News Bulletins

Pistol purchase permits no longer issued In Buncombe County

Press release from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office:  All state laws regarding the issuance of pistol purchase permits by Sheriffs in North Carolina were repealed on March 29 following a vote by the General Assembly on Senate Bill 41. Effective immediately, pistol purchase permits are no longer being issued by Sheriffs in North Carolina. It is important […]

Housing matters: Affordable housing & county-owned properties

Press release from Buncombe County: Buncombe’s Board of Commissioners have prioritized pursuing affordable housing on County-owned sites, and they would like to hear from our community as the site selection process moves forward. “The County is committed to creating affordable housing and has identified multiple properties it owns that have affordable housing development potential,” says […]

Air Quality Forecast – Buncombe County

Press release from NC Division of Air Quality: For additional information concerning the air quality forecast including a detailed forecast discussion, please visit the following link on the NC Division Of Air Quality Web Site: Care for the Air — Drive less: carpool, vanpool, take the bus, telecommute. — Conserve electricity. — Pack a […]

APD seeks assistance on investigating March 29 shooting

Press release from Asheville Police Department Asheville Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place late Wednesday night, leaving one man with non-life-threatening injuries. APD patrol officers were dispatched to Maple Crest Apartments located on Lee Garden Lane for reports of gun discharge around 8:57 p.m. on March 29. Shortly after arriving on the […]

Community radio stands strong in defense of free speech against attacks

Press release from 103.3 Asheville FM Community radio has long been a beacon of hope for those who seek to amplify their voices and participate in free speech. However, recent attacks have threatened to silence the diverse voices represented by community radio station 103.3 Asheville FM. “Asheville FM is under attack from a small group who […]

Toxic Exposure/PACT Act veterans town hall Saturday, April 1

Press release from US Department of Veterans Affairs The Western North Carolina VA Health Care System is partnering with Vietnam Veterans of America and the North Carolina State Council to bring a Toxic Exposure/PACT Act Veterans Town Hall to Asheville. The event will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

Buncombe County seeks survey input on Waste Pro contract

Press release from Buncombe County  Buncombe County currently contracts its curbside trash pickup service with Waste Pro for non-municipal county residents. The contract is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2024. The Board of Commissioners, Solid Waste, and County administration are currently looking for input from residents to help guide the decision to either extend the […]

North Carolina House includes $5 million for wildlife crossings in 2023-24 budget

Press release from Safe Passage: The I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project Today, the Safe Passage Fund Coalition applauds the North Carolina House of Representatives for appropriating $5 million in funding for infrastructure to help reduce wildlife–vehicle collisions across the state. This infrastructure — which includes overpasses, underpasses and fencing along roads and highways — is […]

Altruistic Genius opens soon at Asheville Art Museum

Press release from Asheville Art Museum: Altruistic Genius: Buckminster Fuller’s Plans to Save the Planet brings the inventions and designs of R. Buckminster Fuller to Western North Carolina and introduces visitors to Fuller’s strategies for the sustainability of humans and the planet relating to housing, transportation, mathematics, and engineering. This exhibition features two major suites […]

Centennial Celebration: Black Mountain Library’s 100 (Plus 1)-Year Anniversary Party

Press release from Buncombe County Government: Looking back over the past 100 years, it can be difficult, even scary, to venture predictions on the next century. But Black Mountain Library Branch Manager Melisa Pressley has a calming confidence when she forecasts: “The library will continue to be a gathering space for our community.” Through all the technological […]

MADE X MTNS announces $125,000 investment in equity in the outdoors

Press release fromWNC: MADE X MTNS (Made By Mountains) Partnership: Outdoor Equity Fund empowers community-led initiatives that address identified barriers to outdoor recreation access and opportunity. MADE X MTNS has established a $125,000 Outdoor Equity Fund to help empower community-led initiatives that address identified barriers to outdoor recreation access and opportunity, and help close these […]

Code Purple

Press release from Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition: Code Purple in effect for Wednesday, 3/29/23. National Weather Service predicts the temp will be 34° F and the wind chill is predicted to be 30° F. Additional weather information found at Purpose of Code Purple: The purpose of the Code Purple procedure is to provide a coordinated effort among Asheville and […]

ArtsAVL Connect Trolley launches Saturday, April 8

Press release from ArtsAVL: Starting April 8th, you can ride ArtAVL’s new free ArtsAVL Connect Trolley – connecting the Downtown and River Arts Districts with two overlapping routes. The initiative is a partnership between ArtsAVL and Gray Line Asheville. Beginning April 8th, two chartered Gray Line trolleys will circulate on 20-30 minute intervals from 12-8 […]

Buncombe Commissioners talk strategic priorities, operating costs, personnel at budget work session

Press release from Buncombe County: Commissioners continued to bring the upcoming budget into focus with their second work session that looked primarily at various expenditures. The March 28 meeting is part of a months-long effort of crafting a spending plan for Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024) and looked specifically at grants, personnel, […]

Pardee UNC Health Care accepting applications for junior volunteers

Press release from Pardee UNC Health Care: Pardee UNC Health Care is accepting applications for the 2023 Junior Volunteer Summer Program through Monday, April 21. The 2023 summer session begins at orientation on Wednesday, June 14, or Friday, June 23, and continues through August 4. Young adults who are at least 14 years old by April […]

Free dentistry offered at Asheville practice on Annual Day of Service, April 22

Press release from Zoe Dental: A local dentist, Dr. Perry Stamatiades, is once again offering free dental care to the community at his annual event, Servants of Smiles. To document this act of service, Asheville filmmaker Caleb Owolabi is creating a documentary series that will showcase Stamatiades’ family, faith, and practice, in addition to highlighting the […]

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