Here’s more of what’s going around, including ongoing actions on the part of federal immigration officials to arrest and detain people around Asheville.
-The 27 Club bar opened recently along Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville.
-Federal immigration agents continued to arrest and detain residents in the Asheville area on Tuesday, following the arrests of more than a dozen people in Buncombe and Henderson counties over the past weekend. ICE agents arrested one person outside an Ingles grocery store in Candler on Tuesday morning, according to citizen activists tracking the agents’ movement.
-Two years after competing head-to-head with Asheville to land Deschutes craft brewery, Roanoke officials and residents are feeling let down as the brewer has announced plans to possibly delay construction of its new East Coast brewery, the Roanoke Times reports.
In an editorial, the newspaper noted that even though the number of jobs promised by the brewery didn’t compete with other recent job announcements, “here’s a case where Roanoke went head-to-head with our long-time bete noir of Asheville, North Carolina — and won. Deschutes’ decision to locate in Roanoke was a huge confidence boost for a community that had long felt it couldn’t win anything. Now . . .was it all for naught?” Why is Deschutes hitting the pause button? The editorial goes on to note that the big growth engine that had been craft beer has significantly slowed the past couple of years.
-There’s a new outdoor tour company opening in Asheville. NCLINE Adventures founder Greg Vaeth, an entrepreneur who founded the MTN Merch gift store and sold it, says his new venture is fully licensed and insured to operate in Pisgah National Forest and will provide “unique outdoor experiences for those looking to explore the Western North Carolina mountains.” Twin Leaf Brewery will host a launch party for NCLINE Adventures on April 28.
-Asheville City Councilwoman Sheneika Smith has endorsed local attorney Ben Scales for Buncombe County District Attorney. Scales faces Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams in the Democratic primary election in May.
-Early voting for this year’s primary election, set for May 8, will start Thursday.
–Asheville Sister Cities will host an event called The Art of Citizen Diplomacy from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at The Refinery on Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville. The organization will host a delegation from Nigeria. The event will include food, music a raffle and more. The cost is $25 per person. The public is also invited to a dinner on Friday night at the Edington Center on Livingston Street, with food by the Southside Kitchen. The cost is a suggest $10 donation.To RSVP and for more information, call Brit Castaneda at (828) 808-7816.
–NPR newscaster Carl Kassell has died. Kassell grew up in North Carolina and attended UNC Chapel Hill before going on to his distinguished career at NPR.
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