Asheville City Board of Education extends Dr. Causby’s contract

Press release from Asheville City Schools: The Asheville City Board of Education voted Friday, December 2nd, to extend Dr. Jim Causby’s Interim Superintendent contract for another six months through June 15th, 2023. “I am thrilled to continue to lead Asheville City Schools in this interim role,” Dr. Causby said, “This is a wonderful school district […]

Asheville press conference Wednesday as U.S. Supreme Court hears NC voting rights case

Press release from Common Cause: ASHEVILLE – North Carolina’s crucial fight over gerrymandering and voting rights will be in the national spotlight on Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court takes up Moore v. Harper, a case from the Tar Heel State being called “the gravest threat to American democracy today.” The outcome could have profound […]

Asheville region sees a slight uptick in supply, while sales continued to fall in October

Press release from Canopy Realtor Association: CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Home sales in the Asheville MSA and surrounding counties, continued to fall in October. The region’s 13 counties, where Canopy MLS tracks housing data, showed a 20.4 percent year-over-year decline, with 985 homes sold during the month. Sales compared to the previous month (Sept. 2022) were […]

New tuition-free public Montessori charter school approved for Asheville

Press release from Mountain City Public Montessori: After receiving unanimous approval by the N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board in September 2022, Mountain City Public Montessori received unanimous approval by the N.C. State Board of Education at its December 1, 2022 meeting to open in August 2023 for the 2023-2024 school year. Mountain City Public Montessori […]

Public opinions sought for Haywood Road improvements

Press release from NC DOT: Opinions to influence transportation accommodations in Asheville The N.C. Department of Transportation invites the public to provide input regarding resurfacing and improvements to Haywood Road (U.S. 19/23) from Patton Avenue to Ridgelawn Road. A drop-in session will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Trinity United Methodist […]

National 9-8-8 Crisis and Suicide Lifeline experiencing service disruptions

Press release from NC Department of Health and Human Services: The national 9-8-8 Crisis and Suicide Lifeline has been unable to route calls to our call centers since about 10 a.m. today, Dec. 1. Service is still available by texting 9-8-8 or by chat at 988lifeline.org/chat. Given the important nature of this service, we will […]

Attorney General Josh Stein announces $311,000 in environmental grants for Western North Carolina

Press release from the NC Attorney General’s Office: Attorney General Josh Stein today announced $311,000 in grants to preserve natural resources and ensure clean air and drinking water in western North Carolina through the Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) program. In 2022, Attorney General Stein is awarding $2.5 million in EEG grants to 23 recipients. Grant […]

Warren Wilson College named a ‘Best Buy,’ ‘Top Performer on Social Mobility’

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Warren Wilson College has been recognized by multiple publications this year as a top school for the value of its education, support of its students and dedication to its core values. The Fiske Guide to Colleges named Warren Wilson one of only 20 “Best Buy” Colleges in the country […]

NC GreenPower and NC DEQ reduce energy burden for NC schools

Press release from NC GreenPower: NC DEQ partners with NC GreenPower to support energy efficiency upgrades for schools in economically distressed areas NC GreenPower was awarded $798,436 in funding from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) State Energy Office to reduce the energy burden for North Carolina’s K-8 public schools. The funding opportunity […]

Overnight detour coming to I-26

Press release from NCDOT: Henderson County operation includes traffic shift, realignment of Airport Road ramps Drivers heading west on Interstate 26 in Henderson County will be shifted onto new lanes by Friday morning. A contractor for the N.C. Department of transportation will shift traffic Thursday night from its current pattern to new lanes between U.S. […]

Blue Ridge Parkway issues notice of Finding of No Significant Impact for Right of Way permit application

Press release from Blue Ridge Parkway: On November 18, 2022, National Park Service (NPS) South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Mark Foust signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), recommended by Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Tracy Swartout, to permit a Right of Way (ROW) for an underground natural gas pipeline within the Blue Ridge Parkway boundary […]

New Air Traffic Control Tower coming to Asheville Regional Airport

Press release from Asheville Regional Airport: To locals in western North Carolina, the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC) at AVL is iconic. The tower, part of the airport terminal building, sits center stage. It has been in use for 61+ years, and is one of the oldest operating towers in the U.S. At their November meeting, the […]

Code Purple in effect for Wednesday, Nov 30th and Thursday, Dec 1st

Purpose of Code Purple: The purpose of the Code Purple procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people experiencing homelessness when the temperature is at or below 32 degrees (including windchill). During Code Purple, participating shelters will provide more beds […]

APD seeking assistance in Sunday morning shooting

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville Police Department Detectives are investigating an early-morning shooting on Sunday that left an Uber driver with non-life-threatening injuries. APD Patrol Officers responded to the area of Riverview Drive and Amboy Road around 3:48 a.m. Sunday morning to investigate a reported gunshot wound. After being shot, the victim, who […]

Attorney General Josh Stein reacts to NCDHHS Certificate of Need decision in Western North Carolina

Attorney General Josh Stein today released the following statement in response to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) decision to approve AdventHealth’s Certificate of Need application for acute care beds in Western North Carolina. “Competition in health care lowers cost and improves quality for patients. Mission Health System has virtually no […]

Asheville Parks & Recreation warms up December with celebrations for kids, families, and older adults

As the magic of the holidays comes to the mountains, Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) has plenty of fun, festive celebrations to make the season merry and bright for the young and young-at-heart during Holly Jolly Holidays from December 2-16. Space is limited, so advance registration is strongly recommended even if an event is free. […]

Code Purple in effect for Weds Nov 30th

Purpose of Code Purple: The purpose of the Code Purple procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people experiencing homelessness when the temperature is at or below 32 degrees (including windchill). During Code Purple, participating shelters will provide more beds […]

Buncombe County TDA: Notice of Regular Meeting

WHAT: The regular monthly joint board meeting of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, a Public Authority and a Nonprofit Corporation. WHEN: Wednesday, November 30, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. WHERE: IN PERSON: At The Collider, located on the Forth Floor at 1 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801. VIRTUAL: Streamed live via Zoom webinar. Register here to […]