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Residents from several WNC counties encouraged to report rabid raccoons, skunks and foxes

Press release from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services:  The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health and Graham, Macon and Swain County Health Departments are asking anyone in these three counties who sees odd or sick-acting raccoons, skunks or foxes to call their local animal control or […]

Spherion Staffing Asheville earns several national awards

Press release from All Points Public Relations:  Spherion Staffing Asheville announced today that Molly Gaffney-Keebler has been named Spherion’s Owner of the Year. The office was also recognized with the President’s Award and several milestone growth recognitions. The prestigious honors came during the company’s annual national meeting, held virtually this March. Under Molly Gaffney-Keebler’s leadership, […]

In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Children’s Hope Alliance is seeking foster parents

Press release from the Children’s Hope Alliance:  The effects of child abuse are long-lasting. And patterns of child abuse can last for generations. It’s a tough cycle to break, but one month each year is dedicated to doing just that.  April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, designed to promote awareness of how to increase […]

Mars Hill University will host COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday, April 1

Press release from Mars Hill University:  Mars Hill University and the Madison County Health Department will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the university campus on Thursday, April 1. The clinic, offering the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is open to Mars Hill students, staff, and […]

Dogwood Health Trust launches online application portal for grants

Press release from Dogwood Health Trust: Asheville, N.C. (March 31, 2021) – In an effort to make grants more readily accessible and to streamline the grantmaking process, Dogwood Health Trust has launched an online grant application portal for organizations serving all or part of 18 Western North Carolina counties and The Qualla Boundary. Dogwood is most interested in projects that […]

Mission Health monitor to hold webinar April 7

Announcement from Gibbins Advisors: Gibbins Advisors is scheduling an informational online meeting open to all communities in Western North Carolina served by Mission Health. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m. (eastern). Gibbins Advisors is the Independent Monitor (IM) hired to monitor HCA Healthcare’s compliance with the obligations it agreed […]

Asheville to livestream portions of City Council retreat

Press release from the city of Asheville: Asheville City Council will hold a retreat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 on the Arena Floor of Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville,  87 Haywood St. During the retreat, Council members will first participate in team-building exercises […]

Our VOICE condemns anti-AAPI violence

Press release from Our VOICE: During the weekend (March 27-28), many across our nation came together to continue Friday’s “National Day of Action and Healing” protests to bring light to increasing anti-Asian violence. Our VOICE condemns the targeted violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The almost 3,800 hate-incident reports that the Stop […]

Accidental wastewater spill at Swannanoa Correctional Center

Press release from North Carolina Department of Public Safety: An estimated 2,500 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged accidentally on March 29, 2021 from the Swannanoa Correctional Center through a manhole cover on Hospital Drive. The untreated wastewater was discharged into a small, unnamed tributary of the Swannanoa River. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s […]

Buncombe County COVID cases continue plateau, vaccine waitlist complete

Press release from Buncombe County: On Tuesday, March 30, Buncombe County Public Health Director Stacie Saunders provided a COVID-19 update to the Board of Commissioners. As of March 30: – There have been 16,409 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County since the pandemic’s start. – There have been 301 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic’s start. […]

Asheville Parks picnic shelter reservations reopen April 1

Press release from City of Asheville: Asheville Parks & Recreation is happy to announce that picnic shelter reservations will resume on April 1.  Rates begin at $40 per day and are available at 11 parks throughout the city.  All shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless reserved.  To reserve a shelter online, visit […]

Blue Ridge Humane Society pet food giveaways set for April

Press release from Blue Ridge Humane Society: April showers bring additional free pet food giveaways from Blue Ridge Humane Society. Blue Ridge Humane Community Outreach staff will host two giveaways this month as well as provide pet food and support for the Interfaith Assistance Ministry’s Drive-Thru Tuesdays on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The first […]

Road construction project begins in Madison County this week

Press release from N.C. Department of Transportation: A road construction project increasing commercial access to the Mars Hill area is starting this week. Crews from NHM Constructors of Asheville are building a nearly half-mile frontage road connecting Crossroads Parkway and Calvin Edney Road that will link access to Interstate 26 exits 9 and 11, east […]

NCDMV now allows state-issued ID cards to be renewed online

Press release from N.C. Department of Transportation: The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles expanded its online services and now customers can renew state-issued identification cards. Individuals with a state-issued ID can skip making an office appointment and renew online by going to and follow the instructions.  State-issued IDs can be renewed up to six […]

Hendersonville residents will plant 36 saplings to celebrate 30th year as Tree City USA

Press release from Hendersonville Tree Board: Residents in Green Meadows neighborhood near the 7th Avenue East Historic District will receive trees on Saturday, April 10, to plant at their homes.  Provided at no charge by Hendersonville Tree Board to 12 Green Meadows homeowners who signed up to participate in its NeighborWoods program, the 36 healthy […]

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