Category: Our Town

Five Voting Rights Activists Speak

Earline McQueen, Willie Mae Brown, Marvin Chambers, Al Whitesides, Ed Schellby Cathy HoltEarline McQueen has been a voting rights activist since 1940. That year, when Read more »

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September 11, 2006

Mayor Bellamy has proclaimed September 11, 2006 as PEACE ON EARTH, PEACE WITH EARTH DAY, encouraging citizens to reflect on peace and nonviolence and act Read more »

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Asheville Transit’s Free Fare Puts People on the Buses

Since Asheville launched free bus service two weeks ago, ridership has increased an average of 65 percent across the entire system. According to transit officials, Read more »

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It’s Time to Par-tay, Mon!

The YMI will host Asheville’s Goombay festival August 25-27 along Eagle and S. Market Streets, the traditional African American community known as The Block. The Read more »

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Harry Harrison Talks About Goombay, the YMICC, Education, & the Arts

Executive Director of the YMI, Harry Harrison. by Moe WhiteHarry Harrison has built his entire career around the arts, beginning with an 18-year stint with Read more »

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Goombay! ‘In the beginning…’

From Staff ReportsIt’s been 24 years since the first Goombay festival was held in Asheville. That August of 1982, no one imagined that a one-time Read more »

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Celebrate! Bele Chere

          Bele Chere has been around for a generation now, and it’s earned a reputation as the largest free outdoor street festival in the southeast.  From Read more »

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Community Bulletin Board

Concerts on the Quad:     June 12th, 19th, and 26th City Council Public Hearings:    June 13th Outdoor Adventure Opportunities for Summer:    June 13th-15th; June 16th; June Read more »

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Urban Values, Urban Needs

By David L. Swain When the initial issue of the Urban News & Observer came into my hands I almost leaped for joy. It is Read more »

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A Collection of Villages

photo by Cathryn Shaffer   Many great cities are described as a collection of villages, but at their heart they are made up of small Read more »

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