Buncombe COVID-19 infection rates reach new record high

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County continues to see COVID-19 cases rising, reaching levels not previously seen in the pandemic. Currently, the local case rate is 1,152 new cases per 100,000 per week. This is an increase from 913 new cases per 100,000 last week. Additionally, the percent positivity continues to increase with rates […]

Asheville City Schools to use a remote learning day on Jan. 19

Press release from Asheville City Schools: Because of icy secondary roads and the potential for overnight refreezing, Wednesday, January 19th will be a Remote Learning Day for all ACS students. This means that students will learn from home.  Only essential staff should report to work on a two-hour delay as road conditions permit.  Please contact […]

More than $600K in funding opportunities for juvenile crime prevention programs available now

Press release from Buncombe County: The Buncombe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) is now accepting proposals for fiscal year 2022-2023. The JCPC announces the availability of small allocations totaling $644,477 in state funding for local nonprofits and public agencies working to serve youth involved in, or at-risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. The […]

City of Asheville, Buncombe County kick off next steps for the future of Pack Square Plaza

Press release from City of Asheville: The City of Asheville and Buncombe County are partnering to document the community’s vision for the future of Pack Square Plaza, including the site where the Vance Monument was previously located, and we need a talented Project Manager to help make that happen. A request for proposals (RFP) from […]

Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect in Candler area

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: Detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office are seeking any information on the royal blue Nissan Frontier in the attached photo. The suspect and vehicle were seen on Snow Hill Church Road in the Candler area on Monday, January 17th. The suspect is described as a 5’9″ white male […]

Vaya Health Futures Committee meeting set for Jan. 20

Press release from Vaya Health: Pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 143-318.12(b), this email serves as official Notice that Vaya Health Board of Directors will conduct a Futures Committee meeting at 1:00 p.m. via conference call on Thursday, January 20, 2022. The agenda will be posted on the Vaya Health public website prior to the meetings. Should […]

Asheville Downtown Association elects new board and executive committee members

Press release from Asheville Downtown Association: The Asheville Downtown Association (ADA) today announced the election of new board and executive committee members. Board members support the ADA’s mission to be a leader and advocate for the vitality of Downtown Asheville. Bill Durr (Ward & Smith) will serve as president of the board of directors with Beth […]

UPDATE: APD seeks help to locate Dwight Bailey

Press release from Asheville Police Department: UPDATE (January 17, 2022): Dwight Lee Bailey has been located and arrested. Bailey is currently at the Buncombe County Detention Center being held on a $11,000 secure bond. The Asheville Police Department is asking the public’s help to locate Dwight Bailey. He has open warrants for Sex Offender on Minors Premises, […]

WNC Agricultural Hall of Fame relocates, nominations sought

Press release from WNC Communities: WNC Communities is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Agricultural Hall of Fame.  This annual event recognizes stewards of our Western North Carolina agribusiness sector and honors the visionaries and leaders of the agriculture industry. At a time when Western North Carolina is seeking new methods of sustainability, WNC Communities is […]

Asheville Downtown Association elects new board and executive committee members

Press release from the Asheville Downtown Association: The Asheville Downtown Association (ADA) today announced the election of new board and executive committee members. Board members support the ADA’s mission to be a leader and advocate for the vitality of Downtown Asheville. Bill Durr (Ward & Smith) will serve as president of the board of directors with […]

Buncombe County comprehensive plan in-person meetings postponed, additional operations pivot to virtual as much as possible

Press release from Buncombe County: Due to surging COVID-19 infection rates and to limit public interactions, in-person meetings for the Buncombe County Comprehensive Plan have been postponed. Additional virtual meeting dates and times will be announced in addition to the currently scheduled Jan. 20 and Jan. 25 virtual meetings. Go to engage.buncombecounty.org  to access those meetings. The Tuesday, Jan. 18 […]

Notice of Meeting Cancellation: Buncombe County Commissioners Jan. 18

From Buncombe County Commissioners: NORTH CAROLINA BUNCOMBE COUNTY Notice is hereby given that the Buncombe County Commissioners’ Regular Meeting at 5 p.m., Agenda Briefing at 3 p.m., and Special Meeting at 1 p.m. scheduled to be held at 200 College Street in the Commission Chambers, Room 326 in downtown Asheville, North Carolina on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and Greenville County Sheriff’s Office receive grant for K-9 Unit

Press release from American Kennel Club: RALEIGH, NC — AKC Reunite, the largest non-profit pet microchip identification and recovery service provider in the United States, is pleased to announce $526,500 in donations to K-9 units throughout the country through its AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop matching grant program in 2021. Funds were raised by […]

COVID-19 cluster at Buncombe County Detention Facility

From Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: Mass testing for COVID-19 at the Buncombe County Detention Facility began on Tuesday of this week, after seeing an increase in symptoms and positive tests among detainees. As of today 35 detainees have tested positive and 15 detention officers have also tested positive since the beginning of the outbreak. A significant number […]

Nonprofits benefit from free follow-up support in fundamentals certificate program

Press release from WNC Nonprofit Pathways: Registration is now open for WNC Nonprofit Pathways’ online Nonprofit Fundamentals  Certificate Program. Sessions begin January 19, 2022. The program’s curriculum includes 20 in depth courses that focus on core competencies of nonprofit management. Topics for our spring  session include equity, grant writing, accounting, fundraising, evaluation, leadership, strategic  planning, […]

City of Asheville requests public input on sidewalk improvements on Vermont Avenue

From City of Asheville: The City of Asheville is asking for public input on sidewalk improvements along Vermont Avenue in West Asheville. The project will address approximately 1,200 lineal feet of existing severely damaged sidewalk and replace it with new  Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant concrete sidewalk along Vermont Avenue between Haywood Road to […]

Asheville City Council meeting Jan. 25

From City of Asheville: The next formal meeting of the Asheville City Council will be held on Tuesday, January 25, beginning at 5:00 p.m. This meeting will remain remote. Instructions for all public comment will be made available on the City Council Agenda for January 25 sent out on Friday, January 21.  City Council will continue to […]