Ex-Asheville cop arraigned on charges he beat man over jaywalking

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A former North Carolina police officer facing criminal charges after body camera footage appears to show him beating a man suspected of jaywalking was arraigned in Buncombe County court Friday, reports CBS affiliate WSPA. Ex-Asheville Police Department officer Christopher William Hickman was charged late Thursday with assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury,


Future transit efforts, concerns mirror Asheville’s past

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COMING DOWN THE ROAD: As Asheville continues to wrangle with its latest growth spurt, an increasing number of residents are calling for public transit and multimodal transportation options in the city. But financial and strategic planning obstacles make for a complex path to increased multimodal transportation, similar to the challenges faced over 100 years ago, when the city featured one of the largest electric trolley systems in the country. Photo courtesy of the City of Asheville


Y’all come for breakfast! Asheville inns share their secrets

(Photo: Courtesy photo) PattI Strelec, who co-owns Crooked Oak Mountain Inn in Asheville with her husband, Bear, says she gets the same question almost daily: “Do you have a cookbook?” About a year ago, she took action on that question by chairing a cookbook committee for the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association, which represents 15 area bed and breakfast inns.


Asheville’s nonwhite literary scene, past and present, Part 2

PRAISEWORTHY: Programming around author Ann Miller Woodford’s book ‘When All God’s Children Get Together’ included a traveling exhibit and gospel music program, such as this one in February at the Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva, co-sponsored by the Waynesville Missionary Baptist Association. In Part 1 of this series, we looked at a history of discrimination and policies, such as urban renewal, that marginalized the voices of nonwhite writers in Asheville and throughout Appalachia. Educational institutions — or lack thereof — impacted that suppression of diverse literature, including the Asheville area’s lack of a historically black college or university. And, while efforts are now being made to address diversity in education, there are still shortfalls. Asheville High School was integrated in 1969 — nearly 50 years ago — but local author, poet and playwright Monica McDaniel says she only remembers having four black teachers when she was a student, and her…