Air quality forecast for Asheville, Saturday, May 12: Moderate (YELLOW)

Saturday, May 12, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on ozone levels and particulate matter. The extended air quality forecast for Sunday and Monday is yellow for the valleys and ridge tops. Click on […]

GUNNING FOR THE BADGE: Five experienced law enforcement officers (some retired) are battling for position to step into Sheriff
Van Duncan’s shoes. The candidates are, from left, Randy Smart, Quentin Miller, R. Daryl Fisher, Chris Winslow and Rondell Lance.
Early voting is underway for the primary, to be held May 8. Photos courtesy of the candidates

Five Democrats vie to advance to general election for Buncombe sheriff

Buncombe County Democrats are picking their choice for a new sheriff in the primary election on May 8. The five Democratic candidates have differing takes on how to shape the next iteration of the office. And though they find common ground on topics from drugs to community engagement, competition is fierce as they vie for […]

DEJA VU: Ben Scales, left, is running against Todd Williams again for the position as the
county’s chief prosecutor. This time, Williams is the incumbent, and Scales is running as
a Democrat. Photos courtesy of the candidates

Williams and Scales replay fight for Buncombe DA title

If this year’s primary race for Buncombe County district attorney seems a bit familiar, that could be because it’s happened before. After then-defense attorney Todd Williams upset six-term officeholder Ron Moore in the 2014 Democratic primary (with no Republicans or Libertarians competing), Ben Scales collected nearly 8,000 signatures to get on the general election ballot […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville, Wednesday, April 11: Moderate (YELLOW)

Wednesday, April 11, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air […]

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Power to the people: Best of WNC 2018 voting begins

With a far out feeling, voting has begun for the beloved annual Best of WNC awards. Only you can decide who’ll be feelin’ it in the new summer of love, when winners are announced this August. You have until 11:59 p.m. on the night of Saturday, April 28 to complete your ballot and make sure your voice is heard. […]

Public comment sought on proposed low-income home energy assistance program waiver

Press release from N.C. Department of Health and Human Services: Public comment is being sought on North Carolina’s proposed Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program waiver, which will allow an increase in allotted funds available for the Weatherization Assistance Program and Heating and Air Repair and Replacement Program from 15 to 25 percent for the current […]

I FOUGHT THE LAW: Micheal Morgan, left with supporter Matt Magoo after Morgan's candidacy was canceled by the Buncombe County Board of Elections. The board said the state constitution prohibits former felons such as Morgan from serving as sheriff, though filing forms don't make that clear. Photo by Able Allen

Morgan’s sheriff bid canceled in emergency meeting

The Buncombe County Board of Elections announced in a hearing that Michael Morgan, who had filed to run for Buncombe County sheriff, was disqualified due to his conviction on a felony charge. The board apologized to Morgan, explaining that the state constitution explicitly disallows convicted felons from serving as sheriff, though filing forms don’t make that clear.

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Saturday, Jan. 20: Moderate (YELLOW)

Saturday, Jan. 20, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Tuesday, Jan. 16: Moderate (YELLOW)

Tuesday, Jan. 16, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Thursday, Jan. 11: Moderate (YELLOW)

Thursday, Jan. 11, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Wednesday, Jan. 10: Moderate (YELLOW)

Wednesday, Jan. 10, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville: Monday, Jan. 8: Moderate (YELLOW)

Monday, Jan. 8, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality […]

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Kwanzaa brings light to the season

This time of year, religion almost seems to corner the market on celebrations of peace and unity, but Kwanzaa offers the opportunity to attune the spirit through a cultural holiday. Many think of Kwanzaa as entirely motivated by a particular religion, but it’s a modern concept honoring seven traditional principles of the Swahili-speaking regions of Africa, and […]

POLITICAL CLIMATE CHANGE: Although total voter registration in Asheville grew by almost 19,000 individuals in the past decade
and a half, the number of registered Republicans decreased by nearly 3,000. While there was a spike in Democratic registration
around the time of Barack Obama’s first election, the recent growth in registration has been mostly from unaffiliated voters. Meanwhile,
for City Council elections, Democrats are showing up in disproportionately high numbers. Graphics by Able Allen with data
from the Buncombe County Board of Elections

How local organizers shifted Asheville politics to the left

Movers and shakers on progressive issues have had increasing success in Buncombe County politics since the turn of the century. Activists and organizers on the left have carved out a stronghold in Asheville where they keep power by setting the agenda for conversation according to some. Meanwhile a rise in disaffiliation with the traditional two parties leaves openings for candidates that don’t fit traditional molds in Asheville politics.