The state House of Representatives passed Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt‘s bill to expand the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners from five to seven members and mandate district representation in place of the current at-large elections. The bill would institute this change without a local referendum.
At its May 3 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is set to hear a pair of reports that deal with different aspects of county health care: One on Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) and another on the state of local Adult Care homes.
Buncombe County and The WNC Community Media Center, which operates public access television station URTV, continue to wrangle over funding issues. We’ve made several documents that help illustrate the dispute available for download.
(UPDATED MAY 1) This working draft of a letter from the WNC Community Media Center Board of Directors demands that Buncombe County distribute “outstanding fees” to the nonprofit organization so it can continue operating public access station URTV. As of May 1, The WNC Media Center Board was still working on the final text of […]
Download the original Management Agreement between public access television station URTV and Buncombe County below. Whether or not the contract remained valid after Feb. 1, 2010 is in dispute. URTV.Buncombe_.CONTRACT_.pdf
This presentation by the WNC Community Media Center was put together to make its case to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for more funding. The request by the WNC Community Media Center’s board to present the presentation at the April 19 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners was denied. Click the hyper […]
This legal memo was written by Buncombe County Attorney Michael Frue at the instruction of Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt. It outlines the county’s legal position as it relates to PEG channel funding and URTV and was released to interested parties on April 25. Click the hyper link below to download the […]
This report on PEG channel funding and local public access station URTV was delivered to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on April 5 by John Howell of Telecommunications Consulting Associates, who advises the county on media issues. Click the hyper link below to download the report: JohnHowellReportApril5.URTV_.pdf
From URTV’s funding to a proclamation recogizing Otto DeBruhl for his many years as Register of Deeds, here’s a meeting summary from freelance reporter Christopher George, along with his Twitter updates from the April 5 meeting of the Buncombe County Board Commissioners.
Buncombe County is the 17th healthiest in the state, according to the County Health Rankings project. According to the rankings, the county has excellent health behavior and clinical care but problems with morbidity and environmental quality.
The staff of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office is being reshuffled in the wake of Drew Reisinger‘s March 1 takeover.
I would like to thank [frequent Mountain Xpress Commentary contributor] Jerry Sternberg for bringing the subject of domestic violence to the attention of Xpress readers by offering the proceeds from his book, The Gospel According to Jerry, to Helpmate, the local nonprofit agency providing shelter for [domestic-violence] victims and their children, a 24-hour hotline, counseling, […]
North Carolina's progressive annexation laws are constantly under attack and yet they are what have allowed our cities to stay at a healthy level not found in our neighboring states. Anyone driving on White Horse Road must think Greenville, S.C., one unattractive city, and yet, due to South Carolina's archaic laws, the city has no […]
The heated race to be Asheville’s next Register of Deeds came to a head on Wednesday, Feb. 23, when the Executive Democratic Committee elected Drew Reisinger to succeed Otto DeBruhl.
photo by Jerry Nelson
At this evening’s Feb. 15 meeting, the members of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to give themselves a pay cut.
As part of its ongoing efforts to cut costs, Buncombe County is considering privatizing its Mountain Mobility transportation system. County Manager Wanda Greene reports that the government plans to accept proposals from private entities interested in taking over operations beginning later this month.
Buncombe County Human Services released its latest annual report on Feb. 7. It highlights the county’s efforts to support “a safe and health community.” “Given this current economic crisis, now more than ever, government officials need to lead with a strategy for how to hold individuals and families whole,” writes Mandy Stone, Department of Social […]
According to statistics compiled from census data by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Buncombe County has more college-educated people than the national average, with 30.65 percent of the population having a bachelor’s degree or higher. The national average is 27.5 percent.
Health is always a complicated picture, and gauging the overall health of Buncombe County residents offers no exception. Rated one of the best in the state in access (with Mission Hospitals sometimes lauded nationwide), the county nonetheless witnesses rising numbers of the uninsured, whose ranks have more than doubled in the past 15 years. Especially […]
On Jan. 11, the U.S. Appeals Court, Fourth District, upheld a jury’s judgment that the board of the WNC Air Quality Agency discriminated against Melanie Pitrolo when it passed over her for a key promotion in 2005. The ruling overturns a District Court finding that had reversed the jury and allowed Buncombe County — which oversees the agency — to compel Pitrolo to pay its legal costs. Now, Pitrolo may get to recoup her legal costs from the county.
In 2010, a total of 1,393 homes — roughly one in 79 — were in foreclosure in Buncombe County, according to statistics gathered by the NC Justice Center, a low-income advocacy group. The rate is lower than the state as a whole, where about one in 63 homes were in foreclosure.