City investigation mostly clears Asheville police chief, promises changes-attachment0

City investigation mostly clears Asheville police chief, promises changes

At a special meeting today, Asheville City Council announced that an internal investigation had found no evidence that Asheville Police Department Chief William Anderson engaged in a coverup surrounding a March car crash involving his son, as alleged by an APD lieutenant. However, the inquiry also found that when Anderson ordered the officer to meet with him, he acted inappropriately. Council members promised improvements to the general management of the department.

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Asheville’s city election season off to early start

Last week made it clear the city of Asheville’s political season is off to an early start, as this year’s elections will determine the majority of seats on Asheville City Council. Two mayoral candidates (Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer and former city staffer John Miall) have already declared, and Council member Cecil Bothwell says that he’ll run for another term. Photo by Max Cooper

Eagle Market Place project gets $7 million in state funding, will go forward-attachment0

Eagle Market Place project gets $7 million in state funding, will go forward

Leaders from the city of Asheville, Buncombe County, and the Block neighborhood joined together this morning, Aug. 27, to announce that due to $7 million in funding from the state, the Eagle Market Place mixed-use project will move forward. The announcement marks a major step forward in long-awaited redevelopment of the area. (Photos by Bill Rhodes).

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Democrats running for congress in 10th District make their case

Two of the three Democrats running for Congress in the 10th District spoke at a Feb. 17 meeting of the Democratic Women of Buncombe County. Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Statehouse Rep. Patsy Keever and writer/musician Timothy Murphy are all hoping to be the Democrat that takes on Republican incumbent – and likely nominee – Rep. Patrick McHenry in the fall.

Keever says experience sets her apart from Bellamy-attachment0

Keever says experience sets her apart from Bellamy

Rep. Patsy Keever huddled with a group of supporters in downtown Asheville on Jan. 19 to formally announce her candidacy for Congress in the 10th District, which stretches from the mountains to Gaston County. Now she faces Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and a host of other Democratic challengers vying to be their party’s congressional nominee against Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry in the November election. Photo by Bill Rhodes.

Patsy Keever: I’ll run for Congress in the 10th District if redistricting maps hold-attachment0

Patsy Keever: I’ll run for Congress in the 10th District if redistricting maps hold

Statehouse Rep. Patsy Keever confirmed today, Nov. 18, via a message on her Facebook page, that she’s planning to run for Congress in the 10th District if the redistricting maps proposed by the General Assembly become law ahead of the February 2012 filing deadline. If so, she would face Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy in the Democratic primary.