Families in Fear at Stricken Nursing Home

This story has been updated to reflect the latest Covid-19 cases from the state. Kathie Carnahan nursed her husband through two major surgeries, watched helplessly as dementia robbed the once vibrant attorney of the ability to speak, and made the gut-wrenching decision to place him in an Asheville nursing home. But nothing compared to the… READ MORE >

Asheville’s Soul Threatened

The pandemic that left thousands of Asheville workers unemployed has been particularly hard on the artists, musicians and performers who help define the city’s character. “Lots of people have been broken by this — people that live day to day, week to week, month to month,” said artist David Achenbaugh of Blue Ridge Gems, who… READ MORE >

Covid Ravages Asheville Nursing Home

This story is being updated as new information becomes available. It began with one employee falling ill from the coronavirus. By Friday morning, just 11 days later, more than 55 elderly and infirmed residents at the Aston Park Health Care Center in southwest Asheville and at least 30 of its staff had tested positive.  Four… READ MORE >

Tourism Isn’t the Enemy

Part 2 Asheville City Councilman Vijay Kapoor, who plans to resign this summer and move to Philadelphia, spoke in-depth to Asheville Watchdog founders Sally Kestin and Steve Keeble about the pandemic and lean times ahead for city government, the controversy surrounding tourism and hotel development, and Mission Hospital. Q: Asheville’s economy is so heavily dependent… READ MORE >

Political Power in Asheville

Part 1 of 2 Asheville City Councilman Vijay Kapoor, who plans to resign this summer and move to Philadelphia, spoke in-depth to Asheville Watchdog founders Sally Kestin and Steve Keeble about who holds the power in local government, why the council isn’t serving the needs of many residents and what’s needed to prevent undue influence… READ MORE >

$5M TDA relief bill for small businesses helps hotels too

When the Rev. Tami Forte Logan learned that the Buncombe County Tourist Development Authority and allies won legislative approval to offer $5 million to small businesses crushed by the pandemic, she didn’t join the chorus of congratulations. “This bill is making sure that the hoteliers don’t fall, making sure that they will be OK,” said… READ MORE >

Pandemic Put Pause On Mission’s Troubles

The biggest health crisis in a lifetime hit Asheville shortly after the one-year anniversary of the biggest upheaval in local healthcare: the $1.5 billion sale of the nonprofit Mission Health System to HCA Healthcare, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital management chain. The transition from local nonprofit to profit-hungry behemoth has not gone smoothly, and not… READ MORE >

The Fear of Re-Opening: Small Business Owners Opt Out

Asheville retailers finally received approval to reopen Friday after seven weeks of forced closure, but some are choosing to remain closed. Their biggest fear: exposing themselves and their employees to the coronavirus. Patrons are advised to abide by social distancing, but wearing masks is not required under Buncombe’s order, and few downtown visitors appear to be… READ MORE >