Asheville Mayor calls on activists to exercise their rights peacefully

Press release from the city of Asheville: Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer calls on activists to exercise their rights peacefully, with respect for the law, and with respect for others. “Since Charlottesville, the people of Asheville have overwhelmingly expressed that they oppose Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist agendas,” the Mayor noted. “Since Charlottesville, more people have become […]

League of Women Voters to host constitutional study course

Press release from the League of Women Voters of Asheville Buncombe County: “We the People” Constitutional Study Hosted by League of Women Voters (October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14) The history and contemporary role of the Constitution of the United States will be the focus of a “We the People” fall study program […]

Damage done by vandals attempting to remove a plaque from a marker that sits west of the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville on Aug. 18. Photo by Dan Hesse

Four arrested for vandalism in vicinity of Vance Monument

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (August 18, 2017): This morning at approximately 7:40 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to a report of vandalism at the Vance Monument. Upon arriving officers located a group of protesters gathering around the Vance Monument. Several protesters were attempting to vandalize the smaller monument. Four individuals […]

MHO wins funding for 95 apartments in Swannanoa

Press release from Mountain Housing Opportunities: East Haven Apartments, 95 apartments planned by Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO), was awarded federal housing tax credits on Thursday, August 10 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA). The tax credits will generate almost $8 million in private investment for the construction of 95 affordable, energy-efficient, and transit […]

Asheville Mayor Manheimer issues statement condemning hate speak, promoting unity

Press release from the city of Asheville: In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., the Asheville community condemns the actions of people who espouse hate speak against any race or ethnicity, and especially those who promote white supremacy. Let us be clear that inclusion and diversity are core values of the City […]

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RADTIP groundbreaking scheduled for Aug. 23

Press release from the city of Asheville: After seven years of planning with the community, construction of Asheville’s River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) will begin in August 2017. Please join Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and other dignitaries for an official groundbreaking at 9 a.m. Aug. 23 at Jean Webb Park, 30 Riverside Drive. […]

Norman Rutherford and Marijke Kylstra with the American Conservation Experience build stairs near the hiking shelter at Craggy Flats Bald on Tuesday, August 8. Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Youth crew rehabilitating Craggy Flats Bald trail on BRP

Press release from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation: (Asheville, NC) –  A rehabilitation project for one of the most popular trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway is underway! A crew with the American Conservation Experience is repairing Craggy Flats Bald Trail, which has become deeply rutted, leading to erosion. To help raise funds for this […]

Local NAACP to host training for advocating for school children on Aug. 8

Press release from Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP: Asheville, NC – Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30pm – 8:00pm Asheville Buncombe County NAACP Special Programming will feature, Keith Howard, J.D., an expert in education law, and in the area of advocating for children that attend public school in the state of North Carolina. His informational presentation titled Know Your […]

The Buncombe County Courthouse, left, and Asheville City Hall. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Council to vote on RAD form-based code, election districts on July 25

On Tuesday, July 25, Asheville City Council will consider a new zoning ordinance for the River Arts District, a referendum on establishing election districts for City Council, a new Tunnel Road hotel, a self-storage facility and a plan to leverage $10 million in bond funding to promote the development of 485 units of affordable housing, among other items.

SUING THE CITY: On July 14, Sidney Bach and Chris Peterson filed an amendment to their lawsuit against the city of Asheville's $74 million bond program. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Bond lawsuit calls Asheville’s 3.5-cent tax increase ‘illegal’

Retired attorney Sidney Bach and former Asheville vice mayor have filed a motion to amend the lawsuit they brought against the city of Asheville over its general obligation bond program in January. According to the new filing, the city’s plan to charge property owners taxes to cover principal and interest on the $74 million bonds approved by city voters in 2016 is illegal, since the city hasn’t yet issued the bonds.

APD seeks information on traffic fatality on Smoky Park Highway

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (July 21, 2017): This morning shortly before 5:00 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to the intersection of Brookside Circle and Smoky Park Highway after reports of a traffic crash. A single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle occurred knocking the driver off his bike and coming to […]

City of Asheville names Kimberlee Archie equity and inclusion manager

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Kimberlee Archie will serve as the City’s first-ever Equity and Inclusion Manager, effective July 31, 2017. Archie’s career and experience positions her to lead City efforts to support a diverse and inclusive community. She has […]

Kids can take part in a watermelon eating contest at the WNC Farmers Market July 28. Photo courtesy of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

WNC Farmers Market to hold watermelon-eating contest for kids July 28

Press release from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Community Services: ASHEVILLE — The WNC Farmers Market will host a Kids Watermelon Eating Contest during its annual Watermelon Day on July 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The contest will take place at noon. Guests can enjoy free samples of N.C. watermelons, and melons […]

Asheville Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler to file for reelection to Asheville City Council

Press release from Gwen Wisler campaign: Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler will file for re-election to a second term on Asheville City Council today. Wisler, the top vote-getter in 2013, was elected as Vice Mayor by fellow council members in 2015. Wisler has distinguished herself through leadership on public engagement and equity, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, […]

RADTIP southern section meetings scheduled

Press release from the city of Asheville: In June, the City announced that staff will need to phase building components of the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) due to budgetary constraints. City Council authorized construction of the modified RADTIP on June 27. At this same meeting, Council directed staff to analyze the feasibility […]

Adrian Vassallo files for City Council race

Press release from Adrian Vassallo campaign: ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA (July 19, 2017) – Surrounded by friends and supporters, Adrian Vassallo officially filed for the 2017 Asheville City Council race. Vassallo believes that accountable leadership is needed in such a pivotal time for our city. “We are all aware that Asheville has become one of the […]