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Annual Holidays with a Musical Twist | Here's our start at a song list that will get longer as the days get shorter. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our readers, writers and supporters — from MediaBear, publisher of Smile. Dance. Engage. Do good. Be kind. Keep hope alive. Remember what your mama taught you: The world is your oyster. Crack it open. Let the love shine in. | More>

Democracy begins with one great truth: the infinite dignity of individual men and woman | Understanding the joy of democracy  | More>

Buy local, save local | Asheville Grown Business Alliance now offers the annual "Go Local Card" to support public education and local businesses. The 2018 card is now available for purchase. As always, it provides discount prices and special members-only offers. Buy in-person at local stores or go online to More>

Trump's FCC kills Net Neutrality | Fascism is on the march in the Republican-dominated federal government. With the FCC voting along party lines, the Republican-appointed commissioners voted lockstep on Dec. 14, 2017, and killed Net Neutrality. Killing Net Neutrality means the end of freedom of the press and gagging the voice of the little guy on the Internet, while major corporations and Trump's FCC decide what Americans will see, hear and read on the Internet | More>

City Issues Code Purple as Frigid Temperatures Arrive | With Asheville overnight temperatures falling into the teens, 20s and 30s, The Homeless Coalition has issued a Code Purple to encourage people to seek shelter, including those on its list: More>

Travel Info Now | Current real time NC travel info provided at, as winter weather may continue to impact travel in Asheville Area and Western North Carolina: More>

Christmas Comes Early for Ashevilleans: Blue Cross Blue Shield and Mission Health Back Together | The two giants of health care in Asheville and the region have finally come to their senses and joined hands with a new, official agreement: Effective Dec. 15, 2017, BCBS of NC, the largest health insurer in the state, is now back in-network with Mission Health, the largest hospital and provider of health care in Western North Carolina. What took "the kids" so long to play ball again? | More>

Did you experience the only full SUPERMOON in 2017? Well, get ready for a full BLUE SUPERMOON in Jan. 2018 | Did you see the full SUPERMOON on Dec. 2, 2017, after Saturday Night Live was over? It was a bigger than usual and brighter than usual full moon. Spectacular, actually, because the weather was so clear and dry in the mountains. Good news, too: two more SUPERMOONS are headed our way in January 2018. It's a once in a blue moon opportunity, so to speak. | More>

Have North Carolina businesses benefited from its 2013 tax cut? | Not so much, and certainly not as much as promised by the Republican-dominated state legislature. But NC did not fare as poorly as Kansas. So the jury is still out, reports the Washingtonpost, in its Dec. 3, 2017, article by Todd C. Frankel, entitled "What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country?" | More>

How badly will the Republican tax bill hurt Asheville's real estate market? | National Association of REALTORS (NAR) gives thumbs down to the Republican tax bill because "the bill represents a tax increase on middle-class homeowners." The National Home Builders Association (NAHB) went a step further in their condemnation of the tax bill with the NAHB Chairman explaining the Republican "tax changes will hurt the middle class by lowering household wealth." | More>

Republicans now coming after your benefits | The trusted media and knowledgeable people who care about saving the American Dream and preserving the financial wellness of the middle class are predicting that after the Trump-Republican tax plan passes and becomes the law of the land, more Americans will face cuts to their Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. | More>

Hang Your Head, Congress | Senate Republicans pass new tax bill in the wee hours of Dec. 2, 2017, designed to elevate the rich and corporations and stomp on the human rights and dignity of the middle class and poor. In the coming days and months, there is no doubt Ashevilleans will resist oppression and promote progressive — not regressive — ideas and solutions. Explaining the Senate Republican tax bill, Bernie Sanders said, "The president was lying to you. This is class warfare, and we're going to stand up and fight." | More>

Asheville Number One on Lonely Planet's List | Greatest place in the U.S. to visit in 2017. Wow! | More>

Today through Jan. 4: Grove Arcade Winter Wonderland | Stoking the holiday spirit, the Grove Arcade's holiday event is simply wonderful. Walk through and around the Grove Arcade in Downtown Asheville to enjoy the holiday decorations and lights amidst the architectural splendor. Of course, the retailers are all decked out for the season, too. A beautiful and warm daily event. | More>

