News Bulletins

Grants totaling $541,300 to benefit Latinx communities, youth mental health services

Press release from Community Foundation of Western North Carolina: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) recently approved grants totaling $541,300 reaching 17 WNC counties to address needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The awards, made outside of the Foundation’s regular grant cycles, provide funding for basic human needs in Latinx communities and youth mental […]

Tony McDowell named City of Asheville Director of Finance

Press release from City of Asheville: City Assistant Finance Director Tony McDowell has been named Director of Finance for the City of Asheville. City Manager Debra Campbell selected McDowell for the job, citing “his rich institutional knowledge in this important role.” McDowell has served as the Interim Finance Department Director since January following the departure […]

Buncombe Strategic Partnership Grants Committee to hold special meeting, April 15

Press release from Buncombe County: Notice is hereby given that the Buncombe County Strategic Partnership Grants Committee will hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm to discuss grant applications. Regular meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm. If you have any questions about this […]

Sheriff’s Office highlights work of SIU detectives during Sexual Assault Awareness and National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: April is Sexual Assault Awareness and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the work of our Special Investigation Unit (SIU). The SIU Team is comprised of seven sworn Deputies and a Detective Sergeant Supervisor solely focused on investigating Child Abuse, Elder […]

Friends of DuPont Forest announce new board members

Press release from Friends of DuPont Forest: At its Annual Meeting on April 6, 2021, Friends of DuPont Forest welcomed seven new board members: Al Beers, Amanda Fox-McGlashan, Jonas Lichty,  Carolyn Morrisroe, Walter Perry, Miriam Pflug and Michael Stewart. These new board members will provide strategic direction for continued growth around Friends of DuPont Forest’s mission: […]

Hendersonville Community Theatre will hold open auditions for “Always a Bridesmaid” Saturday, April 17

Notice from Hendersonville Community Theatre: Audition Dates: Saturday, April 17th from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. (Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Those auditioning will be called in one at a time to read). Social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced. Callbacks: Sunday, April 18th at 2:00 pm. About Show: Set […]

Haywood County will offer diabetes prevention program starting Thursday, April 15

Press release from Haywood County Emergency Management PIO: Did you know that rates of diabetes in North Carolina have almost doubled over the last 20 years, and that diabetes is now the seventh leading cause of death in our state? Complications from diabetes can lead to serious health issues, including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, glaucoma […]

BCPL launches laptop loan program

Press release from Buncombe County Government: Now more than ever, access to broadband is critical to participate in online learning, access medical care via telehealth, search for jobs, or simply to stay in touch with family and friends. Buncombe County Public Libraries (BCPL), in partnership with Land of Sky Regional Council is pleased to announce […]

French Broad River MPO requests public input for Tunnel Road corridor study

Notice from Land of Sky Regional Council: The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), City of Asheville, and Buncombe County are currently working on a Tunnel Road Corridor Study for a section of US 70 (Tunnel Road) and US 74A (South Tunnel Road) from the Beaucatcher Tunnel to NC 81 (Swannanoa River Road) in […]

NCDOT requests public input on long-range transportation plan for Yancey County

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation: The Yancey County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) is being updated and public input is needed. The CTP is a long-range, multi-modal transportation plan to cover the next 25-30 years and is used to identify potential transportation projects for future funding. Projects to be considered include recommendations […]

Buncombe commissioners invite community to a virtual conversation on the nondiscrimination ordinance

Announcement from Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Buncombe County Commissioner: Join Buncombe County Commissioners Amanda Edwards, Parker Sloan and Jasmine Beach-Ferrara for a virtual community conversation about the proposed Buncombe County nondiscrimination ordinance (NDO). This conversation is open to all! We will provide background and context about the ordinance and opportunities for discussion and questions. County Commission will be […]

Pardee announces EMS building demolition, campus improvements

Press release from Pardee UNC Health Care: Pardee UNC Health Care announced today the continuation of its infrastructure improvement plan with expected demolition on April 13th of an existing EMS building on the Pardee Hospital main campus nearby the hospital entrance.   No expected traffic closures or redirects around the construction zone are imminent and current […]

YMI, Green Opportunities partner with employers to offer job training program

Press release from Green Opportunities: Two local non-profit organizations have partnered with two local employers to provide an opportunity for those looking for careers in trades. Green Opportunities and the YMI Cultural Center’s Operation Gateway have joined forces with local solar installer SolFarm and TP Howard’s Plumbing to offer a three-week paid training program designed […]

Alzheimer’s Association to host community forum May 11

Press release from Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter: The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter, in partnership with AARP Mountain Region, will be hosting the Buncombe County Alzheimer’s Community Forum, a community-focused virtual listening session, on Tuesday, May 11 to hear from local area residents. The Alzheimer’s Community Forum is a gathering for people […]

City of Asheville to donate funds from class action lawsuit to two local organizations

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville will make significant donations to two local nonprofits as part of a legal settlement to disperse funds acquired prior to a 2018 class action lawsuit involving the City’s capital fee collected as part of the combined utility statement. The lawsuit claimed that property developers […]

Asheville City Council to hold budget work session prior to April 13 meeting

Press release from the city of Asheville: For safety and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, Asheville City Council meetings remain virtual at this time. That includes the April 13 City Council meeting.  In addition to the 5 p.m. meeting Council will hold a 2:30 p.m. budget work session. April 13 will be the third […]

At home COVID-19 testing now available!

Press release from the N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities: Getting tested for COVID-19 is about protecting yourself and your loved ones. To help ensure everyone has access to COVID-19 testing, the NC Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with NC-based Labcorp, has launched a pilot program to provide 35,000 no-cost, at-home COVID-19 test […]

LoveHendo Saturdays Returns May 8

Press release from the city of Hendersonville: Downtown Hendersonville will be bustling with energy on Saturday, May 8, with a multitude of events and outdoor activity for the entire family to enjoy. LoveHendo Saturday kicks off a new year to welcome the community to experience downtown while still practicing a safe social distance with outdoor shopping and entertainment. LoveHendo Saturdays take place the Second […]

Asheville City Council Agenda – April 13

Release from the city of Asheville: The electronic agenda for the April 13, City Council formal meeting is now available by clicking on the link below.  If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601. PRIOR to the formal meeting, City Council will be holding a virtual City Council worksession on the […]

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