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2018 Today: "Pittsburgh prepares officers for possible riots in case Trump fires Mueller," and what about Asheville? | Posted April 19, 2018, The Guardian article quoted a Pittsburgh, PA, police commander whose email stated: "There is a belief that President Trump will soon move to fire Special Prosecutor Mueller. This would result in a large protest within 24 hours of the firing." To date, 350,000 have signed up nationwide for the Mueller Rapid Response Protest; of that number, over 2,300 people have signed up in Pittsburgh. And to date, in Asheville, over 1,200 attendees have signed up for the rapid response protest organized by Indivisible. This news and more at "2018 Today" via 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>

 Asheville's alternative movie house | Features locally produced and independent movies. Also, every Tuesday, the Asheville Film Society presents a favorite classic. For details, visit More>

Artsy Asheville | According to Lonely Planet: More>

Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC, April 28-29, 2018 | Learn how to grow plants, build a wonderful home or simply how to build your own root cellar, and much more at many workshops and on-stage demonstrations: More>

2018 early voting in Buncombe County coming soon | Details at More>


UPDATE: "Former Buncombe County manager and her son indicted on federal charges" | News posted on April 5, 2018 by Community Bulletin via More>

Wanda Greene's "Fiasco" discussed at Dec. 1, 2017, business meeting | Asheville Daily Planet covered a local business association's meeting that shed more light on the widening controversy concerning Wanda Greene, who is accused of financial wrong-doing by local politicians and is under investigation by the FBI. Visit "Wanda Greene fiasco: Just how did it happen," published Jan. 2, 2018, at Also, other related news reports about Wanda Greene and Buncombe County's way-of-doing-business machinations continues to unravel: More>

"At least 12 arrested by ICE Saturday in WNC; hundreds rally in protest downtown" | Breaking news report by Asheville Citizen-Times' Sam DeGrave. Published April 14, 2018, and updated April 15, 2018 at More>


Asheville police scandal erupts | In March 2018, the Asheville Citizen-Times published an article about of a white Asheville police office beating a black man accused of jaywalking recorded on a bodycam: More>

Deadly news of 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season in North Carolina: 342 dead this season | News Flash: Yes, you can get the flu twice in one year, because there are different strains of the flu. The season's flu season runs from October through May. As of Mar. 13, 2018, the total death toll of this season (Oct. 1, 2017 to now) in North Carolina was 276; as of Mar. 20, 2018, the total is 305; now, as of Mar. 30, 2018, the total is 342. Beware. Be safe. Be smart. Be clean: More>

30 best happy hours in Asheville | The Yellow Pages comes through with one of the better and more diverse lists. It's ideal alike for tourists and residents who haven't been downtown recently. Things are changing fast in Central Asheville, particularly in the areas known as Historic Downtown, the RAD (i.e., River Arts District) and the South Slope| More>

ABC's of Asheville | An independent mini-tour of sorts features the Biltmore Estate by the travelog website More>

"Asheville's music scene is putting North Carolina on the map in a big way" | Posted Dec. 21, 2017 by writer Caitlin White on More>


Kim's For Sale | Photo Byron Belzak

Loved Kim's Wigs? Been missin' Kim's? | A sweet new weird rock video, "I Love LA" by Starcrawler featuring bunches of hairdos and donuts, will remind Ashevilleans just how well Kim did its part in helping to Keep Asheville Weird for so many years. Maybe someday Starcrawler will do its weirdness live in Asheville to bring back some of that wigged out funkiness that Downtown Asheville has now lost. In the meantime, here's to wigs, music and fun compliments of, Youtube and Vevo — and more "goodbye" shots and stories of Kim's Wig Center's close-out in late 2017: More>


"Craft beer is the strangest, happiest economic story in America" | Small breweries are thriving in Asheville and across the nation; it's the Davids beating up on the Goliaths, due in part to "intense local support," explains on Jan. 19, 2018: 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>


UNCA celebrates 90th anniversary | UNCA turns 90 during its 2017-18 semesters. Ongoing events, shareable photos and updates will continue in 2018. Visit More>

Will Asheville city schools get real about school security? | "Parents criticize Asheville City Schools response to Parkland tragedy," posted on April 13, 2018 by Daniel Walton at More>

Higher education in North Carolina ranks high in Kiplinger's latest 'Best College Values' University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) ranked #61 of all public colleges in this year's recently released Kiplinger's Best College Values list; details at More> | Also noteworthy, UNC at Chapel Hill was rated as the Number One value of all public colleges in the nation: More> | Furthermore, Kiplinger's top 300 Best College Values ranked all colleges and universities in the US and gave high rankings to many located in North Carolina: More>

