Buncombe County commissioners identified combating opioid abuse and increasing teacher salary supplements as top priorities. But is legal marijuana a viable strategy for achieving those goals, or merely smoke and mirrors?
Just Peace for Israel/Palestine’s Stories of Struggle, Conscience and Spirit film festival continues, UNCA students, faculty and alumni screen their collaborative film and more.
With 45 percent of business owners in Buncombe County alone facing retirement in the next decade, local groups and service providers are encouraging them to start planning for their company’s next chapter, while simultaneously devising ways to turn an impending crisis into an opportunity for employees to shoulder new responsibilities.
White Horse screens a documentary about the My Daddy Taught Me That program, Arnold Wengrow debuts his book on Santo Loquasto and more.
Directed by Chanda Calentine, the show is a wonder of motion and energy. The Belk space lends itself to clever staging. A cast of 13 actors play more than 100 roles, from members of the Royal British Navy, to pirates, islanders and orphans of an assortment of ages and genders.
In its fourth year, Echofest 2017 brings a diverse range of musical acts to UNC Asheville’s campus.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a fundraiser for Asheville Butoh Festival’s four-day event plus an eco-friendly studying aid designed by UNCA students.
Tickets for HamiltunesAVL: The Sequel go on sale, French filmmaker Dominique Dubosc visits UNCA and more.
Exercise is a major lifestyle factor in preventing disease and improving health. Fitness experts recommend 120-150 minutes per week but urge beginners to start slowly.
For 70 years, the Minerals Research Laboratory on Coxe Avenue has collaborated with mining companies and educational institutions to develop more efficient processes for extracting the state’s mineral resources as well as ways to reuse potentially harmful byproducts.
Asheville will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a number of community events. The annual Prayer Breakfast, now in its 36th year and one of the country’s oldest such events, expects to draw a big crowd. The breakfast’s founder, Oralene Graves Simmons, says, “It is a time to stand up, speak out and unfold the dream.”
With a bevy of companies relocating or expanding operations in Western North Carolina, economic boosters, educators and business representatives are working to prepare the next generation of workers to meet the growing need.
“The most significant change in the course, though, was shifting our approach to the study of religion from ‘difference’ to ‘diversity.’ Instead of ‘othering’ the religions we studied, diversity allowed us to examine the societal benefits — and inevitable tensions — created by the public presence of multiple religions.”
The art and technology facility, funded in part with a $400,000 grant from Duke Energy, is part of the university’s plan to connect creative learning across its curriculum.
Disability is Diversity Week at UNC Asheville last month focused on disability as a form of diversity to be accepted and celebrated. Keynote speaker Matt Glowacki addressed the social justice issue of breaking down barriers between the able-bodied and the disabled.
Two members of the Russian punk rock protest band Pussy Riot participated in a panel discussion at UNC Asheville on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Though the battles were fought half a world away, WWI had a profound and lasting impact on Western North Carolina. As the state gears up for a big centennial retrospective on North Carolina’s involvement in the Great War, local researchers have worked to bring WNC residents’ stories and experiences to contemporary audiences.
The third annual African-Americans in WNC conference brought speakers from Asheville and beyond to UNC Asheville and the YMI Cultural Center to explore how emerging historical research can shed light on present-day African-American culture and identity in the region.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine spoke on Wednesday afternoon on the UNC Asheville campus, urging citizens to turn out for early voting.
An investigation conducted by Xpress resulted with A-B Tech vowing to change the way it stores emails, look at the length of time it stores communications and consider other improvements to how the school processes open records requests.
A selection of historic works by hobbyist photographer Isaiah Rice will move from UNCA’s library to be displayed at WCQS. The opening reception is on Friday, Oct. 7.