The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival Jan. 25–28, 2018 | AFAF is an annual performing arts, multiple venue festival: More>

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

Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy to run in newly formed U.S. 10th Congressional district | More>

Buncombe-wide 2011 election results | Holding onto his office by only 35 votes in a recount, conservative incumbent city council member Jan Davis squeaked by progressive candidate Lael Gray; progressives Marc Hunt and Chris Pelly won impressively as they beat out Mark Cates, who was exposed by PARC as the Tea Party's stealth candidate; newcomer Saul Chase pulled up in last place: More>

UPDATE: Buncombe sales tax increase to benefit AB Tech wins by 492 votes | Election results: More> | Info provided by those AGAINST the tax hike at More> | Info provided by those SUPPORTING the tax hike at More>

*ASHEVILLE IS (STILL) IN SEARCH of a new police chief | Request for outside consultant to assist in nationwide recruitment process. Community input will be sought. | More>

*ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL approved the controversial Downtown Asheville Master Plan | For article by MountainXpress, entitled "Plan D," Click Here> | Powerpoint presentation. Click Here>

Asheville bloggers keep their ears on the ground
Known for getting the gossip first
*AND THE GOSSIP THAT ASHEVILLE AREA BLOGGERS POST is often more right than wrong | Have something to report? Start a blog. For an extensive list of area bloggers, visit (scroll down on the right side) or
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Public comment for transit master plan ends Sept. 29
Not much time allowed to read and respond
*IF INVOLVED CITIZENS WANT TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD, time is a'wastin' to submit comments to the recently revealed final draft of the Asheville Transit Master Plan. | Only two weeks have been allowed (Sept. 15 to 29) for the public to read, digest, think, and write their responses to the City of Asheville concerning the recently released master transit plan. | To view the final draft,
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It's Goombay all day today
Goombay 2009! street party big on reggae

*ON AUG. 25 & 26, 2009, the free Goombay street party is open to everyone | This annual event in Downtown Asheville is sponsored by YMI Cultural Center | For Fri. and Sat. schedule of events, visit or
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NC tax-free weekend, Aug. 7, 8 & 9
Lots of back-to-school sales, too
*OF COURSE THERE IS THE FINE PRINT on what qualifies, such as clothes, school supplies and computers under specific dollar amounts | For the lowdown on how to lower your state sales tax on what you purchase this weekend, visit or
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The Vortex Cabaret

Aug. 8 campaign rally for Council candidate Bowen
A night of political theatre at Eleven on Grove
*THE LAST PERSON TO FILE TO RUN FOR ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL IN THIS YEAR'S ELECTION, Jenny Bowen comes center stage this Saturday | On Sat., Aug. 8, 2009, 9 p.m. to midnight, politico Jenny Bowen will present her brand of politics at 11 Grove Street in Downtown Asheville and will ask for your vote in her bid to become a city councilmember this fall. | For Jenny Bowen's Aug. 8 party details -- and everybody is invited -- check out her creative campaign poster:
Click Here> | For more info about Bowen, go to Blog Asheville or Click Here> | For directions to the rally at the Grove House, visit or Click Here>

*THE GARAGE AT BILTMORE | Music, beer and fun. | Calendar: More>

Vote in MTX's 'Best of WNC' poll
It's the mountains' favorite contest
*MOUNTAINXPRESS REQUESTS AREA CITIZENS TO VOTE ONLINE for their favorite everything | This annual survey of sorts crowns so-called "Best in Western North Carolina" individuals and businesses in dozens of categories. Although it may be perceived as a popularity contest, it's taken serious by many who want their work, businesses and organizations to be recognized. | This year's deadline is 9 p.m., Aug. 18, 2009. To be counted, submitters are required to vote in at least 30 categories; one survey per person is requested. | To cast your vote for your favorites and friends, visit or
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37th Annual Village Art & Craft Fair well-attended
*THIS PAST WEEKEND ART-LOVERS OF THE FREE, OPEN-AIR , 37TH ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR in Biltmore Village had to hoof it in to enjoy a well-attended display of handcrafted works on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls Church | Of the 125 artists and artisans, 15 artists exhibited for the first time at the fair, included Asheville artist Perry Houlditch. | For more 2009 fair photos,
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The fair is sponsored annually by New Morning Gallery and Bellagio, and is held on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village.

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14 candidates file to run for mayor and city council
*FOUR CANDIDATES FILED TO RUN FOR ASHEVILLE MAYOR, and 10 candidates filed by the July 17, 2009, deadline to run for the available slots on city council
 | The 14 candidates who have filed to run will first face off in the Oct. 6, 2009, primary, followed by those who qualify in the Nov. 3 general election. | Challenging incumbent Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy are Shad Marsh, Denise Pendleton, and Robert Edwards. | Competing for open Asheville City Council seats are incumbent Carl Mumpower, Cecil Bothwell, incumbent Kelly Miller, Esther Manheimer, Larry D. Chastain, Ryan D. Croft, J. Neal Jackson, Gordon Smith, Cesar Romen, and Jenny Bowen. | Current city councilmember Robin Cape will not seek re-election. | Former city councilmember Holly Jones, who is now a seated Buncombe County Commissioner, has openly supported city council candidate Gordon Smith. | For details about municipal elections, visit or
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31st annual Bele Chere is now history
The memories remain about the music, fun, food and people
*COMPLETE DETAILS about the much-loved, often-maligned Bele Chere is available online | This city-sponsored, three-day event is Downtown Asheville's largest free street party of the year. (It's said to be the largest in the southeast, too.) It was back to being a FREE street party; no paid entertainment this year. It appeared to be gentler, kinder, smaller event. | FOR FESTIVAL DETAILS, visit or
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