Weekly Digest

Taxation without Representation?

Following changes to legislation allowing revenues from the Buncombe County occupancy tax to fund construction that will benefit locals as well as visitors, a coalition of Asheville Food and Beverage United, Asheville for All, Asheville Democratic Socialists of America, and Buncombe Decides, has been lobbying the Tourism Development Authority to subsidize affordable housing.

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Community organizer Ben Williamson formed a coalition of local organizations to pressure the TDA into funding affordable housing. Screenshot.

Explore Asheville Names Dodie Stephens VP of Marketing

Explore Asheville, the official destination marketing and management organization for Asheville and Buncombe County, announced Dodie Stephens as its next head of marketing effective October 2. Stephens, who spent more than 15 years with Explore Asheville, will return to the organization as Vice President of Marketing, after stepping away to be Vice President of Marketing […]

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Marketing and communications executive Dodie Stephens, in photo, returns to Explore Asheville to take the helm from long-time veteran Marla Tambellini as she plans to retire following 29 years of dedicated service. Photo provided.

A Slice Of The Big Apple Comes To Town

"These cars are in running condition. They came to us in excellent shape," said Hollifield when asked if there was anything else that needed to be done to get the cars running on the track.

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A New York subway car being lifted onto the Craggy Mountain Line in Woodfin. Photo by Clint Parker.

County Tax Assessor Explains Reevaluation

Most residents believe reevaluation is a gimmick to increase one's property taxes, but not so, says the county tax assessor in a recent presentation before the Weaverville Town Council.

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Buncombe County Tax Assessor Keith Miller. Photo by Clint Parker.

TD-a-Minute Falcons Thrash Erwin 40-10

Carson Dimsdale rushed for nearly 300 yards and a score, and Truitt Manuel reached the end zone on offense and defense in West Henderson’s 40-10 home victory over Erwin.

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Carson Dimsdale ran for a career-best 268 yards. Judah Dayton (40) and other Erwin defenders had trouble hanging onto him. Photo by Pete Zamplas.

Tryon Goes Native with Plant Sale

“In too many areas of our country there is no place left for wildlife but in the landscapes and gardens we as individuals own,” explains Donna Wise, Tryon resident and co-founder of the Gardening for Life Project. The Gardening for Life Project works to encourage individual property owners to use all native plants in their […]

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Four women stand outdoors smiling and facing the camera.

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