Slight uptick in COVID-like illness, vaccines for everyone 16 and older encouraged

Press release from Buncombe County: On Tuesday, April 20, Buncombe County Public Health Director Stacie Saunders provided the latest vaccine information and COVID rates during a COVID-19 community update. Of note, COVID-like illness surveillance, an early indicator, shows a slight uptick in the week ending April 10. Saunders encouraged vaccines for everyone 16 and up […]

HCPED launches strategies to support workforce recruitment

Press release from Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development: Many manufacturers across Henderson County are looking for skilled talent. The current unemployment rate (4.9%) is dropping close to pre-pandemic levels (3.1%) and there are a wide variety of manufacturing careers available with local industry. In an effort to connect job seekers with meaningful employment, the Henderson […]

Survey taking place to improve health in Henderson County

Press release from Henderson County Department of Public Health: Over the next several weeks, residents will have the opportunity to help the Henderson County Department of Public Health identify the most critical health issues in our community. A national research firm will conduct phone surveys with approximately 200 individuals in the area between March and June of […]

Rutherfordton’s KidSenses Museum reopens

Press release from KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum: Since closing in March, 2020, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum welcomed visitors on Friday, April 16. And for the first time in many years the museum is open on Sunday afternoons. “We did a comprehensive assessment of what would be required for us to […]

Hendersonville Animal Services Advisory Committee seeks public input

Press release from City of Hendersonville: The City of Hendersonville’s Animal Services Advisory Committee (ASAC) wants to hear from city residents!  The committee developed a short survey to get feedback from Hendersonville residents about the animals in their care and what priorities they have as pet owners. To take the survey, visit the ASAC’s webpage at before […]

Buncombe Strategic Partnership Grants Committee special meeting set for April 29

Press release from Buncombe County: Notice is hereby given that the Buncombe County Strategic Partnership Grants Committee will hold a virtual special meeting on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm to discuss grant applications. Join Online: or Dial-in: (980) 729-7744 Conference ID: 806 916 313#. Regular meetings are the first Thursday […]

UPDATE: Man dies four days after road rage shooting on Smokey Park Highway

Update from Asheville Police Department: The man that was shot on Smokey Park Highway on April 15 has unfortunately passed away. His name is Nathaniel Leon Crosby. He was 31 years old and lived in Weaverville.  Detectives continue to investigate this death. This is the second homicide in Asheville in 2021. Press release from the […]

New policy will expand internet access for more North Carolina citizens

Press release from N.C. Department of Transportation: More North Carolinians, especially in rural areas, will be able to access affordable, high-speed internet service, thanks to the new state Dig Once Policy spearheaded by Governor Roy Cooper. “The pandemic has highlighted the critical need for high-speed internet in our daily lives,” said Governor Cooper. “Making it […]

Virtual tourism summit 2021 announced

Press release from Explore Asheville: Explore Asheville is charting a new course for the tourism community aligned with broader community goals. These efforts are being organized around four strategic pillars that were approved by the Buncombe County TDA board in its annual planning retreat last month. Coming in May, we “deconstruct” our annual Tourism Summit […]

Study finds Asheville is 2nd worst-paying midsize metro for racial minorities

Press release from Lattice Publishing: Protests and civil unrest throughout 2020 and into 2021 have brought renewed attention to issues of racial injustice in the United States. While the current wave of activism has primarily focused on systemic racism in the criminal justice system, racial disparities are present throughout many aspects of American life, including—and […]

Buncombe Board of Commissioners announces special meeting for Tuesday, April 20

Press release from Buncombe County government: Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of Buncombe County has called a special meeting of the Board beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday,  April 20, 2021 at 200 College Street, Room 326, in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.  The special meeting will be held in order to […]

Hendersonville Fire Department celebrates new engine with push-in ceremony

Press release from Hendersonville Fire Department: The Hendersonville Fire Department will celebrate their new fire engine with a Push-In Ceremony to officially put Engine 9-3 into service. What: Hendersonville Fire Department Engine 9-3 Push-In Ceremony When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Where: Fire Station 2 – 632 Sugarloaf Road The traditional ‘Push-In’ ceremony pays […]

Democrat Jay Carey announces run to unseat Madison Cawthorn

Press release from Workhorse Strategies: Democrat Jay Carey announced his run for the 11th Congressional district of North Carolina this morning, the seat currently held by Republican Madison Cawthorn. Carey, a disabled combat veteran, proudly served during Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Jay resides in Hendersonville, NC with his wife Leslie, […]

City of Asheville invites community to celebrate completion of River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project

Press release from the City of Asheville government: Spring is here and the City of Asheville’s largest piece of riverfront construction — the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) — is just about complete. It’s time to celebrate the past 10+ years of work that our community’s artists, businesses, nonprofit organizations and public institutions […]