Free lecture at The Collider to provide eclipse education on July 21

Press release from Asheville Museum of Science: ASHEVILLE, NC – July 10, 2017: The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) and The Collider announce their next co-hosted installment of the Science Pub, a free Friday night guest speaker series. “2017 Carolina Total Solar Eclipse” will be presented by Christi Whitworth, Director of Learning Experiences with the […]

Bothwell files for reelection to Asheville City Council

Press release from Cecil Bothwell: Citing his successful record as a member of Asheville’s City Council, Cecil Bothwell has filed for re-election. “I have always listened to the people of Asheville and have done my utmost to move the City in the right direction,” he said. “While commercial interests often seem to pull the strings, I […]

Candidate filing for local elections begins Friday, July 7

Press release from State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement: RALEIGH, N.C. – Candidate filing for local elections across North Carolina begins at noon Friday (July 7) and runs through noon Friday, July 21. Local elections are held between September and November, depending on the rules governing particular types of election contests. This year, more […]

Mission Health announces intent to withdraw from BCBSNC network if negotiations fail

Press release from Mission Health: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 5, 2017) – Today, Mission Health announced it has delivered  notice of intent to terminate its contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) if ongoing negotiations fail to reach an agreement.  The notice establishes a specific deadline for new contracts to be in […]

Rhododendron Garden at Haywood Community College Campus Arboretum, courtesy of Benjamin Porter

Buy Haywood releases 2017 Agritourism Guide

Press release from Buy Haywood: Buy Haywood’s “Find your Adventure! 2017 Agritourism Guide: 10th Anniversary Edition” is now available. Printed guides are free and can be found at locations across Haywood County including the Haywood County Visitor Center in Maggie Valley. Other locations listed at www.BuyHaywood.com. Agritourism as an enterprise is being hailed as a […]

MAKE WAY: Asheville City Council approved a widened "multi-use path" along the stretch of Lyman Street between Amboy Road and the former site of 12 Bones Smokehouse. The change from a 10-foot-wide greenway to a 16-foot-wide path was in response to scaled-back plans that eliminated a protected bike lane along the stretch. Former Council member Marc Hunt suggested the revision. Image courtesy of Marc Hunt

Smaller project, bigger budget, approved for RAD

On behalf of Asheville taxpayers, members of City Council swallowed a bitter pill on June 27: The city will pay more and get much less than it expected for the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project. Soaring construction costs led to a revised project scope, with three greenways and the Livingston Street Complete Streets initiative among the components left on the cutting-room floor. Since December, the city has pledged $12 million more to the project than originally planned.

WENOCA chapter of Sierra Club urges input on Forest Service plans for Nantahala and Pisgah forests

Announcement from Sierra Club of Western North Carolina: Please attend and speak at the 6 US Forest Service public comment sessions (listed below.) This summer is a critical time to provide input on the development of the revised Nantahala Pisgah National Forest plan. Although there are some improvements from earlier versions, the preliminary draft misses many […]

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Asheville Council to vote on spending $6 million more for RAD roadways

Asheville City Council will consider writing a check for an additional $6 million to get some elements of the River Arts District infrastructure project up and running. Construction bids came in over 50 percent higher than expected, forcing the city to cut elements from the planned improvements and dig deep into its pocketbook. Council meets at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 at City Hall.

City of Asheville to hold meet-and-greet with equity and inclusion manager finalists

Press release from the city of Asheville:   After months of public engagement, planning, and interviewing, the City of Asheville is excited to announce that two finalists have been selected for the position of Equity and Inclusion Manager. This position will lead the City of Asheville’s effort to expand equity in City services and programs, […]

Rally for 23 million in Asheville to protest Senate health care bill

Press release from the Campaign for Southern Equality: What: Rally for the 23 million people (or more) who would lose health insurance coverage under the Senate healthcare bill. The proposed bill also cuts $800 billion from Medicaid. Who: Speakers include:  Lindsay Furst, Teacher and public school advocate Jaclyn Kiger, Pisgah Legal Alia Todd, ASRW Tyrone […]

APD responds to fatal shooting at Pisgah View, issues warrant for juvenile suspect

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (June 25, 2017): Today at approximately 12:15 p.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to Pisgah View Apartments to reports of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival officers located Rondy Samuel Shields III (20 yoa), of Asheville, unconscious and appearing to have suffered a gunshot wound. Rondy was transported […]

TDA committee recommends funding awards for tourism projects

Press release from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 23, 2017) – A new river blueway and greenway project that includes a whitewater wave feature to be built along the French Broad River in Woodfin will come before the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) next week for funding. The Tourism Product […]

APD to temporarily close I-240 east- and west-bound lanes near Exit 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Press release from Asheville Police Department: I-240 East and West Bound Lanes of Traffic to Temporarily Close Asheville, NC (June 22, 2017): At approximately 12:45 p.m. the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reported two suspicious packages magnetized to the Haywood Road bridge (exit 2). In order to properly examine the packages the Asheville Police Department […]

PARI astronomers explain July 3 aphelion, or Earth’s farthest point from sun

Press release from Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute: Rosman, NC (June 20, 2017) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute announce that at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 3, the Earth, in its annual orbit around the sun will be at its farthest point from the Sun. Astronomers call this point aphelion. The average […]

APD requests public assistance to identify suspects in Hendersonville armed robbery

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (June 20, 2017): The Asheville Police Department is requesting public assistance to identify two suspects involved in an armed robbery that occurred on Saturday, June 18 at 6:30 a.m. at the Citi Stop (1361 Patton Avenue). A male subject wearing a dark hoodie with a white eagle […]