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Buncombe County introduced COVID-19 self-checker

Press release from Buncombe County’s Health & Human Services:  Help do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 with Buncombe County’s new COVID-19 Self-Checker. This automated system provides two valuable community assets: Clear guidance for anyone feeling symptomatic and data that will help Buncombe County determine when it’s safe to begin the first phases […]

Asheville Police Department seeks public assistance to locate Anthony Bruce Campbell

Press release from Asheville Police Department:  The Asheville Police Department (APD) is seeking assistance from the public to locate Anthony Bruce Campbell. Campbell has one open warrant for felonious restraint. On April 27 the Asheville Police Department responded to a call for service regarding an incident of a rideshare driver diverting from the customers requested […]

Chow Chow to postpone latest culinary festival until September 2021

Press release from Chow Chow: Asheville’s new culinary festival, Chow Chow, is being re-scheduled for September 2021 due to the disruption and uncertainty caused by Covid-19. After the Board of Directors of Chow Chow, a 501(c)(3) organization, determined launching ticket sales in April was unrealistic, the group also considered the future rules and regulations regarding […]

Brevard Music Center plans summer drive-in movie series

Press release from Brevard Music Center: As soon as allowed by local authorities and the North Carolina Governor’s office, Brevard Music Center (BMC) will launch Brevard Music Center @ The Drive-In Movies —an exciting summer drive-in movie series brought to you by Ingles Markets, Presenting Sponsor, on the Music Center campus.  The eight-film series is […]

Applications now open for $5,000 grants to start five new companies

Press release from Venture Asheville: Venture Asheville, the entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, announced that $25,000 has been raised in support of the Asheville Impact Micro Grant. Now in its second year, the Asheville Impact Micro Grant will help launch five new startups by […]

Asheville Outlets to host drive-thru food drive

Press release from Asheville Outlets: Asheville Outlets ( will host a drive-thru food drive with Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) from Friday, May 1 through Friday, May 8, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day at the Food Court entrance. Drivers can pull up, stay inside their vehicles and hand off donations […]

UNC System Interim President Bill Roper anticipates reopening campuses for Fall 2020

Press release from the University of North Carolina System: UNC System Interim President Bill Roper has issued the following statement regarding plans for the Fall 2020 semester: “Recent data in North Carolina are showing positive trends that suggest our collective efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 are paying off. Our institutions have done a […]

Haywood County confirms eighth and ninth COVID-19 cases

Press release from the Haywood County Emergency Management Team: Haywood County Public Health received notice April 29, 2020, that an eighth Haywood County resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The individual is a resident of Haywood County and has recent out-of-state travel history.  Haywood County Public Health nurses are identifying close contacts […]

Arts Council urges support for TDA legislation

Call to Action from Asheville Area Arts Council: We need your help & immediate action! Please email Speaker Tim Moore at and Senator Phil Berger at in support of SB 705 or the Buncombe County Jobs Recovery Act. This act would allow $5 million to be appropriated from unspent funds currently remaining in the […]

Kids in Parks releases online activities in response to COVID-19

Press release from office of Kids in Parks: The Kids in Parks program has launched e-Adventures to help children and families stay healthy and connected to nature while many schools and parks are closed due to COVID-19. These online activities let kids complete activities in any green space near their home and register their adventures […]

Haywood county confirms seventh positive COVID-19 case

Press release from the Haywood County Emergency Management Team: Haywood County Public Health received notice April 28, 2020, that a seventh Haywood County resident has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The individual is a resident of Haywood County and has recent out of state travel history.  Haywood County Public Health nurses are identifying […]

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries to hand out free masks on April 30

Press release from the office of Western Carolina Rescues Ministries: On Thursday, April 30, 2020 Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) will be distributing free masks to anyone and everyone in need. Masks will be distributed during the dinner hour (4:30-5:30pm) just outside the WCRM building located at 225 Patton Avenue. This is where meals (lunch […]

Buncombe County reports fourth COVID-19 associated death

Press release from Buncombe County Health & Human Services: Buncombe County Health Public Health learned of an additional COVID-19 associated death late yesterday afternoon. The individual passed away at Mission Hospital due to complications of COVID-19. To protect the privacy of the individual, no further details will be released. At this time, there are a total […]

Brother Wolf, Meals on Wheels partner to feed people and their pets

Press release from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Meals on Wheels of Asheville Buncombe County: Meals on Wheels of Asheville Buncombe County and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue are partnering to feed seniors and their pets as the need for assistance continues to rise during COVID-19. “We’re seeing a growing need for food assistance due to the economic […]

North Carolina Arboretum braces for potential changes in funding

Open letter to The North Carolina Arboretum members: Arboretum donors, volunteers and members have been very generous in answering my appeal to sustain our staff until this week when the legislature comes into session. You have graciously done your part. Thank you. This morning, the legislature convenes for its three-day session to address very difficult COVID-19 and […]

Asheville Outlets teams with Babies Need Bottoms to provide baby wipes to local nonprofits

Press release from Asheville Outlets: Asheville Outlets ( will team with Babies Need Bottoms diaper bank, the local western North Carolina member of the Baby2Baby National Network, to provide much-needed baby wipes to select nonprofit agencies in the greater Asheville area. Babies Need Bottoms, Inc (BNB) is a nonprofit diaper bank serving 6 counties in […]

NEDA Network announces May 6 as #NoDietDay

Press release from National Eating Disorders Association: NEDA Network organizations are teaming up for No Diet Day 2020! This movement, promoting the elimination of the shame associated with society’s standards of beauty and respect for all body shapes and sizes, will take place on Wednesday, May 6th. The NEDA Network is a partnership between NEDAand other mission-aligned […]

Facebook grants $50,000 to HCPS for remote learning needs during closure

Press release from Henderson County Public Schools: Henderson County Public Schools is the latest recipient of Facebook’s COVID relief efforts addressing connectivity, online student safety, and remote learning needs during the current school closure. To improve student access to remote learning, $50,000 in Facebook funds will support both technological and physical assets used by the district […]

Jackson County nonprofits collaborate to feed homeless population

Press release from HERE in Jackson County: Food security is a constant concern for many in Western North Carolina. Obtaining an adequate amount of food is a daily struggle for individuals and families living on little or no income. While food boxes available through community resources are meant to supplement a household’s food supply, for […]

CFWNC’s Emergency and Disaster Response Fund raises over $1.1 million

Press release from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina: Regional funders, corporations, generous individuals and fundholders partnered with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) to support its Emergency and Disaster Response Fund (EDRF) to assist frontline human services across the region responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributions to the Fund now exceed $1.1 […]

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