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Can Asheville save its water system from Republican takeover? | AshevilleWater.blogspot.com continues to follow the political machinations of North Carolina Republicans who want to take over the Asheville water system against the will of the majority of Asheville citizens. Posted as a referendum in the 2012 election, Buncombe County citizens greatly oppose the loss of ownership; yet NC Republicans continue to champion the Asheville water takeover despite public outcry. The poll reveals by an 85% to 15% margin that North Carolinians of all political persuasions oppose the Asheville water takeover law by legislative action, which is lead by Republicans who now control the NC state legislature. Follow the latest anti-Asheville antics by Repubs at AshevilleWater.blogspot.com: More>

Asheville Area daily list of events | Mountainx.com calendar | More>

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

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


A new Connie Bostic painting in "The Gun Show" at the Flood Gallery

Art is more powerful than the gun | Connie Bostic, Asheville's living legend and artist, exhibited her latest brilliance in a must-see, new art exhibit, entitled "The Gun Show," throughout March 2013 at the Flood Gallery in the River District of Downtown Asheville. The opening reception was held Sat., Mar. 2, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | FloodGallery.org: More> | MountainX.com: More>

"Hey, Hey, NRA. How many kids have you killed today?" asks ArthurYankee.com | More>

Fired Groupon CEO offers employees a classy good-by memo | "If Groupon was Battletoads..." | Classy good-by memo by ousted Groupon founder-CEO Andrew Mason says his former employees have a second chance with a new CEO | More>

Asheville Area attractions | Varied. Plentiful. Affordable.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. TheWildGardener.com, for this link to OneTermMore.com) | More>


Love LIVE music? Revamped AshevilleOnStage.com 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>

Buncombe County bond credit rating upgraded to AAAMore>

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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. | Go Local Card: More> | Unchained and Independent News at Ashevillegrown.com: More>


Proud to be a Western North Carolina Republican?

2012 ELECTION UPDATE: Republican Patrick McHenry beats Democratic Patsy Keever, and "breezes to fifth term victory" thanks to Republican gerrymandering, otherwise known as redistricting, reports Gastongazzette.com: More>

Patrick McHenry gerrymanders his way to 2012 victory | This is the first time that Liberal Asheville has now officially been gerrymandered by Republicans into the same district as Conservative Hickory. The two cities are located one hour and 20 minutes apart. If that isn't gerrymandering and should be undone for the sake of Asheville and democracy in North Carolina, then one has blinders on. Why? Because Asheville is located in the heart of mountainous Western North Carolina and Hickory is firmly planted in the Piedmont. Each city and its citizens have a completely different history, culture, set of needs and values. So ask yourself: is this 10th District manipulation and redrawing of a federal voting district more akin to American democracy or closer to Russian communism in its approach? The long and short of it: A vote FOR Democratic Patsy Keever in the 10th District of North Carolina is a vote AGAINST Russian-like tyrannical tactics embodied in Patrick McHenry. Vote for American freedom. Vote for Patsy Keever. | More>

New 10th District Map and report about how more of Buncombe County and Asheville is stripped from the 11th District | Reported by Mountainx.com: More> | Gerrymandered Map: More> | More Gerrymandered Map analysis: More>

Previous 10th District Map and Facts of the Republican fraud published at Ballotpedia.org: More>

Previous 11th District Map before the Republican fraudMore>

Why NC Republicans deserve to be removed from office in 2014
Political pundits foresaw changes coming in voting districts when Republicans won the majority in the NC House and Senate in the last election. However, the proposal and subsequent passage by Republicans to remove Asheville from the 11th U.S. voting district that covers Western North Carolina counties, and put it with Hickory's 10th district is beyond the pale. Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell held a town hall meeting on July 7, 2011, to make the public aware of the outrage. The Asheville Citizen-Times editorial board decried the proposed gerrymandering by NC Republicans as "Crazy. Offensive. Preposterous. Scandalous." | The fight continues in the NC Supreme Court as Republicans argue that less transparency is warranted. Winston-Salem Journal gives its take on the issue in a July 13, 2012, op-ed: More>

