Later today: Commissioners deliberate on funding for YMCA, Mountain Mobility

County commissioners will convene today, Oct. 21, to consider two financial decisions related to county and city institutions. The first concerns the Buncombe County Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Western North Carolina, which is seeking financial assistance for various upgrades and improvement projects, by way of Wisconsin: The organization is seeking the proceeds of […]

Challengers join the fray as filing for 2014 local elections ends

As filing ended at noon Feb. 28 for this year’s local elections, a flurry of candidates threw their hats into the ring. Two challengers, in different districts, will take on incumbent Democratic Buncombe County Commissioners, a Republican commissioner got another challenger and an opponent emerged for the current sheriff.

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Election results ***UPDATED 10:24 a.m.***

Despite President Barack Obama carrying Buncombe County and winning re-election nationwide, Republicans made gains in tonight’s local elections, winning all the competitive congressional and Statehouse races, while control of the Buncombe County commissioners is possibly headed for a recount. Mark Meadows greets supporters at the Hilton on Long Shoals Road. (Photo by Bill Rhodes)

LIVE: Twitter coverage of the League of Women Voters’ Oct. 1 forum

Follow live Twitter coverage of the Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters’ forum here, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This forum focuses on the 114th House District (where Rep. Susan Fisher is running unopposed), and the 1st Buncombe County Board of Commissioners District (where Democrats Holly Jones and Brownie Newman are running against Republican Don Guge).

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Bill Reynolds, Republican, candidate for Buncombe County District 2

Bill Reynolds Party: Republican Slogan: “Less Government Control” Profession: Owner of mail service Residence: Black Mountain Funding: $600-$700 raised. Pledged to raise no more than $1,000 for his campaign. Endorsements: None reported 1. Do you favor A) creating a regional water authority, B) giving the existing system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District or C) leaving […]

Ellen Frost, Democrat, candidate for District 2, Buncombe County-attachment0

Ellen Frost, Democrat, candidate for District 2, Buncombe County

Ellen Frost Party: Democrat Slogan: None. Profession: Owner and manager, Bed and Biscuit pet spa Residence: Black Mountain Funding: $5,000 total, as of April 23; three top donors ($500 each) are Don Collins, Joe Eckert, Tom Sobol. Endorsements: Sierra Club 1. Do you favor A) creating a regional water authority, B) giving the existing system […]

EPA seeks action, demands CTS and current owners cover costs on proposed Superfund site in Mills Gap-attachment0

EPA seeks action, demands CTS and current owners cover costs on proposed Superfund site in Mills Gap

In a letter dated September 13, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency has demanded payment of $6.5 million dollars to cover costs already incurred in its efforts to deal with contaminated ground water and soils near the former CTS of Asheville plant, located on Mills Gap Road in South Asheville. Meanwhile, Buncombe County Commissioners have postponed until November 1 their consideration of a decision to demolish the derelict building at taxpayer expense. Photo: Officials from EPA’s Superfund Branch stand at the gate to the CTS property during a recent sampling trip. Photo by Susan Andrew.

Buncombe County Commissioners roundup: Enka High School solar installation good to go-attachment0

Buncombe County Commissioners roundup: Enka High School solar installation good to go

At its August 2 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved a measure that paves the way for Enka High School to install solar panels on its roof. The move means that Enka can move forward with plans to install both photovoltaic and solar water heating systems on the roof beginning in September.

Never again: Concerns about the massive 88-foot-high retaining wall along Highway 74 in Reynolds spurred commissioners to pass an ordinance to improve the safety and appearance of any large new retaining walls in Buncombe County. photo by Jonathan Welch

On retainers

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners June 21, 2001 meeting $303 million budget approved Emma Elementary gets sidewalk New rules triggered by the “Great Wall of Reynolds” aim to improve the safety and appearance of large retaining walls. The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the rules at their June 21 meeting. The changes had […]