Cost of Growth: Surrounding communities feel impact

Marion’s population has grown 70 percent since 2000, from 4,943 to 8,400. (Photo credit: WLOS staff) The Growing Entrepreneurs Marion Small Business Grant Program has invested about $28,000 over the last two years.{&nbsp;}(Photo credit: WLOS staff)<p></p> As Buncombe County’s population nears 260,000, the growth is spilling over to surrounding areas, as well. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017, Henderson County’s population was 115,708; Rutherford’s was 66,551; Haywood’s was…

Dozens Of Immigrants Detained Across North Carolina In The Past Week

View Slideshow 1 of 2 Bruno Hinojosa, CIMA coordinator leads a rally at the Federal Building downtown. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, conducted raids across North Carolina over the past week. ICE agents took several dozen people into custody in the Triangle area and arrested about a dozen people in Western North Carolina, according to a ICE spokesman Bryan Cox. The mayors of Chapel Hill, Carrboro,…

Letter: Asheville needs stricter litter laws

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Graphic by Lori Deaton I appreciated Sherrie Mirsky’s note to the editor [“Keep Asheville Clean,” March 14, Xpress]. I wanted to say that there is definitely a serious litter problem in Asheville. I have lived in Asheville since 1980 and have recently seen in the last year how much litter is filling up so many areas of the city and its outskirts. Asheville needs stricter litter laws and policies put…