City of Asheville issues protocols for inspections during State of Emergency

Press release from the City of Asheville: The City of Asheville is modifying its operations until further notice to protect residents and City staff while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The Development Services Department (DSD) requests that contractors maintain a clean and safe environment for City staff so we may continue to […]

N.C. Insurance Commissioner orders deferral of premium payments to help consumers affected by the COVID-19 health emergency

Press release from N.C. Department of Insurance: North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has activated an emergency declaration that will defer insurance premium payments for residents in all 100 counties.  This order was activated March 27th as a result of President Trump’s March 25th Major Disaster Declaration for the State of North Carolina. North Carolina […]

N.C Arboretum closed indeffinitely

Media update from the N.C Arboretum: Out of concern for the health and safety of our staff and guests and based on recent further mandates on social distancing set forth by federal, state and local government officials, The North Carolina Arboretum has made the decision to close until further notice effective at 5 p.m. today, Monday, […]

Sheriff’s department seeks assistance locating a missing person, Travis Glenn

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing person from the Swannanoa area of Buncombe County. Travis Warren Glenn is age 34, a white male, approximately 6’5” and 250 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair. He was last seen riding a motorcycle and wearing blue […]

N.C. Supreme Court extends Appellate Court deadlines

Press release from N.C. Judicial Branch communications office: The Supreme Court of North Carolina issued an order today extending all appellate court deadlines that fall between March 26 – April 30, 2020 for 60 days. In addition, the order encourages electronic filing and credits back secure-leave scheduled in April and May 2020. “We have reached a […]

Fish and Wildlife Service requests public input regarding genetically engineered crops on wildlife refuges in southeast

Press release from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has prepared a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the potential use of genetically engineered crops (GECs) on national wildlife refuges in the southeastern United States.  The National Wildlife Refuge System, the public lands network managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, employs a number of wildlife management practices to deliver specific […]

COVID-19 diagnosis at Brian Center for Health in Hendersonville

Media statement from Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation in Hendersonville: At this time, we can confirm that we have one resident at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation/Hendersonville who has tested positive for COVID-19. This resident is currently undergoing isolation protocol at the Center. Any residents who are symptomatic are being isolated. We recognize the especially […]

Governor Cooper announces first COVID-19 unemployment benefits will be paid this week

Press release from the office of Gov. Roy Cooper: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the first payments for the unemployment claims related to coronavirus will begin going out this week. The Division of Employment Security has received an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims since Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 118 on […]

Tryon International Equestrian Center to close Sunday ahead of stay home, stay safe order effective date

Press release from Tryon Resort: Mill Spring, NC – March 28, 2020 – In response to the Governor of North Carolina’s Stay At Home Order issued on March 27, 2020, Tryon Resort and Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) will discontinue its resort operations Sunday, March 29 at 8:00pm, until the order is lifted, including restaurant […]

First COVID-19 fatality recorded in Buncombe County

Press release from Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services: Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) is reporting the first COVID-19 associated death in a Buncombe County resident. The elderly individual died from complications associated with the virus on March 28, 2020 at Mission Hospital. To protect the privacy of the family, no […]

Dogwood Health and Kitsbow partner to manufacture face shields for health workers

Press release from Dogwood Health Trust: Asheville, N.C. (March 27, 2020) – The Board of Directors for Dogwood Health Trust recently approved the allocation of $10 million to address COVID-19 needs throughout the 18 county and Qualla boundary region of Western North Carolina. The funds are to support the goal of “flattening the curve” in the COVID-19 epidemic here locally. […]

BCTDA contributes $50K to One Buncombe

Press release from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority has announced a contribution of $50,000 to One Buncombe, the community fund designed to help individuals and locally owned small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The funding is made available through revenue earned from advertising on the ExploreAsheville.com website. The BCTDA […]

Hendersonville police take explosion suspect into custody

Press release from the city of Hendersonville: On Friday, March 27, 2020, shortly after 11am, the Hendersonville Police Department was contacted about an incident occurring at the UPS store on Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville, NC. Two males entered the store and following an exchange with UPS associates, one of the individuals physically activated an unknown […]

City of Hendersonville closes public restrooms

Press release from the City of Hendersonville: In line with the Stay at Home order announcements by Henderson County and the State of North Carolina, the City of Hendersonville has closed the downtown public restrooms located at 125 5th Avenue W., as well as restroom facilities located within City of Hendersonville parks. Ongoing updates from […]

Local sewers move mask-making effort into high gear

Press release from Masks of Love: ASHEVILLE – Dr. Carly Brown has organized Masks of Love WNC, an emergency effort to bring sewers and businesses together to tackle the dire shortage of face masks threatening Western North Carolina (WNC) medical workers and citizens caught up in the coronavirus pandemic. “We have to stand up for […]

Warren Wilson College closes trails, campus to visitors

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19 and the Buncombe County “Stay Home-Stay Safe” declaration, the College finds it necessary to close down the College Trail System, College Farm, College Garden and Main Campus to all non-Warren Wilson College users. The closure begins immediately. It pains us greatly to make this announcement, […]

Buncombe County launches One Buncombe Fund for COVID-19 relief

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County is strong and resilient. When times are hard, we look out for those with less and pool our resources to make sure our neighbors are getting by. Even though we are apart, we can come together as One Buncombe. And that’s why Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, […]

NC Navigators offer free ACA guidance in wake of COVID-19

Press release from the NC Navigator Consortium: March 23 marked the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s passage into law. Over the last ten years, the law has provided comprehensive, affordable health coverage for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. North Carolinians who have lost their coverage due to the Coronavirus pandemic are eligible to […]