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Was there an attempted bombing at the Asheville airport in early October 2017? asks | The investigative website recently reported: "A thwarted bombing at Asheville Regional Airport did not receive much attention or coverage in the national or international media." | 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. It's current write-up gives newcomers a good overview now. | More>

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70th Anniversary Southern Highlands Craft Fair | Enjoy exceptional crafts and talk with gifted crafters, who travel from 9 states, to show and market their wonderment Oct. 20–22 in Asheville | More>

Mission Hospital and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina do the unthinkable by ending their healthcare contract  | It's serious in the local healthcare industry. Everybody thought the two largest healthcare organizations in Asheville and Western North Carolina — Mission Hospital, the provider, and BCBSNC, the insurer — would come together at the last minute just before a contract deadline. However, this year, the seemingly impossible break actually happened. | More>

Asheville Councilmember Cecil Bothwell loses in 2017 primary | Bothwell will not be in the November 2017 race, but two of the other incumbents will. | 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 | Trump's NSA proposes 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>

Asheville Area Weather Today | And forecast | More>

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

Vadim Bora's New Exhibition Catalog Now Available: Enjoy 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: Understand More>

Demand passage of the Dream Act | Contact your congressional representatives to pass the Dream Act to keep 800,000 Dreamers from being deported | More>

1.5 Million Americans Killed by Guns Since John Lennon was Shot | Make America Safe Again | 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 | | Act More>



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

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

October - - Calendar: More>

2017- - 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>

We Are American Craft Week | For this and other Asheville Area Arts Council's October events, visit | 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>


"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. On Dec. 21, 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court held true to the people's will and sent the Republicans'  misguided point of view packing. In short, Asheville gets to keep its water system, ruled the NC Supreme Court, based on it being unconstitutional. Nonetheless, at least one powerful Republican still says the battle for Asheville's water system is not yet over, reported the Asheville Daily Planet. More>

Carl Sandburg would have been proud of the North Carolina Supreme Court ruling that favored the interests of the common man over the power of misguided politicians:

Celebrate with Carl Sandburg. To celebrate the water win and be inspired to continue the good fight against injustices by greedy and vindictive forces, visit the Carl Sandburg house. This national historic site is located in Flat Rock, NC, located just south of Asheville. Sandburg, winner of three Pulitzer prizes, is known as "Poet of the People" and admired for his resistance against oppression, as evidenced in his epic prose poem, "The People, Yes." Asheville area citizens should be proud and appreciative of its city's successful fight to preserve the rights of "the plain people," as Sandburg would have said. For hours and directions to Sandburg's house and grounds: More> | For a funky, touching, animated video of Carl Sandburg's reading "The People, Yes": More>

For years, dauntlessly followed the political machinations of North Carolina Republicans who wanted to take over the Asheville water system against the will of the majority of Asheville citizens. Hat's off to them for their courage to keep citizens informed. The blog's summary and updates well explains the scandalous Republican tactics against Asheville. More> | The blog also provides a link to the complete NC Supreme Court ruling that stopped the NC Republican attempt to essentially steal Asheville's water system. More>

MountainXpress paints the big picture of Asheville's win against the Republican-run state legislature's attempt to take over the city's water system in its article "N.C. Supreme Court Rules Taking of Asheville Water System Unconstitutional." It's a worthwhile read: More>

In the 2012 election, Buncombe County citizens greatly opposed the loss of the city's ownership of the water system in a referendum. The referendum revealed by an 85% to 15% margin that North Carolinians of all political persuasions opposed the Asheville water takeover by legislative action, which was lead by Republicans in the NC state legislature. Yet NC Republicans ignored the will of the people and continued to support the Asheville water takeover. To better understand the reasons for the public's outrage against the attempted Republican takeover of Asheville's water system, visit The Progressive PulseMore>

Asheville mayor Esther Mannheimer provided an official statement after the NC Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city, assuring citizens and water customers that it would continue providing safe drinking water to them for many years to come: 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>




Q: Can anyone imagine Asheville not being allowing to have mass protests?

