UPDATED: Police identify homicide victim killed at Deaverview Apartments

Press release from Asheville Police Department: (ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Jan 17, 2017) –  On Monday, January 16, 2017 at approx.. 8:39 pm; Asheville Police received a call reporting that a man had suffered a gunshot wound in a vehicle near the 8 building of Deaverview Apartments located at 275 Deaverview Rd. The man was found […]

Duke Energy receives preliminary approval of plans for permanent water supplies for coal ash basin neighbors

Press release from Duke Energy received Jan. 13: Duke Energy moving forward with permanent water solutions; details financial supplements State issues preliminary approval of plans to offer eligible neighbors new, permanent water supplies Company will engage communities to gather input CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today received preliminary approval from the North Carolina Department of […]

City offices closed Jan. 16 for MLK day; ART buses on holiday schedule

Press release from the city of Asheville: Asheville city government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Garbage collection schedules will continue as normal over the holiday. City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department recreation centers will be closed with the exception of the Montford Centers, which […]

Buncombe County TDA announces new CVB office location

Press release from Lewis Real Estate and the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: ASHEVILLE, NC (January 11, 2017) – Lewis Real Estate and the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) announced plans for the relocation of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) to the Asheville Office Park at College Street and Town Mountain Road. Previously […]

Asheville area environmental nonprofits sound alarm on transport of liquid nuclear waste

Several local environmental nonprofits sent a letter to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Jan. 11 outlining concerns about the proposed shipment of liquid nuclear waste from Ontario, Canada to the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River waste processing facility in Georgia. The signers are: Clean Water for N.C., Environmentalists, Inc., Dogwood Alliance, MountainTrue, NC WARN, Nuclear Information and Resource […]

FULL HOUSE: The 35th annual Prayer Breakfast drew over 1,000 attendees. Another big crowd is expected at this year's event, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Crowne Plaza Resort. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Asheville events celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Asheville will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a number of community events. The annual Prayer Breakfast, now in its 36th year and one of the country’s oldest such events, expects to draw a big crowd. The breakfast’s founder, Oralene Graves Simmons, says, “It is a time to stand up, speak out and unfold the dream.”

Oralene Graves Anderson Simmons, founder of Asheville's Martin Luther King Jr. annual prayer breakfast, accepts a proclamation from the mayor of Jan. 14-16 as Martin Luther King Jr. Days in the city. This year's prayer breakfast is sold out, said Simmons. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Council approves annexation­, hears good news about Housing Authority program

On Jan. 10., Asheville City Council approved the free downtown shuttle service offered by Slidr, a request to voluntarily annex a 4.8-acre parcel in South Asheville and an amendment to the zoning approval for the RAD Lofts housing development on Roberts Street. Council also agreed to move forward with a study of voters’ attitudes about district elections for positions on City Council.

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Council likely to postpone hearing on Haywood Street hotel

The public hearing scheduled for Council’s Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting on the zoning request for a 185-room Embassy Suites Hotel at 192 Haywood St. has a “100 percent chance” of being continued until a later Council meeting, according to Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer earlier today. No alternate date has been identified for the hearing yet, said City Clerk Maggie Burleson.

Asheville City Schools closed for second day Tuesday, Jan. 10

Message from Asheville City Schools: Asheville City Schools closed on Tuesday, January 10 Asheville City Schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 10 due to hazardous road conditions and the current icy status of a few of our schools’ parking lots. The safety of our students, parents and staff are our number one priority. Weather make-up days will be […]

Security personnel hiring event Jan. 14 in Greenville, SC

Media advisory from Allied Universal: Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and the largest security force in North America with over 150,000 employees, will host a professional security personnel hiring event on Saturday January 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Embassy Suites at 670 Verdae Boulevard in Greenville, South Carolina. Allied Universal is […]

Special ACS Board of Education meeting called to discuss superintendent selection

Press release from Asheville City Clerk: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Asheville City Board of Education (“Board”) will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, in Training Room 203 of The Asheville City Schools Administrative Offices, 85 Mountain Street, Asheville, North Carolina. The purpose of this special meeting is to hold a discussion on […]

Third quarter of 2016 smashes Asheville metro area economic records, says JPS

Report from Johnson Price Sprinkle: Johnson Price Sprinkle PA (JPS) a leading WNC accounting firm with offices in Asheville, Boone and Marion, NC provides Asheville Metropolitan Area 2016 3rd Quarter Report. The third quarter saw numerous positive all-time records set in the four-county Asheville metro (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties). Total employment, Hotel/Motel Sales, airport […]

NPS to update smoking regs to include e-cigarettes

Press release from the National Park Service: WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today proposed revisions to the regulations that address smoking in national parks. The proposed revisions would change the regulation that defines smoking to include the use of electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The proposed revisions would also allow a […]