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Buncombe County invites community to July 15 webinar on farmworker census participation

Press release from the Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District: Census participation is historically lower among farmworkers, Latinos, and other transient communities. However, these communities can benefit most from a complete count because of the resources, representation, and funding Census data influences. How can farmworkers and other members of North Carolina’s agricultural and rural […]

Henderson County Board of Health holds July 14 meeting

Press release from the Henderson County Department of Public Health: The Henderson County Board of Health meets Tuesday, July 14. Please see the attached agenda for more details.  Please make note of the meeting format, adjusted to meet social distancing compliance. The public can participate in one of the following ways: Virtual Public Access via […]

Alec Kramer receives Blue Jacket of the Quarter award

Asheville native wins Navy award aboard USS Constitution

Press release from the U.S. Navy: Asheville native Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alec Kramer was awarded Blue Jacket of the Quarter aboard USS Constitution on July 9. Blue Jacket of the Quarter is awarded to a junior Sailor who exemplifies outstanding dedication to duty and superior performance by going above and beyond their assigned job. […]

Asheville-based Campaign for Southern Equality joins suit against ACA discrimination changes

Press release from the Campaign for Southern Equality: Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), Transgender Law Center (TLC), the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School, and law firm Hogan Lovells filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the […]

Group to call for removal of Confederate statue in Sylva Saturday, July 11 at 1 p.m.

Announcement from event organizers: Reconcile Sylva wanted to make your organization aware of our upcoming event this Saturday at 1pm in Sylva, NC. It is a discussion and march focused on removing the Confederate statue outside the Jackson County Library, also known as the “Old Courthouse”, that currently shadows downtown Sylva. Our group, Reconcile Sylva, […]

Racial Justice Coalition reallocates $36K in emergency funds to local orgs

Press release from the Racial Justice Coalition: In a moment when thousands of people globally are challenging state-sanctioned violence against Black people, it is imperative that we continue to center the organizing and movement building efforts of those on the immediate front lines. The Movement for Black Lives comes at a crucial time as the […]

Better Buses Together to announce Asheville transit demands July 13

Press release from Just Economics of WNC: In response to growing problems in Asheville transit and the frustrations of riders and bus drivers, Better Buses Together, the local transit advocacy group, will be holding a virtual press conference on Monday, July 13, at 10 am. Public transit faces a new set of challenges since the […]

Asheville City Council continues remote meetings, virtual participation for July 14

Press release from the City of Asheville: Due to the locally declared State of Emergency and the State Phase 2 Safer at Home order, Asheville City Council continues to hold its meetings remotely via the city’s Public Engagement Hub, which offers multiple ways the public can participate. The agenda for Council’s July 14 meeting is […]

MountainTrue issues July 9 Swim Guide results for French Broad

Press release from MountainTrue: Each Thursday afternoon throughout the spring, summer and fall, the French Broad Riverkeeper releases new, up-to-date bacteria monitoring results for approximately 30 of the French Broad River’s most popular streams and recreation areas. Results are posted to the Swim Guide website at — the public’s best resource for knowing which […]

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Haywood County Emergency Management issues update on missing hikers

Press release from the Haywood County Emergency Management Team: The search for missing hikers Kelly and Mark Kleinbrahm and their son Noah ended successfully Tuesday afternoon around 1 p.m. when the family were found safe in an off-trail area east of Ivestor Gap Trail and south of Graveyard Ridge Trail in the Shining Rock Wilderness […]

Hal Brown of Asheville sentenced to 17.5 years for Ponzi scheme

Press release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray: Hal H. Brown Jr., 70, of Asheville, N.C., was sentenced to 210 months in prison and three years of supervised release for orchestrating a $22 million Ponzi scheme, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell also ordered […]

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RAD Artists to hold July, August Second Saturday events

Press release from the River Arts District Artists: On the Second Saturday of each month, Asheville’s River Arts District holds gallery walks with demonstrations, workshops, live music, wine tastings, delicious food, and more. Visitors meander the mile-long district and discover all that the “RAD” has to offer. There are more than 200 artists in the […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville, Friday, July 10: Moderate (YELLOW)

Forecast for Friday, July 10, 2020, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys and ridge tops of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 52 Coxe Avenue Asheville, NC 28801 Phone:  828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Friday, 06/10/2020

Asheville Parks & Recreation receives $80,000 grant for community nutrition hub

Press release from the City of Asheville: The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that Asheville Parks & Recreation has been awarded an $80,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for the development of a community nutrition hub at the Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.  This grant will […]

NC IDEA seeks applicants to serve on North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council

Press release from NC IDEA: NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization is seeking applications from individuals to serve on the Foundation’s North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council. Establishing this Council to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations and economic potential of the Black […]

Buncombe County Health and Human Services to host Facebook Live community update at 2 p.m.

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services: Buncombe County will be providing a Community Update today at 2:00 pm via Facebook Live @Buncombegov. The Spanish version will be aired via Facebook Live @BCHHS. Speakers for today’s update include: Quinten Miller, Buncombe County Sheriff Evan Coward, Lieutenant for Asheville Police Department, Dr. William Hathaway, […]

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