12:46 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

WNC Counties Sit Out Crime Index

Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston

Crime statistics have been compiled by North Carolina counties since 1973, but not by all counties. David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about the the numbers and the Crime Index.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss Asheville Citizen Times

Its a big weekend for movies and music.  The Asheville Cinema Festival offers more than 50 films. Everything from features, documentaries, shorts, and more.  A couple of long awaited films have opened in the area. The highly acclaimed 12 Years a Slave  and All is Lost starring Robert Redford.   WideSpread Panic will rock the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville  and the Asheville Choral Society and Symphony Chorus present the Brahms German Requiem with 220 singers.

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10:24 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Manheimer Elected Asheville Mayor

Esther Manheimer

Attorney Esther Manheimer has been elected mayor of Asheville.  Manheimer was any easy winner over her challenger, former city employee John Miall.   The polls had only been closed a little over an hour when it became clear that the current Vice Mayor would win by a comfortable  margin.  Unofficial results show she captured over 68% of the vote. 

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Arts and Culture
6:26 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Ann Patchett on writing, Parnassus, and dogs

  Author Ann Patchett’s new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, is a deeply personal collection of essays that explore Patchett’s familial, romantic, professional, and even canine relationships.

While Patchett is perhaps known best for her novels Bel Canto or State of Wonder, she also has an extensive career writing nonfiction.

Here, Patchett discusses how writing nonfiction shaped her fiction; what it was like to compile the book; and her role as an inadvertent spokeswoman for independent bookstores.

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11:12 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Day is Upon US

It’s election day across the US, and that includes municipalities and cities in Western North Carolina.

In Asheville, two candidates are running for mayor: Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer and former city employee John Miall.

There are also five candidates vying for the city’s three city council seats-- Cecil Bothwell, Mike Lanning, Gordon Smith, Jonathan Wainscott and Gwen Wisler.

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. for voters in Asheville and Buncombe County’s other incorporated municipalities.

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Arts and Culture
8:46 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update...

Tony Kiss Asheville Citizen Times reporter

November has arrived  but the Arts and Culture scene is still in the mood for Halloween and a bit more of October.  Tony Kiss stops  by with some tips on what to do in the days  ahead.  High on his list, the late great Hank Williams comes alive on stage, Bluegrass with special guest David Holt, and several  new movies, including a film from Saudi Arabia.   Tony also reports that the Christmas Holiday season is underway at the Biltmore Estate.

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Arts and Culture
8:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Halloween Candy $$$$

On this day of trick or treating, David Hurand takes a look at the candy industry.

Halloween is ghost, goblins, costumes, and cash.   Annual candy sales in the U.S. are in the billions. A Chicago based research firm that compiles candy sales data reports that Reese's , which is part of the Hershey Company,  is number one with annual sales of nearly $510 million, M & M's is next with annual sales of nearly $501 million , M & M's is one of the lines sold by Mars, and third in annual sales, Snickers witch is also manufactured by Mars.  David Hurand  has more on our appetite for candy.

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Food and Drink
7:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Tailgate Market Report: Late Season Surprises!

WCQS partners with ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

Last week, we shared several seasonal surprises available at farmers tailgate markets. This week, we’re surprised there are even more unexpected finds to be found! Look out for cardoon, sweet potatoes in all shades, and sugar snap and snow peas…

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Arts and Culture
9:39 am
Tue October 29, 2013

It's Not You, It's Me!

Nathan Ives (second from left) and cast of It's Not You, It's Me

The independent film It's Not You, It's Me  was written, directed, and produced by Asheville native Nathan Ives.  Ives has followed an unusual path to become a Los Angeles based film maker and he is taking a novel approach to marketing his film.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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9:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

One Year Later: Super-Storm Sandy

One year ago the deadly and destructive Super-Storm Sandy made its way up the eastern seaboard of the United States.  Its' impact was felt in nearly two dozen states, but New Jersey and New York took the brunt of the storm.  Rob Young is the Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University.  He spoke with David Hurand about his column in USA Today,   the rebuilding effort, and the lessons learned one  year after Sandy.

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