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Air quality forecast for Monday, Aug. 21: Moderate (YELLOW)

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 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. Click on here for an updated, detailed forecast. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: 828.250.6777 Air Quality […]

Asheville Mayor calls on activists to exercise their rights peacefully

Press release from the city of Asheville: Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer calls on activists to exercise their rights peacefully, with respect for the law, and with respect for others. “Since Charlottesville, the people of Asheville have overwhelmingly expressed that they oppose Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist agendas,” the Mayor noted. “Since Charlottesville, more people have become […]

Patrick McHenry, Republican incumbent, 10th Congressional District.

Rep. Patrick McHenry announces dates for rescheduled town hall meetings

From the office of Congressman Patrick McHenry: Congressman McHenry Announces Rescheduled Town Hall Meeting Dates for Constituents Hickory – Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) has announced the rescheduled 2017 town hall meeting dates. The rescheduled 2017 town hall meetings will be held over the next week for Tenth District constituents. At the town hall meetings, Congressman McHenry […]

Buxton Hall Barbecue celebrates anniversary with Indoor Pig Pickin’ lunch

PRESS RELEASE from Buxton Hall Barbecue: ASHEVILLE (August, 18, 2017) – Prepare to party, Asheville. Buxton Hall is gearing up for a celebration two-years in the making to commemorate the day the iconic skating rink transformed into a can’t-miss barbecue joint. The party officially starts on Tuesday, August 29 with boozy malted mudslide milkshakes – […]

Congressman McHenry announces rescheduled town hall meeting dates for constituents

Press release: Congressman McHenry Announces Rescheduled Town Hall Meeting Dates for Constituents Hickory – Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) has announced the rescheduled 2017 town hall meeting dates. The rescheduled 2017 town hall meetings will be held over the next week for Tenth District constituents. At the town hall meetings, Congressman McHenry will give an update […]

LGBTQ advocates host “Fighting HB 142: From the Streets to the Courts” Aug. 22

Press release: What: The Campaign for Southern Equality and ACLU-NC will co-host a community conversation titled “Fighting Back Against HB 142: From the Courts to the Streets.” The ACLU of NC’s Legal Director Chris Brook will provide updates about their new federal lawsuit challenging HB 142. Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara of the Campaign for Southern Equality […]

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Protest organizers respond to Aug. 18 Robert E. Lee/Dixie Highway monument removal attempt, arrests

From protest organizers: COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS ANSWER NATIONAL CALL TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS Four arrested at Robert E. Lee Monument during symbolic action against White Supremacy Today at 7:43 a.m., four community activists were arrested in downtown Asheville while attempting to remove the controversial Robert E. Lee Monument that sits in front of the Vance Monument. […]

League of Women Voters to host constitutional study course

Press release from the League of Women Voters of Asheville Buncombe County: “We the People” Constitutional Study Hosted by League of Women Voters (October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14) The history and contemporary role of the Constitution of the United States will be the focus of a “We the People” fall study program […]

Damage done by vandals attempting to remove a plaque from a marker that sits west of the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville on Aug. 18. Photo by Dan Hesse

Four arrested for vandalism in vicinity of Vance Monument

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (August 18, 2017): This morning at approximately 7:40 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to a report of vandalism at the Vance Monument. Upon arriving officers located a group of protesters gathering around the Vance Monument. Several protesters were attempting to vandalize the smaller monument. Four individuals […]

Cataloochee Ranch offers eclipse-viewing package

Press release: There are lots of places to view the August 21st eclipse if you don’t mind heavy traffic and being crowded among hundreds or thousands of other viewers. But if you’re looking for a more meaningful and private experience, join Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley for a once-in-a-lifetime mountaintop celebration. The experience begins around […]

The Henderson County Rescue Squad celebrates 60 years

Press release from the Henderson County Rescue Squad, Inc.:  The Henderson County Rescue Squad is celebrating 60 years of service to Henderson County this year and we would like to invite the public to help us celebrate this milestone! In conjunction with the Henderson County Heritage Museum, located in the Historic Courthouse on Main Street, […]

Southside Community Engagement Social canceled

Press release from Southside Community Engagement Social organizers:  It is with great sorrow and regret that we write to inform you that we are cancelling the Southside Community Engagement Social scheduled for this afternoon. We were informed just moments ago by the Asheville Police Department that there was a shooting near the Wesley Grant Southside Center, the site for our event today. […]

Asheville Police Department investigating shooting on 400 Block of Depot Street

Press release from Asheville Police Department:  Asheville, NC (August 17, 2017): The Asheville Police Department is currently investigating a shooting on the 400 block of Depot Street. A vehicle containing multiple occupants fired at least four shots out of their vehicle. No injuries are reported at this time. The investigation into this incident is ongoing […]

Free fly-fishing leader building workshop offered at Pisgah Center on Aug. 25

Press release from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission:   BREVARD, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2017) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free “Leader Building” workshop for fly fishing anglers of all skill levels at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on Aug. 25. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and […]

Thomas Wolfe Memorial announces the 2017 “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition

Press release from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial:  In anticipation of Thomas Wolfe’s 117th birthday celebration in October, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial is inviting students and teachers to participate in the 2017 “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition. Thomas Wolfe, while best known for his novels, also wrote many short stories for magazines. In this competition, […]

Asheville-based Blueprint named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000

Press release: Asheville-based Blueprint Named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies Asheville, NC – August 16th, 2017 – Blueprint Summer Programs, Inc., the leader in pre-college summer programs for high school students, has been recognized as No. 851 on Inc. Magazine’s 2017 list of America’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. Blueprint now joins an […]

Solar eclipse and UNC Asheville move-in weekend leads to record number of Airbnb guests to Asheville

Press release from Airbnb:  ASHEVILLE, NC – Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that the total solar eclipse and move-in weekend at UNC Asheville are expected to bring nearly 4,000 guest arrivals to the region – a 45% increase from the weekend prior. This is the largest number of Airbnb guests traveling […]

Third annual Asheville Outdoor Show returns, Sept. 17

Press release from Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker:  Asheville, NC —Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker today announced vendors, entertainment, and more details for the Asheville Outdoor Show. In its third year, the free public expo brings top innovators from the most popular outdoor companies to recreation enthusiasts in the playground of the mountains […]

WNC government leaders and health advocates to assemble overdose-reversal kits

Press release from Vaya Health:  WHAT: State Sen. Terry Van Duyn is expected to join county commissioners and health advocates from throughout WNC as they assemble opioid overdose-reversal kits for distribution throughout the region. The 1,200 kits will include naloxone nasal spray, also known as NARCAN®, as well as information on local treatment resources and […]

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