. The order allows many essential activities, including outdoor exercise, […]

Health roundup: Film highlights uninsured WNC residents

A new documentary film produced by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Medicaid Covers Us campaign highlights two Western North Carolina residents who lack access to health insurance. Also in this week’s health and wellness roundup: Plenty of news from AdventHealth Hendersonville, Pardee hosts a celebration of life and a new local wellness podcast.