“We’ve found it extremely hard to find information on the candidates and issues.”
Voters in Weaverville and Woodfin will be the first in Buncombe County to use an electronic method to mark ballots that could save them time at the polls.
“This building boom is on steroids, and it’s turning what was a quaint little town and quiet rural countryside into constant traffic congestion.”
Development projects leave obvious marks on the world around them. But every building that goes up in Western North Carolina also leaves a paper trail in local government archives that, as public property, residents have the legal right to inspect.
“Residents’ health shouldn’t have to suffer when there are practical alternatives to open burning.”
A proposed doubling of Weaverville’s water treatment capacity has met with cost concerns from town officials and environmental worries from some local residents.
Western North Carolina bustled with electoral intrigue in 2021. From Woodfin, Asheville’s neighbor to the north, to the Jackson County seat of Sylva in the west, challengers bested incumbents in many nonpartisan town council and commission races.
“After that night, many times we would be sitting in the same room and suddenly smell a waft of perfume, as if someone just walked by.”
“Ultimately, favoritism is handed toward developers and bottom lines, while major impacting projects are slipped past under the radar. People don’t get a fair chance to oppose such, let alone win.”
As outlined in a presentation available before the meeting by Jeremiah LeRoy, the county’s sustainability officer, the projects could save Buncombe County, A-B Tech, Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools roughly $27.2 million in total electricity costs over the next 30 years.
“Let’s spend our money in places and in businesses that willingly follow the ordinances/laws that protect our families.”
The two bills signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper on May 4, both unanimously passed by the General Assembly, together designate nearly $1.6 billion for the state’s COVID-19 response and grant flexibility in many areas of regulation.
Xpress reached out to candidates across the two counties to understand their motivations for participating in the municipal elections. Many of the topics the hopeful elected officials raised — diversity, transportation planning and preservation of small-town character — may give WNC politicos a sneak peak at what will be important to area voters in 2020.
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Woman-owned businesses are the norm in Weaverville’s downtown district, a bustling hamlet that puts the lie to the notion of small towns as sleepy places where nothing much ever happens.
The Weaverville session was the first of three that Buncombe County will host to cover each of the board’s three election districts. District 2 Commissioners Mike Fryar and Ellen Frost were in the hot seat on Thursday evening.
The fate of a 296-unit apartment complex will be on hold until December as the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment voted to continue its hearing until it sees an official traffic study.
Several smaller municipalities in Buncombe County will hold elections on Nov. 7 along with the city of Asheville. Xpress takes a look at the races in Black Mountain and Weaverville to find out what’s on the candidates’ minds as the election draws near and how they plan to serve their constituents.
As development across Buncombe County continues to boom so do concerns about traffic. Xpress takes an in-depth look at who you can turn to for traffic studies, traffic calming and more.
“So when the choice is between crazy and evil, which is the best choice I have ever seen on a ballot without my own name on it, voting for the nutcase is the easy choice.”
AVL Beer Week 2017 presents a full roster of special releases, tap takeovers, festivals, dinners, parties and even some opportunities for yoga and bhangra dancing.