Chief Justice Paul Newby issues emergency directives on COVID-19

Press release from North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts: Chief Justice Paul Newby issued an order containing emergency directives related to COVID-19. The order replaces the expired order issued on December 14, 2020, and is effective today, January 14, 2021. In this new order, Chief Justice Newby has allowed several of the emergency directives in […]

Construction-related accident leads to one death and several injuries among Hendersonville work crew

Press release from the City of Hendersonville government: At 9:28 a.m. on January 13, 2021, emergency services personnel were dispatched to a wall collapse with entrapment in the Hajoca parking lot located at 1027 Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville. When first responders arrived, they encountered a retaining wall that had fallen and trapped construction crew members […]

Henderson County opens COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals 65 and older

Press release from Henderson County Department of Public Health: All individuals 65 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Henderson County, following new state guidelines announced today. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today announced new priority groupings that includes all adults 65 over in the current vaccination group – […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration to be held virtually

Press release from Community Foundation of Henderson County: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast Committee has announced that the 2021 MLK, Jr. Unity Celebration will be held virtually. Due to current health conditions, the traditional breakfast held at Blue Ridge Community College was moved to a virtual format that includes a video showcasing some […]

NCDHHS partnering with WNC counties to host large community vaccine events

Press release from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with health systems, local health departments and community health centers across the state to host large community vaccine events for people currently eligible to be vaccinated. More than 45,000 vaccines are expected to […]

North Carolina health care workers and adults 65 and older are next to receive vaccine

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced today that vaccine providers that are ready to expand may vaccinate all health care workers and anyone 65 years and older. “Doctors, hospitals and local health departments are working hard to get people […]

Board of Commissioners of Buncombe County announces public hearing on economic development appropriations

Press release from Buncombe County government: Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of Buncombe County will hold a public hearing at a special meeting of the Board beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, in the Commissioners’ Chambers located at 200 College Street,  Room 326, in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, […]

City of Hendersonville to announce new chief of police

Press release from the City of Hendersonville government: The City of Hendersonville and Hendersonville Police Department invite you to join City Manager John Connet via Zoom for an announcement on the selection for Hendersonville’s Chief of Police. City Manager Connet will host a virtual meeting on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to announce […]

City of Asheville staff to present updated hotel development ordinance to Planning and Zoning Commission

Press release from the City of Asheville government: Following two City Council work sessions, the City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design has further analyzed the proposed hotel development regulations and will be holding a public hearing to present the revised regulations at 5 p.m. Jan. 21 the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. […]

County Boards of Elections begin process to remove ineligible voters from voter rolls

Press release from North Carolina State Board of Elections: In 2021, county boards of elections across North Carolina will conduct several important and required processes designed to keep the state’s voter rolls accurate and up to date. These routine processes are required by state and federal laws. Accurate voter rolls are maintained by removing voters […]

Buncombe County offices will close Monday, Jan. 18 for MLK holiday

Press release from Buncombe County Government:  All Buncombe County Government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Buncombe County Public Libraries: All libraries are closed on Monday, Jan. 18. Recreation Services: All Buncombe County Parks are open regular hours on Monday, Jan. 18. Solid Waste: The Landfill and Transfer […]

Rep. Madison Cawthorn opens first district office in Hendersonville

Statement from Rep. Madison Cawthorn:  I am honored to announce the opening of my first District Office, in Hendersonville NC. This is just the first of multiple offices that will work closely with our D.C. staff to provide quick, effective, and satisfactory results for my constituents in NC-11. I am also privileged to introduce my […]

Pardee releases update on vaccine clinic

Press release from Pardee UNC Health Care:  Pardee is currently administering vaccines to individuals that fall in Phase 1a and Phase 1b. We continually adjust the schedule as more appointments become available.  Please note, due to high call volume people may get a recorded message when they call 828-694-8222/694-VACC. We encourage people in Group 1, […]

Western Carolina University announces adjustments to start of spring semester

Press release from Western Carolina University:  Due to a record number of COVID-19 cases, strain on critical health care resources related to COVID-19 hospitalizations, and a projected peak in cases in Western North Carolina within the next two to three weeks, Western Carolina University officials have adjusted spring operations. Classes will begin on Monday, Jan. […]

Asheville will waive some fees to help support local businesses during state of emergency

Press release from the city of Asheville:  To help reduce economic hardship posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville will continue to waive or suspend collection of fees on a case-by-case basis. Asheville City Council approved this action during their Jan. 12 meeting. The fees that may be waived include temporary uses, outdoor […]

Madison Cawthorn releases statement on impeachment vote

Statement from Rep. Madison Cawthorn:   NC-11 Congressional Representative Madison Cawthorn released the following statement today: Our country and the six people who died last week, including two Capitol Hill police officers, deserve a full and complete investigation into every dimension of the attack on our Capitol. Because it is impossible to conduct an investigation of that […]

Asheville extends repayment plan for customers behind on utility bills

Press release from the city of Asheville:  Understanding the continuing economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville is extending the safeguarding of City utility accounts for all customers from shut-offs due to nonpayment. To be clear: Bills will not be forgiven, but rather customers who fell behind in payments will be […]

Buncombe Commissioners call public hearing for additional COVID-19 small business relief

Press release from Buncombe County: Following up on the success of the previous One Buncombe Fund campaign, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved a public hearing on providing more low-interest loans for small businesses during an emergency meeting on Jan. 12. The public hearing is a necessity for Commissioners to make the money available […]

One reported fatality following the collapse of a retaining wall in Henderson County

Press release from the city of Hendersonville:  Construction workers were working on a retaining wall bordering the parking lot at Hajoca located at 1027 Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville when it collapsed at approximately 9:30 a.m. Upon arrival, emergency responders assessed the scene and began rescue and recovery efforts. Currently the following information is available: 1 […]