10 new miles of trail to open in Old Fort

Press release the G5 Trail Collective: The G5 Trail Collective in partnership with the National Forests in North Carolina, announced 10 additional miles of new trail construction in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest surrounding Old Fort, North Carolina. Construction will begin immediately on this next phase of the 42-mile trail expansion planned […]

A-B Tech English language instructor Kristin Erhard selected as State Advocate for Adult Education Fellow

Press release from A-B Tech: A-B Tech English Language Instructor and Professional Development Facilitator Kristin Erhard has been selected as the 2024 North Carolina State Advocate for Adult Education Fellow (SAAEF). In her year-long role with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), Erhard will receive training to advocate for adult education awareness and access […]

Local air quality agency accepting nominations for annual clean air excellence awards

Press release from The Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency:  The Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency (AB Air Quality) is now accepting nominations for our twentieth annual air quality awards program. The goal of the Clean Air Excellence Awards is to recognize businesses and organizations that have truly gone above and beyond regulatory requirements to improve air quality for […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office News Release: Sheriff’s Office Attempting to Locate Missing Child/La Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Buncombe Está Tratando de Localizar a Una Niña Desaparecida

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing child from Buncombe County. Emily Alliyah Raines was last seen in the Asheville area on February 27, 2024. Emily is age 16 and approximately 5’ 3” and 160 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. It is […]

Haywood Community College hosts WNC Environmental Summit on March 23

Press release from Haywood Community College: Haywood Community College will welcome multiple speakers, guests, and partners to campus on Saturday, March 23rd for the WNC Environmental Summit. The WNC Environmental Summit will provide educational opportunities for regional groups to come together, share ideas, encourage each other, and take action to make a difference. Community leaders, Indigenous […]

MADE X MTNS publishes Western North Carolina outdoor recreation participation survey and regional economic impacts report

Press release from MADE X MTNS: The MADE X MTNS (Made By Mountains) Partnership is proud to release the results of the Western North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Participation Survey, conducted in partnership with the Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University and the Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research at the […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office request for information

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office seek the identification of these two individuals (attached). On two separate occasions, these individuals used stolen checks in the Candler Community. If you have any information, please contact Detective Burns at (828) 250-4460.

Healthy School Breakfast Grant announced for Buncombe County Schools

News release from the office of Representative Lindsey Prather: Governor Roy Cooper announced that Buncombe County Schools will receive a North Carolina Innovative School Breakfast Grant to expand healthy breakfast for students. The NC Innovative School Breakfast Grants were funded through federal funds directed by Governor Cooper in October 2023. The NC Innovative School Breakfast Grants […]

City of Asheville hosts community feedback session for its Affordable Housing Plan

News release from the City of Asheville: On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, the City of Asheville’s Community & Economic Development Department will host a community feedback session for the findings and draft recommendations for the Affordable Housing Plan. The meeting will feature an interactive presentation of the plan’s findings, including demographic and market analysis, equity […]

A-B Tech to receive state funding to expand support for students with disabilities

News release from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College: A-B Tech is poised to expand its support for students with disabilities. The college was one of 15 NC community colleges approved by the State Board of Community Colleges on February 16 for participation in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Student Workforce Training Program. Participating in the […]

Monument to honor crew of first USS Asheville

News release from the Asheville Fire Department: Representatives from the North Carolina Submarine Museum Foundation and the City of Asheville announced plans for a monument honoring the crew of the USS Asheville Patrol Gunboat No. 21. The first submarine bearing the Asheville name launched on July 4, 1918. The ship’s ceremonial sponsor was Alyne J. […]

BCSO begins multiple accreditation processes

News release from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is beginning three different accreditation processes: CALEA (national-level accreditation for the Sheriff’s Office), NCLEA (state-level accreditation for the Sheriff’s Office) and ACA (national-level accreditation for the Buncombe County Detention Facility). As part of this process the Sheriff’s Office is hiring an accreditation manager […]

Code Purple for Thursday, Feb. 29

News release from the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition: Code Purple for Thursday, Feb. 29. Additional weather information can be found at weather.gov Purpose of Code Purple: Code Purple is a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people experiencing homelessness during extremely cold weather (at or […]

Code Purple for Wednesday, Feb. 28

News release from the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition: Code Purple for Wednesday, Feb. 28. Additional weather information can be found at weather.gov Purpose of Code Purple: Code Purple is a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people experiencing homelessness during extremely cold weather (at or […]

Celebrate Black Children’s Book Week in Asheville

News release from Read 2 Succeed Asheville/Buncombe: Read 2 Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is thrilled to put Asheville on the map for the national celebration of Black Children’s Book Week (BCBW), Feb. 25 – Mar 2, 2024. Administered by BlackBabyBooks.com, BCBW is a global celebration of Black children and the people who ensure Black children are […]

Air quality code yellow for Tuesday, Feb. 27

Press release Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency: Tuesday, February 27, 2024, is a code YELLOW air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.     For additional information concerning the air quality forecast including a detailed forecast discussion, please visit the […]

Groundbreaking lawsuit takes aim at U.S. Forest Service’s timber targets

Press release from Southern Environmental Law Center, Chattooga Conservancy and MountainTrue: A new lawsuit alleges the U.S. Forest Service’s practice of setting ‘timber targets’ puts the climate at risk, undermines the Biden administration’s important climate goals, and violates federal law. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia […]

Attorney General Josh Stein to Host Social Media Town Hall in Buncombe County Tuesday, Feb. 27

Press release from Attorney General Josh Stein Attorney General Josh Stein is hosting a social media town hall in partnership with Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City Schools tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. to speak to with parents, teachers, caregivers, and local leaders on how we can better protect our kids online. Who: Attorney General Josh Stein […]

Rep. Chuck Edwards announces Carolina Cruiser mobile office hours

Press release from U.S. Congressman Chuck Edwards:  U.S. Congressman Chuck Edwards (NC-11) announced new mobile office hours with the Carolina Cruiser. Buncombe County Who: Congressman Edwards’ staff When: February 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Where: Inside the Health and Human Services building, 40 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC Polk County Who: Congressman Edwards’ staff When: February 27 from 1:00-2:30 […]

325.5 million visits to national parks in 2023, 16.7 million visits to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Press release from National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior: This week, the National Park Service announced that 400 national parks reported a total of 325.5 million visits in 2023, an increase of 13 million or 4% over 2022. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, visitation numbers saw an increase of 1 million or 6% […]