News Bulletins

Brent Brown: Anatomy of a cartoon

Xpress cartoonist Brent Brown walks us through the process of creating a cartoon for a local paper, from concept to sometimes-frustrating publication. Often I get asked what goes into creating a new cartoon for the Mountain Xpress (alternative weekly free paper based in Asheville, NC and distributed there and amongst the neighboring counties)and by often, […]

Health Department: Help from the public will reduce the spread of salmonella

From a press release from the Buncombe County Health department: As of Wednesday, May 2, Buncombe County Department of Health reports 38 cases of Salmonella Paratyhpi B infection with numbers likely to continue rising. At this point in the outbreak, communicable disease investigations indicate that person-to-person transmission is becoming more prominent as we approach the […]

State regulators give thumbs up to fracking, despite lopsided opposition

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has turned in a final, 484-page report on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, declaring that the procedure could be done safely in the geologically appropriate area around Lee, Chatham and Moore counties. The report, which was commissioned last year by the Legislature, calls for numerous safety applications […]

Second staffer for speaker of N.C. House leaves due to lobbyist involvement

Speaker Thom Tillis has lost a second staffer due to a romantic involvement with a state lobbyist, mere days after Buncombe County’s Charles Thomas, former chief of staff for Tillis, resigned due to an affair with a homebuilders’ association lobbyist. The News & Observer reports that the new disclosure involves Amy Hobbs, a policy analyst, […]

Benefit this Saturday at Kitsch Fabrics for Mammogram charity

Kitsch Fabrics (West Asheville shop) & Sisters in Stitches ( stitchin’ group of 250 Asheville women) are hosting this year’s ‘Artful Bra Challenge’ Auction & Soiree! It benefits ‘Ladies Night Out’ which gives free mamograms and breast cancer screenings to uninsured & underinsured women in Buncombe County. The auction is set for Saturday, May 5th […]

West Asheville blood drive June 2nd

Please join Calvary Baptist Church in saving lives by making an appointment to donate blood today! Appointments are available for whole blood or double red blood cell donations. Contact McKenzie Miller via Facebook, email (, or cell (828-712…-1756) to schedule your appointment. If you have questions about eligibility, please see

Asheville hotels host night of arts, creativity to raise money for Mission Children’s Hospital

From the press release: The SpringHill Suites by Marriott Asheville and the Courtyard by Marriott Asheville will host Art Escape!, Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The evening of creativity and inspiration will showcase original artwork by local artists, and all proceeds will benefit Mission Children’s Hospital. This free event is part of […]

Buncombe County Health Dept: Tempeh recall doesn’t stop the outbreak

Although Smiling Hara Tempeh products have tested positive for salmonella and have been voluntarily recalled by the company, the Buncombe County Health Department cautions that we aren’t out of the woods yet. Health Department and Smiling Hara Tempeh officials confirm that tempeh made some time between Jan 11 and April 11 is contaminated with salmonella. […]

11th District Candidate Jeff Hunt releases statement on Amendment One

PRESS RELEASE FROM JEFF HUNT’S CAMPAIGN: Today, May 1, Jeff Hunt, a candidate for the 11th District Republican nomination, participated in a press conference of District Attorneys highlighting the false advertisements being used in the Marriage Protection Amendment campaign. The anti-amendment interest groups have been spreading false information about domestic violence cases and law enforcement, […]

Mission Children’s asthma program receives EPA award

From the press release: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (May 1, 2012) – Mission Children’s Hospital’s Regional Asthma Disease Management Program today received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2012 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management for its exemplary efforts to deliver high-quality asthma care that includes environmental controls. “Receiving this award out of so many prestigious […]

Greenpeace: Activists plead guilty to trespass for Progress Energy protest

Full announcement from Greenpeace: 16 Greenpeace activists have pleaded guilty to trespass and were fined today in Buncombe County Court. The activists took part in a protest at the Asheville Progress Energy coal plant in February this year. “These activists were compelled to take action because of the great harm coal does to the community’s […]

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter to be commencement speaker at Warren Wilson

From the announcement from Warren Wilson College: Date: May 12 Time: 10 a.m. Site: Sunderland Residence Hall Lawn Main Address: Janis Ian, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Bachelor’s degree candidates: 224 (surpassing previous record of 201 in 2010) Leading majors: Environmental studies, global studies, sociology/anthropology Highest student honor: To be announced May 11 (faculty/staff vote) Graduation tradition: […]

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