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Buncombe HHS board declares racism public health crisis

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services: On Friday, June 26, the Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) Board unanimously passed a proclamation declaring racism as a public health crisis and outlining action steps that the board will take to advance racial equity and justice in our county. This action by our […]

Planning and Zoning Commission to meet in-person July 1

Notice from the City of Asheville: The next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center on Wednesday, July 1, at 5:00 p.m. Additionally, interested parties can watch live on the City YouTube channel and/or call in to listen to the meeting. This meeting will be conducted in-person with appropriate measures in […]

App State student journalist participates in Meet the Press roundtable

Press release from NBC News: On this week of Meet the Press: College Roundtable, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) tells the university journalists that college students should be included in any future economic relief packages passed by Congress to combat economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Porter also told the roundtable, “Until we have a […]

Asheville City Schools releases tentative return-to-school plans

Update from Asheville City Schools: Good Afternoon Students, Staff and Families. This is Dr. Gene with an update about our district’s return-to-school plans.  As you may know, Governor Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will determine how our schools can safely reopen on or before next Wednesday, July 1. Like […]

NCDOT suspends most lane closures for July 4 weekend

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation: The state will temporarily suspend most highway construction projects that cause lane closures to help reduce the anticipated influx of traffic over the July Fourth holiday weekend. The N.C. Department of Transportation will reopen closed lanes where possible on major routes from Thursday evening until the […]

Tiffany Iheanacho selected to serve as Buncombe County’s first Justice Services Director

Press release from Buncombe County:  Buncombe County is pleased to announce that after a comprehensive and competitive recruitment process, Tiffany Iheanacho has been selected to serve as the County’s first Justice Services Director. She is scheduled to start on July 6, 2020. “Tiffany’s experience in community engagement, resource management, behavioral health, and justice coordination/programming gives […]

Air quality forecast for Friday, June 26: Good/Moderate (GREEN and YELLOW)

Friday, June 26, 2020, is a code yellow air quality forecast day for the valleys of Asheville and Buncombe County.  Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities.  This forecast is based on particulate matter in the air. For the ridge tops, it is a code green air quality forecast day.  No health impacts are expected when […]

The Yadkin Arts Councils to present a virtual awards ceremony for their annual Juried Art Show competition

Press release from the Yadkin Arts Council:  Due to the extension in Phase Two restrictions, the Juried Art Show Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony has been converted to a virtual event. Join them at 5:30pm on July 9th as they give a tour of the gallery and award the winners through a Facebook Live event. […]

City of Hendersonville offices to close in observance of Independence Day

Press release from City of Hendersonville:  The City of Hendersonville government offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of Independence Day. Garbage, Recycling, and Brush Collection will be operating on a regular schedule. For water/sewer issues occurring on July 3, please use the after-hours number at (828) 891-7779. Another Open Streets weekend […]

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Duke Energy offers renewable energy certificate program for residential customers

Press release from Duke Energy: Duke Energy’s Renewable Advantage program is the perfect way for customers to supplement their energy use with renewable energy and help local schools go solar at the same time. For as little as $3 extra a month, residential and small business customers in North Carolina can increase the amount of […]

Asheville Downtown Association announces lineup for virtual Fourth of July concert

Press release from the Asheville Downtown Association:  The Asheville Downtown Association today announced the lineup for the Virtual Fourth of July Concert, presented by Ingles Markets. The online concert will air Saturday, July 4 beginning at 4pm and feature eight local artists taking the stage at four venues across Asheville. Featured artists include:     […]

Buncombe County Health and Human Services to host Facebook Live community update at 2 p.m.

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services:  Buncombe County will be providing a Community Update today at 2:00 pm via Facebook Live @Buncombegov. The Spanish version will be aired via Facebook Live @BCHHS. Fletcher Tove, Buncombe County Public Health Preparedness Director and Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, Interim Public Health Director and Medical Director for […]

Ingles announces additional bonus pay for employees during COVID-19

Press release from Ingles Markets:  Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) reports its most recent efforts to recognize and support associates during the COVID-19 crisis. Robert P. Ingle II, Chairman of the Board, stated, “We continue to meet the daily challenge of providing a safe and clean environment for our customers and associates. We will provide a […]

Charles Edward Industries announces new manufacturing operation in Asheville

Press release from the Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe County: In conjunction with the Buncombe County Commission, Asheville City Council and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Charles Edward Industries (CEI) announced plans to invest $1.5 million over 3 years in a new manufacturing operation in Asheville, NC. The facility will create 60 […]

Buncombe County shares public meeting notice for Board of Adjustments on July 8

Email from Buncombe County: Attached is the public meeting notice for the July 8, 2020 Board of Adjustment meeting. This meeting is to be held virtually. Information about this meeting can be found here: Application documents and maps can be found on the Development Project Portal here:

Asheville Police Department responds to second shooting in Walton Street Park

Press release from Asheville Police Department: At approximately 9:02 p.m. on June 23 the Asheville Police Department (APD) responded to a report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound at Walton Street Park. Upon arrival officers located a male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, who has been identified as Kevon Tyshawn Ailes (25), of Asheville, […]

Local artists featured in Aloft Asheville renovation

Press release from Aloft Asheville: McKibbon Hospitality today announced that its Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel has completed an extensive renovation, which was handled by Atlanta, GA-based McKibbon Places. The renovation includes new furnishings, updated flooring, and features the work of several local artists in its public spaces, guestrooms, and suites. As part of McKibbon’s commitment […]

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