Henderson County hosts region off-season robotics competition Oct. 12

Press release from Henderson County Public Schools: More than 20 high school robotics teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia will converge on Henderson County on Saturday, Oct. 12, to compete one last time with their robots from the 2019 season. The Thundering Herd of Robots West (THOR West) off-season event hosted by […]

Dr. John Shepard named Henderson County Public Schools Principal of the Year

Press release from Henderson County Public Schools: Dr. John Shepard, principal at North Henderson High, was named the 2019-20 Principal of the Year for Henderson County Public Schools this afternoon, with district administrators surprising him with the honor during a regularly scheduled Homecoming pep rally. Shepard joined Henderson County Public Schools in 2013 as an […]

Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway share concerns on proposed Crossroads development

Press release from the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway: On Monday, Oct. 2, current and past members of the board of trustees of the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway Inc. attended an open house at Crossroads Baptist Church to review plans for the Crossroads at West Asheville development. The developer of the property is Catalyst […]


Thermo Fisher Scientific celebrates MFG Day

Press release from the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board: In celebration of Manufacturing Week 2019, Thermo Fisher Scientific, in partnership with Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe, and Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, hosted over 200 people, including elected officials, manufacturing employers, workforce development professionals, educators, and students for MFG Day […]

Buncombe County HHS provides update on Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services:  Buncombe County HHS continues to support the State investigation and sees these recent developments as a positive step towards understanding how this outbreak occurred. The outbreak has impacted many people in our community and our thoughts are with all of those who are affected. Local Health Officials […]

Buncombe County issues update on Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak

Press release from Buncombe County Health & Human Services: Buncombe County Health & Human Services continues to support the state investigation and sees these recent developments as a positive step towards understanding how this outbreak occurred. The outbreak has impacted many people in our community, and our thoughts are with all of those who are […]

Mercy Urgent Care holds annual Mercy for Haiti benefit Oct. 11

Press release from Mercy’s Urgent Care: Party for a purpose with Mercy Urgent Care at its annual Mercy for Haiti benefit and art fair, from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. The fundraising event, held in the Parish Hall at St. Eugene’s Church in north Asheville, will feature both a live and silent auction, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. […]

Asheville Fire Department introduces new facilities dog pilot program at Station 7

Press release from Asheville Fire Department: Asheville Fire Department is excited to announce a partnership with Black Mountain-based Paws & Effect to integrate a facility dog, Denali, into Station 7. Traditionally, dogs were used to provide companionship and safety for horses used to transport equipment from a station to a fire. While horses are no longer […]

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Lisbeth Riis Cooper appointed to N.C. Governor’s Commission on Mental Health

Press release from CooperRiis Healing Community: Lisbeth Riis Cooper, co-founder of CooperRiis Healing Community, has been appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve on the N.C. Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. As a Commission member, Riis Cooper joins professionals, consumers and family members from across the state working to promote […]

One World Circus presents show on confronting sexual violence Oct. 22

  One World Circus, a Knoxville, TN,-based circus company, presents “Webs: A Circus Confronting Sexualized Violence with Humor, Tragedy and Empathy” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville (1 Edwin Place). Proceeds from the show will support the work of Helpmate and Our VOICE, organizations working against sexual violence. “Webs” […]

Helpmate hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil on Oct. 11

Press release from Helpmate: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Helpmate will hold a Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil on Friday, Oct. 11, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the AB Tech Conference Center. This event is free and open to everyone. Live performances will include Womansong, and refreshments will be served. The event will also include […]

Nine WNC counties enter severe drought

Press release from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality: Severe drought has emerged in parts in western North Carolina after months of record heat and below-average rainfall, according to Thursday’s federal drought map. Nine counties are listed as being in a severe drought. Severe drought is the second category of the four drought classifications. The […]

Hot tub display likely culprit in Legionnaires’ outbreak, state investigators say

Press release from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is sharing early findings from an ongoing investigation to determine how people were exposed to Legionella bacteria at the NC Mountain State Fair, which took place Sept. 6–15, 2019 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural […]

Animal adoption fees waived at Asheville Humane Society Oct. 4-5

Press release from the Asheville Humane Society: Subaru Loves Pets Adoption Event! Friday, October 4 – Saturday, October 5 10 am to 6 pm (Animal rooms are closed daily from 1-2pm for naptime) Adoption fees are WAIVED for all animals! View dogs for adoption. View cats for adoption. View other animals for adoption. Join us […]

Community campaign aims to build support for Asheville public transit

Press release from Just Economics: Better Buses Together and Just Economics of WNC invite the public to join in #20for20: 20 days to build support for public transit in 2020! Access to transit benefits the entire community by supporting local businesses, relieving traffic and parking congestion and getting folks to work, school and everywhere else […]

“Where Building Science Meets Climate Science” returns to Asheville Nov. 7-8

Press release from the American Institute of Architects Asheville: The global climate crisis is here. Between autumn heat waves and hurricane-induced flooding, the question remains: how will architects and designers respond to the present effects and future threats? CASE Consultants International and AIA Asheville’s 5th Annual Climate Adaptive Design Symposium, held Thursday-Friday, Nov. 7-8, at […]

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Buncombe County Recreation Services offers $100K in nonprofit grants through Oct. 18

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County Recreation Services has opened the 2019-2020 cycle of Community Recreation Grants. The grants focus on supplemental funding for qualified organizations to promote innovative, inclusive, and sustainable recreational, fitness, and wellness initiatives within Buncombe County as well as community-based activities and capital improvements that increase recreational opportunities for the […]