Archive for August, 2008

Asheville Ballet Holds Hip-Hop Class

Monday, August 18th, 2008

A free class will be offered by the Asheville Ballet, taught by hip-hop artist Brandi Hand for kids 9-through-12. The class will be offered on Saturday at nine in the morning at the Ballet’s studio 4 located on Weaverville Highway in North Asheville. There will be no charge for the class.

Brandi was a choreographer for the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets. She was also lead dancer in the Super Bowl.

A small donation to the Asheville Ballet will be accepted, but is not mandatory. To sign up for the class, call Ann Dunn at (828) 258-1028.

Court Gives OK to Annexation

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Asheville got the green light from the North Carolina Court of Appeals to annex several contested areas of Buncombe County. The areas include Ridge Field Business Park and a zone off of Airport Road.

Several property owners that were disputing the annexation are still able to appeal the decision to North Carolina’s Supreme Court — though the court has recently declined to hear an annexation case along similar grounds.

The citizens trying to stop annexation are claiming that Asheville’s ability to provide services such as water, police and fire protection are inadequate.

Bears Spotted in Asheville

Friday, August 1st, 2008
Brown Bear

Asheville has seen record numbers of bear sightings this summer, due to heat and food shortages. Citizens have called animal control to report at least ten bears in the past week alone. Most sightings have been in east and south Asheville areas.

The heat this summer has made the animals very much more active than normal, and while they are in this active state, they tend to journey much farther than normal to search for food.

Though there have been no accidents (besides overturned trash cans) animal control is still encouraging locals to be vigilant.