Later this month, three well established Western North Carolina Environmental groups, Western North Carolina Alliance, Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO) and Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, will begin formal merger talks. Members of each group recently voted to approve the consolidation. David Hurand spoke with Bob Wagner, Robert Smith, and Katie Breckheimer...
It could be many months before the court battle over who controls the Asheville Water System is over. That's according to Asheville City Attorney Robbin Currin. Monday, Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning struck down a 2013 law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly that transferred control of the water system to a regional authority and the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Listen this Friday afternoon for another live performance from our studios. This week WCQS hosts Pavel Wlosok, pianist, composer, and associate professor of jazz studies at Western Carolina University. Pavel will play a program of his own compositions with the creative help of bassist Zack Page and drummer Evan Martin. Dick Kowal is your host.
Asheville City Council is closing in on adoption of the proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. The 147.5 million dollar spending plan includes a 3% pay raise for many city workers, funds for Sunday bus service, a bump in some fees, but no increase in city property taxes. While the focus is on this years' spending plan, a recent decision by the North Carolina General Assembly has city officials casting a weary eye on crafting the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget. David Hurand has our story.
Author Jeannette Walls wrote about celebrities for New York Magazine and MSNBC for more than a decade before she turned the tables on herself and wrote a deeply personal memoir called The Glass Castle.
A New York Times best-seller for more than five years, The Glass Castle is about Walls, her impoverished childhood, and the relationship between mental illness and creativity.
Tony Kiss takes a peak at the arts and culture scene around Western North. There's lots of live music in Brevard, Grammy Award winner David Holt has opened an exhibit of his art work at a gallery in Asheville's River Arts District, the Asheville Tourists are in town for baseball at historic McCormick Field, lots of live theater is happening, and a couple of new movies have arrived, including a new Sci Fi film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Tony has all of the above and much more....
Seventy years ago, June 6th 1944, the Allied invasion of Normandy began. The effort to liberate Europe was scheduled to take place June 5th, but bad weather forced the Allies to postpone the invasion. A team of meteorologist worked on the forecast for D-Day, but General Dwight D. Eisenhower leaned heavily on the Scotsman who lead the team, James Martin Stagg.
John Ross is the author of THE FORECAST FOR D-DAY AND THE WEATHERMAN BEHIND IKE’S GREATEST GAMBLE. He spoke with David Hurand.
Durham-based playwright Monica Byrne's first novel, The Girl in the Road, is incredibly difficult to describe. But it’s one of those books that you read and immediately have to shove into someone else’s hands, saying, 'Here, read this so we can talk about it.'
“I’m sort of glad that it defies categorization and description,” Byrne said,.
The Girl in the Road is futuristic, but not quite sci-fi; it’s suspenseful but introspective, one of those books where the way the story is told is almost more interesting than the plot itself.
Campaign finance reports indicate representative Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County is his own best client when it comes to paying for services provided by his publishing company, InTouchNC. Moffitt, who is seeking another term in the State House, is being challenged by Democrat Brian Turner. Reporter Jon Elliston recently interviewed Rep. Moffitt for the Carolina Public Press. He spoke with David Hurand about the Representative's media company.