- To celebrate WNC's 2023 literary accomplishments, Xpress reached out to writers Mildred Barya, Clint Bowman, Michael Hettich, Meagen Lucas and Brit Washburn. All five participants had new publications come out this year.Local musicians, actors, arts organization leaders and even wrestlers share insights on the year that was.A Cherokee potter will teach art students at UNCA. Plus, Jim Lauderdale headlines a benefit concert for the Junior Appalachian Music Kids of Henderson County, the Museum of the Cherokee People looks…
- Katie Button, J Chong, Steven Goff and Suzy Phillips share their takes on top dishes and favorite restaurants.If you’re looking for a food-filled New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of events to choose from.
- Xpress heard from residents from all walks of life — some in health care, many not — about their thoughts on health and wellness in the region in 2023.
- In 2023, several local outlets surged their news operations, bringing new resources, programs and reporters into the mix.It’s no secret that locals and visitors alike fall in love with Western North Carolina largely because of its natural amenities. For some organizations, preserving the region’s environment is of…Community members offer thoughts on crime, panhandling and more in 2023.From Canton to Hendersonville and Woodfin to Brevard, it was a newsworthy year in cities and towns throughout Western North Carolina.Xpress asked developers, government officials, activists and others to weigh in on how local infrastructure and related issues shaped 2023.Xpress reached out to dozens of local residents to discuss what keeps them hopeful heading into 2024.Pay for educators, equity for underrepresented populations and housing affordability, as well as nationwide inflation, underpinned efforts to improve the quality of life for Asheville-area residents in 2023, as expressed…Asheville City Council approved zoning requests for two housing developments at its Dec. 12 meeting, including a 279-unit apartment complex on Lake Julian in Arden and a 281-unit development on…Board Chair George Sieburg said board members wanted to explore how to show support to teachers and students in the policies beyond what has been provided by the N.C. School…
- "We choose how the next 525,600 minutes will unfold by setting clear, conscious intentions.""I noticed while watching this year’s holiday parade that our group was not really known at all to the commentators, and they struggled to talk about who we are."The recent wildfires in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee have all caused tremendous damage to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Smoky Mountains areas. And on Nov. 8, N.C. Gov.…Xpress readers engaged with a wide range of local issues in 2023 — from concerns about downtown Asheville to infrastructure priorities, a possible single-use plastic bag ban, education issues and…"Over 80% of women report sleep difficulties during their menopause transition, but only 12% or less are offered hormone replacement therapy, or HRT.""Reactionary Edwards has decided who should count and who shouldn’t.""Like all of us, these young people want to see true democracy, wherein there are systems and places for active engagement. Unfortunately, the commissioners’ meeting was not an example of…