News Bulletins

Media advisory: notice of Buncombe County TDA regular meeting

WHAT: The regular monthly joint board meeting of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, a public authority and a nonprofit corporation. WHEN: Wednesday, January 25, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. WHERE: IN PERSON: At The Explore Asheville Board Room, located on the First Floor at 27 College Place, Suite 200 Asheville, NC 28801. VIRTUAL: Streamed live via […]

Changes Ccming to Food Nutrition Services allotments

Press release from Buncombe County Health and Human Services: In North Carolina and nationally, emergency allotments for COVID-19 in the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program will end in March 2023. This means that in March 2023, households will see a reduction in their FNS benefits because of a federal change that ends emergency allotments for all […]

Happening Saturday: Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS hosts property value appeal clinic call-In opportunity

Press release from Buncombe County Government: The Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS (LOTSAR) will host a series of clinics to help residents of Buncombe County understand their property values. On Saturday, Jan. 21, volunteer realtors will be available from 11, offering residents a call-in opportunity to ask questions about their property cards, […]

Community invited to hear recommendations for addressing unsheltered homelessness at January 25 meeting

Press release from City of Asheville: The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) has concluded their study of unsheltered homelessness in the Asheville area. Based on needs identified through stakeholder interviews, surveys and data collection conducted in summer 2022, the NAEH has drafted recommendations which will be presented to the community during  a joint meeting […]

Student Artwork Showcase at AVL — local students elementary to high school are representing WNC at airport

Press release from Asheville Regional Airport: Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is pleased to announce that its annual Student Artwork Showcase in on display in its art gallery. Students ranging from elementary to high school, using a variety of mediums, have been selected to exhibit in the showcase. Passengers and visitors will be able to enjoy […]

Asheville City Council meeting agenda Jan. 24

Notice from City Clerk, City of Asheville: The electronic agenda for the January 24, City Council formal meeting is now available by clicking on the link below.  If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601. Persons wishing to speak live at the meeting will be required to attend in person […]

Community invited to provide input on funding to address homelessness

Press release from the City of Asheville The City of Asheville, as the Participating Jurisdiction for the four-county Asheville Regional Housing Consortium, is seeking public input to inform and prioritize use of a one-time $4.7 million allocation of HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The […]

NCDHHS announces funding for recovery support at Mars Hill University

Press release from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $3.2 million to nine colleges and universities across the state to increase access to recovery services and supports on campuses for students with substance use disorders.  These awards address a growing […]

Workforce Board holds the first small business workforce forum

Press release from Land of Sky Regional Council NCWorks and Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB) are partnering with nine other workforce boards to present North Carolina’s first virtual Small Business Workforce Forum on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Participants will learn about no-cost resources and programs available to support the talent pipeline […]

Financial assistance available for septic repairs, deadline extended

Press release from Buncombe County If you’ve been struggling to complete a septic system repair at your home, Buncombe County may be able to help provide grant funding. The Septic Repair Assistance Program (SRP) launched in November of 2022, and Permits & Inspections is still accepting applications through Wednesday, Feb. 15 to determine if homeowners […]

Asheville police seek information on Jan. 18 homicide

Press release from Asheville Police Department Asheville Police Department detectives are investigating a late Wednesday night shooting in the south side community that leaves one man dead. APD Patrol Officers responded to Southern Streer at 11:36 p.m. on Jan. 18 to reports of a gunshot wound. There they found 27 -year-old Mackenzie McCord Strictland (07/16/1995), […]

Suspect in Denny’s Pawn Shop theft ring pleads guilty to organized retail theft

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Last October, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office announced criminal charges against 14 individuals in an organized theft ring. The Sheriff’s Office ultimately recovered more than 4,000 stolen items from Denny’s Jewelry & Pawn in Arden. This week one of the suspects, Alyssia Nichole Lindsey of Clyde, pled guilty to […]

New funding to continue EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems’ Work with Food and Farm Businesses in Southwestern NC

Press release from EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems: [Raleigh, NC – December 6, 2022] — Since 2019, EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems (EMFS) has brought together producers, food businesses, schools, and regional partners to increase business opportunities for food and farm businesses and support the expansion of the food supply chain in Southwestern North Carolina. EMFS programs […]

Code Purple in effect for Friday, 1/20/23

Press release from Homeless Commission: Code Purple in effect for Friday, 1/20/23. National Weather Service predicts the temp will be 27° 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 […]

A statement from the Aston Park defendants in response to APD’s Jan. 11 press release

Statement from Aston Park defendants: On Wednesday, January 11th, 2023, Asheville Police Department (APD) issued a widely circulated press release stating that 120,000 lbs of “trash” were removed from two “vacant” homeless encampments in West Asheville. We believe that this press release is part of an ongoing misinformation campaign by the City of Asheville to […]

WIC program partners with Mountain Area Pregnancy Services to offer lactation support

Press release from Haywood County: Breastfeeding is not easy. Mountain Area Pregnancy Services (MAPS) and WIC know this. A MAPS lactation specialist and the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor now work together to provide a casual support group for prenatal and breastfeeding individuals. When: Tuesdays 1-2:00 p.m. Where: Mountain Area Pregnancy Services 177 N Main St. […]

PPP loan forgiveness: Nearly $16M in loan forgiveness still available for Buncombe businesses

Press release from Buncombe County: More than 400 local businesses could benefit from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness. According to reports from the Federal Government’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, Buncombe County businesses may be eligible for $15.8 million and your small business could receive full or partial loan forgiveness. “Small businesses were under huge stress […]

Commissioners declare January Human Trafficking Awareness Month, extend application window for affordable parking, more

Press release from Buncombe County: More than 27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking at any given time, according to the US Department of State. During its meeting on Jan. 17, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners declared January Human Trafficking Awareness month. The proclamation reads in part: “Buncombe County is committed to […]

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