Robert Knapp, Republican candidate for District 3, Buncombe County Commissioners

Party: Republican Slogan: None Profession: Semiretired CPA Residence: Asheville Funding: “Self-funded. Have contributed $1,000 of my own money to set up the campaign account and will spend about $10,000 more.” Endorsements: “There aren’t usually endorsements in a primary race, so I haven’t felt it prudent to ask for one. All five Republican candidates in District […]

Chuck Archerd

Wide open:No incumbent in District 3 commissioner races

In the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners races, District 3 seems fertile ground for Republicans. Five robust GOP candidates will face off in the May 8 primary, contending for two spots on the November ballot. Encompassing a swath of western Buncombe County that includes Enka/Candler, Leicester, Biltmore Forest and parts of south Asheville, District 3 […]

Bill Reynolds Max Cooper

Six for two: Three Democrats, three Republicans vie for District 2 commissioner seats

The six candidates in the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ District 2 races appear to be contesting a political no man’s land. Although the district was created only last year, the areas it encompasses (from Leicester to Black Mountain and Barnardsville to Fairview) haven’t consistently favored either party. In the May 8 primary, three Republicans […]

Where’s the fat in the Buncombe County budget?

The average Buncombe county family of four pays nearly $1,600 more each year in taxes and fees to Buncombe County than the average North Carolina county resident. Why is this? In the 2011/2012 Buncombe county budget, there is a line item called “Contributions,” which is money given to outside agencies (nonprofits) through grants, contracts or […]

Drill baby drill: Bioreactor manager Kristy Smith stands next to a methane well at the Buncombe County Landfill. The gas is produced as trash decomposes and is then used as fuel to generate electricity. photo by Max Cooper

Buncombe commissioners: It’s a gas

The Buncombe County commissioners are hoping a new program at the landfill will exemplify an old proverb: "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Their April 3 meeting featured a presentation on the "Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project.” In development for several years, the project uses methane gas produced as trash decomposes to generate electricity. A series […]

Newman cares about neighborhoods

We are writing in support of Brownie Newman’s candidacy for Buncombe County commissioner. Newman exemplified leadership as an Asheville City Council member and vice mayor for environmental initiatives by slashing the city’s carbon footprint through LED bulbs for streetlamps, hybrid engines for buses and the expanded household-recycling program. More significantly, Newman demonstrated time and time […]

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 […]

The new party of change

Contrary to your Asheville letter writer last week concerning big government, I am a county resident and delighted to see our democratic rights finally exercised with two representatives from each of three districts on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, thanks to Rep. Tim Moffitt [“Moffitt Goes for Big Government,” Feb. 29 Xpress]. Maybe Asheville […]

Post up: Commissioners brainstormed priorities for 2012, posting sticky notes on their top choices. photo by Bill Rhodes

Buncombe commissioners: Retreat and advance

Jones urges Asheville Middle School renovation Mandatory trash pickup discussed The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners huddled with staff Jan. 31 to discuss past accomplishments and current priorities. Here's a look at some of the considerable ground they covered during their four-hour retreat. Where we’ve been County Manager Wanda Greene began by handing the commissioners […]

Let there be (regulated) light

Sometime ago I wrote a letter highlighting how light pollution was beginning to affect the night sky here in the mountains [“Let's Do Something About Leicester's Growing Light-Pollution Problem,” Oct. 27, 2009, Xpress]. I am very gratified and satisfied to learn of the restrictions that the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has placed on this […]