Asheville Police seeking man who slashed Earth Fare employee with knife

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (October 18, 2021): Asheville Police investigators are asking the public’s help finding a man who slashed a supermarket employee with a large knife during a robbery. The Earth Fare employee was approached by a man behind the business asking for money at 9:03 am, October 15th, 2021. The employee […]

Warren Wilson alum awarded MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship

Press release from Warren Wilson College: ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Reginald Dwayne Betts, a 2010 graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, has been awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. The MacArthur Foundation awards unrestricted $625,000 fellowships annually “to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a […]

FEMA reminds WNC residents to use grants for intended purpose

Press release from FEMA: WAYNESVILLE, N.C. – FEMA reminds western North Carolina residents who have received federal disaster assistance for Tropical Storm Fred to use the money for its intended purpose and to keep receipts for three years. Disaster assistance is intended to help residents meet basic disaster-related needs. A letter explaining what the payment […]

Mission Health offers multiple locations for opioid take back day

Press release from Mission Health: ASHEVILLE – OCT. 14, 2021 – Mission Health is committed to our communities and to improving more lives in more ways. That’s why on Saturday, October 23 we’re partnering with local law enforcement agencies to host Crush the Crisis opioid take back events at 5 of our hospital locations. Opioid […]

Maggie Ullman , former sustainability officer for city of Asheville, seeks City Council seat

Press release from Maggie Ullman: First-time candidate and former Sustainability Officer for the City of Asheville Maggie Ullman seeks a seat on City Council in 2022. “Asheville is a special place facing unprecedented change. To me, the question isn’t if we move forward, it is how we move forward. I believe we must go forward […]

Asheville Parks & Recreation adds space to park system, announces exploration of a partnership with Carolina Day School

Press release from City of Asheville: During these extraordinary times, more and more Asheville-area residents are spending time in the great outdoors, often in public parks and recreational facilities. Today, the City of Asheville and Carolina Day School (CDS) announce two exciting initiatives that will positively impact the Asheville community: the purchase of land by […]

City of Asheville virtual committee meetings – Oct. 18-22

From the Deputy City Clerk, City of Asheville: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following committees will hold remote meetings during the week of October 18-22, 2021. More information, including ways to view and participate will be posted on the committee page and on the Boards & Commissions virtual meeting hub on the City’s PublicInput page. All meetings can […]

FEMA disaster grants won’t affect Social Security, other benefits

Press release from FEMA: WAYNESVILLE, N.C. – Applying for federal disaster assistance from FEMA will not affect other federal benefits that western North Carolina disaster survivors may receive. Residents in Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania counties who register with FEMA may have questions about whether funds from FEMA might cause them to lose other federal payments […]

FEMA Fact Sheet: Public assistance for houses of worship

News release from FEMA: FEMA Fact Sheet 008a – DR-4617-NC Public Assistance for Houses of Worship Houses of worship and other nonprofit organizations may be eligible for FEMA assistance to help pay for emergency protective measures, debris removal and restoration of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Fred. Under the Public Assistance program, FEMA may be […]

Special Collections announces operational changes

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County Special Collections’ (BCSC) at Pack Memorial Library will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct. 21, and starting in November will be making minor changes in their operating hours. The upcoming Oct. 19 and Oct. 21 closures are part of a collaboration between Special Collections staff […]

UPDATE: APD seeks help to identify driver involved in a hit-and-run

UPDATE Oct. 14, 2021: Press release from Asheville City Police: Joe Marsh, who is the victim of the hit-and-run incident on Hendersonville Road between Cedarcliff Road and Fairview Street that occurred on September 26, 2021 succumbed to his injuries on October 2, 2021. The incident is still under investigation and are asking anyone with any information about […]

City of Asheville shares data from new solar installation at Fire Station 10

Press release from City of Asheville On September 30, the city of Asheville “flipped the switch” on the photovoltaic array, commonly known as solar panels, at Fire Station 10 on Old Haywood Road. This is the second city facility to include renewable energy production, the first being the Transit Station on Coxe Avenue. This is […]

FEMA needs current contact information for federal disaster assistance

Press release from Federal Emergency Management Agency After you apply for federal disaster assistance, it is important that FEMA be able to contact you. Be aware that phone calls from FEMA may appear to come from unidentified numbers. Make sure that FEMA has your up-to-date contact information. FEMA may need to call some survivors in […]

Attorney General Josh Stein announces $350,000 in 2021 environmental grants for Western NC

Press release from Attorney General Josh Stein Attorney General Josh Stein today announced $350,000 in grants to preserve and enhance the environment in western North Carolina through the Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) program. Across the state, Attorney General Stein will award nearly $3 million in grants to 27 grantees. Awards in western North Carolina include: […]

Western Carolina Community Action wins grant to save Tebeau Children’s Center

Press release from WCCA Western Carolina Community Action was recently awarded a $25,000 grant by the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Henderson County. The funds will be used to help renovate and save the 70-year old Tebeau Children’s Center in Hendersonville. Generations of Henderson County children have attended the privately-owned […]

UNC Asheville’s African Americans in Western North Carolina & Southern Appalachia Conference explores reparations and racial justice, Nov. 6

Press release from University of North Carolina Asheville: UNC Asheville’s 8th annual African Americans in Western North Carolina & Southern Appalachia Conference returns on November 6th. This virtual event will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions connected to this year’s theme: Reparations, Revelations & Racial Justice: The Path Forward. The event is free and open […]

Asheville City Council accepts money donated for bus shelter by two civic organizations

Press release from the city of Asheville: Civic partners have stepped up to provide funding for a new bus shelter — $5,000 in contributions — accepted in a budget amendment by Asheville City Council during their October 12 meeting. The Transportation Department has been working with these community organizations to provide donations to install standard […]

Asheville City Council hears next steps in Reparations process

Press release from the city of Asheville: During the October 12 City Council meeting, Debra Clark Jones, President of TEQuity, the selected project management firm, outlined next steps in the City of  Asheville’s Reparations initiative.  Information was shared during the City Manager’s Report to Council.   During their September 14 meeting, City Council voted to authorize […]