More of what’s going around:
-Allegiant announced that it was adding four new flights from Asheville Regional Airport: The Asheville Regional Airport has seen exponential growth in the number of passengers using its facility over the last handful of years as airlines have offered more and more flight options. On Tuesday, the airport announced that Allegiant would be adding twice-weekly service from Asheville to each of the following destinations starting in May: Boston, Chicago, Houston and Austin.
-New Asheville police chief hired: City officials announced on Monday that they’ve hired a new police chief, David Zack, who works as a police chief in Cheektowaga, N.Y., near Buffalo. One of his first challenges will be to settle into a department that’s been in turmoil for a few years now. The previous Asheville police chief lasted just two months on the job before he bowed out amid some personal controversy. And the chief before that, Tammy Hooper, dealt with the fallout from an incident in which a police officer was seen beating an African-American pedestrian in leaked video footage published by the Asheville Citizen-Times.
-The Asheville Mystery Museum deep in the basement of the Asheville Masonic Temple will be officially closing in about a month. Founded by Asheville ghost hunter Joshua P. Warren, the museum offered up wild and woolly exhibits, including an alleged chupacabra skull from Puerto Rico, a piece of Vlad the Impaler’s castle in Transylvania and a 4-foot-tall statue of an alien. The museum had been a stop on Warren’s popular Haunted Asheville downtown walking tour. (The walking tours will continue.)
-Asheville bottle shop Bruisin’ Ales announced that it is closing after 13 years in downtown Asheville. Julie and Jason Attalah were part of the early wave of craft beer businesses in Asheville, opening a store on Broadway that was stocked full of amazing craft brews from all over. They will be missed. The shop’s last day will likely come in late February.
-A new business in downtown Asheville is offering light-induced meditation. At Inner Light Journeys, you’re invited to sit beneath a glowing, blinking light that will reportedly ease you into a quiet, meditative state that’s stress-reducing and healing.
-And the Stoobie Awards are coming up! (They’re also known as the Asheville Food Fan Awards.) Get your tickets now.