News Bulletins

Air quality forecast for Asheville, Monday, Jan. 28: Moderate (YELLOW)

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, 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. The rating is based on particulate matter in the air. For more information contact: WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 828-250-6777 Air Quality Forecast for Monday, […]

Asheville’s zero-emission electric ART buses to be deployed this spring

Press release from the City of Asheville: In 2019, the City of Asheville will deploy five zero-emission electric buses for the City’s transit system, Asheville Redefines Transit (ART). By committing to transit vehicles that are powered by electricity, the City will reduce fuels costs and dependence on imported energy resources. It will also align with […]

Subway Therapy’s Matthew “Levee” Chavez to launch local “Subway Wall” at 
The Center for Art & Inspiration’s grand opening

Press release from the Center for Art & Inspiration: It’s an invitation to write on the wall (actually on a sticky note for the wall) as you Express Yourself and meet the creator of the international Subway Therapy movement. It’s all part of the Grand Opening of The Center for Art & Inspiration as it […]

The History of Anti-Semitism Lecture by Scholar and Holocaust Survivor Walter Ziffer at UNC Asheville

Press release from UNCA: Holocaust survivor Walter Ziffer, a local scholar now in his 90s, will provide an abbreviated history of anti-Semitism in a free, public talk at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Student Union, in The Grotto. Walter Ziffer, born in 1927 in the Czech Republic, endured and survived life […]

Aminata Cairo at WCU

WCU celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with Aminata Cairo address

Press release from Western Carolina University: Diversity and inclusivity are easy goals for a university to set, inclusion educator Aminata Cairo said during her keynote address Wednesday, Jan. 23, as part of the weeklong Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Western Carolina University.  The courage, commitment and hard work required for achieving those goals is […]

Darin Waters gives Feb. 28 presentation on Confederate monuments

Press release from the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County: On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County will present an evening with Darin Waters, Ph.D., who will examine America’s collective memory in remembering and memorializing its past. The presentation will take place at […]

OnTrack announces February financial education class schedule

Press release from OnTrack WNC: February Financial Education Schedule Classes are free unless noted. Pre-registration required. Call today at 828-255-5166. __________________________________________________________________________________ Housing Classes Homebuyer Education Series – ($50.00 participant fee)   Our HUD-certified course provides a step-by-step explanation of the home-buying process, a fantastic resource book, and an opportunity to interact with local real estate […]

Charles George VAMC restricts visitation due to area flu rise

Press release from Charles George VA Medical Center: The Charles George VA Medical Center has instituted restricted visitation now due to widespread influenza activity throughout the state. Restrictions will remain in place until further notice. Visitation should be limited to immediate family or caregivers, with exceptions in critical situations. No children under the age of […]

Blue Ridge Parkway visitor center temporarily reopens

Press release from the Blue Ridge Parkway: The National Park Service announced today that the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Milepost 384 will open to visitors using donated funds from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, with additional support provided from Eastern National and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. The Visitor Center will be […]

Friday Services offers temp work for furloughed federal workers

Press release from Friday Services: With the partial government shutdown rounding out week five, many federal workers have been without a paycheck for over a month, including thousands in North Carolina alone. This is why Friday Services, a Western North Carolina-based employment agency, has stepped up to offer work for those affected by the government […]

Bobs Creek State Natural Area

Foothills Conservancy and N.C. State Parks complete purchase for Bobs Creek State Natural Area

Press release from the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina: On January 23, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and North Carolina State Parks completed the first land purchase, about 1,500 acres, for the new Bobs Creek State Natural Area in southeastern McDowell County. Located just over three miles from the Town of Marion, the new state […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office trying to find missing juvenile

Press release from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing juvenile. Woosun Choi is female and described as approximately 5’ 2” in height and weighing 190 lbs. She has long black hair and brown eyes and is of Korean descent. Choi was observed in a Silver 2003 Ford Explorer […]

Free concert from the WCU Friends of the Arts Saturday, Feb. 23

Press release from Bardo Arts Center:  Jim Witter and his remarkable band return to the Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center on Saturday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m. for the Friends of the Arts Annual Friend-Raising concert. This is a free concert for the campus and the community. Jim Witter’s “Time in a Bottle” will […]

Dancing with the Asheville Stars to benefit Helpmate

Press release from Helpmate: Professional dancers and their students from the Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre will be showcasing their talents this Saturday at the Diana Wortham Theatre.  Dancing with the Asheville Stars is a benefit for Helpmate, Buncombe County’s domestic violence agency.  The event will feature a variety of dancing styles from Ballroom, Contemporary, […]

Muddy Sneakers wins Best of the Blue Ridge for school-year and camp programs

Press release from Muddy Sneakers: Muddy Sneakers, an outdoor science education program, recently received two Best of the Blue Ridge awards. Blue Ridge Outdoors announced in its January issue that Muddy Sneakers took top honors in the category Educational Outdoor Recreation Program, and Camp Muddy Sneakers won best Summer Camp/Program. The annual awards, voted on […]

NCCSM-Morganton launched two new steering teams

Press release from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics:  The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) has launched two new steering teams to shape coursework and student life at its new campus that will open in Morganton in 2021, expanding the institution to make the transformative NCSSM experience available to hundreds more […]

League of Women Voters announce upcoming events

Press release from the League of Women Voters:  2020 Census Census Partnership Specialist Laura McClettie, State Demographer Mike Cline, and Governor’s Census Liaison Ron Coates are holding a training/information meeting on the 2020 census. They will be covering the importance and impact, preparations, and promotion of the census.  They will also talk about the impact […]

More than 800 residents weigh in on Buncombe’s waste and recycling collection survey

Press release from Buncombe County: Let your voice be heard. Buncombe County is inviting residents to participate in our waste and recycling collection survey. The survey is a way to let County staff and the Board of Commissioners know what is important regarding waste and recycling collection. Visit to join more than 800 residents […]

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