News Bulletins

APD seeking public’s help: one man shot after gunman fires into occupied homes

News release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville Police are investigating shots that were fired shortly after midnight, damaging two occupied homes, and leaving one man with minor injuries. APD Patrol Officers were dispatched around 12:32 a.m to the 4 block of Stewart Street after receiving reports that two occupied residences were shot into. Shortly after officers arrived, one man approached officers to report he […]

WNC Rally for Reproductive Rights 5 p.m. in Asheville

Media advisory from Jasmine for Congress: WHAT: A rally in support of Reproductive Rights hosted by Planned Parenthood and the Buncombe Democratic Party in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization WHERE: Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Avenue Asheville, NC 28801 WHEN: Doors open at 5 pm, speaking program starts […]

Asheville announces City Council Meeting Tuesday, June 28, 2022 returns to Council Chamber with budget adoption

Press release from the City of Asheville: On June 28, City Council will meet in-person in Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, Asheville, N.C. Persons wishing to speak live at the meeting will be required to attend in person, and are required to sign up at the door. Parking Available Free parking will […]

Malvern Thrills brings free water fun days to Malvern Hills Park this summer

Press release from the City of Asheville, Parks & Recreation: Following the news that Malvern Hills Pool will not open following safety concerns with its drainage and suction system, Asheville Parks & Recreation has planned a series of free water-based programming to take place throughout the summer titled Malvern Thrills. The department’s Rec n Roll mobile recreation van will roll into […]

Buncombe County man charged with sex crimes against a minor

Press release from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office has charged Raphael Collins McDowell III, age 71, with First Degree Sexual Offense with a Child and Indecent Liberties with a Minor. Detectives with the Buncombe County Special Investigations Unit received a report of the crimes and conducted several interviews about the […]

$19 per hour and beyond job fair

Press release from Mountain Area Workforce Development Board: Mountain Area Workforce Development will be holding a $19 per Hour and Beyond Job Fair next Wednesday, June 29, 2022, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the WNC Agricultural Center’s Virginia Boone Building, 761 Boylston Highway, Fletcher, NC 28732. The Virginia Boone Building is located across from […]

WNC Communities awards scholarships to local youth

Press release from WNC Communities: WNC Communities is awarding $10,000 to eleven young women and men of Western North Carolina for 2022, including Anna and Grace Laws of Buncombe County. They are each receiving a George H.V. Cecil Journey Scholarship ranging from $500-$1500 to attend college. The recipients are: Jada Pennington of Peak Creek, in Ashe […]

RSVP for The RAIL Memorial Project event – in-person or online -Sunday, June 26

Press release from the Western North Carolina Historical Association: The Western North Carolina Historical Association’s (WNCHA) 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to The Railroad and Incarcerated Laborer (RAIL) Memorial Project for their work telling the story and memorializing the work and sacrifice of the thousands of incarcerated laborers who were forced to build the […]

Commissioners commit funding to strategic priorities, hold tax rate with approved budget

Press release from Buncombe County: Increased spending on education and prioritizing community needs and strategic priorities are a hallmark of Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget approved the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on June 21. The spending plan includes a nearly 12% increase of funding for K-12 schools and A-B Tech along with almost $4 […]

Board of Commissioners approve Internal Audit Plan

Press release from Buncombe County: At its June 21 regular meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved an Internal Audit Plan that included an Audit Committee Charter, Audit Committee Bylaws, and an Internal Audit Charter. The plan was presented by Internal Auditor Dan Keister. Commissioners Al Whitesides and Robert Pressley serve on the Internal […]

Nominations being accepted for 2022 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award

Press release from Western North Carolina Historical Association: The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) is now accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Originated by the Louis Lipinsky family, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award has been presented by WNCHA since 1955. The award comes with a $2,500 cash prize. The deadline for submission […]

Sheriff’s Office arrests nine in drug trafficking operation, 24 lbs of methamphetamine seized

Press release from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has seized 24.2 pounds of methamphetamine, three firearms, two vehicles, $34,138 in U.S. Currency and arrested nine individuals from a drug trafficking operation based out of the Weaverville area of Buncombe County. During […]

Design Review Committee – pre-meetings added to the regular schedule

Press release from the city of Asheville: NOTICE: The Design Review Committee meeting will begin holding a pre-meeting at 12:15 p.m. before the regular start time of 12:30 p.m. The pre-meeting is open to the public but public comment will not be accepted.   The Design Review Committee will continue to meet virtually on the 3rd Thursday of each month and […]

City of Asheville announces the Juneteenth Celebration at Pack Square

Press release from city of Asheville: The City of Asheville is proud to be one of the sponsors of the  Young Men’s Institute (YMI) Cultural Center upcoming Juneteenth festival: Freedom festival. This year, the Juneteenth celebrations will take place: Saturday, June 18, 2022 Pack Square 12:00p.m. This event is free and open to the public. […]

Recreation Park Pool reopens, Malvern Hills Pool to remain closed this year

Press release from city of Asheville: Asheville Parks & Recreation has important information to share regarding the community’s two public swimming pools. Recreation Park Pool (65 Gashes Creek Rd.) reopened on Friday, June 17 after closing for a week following the discovery of broken glass in the water. Malvern Hills Pool (75 Rumbough Pl.) will […]

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