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  • Governor tells of need to fight opioid crisis

    By JOHN NORTH john@AshevilleDailyPlanet.com   SWANNANOA — A key step in tackling the nation’s opioid-addiction epidemic is to ensure that as many people as possible have health insurance, Gov. Roy Cooper said during a 20-minute speech to the C...
  • Mission-BCBSNC still not negotiating as contract termination looms Oct. 5

    260K WNC customers with Blue Crosscould be socked with higher health care costs From Staff Reports  Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina still were not talking to on...
  • The Advice Goddess: October 2017

    By AMY ALKON Special to the Daily Planet James and the Giant Leech Q:  I’ve been dating this girl for just over a month, and she never offers to pay for anything. I was okay with this in the beginning, as I saw it as a cour...
  • Ex-county manager’s sister changes jobs, takes $30K pay cut after probe announced

    From Staff Reports  The sister of former Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene agreed to change her job title and to accept nearly $30,000 less in annual pay — a few days after a federal investigation of Greene and unnamed “others” was announ...
  • Chancellor at UNCA resigns after three years

    From Staff Reports Dr. Mary K. Grant, UNC Asheville’s chancellor, announced her resignation on Sept. 13 so that she can serve as president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, located in Boston. Grant came to UNCA in 2015...
  • Activist Bree Newsome disinvited from speaking at Asheville Middle

    From Staff Reports A public uproar has erupted after Charlotte-based activist Bree Newsome was disinvited from speaking at Asheville Middle School during the last week of September. The event was canceled due to a school policy on visiting speakers. In...
  • Asheville rated No. 9 on list of ‘least-stressed’ American cities

    From Staff Reports Asheville placed ninth on a list of the lest-stressed cities in the United States, according to a study by the financial websie SmartAsset. The ranking was a significant improvement over last year, when the city known as “the Pari...
  • Asheville named best foodie town in U.S. (and in Southeast)

    From Staff Reports Asheville recently was ranked No. 1 on RewardExpert’s national list of 2017’s Best American Foodie Towns, which compared 100 cities and towns with populations below 100,000. Asheville, sometimes referred to as “the Paris of the ...
  • Early voting begins for Oct. 10 primary for Asheville council

    From Staff Reports Early voting began Sept. 21 — and will run through Oct. 7 -— for the Asheville City Council and city mayoral primary election, which will be held on Oct. 10. Three candidates are running for mayor, including incumbent Es...
  • Letters to the editor: October 2017

    Issues-based coverage of town elections missing hat I think is most missing from local news coverage is issue-based coverage of municipal elections in the small towns.  Which candidates, for example, stand for affordable ho...
  • The Candid Conservative: Trump is right

    “We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them.” — M. Scott Peck By CARL MUMPOWER Special to the Daily Planet   The Problem We live in the age of the lie. A guy named Scott Peck told us it was going to happen. In th...
  • Four books tell of four struggles

    By D.G. MARTIN Special to the Daily Planet CHAPEL HILL — Could a miracle hair straightening ignite a deadly epidemic?  Can a scientist persuade you that the findings of his discipline show the existence of God?  Can the research and expe...
  • Link between ‘Planet of the Apes,’ Trump’s triumph?

    By LEE BALLARD Special to the Daily Planet   Professor Cyril Underfoot is a quirky old relic of academia —renowned in his field of study but locally, a nut case.  Students call him “Dr. Undertree” because he doesn’t meet one-on-one i...
  • UNCA moves up to No. 7 in U.S. News rankings

    From Staff Reports  UNC Asheville has moved up to No. 7 in U.S. News and World Report’s Ranking of Public Liberal Arts Colleges; Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects, Management & Accountancy, Affordability and Admissions Recognized Nation...
  • Originals or covers? 2 singers offer contrasts

    By JOHN NORTH john@AshevilleDailyPlanet.com   Steven Pelland entertained the crowd with a set of his original songs during a concert Sept. 15 in the upstairs lounge at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville.  Ryan Guerra performe...
  • ‘Unnecessary Farce’ serves up necessary laughs

    By JOHN NORTH john@AshevilleDailyPlanet.com WAYNESVILLE — With the threat of Hurricane Irma looming, the show “Unnecessary Farce” provided pre-storm relief via much-needed laughter during the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre show’s Sept. 9 perfor...
  • Return to Lake Lure Inn: Facing my fears

    By SHELLEY WRIGHT Special to the Daily Planet   My friend, Joshua P. Warren of Haunted Asheville, teamed up with Christian MacLeod, president of the Asheville Cryptid Society, to put on the Creeps and Cryptids Mystery Van Tour that departed from A...
  • 'Zebulon B. Vance Reconsidered' symposium, set Sept. 14-15 at UNCA

    UNC Asheville’s Department of History and the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site will present a two-day symposium, Zebulon B. Vance Reconsidered, Sept. 14-15. The symposium, which has been in the planning stages for almost a year, will take ...
  • Mission, Blue Cross each tout ‘options’

    By JOHN NORTH john@AshevilleDailyPlanet.com A high-ranking official from each side shared his views on the contract standoff between Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina and Mission Health System — and sometimes threw verbal punches — on Aug. 4 d...
  • NCDOT backs 6 lanes through W. AVL

    From Staff Reports The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced recently that it has decided to switch its backing to six travel lanes in the portion of the I-26 Connector project involving Interstate 240 through West Asheville. Over the de...



 


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