News Bulletins

Public Hearing Set for Submittal of State CDBG-CV Application

Press release from Buncombe County: The Board of Commissioners of Buncombe County will hold a public hearing at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at 5 p.m. in order to discuss the submittal of an application in response to the State Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) notice of funding, and to solicit […]

Blue Ridge Craft Trails exhibit opens in Hayesville

Press release from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area: A new exhibit highlighting craft artists, galleries and sites on the Blue Ridge Craft Trails in far Western North Carolina opens on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at the Beal Center in the Historic Clay County Courthouse in Hayesville, North Carolina. Entitled Find Craft in the Far […]

Gov. Cooper announces move to Phase 3 on Friday

Press release from the Office of Gov. Roy Cooper: North Carolina will ease cautiously some restrictions while continuing safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as the state’s metrics remained stable in September, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “Our top priority remains getting children back to in-person learning. This month marks a major shift […]

Susan Russo Klein joins Asheville Regional Airport board

Press release from the Asheville Regional Airport:  The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority is pleased to welcome Susan Russo Klein to the board. Russo Klein is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., where she earned her B.A., cum laude, in 1992. In 1995, she graduated from Southwestern University School of Law in […]

Friends of the Hominy Creek Greenway raise concerns about proposed development

Statement from the Friends of the Hominy Creek Greenway:  The week of September 7th, 2020, Catalyst Capital Partners submitted a new proposal for a development adjacent to the Hominy Creek Greenway. Current and past members of the board of trustees of the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway Inc. continue to have concerns about the scope […]

Asheville rent increased 1% over the past month

Rent report from Apartment List: Apartment List is releasing a new rent estimate methodology and index to track transacted rents throughout the country. These rent statistics represent our latest effort to design methods that address the most common issues that arise in rent growth estimation. In particular, this update reflects a concerted effort to capture transactedrents, as opposed to list […]

APD investigating shooting of three victims on Livingston Street

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Shortly after 2 a.m. on September 29, the Asheville Police Department (APD) responded to what was initially reported as gunshots being fired on Livingston Street in the Southside community. While on their way to the call, the officers were informed that at least one person had been shot. An […]

Commissioner Newman declares October 2020 Oak Awareness Month aka “OAKtober”

Press release from Asheville GreenWorks: Oaks are our majestic National Tree. They provide exceptional habitat and food for wildlife, mitigate urban heat island effect, help clean our air and reduce stormwater runoff. The Ravenscroft Reserve Initiative (RRI) is working to acquire and preserve the 22 mature oaks and half acre of urban forest at 11 Collier […]

Fall Color Rambles return to Grandfather Mountain

Press release from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation: As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. Grandfather Mountain is home to myriad species of plants and hardwood trees that range from pumpkin-colored beech trees to […]

Pisgah Legal Services hosts Sept. 30 voter engagement, census & community resource drive

Press release from Pisgah Legal Services: Pisgah Legal Services will provide information about voting, and completing the US Census, as well as free civil legal help and food assistance this Wednesday, September 30th from 9am to 6pm in the nonprofit’s office parking lot at 62 Charlotte Street. Pisgah Legal staff and volunteers will provide information and […]

Jamie Creola named executive director of Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe

Press release from Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe: Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is pleased to announce Jamie Creola as the new Executive Director, effective October 1, 2020. “After an extensive search, it is with great excitement that R2S welcomes Jamie Creola as my successor,” said outgoing R2S Executive Director, Ann Flynn. “Her dynamic skill set and […]

Kevin Baxter named Chief Campus Officer for NCSSM-Morganton

Press release from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics: The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) announced today that its board of trustees has tapped Kevin Baxter to serve as the Vice Chancellor and Chief Campus Officer for NCSSM-Morganton. Baxter has previously served NCSSM as Director of Western Campus Planning and Project […]

Buncombe County Board of Education regular meeting set for Oct. 1

Press release from Buncombe County Public Schools: The Buncombe County Board of Education will meet in regular session on October 1, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC via Electronic Means. Work session updates and closed session will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Beaucatcher Room for the purpose of […]

UNCA joins Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville has become the first undergraduate institution in the nation to be part of the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP). Funded by the Sloan Foundation, the program is designed to increase the number of Native American and Indigenous students attending graduate programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). UNC […]

NCDHHS updates nursing home visitation guidelines

Press release from NC Department of Health and Human Services: RALEIGH — As North Carolina’s key metrics continue to remain stable and strong infection prevention and control requirements remain in place, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today issued a Secretarial Order updating visitation guidelines for nursing homes to allow indoor visitation. “We […]

UNCA to host mathematician Moon Duchin in gerrymandering webinar Oct. 15

Press release from UNC Asheville: Moon Duchin, the mathematician called upon by Pennsylvania’s governor to aid in drawing up nonpartisan Congressional district maps, will share how she uses mathematical modelling to assess the fairness of district lines when she delivers UNC Asheville’s 2020 Parsons Lecture via Zoom, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. This […]

Asheville new home sales hit pre-COVID levels, says Porch report

Report from Lattice Publishing: Both new home sales and new home construction fell sharply in spring, during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, both have rebounded aggressively, with new home sales back above pre-COVID levels and new home construction nearing recent highs. This bounce-back has been fueled by a combination of low interest rates, […]

Buncombe Affordable Housing Committee to hold special meeting Sept. 29

Notice from Matthew Cable: Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Buncombe County Affordable Housing Committee has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm. The meeting will be publicly accessible through Zoom, which can accessed by a link provided in the September 29, 2020 agenda posted at or […]

Buncombe commissioners to consider distracted driving amendments at Oct. 6 public hearing

Notice from Lamar Joyner: NOTICE is hereby given that the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing pursuant to Art. XI of the Buncombe County Personnel Ordinance at a regular meeting of the Board beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 200 College Street,  Room 326, in downtown Asheville, […]

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