News Bulletins

Code Purple extended to include Nov. 23

Press release from Asheville Buncombe Homeless Coalition: Based on weather forecasts for the area The Asheville Buncombe Homeless Coalition is extending Code Purple to include Nov 23, temperatures appear to rise into the 40’s for rest of week. ART Transportation protocols remain in effect through this time period. Men’s Sheltering: Veterans Restoration Quarters Women’s Sheltering: Transformation Village ABCCM shuttle will start […]

Efforts to restore the Oconaluftee River advances

A regionally and nationally significant river restoration project is moving forward on the Oconaluftee River, where a coalition of federal, state, tribal, nonprofit and private partners is working together to remove the Ela Dam in Whittier, North Carolina. The most recent action is the signing between Mainspring Conservation Trust and Northbrook Carolina Hydro II of […]

Community schools serve as hubs of support for youth and families

What does it take to build a movement of everyday people and community decision-makers who are ready to dedicate themselves to ensuring that every young person in Asheville and Buncombe County graduates ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams? In the early hours of November 18, more than 150 representatives from city […]

Buncombe County nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

Volunteers are an integral part of our community, offering their time and energy to important causes often without reward or recognition. The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups, and businesses that make significant contributions to their community through volunteer service. The awards program, created by the Office […]

Sheriff’s Office attempting to locate missing woman from Weaverville

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing woman from the Weaverville area of Buncombe County. Rose Neal is age 70, approximately 5’ 5 to 5’7”, with brown eyes and black hair. Mrs. Neal was last seen approximately 3 weeks ago at her residence in Weaverville. Mrs. Neal is driving a silver […]

Construction begins on Moxy Asheville, slated for early 2024 opening

Following weeks of preliminary groundwork, construction has officially begun on the new Moxy Asheville – North Carolina’s first Moxy Hotel – located at 61 Biltmore. Upon planned completion in early 2024, the hotel will feature 115 guest rooms, the brand’s iconic Bar Moxy and modern lobby, and an independent rooftop bar and restaurant. Moxy Asheville […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office warns of scam phone calls to community members

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of an ongoing scam where callers identify themselves as Sgt. Bryan Freeborn at the Sheriff’s Office. The phone number being used to call individuals is (828) 220-9705. If you do receive this call or a voicemail, do not engage in conversation. Just say you are aware […]

Asheville Homeless Coalition extends Code Purple until Nov 12

Due to continuing cold conditions, the Asheville Homeless Coalition is extending its Code Purple until Nov 22. Code Purple: Extended to Mon Nov 21 and Nov 22. ART transport protocols remain in effect through those times Men’s CP Shelter: Veterans Restoration Quarters Women’s CP Shelter: Transformation Village Web page: Facebook: Asheville Homeless Coalition Call […]

Focus area grants of $1,715,520 announced

Press release from The Community Foundation of WNC: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) approved grants totaling $1,715,520to nonprofits across the region.  The awards were made in CFWNC’s Early Childhood Development, Human Services and Natural and Cultural Resources focus areas. Seventy-eight Human Services grants totaling $1,505,520 were awarded to nonprofits serving people across […]

Buncombe County accepting applications for Community Reparations Commission

Notice from Buncombe County Government: Buncombe County is currently seeking interested applicants for the Community Reparations Commission that began its work earlier this year. There is one board vacancy as well as two alternate vacancies. The Community Reparations Commission is charged with coming up with recommendations to City Council and the Board of Commissioners to […]

County offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday

Press release from Buncombe County Government: Buncombe County Government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Please see below for additional schedule information. Buncombe County Courthouse Buncombe County courts observe the North Carolina Judicial Branch holiday schedule and will be closed Nov. 24-25. Buncombe County Sheriff’s […]

Asheville Art Museum wins three SEMC exhibition awards

Press release from Asheville Art Museum: The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to announce it has received three 2022 Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Exhibition Awards. This annual competition recognizes creativity, innovation, and leadership in Southeastern museums and provides benchmarks for regional exhibition efforts. The Asheville Art Museum was the sole museum to garner three exhibition awards in the 2022 competition. […]

Board and Commissions Vacancy Flyer

Notice from City of Asheville: Attached please find the December-January vacancy flyer for current openings on the City of Asheville Boards & Commissions. The application deadline is December 19 at 5 p.m. unless noted otherwise. This month’s opportunities include: • ASHEVILLE AREA RIVERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION • AUDIT COMMITTEE – CPA seats • BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT • HOMELESS […]

Upcoming City Council Meetings

Press release from City of Asheville: City Council will be holding their organizational meeting on December 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall.  This meeting will be live on Charter/Spectrum Channel 193, the City’s YouTube Channel, or the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub. ************************** The next formal […]

State Sen. Chuck Edwards now taking on constituent federal issues

Press release from State Senator Chuck Edwards  Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) will utilize his office to help WNC citizens with federal issues. Senator Edwards said, “I have always made it a priority to assist constituents when they face difficulty navigating the bureaucracy of a state government agency. I’ve heard from many people they’re now having difficulty […]

Asheville’s new city council committees effective January 2023

Press release from City of Asheville At the November 15, 2022, City Council meeting, Council adopted a new Council Committee structure, effective January 2023. Committees were first introduced in 2006 and have remained largely unchanged, thus, the need for an updated structure. In December, Mayor Manheimer will assign new Council Committee members. Additionally, it is […]

Dogwood Health Trust shares report on agrifood tech opportunities in Western North Carolina, announces webinar

Press release from Dogwood Health Trust Dogwood Health Trust announced today the availability of a comprehensive report that shares innovative ways the region can fuel economic growth in agriculture and food technology (AgriFood Tech). Opportunities for AgriFood Tech in WNC outlines new pathways for economic opportunity and wealth building, particularly for the rural areas of Western […]

Lake Julian Festival of Lights Returns Dec. 2-23

Press release from Buncombe County A holiday tradition for many mountain families returns to Lake Julian Park (37 Lake Julian Road in Arden) in December. Festival of Lights brings its illuminated magic and more to light up the lake shore. Festival of Lights is a fun, inexpensive way to celebrate the season and make memories. As the original […]

Janet R. Cone of UNC Asheville receives lifetime achievement award from WomanUP

Press release from UNC Asheville Janet R. Cone, Director of Athletics at UNC Asheville, was recently recognized for her outstanding community contributions at the annual WomanUP Awards ceremony hosted by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. Cone received the Suzanne DeFerie Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by First Bank, which recognizes women who have distinguished themselves in […]

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