Escape Out to open in Asheville on June 2

Press release from Escape Out: Elicia Ward, Owner of Escape Out, announces the opening of a new location in Downtown Asheville June 2, 2017. The newest and most exciting form of breakout entertainment prides itself on meeting the growing demanding for live and unique social play experiences. The escape room concept places participants in “locked” […]

League of Women Voters to hold annual meeting on June 10

Press release from the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County: Don’t forget to RSVP for the League’s Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, June 10th! This year, we will host guest speaker Drew Reisinger about the Slave Deeds Project in Buncombe County. The $25 ticket cost covers the lunch provided by the Double Tree, and payments can […]

Summer classes start at Hands On! in Hendersonville

Press release from HandsOn!: Come play and learn this summer at Hands On!, the children’s museum in downtown Hendersonville, by joining us for a summer class. Our series of summer classes are STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) inspired. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Please call 697-8333 to register. Visit our website,, to […]

Community engagement social events to highlight self-sufficiency programs for Housing Authority residents

Press release from the Asheville Housing Authority:  Asheville Housing Authority’s (AHA) Family Self Sufficiency’s (FSS) staff and the Buncombe County’s Health and Human Services Department and Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College’s SNAP 2 Skills Employment and Training program have partnered with several organizations to host a series of educational programs this summer.  The summer series […]

Charlie Jackson of ASAP inducted into WNC Agricultural Hall of Fame

Press release from WNC Communities: WNC Communities held the 27th Annual Western North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River. Charlie Jackson, the Executive Director and founder of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), was inducted at this year’s luncheon. This annual event recognizes […]

Elma N'For of Asheville City Soccer Club. Photo courtesy of the club

Asheville City Soccer Club keeps playoff hopes alive with road win

Press release from Asheville City Soccer Club:  Coming off short rest, the Blues traveled to Charlotte, NC to face FC Carolina United in a thrilling conference matchup. The stage was set at Queens University sports complex, where the weather remained mostly sunny and temperatures ranged around high 70’s. From the stadium stands, Asheville City chants […]

Asheville organization holds events for Lakota independence

Press release from the Lakota Solidarity Project: Asheville, NC –  Started in a Fairview living room in March 2011, the Lakota Solidarity Project (LSP) continues to support the traditional and grassroots Lakota people on Pine Ridge. Now that the Trump Administration has threatened “termination policy” on Native American tribes and reservations, the work of LSP […]


Gun Violence Awareness Day is Friday, June 2, in Asheville

Press release from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Asheville chapter: Asheville Gun Violence Awareness Day is Friday, June 2, 2017 Wear Orange and share your photo on Facebook or Twitter with #WearOrange Share why you wear orange. Go to ​​ ​and create a photo with “I #WearOrange for​_____ ” Saturday, June 3, […]

First shipment of radioactive liquid waste from Canada received at Savannah River, hotspot detected

Press release from Beyond Nuclear: Savannah River Site (SRS), South Carolina— According to a U.S. federal agency document just released on Friday May 12, the first of 100-150 truckloads of highly radioactive liquid waste from Canada has been unloaded at the Savannah River Site, and the transfer container has not provided fully adequate radiological shielding […]

Bead-embroidered necklace by Martine House. Photo courtesy of Southern Highland Craft Guild

New Focus Gallery exhibition opens at Folk Art Center

Press release from Southern Highland Craft Guild: A Creative Exploration on Life’s Questions, Navigating Our Humanity Exhibition Focus Gallery Exhibition, May 13 – August 8, 2017 Asheville, N.C. – This past Saturday, May 13th, the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s second Focus Gallery exhibition of 2017, Navigating Our Humanity, was opened to the public. The rotating […]

Carolina Public Press convenes forum on higher education’s economic impact in region May 24

Press release from Carolina Public Press: Carolina Public Press will hold a free and public forum featuring a conversation with Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher, UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College President Dennis King on the impact of higher education on the economy. The forum will be held on Wednesday, […]

Asheville event to explore N.C. complicity in U.S. torture

Press release from event organizers: Asheville, NC. — Mr. Frank Goldsmith and Ms. Christina Cowger will speak June 1 in Asheville on the recently formed NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) and on North Carolina’s history in extraordinary rendition and torture by the US government. Mr. Goldsmith is Co-Chair of the Commission, and an […]

Stephanie Sullivan. Photo provided by Asheville Police Department

APD requests assistance locating Stephanie Michelle Sullivan

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (May 12, 2017): The Asheville Police Department is requesting public assistance to locate missing person, Stephanie Michelle Sullivan. Stephanie was last seen on May 5, 2017 in the area around Pisgah View Apartments. She was last known to be operating a gold 1999 Chrysler 300M with North […]

BEST AND BRIGHTEST: Participants in the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy were recognized at the May 9 meeting of City Council. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Asheville Council closes in on city budget

At its May 9 meeting, Asheville City Council grappled with the challenge of creating a city budget in a time of plenty. “Oddly,” said Mayor Esther Manheimer, this year’s budgeting process has been more difficult than during the recession. Council asked City Manager Gary Jackson to tweak his proposal to achieve a property tax rate that reflects a revenue-neutral rate plus 3.5 cents to pay for interest on the city’s $74 million bond program.

Upcoming events at Mars Hill University

Press release from Mars Hill University: May 8-21, 2017 All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Mike Thornhill, Director of Communications, (828) 689-1298, **May 5-10 **Final Examinations Friday, May 12 Pinning and Lamp Lighting Ceremony Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Broyhill Chapel Graduating nurses in the […]