Spring is in the Air! Start Gardening!?

Mar 10, 2016

It may be a bit early, but the recent warm weather has gardeners in a sweat.  Agricultural Extension Agent Alison  Arnold speaks with David Hurand about getting started.

Early voting is underway for North Carolina's March 15 primary.  One of the biggest decisions before voters has nothing to do with the presidential contest.  They'll be asked to approve or reject a $2 billion bond measure that would fund higher education infrastructure projects, parks, water and sewer systems, and the National Guard.  Lawmakers including Governor Pat McCrory have argued the Connect NC Bond will not require a tax increase and makes critical investments in the state.  But not everyone is on board. 

stephen houseworth photography

Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and again Thursday evening at 8 for a broadcast concert by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. We'll hear the ASO's February 13th concert, which was presented before a sold-out  audience in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

The concert features Mendelssohn's "The Hebrides" Overture and Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings by Richard Strauss, a very late work of his, dating from 1945. Bella Hristova gives a spellbinding performance of Beethoven's only violin concerto in the second half of the program.

A planned apartment complex in Asheville will make it easier for new teachers to find housing in a city where affordable housing can be hard to come by.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the project which will have 28 units is expected to open by early summer of 2017.

After 30 years of service, WCQS News Director David Hurand is set to leave March 31, 2016.

David joined WCQS in 1986 when it was still a start up. In the years since, the station has become a trusted and respected source of news and information in Western North Carolina.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 4, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A live theater  company takes on the big screen.  Asheville Reel Comedy features nearly two and half hours of clips from 25 films with a local connection.  The idea is the work of  the Magnetic Theater. The screenings take place at Magnetic Theater in Asheville's River Arts District,  March 10-12.  Tony Kiss says it's a big weekend  for live music.  Asleep at the Wheel takes  the stage at Isis (3/5).

North Carolina’s early voting period for the March 15 primary is now underway.  Voters can register and vote early at election sites between now and March 12th.  For more, WCQS’s Jeremy Loeb spoke with Buncombe County’s director of elections Trena Parker.  

Parker says people registered with a certain political party must vote in that party’s primary but unaffiliated voters aren’t left out. 

Can Civility in American Politics be "Recreated?"

Mar 3, 2016

Many of today’s American politicians don’t understand what it means to be civil. That’s the opinion of Dr. Heather Hawn/  Dr. Hawn is Chair of the Political Science Department at Mars Hill University.   Tonight (3/3) on campus, State Senators Tom Apodaca, Henderson County Republican, and Terry Van Duyn Buncombe County Democrat, will present a lecture titled “How Can Civility in Politics Be Recreated?”  The lecture is part of the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series at the University.  Dr. Hawn will moderate tonight’s lecture.  She spoke with David Hurand.

Carolina Public Press

Carolina Public Press has been investigating the mysterious death of western North Carolina army veteran Felicia Reeves.  Reeves disappeared from Henderson County in August of last year.  She was found dead a week later in a motel in New Jersey.  New Jersey police ruled the death a suicide by hanging.  But in his investigative report, CPP's Frank Taylor notes a number of odd discrepancies and circumstances surrounding the death.  He spoke with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb. 

Voters in a dozen states head to the polls Tuesday, March 1st in what's known as Super Tuesday.  North Carolina's primary is two weeks later, on the 15th.  But what happens on Super Tuesday could have a big impact on North Carolina's vote.  For more, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with Western Carolina University political science professor Chris Cooper.