News Bulletins

City of Asheville announces emergency snow information

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: All Parks & Recreation Centers as well as the Western North Carolina Nature Center and the Municipal Golf Course are closed due to weather conditions. The city urges citizens to remove their cars from streets to facilitate efficient snow plowing. As an alternative, the city is offering drivers free parking from 5 p.m. Dec. […]

United Community Development to hold dedication

Press release from United Community Development: United Community Development of N.C., a locally based nonprofit that provides economic revitalization to the historically black community of Southside, will host a dedication ceremony and a meet and greet on Monday, Dec.18, at 12 p.m. The ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Damita Wilder, pastor of Varick Chapel […]

UPDATE: Fletcher Christmas Parade canceled

UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: The town of Fletcher has cancelled the parade. “Unfortunately, due to the logistic involved in parade planning, we will not be able to reschedule this event. We apologize for the any disappoint this may cause, but safety is our number one priority!” states Nicole Sweat, recreation program supervisor. Press release from Fletcher Parks […]

Debate to look at “Heath care: right or commodity?”

Press release from Asheville High and the Western Carolina Medical Society: ASHEVILLE — On Friday, Dec. 15, local doctors, health care professionals and community members will meet in the Asheville High School auditorium to debate the resolution “Health care: Right or Commodity? ” The debate will run from 5- 7 p.m. The event is free, […]

Asheville and Buncombe schools closed today due to snow

Press release from Asheville City Schools: ASHEVILLE — The safety of our students and staff members is always Asheville City Schools’ top priority. Therefore, due to the winter weather advisory and impending snowfall, Asheville City Schools will be closed for all students today, Friday, Dec. 8.  It will be an optional teacher workday for staff members. […]

Zaniac Learning Center hosts free “Hour of Code” children’s coding workshop through Friday, Dec. 8

From Zaniac Learning Center: Hour of Code! Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But not every student gets the opportunity to learn computer science. If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history — more than 100 million students around the world have tried #HourofCode Join this […]

North Carolina Institute of Medicine releases new data tool: interactive 100-county health map

  Press release from North Carolina Institute of Medicine:   The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) released an interactive county health map today, complete with comprehensive county health profiles for each of the state’s 100 counties. The county profiles (found at state, regional and county-level data on more than 50 topics, including demographic information, measures of access to care and community well-being. The data will be updated regularly, serving as a source of information about current health issues in our state—from rates of insurance coverage to opioid poisoning deaths. In this way, the county health profiles can assist state and local policymakers in creating effective policies toimprove the health of the state and provide data for community organizations, journalists and researchers who are working to understand and improve the health of N.C. communities. By sharing principal indicators used for community health assessments and other community-based initiatives in one easy-to-use platform, the NCIOM hopes the interactive county health map will be a useful source of health-related data for the general public as well. “Understanding determinants and indicators of health in the communities where we live and work are critical steps to developing strategies to improve health. This tool can help legislators and county commissioners better understand the health issues of the people they serve andplay a powerful role in developing strategies to improve health,” says Dr. Adam Zolotor, President and CEO of the NCIOM. The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) is an independent, quasi-state agency that was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1983 to provide balanced, nonpartisan information on issues of relevance to the health of North Carolina’s population. The NCIOMconvenes task forces of knowledgeable and interested individuals to study complex health issues facing the state in order to develop workable solutions to address these issues to improve health, health care access, and quality of health care in North Carolina. Visit nciom for more […]

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to host ribbon cutting and open house at new Asheville office

Press release from Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation:  Asheville, N.C. – Parkway lovers are invited to celebrate the opening of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s expanded Asheville office from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 12. Guests can enjoy refreshments, door prizes, and a ribbon cutting with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce while learning more about the […]

Asheville Police looking for information on possible hit-and-run death

Press release from Asheville Police Department: ASHEVILLE — The Asheville Police Department is seeking assistance from the public to gather additional information on the death of Ryan Michael Rast. On Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at approximately 1:56 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to reports of a male who was unresponsive in the roadway under the […]

UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program announces spring 2018 classes

Press release from UNC Asheville:  UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) will present 13 workshops this spring – fiction, memoir, poetry, the business aspects of writing, and courses focusing on writing as healing and as life planning – taught by some of Western North Carolina’s finest authors. Classes will be offered in many community […]

Asheville Police request assistance in locating Cejay Allen Brookhart

Press release from Asheville Police Department: ASHEVILLE — The Asheville Police Department is requesting assistance from the public to locate Cejay Allen Brookhart. He was last seen on Dec. 6 at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the Bear Creek RV Park in West Asheville. Brookhart is described as a 16-year-old white male, approximately 5’3″ tall and […]

Grateful Bread collects winter clothes for Homeward Bound

Press release from Homeward Bound WNC: ASHEVILLE — For the eighth year, Grateful Bread is working to ensure that Asheville’s homeless have warm clothing for the winter. The community group is once again hosting its annual warm clothing drive at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam. Bins will be outside the U.S. Cellular Center Saturday, Dec. […]

“Silent Voices, Silent Justice” protest in Asheville today

Press release from Progress NC Action: ASHEVILLE — Sen. Terry Van Duyn and Rep. Susan Fisher will join NC Voters for Clean Elections, Democracy NC, Progress NC, the NC NAACP and concerned Asheville voters in Pack Square Park on Thursday, Dec. 7, for a rally and protest highlighting the partisan attacks on North Carolina’s court system. […]

Potential phone scam in Hendersonville

Press release from City of Hendersonville: The Hendersonville Police Department has been contacted by a few local citizens and businesses letting us know that they have received telephone calls from people or an organization soliciting funds for donations for the Hendersonville Police Department Shop with a Hero Initiative. Please be aware that the Hendersonville Police […]

Pardee UNC Health Care welcomes general and bariatric surgeon 

Press release from Parde UNC Health Care:  Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that Chris Edwards, M.D., FACS, a board-certified general surgeon, has joined Pardee Surgical Associates and will serve as the medical director of Pardee Bariatrics and Weight Loss. Dr. Edwards specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including single-site bariatric, reflux and hernia surgery. He […]

Park Ridge Health implements visitor restrictions due to pertussis (whooping cough)

Press release from Park Ridge Health:   Due to a sharp increase in the number of confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Henderson County and other Western North Carolina communities, Park Ridge Health has implemented visitor restrictions. In order to protect patients, visitors, providers and staff, the following restrictions are in place at Park […]

APD awarded Advanced Meritorious Accreditation by the Commission of Law Enforcement Agencies

Press release from Asheville Police Department: On Nov. 19, the Asheville Police Department (APD) was awarded the Advanced Meritorious Accreditation by the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This is the eighth award of accreditation to the department since 1994. The Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation reflect the full complement of CALEA’s Standard for Law Enforcement, […]

Asheville Symphony Chorus Flash Sing, Dec. 9

Press release from The Chaddick Foundation: The 7th annual Asheville Symphony Chorus Flash Sing is happening this Saturday! 70 singers stopping by seven venues to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” to unsuspecting shoppers! It’s really amazing to see! Here is the schedule: 1:15 – Sam’s Club 2:00 – Asheville Mall Food Court 2:15 – Atrium (Asheville […]

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