PROUD MOMENT: Newly elected member of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Miranda DeBruhl is sworn in with her family present on Dec. 1. (Photo by Pat Barcas)

Buncombe commissioners swear in DeBruhl and name Belcher vice chair

New and smiling faces populated the crowd at the Buncombe County Commissioners meeting on Dec. 1, as four winners of the Nov. 4 elections took their oaths of office and commissioners elected a new vice chair. Buncombe County Commissioners Ellen Frost, Miranda Debruhl, and Brownie Newman — and re-elected Sheriff Van Duncan —  stood with their families […]

The long and the short of it: Buncombe County retools longevity pay

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Aug. 7, 2012 meeting New Belgium to get $8.45 million in incentives Commissioners approve early property revaluation During a tense five-hour Aug. 7 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners tackled various issues, including changes to the county's personnel ordinance, an economic-incentive package and the date of the next property […]

A capital idea: Asheville City Schools officials Allen Johnson, Al Whitesides and Gene Bell (left to right) thank the commissioners for beginning the process of replacing Asheville Middle School and Isaac Dickson Elementary. photo by Max Cooper

Two new: Commissioners take first steps to replace aging schools

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners March 20, 2012 meeting Environmentalists urge joining billboard lawsuit March 23 proclaimed Women Veterans History Day Two new school buildings are in the works for Asheville. At their March 20 meeting, the Buncombe County commissioners unanimously approved taking the first steps toward replacing the aging Asheville Middle School and Isaac […]

Contaminated former CTS site moves closer to condemnation

A recent bid by residents near the contaminated former CTS of Asheville plant on Mills Gap Road to have the property condemned has taken a step forward. A Buncombe County inspection from last week reveals numerous holes in the roof, missing doors and window glass, and related damage that “doesn’t seem feasible to repair.”

Photo courtesy of EPA.

Come off it, Moffitt

I can't believe the hubris of newly elected Buncombe County Rep. Tim Moffitt in attempting to rush through a bill (HB 471) in the North Carolina Legislature — without prior discussion with his constituents — that would drastically change the way Buncombe County is run. The bill, calling for county commissioners to be elected by […]

Let Buncombe vote!

A bill hurdling through the General Assembly [HB 471] will erase 220 years of Buncombe County tradition overnight, without the consent of the Buncombe County residents that it will affect. People may have different opinions on Tim Moffitt's proposal to expand the Buncombe County board of commissioners and allow people fewer votes. In 2007, when […]