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ASAP releases report on COVID-19 impacts for local farmers

Press release from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: The closure of restaurants and disruption of farmers markets due to COVID-19 is having an immediate and potentially devastating impact on local farmers, according to a new report published by ASAP’s Local Food Research Center. Farmers rely on a variety of market outlets, including grocery stores and […]

Buncombe County Landfill and Transfer Station make COVID-19 changes

Press release from Buncombe County: The safety of the public and our employees is our top priority while we continue to provide vital services to our community. We would like to let the public know that we are receiving high volumes of traffic at the Buncombe County Transfer Station and Landfill facilities, and as we […]

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The Cantina owners commit to feeding staff through COVID-19 crisis

Press release from The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village: Due to the overwhelming unknowns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, The Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village, located outside the gates of the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, shut their doors to the public on March 17. The very next day, the National Restaurant Association informed […]

Swannanoa Valley Museum launches online book club April 20

Press release from the Swannanoa Valley Museum: The Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center will host the fourth year of its local interest book club beginning on Monday, April 20. The book club, which has remained popular since its inception in 2017, reads and discusses fiction and nonfiction by local authors on topics of Southern […]

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce moves April 10 Legislative Luncheon online

Press release from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce: While our regular in-person, annual Legislative Luncheon has been cancelled due to COVID-19, we know this is a critical time to talk about how this crisis is affecting health, community and business, and ways we can move forward together. Join us Friday, April 10, for our […]

State health plan waives COVID-19 treatment costs

Press release from the N.C. Dept. of State Treasurer: State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, and the State Health Plan (Plan) today announced that the Plan is waiving the cost of treatment for members diagnosed with COVID-19, including associated deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. The Plan previously announced that it was also covering the cost associated […]

Henderson County reports first COVID-19 death

Press release from the Henderson County Department of Public Health: The Henderson County Health Department is reporting the first COVID-19 associated death in Henderson County. The elderly individual died on April 2 at Pardee Hospital from complications associated with the virus. The Henderson County Health Department has been posting daily updates on their website to […]

Dogwood Health Trust supports rural COVID-19 response

Press release from the Dogwood Health Trust: To support efforts to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Western North Carolina, Dogwood Health Trust is partnering with multiple rural county health departments throughout the 18 counties and Qualla Boundary to increase access to COVID-19 testing specifically to support contact tracing efforts. Dogwood has […]

Hendersonville cancels boards and committee meetings

Press release from the City of Hendersonville: In order to comply with the stay-at-home order, the following City of Hendersonville boards/committees meetings have been canceled for their regular April meetings: Tree Board – April 7 Downtown Events – April 9 Business Advisory Committee – April 13 Downtown Infrastructure – April 13 Board of Adjustment – […]

Mercy Urgent Care offers fit-testing for N95 masks

Press release from Mercy Urgent Care: Mercy Urgent Care is now offering fit-testing for N95 and other respirator masks in an effort to help medical professionals, essential employees and at-risk individuals stay safe in these unprecedented and trying times.     Whether you’re an employer or an individual needing a respirator mask for work, Mercy welcomes you to take advantage of its respirator mask fit-testing services, […]

ATC formally requests closure of Appalachian Trail

Press release from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy: On April 1, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and 29 of the 31 Appalachian Trail Maintaining Clubs formally requested the official closure of the 2,193-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) due to the growing risk of visitors spreading COVID-19 among other hikers, nearby communities and beyond. The ATC […]

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Stephanie Pace Brown to leave Explore Asheville at end of June

Press release from the Explore Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau: Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority Board Chair Gary Froeba announced today that Explore Asheville President and CEO Stephanie Pace Brown will leave her position this summer. After fulfilling her employment agreement at the end of June, Brown will step out of her long public service […]

East Fork fundraiser benefits Vecinos, gives a mug to health care workers

Announcement from East Fork Pottery: We believe that everyone, regardless of documentation status, should have access to medical care, and hope you’ll join us in supporting our vecinos by gifting a Mug to a Healthcare Worker while supporting healthcare services for Farm Workers and our Latinx Community. Vecinos Farmworkers Health Program is a free clinic serving uninsured and […]

UNC Asheville student Isaiah Green named president of UNC System’s Association of Student Governments

Press release from UNCA:  Isaiah Green, president of UNC Asheville’s student body, has now been elected to lead the UNC System-wide Association of Student Governments (ASG). A rising senior majoring in management, Green has been UNC Asheville’s elected student leader and an ex-officio voting member of UNC Asheville’s Board of Trustees since the start of […]

City and county launch COVID-19 call center

Press release from The City of Asheville:  Over the past few weeks, Buncombe County has received hundreds of inquiries from our community regarding COVID-19.  In a close partnership, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville have organized and launched the Ready Team call center, a resource to help answer your COVID-19-related questions. This is an […]

WNCAP announces changes to services

A letter from WNCAP:  To our valued clients, community partners, and supporters, We at Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) are deeply saddened by the loss of life and the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Our hearts go out to our friends and neighbors experiencing uncertainty and hardship during this difficult time. In […]

Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos extends temporary closure through April

Press release from Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos:  As the COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat both locally and nationally, Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos (Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort & Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel) has further extended its closure through the end of April. Following the guidelines and recommendations of government officials and health agencies, the company […]

City provides water resource information during COVID-19 health emergency

Press release from City of Asheville:  Here’s a look behind the scenes of Water Production employees serving vital roles in our Water Production Division, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the photo above, China Tickle is analyzing a finished water sample for water quality control purposes.  Prior to the testing portion, she had been in […]

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