News Bulletins

One Buncombe Fund distributes latest round of funding

Press release from Buncombe County: “The [One Buncombe] grant is truly a godsend, and I am blessed to have received the award,” exclaims Sala Amira Menaya-Merritt. The sole proprietor of It’s Amira M is one of 141 recipients of the third round of relief from the One Buncombe Fund aimed at providing financial assistance for small businesses […]

Friends of DuPont Forest seeks board members

Press release from Friends of DuPont Forest: Are you passionate about DuPont State Recreational Forest and looking for a way to give back? Do you want to help shape the future of the Forest? The Friends of DuPont Forest is seeking board members from our community with a service term beginning in April 2022. While day-to-day […]

Water bill assistance program accepting applications starting Dec. 1

Press release from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the State of North Carolina has been awarded more than $38 million in federal funding to establish a new water assistance program for households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning Wednesday, eligible households that […]

Upcoming City Council public hearings on Dec. 14

Press release from City of Asheville: The following are public hearings scheduled for the next formal meeting – December 14.   This meeting will be remote. 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. A. Public hearing to consider […]

UNCA’s Rogelio Gomez Zacarias honored with Community Impact Student Award

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville senior Rogelio Gomez Zacarias has been named a recipient of the Community Impact Student Award from North Carolina Campus Compact. The award recognizes one student leader at each member school who demonstrates a deep commitment to community involvement and the ability to inspire peers. Gomez Zacarias is a […]

Matt Kern announces candidacy for Buncombe County Commission in District 2

Press release from Matt Kern for Buncombe County Commission: Homebuilder ànd renewable energy leader Matt Kern, a longtime resident of Riceville community, is announcing his candidacy for the Buncombe County Commission for District 2. “I am committed to being a good listener and collaborative problem-solver who delivers common sense solutions to meet the needs of fellow residents […]

Critically endangered red wolf flown to WNC Nature Center

Press release from Friends of the WNC Nature Center: Tis the season for special deliveries! The WNC Nature Center awaited some very precious cargo on Saturday, November 20, when a critically endangered red wolf was flown to the Asheville Regional Airport from New Jersey aboard a 1982 Piper Saratoga. The aircraft’s pilot was Michael Schneider, Founder […]

Buncombe County extends indoor mask requirement for public spaces through Jan. 3

Press release from Buncombe County: The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has extended the county-wide face covering requirement for all indoor public spaces through Jan. 3, 2022. The indoor mask requirement also extends to Asheville, Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Montreat, Weaverville, and Woodfin. In Buncombe County, COVID-19 case rates continue to be high, and per […]

City of Asheville Fire Marshal’s Office issues burn ban

Press release from City of Asheville: Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits statewide (ALL counties) which went into effect at 5 p.m., 11/29/2021 and remains in effect until further notice.  Due to the low humidity, lack of rain, and higher […]

Asheville’s Office of Sustainability shares update on successful pilot program for food scraps composting

Press release from City of Asheville: The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County and Natural Resource Defense Council’s Food Matters program, launched a pilot food scrap drop-off program earlier this year and we are pleased to report it has been amazingly successful. Two food scraps drop-off sites at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center and Buncombe […]

Rep. Susan Fisher announces retirement

Press release from North Carolina Democratic Party House Caucus: Representative Susan Fisher of Asheville announced today that she will officially retire from her elected office effective December 31, 2021. Representative Fisher has served in the NC House for 18 years, representing NC House District 114. Representative Susan Fisher has served in the NC General Assembly […]

Hendersonville Christmas Parade street closure

Press release from the City of Hendersonville: On Saturday, December 4, Hendersonville’s Christmas parade organized by the Hendersonville Merchants & Business Association will be taking place in downtown Hendersonville at 10:30 am. The parade will stage along Oakland St and travel along Main Street from 5 Points to the southern end of Main Street. Main Street […]

Asheville Downtown Association announces winners for Holiday Parade

Press release from the Asheville Downtown Association: The Asheville Downtown Association today announced the winners of the 75th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade held on November 20. Business Category: Winner LaZoom with runner up A New Hope Home Care Nonprofit/Community Group Category: Winner Street Creature with runner up Surreal Sirkus Youth Program Category: Winner Majorette Dolls of […]

BearWise® Communities Making a Difference Across the Southeast

Press release from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Sprawling development, increasing human populations, the desire to live and recreate in areas that were once remote, combined with the successful restoration of black bear populations by state wildlife agencies have resulted in more frequent sightings of […]

City of Asheville virtual meetings Nov. 29-Dec. 3

Press release from the city of Asheville: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following committees will hold remote meetings during the week of November 29 – December 3, 2021. More information, including ways to view and participate will be posted on the committee page and on the Boards & Commissions virtual meeting hub on the City’s PublicInput page. All […]

Safeguarding Elections 101

Press release from Buncombe County: Do you have questions about election integrity and security in North Carolina? Buncombe County Election Services is offering a virtual information session that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to provide safe, secure, and accessible elections. Learn more about voting machines, audits, certifications, and all the different ways […]

Warren Wilson professor to compete on JEOPARDY!

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Dr. Alisa Hove, professor of botany and chair of the biology department at Warren Wilson College, will compete in the first-ever JEOPARDY! Professors Tournament. Hove will be one of 15 instructors from colleges and universities across the country who will face the ultimate test in higher education when they […]

Asheville City Council member Sandra Kilgore will seek the seat of District 49, N.C. Senate

Press release from Sandra Kilgore for NC Senate: Buncombe County native, Sandra Kilgore will seek the seat of District 49, N.C. Senate. Sandra Kilgore is presently a member of the Asheville City Council and served three years on the Planning & Zoning Board.  Sandra Kilgore is a critical thinker and a fierce advocate; evident in her […]

Sheriff’s Office looking for suspects using stolen checks

Press release from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office: Fraud Detectives with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Major Case Unit are seeking any information on the individuals in the attached photos. These subjects were seen using a stolen check in Buncombe County. They may be in the West Asheville/Candler Area.   If any information is available […]

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