Tag:Asheville

  • Buncombe County hit hard, but not just by COVID-19

    North Carolina’s tourism industry lost more than half of its jobs in the first part of 2020 following Gov. Roy Cooper’s lockdowns. Annual visitor spending decreased 32% from 2019. Buncombe County in particular took a significant hit. Visitor spending decreased by a whopping 34.9% from 2019, the 10th largest among…

  • Parents revolt over Buncombe County school board’s mask mandate

    Mask wars have once again erupted in Buncombe County after the school board voted during a specially called meeting last week, without public comment, to require all students and staff to wear masks while inside, regardless of vaccination status. The unanimous 7-0 vote came days before Buncombe County public school…

  • Bread and Circuses

    Even in the midst of deep recession and yawning budget deficits, North Carolina governments still have a tendency to spend taxpayer money foolishly.

  • Court Limits Federal Challenge to Rules

    RALEIGH — The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has clarified under what circumstances someone may challenge the constitutionality of a state or local regulation. In a case involving an Asheville street preacher, the appeals court held that those who have not exhausted their appeals under state law may not…

  • Power-Line Study Finds Staggering Cost

    CHARLOTTE — In December 2002, an ice storm struck North Carolina and knocked out power for about 2 million customers across the state. Some homes were without power for more than a week. In the wake of the storm, numerous officials at both the state and local levels called for…

  • Appeals Court Overturns Annexation

    CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has overturned a 2001 Asheville annexation, finding that the city improperly categorized tracts of land as in commercial use to support the move. On March 15, 2000, Asheville declared its intention to annex the Ridgefield area with an effective date of June…