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Daily Events in AshevilleMore> | Also, the DowntownAsheville.com calendar features today and yesteryear, such as on June 15, 1836, when Arkansas became the twenty-fifth state from land the United States acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, reports the U.S. Library of Congress: More> | Also, "How nationalism is changing the American landscape" by Rosa Inocencio Smith, published July 3, 2018, at Theatlantic.com: More>


Asheville Area Weather Today | And forecast | More>


Asheville Area attractions | Diverse. Plentiful. Entertaining: More>


Calendar | 2018: More> | 2019: More> | 2020: More> | 2021: More> | 2022: More>


The Block Off Biltmore's list of Nov. events | Experience the original and very much needed The Block Off Biltmore, a place for music, meetings, drinks and community building in Downtown Asheville. Read all about it at Theblockoffbiltmore.com: More>


'Christmas tree arrives at Biltmore' | The estate is getting ready for the splendor of Christmas. From November 2018 through January 2019, the Biltmore Estate features decorations of the season. For events and activities at the house and on the grounds, visit  Biltmore.com: More>


Stroll the Asheville Botanical Gardens | Although the 2018 season of outdoor adult classes is over, the grounds are a wonderful autumn retreat. Free parking. Details at Ashevillebotanicalgardens.org: More>


2018-2019 flu season has just arrived, first NC deaths reported | Time to protect yourself during the new influenza (flu) season. Last year's flu season in North Carolina was deadly: 342 died; this year to date (Nov. 10): 4 dead | 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. Beware. Be safe. Be smart. Be clean. Current updates and details at Flu.nc.gov: More>


ASHEVILLE DAILY NEWS

Page Avenue downtown community garden is always open for the public | Elder & Sage Community Gardens renewed its edible garden use agreement with City of Asheville. For photos and news, via Elderandsagegardens.com: More>

UNCA selects new chancellor: Nancy Cable | "Following a recommendation from University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings and approval by the UNC System Board of Governors, we are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Nancy J. Cable as the eighth Chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Asheville," announces UNCA at UNCA.edu: More>RELATED NEWS: After 325 years of having only men as its presidents, the College of William & Mary, located in Williamsburg, Virginia, has finally broken the glass ceiling for women by selecting its first woman president, Katherine Rowe. Beginning July 1, 2018, Rowe will be William & Mary's 28th president, via WM.edu: More>


ADVISORIES

AMERICAN YOUTH EVERYWHERE: "Sex trafficking is happening in the U.S. — and young people need to know about it," written by Sam Dylan Finch, published Aug. 3, 2018, at Upworthy.com: More>

COLD CAMPERS EVERYWHERE: "Nine Best Sleeping Bags," perhaps Slate's most useful article ever, published Aug. 4, 2018, at Slate.com: More>

FORAGERS EVERYWHERE: New Instagram cookbook includes potentially toxic mushrooms, published Aug. 1, 2018, at Buzzfeed.com: More>

LOCAL AND STATEWIDE: Current real time NC travel info provided at NCDOT.gov, includes the Asheville Area and Western North Carolina: More>


ASHEVILLE AREA INFO

Employee ownership could be the key to Asheville's future prosperity | Commentary at Asheville Grown Business Alliance, via Ashevillegrown.com: More>


U.S. House of Representatives primary results in WNC finalize Nov. 2018 battles | Posted May 8, 2018 by Able Allen of MountainXpress at Mountainx.com: More>


UPDATE: 2018 Primary Election Results | Winners and losers of Asheville and Buncombe primary election day, which was held on held Tues., May 8, 2018, and related political news and views via DowntownAsheville.com: More>


"I have seen the future, and it is in the United States." | So writes James Fallow in his May 2018 The Atlantic article, "The Reinvention of America: Americans don’t realize how fast the country is moving toward becoming a better version of itself," as noted in DowntownAsheville.com's Featured News: 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 Grailmoviehouse.com: More>


Artsy Asheville | According to Lonely Planet: More>


TAXPAYERS' MONEY SCANDAL ENVELOPES WANDA GREENE

UPDATE: Buncombe County to receive over $2 million involving Wanda Greene case | Reports WLOS.com: More>

Buncombe County sues former county manager Wanda Greene | The county also searches for a new manager, reports MountainXpress on June 16 at Mountainx.com: More>

Ex-county manager, son indicted | Reports Asheville Daily Planet on May 4, 2018: More>

