To keep cars from slipping and sliding — and crashing and smashing — when weather conditions turn roads icy, the city of Asheville and the N.C. Department of Transportation treat local motorways with salt. While the substance can impact water quality and the health of wildlife, officials say they mostly succeed in balancing environmental and traffic safety concerns.
Antibiotic resistance has become a serious problem, causing infections that can’t be treated and thousands deaths every year in the U.S. as a result. Many hospitals, including several local ones, have created antibiotic stewardship programs, which develop strategies for the appropriate use of antibiotics while decreasing the chance of bacteria becoming resistant to them.
Food waste is a costly problem that is particularly painful in Western North Carolina with its high rate of food insecurity. Thrifty local chefs say there are many ways to start ending food waste in the home kitchen.
At the Healthcare for All, Y’All event Sunday at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, Joel R. Segal, who as a legislative aide to U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan worked to help pass the Affordable Care Act, offered a surprising take on it: “None of us wanted that bill. The basic idea was […]
Nine local panelists recently debated a fundamental question about health care: Is it a right or a commodity?
From laughter yoga to therapy with a dash of good cheer, a number of Asheville-area helping professionals serve up healing with a side of humor.
SATIRE: Xpress takes a loving look at local media, food and politics.
Local end-of-life activist Greg Lathrop questions whether we cheat ourselves of the chance for a more meaningful life if we spend our days running from the inevitability of death.
Casteel talks about UNC Asheville’s sustainability and food waste prevention efforts.
A strong spiritual rudder can help young people navigate life’s problems long after they’ve sailed into adulthood, youth ministers say. In Asheville, some churches have changed the way their programs target young people, giving them not only a place to worship, but also a place to find community and learn life skills.
Ashevilleans have a history of seeking, and many local residents have taken that search to spiritual pilgrimages along the Caminos of Europe. Now, Asheville has its own 16-mile Camino, a path that can take people walk without paying airfare.
This time of year, religion almost seems to corner the market on celebrations of peace and unity, but Kwanzaa offers the opportunity to attune the spirit through a cultural holiday. Many think of Kwanzaa as entirely motivated by a particular religion, but it’s a modern concept honoring seven traditional principles of the Swahili-speaking regions of Africa, and […]
Three local musicians share an interest in helping people in the community explore the healing power of sound and music in workshops and retreats.
“People can think of it as a visual psychic reading, but I can’t guarantee what the messages will be,” artist Racquel Wilkins explains. “Art is for beauty and upliftment. … The soul portraits aim to take people to a higher level where they can see that we’re all connected.”
While Asheville thrives on a diverse spiritual life, shifting demographics and evolving notions of religion’s role in daily life have many historic congregations reconsidering the part they play in local culture — and how best to address a changing community’s concerns.
Women’s and men’s basketball games take place Dec. 22 at T.C. Roberson High School to raise funds for the Sizemore family.
Advocates for clean water in North Carolina often focus on the eastern part of the state, which hosts one of the world’s highest concentration of hogs. But French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson emphasizes that Western North Carolina and its smaller farms are not immune from the water quality issues related to animal agriculture.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is readying its new sanctuary in Leicester to house companion and farmed animals. Halfway through the organization’s transition year, grand plans and fundraising continue at BWAR, while some question what they see as a realignment of the nonprofit’s mission.
The sudden closure of the area’s only poultry processing plant in October not only caused a pre-Thanksgiving scramble for local turkey producers, but continues to impact Western North Carolina’s small farms.
Though the holiday season is meant to be joyful, this time of the year can be trying and raw for some people. In recognition of that reality, several local churches and groups are holding events aimed at creating a welcoming space for grief and depression during the holidays.