News Bulletins

Airport Authority completes purchase of Broadmoor Golf Links

Press release from the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority: The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) finalized its purchase of Broadmoor Golf Links today, July 31. In addition, the GARAA executed a management agreement with DreamCatcher Broadmoor, LLC to operate and manage the golf course on behalf of the Airport Authority. The new management of the […]

Lenoir-Rhyne University launches Equity and Diversity Institute

Press release from Lenoir-Rhyne University: Dedicated equity advocates work tirelessly to untangle their connections to bias. They eagerly face challenges and actively pursue positive change. To help inspire social change, Lenoir-Rhyne University has launched the Lenoir-Rhyne Equity and Diversity Institute — LREDI — certificate program. “Essentially, it will be a training program for companies or […]

DMV adjusts road test waivers for drivers over 18

Press release from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles: The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is providing clarification for road test waiver requirements to help drivers better understand if they meet the criteria for issuance of a driving privilege under the recent emergency rule. Temporary road test waivers are available to drivers who need a […]

Michael Matthew Murphy Jr.

APD seeks Michael Matthew Murphy Jr. on felony stalking charges

Press release from the Asheville Police Department: The Asheville Police Department (APD) Criminal Investigations Section (CIS) has been investigating a reported stalking incident involving a victim employed at a business in downtown Asheville. As a result of the investigation, detectives have charged Michael Matthew Murphy, Jr., 38, of Asheville, with two counts of felony stalking. […]

Haywood County reports 74 new COVID-19 cases in past week

Press release from Haywood County Public Health: Haywood County Public Health received notice of 74 new cases of COVID-19 since the last press release on July 24.  As of this release, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has recorded 268 cases in Haywood County. Several of the cases are still in the contact tracing […]

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Asheville high schoolers picked as Bank of America Student Leaders

Press release from Bank of America: Bank of America today announced that two Asheville high school juniors selected as Student Leaders(#BofAStudentLeaders) have started their paid summer internship experience of leadership, civic engagement, and workforce skills-building.  In light of the health concerns that remain in local communities, the program has been adapted to a virtual format, through […]

Purl’s Yarn Emporium closes downtown location

Press release from Purl’s Yarn Emporium: Ten years ago this month, Elizabeth and Rik Schell took ownership of Purl’s Yarn Emporium on Wall Street in downtown Asheville. Over the years they’ve taught stitchers to knit and crochet, hosted stitch groups, and covered the street furniture with yarn. They’ve teamed up with local farmers, honored activists […]

ReStore ReUse Contest winner

ReStore ReUse Contest opens Aug. 1

Press release from the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity: For the ninth consecutive year, the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is encouraging residents to show off their creativity and talent for a chance to win in the ReStore ReUse Contest. Home or work space renovation, furniture transformation, or a homesteading addition…if you recently took […]

Asheville parking garages to resume fee collection with a modified system

Press release from the City of Asheville: While parking has been free in City of Asheville parking garages since March 18, a modified fee system will resume Aug. 1. On March 18, following the State and Local State of Emergency declarations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City waived all parking fees in […]

UNC Asheville to hold virtual commencement, Saturday, Aug. 1

Press release from UNC Asheville: With required public health protocols preventing an in-person gathering, UNC Asheville celebrates its 565 May 2020 graduates with a virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. with a Commencement address from Dr. Patrice A. Harris, immediate past-president of the American Medical Association, speaking to the graduates from […]

North Carolina State Board of Elections releases statement about absentee voting security

Press release from North Carolina State Board of Elections: The following is a statement from the State Board of Elections office about the security of absentee voting by mail in North Carolina: Across North Carolina, election officials have worked for many months to ensure accessible, safe and accurate elections in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

John Cram is the 2020 recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award

Press release form Blue Spiral 1 Gallery: Asheville’s own John Cram is the 2020 recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award: Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities […]

Several existing emergency directives extended for North Carolina courthouses

Press release from the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts: Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has extended several existing emergency directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The directives continue to allow increased use of technology and seek to limit foot traffic in courthouses. “The extension of these emergency directives help ensure that our court […]

Buncombe County Health and Human Services to host Facebook Live community update at 3 p.m.

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services: Buncombe County will be providing a Community Update today at 3:00 pm via Facebook Live @Buncombegov. The Spanish version will be aired via Facebook Live @BCHHS. Today’s speaker is Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, Medical Director for Buncombe County and Interim Public Health Director.

Plan B Beyond: Return to Learn update form Buncombe County Schools

Press release from Buncombe County Schools: Buncombe County Schools will implement an enhanced version of Return to Learn Plan B. BCS’s Plan B Beyond is a mostly remote learning strategy for all students in grades K-12. There will be a two-week period of in-person onboarding and orientation for students (One week for K-8; Two Weeks […]

City of Hendersonville offers utilities payment plan for customers impacted by COVID-19

Press release from the City of Hendersonville: Governor Cooper’s Executive Order that prohibited utility disconnections and late payment fees ended on July 29, 2020, at 11:59 pm. The expiration of Executive Order 142 (EO 142) is prompting Hendersonville Water & Sewer to remind customers who are delinquent in their payments to contact Customer Service who will work […]

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