Republicans used to care about community. What happened? | Washingtonpost.com columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr., examines how Republicans in Congress have lost their way, in his May 24, 2012, commentary. Perhaps it explains, in part, why North Carolina Republicans have become unbalanced, a roughshod party of dividers and haters. Writes Dionne: "I have long admired the conservative tradition... but the new conservatism, with all its claims of representing the values that inspired our founders, breaks with the country's deepest traditions." He continues: "For much of our history, Americans... have avoided the kind of polarized politics that we have now. We did so because we understood that it is when we balance our individualism with a sense of communal obligation that we are most ourselves as Americans." | More>

The 'other' debate: Dalton vs. McCrory | On the same night of the first of three Obama-Romney debates, Democratic Lt.-Governor Walter Dalton debated Republican and former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory. | 1. Report by Charlotteobserver.com: More> | 2. PublicPolicyPolling.com report: More>

2012 ELECTION UPDATE: Pat McCrory wins North Carolina governorship, "first Republican in 20 years," reports Associated Press via WBTV.com: More>

GOP grabs 30 governor seats, highest in 10 years | Reports ABCnews.go.com | 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>

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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 TheAtlantic.com | More>


Rescued animals | For adoption in Asheville | More>

 Current official news and updated advisories about Asheville city services | Visit (1) ashevillenc.gov (2) facebook.com/cityofasheville (3) twitter.com/cityofasheville 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. Click Here>

* 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 | Who in Asheville has the lowest gas prices? | 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>

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

* If it's Wednesday, it must be Asheville Green Drinks | On most Wednesdays, Green Drinks presentations are held at Posana Cafe on Pack Square | Socializing at 5:30 p.m., program at 6:00 p.m. | Open to one and all: More> | Complete Green Drinks schedule: More>

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

*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>


*2012 GREEN BUILDING DIRECTORY available online and in print | This free, annual update offers articles, case studies and checklists about sustainable building practices, and lists who can get the job done. Click Here>


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*FINE FLICKS at the Fine Arts Theatre | For current schedule of Downtown's only independent movie theatre, Click Here>

*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 | Click Here>

*The Urban News is Asheville's multicultural gateway | Click Here>

*WNC Magazine tells it beautifully | Click Here>

*WNC Woman touches hearts and minds | Click Here>


*Asheville Disclaimer parodies the locals | Click Here>

*Asheville Purple Pages' is colorful and gay | Click Here>

 *WNC Green Building Council Catalog | To read the 2011 directory online, visit wncgreenbuilding.com or Click Here> | For details about the Council, visit wncgbc.org or Click Here>


*Will Scrutiny Hooligans survive? | While considering the future of ScrutinyHooligans.us — Asheville's best progressive political blog — enjoy Mayor Bellamy as she (purportedly) belts out a song to get you in the mood to do some good now. More>


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*ASHEVILLE AREA Chamber of Commerce  | Active |
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*ADVANTAGEWEST | Attracting business to WNC |
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*HUB | A catalyst for business collaboration |
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*MOUNTAIN BizWorks | Helping new businesses succeed |
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*REAL ESTATE Weekly | Articles and listings |
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*S.C.O.R.E. | Seasoned expert help |
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*WHO'S DOIN' The Peel? | One of America's best musical venues | Click Here>
*THE GREY EAGLE Live | Pickin', singin', playin' | Click Here>
*MALAPROP'S Books/Cafe | A Downtown favorite | Click Here>

*PEOPLE Watching | Real-time video on Battery Park Ave. | Click Here>

Barley's Click Here>Jack of the Wood Click Here> | Stella Blue Click Here> | Tressa's Click Here> | Westville Pub Click Here>

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*ASHEVILLE River Arts District | David Simchock photos | Click Here>
*BILTMORE Estate | Photos of America's largest home | Click Here>
*GROVE Arcade
| Building tour | Click Here>
*HISTORIC Attractions | Downtown and beyond | Click Here>
*HISTORIC Downtown | Architecture | Click Here>
*PHOTO Gallery | Downtown Asheville |  Click Here>
*URBAN Trail
| Downtown walking tour | Click Here>
*VANCE Birthplace | North of downtown | Click Here>
*MORE Historic Places | Downtown Asheville | Click Here>


| Only unique restaurants in Asheville listed, such as Rosetta's Kitchen. | To find your favorite place, Click Here>

*AIRasheville.org | The trade group of Asheville's independent restaurants offers an excellent list of area eateries. | To link to scores of websites, Click Here>

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