News Bulletins

Blue Ridge Conservancy adds exceptional property to Grandfather Mountain State Park

Press release from Blue Ridge Conservancy: Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) recently added 24 acres to Grandfather Mountain State Park, bringing the Conservancy’s total additions to the park to 400 acres. Located in the Grandfather Mountain Natural Area, the land has been in the Berry family for over 100 years, and the family is thrilled to […]

Board of Commissioners joins City Council to hear strategies to address homelessness

Press release from Buncombe County: The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners joined the Asheville City Council to hear the National Association to End Homelessness’ (NAEH’s) recommendations to end unsheltered homelessness. Together with the Dogwood Health Trust, Asheville Homeless Initiative Advisory Council, and other public and private partners, NAEH leaders walked through short-, medium-, and long-term […]

Board of Elections approves new early voting equipment

Press release from Buncombe County: At its Jan. 24 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Elections approved ExpressVote for Early Voting. Used by 11 other N.C. counties, ExpressVote provides touchscreen ballot marking for voters to make their selections. Once confirmed, the ballot prints, giving voters one more opportunity to review prior to submitting. Buncombe County […]

Report shows Asheville has 12th fewest minorities in govt

Report from Home and Hamper: Since its inception, the United States has been a majority White country, but it is increasingly becoming more ethnically and racially diverse. In fact, the White population is projected to lose its majority status by 2045. However, increased population diversity has not carried over into the government workforce: minority groups […]

Mason Scott named Buncombe County interim finance director

Press release from Buncombe County Government: With the departure of Finance Director Don Warn to Guilford County, Buncombe is turning to a familiar face to helm the Finance Department. On Jan. 25, the Board of Commissioners approved appointing Mason Scott as interim Finance Director while the County searches for a permanent director. He brings 11 […]

Buncombe County Board of Commissioners special meeting notice

Notice from Buncombe County Board of Commissioners: Notice is hereby given that the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting to hold a legislative work session with members of the Buncombe County local delegation to the General Assembly in order to publicly discuss the Board of Commissioners’ Legislative Agenda for 2023. This Special […]

Downtown Commission – work session on Jan. 27

Notice from City of Asheville: The Downtown Commission will hold a special work session on Friday, January 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to be held in-person at City Hall (70 Court Plaza) in the 6th Floor Training Room for the purposes of identifying 2023 recommendations and priorities for inclusion in the 2022 Annual Report and to inform work […]

Driver dies following collision, APD investigating

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville Police Department Patrol Officers are continuing to investigate the death of a driver, three days following the crash on Riverside Drive. The preliminary investigation indicated a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Kayden Lucian Sellers (10/27/2004) traveling south on Riverside Drive on Jan. 19 around 7:31 p.m. left […]

UPDATE: Code Purple in effect for Jan. 24-26

Code Purple in effect for Tuesday, 1/24/23. National Weather Service predicts the temp will be 36° F and the wind chill is predicted to be 27° F.   Code Purple in effect for Wednesday, 1/25/23. National Weather Service predicts the temp will be 36° F and the wind chill is predicted to be 28° F. Code Purple in effect for Thursday, 1/26/23. […]

Next Asheville City Council public hearing set for Feb. 14

Press release from City of Asheville: The following are public hearings scheduled for the next formal meeting – February 14. 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. Consideration of a resolution to close an unopened right-of-way connecting […]

Applications open for Community Bond Oversight Committee

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe County voters approved two bonds in the Nov. 8 general election for open space and housing. The bonds will generate $40 million and $30 million respectively. With an eye toward oversight and transparency, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution at its Aug. 16, 2022 regular meeting […]

YWCA of Asheville receives grant for racial justice work

Press release from YWCA of Asheville: YWCA of Asheville, an organization with the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, will further the community’s understanding of racism and its impacts through interactive and accessible racial justice workshops thanks to a $23,935 grant from Dominion Energy. The grant is […]

Volunteers needed for Regional Aging Advisory Council

Press release from Land of Sky Regional Council: Land of Sky Regional Council Area Agency on Aging is looking for new members to join their Regional Aging Advisory Council. Members will need to be able to join bimonthly meetings on the second Thursdays from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. This advisory board helps to manage and guide the Area Agency […]

Important HIAC meetings this Wednesday & Thursday

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) has completed their project on understanding unsheltered homelessness, and the full report with findings and recommendations is available here. The Alliance will present their recommendations in person at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville next week: January 25, 2023, 1 – 4 p.m.: Joint Meeting of Asheville City […]

Free sessions on health, wealth and self coming to a YMCA near you

Good things happen when volunteers from AARP’s Mountain Region team up with seven regional YMCAs. In this informative series of in-person talks, knowledgeable speakers will present on topics such as decluttering, brain health, and fraud prevention. In February learn about options to keep your home accessible so that you can age-in-place and stay in your […]

2022 year-end crime stats for Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office shows double-digit decline in major crime categories

During 2022, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office crime statistics show a significant decline in major crime categories compared to 2021. Larceny/Theft is down 24 percent, Breaking and Entering is down 23 percent, Motor Vehicle Theft is down 26 percent, Stolen Property is down 35 percent, and Robbery is down more than 50 percent. Homicides were […]

ABCCM Safe and Warm Drive launches

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s (ABCCM) annual Safe & Warm drive begins on Friday, January 27 at Carolina Furniture Concepts, 100 Airport Road in Arden. On that day, Carolina Furniture Concepts will match all community donations up to $30,000. ABCCM invites you to join CFC, College Hunks, First Citizen’s Bank, WLOS and Champion Credit Union […]

Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office attempting to locate missing pre-teen from Candler

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a missing pre-teen from the Candler area of Buncombe County. Sinaí Esquivel was last seen wearing a peach-color puffer jacket, white shirt and blue jeans. She is age 11, approximately 4’7″ and 85 pounds with dark brown eyes and hair. Anyone with information about the location […]

Code Purple in effect for Monday 1/23/23

Code Purple in effect for Monday, 1/23/23. National Weather Service predicts the temp will be 25° F. Purpose of Code Purple: The purpose of the Code Purple procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and Buncombe County shelters and other organizations to provide emergency overflow shelter to people experiencing homelessness when the temperature […]

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