Asheville is one of the top 100 best places to live in America | Published by | More>

Artsy Asheville | According to Lonely Planet | More>


Be Part of the First 4 Million: Sign Stayer's Petition to Impeach Trump | Billionaire Tom Steyer has mounted a television and Internet campaign to organize Americans to resist and call for the removal of Donald J. Trump, "a clear and present danger" as an "unfit president." Visit More>

Fox News Pulls Impeach Trump Ads | "If Fox News is siding with Trump and trying to silence us, they must be afraid of what we have to say," said Tom Steyer, a billionaire who has begun a $10 million ad campaign  advocating the impeachment of Donald Trump, as quoted by More>

Fight Fascists: Give the Gift that Keeps Giving Back This Holiday Season | Years ago Dr. Lawrence Britt studied the characteristics of fascism and published his findings as a list of 14 signs. | More>

"We the People Act" Petition | Sign it (with your friends, too) to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that money is NOT speech and that corporations are NOT human beings. | | More>

Oligarchy, Not Democracy | Rule by the few, not by the many | More>

The Line Is Drawn: What Side of the Tax Bill Would Jesus Be On? | Senate Republicans passed a new tax bill on Dec. 2, 2017, designed to take taxes paid by the middle class and poor and pay it to the  rich. It's hard to believe, but that's the long and short of it all, despite the lies by Republicans saying the new bill will help the middle class, and doesn't help the rich very much at all. This so-called reform tax bill by the Republicans is not reform at all. It's a Senate Republican flim-flam bill passed by elected Republican con artists who represent the rich and the few. In voting for the rich and against the middle class, the Republicans might have awakened the Democratic and Independent voters in 2018. | More>

Pit of Despair or Mountain of Repair | Downtown Asheville's power brokers have a wonderful chance to do something great for citizens and tourists and, in the process, repair trust in their leadership. | More>

Board a bus-full of laughs | Laughing is good for your health. Gladly, LaZoom Kid's Comedy Tour has your whole family covered this holiday season | More>

Asheville Area Weather Today | And forecast | More>

2018 U.S. winter outlook | SE: mostly mild; Midwest & NE: roller-coaster; NW: chilly; offers predictions and weather maps | More>

Quick Guide to many official City of Asheville websites | Includes up-to-the-minute news and advisories | More>


Secrets to living a long life | "Given my antiquity" advice and factual information that's useful now more than ever since Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield have parted ways. | More>

 Enjoy your 'daily constitutional' and satisfy your curiosity about local history | During the fall, a walk along the Urban Trail in Downtown Asheville is a free and memorable way to experience this unique mountain city. | More>

Animals can make us healthier | More>

Why local Asheville media industry must fight the FCC and Trump's effort to kill the Internet | In their small but important way, local Asheville area publishers, bloggers and owners of WNC Internet websites must support freedom of the press more than ever today. | More>

The Resistance Now: Activists plan to protest the Republican tax bill. | More>

Stunning Non-Partisan Report about the Darkest Republican Tax Bill Ever | The recent report released by Congress's official non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation is a bombshell of truth about the proposed tax bill. It exposes how the rich will get richer at the expense of the middle class and poor. | More>

Asheville Mayor and Council 2017 election results | According to initial results, mayor Esther Manheimer soundly defeated challenger Martin Ramsey. Newcomers Vijay Kapoor and Sheneika Smith, along with incumbent vice mayor Gwen Wisler, won the three open city council slots in the Nov. 7, 2017 election. Official certification of the election results will come later. | More>

What's it like to live in Asheville? | In 2018, US News & World Report will be rating Asheville in its Best Places to Live Ranking. Its current write-up gives newcomers a good overview now. | More>


Charter/Spectrum continues in long-running NYC labor dispute | Charter is a large provider of cable TV, internet and telephone services in the Asheville area. | More>

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Supports NAFTA | Reuters reports that 300 local chambers across the nation signed a letter urging President Trump to keep the NAFTA trade agreement in place to avoid hurting American businesses. | More>

Protect Your Privacy | NSA has proposed no-warrant data collection, now used against criminals, to be used against all Americans. Fifty-eight human rights and civil liberties groups demand action to "End 702" and protect citizens' privacy rights. | More>

