Leicester Library transitions to door-side pickups, computer reservations only starting Tuesday, Feb. 2

Press release from Buncombe County Government: As Buncombe County responds to the COVID-19 public health emergency, staff from every county department is being reassigned to help with the effort. As a result of this staff redistribution, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Leicester Library will transition from in-person service to door-side pickups only. Reservations for computer […]

Polk County postpones February vaccine appointments until more doses arrive

Press release from Polk County Government: Because Polk County Vaccine Coalition Partners have not received additional doses of DOSE 1 of the COVID-19 vaccine in the past two weeks and will not receive any new doses of DOSE 1 the week of Jan. 25, appointments for DOSE 1 are temporarily postponed. February appointments for DOSE […]

Aloft Asheville Downtown relaunches dog adoption program

Press release from Aloft Asheville Downtown: Following a 1-year hiatus, Aloft Asheville Downtown proudly announces the relaunch of its celebrated foster dog adoption program in partnership with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue, allowing guests the unique opportunity to find a “fur-ever” friend at check-in. Through this trailblazing program, which got its start in 2014 and has […]

YWCA, Buncombe HHS to hold virtual town hall on COVID-19 vaccine and racial health disparities Wednesday, Jan. 27

Press release from YWCA of Asheville and WNC: The YWCA of Asheville and WNC in partnership with Buncombe County Health and Human Services presents Let’s Talk COVID-19: The Vaccine, a two-part virtual town hall event committed to centering the historical and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) as it relates to […]

NCDHHS rolls out COVID-19 community readiness toolkit to help with mental health needs

Press release from N.C. Department of Health and Human Services: RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the COVID-19 Community Readiness toolkit to help individuals find mental and behavioral health supports and resources in their communities. The toolkit, COVID-19 Community Readiness: Helping Meet Needs for Persons Living with Behavioral Health Issues, […]

Buncombe TDA to hold monthly joint meeting Wednesday, Jan. 27

Advisory from Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: WHAT: The monthly joint meeting of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, Public Authority, and Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, Nonprofit Corporation.  WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. WHERE: Due to state and local public health orders and to keep everyone safe and healthy, this meeting […]

NCDHHS reports first case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in state

Press release from NC Department of Health and Human Services: RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first identification in a North Carolina resident of the COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.7, which was first detected in the United Kingdom in December. The B.1.1.7 variant was identified in a sample […]

Reject Raytheon AVL to stage demonstration opposing Pratt & Whitney project

Press release from Ken Jones: Event date/time: Monday, Jan. 25, 4:30 – 5:30 pm Location: Bent Creek River Park, Rt. 191, 1610 Brevard Road On this day, over 260 organizations from 17 countries are coming together for an International Day of Action, calling for an end to the genocidal war in Yemen. This is the largest anti-war co-ordination since […]

AARP NC to hold telephone town hall on COVID-19 vaccines today, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.

Press release from AARP North Carolina: RALEIGH –NC Medical Director Dr. Betsey Tilson, Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Cameron Wolfe of Duke University Hospital and Advance Practice Registered Nurse Dr. Catherine Sevier are part of a statewide telephone town hall today on COVID-19 vaccines and older adults. AARP will be calling 50,000 members today to invite […]

Richard Sneed, principal chief of Eastern Band Cherokee Indians, issues statement on state gaming compact with Catawba Indian Tribe

Statement from Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians: CHEROKEE, NC-  Today, it was announced that Governor Roy Cooper has negotiated a compact with the Catawba Indian Tribe to operate gaming at a proposed casino in Kings Mountain. The beleaguered project was initiated by an illegal act at the Department of Interior. […]

WCCA offers free rides to Henderson county immunization clinics for vaccine appointment holders

Press release from Western Carolina Community Action: The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine is gaining momentum as three providers, Pardee UNC Health Care, Advent Health and the Henderson County Health Department open call centers and schedule appointments online. Groups 1 and 2 include healthcare workers and seniors age 65 and up. Unfortunately, many seniors across […]

Moog Music seeks designs for new factory mural

Press release from Moog Music: Moog Music, the world’s leading producer of theremins and analog synthesizers, invites artists worldwide to submit their creative visions for a new vinyl mural that will span the width of the Moog factory building in downtown Asheville. From the official announcement on Moog’s website:  “Through Sunday, Feb. 28, we’re excited […]

Haywood County issues vaccine rollout update

Press release from Haywood County: Vaccinations by the numbers: Total number vaccinated in Haywood County: Over 6,000 Total vaccinated this week in drive-through events: 1,500 Currently vaccinating:  Haywood residents ages 75 and up  (our estimates are that about 75% of this age group, who pre-registered have now had their first dose) Law enforcement and essential […]

Asheville 10th worst-paying midsized metro for teachers

Press release from HireAHelper: The past year has been uniquely difficult for teachers. After the COVID-19 pandemic shut schools down last spring, educators were forced to transition their work to virtual schooling, with little time to plan. In the new school year, teachers have faced more difficult dilemmas. Some districts have reopened schools despite increasing […]

Asheville City Council holds Jan. 26 affordable housing work session, regular meeting

Press release from the City of Asheville: For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain virtual at this time. That includes the 5 p.m. Jan. 26 City Council meeting. Prior to the formal meeting, City Council will hold a 3 p.m. virtual City Council work session on affordable housing. […]

Rep. Moffitt announces fix to pandemic-related liquor license issues

Press release from the office of N.C. House Rep. David Willis: Representative Tim Moffitt (District 117), the newly minted Chair of the House Committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control, announced today that he has received assurances from ABC Chairman A.D. “Zander” Guy that the Commission will reactivate liquor licenses for affected private bars when they are […]

RiverLink to renew accreditation with Land Trust Alliance

Press release from RiverLink: RiverLink is in the process of renewing accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance. The accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review […]

UNC Asheville residence halls gain LEED Gold certification

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville’s newest residence halls, The Woods, have been certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification considers sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The Woods, which include Aspen, Beech, Cedar, Magnolia […]

UPDATED:City of Asheville announces committee meetings for Jan. 25-29

Update from the City of Asheville at 8:29 p.m. Jan. 24: The Riverfront Redevelopment Commission will hold their rescheduled remote meeting on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 4:00 p.m. ,Public notice from the City of Asheville: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following committees will hold remote meetings during the week of Monday-Friday, Jan. 25-29, 2021. […]

An historic photo of a group of Black men in various uniforms from Buncombe County

North Carolina Room at Pack Library changes name, improves space

Press release from Buncombe County: The North Carolina Room at Pack Memorial Library is making changes. As of Jan. 22, the North Carolina Room will be known as Buncombe County Special Collections (BCSC). The transition and vision is the result of months of collaboration between Collection Manager Katherine Calhoun Cutshall and her team, Library Director […]