Lew Kraus, Longest Serving Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Announces Retirement

Press release from Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 3, 2015) – In 1988, Lew Kraus accepted a one-year position as Executive Director with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH). That one year commitment extended into 28 years of working to provide decent, affordable housing for families in our community. Kraus is the longest […]

Five people sentenced in Seven Falls scheme ordered to pay millions

The Carolina Public Press reported today on a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice: ASHEVILLE – Five of the 11 defendants charged in connection to a scheme involving the development of Seven Falls, a golf course and luxury residential community in Henderson County, were sentenced Tuesday, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, acting U.S. attorney for […]

Tool for public to explore this year’s Asheville budget

The 2015-16 Asheville budget is available for exploration on navigation tool designed to enable open public access. From the “about” section of the website: “The purpose of this site is to help support the public conversation in Asheville about what our priorities are as a community and how we fund efforts to achieve those priorities. This […]

Buncombe County deed transfers of interest 5/12-22/15

In this weeks property sales, we see that REI has acquired possible store front property on Tunnel Road. The listings are organized by location. For more information on property transactions see Buncombe tax office. Sale Date Parcel Price Acres Deed Book/page Seller Names Buyer Names Location 05/14/15 9679-01-3063-00000 30 DRIFTWOOD CT $245,000.00 0.62 5313/1842 JACOB A […]

Buncombe county is the hardest place to grow up for poor children in WNC

Future earnings are caused by where one grows up, indicates a recent study from two Harvard economists.  Today, Carolina Public Press  released a story on the implications of the story for the Western North Carolina region.  Buncombe county was statistically established as the most difficult environment of all the western counties to overcome for children […]

Affordable housing advocate Lindsey Simerly announces bid for Asheville City Council

Lindsey Simerly, of Haw Creek, announced this morning that she is running for Asheville City Council. No stranger to civic life and activism, Simerly last ran in 2007 at which time she positioned herself as an advocate for sustainable development and environmental protection.  Since then she has been heavily involved with social justice and affordable housing […]

UNCA hosts public input session on UNC presidential search amid controversy

A University of North Carolina board of governors committee will be coming to Asheville May 26th for public input on the body’s presidential search. There has been some suspicion of partisan motivation behind the move to replace UNC president Tom Ross, who was forced to resign in January.  The News and Observer reports that the […]

Asheville PD seeking Elijah Timmons III after shootings

  Press release from City of Asheville: Asheville Police Department Contact: Christina Hallingse Phone: (828) 230-4471 Asheville Police Department Needs Assistance Locating Asheville – Following the recent shootings in Klondyke apartments and Ledgewood apartments, Elijah Timmons has additional warrants for: · Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill (2) · Discharge Firearm into Occupied […]

Strive not to drive week continues after the ever exciting “Crosstown Getaround”

Yesterday the annual strive not to drive week festivities, promoted by the active Asheville on bikes group, carried on with a competition between three hand picked contestants. A driver, a biker and a pedestrian all ran the same errands to see what the quickest way to get around downtown asheville and run errands really is. Mountain […]

AshevilleFM, new radio station going on the air May 18th

A newly licensed community motivated radio station, AshevilleFM starts transmitting Monday morning on 103.3. The station has been broadcasting on the internet since 2009. Programming includes both news/talk and music. From a press release: 103.3­AshevilleFM Goes Live on the FM Dial in Buncombe County Beginning on May 18th Asheville, N.C. (May 12, 2015) – 103.3AshevilleFM, a […]

Governor and Mrs. McCrory invite public to western residence open house, Saturday, May 16th

This afternoon in the five o’clock hour, Governor Pat McCrory’s office issued a press release inviting the public to the Governor’s western residence for an “open house” on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A picture of the grand estate can be found here. All are encouraged to attend. Press Release Governor and First […]

Air quality forecast for Saturday May 16th, yellow (moderate)

From WNC Regional Air Quality Agency Saturday, May 16, 2015 is a code YELLOW air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville.  This means that unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. Sunday, May 17, 2015 is a code GREEN air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville. Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, 2015 are code GREEN air quality forecast days for the ridge tops.  […]

Asheville council person Marc Hunt announces he will run again

“I have more energy, determination, and passion than ever for public service. I am eager to continue leading and problem solving for our great community,” Hunt declared in a statement to the press on Wednesday.  Vice-mayor Hunt is finishing his first term this year.  In his announcement covered by the Citizen-Times, he highlighted his work […]

Chris Pelly not seeking second term

Singe term Asheville city council person, Chris Pelly is not seeking re-election.  In a Citizen-Times op ed today, Pelly expressed gratitude to his constituents and spoke about his attempts to “raise the profile of Asheville neighborhoods.”  He also reminded readers of the importance of city halls actions and to be engaged in civil discourse.  In addition, he advised […]