Air quality forecast for Asheville: Monday, Nov 6: Moderate (YELLOW)

Monday, November 6, 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 […]

BCTDA pledges $4.6 Million to make up RADTIP shortfall, funds two community projects in 2017 grant cycle

Press release from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) announced today that it will provide $4.6 million to the City of Asheville to complete the southern section of the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP). BCTDA determined that available dollars in the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF) at […]

Asheville Committee for Palestinian Human Rights and The North America Nakba Tour present The Exiled Palestinians at the Block off Biltmore

Press release from event organizers: Asheville, NC. — The North America Nakba Tour and The Asheville Committee for Palestinian Human Rights invite you to “The Exiled Palestinians: Stateless Palestinians from the Camps in Lebanon.” Khawla Hammad has been a stateless refugee in Lebanon for 69 years. At the age of sixteen, she was expelled from […]

City of Asheville announces expanded ART bus service beginning in 2018

Press release from the City of Asheville: Starting Jan. 1, 2018, Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) will offer expanded bus service hours on eight routes and Sunday and holiday service on all routes. ART operates 18 bus routes, providing service within Asheville city limits and to downtown Black Mountain. Currently, only half of these routes have […]

Friends of the Smokies presents opportunity to explore Fontana’s north shore

Press release from Friends of the Smokies: Friends of the Smokies will hike the North Shore Road Loop on Tuesday, November 14th as part of the annual Classic Hikes of the Smokies series that supports trail maintenance in the national park. The group hike will travel 9.4 miles and ascend 1,350 ft. Gracia Slater, two-time […]

WNCAP Exhibits The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

Press release from WNCAP: In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This […]

Western Carolina University brings Middle Eastern event to Folkmoot

Press release from Folkmoot USA: Western Carolina University is wrapping up its International Education Week at Folkmoot Friendship Center with a Middle Eastern Friendship Dinner and a short film, Bon Voyage, followed by a panel discussion with US residents from Syria and Yemen.  This cultural event will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017, from […]

Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International offers demonstration at Folk Art Center

Press release from organizers: Ikebana Meeting at the Folk Art Center, October 24, 2017, 10 am. Free and open to the public. “The Joy of Baskets” – Three Schools of Thought: Ohara, Ichiyo and Sogetsu Presented by Diane Harker of the Ohara School, Sue Grier of the Ichiyo School and Susan Cano of the Sogetsu School. Using fall […]

STAND, touring performance to benefit Homeward Bound’s Room in the Inn program

Press release from Homeward Bound: Nashville playwright and homeless advocate Jim Reyland brings his play, STAND, to Asheville as a benefit for Room in the Inn, a program of Homeward Bound of WNC. Reyland says that STAND serves as a punch to the heart, a call to action, and the beginning of a difficult conversation […]

Asheville native appointed to attorney general’s Council on Collegiate Opioid Misuse

Press release from N.C. Attorney General’s office: Asheville native Matthew Smart has been appointed to Attorney General Josh Stein’s Council on Collegiate Opioid Misuse. To kick off the Council’s work, Matthew traveled to Appalachian State University Monday to represent Western Carolina University at the inaugural meeting. Attorney General Josh Stein created this Council, comprised of […]

Haunted High experience returns to Asheville High School

Press release from organizers: The Asheville High School Band Association announces the fourth annual Haunted High at Asheville High School on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2017. Haunted High transforms the halls of Asheville High School (AHS) into the largest, creepiest, and most-terrifying haunted house in the area to celebrate Halloween and raise funds to support the […]

WLOS / Eblen Charities Coat Drive Give-A-Way begins Wednesday Oct. 25

Press release from Eblen Charities: With heating assistance beginning in two weeks, Eblen Charities is once again joining WLOS-TV in getting a jump on the cold weather this week with the Fifth Annual Spring Clean Coat Drive Give- A-Way beginning this Wednesday. Last April WLOS and Eblen Charities held its Spring Clean Coat Drive at […]

Asheville police requesting assistance to locate missing person, Arthur Earl Sutton

Alert from Asheville Police Department: The Asheville Police Department is requesting assistance from the public to locate Arthur Earl Sutton (goes by the name of Bubba). He was last seen on October 4, 2017 at the WNC Rescue Mission on Patton Avenue. Sutton is described as a white male, 53 years of age, 5’8″ tall […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]