News Bulletins

Buncombe school board calls June 30 meetings

Notice from the Buncombe County Board of Education: There will be a Special-Called Meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Education on Wednesday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806. A closed session for the purpose of discussing confidential personnel, student, and attorney client matters will follow. The […]

Blue Ridge Pride launches regional LGBTQ+ business alliance

Press release from Blue Ridge Pride: Regional LGBTQ+ welcoming businesses and business owners have a new support system providing networking, training, and access to resources through partnerships with local, state, and national organizations. It is called the Blue Ridge Pride Business Alliance (BRPBA). In one of its first steps, the BRPBA is developing an online […]

Asheville to resume in-person boards and commissions meetings in August

Press release from the City of Asheville: In anticipation of the lifting of the Governor’s State of Emergency due to COVID-19, the city of Asheville is preparing to return to in-person board and commission meetings. The State of Emergency is slated to be lifted Friday, July 30. The city acted swiftly last year to find […]

Asheville Urban Trail rededication set for June 29

Press release from the Asheville Downtown Association: On Tuesday, June 29, the Urban Trail Committee will celebrate the rededication of three of the trail’s stations. The Urban Trail is a collection of 30 works of public art throughout downtown commemorating history, culture and architecture. Shopping Daze: The marker was reinstalled following the Haywood Streetscape project […]

Asheville metro economic report 2021 first quarter

Press release from Johnson Price Sprinkle In the first quarter of 2021, the four-county Asheville metro (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Madison counties) continued post-pandemic progress toward economic recovery. Highlights: Overall, employment was down an average of 5.9% compared to a year prior, while the metro’s unemployment rate averaged 4.9%. In the first quarter of 2021, […]

Mountain Heritage Day returns, heritage award nominees sought

Press release from Western Carolina University With the popular Mountain Heritage Day community festival returning to campus at Western Carolina University on Saturday, Sept. 25, nominations are being sought for Mountain Heritage Awards to honor an individual and an organization for contributions to Southern Appalachian history, culture and folklore. Recipients are chosen by a committee […]

Nominations being accepted for the 2021 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award

Press release via Western North Carolina Historical Association The Western North Carolina Historical Association is now accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Originated by the Louis Lipinsky family and now supported by Michael Sartisky, PhD, the award is a partnership between WNCHA and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee. It has been […]

WCU is waiving tuition costs for summer students

Press release via Western Carolina University Western Carolina University will award approximately $3.775 million in federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III) to students this summer. WCU is allocating the funds immediately to be utilized toward student success initiatives, including waivers for tuition for all eligible undergraduate students enrolled in any summer session term. […]

Free college at Blue Ridge Community College for academic year 2021-2022

Press release via Blue Ridge Community College This fall, Blue Ridge Community College offers Brighter Future scholarships to all college-eligible students for fall semester 2021 and spring semester 2022. Economic growth requires a well-trained and educated workforce. This scholarship offer will provide a way for more of our citizens to train and get jobs in […]

Town of Mills River adopts new plans

Press release from Mills River: Following two years of extensive public input and community engagement, Mills River recently adopted the 2040 Making Mills River comprehensive plan and the Town of Mills River Park & Recreation Masterplan. On May 27, 2021 the Making Mills River comprehensive plan was adopted by Town Council, this plan is the […]

Buncombe County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic moves to 40 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville

Press release from Buncombe County Government:  Starting June 23, 2021, the Buncombe County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be located in the Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) building located at 40 Coxe Ave., Asheville. COVID-19 vaccines are offered at no-cost to the individual and no appointment is necessary. The Vaccination Clinic will be open […]

North Carolina’s May employment figures released

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Commerce: Raleigh, N.C. – The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point to 5.8 percent. North Carolina’s May 2021 unemployment rate decreased 8.7 percentage points from a […]

Asheville City Council approves budget with key investments in our community

Press release from the City of Asheville: Coming out of a pandemic with limited resources, the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget approved by Asheville City Council June 22 still includes service improvements to our community, such as extended evening transit hours starting in October and expanded evening and weekend hours for youth at City Recreation Centers. […]

Proposed Noise Ordinance revisions get closer to vote with an update to Asheville City Council

Press release from the City of Asheville: While the pandemic put a pause on the Noise Ordinance revisions it also allowed City staff to further engage Asheville’s music community and downtown residents and be part of the City’s Reimagining Public Safety conversation. And because this initiative began under a previous City Council, Development Services Director […]

New suite of tools for examining landslide hazard risks in Western North Carolina Launched

Press release from The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS) and the University of North Carolina Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC): The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS) and the University of North Carolina Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) today […]

Century Farm program seeks 100-year-old or older farms

Press release from Buncombe County: The North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Century Farm Program is looking for farms that have been in continuous family ownership for 100 years or more to join the nearly 2,000 farms in the program. The program exists to honor farms for their longstanding contributions to North Carolina’s rich agricultural heritage. […]

Amya Alexis Collington wanted after overnight homicide

Press release from the Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (June 22, 2021): Amya Alexis Collington has been charged with first-degree murder after an overnight homicide. She is considered armed and dangerous and detectives need your help to locate her. Detectives are working to notify the family of the person that passed away. She is described as […]

AVL Shares Space outdoor expansion to continue through 2021

Press release from the City of Asheville: The City of Asheville’s AVL Shares Space temporary outdoor expansion initiatives launched in the spring 2020 to support safe business operations and customer access in alignment with COVID-19 public health guidelines. In fall 2020, the City extended these temporary initiatives to align with the Local State of NC […]

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