AHS Students Against Violence allege recent incidents go unaddressed at Asheville High

Allegations of recent violence at Asheville High school have surfaced via an Aug. 28 email sent to Mountain Xpress, other local media outlets, as well as school officials. The email was sent by a group identifying itself only as “Asheville Students Against Violence,” without any individual names included. We have as yet no further information […]

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Local business owner spurs discussion of downtown chains with ‘Love Asheville Grow Smart’ Facebook group

Adorn Salon owner Rebecca Hecht, who recently garnered at least 3,800 signatures on her petition to ban chain stores from locating in downtown Asheville, created a ‘Love Asheville Grow Smart’ Facebook group on Friday, Aug. 28. The forum, she hopes, will foster discussion on strategic and purposeful growth of downtown’s business landscape. “We seek to […]

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Local camera accessory company GoWorx launches Kickstarter campaign for FreeRide smartphone mount

From the makers of The Original Handle and GoKnuckles, comes another camera accessory designed with outdoor adventurers in mind. FreeRide, the latest product the local company is developing with the help of its Kickstarter campaign, “is a versatile and fully adjustable Smartphone Mount that enables you to simply and securely attach your Smartphone (with or […]

Air quality forecast for Friday, August 30: Moderate (YELLOW)

Sunday, August 30th, 2015, is a code YELLOW air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville.  This means that unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. For the ridge tops, it is a code GREEN (although borderline) air quality forecast day.  No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. Please call WNC Regional […]

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Warren Wilson College support for Pine Ridge Indian Reservation featured in new book

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Warren Wilson College psychology professor Kathryn Burleson, Ph.D., is a featured author, among others from institutions such as Elon University, Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame, in an influential new book that heralds the merits of taking students off-campus to learn with culturally diverse communities in […]

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Thirsty Monk reserves rare and unusual beers for Thirsty Fest, Sept. 7-13

Thirsty Fest — Thirsty Monk’s annual celebration of hard-to-find but delightful-to-drink draught beers — takes place at the downtown pub, both upstairs and downstairs, from Sept. 7-13 during opening hours. “Thirsty Fest is an event that we plan and reserve our best kegs for throughout the entire year,” says Vice President, Chall Gray. “Our head […]

Cajun band the Revelers to play in support of latest album Get Ready at Isis, Sept. 11

Cajun band the Revelers play a CD release set for new album Get Ready at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 11, at 9 p.m. Tickets for the show are $12/$15 per person, available online here. “Southwest Louisiana is in the midst of another explosion of uniquely American music, with The Revelers at […]

Lunch and Learn fashion show and presentation, Sept. 19

Learn about Coco Chanel, French fashion and The Locker (a professional clothing closet that provides business attire to AB Tech students preparing for interviews). The Saturday, Dept. 19 event takes place at MetroWines. Press release from organizers: MetroWines partners with The Grovewood Gallery to present a “Lunch and Learn Fashion Show on Saturday, September 19th […]

Orison Books holds a fundraiser to help with design and production costs of upcoming titles

Local press Orison Books, founded in 2014 by Luke Hankins, is running an Indiegogo campaign to funds toward design and production costs of new titles. Press release from the organization: In 2014, Luke Hankins, Senior Editor of Asheville Poetry Review, started a new literary press, Orison Books. Orison Books is a 501(c)(3) non-profit literary publishing […]

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Our Planet in Balance: Bees, Fungi and Man forum to be held by Center for Honeybee Research

A special single day forum looking at facets of the threats to Earth’s ecological systems will be hosted in Clyde, NC by the Asheville based Center for Honeybee Research on Saturday, September 26. Five researchers and activists will speak on their areas of expertise in the science of food supply and pollinators, Paul Stamets, Melanie […]

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Duke Energy tests show contaminated groundwater leeching into French Broad River

Contaminated water is leaving the coal ash ponds at the Duke Energy plant in South Asheville, but the company says it is not a threat the environment or the community. Duke Energy announced earlier this year that it would be retiring the coal-burning part of their Lake Julian power plant within the next half-decade in favor […]

Outdoor enthusiast specialty retail shop Field & Stream to open in October, now hiring for 90 positions

Field & Stream, a specialty retail shop for outdoor enthusiasts, is hiring for its new Biltmore Square Mall location at 800 Brevard Road, which is set to open in October. Approximately 90 full- and part-time positions are available, according to a media release. Interested candidates should visit to learn more. Here is the full […]

Air quality forecast of Friday, August 28: Moderate (YELLOW)

Friday, August 28th, 2015, is a code YELLOW air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville.  This means that unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. For the ridge tops, it is a code GREEN (although borderline) air quality forecast day.  No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. Please call WNC Regional […]

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City of Asheville earns AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s

Standard and Poor’s Financial Services, an independent rating agency that consists of financial and business experts, advises investors on how safe an investment in an organization will be. They gave investors a green light for investment in Asheville by assigning the city a AAA rating, the highest possible. Upgrading the rating from AA+ to AAA is meant to indicate that […]

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US Representative McHenry pens opposition letter to Duke Energy on behalf of Polk County constituents

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry sent two similar letters to the president of Duke Energy and to the Chairman of the North Carolina Utilities Commission. The letters, dated August 26th, informed both parties that McHenry’s constituents in Polk County had contacted him “about their concerns regarding the proposed Duke Energy Western Carolinas Modernization route options that would result […]

Lex 18 hosts immersive Thomas Wolfe mystery dinner theater, Sept. 20

Lex 18 launched a historical mystery dinner theater show on Wednesday, Aug. 26, featuring actors portraying Thomas Wolfe, Dr. Watson and others. The immersive evening included readings, live music, period costume, craft cocktails, a four-course meal and a mystery that unfolded throughout the night. The Thomas Wolfe mystery dinner theater returns on Sunday, Sept. 20, […]

Duke Energy announces $3M in N.C. education grants, including $120,000 to Buncombe County organizations

Duke Energy Foundation has awarded $3,000,000 in grants to N.C.-based educational organizations, including three groups in Buncombe County. Asheville City Schools Foundation will receive $15,000 to “provide teacher fellowships to engage in professional development in STEM [or, science, technology, engineering and math] topics and implement improved STEM instruction that is inquiry-based and hands-on,” according to […]

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Environmental artist Melanie Oliva to public: Don’t kill my buzz

Noting the general public’s distaste for forceful instruction, Miami-based environmental artist Melanie Oliva launched a different kind of campaign to benefit the world’s pollinators. She recently challenged 200 members of the Inspiration Pollination art group, including Asheville’s Leif Erik Johansen, to “post a pollinator-focused project on Facebook and pass the challenge on to four more […]

Community groups, nonprofits form coalition to oppose Duke Energy transmission lines, expansion plans

Press release: Communities, neighbors and grassroots organizations across Western Carolina have joined forces to oppose Duke Energy’s Western Carolina expansion plans, including a network of power transmission lines, a large-scale gas-fired power plant near Asheville and substation at Campobello, SC.

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Asheville Housing Fair provides information on credit, home buying, renter rights and more, Sept. 19

The 2015 Asheville Housing Fair, held by the City of Asheville and Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS, will take place at the Stephens Lee Center (30 George Washington Carver Ave.) on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With more than 20 nonprofits attending, the free event will provide education on […]

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