'One man shouldn't be in charge of the fate of the world' | In the midst of the national debate, including letter writers in Asheville, measuring the pros and cons of whether the US should nuke North Korea, a most sane article in The Atlantic about nuclear weapons — and one that quotes the 2017 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize | More>

Vadim Bora's New Exhibition Catalog Now Available: More>  | Anyone who remembers — and misses — the vibrancy, kindness and humor of master artist and sculptor Vadim Bora, who had a studio on Battery Park near the Flat Iron Building, will enjoy reading this March 31, 2014, article published in the Asheville Citizen-Times: More>



December - - Asheville Area Arts Council offers monthly events: More>

December - - Asheville's favorite bookstore features new books and events: More>

December - - Superb daily calendar for downtown and beyond: More>

December - - 50 things to do in Asheville: More>

December - - Calendar: More>

2017- - Create your own monthly calendar: More>

Asheville Area attractions | Varied. Plentiful. Affordable.More>


How to help Americans hit by Hurricane Harvey | Asheville-based MANNA FoodBank offers advice on how to best assist in the Hurricane Harvey and flooding relief effort. | More>

Local grassroots climate change movement |, one of the top environmental groups educating people about climate change and what can be done to reverse the increasing problem, is focusing its efforts on nurturing a local grassroots climate change movement that relies less on government action and more on what people demand. | More>

Top 10 Local News Stories of 2016 | Water is one of them. Presented by CPP; i.e.,, an increasingly definitive source of well-researched, timely news for and about the Asheville area and Western North Carolina | More>

RESISTANCE GROWS | "Indivisible," a free, online guide to resist the Trump agenda, as well as the ACLU's "Freedom Cities Action Guide," are showing Americans how to effectively become freedom fighters against politicians who shred the U.S. Constitution and close their eyes to Trump's love affair with Russia: More>

"The People, Yes"



City will keep water system
rules NC high court

Yet some Republicans say the fight is not over

Thanks to a recent 5-2 ruling by the North Carolina Supreme Court, the people of Asheville will keep its water system. For five years, the City of Asheville fought against Republicans in North Carolina who wanted to take over its water system valued at approximately $173 million — and pay nothing for it. More>

 Clean Water for North Carolina, a nonprofit organization, was a strong supporter of the people's perspective and the final ruling by the NC Supreme Court that protects Asheville from being required to transfer its water system to the state against its will and without payment: More>


 GOOD-BYE TO MASS PROTESTS? | Can anyone imagine Asheville not being allowing to have mass protests? | More> 

RESISTANCE GROWS | "Indivisible," a free, online guide to resist the Trump agenda, as well as the ACLU's "Freedom Cities Action Guide," are showing Americans how to effectively become freedom fighters against politicians who shred the U.S. Constitution and close their eyes to Trump's love affair with Russia: More>


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Today's Asheville vicinity travel info |NC DOT reports traffic and construction delays, accident incidents, and adverse weather. | Click Here>

MAIN is a local, non-profit, aggregator of local, state and national news. MAIN has long championed freedom-of-the-press issues.  | More>


 'One Term More' adds music — and parody — to the political discourse | "The ballot box of freedom" takes center stage. (Special thanks to botany author, artist, activist and A-B Tech instructor Peter Loewer, a.k.a., for this link to | More>

Love LIVE music? Revamped puts the spotlight on Asheville area musicians, bands, clubs, venues and festivals | More>

LiveWire Asheville | Interactive calendar of Asheville's very much alive performing arts scene | More>

Malaprop's current events: More>




 2017 Realtor poll puts Asheville as gentrification star

Like it or not, a poll conducted by the national REALTORS organization and published in its REALTORmag publication indicated that as of 2017 Asheville is considered to be Number 2 in the nation as one of the top 10 U.S. cities that is fast becoming gentrified. Charleston polled as Number 1 in the gentrification category for 2017, while Washington, D.C. came in 3rd, followed by Portland, OR, in 4th, and Nashville as 5th. For more of the lowdown about this somewhat dubious Top 10 award, read it and weep the news at: Asheville Citizen Times: More> | Asheville Daily Planet: More> | REALTORmag: More>


