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Memorial Service for Local Busker/Juggler Alex Berkow Scheduled for July 26 at Asheville Jcc

From event organizers: Memorial Service to be held for Alex Berkow, The Super Juggler Location: Asheville, NC Venue: Asheville Jewish Community Center Gymnasium, 236 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801 Date: Wednesday, July 26 2017 Time: 7-9 p.m. Parking: Parking in neighborhood streets or at closed businesses on Charlotte Street, as the JCC lot will be full. Friends and family will gather to memorialize Alex Berkow, known as The Super Juggler. Alex was often found busking the streets of Asheville and asking folks to pick any three items from collection to juggle. Alex died Friday, July 21 in the early morning hours as a result of a motorcycle accident. “Alex was a special guy and unlike anyone else I have ever known. When I met Alex he had no performance skills. Lots of ambition, but no skill. Alex worked hard and came to perform aerial silks, acrobalance and juggling. Over the…

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Chief Justice Pushes Merit Selection of Nc Judges in Asheville

Mark Martin, chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, advocates changing the way judges of the state are chosen. He began his push for change Saturday, June 24, in a speech to the N.C. Bar Association’s annual meeting at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Judges are currently picked via popular election. Martin wants to set up a merit selection process. Mark Barrett (Photo: Mark Barrett/mbarrett@citizen-times.com) ASHEVILLE – North Carolina should go to merit selection of its judges to insulate the courts from political influence, state Chief Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin said here Saturday. Martin told the N.C. Bar Association, the professional association for attorneys, that the General Assembly should set a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would end the current system of choosing judges in popular elections. “Let’s step away from ordinary politics and let the people decide whether our judges should be chosen through a…

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Experience Ghost Hunting in Asheville, NC

Asheville is a beautiful city located in North Carolina. There are many attractions to the city but one of the most popular is ghost hunting. There are a number of stories about places that are haunted by a ghost in the city of Asheville. Two of the famous hotels said to be haunted include Battery Park Hotel and the Grove Park Inn. Any visitor to the city can pick and choose from a number of Tours for ghost hunting that are available particularly during the Halloween season, but also throughout the year. Record Proof Of Ghosts With Modern Technology Because of all the technology that is available today, many people enjoy trying to catch images or recordings of ghosts on their ghost hunts. Many Ghost Hunters who visit Asheville not only record anything they find, but some have even gone on to make films about it. Even for those who…

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Asheville Murder Suspect Found Incompetent to Stand Trial

Asheville, N.C. (WLOS) —  A man charged with murdering an Asheville real estate broker will not stand trial, at least for now. A judge ruled James Norton mentally incompetent to stand trial and unable to participate in his own defense. Norton is accused of stabbing Christina Kessinger, 62, known as Tina, in the head last February with a screw driver. Tina’s friends say the crime was random and that Tina did not know Norton. They say they want to see Norton in court. Friend Myrick Ashley, “it would be interesting to know what the state psychiatrist was up to what kind of tests were taking place. And how we got to this evaluation because I’ve heard he’s not the only one who’s left the prison system to fill beds in our state mental places.” Kessinger’s family also reacting to the decision, in a statement her sister said, “I believe as…