- Local bands Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats and Empire Strikes Brass celebrate 10 years; meanwhile, fellow Asheville act, River Deep, turns 30.Folkmoot's Summerfest will bring local and international dance and music to Haywood County. Plus, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian will highlight Native American filmmakers, a local author looks back…
- The South Slope breweries join fellow Asheville businesses Catawba and Hi-Wire in the state's largest city.Mother Ocean Seafood Market is teaming with Pleb Urban Winery, offering food truck service outside the River Arts District venue. Also: PicklePalooza 2022 returns Saturday, July 23; Barn Door Ciderworks…
- Buncombe County is one of the 91 counties the Office of Rural Health has designated as experiencing a behavioral health professional shortage. In fact, the 2022 departmental map designates all…
- “Clocks all over Asheville, Western North Carolina, and the state will be turned up an hour at midnight tonight, or tomorrow morning, as this state goes on daylight saving time…Jade McWilliams, a Western North Carolina autistic advocate, artist and speaker, discusses their recent Empowering Hope Award and their ongoing advocacy work.Volunteer firefighters were once the backbone of fire departments in communities throughout Western North Carolina. But officials are finding it increasingly difficult to get people to sign up for an…Better known as LUIG, the initiative aims to entice developers to include affordable units in their projects by offering property tax rebates. Asheville City Council is next slated to consider…The Justice Resource Center’s Unhoused Diversion Program focuses on aspects of homelessness that the criminal justice system rarely addresses, such as poverty, trauma, mental illness and addiction, and targets homeless…In response to a report by Asheville-based planning firm Urban3, Newman tasked county Tax Assessor Keith Miller with forming an ad hoc committee to provide guidance for future tax assessments…Xpress speaks with Jen Murphy about the Street Creature Puppet Collective and the group's latest show, 'The Earth Is Alive!'
- "It’s inspiring to see so many objections to the disappointing Pisgah-Nantahala forest plan, which wants to maximize logging and minimize protections for the forest.""Why are we giving developers a 'free pass' to build on every possible square inch of property? What will this reduction in open space do to our tree canopy?""Take, for instance, objections recently raised in the Mountain Xpress to increased housing density, open-space reduction and infill construction.""HCA must not be the only hospital available to WNC.""Given these facts, do you feel Asheville city leaders should reconsider defunding the police?""If you can, consider creating a studio apartment. If you can only spare $10 dollars a month, donate to Habitat, Homeward Bound, Helpmate or another charity. One person can make…"So, sorry, but local development will proceed, and my view is that our city and county are doing all that they can to preserve our unique local identity and still…"These forests belong to all of us. Cutting them down benefits only a few, while protecting them improves everyone’s health and well-being.""This proposal to deregulate developers within city limits is dressed up with idealistic-sounding justifications like providing affordable housing, improving flooding and fighting sprawl."