ICYMI for the week of Oct. 4 — and a sneak peek

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from last week’s Xpress. From the primary election to narrow the number of candidates for seats on Asheville City Council and the office of mayor (primary election day is Tuesday, Oct. 10) to a roundup of news and events for American Craft Week, here’s a look back at the week that was.

And stay tuned for this week’s issue, coming to a newspaper box near you by Wednesday, Oct. 11. Sneak peek:

  • The Women in Business special advertising section will include editorial coverage on women making it work in the WNC business community.
  • Bears! A look at how humans coexist with this region’s largest wild animals.
  • Previews of upcoming events focused on history, community, food and the arts.
  • Movie reviews, crossword, cartoons and Freewill Astrology.


WNC residents, officials gather to discuss railroads’ future

By Max Hunt

Community and business representatives from across the rail industry gathered in Asheville on Sept. 22 for the Railroads & Regional Economic Development Conference. Organized by the WNC Rail Committee, the conference revealed some hints of how railroads may adapt to changing times.

American Craft Week events in and around WNC

By Alli Marshall

American Craft Week goes week beyond the virtual world, offering special exhibitions, gallery openings, demonstrations, workshops, sales, fairs and more.

John C. Campbell Folk School and Penland School of Crafts appoint new leadership

By Lauren Stepp

It’s the season of change for two of Western North Carolina’s craft institutions. In May, John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown named Jerry Jackson as its new executive director. A month later, Penland School of Crafts in Penland announced that Maria “Mia” Hall would take the reigns as director, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Crafting a new graduate program at Warren Wilson College

By Thomas Calder

Warren Wilson College’s Master of Arts in Craft Studies is expected to launch in the summer of 2018. When it does, it will join the MFA Program for Writers as the college’s only master level classes.

2017 Asheville City Council and mayor primary election guide

By Carolyn Morrisroe

The Asheville City Council primary is set for Tuesday, Oct. 10. Xpress’ voting guide has Q&As with all the candidates along with other voting resources.

Is hydro the way to grow? Locals say yes

By Maggie Cramer

Hydroponics is taking off around the globe, the country and in Western North Carolina. But it’s not just backyard gardeners who want to reap hydroponics’ impressive list of benefits, which range from a rapid growth rate to less labor to water conservation to crop consistency.

Asheville dietitians see pros and cons to the ketogenic diet

By Jacqui Castle

The high-fat, low-carbohydrate nutrition plan is gaining traction as a weight-loss tactic and a means of coping with certain health issues. Local experts say the diet works well for some but not all.

Love literally heals, say Asheville experts

By Jonathan Esslinger and Jennifer Gural

From lessening pain to lowering blood pressure, one of the best ways to heal may be through the healing power of love, experts say.

About Virginia Daffron
Managing editor, lover of mountains, native of WNC. Follow me @virginiadaffron

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