On Thursday, Sept. 17, at the 16th annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook, the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville Buncombe County will present their next iteration of the AVL 5×5 initiative, the EDC’s job creation strategy.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved an increase in room occupancy tax increase for visitors to the area at its Tuesday, Sept. 1 meeting.
The increase, from 4 to 6 percent, applies only to those paying for rooms in county hotels and does not affect residents. This rate coincides with rates currently implemented in 31 other North Carolina counties, including Durham and Catawba.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ Sept. 1 meeting seems to cover all of the bases, from taxes to zoning to county services and a possible Vietnam memorial wall. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Commissioner Chambers on the third floor of the county building at 200 College St.
Last September, 548 Ashevilleans joined together on the French Broad for the Tube-ocalypse Zombie Float, attempting to break the world record for most people floating in a line. Though last year’s participation fell 87 short of the goal, this year, organizers hope to breathe new life into the undead dream.
FROM DENR: RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) filed briefs [on Aug. 12] that would hold Duke Energy accountable for the cleanup of its 14 coal ash facilities throughout North Carolina and protect the public’s right to provide its input. The filings oppose Duke Energy and the Southern Environmental Law Center’s […]
From Wild American Gear: ASHEVILLE, NC, Aug. 24, 2015 – Stevin Westcott, former spokesman for the four national forests in North Carolina, today unveiled a new online store that features only American made outdoor recreation products. WILD AMERICAN GEAR TM , found online at www.wildamericangear.com, offers quality clothing and gear for hikers, bikers, joggers, anglers, […]
In case you missed the most interesting thing to happen on social media this week, an escaped llama had dozens (dozens) of Twitter users on the edges of their seats this afternoon.
From Kona Ice: ASHEVILLE, N.C.– Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice is introducing Asheville to its distinctive blend of entertainment and gourmet frozen treats. The Kona Ice experience is unlike any other in the area. “The communities’ first taste of our cool treats and colorful truck will keep […]
From Pisgah Brewing Company: Pisgah Brewing Company is set to release its latest beer in their sour series, Pisgah Rouge – an Old Bruin Sour Brown Ale finished with Cherries- on Friday, August 28th at 6pm. Pisgah channeled the spirit of the Flemish brewers in this beer, aging it for many months in oak barrels with a secondary fermentation then […]
On Wednesday, Aug. 19, the Asheville Citizen-Times hosted a forum introducing the 15 Asheville City Council candidates. Link to video and list of start times included.
Over the last few weeks, it seems as though many Asheville and Buncombe politicians are moving pieces in a bigger puzzle. From retirements to withdrawals, shifting boards to a run for state office — and 15 candidates running for Asheville City Council, a lot is happening these days in local politics.
From Asheville Police Department: Asheville – The Asheville Police Department requests assistance in locating four suspects involved in the Wednesday, August 12th shooting that occurred on Camby Street and Biltmore Avenue. Demarcus Alston, D’Angelo McCrorey and Trevon Stone have arrests warrants for: Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Discharge Firearm into Occupied Dwelling/Vehicle Discharge Firearm […]
From Cecil Bothwell: Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell today announced his candidacy for the Buncombe County Commission, District 1. Bothwell is in his second term on City Council. “I intend to bring the same environmental awareness and civic concern to service on our County Commission that I have delivered for my constituents for the past […]
From Life Advocates: Asheville, North Carolina, August 12, 2015 — In response to recent admissions by Planned Parenthood officials about its practice of harvesting and selling aborted baby parts, Life Advocates and concerned citizens of Asheville are protesting at the Planned Parenthood facility, 68 McDowell St, Asheville, NC on Saturday, August 22, from 8:30 a.m. […]
Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones announced today that she is entering the race for Lieutenant Governor. Jones, who has spent the last 14 years serving in local government, said she is running because of the General Assembly’s constant meddling in local affairs.
The final week of Xpress’ Asheville City Council candidates series comes with a surprise withdrawal from the race.This week, we have John Miall, Joe Grady, Keith Young and a withdrawal from Holly Shriner.
Every year, Portland, Ore. cycling company Chris King Precision Components and Chefs Chris DiMinno and Robert McSpadden ask the public to join fellow cyclists “for a day of food and riding from five beautiful locations around the world.”
This year, one event is being hosted in Asheville.
Sixteen candidates have officially thrown their hats into the ring for the Asheville City Council elections this fall. Each week, Xpress will introduce, in brief, four candidates’ backgrounds and ideas for the city. Up this week is Grant Millin, Julie Mayfield, Rich Lee and Brian Haynes.
After a crowded and lengthy Tuesday, Aug. 4 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners went into closed session to discuss three legal issues and two economic development issues.
And after 30 minutes of private discussion, the commissioners rejoined the then-sparse audience to announce the county must pay more than $7 million in settlement fees to five men who were wrongfully convicted under former Sheriff Bobby Medford’s watch and had served six to 11 years behind bars.
Surrounded by mountains and crammed into a 45-square-mile valley, the city of Asheville is bursting at the seams, suffering from a severe housing shortage, skyrocketing rents and home prices, overcrowded streets with no place to park, and an abundance of lower-paying, tourism-based jobs.
On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Buncombe County Commissioners will gather for the first meeting of the fiscal year, which began July 1, to discuss rezoning requests and a resolution aiming to reduce the number of mentally ill individuals in the county jail.