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Impact Health opens application process for participating human services organizations

Press release from Impact Health Impact Health, the Network Lead for the Healthy Opportunities Pilot covering Western North Carolina’s 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary, is officially opening the application process for participating Human Services Organizations (HSOs) that wish to be a part of the Pilot. The Healthy Opportunities Pilot is a key feature of North Carolina’s […]

Nicole Scavotto selected as Asheville City Schools’ beginning teacher of the year

Press release from Asheville City Schools  Nicole Scavotto was in the middle of teaching her class about simplifying rational expressions when Principal Derek Edwards asked if he could speak with her in the hallway for just a moment. The Asheville High School Math 3 and Advanced Placement Statistics educator was in for quite a surprise when […]

National disability employment awareness being observed in October

Press release from North Carolina Department of State Treasurer While many businesses across North Carolina are struggling to find workers in the COVID era, some Asheville employers have landed reliable employees whose intellectual and developmental disabilities don’t slow them down. State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, will be in Asheville on Friday to recognize three […]

Honoring baby loss awareness week with the WNC ‘Wave of Light’ Oct. 15

Press release from Perinatal Emotional Health Network Perinatal Emotional Health Network, Mount Zion Community Development and YWCA invites bereaved parents to the Western North Carolina Wave of Light. October 15 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and is recognized across the world. We would like to invite you to join with other families across the world and […]

Playable art coming to Jake Rusher Park; community invited to virtually meet the artist

Press release from City of Asheville Recent improvements to Jake Rusher Park in south Asheville will be complete with the installation of playable art in the late spring of 2022. Becky Borlan, a Baltimore-based artist, has been selected by a review committee to design a playable art piece, which will be placed in the park […]

Library Feedback Sessions postponed until in-person sessions can resume

Press release from Buncombe County: Following the scheduled Sept. 30 virtual Library Facilities Plan feedback session, future virtual sessions will be paused. The County will continue to monitor COVID-19 metrics with the hopes of returning to in-person sessions as soon as possible, although that may possibly be in the new year. Future in-person sessions will […]

MAHEC and UNC Asheville partner with FEMA to offer COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots beginning Friday, October 1st

Press release from the University of North Carolina Asheville: The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville) are continuing their strong partnership to protect Western North Carolina from COVID-19, this time joining forces with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Starting in October 2021, UNC Asheville, MAHEC and […]

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education resumes classes off-site

Press release from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission: The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, will relocate it’s programming to the DuPont State Recreational Forest and other locations throughout the region while the center is closed for repairs. The Pisgah facility sustained extensive damage in August when Tropical Depression Fred […]

Asheville City Council passes Urban Center zoning initiative

Press release from the city of Asheville: At their September 28 meeting, the Asheville City Council adopted a new Urban Place Form Code District. The rezoning Urban Centers initiative was managed by the Asheville Department of Planning & Urban Design and was developed as a recommendation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Living Asheville. Urban Centers […]

Wildlife oral rabies vaccination program begins next week, protects people and pets

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced it is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to help prevent the spread of rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along western North Carolina’s borders with Tennessee, Georgia […]

Buncombe County Public Health COVID-19 summary and statement Sept. 28

Press release from Buncombe County: COVID-19 cases are continuing to trend down as does percent positivity. For the second week, there is a downward turn in case rates and percent positivity. Cases fell from 295 to 240 per 100,000 in one week. The percent positivity decreased from 8.3% to 7.1%. Deaths decreased slightly in the […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office investigating homicide

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a homicide investigation after responding to a call for a gunshot wound at a residence on Ben Lippen Road earlier this evening. The deceased is Boyce Shane Plemmons, age 44, of Buncombe County. Anyone with information related to his death is asked to call […]

YMCA offers free diabetes prevention classes online

Press release from YMCA of Western North Carolina: The YMCA of Western North Carolina is now offering virtual diabetes prevention classes at no charge with grant support from North Carolina State University. Morning and evening class options are available starting in October, and more classes will be added over the next year. The Diabetes Prevention Program […]

2021 WNC National Philanthropy Award recipients announced

Press release from the Association of Fundraising Professionals: The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Western North Carolina Chapter is celebrating National Philanthropy Day virtually on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. National Philanthropy Day is a special day to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those active in the […]

Farm assistance available from NC Farm Bureau

Press release from Buncombe County: Farm Assistance and Recovery Mission (FARM): To help farm families through this difficult time, North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Hurricane Relief Fund is administered through the FARM program. The purpose of the program is to provide assistance to eligible farmers who suffer losses due to hurricanes and tropical storms. Producers impacted […]

Asheville City Council public hearings set for Oct. 12

Press release from City of Asheville: The following are public hearings scheduled for the next formal meeting – October 12.   This listing is for information only and is subject to change.  Please call City Clerk Maggie Burleson at 259-5601 if you have any questions. 1. Public hearing to consider adoption of a Corridor Study […]

Asheville rally against abortion bans to take place Saturday, Oct. 2

Press release from Asheville Democratic Socialists of America: WHAT A rally to protest the Texas abortion ban, as well as any and all attempts to deny reproductive justice and abortion care. This rally is locally planned and organized, and is being held in concert with women’s marches taking place across the country on the same […]

UPDATE: Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office locates missing woman from Asheville

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: UPDATE: (September 27, 2021, 4:19 p.m) –  Mrs. Riddle was located in New York and is safe. ——————– (September 27, 2021, 11:13 a.m.) – The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing woman from the Asheville area. Sybil Riddle, age 72, is approximately 5’ 2” and 140 pounds […]

Buncombe County absentee ballots: Dates, procedures and other Important Information

Press release from Buncombe County: Residents of Woodfin, Weaverville, and the Woodfin Water and Sewer District are eligible to vote in the upcoming municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. People who are interested in casting an absentee ballot should make confirm voter registration by using theNorth Carolina’s State Board of Elections Voter Search tool. […]

City of Asheville requests proposals for projects to fund with COVID-19 recovery funds

Press release from the city of Asheville: The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a federal program to respond to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19, contain impacts on communities, residents, and businesses; and lay a foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. The City of Asheville has received $26.2 million as part […]

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