2016 ELECTION UPDATE: Democratic Roy Cooper wins NC governorship. But the former governor, Pat McCrory, a Republican, had trouble letting go of his power. More>

2017 THE FIGHT IS ON: When it became obvious that Democratic Roy Cooper was going to become the new governor of North Carolina, the Republican-dominated state legislature stripped newly elected Democratic Governor Cooper of historical powers that came with the job.
More> | Furthermore, the fight is on in the possible special elections in 2017 due to the unconstitutional gerrymandering by Republicans and the court-ordered new elections: More> | NC GERRYMANDERING UPDATE: Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on resolving North Carolina's election mess brought on by NC Republicans' blatant gerrymandering and resulting lawsuits. Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court might have thrown a monkey wrench into the lower court ruling that had previously promised NC voters to proceed with the special 2017 elections. Carolina Public Press (CPP) reports on this ever-widening complex and controversial free election matter: More> |

REPUBLICAN POWER PLAY VERSUS THE PEOPLE: In the meantime, Gov. Roy Cooper threatens to see the NC Republicans in court. And for good reason. The GOP-dominated legislature took a nefarious political approach. The GOP is trying to prevent Cooper from taking action against issues the GOP support. This unprecedented, hurried and unethical, if not illegal, legislative move by the GOP ignores the voters' wishes. That is, the NC Republicans have acted against the wishes of the majority of NC voters who threw out their Republican governor in the 2016 elections and replaced him with a Democratic governor. It should have been a simple, standard, good-by to Pat McCrory, and a hello to Roy Cooper. The numbers don't lie. More>

INSTEAD, the political fallout of NC Republicans' ongoing, high-handed moves to ignore voters has the potential to be seen as an unAmerican, Putinesque, authoritarian, elitist Republican power push versus the profound will and right of Democratic people to have their voices heard. Nothing is more clear even in this age of alternative facts: the Dems won the 2016 NC governor's election fair and square, and the Repubs lost. That's called good old-fashioned American politics: More>

"AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC" TAKES ON GREATER MEANING TODAY: In North Carolina and elsewhere across the nation, there is a growing wave of voter anger in demanding that politicians do their job in defense of the U.S. Constitution "against all enemies, foreign and domestic," starting with a president who holds contempt for traditional American values. See columnist Roger Cohen's article: More>


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There's plenty to do in and around Downtown Asheville

 * An indie movie at the Fine Arts Theatre might be the ticket | More>

* The Orange Peel always rocks with live performances More>

* The Biltmore House offers ticket discounts online | More>

* Additional highlights | More>

Find Downtown Asheville on Facebook | More>


Listen LIVE on WNCW-FM radio | Arguably, Western North Carolina's best community-oriented radio station | More>

A good reason to pick A-B Tech or UNCA | The debt crisis at America's colleges reported in | More>


Rescued animals | For adoption in Asheville | More>

 Current official news and updated advisories about Asheville city services | Visit (1) (2) (3) or (4) Click Here>

St. Matthias weekly concert series most Sundays at 3 p.m. More>


 'One Term More' adds music — and parody — to the political discourse | "The ballot box of freedom" takes center stage. (Special thanks to botany author, artist, activist and A-B Tech instructor Peter Loewer, a.k.a., for this link to | More>


*TODAY'S Weather | And forecast. Click Here> 

*AIR Quality | Forecast for ridges and valleys. Click Here>

*ASHEVILLE AREA Maps | Find your way. Click Here>

*GOOGLE Map | Type "Asheville City Hall" in the search bar. |
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* QUICK GUIDE to Official Websites | Useful updates | Click Here>

Haywood Park Hotel

in the Heart of Asheville is unique with large rooms.

*LINKS Directory | Good stuff daily | More>

IMAGEASHEVILLE.COM | Fine site to view photos of Asheville. Works by ace local photographers Zen Sutherland, Bill Rhodes and others. | More>

* GAS PRICES | Where are the best gas prices in the Asheville Area? | More>

*CITY ROAD CLOSINGS ONLINE to help drivers plan ahead | You guide to circumvent local construction | More>

*ASHEVILLE AREA Chamber of Commerce | What's new | More>

* AshevillePARC | Downtown activist group | Click Here>


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