A: Protesting has long been a social touchstone that makes Asheville great. It nurtures its deep-seated desire to speak out, to be free and independent. It prides itself in its analytical thinking and activism. It's what progressive citizens of Asheville do. When injustice rears its Putinesque head, Ashevillians think and talk. They gather facts and analyze them. Then, if necessary, they organize, mobilize and protest. Call it beautiful weird: Asheville folks are activists for good reason. They are keenly aware of what it means to be engaged. They understand why being involved is smart and the right thing to do to further strengthen the fabric of the community that benefits everyone, not just the powerful.

Q: So how does the Republican-dominated North Carolina state legislature respond to the citizens' right (not just privilege) to protest en masse?

A: In a word, SCREWU. Here's wus' up. The Republican-run North Carolina legislature is looking to curb mass protests. Seriously (as in cray-cray). And it's not alone. North Carolina joins 16 other states (as in USA, not Russia) that are also considering to limit mass protests by its citizens. (Do what?) Yeah, by statue (ya know, by law). Sad. Whether these dumb-as-a-hammer state statues will pass remains to be seen. But even to propose such dictatorial laws is beyond the pale (as in someone needs to get kicked out of office). More>




FROM $10 TO $80 IN 2017

(why not buy a spare in case you lose one?)

If you're 62 years or older, buy your pass now before it goes up sometime later this year. Formerly called the Golden Eagle pass, the Senior Lifetime Pass card can be purchased locally, in-person for $10 at the Carl Sandburg House bookstore (More>) | The Lifetime Senior Pass can be had at national historic sites and national parks nationwide or online at the National Park Service (More>) | The Senior Pass is also available online at National Park Traveler (More>)


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Asheville Area daily list of events | calendar | More>

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

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

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>

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

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

Malaprop's current events: More>

Find Downtown Asheville on Facebook | More>


Buy local, save local | Asheville Grown Business Alliance now offers a "Go Local Card" to support public education and local businesses. The card provides discount prices and special members-only offers. Buy in-person at local stores or go online to More>

Read it and weep


 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>


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>


*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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*TAKE A HIKE around Asheville | Download an excellent walking guide to the Asheville area and Buncombe County. | More>

*UNITED WAY'S 211 | Connect to help. Click Here>
*POLICE Blotter | Asheville's latest arrests.
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*13 CALENDARS of Events | What's new to do.
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*ASHEVILLE'S Blog Heaven | Voice your opinion. 
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*VISIT the Archives | News snapshots of 2008.
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*NATIONAL Do Not Call Registry| File a complaint.
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*WHO'S PLAYING LIVE when and where | Link up to Downtown Asheville's best productions. Click Here>

*JUST HUMOR ME with this eclectic assortment | Laugh in the face of trying times. Click Here>


*2016-17 GREEN BUILDING DIRECTORY available online and in print | This free, bi-annual update offers articles, case studies and checklists about sustainable building practices, and lists regional professionals who can get the job done: Click Here> | Or try Western North Carolina Green Building Council's directory in its slick Issuu flip book format online, current year and prior years: Click Here>


Asheville's "No Ads" Movie Theatre
*FINE FLICKS at the Fine Arts Theatre
| For current schedule of Downtown's only independent movie theatre,
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*TOP 21 Nightspots | For fun downtown.
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*PARTY Too Hearty? | Call four cabbies!
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*ASHEVILLE Calendar | Any way you like it.
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 *ASHEVILLE AREA Arts Council | Click Here>
*ASHEVILLE ART Galleries | Dozens to visit |
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*ASHEVILLE Art Museum | View the monthly calendar | 
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*RIVER DISTRICT Artists | The latest news | 
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*Asheville Citizen-Times is the area's daily newspaper | Click Here>

*MountainXpress is Asheville's powerful weekly | Click Here>


*Rapid River Magazine reports artfully |
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*The Urban News is Asheville's multicultural gateway | Click Here>

*WNC Magazine tells it beautifully | Click Here>

*WNC Woman touches hearts and minds |
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*Local Political/Social parodies the locals | Click Here>

*Asheville Purple Pages' is colorful and gay |