Earl Hunter Jr. of Black Folks Camp Too

Green in brief: Black Folks Camp Too gains national partners, Hendersonv­ille kicks off bee mural project

Black Folks Camp Too founder Earl B. Hunter Jr. said new marketing collaborations would help him develop more interest in camping among the Black community. And later this month, Asheville-based artist Matthew Willey will begin work on a giant mural of honey bees at Hendersonville’s Hands On! Children’s Museum.

Friends of East Flat Rock poster

Green in brief: Henderson planning board votes against asphalt plant

Board member Rick Livingston, who made the motion to deny the recommendation, said the proposed SE Asphalt plant’s location in a “very residential area” off the Spartanburg Highway was incompatible with both the county’s comprehensive plan and East Flat Rock’s community plan.

The incredible shrinking subsidy: WNC Nature Center achieves 3-year reduction goal in one year

When the WNC Nature Center learned the city of Asheville’s subsidy for the facility would shrink by more than half over three years, the environmental education attraction wasn’t immediately sure how it would make up the funding shortfall. But it didn’t take long to figure it out: the Nature Center met the three-year goal in only one year. The attraction is expanding to meet demand, and visitation is setting new records nearly every month.

Thank you for telling a nearly forgotten story

Kudos to Jake Frankel for his revealing April article, “Bought and Sold,” regarding Buncombe County’s endeavor to publish records of the sale and trade of the very human beings upon whose backs our county was built. Frankel adeptly describes this project that sheds some light on another part of a nearly forgotten story and will […]

Don’t throw red wolves under the bus

Thank you for your April 10 article "Don't Tread on Me." Your article mentions the possibility of closing the WNC Nature Center, home to one of the Species Survival Programs for critically endangered red wolves. There are fewer than 100 red wolves in the wild. Several of those have been killed in recent months by […]