News Bulletins

Buncombe County shares public meeting notice for Planning Board on July 6

Email from Buncombe County: Attached is the public meeting notice for the July 6, 2020 Planning Board 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:

State Board to randomly select precincts for hand-count audits from June 23 elections

Press release from the North Carolina State Board of Elections: After the June 23 elections in the 11th Congressional District and Columbus County, the State Board will randomly select precincts, early voting sites and by-mail ballots to be counted by hand in each county with elections. The random selection will take place at 11 a.m. […]

Madison Cawthorn defeats Lynda Bennett in NC-11 runoff primary

Press release from Madison Cawthorn for Congress campaign: (HENDERSONVILLE, NC) – Madison Cawthorn, a small businessman and motivational speaker running for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District Seat, tonight won the Republican Primary runoff election and will advance to the general election. “Tonight, the voters of the 11th district of North Carolina said they’re ready for […]

Grandfather Mountain mourns the loss of Gerry the black bear

Press release from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation: On Saturday, June 20, Grandfather Mountain bid farewell to Gerry the black bear. Gerry was humanely euthanized following a long history of debilitating arthritis. She was 31 years old. In the wild, black bears live into their early 20s, while those in captivity can live up to and beyond […]

United Way presents distinguished awards to Hasties and Carpenter

Press release from United Way of Henderson County: United Way of Henderson County announced the 2020 recipients of two distinguished awards. The Rob and Ginger Cranford Community Service Award, sponsored by Morrow Insurance Agency, is given each year in memory of the Cranfords who were passionate about giving back to their community. It recognizes Henderson County […]

City of Asheville launches shared streets and parklet programs

Press release from City of Asheville: The City of Asheville is continuing to support economic recovery by allowing businesses and organizations to use public and private properties more flexibly to align with public health guidelines. As businesses, particularly restaurants, continue to work through capacity constraints and physical distancing guidelines, the City has launched Parklets and […]

Asheville ranks #5 on new America’s Best Small Cities list

Press release from Resonance Consultancy: Resonance Consultancy, a leading advisor in real estate, tourism, and economic development for countries, cities and communities, is pleased to announce America’s Best Small Cities in 2020, a ranking of the top-performing small cities with metro populations ranging between 100,000 and 500,000. The Resonance Best Cities rankings quantify and benchmark the relative quality of […]

OnTrack WNC launches new programs during COVID-19 crisis

Press release from OnTrack WNC Financial Education & Counseling: OnTrack WNC Financial Education & Counseling is launching newly developed services to help people deal with the financial/ housing crises caused by the pandemic: new individual counseling for emergency cashflow planning, webinars on topics relevant to managing finances during a crisis and ongoing “Resource Digests” with information […]

APD responds to shooting at Walton Street Park

Press release from Asheville Police Department: At approximately 9:30 p.m. on June 22 the Asheville Police Department (APD) responded to Walton Street Park in the Southside community of Asheville in regard to a person suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers arrived and located evidence of a shooting within the park and found out the victim had been […]

Henderson County educator appointed to NCCAT Board of Trustees

Press release from Henderson County Public Schools: Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) has appointed Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) Julie L. Hart to the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state’s teachers. “I am pleased […]

June 22 Buncombe County COVID-19 Community Update

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services:  As of 8 pm today, there have been 504 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County residents. 105 of these individuals are currently in isolation. Community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in our county. Cases spread through our community and households after interactions with coworkers; gatherings […]

Biltmore to reopen Downton Abbey: The Exhibition June 27 through September 7

Announcement from the Biltmore Estate: Biltmore will reopen Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Saturday, June 27, 2020. Social distancing mandates, capacity limits, as well as health and safety protocols have been established or reconfigured to protect both guests and employees, in line with CDC, state and local guidelines. Due to closures as a result of the […]

Air quality forecast for Asheville, Tuesday, June 23: Moderate (YELLOW)

Forecast for Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 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. WNC Regional Air Quality Agency 52 Coxe Avenue Asheville, NC 28801 Phone:  828.250.6777 Air Quality Forecast for Tuesday, 06/23/2020

Blue Ridge Humane Society, Gallery at Flat Rock to host dog-friendly exhibition event promoting adoption

Announcement from Blue Ridge Humane Society: Hendersonville, NC: The Gallery at Flat Rock is excited to announce a dog-friendly event and exhibition celebrating adoptable canines weighing 50 pounds or more. “A Cause for Big Paws” is the result of a partnership between the Blue Ridge Humane Society, Barkers Anonymous and The Gallery at Flat Rock […]

Blue Ridge Conservancy receives grant from Bank of America to support construction of Middle Fork Greenway

Announcement from Blue Ridge Conservancy: Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC), a local nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving land and natural resources in northwest North Carolina, has received a grant from Bank of America.  The grant will help fund the Middle Fork Greenway, BRC’s premier recreation project connecting the towns of Blowing Rock to Boone with a […]

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