Foothills Conservancy, City of Morganton to host tree-planting day

Press release from Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina:  Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and the City of Morganton have joined forces again to host a public tree-planting event at Freedom Park on Friday, Dec. 4, from 1-4 p.m. Volunteers will receive a brief training before planting red maple, sycamore, hackberry and other native trees. Light […]

PEAK Academy kicks off fundraising campaign

Press release from Asheville PEAK Academy:  Asheville PEAK Academy is raising funds to help close the achievement gap for underserved populations in Buncombe County through the creation of a tuition-free charter school. PEAK Academy, set to open in 2021, recently received a grant for startup costs and teacher and staff recruitment from Dogwood Health Trust. PEAK is […]

2020 Camping World Maui Invitational begins in Asheville on Monday, Nov. 30

Press release from the 2020 Camping World Maui Invitational:  For decades, the Maui Invitational has brought a three-day preview of the best of college basketball showcasing what’s to come during the season. Over the years, 131 teams that have started the season in the Maui Invitational have finished the year in the NCAA Tournament. One […]

Haywood County reports three COVID-19 outbreaks at congregate living facilities

Press release from the Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency:  The Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified COVID-19 outbreaks at Autumn Care of Waynesville, Maggie Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation, and Haywood Nursing & Rehabilitation. There are dozens of cases among residents and staff at Autumn Care and Maggie Valley Nursing & […]

Community Foundation of WNC approves $1.4 million in focus area grants

Press release from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved grants totaling $1,487,503 to nonprofits across the region.  The awards were made in CFWNC’s Early Childhood Development and People in Need focus areas. Seventy-four grants totaling $1,337,503 were awarded to nonprofits serving economically-disadvantaged populations across the Foundation’s […]

Local action to enhance executive orders to reduce transmission of COVID-19

Press release from Buncombe County Government: After seeing some stability only a couple of weeks ago, Buncombe County has identified 5,375 total cases of COVID-19. We are consistently adding 60 new cases a day on average. We now have experienced 125 COVID-19 related deaths – each one of these a neighbor of ours, a person […]

Samet Corporation to preserve iconic Enka clock tower

Press release from Samet Corporation: Samet Corporation announces plans to preserve the 92-year-old clock tower on its 32-acre building site in Asheville, North Carolina. “We are working with the owner’s representatives on an initiative to protect Enka Tower,” states Brian Hall, Samet Corporation’s Director of Development. “All parties involved in the development of this area […]

NC Arboretum launches ecoEXPLORE ornithology season for kids and families

Press release from NC Arboretum: ​ecoEXPLORE​, an initiative of The North Carolina Arboretum that encourages kids to connect with the outdoors and engage in citizen science, announces its Ornithology Season running December 1, 2020 ​– ​February 28, 2021. When participating in ecoEXPLORE, a family works to earn a variety of nature-themed badges and earns points […]

Walk of Fame Steering Committee accepting nominations

Press release from Walk of Fame Steering Committee: The Walk of Fame Steering Committee was established in 2016 by the Hendersonville City Council and Henderson County Board of Commissioners to honor those individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the quality of life in Henderson County – who have, indeed, cast a long […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect in stolen mail investigation

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: As a result of an investigation conducted by Detectives in the Property Crimes Division of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, a total of 13 felony and 3 misdemeanor charges have been brought in connection with a series of mail thefts in the Candler community. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting […]

U.S. Forest Service project proposes additional access to Graveyard Fields trail system from Blue Ridge Parkway

Press release from National Park Service: The National Park Service (NPS) announced today it is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on a project that includes a proposal for additional access to the Graveyard Fields trail system from John Rock Overlook at Milepost 419.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Currently access to Graveyard Fields is […]

Asheville City Schools to close all buildings through Dec. 11 for post-Thanksgiving quarantine

Press release from Asheville City Schools: As more medical experts predict Thanksgiving will be a superspreader of COVID-19, Dr. Gene has decided that all Asheville City Schools buildings will be closed the two weeks following our Thanksgiving Holiday (Monday, November 30th – Friday, December 11th).  We understand this is a change in our previous communication.  […]

DEQ sets public hearing date for Blue Ridge Paper Products’ proposed wastewater permit modifications

Press release from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality: The Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct an online public hearing Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM to review proposed amendments to the Blue Ridge Paper Products, LLC’s (d/b/a Evergreen Packaging) effluent discharge permit. Public comments will be accepted through […]

Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club meets challenges of difficult pandemic year

Press release from Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County: The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club is expanding both its services and its physical facilities on Gallimore Road despite the financial pressure caused by having to cancel two of its major fund-raising events this year. Club officials say they’re being helped a lot by the […]

Winter Wonderland returns at Grove Arcade

Press release from DoloDigital: Grove Arcade announces the return of its annual Winter Wonderland holiday celebration, which has been a tradition celebrated since 2006. The Arcade is transformed into a wreath-bedecked winter paradise showcasing Asheville’s local craftspeople, restaurants and retailers. The building is adorned with scents of pine and holly, holiday music, and beautiful festive décor […]

Warren Wilson College ends fall semester with no on-campus cases of COVID-19

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Warren Wilson College has finished the fall semester with no positive on-campus cases of COVID-19. Warren Wilson was the only college in Western North Carolina to have no positive cases within its residential community this semester. “The fact that we were able to have zero cases this semester is mind-blowing,” […]

State Board certifies 2020 general election results

Press release from N.C. State Board of Elections: The bipartisan State Board of Elections on Tuesday voted to certify nearly all contests in the 2020 general election, including the presidential contest. “Canvass” means the entire process of determining that the votes have been counted and tabulated correctly, culminating in the authentication of the official election results. The […]

UPDATED: Student shot in leg during incident at Hendersonville Middle School

Update from the City of Hendersonville, 5:20 p.m:  The juvenile suspect involved in the November 24, 2020 Hendersonville Middle School incident has been charged with the following: Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill or Inflict Serious Injury (§ 14-32 (b) – Class E) Weapon on Campus or Other Educational Property (§ […]

WNC home sales continued to grow in October

Press release from Canopy Realtor Association: Home sales continued on the momentum built since June 2020 with a fifth consecutive month of year-over-year gains, despite the pandemic that drastically slowed sales in April and May. Sales continued their streak, rising 38.4 percent year-over-year across the 13-county Asheville region, with 1,392 homes sold in October 2020. […]