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Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County announces continued impact in new report released

Press release from Children First/Communities In Schools: Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) of Buncombe County, part of the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, released a new Impact Report that includes new data on how the organization continues to help remove barriers for students and families who are unable to afford basic necessities, housing […]

LGBTQ Affordable Care Act Enrollment workshop offered by Pisgah Legal Services and Campaign for Southern Equality on January 25th

Press release from Campaign for Southern Equality: Pisgah Legal Services and the Campaign for Southern Equality announce a free workshop to assist LGBTQ people with enrolling in the Affordable Care Act and learning more about their health care options. The workshop will take place Wednesday, January 25 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Pisgah Legal […]

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Montreat College Receives $175,000 grant from Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation

Press release from Montreal College: Montreat College announced today that it has received a $175,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation towards general scholarships for women during the 2017-18 academic year. 2017-18 will mark the 47th year that Montreat College has received a grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. The first grant for […]

Cyclists gearing up for the fourth annual Hunter Subaru Gear Grinder

Press release from Camplify: Registration is open for the fourth annual Gear Grinder in the Green River Valley, featuring team and individual races for mountain bikers. The Gear Grinder offers mountain bikers the opportunity to compete in this six hour event as individuals or in a duo or team category. The event takes place on […]

Corn Growers Association Of N. C. referendum set for Feb. 22

Press release from Corn Growers Association of N. C.: February 22 is the date when corn growers will vote on continuation of the self assessment program for six years. The Board of Directors of the Corn Growers Association is asking that farmers assess themselves at a rate of 1.25 cents per bushel on all corn marketed […]

Harris Regional Hospital limits visitation due to seasonal flu outbreak

Press release from Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva:  Due to high levels of respiratory viruses in the community, Harris Regional Hospital is implementing seasonal influenza precautions. Visiting restrictions will be in place during peak flu season, which generally lasts through the first of April, and Harris Regional Hospital is asking that the following people do not […]

Temporary road closure in place due to effects from wildfire — Hurricane Gap Road, Mill Ridge Road in Madison County

Press release from National Forests in North Carolina: Forest Service officials announced that two temporary road closures are now in place in Madison County near Hot Springs. Hurricane Gap Road, also known as Forest Service Road (FSR) 467, and Mill Ridge Road, FSR 113, will be closed effective January 19th to protect public safety.  Surveys of […]

DEFENSIVE MANEUVERS: Asheville Police Department personnel at Basic Law Enforcement Training class, working on self-defense and subject control techniques. While this sort of training is vital to police work, a new paradigm is emerging — reflected in evolving departmental policy — that emphasizes de-escalation and avoiding physical confrontation when responding to volatile situations. Photo courtesy of APD

Proposed APD policy favors de-escalation over force

A proposed Asheville Police Department policy hashed out with substantial citizen input could mark a change in the way officers handle volatile situations, proponents say. If the policy is adopted as expected, officers will have to explain how they approached the situation and what they did to try to calm things down before resorting to […]

Recently elected Buncombe County Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara addresses a room full of Affordable Care Act supporters as congress threatens to repeal the law. Photo courtesy of Pisgah Legal Services

Pisgah Legal Services leads local movement to protect Obamacare

In an effort to emphasize the importance of access to affordable health insurance coverage for North Carolinians, Pisgah Legal Services held a press conference Tuesday in partnership with the North Carolina Justice Center. Speakers included political and legal advocates for the ACA, as well as residents who offered stories about their experiences with affordable care and health insurance.

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Local RESISTORS organize rally to support Women’s March on Asheville and protest Trump inauguration in Buncombe and Haywood Counties

Press release from event organizers: On January 21, 2017 a rally to protect freedom in this country and resist the impending loss of human rights and freedoms that the Congress and President-Elect Donald J. Trump are dismantling on a daily basis will take place in downtown Asheville, when the Asheville RESISTORS join forces with the […]

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Tourists search for new P.A. announcer for home games

Press release from The Asheville Tourists: The Asheville Tourists are in search of a Public Address Announcer for the upcoming baseball season and will hold tryouts at McCormick Field on Tuesday, January 31 from 3:00pm-6:30pm. Individuals must register in person on the day of tryouts by no later than 6:15pm. A sample script will be […]

Habitat for Humanity seeks applicants for home repair program

Press release from Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity: In addition to building new HealthyBuilt NC homes in partnership with qualified families, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) also offers a Home Repair program for low-income Buncombe County homeowners. Services include modifications for accessibility, exterior and interior repairs, floor and roof repairs, painting/staining, and much more. By […]

LRU’s Asheville campus adds new business programs

Press release from Lenoir-Rhyne:  Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville entered its fifth year of operations in January of 2017. There are currently nearly 230 students enrolled in graduate level studies at the Center which is now offering new business programs scheduled to begin this fall. The new programs include a Master of Business […]

Flat Rock-Hendersonville PFLAG announces new scholarship at Blue Ridge Community College

Press release from PFLAG: The Flat Rock-Hendersonville Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) Educational Foundation announce a new BRCC scholarship, the PFLAG Equality Scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship has been made possible by a grant from the Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA), which is […]

Air quality forecast for Friday, Jan. 13: Moderate (YELLOW)

Tuesday, January 17, 2016, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the mountains and valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Tuesday, 01/17/2017

Public forum to focus on the welfare of WNC’s children

Press release from Carolina Public Press: Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit online news service in Western North Carolina, will hold a free and public conversation about the welfare of WNC children during the organization’s next Newsmakers forum, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies […]

Lady Slipper Speaker Series at Brevard College kicks off Jan. 24

Press release from organizers: Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) in partnership with Brevard College will be launching their new lecture series, the Lady Slipper Speaker Series at Brevard College on January 24th, 2017. This speaker series will feature various regional experts and take place every 3rd Tuesday of the month, during the academic semester. If […]

APD investigates suspicious death, seeks information

Press release from Asheville Police Department: On Sunday, January 15, 2017 at approximately 4:49 p.m.; the Asheville Police Department received a call at 21 Eagles Nest Lane, for a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival officers discovered a deceased female inside the vehicle.  The victim is Patricia Patterson, 54 years old, of Asheville. The death is being ruled as suspicious at this time and the […]

Air quality forecast for Friday, Jan. 13: Moderate (YELLOW)

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the mountains and valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.  WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Friday, 01/13/2017

Eblen Charities dental sealant partnership begins eighteenth year of service

Press release from Eblen Charities: Children in the Buncombe County and Asheville City School Systems will have a reason to smile beginning Friday, January 13, 2017 as the Eblen Charities Dental Sealant Partnership begins its sixteenth year of service to students in our community. This Friday, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community will once again open their doors […]

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Hi-Wire pint night to benefit Friends of the Smokies

Press release from Friends of the Smokies: Experience one of Asheville’s fastest growing breweries this Groundhog Day and support Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Hi-Wire Brewing’s charitable pint night Thursday, February 2nd, from 4:00-11:00 PM. 15% of sales from Hi-Wire’s South Slope Tasting Room at 197 Hilliard Avenue will support the wildlife, wilderness, and […]