Gov. Cooper names new appointees for state boards and commissions

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed 21 new members to five North Carolina Boards and Commissions. One of the appointees to the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, Brett Schulthorp, is from Asheville. Also hailing from Asheville, is Hartwell Carson, who joins the North Carolina Sedimentation Control Commission. Natalie Berry of Hendersonville will be on […]

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Troxler announces new beehive grant program, availability of farmland preservation grants; application deadline is Dec. 15

Press release from N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: County governments, nonprofit groups and certified beekeepers pursuing farmland preservation projects and beehive grants have until Dec. 15 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations for traditional farm […]

Secretary Hall and Charlie Smith display grant notification letter from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Photo courtesy of N.C. Department Of Military And Veterans Affairs

Federal grant to state veterans affairs department will aid a Black Mountain cemetary

Press release from N.C. Department of Military And Veterans Affairs: The N.C. Department of Military And Veterans Affairs (NCDMVA) has been notified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that the VA plans to award the Department two veteran cemetery expansion grants in 2018. The grants are to create burial sites in the Western Carolina State […]

Asheville hosts mayor of Valladolid, Mexico and official delegation for Asheville sister city events Oct. 11-18

Press release from Asheville Sister Cities: Asheville Sister Cities is at it again! Fresh on the heels of their Scottish delegation in September and new sister city partnership with Dunkeld and Birnam, Perthshire, Scotland, the organization is busily preparing for a visit by the Mayor of Valladolid, LEP. Alpha Alejandra Tavera Escalante, members of her […]

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Hendersonville fall leaf collection plan explained

Press release from the City of Hendersonville:  On Monday October 16, 2017, the City of Hendersonville will begin their bulk fall leaf collection for City residents. Collection will continue until the end of December. Residents are asked to rake their leaves as close to the street, curb or sidewalk as possible without placing the leaves in the road […]

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Asheville lands three-year contract to host major international cycling event

Press release from Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission: Asheville will play host to the prestigious, international cycling event, Haute Route, this spring, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission and Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau to land the event. Additional assistance in securing the three-year commitment came from the City […]

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Allison Jordan, Children First/Communities In Schools director to depart after 20 years with nonprofit

Press release from Children First/Communities In Schools: Local non-profit, Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) announces the resignation of its longtime executive director, Allison Jordan, as she pursues a career as an Executive Coach for Communities In Schools of North Carolina starting in late October. “I am not leaving Asheville and look forward to contributing and […]

Kids frolic in the leaves at Lake Julian Park Fall Festival. Photo courtesy of Buncombe County

Fall Festival at Lake Julian Park set to be picture book perfect

Press release from Buncombe County Recreation Services: The stories and characters from your favorite books will once again come alive on the shores of Lake Julian Saturday, October 28, 2017. Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy the fall weather at Buncombe County Recreation Services’ Fall Festival. Admission to the festival is free; the […]

Sheriff candidate invites public to town hall addressing opioid epidemic

Press release from Chris Winslow for Buncombe County Sheriff: Chris Winslow, former Buncombe County Sheriff narcotics detective, and candidate for Buncombe County Sheriff will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, November 9th(6:00PM-7:30PM) at the Fairview Fire Department. Detective Winslow says “I was an undercover narcotics detective a good part of my career, and during […]

Air quality forecast for Friday, Oct. 5: Moderate (GREEN & YELLOW)

Friday, Oct. 5, 2017, is a code green air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County. No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. For the ridge tops, it is a code yellow air quality forecast day.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed […]

Air quality forecast for Wednesday, Oct. 3: Moderate (GREEN & YELLOW)

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2017, is a code green air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County. No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. For the ridge tops, it is a code yellow air quality forecast day.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed […]

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RiverLink and Wildlands Engineering complete watershed plan for Smith Mill Creek

Press release from RiverLink: RiverLink and Wildlands Engineering have completed a 9-element watershed plan to improve water quality in the Smith Mill Creek Watershed, termed by the Environmental Quality Institute as one of Buncombe County’s most polluted watersheds. RiverLink will host a community presentation of the plan at 6:30 p.m. on October 16th, at the […]

Air quality forecast for Thursday, Sept. 28: Moderate (YELLOW)

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 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. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 […]

Air quality forecast for Wednesday, Sept. 27: Moderate (GREEN & YELLOW)

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, is a code green air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County. No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. For the ridge tops, it is a code yellow air quality forecast day.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. Click on the map below for an […]

Air quality forecast for Tuesday, Sept. 26: Moderate (YELLOW)

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 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. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 […]

Air quality forecast for Monday, Sept. 25: Moderate (YELLOW)

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, 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. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 […]

Junior League of Asheville announces poverty awareness and education week

Press release from the Junior League of Asheville: The Junior League of Asheville, Inc. (JLA) is proud to announce its first Poverty Awareness and Education Week, kicking off on Friday, September 22 and running through Friday, September 29, 2017. Women and children living in poverty is a primary area of focus for the JLA. The […]

Goldenseal, a popular forest farming crop, is grown for medicinal use. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmers Coalition

Workshop shares knowledge for raising crops on the forest floor

Many cultures around the world cultivate native, shade-loving plants beneath the forest canopy. Recently, more farmers in the United States have been getting excited about the potential of forest farming to diversify their crops while preserving natural environments. A forest farming workshop on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, is geared to farmers of all levels who are interested in growing in the shade.

Air quality forecast for Thursday, Sept. 21: Moderate (YELLOW)

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 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. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 […]

Air quality forecast for Wednesday, Sept. 20: Moderate (YELLOW)

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 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. Click on the map below for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 […]

On September 26, parents are invited to join Park Ridge Health Obstetrics & Gynecology board-certified Nurse Practitioner, Cherie Ledford, ANP-C, for a Free seminar that will address many of the questions that come with parenting a maturing daughter. Photo courtesy of Park Ridge Health

Park Ridge Health Education Series offers advice and resources for talking to your maturing daughter

Press release from Park Ridge Health: Finding ways to connect with tween and teenage children is a challenge for every parent, especially when the conversation involves their health. Park Ridge Health wants to make sure you have the information and tools you need to have these conversations that are vital to your family’s health and […]