"Former Buncombe County manager and her son indicted on federal charges" | News posted on April 5, 2018 by Community Bulletin via MountainX.com: 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 Ashevilledailyplanet.com. Also, other related news reports about Wanda Greene and Buncombe County's way-of-doing-business machinations continues to unravel: 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>UPDATE: Asheville police scandal goes national, as reported by Huffingtonpost.com: More>ALSO: FBI now opens criminal probe of Asheville police who is accused of beating the jaywalker, reports ABCnews.com: 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| Yellowpages.com: More>


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


KEEP ASHEVILLE WEIRD


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 Starcrawlermusic.com, Youtube and Vevo — and more "goodbye" shots and stories of Kim's Wig Center's close-out in late 2017: More>UPDATE: The Asheville Club pours local brews where wigs once ruled, reports Mountainx.com on June 6, 2018: More>


ASHEVILLE BUSINESS

"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 TheAtlantic.com 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 Ashevillegrown.com: More>


ASHEVILLE EDUCATION

UNCA celebrates 90th anniversary | UNCA turns 90 during its 2017-18 semesters. Ongoing events, shareable photos and updates will continue in 2018. Visit 90years.unca.edu: 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 MountainX.com: 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 Kiplinger.com: 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 TheAtlantic.com | More>


     


MORE DowntownAsheville.com NEWS & VIEWS

 Asheville is one of the top 100 best places to live in America | Published by Livability.com | 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 Zagat.com: 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 Lazoomtours.com | More>


     



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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>


MEDIA MATTERS

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 Carolinapublicpress.org: 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>


NC POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

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


NC legislators do not expand Medicaid | Those most in need are hurt the most by the Republican-run North Carolina legislature, states WRAL.com's editorial on June 15, 2018: 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 Mountainx.com: 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 Blueridgenow.com: More> | RELATED: Will a "Blue Wave" take control of statehouses across the country in November? via DowntownAsheville.com: More>


Pit of Despair or Mountain of Repair | This DowntownAsheville.com 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 NYTimes.com: More>


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


In 2019, what will House Democrats investigate about the Trump first? | List at Theguardian.com: More>


"Americans are living in a different country than two years ago" | Thought-provoking commentary by Steve LeVine at Axios.com: More>


     


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


  

 2018 DOWNTOWN CALENDAR

AshevilleChamber.org - Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly events: More>

AshevilleArts.com - Asheville Area Arts Council news and calendar of events: More>

Malaprops.com - Asheville's favorite bookstore features new books and events: More>

MountainX.com - Superb daily calendar for downtown and beyond: More>

ExploreAsheville.com - 50 things to do in Asheville: More>

TimeAndDate.com - Create your own monthly calendar: More>


     


ASHEVILLE AREA ACTIVISM

Local grassroots climate change movement | 350.org, 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>

"At least 12 arrested by ICE Saturday in WNC; hundreds rally in protest downtown" | Reported by Asheville Citizen-Times' Sam DeGrave, published April 14, 2018, and updated April 15, 2018 at Citizen-times.com: More>RELATED NEWS: Trump and Republicans continue to separate children from their immigrant parents, as told by a mother deported to Guatemala while her child remains imprisoned in an unknown American facility, via NYTimes.com on June 17, 2018: More>ALSO: "Extinguishing the Beacon of America" explains the Trump-Republican policy of separating immigrant families designed to erase hope with the effect of traumatizing children, reports Theatlantic.com on June 15: More> | ALSO: Evangelist Franklin Graham supports the Trump-Republican policy of separating children from their immigrant parents and blames others, as reported by The Christian Post on June 14, 2018, at Christianpost.com: More> | ALSO: On Father's Day, Democrats visited imprisoned children separated from their immigrant parents as ordered by Trump-Republicans, reports Huffingtonpost.com on June 15, 2018: More>LATEST: "Activists rally in Henderson County, NC, against police collaboration with ICE," published June 19, 2018, at Inthesetimes.com: More>

How to help Americans hit by hurricanes | Asheville-based MANNA FoodBank offers advice on how to best assist in the hurricane and flooding relief efforts: More>


      


 

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LOOKING BACK...


Campaign photo of Sheneika Smith

2017: THE YEAR IN PICTURES | DowntownAsheville.com 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. TheWildGardener.com, for this link to OneTermMore.com): 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 | Flatironbuilding.org: More> | Worldcoffeecafe.com/SKYBAR/: More>

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

10. Additional Highlights | DowntownAsheville.com: More>


Malaprop's current events | Downtown Asheville's favorite bookstore and cafe at Malaprops.com: More>


 

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


 

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