Air quality forecast for Asheville, Friday, Jan. 18: Moderate (YELLOW)

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, 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. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 828-250-6777 Air Quality Forecast for Friday, […]

Asheville School students lead closing ceremony at local art exhibit

Press release from Asheville School: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (January 17, 2019) As part of Asheville School’s Arts in the Community Initiative, a group of students will travel to the Center for Craft in downtown Asheville to participate in a closing ceremony for their latest exhibit, “In Times of Seismic Sorrows.” According to the Center for Craft, […]

Pisgah Conservancy receives trail maintenance grant

Press release from The Pisgah Conservancy: The National Forest Foundation has awarded a $22,000 grant through its 2019 Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences Program to The Pisgah Conservancy for maintenance work on the Art Loeb, Exercise, and Estatoe Trails on the Pisgah Ranger District. The trail project will focus on bridge and boardwalk repairs to highly-accessible, […]

Veteran employee to become new owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore, Downtown Books & News

Gretchen Horn is the new the majority owner of Renaissance Bookfarm, Inc., which owns Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Downtown Books & News. The company made the announcement in a press release on Thursday. Emöke B’Racz, the founder of the company, will continue to serve as a minority owner. Press release from Renaissance Bookfarm Inc.: After 37 […]

ABYSA spring programs

ABYSA spring soccer registration now open

Press release from the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association: ABYSA Spring 2019 Recreation Soccer Registration still open: run through Jan 29 , 2019  ABYSA Spring Recreation Soccer’s on-time deadline to register is Jan 29. Season runs March-mid-May. ABYSA Recreation Soccer is WNC’s most robust soccer program serving 2200 children each season. Teams are now forming […]

Community Housing Coalition of Madison County launches social enterprise

Press release from the Community Housing Coalition of Madison County: The Community Housing Coalition of Madison County has announced the launch in 2019 of a social enterprise, ReClaim Madison, whose goal is to increase capacity for its programs and engage Madison County residents around affordable housing. To that end, it will provide retail sales of […]

Asheville City offices to close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Press release from the City of Asheville: Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Garbage and recycling collection schedules will continue as normal over the holiday. There will be no brush collection Monday and the Sanitation office will be closed. The City of Asheville […]


YWCA Asheville to join 2019 Women’s March in Asheville

Press release from the YWCA of Asheville: YWCA Asheville is joining the 2019 Women’s March in Downtown Asheville, NC taking place on January 20, and YWCAs across the country will be participating in local marches across the country, with support from the national office, YWCA USA.  YWCA has partnered with the Women’s March since its […]

Charles Frazier and Hub City Press team up on a new book series

Press release from Hub City Press: National Book Award Winner Charles Frazier and Hub City Press are teaming up on a new series of books spotlighting extraordinary writers from the American South. Beginning in spring 2019, the Cold Mountain Fund Series will publish literary fiction in hardback. Frazier, best-selling author of “Cold Mountain,” “Thirteen Moons,” […]

Buncombe County seeks feedback on waste and recycling collection

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County is inviting residents of Buncombe to participate in our waste and recycling collection survey. The survey is a way to let County staff and the Board of Commissioners know what is important to residents regarding waste and recycling collection. Visit to take the survey. As Buncombe County […]

MLK Partnership for Change

Partnership for Change advocates volunteerism for Martin Luther King Day

Press release from United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County: Join UNC Asheville, Mission Health, and United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County on Monday, January 21, 2019 for their Second Annual ‘Partnership for Change MLK Day of Service’ event. Building on a national movement to honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service, […]

NC IDEA accepts applications for Ice House Facilitator Training

Press release from the NC Idea Foundation: NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to helping North Carolinians reach their full entrepreneurial potential, announced today that they are accepting applications for the second cohort of Ice House Facilitator Training in their statewide effort to offer entrepreneurial mindset education. Created in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, the […]

Friends of Woodfin Greenway & Blueway join with RiverLink

Press release from the Friends of Woodfin Greenway & Blueway: RiverLink and Friends of Woodfin Greenway & Blueway have announced that they are joining forces in support of the Woodfin Greenway & Blueway project.   The arrangement was finalized Wednesday morning. The Greenway & Blueway project has roots in the 2016 adoption by 71% of Woodfin voters […]

Henderson County Early College accepts 2019-20 applications

Press release from Henderson County Public Schools Henderson County Early College high school is currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2019-20 school year, and will be hosting an Open House for prospective students and families Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Innovative High Schools on the Blue Ridge Community College campus. Henderson County […]

Attorney General Josh Stein to make announcement on Mission Health sale

Media advisory from N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein: Attorney General Josh Stein will make a major announcement related to the Mission/HCA transaction today.  Who: Attorney General Josh Stein                                     What: Announcement regarding his review of the Mission/HCA transaction  Where: Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center, 749 […]

Submissions accepted to the 2019 NC State Poetry Contest

Press release from NC State University: The annual NC State Poetry Contest is a free literary competition open to all North Carolina residents, including out-of-state and international students who are enrolled in North Carolina universities. It remains one of the largest free-to-enter poetry contests in the South. This year’s guest judge is award-winning poet Ada […]

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

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, 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. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 828-250-6777 Air Quality Forecast for Wednesday, […]

Firestorm Books & Coffee hosts upcoming talk on flood and drought prevention

Press release from Elemental Ecosystems:  Flood & Drought Prevention: Water Retention Landscapes Zach Weiss explores how to work with nature’s forces to create healthy, productive, and resilient landscapes. Firestorm Books & Coffee, Asheville, NC – Saturday, January 19, 2019, 5:00 pm – The hydrological cycle of our planet is being severely disturbed, from the tops […]

Buncombe County Department of Health to offer free residential radon testing kits

Press release from N.C. Department of Health and Human Services:  As families button up their homes to guard against winter’s chill it is an ideal time to make plans to test for radon, the odorless, colorless gas that is our nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), […]