Up in smoke: The death of tobacco in WNC
Cover Design Credit:Scott Southwick
Cover Photography Credit:Courtesy E.M. Ball Collection, Special Collections, Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville
Since payments for the “tobacco buyout” ended in 2014, many farmers across the Southern Appalachians have faced both the challenge of replacing lost revenue and, at a deeper level, a kind of identity crisis.
UNCA hosts solo exhibition of paintings by retired professor Virginia DerryberryThe exhibition, Private Domain, remains on display at S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, on the first floor of UNCA’s Owen Hall, through Friday, March 4.
Smart bets: Moon HoochMETAL opens for the untamed instrumental band at The Mothlight on Tuesday, March 1.
Jane Kramer celebrates her return to Asheville with a new albumThe song “Truck Stop Stars” from her new album, Carnival of Hopes, is about a woman leaving a mountain town to cross the U.S. “To me, it foreshadowed my own…
Smart bets: Up Jumped ThreeThe modern jazz trio plays Isis Restaurant & Music Hall's upstairs lounge on Sunday, Feb. 28.
Swannanoa native Reed Turchi returns home for album release party“A lot of people make a blues connection to that music, but what I'm attracted to in all of that is the groove,” says Reed Turchi. Hooks and melody are…
Smart bets: Rhiannon and the RelicsPre-teen fiddler Rhiannon Ramsey and her bandmates play Fletcher's The Feed and Seed on Friday, Feb. 26.
Conscious party: The Vagina Monologues benefits HelpmatePopular play The Vagina Monoluges covers "all the weird things we have to go through as women," according to show organizer Allison Taylor. Her cast of local volunteers talks gender…
Smart bets: The Highway Q.C.’sFrontman Spencer Taylo and his bandmates bring their soulful singing to The Double Crown on Thursday, Feb. 25.
Local caterers go creativeLocal catering companies are creating memories by using culinary and cocktail ingenuity.
Local buzz: Yaupon tea takes the Asheville stage as a native source of caffeineA black tea made from the yaupon holly, the only known caffeinated plant indigenous to North America, is creeping onto Asheville store shelves and coffee shop menus.
Beer Scout: Shave and a haircut … cold pints!The Local Barber and Tap provides haircuts and old-fashioned shoeshines along with a taproom pouring local craft brews.
Small bites: A dozen local bands play for Food ConnectionFood Connection's largest fundraiser of the year is a music sampling of Western North Carolina; Catawba Brewing Co., serves up a beer-filled brunch to take the edge off winter; The…
Mission Health helps expand national bone marrow transplant registryTo save a life, Julia Killen endured six hours with each arm stuck with two needles that drew cells from her bone marrow. While the process involved some discomfort and inconvenience,…
Screen scene: Local film newsTwo documentaries on extreme runners and the Tarahumara Indians, plus a benefit screening for Homeward Bound of WNC.
Underwater rock farming, anyone? Ashevillean grows coral reefs off Florida coastWhen most people think of farming, their thoughts turn to rows of neatly planted produce or herds of beefy cattle, but likely not to what Tim Birthisel, proprietor of Terra…
Local colleges adopt more holistic admissions policiesA year ago, Natalie Izlar felt herself drowning in responsibilities. “It was really stressful, because we were told colleges were looking at our extracurricular activities as well as our GPA…
Smoke and mirrors: the death of tobacco in WNCFew crops have been as central to North Carolina’s economy and culture — or as controversial — as tobacco. Historically, its high market value and the relative ease of growing…
Do the legislative shuffleAs a result of a 2013 lawsuit from Mecklenburg and Durham County voters, hundreds of Buncombe County residents are changing representation between the 10th and 11th Congressional Districts.
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