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Stop the gun violence. Enough is enough. March. Petition. Be heard. Be relentless. Demand change.

March For Our Lives in Asheville | Participate in the march that begins at 11 a.m., Sat., Mar. 24, 2018, beginning in Downtown Asheville at Pack Square. Attend another Asheville event after the march to be held at 2 p.m. at The Block Off Biltmore, reported at Facebook: More> | Add your name to the petition to stop gun violence at More> | Tell your friends and family: "On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. Rally with us in Washington DC or march in your own community. On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard," as stated on the march's official website, More>

We Demand A ChangeWatch artist Manuel Oliver — who is father of Joaquin, one of the Parkland 17 murdered in the Florida high school — as he paints and channels his grief, and perhaps his dead son's message, to the world in a powerful mural, as reported by 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>

TRUMP THE TERRIBLE now up for sale | The current auction bid, as of March 24, 2018, stands at $1,000. Will a local activist group or rich Ashevillean go for it?: More>

How Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will hurt Asheville and the Carolinas | Asheville tourism will be negatively impacted by Trump's tariffs because many tourists from upstate South Carolina — and Spartanburg, SC, in particular, where 24% of its metro gross domestic product (GDP) is tied to exports — will be economically hurt and have less money to spend on non-essential expenses, such as travel and entertainment. Furthermore, local economies across North Carolina and South Carolina will be negatively impacted as well, because the Carolinas' manufacturing plants "make exportable products like vehicles, jet engines, electronics and pharmaceuticals," writes, on Mar. 7, 2018: More>

Who said this about Trump? | “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known...” Answer#1>

"You don't know anyone as stupid as Trump" | A masterful interview with Fran Lebowitz who will make progressives laugh while they are crying with her about the horror of enduring Trump's election; written by Brigid Delaney, posted Mar. 19, 2018, at More>

Asheville/WNC Writers Coffeehouse, April 16, 2018, at Malaprops | This monthly meeting from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe features lead discussions by respected professional Asheville area writers. Area writers of all stripes along with the public are invited to attend. After the meeting, networking to share stories and knowledge ais also a highlight. Event details at 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>

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>

"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>

Deadly news of 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season in North Carolina: 305 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; now, as of Mar. 20, 2018, the total is 305. Beware. Be safe. Be smart. Be clean: More>

New 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> 

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> COMMENTARIES

 Word of the Day: Kakistocracy | A government ruled by the worst and most unscrupulous people: More>

Vote to stop gun violence | After bearing the nation's third worst mass killing at another U.S. school, it's time not only to pray for the dead of Parkland, Florida — previously known as Florida's safest city prior to Valentine's Day 2018. It's time to truly honor the dead by voting in politicians who have the backbone to do something to protect our children. It must become the litmus test of all politicians of all parties in the 2018 elections: More>

Corporations grow backbones to save lives | To date, 15 major companies have pulled their support from the failing NRA: More>

Is "I am not a racist" today's equivalent of "I am not a crook"? | Trump channels Nixon as he continues his slide into an abyss of lies and deceit, taking down the GOP with him. Though 44 years apart in their utterances, the similarities of two presidents who became unfit to serve Americans is stark. Commentary by 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>

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>

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>


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

Asheville's new city council takes office | Reports 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>

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>

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>

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>

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

Annual Holidays with a Musical Twist | Because music matters: More>

Original Music Matters | A handful of rock'n roll greats, for old-times sake: More>

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

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

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


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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>

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>


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>



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

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

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

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

March - - Calendar: More>

2018 - - Create your own monthly calendar: More>

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


Asheville Area Activism

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>

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>

Be Part of the First 5 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." More news about 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 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>



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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>

Malaprop's current events | 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>

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Help a pet in need | Help a local charity that's worthy. " Uncompromised compassion." That's Brother Wolf Animal Rescue at More>

NC Politics

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

'Politics North Carolina' is real news for concerned citizens | A fine website to understand what's really going on in North Carolina and nationwide; a strong counterweight to the Republican propaganda oozing from the swamp of clever-like-a-fox, fascist-wingnuts. | More>

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

Attention seniors, Trump’s budget is coming for your Medicare benefits | "Trump released his 2019 budget last week, and it included $266 billion in cuts to Medicare, which provides health insurance to 58 million Americans 65 and older and people with certain disabilities," reports Michelle Singletary and posted Feb. 19, 2018, at More>

Tough love for conservatism by Republicans might mean voting for Democrats in 2018 | "Boycott the Republican Party," written by Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes and published in the March 2018 issue of The Atlantic, is counter-intuitive to conventional thinking. "Boycott" powerfully advocates that those who want to save the future of the Republican Party from its current Trump-crazed march into the abyss, must vote in 2018 for those who are not Republican. "What's going on with the Republicans is stupid, stupid, stupid. I can't say stupid enough times," write Rauch and Wittes. The duo's seemingly upside-down proposal is a sincere effort to convince Republicans voting "mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees" in the next election is necessary to banish Trumpism, thereby enabling true Republican conservatism to evolve and thrive in the future. Contemplate the complete article as posted at; it's a mind-binder: 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>

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 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>

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

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