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Mountain Area Health Education Center CEO announces retirement

Press release from Mountain Area Health Education Center After nine-and-a-half years leading the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), Jeffery Heck, MD, has announced plans to retire as CEO of the Asheville-based academic health center and safety net provider. MAHEC is the largest nonprofit in Western North Carolina (WNC) and one of nine area health education […]

The Gathering at Paint Rock Farm (Hot Springs, NC) announces rescheduled festival dates: June 3-5, 2022

Press release from The Gathering at Paint Rock Farm: As a result of the current rise in new COVID-19 cases in Madison County and Western North Carolina region, The Gathering at Paint Rock Farm (Hot Springs, NC) will be rescheduled for June 3-5, 2022, instead of the inaugural September 2021 dates. All tickets sold for 2021 remain valid […]

Vaya Health Board of Directors Futures Committee Meeting August 25

Press release from Vaya Health: NOTICE The Board of Directors of Vaya Health will conduct a Futures Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 25th beginning at 2:30 pm at the Vaya Health Administrative Offices, located at 200 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, NC 28806. PUBLIC ACCESS will be available via electronic communication only (real-time two-way audio and/or visual communication, i.e. telephone […]

UPDATED — Newfound Gap Road is now open — Slide results in temporary closure of Newfound Gap Road

Press release from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Updated at 5:32 p.m. — Great Smoky Mountains National Park crews reopened Newfound Gap Road to all traffic at approximately 3:30 p.m. Park crews received specialized assistance from contractors to complete the work which included the removal of 50 yards of debris. For more information about temporary […]

Henderson County Board of Health Letter to the Community

Press release from the Henderson County Board of Health: Dear Henderson County Residents, My name is Maggie Hayes, Chairperson for the Henderson County Board of Health and a physician with Blue Ridge Community Health Services.  With my family, I have been fortunate to serve this community for 11 years. At our most recent meeting, board members […]

COVID-19 Community Update: Buncombe positivity rate continues to rise, Pfizer receives full FDA approvals

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County positive COVID-19 cases continue to grow, with 312 cases per week per 100,000, up from 261 last week. The percent positivity has risen to 9.4%, up about two points from Aug. 3. Currently, 63% of the total population in Buncombe County is partially vaccinated, and 59% is fully […]

Mars Hill University prepares to open Fall 2021 semester

Press release from Mars Hill University: As the opening day of classes for the fall 2021 semester approaches on August 30, Mars Hill University continues to take steps to keep students, employees, and visitors healthy and safe. The university is urging students, staff, and faculty to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with a goal of having at […]

WCU to offer family nurse practitioner doctoral degree

Press release from Western Carolina University: Applications are now being accepted for a new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Western Carolina University that will prepare nurses as family nurse practitioners. The first cohort is set to begin in May 2022. Family nurse practitioners offer a broad scope of family care, treating from infants to seniors […]

ABCCM launches Stop Evictions Now campaign

Press release from Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry: The eviction moratorium remains uncertain but more than 3.5 million renters are very or somewhat likely to be evicted this summer, according to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. As a result of Covid-19 good, hardworking families have lost their good paying jobs and benefits. Many of these jobs are […]

New arson investigator position at Sheriff’s Office leads to more arson arrests

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: On November 1, 2020 Detective William Small took on the role of Arson Investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. As a result, in a little less than a year, the number of Arson arrests increased to 33 percent of cases compared to just […]

Girl Scouts now forming new troops

Press release from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont: Fun with friends. New adventures. Making a difference.  We’re ready to go and Girl Scouts is ready for you! Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) is currently forming troops and recruiting new leaders in preparation for the new troop year this fall. All girls in grades […]

Buncombe ID Bureau moving to 52 Coxe Ave.

Press release from Buncombe County: The ID Bureau will be moving all daily operations regarding public fingerprinting services, criminal background checks, and all gun permitting processes to 52 Coxe Ave. Parking is available on-site. The ID Bureau is moving on Friday, Sept. 3, and our first day open to the public will be Tuesday, Sept. […]

Flooding impacts NC Wildlife education center and hatchery

Press release from N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission: The devastating storm that hit western North Carolina last Tuesday, Aug. 17 had a major impact on two facilities operated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is currently closed to the public and all classes are suspended until further notice.  The Bobby N. […]

NCDA&CS offers post-flood cleanup and disposal assistance for pesticides

Press release from N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: As floodwaters recede and cleanup continues in western North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges farmers and homeowners to evaluate pesticides and other chemical storage areas. “If your pesticide or fertilizer storage area was underwater because of flooding, materials could be damaged, […]

CFWNC and Dogwood Health Trust partner to support flood relief

Press release from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina:  (August 23) The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) has activated and allocated resources to its Emergency and Disaster Response Fund to accept and disburse funds supporting regional flood relief with a focus on counties and communities most severely affected. Dogwood Health Trust has […]

Pardee UNC Health Care will now require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

Press release from Pardee UNC Health Care: Hendersonville, N.C. – Pardee UNC Health Care today announced that in light of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for persons 16 years of age or older, all employees will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The new requirement gives employees until […]

Asheville Outlets hosts essentials supplies drive

Press release from Asheville Outlets: What: Buncombe and Haywood county experienced devastation from the recent storm including flooding, loss of homes, and more. Now through Sunday, August 29th Asheville Outlets will host an Essentials Drive in partnership with Pole Creek Baptist Church.  Supplies will be distributed by the Church. Needs: Non-perishable food items, bottled water and hygiene […]

Buncombe County TDA to hold monthly meeting Aug. 25

Press release from Buncombe County TDA: REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING: Wednesday, August 25 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. WHAT: The regular monthly joint meeting of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, Public Authority, and Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, Nonprofit Corporation. WHEN: Wednesday, August 25, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Due to the N.C. COVID-19 State of […]

Manager run over after confronting man and woman stealing tires

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (August 23, 2021): A Discount Tire Manager was run over by a vehicle after confronting a man and a woman attempting to steal tires. Fortunately, the manager had minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. Detectives need your help to identify the man and woman involved in […]

Asheville Catholic School to open innovative, eco-friendly building

Press release from the Diocese of Charlotte: ASHEVILLE — Asheville Catholic School will host a grand opening Thursday morning to celebrate the completion of its dramatic and environmentally-conscious addition, a project totaling $3.9 million. Join us for the ribbon-cutting and tours with students, Principal Michael Miller, pastor Rev. Patrick Cahill, and Bishop Peter Jugis. WHEN/WHERE: […]

UPDATE: Sheriff’s Office locates missing teenager from Weaverville

Press release from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: Aug. 21: UPDATE: Joshua Westervelt has been located and is OK. Aug. 18: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing teenager from the Weaverville area of Buncombe County. Joshua Westervelt is age 16, approximately 5’ 10” and 155 pounds with brown eyes and brown […]

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