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Western Carolina University among recipients of behavioral health need grants

Press release from the University of North Carolina: CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina System Office has awarded $981,181 in grant funding to 12 UNC System institutions to increase behavioral health capacity and strengthen mental health resources available to students starting this fall. Provided with funding from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) […]

APD seeking tips on recent shooting down neighborhood street

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (October 29, 2021): Fourteen shell casings were found after a barrage of gunfire down a residential street. Multiple calls came in reporting the sound of gunshots in the 100 block of Bartlett Street on October 28th at 10:28 pm. Officers arrived to find fourteen shell casings in […]

Next Formal City Council Meeting – Nov. 9

Press release from City Clerk, City of Asheville: The next formal City Council meeting will be on November 9.  This meeting will remain remote. Instructions for all public comment will be made available on the City Council Agenda for November 9 sent out on Friday, November 5.  City Council will continue to accept remote comments via email or […]

Bridgestone to surprise Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County with new van on Tuesday, November 2

Press release from Finn Partners: Bridgestone Retail Operations (Bridgestone), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, will surprise Club kids and families on Tuesday, November 2, when they unveil a new passenger van donated to Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County. The special ceremony will feature remarks from Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County and […]

Submit soil samples now to avoid peak-season fees

Press release from North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Peak-season soil testing fees are set to take effect Dec. 1 through March 31, 2022, pending final approval by the N.C. Board of Agriculture at its Nov. 19 meeting. Submitting soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Services lab […]

School threats circulating on social media

Press release from Asheville Police Department The Asheville Police Department is actively investigating the origins and credibility of a social media rumor sent by text messages about a potential threat to Asheville High School/SILSA campus. These rumors began circulating on October 27. This type of message has been running rampant through social media and has circulated in multiple […]

WNC Nature Center wins education award for Young Naturalists teen program

Press release from the City of Asheville The WNC Nature Center is pleased to announce that their Young Naturalist program has been selected for a Significant Achievement Education Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Young Naturalist teen (ages 13-17) volunteer program creates opportunities for staff and teens to build meaningful relationships with […]

Leadership change coming to the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association

Press release from Asheville Independent Restaurant Association: The board of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) announced today that Jane Anderson, their long-time executive director, will be stepping down in 2022. Anderson shared her decision with the membership in the organization’s newsletter on October 27th. “The sign of a good leader is knowing when it is […]

Affordable Care Act open enrollment begins Nov. 1

Press release from Pisgah Legal Services: ACA open enrollment begins November 1st, so if you or your family needs affordable, comprehensive healthcare coverage, we urge you to sign up during open enrollment through January 15, 2022.  Quality plans are more affordable now than ever, with many no-cost and low-cost options available. Pisgah Legal is here […]

Free coats, hats, gloves, scarves and winter gear for people in need

Press release from Western Carolina Rescue Ministries:  Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) is pleased to announce its annual Coats for the Cold event, happening Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 12:00-3:00PM. The event will take place at Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, located at 225 Patton Avenue. Our Coats for the Cold event benefits those without winter clothing […]

Buncombe County extends indoor mask requirement for public spaces through Nov. 30

Press release from Buncombe County: Update at 4:23 p.m. Oct. 27: Biltmore Forest has also extended the mask requirement for indoor public spaces through Nov. 30. The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners have extended the county-wide face covering requirement for all indoor public spaces through Nov. 30, 2021. The indoor mask requirement also extends to Asheville, […]

City of Asheville to resume charging at its parking garages with installation of new equipment

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville’s Parking Services Division is excited to announce the launch of new parking equipment in each of our four parking garages. Parking in the garages has been free while old equipment has been removed, and replaced with new. The tentative launch dates for the new […]

Grants for WNC family farms in 2022

Press release from WNC Agricultural Options: WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension agents by Nov. 12 to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. Applications are available at or at local Cooperative Extension centers.   WNC AgOptions offers grants to farmers […]

Buncombe County COVID case rates and percent positivity continues to decline; safe trick or treating encouraged

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County continues to see the case rate and percent positivity decline when compared to prior week. Cases per 100,000 per week decreased from 162 last week to 119 this week.  Percent positivity has remained below 6% for the last week and is currently at 5.4%. This case rate continues […]

Asheville announces new tenant for 8 River Arts Place: Black Wall Street AVL

Press release from the city of Asheville: The City of Asheville is excited to announce a new tenant for 8 River Arts Place: Black Wall Street AVL. J. Hackett and Bruce Waller of GRIND LLC put together an incredible proposal for the space to be a home base for Black Wall Street AVL, a group […]

Asheville City Schools’ Oct. 25 special called meeting board brief

Press release from Asheville City Schools: VACANCY UPDATES During tonight’s Special Called Meeting, the Asheville City Board of Education heard from Dr. Mark Dickerson, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, about current job openings across the district. He explained that Asheville City Schools began the 2021-2022 school year with staff shortages for bus drivers, school nutrition employees, […]

Thomas Wolfe Memorial announces student writing competition winners

Press release from Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site: In keeping with the celebration of Thomas Wolfe’s birthday month of October, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial announced today the winners of the 2021 “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition. Thomas Wolfe, while best known for his novels, also wrote many short stories. In this competition, students […]

City Council virtual public hearings set for Nov. 9

Press release from City of Asheville: The following are public hearings scheduled for the next formal meeting – November 9.   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. To solicit comments for the Community Development Block Grant […]

Owen Middle School to host vaccine pop-up on Oct. 26

Press release from Buncombe County: On Tuesday, Oct. 26, all three COVID vaccines and boosters will be available for free at Charles D. Owen Middle Schoolfrom 3-6 p.m. Anyone 12 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine. Anyone 18 and older getting the first vaccine is eligible for a $100 incentive card. Buncombe County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic  All residents […]

Local startup business among NC Idea grant recipients

Press release from NC IDEA Foundation: DURHAM, NC – October 25, 2021 – NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization has awarded $220,000 to twenty-two North Carolina startups in its seventh NC IDEA MICRO grant cycle. Since the inaugural cycle in […]

Swim Guide Watershed Report: French Broad River

Press release from MountainTrue: In the past year, the French Broad River Watershed experienced a range of highs and lows (we’re talking about bacteria counts, folks!). We’ll start with the good news, including which water testing sites had the lowest bacteria counts across the watershed. Then, we’ll give you the year’s bad news by spotlighting […]

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