N.C. driver license renewal now available online

From Governor Pat McCrory: Garner, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory announced today that online driver license renewal will now be available statewide by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The improvement is part of the governor’s “Driving Change” initiative which is focused on improving customer service at the DMV through technology and increased efficiencies. “Renewing […]

Culture Vulture Film Festival to feature a mountain heritage world premiere

From Center for Cultural Preservation: (HENDERSONVILLE, NC, October 7, 2015) – The Center for Cultural Preservation, one of WNC’s premiere cultural organizations, presents a unique film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   The festival will feature the world premiere […]

Historic Biltmore Village announces winner of brochure cover design contest

From Historic Biltmore Village:  Historic Biltmore Village has a new look to its brand new brochure. Local River Art’s District artist Nancy Hilliard Joyce’s entry was chosen to grace the front of the brochure from  a recent design contest.     Nancy’s entry was chosen by the advisory board of the village merchant’s.   This […]

Buncombe County services change locations

From Buncombe County: October 12,  the County Veterans Assistance Offices will move to 199 College Street.  (Parking will be in the County Parking Garage located at 164 College Street in Downtown Asheville.) Their phone number will remain the same, 250-5726. October 19 the Cooperative Extension Office will open at 49 Mt Carmel Road, Suite 20, Asheville […]

City of Asheville wins national award for its SimpliCity search tool

Press release from The City of Asheville: The City of Asheville won the Technology Award for its SimpliCity search engine during the Code for America Summit Oct. 2 in Oakland, Calif. In the judge’s comments it was noted that “SimpliCity is a stellar example of how even the smallest in-house teams can deliver great digital […]

Candlelight vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness held Oct. 1

From Buncombe County: Join Buncombe County in honoring the victims and survivors of abuse by attending the Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil and ceremonial lighting of the courthouse on: When: Thursday, October 1st from 7-9 p.m. Where: Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville This year’s event will feature: Performance by Womansong Various Speakers Survivor Testimony Candlelight […]

Smoky Mountain LME/MCO CEO appointed to state task force on mental health, substance use disorders

From Smoky Mountain LME/MCO: September 29, 2015 – Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Brian Ingraham, the CEO of Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, to a new state task force charged with making recommendations to improve the lives of N.C. residents with mental illness and substance use disorders. The 24-member N.C. Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force […]


Breaking through: Local women challenge political glass ceiling

While the number of women in politics has definitely grown over the last few decades, “Politics is still a gendered space,” says Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics. “Women see these institutions and don’t see a lot of people that look like them in charge, and that may lead to a reluctance to run for office.”


Carl Mumpower

Carl Mumpower Website: balanceforasheville.com Employment: Clinical psychologist Party affiliation: Republican Previous candidacy: Former vice mayor and City Council member, 2001-09 What are three achievable goals that you would champion in the next two years? Stabilize our Police Department, restrain careless use of taxpayer money and rededicate our mission to provide good city services. Our Police […]

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Brian Haynes

Brian Haynes Website: brianhaynesforavl.com Employment: Showroom assistant manager at Habitat for Humanity Party affiliation: Registered unaffiliated, votes in democratic primaries What are three achievable goals that you would champion in the next two years? The city has been seeking a lot of outside development, and I would like us to go the opposite direction. Help local […]


Richard Liston

Richard Liston Website: avl.mx/1se Employment: Educator and taxi driver Party affiliation: Registered unaffiliated   What are three achievable goals that you would champion in the next two years? First of all, I expect that the three people who are elected to City Council will be people who truly, deeply care about all the members of […]


LaVonda Payne

LaVonda Payne Employment: Long-haul truck driver Party affiliation: Registered unaffiliated What are three achievable goals that you would champion in the next two years? Increasing the quality of our urban communities, educating the people and organizing some type of community center [to teach people how to remove themselves from bad situations]. I feel like that […]