More of what’s going around:

Patton Public House restaurant has opened on Patton Avenue in West Asheville.

-An iconic, 7-foot-tall statue of famous evangelist Rev. Billy Graham will be dismantled and removed from downtown Nashville and place at the entrance to Lifeway’s Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in Black Mountain, reports Baptist Press.

-Here’s my list of hot new Asheville restaurants/eateries/coffee shops in Asheville, for Eater.com.

There’s a new video service being offered in Asheville called StoryShare. It is a project of Jared Kay and his company, Amplified Media. Offices are on Depot Street in the River Arts District.

The documentary film Julian Price will be screened at the Fine Arts Theatre at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, as well as at 11 a.m. on Saturday.Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Diana Wortham Theatre’s Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund. Price was a thoughtful and influential Asheville philanthropist who changed the face of downtown.

Katie Wadington, news director at the Asheville Citizen-Times, has been named executive editor of the newspaper. She replaces Josh Awtry.

Asheville Humane Society’s first Paw it Forward Campaign concludes this Friday, and to celebrate they will be open on Sunday, June 26 from 1-4 PM for an afternoon of fun for the whole family, pets included, according to a press release. More:

Everyone is invited to stop by for good eats (Ron’s Taco Shop, Amazing Pizza Co., and The Hop Ice Cream), VIP tours of the Animal Care Campus, pet portraits by SPOT ON Pet Photography, crafts for kids, raffles, adoptable pets, and more! There will also be a surprise adoption promotion (to be announced) for those who are interested in adopting a forever friend.

Executive Director, Tracy Elliott, is excited to celebrate Asheville Humane Society’s first major digitial fundraising campaign. “Paw it Forward was a great success. We involved 246 people as campaigners and received 485 donations,” said Elliott. “People had fun speaking in the voice of their pets, and many more Buncombe County animals will be safe, healthy, and thriving in the coming year because of the campaign.”

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  1. Matt McClure says:

    The bill Apodaca signed and is now headed to the Senate reads,

    “The bill is approved by each member of the…House of representatives whose district includes the area to which it applies.”

    That would be Ager and Fisher, but they both say they never approved it, and in fact expressed disapproval, and that the bill is false. With such an extreme bill, seems like Apodaca really should get some level of approval from all the democratically elected representatives. Especially since this is “not a power grab” and is all about “improving representation.”
    But I’m sure you’ve got some rationale, Tim. Maybe it’s all the ‘popular support’ this bill has that has rushed it through, the grand celebrations happening at every street corner, praising that the South Asheville Spring is finally here, and Apodaca is the only one strong enough to take down the power elite of Asheville. Go ahead, Tim, let’s hear all about those masses of every day people that you are so in touch with.

  2. According to John Boyle in the AC-T:

    “Apodaca says he’s not pushing for Republicans to get elected, he’d just be happy to see some moderate Democrats have a chance at getting elected.”

    See? It’s not about fair representation for parts of town that haven’t had anyone on Council in a while, it’s about trying to shift the political makeup more to the Right.

    Hey, here’s an idea. Maybe run better candidates? (Sorry Tim Peck, and his 407 voters.)

  3. Senate Bill 897
    Asheville City Council Districts
    ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=S897

    • Non sequitur much, Mr. Smug?

      Gotta get paid, don’t ya? Don’t let us stop you. Shill away, Steno Tim.

      • District elections will ensure that voters all across Asheville will have a representative from their area sitting on city council deciding matters that are important to the whole of the city.

        The progressive establishment opposes district elections (“naturally, we’re opposed to this,” says Manheimer) and wants to put up roadblocks (a referendum, council drawing the maps, bah) and generate animus toward the idea when in fact the idea is generally viewed favorably.

        I think the governing elites prefer to keep the old system where a small group of people decide the entire make up of the governing body for our diverse city. I think that is because district elections promise to disrupt the concentration of power, hamper the manipulation of elections, encourage citizen engagement, and motivate voter turnout.

        They have indicated that they would not have done this themselves so it must be done for them. Good. The better it will be for all of us.

        Everybody loves the idea of increasing representative democracy in a more fair and inclusive election process for city council. Bravo, Senator Apodaca. Thank you for your service to the state and our community.

        Further Commentary on District Elections: bit.ly/28KMA4y

        • Why do they oppose it? Could it be that they oppose having Asheville voters told how to vote by a bunch of Republican legislators and half-ass shills who don’t even live in the town? By some nutball who can’t even vote in the State of NC? Could it be that they oppose gerrymandering in furtherance of nothing but a Republican power grab?

          You can’t win in the county (you, literally, couldn’t… Tim Moffitt, etc), so you resort to the only thing you have left: legislating your way in by gerrymandering the city to suit your needs.

          What’s funny is that you think that’s gonna help your side get elected. Hilarious. Pathetic.

          Keep up the good work, shill. You’re working overtime on this. I’m sure your handlers appreciate it.

          • Senate Bill 897 (Asheville City Council Districts) moves in Senate

            06/23/2016 Senate Passed 1st Reading
            06/23/2016 Senate Ref To Com On Redistricting

            http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=S897

          • Senate Bill 897 (Asheville City Council Districts) moves in Senate

            06/23/2016 Senate Passed 1st Reading
            06/23/2016 Senate Ref To Com On Redistricting

            ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=S897

          • “legislating your way in by gerrymandering the city”

            I didn’t legislate anything, dear boy. But I do think it’s a good idea to increase representative democracy in Asheville with district elections.

