The Annual Animal Issue

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Cover Design Credit:

Scott Southwick
From spooky tales to electrified entertainment, haunted habitats and death-defying dance parties, Halloween in Western North Carolina promises to set you aquiver this year.





  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    Local actor Willie Repoley discusses working on the Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man," Habitat for Humanity screens a documentary on gentrification and more.



  • Letter: Setting record straight on Firestorm Books

    -by Letters
    "Firestorm treats with humanity those patrons who are respectful, including the homeless looking for a safe place to stay for a couple hours."
  • Letter: Miller has right qualifications for sheriff

    -by Letters
    "You must not know that Quentin plans to hold regular town halls to build community rapport. Or that our opioid crisis will be one of Quentin’s top priorities."
  • Letter: Turner has the tools to better his hometown

    -by Letters
    "I was thrilled to learn that Brian has experience working in higher education and understands the pros and cons to our public schools on a systemic level."
  • Time for a ‘bear summit’?

    -by Xpress Contributor
    "At the very least, City Council or the Wildlife Commission could stage a 'bear summit' to document the number and character of close calls."
  • Letter: A stain on this town

    -by Letters
    "I call foul on the city for engaging in this aggressive, underhanded attempt to further gentrify West Asheville."
  • Making peace with bears

    -by Xpress Contributor
    "Bears are not the enemy! We’re the ones who have to decide if we’re going to be the enemy. Coexistence is possible: We can do it, but it’s a practice."
  • Letter: Defeat McHenry and save the U.S. Postal Service

    -by Letters
    "He submitted a bill that would have pre-emptively banned future U.S. Postal Service innovations in its products and services, such as affordable, basic banking (low-cost check cashing, small-dollar loans, savings…
  • Letter: Experienced Miller seeks positive future for Buncombe

    -by Letters
    "Quentin Miller seeks a positive future for Buncombe County that includes innovative cooperation with other agencies to combat the opioid epidemic, more transparency of policing activities and increasing the safety…
  • Last call for election letters

    -by Letters
    For the best shot at seeing your letter make Xpress’ print issue before the Nov. 6 election, please send your missive by 5 p.m. Oct. 24 to