ARMS PROLIFERATION: Residents of Buncombe County are applying for concealed carry permits in dramatically increasing numbers. Photo by Joe Pellegrino

Concealed carry permits in Buncombe jump 400 percent

Business is booming — often literally — for Fletcher businessman Dan Meadows. In response to increased demand for instruction on carrying concealed handguns, Meadows’ TAP3X Group of Companies bumped up the number of concealed carry classes it offers as well as individual firearms instruction. “About three years ago I was teaching only one class a month,” Meadows stated […]

Upcoming classes from Asheville Butoh Collective

Press release from Asheville Butoh Collective: Noguchi Taiso (Water Body Movement) with Mari Osanai What: 4-Day Intensive Workshop in Noguchi Taiso (Water Body Movement) Who: Mari Osanai – Master Teacher Dates: Thursday thru Sunday, March 8-11, 2018 Times: Th/Fr: 6-9PM, Sa/Su: 1-6PM Where: New Studio of Dance, 20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC Cost: Thursday and Friday […]

Asheville city offices closed Monday for MLK Day

Press release from the city of Asheville: ASHEVILLE — Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is a look at City services affected and a special event downtown that day. Trash and recycling Though city offices will be closed, Sanitation Services will run […]

N.C. secretary of state issues order to halt BitConnect

Press release from N.C. North Carolina Secretary of State: RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Secretary of State’s Office has entered a temporary cease and desist order to halt the investment programs operated by BitConnect, a foreign technology organization that conducts its business on the internet by way of “These specific BitConnect investment programs are very concerning from a regulatory […]

130 Years of ACS Invitation

Asheville City Schools celebrate 130 years with community breakfast Jan. 16

From Asheville City Schools: Celebrating 130 Years of Asheville City Schools For 130 years, Asheville City Schools has been a mainstay of education and community both in Western North Carolina and throughout the state. In September 1887, at a cost of $6,000, the Board of Education bought the “lease and improvements” rights of Asheville Military […]

New president of N.C. NAACP to speak at local branch

Press release from Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP: ASHEVILLE – Rev. T. Anthony Spearman was elected president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP in October 2017. He will be the featured speaker at the Asheville-Buncombe County Branch NAACP’s first regular meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30PM. The Branch invites the […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates National Mentoring Month

Press release from Big Brothers Big Sisters: ASHEVILLE — Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC marks National Mentoring Month in January with a message of gratitude for our nearly 700 mentors throughout WNC who commit to helping their Little Brothers and Little Sisters’ thrive. National Mentoring Month was established collaboratively by the Harvard School of […]

Eblen Charities expands heating assistance to more families

Press release from Eblen Charities: Many who seek heating assistance through these record cold winter days will now be receiving additional help thanks to the expanded partnership between Buncombe County Health and Human Services and the Eblen Energy Project of the Eblen Charities. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program will be […]