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Community to receive update on Haywood Streetscape project during Sept. 5 meeting

Press release from City of Asheville: The Haywood Streetscape Improvement project continues to move forward. This project includes sidewalk rehabilitation, street resurfacing, stormwater improvements, sanitary sewer improvements, and the sourcing, siting and installation of street amenities. An informational meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall (87 […]

YMCA of Western North Carolina encourages healthy habits for Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Press release from YMCA of Western North Carolina: September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and as a leading voice for youth development and healthy living, the YMCA of Western North Carolina offers ways to prevent and combat this serious health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five children […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville, Thursday, Aug. 29: Moderate (GREEN and YELLOW)

Thursday, August 29, 2019, is a code green air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County.  No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. For the ridge tops, it is a code yellow air quality forecast day.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities. This forecast is based on ozone […]

Buncombe County manager, three employees and county contractor sentenced to prison for embezzling public funds

Press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina:  U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced that former Buncombe County Manager, Wanda Greene, three former County employees, and a County contractor involved in embezzlement schemes that defrauded the County of hundreds of thousands of dollars were sentenced to prison today by U.S. […]

Hawk Watch month returns to Grandfather Mountain

Press release from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation:  Nature takes flight this September on Grandfather Mountain, as the park celebrates the return of Hawk Watch. Throughout the entire month, visitors can grab a front-row seat to one of nature’s most stunning spectacles — raptors voyaging over the mountains and heading south toward their wintering grounds. Guests […]

Boyz II Men join Steep Canyon Rangers and Asheville Symphony on “Be Still Moses”

Press release from Shore Fire Media: Steep Canyon Rangers are Asheville, North Carolina’s multi-GRAMMY winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin. Today, the band has shared the results of what is perhaps their most singular musical partnership to date – teaming with Philadelphia soul legends Boyz […]

Registration is open for NC Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference in Asheville

Press release from NC Writers’ Network: The North Carolina Writers’ Network calls this “The Writingest State”—all of it, Manteo to Murphy, Calabash to Crumpler. We find and welcome writers from all parts of North Carolina, with no city or region holding a monopoly on literary talent or output. But we have to admit: Good writers […]

Western Carolina University names newest residence hall after its first African American student

Press release from Western Carolina University:  Western Carolina University will honor its first African-American student with a dedication ceremony for its newest residence hall – Levern Hamlin Allen Residence Hall – on Thursday, Sept. 5. Allen Residence Hall is the first building on campus to be named after an African-American. The ceremony will take place […]

Mission Hospital to host Crush the Crisis, an opioid take back event

Press release from HCA Healthcare:  On Saturday, September 7, Mission Hospital will host “Crush the Crisis,” an opioid take back event. Law enforcement officers from the Asheville Police Department will be on site to assist with the collection and disposal of unused medications from 9 a.m. until noon. Local law enforcement will be at the […]

Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Black Mountain to host town hall meeting

Press release from Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce:  The Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Black Mountain will host a Town Hall Meeting with area merchants and businesses to brainstorm and discuss ideas for partnership between the entities.  Town Manager Josh Harrold and Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Director […]

Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce host 2020 census breakfast

Press release from Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce:  The 2020 census is coming and the Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast, September 19, 7:00 am at Givens Highland Farms in Black Mountain,  to inform Chamber and non-Chamber partners what to expect during the process. “The Census is crucial to federal funding […]

American Cancer Society walks for breast cancer awareness

Press release from American Cancer Society: WHAT: Breast cancer survivors and local community members will unite to share their stories at an inspirational kickoff for the seventh annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.  The American Cancer Society has brought this noncompetitive, inspirational event back to Asheville by popular demand.  The campaign […]

Blue Ridge Community College hosts College Night 2019

Press release from Blue Ridge Community College:  College Night 2019 is set for Sept. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College. The public is invited to attend this free event. College Night offers area high school students and their families the opportunity to meet representatives from over […]

Haywood Community College’s workforce continuing education department announces September courses

Press release from Haywood Community College:  Haywood Community College’s workforce continuing education department is offering a wide variety of courses for the month of September. There’s something for everyone, including courses that allow you to earn a credential to courses for the hobbyist. OBD II Auto Safety Inspection will be held Tuesday, September 3 and […]

Insurance companies request rate increase for dwelling policies

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Insurance:  The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a Dwelling insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau on Aug. 14. The N.C. Rate Bureau, which is not part of the Department of Insurance, represents all companies writing property insurance in the state. The NCRB requested a […]

Nantahala Gorge set to reopen following landslide

Press release from N.C. Department of Transportation: BRYSON CITY – A major highway in the mountains is set to reopen tonight — one day earlier than expected. N.C. Department of Transportation officials expect to open U.S. 19/74 in the Nantahala Gorge around 8 p.m. following two days and two nights of cleanup and repairs from four slides. […]

Black author to present Sept. 12 talk on experiences with members of the KKK

Press release from Congregation Beth HaTephila: Daryl Davis, He is not white.  He’s not even light skinned.  Make no mistake about it: he is Black.  Yet, KlanDestine Relationships author and Accidential Courtesy film star has come in closer contact with members of the KKK than most white non-members.  This makes him one of the most unique […]

#Build828, affordable housing giving campaign, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Press release from Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity: Residents who are new to the Asheville area and those who have lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains for generations have something in common- they know that many people here struggle to afford a decent place to live. With few left untouched by the effects of the affordable […]

WCU hosts annual public lecture in native health Sept. 4

Press release from Western Carolina University: Barbara “Sunshine” Parker, human services director for the Public Health and Human Services Division of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will provide the annual public lecture in native health at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Western Carolina University. Parker will speak on the topic “Interconnectedness: Serving the […]

BCTDA accepting applications for 2020 festival sponsorship grant program

Press release from Explore Asheville: The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) announced details of the 2020 Festivals and Cultural Events Sponsorship Grant Program. The grant program was developed to provide financial support for festivals and cultural events that serve Buncombe County residents as well as visitors to the area. “Prior to 2018, BCTDA supported […]

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