Moffitt releases new TV ad blasting Turner for recording phone conversation

Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt released a new campaign ad Oct. 21 blasting his Democratic opponent Brian Turner for “secretly recording telephone conversations in a desperate attempt to further his own political ambitions.” The ad is derived from an incident earlier this year in which Turner alleged that Moffitt tried to threaten him and offer him […]

Merrill touts endorsements from colleagues, business leaders

Press release from Republican candidate for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Christina Merrill: Asheville, NC (Oct. 21, 2014) – With the November 4 mid-term elections only two weeks away, local community and business leaders have endorsed Christina Merrill for Buncombe County Commissioner, District 2. Buncombe County Commissioners Joe Belcher and Mike Fryar are joined […]

Asheville mayor to moderate panel at N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition meeting

Press release from the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition: N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition to Meet in Asheville Big city mayors to discuss strategies for creating regional economic success Asheville, NC — Mayors from North Carolina’s largest municipalities will gather to discuss strategies for creating regional economic success during their annual meeting luncheon, October 23rd at […]

80 Asheville businesses demand Duke Energy retire area’s coal-fired plant

Press release from the NC Sierra Club: Local Business Community Unites in Call for Clean Energy Economy ASHEVILLE, NC – Eighty businesses across the greater Asheville area have signed a joint letter to Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good demanding retirement of the city’s coal-fired power plant, and several of the business owners gathered to mark […]

Moffitt calls on NC Attoreny General to investigate APD corruption

Press release from the campaign of Rep. Tim Moffitt: ASHEVILLE, NC — State Representative Tim Moffitt has called upon North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper to open an investigation into recent claims by members of the Asheville Police Department (APD) regarding mismanagement, leadership problems and possible corruption. In a letter dated today, a copy of […]

Civitas Flash Poll: Moffitt edges Turner

Press release from the conservative Civitas Institute: RALEIGH – Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt leads Democratic challenger Brian Turner by one percentage point in the state House District 116 race, according to a new Flash Poll released today by the Civitas Institute. In the flash poll, 300 registered voters from the district in Buncombe County were […]

Grocery store wars: East Asheville Bi-Lo closing

After opening for business 30 years ago in east Asheville, Bi-Lo is closing its grocery store at 801 Fairview Road. The local closure comes as part of a decision by Jacksonville, Fla.-based parent company Bi-Lo Holdings to close 23 Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores across the country. Spokesman Brian Write told Supermarket News that the […]

From left to right: Tom Apodaca, Rick Wood, Terry Van Duyn, Mark Crawford. Photos by Halima Flynt

Local North Carolina Senate candidates wrangle over issues

Candidates hoping to represent Western North Carolina in the state Senate debated Oct. 16 at UNC Asheville, highlighting differences on a range of issues, from education and the economy to the environment. Here’s a look at the candidates and their views. District 49 In the District 49 race, Democratic Sen. Terry Van Duyn and Republican Mark Crawford are vying […]

WNC Sierra Club endorses local state General Assembly candidates

Announcement from WNC Sierra Club Political Chair Ken Brame: After an extensive process of reviewing voting records, positions, and interviews with candidates for judicial, legislative, and county commission positions, the Sierra Club recommends the following candidates for this fall’s elections: Incumbent Sen. Terry Van Duyn in the Senate 49 race and incumbents  Chuck McGrady in […]

Warren Wilson to host Buncombe Commissioners candidate forum

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Warren Wilson College is hosting a Candidate Forum on Oct. 29 featuring District 1 and 2 candidates for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. The forum, open to all interested citizens, begins at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge of Gladfelter Student Center. District 2 Commissioner Ellen Frost and her […]

Demonstrators to rally outside McCrory / Moffitt fundraiser

Press release from Progress NC Action: Demonstrators to rally outside McCrory / Moffitt fundraiser as Duke Energy has just won yet another windfall at ratepayers expense “Gov. Duke” comes to Asheville to raise money for Rep. Tim Moffitt’s sputtering re-election campaign, as Duke Energy can celebrate another ruling in Raleigh that shovels more money at […]

Ramsey endorses Merrill for commissioner

Press release from the campaign of Christina Merrill: Asheville, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2014) – North Carolina District 115 State Representative, and former two term Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, Nathan Ramsey (R) Buncombe,  has formally endorsed Christina “Kelley” Merrill (R) Buncombe, for election to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioner’s District 2, […]

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Buncombe commissioner candidates fight for control

Four candidates are battling for two seats on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. In each case, these contenders hold vastly different views on a range of issues, from taxes and spending to growing the economy and protecting the environment. Also at stake is which party holds a voting majority on the board. Here’s a closer look at those races.

Nancy Waldrop endorsed by Sheriff Van Duncan

Press release from the campaign of Nancy Waldrop: CANDLER, N.C. – October 14, 2014 – Nancy Waldrop, candidate for County Commissioner in District 3, today announced she has been endorsed by Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan. Waldrop is running as an unaffiliated candidate after obtaining 3,334 validated signatures on a petition to get her name […]

Sugar Mountain prepares to open major new slope

Press release from Sugar Mountain Resort: SUGAR MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, NORTH CAROLINA. October 13, 2014 – Sugar Mountain Resort’s www.skisugar.com/trailmap new ski slope named Gunther’s Way boldly captures your attention upon entering the Village of Sugar Mountain.   The newly anticipated intermediate level slope features a variety of changing terrain.  Situated on nine acres, Gunther’s Way […]

Inaugural ‘African-Americans in WNC’ conference set for UNC Asheville, Oct. 23-24

Press release from UNC Asheville: Monday, Oct 13th, 2014 Filling a gap in regional history – the missing story of African Americans in Western North Carolina – will be the aim of a new conference convened by history scholars at UNC Asheville, Oct. 23-24. Conference events, which will take place on campus and at the […]