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  • UNCA named a 2018 'Best College Value' by Kiplinger’s

    From Staff Reports UNC Asheville is once again among the top 100 “Public College Values” in the 2018 rankings released online by Kiplinger. Among public colleges ranked by Kiplinger, UNC Asheville is ninth for lowest cost per year, for in-state resid...
  • Passenger rail service between AVL and HVL urged

    From Staff Reports HENDERSONVILLE — Larry Morton, president of the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club, is trying to drum up interest in passenger rail service between Asheville and Hendersonville.  He envisions twice-daily service, Wednesday throug...
  • Wanda Greene fiasco: just how did it happen?

    By JOHN NORTH john@AshevilleDailyPlanet.com  Three Buncombe County officials  provided a history and update — and fielded questions — on problems in the county government that came to light following the retirement of long-time County Ma...
  • Greene probe unearths new revelations

    From Staff Reports Local news media, led by the Asheville Citizen-Times, continued in December to probe into reasons why former Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene may be under federal investigation. County Attorney Michael Frue has already instructed ...
  • Mission Health, Blue Cross sign new pact after impasse

    From Staff Reports Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced on Dec. 6 that they had reached an agreement. The deal went into effect Dec. 15, ending a six-month dispute, Mission having publicly announced its intent to sever r...
  • The Advice Goddess: January 2018

    Teach a man to be soothing? Q: — There’s always been an attraction between this guy and me. I’ve been thinking of testing the waters with him romantically, but he recently mentioned that he freaks out when women cry. He say...
  • Asheville artist’s zombie murals miff Memphis

    From Staff Reports  MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Asheville-based artist Dustin Spagnola was one of more than 150 artists to participate in Paint Memphis, described as an annual street and graffiti art project. It is headed by Karen Golightly, an assistant pr...
  • Vance birthplace defaced with spray paint

    From Staff Reports  WEAVERVILLE — The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case of vandalism at the Zebulon Baird Vance birthplace in Reems Creek, which was reported on the morning of Dec. 9.  Somebody spray-painted “Black...
  • Traffic stops for blacks show increase in Asheville

    From Staff Reports In spite of changes made in the Asheville Police Department to address allegations that it was stopping a disproportionate number of African-Americans, the numbers have gotten worse. As she was making another bid for a seat ...
  • Letters to the editor: January 2018

    New women’s jail facility opposed; options touted I am writing to express that I stand strongly against the planned construction of a new women’s jail facility in Buncombe county. After the recent death of inmate Michel...
  • The Daily Planet's Opinion: January 2018

    Mission Health, Blue Cross reach agreement (Hurray!) We are pleased, as are (no doubt) the estimated 260,000 people whose health care became really expensive or was postponed over the last two months, with the Dec. 6 annou...
  • The Candid Conservative: Asheville plays a mean game of Monopoly

    “Public complacency drives the getaway car for political corruption” — Carl Mumpower The problem This year less than 20 percent of Asheville’s eligible voters crossed the finish line. Those thus invested successfully locked in another two years...
  • Lesson from my toppled hero

    By D.G. MARTIN Special to the Daily Planet CHAPEL HILL — Stunned. North Carolina lost another monument. It came like a flash. And I am still reeling. Charlie Rose was one of North Carolina’s nationally best-known and most admired people. He was r...
  • Dems need to follow words with actions

    By LEE BALLARD Special to the Daily Planet If Democrats are to win big in 2018, they need to come up with a strong message. Right or wrong? If Democrats are to win big in 2018, they only need to run against Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Right ...
  • Locally shot ‘3 Billboards’ film leads SAG awards; could it net an Oscar?

    From Staff Reports   “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” shot in 2017 in downtown Sylva, Black Mountain, Dillsboro and other Western North Carolina locales, is leading all films with four nominiations, the 24th Screen Actors Guild ...
  • Affirmations, resolutions and things I just want to do

    By SHELLEY WRIGHT Special to the Daily Planet It’s time to begin another year and just like The Fool card in Tarot, it means a brand new journey. Two thousand eighteen is all shiny and new. It won’t be, of course, by the end of the year. But I thin...
  • For 1st time, every shag club officer is a woman

    From Staff Reports The Mountain Shag Club recently elected a new board for 2018 that, for the first time in the club’s 30-history, is all-female. The new board took over effective Jan. 1. Formed in November 1988, the club claims more than 100 members ...
  • Mission, Blue Cross restart negotiations

    From Staff Reports  Mission Health kept its promise in October to terminate its contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, if terms the hospital system deemed profitable could not be reached.  Mission on July 5 had announced i...
  • Ex-county manager probe triggers more disclosures: Economic development spending raises questions

    From Staff Reports  Economic development expenditures are now being brought into question as the Asheville Citizen-Times continues to spearhead a probe of why former Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene may be under federal investigation. The lates...
  • The Advice Goddess: December 2017

    Q: -- I’m a 35-year-old woman. I’m living with my boyfriend, who’s a freelance artist (talented but just getting started). We’ve been together for three years, and I am paying for pretty much everything. I don’t feel resentful. I feel like we’...



 


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