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Haywood County issues vaccine rollout update

Press release from Haywood County: Vaccinations by the numbers: Total number vaccinated in Haywood County: Over 6,000 Total vaccinated this week in drive-through events: 1,500 Currently vaccinating:  Haywood residents ages 75 and up  (our estimates are that about 75% of this age group, who pre-registered have now had their first dose) Law enforcement and essential […]

Asheville 10th worst-paying midsized metro for teachers

Press release from HireAHelper: The past year has been uniquely difficult for teachers. After the COVID-19 pandemic shut schools down last spring, educators were forced to transition their work to virtual schooling, with little time to plan. In the new school year, teachers have faced more difficult dilemmas. Some districts have reopened schools despite increasing […]

Asheville City Council holds Jan. 26 affordable housing work session, regular 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 5 p.m. Jan. 26 City Council meeting. Prior to the formal meeting, City Council will hold a 3 p.m. virtual City Council work session on affordable housing. […]

Rep. Moffitt announces fix to pandemic-related liquor license issues

Press release from the office of N.C. House Rep. David Willis: Representative Tim Moffitt (District 117), the newly minted Chair of the House Committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control, announced today that he has received assurances from ABC Chairman A.D. “Zander” Guy that the Commission will reactivate liquor licenses for affected private bars when they are […]

RiverLink to renew accreditation with Land Trust Alliance

Press release from RiverLink: RiverLink is in the process of renewing accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance. The accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review […]

UNC Asheville residence halls gain LEED Gold certification

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville’s newest residence halls, The Woods, have been certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification considers sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The Woods, which include Aspen, Beech, Cedar, Magnolia […]

City of Asheville announces committee meetings for Jan. 25-29

Public notice from the City of Asheville: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following committees will hold remote meetings during the week of Monday-Friday, Jan. 25-29, 2021. More information, including ways to view and participate will be posted on the committee page and on the Boards & Commissions virtual meeting hub on the City’s Public Input page. Board of […]

An historic photo of a group of Black men in various uniforms from Buncombe County

North Carolina Room at Pack Library changes name, improves space

Press release from Buncombe County: The North Carolina Room at Pack Memorial Library is making changes. As of Jan. 22, the North Carolina Room will be known as Buncombe County Special Collections (BCSC). The transition and vision is the result of months of collaboration between Collection Manager Katherine Calhoun Cutshall and her team, Library Director […]

Local Veterans for Peace celebrates nuclear prohibition treaty at 4:30 p.m.

Press release from Veterans for Peace: Jan. 22, 2021, will be a historic day for nuclear weapons. On that day, at midnight, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force, establishing in international law a categorical ban on nuclear weapons, seventy-five years after their development and first use. The momentous occasion […]

Buncombe Board of Commissioners announces Jan. 26 special meetings

Press release from Buncombe County: Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has been called beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 200 College Street, Room 326, in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, in order to hold a work session for discussions on a facility study. […]

The North Carolina Glass Center announces new executive director

Press release from the North Carolina Glass Center: The North Carolina Glass Center is pleased to announce its next Executive Director, Janice Gouldthorpe. Janice previously served as Executive Director of Flower City Arts Center in Rochester, NY. In her 15 years at Flower City, she worked with the board of directors, staff and volunteers to […]

Beverly-Hanks delivers 2020 market report

Press release from Beverly-Hanks: Neal Hanks, President of Beverly-Hanks, REALTORSⓇ, recently delivered the company’s year-end 2020 Real Estate Market Report. According to the Beverly-Hanks Year End 2020 Real Estate Market Report, the Western North Carolina housing market has been nothing short of remarkable over the past 12 months. As we head into the new year, […]

NCDOT and NCDHHS announce transportation funding to and from COVID-19 vaccine sites

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:  Today, the NC Department of Transportation and the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced that approximately $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding is being distributed to local transit agencies across the state to help pay for rides for individuals who need […]

PPE mask manufacturing center set to open in Asheville

Press release from Mission Health: Through a new joint venture between HCA Healthcare and A Plus International Inc., and support from the HCA Healthcare Mission Innovation Fund, LLC, production of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be brought to North Carolina through a new manufacturing center. The joint venture will produce PPE Level 1 and Level […]

Henderson County native Jason Forbis releases debut novel

Press release from Jason Forbis: After seven years of work, former Henderson County broadcaster and Etowah native Jason Forbis proudly announced his novel release. The book entitled “Charlie’s Awakening” has been published by Florida based publisher World Castle Publishing. The full-length novel is available in paperback and e-formats on Amazon, iBooks, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, […]

Recent federal and state rulings offer renewed protections for DACA recipients and same-sex domestic violence victims

Press release from Pisgah Legal Services: Two different December rulings by federal and state courts are resulting in life-changing protection — both to DACA “Dreamers” and also to same-sex domestic violence victims. Nonprofit Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) provides free, civil legal aid in Western North Carolina, and is working with clients affected by these recent […]

Hendersonville Fire Department presents annual achievement awards

Press release from the City of Hendersonville government: The Hendersonville Fire Department recognized two of its members as award recipients for 2020. Congratulations to Engineer David Corey and Captain Cameron Womack for their achievements as Firefighter of the Year and Officer of the Year, respectively. “These awards are especially important because they are voted on […]

The application window for ScaleUp 2021 is now open

Press release from Mountain BizWorks: Mountain BizWorks is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2021 cohort of established area small businesses with strong growth opportunities. Cohort 10 will begin March 23 and will include 6 Core Concept Sessions, small group breakout sessions, a Kick-Off Event, and a culminating Demo Day Event. […]

UPDATED: APD charges Michael Eugene Greenarch in RAD sexual assaults

Update at 10:55 a.m. Jan 22 from the Asheville Police Department: The Asheville Police Department has charged Michael Eugene Greenarch, Jr., a serial sexual offender, in the kidnapping and sexual assaults of two women in the River Arts District on Jan. 20.  In addition, information that was discovered by detectives during yesterday’s investigation led to […]

Buncombe County Health and Human Services opens wait list for adults 65 and older and all health care workers

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services: Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) has launched a COVID-19 wait list for individuals in the first two phases of the state’s vaccination priority list: adults 65 and older and all health care workers. Individuals can sign up for the wait list by calling 828-250-5000 […]

YWCA names Amieris Lavender as chief program officer

Press release from YWCA: YWCA of Asheville and WNC is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Amieris Lavender as Chief Program Officer. Lavender brings to the YWCA a proven trajectory of program development and implementation along with her passion as an educator and an advocate for racial and gender equity. Lavender received her BA […]

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