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



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

Yummy Asheville, says Zagat food survey | Asheville just got in at Number 30 by a respected foodie site, Zagat, as one of America's "30 most exciting food cities for 2017." In summary, Zagat said the past decade has been good for Asheville's food and drink scene. It pointed out AVL "has more breweries per capita than any other city in the US," and noted several top-notch chefs by name, adding this sweet kicker: "(T)he dynamic dining destination just keeps getting better." | Report published Dec. 17, 2017, at More>

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

Board a bus-full of laughs | Laughing is good for your health. LaZoom Kid's Comedy Tour has the whole family covered: "A kid-friendly comedy tour your kids will never forget — even with therapy! Funny... educational... entertaining," at | More>

Asheville Area Weather Today | And forecast | More>

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


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Asheville Area Weather Today | And forecast | More>

Enjoy your 'daily constitutional' and satisfy your curiosity about local history | 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>

Deadly news of 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season in North Carolina: 342 dead this season | News Flash: Yes, you can get the flu twice in one year, because there are different strains of the flu. The season's flu season runs from October through May. As of Mar. 13, 2018, the total death toll of this season (Oct. 1, 2017 to now) in North Carolina was 276; as of Mar. 20, 2018, the total is 305; now, as of Mar. 30, 2018, the total is 342. Beware. Be safe. Be smart. Be clean: More>


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

Carolina Public Press provides an independent non-partisan news perspective | Explains the media outlet: "Carolina Public Press is an independent nonprofit news organization dedicated to nonpartisan, in-depth and investigative news built upon the facts and context North Carolinians need to know. Our award-winning, breakthrough journalism dismantles barriers and shines a light on the critical overlooked and under-reported issues facing the state's 10.2 million residents." | For news and views online at More> | Sign up for free news emailed to you: More>

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


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

Travel Info Now | Current real time NC travel info provided at, includes the Asheville Area and Western North Carolina: 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>

Asheville's new city council takes office | Reports More>

Republican Freedom Caucus leader challenged | Steve Woodsmall (D) challenges Mark Meadows (R), leader of the Republican Party's most radical right-wing Freedom Caucus, for the 11th District of the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections, reports More>

Pit of Despair or Mountain of Repair | This commentary considers how local power brokers have a wonderful chance to do something great for citizens and tourists and, in the process, repair trust in their leadership. | More>

 "The People, Yes"
Asheville wins water fight in court, yet some Republicans say the fight is not over

  City will keep water system rules NC high court: Thanks to a 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>

Federal judge rules North Carolina gerrymandered congressional districts unconstitutional | Report by More>

Rep. Keith Ellison is the anti-Trump | Info at More>

Campaign photo of Sheneika Smith

2017: THE YEAR IN PICTURES | compiled a 2017 list of worthy photographic contenders, from local scenes and people to those of humor, wonder, sadness and plunder from around the world: More>


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

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



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

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

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

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

April - - Calendar: More>

2018 - - Create your own monthly calendar: 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>



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Campaign photo of Sheneika Smith

2017: THE YEAR IN PICTURES | compiled a 2017 list of worthy photographic contenders, from local scenes and people to those of humor, wonder, sadness and plunder from around the world: 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>


  'Good and plenty' to do in and around Downtown Asheville

1. The Sky Bar, outdoorsy and high up in the Flat Iron Building on Battery Park Ave., gives great views of the city and mountains, not to mention some of the best drinks in town | More> | More>

2. Grove Arcade, just across from the Wall Street City Parking Garage, is a shopping and architectural treat in the heart of Asheville | More>

3. Woolworth Walk, the largest art and craft gallery in Asheville is 20,000 square feet of creativity with an old-timey lunch bar | More>

4. Asheville Civic Center (with the U.S. Cellular sign) on Haywood Street, offers great events throughout the year | More>

5. Fine Arts Theatre on Biltmore Avenue/Hwy. 25 offers many indie movies that might be just the ticket | More>

6. The Orange Peel on Biltmore Avenue always rocks with live performances | More>

7. The Biltmore Estate just south of downtown offers ticket discounts online | More>

8. Sierra Nevada Brewery, a few miles south of the Asheville Regional Airport off of Hwy. 280, is great fun no matter how big of a crowd you're bringing | More>

9. North Carolina Arboretum, southwest of downtown off Hwy. 191 or the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a wonderful walk any time of year | More>

10. Additional Highlights | More>

Malaprop's current events | Downtown Asheville's favorite bookstore and cafe at More>


Help a pet in need | Visit a local charity that's worthy and lives up to its mission: " Uncompromised compassion." Take in the kindess of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue at More>



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