Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer delivers State of the City address on Oct. 1. Photo by Virginia Daffron.

Manheimer: bring all voices to the table

At the annual State of the City luncheon, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer referenced the voices of Asheville citizens “from all walks of life” as frequently as she cited experts and economic studies. Manheimer said, “The job of your City Council is to hear the voice of the people — their words, their views, their vision —and use those to create […]

Solar panels being installed on St. Eugene Catholic Church in north Asheville. Photo provided by St. Eugene Church

St. Eugene Church accepts Pope’s challenge and installs solar

When Pope Francis in his Encyclical Laudato Si told us to care for the earth, St. Eugene Catholic Church took up the challenge. The day before the Pope’s visit St. Eugene in north Asheville began installing 146 solar panels. When completed, this will produce 46,720 watts of power. The project was announced on Solar Sunday, March 8 and fund-raising was completed six months and a day later.

City Councilman Cecil Bothwell presents results of a poll showing majority support a park on land across from U.S. Cellular Center and Basilica of St. Lawrence. Photo by Virginia Daffron.

Bothwell: Poll says 86 percent of Asheville voters support park

In a press conference across the street from the so-called “Pit of Despair,” Asheville City Councilman and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners candidate Cecil Bothwell said this morning that a poll conducted by his campaign shows that 86 percent of likely Asheville voters favor a park on the city-owned parcel opposite the Basilica of St. Lawrence and the U.S. Cellular Center.

Members of the Asheville-Buncome County League participate in a leadership development training. Photo by Virginia Daffron.

Watchdog for democracy: League of Women Voters turns 95

The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 95th year, but the nonpartisan group is more focused on the future than the past, members say. “Throughout its history, the league has addressed the current issues of its day, and it has changed with the times,” notes Aiden Carson, vice president of the organization’s Asheville-Buncombe County […]