SECOND OPINION: Larry Johnson, with microphone, of Flat Rock asks a question after Monday's late showing of 'Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point.'  Photo by Sammy Feldblum

Health care documentar­y in Flat Rock looks to heal a broken system

Dr. Marsha Fretwell addressed a crowd of 25 in blunt terms Monday in Flat Rock: “We need to get for-profit health insurance out of the marketplace.” Fretwell, a former geriatric physician and a member of Healthcare for All Western North Carolina, crystallized the thesis of the documentary Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point, which had […]

THE LONG ROAD HOME: For older residents of WNC and those like Barb Knight, who has cerebral palsy, finding a suitable and affordable long-term care facility can be a dizzying experience. Luckily, there is a variety of local resources and professionals to help assist in finding the right home for residents and their loved ones. Photo by Max Hunt

Navigating WNC’s long-term care options

Few words have the ability to inspire more fear, frustration and trepidation among older Americans across the country than “nursing home.” But for those confronting the prospect of needing long-term care, a variety of care options and support services across Western North Carolina provides information to help residents find the best care available.

NICE AND SALTY: When snow and ice make the going treacherous on local roads, the city of Asheville deploys public works crews around the clock to spread sand and salt as well as to plow snow. Photo courtesy of the city of Asheville

Despite environmen­tal concerns, salt still most effective de-icer

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.