The Wyeths: Three Generations

A new exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum showcases three generations of artistic talent. The collection is a comprehensive display of works by N.C. Wyeth, one of America’s most acclaimed illustrators.

Dealing with Patriotic Negativity

Once upon a time when our politicians did not tend to apologize for our country’s prior actions, here’s a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our great country. JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. […]

County Proposes $99M for Housing

Buncombe County is doubling down on subsidizing housing for persons earning as much as 120 percent AMI. Not only economics and date, but ethics suggest this is not going to work.

More Relief Sent to War Torn Area

The need for water, food, and supplies grows daily as the war in Ukraine continues.  Samaritans Purse and the World Central Kitchen offer a helping hand.

Asheville Floats Surreal Stormwater Workaround

Staff planners at the City of Asheville discovered existing requirements for residential open space were way out of line with those of comparable cities. So, they are proposing a relaxation of those standards, coupled with new, “kill-the-bill” level standards for commercial properties designed to incentivize stormwater mitigation measures stricter than general statues allow.

WNC Black Business Expo Preps

Support Black-owned businesses in April at a community-centered expo. 

Council Does 180 with 19(i)

Two weeks after rejecting a proposal for a 187-unit apartment building with an affordable housing component, Asheville City Council revoted and approved it.

Samaritan’s Purse Sends Medical Relief to Ukraine

Thousands are fleeing Ukraine as fighting and violence continue. Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse sent a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to set up a field hospital to offer life saving assistance.

…But I Did Stay at a Holiday Inn Express

Covering the City of Asheville’s Civil Service Grievance Board hearing last week on the dismissal of five employees over the city’s COVID-19 policy, I was reminded of a series of Holiday Inn Express commercials. 

Council Discusses Policing, Sanitation

Spurred by angry neighbors, Asheville’s Mayor Esther Manheimer opened an informal discussion with city council members about vagrancy, trash, obscene behavior, criminal activity, and more around the AHOPE Center.