            “What’s funny is that you think that’s gonna help your side get elected.”

            My side is the people of Asheville. Municipal district elections for Asheville city council will be good for the people of Asheville. What’s your side? Have you actually given it some thought? Perhaps I am asking too much.

        • Your side “is the people of Asheville” sez the man who can’t vote in NC.

          Sez the man who couldn’t get 500 votes when he ran for City Council. You sure are good at making your case that you’re for “the people of Asheville”. If you’re for the people of Asheville, why can’t they decide this? If you’re for the people of Asheville, why are you approving a clearly gerrymandered redistricting that overturns the will of the people from the past election? Are you afraid that if your candidates were to run against them directly, they wouldn’t have a chance?

          Democracy, you say. I say gerrymandering power-play by some half-ass, tin-hat conservatives with an axe to grind.

          Pathetic.

          • If city council wants to hold a referendum on municipal district elections, go ahead, hold one.

            It will be as useless as their last referendum-as-survey on selling the water system.

          • I think they’ll sue first. Seems like a reasonable course against dipsh*ttery like this.

            But nice non-denial of the essential fact that it’s nothing but a gerrymandering power-play by half-ass tin-hat conservatives with an axe to grind.

          • Everything city council is asking for is in Article 5, Part 4. Modification of Form of Gov. §160A-101,2,3,5:
            ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/ByArticle/Chapter_160A/Article_5.pdf

            They can hold a referendum on district elections if they want to. I dare them.

          • Committee Audio:
            cpa.ds.npr.org/wcqs/audio/2016/06/hearingrawaudio.mp3

          • “If city council wants to hold a referendum on municipal district elections, go ahead, hold one.
            It will be as useless as their last referendum-as-survey on selling the water system.”

            Meaning, it won’t yield the result that Mr. Apodaca would want. He understands that if the voters of Asheville were asked to decide this, it wouldn’t go his way. So let’s try abusing the power of the State, see if it stands up in court.

            Why do these people hate democracy so much?

          • Senate Redistricting Committee
            June 24, 2016
            Sen. Ralph Hise on SB897: Asheville District Elections
            spreaker.com/user/8768207/hise-on-sb897

            Senator Hise: “I thank the chairman. Just a quick comment. I thank Senator Apodaca on his work on this. Being near the area, I also heard a lot of complaints about the Asheville council and its failure to represent many of the people that live in that community…and I just wanted comment on the fact that when individuals are currently serving and have a tremendous advantage in being elected, as is obvious in this case, I hate to make them the arbiters of whether or not we should make any changes when they’ve developed a system that obviously benefits them in that process, so…I thank Senator Apodaca all these years, and I will tell you that it is your voice that I trust [regarding] the city of Asheville.”

          • “I thank Senator Apodaca all these years, and I will tell you that it is your voice that I trust [regarding] the city of Asheville.”

            Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!

          • Have you been to the National White Water Center in Charlotte lately?
            wlos.com/news/local/officials-its-possible-to-contract-brain-eating-amoeba-in-wnc

          • And what excuse do you have, Tim, for being such an f’in’ sycophant? Is it an ability you were born with? Or did you have to train to get so good at it?

          • I don’t know which is more grotesque:

            Ralph Hise ignoring the fact that he himself benefits from partisan redistricting and gerrymandering, while casting aspersions on Asheville City Council;

            Ralph Hise (who does not live in Asheville) patting Tom Apodaca (who does not live in Asheville) on the rump about being the “voice” on all things Asheville, or;

            Tim Peck posting this ludicrous commentary on the hypocrisy of the GOP in Raleigh… as if it were actually wisdom.

            Which one of them paid you to publicize this bile?

          • SB897: Asheville District Elections, on Senate calendar for Monday
            ncleg.net/Calendars/CurrentCalendars/CurrentSenateCalendar.pdf

          • Graphic: Asheville District Elections Timeline
            timpeck.blogspot.com/2016/06/district-elections-timeline.html

  4. Katie Wadington, news director at the Asheville Citizen-Times, has been named executive editor of the newspaper.

    Are you sure about that, Jason? The AC-T story only said she was named to “lead” the AC-T. I found it conspicuous that nowhere in that story do they actually state her new job title. And all of her online presence (AC-T staff page, twitter, linkedin, etc.) still cite her as ‘news director’. Maybe this is why:

    “Claybaugh said the search for a regional editor for the Southeast for the USA TODAY Network is already underway and will be announced soon.

    “The position, based in Greenville, will also be the executive editor of the Greenville News and supervise news operations in Greenville, Anderson and Asheville.”

    You have to read to the very bottom to find out that Asheville’s Gannett-owned newspaper is going to be supervised out of Greenville SC. Who knows what Katie’s new job title will be, but she’s clearly not going to be the ultimate boss.

  5. Black Mountain is NOT Asheville.

  6. The link to this line doesn’t work

    -Here’s my list of hot new Asheville restaurants/eateries/coffee shops in Asheville, for Eater.com.

  7. Anywhere to legally stream/purchase the Julian Price doc online?

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