News Bulletins

Community Reparations Commission meeting, Feb. 20

Press release from City of Asheville: The Community Reparations Commission is empowered to make short, medium, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism. The task of the Reparations Commission is to issue a report in a timely manner for consideration by the City, […]

UNCA’s Janet Cone named to the Board of Directors of NC Sports Hall of Fame

Press release from UNC Asheville: The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday, February 14 that it has elected UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone to its Board of Directors. “I am honored to be selected to serve the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and to join a distinguished group […]

City of Asheville requests input on Nasty Branch Greenway historic signs

Press release from city of Asheville: The City of Asheville requests input from past and current Southside residents on the Nasty Branch Greenway historic sign drafts. To see drafts of the historic signs, please click here. Input will be collected through a survey closing on February 28, 2023. The signs will also be displayed for […]

Land of Sky Regional Council Board of Delegates meeting notice

Announcement from Land of Sky Regional Council: Land of Sky Regional Council Board of Delegates will meet this Wednesday, February 22 at 12:30 pm either in-person at the Land of Sky Regional Council office or remote via zoom.  The board meeting will include a board orientation session and discussion of the Council’s 2023 legislative goals.  Representatives […]

UPDATE: Drive-by shooting suspect arrested

Press release from Asheville Police: UPDATE Asheville, NC (Feb. 20, 2023):  Zachary Carson Waters (07/02/2004) was located and arrested on Feb. 19. Waters was booked into the Buncombe County Jail on a $10,000 secure bond (or $1,000 to a bondsman) issued by the magistrate. ——————————————– Asheville, NC (Feb. 10, 2023): Further investigation by Asheville Police […]

Asheville Police seeking help in West Asheville motor vehicle fatality investigation

Press release from Asheville Police Department: Asheville, NC (Feb. 17, 2023): The Asheville Police Department is investigating a single motor vehicle collision that occurred in west Asheville Sunday during the early morning hours that claimed the life of a passenger. APD Patrol Officers responded to the scene of the crash near the 260 block of […]

Trauma Intervention Program of WNC is recruiting volunteers

Press release from Trauma Intervention Program of WNC: The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Western North Carolina is a national nonprofit organization that works with local public safety officials in Buncombe and Henderson counties to provide emotional and practical support of citizens experiencing trauma. Trained community volunteers are called by emergency personnel to provide support to […]

New Story Maps provide interactive story of conservation in Buncombe County

Press release from Buncombe County: With vibrant photographs and engaging data, Buncombe County’s new ESRI StoryMap is now available to help the public learn more about land conservation. With the Commissioners setting the goal of preserving 20% of County land by 2030, these maps are a timely way to provide an immersive journey into the past, present, and […]

Warren Wilson College names Dr. Damián J. Fernández as new president

Press release from Warren Wilson College: Dr. Damián J. Fernández has been named the 10th president of Warren Wilson College.  A Cuban immigrant who grew up in Puerto Rico and a first-generation college student, Fernández comes to Warren Wilson with more than 30 years of experience in teaching and leadership positions at both private and public […]

Code Purple in effect for Friday-Saturday, Feb. 16-17

Press release from Asheville Homeless Coalition Code Purple in effect for Friday 2/17/23 and Saturday, 2/18/23. On Friday, National Weather Service predicts the temp will be 28° F and the wind chill is predicted to be16° F. On Saturday, National Weather Service predicts the temp will be 35° F and the wind chill is predicted to be 31° F. […]

First responders to hold 13th annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive  Feb. 22

Press release from the Red Cross The American Red Cross and Asheville’s first responders are partnering for the 13th annual Battle of the Badges blood drive competition. Community members are invited to join local first responders to help save lives. The friendly face off happens on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. […]

NC Real Estate Commission to disclose flood history to buyers

Press Release from the Southern Environmental Law Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, North Carolina Justice Center, MDC Inc., North Carolina Disaster Recovery and Resiliency School, Robeson County Church and Community Center, and NC Field: Home buyers can expect more transparency on flood risks and potential costs The North Carolina Real Estate Commission decided today to […]

Jump start your recreation project: apply now for Buncombe County Community Recreation Grants

Press release from Buncombe County Government: Do you have a community recreation project that needs a financial jump-start? The application period is open now for Buncombe County Community Recreation Grants for projects taking place from July 2023-June 2024. Apply now through March 31. The grants are part of other countywide initiatives that help make Buncombe […]

City Council agenda briefing work sessions

Notice from City of Asheville: Beginning on February 23, 2023, City Council will begin holding in-person agenda briefing worksessions starting at 11:00 a.m. on the Thursday prior to the formal Tuesday Council meeting.  The worksessions will be held in the 1st Floor North Conference Room of City Hall.   No public comment will be accepted at […]

The MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County announces inaugural John Lewis Awards

Press release from the MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Community Outreach Providing Empowerment (COPE) committee is proud to announce the first recipients of its John Lewis Award. On Sat. Feb. 25th at 2pm, the MLK Association will honor these four men […]

Buncombe libraries to close early for staff training Feb. 24

Notice from Buncombe County Government: All Buncombe County Public Libraries will be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, for a system-wide staff training opportunity. We apologize for any inconvenience. All book drop-offs are open and the digital library is always available at All libraries will be open on their regular schedule Saturday, […]

Queer Studies Conference returns to UNC Asheville’s campus March 24-26

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville will host its biennial Queer Studies Conference from March 24-26 on campus, bringing together scholars, artists and activists for workshops and presentations focusing on the theme “Blooming: Metamorphoses and Seasons of Queerness.” This conference is open to the pubic and free for all attendees, with a suggested donation of […]

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